Book Review: A Reaper at the Gates (An Ember in the Ashes #3) by Sabaa Tahir

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Title: A Reaper at the Gates
Author: Sabaa Tahir
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publication Date: June 12th, 2018
Publisher:  Razorbill




Beyond the Martial Empire and within it, the threat of war looms ever larger.

Helene Aquilla, the Blood Shrike, is desperate to protect her sister’s life and the lives of everyone in the Empire. Yet danger lurks on all sides. Emperor Marcus, haunted by his past, grows increasingly unstable and violent, while Keris Veturia, the ruthless Commandant, capitalizes on the Emperor’s volatility to grow her own power—regardless of the carnage she leaves in her path.

Far to the east, Laia of Serra knows that the fate of the world lies not in the machinations of the Martial court, but in stopping the Nightbringer. During the hunt to bring him down, Laia faces unexpected threats from those she hoped would help her, and is drawn into a battle she never thought she’d have to fight.

And in the land between the living and the dead, Elias Veturius has given up his freedom to serve as Soul Catcher. However, in doing so, he has vowed himself to an ancient power that demands his complete surrender—even if that means abandoning the woman he loves.” (Goodreads)

Edit: I have now read this a second time and my feelings are still true when it comes to this review. I never knew I could cry again for a book I had already read. The last 100 pages were just torture to get through with my feelings! Haha.

*Spoilers* To be honest, I feel sorry for Marcus. He may have done some bad things but I think by the end he had good intentions when it came to being Emperor. I still hate Keris and I hope she gets what she deserves! *End of Spoilers*

A Reaper at the Gates begins where A Torch against the Night left off. There are threats to the Empire and Laia, Helene, and Elias will stop at nothing to do their jobs and fight against the destruction the Nightbringer is determine to bring.

Laia is as strong as ever and is doing anything in her power to save her people. She has already lost so much and yet she still fights no matter what. She has really grown from the first book and I am here for it. Her brother, Darin, hasn’t played too big of a role but I am sure that will change in the next book. As for Elias, I am still heartbroken from what happened in the second and now am even more heartbroken by the path he has taken and what he has left behind. When it comes to Helene, I didn’t really care for her in the first book and she got better in the second but she has now grown on me and I ship her and Harper!

The plot grows and there is no shortage of fighting and heartbreak. We learn more about the Nightbringer and the jinn and am curious to see how his plot plays out in the next book. He is a very curious individual and I need more of him!

When I thought the series couldn’t break me anymore, Sabaa Tahir just crushes whatever was left. I may have shed a few tears and now I am just at a loss for words and can’t wait to see what happens in the fourth book, hopefully my heart will manage. If you haven’t read the series go do it!

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Book Review: The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

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29414614._SY475_Title: The Winner’s Curse
Author: Marie Rutkoski
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publication Date: March 4th, 2014

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Winning what you want may cost you everything you love

As a general’s daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, seventeen-year-old Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married. But Kestrel has other intentions. One day, she is startled to find a kindred spirit in a young slave up for auction. Arin’s eyes seem to defy everything and everyone. Following her instinct, Kestrel buys him—with unexpected consequences. It’s not long before she has to hide her growing love for Arin. But he, too, has a secret, and Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for a fellow human is much higher than she ever could have imagined. Set in a richly imagined new world,

The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski is a story of deadly games where everything is at stake, and the gamble is whether you will keep your head or lose your heart.” (Goodreads)

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Edit: I have now finished this for a second time!

I read it for the first time last January and honestly, it felt like a new reading experience because I had forgotten a lot. I never finished the series so I’m glad I decided to reread this one and then continue with the series.

I am seriously terrible at finishing series…

Anyways, I felt the same and honestly, the heartbreak at the end is just so, ugh! 😢 I’m very excited to start the next one and since I own it, it will be right away.

Old Review:

The Winner’s Curse follows seventeen-year-old Kestrel who as the daughter of a general must decide between joining the military or getting married. When a slave catches her eye at an auction, she quickly falls into uncharted territory as she tries to grasp her feelings. The stakes are high but they only get higher and she must decide how to play game and what she is willing to risk.

Kestrel has a lot to live up to since she is the daughter of a general. She has also grown up surrounded by aristocrats. It is a completely different view from Arin, the slave she has picked up. Throughout the book, Arin’s past comes to light and there is more than meets the eye when it comes to his past and his future. I love that there isn’t an instant romance and there is banter between them and it’s not all sunshine and rainbows. There is backstabbing, hating, wanting, and everything that comes with a dysfunctional romance. They were characters that I connected with easily from the start and the ending was devastating and I may have shed a tear or two.

