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Book Review | UMBERTOUCHED, by Livia Blackburne

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Umbertouched (Rosemarked #2), by Livia Blackburne

Publish Date: November 6, 2018
Published by: Disney-Hyperion
Pages: 375
Genre: YA Fantasy
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (4.5 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

The mission was a failure. Even though Zivah and Dineas discovered a secret that could bring down the empire, their information is useless without proof. Now, with their cover blown and their quest abandoned, their only remaining hope is to get home before Ampara brings the full might of its armies against their peoples.

As Shidadi and Dara alike prepare for war, Zivah and Dineas grapple with the toll of their time in the capital. After fighting alongside the Amparans against his own kin, can Dineas convince the Shidadi—and himself—where his loyalties lie? After betraying her healer’s vows in Sehmar City, can Zivah find a way to redeem herself—especially when the Dara ask her to do the unthinkable? And after reluctantly falling in love, what will the two do with their lingering feelings, now that the Dineas from Sehmar City is gone forever? Time is running out for all of them, but especially Zivah whose plague symptoms surface once again. Now, she must decide how she’ll define the life she has left.

Together, healer and warrior must find the courage to save their people, expose the truth, and face the devastating consequences headed their way.


My Review:

This was a very strong sequel to Rosemarked, and I absolutely loved watching the continuing journey of Zivah and Dineas after the events in the previous book. It was filled with action and intrigue and kept me engaged throughout. It left me feeling happy and sad, content with how things ended but also leaving things a little open-ended, not perfectly wrapped up in a neat little bow. Continue reading “Book Review | UMBERTOUCHED, by Livia Blackburne”

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Book Review | ROSEMARKED, by Livia Blackburne

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Rosemarked (Rosemarked #1), by Livia Blackburne

Publish Date: September 7, 2017
Published by: Disney Hyperion
Pages: 400
Genre: YA Fantasy
My Rating: ★★★★★ (5 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

A healer who cannot be healed . . .

When Zivah falls prey to the deadly rose plague, she knows it’s only a matter of time before she fully succumbs. Now she’s destined to live her last days in isolation, cut off from her people and unable to practice her art—until a threat to her village creates a need that only she can fill.

A soldier shattered by war . . .

Broken by torture at the hands of the Amparan Empire, Dineas thirsts for revenge against his captors. Now escaped and reunited with his tribe, he’ll do anything to free them from Amparan rule—even if it means undertaking a plan that risks not only his life but his very self.

Thrust together on a high-stakes mission to spy on the capital, the two couldn’t be more different: Zivah, deeply committed to her vow of healing, and Dineas, yearning for vengeance. But as they grow closer, they must find common ground to protect those they love. And amidst the constant fear of discovery, the two grapple with a mutual attraction that could break both of their carefully guarded hearts.


My Review:

This book pulled me in from the start. I don’t know what it was about it – the writing style, the characters, the world-building – but I fell in love with it almost immediately. There was just something about it that had me constantly engaged and wanting more. With beautiful world-building and characters that shine off the page, Livia Blackburne has made me an immediate fan of this book. Continue reading “Book Review | ROSEMARKED, by Livia Blackburne”

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Book Review | THE DREADFUL TALE OF PROSPER REDDING, by Alexandra Bracken

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The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding (The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding #1)by Alexandra Bracken

Publish Date: September 5, 2017 
Published by: Disney-Hyperion
Pages: 362
Genre: MG Fantasy
My Rating: ★★★★★ (5 out of 5 stars)

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

Synopsis:

“I would say it’s a pleasure to meet thee, Prosperity Oceanus Redding, but truly, I only anticipate the delights of destroying thy happiness.”

Prosper is the only unexceptional Redding in his old and storied family history — that is, until he discovers the demon living inside him. Turns out Prosper’s great-great-great-great-great-something grandfather made — and then broke — a contract with a malefactor, a demon who exchanges fortune for eternal servitude. And, weirdly enough, four-thousand-year-old Alastor isn’t exactly the forgiving type. 

The fiend has reawakened with one purpose — to destroy the family whose success he ensured and who then betrayed him. With only days to break the curse and banish Alastor back to the demon realm, Prosper is playing unwilling host to the fiend, who delights in tormenting him with nasty insults and constant attempts trick him into a contract. Yeah, Prosper will take his future without a side of eternal servitude, thanks.

Little does Prosper know, the malefactor’s control over his body grows stronger with each passing night, and there’s a lot Alastor isn’t telling his dim-witted (but admittedly strong-willed) human host. 

From #1 New York Times best-selling author Alexandra Bracken comes a tale of betrayal and revenge, of old hurts passed down from generation to generation. Can you ever fully right a wrong, ever truly escape your history? Or will Prosper and Alastor be doomed to repeat it?

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Book Review | This is Not the End, by Chandler Baker

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This Is Not The Endby Chandler Baker

On Sale Date: August 8, 2017

**I received this as an e-galley from Disney-Hyperion through Edelweiss in return for an honest review.**

My Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 out of 5 stars)

Synopsis:

I wonder if for the rest of my life, I’ll be haunted by beautiful days.

On one cloudless, radiant summer afternoon, Lake Devereaux lost everything. The car crash claimed the lives of her best friend and boyfriend, the people who had become her family after her own fell apart. But she doesn’t have to lose them both.

The development of resurrection technology has changed the world. Under the new laws regulating the process, each person gets one resurrection to be used or forfeited on their eighteenth birthday. Mere weeks away from turning eighteen, Lake faces an impossible choice.

Envisioning life without one of the people she loves most is shattering enough, but Lake carries an additional burden: years ago, under family pressure, Lake secretly—and illegally—promised her resurrection to someone who isn’t even dead yet.

The search for answers about her future draws Lake more deeply into the secrets of her past until she begins to question everything about those closest to her. Betrayals and hurts both new and old threaten to eclipse the memories she once cherished.

Then Lake meets a boy unlike anyone she’s encountered before, who unflinchingly embraces the darkest parts of her life . . . and who believes that all resurrections are wrong.

Which path is the right one? And how can Lake start to heal when she can’t move on? 


My Review:

When I first started reading the synopsis for this book, I immediately went “Oh no not another sob story” but that quickly turned into an “Oh sh*t a sob story with a twist!” So I immediately knew I had to read it, of course. This book is about death, the possibility of life again after, and the difficult choices one must make when it comes to those you love. It is both beautifully written and captivating, and really makes the reader think about what it would be like to have a second chance at life. Continue reading “Book Review | This is Not the End, by Chandler Baker”