Grace and Fury Review – Slight Spoilers

Grace and Fury by Tracy Banghart

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“She’s in prison for a crime that isn’t her own — and now she’s about to fight to the death.”

“She hates everything about the Graces and what they represent — and now she is one of them.”

Let me start out by saying this book is PHENOMENAL. It was easily one of my favorite reads of the year so far. It represents strong women and what they must do to escape a reality that shouldn’t be. You go back and forth following two sisters, Nomi and Serina. They may be sisters, but they are polar opposites. Or so they think. This book is packed with action and heartbreak, a little bit of romance and twists that keep you on the edge of your seat.

In a world where it is illegal for women to read, write, go to school, work or do anything for themselves, both sisters are abruptly thrust into lives that are completely unlike their own. They must both fight to survive in very different ways. They must learn to go out of their comfort zones and become someone they are not to survive. One is trained to become a Grace, someone who will answer to the Superior for the rest of her life, alongside other Graces. While the other is trained to be her handmaiden, to ensure her sister is chosen. When their lives are completely turned upside down, they must learn to trust others, as well as themselves, if they ever want a world of freedom. However, they must be careful who they trust, because not everyone is who they say they are.

If you enjoy books about female empowerment as well as tons of action and twists, this book is definitely for you. There was no shortage of new and exciting things happening throughout the entire book.

“We are not flowers. We are concrete and barbed wire. We are iron.”

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Legendary by Stephanie Garber ARC review – Spoiler Free

Thank you to NetGalley for the ebook ARC of Legendary in exchange for an honest review.

*will contain spoilers for the first book, Caraval*

Title: Legendary

Author: Stephanie Garber

Series: Caraval #2

My rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Synopsis:

A heart to protect. A debt to repay. A game to win.

After being swept up in the magical world of Caraval, Donatella Dragna has finally escaped her father and saved her sister Scarlett from a disastrous arranged marriage. The girls should be celebrating, but Tella isn’t yet free. She made a desperate bargain with a mysterious criminal, and what Tella owes him no one has ever been able to deliver: Caraval Master Legend’s true name.

The only chance of uncovering Legend’s identity is to win Caraval, so Tella throws herself into the legendary competition once more—and into the path of the murderous heir to the throne, a doomed love story, and a web of secrets…including her sister’s. Caraval has always demanded bravery, cunning, and sacrifice. But now the game is asking for more. If Tella can’t fulfill her bargain and deliver Legend’s name, she’ll lose everything she cares about—maybe even her life. But if she wins, Legend and Caraval will be destroyed forever.

Welcome, welcome to Caraval…the games have only just begun

My review:

Holy. Crap. Y’all. This book is SO GOOD. I loved Caraval but I LOVEDDDDD Legendary. Stephanie Garber has done so many magical things in this book. I absolutely love Tella as our main POV. She’s feisty and will do whatever she needs to to find what she’s looking for.

There was no shortage of twists and turns within the pages of this book. It was whimsical and magical. It was brutal and heart pounding. It was everything I love in a fantasy novel.

Tella must do whatever she can to win Caraval and uncover Legend’s true identity. She gets herself into some not very great situations throughout the book, starting from the very beginning. However, she is a character that I love to follow and see what will happen next in her story.

If you enjoy magic, games and twists and turns, this book is for you. 10/10 recommend.

The Cruel Prince Review – contains spoilers

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My rating: 4.5

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.

My review:

It took me awhile to read The Cruel Prince. Not at any fault of the book, but because life kept getting in the way. Once I was able to get some actual reading time in, I absolutely loved this book. I devoured it. With every turn of the page, I wanted more.

Jude grows up to be such a firecracker mortal in the world of Faerie. She is bullied by Cardan, one of the princes of Faerie, and his friends. They torture her, and they’re cruel to her in every sense of the word. She finds herself in some tough situations where she has to make decisions that will change her life forever. She learns that maybe you need to have a little bit of cruelty in you to be able to survive. I loved the character of Jude so much. Despite her parents being murdered by the very man that is now raising her and her sisters, she overcomes many obstacles and grows to love Faerie even if Faerie doesn’t love her.

She falls for Locke about halfway through the book, but soon realizes it’s not all it seems on the surface. She becomes a spy for Prince Dain, who is to be crowned The High King of Faerie, to find information for him and to steal and murder. She has finally found her place. Or has she?

