Sorcery of Thorns eARC Review

 

 

DO NOT JUDGE ME, I KNOW THIS IS A VERY LATE REVIEW.

I…I just got busy and finally, I read it. It’s part of my attempt to slay the crap out of my NetGalley list so I can go into 2020 not feeling overwhelmed lol.

We’ll see how that goes hahaha.

Onto the book!

Sorcery of Thorns

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GoodReads:
All sorcerers are evil. Elisabeth has known that as long as she has known anything. Raised as a foundling in one of Austermeer’s Great Libraries, Elisabeth has grown up among the tools of sorcery—magical grimoires that whisper on shelves and rattle beneath iron chains. If provoked, they transform into grotesque monsters of ink and leather. She hopes to become a warden, charged with protecting the kingdom from their power.

Then an act of sabotage releases the library’s most dangerous grimoire. Elisabeth’s desperate intervention implicates her in the crime, and she is torn from her home to face justice in the capital. With no one to turn to but her sworn enemy, the sorcerer Nathaniel Thorn, and his mysterious demonic servant, she finds herself entangled in a centuries-old conspiracy. Not only could the Great Libraries go up in flames, but the world along with them.

As her alliance with Nathaniel grows stronger, Elisabeth starts to question everything she’s been taught—about sorcerers, about the libraries she loves, even about herself. For Elisabeth has a power she has never guessed, and a future she could never have imagined.

Purchase Links

Amazon UK | Amazon US

**The links to the book used in this post are Affiliated links, should you click on my links and use them to purchase this book, it will gain me some monies, and will cost you nothing, but gotta disclose this first.**

 

My Review

I decided I couldn’t let 2019 pass without having read this. book. Rogerson has nailed down such an awesome magic system and the libraries are definitely my favorite part. I mean, magical grimoires, magisters who get their magic from a demon bond, and librarians who are absolutely kick-ass? YES TO ALL THAT.

Silas and Magister Thorn were hands down my favourites but Elisabeth had so much heart and sincerity it was impossible not to care for our protagonist. She’s a cinnamon roll with amazing strength [physically and internally] and I adored that she was tall.

As a short person, I want to be tall. I want to be able to look over people’s heads and I think that so often we associate female characters with being fierce and dainty, but, what’s wrong with being tall and fierce and with a kind heart? We need all sorts of different looking characters.

The complexity of the bond with demons and magisters is so unique. One provides magic, one provides years. I loved watching Elisabeth learn more about magisters, to realize maybe learning from the Library, where magic is held as a sinister danger, could have led to some biased views on her part. But, she’s not above learning to adjust her views.

Elisabeth and Silas’s interactions were some of my favorite to read, they had such a unique bond and the honesty between them is what I enjoyed most. But I definitely appreciated the friendship between Katrien and Elisabeth and I want Katrien to have a book of her own lol.

The banter that came from Nathaniel was A++ stuff, and I loved him so much, but this is where I give you all my grievances.

The only reason I did not rate this five stars is because, despite how much I absolutely LOVED this book, I just felt like something was missing from Nathaniel and Elisabeth’s interactions and relationship in general. I just wanted them to have a more genuine connection than we got. I did feel as if Silas and Elisabeth had better interaction, not romantically, just for a genuine friendship.

There are more moments of Silas and Elisabeth interacting than Nathaniel and Elisabeth and because of the lack of interaction, and the shallow level of their interactions, I found it hard to believe they were connected so deeply.

The ending was on point!! I definitely found myself going ‘WHY’ even though I had a feeling I knew what was coming, it didn’t make it any less enjoyable or impactful.

The pacing was well done, Silas and Elisabeth well fleshed out, and great development in Elisabeth. We needed more Katrien, but, I can live with the awesome moments she did have, and Nathaniel’s snark/sarcasm was amazing and aspirational lol.

There was a superb villain, and I could have read about the libraries all-day long.

As many have asked, why is this a standalone?! I NEED MORE!

Thank you to NetGalley and the Publisher for an eARC of this in exchange for my honest opinion.

