Where to start… First let me say, if you want to watch the show, I highly recommend you read up through book one. Read The Last Wish, Sword of Destiny, AND Blood of Elves first. In the show, there are multiple timelines that cover each of those books.
Anyways, each short story is like a Grimm Fairytale that is even more grim. (Ha. Ha. Ha.) They don’t really end in happy endings and they are often filled with gore. I loved it. They were really dark. My favorite was the Beauty and the Beast one of course. Again, no happy endings, but it was very interesting! Each story is setting you up for the first book, Blood of Elves. And it’s basically Geralt’s back story.
Geralt is fascinating to read about. He acts like he has no feelings but he does. His character development is really well done. The world is changing and he has to change with it. Or die out. It’s really about him navigating his dying profession of monster killing, and where to go from there.
My favorite character is Dandelion (not pronounced like the weed but pronounced more like Dan-DILL-ion). He was the comic relief and the cinnamon roll of the series. I love him. He is a traveling bard who is a quick thinker and has sassy come-backs. He’s a good contrast to Geralt. And Yennefer for that matter.
I’m not really sure how I feel about Yennefer yet. She’s kind of a mysterious morally grey character. She is cool, I just don’t know if I like her yet.
This book was FULL of adventure. I was surprised at how fast I fell in love with it. No wonder it’s insanely popular. It’s dark, intense, and just fun to read. I’m officially a fan of The Witcher!
Have you read this? What did you think? Let’s discuss!
*Thank you so much to the author and MTMC Book Tours for sending me this book!*
I was actually really surprised how fast this colorful, macabre story pulled me in. I was also surprised by how cute I thought the romance was. It is a bit insta-lovey BUT it was more insta-lust than love. Then it turned into more.
I thought Dorothy was kind of funny. She had some really funny come-backs when she was fighting. I enjoyed reading about her! Ardie might be my favorite though! He is just too sweet! Werelion was cute too but more in an animal sort of way. And of course Nick. He ended up being kind of goofy I think. At first I couldn’t figure him out. He was a play boy but also naive in some senses.
I LOVED the story. It was really interesting to see what Oz would be like if Vampires, Werebeasts, Zombies, and Witches were running amok. Each time Dorothy visited a place familiar from the original story, it was overrun with some kind of monster she and her friends needed to fight. Also, I totally want her boots that turn into armor!
It really was a fun read! I would really recommend for Halloween! I want to read book two! The ending of book one makes me nervous but hopeful!
This was a book that was picked for my bookclub on Instagram and I had never heard of it or seen it anywhere. I was VERY surprised when I found I could not put it down! Let me just say, this is highly underrated!
Character. Sydney is a character that I found myself going, “Oh man, I want to be like her.” She can take pain, and I mean A LOT of pain, she is kind, extremely clever, and very powerful. Ian was a good match to her I think. He was all of those things as well. Gray was a super creepy baddie. And Laurant was my favorite! He’s just so sweet and is an honorable character.
World. Howard did an amazing job creating this magical society that operates unseen within our own! She made it seem like it could be real. Like if I just looked hard enough I could find it. I love when authors can make you feel that way! I loved the way her magic system worked. I don’t think there were any details that I wondered about! To use magic there MUST be a sacrifice. Whether or not that comes from your body or someone else.
Plot. Oh mama, that plot. A dark house of magic that releases the most powerful magician ever who only has her own plans to destroy them? Yes. That’s their downfall. They were too prideful in thinking that they manipulated Sydney enough to be loyal. And it backfires. Badly. Plus the whole plot is based in magical games to see who will win control over the magical world. WAY cool.
Final Thoughts. Two minor dislikes. One is the audio book narrator. She spoke very haltingly whenever the characters spoke. She. Talked. Like. There. Were. Periods. In. Between. Words. I got used to it but it was kind of annoying. The other really minor dislike is that I wish the fight scenes lasted longer. HOWEVER, modern, magical games. That right there should make you want to read this. I saw there was going to be a second book and I can’t wait!
