Rebel Spring

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Rebel Spring by Morgan Rhodes  is the sequel in the Falling Kingdoms series. King Gaius , the King of Blood, is now in control of all Mytica and plans to build a road through all three kingdoms. As he waits for his daughter Lucia to wake up so he can use her powers to further his reign, he forces Cleo and Magnus into a marriage that neither are happy about. When Jonas learns that the great road is being built over the blood of his people he teams up with Cleo in order to make a stand against the evil king once and for all.

This book is full of suspense and tension as the stakes go up for each character. New alliances are formed, new loves begin to bloom, and more blood is spilt into the land creating just as much turmoil in the plot as it does to the land. This was a great book and I can’t wait for the third!

The Unbound

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I swallowed this book whole and I can still feel the story living inside of me. I’m in a bit of shock that it is still over because I don’t want it to be. I want more time with Mackenzie Bishop and Wesley Ayers as they hunt histories and juggle school and life together. I cried, I laughed, and screamed, “OH HELL NO!” multiple times and I threw the book on the floor at one point.

After all the craziness that happened in the last book The Archived, Mackenzie is having difficulty sleeping and experiences multiple black outs. On top of this, her new school has started and multiple surprises meet her at the fancy prep school. Then Owen begins haunting her dreams and when people she interacts with begin to disappear, she starts to wonder if he is only in her mind. And the librarians are questioning their decision to allow Mackenzie to keep working for the Archive. Will Mackenzie and Wes ever become Crew? Can she defeat Owen again? or will she be left will holes in her mind where her memories once were? Just read the book and find out!

Falling Kingdoms

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Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes is the beginning of, what looks like, a sweeping adventure that will tie the four main characters tighter together as the series continues. There are three kingdoms on one continent; one is full of wealth and luxury, one is full of poverty and is drying up like water in the desert, and the other is strictly ruled by the king of blood. Four young people will find their worlds swiftly changing  as the three neighboring kingdoms come clashing together at the head. Cleo is a princess who has everything she could ever ask for, except for the health of her sister, and the will to marry who she would like. Jonas is angered by the poverty of his people, and after his brother is murdered by Cleo’s drunken friend, he leads his people toward a revolution. Lucia has lived her whole life as the daughter of the king of blood but doesn’t know her true parentage or powers until her sixteenth birthday and Magnus, her brother, struggles with his heart as he finds himself falling for someone forbidden to him. 

When these four characters cross paths no one is happy. Murder, magic, war, love, and revenge are all battles that they must face. All the while their fates will be observed by those whom the world no longer believes existed. 

I’m really excited to read the next book Rebel Spring (which I just bought today) because I think I’m going to love it immensely. Falling Kingdoms was a great start to the story, though I only gave it three stars on Goodreads. There was just something that left me a tiny bit dissatisfied but I don’t really know  why. My theory is that there wasn’t enough “book” for me to get into so I anticipate being more enthusiastic about the sequel.

The Last Princess

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The Last Princess By Galaxy Craze is a fresh new twist to the post-apocalyptic genre. Princess Eliza is a princess of England in a world that has been devastated by natural disasters. Eliza only has memories of the time before the downfall of Earth and walls are the only thing that keep cannibals and revolutionaries from taking over the monarchy… until one night when the man who killed her mother takes over her kingdom. Eliza must now save her sister and brother from the revolutionaries and save her people from the ruthlessness that is growing.  

I thought this book had a great plot, unfortunately the story felt a bit rushed. Eliza is a good character and strong enough to be queen in a world that is distraught, but I wish the story had progressed a bit slower so the reader could really get to know the character and the world.

I Was Told There’d Be Cake

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After reading I Was Told There’d Be Cake, I feel like I could be good friends with Sloane Crosley. She is someone who can take memories of playing Oregon Trail and turn it into a humorous read that anyone who grew up playing the game can relate with.  Crosley has no qualms with spilling stories that range from collecting toy ponies from suitors to finding a turd left over from a dinner guest on her bathroom floor. She does this with such humor and whit that she comes off quite charming. 

I loved this book from head to toe and could read it again with the same eagerness as the first time. Crosley’s sardonic and almost skeptical view of life doesn’t come off as negative but quirky and fun. I am fully anticipating reader her other books. 

