The Raven and the Dove by Kaitlyn Davis

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Princess Lyana Aethionus should be focused on winning a mate but her thoughts wander to the open sky and the edge of her floating kingdom. Adventure calls and when she heeds it she finds a raven prince locked in a death match with a dragon. A match that may just change the course of her future.

Rafe is reviled among his people but he will do anything for his half-brother including posing as him in the courtship trials. When they are attacked by a dragon he sacrifices himself to protect his brother. However, after a fatal blow, Rafe is saved by a dove who possesses the same forbidden magic.

In the world below a king fights a forgotten war and with help from a favored spy hidden in the dove royal house, he sets into motion a plan that will change the world. I received this book from NetGalley and all opinions are my own. The Raven and the Dove will be released on March 9, 2020.

I am left with a tumult of emotions after finishing this book. My emotions vary from anger to sadness to excitement. I cannot wait for the next book in the series which will sadly not be coming out for a while. This book took me on a phenomenal journey that will have a lasting imprint for months to come.

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The characters were wonderful. Lyana, the main character was a princess fighting to leap outside the constraints of royalty. She longed for adventure and new places in a world that was set on placing her in a cage. Her character was relatable and I enjoyed how she fought to do something good with her magic despite the chance of discovery and death.

The other characters were just as excellently written. They made a diverse cast of characters with painful pasts. However, the love triangle was slightly annoying because it was in a partial state of existence and I was so angry and annoyed with Cassi. Cassi was Lyana’s best friend who spoiler alert, turned out to be a spy and willing to do anything for a savage king who wanted nothing but to fulfill a prophecy that I guarantee you has nothing to do with him. I am so angry with her because of what she did to Rafe. Also, has anyone noticed that Rafe is a popular prince name in ya novels?

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The world-building was stunning. The author created a world where islands filled with flying people lived in the sky while war and chaos raged below an impenetrable mist. Dragons soaked the sky with the fires of their rage and magic that could heal and destroy swirled around the author’s creation. I loved it despite the lack of explanation of the magic and how everything fits together. I assume with time the author will build that up and eventually everything will fit together. I loved the world-building and find that it is unique.

I would recommend reading this book. The rest of the series is planned and comes out in 2020 through 2021 and I could not be more excited. I need to know what happens to the characters and how it all shakes out. And if you love ya fantasy this book is for you.

Enchantee by Gita Trelease

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Camille Durbonne lives in Paris in 1789, a city of labyrinthine streets and upheaval where magic manifests but hides its face. When Camille’s parents die she must rely on magic to keep her sister healthy and fed. However, when her painstaking coins turn back to the metal they originally were and Camille’s brother runs off will their savings she must find a new way to make a better life.

What better way to do this than to enter the glittering court of Louis XVI? Camille uses forbidden blood magic and enters the court to gamble as a Baroness. She moves into a world of poisonous splendor and as she spends each night gambling to create a new life she begins to lose herself. As Paris starts to burn for freedom Camille loses control of her secrets and the game she has been playing turns deadly. She must choose before her world comes crashing down – love or loyalty, democracy or aristocracy, freedom or magic. I received this book from NetGalley and all opinions are my own. Enchantee was published February 5, 2019.

I have heard a lot of excellent things about this book and it did live up to many of my expectations. It was a wonderful read but I was frustrated at how hard it was for me to get into this book. The magic of Versailles and Aeronautics drew me in but the book lacked the ability to keep me up reading it. It is one of the first books in a while that has taken me more than a day to read simply because I kept putting it down since Enchantee could not keep me interested for long periods of time. This was disappointing but I still found the story interesting with its take on a girl navigating the two worlds of France during Louis XVI’s reign.

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The characters were fascinating and Camille Durbonne, the main character was filled with determination, grit, and caring for her sister. Her sorrow was deeply felt and I admired her willingness to do anything to move above the circumstances she was born with including using draining blood magic. She straddled the worlds of nobility and the common people showing the good and the bad of each. She had flaws and it was intriguing to see her choices and how this charted the path her life would take. Her ability to not be cowed by all the things life threw at her was phenomenal and I loved her character.

The side characters were intriguing. I hated Camille’s sister though. She was too naive for the world she lived in. I understood her need to be appreciated and assist her sister but I felt that both Camille and her sister neglected the other leading to easily avoided situations. Otherwise, I loved Camille’s colorful friends and her love interest was wonderful. The villain was intriguing but I hated his reason for being the evil in this tale. It was thrown together and I did not appreciate that all his plots surrounded such arbitrary reasoning. Despite this, the characters that filled Enchantee were vivacious and wonderful

I loved the setting of the book. The times before and during the French Revolution are fascinating and I enjoyed a look at both the commoners and the aristocrat’s point of view for they were bloody times and no one was completely innocent. I enjoyed how the author wrote about the beauty of Versailles yet overlayed that with how insufficient it was to cover the wrongdoings of the royalty. It was interesting to read about the two sides of the times with the splendor and lavishness of the upper classes and the struggles of the lower classes. The author quite neatly conveyed the times and the struggles between people that led to the French Revolution.

