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The Lost Heir – Allison Whitmore

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Synopsis:

Isabella Foxworthy was just another girl…until she learned she was an empath, able to read the energy of others. A secret world known as the Violet City lies beneath her family’s hotel in Los Angeles. Through this discovery, Isabella is catapulted into a whirlwind of magic, adventure, and danger. The Violet City holds the key to protecting her stability; her family hotel, her friends, and her very sanity. With morphlings, empaths, and fair folk also comes a powerful entity that twists her mind into knots, threatening everything she loves. Now, Isabella and her new friends—a guitar-playing jock, his gifted but neurotic brother, and a set of over-indulged twins—have until her 16th birthday to save her world with the help of someone who’s been lost for a very long time…the lost Foxworthy heir. But will they find him in time? And will he be a friend or foe?

Review:

While there were many elements of this story that I enjoyed, the premise, the dialogue driven plot, there were so many elements that just fell short for me. The characters seemed much younger than their actual age. The moments that could have been great were just good. The intrigue in this novel built to an anticipation level that simply didn’t pay off.

While still good and quite readable, it just didn’t pack the punch I was hoping for.

No quotes due to the fact that this was an ARC from NetGalley

Recommendations: (My recommendations are for books that are fantasy but simply not of your typical variety, I felt that this was the best option if you do end up liking this one.)

Sea of Shadows (Age of Legends, #1)  by Kelley Armstrong

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1)  by Marissa Meyer

Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #1)  by Laini Taylor

The Iron Trial (Magisterium, #1)  by Holly Black

 
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Posted by on April 20, 2016 in Book Reviews

 

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The Last Days of Magic – Mark Tompkins

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Synopsis:

What became of magic in the world? Who needed to do away with it, and for what reasons? Drawing on myth, legend, fairy tales, and Biblical mysteries, The Last Days of Magic brilliantly imagines answers to these questions, sweeping us back to a world where humans and magical beings co-exist as they had for centuries.

Aisling, a goddess in human form, was born to rule both domains and—with her twin, Anya—unite the Celts with the powerful faeries of the Middle Kingdom. But within medieval Ireland interests are divided, and far from its shores greater forces are mustering. Both England and Rome have a stake in driving magic from the Emerald Isle. Jordan, the Vatican commander tasked with vanquishing the remnants of otherworldly creatures from a disenchanted Europe, has built a career on such plots. But increasingly he finds himself torn between duty and his desire to understand the magic that has been forbidden.

As kings prepare, exorcists gather, and divisions widen between the warring clans of Ireland, Aisling and Jordan must come to terms with powers given and withheld, while a world that can still foster magic hangs in the balance. Loyalties are tested, betrayals sown, and the coming war will have repercussions that ripple centuries later, in today’s world—and in particular for a young graduate student named Sara Hill.

Review:

The rich history in this novel makes it worth the read. However, there is also a wonderful story here. Tompkins is able to paint a beautiful backdrop to his story as well as allowing you to connect with the many characters he brings forth. I was hooked from the first page to the last. Any historical fiction or fantasy fan will be happy with this one for sure.

(No quotes due to the fact that my copy was an ARC from NetGalley)

Recommendations:

Truthwitch – Susan Dennard

The Shards of Heaven – Michael Livingston

Children of Earth and Sky – Guy Gavriel Kay

 
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Posted by on April 6, 2016 in Book Reviews

 

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Snakewood – Adrian Selby

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Synopsis:

Once they were a band of mercenaries who shook the pillars of the world through cunning, alchemical brews, and cold steel. Whoever met their price won.
Now, their glory days behind them, scattered to the wind, and their genius leader in hiding, they are being hunted down and eliminated one by one. 
A lifetime of enemies has its own price. 
Adrian Selby brings us into an unforgettable new world filled with magic, mystery, intrigue, bloodshed and betrayal.

Review:

OH. THE. DISAPPOINTMENT.

This was one of my most anticipated reads of 2016. I was super thrilled when I received an ARC through NetGalley. I couldn’t wait to jump right in. However, the excitement was quickly overtaken by sheer confusion. The book didn’t make any sense. Who are these people? What’s going on? Why do I care? These were my thoughts through most of the book and by the time I figured out the answer to my first two questions, I really didn’t care. The book is so haphazard, no real plot structure, no real story, no characters to love or love to hate…

No quotes, due to the fact that this was an ARC.

Recommendations:

The Night Angel Trilogy – Brent Weeks

The Mistborn Trilogy – Brandon Sanderson

The Blade Itself – Joe Abercrombie

Prince of Thorns – Mark Lawrence

 
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Posted by on April 1, 2016 in Book Reviews

 

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