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Siege and Storm By Leigh Bardugo

“Darkness never dies.

Hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina must try to make a life with Mal in an unfamiliar land. She finds starting new is not easy while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. She can’t outrun her past or her destiny for long.

The Darkling has emerged from the Shadow Fold with a terrifying new power and a dangerous plan that will test the very boundaries of the natural world. With the help of a notorious privateer, Alina returns to the country she abandoned, determined to fight the forces gathering against Ravka. But as her power grows, Alina slips deeper into the Darkling’s game of forbidden magic, and farther away from Mal. Somehow, she will have to choose between her country, her power, and the love she always thought would guide her–or risk losing everything to the oncoming storm.

 

Our Heroes search for the Amplifiers for Alina’s Sun Summoning power and try to stay hidded from the Darkling and those who would want to cause them harm. some of the strenghts of this book is the character of Nikolai, a new character of this book, her is well written and he shows to grow through the book. her had depth. Alina is sometimes well written and develops well as a character, but she at times acts out of character it seems from how she was in the first book and knot in a good way, and it mostly has to do with Mal. Mall comes of as a normal cliche male lead. he has very little depth and personality other than being a brooding male that wants the girl he had known all his life but not liked in that way until now.

The Darkling is a good character, written wise. as a villian his ideas are ones that anyone could see the justification in them. i can see why there were Grisha and others who believed in him and what he wanted to do with Alina’s power. overall though this book is a little lacking and was at times easily forgetable.

without giving too much away there are parts that take place at the little place that are well written and show real actions that would take place. the jealousy between brothers and the hasty decisions one can make when seeking favour that is clear another is taking form them. the treatment of someone because she is ‘just a servant’ and how it is dealt with to the comanding of an army, the pull of evil that can have a hold on anyone one no matter how good they want to be.

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Tiger’s Destiny By Colleen Houck

“With three of the goddess Durga’s quests behind them, only one prophecy now stands in the way of Kelsey, Ren, and Kishan breaking the tiger’s curse. But the trio’s greatest challenge awaits them: A life-endangering pursuit in search of Durga’s final gift, the Rope of Fire, on the Andaman Islands in the Bay of Bengal. It’s a race against time, and the evil sorcerer Lokesh, in this eagerly anticipated fourth volume in the bestselling Tiger’s Curse series, which pits good against evil, tests the bonds of love and loyalty, and finally reveals the tigers’ true destinies once and for all.”

 

The Finale, the end of the series, always so bitter sweet to finale know the conclusion to story you’ve ready. Kelsey now dating/engaged to Kishan yet knowing the love she had for him is not the Romantic kind, but that of a sibling. The one she truly loves being Ren (Of Course). Kishan is sure of Kelsey’s love for him just not of her decision to stay with him and not go back to Ren. Ren, now having his memories back wants Kelsey back and will not give up till he gets her back. They also have one last task to complete.

Kelsey still doubts that the boys like her even though she gets proposed to three times in this book alone. The worst part of the book is how jealous she gets over Ren yet staying with Kishan. Kishan gets angry about her caring for Ren, ,and Ren enjoys making Kishan angry, yet attempting to take a step back from Kelsey. the books line turns from what the other books have done the quest for the item is a short part of the book. They way it is done makes for a more intruding ending to the series.

Overall it was a good conclusion to a decent series. Many world myths are represented as operating together, and not one saying the other doesn’t exist or is superior than the other. They are woven together, in a way that makes sense for the story, kind of in a Percy Jackson way but also different. It was a good conclusion, but if you are not yet ready to let them go there is a novella and a book about Kishan. Houck did a good job tailoring the Indian myths into a story that is captivating, yet still hold some of the Cliché and troupe’s that are typically of YA novels.

