Book Review: Bright Smoke, Cold Fire – Rosamund Hodge

THIS WAS ACTUALLY A REALLY WOWEE READ BECAUSE OF THE MAGIC

Honestly where is the next god damn book


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Name: Bright Smoke, Cold Fire
Author: Rosamund Hodge
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Release Date: September 27, 2016

Synopsis

When the mysterious fog of the Ruining crept over the world, the living died and the dead rose. Only the walled city of Viyara was left untouched.

The heirs of the city’s most powerful—and warring—families, Mahyanai Romeo and Juliet Catresou share a love deeper than duty, honor, even life itself. But the magic laid on Juliet at birth compels her to punish the enemies of her clan—and Romeo has just killed her cousin Tybalt. Which means he must die.

Paris Catresou has always wanted to serve his family by guarding Juliet. But when his ward tries to escape her fate, magic goes terribly wrong—killing her and leaving Paris bound to Romeo. If he wants to discover the truth of what happened, Paris must delve deep into the city, ally with his worst enemy . . . and perhaps turn against his own clan.

Mahyanai Runajo just wants to protect her city—but she’s the only one who believes it’s in peril. In her desperate hunt for information, she accidentally pulls Juliet from the mouth of death—and finds herself bound to the bitter, angry girl. Runajo quickly discovers Juliet might be the one person who can help her recover the secret to saving Viyara.

Both pairs will find friendship where they least expect it. Both will find that Viyara holds more secrets and dangers than anyone ever expected. And outside the walls, death is waiting. . . .


Book Cover Comments

I think its so cool how the female POVs are highlighted on the cover: Runajo and Juliet. And Juliet’s red dress really contrasts well. The circle in the middle of course signifies something, and no I will not spoil it :)


The Actual Review

It’s a bit difficult to type with an injured hand wrapped in a cocoon-thick amount of bandages.

I really really enjoyed this book. Rosamund Hodge did not dissappoint me with her retelling of Sleeping Beauty – Cruel Beauty (you can read its review here!), and now a retelling of not a fairytale, but such a famous play – Romeo & Juliet?

Let’s begin this review by talking about the retelling elements. Unlike Cruel Beauty which wraps up Sleeping Beauty from beginning till end, Bright Smoke, Cold Fire (a.k.a. bscf) did not begin from the beginning. Instead, it begins at around where Tybalt was killed, as the relationship between Romeo and Juliet was pre-established through the reader’s knowledge. With their relationship served as a base core for the character’s mindsets and behaviours, the two pairs – Romeo & Paris // Juliet & Runajo begin their journey.

Before jumping in to the individual pairs, the world building is very very rich. The city of Viyara, the different classes and the clans, how each of them has a different belief, and the religion and history that this city was built on. This serves as such a key point for our main characters, in order to discover ways to save their city – the last place they know with civilisation. Together, they go through learning about the secrets and lies of different people, the corrupted structure of their society, both upper and lower classes, human behaviour of selfish and greed, many more.

The magic in this book is also very rich. Mainly used by the sisters (where Runajo is) who operates the island by feeding it blood to last longer and to maintain it, more secrets and histort unravels as Runajo and Juliet seeks a solution to end all this madness, to give the world another day of hope. The runes, ancient libraries, terrible looking creatures in which I made them cuter to not give my head nightmares, ancient spells written to create bindings and seals, oooh and necromancers. The roles in Juliet’s family, how Juliet is more than what she is, the spells put on her since birth, and the importance and role of Tybalt and Paris.

Romeo and Paris are stuck together in more than just one way. Not gonna spoil you here btw :P Their bond is really special in the sense that they’ll have to deal with each other’s existence way more than anyone would want to, and in the beginning, they come from opposing families. Realising that they have the same objective in mind, they travel along their journey to find a solution to save what they want to protect, and to repay themselves to the kindness they owe.

Juliet and Runajo are also really special, as their relationship, was also unintended. And it could be even worse than what Romeo and Paris are going through. But through all of this, they learn the thoughts of each other, they help each other out, become each others friend, discover pasts, and go through lies and betrayals. It’s really interesting in how this book really really heavily focuses on building a partner-in-crime, a sister, a brother, a friend.

There might be less romance than you expect, but every few chapters, there are scenes that shares the stories of Romeo and Juliet, and you just can’t help but sweetly heartache over it.


