I was sent this book by the author for my honest opinion. The book has recently been translated into English from French.
Summary from Goodreads:
I really enjoyed this book. Once I had got through the first few chapters I couldn’t put it down. The world building is great and you get pulled right in. The magic system is well thought out and easy to understand. Apart from the typical, chosen one who is super powerful trope the storyline is great. I knew the story wouldn’t completely conclude in this book but I feel it ended in a satisfying way ready for book two.
My main complaint is that some of the chapters are too long and I feel they could have been broke up a bit more. I also didn’t like how both the romantic interests started off kind of pushy and domineering. Both characters develop to better suit the story it they both remain possessive.
I liked the characters. Lou is our MC. She has always felt she didn’t quite fit in and she gets to find out that’s because she is an enchanter. But not just any enchanter she is a moonchild which gives her an important mission. We watch her navigate the new world of magic and try to figure out what she really is human or enchanter in reality she is something in the middle. Lou is quick to trust which turns out to be fatal. Her interactions with the other characters are great. Apart from Flica we don’t get to know her team too much apart from there amazing abilities I hope we will get to know them better in the sequel.
Zach always raised alarm bells with me. He was just too nice especially after there initial encounter. I Blacks character he’s very complicated and has many layers to him.
Overall I really enjoyed this book. I hope the sequel is just as good. 4 out of 5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomach-ache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of beasts. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose . . . it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins. The last queen standing gets the crown.
I have a bit of a love hate relationship with this book. While I enjoyed parts of the books a couple of the characters really annoyed me and a few scenes mad me so angry.
The book was slower paced than I expected and things didn’t really get going for m until near the end.
I only liked two of the three queens.
I hated the stupid love triangle story line and the character of Joesph. He is actually a really horrible person but acts like it’s everyone else’s fault for his actions. Mirabella was really annoying and I wanted to slap her but I liked Kathrine and Arsinoe. Things didn’t come easy to them but they preserved. I can’t wait to see what happens to Kat and Arsinoe next.
The book also has a pretty map which is always a bonus I this on 3.5 stars out is 5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️
Sequel to The Stars Never Rise I was excited to see how the story continued.
ONE SPARK WILL RISE
Nina Kane was born to be an exorcist. And since uncovering the horrifying truth-that the war against demons is far from over-seventeen-year-old Nina and her pregnant sister, Mellie, have been on the run, incinerating the remains of the demon horde as they go.
In the badlands, Nina, Mellie, and Finn, the fugitive and rogue exorcist who saved her life, find allies in a group of freedom fighters. They also face a new threat: Pandemonia, a city full of demons. But this fresh new hell is the least of Nina’s worries. The well of souls ran dry more than a century ago, drained by the demons secretly living among humans, and without a donor soul, Mellie’s child will die within hours of its birth.
Nina isn’t about to let that happen . . . even if it means she has to make the ultimate sacrifice.
I was extremely excited when I found this book for £2 it is a lot more in most places so I snatched it up quick and instantly got reading.
The story starts 5 months after the groups escape into the badlands. I liked how Nina skills as an exorcist have grown and that the groups are seen training rather then just miraculously being great fighters. The groups relationships have grown and they have started to figure each persons role in the group as they learn to survive in the badlands.
Part of the plot was predictable and others I didn’t see coming. I found I actually enjoyed the parts I saw coming more than the surprises. Most of the ‘surprises’ I shrugged off or with a certain plot point I questioned the logic behind it. With the plot point me I knew were coming the build up to them and the tension and the hoping I was wrong is what made these parts fantastic.
Finn and Nina’s relationship is great. However I get Nina didn’t interact with the rest of the group very much and we didn’t get as much sisterly love as we did in the first. The dramatic climax fell a little flat but the ending tugged at my heart strings.
The whole book is an emotional rollercoaster. A certain loss even though predicted broke my heart. The open ending left was well written. I wish there was more in the series.
Song of the current by Sarah Tolcser is one of the books I purchased at YALC. I know the publisher will always be biased towards there books they have published but I’m glad I took there recommendation.
