Quick Review: Crystal Storm by Morgan Rhodes

crystal-storm There are so many times you can do the whole “I thought you were dead” thing before you know it loses it’s dramatic punch. The first couple of times it worked because this is a series that has not been afraid to kill of characters.  True so far all those killed have been mostly secondary characters but still this series has really high body count but you wouldn’t expect anything less from the “Game of Thrones” of YA now would you?  Crystal Storm is book for in the Falling Kingdoms series and like George R.R. Martin, Morgan Rhodes’ pen is deadly.  (Thankfully she writes faster then George does) It’s full on fantasy with a huge cast of characters in a warring set of nations.  The main characters of Cleo, Magnus, Lucia and Jonas have been through a lot.  They have lost and won, made alliances and broken them, cheated death (for some more then once) and of course fallen in love and out of love and back in love.  You know how it goes.  Kyan the fire god had a temporary set back when Lucia destroyed his corporeal form but he’s not going to go down easy.  Neither is the King of Blood who should have died and yet isn’t.  He married Amara, who is now Empress because she killed the rest of her family, so they are surrounded by enemies and facing a enemy with extraordinary powers.  Like the previous books there are as many twists and turns as there are pages, keeping the reader on their toes.  I’m not sure I agree with all the drama but it is a YA novel so there has to be some teen age angst.  I just hope that in future books characters either die or live.  No more of this, “I thought you were dead” thing.

Quick Review: The Darkest Magic by Morgan Rhodes

darkest magic The series The Book of Spirit of Thieves is both a prequel and a sequel to Morgan Rhodes other series Falling Kingdoms.  With it’s dueling narratives that take place centuries before and after and in the same realm as the action of her previous books and also in our own world in present time.  In some ways, it fills the origin holes of some the mysteries and prophecies but stands on it own.  The switching POV of Maddox, Becca, Crystal and Farrell are kind of a mix bag.  I like Maddox as his is different from the others. It’s the prequel part of the story and takes place in Mytica.  Becca, Crystal and Farrell are all in present day Toronto.  The sisters Becca and Crystal are fine.  There is a genuine love between them but a little bit of distance.  Since the events of the last book, they both have learned a lot about themselves and each other and they are not sure what to do about this new knowledge.  Farrell, I could do without, sort of.  I understand why he is a POV but I just don’t really care that much about him as I do the others. He’s a privilege rich white boy who drinks and acts out because he didn’t get the love at home.  He uses people to make him feel better and people keep giving his boorish behavior a pass because he’s just a good kid inside.  He’s just hasn’t gotten over the loss of his brother.  He’s being controlled by an ancient cult leader.  Ok those are both true but still.  I’ve over it.  This series is fine and okay.  I think Falling Kingdoms is a far more interesting series with more compelling characters and more twists and turns.  That being said, it’s still kinda fun to read and it does fill in some wholes of the other series so it’s worth checking out if you’ve read the other series.

Review: Frozen Tides by Morgan Rhodes

frozen tidesWith all of our talk about whether or not to reread previous books before starting the latest book in a series, this should have been one that I did that.  This series has so many characters, subplots, locations and so many dead characters it’s hard to keep track.  It’s very Games of Thrones like that.  Which is actually what I think it’s trying to be or at least the teen version or it.  While not as ambitious, it’s the same concept of multiple parties fighting over thrones and kingdoms but also looking for the mysterious kindred that grant to the owners with unprecedented powers to rule them all.  So there is a lot going on.  *Spoilers* Continue reading

There are just so many good books coming out!!!

I was looking at all the new books coming out in the next couple of months and THERE ARE SO MANY BOOKS THAT I WANT TO READ!!  I’m already behind because The Copper Gauntlet by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare came out earlier this month. I have to get myself in gear.  Here are just a few titles that I can’t wait to read this fall.

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo, 9/29/15

Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard #1) by Rick Riordan, 10/6/15

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell, 10/6/15

The Rose Society (Young Elites #2) by Marie Lu, 10/13/15

Dark Tide (Waterfire Saga #3) by Jennifer Donnelly, 10/13/15

The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch, Volume One by Daniel Kraus, 10/27/15
The Iron Warrior (Iron Fey #7) by Julie Kagawa, 10/27/15
Manners and Mutiny(Finishing School #4) by Gail Carriger, 11/3/15
Winter (Lunar Chronicles #4) by Marissa Meyer, 11/10/15
Frozen Tides (Fallen Kingdoms #4) by Morgan Rhodes,12/15/15
Endure (Defy #3) by Sara B. Larson, 12/29/15
I’m sure I’ve missed a few but one thing for sure, I’m going to be busy!  What books are your excited to read this fall?  Let me know in the comments if they are any I need to add.