Review of The Broken Crown by Amryn Cross

 

Title: The Broken Crown 

Author: Amryn Cross
Series: Narrow Gate Book 1 
Publisher: Trouvaille Books

Synopsis: 

Princess Emilia Aurelius was only seven when she watched her mother die at the hands of her father—martyred for believing in the God of the Atlas Empire’s Insurgo rebels. At seventeen, exiled to a military out post where no one knows her true identity, she’s vowed to leave her royalty behind and explore the truth of the Insurgo rebels her mother loved.
When the Emperor of Atlas summons the princesses from each of the provinces to the imperial city to choose a wife for the crown prince, Emilia must leave her military life behind to join a royal court rife with cunning and intrigue. Navigating the waters of court politics and budding love are treacherous on their own, but Emilia fears for her life should anyone learn of her Insurgo sympathies. With an unlikely ally in the captain of the emperor’s guard, Emilia must uncover the truth of the Insurgos, start a revolution, and learn to become the princess she’s vowed never to be, all while protecting her heart from a prince who could sign her death warrant.  
Rating: I just wanted to take a moment to thank Sara from YA Bound Book Tours for sending me a copy of this book for my honest review. I will be giving this book a 4 out of 5 stars. This book was very interesting between the politics that were involved and the roamces that was presented. The poltical structure was one of my favorite parts within this book due to the different kingdomes and their dynamics for the overall empire. The compotition for the Prince was not always at the forefront of this book and I was ok with that, it was more so the struggles of Emila for not only her people but her religion. This book reminded me of the Selection meets the book of Esther. This book is like the Selection due to the compotition for the Prince, however,  it is like the book of Esther because Emilia is sent to deliver her people. 

Review of the Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson

Title: The Heart of Betrayal

Author: Mary E. Pearson
Series: The Remnant Chronicles Book 2
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. 

Synopsis: 

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.
Rating: I will be giving this book a 4 out of 5 stars. This book picks up right where it left off and let me tell you be ready, if you are going to read this book, to have your heart pulled out. There was so much going on between the politics and the romance that overall this book was amazing. The charcters become more developed and you get more into their back story and how they became the people they are, but you also get to see what is going on in Lia’s country. I truly enjoyed this book and if you have already finished the first one and you are a little hesitant to pick up the second one like I was, don’t be, this author does not dissapoint and this book went beyond even what I expected.

 

Review of A Court of Mist and Fury

Title: A Court of Mist and Fury 

Author: Sarah J. Mass
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses Book 2
Publisher: Bloomsbury 

Synopsis: 

Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.

With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas’s masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights.
Rating: I will be giving this book a 5 out of 5 stars. This book was amazing from the very first word on the page to the last. The story picks up right where it left off  from A Court of Thorns and Roses. Between the continuation of the world building, character development, and the twist and turns within the plot it was jaw dropping. Going into this book I had a pict in my head as to what I thought was going to happen but I was beyond surprised with the romance and how things turned out. If you have not read this series yet then I have no idea what has stopped you. If you love fantasy, romance, and adventure then this series is for you. 

 

Review Of Metal and Wishes by Sarah Fine

Title: Of Metal and Wishes 

Author: Sarah Fine
Series: Of Metal and Wishes Book 1 
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Synopsis: 

There are whispers of a ghost in the slaughterhouse where sixteen-year-old Wen assists her father in his medical clinic—a ghost who grants wishes to those who need them most. When one of the Noor, men hired as cheap factory labor, humiliates Wen, she makes an impulsive wish of her own, and the Ghost grants it. Brutally.

Guilt-ridden, Wen befriends the Noor, including their outspoken leader, a young man named Melik. At the same time, she is lured by the mystery of the Ghost and learns he has been watching her… for a very long time.

As deadly accidents fuel tensions within the factory, Wen must confront her growing feelings for Melik, who is enraged at the sadistic factory bosses and the prejudice faced by his people at the hand of Wen’s, and her need to appease the Ghost, who is determined to protect her against any threat—real or imagined. She must decide whom she can trust, because as her heart is torn, the factory is exploding around her… and she might go down with it.
Rating: I will be giving this book a 4 out of 5 stars. I truly enjoyed this book. Even though the author created her own world and characters I could not help but relate this book to Phantom of the Opera. The entire idea of this book reminds me of the Phantom and the situation that he is in. The author does create her own characters and they are different, the world and setting that is in this book is defenitly a creation of the authors and it is truly brilliant. Also, can we take a moment to really appreciate this cover. Usually I can not stand it when poeple are on the covers of books but this cover is beautiful and goes with the book perfectly. On top of the cover I have to say the author is very creative with her writing and her world building. If you are a fan of Phantom of the Opera then I feel you will truly appreciate this book. 

