Prince of Persuasion

Rating: 4.5
Author: Emigh Cannaday
Published: March 5, 2019
Pages: 362
Genre: Fantasy/Paranormal/Romance
Topics: dark elves, romance, internal family feud, royalty, book loving MC, concubines, chimeras
Time It took Me to Read: 2 days

Favorite Quote: “So why divide it further?” Cedric probed. “Especially for someone like her?”
“Because someone like her wasn’t afraid to speak up and she wasn’t afraid to lay her head beside mine and dream the same dream as me. She didn’t think I was crazy or foolish.”

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Goodreads Summary:

“A dying king…
A dynasty in danger…
A prince with one duty: secure the succession!
Created when they intermingled with demons, the dark elves of Sinaryos have come to rely on humans to keep their race alive. The royal family is no exception, with a king on the verge of death, a court riddled with spies, and a broken line of succession. Despite everything working against him, Prince Fallon Blackwood has met all the demands of the crown for nearly a hundred years… except for one!
After avoiding this obligation for too long, the time has come for him to take a harem and prove that he’s capable of continuing his family’s bloodline and ensuring their control of the throne. But underneath his cool and calm exterior, Fallon secretly yearns for a much different life than the one he was born into…
Novi Navarro is a working-class barmaid who’s used to running her tavern and running her mouth. When she gets assigned to Prince Fallon’s harem by mistake, she thinks it’s a complete joke. She makes a deal with Fallon for them to both get what they want from this administrative oversight. But when members of the Blackwood Court discover her true identity, she quickly learns that she must beat them at their game… or die..”

 

Opinion:

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Plot –

So I don’t know if this was intended or not, but this book seriously feels like a Prince and the Pauper retelling! Only it’s women, and neither of them want the switch. Anyways, I absolutely adored it. There were so many things about the plot that interested me. The main character and the love interest are both immediately attracted to each other while immediately hating each other, and they aren’t quite sure how to go about their feelings for like, most of the entire book. Actually, the whole book. It was very strange in the way that it felt fast-paced, yet nothing MAJOR happened until the very end. There were just so many little surprises everywhere that it made it hard to put down. And now we have it – the end. The end of a book can make or break it for me. It’s the final note, it’s the last chance to appeal to the reader, it’s the last chance to make a bang. I’ve seen too many endings with happily-ever-afters, or sad deaths, or just really boring monotonous things. This book took endings to a new level. The last sentence of the book had me throwing it down and shrieking like a little girl. That one sentence had me so proud of the main character and beyond excited to see what happens in the next book that I’m literally starting as soon as I’m finished with this review. So, yeah, the plot is AMAZING.

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Setting –

The setting is actually the thing that first made me want to read this book. It’s a spin-off of one of my favorite series ever, the Annika Brisby series. It’s set in the same world, but across the sea. Whereas the Annika Brisby series had nice elves who cherished tradition and feared the modern world, this story was set in the land of the dark elves who oppose them and are trying to create portals that bridge their world with the modern human world. It’s crazy, because although they are set in the same world, their settings could not be more different. This book is set primarily in the castle of the ruling family, the Blackwoods. Lately I’ve been going through a huge castle/royalty phase, so I LOVED it. Towards the beginning, the story took place in a little tavern outside the castle, which I haven’t seen much of, so it was a nice change of scenery. Lastly, the end of the book was set in a beautiful mountainous place with lakes and prairies and stars and sunsets and everything else my heart longs for. Cannaday does an incredible job of describing the scenery as the characters are going through things so heart-wrenching that the beauty of the things around them are lost to them, which adds to the setting even more, giving it a mournful, lonely touch.

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Characters –

I adored the characters! They clearly each had their own personality; there were scholars, dreamers, jerks, and more. I honestly got Red Queen vibes from Tristan and Laena, and ACOTAR vibes from Fallon and Novi. Novi was precious; she loved reading, but not fantasy. She liked math and science books, which plays a large part in the story later. She is also extremely raunchy. Normally it’s the men, but not in this book. Don’t get me wrong – Fallon most certainly knows his stuff. In fact, he teaches Novi a thing or two. Moving on. She is downright hilarious – I laughed out loud in public way too many times because of her. However, this is the category that made it lose .5 of a star to me. ONLY for one small reason; I want to see more depth in the characters. I want to know some small details about them to make them feel more relatable. They had those moments occasionally, but I’m greedy when it comes to my characters’ relatability. But even still, I fell in love with the characters and can’t wait to see how they develop further in the next book – especially since I KNOW things are going to be different after reading the last page.

