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Book Review | AS THE SHADOW RISES, by Katy Rose Pool

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As the Shadow Rises (The Age of Darkness #2), by Katy Rose Pool

Publish Date: September 1, 2020
Published by: Henry Holt and Co.
Length: 480 pages
Genre: YA 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:

The Last Prophet has been found, yet he sees destruction ahead.

In this sequel to the critically-acclaimed There Will Come a Darkness, kingdoms have begun to fall to a doomsday cult, the magical Graced are being persecuted, and an ancient power threatens to break free. But with the world hurtling toward its prophesized end, Anton’s haunting vision reveals the dangerous beginnings of a plan to stop the Age of Darkness.

As Jude, Keeper of the Order of the Last Light, returns home in disgrace, his quest to aid the Prophet is complicated by his growing feelings for Anton. Meanwhile, the assassin known as the Pale Hand will stop at nothing to find her undead sister before she dies for good, even if it means letting the world burn. And in Nazirah, Hassan, the kingdom-less Prince, forms a risky pact to try to regain his throne. When the forces of light and darkness collide in the City of Mercy, old wounds are reopened, new alliances are tested, and the end of the world begins.


My Review: 

You know how there are those series that suffer from the “middle-book syndrome?”

Yeah, this isn’t one of those.

As the Shadow Rises continues off where There Will Come a Darkness left, and keeps the story going. It kept my attention, held me captive, unable to put it down, and was chock full of adventure and intrigue. I loved absolutely every page of it. Continue reading “Book Review | AS THE SHADOW RISES, by Katy Rose Pool”

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Book SERIES Review | The Elemental Series, by Brigid Kemmerer

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The Elemental Seriesby Brigid Kemmerer

I am doing something a little different, since I just blew through this series in like two weeks or something, and need to sort of let out my thoughts about this series in general.  Reviews for the individual books in the series can be found further down.

Series Review: 

Okay, I went into this series expecting a fun, exciting story about boys who can control the elements and finding love and blah blah.  Okay, yes I did get that.  What I did NOT expect to get, was a family of brothers that I would absolutely fall in love with. Continue reading “Book SERIES Review | The Elemental Series, by Brigid Kemmerer”

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Book Review | WHERE DREAMS DESCEND, by Janella Angeles

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Where Dreams Descend (Kingdom of Cards #1), by Janella Angeles

Publish Date: June 2, 2020
Published by: Wednesday Books
Length: 464 pages
Genre: YA Fantasy
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (3.5 out of 5 stars)

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


Synopsis:

In a city covered in ice and ruin, a group of magicians face off in a daring game of magical feats to find the next headliner of the Conquering Circus, only to find themselves under the threat of an unseen danger striking behind the scenes.

As each act becomes more and more risky and the number of missing magicians piles up, three are forced to reckon with their secrets before the darkness comes for them next.

The Star: Kallia, a powerful showgirl out to prove she’s the best no matter the cost

The Master: Jack, the enigmatic keeper of the club, and more than one lie told

The Magician: Demarco, the brooding judge with a dark past he can no longer hide


My Review: 

Where Dreams Descend is a lustrous story that weaves magic and performance together in a Phantom of the Opera inspired setting where romance reigns supreme and mystery hides in the shadows. The writing is exquisite, however the plotline tends to drift more towards the romance and leaves the mystery floundering a bit in the dust, forgotten often and struggling to make much of an impact until the very end. This is one of those books that I really want to love, but unfortunately leaves me feeling somewhat frustrated with how little questions were actually answered by its conclusion.
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Book Review | DAUGHTER OF THE SIREN QUEEN, by Tricia Levenseller

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Daughter of the Siren Queen (Daughter of the Pirate King #2), by Tricia Levenseller

Publish Date: February 27, 2018 (audiobook published March 1, 2018)
Published by: Feiwel and Friends/Macmillan Audio
Audiobook Narrated by: Marisa Calin
Length: 9 hrs 13 min (341 pages)
Genre: YA Fantasy
My Rating: ★★★★★ (5 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

Alosa’s mission is finally complete. Not only has she recovered all three pieces of the map to a legendary hidden treasure, but the pirates who originally took her captive are now prisoners on her ship. Still unfairly attractive and unexpectedly loyal, first mate Riden is a constant distraction, but now he’s under her orders. And she takes great comfort in knowing that the villainous Vordan will soon be facing her father’s justice.

When Vordan exposes a secret her father has kept for years, Alosa and her crew find themselves in a deadly race with the feared Pirate King. Despite the danger, Alosa knows they will recover the treasure first . . . after all, she is the daughter of the Siren Queen.


My Review:

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Book Review | DAUGHTER OF THE PIRATE KING, by Tricia Levenseller

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Daughter of the Pirate King (Daughter of the Pirate King #1), by Tricia Levenseller

Publish Date: February 28, 2017 (audiobook published July 18, 2017)
Published by: Feiwel Friends/Macmillan Audio
Audiobook Narrated by: Marisa Calin
Length: 7 hrs 25 min (311 pages)
Genre: YA Fantasy
My Rating: ★★★★★ (4.5 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

There will be plenty of time for me to beat him soundly once I’ve gotten what I came for.

Sent on a mission to retrieve an ancient hidden map—the key to a legendary treasure trove—seventeen-year-old pirate captain Alosa deliberately allows herself to be captured by her enemies, giving her the perfect opportunity to search their ship.

More than a match for the ruthless pirate crew, Alosa has only one thing standing between her and the map: her captor, the unexpectedly clever and unfairly attractive first mate, Riden. But not to worry, for Alosa has a few tricks up her sleeve, and no lone pirate can stop the Daughter of the Pirate King


My Review: 

I really enjoyed listening to this book! I’ve had the physical copy on my shelf for a while, but when I realized the audiobook narrator was the same person who narrated the Ruby Red trilogy, which I adored, I knew I had to switch gears. Continue reading “Book Review | DAUGHTER OF THE PIRATE KING, by Tricia Levenseller”

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Book Review | DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE, by Laini Taylor

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Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Daughter of Smoke and Bone #1), by Laini Taylor

Publish Date: September 27, 2011
Published by: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Pages: 418
Genre: YA Fantasy/Urban Fantasy
My Rating: ★★★☆☆ (2.5 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.

In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grown dangerously low.

And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war.

Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real; she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious “errands”; she speaks many languages—not all of them human; and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out.

When one of the strangers—beautiful, haunted Akiva—fixes his fire-colored eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?


My Review:

To say this was a disappointment is a bit of an understatement. This is one of those books that everyone in the YA community seems to have read and loved. I’ve been anticipating reading this one for several years, and finally got around to it, only to find my expectations to be completely dashed to bits. Continue reading “Book Review | DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE, by Laini Taylor”