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The Katerina Trilogy, Vol. 3: The Morning Star by Robin Bridges

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The Morning Star

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Book 3 (Book 1: The Gathering Storm, Book 2: The Unfailing Light)

Novel Summation:

St. Petersburg, Russia, 1890. Katerina Alexandrovna, Duchess of Oldenburg, wants to be known as a doctor, not a necromancer. But Tsar Alexander III forbids women to attend medical school; his interest in Katerina extends only to her ability to raise the dead. Twice now, Katerina has helped him by using her power to thwart the forces of darkness—vampires bent on resurrecting the lich tsar Konstantin Pavlovich so that he can take what he sees as his rightful place on the throne. Katerina thought she had bound Konstantin to the Greylands, the realm of the dead, but he has found a way out. Now he is searching for the Morning Star, a sword that will allow him to command a legion of supernatural warriors. Katerina must find the sword before Konstantin does—and she must travel to Egypt to do so. Along the way, she puts up with unwanted attention from her former fiancé, the nefarious Prince Danilo, and struggles with her feelings for her true love, George Alexandrovich. But with the looming threat from Konstantin, Katerina’s focus remains on the sword. Russia’s fate will be determined by whoever wields the Morning Star—and delivers the final blow.

My Thoughts:

I love this series. It is beautifully written  and the setting is so captivating that takes you right into the time period and country. What I love about these books is the diverse range of character types and characters as well as the fact that you are transported to the locations Katerina goes to. We get a very clear picture on Egypt from that time period which was really neat but I don’t like the deviation away from Russia. I loved the very Russian feel of the first book and I just wished that this book could have remained in the country. Katerina for the most part seemed like a helpless heroine all the time. I liked that she wants to study medicine and her dreams are so strong that she is never deterred from fulfilling it but she also had a calling as a necromancer and she never answered it or wanted anything to do with it. George Alexandrovich was barely in the book and I wanted more of him with Katerina because they both seem so complete and stronger when they are together. I liked having more Danilo but he was blurred so much with Konstantin that it was hard to separate the two. A lot of the book felt rushed and a little bit of a cheat. For example the return of someone past dead made Katerina no long necessary, Danilo’s decision at the end, zombie creatures barely made any appearance or difference, why introduce the Gregori (though I like the lore) when they didn’t do much, and the battle wasn’t very big or epic like I hoped. I didn’t like the end of the book since it seemed boring. I do love this series and would definitely recommend it.

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Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

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Crown of Midnight

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Book 2 (Book 1: Throne of Glass)

Novel Summation:

An assassin’s loyalties are always in doubt. But her heart never wavers. After a year of hard labor in the Salt Mines of Endovier, eighteen-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien has won the king’s contest to become the new royal assassin. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown – a secret she hides from even her most intimate confidantes. Keeping up the deadly charade—while pretending to do the king’s bidding—will test her in frightening new ways, especially when she’s given a task that could jeopardize everything she’s come to care for. And there are far more dangerous forces gathering on the horizon — forces that threaten to destroy her entire world, and will surely force Celaena to make a choice.  Where do the assassin’s loyalties lie, and who is she most willing to fight for?

My Thoughts:

So I liked this book a lot. It wasn’t as action packed as the first one but it had more drama. The novel mainly focuses on Celaena’s feelings towards Chaol and an underlying hint of revolt within the city. Calaena was just as strong as she was in the last book, maybe even a bit more dangerous. She could be a little frustrating with her unwillingness to take any responsibility for the fate of many but her reaction was understandable. Still we knew she was meant for bigger things before she did.   Chaol is still strongly loyal to the Crown but when Celaena becomes involved we get to see him feel conflicted. He’s very passive that I don’t find it to be an endearing quality. I really like Dorian and we definitely get to see a more vulnerable side of him as he is dealing with his own issues but there was so little of him in the book. Since it was clear who Celaena was leaning towards romantically I had hoped Nehemia was a possible love interest but that didn’t work out so I was a little disappointed in the romance in this book. Celaena’s and Chaol’s relationship was gradual and I guess that was supposed to make it more realistic but sometimes love is at first sight is (like with Dorian). I’d recommend this series.

