Book Review: The Forgetting – Sharon Cameron

Yay it’s Chinese New Year Holiday so let’s see if I can finish up Three Dark Crowns today as well… Because there’s homework and procrastination… and manga…


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Name: The Forgetting
Author: Sharon Cameron
Publisher(s): Scholastic Press
Release Date: September 13, 2016

Synopsis

What isn’t written, isn’t remembered. Even your crimes.

Nadia lives in the city of Canaan, where life is safe and structured, hemmed in by white stone walls and no memory of what came before. But every twelve years the city descends into the bloody chaos of the Forgetting, a day of no remorse, when each person’s memories – of parents, children, love, life, and self – are lost. Unless they have been written.

In Canaan, your book is your truth and your identity, and Nadia knows exactly who hasn’t written the truth. Because Nadia is the only person in Canaan who has never forgotten.

But when Nadia begins to use her memories to solve the mysteries of Canaan, she discovers truths about herself and Gray, the handsome glassblower, that will change her world forever. As the anarchy of the Forgetting approaches, Nadia and Gray must stop an unseen enemy that threatens both their city and their own existence – before the people can forget the truth. And before Gray can forget her.


Book Cover Comments

Getting this in hardback was worth it. The cover jacket is slightly shimmery, and you can feel the words and the tree which is just wickedly awesome. The concept of the tree is also really cool. There are also a few golden words and some tiny details printed on the naked cover, which is just sick.


The Review

I think the Forgetting was pretty cool. The entire concept of a cycle of forgetting memories isn’t actually new to me. Ah yes, brings back all dem’ good memories of Amagi Brilliant Park. Yes people it’s an anime that you definitely should watch if you enjoy comedy. And why does it remind me of Amagi?

Spoiler Alert so if you don’t want it, skip this sentence and image. Well you see there’s that tree there. And the Forgetting’s cover also has a tree. Unlike the book, the tree below reverts a curse when in Full Bloom, and the book, you see, does the opposite.

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Canaan is just way too idealistic in a way. Everything seems to be overly in order and perfect.. But it is because of that “purity” that the plot is able to move forward.

Nadia is a really interesting character. She goes against a lot of concepts that society wants to set for her, to step into the dark and find out what is really going on. When you are the only one who remembers anything, it’s kind of scary, isn’t it? When you are the only person who would understand and remember the most.
The life of Nadia that we see in this book, other than the main plot of figuring out what is going on behind Canaan is full of twists and turns, relationship issues and blooms. It might be unnecessary to the ultimate plot, but all these side characters are what helps Nadia achieve the final goal and for her to find loopholes in order to find the truth.

I really liked the complicated truths and revelations that the book has. It just keeps my head-hard drive spinning the entire time trying to figure out what’s going on. Not that I like the fact that I can’t get to the point. It can be really really confusing at times. I felt like some of the points could be better explained, but it’s probably just me.

The pace of this book is also rather slow despite spanning over I think, 78 days? Yes. And it’s also one of those books where the action comes in pretty much wayyy later into the book.

So if you guys check out the categories this book is in, it is also under Science Fiction. And that part will come in when some of the biggest revelations of the book enter. I think the entire concept of what Science Fiction the author puts in this book is really interesting. (spoilers in this sentence) The way the author touches the concept of modern technology (yes i kinda spoiled it geeez) from a completely isolated society is really interesting, though I also got confused at the revelations part, haha.

The romance is really light in this book, not much going on, but it’s just me who wants these fantastical love stories. Haha.

After every chapter, a page from Nadia’s diary is inserted, and I find those really interesting, to know some of Nadia’s deepest and most intriguing thoughts.


I think this book is great for those who want a little science twist in a calm and “pure”-like society, as well as those who like a lot of riddles and revelations.

 

Book Review: An Ember in the Ashes – Sabaa Tahir

Lol I missed out on this one and instead, I went to do Wolf Hollow’s book review instead… xD me.


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Name: An Ember in the Ashes
Author: Sabaa Tahir
Publisher(s): Razorbill
Release Date: April 28, 2015 (Feb 9, 2016 for my PB ed.)

Synopsis

Laia is a slave. Elias is a soldier. Neither is free.

Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.

It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.

But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.

There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.


Book Cover Comments

For the edition I bought, I really love the gold contrast on the grey background. It really brings it out, and brings the title idea and concept a LOT as well. Everything is just a perfect blend. Oh and another point about the font is that it actually looks like it was carved out and filled with glowing lava hahahaha.


