[Review #125] These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman

These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Megan Spooner Cover - Review Title: These Broken Stars
Series: Starbound
Book one
Author: Amie Kaufman, Megan Spooner
Genre: Science Fiction, Romance, Survival
Young Adult
Rating: 
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Summary

It’s a night like any other on board the Icarus. Then, catastrophe strikes: the massive luxury spaceliner is yanked out of hyperspace and plummets into the nearest planet. Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen survive. And they seem to be alone.

Lilac is the daughter of the richest man in the universe. Tarver comes from nothing, a young war hero who learned long ago that girls like Lilac are more trouble than they’re worth. But with only each other to rely on, Lilac and Tarver must work together, making a tortuous journey across the eerie, deserted terrain to seek help.

Then, against all odds, Lilac and Tarver find a strange blessing in the tragedy that has thrown them into each other’s arms. Without the hope of a future together in their own world, they begin to wonder—would they be better off staying here forever?

Everything changes when they uncover the truth behind the chilling whispers that haunt their every step. Lilac and Tarver may find a way off this planet. But they won’t be the same people who landed on it.

Review

These Broken Stars was nothing I expected yet everything I wanted. I really enjoyed reading this book, it’s definitely one of my favourite reads of this year.

First off, that cover! I love the cover, I love the font and the way it takes up most of the picture and is displayed over the main picture. I also love the spacey look, I always love covers that look more like space art than book covers though.

These Broken Stars did start off a little slowly in my opinion, the first thing I thought of was the movie Titanic. The different status’ between Tarver and Lilac, the way the higher status treated the lower status, located on a ship even if it was travelling through space. However as the story progressed it was nothing like Titanic and became it’s own story. The first few chapters introduce the characters, their circumstances and how different they are from each other. I found myself wishing it would hurry up so something different would happen, luckily for me the book didn’t dwell too long on the beginning and life on board the Icarus.

These Broken Stars is a love story, when I had heard that about this book I thought I wouldn’t like it, but I was wrong. I loved this. This love story isn’t insta-love, the characters don’t pine after each other, they don’t think stupid things like how ‘intoxicating’ they smell to each other or how much they want to take each others clothes off. I mean I’m sure they do think that but we don’t read it as it’s not important pertaining to their survival. This love story is raw, heart warming and also heart wrenching.

Lilac and Tarver somehow manage to get escape the Icarus as it’s somehow pulled out of hyperspace too early. Their escape-pod crash lands on a planet that they realize has been terraformed by one of the large companies, yet they seem to be alone which is puzzling and perhaps worrying. Tarver takes immediate action and works to keep himself and Lilac alive, even if he can’t stand the woman and she criticizes everything he does.

I ended up really liking both Lilac and Tarver, I was glad we got to see each of their points of view in the story. The romance builds up and sneaks up on them without them even realizing which I loved. It felt believable despite their differences and status’. I mean I may have even cried at one point which never happens, I’m never moved or invested enough in a story to really feel it as much. But These Broken Stars ‘gave me all the feels’ as everyone puts it. I was very invested in this story and these characters, I was even invested in this world and the planet. These Broken Stars was just brilliant.

Overall These Broken Stars was a compelling read. It was intense getting to see how Tarver and Lilac had to work together to survive, it was addicting to read, the world was rich, the characters were rounded, and the universe that this series is set in is scary. I loved it. I completely adored this book and I cannot wait to read the next love story set in this series!

In Summary:
– These Broken Stars was an amazing read. I loved every minute of it. It was addicting and I became highly invested in the story, the characters, the world and the planet.
– The beginning did start slowly but that didn’t last long, soon enough the story raced along and I couldn’t get enough of it.
– These Broken Stars is a compelling love story, it was deep and raw and I enjoyed reading it.
– This is one of my favourite books that I’ve read so far this year! Which I think is a huge statement.

