Wicked King Book Review (Spoiler Free)

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Author: Holly Black

Genre: Fantasy

Published January 8th 2019 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Pages: 336

Rating – 4/5

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You must be strong enough to strike and strike and strike again without tiring.

The first lesson is to make yourself strong.

After the jaw-dropping revelation that Oak is the heir to Faerie, Jude must keep her younger brother safe. To do so, she has bound the wicked king, Cardan, to her, and made herself the power behind the throne. Navigating the constantly shifting political alliances of Faerie would be difficult enough if Cardan were easy to control. But he does everything in his power to humiliate and undermine her even as his fascination with her remains undiminished.

When it becomes all too clear that someone close to Jude means to betray her, threatening her own life and the lives of everyone she loves, Jude must uncover the traitor and fight her own complicated feelings for Cardan to maintain control as a mortal in a Faerie world.

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WHOA. Talk about major politics! When most sequels fall into the “second book syndrome,” I felt that Wicked King was a great follow up to the series. While I will say it was not as addicting as the first book, it still kept me intrigued with it’s mystery, character schemes and motives. With the second book, Holly Black expanded on the world but it was not too much that it become confusing. In fact, it actually did the opposite! The characters were always a strong point to these novels since they are very different from any other book series I have read. They are not entirely black/ white or good/bad but I think that is what makes them fascinating to read about. I also expected this sequel to be a long read but I was surprised to find out it was only 336 pages so I ended up flying through it!

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Jude DuarteCunning, Determined, Power Hungry – In the first book, we seen Jude struggle with her status in the faerie world and she wants nothing more to move up the ladder. Now that she managed to outsmart everyone with her schemes, she has to face the harsh realities of being in power but more importantly, how she can still hold onto that power. The aftermath of the first book does leave her questioning where her loyalties should lie and this is what makes the plot so endearing.  We also see her struggle with her conflicting emotions for Cardan but she can’t help but place barriers due to her past experiences with him.

CardanCold, Aloof  – I am a bit on the fence about Cardan at the moment. While it is clear that he is a bit different from his cruel behaviors in the first book, I am not sure whether I can fully be onboard with this character. Again, it may be due to the fact that Holly Black’s characters are not fully black or white so its difficult to classify them as good or bad; yet, there were occasions where I did feel for his character. Holly Black definitely brought a lot more background into his past and I am curious to learn more.

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*Side Note – Well Dayumm. Taehyung seriously gives off major Cardan vibes here*

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Power. Politics.

The major themes within this novel have to be power and politics. While the first book dove into the struggles of acquiring power, this sequel deals with the struggles of maintaining that power, which as we read through the novel we find it is not as easy as it may seem. I think Holly Black did a great job delineating this theme as its not something that is talked about in many novels. For example, a lot of the YA novels talk about the journey in which a main character travels in order to reclaim the power of a nation from a corrupt individual but never fully talks about the aftermath or the struggles that one has to endure within politics. This something I can truly appreciate from this novel.

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As soon as I picked up this book, I knew I was in for a wild ride. This is partially due to Holly Black’s talent for transporting us into worlds which are sure to fascinate us. Is there some world expansion from the first book? ABSOLUTELY! And Holly Black is able to do this which such ease that it doesn’t become too complicated as I have seen with other fantasy series. In fact, it provides us with enough that it keeps us intrigued with  the plot and curious as to what will happen next. This is one of the high points of the novel. The politics and character schemes always keep you on the edge of your seat!

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Overall, I though this was a brilliant follow up to the first book of the Folk of the Air trilogy and I am so curious to learn what happens in the final book – especially with THAT ENDING!! I need to know what happens! How can you just end it like that Holly Black??? Why must you do this to me? While I will say that it was not as much as an addicting read as the original, it definitely peaked my interest in terms of its politics and characters. I believe these two are the main highlights on the novel and it is done so well!

Have any of you read The Wicked King? What were your thoughts on it? Let’s chat!

Until next time, keep reading and I will see you all soon with another bookish post!

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Ready Player One Book Review (Spoiler Free)

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“. . . as terrifying and painful as reality can be, its also the only place where you can find true happiness. Because reality is real.” 

