So I said I would finish the Grisha trilogy and I did. Man, was it a ride. This book made me cry, I will not lie and it was interesting that I even cried for the bad guy. Don’t judge! You have to read the series to understand why. So this post is going to have spoilers, just so you know. I will have so say, this book has left me with a feeling of lose at the end, like I wasn’t really ready for it to be completely over. Don’t usually feel that way with books, but then again I don’t usually read a lot of series. I try to stick with stand alone books because series usually leave me with these feelings because I am stuck with characters for so long. SO onto my feelings with book.
I cried for the villain. Seriouly, when I read a good book, I don’t usually feel for the villain of the story. Hell, I cheered when Voldemort died in the Harry Potter books. But the Darkling is a unique antagonist because you can see and understand what sent him into his spiral to being the villain. He just wanted to not be alone. It really comes down to that. He knew when he was younger that he was alone in the world in abilities, so he became obsessed with finding someone who could be like him, who would want power like him. When he finally saw his end, all he wanted was someone to remember the ordinary kid who just wanted to be loved. It made me sad. It is understandable to feel this way. I know I have felt alone in the world before and it sucks. Many kids feel it, especially teens because they are still trying to discover who they are as a person. I love that Ms. Bardugo put an antagonist in there that teens could relate to. I feel like she uses it like a way of warning people that wrong decision because of understandable feeling can lead to some horrible outcomes. Gives teens something to think about.
Now one thing I was scared about was the death of a character. I though maybe Mal or Nickolas would be killed but surprisingly, nope. There was an actual happy ending, though a lot of people died before that ending was accomplished. I really do love how everyone ended up, especially Alina and Mal because they deserved their ending together after everything they had been through. I was worried about what was going to happen to Mal and Nickolas considering their circumstance. I was really worried that Bardugo was going to kill off Mal, but she didn’t. She pulled a Harry Potter with Mal and let him survive. If you want to understand, you’ll have to read the book to really understand why I made that connection.
So all in all, I loved the series. I love the following that Leigh Bardugo has for the series (look up characters in google images, there is a lot of really beautiful fan art out there). It has a lot of relations to different things that I love. I felt there was similarities to Avatart the last airbender because you had people who had these natural abilities to move and bend natural elements. Granted there are other abilities the Grisha have so it isn’t just air, water, and fire that can be manipulated. But like I said, just some similarities. You can see the Russian influence the Bardugo brings into the story as well. Usually fantasy worlds have a lot of Western European influence but Bardugo was able to bring in the influence from somewhere that many people don’t associate fantasy.
Well, that’s it. The series is done and I don’t have much left to say. I am sure I will think of stuff later, especially if I find someone who read the books as well. Everyone always has a different experience when they read books. They like and don’t like different things and see similarities to different things. Well, it’s on to the next book. Granted I got to clean some things in the house and such first. See you next book.
Book 36 is the second book in Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha trilogy. Now I read the first book last year and it took me some time to get up the courage to read the second book. Not because it was a bad book or I thought it would be a bad book, I just didn’t now what would happen to the characters and I was scared to see. It didn’t help that I went to a book signing with Leigh Bardugo and a fan had asked about a death in the book. Granted Ms. Bardugo was swift to shut the person down on saying anything more so that more spoilers weren’t given, but the damage was done. I know that someone is going to die and I am scared to know whom it is. Ms. Bardugo is really good at making your feel about the characters, and her characters are not two-dimensional at all. You actual see the struggle the characters go through as they as going through the story.
So since this is the second story, you have to understand where the first story ended. When we last saw Alina and Mal, they had escaped the Darkling and his Grisha in the Fold. The Fold is this huge area that is nothing but darkness with these evil and malicious creatures that feed on humans. Alina is a Sun Summoner, she can summon light and harness it. This is the direct opposite to the Darkling, who can summon darkness. So what does that mean for our heros in the second book.
