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Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Whisper the Dead

***
3 Stars/5


Thanks to Netgalley and Bloomsbury Publishing Plc for giving me this book to review.

The Lovegrove Cousins, Gretchen, Emma and Penelope, are adapting to their new powers but Gretchen is struggling because she is a Whisperer, which means she can hear other witches spells, but as she cannot control it, it makes her head feel like it is going to explode. Due to what happened with the Greymalkin sisters, the Keepers do not trust them and are watching them. The Keeper watching Gretchen is the rule abiding yet alluring Tobias Lawless. Magic is acting up in Mayfair with bones going missing and evil is stirring. As Gretchen tries to master her powers and to discover what is happening in London, will the cousins be able to prevent disaster?

Whisper the Dead is an enjoyable second book in the Lovegrove Legacy series which is an action packed YA historical paranormal novel. I don’t know what it is about this series but I just cannot get into it as much as I did with Harvey’s other books.

Gretchen is a strong, fierce character with a mind of her own but she came across to me as being too modern for the time this book was set, which makes her feel like a unrealistic character. On the surface Tobias comes across as a controlled and arrogant follower of the rules but underneath he is protective, kind and very loyal. It was nice to see Emma and Cormac in this book and I hope we get to know Penelope better in the next book.


This book is a fun paranormal novel with a cliff hanger ending so I am looking forward to the next book. I would recommend Whisper the Dead to fans of the first book A Breath of Frost. 

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Sennar's Mission

***
3 Stars/5


Thanks to Netgalley and Open Road Integrated Media for giving me this book to review.

Sennar has been sent on a mission to the underworld to get aid for the war, but it is an almost impossible mission as nobody knows how to get there, and how they feel about the overworlders. Nihal is completing her training to become one of the Dragon Knights with the help of her mentor Ido, and she is getting more accepted and gaining more responsibilities. With past secrets being revealed, Nihal is struggling with dealing with her desire for revenge, and her mysterious past may be the key to winning the war.

Sennar’s Mission is the enjoyable sequel to Nihal of the Land of the Wind, which is full of action, fantasy adventure and a developing romance. That being said it definitely felt like a middle book, as it was slower than the last book, and some chapters felt like filler.

Nihal annoyed me less in this book as she seems to have grown up and has become less spoiled, she is a fierce and brave character who is protective of those she cares about. I like Sennar as we get to know him better than we did in the last book, he is really kind, wants to help people and is willing to do anything to stop the war even if it puts him in serious danger.


While I enjoyed this book, it did feel like it was developing the story for the next book, that being said, I am still looking forward to reading it. I would recommend Sennar’s Mission to fans of the first book in the Chronicles of the Overworld, Nihal of the Land of the Wind. 

Friday, 26 September 2014

Weighted

****
4 Stars/5


Raeth has been captured by the queen and is being held for information she does not remember about her Neumarian powers. Her only friend is Princess Semara, but as her tortures grow, Raeth becomes unsure if Semara is helping her or just trying to gain her trust. Will Raeth be able to escape or die before she betrays her brother and people?

Weighted is a prequel short story to Escapement and it is really enjoyable and gripping. It is interesting to see such an important part of Raeth and Semara’s history and adds depth to the first book.

I felt really sorry for Raeth in this book as she goes through so much pain in this book but never gives in especially as she is only 12. I also liked Semara as we got to see how selfless she is but also how conflicted she is between what she can see about Raeth and what her mother tells her.


It was really interesting seeing an important part of Raeth past and the bond that formed between her and Semara. I would recommend to fans of Escapement. 

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Escapement

****
4 Stars/5


Thanks to Xpresso Books Tours for giving me this book to review.

Ten years after the great war of 2185 the queen’s reign is threatened by uprisings and fear. In celebration of my sixteenth birthday it is my duty as princess to sacrifice a slave to be initiated into the ruling council, solidifying my mother’s empire. When my own erratic powers surface I’m captured and tried for treason. Slaves hate me, my mother wants me executed, and my only chance of survival rests in the hands of a young man, Ryder Arteres, whose sister I sentenced to death.

Escapement is a really enjoyable YA dystopia full of action, suspense, romance, and unique powers. I found this book a bit hard to get into, but I think that had more to do with want was happening in my life at the time, rather than the book. This book is really well written as it has good world building and in-depth characters especially how the three main people interacted.

I really could connect to Semara as she is not perfect and very naïve, especially as she want to believe in her mother but is still willing to fight, to prove herself and always putting others before herself. Ryder is sacrificing and harsh character, but is also very caring and protective, especially over his sister Raeth. Raeth is a sweet girl who I wanted to protect but while scarred, she did not let it affect her too much.

