She Be Damned by M.J. Tjia – Spoiler Free Review

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Title: She Be Damned
Author: 
M.J. Tjia
Genre: Historical Mystery
Publication Date: Aug 1st, 2017
Pages: 288 (Paperback)
Publishers: Pantera Press
Rating:
4 star

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London, 1863: prostitutes in Waterloo area are turning up dead, their sexual organs mutilated and removed. When another girl goes missing, fears grow that the killer may have claimed their latest victim. The police are at a loss and so it falls to courtesan and professional detective Heloise Chancey to investigate. With the assistance of her trusty Chinese maid, Amah Li Leen, Heloise inches closer to the truth. But when Amah is implicated in the brutal plot, Heloise must reconsider who she can trust before the killer strikes again.

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So,  I do really like this cover but honestly, I like the cover by Legend Press/Legend Times Group a lot more! I will put a picture below. On goodreads, it says that copy won’t release until July 2018, but you can already purchase it through Book Depository! Links at the bottom of the post.

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I really enjoyed the writing of this book! It sucked me in completely!
I did start this book a while ago but I only got 15% into it and I put it down. I was in a bit of a reading slump and decided to put it down and read Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban illustrated edition first in case my slump affected how I felt about this book. But after jumping back into this book yesterday I flew through it!!
** The writing is very detailed and very graphic. I would not recommend this to someone that is uneasy with graphic content but it didn’t worry me. This book talks a lot about sex, violence, horrible stuff happening to people and has a fair bit of negative language directed towards some of the characters. So just be aware of that before going into this book**

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The plot was also amazing! It again drags you in. I wouldn’t exactly say it was action packed but it had an awesome balance of action and information which is perfect for a mystery.
Besides that, I can’t really talk about the plot as it’s a mystery and I don’t want to spoil anything!

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Heloise is an awesome character. She is so intelligent and does not let being a female hold her down. She still gets in and gets shit done and doesn’t wait around for the males to do it.
I didn’t like the short romance of sorts that happened. I didn’t love the guy that was the love interest. He actually kind of annoyed me.
Amah was an awesome character. She was kinda sassy and sarcastic and I loved it.

There were tonnes of other more minor characters but as a lot of them are possible suspects, you automatically kind of don’t like them just in case they are the murderer. So I can’t really say if I actually like them or not because of that!
I hope that makes sense!

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So I did really enjoy a majority of the book but there was one thing that made it a bit difficult to read. That was that I had such a similar feeling to Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco. I recently read that book and loved it. There were a lot of similarities between the two. We have a female, set in the past and they are battling against being looked down upon due to their sex. The victims of the murders are prostitutes in both books and the way they have been murdered in similar ways too. In SBD they have their sexual organs cut out and in SJTR the victims have different organs removed after they are killed. So as you can see, I felt a strong similarity! Not that that is really bad as I loved SJTR, but it did get slightly confusing at times when thinking about the events in the book.

So yeah, overall I enjoyed the plot, I loved the writing and the MC was awesome!

I don’t know if this book will be part of a series. The book kind of ended off as if there will be a second book, but it doesn’t say so on Goodreads. However, it is called ‘She Be Damned: A Heloise Chancey Mystery’ which makes me think it will be part of a series like the Poirot and Miss Marple series by Agatha Christie.
I hope there will be a second book as I would 100% pick that up!



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The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli – Spoiler Free Review

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Title: The Last Namsara
Author: 
Kristen Ciccarelli
Series Name: Iskari
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publication Date: October 3rd, 2017
Pages: 432 (Hardcover)
Publisher: Hachette Australia
Rating:
4 stars

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In the beginning, there was the Namsara: the child of sky and spirit, who carried love and laughter wherever he went. But where there is light, there must be dark—and so there was also the Iskari. The child of blood and moonlight. The destroyer. The death bringer.

These are the legends that Asha, daughter of the king of Firgaard, has grown up hearing in hushed whispers, drawn to the forbidden figures of the past. But it isn’t until she becomes the fiercest, most feared dragon slayer in the land that she takes on the role of the next Iskari—a lonely destiny that leaves her feeling more like a weapon than a girl.

