Book Review: The Mirror King – Jodi Meadows

 

Better write this up before I finish my current reading and take a nap XD

I’m glad this book was at Switzerland with me even though I barely read it :) Books deserve to travel and collect my memories too ;)


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Name: The Mirror King
Author: Jodi Meadows
Publisher(s): Katherine Tegen Books
Release Date: April 5, 2016

Synopsis

Wilhelmina has a hundred enemies.

HER FRIENDS HAVE TURNED. After her identity is revealed during the Inundation, Princess Wilhelmina is kept prisoner by the Indigo Kingdom, with the Ospreys lost somewhere in the devastated city. When the Ospreys’ leader emerges at the worst possible moment, leaving Wil’s biggest ally on his deathbed, she must become Black Knife to set things right.

HER MAGIC IS UNCONTROLLABLE. Wil’s power is to animate, not to give true life, but in the wraithland she commanded a cloud of wraith mist to save herself, and later ordered it solid. Now there is a living boy made of wraith—destructive and deadly, and willing to do anything for her.

HER HEART IS TORN. Though she’s ready for her crown, declaring herself queen means war. Caught between what she wants and what is right, Wilhelmina realizes the throne might not even matter. Everyone thought the wraith was years off, but already it’s destroying Indigo Kingdom villages. If she can’t protect both kingdoms, soon there won’t be a land to rule.

In this stunning conclusion to THE ORPHAN QUEEN, Jodi Meadows follows Wilhelmina’s breathtaking and brave journey from orphaned criminal on the streets to magic-wielding queen.


Book Cover Comments

Slightly annoyed that Tobiah is so cute but Wil is average XD (in my opinion, sorry I’m judgemental) I love the dawn/dusk, the way the lavender blends with the yellow, and the fact that we have the very important location in this book: Wil’s castle in Aecor, the place where she was born in, and the bridge that connects the two lands, and the river beneath it that will mean everything.


The Review

The Orphan Queen was pretty amazing. But the Mirror King? Lords above heavens I cannot describe how amazing this was. Every single aspect of it was absolutely magnificent and wonderful.

“There’s this truth about mirrors. It’s inescapable. But they can lie, too. They can distort the truth, even hide the truth. They create illusion.”

In the previous book, we have Wilhelmina going through struggles with identities. And now, it is the struggles with politics, social issues, and managing a kingdom itself.  Wilhelmina has to think over and over again, what could be better, was she ever ready for this, and I think it is all that self doubt and questioning that Wilhelmina had that really inspired me, inspired me thinking about how much alike everyone is in real life. And in the end, no one is ready for anything, but we’ll just have to do our best.

“I’m not trying to rescue you, but I am trying to help you succeed. There’s a difference.”

The politics in this book are hella complicated. The unpredictable thoughts of the crowds, the sides they take, what they choose to believe and not, lies, deceiving words, riots of dissatisfaction. The desire of different people, the same final objective but different paths that leads to even more conflicts, oh, it just makes everything so exciting to watch.

“Sometimes we hate others for the things we hate in ourselves.”

The romance in this book is just insanely firey. The secret moments and seconds where Wilhelmina and Tobiah will forget everything around them, and drown themselves in even just a little bit of the ocean of love, the separation that causes readers’ hearts to ache, the choices between listening to their heart and respect.

“No matter the masks we wear, we always end up together.”

And in this book, we get even closer to the heart of what the wraith is, and we get an even better taste when a wraith creature, who follows the orders of Wilhelmina acts interestingly. And the way that this wraith has changed from the very beginning of the book, all up to the very end where we all have to let go of this wonderful story. The wraith boy is absolutely magnificent and beautiful.

“Chrysalis.”

Mirrors are a trendy topic in this book, and the impacts it makes on the wraith. The wraith boy also constantly talks about mirrors, and I feel like this whole book was a mirror itself, in a way where the characters get to see what they really look like inside, listening to their heart, and how the mirror is a very mysterious being, both exciting and frightening at the same time. The reflection of one’s self.

“Mirrors are both truth-speakers and liars.”

