Most Anticipated Books of 2015 (Part One)

There are so many 2015 books coming out in upcoming months that I am dying to read so I had to put up some of the ones that I am most anticipating (there are still many more that I would love to add to this list and will add soon).

1.The Winner’s Crime (The Winner’s Trilogy #2) by Marie Rutkoski

2. The Heart of Betrayal (The Remnant Chronicles #2) by Mary E. Pearson

3. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

4. Red Queen (Red Queen #1) by Victoria Aveyard

5. The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows 

Heir of Fire

Goodreads

Review:

Heir of Fire carries on after the events on Crown of Midnight. Sent to Wendlyn, Celaena’s thoughts lie on avenging the death of her dearest friend, and destroying the tyrant on Erilea’s throne. Chaol sacrificed his future to send Celaena to Wednlyn to protect her. Dorian finds help in an unlikely place, and deep in the mountains a force is mustering to take to the skies.

Heir of Fire is completely different from the rest of the series. Here, Celaena’s assassin skills didn’t show as much but her Fae side surely did. Up until the middle part of the book, I was expecting that her full blown power would not be shown until the fourth book, but I was wrong.

While I was expecting more on the Chaol and Celaena spectrum, I quite enjoyed how Maas focused on the growth of each character independently. They value each other the same way but I liked seeing each one of them think, feel and decide on their own, without physically influencing each other. In this way, I got to know them a little bit deeper, not how they would act together.

Also, the new characters Maas introduced namely ROWAN WHITETHORN and Aedion Ashryver blew my mind away. They are simply amazing. Rowan Whitethorn is now one of my favorite characters in the whole series. He’s a prince, and his Fae powers are simply awesome. He is forced by Maeve (Fae Queen) to train Celaena. He’s terrifying and intense, protective, caring, and lethal when it comes to his enemies. He and Celaena develop a friendship that will seriously make your heart leap because she finally has someone that she can rely on 100%. Instead of secrecy and judging, they would die for each other and work together as a team. I totally ship Rowan and Celaena, I am ready for her and Chaol to be over, like now. Aedion Ashryver is a General with a bad reputation–and he’s the cousin of Aelin, and deeply devoted to her–but as a character, he’s actually quite likable. It’ll be interesting to see what he does next…

I loved the Celaena and Chaol scenes, but I never really got into the Manon scenes. They were well-written and still really exciting, but I’m afraid that it took me a while to get into these sections of the novel. By the time I became addicted to these scenes the novel was nearly over.

Overall, this book was fantastic. I am eagerly awaiting the next novel in this series. Sarah J. Maas is a fantastic author and her characters are amazing and as is the plot and her writing style. READ THIS BOOK!

–Feira

Snow Like Ashes

My Review:

This novel is based in a mythical land called Primoria, which is split into four Season Kingdoms (Winter, Summer, Spring, and Autumn) and into four Rhythm Kingdoms (Cordell, Ventralli, Yakim, and Paisly). Each of these kingdoms is able to thrive along with the assistance of magic in the form of a conduit. A conduit is an object such as a locket or staff that draws magic from the magical source that lies in a cavern under the Klaryn Mountains. This magic can only be used by the King or Queen of the kingdom. And each ruler uses his or her magical item to amplify their citizens’ natural gifts.

When the story opens, there are only eight free Winterians remaining, including the sole heir to the throne, Prince Mather, and his best friend (our protagonist) Meira. The rest of the Winter people who survived Spring’s attacked on Winter (mass genocide) are enslaved in work camps.

I was not a fan of Meira at first, I found her whiny, irritating, immature, and reckless. Sixteen is definitely old enough to stop throwing foot-stomping, arm-waving tantrums, especially when those tantrums are completely idiotic and have no merit. She would complain about wanting to be useful to Winter yet when given the opportunity to do something, she mopes around about it. Fortunately, she does not do that for long and eventually learns to accept her circumstances. By the the end, she adapts to her new role while remaining true to herself. As Meira grew as a individual, I grew to like her a great deal.

Meira does have two love interests in the book, so yes a love triangle is present. Personally, I do not mind love triangle, as long as the whole book isn’t focused on the love triangle. I believe that love triangles have there places in novels, as long as they are created well (I HATE instant love though. There is NEVER a place for it in my opinion and a book is almost always ruined for me if the main characters fall in love instantly). Fortunately, Sara creates her love triangle extremely well, actually, we do not see very much of it at all. Meira ends up spending much of her time avoiding the issue by avoiding one love part of the her triangle entirely. So yes, she pretty much ignores that whole love triangle until that entire storyline gets dropped in favour of her starting a rebellion and becoming a leader. Perfect right??

And the guys involved are pretty great guys. They have many fine qualities and support her decisions most of the time. Meira and Mather have this adorable best-friends-maybe-more relationship happening. However, I team Theron all the way. Prince Theron appears, and the world opens up into a broadening web of intrigue, betrayal, and underhanded deals. Once he appears, I quickly go from supporting Mather/Meira to wishing Mather gone. Theron is da best.

