Grave Mercy: Book Review

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13035363.jpgTitle: Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin #1)
Author: Robin LaFevers
Genre: YA Fantasy/Historical Fiction
Publication Date: April 3rd, 2012

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“Seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where the sisters still serve the gods of old. Here she learns that the god of Death Himself has blessed her with dangerous gifts—and a violent destiny. If she chooses to stay at the convent, she will be trained as an assassin and serve as a handmaiden to Death. To claim her new life, she must destroy the lives of others.

Ismae’s most important assignment takes her straight into the high court of Brittany—where she finds herself woefully under prepared—not only for the deadly games of intrigue and treason, but for the impossible choices she must make. For how can she deliver Death’s vengeance upon a target who, against her will, has stolen her heart?” (Goodreads)

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I wanted to like this book. I really did. The synopsis is amazing and makes it sound like a fantastic and action packed story. Unfortunately for me, that wasn’t the case. I am going to keep this review short and sweet.

There were times I thought about dnfing it because I just didn’t care about the characters. I found myself having a hard to connecting with them. For me, I need some sort of connection to the people I am reading about no matter how interesting the plot is. Ismae and Gavriel were just ordinary characters with nothing that really made them stand out to me.

The plot was a cool concept. I liked the idea of training to be an assassin and doing the bidding for others. It’s fun and I had hoped for some good action because of it. It never gave me that wow factor and a majority of the time it was just rather boring with little substance. There is also a lot of focus on the budding romance and it just wasn’t my cup of tea.

Overall, the writing is nice and it had a interesting concept for a plot. The lack of connection to the characters really made me not care for it. It may also be that since it is mostly a historical fiction, I find myself having a hard time with them. I know that others have really enjoyed this series and I wish I would have to.

Brothers in Books

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Hello Readers!

I have been thinking about doing a post like this for awhile and today is the day I discuss it: brothers in books.

Who doesn’t like brothers in books? I mean, I can’t be the only one. They add a bit of drama and are usually quite different from one another.

There have been plenty of books I have read with them in it and I wanted to share my love for certain ones (and mangas!) with you!

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1.) Crown of Coral and Pearl

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2.) Beneath the Haunting Sea

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3.) My Dear Cold-Blooded King

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4.) Inuyasha

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5.) The Raven and the Dove

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6.) Caraval

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Are you a fan of brothers in books? If so, why do you love them? Let me know in the comments!

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A Treason of Thorns: Book Review

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41716322Title: A Treason of Thorns
Author: Laura E. Weymouth
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publication Date: September 10th, 2019

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“Violet Sterling has spent the last seven years in exile, longing to return to Burleigh House. One of the six great houses of England, Burleigh’s magic always kept the countryside well. And as a child, this magic kept Violet happy, draping her in flowers while she slept, fashioning secret hiding places for her, and lighting fires on the coldest nights to keep her warm.

Everything shattered, though, when her father committed high treason trying to free Burleigh from the king’s oppressive control. He was killed, and Vi was forced into hiding.

When she’s given a chance to go back, she discovers Burleigh has run wild with grief. Vines and briars are crumbling the walls. Magic that once enriched the surrounding countryside has turned dark and deadly, twisting lush blooms into thorns, poisoning livestock and destroying crops. Burleigh’s very soul is crying out in pain.

Vi would do anything to help, and soon she finds herself walking the same deadly path as her father all those years before. Vi must decide how far she’s willing to go to save her house—before her house destroys everything she’s ever known.” (Goodreads)

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I hadn’t seen too many reviews for this book but the synopsis and the reviews I did see where enough to convince me to rent this one from my library. I don’t know if I had any expectations before starting and maybe that was a good thing. There were so unique things included and there were other parts that just fell short.

Right from the start we are introduced to Vi and her family. It is a strange dynamic and makes me question why her mother married her father in the first place. I understand her mother was trying to protect her daughter but at the same time she comes off as a total dillweed. Although her mother is never physically present, the reader learns more about her through flashbacks. The same goes for Vi’s father. He is only present for a bit until its all flashbacks for him as well. I did like the flashbacks and thought that they added to the characters that were present in them since there wasn’t much about the characters besides that.

