The Bone Shard Daughter (book review)

Title: The Bone Shard Daughter

Author: Andrea Stewart

Publisher: Orbit Books

Edition: Hardback

The emperor’s reign has lasted for decades, his mastery of bone shard magic powering the animal-like constructs that maintain law and order. But now his rule is failing, and revolution is sweeping across the Empire’s many islands.

Lin is the emperor’s daughter and spends her days trapped in a palace of locked doors and dark secrets. When her father refuses to recognise her as heir to the throne, she vows to prove her worth by mastering the forbidden art of bone shard magic.

Yet such power carries a great cost, and when the revolution reaches the gates of the palace, Lin must decide how far she is willing to go to claim her birthright – and save her people.

Thanks to Orbit Books for sending me a finished copy of the book.

Incredibly luscious and fantastic. The Bone Shard Daughter is a debut novel everyone should devour.

Set in multiple points of view, the story revolves around Lin, Jovis, Phalue, Ranami, and Sand.

Lin, the Emperor’s daughter whose memories were washed out. Despite her missing memories, and being locked up in the palace, Lin is determined to prove herself to be the rightful heir to her father’s eyes, not Bayan, her rival, and also the one who is buying for the throne. Every door to the palace is locked up. Because of this, Lin herself comes up with a plan to open the doors and learn the secrets hiding beneath them. Little did she knows that unveiling the past mysteries around her will lead her to discover who she is and the gruesome part that revolves around the Emperor and palace.

Searching, chasing for the mysterious boat with blue sails that took his wife, Jovis, a smuggler and juvenile met a peculiar creature. Together with Mephi, the creature he plucks up in the sea, he runs down with the famous Shardless Few and was offered an offer. Jovis accepted it and later on learned some secrets and met Phalue and Ranami.

As each of the characters learns and discovers the truth around them, they found themselves in a situation that will change their life. I like how each of them was developed into the characters we are expected and loved. The author didn’t just create them for the sake of the story, she created them to teach who we should be. Regardless of our social status, the story teaches us that every one of us faces problems.

Because of the intricacy of the plotline, it makes the reader be blown by the revelations. Revelations that will blow their minds. Honestly, I’m still shocked by the outcomes of the story in the end. Thinking that why didn’t see that coming.

I definitely will read the next book that will come out. I wanna see what will happen next to my favorite characters and see how the plot twist, in the end, impacted their life in the second book.

MY RATING:

3. 5 out of 5 stars

Legacy of Ash by Matthew Ward

Title: Legacy of Ash

Author: Matthew Ward

Publisher: Orbit Books

Pages: 800

Legacy of Ash is an unmissable fantasy debut–an epic tale of intrigue and revolution, soldiers and assassins, ancient magic and the eternal clash of empires.

A shadow has fallen over the Tressian Republic.

Ruling families — once protectors of justice and democracy — now plot against one another with sharp words and sharper knives. Blinded by ambition, they remain heedless of the threat posed by the invading armies of the Hadari Empire.

Yet as Tressia falls, heroes rise.

Viktor Akadra is the Republic’s champion. A warrior without equal, he hides a secret that would see him burned as a heretic.

Josiri Trelan is Viktor’s sworn enemy. A political prisoner, he dreams of reigniting his mother’s failed rebellion.

And yet Calenne Trelan, Josiri’s sister, seeks only to break free of their tarnished legacy; to escape the expectation and prejudice that haunts the family name.

As war spreads across the Republic, these three must set aside their differences in order to save their home. Yet decades of bad blood are not easily set aside. And victory — if it comes at all — will demand a darker price than any of them could have imagined.

Thank you to Miss Nazia of Orbit Books for sending me a gorgeous copy of Legacy of Ash. My review and opinion are plainly on my own.

A debut novel that everyone shouldn’t miss to read.