 

Review of The Falconer by Elizabeth May

Title: The Falconer
Author: Elizabeth May 
Series: The Falconer Book 1 
Publisher: Chronicle Books 
Synopsis: 
One girl’s nightmare is this girl’s faery tale

She’s a stunner.
Edinburgh, 1844. Eighteen-year-old Lady Aileana Kameron, the only daughter of the Marquess of Douglas, has everything a girl could dream of: brains, charm, wealth, a title—and drop-dead beauty.

She’s a liar.
But Aileana only looks the part of an aristocratic young lady. she’s leading a double life: She has a rare ability to sense the sìthíchean—the faery race obsessed with slaughtering humans—and, with the aid of a mysterious mentor, has spent the year since her mother died learning how to kill them.

She’s a murderer.
Now Aileana is dedicated to slaying the fae before they take innocent lives. With her knack for inventing ingenious tools and weapons—from flying machines to detonators to lightning pistols—ruthless Aileana has one goal: Destroy the faery who destroyed her mother.

She’s a Falconer.
The last in a line of female warriors born with a gift for hunting and killing the fae, Aileana is the sole hope of preventing a powerful faery population from massacring all of humanity. Suddenly, her quest is a lot more complicated. She still longs to avenge her mother’s murder—but she’ll have to save the world first.
The first volume of a trilogy from an exciting new voice in young adult fantasy, this electrifying thriller combines romance and action, steampunk technology and Scottish lore in a deliciously addictive read.

Rating: I will be giving this book a 2 out of 5 stars. I had some challenges with this book. The world seemed beleivable, however, I was not a huge fan of the main character in this book. I feel like the idea of this book was a great one but it just wasnt executed in the right way. This book overall was just ok. It was not great but it was not bad. It had some things that were good, like the world, but it also had some things that were not so good, for me this was the main character, I just could not relate to her and some of her choices. If you are looking for something that has a little bit of fantasy and is about the faery race then this book might be for you. 

Review of the Siren by Kiera Cass

Title: The Siren 
Author: Kiera Cass
Publisher: HarperTeen

Synopsis: 
Love is a risk worth taking.

Years ago, Kahlen was rescued from drowning by the Ocean. To repay her debt, she has served as a Siren ever since, using her voice to lure countless strangers to their deaths. Though a single word from Kahlen can kill, she can’t resist spending her days on land, watching ordinary people and longing for the day when she will be able to speak and laugh and live freely among them again. 

Kahlen is resigned to finishing her sentence in solitude…until she meets Akinli. Handsome, caring, and kind, Akinli is everything Kahlen ever dreamed of. And though she can’t talk to him, they soon forge a connection neither of them can deny…and Kahlen doesn’t want to.
Falling in love with a human breaks all the Ocean’s rules, and if the Ocean discovers Kahlen’s feelings, she’ll be forced to leave Akinli for good. But for the first time in a lifetime of following the rules, Kahlen is determined to follow her heart.

Rating: I will be giving this book a 3 out of 5 stars. Overall, I am not really sure how I feel about this book. I have mixed emotions. This book was a fast read, but when I see the name Kiera Cass my mind instantly goes to the Selection series and all its wonderful detail and beauty. However this book was not what I thought it would be and I guess in a way the Selection series made me have ver high expectations for this book which this book did not deliver. I was not a fan of the Ocean and how she controlled the girls, to serve the thing that killed your family did not sit well with me and to then develop feeling for it, to look at it as the mother you lost, even though she was the one that killed the main character’s mother, it just seemed wrong. I am still uncertain if I should even be giving this book a three but for it to make me step back and think about the characters and the Ocean I thought I might as well because it must have touched something inside for me to really just think about it. 

