Book Reviews

Tower of Dawn-Book Review(No spoilers)

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Series: Throne of Glass #6

Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

Summary: “In the next installment of the New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series, follow Chaol on his sweeping journey to a distant empire.

Chaol Westfall has always defined himself by his unwavering loyalty, his strength, and his position as the Captain of the Guard. But all of that has changed since the glass castle shattered, since his men were slaughtered, since the King of Adarlan spared him from a killing blow, but left his body broken.

His only shot at recovery lies with the legendary healers of the Torre Cesme in Antica—the stronghold of the southern continent’s mighty empire. And with war looming over Dorian and Aelin back home, their survival might lie with Chaol and Nesryn convincing its rulers to ally with them.

But what they discover in Antica will change them both—and be more vital to saving Erilea than they could have imagined.” From Goodreads

Review: Since this is the sixth book in the series, I won’t go too much into it, but I will give my review without spoiling anything as best I can.

Right away I want to say this book is one of Sarah’s best books. The rep is there and she didn’t disappoint. After rereading the Throne of Glass books and seeing the problems in them(which I will be re-reviewing the novellas and the first five books), this one was different. It was even better than A Court of Wings and Ruin.

The journey in this book was emotional, romantic, and surprising. It reminded me of the reason why I loved this series so much when I first started reading it. I loved what we got to learn in this book and the new continent we got to see, as well as getting to meet new characters.

Though, I will say that it does take time to get into since it an over 600-page book, but it does get better as the story goes on. My advice is to just push through 50 or 100 pages because it will be worth it in the end.

Even if you don’t like Chaol or don’t want to read a book that revolves around him, this book is important to read. It gives information on things that will be important to know for the last book in this series.

I highly recommend you read this book before the seventh and final book of Throne of Glass series.

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Book Reviews

The Last Namsara-Book Review(No Spoilers)

Author: Kristen Ciccarelli

Series: Iskari #1

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Summary: “In the beginning, there was the Namsara: the child of sky and spirit, who carried love and laughter wherever he went. But where there is light, there must be darkness—and so there was also the Iskari. The child of blood and moonlight. The destroyer. The death-bringer.

These are the legends that Asha, daughter of the king of Firgaard, has grown up learning in hushed whispers, drawn to the forbidden figures of the past. But it isn’t until she becomes the fiercest, most feared dragon slayer in the land that she takes on the role of the next Iskari—a lonely destiny that leaves her feeling more like a weapon than a girl.

Asha conquers each dragon and brings its head to the king, but no kill can free her from the shackles that await at home: her betrothal to the cruel commandant, a man who holds the truth about her nature in his palm. When she’s offered the chance to gain her freedom in exchange for the life of the most powerful dragon in Firgaard, she finds that there may be more truth to the ancient stories than she ever could have expected. With the help of a secret friend—a slave boy from her betrothed’s household—Asha must shed the layers of her Iskari bondage and open her heart to love, light, and a truth that has been kept from her.” -From Goodreads

Review: If you have yet to pick up this book, then go pick it up now, because it was one of my favorite books of 2017. It is also very different from any other fantasy book I have read.

The story of this book immediately hooked me. I was so interested in the world Kristen created, as well as the characters. One big thing I loved was how stories and dragons came together in this book in such a unique way that I never expected. This novel had so many twists and turns. It’s definitely a ride.

Asha was a strong female character that kept getting stronger as the story progressed. Her character arc went so smoothly throughout this book that she became my favorite female character I have read in any book. She fell for the right person for her, which made me so happy. The other characters were written well and came off the page.

I also want to mention how awesome these dragons are. They are different from the ones I have both seen and read about. It’s also unique how they become stronger.

I know this review is short, but it’s best going into this book almost going in with not knowing much about the book.

If you love dragons, fantasy, a strong female character, and romance mixed in, then try reading this book.

Hopefully, it will blow you away as much as it did to me.

Book Reviews

An Enchantment of Ravens-Book Review(No Spoilers)

Author: Margaret Rogerson

A Novel

Rating: 3/5 Stars

Summary: “A skilled painter must stand up to the ancient power of the faerie courts—even as she falls in love with a faerie prince—in this gorgeous debut novel.

Isobel is a prodigy portrait artist with a dangerous set of clients: the sinister fair folk, immortal creatures who cannot bake bread, weave cloth, or put a pen to paper without crumbling to dust. They crave human Craft with a terrible thirst, and Isobel’s paintings are highly prized. But when she receives her first royal patron—Rook, the autumn prince—she makes a terrible mistake. She paints mortal sorrow in his eyes—a weakness that could cost him his life.

