This Rebel Reviews: Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

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Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

Young Adult Fantasy 

Standalone(hoping for a sequel, short story, or another book set in this world, Yep that is how much I loved this book)

Synopsis

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.

My Review

All of Elisabeth’s life she has lived in one of the Great Libraries and is hoping to train to become a Warden of the Library. Elisabeth has been taught all sorcerers are evil. When she is falsely accused of a crime against the library, she is given over to the sorcerers to be punished. To clear her name she might have to trust one of the sorcerers but can she trust someone who she has been told is evil to help her?

I love Margaret Rogerson’s first book An Enchantment of Ravens and only had one complaint and that was the world-building wasn’t very strong. In Sorcery of Thorns, the world-building is fantastic and descriptive. I felt like I was walking in the library with Elisabeth who is the main character. I love Elisabeth so much. I really connected with her love of books and curiosity. Her strength and conviction to do what is right are inspiring. Nathaniel Thorn is one of my new book boyfriends. His wit, his sass, his heart, the love he has for his bodyguard and friend Silas, his strength in the face of loss, and his chooses all won my heart. Silas is such a great character. I can’t say more about him because of spoilers. One of my favorite parts of this book was how the books were alive and have personalities.  It was also so unique how the sorcerers get their powers. The story was so captivating and I didn’t want to leave this world or the characters. I laughed, I cried, I cheered, I had ALL THE FEELS. This book is a love letter to all book lovers. This book is for everyone who found themselves in books. For everyone who thinks that a book in hand and stack of books on your nightstand is heaven. I can’t recommend this book highly enough.

Rating: 5 stars

 

 

This Rebel Reviews: The Secret Diary of Lydia Bennet by Natasha Farrant

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The Secret Diary of Lydia Bennet by Natasha Farrant

Young Adult Jane Austen Fan Fiction

Standalone

Synopsis

Lydia is the youngest of the five Bennet girls. She’s stubborn, never listens, and can’t seem to keep her mouth shut–not that she would want to anyway. She’s bored with her country life and wishes her older sisters would pay her attention . . . for once!

Luckily, the handsome Wickham arrives at Longbourn to sweep her off her feet. Lydia’s not going to let him know THAT, of course, especially since he only seems to be interested in friendship. But when they both decide to summer in the fashionable seaside town of Brighton, their paths become entangled again.

At the seaside, Lydia also finds exciting new ways of life and a pair of friends who offer her a future she never dreamed of. Lydia finally understands what she really wants. But can she get it?

A fresh, funny, and spirited reimagining of Jane Austen’s beloved Pride and Prejudice, The Secret Diary of Lydia Bennet brings the voice of the wildest Bennet sister alive and center stage like never before.

My Review

Lydia Bennet the youngest Bennet sister finally gets to tell her side of the story in this Young Adult Pride and Prejudice retelling.

I have read Pride and Prejudice at least 16 times most likely more. It is one of my all-time favorite books. I was super excited to read Lydia’s side of the story. I have read a lot of Jane Austen retellings but never any told from Lydia’s PoV.  The beginning starts out promising but it was only downhill for there.  I do have to say that Lydia was a fully developed character. Farrant breathed life into her character even though I felt most of the time she was completely untrue to Lydia’s character. Lydia is reckless, rude, wild, fearless, ignorant, and naive. The author got the naive part and some of the reckless part but nothing else. I felt that the author tried to justify a lot of Lydia’s rudeness and saying anything she wants. The justification doesn’t make sense about 75 percent of the time. I hated how this had such a modern feel(I know they are trying to get more teenagers to read the original book but it just didn’t fit).  I also felt her relationship with her best friend and sister Kitty should have been a bigger part of the book. Writing a Jane Austen retelling is a tough thing for the best of writers and Farrant just wasn’t up to the task.

Rating: 2 Stars

 

 

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Winter TBR

Dear Rebellious Readers,
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly blog post hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and the theme this week is Winter TBR. 

1. Gideon The Ninth by Tamsyn Muir- this book sounds like one I am going to love. This book had me at Lesbian necromancers.

