Review: Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

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In the three kingdoms of Mytica, magic has long been forgotten. And while hard-won peace has reigned for centuries, a deadly unrest now simmers below the surface.

As the rulers of each kingdom grapple for power, the lives of their subjects are brutally transformed… and four key players, royals and rebels alike, find their fates forever intertwined. Cleo, Jonas, Lucia, and Magnus are caught in a dizzying world of treacherous betrayals, shocking murders, secret alliances, and even unforeseen love.

The only outcome that’s certain is that kingdoms will fall. Who will emerge triumphant when all they know has collapsed?

It’s the eve of war…. Choose your side.

Princess: Raised in pampered luxury, Cleo must now embark on a rough and treacherous journey into enemy territory in search of magic long thought extinct.

Rebel: Jonas, enraged at injustice, lashes out against the forces of oppression that have kept his country cruelly impoverished. To his shock, he finds himself the leader of a people’s revolution centuries in the making.

Sorceress: Lucia, adopted at birth into the royal family, discovers the truth about her past—and the supernatural legacy she is destined to wield.

Heir: Bred for aggression and trained to conquer, firstborn son Magnus begins to realize that the heart can be more lethal than the sword….


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The Try A Chapter Tag

I decided to do this tag after seeing Larkin do it over at Wonderfilled Reads. It seemed like a fun idea to help me decide what to read next. I felt a little lost after finishing off ACOL and saying goodbye to Kell, Lila, Rhy and Alucard, so I needed some inspiration to start my next books!

This tag was created by BookParadise on Youtube.

RULES:

  • Pick 5 (or more) books from your tbr
  • Read the first chapter of all of them (including the prologue if there is one)
  • Tell your readers if you’re sold on the book and what you thought of the first chapter.
  • Are you going to finish the book this month?

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Review: A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab (Shades of Magic#2)

 

It has been four mon20764879ths since a mysterious obsidian stone fell into Kell’s possession. Four months since his path crossed with Delilah Bard. Four months since Prince Rhy was wounded, and since the nefarious Dane twins of White London fell, and four months since the stone was cast with Holland’s dying body through the rift–back into Black London.

Now, restless after having given up his smuggling habit, Kell is visited by dreams of ominous magical events, waking only to think of Lila, who disappeared from the docks as she always meant to do. As Red London finalizes preparations for the Element Games–an extravagant international competition of magic meant to entertain and keep healthy the ties between neighboring countries–a certain pirate ship draws closer, carrying old friends back into port.

And while Red London is caught up in the pageantry and thrills of the Games, another London is coming back to life. After all, a shadow that was gone in the night will reappear in the morning. But the balance of magic is ever perilous, and for one city to flourish, another London must fall


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Books I Read (Part 3)

Back to my long list of books read over my blogging hiatus. I will work on reviewing all of these books, but I’m realizing that it will be quite the project :). Let me know if you see a book you would like reviewed first!

 

The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma  ★★★★

This was a beautifully written, haunting book. Told through alternating points of view from Amber and Violet, The Walls Around Us paints a story of friendship and betrayal mixed in with some seriously disturbing scenes. While I was slightly let down by the ending, I thoroughly enjoyed Suma’s writing and am looking forward to picking up another one of her books.

Replica by Lauren Oliver ★★★

Replica seemed like such a unique concept with the two stories in one and clones on a mysterious island. Unfortunately, the two different stories just seemed like a book with different points of view- I alternated chapters and I think it would have been quite tedious to read on story then the other. Both of the characters fell flat for me and the climax was anticlimactic. I gave it three stars because I enjoyed the writing and the concept was unique.

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WWW Wednesday #10

Hi everyone! Its time for another WWW Wednesday🙂

WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted by Sam@ Taking on a World of Words.

To participate, all you have to do is answer the following questions:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?


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Review: Morning Star (Red Rising#3) by Pierce Brown

18966806#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Red Rising thrilled readers and announced the presence of a talented new author. Golden Son changed the game and took the story of Darrow to the next level. Now comes the exhilarating conclusion to the Red Rising Trilogy: Morning Star.

Darrow would have lived in peace, but his enemies brought him war. The Gold overlords demanded his obedience, hanged his wife, and enslaved his people. But Darrow is determined to fight back. Risking everything to transform himself and breach Gold society, Darrow has battled to survive the cutthroat rivalries that breed Society’s mightiest warriors, climbed the ranks, and waited patiently to unleash the revolution that will tear the hierarchy apart from within.

Finally, the time has come.

But devotion to honor and hunger for vengeance run deep on both sides. Darrow and his comrades-in-arms face powerful enemies without scruple or mercy. Among them are some Darrow once considered friends. To win, Darrow will need to inspire those shackled in darkness to break their chains, unmake the world their cruel masters have built, and claim a destiny too long denied—and too glorious to surrender.


 

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Review: A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab (Shades of Magic#1)

 Kell is one of 22055262the last travelers–magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel universes connected by one magical city.

There’s Grey London, dirty and boring, without any magic, and with one mad King–George III. Red London, where life and magic are revered–and where Kell was raised alongside Rhy Maresh, the roguish heir to a flourishing empire. White London–a place where people fight to control magic and the magic fights back, draining the city to its very bones. And once upon a time, there was Black London. But no one speaks of that now.

Officially, Kell is the Red traveler, ambassador of the Maresh empire, carrying the monthly correspondences between the royals of each London. Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a world they’ll never see. It’s a defiant hobby with dangerous consequences, which Kell is now seeing firsthand.

Fleeing into Grey London, Kell runs into Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She robs him, saves him from a deadly enemy, and finally forces Kell to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure.

Now perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, they’ll first need to stay alive.


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Books I Read (Part 2)

Hello and welcome back to my summary of books read over the past few months! If you’ve followed my blog at all, you probably noticed I took quite a long blogging hiatus, but I certainly didn’t stop reading. I don’t think I could stop reading if I tried.  I can’t wait to talk about every single one of these books with all of you 🙂

Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover ★★★★

While the subject matter is more of a sensitive one (cheating), I thought Colleen Hoover produced a very thoughtful, emotional story. I personally loved Sidney and Ridge as characters. CoHo always incorporates a unique artsy aspect to her stories and this time it was music. It was even more intriguing learning that Ridge is deaf! I definitely recommend this book, along with all of CoHo’s other books 🙂

Slammed by Colleen Hoover ★★★

Colleen Hoover is one of my favorite contemporary authors and I flew through this book, just like the others. However, it was probably my least favorite of them all. It was a little too insta-lovey for me. It was well-written, steamy, addictive and creative (as always), but I won’t be picking up the sequels anytime soon.

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Review: Golden Son (Red Rising#2) by Pierce Brown

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With shades of The Hunger Games, Ender’s Game, and Game of Thrones, debut author Pierce Brown’s genre-defying epic Red Rising hit the ground running and wasted no time becoming a sensation.


Golden Son continues the stunning saga of Darrow, a rebel forged by tragedy, battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom from the overlords of a brutal elitist future built on lies. Now fully embedded among the Gold ruling class, Darrow continues his work to bring down Society from within.

A life-or-death tale of vengeance with an unforgettable hero at its heart, Golden Son guarantees Pierce Brown’s continuing status as one of fiction’s most exciting new voices.

 

 


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