Book Review: Empire of Storms (Spoiler Free)

This Review is Spoiler Free! If you want to read the 100% spoiler version, Click HERE 

Once again this is Book 5 of a series, so if you don’t want to be spoiled, please head to my Review page and find Throne of Glass.


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Name: Empire of Storms
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Release Date: September 6, 2016

 

Premise from the official website

The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those who don’t.

As the kingdoms of Erilea fracture around her, enemies must become allies if Aelin is to keep those she loves from falling to the dark forces poised to claim her world. With war looming on all horizons, the only chance for salvation lies in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.

Aelin’s journey from assassin to queen has entranced millions across the globe, and this fifth installment will leave fans breathless. Will Aelin succeed in keeping her world from splintering, or will it all come crashing down?


Book Cover Comments

US Edition

HOLY

FRICKIN

GOD

No doubts this is my favourite cover out of the entire series. Firstly Aelin looks pretty. Secondly all the weapons in her hands b like holy gods I don’t have a life anymore. The background looks holy frickin awesome, and it’s such a gorgeous color, I cannot.

The back cover is Aelin with a purple dress. It’s a super sweet color, and it’s super beautiful.

UK Edition

The flame here is not so nice as US edition, but the turquoise waves with the white background? Perfect, perfect, perfect.

Surprisingly, this time, the dress’ bottom color is not purple, but blue, but ONCE AGAIN ITS ALSO GORGEOUS.


The Actual Review

Queen of Shadows is AMAZING.
Empire of Storms is DEVASTATING.

Because for Terrasen, for Erilea, Elena would walk into the eternal darkness lurking across the valley to buy them all a chance.

This book has five hundred million moments of climax, five hundred million moments has sadness and breaking and love and relationships, it is absolutely unbelievable. And to write this review without spoiling readers is the best thing ever.

Time. Her only tool—and her downfall. And she had run out of it.

The growing is over in Queen of Shadows. Now, Aelin and the crew are now matured, ready to take on the tasks that they are required to do. And you do not know how crazy this book was. I know I’m not making sense but I spent 1:30am ~ 3:00am gathering quotes for the book reviews, and now it’s 7:40am in the morning at school. I shouldn’t be making sense.

“You had fought so hard and I failed you.”

I don’t even know where to begin in this devastating book.


The beginning starts off by introducing the struggles Aelin finds, as not everything goes her way even if she declared herself in Adarlan as the heir to the Galathynius line and throne of Terrasen.

“You are its master; you control it. Your fear grants it the right to take over.”

Aelin actually really reminds me of Lelouch from Code Geass (anime yes i know). Both have a lot in common, and I’m not going to reveal why. The plans she made for the future, the roles that the other members of her court will have to play, what they will pull up for the entire world is utterly heartbreaking.

The Queen of Flame and Shadow, the Heir of Fire, Aelin of the Wildfire, Fireheart…

Oh and can I talk about the mature content in this book? Everything I was looking for, unexpected, discovered wild, and holy shit. Because reading those scenes are exactly as how Sarah described it: the payoffs for all the hard work in the book.

To protect, to shield, to fight for what and who he loved.

For whatever Rowan would do for Aelin, that bond between them, that love between them that didn’t keep them apart, stayed together, Rowan by Aelin’s side, always for her, doing everything for her. Oh, if only I can have a wonderful hubbie like Rowan.

This was what drove her out of her mind—this fire between them.

Next, let’s move on… it was actually as if I never knew Dorian… he became so strong, so different from the prince I first knew in ToG, and that’s really when I knew how much he grew.

“You will find your way, too, Dorian. You’ll find your way out.”

Dorian was extremely different. Someone much more brave, someone who doesn’t panic when something suddenly happens, someone who asks for more adventure. I it really interesting you know, and Dorian’s raw magic.

Never again. Never again would he be weak and useless and frightened.

YOU KNOW HOW LONG PEOPLE HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR SINCE HEIR OF FIRE FOR SOMETHING BIG THAT HAPPENED WHICH I CANNOT REVEAL? Manon Manon Manon Manon Blackbeak has finally done soemthing really bad. And there is where the first big revelation of the story happens, where it turns out that *Joanne is not going to spoil anything*.

No, Lorcan’s magic was that of will—of death and thought and destruction. There was no name for it..

Lorcan makes a huge comeback in this book, and you will soon know his role in this entire war. Sadly I can’t say anything because its.. spoilers.

“I don’t think you even know what happiness is.”