Caroline Oresteia is destined for the river. Her father is a wherryman, as was her grandmother. All Caro needs is for the river god to whisper her name, and her fate is sealed. But at seventeen, Caro may be too late. So when pirates burn ships and her father is arrested, Caro volunteers to transport mysterious cargo in exchange for his release. Secretly, Caro hopes that by piloting her own wherry, the river god will finally speak her name. But when the cargo becomes more than Caro expected, she finds herself caught in a web of politics and lies. With much more than her father’s life at stake, Caro must choose between the future she knows, and the one she could have never imagined.
I wasn’t entirely sure what I was getting myself into when I started this book. Parts of the story line are predictable but the strong characters and beautiful setting had me engrossed in the story. It is well written and different to anything I have read recently. Even the romance is what you typically expect. I liked the characters relationships and how they helped develop each other into better people.
Caro is very strong and dedicated character. She was raised by her father on a werry but feels torn between her two parents who have very different ideas on what they want for their daughter. Marko is stuck up and full of himself but learns a lot in his time with Caro. Fee is a character of fee words. She is one of the frogmen and just as strong a character as Caro even if she dosn’t say much. Kente was an amazing addition to the team part way through. She is Carlos cousin and is another strong female but in a different way to Caro.
I loved that Caro was mixed race and you don’t get a lot of mixed race leads in fantasy. The magic system was great. It wasn’t your typical spells or wands type of thing. It was more subtle and exsisted as part of nature. This was an enjoyable read. 4/5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Leigh Bardugo is one of my favourite authors and I have been excitedly waiting for the release of this book.
She will become a legend but first she is Diana, Princess of the Amazons. And her fight is just beginning . . . Diana is desperate to prove herself to her warrior sisters. But when the opportunity comes, she throws away her chance at glory and breaks Amazon law to save a mere mortal, Alia Keralis. With this single heroic act, Diana may have just doomed the world. Alia is a Warbringer – a descendant of the infamous Helen of Troy, fated to bring about an age of bloodshed and misery. Diana and Alia will face an army of enemies, mortal and divine, determined to destroy or possess the Warbringer.To save the world, they must stand side by side against the tide of war.
I loved this book! I was hooked right from the start. The story is set before Diana is Wonder Woman. She is a young amazon trying to prove herself. I loved Bardugo protral of Diana. She is strong not just physically but in her beliefs. She has lived a sheltered life and when she enters the world of man her innocence shows. It is amusing how she interacts with the world and learns about things and finds Wonder in everyday items. She is a fish out of water but she keeps swimming.
Alia is a fantastic character. I liked the change from a man washing up on the islands shores to a young girl. She is a young mixed race girl and the way bardugo portrays her struggle with fitting in is really well done. I found her character anxietys really relatable. Alia has also lived a sheltered life but in a different way to Diana. When the two meet they change each other’s life for ever and create a lasting bond.
Two other great characters are found in Nim and Theo. Jason is another well written character. He is Alia over protective brother but he has so many more layers to him. The line of characters is a fantastic mix of ethnicities, gender and sexualitys. I found this book really refreshing and I didn’t see the twist coming for a change!
I loved this story of friendship and courage. I’m excited to see what the other authors do with their dc superhero books.
I was sent this book for free by the author for my honest opinion
Dark skies loom over the continent of Ersellis. The ambitious Artem Harroll and the dutiful Seralynd Westerberg are on the verge of forging an alliance between their kingdoms. Together they will shatter the balance of power in Ersellis and drag the continent to the brink of war. In the neighboring state, a group of elite mercenaries–The White Feather Company–prepare for the inevitable conflict. Through the leadership of their commander, the fiery Rosamund Red, they tackle difficult tasks to secure the future of their company and safeguard the Republic of Isoldien, their employer. As the fierce winds of the coming storm rise, those who are wise enough scheme and maneuver to advance their personal interests. Steel and magic will collide in a deadly game of wits. Who will prevail, and who will be forgotten? In the midst of chaos, strength and resolve will be tested, nameless heroes will fulfill their duties, and the commoners will endure. For some, it is business as usual.
