Life of a bookworm

Reading is as important as drawing breath to me. Sometimes life gets hectic and the peace reading gives me is something I can't describe.

Lock and Key

Lock and Key - Sarah Dessen This book took me through such an emotional roller coaster it should be illegal! Such in-depth subject with beautiful writing and amazing storyline.

4.5 Stars

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Empire of Storms - Sarah J. Maas 5 ThisIsBloodyBrilliantAndDeservesTheUnicorn Stars!!




All Hail The Genius Sarah J. Maas! The Creator of one of the most freakin' badass heroine of all times.

“She was fire, and light, and ash, and embers. She was Aelin Fireheart, and she bowed for no one and nothing, save the crown that was hers by blood and survival and triumph.”





This book is our salvation and doom. Hope and destruction. It has everything we wished for since starting the first page of the series and yet there's so much more yet to come it's breaking my heart even thinking about all the wait in lieu of the next book.

“I was not supposed to love you. The woman had said that—and then she died. She should not have loved him, and he should not have dared to love her. He deserved this darkness, and once the invisible boundary shattered and the waiting thing pounced, infiltrating and filling him … he’d have earned it.”

Let's start with the cover art. It's so fierce and so Celaena-like with the I'm going to kill you look so perfectly on place. Now the book starts with Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen's return to Rifthold to retrieve the third Wyrdkey from her former Master Arobynn Hamel, King of the Assassins. Whereas Chaol Westfall, former Captain of the Guards, is in league with the rebels to help Dorian Havillard, Prince of Adarlan, whose body is inhabited by a Valg Prince and is slowly consuming his soul out of the control of the King of Adarlan. Manon Blackbeak, Wing-leader of the Thirteen and Heir to the Blackbeak Clan, starts questioning her Matron i.e Grandmother's rule for the Witches; Obedience, Discipline, and Brutality and becomes another powerful character in the already awesome-characters-club. And a certain Prince of the Fae graces us with his oh-so-yummy presence ;)

“She dared a look at Rowan, whose face remained carefully blank, but saw the words there anyway.

'You wicked, clever fox.'

'And here you were, thinking the red hair was just for vanity.'

'I shall never doubt again.' ”


There has been some discussion about how the characters have been forced into changing and are different from the other books. But I think if you read the books back-to-back you can see the budding change in the previous books and it's not much big of a deal how they react. Also, in the end, we can see the what-why-how of it. I, for one, am absolutely satisfied with this book and can't friggin' wait for the next book.

“Aelin ran a hand over the rough rock, and the sun-warmed stone tingled as if in greeting.
Then she stepped beyond the stone.
And at long last, Aelin Ashryver Galathynius was home.”




“There were two men in this city responsible for destroying her life and the people she’d loved. She would not leave Rifthold until she’d buried them both.”

Until the next book.....



“They were infinite. They were the beginning and the ending; they were eternity. The king standing before them gaped as the shield of flame died out to reveal the two, hand in hand, glowing like newborn gods as their magic entwined.”

All That Remains

All That Remains - Sarah Ahiers 4.5 stars

Cruel Beauty

Cruel Beauty - Rosamund Hodge 4.5 Shady Stars

Crimson Bound

Crimson Bound - Rosamund Hodge 4.5 Stars

“..You always have to choose between the path of needles and the path of pins. When a dress is torn, you know, you can just pin it up, or you can take the time to sew it together. That's what it means. The quick and easy way or the painful way that works.”

When Rachelle was fifteen she was good—apprenticed to her aunt and in training to protect her village from dark magic. But she was also reckless— straying from the forest path in search of a way to free her world from the threat of eternal darkness. After an illicit meeting goes dreadfully wrong, Rachelle is forced to make a terrible choice that binds her to the very evil she had hoped to defeat.

With such a surreal setting and all the mystic talks about the Devourer, Rosamund Hodge has created a beautiful story which is different from the ongoing plots and still is a perfect read.

""I am Rachelle Brinon. I didn't listen to my aunt when she told me to stay on the path and save my own life. Damned if I'll listen to the Forest now.""

Rachelle strays from her path one day and finds herself in quite a predicament; she has three days to kill someone and become a slave to the forest's power or else die.

“I knew you lived,"" her mother said after a moment. ""Any daughter of mine would be ruthless enough.”