Lysandra is the best best shape shifter I have ever seen. She who is willing to sacrifice herself so easily so that she might be able to protect her family, her court, the court that would change the world, she is so selfless. Btw I’m not spoiling anything here.

“People other than you can solve things, you know.”

Tbh I don’t really know what to say for Aedion, since he’s pretty much always excluded from the plans and what’s going on Lol. But I want to hug Aedion for the fact that he went to war at the age of fourteen.

“Everything has a price.”

So in Empire of Storms, we have even more comebacks, this time being Gavriel and Fenrys. You’ll get to learn more about them during EoS. No spoilers.

“But if she has tried to harm either you or her I would have done everything in my power to get you out.”

I also mentally cried so much when some parts were related to Elena (no spoilers), and it stays true to the quote of “Everything has a price”. You’ll see why.

“Why do you think you burn so brightly? “

There is just so much to “cry” about in this book, because for the fifty thousandth time, there are so many emotional parts in this book, and do you know the agony of going through all those revelations? Of what actually happened?

They stood in silence as the scene unfolded. As the truth, at last the truth, now wove together.

For Terrasen. For them. For a better world.

I know, I know, I was basically fangirling in this long “review”. I’m actually kind of surprised how I have less words here than for the reviews in Queen of Shadows. Maybe because this is such a fresh read, I don’t remember the details yet and the plot lines. But there are so many parts that broke me into tiny pieces, and every time I pause reading to do something else, I’m always scared to continue reading, to pick up the book and flip the page. I have never ever been so scared to finish a book, and this is how you know how stunning Empire of Storms actually was.

Hope—precious, fragile hope—stirred his blood.

The finale when even more characters form all over the continent makes a comeback…

*takes a deep breath.*

*Ahhhh.*

(continues the sobbing)


Empire of Storms is the ultimate masterpiece that will take away anyone’s heart from the very beginning, hang one from a cliff at every page the reader flips, and crushes it into millions of pieces by the end of the book, the book that is filled with an ocean of chaos, love, future and hope, leaving the reader utterly speechless, tears in eyes and emotions torn.

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Book Review: Empire of Storms – Sarah J. Maas

Caution: This Review contains SPOILERS! If you don’t want any spoilers, Click HERE

Once again this is Book 5 of a series, so if you don’t want to be spoiled, please head to my Review page and find Throne of Glass.


Image result for empire of storms

Name: Empire of Storms
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Release Date: September 6, 2016

 

Premise from the official website

The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those who don’t.

As the kingdoms of Erilea fracture around her, enemies must become allies if Aelin is to keep those she loves from falling to the dark forces poised to claim her world. With war looming on all horizons, the only chance for salvation lies in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.

Aelin’s journey from assassin to queen has entranced millions across the globe, and this fifth installment will leave fans breathless. Will Aelin succeed in keeping her world from splintering, or will it all come crashing down?


Book Cover Comments

US Edition

HOLY

FRICKIN

GOD

No doubts this is my favourite cover out of the entire series. Firstly Aelin looks pretty. Secondly all the weapons in her hands b like holy gods I don’t have a life anymore. The background looks holy frickin awesome, and it’s such a gorgeous color, I cannot.

The back cover is Aelin with a purple dress. It’s a super sweet color, and it’s super beautiful.

UK Edition

The flame here is not so nice as US edition, but the turquoise waves with the white background? Perfect, perfect, perfect.

Surprisingly, this time, the dress’ bottom color is not purple, but blue, but ONCE AGAIN ITS ALSO GORGEOUS.


The Actual Review

Queen of Shadows is AMAZING.
Empire of Storms is DEVASTATING.

Because for Terrasen, for Erilea, Elena would walk into the eternal darkness lurking across the valley to buy them all a chance.

This book has five hundred million moments of climax, five hundred million moments has sadness and breaking and love and relationships, it is absolutely unbelievable. And to write this review where I can express all my emotions is the best thing ever, because you, reader, can be spoiled.

Time. Her only tool—and her downfall. And she had run out of it.

The growing is over in Queen of Shadows. Now, Aelin and the crew are now matured, ready to take on the tasks that they are required to do. And you do not know how crazy this book was. I know I’m not making sense but I spent 1:30am ~ 3:00am gathering quotes for the book reviews, and now it’s 7:40am in the morning at school. I shouldn’t be making sense.

“Right there, you died. You had fought so hard and I failed you.”

