For a Muse of Fire Review (Spoiler Free)

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Author: Heidi Heilig

Publisher: Greenwillow Books

Publication Date: September 25, 2018

Genre: Fantasy, YA

My Rating: 5 Stars

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“A young woman with a dangerous power she barely understands. A smuggler with secrets of his own. A country torn between a merciless colonial army, a terrifying tyrant, and a feared rebel leader. The first book in a new trilogy from Heidi Heilig.

Jetta’s family is famed as the most talented troupe of shadow players in the land. With Jetta behind the scrim, their puppets seem to move without string or stick—a trade secret, they say. In truth, Jetta can see the souls of the recently departed and bind them to the puppets with her blood. But the old ways are forbidden ever since the colonial army conquered their country, so Jetta must never show, never tell. Her skill and fame are her family’s way to earn a spot aboard the royal ship to Aquitan, where shadow plays are the latest rage, and where rumor has it the Mad King has a spring that cures his ills. Because seeing spirits is not the only thing that plagues Jetta. But as rebellion seethes and as Jetta meets a young smuggler, she will face truths and decisions that she never imagined—and safety will never seem so far away.

Heidi Heilig creates a world inspired by Asian cultures and French colonialism.”

My Review 2

Plot. It’s been a few books since I’ve had a plot suck me in completely. I absolutely adored the asian and french mash up! So unique! It was like an alternate, steam-punk history. Heck to the yeah. I’m all about that. Plus you add in a kick a** heroine who can command souls, and is bi-polar. So. Much. Awesome! It had all the adventure my readers heart could want!

Characters. Jetta had a lot of character growth. At first she was just trying to find a cure. That’s all she cared about. But Leo, mayhaps, changes her mind on fighting in a war? Which by the way, I loved the slow burn between those two. But I want more burn in the second book! I also loved that there were GOOD parents! Jetta’s parents were so sweet and so supportive! It’s rare that you see that in a YA book! I also loved that Heilig blurred the lines a bit with one character in particular, of what was good and bad. He was just trying to do the right thing in this crazy world.

World/ Magic. Heilig did a fantastic job creating this alternate history type world. I found it fascinating to watch how Jetta’s magic came to be and how she can control it! The reader learns about the magic as Jetta learns, so I hope to know more about it in the second book! The shadow player thing is really cool, and gives a nice cover for Jetta to use her magic. I really liked the late 1800 early 1900 feel. I mean, it’s steam punk and that’s generally the period I picture steam punk happening.

Writing. I actually loved the way this was written. It’s not very traditional. It’s written in first person POV, ACTs (as in a play), mini stories, and letters. I like when books are written like that, it gives the reader a unique experience.

Final Thoughts. I obviously loved this book. It was different. I liked that the main character didn’t want to fight right away. She just wanted to get her cure and be done. But she saw the injustices of the world and decided to help. So, if you are looking for something really different from your usual YA, I highly recommend this! Also, that cover is… AWOOGA!

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Star-Crossed Spoiler Free Review

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by Pintip Dunn

Genre: YA Fantasy

Release Date: October 2, 2018

Publisher: Entangled Teen

My Rating: 3.5 Stars

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” In a world where nutrition can be transferred via a pill, and society is split into Eaters and Non-Eaters, seventeen-year-old Princess Vela has a grave dilemma. Her father, the king, is dying, and only a transplant of organs from a healthy Non-Eater boy will save him.

Vela is tasked with choosing a boy fit to die for the king, which is impossible enough. But then Carr, the boy she’s loved all her life, emerges as the best candidate in the Bittersweet Trials. And he’s determined to win, because by doing so, he can save the life of his Non-Eater sister.

Refusing to accept losing the boy she loves, Vela bends the rules and cheats. But when someone begins to sabotage the Trials, Vela must reevaluate her own integrity—and learn the true sacrifice of becoming a ruler.”

My Review 2

Plot. I loved the plot and premise of this book. I thought it was a unique sci-fi adventure where the colony was stuck/ lost on a planet in the middle of space, hoping earth would rescue them or they could rescue themselves. They came up with a pill that gives nutrients to people. The catch is that they cannot eat and the nutrients come from “nobility” that eat 6 meals a day and then they get sucked dry of all of the nutrients. It’s an interesting conundrum. On one hand, you can taste and eat all the food you want, but on the other, you don’t get to keep any of it.

