Category: Fantasy


4 stars to The Young Elites by Marie Lu

Posted 20 February, 2016 by katheryn13 in Fantasy, Reviews, Romance, Supernatural, Updates, YA / 0 Comments

I am tired of being used, hurt, and cast aside.

Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever. A decade ago, the deadly illness swept through her nation. Most of the infected perished, while many of the children who survived were left with strange markings. Adelina’s black hair turned silver, her lashes went pale, and now she has only a jagged scar where her left eye once was. Her cruel father believes she is a malfetto, an abomination, ruining their family’s good name and standing in the way of their fortune. But some of the fever’s survivors are rumored to possess more than just scars—they are believed to have mysterious and powerful gifts, and though their identities remain secret, they have come to be called the Young Elites.

Teren Santoro works for the king. As Leader of the Inquisition Axis, it is his job to seek out the Young Elites, to destroy them before they destroy the nation. He believes the Young Elites to be dangerous and vengeful, but it’s Teren who may possess the darkest secret of all.

Enzo Valenciano is a member of the Dagger Society. This secret sect of Young Elites seeks out others like them before the Inquisition Axis can. But when the Daggers find Adelina, they discover someone with powers like they’ve never seen.

Adelina wants to believe Enzo is on her side, and that Teren is the true enemy. But the lives of these three will collide in unexpected ways, as each fights a very different and personal battle. But of one thing they are all certain: Adelina has abilities that shouldn’t belong in this world. A vengeful blackness in her heart. And a desire to destroy all who dare to cross her.

It is my turn to use. My turn to hurt.

 

DISCLAIMER: THERE MAY BE MINOR SPOILERS. BE WARNED.

Review:

I enjoyed this book,  but it took me some time to get to that stage.  The story had a lot of potential, it was clear. But despite Adelina’s character being  dark and gritty, and a part of me wanted to know more about her, there was still something about her that wasn’t gelling with me.  She’s a malfetto yet she behaved so… Weirdly. You’d think, even at 16, she’d have more common sense but apparently not. I found myself practically screaming at her idiocy in this book and it was only the last few chapters where I could catch my breath and relax. But man, she was not an easy person to deal with.

The basis of this story is that a virus caused a lot of kids to get special powers. But because they get certain markings, they’re shunned by regular folk for not being normal and/or pretty. Adelina is one of those, since she has a nasty scar on her face. She’s nearly killed by the Inquisitors, but saved by the Daggers and from there learns to harness her powers and soon realises just how dangerous she really is. It’s quite… frightening, really. No, disturbing, is the better word. She has the ability to cast illusions on people, make them see things. She can disguise people and make them invisible if needed. It’s impressive. But before long things turn ugly and she’s losing control. 
Enzo is the Prince who became a Malfetto and therefore shunned by his family. His sister became Queen. I quite liked Enzo, even from the beginning. He had a typical mystery about him,  dark and brooding but not in an irritating way. In some ways he reminded me of the Darkling from the Grisha trilogy. Same sort of personality and I mean… He’s a prince. Not that that’s the reason. Certain things happen that really broke my heart, and I’m seriously hoping book 2 corrects these issues because…I just…NO! 

The romance between Enzo and Adelina was purrrrrfectly sweet and sort of sexy, in a deadly weapon kind of way. It helped balance out the crazy, for sure, and gave me hope.
All the while through this book I was just like ‘Adelina needs to stop being stupid. Before I throw this book.’ and believe me, I came close a few times.
There are a few moments where she’s threatened by the lead Inquisitor, Teren. Who, ugh, I despise! I mean, there are some bad guys that I can tolerate, but he was just irritating to the max. Such a hypocrite, too.

 I can understand if you’re threatened, you’d be scared and not know who to turn to,  but Adelina had new friends now. She had the Daggers. And all the whole she acted like she couldn’t tell anyone.  I was fuming. If she told them, they could help her.  She kept on complaining if they found out, they’d kill her. But I was like ‘yeah but lying to them and then them finding out, they really will kill you.’ and I figured if she went to them for help, they’d help her through it. But ugh. This girl drove me nuts.

