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Reading Level: Ages 12 and up
Hardcover: 412 Pages
Release Date: December 11, 2012
Narration: Third Person:
Cleo, Jonas, Magnus, Lucia
Falling Kingdoms Series
Book One: Falling Kingdoms
Book Two: Rebel Spring (2013)
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In a land where magic has been forgotten but peace has reigned for centuries, a deadly unrest is simmering. Three kingdoms grapple for power--brutally transforming their subjects' lives in the process. Amidst betrayals, bargains, and battles, four young people find their fates forever intertwined:
Cleo: A princess raised in luxury must embark on a rough and treacherous journey into enemy territory in search of a magic long thought extinct.
Jonas: Enraged at injustice, a rebel lashes out against the forces of oppression that have kept his country impoverished--and finds himself the leader of a people's revolution centuries in the making.
Lucia: A girl adopted at birth into a royal family discovers the truth about her past--and the supernatural legacy she is destined to wield.
Magnus: Bred for aggression and trained to conquer, a firstborn son begins to realize that the heart can be more lethal than the sword...
The only outcome that's certain is that kingdoms will fall. Who will emerge triumphant when all they know has collapsed?
I had so many mixed feelings about this novel. When I first laid eyes upon it in Barnes and Noble, I was ecstatic! The cover, which spotlighted a cloaked assassin wielding two deadly daggers in front of a fog surrounded castle, intrigued and appealed to my
curious nature. I was immediately asking myself, "What's this novel about!?" "Are there assassins in it?" "Why is he/she veiled?" "What's up with the hawk?". Sadly, the cover has little to do with the actual book. The only connection I made was the flying bird and possibly the castle, although the castle looks nothing like I would expect it to be.
Falling Kingdoms is told in third person via Cleo, Jonas, Lucia, and Magnus. One spot where the novel really shined, was the switch in perspectives between these characters and some of the minor ones. Even though the author constantly interchanged between the people in one kingdom to the people in the next, I never once felt confused as to who was talking or where they were located. Some might have trouble distinguishing one character from the other in the very beginning, because there are alot of new characters that are introduced at once. However, as you continue, you'll discover that each person has a very unique personality and perspective of seeing things that set them apart from each other.
Cleo, the youngest princess of the prosperous Auranian Kingdom, came off as selfish, bratty, and spoiled at first. I immediately disliked her weak nature and her easy to bend will. However, as the story progressed she grew in strength, mentally and emotionally. The difficult and trying situations she was forced to face and overcome, prepared her for what lay ahead and slowly shaped her into the queen she was always capable of being.
Jonas was a poor boy who resided in Paelsia, a gradually dying kingdom. He had a revolutionary mind and wanted nothing more than to crush the Auranian royals beneath his feet. He was quick to anger and instead of thinking plans through, he went along and did them. Even if they were idiotic and suicidal. He was also quick to jump to conclusions (that didn't make any sense whatsoever...) which didn't bring me to like him anymore than I already did. However, near the end, we also see a little bit of character development. Instead of blindly following orders from a bloodthirsty king, he stops and thinks about the possible outcomes of the current situation.
Lucia made the best impression on me in the beginning. She was sweet, kindhearted, yet still had a little bit of bite to her. But after a certain event takes place (Can't say without giving away spoilers! D:), she acts unrealistically. Something that drastic happens, by your hand, and you just forget about it and never bring it up again? Not even have the slightest amount of guilt for what you did?
Magnus, the son of the notorious Limeros King, was always living in his older half brother's shadow. He never felt loved and was abused as a kid, which made him a little dark. Understandable. But even though he was badly treated growing up, he was still merciful and had a good heart underneath the rough exterior. Although as the
novel progressed, Magnus slowly started to become more and more like his evil father.