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2. Little Men and 3.Jo’s Boys by Louisa May Alcott– I am rereading and loving Little Women and now want to reread Little Men and Jo’s boys as well. It has been years since I read them.

4 .Thunderhead and 5. The Toll-I love Scythe so much which you know if you read my review. It is the post below this one if you wish to read it. I can’t wait to read the next two books and know I am going to be in tears.

6. Winterwood by Shea Ernshaw- I got this in my November Owlcrate and can’t wait to read it this winter.

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7. The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine- I have been wanting to read a retelling for a while and this just coming in the mail is perfect. I love Snow White and my friend Rachel can’t stop talking about this series.

8.  Foul is Fair by Hannah Capin- Just got this book for review and I am super excited to read it. It is said to be a Macbeth retelling of some kind and has revenge in it.

9. Dry by Neal Shusterman and Jarrod Shusterman- What happens when the taps run dry? When the world runs out of freshwater. I think is this going to be a very unique and intersecting book.

10. Regretting You by Colleen Hoover- I just got this book in the mail and I can’t wait to dive in.

What books are on your Winter TBR? Have you read any on mine? Tell me in the comments.

Yours in Rebellion

Nicole

This Rebel Reviews: Scythe by Neil Shusterman

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Scythe by Neal Shusterman

Book 1 in the Arc of a Scythe Trilogy

Genre: Young Adult Dystopian

Summary from Goodreads:

Thou shalt kill.

A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery. Humanity has conquered all those things, and has even conquered death. Now scythes are the only ones who can end life—and they are commanded to do so, in order to keep the size of the population under control.

Citra and Rowan are chosen to apprentice to a scythe—a role that neither wants. These teens must master the “art” of taking life, knowing that the consequence of failure could mean losing their own.

My Review

This stands out as one of the most unique books I have ever read. Humanity has conquered death but people still need to die to keep the population under control so they have people specially trained for it called Scythes. They kill people and cope with having to do it in their own ways. They have 10 rules, a quota, and take on apprentices when more Scythes are needed. I really fell in love with these characters especially Faraday, Rowan, and Citra. Faraday is so honorable, humble, and really suffers from being a Scythe and taking lives. Rowan is so compassionate and his reason for taking on the apprenticeship made so much sense to me. Citra I didn’t like in the beginning but slowly came to love her character. She has such amazing character growth as does Rowan. This book had tons of twists and turns and OMG moments. I mean just when I got my bearings BAM! a new twist. I love how this story is written each chapter starts with a journal entry from a Scythe journal. It builds the world quickly and there are no big information dumps in the story because of this. The story and writing really draw you in and I couldn’t put this book down and read it in 2 days. This book really makes you think about humanity. This book is one of the reasons I love dystopian books the worlds are just close enough to ours that you start thinking about what if our world had somehow gone this way. I highly recommend this book if you love dystopian, books that make you think, and OMG that did not just happen moments.

Rating: 5 stars

Top Ten Tuesday: Foods(Fictional or Real)I want to try after reading about them in Books

Dear Rebellious Readers,

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly blog post hosted by    That Artsy Reader Girl  and it was a freebie so I picked Foods(fictional or real)I want to try after reading about them in books.

1. Turkish Delight from The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

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2. Butterbeer from The Harry Potter Series

3. November Cakes from The Scorpio Races

4. Pumpkin Pasties from Harry Potter

5. Sherbet Lemon from Harry Potter

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6. Cauldron Cakes From Harry Potter

7. Faerie Fruit from The Folk of the Air series

8. Lembras Bread from Lord of the Rings

9. Wonka Bar from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

10. Fruit from the Toffee Tree in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Magician’s Nephew

What foods have you read about in books that you want to try fictional or real?

I had a ton of fun with this topic. Most of the foods are fictional and I will never get to try them sadly. The only ones that are real are pictured and look so yummy.

