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Waiting on Wednesday

New WoW

This is a feature started on Breaking the Spine that puts the spotlight on upcoming books.

This week’s pick is:

Before She Ignites

Before She Ignites

Release date: September 12th 2017

Goodreads: Before
Mira Minkoba is the Hopebearer. Since the day she was born, she’s been told she’s special. Important. Perfect. She’s known across the Fallen Isles not just for her beauty, but for the Mira Treaty named after her, a peace agreement which united the seven islands against their enemies on the mainland.
But Mira has never felt as perfect as everyone says. She counts compulsively. She struggles with crippling anxiety. And she’s far too interested in dragons for a girl of her station.
After
Then Mira discovers an explosive secret that challenges everything she and the Treaty stand for. Betrayed by the very people she spent her life serving, Mira is sentenced to the Pit–the deadliest prison in the Fallen Isles. There, a cruel guard would do anything to discover the secret she would die to protect.
No longer beholden to those who betrayed her, Mira must learn to survive on her own and unearth the dark truths about the Fallen Isles–and herself–before her very world begins to collapse.

Why I’m excited: A new fantasy series from Jodi Meadows? I don’t ever need to read the summary to know I want it. But the summary sounds great.

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Book Review: My Lady Jane by Hand, Ashton, Meadows

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My Lady Jane

Release date: June 7th 2016

4 stars

Lady Jane Grey, sixteen, is about to be married to a total stranger—and caught up in an insidious plot to rob her cousin, King Edward, of his throne. But that’s the least of Jane’s problems. She’s about to become Queen of England. Like that could go wrong.

Based on the authors alone, this would have been one of my most highly anticipated books of the summer, but add in that it was historical with a bit of a paranormal twist, and it was high on the list of books I wanted to read this summer. I’ve really enjoyed books by all three authors and I was excited to see how a collaboration between them would work.

The thing that struck me the most about the book was how much humour was infused into the plot. It definitely had a bit of a The Princess Bride or Monty Python vibe to it and I loved that. It was an infectious humour that had me laughing and wanting to keep reading without it being distracting to the overall story. I was also really impressed with how easily the POVs transitioned between the three main characters. They were three very different characters but switching between them flowed very well.

Jane was my favourite character but it was pretty close between her, Edward, and Gifford. They all had great moments where they got to shine and they all went through growth arcs. Jane being a huge book worm was what sealed her as my favourite. They dynamics between the three were interested as Edward and Jane were close, Jane and Gifford were married but pretty much strangers who were getting to know each other, and Edward and Gifford really only had Jane in common.

I also enjoyed the fact that, even though it was an alternate telling of history, there was enough real fact in the plot so someone unfamiliar with Lady Jane Grey’s story could understand what was going on and readers familiar with her story would get the references. There was also a lot of twists from the original history so that it could keep readers guessing as opposed to knowing how everything would turn out. The addition of a historical twist with a political war between the Verities(humans) and Edians(humans who can shape-shift into one animal) was an interesting concept and I thought it was well written to fit in with the time period.

The humour made it a much lighter and faster read than I was expecting. It was quite a thick book but I still read it in under two days. I didn’t want to put it down. It didn’t drag or go too fast. It was a great, enjoyable book to read.

*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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Book Review: The Mirror King – Jodi Meadows

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The Mirror King

4.5 stars

Picking up where The Orphan Queen left off, The Mirror King is the final book in the duology by Jodi Meadows. Her identity has been revealed, her Ospreys are spread out somewhere in the kingdom, and their leader is using Wil’s name to start a rebellion in all the ways she doesn’t want. She must deal with the deadly wraith, part of which has taken on the form of a boy who will do anything for her, and the fact that declaring herself queen of her kingdom will start a war. All of it might not even matter if she and the others can’t find a way to rid their kingdoms of the wraith, which is overtaking land faster than anyone has seen.

This was definitely one of my most highly anticipated books for 2016. I loved The Orphan Queen and was so excited to get my hands on The Mirror King that I may have screamed. Just a little. Or a lot. But after that cliffhanger ending of The Orphan Queen and the wait for the sequel, who could blame me? It was everything I wanted from a sequel and it was the perfect conclusion, even with all the tears through both books.

Wil had grown a lot in the first book but here, her growth really got to shine. She was more confident in herself even as she questioned her decisions. She had moments of doubt, of whether she was strong enough to lead a kingdom, if she was the right choice for her people, and I think all that just showed she was the only choice in the end. She cared so much about her kingdom and her people. Everything she went through was for them. She was willing to sacrifice so much for them. She earned every bit of her character growth and she earned a place as one of my favourite characters.

I absolutely loved the supporting characters. The Ospreys were such a tight family without sharing any blood. They grew up together, they planned together, they trained together, and they were taking back Aecor together. My favourites though were Tobiah and James and the bond they shared. Cousins as close as brothers and both so willing to protect each other even though James was the bodyguard and Tobiah the king. We got to see more of their bond, more of their past, and got more answers to some of the questions left from the first book.