Pros:
-Unique Magic System
-Magical Libraries
-Kick-ass Librarians
-Katrien
-Silas’s fashion sense
-Nathaniel’s wit
-Elisabeth’s heart
-Devious villain with devious plotting
-Books with thoughts and souls
-Magical Books

Cons:
-Not Enough Katrien
-Not many moments with Elisabeth and Nathaniel
-Not enough magical library moments
-Sometimes could be too predictable
-Shallow feeling to the relationship between Elisabeth and Nathaniel
-Wanted More World Building because it seemed awesome
-It’s a standalone

 

About the Author

Margaret  Rogerson

Margaret writes fantasy for young adult readers. She lives near Cincinnati, Ohio, and when she’s not reading or writing she enjoys drawing, watching documentaries, making pudding, gaming, and exploring the outdoors in search of toads and mushrooms.

Author Links

Website | Twitter | Tumblr

November 2019 Fairyloot Unboxing!

Sit down my children, and let me tell you a story, a story of how Hermes shipping decided to play me the fool and make me want to flip tables.

My Fairyloot box was accidentally shipped to my old address, user error, but the people at Fairyloot were super nice and understanding, I explained I could probably get the box, but they said if not, no worries they would mail it to my new address when it got sent back to them, in the scenario that I couldn’t get to it.

Cool, no pressure.

I get the Hermes App so I can keep an eye on the package, it says ‘oh hey, we’re going to try and deliver this on Saturday’ and I’m like ‘yaaas this is great because I’ll already be around my old address then for family things. Perfect.’

Hermes: Okay we’re gonna deliver this between 10-2.

Me: Cool, okay I’m ready.

Hermes: Oh okay make that between 12-2.

Me: Still not a problem! I’ve set my preference to leave it on the ‘porch’ so if I’m not there, that’ll work out.

Hermes: Oh yea we got that preference. We got you.

Me: Awesome, that’s a relief!

Hermes: *cackles*

Me: …Wha-what?

Hermes: We totally left it with your neighbour.

Me:…Wait, what?! Which one?!

Hermes: Idk, the one named Young.

Me: …I..I don’t know their names! It’s a complex, what’s their number?!

Hermes: Peace Out.

Me: Nooooooo

I then proceeded to knock on every single neighbour’s door asking if they had a black box for a Haley Flores at number 14. No one did, and then lo and behold, the last door we knocked on…

Me: Hi, did you get a package earlier today?

Neighbour: Yea, about half an hour ago, it was for number 11, I already gave it to them!

Me: oh…no. Well, do you know who Young is? They say my package went there.

Neighbour: Yea that’s me, but I didn’t get a package for number 14.

Me: hmm, maybe it was mislabeled…

I go to number 11, an elderly woman, and wait forever, we talk, she says she had the package but it was for her and she’s already opened it.

Guys. I was like ‘omg this old lady has stolen my Fairyloot box, what world is this?’ But I’m also like ‘well she’s opened it and it wasn’t a black box, it can’t be for me, but Hermes says that’s my package.’

I knock on the neighbour’s door one last time.

Me: I’m so sorry but what colour was the package?

Neighbour: Oh, it wasn’t really a package it was a large odd-shaped parcel.

Me: Ah, thank you…

We laugh about where in the world my package could be, thankfully the older woman did NOT rip me off and faith was restored in humanity and destroyed in Hermes.

I write this off as possibly being a loss if the tracking number was connected to the wrong package, well, who knew where the hell it could be and I told Fairyloot the odd update.

[Okay it was more like a couple of days later.]

 

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Ahahaha, WHAT?

Well, it seems they duplicated the tracking number, and in the end, they left it outside the door of my old place on the ‘porch’ as requested and I was able to pick it up yesterday on my Husband’s lunch break.

 

Now, onto the actual unboxing now that storytime is over!

