Genre: YA Fantasy

The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson | REVIEW

Posted August 3, 2015 by Samantha in booktube, reviews / 0 Comments

The Heart of Betrayal (The Remnant Chronicles, #2) by Mary E. Pearson
Published by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) on July 7th 2015
Genres: YA Fantasy
Pages: 470
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Held captive in the barbarian kingdom of Venda, Lia and Rafe have little chance of escape. Desperate to save Lia's life, her erstwhile assassin, Kaden, has told the Vendan Komizar that she has the gift, and the Komizar's interest in Lia is greater than anyone could have foreseen.
Meanwhile, nothing is straightforward: There's Rafe, who lied to Lia but has sacrificed his freedom to protect her; Kaden, who meant to assassinate her but has now saved her life; and the Vendans, whom Lia always believed to be savages. Now that she lives among them, however, she realizes that may be far from the truth. Wrestling with her upbringing, her gift, and her sense of self, Lia must make powerful choices that will affect her country... and her own destiny.

 

 

 

 

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The Girl of Fire and Thorns Trilogy by Rae Carson | REVIEW

Posted June 29, 2015 by Samantha in booktube, reviews / 0 Comments

The Girl of Fire and Thorns (Fire and Thorns, #1) by Rae Carson
Published by Greenwillow on September 20th 2011
Genres: YA Fantasy
Pages: 423
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Once a century, one person is chosen for greatness.Elisa is the chosen one.
But she is also the younger of two princesses, the one who has never done anything remarkable. She can't see how she ever will.
Now, on her sixteenth birthday, she has become the secret wife of a handsome and worldly king—a king whose country is in turmoil. A king who needs the chosen one, not a failure of a princess.
And he's not the only one who seeks her. Savage enemies seething with dark magic are hunting her. A daring, determined revolutionary thinks she could be his people's savior. And he looks at her in a way that no man has ever looked at her before. Soon it is not just her life, but her very heart that is at stake.
Elisa could be everything to those who need her most. If the prophecy is fulfilled. If she finds the power deep within herself. If she doesn’t die young.
Most of the chosen do.

 

 

 

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Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson | REVIEW

Posted May 25, 2015 by Samantha in booktube, reviews / 2 Comments

Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson
Published by HarperCollins Children's Books on July 3rd 2012
Genres: YA Fantasy
Pages: 292
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Before Peter Pan belonged to Wendy, he belonged to the girl with the crow feather in her hair...
Fifteen-year-old Tiger Lily doesn't believe in love stories or happy endings. Then she meets the alluring teenage Peter Pan in the forbidden woods of Neverland and immediately falls under his spell.
Peter is unlike anyone she's ever known. Impetuous and brave, he both scares and enthralls her. As the leader of the Lost Boys, the most fearsome of Neverland's inhabitants, Peter is an unthinkable match for Tiger Lily. Soon, she is risking everything—her family, her future—to be with him. When she is faced with marriage to a terrible man in her own tribe, she must choose between the life she's always known and running away to an uncertain future with Peter.
With enemies threatening to tear them apart, the lovers seem doomed. But it's the arrival of Wendy Darling, an English girl who's everything Tiger Lily is not, that leads Tiger Lily to discover that the most dangerous enemies can live inside even the most loyal and loving heart.
From the New York Times bestselling author of Peaches comes a magical and bewitching story of the romance between a fearless heroine and the boy who wouldn't grow up.

 

 

 

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Snow Like Ashes by Sarah Raash | REVIEW

Posted March 27, 2015 by Samantha in booktube, reviews / 1 Comment

Snow Like Ashes (Snow Like Ashes, #1) by Sara Raasch
Published by Balzer + Bray on October 14th 2014
Genres: YA Fantasy
Pages: 416
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A heartbroken girl. A fierce warrior. A hero in the making.
Sixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and its citizens enslaved, leaving them without magic or a monarch. Now, the Winterians’ only hope for freedom is the eight survivors who managed to escape, and who have been waiting for the opportunity to steal back Winter’s magic and rebuild the kingdom ever since.
Orphaned as an infant during Winter’s defeat, Meira has lived her whole life as a refugee, raised by the Winterians’ general, Sir. Training to be a warrior—and desperately in love with her best friend, and future king, Mather — she would do anything to help her kingdom rise to power again.
So when scouts discover the location of the ancient locket that can restore Winter’s magic, Meira decides to go after it herself. Finally, she’s scaling towers, fighting enemy soldiers, and serving her kingdom just as she’s always dreamed she would. But the mission doesn’t go as planned, and Meira soon finds herself thrust into a world of evil magic and dangerous politics – and ultimately comes to realize that her destiny is not, never has been, her own.

