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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Top Ten Tuesday – Characters That Remind Me of Myself

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A lot of authors take pride and commitment into creating diverse and vibrant worlds filled with characters of various personalities and throughout my reading journey, I have found that there are a lot of characters who share multiple similarities with me. For that reason, I am very much excited about this week’s writing prompt: Characters That Remind Me of Myself

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

So without further ado, let’s get on with the list!

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Laia (An Ember in the Ashes Quartet) 

I loved that Sabaa Tahir took a different route with Laia’s character when compared to other female protagonists in YA Literature such as “Katniss” or “Celena.” Laia is quite different from them since she is fearful and naive in the beginning but we also grow attached to her spirited and determined characteristics. What I found the most intriguing about her character was her phenomenal growth within the novel. I think this was the aspect which I related to the most since I definitely think I am a completely different person than who I was 5 or 10 years ago. And not only were the character traits similar but also the physical traits since it was not until recent years when authors included characters of color as their main protagonists and I really appreciated that.

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Audrey Rose Wadsworth (Stalking Jack the Ripper) 

When I first read Stalking Jack the Ripper, I knew Audrey would be become one my top favorite female leads of all times! She has a level of intelligence and dedication to her forensic work which makes her so appealing. I love that she takes pride in what she does which does resemble myself in some cases, since I am goal oriented and dedicated to my  classes and work.

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Nehemia (Throne of Glass)

Being a princess, Nehemia has a huge responsibility on her shoulders. Nevertheless, she carries this weight effortlessly and handles all tribulations in her path with grace and dignity. While I may not have that level of maturity, I definitely can relate to having to deal with pressure especially since I am the first-born and there are expectations which are placed upon me. Nehemia also has the capability to look after other characters  and since I do have a younger sister, I can relate to that aspect of her personality.

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Cress (The Lunar Chronicles)

I definitely saw myself within Cress while reading the Lunar Chronicles since (1) I do spend way too much time online and (2) I can have my head stuck in the clouds sometimes! Cress does start off as a shy, sheltered girl who eventually learns to be the hero of her own story. I also liked the fact that she was quite a fangirl over Captain Thorne and that I can almost positively relate to!

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Scarlet (Caraval)

Being the eldest of two, Scarlet is definitely the most cautious having taken ownership of leading the family. While it can be overbearing, she can’t help but act this way due to her troubling past and present. But with the sole purpose of helping her sister, Scarlet soon goes through a dynamic character growth and becomes a stronger person. What I liked most about Scarlet was her appreciation for her sister despite their differences and that was something I could relate to since I have a younger sister who I care for a lot.

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Amari (Children of Blood and Bone)

Amari resembled Laia in the beginning since she was fearful of her mother who raised her in strict manner. While it is true that she was a scared princess, her character develops into a strong leader/warrior. She stays true to her values and morals despite having to face various obstacles thrown in her path and this was the essence of her personality which resembled by character. While her strengths are underestimated and overshadowed by her older brother, she still manages to persevere and show her capabilities.

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Hermione (Harry Potter)

OMG Hermione has got to be the first book character who I ever felt close to! Growing up, I was mostly to myself with a heavy focus on school and studying. While I may have not fit closely with my other peers due to this aspect, having read about a character like Hermione whose knowledge became her strength truly helped me to overcome those insecurities. I loved that J.K Rowling wrote a character who took pride in learning since it serves as a great motivator for the up and coming generation.

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Veronica (The Doon series)

A major reason why I immediately connected with Veronica or Vee was her love for reading. I think this is primarily why she is quite a dreamer and yearns to escape her domestic life for adventure. Who wouldn’t want to travel and explore the world?

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Cath (Fangirl)

I think the title says it all! FANGIRL 🙂 There was definitely a period of time in our lives (past or even present) where we had an idol/group who we were very passionate about. As readers, we may be a fan of a certain author’s work since their stories and characters could inspire us. Due to these reasons, I believe Cath was a character who I found to share many similarities with. We both tend to avoid social situations but we can be snarky or sarcastic should the occasion arise 🙂

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Inej (Six of Crows)

Till this day, Inej is probably one of my favorite characters of all time! She has her morals which she abides by and she strong despite her past. In addition, she was the “glue” of the group and truly cared for everyone around her. I found that maybe since I am one of the eldest of my family, it brought about the responsibility to look after others.

What characters do you relate to the most? Let me know!

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

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Heir of Fire Book Review (Spoiler Free)

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“She was the heir of ash and fire and she would bow to no one.” 

