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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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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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The Cruel Prince

The Cruel Prince  By Holly Black

 

Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.

And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.

Jude was seven when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

As Jude becomes more deeply embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, she discovers her own capacity for trickery and bloodshed. But as betrayal threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.

 

I just finished The Cruel Prince and I loved it. The story itself was well told. Jude, the main character, is fierce and stubborn, she knows what she wants. She thinks she knows how to get it. She thinks she knows what she is doing. She has the struggle of wanting to belong in a world that she simply does not belong to. she and her sisters live with the man who murdered their parents, she fights with herself on loving him and hating him at the same time, him and the rest of the world she lives in, and still at the same time not wanting to leave because it is all she knows.

The story telling is again one that is recently become popular in YA books, that of not having or showing who the villain is until the very end. That is something that this story does well, with Cardan and the others that seem like the obvious villians, even Madoc, Jude’s adopted father who lives for the bloodshed. The way Black crafted the words into the story that is played out in the pages of the book make it a wonderful story to loose oneself in for a day. For that is about how long it took me to read it.

I was pulled into the world of the seelie and unseelie courts and the faeries, a world that I have always loved to see how it was explored in different authors viewpoints. The way it is crafted from the point of view of a human looking in onto the world of the faerie, wanting to be apart of it yet knowing that she may never be. Jude holds her own against those who want to hurt her and her sister. Her strong character does get her into trouble and cause problems but she faces those head on and does her best to make up for them and make things better.

I recommend this book to anyone one who wants to read a fantasy, with very little romance thrown in. An adventure with no real villain, a story about figuring out what you want to do and exploring one’s feelings, that seem to complicated, that are not even wanted. This book pulls n the reader and compels you to finish is as soon as possible, not wanting to set it down till the story of book one has come to and end and the wait for the second begins!

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The Red Pyramid

“Since their mother’s death, Carter and Sadie have become near strangers. While Sadie has lived with her grandparents in London, her brother has traveled the world with their father, the brilliant Egyptologist, Dr. Julius Kane. One night, Dr. Kane brings the siblings together for a “research experiment” at the British Museum, where he hopes to set things right for his family. Instead, he unleashes the Egyptian god Set, who banishes him to oblivion and forces the children to flee for their lives. Soon, Sadie and Carter discover that the gods of Egypt are waking, and the worst of them —Set— has his sights on the Kanes. To stop him, the siblings embark on a dangerous journey across the globe – a quest that brings them ever closer to the truth about their family and their links to a secret order that has existed since the time of the pharaohs.”

I have already wrote some about mythology, so it should come as no surprise that I am writing again about mythology. Egyptian mythology holds a place in me. I love it because of the history that is steeped in the mythos itself. With that explanation out of the way I will get to Rick Riordan, he writes all types of mythologies and blends them together. He has written about Greek, Roman, Egyptian and Norse Mythology, and he does it wonderfully. This book in particular is about Egyptian Mythology.

Carter and Sadie Kane are siblings, but they spend the majority of their time away from each other, Sadie living with their Grandparents in England and Carter Traveling with their Father. Their mother has passed away. When their father disappears Carter and Sadie are swept up on an adventure that takes them all over the place. Riordan does something different with this series than he did with his Greek Mythology ones, where in those the heroes are descendant of the Greek Gods themselves, Carter and Sadie are simple magicians, they are not related to the ancient Gods of Egypt, though they do have the Blood of the Pharaohs in them which allows them to do many remarkable things on their journey.

Riordan also does well to not make the parents compete idiots and unlikeable. He makes them real parents and acting the way a parent would, the same goes with the Uncle. Riordan is able to play with the story and make it his own version of the mythos. Because mythos have many different versions of each story they are easy to play with and make it different but still the same story. Another thing he does is pull in the stories that he has written previously. At one point it is mentioned, “Manhattan has other problems. Other gods. It’s best we stay separate.”

Riordan has fun with his writing, he plays around and makes it fun while still being able to tell a story, a good one and not one that is bland and predictable. This book and the others in the series have made me laugh and I have been able to share it with my sister and she loves it as well. it makes a connection to my sister that gives us another thing in a long list of things to speak about and laugh about. Riordan has made work of these Mythos and told a brilliant story out of it.

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The Goddess Test

“Every girl who has taken the test has died. Now it’s Kate’s turn. It’s always been just Kate and her mom – and now her mother is dying. Her last wish? To move back to her childhood home. So Kate’s going to start a new school with no friends, no other family and the fear that her mother won’t live past the fall. Then she meets Henry. Dark. Tortured. And mesmerizing. He claims to be Hades, god of the Underworld – and if she accepts his bargain, he’ll keep her mother alive while Kate tries to pass seven tests. Kate is sure he’s crazy – until she sees him bring a girl back from the dead. Now saving her mother seems crazily possible. If she succeeds, she’ll become Henry’s future bride, and a goddess. If she fails…”

I first read The Goddess Test in 2014. At the time I was reading anything I could that had to do with Greek Mythology and these books stuck out to me in a way that I loved. No matter how many times I reread these books I always find myself engrossed in the story that is being told. The way the story is told, how things are kept hidden in the beginning and then the way they are reviled was something that I loved.

I had the adventure right alongside Kate, Henry, Calliope, Ava. I found myself wanting to know more just as Kate did. From she found out what was going on and who Henry was, to when she was being tested and learning about what was going on around her. As Kate was doing what she could to not only save Henry, Ava and those around her she grew as a character, and the others around her did as well.

This series of books is a fresh take on Greek myths. It takes the story of Persephone and casts it aside to create a new story one where Hades (Henry) can be a good guy and not someone who is most often cast as the villain simply because of what his job is, taking care of the dead. Yet at the same time it keeps the story true to what we know about the Greek myths. Each of the God and Goddesses are there, just painted in a different way, some are obvious, others are not.

The series doesn’t take the villain and punish them and then are done, the villain does not accept that they have lost and keep trying them no matter what, they keep trying. It’s not an “oh I lost better give up now” they have the villain fulfill the punishment given and then they are off, recruiting help to get back at the heroes of the story. It also shows conflict between family and how hard it can be to help a family member who has given up and does not want to try anymore.

In the end the heroes still win, as with most books. But each character is given an opportunity to help or hinder Kate and Henry. Ava shows how far she would go to save her loved one when he is taken but the villain. Even if it means betraying the others in her family, though in the end she does go back and help Kate and Henry.

This book took the Greek Myths and shook them up turned them around and gave a wonderful story that makes the reader wish things like this happened in the real world, but at the same time gives an opportunity to visit the world of Kate and Henry and Greek Myths anytime they want just by opening the book and reading their story. Though it is fiction it a story and the characters come alive in the minds of the reader.