Monday, February 27, 2017

Review: Frozen Tides by Morgan Rhodes

Title: Frozen Tides
Author: Morgan Rhodes
Series: Falling Kingdoms #4
Genre: YA/Fantasy/ Magic
Publisher: Razorbill
Publication Date: December 15th, 2015
Edition: Hardcover, 413 pages
Source: Purchased
Purchase: Amazon US | Kobo | Barnes and Noble | Book Depository | iBooks | BAM

     Rebels, royals, and monsters wage war over the Mytican throne in the shocking fourth book of the Falling Kingdoms series, from New York Times bestselling author Morgan Rhodes.
     CLEO: Reeling after a bloody showdown in Limeros ending with Amara’s abduction of the water crystal, and a vacancy in the Mytican throne, Princess Cleo must cast aside her feelings and look toward her kingdom with the eyes of a Queen.
     MAGNUS: With the kingdom in chaos, Princess Lucia still missing and quite possibly in danger, and a shocking realization about Cleo, the steely prince is once again torn between love and duty, leaving him wondering whether he’s strong enough to rule his people.
     LUCIA: The young sorceress has had her vengeance after the cruel death of her first and only love. Heartbroken and unable to trust anyone, she allies with the awoken Fire god, who also seeks revenge.
     JONAS: After escaping death by the skin of his teeth, the defeated rebel—along with a mysterious stranger–leader reunites with Princess Cleo, only to find himself a mere pawn in a dangerous hunt for the elusive Kindred.
     KING GAIUS: Abandoned by Melenia and betrayed by his own children, Gaius flees Mytica and sails to Kraeshia, where he attempts to ally with the famously brutal emperor across the Silver Sea.


So, I finally finished this book. Started this book in August, Then life stuff happened, and then I lost interest in reading this book for a spell. Kind fell to a bit of a reading slump, and I didn't have the time to sit down and dive into this book the way I wanted to. So I set it aside until I did have the time to.

I really, really loved this book. some of what happened in the first half, before I stopped reading, is a little foggy. But, the second half, the half I remember, was fantastic. There were things I actually didn't see coming, and things that I was hoping for.

I am still not a huge fan of Jonas or Nic. They pretend to be these noble people, but they are really rather selfish. Nic just really hate Magnus and his family, granted for very good reasons, but he doesn't really think about the big picture. He only wants to kill Magnus and his father no matter the consequences it might have in the long run. He doesn't think about who would take up the Limerian throne, and if that person would be better than Gaius or if there's a chance they could be just as bad if not worse.
Jonas is fueled purely by vengeance. He tries to make alliances with anyone he thinks will join his cause. He is also quite fickle. Saying he loves one girl, yet kissing another. I don't really trust him that much, and I don't think he is trustworthy.

This is why Magnus is my favorite. Well, one of the reasons. But he might be kind of, understatement, a jerk, but he always shows who he is. For the most part. He portrays himself to be more selfish that he actually is. He is really noble in why he does what he does. He doesn't do it purely for selfish reasons and when he is being selfish he unashamedly admits it. He also is just a really well-written complex character. And I am really loving how things are turning out for him. 

Lucia was pretty annoying for most of the book. She tries really hard to be cold and heartless, but she still does care about people in general. She just kind of hates the man that raised her, it's justified hate. But she was pretty insufferable for a good portion of the book.

I really dislike Amara, and I really hope she gets what's coming to her. There are better, less evil ways to get what you want in life. But she just steps on anybody and everybody that could possibly get in her way. I also still hate Gaius. I hope he stays comatose for a while, his character is becoming fairly obsolete with how certain things have turned out.

