Blackwing (Raven’s Mark #1) by Ed McDonald | Review

Blackwing (Ravens' Mark #1)BowBowBowBowBow 5/5 Ribbons for this awesome & dark fantasy book!

Blackwing is a job not everybody is allowed to do- not everybody can manage. The Nameless choose them for different reasons. Why Crowfoot chose Galharrow, he doesn’t know himself. The Nameless have been fighting the Deep Kings for millenia and humans are just like bugs under their feet at worst, a means to fight each other at the best of times.

Once he had been something, someone else but now, he is Blackwing and when he is not, he rides through the war-born wasteland that is the Range. Magic seeps though its air and creeps into your skin, blinds you, deceives you, makes you sick. The creatures that live there are born of hate and the darkest magic imaginable. Galharrow is hunting in the Rage…

This book is gory, dark, critical and wonderful and it had me hooked from page one guys! In recent weeks, I haven’t had time to read a lot of books but this one was just so awesome, I just had to read it through within a week which is the equivalent of my usually 24 hours 😀

There is a major conspiracy in the book and I really don’t want to tell you more about the plot- which was awesome. it had the gore, it had the social criticism, it had the setting, the world and even some very fitting romance and self-reflection. What stood out for me above all was the amazing main character. That’s why i can really recommend this book to everybody who wants to try out something new.

I loved and hated Galharrow and it was amazing to unravel the mysteries that surround the biggest secret the Nameless have. I really urge you to all go and read this wonderful and gripping start of a new fantasy series that I’m sure will blow your mind! I am usually a little bit stingy,m but I WILL buy this one in August ❤

 

Klara, over and out 😉

 

I received an ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

The Empire’s Ghost by Isabelle Steiger |Review

The Empire's GhostBowBowBowBow 4/5 Ribbons

The Empire’ Ghost is a book full of mysteries and dark secrets, fading magic and the plots of the cunning. There are a lot of characters involved which I came to love.Braddok for example is one of my favourite outlaws.

I loved how the story progressed slowly and every character had a back story, and depth that not many authors accomplish without being boring. I found that Steiger has mastered the art of not telling much, but having said everything that is needed. The hesitant stories and pieces provided by the characters left you wondering what would happen next and how the war for the continent would end.
Of course, the reader is left hanging because we don’t see what is going to happen next, at least not in this part of the series. This is actually the only reason I have 4 Stars. I would have liked there to be a little more plot, overall. Even though I enjoyed the book and its characters extremely, I cannot write this review without telling my readers that even though the plot is well-built and thought-through, it is progressing slow because the important thing for now are the characters and world-building.

But it is worth reading because the world building is at least just as awesome as character development! The history of the different kingdom is told through its intriguing and fierce characters who will try everything to stop their kingdom from being overrun by the Emperor. Every one of them has their own way to go about it, though. We visit lots of ruined and thriving places, learn their story and the story of all those involved.

It was fun reading about this new and intriguing world where magic has almost been forgotten. I would recommend this book to everyone who wants to read something new and exciting and doesn’t mind that’s it’s the first book of a surely awesome series and things have to be explained in this part first.

Ensnared by Rita Stradling | Review

BowBowBowhalf-bow  3.5/5 Ribbons

and five for the beautiful cover ❤

EnsnaredEnsnared is a really cool, futuristic fantasy/ romance novel that can be devoured within a few short hours. We travel with Alainn, who lives in world where robots have replaced the working class of her society and are a big part of life. They drive cars fo you, the have replaced the police and are maintaining buildings. Organs and food as well as microchips are printed instead of created or cooked. It’s a really interesting world.

Unfortunately, we don’t get to know much about its limitations, how it came to be this way or how most humans cope or work with this situation. Actually, we don’t even know whether there are just much less humans on Earth in general because the book doesn’t tell us anything about this aspect, except what Alainn’s role is in all this.

Her father is a gambling genius who had a big project but couldn’t deliver a robot in time. As it is, the AI robot (artificial intelligence) looks exactly like Alainn and so, through a few circumstances the robot arranged, Alainn is sent to the new owner of the AI robot rose instead, until she can be exchanged with a finished and fully functioning AI robot.

But things, as usual, don’t go as planned and secret plots are discovered, hearts are broken, traumatizing memories haunt the characters involved and there is even a love story going on.

