Bloody Banquet (The Corpse-Eater Saga Book 2) by Leod Fitz

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*squee* It feels like I’ve been waiting for this book forEVER. I loved Awfully Appetizing and could not wait for book 2.

So we have our unconventional protagonist, Walter, who is a ghoul and eats dead things. He has morals, though they’re quite grey at times, but throughout the whole book you want to cheer for him. He’s so strangely likable, I wish there were more mcs like him in literature.

This book had so much action, I was taking notes on how to make great fighting scenes. Raw and realistic, and so well written I couldn’t get enough of it. Did I mention I love Walter?

My only gripe with this book is that I wanted to read it to get answers from a foreshadowed question in book one: what did his blood do to a newborn vampire? And we get nothing but more teasing! Ahoa;kjdf;goakwj;lk! That means I have to wait for the next book to come out before I find out (hopefully, anyway). This story was great, and I’m happy to have devoured it in less than two days, but now I need more!

Overall, a great continuation of the series, and I’m itching to pick up the next one.

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Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow

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It took me a long time to finish this book.

Not because it was bad, but because it was heavy. Very, very heavy. Hell, the whole thing was an avalanche of emotions, especially for someone who struggles with many of the things described in it.

I loved how real the characters were. No one was perfect and no one was evil. Everyone was human. Little things like wet socks and smelly armpits made it so genuine.

I loved the short chapter layout. It reminded me of Go Ask Alice, my first brush with the self-destructive teenager diary genre. I liked the writing, too, though sometimes the dialogue felt a little too mature for the maturity level of Charlie, the main character and narrator. Plenty of beautiful metaphors and rolling sentences, things that one might imagine but not say, and for how little she said a lot of it didn’t feel right.

As for the story itself, I enjoyed it a lot, but unlike most other books it didn’t have a typical plot. Usually, in a book like this, we’d get an overview of what we are to achieve by the end of the book, aka the big reveal. This book was a story of Charlie’s life post- suicide attempt and it was interesting, and heart-breaking, and intense, but I had no idea where it was leading aside from everything crashing back down at some random point. It made for an unpredictable, though at times random, read. And without spoilers, I have to say – the ending was the best part.

I think that many audiences would enjoy this book, from teens to adults, because the characters were a variety of ages too. If you’re looking for a book about dealing with feelings of self-harm, this is a great read. But be warned: there are all kinds of triggers aside from cutting, from suicide, to abuse, to addiction. This is a book that doesn’t shy away from tough subjects, which makes it one of its greatest strengths.

Yellow Brick War (Dorothy Must Die #3) by Danielle Paige

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Why did I think this was the last book?

I think the better question is, why wasn’t this the last book?

As much as I love how short and sweet the books in this series are, I think this one was even more filler than the last one. We spend half the book in Kansas, looking for a magical pair of shoes, and then half the book in OZ, not killing Dorothy (again). Oh and there’s a new villain or something who pops up here and there. This could have easily been part 2 of book 2, and then we would have had a much more rounded story to lead us into the last part (which is on my to-read after A Court of Wings and Ruin).

Not that I didn’t enjoy reading it. Paige’s writing just sucks me in so bad. I love the ever-changing dynamic of the characters and their relationships. I love being on the inside of Amy’s mind while at the same time feeling like I’m also on the inside of everyone else’s mind too. It’s fantastic. I’m excited to see how this series ends, I’m just glad I didn’t start it when book 1 came out and had to wait for each book because I would have been quite disappointed in the lack of progression.

Overall, a good continuation of the story that leaves you yearning for more.

Celebrate love with a diverse book this Valentine’s Day.

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Valentine’s day is a day for love – and what better way to honor it than to read a diverse book?

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Rise of the Chosen is a dystopian fantasy where the main character, Samantha, is bisexual and in a relationship with another girl, Lena. It’s gotten a lot of positive reception on how they are portrayed and needs to be more on the LGBT radar (and it’s #ownvoices!). It’s been compared to Divergent, The Maze Runner, and is inspired by The Walking Dead. Here’s the blurb:
In Sam’s world there are two rules. Rule #1: Nobody dies. Protect the living at all costs. Rule #2: Everybody dies. At least once.

The Waking was a global event in which a force called the Lifeblood invaded all humans who died. The few strong enough to control it came back as powerful immortals. The rest let the bloodlust take over and awoke with one goal – to kill.

Newly appointed Watch Guard Samantha Shields has a legacy to uphold. Her father died a hero defending their city and now she wants to follow in his footsteps. Except for the dying part, of course. Unfortunately, fate has other plans as she discovers deep dark secrets that make her choose between her loyalties and the lives of everyone in her city. Both rules are in play as Sam is forced to make hard decisions that could cost her everything – including the person she cares about most.

