*Spoiler-free review* I was so excited to get my hands on House of Earth and Blood the first book in the Crescent City series by Sarah J Maas. I enjoyed her all her Young Adult books and was curious to see what her first adult fantasy book would be like. My first impression was that it’s seriously chunky at 803 pages. That’s a lot of pages of story to get through!
I have to admit that at first, I was a bit confused by this new world SJM had created. It’s an urban fantasy world that includes four houses of which humans and all sorts of mythical beings and beasts are part of. There are humans, angels, fae, shifters like werewolves, witches, vampires, mermaids and mermen, demons and more – all occupying Crescent City. They use technology and text each other, watch reality TV and all the mundane stuff. But they also have unique powers. It’s a world that takes a little while for the reader to immerse themselves in and to learn who is who. Continue reading →
This is a case of bookstagram made me do it! I’ve been seeing the debut novel Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin all over bookstagram and everyone is loving it. So, I had to give it a try myself. I don’t read a huge amount of YA fantasy but I’ve really enjoyed the books I have read like the Throne of Glassseries and ACOTARseries by Sarah J. Maas.
Serpent & Dove was a really enjoyable book that mixed romance, magic, intrigue and adventure. I devoured this over a day and can’t wait to read the sequel. It’s set in a fantasy world where witches are the enemy and hunted by the Church and a group of holy warriors named Chasseurs. Louise (Lou) is a witch hiding her identity on the streets of the city of Cesarine. She steals and does what is needed to survive because there’s something even more terrible than witch hunters after her. Reid Diggory is the Captain of the Chasseurs and the right-hand man of the Archbishop. He hates witches with a vengeance and lives a chaste and godly life. Continue reading →
The Bear and theNightingale by Katherine Arden is a book that I’ve been seeing everywhere for a long time. I’ve wanted to read it forever. But for some reason it took me ages to pick it up. Then I saw it for sale in a little book store in Thailand when I was on holiday and it seemed like the time was finally right to buy it. So, I did.
I don’t know why I hesitated to read this book. I’ve always loved books based on fairy tales, folklore, myths or legends. Perhaps it was the Russian setting. I’ve struggled in the past with books set in Russia, usually because of the character names. I find with Russian names that the characters will have one name and then a nickname. This can make it confusing to keep track of who is who. But I do love a Russian setting with all that ice and snow. Continue reading →
I never know how to review books that are part of a series. I tend to only review the first book in a series and then make vague references to the following books because I don’t want to spoil anything for new readers. So I’m going to tread very lightly (and vaguely) as I review The Wicked King, the second book in a YA fantasy series by Holly Black. I read the first book The Cruel Prince about this time last year. I’ve also read other books by Holly Black including Tithe. In case you don’t know, this series is all about faeries, and the few mortals living with them, and is set in the Shifting Isles of Elfhame.
The main protagonist is a human girl named Jude. Her mother was once in a relationship with a faerie general named Madoc, but she ran away from him into the mortal world when pregnant with his child (Jude’s older sister). Jude is completely human, as is her twin sister. When Jude was a child, Madoc came and killed their mother and then took all three sisters to Elfhame. Being mortal in a faerie realm is not a good thing so Jude has had to learn to be sneaky, dangerous and as cutthroat as the faeries around her. Continue reading →
For the past three weeks I was immersed in the epic, magical world of the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas. Reading this series took A LOT of reading time as it’s seven books long (with the 8th and final book A Kingdom of Ash due out in October 2018). But it was well worth my effort.
If you have already read this series then I am preaching to the converted. If you have never read a YA or fantasy book in your life then this is probably not the series for you. If you read book one, hated it, and didn’t read any further, then this post isn’t for you. But for everyone else who wants to be swept away to a magical realm of queens and kings, princes and princesses, warriors and assassins, faeries and healers, magical creatures and witches, quests and kingdoms, then please read on. Continue reading →
Tithe by Holly Black was a book I re-read recently in anticipation of reading The Cruel Prince. And I’m glad I did as Kaye and Roiben from Tithe make an appearance in The Cruel Prince. It’s a YA fantasy novel that blends faeries and the modern world together.
Tithe tells the story of Kaye, a teenage girl with a rocker for a mum who moves from place to place as her mum pursues her music. Like her mum, she’s a bit rebellious. She’s not going to win any prizes for being a model teen as she smokes, drinks and skips school. She also has a big attitude.
Kaye and her mum go back to New Jersey to live with Kaye’s grandmother. When she was a kid, Kaye used to have friends in this place — faerie friends that only she could see. And now that she’s back, strange things start to happen and she begins to explore the powers she’s always had. Continue reading →
The Cruel Prince by Holly Black was on my wish-list for a while due to all the love for it that I saw on bookstagram and because I re-read Holly Black’s book Tithe recently. I don’t read a lot of YA fantasy but since reading and loving the A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J Maas based on bookstagrammers’ recommendations, I thought I would give The Cruel Prince a try.
If you don’t want to know anything at all about this book, don’t read on. I am going to reveal a tiny bit of plot that occurs in the first few chapters.
Set in the world of Faerie, the story is told from the point-of-view of Jude who is a human girl living in this world with her twin sister Taryn, half-faerie sister Vivi and Vivi’s faerie father General Madoc and his second wife and son Oak. Continue reading →
When I first heard about Nora Robert’s new book YearOne I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. Years ago I went through a Nora Roberts reading stage where I devoured all her romantic suspense novels but it’s been a while since I’ve read any of her books. When I heard that this book was a departure from her usual romance stories and was about a killer virus taking out billions of people and leaving a dystopian wasteland in its wake, I was even more intrigued.
I was then lucky enough to win a proof copy from Good Reading magazine and Hachette Australia but I would have bought this book otherwise.
Year One starts with a riveting opening:
“When Ross MacLeod pulled the trigger and brought down the pheasant, he had no way of knowing he’d killed himself. And billions of others…”
As the world’s population rapidly depletes, a new order rises. People who had previously had slight magical impulses now grow into their power, revealing all sorts of beings from witches to fairies to shapeshifters and elves. Some normal humans survive as well. But for every good Uncanny (as they call the magical people) and for every good human, there are plenty of bad people who want to kill and let chaos reign.
The story follows quite a lot of different characters as they leave New York in search of other people and safety. The cast of characters grows and was at times hard to keep up with. But the scenario is intriguing and a bit different from the normal zombie apocalypse dystopian route. There are no zombies in this book!