The Vanishing Throne Review (Spoiler Free)

Author: Elizabeth May | Published: June 21, 2016 by Chronicle Books | Series: The Falconer #2 | Length: 458 pages| Genre: YA fantasy | Source: I got this book from my local Barnes & Noble | Side note: There is a bit of swearing in this book just to let those know who don’t like to read that

PLEASE NOTE: While this review does not contain spoilers for said book, it may contain spoilers for the first book in the series.  So if you have not read the first book and do not want to be spoiled please do not continue reading this review.  You can read my review for the first book here. Thank you!

After choking in the last precious few seconds of the battle, Aileana falls through the very fae portal she was so desperately trying to close.  She wakes up in a mirrored prison owned by Lonnrach, who has plans for the Falconer.  He tortures her day in and day out for what seems like months.  He bites her and uses her blood to search through her memories for a way to save his world.  When she is rescued by an unexpected ally, she finds that more time has passed than she realized and the lovely city of Edinburgh is little more than ash and rubble.  The few human survivors are hiding out underground with an uneasy treaty with some of the fae.  Aileana is the world’s only hope, but she must awaken her dormant Falconer powers, and in doing so she risks her life.

I’ve read a lot of series in the past where the second book goes through what I’ve heard called as the “second book slump.”  I was a little worried that this book would fall into that and just be added material smooshed between the first and last book.  HOLY CRAP!  This book for sure did not fall into that slump!  I hardly know where to start lol!  I like how we get to see remnants of the torture throughout the book, and it wasn’t just a once and done thing.  No normal person could just get that right out of their mind and Aeliana has flashbacks and chokes at moments due to the memories of that tourcher.  On top of that, we have more KIARAN!!! **swoon**  My book boyfriend is so amazing and sexier than ever.  “‘I am,’ he tells me.  ‘I’m yours.'” EEEEE!!!!!!  Why can’t he just be real already?!  This is yet another reason why I have unrealistic expectations for real-life boyfriends lol.  I ship Kiaran and Aeliana so hard!!  They need to be together and I will be so upset if something happens to them in the next and final instalment of this series.

Little funny story: I read a good majority of this book while on my way to NYC for Book Con, and it was so hard to contain my squeals during the Kiaran and Aeliana scenes.  I’m pretty sure I let one slip, I couldn’t hear it with my headphones, but the guy sitting next to me gave me a couple of funny looks lol.

Overall, this book was absolutely amazing!  It will for sure hold a spot in my top favorite books/series of all time!

I gave this book 5/5 stars on Goodreads.

The Falconer Review (Spoiler Free)

Author: Elizabeth May | Published: May 6, 2014 by Chronicle Books | Series: The Falconer #1 | Length: 378 pages | Genre: YA Fantasy  | Source: I got this book at my local Barnes & Noble | Side note: There is a bit of swearing in this book just to let those know who don’t like to read that.

Set in 1844 Edinburgh, Scotland, Aileana Kameron has everyhting a girl could ask for.  Lavish dresses, jems, many courters, brains, and beauty beyond belief.  She also a big fat liar.  She only looks the part, as during she uses her skills to sense the sithichean-a faery race that kills humans-and kill them.  Now Aileana wasn’t always this way.  A year prior she watched her mother be slaughtered by one of the fae.   With the help of a very handsome mentor Aileana learns to fight the fae and seek vengeance for her mother’s death.  As Aileana trains she learns that she is the last in a long line of female warriors called Falconers who are skilled in killing the fae.  She is the last hope the world has.

This book was honestly a cover buy for me.  I saw the pretty little thing sitting on the shelf at Barnes & Noble and knew I just had to have it.  I have no idea why I never picked up the book until now.  How very stupid on my part!  From the first page turning I could NOT GET ENOUGH!  It physically hurt to set it down lol.  All the fight scenes and suttle romance had me craving more like a chubby kid craves cake.  Kiaran is litterally my new book boyfriend.  Make way Jace and Will we have a new occupant lol.  I loved how this book had some steampunk elements and how those element clicked and whirred their way into how the story was written.  I really wish I had a little faery like Derrick to mend my clothes and make me laugh with his honey-drunken self.  While it did have some more language than most YA books that I have read, this book was everything that I didn’t know I had been searching for in a YA Fantasy novel.  Almost as soon as I finished this book I just had to order the second one!

I would highly, highly recommend this book to anyone that likes books with fae or a touch of history or steampunk.  You won’t be disappointed by this book!

I gave this book 5/5 stars on Goodreads.

