Book Review

Review | The Rose & the Dagger by Renée Ahdieh

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Author: Renée Ahdieh
Series: The Wrath and the Dawn #2
Published: April 26th 2016
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Pages: 416
Genres: Fantasy
Rating: 5 Stars

Synopsis

The darker the sky, the brighter the stars.

In a land on the brink of war, Shahrzad is forced from the arms of her beloved husband, the Caliph of Khorasan. She once thought Khalid a monster—a merciless killer of wives, responsible for immeasurable heartache and pain—but as she unraveled his secrets, she found instead an extraordinary man and a love she could not deny. Still, a curse threatens to keep Shazi and Khalid apart forever.

Now she’s reunited with her family, who have found refuge in the desert, where a deadly force is gathering against Khalid—a force set on destroying his empire and commanded by Shazi’s spurned childhood sweetheart. Trapped between loyalties to those she loves, the only thing Shazi can do is act. Using the burgeoning magic within her as a guide, she strikes out on her own to end both this terrible curse and the brewing war once and for all. But to do it, she must evade enemies of her own to stay alive.

The saga that began with The Wrath and the Dawn takes its final turn as Shahrzad risks everything to find her way back to her one true love again.

ReviewI am so glad that after all this time I finally decided to pick up the second and final book to this fantastic tale. The Wrath and the Dawn took me by surprise and ended up being one of my favourite books of last year. I shouldn’t have waited so long to read The Rose & The Dagger because I loved it more than I ever thought I could.

Like I said in my review for The Wrath and the Dawn. I don’t particularly like re-tellings or hate to love relationships. But Renée crafted this story so beautifully. I couldn’t help but love every single second of it.

Shazi, I nearly forgot how stubborn and brave she was. But as soon as I started reading from her perspective again, it all came flooding back to me. How much I love her. How no matter what stands in her way, Shazi will always fight for what she believes in. She is a remarkable character.

And Khalid. The most hated man in his own city. The boy king that everyone thinks is a complete monster. I love how much Khalid grows in this book. His enemies become allies and his allies become enemies. And the entire time Khalid is simply trying to become a better man for his kingdom.

And each of these characters are so distinctive with their separate way of thinking that it is impossible to forget who’s perspective we are reading. I love how much depth each character possesses. I could tell how much care and time that the author put into creating them. It was so refreshing.

I could not put this book down. I needed to know the outcome for Shazi and her loved ones. I needed to know if they get a happily ever after or a war that they can’t win. There is so much action and intense scenes in this novel that I thought my heart was going to beat right out of my chest.

I’m giving this book 5 stars. I could go on and on forever about how much I loved this duology. It was such a refreshing story about love, family and what becomes of people who seek only power. I love Renée Ahdieh’s writing, and I intend to read all her other stories. I think she has officially been added to my auto-buy list. I recommend this book to everyone. It has so much to offer, and I think that you will enjoy it tremendously. 5 Stars

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

View More: http://crystalstokes.pass.us/2017-reneeRenée Ahdieh is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In her spare time, she likes to dance salsa and collect shoes. She is passionate about all kinds of curry, rescue dogs and college basketball. The first few years of her life were spent in a high—rise in South Korea; consequently, Renée enjoys having her head in the clouds. She lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, with her husband and their tiny overlord of a dog. She is the author of THE WRATH AND THE DAWN.

Book Review

Review | The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

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Author: Melissa Albert
Series: #1 The Hazel Wood
Published: January 30th 2018
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Pages: 359
Genres: Fantasy
Rating: 3 Stars

Synopsis

Seventeen-year-old Alice and her mother have spent most of Alice’s life on the road, always a step ahead of the uncanny bad luck biting at their heels. But when Alice’s grandmother, the reclusive author of a cult-classic book of pitch-dark fairy tales, dies alone on her estate, the Hazel Wood, Alice learns how bad her luck can really get: her mother is stolen away―by a figure who claims to come from the Hinterland, the cruel supernatural world where her grandmother’s stories are set. Alice’s only lead is the message her mother left behind: “Stay away from the Hazel Wood.”

Alice has long steered clear of her grandmother’s cultish fans. But now she has no choice but to ally with classmate Ellery Finch, a Hinterland superfan who may have his own reasons for wanting to help her. To retrieve her mother, Alice must venture first to the Hazel Wood, then into the world where her grandmother’s tales began―and where she might find out how her own story went so wrong.

