Kaitlyn's Grimoire of Literary Marvels

So many books, so little time.

Of Book Covers and Changes

I try not to post too much personal stuff on here and I also try not to mention my work-in-progress of a novel too often. First and foremost, I'm a reader. There are places for marketing and this isn't it for me. I do really love this community though. You are all a really supportive bunch so I like to share a bit of what goes on in my life from time to time, progress with the novel included.

 

Life has been quite the prickly pear lately. There are a lot of changes that have happened the past couple weeks and a lot more to come. I'm pretty equal parts happy, sad and overwhelmingly excited for what's to come.

 

Things with the novel have been flying right along and I'm still stupidly excited about getting it done and sharing it with everyone. All the hours I spent as a kid fiddling around in Photoshop finally paid off and I managed to save myself a pretty penny and designed my own cover. I'm pretty happy with it and just couldn't help but share it with you all! What do you all think?

 

Aside from finishing up my novel, I've been wrapping my head around the fact that I'll be moving back to Texas in April! I've lived there twice in my life but both times it ended up not working out and I moved back to Oregon. But this time, this time it is happening and I'll be there for more than a year, damn it! I've banned myself from leaving until I have gotten the full experience of living in a new place. I'm a very different person from the last time I lived there, so I think this time I'm going to have a lot more fun as I'm more willing to go adventure without feeling like I'm going to die at every turn.

 

I'll have to re-learn this whole pump your own gas jig you guys do in other states. I'm going to be that poor soul that sits in my car for ten minutes waiting for someone to come do it for me. I'll also have to get this y'all thing down. And change my customary greeting to howdy. If I can't do those three things I'm pretty sure nobody will hire me.

 

As for reading, I'm currently working my way through A Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson and I'm actually really liking it. It's not something I'd normally read but her writing style is delightful and unlike the last book I read, I actually like the main character! I'll have a review for that coming up soon!

 

Side note: Is anyone else excited about the fact that fall is right around the corner? And that there will be pumpkin? PUMPKIN EVERYTHING!!!!! OMG!!!!!

 

Other side note: Anyone else already planning Halloween stuff? :D If so, what are you dressing up as? I'm being Poison Ivy this year and am slowly getting all the stuff together. It's going to be so fun!

Graceling: A Review

Graceling - Kristin Cashore

This has been an interesting week to say the least. The past few days I've desired nothing more than to stick my nose in a book and leave it there.To get lost for a time in any world but this one.

 

It could be my current state but Graceling was just kind of a meh read for me. The book follows a young woman named Katsa who is graced with the art of fighting. Those that are Graced are basically just people with a particularly strong skill at one thing and they also have really cool eyes. So a person could have a fighting grace that makes them ridiculously good at fighting. Or swimming. Or reading peoples minds.

 

In some parts of the world, the Graced are revered and in others people are terrified of them. Katsa lives in a land where they are scared of her and for good reason. Employed by the King of her land, he basically uses her to go beat up people and break limbs. She also has a really crappy attitude which doesn't lend itself to her being very well liked.

 

I say she has a crappy attitude but what I really meant to say was holy crap, she was one of the most infuriating, abusive, illogical characters I've ever come across. I understand this trend of having really strong female characters. I welcome it and it's nice to see, but this was the wrong way of going about it. Katsa was so entirely against anything feminine to the point that it almost felt like I was reading a pamphlet for 'How to Lose Touch With Your Feminine Side Forever ' with a slight sprinkling of 'How to be an Abusive Jerk!". Dresses? Nope. Long hair? Nope. Marriage? Nope. 'Cause like, I don't want to be tied down, even to someone I love. I'll never get to be me if I marry. I'll have to be responsible for someone else and even if they love me they'll stop me from adventuring! Woe is me! Children? Nope. Again. I'd have to dedicate my life to something other than myself. Being nice? Nope!