Asha conquers each dragon and brings its head to the king, but no kill can free her from the shackles that await at home: her betrothal to the cruel commandant, a man who holds the truth about her nature in his palm. When she’s offered the chance to gain her freedom in exchange for the life of the most powerful dragon in Firgaard, she finds that there may be more truth to the ancient stories than she ever could have expected. With the help of a secret friend—a slave boy from her betrothed’s household—Asha must shed the layers of her Iskari bondage and open her heart to love, light, and a truth that has been kept from her.

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Generally, I don’t like people on the cover of books, but covers with part of someone’s face don’t bother me and I really like this one. I like how simple it is and how well it represents this book! I also love the design on the knife too.

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I didn’t love the writing to be completely honest. Every now and then there were a couple paragraphs that really didn’t make sense. When this happened a lot of the time it was the movement of a character. It’s hard to explain but it was just kinda contradicting itself I guess. Like they would say this person was somewhere or doing something and then the next second they were somewhere else or doing something else that shouldn’t have been possible. That’s the best I can explain it.
But as I am reading an eARC of this book, this may have been corrected for the final copy but I’m not fully sure obviously. But it was a little annoying when that happened as it just wrecked the flow of the book.

But besides that, there was also the romance. It wasn’t my favourite either. Not only am I not a romance reader but it was also pretty predictable and typical of a “forbidden love” story. But I’m really glad that the romance didn’t overtake the rest of the plot of the book.

I also enjoyed that they included some of the stories they talked about in the book. I thought that was a cool touch.

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I really enjoyed the plot of the book and I didn’t find it predictable even though I found the romance predictable. The plot was fairly unique and I loved the stories. And come on, the book has dragons!

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Asha was a little annoying at times. Through most of the book, she acted like she was better than everyone else because she was the ‘Iskari’. I get that yes she may have been a more powerful person but that doesn’t mean you have to act stuck up about it. Her personality when it came to this really annoyed me but besides that she was okay.

I really enjoyed Safire though. She was awesome and such a badass. She is also really strong! No matter the crap she had to put up with she was strong all the way and was there for her family the whole time.

Jarek was a horrible person. He is so controlling and obsessive. Honestly, at a couple points, I cringed when he came up to Asha and I’m only reading about it!

Dax I also enjoyed. He wasn’t that present for most of the book but in the end I really enjoyed him and what he did. He cared for Asha a lot and even though she was the ‘Iskari’ and was meant to be this fearless person he still saw her as his sister and looked out for her rather than treating her like a prop or a weapon like others tried.

Torwin I don’t really know how I feel about. I did enjoy him for most of it but for some parts, he just felt like ‘the forbidden love interest’ and that was it. I would have really liked if this book was in Multi POV with Torwin & Asha because seeing him through her eyes that was all he was really, the forbidden love interest. I would have liked to see him as his own person a bit more but the only time we see that is the part with the dragon and when he was telling stories about the woman who raised him.

I won’t talk about my opinions about anyone else as I don’t want to spoil anything!

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Overall I didn’t love the writing or the MC. I hope that in the next book she comes down off the high horse she has been sitting on for most of this book. The romance was not my favourite either, but I’m not a romance fan so that doesn’t mean too much. I did enjoy the plot of the book and some of the characters.

*For my rating I did not take into consideration the trouble I had understanding some parts just because I’m not sure if that is a fault with the eARC or not.*



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Thief’s Cunning by Sarah Ahiers – Spoiler Free Review

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Title: Thief’s Cunning
Author: 
Sarah Ahiers
Series Name: Assassin’s Heart
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publication Date: June 13th, 2017
Pages: 416 (eBook)
Publisher: HarlequinTeen
Rating:
4 stars

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Allegra has always had to look over her shoulder. As the niece of the infamous assassin Lea Saldana, Allegra is used to hiding from people who want her dead. Once the strongest clipper family in the Kingdom of Lovero, the Saldanas—or what’s left of them—are now the most hunted. Their number one enemy is the Da Vias, whose thirst for retaliation is almost two decades in the making.

But lately Allegra’s getting fed up with everything being kept from her—including her parents’ identity. When she finally learns the truth about her family, though—that she’s a Da Via—her world crumbles. Feeling betrayed by the people she trusted the most, Allegra turns to Nev, a Traveler boy whose presence makes her feel alive in ways she’s only dreamed of.  But getting caught up in Nev’s world has consequences Allegra never saw coming.

