Book Review: Now I Rise by Kiersten White

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Book Two in The Conquerors Saga

Genre: YA, Alternate History

Published: 06.27.2017

Edition: Hardcover

Pages: 496

Catch it here: Goodreads, Amazon, B&N

Blurb:

She has no allies. No throne. All she has is what she’s always had: herself.

After failing to secure the Wallachian throne, Lada Dracul is out to punish anyone who dares to cross her blood-strewn path. Filled with a white-hot rage, she storms the countryside with her men, accompanied by her childhood friend Bogdan, terrorizing the land. But brute force isn’t getting Lada what she wants. And thinking of Mehmed brings little comfort to her thorny heart. There’s no time to wonder whether he still thinks about her, even loves her. She left him before he could leave her.

What Lada needs is her younger brother Radu’s subtlety and skill. But Mehmed has sent him to Constantinople—and it’s no diplomatic mission. Mehmed wants control of the city, and Radu has earned an unwanted place as a double-crossing spy behind enemy lines. Radu longs for his sister’s fierce confidence—but for the first time in his life, he rejects her unexpected plea for help. Torn between loyalties to faith, to the Ottomans, and to Mehmed, he knows he owes Lada nothing. If she dies, he could never forgive himself—but if he fails in Constantinople, will Mehmed ever forgive him?

As nations fall around them, the Dracul siblings must decide: what will they sacrifice to fulfill their destinies? Empires will topple, thrones will be won…and souls will be lost.

Hi all, today I’m bringing you the sequel of Now I Rise, my favorite read from 2016! This also happened to be my most anticipated sequel of 2017 too! So, let’s get into the review! Continue reading “Book Review: Now I Rise by Kiersten White”

Book Review: Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh

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Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh

Volume: One

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Historical

Pages: 393

Released: 05.16.2017

Edition: Hardcover

Catch it Here: Goodreads, Amazon, B&N

Blurb:

The daughter of a prominent samurai, Mariko has long known her place—she may be an accomplished alchemist, whose cunning rivals that of her brother Kenshin, but because she is not a boy, her future has always been out of her hands. At just seventeen years old, Mariko is promised to Minamoto Raiden, the son of the emperor’s favorite consort—a political marriage that will elevate her family’s standing. But en route to the imperial city of Inako, Mariko narrowly escapes a bloody ambush by a dangerous gang of bandits known as the Black Clan, who she learns has been hired to kill her before she reaches the palace.
Dressed as a peasant boy, Mariko sets out to infiltrate the Black Clan and track down those responsible for the target on her back. Once she’s within their ranks, though, Mariko finds for the first time she’s appreciated for her intellect and abilities. She even finds herself falling in love—a love that will force her to question everything she’s ever known about her family, her purpose, and her deepest desires.

*Note: I’m reading this as part of the #AsianLitBingo event, read until the end for details!

I literally love Renee Ahdieh so much, and the worlds and characters she brings to us. Ergo, it was only natural that I buy and read her first book in her new series. So, while we are on this topic, I’m just going to point out that Renee Ahdieh is writing about Historical Japan, but she is indeed not Japanese. On top of that, Flame in the Mist is not 100% historically accurate, and it takes a lot of liberties, so if that bothers you, I would skip this one. I was also skeptical in the beginning, but I had seen a lot of positive feedback and decided to give it a try anyway. Continue reading “Book Review: Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh”

Book Review: The Moon in the Palace by Weina Dai Randel

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The Moon in the Palace by Weina Dai Randel

Volume: One

Genre: Chinese History, Historical, Fiction, Romance, Adult

Pages: 395

Edition: Paperback

Published: 3.1.16

Catch it Here: Goodreads, Amazon, B&N

Blurb from Goodreads: 

A concubine at the palace learns quickly that there are many ways to capture the Emperor’s attention. Many paint their faces white and style their hair attractively, hoping to lure in the One Above All with their beauty. Some present him with fantastic gifts, such as jade pendants and scrolls of calligraphy, while others rely on their knowledge of seduction to draw his interest. But young Mei knows nothing of these womanly arts, yet she will give the Emperor a gift he can never forget.

Mei’s intelligence and curiosity, the same traits that make her an outcast among the other concubines, impress the Emperor. But just as she is in a position to seduce the most powerful man in China, divided loyalties split the palace in two, culminating in a perilous battle that Mei can only hope to survive.

The first volume of the Empress of Bright Moon duology paints a vibrant portrait of ancient China—where love, ambition, and loyalty can spell life or death—and the woman who came to rule it all.

Hi all, today I’m bringing you this lovely gem! First, I would just like to say that the blurb does not do this novel justice. It describes the plot, but it doesn’t convey the tone very well. The story is a thousand times better than the blurb, which is a good thing! However, I find that the cover makes up for it. I saw the cover on book twitter, and decided that I had to read it.After about a two month spell of not being interested in any books, I finally found one that could hold my interest! I’m a huge history buff, and I pretty much have been consuming historical shows since the new year. So a good story set in ancient times? Sign me up! Let’s get into it then, shall we? Continue reading “Book Review: The Moon in the Palace by Weina Dai Randel”

Book Review: The Ghost Bride by Yangze Choo

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The Ghost Bride by Yangzee Choo

Genre: Fiction, Historical Fiction, Romance, Paranormal, Adult

Edition: Hardcover

Release Date: 8.06.2013

Pages: 368

Catch it Here: Goodreads, Amazon, B&N

Summary: 

Though ruled by British overlords, the Chinese of colonial Malaya still cling to ancient customs. And in the sleepy port town of Malacca, ghosts and superstitions abound.