Overall, this book was everything I could have asked for and more from Emigh Cannaday. Prince of Persuasion was seductive, enchanting, and provoked many emotions. I will definitely be reading the rest of the series!

 
Have you read this book? What are your opinions? If not, do you want to read it now? Comment below, read a book, and have a day as lovely as you are. ♥

10 Amazing Libraries Every Book Lover Should Know About

Hey guys! So, I spend way too much time fantasizing about really cool bookish things. Bookish candles, bookish boyfriends, bookshelves, pretty book covers, books I wish authors would write, etc. I figured I would actually be productive with my fantasies and use them to fuel some blog posts. With that being said, I now give you a list of libraries that are gorgeous AND have really cool facts!

  1. Trinity College Library —- Ireland

This super cool library is Ireland’s copyright library. That means a copy of every new book and periodical is sent here when they apply for copyright. There’s even a copy of the famous Book of Kells, which was created around the year 800 by a group of Celtic monks. I love the historical vibe I get from this place!

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  1. National Library of France

At one time, this was the world’s largest book repository. Now, it’s still a crazy unique liberary with four buildings! (They remind me of a Tetris game)

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  1. George Peabody Library —- Baltimore, Maryland, USA

This library has FIVE STORY BALCONIES. And a skylight to provide natural light. Several book lovers have even had their weddings here! It was built as a thanks for the citizens’ “kindness and hospitality”, which makes this cute little place even cuter.

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  1. Delft University of Technology Library — Netherlands

This is one of my favorites. There is a giant metal cone in the middle that turns into a skylight. It’s so weird and I love weird things. Also, the ceiling is grass. You can check out a book, walk outside, sit on the roof, and enjoy gorgeous scenery with your new book!

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5. Musashino Art University Library — Tokyo, Japan

I’m a sucker for anything Japan does, tbh. This is no exception. They invented this library to be the simplest in the world. It is made entirely of bookshelves and glass. Since the walls are made of bookshelves, they are 20 feet high! Plus, those chairs look extremely cozy.

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  1. Strahov Monastery Library — Czech Republic

This library is every book lovers dream. There are TWO SECRET PASSAGES, which are opened by pulling out a BOOK!

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  1. Stuttgart City Library — Stuttgart, Germany

This entire library is white, so the only color in the whole building is the color from the books. That’s already cool enough. But there’s more. It is shaped like a CUBE. It as designed after the Pantheon of ancient Rome, and has 9 stories.

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  1. Jose Casconcelos Library — Mexico City, Mexico

This library has a super magical feel to it. The structures are made of concrete and glass, so it looks like the bookshelves are hanging in the air! Also, random fun fact, there is a giant whale skeleton in the middle!

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  1. Liyuan Library – Beijing, China

This is another favorite of mine. It is only one story, and it was designed to blend into the forest around it by covering the outside with twigs! The only light that comes into the library is the light that seeps through the crack in the twig frame. To stay cool, they pull air from the lake that is nearby. Everything in the building is made from all recyclable material! Reading in here would be SO relaxing (except it would definitely be a BYOB situation for me – bring your own beanbag! – I don’t see how all these people are sitting on the hard floor like that.)

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  1. Sir Duncan Rice Library – Aberdeen, United Kingdom

This one instantly drew me to it because of the architecture. There is a spiral atrium in the center, and cells in the roof collect sunlight and turn it into energy!

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BONUS: Sainte Genevieve Library in Paris, France

SURPRISE! Since I had so much fun putting this together, I decided to add a bonus, with no boring facts. I literally just picked this because it looks like Hogwarts to me! All it needs is floating candles and ghosts.

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Thank you guys so much for reading this far! I am SO curious to know which one is your favorite, so tell me below! Maybe you have more cool suggestions for me; leave those below too! I hope you guys have a wonderful day! ♥

Cover Reveal – Salt for Air

I don’t usually post cover reveals, but this one is necessary for two reasons:

  • The book is about Greek mythology, mermaids, and royalty. Three of my favorite things.
  • THE COVER IS FRIGGIN’ GORGEOUS, OKAY?!

M.C. Frank’s newest book, Salt for Air, will be released in October 2018.

So now, without further ado…

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I LOVE IT!!!! The colors absolutely mesmerize me! It makes me think of an insane mix between galaxy and ocean. And the cover perfectly displays the main aspects of the story (remember the mermaids and royalty?) which is getting rare these days. People are starting to prefer more plain covers, but I still love the elaborate ones like this!