I’m glad things sort of seemed to even out at the end, even though the events that brought her to that stage were devastating. The epilogue brings hope, and wonder, and dammit…I told myself I wasn’t going to read the Rose Society because Adelina irritated me too much, but maybe I will just to see how things pan out. ugh. Decisions. 

This is one of those books where despite what I’ve said in this review, I still rate it pretty high. The fact that I didn’t put it down half way and stuck it out and then was more intrigued and it broke my heart and set it on fire and let the ashes fall through the stupid fingers of revenge…yeah anyway, I recommend this to anyone that has a steel heart and has patience to battle through because it gets SO good and…I should go now before I start crying.

-Kat

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#RYBSAT and A Winter’s Respite | Update

Posted 24 January, 2016 by katheryn13 in Fantasy, Reading Challenges, Sci-Fi, Supernatural, Updates, YA / 0 Comments

Hello,

It’s me.

Did you miss me?

I’ve missed a few days, I know. That wasn’t planned, I promise. But honestly? I’ve been really stuck on my reading. It’s been scattered and full of uncertainties. I started a couple but couldn’t get into them. I read a hundred pages of Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson but I just…couldn’t continue.

Not that it’s bad, but it was feeling a bit…tedious. I wasn’t into it. And then I worried what else to read because I know part of the challenge of RYBSAT is you have to read along you TBR shelf and you’re not supposed to change around but then I saw the others in the row weren’t calling to me and I became…concerned.

In the end I thought screw it. There’s no point worrying over what to read. I’ll pick something else somewhere else on the shelves and now I’m reading:

The Young Elites by Marie Lu.

I’m 70 pages in and loving it.

So there you have it. It’s the last day for both of these challenges, so I can’t say I’ve succeeded hugely, but at least I’ve been reading.

That’s the whole point, right?

Well, until next time I guess.

Bye,

-Kat

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#RYBSAT and A Winter’s Respite | Day three… I think

Posted 21 January, 2016 by katheryn13 in Contemporary, Fantasy, Reading Challenges, YA / 0 Comments

As you can tell from the title I have lost track of the days.
I know it’s a Thursday but I just confused on what days each of the readathons started. Sigh.

Righteo,  update time

Well,  I finished See How They Run (Embassy Row #2) by Ally Carter.
Loved it. What an ending, though. Blimey!

Now, in RYBSAT fashion,  I am reading the next book on my tbr shelf which is:

Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson. It’s first in a new-ish series called The Reckoners.  Though as far as I know it’s the only one as of yet.
I’m on page 70.
As for how it’s going… Well,  I can’t tell if I like it. I’m just glad the chapters are not too long. I guess I’d prefer to read something else but the next book along isn’t one I’d really pick, anyway. And as far as the rules go,  swapping around is frowned upon. 😕
Oh well. 

Wish me luck.

-Kat

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November Book Haul | Books, books, all the books.

Posted 29 November, 2015 by katheryn13 in Audiobooks, Book Promo, Contemporary, Fantasy, Fun, Middle Grade, Paranormal, Steampunk, YA / 0 Comments

 

Usually I’d do a video for this, but iMovie has been acting up and I don’t have the patience to keep trying. Sigh. So here we go, a list of the books I got throughout November. 

 

13 DAYS OF MIDNIGHT by Leo Hunt

I liked the look of this, mostly because, yes, it was in the buy one get one half price offer at Waterstones. I have tried it already, but it reads a bit…basic? I don’t know. That’s not always a bad thing,  but I guess I need to be in the right mood for it. The cover is interesting, though. 

Design K

 

FIRECRACKER by David Iserson

I don’t know what pulled me to this. Was it the cover? Probably. The premise? Yeah, of course. I mean, both things are attractive. Mostly the cover, though. Sigh. David Iserson is one of the writers for New Girl. You’d think this would mean it’d be hilarious. I really hope so. I have read mixed reviews, but who knows. 