Sorry I can't hold this one in. When Magnus stated that he was in love with his sister, I literally had to put the book down and find myself something else to do. Even though I subconsciously knew that they weren't siblings, it still grossed me out. There are a couple novels out there that spring the big "Your brother and sister" card, but in the back of your mind, you always knew they weren't. For example: In the Mortal Instruments, Clary and Jace discover there actually "brother and sister," but still have feelings for each other. In my opinion, that's not too bad because they grew up SEPARATELY and never knew each other up until that moment. Magnus and Lucia grew up together, wholeheartedly believing that they were siblings born from the same mother. It just.....rubbed me the wrong way.*END OF SPOILER*
The action was mehh. When I started this book, the overzealous details and the over the top worldbuilding made everything seem rather tedious and slow. I felt like it kept on dragging on and on and kept waiting for something exciting to leap up at me. However, in the last 20% of the novel, the pacing picked up noticeably! I loved the way Morgan intertwined the stories of four very different characters from three warring kingdoms together in the end.
I didn't think that the romance was all that believable. The love that sprang up between Cleo and her guard, Theon, seemed sudden and veered towards the Insta-Love category. But....since this story jumps from four different perspectives, it might be possible that significant amounts of time have passed, but we just don't know it.
Overall, Falling Kingdoms was a bit too slow paced for my tastes. The characters each annoyed me in their own ways, and either surprised me towards the end or disappointed me altogether. However, even though I never fully connected with this story, I still enjoyed the way Morgan wrote the four different POVs and how she intertwined their stories in the end.
Only giving it a three
because it picked up near the end.
Paperback: 272 Pages
Release Date: November 20, 2012
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
The Reaper Diaries
Book One: Undeadly
Book Two: Unchosen (2013)
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The day I turned 16, my boyfriend-to-be died. I brought him back to life. Then things got a little weird...
Molly Bartolucci wants to blend in, date hottie Rick and keep her zombie-raising abilities on the down-low. Then the god Anubis chooses her to become a reaper—and she accidentally undoes the work of another reaper, Rath. Within days, she's shipped off to the Nekyia Academy, an elite boarding school that trains the best necromancers in the world. And her personal reaping tutor? Rath.
Life at Nekyia has its plusses. Molly has her own personal ghoul, for one. Rick follows her there out of the blue, for another...except, there's something a little off about him. When students at the academy start to die and Rath disappears, Molly starts to wonder if anything is as it seems. Only one thing is certain—-Molly's got an undeadly knack for finding trouble....
Finally got enough time to squeeze in a review! To be honest, I should be studying trig right now, but ehhh procrastination does seem to be my specialty. xD So in the past week, I was fortunate enough to receive an ebook version of Undeadly by Michelle Vail from the awesome people at Netgalley! When I first read the synopsis, which was a long LONG time ago, I was practically jumping up and down in glee. Why, you ask? Because I'm a HUGE mythology buff, and after reading Rick Riordan's Kane Chronicles (Based off of Egyptian Mythology, if you don't know. :), I was practically salivating to glean more information about the mysterious Egyptian legends and gods. However, after reading more than a couple of not-so-great reviews, my excitement slowly dwindled. In fact, it diminished to the point where I was literally flinching, when I finally psyched myself up enough to open the book.
The protagonist, Molly Bartolucci, was immature and annoying in the beginning. Her sense of humor, at times, was amusing. But 80% of the time, it made absolutely no sense or was so cheesy, that I was fighting the urge to set the book down and vow to never open it again. I believe that the author was attempting to give Molly a more teenish attitude and outlook on life, but she wasn't able to hit the nail on the head. The slang that Molly and her friends used were not things that normal mentally sound teenagers would say, at least not in my opinion.
Aside from her corny jokes and annoying style of speaking, she also took alot of TSTL (Too stupid to live) actions. There was this one particular scene near the end of the book, when I had to fight the urge to strangle the living daylights out of her. For example, lets say someone points a gun at your head and threatens to kill you if you don't do what they say. Would you A. Panic and run away screaming. B. Keep your composure and silently plot your escape or C. Fall to your knees and beg for mercy. In Molly's case, she chose D. None of the above. Even after everything that her attacker did to her and all the questionable actions she took, Molly still didn't know if that person was friend or foe. Really?
