181. Furyborn- (Empirium #1)- Claire Legrand

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Title: Furyborn (Empirium #1)

Author: Claire Legrand

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

On the Shelves: Young Adult- Fantasy

 

When assassins ambush her best friend, the crown prince, Rielle Dardenne risks everything to save him, exposing her ability to perform all seven kinds of elemental magic. The only people who should possess this extraordinary power are a pair of prophesied queens: a queen of light and salvation and a queen of blood and destruction. To prove she is the Sun Queen, Rielle must endure seven trials to test her magic. If she fails, she will be executed…unless the trials kill her first.

A thousand years later, the legend of Queen Rielle is a mere fairy tale to bounty hunter Eliana Ferracora. When the Undying Empire conquered her kingdom, she embraced violence to keep her family alive. Now, she believes herself untouchable–until her mother vanishes without a trace, along with countless other women in their city. To find her, Eliana joins a rebel captain on a dangerous mission and discovers that the evil at the heart of the empire is more terrible than she ever imagined.

As Rielle and Eliana fight in a cosmic war that spans millennia, their stories intersect, and the shocking connections between them ultimately determine the fate of their world–and of each other. (Goodreads 2018)

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180. A Court of Frost and Starlight- Sarah J Maas

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Title: A Court of Frost and Starlight

Author: Sarah J Maas

Rating: ⭐⭐

On the Shelves: Fiction> New Adult> Fantasy

The Winter Solstice. In a week. I was still new enough to being High Lady that I had no idea what my formal role was to be. If we’d have a High Priestess do some odious ceremony, as lanthe had done the year before A year. Gods, nearly a year since Rhys had called in his bargain, desperate to get me away from the poison of the Spring Court to save me from my despair. Had he been only a minute later, the Mother knew what would have happened. Where I’d now be. Snow swirled and eddied in the garden, catching in the brown fibers of the burlap covering the shrubs My mate who had worked so hard and so selflessly, all without hope that I would ever be with him We had both fought for that love, bled for it. Rhys had died for it. (Goodreads 2018)

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179. The Cruel Prince- Holly Black

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Title: The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air #1)

Author: Holly Black

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

On the shelves: Fiction> Fantasy> Young Adult

Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself. (Goodreads 2018)

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178. Flame in the Mist- Renee Adieh

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Title: Flame in the Mist (#1)

Author: Renee Adieh

Rating: ⭐⭐

On the Shelves: Young Adult> Fantasy

The only daughter of a prominent samurai, Mariko has always known she’d been raised for one purpose and one purpose only: to marry. Never mind her cunning, which rivals that of her twin brother, Kenshin, or her skills as an accomplished alchemist. Since Mariko was not born a boy, her fate was sealed the moment she drew her first breath.

So, at just seventeen years old, Mariko is sent to the imperial palace to meet her betrothed, a man she did not choose, for the very first time. But the journey is cut short when Mariko’s convoy is viciously attacked by the Black Clan, a dangerous group of bandits who’ve been hired to kill Mariko before she reaches the palace.

The lone survivor, Mariko narrowly escapes to the woods, where she plots her revenge. Dressed as a peasant boy, she sets out to infiltrate the Black Clan and hunt down those responsible for the target on her back. Once she’s within their ranks, though, Mariko finds for the first time she’s appreciated for her intellect and abilities. She even finds herself falling in love—a love that will force her to question everything she’s ever known about her family, her purpose, and her deepest desires (Goodreads 2018)

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177. The Bear and the Nightingale- Katherine Arden

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Title: The Bear and the Nightingale

Author: Katherine Arden

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

On the Shelf: Fiction> adventure/fantasy/retellings

 

‘Frost-demons have no interest in mortal girls wed to mortal men. In the stories, they only come for the wild maiden.’ 

In a village at the edge of the wilderness of northern Russia, where the winds blow cold and the snow falls many months of the year, an elderly servant tells stories of sorcery, folklore and the Winter King to the children of the family, tales of old magic frowned upon by the church.

But for the young, wild Vasya these are far more than just stories. She alone can see the house spirits that guard her home, and sense the growing forces of dark magic in the woods… (Goodreads 2018)

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176. Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass #5)- Sarah J Maas

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Title: Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass #5)

Author: Sarah J Maas

Rating:⭐⭐⭐

On the Shelves: Fiction> Young Adult/New Adult (some explicit scenes)> Fantasy

The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius as war looms on the horizon. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those who don’t.

With her heart sworn to the warrior-prince by her side, and her fealty pledged to the people she is determined to save, Aelin will delve into the depths of her power to protect those she loves. But as monsters emerge from the horrors of the past, and dark forces become poised to claim her world, the only chance for salvation will lie in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.

