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The Traitor’s Crux by Jessica Prather Book Review

One of my favorite kind of stories where magic is involved. And recently a book was brought to my attention that has a combination of magic, evil government and tons of action. I was sent a book called The Traitor’s Crux by Jessica Prather this week and was excited to start it because I thought this story was something I knew I would be into.

  • Title: The Traitor’s Crux
  • Author: Jessica Prather Lu
  • Series: The Dark Powers
  • Year Published: 2017
  • Page Count: 332
  • Author Site: Here
  • Goodreads: Here
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BOOK SYNOPSIS:

In The Traitors’ Crux, we meet a girl named Kanadee who lives in a world where those with magic are seen as the enemy. They targeted and then arrested and sent away. And Kenadee’s brother has arrested years ago prior to the book and never seen from again. Years later Kenadee gets arrested and then recruited by the President. Kenadee must work for the president and infiltrate a secret camp where those with magic are and bring them in. If she doesn’t, her family will get killed. Kenadee agrees and then goes deep undercover. Soon, Kenadee learns about the world of magic and discovers that this world is more than it seems. And Kenadee also must learn to use the magic within her and make hard choices that can send a ripple effect on those that are in the way.

BOOK REVIEW:

This book was enjoyable and was fun to read. I actually couldn’t put it down because all I wanted to do was keep reading. The book was fast-paced and brought me into this world of magic and the idea of making hard choices. I also liked the writing style how the author made a book that feels relevant to today’s climate and a book that makes you think.

As for the characters, I really liked Kenadee and felt sympathetic to her situation. She is forced into a situation and must choose between saving her family and hurting people who are part of a war that they didn’t choose to be in. Other than this Kenadee also must learn to believe in herself and her strength and deal with finding who she is.

Overall, I liked The Traitor’s Crux and enjoyed the action and the magic system in the book. I also really liked Kenadee and I would like to see how she grows throughout the series. And so until my next book review keeps on reading.

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Blood Rose by Danielle Rose

It’s been a really long time since I got to read a vampire book. Now and again I would read a book that has vampires in it but I wouldn’t really consider it a vampire book. Last time I read a vampire book was Ghost Town by Rachel Caine which is from The Morganville Vampires series. So, recently I was in the mood and was sent Blood Rose to review and had a feeling that this would catch my interest. Blood Rose is the first in the trilogy by Danielle Rose.

  • Title: Blood Rose
  • Author: Danielle Rose
  • Year Published: 2017
  • Page Count: 334
  • Author Site: Here
  • Goodreads: Here
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BOOK SYNOPSIS:

There is a war going on. A war against witches and vampires. Witches risk their lives protecting the world from vampires who they were believed to want to destroy. At least that is what Avah has been told for most of her life. Avah has devoted her life to a witch to fighting vampires and she spent most of it preparing the day that would change everything. It was grained in her being that she was the chosen one for the prophecy that was said to lead the war against vampires and to destroy all of them. Avah was ready until the night of her ceremony.

BOOK REVIEW:

I actually saw the book on Booktube and thought it would be a really interesting book and I also didn’t know it was about vampires. I thought it was mostly going to be about witches. But that said I actually really enjoyed this book. I like all the action fighting scenes and enjoyed that this was a book mostly focused on both witches and vampires. I mean when was the last time I read a book about a witch part vampire? A vampire that can fight and use magic isn’t something I really a lot. I also liked the writing style and the pace of the story which was fast, ongoing and didn’t me want to slow down.

As for the characters themselves, I liked Avah. I thought she was a total bad ass and I liked reading about a strong female who can fight and kick butt. Makes me think of Buffy who also can fight vampires. But with the added magic in the mix to go with it. I also enjoyed her dedication to her coven but also the vampires she meets through the story.

I really like the story, but there were some things I wished could’ve been developed a bit more. Mostly, one the supporting characters in the book. I feel like they disappear a lot and somethings don’t get explained like the way the characters act around Avah. Something displays a dislike but you don’t really get a full explanation on why or where they are going with it. I also would’ve to see more fighting scenes with all the supporting characters together.

Overall, I really like the book. I had a lot of fun read Blood Rose and can’t wait to continue on this story because of the enjoyment. I also like how the idea of a witch turned vampire was fresh and new. I totally recommend this to anyone who likes witches or vampires or just urban fantasy altogether. So until my next book review keep on reading.