However, even though she was a few fries short of a happy meal, she still grew in character.....a little bit. Near the end, she learned to stop, force herself to stop talking for a minute, and listen. She learned to take in her surroundings, keep a calm expression on her face during stressful times, and think of a way to solve whatever messed up situation she got herself into. Although I didn't really like or connect with Molly's character in this novel, I'm hoping I'll grow to like her more in the next installment.
Wow. I think that's the most I've ever written on a protagonist. Moving on to the love interests. In Undeadly, we have an almost there, but not quite, love triangle. We have Rick, the golden boy who always does what's right, and Rath, the dark, brooding, and mysterious bad boy. Sound familiar? Before reading the novel, I already knew that I wasn't going to like Rick, and my guess ended up being correct. Why didn't I like him? He was a bland character to me. There was nothing mysterious about him. I never had questions like, "Who is he really?" or "What's his real motive?" swirling around in my head. ***Minor Spoiler to those who haven't read summary*** And the way that Rick died? He just happened to turn around, trip, and crack his head open? It sounded so....unrealistic and hard to believe.***End Spoiler*** Rath I liked more. He had the cryptic and dark vibe thing going on, and being the total girl I am, I couldn't help but be drawn to it. Don't ask me why girls tend to gravitate toward bad boys, because I honestly don't understand it either.
The action was the only saving grace for this novel, besides the cool Egyptian facts of course! I never got bored with Undeadly and the premise was interesting as well. I was expecting the necromancers and zombies to be more hidden and secret. Something mere humans wouldn't be able to see. However, this was not the case! Zombies and necromancers, in this world, are common knowledge to everyone. Zombies could be anything from slaves, pets, or maids. Although they could still eat you whenever they had the sudden craving. I'm not a huge zombie fan, in fact I usually despise zombies with a passion, but this novel made me enjoy them more.
Overall, Undeadly had great potential but fell flat for me. It reminded me of my first feelings towards Jennifer Estep's Touch Of Frost series. However, since those novels progressed into the awesomeness they are today, I'm more than likely going to read the next installment in this series. Who knows? Maybe Michelle will follow in Jennifer's footsteps. If your a huge fan of both zombies and Egyptian mythology, then you might enjoy this novel more than I did.
*An ebook copy was provided by Netgalley
in exchange for a honest and thoughtful review.*
Reading Level: Ages 13 and up
Hardcover: 342 Pages
Release Date: April 1, 2012
Publisher: Scholastic Press
The Ascendance Trilogy
Book One: The False Prince
Book Two: The Runaway King (3/1/13)
Book Three: Unknown
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THE FALSE PRINCE is the thrilling first book in a brand-new trilogy filled with danger and deceit and hidden identities that will have readers rushing breathlessly to the
In a discontent kingdom, civil war is brewing. To unify the divided people, Conner, a nobleman of the court, devises a cunning plan to find an impersonator of the king's long-lost son and install him as a puppet prince. Four orphans are recruited to compete for the role, including a defiant boy named Sage. Sage knows that Conner's motives are more than questionable, yet his life balances on a sword's point -- he must be chosen to play the prince or he will certainly be killed. But Sage's rivals have their own agendas as well.
As Sage moves from a rundown orphanage to Conner's sumptuous palace, layer upon layer of treachery and deceit unfold, until finally, a truth is revealed that, in the end, may very well prove more dangerous than all of the lies taken together.
An extraordinary adventure filled with danger and action, lies and deadly truths that will have readers clinging to the edge of their seats.
Woo! I finished reading the False Prince a whole week ago, and I'm STILL fangirling over it's epicness. I can't even begin explaining to you, in coherent words, how much I have idolized this book. Whether I'm waking up in the morning, brushing my teeth, or doing math equations in school, I always find myself drifting off and pondering how much I LOVED this novel. While I was rambling to myself, trying to find a reason not to adore this book, which I didn't, I actually walked into a wall. I kid you not! My mental stability is on the verge of completely abandoning me.