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Tiger’s Voyage By Collen Houck

“With the head-to-head battle against the villainous Lokesh behind her, Kelsey confronts a new heartbreak: in the wake of his traumatic experience, her beloved Ren no longer remembers who she is. As the trio continues their quest by challenging five cunning and duplicitous dragons, Ren and Kishan once more vie for her affections–leaving Kelsey more confused than ever.”

 

We come back to this the third book in the series, and Ren has lost his memories of Kelsey. All of them. Her remembers the events but not that Kelsey was there. Ren had been caught by Lokesh in the last book and rescued at the end. To keep Kelsey and the others safe his memories got locked away. Kelsey is upset by this, of course. He pushes her away and pulls her close and so on through the book. Kishan tries to get close to Kelsey and not let her get her by Ren. Together the three of them go to find the third item for Durga.

Through the whole book Ren does not act like the Ren from the first two books and where it would make sense in some cases In this one it feels like a ploy for Kelsey to justify turning to Kishan for comfort. I get to a point why Kelsey acts the way she does. Her love has forgotten her, and his brother want to be with her. she thinks she may like Kishan as well as Ren yet she wants Ren more but cannot be with him. But it turns into a cliché love triangle. It would have been fine had it just been this one book but it (Spoiler) gets worse in the next book. But this is about this one not hat one.

The book itself is worth the read especially if you have read and liked the first two books/ the challenges offered in this one are better they are more thought out and more challenging in a good way. They challenge all of them not just Kelsey or Kishan or Ren. The end is a good one two it leaves just enough out to make for the promise of a good conclusion. While the book is full of the typicall troupe and cliché, it is worth it to read. I did enjoy reading it. I read this through my audible app, with my sister, it makes for a good buddy read. Someone to talk through it with, to compare ‘notes’ on what you have read and what you liked and didn’t like.

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Tiger’s Quest By Colleen Houck

“Back in Oregon, Kelsey tries to pick up the pieces of her life and push aside her feelings for Ren. Kelsey Hayes’s eighteenth summer was crazy. The kind of crazy nobody would ever believe. Aside From battling immortal sea monkeys and trekking the jungles of India, she fell in love with Ren, a 300-year-old prince. When danger suddenly forces Kelsey on another Indian quest, with Ren’s bad-boy brother, Kishan,the unlikely duo begins to question their true destiny. Ren’s life hangs in the balance–so does the truth within Kelsey’s heart. Tiger’s Quest, the thrilling second volume in the Tiger’s Curse series, brings the trio one step closer to breaking the ancient prophecy that binds them”

 

I Enjoyed the Tiger’s Curse the first book in this series of four yet I had to push myself through the first few chapters of Tiger’s Quest, not because it was bad, no, it was because for those chapters Kelsey, our main character was whining like an annoying middle school girl. Kelsey is supposed to be 18 and through the first book acted as such. Kelsey at the end of the previous book choose to leave India and Ren. Ren and Mr. Kadam have purchased a home, paid for her school, bought a car and bought her school books. she buys a stuffed white tiger because it reminds her of Ren. She goes through her classes and goes on dates, all while saying she is not beautiful, and men don’t like her. Um what? Her attitude does get better as the story continues.

Ren and his brother Kishon, are in India with Mr. Kadam looking for the villain Lokesh at around Christmas time Ren decides that he had been away from Kelsey long enough and joins her in Oregon. Kishon also joins later in the story.  Together the second task of four is embarked on. I enjoyed the little names that Ren and Kishon call Kelsey and the relationship she build with Mr. Kadam. Even the way she acts with the boys while on the quest. Her relationship with the only other female is the story, Nilima Mr. Kadam’s granddaughter, is not shown much but when she it it is assumed that they have a close relationship, one that resembles sisters.

The overall storyline is good the same as the first book where in Kelsey goes on a journey to find something for the Indian goddess Durga and her Tiger to free Ren and Kishan  from their Tiger forms. Once you get past Kelsey’s whiny phase at the beginning of the book it gets much better. The task to get this gift are interesting and they way the book ends Is good too sets up the third one really well.

