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Review of The Air He Breathes (Elements #1) by Brittainy C. Cherry

“You know that place in between nightmares and dreams? The place where tomorrows never come and yesterdays don’t hurt anymore? The place where your heart beats in sync with mine? The place where time doesn’t exist, and it’s easy to breathe? I want to live there with you.” 

This book is a heartbreaker. It pulls you in the emotional rollercoaster and leaves you crying and weak. Everything about this book is beautiful. The pain, the heartbreak, the overwhelming urge to break down and never get up. I stayed up till 2 am finishing this beauty and crying my eyes out. One of the most memorable book I’ve read this year.

4 Stars

“I mean, why would someone do this?! Why do people fall in love if it means there is a chance of feeling this way? What the fuck is wrong with humans?! HUMANS ARE FUCKING SICK AND TWISTED! I mean, I get it—it feels good, you know? Being in love, being happy.” Her body trembled as the tears fell faster than she could take breaths. “But when that magical rug is ripped out from under you, it takes all the happy and good feelings with it. And your heart? It just breaks. It breaks and it’s unapologetic. It shatters into a million pieces, leaving you numb, blankly staring at the pieces because all your free will, all the common sense you once had in your life is gone. You gave up everything for this bullshit thing called love, and now you’re just destroyed.” 

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Review of Godsgrave (Nevernight, #2) by Jay Kristoff

And the Light God granted the slave his freedom. And the slave was mighty pleased. And nobody stopped to ask what the slave was planning to give the next beggar he found if the first one hadn’t been a god, or how it’s not really sound economic policy for kings to wander about giving taxpayer money to the destitute when public infrastructure is in such dire need of overhaul, orwhy the creator of the universe had nothing better to do on a weeksend afternoon than come down to earth to fuck with people.
Pfft. Parables.

Ha! These little glossary at the end of the chapters always keeps me up in my toes. Jay Kristoff is an effing genius. I had some problem at the beginning of the book. But once I got into it, there was no coming out. Literally. THAT ENDING!

Mia Corvere and Ashlinn Jarnheim are my OTP

“I KNOW THAT YOU ARE MEANT FOR MORE THAN THIS,” it said. “YOUR TRUTH LIES BURIED IN THE GRAVE. AND YET YOU PAINT YOUR HANDS IN RED FOR THEM, WHEN YOU SHOULD BE PAINTING THE SKIES BLACK.”
“… o, joys, a cryptic one…”
“YOUR VENGEANCE IS AS THE SUNS, MIA CORVERE. IT SERVES ONLY TO BLIND YOU.”

4.5 Stars

Book Review

The Stars Never Rise (The Stars Never Rise, #1) by Rachel Vincent

I feel like my life is a book, and someone turned the page before I was ready, and now I can’t follow the story. 

Rachel Vincent does it again. Another bold and refreshingly different story with a storyline that will instantly engage, a plethora of zombie-like demons, controversial plot and a group of rogue exorcists. Every dark and twisted fantasies come to life in The Stars Never Rise.

This book is about a dystopian world, ruled by the Unified Church, and it’s main job is to make sure that the civilians live a sinless life. They also want to guarantee the survival of human race since it’s future is threatened by demons. It is the ultimate battle of good and evil. There are monsters with human faces and those with kick-ass abilities. There are moments of heartbreak, joy, shock, solidarity and much more. And they all come together to create a story that is epic, unputdownable and unforgettable.

“We are endless, Nina. We are legion.” The demon stood straighter and frowned, as if my lack of a reaction disappointed her. “We outnumber the grains of sand on the beach, the drops of water in the ocean. The seas in hell rage with us, rising and falling in waves, cresting and crushing one another. We bleed and moan and starve, yet we cannot die. We think of nothing but escape, yet there is nowhere to go. Nowhere but here. And for every one of us that breaks through, anchored in your world by the souls we devour, there are thousands still waiting, begging, fighting for the chance. Every time one of us fails in that endeavor, another will rise to take its place. You. Cannot. Win.” 