Review

Alice has been on the road with her mother Ella, her entire life. Any time they settled down, something bad would happen. To keep the bad luck at bay, they never stayed in one place too long. That is until Ella falls in love and they settle down in rich town with their new family. But of course the bad luck finds them. Just when life seems to be turning normal, Ella is kidnapped and Alice is on a mission to find her. And the only place she could be is the Hazel Wood. The hidden home of her grandmother, where sinister stories have kept them away all these years.

This book started off so strong for me. I love the New York setting and Alice, who is such a likeable character. The mystery of her grandmothers book, and how she could never find a copy to read no matter how much she tried was so intriguing to me. I wanted to know what the deal was with these supposedly cursed fairy tales. And boy did we ever find out.

I did have a hard time adjusting for weird things happening in New York, to being thrown into a whole other world completely. Home to make believe and sinister stories. I’m not that big a fan of fairy tales. So when your entire life turns into one, I started to lose interest.

There were a few chapters where I was completely bored out of my mind and I just wanted the story to end. But then the action and plot twists would pick back up again and I would be back into loving the story. That’s why I had such a time rating this one. One second the book is great, and then the next I’ really disliking it. So I figured the only fair rating would be right in the middle of love and hate.

I don’t know how much to say without giving away spoilers. I feel like this is the type of book that you should jump into blind, so I don’t want to speak about the plot too much.

I’m giving this book 3 stars because I had so many mixed feelings about The Hazel Wood. I loved the characters so much, but the setting and tone of the story didn’t always sit well with me. I will be reading the next book, because it releases in the new year. Maybe reading the second book will help me sort out my feelings for this story. 3 Stars

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

8384949Melissa Albert is the founding editor of the Barnes & Noble Teen Blog and the managing editor of BN.com. She has written for McSweeney’s, Time Out Chicago, MTV, and more. Melissa is from Illinois and lives in Brooklyn. THE HAZEL WOOD is her first novel.

Book Review

Review | The Wrath & the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh

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Author: Renée Ahdieh
Series: The Wrath & the Dawn #1
Published: May 12th 2015
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Pages: 404
Genres: Fantasy
Rating: 5 Stars

Synopsis

One Life to One Dawn.

In a land ruled by a murderous boy-king, each dawn brings heartache to a new family. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, is a monster. Each night he takes a new bride only to have a silk cord wrapped around her throat come morning. When sixteen-year-old Shahrzad’s dearest friend falls victim to Khalid, Shahrzad vows vengeance and volunteers to be his next bride. Shahrzad is determined not only to stay alive, but to end the caliph’s reign of terror once and for all.

Night after night, Shahrzad beguiles Khalid, weaving stories that enchant, ensuring her survival, though she knows each dawn could be her last. But something she never expected begins to happen: Khalid is nothing like what she’d imagined him to be. This monster is a boy with a tormented heart. Incredibly, Shahrzad finds herself falling in love. How is this possible? It’s an unforgivable betrayal. Still, Shahrzad has come to understand all is not as it seems in this palace of marble and stone. She resolves to uncover whatever secrets lurk and, despite her love, be ready to take Khalid’s life as retribution for the many lives he’s stolen. Can their love survive this world of stories and secrets?

Review

I’m not the biggest fan of re-tellings and I am definitely not the biggest fan of hate to love relationships. But omg this book just blew me away. Every worry I had about this book was instantly washed away once I began to read from the mind of Shahrzad.

Right from the beginning Shahrzad was cunning and brave and she had a feel for revenge. Once her best friend fell victim to the cruel king who kills a new wife every single night, Shahrzad had enough. It was time that she taught this King a lesson by ending him and his tyranny.

This story was crafted beautifully. It’s been a while since I had read fantasy, and this was the perfect one to pick up to re-introduce me to the genre. I was sucked in from the very beginning, and the quickly fell for the characters fighting for justice and love. My favourite badass is Shahrzad one hundred percent. I just love how she holds herself to her beliefs. I love the mind games she plays to ensure her survival. She is so witty and fast thinking and omg she is honestly just perfect.

I thought that Khalid was going to be a complete monster. But he had these innocent qualities that made you almost want to forget everything he’s done. He seemed caring and honest and it made no sense to me how he could be okay with killing so many woman. The farther the story went on, the more Shahrzad and myself started falling for Khalid. He just seemed so misunderstood, keeping his family secrets and never giving a valid reason for his actions.

I can’t wait to read the next book in this duo-logy. I can’t help but wish that there would be more novels coming out that centred Shahrzad and Khalid. I could honestly read their stories over and over.

