Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Review: Illusions of Fate by Kiersten White

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Published: September 9, 2014
Publisher: Harper Teen
Pages: 275

Source: Own
“I did my best to keep you from crossing paths with this world. And I shall do my best to protect you now that you have.”

Jessamin has been an outcast since she moved from her island home of Melei to the dreary country of Albion. Everything changes when she meets Finn, a gorgeous, enigmatic young lord who introduces her to the secret world of Albion’s nobility, a world that has everything Jessamin doesn’t—power, money, status…and magic. But Finn has secrets of his own, dangerous secrets that the vicious Lord Downpike will do anything to possess. Unless Jessamin, armed only with her wits and her determination, can stop him.

Kiersten White captured readers’ hearts with her New York Times bestselling Paranormalcy trilogy and its effortless mix of magic and real-world teenage humor. She returns to that winning combination of wit, charm, and enchantment in Illusions of Fate, a sparkling and romantic new novel perfect for fans of Cassandra Clare, The Madman’s Daughter, and Libba Bray.

My Rating:
 All reviews and opinions are my own.

I really liked this one, I was surprised. I read the synopsis and wasn't expecting to like it so much, but it is a lot like Howl's Moving Castle. I have seen the movie Howl's Moving Castle but I have not read the books yet so I am not sure how close it is to the books but it had similarities with the movie.

I think one of my favorite characters is Mr. Bird he doesn't talk or anything but he helps out Jessamin throughout the book. Mr. Bird is also a book which there are many he is part of a spell but takes on a life of his own. I was actually waiting for Mr. Bird to be like the broom in Howl's Moving Castle but was happy when that love triangle didn't show.

I was also surprise that this was just a stand a lone book. When I finished reading the novel it felt finished I mean there could of course always be more to write about in the same story arc but for the most part all the questions were answered and everything solved. There is definitely a twist at the end of the book, that I did not see coming. I was so surprised. I was expecting him to be like a minion but not the head bad guy.

Overall even though it resembled Howl's Moving Castle I still enjoy it a lot, and now I really want to read that series as well.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Review: Fated (Book #3) by Sarah Fine

Genre: Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy
Published: September 29, 2015
Publisher: 47North
Pages: 316

Source: NetGalley
Aislin Ferry and Jason Moros have only days until they will be called to account before the Keepers of the Afterlife. Yet as they race to restore order and make their case, their worlds fall into total disarray.

Mutiny within the fractured Ferry family threatens Aislin’s hold on power and role as Charon. Meanwhile, the fearsome Lord of the Kere has family trouble of his own. Someone is unraveling the fabric of fate, and Moros suspects one of his supernatural siblings is behind the terrible bid to unleash Chaos.

Now unlikely allies, Aislin and Moros each need the other to escape the wrath of the Keepers. As the stakes rise, it becomes clear that protecting their respective empires is not the endgame. With the fate of all humanity dangling by a thread, Aislin and Moros must surrender completely to one another if they are to fight their common enemy. And as time runs out, someone must make the ultimate sacrifice.

My Rating:
I received this book from NetGalley for an honest review, all reviews and opinions are my own.

I have also wrote a review for both Marked and Claimed if you would like to read those reviews as well please click on the names.

This was a fantastic ending the the trilogy! I have been waiting to hear Jason Moros story ever since I heard of him in the first book and when I found out that he was going to be starring in the third book I couldn't wait to get to it. I read through this quickly the story is very fast pace the other two books is leading up to this conclusion. I'm sorry if I am being vague but I don't want to ruin this book or the others if you have not read it yet. I am so happy I read this book while a lot of my other friends in book groups were picking up the first book Marked. I can't wait to discuss the entire series with them when they are done.

Aislin Ferry is seen as kind of a hard person to like in the first two books in this one we get to delve deeper into her psyche and see exactly what she is dealing with, which kind of makes her act this way. She is a young woman fighting to be heard and seen in a man's world so to speak or if not a man's world a more experienced/older person's world. She doesn't want to let anyone down especially the family and unfortunately you just can't make everyone happy it's just not the way life is.

Jason Moros aka Mr. Deathly Dreamy now he is the typical bad boy but deep down like all of them they just want someone to love, unfortunately that pesky deadly touch gets in the way of things for him. So he is a little testy for that reason let alone the trust factors that keep him from believing in anyone. I think these things I mentioned alone will make most people want to get to his book to just find out how everything works out for him.

I don't want to really get into the plot of the story to much other than to say that this is the book that is leading up to the big final battle. It was a very good ride getting there and the end battle scene and the twist at the end I did not see coming it was amazing though. That ending had me in tears of both sadness and happiness. I can't wait to read more by this author!