I don’t even know where to begin in this devastating book. I guess we’ll just have to begin talking by character and ships because I can’t set the chronological events correctly.


The beginning starts off by introducing Aelin once again to the Lords of Terrasen, and the struggles she finds with coping with them, as not everything goes her way even if she declared herself in Adarlan as the heir to the Galathynius line and throne of Terrasen. It wasn’t since the beginning of Empire of Storms where Aelin started planning. It was since Queen of Shadows when her master planning begin.

“You are its master; you control it. Your fear grants it the right to take over.”

Aelin’s plans during the pit fights, gathering old debts and allies in order to take control over as many places in Erilea as possible, in order to support the now weak Terrasen if anything is to happen. Aelin actually really reminds me of Lelouch from Code Geass (anime yes i know). Both have a lot in common, with the cunning planning and the trickery, as well as the final act of sacrifice. Ok fine Aelin didn’t exactly die in this book but still. The plans she made for the future of Terrasen, the roles that Aedion, Lysandra and Rowan will be playing in court, the act and shade that they will pull up for the entire world is utterly heartbreaking.

The Queen of Flame and Shadow, the Heir of Fire, Aelin of the Wildfire, Fireheart…

My friend told me there would be some loophole where Aelin won’t die. But I’m just gonna tell myself Aelin is going to die to make life sadder in TOG 6.

To buy a future, she’d pay it.

Oh and can I talk about the mature content in this book? Everything I was looking for, unexpected, discovered wild, and holy shit. Because reading those scenes are exactly as how Sarah described it: the payoffs for all the hard work in the book. Then let’s move on to the ships. You, reader, have seen the gajillion ships going on in this book. SO let’s have this paragraph and probably the next paragraph be all about ships and lovers.

“You are my Fireheart.”

Rowan and Aelin, carranam, I find the ending super sad because of when Maeve revealed everything, about how she tricked Rowan so that fate might change, so that Aelin and Rowan might as well as not realise how they are actually mate, was really really really really really really really really really sad. (yes I’m losing control with this book review I know) I wanted to hug Rowan and say I’m sorry, but of course he’s not even 2-D: he’s 1-D.

To protect, to shield, to fight for what and who he loved.

For whatever Rowan would do for Aelin, that bond between them, that love between them that didn’t keep them apart, that lead them to each other no matter whatever outer forces there were to prevent the first predicted path, they still stayed together, Rowan by Aelin’s side, always for her, doing everything for her. Bowing, on his knees, in front of his cousin so that they might change their mind on who’s side they will be. Oh, if only I can have a wonderful hubbie like Rowan.

This was what drove her out of her mind—this fire between them.

Next, let’s move on to fresh budding ships. JESUS CHRIST MANON AND DORIAN. Like it was expected back in QoS, but how it turned out in the end… it was actually as if I never knew Dorian… he became so strong, so different from the prince I first knew in ToG, and that’s really when I knew how much he grew.

“You will find your way, too, Dorian. You’ll find your way out.”

Dorian was extremely different. Someone much more brave, someone who doesn’t panic when something suddenly happens, someone who asks for more adventure, someone who desires for one that can take his broken heart, with that being Manon. I find their relationship really interesting you know, and Dorian’s raw magic, as well as his will to keep on fighting for the sake of the world, even if the world was going to be reduced to nothing.

Never again. Never again would he be weak and useless and frightened.

YOU KNOW HOW LONG PEOPLE HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR SINCE HEIR OF FIRE FOR MANON TO GO AGAINST BLACKBEAK MATRON? SINCE THE BEGINNING OF TIME. Manon Manon Manon Manon Blackbeak has finally turned against her grandmother when she realised she didn’t want to let go of Asterin, her second. And there is where the first big revelation of the story happens, where it turns out that Manon is the next heir to the Crochans, and is also the last Crochan Queen. A half blood. Manon’s love for abraxos, vice versa, is still something very notable, as Aelin had called Abraxos Manon’s nursemaid XD Manon’s role is actually so vital in this book, I’m so happy that she gets the pay-off scenes as well. And oh my god the relation between the so called Lock/Eye of Elena and the three faced goddess…

“Everything has a price.”
Lorcan and Elide, oh my god. Do you even know how brave Elide was, against Lorcan and the circus people, how she learnt from the Blackbeaks and used the techniques so that she can stand up for herself and protect herself?
No, Lorcan’s magic was that of will—of death and thought and destruction. There was no name for it.