I am giving this book an easy 5 stars. The characters were loveable and showed so much growth throughout the story. The action and never ending wonder of what was to happen next kept me flipping page after page. This is one retelling that will forever be on my favourites shelf. Renée Ahdieh managed to take not one but two tropes that I am not a big fan of, and made me love every second of the story. That’s simply amazing in my books. 5 Stars

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

View More: http://crystalstokes.pass.us/2017-reneeRenée Ahdieh is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In her spare time, she likes to dance salsa and collect shoes. She is passionate about all kinds of curry, rescue dogs and college basketball. The first few years of her life were spent in a high—rise in South Korea; consequently, Renée enjoys having her head in the clouds. She lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, with her husband and their tiny overlord of a dog. She is the author of THE WRATH AND THE DAWN.

Book Review

Review | City of Glass by Cassandra Clare

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Author: Cassandra Clare (Goodreads, Twitter, Facebook, Website)
Series: The Mortal Instruments #3
Published: March 24th 2009
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Pages: 541
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal
Rating: 5 Stars

Synopsis
To save her mother’s life, Clary must travel to the City of Glass, the ancestral home of the Shadowhunters – never mind that entering the city without permission is against the Law, and breaking the Law could mean death. To make things worse, she learns that Jace does not want her there, and Simon has been thrown in prison by the Shadowhunters, who are deeply suspicious of a vampire who can withstand sunlight.

As Clary uncovers more about her family’s past, she finds an ally in mysterious Shadowhunter Sebastian. With Valentine mustering the full force of his power to destroy all Shadowhunters forever, their only chance to defeat him is to fight alongside their eternal enemies. But can Downworlders and Shadowhunters put aside their hatred to work together? While Jace realizes exactly how much he’s willing to risk for Clary, can she harness her newfound powers to help save the Glass City – whatever the cost?

Love is a mortal sin and the secrets of the past prove deadly as Clary and Jace face down Valentine in the third installment of the New York Times bestselling series The Mortal Instruments.

Review

I honestly didn’t think it was possible that I could love this series even more than I already do. But, after re-reading City of Glass, my love for the Shadowhunter world grew even more. This is the most intense book of the series by far.

With war on the horizon, the group of characters we’ve all come to love are fighting for their lives. Nothing is what it seems. No matter how much you think you know, there will always be another twist and another turn. I dropped this book onto my lap so many times, just to give my brain some time to catch up. There were so many things that I just did not see coming. It was incredible.

There was a couple times where I screamed “YES” with a big smile on my face after certain scenes. And other times where I would want to throw the book against the wall. That’s how invested I am in these characters. I love them all so much. I hate to see them hurting and I love to see them happy.

There are so many ups and downs in this series, but there is never a dull moment. I could read these pages over and over again and I would never get bored. I read this book in two sittings because once i get into the world, and I cannot turn the pages fast enough.

I can’t wait to read more books from this world. I am giving this one an obvious 5 stars, because this book had everything I wanted and more. If you haven’t read this series you need to pick it up like yesterday. You will not regret it.5 Stars

cassandraclare-683x1024ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Cassandra Clare was born overseas and spent her early years traveling around the world with her family and several trunks of fantasy books. Cassandra worked for several years as an entertainment journalist for the Hollywood Reporter before turning her attention to fiction. She is the author of City of Bones, the first book in the Mortal Instruments trilogy and a New York Times bestseller. Cassandra lives with her fiance and their two cats in Massachusetts.

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Review | City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare

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Author: Cassandra Clare (Goodreads, Twitter, Facebook, Website)
Series: The Mortal Instruments #2
Published: March 25th 2008
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Pages: 453
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal
Rating: 5 Stars

Synopsis
Clary Fray just wishes that her life would go back to normal. But what’s normal when you’re a demon-slaying Shadowhunter, your mother is in a magically induced coma, and you can suddenly see Downworlders like werewolves, vampires, and faeries? If Clary left the world of the Shadowhunters behind, it would mean more time with her best friend, Simon, who’s becoming more than a friend. But the Shadowhunting world isn’t ready to let her go — especially her handsome, infuriating, newfound brother, Jace. And Clary’s only chance to help her mother is to track down rogue Shadowhunter Valentine, who is probably insane, certainly evil — and also her father.

To complicate matters, someone in New York City is murdering Downworlder children. Is Valentine behind the killings — and if he is, what is he trying to do? When the second of the Mortal Instruments, the Soul-Sword, is stolen, the terrifying Inquisitor arrives to investigate and zooms right in on Jace. How can Clary stop Valentine if Jace is willing to betray everything he believes in to help their father?

