Sharing Saturday Sixty-Three

Sharing Saturday Sixty-Three

Another week has flown by and I can’t believe it is already mid-July.  Today I have decided to share with you the last book I read, the book I am currently reading, and the book I plan on reading after that.  The image fits with the book I recently finished and I love it.  Have a stunning Saturday!

Last book read: Roar by Cora Carmack

Current read: A Blade So Black by L.L McKinney

To be read next: Stepsister by Jennifer Donnelly

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Sharing Saturday Sixty-Two

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Another Saturday is upon us and today I have decided to share a few of my recent writings with you.  In the past few Sharing Saturdays, I have shared images, videos, and book release dates and covers.  I feel that it is beyond time I showed you all a portion of a recent story that I have been working on.  It follows a girl who is trying to make her way in a cruel world where women are used as sacrifices in order to please a goddess of love.  I hope you enjoy and have a phenomenal Saturday!

I stride past the competitors next to enter the arena.  Their eyes dance around trying to absorb everything at once while skating over the blood that coats the sand staining it a permanent red color.  One of the girls, a petite black-haired angel holds her sword awkwardly and I look away knowing she is going to die today.  I walk into the dark confines of the rooms beneath the arena and inhale the musty earthy odor of the caves I stand in.  They are literal caves carved out of the rock by millions of slave laborers a thousand years ago. Sackcloths cover entrances to small indented rooms where competing girls can change and prepare themselves for the multitude of rituals that make up this horrible celebration.  The plinking of water can be heard in the near silence of the corridor until the screaming of the crowd makes it indiscernible. 

 

Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve

Image result for mortal engines bookIn the aftermath of a great war, cities have become roving machines whose goal is to eat smaller cities and towns in order to gain much-needed supplies.  London has been skulking in the hills to avoid bigger cities but that is about to change as a man sets into motion a new danger. 

Thaddeus Valentine, London’s Head Historian and adored famous archaeologist, and his lovely daughter, Katherine, are down in The Gut when the young assassin with the black scarf strikes toward his heart, saved by the quick intervention of Tom, a lowly third-class apprentice.  In chasing the assassin Tom tumbles down a waste chute ending up in the Out-Country.  It is the Earth scored with dozens of tracks made by the steaming cities.

He sets out on a wild journey with the scarred assassin coming to realize the dangerous truth of people, cities, and the lengths everyone is willing to go to achieve their ends.  The only question is whether he will survive long enough to stop the destruction that is about to be unleashed upon his world. 

Mortal Engines is a book within a genre I don’t normally read.  However, my cousin encouraged me to read it. Let’s just say I am so glad I did.  This book was a stunningly heart-rending tale that has left me craving for the second book.  The characters were excellently rendered but what was even better was the unique world-building.

The author created a world of rolling cities in the aftermath of a war that destroyed the world as we knew it.  The cities must survive by eating and taking from other cities and towns in order to gain the resources they need to maintain the wheels and engines that run the town.  It was an interesting look at a futuristic society where every town must look out for themselves.  There are no countries just cities rolling over the Earth with inhabitants making a living in a world of metal.  I loved this unique take even if it was hard to figure out what was going on in the first few chapters.

The individuality of this tale was carried through by the characters.  A scarred girl, an orphan whose only life has been as an apprentice, the daughter of a famous historian/scavenger, and a variety of other characters added life and color to the story.  The author showed the good and the bad sides of each character.  They weren’t perfect and one even loved the villains.  They built upon one another to create a vivid cast bringing to life this futuristic world.

Related imageSoon, after reading this book I decided to watch the movie and I cannot say that I enjoyed the movie as much as the book.  The book is almost always better than the movie and this is the case for Mortal Engines.  The movie strayed from the book on major plot points and took away from the characters the things we loved most.  Minor details and plot points were not adhered to and Valentine became the main villain when in the book he was the morally gray character who is eventually reformed.  In this movie, the ending was not phenomenal while in the book we were left in a state of shock.  I would definitely say read the book and forgo the movie.

In the end, this book was stunning and I would definitely recommend it.  It will wrap up readers in a vivid futuristic world and drag them along until the final epic chapter.  One’s heart will be broken and remade a dozen times over and one will not emerge from this tale without the memorable scars made by a wonderfully written tale.

Sharing Saturday Sixty-One

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Another week has passed meaning it is once again another Sharing Saturday.  Today I have decided to share with you a song based on Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo.  I feel that this song excellently portrays the book and I absolutely love it.  I would definitely recommend listening to it even if you have not read the book.  Here it is and I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Sharing Saturday Sixty

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Image result for becoming the dark princeAs I stated in my previous Sharing Saturday I will discuss the cover of a novella from Kerri Maniscalco’s Stalking Jack the Ripper series.  It is amazing and I cannot wait to get my hands on it!  The set publish date is July 15th which is sixteen days from now.  The world through Thomas’ eyes should be fascinating and these sixteen days will seem endless. Ahhhh. I am so excited! I hope you have a wonderful Saturday even if the torture of waiting for this book seems overwhelming.

 

Princess of Thorns by Stacey Jay

Image result for princess of thornsPrincess Aurora’s mother, Sleeping Beauty, died young and since that time Aurora has been blessed with fairy gifts.  In the ten years since that time, she has learned that magic comes with a price and for her, it is the inability to ever know romantic love.  When her brother is captured Aurora dresses as a boy and sets off to find an army and free the only person she is free to love.

Prince Nikalaas is living on borrowed time.  He has mere weeks to convince a princess to marry him before his eighteenth birthday when he will turn into a swan.  He is determined to find the only princess willing to marry him, Aurora but when he meets her brother – or so he believes- he is blackmailed into helping raise an army.

As an ancient prophecy’s final conclusion comes ever closer, Aurora and Nikalaas learn that there are worse things than the end of mankind.  There is an impossible love and a forbidden hope…

This book was phenomenal! I was held within its thrall of stunning world building and fierce characters whose stubbornness made for an amazing amount of banter.  The two main characters made the tale despite the somewhat predictable plot line.  Princess Aurora and Prince Niklaas spent the entire book engaged in a fierce dialogue filled with hilarity and denial about their growing attraction.

The two main characters filled this story and I simply loved them.  Aurora is stubborn and wild, always throwing herself into danger without thinking.  She has fairy gifts which she uses to outsmart all of the forces allayed against her.  We as a reader connect to her because of all the mistakes she makes and the realization that they are in the past and all you can do is attempt to be better and fix the mistakes.

Niklaas is like Aurora and perfectly challenges her and argues for what he believes is right.  He wants to escape his father and find a loving wife and family.  He is extremely protective of Aurora even as he fights her on every matter.  His wordplay with the princess was amazing and it made up the substance of the book.  Without it, the book would have been boring and hard to get through.

Beyond the characters, the world building was quite interesting.  It combined fairy’s, ogres, sleeping beauty, and magic for a weird and dark world.  I liked it for it was a different take on the timeless tale of sleeping beauty where the prince isn’t perfect instead he is a cheating, lying, greedy man.

Image result for predictable gifHowever, the plot twists were slightly predictable.  As an avid reader I can usually figure out some plot turns before they occur but this book only surprised me a couple of times.  It was good for a sweet, slightly dramatic, book but I felt that the author could have done more to make the actual plot line interesting.  But as I have said before it was made up for by the phenomenal characters.

In the end, I would recommend this book.  It was intriguing but at times it was overly dramatic.  Princess of Thorns was a new take on an old tale and it was pulled off quite well leaving me with the view that one should read it but take into account that it is slightly predictable.