Saturday, March 24, 2018

From the shelf: Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles #2)

Title: Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles #2)
Author: Marissa Meyer
Genre: YA, Sci-Fi, Dystopian
Date read: March 22-24, 2018
Dawn Rates:  (3.5/5)

Summary (cr: goodreads)

Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She’s trying to break out of prison—even though if she succeeds, she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive. 

Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner.

My Review: (also in goodreads)

Juggling between real life and bookworm life is hard when you're an adult. But I needed to make time for the second book since the ending of Cinder left me wanting more. The good thing about starting this series late is that I wouldn't agonize the waiting period for the next book where I read and wait for a whole year then the cycle repeats once more. There's always time for reading. Always.

I've said this time and time again that the second book in a series is always a make or break for me. Sure the first book captured my attention now the second installment should always reel me in till the end. There are lots of series that disappointed me and I'm glad that this one wasn't one of them. Usually a second book would start where the first left off or in some cases would have a time skip that would be explained later on but this one introduced a whole new character: another re-telling of a popular children's tale, we see Red Riding Hood take life as Scarlet. 

I was taken aback and even thought that the book had a slow start when Scarlet is thrown into the mix but what reeled me in is the way everyone was connected. Sure, I already anticipated that the author went that route but it was fun seeing it unfold before you. Scarlet and Wolf's relationship was okay for me and I'm kind of sorry that my attention weren't with them but I really anticipated Cinder and Thorne's dynamic more. I loved Thorne from the first appearance where he winked at the security camera till the very end. The buildup towards the climax was rather slow for me though I should give it a pass since the author was establishing the characters towards the real climax. Towards the end, when everyone was gathered together REALLY reeled me in because finally, we will get some action. And just before i turn the page, the second book ended. 

Well, played Marissa Meyer. Now, I have to read Cress.

Till the next read....

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

From the shelf: Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1)

Title: Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1)
Author: Marissa Meyer
Genre: YA, Sci-Fi, Dystopian
Date read: March 20-21, 2018
Dawn Rates:  (3.5/5)

Summary (cr: goodreads)

A forbidden romance.

A deadly plague.

Earth's fate hinges on one girl . . .

CINDER, a gifted mechanic in New Beijing, is also a cyborg. She's reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister's sudden illness. But when her life becomes entwined with the handsome Prince Kai's, she finds herself at the centre of a violent struggle between the desires of an evil queen - and a dangerous temptation.

Cinder is caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal. Now she must uncover secrets about her mysterious past in order to protect Earth's future.

This is not the fairytale you remember. But it's one you won't forget.

My Review: (also in goodreads)

I'm finally back and I missed this.

I didn't know what took me so long to finally read this series but I'm glad I did give it a chance. Hey, better late than never right? I would've easily given this 4 stars but the book's progress was a slow burn for me so I gave this 3 1/2 stars.

This is a re-telling of a popular fairy tale infused with elements of the science fiction and dystopian genre. It awed me how the author re-vamped Cinderella into a cyborg mechanic and how she made me curse the stepmother again and love one of Cinder's stepsisters dearly, though I was a bit heartbroken towards the middle. Yes, this was a slow burn for me because maybe I expected too much for the introductory novel that would somehow warp me into a world where I would anticipate the next installment of the series. I am also a bit glad that the middle part caught my attention and though there were scenes where I easily knew who Princess Selene was, it still made me turn the page fast. I loved how the author did build up the story. I hope I could see more of Dr. Erland's backstory and somehow I have this feeling that his daughter Crescent Moon will be vital to the series I hope though that when Kai and Cinder would meet again, there would be no resentment. I tried so hard not to read any spoilers regarding the next books of the series in order to have the element of surprise and now I can't wait to get my hands on the 2nd book.

Till the next read...

Sunday, April 10, 2016

From the shelf: Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass #3)

Title: Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass #3)
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Date read: April 1-6, 2016
Dawn Rates:  (5/5)

Summary (cr: goodreads)

The was the heir of ash and fire, and she would bow to no one.