And oh gods, when Lorcan attacked her with news of Celaena and Aelin’s behaviour, and then Elide standing up for her queen and talking back? HOLY MOLY OF JESUS.

“All I hear are the words of someone who saw Aelin and Prince Rowan fall in love and resented them for their happiness—because you are so unhappy.”

Then we have Lorcan, Lorcan, Lorcan. I still cannot believe how the two of them fell in love, how they stayed together through those days in town, and how Lorcan protected Elide just as Elide had asked him to stay.

“I will always find you,” he swore to her.
Lorcan whispered, “I promise.”

I wanted to weep so badly for Lorcan when Elide said he doesn’t understand what happiness is. Because I developed a love and care for Lorcan, I don’t hate him when he betrayed us all for the so-called-Maeve’s-sake. And in the end when Elide rejected Lorcan, I was like… I don’t even know what to say.

“I don’t think you even know what happiness is.”

Lysandra is the best best shape shifter I have ever seen. She who is willing to sacrifice herself so easily so that she might be able to protect her family, her court, the court that would change the world, she is so selfless. And at the same time, she knows Aelin so well, and she keeps her secrets so well. And OH MY GOD when I learnt that Lysandra studied Abraxos to make her skin spidersilk, so that she would be stronger during the final battle, I crie I crie I crie.

“People other than you can solve things, you know.”

Tbh I don’t really know what to say for Aedion, since he’s pretty much always excluded from the plans and what’s going on Lol. But I want to hug Aedion for the fact that he went to war at the age of fourteen, and for the fact that he understood how to go to war, what his role is in a war, to make the army not fear of death. It was also super heartwarming with whatever he said to Lysandra when she was pretty much almost dying. I was like AWWWWWWWWWWW.

And behind it, descending upon the Fae fleet with wicked delight, flew twelve others.

Oh my god Fenrys and Gavriel. Fenrys is legit the Erilea version of someone-with-Rhys-personality-from-ACOTAR-realm. Lol what the hell am I even saying! I find Fenrys and Connall’s story extremely sad, about how the twins would do anything for each other, would stay together at all costs. The fact that Maeve was the ultimate douchebag just makes life really sad I cannot. I really love the fact that Fenrys actually regrets what he did. I just found it really amazing. And gods, Gavriel. It was super interesting to see the development between Gavriel and Aedion, with Aedion being the one who is refusing him. It’s just really sad. But there’s one pressing reason why I love Gavriel, and why he is the best father anyone can get.

“But if Maeve has tried to harm either you or her, Aedion, I would have done everything in my power to get you out.”

Let’s not even talk about the Villains. TBh, what is Erawan doing? I was talking to my friend awhile ago, and she was also like “I feel like the big boss right now is Maeve, and Erawan is just there chillin'”. I was like “lol”. Which is kind of true. Right now, I feel like Maeve will be the challenge for all of them: how Aelin will bear the future and burden that she is given in the chains of Maeve, and how the others will struggle and fight until the very end until they can get their Queen back, as well as how to put up a show for the sake of the world, for the sake of a better tomorrow.

And he wondered if Aelin was somehow watching the archipelago, and he seas, and the skies, as if she might never see them again.

I also mentally cried so much when we came in to see Elena’s past, about how mistakes lead to causes, and it stays true to the quote of “Everything has a price”. And the price for Elena’s mistake would be damning the entire Galathynius line, making Aelin to be the one to pay for the price of misusing the lock.

“Why do you think you burn so brightly? It is not just Brannon’s blood that is in your veins. But Mala’s.”

There is just so much to “cry” about in this book, because for the fifty thousandth time, there are so many emotional parts in this book, and do you know the agony of going through all those revelations? Of who is who’s offspring, what actually happened in the past? Who the blame should be put on?

Aelin and Manon stood in silence as the scene unfolded. As the truth, at last the truth, now wove together.

I don’t know how I should feel towards Elena. I love her in the first four books, but when we come to the fifth book, she turns out to be the one to blame for the unhappiness brought upon our main characters, the reason they are fighting, to atone one’s mistakes. Somehow, Elena always leads me back to Sailor Moon, and in this case Sailor Cosmos from the alternate universe. Both had made a mistake and tried to run away from it (i guess?) I just see a resemblance. Don’t know how.

“Two females whose paths crossed tonight in a way we’ve rarely witnessed. Two queens, who might control either half of this continent, two sides of one coin. Both half-breeds.”

For Terrasen. For them. For a better world.

