Fall Bookish Bingo Wrap-Up

Well, I did even worse this time around for Bookish Bingo (which is hosted by Bekka @ Pretty Deadly Reviews). I had a ton of books I planned to read for it and then I ended up not reading many of them. I haven’t figured out how to balance work and reading and everything else yet, but hopefully I’ll get the hang of it soon. So here’s my card:

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Reviews Posted:
Science Fiction – Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
A Book You Borrowed – Half a War by Joe Abercrombie
New to You Author – Air Awakens by Elise Kova
Author Shares First Initial – Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas
Sept/Oct/Nove Release – Fire Falling by Elise Kova
Set in High School – Lois Lane: Cloudy with a Chance of Destruction by Gwenda Bond
Black Cover – The Axe and the Throne: Prologue by M. D. Ireman

Reviews Not Posted:
Set In Another Country – Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel
Free – Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert


So I’ve decided to take a break from Bookish Bingo for now, to try some other cool things happening in the online book community in the next month or so. 

 

Mini Prequel Reviews ~ Lois Lane: Cloudy with a Chance of Destruction & The Axe and the Throne Prologue.

25327592Title: Lois Lane: Cloudy with a Chance of Destruction
Author: Gwenda Bond
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Please note that I received a free eARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Review: This was a great introduction to Lois Lane. Right from the start it shows her spunk, her smarts, her character.

I rolled my eyes. “Now that’s an argument to save a relationship,” I said, sotto voce. “‘ I call take backs.’”

Right away we have a mysterious Internet boy and a crisis. In so few pages I was hooked and wanted to know more! I’ve actually had Lois Lane: Fallout on my shelves for months and now I can’t wait to read it.

27840027Title: The Axe and the Throne
Author: M. D. Ireman
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Review: This prologue was a great little adventure. In 17 pages you learn of 3 brothers hunting in the woods in the narration of the youngest brother. As soon as the story starts it gets your heart racing and your blood pumping. Running through a darkening forest, the idea of huge men with axes lurking in the shadows of your mind. But then, those shadows of your mind become more than just shadows. AND THEN IT ENDS. Perfect way to get me to pick up the actual book.


Have you read these? Or the actual books that come after them? Let me know what you thought!

ARC Review: Fire Falling (Air Awakens #2) by Elise Kova + Giveaway + Square: Sept/Oct/Nov Release

Title: Fire Falling (Air Awakens #2)
Author: Elise Kova
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Publication Date: November 19th, 2015
Publisher: Silver Wing Press
Rating:

SynopsisSoldier… Sorcerer… Savior… Who is Vhalla Yarl?

Vhalla Yarl marches to war as property of the Solaris Empire. The Emperor counts on her to bring victory, the Senate counts on her death, and the only thing Vhalla can count on is the fight of her life. As she grapples with the ghosts of her past, new challenges in the present threaten to shatter the remnants of her fragile sanity. Will she maintain her humanity? Or will she truly become the Empire’s monster?

I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.

Review: As much as I loved Air Awakens, Fire Falling blew my mind. Like, this is how you write a sequel. Kova really stepped up her game when reintroducing us to her characters. I felt like I was seeing more of them in these new descriptions. I always felt so torn about Vhalla, like I wanted her to be a stronger character. But I also knew she had a lot of growing to do as well. And let’s just say I wasn’t disappointed by the end of Fire Falling. To see Vhalla battle her demons and learn to accept what she was, who she was becoming and having to lose herself all in one book, was inspirational.

Something I kind of struggled with at times was the relationship between Vhalla and the Crown Prince Aldrik. I just didn’t know how to feel at times, it was really weird. It wasn’t because of the age difference, that’s for sure. It was more of the fact that I wanted to know more about their shared bond. Did the bond control or have influence over their feelings for each other? Alas, from what was told as histories in the book, we aren’t provided with a lot of information. But despite my reservations, Kova had me swooning so hard. There was just no control over it, I was gigglesnorting by the end of it. That right there shows you how g ood of a writer she is. Because despite my better judgement, I wanted more Vhalla x Aldrik.