A voyage of four, each pair finding friendship in its unexpected way, Bright Smoke, Cold Fire unravels the blossoming of the relationship between the four, weaving the lines of connection to the plot, and leads up to a great cliffhanger for readers to wait for book two, when Viraya will be saved.

 

 

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.

 

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 :)


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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.

Book Review: Snow Like Ashes – Sara Raasch

Gods I was supposed to write this review up earlier
But I’ve been in somewhat of a book slump, so I’m just reading some novels by Lauren Blakely in which I won’t review lmao


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Name: Snow Like Ashes
Author: Sara Raash
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Release Date: October 14, 2015

Synopsis

A striking fantasy tale of dark magic, dangerous politics, and discovering your true self—perfect for fans of Game of Thrones, An Ember in the Ashes and A Court of Thorns and Roses.

Sixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and its citizens enslaved, leaving them without magic or a monarch. Now the Winterians’ only hope for freedom is the eight survivors who managed to escape, and who have been waiting for the opportunity to steal back Winter’s magic and rebuild the kingdom ever since.

Orphaned as an infant during Winter’s defeat, Meira has lived her whole life as a refugee. Training to be a warrior—and desperately in love with her best friend, Winter’s future king—she would do anything to help Winter rise to power again.

So when scouts discover the location of the ancient locket that can restore Winter’s magic, Meira decides to go after it herself—only to find herself thrust into a world of evil magic and dangerous politics—and ultimately comes to realize that her destiny is not, never has been, her own.


Book Cover Comments

I super love the entire theme of “Snow like Ashes”, and that’s exactly what that photo is. I have a weak spot for aesthetically pleasing nature, a.k.a. earth porn, soooooo

Also the chakram is beautiful.


The Actual Review

Snow Like Ashes was a very, very, very fun read. It’s one of those from-scratch-fantasies where it has a lengthy and rich history to it. The reasons why all the conduits was created, not that I’m exactly sure what its for up to now 😂 I’m still confused 😂

This might sound like how ACOTAR works, with the seasonal courts/countries/counties/whateverwhatever and the non-seasonal ones, but I don’t see it as taking direct inspiration, as Snow Like Ashes was published in 2014, and ACOTAR’s first draft was written even before 2010.

While ACOTAR offers views from its Spring, Summer, Night, and possibly more courts to come in book three, I’m enjoying the view of Snow Like Ashes’ Winter country and one of it’s rhythm country. I can’t wait to know how the name rhythm came into the world of Primoria through some sort of I don’t know method, like twitter or maybe the book will tell me more.

The idea of the channeling of power in the conduits, a.k.a. objects, as well as discovering ancient poems describing the chasm, in which you will come across while reading the book, just really sucks me in. And though confusing, the magic building was pretty sick.

Discussing the plot, I think its actually very fast paced. A lot happens in a short period of time, and the characters keep of jumping from place to place. The benefit is, you’re not stuck in one place. The sad thing is? You don’t get to see much of the country, but not that you need to. I love the memory snippets that go into the plot lines, as seen in italics, since it provides an understanding and important scenes to some of the characters. You will also see very interesting interactions between Meira and this mysterious person, so do expect some fun fantasy and history quest in the book. Despite the well pace, the ending definitely felt rushed, and how it ended just left me kind of frustrated, because the heroine knows something that I also know, but she’s just kind of putting it aside for now, so that she can focus on how to help Winter out from its currently devastating state.

Moving on to the characters, there are some aspects of Meira, our heroine, that I really like. The idea that Meira sees hope and holds on to it, finding anyway possible to help her comrades out, as well as the mindset she always has to serve Winter, her country. There’s this one section where Meira stands up to her own thoughts and rights so much, it caused quite a scene. I thought that was really brave of her. And Meira’s choice of weapon, the chakram, is also very interesting, and her skills at it, too. And as she is our heroine, there will be many interesting plot twists and revelations on Meira’s past, the mystery shrouding her parents, and how that ties into how the conduits and its owners work.

Mather, the one who Meira is really in love with? I mean I love him in the sense that this boi is always giving me sweet-heartaches when he was with Meira during a lot of the times, but he’s fairly stubborn at a lot of times, which kind of annoys me. We also see a love rivalry, in which I won’t spoil his origin due to the fact that I can’t even remember his name LMAO IM SORRY LIFE IS TOUGH Though from the second book’s blurb, it seems that this rival has quite a bit of a personality, and I most certainly would like to know if Meira and dis gai’s friendship will last, and what will turn out.


