ARC Review: Lore

Lore

Title: Lore
Author: Alexandra Bracken
Publication Date: January 5th 2021
Genre: Fantasy
Format: eARC
Rating: ★★★★

Synopsis

Every seven years, the Agon begins. As punishment for a past rebellion, nine Greek gods are forced to walk the earth as mortals, hunted by the descendants of ancient bloodlines, all eager to kill a god and seize their divine power and immortality.
Long ago, Lore Perseous fled that brutal world in the wake of her family’s sadistic murder by a rival line, turning her back on the hunt’s promises of eternal glory. For years she’s pushed away any thought of revenge against the man–now a god–responsible for their deaths.

Yet as the next hunt dawns over New York City, two participants seek out her help: Castor, a childhood friend of Lore believed long dead, and a gravely wounded Athena, among the last of the original gods.

The goddess offers an alliance against their mutual enemy and, at last, a way for Lore to leave the Agon behind forever. But Lore’s decision to bind her fate to Athena’s and rejoin the hunt will come at a deadly cost–and still may not be enough to stop the rise of a new god with the power to bring humanity to its knees. 


Disclaimer: I received an eARC of this book through Netgalley for review. Thank you Netgalley for the opportunity to read this before the release! This in no way shape or form affects my thoughts about the book.

Happy release day to this book!

I was definitely intrigued by this book and I went into it with pretty low expectations. I wasn’t looking for it to blow my mind. I just wanted a good time with Greek mythology which is something I love and honestly that’s what I got with this book. The cover is absolutely gorgeous as well so that also added to my desire to read it.

Characters

Our main character is Lore and she was a pretty fun protagonist to read about. I definitely empathized with her and was always rooting for her to be the one winning. She was a solid character with flaws and strengths. The romance was not my favorite but it was cute. I’m not the biggest fan of childhood friends to lovers but I think in this book it was well done and fun to read about.

My favorite characters though were definitely Van and Miles. I wish they had more page time but I’m glad they were in the book as every time I read about them I was smiling and laughing.

Plot/Story

I was a little confused when I first started the book as I didn’t really get the synopsis and didn’t understand exactly what the hunt entailed but the more I read the more I was intrigued and the pieces all started to come together. One thing I really appreciate about the plot was that it was fast paced. There weren’t many pauses and that really helped to keep me engaged with the story. I stayed up until midnight to finish as I had to know what happened.

Since this book is set in the modern world, specifically New York City there wasn’t much world building. I do think that Bracken did a really good job of fleshing out the secret society that exists within the city as well as makes the reader feel like they know what the city is like even if they’ve never been there. I also think choosing NYC as the backdrop for the hunt was a good choice and thinking about Greek Gods running around the city trying to evade one another was fun.

Writing

I enjoyed the writing style. I don’t think it was overly poetic which can sometimes be a real turn off for me. It was clean, straightforward and easy to read which is exactly how I like my books.

Conclusion

I think if you’re looking for a new take on Greek Gods this book might be right up your alley. The fact that it’s a standalone is also a plus because everything was neatly wrapped up at the end and it left me feeling really satisfied. I definitely recommend this book if you’re looking for more Greek mythology inspired books to read about!

ARC Review: The Burning God

The Burning God (The Poppy War, #3)

Title: The Burning God
Author: R.F Kuang
Publication Date: November 17th 2020
Genre: Fantasy
Format: eARC
Rating: ★★★★★

Synopsis

After saving her nation of Nikan from foreign invaders and battling the evil Empress Su Daji in a brutal civil war, Fang Runin was betrayed by allies and left for dead. 

Despite her losses, Rin hasn’t given up on those for whom she has sacrificed so much—the people of the southern provinces and especially Tikany, the village that is her home. Returning to her roots, Rin meets difficult challenges—and unexpected opportunities. While her new allies in the Southern Coalition leadership are sly and untrustworthy, Rin quickly realizes that the real power in Nikan lies with the millions of common people who thirst for vengeance and revere her as a goddess of salvation. 

Backed by the masses and her Southern Army, Rin will use every weapon to defeat the Dragon Republic, the colonizing Hesperians, and all who threaten the shamanic arts and their practitioners. As her power and influence grows, though, will she be strong enough to resist the Phoenix’s intoxicating voice urging her to burn the world and everything in it?


Disclaimer: I received an eARC of this book through Edelweiss for review. Thank you Edelweiss for the opportunity to read this before the release! This in no way shape or form affects my thoughts about the book.

As always I want to provide trigger and content warnings:

Cannibalism – Rape – Torture – Drug Abuse – War – Death – Violence – Human Experimentation – Genocide

Also there will be spoilers for the previous two books, The Poppy War and The Dragon Republic.

Happy release day to one of my favorite books of the year!!!!

When I saw I got approved for an ARC of this book I shed a few tears no joke. I had request the ARC a while ago and had lost hope that I would ever be accepted but then one fine Saturday morning, I got an email that I had received the ARC. I think I screamed. I then proceeded to spend the whole day reading.

