BOOK REVIEW – The Impostor Queen (The Impostor Queen #1) by Sarah Fine

BOOK REVIEW – The Impostor Queen (The Impostor Queen #1) by Sarah FineThe Impostor Queen (The Impostor Queen #1)
by Sarah Fine
Purchase on: AmazoniBooks
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Add to: Goodreads

Synopsis:

Sixteen-year-old Elli was only a child when the Elders of Kupari chose her to succeed the Valtia, the queen who wields infinitely powerful ice and fire magic in service of her people. The only life Elli has known has been in the temple, surrounded by luxury, tutored by magic-wielding priests, preparing for the day when the queen perishes—and the ice and fire find a new home in Elli, who is prophesied to be the most powerful Valtia to ever rule.

But when the queen dies defending the kingdom from invading warriors, the magic doesn’t enter Elli. It’s nowhere to be found.

Disgraced, Elli flees to the outlands, home of banished criminals—some who would love to see the temple burn with all its priests inside. As she finds her footing in this new world, Elli uncovers devastating new information about the Kupari magic, those who wield it, and the prophecy that foretold her destiny. Torn between her love for her people and her growing loyalty to the banished, Elli struggles to understand the true role she was meant to play. But as war looms, she must choose the right side before the kingdom and its magic are completely destroyed.

The only one that matters is : Would I’ve liked this novel more if Ellie had stopped ONE FUCKING SECOND with her endless inner questions? Because it drove me nuts? But I guess we’ll never know? Yet again, I seem to be the only one who was bothered by this? Perhaps because once I first noticed it I couldn’t unsee it? Finally, why do her questions always come by pair?

Let’s write this review that way because apparently that’s a thing?


What’s better than discovering who you are when everything you knew was a lie?
Does the wonderful fact that she’s flawed can make up for the annoyance?


What IS it with all the growling lately?
I’m sorry because you’re nice and all but – After promising first impressions you were such a bore and I’m already starting to forget you? (such a long question which isn’t really a question, sorry?)


Can we have more of this –

“The fire wielder has a wide grin on his face. “Can you see it? Can you feel it?” He lets out a shaky chuckle. “Chaos,” he mouths.”

PLEASE? View Spoiler »


Can we savor the fact that there’s neither love triangle nor instalove?
Can I shed a tear because I didn’t really care for it?
(Why is lust always referred as “this low pull in her belly? ← Can I unsee that word once and for all?)


Why is Ellie so easily and conveniently saved every freaking time she needs it?
Can we stop using that annoying I Know Things But I Won’t Tell device to bring more angst in the story? View Spoiler »


Why was it so hard to get through the beginning?
Is it me or the pacing is a little off, jumping from rushed scenes to dragged out ones?


How something that seems so detailed at first glance can be so very vague at the same time?
Are we going to learn more about the villains and the rest of the world at some point?


What’s up with the generic (and roll eyes worthy) romantic lines as “and though he is made of ice, he sets me on fire” (wow, didn’t see that one coming) or “when you look at me, I’m suddenly warm”?
WHAT’S UP WITH ALL THE QUESTIONS?

Don’t get me wrong, I still think that the premise was interesting but in the end, The Impostor Queen – while entertaining – is pretty generic and I felt meh about it?

FRIDAY STARS – Your Weekly Must Knows 05/27/16

FRIDAY STARS – Your Weekly Must Knows 05/27/16

On Fridays, we take a look at what has happened around here in the last week, what’s coming up that we are excited about and anything else that we may have to share!
♥ Enjoy!

Giveaways:

good girl banner Only a few days left to enter to win a Kindle Fire Tablet 7″ (8GB) for the release of Good Girl by Lauren Layne. Click → HERE.

 

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Just Finished and Loved:

city of stairs coverCity of Stairs (The Divine Cities #1) by Robert Jackson Bennett Anna’s Review

5 Stars!  Be amazed and a little in love with these FEMALE LEADS who put to shame every traditional Fantasy story which let us think that women are either queens or whores (tell me I’m wrong). Strong female leads can also be smart and fierce and driven and not the regular warrior either. Thank you Shara for showing us that we can be badass with our brain. (I love you too, Mulaghesh).