I really wish I had the 5th book on hand. But alas, I have to wait to get it. We recently purchased a condo and money is kind of tight for a bit so, no extra things meaning no books for me. Unless the book fairy grants me money to get myself books.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Music Monday: Purity Ring

Happy Monday everyone and welcome to Music Monday! This weekly meme was created by Lauren @Always Me. Let's share some songs we've been enjoying lately! If you would like to play and I really hope you do, please see the rules and link up

I first shared this band on my second Music Monday, here they are again. I've been listening to them again. They kind of got buried in one of my Spotify playlists and I kind of found them again.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Friday 56 and Book Beginnings: End of Days (Penryn & the End of Days #3) by Susan Ee

This is a weekly meme hosted by Freda's Voice
These are the rules:
1. Grab a book, any book.
2. Turn to page 56, or 56% on your eReader.
3. Find any sentence (or a few, just don't spoil it) that grabs you.
4. Post it.
5. Add the URL to your post in the link on Freda's most recent Friday 56 post.

Please join us over at RoseCityReader every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author’s name.

Review for Angelfall
Review for World After

     After a daring escape from the angels, Penryn and Raffe are on the run. They’re both desperate to find a doctor who can reverse the twisted changes inflicted by the angels on Raffe and Penryn’s sister. As they set off in search of answers, a startling revelation about Raffe’s past unleashes dark forces that threaten them all.
     When the angels release an apocalyptic nightmare onto humans, both sides are set on a path toward war. As unlikely alliances form and strategies shift, who will emerge victorious? Forced to pick sides in the fight for control of the earthly realm, Raffe and Penryn must choose: Their own kind, or each other?

Book Beginning:
Everywhere we fly, people scatter below us.
They see the great shadow of our swarm above them, and they run.

My 56:
I've never seen Beliel so chatty. This earlier version of him is going to take some getting used to.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books I Loved Less/More Than I Thought

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.
To take part, just pick your top ten, and add the link here.
These are the books from my whole blogging history that I loved more/less than I thought I was going to. They aren't in any particular order either.

Books I Loved More Than I Thought

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater: I held off reading this book/series, because I thought it was about boys that could turn into ravens. I didn't even read the synopsis and decided that I wasn't going to like it. But, I kept hearing how good it was, so when I saw it for sale in the Kindle store for 0.99 I bought it.

Cinder by Marissa Meyer: I honestly didn't want to read this solely for the reason that I kept hearing about it. Everybody was reading it so I stubbornly decided to not read it.

Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson: I was just a little intimidated by this author. With so much high praise for his High Fantasy, I was scared. I knew I was going to like this book, because who would be turned off by the idea of a book with superpowered people and they are all villains? I just didn't know that I was going to fall in love with this book/series.

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare: Honestly, I felt a little burnt out on Shadowhunter books. And with how terrible the show is, I just wasn't feeling it. So, I borrowed it from the Library and ended up loving this book.

Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski: I was honestly mostly turned off by the cover. I was, and still am, kind of tired of seeing girls in pretty dresses on my book cover. I hate the cover even more after reading the book because it has so little to do with the book itself.

Books I Loved Less Than I Thought

FrostBlood by Elly Blake: There were just some things about this book that felt a little unfinished and fleshed out. The romance also felt painfully forced.

Gilded Cage by Vic James: I am realizing that the main reason I don't like books is when things feel forced. This book had promise, just everything fell flat for me.

Dreadnought by April Daniels: I just couldn't connect with anybody in this book, and I felt like some of the plot points were a little forced.

The Iron Trial by Holly Black, Cassandra Clare: I state this in my review, but it felt like a Potter clone not because they were in a magic school. It was the characters that felt like Harry Potter clones. Especially the three kids. If you've read it re-read it and take off the rose tinted glasses. I was let down by this book because I expected better from these two authors. Especially Holly Black.

You by Caroline Kepnes: I wasn't expecting to get as creeped out as I did. I couldn't finish it. I made it about half way. But I started having nightmares. It was just too real, and being in that type of character's head, I just couldn't do it any longer. 