Characters. I really enjoyed Vela. She thought like a princess who wanted to sacrifice herself for her people. She has misconceptions on how things should be run, but soon finds her place among her people. Her heart is big and that something I can completely relate too. I also liked the side characters. The King made some bad decisions, but he did them with his heart in the right place. Carr, the love interest, was also self sacrificing. A lot of sacrificing people, I tell ya.

World. I think the book could have gone into more detail about the world they lived on. I think it could have been way more interesting to learn and build upon that. There really wasn’t much said about it.

Final Thoughts. This was a cute, sweet book. I enjoyed my time reading it. I felt as though the ending was left open ended enough to have more. I didn’t really feel as though a lot had changed, just that they took a step in the right direction. If you need a dessert type read after a heavy one, I highly suggest this!

About the Author

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Pintip Dunn is a New York Times bestselling author of young adult fiction. She graduated from Harvard University, magna cum laude, with an A.B., and received her J.D. at Yale Law School. Pintip’s novel FORGET TOMORROW won the 2016 RWA RITA® for Best First Book, and SEIZE TODAY won the 2018 RITA for Best Young Adult Romance. Her books have been translated into four languages, and they have been nominated for the following awards: the Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire; the Japanese Sakura Medal; the MASL Truman Award; the Tome Society It list; and the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award. Her other titles include REMEMBER YESTERDAY, THE DARKEST LIE, GIRL ON THE VERGE, and the upcoming STAR-CROSSED and MALICE.

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Path of Destruction (Star Wars: Darth Bane #1) Spoiler Free Review

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Author: Drew Karpyshyn

Publisher: Del Rey Books

Publication Date: June 6, 2007

Genre: Sci-Fi

My Rating: 4 Stars

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“Once the Sith order teemed with followers. But their rivalries divided them in endless battles for supremacy. Until one Dark Lord at last united the Sith in the quest to enslave the galaxy—and exterminate the Jedi. Yet it would fall to another, far more powerful than the entire Brotherhood of Darkness, to ultimately realize the full potential of the Sith and wield the awesome power of the dark side as never before.

Since childhood, Dessel has known only the abuse of his hateful father and the dangerous, soul-crushing labor of a cortosis miner. Deep in the tunnels of the desolate planet Apatros, endlessly excavating the rare mineral valued throughout the galaxy, Dessel dreams of the day he can escape—a day he fears may never come. But when a high-stakes card game ends in deadly violence, Dessel suddenly finds himself a wanted man.

On the run from vengeful Republic forces, Dessel vanishes into the ranks of the Sith army, and ships out to join the bloody war against the Republic and its Jedi champions. There, Dessel’s brutality, cunning, and exceptional command of the Force swiftly win him renown as a warrior. But in the eyes of his watchful masters, he is destined for a far greater role in the ultimate Sith plan for the galaxy—if he can prove himself truly worthy.

As an acolyte in the Sith academy, studying the secrets and skills of the dark side at the feet of its greatest masters, Dessel embraces his new Sith identity: Bane. However the true test is yet to come. In order to gain acceptance into the Brotherhood of Darkness one must fully surrender to the dark side through a trial by fire that Bane, for all his unquenchable fury and lust for power, may not be strong enough to endure . . . especially since deception, treachery, and murder run rampant among the Sith disciples, and utter ruthlessness alone is the key to survival. Only by defying the most sacred traditions, rejecting all he has been taught, and drawing upon the long-forgotten wisdom of the very first Sith can Bane hope to triumph–and forge from the ashes of that which he must destroy a new era of absolute dark power.”

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Plot. Loved the story line. I actually felt for and liked a Sith lord. Yuck. But that is the magic of a great story (and writing) when you feel for not just the good guys, but the bad guys too. Bane was actually understandable. Meaning, I understood why he made his choices. He never had anyone good come into his life and was introduced to the dark side as his only option to escape his horrible mining life. And learning about the Sith academy was soooo cool! That was my favorite part of the book!