3.5 Stars. I know. Unpopular opinion alert. This was one of my, if not THE most anticipated release of 2019, and I felt let down. It didn’t get my heart racing, or make me feel like if I don’t know what happens I might die. It was just pretty good. So I guess I’ll start with my dislikes. It was boring. It only picked up about HALF WAY through the book. Yikes. Nina was my favorite character from the Six of Crows Duology, so I was very disappointed in her story line. Her’s never picked up. I was boring all the way through. In fact, I gave up hope that it would ever pick up, so after a while, whenever her chapters came up I just wanted to skip them. I honestly think the book would have been better if these chapters weren’t in it. That was my main complaint, but I have a small irritant as well. About 2/3 through the book, there is another random POV. And while, I like that character, I couldn’t help but feel his POV was pointless as well.
Man, that first paragraph was harsh, so let’s talk about the good stuff, because there was A LOT of good stuff! Zoya. I LOVE her. She was refreshing. She used anger and her beauty as a shield to protect herself from the world around her. She has a rough childhood. Her character growth was probably the greatest out of all of them. Nikolai. Loved him. Always will. His was the most interesting story line. Which is good, since the book IS about him… He goes through battles internally and physically. His relationship with Zoya is SO interesting to watch unfold. Their witty, sarcastic, back and forth banter was actually pretty funny at times. All of my stars go to their story. My favorite part of the whole book (don’t worry, no spoilers) is when they leave and go on a bit of an adventure and train.
I really liked the inventions mentioned in this book. I hope there will be more talk of those. It could become a pretty cool magic/ steampunk world.
As usual, the writing style is A+! Descriptive without losing you in the story.
The ending though… WOW! SO GOOD!
So I’m going to try out a new thing in my YA reviews. I am going to add a content section. I have had a few people throughout my years of reviewing book DM me (Instagram) about if a book would be appropriate for such and such age. BUT I want to put a disclaimer, I LIKE YA BOOKS. I read them no matter what the content is, BUT I am a 27 year old adult. I am asking people right now to not get in a hubbub if I put something in the content that they think doesn’t matter. This is just so the parents can decide themselves. So, I will be putting a content warning AND other content. The things in my content warning may also be things that are necessary for certain situations. So I am not saying that they are necessarily bad. That’s why I am saying I am leaving it up to the parents to decide. I am probably over explaining myself but better that than have misunderstandings. So let’s give this a try.
CONTENT WARNING FOR KING OF SCARS: Swearing, sexual innuendos, violence, blood, depression, death, a couple scenes where dead people come out of the ground, drinking, talk of worshiping saints and gods.
OTHER CONTENT: Strong female POV, strong male POV, healthy relationships, friendship, camaraderie, overcoming your fears, using your mind to think through situations, protecting others.
Alright y’all. This one is going to be short because we start verging on the territory of spoilers. A lot of plot twists. A lot of changes. And I freaking loved every moment. Brent Weeks is the king of plot twists. Just information bombs that make your jaw drop. I know I say this every book but this one was my favorite. They just keep getting better and better!
Oh wait, Weeks is also the king of character progression. He does an amazing job of slowly, through character experience, molding the character and having them grow up. Like Kip and Teia. Let me tell you, they go through some serious stuff! Kip is becoming such a strong character. Teia too! Gavin… hmm. He needs to learn a thing or two. Ha!
I think the character I relate to the most is Karris. She sees in black and white. Something is either good or bad or someone who did bad things can become good. I’m like that. However, my favorite character, and get ready for this, is Andross! Yep. I said it. He is one of the most fascinating characters I have ever read about.
I hate Zymun and Sharp. They need to die. Sorry, not sorry. I hope Teia gets to kill Sharp and I hope Kip gets to kill Zymun. Liv’s chapters are boring. But I’m thinking Weeks is setting her up for something major.
Learning more about the magic and the world is sooo cool! Some of the interactions, Kip especially has, is some of the coolest stuff I’ve ever read!
That is about all I can say without any spoilers! This series has it all. Character progression, action, magic, intrigue, mystery, and a bit of romance. I’m completely obsessed.
*I received and ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review*
Stephanie Garber must have magical powers that enable the reader to be transported into her world. Because I am obsessed and still can’t pull myself away from wanting to be in the world of Caraval! I had heard that Legendary was even more amazing than Caraval (which I gave 5 stars to that as well) so I was extremely excited to read it! And boy did it live up to the hype! Huge book hangover, y’all!
