Review: ‘A Kingdom of Exiles’ By S.B. Nova

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‘A Kingdom of Exiles’
By S.B. Nova
Book #1 in the Outcasts Series) 

Publisher: Night Owl
Publish Date: 2017
Pages: 598 (Kindle Edition)
Series: Outcast #1
Fiction/Non-Fiction:  Fiction
Genre: Young adult Fantasy
Purchase Locations: Kindle

Synopsis

The brightest of stars are always born on the darkest of nights.
Serena Smith is unusual. 
Growing up in a backwoods village, her life is lonely and dull. Then, on her eighteenth birthday, she’s gifted a magical heirloom only to be snatched by fae and condemned to a lifetime in chains.
Dragged to Aldar, a fae kingdom ruled by a tyrant witch, Serena discovers a forbidden love, and meets fellow outcasts, each with their own dark secrets. 
As the lives of warriors, rebels, and witches clash, they find a shared destiny. For only together, and with Serena’s unique gifts, can they survive long enough to build the flames of a revolution. Only together can they go to war. 

My Thoughts

I jumped into this books after watching Book Sunday‘s video discussing her March wrap up. I was instantly intrigued  in the story. I have only just discovered Fae and Fae novels (I know did I grow up under a rock!) and had read and LOVED the ‘A Court of Thorns and Roses’ series after seeing Imogen rave about them.

I was not disappointed, well not until the end and I discovered that there isn’t a release date or eve  a title for the next novel! I’m addicted.

Serena, our main character is a strong protagonist. We meet her in adverse circumstances, experiencing grief. She is growing up in a village where she doesn’t feel or is treated like she belongs. We follow Serena until our story really begins and she turns 18. She ends away from her village – and trust me reading how that happens will have your emotions going crazy! – and on her way to Alder, against her will.

We meet a flurry of characters after this who I seemed to always have strong feelings about which i was really surprised about and give great credit to the writing.

This book had me totally engaged, I was so mad any time I had to put it down (which was a lot) and just wanted to keep reading what was happening and experiencing this world with Serena.

The world building through out was absolutely spot on. every detail was covered and I didn’t finish it feeling like there were holes in the story.

Overall an amazing read. I really don’t like reading things on my phone or laptop (personal preference) and actively avoid things like kindle BUT I’m so glad that I decided to pick this one up and give it a read. I would say the only negative I have is AVAILABILITY – I cannot find it in physical form anywhere I’ve looked.

My Rating

Plot: 8/10
Ease of reading: 7/10
Character Development: 8/10
World Building: 9/10
Quality of Writing: 8.5/10
Stars:  5/5

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Review: ‘Down Among the Sticks and Bones’ By Seanan McGuire

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Down Among the Sticks and Bones
Seanan McGuire
Book #2 in the Wayward Children Series

Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
Publish Date: June 2017
Pages: 187
Series: Wayward Children Series (Book #2)
Fiction/Non-Fiction:  Fiction
Genre: Young adult Fantasy
Purchase Locations: Book Depository
 Amazon & Kindle Audible QBD Dymocks Booktopia

Synopsis

Twin sisters Jack and Jill were seventeen when they found their way home and were packed off to Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children.
This is the story of what happened first…
Jacqueline was her mother’s perfect daughter—polite and quiet, always dressed as a princess. If her mother was sometimes a little strict, it’s because crafting the perfect daughter takes discipline.
Jillian was her father’s perfect daughter—adventurous, thrill-seeking, and a bit of a tom-boy. He really would have preferred a son, but you work with what you’ve got.
They were five when they learned that grown-ups can’t be trusted.
They were twelve when they walked down the impossible staircase and discovered that the pretence of love can never be enough to prepare you a life filled with magic in a land filled with mad scientists and death and choices.

My Thoughts

I started ‘Down among the Sticks and Bones‘ immediately after completing ‘Every Heart a Doorway’. I knew the series wasn’t like most and didn’t continue on with the same story but instead looked at different characters and told their individual stories. I loved this. I wasn’t sure about it at first, but when I finished ‘Every Heart a Doorway‘ I just wanted more information about these worlds the different doorways lead to and how and why each character was drawn to their respective door and the world it led too.

In this way ‘Down Among the Sticks and Bones‘ did not disappoint. We follow the lives of Jack and Jill, characters we meet in ‘Every Heart a Doorway‘ and discover more to their story. Following them of their journey of discovering themselves, their doors and how they ended up at Miss West’s School.

There was so much detail and amazing description that throughout the story I was left feeling very strong and intense emotions, along side the characters as they experienced them, from the beginning to the very end. The development of the characters was incredible. I loved how much you are able to see them grow into the people they are during the story. It was also great to see how they trusted different people.

The world building was really good. There weren’t any holes in ‘The Moors’ where the two girls end up. I found it easy to picture the moors as girls arrived and experienced them.

I was so sad when the story finished I wanted more!

My Rating

Plot: 8/10
Ease of reading: 9/10
Character Development: 8/10
World Building: 9/10
Quality of Writing: 8/10
Stars:  5/5

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Review: ‘Beneath the Sugar Sky’ By Seanan McGuire

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‘Beneath the Sugar Sky’
By Seanan McGuire
Book #3 in the Wayward Children Series 

Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates Books
Publish Date: January 2018
Pages: 174
Series: Wayward Children Series (Book #3)
Fiction/Non-Fiction: Fiction
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Purchase Locations: Amazon & Kindle Audible Book Depository Booktopia QBD

Synopsis

Beneath the Sugar Sky returns to Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children. At this magical boarding school, children who have experienced fantasy adventures are reintroduced to the “real” world.
Sumi died years before her prophesied daughter Rini could be born. Rini was born anyway, and now she’s trying to bring her mother back from a world without magic.

