Review: The Young Elites #1, The Young Elites by Marie Lu

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I am tired of being used, hurt, and cast aside.

Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever. A decade ago, the deadly illness swept through her nation. Most of the infected perished, while many of the children who survived were left with strange markings. Adelina’s black hair turned silver, her lashes went pale, and now she has only a jagged scar where her left eye once was. Her cruel father believes she is a malfetto, an abomination, ruining their family’s good name and standing in the way of their fortune. But some of the fever’s survivors are rumored to possess more than just scars—they are believed to have mysterious and powerful gifts, and though their identities remain secret, they have come to be called the Young Elites.

Teren Santoro works for the king. As Leader of the Inquisition Axis, it is his job to seek out the Young Elites, to destroy them before they destroy the nation. He believes the Young Elites to be dangerous and vengeful, but it’s Teren who may possess the darkest secret of all.

Enzo Valenciano is a member of the Dagger Society. This secret sect of Young Elites seeks out others like them before the Inquisition Axis can. But when the Daggers find Adelina, they discover someone with powers like they’ve never seen.

Adelina wants to believe Enzo is on her side, and that Teren is the true enemy. But the lives of these three will collide in unexpected ways, as each fights a very different and personal battle. But of one thing they are all certain: Adelina has abilities that shouldn’t belong in this world. A vengeful blackness in her heart. And a desire to destroy all who dare to cross her.

It is my turn to use. My turn to hurt.

ebook, 368 pages
Published October 7th 2014 by Penguin
edition language: English
series: The Young Elites
genre: Fantasy, Young Adult

My Thoughts

This is it! I’ve decided that Marie Lu is one of my favorite authors now. From now on, I will read all of her books in the future. No matter whether I’m rich or broke I’ll buy her books and read it, of course 🙂

So this book is the one that helped me realize that Marie Lu is indeed an awesome author. Not that I didn’t realize it with her Legend series, I just didn’t instantly “believe” her. Although I was impressed with Legend series, there were also things I didn’t quite like, especially in book 1, Legend. But now, I can’t help not to put her in my favorite author shelf.

I love every single thing in this book. There is no, not even one single moment that feel boring, annoying or out of place. It’s perfect.

It’s fast-pace. I couldn’t put it down till I finish it. The story draws me instantly. But to be honest, at first I was kinda skeptical since Marie Lu said the story is like a combination of X-Men and Game of Thrones (at least that’s her goal). For some weird reason I don’t like when a story is described and/or label with another story. It makes me compare each other and makes me think that they are similar. First part of the book, where Adelina discovers her power and her initiation with The Young Elites, I cannot help not to compare it to X-Men. To be honest, for a second I even think that this is another X-Men wannabe while my last X-Men-ish story was an epic fail for me. But I kept reading it because other elements in the story work for me.

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Worldbuilding is one of those elements. I love it. There is something magical and eerie in the way Marie Lu describes Kenettra. And it was easy for me to be there in the story. The story itself is (sort of) unpredictable with twists I really liked, though in a way it also kinda break my heart.

As a story with a bunch of people who have power, of course this book has awesome characters. Their power is different from each other, some more powerful and more handy than others. One thing for sure, I really liked them all. Enzo, Raffaele, Dante, Gemma, Lucent, Michel, Violetta, even Teran. They have their own role and play it well. And not one of them is really good or truly bad. I guess that’s why I really liked them.

But it’s Adelina that I love most. She’s badass, but she’s also unpredictable with her dark side. She’s a heroine and at the same time she’s also a villain. These sides bring the best and the worse of her. I just couldn’t tell which side of her I love most since they intertwine each other, though in some part I didn’t like her dark side while at the same time I also understand that she has it and has to embrace it. I think she’s a complex character. And that what makes her stronger and quite different from other heroines I’ve read.

I’m sure there are still so many things to tell by Adelina as this is just the beginning of her journey. I can’t wait to experience it with her till the end.

