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!

March and April 2020 Wrap Up

Wow it’s been a while since I last posted. I didn’t plan to stop writing reviews. It just seemed to happen. I had been posting pretty regularly even going so far as to schedule posts in advance but since everything with COVID-19 all that planning seemed to go down hill.

Social distancing was fun for a little bit but now it’s not and I hope things can go back to the way they were soon. In the past two and half months I haven’t read as many books as I would like but the books I did read I thoroughly enjoyed. I’m currently one book behind in my reading goal for the year but I don’t think it will be that hard to get back on track.

Now onto the 11 books I read between March and April! The majority of those 11 I read in March, 9 of them to be exact. The other 2 I read in April.

Bone Crier's Moon (Bone Grace, #1)

Bone Crier’s Moon by Kathryn Purdie: ★★★

I enjoyed this book not as much as I had hoped I would but it was still decent. I do think that I’m going to read the sequel when it comes out. I have a full review right over here if you want to check it out!

The Raven and the Dove (The Raven and the Dove, #1)

The Raven and The Dove by Kaitlyn Davis: ★★★

This was another book that I had higher hopes for. It was a good read but nothing mind blowing. I have my full review up here.

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Review: Windwitch

Windwitch (The Witchlands, #2)

Title: Windwitch
Author: Susan Dennard
Publication Date: January 10th 2017
Genre: Fantasy
Format: Ebook
Rating: ★★★★★

Synopsis

Sometimes our enemies are also our only allies…

After an explosion destroys his ship, the world believes Prince Merik, Windwitch, is dead. Scarred yet alive, Merik is determined to prove his sister’s treachery. Upon reaching the royal capital, crowded with refugees, he haunts the streets, fighting for the weak—which leads to whispers of a disfigured demigod, the Fury, who brings justice to the oppressed.

When the Bloodwitch Aeduan discovers a bounty on Iseult, he makes sure to be the first to find her—yet in a surprise twist, Iseult offers him a deal. She will return money stolen from him, if he locates Safi. Now they must work together to cross the Witchlands, while constantly wondering, who will betray whom first?

After a surprise attack and shipwreck, Safi and the Empress of Marstok barely escape with their lives. Alone in a land of pirates, every moment balances on a knife’s edge—especially when the pirates’ next move could unleash war upon the Witchlands.


I read this book as well as the third book in this series on the plane rides home from Singapore or maybe Japan. So let me just say I was delirious after not having slept in god knows how long but I couldn’t stop myself from reading no matter what. I just was so invested in both books. I’m going to be doing separate reviews for both of them but they should be up within a day of each other.

In the meantime you can also check out the first book in the series which I’ve already reviewed here.

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ARC Review: The Raven and The Dove

The Raven and the Dove (The Raven and the Dove, #1)

Author: Kaitlyn Davis
Publication Date: March 9th 2020
Genre: YA Fantasy
Format: eARC
Rating: ★★★

Synopsis

A princess longing to be free…

On the dawn of her courtship trials, Princess Lyana Aethionus knows she should be focused on winning her perfect mate, yet her thoughts wander to the open sky waiting at the edge of her floating kingdom. One final adventure calls. Upon fleeing the palace, the last thing she expects to find is a raven prince locked in a death match with a dragon.

A bastard aching to belong…

Reviled son of a dead king, Rafe would do anything for his beloved half-brother, Prince Lysander Taetanus, including posing as him in the upcoming courtship trials. When a dragon interrupts their secret exchange, he orders his studious sibling to run. After suffering a fatal blow, Rafe is saved by a beautiful dove who possesses forbidden magic, just like him.

Fate brought them together, now destiny will tear them apart…

Unknown to the world above, on the foggy sea ten thousand feet below, a young king fights a forgotten war. He believes Lyana is the queen prophesied to save the world, and with the help of his favored spy, hidden deep in the highest ranks of the dove royal house, he will stop at nothing to have her.


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.

I don’t know how exactly I feel about this book. I didn’t dislike it but I didn’t love it either which is why it’s getting three stars which I think accurately describes how I feel about it. It’s a good beginning to a series that I’m definitely interested in continuing.

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ARC Review: Of Curses & Kisses

Of Curses and Kisses (St. Rosetta's Academy, #1)

Title: Of Curses & Kisses
Author: Sandhya Menon
Publication Date: February 18th 2020
Genre: Contemporary
Format: eARC
Rating: ★★★

Synopsis

Will the princess save the beast?

For Princess Jaya Rao, nothing is more important than family. When the loathsome Emerson clan steps up their centuries-old feud to target Jaya’s little sister, nothing will keep Jaya from exacting her revenge. Then Jaya finds out she’ll be attending the same elite boarding school as Grey Emerson, and it feels like the opportunity of a lifetime. She knows what she must do: Make Grey fall in love with her and break his heart. But much to Jaya’s annoyance, Grey’s brooding demeanor and lupine blue eyes have drawn her in. There’s simply no way she and her sworn enemy could find their fairy-tale ending…right?

His Lordship Grey Emerson is a misanthrope. Thanks to an ancient curse by a Rao matriarch, Grey knows he’s doomed once he turns eighteen. Sequestered away in the mountains at St. Rosetta’s International Academy, he’s lived an isolated existence—until Jaya Rao bursts into his life, but he can’t shake the feeling that she’s hiding something. Something that might just have to do with the rose-shaped ruby pendant around her neck…

As the stars conspire to keep them apart, Jaya and Grey grapple with questions of love, loyalty, and whether it’s possible to write your own happy ending


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 book comes out tomorrow and since I had an ARC of it I decided to speed read it yesterday. It wasn’t anything special which is why I was able to get through it so quickly. I thought it was a cute read and I think a younger audience would really enjoy it.

