Book Reviews

The Sanctuary by Sidney Nesti

One is the world of imperfection and sorrow

Two are the beloved friends, forever divided 

Three are the kindred of the gods

Four are the Guardians 

Five are the kindred of humanity 

Six are the senses that lead to immortality 

Seven are the seals

Eight are the infinite infinities. 

This was an intense and adventurous read! I was worried that I would be a little lost since this is the second book of a series and I have not read the first. However, Nesti had the foresight to write a little summary of the previous adventures in the form of a letter from the protagonist to her father. While this was a lot of information to soak in right at the get-go, it was super helpful in grasping the context.

The main character, Jude, was determined and brave. She didn’t let her position as the Scion of Fire go to her head; rather, she was focused on finding the child, Ursil. He needed her help and it was her mission to help him. Sylvia on the other hand was pretty self-centred, but somehow, I still enjoyed the dynamic between the two sisters. I think perhaps it was their dependence on each other despite their differences and their growth throughout the story.

The plot moves at a comfortable pace and slowed only in a few places. As for the writing… The explanations were clear and I loved the balance between showing and telling. The style was simple, but I suppose that is a matter of opinion.
Lastly, this was mostly a clean read; although, there was a bit of language.

Overall, I enjoyed this story and I absolutely encourage you to read it and support this new author!

Bye for now!

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Book Reviews

Sweet Black Waves by Kristina Perez

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No, I have not fallen off the edge of the world, but, yes, I have been drowning in an ocean named university. Thank goodness for reading break because I have finally gotten a chance to read and review a book. 

This was a library find and I’ll be honest, one of the reasons I checked it out was because of the stunning cover. (I know, terrible, right?) 

Anyway, this story is a retelling of the tale of Tristan and Iseult. I liked the world that Perez built; it was both unique and compelling! The hate between the two kingdoms and the relationships between the characters made for an intense plot. Branwen fought against a stubborn princess, pirates, and magic to achieve peace and through it all, she was brave and did not lose sight of her goal. 

I can’t say I was 100% on board with Branwen and Tristan’s romance. It didn’t feel healthy because Tristan was seemed to be infatuated with Branwen and Brawen kept all these dark secrets from him. A side note, it’s based on Tristan and Iseult. Branwen’s name isn’t Iseult, it’s not even Eseult. Yep, I saw that one coming. 

I think what turned me off was Tristan’s description at the beginning.Image result for ew gif

“But when she did, her own breath buckled in her throat. He was the most handsome man she’d ever seen, even with his cuts and bruises…. Dark curls, wet and bloody, framed elegant cheekbones and a mouth that was almost too perfectly formed.” 

Also, the entrance of the fox was not super fluid. It went a little like, “There’s a fox! Oh, right, a fox is part of the ancient tales too.” So ya… 40096288. sy475

Lastly, this was mostly a clean read. There is no profanity; although, two people are caught right after sleeping together. 

Despite this, I am rather interested to see what happens next. I may read the next book… I better tackle my NetGalley list first, though.  

 

I hope the next time is not so far away.

Bye for now!