Falling Kingdoms (Falling Kingdoms, #1): Review

Book: Falling Kingdoms
Series: Falling Kingdoms, #1
Author: Morgan Rhodes
Reviewed by: Ellyce
Rating: 3/5 stars

When I first heard of Falling Kingdoms, it’s safe to say that I was excited. It was marketed as having everything that usually appeals to me in books: a high fantasy, complex personalities, and strong female characters, not to mention a gorgeous cover that reminded me a lot of Assassin’s Creed. The blurb on the back cover touts the series as being comparable to George R.R. Martin’s work, and that’s a pretty bold claim to make; if you can measure up to one of the masters of fantasy, then you are certainly set with a solid series. If not, however, it can all go awry, especially seeing as how a lot of the marketing for Falling Kingdoms seems to be touting it as A Song of Ice and Fire for the teenage set. Continue reading

Fahrenheit 451: Review

Book: Fahrenheit 451
Author: Ray Bradbury
Reviewed by: Danielle
Rating: 4/5 stars

Every few weeks or so I like to visit a book store. Sometimes I have a goal, a specific book in mind (usually several), and other times I simply want to browse and enjoy myself. The smell is usually the first thing I notice – it’s one of my favorites. There’s nothing like a room full of books, their aroma so distinct and calming. Eventually I scan the usual sections, rejoicing yet at the same time despairing over how many books I have yet to read, wishing I could buy all of them but knowing I already have a whole box at home to finish. There is nothing quite like buying a new book. Even if you cannot read it for another few weeks or even months, there is a sweet sensation about having it in your hands, knowing it’s yours to devour whenever you wish. Reading a story for the first time, turning it page by page unconscious of what’s going to happen next, even the mere physicality of it in your hands, is an intoxicating experience. There is so much variety, so many emotions books pull out of you. My trips to the book store mean discovering something new; finding words that are pieced together in a way my mind has not yet comprehended. Words that will move me and grow inside of me; I will learn and be a better person for having read them.

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The Forsaken (Forsaken Trilogy, #1): Review

Book: The Forsaken
Series: Forsaken Trilogy, #1
Author: Lisa M. Stasse
Reviewed by: Ellyce
Rating: 2/5 stars

The Forsaken is a book that I was really looking forward to, as it had a gorgeous cover and an equally intriguing premise. With the dystopian genre as the new à la mode, it’s difficult to find a series that can truly set itself apart from the rest. The bar has been set pretty high, and it’s not easy to come up with something that is truly gripping. The only series that I’ve really enjoyed following The Hunger Games have been Divergent and Lunar Chronicles, and even those are lacking in some of the aspects that made the The Hunger Games so distinctive from the wave that followed it.

The Forsaken follows Alenna, an orphan in a futuristic nation. She is thought to have violent tendencies when she fails a mandatory test (that is quite reminiscent of the one in Divergent), and is then sent to a prison island with similar teenagers, where they aren’t expected to survive for more than two years. Alenna soon finds herself embroiled in a fight for survival between warring factions on the island, namely that of the blue sector versus those who follow the Monk. Continue reading

Froi of the Exiles (The Lumatere Chronicles, #2): Review

Book: Froi of the Exiles
Series: The Lumatere Chronicles, #2
Author: Melina Marchetta
Reviewed by: Ellyce
Rating: 5/5 stars

I’m constantly in awe of Melina Marchetta’s writing every time I read one of her books. She has such a way with words, characters, and the human story that resonates powerfully and stays with you.

In this regard, Froi of the Exiles is no exception, and may perhaps be her best book yet. I love all of Marchetta’s work, and she manages to make each one even more thought-provoking and exhilarating than those that came before – and this is no easy feat for an author to accomplish. This is a book that is in equal turns breathtaking, heartbreaking, and beautifully written. Continue reading