 

Now don't get me wrong. I understand where she is coming from on some of this stuff. I'm a pretty selfish person at this point in my life. Marriage and children are really on the back burner in my life as there are different things that I prioritize at the moment. Heck, they may always be on the back burner. There is nothing wrong with that. Her reasons for everything just felt very silly. Okay, so you've killed people for your King and lived under his thumb all your life and now you're going to use that as a crutch to be a really mean person and

punch the people you love in the face

(show spoiler)

and deny yourself the pleasure of doing the things you couldn't have done while living under the thumb of an oppressive King. Alright. Whatever floats your boat, Katsa.

 

I guess I have a really hard time not comparing characters like this to Vin from the Mistborn series. That delicate balance of having powers, a strong personality and balancing it all with being a woman and being okay with that side of yourself was handled so well that I instantly shoot to that for comparison.

 

Also, the bad guy...Why was he bad? We don't know. We never find out motives other than he's just evil for the sake of being evil. Guess you got to have someone to fight against and it isn't worth giving them motives. He had such an interesting Grace too that had that been expanded upon, it would have made the last half of the book amazing!

 

The world building suffered in the same sense that it just didn't have enough meat. There was the bones of an interesting world, but every opportunity that arose to build on it was skipped over in favor of dialogue and characters. This isn't always a bad thing, but I personally think more world building would have made the entire book a lot better.

 

Overall, I enjoyed Graceling for the things it did right. It had some interesting characters, an intriguing plot and a few cool moments. It's lack of world building really hurt the story and made the motives of some of the characters really unbelievable. I can't say I'd recommend it to a friend, but if it happened to fall in your lap it would be a good way to pass a weekend.

 

The Short

 

+ The Graces were a cool concept

+ There were a few really likeable characters (Po, Bitterblue...)

+ The cover art is really pretty

 

- The story was lacking in the world building department.

- Katsa was infuriating.

- At times it felt like I was reading a book about the advantages of never getting married or having children.

- The villain had a really cool concept but was entirely devoid of motives. Since he didn't have motives, I didn't have a strong reason to hate him. This made the whole story feel rather pointless.

 

 

3/5 Stars

 

 

Reading progress update: I've read 116 out of 480 pages.

Graceling - Kristin Cashore

Katsa, my dear, I hereby declare that you need to consume a very large chill pill. Seriously, like woah! Just calm yourself down and quit hitting stuff!

 

Not quite sure how I'm feeling about this one yet. There are some intriguing things but I don't feel fully drawn into the world just yet. There seems to be a lot of crucial world building that is missing and it's making everything feel blah. I'm just gonna hold back on any further judgement until I finish the book.

Red Seas Under Red Skies - A Review

— feeling amazing
Red Seas Under Red Skies (GollanczF.) - Scott Lynch

"It is a favor," said Locke. "A favor to me. You save my life all the time because you're an idiot and you don't know any better."

 

I finally got around to finishing Red Seas Under Red Skies...and oh sweet baby Jesus I can't even talk right now. It is rare, so very rare, that I find a second book in a series that is better than the first. Besting The Lies of Locke Lamora is a hard thing to do. I absolutely loved the first book, but it was a slow burn for me. It took some time for me to really fall in love with the world and the characters.

 

But this...this was a brilliant, witty, heart wrenching ride and I loved every second of it. Jean and Locke are by far some of my favorite characters in anything I've ever read and having a whole book of them and their banter made my heart swell. And speaking of Jean, if I could marry a fictional character, I'm pretty sure it'd be him. So, hear that ladies and gentleman! I'm laying claim to him right now! 

 

I feel sorry for the book that follows this because there is a very good chance it is going to seem absolutely terrible in comparison. I might need to take a week to clear this from my head for the sake of what comes next, unless of course I jump straight for the next book in the series. I might squeeze in a few smaller books before I do that, because I don't think I can handle all these feels.

 

Sigh...

 

 

 

 

 

Of Writing and Slow Reading Progress

— feeling excited

So, you ever get so busy in life that you just start to feel like a snail could crawl across the planet faster than you could read a book? Yeah, well, that's kind of how things have been lately. It's not a bad thing either! The reason for my currently sluggish pace of reading updates and reviews has been for a very specific reason.