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Music Monday: Evanescence

Happy Monday everyone and welcome to Music Monday! This weekly meme was created by Lauren @Always Me. Let's share some songs we've been enjoying lately! If you would like to play and I really hope you do, please see the rules and link up

Amy Lee has one of the best voices ever.

Review: Soleil by Jacqueline Garlick

Title: Soleil
Author: Jacqueline Garlick
Series: The Illumination Paradox #3
Genre: YA/Romance/SteamPunk
Publisher: Amazemo Books
Publication Date: July 31st, 2016
Edition: Kindle Edition, 342 pages
Source: Free Download from Author's newsletter
Purchase: Amazon US

Losing her would send him spiraling into darkness. 
     With Eyelet gasping in his arms and a toxic storm threatening to annihilate the Commonwealth, Urlick must find a way to save his beloved and fast. Out of the mist appears an unusual man, claiming to possess the power to heal Eyelet. The townspeople immediately label him a sorcerer and call for his death, but Urlick trusts the stranger. He whisks him off to the Academy where it becomes clear Eyelet is running out of time. She must drink her father’s antidote or perish. 
     Together, Eyelet and Urlick brave the toxic woods to battle an Infirmed Flossie for the stolen necklace. In a race against time, they embark on a harrowing journey through the hellfires of Embers, where they meet up with the resurrected form of a familiar enemy—now the leader of the Dark World. Along the way, the pair unearths a sinister truth. Could the Vapours really be what they appear to be? 
Is this the end of the known world? 
     Soleil is the third and final installment of the long-awaited Illumination Paradox Series. A swashbuckling, nail-biting, romantic adventure, filled with mechanical beings and puzzling happenings, with a shocking, otherworldly conclusion.


So, I finally read this book. And while I didn't enjoy it as much as I wanted to, I cam still glad that I read it. I have forgotten a lot of what happened in the last book, and that made the start of this book a little confusing for me at first, but I started to remember enough to start to enjoy it, sadly that didn't last very long.

My problem I have had with this series from the start is the inconsistencies in the writing. There's a character that is supposed to not have arms and uses his legs and feet for everything, but multiple times in the series he does actions that would require him to have arms. His chapters are also written in a way that would imply that he has an accent. I assume that it was supposed to be how Hagrid talks, but the author would only have him not pronounce H's if the word started with an H. But, that is an accent that doesn't make any sense. 

There are also times when her writing contradicts itself. For example, near the end of the book, Eyelet is stated that she is dressed "like a boy" wearing slacks and boots rather than skirts, but then a few pages later she is described to be lifting her skirts to run better. There are also a good number of grammar errors, and not where a character who is speaking or narrating would be using poor grammar. I think that's the largest downfall to her writing this series in first person and writing multiple POV's with characters that are supposed to be less intelligent. They are inconsistent, half the time they'll be using poor grammar because they are supposed to not have any schooling to have proper grammar, but within the same chapter, they'll start speaking like they have.

This book felt a little all over the place more than once. I wasn't sure what was happening half the time. The dialog was painful multiple times as well. Especially between Eyelet and Urlick. By the way, I still really hate their names. I get that authors want to give their character's uncommon names, but this is just ridiculous. 
The Alice in Wonderland parallels that were shoehorned in, felt out of place to me. It is strange that the book is mentioned as being something that exists in that world as I never had the indication that Brethren is part of this world.

At about 65% in, I found myself skimming the book over reading it. The first book was so fun and while it too had flaws, I had fun reading it and was wrapped up in the story and what was going to happen next. But as the series went on, I found myself not really caring as much about the characters or their struggles anymore. The characters are selfish people, who masquerade as people who care about people that are outside their group, but everything they do, every decision they make only seem to benefit themselves. 
I don't mind selfish characters, humans are inherently selfish beings, but they are constantly pretending to be better and more compassionate than the people who used to be in charge, but they aren't. They just think they are.

The ending to this book was just weird, and a little confusing. But that might have more to do with me skimming the last half of the book and not really feeling all that invested in what was happening.