The Review

Lol I’ve read two books now between this review and Ember, I hope I can do something about it. And it’s 2:15am in the morning.

Ok this is not a top top read of mine, which if you guys have observed, I dump in billions of quotes of my fav. ones, but these quotes from goodreads are too good, they gotta be here.

So I saw it at the bookstore. After staring and going back to it multiple times, I couldn’t resist picking it off the shelf. Well it did look attractive, didn’t it? But I never really got into it despite buying it simply because I guess I never had much of an intention to ever read it in the very very very first place. Now let’s get into what you readers are actually look for: the review and not my blasphemy.

The book takes place is two perspectives: Elias’ perspective and Laia’s perspective. It alternates between chapters, and I like the balance we get between them. And when the author drops you off a cliffhanger at the end of the chapter and you have to wait for another chapter to pass by, oh dear.

“Fear is only your enemy if you allow it to be.”

The book started off a little slow, and I believe in general, the book is indeed kinda slow paced, since it spans across only one or two weeks. Yes, it’s a fairly short amount of period, but I think the characters and the plot makes of for this, and it didn’t feel slow at all.

One thing that I kinda got disappointed with is I feel like Elias and Laia didn’t get enough intersections as I would want them to be. Tbh, before I read this book, I thought they would be insanely crossing paths, not that I knew it came in two POVs, but yea. And the romance is much of a slow burn, and I personally look for more romance, which is not the main main focus the book is putting on. Lol me.

“Life is made of so many moments that mean nothing. Then one day, a single moment comes along to define every second that comes after. Such moments are tests of courage, of strength.”

I find the story of Elias and the trials that he has to go through because of his destiny (trololol) is absolutely brutal. I definitely see where the ancient Roman influence is coming from, and oh my dear lords it is terrible. Elias has to go through a great deal of trauma and experience to get to where he is now, and the agony of the crossroads of life, what he will choose and betray, even if it means saying goodbye to some of his closest ones. Elias’ desire to be free of his military academy wouldn’t be something unexpected, I would say, but his decision because this creature-ma-jig-forgot-what-his/her-name-is, ah, Cain, part of this race who can read minds and foresee the future, summed up his life in a few words if he chose which path (lol). It just reminds me when a person is on the brink of something, they would hold on to even a little bit of hope to live on.

Ok are we ready for roll credits?

“You are an ember in the ashes, Elias Veturius. You will spark and burn, ravage and destroy. You cannot change it. You cannot stop it.”

Then we have Laia. One thing I really like is that Laia and Elias start off completely differently, and while I’ve been preferring and reading YA novels that has the girl based on the heroine, I like how this book balances the two, which is what I’m hoping for instead of having the heroine take over everything, and then the hero is in 2nd place, lol me. So in order to rescue her brother who is in faraway prison, Laia infiltrates her enemy’s lair as a spy, and ooo my dear gods above her life is as nasty as Elias. She might not have to kill, but the things and tests that Laia has to go through everyday in order to continue her position as a spy and in order to save her brother is nasty. And by nasty, I mean it literally. Another point goes to “inspired by Ancient Rome.” Laia’s story is special in the sense that she goes through much more torment facing the person she’s spying on, her companions around her, as well as those who might potentially betray her, and that is also what makes Laia strong in the end: because she goes through all of them.

Ok round two of roll credits.

“You are full, Laia. Full of life and dark and strength and spirit. You are in our dreams. You will burn, for you are an ember in the ashes.”

I should stop referencing to CinemaSins.

And all these quotes are here today because this book is truly inspiring. Inspiring what? Inspiring for people to continue living even though they have to go through millions and billions of hardship. That’s right, Elias and Laia proved to us that even though they might have power, life just isn’t smooth.

“Nan always said that as long as there is life, there is hope.”

I really enjoyed the other characters, especially the complexity of the villains, and the blurred lines between your alliances with the betrayers. Why yes, who should you trust, and who shouldn’t you trust? (geez Joanne this sounds like a to be or not to be question)

Though I dilly-dallied with this book so much, as in
*gets distracted by social media devil named Twitter*
*gets back to reading*
*more Twitter*,
at maybe 75% of the book, things start reaching their climax and it gets so exciting, I couldn’t really put down the book.
*life activities makes me put down the book and do other stuff*
And the ending is indeed magnificent, so I definitely can’t wait to see how the sequel will turn out, how more of this cruel world will show us how Elias and Laia will burn brightly in their own way.


“Fear is only your enemy if you allow it to be.”