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Spindle Fire by Lexa Hillyer Book Review

Can true love save the one you love or break the spell? Well, hope so because recently I got the chance to dive into this YA Fantasy book called Spindle Fire by Lexa Hillyer. This book combines fantasy, adventure and shows the true bond of two sisters that are trying to find their way together. To learn more continue on.

  • Title: Spindle Fire
  • Author: Lexa Hillyer
  • Year Published: 2017
  • Page Count: 368
  • Author Site: Here
  • Goodreads: Here
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BOOK SYNOPSIS:

The book Spindle Fire focuses on the two sisters who are both princesses that share a bond but are different. Due to the tithes that were taken place when they were little, they were gifted and also had things taken away from them. Aurora who is the kingdom’s main daughter, and favored by all lack the sense of touch and can’t speak. Aurora’s half-sister Isabelle who is known as the bastard daughter lacks the sight. Despite their differences, they are close and willing to do anything to protect each other.

On the night that Aurora is about to be wed her sister decides to run away to escape her fate of being sent to a faraway convent. At the same time, Aurora who goes after her ends up being cursed by the evil fairy queen Malfeour. Aurora trapped in her sleep and her half-sister must find a way to save her and also the sleeping sickness that engulfs the lands as part of the curse.

In order to save Aurora, Isabelle must find her true love and find her sister. But doing so is no easy task. There danger in this world and there is a war coming. In order to find her sister, she must navigate this world without sight and along with the help of Aurora’s true love. Will Isabelle save her sister and break the curse? At the same time stuck in dreamland, Aurora must find a way to get back to the real world in order to prevent a war and a world she happened to get to know.

BOOK REVIEW:

When I saw the premise of the book I was really fascinated. And the book actually reminds me of Sleeping Beauty and even the name of the one of the princess is Aurora. I was really excited and not too much I am a big fan of anything fae or fairies. The book itself does paint the magical world of the Kingdom that two princesses live and also the world that is created within Aurora’s dreamworld.Though do wish the book did go in further with the world building and showed more magical elements.

I also felt like the characters as well. I think the bond between the two sisters despite their differences was relatable since I also have a sister. So that made it intriguing to me. I also like the character Isabelle for the fact she willing to go to wide lengths to get to her sister despite not being able to see. But I will admit there were times where she did irritate me and at times she can be a bit naive especially when it comes to how to break the curse. As for her other sister Aurora I wasn’t really a fan and feel like she could have been developed more throughout the story and felt like she didn’t explain many things.

There was also some other flaws in the story from the fact that I felt lost at certain times. I also had more questions and book had some plot holes that made me confused on how many stories this book had. This doesn’t mean I hope in the next book more question will be answered and there would be more development.

Overall, I think the book had an interesting concept and I liked the authors take on this world. I also think the book has potential to go from an ok book to a more better story as it goes on. I do think some of the characters could be more worked on and be a little more relatable. So that is it for my review. Stay tuned for more book reviews and until next time keep on reading.

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Warcross by Marie Lu Book Review

I have been meaning to pick up a book by Marie Lu but always postponed it. You know how it is…you keep saying “Oh I will read it. Eventually” but then months go before you touch it. So, recently I went to the National Book Festival in D.C. and then got to see Marie Lu speak. She talked about her writing and her books. Marie Lu also talked about her latest book Warcross and this peeked my interest so much I knew I had to pick this one up when it comes out. This is sci-fi thriller is great for anyone interested in gaming and wanted to read a book that involves in that world.

  • Title: Warcross
  • Author: Marie Lu
  • Year Published: 2017
  • Page Count: 368
  • Author Site: Here
  • Goodreads: Here
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BOOK SYNOPSIS:

The world of Warcross takes place in the future where there is this new high tech popular game called Warcross. And this game takes you into the world of Virtual Reality. In fact, all you need is goggles and you can play the game. And in this game people battle each other into teams and win fame, prizes, and bragging rights. So in this book, we focus our attention on a bounty hunter named Emika Chen. Emika makes a living getting hired to hunt down criminals who use Warcross to commit a crime like gambling and so on. Despite this, Emika struggles to keep up with the climbing debt so in desperation she decides to hack into Warcross game in hopes to make money.

Things take a turn when Emika gets caught hacking the game but things get stranger when she gets a call from the main CEO of Warcross. Next thing you know she is hired to go undercover as a player in order to find the mysterious hacker Zero who is planning to do something malicious in the game. Will Emika find a way to stop Zero before his plan happens?