So Alina and Mal are trying to disappear, but almost immediately they are captured by the Darkling and taken to sea. Seems there is something the Darkling wants, and it has to deal with power. Each summoner has an amplifier; something that helps to amplifies their natural abilities. But summoners can only have one amplifier. The Darkling has found out that there are 3 magical creatures that work together to create one powerful amplifier (though the characters see it as 3 separate amplifiers, I think it is really 1 really powerful amplifier, just makes sense). So when the Darkling found out where to find the second creature, he set out with Alina to kill the creature and claim the power. Unfortunately he didn’t know that the pirate he hired to get him to the creature was actually the second prince of the country and had enough Grisha to help him steal back Mal and Alina and take the creature for the second piece of the amplifier. This sets in motion a divide for Mal and Alina. Alina is learning that she isn’t normal and will never be like anyone else. She can’t have what she wants and Mal doesn’t like it either. He wants to accept Alina for who she is but he can’t. That is something that is really interesting in the book; you see the struggle for both of them.
So that being said, I really do love Bardugo’s world building. She adds information a little at a time, so you don’t feel bogged down with to much information about the world and not enough story. That is something that author’s has to be careful with, especially when making their own world. If an author doesn’t build the world correctly, leaves plot holes but if they build too much, they can lose the reader in the information.
The only problem I had with this book is that Bardugo pulls her inspiration for her world from Russia, and that means there are words and such that I can’t pronounce. That was really the only problem I had. I do hate it when that happens, because I don’t know that if what is in my head is the correct way of pronouncing it. But, it isn’t so heavy that it takes away from the story, just enough that it makes you wonder.
All in all, great book. I would always suggest Leigh Bardugo to friends and family that would like a good fantasy book. Especially if they like a villain that they can like. The Darkling is what I have always thought a villain should be. He is so tempting to follow and it makes it so much easier for the reader to understand the struggle of this world in villianizing this character. He reminds me of Loki from the Avengers. The bad guy that you want to love. Well I have decided I really want to know how this will end so I am going to read the last book and finish the trilogy. I actually have 2 more trilogies that are ending this year that I will be reading. Seems that this year I will be finishing more than one story. Well I will see you next book.
Book 35 is a book called The Appearance of Annie Von Sinderen by Katerine Howe. Now I listened to this as an audiobook so it took me awhile to finish it. One thing with audiobooks that sucks is that it takes a little to get into because you are not reading at your own pace but at someone else’s. That is how it is for me at least. That doesn’t mean that is bad, just takes a little while to really want to know what will happen then with other books. So this book is about a kid, Wes, who is helping out his friend and fellow film school student. His friend, Tyler, is trying to capture a transcendent moment and so he films a séance trying to find that moment. Wes is the sound guy and he noticed this really strange girl who keeps walking around and moving, much to Tyler’s annoyance. Wes tries to get the girl to sit down and touches her on her elbow, which leads to this connection. Wes finds her again, not to long after, trying to get her to sign a release form so that Tyler could use the footage he had of her in is film project. Now why is this important? Because she is a strange girl and disappears at weird time. She says she hears her mother calling and tells Wes to wait, and then never comes back down. Strange.
So there is another girl that Wes meets at the séance and her name is Maddy, Wes likes both her and this mysterious girl. There is a connection here. I realized it when mystery girl and Maddy at one point bump into each other. This comes into play towards the end of the book but it was really cool learning more and more. Now mystery girl is Annie and she is, what she likes to call, a Rip Van Winkle. You know the story of a man who fell asleep and woke up like 100 years later (at least that is how I remember it. If you don’t remember or know, watch Wishbone. He did an episode on it). Anyways, the book goes back and shows the reader how Annie got to the séance and why she connected with Wes.
So the book has two parts in my opinion. Establishing who and what Annie is and then helping her find out the last couple moments of her life that led her to being in the time she isn’t supposed to. It was cute to see Wes kind of fall in love with her even though he knows there is no chance, but he also like Maddy so that is a little strange as well. All in all, it was a cute book about ghost (yes, if you didn’t get that she was a ghost by now, well now you know) Also, they never say the word ghost in the whole book…
Anyways, listening to book shows how some of the writing is a little corny, at least to me. I don’t know if all books are like that and I just don’t notice because I am reading them in my head or if it is just some author’s style. It doesn’t take away from the book, just makes you giggle sometimes. The way the people read the book was funny too. Even my husband chuckled at a couple of things (I kind of begged him to let me finish the audiobook with like 40 minutes left when we were driving home.) Well that is all I have for this book. See you guys next book.