Result: 5 out of 5 stars

Interview with Cat Patrick

Hi friends, I’m sure you’ve already known that Cat Patrick has new series which first book, Court, was released on October 23rd. I posted my review and all about the book last week, November 12th. Now it’s time for the interview with the author! I’m so excited with this interview because I really like her answers and it looks like Ms. Patrick and I share the same favorite authors 🙂

-Who are your favorite authors, past and present?
I would like to have a dinner party with Ray Bradbury, J.K. Rowling, Gabrielle Zevin, Rainbow Rowell, Harper Lee, Stan Lee and Neil Gaiman.

-Writing mentors
I find inspiration from every good book I read. I’d recently finished Justin Cronin’s The Passage as I was getting going on Court, and it inspired me to be more thoughtful about description of landscapes, for example.

-Favorite books to movies
The Hunger Games series, The Fault in Our Stars and Perks of Being a Wallflower are some of my favorites. Non YA, I think the Gone Girl adaptation was one of the best I’ve seen.

-Tell us about your first book. What would readers find different about the first one and your most recent published work?

Forgotten, is about a girl who remembers the future instead of the past. It’s a romance and a mystery and I still love my first book baby. What’s different about Court is that it’s a bigger world told from more perspectives. Ultimately, though, no matter the scale of the world, the most important thing in my books is the depth of the characters and relationships between them. I hope readers will find that even though Court is urban fantasy and on a larger scale, it’s still very “me.”

-Advice for aspiring authors
From one of my six-year-old daughters: “Think of something that happened to you. Touch and tell across pages. Write a quick sketch so you don’t forget. Then write the words.”

I’m not kidding. She just said that.

For me, I think the most important thing is to just do it. I hear from people all the time: “I want to publish a book.” And they haven’t written the book yet. Also, unlike my kiddo, I purposely don’t write down book ideas—or sketch them. If I forget them before it’s time to write then you’ll forget them before it’s time to read.

What do you think? I love her six-year-old daughter answer about writing. I think I can take her advice for myself 🙂

And here’s to remind you again what Court is all about.

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For more than 300 years, a secret monarchy has survived and thrived within the borders of the US, hiding in plain sight as the state known as Wyoming. But when the king is shot and his seventeen-year-old son, Haakon McHale, is told he will take the throne, becoming the eleventh ruler of the Kingdom of Eurus, the community that’s survived for centuries is pushed to the limit. Told through four perspectives, Court transplants us to a world that looks like ours, but isn’t. Gwendolyn Rose, daughter of the Duke of Coal, is grudgingly betrothed to Haakon — and just wants a way out. Alexander Oxendine, son of the Duke of Wind and Haakon’s lifelong best friend, already grapples with internal struggles when he’s assigned to guard Haakon after the king dies. And commoner Mary Doyle finds whispers in the woods that may solve — or destroy — everything, depending on your bloodline.

 Money. Love. Power. Community. What’s your motivation?

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Review: Court by Cat Patrick

23377533Blurb from Goodreads

For more than 400 years, a secret monarchy has survived and thrived within the borders of the US, hiding in plain sight as the state known as Wyoming. But when the king is shot and his seventeen-year-old son, Haakon McHale, is told he will take the throne, becoming the eleventh ruler of the Kingdom of Eurus, the community that’s survived for centuries is pushed to the limit. Told through four perspectives, Court transplants us to a world that looks like ours, but isn’t. Gwendolyn Rose, daughter of the Duke of Coal, is grudgingly betrothed to Haakon — and just wants a way out. Alexander Oxendine, son of the Duke of Wind and Haakon’s lifelong best friend, already grapples with external struggles when he’s assigned to guard Haakon after the king dies. And commoner Mary Doyle finds whispers in the woods that may solve — or destroy — everything, depending on your bloodline.

Money. Love. Power. Community. What’s your motivation?

Kindle Edition, 277 pages
Published October 23rd 2014
edition language: English
genre: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult
My Thoughts
I think this book has an awesome idea for its story, a story about a hidden country. A country, called Realm, that is disguised as a state in the US. Along the way it was quite hard for me stomach all of the things that make Realm runs. Many questions wandered in my head, the how, what and why demanded answer from the characters, which to be honest at first I was kinda doubt they will provide me the reasonable answers. And the most important question is could Realm even truly exist when there is no one knows about them? The answer is it can be and the characters give me make sense description to answer my doubt and my questions. So then I began to understand and quite believe of what the author told me through her story. And what I love most of it is the story isn’t as simple as I thought before. There are so much going on and more complex than the blurb says. And I really liked it.