BOOK REVIEW:

This book is amazing. It takes you into high stakes world Warcross. Marie Lu creates this world and makes you feel like you are in it and want to try out this game. I enjoyed the gaming sequences through where the character is playing the game. The book also takes into the dark world of technically and makes feel like I’m in another world. This book also is fast-paced and will have you flipping the pages like crazy to see what is going to happen next. I also like the suspenseful feeling of not knowing what will happen next. This world of Warcross is so deadly.

As for the main character Emika Chen, I think she made this story. She has got to be one of my favorite female characters I read about this year. She is smart, a total bad ass that has a moment where she pulls the gutsy moves and I like how there are many layers to her. I see her grow as a character through the series and can’t wait to see her in the next book.

Overall, I was really amazed by the book and happy that I finally got to read a book by Marie Lu. And even though I might wait awhile till the next Warcross book to come out, I am still happy that there are other Marie Lu books that can keep me busy.

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Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo Book Review

Recently I fell into the world Leigh Bardugo’s when I read the Six of Crows Duology. I fell in love the dualogy and just couldn’t get enough of the world and wanted more from the Grishaverse. So, in order to fill the need, I decided to dive into the Grisha Trilogy. This trilogy is a mixture of royalty, magic and a character who must believe in herself in order to defeat the villain that wants power.

  • Title: Shadow and Bone
  • Author: Leigh Bardugo
  • Year Published: 2012
  • Page Count: 358
  • Author Site: Here
  • Goodreads: Here
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BOOK SYNOPSIS:

The first book in the Grisha Trilogy is called Shadow and Bone. This book is about a girl named Alina who lives in the country named Ravvak. And they are at war with many other countries but must fight against a hidden force called the Fold. Alina joins the military with her friend who she has strong feelings for. On a mission to the Shadow Fold things go wrong they get attacked. So, Alina ends up saving her friend which causes her to expose her power that she didn’t know existed. This gets the attention by the Grisha and the Darkling who takes her to the Palace to train to be a Grisha to help save the people of Ravvak. Soon, Alina learns secrets and how she must learn to believe in her self if she wants to save everyone.

BOOK REVIEW:

I will say that when I read Six of Crows I got a little taste of the Grisha elements and wanted to learn more. When I read Shadow and Bone, it was the focus on mostly the world of Grisha. There were people with magical abilities, strange creepy creatures that come out at night, a strong villain that you love to hate but can’t and a lovable main female character that makes you cheer you on. I really enjoyed the world Grisha from the magical aspects but also the world itself. It’s royal, glamorous and elegant. There is a lot of beauty but with the elements of secrets in every corner.

As for Alina, I really adored her. She isn’t the strong person in the book. She is pretty much your underdog, that wants to prove to herself and the world that she can do it. And I like how she keeps on trying to learn to be a Grisha. I also the moments when she is also funny and dorky. As for the Darkling. He is a very complex character with many sides. Someone you might want to watch for in the book who has loads of personality. He is dark, handsome, seductive but also someone who kind of catches you off guard. I won’t give too much away because I don’t want to spoil it.

Overall, I was happy I finally got the chance to read this last month and truly believe that Leigh Bardugo wrote a masterpiece. I loved it from the world to the characters that make me either tear up or want to get mad at. I can’t wait to continue this trilogy and see more. And if you are interested in checking out the book, I will have links below and until next time keep on reading.

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Turtles All the Way Down by John Green Book Review

After the Fault in Our Stars, I become an immediate fan of John Green’s work. I even enjoyed Looking for Alaska. So, when I learned about his new book Turtles All the Way Down was coming out I was stoked. And now that I have to be marked on my calendar. And now I just finished reading it and in this review, I will be talking about my thoughts on Turtles All the Way Down.

  • Title: Turtles All The Way Down
  • Author: John Green
  • Year Published: 2017
  • Page Count: 286
  • Author Site: Here
  • Goodreads: Here
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BOOK SYNOPSIS:

In Turtles ALl the Way Down, the book focuses on a teenage girl named Aza who goes on a mystery hunt along with her friend Dasy and try to find out what happened to the disappearance of a Billionaire. The Billionaire let say was supposed to go to trial and disappeared out of now one. But, he did leave two clues he left his sons behind to pick up the pieces. Aza and Daisy use that opportunity to dig up clues in hopes find out what happened and hope to get the reward in return.At the same time, the story also focuses on the friendship between Aza and Davis the billionaire’s son. As well, the story focuses on the struggles Aza has to go through when dealing with her mental illness.