The city of Bulikov once wielded the powers of the gods to conquer the world, enslaving and brutalizing millions—until its divine protectors were killed. Now Bulikov has become just another colonial outpost of the world’s new geopolitical power, but the surreal landscape of the city itself—first shaped, now shattered, by the thousands of miracles its guardians once worked upon it—stands as a constant, haunting reminder of its former supremacy.   Into this broken city steps Shara Thivani. Officially, the unassuming young woman is just another junior diplomat sent by Bulikov’s oppressors. Unofficially, she is one of her country’s most accomplished spies, dispatched to catch a murderer. But as Shara pursues the killer, she starts to suspect that the beings who ruled this terrible place may not be as dead as they seem—and that Bulikov’s cruel reign may not yet be over

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4 Stars:
Revolver by Marcus Sedgwick → Anna’s Review
The Long Way Down (Daniel Faust #1) by Craig Schaefer → Anna’s Review
Moon Child (By Blood #2) by Tracy Banghart → Jen’s Review

3.5 Stars:
The Impostor Queen (The Impostor Queen #1) by Sarah Fine → Chelsea’s Review

3 Stars:
The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout → Chelsea’s Review

 

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We also had a Top Ten Tuesday Post about Books We Feel Differently About After Time Has Passed. If you missed it, then you can check it out here.

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Reading Next:

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000446_00073]Heart’s Blood by Juliet Marillier
For 17-year-old Emma Wong, spending a summer in England should be a dream come true. Gorgeous scenery? Check. Lots of hot guys with accents? Yes, please.  Spending two months with her mom, Dr. Mike (don’t call him her stepdad), and their pooping, puking infant son? Not what she had in mind. It’s a disaster even her favorite cherry red leather jacket can’t fix (leather and spit-up so do not mix).  Not only does she get put on diaper duty (gag), but there’s also Dr. Mike’s cute research assistant to contend with. The only thing more embarrassing than her trying to plant one on him hours after they meet? Knowing he’ll be a witness to her family’s dysfunction all. summer. long.  So when Emma meets a mysterious girl who happens to be a Druid, the summer suddenly promises to be far more intriguing than she expected. Powerful rituals, new friends, an intoxicating sense of freedom…and Simon, the sexy foreign stranger she was hoping for. It’s all a perfect distraction from dirty diapers and awkward family dinners.  Trouble is, intriguing doesn’t often mean simple. And Emma is about to discover just how not simple her life really is.

 

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juliet marillier heart's blood By Blood (By Blood #1) by Tracy Banghart
Anluan has been crippled since childhood, part of a curse that has besieged his family. And only the young scribe Caitrin can unravel the web of sorcery woven by his ancestors before it claims his life-and their love…

 

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Upcoming Releases:

Every Exquisite Thing Matthew Quick Every Exquisite by Matthew Quick (Releases 5/31) – Nanette O’Hare is an unassuming teen who has played the role of dutiful daughter, hardworking student, and star athlete for as long as she can remember. But when a beloved teacher gives her his worn copy of The Bubblegum Reaper–a mysterious, out-of-print cult classic–the rebel within Nanette awakens.  As she befriends the reclusive author, falls in love with a young but troubled poet, and attempts to insert her true self into the world with wild abandon, Nanette learns the hard way that rebellion sometimes comes at a high price.

 

 

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Check out our list of upcoming releases that we can’t wait for → HERE

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BOOK REVIEW – City of Stairs (The Divine Cities #1) by Robert Jackson Bennett

BOOK REVIEW – City of Stairs (The Divine Cities #1) by Robert Jackson BennettCity of Stairs (The Divine Cities #1)
by Robert Jackson Bennett
Purchase on: Amazon
Book Depository
Add to: Goodreads

Synopsis:

Years ago, the city of Bulikov wielded the powers of the Gods to conquer the world. But after its divine protectors were mysteriously killed, the conqueror has become the conquered; the city's proud history has been erased and censored, progress has left it behind, and it is just another colonial outpost of the world's new geopolitical power. Into this musty, backward city steps Shara Thivani. Officially, the quiet woman is just another lowly diplomat sent by Bulikov's oppressors. Unofficially, Shara is one of her country's most accomplished spymasters — dispatched to investigate the brutal murder of a seemingly harmless historian. As Shara pursues the mystery through the ever-shifting physical and political geography of the city, she begins to suspect that the beings who once protected Bulikov may not be as dead as they seem — and that her own abilities might be touched by the divine as well.