Scent of Magic

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After reading Crown of Midnight I needed a book with the same kind of feel in order quench my thirst while I wait for the third novel (which is not any time soon). I decided that this was a good time to pick up the second novel in the Healer series. Scent of Magic by Maria V. Snyder picks up with Avery, the last Healer, in hiding once again since everyone in the 15 realms believes she’s dead. Free from her enemies she has a mission to find her sister, but in doing so she get’s caught up once again in war. King Tohon, ( a character who reminds me a lot of the Darkling from Shadow and Bone), the unstable life mage who is set on overtaking the 15 realms with his army of Dead and who has a unresistable drawl on Avery has changed his tactics. Now, Avery must once again resist his power to save the realms for good.

I forgot how much I enjoy Snyder’s Healer series. It has strong, colorful characters, espionage, magic, and war. If your looking for something similar to Shadow and Bone or Throne of Glass I would suggest this series.

The Kingdom of Little Wounds

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The Kingdom of Little Wounds by Susann Cokal, is what the author calls a “fairy tale about Syphilis”. This dark story mainly follows the lives of three women: The Queen of the Kingdom who seems to be going a bit mad and who’s children are dying from the “french disease” , Ava Bingen, a young seamstress for the queen who makes one little mistake and in turn gets caught up in the horrors of court, and Mini Sorte, a mute slave who rises from the ranks of nursry maid to the queen’s handmaiden. As with most kingdoms, nasty plots and dark magic seem to be sneaking around in the shadows and these three women are caught up in the middle of the darkest secrets.

Cokal reveals the grotesque nature of history while sticking with the original ideas of fairy tales which hardly ever end with a happy endings.This story was not at all what I had envisioned; it is gruesome, shocking, and raw but after finishing the story and reading the author’s notes a found great respect for the novel. This is in no way a feel good story but it is definitely one that stands out among all the other popular books on the market right now. If you enjoy the original fairy tales, the ones where witches eat children and the heroin dies in the end, then you will be intrigued by this book. 

Crown of Midnight

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Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas is the flawless sequel to the Throne of Glass series. This book has easily become one of my favorite books and after finishing it this morning it took most of my will power to keep from re-reading it right then and there. Maas’ character Celaena is strong, broken and beautiful. She gets into heaps of trouble, ruthlessly assassinates multitudes of people who stand in her way, and falls in love. In this book we find out who Celaena really is and that magic is blooming again in the kingdom of Adarlan.

If you were to mix Tamora Pierce’s Alanna series and Kristen Cashore’s Graceling series together, and add in an assassin you get this series. In other words…it’s fantastic! Also, Maas’ Throne of Glass Novellas, if you haven’t already read them, which focus on Celaena’s life before the series starts has come out in a hard back collection titled The Assassin’s Blade which are just as enthralling. 

The Dream Thieves

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The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater is the second book in the Raven Cycle series and holy smokes is it good! I fell in love with this book and I’m tempted to just reread it again so I can spend more time with the characters since the third book won’t be out for another year.

The hunt for Cabeswater continues and all the beautiful characters are back. Blue and Adam struggle with their relationship as Adam grows darker and more angry as a result of his sacrifice. Gansey tries to play everything cool while he watches his friends fall apart and his feelings for Blue grow warmer. Noah seems to fade more and more. And Ronan? Ronan is a ticking time-bomb that can bring his dreams to life.

This book was even better than the second and I am thoroughly in love with it. Stiefvater has woven together a masterpiece of broken characters, magic, and just the right amount of horror. I cannot recommend this story more, it’s probably the best book I’ve read this year so far. 

The Raven Boys

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The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater is a novel that thoroughly surprised me in how addicting it was. Blue has grown up surrounded by clairvoyant women who have told her that when she kisses her true love, he will die. But when Blue sees the spirit of a boy who will soon die, she gets caught up with a group of boys from a near by prep school.

The four boys are on a search to find something called the ley line, a mystical mystery and they need Blue’s help to find it. But their adventures turn dangerous as another man begins tracking their efforts. Secrets will be reveal as new mysteries arise in this heart racing, hauntingly thrilling story.