As for Vi, she is a very determined girl and because her mother tried to keep her from being a caretaker she never talks to her. I understand wanting to save something you love but at the same time Vi is very selfish about her choices. She also holds grudges and I would have liked to see her writer her mother by the end or something. I wouldn’t say I ever connected with her and even though her choices were questionable, I didn’t mind reading about her.

There are quite a few minor characters in this one that I would have liked more from. Esperanza and Alfred are an interesting couple and I would have liked them to be more present since her father was the king and she also wanted to help the house. Besides trying to make up plans and maybe stalling the king, there wasn’t much development for her. I think it would have been nice to read a point-of-view from her because it would have helped and then there would have been more from the king as well. The reason I wanted more from the king is because in the plot, he is a villain. He really isn’t in the book much and I feel like as a villain he also wasn’t very villainous. It could just be me but I just needed more from him.

The only other character I haven’t discussed is Wyn. Vi’s father brought him to their house to be a companion for Vi during her childhood. Since they were friends for so long I though the blooming relationship between them was unnecessary especially since it doesn’t play a huge role. Friendship between them would have been just fine and I feel like it would have stayed the same book.

When it came to the plot, it was unique and I liked learning about the great houses. It did give me Monster House vibes and actually made me want to go watch that movie. My only complaint about the houses is that I wish there was more information as to how they came to be. I needed a background for why all of it was possible. Other than that, there was some interesting plot twists and it had a good pace.

Overall, I liked the book even with the issues I had with it. I guess the overall theme was that I needed more especially from the minor characters who had a lot of potential.

WWW Wednesday (11/20/19)

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Hello, My Lovely Bookworms!

This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and is now hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words.

It consists of answering these three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

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I started Blood Heir by Amelie Wen Zhao last night. This is will be my second time reading it as I read the arc before it was pulled early this year. I am curious to see what the differences will be.

 

 

 

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I finished up Sensational by Jodie Lynn Zdrok yesterday. It was a bit of a letdown as a sequel and final book but I will just have to go on! *sheds a tear*

 

 

 

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I will be continuing with arcs after my current read. Only 4 left! I think I will be reading Scammed by Kristen Simmons. It’s a sequel so hopefully it won’t let me down… (P.S. I do not like the cover. I don’t like real people on them!)

 

 

 

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What is your current read? Are you loving it? Have you read or want to read any that I have listed? Let me know in the comments!

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Well Met: Book Review

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43189874._SY475_Title: Well Met
Author: Jen DeLuca
Genre: Romance/Contemporary
Publication date: September 3rd, 2019

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“Emily knew there would be strings attached when she relocated to the small town of Willow Creek, Maryland, for the summer to help her sister recover from an accident, but who could anticipate getting roped into volunteering for the local Renaissance Faire alongside her teenaged niece? Or that the irritating and inscrutable schoolteacher in charge of the volunteers would be so annoying that she finds it impossible to stop thinking about him?

The faire is Simon’s family legacy and from the start he makes clear he doesn’t have time for Emily’s lighthearted approach to life, her oddball Shakespeare conspiracy theories, or her endless suggestions for new acts to shake things up. Yet on the faire grounds he becomes a different person, flirting freely with Emily when she’s in her revealing wench’s costume. But is this attraction real, or just part of the characters they’re portraying?

This summer was only ever supposed to be a pit stop on the way to somewhere else for Emily, but soon she can’t seem to shake the fantasy of establishing something more with Simon, or a permanent home of her own in Willow Creek.” (Goodreads)

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I was hoping this one would be as cute as I thought it was going to be. I did have a bit of an issue really caring for the characters up until around 35%. After that, I was hooked!

Emily is quite relatable when it comes to me. She dropped out of college, was going for an English major, and enjoys Shakespeare. That is literally me. Overall I liked her character and thought a lot of her emotions were justified throughout the book. With her bad past, I was really rooting for her to get a happy ending!

