Thursday, August 15, 2019

Review: Courting Darkness

Title: Courting Darkness
Author: Robin LaFevers
Published On: 2/5/19
Page Count: 498
Rating: 5/5
Synopsis (Found on Goodreads):
Death wasn’t the end, it was only the beginning…

Sybella has always been the darkest of Death’s daughters, trained at the
convent of Saint Mortain to serve as his justice. But she has a new mission now.
In a desperate bid to keep her two youngest sisters safe from the family that nearly
destroyed them all, she agrees to accompany the duchess to France, where they
quickly find themselves surrounded by enemies. 

Assassin nuns and the French Court how could one not want to dive back into the world of
His Fair Assassins. The original trilogy is one I recommend on a regular basis. Visiting
old characters as well as being introduced to new ones made this such a great read.
The plot thickens for the Duchess of Brittany. I look forward to more of Genevieve`s
story in book two.

Genevieve was placed under cover prior to the events of the original trilogy but
we don't learn her struggles until after the original events. I wouldn`t call this a
spin-off series since the events in each novel have been centered around a different
character each time. The plot from the trilogy continues on in Courting Darkness.
Although Ismae will always be my favorite daughter of Mortain I think Genevieve
might just work her way into my heart.

TTFN,
Ashley

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Review: A Curse So Dark and Lonely

Title: A Curse So Dark and Lonely
Author: Brigid Kemmerer
Published On: 1/29/19
Page Count: 484
Rating: 4/5
Synopsis (Found on Goodreads):
Fall in love, break the curse.

Cursed by a powerful enchantress to repeat the autumn of his
eighteenth year,
Prince Rhen, the heir of Emberfall,
thought he could be saved easily if a girl fell for him.

I finished this beauty in just under two days. This retelling was intriguing
and all 3 (ish) main characters instantly attracted me. Harper is a fighter and I liked
how her disability was written. It wasn't added in as a “prop” but a true concern and
something she struggled to work through. She pushes Prince Rhen to realize how he
needed to think outside the box when it came to the curse.
Sometimes I think everyone wishes to be transported to another realm to pose as
royalty. Harper has a reason to fight and go home and that reason is family. I truly
enjoyed the family bonds throughout the entire novel. Between “guard” and Prince,
Sister and Brother each of the bonds grow and bend during the novel. 

TTFN,

Ashley

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Review: Lady Smoke by Laura Sebastian

Title: Lady Smoke
Author: Laura Sebastian
Published On: 2/5/19
Page Count: 512pgs
Rating: 3/5
Synopsis (Found on Goodreads):
The Kaiser murdered Theodosia's mother, the Fire Queen, when Theo was only six.
He took Theo's country and kept her prisoner, crowning her Ash Princess.

Spoliers

I enjoyed this way more than the torture in Ash Princess. Theodosia wasn't
my favorite main characters. I felt like her companions are who really deserved their
stories. Blaze realizing his potential, Sorin realizing how different from his father the
Kaiser he truly is. Finally we have Artemisia being fierce and standing up to her mother
in order to survive her country.

I'll be listening to book three when it releases next year. I do want to see what
happens on the world I just don't have any emotional connection with Theo at all
unfortunately. We shall see though maybe she will become the queen everyone
hopes she will be.

TTFN,

Ashley

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Review: The Deceivers by Kristen Simmons

Title: The Deceivers
Author: Kristen Simmons
Narrator: Soneela Nankani
Published On: 2/5/19
Audio Length: 12hr 49min
Rating: 3.5/5
Synopsis (Found on Goodreads):
Welcome to Vale Hall: a school for aspiring con artists. When Brynn Hilder is recruited
to the elite Vale Hall, she can't believe her luck. Vale means a new life, away from
her mom's loser boyfriend Pete and her run-down neighborhood.

A contemporary con-artist novel. Not a genre I knew existed nor did I think I
needed in my life. Kristen Simmons does not disappoint in yet another book. This
is a story about stopping a corrupt political system in a city run by drugs. Some of the
twists I didn't see coming which made the plot have a bit more tension.

How far would you go to protect those you love?

TTFN,

Ashley

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Review: King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo

Title: King of Scars
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Published On: 1/29/19
Page Count: 527pgs
Rating: 5/5
Synopsis (Found on Goodreads):
Nikolai Lantsov has always had a gift for the impossible. No one knows what he endured in
his country’s bloody civil war—and he intends to keep it that way.

Spoilers Ahead

Started off a bit slow but picked up as the plot progresses. I felt a better
connection with Nina than I did when she was in Six of Crows. At points it really
felt like there was two different books being combined into one. It makes sense
though seeing as the events needed to line up and you got more of a adventure
going between the two or three events.

I really enjoyed how the Saints of the the Grishaverse had their stories explained
and I hope to hear more of those stories in other pieces of work.

I want to sit and gush about how wonderful it was to visit some characters of the
original trilogy. If this is something you would like please let me know. I have so
many theories
and opinions about what could happen next.

TTFN,

Ashley

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Review: Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Title: Cinder
Author: Marissa Meyer
Narrator: Rebecca Soler
Published On: 1/3/12
Audio Length: 10hr 2min
Rating: 3.5/5
Synopsis (Found on Goodreads):
Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague
ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to
make their move. No one knows that Earth's fate hinges on one girl...

I enjoyed book even though I've already read Fairest. I don't even know why
I read that one before this one. I would eventually like to continue the rest of the
Lunar Chronicles.

The plot with the plague was interesting and I liked how Cinder was a tomboy.
It was nice to have a female mechanic of sorts. She wasn't all about the ballgowns
and fancy items. She was focused on surviving and helping those in need. She
didn't fall at the prince`s feet and that made me like her even more.

I look forward to seeing how her story continues even with the additional
characters in the chronicles.

TTFN,

Ashley

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Review: Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak

Title: Bridge of Clay
Author: Markus Zusak
Narrator: Markus Zusak
Published On: 10/9/18
Audio Length: 14hr 44min
Rating: 2/5
Synopsis (Found on Goodreads):
The breathtaking story of five brothers who bring each other up in a world run by
their own rules. As the Dunbar boys love and fight and learn to reckon with the
adult world, they discover the moving secret behind their father's disappearance.

I would like to share the length of time it took for me to finish this book.
10/22/18-2/1/19
Yes that would be 3 months and roughly 10 days. No I wasn`t listening every
day but this was the book that made me not want to audio every time i got in
my car. After seeing that Fox and Wit was doing their reading challenge and one
of the prompts was “Book about Siblings” I knew I needed to bust out the last
5hrs of this books.

I first thought it was the narrators voice that i wasn`t vibing with
(just a heads up its narrated by the author). In reality though I think it
was just the novel itself. The Book Thief was one of my favorite books
in high school so I was excited to pick this one up. That excitement was
quickly squashed.

Maybe I missed something and its truly something I don`t understand about the
novel. It just felt long and drawn out. We get Michael and Penny`s story, then there
is boxing/fighting and ‘Ends with some horse racing. The book sounded more
like a biography of the Dumbar boys which is not at all what I was expecting.

For now however my rating will stay at 2 stars, some people seem to love
this one and others are on the same level as me with not getting it.

TTFN,

Ashley