 

Book Review: Wolf Hollow – Lauren Wolk

I never even knew this book was Historical Fiction, Middle Grades, a Goodreads Choice Awards nominee, and a historical fiction book until I did some research.

Yes people my dad thought this was interesting, held it up to my face in Waterstones during our trip in London, the word “Wolf” made me think it was fantasy, bought it, turned out unexpected. Whew. That was a ride.


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Name: Wolf Hollow
Author: Lauren Wolk
Publisher(s): Corgi (1st: Dutton Books)
Release Date: May 3, 2016

Synopsis

Annabelle has lived in Wolf Hollow all her life: a quiet place, still scarred by two world wars. But when cruel, manipulative Betty arrives in town, Annabelle’s calm world is shattered, along with everything she’s ever known about right and wrong.

When Betty accuses gentle loner Toby – a traumatised ex-soldier – of a terrible act, Annabelle knows he’s innocent. Then Betty disappears . . .

Now Annabelle must protect Toby from the spiralling accusations and hysteria, until she can prove to Wolf Hollow what really happened to Betty.

Powerful, poignant and lyrical, Wolf Hollow is an unforgettable story.


Book Cover Comments

 

A simplistic theme, small hills under the bright full moon on a bright blue night definitely fits the 1940’s or 1950’s villages (its this era right, correct me if I’m wrong) perfectly, as well as the fact that it is historical fiction.


The Review

This is indeed an unforgettable story.

The ending is pretty devastating and unexpected.

Not glossed over, something that reflects true reality of the times in America back in the days (yes Wolf Hollow exists somewhere in the US of A), the brutal and beautiful ending just lets readers pause at the very end and think about of the people back in the days.

When those who are being accused cannot be cleared of their crimes immediately if they are innocent, and how people tend to judge a book by its cover very easily. Without knowing a person well enough, it might cause consequences and endings where one expects the least.

Yes, I don’t sympathise and connect real deeply with a 12 year old kid. So I just made Annabelle 16 years old with a 12 year old intellect. Go me. So I really like Annabelle for the fact that she stands up to her own opinion and believes in her instincts to what she believes. And the fact that because she is a 12 year old, her child behaviour, purity and naivety is what plays such a big role in her character, because she does not see the constant worries of the adults. She sees what she sees and believe in what she believes, so that she could protect Toby, and so that she can be determined to figure out what caused these accusations, and what is the truth behind this. (For Pete’s Sake I think I’m tying in my class notes from Lolita)

And when Annabelle, despite being afraid, wasn’t startled by the stories that Toby shared with her, and at the same time, embraced Toby because she knows that he has been through hard times, and that he needs someone to lend a shoulder to cry on. (don’t take this previous sentence literally. I mean it in a metaphorical way.) Children, like me, at an age of 12 could be very curious creatures about the World. But Annabelle, despite her age, knows those times where she shouldn’t be asking questions and the fact that she needs to keep quiet at certain times.
I really like that aspect about her that respects other people.
Unlike me trololol

Not sure if the author is fond of photography, but the idea of bringing in photography, especially with the fact that it was so scarce in the old days, so that it could capture single moments and bring you back there, as well as possibly finding evidence, its just, ah. Tbh this book is really deep in the sense that I could analyse this like Lolita (shut up Joanne don’t ruin your reader’s lives by bringing up Lolita one more time), with the themes, personalities of characters etc.
And when these photographs just mean way more than these, when its most important meaning in the book is to act as capturing a moment of memory…

And while this book might not be thrilling or exciting or anything, if you enjoy a simple but devastating piece that ties in with a town that doesn’t even have a Wikipedia page, or if you’re simply not feeling fantasy, romance, but just pure “lost, loneliness, hollow” (50% ROLL CREDITS), do try picking up Wolf Hollow and checking it own.


AGE GROUP SUGGESTION HAS NO BOUNDARY PEOPLE
I CAN READ MIDDLE GRADES DESPITE MY PREFERRED GENRE BEING YOUNG ADULT, AND SO CAN YOU!

 

Book Review: Unforgiven – Lauren Kate

 

I kept seeing this as part of the “Fallen Book Review Catch Up Franchise” when this book is a new read. So this book was finished on December 31, 2016. Now it’s uh, whats the date? January 21. Lol me.


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Name: Unforgiven
Author: Lauren Kate
Publisher(s): Delacorte Press (Corgi, Doubleday, Ember)
Release Date: November 10, 2015

Synopsis

It’s the book FALLEN fans have been waiting for: Cam’s story, the brooding, bad-boy dark angel readers love.

