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review 2017-04-18 22:39
Daughter of Smoke & Bone
Daughter of Smoke & Bone - Laini Taylor

I closed the book after the final page and wondered to myself... why did I wait so long to read this book?  The story, the characters, the writing... all of them were so enchanting and engrossing.  Everything about this book was magical!

 

Set in the city of Prague, Karou lives alone in a flat and attends art school.  Her sketchbooks are filled with fantastical drawings that her best friend and fellow students yearn to see.  But she has secrets, secrets that not even her best friend knows.  And as many secrets as she herself keeps, there are secrets kept from her, too.  The kind of secrets that change everything.  These secrets also make the feelings she comes to have for Akiva even more tumultuous and chaotic.

 

The author's writing is beautiful, as is her world building.  It was like reading a fairy tale with its lyrical prose.  The mythos of the angels is very different from the traditional Christian conception that most of us are familiar with.  And even more interesting is that these angels are generally on the "evil" side of the "good versus evil" construct.  But the insights into the world of the angels through Akiva make one thing very clear... there are two perspectives to be had for each and every situation.

 

This is a story of love and coming together, but it is also a world about perceptions and fighting for what you believe in.  It's about the struggle that comes from within and without when your ideology bucks against that which is expected.  It is, simply put, beautiful.

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review 2017-04-14 01:14
ARC Review: A Case of Magic
A Case of Magic: An Urban Fantasy Novel ... A Case of Magic: An Urban Fantasy Novel (The Wildes Chronicles Book 1) - Dominika Waclawiak
I received an ARC to give an honest review
 
I think I am going to like this series by this author. She is very new to me and I found her though subscribing through to her newsletters. Her other books sounded like they would be right up my alley so when I saw she wrote this one I was wondering where it was going to go.
 
I was not disappointed. We are introduced to P.I, Mabry who likes to fly under the radar and do her job. When Mabry is stopped by two vampires this starts her journey of finding herself in certain situations and getting answers to what happened to her friends, and others. While trying to solve what is going on she starts to uncover more of her fae powers than before. Though she is still in the dark what her powers will do it does seem to help her in her time of need. Who can she truly trust through this all that is the question.
I am excited to see this series play out as we leave off with a cliffhanger. Can't wait to read book two and find out more about this resistance and if Mabry will stop those that are in power. 

 

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review 2017-03-29 22:50
Ten Thousand Skies Above You
Ten Thousand Skies Above You (Firebird) - Claudia Gray

I absolutely loved the first novel in this series, A Thousand Pieces of You, and this book was just as good.  The story is woven throughout the multiverse as Marguerite fights to save both Paul and Theo.  And like the first book, this one makes you think about life, choices, and their unforeseen ramifications.

 

The events of the first novel changed Marguerite, changed her perspective on life and her beliefs about it.  Travelling through the multiverse and seeing the "what if's" has opened her eyes to how different choices can lead to vastly different lives.  But those beliefs get tested yet again as she travels through more dimensions and finds unexpected versions of the people she loves.  Those versions make her question everything.

 

And much like the first novel, the lines between good and evil are often blurred.  Whose intentions are good, causing them to do questionable things?  Whose intentions are just plain evil?  It is this kind of gray area that makes this such a thought-provoking series.  How far would you go to save the ones you love?  How far is too far?  Is there such a thing as too far?  These are just some of the questions that Marguerite has to answer.

 

The dimensions exist during the same period of time, but it is fascinating to see the different ways in which they have evolved.  To think about what that means, in terms of multiverse theory, is incredible.  The Russiaverse, a throwback in time.  The Home Office, a vision of the future.  The New York-verse, an alternate reality.  Each dimension has different versions of our characters, making them all ever more complex.

 

The story and its premise are, simply put, fascinating!  I couldn't recommend this more!

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review 2017-03-29 20:59
Atlantia
Atlantia - Ally Condie

Atlantia is a standalone novel by the author of the Matched series, which I loved.  This book, however, left me with mixed feelings.  The premise was amazing, but I just felt disconnected and I can't quite figure out why.

 

The novel takes place in a dystopian world split between the Above and the Below, the land and the sea.  Pollution has ruined the Above so most of humanity has moved into an enclosed, underwater world.  Those left Above suffered with the effects of pollution so that those they loved could live Below, thus saving humanity from extinction.  Each year, on the anniversary of the Divide, children of a certain age are given a choice... stay Below or go Above.

 

After their mother's death, Bay and Rio, twins, have promised each other they'd both stay Below.  Rio does this out of love because the only thing she's ever wanted was to go Above.  But then Bay chooses Above, leaving Rio alone in the Below.  Rio is desperate to know why Bay broke her promise and finds answers she never expected.  There is a lot going on beneath the surface (no pun intended) of life in Atlantia and Rio begins to learn these secrets.

 

I think part of my problem connecting with Rio was the fact that her character just seemed too one-tracked in her emotional life.  It was as if she expended all of her emotion on her sister, leaving very little left for other personal interactions.  No big highs, no big lows.  It left her feeling a little bland as a character.  The world-building also left me disconnected.  While the premise of the world was fantastic, I just had a really hard time envisioning it.  It almost felt like we should already know what a world like that would be like.

 

I liked the book; I just didn't love it.  And I really wanted to.

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review 2017-03-20 18:47
The Bone Witch
The Bone Witch - Rin Chupeco

The Bone Witch is a beautiful book, telling the story of Tea as she discovers that she is an asha, one with very rare abilities.  The writing is lyrical and descriptive, allowing you to see the world through Tea's eyes.  It is written in two alternating points of view and the voices are very different.  The first voice is that of Tea, telling her own story in a voice that, while a bit haunting, feels somehow lighter and more hopeful.  The second voice is set at some point in the future, as Tea tells her story to a Bard who has sought her out.  The tone of that voice was much heavier, much more bitter.

 

The mythology of this story was so beautiful, a world where, instead of on their sleeves, people wear their hearts around their necks in heartsglass.  The color of your heart sometimes determines your entire future, as it did for the main character Tea.  After accidentally raising her brother from the dead, Tea's life changes dramatically.  She's an asha, a Dark asha.  The Dark asha are the strongest of their kind, but also the most feared and usually the most reviled.  It is not an easy road that Tea finds herself on.

 

The worldbuilding was the most stunning aspect to the book, in my opinion, along with the mythology that surrounded it.  The mythology is influenced by geisha culture, Zoroastrianism, and Persian culture, woven together a complex world.  Despite the fantasy elements, the world felt very authentic with its threads of social classism, politics, sexism, and racism.  Those elements exist in all societies and their inclusion, while not positive, helped to create a world that was believable for the reader.

 

This is a book that I truly loved.  A sequel is coming and I am waiting breathlessly for it!

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