Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday: Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare

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: Queen of Air and Darkness
AuthorCassandra Clare
Release Date: December 4, 2018

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13541056-queen-of-air-and-darkness

What if damnation is the price of true love?

Innocent blood has been spilled on the steps of the Council Hall, the sacred stronghold of the Shadowhunters. In the wake of the tragic death of Livia Blackthorn, the Clave teeters on the brink of civil war. One fragment of the Blackthorn family flees to Los Angeles, seeking to discover the source of the blight that is destroying the race of warlocks.

Meanwhile, Julian and Emma take desperate measures to put their forbidden love aside and undertake a perilous mission to Faerie to retrieve the Black Volume of the Dead. What they find in the Courts is a secret that may tear the Shadow World asunder and open a dark path into a future they could never have imagined. Caught in a race against time, Emma and Julian must save the world of Shadowhunters before the deadly power of the parabatai curse destroys them and everyone they love. (taken from goodreads.com)

Why I Need It: 

First of all, I'll read pretty much anything Cassandra Clare writes, including her grocery shopping lists. Secondly, the ending of the last book in The Dark Artifices series left us all shook, so this third book holds a lot of promise.


Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Waiting On Wednesday: All the Wandering Light by Heather Fawcett

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:
All the Wandering Light
Authors: Heather Fawcett
Release Date: December 4, 2019

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36233085-once-future

After the terrifying events on Mount Raksha, the witches have returned, and River has betrayed Kamzin to regain his dark powers. The witches’ next step: march on the Three Cities and take over the Empire—led by River’s brother, Esha.

If Kamzin is to save Azmiri and prevent the fall of the Empire, she must find a star that fell in the Ash Mountains to the north. Fallen stars have immense power, and if Kamzin and Lusha can find the star, they can use its magic to protect the Empire. To get there, Kamzin has allied with Azar-at, the dangerous and deceptive fire demon, who can grant her great power—in exchange for pieces of her soul. But River wants the star too, and as their paths collide in dangerous and unexpected ways, Kamzin must wrestle with both her guilt and her conflicted feelings for the person who betrayed her.

Facing dark magic, a perilous journey, and a standoff against the witches, can Kamzin, Lusha, and Tem find the star and save their Empire? (taken from goodreads.com)


Why I Need It: 

The ending to Even the Darkest Stars was fantastic, and I'm so ready to see what will happen next. Plus, look at that gorgeous cover! This is one of the prettiest series on the market right now.

Monday, October 29, 2018

Review: A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir


Title: A Reaper at the Gates
Series: An Ember in the Ashes #3
Author: Sabaa Tahir
Publisher: Razorbill
Publication Date: June 12, 2018

Format: Hardback
Page Count: 464

Rating: 


Beyond the Empire and within it, the threat of war looms ever larger.

The Blood Shrike, Helene Aquilla, is assailed on all sides. Emperor Marcus, haunted by his past, grows increasingly unstable, while the Commandant capitalizes on his madness to bolster her own power. As Helene searches for a way to hold back the approaching darkness, her sister's life and the lives of all those in the Empire hang in the balance.

Far to the east, Laia of Serra knows the fate of the world lies not in the machinations of the Martial court, but in stopping the Nightbringer. But while hunting for a way to bring him down, Laia faces unexpected threats from those she hoped would aid her, and is drawn into a battle she never thought she'd have to fight.

And in the land between the living and the dead, Elias Veturius has given up his freedom to serve as Soul Catcher. But in doing so, he has vowed himself to an ancient power that will stop at nothing to ensure Elias's devotion--even at the cost of his humanity. (taken from goodreads.com)


"Strange how monsters can reach from beyond the grave,
as potent in death as they were in life."

Okay, let me start out with a piece of advice to everyone who has read books one and two: refresh yourself before beginning A Reaper at the Gates. It's definitely a good idea to re-read the previous novels or at least find a series recap online because going into this book with a minimal recollection of the story is challenging.

I made that mistake and regret it. I found it difficult to fall back into the world of the Scholars and the Martials, and I had even forgotten key details that I needed to know. However, once I fully immersed myself in Tahir's world once more, things started to get better.

The Good

Helene. If you didn't already have strong feelings about this girl before book three, then you certainly will after finishing this installment. The Blood Shrike gets quite a few chapters from her POV and a whole new layer of depth, which I enjoyed immensely.

The plot's intensity. Like the pulse of a song coming to a crescendo, this book takes things up a notch and eventually culminates in a dramatic ending that leaves you desperate for book four. Regardless of how much I love or dislike a series or author, I can always appreciate an epic cliffhanger.

The Not-So-Good

The change in tone. Is it just me, or does this book feel totally different from An Ember in the Ashes? In some ways, I believe that the sequels to the original book have diverged drastically in terms of themes and mood. I miss the original mystery and depth of book one, and I wish it had translated better into the sequels, including this one.

The pacing. Ever read a book where the bad guy just shows up randomly simply to keep things rolling? That's this book. Parts of the story didn't make sense to me, and certain chapters just felt like fillers as Tahir geared up for the epic ending. Yes, the ending was awesome, but that doesn't excuse the mediocre chapters in-between.

I MISS ELIAS. If I'm being totally candid, he's mostly why I loved book one and enjoyed book two. Unfortunately, the spotlight shifts in this third installment, and I feel like we barely get to spend any time with our favorite bad boy and romantic interest.

Here's the thing: I'm still totally pumped for book four. Tahir left things on a truly epic, promising note, and I'll certainly pick up the sequel in hopes of discovering something incredible. I know I'm kind of alone in my lower rating for this book, but hey, honesty has to count for something, right?


I think book four might win my love.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday: The Darkest Star by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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 Darkest Star
AuthorJennifer L. Armentrout
Release Date: October 30, 2018

https://www.goodreads.com/book/shttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34221193-the-darkest-starhow/33590260-kingdom-of-ash

When seventeen-year-old Evie Dasher is caught up in a raid at a notorious club known as one of the few places where humans and the surviving Luxen can mingle freely, she meets Luc, an unnaturally beautiful guy she initially assumes is a Luxen...but he is in fact something much more powerful. Her growing attraction for Luc will lead her deeper and deeper into a world she'd only heard about, a world where everything she thought she knew will be turned on its head...

#1 New York Times, USA Today, and internationally bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout returns to the universe of the Lux in this brand new series, featuring beloved characters both new and old. (taken from goodreads.com)


Why I Need It: 

I've never gotten around to checking out Armentrout's other books, but I've always heard good things about them. Maybe this new book's release will spur me to finally find out what all the fuss is about.