Blood of a Thousand Stars
With a revolution brewing, Rhee is faced with a choice: make a deal with her enemy, Nero, or denounce him and risk losing her crown.
Framed assassin Alyosha has one goal in mind: kill Nero. But to get his revenge, Aly may have to travel back to the very place he thought he’d left forever—home.
Kara knows that a single piece of technology located on the ...more
My Experience: I started reading Blood of a Thousand Stars on 3/26/18 and finished it on 4/6/18. The final installment of Empress of a Thousand Skies is an excellent read! I love tha ...more
I refuse to believe this sequel will be the last.
But apparently it is. And while this final book does provide more than enough closure to its predecessor, it's still...another duology? Really? I'm not a big fan of this particular trend.
But for this pair of books from Rhoda Belleza, she's got a couple of great stories here, loaded with engaging characters, on-point social commentary, and knocks on our overdependence on media in particular. I refer b ...more
“Something inside Rhiannon rose up; the thing that made her who she was, whether it was pride or stubbornness or her soul, she couldn’t say, but it was like a power, pulsing inside her, waking her up from this nightmare, telling her there was still a way.”⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀
I read Blood of a Thousand Stars a couple of weeks ago and I fell in love with it. It was even better than the first book. It reminds me why I love stories about lost royalty ...more
The best thing I can come up with right now is that this book, this duology was adorable. The world, the characters, the story, they were all adorable. What I mean by that is I enjoyed these books and had a pretty decent time but great as they were, they weren’t memorable. I wish there were more books in this series because these two were solid.
I read the first book in February last year but to my surprise and pleasure I remembered quite a bit. Enough that I didn’t feel a pang for not rereading ...more
I wasn't expecting to tear up. (view spoiler)[ Dalan! Ugh, I didn't realize what I lost until you were gone... (hide spoiler)] (Cara and Aly's romance, Rhi and Dalan's friendship, the loyalty and devotion between them all--so touching. Warms my heart.)["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]> ...more
This wasn't a bad book. It was problematic. Some ideas of this book appeared dropped in process and confusing. It was hard to follow explanation of something complex in just three short sentences, especially due to technological aspects of this sci-fi read.
More to come in a full review!
Am I the only one who thinks that this cover looks so much like a cover of one of the albums by Nicki Minaj? Up close it looks nicer.
Hoping to like this one!
The characters are all unlikable, the pacing is a mess and the action in some places bored me to death. Also actual plot who? But for some reason I just don't feel the same hatred I did towards the first book. I guess I burned out already at the ripe age of 21.
I do regret the time and money I spent on this duology b ...more
Would this story make a better standalone?
But still enjoyable?
I really like Rhoda Belleza’s fast paced writing style and the unique quirks she provides in this story. I’m definitely interested in seeing what she has to offer next!
Sadly, I had a lot of trouble getting into the book. The world in this book is quite complicated, especially when it comes to the political aspects of it, and because it had been a f ...more
honestly, i wasn't vibe-ing with blood of a thousand stars. with how the characters are separated into different places, i understood the need for multiple pov. but, i did think that it totally took away the character development rhee needed to become an empress. maybe it's intentional since the author also focused on kara's insecurities and fear of who she was in the past and what her title meant. she's finding the tech that could hide her from the rest of the world for ...more
To be perfectly honest, I came into Blood of a Thousand Stars with pretty low expectations. I'm used to YA authors dropping the ball when it comes to sequels and I was certain one book just wouldn't be en ...more
Not my favorite but a good read nonetheless!
This was OMG amazing. If I thought I was in love with the first and its technology and Aly/Kara plotline, this is even better. I loved the ethical conflicts, Kara, Aly, Rhee and all these new side charaacters. It kept me up at night even after I finished the book thinking WOW. This was entirely stunning.
*Genre* Young Adult, Fantasy
Blood of a Thousand Skies is conclusion to the Empress of a Thousand Skies duology. Story picks up right where the first installment left off. The story features four distinctive characters: Kara, Aly, Rhiannon, and Nero. As the story opens, Princess Josselyn Ta'an, who was thought to be dead, is actually alive and living under the name Kara. Since the sister she doesn't remember announced that Josselyn was in fact alive, she's be ...more
I don't know how to mark spoilers on my phone, so for now, just be warned that spoilers will happen!! I'll update this once I can edit it on my iPad.
I shall start with dislikes:
• Miscommunication plotlines. Far too much of it omg! I'm okay with it sometimes, but this was just irritating. It DID make sense because all our ...more
The second thing you should know is that while I regularly suspend my disbelief while reading science fiction (it is fiction, after all), some things go beyond my ability to suspend enough. I will give you one example that you can't see unless you click on (view spoiler)[Okay, ...more
Accessible science-fiction novel – I always hesitate to pick up science-fiction novels. It’s just not my thing and my mind spaces out when things get to science-y. This duology is one of the few science-fiction novels I’d even recommend even to those who aren’t necessarily fans of the genre.
Rhee’s arc – In the first novel, Rhee is consumed by her quest for revenge. She’s reckless and her tunnel-vision makes her lose sight of what is important. In this sequel, Rhee is forced to pull ...more
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