I’m not a huge fan and use to read high fantasy and chunky book. With this situation, I’m honestly not surprised that I did DNF the book at first. I had a hard time understanding and grasping the things that high fantasy has. I was confused with the multiple POVs and characters. I know that it is usual for high fantasy books. I didn’t regret that I DNF it at first and decided to continue reading it. It was the BEST decision that I made.

Continuing the story for the second time, I realized how impressive the writing is, how intricate and complex the world-building is. I love the way it makes the readers amazed with how Matthew wrote the story.

The story will keep you imagine and think about what is happening and what will happen. It makes you grip your chair and punch someone when something happened to your favorite characters.

We all know that it is normal to have too many characters in fantasy. Normal that is it still normal that you forgot someone? That engrossed that you will smile and said “oh yes, we have this character, and remembers them,” every time they will appear again. I like how the characters banter that it made me see the reasons why I love them.

Plot-wise, I honestly say the Legacy of Ash is the type of story that everyone will love. Love in a way that they will not have second thoughts to reread and love it again for the second time.

It may not be the best fantasy book for everyone, but I can say that it is one of the best books in the genre of fantasy. It is something that any person will easily forget. It is the book that will remain in the minds of readers and the book that readers will enjoy and love.

Love and recommend it to everyone. Can’t wait for what’s next in the story.

MY RATING:

4 out of 5 stars

5 stars

Simmer Down by Sarah Smith (Book Review)

 

Title: Simmer Down

Author: Sarah Smith

Publisher: Berkley

Buy Links: Amazon / Barnes and Noble / Book Depository



In this finger-licking good rom-com, two is the perfect number of cooks in the kitchen.

Nikki DiMarco knew life wouldn’t be all sunshine and coconuts when she quit her dream job to help her mom serve up mouthwatering Filipino dishes to hungry beach goers, but she didn’t expect the Maui food truck scene to be so eat-or-be-eaten—or the competition to be so smoking hot.

But Tiva’s Filipina Kusina has faced bigger road bumps than the arrival of Callum James. Nikki doesn’t care how delectable the British food truck owner is—he rudely set up shop next to her coveted beach parking spot. He’s stealing her customers and fanning the flames of a public feud that makes her see sparks. 

The solution? Let the upcoming Maui Food Festival decide their fate. Winner keeps the spot. Loser pounds sand. But the longer their rivalry simmers, the more Nikki starts to see a different side of Callum…a sweet, protective side. Is she brave enough to call a truce? Or will trusting Callum with her heart mean jumping from the frying pan into the fire?

Thank you, PRHInternational, for the free copy of Simmer Down. My review and opinions are on my own.

I love Faker, and it is one of the best books I read last year. That’s why when I heard Simmer Down, I immediately request and downloaded it. I’m more beyond happy when I read that the main character is Filipino, and they own a food truck.

I seldom read books that talk about food trucks, and as a person who loves eating, I enjoyed the story.

About reading one-third of the story, I told myself I’m already giving it a 5 star as I enjoyed everything. But halfway through the book, I saw that not only the characters are being problematic but also how the story is becoming.

How I adore Nikki in the beginning, I love how she loves her father and cares about her mother. I love how she sacrifices everything to fulfill her father’s dream of having a food truck. But suddenly, in the middle of the story, I found Nikki to be annoying. I’m irritated every time she saw Callum, that all she imagines and wants is to have s*x with him. That even if Callum only smiled at him, she already thinks how good would she feel when they will have sx. I hate it when a female character is depicted as a s*x maniac.

The story also had a lot of issues that could have simple solutions, but the characters especially, Nikki, made it more complicated. They could have been solved immediately, but Nikki chooses to be a drama queen.

What I love about the story is the friendship that has been found between Nikki and Penelope. It only shows that we don’t have to know a person for a long time for us to trust each other. What we should do is be us and trust everything.

I recommend Simmer Down to people who love reading about food and lovers to enemies.