Jord

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[Review #124] The Maze Runner by James Dashner

The Maze Runner Cover - Review Title: The Maze Runner
Series: The Maze Runner
Book one
Author: James Dashner
Genre: Dystopia, Post Apocalyptic, Survival
Young Adult
Rating: 
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Summary

“If you ain’t scared, you ain’t human.” 

When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his name. He’s surrounded by strangers–boys whose memories are also gone.

Outside the towering stone walls that surround the Glade is a limitless, ever-changing maze. It’s the only way out–and no one’s ever made it through alive.

Then a girl arrives. The first girl ever. And the message she delivers is terrifying.

Review

I had heard a lot of good things about The Maze Runner, so I went into this book trying to not let the hype raise my expectations too high. I enjoyed this book a lot, the story was intriguing and the ending has me dying to read more. The Maze Runner was a fun and exciting read, I really enjoyed trying to figure out what was going to happen and why all of these boys were stuck in a place with no memory.

However the very beginning of The Maze Runner was excruciatingly frustrating. The boys pretty much had their own language and own swear words which they said every second word. I cringed every time I heard it because the words were weird and sounded silly to me, however that was probably because the words were used in overload in the first few chapters. I immediately picked up that this was to make the readers feel lost and confused just like Tom was, he had no idea what all these words meant either. For me it was too much and I nearly stopped reading right then and there because the words were too much for me to bear; I really don’t like it when books have their own swear words. The beginning of the book was frustrating also because the boys refused to explain anything to Tom, they just kept telling him to shut up and stop asking questions. It annoyed me a lot, so much that the whole beginning was the reason I didn’t rate this book four clubs.

I loved the location of this book, it was different and a mystery. A maze that surrounded their living field? Weird mechanical creatures called Grievers that would kill them, lived in the maze? Walls that closed every night to keep them safe from the Grievers? Brilliant. They had people called ‘maze runners’ that would run through a portion of the maze every day and take note of where they ran, they were trying to find an exit to get out of the hell hole they lived in, they had to continually run in fear of coming across a griever and being killed by it. As soon as Tom arrives he knows he’s meant to be a maze runner. However to be honest I felt like this story moved way too fast, Tom barely became a maze runner before anything started happening. The title of this series and this book felt misleading because of this.

I also found myself putting things together really fast yet Tom didn’t put anything together until the end, this was annoying simply because it was so obvious to me. When the only girl arrives in the maze and admits to changing something the boys turn on her and blame her, this annoyed me as well. The boys were very childish and stubborn, I hated that I didn’t like them, it just felt so stupid for them to lay the blame instead of trying to come up with a plan. Also the girl felt like she was barely in the story, I was confused by this.

So I did have a few things that I didn’t like about The Maze Runner, however I still enjoyed the book overall. The ending as well has me dying to read the next book, I’m just a little scared about coming across the same problems in the next book that I did in this book so I’m going to give it a bit of a break before I get to it.

In Summary:
– I highly enjoyed The Maze Runner. It was different and exciting.
– I hated that the boys had their own swear words, it drove me up the wall at the rate they all said them.
– I felt like the mystery was a little bit obvious and that Tom and the boys were incredibly stupid for not having put it together way sooner.
– I really enjoyed reading this book but I am fearful that the next book in the series will carry over all the things I didn’t like about this book. I’m hoping everyone will grow in the next book.

Miss J

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[Review #122] Zenn Scarlett by Christian Schoon

Zenn Scarlett Cover - Review Title: Zenn Scarlett
Series: Zenn Scarlett
Book one
Author: Christian Schoon
Genre: Science Fiction
Young Adult
Rating: 
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Summary

When you’re studying to be exoveterinarian specializing in exotic, alien life forms, school… is a different kind of animal.

Zenn Scarlett is a resourceful, determined 17-year-old girl working hard to make it through her novice year of exovet training. That means she’s learning to care for alien creatures that are mostly large, generally dangerous and profoundly fascinating. Zenn’s all-important end-of-term tests at the Ciscan Cloister Exovet Clinic on Mars are coming up, and, she’s feeling confident of acing the exams. But when a series of inexplicable animal escapes and other disturbing events hit the school, Zenn finds herself being blamed for the problems. As if this isn’t enough to deal with, her absent father has abruptly stopped communicating with her; Liam Tucker, a local towner boy, is acting unusually, annoyingly friendly; and, strangest of all: Zenn is worried she’s started sharing the thoughts of the creatures around her. Which is impossible, of course. Nonetheless, she can’t deny what she’s feeling.