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I really enjoy the covers of these books. They are simple but represent the book really well! In the first one we just had the Saldana coin and the city below (I’m not sure if it’s Yvain or Lovero) and this on we have the Singura and the city Mornian (I think) at the bottom. They are eye-catching and gorgeous!

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My opinion is the same for this book as it is for Assassin’s Heart. The world building is amazing and continues in this book. I loved learning more about the other gods and other cultures in this book. The book flows really well and is very descriptive! My only small issue is I still have no idea how to pronounce the MCs name, Allegra. I am pretty sure I pronounced it differently every time it came up in the book! It’s such an uncommon name, as are many of them, but most of the other characters had easy nicknames so it was okay that I didn’t know how to pronounce Les’s full name (I don’t know how to spell it and I’m not hunting through the last two books to find it as it’s only mentioned a couple times).

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I didn’t enjoy the plot of Thief’s Cunning as much as I did Assassin’s Heart. It was still good and I enjoyed it but the first book was better in my opinion. This book was filled with a few plot twists of sorts and that was enjoyable as I didn’t see them coming.

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So, I didn’t love the MC for this one. Allegra was annoying at times and complained and whined so much. She also repeated the same thing over and over again. It also annoyed me that when she found out a certain truth that she didn’t go straight to Lea and ask for her side of the story and the truth from her. She didn’t even try and give her a chance and that annoyed me considering everything that Lea and Les had done for her. It also annoyed me that she wouldn’t listen to Lea about the truth when Lea tried to explain herself, but she listened to Les.

*Side note – I hate that it’s ‘Lea’ & ‘Les’ because if you aren’t concentrating on every single word or just reading quickly than those two names look the same and you don’t read it properly and then get confused*

I still love Lea & Les in this book. Les is so caring, awesome and calm. I wish we saw a bit more of his Clipper side as that was what he wanted the most in Assassin’s Heart. Lea is still a badass and she will always do anything for the people she loves.

Nev was a character that you are suspicious of and your thoughts go back and forth about whether he is actually a good guy or a bad guy. I won’t say anything more about that because I’ll let you figure it out yourself if you decide to read this series!

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I really enjoyed this book, however, it was not as good as the first book in my opinion. I love this world and magic system. The MC was not my favourite for this book and I prefer the POV of Lea a lot more than Allegra. The writing is amazing and I can’t wait to see what comes next from Sarah Ahiers!



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The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon – Spoiler Free Review

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Title: The Mime Order
Author: 
Samantha Shannon
Series Name: The Bone Season
Genre: YA Fantasy Sci-Fi
Publication Date: January 27th, 2015
Pages: 510 (Hardcover)
Publishers: Bloomsbury
Rating:

4 stars

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Paige Mahoney has escaped the brutal prison camp of Sheol I, but her problems have only just begun: many of the survivors are missing and she is the most wanted person in London…

As Scion turns its all-seeing eye on the dreamwalker, the mime-lords and mime-queens of the city’s gangs are invited to a rare meeting of the Unnatural Assembly. Jaxon Hall and his Seven Seals prepare to take centre stage, but there are bitter fault lines running through the clairvoyant community and dark secrets around every corner.

Then the Rephaim begin crawling out from the shadows. Paige must keep moving, from Seven Dials to Grub Street to the secret catacombs of Camden, until the fate of the underworld can be decided.

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I still don’t like these covers. They aren’t horrible but they aren’t my favourite and I highly prefer the other editions!

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Okay, so the only issue I had with the writing in the last book was not understanding the terms! So every time I read a book I flip through the book and check the back of the book to see if there is a glossary, prequels, previews of the next book and that kinda thing!  But because I read it via eBook I couldn’t like flip through so I wasn’t aware there was a glossary at the back! So the terms were confusing at first, but I didn’t have this issue in this book as I already understand what all the terms and names mean now!

So because I didn’t have that issue this time, I really enjoyed the writing! These books are a bit slower to read and they take me forever! I can usually read a 500 page book in 2 days but this book took me like 5 days! But I don’t hate that, it’s still good but it was a little frustrating to try and read during a ReadAThon haha.

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I didn’t enjoy the plot in this book as much as the first book but it was still good. I feel like a lot of the middle of the book was just kinda filling time until we got to the bigger events. But I also didn’t mind those points because we got to know the characters a lot better, so that was really good!

