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: ‘The Cruel Prince’ By Holly Black

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‘The Cruel Prince’
By Holly Black
Book #1 in the Folk of the air Series

Publisher: Hot Key Books
Publish Date: 2018
Pages: 370
Series: Folk of the air (Book #1)
Type: Fiction
Genre: Fantasy
Purchase Locations: Book depository Amazon Audible Booktopia Dymocks Reaings QBD

Synopsis

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.
 

Thoughts

Ok, I don’t know it anyone else was feeling this way but at the start of the book I was really really struggling to get into the story. just me? I don’t know if it was the best idea to start ‘The Cruel Prince’ right after completing the ‘A Court of Thorns and Roses’ series. But that’s what I did.

I liked how the story began in the human world and then transferred the readers along with the main characters into the Fae world of Elfhame. But if I’m honest I was really struggling to get into it. I did enjoy the description in the book but it felt slow for much on the first 100 or so pages, which is a lot of pages!

By the end I was completely invested. All I wanted was to know what was going to happen. Genuinely… I needed to know. There was great development in the characters. There were a few characters I was so annoyed at by the end of the book and others who I was totally for in their actions. It was quiet unexpected.

I would definitely continue with the series. I am hoping that with all the world building that occurred in the first novel that there will be a jump into action in the second one.

My only recommendation… don’t start the series after reading ‘A Court of Thorns and Roses’ although I am super late to that party so I doubt anyone else will have that problem.

Rating

Plot: 7/10
Ease of reading: 4/10
Character Development: 6/10
World Building: 8/10
Quality of Writing: 7/10
Stars:  4/5

 

 

Review: ‘A Court of Wings and Ruin’ By Sarah J. Mass

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‘A Court of Wings and Ruin’
By Sarah J. Mass
(Book #3 in the Court of Thorns and Roses Series) 

Publisher: Bloomsbury
Publish Date: May 2017
Series: A Court of thorns and Roses (Book #3)
Pages: 699
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Book Type: Fiction
Purchase Locations: Book Depository Amazon Booktopia Audible

Synopsis: 
Looming war threatens all Feyre holds dear in the third volume of the #1 New York Times bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses series.
Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s manoeuvrings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit – and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.
As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords – and hunt for allies in unexpected places.
In this thrilling third book in the #1 New York Times bestselling series from Sarah J. Maas, the earth will be painted red as mighty armies grapple for power over the one thing that could destroy them all.

My Thoughts:
When I got to ‘A Court of Wings and Ruin’ I had already binge read ‘A Court of Thorns and Roses’ and ‘A Court of Mist and Fury’ and I was addicted! I just wanted to read more. I purchased the hardcover copies (just because) and I thought after reading the 624 page ‘A Court of Mist and Fury’ that I was on the home stretch, that was the thickest book. Oh boy was I wrong. ‘A Court of Mist and Fury’ was 699 pages! I could not wait to see how everything was going to go!

War was practically upon Perythian. It was interesting to see how each of the courts and the High Lords were going to react to the prospect of war and I was not disappointed. It was great to see all the characters develop in a situation that calls for so much.

‘A Court of Wings and Ruin’ delivered. It gave us more back story to characters, development of the characters as well as development of the world as a whole. Which in my opinion is fantastically done especially for a third novel in a series.

There were places near the end of the story where I was so enthralled in the plot that I was almost in tears (almost because I was on public transport at the time). The plot is so well written that from page one you are enthralled, you feel as though you are there with Feyre and Rhys and the rest of the Night Court, and I just became more and more invested with every turn on the page.

I cannot wait to read ‘A Court of Frost and Starlight’ to see where the story goes.

I will say that I feel now I have very high expectations for any other Faerie based novel. ‘A Court of Thorns and Roses’ has developed such a strong group of Faerie Characters that it might be hard to match!

My Rating:
Plot: 9/10
Ease of reading: 4/10
Character Development: 8/10
World Building: 8/10
Quality of Writing: 8/10
Stars:  5/5

 

First Experience: Reading a Faerie Novel

I am a newbie when It comes to the Fae world and Faerie based novels. I know, I must of been living under a rock!

I can definitely say its been a great experience. Maybe it was the series I started with or maybe the Faerie world is one that really engages me. Either way, I’m here and all I want is more!

I really went into the whole thing blind. Mostly due to the fact that everyone had already read and reviewed ‘A Court of Thorns and Roses’ (which is the series I started with), so it wasn’t prevalent in my YouTube Subscriptions or on any book blogs that I was following. I read people mention the series in passing, adding it into a favourite book video or book shelf tours etc.

I finally decided to listen to all the raving and pick up the series. I knew small things about Faerie worlds – all of which I’ve learnt in the end of 2017/start of 2018. I discovered that there was magic involved, they can be unpleasant to humans; they are beautiful (usually); they can be vicious. So it was pretty much the bare minimum.

I jumped into ‘A Court of Thorns and Roses’ and I was hooked. I have genuinely not been so deeply engaged and eager to learn about a

I’m still working my way though ‘A Court of Wings and Ruin’ which is just as incredible as the previous books and that has given me even more understanding of Fae. From this series, as soon as I heard that ‘The Cruel Prince’ was going to take place in a Faerie world, I knew I needed it. I’m not a buy-new-releases-asap kind of person usually. but oh. my. gosh. I needed it. world since I discovered Harry Potter. I can chalk some of that up to the amazing writing of Sarah J. Mass. The detail and depth in the world has left me desperate to complete the books and to learn as much as I can.

I cannot wait to continue to read books in this Fantasy genre. My only problem… I don’t know of any other books that are based in a faerie world. If anyone has any recommendations I’d love to hear them!