3 OUT OF 5 STARS

The Space Between Worlds

43301353._SY475_Title: The Space Between Worlds

Author: Micaiah Johnson

Publisher: HodderScape

Edition: ARC

Buy Links: Amazon  /Audible  / Book Depository

 

 

synopsis

An outsider who can travel between worlds discovers a secret that threatens her new home and her fragile place in it, in a stunning sci-fi debut that’s both a cross-dimensional adventure and a powerful examination of identity, privilege, and belonging.

Multiverse travel is finally possible, but there’s just one catch: No one can visit a world where their counterpart is still alive. Enter Cara, whose parallel selves happen to be exceptionally good at dying—from disease, turf wars, or vendettas they couldn’t outrun. Cara’s life has been cut short on 372 worlds in total.

On this Earth, however, Cara has survived. Identified as an outlier and therefore a perfect candidate for multiverse travel, Cara is plucked from the dirt of the wastelands. Now she has a nice apartment on the lower levels of the wealthy and walled-off Wiley City. She works—and shamelessly flirts—with her enticing yet aloof handler, Dell, as the two women collect off-world data for the Eldridge Institute. She even occasionally leaves the city to visit her family in the wastes, though she struggles to feel at home in either place. So long as she can keep her head down and avoid trouble, Cara is on a sure path to citizenship and security.

But trouble finds Cara when one of her eight remaining doppelgängers dies under mysterious circumstances, plunging her into a new world with an old secret. What she discovers will connect her past and her future in ways she could have never imagined—and reveal her own role in a plot that endangers not just her world, but the entire multiverse.

 

review

 

There are reasons Cara has died.

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There are reasons Cara has lived.

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First, the setting is in a multiverse. How refreshing and intriguing it is to read a book that talks about a multiverse. We don’t quite see and read books with this kind and setting. That’s why it makes the reading more fun.

The idea of multiple versions of Earth is strikingly beautiful. How awesome it is to see Earth in different images. How I wish we can also see Earth in different ways. I wonder if this also exists in our world. How fun can we see and meet our loved ones, new people, and even the other version of ourself in different time and place? Just think how wonderful that may be.

Characteristics. In the story, Cara, the protagonist is a traverser, a person who travels in parallel worlds. With it, we saw the different personalities and versions of each character in the different Earths.
We often imagine what if this person’s attitude is like this. What will happen and what could be the outcome. With the story’s idea, we only did not imagine but saw that there are lots of versions of the same person. That with it, how we wish to see more of this version of him rather than the other bad versions of him. Or we wish to see this bad version of him rather than the good version of himself.

The setting is intricately well-written. We saw not just a different character but also a different class in our society. That whenever we go, there are still prejudices that are happening within the classes. We say that some don’t mind the classes, but in the book, we see that the differences in classes impacted the way how society deals with the other characters. That no matter what we do we can’t erase the norms that we grew up in.
To wrap it up, The Space Between Worlds is a thirst-quenching story about survivability in a harsh and political world.

 

MY RATING:

4 OUT OF 5 STARS

5 stars

BLOG TOUR: The Damned

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Title: The Damned

Author: Renee Ahdieh

Publisher:  G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

Edition: Hardcover

Buy LinksAmazonBarnes and NobleBook Depository

 

 

 

Before anything else, I would like to say thank you to Miss Kate for allowing me to be part of The Damned Blog Tour and Hodder Books for sending me the hardback edition of the book. With this, my opinions and reviews are on my own.

 

 

synopsis

New York Times bestselling author Renée Ahdieh returns with the second installment of her new sumptuous, sultry and romantic series, The Beautiful.

Following the events of The Beautiful, Sébastien Saint Germain is now cursed and forever changed. The treaty between the Fallen and the Brotherhood has been broken, and war between the immortals seems imminent. The price of loving Celine was costly. But Celine has also paid a high price for loving Bastien.

Still recovering from injuries sustained during a night she can’t quite remember, her dreams are troubled. And she doesn’t know she has inadvertently set into motion a chain of events that could lead to her demise and unveil a truth about herself she’s not quite ready to learn.

Forces hiding in the shadows have been patiently waiting for this moment for centuries. And just as Bastien and Celine begin to uncover the danger around them, they learn their love could tear them apart.

