Thursday, October 17, 2019

Review: These Rebel Waves

Title: These Rebel Waves
Author: Sara Raasch
Narrator: Kate Rudd
Published On: 8/7/18
Page Count: 474
Audio Length: 11hr 40min
Rating: 4/5
Synopsis (Found on Goodreads):
Adeluna is a soldier. Five years ago, she helped the magic-rich island of
Grace Loray overthrow its oppressor, Argrid, a country ruled by religion. 
Devereux is a pirate. As one of the outlaws called stream raiders who run
rampant on Grace Loray.
Benat is a heretic. The crown prince of Argrid, he harbors a secret obsession with
Grace Loray’s forbidden magic.

I wanted to like Adeluna as our MC but she had some major flaws. As the story
progressed I enjoyed Devereaux (Vex) more. Hejust wants to finish this last job and settle
down. A small out of the way area where no more trouble can cross his path. Little did he
know saying yes to Luna would put him smack dab in the middle of the next war.

I will be continuing this series with hopes that Vex becomes more of the focal point
and not Luna. I also hope Luna starts making some better life choices because she
causes some anxiety in me. 

TTFN,

Ashley

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Review: The Storyteller

Title: The Storyteller
Author: Traci Chee
Published On: 11/13/18
Page Count: 437
Rating: 4/5
Synopsis (Found on Goodreads):
Sefia is determined to keep Archer out of the Guard's clutches and their plans for
war between the Five Kingdoms. The Book, the ancient, infinite codex of the past,
present and future, tells of a prophecy that will plunge Kelanna in that bloody war.

Interesting twist which always ties to the titles. That part is what makes the novel
worth reading. The last two hours of the audiobook flew by with more emotion
than I expected. The character growth not only for the two main characters was
exponential in the entire trilogy. Each person we are introduced to has personality
and drive. The poetry and quotable material in this story is amazing.

Unfortunately the part that fell flat was the search for the amulet. There was
missed chances and a less than stellar pacing job. The other two novels seemed to be
building up to something huge and just feel like the main battle just disappointed me. 

TTFN,

Ashley

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Review: The Deceiver`s Heart

Title: The Deceiver`s Heart
Author: Jennifer A. Neilson
Published On: 2/26/19
Page Count: 384
Rating: 3/5
Synopsis (Found on Goodreads):
Kestra Dallisor has finally gained possession of the Olden Blade.
With the dagger in her control, she attempts to destroy the tyrannical
Lord Endrick. But when Kestra fails,the king strips her of her memory, and leaves
her weak and uncertain, bound to obey him.

Some interesting battle scenes throughout the novel. I really want to enjoy it but some of
the events just fell flat. I will say that the cliffhanger does have me itching for the last book.
Less of a desire to read but more the need to complete the entire storyline.

Kestra spends so much time allowing others to sacrifice themselves for her. If she would
listen to the plan and speak her mind BEFORE the start of the plans a lot less death
would occur. Kestra seems a little whiny and less than helpful during a majority of the novel.
I just wish she had more redeeming qualities.

TTFN,

Ashley

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Review: Song of The Dead

Title: Song of The Dead
Author: Sarah Glenn Marsh
Published On: 1/22/19
Page Count: 416
Rating: 4/5
Synopsis (Found on Goodreads):
The Dead must stay buried.

Karthia is nothing like it used to be. The kingdom's borders are open for the first
time in nearly three hundred years, and raising the dead has been outlawed.

Spoilers Ahead

Diving back into a world where neocramcers can no longer raise the dead was just
what I needed. This ban on dead raising is due to the new queen. OUr new queen is
struggling for change and a war on two fronts is just the icing on the cake. Odessa is
still the main character and she is finally on the adventure of a lifetime. The goal is to
make contact with other nations but when discovering necromancers aren't as welcomed
anywhere and that there is a war coming for her home she knows her duty is alongside Queen Valoria.

I do hope to revisit this world in a novella someday. I`m still so intrigued by the eye
colour to magic ratio. I think having a little novella with a history of inventions and
magic system would be pretty awesome. 

TTFN,

Ashley

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Review: Ransacker

Title: Ransacker
Author: Emmy Laybourne
Published On: 1/29/19
Page Count: 448
Rating: 3.5/5
Synopsis (Found on Goodreads):
Rare powers. Precious metals. Deadly greed.
Sissel Hemstad and her siblings have been living peacefully in a small town in
Montana, trying to blend-in and escape the violent events that haunt them,
but they’ve all been tricked 

Diving back into this world has been amazing. I didn't like Sissel in Berserker but
she grew on me as the main character here. She is still a frustrating girl but if you
were the only member of your family to not be blessed. There is a ton of things that
can be explored even after the end of this novel. I hope to read more of our Norse
children and what their futures hold. 

I did find similarities between this novel and Rae Carson`s Gold Seer Trilogy.
Some aspects of Laybourne`s novel popped out and have stayed with me but I think
because Sissel is the main focal point I didn't enjoy it as much. I`m all about girls
growing into themselves and in a setting such as this I had high hopes. I truly loved
Berserker and I just feel like this one felt short unfortunately. 

TTFN,

Ashley

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Review: Once A King

Title: Once a King
Author: Erin Summerhill
Narrator: Polly Edsell
Published On: 12/4/18
Audio Length: 12hrs
Rating: 3/5
Synopsis (Found on Goodreads):
For twenty years, Channelers—women with a magical ability—have been
persecuted in Malam by those without magic. Now King Aodren wants to end
the bloody divide and unite his kingdom. 

I think if this was based on Lirra and her journey I would have enjoyed it more.
Aodren just is not my favorite human. He isn't a bad character per say just  I enjoyed
Lirra and her Channeler ability more. Aodren is a little bit condencsending and lacks the
ability to admit when he needs assistance. He means well by ending the divide he just goes
about it in a weird way. 
This is technically a standalone but I would suggest reading the original duology
first to get more backstory. 

TTFN,

Ashley

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Review: Mist, Metal and Ash

Title: Mist, Metal, and Ash
Author: Gwendolyn Claire
Published On: 2/19/19
Page Count: 336
Rating: 2.5//5
Synopsis (Found on Goodreads):
In an alternate 19th-century Italy, Elsa has an incredible gift: she can craft
new worlds with precise lines of script written in books. But political extremists
have stolen the most dangerous book ever.

I`m so desperate to enjoy this duology but I just don't care about any of the characters.
The only aspect of the books that I do enjoy is the world book process and how each
Pazalorni operates. I will say when Casa took on a self-feeling AI personality
(like Aiden from Illuminae Files) I had to laugh. 

Although not a novel for me I'm sure others can find the good in this book.
It has so much potential and I hope I am able to find a book with a similar concept
just to see how else it could be written. 

TTFN,

Ashley