The story its self is told from third person POV from 4 perspectives; Haakon, the prince; his bestfriend, Alexander; his fiancee, Gwendolyn; and a commoner, Mary. Some of their POV are more interesting than the others. The problem is when I was so glue with one POV I have to wait for a couple chapters to go back to it since the next chapter is told from other perspective. And sometimes it isn’t as interesting as the previous one. So here I read one chapter about the king’s dead and then the next chapter is about a mundane thing like riding a horse. It was (kinda) frustrating since I want to know more about the king’s dead, and its impact. And since I didn’t read this book in one sitting (have to put it on hold to do my works, to have dinner and even to sleep) when I continue reading it I was kinda forget the stories from the previous chapters. So I have no choice to go back to it. However the more I read, it’s clearer that each chapter in fact intertwine each other, even when it seems so simple and all.

As for the characters, my favorite is Mary. She feels more real and I can connect easier to her than to other characters. The four main characters have their own virtue and vice, in a way I just couldn’t tell who the good one is and whom I should believe. But one thing for sure is they all seem so naive and trust others easily which kinda bothers me, to be honest. Take Haakon for example, he’s the prince, the heir of the Realm, I think it’s understandable that I assumed he has a prince qualities. Surely his parents and also the council train him for his whole life of how to become a king and his responsibilities, right? But it isn’t what I got. He seems so lost when his father died. At first I thought it was because he’s in shock knowing that he will become a king sooner than later, but then he keeps his unsureness, and doesn’t know what he has to do all the time. This makes him to have to listen to the council which leads him trust them while I think he’s too easy trusting them. As a prince I kind wish he has curiosity and questioning everything that happened around him. But then again, he doesn’t seem have prince qualities in the first place, so he being naive might understandable, I guess.

I also think that the way the characters solve the problem is too easy. I felt like suddenly everything falls in pieces and in a rush. Yet I really liked the story and the feel that I got when I read this book. I thought it’s purely fantasy story but when I got to know more about Realm, I felt like it’s also a dystopia world, though the setting is in present time.

All in all, I think this is a good story that beautifully written. Before I read it, I thought it’s a standalone but reading the way it ends, it’s clear that there will be another books since Gwendolyn and Haakon’s story haven’t finished yet. And I’ll read their next journey for sure.

Result: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Court by Cat Patrick

Hi! Welcome to another blog tour and giveaway. It’s time for a young adult fantasy story, Court by Cat Patrick. I’m so excited because this is my first invitation (from publisher) on NetGalley and it has great giveaway, 2 set signed books (4 previous books) from the author!. Isn’t it awesome?  So yeah, I can’t not to accept it. Let’s take a look about this book, shall we?

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Title: Court

Author: Cat Patrick

Date of Publication: October 23rd 2014

For more than 300 years, a secret monarchy has survived and thrived within the borders of the US, hiding in plain sight as the state known as Wyoming. But when the king is shot and his seventeen-year-old son, Haakon McHale, is told he will take the throne, becoming the eleventh ruler of the Kingdom of Eurus, the community that’s survived for centuries is pushed to the limit. Told through four perspectives, Court transplants us to a world that looks like ours, but isn’t. Gwendolyn Rose, daughter of the Duke of Coal, is grudgingly betrothed to Haakon — and just wants a way out. Alexander Oxendine, son of the Duke of Wind and Haakon’s lifelong best friend, already grapples with internal struggles when he’s assigned to guard Haakon after the king dies. And commoner Mary Doyle finds whispers in the woods that may solve — or destroy — everything, depending on your bloodline.

 Money. Love. Power. Community. What’s your motivation?

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Excerpt

HAAKON

Before he was the enemy, James Haakon McHale III was just a seventeen-year-old in what most people knew as the state of Wyoming, wishing he was somewhere other than the predawn forest with a rifle in his grip.

“It’s colder than moonlight on a tombstone,” Haakon muttered, blowing on his fist. His thick-soled boots swish-thumped on the hard earth as he skillfully avoided twigs, rocks, and low branches.

