Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

Nevernight (The Nevernight Chronicle, #1)

Title: Nevernight
Author: Jay Kristoff
Series: The Nevernight Chronicles #1
Publication: 9th August 2016 by Thomas Dunne Books
Genre: Fantasy

My Thoughts (2)

(Goodreads)

In a land where three suns almost never set, a fledgling killer joins a school of assassins, seeking vengeance against the powers who destroyed her family.

Daughter of an executed traitor, Mia Corvere is barely able to escape her father’s failed rebellion with her life. Alone and friendless, she hides in a city built from the bones of a dead god, hunted by the Senate and her father’s former comrades. But her gift for speaking with the shadows leads her to the door of a retired killer, and a future she never imagined.

Now, Mia is apprenticed to the deadliest flock of assassins in the entire Republic—the Red Church. If she bests her fellow students in contests of steel, poison and the subtle arts, she’ll be inducted among the Blades of the Lady of Blessed Murder, and one step closer to the vengeance she desires. But a killer is loose within the Church’s halls, the bloody secrets of Mia’s past return to haunt her, and a plot to bring down the entire congregation is unfolding in the shadows she so loves.

Will she even survive to initiation, let alone have her revenge?

My Thoughts

I received this book in my Illumicrate box last year and loved the look of it. I tried picking it up a couple of times but was never really in the mood for it and this is definitely a book you need to be in the mood for reading. It is very slow to get into, and throws a lot of information at you, but after about 30% (if you can make it that far) it really gets going.

The book flicks between the past and present. This means you are completely lost for the first few chapters but hold in there. It slowly builds up, giving you Mia’s back story and motivation. Once we actually get to the place where she begins training to be an assassin, things begin to get a lot clearer and interesting.

After the initial third of the book, things become a lot more fast pace.* We get violence, lots of death, sex and swearing. After all, they are training to be assassins. I loved that they’re not just trained in fighting, but also in poisons and seduction.

It was a solid first book and I’m looking forward to seeing where it goes in the next book (it’s on my shelf ready and waiting). I ended up giving it a 3.5, but rounded up to 4 because of the painfully slow beginning.

*especially if you skip all those annoying footnotes.

My Thoughts (1)

4-stars

 

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Since You’ve Been Gone by Mary Jennifer Payne

“My life will seem secure for a while, but if you watch long enough, it eventually shifts, just like those plates, and everything I’m used to changes again. The frustrating thing is that each time my life changes, I leave little pieces of myself behind.”

Since You've Been Gone

Rating: 3.5/5

For the past five years, Edie Fraser and her mum have been on the run, trying to escape her abusive rather. This time, things have gone from bad to worse. Not only is she in a new school, but she’s in a new country, her mother has been missing for days and she has no one to talk to without ending up in care.

This was a very short YA book, which was a nice, easy read. However, this meant that although the main story was good, there were lots of little details and minor characters that I would have liked to be explored further.

The book completely sucks you in, it’s fast paced and interesting; I managed to complete it in one sitting. I found Edie was a very likeable character,she was strong and sure minded. She was certain that she would find her mother, without the help of the police in case she ended up in care, or them contacting her father.

The book deals with many large issue that teenagers face in today’s society – bullying, racism, violence, isolation. However, as it was a short story, some of these issues and the characters they surrounds weren’t explored enough to give them justice, especially Precious and her home life and Jermaine and his childhood trauma. Additionally, the romance element was almost thrown on top as if it was as “must have” of a YA book, leaving me finding it rushed, unbelievable and unnecessary.

A hooking book, which will be quickly read and leave you wanting more details.

*Thanks to NetGallery for providing me with a ARC in return for an honest review*

The High Druid’s Blade by Terry Brooks

The High Druid's Blade (The Defenders of Shannara, #1)

Rating: 3.5/5 

Release date: July 8th 2014

I am really torn with this book. The story line was very good, interesting and entertaining, and yet I wasn’t captivated.

I have always wanted to read a Terry Brooks book, so when I saw that this was a stand alone novel, and I wouldn’t have to read his previous 25+ books to understand it, I jumped at the opportunity to receive a copy from NetGallery.

The High Druid’s Blade is the story of Paxon Leah, a descended from the royals and warriors who once ruled the Highlands and waged war with magical weapons. But no kings or queens have ruled the land for centuries, leaving Paxon running his family’s modest shipping business. But Paxon is uncertain if his chosen path is the correct one. Fortunately, this is quickly resolved as his sister is kidnapped after losing a bet with a sorcerer. Paxon grabs the only weapon on hand – the legendary Sword of Leah – and chases behind. This results with Paxon coming to the attention of the Fourth Druid Order, who decide to recruit and train Paxon as a protector for three years. However, the issue with the sorcerer that kidnapped his sister still isn’t resolved.

Despite the overall plot following the same old fantasy pattern of simple boy discovers he has powers he did not know about, receives training, and goes on to greater things, I enjoyed it. But I was really torn as there were many elements of the plot that I really enjoyed, especially his sister getting kidnapped. But for the most part I found it an okay read, not boring, not spectacular.

My only big quibble with it was the speech. Brooks use very elaborate vocabulary, which was apparent in his speech, but it was not always necessary. For example, his mother, who runs a moderate shipping company and you assume is mildly educated says
” I don’t sense any duplicity in this young man. On the contrary, I find him honourable. He intends you no harm. You will be fine, and so will we.”
No one talks like that! I could understand if it was Ard Rhys who spoke like that. But the language didn’t fit the character, and for me it was an unnecessary show of vocabulary.

A slow start, with a few lulls, but overall an interesting story.

With thanks to Random House Publishing Group – Del Rey Spectra on Netgallery for providing an ARC digital e-copy in exchange for an honest review.

City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare

“Is that,” Isabelle said in a low, amazed voice,” Brother Zachariah? When did he get hot?”

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3.5 / 5

CONTAINS (mild) SPOILERS 

The long awaited final book in “The Mortal Instrument” series finally arrived, and I rushed out to buy it. Firstly, because I hate having an incomplete collection on my shelf, but more importantly, because I was excited to see what will happen. We were promised deaths. Lots of deaths. This excites me, there is nothing I love more than an author who is willing to test their characters, especially those who are able to kill off main characters.

As an ending to “The Mortal Instrument” series, this book was good. It tied together a lot of loose ends that the previous books had left. However, it was a fan pleaser, with no real plot twists or surprises. Everyone gets a happy ending. Although we were promised deaths, these were predictable deaths. I was hoping that Cassy may kill off a main character, for me, that would have caused excitement and a twist. However, she never has. She killed off Max in a previous book, but he was never really a main character, and she killed Will, but he was old, and it was inevitable. For me, if she killed off a more prominent character in the book, such as Simon or Alec, it would have created excitement and that element of risk and thrill that I love.

My main frustration with the book was Emma and the Blackthorn’s story weaving throughout, who will be the main protagonists in Cassandra’s new series, “The Dark Artifices”. I felt like it did not input anything into the story, and was included into the book as a propeller into the new series. Unfortunately, due to this, I skim read most of the chapters focused on them. Personally, I would have preferred them to have has a lesser role in the book.

However, I adored “The Infernal Devices”, and was thrilled that they included Tessa and Brother Zachariah / Jem into the book. She nicely wrapped up how they came to being together, as set up in “Clockwork Princess”, without it a main focus of the book. I also loved the subtle references to the “The Infernal Devices” series, linking the world together closely, and giving a silent nod to her TID fans.

Therefore, a lovely, if not predictable ending to the series.