I know, I know, I was basically fangirling in this long “review”. I’m actually kind of surprised how I have less words here than for the reviews in Queen of Shadows. Maybe because this is such a fresh read, I don’t remember the details yet and the plot lines. But there are so many parts that broke me into tiny pieces, all those relationships, emotions, it was utterly beautiful, and every time I pause reading to do something else, I’m always scared to continue reading, to pick up the book and flip the page. I have never ever been so scared to finish a book, and this is how you know how stunning Empire of Storms actually was.

Hope—precious, fragile hope—stirred Rowan’s blood.

The finale when Aelin was already taken away, and the forces began to gather. Let’s first remind ourselves of Ansel from Briarcliff who first made an appearance in the Assassin’s Blade, the Silent Assassins that came from the same prequel story as Ansel; i-already-forgot-the-pirate-lord’s-name-pirate-lord who promised to find the lost pirates-whatever-people, and when Galan Ashryver arrived as well (omg forces from Wendlyn b like), and the possible force of the southern continent if Chaol were to bring an army, then we have Manon and Dorian and the Thirteen going to go on a Crochan hunt. I was like…

*takes a deep breath.*

*Ahhhh.*

(continues the sobbing)


His Fireheart.
His equal, his friend, his lover. His wife.
His mate.

Empire of Storms is the ultimate masterpiece that will take away anyone’s heart from the very beginning, hang one from a cliff at every page the reader flips, and crushes it into millions of pieces by the end of the book, the book that is filled with an ocean of chaos, love, future and hope, leaving the reader utterly speechless, tears in eyes and emotions torn.

Unleashing a cry that set the world trembling, Prince Rowan Whitehorn Galathynius, Consort of the Queen of Terrasen, began the hunt to find his wife.

 

Book Review: Garnet’s Story – Amy Ewing

 

The first review from the Lone City Series that is a fresh read :D

I’m really sleepy. Typing this up 1:20am in the morning.


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Name: Garnet’s Story
Author: Amy Ewing
Publisher: Walker Books (US Ver: HarperTeen)
Release Date: September 13, 2016

Synopsis

Delving into the back story of one of the Lone City’s most loved characters, this digital novella will delight readers of The Jewel and The White Rose, as well as fans of Victoria Aveyard and Kiera Cass.

Garnet, son of the Duchess of the Lake, has always been a spoiled playboy. But following a scandal that threatens to destroy his reputation, he has no choice but to accept the help of Lucien, the Electress’s lady-in-waiting – and Lucien wants something from him in return. Garnet must keep watch over the new surrogate in the palace of the Lake. As he watches and learns, Garnet finds himself beginning to realize the horrors that the royalty – including his own family – have inflicted upon others. And he might finally be ready to take a stand against it.


(e)Book Cover Comments

Oh wow. The first time I saw it, I was like WOAH FRESH RED. All the previous Lone City book covers used to be white, and this time Walker chose a bright shade of Red: Candy Apple Red. Though I would much prefer a crimson red so my eyes don’t go blind, the shimmers/glitter whatever you call them makes a perfect contrast with the candy apple red, as well as the golden font.


The Actual Review

 

Amy Ewing’s digital novellas are always so special, because they are told from another POV with scenes overlapping the main novel, making readers Always pick up their copy of the novel and read side by side, comparing lines and realising different thoughts and actions.

The story’s main outline is about Violet and Raven. But Amy turns our head, and leads us in the direction of the sorta-side character, Garnet; the son of the Duchess of the Lake.

In this story we follow Garnet’s adventure as he comes across what you expect from a normal teenager, experiences irl that reflects in the book, and last but not least, all the scenes that overlap with the main story. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to compare side by side this time as I’m moving, so I can’t dig out my book since I don’t even know which box it’s in.

Omg I have a new house to build in the Lone City.

The House of Boxes.

In this story, we really see how Garnet turns from spoiled brat to someone who is more understanding and someone who began to care more about other people around him, those who are on a different level. There were also some places in the novella that “predicted” what would happen in Book 2, and I found those sections quite interesting for me to think about. We fangirls also get to know about Garnet, what he did with his life, relationships, gossip and fued, and what were his motives when he helped out Violet and her friends, as well as how his perspective on people has changed. It was really wonderful and pretty to see.

Garnet knows the decision he will have to make in order to follow the path of what he believes in his right, and he is a really brave and wonderful character in the end.


Garnet’s Story not only gives you the full excitement a fangirl can get from simultaneously reading the actual story timeline book series and finding events that overlap in Book 1.