This means…

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Okay, all cozy, let’s get this started

 

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So pretty…NOW GIMME THE MERCH

 

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Lani Taylor quoted Sleep mask, and omg it’s so soft! I don’t use these, but considering I’m going on a long flight, this is going on the plane with me, YAY FOR EYE PILLOWS AND COVERAGE.

 

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Ah…patch…very cute! But, I’m not a fan of patches, so, I’ve offered this up on Depop already, but, very cute!

 

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SPIN THE DAWN WOODMARK!! IT’S SO PRETTY And I love this book![But also so fragile feeling, so I’ve put it somewhere safe, but it is gorgeous]

 

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This was my favorite thing from the unboxing, it’s divided up into months and is SO HANDY and USEFUL. YAY!

 

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Of course, I’m a huge Potterhead, so, this is already on my Christmas tree and I adore this wooden ornament.

 

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I’ve never used a phone holder/ring so, I’m really excited to try this one out, but, I plan on using it AFTER I get back from holiday as I use a wallet case at the moment and it comes in handy for holding things lol.

 

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The Tarot cards are GORGEOUS and from ‘Stalking Jack the Ripper’ but…if you all read my review of it, you know I am not a fan, so, I’ve put these up on Depop too lol, but they are incredibly pretty!

 

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Could..could this be, a secret box?!

 

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IT IS! And guess who has put all her bookmarks in this already? That’s right. This Girl!

 

 

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Gorgeous, right? I am in love with this and plan on framing it I think…and now…

 

The book

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I admit I had not heard of this, it’s gorgeous though and has lovely black sprayed edges. I plan on joining in the Fairyloot read-along for this.

 

So there we have it, the saga of getting and unboxing my Fairyloot November 2019 Box

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The Woman with Wings – Blog Tour

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GoodReads:
In this heart-warming tale of female empowerment, a young woman comes to terms with the revelation that she may be able to fly.

Alison Spedding is a loner; no real friends, no boyfriend and a job in which she goes unnoticed. At thirty-two, her only passion is birdwatching.

One afternoon, high on a Scottish mountain, earnestly waiting for the rarest of sights – a white tailed eagle returning to its nest – she slips, falling silently. In shock, her fellow twitchers return to the hostel to raise the alarm, heavy with the realisation that she must be dead. What they find shocks them even more. Alison is already there, alive and unscathed…

Further similar episodes cause Alison’s grip on reality to slip, her mind spiralling towards breaking point. In her dreams she sees a huge shadow on the ground, as if there was a creature above her, a creature with huge wings…

Her infatuated colleague Jed is concerned. Can he intervene before Alison finally loses control?

This is an extraordinary novel, exploring one woman’s identity whilst posing universal questions: Who is she? Where does she belong? And must she accept her fate, or can she spread her wings and be free at last?

My Review

Hi everyone, today I have the pleasure of reviewing ‘The Woman with Wings,’ I had read another book by our author MacManus, ‘Ike and Kay’ and enjoyed it, so I was interested to see what I would make of this one. Especially because they are two completely different novels in genre and even style of prose.

This is a contemporary novel with a slight fantasy twist, and one where the woman’s story is the only story versus the love story that was the historical fiction read of ‘Ike and Kay.’

Alison survived a fall that she shouldn’t have, and there’s no explanation for it. But the thing is, what if it’s the impossible that enabled her to survive her fall off a Scottish mountainside?

Aside from this looming question, we go on this journey with Alison to see how she changes after this event, not just in questioning the event itself, but in the direction she’s taking her own life. Stuck in the humdrum of the corporate world, an enthusiastic bird watcher such as Alison finds herself questioning her place in the world.

This is the heartwarming part of the tale, Alison finding herself, questioning what she wants and dealing with the crazy antics that seem to follow her about in the forms of coworkers, bosses, and more.

I loved her spirit in this, she was a great protagonist and her journey is one I extremely enjoyed.

There’s such a hilarious feel to the antics that Alison goes through, and where once she seemed to pass easily into obscurity, she now finds herself in the spotlight with some rather ridiculously funny characters. MacManus does a great job with the dark humour in this and he never gets so ridiculous that you lose sight of Alison’s personal struggles.