My Thoughts

This is a world that I am just itching to learn more and more about. Through the introduction of the characters and the concept of a school for children who have travel to different worlds – the example we are giving being like Alice falling down her rabbit hole –  and returned to our world where they can never quiet be themselves.

To discovering more about one of these worlds on ‘Down Among the Sticks and Bones’ where we follow characters from book one into their story and how they came to be at Miss West’s school, following every step of their adventure.

‘Beneath the Sugar Sky’ is the newest instalment in this series and took us on another adventure that starts at Miss West’s school. Although it is different in that this follows an adventure that takes the students through multiple different worlds, meeting old and new characters along the way.

I thoroughly enjoyed that multiple students went on the adventure and that we were able to gain more detail and understanding about move than one world. Including the Hall of the Dead and Confection. Two polar opposite worlds. It enriched the books I’d just finished in the series so much more by just adding these details of the worlds characters I loved had travels to and from.

Overall, ‘Beneath the Sugar Sky’ was a fantastic third instalment in the Wayward Children Series. Continuing the story on if amazing detail that has me longing for the fourth instalment.

My Rating

Plot: 8.5/10
Ease of reading: 9/10
Character Development: 7.5/10
World Building: 9/10
Quality of Writing: 7.5/10
Stars:  5/5

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Is anyone else hanging out for the next instalment in the Wayward Children Series? Are there any good series that can fill my reading void?!

Review: ‘Marabel & the Book of Fates’ By Tracy Barrett

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Marabel and the Book of Fates
By Tracy Barrett

Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publish Date: February 2018
Pages: 296
Series: Book #1 in the Marabel of Magikos Trilogy
Fiction/Non-Fiction:  Fiction
Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy
Purchase Locations: Amazon Book Depository Booktopia Audible Dymocks QBD

Synopsis 

In Magikos, life is dictated by the Book of Fate’s ancient predictions, including the birth of a royal Chosen One who will save the realm. Princess Marabel has grown up in the shadow of her twin brother, Marco, who everyone assumes is the true Chosen One. While Marco is adored and given every opportunity, Marabel is overlooked and has to practice her sword fighting in secret.
But on the night of their thirteenth birthday, Marco is kidnapped by an evil queen, and Marabel runs to his rescue. Outside the castle walls for the first time, accompanied by her best friend and a very smug unicorn, Marabel embarks on a daring mission that brings her face-to-face with fairies, trolls, giants–and the possibility that all is not as it seems in Magikos.
 

Thoughts
*Spoiler free*

So I have been LOVING middle grade lately. I think it has to do with the fact that bad things happen but characters dying is very rare (which I like).

This is another Middle Grade that I’ve loved. The main Character Marabel is a twin who loves in the kingdom of Magikos. I love her as a character. She is overlooked by her family a lot of the time in leu of her twin brother Marco. I think this feeling is one that young readers can relate to and its definitely one that one of my girls at school will really understand, so I’m looking forward to letting her borrow it for reading time.

I really enjoyed the adventure aspect of this book and all the magical creatures we meet along the way. I am a huge fan of world building which made this book perfect got me.

My only issue with this book is the pace and how the princess was dealt with by her family near the end. It made me so mad and bitter! Although I think that was the point.

This is a series I am looking forward to continuing!

 

My Ratings


Plot: 7/10
Ease of reading: 8/10
Character Development: 6/10
World Building: 8/10
Quality of Writing: 7/10
Stars:  5/5

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Review: ‘A Court of Mist and Fury’ By Sarah J. Mass

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A Court of Mist and Fury
By Sarah J. Mass
Book #2 in the Court of Thorns and Roses Series

Publisher: Bloomsbury
Publish Date: May 2016
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses (#2)
Pages: 624
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Book Type: Fiction
Purchase Locations: Bookdepository Amazon Audible booktopia

Synopsis: 
Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.
Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.
With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas’s masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights.

My Thoughts:
I don’t think I’ve been this addicted to a book/series in a while. I was able to finish the 624 page sequel to ‘A Court of Thorns and Roses’ in 6 days… While working full time. It’s some kind of miracle, I know.
The writing of Sarah J. Mass is just amazing. I am completely pulled into the world. She is able to make you feel one way about a character at the beginning of the story and completely reverse that thinking by the end.
I was unsure where the story was going to go after the events of ‘A Court of Thorns and Roses’, wondering if it would in fact be possible to have more that could happen. Boy was I wrong. ‘A Court of Mist and Fury’ was just as action packed as the first novel.
I couldn’t put it down.
There was a great amount of action along side amazing world building – honestly if I could live in Pyrithian, I just might – as well as some incredible and realistic character development, not only for our protagonist Feyre but also for out support characters as well.
I honestly cannot wait where book #3 ‘A Court of Wings and Ruin’ is going to to take up, I’m here and I’m ready to find out!

My Rating: 
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Challenge Completed:
My Third book in the 2018 A to Z Challenge.
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