 

 

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The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski | REVIEW

Posted March 24, 2015 by Samantha in booktube, reviews / 1 Comment

The Winner's Crime (The Winner's Trilogy, #2) by Marie Rutkoski
Published by Farrar Straus Giroux on March 3rd 2015
Genres: YA Fantasy
Pages: 416
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Book two of the dazzling Winner's Trilogy is a fight to the death as Kestrel risks betrayal of country for love.
The engagement of Lady Kestrel to Valoria’s crown prince means one celebration after another. But to Kestrel it means living in a cage of her own making. As the wedding approaches, she aches to tell Arin the truth about her engagement... if she could only trust him. Yet can she even trust herself? For—unknown to Arin—Kestrel is becoming a skilled practitioner of deceit: an anonymous spy passing information to Herran, and close to uncovering a shocking secret.
As Arin enlists dangerous allies in the struggle to keep his country’s freedom, he can’t fight the suspicion that Kestrel knows more than she shows. In the end, it might not be a dagger in the dark that cuts him open, but the truth. And when that happens, Kestrel and Arin learn just how much their crimes will cost them.

 

 

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Throne of Glass (Books 1-3) by Sarah J Maas | REVIEW

Posted March 10, 2015 by Samantha in booktube, reviews / 2 Comments

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1) by Sarah J. Maas
Published by Bloomsbury on August 2nd 2012
Genres: YA Fantasy
Pages: 406
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Meet Celaena Sardothien.Beautiful. Deadly.Destined for greatness.
In the dark, filthy salt mines of Endovier, an eighteen-year-old girl is serving a life sentence. She is a trained assassin, the best of her kind, but she made a fatal mistake: she got caught.
Young Captain Westfall offers her a deal: her freedom in return for one huge sacrifice. Celaena must represent the prince in a to-the-death tournament—fighting the most gifted thieves and assassins in the land. Live or die, Celaena will be free. Win or lose, she is about to discover her true destiny. But will her assassin’s heart be melted?

 

 

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Falling Kingdoms Series (Books 1-3) by Morgan Rhodes | REVIEW

Posted February 23, 2015 by Samantha in booktube, reviews / 2 Comments

Falling Kingdoms (Falling Kingdoms, #1) by Morgan Rhodes, Michelle Rowen
Published by Razorbill on December 11th 2012
Genres: YA Fantasy
Pages: 412
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In the three kingdoms of Mytica, magic has long been forgotten. And while hard-won peace has reigned for centuries, a deadly unrest now simmers below the surface.
As the rulers of each kingdom grapple for power, the lives of their subjects are brutally transformed... and four key players, royals and rebels alike, find their fates forever intertwined. Cleo, Jonas, Lucia, and Magnus are caught in a dizzying world of treacherous betrayals, shocking murders, secret alliances, and even unforeseen love.
The only outcome that's certain is that kingdoms will fall. Who will emerge triumphant when all they know has collapsed?
It's the eve of war.... Choose your side.

Princess: Raised in pampered luxury, Cleo must now embark on a rough and treacherous journey into enemy territory in search of magic long thought extinct.
Rebel: Jonas, enraged at injustice, lashes out against the forces of oppression that have kept his country cruelly impoverished. To his shock, he finds himself the leader of a people's revolution centuries in the making.
Sorceress: Lucia, adopted at birth into the royal family, discovers the truth about her past—and the supernatural legacy she is destined to wield.
Heir: Bred for aggression and trained to conquer, firstborn son Magnus begins to realize that the heart can be more lethal than the sword....