Book Review: The House of the Stone – Amy Ewing

Book Reviewathon 101!

I missed it.

Nah I didn’t.

Once again, light spoilers, so if you haven’t read the first book, please do, and go check out my review! The Jewel


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Name: The House of the Stone
Author: Amy Ewing
Publisher: Walker Books (US Ver: HarperTeen)
Release Date: July 7th, 2015

 

Synopsis

Amy Ewing, author of The Jewel, gives us a glimpse of the twisted cruelty which pervades the House of the Stone in this shocking and heart-wrenching digital novella.

When Raven is bought at the Auction, she knows immediately that things will not go well. And when she arrives at the Countess’s palace, Raven quickly discovers that the Countess is much less interested in having a baby than experimenting with Raven’s mind and body. Raven can only hope for an escape … and to see Violet again, all the while reminding herself that she is Raven Stirling, and she will survive.

The Handmaid’s Tale
meets The Other Boleyn Girl in a world where brutality and beauty collide. This is a must for anyone desperately awaiting the sequel to The Jewel.


(e)Book Cover Comments

 

Simplicity 101, perfect, on point, something that captures your eyes with that big fat elegant title. The white background corresponds with the Jewel, and I totally know why it was that way, because there is meaning behind it. Again this is spoiler free, so I won’t say much about it.

As for the US Cover, dark, capturing, gothic, everything that represents what the novella is about.


The Actual Review

 

You guys don’t even know how hyped I was when Is started reading House of Stones.

The Jewel was about Violet’s POV and what Violet was going through in the House of the Lake. Amy Ewing now gives us this wonderful digital novella by bringing us to see the world from Raven’s POV.

Don’t worry. It’s not a “The Jewel” copy and paste from Raven’s POV. The most fun and interesting bit is when you realise how many parts there are overlapping in story plots in The Jewel. I knew I had to grab the book off my shelf immediately and read it side by side, from both perspectives. It was extremely fun and interesting to read in such a way, and Amy Ewing is a genius for doing so.

In this story we see another cruel side of society in the Lone City, specifically the founding houses. I mean, we all know how things go on in the house of the lake and how the surrogates literally get the super short end of the stick.

I might like Violet better and that she is my favourite character, but Raven is as special as Violet was. For what reason? She is extremely strong willed, and with everything that she went through during her imprisoned time in the House of the Stone, I am extremely amazed, and cried in my mind (sorry I’m not sentimental, so physical tears do not form) because Raven is such a beautiful character in her own special way.

And last but not least, our catchphrase of the book:


 

I am Raven Stirling. They cannot own me.”

Book Review: Library of Souls – Ransom Riggs

Book Depository shipped me a terribly damaged spine-Library of Souls. Lucky they are sending me a replacement copy :D

Btw, if you haven’t read book 1 and 2, please head over to my Review page to find the First Book’s review, titled “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children”.


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Name: Library of Souls
Author: Ransom Riggs
Publisher: Quirk Books
Release Date: September 22, 2015

Synopsis

The adventures that began with Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and continued with Hollow City comes to a thrilling conclusion with Library of Souls.

As the story opens, sixteen-year-old Jacob discovers a powerful new ability, and soon he’s diving through history to rescue his peculiar companions from a heavily guarded fortress. Accompanying Jacob on his journey are Emma Bloom, a girl with fire at her fingertips, and Addison MacHenry, a dog with a nose for sniffing out lost children.

They’ll travel from modern-day London to the labyrinthine alleys of Devil’s Acre, the most wretched slum in all of Victorian England. It’s a place where the fate of peculiar children everywhere will be decided once and for all.

Like its predecessors, Library of Souls blends thrilling fantasy with never-before-published vintage photography.


Book Cover Comments

 

Tbh I don’t have much of a comment. Once again it’s an image that will appear in the book, and it plays some sort of significance. Ransom also uses this for his twitter profile pic. I actually really like this image, cus the pillar just gives me the feels of the title, “Library of Souls”.


The Actual Review

 

I have to say, Library of Souls was a really beautiful conclusion. The last three words were extremely magnificent and Ahhhhhhh!!!!!

Like the last two books, Library of Souls (LoS) has an amazing theme to it. Miss Peregrine is opening up the world, Hollow City is exploring the world and grow, Library of Souls being the book where you learn to accept your peculiarity as part of you, something that is with you all the time. As long as you believe in it, you can wield that power freely and protect those you love.