Furious and devastated, Rook spirits her away to the autumnlands to stand trial for her crime. Waylaid by the Wild Hunt’s ghostly hounds, the tainted influence of the Alder King, and hideous monsters risen from barrow mounds, Isobel and Rook depend on one another for survival. Their alliance blossoms into trust, then love—and that love violates the fair folks’ ruthless laws. Now both of their lives are forfeit, unless Isobel can use her skill as an artist to fight the fairy courts. Because secretly, her Craft represents a threat the fair folk have never faced in all the millennia of their unchanging lives: for the first time, her portraits have the power to make them feel.” -From Goodreads

Review: Right away, I just want to mention just because I rated it 3 stars doesn’t mean it was a bad book. It was a good book and a good debut.

While reading I found the story to be interesting. The whole concept of the story Margaret created was interesting. What she did with the fairies was interesting, especially with how they come to the humans to create things for them since they can not. I love it when authors do a different spin on fairies.

Margaret’s writing was on point throughout this novel. Her writing brought the images to life and made things flow smoothly on the page. It was one of the reasons why I wanted to keep reading was because of the writing, and of course, the story as well, to see how it ended.

Isobel was an interesting female character. I immediately liked her after I started reading the book. I especially liked it when she would look at things from an artist perspective and being in her head when she was painting. Now, it took some time for Rook to grow on me. I still don’t know how I feel about him, but I do think I don’t dislike him as much as I did in the beginning. I do like how both Isobel’s and Rook’s characters developed as the book went on.

Now onto the things that played into the reason why I gave it three stars.

When going into this book, I thought it wouldn’t be centered on the romance or that the romance would be apart of the plot in a way. Instead, this was a YA romance with a fantasy element, which isn’t a bad thing. I’m just someone who likes to have the romance be what happens on the side then being part of the plot. I still enjoyed this book even though it wasn’t what I expected.

Another was the fact that this book was way too short. I felt the world to be not explained enough and things would happen that were never explained before. The fairies could have been developed a bit more. Also, the romance between the two characters felt like insta-love, because in the beginning when the two characters are spending time together for a few months as she paints his portrait, we aren’t shown their relationship as it grew.

Besides all of that, I enjoyed reading this book. I liked the world that was created and the fairies. I will definitely be reading more of Margaret’s books when they come out.

If you are fans of Sarah J. Maas and Holly Black with their books about the fairies, then you might enjoy this book.

Writing

The Hero’s Journey

This past semester I have been learning more and more about the hero’s journey and how important it is in stories.

Almost every story you read follows the hero’s journey.

If you don’t know what this is, then it can be broken down into 12 parts, which can all be found and explained in The Writer’s Journey: Mythic Structure for Writer’s by Christopher Volger.

  1. Ordinary World
  2. Call to Adventure
  3. Refusal of The Call
  4. Meeting the Mentor
  5. Crossing the Threshold
  6. Tests, Allies, Enemies
  7. Approach
  8. Central Ordeal
  9. Reward
  10. The Road Back
  11. Resurrection
  12. Return with Elixir

You could pick any book from your bookshelf and find this structure. Heck, you could even look at your own story and maybe find this structure.

If anything, this might be considered the back bone of a story with you just putting in the words of your story you had created.

Over each week or maybe every other day, I will be going into each of these twelve parts to give you more insight about them.

I also highly recommend for you to read The Writer’s Journey if you are as writer.

Book Reviews

A Court of Wings and Ruin-Book Review(Slight Spoilers)

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Series: ACOTAR #3

Rating 3/5 Stars

Summary(Spoilers if you haven’t read the first two books): “Looming war threatens all Feyre holds dear in the third volume of the #1 New York Times bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses series.

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s manoeuvrings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit – and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.

As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords – and hunt for allies in unexpected places.

In this thrilling third book in the #1 New York Times bestselling series from Sarah J. Maas, the earth will be painted red as mighty armies grapple for power over the one thing that could destroy them all.” -From Goodreads

Review: I’m finally writing this review after thinking about this book for a long time and I have my final thoughts for the end of this story arc.

One thing that I loved was Feyre. Her character grew into a strong woman and the journey she had gone through shaped her. I enjoyed her as the main character. Found her to be someone I could connect with, even in this book. Though I will say she wasn’t used to her potential. What I mean by that is she never used her powers or fought much in the battles. She only used a little bit of her powers and would standing off to the side while a battle happened just so we could see what was happening during it.