After choosing to survive, she works with everything she has to stop the Devourer and chases after myth to find a way to off him for good. She's a complex character but the strength with which she stands for what she believes is quite amazing.

“There were three of them, all with rapiers, and she had only a dagger. It would have been a wretchedly uneven fight, if she were human.

It was still a wretchedly uneven fight; it was just uneven in her favor.”


After looking through all the reviews and reading the book myself, I'm going to indulge in [b:Cruel Beauty|15839984|Cruel Beauty|Rosamund Hodge|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1371652590s/15839984.jpg|21580669] and see for myself what the hype is about!

Ciao!

Magic Shifts

Magic Shifts - Ilona Andrews “So you got fired?”
“I quit.”
“When I quit the Order, you told me I was besmirched.”
“That’s because you quit in a huff over some silliness like trying to save people’s lives. I quit to maximize my earning potential. Don’t you know being a hero is a losing bet? The pay is shit and people hate you for it.” Luther looked at Curran. “Who is the male specimen?”
Curran offered Luther his hand. “Lennart.”
Luther grabbed Curran’s hand and smelled it. “Shapeshifter, feline, probably a lion, but not the run-of-the-mill African Simba. You’ve got an odd scent about you.” He glanced at me. “Why do you always hang out with weirdos?”


Have you ever had one of those moment when you get one of the latest release from your favorite series and just stare at it and smile like a lunatic? Like this?



No? Okay, get off my review. You're abnormal!

Anywho, Kate Daniels series is like one of your old schoolmate. It's familiar with a healthy dose of witty comebacks and to-die-for characters. Though compared to the other books in the series this one felt a little slow and the action took a lot of time in coming.

“How have you been?” my father asked.
Say something diplomatic . . . something . . . “If you build a tower in Lawrenceville, I will smash it, set it on fire, and salt the ground it stood on.”


It took so long to get a glimpse of Roland! I wish the other book would feature him a lot more.

“One does not simply ring Roland.""

So the usual dose of kidnapping, murder, dangers, mythological creatures and some lovey-dovey is packed into this book. Some new characters are introduced and most of the old gang is still there with some new developments.

“One doesn’t let her fiancé fight a horde of ghouls by himself. Some things were just not done.”



“Where were you? What happened?” I carved a chunk out of another lizard’s face.
“I just took the kids to fight some ghouls,” Curran said.
Oh, so it was fine, then . . . Wait. “You did what?”
He kicked a lizard. It flew into the others like a cannonball. “I called Jim before we left the house to talk about ghouls, and he said they found some in the MARTA tunnels. So I grabbed the kids and did a little hunting.”
I would kill him. “Just so I get it right, Jim calls you and says, ‘Hey, we found a horde of ghouls in the MARTA tunnels,’ and your first thought was, ‘Great, I’ll take the kids’?”
“They had fun.” A careful note crept into his voice. Curran saw the shark fin in the water but wasn’t sure where the bite would be coming from.
“You even took the dog.”
Grendel chose that moment to try to shove past me. I shoved him back into the Guild and he began running back and forth behind us, growling.
“He had fun, too. Look at him. He’s still excited.”


3.5 Stars

Last but not the least... ;)

“Try to look casual.” I pulled the top book out and put it on the desk.
“Why?”
“Because what I’m doing is illegal without a warrant, and we have about twenty witnesses observing our every move.”
Curran crossed his arms, making his biceps bulge, leaned against the desk, and fixed our audience with his stare. Everyone spontaneously decided to look anywhere else but at us. Right. Casual, my foot.
“See,” he said. “No witnesses.”

The Winner's Curse

The Winner's Curse - Marie Rutkoski An unexpected treat! 4.5 Winning Stars

Full review to come!

Bully

Bully - Penelope Douglas Good for some light reading but that's about all I can say about this book. 2.5 stars

Queen of Fire

Queen of Fire - Anthony  Ryan “But people are still people, however comfortable their surroundings. They lie, they feud, they betray and however much you give them, they always want more.”

For a much anticipated ending to one of the most loved series, Queen of Fire is a disappointment. This is full of Forests, Ice, Battle, Pointless fucking Forests Again, Caves and Halle-fucking-lujah more Battle. There were just too many pointless characters being introduced it's a pain keeping yourself from dosing off. And then there's battle. Everywhere you go there's some kind of battle. I found myself skipping most of the battle parts. And then there's our own Daenerys Targaryen Queen Lyrna.