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Tiger’s Curse By Collen Houck

“The last thing teenager Kelsey Hayes thought she’d be doing over the summer was meeting Ren, a mysterious white tiger and cursed Indian prince! When she learns she alone can break the Tiger’s curse, Kelsey’s life is turned upside-down. The unlikely duo journeys halfway around the world to piece together an Indian prophecy, find a way to free the man trapped by a centuries-old spell, and discover the path to their true destiny.”

 

So here is the thing. I really enjoyed this book. It has a strong start of easing you into the story to come, it introduces Kelsey Hayes and gives her back story without feeling overly boring or too detailed. It explains why she takes the job at the Circus. Her character as a whole is left has a mystery, but in a good way, so you can learn about her as you read.

Kelsey Hayes is an Orphaned eighteen year old girl who got a two week job at a circus that came to her town in Oregon.  I don’t think it is that believable that they would trust a young girl with no training the job of feeding a Tiger, no matter how tame it seems. That aside, it was a really good book.

The curse it explained as well as it should have been, knowing that there are three more books to follow. Ren, is the White Indian Tiger that Kelsey is tasked to take care of. Mostly to feed everyday. She takes a liking to him and sits and reads to him when she can. Picture that a massive white tiger in a cage and just sitting near the cage reading him Shakespeare?

Ren, as a Tiger is said to have some human like tendencies as Kelsey takes care of him, never hurts anyone and refuses to do certain things during performances. A few days into her work Kelsey meets Mr. Kadam and Indian gentlemen who wants to buy Ren and take him to a reserve in Indian, back to his home (The Tiger’s). the Tiger Trainer is persuaded that he cannot go and that Kelsey must go, all paid of course. She does, as it is shown that her connection to the Tiger is growing.

Overall this book to me is the strongest of the series. It is a great introduction to a wonderful story about the little written about Indian mythos. Those mythos are not even the only ones told in the story. Greek, Roman, Egyptian, and others are pulled into help tell the story and it is done so well. I loved reading this book. The adventure was great.

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Book Tag! Tell About Yourself.

Book Tag!!

 

My Life in Books. I found this on  a list of book tags to do so I thought why not? I won’t actually tag anyone else right now, cause there is no one for me too tag. Enjoy!!

 

  • Your initials

M –Michal By Jill Eileen Smith. This is a book about King David’s wife and Saul’s daughter I really enjoyed reading it.

J-Just One Day By Gayle Foreman. It has been a while but I enjoyed this book when I read it and hope to reread it again soon.

B-Book Jumper by Mechthild Glaser. I am not finished with it yet but I really like it so far and cannot wait to finish it.

  • Age-count your books till your age.

This was a little hard due to how my books are on the shelf but what I have it Scarlett By Marrisa Meyer, I love this series and it’s take on the fairytales. It was a favorite rendition of mine.

  • City/Country. One that take place in your city or country. There is not one that takes place in my city so I picked state instead. Princesses of Iowa By Molly Backes. This is one that I have DNFed because I could not get into the story. Perhaps I will try again this year.
  • Travel somewhere you want to travel. I picked The Lightning Thief By Rick Riordan. I want to got to Brooklyn/New York area and also camp half blood!!

 

  • Colour, what is a book that has your favorite colour on the cover. I picked The Crystal Kingdom By Amanda Hocking. I liked this book when I first read it a while ago, and my favorit colour is Blue!
  • Memories, what book has the most memories for you? The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis, my copies are from my mom so they are old and well read.

 

  • A book you had difficulty getting through. this Till We Have Faces By C.S. Lewis. I had to read this for a class and had such a hard time getting through this one!

 

8)TBR a book that you will get a  lot out of when you finished it. It’s Not supposed to be this Way by Lysa Terkuerst. I am reading this as my devotional and it is most helpful as I go through it.

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Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller

“There will be plenty of time for me to beat him soundly once I’ve gotten what I came for.