High school can be hell.

Cam knows what it’s like to be haunted. He’s spent more time in Hell than any angel ever should. And his freshest Hell is high school, where Lilith, the girl he can’t stop loving, is serving out a punishment for his crimes.

Cam made a bet with Lucifer: he has fifteen days to convince the only girl who really matters to him to love him again. If he succeeds, Lilith will be allowed back into the world, and they can live their lives together. But if he fails…there’s a special place in Hell just for him.

Tick-tock.

Spread your wings and cry as bad boy dark angel Cam finally reveals his anguished heart in the epic new FALLEN novel, UNFORGIVEN.


Book Cover Comments

Hi Cam.

Tbh I can’t really determine what’s behind Cam, but I love the sky blue color. It’s perfect, and 100 points for Cam and the perfect blue “waves”.


The Review

We always wanted more about Cam’s side of the story.

What happened between him and Lilith, his one and only love.

And now we have it.

Unrequited love, friendship love, love where you expect it the least, boundless love, love that spans across millenniums. And here, limitless love.

Before Cam, music had been an escape, passion, a daydream, love, an impossibility.

Flipping each page leads you into an even more exciting realm.
Tick Tock.
As the fifteen days soar by until Cam’s bargain with Lucifer ends.
Till Lilith’s heart makes her choice: whether love is greater than hate, or hate is greater than love.

She was luminous. Her red hair had been braided a dozen ways, all swirled together in a high shaggy twist. Her eyelids were shimmering green, her lips crimson and matte. She wore black vintage ankle-high motorcycle boots. She was lethal.

This story takes place right after the ending time of the fourth book of the Fallen Series, leading us into the story of our wonderful hero.

“Existence is never so miserable as when you have a taste of something beautiful,” Lucifer said. “It serves to remind you of everything you can never have.”

We are introduced to the very Lilith that Cam has dearly treasured and loved, the hell that she is trapped in, and how Cam will try his very best to rescue her. And please don’t get me on cliche love story or not. I love romance, and this was the perfect way to close the series. Not that I ever want it to end.

He thought about Daniel and Lucinda.
They had embodied love for so long, as far as the fallen angels were concerned. He wished they were beside him now, playing the role of the happy couple offering sage advice to their suffering friend.

The things that Cam has to do in order to win Lilith’s heart: not only by his charm, but with his heart and sincerity as well. When there are outside interferences that will continuously pull Lilith away from Cam, what will happen next to ensure the thread doesn’t snap?

And yet he went for it again and again and again. Why? To save her. To help her. Because he loved her. Because if he gave up… He could not give up.

Each book in the Fallen Series shows you a different side of love, and this love is one that also spans across millenniums, overpowers the flames of hell, one where the overflowing emotions from the heart and the desire to find each other again is stronger than anything else.

His hands grasped her waist and lifted her until she could have sworn that his feet had come off the ground, too; that they were floating up above the creek, above the trees, above the burning hillside, into the dense tangle of stars, about to kiss the moon.

And when Lauren brings back our beloved Arriane and Roland, Fallenatics couldn’t ask for more of the happiness they can find in seeing two of our favourite angels once again, helping Cam along the way.

“We all carry pieces of our journeys within us,” Roland said. “We all learn from our mistakes. Who’s to say we don’t deserve happiness?”

Cam is also making his decisions here: to face his fear during the very beginning of why he lost Lilith in the first place, and to face it again, and to understand how to move on from it, and sometimes, how the truth is the most beautiful thing.

Even when it seems like all is lost, do not give up the fight for love.

Get ready to fall…

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Book Review: The Orphan Queen – Jodi Meadows

 

When you know the second book to this duology is available, but Book Depository tells you to wait for three more months, 107 days for the Paperback edition, and you can do nothing but scream in agony because you have this book’s paperbacks, and you hate inconsistent editions.

And when the four digital novellas each contains two chapters of the second book, each picking up from the previous novellas’ included chapters, you moan in agony for the days to pass by.


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Name: The Orphan Queen
Author: Jodi Meadows
Publisher(s): Katherine Tegen Books
Release Date: March 10, 2015

Synopsis

Wilhelmina has a hundred identities.

She is a princess. When the Indigo Kingdom conquered her homeland, Wilhelmina and other orphaned children of nobility were taken to Skyvale, the Indigo Kingdom’s capital. Ten years later, they are the Ospreys, experts at stealth and theft. With them, Wilhelmina means to take back her throne.