Library of Souls discovers a whole new different world within the world, more different possibilities and miracles within the world. It’s beautiful for the fact that Jacob really grows and learns in this book, to accept who he is, not a replacement for his grandfather, and to accept his destiny as everything happens for his reason. He also accepts and embraces his peculiarity so that he can use it well for what he needs it for, which I’m not going to spoil.

This book mainly surrounds Addison, Emma and Jacob and what they did and their journey to find the other peculiar children and to rescue all the ymbrynes from the wights and hollows, so we don’t get to really see much of the other’s powers. But this time we get introduced to this wonderful building which I will disclose the name and purpose, as well as the wonderful man managing it, once again I won’t tell you what it is. The story of this man throughout LoS is interesting, and I feel a bit sad about his story towards the end, but it’s really up to the readers of whether you want to forgive him or not.

I feel like this book has it’s thrills, but I enjoyed Book 1 and Book 2 slightly more than LoS, since some romantic scenes were lacking, but that’s really my taste and opinion, as well as the fact that the final part seemed a bit forced, I’m sure those of you who read it will understand what I mean.


The finale on the other hand, was interesting with how Jacob makes decisions on what to do with his life, and what FINAL decisions he makes in the end to end all of the mess and chaos that left behind in the human world. The last last pages were extremely funny and amusing, and I can totally imagine what those peculiar children would do, once again disclosing the actual content.


This book mainly sets in Devil’s Acre, a place that actually existed in Victorian England, and it was super interesting to imagine and learn more about this slum, as well as doing some outside of reading research.


And as I said above, the last three words were actually so impactful I had to take a deep breath. For some reason Jacob and Emma’s relationship really reminds me of Ransom and his wife, Tahereh’s, which is super super sweet.


Once again the vintage photos chosen in this book was fantastic, and no one even cares about if it’s scary or not. The photos play such an important and wonderful role for readers to visualise some parts of what is going on in the book, and to see how Ransom combines these vintage photos to his book was really amazing and wonderful.

Book Review: Gilded Ashes – Rosamund Hodge

 

Gilded Ashes, the companion to Cruel Beauty. Same universe, same style, same love, same fantasy.


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Name: Gilded Ashes
Author: Rosamund Hodge
Publisher: Epic Reads Impulse
Format: e-Book
Release Date: April 1st, 2014

Synopsis

A romantic and fantastical reimagining of the classic Cinderella tale, Gilded Ashes is a novella by Rosamund Hodge set in the same world as the author’s debut novel, Cruel Beauty.

Orphan Maia doesn’t see the point of love when it only brings pain: Her dying mother made a bargain with the evil, all-powerful ruler of their world that anyone who hurt her beloved daughter would be punished; her new stepmother went mad with grief when Maia’s father died; and her stepsisters are desperate for their mother’s approval, yet she always spurns them. And though her family has turned her into a despised servant, Maia must always pretend to be happy, or else they’ll all be struck dead by the curse.

Anax, heir to the Duke of Sardis, doesn’t believe in love either—not since he discovered that his childhood sweetheart was only using him for his noble title. What’s the point of pretending to fall in love with a girl just so she’ll pretend to fall in love with him back? But when his father invites all the suitable girls in the kingdom to a masked ball, Anax must finally give in and select a wife.

As fate would have it, the preparations for the masquerade bring him Maia, who was asked by her eldest stepsister to deliver letters to Anax. Despite a prickly first encounter, he is charmed and intrigued by this mysterious girl who doesn’t believe in love. Anax can’t help wishing to see her again—and when he does, he can’t help falling in love with her. Against her will, Maia starts to fall in love with him too. But how can she be with him when every moment his life is in danger from her mother’s deadly bargain?


Book Cover Comments

I see how the cover is connected to the book :D And I think the concept with the flowers is really beautiful, as well as the contrast in color. I also like how for the words, the “G” from Gilded is connected with “A” from Ashes.


The Actual Review

 

Cruel Beauty was amazing. And it’s companion, Gilded Ashes, is ALSO amazing. This retelling of Cinderella opened my eyes wide throughout the story, and was really intriguing, and it takes Cinderella a level up. While sticking true to the story, there were aspects of it that were changed to make things more interesting and stunning.

Beginning with plot, the fact Maia acts as the deliverer of letters by her stepsister Kore for the prince makes the romance predictable. But it is because we know the plot of Cinderella this well, and it is also because even when changes are made, and the retelling stays true to the plot, is what makes it really nice and wonderful. The latter plot was also drastically changed, but it was amazing in its own way, and of course no spoilers. I’ll elaborate on this a little with the characters.

