Review of Assassin’s Heart by Sarah Ahiers

Title: Assassin’s Heart
Author: Sarah Ahiers
Series: Assassin’s Heart Book 1
Publisher: Harper Teen 

Synopsis: 
In the kingdom of Lovero, nine rival Families of assassins lawfully kill people for a price. As a highly skilled member of one of these powerful clans, seventeen-year-old Lea Saldana has always trusted in the strength of her Family. Until she awakens to find them murdered and her home in flames. The Da Vias, the Saldanas’ biggest enemy, must be responsible—and Lea should have seen it coming. But her secret relationship with the Da Vias’ son, Val, has clouded her otherwise killer instinct—and given the Da Vias more reason than ever to take her Family down.Racked with guilt and shattered over Val’s probable betrayal, Lea sets out to even the score, with her heart set on retaliation and only one thought clear in her mind: make the Da Vias pay.

Rating: I will be giving this book a 4 out of 5 stars. I really enjoyed this book and right away I was transported into this interesting world, there are nine different families and they are assassins who kill people for their goddess. Being an assassin is part of their religious duty, and they are feared and respected by the people in their kingdom. There were so many different twists and turns that I truly didn’t expect to happen or even think about so I was very excited about that. The character development was a big deal for me because there was a certain foundation for Lea but at the same time, you see her character grow and develop. This to me really made the book and even though there was a lot of adventure and thrills, the fact that the author set such a good foundation for Lea and everything happened for a reason to her grow was what really made this book so good for me personally. If you like books with fantasy, adventure, and romance then you should pick this book up. 

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Review of The Book of Ivy by Amy Engel

Title: The Book of Ivy 
Author: Amy Engel
Series: The Book of Ivy Book 1
Publisher: Entangled Teen 

Synopsis: 
After a brutal nuclear war, the United States was left decimated. A small group of survivors eventually banded together, but only after more conflict over which family would govern the new nation. The Westfalls lost. Fifty years later, peace and control are maintained by marrying the daughters of the losing side to the sons of the winning group in a yearly ritual. 

This year, it is my turn. 

My name is Ivy Westfall, and my mission is simple: to kill the president’s son—my soon-to-be husband—and restore the Westfall family to power. 

But Bishop Lattimer is either a very skilled actor or he’s not the cruel, heartless boy my family warned me to expect. He might even be the one person in this world who truly understands me. But there is no escape from my fate. I am the only one who can restore the Westfall legacy.

Because Bishop must die. And I must be the one to kill him…


Rating: I will be giving this book a 3 out of 5 stars. This book was good, but it was not my favorite. I feel that this book, in a way, let me down. After all the hype that I have heard from this book and all the people praising this book, I held this book to such high expectations to then having it not meet them. The book seemed so interesting to me, especially because this is a dystopian book and the synopsis was so gripping, but when it came to the delivery of this book it fell short. The character development on Ivy’s part, to me, was not as well developed as I would have liked since she struggled for a little bit and then came to this resolution all of a sudden. If you liked the book Matched then I feel you will definitely enjoy this book. 

Review of The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

Title: The Queen of the Tearling 
Author: Erika Johansen 
Publisher: Harper 

Synopsis: 
An untested young princess must claim her throne, learn to become a queen, and combat a malevolent sorceress in an epic battle between light and darkness in this spectacular debut—the first novel in a trilogy.

Young Kelsea Raleigh was raised in hiding after the death of her mother, Queen Elyssa, far from the intrigues of the royal Keep and in the care of two devoted servants who pledged their lives to protect her. Growing up in a cottage deep in the woods, Kelsea knows little of her kingdom’s haunted past . . . or that its fate will soon rest in her hands.

Long ago, Kelsea’s forefathers sailed away from a decaying world to establish a new land free of modern technology. Three hundred years later, this feudal society has divided into three fearful nations who pay duties to a fourth: the powerful Mortmesne, ruled by the cunning Red Queen. Now, on Kelsea’s nineteenth birthday, the tattered remnants of the Queen’s Guard—loyal soldiers who protect the throne—have appeared to escort the princess on a perilous journey to the capital to ascend to her rightful place as the new Queen of the Tearling.


Though born of royal blood and in possession of the Tear sapphire, a jewel of immense power and magic, Kelsea has never felt more uncertain of her ability to rule. But the shocking evil she discovers in the heart of her realm will precipitate an act of immense daring, throwing the entire kingdom into turmoil—and unleashing the Red Queen’s vengeance. A cabal of enemies with an array of deadly weapons, from crimson-caped assassins to the darkest blood magic, plots to destroy her. But Kelsea is growing in strength and stealth, her steely resolve earning her loyal allies, including the Queen’s Guard, led by the enigmatic Lazarus, and the intriguing outlaw known simply as “the Fetch.”

Kelsea’s quest to save her kingdom and meet her destiny has only just begun. Riddled with mysteries, betrayals, and treacherous battles, Kelsea’s journey is a trial by fire that will either forge a legend . . . or destroy her.


Rating: 

I will be giving this book a 4 out of 5 stars. Overall, this was a great book between the character development and the world that the author has created. With that being said, I did have a hard time at first with this book. To me, it started off slow and then it would pick up to then slowing down again. There were more than one perspective with this book and I feel that might have been why I had such a hard time, seeing as I am not a huge fan of third person. The book did, however, get my attention and I truly enjoyed the character development, especially on Kelsea’s end. There was a slight cliff hanger and I am currently debating if I will be picking up the second book. If you are a fan of history, fantasy, dystopian, adventure, and a story of coming of age, something like The Gates of Thread and Stone or The Kiss of Deception, then I would recommend this book for you.