It’s not a very long book so find the time to check it out!
Or, for more information, you can find it on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30553316-rise-of-the-chosen
And the author website is: http://www.annakoppauthor.com/young-adult
Happy Valentine’s Day!

Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

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This book has some seriously clashing reviews on Goodreads. It’s rare to see such wide differences of opinion on just the first page. Everything from zero stars to all the stars in the universe.

For me, The Wizard of Oz brings instant nostalgia. I’ve read every book in the loose adaptation series by Alexander Volkov countless times. Ellie (Dorothy) was a strong and honorable heroine, saving Magic Land (Oz) time and time again.

When I saw Dorothy Must Die I was very intrigued, and I have to say it lived up to its description.

This book is dark. From the first chapter, we can see that there will not be any dancing or singing. Oz has been twisted into a Five Nights and Freddy’s nightmare where your only goal is to hide or be turned into a horrifying animatronic. The twists are seriously twisted. Characters die off Game of Thrones style. This book was insanely well written, simple and yet vivid, some descriptions even gag inducing. I couldn’t put it down.

And then I had to, because it ended.

Except the story didn’t. All this world building. All this training. All this character development. The big life or death event. All to say ‘read the next book to find out!’

No, wait, read the next THREE.

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I should have known, since it’s the first in a series, but I was hoping for some kind of closure. Still, it was good (in my opinion) and I will be picking up more.

Overall, a great dark take on Oz and worthwhile read if you don’t mind a cliffhanger.

Cross-posted to My Trending Stories.

Gilded Cage by Vic James

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Holy plot twists batman! This book was anything but predictable. I have never encountered a book I wanted to hate but loved so much.

The world of Gilded Cage is divided into two parts: the happy normal British life and the ten years of slavery for every citizen who doesn’t have special (aka magic) blood. That in itself deserves a serious amount of suspending disbelief. Ten years is a long time. It’s the time that many people use to hone their craft and learn. Imagine if every doctor had to take ten years off? Every nurse, every mechanic, every scientist? It’s kind of insane, really, because it goes against technological and economic growth. And then the aftermath is people never getting over their slave days, which means half the population should be off their rocker. I honestly had to stop thinking about it because it’s just too crazy to me, and let it go as is.

Anyway, to continue on, most people do their slave days as manual labor in horrible conditions, while a select few work as servants in the magic people’s houses. We are given insight into both and that’s where things get a little messy – or not.

The thing is there is no main character, but more of a cast of characters. Each one has their own point of view and first person chapters. When I got to POVs 4, 5, 6 I went oh man, how is this author going to keep up with all these characters? How can we possibly keep engaged? It’s going to be bad, isn’t it?

But it wasn’t! Somehow, each POV was both relevant and smoothly incorporated. We are given insight into the characters’ intentions that we never could have otherwise. And the characters themselves were so well developed, so flawed and alive, I am still in awe.

Overall, this book was a great read that went by too quick even though it wasn’t short. Many questions were raised and not many were answered, so book 2 will be a must read.

Thanks to NetGalley for providing me with a copy for review!

Cross-posted to My Trending Stories.

Nest by Terry Goodkind

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Preface: Wizard’s First Rule was the book that got me into reading fantasy. Thanks to Terry Goodkind, I am the person I am today. My writing is a direct result of his, and I owe him immeasurably for it. I have never read a thriller before, but because I’ve read every single one of his books I figured I’d give it a shot. Nest is his debut thriller novel so I had no idea what to expect.

Well, the good news is it got me in chapter one. I drank it in like cult koolaid and was immediately eager to find out where it was going to go. A mentally challenged man chained up ‘the devil’ in his basement? So many possibilities I can’t begin to tell you what went on in my head. I was not disappointed in the story that followed.

It was a mix of horror and crime drama with a dash of magical realism.  It had all the ingredients of an amazing story that left a lasting impression on the reader’s worldview. And it did – I just wish that’s all it did.

Goodkind is known for repetition in his writing style, and it never quite bothered me before. I could just skim when he went off on his tangents of internal struggles and long-winded explanations.

For Nest? Not so much. In this book, the entire middle was explanations upon explanations (and re-explanations) with bits of actual things happening throughout. If I skipped them I would end up skipping half the book.

The story itself was so interesting I really wanted to keep reading, but man at times I just felt like rolling my eyes and skipping. However, I didn’t want to miss the awesome (and genuinely surprising) twists Terry put throughout the book so I had to keep with it.

Overall, I’m glad I read it because it gave me a lot to think about, but I probably wouldn’t read a second one. It was gory and terrifying at times, with a great beginning and end. A solid story I wish I enjoyed reading more, but by the amount of five star reviews on Goodreads, there are plenty of people who loved it.

Cross-posted to My Trending Stories.