What a cruel, marvelous, surprising little thing.

STEP 1 : Be intrigued by this complex, original and fascinating world-building whose layers still hide so many gems (I’m sure of it).

STEP 2 : Let the stupefaction stun you when you discover how all the threads are carefully weaved, bringing together… Well : politics, opression, a murder mystery, religion, tolerance, identity, fanaticism, racism and the ever controversial question of the Greater Good whose relevance is never a sure thing (for whom, decided by whom, see)… etc etc etc. And you are not even bored (if you are, let it be known that I don’t do refunds).

STEP 3 : Be so fucking surprised that all this religious talk is not driving you nuts (okay, this one might be only for me) – actually, not that surprised : I’m interested in religion, as in : history and culture. I am not interested in being preached to. Guess what path the story took.

STEP 4 : Be amazed and a little in love with these FEMALE LEADS who put to shame every traditional Fantasy story which let us think that women are either queens or whores (tell me I’m wrong). Strong female leads can also be smart and fierce and driven and not the regular warrior either. Thank you Shara for showing us that we can be badass with our brain. (I love you too, Mulaghesh)

STEP 5 : Do not be fooled by thinking that these characters will be perfect or chosen or you know, heroes. Yet they’re not anti-heroes either : indeed all of them show their realism through the slow reveal of their flaws. You just wait.

STEP 6 : Go meet Vo, because you need to (also, I said so). View Spoiler »

STEP 7 : Bottle the laughs and smiles (and IN YOUR FACE, ASSHOLE! ← of course that’s a thing) whenever they’re thrown at you, because you’ll need them.

STEP 8 : Do not think for one second that your heart is safe. Conceited me, who thought that I could go through Bulikov without threatening my well-being. ERROR. ERROR. ERROR.

STEP 9 : Be compelled to keep reading because really? It’s not like you have a choice.

STEP 10 : Be aware that I overlooked some flaws, and I’m not even ashamed : mostly, a little too much telling in some parts and a deus-ex-machina-like character View Spoiler ». I DO NOT CARE.

THIS BOOK IS WORTHY.

Art by John Petersen (source) – Thanks Kat for the idea :)

BOOK REVIEW: The Impostor Queen (The Impostor Queen #1) by Sarah Fine

BOOK REVIEW: The Impostor Queen (The Impostor Queen #1) by Sarah FineThe Impostor Queen (The Impostor Queen #1)
by Sarah Fine
Purchase on: AmazoniBooks
Book Depository
Add to: Goodreads

Synopsis:

Sixteen-year-old Elli was only a child when the Elders of Kupari chose her to succeed the Valtia, the queen who wields infinitely powerful ice and fire magic in service of her people. The only life Elli has known has been in the temple, surrounded by luxury, tutored by magic-wielding priests, preparing for the day when the queen perishes—and the ice and fire find a new home in Elli, who is prophesied to be the most powerful Valtia to ever rule.

But when the queen dies defending the kingdom from invading warriors, the magic doesn’t enter Elli. It’s nowhere to be found.

Disgraced, Elli flees to the outlands, home of banished criminals—some who would love to see the temple burn with all its priests inside. As she finds her footing in this new world, Elli uncovers devastating new information about the Kupari magic, those who wield it, and the prophecy that foretold her destiny. Torn between her love for her people and her growing loyalty to the banished, Elli struggles to understand the true role she was meant to play. But as war looms, she must choose the right side before the kingdom and its magic are completely destroyed.

He smiles, one of those rare smiles that makes his eyes crinkle. “When I first found you, I wasn’t affected by it, but every day, its hold on me grew stronger. And nowadays, your laugh makes me feel like I’m falling. When you look at me, I’m suddenly warm. The sight of you makes my heart speed. Do you really think the only magic in this world comes from fire and ice?”

DAWWWWW

Anddddd here we are again-middle ground. I can’t say this was on the lower end of that middle ground, but I still wanted something….more. Is it too much to ask for excellence?? Or have I just become a spoiled brat? I think it’s the latter, to be perfectly honest, since everyone ADORED this story from beginning to end. And I must say this story had a lot of wonderful things that made me very happy…..but I’ll give you one guess as to what the common theme was in these parts.