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Publication: September 2nd 2014 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens

Pages: 565

Rating: 4.5/5

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I will advise that there are minor spoilers in the description for Throne of Glass and Crown of Midnight so you have been warned! 🙂

Summary (GoodReads):

Celaena Sardothien has survived deadly contests and shattering heartbreak—but at an unspeakable cost. Now she must travel to a new land to confront her darkest truth…a truth about her heritage that could change her life—and her future—forever.

Meanwhile, brutal and monstrous forces are gathering on the horizon, intent on enslaving her world. To defeat them, Celaena must find the strength to not only fight her inner demons but to battle the evil that is about to be unleashed.

The king’s assassin takes on an even greater destiny and burns brighter than ever before in this follow-up to the New York Times bestselling Crown of Midnight. 

Review:

How can someone make your heart SOAR and CRUSH it at the same?? Well, Sarah J. Maas can! GAHHHHH!!!

Characters:

Celaena  – Or should I say Aelin? Wow. The character growth here was absolutely stunning. We are finally able to explore deep into Celaena’s mind and understand her turmoils, deepest despairs and what is truly holding her back from accepting her past. Sarah was able to deliver this in such a heart wrenching and beautiful way that you were able to relate with her character. And yes, it got to me! I teared up! IT WENT DEEP!  I did like Celaena as a character in the previous books but I found that she had many flaws. She seemed to operate on a gray line so I couldn’t fully embrace her. That was until Heir of Fire. Finally, I was able to connect with her and I have to say that she growing to be one of my favorite characters of all time. ALL HAIL THE QUEEN.

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Dorian – Oh GAWD. My precious prince Dorian. You are the sweetest little cinnamon roll and if I could give you the world I would AND . . AND I JUST WANT HIM TO BE HAPPY!!! GAHHHH! And I appreciated those flashback scenes – thank you Sarah J. Maas 🙂 I think Dorian had the most character growth in Crown of Midnight; yet, he still showcases a more mature side to him in this book and I loved watching him grow and displaying his  courage.

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Chaol – From the previous book, it was clear that Chaol’s priority was to serve the King. Throughout this novel, you see him struggle to face the imminent threat posed on the world and whether he should do something about it or return to Anielle as urged by his father.

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Rowan – Sarah, couldn’t you have at least given a little warning here. Cause dayumm I did not see this coming. Ok, Rowan is Bae! Yes, I will admit; it took him a while to grow on me but at the end of novel, he won me over. He does build a barrier so its difficult to see through to his raw character; however, I loved how he slowly begins to lower the walls and work together with Celeana. And his actions at the end . . . gawd my heart! Who doesn’t love a bad boy with a dark past?

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Manon – Oooo the witch chapters . . . yes, they were the ones which I was on the border about. I loved how Sarah gives life to the clans of witches, giving them their own background and laws in which the operate under. Manon herself undergoes a journey of her own within her Witch Clan, the Blackbeaks, determined to achieve her title of Wing Leader although her decisions may not be in line with the views of her clan.

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Aedion – I will be honest, I was not prepared for this entry haha All I can say is that it will be interesting to see how Aedion’s story interconnects with Celeana’s and I am looking forward to it!

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Final Thoughts:

The world of Throne of Glass just keeps getting better and better with Sarah’s intricate yet superior world building. I am amazed at how much Sarah’s writing has improved since the first Throne of Glass novel. And along with the world building and introduction of different groups of people, characters and settings, she did a phenomenal job of expanding the world that you almost believe the Kingdoms you travel to. Not only does she define a new group, she also gives them their own characterizations, needs/wants, and where they exist in the societal hierarchy. Developing a fantasy world and adding depth is extremely difficult but Sarah seems to have done it with such as ease!

In terms of plot, I believe the best way to describe this book would be “Celaena’s Journey” as she travels from Adarlan to Wendyln and discovers her heritage, and  evaluates her fears while simultaneously learning about the threats to come in the future. Honestly, there were some moments in the book that was just beautifully captured that it almost flows like a cinematic masterpiece. AND I WAS LIVING FOR THOSE MOMENTS!!

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Sarah also incorporates a lot of relatable themes into the plot on how we are never truly alone despite what we might think and that the only way to truly move forward is to overcome your fears. It is true that everyone has scars and it shouldn’t prevent us from moving forward in our lives. I think that was the reason why I really enjoyed the third installment of this series since it captures the complexity of life and the importance of perseverance and determination.

Have any of you read Heir of Fire? What were your thoughts on it? Let’s chat!

