Wednesday, February 26

Review: Wild Savage Stars (Sweet Black Waves #2)

Wild Savage Stars (Sweet Black Waves #2)
Kristina Perez

Published By: Imprint
Publication Date: August 27, 2019
Date Read: January 12, 2020
Genre: YA - Fantasy (Retelling)
Source: ARC picked up from YALC
Format: Paperback
Pages: 448

From Goodreads:
Inspired by the legend of Tristan and Iseult, Wild Savage Stars is the spellbinding sequel to Sweet Black Waves.

Branwen has a secret powerful enough to destroy two kingdoms.

Her ancient magic led to a terrible betrayal by both her best friend, the princess Essy, and her first love, Tristan. Now this same magic is changing Branwen. Adrift in a rival court, Branwen must hide the truth from the enemy king by protecting the lovers who broke her heart―and finds herself considering a darker path.

Not everyone wants the alliance with Branwen’s kingdom to succeed―peace is balanced on a knife’s edge, and her only chance may be to embrace the darkness within…

Wild Savage Stars was without a doubt one of my most anticipated reads of 2019. The first book in this series, Sweet Black Waves was one of my favourite reads of 2018. I loved every single second of it. Tristan and Isolde is one my favourite tales ever so I was super excited to find a YA retelling of it. For some reason when I got Wild Savage Stars it sat on my shelf for months before I finally picked it up. I am so very glad that I finally did as I loved it even more than the first book. It was just incredibly and so difficult to put down.

The ending of Sweet Black Waves totally broke my heart and I think that's one of the reasons that I didn't pick this one up as soon as I got it. I just wasn't ready to relive that heartache. This book did break my heart a little as I am still not over what Tristan did to Branwen but we are introduced to many new characters in this book and I love them. They definitely started fixing my broken heart and even had me falling head over heels in love with Ruan... a new, incredible love interest for our brokenhearted Branwen. Honestly I still love Tristan but Ruan is just so much better and Branwen deserves that something better.

One of the things I love most about this book in the fantastical elements woven in to the historical tale of Tristan and Isolde. At the heart of this book is heartstopping romance but I love that Branwen is this magic-weilding healer who is totally kick-ass and does what she wants and thinks is right for everyone... not just her loved ones. She is the perfect heroine to follow through this story and I love her so much.

Wild Savage Stars was just what is says on the cover. It was a wild ride and I loved every single moment of it. I honestly cannot wait to get my hands on the third book in the trilogy. It's going to be heartwrenching... I know it is but I am so ready to get my heart broken and hopefully healed again along with these characters. If you love a fantasy book that's also a tiny bit of a retelling this is the perfect series for you. It's incredible and I highly recommend it.

"We all act rashly to protect the people we love."

Wednesday, February 19

Review: Children of Virtue and Vengeance (Legacy of Orisha #2)

Children of Virtue and Vengeance (Legacy of Orisha #2)
Tomi Adeyemi

Published By: Macmillan Publishing
Publication Date: December 3, 2019
Date Read: January 4, 2020
Genre: YA - Fantasy
Source: Bought
Format: Hardback
Pages: 416

From Goodreads:
After battling the impossible, Zélie and Amari have finally succeeded in bringing magic back to the land of Orïsha. But the ritual was more powerful than they could’ve imagined, reigniting the powers of not only the maji, but of nobles with magic ancestry, too.

Now, Zélie struggles to unite the maji in an Orïsha where the enemy is just as powerful as they are. But when the monarchy and military unite to keep control of Orïsha, Zélie must fight to secure Amari's right to the throne and protect the new maji from the monarchy's wrath.

With civil war looming on the horizon, Zélie finds herself at a breaking point: she must discover a way to bring the kingdom together or watch as Orïsha tears itself apart.

Children of Virtue and Vengeance is the stunning sequel to Tomi Adeyemi's New York Times bestselling debut Children of Blood and Bone, the first title in her Legacy of Orïsha trilogy.

"We're the children of the gods. If someone's running away, it's not going to be us."

Children of Virtue and Vengeance was without a doubt one of my most anticipated releases of 2019. I absolutely adored the first book in this series Children of Blood and Bone and I couldn't wait to see what was going to happen, especially after the excitement of the ending. Children of Virtue and Vengeance did not disappoint at all! I loved every single moment of this book and I couldn't put it down.

Children of Virtue and Vengeance picks up right where the first book left off. With magic back in the world and people not really knowing what to do. Amari and Zeli find themselves in a crisis, stuck between the magical races thrilled to have their magic back and the non-magical folk terrified of them. They don't know who they can trust and whether they can even trust each other. Can they survive the fallout from their actions?

This book was definitely a game changer. Anything that I thought I had figured out from the first book was flipped on its head. I honestly thought that I had these characters sussed out and I absolutely didn't. My opinions of the characters completely switched throughout this book. I went from loving Zelie and being irritated at Amari one second to it switching and me feeling the total opposite for both of them. The actions of both characters were such shocks and it definitely changed my mind about everyone and everything.

Tomi Adeyemi is such a phenomenal author. Honestly, I cannot praise her narration and storytelling enough. She is just an absolutely stunning and incredible author. She builds up this incredible mythology and fantastical world and makes it feel so real and like these characters are your family. That is how I feel with this series. I love so many of the characters like they are friends and family and if anything happens to them it broke my heart completely. I loved every single, heartbreaking second of this book and I cannot wait to get my hands on the final instalment.

Children of Virtue and Vengeance is filled to the brim with twists and turns and it will leave you gaping open-mouthed at the pages. I loved every single second of it. This is definitely one of my favourite fantasy series of all time. If you're a fan of fantasy I highly recommend this series if you haven't read it already. It was stunning, beautiful and magical. I can't wait for book three.

"This land, these temples - they're not what matters. As long as we have each other, we will carry Orisha in our veins. No one can ever take that away."

Wednesday, February 5

Review: Sword of Destiny (The Witcher #0.75)

Sword of Destiny (The Witcher #0.75)
Andrzej Sapkowski

Published By: Gollancz
Publication Date: May 21, 2015
Date Read: December 31, 2019
Genre: Adult - Fantasy
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback
Pages: 385

From Goodreads:
Geralt is a witcher, a man whose magic powers, enhanced by long training and a mysterious elixir, have made him a brilliant fighter and a merciless assassin. Yet he is no ordinary murderer: his targets are the multifarious monsters and vile fiends that ravage the land and attack the innocent. He roams the country seeking assignments, but gradually comes to realise that while some of his quarry are unremittingly vile, vicious grotesques, others are the victims of sin, evil or simple naivety.

In this collection of short stories, following the adventures of the hit collection The Last Wish, join Geralt as he battles monsters, demons and prejudices alike...

After finishing The Last Wish and really enjoying it, I couldn't wait to dive into the next instalment of The Witcher series. I wish I could say I enjoyed Sword of Destiny as much as the first book but I didn't. I found myself getting quite bored throughout this one and it was quite a struggle to finish.

Sword of Destiny, much like The Last Wish, is a collection of short stories telling the back story of our main character Geralt. I found myself getting bored really easily as the short stories are very similar. Geralt has a monster to fight... fight ensues... Geralt wins. I'd seen this many times in the first book and it was just the same all over again. I didn't feel like any of these short stories were adding any more to my knowledge of the world and Geralt. I feel like I'm just ready for the actual series and story to start now rather than having a million prequel novellas.

I will definitely be continuing the series but I felt like Sword of Destiny was unnecessary and long-winded. If I decide to re-read the series, I will definitely be skipping this one.