 

review

Time flies fast. It feels like it just yesterday that we got to meet Celine and Bastien in the first book, The Beautiful. Now, we got to meet new and old characters that we surely miss and will love.

Not like the first book, The Damned seems like it talks about our favorite sexy and lovely Bastien. We got to see and learn about his personality that we surely seek in the first book. Not like any other books or sequels, we got to know more about another character in the story. I love how the author also focuses on the other side of the characters and the story. Let’s be honest. We are tired of reading and learning more about the same character over and over again. Because of this, I like how Renee focuses on Bastien more, and not on Celine.

Just like her other books, the author explicitly shows us different cultures in one book. We got to see and learn about other cultures and traditions by how the characters portrayed their parts.

One thing to expect about The Damned is how beautiful the friendships are in the story. I like how each of the characters helps each other and not letting them drown. Love just how they supported each other instead, and not judging them on how they live.

Plot-wise, we see how twisting and beautiful the story is written. We got the see how luscious and never too old to believe in stories about vampires and mythical creatures.

I highly recommend The Damned to everyone. Love how it makes me yearn for more books about vampires again and richly cultured romance and slow-burn stories.

 

BLOG TOUR: The Crow Rider (Promotional Post)

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Title: The Crow Rider

Author: Kalyn Josephson

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

Edition: ARC

Book Links: GoodreadsAmazonBarnes and Noble

 

 

 

 

synopsis

Princess Thia, her allies, and her crow, Res, are planning a rebellion to defeat Queen Razel and Illucia once and for all. Thia must convince the neighboring kingdoms to come to her aid, and Res’s show of strength is the only thing that can help her.

But so many obstacles stand in her way. Res excels at his training, until he loses control of his magic, harming Thia in the process. She is also pursued by Prince Ericen, heir to the Illucian throne and the one person she can’t trust but can’t seem to stay away from.

As the rebel group prepares for war, Res’s magic grows more unstable. Thia has to decide if she can rely on herself and their bond enough to lead the rebellion and become the crow rider she was meant to be.

 

EXCERPT

The ocean had always reminded me of the sky.
Both were vast, ancient domains that we could never hope to control, and each time
we entered them, we placed our lives in the hands of something that could crush us.
Something about that thrilled me.
I stood at the bow of the Aizel dressed in my flying leathers and a thick green cloak
the ship’s captain, Samra, had reluctantly lent me. Salt air nipped at my face, the wind
running long fingers through my curls and lifting them to dance like ribbons.

A shadow rippled across the water ahead of the ship. I lifted a hand, feeling the brush
of feathers a moment before Resyries landed on the railing before me. Wings outstretched against the wind, the crow balanced effortlessly, the gossamer shine of his dark feathers blending into the blue predawn light. The connection between us thrummed with quiet contentment, something neither of us had had much of in recent days.

After our flight from Illucia, we’d headed to the Ambriel Islands but had decided to
skirt around them rather than make land, since the islands were likely full of Illucian soldiers searching for us. Their queen was not going to let me escape so easily. Not when I was the only one who could hatch the crow eggs she’d stolen from Rhodaire. Not to mention I was technically still betrothed to her son.

I winced at the thought of Ericen. Unexpectedly, we’d become friends during my time
in Illucia. The fingerless leather gloves I wore each day had been a present from him, a
symbol of strength when I’d needed it most. But the prince was loyal to his kingdom.

Loyal to his mother.
“I have to let him go, Res,” I said into the wind. So why couldn’t I?

