Review Rendezvous: 12/16/17


Winter by Marissa Meyer
Book stats:
Genre(s): Science fiction, fantasy, romance, young adult
Medium: Print
Number of pages: 827
Publish date: November 10th, 2015
Purchase: Amazon Book Depository

WinterPrincess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mark her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.

Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won’t approve of her feelings for her childhood friend–the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn’t as weak as Levana believes her to be and she’s been undermining her stepmother’s wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that’s been raging for far too long.

First of all, can we appreciate how behemoth this piece of fiction is? 827 pages?! So much Lunar Chronicles goodness! I always find it funny comparing the length of the first books to the lengths of the last. The last book just always has so much more story to tell, especially in as complicated a world as this one!

I love how Meyer keeps adding on points of view as we moved throughout the series. And they’re all so different and unique too! I’m supremely glad that not everyone is cookie-cutter identical, as that would have made for a boring story.

Honestly, I got so wrapped up in this world and how everything was playing out. I wanted to know so badly if a certain person was going to end up on the throne or not, and Meyer certainly wasn’t making their fight easy! Kidnappings, poison, failed rebellion, outright death. These characters have faced it all, and yet they keep on fighting!

I pretty much completely forgot the fact that this was supposed to be a retelling of Snow White. Meyer created such a beautiful and riveting world, it didn’t even strike me as partial retelling until the actual scene where the girl falls under this form of the sleeping curse. So many feels, I didn’t want this to end! And then Meyer graced us with the short stories in Stars Above, which made me so happy. Especially seeing a certain couple finally together!

If you haven’t read my review of the first in the series, you can do so here. I encourage you to pick up all four books plus the two additional novels set in the Lunar Chronicles world. You won’t be disappointed!

Rating:
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Review Rendezvous: 12/2/17


Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead
Book stats:
Genre(s): Paranormal, romance, young adult
Medium: Print
Number of pages: 608
Publish date: December 7th, 2010
Purchase: Amazon Book Depository

LSThey come first.

My vision was growing dimmer, the blackness and ghosts closing in. I swore it was like I could hear Robert whispering in my ear: The world of the dead won’t give you up a second time. Just before the light completely vanished, I saw Dimitri’s face join Lissa’s. I wanted to smile. I decided then that if the two people I loved most were safe, I could leave this world.

The dead could finally have me.

Rose Hathaway has always played by her own rules. She broke the law when she ran away from St. Vladimir’s Academy with her best friend and last surviving Dragomir princess, Lissa. She broke the law when she fell in love with her gorgeous, off-limits instructor, Dimitri. And she dared to defy Queen Tatiana, leader of the Moroi world, risking her life and reputation to protect generations of dhampir guardians to come.

Now the law has finally caught up with Rose – for a crime she didn’t even commit. She’s in prison for the highest offense imaginable: the assassination of a monarch. She’ll need help from both Dimitri and Adrian to find the one living person who can stall her execution and force the Moroi elite to acknowledge a shocking new candidate for the royal throne: Vasilisa Dragomir.

But the clock on Rose’s life is running out. Rose knows in her heart the world of the dead wants her back…and this time she is truly out of second chances. The big question is, when your whole life is about saving others, who will save you?

Before we begin, if you haven’t read my review of the first book in this series, hop on over there and then come back 🙂

For those of you who have been following this entire series, we’ve been through a lot haven’t we? Death threats against Lissa, Dmitri being taken and turned Strigoi, not to mention Rose’s new love interest in Adrian Ivashkov. I will admit that Mead has kept me entertained and interested very well throughout the entire series.

In the conclusion to this series, Rose has just been accused of murdering the queen of the entire vampiric race. That definitely cannot bode well for someone, especially a person as outspoken about her dislike of the queen as Rose has been. But, with no other viable alternatives, it seems that this is the end for Rose. Except it’s not, because we have an entire book to fill.

Small spoiler, but it’s in the beginning of the book so not really, but Rose gets broken out of jail by several people who clearly believe in her innocence. She’s brought to a remote location where the dhampirs sent to hunt her cannot get to her, and told to stay put. But this is Rose, since when does she do as she’s told? She decides to go off on yet another adventure, but this time it changes the fate of the vampire world as they know it.