The attraction between Wil and Tobiah was always in the background, just like the first book. I really enjoyed the slow burn of it and the fact that it was getting developed without overtaking the other aspects of the books that I loved. It never felt like the friendships or Wil’s struggles or Tobiah’s doubts were overshadowed for the sake of their romance.

There were so many twists in the whole series and I loved it all. There were times when I knew something was about to happen or something was a little off, but I never expected the book to break my heart so many times. There wasn’t much recapping done so re-reading The Orphan Queen, or at least refreshing on it, before picking up this one might be a good idea.

*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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Waiting on Wednesday

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This is a feature started on Breaking the Spine that puts the spotlight on upcoming books.

This week’s pick is:

mirror king

The Mirror King

Release date: April 5th 2016

Goodreads: Wilhelmina has a hundred enemies.
HER FRIENDS HAVE TURNED. After her identity is revealed during the Inundation, Princess Wilhelmina is kept prisoner by the Indigo Kingdom, with the Ospreys lost somewhere in the devastated city. When the Ospreys’ leader emerges at the worst possible moment, leaving Wil’s biggest ally on his deathbed, she must become Black Knife to set things right.
HER MAGIC IS UNCONTROLLABLE. Wil’s power is to animate, not to give true life, but in the wraithland she commanded a cloud of wraith mist to save herself, and later ordered it solid. Now there is a living boy made of wraith—destructive and deadly, and willing to do anything for her.
HER HEART IS TORN. Though she’s ready for her crown, declaring herself queen means war. Caught between what she wants and what is right, Wilhelmina realizes the throne might not even matter. Everyone thought the wraith was years off, but already it’s destroying Indigo Kingdom villages. If she can’t protect both kingdoms, soon there won’t be a land to rule.
In this stunning conclusion to THE ORPHAN QUEEN, Jodi Meadows follows Wilhelmina’s breathtaking and brave journey from orphaned criminal on the streets to magic-wielding queen.

Why I’m excited: I loved the first book and it ended in a way that was making me want to second one immediately. Little sad to know it’s a duology and not a series because I really like this world and these characters. This one sounds like there will be a lot of action and I’m sure I’ll be at the edge of my seat, wanting to throw things.

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Book Review: The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows

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The Orphan Queen

4 stars

Wilhelmina has secrets. She’s a member of a group called the Ospreys, a group of orphaned children who use their skill to steal and gain information. These children are all of noble birth, orphaned when the Indigo Kingdom overtook their homeland, and Wil, she’s the lost princess. Either of those secrets could land her in trouble but it’s the last that’s the most deadly. She has magic in a kingdom where magic is outlawed. Wil and her best friend Melanie plan to con their way into the Skyvale palace and gain the information needed for the first step to regaining their kingdom. But Melanie’s behavior gets more suspicious and there’s enemies lurking around every corner. Who can Wil trust? Her best friend? The Ospreys? If she’s discovered, she’ll likely be thrown out to be dealt with by The Black Knife vigilante, who hunts people like her.

This was my first experience with a Jodi Meadows book, and it was one I was high anticipating since I’d first heard of the synopsis. I’m glad to say I wasn’t disappointed. The lost princess from a fallen kingdom can be a popular trope in fantasy but there were so many elements added to the trope that I enjoyed that it didn’t matter to me. It was fast paced, which made for a very quick read, mostly because I didn’t want to put it down.

Wilhelmina was a very interesting character. She didn’t start off the book as a weak character who had to grow strong, as can be typical. She could fight, she was someone people in her group looked up to, and there were many glimpses of a great queen-to-be in her. That didn’t mean she didn’t have her insecurities or flaws. The fact that she wasn’t the Ospreys’ leader made her question her ability to lead. She could be rash, especially with magic use. Ultimately, I really liked her character.

The bond the group of Ospreys showed was something special. Connor was pretty adorable and hopefully the other Ospreys will get more time in later books. Melanie, Wil’s best friend, got the most time of the Ospreys since she accompanied Wil to the Skyvale palace. It was easy to see why they were so close. They could joke around and have fun then become serious in a second when it was time to work. I had my theory to why Melanie was behaving in such a way that seemed suspicious and though I was right, I liked that there were many options. It wasn’t completely clear. The other two character who got a lot of time were the prince, Tobiah, and his guard, James. I really liked them both. James was flirty and fun and caring. Tobiah was definitely more moody but he still had some great moments. Then there was the Black Knife. Wil kept running into the mysterious masked man who fought for justice. It was great to see their development go from enemies to not-so enemies to maybe allies. I did figure out who he was and I’m glad I was right.

The plot moved along quite quickly. It started off with a lot of action, the Ospreys on a heist, and it never really stopped. Even when there wasn’t action in the sense of a sword fight happening, there was action in other ways. Wil and Melanie trying to fit in at the palace and get the information needed, Melanie’s suspicious behavior, Black Knife interactions. There was always so much going on. There was never a time when I forgot just how high the stakes were for Wil. One slip and it could mean her freedom, her kingdom, and maybe her life.

The book set itself up nicely for the next one. There was a lot of mentions of the One-Day War that orphaned the Ospreys, the consequences of using magic, and even some prophecies about who will save the kingdom from the Wraith problem. And the ending….where is that next book?!

*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

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