And on a side note, I also have some mental preparation before BTS’s comeback tomorrow. MY SOUL AIN’T READY FOR THIS!!! Ahem. . . I’m totally fine, I swear. LOL

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

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Crown of Midnight Book Review (Spoiler Free)

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Author: Sarah J. Maas

Publisher: August 27th 2013 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens

Pages: 418

Rating: 4.5/5

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MY EMOTIONS ARE A WRECK. R U KIDDING ME????? SARAH, WHY MUST YOU DO THIS?? I will admit when I started this book, I was a bit hesitant since I didn’t want to run into a case of Second Book Syndrome but OMG was I completely wrong! I feel as if my heart has been ripped out. MY GAWD I CAN’T.

I will advise that there are minor spoilers in the description for Throne of Glass so you have been warned! 🙂

Summary (From GoodReads):

From the throne of glass rules a king with a fist of iron and a soul as black as pitch. Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become his Champion. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown. She hides her secret vigilantly; she knows that the man she serves is bent on evil.

Keeping up the deadly charade becomes increasingly difficult when Celaena realizes she is not the only one seeking justice. As she tries to untangle the mysteries buried deep within the glass castle, her closest relationships suffer. It seems no one is above questioning her allegiances—not the Crown Prince Dorian; not Chaol, the Captain of the Guard; not even her best friend, Nehemia, a foreign princess with a rebel heart.

Then one terrible night, the secrets they have all been keeping lead to an unspeakable tragedy. As Celaena’s world shatters, she will be forced to give up the very thing most precious to her and decide once and for all where her true loyalties lie… and whom she is ultimately willing to fight for.

Characters:

Celaena – From the previous novel, we know that despite her strong exterior, Celaena has some internal burdens and monsters of her own. Though we do see a glimpse of it in Throne of Glass, it is interesting to see how everything is handled in the second novel. There are times when I can’t quite identify what side she is on since she typically operates on a Gray Line so her intentions and reasons are quite obscure. Again, this is a quality which is interesting to see in a character since it is not typical in YA fiction; however, it does set the playing field for more potential character growth in the future and I cannot wait to see how it will play out. Slay Gurl Slayyyyy

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Chaol – We definitely learn a lot more about Chaol in this novel and I liked that we were able to finally see a little more into his background. The way in which his mind operates is different from the other characters and I appreciate that the author added the various character POVs so we clearly see that differentiation.

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Dorien – Wow. Just Wow. I didn’t expect to see this much of a character growth with Dorian but he definitely was the one who surprised me the most and it is amazing to see how he progressed from the first book to the end of the second.

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Nehemia – OMG I honestly love Nehemia. She has such a level of maturity, intelligence and class which is worth admiring. GOALS GUYS! ABSOLUTE GOALS! There are some scenes which her words are truly inspiring and I love how dedicated she is to helping her people and even those around her.

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Final Thoughts:

What originally starts off a character driven novel soon takes a dramatic shift to political intrigue and world building. There is definitely an addicting quality to Sarah’s writing.  The pacing is well developed due to the small length chapters which you can’t help but devour one after the other. It was no surprise that I basically flew through this book. And let’s not forget the amount of plot twists with this book. WOW. It took some unexpected turns that I did not see coming.

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As characters deal with the outcomes of the previous novel, Sarah continues to expand on their development and it was really well done. While it is true that Celaena is the main character of the series, Sarah does take time to venture into the lives of the other characters and show how they mature. This was an aspect I really enjoyed reading about since this unveiled themes of individualism and inner strength and ultimately showcased where their allegiances lie.

Did this book cause me to drown in emotional turmoil? Yes it did. About halfway through the novel, the atmosphere shifts to a darker tone and you can’t help but drown into the void. The ambiance is far different from the first novel with the heightened level of mystery and secrets among the characters. Hence, it is clear that the author’s plans for the direction of the rest of the series will be phenomenal.

Have any of you read Crown of Midnight? 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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Throne of Glass Book Review (Spoiler Free)

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Author: Sarah J. Mass

Published: August 7th 2012 by Bloomsbury USA Children’s

Pages: 406

Genre: YA Fiction; Fantasy

Rating: 4/5

“You could rattle the stars. You could do anything, if you only dared.” 

I am so late this series, it’s really SAD hahaha I do believe that this was originally a loose Cinderella re-telling that eventually took flight with it’s own unique storyline in the future books. Overall, I did find this book to be a great start to the series despite some minor flaws. Regardless, I am positive that I will continue with the series and I cannot wait to learn more about our characters and the adventures to come 🙂

Summary (From GoodReads):

After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.

Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king’s council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for four years and then be granted her freedom. Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilarating. But she’s bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her … but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.

Then one of the other contestants turns up dead … quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.

