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Library of Souls

Library of Souls Ransom Riggs YA Fantasy Rating: 4.5

I’m back! It’s been over a year, but I’m FINALLY getting settled now…Graduated with an MLIS, getting comfortable with the new eResources job (I get to buy eBooks and eAudiobookss for 10 libraries!!), and my house is finally starting to look a home. The best part is that there is finally some time to read again 🙂

Since it’s almost Halloween, I thought it would be appropriate to read the last book in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Library of Lost Souls. It definitely didn’t disappoint. I brought this book with to read during the four days I’m out of town for a conference…it only lasted the first night. It was addicting and almost impossible to put down.

Library Souls starts out right where it left off, in the middle of an action scene where it seems all hope is lost. Now, I will admit to skimming some of the action fights and “scary” stuff (it’s more creepy than scary, but I’m a wuss). The heart of the book is awesome though. Discovering who you are, making tough decisions, trust, families, and of course a little bit of romance. Jacob, the gifted hollowgast seer, is the main character once again and remains relatable despite his peculiarness. He struggles with confidence, trust, and ultimately discovering who he is all while trying to save his peculiar friends and beloved ymbryne from the Wights.

Action-packed and beautifully written, I highly recommend this series (if only for the great pictures!).

Expect more reviews shortly! Now what to read over the next 2 days….

5/5! Shadow and Bone & Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

Shadow and Bone (The Grisha, #1)

Shadow and Bone #1
Leigh Bardugo
YA Fiction
Rating 5

Shadow and Bone and Siege and Storm, you were amazing, you made me lose sleep, and cry, and make noises while I read so that people looked at me funny. I love you.  Thank you to everyone who has ever suggested I read these books! I feel ashamed it took me so long (although now I wish I would have waited until the third one was out…).

These are amazing YA fantasy reads! They have adventure, romance, a cool world, weird evil creatures, awesome Grisha (kinda like magic) abilities, and absolutely fabulous characters.  There are few stories where I fall madly in love with each and every character (usually some are just so not believable or I plain don’t like them) but I thoroughly enjoyed every character in this book.

 The main character, Alina, is a stubborn, sassy, independent female character (yes, I know, you may think “typical”, but she’s not! I promise….) who discovers she is anything but the ordinary peasant girl she thought she was. Then there is her childhood crush Mal who is super attractive and frustratingly such a … guy if ya know what I mean.  There is also the mysterious yet also handsome Darkling (I love this character!). I also love the beautiful Genya, the conniving Noya, and once you get to S&S, Sturmhond (omgosh…Sturmhond swoon).
The banter between the characters throughout these books is so wonderful. It makes me want to be friends with the author and exchange some sarcastic humor with her.Siege and Storm (The Grisha, #2)

As for the plot…well I really don’t want to tell you. It’s a save-the-word thing, but I think you’re better off going into this story without knowing too much about what’s going to happen just that it’s going to be an amazing ride : )

Now that ending to Siege and Storm…how could you leave us hanging like that Leigh Bardugo??

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Review of The Rose Throne by Mette Ivie Harrison

The Rose Throne (The Rose Throne, #1)

The Rose Throne- Book 1
Mette Ivie Harrison
Young Adult Fantasy
Rating: 3.5
*Through NetGalley

I obtained an ARC of this book through NetGalley

Magic, royalty, romance, and a prophecy, plus a pretty cover is what made me pick me up this book.  But…it was just o.k. for me. Not bad by any means, there were just a few elements that drove me crazy and made me look online to see if there was a book 1…this is it.

The Rose Throne is about two different kingdoms, two different kinds of magic, and two very different princesses from either kingdom.  There is a magic called taweyr for the men and neweyr for the women, unweyr for those with no magic and something much more dangerous and powerful for those, the ekhono, who by some “mistake” get the opposite gender’s magic.  The dangerous part of being ekhono is that the ruler of one of the kingdoms has declared it illegal and will put to death anyone suspected of it.  This ruthless king has thrown the balance of men’s and women’s magic out of whack by not letting the neweyr flourish and letting his taweyr take over the land.  Ailsbet, the princess of this land, only truly loves music, not ruling, and no one in her land appreciates music like she does.  I didn’t really understand this princess; I thought she was cool in the first half of the book, but then in the second half she seemed super selfish, and annoying. I didn’t get it…

However, on the other land, a much more reasonable king abides with a more enjoyable princess, Issa. I just ended up feeling sorry for her the entire book, but she was a strong and capable character unlike Ailsbet. She’s forced to leave her kingdom and agree to marry a young boy prince, Ailsbet’s younger brother, to try and unite the two kingdoms, thus hopefully fulfilling a prophecy. However, chaos (and possibly true love?) then ensues which you will find out if you read the book : )

My main problem with this book was the lack of background information. Like the magic isn’t ever just explained to you (which I get sometimes you’re supposed to show readers things through your writing, but this definitely needed an explanation…I thought I had missed a book).  I wish the kingdoms had a bit more info. too. Like how big are they? Just one town? Islands? I know there’s more than just the two main ones so how many others are there.  Stuff like that just made it feel incomplete for me. And it is quite violent in parts which I wasn’t expecting.

Overall, it was O.K. I’m not mad I spent time reading it.

 

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