The Queen of Nothing (The Folk of the Air Trilogy)

Author: Holly Black

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Politics, Romance

Format: Hardback

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐.5

 

“I feel like a constellation of wounds, held together with string and stubbornness.”

“He will be destruction of the crown and the ruination of the throne.”

 

Synopsis

As the title suggests the trilogy’s finale will focus on Jude’s pursuit in acquiring her right to rule Faerie as the rightful Queen.

But Jude’s journey back to the place she once called her home is not an easy one, especially with obstacles to overcome and her sister, Taryn’s safety.

Haunted by her feelings for Cardan while questioning her ambitions, we observe how events unfold as Holly Black concludes this story.

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I have to admit YA doesn’t appeal to me the way it did years ago but there will always be exceptions that appear under my radar. The Folk of the Air trilogy has been an enjoyable read. It’s a type of series you don’t want to delve into analytically and just bask in the familiar tropes being executed in a superficial yet fun way.

I didn’t really find the characters likeable enough to be memorable. Even Cardan whom I find to be borderline abusive and his relationship with Jude to be unhealthy (even though they both settled their differences in the end). At least their recent interactions  were a lot more romantic and healthier than the previous books which I actually appreciated.

Anyway, if you’re looking for a light read and you enjoy political intrigue, pick this up and you’ll be breezing through the pages in no time.

Daisy Jones & The Six

Author: Taylor Jenkins Reid

Genre: Historical Fiction, Music

Format: Paperback

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

 

“I used to think soul mates were two of the same. I used to think I was supposed to look for somebody that was like me. I don’t believe in soul mates anymore and I’m not looking for anything. But if I did believe in them, I’d believe your soul mate was somebody who had all the things you didn’t, that needed all the things you had. Not somebody who’s suffering from the same stuff you are.”Read More »

The Way of Kings (The Stormlight Archive #1)

 

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Author: Brandon Sanderson

Genre: Epic Fantasy, Magic, Adult, Politics

Format: Paperback

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

 

Synopsis

This story is set in the world of Roshar overwhelmed by its bleak history, outlandish geography, and a plague of an endless war, three main characters are confronted with challenging journeys ahead. Kaladin a former medical apprentice who has sold his career for the sword, Dalinar, Prince of Alethkar, who questions his countrymen’s thirst for war and Shallan who seeks to become a scholar under the mentorship of Dalinar’s niece Jasnah. Each of their trials leads to questions of the past and the truth about Knights Radiant’s abandonment.Read More »

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

Author: Taylor Jenkins Reid

Genre: Historical Fiction, Romance, Psychological Fiction, LGBT literature

Format: Paperback

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

 

The story centres around two characters: Monique Grant and Evelyn Hugo, who couldn’t be further apart in personalities and line of work, as the former is a journalist and the latter a Hollywood icon. Life unexpectedly takes a turn out of the ordinary for Monique who is personally requested for an interview by none other than Evelyn Hugo herself.Read More »

The Hero of Ages (Mistborn Trilogy)

Author: Brandon Sanderson

Genre: Epic Fantasy, Magic, Adult, Politics

Format: Hardback

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

 

Synopsis

Our story continues as an evil spirit has been let loose across the Final Empire. Time has passed since the unforgettable incident at the Well of Ascension. Ashes have started to increasingly fall and agriculture has been dangerously impacted causing starvation. Vin and Elend seek storage caches throughout the empire while coming to terms with the fact that the end of life as they know it is near. Read More »

The Place on Dalhousie

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Author: Melina Marchetta

Genre: Domestic Fiction

Format: Paperback

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

 

Synopsis

Our main characters Rosie and Jimmy are brought together by fate through similar circumstances and somehow click romantically for a couple of weeks until they had to part ways. A year later Rosie finds herself with more responsibilities and Jimmy re-enters her life. Read More »

The Well of Ascension (Mistborn Trilogy)

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Title: The Well of Ascension (Mistborn Trilogy)

Author: Brandon Sanderson

Genre: Epic Fantasy, Magic, Adult, Politics

Format: Hardback

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

 

Synopsis

Vin and the rest of Kelsier’s gang have successfully overthrown the Lord Ruler’s tyrannical government but they are now faced with a challenge of running a kingdom. This lead to Elend Venture becoming appointed King of Luthadel. He does his best to spread virtuous values and equality for all while preventing a potential war from occurring. Concurrently, Vin, notices the mysterious presence of a mist that continues to appear after the death of Lord Ruler.Read More »

Muse of Nightmares (Duology)

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Author: Laini Taylor

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance

Format: Paperback

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

 

This sequel follows where we left off with the heart pounding climax of Lazlo discovering who he truly is and Sarai’s mortality coming to an end. In the midst of all this Minya, holds Sarai’s soul as hostage to manipulate Lazlo into doing her bidding in executing her long overdue vengeance upon the humans of Weep. Questions of what led to the Carnage, the missing children of the Citadel and the revelation of new worlds will all have answers.

I’m so honoured to have read both books in the duology this year. This sequel was thrilling and a lot more action packed than the first and in true Laini Taylor fashion, characters’ background stories have been fleshed out in depth and truths that have been veiled from us in the book one have been uncovered. The most intriguing characters were Minya and especially Nova, a newly introduced character who completely left us gobsmacked in her unexpected connection to the lost godspawns. Both characters share acrimonious personalities yet they fiercely love their family and will do anything to protect them.

All in all, this book has been far from amazing. It provided insight into the worlds hidden from the people of Weep, the life of heart break instigated upon the half-breed demigod children and concluding the heart-warming romance between our happy pairings. We are still not certain that this book is the end as Laini teased us with the mention of: “The End (or is it?)” so let’s see. Either way, I truly support annual publications of Laini Taylor books.