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text 2018-08-09 20:45
Bright We Burn / Kiersten White
Bright We Burn (And I Darken) - Kiersten White

Haunted by the sacrifices he made in Constantinople, Radu is called back to the new capital. Mehmed is building an empire, becoming the sultan his people need. But Mehmed has a secret: as emperor, he is more powerful than ever . . . and desperately lonely. Does this mean Radu can finally have more with Mehmed . . . and would he even want it?

Lada's rule of absolute justice has created a Wallachia free of crime. But Lada won't rest until everyone knows that her country's borders are inviolable. Determined to send a message of defiance, she has the bodies of Mehmed's peace envoy delivered to him, leaving Radu and Mehmed with no choice. If Lada is allowed to continue, only death will prosper. They must go to war against the girl prince.

But Mehmed knows that he loves her. He understands her. She must lose to him so he can keep her safe. Radu alone fears that they are underestimating his sister's indomitable will. Only by destroying everything that came before--including her relationships--can Lada truly build the country she wants.

 

For some reason, I had a hard time convincing myself to pick this book up—it had been sitting & staring at me for just over 2 weeks. Look at that gorgeous cover! All of the covers for this trilogy have been absolutely lovely, but this one is the best in my opinion. I love that exploded pomegranate!

Once I got past the first two pages, I had no more problems. I was right back in Wallachia with Lada and in Constantinople with Radu and Mehmed. I knew enough about the actual historical events that I was aware of how things would have to end—but Ms. White gave me the best possible ending given the circumstances. [I think she jiggered with the facts just a bit to improve Lada’s death, but why not, when you’ve already made Vlad Tepes into a woman?]

I have read that the people of Romania still honour Vlad as a harsh, but fair ruler. White definitely stays true to this notion. A great story, told well in a new & interesting way, and the best possible ending. Certainly a trilogy that I’ll be recommending to others.

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text 2018-08-08 14:54
Reading progress update: I've read 272 out of 480 pages.
Bright We Burn (And I Darken) - Kiersten White

 

Just as good as the first two books in the series!  I'm not sure why I had such a struggle to get myself to read this--I knew I was going to enjoy it.

 

I should easily finish it this evening.  The next person in the queue will get their chance on time (or even a little early).

 

 

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text 2018-08-07 15:13
Reading progress update: I've read 4 out of 480 pages.
Bright We Burn (And I Darken) - Kiersten White

 

 

Okay, I have 4 days to read this before it's due at the library.  Six people on the waiting list.  I've delayed as long as I can.

 

Now, go!

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text 2018-07-26 18:59
TBR Thursday
Master of Plagues - E.L. Tettensor
The Apocalypse Codex - Charles Stross
False Positive - Andrew Grant
Ashenden, or, The British Agent - William Somerset Maugham
In the Month of the Midnight Sun - Cecilia Ekbäck
Bright We Burn (And I Darken) - Kiersten White

I'm doing things a bit slower these days--partly because the weather is warm and partly because its the anniversary of the car accident which claimed my parents.  That event was 22 years ago, but I still find this time of year tiring--its kind of like I'm wading through molasses. 

 

At least I've got good books to distract me.  I'm reading Master of Plagues, False Positive, and In the Month of the Midnight Sun to prepare for the When Words Collide conference. (Just over 2 weeks away, how exciting!!)

 

The Summer of Spies continues with The Apocalypse Codex and Ashenden.

 

And I've reached the conclusion of The Conqueror's Saga, with Bright We Burn.  I've enjoyed the first & second volumes a lot, it is almost a shame to be done.  But all good things must come to an end (or so they say).  And look at that beautiful cover!

 

Good reading, friends!

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review 2018-07-20 13:30
My book tour review for Bright we burn
Bright We Burn (And I Darken) - Kiersten White

About The Book:

Title: BRIGHT WE BURN

Author: Kiersten White

Pub. Date: July 10, 2018

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook

Pages: 416

Find it: GoodreadsAmazonAudibleB&NiBooksTBD

 

Haunted by the sacrifices he made in Constantinople, Radu is called back to the new capital. Mehmed is building an empire, becoming the sultan his people need. But Mehmed has a secret: as emperor, he is more powerful than ever . . . and desperately lonely. Does this mean Radu can finally have more with Mehmed . . . and would he even want it? 


Lada's rule of absolute justice has created a Wallachia free of crime. But Lada won't rest until everyone knows that her country's borders are inviolable. Determined to send a message of defiance, she has the bodies of Mehmed's peace envoy delivered to him, leaving Radu and Mehmed with no choice. If Lada is allowed to continue, only death will prosper. They must go to war against the girl prince. 


But Mehmed knows that he loves her. He understands her. She must lose to him so he can keep her safe. Radu alone fears that they are underestimating his sister's indomitable will. Only by destroying everything that came before--including her relationships--can Lada truly build the country she wants. 


Claim the throne. Demand the crown. Rule the world.

 

My Review 

 

I really loved how the series ended. I thought the author did a great job on tying everything up. 

My favorite character has to be Radu, I think he grew the most throughout this series. I also loved that he wasn't so blindsided on Mehmed, like he use to be. I also really loved the brother, sister relationship that he had with Lada.

I really had a love hate relationship with Lada throughout the story,  but in the end, I really started to understand and like her much more.

Mehmed, I started out thinking was ok, but I started to like him lesser and lesser, as the series went on. 

So this was my absolute favorite out of the 3, with the 2 book, being my 2nd favorite. The first was definitely my less favorite, but I still love some parts more than others, in regards to the first book. 

I am so glad that I asked and I was chosen to take part in this tour. Great series and will miss this world and most of the characters. 

 

 

About Kiersten:


Kiersten White is the NYT bestselling author of the Paranormalcy trilogy, the Mind Games series, Illusions of Fate, The Chaos of Stars, In the Shadows with artist Jim Di Bartolo, and the upcoming historical reimagining, And I Darken. She has one tall husband and three small children and lives near the ocean, where her life is perfectly normal. Visit her at www.kierstenwhite.com.

Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Goodreads

 

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3 Winners will receive a finished copy of BRIGHT WE BURN, US Only.

 

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

6/25/2018- Here's to Happy EndingsReview- Books 1 & 2

6/26/2018- Pandora's BooksExcerpt

6/27/2018- Two Chicks on BooksInterview

6/28/2018- Jena Brown WritesReview

6/29/2018- The Hermit LibrarianInterview

 

Week Two:

7/2/2018- The Desert BibliophileReview

7/3/2018- PaperTrailYAReview

7/4/2018- Wonder StruckReview

7/5/2018- The Pages In-BetweenReview

7/6/2018- Beware Of The ReaderReview

 

Week Three:

7/9/2018- Lisa Loves Literature- Review

7/10/2018- Omg Books and More BooksReview

7/11/2018- RhythmicbooktrovertReview

7/12/2018- Wishful EndingsReview

7/13/2018- A Dream Within A DreamReview

 

Week Four:

7/16/2018- The Clever ReaderReview

7/17/2018- Under the Book CoverReview

7/18/2018- mall3tg1rlReview

7/19/2018- The Book NutReview

7/20/2018- lori's Little House of ReviewsReview

 

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