The Fates Divide Book Review

The Fates Divide is the last book in the Carve the Mark duology by Veronica Roth. This review does contain spoilers.

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The lives of Cyra Noavek and Akos Kereseth are ruled by their fates, spoken by the oracles at their births. The fates, once determined, are inescapable. 

Akos is in love with Cyra, in spite of his fate: he will die in service to Cyra’s family. And when Cyra’s father, Lazmet Noavek – a soulless tyrant, thought to be dead – reclaims the Shotet throne, Akos believes his end is closer than ever. 

As Lazmet ignites a barbaric war, Cyra and Akos are desperate to stop him at any cost. For Cyra, that could mean taking the life of the man who may – or may not – be her father. For Akos, it could mean giving his own. In a stunning twist, the two will discover how fate defines their lives in ways most unexpected.

REVIEW

The Fates Divide picks up where Carve the Mark finished and the main villain is killed off which had me confused for where the story will go. I still found the book slow paced and in some spots found it difficult to continue.

There was an interesting twist that hooked me in to see how the relationship between Akos and Cyra will continue to evolve. It is a slow burn relationship that builds over the whole book.

The themes in this book relate to dystopia as well as family and romance. There is also death in the novel.

A book that deals with the theme of dystopia is the Obernewtyn Chronicles. It is a series that also have people with gifts.

I give this book 3/5 stars

Carve the Mark Book Review

Carve the Mark is the first book in the Carve the Mark Duology by Veronica Roth

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Cyra and Akos grew up in enemy countries on a vibrant yet divided planet. Cyra’s ability to transfer extraordinary pain with a simple touch makes her a dangerous weapon for her tyrannical brother. When Akos is kidnapped and forced to serve Cyra, it’s clear that their hatred is mutual. But as Akos fights for his survival, he recognises that Cyra is also fighting for hers, and that her true gift – resilience – might be what saves them both. 

Their world is on the brink of political chaos, and Akos and Cyra must decide if they will fight for what’s right, even if it means betrayal of their families and countries. 

When the time comes, will they choose loyalty or love? 

REVIEW

Roth does a fantastic job building the characters Akos and Cyra as we read about their lives growing up. We also gain insight into their family and friends. The world is diverse and there is political chaos on the horizon that is inflamed by people’s fates.

I was drawn to the book as it is set on a different planet where people develop different powers called currentgifts, which are bestowed by a current that runs through the galaxy. Some people love their gifts, but some like the main characters, find it a burden. I found the book slow paced and found it difficult at times to continue reading.

Akos gets kidnapped and meets Cyra and her brother is where the book got interesting to me as I wanted to find out how he escapes. The changing relationship between Cyra and Akos was a bit interesting and I’m curious to see what’s in store in the final book.

2.5/5 stars

Queen of Nothing Book Review

Queen of Nothing is the third book in the Folk of the Air series by Holly Black.

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After being pronounced Queen of Faerie and then abruptly exiled by the Wicked King Cardan, Jude finds herself unmoored, the queen of nothing. She spends her time with Vivi and Oak, watching reality television, and doing odd jobs, including squaring up to a cannibalistic faerie. 

When her twin sister Taryn shows up asking a favour, Jude jumps at the chance to return to the Faerie world, even if it means facing Cardan, who she loves despite his betrayal. When a dark curse is unveiled, Jude must become the first mortal Queen of Faerie and break the curse, or risk upsetting the balance of the whole Faerie world.

REVIEW

I truely enjoyed this last book in the Folk of the Air series. Jude steps up in a huge way as she is trying to save her sister and in the end Cardan.

I enjoyed seeing her relationship with Cardan change and the truth about his feelings come to light.

This was a fantastic finish to the series and I enjoyed the enemies to lovers arc across the threee books.

I definitely recommend to those who loved ACOTAR.

4.5/5 stars

Punching The Air Book Review

Punching The Air is written by Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam. I want to thank Yvonne Seeankanbo and Harper Collins Publishers Australia for the review copy.

SUMMARY

One fateful night, an altercation in a gentrifying neighbourhood escalates into tragedy. ‘Boys just being boys’ turns out to be true only when those boys are white.

Suddenly, at just sixteen years old, Amal Shahid’s bright future is upended: he is convicted of a crime he didn’t commit and sent to prison. Despair and rage almost sink him until he turns to the refuge of his words, his art. This never should have been his story. But can he change it?

REVIEW

This is a story that young people definitely need to hear. The authors allow you to experience Amal’s journey as in one moment, one action threatens to change his future. This is a story about the power of art, faith, and transcendence in the most debilitating circumstances.

Amal is a typical teenager, and in one night his life is changed as he sees himself found guilty of a crime he didn’t commit. His story is shared through poems and highlights the struggles of being a person of colour.

Through his art and poetry, Amal speak his truth. Amal’s story is inspired by Yusef as an artist and as an incarcerated teenager who had the support of his family, read lots of books, and made art to keep his mind free.

This is the most touching and thought provoking book I have read this year. The questions that it raises and what the authors want to for people to start rethinking and asking is important. These questions are focus on the judicial system and the punishment for young people.

The most touching quote is found in the note from the authors “we hope to show the full humanity of Black children through Amal- his joy, fears, mistakes, regrets, love, sorrow, and most importantly, his hope.”

I give this book 5/5 stars and I truely hope this sparks tough conversations about crime and punishment in America and around the world.