Author: Ernest Cline

Genre: Sci-Fi, Dystopian, YA

Published August 16th 2011 by Crown Publishers

Pages: 390

Rating – 4/5

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Finally. I can’t recall how long I had this book on my shelf and I am so happy I got to read this at the end. One of the reasons why this social isolation is not too bad for us book nerds! It gives us the opportunity to tackle our TBR! I finally came to understand the hype behind this novel and why it is so loved by people. And what better time to read it than now, when we are basically in the same situation as the society in the book!

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IN THE YEAR 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines, puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them.

But when Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade’s going to survive, he’ll have to win—and confront the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.

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While it did take a few pages, for the the plot to thicken, it wasn’t long before I was HOOKED! In all honesty, I was not a huge fan of the romance aspect of the book. In fact, I was more intrigued with the games and how the characters were planning to overcome the challenges. I was a little apprehensive going into this since I did hear that there was a lot of 80s trivia which I was not sure whether I could relate to. But thanks to Google, I did not mind it a bit. In fact, I actually learned a lot!

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Wade Watts – Determined; Smart; Socially Awkward; Nerdy – Having had a rough childhood and with his early living circumstances, its clear that Wade is very closed off from the real world. In fact him and so many others find their only escape in the OASIS. What I really liked about him was the extensive character growth, when at the end of the novel he truly becomes the best version of himself despite having to overcome challenges and the fear of the real world.

Artemis – Clever; Intelligent; Friendly – I knew she was going to be an awesome character from the moment she made her first entrance. In a world where Video Games and VR are mostly male dominated regions, she never let it bother her and was mentally focused on using her skills in the games. I loved it! And how clever she was! There were times when she would decipher clues that the other characters could not even figure out and I was like YASSS GURLLLL

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AechHilarious; Witty; A Good Friend – I really liked the interactions between Wade and Aech. They do have their disagreements when it comes to their opinions and also certain challenges they face off in the book but I love the amount of support they have for each other. And eventually, it grows to an even stronger friendship after the trials they face. Its always so encouraging and supportive. I loved it!

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I really loved how Ernest Cline tackles the themes surrounding Video Games and Technology. While it can be enticing at first, there is a darker side to it. In fact, he describes the dangers of social isolation and that it can lead to depression, sadness and an overall unhappy life. So even though it is for these reasons that people reach out into the OASIS for comfort, it can end up hurting them if they fall too deep within it.

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Another reason I was apprehensive about going into this book was because it was a Standalone and I was not sure whether we would fully be able to immerse ourselves into this new world. But Ernest Cline made it happen! The way he described the Dystopian world and the OASIS was absolutely stunning. You could honestly picture the environment so well that you felt as if you were right beside the characters. And this is remarkable because there are different regions/ worlds within the OASIS but they are distinctly different from one another!

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As mentioned before, I really liked the characters and I appreciated all the snarky comments and witty wanter – despite some few moments which irked me. I am not going to lie, there were times when I actually starting scolding Wade actions in the book – Like Hello! Why are you off doing this when you should try focusing on X,Y, and Z? Do you not want to win the games? GAHHH the Frustration! But I can understand why his choices based on his motives and character. Sometimes there are occasions where you can lose focus and it takes time to reset and re-prioritize. Eventually, we find our way back 🙂 But overall, I really enjoyed this book despite the slow start. I found it the perfect novel to jump out of my reading slump!

Have any of you read Ready Player One? What were your thoughts on it? If you have reviewed it on your blog, let me know and I will check it out!

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Until next time, keep reading and I will see you all soon with another bookish post!

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O.W.L.s Magical Readathon | 2020 TBR

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Hello to the wonderful BookBlogging community! I missed you all so much! Gosh, its been so long!! I know its quite difficult nowadays with everything that is going on in the world but I hope that all of you and your family/friends are safe and well. We will get through this! Let’s stay positive! ❤

Can you all believe its April already? And if you are a reader who is active on bookblogging sites or BookTube, then I am sure you all are well aware of the Magical Readathon hosted by G from Book Roast. And this could not have come at a better time! Now that we are practicing social distancing, I found it the perfect opportunity to combat my reading slump and pick up the pile of books I have on my TBR (so seriously. its no joke, I HAVE A BUNCH!)