 

The novel that I have spent many hours staring at blank word documents for is officially in the editing stage. I don't know if someone slipped something into my morning tea, but seriously, something happened to me. I went from procrastination master to typing so fast I thought my fingers were going to bleed. I went from 1/3 of my novel done to completed in a couple short weeks and damn does it feel good!

 

There is still a lot of work to be done. I'm taking the rest of this month to do a quick run through on my own and edit what I feel needs changed and then it's off to the beta readers and rounds and rounds of editing. I keep telling myself not to be too excited, but I'm really freaking exciting! I can't help it!

 

 

So, I really haven't disappeared. I'm still around and I'm still reading, just..very...very slowly. The good news is I'm going camping next week so I'll have lots of time to sit around and read! I'm sure I'll have a review or two to type up when I get back!

 

I hope you're all having a super amazing summer! I really look forward to catching up on all of your posts when I return from camping! :)

 

Question time: What are your summer plans? Doing anything fun?

 

Of Monitor Deaths and Sadness

— feeling cry

Fair warning, there will be whining and sadness in this post.

 

After a couple weird weeks with my work schedule, I finally got two days off in a row to enjoy sitting around the house in my pajamas with absolutely no obligations whatsoever. Two days off in a row is great. I can spend all of one day being completely and utterly lazy, reading and gaming to my hearts content, and  then spend the next day getting stuff done like grocery shopping, laundry and working on my book.

 

Today was supposed to be my work-really-really-hard-to-get-my-first-draft-done day. I seriously need to write maybe, MAYBE another 25,000 words and it'll be done. DONE! Instead, my day started with the death of my computer screen. I knew it was coming. This monitor has had issues before. In fact, it had ended up in a recycle pile and was brought back to life before I ended up with it. It's been very, very good to me. But today, it decided it was done with life. It didn't want to work for me anymore.

 

What should have been a productive morning ended with me crammed under my computer desk trying to separate wires and not get tangled in them and trying to get cords from point A to point B, even though point B is entirely too small for my chubby self to get to. I didn't make this computer set up easy on myself by any means. Why make it easy when you can have a challenge!? Amiright?

 

Seriously, computer screen!? WHY U DIE!?!

 

The problem, while fixable, is a bit beyond my level of knowledge. It requires prying the back off the screen, replacing tiny little parts and soldering. Yeah, nope. I have many skills. Being able to fix stuff like that is not one of them.

 

So, what's a girl to do? Well, if you're truly desperate, you cram your 32 inch TV screen onto your computer desk and use that as your temporary monitor. I'm pretty sure this will spell death for my eyes, but it's a sacrifice I'm willing to make at the moment until I have the funds to get a new monitor. In the meantime, I'll be writing my book on this giant monstrosity all whilst going cross eyed. A worthy sacrifice, surely.

 

On a good note, this rant has been a great writing warm up for the day. Hooray. ;_;

 

/rant

 

Reading progress update: I've read 100 out of 760 pages.

— feeling excited
Red Seas Under Red Skies (GollanczF.) - Scott Lynch

D'awww, I missed the Gentleman Bastards! I don't know why I waited so long to start reading this. I love when you can start in on a second book in a series and feel like you never left that world. I think I'm in for a fun read! :)

Tigana: A Review

— feeling tired
Tigana - Guy Gavriel Kay

Tigana is one of those fantasy books that has always been very highly praised. I came to know about it through my aunt and she very highly recommended it. My first attempt at reading it ended badly, however, and it ended up sitting on my bookshelf for quite some time. Fast forward to the beginning of this month and I figured I should probably give it another shot.

 

Maybe my first go around was a good indication of how my whole experience with the book would be. I'll start by saying that Tigana isn't a bad book by any means. In fact, it was very well written. It even has an interesting premise going for it. Essentially, the book is about a group of rebels trying to restore the name to the place of their birth, Tigana. The land was stripped of it's name through foul sorcery, effectively erasing it from the minds and lips of everyone but the people that lived there.

