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Welcome to my March post, I’ve been feeling rather determined to finish about three books a month and so far I’ve been managing this. If hope to get a bit more in but I struggled with one of my books.
I’ve really been enjoying Laini Taylors series, the second book starts off almost where we left it. Karou with all her memories back and living in hell. This book is set in the other world and the narrative jumps between her and Avika, as well as random seraph and chimaera. I felt this was a nice touch as it makes the story more grounded, more real. Seeing the war through those not directly evolved.
As well as Days of Blood and Starlight I also read the short story, Night of Cake and Puppets. Zuanna and Mik both appear in the second book, providing so much needed stress relief, but this short story is just for them. How they met, it’s a cute little story that takes place during the first book, after Zuanna has discovered the truth and before Karou disappears completely.
I don’t know why but I had quite high hopes for The Picture of Dorian Gray. I think because there have been various adaptions of the story and character I expected a bit more to the story. I did enjoy it on the whole, but there were the odd moments where I felt like I was skim reading. It was very descriptive heavy, which I found unfortunate.
This review can be found at MissKatiEllen.
"Freya Beauchamp is trapped in 1692, in Salem of all places, with no recollection of her past. When little Annie Putnam is one of the first to make accusations of witchcraft, her landowner father jumps at the opportunity to consolidate his power and expand his holdings in Puritan Salem Town.
Meanwhile, twenty-first-century North Hampton has its own snares. Joanna and Norm consult the Oracle for advice, and Freddie and his pixie allies search for a missing totem that could reopen the passages of time and help bring his sister home. When Ingrid bumps into an old flame, she finds that her new love for Detective Matt Noble is in doubt."
It's safe to say I had a lot riding on this book and little pay off. I don't think it's possible for one book to salvage a whole series, and if it was this book didn't do it.
This book got its half star for the Salem section of this story, giving us an insight to what the three witches went through the first time round. Like the Crucible, it goes to show what people will do for power and the enormous consequences of rumours and whispers. When no one can be trusted Freya has to be careful, if she is caught by the wrong person...game over.
Back in the present her family scramble to find a way to bring the young witch back before it's too late. Once again this family never talk to each other, never tell each other what they plan to do in there efforts to save one of their own. They're all working towards the same goal, but they never work together. Something that this family fail at in each book.
Ultimately I'd watch the Lifetime series that was cancelled far too soon. I had high expectations for this series after I read the Blue Blood novels, I enjoyed the Norse mythology behind the witches and the Salem element; but it was wasted.
This review can be originally be found at MissKatiEllen.
"Celia is a harbourer of memories, knowing what has already been always seemed so insignificant- until she meets Lo. Lo's memory is drowning in the vastness of the ocean. She's transforming into a nymph, an ocean girl, a mermaid- terms far too pretty for the soulless monster she's becoming."
I cannot stress how much I've been enjoying this series, at this point I would definitely recommend reading the previous two books. In Sweetly it didn't matter if you hadn't read Sisters Red, but there is a thread linking these books together. And it's that tiny thread from Sweetly that becomes the main subject of this book. Ocean girls.
From reading the full blurb I thought this was going to be a love triangle, and with a sigh I accepted. The fact that the previous two books weren't like that meant I could get over the love triangle thing. I can gladly say no love triangle, these girls have their own lives, own paths and their interest is Jude is different too.
Celia is one of three sisters that possesses a gift, seeing past, present and future. It's not that Celia doesn't want to embrace her gift, she doesn't want to be like her sisters. Using it for their own gain, getting boys to fawn all over them. Plus what use can she be knowing someone's past in an instant?? But then Lo appears and she finally feels useful. She can help this strange, and slightly scary girl to remember who she was, what happened to her and where she came from.
Lo. Lo is an ocean girl, knows nothing about who she, or who others like her were. All she knows and understands is the now, to become human again you must take a soul. Easier said than done, a lesson learned early on. But what Lo, and everyone else like her knows is that one day if they're lucky the angels who brought them to the ocean will come back for them, leading them to their new life. Queue Celia throwing a spanner in the works, Lo starts to remember and becomes torn. When she's in the ocean she's happy, it feels part of her, natural. But the small part of her that remembers won't go down without a fight.
The theme of these books are all about identity, Lo has to fight to cling on to the memories of her past or let them go like the rest of her kind and Celia is learning there is life outside of her sisters shadow.
This post can originally be found at MissKatiEllen.
Although slightly later than usual I bring you my reads from February. I didn't get to finish as many as I would have liked, but that's what happens when you take a week off work for your birthday. As it was my birthday I decided that it only be right by picks were Disney related.
The first book I finished was Poor Unfortunate Souls by Serena Valentino. This is unfortunately the last in her villains series, which I'm absolutely gutted about. I love the world she's created, the references to other Disney Kingdoms, how some characters lives are already entwined. This story was about Ursula, but due to this amazing world that's been created I felt her story lacked compared to the previous two books. The story was kept interesting changing from different people's POW but I felt like there was so much more being hinted at, begging to be explored.
The second book I finished was Once Upon A Dream by Liz Braswell. This is her second Disney 'what if' retelling, this is completely unlike her first book. Due to the nature of Aladdin the beginning was quite literally the film and things only changed when Jafar got the lamp, whereas in this book we are in the dream world that Aurora thinks is real and we got chapter versions of what happened and 'what happened'. This book is much slower by comparison, A Whole New World was filled with constant fighting and things happening. Aurora getting to grips with the dream, with herself, coping with two sets of memories. Discovering so much was a lie in both worlds. The books downfall is that you will her to be this strong girl but she keeps pulling this poor me routine, her life was a lie, she was abandoned, she grew up in the woods away from her family. Thank God Prince Phillip is there to throw in his point of view, growing up as a royal isn't everything either.
My final book was Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor. I loved this book, I don't know what I was expecting but it certainly wasn't this; and that's not a bad thing either. What I enjoyed the most about this aside from the whole thing is her relationship with Zuanna. Their friendship is so believable, even if Zuannas over the top personality isn't. Although Karou never technically lies to anyone, flashing that smile she has and everyone shrugs off the weird things and chalks it up to it just being Karou. And Zuanna is like that too, but everyone has a breaking point and pushes the issues. Where does she go, what are these errands Karou is always disappearing on?? There is only so much a friendship can take until a smile no longer makes the cut. It's hard to talk about this book without giving anything away. Two worlds, one consisting of Angels and part human part animal, the other the world as we know it. Both as real and as the other.