Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare, A Review

What can I possibly say about this book, this beautiful and stunning series, now that I have completed it and I know … I just KNOW!! I know I adore Will, Jem and Tessa. I know that I feel like I personally know them, that I could turn my head and see Will and ask him what he’s been reading lately. And, yes, endings are painful, so painful because I cannot ever reread this and rejoin my friends like the first time. This last book is powerful and made me feel such strong emotions that hasn’t really happened with me and a series for a while. That is why there is joy to an ending that I can accept, while I feel a sense of grief, a sense of loss for these characters. So I will say what I can about this book without giving much at all away.

In this book, Sophie has quite a few sections in which she is the narrator, which is fabulous, especially because she has a very interesting gentleman suitor. I also learned where Isabelle’s red ruby and demon tracking pendant comes from! Not only that, but specifically how the first portals were made and how, which was fascinating. There is also correspondence, letters written between members of the institute and the Clave in each chapter that caused a lot of drama and in two cases some much needed comic relief. Also, mentioning comic relief, I must say two words: Demon Pox!

The automaton army is serious in this final book. It may begin light but the drama kicks up to the highest of high levels by the middle of the book leaving me desperately reading as fast as possible for the last 200 plus pages.

I highly recommend this series! Cannot reccomend The Infernal Devices enough! Thanks for reading my review and happy reading!!!

Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo, A Review

This tale begins with our protagonist, Diana, trying to beat her Amazon sisters at a foot race. She wants to prove she is as strong as them despite her smaller stature and birth place. Everything was going great until she saw a ship explode off shore of her island, Themyscira, and decides to swim past the safe borders to try and search for survivors. This is when we meet Alia, our other protagonist. However, Alia is a human and her presence on the shores of the home of the Amazons creates chaos.

There is punishment for just crossing the border, but to bring in an outsider? That means exile. Diana finds a way to sneak Alia off the Island but winds up somewhere unexpected. This results in many interesting interactions and an interesting view on our world from an outsider. Diana also finds that she has more things in common with humans than she ever considered possible.

“To feel like your crime is just existing.”

– Leigh Bardugo, Wonder Woman: Warbringer

Both Diana and Alia know how it feels to live in someone else’s shadow. They both seek to live beyond their overbearing and demanding family. I feel like this too sometimes, and I thought it was a great way to express that we are not other people’s labels or ideas of us. You are you, and that is perfect, that is enough.

Alia and Diana find their strength and powers within themselves. They are stronger and better than they knew and they have more courage than they ever believed.

This was so uplifting! Talk about Leigh Bardugo just making me feel like I can do amazing things too. With the help of good friends and support, anything is possible!

I highly recommend this for fans of Wonder Woman and/or Leigh Bardugo. Okay, I’m going to go learn how to use a lasso now!

Thanks for reading my review and happy reading!!

Child of a Mad God by R. A. Salvatore, A Review

This first book of The Coven trilogy is absolutely stunning. I picked this up because I recieved the ARC for the final book in the trilogy, Song of the Risen God.

This is a story of the people on the mountain, the Usgar, and their dominance over the surrounding lake town villages, the Uamhas. The Usgar are believed to be demons because of the powers they have from magic crystals that are used in battle and in other tasks. The warriors of the Usgar people raid the lake villages for supplies and slaves that they severely mistreat.

The leader of the warriors is named Tay Aillig and is the cruelest of them all. Tay Aillig is not only bitter and angry but powerful, which is not a good combination.

The protagonist of the story, Aoleyn, is the complete opposite of Tay Aillig. She is a source of empathy and kindness in this brutal world and is also full of a strong spirit that pushes her forward to greatness.

The story is not limited to just this one area of this world. Talmadge is a frontiersman and a trader who travels among the many lands not only to proffer his goods but to learn of the people. His story is mixed in throughout the main plot but is just as important and also just as beautifully told.

This is a tale of the relationship between the conquerors and the conquered. Specifically about the Usgar warriors and their Uamhas slaves. However it also focuses on the smaller but just as important conflict between the rights of a woman within the Usgar society. And this is where Aoleyn comes in fighting to keep her individuality alive in this savage community.

I highly recommend this book! It was a slow read for me mainly because I wanted to take everything in unhurriedly. I suggest this for anyone interested in a unique magic system and an engrossing culture.

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HAPPY READING!!

A Review of Queen of the Unwanted by Jenna Glass

I was very excited to receive an Advanced Readers Copy of the sequel to The Women’s War by Jenna Glass.

Queen Alys is trying to get through her grief, while Elin is using creative ways to show the men around her that she is in control. There is also a new Abbess in Khalpar, however, she has been placed in this position to find a way to undo The Blessing that gives women control over their bodies. This Blessing is called The Curse by the majority of the men in this story.

Queen of the Unwanted deals with feminism and women’s rights in the best possible manner. Jenna Glass uses her skill to create a world of political schemes and to show the difficulty of a new social system between men and women.

The author also does a great job of touching on other matters, such as the importance of women being able to defend themselves. I especially liked how Glass outlined some great skills when it comes to a women’s self defense, like using your voice to scream and not to be afraid of violence against an attacker.

I really enjoyed this addition to The Women’s War series, especially the provocative ending! I cannot wait to find out what happens next!

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Happy Reading!!