And...of course there's more



There are too many loose endings with this book. It's like the author is keeping a way to come back to this series at some point. After the 75% of the book, the revelations start. And there's just so many of it, everything is rushed. After waiting for two books, I found no joy in learning about the Ally and his plans are utterly underwhelming.

Don't get me wrong, I absolutely love this series and I'd recommend it to everyone. But the way Blood Song started I imagined a whole lot of epic and this book did not deliver.



3.5 Stars

Tower Lord

Tower Lord - Anthony  Ryan “That if the stars in the sky are not fixed, then nothing is fixed. Nothing is eternal, all is temporary and ever-changing.” She turned away from the stars, meeting his gaze. “Nothing is fixed, my lord. No course is so set it cannot be changed.”

After embarking on Lord Vaelin Al Sorna's journey on Blood Song, this book is a treat for it has multiple POVs and gives us insight in so much more of the story. This book is awesomesauce. I can assure you that this book is an awesome ride from the start to the very end.

Remember this, Queen, when you watch the flames rise high, remember this and ask yourself: would I do this again?”

Full review to come

“Pardon me,” Reva said, pausing.
He was a tall man and she was obliged to look up at him, though not tall enough to be out of reach. “Your nose appears to be bleeding.”
He frowned, fingers coming up to touch his nose, coming away clean. “I don’t . . .”
His head snapped back from the force of the blow, nose breaking, though not with enough force to kill him. He stumbled backwards to collide with the wall, sinking to the floor, blood streaming down his face.
“My mistake,” Reva said, moving on. “Now it’s bleeding.”

Blood Song

Blood Song - Anthony  Ryan “Honour is just a word. You can’t eat it or drink it and yet everywhere I go men talk of it endlessly, and they all tell a different tale of what it actually means. For the Alpirans it’s all about duty, the Renfaelins think it’s the same as courage. In these islands it appears it means killing a son for a crime committed by his father then slaughtering a helpless man when the pantomime fails to go to plan.”



“The Faith is all. The Faith consumes us and frees us. The Faith shapes my life, in this world and in the Beyond.”

Ah! Such an amazing read!!

Full review to come!

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Vampires in Love - Anne Rice, Ed Gorman, Charles de Lint, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Norman Partridge, Russell Davis, Elaine Viets, Susan Sizemore, Dean Wesley Smith, Charles L. Grant, L.A. Banks, Bradley H. Sinor, Lilith Saintcrow, C.T. Adams, Cathy Clamp, Larissa Ione, Rosalind Greenberg, Ga A handwritten annotation to the letter, in the hand of Callimachus:

His divine wisdom can kiss my common arse. We blind and hobble half of the world through such ignorance, and I will not have it. Women shall study at the Serapeum as they might be inclined. Let him execute me if he wishes, but I have seen enough of minds wasted in this world. I have a daughter.
My daughter will learn.




“The Library holds itself to be the keeper of both knowledge and wisdom, but it is not true. So Much should never be held in the hands of so few, for it is a natural, venal habit of men to hold power. And knowledge is the purest form of power.”



""And so the very institution we thought would bring the most light to the world has instead drowned it in shadows, and claimed that shadow as full sun.
And we, poor blind creatures, have believed the lie.""


Let the quotes speak for itself. A must read book. 4.5 stars

The Autumn Republic

The Autumn Republic - Brian  McClellan “You have my sword. You have my pistol. You have my Privileged and artillery. You have my sixty thousand. Our alliance will cause Ipille to quake and the Kez will pay for their crimes.”



The Autumn Republic is a bittersweet read for the readers of The Powder Mage series. As with all the endings, this book leaves a hollow feeling for the readers; not because of any loose endings or the book not being up to par with it's prequels. But only because the story comes to an end, the characters with whom we have formed some kind of love/hate bonding are never to return in the same way again. No amount of re-reading will give us the same feeling that we have formed on the first read. The first journey. It is much like our first love. We might love again and again but nothing will compare to the first ever awareness of the butterflies in the stomach. In the end only one question remains : Did the book live up to it's potential?





