BOOK REVIEW | FIRE FALLING BY ELISE KOVA

Title: Fire Falling26047438

Author: Elise Kova

Series Number: 2

Publication Date: November 19, 2015

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance

Where I received the book: I got this ebook from the Apple bookstore.

Star rating: ★★★★

A summary: Soldier… Sorcerer… Savior… Who is Vhalla Yarl?

Vhalla Yarl marches to war as property of the Solaris Empire. The Emperor counts on her to bring victory, the Senate counts on her death, and the only thing Vhalla can count on is the fight of her life. As she grapples with the ghosts of her past, new challenges in the present threaten to shatter the remnants of her fragile sanity. Will she maintain her humanity? Or will she truly become the Empire’s monster?

BOOK DEPOSITORY | AMAZON

Continue Reading

BOOK REVIEW | PASSENGER, ALEXANDRA BRACKEN

Title: Passenger20983362

Author: Alexandra Bracken

Series Number: 1

Publication Date: January 5, 2016 by Disney-Hyperion

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, SciFi

Where I received the book: I got this eARC from publishers through NetGalley (thank you!!).

Star rating: ★★☆☆☆

A summary: 

passage, n.
i. A brief section of music composed of a series of notes and flourishes.
ii. A journey by water; a voyage.
iii. The transition from one place to another, across space and time.

In one devastating night, violin prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Thrust into an unfamiliar world by a stranger with a dangerous agenda, Etta is certain of only one thing: she has traveled not just miles but years from home. And she’s inherited a legacy she knows nothing about from a family whose existence she’s never heard of. Until now.

Nicholas Carter is content with his life at sea, free from the Ironwoods—a powerful family in the colonies—and the servitude he’s known at their hands. But with the arrival of an unusual passenger on his ship comes the insistent pull of the past that he can’t escape and the family that won’t let him go so easily. Now the Ironwoods are searching for a stolen object of untold value, one they believe only Etta, Nicholas’ passenger, can find. In order to protect her, he must ensure she brings it back to them— whether she wants to or not.

Together, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the traveler who will do anything to keep the object out of the Ironwoods’ grasp. But as they get closer to the truth of their search, and the deadly game the Ironwoods are play­ing, treacherous forces threaten to sep­arate Etta not only from Nicholas but from her path home . . . forever

Continue Reading

BOOK REVIEW | AIR AWAKENS BY ELISE KOVA

Title: Air Awakens23127048

Author: Elise Kova

Series Number: 1

Publication Date: August 27, 2015

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance

Where I received the book: I got this ebook from the Apple bookstore.

Star rating: ★★★★

A summary: A library apprentice, a sorcerer prince, and an unbreakable magic bond…

The Solaris Empire is one conquest away from uniting the continent, and the rare elemental magic sleeping in seventeen-year-old library apprentice Vhalla Yarl could shift the tides of war.

Vhalla has always been taught to fear the Tower of Sorcerers, a mysterious magic society, and has been happy in her quiet world of books. But after she unknowingly saves the life of one of the most powerful sorcerers of them all—the Crown Prince Aldrik—she finds herself enticed into his world. Now she must decide her future: Embrace her sorcery and leave the life she’s known, or eradicate her magic and remain as she’s always been. And with powerful forces lurking in the shadows, Vhalla’s indecision could cost her more than she ever imagined.

Continue Reading

BOOK REVIEW | REVELATIONS BY PAMELA DANIELL

Title: Revelations51G9oAl+PBL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_

Author: Pamela Daniell

Publication Date: September 8, 2015

Genres: Young Adult, Urban Fantasy (I think??)

Where I received the book: Pamela Daniell emailed me a copy of this book.

Star rating: ★★☆☆☆

A summary: Jenna Morgan is just like any normal teenager. That is until she turns seventeen and in a matter of a week Jenna is kidnapped, meets a mysterious young man named Alex and learns the shocking truth about her true heritage. Which is why both demons and angels are hunting her. Just when she comes to accept her true identity the unthinkable happens leaving Jenna devastated. She soon meets Dylan, a small town home boy who quickly heals her heart. But when his life is threatened by the same monsters who had already tore her world apart will Jenna be able to save him…or will she die trying?

Continue Reading

BOOK REVIEW | ALL FALL DOWN, BY ALLY CARTER

n

Title: All Fall Down

Author: Ally Carter

Series Number: 1

Publication Date: January 20, 2015

Genres: Young Adult, Mystery, Adventure

Where I received the book: I bought this book from Whitcoulls.

Star rating: ★★★★

A summary:

Grace Blakely is absolutely certain of three things:

1. She is not crazy.
2. Her mother was murdered.
3. Someday she is going to find the killer and make him pay.

As certain as Grace is about these facts, nobody else believes her — so there’s no one she can completely trust. Not her grandfather, a powerful ambassador. Not her new friends, who all live on Embassy Row. Not Alexei, the Russian boy next door, who is keeping his eye on Grace for reasons she neither likes nor understands.