 

Design K

A GREAT AND TERRIBLE BEAUTY by Libba Bray

I’ve been following Libba on twitter for a while and I’ve heard such good things about her work, I felt I needed to try and read some. The cover drew me in, and then the premise sounds like…The Infernal Devices in terms of setting. I like the sound of it. 🙂

 

 

 

Design K

 

ALL WRAPPED UP (Geek Girl 1.5) by Holly Smale

I have loved the other Geek Girl books and so when I found out this was going to be published, I mean PRINTED published, I was all over it. It’s not often a novella gets PRINTED! And in HARDBACK! DUDE! I needed more Christmassy books and this is great! I will read this nearer Christmas time. Definitely. (Though I objected to being charged £10 when everywhere else was £5. -.- Damn you Waterstones! lol though at least I got a stamp. ^_^ )

Design K

And last but not least, I got a couple of adult colouring books. Not that it really matters, I mean, why call them adult ones? You’re still colouring in…like a child. lol. In any case, the ones I got are BEAUTIFUL!

Don’t these look gorgeous? The pictures inside are even better. Personally my favourite is the Alice in Wonderland one, because OH MY GOD, I just can’t handle the beauty of those illustrations. Now, if I did a video, I’d be showing you the inside, but since that would involve taking pictures now, I just can’t be bothered. Sorry. I’m such a bad blogger. lol. 

So that’s it for the BOUGHT section, I’ll now tell you about what I got from the library.

Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake

Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin

The Young Elites by Marie Lu

Messenger of Fear by Michael Grant

Unforgiven by Lauren Kate

Soundless by Richelle Mead

and two that I’ve had out multiple times and still haven’t been able to get into them but am reluctant to give up:

The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare/Sarah Rees Brennan/Maureen Johnson -It’s the cover of this that always puts me off. WHY PUT THE ACTOR WHO PLAYED MAGNUS IN THE MOVIE ON THE COVER WHEN UGHHHHHHHH NO HE WASN’T ONE I LIKED AND IT’S SO OFF PUTTING! But I’ll keep trying.

Cinder by Marissa Meyer. – This one has been driving me CRAZY! I have tried this like…5 times. I just can’t get into it, and the idea of androids, not to mention she’s in some part of Asia…I know that sounds weird, but we all have our preferences. And this isn’t one of mine. BUT, because so MANY of you keep going on about how good Winter (the final in the series) and how big it is and (i have a fondness for big books) it’s just making me want to read it, but I can’t read Winter (apparently) unless I’ve read the others. Sigh. So here I go again. I gave away the free copy I got at SDCC this year. Typical. Maybe I’ll skip chapter one this time. Some books start off in the middle of a scene and that’s something that often hinders me. 

So there ya have it. My very bulky collection of books that I don’t know WHERE I’m going to find the time to read them. 

Oh, currently reading:

The Lost Hero (Heroes of Olympus #1) by Rick Riordan

and trying for the second (maybe third?) time, Snow like Ashes by Sara Raasch, this time by audiobook. Which is actually a lot  better than I expected. I dug around for a good narrator, which helps. 

I hope you’ve liked my vast array of choices and let me know if there’s anything on this list that you’ve read (and if you did or didn’t like it) or that you’d like to read. 

As for my NaNo progress: I’m 27k in and 2 days left. I’m just hoping I’ll reach 30k by end of Monday (tomorrow!) and call it quits (hahah no!) mostly I’ll keep going until December 24th and HOPEFULLY I’ll have found an ending. 🙂

Edit: I also got on audible: Yes Please by Amy Poehler, From a Distant Star by Karen McQuestion, and The Diviners by Libba Bray,

-Kat

 

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#NewPost: Booktube #videos #bookbloggers #BookTube

Posted 23 September, 2015 by katheryn13 in Booktube, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, YA / 0 Comments

I don’t know if you know, but a few months ago I started a BookTube account (properly). I’ve got a few videos up now, mostly tags, and I thought that I’d embed them in a post so you can see, and also, so I can have something to post. Haha. The point of my booktube was so I could integrate it with this site, so why not. Okay, in no particular order:

 

BookTube Newbie Tag

 

Rip it or Ship it Tag

 

Book Courtship Tag

 

Nintendo Book Tag

 

I decided not to embed a couple of other videos because…well….they’re silly. 🙂 Hope you enjoyed. 

Peace!!