That’s right-my favorite thing, and what had me coming back for more, about this story was Oskar. Again, it all comes down to a boy. What is it with these stories that don’t touch my soul…yet the male leads make a mark on my heart? I know I’m an easy target when it comes to male leads, but I like to think that I don’t easily forget that there is supposed to be a story that surrounds said male lead. Come on now…just because my multiple (MULTIPLE x a TRILLION) 5 stars this year have had a lot of gushing about boys does NOT mean it’s ONLY about the new bbf meat. Hot male lead does not a 5 star make…but it certainly doesn’t hurt ;).

“To be honest, even if it didn’t, there was no way I was letting you go.”
“Why?”
He lets out a hard, hollow bark of laughter. “Why did you leave?”
“Why are you answering a question with a question?”

No, for those mistakenly thinking that I have fallen head over heels for all my favorites this year only because of who I’ve fallen in love with (Glass Sword being a wonderful example-I ADORE MY CAL BOY and he certainly would have raised the rating had I hated it, but I LOVED that book even though everyone hated it and NOT ONLY because of Cal. He merely enhanced it. I can see the confusion there, though), you would be wrong. And I have been saying this a lot lately and stressing the importance, because I feel like I have went from people seeing all 5 stars on my feed to a very drastic, sudden, and out of nowhere turn where I have blasted everyone’s feeds with a string of 2 and 3 stars….so unlike me.

“Elli,” Raimo whispers, “what did you do to Oskar?”
I glance over to see Oskar standing next to the roan, looking at me in a way I feel low in my belly like a long, slow pull. “You told me to stick close to him.”
“I never told you to take the boy’s heart-or to offer him yours.”

And the novelty of my low ratings will wear off shortly, I’m sure, seeing as the happy train couldn’t last all year-that’s impossible. But I still feel I need to preface all my reviews in this way because it feels so foreign to be bashing book after book just because they weren’t for me. *Shrugs* I guess there just isn’t anything I can do about it….so I will make this short and sweet with a few paragraphs about what I liked, didn’t like, and only mildly liked.

The story: Ehhhh….Super good idea??? Just kind of…blah. Now, I will say this story had many spurts where my heart beat faster and my eyes became glued to the page, but they were few and far between and not as drawn out as I’d like them to be. The beginning, to me, wasn’t boring like people said, more just…hard to connect to. Not because the idea wasn’t cool, but because I didn’t connect to Elli much…or her struggles. So, great ideas and nuggets of epic lost in a sea of could-be’s and ‘I wish’s (how the hell should that be spelled because wishes isn’t right…).

The writing: Addicting, flowed well, not a problem at all. I really enjoyed this author’s style of writing. I just wish there were more perilous scenes…or like my Snake said-That they were a little longer.

The main character, Elli: I did like her-really. I really did. But I didn’t FIGHT for her in my head. I didn’t OBSESS about what was to come for her. All I really cared about concerning Elli….was when Oskar would be coming back. And I think that applies in the ‘story’ category, as well. Oops.

Oskar: Annnnnnd another wonderful, tortured, self-sacrificing male lead who stole my heart, slowly but surely. I loved him from the moment I met him….but it wasn’t until a certain, ahem, moment that I was all heart eye emojis and screaming his name in caps to anyone that would listen (I lie, I text it anyway). He was fierce, loyal, protective, and totally worth this read. And hey, I can’t say my slump is completely gone, but he did a WONDERFUL job of making me squee and taking my breath away. His love for Elli was absolutely ADORABLE (little blusher, he be) and his determination to keep his family and her safe was something to behold…I just wish there had been more of it. I would have had a lot more to say about this whole book, had there been.

So, yeah, I’d say this book was a predominant win mostly because of my dear Oskar, and that’s honestly okay with me. Sometimes it bothers me, but other times it is just what I need-and here?? A hot male lead to obsess and highlight and obsess (twice. I said this TWO times) about is just what I needed to start my week off right. So….onto the next book. It’s a finale of a favorite series of all time. And we all know how THAT has been going this year. Lord, help me.