To watch the full video and see super cool effects, click the link below!

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To get your hands on one of these beautiful books, use the link below to pre-order!

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Lastly, to check it out on Goodreads:

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Descendant (Starling #2)

Rating: 5.0
Published: 2013
Pages: 336
Genre: YA Fantasy/ Paranormal Romance
Topics: Norse mythology, Egyptian mythology, Greek mythology, romance, fighting, secrets
Time It took Me to Read: 4 days reading a couple hours each time
Favorite Quote: “It didn’t make any sense, but he was starting to figure out that ‘sense’ and ‘love’ had very little to do with each other in his world.”

Descendant (Starling, #2)

Goodreads Summary:

The last thing Mason Starling remembers is the train crossing a bridge. An explosion . . . a blinding light . . . then darkness. Now she is alone, stranded in Asgard—the realm of Norse legend—and the only way for her to get home is to find the Spear of Odin, a powerful relic left behind by vanished gods.

The Fennrys Wolf knows all about Asgard. He was once trapped there. And he’ll do whatever it takes to find the girl who’s stolen his heart and bring her back—even if it means a treacherous descent into the Underworld. But time is running out, and Fenn knows something Mason doesn’t: If she takes up the Spear, she’ll set in motion a terrible prophecy. And she won’t just return to her world . . . she’ll destroy it.

Opinion:

Plot –

Remember how I didn’t really like the way the first book was written? THIS BOOK WAS 100000 times better! The first book was completely just setting up for the rest of the series, and I appreciate it so much now! This book was full of intrigue, wit, humor, suspense, and plot twists that you never see coming. Oh, also, remember how I said in the last book that it was all about Norse mythology? Well now, let’s add in some Greek mythology and Egyptian mythology, and you get this book. You’d think that with three mythologies, it would get real sloppy real fast. But nope. The author elegantly pulls off the combination by tying them each to their own separate characters. AND IT WAS AWESOME. The end of the story had me starting the next one instantly, which is why this review is so late.

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Setting –

As far as setting goes, I’m still slightly disappointed because I couldn’t visualize everything as accurately as I would have liked. But it could have just been me. Livingston used some really good descriptive language in this book that was missing from the last one. (Even had me googling a few of the words). And I still LOVE that it’s in New York, (partially because I’m planning a vacation there soon and this book is giving me great ideas of where to go!) but also because it’s just a place I haven’t seen many books set in. And the locations all play a HUGE part in this book, since portals to other realms and safe grounds and dead grounds, etc. are a thing. So while I still get a little hazy as to exactly how each place looks, I don’t care at all! The things that come from each location are way more important than how it looks.

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Characters –

The characters had some MAJOR growth spurts. I already loved them in the first book, and now they’re even more developed??? My heart was SO happy. Each person gets more and more intricate as you discover their inner motives, what pushes each of them, what each of their biggest strength is… and their biggest weakness. In addition to their insane growth, they also become more related. Things about their pasts begin to surface, showing you that they’re not so far apart as they may seem. I felt so sorry for some of them, and so hateful towards others. I began rooting more and more for some of them, while cursing the others. They all felt so HUMAN – even though – (kind of spoiler-ish) – most of them aren’t. Lastly, new characters were brought in, and they enhanced the quality of the book tremendously. I haven’t met a single character in this book that I haven’t grown to have strong feelings for.

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Overall, this book is extremely better than the first, and has made this series one of my favorites. I totally recommend it!

Have you read this book? What are your opinions? If not, do you want to read it now? Comment below, read a book, and have a day as lovely as you are. ♥

Mystery Blogger Award

Hey guys! I cannot believe I have already gotten my second award! I’m still so new at this, and it shocks me every time to think that someone out there enjoys reading my words. Thank you to the wonderful Bridie for giving me that reminder and nominating me for the Mystery Blogger Award. I encourage every one of you to check out her blog as she is extremely talented. You won’t regret it!

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What is the Mystery Blogger Award?

It’s an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging, and they do it with so much love and passion.

                                                                                                                            –  Okoto Enigma

The rules for the award are:

  1. Put the award logo/image on your blog
  2. List the rules.
  3. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  4. Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well. (Okoto Enigma).
  5. Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
  6. Nominate 10 – 20 people
  7. Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
  8. Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question
  9. Share a link to your best post(s)

 

3 Things About Me:

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  • I really love plants. Because I am in college, I’m really limited on what kinds I can have, but I currently have one succulent (Matilda), one aloe plant, (Loa), and one bachelor button/ cornflower (Booboo). Yes, I name them. I’m practically a crazy plant lady by now.