Now, with the help of Liam and Hamish, an eight-foot sentient insectoid also training at the clinic, Zenn must learn what’s happened to her father, solve the mystery of who, if anyone, is sabotaging the cloister, and determine if she’s actually sensing the consciousness of her alien patients… or just losing her mind. All without failing her novice year….

Review

Zenn Scarlett was a very unique book. I didn’t expect it to be so different when I picked it up but this wasn’t a bad thing. It was actually very refreshing to read something so different that held my attention so well.

Zenn Scarlett is a science fiction mystery based on Mars, humankind has populated several new worlds and has discovered many alien species, including the Indra that are the creatures that can travel through space faster than the speed of light. This alien creature is the ‘animal’ that powers all of the space ships, but recently Indra ships have been completely disappearing without a trace. No one knows what happens or who is hijacking them. Zenn Scarlett is a novice training to be a full fledged exovet; an exovet is pretty much a veterinarian that specializes in alien ‘animals’ rather than just normal animals as humankind knows them. Recently she’s been making a lot of mistakes that could cost her and her uncle Otha everything, on top of that she hasn’t heard from her father who is working on another world in months, Liam Tucker is acting unusual around her and she doesn’t know what to make of it, and she keeps having these weird experiences with the animals where she feels everything they are feeling; if just for a moment.

I really enjoyed reading this book because it was so very different, I couldn’t put this book down, it dragged me in and had me on the edge of my seat the whole time. I enjoyed reading about all of the different alien animals that Zenn helped get better, I loved her interactions with Hamish; a coeplet from another world, and enjoyed trying to put together the mystery. There was a lot going on in this book which I loved, there was never a dull moment because something was always happening.

However, I did feel slightly disconnected from this book at times. Most of these times were in the very long conversations that Zenn kept having with characters, I would be pushed out of the story and would start wondering why the conversation was still happening and how could it possibly be moving the story forward. At these times I did get a little frustrated because I became aware that I was reading a book instead of being immersed in a story, most of the conversations were obviously placed to give the reader more information about the world or Earth’s standing and why.

Overall, I mostly enjoyed Zenn Scarlett and cannot wait to read the second book!

In Summary:
– Zenn Scarlett is a very different and unique story. I really enjoyed reading it.
– There’s a lot that is going on in the story which I loved.
– Sometimes I did feel disconnected in the book, conversations would get so long that it would push me out of the story and I would start wondering why the conversation needed to be so long.
– Overall I really enjoyed this book!

Miss J

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[Review #119] The Host by Stephenie Meyer

The Host by Stephenie Meyer - Cover - Review Title: The Host
Series: The Host
Book one
Author: Stephenie Meyer
Genre: Science Fiction, Dystopia
Young Adult
Rating: 
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Summary

Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. The earth has been invaded by a species that take over the minds of human hosts while leaving their bodies intact. Wanderer, the invading “soul” who has been given Melanie’s body, didn’t expect to find its former tenant refusing to relinquish possession of her mind.

As Melanie fills Wanderer’s thoughts with visions of Jared, a human who still lives in hiding, Wanderer begins to yearn for a man she’s never met. Reluctant allies, Wanderer and Melanie set off to search for the man they both love.

Review

I have to be honest, when I first read the synopsis for The Host I had no interest in picking it up, but that was years ago when it first came out and everyone was all ‘Twilight sucks, rahhh’. I had forgotten all about this book and Stephenie Meyer until the movie adaptation was made, I ended up really enjoying the movie so I put this book on my To Be Read list. At the time I didn’t think I would ever get to this book because the sheer size of it was intimidating – over 800 pages in paperback form? Way too long for a typical young adult book!