 

 

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Seraphina by Rachel Hartman | Review

Posted February 7, 2015 by Samantha in reviews / 1 Comment

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman | ReviewSeraphina by Rachel Hartman
Published by Random House Books for Young Readers on July 10th 2012
Genres: YA Fantasy
Pages: 467
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two-half-stars

Four decades of peace have done little to ease the mistrust between humans and dragons in the kingdom of Goredd. Folding themselves into human shape, dragons attend court as ambassadors, and lend their rational, mathematical minds to universities as scholars and teachers. As the treaty's anniversary draws near, however, tensions are high.
Seraphina Dombegh has reason to fear both sides. An unusually gifted musician, she joins the court just as a member of the royal family is murdered—in suspiciously draconian fashion. Seraphina is drawn into the investigation, partnering with the captain of the Queen's Guard, the dangerously perceptive Prince Lucian Kiggs. While they begin to uncover hints of a sinister plot to destroy the peace, Seraphina struggles to protect her own secret, the secret behind her musical gift, one so terrible that its discovery could mean her very life.
In her exquisitely written fantasy debut, Rachel Hartman creates a rich, complex, and utterly original world. Seraphina's tortuous journey to self-acceptance is one readers will remember long after they've turned the final page.

I was warned going into Seraphina that it is a very slow read and I am so grateful for that, because I was prepared. This book weaves a very interesting and complex world by showing us what is going on in the present as well as some events from the past. It takes it’s time. It is built around mystery, both with the murder mystery element going on, as well as the mystery of the dragons and how they fit into society. I found the world very interesting, but it did make it hard to connect to the characters. The characters felt distant. I tend to prefer character driven narratives, and this tended to focus more on the world. While I did like the characters overall, I didn’t find myself pulling for them. Also, the romantic subplot was almost too much of a slow burn, which I usually love but this was just dragged out a little more than I would have preferred. It took a solid 300 pages for me to get into this story.

Overall, I really enjoyed the world that was presented in this story, and some of the events that happened towards the end of the book have me really interested in the sequel that is coming out this year. Fans of slower paced book with lots of world building will enjoy this one.

 

two-half-stars

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The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo | REVIEW

Posted February 2, 2015 by Samantha in booktube, reviews / 2 Comments

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
Published by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) on June 5th 2012
Genres: YA Fantasy
Pages: 358
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five-stars

Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.
Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.
Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha . . . and the secrets of her heart.
Shadow and Bone is the first installment in Leigh Bardugo's Grisha Trilogy.

 

five-stars

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Gathering Darkness by Morgan Rhodes | Review

Posted January 17, 2015 by Samantha in reviews / 1 Comment

Gathering Darkness by Morgan Rhodes | ReviewGathering Darkness by Morgan Rhodes, Michelle Rowen
Series: Falling Kingdoms #3
Published by Razorbill on December 9th 2014
Genres: YA Fantasy
Pages: 416
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five-stars

In GATHERING DARKNESS, book three of the New York Times bestselling Falling Kingdoms series, the stakes have never been higher as three teams push forward on a race to find the Kindred, the four elemental crystals possessing ancient all-powerful magic, first:
Prince Magnus has just witnessed torture, death, and miracles during the bloody confrontation that decimated the rebel forces. Now he must choose between family and justice as his father, the cruel King Gaius, sets out to conquer all of Mytica. All Gaius needs now are the Kindred - the four elemental crystals that give godlike powers to their owner. But the King of Blood is not the only one hunting for this ancient, storied magic...
• THE KRAESHIANS join the hunt. Ashur and Amara, the royal siblings from the wealthy kingdom across the Silver Sea, charm and manipulate their way to the Kindred, proving to be more ruthless than perhaps even the King of Blood himself.
• THE REBELS forge ahead. Princess Cleo and vengeful Jonas lead them, slaying with sweetness, skill, and a secret that can control Lucia's overpowering magic - all so they can use the Kindred to win back their fallen kingdoms.
• THE WATCHERS follow Melenia out of the Sanctuary. They ally in the flesh with King Gaius, who vows to use Lucia's powers to unveil the Kindred.
The only certainty in the dark times is that whoever finds the magic first will control the fate of Mytica... but fate can be fickle when magic is involved.

I LOVED everything about Gathering Darkness. It built on the foundation of the previous books, and is the best book of the series so far. I thoroughly enjoy the character development in this series, and the characters did not disappoint in this installment. They have all come so far since book one, and are not the same people we’ve seen in previous books.

My only complaint about this book was that the Kraeshians seemed very flat and two-dimensional as characters. But, ultimately, I overlooked that because of how well our main characters are developed.

We have reached the middle of the series, and the climax of this book has me very excited for the rest of the series.

This series is a very fun ride, and I recommend it for any fan of character-driven fantasy.

five-stars

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