A Dark New World (Wicked Saints – A Book Review)

Wicked Saints (Something Dark and Holy #1)
Author: Emily A. Duncan
Published: 2019

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My Rating: Full boltFull boltFull boltFull bolt

Rated X because you won’t trust a single one of these people with your life unless you want to doom the world or yourself.

 

A girl named Nadya, who hears the whispers of the gods inside her head.

A prince surrounded by desperate suitors and deadly assassins.

A monster hidden behind pale, tortured eyes—and a smile that cuts like a knife.

Nadya has grown up in the monastery for most of her life, revering the gods, and she is the only known cleric that is able to communicate with all of them and not just the one she is bound to. After the monastery is attacked, she runs into a band of unexpected allies that seek to end the brutal war between Kalyazin and Tranavia, a god-fearing land and a godless one. With the high prince on their trail, it may seem tricky. But, the high prince is also trying to escape the suitors and assassins around him. A prophecy of dark magic and heresy that has been long known is put in motion and two countries may be in worse danger than this war never-ending.

 

I guess the perfect place to start with any review is stating right off the bat if you enjoyed or disliked a book, or at least that typically how I like to get started. To be honest, I’m not sure which direction I lean. Complex. That’s it. There was a lot of hype (mostly my own) about this book and it was even on the NYT bestsellers list for a while. This is one I’m going to want to reread later on. While the cover is completely mystifying and is really what attracted me—following the mini-blurb on the jacket inside the book—I really find that this story, this journey really stands next to those like LOTR (J. R. R. Tolkien), Mortal Engines (Phillip Reeve), and The Magicians (Lev Grossman). There is so much attention to not only detail but emotions.

War, religion, faith, and love are the strongest themes I came across while reading. The characters were always questioning everything as well as themselves, except for Rashid and Parijahan of course. Those two knew to the very point of their hearts what they wanted without a single drop of doubt. I truly loved those characters. Great for relief in intense moments and were proof that—in this book anyhow—there are people you can trust at face value because they’re upfront with everything with nothing to hide. Can’t guarantee anybody else in this book. LOL. Not even the main characters: Nadya, Serefin, and Malachiasz.

What is happening

This story was pretty dark. It had me questioning every page. I certainly didn’t trust any of the characters. Serefin is obviously an alcoholic which really bothered the heck out of me. Nearly every time his POV came up he was waking up with a nasty hangover. Each of these characters really struggled, and I get that they live in war-torn countries, but damn, they are messed the eff up. It was making me go crazy.

The cult-y touch with the blood magic versus what the gods of this world provide was epic though. That had me impressed. That, and the histories offered at the beginning of each chapter. So much depth!

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Overall

I truly wish I had more excitement. There’s so much to talk about, but I don’t have any enthusiasm in me about it, which is a bummer. I think it’s just because so much was loaded into it that I was having a bit of trouble keeping up and catching on. Duncan really delved into her creation of a world whole-heartedly and it’s amazing. This isn’t a dislike review. Those are much more different. This is definitely a recommend for those who love fantasy and magic. Certainly, worth a shot.

 

Quotables:

“The was magic, it was power, it was mankind stepping out of the shadows and finding out the world had been kept in the dark by these gods.” (p. 50)

“Blood was not to be spilled for the sake of power. Magic was a divine appointment from the gods.” (p. 113)

“A boy made king of monsters for a kingdom of the damned.” (p. 346)

 

More to come soon…                                                                                                

  -K.

 

P.S. Song today? When the Darkness Comes by Grace Fulmer.

 

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A Busy Demigod is a Stressed Demigod (The Mark of Athena – A Book Review)

The Mark of Athena (The Heroes of Olympus #3)
Author: Rick Riordan
Published: 2012

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My Rating: Full boltFull boltFull boltFull boltFull bolt

Rated S for stressful situations that teens should ultimately be reserved for college finals not battles against giants that may kill them.

 

Annabeth is terrified.

In the midst of a great battle to become and the life of a dear friend on the line, Annabeth is given a mission that all Athena children are given by the goddess of wisdom: find the mark of Athena. Meanwhile, the meeting with Camp Jupiter was a failure and after not seeing Percy for months—thanks to Hera—she hoped it would go better. But now, The Romans march on Camp Half-Blood after an attack on their camp was made. With so much pressure on top of the prophecy of seven, she also worries that Percy might have changed and grown attached to the Roman ways. Does he even need her anymore? Of course, that’s crazy, but with so much riding on their shoulders, will they even make it to their destination on the flying ship, the Argo II and complete their quest? Each demigod is feeling the pressure and they won’t make it without teamwork and faith in each other.

 

The Heroes of Olympus series is one of the series on my New Year’s resolution and this is book 3 of 5.

Catch up on previous reviews of the series:

The Lost Hero review

The Son of Neptune review

 

This addition to Riordan’s Heroes of Olympus series was jam-packed. So much was going on and emotions were high. Filled with both hope and doubt and so many overlapping emotions, this adventure was over the top and I loved it! From saving a dear friend to trying to stop the outbreak of war to keep an earth goddess from rising and taking over the world, these demigods have their hands full. But, I can definitely say that it isn’t a bad thing. It’s not overwhelming nor all over the place. Each chapter is something new in this quest and always exciting.