Now, let’s talk about two of my absolute favourite characters from this book, Fritz and Laurel. At first, when we find out that Fritz is mainly interested in men I was worried. I really didn’t want him to end up being the ‘token’ gay guy bff, you know? But thankfully Fritz turned out to be a brilliant character. And Laurel, oh Laurel. All I can say is that, her friendship to Vhalla is what made Vhalla into a beautifully strong character. I’d totally be okay if we got a companion novel about Fritz and Laurel, just saying. I don’t know what it is, but I absolutely love the way Kova writes her secondary characters. I cared about each and every one of them and that honestly doesn’t happen very often.

Now let me tell you about why she writes these characters perfectly. She wants you to love them, she wants you to care about them so she can STOMP on your heart and make you angry cry. Kova takes you on the most amazingly emotional journey from the first page on. And you don’t want to miss out on it.


Hopefully you saw my previous review of Air Awakens (if not, go check it out: here), it wasn’t a full review so now you’ve listened to me babble here. I’ve been talking about this series for awhile now, it all started way back at this Waiting on Wednesday post. And since then I’ve loved it to pieces, Elise as well. I’ve been lucky enough to promote this series as much as possible because it deserve to be loved and cherish. So before I even get to talking more about Fire Falling. Just trust me and pick these books up, you won’t regret it, I promise!

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Review: Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes + Square: Magic

Title: Falling Kingdoms
Author: Morgan Rhodes
Genre: Young Adult, High Fantasy, Magic
Publication Date: December 11th, 2012
Publisher: Razorbill
Rating

SynopsisIn the three kingdoms of Mytica, magic has long been forgotten. And while hard-won peace has reigned for centuries, a deadly unrest now simmers below the surface.

As the rulers of each kingdom grapple for power, the lives of their subjects are brutally transformed… and four key players, royals and rebels alike, find their fates forever intertwined. Cleo, Jonas, Lucia, and Magnus are caught in a dizzying world of treacherous betrayals, shocking murders, secret alliances, and even unforeseen love.

The only outcome that’s certain is that kingdoms will fall. Who will emerge triumphant when all they know has collapsed?

It’s the eve of war…. Choose your side.

Princess: Raised in pampered luxury, Cleo must now embark on a rough and treacherous journey into enemy territory in search of magic long thought extinct.

Rebel: Jonas, enraged at injustice, lashes out against the forces of oppression that have kept his country cruelly impoverished. To his shock, he finds himself the leader of a people’s revolution centuries in the making.

Sorceress: Lucia, adopted at birth into the royal family, discovers the truth about her past—and the supernatural legacy she is destined to wield.

Heir: Bred for aggression and trained to conquer, firstborn son Magnus begins to realise that the heart can be more lethal than the sword….

Review: I wanted to love Falling Kingdoms I really did. but somewhere along the line it missed the mark for me. Part of me felt like I had read the story before and a part of me was left really intrigued. I’m not saying that Falling Kingdoms isn’t a good book because it is, I just expected more. Which is really my own fault because I’ve read so many books in the genre.

Let’s talk about what I struggled with the most in Falling Kingdoms, the characters. I didn’t really connect with any of them and honestly, most of the time I found them to be pretty insufferable. By the end of the book I was really coming around to Cleo’s character despite the fact that earlier in the book she had a problematic relationship. (and I’m sure by now you know how I feel about problematic relationships). At one point her and a guard suddenly fall in love and start spewing shit like:

“You’ve come to mean everything to me…”

“I was meant to be with you.”

Like really? Talk about some seriously naive and misguided feelings. But you also get the feeling like she had to deal with an even worse relationship before. But it doesn’t really excuse the gross problematic insta love either. And don’t even get me started on Magnus’ weird attraction and feelings towards someone really close to him. But the end of the book I still wasn’t sure why it was a thing. I’m definitely curious as to how it plays out in the next book. Now Jonas kept things interesting, with the struggle of loss and playing against the odds he kept me intrigued and reading to find out what would happen next with him. Now Lucia, she was the most surprising character of them all. I’m hoping she turns into this strong BA female character in the series.