Let me tell you. This book? This book was freaking awesome, I couldn’t put it down! I was addicted the entire time and couldn’t wait to pick it back up. I didn’t feel the length of the book, I didn’t think it was long winded or boring and I didn’t want to put it down. Even though I had seen the movie first and I already knew how the story went, I was still thoroughly entertained. Wanda and Melanie were interesting, the book was completely different to the movie in the respect of how it’s told on paper compared to on screen visually. Wanda and Melanie’s thoughts and struggles are clearer when we get to read them and I found myself getting pulled straight in.

The Host is very character driven which I loved because the character development of Wanda was fantastic. Getting to see how she changed and grew over the course of the book was interesting. I loved how at first Wanda referred to herself and Melanie as separate people but then as she got to know Melanie and understand her, Wanda referred to herself as ‘we’, two people who are one. The Host was also character driven by other characters in the book, Jamie, Jared, Jeb and Ian, each character had a strong voice and presence. I only just noticed that three of the character had names starting with the same letter, usually when that happens I forget who’s who, but in The Host Meyer had written each character in such a way that there was no mistaking who was who. I found myself wanting to see them in the story, I fell in love with the characters and the way they were portrayed.

Wanda and Melanie were easy to distinguish even though they shared the same body, their voices were very different but equally as strong as each other. I found myself sympathizing with Wanda yet wanting Melanie to succeed. Even though I had seen the movie first and knew how it ended I still felt the need to see both of them happy, I wanted to find out how it ended for them in the book. The Character relationships between all characters were so intense and so moving that you just couldn’t help but fall in love with them.

The souls themselves were so very interesting, I loved the mechanics of how they worked and what kind of species they were. I loved that each world they had been to was so vivid and described in such a way that you could imagine it. I really liked that they were aliens that were ‘outside of the box’, they weren’t ‘green men’ or destructive.

The romance in this book was amazingly interesting, it was weird because Wanda loved Jared simply because Melanie loved Jared and Wanda was in her body and remembering her memories. I really liked Ian, I liked that he fell for Wanda for who she was and how she thought, her appearance took no place in that. The tension between the four of them; Wanda, Melanie, Jared and Ian was realistic and appropriate. It was definitely interesting to see.

Stephenie Meyer is actually a pretty good storyteller in my opinion. The Host was very well written, her characters were strong, the world building was amazing, interesting and explained in a way that you didn’t even notice it was being explained, you could just see the world around Wanda and Melanie. I’m now excitedly waiting for her next books to see what she comes out with!

The Host is definitely one of  the best books I have ever read. It was fun, addicting, the characters and the world were highly developed and the idea for the plot, even though not wholly new, it was original in Meyers own voice and through the characters eyes.

In Summary:
– I absolutely loved The Host. I think it’s one of the best books I’ve ever read, the world, the characters, the souls, the plot were just amazing.
– The Host was a lot of fun to read, even though the size of it is intimidating (800+ pages) I never felt the length of the book. I was pulled in and loved every minute of reading it.
– This book is very character driven, Wanda and Melanie have strong voices and even though they share a body they were easy to distinguish because their voices were so different. The secondary characters also had strong voices and a strong presence, they also moved the story.
– The souls themselves were an incredibly interesting species, Meyer did a great job of portraying them and their culture and to show just how different they were.
– The romance in this story was epic, I just loved the whole idea of how Melanie loved Jared with her whole body that it interfered with Wanda’s own feelings for Ian. It was a weird romance that twisted and became confusing for everyone involved but was very deep and moving.
– This book proves just how amazing a writer Stephanie Meyer is. 

Jord

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[Review #118] Cress by Marissa Meyer

Cress Cover - Review - Lunar Chronicles Book 3 - Marissa Meyer Title: Cress
Series: The Lunar Chronicles
Book three
Author: Marissa Meyer
Genre: Science fiction, fairy tale retelling
Young Adult
Rating: 
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Summary

In this third book in the Lunar Chronicles, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, now with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army.

