REVIEW: The Smoke Thieves – Sally Green (ARC)

34508382Title: The Smoke Thieves (The Smoke Thieves #1)
Author: Sally Green
Rating: ★★★★

ARC provided by Penguin First to Read. 

I wasn’t sure what to expect going into this since I had seen some mixed reviews. I think we can all agree that the YA Fantasy genre is pretty saturated and it’s difficult to find books that meet our expectations. It wasn’t until I was almost at the half-way mark that I realized I was actively looking for something wrong as I was reading. The Smoke Thieves was better than I had been expecting and a great start to a new fantasy series!

The Smoke Thieves is told through the points of views of the five characters. Each POV felt like it had a unique voice, which made it easy to distinguish between each of them. I really enjoyed both March and Edyon’s stories, and how they eventually wove together. Of all the characters, though, I liked Catherine the best. Coming from Brigant, a country that oppresses and belittles women, she becomes more sure of herself and gains a degree of independence as the story progresses. I enjoyed reading her chapters…as long as she wasn’t mooning over Ambrose, which was quite a bit. The romance between them was bland. I’m not sure how I’m supposed to believe the depth of their feelings and the love they say they have for one another, when Catherine and Ambrose both admit they’ve only exchanged a handful of looks and conversations, none of which were exactly deep and meaningful. Ambrose’s chapters were similarly full of him pining over Catherine and constantly thinking about her. I liked him the least out of everyone and actually found his POV to be a little unnecessary.

Prince Tzsayn, on the other hand, is a character I would love to learn more about in the next book! I enjoyed his interactions with Catherine and their blossoming friendship. I know I’m definitely setting myself up for failure and disappointment, but I’m hoping that something develops between Tzsayn and Catherine in the future books, because I think there’s a lot of potential there.

The pacing of the story was perfect; not too fast, and not too slow. The writing was engaging and I quickly made my way through the pages. There was plenty of action, and the romances (even the one I wasn’t keen on) stayed firmly in the background. The Smoke Thieves was a wonderful start to a new YA Fantasy series by Sally Green and I look forward to reading the next book!

REVIEW: Moonrise – Sarah Crossan (ARC)

33837404Title: Moonrise
Author: Sarah Crossan
Rating: ★★★½

ARC provided by the publisher through NetGalley.

When I requested this, I didn’t realize it was written in verse. I typically stay away from books in that format as they are not really my style. Fortunately, I decided to go ahead and read this anyway, and I’m so glad I did. The verse format didn’t negatively impact my reading experience at all, and it actually moved the plot along faster. I found myself not only enjoying the story, but flying through the pages. I’m impressed by the author’s ability to evoke a myriad of emotions without even saying that much. Moonrise is a profound story with a lasting impact; it’s impossible not to feel moved by that heart-wrenching ending.

P.S. If you enjoy this story, I would recommend checking out the Netflix series The Confession Tapes. I haven’t seen it yet but it’s been on my playlist to watch for a while after one of my patients raved about it.

REVIEW: From the Earth to the Shadows – Amanda Hocking (ARC)

34964847Title: From the Earth to the Shadows (Valkyrie #2)
Author: Amanda Hocking
Rating: ★★½

ARC provided by the publisher through NetGalley. 

Between the Blade and the Heart was not what I had been expecting, so I was really hoping I would like From the Earth to the Shadows better since I was already prepared for the setting and world. Unfortunately, some of the issues from the first book were not improved upon and the story continued to fall flat for me. 

From the Earth to the Shadows picks up right where the first book ends. One of the things I did enjoy was that there was a lot more action and fight scenes. I continued to struggle to connect with Malin and the story. I felt myself skimming some portions of the book. I was hoping for more development in regards to her relationship with Asher, but it still felt shallow and undeveloped. There was also no character growth; the characters continued to be flat and one-dimensional. A lot of the tension and obstacles Malin and the other characters faced were resolved too conveniently to be believable, and the ending was very anti-climatic. I really wanted to love this series, because – hellovalkyries – but it just wasn’t the series for me. 

WWW Wednesday #5

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words in which the three W’s stand for:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

33837404WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?

Moonrise by Sarah Crossan. I didn’t know this was written in verse when I requested it from NetGalley, and I typically don’t like those kinds of books, but I’m actually enjoying it. 

 


34964847WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?

From the Earth to the Shadows (Valkyrie #2) by Amanda Hocking

 

 


34508382WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?

The Smoke Thieves by Sally Green. I’ve seen some mixed reviews about this one, but I’m hoping I’ll like it!

#ARCstravaganza: LIFEL1K3 – Jay Kristoff

Happy Monday! #ARCstravangaza is a weekly meme now hosted by Flavia the Bibliophile where readers can show off their wonderful ARCs (Advanced Reader Copies) and spread the word about upcoming releases. For more information about this meme and its origins check out this post.


About the Book

29456569Title: LIFEL1K3
Author: Jay Kristoff
Release: May 29, 2018

Seventeen-year-old Eve isn’t looking for trouble–she’s too busy looking over her shoulder. The robot gladiator she spent months building has been reduced to a smoking wreck, she’s on the local gangster’s wanted list, and the only thing keeping her grandpa alive is the money she just lost to the bookies. Worst of all, she’s discovered she can somehow destroy machines with the power of her mind, and a bunch of puritanical fanatics are building a coffin her size because of it.

If she’s ever had a worse day, Eve can’t remember it. The problem is, Eve has had a worse day–one that lingers in her nightmares and the cybernetic implant where her memories used to be. Her discovery of a handsome android named Ezekiel–called a “Lifelike” because they resemble humans–will bring her world crashing down and make her question whether her entire life is a lie.

With her best friend Lemon Fresh and her robotic sidekick Cricket in tow, Eve will trek across deserts of glass, battle unkillable bots, and infiltrate towering megacities to save the ones she loves… and learn the truth about the bloody secrets of her past. 


I was so excited when I saw that I was approved for this and I can’t wait to read it!