The revelations and truths in this book were astonishingly shocking. Some things you never ever saw it coming, the suddenness and the greatness of that revelation, how much it could change, *gods all the feels*.


This book was a perfect read, and it was absolutely beautiful. From the characters, to the world, politics and everything else.

 

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Book Review: Passenger – Alexandra Bracken

20+ days… Well in between I’ve been reading some novellas and went on a ski trip, so I didn’t read much during my time in Switzerland… So I guess to compensate for the loss of blog posts, I’ll make a post about my trip :)


20983362Name: Passenger
Author: Alexandra Bracken
Publisher: Hyperion/Quercus
Release Date: January 5 / April 7, 2016

 

Synopsis

In one devastating night, violin prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Thrust into an unfamiliar world by a stranger with a dangerous agenda, Etta is certain of only one thing: she has traveled not just miles but years from home. And she’s inherited a legacy she knows nothing about from a family whose existence she’s never heard of. Until now.

Nicholas Carter is content with his life at sea, free from the Ironwoods—a powerful family in the colonies—and the servitude he’s known at their hands. But with the arrival of an unusual passenger on his ship comes the insistent pull of the past that he can’t escape and the family that won’t let him go so easily. Now the Ironwoods are searching for a stolen object of untold value, one they believe only Etta, Nicholas’ passenger, can find. In order to protect her, he must ensure she brings it back to them—whether she wants to or not.

Together, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the traveler who will do anything to keep the object out of the Ironwoods’ grasp. But as they get closer to the truth of their search, and the deadly game the Ironwoods are playing, treacherous forces threaten to separate Etta not only from Nicholas but from her path home… forever.


Book Cover Comments

The city inside the bottle? And the reflection of the pirate ship, as well as that elegant font? Totally love it.


The Actual Review

(kill me its been too long ago)

So I thought we’d start with the negatives first, so that we can enjoy the rest of the good part. So this is my second Alex Bracken book, and it has the same problem: despite a fair plot progression and moving from place to place, for some reason, my pace of reading this book is rather sluggish slow, to a point where I needed more than a week to finish this book. I almost couldn’t make it before my flight to Switzerland.

But no matter how slow my reading pace turned out to be, Passenger was a magnificent book. Beginning with the general of time travelling itself, not that I’ve read a lot of time travelling series (the other ONLY one being Edelstein Trilogy), is that each series offers a different set of methods and rules to time travelling. The way Alex Bracken makes sure no cords are tangled together and no logic messed up? Perfect. The way some of the rules are added in to make people’s lives harder, their desires hard to reach.

It’s very interesting seeing Etta and Nicholas come together and further develop their relationships. Being from two completely different times and worlds, Etta and Nicholas learns the way of each other, and I think Alex Bracken grasped the century and culture gap really well. While Etta is more open and free as we do, Nicholas is fairly conservative, and has a lot of manly pride to uphold. But in the end, no one can deny a romance across time, a nice and slow development that builds up to their first intimate touch, ooo the fluttering butterflies in my heart whenever theres a sweet scene.

I think Etta is a really strong character, in the sense that she is very determined, and upholds her beliefs and mottos. The way she tries to break free from her problems, find solutions in different ways, see if things might work out, and even think about the impossible, these are all the qualities that makes Etta so real, a character that a lot of people can connect to.
I’m not gonna talk about Nicholas because I really don’t remember much details, but this silly boys back and forth dilly dallies with Etta just kills me. The way he wants it but believes he cannot has it? Despite annoying, it just proves how Alex Bracken was able to grasp the ideas of the old days, the sort of traditional way of thinking.

One thing about the plot that I really really wanted to talk about? The ending. Extremely WOW-ing plot twist that no one ever expected to pull out, revelations regarding those around Nicholas, as well as close characters to Etta, and what happens and some of these paths intercross, truths and lies, concealment, I didn’t expect that ending to come along that way.


 

Enjoy a slow romance and a bit of time travelling, as well as an unravelling mystery, quest and revelation? Then I’m sure you’ll enjoy Passenger.