So here is a quick rundown:

O.W.L.s – Ordinary Wizarding Level Examinations

  • Take place between April 1 – 30
  • 1 book prompt per subject. In order to pass the subject, you would need to read the book associated with the prompt
  • Graded by the exams passed
    • Acceptable  – 2 or more exams completed
    • Exceeds Expectations  – 6 or more exams completed
    • Outstanding  – 9 or more exams completed

N.E.W.T.s (Nastily Exhausting Wizarding Tests)

  • Takes place between August 1-31
  • 3 book prompt per subject. Each book prompt is assigned to a pass grade – A, E, O
  • Reading prompt A, unlocks prompt E which unlocks prompt O; To earn an outstanding, you need to complete the prompts in this order.

G is so amazing since she put so much hard work in creating these beautiful and detailed documents that you can’t help but admire her for it. Recently, there was also an addition added to the challenge which offers a list of careers that we can choose to become if we are able to complete the required subjects needed to take on that career.  So for my careers, I narrowed it down to Astronomer and Librarian but it might change depending on what books I manage to get through since I do have some Masters classes and presentations/papers to complete this month.

Since I am not sure which career to pursue at the moment, I decided to compile a TBR of the the subjects required to pass with these two careers: Ancient Runes, Arithmancy, Astronomy, History of Magic, Defense Against the Dark Arts, and Transfiguration

Now without further ado, let’s get on with the my TBR!

 

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Heart Rune: Heart on the cover or in the title

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Magical qualities of #2 – balance/opposites: Read something outside your favorite genre

For this prompt, I chose historical fiction since this is not the typical genre I reach for. I usually prefer Science Fiction or Fantasy. I actually just finished reading it the first week of APRIL because it was THAT good!!! i can’t wait to do my review on it. I have to share ALL THE FEELS!!

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Night classes: Read majority of this book when it’s dark outside

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Witch hunts: Book featuring witches/wizards

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Grindylows: Book set at sea/coast

So this book has been on my TBR forever and since I finished reading her other novel, Between Shades of Gray (which was amazing), I just really want to know what the hype on this book is all about.

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Others considerations:

Daughter of a Pirate King, Escaping from Houdini, All the Stars and Teeth

 

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Animagus lecture: Book/series that includes shapeshifting

For this I considered shifting as the manipulation of various elements with the Maji clans in the Children of Blood and Bone. The sequel was what I wanted to read for so long! I loved the first book – I actually devoured it as soon as I started reading and I can’t wait to start this. I hope I get to it!

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So these are the books which I am planning to read this month for the OWLs. I feel like it may be ambition to do all 6 prompts, especially with my classes but since we are remote, maybe it could be done! I will definitely update you all with full reviews for the books I read soon!

Are any of you joining the Magical Readathon? Whats on your TBR? If you guys have a post on it, let me know and I will definitely check it out!

Until next time, keep reading and I will see you all soon with another bookish post!

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The Assassin’s Blade Book Review (Spoiler Free)

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“If you can learn to endure pain, you can survive anything.” 

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Published March 4th 2014 by Bloomsbury Childrens

Pages: 448

Rating – 4.5/5

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Hello everyone! I hope you all are having a great day! Today I will be completing a relatively spoiler free review of The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas.

In regards to The Throne of Glass series, I was so determined to start it this year since so many people have already read this and with the overwhelming hype, I just couldn’t keep myself away from it. Now that the series has come to an end, I found it a perfect opportunity to binge read these novels without having to wait through the heartbreaking pain of waiting for the next book. (For those of you who have been reading the series as they were released, how did you manage with the ending of Heir of Fire????)

The Assassin’s Blade is a bind up of the novellas to the Throne of Glass series but it reads pretty much like a regular novel since it follows the story of 16-year-old Celaena in a chronological order. Having seen a couple of reviews on BookTube, some reviewers have stated that it would be best to read the novellas before starting Queen of Shadows. And since this was the next book I had to read, I took a trip down to Barnes and Noble and made sure to grab myself a copy of the novellas! AND I AM SO GLAD I DID!

Summary: 

Celaena Sardothien is Adarlan’s most feared assassin. As part of the Assassin’s Guild, her allegiance is to her master, Arobynn Hamel, yet Celaena listens to no one and trusts only her fellow killer-for-hire, Sam. In these action-packed novellas – together in one edition for the first time – Celaena embarks on five daring missions. They take her from remote islands to hostile deserts, where she fights to liberate slaves and seeks to avenge the tyrannous. But she is acting against Arobynn’s orders and could suffer an unimaginable punishment for such treachery. Will Celaena ever be truly free? Explore the dark underworld of this kick-ass heroine to find out.