Alexander Oxendine—youngest son of the Duke of Wind, wide receiver, video game button masher, and Haakon’s best friend—laughed into his collar. It could’ve been mistaken for a cough.

“It’s colder than a whore’s heart,” Alexander said, his tone cautiously low. They were the youngest members of the hunting party, and were only allowed to take part because of their rank. Haakon could think of a thousand superior privileges.

He glanced around to make sure none of the other men were paying attention—especially his father. Smirking, he said, “Colder than a polar bear’s balls.”
The pair stifled laughter.

“Than a witch’s—”

“Too easy.”

“Colder than a dead woman’s touch,” Alexander said.

Haakon checked again, dialed down his voice even more, and said, “It’s colder than Gwendolyn Rose’s kiss.”

“Quiet!”

It was Haakon’s father: dictator, fun-spoiler, and—regrettably for his son—the tenth ruler of the Kingdom of Eurus, also known as the Realm, the monarchy hiding in plain sight in the depths of the Democracy known as the United States of America.

Every schoolchild knew the story. In 1670, after Joseph Dyer’s wife died in the Great Plague in London, he brought his five daughters to what would become the United States one hundred years later, seeking a better life. But it soon became apparent that his family would never thrive under strict Puritan rule in New England–which banned higher education for girls and taught submissiveness above all else, and which centered around extreme religious beliefs that were counter to Dyer’s own.

A friend, John Seymour, who was—controversially—married to a Native woman, suggested that they set out together in search of a new home deep within America’s treacherous unknown. Seymour’s wife had been attacked; her family persecuted. Seymour believed that rather than fighting the Natives, they should live in harmony with them.

Dyer, Seymour, and several other men and their families snuck away. After a long and dangerous journey, together they created their version of paradise: a kingdom that blended the best of England with Native cultures. Dyer was thought of as the Father of the Realm, and Seymour’s Native wife, who ensured their survival through tribal relations, the Mother.

Rather than cause a revolution, the founders decided to keep the kingdom secret. Inside the borders of what they’d eventually stake claim as Wyoming, they’d follow their own rules. Outsiders wouldn’t know they were different because they wouldn’t understand.

Outsiders weren’t to be trusted.

Dyer’s youngest daughter, captivated by the ancient Greek she wouldn’t have been allowed to learn in Puritan society, named the new kingdom Eurus, meaning east wind. She pronounced it “air-us.”

“But the winds here blow from the west,” Haakon had asked his father once—before Dad was King James. That was when it was okay to ask questions. When curiosity wasn’t an imposition.

“That’s right, Haakon,” his father had replied, straw between his teeth. They’d gone on a walk together. The sun was setting on an easy day. His dad had pointed toward the eastern horizon. “The wind here does primarily blow from the west, but our founders blew in from the east. That day, the wind changed directions.”

Haakon frowned away the memory of days never to return, and refocused on the trees. He walked as soundlessly as he could in his camo fleece jacket and vintage Levi’s, his rifle nestled in the crook of his left arm, a round in the chamber. He was on the left edge of the group, three rows behind his father. Evenly spaced gaps between them, the men were like migrating geese, locked in formation.

Geese hunting deer.

“Were you drinking last night?” Haakon’s father had demanded on the way to the meeting point that morning. “Is that why you’re so tired?”

“I’m tired because it’s so early that the birds aren’t even awake yet.”

“Good. Because you know what the consequences will be if you start drinking again.” They’d shared the backseat of the armored SUV; Haakon had done his best to preoccupy himself with his cell phone.

“Yes, sir, I know.”

“You need to turn that thing off before we arrive. And when’s your next haircut? You look slovenly.”

Will you just get off my back? Haakon had thought at the top of his lungs. What he’d said, though, was simply, “Yes, sir.”

There, in the forest, Haakon toyed with the idea of raising his gun and shooting King James square in the back of the head. Right there under his hat, just above the rise of his custom down hunting vest. He could do it. Even with the others present, he knew there’d be no trial, no trip to Corby. But offing his father wouldn’t solve anything. In fact, it would make life a lot worse. Because with his father gone, Haakon would be in charge.

Haakon would become the King of Eurus.

The thought made him want to puke.

