Review of Hidden Huntress by Danielle L. Jensen

Title: Hidden Huntress 
Series: The Malediction Book 2
Author: Danielle L. Jensen 
Publisher: Angry Robot

Synopsis:

Sometimes, one must accomplish the impossible.

Beneath the mountain, the king’s reign of tyranny is absolute; the one troll with the capacity to challenge him is imprisoned for treason. Cécile has escaped the darkness of Trollus, but she learns all too quickly that she is not beyond the reach of the king’s power. Or his manipulation.
Recovered from her injuries, she now lives with her mother in Trianon and graces the opera stage every night. But by day she searches for the witch who has eluded the trolls for five hundred years. Whether she succeeds or fails, the costs to those she cares about will be high.

To find Anushka, she must delve into magic that is both dark and deadly. But the witch is a clever creature. And Cécile might not just be the hunter. She might also be the hunted… 

Rating: I will be giving this book a 4 out of 5 stars. My heart is so full of emotion as I am writing this review. This book put me through so many ups and downs that it isn’t even funny. This book picked up right were the first book Stolen Songbird left off. To see my review of Stolen Songbird click here. The world that the author created in the first book is expanded in this book and the relationships that were developed in the first book as well are put to the test. This book has some mystery elements to it and I truly enjoyed that as well as the twists and turns within the book. If you have already read the first book and are thinking about reading the second book, just do it. I am so glad I did, even though my emotional state is not at its best because of this book. I can not wait to get my hands on the third book. 

Review of Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen

Title: Stolen Songbird 
Series: The Malediction Book 1
Author: Danielle L. Jensen 
Publisher: Strange Chemistry 

Synopsis:

For five centuries, a witch’s curse has bound the trolls to their city beneath the mountain. When Cécile de Troyes is kidnapped and taken beneath the mountain, she realises that the trolls are relying on her to break the curse.

Cécile has only one thing on her mind: escape. But the trolls are clever, fast, and inhumanly strong. She will have to bide her time…

But the more time she spends with the trolls, the more she understands their plight. There is a rebellion brewing. And she just might be the one the trolls were looking for…

Rating: I will be giving this book a 4 out of 5 stars. I truly enjoyed the world of the trolls and Cecile as a main character. She is such a delight in my opinion. I really valued her heart and the way she made her choices. Another thing that I also enjoyed was the politics that were within the book. The world of the trolls is not what I thought it would be and it is not what even Cecile thinks it is. The relationship between Tristan and Cecile is complicated, romantic, but complicated. This book had me crying as I was listening to it in my car towards the end and  I am actually going to get the second book when I am finished writing this review because I need to know what happens to their relationship and what choices Cecile will make. 



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Review of Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley

Title: Magonia
Series: Magonia Series Book 1
Author: Maria Dahvana Headley 
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishing Group

Synopsis:

Aza Ray is drowning in thin air. 

Since she was a baby, Aza has suffered from a mysterious lung disease that makes it ever harder for her to breathe, to speak—to live. 

So when Aza catches a glimpse of a ship in the sky, her family chalks it up to a cruel side effect of her medication. But Aza doesn’t think this is a hallucination. She can hear someone on the ship calling her name.

Only her best friend, Jason, listens. Jason, who’s always been there. Jason, for whom she might have more-than-friendly feelings. But before Aza can consider that thrilling idea, something goes terribly wrong. Aza is lost to our world—and found, by another. Magonia. 

Above the clouds, in a land of trading ships, Aza is not the weak and dying thing she was. In Magonia, she can breathe for the first time. Better, she has immense power—and as she navigates her new life, she discovers that war is coming. Magonia and Earth are on the cusp of a reckoning. And in Aza’s hands lies the fate of the whole of humanity—including the boy who loves her. Where do her loyalties lie?