So let’s have a chat about the world building. It’s good. Like, I’m not sure I can think of one thing she missed when building her religion and magic system. And if she did miss something, it’s not noticeable in the slightest! She took some greek elements and mixed it with magic and awesome sauce. I liked that there was consequences to using magic! Nothing in life is free so it doesn’t make sense magic would be either! And Tella proved that!
I definitely didn’t think I’d like Tella. In book one she seemed too self absorbed and slightly arrogant. I thought I was in for a selfish display. I was pleasantly wrong! Tella was fascinating to read about! She had so much depth to her character and love for her sister! She had interesting and understandable reasons for her actions in the first book. I also really liked that she knew she was pretty but she wasn’t conceited. Well done, Garber!
So, I need the third book now. There were SO many different aspects of this book that needs to be addressed in the third book! Dante (swoon!!!), Jacks (who I’m still trying to figure out), and Scarlett and Julian!
This is one of my favorite series and one that I will most definitely re-read. Garber’s writing is absolutely musical. She writes like each word belongs to the next. It flows. I loved that the “gods” in this book were called Fates and I can’t wait to see more of them in the next book! I need more of Tella and Dante!!!
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You know when you read a book and you just want to force everybody to read it? And it’s so good that you just don’t have the right words to say. It’s this book. I have loved Jay Kristoff since I read Stormdancer back in 2014. For some reason I never picked up Nevernight. I think I was just so attached to his first series that I just didn’t think anything else could be that good (plus he tears your heart out in his books so I admit I was a little afraid). So many people have begged me to read this. I definitely should have read it sooner. Did it tear my heart out and hurt? Yes. Did I love every painful moment? Yes.
The way Kristoff writes is like he actually experienced the story. He makes the stories feel as though they really happened. It is very rare that I get emotional when reading. I never cry when reading. He makes me cry every dang time. If I’m not careful, I’ll end up writing a whole post on Jay Kristoff (hands down one of my favorite authors of all time) and not Nevernight.
So let’s talk this beautiful, bloody mess. I went into this book thinking it was about a cold blooded assassin. I was happily convinced otherwise that Mia Corvere actually had a ton of depth. She did what she had to but she also had her own set of moral rules. I very much so enjoyed her stab stab stabby all over the place in one scene and in the next asking a fellow assassin if they wanted to talk about what happened to him. She was my favorite character.
I also loved the side characters like Tric (hot tamale), Ash, Lottie, and most importantly Mister Kindly. I have heard so much about him and now I want him. He is Mia’s shadow cat and I want to know how she got him so I can get him too. He is hilariously sarcastic and very mysterious. Plus, he eats her fear. Gimme, gimme, gimme!
I would just like to take a moment to talk about how the plot started as one thing and ended as another. So. Many. Shocking. Twists. Seriously, at the end of the book, I was like, “Did I start reading another book?! BECAUSE WHAT THE HECK JUST HAPPENED?!” That ending tore me up! Once again, Kristoff blows my freaking mind.
Okay y’all, I had to knock a half star off because those sex scenes were way, WAY too vivid. I don’t really like it when I’m reading this really great plot and they take a commercial break to have sex. Like, why though? It didn’t have anything to do with the plot. I was like, ummm can we get back to the program here?! Thank you. Geeze Louise.
Final thoughts: I love Jay Kristoff. Whoops, did I say that already? I want a not-cat. Oops, did I say that too? For real though, this book was a freaking blast and I will force you to read it. And you will thank me. Especially if you like bloody, stabby, stab, BA assassins with strange magical powers. I had one friend dub it ‘Murder Hogwarts’! I can’t wait to dig into Godsgrave (Ha. Ha. Dig? I’m so punny. You love it.)!
My Rating: 4 Stars (May change once I read the full book.)
*I got an e-arc preview excerpt from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.
I just know Susan Dennard has done it again. Tear my heart to pieces. I would give anything to get my hands on the full book right now!
Ryber is such a fun character to read about. I really relate to her rule following. I like that she’s different than most characters you read about most days. She’s calm, collected and follows the rules. I’m dying to know how her journey will change her. And I’m dying to know how she and Kullen fall in love!! I’m also very interested in The Rook and hope we get more of his story.
I am enjoying the way the book is told through journal entries and other clippings. It’s very unique and adds a different element to the story telling. Can’t wait to read more!!