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  • Grey’s Anatomy is my favorite TV show. I have a tab on my computer where Netflix is on, and it is constantly playing in the background of everything I do.

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  • I could eat ranch dressing with ANYTHING. French fries, chicken nuggets, scrambled eggs, hot dogs, hamburgers, spaghetti. Just not salad. Never. Salad.

5 Questions I Was Asked:

Q1: What book character do you relate to the most?

A: Lisa Dragomir from The Vampire Academy. She cares for every living thing, and she cares so much that she sometimes ends up hurting herself trying to fix their brokenness.

Q2: What is your proudest achievement in life so far?

A: Becoming an officer in Kappa Delta Pi. That is the honor society for education. I want to be an amazing teacher soon and give my future students the best possible education. The fact that my professor saw me as the most skilled at teaching in my university means so much to me, especially since I truly look up to his teaching skills. The night I was initiated is one of my fondest memories.

Q3: If you were an Animagus, what would your chosen form be?

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A: A Horned Owl. My ancestors were Native Americans, and they believe that the owl is a symbol of being able to navigate any darkness in our life. That’s kinda the whole purpose of an Animagus. More specifically, horned owls are known as protectors of the young. And if you know anything about me at all, you would know that children are the most precious things in the world to me. BONUSES: They are also known as fierce, wise, deeply sensual, and if they are your spirit animal, they grant you with the gift of communication in all forms: speaking, writing, listening, music, advice, etc.

Q4: What song is the theme song to your life?

A: If I could choose one, it would be Nexus by Niykee Heaton. It’s an empowering song about a woman knowing she’s all that and a bag of chips. However, since it is supposed to be about my life, it’s more like the HIMYM theme song. You know, the one that doesn’t really say anything important but just makes weird random sounds at awkward places.

Q5: (The Weird Question) What is a smell you love? And what is a smell you hate?

A: I love the smell of freshly cut grass because it reminds me of my childhood when I would chase my grandfather around on the mower just to spend time with him. I hate the smell of seafood. When I was younger, my aunt snuck raw tuna into my food and I threw up for days. Now I can’t stand any seafood, and the smell still makes me sick.

My Best Post:

I don’t know if it’s my best, but it’s certainly my favorite!

Top 5 Wednesday: Summer Reads!

I nominate:

  1. Ruth , who I look up to since she is another new blogger who has been extremely successful. She is also a precious human being who cares for others.
  2. Marie , who is always interesting. She tells the funniest stories about annoying men at the beach, people from her university, and so many more!
  3. Adrianna , who constantly posts new, fresh things in addition to book reviews, such as discussion posts about being a librarian, and favorite song lyrics.
  4. Amber , who is so open and real. On Twitter, she constantly posts updates about her life and I love that. It shows that she isn’t trying to put on a show; she is just genuinely HER.
  5. Beth , who is extremely aesthetic. Her blog is super cute as well as having good content. Her outfits are always the bomb, and every picture she posts is adorable!
  6. Kate , who is super intelligent and wise. Plus, we actually have similar tastes in books!
  7. Kimberly , who is truly a gift. She likes dino-shaped nuggets and Doritos. And her blog is so well-organized. AND SHE’S GETTING MARRIED SOON!
  8. Kaleena , who is so kind and sweet. She always replies to comments and genuinely cares about her followers. She’s always asking them what they want to see.
  9. Keionda, , who I relate to so well. Our states are border states, we like romance, and she loves Jesus!
  10. Kristen , who is so eccentrically wonderful. You never know what exactly she’s going to say, and it certainly keeps things interesting.

Please don’t feel pressured to do this, and I apologize if any of you were already nominated. I didn’t even check because I wanted this to be an authentic list of people I believe deserve the award. 😊

Questions I Want to Ask Them:

  1. What is one unpopular belief you have?
  2. Weird question: Do you pronounce “pecan” like “pah cahn” or “pee can”?
  3. What is one character trait you would choose to give the main character if you were writing a book?
  4. If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
  5. Winter, spring, summer, or fall?

I hope you guys enjoyed my answers! If you answer my questions, please tag me or notify me somehow; I’d LOVE to know your answers! As always, have an amazing day, my loves.

Top 5 Wednesday: Summer Reads!

