Hi everyone, I hope you are all having an amazing day and are staying safe. I’m back today with some more mini reviews of the most recent books that I have read.
Title: The Raven and The Dove
Author: Kaitlyn Davis
Release Date: 9th March 2020
Genre: YA, Fantasy
A princess longing to be free…
On the dawn of her courtship trials, Princess Lyana Aethionus knows she should be focused on winning her perfect mate, yet her thoughts wander to the open sky waiting at the edge of her floating kingdom. One final adventure calls. Upon fleeing the palace, the last thing she expects to find is a raven prince locked in a death match with a dragon.
A bastard aching to belong…
Reviled son of a dead king, Rafe would do anything for his beloved half-brother, Prince Lysander Taetanus, including posing as him in the upcoming courtship trials. When a dragon interrupts their secret exchange, he orders his studious sibling to run. After suffering a fatal blow, Rafe is saved by a beautiful dove who possesses forbidden magic, just like him.
Fate brought them together, now destiny will tear them apart…
Unknown to the world above, on the foggy sea ten thousand feet below, a young king fights a forgotten war. He believes Lyana is the queen prophesied to save the world, and with the help of his favoured spy, hidden deep in the highest ranks of the dove royal house, he will stop at nothing to have her.
Three shocking betrayals. Two star-crossed lovers. One unforgettable journey.
*I would like to thank Netgalley and the author for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review*
I definitely picked this up for the cover and am so glad that I as it did not disappoint.
This is such an enjoyable read that had me intrigued from beginning to end. It is a pretty fantasy world that is full of twists and turns and an ending that will leave of begging for more.
Overall, I gave this 4 out of 5 stars and looking forward to see where the story goes next.
Title: Chain of Gold
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Release Date: 3rd March 2020
Number of Pages: 642
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Historical Fiction
Welcome to Edwardian London, a time of electric lights and long shadows, the celebration of artistic beauty and the wild pursuit of pleasure, with demons waiting in the dark. For years there has been peace in the Shadowhunter world. James and Lucie Herondale, children of the famous Will and Tessa, have grown up in an idyll with their loving friends and family, listening to stories of good defeating evil and love conquering all. But everything changes when the Blackthorn and Carstairs families come to London…and so does a remorseless and inescapable plague.
James Herondale longs for a great love, and thinks he has found it in the beautiful, mysterious Grace Blackthorn. Cordelia Carstairs is desperate to become a hero, save her family from ruin, and keep her secret love for James hidden. When disaster strikes the Shadowhunters, James, Cordelia and their friends are plunged into a wild adventure which will reveal dark and incredible powers, and the true cruel price of being a hero…and falling in love.
Cassamdra Clare never disappoints. I absolutely adored this book and with every new book in this series you really get to see just how much she keeps improving as a writer.
I love the world of the Shadowhunters but add in a historical setting and that love increases tenfold. My favourite series in the Shadowhunter world is the Infernal Devices however this could end up giving it a run for it’s money.
As with all Shadowhunter books the thing that really draws me into them is the characters and this one was no different. We are introduced to an amazing and diverse cast of characters and as usual I feel in love with almost all of them my favourites being Lucie, Jesse and Matthew and I can’t wait to see how all of their stories progresses.
Overall, I absolutely adored this book and can’t wait for the next one.
Title: The Girls of Paper and Fire
Author: Natasha Ngan
Publisher: Jimmy Patterson Books
Release Date: 6th November 2018
Number of Pages: 400
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Each year, eight beautiful girls are chosen as Paper Girls to serve the king. It’s the highest honor they could hope for…and the most demeaning. This year, there’s a ninth. And instead of paper, she’s made of fire.
In this richly developed fantasy, Lei is a member of the Paper caste, the lowest and most persecuted class of people in Ikhara. She lives in a remote village with her father, where the decade-old trauma of watching her mother snatched by royal guards for an unknown fate still haunts her. Now, the guards are back and this time it’s Lei they’re after — the girl with the golden eyes whose rumored beauty has piqued the king’s interest.
Over weeks of training in the opulent but oppressive palace, Lei and eight other girls learns the skills and charm that befit a king’s consort. There, she does the unthinkable — she falls in love. Her forbidden romance becomes enmeshed with an explosive plot that threatens her world’s entire way of life. Lei, still the wide-eyed country girl at heart, must decide how far she’s willing to go for justice and revenge.
I have heard so many amazing things about this book and I really wanted to love it but unfortunately it just fell kind of flat for me.
I did enjoy the book I kust didn’t connect to it as much as I wanted to. I liked the characters however none of them really stood out to me and even the plot didn’t pull me in the way I wanted it to. However I did love the romance in but again I feel I would have it better if I had connected more with the characters.
Overall, I did enjoy this just not as much as I was hoping to and gave this 3 out of 5 stars.
Have you read any of these books? If so, What did you think of them?