Book 34 is a book called Bloodline by Claudia Gray. Now, for those who know me, know that because I have moved recently, I decided to have a couple of movie marathons, one being a Star Wars marathon, in chronological order. Since I got through the prequels, rogue one, and the original trilogy, I wanted to read Bloodlines as a way to ease into The Force Awakens. I wanted to know more about the fall of the New Republic. How did the First Order become so powerful, as it pretty much rules like the Empire? How did the New Republic not learn from the Old Republic? Bloodline is the perfect way to see how that happened.
The book follows Leia at the end of her political career, she wants to leave the Republic after 20 something years of trying to build it up. The sad thing is, she is seeing what her mother saw before she passed, the destruction of the democracy. Not only that, she is discredited before the entire galaxy when it is let loose that she is the daughter of Darth Vadar. It is interesting to remember that, though we the fans of the series know the truth of Luke and Leia, the people in the universe doesn’t. Took me a minute to wrap my head around that.
The New Republic is divided. That is the same for any democratic government in the world; there are always factions. But this isn’t the same as say the US or Britain, as the division is causing everything to fall. For those that live in the US know that right now there is a huge division in the government and it is causing so many problems, it is distressing. But that is nothing compared to the New Republic, who is falling under this division shortly after it began. With many leaders in place who were in place during the Empire, or people who didn’t live during much of the Empire and don’t regard what happened as something as horrible as it really was. The division is central on one thing, power. The populist want to give planets more power to run their worlds and so one but centralist want to have a central power, much like the Empire. We come to find out that centralists are the ones that have been using criminal cartels, much like the Hutts, to rebuild what was once the Empire to make the start of the First Order.
For me, I think what I really loved about this book was seeing Leia outside of being a rebel and in a senator role as well as her coming to terms with her past. There is a point in the book where she actually wonders how Anakin felt before he turned to dark side. She is in a position where she doesn’t have the power to stop the harm coming to an innocent person and she wonders if Anakin’s turn to the dark wasn’t something grounded in good. That he wanted to protect someone and wanted the power to do so. It was really neat to see that because that is what turned Anakin. He just didn’t realize that the dark side would take away what he wanted to protect to begin with (at least that is how I saw it).
Anyways, well I am going to leave this here. I don’t want to go into smaller and smaller details about the book and how it ties into the over all story and such. There is one thing that makes me wonder…Ben was never told about his grandfather until it was leaked to the universe when Leia was outted. Makes me wonder if he finding out about his grandfather led to him to joining the First Order. Well, see you next book.
Book 33 is a book called Geekerella by Ashley Poston. I loved this book for many reasons even though it read somewhat like a fangirl's fanfiction (I say this not to offend) I feel the reason I love this book is because I relate to it so much. As a geek girl myself and as someone who likes going to comic cons to meet more people like me as well as to see the stars that have voiced or acted in a show I loved, I related with Elle so much. Now I will admit that I am not as bad as Elle is sometimes, like judging an actor before you see him play the part or having a blog where I analyze the show I love over and over (not that that is a bad thing, I just am a fan of many fandoms), but I am alike in wanting what I love to be preserved and not used by Hollywood as a platform for another hit movie. It’s actually why I get scared when they say a book that I love is being made into a movie or show.
SO the book, it is about Elle, a girl who lives basically like Cinderella. Her father was a huge fan of a tv show series much like star wars, star trek, and firefly. He started a huge comic con because of his love for this series and it was there that he met Elle’s mom (at least I think I got that part right). Well Elle’s father died in a car accident and left her with her stepmother and stepsisters, country club kind of people. So when her favorite show, the only thing that has been constant in her life, is becoming a movie in hopes of a reboot, she is very critical about whom they chose to be the lead character. Why? Because he played in a teen drama and is known in Hollywood mostly for his character and looks.
Darian is the actor chose to play the main role. He loves the show and the character he will play just like any other fan. He hates that he is seen as only a teen heartthrob and wants to do right by the character he is to play. That being said, he doesn’t like doing comic conventions because of some bad memories of a friend who betrayed him. So when he was told he would be attending the comic con that Elle’s father started, he tried to reach out to Elle’s father (who is dead) to try and get out of the appearance. The plot twist, Elle inherited her father’s phone and it’s number and the two start texting each other, falling for each other.