Something I continued to enjoy was getting to read about new characters like enemies and the other high lords. They all brought more life to this story and made the whole over 600 pages bearable to read. Reason I say this is because this book did feel too long at times.

The was scenes dedicated to talking about what should get done or what do and never actually doing it. There three almost long sex scenes that weren’t as great as the ones written in ACOMAF. They are cringy and don’t do anything to the story. Another thing was spending too much time in the Spring Court instead of moving along. This book could have been 100 pages less than it’s actual page count. Don’t get me wrong last 100 pages destroyed me, but that doesn’t save this book for how long it is.

The romance is good, I guess. If you enjoyed the romance in the first two books, you will like it in this one.

Also Sarah J Maas still does the great job of making characters doing a 180, changing who they are without it being a smooth transition.

Now, if your wondering if Sarah J Maas did good with representation, yes and no. Yes, she did put more representation in this book, which is a step in the right direction. Though also no because it wasn’t done right. I’m not going to spoil anything, but the representation could have done better.

I think I should mention this doesn’t close up lose ends because there will be 2 novellas and 3 books to continue the story.

The reason why I gave this book three stars instead of one or two, was because I did enjoy it because of characters and wanting to know the ending to the story.

Overall, this book is worth the read if you want to know how this story arc ends.

Book Reviews

The Legend of Wonder Woman Vol. 1: Origins-Review

Author: Renae De Liz and Ray Dillion

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Summary: “A new 9-issue miniseries with a story written and pencilled by Renae De Liz (“The Last Unicorn”)! In the beginning, there was only chaos. But Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons, saw a better future–and eventually, her daughter would be destined to bring that new world to life. Before her ultimate fate unfolds, though, Diana of Themyscira must learn the important lessons of an Amazonian childhood!

Collects the 27 digital chapters of “The Legend of Wonder Woman,” later released in print form for 9 issues.”-From Goodreads

Review: If you don’t know where to start with Wonder Woman comic books, then start with this one. It is perfect for anyone to start.

The art was beautiful in this comic. I couldn’t help but stare at each page for a bit after I read it.

The story was easy to follow and fun to read. It does stay with her being made from clay and other things from her origins with some changes, but it was still enjoyable to read. It was nice to see how Diana’s character grew to be Wonder Woman in this comic. I don’t think any of the plot dragged at all. If it did, there was humor, emotional, and heart pounding scenes that made it move along.

Start with this comic if you want to start somewhere with Wonder Woman comics. This is perfect for new and old fans.

Book Reviews

Mask of Shadows-Book Review(No Spoilers)

Author: Linsey Miller

Release day: August 29th

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Series: First book in a series

Summary: “Sallot Leon is a thief, and a good one at that. But gender fluid Sal wants nothing more than to escape the drudgery of life as a highway robber and get closer to the upper-class and the nobles who destroyed their home.

When Sal Leon steals a poster announcing open auditions for the Left Hand, a powerful collection of the Queen’s personal assassins named for the rings she wears — Ruby, Emerald, Amethyst, and Opal — their world changes. They know it’s a chance for a new life.

Except the audition is a fight to the death filled with clever circus acrobats, lethal apothecaries, and vicious ex-soldiers. A childhood as a common criminal hardly prepared Sal for the trials. But Sal must survive to put their real reason for auditioning into play: revenge.” -From Goodreads

Review: First thing I want to say is to go into this book not expecting it to be like Throne of Glass or the Girsha Trilogy/Six of Crows Duology. If you do, then you might be disappointed with the book when it it a pretty good first book.

I want to right away talk about the main character. Sal is gender fluid and was a great character to follow. They were funny at times, including interesting and smart. I was rooting for them to be one of the Queen’s personal assassins like they have been wanting. Sal was just an interesting character to read and follow in this world Linsey created. The other characters were interesting too, but for some of them I would have liked to gotten to know more about them than I did.

Linsey’s writing was like Elisa Kova with being easy to read and follow. It made the book a quick read, including making me want to read the next book. Though unlike with Air Awakens I didn’t have to force myself to finish, because I was enjoying this book. Just there were times when it could have been better.

As for the world, it was interesting, but there didn’t seem to be a lot of world building to show it off. There were only bits and pieces of this world getting explained or shown. Wish there was more.

This is worth the read if you like fantasy, as well as wanting a fast read.

Have fun reading!!!