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Roseblood By A.G. Howard

28818314In this modern day spin on Leroux’s gothic tale of unrequited love turned to madness, seventeen-year-old Rune Germain has a mysterious affliction linked to her operatic talent, and a horrifying mistake she’s trying to hide. Hoping creative direction will help her, Rune’s mother sends her to a French arts conservatory for her senior year, located in an opera house rumored to have ties to The Phantom of the Opera.

At RoseBlood, Rune secretly befriends the masked Thorn—an elusive violinist who not only guides her musical transformation through dreams that seem more real than reality itself, but somehow knows who she is behind her own masks. As the two discover an otherworldly connection and a soul-deep romance blossoms, Thorn’s dark agenda comes to light and he’s forced to make a deadly choice: lead Rune to her destruction, or face the wrath of the phantom who has haunted the opera house for a century, and is the only father he’s ever known.

 

My Thoughts

Phantom of the Opera is one of my favourite Broadway plays and when I discovered that someone had done a retelling I was excited.

Rune is the modern day Christine. Her voice is like an angel and she fights her mom ont he decision to send her to Roseblood Academy is the typical teenager way, bad arguments. She makes enemies on her first day and the mystery of why she is compelled to sing intrigued me a lot. I wanted to know why she had to and why it caused her pain.

Thorn is odd. He struggles between pleasing his father figure, Erik, and chasing after the other half of his soul. He wants to please both of them but knows he can’t. His character was intriguing and creepy. He stalks Rune around the academy and creeps her out enough that in the beginning I was wondering if he actually loved her or was going to kidnap her like the Phantom did to Christine.

The parallels to Phantom of the Opera were there, you didn’t have to try hard to see them in the story. The author clearly did her research in getting the characters to fit into the Phantom of the Opera story but also found a way to fit them into history, weaving the tales together so it would seem more real.

I would give this book a 4/5, the writing was beautiful and the characters were believable in their separate roles but when they came together some moments happened to fast.  I would recommend this book to anyone who like romance, Broadway, or Phantom of the Opera.

 

 

 

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And I Darken by Kiersten White

27190613No one expects a princess to be brutal. And Lada Dragwlya likes it that way. Ever since she and her gentle younger brother, Radu, were wrenched from their homeland of Wallachia and abandoned by their father to be raised in the Ottoman courts, Lada has known that being ruthless is the key to survival. She and Radu are doomed to act as pawns in a vicious game, an unseen sword hovering over their every move. For the lineage that makes them special also makes them targets.

Lada despises the Ottomans and bides her time, planning her vengeance for the day when she can return to Wallachia and claim her birthright. Radu longs only for a place where he feels safe. And when they meet Mehmed, the defiant and lonely son of the sultan, Radu feels that he’s made a true friend—and Lada wonders if she’s finally found someone worthy of her passion.

But Mehmed is heir to the very empire that Lada has sworn to fight against—and that Radu now considers home. Together, Lada, Radu, and Mehmed form a toxic triangle that strains the bonds of love and loyalty to the breaking point.

My Thoughts

This book was good at the beginning. The plot was well thought out and I enjoyed all the historical aspects. I have head of Vlad the Impaler as he is the inspiration for Dracula, and reading a book from the perspective of his daughter was very interesting. The beginning of this book was very good and I could hardly put it down. Lada’s struggle to be a strong women in a world run by men was unique and horrifying.

Lada is the daughter of Vlad Dracul, and she does not like the role that is set for women in society. To gain the attention of her father she became strong, fierce and calculating. She will do anything to get her way, even if its cruel. Lada was an interesting character, the way she pushed characters into being exactly what she needed them to be was fascinating. She kept to her beliefs even when she started questioning them.

Radu was the opposite of Lada. He was delicate and beautiful. Timid in the face of danger, preferring to hide behind Lada then to fight his own battles. This caused people to forget about him, passing him off as weak. He uses this to his advantage, growing as a character as he finds his own way to fight back.

The relationship between the two siblings is often strained, filled with jealous thoughts and misunderstandings. The whole story revolved around the siblings and their relationship with Mehmed, the sultans son, and how it changes them and their feelings.

