Fever 1-5 by Karen Marie Moning (Spoiler free!) // Should I read the rest of the series?

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Fever Series by Karen Marie Moning

Fever is this amazing adult paranormal/fantasy series. The first 5 books can be considered one “set” and then the next 4 are the aftermath and a new crisis happens.

Here is my problem, I loved the first  5 and everything that happened. I know book 6, Iced is about another character and then book 7 is about Mac again? I’m not 100% sure.

I’ve been looking at the Goodreads reviews and basically I don’t know if I want to continue with the series and possibly start to dislike it, or just leave it like it is with it’s nice ending and move on.


Here’s the synopsis of the first book, Darkfever:

MacKayla Lane’s sister is murdered and Mac is left with a message from her right before she dies on her phone. Mac goes to Ireland to find out who killed her sister and gets involved in the world of the Fae and the good and evil that exists in the world. She also discovers new strength, powers and has to deal with new challenges like who to trust and how to stay alive. 

My Thoughts:

I really loved this series! At first I wasn’t sure because the first 2 books weren’t as in your face Fae but as it continued and the plot twists and cliffhangers slowly murdered my heart.

Seriously the endings of Faefever and Dreamfever had me scrambling to get the next books and I skipped over so many books that were in my TBR that I was supposed to read to finish the first five books.

The romance is there with the sort of love triangle that had me wanting SOMETHING to just happen for about three books and then when something I did I was so giddy inside. I thought that I had trouble choosing who I wanted the romance with Mac to be with but it turns out there really wasn’t that much triangle-ness if you know what I mean. There was only Mac x (SPOILER).

The world that Karen Marie Moning creates just sucks you in and you just need to keep reading to see what happens next.

My Rating:

5 stars!

Verdict:

I loved reading the first part of Mac’s story and the beautifully intricate world of Fae that is created in these books!


Have you read these books? Can anyone help me out with my dilemma? Is it worth it to continue the series?

Thanks for reading!

-Calliope

P.S. How satisfying was it in the beginning of Dreamfever when Mac and SPOILER were finally together! (Even though it was sad Mac turned SPOILER and was SPOILER by those stupid Fae princes that Darroc commanded, ugh!)

Shades of Magic by V.E. Schwab Trilogy Review!

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This is going to be a spoiler free review for this amazing trilogy that I loved so very much!

The Plot: 

I loved how unique and wonderful this trilogy was! The first few chapters of book one, A Darker Shade of Magic, were a bit confusing because ya know, beginning of a fantasy can often be puzzling. But I plowed through and was so glad I did! I think I gave book one a 4 star rating, and then books two and three 5 star ratings each.

The Characters:

I fell in love with all of the characters in this trilogy, good and bad. The evil characters were so deliciously evil and the side characters were so lovable, and then the main characters were so amazing! I liked how though there was romance in this trilogy, it wasn’t the main focus. The romance was sprinkled in pretty heavily though and I couldn’t help but predict and ship characters!

The Covers:

I loved the red and the black on the covers, because in the books red and black are the opposing forces basically. The red and black especially popped on beige/nude neutral backgrounds. After staring at the covers for a bit I also realized that there were quite a few details after reading each book that you realize suddenly make sense.

Verdict:

Yes yes yes! LGBTQ representation in a delicious adult high fantasy! Also such great characters that had flaws and messed up for real human reasons.

My Rating:

Overall 5 stars trilogy! I can’t wait to read Vicious, one of V.E. Schwab’s other books. I must say, I did like these books a lot more than the other books by her that I’ve read, geared towards young adults, the archived duology.


Aaand that was my quick sort of attempt at a review, I haven’t done one in a while

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Stay awesome Sassenachs!-Calliope Fraser

P.S. Sorry for my inactivity in the blog world! School is whooping my behind really bad right now. I’m just so busy! I took my first real SAT over the weekend and all of my IA’s are becoming suddenly due and now EE’s are starting and the TOK presentation and it’s just aghhh stressful! Anyhoo, the only thing keeping me sane these days is blogging, writing, and reading honestly

The Last Day of Captain Lincoln

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The Last Day of Captain Lincoln by EXO Books

Publication Date: November 15th, 2015

Publisher: EXO Books, LLC

Page Number: 107

Format Read: E-book (Review Copy)

*I was given a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review


Goodreads Synopsis:

This novella is the first in a diverse series of stories about an interstellar spaceship that takes thousands of years to travel from Earth to a new home.