Everybody wants Grace to put on a pretty dress and a pretty smile, blocking out all her unpretty thoughts. But they can’t control Grace — no more than Grace can control what she knows or what she needs to do. Her past has come back to hunt her . . . and if she doesn’t stop it, Grace isn’t the only one who will get hurt. Because on Embassy Row, the countries of the world stand like dominoes, and one wrong move can make them all fall down.

BOOK DEPOSITORY | AMAZON

Continue Reading

BOOK REVIEW | THE 100 BY KASS MORGAN

Untitled

Title: The 100

Author: Kass Morgan

Series Number: 1

Publication Date: September 3, 2013

Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopia, Romance

Where I received the book: I bought this book from the Book Depository

Star rating: ★★☆☆☆

A summary:

Ever since a devastating nuclear war, humanity has lived on spaceships far above Earth’s radioactive surface. Now, one hundred juvenile delinquents — considered expendable by society — are being sent on a dangerous mission: to recolonize the planet. It could be their second chance at life…or it could be a suicide mission.

CLARKE was arrested for treason, though she’s haunted by the memory of what she really did. WELLS, the chancellor’s son, came to Earth for the girl he loves — but will she ever forgive him? Reckless BELLAMY fought his way onto the transport pod to protect his sister, the other half of the only pair of siblings in the universe. And GLASS managed to escape back onto the ship, only to find that life there is just as dangerous as she feared it would be on Earth.

Confronted with a savage land and haunted by secrets from their pasts, the hundred must fight to survive. They were never meant to be heroes, but they may be mankind’s last hope.

AMAZON | BOOK DEPOSITORY

Continue Reading

BOOK REVIEW | RED QUEEN

Untitled

Title: Red Queen

Author: Victoria Aveyard

Series Number: 1

Publication Date: February 10, 2015

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Dystopia

Where I received the book: I was given this book from Teo.

Star rating: ★★★★★

A summary:

This is a world divided by blood – red or silver.

The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change.

That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power.17878931

Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime.

But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance – Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart…

AMAZON | BOOK DEPOSITORY

Continue Reading

TV REVIEW | SLEEPY HOLLOW SEASON 1&2

4

Title: Sleepy Hollow.

Creators: Phillip Iscove, Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Len Wiseman.

Series Number: 1 & 2.

Release Date: 2013 –

Genres: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy.

Where I received the show: I watched this through Netflix.

Star rating: ★★★★★

A summary: Ichabod Crane is resurrected and pulled two and a half centuries through time to unravel a mystery that dates all the way back to the founding fathers.

IMDB | AMAZON

Continue Reading

BOOK REVIEW | HEIR OF FIRE, SARAH J. MAAS

Untitled

Title: Heir Of Fire

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Series Number: 3

Publication Date: September 2, 2014.

Genres: Young Adult, High Fantasy

Where I received the book: I bought this book from the Book Depository.

Star rating: ★★★★★

A summary:

She was the heir of ash and fire, and she would bow to no one.

Celaena Sardothien has survived deadly contests and shattering heartbreak—but at an unspeakable cost. Now she must travel to a new land to confront her darkest truth…a truth about her heritage that could change her life—and her future—forever.

Meanwhile, brutal and monstrous forces are gathering on the horizon, intent on enslaving her world. To defeat them, Celaena must find the strength to not only fight her inner demons but to battle the evil that is about to be unleashed.

Amazon | Book Depository

Continue Reading

BOOK REVIEW | CROWN OF MIDNIGHT, SARAH J. MAAS

4

Title: Crown Of Midnight

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Series Number: 2

Publication Date: August 15, 2013.

Genres: Young Adult, High Fantasy

Where I received the book: I bought this book from the Book Depository.

Star rating: ★★★★☆

A summary:

91cvPamvpeLFrom the throne of glass rules a king with a fist of iron and a soul as black as pitch. Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become his Champion. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown. She hides her secret vigilantly; she knows that the man she serves is bent on evil.

Keeping up the deadly charade becomes increasingly difficult when Celaena realizes she is not the only one seeking justice. As she tries to untangle the mysteries buried deep within the glass castle, her closest relationships suffer. It seems no one is above questioning her allegiances—not the Crown Prince Dorian; not Chaol, the Captain of the Guard; not even her best friend, Nehemia, a foreign princess with a rebel heart.

Then one terrible night, the secrets they have all been keeping lead to an unspeakable tragedy. As Celaena’s world shatters, she will be forced to give up the very thing most precious to her and decide once and for all where her true loyalties lie… and whom she is ultimately willing to fight for.

Amazon | Book Depository

Continue Reading