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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Four Dead Queens review

Four Dead Queens
Title:  Four Dead Queens
Series: A NOVEL!
Author: Astrid Scholte
Where to purchase: Amazon
Print Length: 432
Publication Date: February 26, 2019
Publisher: Penguin Teen
Edition: paperback Advanced Readers Copy
Genre: murder mystery, fantasy, Young Adult
BOOK LINKS: Goodreads | Amazon |  

I received an ARC of Four Dead Queens from BookishFirst for review purposesThis product was provided to me at no cost.  Whether positive or negative, my review is my own and may differ from others opinions. 

Synopsis:

A divided nation. Four Queens. A ruthless pickpocket. A noble messenger. And the murders that unite them.

Get in quick, get out quicker.

These are the words Keralie Corrington lives by as the preeminent dipper in the Concord, the central area uniting the four quadrants of Quadara. She steals under the guidance of her mentor Mackiel, who runs a black market selling their bounty to buyers desperate for what they can’t get in their own quarter. For in the nation of Quadara, each quarter is strictly divided from the other. Four queens rule together, one from each region:

Toria: the intellectual quarter that values education and ambition
Ludia: the pleasure quarter that values celebration, passion, and entertainment
Archia: the agricultural quarter that values simplicity and nature

Eonia: the futurist quarter that values technology, stoicism and harmonious community


When Keralie intercepts a comm disk coming from the House of Concord, what seems like a standard job goes horribly wrong. Upon watching the comm disks, Keralie sees all four queens murdered in four brutal ways. Hoping that discovering the intended recipient will reveal the culprit – information that is bound to be valuable bartering material with the palace – Keralie teams up with Varin Bollt, the Eonist messenger she stole from, to complete Varin’s original job and see where it takes them.



About the Author

Astrid Scholte's fascination with all things fantasy began at the impressionable age of one while on a family vacation to Disneyland. Her desire to be surrounded by all things magical led her to a career in animation and visual effects. She received Honors in BA (Film, Media and Theater) and a Bachelor of Digital Media from the University of NSW. She's spent the last 10 years working in visual effects production as both an artist and an artist manager. Career highlights include working on James Cameron's AVATAR, Steven Spielberg's THE ADVENTURES OF TIN TIN and HAPPY FEET 2 by George Miller. She lives in Melbourne, Australia with her cats Lilo and Mickey. FOUR DEAD QUEENS is her debut novel.

Main Characters

  1. Keralie Corrington- main POV, Torian, master thief
  2. Varin Bollt- Eonist Messenger
  3. Mackiel- Keralie's boss and friend, crime lord, conman
Queens of Quadara
  1. Queen of Eonia- Corra; quadrant values technology and medicine advancements. Mantra is emotions cloud judgement but rule from the heart.
  2. Queen of Toria- Marguerite; quadrant is a curious and exploratory nation. She tries to keep the peace
  3. Queen of Ludia- Stessa; youngest queen from a quadrant that values culture, lit, and music
  4. Queen of Archia- Iris; oldest queen, quadrant values nature and hard work

Plot

Told by alternating POVs between Keralie and the four queens leading up to their deaths. Quadara is a nation divided into four quadrants each run by a queen separately but together. Queenly Law is a list of rules that the queens secretly have issues with even though they all wants what is best to serve their quadrant. The time line isn't linear but for the most part we get some insight in palace life which leads to four dead queens as well as Keralie's accidental involvement and the aftermath.

Keralie lives in the Torian quadrant as a successful thief. Spotting a new mark, crime lord Mackiel encourages Keralie to steal comm chips from an Eonist messenger. Comm chips are ingestible memory discs used for secure communication. The messenger, Varin, just happens to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. The only way to keep his job is to get the chips back and complete the delivery but Keralie swallows them first and witnesses how the queens of Quadara are each murdered. Varin and Keralie team up to solve the unannounced murder mystery. 

Setting

fictional nation of Quadara, a futuristic land divided into four distinct districts with different customs, values, and skills ruled in harmony by four queens.

Theme

There is love, adventure, traveling, looking past bias wrapped up in a whodunit and why bow.

What did I like about the book?

I LOVE standalone novels. This was such a great story. There were a couple plot twists that I had already suspected but definitely not all. The book was divided into four parts which I thought was fun keeping with the theme.

What did I not like about the book?

The title reminds me of the Three Dark Crown series by Kendare Blake but the story and characters are NOTHING alike. I understand the title but I think it is just too similar to the other series.

Date Started/Finished : November 18th - November 25th 2018


Recommend? YES

Do you like murder mysteries?  Realistic fantasy future settings? or YA novels in general? This is for you!
Rating: 5/*****
based off Goodreads' ratings: 5 stars – it was amazing, highly recommend



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Disclosure: This book was provided to me for free from a Bookish First raffle promotion. Whether positive or negative, my blog review is my own and may differ from others opinions. This review is simply a compilation of my thoughts and opinions of this book.  If you have any questions, just post them and I'll be happy to answer as best as I can. This disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
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Monday, November 26, 2018

Reason to Breathe Bookstagram Tour


Reason to Breathe
Title:   Reason to Breathe
Series:  Chandler Sisters, #1
Author: Deborah Raney
Where to purchase: Amazon
Print Length: 352 pages 
Publication Date: October 23rd 2018 
Publisher: Gilead Publishing
Edition: paperback
Genre: Christian Fiction
BOOK LINKS: Goodreads | Amazon |  

I received a paperback copy of Reason to Breathe from the publisher for a JustRead Tour. This product was provided to me at no cost.  Whether positive or negative, my review is my own and may differ from others opinions. 



