“Maybe it’s time the dreamers started calling the shots” – Echo (Melissa Grey, The Girl at Midnight)
I had heard good things about this book, so I was excited to finally get to reading it when I picked it up from the library. And let me tell you, I’m glad I picked it up from the library instead of buying it. While this book had a lot of promise, and a wealth of detailed world building, it suffered from a long, dull beginning, a predictable plot and a series of cringe-worthy romances.
Beneath the streets of New York City live the Avicen, an ancient race of people with feathers for hair and magic running through their veins. Age-old enchantments keep them hidden from all but one human: Echo, a runaway pickpocket who survives by selling stolen treasures on the black market. The Avicen are the only family Echo has ever known, so when a centuries-old war crests on the borders of her home, she decides it’s time to act. Legend has it that to end the conflict once and for all, Echo must find the firebird, a mythical entity believed to possess power the likes of which the world has never seen. It will be no easy task, though if life as a thief has taught Echo anything, it’s how to hunt down what she wants . . . and how to take it.
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(Please note that this review may contain some minor spoilers for those who have not read the book yet – it’s simply too difficult to discuss the characters without divulging some minor details)
I loved this book. I didn’t know what to expect going into it, and yet somehow it met all my expectations, and more. Honestly, Bardugo has produced something incredible here, and I’m still so excited about it. The plot was complex, the story and characters rich with detail and intrigue, and plenty of action littered the pages.
Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price–and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…
A convict with a thirst for revenge.
A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager.
A runaway with a privileged past.
A spy known as the Wraith.
A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.
A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.
Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction-if they don’t kill each other first.
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“The stars, filled with cold light and secrets, held no emotion in their fixed language of fate. Emotion belonged to life, a thing the stars could never experience. I, not the starlight, shaped my decisions.” – Roshani Chokshi, The Star-Touched Queen
As some of you may know, I have officially joined the Instagram (or bookstagram) as @onepageatatime_books. I read The Star-Touched Queen as part of the Court of Books and Readers July Reading challenge. I was very excited to read this book – A retelling of Hades and Persephone. Between the combination of its gorgeous cover, raving reviews and the promise of a plot steeped in Indian folklore and mythology, it hardly seemed like I couldn’t like it.
Maya is cursed. With a horoscope that promises a marriage of Death and Destruction, she has earned only the scorn and fear of her father’s kingdom. Content to follow more scholarly pursuits, her whole world is torn apart when her father, the Raja, arranges a wedding of political convenience to quell outside rebellions. Soon Maya becomes the queen of Akaran and wife of Amar. Neither roles are what she expected: As Akaran’s queen, she finds her voice and power. As Amar’s wife, she finds something else entirely: Compassion. Protection. Desire… But Akaran has its own secrets — thousands of locked doors, gardens of glass, and a tree that bears memories instead of fruit. Soon, Maya suspects her life is in danger. Yet who, besides her husband, can she trust? With the fate of the human and Otherworldly realms hanging in the balance, Maya must unravel an ancient mystery that spans reincarnated lives to save those she loves the most…including herself.
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“There is strong danger in a person who can create such powerful deceit they can no longer distinguish their own lies from the truth.” – Julie Eshbaugh, Ivory and Bone
What intrigued me about this book, above all else, was its role as a Pride and Prejudice retelling set in the Neolithic era (the later part of the Stone Age, or around 10,200-4,500 BC) with genders reversed. My Grade 12 English teacher absolutely loved Pride and Prejudice – needless to say, we spent many classes reading and analyzing the book and watching various adaptations of the novel. Throughout that process, I too developed a, well not love, but healthy respect, let’s say, for the timelessness and power of the novel. I was excited to read this book, to see how Eshbaugh interpreted the tale.
Hunting, gathering, and keeping his family safe—that’s the life seventeen-year-old Kol knows. Then bold, enigmatic Mya arrives from the south with her family, and Kol is captivated. He wants her to like and trust him, but any hopes of impressing her are ruined when he makes a careless—and nearly grave—mistake. However, there’s something more to Mya’s cool disdain…a history wrought with loss that comes to light when another clan arrives. With them is Lo, an enemy from Mya’s past who Mya swears has ulterior motives. As Kol gets to know Lo, tensions between Mya and Lo escalate until violence erupts. Faced with shattering losses, Kol is forced to question every person he’s trusted. One thing is for sure: this was a war that Mya or Lo—Kol doesn’t know which—had been planning all along.