In this breathtaking sequel to City of Bones, Cassandra Clare lures her readers back into the dark grip of New York City’s Downworld, where love is never safe and power becomes the deadliest temptation.

Review

I am so happy that I decided to re-read The  Mortal Instrument series for a third time. I missed my favourite band of characters. And for the third time I was blown away by the in depth story telling, the amazing characters, and simply for the fact that I could not put this book down. I needed to know what happened even though I already read it. That’s a really great quality to a book. No matter how many times I read it, I am still engaged the same as if it was my first time. I love reading certain sections and realizing information that I missed the first time around. I am constantly falling in love with this series more and more.

Clary is by far my favourite heroine. She is brave, even though she is given so many reasons to be afraid. She is thrown into a crazy new world filled with magic and demons and yet she always stands tall and faces whatever is in her way. She is remarkable in so many ways.

Jace made my heart ache during this book. All he wanted was to feel accepted by his family. But unfortunately he got lost and started to question the people that had been there for him since the beginning. It’s easy to doubt yourself and believe you are not lovable. Especially when you have an evil father that corrupts everything in his past.

And their feelings for each other drove me crazy! I want them to be together so bad and yet it’s impossible and wrong with them finding out they are siblings in the first book of the series. They try so hard to keep a distance from each other and it tore their hearts apart.

I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. I wanted to relish every second of every scene but I needed to know more and more. I tried to take it slow so that I could savour the story but it was impossible, once I get obsessed with a story I can’t stop until it’s finished.

Cassandra Clare is a phenomenal story teller and I think everyone should give her books a chance. They will not regret the adventure and feelings that these characters bring the the story. Each one so unique and plagued with their own issues, yet they all fit together perfectly like puzzle pieces creating one master universe.

5 Stars

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

cassandraclare-683x1024Cassandra Clare was born overseas and spent her early years traveling around the world with her family and several trunks of fantasy books. Cassandra worked for several years as an entertainment journalist for the Hollywood Reporter before turning her attention to fiction. She is the author of City of Bones, the first book in the Mortal Instruments trilogy and a New York Times bestseller. Cassandra lives with her fiance and their two cats in Massachusetts.

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Review | City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

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Author: Cassandra Clare (Goodreads, Twitter, Facebook, Website)
Series: The Mortal Instruments #1
Published: March 27th 2007
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Pages: 485
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal
Rating: 5 Stars

Synopsis
When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder― much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing―not even a smear of blood―to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know…

Review

I’m so excited that I re-read this book this month. City of Bones will remain one of my favourite books of all time as long as I live. I am still so baffled that Cassandra Clare was able to weave such an intricate world with so many species and laws and amazing characters. She is one of my all time idols, one of my favourite authors.

Clary and Jace are by far my favourite characters. I even found a new love for Simon this time around. Each character was so carefully crafted. Their personalities so different and unique from one another. The characters throughout this book are amazing, and I love how new characters got added throughout the book without me getting dizzy. It’s really a gift to be able to write about so many characters without confusing the reader. And Cassie Clare definitely has that gift.

I’ve read this book 4 times, and each time I catch things I missed during previous reads. I love re-reading this book because every time it confirms my love for the story and the Shadowhunter world. The way the story is woven is incredible. I would honestly put Cassandra Clare in the same category as J. K. Rowling, she is just so talented.

This book has non stop action, blooming relationships, silly banter, an evil idealist back from the dead, demons, supernatural everything. As they say, all the stories are true. There is only so many ways I can rave about this book. It’s amazing. It’s honestly on my top 5 list of all the books I’ve read in my life and I encourage you all to pick it up and give it try. You will fall in love with the characters and the world that Cassandra Clare so carefully crafted. You will become addicted, reading the books in the Shadowhunter world as quickly as possible. That is an almost guarantee.

I’m giving this book 5 stars. And I think it’s safe to say after all my gushing about this amazing tale, you can tell why.

5 Stars

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

cassandraclare-683x1024Cassandra Clare was born overseas and spent her early years traveling around the world with her family and several trunks of fantasy books. Cassandra worked for several years as an entertainment journalist for the Hollywood Reporter before turning her attention to fiction. She is the author of City of Bones, the first book in the Mortal Instruments trilogy and a New York Times bestseller. Cassandra lives with her fiance and their two cats in Massachusetts.