 

The author did a great job of showing the struggle of dealing with something like that, of having the land of your birth stripped of everything as if it never existed. It was such an interesting concept, but one that ultimately fell flat throughout the entirety of the book. Pretty much any of the story revolving around the rebels bored me to tears. I just wasn't interested in their plight.

 

There was one particular story arc that kept me going through the book, and that part of the story dealt with a woman that grew up in Tigana, saw it's fall and devoted her whole life to killing the tyrant sorcerer who cursed the land in the first place. Only problem is she finds herself facing very conflicting emotions on the whole matter of killing him. Her story was amazing. Absolutely and completely amazing! If the whole book had just been about what she faced, I would have found the book infinitely more interesting than what was presented to me.

 

Instead, I got to wade through 500 or so pages of stuff I was only mildly interested in to get to the stuff that I was super interested about which didn't bode well for my levels of enjoyment. 

 

All in all, there was definitely some interesting things going on in this book. There were parts of it that I found to be incredible, but it made up such a small portion of such a large book that I found it hard to get through. For the right person, I think this book would really stand out, I just wasn't that person...

 

The Short:

 

+ Very interesting story concept

+ Good characters

+ One particular storyline is AMAZING!

 

- Slow burn; takes a while to get going

- Felt too long

- Not a lot of action to keep things moving forward

- Some characters were introduced really, really late in the book

 

 

 

 

 

 

Call me Gordon, Barbara Gordon.

— feeling happy
Batgirl, Vol. 1: The Darkest Reflection - Gail Simone, Ardian Syaf, Vincente Cifuentes

I'll admit. I'm a bit of a comic book noob. Nobody in my family that I was close to read them, my friends weren't really into comics and I was generally too involved in the world of video games to branch out into yet another nerdly channel.

 

I've always been intrigued though and I'm well versed on a lot of characters whether it's Marvel or DC or anything else in between. Getting into comics always seemed so intimidating though. Even knowing character back story, there is just so much there to wade through, so much to catch up on and I hate jumping into the middle of things. If I tried to go back and start at the beginning though, I'd quickly go broke. And honestly, ain't nobody got time for that back catalog.

 

So here I am. I keep seeing the amazing covers for Batgirl on Deviantart and I figured, hell, why not? I know enough to jump in and so I did. I bought the first two issues of Batgirl and decided to give it a shot.

 

I'm in love. <3

 

We step into the world of Barbara Gordon as she recovers from a brush with the Joker that left her without the use of her legs for several years. Having recovered physically, she once more becomes Batgirl and spends her nights beating up bad guys. But there is a new baddie in town that is about to make her life a little more complicated. Going by the name Mirror, this villain starts the show by shoving a water hose down a guys throat. Brutal.

 

There were a lot of things I loved about this first issue. First off, the artwork is gorgeous. Barbara Gordon also has a great personality. You can tell she really enjoys being back in the swing of things, that she truly enjoys taking out criminals. It almost makes her come off as cocky, but she also knows her limitations. I really like the fact that she has to deal with PTSD from the attack that left her paralyzed. She may be physically ready to fight crime, but dealing with the mental side of things lends itself to some interesting twists.

 

I'm pretty hooked now so I'll probably pick up a few more of these to keep me happy!

 

As for Tigana, I'm still reading it. I'm almost done. I don't know how I feel about it, but now that I'm over 400 pages in, there isn't any point in stopping. ;_;

Greetings! Stay awhile and listen!

 

 

Hello and welcome new followers!

I've seen more notifications this week than I have the entire time I've been on this site. I'm not even complaining. In fact, I love all the new activity around here. A big thanks to HFK for starting this happy madness. :]

 

For all the newcomers, a small introduction. My name is Kaitlyn. I live in Oregon. I'm a lover of fantasy and science fiction! I spend my days playing video games, making and consuming delicious food, reading, drinking tea and finding new hobbies I don't need. I'm a beautician by day and a wordslinger by night. I'm currently working on my first novel, the first draft is almost done and I'm stupidly excited about the whole thing!