Their best hope lies with Cress, a girl imprisoned on a satellite since childhood who’s only ever had her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker. Unfortunately, she’s just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.

When a daring rescue of Cress goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a high price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing prevent her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only hope the world has

Review

Oh how I love this series! I absolutely loved Cinder and ScarletCress didn’t disappoint me.

Ever since we first saw Cress in book one I’ve been dying to hear her story, I wanted to know what Meyer had in store for the retelling (Alternate retelling? Based off of? Whatever you would like to call it.) of ‘Rapunzel’. Meyer definitely had everything planned out well and I loved it.

Cress has been locked in her little satellite for years as Queen Levana’s pawn. We learn that Cress rebels in her own secret way, she happens to be very talented at computer hacking. I loved this aspect about Cress, I thought it made her really interesting and intelligent. It stopped her from being ‘that crazy girl that’s lived in a cell for most of her life’. As a character I liked Cress although I did think her whole damsel and distress thing that she had going on was a little annoying, but it wasn’t pushed in our faces and I loved to see how that changed throughout the story.

Cress continues on not long after where Scarlet finished. The story progresses through multiples characters eyes, we even get to see a few chapters through the doctors eyes which I thought was interesting and needed for the storyline. The way the story intertwines with each character and their background is just amazing, maybe a little cliché for some parts but I still enjoyed it.

I loved this book! It was fun and exciting to read and I’m once again dying to read the next book in the series. Winter will be a very interesting conclusion. I just wish it wasn’t so long before it was released!

In Summary:
– I loved that Cress was a realistic character for the things she’s been through, as being locked in a tower for half of your life you can’t quite expect her to be completely normal. Although I was glad she wasn’t certifiably crazy. You could still relate to her.
– I love the way the story intertwines with each character and how they all relate to something or someone in one way or another. It’s cleverly done.
– Cress is just another book that I love in this series and I’m dying for Winter to be released! As always.

 

Miss J

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[Review #111] Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer Cover - Review Title: Scarlet
Series: Lunar Chronicles
Book two
Author: Marissa Meyer
Genre: Science Fiction, Fairytale retelling
Young Adult
Rating: 
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Summary

The fates of Cinder and Scarlet collide as a Lunar threat spreads across the Earth…

Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She’s trying to break out of prison—even though if she succeeds, she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive.

Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn’t know about her grandmother or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner.

Review

I’ve been highly anticipating Scarlet since I finished Cinder last year. The fact it took me so long to read this when I’ve had this book on my shelf for months is just ridiculous! I loved every minute of this book.

Scarlet was a different read to Cinder yet at the same time it still held the feeling that I felt when I read Cinder. The world was the same, I could crisply picture how the world had become in the future. The world building felt consistent which I was relieved with. This book followed along Scarlet’s path and story which happened to relate to Cinder in a way. I really liked that this book was mainly in Scarlet’s POV although at the same time we got chapters of other characters POV’s to see what they were up to; Cinder was still there and highly involved in the story. Even though she wasn’t the main, main character that this story focused on.

I liked Scarlet, she was fiery and passionate, she was fun to read. But as the book went on I did start to get annoyed at her naivety, her stubbornness and sometimes her childishness. Sometimes I thought she was so stupid for not having things figured out already. I really liked Wolf, he was interesting and alluring yet scary. Thorne was another new character that we got to meet and fall in love with, he became Cinder’s sidekick in a way although he likes to think of Cinder as his sidekick.

I loved how the story of Scarlet worked in with Cinder and how the characters Scarlet and Cinder related to each other. It was fascinating and interesting in how Meyer has worked this series. It only makes me more excited to read the rest of it and see where Meyer takes each story and how she works it in. This series is definitely my favourite retelling of fairy tales without it being a retelling.

