Corayne is a pirate’s daughter and wants to go on adventure with her mother. She believes she can do a lot of good for her mother and her mother’s crew, but her mother wants her to stay where she is to be safe. She is found by an immortal and an assassin. Soon later they find themselves with a sorceress, a bounty hunter, and a squire. Corayne is the last of an ancient line and the rag tag team are finding away to save their realm before the Queen and the Prince Consort destroy it.
I have read Red Queen, Glass Sword, and a bit of King’s Cage (I really need to finish it) before I read Realm Breaker, so I am familiar with Victoria Aveyard’s work. I loved this book more than the Red Queen series and I feel like this series is going to be epic. This book is described as a High Fantasy compared to her other work. I will admit this book has a slower pace and I typically don’t like slow books, but I still enjoyed it. I love the world building and the history of all the places we see the characters go. I love all the point of views and I’m use to a ton of point of views with all the adult fantasy I’ve been reading. My favorite character is Sorasa and she is totally a bad ass assassin. I love the villain romance between Erida and Taristan and I totally want to see more of them and their evil demise. Lastly, the banter between Sorasa and Dom was just great. Totally pick up this book!
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Books I Read in 2021
#40 - Gathering Blue, by Lois Lowry
Mount TBR: 38/100
Rating: 2/5 stars
Even forewarned that this is a companion novel, and not a direct sequel, to The Giver, I was a little bewildered reading it. It seems to be completely unrelated, and when I got to the interview with the author at the end, and she says you can choose to believe a certain offscreen character mentioned is Jonas, or not, I was like...WTF?
But I guess I can twist my brain around to the idea that this squalid, harsh village coexists with Jonas' hyper-regimented, sanitized community. The impression that I got was that the network of communities like his was fairly vast, and that "Elsewhere" was as mythic and unreal as "release" was. And the ending of the first book is pretty ambiguous about where he goes and what happens to him, so...
Setting that issue aside, I was disappointed with Blue as a work able to stand on its own. Even without trying to imagine any connection, it's a weak story, with little world-building, a thin plot, and flat characters.
So I'm always going to have a soft spot for fiction that heavily features crafting of any type--though I was thrown by the constant conflating of weaving and embroidery, as the latter was clearly what Kira was actually doing to the ceremonial robe. They're not the same thing, and there's even less excuse for mixing up the two than there is the constant confusion people come to me with about knitting and crochet!
But that's about the only reason I have to like Kira, who is an incredibly passive protagonist. I get it, she's young, she's bereaved, she's very nearly an outcast from society. But she does very little for most of the book except perform the actions expected of her and be vaguely anxious about things, and then the ending? "I could go with my father and friend somewhere else where I wouldn't be an outcast, but instead I'm choosing to remain here and vaguely try to shape a better future for these people who have been nothing but horrible to me?" Um, no. I don't agree with that personally, but more importantly as a criticism of the story, I don't really believe that's a choice Kira would make. Though she's given little personality, she's stubborn for sure (she does decide to try to rebuild her burned-down home, bravo,) but she's also keenly aware of her own lack of power, so suddenly seizing what little she has available and deciding to try to do something with it didn't make a lot of sense to me. I genuinely thought she was going to go to the other village, and once I read the author's interview at the end and discovered the third book is a direct sequel and the plot is Matt (now Matty, with his second syllable indicating he's older) trying to get Kira to join him and her father--what, we need a whole book to accomplish something I don't understand why she didn't do in the first place?
I'm tempted to give up on the series here, but I do already own Messenger, thanks to finding it at a used book sale, and vague not-quite-spoilers have promised it holds some answers. I guess I'm frustrated but invested enough to at least read that, then decide if getting my hands on Son is worth it.
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Snowflake Book Review’s
Title: You Had Me at Cowboy(Cowboys of Creedence #2)
Author: Jennie Marts
Synopsis: Mason James is the responsible one who stayed behind to run the ranch while his brother, Rock, took off to play professional hockey. Women have used him before to get to his brother―and Mason intends never to get burned again. But after he meets quirky Tessa Kane at his brother's wedding, Mason discovers he's ready to take a chance on love.
Tessa Kane is a reporter on the verge of losing a job she desperately needs―unless she's clever enough to snag a story on the famous Rockford James. But when she falls for her subject's brother, she's caught between a rock and a hard-muscled cowboy. What will happen when Mason finds out who she really is?