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Review | Coraline by Neil Gaiman

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Author: Neil Gaiman (Goodreads, Twitter, Facebook, Website)
Published: August 4th 2002
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Pages: 162
Genres: Horror, Fantasy
Rating: 2 Stars
Where to buy: Amazon US |Barnes & Noble | Amazon CA | Indigo CA |

Synopsis
The day after they moved in, Coraline went exploring….

In Coraline’s family’s new flat are twenty-one windows and fourteen doors. Thirteen of the doors open and close.

The fourteenth is locked, and on the other side is only a brick wall, until the day Coraline unlocks the door to find a passage to another flat in another house just like her own.

Only it’s different.

At first, things seem marvelous in the other flat. The food is better. The toy box is filled with wind-up angels that flutter around the bedroom, books whose pictures writhe and crawl and shimmer, little dinosaur skulls that chatter their teeth. But there’s another mother, and another father, and they want Coraline to stay with them and be their little girl. They want to change her and never let her go.

Other children are trapped there as well, lost souls behind the mirrors. Coraline is their only hope of rescue. She will have to fight with all her wits and all the tools she can find if she is to save the lost children, her ordinary life, and herself.

Critically acclaimed and award-winning author Neil Gaiman will delight readers with his first novel for all ages.

Review

I picked up this book because I had watched the movie Coraline a year ago and it scared me out of my wits. I really wanted to read the original story, the get a better understanding of the world and characters. Unfortunately, this book fell flat for me.

I had a really hard time connecting to the characters and the world. I don’t know if it’s because I am a young adult reading this book when it is primarily meant for kids, or if the movie set an expectation that this book really just didn’t meet. Maybe I would have liked it better if I was still a child, or maybe it would have brought me nightmares, who knows.

The only character that I did like in this novel was Coraline. I loved her bravery and her determination throughout the book. She was young, but she knew what was right and Coraline would never stop until her world was set right again. Her parents were captured by a monster pretending to be her mother. Coraline needed to use her wits and cleverness to try and outsmart her fake mother.

The concept is so unique, like nothing I’ve ever read before. I am really disappointed that I didn’t like this story because the synopsis was amazing. I think a lot of my issues came from the writing style. I just couldn’t get sucked into this story no matter how much I tried. It honestly became a burden to read which brought on another reading slump. I was contemplating DNF’ing this one but I’ve only ever done that to 2 books in my life so I really wanted to push through and finish it.

I’m giving this book 2 stars because while I didn’t really enjoy  the story, I liked Coraline’s personality and spunk. She made the book more bearable for me, which is the reason I decided to finish this one. I know a lot of people do love this book, so I would recommend that you give it a chance, it honestly just wasn’t my cup of tea.

2 Stars

neil-gaiman-author-photo-bw3-768x1024ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Neil Gaiman was born in Hampshire, UK, and now lives in the United States near Minneapolis.

Neil Gaiman is credited with being one of the creators of modern comics, as well as an author whose work crosses genres and reaches audiences of all ages. He is listed in the Dictionary of Literary Biography as one of the top ten living post-modern writers and is a prolific creator of works of prose, poetry, film, journalism, comics, song lyrics, and drama.

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Review|The Gilded King by Josie Jaffrey

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Author: Josie Jaffrey (Goodreads, Twitter, FacebookWebsite)
Series: Sovereign #1
Published: June 25th 2018
Publisher: Josie Jaffrey
Pages: 303
Genres: Fantasy
Rating: 4 Stars
Where to buy: Amazon US |Barnes & Noble | Amazon CA | Indigo CA |

Synopsis
In the Blue, the world’s last city, all is not well.

Julia is stuck within its walls. She serves the nobility from a distance until she meets Lucas, a boy who believes in fairytales that Julia’s world can’t accommodate. The Blue is her prison, not her castle, and she’d escape into the trees if she didn’t know that contamination and death awaited humanity outside.

But not everyone in the Blue is human, and not everyone can be contained.

Beyond the city’s boundaries, in the wild forests of the Red, Cameron has precious little humanity left to lose. As he searches for a lost queen, he finds an enemy rising that he thought long dead. An enemy that the humans have forgotten how to fight.

One way or another, the walls of the Blue are coming down. The only question is what side you’ll be on when they do.

Review

For the first few chapters I was a little uncertain as to wether I was going to like this story or not. I was caught off guard by the fact that there were two different stories taking place simultaneously, switching narrative each chapter.

I absolutely loved reading from Julia’s point of view. A server girl trying to make it in the tough world of being an attendant to a noble man. Attendants include meeting there every need including letting your noble drink your blood.