Now the reason I say this reads like a fanfiction is because this is a dream every fan would have. Who wouldn’t want to start a relationship with his/her favorite actor/actress (regardless if it’s romantic or not) Who wouldn’t want to talk with their favorite actor/actress likes friends, and have them be these really cool people that you always wanted them to be (because we do know not all of Hollywoods famous stars are really nice people). Now don’t let that fact that I said this book reads like a fanfiction, that it is bad. If you have ever read fanfiction, you will know there are some amazing authors out there who write them. They read really well and are really interesting. Hell, Fifty Shades of Grey started out as fanfiction and looked out that ended (or so I am told, and no I don’t like Fifty Shades of Grey, I personally think it was poorly written and this book is so much better than it).
All in all, if you are a geek like me, and you like going to conventions and day dreaming about meet the stars that play your favorite characters, then this book is something you will like. I thought it was amazing and I hope you guys do. See you next book.
So sorry for the wait. I have been in the process of moving from one state to another so I haven’t really had that much time to read in the process.
So book 32 is the second book in a series that I started back in May, the Legacy of Kings. The second book is called the Empire of Dust by Eleanor Herman. The book is a new way to look at Alexander the Great. The author adds magic and prophecies to the legacy of one of the greatest rulers of the ancient world.
So when we last saw the characters in Legacy of Kings, Kat has recovered mysteriously from a wound that should have killed her, Hephestian killed the leader of the Assyrian lords when he shouldn’t have, Jacob gave his last kiss to Kat when he thought she was dying on the battle field, and Zophia and Cynane are both captured. Most importantly, we the readers find out that there is something bigger going on then the fight for Macedon. The bigger picture is that the magic users can all trace their lines back to 2 gods that fought of the Spirit Eaters, the real villains in this story (or we are meant to see it that way). These 2 gods are important to the story, so remember that.
So character wise, we see a development in Kat, Alex and Hephestian. Zophia is more annoying in this book than the last, Jacob doesn’t make much sense to me, and Cynane’s storyline is weird.
Kat is in turmoil, as is expected. She found out her mother is someone she hates and now has killed the only family she knew. Not only that, she has lost Jacob, the man she wanted to marry after she completed her mission on finding out about Helen’s murder and why it happened. Add on to that, she is trying to master her abilities with Blood Magic and her growing feelings for Hephestian. Hephestian is growing some but he kind of starts to self-destruct. He loves Kat but knows that she still has feelings for Jacob and that there is part of her that can destroy everything he hold dear. Alex now feels the weight of being a ruler. He can start to see himself turing into his father and believes that is how a ruler is supposed to be but quickly finds out that he must be different if he is to be a better ruler.
Zophia seems to be more and more in trouble. Ochus captured her and holds her prisoner but it seems there is more to it. Ochus was sent to kill her but couldn’t because he fell in love (no real development on that) and Zo realized that she has fallen for him to when he leaves her to defend herself (wow, so much for Casmas, the previous love of her life). Cynane now want to take back the throne on her mother’s side. We leave her captured by the Assyrian Lords, but that is temporary. She can heal herself, but not with her own magic, seems someone powerful wants her to stay alive. He is a shadow being and is trying to guide Cynane back to her mother’s land. Evidently she has a destiny all her own. I find it interesting that the guard that the Queen instructs to make sure Cynane gets to her future husband (yep, she was sold to a king to be a queen) is named Priam, the same name of the king of Troy when the Greeks attacked it.
So the book ends with Kat and Heph freeing an Egyptian princess from a curse from a god, Cynane going back to her mother’s homeland as a bride, Zophia getting on the back of a Pegasus heading to the Flaming Cliffs to free the Spirit Eaters to change her fate, and Alex now seems possessed one of the gods that his mother freed through a weird ritual. The same god that is supposed to be Alex and Kat’s father, or so it is hinted.
All in all, I think I will finish the series but not just yet. The last book just came out and I think I will wait a little before I get it. Might get the audiobook instead, since that is how I started it. Though the audio book takes too long in my opinion. Well, I will see you next book.
