Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday: The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air #1)


Waiting On Wednesday was created by Jill over at Breaking The Spine. It's a weekly post for you to share what upcoming books you can't wait for! Here's mine for the week.


Title: The Cruel Prince
AuthorHolly Black
Release Date: January 2, 2018

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26032825-the-cruel-prince

Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.

And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.

Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself. (taken from goodreads.com)

Why I Need It: 

Courts, faeries, dangerous alliances, abductions? I'm so there. Can't wait to see how this one does with reviewers.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Review: Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas


Title: Tower of Dawn
Series: Throne of Glass #6 
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children's Books 
Publication Date: September 5, 2017
Format: Hardback

Page Count: 664

Rating: 



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. (taken from goodreads.com)



I will cherish it always. No matter what may befall the world.
No matter the oceans, or mountains, or forests in the way."

Wow. Just wow. The first 3/4 of this book were pretty meh for me. In fact, it took me like two months to get through it because I just didn't care about Chaol or Nesyrn's story that much, and I felt like the chapters were getting super repetitive. I wanted Aelin and her court back.

But then, that last quarter.... holy sh*t. It had me screaming "YES. SARAH J MASS STRIKES AGAIN!" It was enough to immediately kick my rating into the four-star range.

So, the first thing you need to know is that the events in Tower of Dawn are taking place at the same time as Empire of Storms, which is actually really interesting. I squealed every time I heard a whisper about Aelin's activities across the sea. However, just because this book is a break from Aelin's POV and takes place in another realm doesn't mean it's not important to the entire ToG story. It truly is the sixth book in the series, and without reading it, you probably won't understand the next installments in the story.

As always, Mass' writing style is moving, but I will say that she drags things out quite a bit. The first half of the book felt like it was lacking its momentum, and I kept wishing that she would just get to the good part. I understand that she needed time to build relationships between characters and whatnot, but some of the descriptions and repetitive scenes had me yawning. That's predominantly why I just couldn't hand out five stars to this novel, even though I adore this series and Mass. If you can make it through that first section of slow development, hold on to your horses because it's a wild ride until the last page.

A new country is introduced, which is great fun. If we've learned anything from the ACoTaR series, it's that Mass is a master of world-building, and she highlights that skill again in this series. I had a wonderful time learning about the Southern royal family, especially Sartaq and his clan of ruk-riding warriors (seriously, a huge highlight). There's political intrigue, ancient secrets, handsome princes, romance, epic battles, and desperate fights for survival, just like in any Mass novel. She truly is one of my all-time favorite fantasy writers.

All in all, don't expect this book to carry the same momentum as Empire of Storms. That was my first mistake, and it caused me to grumble quite a bit about the first part. This is a novel of emotional healing, as well as huge plot developments that take their sweet time coming to the forefront. Push through the slow parts and you'll be rewarded with a classic, heart-wrenching, stomach-plummeting, tear-jerking Mass ending.

One note on that final chapter: SARAH J MASS. How DARE you?!?! !



That ending left me SHOOK.
So many great ships, so many plot developments, so much anticipation for the next novel.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Review: The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani


Title: The School for Good and Evil
Series: The School for Good and Evil #1
Author: Soman Chainani
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: May 14, 2013
Format: E-Book

Page Count: 488

Rating: 



The first kidnappings happened two hundred years before. Some years it was two boys taken, some years two girls, sometimes one of each. But if at first the choices seemed random, soon the pattern became clear. One was always beautiful and good, the child every parent wanted as their own. The other was homely and odd, an outcast from birth. An opposing pair, plucked from youth and spirited away.

This year, best friends Sophie and Agatha are about to discover where all the lost children go: the fabled School for Good & Evil, where ordinary boys and girls are trained to be fairy tale heroes and villains. As the most beautiful girl in Gavaldon, Sophie has dreamed of being kidnapped into an enchanted world her whole life. With her pink dresses, glass slippers, and devotion to good deeds, she knows she’ll earn top marks at the School for Good and graduate a storybook princess. Meanwhile Agatha, with her shapeless black frocks, wicked pet cat, and dislike of nearly everyone, seems a natural fit for the School for Evil.