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Another book where my only love stems from the male lead….though, Oskar was hard not to raise a star for. I ADORED HIM AGHHHHHHH OSKAR <3

RTC!!!!

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Part three… with other Hufflepuff motherfuckers, as well 😀

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TOP TEN TUESDAY – Books We Feel Differently About After Time Has Passed

TOP TEN TUESDAY – Books We Feel Differently About After Time Has Passed

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
This week we get to talk about Books We Feel Differently About After Time Has Passed.  Have you ever rated a book, and then over time your love for the book has diminished or grown even more?  Because that has definitely happened to us!  So here are the books that we definitely want to change our original rating……

loving mr daniels brittainy c. cherry
(Chelsea’s Choice – Review)
the soul eaters cracked eliza crewe
(Chelsea’s Choice – Review)

1. Loving Mr. Daniels by Brittainy Cherry 3.5 to 2 Stars – A horribly written story that had one (or a zillion) too many tragedies to ring true.

2. Cracked (Soul Eater #1) by Eliza Crewe 4 to 3 Stars – I gave it a little more credit than it deserved because of friends optimism and enthusiasm for it.

the seers julianna scott
(Chelsea’s Choice – Review)

nought & crosses malorie blackman
(Chelsea’s Choice – Review)

3. The Seers (Holders #2) by Julianna Scott4 to 3 Stars – I wanted so badly to love it because it was so sweet I tricked myself into enjoying it more than I did.

4. Noughts & Crosses (Noughts & Crosses #1) by Malorie Blackman3 to 2 Stars – I never really knew how to rate this because I was so emotionally distraught…after a year, now I know.

wait for you jennifer l. armentrout j. lynn
(Chelsea’s Choice – Review)
lux opposition jennifer l armentrout
(Chelsea’s Choice – Review)

5. Wait for You (Wait for You #1) by J. Lynn4.5 to 3 Stars – The beginning of the end for me.

6. Opposition (Lux #5) by Jennifer L. Armentrout5 to 4 Stars – Same JLA formula, minus the epic.

the sweet gum tree katherine allred
(Chelsea’s Choice – Review)
the temptation of lila and ethan jessica sorensen
(Jen’s Choice – Review)

7. The Sweet Gum Tree by Katherine Allred5 to 3 Stars – This book was about as depressing as it gets, and it had so many of my pet peeves (that I didn’t realize I had) I’m surprised I even finished it. Again, another case of wanting to love it as much as my friends did. 

8. The Temptation of Lila and Ethan (The Secret #3) by Jessica Sorensen3 to 2 Stars – The more I think about this series, the more upset I get.  The ending of this book is exactly how the character was in the 1st book.  And this is book 3 of a 4 book series.  It was infuriating to see Ella (the main character from the previous books and who is the main character in the next final book) do the exact same hurtful things again and again that she did in the beginning!  It was redundant and was hugely disappointing.  Sadly I gave up on reading any more books by Jessica Sorensen, even though she creates a beautiful world full of heartache, hardships and tragic pasts.

rebel belle rachel hawkins
(Jen’s Choice – Review)
On The Fence Kasie West
(Jen’s Choice – Review)

9. Rebel Belle (Rebel Belle #1) by Rachel Hawkins4 to 3 Stars – This book was so fluffy and cute and it was just what I needed after reading some dystopian books that made me ugly cry.  Yet, I never once felt the urge to continue the series, even though I did enjoy it.  My problem was that I didn’t connected with the main character.  And that fact, over time, has made me realize I have more of an okay feelings toward this book then a like.  I’ll always continue a series if the 1st book is 4 Stars, yet I won’t ever continue if the 1st book is just a 3 star.  And this is definitely a 3 star book.

10. On the Fence by Kasie West4.5 to 5 StarsOUR ONLY INCREASE LOL!  I deducted half a star because I struggled finding a connection to Charlie in the beginning.  Once I did, I loved her.  BUT the whole time I  read this story, I found myself loving every single teeny tiny detail in this book.  This is probably the most adorable story I’ve ever read!  So I want to kick myself for being so harsh and deducting that half a star, because this books will always be on my favorites list!

So these are the Books We Feel Differently About After Time Has Passed.  Do you feel the same about any of these books?  Of do you have books whose rating you feel differently about too?

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