SO I know it has been a little while since I have posted but not as long as other times so I should be good. I got this phone while I was on a trip with my mom to my new city to live. That is right, I am moving. That has something to do with why it took me so long to read this book. Now when I started it, I read like 5 pages and put it down. I picked it up a couple of days later and read like a quarter of the book and then went to bed and waited until the next night to read some more. Mind you, I didn’t start reading again until after 10 pm because I didn’t think I would stay up more than an hour but I stayed up until 230 am and finished the book. Why? The book had me in its grips that much. Just a heads up, if you want to read this book in the future, my post is going to have lots of spoilers. If you don’t want to know, stop reading and just know that this is a really good book, especially if you like political intrigue.
So first off, the book says it’s about a competition between twins to see if who will be the next ruler of Eden after the king and heir to the throne is assassinated. Well that starts like halfway through the book. The big plot behind this story is the twins and their relationship. The girl is by far my favorite. She has her flaws but she honestly cares for her twin brother who has seizures, something she and her mother have kept secret for years. The reason is because of a prophecy that was made the day that the twins were born. One of them is cursed and if was let to live, they would bring darkness to the kingdom. They think the boy twin is the cursed one because of the seizures.
So now that you know the bases of what the synopsis doesn’t tell you, I want to talk about how stupid the boy twin is. He has been pushed aside for so long by his father and all he wanted was some validation for his existence that when the first pretty face told him that she loved him, he started to believe her over the sister who had taken beating and whippings to keep his secret safe. He believed his older brother’s fiancé, who he had fallen for before she became his brother’s fiancé. The point that really got me was that it only took a couple of lies to turn the male twin against his sister. Seriously, it really made me mad that this happened. Because of this, I believe that the male is the cursed one. He is cursed because he is the one that has given in to darkness, not jealously and corruption. For God’s sake, he had a kid killed to prove that he should be the on throne that was the tipping point. Not only that, he tried to kill his sister when she was helping him, even after everything pointed to her killing his one true love (the seductress that is his brother’s fiancé). It really really bugged me that the brother was that easily turned and for me, there is no redemption with him. I really hope that the girl twin does take out her brother in the end.
Now that being said, there is a secret that the girl twin didn’t know about. She is technically the cursed on, according to her mother. She can manipulate the wind to do what she wants. That doesn’t seem like a curse to me if she knows how to control it. But because there are now outside forces working in connection with this competition and for the throne, I think there is more going on than the author wants us to know. This is the first book in a series or trilogy (don’t know) and so far the author has only shown up Eden. The girl twin gets help from 2 foreign dignitaries who both seem to know about something her that she doesn’t. They help her fake her death so she can learn her abilities and leave Eden to find help. She has every intention to return and win the competition from her brother, who left her to die and now thinks he has won the throne.
So I am going to end this with this. I will definitely be reading the next book of this series, as I want to know what will happen between the twins. I really hope that the brother sees that he was wrong and justice prevails. I want him to understand exactly how stupid and destructive his decisions were and that he had everything he needed and him living is because of his sister. I really hate this guy. Well see you next book.
Book 30! I know, it’s only been a day since I have posted something, but I have finished another book. It helps that I am on a many of road trips that I take this summer (oh joy!...) So, book 30 is a book called Tuesday’s at the Castle. I had to chose a book with a month or day of the week in the title and this seemed interesting enough. The cover of the book makes it seem that it is for young readers (like 7-12) but the way that it reads, it has to be in the same category as Harry Potter and Artemis Fowl books. It was actually a really good book, I was really into it, however short it was.
So Tuesday’s at the Castle follows Celie, the youngest of 4 royal children who has an unique bond with the Castle in which her family lives. This castle has been in this country for hundreds of years and is magical. It adds new rooms and hallways and secret passages all the time, especially when it is bored. It also let the ruling family know secrets people try to keep secret, like if you are secretly thinking of overthrowing the royal family. Well the story starts with the king and queen going on a trip to watch their oldest son graduate as a wizard (why he is not heir to the throne is because the Castle determined that the second son was a better fit and the Castle knows best). Tragedy strikes when the royal family is attacked and presumed dead. Celie doesn’t believe this to be true and neither does the Castle. Unfortunately, there is someone who is trying to take over the kingdom and it’s up to Celie, her siblings, and the Castle to stop these intruders.