Rating: I will be giving this book a 5 out of 5 stars. All I can say about this book is Wow. At first I was a little hesitant to start this book and it did start out being boring but as you move along in the book, the world that this author creates is one I have never seen before and one that I enjoyed reading. Magonia is beautiful. Not just the title of the book but the world that is described by the author. The character development that Aza has in the book is great. The main character, Aza, starts as a fragile little girl and the transformation that Aza goes through is beautiful. The fact that this book was told from two points of views is very well written. I am not a huge fan of different points of views. I usually like only first person. However, I truly did enjoy this book and I am looking forward to the second book. http://wms-na.amazon-adsystem.com/20070822/US/js/link-enhancer-common.js?tag=book070e-20&linkId=6ILJQYYANSSBUKID


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Review of Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge

Title: Crimson Bound  
Author: Rosamund Hodge
Publisher: Balzer + Bray

Synopsis:

When Rachelle was fifteen she was good—apprenticed to her aunt and in training to protect her village from dark magic. But she was also reckless— straying from the forest path in search of a way to free her world from the threat of eternal darkness. After an illicit meeting goes dreadfully wrong, Rachelle is forced to make a terrible choice that binds her to the very evil she had hoped to defeat.
Three years later, Rachelle has given her life to serving the realm, fighting deadly creatures in an effort to atone. When the king orders her to guard his son Armand—the man she hates most—Rachelle forces Armand to help her find the legendary sword that might save their world. As the two become unexpected allies, they uncover far-reaching conspiracies, hidden magic, and a love that may be their undoing. In a palace built on unbelievable wealth and dangerous secrets, can Rachelle discover the truth and stop the fall of endless night?

Inspired by the classic fairy tale Little Red Riding Hood, Crimson Bound is an exhilarating tale of darkness, love, and redemption.


Rating: I will be giving this book a 4 out of 5 stars. This author has always been a favorite of mine ever since I have read Cruel Beauty. This book was so detailed and beautifully written that I could not help but prolong reading it just so I could take it all in. I really enjoy the writing style of the author and how well she articulates her thoughts. My favorite part of this book was how the author weaved the story and created a beautifully intricate and woven story. This book was not as good as Cruel Beaty, in my opinion, but it is still a book worth picking up and reading. If you like retellings of fairy tales, magic, fantasy, even though the label is young adult I would say it is for those on the older side of that label, dark, and romance, then you need to be reading this book. 


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Review of The Glass Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg

Title: The Glass Magician 
Series: Paper Magician Series Book 2
Author: Charlie N. Holmberg 
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishing Group

Synopsis:

Three months after returning Magician Emery Thane’s heart to his body, Ceony Twill is well on her way to becoming a Folder. Unfortunately, not all of Ceony’s thoughts have been focused on paper magic. Though she was promised romance by a fortuity box, Ceony still hasn’t broken the teacher-student barrier with Emery, despite their growing closeness.


When a magician with a penchant for revenge believes that Ceony possesses a secret, he vows to discover it…even if it tears apart the very fabric of their magical world. After a series of attacks target Ceony and catch those she holds most dear in the crossfire, Ceony knows she must find the true limits of her powers…and keep her knowledge from falling into wayward hands.

The delightful sequel to Charlie N. Holmberg’s The Paper Magician, The Glass Magician will charm readers young and old alike.


Rating: I will be giving this book a 4 out of 5 starts. I really enjoyed this book and the characters that are in this series. This book picks up right after the first book.  I love how there is more to the mystery in this book than there was in the first book and what I really enjoyed were the twists and turns that were within this book. I did not see most of them, to be honest and I really enjoyed that part the most. This series has been such a delight so far and I can not wait to pick up the third book. 

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Review of The Paper Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg

Title: The Paper Magician 
Series: Paper Magician Series Book 1
Author: Charlie N. Holmberg 
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishing Group

Synopsis:

Ceony Twill arrives at the cottage of Magician Emery Thane with a broken heart. Having graduated at the top of her class from the Tagis Praff School for the Magically Inclined, Ceony is assigned an apprenticeship in paper magic despite her dreams of bespelling metal. And once she’s bonded to paper, that will be her only magic… forever.