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ARC Review: Infinity Son

Infinity Son (Infinity Cycle, #1)

Title: Infinity Son
Author: Adam Silvera
Publication Date: January 14th 2020
Genre: Fantasy
Format: eARC
Rating: ★★

Synopsis

Growing up in New York, brothers Emil and Brighton always idolized the Spell Walkers—a vigilante group sworn to rid the world of specters. While the Spell Walkers and other celestials are born with powers, specters take them, violently stealing the essence of endangered magical creatures.

Brighton wishes he had a power so he could join the fray. Emil just wants the fighting to stop. The cycle of violence has taken a toll, making it harder for anyone with a power to live peacefully and openly. In this climate of fear, a gang of specters has been growing bolder by the day.

Then, in a brawl after a protest, Emil manifests a power of his own—one that puts him right at the heart of the conflict and sets him up to be the heroic Spell Walker Brighton always wanted to be.

Brotherhood, love, and loyalty will be put to the test, and no one will escape the fight unscathed


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.

I was really excited when I was approved for an ARC of this book. I thought it sounded really cool and interesting. However that wasn’t what ended up happening. I found this book confusing, and a little bit all over the place. I didn’t really connect with any of the characters and I thought it was overall pretty unsatisfying.

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Review: Supernova

Supernova (Renegades, #3)

Title: Supernova
Author: Marissa Meyer
Publication Date: November 5th 2019
Genre: Fantasy
Format: Audiobook
Rating: ★★★★★

Synopsis

All’s fair in love and anarchy…

The epic conclusion to Marissa Meyer’s thrilling Renegades Trilogy finds Nova and Adrian fighting to keep their identities secret. While the battle rages on between their alter egos and their allies, there is a darker threat shrouding Gatlon City.

The Renegades’ worst enemy is back among them, threatening to reclaim Gatlon City. Nova and Adrian must brave lies and betrayal to protect those they love. Their greatest fears are about to come to life, and unless they can bridge the divide between heroes and villains, they stand to lose everything. Including each other.

Intrigue and action will leave readers on edge until the final, shocking secrets are revealed


This was my last read of 2019 and look at me just getting around to typing up my review at the beginning of February. I have the review written down on my iPad. I’m just really lazy and it takes me awhile to actually type up my reviews into something that is coherent and easy to read for other people. But I’m doing it now!

Supernova was a great way to end my 2019 reading journey. It was the last book in a series that I started in 2019 so we really came full circle. It was also a five star read for me. So overall a great ending to 2019.

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ARC Review: Loveboat, Taipei

Loveboat, Taipei (Loveboat, Taipei, #1)

Title: Loveboat, Taipei
Author: Abigail Hing Wen
Publication Date: January 07, 2020
Genre: Contemporary
Format: eARC
Rating: ★★★★

Synopsis

When eighteen-year-old Ever Wong’s parents send her from Ohio to Taiwan to study Mandarin for the summer, she finds herself thrust among the very over-achieving kids her parents have always wanted her to be, including Rick Woo, the Yale-bound prodigy profiled in the Chinese newspapers since they were nine—and her parents’ yardstick for her never-measuring-up life.

Unbeknownst to her parents, however, the program is actually an infamous teen meet-market nicknamed Loveboat, where the kids are more into clubbing than calligraphy and drinking snake-blood sake than touring sacred shrines.

Free for the first time, Ever sets out to break all her parents’ uber-strict rules—but how far can she go before she breaks her own heart?


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.

I haven’t reviewed an ARC in a while. I was really surprised by how much I ended up loving this book. When I got approved for it I didn’t think too much of it but I’m so glad that I was able to read this before release and I’m now here to share with you how much this book resonated with me.

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Review: The Raven King

The Raven King (All for the Game, #2)

Title: The Raven King
Author: Nora Sakavic
Publication Date: July 10, 2013
Genre: New Adult
Format: Ebook
Rating: ★★★★★

Synopsis

The Foxes are a fractured mess, but their latest disaster might be the miracle they’ve always needed to come together as a team. The one person standing in their way is Andrew, and the only one who can break through his personal barriers is Neil.

Except Andrew doesn’t give up anything for free and Neil is terrible at trusting anyone but himself. The two don’t have much time to come to terms with their situation before outside forces start tearing them apart. Riko is intent on destroying Neil’s fragile new life, and the Foxes have just become collateral damage.

Neil’s days are numbered, but he’s learning the hard way to go down fighting for what he believes in, and Neil believes in Andrew even if Andrew won’t believe in himself.


I’ve written a review of the first book here if you would like to check it out.

This book ripped my heart, tore it to shreds and then shoved it back into my chest all broken up.

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Review: The Cruel Prince

The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air, #1)

Title: The Cruel Prince
Author: Holly Black
Publication Date: January 2 2018 
Genre: Fantasy
Format: eBook
Rating: ★★★★★

Synopsis

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 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.

As Jude becomes more deeply embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, she discovers her own capacity for trickery and bloodshed. But as betrayal 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. 


The Queen of Nothing comes out literally tomorrow. So in preparation, I decided to reread the first two books a couple of weeks ago. I have reviewed The Cruel Prince before but I don’t like that review so I’m rewriting it. I won’t be rewriting my original The Wicked King Review because that was just posted earlier this year. If you want to read that review you can find it here.

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