Review: Legacy of Kings

Title: Legacy of Kings
Author: Eleanor Herman
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Rating: 4.5/5

Imagine a time when the gods turn a blind eye to the agony of men, when the last of the hellions roam the plains and evil stirs beyond the edges of the map. A time when cities burn, and in their ashes, empires rise.

Alexander, Macedonia’s sixteen-year-old heir, is on the brink of discovering his fated role in conquering the known world but finds himself drawn to a newcomer…

Katerina must navigate the dark secrets of court life while hiding her own mission: kill the Queen. But she doesn’t account for her first love…

Jacob will go to unthinkable lengths to win Katerina, even if it means having to compete for her heart with Hephaestion, a murderer sheltered by the prince.

And far across the sea, Zofia, a Persian princess and Alexander’s unmet betrothed, wants to alter her destiny by seeking the famed and deadly Spirit Eaters.

Weaving fantasy with the shocking details of real history, New York Times bestselling author of Sex with Kings Eleanor Herman reimagines the greatest emperor the world has ever known, Alexander the Great, in the first book of the Blood of Gods and Royals series. 

Wow. I absolutely loved this. Seriously. I’m actually really relieved I liked this book because I was falling into a reading slump and if this book hadn’t been to my taste, I might have given up on reading entirely. Just kidding, but still.

This book was awesome and I can tell it’s gearing up to a really great fantasy series. I love the character and their different situations and the way they all relate to each other. I also enjoyed the different perspectives and the magical element.

What drew me in the most is the time and place, I was so intrigued by the idea of historical fiction/fantasy involving Alexander the Great as a teen. I also like the magical aspect of this book and the special abilities that all the characters posses–including Alexander.

I love how Eleanor depicted Alexander and his world; it was beautifully created and really visual.

SPOILERS:

I love all the characters but my favorite was Zofia. I love her bravery and the way she didn’t run away from her fears and does what she thinks is right no matter how dangerous that may be.

And poor Jacob.

I feel so bad for him. I mean he constantly feels the need to prove himself to Kat and she just rejects him every time. He never did anything bad except joining the Aesyrian Lords and maybe attempting to kill Kat (though I highly doubt it) but he did all that for Kat. I understand why she did it but she didn’t have to be so mean about it. She should have told him about her mission to kill Olympias. And what’s happening between her and Hephaestion? They better not get together. It’s not that I don’t like him, I do, I just really don’t want him with Kat. She belongs with Jacob.

The plot twist at the end.

I wasn’t expecting it, but I wasn’t surprised by it either.

I’m also interested by the fact that most of the characters’s stories lead them to the Eastern Mountains and I can’t wait to find out how they all come together.

So, a really great and enjoyable read. If you like fantasy with a bit of history (like me) you’ll love this

September 2016 here we come!

Places Books Have Made Me Want to Visit

Note : This isn’t in any particular order.

1. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins: Paris, France

So, I’ve already been to Paris twice but the times that I went were before I’d read this book and I really want to go back and revisit all the places Anna and Étienne went to. Especially the Shakespeare and Co. bookstore and Point Zero.  I can’t believe I’ve been to Paris twice and never once gone inside Notre Dame or seen the Panthéon.

2. The Infernal Devices Trilogy by Cassandra Clare: London, England

Again, I’ve already been here but when I was about 6 or 7 years old and I would love to go back and see everything–especially the Black Friars bridge.

3. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor: Prague, Czech Republic

I absolutely loved the descriptions of Prague in the book and it really made me want to visit. It sounds like a beautiful city.

4. The Fault In Our Stars by John Green: Amsterdam, The Netherlands

I think most of you know why: to see the Anne Frank House and sit on the bench by the canals and just get bombarded by all the feels.

5. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer: Forks, Washington

Don’t judge! I know these aren’t the best books but I still love them and would love to visit Forks. I’d love to see the beach and all the Twilight-related signs and shops

Review: Daughter of Smoke and Bone

Title:  Daughter of Smoke and Bone

Author:  Laini Taylor

Publisher:  Little Brown and Co.

Rating:  3/5

Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.

In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grows dangerously low.

And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherworldly war.

Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real, she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious “errands”, she speaks many languages – not all of them human – and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out.

When beautiful, haunted Akiva fixes fiery eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself? 

The first half of the book was really interesting and I thoroughly enjoyed it but after the middle, it started to lose my interest.  I liked Karou and especially liked the setting, Prague.  I loved the visuals Karou provided.  However, I didn’t like Akiva and the whole war between the Chimaera and angels. This part confused me.  Like what exactly are the Chimaera?  I know what they are in the literal sense, half animal-half human but is that just there name as a whole group?  Because they said there are multiple species of Chimaera, right?  We know even less about the angels, except that they are bred to be warriors.  I understand it’s a series and you can’t explain it all right away but I would have liked a bit more information.

SPOILERS

Like I said, I loved the first half of Daughter of Smoke and Bone but I started to get bored and annoyed around the time Akiva showed up.  At first, he seemed interesting and I knew he was somehow related to Karou in one way or another but then his stoic-ness just annoyed me.

Now I have to admit, I wasn’t happy with Karou turning out to be Madrigal.  I kind of saw it coming but I hoped it wouldn’t actually happen.  Though it did explain the connection between Akiva and Karou.  I was really worried this would be another insta-love but thankfully it wasn’t.

The whole deal with Brimstone and the teeth.  When I found out they were used to resurrect Chimaera I was really surprised.  I didn’t see that one coming.  I thought they were what he used for the wishes or something.

My main problem was the trouble I had getting into the world.  By the end of the book, I still wasn’t fully in it and that cost me.

So, will I read the rest of the series? Maybe.  Only because I have some questions that I think the other books might answer.

If you’re the kind of person who likes high fantasy and doesn’t have any problem getting inton other worlds, then I’d totally recommend.  Otherwise, not really.


September Wrap-up

This month wasn’t as book-filled as August but I still got a couple books done.

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Love Letters To the Dead by Ava Dellaira
All these things I’ve Done by Gabrielle Zevin