BOOK REVIEW:

The book was actually better than what I thought. I really enjoyed the book. Maybe not as much as The Fault in Our Stars, which by the is one of my all-favorite books but its up there. I really enjoyed that fact that the book focuses on many subplots throughout the book and how they somehow connect in a way. For one the main focuses were on the mysterious disappearance of the billionaire and trying to see how it would unfold can’t me feeling suspenseful. I like the fact that the book mostly just made us the readers ask “what happened to him?”, “Why did he leave?” and “What’s happens next?”.

Another part of the story was two main characters Aza and Davis. I like how throughout the book seeing how the relationship between them develop. I like how they are some much alike and can relate. I also like the way they communicate and how they accept each other. I think one of my favorite things about Green’s characters is how they are so real and just really smart characters in their own way. But at the same time, they have their own flaws.

Lastly, the book lets you step inside the world of Aza who throughout the book deals her own mental illness. I also like how much it makes you think and how the book shows us on how the rest of the worlds reacts to that person.

Overall, I really enjoyed reading Turtles All the Way Down and how easy, relatable it is. If you interesting in checking out this book I will have the links below and also near the picture above. And until my next post keep on reading.

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Caraval by Stephanie Garber Book Review

When I saw the cover for Caraval I knew I had to read this. I also been wanting to read a book with a Carnival type of story and thought why not? Caraval is a book by Stephanie Garber and this is the first in the duology. This book has a combination of magic, and puzzles with an element of mystery to solve.

  • Title: Caraval
  • Author: Stephanie Garber
  • Year Published: 2017
  • Page Count: 407
  • Author Site: Here
  • Goodreads: Here
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BOOK SYNOPSIS

Caraval focuses on the character Scarlet who lives with sister on an island. Scarlet and her sister Tella must grow up living with her very abusive father who just sees them as property. Scarlet dreams of one day going to the magical world of Caraval which is a fantastic show where people go and play a game in order to win a major price. So, Scarlet wants its so badly so she spends most of her life writing letters to the mysterious Legend who owns the Caraval.

Years later when Scarlet is seventeen her father wants to marry the mysterious Count who she hasn’t met. At the same time, Scarlet finally receives a letter from Legend. So, despite her father…Scarlet, Tella and with the help of a sailor named Julian to run off to the world of Caraval.

There at Caraval, Scarlet’s sister goes missing and in order to get her sister back, Scarlet must play the game that this world holds. Thinking it would be a simple task turns out to be more than just a game of risk, secrets, and consequences. Will Scarlet get her sister back?

REVIEW:

This book was really enjoyable to read. I really enjoyed the concept of Caraval and the combination of magic and puzzles. I also enjoyed seeing the world come alive. If you like books with magic, and whimsical elements than this is a book to check out. In fact, most of the book describes Caraval as magical, and colorful. It’s actually somewhat dreamlike.

I also enjoyed some of the mysterious elements throughout the book with all the clues. The clues that lead you closer to winning the major the prize. I also like the idea of being careful with your choices or you may face the consequences.That said, I would’ve liked to have seen more Carnival elements within the book. The fact that the book made it seem like some big show, the book lacked any Carnival elements. I would’ve liked to see more characters that would feel like you are at a Carnival. Maybe jugglers, clowns, or acrobat? I also have seen much of the actual competition. It felt like this game was more a passive MMORPG game that people just show up and have fun.

As for the characters, I am left with mixed feelings. On the one handle, I like seeing the main character go through a transformation in the book. At the beginning of the book, we meet a scary, shy, and broken Scarlet and see how she learns to find her strength in the book. I also like how she would do anything for the sister and would make the hard choices to get her back.

But even though I do like Scarlet, as a character she does have some flaws in the book. At times Scarlet can be naive and can be overly trusting at times in situations where she should have asked questions. I also didn’t really like the love interest in the book. I feel like Julian could’ve used more of a backstory and be developed more. I feel like Julian was half developed and just gave us more questions about who he was.

Overall, I did really enjoyed this story and loved all the magical element and the dark mystery throughout the book. Despite that, I hope some of the supporting characters and some of the questions that were present in the story could be answered in the next book. Well, if you interested in checking out the book I do have the link below. And until my next post keep on reading.

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