I think Snow Like Ashes would be the perfect read if you’re going through a bit of a tough time. Helps build your heart to be a bit more stronger :)

Book Review: The Winner’s Kiss – Marie Rutkoski

Last time I wrote the review for Winner’s Curse, I was slow on book blog schedule.

Last time I wrote the review for Winner’s Crime, I was slow on reading schedule.

And when I’m writing this review for Winner’s Kiss, I’m very slow on reading schedule.

Btw this spoils you if you haven’t read the other two books, so read at your own risk!


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Name: The Winner’s Kiss
Author: Marie Rutokski
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR),
Bloomsbury (my edition)
Release Date: March 29, 2016; March 24, 2016 (Bloomsbury)

Synopsis

War has begun. Arin is in the thick of it with untrustworthy new allies and the empire as his enemy. Though he has convinced himself that he no longer loves Kestrel, Arin hasn’t forgotten her, or how she became exactly the kind of person he has always despised. She cared more for the empire than she did for the lives of innocent people—and certainly more than she did for him.

At least, that’s what he thinks.

In the frozen north, Kestrel is a prisoner in a brutal work camp. As she searches desperately for a way to escape, she wishes Arin could know what she sacrificed for him. She wishes she could make the empire pay for what they’ve done to her.

But no one gets what they want just by wishing.

As the war intensifies, both Kestrel and Arin discover that the world is changing. The East is pitted against the West, and they are caught in between. With so much to lose, can anybody really win?


Book Cover Comments

 

The only thing I’d like to know, is why each cover needs a different dress color instead of having a unified system XD

Also finally, the dress flows onto the spine.
Btw this is the only one where model Kestrel ain’t holding a sword lmao
This sounds more like a trivia than a comment but anyhow…


The Actual Review

 

Even more plot twists.

This plot twist was even more heartbreaking than The Winner’s Crime. Well I can’t spoil you, reader, but as you know if you’ve read the synopsis, is that Kestrel was sent to the work camp, and something grave happens to her. Something that turned her into like those around her, all the other victims who fell to the tortures and the toughness of the work camps. And we surround this plot point and open the rest of the story. And it is this event that breaks readers’ hearts the most.

“What am I now?”
Sarsine held both of Kestrel’s hands. “Whatever you want to be.”

I think whats so special about what happened in Kestrel just really proves that Kestrel’s love and Arin’s love knows no ends, and no matter what barriers were put between them, through this ultimate test of love, Kestrel finds her way back to Arin, and Arin finds his way to her.

“Will you come with me?”
“Ah, Kestrel, that’s something you never need to ask.”

It’s probably predictable in the fact that Arin and Kestrel will reunite. So let’s continue now that I’ve slightly spoiled a predicted plot point! But hey, when you’re so deeply immersed in both Kestrel’s torturous mine life and Arin’s torturous feels, you completely forget that you just predicted that plot point.

“If I die, you’ll survive. If you die, it will destroy me.”

The Winner’s Kiss plays even more with warfare and strategic thinking. I super love those detailed scenes that Marie Rutkoski was able to write out: what steps should you take when in battle, strategies or weak spots to hit so that the enemy might falter, falling into one’s trap, but at the same time, they are falling into the trap that you said.
TRAP-CEPTION
jks lmao

“You don’t need to be gifted with a blade. You are your own best weapon.”

Other points for plot, is that the first half of the book is heart ache worthy. Then the second half of the book is strategical thinking full points. It was really really well written, and despite me not caring too much about warfare IRL, I couldn’t help myself but getting sucked into how the characters plan their moves to try to take down Valoria and the King.

It was the horror of someone who’d been dealt a winning hand, had bet her life on the game, and then proceeded (deliberately?) to lose.

We also get to know more about the characters from the Eastern country, in which, I forgot to mention because I was going through amnesia, were already introduced in the second book. Roshar, prince of the Eastern country in which I have forgotten it’s name because I’m a terrible person, accompanies Arin on his journey. I find him really hard to understand, since he just has so many sides, and not even I am able to get an idea on all of it.

“You could offer her a seat,” Arin said.

“Ah, but I have only two chairs in my tent, little Herrani, and we are three. I suppose she could always sit on your lap.”

And surrounding Roshar’s world is a mysterious person who will play an important role in the final parts of the book, and that person was totally unexpected. This person was introduced in book 2, but I had no idea that person was pretty much faking their identity like so, and bringing out his/her full potential when wanting to protect the person he/she wants to protect.