Honestly, I thought this was a perfect wrap up to a series. Normally once something ends, I’m immediately on fanfiction looking for more to read about the lives after canon, but in this one I though that it ended so well, I couldn’t bring myself to do it. I didn’t even touch the spinoff series Bloodlines for several months afterwords because I didn’t believe it could get any better (spoiler, it does, read Bloodlines!).

There are fifteen million plotlines and strings to tie up, but it all finishes off in a way that is fulfilling and makes sense for everything. One of my pet peeves is when authors tease something or write a subplot in earlier in a series and it never comes to fruition. Sure, there are a few questions left at the end, but only one major question goes unresolved, which ends up being the main premise of the next book series.

I loved seeing the character growth in Rose. To be honest, I think Lissa remains mostly unchanged for the series besides her developing magic more and maybe growing up a bit, but it’s in Rose where we really find the true growth. She’s not the rash, “run in with no plan” dhampir we met in the first book. And then there’s her relationship with Dmitri. I could seriously read all the best moments of the relationship all day long. I may or may not have just recently rented out all the books from the library again just to read my favorite parts.

All in all, there are so many reasons why this series sits in the top section of my favorite books of all time. I love it so much, and hopefully you will enjoy it just as much as I have.

Rating:
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Review Rendezvous: 9/2/17


The Jewel by Amy Ewing
Book stats:
Genre(s): Young adult, fantasy, dystopia
Medium: Print
Number of pages: 358
Publish date: September 2nd, 2014
Purchase: Amazon Book Depository

The JewelThe Jewel means wealth. The Jewel means beauty. The Jewel means royalty. But for girls like Violet, the Jewel means servitude. Not just any kind of servitude. Violet, born and raised in the Marsh, has been trained as a surrogate for the royalty—because in the Jewel the only thing more important than opulence is offspring.

Purchased at the surrogacy auction by the Duchess of the Lake and greeted with a slap to the face, Violet (now known only as #197) quickly learns of the brutal truths that lie beneath the Jewel’s glittering facade: the cruelty, backstabbing, and hidden violence that have become the royal way of life.

Violet must accept the ugly realities of her existence… and try to stay alive. But then a forbidden romance erupts between Violet and a handsome gentleman hired as a companion to the Duchess’s petulant niece. Though his presence makes life in the Jewel a bit brighter, the consequences of their illicit relationship will cost them both more than they bargained for.

First of all, love the cover. There’s something about beautiful dresses on covers that just strikes me (I’m looking at you, Selection series). Anyways, I must say that I was interested in this book because of it’s similarity in premises to The Handmaid’s Tale. Granted, it’s not exactly the same, but they both revolve around the idea of surrogacy, with elites and wealthy having all the power while the poorer bunch get the worst of it.

Violet originally begins as a bit of a timid girl, not that I blame her. She’s been trained at a special ‘school’ where certain girls born with good genes are taken to after being rounded up. She understands that the only way to survive is keep her head down, and that works – for a bit. Once she gets in to her household, she quickly realizes how difficult life could be, both physically with her skills and mentally dealing with the woman who owns her. Surrogates are paraded around as show dogs and told to do ‘tricks’ with the powers that they have been trained in, but the problem is those powers come at a cost.

Eventually, Violet stumbles upon the stirrings of a rebellion, and people plan to help her get out. Only, it doesn’t go so smoothly. Nothing ever does. I do like the fact that instead of her becoming the ‘face’ of a rebellion, as easy as it is for this type of book to fall into that trap, she’s just another one of the girls being rescued. There is enough ‘teenage rebellion leader’ tropes going around, it was refreshing to see someone not take the reigns immediately after joining the resistance after all.

Then there is the matter of the extremely forbidden romance. Boy does Violet get in over her head on that one. I can’t give away much, but it is so conflicting I don’t even know what to think.

There is two more books to the series so far, one I’ve read and one I haven’t. I need to pick up the third one ASAP.

