Showing posts with label Fantasy. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Fantasy. Show all posts

Monday, July 7, 2014

Book Review: The Winner’s Curse (The Winner’s Trilogy, Book 1) by Marie Rutkoski

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The Winner’s Curse (The Winner’s Trilogy, book 1)
By: Marie Rutkoski
ISBN-10: 0374384673
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In a rivetingly imaginative fantasy world, Kestrel is a wealthy general’s daughter whose father is pressuring her to either get married or join his military soon. However, Kestrel doesn’t want to do either, and one day at the market she buys a slave on instinct, who acts mysterious and seems to be harboring secrets.

Soon Kestrel is astonished to find herself falling for her new work servant, Arin. And while oblivious to the schemes going on behind her back, she will have to hide her feelings for him, lest everything orderly in her life fall apart.

This young adult novel is the first in a series, and while it does contain some kissing, profanity, violence, descriptions of dead bodies, and a few mentions of a man sleeping with another man’s wife, it is all handled well and in a fairly light manner.

Readers should be prepared for a medium-paced book full of conspiracies and tension, and with enough suspense to keep you reading. The Winner’s Curse is heavier on the romance than the fantasy elements, but both are well-written, and the abrupt ending will make you eager to read the sequel.

Those who enjoyed The Winner’s Curse may also like Leigh Bardugo’s similar Grisha Trilogy, Tsarina by J. Nelle Patrick, and Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge.

Bridge of Snow is a prequel short story for this book that you can read for free on

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Cover Reveal: Chaos (Fates, Book 2) by Lanie Bross

Chaos, the sequel to Fates by Lanie Bross, is to be released January 27, 2015. Take a look at the dazzling new cover below!

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It definitely has a similar feel to the first cover, although I think I like this one better because it features both Corinthe and Luc. Hopefully the plot in Chaos will be more well-rounded than the one in Fates; and some better world building would be nice, too. But even if you didn’t care for the first book in the series, you can still admire the pretty covers!

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Saturday, March 29, 2014

Book Review: Fates (Fates, Book 1) by Lanie Bross

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Fates (Fates, book 1)
By: Lanie Bross

Exiled from her home on the mystical island Pyralis Terra, Corinthe, a Fate, who is instructed to carry out meetings, love, and death according to the universe, is sent to Earth until she can learn to follow orders by making sure people’s fates are completed. But there’s just one problem: Corinthe is falling for Lucas Kaller, who is her last assignment before she can return home—and she’s been instructed to kill him.

Swept up in an adventure that will cross both her and Luc’s worlds, Corinthe finds her “human” feelings growing stronger for Luc, and he seems to feel the same way about her. When the time comes, how can she kill the boy she loves? It includes:

• Deaths (some blood)
• Teenage smoking, drinking, and references to drug usage
• Profanity
• Some kissing, making out, and a couple references to sex

Fates is a moderately-paced young adult fantasy debut about love and redemption. The writing and plot can be choppy at times, and the end leaves off on a suspenseful note. The romance is light, and although the main character is an executor, the violence is very contained. There is quite a bit of cursing in Luc’s chapters, although no extreme words are used. Appropriate for ages thirteen and up.

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