Simon on the other hand, he was like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. He would do/say one thing and then do a 180. He also comes from a bad past just with different situations. I didn’t care much for him in the beginning but I couldn’t help myself from swooning during certain scenes, like him as a private.

The setting was one that I loved since I have always seen photos of Ren Faires but have never been to one. It was unique and made for a great plot! As for the plot, it was everything I needed and more. Enemies-to-lovers is a great trope and I think this book did it justice.

Overall, this book had me giddy and I couldn’t help but smile (My husband probably thought I was being a weirdo but no shame here). I would love to see what the future has in store for Simon and Emily. Also, this would make a great movie and I think it needs to be made into one!

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Changes In My Reading Life

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Hello, Lovely Bookworms!

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018.

I don’t think this one will be hard for me. I have made a lot of progress in my reading life since I started again last summer. So, let’s just go right into it!

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1.) Trying New Genres

Last year I was pretty stuck in my ways and only stuck to YA, whether that was fantasy or contemporary. I really dove into YA  mystery/thriller this year as well as adult fiction. I have found a new love for Adult Fantasy and even Contemporary Romance. Who knew this would happen!

2.) No Monthly TBR

Last year and even at the beginning of this year I went by a monthly tbr. Honestly, it just overwhelmed me at times especially when I went off of it. I still felt obligated to try and finish everything on it. I am happy to say that I still try to prioritize arcs but other than that I am free!

3.) DNF

I used to hate to DNF. I didn’t like it and I would always push through no matter what. I think that this led to a lot of my reading slumps and so I have been dnfing and requesting less arcs. It’s really helped!

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What is something that has changed in your reading life?

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Knight of the Silver Circle: E-Arc Review

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43263178Title: Knight of the Silver Circle (Dragonslayer #2)
Author: Duncan M. Hamilton
Genre: Adult Fantasy
Publication Date: November 19th, 2019

eARC provided by publisher through NetGalley. All opinions are my own.

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“Three dragons wreak havoc throughout Mirabay–eating livestock, killing humans, and burning entire villages to ash. It was nearly impossible to kill one, using a legendary sword and the magic of the mysterious Cup; to tackle three, Guillot dal Villerauvais will need help.

The mage Solène fears having to kill again; she leaves Gill to gain greater control over her magic.

The Prince Bishop still wants Gill dead, but more than that, he wants the Cup, and he’ll do whatever he has to to get it, even sending his own daughter–a talented thief and assassin–into the dragons’ path.

As secrets mount on secrets and betrayals on betrayals, both Guillot and Solène face critical decisions that will settle not only their own fate but that of all Mirabaya. (Goodreads)

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I read the first of this series in June and you can find that review here. My biggest complaint with the first one was just needing more from everything, especially the characters. I will say that the second book was a bit better but I still had a couple issues.

The first chapter doesn’t waste any time when it comes to pulling you in. I was very impressed and excited to see the dragons introduced straight away.

Just like the first book, this one also has multiple point-of-views. A few of them were from characters introduced in the previous book and the other two are new characters. I am glad that one of the PoVs was from a dragon. That was my favorite part from the first one.

One of the main characters, Guillet, reminded me a lot of Geralt from The Witcher series, especially towards the end due to a couple scenes. I did like him and the other characters a bit more as there was more development. One of the newer characters didn’t have much background and so I am quite curious to see where her story will go. She also is a pretty sneaky assassin and it was fun to read about her.

As for the plot, it was a bit slow at times but it does pick up the farther you get into the book and the ending was a great pay-off. I’m glad that the dragons had a bigger role and it seems they will also be a big part of the third and final book in the series. I am really excited about that. There were a few plot twists and they weren’t obvious like they were in the first book. It was definitely a good improvement and it had me on edge at the ending!

Overall, the series did get better and I am looking forward to reading the final book in this series. The covers are gorgeous and make my love for dragons even stronger.