 

As far as reviews and posts go, I'm not the best at keeping up with things, though I'm trying to be better about it. I try to review most of what I read, though fair warning, if I don't like something, you'll probably hear about it. Nicely, of course! :D

 

Anyways, I'll shut up now! Welcome new followers! I look forward to reading all of your posts and finding new stuff to read through all of the great reviews I keep seeing!

 

Side note: It's supposed to be over 100 degrees this weekend. And all of next week.

And the rest of summer... Uuuuuggggghhhhhhh.........

 

This will be me... for the rest of summer.

 

 

 

 

Reading progress update: I've read 150 out of 676 pages.

— feeling tired
Tigana - Guy Gavriel Kay

Oh, Tigana.

 

I'm having the same problem I had with this book the first time I tried to read it. I just haven't found anything interesting enough to latch onto and it's making it really hard to make any substantial reading progress. It's such a well loved book too and it has come highly recommended by a few people. Maybe it just isn't meant to be. I'm going to keep reading and hope something changes, but this may be one of those books for me, you know, the ones you desperately want to like but just can't. Sigh...

Review of The Wolf of Winter

The Wolf of Winter - Paula Volsky

I'll start by saying I enjoyed The Wolf of WInter. It was intriguing,at times shocking and Volsky did a great job turning a sympathetic character into a complete and utter monster.

 

Varis, youngest of three brothers and part of the royal family, has not had the best go at life. Pale, scrawny and plagued by illness and weeping eyes, he has been teased and tormented his entire life. After being rejected for a position at court and having a terrifying prank pulled on him, Varis decides he needs to step away, to lick his wounds and let his anger simmer down. While away, Varis gets wrapped up in the terrifying art of necromancy, a practice that is forbidden and detested. 

 

Consuming mysterious substances meant to aide in the power of necromancy, he slowly spirals into a power hungry maniac and sets his sights on claiming more power for himself, no matter how high the cost. 

 

This first part of the book was most intriguing to me. Watching a character that I actually really liked and sympathized with quickly spiral into someone I could hate made for an interesting read. I also, as mentioned in a previous post, really love Paula Volsky's writing style and I liked it just as much in this book as I did in Illusion. 

 

The biggest flaw with the book is actually the synopsis on the back. It basically tells you what the last half of the book is going to entail. Not just hints at, but practically breaks down all the major details of the story, effectively ruining any interest I had in the last half of the book. Things that could have really made me wonder or that could have kept my interest simply stopped being that way because I already knew it was going to happen. 

 

While knowing ahead doesn't always ruin a book, the amount of details given in the synopsis really did hurt the overall experience. So, fair warning, if you decide to read it, just ignore the back of the book entirely. I feel without those details known ahead of time, I could have enjoyed the book a lot more and probably would have rated it higher. 

 

The Short: 

 

+ Good Length

+ Enjoyable, poetic writing style

+ Interesting characters (Especially Varis)

+ Intriguing - Necromancy was neat 

 

- Synopsis hinders enjoyment of second half of book - don't read it!

- Pace slows to a crawl halfway through the book 

 

 

 

 

 

Get to Know Me!

Get to Know Me!

 

Thought I'd join the fun and answer these! I've been enjoying seeing these pop up from time to time and getting to know a little more about the people on here! :] Enjoy!

 

 

1. Are you named after anyone?

My mom used to babysit a girl named Kaitlyn. She loved the name and the spelling so much that she chose to name me after her.


2. When was the last time you cried?

Last weekend. After getting a filling at the dentist, my bite ended up being off and caused me excruciating pain all weekend. ;_;

 

3. Do you have kids? 

Nope and don't plan on having any for quite a while. Now, fur babies are an entirely different story. I have puppy fever the way most woman have baby fever! I wants them. Now!


4. If you were another person, would you be a friend of yourself?

Oh goodness. Maybe? I'm a pretty awesome friend, but my other self would just have to be willing to take the time to get past my slightly standoffish, I-don't-know-whether-I-approve-of-you-yet face.