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Okay, so it will be hard to talk about certain characters without spoiling the first book. So I will talk about the MC as obviously, she is still here! But as for the others, I am not going to talk about them. But I do enjoy all the characters whether I enjoy them as the bad guys or good guys!

So the MC! Paige is an awesome character. She is a badass and will do anything for what she thinks is right! She is also really resourceful and always has some crazy idea up her sleeve! She is an awesome badass female MC!

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I really enjoyed this book! I didn’t love it as much as The Bone Season, but it was still really good! The characters are great and I love Paige. The world is intense and full on and I love it! I’m a massive epic fantasy fan and this is a really good extreme world! The writing is amazing. The book is slow and the plot was a bit slower than the first book and that is the main reason I didn’t rate it higher.



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Graceling by Kristin Cashore – Spoiler Free Review

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Title: Graceling
Author: 
Kristin Cashore
Series Name: Graceling Realm
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publication Date: Oct 1st, 2008
Pages: 471 (Hardcover)
Publishers: Harcourt
Rating:
4 star

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Katsa has been able to kill a man with her bare hands since she was eight – she’s a Graceling, one of the rare people in her land born with an extreme skill. As niece of the king, she should be able to live a life of privilege, but Graced as she is with killing, she is forced to work as the king’s thug.

When she first meets Prince Po, Graced with combat skills, Katsa has no hint of how her life is about to change.

She never expects to become Po’s friend.

She never expects to learn a new truth about her own Grace – or about a terrible secret that lies hidden far away.

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I like how simple and gorgeous this book cover is. I also enjoy that it matches the book really well. Especially with Kasta’s eye showing on the blade of the dagger. It’s unusual though, on my edition of the book the eye looks green but in the image above it looks bluer. Which is also cool because Kasta has one blue and one green eye.

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I really liked the writing in this book! I never had trouble understanding the world in this book. It is a high fantasy which can be a bit confusing when you first jump into it but I never had a problem with this book, everything was described really well. I loved that there was a map in the front of the book which made it easier to keep track of all the locations that were mentioned throughout the book.

This isn’t about the writing, or the plot really either so I don’t know where to put it exactly, so here will do. I love that when a new ruler (king or queen) is taken by the city, the city is renamed after than King or Queen. I thought it was a really unique and interesting idea.

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I really enjoyed the plot of this book, even though it was a little like the ‘basic YA fantasy’, it was also unique enough to be interesting. Even though this book kind of followed the basis of certain people are born unique, with unique powers or abilities, I also enjoyed that the abilities could literally be anything! They weren’t the typical kind of ‘Ya fantasy’ abilities, they could be things like swimming, archery, etc. but they could also be awesome things like mind reading and being able to tell where storms are. These abilities teamed up with a plot that is fairly action packed, it drags you in and you don’t want to put the book down.

This book does have a romance, but it was a different kind of romance. I won’t go into details as I don’t want to spoil anything but I actually didn’t mind the romance in this book. It never took over the plot and even though the characters were reluctant to separate and risk the other, they never made any completely stupid decisions like some characters do when they are in relationships in books and then they wonder why shit goes wrong and people get hurt…

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I liked Katsa, even though sometimes she was a bit stubborn and it annoyed me a little that she would never give a second thought to her own well being. I understand she was extremely tough and resilient but take a little bit of care so you don’t loose your toes from frostbite would be nice! I also enjoyed that Katsa turned something that originally was a burden to her into something that she could teach others.

Po was probably my second favourite. He was funny, witty and caring! He would always try and do what was right even if it risked himself, but he would never risk others if he could help it. I am really keen to see how both him and Katsa develop in the next book as it sounds like they are both at the start of separate adventures.

Bitterblue was a cool character. For a girl her age, she is one tough cookie. She barely ever complained considering everything that they went through. I also think she is mentally extremely strong too! She had to make some tough decisions, well beyond something someone her age should have to deal with. I can’t wait to see how she grows in the next two books!

I can’t really say anything about our ‘bad guy’ as it would totally spoil it! But he is a jackass.

I really liked Raffin, the little we saw of him! I really hope we get to see him more in the next book. He was so funny and sarcastic but also extremely caring. Giddon I didn’t really like, he was that kind of person that thinks he knows best and won’t take no for an answer. And he also wouldn’t take Katsa’s wants into account, all he thought of is what he wanted and thought was right.

