The Scorpion Rules (Prisoners of Peace #1)

Started: July 24, 2017
Finished: July 26, 2017

Language: English
Rating: 3/5 stars

You made tools of us. Have you never considered: the thing of a tool is that anyone may use it.

Actual rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars

This book has an interesting premise, certainly, and even though I got it because of the cover I looked forward to reading it because of that. Unfortunately, it felt a bit “meh”. The characters felt flat and there was no real character development. It took some time for the story to actually get interesting – and once that reached its climax and I felt like things might actually turn out quite good, it went back to falling flat.

I still decided to give this story a 2.5 because of the LGBT representation and because of that the general premise of the novel, but I don’t think I’ll read the sequel.

I read this book for the BookTubeAThon 2017 (Challenge #6: Read a book you bought because of the cover)

Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy

Started: July 16, 2017
Finished: July 21, 2017

Language: English
Rating: 4/5 stars

There were impressive stone paths and benches and even a statue of an angel that gave Simon nervous fits, since he was a Doctor Who fan. The angel wasn’t weeping, exactly, but it looked too depressed for Simon’s liking.

Average rating: 4.2/5 stars

Since this is a collection of short-stories, I’ll be rating and reviewing each story individually. Overall rating is the average of the individual stories’ ratings 🙂

Welcome to Shadowhunter Academy: 5/5 stars

What a wonderful introduction to this short story collection! George Lovelace became a new favourite of mine, and I loved how Simon stood up for the mundanes at the Academy. Wonderful!

The Lost Herondale: 3/5 stars

Enjoyed this story, but it felt a bit flat. Might have enjoyed it more if I’d read this prior to Lady Midnight.

The Whitechapel Fiend: 4/5 stars

Tessa! Will! Jem! Jack the Ripper! Oh, and Jace wasn’t too annoying.

Nothing But Shadows: 4/5 stars

I liked this story, but for some reason I didn’t find myself liking James Herondale that much… didn’t expect that.

The Evil We Love: 4/5 stars

This was an important story in today’s society and it should be mandatory to read! Reason why I took one star from the rating was that there were some storyline mistakes – like who didn’t fall for Izzy’s trick.

Pale Kings and Princes: 5/5 stars


Bitter of Tongue: 4/5 stars

Mark Blackthorn and the Wild Hunt. Helen and Aline get married. I’m. Bloody. Crying! I would have liked more of the anti-faerie-things that featured in the previous short story, though, because they made the treatment of the Blackthorns feel really horrible.

The Fiery Trial: 4/5 stars

Magnus, Tessa and Jem, seriously, I see what you’re doing but I would appreciate not giving people heart attacks while testing if they’re compatible to be parabatai.

Born to Endless Night: 5/5 stars


Angels Twice Descending: 4/5 stars

Alright, so most of this story felt pretty flat. Everything sort of felt dragged out up until the ceremony. And then you BLOODY HAVE TO HIT ME WITH THAT?! (no, I’m not typing it out; read the story to find out what I mean)

Overall: A good collection of short stories. Enjoyable and filled with new pieces of information.

Red Days

Started: July 12, 2017
Finished: July 13, 2017

Language: English
Rating: 5/5 stars

If she did nothing it would haunt her for the rest of her life.

I received a copy of this novel from the author in return for an honest review.

Keiko is a young journalist at a British newspaper, writing articles that are assigned to her and not always exactly what she finds herself interested in. Then, one day, she is asked to go to Japan and do an article based on the events portrayed in the movie The Cove.

The Taiji Dolphin Slaughter.

This is the beginning of Keiko’s new life. She becomes involved with the activists trying to stop the slaughter from happening and uses her powers as a journalist to spread the word to the world. And although Keiko’s life and what she decided to do to help is fictional, the events that this book chronicles are not. They are real.

This book serves to further spread the word of the Taiji Dolphin Slaughter – to give people an idea of what happens to dolphins trapped in the cove outside this little Japanese village. It’s honest and doesn’t try to cover up anything. It will make you think, make you look into these things even more – which is a good thing. And thus I highly recommend that people read this novel.

The Fallen Kingdom (The Falconer #3)

Started: July 3, 2017
Finished: July 7, 2017

Language: English
Rating: 5/5 stars

“She knows exactly what I want,” Sorcha says in that cheerful, singsong voice of hers. The one from my nightmares. “Don’t you?”

Alright, first, a round of applause for this amazing trilogy

This book provided a perfect ending for the story Aileana, Kiaran and all the others. Well, no, it wasn’t 100% happily ever after. That’s not what I wanted for this either; with these books Elizabeth May has shown that she’s not afraid to hurt her characters, both physically and mentally, and I doubted she’d shy away from killing some. Yes, there are characters – characters that I love and adore – that died in this novel. I’m not going to write who, though!