I give this book a 4/5, the beginning of this book was laid out beautifully and was hard to put down. The relationships were deep and believable and the characters developed well. About 2/3 of the way into this book I started dreading the parts that were from Lada’s point of view. She was still an interesting character, but instead of doing the things she wanted she was torn and stagnated on the possibilities until she could decide.

This was a good book and I would recommend it for anyone who likes historical fiction, strong female characters or just a good novel with complex plots and twists that are hard to anticipate.

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After the End by Amy Plum

After the End (After the End, #1)She’s searching for answers to her past. They’re hunting her to save their future.

World War III has left the world ravaged by nuclear radiation. A lucky few escaped to the Alaskan wilderness. They’ve survived for the last thirty years by living off the land, being one with nature, and hiding from whoever else might still be out there.

At least, this is what Juneau has been told her entire life.

When Juneau returns from a hunting trip to discover that everyone in her clan has vanished, she sets off to find them. Leaving the boundaries of their land for the very first time, she learns something horrifying: There never was a war. Cities were never destroyed. The world is intact. Everything was a lie.

Now Juneau is adrift in a modern-day world she never knew existed. But while she’s trying to find a way to rescue her friends and family, someone else is looking for her. Someone who knows the extraordinary truth about the secrets of her past.

My Thoughts

I struggled to get through this book. The plot was a bit dull, and although I was drawn into the post apocalyptic setting and I could see how the adults could lie to the children as long as they did in the beginning, the illusion of that was shattered as soon as Juneau found the book that was dated wrong. After the revelation that this was not a post apocalyptic world things started to go downhill. Starting with the pointless kidnapping of an entire clan of people and continuing into the very convenient magic that seemed to change the rules for its use.

The characters in this book were also not convincing. Juneau was very annoying. Whenever something bad happened she always seemed to have a way to get out of it. It was especially obvious when there was no explanation for why she had the abilities she did.

Miles was just as bad as Juneau as his only useful ability seemed to be driving. He was is the right place at the right time to find Juneau and attempted to call his father before she fried his phone, but then did not do the sane thing and find the nearest payphone to deliver the girl he thought was insane to his father.

All the characters in this book stayed exactly how they started, not developing at all during the story.

I give this book a 2/5, as the plot was drawn out and there was minimal character development making it a boring read. I would not recommend this book as I did not enjoy reading it and could not finish the sequel.

 

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Warrior Witch by Danielle L. Jensen

Warrior Witch  (The Malediction Trilogy, #3)Cécile and Tristan have accomplished the impossible, but their greatest challenge remains: defeating the evil they have unleashed upon the world.

As they scramble for a way to protect the people of the Isle and liberate the trolls from their tyrant king, Cécile and Tristan must battle those who’d see them dead. To win, they will risk everything. And everyone.

But it might not be enough. Both Cécile and Tristan have debts, and they will be forced to pay them at a cost far greater than they had ever imagined.

My Thoughts

What a fast paced book. With almost the whole book taking place during the same battle everything kept happening one thing after another. Each event pulling me further into the story hoping that Cécile and Tristan prevail and that the world is not destroyed by the lack of thought put into previous actions.

Cécile stood out in this book. Always thinking on what she could do to make it easier for the trolls fighting for the humans. She was constantly on the move coming up with plots and plans each one more dangerous than the last.

Tristan frustrated me through the first half of this book. Those pills that dampened the bond between him and Cécile made him into more of a jerk than he was in book one. Once the bond was back and he was fully in control of his emotions once again he was back to his usual over protectiveness.

I enjoyed the conclusion to the trilogy a lot. The fast paced nature of the book made it hard to put down, keeping me thinking of what could possibly go wrong next. The plot was wrapped up well, breaking my heart in the process before attempting to glue it back together. I give this book a 4.5/5, for the enticing plot, strong characters and for wrapping up to a satisfying, although sad, conclusion. I think a very good lesson can be learned from this story, Don’t make deals with fairies as it come back to haunt you in the worst of ways.

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Hidden Huntress by Danielle L. Jensen

Hidden Huntress (The Malediction Trilogy, #2)Sometimes, one must accomplish the impossible.
Beneath the mountain, the king’s reign of tyranny is absolute; the one troll with the capacity to challenge him is imprisoned for treason. Cécile has escaped the darkness of Trollus, but she learns all too quickly that she is not beyond the reach of the king’s power. Or his manipulation.

