Audiobook Review: Mark of the Raven by Morgan L. Busse

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Title: Mark of the Raven (The Ravenwood Saga #1)
Author: Morgan L. Busse
Genre: Fantasy / Christian Fiction
Publication Date: November 6th, 2018
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers




“Lady Selene is the heir to the Great House of Ravenwood and the secret family gift of dreamwalking. As a dreamwalker, she can enter a person’s dreams and manipulate their greatest fears or desires. For the last hundred years, the Ravenwood women have used their gift of dreaming for hire to gather information or to assassinate.

As she discovers her family’s dark secret, Selene is torn between upholding her family’s legacy–a legacy that supports her people–or seeking the true reason behind her family’s gift.

Her dilemma comes to a head when she is tasked with assassinating the one man who can bring peace to the nations, but who will also bring about the downfall of her own house.

One path holds glory and power, and will solidify her position as Lady of Ravenwood. The other path holds shame and execution. Which will she choose? And is she willing to pay the price for the path chosen? (Goodreads)

I read this for the first time as an e-arc in 2018 and really liked the story but never continued on with the series because at times I am terrible at it!

I have been trying to get better and that is why I am revisiting this series, but as audiobooks this time.

My reviewing skills back in the day were okay but I have changed a lot since then, haha. So I am also updating my review.

I still enjoy the two main point-of-views and the one from Lady Selene’s mother, but that one only happens a few times.

There is a lot of character development for Lady Selene who must decide where her loyalty lies and what she is willing to lose in the process of it all. That also includes losing herself to the darkness which clearly clings to her mother.

It’s always hard to want to please your parents but not give up on who you are as a person. I can understand the struggle well. Selene is always doing a balancing act.

I think my favorite part out of the whole book is the relationship. I mean, it’s not really a relationship but by the end she marries for convenience to another house lord and I’m excited to see where the relationship between them goes.

There is magic found within each house as well and I thought the magic system was cool and fun to learn about. Selene has dream walking and although some people would like her to use it for evil, I think that she will really let her gift shine in the next book.

Overall, I still enjoyed this book the second time around and look forward to actually continuing this series.

Old Review:

The cover and description is what drew me in but the plot and writing kept me glued. This book was so good that I read 80% of it in one day. Mark of the Ravens is filled with Assassins, murder, and twisted families. The main character, Lady Selene, is relatable as she struggles to not lose herself when the ones close to her ask for more. It also has multiple POVs which adds to any book and makes the development of the characters even better as you get to see their side. This book will leave you wanting more and I can’t wait for this series to continue! It is out now so go check it out!

A Game of Thrones: Book Review

8535693Title: A Game of Thrones
Author: George R.R. Martin
Rating 5 stars

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I had tried to read A Game of Thrones in 2013 and put it down and never picked it back up. Honestly, I don’t remember the reason for it but I am sad that it has taken this long for me to pick it up again and finish it.

This book surprised me in a good way and I can’t stop thinking about it! Ever since I read the last page it has been on my mind as the world he has created is so intricate and vast that it easily swept me away and clearly hasn’t let me go.

Out of all the characters, I have a few characters that I absolutely loved. The first of those characters being Arya Stark. She is headstrong and doesn’t let anyone tell her what she can’t do. I can’t wait to see more from her in the next book. The second character on my list is none other than Jon Snow. Being a bastard he got a lot of crap from Catelyn but he doesn’t let that stop him from loving his siblings or wanting his father to be proud of him. I also liked Samwell Tarley because he is a great friend to Jon and hopefully he will have a bigger role in the next book.

Obviously two of my favorite characters are from the Stark house and it’s funny because awhile ago before getting back to reading this I took a quiz on what house I would fall in and I got Stark. My husband would say I like them because I have a good moral compass which is what you could say about the characters I chose. I guess there is truth in that! Either way, they have great characteristics and I can’t wait to see where their the series takes them.

When it comes to the television show, I have only seen the first couple of episodes. I personally prefer the books more and so I am not sure if I will ever watch the whole television series. Only time will tell on that one.

Overall, this was a great book full of scandal, betrayal, lies, and war. The characters are well developed and the world is one you don’t want to leave. If you haven’t read this yet and love adult fantasy I would suggest giving it a try!

The Winter of the Witch: NetGalley Review

36621586Title: The Winter of the Witch
Author: Katherine Arden
Publication Date: January 8th, 2019
Rating: 5 stars

eARC provided by publisher through NetGalley

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The Winter of the Witch was one of my most anticipated reads for 2019 and it did not disappoint. We are swept back into this magical world right where The Girl in the Tower left off. Vasya is trying to make peace with what happened to Moscow the night before while trying to keep her family safe as an angry mob wants her tried for witchcraft. Katherine Arden’s writing is once again captivating and brings to life this world and the characters we have grown to love.

We find ourselves back at recognizable places such as Moscow and the forest but we also are drawn into new magical worlds that feel like a dream. Her world building is breathtaking and imaginative as always.

New and familiar characters come back for this epic conclusion. Vasya is still growing in the beginning and by the end she is finding her purpose which is satisfying to see. She is always full of real human emotions as Katherine has a way of making each character come to life. I even grew to like Medved, the bear, and I didn’t think that was possible. Many of the characters are met with tough decisions they must make and sometimes those decisions lead to fateful consequences.

This book gave me so many emotions and tears were shed multiple times as well as a few laughs here and there. Although I am sad to see this wonderful world end, The Winter of the Witch is a great ending to a beloved series.

 

Favorite Winter Reads

Hello, my fellow book lovers!

It was hard to think of books that had a wintry setting and that I also love so my list is quite short but they are ones that I plan to read every winter.

The Winternight Trilogy by Katherine Arden was one of the best series I read this year. It was magical and you can’t help but love the characters and the world she created. It will be one series that I intend to reread next winter. If you haven’t read it yet I highly recommend doing so! The Winter of the Witch will be coming out in early January. I was lucky enough to get an eARC and I will have a review posted for it tomorrow!

The last book that has been a childhood favorite is The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. You can’t ever go wrong with this book for winter and it is a book that I will always cherish. The movie was great as well and I plan to watch it soon!

Do you have any books you like to read during the wintry months? Let me know!

The Girl in the Tower: Book Review

34050917Title: The Girl in the Tower (Winternight Trilogy #2)
Author: Katherine Arden
Rating: 5 stars

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The Girl in the Tower continues to follow Vasya as she tries to find her place in the world without losing herself in the process. Along the way she finds herself disguised as a boy and helping the Grand Prince of Moscow defend the city.

Honestly, I loved this book more than the first. Katherine Arden is such a wonderful story teller and her characters are always so conscious of their actions and sometimes make horrible decisions which is so real and refreshing. Vasya has grown as a character since The Bear and the Nightingale but still has kept true to herself even when the odds are stacked against her.

The world building, as always, is detailed and the pace of the book is well done. I didn’t want to put it down for anything! I am so glad this series was recommended because it has become one of my favorites. It is great to have books written about other fairy tales than the usual ones. Besides, who doesn’t love Morozko?