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Synopsis:

At twenty-nine, Phylicia Chandler put her life on hold to help her sisters care for their dying mother. Now Mom is gone and their father shocks them all by running off with a woman young enough to be their sister. Life is moving forward all around her, but Phee feels stuck--until her father's protégé presents her with an intriguing business proposition.

When Quinn Mitchell offers to help Phee purchase and renovate three small lake cottages on the outskirts of Langhorne, Missouri, he doesn't count on falling in love with her. Yet here he is: head over heels. But how can Quinn declare his love for this beautiful, talented woman twelve years his junior when she's still reeling from her father's hasty remarriage to a younger woman? Can Quinn convince Phee that it isn't too late to see her dreams come true?

Gilead Publishing is hosting a deal from November 26-30, readers can use the promo code 25BREATHE to receive 25% off the book.


 


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Disclosure: This book was provided to me for free from the publisher. Whether positive or negative, my blog review is my own and may differ from others opinions. This review is simply a compilation of my thoughts and opinions of this book.  If you have any questions, just post them and I'll be happy to answer as best as I can. This disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
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Sunday, November 18, 2018

The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein review

The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein


Title:  The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein
Series: a novel
Author: Kiersten White
Where to purchase: Amazon
Print Length: 304 pages
Publication Date: September 25, 2018
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Edition: paperback/audiobook
Genre: Horror, Fantasy, Young Adult

BOOK LINKS: Goodreads | Amazon |  

I received an ARC of The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein from my local library's summer reading program but listened to the audio version on Overdrive.

Synopsis:

Elizabeth Lavenza hasn't had a proper meal in weeks. Her thin arms are covered with bruises from her "caregiver," and she is on the verge of being thrown into the streets . . . until she is brought to the home of Victor Frankenstein, an unsmiling, solitary boy who has everything--except a friend.
Victor is her escape from misery. Elizabeth does everything she can to make herself indispensable--and it works. She is taken in by the Frankenstein family and rewarded with a warm bed, delicious food, and dresses of the finest silk. Soon she and Victor are inseparable.

But her new life comes at a price. As the years pass, Elizabeth's survival depends on managing Victor's dangerous temper and entertaining his every whim, no matter how depraved. Behind her blue eyes and sweet smile lies the calculating heart of a girl determined to stay alive no matter the cost . . . as the world she knows is consumed by darkness.

Main Characters

  1. Elizabeth Lavenza - sold as a little girl
  2. Victor Frankenstein- highly intelligent and scientifically curious, wants to find a way to cheat death
  3. Frankenstein's monster 'Adam'
  4. Harry Clerval- son of a man Judge Frankenstein has business with, childhood friend of both Victor and Elizabeth
  5. Justine- hired to be governess to Victor's younger brothers, Elizabeth rescued from abuse

Plot

Told from Elizabeth's point of view in present tense and flashbacks on how she got to her dark descent. Elizabeth has an angelic face and a good name which allows her to be sold to the Frankenstein's to be a companion for their mad son Victor. At a young age Elizabeth learns to be perfect for a volatile Victor, keeping him calm and stable. With the help of a friend, Harry, Elizabeth helps socialize Victor so he can eventually attend school like normal kids. At the start of the story Victor has been off to further his education for two years and stopped correspondence. Desperate to be kept safe and needed with the Frankenstein's so she isn't thrown out and destitute, Elizabeth goes on a trip to find Victor and bring him home. What she finds instead is Victor's laboratory filled with horrors and abominations. Raised to protect Victor at all costs, Elizabeth uses her beauty to manipulate others to do her will. Unfortunately Elizabeth doesn't realize the consequences of enabling and covering up for Victor until much later. 

Setting

Ingolstadt - where Victor is studying and Geneva- Home of the Frankenstein's 

Theme

Survival

What did I like about the book?

I've never read Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. I own the book, have for years so there is no excuse. If I'm being honest, I haven't watched the movie either. Even though I can't compare this retelling to the original works I can tell you its amazing. I especially enjoyed the author's note at the end which gave me a little insight into the original work.

Dark setting restrictive of women filled with abuse and dark characters each with their own agendas hidden behind the pretty face of the main character. 

What did I not like about the book?

There was a lot of unnecessary repetition.

Date Started/Finished : November 14-17th 2018


Recommend? YES

If you like dark tales, retellings, or Frankenstein in general- you will enjoy this book.
Rating: 5/*****
based off Goodreads' ratings: 5 stars – it was amazing, highly recommend

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