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Falling Kingdoms Book Review

Falling Kingdoms (Falling Kingdoms, #1)

Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

Published on Dec. 11th, 2012

By Razorbill

Synopsis

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…(.GR)

My Thoughts

I have been trying to get around to reading this series since it first came out. I was lucky enough back in June to find the first 4 books at a thrift store, in brand new condition. Along with 7 other popular YA fiction hardcovers and I got them all for $2 a piece!!!! tumblr_mcm8caDyB11riiw1do1_500

Right now however I am having such a blast with my new baby boy that I haven’t wanted to pick up the book. Thanks to my Hoopla app I was able to listen to the this book on audio. I love audio books, don’t you? Especially when the narrator is amazing, like in Falling Kingdoms. Fred Berman is the narrator of this series and he is amazing. He has the capability of changing his voice for every character and that includes the women. Very talented man.

I really enjoyed this first book but I was intimidated by it at first. I wasn’t really sure what to expect and I didn’t want to get my hopes up due to all the hype around this series. Boy, was I totally blown away. I loved the magic system in this story. It is Elemental magic meaning magic fueled by air, water, fire and earth. There is a prophecy of a child born with the ability of all 4 and will be known as a Sorcerer not just a witch.

Morgan Rhodes is now one of my favorite authors. Her writing style flows very well and it is filled with a lot of detail. I don’t mind the multiple POVs in this story because its such a huge country that it helps the story to see the situations through others. The characters are all very enjoyable to me, even the bad guys.

The situations that the main characters find themselves in are full of action and suspense. I never was quite sure what was going to happen to them at any given minute. Yes, there are some character deaths that you will not see coming. I have heard from BookTubers not to get attached to any characters because you never know who Morgan Rhodes has on the chopping block and they were right!

If you like YA high fantasy or just want to be whisked away to a land of action, romance, political intrigue, and magic, then check out this series. I am starting book 2, Rebel Spring, right now!

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Goodreads  ~ Amazon

2016- A Book Year in Review

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Hey everyone I wanted to put up a post on this last day of 2016. Man, what a year! We have lost so many celebrities and others along the way. Most important to me was my own Nana and now it seems my grandfather will be finding her soon. The only really great thing to happen to me this year was the birth of our 3rd child and only boy, Killian. He is such a happy baby and I am so in love with him. He is now 6 weeks old and I can not believe how fast time is flying by. Here is some of his best faces of 2016:

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Isn’t he just the sweetest???

Enough gushing about him just for a min. I wanted to tell show you guys the books that I have read this year. It wasn’t my original goal of 100 books but I did manage to read some.

*FYI pregnancy and babies can kill your reading habit*

I was able to read 21 books or 5,206 pages.

The Prophecy of Shadows by Michelle MadowThe Blood of the Hydra by Michelle MadowThe Head of Medusa by Michelle MadowThe Portal to Kerberos by Michelle MadowShadows of Jane by Amy  HaleThe Runaway Wife by Elizabeth BirkelundThe Damnation Game by Clive BarkerI'm 13 Years Old And I Changed The World by D.K. BrantleySins of Smoke by Daniel WillcocksMiss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom RiggsHollow City by Ransom RiggsEmotions by Arnulfo CantareroSearching For Darkness by Leah  WardThe Reluctant Sacrifice by Kerr-Ann DempsterBetween the Bleeding Willows by D.A. RoachBreak Free the Night by E.M. FitchThe Dogs by Allan StrattonThe Whispers of the Fallen by J.D. NettoDemon Seed by Dean KoontzThe Treemakers by Christina L. Rozelle (C.L. ...The Soultakers by Christina L. Rozelle (C.L. ...

I enjoyed each and everyone of these books and I thank all of the authors and publishers that have sent me books to review. I still have a ton left to read and review.

Have you read any of these? Let me know what you thought of them!!

I hope everyone has a safe and happy new year!

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You’ve Got Mail….Giveaway Edition!

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I won this amazing series from Katelyn,@thefearlessreader ,over on Instagram!!! Thank you so much for picking my name out of that box. I have been wanting to buy this series for awhile and now I don’t have to.

 

SO HAPPY!!!!!

Please go and check out her IG account and like her pictures! Best Bookmail so far this year!!!

Here’s the links to the book Goodreads pages, just incase you don’t know what this series is about.

 

Red Queen – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22328546-red-queen?from_search=true&search_version=service

Glass Sword

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23174274-glass-sword

Cruel Crown

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25944381-cruel-crown

 

The Faerie Prince Review

The Faerie Prince (Creepy Hollow, #2)

Synopsis

My Thoughts

Once again Rachel Morgan manages to surprise me in her second installment to her Creepy Hollow Series. The first book did an awesome job at setting up this gorgeous world but book 2 knocked it out of the park.

Almost every chapter was action-packed which kept me full attention. I did listen to this through the Hoopla app as well. I did like how at the end there was some bonus features!

The character development is awesome. You can just feel how Violet goes through all of these very strong emotions and situations. She is strong and very capable of taking care of business. Violet has become one of my favorite female characters in a book series.  From dealing with The Unseelie Prince hunting her, a murder in the Guild, and so many other crazy things happening, Violet has her graduation right around the corner. Her last assignment lands her with Ryn as her partner.

This book also tells us more about the history between Violet and Ryn. What really happened to Ryn’s older brother Reed and how they heal from that. Their dynamic is so entertaining to read and there are so many times I found myself grinning like an idiot.