Characters:

Celaena Sardothien – I loved the many sides we got to see with Celaena in this book. in fact, that was my favorite part of this entire novel. I think there are certain details about her character we seem to miss when we first meet her in the series but it was great to have this novel shine a bit more light in that aspect. I loved that she stood my her morals – she knew her limits despite her profession – she had empathy, she valued friendship and she was so much more relatable!

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Sam Cortland – I feel as though my face has become the heart eye emoji just writing about his character! I loved literally all the scenes with Sam and Celaena. I felt that they complemented each other so well! There were scenes which made me laugh and there were scenes which made me tear up and get wrapped up in all the FEELS! But he brought in a beautiful element to the storyline and valued his role in the series a lot more with this backstory!

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Arobynn Hamel – So it should come as no surprise that I don’t really like Arobynn. I used to think that I despised him enough in the original series BUT I despise him even more with this one. Yes, I hate him with passion LOL

Final Thoughts: 

Where do I even start? First of all, I appreciated Celaena and Sam so much more in this book since we dive deeper into their minds and receive so much more backstory of what they had endured and I found it to be an amazing collection of stories to accompany the original series. There were moments where I found myself relating to Celaena which I found a bit hard to do with the original novels (other than the fact that she loves to read). The small moments where we see her gush over a pair of shoes, music, clothes, perfume and of course food HAHA We always see her to be a fierce and fiery assassin but these small moments really made her seem more human.

Sam. Oh Sam . . . if you have read the first book of the series, then you are aware of this character since he is mentioned but having read his backstory and his growth within these novellas made me appreciate him more as a character. He is clearly an essential part of Celaena’s growth as a character and I loved seeing the growth of their relationship. It really does warm your heart . . . I got wayyy too attached to him!

In regards to the writing, it was done really well. It was addictive and had the right amount of details needed to bring you into the fantasy world without being too overwhelming. I loved her use of Celaena’s iconic sharp and sarcastic commentary, her banters with other characters and the description of action sequences. It pretty much resembled the writing of the original series and I thoroughly enjoyed it!

Besides the three main characters I listed here, I have a feeling that the secondary characters are going to show up in some form in the future novels. I felt that Sarah did leave some loose ends with a few characters and I hope I get to see some of them. (Ahem – I don’t really want to see Arobynn though)

In regards to the overall plot and THAT ENDING, I am not going to lie – it broke my heart. The tears just started flowing. I couldn’t help it. With the extent of challenges that Celaena faces, you only wish the best for her but it did not quite end that way as we see in the start of Throne of Glass. Despite this, I am honestly glad that I decided to pick up these novellas and I will for sure be jumping into the Queen of Shadows ASAP!

Have any of you read The Throne of Glass series and The Assassin’s Blade? What are your thoughts on it?

Until next time, keep reading and I will see you all soon with another bookish post!

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Sorcery of Thorns Book Review (Spoiler Free)

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Author: Margaret Rogerson

Published: June 4th 2019 by Margaret K. McElderry Books

Pages: 456

Rating: 3.8 /5

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This was pretty good for a fantasy standalone book. I think we tend to receive so many YA fantasy series and I never really found a book that fit within this genre and was able to deliver a story within 500 pages. Most of the time this is due to the intense amount of detail and world building incorporated into fantasy novels so if the world is not believable, then it falls flat. However, Margaret Rogerson was able to deliver with this novel with her stellar writing abilities and creative mind! While I did have some issues with the overall plot, I thought it was an awesome delivery of a standalone fantasy novel.

Summary (from GoodReads): 

All sorcerers are evil. Elisabeth has known that as long as she has known anything. Raised as a foundling in one of Austermeer’s Great Libraries, Elisabeth has grown up among the tools of sorcery—magical grimoires that whisper on shelves and rattle beneath iron chains. If provoked, they transform into grotesque monsters of ink and leather. She hopes to become a warden, charged with protecting the kingdom from their power.

Then an act of sabotage releases the library’s most dangerous grimoire. Elisabeth’s desperate intervention implicates her in the crime, and she is torn from her home to face justice in the capital. With no one to turn to but her sworn enemy, the sorcerer Nathaniel Thorn, and his mysterious demonic servant, she finds herself entangled in a centuries-old conspiracy. Not only could the Great Libraries go up in flames, but the world along with them.

As her alliance with Nathaniel grows stronger, Elisabeth starts to question everything she’s been taught—about sorcerers, about the libraries she loves, even about herself. For Elisabeth has a power she has never guessed, and a future she could never have imagined.

