Sunday, June 12, 2016

Title:The Reluctant Sacrifice 
Author: Kerr-Ann Dempster
Publisher:Ink City Books
                                                               Published Date: August 7th,2015
Rating: 4 Stars

Synopsis:Centuries ago, sibling rivalry tore Aramith apart. As punishment, the losers were stripped of their immortal birthright and banished to Earth. There, they wasted away from old age and diseases. However, there is hope… 

If a Shaw child, born on the 12th day of the 12th month offers her soul in a public sacrifice, then the exiles will be forgiven and welcomed home to Aramith. 

Aubrey Shaw is that child, but dying for the exiles is not on her to-do list. Using her gift as a Jumper, Aubrey leaps between bodies to escape relentless shape-shifting hunters. Only, shedding her skin is not enough. Not when Joshua, her best-friend-turned-hunter, is hell-bent on dragging her to the altar. 

Will Aubrey’s love for Joshua change his mind? 

Or, will she have to trust the scarred stranger who shows up out of the blue cloaked in lies and secrets? Doing so means giving up on Joshua. But betting on Joshua's love could do more than break her heart. 

It could kill her.

This book was so unexpectedly refreshingly good. The author took this new concept, one that I've never seen explored in any book that I've read and took up deeper in the tapestry of the whole picture and how everyone is connected. This story follows the main character, Aubrey who is basically put into a horrible situation that is out of her control. 

Basically her former best friend is out to kill her to put her on the altar as a sacrifice, and this story tracks how she survives and works through this. She has major conflicts and betrayals with those closest to her and at points she honestly doesn't know who to trust, and who wants the best for her. It's highly-suspenseful, definitely a page-turner that makes you drool for the sequel that will come out.

The only reason why I personally didn't give it a full five stars is because the ending was disappointingly rushed up, because something that Aubrey had been preparing for... didn't exactly work out let's just say that. A minor plot twist thrown in there which I wasn't expecting and kind of put a negative damp to the book overall.

The writing is fast-paced, and I honestly just sat down and read this book in sitting, which is always a sign of a superb book in my opinion. Would highly recommend to anyone who likes action/adventure types of stories.

*I got this review copy of a book thanks to "For Love of a Book" Read and Review Program in exchange for an honest opinion.*

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Title:The Invisible Library 
Author: Genevieve Cogman 
                                                               Published Date: June 14.2016 
Rating: 3 Stars

"She just wanted-had always wanted-a good book to read. Being chased by hellhounds and blowing things up were comparatively unimportant parts of the job. Getting the books-now, that was what really mattered to her." (Page 16)

Right off the bat, I knew that I could find a similar identity in the protagonist, Irene who was purely a lover of books whose mission it was to preserve them. This really just resonated with the life choices that I have made and my personal calling to be an elementary librarian.Don't get me wrong; all of the action was quite delightful Here's my little summary of the content:

Irene, a junior librarian is sent to this completely unknown alternative world that is chaos-infested and she is confronted with unpredictable magic and supernatural creature. Not only that, but then she discovers that she is in a game of claiming possession on a dangerous book, and it's even more perilous than she thought. What is she really willing to do to secure this prize of a book?

For most of this book you are left in the dark, thirsting to know more. A thriller that is almost at its highest potential, albeit only one that deserves three out of five stars. If I'm completely honest, after reading so many fantasy books the worldbuilding in this book isn't up to par or up to my personal standards. I think that there needs to be more explanations and less info-dumping because an author should make it a point to seamlessly feed information into the pages with the right amount of balance. I needed to know more about the Fae and dragons and Cogman only gave us the bare details and therefore I really had to struggle with imagining what is happening. Overall though, this will get a 3 rating of stars and I can't wait to continue on with Irene on this journey in book #2.

*Disclaimer: I received this book from this publisher in exchange for my honest opinion and review.*