What this book did well was world building. It successfully built a vivid world in political turmoil. I could picture everything really well. This however is about all I liked about the book.
The story was really slow paced and dragged. I found it difficult to get through. There were just too many different point of view characters. The story really didn’t need that many point of views. It didn’t actually need as many characters as it had. I lost track of who was who and what they were doing far to often.
In some parts the author was too descriptive. I don’t constantly need to be reminded of what characters full titles are or exactly what was on the queens breakfast plate. I found myself skimming passages of too much description.
The chapters were way to long. I feel some could have been split into two or even three chapters. The prologue and epilogue were so long and the way they were written they may as well have just been normal chapters.
The way it ended was very sudden. There was no wind down or final battle or big revelation, it just ended and I was like oh.
The premise sounded good but unfortunately the delivery wasn’t great
I really liked this box. It covered a few of my favourite fandoms. This will be my last box for a while so I’m glad it was a good one.
The first item i saw was the exclusive witch soul candle from book and nook. Five different scents were sent out at random representing different characters. I got the orange blossom, honey and musk. It smells lovely and is really pretty with all the glitter.
Exclusive fictional worlds sleeping mask. I love this. It is perfect for the light mornings at the moment. The pesky sun wont be waking me up early anymore.
Exclusive handmade velaris pendant necklace from of panda eyes. It’s no secret i love ACOTAR. This quote is referring to the city of velaris one of my favourite places in the night court.
Exclusive westeros tea strainer. I love this item. It is probably my fav in the box. It is really cute and useful for all the tea i have received in book boxes
Exclusive never land notebook hand painter by TJ Lubrano. This is so cute and the plain pages make it perfect for drawing in.
Lord of the rings magnetic bookmarks from Paperly and Co. I love these. They are absolutely adorable. The perfect bookmark.
An exclusive Northern lights print by Melissa Nettleship. This is stunning. I’m not sure what I’m going to do with it but it needs to be displayed as it is too pretty to hide away.
Bonus items: Godsgrave Sampler, Blackwing sample and mini backdrop discount code.
This months featured book is Wicked Like Wildfire by Lana Popovic. This is a book of witches, fiery females and romance. It comes with a signed bookplate and letter from the author. It also is beautiful.
Another great box. I’m gutted to have cancelled my subscription but with back to school the children’s birthdays and Christmas coming up i need to save money. I’m glad my last box for a bit was a good one.
I received this book from my last ever Stationary Geekette Box. Rachel Vincent is not an author I had read before but I may have to correct that.
There’s no turning back…In the town of New Temperance, souls are in short supply and Nina should be worrying about protecting hers. Yet she’s too busy trying to keep her sister Mellie safe.When Nina discovers that Mellie is keeping a secret that threatens their existence, she’ll do anything to protect her. Because in New Temperance, sins are prosecuted as crimes by the brutal church.To keep them both alive, Nina will need to trust Finn, a mysterious fugitive who has already saved her life once. Wanted by the church and hunted by dark forces, Nina knows she needs Finn and his group of rogue friends.But what do they need from her in return?
The synopsis makes this book sound okay but it is so much better then that. The story follows Nina a girl living in a post apocalyptic world. After a war with demons that use humans as host only a few major cities are left and the church is in charge. They have very strict rules and harsh punishments if disobeyed but they keep everyone safe behind their walls but do they?When Nina discovers her sister has committed a major sin her world begins to unravel. As she tries to protect her sister from the church and their mother Nina discovers everything isn’t what it seems.
I really enjoyed this book. Nina is a bit slow at times which is annoying as I felt like screaming in frustration with how long it took her to put two and two together. However she is strong and brave. She cares deeply for her sister and the safety of others. The group of exorcists Nina joins are a bit of a stereotypical group but there dynamics are great and you can tell they care for each other. Finn was a unique and interesting character. I hope to find out more about his exsistence in the sequel. I need to order the next one soon. I am really hoping for a happy ending but I really can’t see how that can happen.