The book begins with it's own usual wartime drama. The one remarkable thing about this book is that every hero has flaws, and every villain has understandable motivation. Field Marshall Tamas returns to his country to find its Capital, Adro under control of an invader; with the army divided; a god dead; another on the rise and a whole lot of kidnapping, fighting and death later the story concludes with most of the loose ends stitched up but with a whole lot of potential for self imagination. This is a worthy conclusion to a fantastic trilogy. For the fear of spoiling the book, I'd just say that this is an epic fantasy trilogy that's worth a try for the fantasy readers.

4.5 Stars



“I would die for my country. But I’d rather kill for it. Ready your troops. We march!”

The Crimson Campaign

The Crimson Campaign - Brian  McClellan “Let the Kez come,” Tamas roared. “Let them send their greatest generals after us. Let them stack the odds against us. Let them come upon us with all their fury, because these hounds at our heels will soon know we are lions!”




Brian McClellan is a genius storyteller. There's no doubt about it. The way this follow-up to Promise of Blood continues with a fast paced story complete with a complex plot, sympathetic characters and the most intriguing magic system, there's no holding back the angry tears that threaten to overwhelm the readers. The Crimson Campaign is one of those rare book where the sequel is better than the first.



The book starts out by highlighting the setting of the previous book where Tamas finds himself on the run from the Kez army with a comparatively small force; Taniel, once he emerges from his coma and then the mala haze, finds himself opposed by his own army; Adamat takes a tremendous effort to find his missing family. Probably my only complaint about this book is the absence of strong, important female characters. Otherwise the shifts in viewpoint come at the perfect dramatic times and the hierarchy of magic users in The Powder Mage universe is still the most intriguing.

“I decided to start a war. Not for the people’s rights or because Manhouch was evil or any of the other drivel I tell my supporters. I started a war to avenge my wife and my brother.”

Now bring on The Autumn Republic!



The way things are going I can only see things ending with a bang.

4.5 Stars

“One man always makes a difference. Sometimes it’s a small one. Other times, he tips a war.”

Promise of Blood

Promise of Blood - Brian  McClellan "" The Age of Kings is dead . . . and I have killed it.""



Since I've been rolling in high fantasy for a little over a week, I took the risk of picking up the pre-novellas of The Powder Mage series. Lo and behold, the novellas captured my attention. After going through all the pre-novellas, six of them, Promise of Blood was such an intense, action packed opening to a series. It grabs you into it's folds and keeps you running the roller coaster of emotions throughout the book. It has a complex, intriguing magic system, great characters and a clever plot that keeps the readers on their toes up until the very end.

With a story told from multiple POV's; none of which let me down; the book opens with a coup in progress and the nobility getting intimate with a guillotine.



Ta-da!

“You gorged them on the blood of the nobility,” Mihali said gently. “They drank, but were not filled. They ate of hatred and grew hungrier.”

The magic system in the book was the ultimate winner. ""Powder Mages"" snort gunpowder to induce a ""powder trance"" where they become stronger, faster, and they can ignite gunpowder at will and manipulate bullets to travel further and on target. Such a different style and it certainly delivers what the title promises. Blood

With the promise of war on the horizon, the book does a 180 on our belief system and goes from politics, facts to prophecies, gods and what-not.

“I believed it had been long enough that Kresimir would never return. I believed it was time for change. I thought all of Rozalia’s concerns were foolish, and that Julene was living in the past. I believed we were alone.”
“My people have never been alone. The others may have left. I did not.”







4.5 Promising Stars

The Girl at Midnight

The Girl at Midnight - Melissa Grey “She had gone to the library in search of hope, but what she'd found instead was a child. It would take her many years to realize that the two were not so different.”

This is a tough nut to crack. I have so many mixed feelings about this book. There were times when I felt like the story was dragging and then all of a sudden it took off in so many direction it left me reeling; not the good kind, mind you. Those comparing this book with The Mortal Instruments and Shadow and Bone, I'm not sure everyone will like the similarity between those two popular books and how you question the originality of this book.



Legend has it that there is a way to end the conflict once and for all: 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.

But some jobs aren't as straightforward as they seem. And this one might just set the world on fire.


If you're looking for a good fantasy, I suggest you pick up other books on your tbr pile before this. It has the usual cast of characters and the writing makes it difficult to connect with any one of them. A mediocre read. 2.5 Stars

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