-Kat

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#ReleaseDay Blitz & #Giveaway (US only): Walk On Earth A Stranger by Rae Carson

Posted 22 September, 2015 by katheryn13 in Blog Tours, Book Promo, Fantasy, Fun, Giveaways, Release Day Blitz, YA / 0 Comments

 

 
 
Title: WALK
ON EARTH A STRANGER
Author: Rae Carson
Pub. Date: September 22, 2015
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Pages: 448
 
The first book in a new trilogy from acclaimed New York Times bestselling author Rae Carson. A young woman with the magical ability to sense the presence of gold must flee her home, taking her on a sweeping and dangerous journey across Gold Rush–era America.
Lee Westfall has a secret. She can sense the presence of gold in the world around her. Veins deep beneath the earth, pebbles in the river, nuggets dug up from the forest floor. The buzz of gold means warmth and life and home—until everything is ripped away by a man who wants to control her. Left with nothing, Lee disguises herself as a boy and takes to the trail across the country. Gold was discovered in California, and where else could such a magical girl find herself, find safety? Rae Carson, author of the acclaimed Girl of Fire and Thorns trilogy, dazzles with this new fantasy that subverts both our own history and familiar fantasy tropes.
Walk on Earth a Stranger, the first book in this new trilogy, introduces—as only Rae Carson can—a strong heroine, a perilous road, a fantastical twist, and a slow-burning romance. Includes a map and author’s note on historical research.
Read chapter 1 of WALK ON EARTH A STRANGER annotated by Rae Carson HERE!
 
 
Rae Carson is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the acclaimed Girl of Fire and Thorns trilogy. Her next book, Walk On Earth A Stranger, will be available September 22, 2015. She lives in Arizona with her husband.
 
 
 

 

 

 

1 winner will receive a set of the 3 GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS series (in paperback
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#Review: 4 stars to Graceling by Kristin Cashore #YA #Fantasy

Posted 30 August, 2015 by katheryn13 in Epic Fantasy, Fantasy, Paranormal, Reviews, Romance, YA / 0 Comments

Deadly Grace

Katsa has been able to kill a man with her bare hands since she was eight–she’s a Graceling, one of the rare people in her land born with an extreme skill. As niece of the king, she should be able to live a life of privilege, but Graces as she is with killing, she is forced to work as the king’s thug.

When she first meets Prince Po, Graced with combat skills, Katsa has no hint of how her life is about to change.

She never expects to become Po’s friend.

She never expects to learn a new truth about her own Grace–or about a terrible secret that lies hidden far away..

Beware of spoilers!

Review: 

 It took me some time to fully get into this story. The first couple of chapters, to me, were full of info–dumping. I was confused, lost, on who was who and what King belonged to what land, etc etc. So it was a nice surprise, once that had passed, to get stuck in and enjoy it. 

Katsa is a very strong character, but at times I thought overly so. She needed to stop being so self-reliant sometimes because it was very annoying. So what if she had help from someone? Or had someone to protect her? Stop being so stubborn! 

In any case, she grew on me, and I found I could tolerate her more. I loved Po, too, and how he seemed to be her equal in most things. He balanced out her annoyances and I thought their relationship was inevitable, sweet, and slow burning, which made it even more interesting. Given that she was always “me woman. me need no man” in her behaviour, I found it funny when she ended up changing her perspective on things.

When she cut her hair, however, I nearly had to throw the book away. It completely tore me away from the character, the story, and had little to do with her action and more because of my dislike for boy hair cuts on girls, and ruined the image of her in my head. So basically, I had to reimagine her, though I chose at times to ignore it. I just had her with a pixie cut and not…what she had. *shudder*

Another slight annoyance I had with the book is how many times they’d say “Well,” at the beginning of a sentence/dialogue. Oh my god! I was ready to throttle someone. I know it was the author’s choice to have that as a story trait, but holy crap, I was getting infuriated. haha. But yeah, eventually I noticed it not happening so much and I calmed down.

I loved the world building, the scenery, the camping! If I could camp even a quarter as well as Katsa can, then I’d be well on my way to being awesome. She could do everything! I mean, it was unreal. Catching fish with her barehands, scaling snowed over mountains with a person on her back in  freezing temperatures?! Okay so there were moments where I suspected of plot holes, as bits were not plausible, but I guess that’s the fun of story telling. It’s not reality and can be twisted. 

I’m disappointed that the companion to this isn’t about Katsa. I’ve never been much of a fan of companion novels for this reason: it’s rarely from a POV I like.

