New Release Review: Damsel

Damsel

Title: Damsel
Author: Elana K. Arnold
Series: I really hope this is book one
Publisher: Harper Collins
Page Count: 300
Type of Book: New Release, Library Loan, Hardback
Review Word Count:
Rated: 5/5 stars
Notes: Ah, the anticipation is over!

I finished this book in less than two hours. It was just over 300 pages. Even for me, that is a quick read. It stole my heart, stomped on it, and ripped it into shreds. The best thing about it? THAT ENDING!

This had all the feels, and then some. It had scenes that made me feel true rage towards a character which is a rare thing for me. It made me want to kill the ‘hero’ of the story, and in violent and painful ways for acting like such an incredible ass. What’s weird is that I also liked him at the start of the book and was rooting for him…until about a quarter of the way through the book, in which he basically just killed any feelings I had for him by SPOILER {killing a mama lynx for no reason and almost killing its baby too}.

Warnings: get your box of tissues ready, people. This book was brutal in the feels department, it has cats being killed, dragons being brutally slayed, one scene the main female character is led around a castle with a chain and leash, one suggested attempted assault, there’s a scene where a girl burns her hand, and main character death at the end of this book but it is SO WELL DESERVED. Oh, and one troubling scene of animals being tortured into submission, one brutal scene of that where a man sews a birds eyes shut.

This book features a dragon, a prince going off to slay the dragon to save the damsel, bring the damsel home so that he can be king, and is told alternatively between the girls point of view, and the boys. The girl is named Ama and the boy is named Emory.

Ama is confused, because she doesn’t remember anything from Emory saving her from the dragon. She doesn’t remember her name, her parentage-nothing. Emory tells her that she’s beautiful, and that he rescued her so that she could be his queen, and so on and so forth.

Now, it leaves it wide open to guess exactly where Ama comes from, if readers are smart and pay attention to all the signs that are given. There’s quite a few nods towards who Ama was before Emory rescued her. I won’t say anything, however, only that I really rather hated Emory in the end, as well as most of the men in this book.

This book had a lot of issues in regards to it being a ‘man’s world’ and that ‘women needed to learn their place’. I found it annoying but also realistic and wanted to strangle a fair few of the characters because of it. I must also note that I really liked the serving maids, as well as the glassblower (a glassblower in a fantasy book is awesome, even if he started out as a misogynist ass!) and the queen and all her cats. The overall cast of characters in the castle was interesting and I really wanted to read more about everyone and all their back-stories.

I really loved this book. I really hope that there’s going to be a follow up, because while it ended on a somewhat dark note, it also granted Ama her freedom again and was a happy note for her too. I’m sure that a sequel could be managed from this, and am eagerly looking forward to such if there is one.

I’m obviously giving this book a 5/5 stars, and am so pleased that this being an anticipated book reached all my levels of expectation and then some. My hat goes off to the author for a spectacular job well done. If you haven’t already gotten to this book yet, I highly recommend doing so. If you like fantasy, cats, dragons, and magic then this is definitely the book for you!

Until next time,
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Netgalley Review: Fawkes

 

Fawkes

I was not yet ready to turn to stone. 

Title: Fawkes
Author: Nadine Brandes
Series:
Genre: Fantasy, YA
Page Count: 500
Publishing: Thomas Nelson
Type of Book: ARC, Netgalley Read, Kindle Ebook
Review Word Count: 500
Rated: 5/5 stars
Notes: THE HYPE IS DESERVED!

Fawkes starts off with a bang, instantly capturing my attention and having me read a 500 page book in less than a day!

FawkesReviewImage{Look, I did art! For a review!}

Thomas Fawkes is turning to stone, and the only cure to the Stone Plague is to join his father’s plot to assassinate the king of England.

Silent wars leave the most carnage. The wars that are never declared, but are carried out in dark alleys with masks and hidden knives. Wars where color power alters the natural rhythm of 17th century London. And when the king calls for peace, no one listens until he finally calls for death.

But what if death finds him first?

Keepers think the Igniters caused the plague. Igniters think the Keepers did. But all Thomas knows is that the Stone Plague infecting his eye is spreading. And if he doesn’t do something soon, he’ll be a lifeless statue. So when his Keeper father, Guy Fawkes, invites him to join the Gunpowder Plot—claiming it will put an end to the plague—Thomas is in.

The plan: use 36 barrels of gunpowder to blow up the Igniter King.