The Waterfall Traveler **ARC Review** (Spoiler Free)

Author: S.J. Lem | Published: April 19th, 2017 by Carpe Noctem Publishing | Series: The Waterfall Traveler #1 | Length: 439 Pages | Genre: YA Fantasy | Source: Netgalley

I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.  When I first saw this book, I thought it was going to be a simple middle-grade fantasy read.  Boy, was I wrong and dumb for not reading the synopsis lol.  Can you tell I just judged this book by its cover?

18-year-old Ri wants nothing more than to find the cure to the Sickness and heal her adoptive father, Samuel.  Two strangers appear in her village within hours of each other; one dark and mysterious and the other a charming fugitive.  When dangerous creatures appear she is whisked away by the former through a waterfall and tossed out across the sea to a city run by a oppressive tyrant.  She now not only has to face Samuel’s unlawful past, but a new threat has risked the lives of the men she has grown to care for in her journey.  Ri must gather her strength and fight for her life and those she loves.

Like I said before, I was totally not expecting this epic fantasy adventure.  I did find it a little slow at the beginning, but I think that was my mind trying to process that my expectation was way off.  once things really got moving they went fast and I found it so hard to put the book down and do adult things.  Who needs to sleep or work anyways?  I was so blown away by how well these characters were developed.  There was a large cast of characters, but they all were so well thought out and introduced.  It didn’t confuse me at all like a lot of other fantasy books I have read in the past that also have large casts.  This book had me feeling so many feelings that I almost couldn’t handle it.  I would be laughing one minute and then be sobbing uncontrollably the next.

If you are looking for a quick fantasy read, this is definitely the book for you.  I cannot say enough about this book, but I could seriously go on and on and on about this book.  I need to get a hard copy of this book for my personal library.  I cannot wait for the next book in the series comes out!  I’ll be impatiently waiting until that day comes!

Here Lies Daniel Tate **ARC Review** (Spoiler Free)

Author: Cristin Terrill | Published June 6th, 2017 By Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers | Series: Standalone | Length: 400 Pages | Genre: YA Fiction, Thriller | Source: Yallfest | Rating: 5/5 Stars

I can remember almost having to fight tooth and nail in a free-for-all at Yallfest for this book.  This girl even tried to grab the copy right out of my hands lol.  I know got this book way back during November, but I wanted to wait until closer to the publication date to read and review it.  Now I’m seriously kicking myself for not having read this book sooner.  It was absolutely amazing, and I definitely did not see that ending coming.

The book opens to the main male character (we don’t know his real name) who just wants some shelter and a warm meal for the night.  He fake calls the cops who pick him up and take him to a shelter.  While at the shelter, he gets questioned as to who he is and where he’s from.  He devises a plan to get away that spirals out of control and leaves him living with one of the riches families in California.  Posing as a long-lost boy long enough to get out of the shelter and away from the nosey cops seems simple until the media catches wind of Daniel Tate’s return.  It’s a miracle. Except for one thing…

This book was a bit slow to begin with as we get to know the main character.  It could also be a bit confusing at times as he switches from present time to past memories a lot in the beginning.  Other than that this book was a fairly quick read as I never wanted to put it down.  I was a little nervous as I got closer to the end as I wasn’t sure how the author would end this book, but, holy crud, that ending though!  I never would’ve seen that coming in a million years.  After now having read the book I can see how I almost should’ve seen it coming with all the little hints posted throughout the story.  I also loved this cast of characters and getting to delve into their seemingly perfect world that isn’t what it cracks up to be.

I really cannot wait for you guys to get ahold of this book and read it for yourselves.  I need someone to rant to about it lol.  If you really like thrillers or books that leave you shocked, this book is definitely for you and you should preorder it today (Preorder link in case you’d like to do just that ;))  Thank you to Rivited and Simon & Schuster for Allowing my th opportunity to read and review this book!

Crooked Kingdom Review (Spoiler Free)

While this review does not contain spoilers for said book, it does contain spoilers for the first book in the series.  Please read the first book before you read this review to avoid spoilers.  My review for Six of Crows can be read here.

It’s over…It’s really over.  I can’t believe I’m done with this series.  Man, I wish it was a trilogy that way I would’ve gotten at least one more book with these characters.  Every emotion is flowing through me as I write this.  I loved this book with all my heart, but it chewed me up and spit me back out.

The heist was a success.  Upon returning to Ketterdam, Kaz and his crew of misfits are double crossed by the man who hired them.  People of power start flocking to Ketterdam to try to uncover the secrets of the deadly drug, jurda parem.  Secrets are uncovered, loyalties tested, revenge plotted.  A battle is destined to come the dark streets of the port city-one so crucial it will decide the fate of the Grisha world as they know it.