Recovered from her injuries, she now lives with her mother in Trianon and graces the opera stage every night. But by day she searches for the witch who has eluded the trolls for five hundred years. Whether she succeeds or fails, the costs to those she cares about will be high.

To find Anushka, she must delve into magic that is both dark and deadly. But the witch is a clever creature. And Cécile might not just be the hunter. She might also be the hunted…

My Thoughts

This book fully lived up to my expectations. After finishing the first book I immediately picked up this one, and was not disappointed. Not only was the plot engaging and fast paced, the point of view switched between Cécile and Tristan in a way that did not have me wishing for it to switch back.

Cécile was very stubborn in her desire to free the trolls in a way that made sense to her, but there was still the feeling that she hadn’t completely thought it out. Her single minded search for Anushka had her missing a lot of the world around me, and at points had me wishing I could tell her to look at all the hints that she was missing.

Tristan was very present in this novel, more so than the last, and I found myself really enjoying the character development that came with his chapters and all the unexpected twists and turns that came with the development.

The ending of this book! I expected it to turn out the way it did from the beginning, at least the part with who Anushka was, but it still surprised me. So many things started happening at once, the character deaths, the backstory and the new enemies. I can hardly wait to start the next book in the trilogy.

This book gets 4/5 stars. I enjoyed the story, it was unique and engaging. There was more mystery than the first book and I found myself attempting to figure out every little piece of the puzzle that was Anushka before the story would reveal the answers. The characters were still very engaging and there were plenty of twist and turns that I didn’t see coming.

 

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Stolen Songbird By Danielle L. Jensen

 

17926775For five centuries, a witch’s curse has bound the trolls to their city beneath the mountain. When Cécile de Troyes is kidnapped and taken beneath the mountain, she realizes that the trolls are relying on her to break the curse.

Cécile has only one thing on her mind: escape. But the trolls are clever, fast, and inhumanly strong. She will have to bide her time…

But the more time she spends with the trolls, the more she understands their plight. There is a rebellion brewing. And she just might be the one the trolls were looking for…

My Thoughts

I really liked this book. It was one of those stories that while I was reading it nothing else seemed to matter. I was transported away into the pages of the book, my own little bubble of story and magic while the world passes by around me… and then the next thing I know, it’s 5am.

Stolen Songbird slightly reminded me of Beauty and the Beast. It was subtle to the point where I didn’t start noticing the similarities at all until more than halfway in, with a little help from the Beauty and the Beast Soundtrack, but once I started noticing the similarities I couldn’t stop.

As a main character Cécile was unique to the world she was in. Red haired human in a city of trolls. She was also strong and independent, willing to help herself instead of waiting around for someone to come save her. I appreciated how much her feeling drew me into the story, her pain at being drawn away from her family was well done and I didn’t find myself thinking about her being whiny.

Tristan was….wow. So, physically hes supposed to be handsome, being compared to Prince Charming in looks from moment one, but that’s not what got me. His personality was so deep. He was funny, charming and just the right amount of rude to convince me that he was not impressed by the arranged marriage to Cécile.

I liked the fact that the romance in this book wasn’t a straight away sort of thing, and did not overwhelm the plot. It built up from what started as hatred and turned into a love that could not be broken. Cécile and Tristan still seemed to fall in love to fast, but they also had the mind bond to contend with. It might be very difficult to not like someone that your constantly connected with.

I would give this book a 4/5 as the writing was well done and the story well thought out. It wasn’t perfect as there were some moments where the story lost me for a moment before pulling me back in, but as those were near the beginning I’m willing to forgive them. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys fantasy novels as this one was a good mix of action, adventure, mystery and romance.

 

 

 

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This morning I had one of those days where I stayed up until 5 am to finish a book. Right after finishing it I started looking for a good review where I could hold onto the book just a bit longer before I had to mark it as finished. While looking for a good review I started thinking about how I could add to the plethora of reviews scattered about the internet.

So thus begins Fairy Reviews, the name in inspired by my love of fairy tales. I hope you all enjoy my reviews, and if you have a book that you feel like recommending to me, feel free to.