The book was really interesting to read. Now I do have questions about the world that is built but the author does a great job of giving you just what you need to understand how this world works. Celie is a courageous 11-year-old princess and does a lot to save her family, more than a regular 11 year old would do. She was quick on her feet to think of things to upset or unsettle the enemy, to throw favor in for her brother (the heir) and against the enemy.
All in all, for a young reader’s book it was really fun to read, especially on a road trip. I was wondering a lot who was the royal family and who was conspiring against them. I wanted to know if the royal family was really dead. If they weren’t, then where were they hiding and why didn’t they send word or help to their children? It was fun, interesting, funny, and endearing. I was happy with my pick. Well, I’ll see you with the next book.
Book 29 is a reread from my college years and covers the nonhuman perspective of my popsugar challenge, The Hobbit. It was all from Bilbo’s point of view. Even though the narrator is not Bilbo, it is what we English people would like to call third person limited. You only know Bilbo’s thoughts and feelings. Though the narrator is someone else, it is still from Bilbo’s perspective. Bilbo is not a human but a hobbit, so it covers my popsugar challenge. Why am I going to such detail to prove it works? I was really trying not to read one of those sappy dog perspective books that would make me cry because the dog always dies (so I have heard and guessed). So when I found that I could use the Hobbit, I jumped on the chance to cross off that category. This year I am doing better at finishing all of the categories on this challenge.
Okay, so the Hobbit. If you are looking at this blog with hopes of reading the book for the first time and finding it like the movies, you will be a little disappointed. There is a lot of extra things added into the movies then what is in the book but at the same time, the dwarves and their personalities aren’t as bad. I say that because of one particular dwarf, Thorin. Thorin in the movies is a complete ass in my opinion and I didn’t like how he was portrayed. In the book, he is a little more expecting and kinder (except about the whole Arkenstone thing, the movie portrayed that very well). That being said, the movies do a good job of giving the dwarves different personalities. You don’t get that sense from the book.
One of the great things about the book is that you get a better sense of the world that Tolkien built and the way people lived. The best part is all the songs and the riddles that are in this book. If you like how words can play on your imagination and how Tolkien can paint a picture, this book is definitely something you should check out. I will warn you, there is no romance but there is plenty of revenge in the story. Oh, and the battle of the Five Armies is not nearly as big in this book. Tolkien doesn’t make a battle long. In the Lord of the Rings trilogy, the battle of Helm’s Deep is just a chapter but takes up a quarter of the movie. Same for the Hobbit.
All in all, a wise decision to reread this book. Took me back to my college days and to memories with a certain friend who was in my Tolkien class with me, who stayed up late at night and worked on her paper with me in the library the day it was due. Well, see you next book.
Book 28 is Neil Gaiman’s Norse Mythology. Now this review is going to be kind of short because of the book itself. I am not saying that it is a small book, only one full of short stories. This book is literally the different stories of Norse Mythology. It is about Loki, Odin, and Thor. These gods are not like the superheroes we know in our pop culture but of the traditional sense. Gaiman does a really good job of bringing these old stories back to life.
Now the one thing that I found really interesting is that all these stories connected in the end. It seems like they are not really connected and random but in the last story, Ragnarok, all the stories play a small part in the final battle of the gods of old.
I think my favorite story is the story of Loki’s children. Why? I like this tale above the others because I see how the gods inevitably screw themselves because of their fear of something possibly being stronger than them. They had a moment when they could have been justice and kept their word, but they didn’t and, in turn, caused one of their greatest enemies to be born.
All in all, the reason this book took me so long to get through was the fact that it different stories all in one book. I would read a story and then put it down. Then I would read another story and find something else interesting because the story I got into was over. It is hard to keep getting into story after story and not lose interest after awhile.
This isn’t a bad book, especially if you are interested in Norse Mythology. It just wasn’t a book I am used to reading. All in all, Gaiman did a great job of bringing these traditional stories back to life. I hope more people will read these stories and Norse Mythology would be just as interesting as Greek Mythology
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