Writing. Like I said above, it is a mark of a good writer when they can make you feel for ALL of the characters! I almost felt myself rooting for the Sith. The authors writing style was exactly the kind I like. To the point, but descriptive in a way that doesn’t lose you.

Characters. I loved Bane. I really did. I wanted to hug him. Of course he’d probably fry me with his lighting or whatever. The only part I hated him was when he killed a kid. I don’t like that kind of stuff in books. It’s too depressing. Bane had a twisted sense of a moral code. He didn’t like killing if there was no reason. But if he was weak and killing you fed his power… Then you will die. I have heard that he is top 10 most powerful beings in the Star Wars universe. He was pretty interesting to read about.

Final Thoughts. I will definitely be continuing with the series. While I am a fan of all of the movies (Original trilogy was the best. Just saying.), this was my first Star Wars book! I am very interested in the extended universe now! If you like Star Wars and you like Sci-fi, I mean, why not read this?

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Beneath the Citadel Review (Spoiler Free)

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Author: Destiny Soria

Publisher: Amulet

Publication Date: October 09, 2018

Genre: Fantasy, YA

My Rating: 3.5 

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“In the city of Eldra, people are ruled by ancient prophecies. For centuries, the high council has stayed in power by virtue of the prophecies of the elder seers. After the last infallible prophecy came to pass, growing unrest led to murders and an eventual rebellion that raged for more than a decade.

In the present day, Cassa, the orphaned daughter of rebels, is determined to fight back against the high council, which governs Eldra from behind the walls of the citadel. Her only allies are no-nonsense Alys, easygoing Evander, and perpetually underestimated Newt, and Cassa struggles to come to terms with the legacy of rebellion her dead parents have left her — and the fear that she may be inadequate to shoulder the burden. But by the time Cassa and her friends uncover the mystery of the final infallible prophecy, it may be too late to save the city — or themselves.”

My Review

This was a read that grabbed me right from the beginning. Almost as if I didn’t have a choice but to be transported to the world of Eldra. It literally starts off in the middle of our four main characters being sentenced to death. Yeah, if that doesn’t grab you, I don’t know what will.

Originally, I definitely thought this would be a solid 4 stars. Let me start off with what I liked. The story. This has been the first story in a long while that I needed to eat, sleep, and breath. I wanted to be in that world as much as possible because I had so much anxiety for what was happening. And for once, I had no idea whatsoever where we were going. I loved this adventure.

I also quite enjoyed the magic. I personally thought it was very unique, abilities differed from person to person. Some had the ability to take memories and give them back, some had the ability to read the future with all it’s possibilities, and some had the ability to read the future that would definitely happen. Plus regular people with no ability could have the option to get bonded with a metal. A painful process that could kill you. Freaking. Cool. Stuff.

Now, unfortunately, there were things I disliked. Well, really one thing. The character chemistry just wasn’t there. I liked each character individually, but when the interacted with each other I usually cringed. They were all irritated with each other ALL THE TIME! It got really annoying. And it didn’t make sense to me most of the time, why. So I had to knock it down a half rating.

Final Thoughts. I really enjoyed this book despite my irritation with it. I enjoyed the writing style. It was smooth and the perfect amount of description, without losing you. It gave me serious Six of Crows vibes! Plus, that ending was a complete surprise and aaaalllll the feels. ALL OF THEM!

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Nine While Nine Review (Spoiler Free)

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Author: Stasia Morineaux

Publisher: The Parliament House

Publication Date: July 24, 2018

Genre: Paranormal, Adult, Fantasy

My Rating: 3.5 Stars

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I’m going to try something new starting with this review. I’m calling it Word Vomit. Yep. A jumble of words that are my thoughts/ reactions on this book in one short burst. Ready?

Word Vomit: Dark, Good Fall Read, Confused, Just Kiss Already, Confused, Ugh just tell each other how you feel, Are These Dreams in Real Time or Future, Wait What?, Why Would it End Like This?!, I Still Don’t Really Know What’s Going On.

Let me know what you think about Word Vomit! Or maybe I should call it something else? Like, Word Spew?