In this breathtaking fifth installment of the New York Timesbestselling Throne of Glass series, Aelin will have to choose what—and who—to sacrifice if she’s to keep the world of Erilea from breaking apart. (Goodreads 2018)

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175. Nevernight- Jay Kristoff

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Title: Nevernight (#1)

Author: Jay Kristoff

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

On the Shelf: Fiction> Fantasy

Destined to destroy empires, Mia Covere is only ten years old when she is given her first lesson in death.

Six years later, the child raised in shadows takes her first steps towards keeping the promise she made on the day that she lost everything.

But the chance to strike against such powerful enemies will be fleeting, so if she is to have her revenge, Mia must become a weapon without equal. She must prove herself against the deadliest of friends and enemies, and survive the tutelage of murderers, liars and demons at the heart of a murder cult.

The Red Church is no Hogwarts, but Mia is no ordinary student.

The shadows love her. And they drink her fear.

(Goodreads 2018)

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Happy New Year!- my 2017 Reading Wrap Up!

Hello everybody! First and foremost, let me say “Happy New Year!” to you all! I hope you all had a lovely holiday season and are excited to jump into a new year of reading.

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Now, I intend to use this post as a bit of a cheat “Wrap up” reviews for the books I read in 2017 which I did not get around to writing proper reviews for yet. 2017 was a really good year for me in books. For the last three years, I have been focussing on my new job, and new life in a new region of the country so sadly, my reading and definitley my reviewing has suffered as a result of this. As you can see below:

 

2017 reviews- 30 books read / 11 reviews posted
2016- 16 books read / 9 reviews posted
2015- 33 books read / 13 reviews posted
2013/2014-  203 books read /142 reviews posted- good grief!

So, I have decided to do a masterpost of sorts for the 30 books I managed to read in 2017, and my general rating/thoughts on them. 30 books is the most I have read over the last three years so I am very happy with that! I will save the rest for under the cut and I ambition, as usual, to review more this year- which may be more of a reality because things are finally settling a little bit for me!  I will aim to post one review a month at least. This blog is definitley not as active as most bloggers out there, but in fairness, this is my hobby, not my job or income so…it is for fun and not professional at all.

Without further delay- my 30 books of 2017 and their reviews are listed below!

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174. The Last Namsara- Kristen Ciccarelli

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Title: The Last Namsara (iskari #1)

Author: Kristen Ciccarelli

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

On the Shelves: Fiction> Young Adult/Fantasy/Adveture

In the beginning, there was the Namsara: the child of sky and spirit, who carried love and laughter wherever he went. But where there is light, there must be darkness—and so there was also the Iskari. The child of blood and moonlight. The destroyer. The death-bringer.

These are the legends that Asha, daughter of the king of Firgaard, has grown up learning in hushed whispers, drawn to the forbidden figures of the past. But it isn’t until she becomes the fiercest, most feared dragon slayer in the land that she takes on the role of the next Iskari—a lonely destiny that leaves her feeling more like a weapon than a girl.

Asha conquers each dragon and brings its head to the king, but no kill can free her from the shackles that await at home: her betrothal to the cruel commandant, a man who holds the truth about her nature in his palm. When she’s offered the chance to gain her freedom in exchange for the life of the most powerful dragon in Firgaard, she finds that there may be more truth to the ancient stories than she ever could have expected. With the help of a secret friend—a slave boy from her betrothed’s household—Asha must shed the layers of her Iskari bondage and open her heart to love, light, and a truth that has been kept from her. (Goodreads 2017)

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173. The Heart Goes Last -Margaret Atwood

 Title: The Heart Goes Last

Author: Margaret Atwood

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

On the Shelves: Fiction> Dystopian

Margaret Atwood puts the human heart to the ultimate test in an utterly brilliant new novel that is as visionary as The Handmaid’s Tale and as richly imagined as The Blind Assassin.
Stan and Charmaine are a married couple trying to stay afloat in the midst of an economic and social collapse. Job loss has forced them to live in their car, leaving them vulnerable to roving gangs. They desperately need to turn their situation around – and fast. The Positron Project in the town of Consilience seems to be the answer to their prayers. No one is unemployed and everyone gets a comfortable, clean house to live in… for six months out of the year. On alternating months, residents of Consilience must leave their homes and function as inmates in the Positron prison system. Once their month of service in the prison is completed, they can return to their “civilian” homes.
At first, this doesn’t seem like too much of a sacrifice to make in order to have a roof over one’s head and food to eat. But when Charmaine becomes romantically involved with the man who lives in their house during the months when she and Stan are in the prison, a series of troubling events unfolds, putting Stan’s life in danger. With each passing day, Positron looks less like a prayer answered and more like a chilling prophecy fulfilled. (Goodreads 2017)

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