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About Cat Patrick:

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 Raised in a house that was struck by lightning–twice–Cat Patrick is the author of young adult books ForgottenRevived, and The Originals, and the co-author of Just Like Fate.

As a child, Cat could be found making up stories like her first book, Dolly the Purple Spotted Dolphin; growing corn in the backyard; or performing with a traveling sign-language troupe. She earned a journalism degree from the University of Wyoming and a master’s degree from Boston University, and worked in public relations for fifteen years. She lives outside of Seattle with her husband and twin daughters.

Cat once…

• Interrupted Warren Beatty’s lunch to snap a picture with him.
• Appeared on a game show, but not as a competitor.
• Climbed a 50 foot tower and rappelled back down. (At least she thinks it was 50 feet.)
• Met Muhammad Ali.
• Was on the high school golf team.
• Got a tattoo.
• Was pooped on by a dolphin.
• Performed a high kick routine to Personal Jesus.
• Interviewed Carmen Electra.
• Worked as a “concessionist” at a movie theater.
• Met the guy who created Sonic the Hedgehog.

Cat likes… Crunchy snacks, decaf nonfat lattes, mint chip ice cream, Alan Rickman, zombies from afar, traveling, reading, easy hikes, challenging plotlines, stargazing, silly hats, and boots.

Cat dislikes… Talking on the phone, socks with holes, zombies close up, the flu, mean people, touching ice, copyedits, flying, spiders, squeaky windshield wipers, black licorice, and salmon.

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Review: Throne of Glass #3, Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

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Lost and broken, Celaena Sardothien’s only thought is to avenge the savage death of her dearest friend: as the King of Adarlan’s Assassin, she is bound to serve this tyrant, but he will pay for what he did. Any hope Celaena has of destroying the king lies in answers to be found in Wendlyn. Sacrificing his future, Chaol, the Captain of the King’s Guard, has sent Celaena there to protect her, but her darkest demons lay in that same place. If she can overcome them, she will be Adarlan’s biggest threat – and his own toughest enemy.

While Celaena learns of her true destiny, and the eyes of Erilea are on Wendlyn, a brutal and beastly force is preparing to take to the skies. Will Celaena find the strength not only to win her own battles, but to fight a war that could pit her loyalties to her own people against those she has grown to love?

Kindle Edition, 565 pages
Published September 2nd 2014 by Bloomsbury USA Children’s
edition language: English
series: Throne of Glass
genre: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult
My Thoughts
I don’t think I can tell you how much I was so eager to get my hand on this book. I started the series with a doubt. Celaena has potential but she has things that I didn’t quite like both in Throne of Glass and The Assassin’s Blade. And then I read Crown of Midnight, it literally changed my perspective on her and the story. I loved it and counted down till the release of Heir of Fire.

Then I finally got the book. I read it and there are a lot of things that remind me of the Lord of the Rings (book but mostly the movie). To be honest, I was quite surprise about it. There were things that also reminded me of LoTR in Crown of Midnight, but I thought I won’t get the feel again here. I tried to ignore it just like what I did in Crown of Midnight. The problem is Crown of Midnight has so much more to offer than the similarities of other epic fantasy story. So in a way I can keep my focus on it, rather than the similarities. But here, I couldn’t ignore it since there is barely anything in more than half of the book. It was boring. I was bored to death I kept putting it down and fell asleep every time I tried to read it. I think the author tried too hard to make the book become a more complex epic fantasy story she forgets to add something to engage readers, at least me, to the story. This is indeed an epic fantasy book, with all of those descriptions, worldbuilding, the setting and even the characters own languages. But somehow, it’s just all about those things, there isn’t much thing that happen in it to intertwine each one of them. There aren’t much happen with Celaena and other characters to the story. It’s all about building the power, the abilities, and allies but forget to add something to make those building process more interesting.

However, I was quite surprised in the last 40% of the book. When 60% of the book was so boring, I didn’t have any hope to the story. I just read it to finish it. I can’t tell you how happy I am when the author finally showed me what she didn’t show in first part of the book. The slow-pace story and many POVs that keep changing that seem didn’t connect to one and another, especially the witches POV are finally pick up and I can’t help not to enjoy it. I think in that last 40% is where things finally happen and there are tensions in it. I especially liked that most of characters here show their vulnerability. It makes them more real and they grow as characters.

