BookTubeAThon 2018 TBR

It’s time for the readathon that started my readathon addiction! You guessed it; it’s the BookTubeAThon 2018!

I did manage to read 7 books during last year’s BookTubeAThon and I’m really hoping I get to do that again! This year’s challenges are… interesting to say the least X)

Challenge match-up

#1 Let a coin toss decide your first read

Grace and Fury by Tracy Banghart (coin toss available in my Instagram stories!)

#2 Read a book about something you want to do

The Ugly Stepsister by Aya Ling

#3 Read and watch a book-to-movie adaptation

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

#4 Read a book with green on the cover

Seeker by Arwen Elys Dayton

#5 Read a book while wearing the same hat the whole time

Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller

#6 Read a book with a beautiful spine

Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian

#7 Read seven books

Haven by Katherine Bogle

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Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orïsha #1)

Started: April 1, 2018
Finished: April 8, 2018

Language: English
Rating: 5/5 stars


You crushed us to build your monarchy on the backs of our blood and bone. Your mistake wasn’t keeping us alive.


I’m still in awe of this book!

Once, the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Then, it was taken away – and the king ordered the genocide of the maji. Zélie Adebola’s mother was one of the maji who was killed. Years later, Zélie finds herself in the position of bringing magic back to her people, but while journeying to do this Zélie will find herself challenged – not just by her enemies, but by herself.

This book deals heavily in racism and what people of colour still find themselves going through today, no matter what others (aka white people) might think. All the characters are written in a way that makes them and their stories jump out of the pages towards you – real and vivid and impossible to look away from. To not listen to. And that is exactly what we need; we need this diversity, the representation of people who don’t always get to tell their story. And we goddamn need more stories based in African mythology (this one is based on western African mythology, but Africa’s huge, so this is only a snippet of what’s there).

The story and the setting are excellently written and it’s easy for the reader to sort of just close your eyes and – bam – you’re in Orïsha. And the ending gives you that sweet but terrible feeling of “Wait, is this the end and the next book isn’t out yet? How will I survive?”

July TBR

Yes, we’re 10 days into July, but this is my TBR for this month. It’s been up on my Instagram since the 1st and I have actually finished one of these books already 😉

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June TBR

I have a massive TBR planned for June – both due to needing to catch up a bit and that I (as a teacher) do get half of June off. So I should be able to read a bit more than I’ve managed earlier this year *fingers crossed*

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Continue reading June TBR

Roar (Stormheart #1)

Started: March 23, 2018
Finished: April 1, 2018

Language: English
Rating: 3/5 stars


You are lightning made flesh. Colder than falling snow. Unstoppable as the desert sands riding the wind.


Well, this book held a bit of a mixed bag of sour and sweet.

When it comes to world building, it’s amazing. The world of Caelira feels incredibly real – and terrifying, considering all the sentient storms that ravage the land. The only reasonably safe places are the cities populated by Stormlings, people who can control storms – force them to obey – but between those cities, you are at the storms’ mercy.

Aurora Pavan is the sole heir to one of the oldest Stormling families – and she is quite the special snowflake. Stunningly beautiful, fierce, skilled – and completely unable to wield storm magic. Which means she has to marry another powerful Stormling in order to ensure that her people are safe – without anyone knowing that she cannot save them if a storm comes in. Her fiancé stirs up conflicting feelings in her, especially after she overhears him talking with his brother about conquering Pavan, and to find out more she trails after him outside the castle, ending up at a black market that trades in storm magic. Which is where she meets a group of Stormhunters – and decides to run away and catch herself some storm magic of her own to avoid marriage. And at the same time she also becomes attracted to the lead Stormhunter – and him to her.

The romance in this novel is far from perfect, which is a bit surprising, considering Cora Carmack’s background as a romance writer. It’s far too instant and, from the men’s point of view, far too possessive. Feelings go from 0 to 100 in a few pages. I honestly think I would have preferred if there had been no romance at all until the next novel. That would have made a lot more sense.

The characters are also a bit “standard YA fantasy stereotypes”; the mysterious, dark prince, the beautiful, enchanting princess and the overly masculine adventurer. It’s a bit sad that these characters were not more diverse, as others in the novel certainly were.

But, yes, I will continue with this series, simply because of the world and the promise of adventure. And who knows? Maybe the next book will achieve better points for characters and romance.

Soldier (Talon #3)

Started: February 25, 2018
Finished: March 31, 2018

Language: English
Rating: 3/5 stars


I wanted to fly up beyond the clouds, where nothing would hear me but the stars.


Garrett, a former soldier of St George, has gone to England to find out what the Order is up to. While there, he finds allies he certainly did not expect – and learns a hell of a lot more about both Talon and the Order than he expected.
Meanwhile, Ember and Riley continue to thwart Talon and the Order. They receive a tip as to where one of the hatching facilites are, but once there it becomes clear that the place is a trap. One meant to kill Riley and, if possible, return Ember to Talon.

I’m still enjoying the writing of these novels, but I find myself groaning at the focus on the love triangle. Like, give it a rest people! There are more important things than fighting over each other as to who gets the girl! I honestly think Ember would (possibly) do better to just leave the boys behind and go it her own.

Possibly.

Anyway, the ending was a goddamn twist and a half! I seriously did not expect that – which means that I’m not giving up on this yet. Things just might have gotten interesting…

Also, before I go, here’s a little theory that just sort of appeared in my head… What if Ember has mixed blood? Like half-dragon, half-human? And that’s why a part of her is drawn to Garrett, a human, and the other half to Riley, a dragon?
Just a thought…

Mark of Destiny

Started: March 8, 2018
Finished: March 23, 2018

Language: English
Rating: 2/5 stars


I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

This book is set in the world of Belstrom and follows Tizrah and Korlin. Tizrah dreams of becoming a warrior, but finds herself marked for a life of ancient magic. Korlin, on the other hand, is trained in magic – and is given the task to hunt Tizrah down and dispose of her before more of her kind can appear.

The writing style of this novel reminds me a lot of Tolkien and other classical fantasy authors, relying heavily on descriptions in order to pull you into the world. And I love that; I love finding this sort of writing in a book published in modern times. However, here those descriptions have overtaken the development and pacing of the story. The characters and their personalities feel flat and undeveloped, their decisions rash and unplanned. Battle sequences are shortened and feel far from dramatic. Characters that seem to be important and crucial upon appearing are ignored throughout the rest of the story.

Honestly, this book has potential, but I think it would have greatly benefitted from potentially being split into two books of equal length to this one, in order to allow the development of the characters and crucial scenes.