My first impressions of The False Prince? I glanced at it in Barnes and Noble, but my reaction pretty much equated to mehh, and I walked off to find something better to read. Weeks later, it was in almost all of my recommendation tabs for each of my favorite books. Whatever I did, The False Prince just wouldn't leave me alone! So finally, I relented and decided to request it at the library.
Even with the novel in my hand, I wasn't too excited to read it. You see, I'm not a huge fan of male protagonists, because I don't feel as connected to them as I do to female
protagonists. Because let's face it. Boys have a COMPLETELY different mindset
then girls do. However, as soon as I cracked this novel open, I knew it was a
keeper, because I was immediately entranced by the mindblowing world Jennifer
creates. Huh that's weird....the majority of my favorite novels are written by authors who's first names are Jennifer. I'm beginning to see a trend....
The protagonist, Sage, is so freaking amazing! So amazing that he's equally amazing and might even surpass Percy Jackson on my scale of amazingness! Wow, I need to widen my vocabulary. Anyways, in this story four orphans are selected for the chance at a life of lavishness and comfort. What's the catch? The only away they can achieve that life, is to impersonate the long lost prince of Carthya, Jaron. Each orphan embodies a single trait, like strength and intelligence. Sage, the boy who stole my heart, expresses cunningness and the ability to worm his way out of tough situations. He was strong, brave, perceptive, and above all, compassionate towards people, even those who have crossed him countless times. When I picture Sage, I see an eighteen year old guy, while in reality he's only fourteen going on fifteen. Which is so hard to believe, because his way of speaking and some of his more distinct mannerisms remind me that of an adult! As most guy characters are, he has a tendency to be slightly arrogant, but I loved him too much to care!
The other characters in the novel, mostly the other prince impersonators, had my head reeling! One second they were the good guys and then they were the bad guys. I couldn't predict anything, because their actions constantly changed for the better or for the worse. Throughout the whole novel, I found myself talking to who knows what,
saying things like, "Trust him Trust him!" and then "Ohh wait...I take that back trust the other guy!" a little while later "Crap..never mind I'm going with my first instinct, and around and around it goes. The False Prince was completely unpredictable, and that's one of the biggest reasons why I loved it! I actually guessed what was going to happen at the end correctly, prior to reading the book. However, as I was reading the novel, I forgot all about my hypothesis and ended up being flabbergasted by the change in events! Now that my friends, is a telltale sign, of an majorly skilled and talented author.
The action was super well paced. Once I started this novel, I couldn't put it down even if my life was depending on it. I was hanging breathlessly to every single word that was being said and each twist and turn that occurred. There was NEVER a single moment, where I got bored or found a spot to stop and call it a night. And once again I became a walking corpse in school, because I read until three A.M. xD
For those of you who only read novels for the romance....you might not have the same views on The False Prince as I did. There was little, if any, romance in this book. Which I'm totally fine with, because I only read books for the action!
Overall, The False Prince has probably made it to my top five favorite books of all time. Which is a huge deal, because I have read a countless number of books in my lifetime. It was chock full of action and had me gasping at every twist and turn on the road. And that ending!? Held me absolutely flabbergasted even when I should've saw it
coming. I would recommend this novel to both boys and girls of all ages, and especially to fans of the renowned Percy Jackson series. However, one thing that you should definitely do is set aside enough time to finish this novel in one sitting, because The False Prince will capture your attention and leave you breathlessly flipping pages, begging for more!
“Hail His Majesty, the scourge of my life," Conner said to Roden and Tobias as he stomped up the stairs. "I fear the devils no longer, because I have the worst of them right here in my home!”-Jennifer A. Nielsen, The False Prince
“A person can be educated and still be stupid, and a wise man can have no education at all.” -Jennifer A. Nielsen, The False Prince
Romance- N/A Not a romance book. :P
Reading Level: Ages 13 and up
Paperback: 384 Pages
Release Date: December 24, 2012
Mythos Academy Series
Book One: Touch of Frost
Book Two: Kiss of Frost
Book Three: Dark Frost
Book Four: Crimson Frost
Book Five: Midnight Frost (August 2013)
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For a moment, a face flashed before my eyes—the most hideous face I’d ever seen. No matter how hard I tried to forget what had happened, I saw him everywhere I went. It was Loki—the evil god that I’d helped set free against my will.