“I tried so hard to live in your world,” she told him. “Now it’s your turn to live in mine.”

And this person he/she wants to protect, in my sense, is a little bit stubborn at times, but I feel so sorry for this person, for the fact that some decisions throughout this book was out of kindheartedness and loyalty, and in some ways, I’ve figured as I’m typing this, this person is very similar to Kestrel’s relationship with her father.

“You will be lonely, but you’ll become strong.”

A very shocking and amazing conclusion, The Winner’s Kiss ends the beautifully written strategy, full of romance, strategical thinking, warfares, web of lies, politics, and a little bit of faith in one’s religion.

Book Review: The Winner’s Crime – Marie Rutkoski

Last time I wrote the review for Winner’s Curse, I was slow on book blog schedule.

This time I’m slow on reading schedule.

Right.


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Name: The Winner’s Crime
Author: Marie Rutokski
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR),
Bloomsbury (my edition)
Release Date: March 3, 2015; March 12, 2015 (Bloomsbury)

Synopsis

Lady Kestrel’s engagement to Valoria’s crown prince calls for great celebration: balls and performances, fireworks and revelry. But to Kestrel it means a cage of her own making. Embedded in the imperial court as a spy, she lives and breathes deceit and cannot confide in the one person she really longs to trust …

While Arin fights to keep his country’s freedom from the hands of his enemy, he suspects that Kestrel knows more than she shows. As Kestrel comes closer to uncovering a shocking secret, it might not be a dagger in the dark that cuts him open, but the truth.

Lies will come undone, and Kestrel and Arin learn just how much their crimes will cost them in this second book in the breathtaking Winner’s trilogy


Book Cover Comments

I still love the interaction of the blade with the logo. And honestly it’s annoying how there’s a difference between the hardback and the paperback, because one’s dress is blue, and the other’s red, but I buy paperback but I love blue :((

The other thing I’m gonna complain about, is that the dress doesn’t flow onto the spine, but the other two books in the series does, as well as the fact that for unknown reasons or probs sake of extra aesthetics, that the words are in gold and not silver. Not unified. Ok.


The Actual Review

 

Wow.

“If you won’t be my friend, you’ll regret being my enemy.”

Honestly though Marie Rutkoski really loves putting readers through insane book ending cliffhangers. I’m not kidding. This one was worse than the previous one.

This time, we direct our focus away from the city of Herran, and mostly at where Kestrel is right now: the fiancé of Prince Verex of Valoria. I absolutely love everything going on inside the palace. It’s crazy. All the gossips, the spies, who’s reporting to who, and what role Kestrel plays in this entire web of complication.

For your information, I hate the King of Valoria. He’s a total jerk, I was looking for a fool when I found him. (Shakespeare Reference!) Not only is he not satisfied when things don’t go his way, he immediately takes action to keep things in his pace, his order, whatsoever. But I give credits to this villain. Because his way of thinking is as peculiar as Kestrel’s, and how he plays the games of the court? How he uses those who are close to Kestrel to threaten her?

Arin hadn’t fallen asleep on the deck of his strangely still ship, yet, it felt as if he’d been dreaming. As if dreams and memories and lies were the same thing.

But honestly I hate dad Kestrel as much as I hate King. He’s an eggplant. Honestly though. An even larger eggplant than the King is. For what reason I won’t say, but he’s honestly the worse dad on Earth. I don’t even understand why Kestrel still continues to care for him. Fine I get it. It is her father, but still! You were right Arin, you were right to try to show Kestrel how big of an eggplant her father is.

Ok enough talk of the villainy in this story. Next topic: plot.

Plot twists? Like What??????!?!?!?!? There are so many plot reveals going on in this book, relationships mending and breaking apart, I can’t even imagine. When cities begin to corrupt due to some mysterious thingy-majig, and relationships corrupt due to the lack of trust between and the lies going on, oh, boy, gods.

There was dishonor, she decided, in accepting someone else’s idea of honor without question.

Then there’s the burning romance that pulls out your heart and throws it through Earth every time Kestrel thinks of Arin or Arin thinks of Kestrel or when they have interaction. I don’t even know why the romance in this books resonates with me like that so much. All I know is that its to die for.

“She turned to look at him, and he was already looking at her. “I’m going to miss you when I wake up,” she whispered, because she realized that she must have fallen asleep under the sun. Arin was too real for her imagination. He was a dream.
“Don’t wake up,” he said.”