Plot. It has been a hot minute since I’ve read a paranormal book. This story was really unique. Events take place after the main character dies. Well, still not clear if she’s dead yet but something like that happens. Isabeau is thrust into a world she never knew existed. It’s kind of a re-telling of the Grim Reaper mixed with Irish Folklore. I have never read anything like that, so I found it really interesting. Now, I will say that I found this book to be REALLY confusing sometimes! I still do not know what is going on really, even at the end of the book! I hope book two covers that better.

World Building. Morineaux’s take on the Grim Reaper and magic are really cool! She did a great job building a whole entire society based on death and magic. I could imagine her world really well.

Characters. I actually liked all of the characters except for Liam. Liam was just super annoying and whiny. But Isabeau, Gideon, and all of the side characters were super interesting! I hate to compare things but Gideon reminded me A LOT of Rhysand from ACOTAR series. SWOON! Isabeau kicks a$$ and takes names, man! She is so cool! She’s got an edgy vibe to her that I think she uses as armor. Because underneath, she just wants to be hugged (or more depending on who we are talking about… ;))!

Final Thoughts. Again, I found this book to be confusing on what Isabeau is. I still have no idea what is going on with her. Why she is there, what she is, who she is, how she got there. When I was reading this book, I thought it was a solid 3 star for me. But I kept thinking about it and thinking about it, so I bumped it up. AND THAT ENDING!! WHAT THE HECK?! I need to read the second book NOW!!!

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The 48 Review (Spoiler Free)

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Author: Donna Hosie

Publisher: Holiday House

Publication Date: September 4, 2018

Genre: YA, Historical Fiction

My Rating: 3 Stars

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Story. I was really looking forward to time traveling, teen assassins. However, this was a bit of a let down. The premise made it sound like a lot of action would take place and they would, you know, actually be assassins. I guess not. And this isn’t a spoiler by the way, it says it right in the beginning. They train to rewrite history. There was little action. The story didn’t pull me in as much as I wanted it to. I just liked it. I didn’t think about it in my free time and I kind of forgot about it after I was done reading it. Now, with that being said, it was still a likable read. I just would have written the synopsis a bit differently. It was a tad misleading, in my opinion.

Characters. Honestly, same thoughts as the story. They were likable, but I didn’t think about them. And Charles was a bit all over the place with his feeling between two women. I had to reread a couple of his paragraphs to understand what he was trying to get across. Alex sometimes too. It was as if they couldn’t decide on what to do at any given time. It got kind of annoying. I just wanted to yell at them, “Make a decision already!!”.  I really enjoyed Lady Margaret’s point of view. She was the most consistent character. The characters had good chemistry. Alex and Charlie’s twin bond was so fun to read about! I loved how they interacted with each other. And when one of them would get hurt the other would go crazy and be like, “I’m going to kill whoever did this to my brother.” I liked it.

Final Thoughts. I liked this book. It didn’t keep my attention, but I am interested enough to want to read the second book when it comes out. The writing was pretty good, but not what I wanted when reading a historical fiction. I wanted a bit more oomph from her. But if you are looking for a light read, and you like historical fiction or maybe want to branch out slowly, then I think this would be a good starting place!

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July 2018 Wrap-Up

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I started off really strong. But then I went on vacation. Otherwise I would have read four books for sure! Don’t get me wrong, my vacation was amazeballs. I was in the Grand Cayman Islands! Alright you’re not here to hear about my vacation. *Post contains my affiliate links to Amazon*

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My Rating: 5 Stars

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I freaking LOVED this book. Sanderson is one of my new favorite authors!

 

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Grim Lovelies by Megan Shepherd

My Rating: 3 Stars

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Didn’t love it. Just liked it. Loved the writing though!

 

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The Forest Queen by Betsy Cornwell

My Rating: 4 Stars

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3.5 stars but bumped up because it was nostalgic feeling!

 

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The Demon Race by Alexandria Warwick

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I thought this was worth a mention since I started it in July. I’m not that far in but it’s super interesting so far! I like it!

 

 

This was a pretty good reading month! What did you read this month?

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