The further character development in the book was amazing!  We finally see deeper and deeper into Kaz’s mind, and it’s a dark, sad place.  I really feel for this poor boy and all the struggles he had to go through as a young boy.  I desperately want to hug him and reassure him that everything will be alright.  There are also a few new characters introduced (two in particular that are not as new as they seem ;)).  I literally was squealing when I found out who the one character was! (Sorry I can’t say much more to avoid spoilers)  The ending, the bloody ending!  I was a wreck for days, I repeat, DAYS!  Not only was I a blubbering mess, but also I was happy for those who found solace after the crazy events.  I am praying that Leigh writes more in this world, and not just the legends.  I desperately need more from these characters after an ending like that.  There are so many loose ends that another series is entirely possible if she so wishes to write one.

Overall, I loved this book so freaking much!  I highly, highly recommend this series to anyone looking for a new fantasy read.  It is possible to read these books first, but to get the full effect I would recommend reading the Grisha trilogy first (the world is better explained there and the events of this series happen after the events in the previous one).  In my opinion, it fits better if you read it in that order.

I gave this book 5/5 Stars on Goodreads.

Six of Crows Review (Spoiler Free)

It’s official; I have found my next favorite book ever!  Leigh Bardugo has done it again with such an amazing piece of literature.  I absolutely loved her Grisha trilogy and I know for a fact that this one will be the same.

Set in the same world as her first series, Six of Crows follows a rag-tag team of six characters, based in Ketterdam, as they try to put aside their differences and band together to attempt one of the most dangerous heists in history.  We get to see from each of the six character’s perspective as they tackle one stack after another together.  I don’t want to say too much more and give away the storyline.

I loved getting to jump back into the Grisha world, but in a new area of said world.  The Grisha world has to be one of my favorite fantasy worlds due to its depth and detail.  The cast of characters is also so diverse in their walks of life and have such different backgrounds.  Leigh makes it look so easy to get all of these distinctly different characters to come together and work toward this heist.  Even their background stories mesh so well and show you how the character got to that point in their life.  It’s also nice that we don’t find out everything about the characters right away but rather in bits and pieces as the story goes on.

Overall, this book was absolutely amazing!  I highly recommend this to anyone that is looking to pick up a new book.  While I do miss the characters from the other books greatly, I love getting to learn about new ones.  I seriously need the next book right now!

I gave this book 5/5 Stars on Goodreads.

Jackaby Review (Spoiler Free)

I have been the biggest fan of everything Sherlock Holmes for the longest time.  Growing up I always secretly wanted to become a detective and solve crimes just like Sherlock.  Anything Sherlock that I can get my hands on is my guilty pleasure.  When I heard about this book I knew I had to have it no matter if I had to sell my soul to get it (which I didn’t…lol).

Set in a little port town in New England in 1892, Abigail Rook has just set foot on American soil and is looking for a job.  She ends up meeting R. F. Jackaby-an investigator with a keen eye for the supernatural.  He hires her due to her impeccable gift of noticing the ordinary yet very important details.  Soon the two are thrust into a case of a serial murderer.  The police-except for Charlie Cane-think they have an ordinary criminal, but Jackaby can’t help but think these dastardly deeds are that of an inhumane creature, the likes of which the authorities are quick to deny.

I freaking loved this book!  Not only does it satisfy my Sherlock craving, but it also has a supernatural twist that creates a whole new story line.  If you also like Doctor Who, you will like this book.  I also liked the fact that the “Watson” character (Abigail Rook) is played by a girl and she has no romantic feelings toward the “Sherlock” character (Jackaby).  I have seen a few romance books where these characters end up falling in love and all that jazz, and initially I feared this was one of those books.  But thank goodness it wasn’t.  That trope just doesn’t quite fit with the Sherlock character I know and almost expect him to be.

Overall, I was rather pleased with this book and couldn’t wait to read the next one.  I highly recommend this book if you like anything Sherlock and/or Doctor Who.

I gave this book a 4/5 stars on Goodreads.

Shades of Earth Review (Spoiler Free)

While this review does not contain spoilers for said book, it does contain spoilers for the first and second books in this series.  Please read both of the other books before you read this review.

In the third and final book of the Across the Universe series, we find Amy, Elder and many of the Godspeed’s inhabitants plummeting towards Centauri-Earth.  While excitement runs high, their new planet isn’t at all like the paradise they’d imagined.  There are many things luring in the shadows waiting to attack the group of new settlers.  Soon they discover that they are not the only ones on this new planet, and if they want to stay they need to fight back.  Elder and Amy must race against time to discover who is attacking them if they have any hope of saving their little settlement.  To prevent risking everything they gave up to leave the Godspeed they need to figure out Centauri-Earth’s secrets, and fast.