5. Do you use sarcasm a lot?

I'm quite fluent. This is, at times, a problem for me.


6. Will you ever bungee-jump?

Possibly. I tend to think of all the things that could possibly go wrong in scenarios like that. I'd really have to talk myself into doing it.


7. What’s your favorite cereal?

All of them? For cereals, if I could live off the stuff (without the inevitable health problems that would follow), I would.


8. What’s the first thing you notice about people?

 

Besides the obvious things we tend to notice first, I tend to notice a persons mood! I'm an emotional sponge, so I pick up on a persons emotional state before I really notice much else.


9. What is your eye colour?

Green-ish-gray


10. Scary movie or happy endings?

Happy endings! I used to love scary movies, but as I get older, they've started to scare me more. D: I don't know why.


11. Favorite smells?

 

I love the smell of vanilla, books and fresh baked goods. Also, the bread aisle in stores. I could stay there all day.


12. Summer or winter?

Winter. I absolutely loathe the heat. My body was not designed to withstand temperatures above 85 degrees. George RR Martin had it all wrong. It isn't winter we should fear, it is the never ending wrath of summer. Summer is coming...


13. Computer or television?

My computer is basically all of my hobbies wrapped up in one convenient location, so it wins.


14. What’s the furthest you’ve ever been from home?

 

Texas. I've both traveled to and lived there. My hatred of heat and humidity increased greatly after having lived there for a summer.


15. Do you have any special talents?

I'm a pretty good cook! A side note about this: I cannot follow a recipe to save my life. I may get the idea for something from a recipe, but inevitably I end up adding stuff or removing ingredients to make it acceptable to me. And what is this about measuring cups? What are those? You're supposed to use them? D:


16. Where were you born?

Oregon!


17. What are your hobbies?

Reading, writing, art, video games, crafting the perfect Spotify playlist, and watching movies.


18. Do you have any pets?

Not at the moment, but I'd love to have a dog.


19. Favorite movie?

 

It's a bit of a tie between The Princess Bride and Fight Club. I have a hard time choosing favorites. D:


20. Do you have any siblings?

I have two; an older brother and a younger sister.


21. What do you want to be when you grow up?

Well, at my current stage of grown-up-ness, I have achieved a career making people have pretty hair and nails. When I grow up even more, I'd like to write books.

Upcoming Reads

 

Upcoming Reads

 

I'm in the process of finishing up The Wolf of Winter so I thought I'd plan out some reading material for the next few months! Here are a few things I've got on my list so far.

 

Grave Peril - Jim Butcher

 

I read through the first two books in the popular Dresden Files pretty quickly. They are quick, easy reads and I like that about them. That being said, I'm not completely sold on the series yet. I really like Harry as a character and the concept intrigues me, but I haven't loved what I've read so far. I hear the series gets much better after this book, so I'm going to give it a shot and see if it's worth reading the rest.

 

 

 

Red Seas Under Red Skies - Scott Lynch

 

The Lies of Locke Lamora was an amazing book that just happened to stand on its own quite well. I didn't feel a burning need to read the second book in the series, but now that some time has past, I find myself wanting to know what the Gentleman Bastards are up to these days. I can only assume it involves a fair amount of trouble, and I intent to find out what that trouble is.

 

 

Tigana - Guy Gavriel Kay

 

My aunt is a big fan of Guy Gavriel Kay and has been trying to get me to read some of his work for a long time. In my defense, I did try to read Tigana a while back, but whether it was the reading material before it or just a certain mood I was in, I couldn't get into the book! I'm going to try reading it again and hope for better luck this time.

 

 

The Luck of Relian Kru - Paula Volsky

 

I'm only slightly in love with the rest of her work, so this is next on my list of stuff to read. Also, from what I can tell, this book is about a guy with really horrible luck. Sometimes, I feel like I may be that person. I can relate, therefore I am interested!

 

 

 

 

Got anything you're particularly excited about reading in the next couple months? Let me know in a comment below! I'd love to hear about it! :]

Reading progress update: I've read 200 out of 500 pages.