Li Lan, the daughter of a genteel but bankrupt family, has few prospects. But fate intervenes when she receives an unusual proposal from the wealthy and powerful Lim family. They want her to become a ghost bride for the family’s only son, who recently died under mysterious circumstances. Rarely practiced, a traditional ghost marriage is used to placate a restless spirit. Such a union would guarantee Li Lan a home for the rest of her days, but at a terrible price.

After an ominous visit to the opulent Lim mansion, Li Lan finds herself haunted not only by her ghostly would-be suitor, but also by her desire for the Lim’s handsome new heir, Tian Bai. Night after night, she is drawn into the shadowy parallel world of the Chinese afterlife, with its ghost cities, paper funeral offerings, vengeful spirits and monstrous bureaucracy—including the mysterious Er Lang, a charming but unpredictable guardian spirit. Li Lan must uncover the Lim family’s darkest secrets—and the truth about her own family—before she is trapped in this ghostly world forever.

I came across this book while browsing the interwebs for my The Diverse Books Tag, and while it didn’t make the cut for that particular post, I was drawn to it (I think it was sparkles, not gonna lie). I’m interested in books with Asian folklore, mostly because I’ve read so many fantasy stories with the same supernatural twist that it gets boring after awhile. I needed a change in my life.

Plus, it is Halloween, so I wanted to read a book with a supernatural element! Ghosts sounded perfect! I do have a long list of books I need to read, but when I saw this in my local book store, I couldn’t resist! Continue reading “Book Review: The Ghost Bride by Yangze Choo”

The Wrath and The Dawn [Review&Discussion]

I bought this book, and this is not a sponsored blog post.

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The Wrath and The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

Series: The Wrath & The Dawn

Number in Series: Book One

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Historical Fiction

My Recommended Age: 14 and up

Amazon Recommended Age: 12 and up

Edition: 2015 hardcover

Pages: 416

Check it Out: Goodreads, Amazon, PenguinRandomHouse

From Publisher:

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The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead [Review&Discusion]

I bought this book, this is not a sponsored review. This is 100% my honest opinion.

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The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead

Series: The Glittering Court #1

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Romance, Adventure

Edition: First, Hardcover

Pages: 416

Source: Goodreads, Amazon, Penguin Random House

Summary from the Publisher:

For a select group of girls, the Glittering Court offers a shot at a life they’ve only ever dreamed of, one of luxury, glamour, and leisure. To high-born Adelaide, whose wealthy family is forcing her into a loveless marriage, the Glittering Court represents something else: the chance to chart her own destiny, and adventure in an unspoiled, prosperous new land across the sea.

After a chance meeting with the dazzling Cedric Thorn, Adelaide poses as a servant to join the crop of impoverished girls he promises to transform into proper ladies. But her familiarity with upper class life comes with a price: she must hide her identity from her new friends, mysterious refugee Mira and fiery former laundress Tamsin, and most importantly, from Cedric himself—even though she’s falling in love with him.

Everything begins to crumble when Cedric discovers Adelaide’s ruse, and she catches the eye of a powerful young governor, who wants her for a wife. She didn’t leave the gilded cage of her old life behind just to become someone else’s property. But nothing is as daunting—or as wonderful—as the potent, forbidden attraction simmering between Adelaide and Cedric. One that, if acted on, would make them both outcasts in a wild, dangerous, uncharted world, and possibly lead them to their deaths.

I found this book super enjoyable! Especially our protagonist:  Lady Elizabeth the Countess of Rothford aka Adelaide Bailey. She’s an aristocrat who doesn’t want to marry her boring cousin; who dreams of a freer life, and one who does so with sass.

“I gave him a demure smile, not deferential enough to diminish my superior rank but enough to make him think his charm had flustered me.” (pg 3)

I  barely made a dent in the book, and I’m already smitten with Miss Adelaide. She reminds me of one of my favorite fiction characters, Rose Hathaway from Vampire Academy. Also created by Richelle. Of course, with a lot less angst.

I would also like to point out that our hero, Cedric Thorn, has red hair. I repeat, HE IS A GINGER. I love that, I’m not a redhead, but I always feel sad that male gingers are usually painted as ugly, or in the worse case evil. “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder,” as the saying goes. I try not to judge.

There are two other important characters: Tasmin and Mira. Tasmin and Adelaide are from Osfrid, which is the equivalent of England, while Mira is Sirminican, which is basically their Spain. They travel to Adoria, which is based on the United States.IMG_6084

Fun Fact: when I went to the book signing, I asked Richelle how she came up with the names for the countries. She said she tried to use syllables that sounded like it was from the country it was based on.

Anyway, I loved Mira! She is the strong independent type, and a warrior.

“Mira watched him dash away, her eyes smoldering with anger. ‘Men get to do everything.'” (pg 145)

I think that sums her up nicely. As for Tasmin, she is a fireball. She is a commoner, and she is determined to find a good husband–and a better life. In the beginning, we follow these three girls as they train to be sold as wives to the “new nobility.” However, it’s when they travel to Adoria that they get separated, and the story focuses more on just Adelaide.  I’m not sure how Tasmin and Mira’s stories will pan out, but I think that Adelaide’s tale is more focused around love. So I would recommend this book to people who like romance, and strong female characters. Adelaide is definitely someone who makes her own destiny.

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Overall Rating: 4.6 hearts

Cover: 4.5

Characters: 5

Writing: 5

Plot&Pacing: 4.5

Creativity: 5


DISCUSSION: SPOILERS WILL OCCUR, CONTINUE AT YOUR OWN RISK.


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