Future Books:

There will be another book coming out in 2014.

The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa

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The Lost Prince

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Book 1

Novel Summation:

Don’t look at Them. Never let Them know you can see Them. That is Ethan Chase’s unbreakable rule. Until the fey he avoids at all costs—including his reputation—begin to disappear, and Ethan is attacked. Now he must change the rules to protect his family. To save a girl he never thought he’d dare to fall for. Ethan thought he had protected himself from his older sister’s world—the land of Faery. His previous time in the Iron Realm left him with nothing but fear and disgust for the world Meghan Chase has made her home, a land of myth and talking cats, of magic and seductive enemies. But when destiny comes for Ethan, there is no escape from a danger long, long forgotten

My Thoughts:

So I really enjoy the world of the Fey that Julie Kagawa created and I couldn’t wait to get into this book. The first third of the book starts off in the human world and for the most part I didn’t get into the book until they left the human world and started to get more involved with the Fey and the Nevernever. The book is told from the point of view of Ethan, Meghan’s younger half brother. It was interested to get the book from a male point of view and it is a very male point of view (over protective, macho man thoughts at times). Ethan seemed overly antsy and moody at times that it was a bit annoying at times but he has the makings of a great hero. Kenzie was Ethan’s love interest and I found her really annoying. It wasn’t until the end of the book, when we find out why she seemed so annoying that I did a complete turn around on her character. I understood her and found her no longer annoying. I liked Keirran (who you might remember from the Iron Knight) but there wasn’t enough of him. Also, his thought process about the The Lady and the Forgotten at the end seemed random and out of place.  Lots of familiar people return such as Leanansidhe, Grimalkin, and a brief appearance by Meghan, Ash, and Puck. It was a little disturbing how Meghan and the others hadn’t aged and were around the same age as Ethan, including Keirran (who’s relationship with the main cast I won’t spoil). I definitely recommend this book.

Future Books:

The next book in the Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten series is called The Iron Traitor and it comes out October 29, 2013.

Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

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Book 3 (Book 1: Clockwork Angel, Book 2: Clockwork Prince)

Novel Summation:

Tessa Gray should be happy – aren’t all brides happy? Yet as she prepares for her wedding, a net of shadows begins to tighten around the Shadowhunters of the London Institute. A new demon appears, one linked by blood and secrecy to Mortmain, the man who plans to use his army of pitiless automatons, the Infernal Devices, to destroy the Shadowhunters. Mortmain needs only one last item to complete his plan. He needs Tessa. And Jem and Will, the boys who lay equal claim to Tessa’s heart, will do anything to save her.

My Thoughts:

I read this book awhile ago so these are the thoughts I remember. Beware of spoilers. I’ve never read anything more beautifully written, much swooning and crying was done. I have nothing but praise for this book but I do have some minor comments. First Tessa, I think I can completely understand her mixed feelings and how she could love two men (I’m writing my own story with similar problems). She might not be the most athletic and impressive heroine but she had her own strengths which was her unfaltering love. I never expected Tessa to be half demon and half shadowhunter. My guess was that she was a clockwork creation herself but I really did like this twist and I wonder if it has any influence on Valentine’s behaviour in the mortal instruments. Now Jem, Jem is the sweetest most beautiful fictional character I have read about. I was surprised by Jem really being Brother Zachariah but his “death” seemed so anti climatic that I didn’t think Jem was really dead. I can’t wait to find out how Jem got back to normal and it was really interesting to see him in the present day time and not sick. Will was also sweet and you always secretly rooted for him. Now the love triangle. I found the ending with Will and Tessa being together and then Tessa and Jem getting to be together in the epilogue to be a bit of a cop out but the whole love triangle made me believe so strongly in love. It was nice that love couldn’t be denied by any obstacles and everyone was happy in the end. I wish that Jem and Tessa got to be more together and express their feelings like Will and Tessa did. Not only was the love triangle beautiful but the bromance between Will and Jem was wonderful.  I missed the old Jem and Will dynamic that was so strong in the first two books and I didn’t like how Jem was sick this whole book. There wasn’t much plot to the book but more of character development which was nice but also a little disappointing. The many narratives were a bit confusing at times and I found myself wanting to know what was happening with particular individuals rather than other people’s stories. Mortmain wasn’t much of a villain and I found him boring at times but his creations were cool, especially the demon infused clockwork creations. Also, I am so appreciative of the family trees in the 1st edition book which I only just discovered (it’s in the flap of the cover).  I recommend this series for the beautiful writing, world, and for so much more.