The novel begins with Aileana coming back from the dead – literally. She crawls out of the ground with no memory of who she once was, but knows that she’s human. However, while dead, she’s somehow received faery-like powers. From who, she doesn’t know, but she still uses these powers. Against everyone. That includes people she once saw as friends – though now she does not remember them.

As Aileana manages to reclaim her memories, she’s instead faced with the issue that the world is breaking apart. With an Unseelie King and a Seelie Queen, magic is draining away. Only one of them can rule and thus restore order – but in order to do that, siblings Kiaran and Aithinne have to kill each other.

Oh, and the powers Aileana has received? They will kill her. Again. She’s on borrowed time.

So yes, drama and action and blood, just like in the previous two novels! And it’s all absolutely perfectly mixed with a bit of Scottish sass. We get to meet more faeries from myths and legends told through time – good and bad ones – and the romance… oh my lord, the romance! So bloody amazing! Other than Aileana’s impending return to the dead, there’s also the possibility that Aithinne might be the one to kill Kiaran. Aaaand there’s also the issue that, now that Kiaran’s Unseelie again – and not just any Unseelie, but the Unseelie King – he has a thirst for human blood. As the king, his thirst is greater than other Unseelie. See how this might turn out to be a bit of a problem?

Now? Well, now I just keep my fingers crossed that Elizabeth May has a new project planned, because I’m not sure I’ll be able to survive without more books from her!

Dark Breaks the Dawn (Untitled #1)

Started: June 29, 2017
Finished: June 30, 2017

Language: English
Rating: 3/5 stars

“Duty is an unforgiving taskmaster and often comes with a steep price, especially for those left behind.”

You might not know this, but I am a big fan of classic ballet. Swan Lake is definitely one of my absolute favourites – but because of that I love it so much and I’ve seen quite a few average-to-terrible retellings of it out there, I was a bit apprehensive about this book. But when you’re down with a fever but still want to read, audio books is the way to go – so I decided to give this a go.

Unfortunately, I think it could have been done a lot better.

I missed the world building that was there in the Defy-series. I seriously had so much trouble keeping track of how this world looked and where things were and how the people looked – as they’re not human. The romance could also have been done a lot better. It was not quite insta-love, but almost. If there’s some sort of “mate” thing behind this (due to them being not human) then that might make more sense, but I didn’t catch that. And the characters fell a bit flat – especially when comparing it to the characters in Defy, which you kind of do since it’s the same author.

I did like the magic, though, and the history hints about how the magic had been divided that were glimpsed here and there. And I also liked the fact that this is a duology and that what we all know as the story of Swan Lake actually does not start until the very end of this book. And that bit was quite intense and interesting, so I will most likely pick up the next book once that comes out. Maybe not right away, but I will get around to it eventually.

Lord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices #2)

Started: June 17, 2017
Finished: June 29, 2017

Language: English
Rating: 5/5 stars

“He’s three thousand times the human being you’ll ever be,” said Alec. “Now get out of here before I risk his life by waking him up so he can turn you into a garbage fire. Something that would match your personality.”

What. The. Hell. Was. This. Book?!

Holy frikking crap!!

Alright, let me just gather my thoughts. Breathe. Breathe.

Right. So, first of all, this review is going to be full of spoilers. So instead of just making spoiler cuts everywhere, I’m going to hide the rest of it behind one.

Continue reading “Lord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices #2)”

Queen of Extinction (Queen of Extinction #1)

Started: June 25, 2017
Finished: June 27, 2017

Language: English
Rating: 4/5 stars

“You delivered that message well, my nymph.”

I received a copy of this novel from the author Gwynn White in exchange for an honest review.

I’m always up for a Sleeping Beauty retelling. This, however, was far from what I had expected it to be. In a good way.

Aurora is the princess of Ryferia, a kingdom ruled by her brother – until he is brutally murdered. In the blink of an eye Aurora finds herself the queen-to-be – if she can find a husband, because the law states that no female heir may rule if she is unmarried. Her power-greedy uncle issues a challenge; find a husband in a month, or he takes the crown – and blames her brother’s death on her.
The problem? Aurora is Infirm, meaning she has a disease shunned like the blight in Ryferia. Finding a husband will not be easy.
However, it soon becomes apparent that Infirm means something else entirely…

I found myself enjoying this story quite a lot. The world was interesting – though I wouldn’t have minded a map to go with the story – as were the rules of magic. The history of the various kingdoms was intriguing and, well, I just found myself really liking the world that Gwynn White and Erin St Pierre had created here.

I also liked the writing and the way we got to read things from three different perspectives – Aurora, Jorah and Raith, the latter two being contestants in Aurora’s deadly game of finding a husband. Jorah definitely turned out to be one of my favourite characters – you cannot say no to a charming but grumpy and proud dragon, people – while Aurora fell a little flat for me. I think I had a difficult time relating to her as she “speaks first, thinks later”, while I generally do the opposite. Raith was interesting thanks to his magic, but otherwise he was not someone I cared for much.

All in all, I really liked this novel and I am looking forward to the next one in the series.