Celaena Sardothien has survived deadly contests and shattering heartbreak—but at an unspeakable cost. Now she must travel to a new land to confront her darkest truth...a truth about her heritage that could change her life—and her future—forever.

Meanwhile, brutal and monstrous forces are gathering on the horizon, intent on enslaving her world. To defeat them, Celaena must find the strength to not only fight her inner demons but to battle the evil that is about to be unleashed.

The king's assassin takes on an even greater destiny and burns brighter than ever before in this follow-up to the New York Timesbestselling Crown of Midnight.

My Review: (also in goodreads)

This was a gripping read.

No words can express how much I held my seat and let myself be blown away into Sarah Maas' world courtesy of this book, the 2nd part to be exact (Heir of Fire). The first part (Heir of Ash) was a bit slow on the uptake but I understand that Celaena had to go through all of that to try to accept and move on especially after Nehemia's death looming over her, leaving her friend Dorian and breaking up with Chaol. Coming into Wendlyn on the king's orders was a ruse made by Chaol to get her out of the city and somewhat protect her. Celaena stepping into Wendlyn is not the same confident assassin we once knew. She is a shell of herself operating only on the hope that Meave, the Fae Queen of her mother's bloodline, would somehow give the answers she needs to fuel her upon return to Adarlan, to Chaol and her friend Dorian. But she got more what she bargained for. She got a Fae prince (Rowan) breathing down her neck to train her in exchange for what she seeks. And with that she comes face to face with the fate she had abandoned a decade before the night her family died and her kingdom fell: to reclaim the rightful position as the heir of Terrasen, their queen.

There were new characters in play like Sorscha, Aedion Ashryver and a character whom I think would be one of my favorites: Manon Blackbeak.

I had goosebumps on the part where Celaena reclaimed and succumbed to her fate. The part wehre she was battling the Valg prince and she finally accepted that she is Aelin Galathynius (Galathynius, seriously this name seems like something from the outer space). And Rowan. I knew that she will once again be involved *ahem* romantically *ahem* with someone. Really, Celaena? Really? LOL! I can't wait to read the 4th book.

Till the next read...

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

From the shelf: Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass #2)

Title: Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass #2)
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Date read: March 28-30, 2016
Dawn Rates:  (5/5)

Summary (cr: goodreads)

"A line that should never be crossed is about to be breached.

It puts this entire castle in jeopardy—and the life of your friend."

From the throne of glass rules a king with a fist of iron and a soul as black as pitch. Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become his Champion. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown. She hides her secret vigilantly; she knows that the man she serves is bent on evil.

Keeping up the deadly charade becomes increasingly difficult when Celaena realizes she is not the only one seeking justice. As she tries to untangle the mysteries buried deep within the glass castle, her closest relationships suffer. It seems no one is above questioning her allegiances—not the Crown Prince Dorian; not Chaol, the Captain of the Guard; not even her best friend, Nehemia, a foreign princess with a rebel heart.

Then one terrible night, the secrets they have all been keeping lead to an unspeakable tragedy. As Celaena's world shatters, she will be forced to give up the very thing most precious to her and decide once and for all where her true loyalties lie... and whom she is ultimately willing to fight for.

My Review: (also in goodreads)

I always had qualms in continuing a series. The first book should be interesting enough to help me decide if I should pick up the sequel or not. Oftentimes the sequel for me would be my make or break if this particular series will hold my interest. Sometimes the first book sucks then the sequel gives them the redemption they deserve. Rare are those times where the sequel is a whole tad better than the first book. And this is one of those times.

I loved, loved, loved Crown of Midnight more than Throne of Glass. Finally! This is how I envisioned Calaena Sardothien who they claimed is the most notorious assassin who ever existed. Everyone feared her and trembled at the echo of her name. This is how I wanted to see her. In her true form. The first book was interesting, but Calaena was too girly and not quite herself there that I wanted to shake her to wake her up. And this sequel didn't disappoint. This is the most ruthless, cunning Celaena I hae ever seen and I liked it. Finally some action!