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Overall I really enjoyed this book, but it wasn’t one of my absolute favourites. There was no problems or issues I had but it just didn’t blow my mind like others have! So that is the only reason I have given it 4 stars rather than higher. I really enjoy the world and the graceling idea! I can’t wait to continue this series, but I am going to have to wait till I have some extra cash so I can put in a ThriftBooks order as I can’t find this edition in hardcover anywhere else.



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Passenger by Alexandra Bracken – Spoiler Free Review

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Title: Passenger
Author: 
Alexandra Bracken
Series Name: Passenger
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publication Date: January 5th, 2016
Pages: 486 (Paperback)
Publishers: Disney-Hyperion
Rating:
4 star

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i. A brief section of music composed of a series of notes and flourishes.
ii. A journey by water; a voyage.
iii. The transition from one place to another, across space and time.

In one devastating night, violin prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Thrust into an unfamiliar world by a stranger with a dangerous agenda, Etta is certain of only one thing: she has traveled not just miles but years from home. And she’s inherited a legacy she knows nothing about from a family whose existence she’s never heard of. Until now.

Nicholas Carter is content with his life at sea, free from the Ironwoods—a powerful family in the colonies—and the servitude he’s known at their hands. But with the arrival of an unusual passenger on his ship comes the insistent pull of the past that he can’t escape and the family that won’t let him go so easily. Now the Ironwoods are searching for a stolen object of untold value, one they believe only Etta, Nicholas’ passenger, can find. In order to protect her, he must ensure she brings it back to them—whether she wants to or not.

Together, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the traveler who will do anything to keep the object out of the Ironwoods’ grasp. But as they get closer to the truth of their search, and the deadly game the Ironwoods are playing, treacherous forces threaten to separate Etta not only from Nicholas but from her path home… forever.

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I really like the concept of this cover! The city inside the bottle with the ship reflected underneath displays this book well.

I don’t like however that on my paperback copy all the silver on the word ‘Passenger’ & ‘Alexandra Bracken’ is rubbing off and you won’t even be able to read it soon… Also, the plastic coating with the cover actually on it is peeling up at the edges. A bit poorly done, to be honest.

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This is my second Alexandra Bracken book and I do like her writing style. The book flowed really well and was a quick read, especially considering this book is near 500 pages. This book was also not as confusing as I thought it was going to be! When I first learned that this book would be time travelling between not only different time periods but also different places I was a little worried it would get a bit confusing keeping track. However, I didn’t have a problem at all! It was clearly told where and when they were throughout the book and it all went along smoothly.

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I really enjoyed this plot! The travelling and adventure of this book are great! I also loved that it ends half way through the journey the characters are on. I feel like a lot of books in series I have read lately end on a high note with everything calm and resolved but then when you get to the next book a different hell breaks loose. But in this one, we are in the middle somewhere and still in that hell that has broken loose. Which I enjoy because it makes me a lot keener to pick up the next book than it usually makes me want to pick up the next book when it feels like everything is fine at the end.
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One thing I did not enjoy about this book was the romance. As you may know, I am not a fan of romances in books and I can’t stand when a romance overshadows the plot of a book. That, unfortunately, happens a fair few times in this book! But not thinking about that I also thought like this romance was kind of pointless and felt a little forced. *May be a little SPOILERY!!** As soon as they met I knew what was going to happen. It felt like it developed slowly because of how long the book physical is, but in reality, it was only a couple weeks! It may not have been Instant love but it wasn’t that far off! You don’t tell someone you love them after two weeks! Why is it so hard to just have an awesome friendship develop in a YA fantasy book?! Why does it always have to be something romantic or sexual! Anyway, this romance was also pointless to the plot and when it was overshadowing the plot it was extremely annoying and I just wanted to get back to the adventure and the plot! *Even more spoilery ahead!* I also didn’t like Etta for the things she did within this relationship! Her mother was captured and may possibly be killed! I don’t know about you but if my mother’s life was at risk I wouldn’t be sitting around making out with someone, like come on woman, get your priorities straight!