Hey guys! Top 5 Wednesday is a meme hosted by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes. If you would like to join, here is a link to the Goodreads group. We’d love to welcome you to the family!

Goodreads T5W Group

In the summer, many people love to curl up by the pool with a cute, light, easy read to relax. I am not one of those people. Sometimes, I read one of those books in the middle of winter by a fire. Sometimes I read the most complex book on a vacation. It all depends on my mood. BUT, I am going to try to come up with a list of cute little reads. (Go easy on me if they suck).

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  1. 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson

” Inside little blue envelope 1 are $1,000 and instructions to buy a plane ticket. In envelope 2 are directions to a specific London flat. The note in envelope 3 tells Ginny: Find a starving artist. Because of envelope 4, Ginny and a playwright/thief/ bloke about town called Keith go to Scotland together, with somewhat disastrous though utterly romantic results. But will she ever see him again? Everything about Ginny will change this summer, and it’s all because of the 13 little blue envelopes. (Ages 12+)” 

I read this book as a young teenager and absolutely loved it! It is FULL of humor. It is a very light, easy read, but it also has substance: romance, a small hint of mystery, a tinge of sadness, and leaves you wanting the sequel.

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  1. Donut Days by Lara Zielin

“Emma has a lot going on. Her best friend’s not speaking to her, a boy she’s known all her life is suddenly smokin? hot and in love with her, and oh yes, her evangelical minister parents may lose their church, especially if her mother keeps giving sermons saying Adam was a hermaphrodite. But this weekend Emma’s only focused on Crispy Dream, a hot new donut franchise opening in town, where Harley bikers and Frodo wannabes camp out waiting to be the first ones served. Writing the best feature story on the camp for the local paper might just win Emma a scholarship to attend a non- Christian college. But soon enough Emma finds the donut camp isn?t quite the perfect escape from all her troubles at Living Word Redeemer. In a fresh, funny voice, newcomer Lara Zielin offers up a mesmerizing, fast-paced narrative full of wit and insight.”

I read this book a long time ago, and it was really interesting. I will say, there is a lot of Christianity in here, so if that isn’t your thing, move along. But if it is your thing, or you will at least tolerate it, you will find a charming story about a funny girl, her troubles, and her resolutions.

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  1. The Princess Bride by William Goldman

“What happens when the most beautiful girl in the world marries the handsomest prince of all time and he turns out to be…well…a lot less than the man of her dreams? As a boy, William Goldman claims, he loved to hear his father read the S. Morgenstern classic, The Princess Bride. But as a grown-up he discovered that the boring parts were left out of good old Dad’s recitation, and only the “good parts” reached his ears. Now Goldman does Dad one better. He’s reconstructed the “Good Parts Version” to delight wise kids and wide-eyed grownups everywhere. What’s it about? Fencing. Fighting. True Love. Strong Hate. Harsh Revenge. A Few Giants. Lots of Bad Men. Lots of Good Men. Five or Six Beautiful Women. Beasties Monstrous and Gentle. Some Swell Escapes and Captures. Death, Lies, Truth, Miracles, and a Little Sex. In short, it’s about everything.”

Like the summary said, a little bit of everything is in this story. Surely there is something that appeals to everyone, which makes it perfect for summer!

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  1. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

“The story of the mysteriously wealthy Jay Gatsby and his love for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan, of lavish parties on Long Island at a time when The New York Times noted “gin was the national drink and sex the national obsession,” it is an exquisitely crafted tale of America in the 1920s.”

 Summer is the best time to catch up on a classic in my opinion.

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  1. Wonder by R. J. Palacio

“August Pullman was born with a facial difference that, up until now, has prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Starting 5th grade at Beecher Prep, he wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid—but his new classmates can’t get past Auggie’s extraordinary face. WONDER, now a #1 New York Times bestseller and included on the Texas Bluebonnet Award master list, begins from Auggie’s point of view, but soon switches to include his classmates, his sister, her boyfriend, and others. These perspectives converge in a portrait of one community’s struggle with empathy, compassion, and acceptance.”

 I’ve never read this one, but it seems like it would be a good heartwarming story that helps remind you that humans can be good in a time where they are stealing your lounge chair at the pool and talking so loudly they are disturbing your summer reading.

