Book Review

Book Review | SEAFIRE, by Natalie C. Parker

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Seafire (Seafire #1), by Natalie C. Parker

Publish Date: August 28, 2018
Published by: Razorbill
Pages: 384
Genre: YA Fantasy/Sci-Fi
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (3.5 out of 5 stars)

**I received an ARC of this from the publisher at BookCon 2018 in return for an honest review.**


Synopsis:

After her family is killed by corrupt warlord Aric Athair and his bloodthirsty army of Bullets, Caledonia Styx is left to chart her own course on the dangerous and deadly seas. She captains her ship, the Mors Navis, with a crew of girls and women just like her, whose lives have been turned upside down by Aric and his men. The crew has one misson: stay alive, and take down Aric’s armed and armored fleet.

But when Caledonia’s best friend and second-in-command just barely survives an attack thanks to help from a Bullet looking to defect, Caledonia finds herself questioning whether or not to let him join their crew. Is this boy the key to taking down Aric Athair once and for all…or will he threaten everything the women of the Mors Navis have worked for?


My Review:

So this book was a bit of a journey for me. Going into it I thought for sure I was going to love it – strong women, ships at sea, the fight against tyranny – but for some reason things just didn’t click for me right away. I don’t know if it was a mood thing (I had just spent a lot of time reading and needed a bit of a break), or if it was the writing itself, but I honestly didn’t feel that invested in the characters or the story until close to the end of the book. But when I did finally feel a stirring of interest, it kind of bloomed quickly and had me completely invested until the end. Continue reading “Book Review | SEAFIRE, by Natalie C. Parker”

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Book Review

Book Review | RAINBOW VALLEY, by L. M. Montgomery

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Rainbow Valley (Anne of Green Gables #7), by L. M. Montgomery

Publish Date: 1919 (audiobook recorded in April 2016)
Published by: Librivox.org
Narrated by: Karen Savage
Pages: 256 (approx. 7 1/2 hours)
Genre: MG Fiction/Classics
My Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

Anne Shirley is grown up, has married her beloved Gilbert and now is the mother of six mischievous children.

These boys and girls discover a special place all their own, but they never dream  of what will happen when the strangest family  moves into an old nearby mansion. The Meredith clan is  two boys and two girls, with minister father but  no mother — and a runaway girl named Mary Vance. Soon the Meredith kids join Anne’s children in their private hideout to carry out their plans to save Mary from the orphanage, to help the lonely minister find happiness, and to keep a pet rooster from the soup pot. There’s always an adventure brewing in the sun-dappled world of Rainbow Valley.


My Review:

I think this book in the series was okay, but definitely not as enchanting as the first few. The story drifted far away from Anne and her family and focused mostly on the Merediths instead, and while they had some interesting events to deal with and good character arcs (as opposed to Anne’s own children in the last book), it was also only somewhat captivating of a story.  Continue reading “Book Review | RAINBOW VALLEY, by L. M. Montgomery”

Book Release

Be On the Lookout For… SEVENTH BORN, by Monica Sanz

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This is probably unprofessional or something, but I couldn’t not say something – I just got my first book sent to me by Entangled Teen for review!  It was so long ago that I was contacted by them that I completely forgot and so it was such a nice surprise to get this in the mail.  It is a finished copy of Seventh Born by Monica Sanz, which comes out September 4th, 2018.  It is sounds pretty intriguing, like a mixture of The Queen’s Rising and Vampire Academy (minus the vampires), with lots of mystery as well.  I can’t say for sure if those comparisons are accurate, but I will hopefully let you know once I read it!

Summary: Continue reading “Be On the Lookout For… SEVENTH BORN, by Monica Sanz”

Book Review

Book Review | A SPARK OF WHITE FIRE, by Sangu Mandanna

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A Spark of White Fire (The Celestial Trilogy #1), by Sangu Mandanna

Publish Date: September 11, 2018
Published by: Sky Pony Press
Pages: 400
Genre: YA Sci-Fi
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (3.5 out of 5 stars)

**I received an egalley of this from the publisher through Edelweiss in return for an honest review.**


Synopsis:

In a universe of capricious gods, dark moons, and kingdoms built on the backs of spaceships, a cursed queen sends her infant daughter away, a jealous uncle steals the throne of Kali from his nephew, and an exiled prince vows to take his crown back. 