The Katerina Trilogy, Vol. 2: The Unfailing Light by Robin Bridges

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Book 2 (Book 1: The Gathering Storm)

Novel Summation:

Having had no choice but to use her power has a necromancer to save Russia from dark forces, Katerina Alexandrovna, Duchess of Oldenburg, now wants to forget that she ever used her special powers. She’s about to set off to pursue her lifelong dream of attending medical school when she discovers that Russia’s arch nemesis–who she thought she’d destroyed–is still alive. So on imperial orders, Katerina remains at her old finishing school. She’ll be safe there, because the empress has cast a potent spell to protect it against the vampires and revenants who are bent on toppling the Tsar and using Katerina for their own gains. But to Katerina’s horror, the spell unleashes a vengeful ghost within the school, a ghost more dangerous than any creature trying to get in.

My Thoughts:

I love the world that this book takes place. The supernatural mixed with history is perfect. I really like Katerina but she seems to be at times a little pathetic. She has gifts that she doesn’t know how to use properly and she has yet to make an effort to learn them. At the end of the book it seems she is finally going to start acting. In terms of romance, George is rarely in the book. When he does appear the love the two have is obvious but it is very much a tease. There was not nearly enough romance. Danillo was another possible love interest but his involvement in the plot let me down. He could have done so much but it all seemed very half done. In terms of action this book barely had any. Sure there were problems but they didn’t seem to be too urgent or present too much danger. Hopefully the final book makes up for this. However, I would still recommend this book because it is quite a wonderful story.

Future Books:

The final book in the trilogy will be out some time in the future.

Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas

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Book 1

Novel Summation:

After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin. Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king’s council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom. Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilarating. But she’s bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her… but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best. Then one of the other contestants turns up dead… quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined

My Thoughts:

Forgive this section for I read this book awhile ago. This was a really cool book. What really got me was when I read the inspiration for the book. The author wrote “What if Cinderella was an assassin, and went to the ball not to dance with the prince, but to kill him?” That is what really enticed me. Calaena was a really interesting character. You could fully support her and follow her as she went on her journey. Also, Chaol and Dorian are terrific love interests for her.  Even one of the fellow competitors (a thief) was interesting. Calaena may have been too perfect but she had her subtle flaws as well. There seems to be a large world to be explored (wyrds, fae, and more) and I really hope that there are more books.

Tithe by Holly Black

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Book 1

Novel Summation:

Sixteen-year-old Kaye is a modern nomad. Fierce and independent, she travels from city to city with her mother’s rock band until an ominous attack forces Kaye back to her childhood home. There, amid the industrial, blue-collar New Jersey backdrop, Kaye soon finds herself an unwilling pawn in an ancient power struggle between two rival faerie kingdoms — a struggle that could very well mean her death.

My Thoughts:

This was a good book. I normally enjoy books about faeries and this one didn’t disappoint. Some cons were that there wasn’t too much action and there wasn’t much romance between Roiben and Kaye. For some reason I found that the book didn’t flow very well. It might be that things were excepted to easily or that relationships developed randomly but still everything that did happen was entertaining. Kaye was enjoyable and what sets her apart from other character is Faerie stories is that she was already aware of the world of Fae. I didn’t like Corny because I thought he was incredibly creepy and he seemed to just force himself into everything. I recommend this book to those that enjoy books about faeries.

Future Book:

The next book in the series is Ironside.