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review 2018-08-17 12:35
Review: To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo
To Kill a Kingdom - Alexandra Christo

 

Princess Lira is siren royalty and the most lethal of them all. With the hearts of seventeen princes in her collection, she is revered across the sea. Until a twist of fate forces her to kill one of her own. To punish her daughter, the Sea Queen transforms Lira into the one thing they loathe most—a human. Robbed of her song, Lira has until the winter solstice to deliver Prince Elian’s heart to the Sea Queen or remain a human forever.

The ocean is the only place Prince Elian calls home, even though he is heir to the most powerful kingdom in the world. Hunting sirens is more than an unsavory hobby—it’s his calling. When he rescues a drowning woman in the ocean, she’s more than what she appears. She promises to help him find the key to destroying all of sirenkind for good—But can he trust her? And just how many deals will Elian have to barter to eliminate mankind’s greatest enemy?

 

 

 

 

I’m not sure what I can say that has not been said about this book. It is really, really good and I enjoyed it a lot. There were a few problems I had with it but I think that was just my problem as I was a bit in a reading slump when I started this book. But even though I still enjoyed this book very much.

I liked the world setting and building, the ocean and the main land, and really liked the touch with the different kingdoms sorts all have a special thing , that we might or might not know  from other legends and/ or  telling’s.  The story is also a bit of a retelling with a twist of Ariel, which I liked.  I also liked the twists on mermaids and sirens and the differences, I thought it was well played put and written.

I must say that I had issues with Lira in the beginning and had a hard time to connect to her. To me it seems she was trying to make more excuses of why she is that way than actually changing anything or even trying. But while also fishing for sympathy. I did start to like her more about half way through when she actually starting to act on stuff. I have to say though she was funny and snarky a thing I like J .

I did however enjoy Elian much more from the beginning, and I liked his values, There were a d=few times I cringed. He never wanted to be a prince or his duties but when it came in handy, he had no problem using his title. But overall I could overlook that and I really liked him.

I think what I enjoyed more was his crew and the friendship he had with them. While we got plenty of it I still wished we would have had more. It sort of reminded me of the Six of Crows crew, Kaz and friends.

Overall, great book and I enjoyed it a lot. Took me a while to finish but that was because if me not the book, lol.

I rate it 4 ★, while I enjoyed it a lot I couldn’t rate it any higher because I wasn’t a huge fan of Lira in the first half of the book.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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quote 2018-08-17 11:30
The world stopped.
It didn't spin and the earth didn't move. Javon was entirely sure about that. It simply stopped. The sound from the movie, the action of the screen to the right, that had been distracting and out the corner of his eye, was all gone. Rook, Vito and Digby disappeared and the entire world whittled down to Tracy. Tracy's lips moving. Tracy's voice saying those words. Tracy. Tracy. Tracy.
Javon grabbed the arm closest to him and fell forward to rest his forehead against a strong shoulder. Now the world was spinning. Moving so fast that he felt like throwing up.

The Bright Side Brigade, by Elaine White

 

COMING SOON

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review 2018-08-17 02:41
ARC Review: Sky Full Of Mysteries by Rick R. Reed
Sky Full Of Mysteries - Rick R. Reed

This isn't a romance novel as much as it is an exploration of love and loss, and the difference between young love and mature love. It's also a bit of a character study for the MC Cole and explores how a traumatic loss can influence the rest of your life.

Cole and Rory are young and in love, having just moved into their first apartment together, in Chicago in the late 90s. They are somewhat opposites, but perfect for each other, and oh so in love. On a night when Cole has to work late, Rory decides to have dinner in a small restaurant close to the nearby college campus. A couple of beers and a burger later, Rory is on his way home, when a mass appears in the sky above him, a white light blinds him, and he finds himself leaving the ground. While this strongly hints at alien abduction, we're left to fill in many blanks, and it doesn't actually matter for the plot of this book how Rory disappears for so many years - it really only matters that he does.

Cole returns after work to an empty apartment. The author vividly describes his fear, his panic, his search for Rory, as hours turn into days into weeks into months, without a trace of Rory to be found. Cole's despair is palpable, and we see him slowly fall into a black hole of grief and pain. Most of the first half or so of the book deals with Cole searching for Rory, wondering what happened to him, and his reactions felt absolutely realistic. I watched a young, happy, carefree man become withdrawn and a shell of his former self. It is only through an almost accidental connection with Tommy, a law student and friend of the waitress who served Rory his last meal and comes forward with that information, that Cole doesn't fully drown in his grief. 

I felt that Tommy was a clutch for Cole, even as we find them dating and then together, eventually married, for 20 years. They're comfortable in their large apartment, with Tommy being a prolific author, and Cole taking care of the house, neither of them leaving their four walls much. While I believed that Cole loved Tommy and that their relationship was a happy one, it so very obviously lacked the exuberance of Cole's first love for Rory. He hides himself away from the world, something that suits Tommy just fine, but I felt as if Cole didn't really live at all after losing Rory. That he had lost his spark, that piece that made him uniquely Cole. 

Tommy is a nice guy, and he understands that Cole never got over losing Rory. He tolerates it, and he hides his hurt from Cole, loving the other man so much that he's willing to deal with being second place. I wondered if loving someone like Tommy loved Cole would explain why he was such a doormat and put up with Cole's eccentricities around Rory's memory.

At its core, the book pits young, passionate love with endless possibilities against the kind of love that grows over time, the kind that's as comfortable as a well-worn pair of jeans, the kind that has matured over the years, the kind that's familiar and deep and lasting. 

And then put of the blue Rory returns. And Cole has to make a choice. 

The ending - I am grateful that the author chose to go that route, because if Cole had made a different choice, I would have been really angry. I still have some questions, but I also understand that the author chose to be intentionally vague on some of the details, leaving some things to the reader's imagination. Truly, the ending as written here is the only one that made sense, the only one that was palatable to me. 

When I closed the book, I sat for a while wondering - what choice would I make if faced with the same decision Cole had to make? I examined my own feelings, comparing my first love to the love I share with the man I married, and how different my life might have turned out if I had made different choices at different times in my life. Which then spawned the question - how different would Cole's life have turned out if Rory hadn't left the apartment that night to eat dinner elsewhere? How would their young, exuberant love have fared through the years to come? Would they have made it? Would it have ended in tears and heartache as they grew up, matured, and potentially grew apart? Or would they have stayed together and grown old together? 

This is a masterfully crafted story, with an unusual plot, and utterly riveting. I could hardly put it down for any length of time. And any book that makes me think like this one did is surely deserving of the five stars it got. 

Recommended.


** I received a free copy of this book from its publisher in exchange for an honest review. **

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text 2018-08-16 21:24
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For anyone curious, here is my most recent read books!

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text 2018-08-16 17:33


My two latest buys, do you know how excited I am to finally have my hands on Origins!! I bought it for my dad in hardback for Christmas and was very tempted to keep hold till I had read it first, but I was a good daughter. Plus Waterstones had it half price!!

 

So I've never read any of Cassandra Clares books.....honestly I don't know why, they've neem on my TBR list since the list began. I am kinda glad I waited thought seeing as I stumbled across this gorgeous cover set. 

 

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