She is a spy. Wil and her best friend, Melanie, infiltrate Skyvale Palace to study their foes. They assume the identities of nobles from a wraith-fallen kingdom, but enemies fill the palace, and Melanie’s behavior grows suspicious. With Osprey missions becoming increasingly dangerous and their leader more unstable, Wil can’t trust anyone.

She is a threat. Wraith is the toxic by-product of magic, and for a century using magic has been forbidden. Still the wraith pours across the continent, reshaping the land and animals into fresh horrors. Soon it will reach the Indigo Kingdom. Wilhelmina’s magic might be the key to stopping the wraith, but if the vigilante Black Knife discovers Wil’s magic, she will vanish like all the others.

Jodi Meadows introduces a vivid new fantasy full of intrigue, romance, dangerous magic, and one girl’s battle to reclaim her place in the world.


Book Cover Comments

 

I love the face that Wilhemina is making right now: at the same time its cool, and the same time there’s a tinge of sadness to it. And correct me if I’m wrong, but I think the color system is so that its the Indigo Kingdom? And I super love that cape, because if my predictions are correct, it is the wraith…


The Review

 

Welcome to another one of Joanne’s cannot-deep-analytical-review Reviews. Yes. Joanne does shallow reviews.

And as I was typing that previous sentence out, I have no idea what to write!
Crap. See, I don’t even know why people subscribe to me if my mind is completely blank, no idea what to write for this book review *thumbs up*

I was there was the war began. And when it ended.

It’s not the first time where I’ve seen a Royal Princess going through the life of a regular citizen of her enemy’s country, but it is the first time where the royal princess hops around town at night, helping people around and later on, directly approaching the palace to find methods and ways to assist her to taking back her kingdom.

I was going to have to face the man who’d destroyed my kingdom, and the boy who was the reason.

The characters we meet in the book, especially the masked mysterious person Black Knife that appears at night, who seems to be following Wil everywhere, holds more secrets than you can ever think. And I don’t know if its just me, my instincts or everyone else, but while I was reading the book, I correctly predicted and knew all along who Black Knife was. Interesting. And in the end, Black Knife has to choose something really important: which I will not spoil :P

“Oh, nameless girl. When will you learn to trust me?”

The romance in this book is just asdfghkl. In this context, it means NOT ENOUGH. The surprising thing is, even before the confession with just the flirtations, I got a lot of heart flutters which was good. And then you would dread for more by the end of the book and you know you need the next book.

Yes, I leaned toward desperate danger; I would do anything for my people.

The idea of the wraith, the by-product from magic, as well as the shine and firefly, a type of drug in the Indigo Kingdom, was very interesting in order to bring forth the plot so that it can run and move, so I do think that this book is pretty plot driven. If it wasn’t the preset events that happened/happens/will happen in the book, the characters wouldn’t make those decisions. And at one point, we will get to learn more about the lands infected by the wraith, the horror of it and how our characters will attempt to do something with it. There are not enough revelations in book one, and therefore makes the anticipation for the sequel even bigger.

“The pain of what happened – it won’t last eternity.” A lie. I knew very well how pain could last, and fester, and shape a person in unnameable ways.

Betrayals and lies, masks and identities. The book heavily surrounds on these themes, which is, at the same time, drives the plot. Because characters make these decisions, the plot becomes much more intriguing and twisted, though I wouldn’t say there are heavy “sharp turns” that will lead the plot into overly unexpected plots. The book was well laid out, and for a duology, its pace is very reasonable and well done, at the same time a slight set back in the beginning, but everything afterwards paces up a lot and is going nice and quick, giving readers excitement and adrenaline to moan for the loss of 106 days to wait for the next book.

A queen who wouldn’t take risks for her people wasn’t worthy of being a queen at all.

And do read the four e-novellas (ONLY AFTER YOU READ THE ORPHAN QUEEN): The Hidden Prince, The Glowing Knight, The Burning Hand and The Black Knife. Each novella comes with two bonus chapters from the Mirror King, the second book in the orphan Queen duology, that will take you away bit by bit till you can’t wait no more.

 

Book Review: And I Darken – Kiersten White

This will be an interesting one to write.

NOTE that there might be some negative opinions in this review, but it is purely my opinion, and i absolutely mean no harm.


