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Thursday, May 31, 2018

The Crown's Fate review

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The Crown's Fate by Evelyn Skye



Title:  The Crown's Fate
Series: The Crown's Game Duology book 2
Author: Evelyn Skye
Where to purchase: Amazon
Print Length: 432
Publication Date: May 16, 2017
Narrator:  Steve West
Language: English
ASIN: 0062422596
Publisher: Harper Collins
Edition: audiobook
Genre: historical fiction, Russian setting, teen, fantasy, magic, royalty

I borrowed the audiobook from my local library. I do not own this book.


Synopsys:


Magic is growing, shadows are rising, and the throne is at stake…
Russia is on the brink of great change. Pasha’s coronation approaches, and Vika is now the Imperial Enchanter, but the role she once coveted may be more difficult—and dangerous—than she ever expected.
Pasha is grappling with his own problems—his legitimacy is in doubt, the girl he loves loathes him, and he believes his best friend is dead. When a challenger to the throne emerges—and with the magic in Russia growing rapidly—Pasha must do whatever it takes to keep his position and protect his kingdom.
For Nikolai, the ending of the Crown’s Game stung deeply. Although he just managed to escape death, Nikolai remains alone, a shadow hidden in a not-quite-real world of his own creation. But when he’s given a second chance at life—tied to a dark price—Nikolai must decide just how far he’s willing to go to return to the world.
With revolution on the rise, dangerous new magic rearing up, and a tsardom up for the taking, Vika, Nikolai, and Pasha must fight—or face the destruction of not only their world but also themselves.

Main Characters

  • Nikolai Karimov- Shadow person stuck in a dream world
  • Vika Andreyeva- Imperial Enchanter bound to the Tsardom by old magic
  • Pasha Romanov- crowned prince (Tsesarevich) of Russian empire.
  • Yuliana Romanov-Grand Princess, Pasha's sister. Takes over kingdom while Pasha decided what he wants
  • Renata Galygina- Tea leaf reader. Nikolai's friend 
  • Aizhana- Nikolai's mother, filled with darkness determined to resurrect Nikolai

Plot

Starts shortly after the end of the Crown's Game with everyone dealing with all the death and ending of book one. Vika is forced to do whatever Pasha and Yuliana says bound by old magic and her vow at the beginning of the game. Yuliana takes over most of the kingdom business while Pasha tries to discover more about the political unrest and uprising. Nikolai is stuck in a dream world in a shadow state. Aizhana transfers part of her dark energy to Nikolai to free him but he still isn't whole and the dark energy makes him go mad. There is a battle of the Tsar title between Pasha and Nikolai ending in an unrealistic happily ever after.

Setting

Russia; Ottoman Empire in the 1800s after Crown's Game ended.

What did I like about the book?

I was so happy with the Crown's Game so I was eager to continue the duology. I liked seeing Nikolai go from likeable in book one to a dark twisted villain. I liked the political plot, and it was a decent part of the story... but it did not really have a satisfying wrap up.

What did I not like about the book?

It seriously fell short of my expectations being slow paced and the characters did not stay true to their personalities.  One thing that REALLY bothered me was the ending. Not everyone can be or should be redeemed (Nikolai) . Why can't the bad guy stay the bad guy?! Yuliana was the only one that understood that in the story.

Also no one NEEDS someone else to be whole even though the ending mentioned Nikolai and Vika being two halves of the same magic (gag me). I'm not a fan of the 'ships. Nobody likes Nikolai- he's the villain of this story so why does everyone love him? Ugh! His part of the story is cool, and dark, and progresses nicely... until the end.  Renata+Nikolai= yes! Pasha+Vika=yes. that didn't happen though.

The book was OKAY until the ending then it just had weird stuff thrown in (like turning Vika into a cyborg- WHAT?!) and just kept piling on crap leaving me a little confused and shaking my head.

Date Started/Finished :

May 29-May 31, 2018

Recommend? No :( BOO I hate not finishing stories that I start but honestly I could've done without


Rating: 2/*****

based off Goodreads' ratings
1 star – didn’t like it, do not recommend. Possibly a DNF
2 stars – it was OK. Not really impressed
3 stars – liked it, average read
4 stars – really liked it, really enjoyable
5 stars – it was amazing, highly recommend

Language level: upper level (grades 9-12)



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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

The Other Woman by Sandie Jones Review

This product was provided to me at no cost.  Whether positive or negative, my review is my own and may differ from others opinions. 


The Other Woman by Sandie Jones


Title:  The Other Woman
Series: a novel
Author: Sandie Jones
Where to purchase: Amazon
Print Length: 304 pages
Publication Date: August 21st, 2018
Sold by: St Martin's Press
Language: English
ASIN: 150988517X
Publisher: Pan Books , Minotaur books
Edition: Advanced Reader Copy, paperback
Genre: thriller, suspense, psychological thriller, fiction

I received an ARC of The Other Woman by Sandie Jones from a mass market promotion for review purposes.



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Synopsys:

HE LOVES YOU: Adam adores Emily. Emily thinks Adam’s perfect, the man she thought she’d never meet.

BUT SHE LOVES YOU NOT: Lurking in the shadows is a rival, a woman who shares a deep bond with the man she loves.

AND SHE'LL STOP AT NOTHING: Emily chose Adam, but she didn’t choose his mother Pammie. There’s nothing a mother wouldn’t do for her son, and now Emily is about to find out just how far Pammie will go to get what she wants: Emily gone forever.

Main Characters

  • Emily - main POV and fiancĂ© to Adam
  • Adam- groom 
  • James- Adam's brother
  • Pammie- mother to Adam and James, makes it her mission to torture Emily at every turn
  • Emily's friends: Seb, Pita

Plot

In the eyes of her son, Adam, and everyone else around, Pammie is super sweet and thoughtful but to Emily she is undermining and manipulative in her efforts to get rid of her son's fiancĂ©. The sentiment 'The things we do, or put up with, for love' could not have been more clear. Throughout the story Adam takes his mother's side and just wishes Emily would put forth some effort to try to get a long. This obviously causes a lot of conflict and range of emotions for everyone involved until the end with a twist that leaves Pammie not quite so bad of a villain. 


Setting


What did I like about the book?

I really like the love/hate dynamic between the main character (Emily) and the mother-in-law (Pammie). I'm not saying I have a horrible MIL but she has caused problems in my relationship and said/did things purposefully to hurt or exclude me in the past. Thankfully after a decade our relationship is better but I could totally relate to Emily and Pammie.


What did I not like about the book?

Parts of the story was slow but the author was trying to build up the story by focusing on the progression of the character relationships. I also wasn't impressed with how little self respect Emily has. I really want to think if half of the things happened to me I would stick up for myself but truth be told I took a lot of crap in the beginning of my marriage, so maybe not.

Date Started/Finished : May 29th - May 30th, 2018


Recommend? Yes if you are looking for a quick thriller with horrible in-law dynamics


Rating: 4/*****

based off Goodreads' ratings
1 star – didn’t like it, do not recommend. Possibly a DNF
2 stars – it was OK. Not really impressed
3 stars – liked it, average read
4 stars – really liked it, really enjoyable
5 stars – it was amazing, highly recommend

Language level: easy


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