Saturday, May 28, 2016

Frozen Tides by Morgan Rhodes Review

Publication Date: December 15, 2015
Publisher: Razorbill
Format: Hardcover
Page Count: 413 pages
Series: Falling Kingdoms #4


Synopsis:

CLEO: Reeling after a bloody showdown in Limeros ending with Amara’s abduction of the water crystal, and a vacancy in the Mytican throne, Princess Cleo must cast aside her feelings and look toward her kingdom with the eyes of a Queen.

MAGNUS: With the kingdom in chaos, Princess Lucia still missing and quite possibly in danger, and a shocking realization about Cleo, the steely prince is once again torn between love and duty, leaving him wondering whether he’s strong enough to rule his people.

LUCIA: The young sorcercess has had her vengeance after the cruel death of her first and only love. Heartbroken and unable to trust anyone, she allies with the awoken Fire god, who also seeks revenge.

JONAS: After escaping death by the skin of his teeth, the defeated rebel—along with a mysterious stranger–leader reunites with Princess Cleo, only to find himself a mere pawn in a dangerous hunt for the elusive Kindred.

KING GAIUS: Abandoned by Melenia and betrayed by his own children, Gaius flees Mytica and sails to Kraeshia, where he attempts to ally with the famously brutal emperor across the Silver Sea.


Review (Non Spoiler & Spoilers) :

This for me is by far my favorite Falling Kingdoms book. Plot-twist after plot-twist after plot- twist.

Now, this is the fourth book in this series. If you haven’t picked it up yet, what are you doing? Not much to say with non-spoilers so I highly recommend you go read this series.



WARNING SPOILER FILLED DISCUSSION (SPOILER SECTION)

Lucia’s chapters are my least favorite in the whole series. Her coldness in the beginning, I understood but then it got really annoying as the book progressed. I was already done with Lucia but once she used Magnus, someone who loves her dearly, to get information, I was like NOPE. DONE. BYE.

I think I realize why I don’t like Lucia. Lucia and Cleo are both the same age and are immensely involved with the plot. When you put Lucia and Cleo side by side, Cleo is the bigger person because of how much Cleo had to be more independent from all the shit that’s happened. Lucia from the start was protected and warded off from everyone by Magnus and her father so it could be assumed she’s pretty young and na├»ve.

Finally Cleo and Magnus are officially a thing now. They’ve been a thing since Rebel Spring but now they finally revealed their feelings for each other and it’s so great. Their relationship is so dynamic in that they both hated each other from the start and done unspeakable things but now they’re in love with each other. They were enemies and to be honest, I’m surprised that they would have a romantic relationship. I mean, Magnus did kill Cleo’s first love in the first book, then King Gaius forced them to marry in the second book, and throughout the third book, they avoid each other whenever possible, and now they’re confessing their love in a cabin in the woods. Like what a turn of events.

The amount of plot twists in this book amazes me. We got Lucia finding out she’s pregnant. King Gaius and Cleo’s mom used to have a thing. Ashur is alive. Theon has a twin brother named Taran who is off to get revenge for his brother’s death. So many things happened and these are the only ones I can think of on the top of my head.

I have some clue to what might happen in the next book but what I do know is I can never tell if some of the characters in this series will survive. 

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Sunday, May 15, 2016

Gathering Darkness by Morgan Rhodes Review

Publication Date: December 9, 2014
Publisher: Razorbill
Format: Hardcover
Page Count: 407 pages
Series: Falling Kingdoms #3


Synopsis:

Prince Magnus has just witnessed torture, death, and miracles during the bloody confrontation that decimated the rebel forces. Now he must choose between family and justice as his father, the cruel King Gaius, sets out to conquer all of Mytica. All Gaius needs now are the Kindred—the four elemental crystals that give godlike powers to their owner. But the King of Blood is not the only one hunting for this ancient, storied magic. . . .

THE KRAESHIANS join the hunt. Ashur and Amara, the royal siblings from the wealthy kingdom across the Silver Sea, charm and manipulate their way to the Kindred, proving to be more ruthless than perhaps even the King of Blood himself.

THE REBELS forge ahead. Princess Cleo and vengeful Jonas lead them, slaying with sweetness, skill, and a secret that can control Lucia’s overpowering magic—all so they can use the Kindred to win back their fallen kingdoms.

THE WATCHERS follow Melenia out of the Sanctuary. They ally in the flesh with King Gaius, who vows to use Lucia’s powers to unveil the Kindred.


Review:

Every book in the Falling Kingdoms series gets better and better as it progresses.

Like the previous book, it immediately picks up where it left off. King Gaius is still ruling over the kingdoms. Everyone is going apeshit for the Kindred and the elemental crystals.

