Review: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Review: Six of Crows by Leigh BardugoTitle: Six of Crows (Six of Crows #1)
Series: Six of Crows #1
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Also by this author: Shadow and Bone (Grisha Verse #1)
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
Genres: Fantasy
Publication Date: September 29, 2015
Rating: five-stars
Series Rating: five-stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone. . . .

A convict with a thirst for revenge

A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager

A runaway with a privileged past

A spy known as the Wraith

A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums

A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes

Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.

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Book Review: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo is a book about heists, and contains six amazing main characters that you can’t help but love. There are so many beautiful descriptions in the story and moments of humour that made it so entertaining. I would say that Six of Crows is one of the best books of the year for sure! Continue reading

Review: The Swan Riders by Erin Bow

Review: The Swan Riders by Erin BowTitle: The Swan Riders (Prisoners of Peace #2)
Series: Prisoners of Peace #2
Author: Erin Bow
Also by this author:  The Scorpion Rules (Prisoners of Peace #1)
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult Fiction
Publication Date: September 20, 2016
Rating: three-stars
Series Rating: four-stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

Greta Stuart had always known her future: die young. She was her country's crown princess, and also its hostage, destined to be the first casualty in an inevitable war. But when the war came it broke all the rules, and Greta forged a different path.

She is no longer princess. No longer hostage. No longer human. Greta Stuart has become an AI.

If she can survive the transition, Greta will earn a place alongside Talis, the AI who rules the world. Talis is a big believer in peace through superior firepower. But some problems are too personal to obliterate from orbit, and for those there are the Swan Riders: a small band of humans who serve the AIs as part army, part cult.

Now two of the Swan Riders are escorting Talis and Greta across post-apocalyptic Saskatchewan. But Greta’s fate has stirred her nation into open rebellion, and the dry grassland may hide insurgents who want to rescue her – or see her killed. Including Elian, the boy she saved—the boy who wants to change the world, with a knife if necessary. Even the infinitely loyal Swan Riders may not be everything they seem.

Greta’s fate—and the fate of her world—are balanced on the edge of a knife in this smart, sly, electrifying adventure.

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Review: The Swan RIders by Erin Bow

The Swan Riders by Erin Bow is an interesting sequel to The Scorpion Rules.The villain has a bigger part in the story and there are so many Canadian references. Greta is still such an amazing character, even if she is no longer human. Despite all this, I had some problems with the pacing of the book, and didn’t enjoy as much as I could have.

Different from the First Book

The Swan Riders is so different from the first book, The Scorpion Rules. Talis, who is kind of the villain, has a much bigger role. Throughout the book, the reader really gets to know him and see him in a different way. Greta also isn’t a prisoner anymore and gets to travel to Saskatchewan. I loved how the book is set in a real place, but modified a little bit. There are so many Canadian references (hat tip to Gordon Lightfoot the horse) which I really enjoyed catching as I read.

Greta Has changed

Greta has really changed since The Scorpion Rules. She is still the same clever girl as before, but no longer a human. Greta has become an AI and must lose all her memories as part of the transition. She is so determined to keep her memories, even though it’s dangerous, and I really admired that about her. Greta is also bisexual, which I loved, even though her girlfriend isn’t in the book as much.

Slow-Paced

Although The Swan Riders has so many amazing components, I found the plot to be very slow at times. Certain scenes dragged on, and by the end of the book, I ended up losing interest. On the contrary, other scenes moved too quickly and I ended up really confused. It was hard to enjoy the book when I wasn’t entirely sure what was happening all the time, and I really wish I could have enjoyed it more than I did.

The Swan Riders by Erin Bow is a sci-fi book that is very different from the first story. I really enjoyed Greta’s character and the concept of the AIs. I loved so much about the book, but the pacing really bothered me. However, I would still recommend this book to those who have read and enjoyed the first book.

Book Quotes: The Swan Riders by Erin Bow

“The Swan Riders were both murderers. But that was nothing to what Talis was.”

About Erin Bow

Erin Bow

Erin Bow is the author of The Scorpion Rules, which received three starred reviews and was a Kirkus ReviewsBest Book of the Year and it’s sequel, The Swan Riders, which received two starred reviews. She also wrote the acclaimed Russian-flavored fantasy Plain Kate, which received two starred reviews and was a YALSA Best Book of the Year, and the terrifying YA ghost story Sorrow’s Knot, which received five starred reviews and was a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year.

2016 YA Books to Get Excited About This Fall

 

Fall YA Books

2016 YA Books

The number of amazing 2016 YA books releasing this fall is amazing!  The fall is the absolute best time to be a bookworm. There is nothing more satisfying than a cool day to spark an afternoon of sipping pumpkin flavoured drinks and curling up with a great book. I have rounded up a few of the 2016 YA books that I am most eager to cozy up with this fall. I hope that you find some 2016 YA books to enjoy! Continue reading

Waiting on Wednesday: The Last Harvest by Kim Liggett

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This week’s book: The Last Harvest by Kim Liggett

The Last Harvest by Kim LiggettTitle: The Last Harvest
Author: Kim Liggett
Publisher: Tor Teen
Publication Date: January 10, 2017

Summary (from Goodreads):

“I plead the blood.”

Those were the last words seventeen-year-old golden boy quarterback Clay Tate heard rattling from his dad's throat when he discovered him dying on the barn floor of the Neely Cattle Ranch, clutching a crucifix to his chest.

Now, on the first anniversary of the Midland, Oklahoma slaughter, the whole town's looking at Clay like he might be next to go over the edge. Clay wants to forget the past, but the sons and daughters of the Preservation Society—a group of prominent farmers his dad accused of devil worship—won't leave him alone. Including Ali, his longtime crush, who suddenly wants to reignite their romance after a year of silence, and hated rival Tyler Neely, who’s behaving like they’re old friends.

Even as Clay tries to reassure himself, creepy glances turn to sinister stares and strange coincidences build to gruesome rituals—but when he can never prove that any of it happened, Clay worries he might be following his dad down the path to insanity...or that something far more terrifying lies in wait around the corner.

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Book Review: As I Descended by Robin Talley

Book Review: As I Descended by Robin TalleyTitle: As I Descended
Author: Robin Talley
Publisher: HarperTeen
Genres: Fantasy
Publication Date: September 6, 2016
Rating: four-stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

“Something wicked this way comes.”

Maria Lyon and Lily Boiten are their school’s ultimate power couple—even if no one knows it but them.

Only one thing stands between them and their perfect future: campus superstar Delilah Dufrey.

Golden child Delilah is a legend at the exclusive Acheron Academy, and the presumptive winner of the distinguished Cawdor Kingsley Prize. She runs the school, and if she chose, she could blow up Maria and Lily’s whole world with a pointed look, or a carefully placed word.

But what Delilah doesn’t know is that Lily and Maria are willing to do anything—absolutely anything—to make their dreams come true. And the first step is unseating Delilah for the Kingsley Prize. The full scholarship, awarded to Maria, will lock in her attendance at Stanford―and four more years in a shared dorm room with Lily.

Maria and Lily will stop at nothing to ensure their victory—including harnessing the dark power long rumored to be present on the former plantation that houses their school.

But when feuds turn to fatalities, and madness begins to blur the distinction between what’s real and what is imagined, the girls must decide where they draw the line.

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Book Review: As I descended by Robin Talley

As I Descended by Robin Talley is totally mind-blowing. Since it is based off of Macbeth, I really should have seen everything coming, but Robin Talley still managed to surprise me. There is so much diversity in As I Descended, as well, and a main character who is in between a hero and a villain. This is definitely a must-read! Continue reading