However it took a while for me to start liking reading from Cam’s point of view. His story seemed to take quite a bit a time before I started looking forward to reading what happened next.

I do think this story was very original. Usually when I read something that involves vampires, I find myself rolling my eyes because usually they aren’t very original. But this book was like nothing I’ve ever read before.

The love story made me swoon, the action made my heart race, and the betrayals made my jaw drop. This book honestly has it all. I wish that more people new about it, because I think they would love it as much as I did.

Overall I’ve decided to give this book 4 stars for the amazing originality, and because I couldn’t put the book down because I constantly wanted to know more. I recommend this book to all, I truly believe that if you give it a chance you will really enjoy it.  4 Stars

 ABOUT THE AUTHOR

12020766Josie lives in Oxford, England, with her husband and two cats. When she’s not writing, she works as a lawyer, specialising in intellectual property and commercial law. She also runs a video book review club, The Gin Book Club, through her website.

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Review|Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

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Author: Tomi Adeyemi  (Goodreads, Twitter, FacebookWebsite)
Series: Legacy of Orïsha #1
Published: March 6th 2018
Publisher: Henry Holt Books for Young Readers
Pages: 525
Genres: Fantasy
Rating: 4 Stars
Where to buy: Amazon US |Barnes & Noble | Amazon CA | Indigo CA |

Synopsis

Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zelie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.

But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were targeted and killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.

Now, Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.

Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers—and her growing feelings for the enemy.Review

Forced to live under the tyranny of a cruel king, Zélie embarks on a mission with her brother Tzain and none other then the cruel kings daughter, Amarie. The 3 race against the clock in hopes to make it to their destination in enough time to bring back hope for the entire kingdom.

Magic was ripped away from the world when Saran, the king of Orïsha decided to destroy all magic throughout the kingdom by massacring everyone with magic in their veins that was older then 13 years of age. His cruelty let everyone follow his command, as everyone feared his wrath.

This story moved me a lot because it focused on the injustice of having a crooked ruler. Zélie’s entire life has been one big heartbreak from all the injustice herself and her family had to suffer. She grew up with a rebellion boiling on the inside of her skin and I was waiting for it to break out.

Once magic was wiped away, the leftover children with lineage to magic, always had white hair and they were labeled diviners. Diviners were considered absolute scum and royal guards and nobles treated them like so.

It was hard seeing so much pain being afflicted on our main characters, simply for the fact that they had different hair and they were a ghost of what magic used to be. The injustice in this book ripped my heart out. I fell in love with these characters, and with every chapter a new horror would arise to face them.

I read this book very slowly trying to saver each moment. I wanted to feel all of their emotions for as long as I could. The characters depths were amazing. I could tell who’s POV I was reading based on their thoughts alone. It’s so refreshing to have a set of developed characters with their own haunts and reasons for wanting to see a change in their world. I could sympathize with them all. Even Inan, who at times I was unsure whether he was a good guy or one of the bad ones.

Twists and turns of the storyline were thrown at me like raindrops in a hurricane. There was never a dull moment, and the more I got into the story, the faster the pages turned. I couldn’t put it down at the end, because I needed to know what happened!

There was one thing that bothered me a little bit. There was a romance that I did not like, and I did not see the need for it. It was between two people in the story that should have known the truth of each others loyalties.

But in the end this book made my heart lurch at every turn, so I have decided to give it 4 stars. It’s been so long since I have read a fantasy, the characters won’t leave my head. I can’t wait till the second book in the series is released because it left on a bit of a cliff-hanger. I have a few questions that were left unanswered and I cannot wait to dive back into the land of Orïsha. 4 Stars

 

16642745 ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tomi Adeyemi is a Nigerian-American writer and creative writing coach based in San Diego, California. After graduating Harvard University with an honors degree in English literature, she received a fellowship that allowed her to study West African mythology and culture in Salvador, Brazil. When she’s not working on her novels or watching Scandal, she can be found blogging and teaching creative writing to her 4,500 subscribers at tomiadeyemi.com. Her website has been named one of the 101 best websites for writers by Writer’s Digest.

Her debut West African YA Fantasy novel is CHILDREN OF BLOOD AND BONE (Holt Books for Young Readers/Macmillan). The CHILDREN OF BLOOD AND BONE movie is in development at Fox 2000/Temple Hill Productions with Karen Rosenfelt and Marty Bowen (Twilight, Maze Runner, The Fault In Our Stars) producing it.

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