"Intentions were not always kind nor just"
This book was a fun, quick, gothic, YA read. It wasn't really my cup of tea, as the romance became too big of a part of the plotline. It's a good first novel, but I do wish there had been a lot more character development and world building. I was never invested enough in any of the characters to feel fully absorbed by the story.
This book was A Struggle. Bored for most of it, and then the story started to pick up around the 60-70% mark but by that point I was reading more as a completionist than for actual interest in the book. It just didn't keep my attention enough to invest in the characters or what was happening. With all the rave reviews, I feel like I read an entirely different book. #audiobook
Definitely not a win for me despite the book having potential.
I have my May #tbr set! I also plan the finish my audio book, Heir of Fire this week, as I have about 5 hours left on it, as well as adding Aurora Rising to my list once my preorder makes it💜😍📚 I may or may not have to add a light and fluffy contemporary, as that has been a great palette cleanser for fantasy books📖 #mountTBR #May2019 #20of2019
Finished this one last night. Overall, I really enjoyed this book from a debut author. I was a quick read and I really felt for the characters. What you see and think at the beginning may not be what's real. I couldn't pronounce a lot of names/places and one character I just gave a different name to in my head when I read 🤫. And I was a bit confused in parts that I didn't feel were explained well enough. But still really enjoyed this one.
It's been a long couple weeks. Been working overtime at work and am just tired. Haven't read as much as I would like to but am about 2/3rds through this book and enjoying it.
So I saw a discussion started on Facebook that guys running their hands through their hair is like the over-used girls letting out a breath they didn't know they were holding...
And now I can't stop noticing it. 😂
Started this one yesterday because I was in the mood for something different and this high fantasy fit the bill once I started reading. It has a lot of Slavic folklore, according to the author. I love the cover, but also love this surprise under the cover.
Went a bit crazy at the store today... where do I begin?!
Ooooo excited! This was in my April sub box from Owlcrate and I am loving the dust jacket and hidden cover. It‘s gorgeous 😍♥️♥️♥️ this is book number 38 of my year 🥳
Got my Owlcrate April box!! Gotta say I‘m most excited about the Six of Crows socks.
So I somehow love this book MORE following along with the audiobook narrators. I still for the life of me cannot pronounce any of the three mc names but amazing none the less. If you liked the Grisha verse by Leigh Bardugo, you have to give this a go.
I don't tend to pick out high fantasy novels for myself (I got Wicked Saints from repping Uppercase) but this was actually really good. I stayed up late last night to finish it, and all I could think was !!!!!!!!
I kind of eyeroll that every YA has a romance, but I've been single for a long time, so when the kiss happened, I fell for it. 😂😂
I really enjoyed this book. The magic systems are fantastic. One involves blood and spells and the other a direct line to the gods. My favorite is Serefin, crown prince and a powerful blood mage, who spends most of his time trying to keep his father, the king, from killing him and stealing his magic. Then there is Nadya a cleric who depends on her gods for her magic and Malachiasz another powerful blood mage who motives aren't always clear.
One itsy bitsy teeny weeny yellow polka dot complainty - can we buy a synonym for monster, pretty please? This word was in every chapter beginning with Ch15. It was noticed. Malachiasz is not a monster. He‘s mine. Remember! You cannot have him! CLAIMED (Are there still TWD fans out there?? Shout out to my Daryl Dixon fans!)
So stinking good, I wish book 2 were out so I could finish this war, find out where Nadya goes next, oh and Anna - what role do you have left to play?
I want to crack jokes with Serefin, ask Ostyia what happened to her eye? I want to know the significance of M‘s name?! And what‘s really going on at the Kalyazin Silver Court, you sneaky bastard you! All this gothic goodness has got me questioning everything and I WANT ANSWERS NOW!!!
5 impeccably shaped, beautiful constellations floating in Serefin‘s eyes! You beautiful Snow White angel, you! ♥️ ♥️ ♥️ ♥️ ♥️
I loved everything about this bloody fairy tale built of frosted veins, bloody souls, crimson lips on black chalices and raven wings on broken boys! Have you guys met Malachiasz??? He‘s mine, you cannot have him! 💋
On the whole, I really liked this one. The aesthetic and concept spoke to the dark fairy tale, macabre little goth girl in me. It was problematic...I think it's because the main characters interact with only themselves. Also wasn't there supposed to be a whole battle for the prince's hand? Wasn't that the whole point?...I'm hoping it's stuff that she'll kinda work out in the second book. Not perfect, but if it speaks to you, read it and enjoy it.
This was another book that I never would have picked up with it dealing with fantasy and magic. But I have seen and heard so much buzz about it that I had to pick it up and got hooked on the story pretty quickly. I loved the action of the book!
"But then there is my magic, except a witch is just a girl who has realized her power is her own..."
Wicked Saints is brimming with voice, and magic and interesting, terrible challenges. I loved almost every second of it and the ending has made me eager for the next book. Full review on my channel (Where in the world is Leah Jane) soon.
Bloody, but an epic fantasy 📖. The writing style took a little while for me 2 get used 2. I def. didn‘t get all my questions answered regarding the diff types of magic &the Gods- but Im ok with that. None of the twists shocked me, but I found myself immersed in this new world. Excited to see this debut author grow &will be reading the next in the series! (I did not think the MC was as badass as this cover indicated...but 🖤 the monster.)
I'm enjoying this...but are we supposed to like Serefin? He's kind of awful? Is it just me? And then Malachiasz seems pretty derpy for a supposedly swaggering badass...or is that the point? Annnnnnd....discuss (keeping in mind I'm only 130 pages in)
It‘s been a while since I‘ve enjoyed a fantasy novel, particularly a YA one. But then this came along &made me remember why I fell in love w/ the genre in the first place.
This dark, gritty novel seems heavily inspired by Russia &Poland, a trend I enjoy seeing. And the alternating third person POV keeps you on your toes, wondering what will happen next. It portrays a darker side of YA fantasy than we normally see & I was all for
I almost didn‘t join #deweysapril this time around, because I knew today would be interesting in terms of free time and I have work tomorrow, but then I remembered I don‘t *have* to finish, just hang out with some books and friends and steal reading time when I can. So I signed up! Easing in with something fun while I wait for @RavenRenegade at her hair appointment. @DeweysReadathon
Rating: 3/5 Stars
Honestly, I only liked the beginning and the ending. The middle part of the book felt very slow and I had a very hard time connecting with the characters. I do want to see where book two will take the plot.
#wickedsaints #soso #3stars #bookstagram #booksofinstagram #okayish #arc #netgalley #kindle #bookaddict #bookworm #bibliophile #hypedrelease #litsy #littens #botm
April #tbr , what are you guys planning to read?
This is a #BlameItOnLitsy read for me, as I first heard of it on here! But I #Wish I had loved it as much as I expected to... it‘s an interesting and fast-paced read but I found it a little difficult to connect with the characters and the ending sure leaves me with a lot of questions! I‘m hopeful the sequel will be even better! #LiteraryLuck
I‘m most excited for Wicked Saints so... we‘ll see 🤓 #BOTM