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!

Happy Adventuring

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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Synopsis

“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!

Happy Adventuring

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First Lessons (A Medieval Tale, #1) Spoiler Free Review

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Author: Lina J. Potter

Publisher: Litworld 

Publication Date: April 15, 2018

Genre: Fantasy, Adventure, Russian Literature

My Rating: 2 Stars

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“A brilliant Medical school graduate Aliya, a sporty and active girl, dies suddenly in a car crash… only to find herself reborn in a completely different body, in the middle of a dilapidated castle during Medieval times. While confused and dismayed, Aliya realizes she has been given another chance at life — so she rolls up her sleeves and gets to work on restoring her new castle and her new life.

Aliya has an unusual and difficult goal: reborn as Countess Lilian; she must learn to adjust to an unfamiliar world while trying to introduce the daily conveniences from her familiar modern world. She needs to take care of the collapsing estate of Irton and its inhabitants while living in the past as a disenfranchised woman. Regular robbers and slave-holders attacks won’t let her live in peace, killers and spies are just waiting for her to show a bit of weakness so that they can strike. On the horizon, there is a prospect of meeting with her perpetually absent husband, whom by the way, after her rebirth as Countess Lilian, Aliya has never even seen.

“First Lessons” is the opening book of the series “Medieval Tale” by Lina J. Potter. The heroine finds herself only at the beginning of a thorny path to progress and happiness. She makes her first steps, building a defense for herself, her new friends, and her rapidly developing business empire — and this is no piece of cake for sure. Despite everything, she has to still go up against the unprogressive and sexist society of the Medieval Ages, with only her knowledge, science, experience, and strong will on her side. Still, Lilian has to act carefully in order not to draw too much attention to her innovations — she knows she could be praised for her genius, or conversely, accused of witchcraft.

Aliya-turned-Countess Lilian gets acquainted and communicates easily with everyone from noble people, peasants, artisans, notorious pirates, proud traders of the East, and even with members of the royal family… but will she be able to bring peace to her own family?

Her plan is to make the best of her unusual circumstances to make the world better. She is not a girl in trouble, waiting for a prince in shining armor — she strives to achieve everything herself.

Will Lilian forge her own “happy-ever-after?” And if so, at what cost?”

My Review

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So this is the first review that I am having a hard time writing. The problem is that there wasn’t actually anything wrong with the book, it just needed to be twice as long. The whole book was pretty much an information dump about the “fantasy” world. I use fantasy loosely because it took place in a pretend medieval world but there weren’t any fantasy elements in it.

I just feel as though a lot more could have been done in this world. She woke up in a different body and all she did was go to another town and figure out how she was going to slowly modernize her estate. That’s it. That’s the whole book. So, while it was very interesting to read about her ideas and how she would accomplish them within a medieval setting, I wanted more story to it.

Now my understanding is that Russian literature is like that. A LOT of world building and information. I liked reading about how she solved problems and how she is making money on her own without her no good husband.

Final Thoughts. I’m not sure I will continue with this series. I liked it, but only if it was half a book.

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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!!!

Happy Adventuring

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The Storm Runner Review (Spoiler Free)

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Author: J. C. Cervantes

Publisher: Rick Riordan Presents

Publication Date: Sept. 18, 2018

Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy

My Rating: 4 Stars

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Story. This middle grade book actually kept my attention. The story was interesting enough for me to want to keep reading and reading and reading. I loved reading about the Mayan gods and mythology. I think it’s so cool to learn about other cultures myths! The Mayan’s have some cool ones! Like shape shifting hawks. What?! Yes. Plus, the main character has a disability, one leg is shorter than the other. A lot of the book is centered around that and how he overcomes certain obstacles. It’s pretty rare to see the hero of the book have a disability. It was very interesting / cool to read about.

Characters. For being a middle grade book, the characters were actually written really well. They were well rounded, well thought out. Zane, Hondo, and Brooks are the three main people you read about. They each bring a different flavor to the table. Zane is like any young teen, ambitious, self conscious, crushing hard on someone, and thinks they are unstoppable (for the most part). Hondo is a young twenty year old hot head with an endearing side to him too. And Brooks is your kick a$$ heroine who shape shifts and puts up with the boys’ nonsense.

Final Thoughts. Y’all. I actually quite liked this book. I definitely want to continue with the series! But now I have to wait over a year!! Ugh. It didn’t leave off on too bad of a cliff hanger, but still. Ugh. I also liked this one because it was just a good, clean, fun story! And adventurous of course! It was like Percy Jackson but different enough to seem like it wasn’t a copy. It was it’s own story. So, obviously, if you like Percy Jackson, you’ll like this one!

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THE PRINCE by Jennifer L. Armentrout – Release Day Launch

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From #1 New York
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 Bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout, comes THE PRINCE, a
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 bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout comes a new story in her Wicked
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Cold. Heartless. Deadly. Whispers of his name alone bring fear to fae and
mortals alike. The Prince. There is nothing in the mortal world more dangerous than him. Haunted by a
past he couldn’t control, all Caden desires is revenge against those who’d wronged him, trapping him in
never-ending nightmare. And there is one person he knows can help him.

She’s everything he can’t have…

Raised within the Order, Brighton Jussier knows just how dangerous the
Prince is, reformed or not. She’d seen firsthand what atrocities he could be capable of. The last thing she
wants to do is help him, but he leaves her little choice. Forced to work alongside him, she begins to see
the man under the bitter ice. Yearning for him feels like the definition of insanity, but there’s no denying
the heat in his touch and the wicked promise is his stare.