The plot is one I have seen before but her writing draws you in and makes it feel unique in its own way. There is action, betrayal, and scandals of sorts. It is hard to put down and I found myself reading through it quickly and thinking about it constantly.

I went into this book expecting to not be impressed and figuring it would be a 3 star read at best, but boy was I wrong! Set in a richly captivating world where scandals thrive and the characters tug at your emotions. This quickly rose to 5 stars and I can’t wait to continue the series!

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Hello Lovely Readers!

I just want to wish everyone who lives in the United States a Happy Thanksgiving!

This will be my only post for the day as I will be busy preparing all the yummy food and spending the day with my husband and daughter.

Thank you all for following me and interacting with my posts. It means a lot and I am very thankful for each one of you. ❤

 

Mood Reading: Has it Been Working for Me?

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Hello, Readers!

The last couple of months I haven’t set a tbr. For the month of July, I did have a list of my e-arcs and library books that needed to be read soon but I didn’t for myself to read any of those. If I was feeling it then I read it. If not, I found a book I wanted to read instead!

Sometimes it’s hard to be a mood reader because I like to know what I am doing. I run into the problem of not actually knowing what I want to read next. Sure, I have tons of books to read, haha, but I am always quite indecisive.

I think I will continue mood reading for August. I haven’t been getting into a reading slump lately and I think it’s because I do switch up my genre every few books.

What do you think about mood reading? Are you a mood reader or do you set yourself a monthly tbr? Let me know in the comments!

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LitJoy Crate: May 2019 Unboxing

 

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Hello, Bookworms!

Today I am doing an unboxing. I haven’t done one for awhile because 1.) been spending less and 2.) I always forget to take photos before I start to sell off items that weren’t for me or put them away in my office. It’s a lot of work to try and remember what came from a box!

The LitJoy Crate May Box was pretty great. I boguht it specifically for the artists that were involved in making the pieces because they are two of my favorite artists, Salome Totladze and Noverantale.

My favorite piece has to be the pot holders. Hades looks amazing! Although I am thinking I will use them as mug rugs instead or hang one on my wall because its just too pretty to use in the kitchen. I haven’t read the book yet but hopefully soon!

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The Tiger at Midnight: Book Review

 

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41010757Title: The Tiger at Midnight
Author: Swati Teerdhala
Genre: Ya Fantasy

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Synopsis: “Esha is a legend, but no one knows. It’s only in the shadows that she moonlights as the Viper, the rebels’ highly skilled assassin. She’s devoted her life to avenging what she lost in the royal coup, and now she’s been tasked with her most important mission to date: taking down the ruthless General Hotha.

Kunal has been a soldier since childhood, training morning and night to uphold the power of King Vardaan. His uncle, the general, has ensured that Kunal never strays from the path—even as a part of Kunal longs to join the outside world, which has been growing only more volatile.

Then Esha’s and Kunal’s paths cross—and an unimaginable chain of events unfolds. Both the Viper and the soldier think they’re calling the shots, but they’re not the only players moving the pieces. As the bonds that hold their land in order break down and the sins of the past meet the promise of a new future, both rebel and soldier must make unforgivable choices.

Inspired by ancient Indian history and Hindu mythology”


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My Thoughts:

I had only seen a couple reviews for this book before starting and they each had positive things to say about this book. I went in being a little hyped but still cautious because sometimes overhyping is a bad thing when it comes to books. I am glad I didn’t have a lot of hype for this particular one because it left me feeling bland about it.

In the beginning we are introduced to Esha. She has one mission to accomplish but that is cut short when Kunal crosses paths with her. I was interested to see what direction the author would take these to characters. Unfortunately the flirting between them happened too quickly for my liking. Throughout the book, these two play a game of cat and mouse. I haven’t read many books with that in it so it was fun to read something different even if I didn’t like the characters that much.

Personally, I had a hard time connecting with Esha and Kunal. It may just be that their introduction of each other just put me in a place of being uninterested. I am not really sure. They just felt a little bland to me.

The plot was interesting and starts the book off with a bang! It didn’t grasp me as much as I would have liked but was still good nonetheless. I did enjoy the mythology that was included. It is refreshing to see others used than the normal ones that tend to be written about.

Overall, it was a decent read but one that just needed more of something to keep me wanting to read it. It took me more than a few days to finish because I had a hard time wanting to pick it back up. I know that others will thoroughly enjoy this book because it is unique with the mythology that it brings to the plot.

 

Twice the Demise: Book Review

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44447326Title: Twice the Demise
Author: Maureen Joseph
Genre: Gothic Romance

Thank you spotlight.tours and author for the review copy! All opinions are my own.