Indie Blog Hop Tour: The Black Orchids by Ish Goel

Hi Rebellious Readers,

It is time for another blog tour sponsored by Indie Blog Hop run by Paige. Paige does free tours for Indie Authors. If you are an indie author I highly recommend you contact her for a tour. Paige is an amazing person who loves to read and promote authors.

Black Orchids

Black Orchids by Ish Goel

Synopsis

Feeling like Valentine’s day ended too quickly? Missing the thrill of romance? Join Elizabeth Perkins on her sensational adventure of desire and danger. This novel is bound to keep you on your toes.

Starting a new chapter in life is forever filled with surprises. However, not only is this tale wrought with the bubbling emotions of a new beginning but also the lingering fears of the past.

Joining a new boarding school, discovering new friends and finding new romance keeps her lost in the world of pleasure, far away from her worries. She has everything she could wish for. But a mysterious figure always lurks around the corner. Once the allure of the unknown captures her soul, shocking revelations pave her path – will she ever be the same again?

Suspense, Mystery, Fantasy, Romance – The Black Orchids is a stunning novel of an exquisite boarding school romance with an unexpected twist. A book that you just cannot keep down.

Author Bio

I am a young adult indie author and The Black Orchids is my debut novel. My love for reading and writing started at a young age as I studied English Literature. The classics and fiction novels stole my heart and I dreamed of a day I would write my own novel that readers would enjoy. I love traveling to new destinations, my present favorite would have to be Greece. Beside from daydreaming about mystical adventures and new thrilling romances, I am a university student and have a part-time job.

My inspiration came from the large collection of fantasy romance novels and movies I have discovered over the years. Some of the books I read inspired me, the depth of emotions and meaningful messages a novel can convey are extraordinary. Additionally, the ability to be able to transport your reader to another world engrossed by the characters in the books and their adventure is something I have always admired. I wanted to one day be able to do the same for the readers of my novel but I find having unexpected twisted more thrilling to read so have incorporated a sense of mystery and suspense into my novel as well.

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This Rebel Reviews: Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

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Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Book One in Aurora Cycle series

Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction

Summary from Goodreads:

From the internationally bestselling authors of THE ILLUMINAE FILES comes an epic new science fiction adventure.

The year is 2380, and the graduating cadets of Aurora Academy are being assigned their first missions. Star pupil Tyler Jones is ready to recruit the squad of his dreams, but his own boneheaded heroism sees him stuck with the dregs nobody else in the Academy would touch…

A cocky diplomat with a black belt in sarcasm
A sociopath scientist with a fondness for shooting her bunkmates
A smart-ass techwiz with the galaxy’s biggest chip on his shoulder
An alien warrior with anger management issues
A tomboy pilot who’s totally not into him, in case you were wondering

And Ty’s squad isn’t even his biggest problem—that’d be Aurora Jie-Lin O’Malley, the girl he’s just rescued from interdimensional space. Trapped in cryo-sleep for two centuries, Auri is a girl out of time and out of her depth. But she could be the catalyst that starts a war millions of years in the making, and Tyler’s squad of losers, discipline-cases and misfits might just be the last hope for the entire galaxy.

They’re not the heroes we deserve. They’re just the ones we could find. Nobody panic.

My Review

This is a story about space, misfits, faith, doing what is right, and finding your squad among people you never expected.

I loved the Illuminae Files so when I heard that Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff were teaming up again for another Young Adult Scifi I was sold. I am very happy that they wrote this book in a different style then the Illuminae files and love that they had a big cast of diverse and unique characters and all of them got chapters so you got to know all the characters really well and found out what makes them who they are and really feel  and understand their struggles and disappointments. The story was fast-paced but never at the expense of character development. I found the villains very interesting and never guessed their plan. This book had some great laugh out loud moments which you would expect from the authors of the Illuminae Files. My favorite characters were Kal, Aurora, and Zila but truely I loved every single member of Squad 312. After that ending, I need book two in my hands now. I highly recommend this series especially if you love diverse casts, space, and sassy characters. I hope you love Squad 312 as much as I do.

Rating: 5 stars