 

BLOG TOUR SCHEDULE

June 23rd
The Unofficial Addiction Book Fan Club – Welcome Post

June 24th
Emelie’s Books – Review + Favourite Quotes
Fangirl Pixie Blog – Review + Favourite Quotes + Playlist
Adventures and Reading – Review
The Writer’s Alley – Review + Playlist + Dream Cast

June 25th
Kait Plus Books – Interview
Library of a Book Witch – Review
Lauren’s Boookshelf – Review + Favourite Quotes + Playlist
Write, Read, Repeat – Review

June 26th
L.M. Durand – Guest Post
The Shelf Life Chronicles – Review
dinipandareads – Review + Favourite Quotes
The Bibliophagist – Review
Bookablereads – Promotional Post

June 27th
A Gingerly Review – Guest Post
Confessions of a YA Reader – Review + Favourite Quotes
Books Over Everything – Review
The Little Mouse That Reads – Review + Playlist + Dream Cast

June 28th
Gwendalyn’s Books – Review + Playlist
Foals, Fiction & Filigree – Review + Favourite Quotes
Books and Zebras – Review
The Pages In-Between – Review + Favourite Quotes
Booked J – Review + Playlist

June 29th
Hooked on Bookz – Review + Favourite Quotes
A Court of Coffee and Books – Review + Favourite Quotes
Lily’s Latest Reads – Review
Bookgirl Reviews – Review + Favourite Quotes
Adele Is Reading – Review + Favourite Quotes

June 30th
Wishful Endings – Interview
The Reading Corner for All – Review + Favourite Quotes
dmcireads – Review
Sarah’s Book Life – Review + Favourite Quotes
Crazykidjournal – Review

 

INSTAGRAM SCHEDULE

June 23rd
TUABFC
The FFBC Tours

June 24th
Emelie’s Books
Adventures and Reading
The Writer’s Alley

June 25th
Kait Plus Books
Library of a Book Witch
Lauren’s Boookshelf
Write, Read, Repeat

June 26th
L.M. Durand
The Shelf Life Chronicles
The Bibliophagist
Bookablereads

June 27th
A Gingerly Review
Confessions of a YA Reader
Books Over Everything

June 28th
Gwendalyn’s Books
Foals, Fiction & Filigree
Books and Zebras
The Pages In-Between
Booked J

June 29th
Hooked on Bookz
A Court of Coffee and Books
Lily’s Latest Reads
Bookgirl Reviews

June 30th
Wishful Endings
The Reading Corner for All
dmcireads
Sarah’s Book Life
Crazykidjournal

 

BLOG TOUR: The Bone Thief (Promotional Post)

book coverTitle: The Bone Thief

Author: Breeana Shields

Publisher: Page Street Kids

Edition: ARC

Book Links: GoodreadsAmazonBook Depository

 

 

Hello and welcome!!! Today’s my stop for the Bone Thief Blog Tour. I’m so happy to share to you a lovely quote that you can find when you read the book. I assure you that you won’t regret getting a copy and reading The Bone Thief.

I would also be happy to share to you the Blog tour and Instagram schedule for a chance to snag a copy of the book, and read and be mesmerize by the bookstagram photos my co-blogger shared on our Instagram.

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synopsis

I was absolutely swept away by the world of The Bone Charmer.” – Kendare Blake, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Three Dark Crowns series
A deft exploration of the weight of grief and cost of revenge, Breeana Shields’s Bone Charmer duology reaches its spine-tingling conclusion in this high-octane fantasy-thriller.
Saskia returns to Ivory Hall to train in bone magic, determined to stop Latham from gaining the power of all three Sights—past, present, and future. But danger lurks within the fortress’s marrow. Trials are underway for the apprentices, and the tasks feel specifically engineered to torment Saskia, which is exactly what Latham wants.
As she grows increasingly more suspicious, her thirst for revenge becomes all-consuming. Together with the friends she can trust and the boy she loved in another lifetime, Saskia traces clues from Latham’s past to determine what he’ll do next. Their search leads them across Kastelia and brings them to a workshop housing a vast collection of horrors, including the bones Latham stole from Gran, and the knowledge that the future isn’t all that’s in jeopardy—but the past as well.