Miss J

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[Review #95] Winter Omens by Trisha Leigh

Winter Omens by Trisha Leigh Cover - Review Title: Winter Omens
Series: The Last Year
Book two
Author: Trisha Leigh
Genre: Paranormal, Science Fiction
Young Adult
Rating: 
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Summary

Althea and Lucas barely escaped the Others’ clutches in the autumn, and were separated in the process. Alone and on the run from the cruel alien race determined to exterminate her, Althea struggles to adapt and survive in a world she never imagined. 

When a boy named Pax appears out of nowhere, he quickly recognizes Althea for what she is – a human/Other hybrid just like him. Althea begs him to help her find Lucas, but Pax refuses, intent on following his own mysterious agenda. 

The Others’ presence continues to devour the planet’s resources, and if history is an indication, they won’t leave until Earth is destroyed beyond repair. Althea and Pax sense the only way to save themselves – and maybe their home – is to understand the powers simmering inside them. 

Together they push the limits of their capabilities in the quiet Wilds, but are soon confronted with a terrifying fact: no place is safe from the relentless pursuit of the Others.

Least of all their own minds.

Review

Winter Omens was even better than the first book in the series, Whispers in Autumn. I was captivated right from the start, I felt like this book was faster paced in the writing than Whispers in Autumn which was something that I remember slowed Whispers in Autumn down for me. At times I did feel like it was a little tough to get through, like chewing on a tough steak and it takes you a while to finish it, but that never deterred me from reading on.

In the beginning of Winter Omens Althea has woken up in her Winter home base in Iowa, since the pack she had ready and packed back in her Autumn home base was now useless as she had woken up in another season, she very quietly and quickly grabs food and blankets she would need in the wilds. She knows she needs to go there to escape out of the reach of the Others. She was upset and angry that she was now separated from Lucas, whom was winter, and they never travelled to their own seasons. But she was determined to survive, she’s just not sure what to do next. Even though there isn’t much action at first I felt excited and thrilled to read the beginning because of the writing style and the fact I really had no idea what was going to happen next.

This book had an Ashes‘ feel minus the flesh eating zombies, as Althea and Pax roam the ‘Wilds’ trying to get to Portland all the while looking out for the Others (An Alien entity that took over earth years before Althea was born) and trying not to get killed. Althea is determined to figure out a way to get to Lucas but knows that she must travel to Portland to help Pax first, otherwise Pax would never agree to help her and her crazy plan of trying to save earth and the humans from the Others. The way Trisha Leigh reminded us of the events in book one was nice and subtle, she didn’t list down what had happened but instead slipped it in with Althea’s train of thought. I liked the way this was done.

I thoroughly liked Pax. Simply because he was a refreshing character in contrast to Lucas. Although I remember I never really warmed to Lucas, Lucas felt too much like a cardboard cut-out. Whereas Pax was sexier, badass, exciting and had more of an attitude and personality. It was fun to read his and Althea’s interactions. And with all the tension flying around them I simply couldn’t help but fall for Pax. This is a love triangle done right. This is a triangle that I know may just put me through a lot of pain through the next two books!

Winter Omens had me reeling near the end, it made me emotional and I just can’t stop thinking about how it snuck up on me. It hurt. But then it was amazing. And now I just can’t stop thinking about this book!

I definitely recommend you give this series a go. I was a huge fan of book one and book two was a hell of a lot better!

Similar: Tundra 37, Ashes,

Miss J

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[Review #94] Messenger in the Mist by Aubrie Dionne

Messenger in the Mist by Aubrie Dionne Cover - Review Title: Messenger in the Mist
Standalone
Author: Aubrie Dionne
Genre: Fantasy
Adult
Rating: 
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Summary

Two factions on the verge of war…A countryside overrun with beasts…A love tested against duty…

Star, a messenger for the Elite Riders of Evenspark, races through the misted countryside delivering correspondence to the bordering Fortress of Ravencliff. The route is haunted by the mysterious beasts that lurk in the moors. Star risks her life for the hope of relocating her parents, for the glory of her illustrious career, and for an unrequited love.