Characters

Fang Runin or Rin has been a character I can’t help but love even though she has done many questionable things and made many questionable choices. Rin goes through so much in this book. She’s just been betrayed by someone she thought she could trust and now she’s hellbent on destroying him. I think Rin has the best character arc in this book. It really is a culmination of the past two books and the ending just leaves you emotionally torn and wanting more.

Rin and Nezha’s relationship throughout this book absolutely destroyed me. The whole will they kill each other or will they not? There are so many chef’s kiss quotes about Rin and Nezha in this book and I want to get them all tattooed on my body.

I also want to talk about Kitay and Rin. Another amazing relationship that made me tear up. Kitay and Rin’s devotion to one another was such an amazing aspect of the book. They make me want to cry on a daily basis.

Plot/Story

Kuang’s worldbuilding is my absolute favorite. I think she did a wonderful job of blending history with fantastical elements. I was sucked into the world and found it very believable. There were many times where I related to the experience Rin was going through and could see myself in her. \This book is about Rin realizing a lot of things and it’s about her journey to becoming the person that Nikara needed. There were many times where I felt a deep stab of pain in my heart because I could tell what was coming for the ending and even though I didn’t want it to happen I knew it was coming.

Writing

I freaking love RF Kuang’s writing. It drew me right in and I couldn’t put the book down no matter how hard I tried. I basically read the whole thing in 6 hours with a few breaks in between. The pace of the writing was great. There was always something happening and I couldn’t help but keep reading.

Overall Thoughts

This was an amazing ending to what has become one of my favorite series of all time. I’m going to look at these books on my shelves and fondly remember the pain Kuang put me through while I was reading. I think everyone should read this book and I don’t want to ever see any hate on it. I need to surround myself with good vibes only about The Poppy War. This book is definitely worth reading and I can’t wait to see what else Ms. Kuang has in store for us.

ARC Review: The Electric Heir

The Electric Heir (Feverwake #2)

Title: The Electric Heir
Author: Victoria Lee
Publication Date: March 17 2020
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Rating: ★★★

Synopsis

Six months after Noam Álvaro helped overthrow the despotic government of Carolinia, the Atlantians have gained citizenship, and Lehrer is chancellor. But despite Lehrer’s image as a progressive humanitarian leader, Noam has finally remembered the truth that Lehrer forced him to forget—that Lehrer is responsible for the deadly magic infection that ravaged Carolinia.

Now that Noam remembers the full extent of Lehrer’s crimes, he’s determined to use his influence with Lehrer to bring him down for good. If Lehrer realizes Noam has evaded his control—and that Noam is plotting against him—Noam’s dead. So he must keep playing the role of Lehrer’s protégé until he can steal enough vaccine to stop the virus.

Meanwhile Dara Shirazi returns to Carolinia, his magic stripped by the same vaccine that saved his life. But Dara’s attempts to ally himself with Noam prove that their methods for defeating Lehrer are violently misaligned. Dara fears Noam has only gotten himself more deeply entangled in Lehrer’s web. Sooner or later, playing double agent might cost Noam his life.


Disclaimer: I received an eARC of this book through Netgalley for review. Thank you Netgalley for the opportunity to read this before the release! This in no way shape or form affects my thoughts about the book.

This is the sequel to The Fever King which was released last year. I reviewed that book when it came out and you can read my review here. I really enjoyed the first book and I did enjoy the sequel as well. I just didn’t enjoy it as much as the first book.

I do want to say that this book does deal with some difficult topics, such as rape and child abuse. Please read at your own discretion.

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ARC Review: House of Earth and Blood

House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City, #1)

Title: House of Earth and Blood
Author: Sarah J Maas
Publication Date: March 3rd 2020
Genre: Fantasy
Format: Physical ARC
Rating: ★★★★★

Synopsis

Bryce Quinlan had the perfect life—working hard all day and partying all night—until a demon murdered her closest friends, leaving her bereft, wounded, and alone. When the accused is behind bars but the crimes start up again, Bryce finds herself at the heart of the investigation. She’ll do whatever it takes to avenge their deaths.

Hunt Athalar is a notorious Fallen angel, now enslaved to the Archangels he once attempted to overthrow. His brutal skills and incredible strength have been set to one purpose—to assassinate his boss’s enemies, no questions asked. But with a demon wreaking havoc in the city, he’s offered an irresistible deal: help Bryce find the murderer, and his freedom will be within reach.

As Bryce and Hunt dig deep into Crescent City’s underbelly, they discover a dark power that threatens everything and everyone they hold dear, and they find, in each other, a blazing passion—one that could set them both free, if they’d only let it.


I’m lucky enough to work at a bookstore which means that sometimes I get access to books before publication. This was one such time. When I walked into the backroom at work I gasped when I saw that we had received an ARC of this book. I devoured it over the course of a single weekend and now a day before its publication I’m here to tell you what I thought of the book.

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