The Stars Never Rise is a fantastic, gripping and addictive story, it consumes your soul and leaves you wanting for more. The concept is unique and thrilling with a struggling heroine, complex love interest, the bad guys and the twist you ‘never saw coming’.

I had no home. I had no clothes except what I was wearing. I had no food except what belonged to Finn. I had no information except what had come from him. And I had nowhere to go and no one to trust. There was nothing left. Except Finn.

“The degenerate from this morning was only the first. More will find you, and you can’t take them all on by yourself. You need us, Nina. You need us every bit as much as we need you.” 

“If I was going down, I would go down fighting.” 

There’s potential for a really great series here. Here’s hoping for even more action, more surprises and more of these characters being funny and awesome in the next book. 4.5 Rising Stars

Book Review

The Well of Ascension (Mistborn #2)

stupendous

stjuːˈpɛndəs/

adjective: stupendous

extremely impressive

Stupendous = The Well of Ascension 

“At first glance, the key and the lock it fits may seem very different,” Sazed said. “Different in shape, different in function, different in design. The man who looks at them without knowledge of their true nature might think them opposites, for one is meant to open, and the other to keep closed. Yet, upon closer examination he might see that without one, the other becomes useless. The wise man then sees that both lock and key were created for the same purpose.” 

Brandon Sanderson is the master of words. After the epic conclusion of Mistborn I was a little wary to start this book, thus the one year gap between picking this one up. But I shouldn’t have worried. This book will take you as high up as Mistborn did and keep you there. Though I must admit the start of this book seemed a little off to me. But that might be because everything was new from the first book. So I keep a star to myself for that. As a whole, this book is another must-read.

“It’s easy to believe in something when you win all the time…The losses are what define a man’s faith.” 

This must be how Bran Sanderson released this book… 

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The Final Empire (Mistborn, #1)

phenomenal
/fɪˈnɒmɪn(ə)l/
adjective
1. remarkable or exceptional, especially exceptionally good.
2. perceptible by the senses or through immediate experience.

Phenomenal = Mistborn 

Have you ever picked up a book because you’ve heard so much awesome things about it and you want to give it a try but you’re wary of how it might turn out? And BAM it turns out to be the most awesome book you’ve read in a while? Yes. That’s how I feel after reading this book. Hearing all those amazing comments and reading the reviews but trying not to get the hopes up so I won’t be disappointed was hard. But the book delivered so much more than just that.

A post-apocalyptic medieval world, buried in ash and scalded by a red sun; the inhabitants, known as skaa, enslaved by a tiny minority of noblemen; an immortal Lord Ruler reigning over The Final Empire for more than one thousand years; nobles occasionally born with gifts; use of different metals for magic such as Soothing, Rioting, Pushing, and more; interbreeding between skaa and nobles prohibited. There, that’s the world-building in Mistborn.

Now, we have Kelsier, the survivor of Hathsin; Vin, young orphaned girl who has rare latent supernatural abilities; Sazed, emasculated sidekick and seemingly endless well of information; and some other lovely characters.

“Belief isn’t simply a thing for fair times and bright days…What is belief – what is faith – if you don’t continue in it after failure?…Anyone can believe in someone, or something that always succeeds…But failure…ah, now, that is hard to believe in, certainly and truly. Difficult enough to have value. Sometimes we just have to wait long enough…then we find out why exactly it was that we kept believing…There’s always another secret.” 

The new world and the new magic techniques are quite hard to grasp at first but much like Harry’s train journey from Platform 9 3/4 to Hogwarts Sorting, it gets within your grasp by the time the good bits arrive. There is almost every element in this book. There is love, faith, hope, anger, resentment, horror, betrayal and everything a world filled with pain and suffering could bring. I’m stunned with my own ignorance. Why did I never pick up a Bran Sanderson book? Well, I’m going to cure that. Any fans of George R. R. Martin, Patrick Rothfuss would love this book.

“Women are like….thunderstorms. They’re beautiful to look at, and sometimes they’re nice to listen to – but most of the time they’re just plain inconvenient.” 

Last but not the least: Please read this book. It’s worth it.