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Saturday, June 2, 2018

Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young review

      
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34726469-sky-in-the-deep


     I enjoyed this one much more than I thought I would.  I received it in my Owlcrate box this month and I was very "meh" about reading it after seeing the summary, but not wanting to lose that new book smell I dove in without any expectations and surprisingly it kept me hooked from the moment I started it.  
     I say surprisingly because this is not the type of book I've been reading lately.  I've been reading much more adult suspense/thriller because YA has felt very same ol' same ol' the past few months for me;  strong lead character who saves the day even if they're kind of dumb, token love interest (or three), snarky side character who turns out to be a sweetie, overbearing parents....you get the picture.       Even though this book had all the same elements as those aforementioned books the action was so incredible that it still kept me reading though.  
     Eelyn is part of a tribe called the Aska that has been at war with another tribe called the Riki for....I don't even remember how long, let's just say a long fricken time.  They go to war because their gods don't like each other.  Yup, you heard that right, just because their gods don't like each other these people constantly kill each other and play the part of pawns in a larger game.  
      This seemed pretty silly to me when I first started reading, but then when comparing it to different wars throughout history that started because of religious beliefs....yeah, not so silly after all, happens all the time. 
     I don't want to say this book was "action-packed" since that's such a cliche term, but yeah it was totally action packed.  Something new was always happening rather than dragging out a boring scenario until it was beating a dead horse like so many other recent YA books.
     Yes it has instalove, yes it has the token bad guy, the overbearing parent and also a pretty strong stockholm syndrome vibe but the action scenes feel super realistic and at least Eelyn holds her own in a fight instead of just relying on her allies to do all the dirty work. Doesn't hurt that I just finished Horizon Zero Dawn and I totally get an Aloy vibe from this girl and since Aloy kicks ass it made me like Eelyn even more.  
       I don't think this book will be part of a series, the ending seems pretty well wrapped up and it did have a good ending even though nobody died.  I know that sounds morbid but come on! They're in the middle of a huge war and NONE of the main characters die.  It's a bit too convenient for my taste but then again I'm used to Game of Thrones so I may be a bit more inclined to root for death than most.  
     All around it is a pretty good book, I definitely recommend if you're into vikings since this had a strong viking feel to it. Be forewarned though that there is a love story and it is one of those that has the classic beauty and the beast scenario hidden behind some armor and fancy axe throwing.

Rating:  3 out of 5

Friday, April 6, 2018

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo review



     Okay, I know I am so late to the party on this one but now I see why it has such a following.  The characters absolutely make you fall in love with them.  I am particularly fond of Inej but there wasn't a single character that I was like "please can we just get back to the other person's story!" Nope, they are all great and equally as unique.  
      I got a lot of "The Night Circus" vibes from it with the different types of magic and the time period it seems to be set in but I felt that it was more well written and thought out than that book was, plus there's more than just magic at play; it includes badass ninja thieves who are amazing at hand to hand combat so yeah, much more exciting than Night Circus was for me!
     My one sadness is that the book ended on such a cliffhanger.  I knew there was a second book but for some reason I thought it was more of a prequel than a sequel, so of course I had to immediately buy the second one from Amazon!  I bought Six of Crows in a softcover so I'm not sure what the hardcover variant looks like but OMG book 2 is GORGEOUS in hardcover!  The edges of the pages are red and yes, it smells realllllly good (you guys know I'm a sucker for a good book smell haha)!
     Anyways, all I can say about this book is READ IT! So many twists and turns I was always kept guessing and wondering who's good and who's evil and where the plot was leading, and then once it happens you're like "wait, WHAT!"  
     The author does an incredible job with the world building too, I felt like I could truly see the cities she describes in my head and I can still picture them clearly even a few days after finishing.  As I was reading it I kept thinking of that movie "Now You See Me", i.e lots of heist stuff with magic thrown in.  I know a lot of people didn't like that movie so I'm sorry to make that comparison, but rest assured that I believe this was written waaaaaaay better than the plot of that movie with much more interesting characters too.  I can't wait to start the 2nd book!  

4.5 out of 5 stars