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Synopsis:Polly Deuce is not your average undertaker. She loves MP3 players and is somewhat a luddite. She lived a non-eventful life in her little goth bubble till her childhood best friend, Michael Nabakov, turned her world upside down. For many years, he had managed to keep his identity and motives under wraps. Polly is caught between her guilt with the familiarity of Michael’s presence and a strange yearning for his dark pursuer.”

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My Review:

This book really surprised me and I found myself having a hard time putting it down! The characters didn’t have too much development but I feel that the book was more plot driven than anything. Which, I didn’t mind at all. They were still interesting to read about.

The only issue I had was the writing style. I had a hard time getting into it but since I was enjoying the plot I pushed myself to get past it.

Overall, the plot was dark, intriguing, and that ending was intense! If you are into gothic romance then definitely check this book out!

WWW Wednesday (6/5/19)

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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?

 

44447326Currently Reading:

I will be starting Twice the Demise today! I am looking forward to this gothic romance.

 

 

41118857Recently Finished:

 

I just finished The Dragon Republic last night and wow! It blew me out of the water and I need the third book asap!

 

 

43093526Reading Next:

I most likely will be starting The Cruel Stars since it is my next review I need done and it also sounds awesome!

Reader Problems Book Tag

 

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Hello, Fellow Book Lovers!

Today is a great book tag. I have loved doing these and am so excited when I find another to do! I saw LauReads do this one. She has a great blog so definitely check her out.

If you know the original creator to this tag let me know so I can credit them.

You have 20,000 books on your TBR, how do you decide what to read next?
This is like a real life scenario right here! Haha. I always make a monthly list but sometimes I just have a mood where I want to read a specific book, which is usually on my much longer tbr list. So basically, list or mood.

You’re halfway through a book and you’re just not loving it. Do you put it down or are you committed?
Always committed! I hate to get partly through a book and then have to dnf it so I just push on! I know most people don’t but I want to be able to write a review for it because maybe someone else will have the same issues as me.

The end of the year is coming and you’re behind on your reading challenge. Do you try to catch up? And if so, how?
I usually go over but if I was in this predicament then I would read so many graphic novels/mangas! Haha. I love reading them anyways and even if they are short, I still count them.

The covers of a series you love do not match, how do you cope?
I just deal with it. There isn’t much I can do about it and I do have a couple series that don’t match but it is what it is.

Everyone and their mother loves a book that you do not. Who do you bond with over your shared feelings?
I usually share my feelings with my sister or husband. Even if they haven’t read the series or don’t share similar feelings, they are great listeners!

You’re reading a book in public and you’re about to start crying. How do you deal?
I try to tell myself not to cry! I don’t want to look like a crazy book reader, which I am. Haha.

The sequel to a book you loved just came out but you’ve forgotten a lot of what happens. Are you going to reread it?
Nope! I just hope for the best and dive right in!

You do not want anyone to borrow your books, how do you politely say no when someone asks?
I just tell them straight up that they are my precious babies and no one is allowed to touch them.

You have picked up and put down 5 books in the last month. How do you get over this reading slump?
I usually just step away from reading for awhile and try it again when I have a few days away from it all.

There are so many books coming out that you are dying to read. How many do you end up buying?
All of them! Just kidding. Most books I am excited to read but don’t know if I will like, especially if it is a debut novel. I rent from my library for most and buy when it is a new book in a series I have already read.

After  you purchase all of these books that you’re  dying to read, how long do they sit on your shelf before you read them?
Too long. It usually takes months or a year for me to actually read them unless it is in a series I absolutely love.

I tag everyone to do this one! Tag me in it if you do so I can read your answers.

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Refuse to Let Anyone Touch

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Hello, Lovelies!

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.

Today’s prompt is all about those books you want to keep to yourself! You know, the ones that are so valuable that if anyone were to touch them you would have a mini heart attack. Yup! I am one of those dramatic people. Here are the books that are a big no-no for me!

1.) Any Signed Books
Yes, every single one is in the no touch zone. I love to have them be in pristine condition because if of reselling purposes, if I choose to go that route one day.

2.) Vintage Books
I have quite a few vintage books dating back to the late late 1800’s and I want to keep them in decent condition. Obviously since they are super old the condition isn’t great but I don’t want them to get worse! One is Robin Hood so that is super special.

3.) Alice in Wonderland
I just have a lot of copies and and as one of my favorite books they are all precious to me.

4.) Dracula
Just like the top one, I have tons of copies and is a loved book because I have an obsession with vampires. My child knows who Dracula is because of this, haha.

And that’s it! I mean really I’d rather not have anyone touch any of my books but it is what it is. Sometimes you have to share, sometimes.

What books are precious to you?