Kiatana’s Journey – Natalie Erin

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Synopsis – 

Dragons fly, animals can speak and fairies rule over all in the realm they call the Lands, a place that is both beautiful and dangerous. Only one myth remains…Changers, beasts who can morph into any creature at will, and their Accompanies, the mysterious riders who command them. Chaos begins when a Changer called Ionan and his Accompany Keota crash down from the sky. They are found by two orphan wolf pups searching for their mother, and the fairy Kiatana, owner of the Verinian Forest. Kiatana refuses to trust the handsome stranger, or believe the story about his troubled past, but she soon finds she has bigger problems as a plague begins to spread throughout her land, killing all in sight. With no option Kiatana heads out on a quest with Keota, Ionan, the two wolves and her trusty Pegasus to find a cure before the forest is destroyed forever. But danger has a way of finding her, and Kiatana isn’t sure if she’ll survive the road ahead… 

Goodreads Rating – 4.11/5 Stars 

My Review – 

**Disclaimer: I received this book from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review**

Upon reading the blurb of this book I was very interested in the plot. Unfortunately, the first half of the book simply confused and bored me. The main protagonist, Kiatana,didn’t seem to have a personality because her character had so little development from the start of the book. She is supposed to take care of the animals and be a ‘Snow White persona’, however her compassion towards animals seems to be patchy. She acts like a typical teen girl, which is why some of the events that occur throughout the book surprised me a little, but more on that later. 

The Changer/Acompany relationship reminded me of ‘The Golden Compass’.  A human and an animal counterpart are bound to each other from birth. It’s actually an interesting relationship and could have been expanded and explained in more detail, which is was… but only in the last 100 pages of the book.

The plot is actually really interesting. I enjoyed the characters fighting battles, meeting new characters and saving ‘the world’. My main issue with this book… and I will admit that I am incredibly picky in this regard, but the romance drove me mad. It came out of nowhere and everything happened so fast. It was very cliché… girl finds boy annoying and then by the end of the book they are together. However the execution of this was awkward and choppy. 

The second half of the book was really good though, so it raised my overall rating of this book. The characters finally became individuals with their own personalities, emotions and thoughts. I would recommend this book to younger readers. There are underlying themes of this book such as friendship, loyalty and forgiveness that are prominent and are always refreshing to see as they send a good message to the readers. 

Overall, It’s a decent quick read book. 

My rating – 3/5 Stars 

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The Queen of the Tearling – Erika Johansen

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Synopsis – 

An untested young princess must claim her throne, learn to become a queen, and combat a malevolent sorceress in an epic battle between light and darkness in this spectacular debut—the first novel in a trilogy.

Young Kelsea Raleigh was raised in hiding after the death of her mother, Queen Elyssa, far from the intrigues of the royal Keep and in the care of two devoted servants who pledged their lives to protect her. Growing up in a cottage deep in the woods, Kelsea knows little of her kingdom’s haunted past . . . or that its fate will soon rest in her hands.

Long ago, Kelsea’s forefathers sailed away from a decaying world to establish a new land free of modern technology. Three hundred years later, this feudal society has divided into three fearful nations who pay duties to a fourth: the powerful Mortmesne, ruled by the cunning Red Queen. Now, on Kelsea’s nineteenth birthday, the tattered remnants of the Queen’s Guard—loyal soldiers who protect the throne—have appeared to escort the princess on a perilous journey to the capital to ascend to her rightful place as the new Queen of the Tearling.

Though born of royal blood and in possession of the Tear sapphire, a jewel of immense power and magic, Kelsea has never felt more uncertain of her ability to rule. But the shocking evil she discovers in the heart of her realm will precipitate an act of immense daring, throwing the entire kingdom into turmoil—and unleashing the Red Queen’s vengeance. A cabal of enemies with an array of deadly weapons, from crimson-caped assassins to the darkest blood magic, plots to destroy her. But Kelsea is growing in strength and stealth, her steely resolve earning her loyal allies, including the Queen’s Guard, led by the enigmatic Lazarus, and the intriguing outlaw known simply as “the Fetch.”

Kelsea’s quest to save her kingdom and meet her destiny has only just begun. Riddled with mysteries, betrayals, and treacherous battles, Kelsea’s journey is a trial by fire that will either forge a legend . . . or destroy her.

Goodreads Rating – 4.02/5 Stars

My Review – 

This book had a slow start and some things didn’t make much sense until much later, which made me a little agitated. That being said, after the first 50-100 pages, I found it impossible to stop reading! I’m looking forward to reading the sequel since I have loads of questions that need answering. I really want to know more about the Sapphire, Kelsea’s parents and the world that this novel is set in.

Kelsea is a surprisingly pleasant character. I’m was relieved that I wasn’t reading about yet another too tough or too sappy teen heroine. She doesn’t always make the right decisions but she accepts defeat with her head held high and treats herself and those around her with a certain level of respect and maturity. In terms of Kelsea’s appearance, she is often described as being plain and a little overweight, which the character herself accepts and forgets, as she realises how awful it is when people are vain and conceited.

Lazarus ( The Mace)  deserves his own paragraph because he really made this book go from being three stars to four. What an incredibly crafted character, full of mischief and secrecy but with incredible loyalty and friendship. There is so much more that I want to know about him and I hope that he remains loyal to Kelsea.

One truly wonderful thing about this novel is that there is no love triangle! There is barely any romance at all… which is actually incredibly refreshing. Lastly, I think I should mention that the reason this book didn’t get five stars was because, in my opinion, the world building needed some serious work. This is supposed to take place in the future, but it feels like it takes place in the Victorian era. Hopefully, it will become clearer in The Invasion of the Tearling.

My Rating – 4/5 stars 

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Everything, Everything – Nicola Yoon

  
Synopsis – 

My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.
Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster. 
Goodreads rating – 4,02/5 stars 

Review – 

The plot sounds awesome and I did like the book but it was the same as every other contempory book I have read. Two troubled teens meet, chat and fall in love.  It seems very unrealistic though because in my mind a girl like Maddy would be so frsutrated and angsty but she doesn’t care. She spends all her time with her mother and even when her mother is being mean anf selfish, Madeline just brushes it off and forgives her… 

I felt nothing for our poor sick character which was frustrating because I knew that I was supposed to. She was so boring and she kept forgiving her mother even when she was being a cow…. It is a fun read, If not a little frustrating at times. The end is rushed and the plot twist wasn’t really shocking. 

It’s the kind of book you would sit down and read in a day just for fun. I won’t re-read it but i’m glad I read it. The romance is cute and there is a ” happily ever after”. 

Rating – 3,5 stars 

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