Even with all that being said, I still gave it 4 stars because I really did enjoy the world building and the magic portrayal. I’m a sucker for a good fantasy world that I wish I could be a part of. I can see why this series is a big thing, the writing is on point and the three kingdoms of Mytica are completely enticing.

Review: Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass, #4) by Sarah J. Maas with possible Spoilers? + Square: Author Shares First Initials

Title: Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass #4)
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Genre: Young Adult, High Fantasy, Magic
Publication Date: September 1st, 2015
Publisher: Bloomsbury UK
Rating:

Synopsis: Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she’s at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past . . .

She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die just to see her again. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen’s triumphant return.

Celaena’s epic journey has captured the hearts and imaginations of millions across the globe. This fourth volume will hold readers rapt as Celaena’s story builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world.

Review: So by now, I’m sure almost all of you have at least seen or read at least a few Queen of Shadows reviews. Since I’m a little late because let’s be honest this book was hella HYPED. I was really worried it wouldn’t live up to the hype because I do love this series a lot. But luckily enough it did, I was so surprised by this book. I think Maas out did herself and I can’t wait to see what she has in store of the next book.

Since I don’t want to repeat a ton of book reviews on this book, I’m going to switch it up and show you quite a few of my Goodreads status updates from when I was reading this. Because I’m sure you’ll get the jist of my feelings just from those.

2.0% “Every time Sam is mentioned my heart can’t handle it.”

6.0% “Fleetfoot *heart eyes*”

9.0% “”But she was her own champion now.””

11.0% “So here’s the thing, I always struggle with the Manon chapters. Not because I don’t like her or the storyline but my mind just wanders when I read her chapters.”

12.0% “Aelin knew what she meant, but she said, “Unfortunately for you, I don’t have any interest in women. Even when they’re paid for.” Sigh. Now I’m just thinking about if Aelin was into women.”

33.0% “I kind of don’t like Aedion.”

35.0% “Seriously, he’s so annoying.”

36.0% “Oh no, what’s happening to me? I just got a little too excited over a certain someone showing up. HALP.”

39.0% “”Oh?” she purred, and he braced himself for the tempest. “And what message does it send? That I’m a whore? As if what I do in the privacy of my own room, with my body, is anyone’s concern.” I have never loved Aelin more.”

50.0% “I’m not crying.”

55.0% “nopenopenopenopenopenope”

59.0% “She bared her teeth in a vicious smile. “Get your whoring, blood-sucking carcasses the hell off my property.””

74.0% “I’VE BEEN WAITING FOR THIS MOMENT THE ENTIRE BOOK”

75.0% “I’m happy that there is nonchalant swearing in this. I don’t think swearing should be as ~taboo~ as it’s perceived.”

75.0% “Oh Chaol, forever the fool.”

81.0% “I am dead”

82.0% “DUDE, MANON FOREVER.”

90.0% “Mind freaking blown.”

93.0% “There are not enough pages left.”

Needless to say I absolutely loved this book. Aelin was so fierce and beautiful and everything I wanted her to be since I first read Throne of Glass. Here’s the thing I don’t get, so many people were disappoint with this book and at first I didn’t get why. The writing and characters were so on point, Maas was ripping my heart out from the first chapter. Then it was brought to my attention that a lot of the problem was what happened between Chaol and Celaena. But let me just say this, Chaol’s character growth was ginormous in this book. I always liked Chaol and to see him grow and become this monumental character was amazing. I understand that Chaol x Celaena was a huge ship, but here is the thing, Celaena no longer exists. There is no Celaena, there is Aelin and they are two different people. So obviously that ship wont work anymore because that character is no longer there. And I think Aelin is better for it in the end. Now I do admit I wasn’t completely sold on Rowan when I read Heir of Fire but I may have swooned and flailed over him a few times in Queen of Shadows. I KNOW OKAY. I couldn’t help myself, it just happened. What amazed me the most though in Queen of Shadows was Lysandra, I don’t know how Maas did it but she blew my mind with this character. Lysandra became such an important character to not only the story line but also to Aelin, with their friendship. I was rooting for her the entire book and just love her.

So for anyone who gave up on this series, IT GETS BETTER. Do yourself a favour and read all the damn books.