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“I will not be ruled” – Lada (Kiersten White, page 120)
After reading rave reviews about And I Darkenthrough the Instagram book community (Bookstagram, as it has been aptly named), I was very excited when I finally got my hands on a copy of And I Darken just a couple of days after its release. And while the book did have a rough start, it eventually recovered and lived up to expectations.
No one expect a princess to be brutal. And Lada Dragwlya likes it that way. Ever since she and her gentle younger brother, Radu, were wrenched from their homeland of Wallachia and abandoned by their father to be raised in the Ottoman courts, Lada has known that being ruthless is the key to survival. She and Radu are doomed to act as pawns in a vicious game, an unseen sword hovering over their every move. For the lineage that makes them special also makes them targets. Lada despises the Ottomans and bides her time, planning her vengeance for the day when she can return to Wallachia and claim her birthright. Radu longs only for a place where he feels safe. And when they meet Mehmed, the defiant and lonely son of the sultan, who’s expected to rule a nation, Radu feels that he’s made a true friend—and Lada wonders if she’s finally found someone worthy of her passion. But Mehmed is heir to the very empire that Lada has sworn to fight against—and that Radu now considers home. Together, Lada, Radu, and Mehmed form a toxic triangle that strains the bonds of love and loyalty to the breaking point.
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“I would have lived in peace. But my enemies brought me war. My name is Darrow of Lykos. You know my story. It is but an echo of your own.” – Darrow (Pierce Brown, in Morningstar, page 180)
After reading the first two books in this series in a matter of days, I could hardly wait to finally read Morningstar. Thus far, Brown had done an exemplary job when it came to word building, character development and story telling – Morningstar is no exception to this. From beginning to end, I was enthralled by Darrow’s journey to at last overthrow the Golds in an all-out rebellion, following the shocking conclusion to Golden Son.
If you’ve not read Red Rising or Golden Son, I would recommend doing so prior to reading this review, as it may contain some unintentional spoilers!
Darrow would have lived in peace, but his enemies brought him war. The Gold overlords demanded his obedience, hanged his wife, and enslaved his people. But Darrow is determined to fight back. Risking everything to transform himself and breach Gold society, Darrow has battled to survive the cutthroat rivalries that breed Society’s mightiest warriors, climbed the ranks, and waited patiently to unleash the revolution that will tear the hierarchy apart from within. Finally, the time has come. But devotion to honor and hunger for vengeance run deep on both sides. Darrow and his comrades-in-arms face powerful enemies without scruple or mercy. Among them are some Darrow once considered friends. To win, Darrow will need to inspire those shackled in darkness to break their chains, unmake the world their cruel masters have built, and claim a destiny too long denied—and too glorious to surrender.
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Happy Canada Day to all my fellow Canadians out there! There’s no better way to kick off the summer than in red and white, and maybe with a good book in hand?
My must reads for the first month of the summer (yay!) are:
- And I Darken by Kiersten White
- Paper and Fire: The Great Library by Rachel Caine
- The Shadow Hour by Melissa Grey
- Rebellion by J.A. Souders
- The Dragon Round by Stephan S. Power
- Black River Falls by by Jeff Hirsch
- Learning to Swear in America by Katie Kennedy (I know, it’s not my typical read, but once you read the summary, you’ll understand!)
And if you haven’t already read them, but you’re looking for some light summer reads, be sure to check out:
- We Were Liars by E. Lockhart (you can check out my review of the book here)
- The Selection Series by Keira Cass (you can check out my review of the book here)
- The Siren by Keira Cass
- The 100 Series by Cass Morgan (which also has a wonderful TV series adaptation, if you’re interested)
- An Abundance of Katherines by John Green (or any book by John Green really, although this one is about a summer road trip)
- the curious incident of the dog in the night-time by Mark Haddon
- The Cold Awakening Trilogy by Robin Wasserman
And of course, let us not forget that this is the month that we finally get the sequel we’ve all been waiting for, because we never left, not really. So mark July 31st, 2016 on your calendars, because Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is finally hitting shelves.