Thursday, January 22, 2015
Review: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
Release date: February 10th, 2015
Source: eARC via Edelweiss
Rating: Total crackbook.
Mare Barrow's world is divided by blood—those with red and those with silver. Mare and her family are lowly Reds, destined to serve the Silver elite whose supernatural abilities make them nearly gods. Mare steals what she can to help her family survive, but when her best friend is conscripted into the army she gambles everything to win his freedom. A twist of fate leads her to the royal palace itself, where, in front of the king and all his nobles, she discovers a power of her own—an ability she didn't know she had. Except . . . her blood is Red.
To hide this impossibility, the king forces her into the role of a lost Silver princess and betroths her to one of his own sons. As Mare is drawn further into the Silver world, she risks her new position to aid the Scarlet Guard—the leaders of a Red rebellion. Her actions put into motion a deadly and violent dance, pitting prince against prince—and Mare against her own heart.
From debut author Victoria Aveyard comes a lush, vivid fantasy series where loyalty and desire can tear you apart and the only certainty is betrayal.
I read this book in less than a day, but I've been putting off my review of it for well over a month because I'm seriously struggling with putting into words WHY. Was it a perfect book? No, definitely not. Do I want the sequel with the fire of a thousand dragons? Pretty please with extra dragons on top.
Sunday, January 18, 2015
Review: The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black
Release date: January 13th, 2015
Publisher: Little, Brown
Source: ARC from BEA15
Rating: A dark faerie tale that shimmers with imagination. I LURVED IT.
Children can have a cruel, absolute sense of justice. Children can kill a monster and feel quite proud of themselves. A girl can look at her brother and believe they’re destined to be a knight and a bard who battle evil. She can believe she’s found the thing she’s been made for.
Hazel lives with her brother, Ben, in the strange town of Fairfold where humans and fae exist side by side. The faeries’ seemingly harmless magic attracts tourists, but Hazel knows how dangerous they can be, and she knows how to stop them. Or she did, once.
At the center of it all, there is a glass coffin in the woods. It rests right on the ground and in it sleeps a boy with horns on his head and ears as pointed as knives. Hazel and Ben were both in love with him as children. The boy has slept there for generations, never waking.
Until one day, he does…
As the world turns upside down, Hazel tries to remember her years pretending to be a knight. But swept up in new love, shifting loyalties, and the fresh sting of betrayal, will it be enough?
Fae books and Gillian can be a tricky mix. When I was a wee Gillian, I remember loving Black's Spiderwick Chronicles (and trying to draw my own versions of all of Tony DiTerlizzi's UHMAYZING illustrations, but that's another story), which deal with faerie-like beasts and trolls and whatnot. But I've not had much success with all the Fae books I've tried in the twelve year interim, so it was with some wariness that I picked up The Darkest Part of the Forest. (I've also not read any other Black books besides Spiderwick.)
Obviously, I needn't have worried.
Saturday, January 17, 2015
Thursday, January 15, 2015
Monday, January 12, 2015
I try to be a really positive person online. I like to gush, I like exclamation points, I like gifs and fangirling and fictional people making out and puppies and rainbows and cupcakes. But clearly nobody is that positve ALL the time, and sometimes negative things happen in your life or in the blogging community that affect you. I'm not really a Debbie Downer in person, either, unless you're trying to force me onto a treadmill (don't), I'm out of coffee, or I'm REALLY fucking hungry.
(I also swear like a sailor in real life but I think this just, um, adds to my class and charm and WHIMSY.)
Saturday, January 10, 2015
Friday, January 9, 2015
Mini DNF reviews for Woven by Michael Jensen and David Powers King, The Conspiracy of Us by Maggie Hall, and The Boy Next Door by Katie Van Ark. Two I'll pick up again sometime in the future, and one has had its LAST CHANCE WITH ME. Dun dun dunnnnn
Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Review: The Seven Realms series by Cinda Williams Chima
Release date: October 6th, 2009--October 23rd, 2012
Rating: Fantasy at its finest.
I already did a review for book one in this series, The Demon King, but I wanted to dicuss the last three in one because 1) the synopses for the later books are SO SPOILERY that I don't dare display them for your virgin eyes 2) I read them all in the space of a few days so they kind of blur together in the best way 3) I want to make you all read this series, and only those of you who've already ready the early books could read my later reviews, and that's just NOT ACCEPTABLE. Ergo, big massive group rave of a review.