I rated this four stars because it deserved it, despite the irritations I had. I really didn’t like Leck *shudders* and his Grace was awful. I could really imagine how terrifying it would be. The Graces for others were interesting, and I like how it’s just personal traits in real life, but exaggerated. Except for the being able to hear thoughts. That’s one I’d like to have. So yeah, if you haven’t already read Graceling, I recommend it. 🙂

-Kat

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#BlogTour + Excerpt: Blood In The Water by Tash McAdam #Fantasy @TashMcAdam @MarkMyWordsPR

Posted 25 August, 2015 by katheryn13 in Blog Tours, Book Promo, Fantasy / 0 Comments

 

 

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There have always been warps—tears between realities—and they’ve always been a threat to humanity. Most people are blind to them. But Hallie’s eyes are opening. Now that she’s going to school at the Protectorate, she’s learning there’s more to life than fun and games.

The truth is, she’s just become part of Earth’s only shield against the monsters of the warps. Before, she didn’t think she was anything special. Now, yanked from her relatively normal life, she realizes that she doesn’t have a choice.

When the emergency alarm sounds, calling everyone in the school to arms, even the young and inexperienced are needed. As one of the warp weavers—capable of closing the warps and stopping the monsters—Hallie must now work to save lives. And she must do it in the most complicated situation she’s ever experienced. Because there are sea serpents in the Thames, and Hallie has to close the doors that are letting them in.

The problem is, they’re underwater, and they’re hungry.

Now everyone is relying on her, and Hallie must find a way to do her job—with a brand new partner—before it’s too late. Because if she fails she’ll die, along with everyone who’s depending on her.

Leaf - 7

Excerpt:

I can just make out the huge forms of Sea Serpents undulating in the murky distance. They don’t seem to have noticed us yet but my hands are streaming Warplight, guiding us to the rift that has allowed these beasts entry from their home world, and I don’t know how long we’ll be able to keep our presence a secret.

I want to speak, to fill the oppressive silence the weight of the water has caused, but my mouth is dry and sticky with fear. A condom is drifting next to us, resembling a translucent jellyfish. Gross.

Well, this is certainly an adventure. Join the Protectorate, they said. See the world, they said. Drown at the bottom of the disgusting Thames, they didn’t say. At least needles don’t float. I wonder if mystical healing works on hepatitis.

“There!” Ruble hisses, his dreadlocks brushing my cheek as he turns, spinning the board around with his feet.

It spirals so rapidly I lose my balance, just a bit. My right elbow hits the bubble and … passes straight through, resistance no more than the surface of the water itself. It feels like I’ve submerged it into a cold bath.

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Video Review: 5 stars to An Ember In The Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Posted 7 August, 2015 by katheryn13 in Fantasy, Paranormal, Reviews, Romance, Sci-Fi, YA / 1 Comment

Here I am again, bringing you a new video. I won’t be doing these all the time, thank god. I can’t bear to keep editing myself ALL THE TIME. Yikes! Anyway, sorry it’s not the greatest quality. It seemed better when I was editing. Sigh. 🙂

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My USA trip + San Diego Comic Con #BookHaul

Posted 21 July, 2015 by katheryn13 in Contemporary, Fantasy, Fun, Middle Grade, Mystery, Paranormal, Sci-Fi, Supernatural, Updates, YA / 1 Comment

 

Welcome, welcome. So it’s been a few weeks. Can’t believe it’s gone so quickly. Bah! Feels like just last week I was posting about going away. Anyway, here I am. I have LOTS of new books I can’t wait to show you. For this, I decided to do a video as writing it all would kill my hands. 

Enjoy 😀

p.s. Still getting the hang of editing so please excuse any hiccups along the way. 

 

 

Funnily enough, as soon as I’d finished all the recording, my mum came home with more packages and two books I’d forgotten I’d ordered. Those were:

The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken 

Dreams of Gods and Monsters by  Laini Taylor.

So there you have it, I am officially bogged down with books. HA. As if that’s even a bad thing. As I said in the video, I’d love to know what books you’re looking forward to reading or have read, whether I mentioned it or not. 

The giveaway will be announced officially on Thursday so keep an eye out because there are more than just 2 books going.  Why yes, I am feeling generous.

And have a good Tuesday, wherever you are. 🙂

Kat

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