One reason I didn’t rate it higher was that I felt the pacing was a bit jarring at times, it felt uneven and at times struggled with the plot becoming a little too obscure. But, I still found it a very enjoyable read, and I thought it was such a nice change of pace compared to everything else I’ve read in the past couple of months.

MacManus is a talented writer, easily able to switch genres and writing styles completely and competently.

Thank you to Endeavour Quill for a copy of this in exchange for my honest opinion.

About the Author

James MacManus has worked in the newspaper business for 46 years. He is currently the Managing Director of the Times Literary Supplement.

He is the author of On the Broken Shore (The Language of the Sea, UK edition), and Ocean Devil: The Life and Legend of George Hogg which was made into a film starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers

His latest book, Black Venus, is a vivid novel of Charles Baudelaire and his lover Jeanne Duval, the Haitian cabaret singer who inspired his most famous and controversial poems, set in nineteenth-century Paris. Duckworth will publish the UK edition of Black Venus on February 27th 2014.The UK edition follows the successful launch of the novel in the US by Thomas Dunne books of New York.

Author Links

Twitter | Webpage

 

The Rest of the Tour

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Gift Ideas for Book Lovers

It’s that time of year again! Many people are looking at gifts, not everyone, but, if you are looking, here we go, I’m gonna try to help out!

**This is by no means sponsored and no one gave me free things or money to write up this list, so, I’m going to just toss out some ideas, no links and no prices or anything.**

 

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Now if you/your reader has a kindle with a booklight or mostly listen to audiobooks, this is probably not going to be the winning idea. BUT even me with my beloved Kindle Fire, still need a booklight.

This works great for my older kindle, and for my regular books and there are so many kinds of book lights available.

 

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Speaking of Audiobook peeps, there are a few ideas for them of course, but I’ve started off with something smaller, headphones. Idk about your reader/you, but I am notorious for going through headphones, mostly because I lose them, but still, maybe someone is in need of an upgrade or needs spares, or something. Another option that has a nice large price range as well so yay for that, especially if you’re poor like meeeeee.

 

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I love my kindles, and I love having a case or two to switch out for both of them. [The Kindle Keyboard is ancient but I will not abandon her while she liiiiives] So! Maybe you/your reader might appreciate a nice new look to their eReader! There’s plenty of options all over the net for these, and once again, you can find a lot of options for a good-sized price range.

 

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This could be a hit or miss, depends on the person’s love of candles. Personally, I love candles, and I had only really stuck to ones in chain shops before, but the great thing is being able to buy from small businesses in this one if you have the chance to! So many scents and it’s so much fun to look at all the different ones they have for the plethora of fandoms!

 

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Another favorite of mine!! Why? Because this is not just something you go buy/order, you can make these, they can be paper, wood, metal…have beads or glitter or prints. SO MANY OPTIONS and yes this is limited to the physical book readers, but, my mini made me a bookmark and I do love it. And just skim past this one if you need something more for the eReader/Audio reader.

 

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So, audiobooks can be a bit pricey, but, there’s always the option of buying some credits for audible or something else, or, if you’re old-school, you can buy some on CD. In my case, I did, but only because my Niece drives an older car so I got her a Stephen King audiobook on CD to listen to on her way to and from class.

 

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Ebooks are always a great option especially if you/your reader is primarily/solely an eReader person. You can usually find some really good deals on eBooks as well, at some point. I personally may have bought one or two for myself off Black Friday deals, but you’re not limited to sales that happen on Black Friday.

 

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Physical Books! It’s not the quantity but the quality that matters, and there’s always room in a book lovers life for ONE more book. [As we keep telling ourselves as we fill our shelves and rooms with them] This is another thing with a super-wide budget too, and in my case I got lucky, my sister and I like buying secondhand, and since she’s grown to have a taste for Sophie Kinsella books, through my charity shop hunts I’ve been able to get her about five books for Christmas for about 3.50

 

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Another for physical readers, and I’m sorry this list is so physical book reading heavy, please forgive me guys lol. But! Book Sleeves are handy, I love to use them for the trains as I keep my books in my bag and they always somehow get some dent or bent cover, no matter how carefully I put them in. Drives me nuts, may drive you/your reader nuts as well and this could solve their problem lol.

