Caraval (Caraval #1) by Stephanie Garber

Synopsis

Remember, it’s only a game…

Scarlett Dragna has never left the tiny island where she and her sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval—the faraway, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show—are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt-of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. Nevertheless she becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic. And whether Caraval is real or not, Scarlett must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over or a dangerous domino effect of consequences will be set off, and her beloved sister will disappear forever.

Welcome, welcome to Caraval…beware of getting swept too far away.

Review

The first book in the series, Caraval is a magical and imaginative story that will have you wanting to play.

It’s funny but I honestly dont remember buying this book. But like magic it appered or perhaps Legend has paid me a visit.

This is a story that pull you in and makes you part of the world. With every element of the story being thought about.

Tella and Scarlett live in a world dominated by their overbearing father who’s threats and Punishment have kept the girls sheltered and terrified is the day their mother left. For years Scarlett had written asking him to bring his show to them but had no response now Scarlett is engaged to a man she’s never met a and a letter from Legend arrives with tickets to the carnival.

What what follows is a dream like nightmare that will test Scarlet and have her second guessing everything she’s ever known. Full of twists and turns the story has something for everyone think Alice in Wonderland meets Phantom of the Opera.

Stephanie Garber is an incredibly talented author and this is a book that everyone will love.

Happy reading

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War Storm (Red Queen #4)by Victoria Aveyard 

Synopsis

Victory comes at a price.

Mare Barrow learned this all too well when Cal’s betrayal nearly destroyed her. Now determined to protect her heart—and secure freedom for Reds and newbloods like her—Mare resolves to overthrow the kingdom of Norta once and for all… starting with the crown on Maven’s head.

But no battle is won alone, and before the Reds may rise as one, Mare must side with the boy who broke her heart in order to defeat the boy who almost broke her. Cal’s powerful Silver allies, alongside Mare and the Scarlet Guard, prove a formidable force. But Maven is driven by an obsession so deep, he will stop at nothing to have Mare as his own again, even if it means demolishing everything—and everyone—in his path.

War is coming, and all Mare has fought for hangs in the balance. Will victory be enough to topple the Silver kingdoms? Or will the little lightning girl be forever silenced?

In the epic conclusion to Victoria Aveyard’s stunning series, Mare must embrace her fate and summon all her power… for all will be tested, but not all will survive.

Review

As another series comes to a end. I am said to say that it didnt end with as much force as i thought it would.

When detail for the book first started coming out i thought that this book would be full of killer showdowns, mind blowing alliance shifts, devastating losses and more. But sadly what we get it is a slightly predictable and underwhelming story.

The kingdom of Norta is divided, surrounded by vultures ready to strike. With the Silver nobles, Red rebels and Newbloods creating a unlikly team in order to take on Maven.

I really wanted to be pulled into the story, to be part of the action. However it just didnt happen. If anything i kept reading in the hope that something would pull me in.

Even with the characters, i found that i was indifferent towards them. I found that i didnt really care who lived or died. Which was very disappointing given how investedi had been.

The story is told from multiple POVs which realy could have been a assets and give a complete story, but it didnt happen for me.

Sadly as much as i wanted to love War Storm i found it to be the weakest instalment of the series.

Welcome to CARAVAL

Just finished caraval by @stephanie_garber amazing now I just need to get my hands on a copy of Legendary

Will you play the game?

Review coming soon
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Truly, Wildly, Deeply  by Jenny McLachlan 

Synopsis

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Find the magic.
Happy Reading ♥♥

A Court of Frost and Starlight (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3.1) by Sarah J. Maas 

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Feyre, Rhys, and their close-knit circle of friends are still busy rebuilding the Night Court and the vastly-changed world beyond. But Winter Solstice is finally near, and with it, a hard-earned reprieve. 

Yet even the festive atmosphere can’t keep the shadows of the past from looming. As Feyre navigates her first Winter Solstice as High Lady, she finds that those dearest to her have more wounds than she anticipated–scars that will have far-reaching impact on the future of their Court

Review 

There back…………
I admit I am a big fan of this series.  So like everyone I could not wait to get my hands on this installment. Though I knew that with it being a novella it was going to be smaller then any of us would like. But Like all of Sarah’s books, she gives us what we want, but leaves us wanting more. 
In A court of frost and starlight, we rejoin Feyre, Rhysand and the family as they try to recover and rebuild. It gives us a closer look at the characters we love and the effect everything is having on them.   
It’s true, the plot was very simple but  I honestly think that after everything that happened in our last book we needed something a little more tapered back. I enjoyed getting to see behind the walls of adamant. To see how the events have affected them both physically and mentally.   Plus, the bonus excerpt confirmed that the next book is gonna be Nessian’s. 
There are cameos from characters we love, like and in some cases hate. We get to see how Lucien is dealing with the mating bond to Elain,  Varian and Amren relationship and we even get to see what can only be described as the fall of Tamlin.
I love this series and part of me honestly wishes that it was as long as Throne of Glass.  this is another wonderful book and I cannot wait to see what happens next. 
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Find the magic. 
Happy Reading ♥♥

To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christ

Allied (Ruined #3) by Amy Tintera

Synopsis

In the final book in the New York Times bestselling Ruined series, the romance of The Selection and the epic stakes of Red Queen come together in a story of revenge, adventure, and unexpected love.

Emelina Flores and her sister, Olivia, were determined to bring peace to the people of Ruina. But as the war for liberation raged on, what triumph and freedom meant to Em and Olivia slowly changed. As Olivia’s violence and thirst for vengeance became her only ambition, Em was left to pick up the pieces.

But it’s not only Em who is upset by Olivia’s increased violence. Other members of the Ruined army are beginning to see the cracks, and soon a small group of them defects from Olivia’s army and joins Em instead. The two sisters are soon pitted against each other in an epic battle for the kingdom and the future, and only one will win.

Review

I received a ARC copy for a honest review.

Honestly i’m still not sure how I feel about this ending. Though I enjoyed the ending it felt a little rushed and I would have loved a few more. Chapters.

The characters were amazing and I love them all. Even the antagonists proved to be great characters who add a depth to the story. Em from the very beginning was clearly a great leader who was underestimated and underappreciated by those around her.

Thought I am not a big fan of different POV, I think the gradually introduce of more perspectives into the trilogy was well done. As it allowed the story to grow without becoming overwhelm or long winded.

The story was written very well and I feel like the plot carried well though out the trilogy. Each book had it’s own goal and ending. While still allowing the overall plot to remain uninterrupted.

I enjoyed these books and I had a great time reading them in one stretch. Amy Tintera did a great job and I look forward to seeing what she does next