Characters:

CelaenaStrong, Determined, and Quite Hilarious – As soon as I read the first few pages of Celaena’s introduction, I knew I was going to enjoy her character. While it is true, she can be a bit rash and arrogant, I found it refreshing to see these qualities in a female lead. I think these characteristics add to her personality and make her more interesting to learn more about. Sarah definitely incorporated a lot of layers to Celaena’s character which gave her more depth. While being feared in a country for being a ruthless assassin, there were moments which she surprised you. For example, she was pretty much a book nerd and I found myself fangirling! Sorry but I just love it when our characters love to read! I honestly found myself to grow more curious about her and I hope to see more of her growth in the future novels.

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DorianCharming, Playful, Jovial – Another character who I loved to read about! Plus, he likes to read too! Hoorayyy! I loved how his relationship with Celaena grows throughout the novel. All of his witty moments were a pleasure to read about as well! One thing I did appreciate with Dorian was seeing a bit of character growth by the end of the novel and I hope to see more of his strength in the next book.

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ChaolBlunt, Skilled, Professional – I wish we had more scenes with Chaol since we couldn’t see much of his personality or backstory since he remained professional throughout the novel since he was Captain of the Guard. I felt that he was a bit restrained and was not in a position to share more information about him or his past/experiences with Celaena. Due to this issue, there was not much layers to his character so it was difficult for me to relate to him. I hope we can learn more about him in the future novels.

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NehemiaIntelligent, Brave, Strong – Besides having a great story line, relatable characters, and relevant themes/morals, an aspect I also enjoy seeing in books are strong female friendships. In the case with Celaena and Nehemia, their connection and growth over the novel is worth noting.

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Final Thoughts: 

In terms of the story line, it does resemble previous YA fiction, such as the Hunger Games with engaging in a competition, but I noticed that it did not focus too much on that aspect. The author did add an element of mystery to the story when she mentions the disappearance/slaying of the other competitors and it tends to peak your curiosity. This is where the story gains momentum, builds on the world and really pulls you into the novel. In addition, there is a bit of a love triangle but it was not overbearing as with other YA literature.

The writing was well done that everything flowed together and Sarah did her best to create cinematic images where you can visualize the scenes in your head. I also loved the playful banter between the characters which helped to lighten the atmosphere amidst the dark moments within the novel. In addition, Sarah also did a great job in adding complexity to the different relationships as the story progressed and it will be intriguing to see how these relationships grow in the upcoming novels.

Have any of you read Throne of Glass? What were your thoughts on it?

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

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Legendary Book Review (Spoiler Free)

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“Your future can be whatever you wish. We all have the power to choose our own destiny.” 

Author: Stephanie Garber

Published May 29th 2018 by Flatiron Books

Pages: 451

Rating: 5/5

I loved the first book, Caraval, and OMG I love this one even more! Everything about the setting, the plot and the characters are so rich and dynamic that you can’t help but be glued to the pages. LOL I even had to rush to class since I was busy finishing up this novel 🙂

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Summary:

After the events of the first Caraval, Tella is required to repay her side of the initial bargain she made to save her sister from a terrible arranged marriage. Her contact requires her to once again enter Caraval to retrieve Legend’s true name. This time the game is more darker, mysterious and real than she ever imagined. As determined as she is to win the games, Tella realizes that there may more at stake than she ever realized. Stephanie Garber dazzles with this electrifying sequel which adds additional layers to the original story and heightens the stakes to the point where you can’t help but be thrilled by this novel.

Characters:

Tella – bold, brave, intelligent – I personally did not enjoy Tella’s character in the first book but she definitely earned my appreciation in this sequel. I think everyone can find certain qualities in both Scarlet and Tella which they can relate to and the more I read from her perspective, the more I understood her and ended up really liking her character.

Dante – the tall, dark and handsome HAHA – Just as I enjoyed reading about Julien in the previous book, I really liked Garber’s portrayal of Dante in this novel as well. Garber can seriously write some great male leads 🙂

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Favorite Quotes:

“Once a future is foretold, that future becomes a living thing and it will fight very hard to bring itself about.” 

“. . . she liked to say that love trapped and controlled and ripped hearts apart. But the truth was she also knew love healed and held people together . . . “

“There are two types of endings because most people give up at the part of the story where things are the worst, where the situation feels hopeless. But that’s when hope is needed most. Only those who persevere can find their true ending.” 