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Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller | Review

Mask of Shadows (Untitled, #1)

BowBowBowBow 4/5 Ribbons

 

Hey there! I’m back again! I know, it’s been about two weeks and I really want to apologize for not answering comments so late. The truth is, I barely had any time to sleep. Essay deadlines and my two jobs have kept me busy all month and that’s why you haven’t seen me around lately. But I promise to keep you up to date from now on! 😀

So let’s get this review going guys because I have much to tell you about Mask of Shadows! 😉

Mask of Shadows is about Sal, who wishes to be part of the Queen’s assassination squad, the Left Hand. The book is all about that competition and even though that may sound boring, it was really intriguing, which is why I actually read through the book even though I didn’t have much time to read at all. Usually, I lose interest if I can’t get through a book after reading for a week and DNF. I think I spent all March reading only this book ( and University related stuff).

Sal is an extremely interesting character with a dark past that’s haunting them and I love how little slips and touches, smells or words woke their memory and I got to know them better and better as the story progressed. Through him, the bloody history of the country he lives in is told and their motive for entering the competition.

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The Waterfall Traveller by S.J.Lem | Review

BowBowBowhalf-bow 4/5 Ribbons

 

The Waterfall Traveler by S.J. LemThe Waterfall Traveller is a fun and entertaining read which brings you into a world where in every country, the weater is different. In the town where it all began for Samuel, Ri’s adoptive father, a horrible man reigns the por with an iron fist. But two guys stand there and smuggle healing weeds and medicine into the city. Rice, Mallory and Baxter are part of this unforgiving town and help Ri get back to Samuel, but what she discovers on her way back is not only amazing, but also confusing and dangerous…

I really enjoyed reading the Waterfall Traveller. It has a lot of action in it so the pase is fast but not overwhelmingly so. The writing style is easy and fast to read, funny and engaging. I loved how the characters grew together over time and how they interacted with each other. There was a great group development. In the beginning, everybody is distrustful and cares mostly for their own skin but after some time, even supposed enemies grow fond of each other as their try to survive.

The reasons why I have four stars was because there were some moments of confusing and irrational insta-love which really had me wonderung what was going on there. And also, I kind of rolled my eyes evertime some danger stood in the group’s way and everybody had an argument about who would be sacrificing themselves for the rest and then miraculously make it out alive. That string got old really fast.

 

Empress of the Fall by David Hair | Review

BowBowBowhalf-bow 3.5/5 Ribbons

Empress of the Fall was advertised by saying it was similar to the Song of Ice and Fire series. I didn’t really take that personally but I’m a huge fan of the series and I though, ‘ Will this really be as good as Song of Ice and Fire?’

I decided it was not. There are only a few reasons for this, though.

I really enjoyed the writing style and it kept me at it even though I really didn’t understand anything of the first chapter. I was in the mood, so I went on reading and it was really good that I did.

I loved the characters. They were so divers and interesting. The cultures I got to know were really fascinating even though it did resemble our current situation around Europa and the Middle East pretty much. So it wasn’t really anything new culture-wise, but the characters and the royal courts, the schemes and wars were fascinating.

What kind of made me give it only 3.5 Ribbons is that there wasn’t really any plot. I was over half of the almost 700 pages and I still couldn’t see where this was going. It seems to me that this book will be part of a bigger series but I still felt a little discouraged by tha fact that the first book was only establishing all the characters.

Even though I enjoyed the characters and their struggles and schemes, my heart wasn’t really in it.

But I can recommend the book to anyone who likes complex settings and places and lot’s of characters. Classic immersive fantasy here. The book will be released on March 9th so go and get yourself a copy and try it out 😉

 

Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater | Review

BowBowBowBow 4/5 Ribbons

The Raven Boys is the first installment of Maggie Stiefvater’s Raven Circle series. I listened to the audiobook via Audible. I was trough it within a couple of days because it was so exciting!

At first, I was really sceptical because the narrator Will Patton has this raspy, whispering voice that gave the story a haunted, mysterious feeling from the start. I really thought it was kind of ridiculous to force the story into such a setting, but as the story went on, I realized that this narrator was the best they could have given the job to.

I loved how the story unraveled, that it was not predictable. There was always something fascination to find for Blue and her Raven Boys. The places, the stories and the mysterious people they meet, it all adds up to a wonderful but dangerous place, full of myths and secrets. I loved how Stiefvater created magical places without having to describe their importance and their history. I just knew from what the characters saw that these were places I would have loved to visit, just to have smelled the air around them.

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