#BookReview: We are blood and thunder by Kesia Lupo | @BloomsburyBooks

Today I wanna talk about We are blood and thunder by Kesia Lupo which was sent by Bloomsbury to which I am very grateful. I swear that I am reading faster than I can write these reviews because I am having a huge backlog yet again and I thought I cleared out a lot of them. *sigh*

Genre: ya fantasy
Year Of Publication: April 2019
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Pages: 400
My rating: 3.5 – 4 stars

“She who spins the cloud weaves the storm.”

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We are blood and thunder follows Constance and Lena, two female characters at opposite ends, both united by the terrifying storm cloud hovering over the dukedom which has already claimed the lives of many. As conflict climaxes and hidden enemies emerge, Constance and Lena need each other to uncover the secrets and save their people from this deadly spell.

When I saw this novel I knew I wanted to read it because it has all the ingredients that I like: fantasy + female characters + magic + world in peril + some romance. If you’re interested so far, keep on reading this…

The story follows Lena as she is trying to escape the dukedom after she was sentenced to death for being suspected of having magical powers, whilst Constance is trying to find a giphyway back into the city to set some wrongs right and finally become who she was meant to me, not holding back. Initially I enjoyed more of Lena’s perspective and was almost scared to read Constance’s story because political intrigues seem to give me some anxiety (I kid you not!), but I ended up loving the moments with Constance more, and her strong leadership rather than Lena’s who became a little bit too… self-doubting for a while. I’m a bit of a cut-to-the-chase kinda girl and accept-your-fate-damn-it, so these moments when Lena learns a thing or two at the temple I was a bit meh about. Things to pick up so not all is lost and I loved reading from their perspectives, following their stories.

The writing was the true strength of this novel. Kesia has a way with words and it sucked me right in. The descriptions are beautifully written, yet simple enough not to appear overdone and felt natural. This is an author that I will defo be keeping my eyes peeled to see what she will do next because there is great potential. All this being said, I had a few issues with the pacing, the beginning was a bit too slow for me; it picks up the pace midway. Maybe it’s my fault because I am a bit of an impatient reader… I want it and I want it now. Lol. The plot twists were twisty enough for me (obviously not gonna spoil and tell you, buy the book!), but the magical system was kinda confusing for me and I wasn’t very clear on what was going on sometimes and I feel like I wanted just a little bit more.

43181177Overall, I very much ended up enjoying it, as I said it picked up in pacing midway and more things started to happen so I was a lot more hooked in. I dropped a star or so because of the above mentioned, but that’s me and my opinion.

Let me know if this is something you guys are interested or if you’ve read it, what did you think?

Xoxo
Jane

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#BookReview: Why I didn’t like Everless by Sara Holland

I have decided in 2019 that if I am not invested in a story and just wishing it would end so I can read something else, I will not continue reading it, aka DNF-ing it. My time at the moment is so precious (sic!) that I do not have time to waste on stories which do not captivate me even remotely.

Genre: ya fantasy
Year Of Publication: January 2018
Publisher: Orchard Books
Pages: 361
My rating: DNF

And unfortunately for Everless, there was nothing anchoring me to the story. I found the premise quite interesting as there aren’t that many books dealing with the subject of time in such an interesting way however, I soon realised that the focus of the story was the main character and her boring internal monologue. I knew from the start that it would rely heavily on romance and the usual YA tropes, but I continued to read, hoping it would get better. I got to page 100 when I realised that I knew the ending, I knew that would happen from A to B to C because it was THAT predictable. And you know what? I was right! Skipped to the end of the book, backtracked a little and … surprise, surprise… I was right.

So why I did not like it:

  • bland, boring and predictable characters (could also add formulaic, basic, annoying)
  • miscommunication as a plot device – one of the only tropes that sends me raging
  • unnecessary drama which made it feel like there was a plot but in fact there was no plot
  • makes no sense most of the time and sent me raging (again)
  • don’t even get me started on the romance: “I did it to protect you”… Well, f*ck you!
  • 0 emotional investment in this story! ZERO! Can’t get behind a romance when as a reader I am not “courted”.

Although I did not enjoy it and DNF-ed it, I do not think it is a horrible book and that I hate it (although it looks suspiciously like so), but it just was not for me. Maybe 15 year old me would have enjoyed it, but I wanted something more. What I did enjoy, was the concept and it is a shame it was not executed at the standards that I was expecting/wanting/needing.

Have you read it? What did you think?

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#BookReview: The Smoke Thieves by Sally Green

Hi Guys! Been away from here for quite some time and I do apologise for abandoning you, but I got a new job and it’s been MANIC! I might write a life-update if you’re interested, let me know in the comments down below! But enough, of that for now, I got a book review to write!

Genre:  YA fantasy
Year Of Publication: May 2018
Publisher: Penguin
Pages: 512
My rating: 3.5 stars

39127492“A princess, a traitor, a hunter and a thief. Four teenagers with the fate of the world in their hands. Four nations destined for conflict. ” [Goodreads blurb]

 

THE CHARACTERS….

I really enjoyed the characters in this book, especially Princess Catherine, Tash and Ambrose. March and Edyon’s storylines and relationships were quite predictable so I was not that excited for their perspective, especially since I had a feeling from the beginning that what March has been told may not have been entirely true. Their personalities really come through and shine, including those of the side characters that GIF-affectionate-amore-heart-heartbeat-in-love-love-GIFare around them. I felt that I got a good enough understanding of them and felt emotionally invested in their story.

I really LOVED how Princess Catherine was written, her storyline was incredible and she kept me going through. She has grown so much from the beginning of this novel and her transformation is incredible! Also… that ending!

THE PLOT…

The plot was interesting and the politics of this world were construed and reminded me quite a bit of Game of Thrones in the sense in which power was a key element, especially in Brigant were Princess Catherine resides, to begin with. I thought that it was all well pulled together towards the end and it all made sense. To be honest, the way this was crafted it’s what blew me away so much, even more than the writing or the characters.

THE WRITING…

The writing was really good, the characters and the plot were well pulled together, although slightly predictable at times. I wanted to know a bit more about the demons, where they were coming from and how all of that worked, but I believe that this might be, hopefully, picked up on the sequel. Sometimes I did feel a little bored and struggled to continue, but fortunately, the chapters were quite short so that helped with the momentum. I did like the fact that it did not shy from violence.

THE ENJOYMENT…

I did enjoy this book, I do recommend this book, especially if you are a fan of multiple POV’s and intersecting storylines. Have you read it? what did you think?

Xoxo

Jane

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