But when the two girls are swept into the Endless Woods, they find their fortunes reversed—Sophie’s dumped in the School for Evil to take Uglification, Death Curses, and Henchmen Training, while Agatha finds herself in the School For Good, thrust amongst handsome princes and fair maidens for classes in Princess Etiquette and Animal Communication.. But what if the mistake is actually the first clue to discovering who Sophie and Agatha really are…?

The School for Good & Evil is an epic journey into a dazzling new world, where the only way out of a fairy tale is to live through one. (taken from goodreads.com)



It doesn’t matter if you’re a Never, Ever, or whatever. In the end, the fairest of them all wins. 

This book was such an awesome ride. It's like someone took the Harry Potter series and threw a Disney veil over it, then mixed in Rick Riordan's love for famous legendary parents. The concept might not be entirely original, but it is so much dang fun. Seriously, I gobbled this book up.

Although this book is clearly geared towards a younger audience, I decided to give it a shot because I'm a total sucker for fairytale retellings. I devoured every Sleeping Beauty and Rapunzel story I could when I was younger, and now I desperately wish I could thrust Chainani's novel into my ten-year-old hands. I know I would have just adored it. Having said that, I still adored it at this age. Guess we don't really change that much as we become adults, do we?

Anyway, the story is brilliant. Once every handful of years, two children are taken from Gavaldon. One always seems shabby and meek, the other full of spirit and beauty. The children are whisked away to the School for Good and Evil where they are trained to become the villains and heroes in the fairytales we all know and love. The entire story feels like a behind-the-scenes look at fairytales, and I loved every minute of it, especially when Chainani threw in some brilliant twists and turns.

Despite the fact that this book is geared towards children, it tackles some pretty heavy themes such as self-worth, morals, good and evil (duh), and what it means to sacrifice your happiness for others. I wouldn't say it achieves Harry Potter levels quite yet, but I was seriously impressed by how Chainani weaves these topics into a story that's downright enjoyable and addictive. He also throws in a dash of mythical creatures and magical school lessons, and we all know I'm a total sucker for those.

In the end, I'm so glad that I gave this stellar novel a chance, and I'm thrilled to know that there are two more books in this series. Have you read them? Are they as good as the first? Please tell me yes, because I'm starting the second one ASAP! If you haven't delved into this whimsical tale of friendship and fairytale clich├ęs, then do so faster than Cinderella's carriage became a pumpkin.


Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday: You'll Miss Me When I'm Gone

Waiting On Wednesday was created by Jill over at Breaking The Spine. It's a weekly post for you to share what upcoming books you can't wait for! Here's mine for the week.


Title: You'll Miss Me When I'm Gone
AuthorRachel Lynn Solomon
Release Date: January 2, 2018

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30339479-you-ll-miss-me-when-i-m-gone

Eighteen-year-old twins Adina and Tovah have little in common besides their ambitious nature. Viola prodigy Adina yearns to become a soloist—and to convince her music teacher he wants her the way she wants him. Overachiever Tovah awaits her acceptance to Johns Hopkins, the first step on her path toward med school and a career as a surgeon.

But one thing could wreck their carefully planned futures: a genetic test for Huntington’s, a rare degenerative disease that slowly steals control of the body and mind. It’s turned their Israeli mother into a near stranger and fractured the sisters’ own bond in ways they’ll never admit. While Tovah finds comfort in their Jewish religion, Adina rebels against its rules.

When the results come in, one twin tests negative for Huntington’s. The other tests positive.

These opposite outcomes push them farther apart as they wrestle with guilt, betrayal, and the unexpected thrill of first love. How can they repair their relationship, and is it even worth saving?

From debut author Rachel Lynn Solomon comes a luminous, heartbreaking tale of life, death, and the fragile bond between sisters. (taken from goodreads.com)

Why I Need It: 

This just sounds interesting to me. So many different topics being addressed, from Huntington's disease to Jewish traditions. Plus, I'm a sucker for stories about sisters and their bonds.