Raised alone and far away from her home on Kali, Esmae longs to return to her family. When the King of Wychstar offers to gift the unbeatable, sentient warship Titania to a warrior that can win his competition, she sees her way home: she’ll enter the competition, reveal her true identity to the world, and help her famous brother win back the crown of Kali. 

It’s a great plan. Until it falls apart. 

Inspired by the Mahabharata and other ancient Indian stories, A Spark of White Fire is a lush, sweeping space opera about family, curses, and the endless battle between jealousy and love.


My Review:

On picking this up, I was immediately immersed and interested in the world Sangu Mandanna has created. With a wonderful mixture of both sci-fi and mythological magic, this book was an engaging and enticing read. It has intrigue and action, emotional struggles and political schemes, and an interesting cast of characters. There were some issues I had with it (mainly the romance which, honestly, did absolutely nothing for the plot and really could have been done without), but for the most part these could easily be overlooked for the rest of the quite enjoyable story. Continue reading “Book Review | A SPARK OF WHITE FIRE, by Sangu Mandanna”

Book Review

Book Review | ANNE OF INGLESIDE, by L. M. Montgomery

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Anne of Ingleside (Anne of Green Gables #6), by L. M. Montgomery

Publish Date: 1939 (audiobook published in October 7, 2017)
Published by: Dreamscape Media
Pages: 274 (approx. 11 3/4 hours)
Genre: MG Fiction/Classics
My Rating: ★★☆☆☆ (2 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

Anne is the mother of five, with never a dull moment in her lively home. And now with a new baby on the way and insufferable Aunt Mary visiting – and wearing out her welcome – Anne’s life is full to bursting.

Still, Mrs Doctor can’t think of any place she’d rather be than her own beloved Ingleside. Until the day she begins to worry that her adored Gilbert doesn’t love her anymore. How could that be? She may be a little older, but she’s still the same irrepressible, irreplaceable redhead – the wonderful Anne of Green Gables, all grown up… She’s ready to make her cherished husband fall in love with her all over again!


My Review:

Well. I was a little wary going into this one based on the reviews, and my can I say they are accurate. Where the previous books were all engaging and enjoying to read (or in my case, listen to), this one was kind of a bore and a struggle to get through. Continue reading “Book Review | ANNE OF INGLESIDE, by L. M. Montgomery”

Book Review

Book Review | THRONE OF JADE, by Naomi Novik

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Throne of Jade (Temeraire #2), by Naomi Novik

Publish Date: April 25th 2006
Published by: Del Rey Books
Pages: 398
Genre: Historical Fantasy
My Rating: ★★★★★ (4.5 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

When Britain intercepted a French ship and its precious cargo–an unhatched dragon’s egg–Capt. Will Laurence of HMS Reliant unexpectedly became master and commander of the noble dragon he named Temeraire. As new recruits in Britain’s Aerial Corps, man and dragon soon proved their mettle in daring combat against Bonaparte’s invading forces. 

Now China has discovered that its rare gift, intended for Napoleon, has fallen into British hands–and an angry Chinese delegation vows to reclaim the remarkable beast. But Laurence refuses to cooperate. Facing the gallows for his defiance, Laurence has no choice but to accompany Temeraire back to the Far East–a long voyage fraught with peril, intrigue, and the untold terrors of the deep. Yet once the pair reaches the court of the Chinese emperor, even more shocking discoveries and darker dangers await.


My Review:

I really enjoyed this one, possibly a bit more than the first. While the first one was a great introduction to all of the characters and the world, this one had so much more intrigue and adventure to it. Continue reading “Book Review | THRONE OF JADE, by Naomi Novik”