I really liked this book and I am looking forward to reading the rest of The Neumarian Chronicles. I would recommend Escapement to fans of YA dystopia novels like Perfection by J L Spelbring.

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Monday, 22 September 2014

Aire

***
3 Stars/5


Principessa Annalisia is a seer but this kept secret by her grandmother the queen. On her way home after an awful party her cloth maiden, Mira, was mistaken for her and was abducted. Wracked with guilt, she is determined to find her friend, so she disguises herself as Anna, along with her loyal servant Illan, and joins up with Mira’s older brother, Jovanni, to search for her together. Jovanni, unknown to Anna, is a Sentinel, a person able to transform into a falcon, and as they grow closer together they realise they are from completely different social worlds and are unable to be together. With them uncovering clues and with other girls getting kidnapped, will they be able to rescue Mira in time.

Aire is an enjoyable light fantasy romance, but it was not what I was expecting when I read the blurb, as I thought it was going to be more of a quest than it was.  This book felt very vague, like a watered down adult book, and is full of clichés.

Anna is a free-spirited princess but she is also very stubborn as she will do want she has put her mind to, but she is also very naïve. Jovanni is brave, devoted to those he cares about but also hides a big part of himself from everyone.

A lot is left unanswered in this book and I felt it was not as good as The Language of Souls but still likable. I would recommend Aire to fans of light YA fantasy romance. 

Saturday, 20 September 2014

Shadow Fire

****
4 Stars/5


Thanks to Xpresso Book Tours for giving me this book to review.

Ashlyn – a free-spirited teenager whose peaceful life is shattered when the village elders honor her with a perilous quest to recover a stolen relic.
Zane – a jaded mercenary, torn by his undeniable desire for Ashlyn and the dark secret that could make her hate him forever.
Delistaire – a malevolent sorcerer driven by an insatiable lust for power.
All three are bound together by an ancient relic supposedly infused with the power of a Goddess.
Shadow Fire – adventure, passion, secrets, and betrayal.
As Ashlyn and Zane race to stay one step ahead of the evil lurking in the shadows, their passions are ignited and their bond strengthens. But will they find the relic before Delistaire? Or has their entire quest been orchestrated from the very beginning by a madman in pursuit of ultimate power?

Shadow Fire is a really enjoyable and light YA fantasy, full of secrets, action and lots of romance. Very quick paced and addictive but it did slow a bit during the middle of the book. This book has an interesting magic system which is based on the different elements but I wish we could find out more about it.

Ashlyn is nice, brave and easy to connect to as a character, but while she was described as being very self-reliant, most of the time she had to be helped by others especially Zane. Zane is a good, swoon worthy hero as he has a masculine, alpha male exterior but is also caring and protective without being controlling. The romance in this book is really sweet, but it came across as very immature as they kept making out while in inappropriate situations, and while I have no problem with the instant attraction, they fell in love way too quickly.


I really liked this book and am looking forward to the next novel in this universe, Stolen Moon, even though both books stand alone. I would recommend Shadow Fire to fans of romantic YA fantasy books such as You Are Mine by Janeal Falor and Witch Song by Amber Argyle. 

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Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Voices of Dragons

***
3 Stars/5


On one side of the border is modern life full of internet, mortgages and school, and on the other side are dragons. 17 year old Kay rock climbs at the border, but when she falls in a stream she crosses the border and is rescued by the Dragon Artegal and they develop and unlikely friendship. Kay struggles to balance her friendship with Artegal and her school life with her friend turned boyfriend Jon. With the fragile truce between the humans and dragons fracturing, Kay and Artegal are caught in the middle of the conflict. Will Artegal and Kay’s friendship be able to alter the course of the war and save lives?

Voices of Dragons is a good paranormal book with action and a bit of romance. I enjoyed the bits of this story with Artegal and it made me want to learn more about the dragons’ culture, but I got irritated by the school bits in the book.

Kay is an adventurous, mature and outdoorsy character, but is also a normal teen, who has typical 17 year old worries such as peer pressure, but she does not make rash decisions. Artegal is a young rebel dragon who does not want to do what he is told to do but to find out the truth for himself. Jon is a nice boy who likes nature and is understanding but he is a bit too passive and I did not feel we really got to know him.


The ending of this book is rushed but that being said I hope there is another book in this series. I would recommend Voices of Dragons to fans of the Firelight series by Sophie Jordan.