 

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So I know I already mentioned bookish candles, but, instead of going on with this list forever, I thought I would just say, aside from bookish candles there are a lot of bookish goodies you can get you/your reader. Mugs, for those who like hot beverages, notebooks/journals for those who like to be organized and take notes, pins and badges for the collector, and so much more. You can get bookish totes, pillowcases, tarot cards, EVERYTHING IS OUT THERE. But it’s not the price of the gift that counts, it is the thought, a handmade bookmark made from the heart is just as valuable as, say, a kindle.

 

Store Ideas

Here are some Small Businesses that may pique your interest

Tsundoku Chronicles Shop

Literary Galaxy Shop

Raging Bear Publishing Shop

Lauren James, Author’s Shop

Epik Page Shop

Amelia’s Kitchen Candles Shop

Icey Designs Shop [Author of We Hunt the Flame]

Books Breathe Magic Shop

Belle’s Book Sleeves Shop

There we have it! Your Book/Bookish Gift Idea list

Harbinger – Celestial Creatures Book 3 – Cover Reveal

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“I’m no longer human. I am Uriel: The Harbinger of Chaos, The Keeper of the Gates, The Begetter of Life, The Dam of The Ends, and I came to take back what’s mine.”

The final battle has begun!

Harbinger GoodReads Link

**The Release Date of this is pending, but look out for it in Fall 2020!**

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Here’s Harbinger  looking fancy next to books 1 & 2

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Heavenward Celestial Creatures Book 1 Universal Purchase Link

Hallow Celestial Creatures Book 2 Universal Purchase Link

 

Here are my reviews for Books 1 and 2

 

About the Author

Olga Gibbs

Olga Gibbs lives in a leafy-green town, nestled amongst the green fields of West Sussex, England. She was writing from the age of fifteen, mainly short stories and novellas and was a guest columnist for a local newspaper. When she is not dreaming up new adventures for her imaginary friends, she does outreach work with teenagers.
She is currently writing the final books in the “Celestial creatures” series and another stand-alone psychological crime thriller.
Please visit her author website www.OlgaGibbs.com for more information on upcoming books.

Author Links

Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Amazon | GoodReads | BookBub

November Rewind

 

 

Another busy month, hit the two year wedding anniversary with the hubby, had Thanksgiving, spawn’s Scottish Dance Festival day, school Christmas Fayre, present shopping, and reading of course!

[Reminder from the last Rewind: I’ll also be on holiday in a place with pretty sorry internet, so, for a couple of weeks in December all the posts will be scheduled ahead and I’ll be pretty quiet. Just like now. As I wait for my new charging cord. Still.]

Anyway, onto the books!

 

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The Shadow Prince (Mortal Enchantment, #0.5)

 

Kim, Leon, and The Sky Path To Africa: Easy Read

 

Died and Gone to Devon

 

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A Death in Harlem

 

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The Conspiracy of Magic

 

Blind Witness (Book one of the Charters' Mysteries Series)

 

Fawkes

 

Blood Heir (Blood Heir, #1)

 

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Tears of Frost (Heart of Thorns, #2)

 

Pursuit: The Balvenie Stories Collection

 

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Sound (The Reprobation Series Book 3)

 

The Company of Eight

 

Girls of Paper and Fire (Girls of Paper and Fire, #1)

 

The Last Namsara (Iskari, #1)

 

This Mortal Coil (This Mortal Coil #1)

[My Review of this is just me saying ‘OH SHIIIIT’ on GoodReads]

 

The Sky Weaver (Iskari, #3)

 

The Pursuit of William Abbey

 

Ghoster

 

Trail of Lightning (The Sixth World Book 1)

 