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Overall, this book was an interesting read but I cannot count it among my absolute favorites. It was less exciting and more boring than expected. However, I will read the second book in the series when it comes out and I hope it can draw me in better than Enchantee did.

Book Review: Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier

Book Review: Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier

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Gwen is like any other sixteen year old except for the fact that her family has a time traveling gene that is expected to show up in Gwen’s cousin, Charlotte.  That is until Gwen suddenly starts making random leaps into the past.  She is then yanked into a world where traveling into the past happens every day but Gwen is woefully unprepared for the clothes, archaic ways, a secret society, and Gideon.  He is obnoxious, a know it all, and one of the best looking guys she has met in any century…..

I have always loved time travel books and this is no exception.   Ruby Red is amazing.  The characters and plot line are intriguing and keep you on edgeThe reader never knows what is going to happen next.  However, the love story was a little predictable and overly dramatic.  Despite that I adored the book.  I especially liked how Gwen could see ghosts.  I was fascinated by how she interacted with the ghosts surrounding her.   I would highly recommend Ruby Red.

Book Review: Uprooted by Naomi Novik

Book Review: Uprooted by Naomi Novik

Agnieszka  lives in a beautiful valley but on the edge stands a malevolent forest, the Wood.  The people of the valley are protected from this evil by a wizard known as the Dragon but he demands a terrible price in payment.  Every ten years he takes a girl to serve him and after they are freed the girl leaves the valley and never returns.

The time for another choosing is approaching and everybody knows who it is going to be; Kasia.  Beautiful, brave, graceful Kasia who is Agnieszka’s best friend.  However, when the Dragon comes he will not choose Kasia and all things become even less certain.

I loved this book.  The characters were wonderful and the character development was stunning.  I especially liked the Dragon who started out cold and aloof but by the end of the book was a beloved character.  The Wood was also intriguing to me.  I was drawn to it by its supposed evil and the hidden stories contained within it.  The main character was astounding.  She drew me into the story and from the first page I wanted to know how she was going to overcome the problems presented to her.  As the story went on Agnieszka grew in her knowledge of the world and I thoroughly enjoyed going with her on her journey of exploration.  Overall, the story was a haunting tale of romance, hate, and finally, understanding.

Book Review: The Demon Trappers Daughter by Jana Oliver

Book Review: The Demon Trappers Daughter by Jana Oliver

It’s 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia, where the government is broke and throughout the city demons roam.  Riley is a demon trappers daughter who is determined to become just as great as her father.   But as tragedy strikes and a dangerous demon disrupts her world she is sent spinning down a dangerous path from which there may be no return.   As  setbacks occur, the world begins to get a little more complicated and dangerous.  But dealing with a Grade Five Hellspawn, a crush on her fellow trapper, and the loss of someone important in her life is just the beginning.

This book is fantastic. I immediately fell in love with the book.   I adored the world, the characters, the writing style, eveything. And as a result I would reread this book for the rest of eternity and still enjoy it. This book is a MUST MUST  read.

Kiss Of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

 

Princess Lia is forced into an arranged marriage. Unwilling to go through with it she and her friend run away to a small sea village where they find work and try to live normal lives among the common folk. When two strangers arrive, the prince and an assassin sent by Venda to kill her, deceptions swirl and lies abound. As bounty hunters are sent to find her, Lia struggles to find perilous secrets that could unravel her world, even as she feels herself falling in love.

I adored this book.  The author’s writing style is unique and she tricks us into believing one thing is true when it is actually the opposite for like half the book.  I can’t can’t can’t wait to read the next book in the series especially if it is as good as the Kiss Of Deception.

I couldn’t stop reading this book. Every chance I got I had my nose buried in it. I would totally reread this.  Kiss of Deception is a MUST read.

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Mare’s world is divided by blood.  People with silver blood are gods with abilities that make them higher than the common population of reds.

Mare has a silver gift ,despite the fact that she came from a dirt poor red family, that cannot be explained.  As a result the King makes her a silver princess to hide who she truly is.  As a rebellion rises like a new dawn Mare must figure out who are her friends and enemies are and how to survive court intrigue while hiding her identity at every turn for fear of discovery.   With the two princes pitted against each other Mare must decide whose side she is on and if the sacrifices made are worth it in the end.

This book was phenomenal and I would definitely read it.  I loved Mare, the main character who continued on against all odds.  She never knew what to expect around the corner where death could be lurking but she still persevered.

I can’t wait to read the sequel and see how Mare’s story continues.