The Wicked King Book Review

The Wicked King is the second book in the Folk of the Air series by Holly Black.

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Jude has tricked Cardan onto the throne, binding him to her for a year and a day. But the new High King does everything in his power to humiliate and undermine her, even as his fascination with her remains undimmed. Meanwhile, a traitor in the court is scheming against her. Jude must fight for her life and the lives of those she loves, all while battling her own complicated feelings for Cardan. Now a year and a day seems like no time at all . . .

REVIEW

I really enjoyed this book with the growth of Jude and the relationship she had with Cardan.

There were a lot of twists in this book that I didn’t know what to expect.

I could definitely start to see Cardan’s feelings more but I loved how Jude is motivated to keep her brother safe.

I’m really looking forward to the next book.

4.5/5 stars

The Cruel Prince Book Review

The Cruel Prince is the first book in the Folk of the Air series by Holly Black.

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Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.

And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.

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.

REVIEW

I really enjoyed this book. Jude is a strong and mindful person who knows exactly what she wants to do and isn’t afraid to stand up for herself.

Jude’s relationship with her sisters is just like a normal sisterly relationship and doesn’t romanticise it at all.

I enjoyed seeing the changing relationship between her and Cardan and the twist at the end has me wanting to read the second book.

4.5/5 stars

Ruin and Rising Book Review

Ruin and Rising is the final book in the Shadow and Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo.

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Soldier. Summoner. Saint.The nation’s fate rests with a broken Sun Summoner, a disgraced tracker, and the shattered remnants of a once-great magical army. 

The Darkling rules from his shadow throne while a weakened Alina Starkov recovers from their battle under the dubious protection of the zealots who worship her as a Saint. Now her hopes lie with the magic of a long-vanished ancient creature and the chance that an outlaw prince still survives. 

As her allies and enemies race toward war, only Alina stands between her country and a rising tide of darkness that could destroy the world. To win this fight, she must seize a legend’s power–but claiming the firebird may be her ruin.

REVIEW

This was another well written book and it was paced very well. The events that happened in the book were interesting and I connected a bit better with the characters at the ending.

Alina does gain confidence in herself in the end and I enjoyed that the allusion that Alina and Mal end up together in the year.

I’m interested in the Six of Crows Duology ancestors hope that I connect more to the characters in those books.

2.5/5 stars

Siege and Storm Book Review

Siege and Storm is the second book in the Shadow and Bone trilogy by Leigh Bardugo.

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Soldier. Summoner. Saint. Alina Starkov’s power has grown, but not without a price. She is the Sun Summoner—hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Shadow Fold. But she and Mal can’t outrun their enemies for long.

The Darkling is more determined than ever to claim Alina’s magic and use it to take the Ravkan throne. With nowhere else to turn, Alina enlists the help of an infamous privateer and sets out to lead the Grisha army.

But as the truth of Alina’s destiny unfolds, she slips deeper into the Darkling’s deadly game of forbidden magic, and further away from her humanity. To save her country, Alina will have to choose between her power and the love she thought would always be her shelter. No victory can come without sacrifice—and only she can face the oncoming storm.

REVIEW

I struggled to get through this book. Like Shadow and Bone, I still didn’t connect with the main characters but enjoyed the Captain of the ship Alina and Mal ended up on.

There were great twists in the story but still couldn’t connect with the characters. I could see slight character growth but it always changed to be self deprecating which frustrated me.

I feel like some people would enjoy the book.

2.5/5 stars

Shadow and Bone Book Review

Shadow and Bone is the first book in the Shadow and Bone Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo.

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Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.

Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.

Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha…and the secrets of her heart.

REVIEW

I didn’t really enjoy Shadow and Bone. It was well written but I didn’t connect to any of the characters.

After ready many books with well developed and dynamic characters, I found the main characters lacking. The magic aspect was interesting but it wasn’t enough to keep me fully interested in the book.

I believe a few people will enjoy the book but I can’t fully recommend this book.

2.5/5 stars

The Shadow Wand Book Review

The Shadow Wand is the third book in the Black Witch Chronicles by Laurie Forest.

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HER WORLD-ALTERING SECRET CAN’T BE HIDDEN MUCH LONGER

Elloren Gardner hides the most powerful secret in all Erthia—she is the Black Witch of Prophecy, and destined to triumph…or be used as the ultimate weapon of destruction.

Separated from everyone she loves, isolated and hunted, Elloren must turn to the last person she can trust—her fastmate, Commander Lukas Grey. With the Mage forces of Gardneria poised to conquer all of Erthia, Elloren has no choice but to ally with Lukas and combine their power to keep herself out of the hands of Gardnerian leader Marcus Vogel…the holder of the all-consuming Shadow Wand.

With just weeks to train to become a warrior, and no control over her magic, Elloren finds unexpected allies among those under orders to kill her. It’s time to step up. To fight back. And to forge onward through the most devastating loss yet.

REVIEW

I really loved how Laurie Forest expanded her world and new allies are found in this book. It shows just how many people are fighting for the good for all.

Elloren’s relationship status is very interesting as she is hand fastened to someone she doesn’t love but the truth is revealed as he was protecting her. She is love with a man who she needs to be separated from.

Forest introduces new help in an unexpected way that kept me hooked throughout the whole book. The cliffhanger left me wanting to read more.

4.5/5 stars