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Hopefully you found something good to read here! Have you read any of these? Do you want to? What are your favorite summer reads? Let me know in the comments! ♥

Starling

Rating: 4.0
Published: 2012
Pages: 341
Genre: YA Fantasy/ Paranormal Romance
Topics: Norse mythology, romance, fighting, secrets
Time It took Me to Read: 7 days reading about 1 hour each day
Favorite Quote: “When Rory was young, he’d learned that the most interesting things in life were almost always kept hidden. Locked away in dark places. And the harder it was to break the locks, the better the prize inside.”

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Goodreads Summary:

Mason Starling is a champion fencer on the Gosforth Academy team, but she’s never had to fight for her life. Not until the night a ferocious, otherworldly storm rips through Manhattan, trapping Mason and her teammates inside the school. Mason is besieged by nightmarish creatures more terrifying than the thunder and lightning as the raging tempest also brings a dangerous stranger into her life: a young man who remembers nothing but his name—the Fennrys Wolf. His arrival tears Mason’s world apart, even as she feels an undeniable connection to him. Together, they seek to unravel the secrets of Fenn’s identity as strange and supernatural forces gather around them. When they discover Mason’s family—with its dark allegiance to ancient Norse gods—is at the heart of the mystery, Fennrys and Mason are suddenly faced with a terrifying future.

Set against the gritty, shadowed back-drop of New York City, this first novel in award-winning author Lesley Livingston’s epic Starling Saga is an intoxicating blend of sweeping romance and pulse-pounding action.

Opinion:

Plot –

The plot knocked off .5 for me because it was so slow. Which is weird, since the book literally begins with a fighting scene. After that big fight, the action kind of simmered down until the very end of the book. Luckily, it was never boring, though. Livingston made sure to fill the rest of the space in with mystery, hidden conversations that leave you guessing, brief interactions or expressions from the characters that make you wonder, hints of magic. Sadly, for the most part, it was predictable. For example, I knew who the Devourer was the minute they talked about it. But at the end, oh man, I read the last few chapters in a matter of minutes. It was extremely intense, everything I thought would happen went the opposite direction, AND I was left with a huge cliff-hanger. The end made the whole book worth it to me, and I will definitely start the next book as soon as this is posted. The Norse mythology was also a very important part of the plot. I am a huge Marvel nerd and thought that all of the Thor movies (especially Ragnarok) would have prepared me for this, but I was wrong. Livingston takes the myths, makes them her own, and rocks them. The last thing I have to say about the plot is that the romance was very slow as well. Recently, I have seen more and more people say that they hate when the people fall in love the second they meet each other. Well, this is the book for all those people. They definitely feel attracted to one another, but they both agree that it is crazy, and they hardly see each other until the middle of the book, and after that, there isn’t even a kiss until the end. I actually like the fast-moving romance, so I did not like this as much, but there was certainly enough romantic tension between them to keep me satisfied.

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Setting –

The setting knocked off the other .5 for me. It was just really hard for me to keep up with certain details. For example, at the end, (don’t worry, spoiler free), it mentions her surroundings, but fails to mention whether or not she is still standing on the moving train she was on two seconds before. Also, in the beginning, there is a person who you believe to be entirely naked for several pages. Then later, SURPRISE, he actually had this magical necklace on the whole time and it just wasn’t mentioned. Oh, and for some reason, for the longest time I thought her older brother was younger than her. Those are just small nitpicky things though. I loved other aspects of the setting, such as the fact that it was set in New York. My favorite thing about the setting is that it takes place at a college, which is very rare to see in books. The whole book is certainly different than the majority of books in this genre, and the setting was no exception.

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Characters –

The characters were my favorite thing in the book. I thought I would hate it at first since it is not in 1st person, but it actually worked to the book’s advantage. It switched mainly between the two main characters with the occasional view from another close character. I usually dislike switches, but this one was done very effectively, only when needed, and at the most wonderfully suspenseful times. All of the characters had their own flavor, and they were so incredibly different than most characters. For instance, one main character is a rich girl that doesn’t care about being rich who is also a fencer and has distinct personality traits. The other main character has amnesia, is an incredibly talented fighter, vaguely knows magic exists, but doesn’t know how he knows anything. Then you have a usually-mean-girl-but-starts-being-BFFS-with-the-main-character-girl, a jock-who-got-dumped-and-now-wants-the-main-character-guy, a train enthusiast, and a typical bad boy. Interesting mix, for sure.

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Overall, I loved this book and recommend everyone to at least try it, and hopefully the few kinks I have with it will be worked out in book 2!

Have you read this book? What are your opinions? If not, do you want to read it now? Comment below, read a book, and have a day as lovely as you are. ♥