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The seven of the prophecy that states the rise and fall of Gaea are finally together. I’ve been excited about this since book 1. Coming from different places with different points of view, of course, this new alliance is going to be shaky at first, but I could tell all of them were going to find their footing. Getting every high and low of that journey was beautiful and real. Just magnificent development all the way around. I couldn’t stop rooting for these heroes.

I’m still in love with how Riordan brings Greek and Roman mythology and the real world, from its landscape to pop culture, together. I’m continually impressed and in an utter state of awe. What a way to get people interested in mythos and storytelling. The roman coliseum comes to life like nothing else in this book! So lush and adventurous and fun.

 

A Habit…

I get this habit sometimes, and I know I’m not the only one. When reading a series that I can’t put down, get sucked into, emotionally invested in, all of those gooey bits that really grab me and don’t let go, I’m always hoping for a TV show. And it’s happened again. With so many great books that people love to turn into moving pictures, why not this one? Why are we stuck in the land of reboots right now when amazing authors bring forth such prospective pieces of work that would be utterly gorgeous on TV?

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Actually, something I’ve been thinking about a lot as I’m getting sucked into the PJ universe more and more is, though the movies weren’t successful, (even though the graphics and representation of the mythos to real-world were epic,) why hasn’t a TV show been thought about? There is so much material that I can already envision at least 5-6 seasons. The PJ universe has three separate storylines and who knows if there’ll be more. So much happens and the development and growth are incredibly phenomenal. This would be an amazing show for The CW or Netflix.

 

Overall

This book, while it faces the same pacing as previous installments, feels like it moves faster. I felt like a sponge, absorbing everything and also being the one immersed, almost as if implanted into the story itself. I have to be dissuaded from this series. It’s truly ageless and I definitely recommend it.

 

Quotables:

“Many of the best traps are simple.” (Annabeth to Frank, p. 224)

 

More to come soon…                                                                                                

  -K.

 

P.S. Song today? Idle Worship by Paramore.

 

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Halloween Book List – A Book List

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Hello, my spooky little monstrous book hoarders!

It’s time for the Halloween book list! I think this is the one that I do every year. I know I like to change things up, but this is the one that I always put up. I love putting up all of the new possible reads and sharing them with you. I’m even putting some of these on my TBR.

Now, there aren’t very many, but why should that matter!

 

School Spirits
Author: Rachel Hawkins
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Hunting magical creatures is the family legacy. Getting a normal, high school life? Totally abnormal and strange.

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Capturing the Devil
Author: Kerri Maniscalco
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Fourth, and the big finale, in the Jack the Ripper series. I’ve been told that this series is thrilling and enthralling. A deadly game of cat-and-mouse with real historic events and a true villain: the White City Devil himself. What a better way to treat yourself than a YA read on a killer mystery like this.

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Planting Gardens in Graves
Author: R. H. Sin
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A trilogy of poetry that I hear is supposed to be amazing. If you’re into poetry then definitely get into these pages.

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Merciless
Author: Daniella Vega
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Alright, this is a series and I recommend the entire thing. I read Vega’s Survive the Night and it was phenomenal. Gave me some intense, action-horror vibes. Really loved it and I got that feeling that this series is right up there with a side of devilishness.

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House of Furies
Author: Madeleine Roux
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After escaping a horrific school where punishment is the main curriculum, the new job as a maid at a strange, haunting house with strange rules and scary expectations that may not be much better.

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The Haunting of Sunshine Girl
Author: Paige McKenzie
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America’s Most Haunted

A chill. Giggling in the dead of night. Strange shadows lurking in the back of photographs. But, nobody believes her. Nobody believes she’s being haunted. How can she help? What could happen if she doesn’t?

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A couple of books and some series to get your binge on with. Or, perhaps you’ve read a few already. How were they? Did you like them? Or, maybe you have some spooky reads already up and going for the season! In any case, I hope you’ve caught a few that you’ll add to your TBR, I know I have!

 

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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Change in the Wind – A Fall Booklist

Hiya booknerds!

How is everyone loving Fall? It’s still nice and summery some days, but the leaves are changing colors! Change is actually what’s helped me create this list!

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First off, I love doing these lists because it gives me an opportunity to look up fresh reads not only to put on my TBR but to put on yours! Or heck, to hear about from you!

Second, I went with change because of the obvious. The seasons are changing. The leaves are changing. Just loads of change! So, I plucked out 2019 books that express a range of color change and/or match up with the vibrant colors of Fall.

Be sure to check out the Goodreads links to get the scoop and put them on your Want to Read list! And, if you’re SUPER intrigued, add them to your booklist on Amazon or just give in to that little voice and (pre-)order it.

 

The Beautiful
Author: Renee Ahdieh
The Beautiful

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Watch Us Rise
Author: Renee Watson
Watch Us Rise

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Shout
Author: Laurie Halse Anderson
Shout

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The Black Coats
Author: Colleen Oakes
The Black Coats

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The Exalted
Author: Kaitlyn Sage Patterson
The Exalted

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The Next to Last Mistake
Author: Amalie Jahn
The Next to Last Mistake

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Crier’s War
Author: Nina Verela
Crier's War

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The Burning Shadow
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
The Burning Shadow

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The Things She’s Seen
Author: Ambelin & Ezekiel Kwaymullina
Things She's Seen

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Dealing in Dreams
Author: Lilliam Rivera
Dealing in Dreams

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Maybe you’ve read a couple already or are anticipating reading them like me. I do hope you found a couple to add to your TBR. Happy Fall!

 

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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