During the coronation, things go sideways. Blood is shed, more than half of the royal family is murdered, and Jude finds herself aligned with an unlikely partner, Cardan. You quickly learn that maybe Jude and a Cardan aren’t so different. They let their emotions fly and come up with a master plan to steal the crown. However, Jude has other plans. While Cardan thinks that they are stealing the crown so that they can put it atop the head of little Oak, Jude has another plan to put the crown atop Cardan’s head.

The last 3/4 of the book is action packed and fast paced. There’s dueling, bloodshed, romance, spying, poisoning and so much more. I highly recommend this book to anyone that is a fan of high fantasy and action packed goodness.

Bravo, Holly Black. I am impatiently waiting for the release of The Wicked King next year.

Why I Love Reading

People love reading for many different reasons. They could love it because they enjoy reading about other’s lives in memoirs or biographies, they could love it because they enjoy being able to get lost in new and strange worlds in fantasy and dystopian novels, or they can love it simply because it gives them something to do. Regardless of why a person loves reading, it’s just important that they do love it, right?

Growing up I was bullied and picked on in school, so reading was always a way for me to get lost and forget about the real world. I remember picking up a book and laying in my bedroom and reading page after page for hours until I couldn’t hold my eyes open any longer. Now that I think about it, not much has changed in that sense now that I’m an adult.

I stopped reading for awhile when I was a teenager simply because my life was too hectic. How could a teenagers life be hectic you ask, very easily. We won’t get into that now but my teenage years were interesting to say the least.

When I was about 18 or 19 years old, my cousin told me about a trilogy called The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. You might have heard of it. She told me how wonderful it was and told me to read it ASAP. So what do I do? I of course buy and read them ASAP. That was the moment I fell back in love with reading. I got lost in the world of Panem and I went on the journey of the Games right along with Katniss. I cheered when she survived, and I cried when little Prim did not. I remember finishing Mockingjaylate one night, and closing the book and just staring at the wall trying to process the ending of a series that brought me back into my love of reading.

So why do I love to read? Simple. It gives me purpose. It lets me get lost in new and exciting and sometimes scary worlds. It lets me go on adventures and meet new people and see new things. It lets me create a picture in my head that the author has painted for me with their words on paper. I love to be able to sit and hold a book in my hands, and read the words of someone else, and fall completely in love with the story they have created just for me. Just for us, as readers. The feeling that it gives me is like no other. 

Some people look at me and say that I’m wasting my time reading when I could be out doing other things. I say they’re wasting their time doing other things when they could be reading and experiencing new and exciting things.

So, why do YOU love to read? 

A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only once.

— George R.R. Martin
xox Bri

My Most Anticipated Books of 2018

So it’s no secret that there are TONS of amazing books that will be released in the new year, so what better way to kick off my blog than to write about the books I’m anticipating the most in 2018.

I won’t lie, I have pre-ordered more books than I’m willing to admit, but I’m equally excited for each and every one of the books that I will be mentioning.

First up, is the highly anticipated book, The Cruel Prince by Holly Black. This is definitely number one on my list of, OH MY GOD I CAN’T WAIT FOR THIS BOOK, list.

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I mean, look at this cover first of all. Second of all, read the synopsis of it here and swoon with me. Not only is the cover appealing to the eye, the book sounds like it is going to be, AH-MAY-ZING!

Next on my list is, Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh.

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This is another swoon worthy cover. I swear it’s like these authors have sold their souls to have these gorgeous covers. I know, I know, don’t judge a book by it’s cover, but how can you not when there are covers out there that look like this?! It’s impossible. Read the synopsis of Reign of the Fallen here. It sounds absolutely amazing and I may or may not be even more excited since the author sent me this pre-order gift:

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Like, HELLO! Look at those character cards! *swoooooon*

So let’s be honest, those are the two books I’m most looking forward to in the new year, but here is a list, and links to read the synopsis of each, of the rest of the books that I am anticipating in 2018:

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

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Synopsis here.

Unearthed by Amie Kaufman and Megan Spooner

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Synopsis here.

Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody

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Synopsis here.

Heart of Iron Ashley Poston

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Synopsis here.

Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian

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Synopsis here.

Legendary by Stephanie Garber

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Synopsis here.

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

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Synopsis here.

There you have it, folks. My most anticipated reads of 2018 (as of right now). What are some books that you are most looking forward to in the new year? Are there any here that you are super looking forward to? I’d love to know what you are patiently (or not so patiently) waiting to be released.

Until next time.

xox Bri