I should have known that my first official date with Logan Quinn was destined to end in disaster. If we’d gotten into a swordfight, or been ambushed by Reapers, I’d have been more prepared. But getting arrested mid-sip at the local coffee hangout? I didn’t see that one coming.
I’ve been accused of purposely helping the Reapers free Loki from his prison—and the person leading the charge against me is Linus Quinn, Logan’s dad. The worst part is that pretty much everyone at Mythos Academy thinks I’m guilty. If I’m going to get out of this mess alive, I’ll have to do it myself…
This series has gradually progressed into something worth reading. When I first read Touch of Frost, I thought it would be similar to the Born At Midnight series by C.C. Hunter, because the Mythos Academy idea resembled that of Shadow Falls. However, I learned pretty quickly that that was not the case. Touch of Frost, in my opinion, was corny, boring, and slightly unrealistic. But even though I got a bad first impression, I had faith in Jennifer Estep and decided to continue reading the series. I'm so happy that I did! Throughout the last two novels, Jennifer's humor has grown, and instead of Gwen's inner dialogue being completely facepalm worthy, I found myself actually laughing at some points of the novel. I'm not saying that this novel was perfect...but really, what novel is?
Gwen has grown in character in some parts and stayed the same in others. In Crimson Frost, Gwen is braver then ever before and is willing to do anything to save the people that she loves. A quality that is very admirable in any character. And as I said in the first paragraph, her sense of humor has improved drastically compared to the first novel. There are still certain parts that I found corny, but not nearly as much. However, I still had many problems with her character. I don't want to give away too much information, but for example: When she was falsely accused of doing something she didn't do, she would yell, "I didn't do anything wrong!" over and over again. I mean I don't mind if you yell it once or twice but come on, think of a better way of explaining what happened. She sounded more like a whiny kid at that moment than Nike's Champion. There were also other things that she said that rubbed me the wrong way, but you'll have to read the book and judge it yourself. :P
Jennifer does a pretty good job at summarizing the past three books. Since I read tons of books at a time, it's super difficult to keep track of which character goes with which book, especially if those novels have similar themes. But I didn't have any trouble remembering any characters in these particular books, with the exception of Morgan. But Jennifer reminded us who she was, not long after Morgan made an appearance.
The action was super well paced! Crimson Frost was one of the few books that could fully capture my attention! Even if I didn't totally like the actions that Gwen took, I couldn't tear my eyes off of the page. There was always something interesting and intriguing taking place, so that the reader would never lose interest! I was literally reading Crimson Frost until the wee hours of the morning, which resulted in me turning into a walking zombie at school. Ask my friends, they're my witnesses! xD
Hmm.....what else to say. Ooh Ooh, I know! So in the last book, Dark Frost, we met the Fenrir Wolf that Gwen saved, Nott, I believe her name was. *Spoiler for those who haven't read the last book* For some reason, I care more about an animals' death in a book than a human one. Seriously, after Nott died protecting Gwen, I fell to the ground crying my eyes out, because Nott was by far my favorite character. I loved her so much, and my heart just broke to see her go. That's why when we discovered that Nott had her baby, Nyx, I was overjoyed! Not as happy as I would've been if Nott survived, but still happy that there was going to be another wolf puppy in the next novel. I was hoping for Nyx to have a bigger role in Crimson Frost, but she was gone for most of it. *Frowny Face* However, I understand the reasoning behind that, because she's still a teeny puppy and can't help out at all. Hopefully she'll be close to fully grown in the next installment, and we can see her alot more! :D
Overall, Crimson Frost was a huge improvement from the previous novels in this series. It was action packed, had decent humor, and had me Reading Until Dawn! xD Be sure to set aside some time for this novel, unless you want to become a walking zombie like mua. xD