Wednesday, August 9, 2017

August 2017: TBR Pile

I've actually been rather remiss with my book reviewing, and I feel really bad about that. Which is why, I'm working very hard on bringing down my Review TBR Pile, not just my normal TBR Pile (which also happens to be insane).  Some are actually a bit old and have been on my pile for a long time, so I will try to mix it up by reviewing both recent releases as well as old ones. Le'ts pray I can manage that!

Here are the top ten books I'm hoping to read and review this month:








If I miraculously manage to go through with all of that, I can review much older books, or just read some other books for fun, or even finish books I started a while back but never finished. In any case, that's my plan for the month, wish me luck!

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

2017: Wishlist Wednesday (2)

So, I only ever read one book by Jodi Meadows, Incarnate, so I can't say for sure that I love all her work, but I definitely did love the book. Plus, let's face it, the plot of this book sounds pretty epic, don't you think?



Author: Jodi Meadows
Book Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Release Date: September 12th 2017
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books


Goodreads Synopsis:
Before

Mira Minkoba is the Hopebearer. Since the day she was born, she’s been told she’s special. Important. Perfect. She’s known across the Fallen Isles not just for her beauty, but for the Mira Treaty named after her, a peace agreement which united the seven islands against their enemies on the mainland.

But Mira has never felt as perfect as everyone says. She counts compulsively. She struggles with crippling anxiety. And she’s far too interested in dragons for a girl of her station.

After

Then Mira discovers an explosive secret that challenges everything she and the Treaty stand for. Betrayed by the very people she spent her life serving, Mira is sentenced to the Pit–the deadliest prison in the Fallen Isles. There, a cruel guard would do anything to discover the secret she would die to protect.

No longer beholden to those who betrayed her, Mira must learn to survive on her own and unearth the dark truths about the Fallen Isles–and herself–before her very world begins to collapse.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Book Review: Three Dark Crowns

Author: Kendare Blake
Book Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Release Date: September 20th 2016
Publisher: HarperTeen
Book Source: Edelweiss


Goodreads Synopsis:

Three dark queens
are born in a glen,
sweet little triplets
will never be friends

Three dark sisters
all fair to be seen,
two to devour
and one to be Queen

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 stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions.
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.
If only it was that simple. Katharine is unable to tolerate the weakest poison, and Arsinoe, no matter how hard she tries, can't make even a weed grow. The two queens have been shamefully faking their powerful sister Mirabella none the wiser. But with alliances being formed, betrayals taking shape, and ruthless revenge haunting the queens' ever move, one thing is certain: the last queen standing might not be the strongest...but she may be the darkest.


Review:

In the land of Fennbirn, queens are born as triplets, but only one survives, as they all work on killing the others to claim the throne. The triplets are born with special abilities and are given to the care of specific households to raise them, in the best way that can enhance those abilities. Katharine is a poisoner, Mirabella is an elemental, and Arsinoe is a naturalist. The setting and the plot of the story are very eerie and gruesome. Think, Hunger Games. You have triplets born and raised to kill one another with only one surviving. They have rituals to entertain the public, and rules to abide by, which makes the death more calculated and conniving, definitely creepy.

The writing is really good, it hooks you in a very confusing way. It's written in third person narrative, which is befitting because it's the only way in which you can be impartial to the three queens, and be equally as engrossed as well as uncertain of who will get the throne. 

The characters are well-rounded and diverse, with so many uncertain and volatile factors, making it difficult to choose a particular one to root for.  What's best about this, is that it called out to the feminist in me. The governing system is a matriarchy, with a heap load of kick-ass female lead and side characters, coming in all shapes and sizes. From good to evil, from giftless to powerful, and from a submissive to a sovereign. 

Kendare has created this intricated plot where nothing goes the way you think it will go. It's unpredictable, but as everything starts happening, you feel a sense of helplessness at the frustrating elements and events going on. This book gave me a Ruined by Amy Tintera's vibe, where by the end I'm too scared to read what's going to happen next. I honestly have no idea where I want the story to go. Every possible scenario I can think of leaves me sad, and I'm not sure if I'm willing to tolerate the emotional torture by reading the next book in this series.

TOP QUOTE:
Crowns are no longer won, they are made, through politics and alliances.
This book is ideal for fantasy lovers, particularly ones who love a woman in charge.  I would personally recommend it, even though the ending's cliffhanger worried me more than actually intrigued me. I'm not big on siblings pitted against one another, especially when none were born evil through no fault of their own.

Considering I was having a hard time coming to terms with whose side I want to be on, I decided to go take the epicReads test to help me decide. It turns out I should support Arsinoe. But I seriously don't mind, or wouldn't have minded with any of the three, to be honest. I feel so much for all three sisters. Some had it better than others in one way or another, but I genuinely felt the saddest for Katharine, of all three, she got the worst possible bargain and lived the worst life.


Rating: 3.5 (or maybe 4?) out of 5.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

2017: Wishlist Wednesday (1)

So there hasn't really been any weekly Wishlist Wednesday or Waiting on Wednesday posts or memes or whatever, but I felt like I would just continue it on my own. Or maybe start something up if I can ever convince myself to be more consistent here. In any case, here's the book I'm most excited for at the moment!

Author: Alexandra Bracken
Book Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy
Release Date: September 5th, 2017
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Goodreads Synopsis:

"I would say it's a pleasure to meet thee, Prosperity Oceanus Redding, but truly, I only anticipate the delights of destroying thy happiness."
Prosper is the only unexceptional Redding in his old and storied family history - that is, until he discovers the demon living inside him. Turns out Prosper's great-great-great-great-great-something grandfather made - and then broke - a contract with a malefactor, a demon who exchanges fortune for eternal servitude. And, weirdly enough, four-thousand-year-old Alastor isn't exactly the forgiving type.
The fiend has reawakened with one purpose - to destroy the family whose success he ensured and who then betrayed him. With only days to break the curse and banish Alastor back to the demon realm, Prosper is playing unwilling host to the fiend who delights in tormenting him with nasty insults and constant attempts trick him into a contract. Yeah, Prosper will take his future without a side of eternal servitude, thanks.
Little does Prosper know, the malefactor's control over his body grows stronger with each passing night, and there's a lot Alastor isn't telling his dim-witted (but admittedly strong-willed) human host.

Now, if you know anything about me, it's that I'm a HUGE fan of Alexandra Bracken and her writing. She's such an incredible author and has a tendency of leaving me in awe with all the worlds she creates, in such diverse ways. So I am most certainly looking forward to this book!