On one such mission, Star discovers she carries plans for the assassination of Prince Valen of Ravencliff – the man who has captured her heart. Weighing love against livelihood, she must decide what’s more important…the safety of her country or her love for the Prince, who is betrothed to Princess Vespa of Evenspark.

With the mist is rising, enabling the Elyndra to gather and threaten the borders of both kingdoms, Star must unravel the mystery of their existence and forestall a war.

Review

When I picked up Messenger in the Mist I really had no idea what I was about to read, but I’ve liked Aubrie Dionne’s other books so I decided to give this a go. I’m really glad I did because I really enjoyed this book. It was a different type of fantasy, it was sweet and fun but also scary and the world was very interesting.

The mist rules the world, it keeps the kingdoms caged in and frightened of leaving their walls. It has always been like this. The Mist covers the land and in it are terrifying winged beasts that snatch you up and carry you away. All the kingdoms have sent out journeymen to try and discover other lands uninhibited by the mist but they’ve never returned. The kingdoms protect themselves by their own means. Evenspark have caged themselves in with windblowers that blow the mist away from all sides and keep everyone safe from the beasts, Ravencliff has is a fortress surrounded by walls so high the mist cannot reach that far up.

Star is the head of the messengers in Evenspark. She travels through the mist to deliver letters between the two kingdoms. In Ravencliff she is always excited and hoping for letters addressed to the royal family so she can see the prince, never in her wildest dreams would she think her infatuation with him would go anywhere. But then she uncovers a plan of treachery and assassination towards Ravencliff’s royal family and she finds herself thrown into an adventure.

I really liked this story, it was sweet in places, exciting in others. The idea of a mist covering the land with beasts that live in it is such a cool and awesome idea! I almost wanted more of the story with more twists and turns just so I could read more of this world. The idea did remind me of the playstation one game Legend of Legaia, except this was a little different and I still liked how it turned out,

Fallon was my favourite character. I find my favourite characters are always the sarcastic, witty and entertaining ones… Fallon was funny and charming, although I really wanted more of him. I wished he had more page time because I felt like I could have grown to really love him but since he wasn’t in it for a whole lot of time I didn’t get to see him. And the scene where Star first meets him? I just knew he was going to be a main character in this story. I mean he was shirtless and sounded aloof which to me portrays sexy… No point in getting readers excited for nothing.

I liked the way everything turned out, except I wanted more in the middle of the book, more between Star and Fallon, more tension and interaction, more attraction. I also wanted a little bit more depth and more time for the romance to really grow and develop. For me I kind if knew where the romance was going but then we get to a point in the story and it gets intense too fast and I felt like it hit me over the head with a bat simply because I hadn’t quite put the pieces together. It didn’t quite feel like it had developed enough to get to that stage. The journeying in this story was exciting but I felt like it took no time at all to get anywhere. The sense of time wasn’t quite right. I never felt like it had been days of travelling or waiting, it felt more like an hour of time had passed.

And then it only took Star and Fallon a matter of days to travel to where they were heading yet all of the journeymen the kingdoms had sent out years a go never made it back? Sure those journeymen probably all died and that was the reason why they didn’t return, but I do find it hard for my suspense of belief to stretch so far to believe not a single one was able to return with information. I feel like the travelling needed to be longer, it needed to be weeks of travelling for me to be satisfied and for it to be believable. I also don’t believe no one would have ever dared to travel north, in the direction the mist was coming from, it only makes logical sense to do so earlier. These little things did irk me but it didn’t stop me from really enjoying this book!

Overall Messenger in the Mist was a nice light fantasy read that kept me entertained. I say it was light but it did get me invested in the characters and the storyline, it just felt a little short for me to really love it and for the world or plot to get very complex.

In Summary:
– This story was interesting and I really liked the idea of the mist. I liked the world this story was set in.
– Fallon was my favourite character, he was witty and sarcastic and overall entertaining and attractive. But I really wished he had more page time in the story.
– While I did enjoy this book I did feel like the stretch of my suspense of belief couldn’t quite reach to the places the author intended, making me question a few things.

Miss J

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