Characters:

Elisabeth – Brave, Loyal, Optimistic – I absolutely loved reading this story through Elizabeth’s perspective! She is so different from the typical YA “Katniss-like” fiction leads and I found that to be so refreshing. Hearing stories from different voices and different characters are the ones which I find to be truly entertaining and enlightening. Elisabeth also has a fierce determination in her which I loved to read about. She does have her flaws, but thats what makes her character so genuine and relatable.

“What is the point of life if you don’t believe in anything?”

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Nathaniel – Sassy, Smart, Witty – Can I just say how much I enjoyed reading Nathaniel’s quotes in this book? They were so hilarious and utterly charming at times that I found it super entertaining. One of the best elements of this book is the characters. With both Nathaniel and Elizabeth, I found that they perfectly complemented each other and it was amazing to see their growth.

” . . I only turn girls into salamanders on Tuesdays. Luckily for you, it’s a Wednesday, which is the day I drink a goblet of orphan’s blood for supper.” 

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Final Thoughts

One of the best aspects of this novel was Margaret’s ability to provide a rich yet mysterious atmosphere that captivated your attention and pulled you into the story. She really does have a talent for creating beautiful imagery which transports you to another world. I think this is the main reason why this book was able to do so well as a stand alone. Typically, YA fantasy novels are usually told as series since it is quite dependent on world building and expanding on magical/ political systems which usually takes multiple novels to do. If a world is NOT well developed, then it makes it harder for a reader to fully immerse themselves into the world which can be disappointing. I found it to be the exact opposite for A Sorcery of Thorns. This was well developed – the setting, the world, the magic system and characters.

I think one of the main areas where I found some issues in the book would be the overall plot. While I found the concept to be truly unique and captivating, I found that the story could have been better. I loved the usage of the magical grimoires and this did peak my interest from the beginning. However, I didn’t find myself fully immersed and captivated by the storyline as the novel continued.

Despite this drawback, I still thought this novel was still a great read since it does incorporate a creative concept that book lovers will truly enjoy to learn about. Have any of you read A Sorcery of Thorns? What did you think of it?

Until next time, keep reading and I will see you all soon with another bookish post!

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The Cruel Prince Book Review (Spoiler Free)

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Author: Holly Black

Publication: January 2nd 2018 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Pages: 370

Rating: 5/5

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It’s official! I finally did it! I read the Cruel Prince MWAHAHAHA

Ahem . . . but I also have a confession. I ended up annotating this book – GASP!!! I couldn’t help it!!! One moment I was on BookTube browsing through some reviews and I happened to come across an annotation video and down the rabbit hole I went!! But truth be told, I kind of enjoyed my experience . . . cause I had a lot to say about this book!!! LOL

Summary (from GoodReads):

Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.

And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.

Jude was seven when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

As Jude becomes more deeply embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, she discovers her own capacity for trickery and bloodshed. But as betrayal threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.

Characters:

Jude – Intelligent; Defiant; Determined: In a highly dangerous and political world where her kind are treated with the least amount of respect or acknowledgement, I was amazed at the level of endurance and strength she had to maintain her composure and also fight back when necessary. I loved seeing her internal battles as well where she tries to navigate through the world and determine whether she has the qualities of a human or Fae.

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Prince Cardan – Wicked; Cruel and Arrogant; I am not sure what to think of Prince Cardan since his treatment of other beings (faerie or mortal) are completely vile and absurd. Although there were moments where I noticed he does have his limits and you do have some sort of empathy towards him, I still do not consider him to be a completely good character – he seems to operate in the gray line . . .

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Final Thoughts

So the Cruel Prince is the first in the Folk of the Air series by Holly Black who is basically referred to as the Queen of Faerie stories and I can see why! This book was absolutely captivating from the start! Within the first 50 pages, the characters and plot already evoked so much emotion from me that I pretty much sensed that this was going to be a five star read. I just could not put it down. Holly Black’s writing is so addictive that I found myself reading one page after another which soon turned into late night reading routine! I have no regrets!

This book was definitely more political than other YA fantasy novels I have read and I found that aspect to be quite refreshing. Throughout the course of the novel, Holly Black was able to place so many bread crumbs hinting at the upcoming climatic moment and she was able to do this so cleverly.  AND OMG the amount of twists and turns within this novel had my mind spinning – in a good way of course! There were times when I literally gasped!