To be honest, I was thinking to dnf it, I really did. If it wasn’t my love for Chaol, I might not finish it. Now I’m glad that I keep reading it because that last 40% turn my thoughts about this book, from didn’t like it to really like it.

Result: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Review: Eternal Night by Carina Adly MacKenzie

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There are gods among us…

Six young gods are hiding in plain sight among mortals, living secretly in cities across the world. From lavish penthouse soirees to pulsing underground clubs, for them, the party literally never ends. Until now.

On a hot June morning, the body of a beautiful girl is found floating in the rooftop pool of the Jefferson Hotel, her white-ink tattoos revealing the story of a life much longer than seems possible. Only the immortals know the truth: Nadia was the goddess of hope. Now she’s gone, and the world as they know it is ending. The Hudson River has turned blood red. Storms rage overhead. Mania is rapidly spreading across the globe.

It is up to the remaining gods—Lola, Dean, Weston, Mark, Nike and Peitha—to put aside centuries of betrayal and heartbreak, and stop the mysterious source of darkness that is taking over… before the sun sets forever.

Carina Adly MacKenzie, blogger and television critic, has penned a steamy, romantic, and ultimately redemptive story of forgotten gods, the persistence of hope, and the power of love to save us.

 

Kindle Edition
Published August 26th 2014 by The Studio, a Paper Lantern Lit imprint
edition language: English
genre: Fantasy, Romance, New Adult
My Thoughts
ARC was provided by the author/publisher via NetGalley in exchange for honest review.

Hope is dead

So the gods and goddesses that we know from the mythology still live with us now. They are immortal but they can be killed and die. They live among human and slowly lose their power as human don’t believe in them anymore. There are 7 (minor) gods/goddesses in this story, some of them are clear who they are but some other doesn’t have many descriptions. So I have to guess who they really are. Here who I thought they are:

Lola = Aphrodite (Greek mythology, goddess of love)
Dean = Dionysus (Greek mythology, god of wine, of ritual madness and religious ecstasy)
Weston = Mercury, god of communication (Roman mythology) = Hermes (Greek mythology)
Mark = Týr (Norse mythology, god of war)
Nike = Nike (Greek mythology, goddess of victory)
Peitha = Peitho (Greek mythology, goddess of Persuasion)
Nadia = Elpis (Greek mythology, goddess of hope)

I love reading about mythology. The god and goddesses that is mentioned in the blurb attracts me to request this book in the first place. So you see I thought it’s about Greek mythology or other mythology with gods and goddesses, but what I got is not really who they are in mythology as they act and think more human than gods and goddesses I’ve read. They are descendants of gods and goddesses but they slowly turn into human the more they spend their live on earth.

To be honest, I kinda regretted it as I didn’t get the mythology I really look forward when I started reading it. I just wish they can show me that they are indeed once gods and goddess while what I feel is more mortal than immortal being. But on the other hand I guess it means that the author did a good job describing the human side of the gods and goddesses in this book, though it was kinda hard for me to believe that they are godly creatures.

The story is told from 6 POVs, the last (known of) remaining gods and goddesses on earth. At first it overwhelmed me because I felt like I have to guess who is who, which one of them is which god/goddess, so that I can picture them easier. They don’t reveal themselves all at one. Hence it makes the story more interesting. Each one of them has their own stories. Their past somehow connect to one another. I especially enjoyed this part as I can see them a bit more immortal than in their life now.

I think this book has an interesting idea but along the way it lack something, not to mention that there are a lot of typos and need more editing. I usually can ignore it as English isn’t my first language. So who am I to judge it but in this case it keeps catch my attention, even for my untrained eyes. And the fact that there are things that happen too coincidence and characters who seem can’t set their priority well were kinda annoyed me. But over all I quite enjoyed reading it.

Result: 3 out of 5 stars

Review: Threats of Sky and Sea by Jennifer Ellision

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Sixteen year-old Breena Perdit has spent her life as a barmaid, innocent to her father’s past and happily free from the Elemental gifts that would condemn her to a life in the Egrian King’s army. Until the day that three Elemental soldiers recognize her father as a traitor to the throne and Bree’s father is thrown in jail—along with the secrets from his last mission as the King’s assassin. Secrets that could help the King win a war. Secrets he refuses to share.