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I enjoyed Etta but didn’t love her. If you read my little spoilery bit above then you will understand part of it! She definitely needs to reevaluate her priorities, especially with the time limit, other things could have waited! But I also just kinda found her annoying and petty at times too.

Nicholas, I enjoyed a bit more that Etta but there was also nothing that wowed me about him. He kinda felt like the typical guy out of a YA fantasy. I enjoyed how far he would go for the people he cares about.

Sophia was not an enjoyable character right from the start. She is selfish and doesn’t care what happens or how many people she hurts as long as she gets what she wants and it’s really pathetic. I honestly hope she goes through hell in the next book! She needs a reality check that it’s not only about her.

Hasam I did enjoy! Even though he was around the same age as Etta he acted a lot older and actually thought everything through he did. I also enjoyed that he questioned their choices and didn’t just straight out trust Nicholas.. Etta is family, so he trusted her quickly once he found out who she was but he didn’t just accept Nicholas like a few other people did in the book which I thought was foolish of them when they can’t guarantee who’s side he is on.

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I enjoyed this book but I had a few issues with it. The romance is a big thing I had an issue with and I didn’t love the two main characters. But I do love the actual plot and the world in this book! It was really interesting to visit those points in history and seeing it from an outsiders perspective and also how they reacted to certain things that weren’t from their time! I strongly hope the next book isn’t as heavy on the romance!



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The Life Siphon by Kathryn Summerlot – Spoiler Free Review

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Title: The Life Siphon
Author: 
Kathryn Sommerlot
Series Name: The Life Siphon
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publication Date: March 10th, 2017
Pages: 504 (iBook)
Publishers: Kindle Direct Publishing
Rating:
4 star

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The kingdom of Runon has created the impossible: a magical energy source that siphons life from the nearby lands and feeds it back into Runon itself. On the edge of the forest lives a quiet ranger named Tatsu, who is watching the drain grow closer to his home country of Chayd.

Arrested for crimes against the crown, Tatsu is taken to the capital’s prison, where the queen offers him a deal. If he travels into Runon and steals the magical source that powers the drain, she will return his freedom. Caught in the unimaginable aftermath, Tatsu knows that the only hope is to stop the siphon before it swallows the world.

More and more, he finds himself at the mercy of the destruction the siphon leaves behind – and everything he has ever known will fall apart in the revelation of its horrifying truth.

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I received a copy of this book through Story Cartel in Exchanged for an honest review.

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I really like the cover of this book, it’s fairly simple and I like the colour scheme. I also enjoy how it links to the book.

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The writing of this book was enjoyable. It was easy to understand and everything about the world was explained well. Some of the names of characters & places were hard to figure out how to pronounce and I still don’t know how to pronounce ‘Yudai’.

This book was a little predictable at times, there were a couple things that I guessed before they were shown in the book. It wasn’t enough to be annoying, but it was still a factor that I didn’t love.

There were also a few tropes in this book, I won’t mention which, but there were some common tropes that you come across often in YA fantasy.

I enjoyed the world building but I hope there is more if there is the next book. What we did learn though was interesting and described well. I also wish there was a map as it was hard to keep track when there was traveling involved.

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The plot was enjoyable, but as I said before, a little predictable. This was an interesting plot and even though it contained some well-known tropes I still enjoyed it a lot.

The plot was fairly action packed and I didn’t want to put this book down. There were slower parts where we got to learn about certain characters which were nice as well.

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Firstly I really enjoyed that this was from a male POV. So many YA fantasy/sci-fi/dystopian books I have read lately are from a female POV, so it was nice to have a change. I also like there was a male & male friendship in this book too. Again, a lot of books I have read lately are a female MC with a guy best friend. So for this, it was a refreshing book for that reason.

Tatsu was an interesting character, he was caring and would always try and do what he thought was right. Alesh kind of annoyed me for most of the book. I do like her love for her sister Ral though and what she would do for her. Ral I still don’t fully understand but she was always around and her happiness helped others at times. Yudai was probably my favourite character in this book, he was kind and caring but also a little spoiled and would automatically insult when he felt any type of threat, which was funny at times.

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Overall I really enjoyed this book but there were a couple problems I had with it too. I hope this is a series and we will get a sequel as I want to know what happens next and also I want to see more of the world and learn more about it.



On Goodreads, this book is part of a series but there are no other books indicated in the series so we will have to see if this story continues!

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