The problem: Doing so will destroy the family of the girl Thomas loves. But backing out of the plot will send his father and the other plotters to the gallows. To save one, Thomas will lose the other.

No matter Thomas’s choice, one thing is clear: once the decision is made and the color masks have been put on, there’s no turning back.

-As Described on Goodreads

Then I read the first sentence: I was not ready to turn to stone, and I was HOOKED. From the very first sentence, this book was a true treasure to read. Thomas Fawkes was an easily identifiable character, the book was filled with twists and turns that I did not see coming, the world-building was unique and well written. I adore this book, and am putting it on my ‘to-buy-immediately’ list, because it’s well worth sitting on my shelves for when I want a re-read.

This book ripped my emotions apart several times. There’s a violent plague going on in this book, and the main character is affected, but with only one eye so that he wears an eyepatch most of the time. He hopes to get a mask from his father after passing a test in order to make it so that people don’t see his affliction and so that he can have the power to help change things. When his father doesn’t show up as he’s promised to do, Thomas Fawkes takes matters into his own hands and goes out to find him.

This book was a delicious read, from beginning to end, and I can’t give you enough reasons why you should read it, only that it needs to be added to your TBR post-haste! It’s got thieves and spies and London and plagues and magic and….what more could you want?

Giving this book a very well deserved 5/5 stars for it’s beautiful voice and unique world-building skills!

Until next time,
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MARCH READS

March of 2018 is almost gone, and here are the books that I’ve managed to finish reading during the month. At the beginning of the year, I started keeping a record/journal of all books read during the month, along with page count and author. Here, I’ll just do images! (Unless people comment, asking for the details, of course!) March was an excellent month in reading, lots of books that I managed to finish, and MANY more added to my wishlist, and future reading list.

Biggest Book Read: The Queen’s Rising at 440 pages

Shortest Book Read: Arms From the Sea because I only managed about 33% of it before giving up. The shortest book that I actually finished reading to the end: The Secret Book and Scone Society at 285 pages.

Overall, not bad at all. Calculated all together I read well over a 1000 pages in March! Woo!

Now for April, let’s see if we can’t beat these scores!

Have you guys read any of these? What did you think of them?

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Paperback Book Review: Glimmerglass

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Title: Glimmerglass
Author: Jenna Black
Series: Book 1/?
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Page Count: 295
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Type of Book: Library, Paperback
Rated: 4.2/5 stars

“I was trapped in Avalon. My Aunt was hunting me, my dad was in jail, and the only people who seemed to be on my side were a pair of Fae teenagers I barely knew.”

Dana Hathaway is the main character of this book, with an alcoholic mom and a father she’s never known who is supposedly a powerful Fae that lives in Avalon, which is in England (I believe). Avalon is a magical place on Earth, in an alternate Earth, where there are two worlds that intersect-Fae and Mortal. Most mortals don’t know about the Fae, or don’t believe in them. Dana Hathaway knows, however, that she is not normal. She is a half breed-half human, half Fae, and that makes her a Fairiewalker.

This book reminded me very strongly of a couple of other favorite fae type stories: The Iron Daughter series by Julie Kagawa, and the Switched series by Amanda Hocking. I really enjoyed this book, though I did wish that the main character wasn’t quite so naive. She runs away from her mother after her mother embarrasses her at a voice recital, and flees to her father…never realizing that this might have consequences. For one thing, she winds up meeting her Aunt Grace who is not as she first appears, and then she meets Ethan and Kimber who are siblings, in another dangerous situation. There are many attempts made on her life, and the usual ‘why is everything and everyone trying to kill me’ trope.

Turns out, she’s wanted by all kinds of fairie; but especially wanted dead, if she can’t be controlled, or coerced to a certain side. She’s finally safe at her dad’s-seemingly, of course. She doesn’t trust him, not after everyone’s lied to her, tricked her, tried to kill her, and so forth.

Glimmerglass is a well written book, but the characters can be frustrating at times. My favorite character was easily Finn the bodyguard. Who reminded me very strongly of Artemis’s bodyguard in the book series Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer.

This is the first book of a series, which I didn’t realize upon snagging this from the library, but that’s fine with me-I get to read more of an interesting world filled with action, adventure, and intrigue-as well as the cliche’d romance, as well.

I highly recommend this series for all to read, because of its unique storyline, and interesting plot. 4.2 out of five stars!

Now,

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