Desperate to escape before the King’s capricious whims prove her and her father’s downfall, Bree bargains with him: information for their lives. It’s a good trade. And she has faith she’ll get them both out of the King’s grasp with time.

But that was before the discovery that she’s the weapon the King’s been waiting for in his war.

Now, time is running out. To save her father’s life and understand her own, Bree must unravel the knot of her father’s past before the King takes his life– and uses her to bring a nation to its knees.

Kindle Edition
Published May 20th 2014 (first published May 16th 2014)
edition language: English
series: Threats of Sky and Sea
genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
My Thoughts
ARC was provided by the author/publisher via NetGalley in exchange for honest review.

Some readers recommended this book to readers who love Throne of Glass The blurb says it’s about element possession which reminds me of Elemental Series by Brigid Kemmerer. Therefore, I didn’t have high hope to this debut, though it also intrigued me and made me requested it on NetGalley.

It indeed reminds me of both Thorne of Glass and Elemental series. There are moments that made me think of them. Fortunately the similarities aren’t that much. It has its own story. And surprisingly is a very good one.

For one thing I love Breena Perdit, a 16 years old girl who lives in a small town with her dad who runs a tavern.

“Got a name?” I ask. I bite at a frayed nail. Maybe he’s a wealthy merchant’s son. The fibers in his cloak are certainly finely wrought enough.
“Breena,” he repeats thoughtfully, finger to his chin.
“No,” I say slowly, drawing the word out. “You can’t have ‘Breena.’ That one’s mine. Any other ideas?”

She’s smart, bold, witty, knows her priority and stick for it and doesn’t care much about her appearance nor her hair and her dress.

[…]I sigh, running my fingers through my hair to shake out any excess moisture. They despair over the length of it—or, rather, the lack of length. Apparently, it’s the highest of fashion crimes for a woman to have such short hair.

A kickass heroine qualities that I love. Her life turns upside down when she eavesdrop a conversation between the three Adepts, people who possess an element power. Soon she discovers everything isn’t what she thoughts before. As a character, she grows so much throughout the story. From a girl who has been known as Barmaid, Bree or as she said when I got my most shining personality on, Brat, to someone who befriend with a princess even when she’s so rude to her and a girl who always tries to help her dad escape from the tyrant king. In a way she’s also naive. There are times that I want her to stop waiting for things to happen and just act. But all of her action are make sense and understandable since she barely knows anything. Thus, I can accept her naivety and don’t feel annoy by it.

Aside Breena, I love her dad, Ardin, and their relationship. Their father-daughter relationship feels warm and they treat each other equal.

“Oh no, please, don’t get up.” I put syrup in my voice as Da continues to sit. “I wouldn’t want to trouble you. You might lose what little hair you have left.”

“It’s off to bed with me. If you’ll do the sweep up, I’ll do the morning scrub down.”

He keeps everything to himself, even when she begs him to tell his story. It makes the story more interesting. Most of the times everything is still unclear and is revealed slowly which make me keep reading it. As for other characters, they are growing in me slowly but surely. Aleta, Princess who is betrothed to Prince Caden, the heir of Egarian, is so annoying I want to throttle her while Prince Caden is easier to like from the first time he enters the story. And then there is Tregle, an Adept who capture Breena and her dad along with his mentor, Lady Katerine. They play their role perfectly.

I also love the way the author creates the story and the world building. It’s well written and is describe well. It’s easy to imagine Breena’s world and the elements that are possessed by the Adepts. I especially liked the way they called Adept who possessed an element. Torcher for fire Adept, Rider for air Adept, Shacker for earth Adept and Thrower for water Adept. I think it suits well with each elemental.

Although some readers say it has lack of romance, I don’t mind at all because that way I can see that Breena hold her priority high. She doesn’t let anything distract her, even if it’s her romance. But worry not, the story is still appealing. There are romantic moments between the characters, though compare to any other YA fantasy, it indeed has less romance.

All in all, I really liked it and can’t wait to read the sequel.

Result: 3.5 out of 5 stars