The moment that Dorian and Celaena bid their goodbyes ending their romantic relationship at the first book, I knew then and there that Chaol will grab the opportunity. Don't get me wrong, I love Chaol...but I don't see him with her romantically. Sure they had their time, (Yes, I was cringing when they had those couple moments) but I really didn't see Chaol with her in the long term. I saw him as her best friend. It even came to a point that  when I wanted to break them up, especially when a sorrowful, significant death happened: I was too happy reading her not wanting to have Chaol back in her life. Okay, so I was partly rooting for Dorian. I only wanted Chaol as her dear friend not in a romantic way.

I have this feeling that Gavin (First King of Adarlan) and Elena (First Queen of Terassen) have something to do with Dorian and Celaena's fates. At least that is what I would like to think about. I often wondered if they are the reincarnations of the two, but it will be awfully complicated if that were true.

This book is like a homecoming. This is where events must take place to pave all of the things that would happen later in the series. Yes, I loved the second book too much that I can't wait to get my hands on the third book. SJ Maas, you've done a great job. Although I couldn't imagine how empty I will feel the moment I will read the last book (so far) in the series.

Ashryver eyes
The fairest eyes, from legends old
Of brightest blue, ringed with gold.

Till the next read...

Sunday, March 27, 2016

From the shelf: Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1)

Title: Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1)
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Date read: March 24-26, 2016
Dawn Rates:  (4/5)

Summary (cr: goodreads)

In a land without magic, where the king rules with an iron hand, an assassin is summoned to the castle. She comes not to kill the king, but to win her freedom. If she defeats twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition, she is released from prison to serve as the king's champion. Her name is Celaena Sardothien.

The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her. But something evil dwells in the castle of glass--and it's there to kill. When her competitors start dying one by one, Celaena's fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival, and a desperate quest to root out the evil before it destroys her world.

My Review: (also in goodreads)

My sister has been raving about this for quite a while now and even pestering me on reading this series. I am the kind of reader who does not care whatever genre the book is as long as it gives me a great story and that I would recommend to readers and non readers alike. Okay, try to scold me for reading this far too late (and having my book signed 'Court of Thorns and Roses' before starting this series. Yep, the author was here for a book signing and I will tell you all about it later). So did I enjoy this?


But first let me start on saying that saying the names in the book is a mouthful. Really? Celaena Sardothien. Oh, Okay....Ellywe....oh...right. Uhm, Nehemia Ytger. OHHHHKAAAAY.

Anyway, the premise really caught me. A skilled assassin fighting for her freedom. YEP! Fae? Sign me up. I am a fan of Holly Black's Tithe series (guys, read that...because....Rath Roiben Rye 'nuff said.) and with other elements in the scene, this really made me curious. The story starts with Celaena wasting away in the salt mines of Endovier not until Chaol Westfall comes to her and tells her that she has been chosen as the crown prince's champion. And in order to regain he freedom she must win and server the king for 4 years. That is a good bargain for her so she accepts although not at first. Also, she has to conceal that she is THE Celaena assassin feared by many. 

It was too obvious that Dorian, crown prince of Adarlan, is obviously smitten during the course of the book. But of course there was a foreshadowing of complications if their relationship will push through: first of all, HE is the crown prince of Adarlan, a country who keeps on declaring war to conquer the countries around it and she is from Terrasen. I could also see a possible triangle between Dorian, Celaena and Chaol. I would like Chaol to be that one friend that Celaena could trust and not as a love interest. There are many questions left by this book: first of all, what the heck happened to Arobynn, who is Sam, what happened to Nox when he escaped, the wydmark on her forehead and many among others. Will I read the sequel? Definitely.

Oh, and I saw that Rick Riordan loved this book. I am a fan of his works. Definitely a fan, I have all of his hardbound.

Till the next read...
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