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Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Publisher:
Henry Holt and Company

Published:
June 5th 2012

Series:
The Shadow and Bone Trilogy #1Grishaverse

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Rounded 4.5 up to 5 because… have you ever raced across town in a desperate attempt to get home to your computer to post a freaking update because your mind had just been blow by a book while waiting in the grocery store checkout line….. This legit happened to me today! I thought this book was great, and I had to give it 5 stars as I might not have come to a complete stop at one of the stop signs on the end of my street… we can just keep that on the DL though.

I have been putting this author off for a while now… I know I sincerely apologize now. I did this mainly because a lot of times I have been disappointed not because a book was bad.. more so because there are so many glowing reviews and a book doesn’t move me the way it does all my friends or sometimes even the general public lol. So I waited along time to put my heart out there… it was worth the wait for me! Super enjoyable read made all that more enjoyable by the fact that it was a buddy read and I could rant and rave about things!

We start with our FMC, Alina, and her best friend Mal, both orphans and peasants, being “tested” to see if the are Grisha. Grisha who are… basically they are freaking magicians ok but also they take offense to that and prefer “practitioners of the Small Science.” I’m going to be honest here, yes it is referred to science, however, it is never explained in depth in any scientific terms really other than maybe the manipulation of mater but not how this actually occurs… Both Alina and Mal are found “not” not to have a connection with the “science.” After this fast forward to Alina and Mal in the King’s army amidst a war with the surrounding lands… I do wish we had a little bit more info on the politics of this war.. its my understanding that its just a hate war… and maybe even the Grisha are part of the problem? Not only is there a war among the different people but also there is the “Fold,” an area of absolute darkness, created hundred of years ago by an evil dark wielding sorcer… ahem scientist. In this fold reside dark creatures that prey upon all who enter. The people are trapped by this and hunted by the darkness. They are desperate for a savior to demolish the fold. Alina and Mal are both stationed near the fold, and during a mission they are attacked by these evil volcra and Alina in a fit of awesomeness and desperation does something not seen before by other Grisha. Not knowing or understanding what has happened Alina is tested once again and deemed to be a “sun summoner.” From here, Alina is whisked away to the castle and shoved into training and court life, portrayed as the savior of the people. In a battle with herself, her magic, and her fears of being alone and unwanted, she is made vulnerable to those who would pray on her naivete for their own endeavors. Alina’s choices from here on out may effect the whole world… and who should she trust if anyone..?

Character wise, Alina, for the most part is a pretty pessimistic and melancholy type starting out. I feel like she does a lot of developing through the book. Its always great when a character grows with the reader, it creates a great bond and for me personally makes me much more invested in the outcomes. I also love that we have Genya, the exact opposite of Alina as the BFF material. This created a great chemistry and diversity that was both entertaining to me, and engrossing.

We definitely had some mind blowing reveals that sucker punched me as evidenced by my speedy rush home… I am both terrified and excited for where this story is going and so glad to be on this journey! I know I must pace myself and not go off on a binder…. at least that is what I keep saying in my head…







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Well I got 3 new reviews for you guys! Two of these were part of a series buddy read I’ve been doing with some Goodreads friends.

Shrill Dusk by Helen Harper

Publisher: BookBuzz

Published: January 4th 2019

Series: Book #1

Shrill Dusk by Helen Harper

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


I received a copy of this through NetGalley and the author Helen Harper in exchange for an honest review.

This is one of those books where I really just didn’t know how to rate it. I almost want to really break everything down and rate everything individually because there were some aspects of this book that were really enjoyable for me, and at the same time I had major issues with the story line which I will explain a little more in depth in a minute. Let me start with the authors note at the beginning of the book:

Some of the events in Shrill Dusk overlap the events in Skulk of Foxes, the final book in the
Fractured Faery series, however both books can be read separately.


So after reading this, despite my OCD and not liking ever feeling like I’ve been pushed off in the middle of a story, I didn’t go back and binge the previous series. I agree that this book can be read separately, because though they are in the same world and I could see events that may or may not be “overlapping,” Charley’s, our FMC, story does seem like a different tale… That being said the first half of the book was world building, and detailing the “overlapping” events. This in itself was… confusing the way it played out. At least for me. There is just a whole lot of the book describing and detailing events that really have nothing to do with Charley. Yes during that time we are getting to know Charley and her crew of misfits as well as progression past where I would assume the other book leaves off but at the same time I think the confusion would have all been solved by a synopsis of events or even a flashback before/after rather than taking such a long time to overlap the events. I also reserve the right to change my opinion if I ever go back and read the starter series lol. I just felt, at this point not having read the first series, that most of the story wasn’t Charley’s. Also, I’m honestly not sure where this is going as the ending has really thrown me. We don’t seem to have an arch enemy or a quest of any kind… I can see where more stories from this world could continue to be entertaining but I wasn’t left with a need “to find out” anything… if that makes sense.