Sent on a mission to retrieve an ancient hidden map—the key to a legendary treasure trove—seventeen-year-old pirate captain Alosa deliberately allows herself to be captured by her enemies, giving her the perfect opportunity to search their ship.

More than a match for the ruthless pirate crew, Alosa has only one thing standing between her and the map: her captor, the unexpectedly clever and unfairly attractive first mate, Riden. But not to worry, for Alosa has a few tricks up her sleeve, and no lone pirate can stop the Daughter of the Pirate King.”

 

The Daughter of the Pirate King, is a good book. I loved it a lot. Once I began to read I read it for hours the characters of Alosa and Riden pulling me in, wondering what they were going to do next and what was in store for them. the adventure that Alosa goes on for her father. She gets captured, by Riden’s brother, leaving her crew, made up of mostly women, she stays strong on the ship and hold her own against Riden, and his brother Draxen.

The bored tone Alosa often takes when dealing with Riden and the other men on the Night Farer, is funny and entertaining as Alosa is on the ship and the things she gets into batting the men and slowly falling for Riden and keep her secret.

The way the story is told is wonderfull and well done for the way the story is layed out. And better yet there is no love triangle that is often present in YA fiction. The romance that is in this book is minimal. Which I liked a lot, it did not effect the plot and it played wonderfully to the story of what Alosa had to do.

I enjoyed the story of Also and could not wait to pick up the second book, I listened to this one on Audiobook, and the narrater was wonderful, she did a good job with Alosa’s vvoice and portraying her attitude and confidnce. I recamend this book to anyone who is tired of love triangles and likes pirates and sirens and the high seas!!

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Heartless, Marrissa Meyer

Long before she was the terror of Wonderland—the infamous Queen of Hearts—she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love. Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favorite of the unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next queen. Then Cath meets Jest, the handsome and mysterious court joker. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the king and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into an intense, secret courtship. Cath is determined to define her own destiny and fall in love on her terms. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans. In her first stand-alone teen novel, the New York Times-bestselling author dazzles us with a prequel to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

Heatless By Marrissa Meyer is a take on Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carrol. But it is not about Alice, it takes place before the events with Alice and her adventure. Instead it tells the story of the Red Queen, before she became the Queen we know from the story. This is the story of a simple girl who wants to open a bakery. This is the story of Catherine, Cath.

I Don’t know what it was that first drew me to this book, I had read the other books by Meyer, the Lunar Chronicles, and loved them. I had read another book about Alice in Wonderland and enjoyed it a lot, I loved the cover art on this book, though it was simple. I read this book in one day just over twelve hours it took me to finish this book. I loved Cath character and how she responded to what was happening to her, she wanted a simple life owning a bakery and making people happy, but her parents wanted more for her they wanted her to be queen. Cath had caught the attention of the Red King, the short man whom Cath does not really care for.

The way each character is introduced to the book is another thing I really enjoyed, it wasn’t rushed of over explained, or even quickly explained, they were introduced in a way that made sense to the story and they direction it was going. following Cath as she goes to the dance and interacts with the people there and meets new people and then her story with Jest, and the Raven, the Hatter and Rabbit. Their journey into becoming the characters we know.

With a book like this one though, a sequel to a book that has already been written (and by another author) there is already a cannon ending to her story, one that every one who has read it knows, we know what Cath becomes, we just didn’t know why, with Heartless, we are given a possible reason why she became, the Red Queen that is angry and not loving, who screams “off with Their Head” and anyone that displeases her. I love this book it is well told and yet still holds true to the original tale the Lewis Carrol wrote while being it’s own story.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes wonderland or reimagining of classic tales or just to someone who wants to read a new book. Marrissa Meyer is an author who can relate to the fans of original stories who also want new story but also want something new that is still the original tale at the same time, she is a wonderful author who knows how to write well and stay true to the tale she is writing without making it to far from the original and yet still close to the original story to recognize what it is emulating.