This year my sister and I decided to go to YALC in London. We were only able to go for one day but we were going to make sure we had a great time. The train ride down we excitedly planned our day at YALC
I had a list of authors I wanted to meet, talks we wanted to hear and workshops we wanted to attend. Not everything went to plan but we had a great time. All the stands had stacks of goodies and activities. We both got so much new stuff and discovered new authors.
Just some of the authors we met included Katherine and Elisabeth Corr, Lisa Williams, Melinda Salisbury, Alwyn Hamilton and so many more
We decorated cups with Trish Morgan author of Mirror Image. I wish we had come across her before I spent all my money as her book sounds amazing and she was really nice.
We also took part in art eating art workshop. It was so much fun and really interesting.
We also met the lovely ladies behind the book box club. They were so sweet and great to talk to. As you can see I had a suitcase full of books.
This is just some of what I brought back with me. The pile one the left were all free proofs. I can’t wait for next year. We are going to try to go for the whole weekend next time.
A promise of fire by Amanda Bouchet came in my stationary geekette box. From the summary on the back it sounded like an interesting fantasy novel. It started off that way but seemed to change genre half way through.
Cat” Catalia Fisa lives disguised as a soothsayer in a travelling circus. She is actually an exceptionally powerful Magoi – known as the Kingmaker – who can divine lies. But Cat has no interest in using her powers – or in being used for them – and stays under the radar, far from the clutches of her power-hungry homicidal family. An ambitious warlord from the magic-deprived south, Griffin, is intent on bringing peace to his newly conquered realm. When he discovers Cat is the Kingmaker, he abducts her – then does everything he can to coax her to help his people willingly. Cat has worked hard to avoid the dangerous destiny she fears is in her blood but the balance of power in their world is shifting. The old magics are no longer all-powerful and there’s a new, ferocious force at work. To survive, Cat will have to explore the true depth of the powers she’s spent so long running from – and perhaps even learn to work with her enemies . . . .
The book started out great. It has Greek gods, magic, evil queens and a dragon what isn’t there to love. Cat is a strong character and she is smart, a skilled fighter with strong powers and favoured daughter of the gods. She is the kingmaker but she can be too stubborn for her own good at times. However this strong character seems to fall apart when it come to Griffin.
Griffin is the warlord that got rid of the magic royals of Sinta and put his sister on the throne. His ideology about how to rule and the way he treats his family is something to admire but that is about it.
The story starts great. Cat is kidnapped but her kidnappers may not be the real bad guys. We start to get to know them. They want to change the years of oppression the magic royals have been dishing out and she considers helping them. There are so great battles with a giant and a dragon. Wonderful displays of magic and the gods interveneing. However halfway through the book starts to fall apart and at some point shifts to a romance novel. Don’t get me wrong I like a good romance novel but this romance was not one I found myself cheering for.
I found the romance problematic. It was really uncomfortable to read in some places. Griffin is way to forceful with Cat and the strong person she usually is seems to melt away when around Griffin. I read a review on amazon saying this romance was a court of Mist and fury worthy . It is not! I would say Griffin has more in common with Tamlin than Rhysand. Griffin is possessive, forceful and has a temper. When cat says no he is like but you want me really. When she says she isn’t ready he says he will wait then a week later he moans he is has waited long enough and she gives in. Everything in this so called romance is about what Griffin wants and Cat always just gives in which is a complete contradiction to how her character was protrayed in the beginning. And don’t get me started on the sex scenes. They were cringe worthy. I have seen them described as steamy but if I wasn’t rolling my eyes I was laughing and I really didn’t need to hear so much about her nipples.
I felt the ending of the story fell flat. The last few chapters are taken up by pointless sex scenes. There was all this build up to this state dinner with the nobles and nothing happens! It all goes wonderful no news to report. Then with all the magical creatures and big battles Cat has been in she almost dies from a simple knife thrown by a jealous ex of Griffins.
This book had a great premise with a lot of potential. The romance was problematic. It feels like it lost the plot at some point and just didn’t deliver but it has a pretty cover.