But in the end, Kestrel and Arin were being a bit of an eggplant as well. But they have their reasons: because they try to protect the one they love the most.

“Marry him,” Arin said, “but be mine in secret.”

Aw.

Just spoiled you didn’t I.

;)

She’d felt it before, she felt it now: the pull to fall in with him, to fall into him, to lose her sense of self.

Worse book review writer in history.
In fact, today’s writing is so bad simply because

  1.  I’m stressed about my Photoshop Trial being over. Stupid Adobe. Why can’t we just have a permanent Photoshop
  2. I have to wake up at 7:15m and it’s 12:24am
  3. I have vague memory of this book despite reading it earlier this week
    1. maybe because I’m reading the Winner’s Kiss right now, aka right after Crime.

Alright enough with the BS.

Let’s sum it up!


Plot twists + eggplants(n) + revelations + romance = The Winner’s Crime.

*takes a bow*

*runs away to evade bananas and eggs thrown at me*


So yea.

Obviously everything about my opinion on this book is unclear. Feel free to comment below and ask a question!

Book Review: Reignited – Colleen Houck

After much procrastination, I finally finished this.

Sigh life is getting more and more busier, and I’m slowing down on reading.


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Name: Reignited
Author: Colleen Houck
Publisher: Self Published at CreateSpace Independent Pub.
Release Date: February 21, 2017

Blurb

A sibling rivalry.
A forbidden romance.
A spell that changes everything.

In Heliopolis secrets abound and passions ignite as chaos rises.

From the  New York Times  bestselling author of the Tiger’s Curse series and Reawakened comes a novella full of celestial marvel, passion, betrayal, and evil that will grow to reign over humanity forever.

Before Lily and Amon met, before the cosmos was in chaos and needed three brave brothers to fight off evil, there were four siblings who helped rule the earth.

Each sibling had a special gift. Osiris, the god of agriculture, helped mortals to grow and thrive in their natural environment. Isis, the goddess of creation, fostered health and wellness. Nephthys, the seer, was able to keep the balance between all living beings and the universe. But Seth, the youngest sibling, was left without any special powers. The Waters of Chaos, which granted each god’s talent, were running dry, and Seth was paying the price.

As time passed, however, Seth’s determination and wilfulness resulted in a very special gift, one that should have granted him the ability to enact wondrous change. But Seth’s competitive childhood gave him a heart so cold and vacant that instead, his gift brought about great evil.

Seth was now the god of unmaking, the creator of disorder and destruction. And he was ready to seek his revenge, dominating all who got in his way.


Book Cover Comments

I was a little disappointed with how the eye turned out, because the previous two were super realistic, but with this novella and the final book, it’s less sophisticated whatsoever. But nonetheless, the pupil is beautiful as usual, and I super like the bronze color theme and the goddess figures below :) And the peacock feather.


The Actual Review

Honestly I didn’t know what to expect when I first decided to buy this book. I bought it since it is one of my favourite series of all times, but what it gave us was definitely unexpected. I thought that the novella would go full Seth POV, but no. Every main deity who appears in the story, Osiris, Isis, Seth, Nephthys, Amun Ra, all of them get to share a moment of speech. But because of that, and that there is no clear separation of when who is talking, it confused me at times, and took me a little time to realise who was speaking.

I love the concept put in this book, Colleen’s version of how Osiris and Isis first got together, and the role the others play, and how Seth first began to discover his powers. Though basically none of these appear in original Egyptian contexts, I think what Colleen did, was made her world of Egypt and Heliopolis much more richer and a more beautifully weaved web.

Even though I went into this book with a slightly meh mood, since its not my baes of the series, Lily and Amon, but nonetheless, because of the story of love Colleen weaved for us, the ones who lay out the path of the future and the whisper of the stars, it is that where it drew my interest and end up closing the book in satisfaction.

And holy lords when the book referenced to the main series, and it turns out that Lily, who is the girl from the main Reawakened series (feel free to check out my review on them!) had her destiny and path already locked in and prepared for her.

I think my favourite character is Nephthys, her willingness to sacrifice what is needed in order to reach the final ending that will save them all. And the fact that her special power was to be able to listen to the stars?

*cough Wasret*

In the end, I was happy I read this book, because not only I got to see a new version of the love stories and deep entwined relationships and secrets in mythological Heliopolis, but I also got to see a little teaser of a prophecy (it’s basically one. it’s an indirect prophecy, as I would call it.) that relates back to the main plot!