BLOG TOUR SCHEDULE

May 20th

May 21st

NovelKnight – Guest Post
A Court of Coffee and Books – Review + Favourite Quotes
The Reading Corner for All – Review
Bookishly Nerdy – Review + Favourite Quotes
Here’s to Happy Endings – Review

May 22nd

Ya It’s Lit – Review + Favourite Quotes
Mythical Books – Review
Starlight Reads – Review + Favourite Quotes
A Dream Within A Dream – Review
@the.magicalpages – Promotional Post

May 23rd

Kait Plus Books – Interview
PopTheButterfly Reads – Review
Foals, Fiction & Filgree – Review + Favourite Quotes
Life Within The Pages – Review + Playlist
Camillea Reads – Review

May 24th

Bookish Looks – Guest Post
Shelf-Rated – Review
Bookishaestha – Review + Playlist + Dream Cast
BiblioJoJo – Review
Annej Reads – Promotional Post

May 25th

Sometimes Leelynn Reads – Review + Playlist + Dream Cast
books_n_sunshine – Review
Gwendalyn’s Books – Review + Favourite Quotes
A Bookish Dream – Review
Bookablereads – Promotional Post

May 26th

L.M. Durand – Interview
Book-Keeping – Review
Nay’s Pink Bookshelf – Review + Favourite Quotes
Books and Zebras – Review
Crazykidjournal – Review

INSTAGRAM SCHEDULE

May 20th

May 21st

May 22nd

May 23rd

May 24th

May 25th

May 26th

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Click HERE for a chance to win a copy of The Bone Thief (US/Can ONLY)

All The Things We Never Know (Book Review)

53001418._SX318_SY475_Title: All The Things We Never Know

Author: Liara Tamani

Publisher: June 9th 2020 by Greenwillow Books

Edition: eARC

Buy Links: AmazonBarnes and NobleBook Depository

 

 

synopsis

From the moment Carli and Rex first locked eyes on a Texas high school basketball court, they both knew it was destiny. But can you truly love someone else if you don’t love yourself? Acclaimed author Liara Tamani’s luminous second novel explores love, family, heartbreak, betrayal, and the power of healing, in gorgeous prose that will appeal to readers of Nicola Yoon and Jacqueline Woodson.

A glance was all it took. That kind of connection, the immediate and raw understanding of another person, just doesn’t come along very often. And as rising stars on their Texas high schools’ respective basketball teams, destined for bright futures in college and beyond, it seems like a match made in heaven. But Carli and Rex have secrets. As do their families.

Liara Tamani, the author of the acclaimed Calling My Name, follows two Black teenagers as they discover how first love, heartbreak, betrayal, and family can shape you—for better or for worse. A novel full of pain, joy, healing, and hope for fans of Elizabeth Acevedo, Jacqueline Woodson, and Jenny Han.

 

review

Huge thanks to Harper Collins International for sending me an eARC through Edelweiss.

I love how the author describes basketball in the story. It makes the reader learn about the beauty of the said sports.

One thing I don’t like in the story is the plot line. It has insta-love or what we call love at first sight.

I’m not against instant love but the way their relation and meaning of instant love is mehhhhhh. Who in their right mind that when they saw the person for the first time in just like two to five seconds can say that they are in love with them. That they stalk the people and immediately know all the things about the person.

The story is kinda creepy for me. I don’t like the idea of it. If I’m the girl in the story, I would go to the police and sue the guy.

Because of the relationship of the main characters, I decided to DNF it and it don’t spark a joy to me and I feel like wasting my time reading it.

 

MY RATING:

2 OUT OF 5 STARS

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The Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu (Book Review)

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Title: The Kingdom of Back

Author: Marie Lu

Publisher: Putnam/G. P. Putnam’s Sons

Edition: paperback

Pages: 313 pages

Buy Links: AmazonBarnes and NobleBook Depository

 

 

synopsis

Two siblings. Two brilliant talents. But only one Mozart.

Born with a gift for music, Nannerl Mozart has just one wish–to be remembered forever. But even as she delights audiences with her masterful playing, she has little hope she’ll ever become the acclaimed composer she longs to be. She is a young woman in 18th century Europe, and that means composing is forbidden to her. She will perform only until she reaches a marriageable age–her tyrannical father has made that much clear.

