Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Book Review: Like a River Glorious by Rae Carson

Release Date: September 27th, 2016
Read: December 28th-29th, 2016
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Series: The Golden Seer Trilogy, #2
Format: Hardcover, 406 pages
Source: Gifted

Description from GoodReads:

   He will never stop hunting me down. I have to end him, and soon.

   Lee Westfall survived the dangerous journey to California. She found a new family in the other outcasts of their wagon train, and Jefferson, her best friend, is beginning to woo her shamelessly. Now they have a real home—one rich in gold, thanks to Lee’s magical ability to sense the precious metal in the world around her.

   But Lee’s Uncle Hiram has survived his own journey west. He’s already murdered her parents, and he will do anything to have Lee and her talents under his control. No one is safe. When he kidnaps her, she sees firsthand the depths of his depravity.

   Lee’s magic is changing, though. It is growing. The gold no longer simply sings to her—it listens. It obeys her call. Will that alone be enough to destroy her uncle?


   Gold comes hard but goes easy.
   When I discovered Walk on Earth a Stranger back in 2015, I didn't realize that I discovered a treasure that would have me silently anticipating when the next book in the series would release. When Like a River Glorious was announced, I was in aw from the moment I heard about it to when the gorgeous cover was released. I wasted no time on getting my hands on a copy.
   The story starts up a little bit after Walk on Earth a Stranger ends, with the dangerous trek being over, the gang finally being able to find a place to settle. I really enjoyed how Carson was able to dedicate each of the books with a rather large part of the process in the California Gold Rush, with Like a River Glorious being dedicated to settlement.
   With the troubles of Lee's Uncle finally catching up to her, I really liked how Carson didn't downplay how bad the immigrants, who weren't white, and the indigenous people, had it when it came to colonization. Carson told history as it actually was, instead of downplaying what actually happened, it made the story feel all that more real.
   I loved Lee as our protagonist in Walk on Earth a Stranger, and I loved her even more in Like a River Glorious.  Lee grew up so much in the first book, that when it came to her in the sequel, she was almost a completely new person from who she was when we started the series. I found that her character just became such a strong independent woman, who was never afraid to fight for what she believed in. I hope that her character continues to develop more in the final book in the series.
   Like a River Glorious was as perfect as I hoped it would be, I can not wait to see how Rae Carson finishes the series on October 10th, 2017 with Into the Bright and Unknown.


Favourite Quote:

"I’m still trying to figure how to make my own way, my own fortune." 

Recommend to People Who Enjoy:

Young Adult, Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Adventure, The Gold Rush, Shoot Outs, Mining

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Book Review: Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

Release Date: September 2nd, 2014
Read: March 23rd-26th, 2015
Publisher: Bloomsbury US Childrens
Series: Throne of Glass, #3
Format: Hardcover, 562 pages
Source: Bought

Description from GoodReads:

   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? 


We'll stain this kingdom red.
   I had seen the commotion on Twitter about this series before I had actually started reading the series, most of the commotion was the fuss about getting an ARC of Heir of Fire at BEA 2014. With everyone freaking out about it I knew it was time to start the series. Like I said in my Crown of Midnight review, I was not a fan of Throne of Glass but I continued on to reading Crown of Midnight anyway, which I had adored. Hopping onto I ordered this baby in seconds.
   If it is possible I think I liked Heir of Fire more then I liked Crown of Midnight. In HoF we were introduced to more characters, some of whom told their story and were not just there for a bit of brief background information or to foreshadow further events. Manon immediately became one of my favourite characters with all her wickedness, being an Ironwitch made her even better. Then there was Rowan, oh boy. I hope that ship sails.
   I grew tried of Chaol and Dorian in Heir of Fire, I felt like Chaol had his chance but betrayed Celeana. Aedion even though he was a new character, I grew tired of as well. I couldn't stand him, he creeped me out in a way that I just can't explain.
   The events in Heir of Fire all had a specific meaning and took a large part of the Throne of Glass series, even if you knew it or not. With Heir of Fire you can feel the embers starting to burn and preparing for the explosion that will be the end of the series.
   Throne of Glass made me intrigued, Crown of Midnight made me weep, Heir of Fire made me break, I wonder what Queen of Shadows will do to me?
   Queen of Shadows is expected to be released September 1st, 2015, and I will be spending every minute till then putting my life back together after what Heir of Fire did to me.


Favourite Quote:

   "I am going to rattle the stars." ~ Celaena 

Recommend to People Who Enjoy:

Young Adult, Fantasy, High Fantasy, Romance, Adventure, Fairies, Magic

Saturday, April 18, 2015

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