Girls of Storm and Shadow (Girls of Paper and Fire, #2)

 

Total Count: 20

 

Posts From Around the Book Blogger Verse

Bookwyrm Bites: I Made November Cakes & Labyrinth Cakes

favorite reads over the course of bookwyrming thoughts

Cuppa Clo: Novel Newcomers: Weirdest Places I’ve Read

Fictionally Sam: Bloggers I’m Thankful For

Novel Lives Monthly Wrap Up

Reader Voracious: Diverse YA Science Fiction Books to Read this Sci-fi Month

Other Things Going On

Fictionally Sam: Mrs. Claus Readathon

Reader Voracious: Readers Choice Awards
[The nominations form closes at 23:59 on November 30, 2019, general voting will begin on December 3, 2019]

 

My Other Posts

October 2019 Fairyloot Unboxing!

Leigh Bardugo Event

No We Don’t Do It For The Free Books

Reader Voracious: Bookish Readers Choice 2019

An Anniversary in Books

Update and Giveaway Announcement!

Favorite Historical Fiction Books: The First Half of 2019
[This post is currently down but will be back up soon!]

 

Now, what’s on for next month?

 

Lots of backlist Author request book reviews, two blog tours, and other things! I’ll be busy with mini’s birthday, going on holiday, and throwing money left and right for the dog boarding lol. I’ll also be updating my blog a little, overhauling my patreon stuff, and generally being cold and wishing for warmth.

Blood Heir eARC Review

 

 

Blood Heir by Amélie Wen Zhao

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GoodReads:
In the Cyrilian Empire, Affinites are reviled. Their varied gifts to control the world around them are unnatural—dangerous. And Anastacya Mikhailov, the crown princess, has a terrifying secret. Her deadly Affinity to blood is her curse and the reason she has lived her life hidden behind palace walls.

When Ana’s father, the emperor, is murdered, her world is shattered. Framed as his killer, Ana must flee the palace to save her life. And to clear her name, she must find her father’s murderer on her own. But the Cyrilia beyond the palace walls is far different from the one she thought she knew. Corruption rules the land, and a greater conspiracy is at work—one that threatens the very balance of her world. And there is only one person corrupt enough to help Ana get to its core: Ramson Quicktongue.

A cunning crime lord of the Cyrilian underworld, Ramson has sinister plans—though he might have met his match in Ana. Because in this story, the princess might be the most dangerous player of all.

 

My Review

 

** I’m writing this review from the eARC I received last month.

I admit I don’t know what all changes had been made as I did not read it before it was pulled from publication and then put back, so, there’s a lot I cannot comment on.

I’m simply rating it four stars because I really had fun reading it, but, I will go in-depth with my review, and I also have to say I’m certainly not qualified to be critical of it on certain important matters but I am happy to read the other reviews and listen to others to better understand.**

So, let me get onto my review now.

We start off with this scared young woman, a princess without a kingdom in a lot of ways, afraid of herself and what she could do more than anything else. Why? Because not only is she has what they call an affinity but a blood infinity, capable of great and terrible things. Still, she intends to bring her father’s murderer to justice, to win back her own right to be a Princess and live in the palace and there’s a very long road to get there.

Ana’s story is a bit of an Anastasia Romanov story, but, also, its own unique tale of Affinites, and has a lot of Russian folklore/traditional influences for the Cyrilian Empire.

Ana has been presumed dead after the tragic incidences that lead to the point in time where you meet her, but this has helped thus far in her search for her Father’s killer.

Ramson is a bit of an ass, but, he is definitely the one that made me grin the most while reading. He is in a lot of ways really not a good person, BUT with the potential for it, and he’s not strictly a bad person either, I would say he’s selfish and in the grey area for a good chunk of this book, but his development was probably even more satisfying to read about than Ana’s and that’s saying something for me.

Ramson is NOT an Affinite, and that is a nice counterweight to Ana’s affinity. Though he’s from the underbelly of the crime world, he is still more accepted in society than Ana, as she has a power that sets her aside.