Final Thoughts:

Garber once again weaves the mysteriousness and potential danger throughout her writing as she did with the original Caraval – but this time the imagery and detail is exquisite and very well done. You can tell that her writing improved from the last book. She keeps the reader hooked from the very beginning with stories from Tella’s mom and she slowly starts revealing details which sets up the plot of the book. It does not lag from the start and this is one of the strong points – it had my attention from the very beginning. Do not get me started on those cliffhanger chapters . . . I honestly could not stop reading.

The plotline within this sequel is a little more intricate because of the addition of the multiple characters and the folklore of the Fates. Speaking of the folklore, I loved how she gave a story/background to each Fate. It was interesting how she pointed out the different magic that the Fates had yet each of them had a flaw. With sequels, additional story lines are added  to thicken the plot but sometimes it would be overwhelming and difficult to follow but everything seemed to flow flawlessly with Legendary. Every single character, new and old, were placed perfectly and the new setting at the palace definitely added to a darker tone of the novel.

We are automatically thrown into a web of mystery from the start of the novel and cannot help but keep asking questions. I was constantly curious about the characters, the additional story lines, and ultimately, where the line of reality/fantasy exists in the game. We are all told to believe Caraval is only a game. But as we venture deeper and deeper into the story, we can’t help but question: Is this really just a game? 

Have any of you read Legendary yet? What are your thoughts on it?

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

A Darker Shade of Magic Book Review (Spoiler Free)

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“I’d rather die on an adventure than live standing still.” 

Author: V.E Schwab (Victoria Schwab)

Publication: February 24th 2015 by Tor Books

Pages: 400

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Rating: 5/5

Alright FAM, I did it! After prolonging this for ages, I finally read A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E Schwab and OMG this is a masterpiece. A STUNNING MASTERPIECE. Although I would say that it takes a few pages (60-70 pages) for the plot to thicken but OMG once it does, you are in for a fantasy thrill ride since the pacing just keeps you on the edge of your seat! Even when I reached the half point of the novel I knew this would become one of my favorite books of all time and yes, it has! As of now, I still have yet to read the other books in the series but so far, this is a phenomenal start. I am so happy I picked this one up!

Summary:

Within the A Darker Shade of Magic, there exists parallel Londons identified as Red, Grey, White, and Black and each world/society is very different from one another. Red London is the world which thrives with magic, White London suffers due people’s urge to control magic and Grey London is the world where magic does not exist. The fourth parallel universe is called Black London and this world used to exist long ago but it has been closed off from the rest of the Londons.

Kell is from Red London and he is an Antari or beings who have the rare ability to jump between the different worlds. His role is to serve the Maresh Empire as an ambassador to deliver messages between the leaders of the different worlds. Kell also tends to smuggle tokens from one world to another until one day he smuggles something which he is not supposed to and this sparks a magical but also dark adventure across the different worlds.

Characters:

Kell – Reserved, Understanding; Protective; Sassy, A sweet darling OMG – it is impossible not to like him; Kell was such an interesting character to read about. You could almost feel the loneliness he goes through each day but even though he carries this burden, he is very protective and shows his empathy and care for those around him.

Lila – Brave, Ambitious, Cunning; Lila was an absolute pleasure to read about. She is so fierce and adventurous and always tends to get into dangerous and crazy situations but she is smart enough to know when to run and when to fight back.

Prince Rhy – Overconfident, Charming, Adorable lol; We do not see a lot of his character in this book but I hope to see more of him in the future since although he is a Prince and tends to be spoiled at times, he has a lot of empathy as well and you can’t help but love him.

Holland – A very complex character with layers and I found myself on the border at times. There were moments where I would pity him and other moments where I would have nothing but anger towards him but he is a very interesting character and I did like reading about his role in this book.

Final Thoughts: 

Overall, there are so many things to love about this novel: Those nail-biting action sequences, the witty banter between the characters (seriously though, the moments with Kell and Lila – I couldn’t help but laugh out loud), the mystery and intrigue of the parallel worlds, the unpredictable and dark magic system, the list is endless.

The writing is also so well done! It had the perfect blend of details to paint the image of the various Londons but also simplistic to keep the plot fast paced. Victoria also adds a lot of heart and raw emotion to the book which is why she does exceptionally well at storytelling. The world-building is spectacular. When sculpting a world within fantasy novels, one of hardest things to do is to make your world/society believable but Victoria does this effortlessly. Everything is explained so well that there is no confusion at all.

All the characters have multiple layers to their personality and some of them tend to be not fully good or bad – they would sometimes operate in the grey area but you still can’t help but cheer for them. I think this is partially why the characters are so well loved in this series, they have their strengths but also some flaws as well but that it what makes them human and relatable to readers.

In all honestly, this book definitely lives up to the hype. I strongly recommend it!

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

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