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


Quintana of Charyn (The Lumatere Chronicles, #3): Review & US Cover Reveal

Book: Quintana of Charyn
Series: The Lumatere Chronicles, #3
Author: Melina Marchetta
Reviewed by: Ellyce
Rating: 5/5 stars

There is no doubt that there’s magic in the way that Melina Marchetta writes. She’s one of the few masters of her craft who makes crossing literary genres seem as simple as a stroll down the lane; her stories are painstakingly grown and tended to like a beautiful garden. In Quintana of Charyn, the stunning conclusion to The Lumatere Chronicles, she weaves a powerful story that is equal parts adventure, fantasy, self-discovery, romance, and so rawly human. Not many series are able to uphold a strong story throughout their entirety; there’s almost always a weak link somewhere in the books. But Marchetta once more surpasses all expectations, bringing the beloved story of Lumatere and its neighboring Charyn to a close with equal amounts of tears and laughter. (Thankfully, though, there’s more of the latter.) Continue reading

Warm Bodies: Review

Book: Warm Bodies
Author: Isaac Marion
Reviewed by: Ellyce
Rating: 4/5 stars

I’ll be the first to admit that zombie-centric stories aren’t exactly my thing. I tend to avoid them like the plague, so I was a bit wary when I picked up Warm Bodies. I’m glad that I gave it a chance, because it’s a surprisingly good book that speaks strongly of the human story.

Warm Bodies starts off like any typical zombie tale, with the undead situated amidst a shattered America, while those who are still human live with constant fear and rigid authority. The novel is narrated by R, a zombie who has no recollection of his past identity. We come to see that he is not quite like his fellow undead, as he finds enjoyment in music and his dreams. Although his spoken vocabulary is limited to a handful of words, his narrative is filled with color and vivid imagination. Continue reading

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