World building wise I had no trouble falling into this book. So I would rate that 3+ stars as that is not always the case lol. I also really liked Charley’s character and felt that she had a wonderful sarcastic, funny, go get it attitude, as well as some intense irony in that she has this loyal and overwhelming need to do the right thing even with her career as a professional gambler. I also really like where the story started to head in the second half with Charley learning about magic and magical beings as well as learning to set her own limits and not to always depend on learning others limits. I felt like this was an incredibly insightful little ditty:
“the person with knowledge–has already decided what the limitations of their abilities are.
They don’t seek to test them or go beyond them.”


In this book our FMC Charley, gambler and cleaner extraordinaire, gets an all out smack in the face introduction to the supernatural world along with all the citizens of Manchester, during some magic based apocalyptic events. As these events unfold, Charley realizes that both she and her house mate have some inner supernatural. As the government closes down and quarantines Manchester, Charley and her crew fight to survive and help all the supes and humans that stay behind.

All in all I really think this has some promise, but in all honesty I know, that in order to continue I’d have to start at the beginning. I also recommend that if you have OCD issues like me, and if your interested in pursuing this story you should also start there.






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The Throne of Fire by Rick Riordan

Publisher:
Hyperion Books for Children

Published:
May 3rd 2011

Series: The Kane Chronicles #2

The Throne of Fire by Rick Riordan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Reread Review
I feel like this deserves 5 Goodreads stars but I’d like to bump it down to 4 Rick Riordan stars… If that even makes sense. I just feel like once you read enough of an authors work they should develop their own Star Chart so that you can then place a work on a spectrum of their other work. So 4 Riordan stars for me as I’m still more of a Jackson fan lol, but still an amazing continuation of the series.

I really like how Carter and Sadie’s story has a whole different feel from his other work. It really sets it apart. In book 2, brother and sister Carter and Sadie start off jumping right back into a mess after spending the last little bit recruiting and starting to train young magicians in the way of the gods. Of course, they start by breaking and entering and setting things on fire..well at least its only “ghostly” fire lol. Either way we start with an epic 5 day countdown till the solstice, when, according to Carter and his ba dreams, Apophis is going to make his comeback. To prevent this Carter and Sadie go on yet another epic journey to wake up Ra…who isn’t quite all there yet, and apparently likes Zebras and Weasels… While they are trying to save the world of course the House of Life is still sticking their noses all up in their business, and even go so far as to declare war!

I really feel that this installment in the series was not only more action packed, had more magic, more humor, and even had the debut of Bes and the “Speedo Patrol.” It has been years since I read through these and was super excited to realize I remembered almost nothing lol well except a certain prospective budding romance… lol. I also like the camaraderie between Carter and Sadie, though they definitely have that bro/sis argumentative flair they are slowly growing closer and you can tell more in this book for sure.

I can’t wait to continue on my reread journey to the next in the series! Maybe by the time I get to the next book Ra will have his crap together lol.



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The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan

Publisher: Disney Hyperion

Published:
October 7th 2014 by

Series:
The Heroes of Olympus #5Camp Half-Blood Chronicles #10

The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Reread Review
I don’t know how I managed to never have rated this during my previous read…but apparently I did. 5 Riordan stars, since I started this author his own star chart on my last read of his work. I cannot lie..as I was going through all my highlights I found that 80% of them were “Leoisms,” yep I made that word up, but for real though Leo is probably one of my all time favorite characters. The man is the all time class clown, underdog, and 5th wheel….I mean whats not to love.

Such a splendid wrap up to this series! I felt like the author really took alot of effort to make this series less of a one man show than the Percy series. The amount of work it must have taken to develop these characters so well is awe inspiring. I did finally notice a theme in this last book… basically their plan facing every enemy is to annoy them, cause mass chaos and destruction, and then run lol. I love it! I also “think” I saw the introduction to The Apollo Trials there toward the end… I haven’t read them yet but their on my list. Mwahahahah.

The thing I love most about these books is the humor as you can probably tell by my favorite character lol. Intense scenes with lots of action and anxiety often times cause me to have extreme anxiety in real life… which can be painful at times, but when its broken up with humor it allows me to enjoy these scenes which just happen to be my favorite and not need intermittent breaks to calm my over anxious spaz nature lol. Love, love, love these books!



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