Overall this book was pretty amazing. The writing style was smooth, and transitioned nicely, and it does not hurt that the cover is beyond epic. While it was a little info-dumpy to begin with and has inconsistencies, it quickly gets better after the first part of the novel and has a lot going for it. I am truly excited about where this book is headed. I cannot wait for book 2 and some more Theron time….!!

-Feira

Quotes of the Day

Heir of Fire

“The wave of impenetrable black descended, roaring as it made to devour them. Yet this was not the end – this was not her end. She had survived loss and pain and torture; she had survived slavery and hatred and despair; she would survive this, too. Because hers was not a story of darkness.”

________

“She was as much a queen as Maeve. She was the sovereign of a strong people and a mighty kingdom. She was the heir of ash and fire, and she would bow for no one.”

Snow Like Ashes

“I need a book that says ‘Here’s how to defeat Spring and restore power to your king, and while you’re at it, here’s how to prove you matter when no one else thinks you do—”

I stop. I’m staring at the bookshelves and not at Theron, and I don’t think I’ll ever be able to look at him again without shriveling up from embarrassment. … I can still hear what I said hanging around me, my weak, weak admission, and I can’t bring myself to breathe, let alone face him.

Theron doesn’t give me a choice. He crawls up onto his knees and moves into my line of sight, his forehead wrinkled and his eyes darting over mine like he’s trying to figure me out the same way he figured out that passage. After a moment of silence, he grimaces.

“You matter,” is all he says.”

________

“Someday we will be more than words in the dark.”

 

A beginning

This post marks the beginning of many book reviews  to come. I have listed the books that I have read this year, and from this list I will post reviews on my top five choices.  Once those reviews are complete, I will continue to post reviews as I read. So here goes nothing…

 

Books read this year:

Taste of Darkness by Maria Snyder

Betrothed by Jill Myles

Brightest Kind of Darkness by Patrice Michelle

Royal Airs by Sharon Shinn

Graceling by Kristin Cashore (reread)

Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore

Silver-white by Shawn Underhill

The Call by Shawn Underhill

Tithe by Holly Black

Scarlett by A.C. Gaughen (reread)

Lady Thief by A.C. Gaughen

Fist of Furor (The Scribes of Mediesia) by R.K. Ryals, Melissa Ringsted, Frankie Rose

The Seer and the Sword

World After (Penryn & the End of Days) by Susan Ee

Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire*

Eyes of Ember (Imdalind Series) by Rebecca Ethington

Scorched Treachery (Imdalind Series) by Rebecca Ethington

Where She Went by Gayle Foreman

Verity by Claire Farrel

Dwellers of Darkness by Stacey Marie Brown

Porcelain Keys by Sarah Beard

Time Mends (Timber Wolves) by Tammy Blackwell

Relentless by Karen Lynch

Entangled (Spellbound Trilogy) by Nikki Jefford

The Key (The True Reign) by Jennifer Anne Davis

The Voice by Jennifer Anne Davis

Beloved (The Crystor Series) by C.K. Bryant

Shifting by Bethany Wiggins

The Winners Curse by Marie Rutkoski

Red (The True Reign) by Jennifer Anne Davis

Fate Succumbs by Tammy Blackwell (reread)

Out of Breath by Rebecca Donovan (reread)

Eon by Alison Goodman (reread)

Plus One by Elizabeth Fama

The Ring of Morgana by Donna Hosie

The One (The Selection) by Kiera Cass

War (The True Reign) by Jennifer Anne Davis*

North of Beautiful by Justina Chen

Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles

Tandem by Anna Jarzab

Under Different Stars by Amy A. Bartol

Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver

War of the Fae by Elle Casey

War of the Fae II by Elle Casey

Silver Siren by Chanda Hahn

Defy by Sara B. Larson

Deep End of the Sea by Heather Lyons

A Matter of Truth by Heather Lyons

A Matter of Forever by Heather Lyons

Firstborn by Lorie Ann Grover

Death Sworn by Leah Cypess

Created (Talented Saga) by Sophie Davis — June 18th

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Bound by Kate Sparkes

Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

The Twelve Kingdoms: The Mark of Tala by Jeffe Kennedy

Threats of Sky and Sea by Jennifer Ellison

Magic Study by Maria Snyder (reread)

Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

Illusions of Fate by Kiersten White

If I Stay by Gayle Foreman (reread)

Sisters in Sanity by Gayle Forman

Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls) by Maggie Stiefvater

Linger (The Wolves of Mercy Falls) by Maggie Stiefvater

Forever (The Wolves of Mercy Falls) by Maggie Stiefvater

Sinner (The Wolves of Mercy Falls) by Maggie Stiefvater

Midnight Thief by Livia Blackburne

Eleanor by Jason Gurley

Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

The Opal Crown by Jenny Lundquist

A Gift of Poison by Kate Avery Ellison

Smokeless Fire by Samantha Young

Darkness Kindled by Samantha Young

Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

The Princess Spy by Melanie Dickerson

Touch of Power by Maria Snyder

Breathing Fire by R.K. Lilley

Star of the Morning by Lynn Kurland (reread)

The Mages’s Daughter by Lynn Kurland (reread)

Princess of the Sword by Lynn Kurland (reread)

Troubled Water by Sharon Shinn (reread)

Refuge by Karen Lynch