Suffering through his own imminent demise, Captain Lincoln’s last day is the hardest day of his life. An old, onetime Captain of the Ship, he always knew this day would come. Just as birthdays are carefully planned, so are deaths. He’d lived a long beautiful life but must now confront the reality that all aboard must one day face: his final day. And although he must reckon with his fate, this is not just a somber story. It is a tale of love and sacrifice, told in the context of the most advanced civilization ever to exist—a society that has taken to the stars in an effort to save all that is best in humanity. Follow Lincoln through his internal struggles, his joy in having lived, and his journey to peace.

The End is just the beginning.

My Thoughts:

I flew through this book in one sitting and really enjoyed myself while reading.

The world in this novella is so different and structured really well.

I loved the relationships between Captain Lincoln and everyone on the ship and felt really sad for Helen when Captain Lincoln had to go.

Dorothy and Oz was funny to me because it’s like a Wizard of Oz reference, and I’m currently reading the Dorothy Must Die trilogy. It was weird that Dorothy and Oz are a couple, but they’re also siblings, but then again this is sci-fi.

I liked how Lincoln and his siblings accepted their fate because I know if this was the typical YA novel that I usually read, the main character would never willingly sacrifice but would try to find a way out.

It was nice how mature Captain Lincoln and his siblings were and how they understand their duty to the civilization.

I found the illustrations to be pretty head turning. All of the illustrations mimicked what was being described in the novella and I found myself looking from the imagery to the illustrations and back.

And actually, on August 20th, the illustrated hardcover is being released!

Check the book out on Goodreads and at Exobooks.com

Verdict:

An intriguing plot line with beautiful illustrations and imagery to accompany it

My Rating:

3.5 stars


 

The Reflections of Queen Snow White by David Meredith // Book Review

The Reflections of Queen Snow White

The Reflections of Queen Snow White by David Meredith

Page Number: 155 pages

Publication Date: October 2nd, 2013

Format Read: E-book (Review Copy)

*I was given a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review


Goodreads Synopsis:

What happens when “happily ever after” has come and gone?

On the eve of her only daughter, Princess Raven’s wedding, an aging Snow White finds it impossible to share in the joyous spirit of the occasion. The ceremony itself promises to be the most glamorous social event of the decade. Snow White’s castle has been meticulously scrubbed, polished and opulently decorated for the celebration. It is already nearly bursting with jubilant guests and merry well-wishers. Prince Edel, Raven’s fiancé, is a fine man from a neighboring kingdom and Snow White’s own domain is prosperous and at peace. Things could not be better, in fact, except for one thing:

The king is dead.

The queen has been in a moribund state of hopeless depression for over a year with no end in sight. It is only when, in a fit of bitter despair, she seeks solitude in the vastness of her own sprawling castle and climbs a long disused and forgotten tower stair that she comes face to face with herself in the very same magic mirror used by her stepmother of old.

It promises her respite in its shimmering depths, but can Snow White trust a device that was so precious to a woman who sought to cause her such irreparable harm? Can she confront the demons of her own difficult past to discover a better future for herself and her family? And finally, can she release her soul-crushing grief and suffocating loneliness to once again discover what “happily ever after” really means?

Only time will tell as she wrestles with her past and is forced to confront The Reflections of Queen Snow White.

My Thoughts:

When I got sent this book I was really excited because I love books that have anything to do with fairy tales and especially fairy tail retellings or the epilogues to fairy tales. And I found that this one did not disappoint.

This definitely isn’t for the younger audience as there is some sex, but not really graphic, and violence.

The depth of abuse that Snow White suffered was really horrible and made me wince while reading those parts.

For me, I’ve learned never to trust good things in books, so when we met Charming through the flashbacks, I was like hmmm, too good to be true, there has to be a catch here, Charming is waaay too perfect!

It really infuriated me that Snow White kept denying her strength and saying that Charming did everything. When the mirror tried to prove her wrong I was like thank you!

I loved the ending and how it kind of showed Snow White coming full circle and really reflecting on her actions and whether she was acting more like the person she didn’t want to be. I liked that mother daughter bonding.

Overall I found that the beginning was slightly boring and dragged on, but it’s a short book in general and when we really started seeing the flashbacks from the mirror it got a lot more interesting.

The scene that I loved most was when Snow White finally stuck up for herself and had that brilliant idea of how to punish the ladies who tried to kill her.

Verdict:

A different perspective on Snow White and what happens after the “happily ever after”

My Rating:

3.5 stars


Thanks for reading! You can check this book out on goodreads here: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18780192-the-reflections-of-queen-snow-white

Stay awesome Sassenachs!-Calliope Fraser