Did you know…
That the powers that be are coming out with a 10th anniversary edition to City of Bones that looks like a book about magic and spells and pretty much awesomeness? Also according to EW.com the book will have “a cloth-over-board jacket with text and art stamped in foil”.
I can already feel my bookish senses tingling.
Are you excited about THE BEAUTY OF DARKNESS by Mary E. Pearson? You know the final book in The Remnant Chronicles when we find out what happens to Lia, Kaden and Rafe? Will Lia choose Rafe – who sought her out, trusted her judgment and supported her (sometimes very) crazy plan? Or will she choose Kaden – the guy who betrayed his mentor and hero, who went against his training to protect her?
I know who I want her to choose…do you?
The hosts are Bridget & Michelle from Dark Faerie Tales, Kristen from My Friends are Fiction, Christina from The Book Hook Up, Stacee from Adventures of a Book Junkie, and Jamie from Two Chicks on Books as we spend the next three months leading to THE BEAUTY OF DARKNESS’ release re-reading the first two books together. Continue reading
Ivy Westfall is beyond the fence and she is alone. Abandoned by her family and separated from Bishop Lattimer, Ivy must find a way to survive on her own in a land filled with countless dangers, both human and natural. She has traded a more civilized type of cruelty–forced marriages and murder plots–for the bare-knuckled brutality required to survive outside Westfall’s borders.
But there is hope beyond the fence, as well. And when Bishop reappears in Ivy’s life, she must decide if returning to Westfall to take a final stand for what she believes is right is worth losing everything she’s fought for.
Pros – Ivy and Bishop, Ivy’s journey, satisfying ending
Cons – Spoiler Person’s actions, Ivy’s Family, Plot convenience overload at times
It’s hard (for me) to begin a review for THE REVOLUTION OF IVY without first warning for massive spoilers for the first book, THE BOOK OF IVY (which, so we’re clear, the second book’s title makes way more sense than the first book’s title if we go by content. It’s not like Ivy is writing a book…). Really the synopsis for this book is a giant spoiler, but just in case you missed it or don’t remember the details that led to it, here’s your warning.
After a brutal nuclear war, the United States was left decimated. A small group of survivors eventually banded together, but only after more conflict over which family would govern the new nation. The Westfalls lost. Fifty years later, peace and control are maintained by marrying the daughters of the losing side to the sons of the winning group in a yearly ritual.
This year, it is my turn.
My name is Ivy Westfall, and my mission is simple: to kill the president’s son—my soon-to-be husband—and restore the Westfall family to power.
But Bishop Lattimer is either a very skilled actor or he’s not the cruel, heartless boy my family warned me to expect. He might even be the one person in this world who truly understands me. But there is no escape from my fate. I am the only one who can restore the Westfall legacy.
Because Bishop must die. And I must be the one to kill him…”
Pros – Bishop, Ivy sticks to her (sometimes misguided but ultimately well intentioned) values and the romance develops genuinely
Cons – Ivy’s family, Ivy’s Family, IVY’S FAMILY