Book Blitz of The Neverland Wars by Audrey Greathouse



The Neverland Wars
by Audrey Greathouse
Genre: YA Fantasy/ Fairytale Retelling
Release Date: May 9th 2016
Clean Teen Publishing

Summary from Goodreads:

Magic can do a lot—give you flight, show you mermaids, help you taste the stars, and… solve the budget crisis? That’s what the grown-ups will do with it if they ever make it to Neverland to steal its magic and bring their children home.
However, Gwen doesn’t know this. She’s just a sixteen-year-old girl with a place on the debate team and a powerful crush on Jay, the soon-to-be homecoming king. She doesn’t know her little sister could actually run away with Peter Pan, or that she might have to chase after her to bring her home safe. Gwen will find out though—and when she does, she’ll discover she’s in the middle of a looming war between Neverland and reality.
She’ll be out of place as a teenager in Neverland, but she won’t be the only one. Peter Pan’s constant treks back to the mainland have slowly aged him into adolescence as well. Soon, Gwen will have to decide whether she’s going to join impish, playful Peter in his fight for eternal youth… or if she’s going to scramble back to reality in time for the homecoming dance.
 


  

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“Gwen’s description of growing up and high school life is one of the most accurate that I’ve ever read.” (Across the Bookiverse)

“The author creates such a peaceful and serene place that it felt likeescape just reading about it…Through this world, the author explores the themes of what it means to grow up.” (K.E. Carson, The Underground)

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About the Author
Audrey Greathouse is a Seattle-based author of science-fiction and fantasy. Raised in the suburbs, she became a writer after being introduced to NaNoWriMo during her sophmore year of high school. Since then, she has drafted more than a dozen books, 100 sonnets, and 800 other poems, and a handful of short stories and one-act plays.

After dropping out of her university and beginning training as a circus performer on the aerial silks, she returned to school to study at Southern New Hampshire University College of Online and Continuing Education to earn her B.A. in English Language and Literature, with a minor in Computer Information Technologies.

Audrey Greathouse is a die-hard punk cabaret fan, and pianist of fourteen years. She’s usually somewhere along the west coast, and she is always writing.
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Excerpt:
They landed and moved slowly through the jungle for the last few hundred feet, giving Peter time to explain to Gwen as she walked at his side.
“If you’ve never met a mermaid before, there are a few things you should know about them.”
“Like what?”
“Like they are the most cunning and conniving creatures you will ever cross paths with.”
“Really?” Gwen asked, astounded. “I would have thought mermaids would be… I don’t know, beautiful and sweet.”
“Sirens, all of them. They’ll do anything to get what they want. Mermaids have no qualms about the means to the end, so long as it’s their end they get to.”
“Well, what do they want?”
“It’s always some kind of trouble… not that they’ll ever tell you what they want.”
Peter barreled through a clump of vines, hanging low in his way. Gwen followed after him, her curiosity compounding with every moment. “Are they dangerous then?”
“Terribly,” Peter responded. “So there are three rules for whenever you confront mermaids. First, don’t get too near to them; second, don’t get too close to them; and third, don’t ever get in the water with them.”
“Alright. Easy enough,” Gwen said, wondering if there was a working difference between the first and second rule.
“The best thing to remember,” Peter continued, “is that mermaids will never tell you what they’re after, and it’s best to assume it’s something dastardly. Whatever they want from you, whatever they want you to do, just don’t.”
“Well, if they’re so terrible, why are we going to meet with them?” Gwen asked, not seeing what good could come of the encounter.
“Because mermaids know things, and they can learn things you and I couldn’t ever possibly learn, even if someone spent a hundred years trying to teach us… and they have information right now that I need.”
Peter caught sight of a papaya tree and reached up to pick its fruit. It seemed impossible  for Peter to pass up ripe fruit, so he beckoned to Gwen and filled her satchel with a few. He found a mango tree, and tossed Gwen a few of those fruits as well.
“Will the mermaids tell you?” Gwen asked. “If you’re so bent on thwarting them, what’s to stop them from giving you misinformation to spite you?”
“They’re very easy to coerce,” Peter said, his mouth full of mango, “and the one good thing about mermaids is they can’t lie.”
“They can’t?”
“Nope. Not even a tiny white lie. Mermaids don’t go against their word, and they stick to the bargains they strike. But that makes them even more dangerous, obviously.”
Gwen didn’t see how that was obvious at all. If anything, it seemed like that would make them less of a threat, but there wasn’t time to press the conversation further. They broke the tree line and found themselves on the edge of a small cliff. Crude steps carved into the cliff’s face led down to a rocky lagoon. Below, the beautiful bay of blue-green water was so clear and still that it was easy to make out the silhouettes of the slender, aquatic nymphs swimming beneath the surface.