July Mini Reviews

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Disclaimer: Whilst these books were provided by publishers as NetGalley E-ARCs, all opinions remain solely my own.

Fantasy


Now I Rise ★★★★

Conqueror’s Saga #2
Kiersten White

I really enjoyed this sequel. Without giving anything away, I found it to be more political, with a pinch of deception and stabby-ness (is that a word? If not, it should be).
Lada really comes into her own, becoming even more independent and kick ass. She definitely becomes wiser and more mature as she explores the world.
Radu is the bigger focus of this book, or he felt like it, anyways. He becomes smarter with his emotions and decisions, and I cannot wait to see him develop more in book 3.
A fast paced, action filled sequel which I loved.

Unraveling ★★★★

Unblemished #2
Sara Ella

Unraveling started slowly but the pace quickly improved and kept me moving through the story. The plot is full of adventure, twists and turns, and I really loved where the story went,
It still has that fairytale feel but I definitely felt that this sequel was more action packed than book 1. We see El develop and grow into her new role, but we also see her doubts and struggles.
I really enjoyed the multiple perspectives of this book as it really opened my eyes to the events surrounding other characters.
The world is expanded in this book and I can’t wait to see where they go in book 3.

Daughter of the Burning City ★★★★

Amanda Foody

Whilst this novel started slow, the evocative language and intriguing characters soon sucked me into a whirlwind of flipping pages.
Throughout the entirety of the book I was drooling over liquorice cherries and kettle corn, and picturing every aspect of the burning city in detail.
Every plot twist had me absolutely shocked and I definitely didn’t see the end coming.
This is like Caraval, but infinitely more unique and captivating. 4.5/5 stars.

Sovereign ★★★

Nemesis #2
April Daniels

I didn’t enjoy this book as much as the first in the series, Dreadnought. However it was still a satisfying sequel and I’m excited to continue with this series.
The pacing was a little slow and inconsistent, and made the reading experience a little bit more tedious. In saying that, I loved seeing Danny’s character development and that alone made me want to keep reading.
The way that the plot is set out is layered and there were definitely a few twists that I didn’t see coming.
All in all this sequel was good but I hope that book 3 improves upon the story even more.

Dystopian


True North ★★

True Born #2
L.E Sterling

After reading and loving the first book in this series, the sequel was a bit of a let down.
It had a strong beginning which recapped book 1 and helped you get settled back into the world. After that however, I felt that everything went downhill. The pacing was incredibly slow, and there was no real character development that I could tell. The plot of the novel hinged on one small event, which we didn’t see until the very end, and the other ‘events’ in the plot made it feel as if virtually nothing happened. Even the romance, which I hoped would develop more, didn’t.
Overall I wasn’t impressed by this sequel, and it just wasn’t for me. 2/5 stars.

Contemporary


180 Seconds ★★★★★

Jessica Park

This book shattered my heart and made it whole again.
I was delighted by the romance in this novel, entranced by Allison’s story and her personal development, and ripped to shreds by the ending.
I went into this novel blind, for some reason expecting it to be a cute fluffy romance. And I’m not denying that it had cute and fluffy moments, but 180 Seconds was so much more than that. The characters were fleshed out, real and relatable, and Allison’s introversion was deftly explored, explained, and eventually overcome.
The main couple in this book is so perfect and amazing, and I’d love to see more of them.
It’s the perfect exploration of family, friendship, trust and opening up.

Moonrise ★★★★

Sarah Crossan

Heart-breaking, insightful and brilliantly executed.
I went into this novel completely blind, knowing only that it was written by Sarah Crossan. Sarah Crossan is an author that I trust wholly, who never neglects to make my heart ache and my tears flow. In Moonrise, her writing is unfailingly beautiful, and her story told through a cast of unusually lovable characters.
Every aspect of this novel appealed to me, As a highly opinionated individual with eyes open to the world around me, I really appreciated Sarah’s exploration of the American justice system and its failings. I enjoyed seeing a family dynamic where all the family were present in the narrative, if not directly on the page. Joe’s family has fallen apart around him, and still he persists in trying his hardest and not giving up. I loved Joe, and I would love to see more of him in the future (as unlikely as that is).
I would recommend this novel to anyone who loves Sarah Crossan and fast, intoxicating reads.

The Names They Gave Us ★★★★

Emery Lord

The Names They Gave Us is a genuine, heartfelt novel about faith, family, friendship and grief. Beautifully written with an amazing cast of characters, I enjoyed every single page of this novel.
The writing and story was easy to slide into, and our main character is super easy to love and follow.
I gave this one 4.25 stars, with my only problem being the open ending.

Signed

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Blacksouls: Delicious pirate-y goodness

 

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Blacksouls (Blackhearts #2)

Nicole Castroman

Published by Simon Pulse

Released on April 11th 2017

Genre: YA, Historical Fiction, Romance, Pirates and Adventure.

 

Nicole Castroman brings the dangerous pirate ports of the Caribbean to life in this vibrant sequel to Blackhearts—the reimagined origin story of history’s most infamous pirate, Blackbeard.

Edward “Teach” Drummond is setting sail to the Caribbean as first mate on the most celebrated merchant ship in the British fleet—until he rebels against his captain. Mutiny is a capital offense and Teach knows it could cost him his life, but he believes it worth the risk in order to save his crew from the attacking Spanish ships. 

 Sailing on the same blue waters, Anne barely avoids the Spanish attack, making it safely to Nassau. But lawless criminals, corrupt politics, and dangerous intentions fill the crowded streets of this Caribbean port. Soon, Anne discovers that the man entrusted to keep the peace is quite possibly the most treacherous of them all—and he just happens to hold Teach’s fate in his terrifying hands. 

 Life and death hang in the balance when Teach and Anne are given a dangerous mission. It’s a mission that will test their love, loyalty and devotion, forcing them down a path neither one could have ever imagined. 

 

My Spoiler Free Review

Blacksouls is the second book in a delightful series by Nicole Castroman. The first book in this series, Blackhearts, starts our exploration into the pirate Blackbeard and his life. With more action, ocean and pirates than the first book, Blacksouls is definitely a fun read and a great continuation to the series.

 I adored the action that just kept me on my toes) though I will admit the first 50 or so pages were a little slower. The plot definitely gets more complex and leaves a huge opening for the series to continue  (do I really have to wait a whole year for book 3? Really?  *sighs*).

Teach and Anne continue their romance….and though I wasn’t too impressed by Teach’s temper and jealousy at times. But as a whole their relationship seems pretty healthy and cute and I can’t wait to see what happens between them. 

Plus Anne is such a strong character…honestly. From the first page of Blackhearts to now, she’s grown so much and become such a strong willed and now physically strong character. 

Plus there’s Reva. Female. Pirate. Kickass. Yes please… I need more.  

I gave this installment 3.5 stars and cant wait to read book 3. 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Nicole.jpg    Nicole was lucky enough to come with her very own best friend…she has a twin sister who can read her mind and finish her sentences for her.

At the age of 13, she went to Europe for the first time and it changed her life. She loves learning about different people, languages and cultures and speaks fluent German. She knows enough Spanish to get herself into trouble and can still read the Cyrillic alphabet from when she studied Russian.

She received her B.A. from Brigham Young University and has lived in Germany, Austria and two different places called Georgia. One is located on the Black Sea. The other is the state of Georgia where she now lives with her handsome husband and two beautiful children who continue to amaze her.

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