The Wolf of Winter - Paula Volsky

My first foray into the work of Paula Volsky was her novel Illusion, a book that had been lying around my apartment, waiting to be read. It's a rather large book, and I've been spoiled by my Kindle when it comes to reading. That font size too small? Well, I'll just change it. Hate the font itself? Well, I'll just change that too. 

 

Don't get me wrong, I love the feel of a physical book. I love the smell of the pages, the texture of paper against my fingers, the weight of a book in my hands, but there are times, especially with larger books, that the overall comfort level is just higher with my Kindle. Unfortunately in this case, her work is not readily available on the Kindle and thus I finally picked up that book off the shelf and read it like people used to do back in the old days. /sarcasm

 

I loved Illusion. Loved it. A lot. Paula Volsky has such a command of language. She is wordy but not overbearingly so. Everything feels deliberate and beautiful and I'm incredibly jealous of the flow of her work. She is one of those authors whose writing styles I wish I could infuse a bit of into my own work.

 

But all that aside, I had another novel of hers hanging about the apartment and decided since I loved Illusion so much, I'd give The Wolf of Winter a try. So far I've been really drawn in to the world she has built. All the things I loved about Illusion are tucked within the pages of this book. It's beautifully crafted, interesting, and the characters are well fleshed out. And let me not forget to mention, she made me go from feeling sorry for a character to deeply hating him in under 200 pages. Like, really, really hating him. I kind of hope he gets a slice of Joffrey pie. 

 

I think after this I'll be picking up yet another of her novels, The Luck of Relian Kru. 

 

For now, I'll stop gushing and get back to reading. 

SPOILER ALERT!

Failing Kingdoms

Falling Kingdoms - Morgan Rhodes, Michelle Rowen

This book... I don't even know where to start with this.

 

First off, I hate giving negative reviews to books that were recommended to me by a friend. I tend to feel like a bit of a jerk when I finally get around to reading a recommended book, only to hate it. Then when your friend asks you how you liked the book a week later, you just kind of smile and nod and say, "It was good."

 

But, damn it, it wasn't good. I wasn't expecting anything spectacular from this book. It was meant to be a quick read, a little filler before starting The Wheel of Time series. Honestly, after reading this book, WoT is probably going to feel like the best...book....ever!

 

THE FOLLOWING CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR THE BOOK - READ AT YOUR OWN RISK!

 

 

So, the plot of this book was laughable. In a poor kingdom known only for selling wine, a wine merchants son is murdered by a nobleman from a neighboring prosperous kingdom. Brother of dead son, having witnessed the murder, vows to get revenge. Not only does he want revenge on the man that murdered his brother, but he also has some seriously unhealthy obsession with the princess that witnessed the whole thing. I mean, seriously, the dude day dreams about doing really awful things to her instead of focusing on the guy that actually did the killing. Creeepppyyy...

 

This murder causes quite an uproar throughout the surrounding lands and over such a simple matter, two of the kingdoms join forces to take down the prosperous kingdom so they can divide the land and live happily ever after.

 

In the meantime we've got a guy that thinks his sister is the hottest thing to ever exist in the world but he can't declare his love for her because it would be wrong.But, come to find out, they aren't actually related so he tries to make a move on his sister all the while uttering that it's all cool, 'cause they aren't related anymore. I laughed. We also have a guard that instantly falls in love with a princess because he's around her for a day and thinks she's oh-so-beautiful, a princess that falls in love with a guard because she thinks he's hot, another beautiful princess that gets magical powers and after a week is able to do all sorts of fun spell casting like the Mary Sue that she is, and a red robed witch that is basically an unimpressive knock off of Melisandre from Game of Thrones.

 

This whole book was just a disaster. Honestly, when characters started dying, I really didn't care. I still don't care. I could care less about what happens to the world or whether or not any of the characters survive at all. If they all got struck down by a meteor in the next book, I still wouldn't care. And I'll never know, because I'm not going to read it.

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