There are several big reveals and twists in the story that I didn’t see coming at all. There was a moment when I said something like “uh oh you’re in trouble now!” So many feels and yes I did tear up in several parts in this second book. There is way to much stuff that happens in this book that its hard to not give you guys spoilers.

My advice GO NOW and BUY these books!!

Like I said before if you are looking for a new book series to sink your teeth into this is it. I do plan on buying this series to have on my shelf. I do love the South African covers but I do not live in South Africa 😦

Here is the Amazon link so you can go and purchase this amazing adventure:

Creepy Hollow Series

Thank you so much Rachel for allowing me to read these!!

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Happy Reading!

Sacrificed- The Last Oracle Review

Sacrificed – The Last Oracle

Emily Wibberley

Synopsis

Born to serve the merciless Oracle, Clio wants nothing more than to break free. But when her entire family is murdered by Mannix, the king’s adviser, Clio inherits the Oracle’s power, a power she never wanted and doesn’t understand.

Hunted by Mannix, Clio is forced to flee her home in Sheehan and seek refuge in a foreign city where oracles are forbidden. If she’s found out, she will be sacrificed atop its great pyramid.

Clio has no choice but to win the trust of Riece, an enemy warrior. Despite the undeniable attraction between them, Clio knows that if he finds out who she really is, he won’t hesitate to execute her.

Clio tries to hide her budding powers, but the Visions she keeps having of Mannix and his barbarian army slaughtering her people torture her conscience. She alone has the strength and foresight to stop him, but only if she can embrace her destiny and sacrifice everything.

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My Thoughts

I contacted Emily Wibberley through Instagram and I just had to have a copy of this book. The cover is absolutely gorgeous and the tagline struck me.

Knowing the future can save her city – but not her heart.”

I mean I had to find out what this was all about. So Emily was so sweet and sent me a copy of her first book. I am so grateful for it too.

This book is a whirlwind of action, mystery, and romance. There are a lot of things that I loved about this but I am not going to give you any spoilers.

Clio is our main character and she is 15 years old. She is next in line to become a Vessel for the Oracle, when she turns 16. Clio has seen what that means in her older sisters and she doesn’t want to become what they are. So she decides to run away. On that fateful night her family, but her sister Ali, is murdered by the King’s adviser and the Oracles powers get transferred to Clio. She learns that Ali was taken to the Emperor. So she sets out to save her sister.

Clio disguises herself as a slave so she can sneak into the city. She is imprisoned and meets Riece, the Commander of the Emperor’s army. There is a definite connection between them but she can’t tell him what she really is. They will execute her on the spot for being an Oracle. The slave girls that are taken to the pyramid are all to be sacrificed and Clio does her best to stop them.

She has to accept who she is and take her place in this world!

There are so many twists and turns in this book. At certain parts it did make me gasp and smile like a complete idiot. My cheeks were hurting so bad from smiling so big.

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The character development in this book was great. I loved watching how Clio went from this scared little girl to a powerful woman. She is by far on my list of favorite heroines. Her relationship with Riece was heartwarming but also heartbreaking. Why Emily…..why?

In all seriousness, this book has taken me out of my little reading slump that I have been in. It was so refreshing and I loved every part of it. I can not wait to read the second book!

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About the Author

Emily Wibberley

Emily Wibberley

Emily Wibberley grew up in the South Bay where she spent her formative years battling zombies on her Xbox, watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and voraciously reading everything from The Hunger Games to Jane Austen, where her love for feisty young heroines was born.

After graduating from Princeton University Magna Cum Laude in 2014, she began writing. Her debut novel, Sacrificed, was named a finalist in the Young Adult category of the 2015 International Book Awards, the Young Adult category of the 2015 Beverly Hills Book Awards, and in the Young Author category of the 2015 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. Since its release, Sacrificed has spent more than four months as a Kindle Top Ten Teen and Young Adult Bestseller.

When she isn’t reading the latest YA book, she enjoys watching kick-butt action movies with her two rescue German Shepherds, Hudson and Bishop, named after characters from James Cameron’s Aliens.

First Read-A-Thon!

On Instagram there is a lovely lady who is putting on a read a thon called #bookmasinjuly ! It runs from July 6th-10th and here are the challenges:

  • Read a book with a female protagonist
  • Read a boon with a male protagonist
  • Read a book with a changing POV
  • Read a favorite book
  • Read a book you’ve been dying to read for forever
  • Read a book by favorite author

Some of the books on this list will have more than one challenge attached to it but that is ok.

I chose Sacrifice by Emily Wibberley, for my female protagonist book!

 Sacrificed (The Last Oracle, #1)

Next up, The Maze Runner by James Dashner, this one falls into the male protagonist and a book I”ve been dying to read for forever

The Maze Runner (Maze Runner, #1)

Next on my list is, The Iron Trial by Holly Black & Cassandra Clare. This one is a book that I have been dying to read, favorite authors, and male protagonist.

The Iron Trial (Magisterium, #1)

This next book I have been reading for awhile now but need to finish so I put it in the read a thon. That is Talon by Julie Kagawa and it falls under book with multiple POVs.

Talon (Talon, #1)

The Final book that is on this list is Fear Nothing by Dean Koontz. This was the first ever Dean Koontz book that I’ve ever read and that was back when I was like 12. It started my fandom for his works and now I have around 55 of his novels. This book falls into the book with male protagonist, book by favorite author, and favorite book categories.

Fear Nothing (Moonlight Bay, #1)

Thank you for stopping by and seeing what I am reading for this #bookmasinjuly Read-A-Thon!

Happy Reading!