Yet the spells Ceony learns under the strange yet kind Thane turn out to be more marvelous than she could have ever imagined — animating paper creatures, bringing stories to life via ghostly images, even reading fortunes. But as she discovers these wonders, Ceony also learns of the extraordinary dangers of forbidden magic.

An Excisioner — a practitioner of dark, flesh magic — invades the cottage and rips Thane’s heart from his chest. To save her teacher’s life, Ceony must face the evil magician and embark on an unbelievable adventure that will take her into the chambers of Thane’s still-beating heart—and reveal the very soul of the man.


Rating: I will be giving this book a 4 out of 5 stars. I really enjoyed the word that the author created in this book. This book was a light read, in my opinion because I honestly read this book in less than 24 hours. I loved the characters in this book, especially the paper magician. I feel like he would understand how I organize my room. Everything has a place but to everyone else it looks like a mess. Another thing that I really enjoyed about this book and I can’t seem to stop saying it, is the world that the characters live in. Magic is such a captivating topic and for me the way the magic was described and how the magic comes to be was very well thought out, simple, but thought out. If you are looking for something that has magic, is a little bit of a historical fiction because of the time and place of the story, and romance then this is the book you should be picking up. I already started the second book and I am almost half way done with it. 

On a side note I just wanted to say I am so sorry that I did not post yesterday! I was so caught up with internship for school and well lets face it, life just got in the way. So today to make it up to you all I am posting a book review on a wonderful book that was one of the choices for Book Club in August. I am going to try my best to post every Tuesday and Thursday to the best of my ability but please give me some time to get use to all the things that are going on in my life. 


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August Giveaway

Hello Everyone,

I am currently testing out a new way to do these giveaways through Rafflecopter. Since this is the first time I have used this system so I figured the best way to test it was to do a giveaway. The two audiobooks that I will have as options for this giveaway are:

Title: The Jewel
Series: Jewel Series Book 1
Author: Amy Ewing 
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishing Group


Synopsis: 
The Jewel means wealth. The Jewel means beauty. The Jewel means royalty. But for girls like Violet, the Jewel means servitude. Not just any kind of servitude. Violet, born and raised in the Marsh, has been trained as a surrogate for the royalty—because in the Jewel the only thing more important than opulence is offspring.
Purchased at the surrogacy auction by the Duchess of the Lake and greeted with a slap to the face, Violet (now known only as #197) quickly learns of the brutal truths that lie beneath the Jewel’s glittering facade: the cruelty, backstabbing, and hidden violence that have become the royal way of life.


Violet must accept the ugly realities of her existence… and try to stay alive. But then a forbidden romance erupts between Violet and a handsome gentleman hired as a companion to the Duchess’s petulant niece. Though his presence makes life in the Jewel a bit brighter, the consequences of their illicit relationship will cost them both more than they bargained for.

I actually wrote a review about this book last month. If you are interested click here to go to my review of this book.

Title: Alive 
Series: Generations Trilogy Book 1
Author: Scott Sigler
Publisher: Del Rey


Synopsis: 

From New York Times bestselling author Scott Sigler comes something utterly new: a gripping sci-fi adventure trilogy in the vein of The Hunger Games, Divergent, and The Maze Runner. A group of young adults awake in a mysterious enclosed space with no knowledge of who they are or how they got there…and an indomitable young woman must lead them not only to answers but to survival.

A young woman awakes trapped in an enclosed space. She has no idea who she is or how she got there. With only her instincts to guide her, she escapes her own confinement—and finds she’s not alone. She frees the others in the room and leads them into a corridor filled with the remains of a war long past. The farther these survivors travel, the worse are the horrors they confront. And as they slowly come to understand what this prison is, they realize that the worst and strangest possibilities they could have imagined don’t even come close to the truth.

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