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Name: And I Darken
Author: Kiersten White
Publisher(s): Delacorte Press
Release Date: June 28, 2016

Synopsis

No one expects a princess to be brutal. And Lada Dragwlya likes it that way. Ever since she and her gentle younger brother, Radu, were wrenched from their homeland of Wallachia and abandoned by their father to be raised in the Ottoman courts, Lada has known that being ruthless is the key to survival. She and Radu are doomed to act as pawns in a vicious game, an unseen sword hovering over their every move. For the lineage that makes them special also makes them targets.

Lada despises the Ottomans and bides her time, planning her vengeance for the day when she can return to Wallachia and claim her birthright. Radu longs only for a place where he feels safe. And when they meet Mehmed, the defiant and lonely son of the sultan, Radu feels that he’s made a true friend—and Lada wonders if she’s finally found someone worthy of her passion.

But Mehmed is heir to the very empire that Lada has sworn to fight against—and that Radu now considers home. Together, Lada, Radu, and Mehmed form a toxic triangle that strains the bonds of love and loyalty to the breaking point.


Book Cover Comments

Yea, it was mainly because of the cover that I was attracted to this book.

The lavender/lilac purple contrasts super nicely with the background, which is, obviously, black. And the piercing of the blade is really cool as well. Though maybe it’ll be more natural if the petals weren’t all bundled up down there, and just flying around will be gorgeous as ever.


The Review

Now, at one point, actually no. Take 2.

Since chapter 5, I had the idea of basically speeding up the reading pace of this book by one day, doing a giveaway of this book because I wasn’t interested at all.

Yes.

I’ve had mixed feelings before I got into this book, mainly due to the fact that I haven’t enjoyed another book I read by Kiersten, which is The Chaos of Stars, an Egyptian mythology inspired book. I thought it kind of turned the mythology into something totally odd and different, and despite me loving a few romantic scenes, it wasn’t my thing. If you guys have watched Jesse the Reader’s I forgot which video, he mentioned that he had a love hate relationship with Kiersten’s books as well. I guess that’s kind of me.

So that gave a little backing to why I was real worried about this book when I first tried to pick it up.

Of all honesty, I actually found the beginning part, which is the birth of Lada and Radu really kinda, boring? Unnecessary? Like its not what I want from here? And when it turns out they were sent off to enemy country when Lada was 13 and Radu was like 10 or smt, I was like “what in the world that young?”

So yea, a lot of negativity built up, and then the fact that Radu kinda hated on Christianity (not that i’m 100% religious in terms of Christianity. I hv a love hate relationship with it too) was kinda asdfghjkl

Beef here, beef there, fueds here, fueds there. In the beginning, despite me knowing Lada is not stupid, I found her extremely annoying, and yea. Beast like. Not that I need her to be extremely dainty and feminine, but like, yea.


 

So why did I end up finishing this book, and deciding to keep it on my shelf?

That my friend, is what I’m going to talk about below.


When everyone finally reaches a decent age of Young Adult, aka 16/17/18, things, started getting interesting and out of hands. A very unbelievable and unexpected love triangle romance was occurring, and so this is where the true and best beef started. I seriously couldn’t deal with much of the battle and war going on, though that is also a key item that pushed the romance around, so I’ll forgive that.

Though through this romance, I still have to say Lada is overly headstrong when opportunities are right in front of her, and just because of her pride, she threw away that opportunity given to her. Though whenever Lada feels jealous, I’m actually with her, mainly because I don’t like harems, and Lada doesn’t like harems. That’s probably the only thing the two of us share in common.

And yes, this is a really character driven story, with everything mainly surrounding Lada and Radu, maybe mostly Lada, but Radu plays an equally important role, as both of them have this sort of interesting love hate relationship (how many times have I used this term by now), and the fact that they hate each other, but at least would want to be by each other’s side.

The ending decision that Lada make was really interesting, and when I thought about it, I struggled a lot between the two options that she was given, and that really ends the book with satisfaction, unsinning all the sins that was in the first half of this book! (I’m sorry I’m being a CinemaSin jerk here. I don’t seriously mean all of this)


Now, I don’t do much research nor do I know much about history regarding the Ottoman Empire and Vlad the Impaler, but I believe it was quite an interesting decision to write a story where Vlad is a girl, aka Lada, and the story on Vlad’s brother, Radu the Handsome, is emphasied more instead of being brushed off as a nobody.


Overall, I’ll give this book a fair to oh wow! If you, dear reader, don’t mind having a love hate relationship in the first half of the book, and is willingly to stand till the second half and enjoy all the juicy beef, then do please read this book. I’ll be looking forward to its sequel, Now I Rise, which is releasing Summer 2017!