Rating:
HeartHeartHeartHeart


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Review Rendezvous: 8/19/17


The Diabolic by S. J. Kincaid
Book stats:
Genre(s): Dystopian, science fiction, fantasy
Medium: Print
Number of pages: 416
Publish date: November 1st, 2016
Purchase: Amazon Book Depository

DiabolicNemesis is a Diabolic. Created to protect a galactic Senator’s daughter, Sidonia. There’s no one Nemesis wouldn’t kill to keep her safe. But when the power-mad Emperor summons Sidonia to the galactic court as a hostage, there is only one way for Nemesis to protect Sidonia.

She must become her.

Now one of the galaxy’s most dangerous weapons is masquerading in a world of corruption and Nemesis has to hide her true abilities or risk everything. As the Empire begins to fracture and rebellion looms closer, Nemesis learns that there is something stronger than her deadly force: the one thing she’s been told she doesn’t have – humanity. And, amidst all the danger, action and intrigue, her humanity might be the only thing that can save her, Sidonia and the entire Empire.

This particular book has been on my to-read list for some time. I always thought that the concept was quite interesting, so I had to read it. Fortunately, I finally got the chance, and it was just as entertaining as I’d hoped.

We open the book with Nemesis in her “training” period when she’s being raised as a Diabolic. It never really does explain if they were human to start with (as I suspect), but they’re genetically engineered for rage. Yet, they are attached to one singular person, and would do anything to save that person.

The downside to this is that eventually, her kind are outlawed, but the people who own her (as diabolics are property, not people) keep her safe and hidden. Of course, the family she is employed by are not the most respectful citizens, barely threading the line between outlier and insubordinate. The emperor knows this, so he calls the daughter away to the court. Of course, the family isn’t going without a fight, so they send Nemesis instead.

Nemesis journey throughout this book is highly intriguing. We see her go from completely subservient to thinking and acting on her own. She also befriends some interesting people at court, and though there is a lot of backstabbing going on, she manages herself not terribly bad.

I will say, the very ending had me so conflicted over who was telling the truth and who wasn’t. Kincaid keeps you guessing, which I liked very much. There wasn’t a specific ending I could pick up halfway through the book, as I’ve been known to do that before. Definitely give this one a try, you’ll enjoy it.

Rating:
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Review Rendezvous: 8/12/17


The Step-Spinsters by Madina Papadopoulos
Book stats:
Genre(s): Fantasy, romance, young adult
Medium: Kindle
Number of pages: 238
Publish date: August 15th, 2017
Purchase: Amazon Book Depository

SpinstersOnce upon a time, in a land far, far away…

…(actually, in Medieval France, to be exact) there lived Cinderella’s stepsisters, Fredegonde the tall and Javotte the small. They wake up the morning after the legendary ball to learn that they each still have a chance to be the bride—all they have to do is make their feet fit into that tricky slipper. Alas, these two damsels under stress never quite seem to fit in anywhere. But that doesn’t stop them from wishing and hoping as they set upon a quest for grooms and grandeur of their own.

This one is quite interesting, as instead of focusing on Cinderella, like most fairytale retellings do, you get to see her step-sister’s point of view. The novel begins the morning after that fateful ball, and after the magic has worn off, you’ll see that things are not always what they seem. Cinderella’s sisters and mother are struggling to keep their house. Because they are women, they cannot inherit property, and one of the daughters must marry before the end of the month if they are to keep their land.

Of course, once Cinderella is plucked from obscurity and brought to the castle, she no longer cares for her family’s plight, which leaves them in quite the desperate situation. We also realize that the prince isn’t quite a princely as he would seem, and duke is a conniving old man, and a troubadour may not be all he’s crack up to be.

I loved the fact that we got more of a realistic setting here, as it is based in Normandy in the medieval times. There’s so many different conflicting storylines here, but at the same time Papadopoulos manages to weave them together very well. There’s also the question of if true love really exists, or if people only get married to further their own interests.

I quite loved this book, the only thing that occasionally tripped me up were the french words sprinkled throughout. However, I believe that you could reasonably understand what they are referring to from context. All in all, quite the lovely retelling, I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in the medieval period or fairytale retellings.

I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Rating:
HeartHeartHeartHeart


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