On a side note, I found that annotating this book to be really helpful since I was able to read more carefully and fully immerse myself into this fantasy world. I think annotating also helped me retain more info and capture all the details since there was a lot of topics, issues, plot points which were discussed that underlining, tabbing and using index cards and post-it notes really helped me to read more carefully and I found it to be a great experience. I am not sure whether I will continue to annotate all my books but perhaps the ones which I know I am for sure going to enjoy.

But overall, I really enjoyed reading this first novel of this series and I will for sure continue on with the other books!

Have any of you read the Cruel Prince? What were your thoughts on it?

Until next time, keep reading and I will see you all soon with another bookish post!

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A Curse so Dark and Lonely Book Review (Spoiler Free)

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“I’m always surprised to discover that when the world seems darkest, there exists the greatest opportunity for light.” 

Author: Brigid Kemmerer

Published: January 29th 2019 by Bloomsbury YA

Pages: 484

Rating: 4/5

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Ok. That ending had me shook! OMG!! It’s going to make an interesting set up for the next book and I will definitely be reading the sequel! It took me some time to get used to the characters, but after a few pages, I found myself glued to the book eagerly anticipating what’s going to happen next. If you have not picked this one up, I highly urge you do because it was an awesome twist on the classic Beauty and the Beast fairy tale!

Summary (from GoodReads):

Fall in love, break the curse.

Cursed by a powerful enchantress to repeat the autumn of his eighteenth year, Prince Rhen, the heir of Emberfall, thought he could be saved easily if a girl fell for him. But that was before he turned into a vicious beast hell-bent on destruction. Before he destroyed his castle, his family, and every last shred of hope.

Nothing has ever been easy for Harper. With her father long gone, her mother dying, and her brother constantly underestimating her because of her cerebral palsy, Harper learned to be tough enough to survive. When she tries to save a stranger on the streets of Washington, DC, she’s pulled into a magical world.

Break the curse, save the kingdom.

Harper doesn’t know where she is or what to believe. A prince? A curse? A monster? As she spends time with Rhen in this enchanted land, she begins to understand what’s at stake. And as Rhen realizes Harper is not just another girl to charm, his hope comes flooding back. But powerful forces are standing against Emberfall . . . and it will take more than a broken curse to save Harper, Rhen, and his people from utter ruin.

Characters

Harper – Expressive; Compassionate; Strong; – What can I say? I really enjoyed reading Harper’s perspective. She is a strong character but I liked her since she was different from the typical YA leads since she exhibits a balance of strength and emotion. She loves her family – her brother and mother  – and is persistent to find them. Despite having Cerebral Palsy, she is still a determined individual and that’s what makes her so inspiring.

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Rhen – Strategic; Disheartened; Trapped – Rhen was just the sweetest. In the beginning we see him to be a tortured soul whose glimpses of hope are constantly being depleted and we can’t help but feel for him.

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Grey – A character who slowly grew on me. Initially, it was hard to discern his qualities due to his stoic personality; however, as time went by he slowly started to reveal layers of his character and it made me appreciate him even more.

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Final Thoughts 

I will admit that it took quite some time for me to get into this novel. I am not sure why but it did progress quite slowly in the beginning. However, within the 100 page mark, I noticed a lot of interesting dynamics and plot elements being introduced and this caused me to grow more intrigued. Since this book was described to be a Beauty and the Beast re-telling, I already had preconceived notions on how the plot would play out but I was surprised to see the different elements which were being introduced into the story. I found it to be refreshing since it offered a new look into a world which was build within this fairy tale backdrop.

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I also appreciated the hilarious banter between the characters! It brought a lighter atmosphere to the novel’s dark ambiance. The novel also intertwines the themes of inner strength and resilience against the most overwhelming and gruesome tribulations. It was amazing to see these characters go through this incredible journey to become the best version of themselves. The romance was a slow burn and I loved seeing the progression of their relationship and how they grew to be bit more open with each other. It made everything quite believable. The only reason why I could not give this book a complete 5 star rating was because I ended up questioning a few plot details here and there and I did have a couple of questions on certain issues. But overall, I really enjoyed it and I personally think this is the best Beauty and the Beast re-telling out there!

Have any of you read A Curse so Dark and Lonely? What did you think of it?

Until next time, keep reading and I will see you all soon with another bookish post!

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