Maia is a wonderful character, different from any other Cinderella I’ve seen. Her character and sacrifices that she makes in this book is EXTREMELY remarkable. How she thinks, what she believes and what she does about it is what makes her a really beautiful Cinderella. I was in love with her from the beginning to the very end, captivating every moment of me.

Our Prince, the son of the duke, Anax, was also very different. I’d say I can’t know much about “different” because pretty much the Cinderella movies don’t actually tell you much about the prince, but I think what he sacrifices and how he acted when he knew Maia was the one was really sweet, beautiful, and smile worthy. (Technically I’m not spoiling it because we all know what Cinderella is about??)

Another thing we really need to talk about is about the Stepmother and the stepsisters. Rosamund writes a whole different stepmother and stepsisters, no longer pure evil from the beginning. They are special in their own way, the sacrifices they made in order to protect their loved ones. Though the stepmother is the so called “villain”, I can see how Rosamund really supports the motif of no one is born evil.

Also you’ll see why this book is part of the Cruel Beauty Universe. You’ll see what characters crossover ;)

 

Hope you read this novella, and feel free to email me/message me on any of my social media platforms and talk to me about the book!

Book Review: Cruel Beauty – Rosamund Hodge

GUILTY, OR NOT GUILTY.

NOT GUILTY.

Finished this in two days :D


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Name: Cruel Beauty
Author: Rosamund Hodge
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Release Date: April 7th, 2015

Synopsis

The romance of Beauty and the Beast meets the adventure of Graceling in a dazzling fantasy novel about our deepest desires and their power to change our destiny.

For fans of bestselling An Ember in the Ashes and A Court of Thorns and Roses, this gorgeously written debut infuses the classic fairy tale with glittering magic, a feisty heroine, and a romance sure to take your breath away.

Betrothed to the evil ruler of her kingdom, Nyx has always known that her fate was to marry him, kill him, and free her people from his tyranny. But on her seventeenth birthday when she moves into his castle high on the kingdom’s mountaintop, nothing is what she expected—particularly her charming and beguiling new husband. Nyx knows she must save her homeland at all costs, yet she can’t resist the pull of her sworn enemy—who’s gotten in her way by stealing her heart.


Book Cover Comments

The concept is super cool, with the spiraling staircases going deeper into the heart of the rose, and with the stairs and the rose entwining each other. We have a super catchy quote on the cover, and that’s what sucks me into this book, making me know I’d love it.


The Actual Review

Ok. Wow?

Let’s talk about the layout of retelling. OH MY LORD. So we all know that Cruel Beauty is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast, but Rosamund doesn’t stop there: she fuses this wonderful classical fairytale with Greek mythology. It was the COOLEST thing ever. And I have to say, it might not be on par (yet) with A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas (because she is queen and I’m her guardian angel jk’s), but Rosamund gets a bonus point for fusing two of my favourite interests of knowledge. And not only that: through this retelling, Rosamund also brings out the dark nature of humans and how it was entwined into Greek mythology, as well as the fact that this book became so philosophical. The deepness and understanding that Rosamund has over the meaning of some stories of Greek Mythology is astonishing.

This book was filled with hot packed love that made my heart ache 24/7, I almost died from all the sweet parts that were filled with kisses and hugs and touches and just even talking. Even the talking killed me in many many ways.

Nyx, our heroine, has a completely different approach than what you would find in a normal girl: how she saw life, how she treated it, her heart’s desires, those were all really deep and beautiful things, and I really loved her character a lot. She was the Cruel Beauty (roll credits), at the same time acting cold, but then blossoming like a beautiful flower.

Ignifex was also an extremely interesting character to learn about. His behaviours towards things, choices, mindset and all of that, past and thoughts, those were all really fun to learn along the way, and he plays not only as a major role because he’s the male protagonist, but just, ya know, he’s important.

This novel is also jam packed with mysteries, riddles for users to solve, revelations. There were so many parts where I was like “there’s something fishy about this character” or “no you’re supposed to do this” or “oh c’mon”, and there were so many parts in this book where I would have never expect that path down the road. The entire book was full of surprises and revelations, I really don’t know how to describe it.


The perfect fuse between a fairytale and mythology is what makes Cruel Beauty such an amazing and beautiful book.


Thanks for reading my review!