Most if not almost all Affinites are indentured servants, the thing that sets them apart from others, what should make them more powerful, has been there downfall as far as the Cyrilian Empire is concerned. So, this is of course, when boiled down, slavery.

Ana never dared to open her eyes to that fact when she was living in the palace as Princess, but now that she’s on her own in the ‘real world,’ Ana is forced to see the truth. I love that she went from seeing things from how only privileged tend to view them, to seeing things how they actually are, she is understanding how her Empire, and more importantly, her Father had faults. She knows now that there needs to be change and that wouldn’t have happened if she hadn’t been accused of murdering her father.

Ana is naive in a lot of ways because until a year ago she led an incredibly sheltered life, and as an accused killer she’s also had to keep to the shadows, so, in this book we get to watch her have her eyes opened.

May was possibly my favorite character, Ana’s friend, a young indentured child looking for her mother, and though much younger than Ana, in a lot of ways, it was May who took care of Ana.

Ramson sees Ana as something to be used, she’s a means to an end and so he’s completely jaded and corrupt in comparison to Ana and yet the balance between them is so perfect and eventually, we do see this great development in him as we do in Ana.

The Affinites have been oppressed and enslaved and the Cyrilian Empire is to blame, the rest of the world has their own views of the Affinities but the moment they step foot into the empire, they’re forced into a ‘lawful’ employment contract. Now there could be a plot of bringing down every non-affinite, of making them pay for all the crimes that have been done against Affinites.

So the story’s focus is on the Affinites, and there’s more than just angry people wanting revenge, there’s the hint of revolution and Ana’s possible play in changing things if she can get her title back.

Now, for the bad parts, there were at times where Ana was so naive and impulsive that you did want to shake the crap out of her. And Ramson was a bit overly selfish, so again, wanted to shake him too.

But as far as the writing goes, there were a lot of stereotypes and cliches.

For me, that’s not a bad thing, but I know that it can be off-putting for many.

I’ve not read Six of Crows but I’ve heard there are some uncanny similarities to Ramson and…Inej? I think I’ve heard, so, that’s something to keep in mind.

Again, the cliches and stereotypes were probably the biggest issues with the writing style.

I thought this was actually a super enjoyable read, I felt that Ramson and Ana had great banter, and more than that, I felt like Ana went through a lot of character development.

Pros:
-Anastasia Vibes
-Slow Burn Romance ftw
-Magic
-Grumpy Cinnamon Roll
-Scary Bloody Cinnamon Roll
-Affinites are amazing
-The injustices are well done and heartbreaking
-Political Plots
-Revolution Plots
-Murder Plots
-ALL THE THINGS PLOTS
-Fun escapes

Cons:
-Similarities to other stories possibly therefore might be ‘overdone’
-Issues before it was pulled from publication and then put back out, not sure how well things were resolved as I didn’t read the other eARC
-Ramson may be too selfish
-Ana may be too naive
-Cliches in abundance
-Stereotypes in abundance
-At times Ana did feel a bit immature, but I would say that was because of her sheltered life.

Overall, I give this four cups of…hot chocolate. [See what I did there? Cause it’s holiday season?]

Thank you to NetGalley and Harper Voyager UK for the eARC in exchange for my honest review.

 

About the Author

Amélie Wen Zhao

Amélie Wen Zhao is a Paris-born Chinese national who fell in love with stories since she was old enough to hold a book. Raised in an international community in Beijing, she had the opportunity to grow up steeped in the values and teachings of three different cultures. Romance of the Three Kingdoms, Les Misérables, and Wuthering Heights were among her favorite works.

It wasn’t long before she wanted to tell her own tales. After graduating from New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business in 2014, Amélie began working as a finance professional by day, and writing by night. Her young adult fantasy trilogy, BLOOD HEIR, debuts in 2019 from Delacorte Press / Penguin Random House.

Amélie hopes to empower young readers with messages of acceptance, strength, and love through her works, and to continue to push the boundaries of young adult literature by exploring new, cross-cultural themes.

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