Back in Rebel Spring, I was pretty set on my feelings about the characters. Now, I'm solid with it. Cleo and Magnus continue to be my top favorite characters and Lucia is my least. Of course there’s other characters that I despise like the Kraeshians and King Gaius but for a core character, I still don’t care where Lucia’s character is going. Like if there was a possibility that Lucia’s character is cut off, I would be fine with it.

What I like the most in this series is the romance doesn’t overshadow the plot. It’s a subtle and slow burning romance that takes over a span of the books. The romance takes time to develop and I like that. I don’t know about you but the sexual tension between Cleo and Magnus is what I live for (sorry Jonas shippers…not really). They care for each other even though they don’t want to say it or realize it until last minute.

Morgan Rhodes doesn’t care AF about our feelings. She will destroy them left and right with no remorse and I like that. She takes risks and does what she wants and I am so on board with that. This series is turning into one of my new obsessions.

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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas Review

Publication Date: May 4, 2016
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Format: Hardcover
Page Count: 640 pages
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses #2


Synopsis:

Feyre survived Amarantha's clutches to return to the Spring Court--but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can't forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin's people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms--and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future--and the future of a world cleaved in two.

  


Review (Non Spoiler & Spoilers):

THIS SEQUEL WAS EVERYTHING THAT I WANTED.

I loved every minute of this book and I did not want to put it down. Putting it down was so hard for me and when I did have to put it down, I would not stop thinking about it. It’s so good, I tabbed the shit out of this book. There are multiple tabs in like every chapter.

When I say this sequel was everything to me, IT WAS EVERYTHING TO ME. From the first few chapters, I knew that this would be one of my favorite books as of 2016. I will admit, that I thought I would not like some parts of this book because I was already set on what I wanted, but that just flipped upside down.

Currently, I am wondering how can I give a coherent review of this without any spoilers. Well, there’s a lot I want to touch on about but I realized it’s all spoilers. So I guess long story short, it’s been three months since the events at Under the Mountain and all the Amarantha shit. Feyre is with Tamlin in the Spring Court and she’s not over the moon about it as we suspected her to be. While she’s there, she hasn’t forgotten about her bargain with Rhysand, and neither has he. From there on, a whole new world we haven’t seen starts to emerge and new realizations start to come together. From the introduction to the Night Court on, that’s when everything to me was set and running. The world building was just so beautiful and unique that I loved every second of it.

The romance in this book was something I somewhat expected but the coming together of it was nothing I imagined. It was something I really enjoyed reading full of heartbreak, snarky banter that was hilarious, and just pure entertainment.

I can’t stress enough how much I loved this book. It’s definitely worthy of a reread for me. I HIGHLY, HIGHLY recommend reading this. It’s beautiful and well written that makes you want to read nonstop.



Now for all the feels and emotions of this book. (WARNING SPOILER SECTION):

Looking back at my review of the first book of this series, I mentioned how I was leaning towards Tamlin for Feyre…BOY WAS I WRONG. I am so not in that ship and will never be in it because RHYSAND ALL THE WAY.

Tamlin’s character to me went downhill since the beginning of the book. Just by the first few chapters, I can tell that Feyre is not happy, and she feels lonely. She’s not herself in the Spring Court or when she’s with Tamlin. Throughout the parts where Tamlin was there, he pissed me off most of the time. He trapped Feyre, locked her up, doesn’t give her the freedom to do whatever she wants unless it’s in his terms, left her most of the time alone while he goes out and does who knows what, and just treats her like she’s nothing! It just irks me that he (or anyone in that matter) just does that and expects it to be okay. I disregard my statement from my last review saying he’s sweet to her.

Rhysand on the other hand, god, bless his soul. I misjudged him hardcore. Rhys is the total opposite of Tamlin right now. Rhys gives her the freedom that Tamlin never gave. He respects her, cares for her, and understands her. His backstory is so heartbreaking and I did shed tears for him. No words can do this character justice. He’s just the opposite of what I expected based on the first book. Now I understand he’s more than that and I have a better appreciation for him.

Going into this book, I was really iffy about Rhys. I honestly thought that Feyre would end up with Tamlin before reading this but now, I’m so happy that ship has sank further than the Titanic. When Feyre found out about Rhysand being her mate, I WAS GAGGING. For every scene of theirs, you best believe I tabbed that on the page. And don’t even get me started on High Lady of the Night Court. I DIED, THEN WAS RESURRECTED, AND THEN DIED AGAIN.

I cannot wait for the next book and wonder how everything will end up. Feyre has come a long way and here we got a glimpse of what she can do but next time, her power and badassery will one, be the death of me, and two, slay everyone that comes between her.

I wish I could write more about this book but so much happened and I do not regret any minute of reading this.

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