I didn’t particularly like this book as much as the first two.  And it didn’t have anything to do with the cover change (I’m still a bit bitter over it though).  I feel like Amy was even more whiney than she was in the previous books.  It aggravated me when just about every other page she was whining to her parents or to Elder.  It was nice to see Elder and Amy’s relationship grow as they finally decide to be together officially even if her father doesn’t like them being together.

Then ending also felt a bit thrown together and rushed.  There was one part in the ending that I almost cried, but you guys will just have to read the book to find out why.

I also am missing my Harley even more so 😥

I gave this book 4/5 stars on Goodreads.

A Million Suns Review (Spoiler Free)

While this review does not contain spoilers for said book, it will spoil the first book if you have not read it.  Please read the first book before you read this review.  You won’t regret it 🙂

 

Yet another book with an amazingly beautiful cover!  I honestly cannot get enough of this!

 

As we jump back into the world of the Godspeed, Elder has now officially taken over as ruler of the ship.  He also plans to lead all his people without the help of the mind altering drug, Phydus.  When some shocking news about the ship is presented, Elder and Amy must race against the clock to uncover the real history of the Godspeed and the people aboard the ship.  With the lives of 2,298 people at stake, will they be able to decipher the clues or will the Godspeed’s metal walls become everyone’s coffin?

Just like as in the first book, this book is filled with mystery and suspense.  Amy and Elder just can’t catch a break.  There is so much stress on their relationship as Elder is trying to lead a ship full of unruly people AND be there for Amy.  I think this can be a bit typical in a YA trilogy, but I still love reading and rooting for the characters and their possible relationships.

I think the only thing I didn’t really like about this book is the fact that Amy could get rather annoying.  Yes, I knew she missed her parents, but it seemed like she risked their lives just so she could see them.  It always seemed like she was constantly nagging Elder about waking them up every other sentence that came out of her mouth.  I get that she misses her parent’s, but she doesn’t have to constantly whine about it all the time.  I’m just not a big fan of whiny characters

While I am sad that Harley is not in this book, I still found it rather enjoyable.  Another fast-paced suspenseful read.  I definitely recommend reading this book if you have not already.

I gave this book 4/5 stars on Goodreads.

 

Across the Universe Review (Spoiler Free)

Initially, this book was a total cover buy for me.  I knew a little bit about the premises; space and the hope of a new world.  With my love of Sci-Fi novels and beautiful covers, I was hooked.

The book starts out as Amy and her parents are being cryogenically frozen in preparation for space travel.  After struggling with the decision to follow her parents or stay on earth, Amy decides to go with them, thus becoming the youngest person in the cryogenically frozen group chosen to help when the ship, the Godspeed, lands on the new planet.  After what is supposed to be a 300 year trip, Amy’s cryo chamber is unplugged causing her to violently wake up 50 years before the scheduled landing of the Godspeed.  Someone tried to deliberately kill her.  She wakes to find herself trapped by metal walls and people blindly following a leader they call Eldest.  Amy also meet Elder, Eldest’s next successor, a rebellious boy who seems fascinated with how different she is from the people he grew up with.  Amy isn’t sure who to trust,and Elder is trying to find out if he has what it takes to be a great leader.  But when more bad things start happening on the ship, Amy and Elder must race to uncover the Godspeed’s hidden past before more of the cryogenics are murdered.

This book was phenomenal!  I picked it up right after I read Lady Midnight because I wanted a smaller quick paced book to read after that behemoth.  Across the Universe had me on the edge of my seat the whole time!  It’s very rare for me to find a book that gets me so immersed in the story that I forget when I am.

I absolutely loved the character Harley.  He is officially my favorite side character.  Harley is best friends with Elder and becomes so when Elder lived in the hospital aboard the Godspeed.  People like Harley-artistic and creative ones-Stayed in the hospital to keep them safe from the others aboard the ship.  Everywhere Harley goes, he leaves a trail of paint and beautiful artwork.  Both of which leave a lasting impact on Elder and Amy alike.  I don’t want to say too much more about this amazing artist because I do not want to give away too much of the storyline.  But I will let you know you will need tissues if you fell for Harley like I did.

As a whole, the book was fast paced and full of lots of mystery.  I would recommend that an older audience read this book as there are a couple non-graphic but more mature content.  Seriously, if you have not read this book, do it now!!

I gave this book 5/5 stars on Goodreads.