And as Nannerl’s hope grows dimmer with each passing year, the talents of her beloved younger brother, Wolfgang, only seem to shine brighter. His brilliance begins to eclipse her own, until one day a mysterious stranger from a magical land appears with an irresistible offer. He has the power to make her wish come true–but his help may cost her everything.

In her first work of historical fiction, #1 New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu spins a lush, lyrically-told story of music, magic, and the unbreakable bond between a brother and sister

 

review

Huge thanks to Penguin Random House International for sending me the book along with some music-theme goodies. Reviews are on my own. 

I haven’t moved on yet with The Wildcard, yet here we are again with Marie Lu’s new book, The Kingdom of Back. What makes the book unique is that it’s over a decade in the making, and it is a standalone book rather than a trilogy she had before.

I don’t know anything about Mozart before, aside from being a famous musician. But after reading the book, I’ve learned more about him and that he had a sister who is equally talented as him.

I’m not into musical instruments, that’s why I found it difficult for me to follow some musical terms in the book. However, with the author’s level of writing skill, it made me appreciate and learn to study music.

Nowadays, we already have gender equality that what men can do, women can also do that, and vice versa. But in the story, we see that they are kind of against gender equality, that when a woman does something supposedly only the man does it, they kind of judge you. They will tell that you shouldn’t do that or stop doing that because of society wants.

Even if the story has a short-paced plot, we can see and enjoy how enchanting the world-building is. This book has one of the most intricate storylines and topics that I ever read. I wouldn’t ask why because that’s how the author writes stories, it is one of the reasons why they love her books.

I’m satisfied that the book is standalone, but I wish that Marie Lu comes up with a continuation of a book with Mozart’s perspective.

I enjoyed reading The Kingdom of Back and highly recommend it with people who love historical fiction.

MY RATING:

3.75 OUT OF 5 STARS

5 stars

The Betrothed by Kiera Cass (Book Review)

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Title: The Betrothed

Author: Kiera Cass

Publisher: HarperCollins Children’s Books

Edition: eARC

Buy Links: AmazonBarnes and Noble / Book Depository

 

 

synopsis

When King Jameson declares his love for Lady Hollis Brite, Hollis is shocked—and thrilled. After all, she’s grown up at Keresken Castle, vying for the king’s attention alongside other daughters of the nobility. Capturing his heart is a dream come true.

But Hollis soon realizes that falling in love with a king and being crowned queen may not be the happily ever after she thought it would be. And when she meets a commoner with the mysterious power to see right into her heart, she finds that the future she really wants is one that she never thought to imagine.

 

review

Huge thanks to HarperCollinsInternational for granting me an eARC of the book. 

 

At first, I was hesitant to read the book as its been years since Kiera wrote and published a book. And I can’t move on what happen to her other series, which is The Selection. But thank the gods above that I had the guts to request and read The Betrothed because it’s so good.

Just like her first book, The Selection series, The Betrothed is one of the stories that will make you swoon and feel good.

I like how the characters grew throughout the story, Hollis, for example. She is the main character, and at first, you’ll find her irritating, but as the story goes by, you can see how she becomes a strong independent character that you will surely love. Upon reading the book, you can also see how the other characters grow in their way. You can see how unique they are and how their part helps the story to be well-loved and enjoyed.

Aside from the characters, the plot is well written. Just like the first books of Kiera, you can see how she managed well in writing a story and put different twists and revelations that will surely put you on the edge of your seats. And that kind of writing is one of the major things to love about Kiera Cass.

Upon reaching and finishing the book, I can say that reading The Betrothed is worth it. It made me think that not everyone deserves the things they have. And all you have to do is open your heart to find the person that you are meant to be. Lastly, not all fairytales end with a happily ever after with the prince.

I highly recommend everyone to read The Betrothed and be swoon again by Kiera Cass’ magnificent writing.

 

MY RATING:

4.5 OUT OF 5 STARS

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