She’s everything he’ll take….

But there’s someone out there who wants to return the Prince to his
former self. A walking, breathing nightmare that is hell bent on destroying the world and everyone closeto him. The last thing either of them needs is a distraction, but with the attraction growing betweenthem each now, the one thing he wants more than anything may be the one thing that will be hisundoing.

She’s everything he’d die for….

 

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EXCERPT: 

Did it make you a bad friend if you were completely, a hundred percent envious of that friend? Yes? No?
Kind of?

I figured it was somewhere in between.

That’s what I was mulling over as I watched Ivy Morgan brush thick, red curls over her shoulder, laughing at something her boyfriend Ren Owens had said to her.

At least I wasn’t envious of that—their love. Okay, well, that wasn’t entirely true. Pretty sure anyone who was as single as me would be envious of all that warm and fuzzy that was passed back and forth with each long look or casual brush of skin. The two could barely tear their gazes away from one another to eat the dinner we’d grabbed at the cute little diner inside the shopping center on Prytania Street.

I honest to God couldn’t be happier for them. They’d been through so much—way more than two people should ever have to go through to be together, and here they were, stronger and more in love than ever, and they deserved that happiness.

But their epic love story wasn’t the source of a current case of the green-eye monster that was sitting on my shoulder.

Ivy was just such a… badass.

Even right now, relaxed in the chair, surrounded by twinkling Christmas lights with her hand in Ren’s and her belly full of a cheeseburger deluxe and crinkle fries and half of my tater tots, she could kick ass and take names along with addresses, telephone numbers, and social security numbers.

If the proverbial poo hit the fan, you called Ivy or Ren.

If you needed to know what streets Royal intersected with, you called… me. Or if you needed coffee or fresh beignets but were currently busy, you know, saving the world, you’d call me.

The three of us were all members of the Order, a widespread organization that was literally the only thing that stood between mankind and complete, utter enslavement and destruction by the fae. And not the super cute fae found in Disney movies or some crap like that. Humans thought they were on top of the food chain. They were wrong. The fae were.

The only thing pop culture got right about the fae was their slightly pointy ears. That was it. The fae were more than just beings from another world—the Otherworld—they were capable of glamouring their appearance to blend in with humans. But all Order members, even me, were warded at birth against the glamour. We saw through the human façade to the creature that lurked beneath.

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 About Jennifer L. Armentrout:

# 1 New York Times, USA Today and international bestselling author Jennifer L. New Author photo_JLAArmentrout lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki. Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science
fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV. She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

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The Demon Race (Spoiler Free Review)

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The Demon Race

Author: Alexandria Warwick (Her website HERE)

Publisher: Wolf Publishing

Release Date: September 18, 2018

My Rating: 4.5 Stars

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I am having really good luck with lesser known authors this year. This book was not on my radar the beginning of this year, but let me tell you, it should be on yours. This is a story of a girl who doesn’t want to get married so she goes and enters in the Demon Race. But the Demon horses (Heck yes. Awesome.), feed off of the participants emotions and soul.

This book had such a good moral compass. I thought that what the characters go through was actually very relatable in any society. I tabbed the crap out of this book because of that. So, when the demons feed on your emotions, they aren’t actually MAKING you do anything. They just heighten the bad emotions in you. But it is still your CHOICE to do the evil things. Even though to choose good is the hardest choice. Tricky, Warwick, tricky. I like it. I truly believe that this is a real occurrence that happens. People have bad thoughts all the time, it is how you respond to them that matters. People also like to blame, blame, blame. Blame their circumstances, blame the people around them. Yes, just like the demons in the story, those have a lot of play in your emotions. However, it is ultimately up to you to decide what to do with those emotions. You CAN choose good even when everything is against you. This was actually the core message I got out of this story.  I just couldn’t believe an author was actually writing about this! It was awesome!

Okay, I know by now your like, enough with the sappy stuff. So let me get into the characters. Namali, our heroine, was an extraordinary character. She fought what she knew was wrong, but she also forgave. How many heroines now-a-days forgive? It’s all about “I deserve vengeance.” She forgave her father and the men around her that were forcing her to do things. Wow. That’s actually quite beautiful. Now, don’t get me wrong, she fought like a hell-cat, as she should have. But I loved the forgiveness that followed. No one forgives anyone in this day and age. Her character progression was some of the best I’ve ever seen.

Here comes another slightly sappy sentiment… In this book, people suffer. Namali suffers because she is a woman and women in her culture are seen as property. Sameen suffers because he was born with a twisted foot. Now, there were times when Namali was all about her suffering. But she learns that other people suffer too. Wow. Imagine that. She’s not the only one who struggles. It would be nice to see a world where everyone had compassion on other people’s suffering instead of being selfish and just saying, “Well surely I suffer more, so I deserve more!” Warwick, you are an amazing story teller.

One of my favorite lines:

You don’t understand. She assumed that of him more often than she was comfortable admitting. And it was unfair. It was unfair because in doing so, she invalidated his opinion simply because they, as people, were different.

Final Thoughts. I loved this book. I thought it had MANY lessons in here that should be learned by girls and boys from around the world. I thought Warwick was brave in putting some of these things in here. I loved her writing style. It was also a clean book. I liked that. The ONLY reason this did not get 5 stars is because I’m not sure yet if I will re-read this. Y’all know my 5 stars are books I will definitely be re-reading.  Dare I say this slightly reminds me of The Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis? 

Happy Adventuring