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I had a sister, once…In a globe ruled by fierce fighter queens, a grand empire was built upon the backs of Phoenix Riders—legendary heroes who soared through the sky on wings of fire—until a battle between two sisters ripped it all apart.I promised her the throne would not come between xteen years later, Veronyka is a battle orphan who dreams of becoming a Phoenix Rider from the stories of old. After a shocking betrayal from her controlling sister, Veronyka strikes out alone to search the Riders—even if that means disguising herself as a boy to join their ranks.But it is a fact of life that one must slay or be killed. Rule or be ruled.Just as Veronyka finally feels like she belongs, her sister turns up and reveals a tangled web of lies between them that will change everything. And meanwhile, the fresh empire has learned of the Riders’ return and intends to destroy them once and for metimes the title of queen is given. Sometimes it must be taken.“Where there is will, there is possibility.” – Nicki Pau PretoThis book was such a stunning debut and a breath of new air in the globe of YA. I was instantly hooked on the idea of this book once I found out it was focused around phoenixes and their riders, since I feel that is one of the lesser explored mythological monsters (as far as I've come across). I’ve always had a spot for those fiery, mythological break this story down in the simplest method possible... it’s a story about people trying to recover from the aftermath of a battle that tore apart nations, and how those left behind learn to live in the face of oppression and discrimination.I think that one of the things I love the most about this story is the globe building and history. I know a lot of people thought that the begin of the book was beautiful information heavy, but I didn’t feel this method at all. That might be because I’m used to reading more epic fantasies and it’s just something I have fun at this point… but all I know is that I was hooked from the very first page and I couldn’t obtain enough. I search that I’m absolutely fine with additional info if it’s relevant to the story (and it totally is). I couldn't obtain enough of the letters and history lessons that were scattered throughout the pages, and I didn't feel like they broke up the flow of the story (mainly because you can always go back and obtain to them when you're ready).I also love that the story was character-focused, rather than plot-focused. I think it was a excellent method to set-up the rest of the series.16 years before the happenings of the book there was a brutal battle that raged between two sisters: Avalkyra and Pheronia. Avalkyra was an animage and a phoenix rider, but her sister was not. Throughout the book we obtain small insights into their life and I think those small snapshots are invaluable. After the war, animages (people with unique abilities to communicate with animals) were feared by the government and most became debt-bonded slaves to the Empire. All three of our POV characters are animages that come from various backgrounds, and it was extremely interesting seeing how they took on their challenges and were dealing with the cards they were dealt."She didn’t wish to build a shelter from the storm; she wanted to break the very winds that would dare to shake her.” – Nicki Pau Preto, Crown of FeathersI could not be happier that we are being blessed with a third book and this duology is now a trilogy! I can’t wait to obtain my hands on all 700+ pages of Heart of Flames. *grabby hands*★★★★★
Simple 5⭐️ Book for me.I have not had a book hangover like this is a while. To be honest, the latest time was after reading my favorite book series for the very first time. I COULD NOT touch any other books for what felt like forever. This was that for me. I took me weeks before I was able to even begin my heart to fresh characters. This writing, the action, intrigue, magic, mystery, feelings, it was everything and it was perfection. The characters to be are so intriguing and their arcs in this novel was well done. I can't choose one over the other because they all grabbed me. That ending though!!! If you're interested, you can search my mind all over the pages of my book, because it was blown. What a method to hold a reader hungry for more with-out completely torturing them. My ONLY issue now is that I have to wait for the second book and can’t immediately dive back into this craziness that is Crown of Feathers. Well done [author:Nicki Pau Preto|17038654] , well freaking done. Thank you for this 🙌🏼**Packaging was perfect, my book arrived without dents, scuffs or scratches. Satisfied Reader here!
Starts out very slow until about halfway. I was hoping for a lot more adventure. Not a poor book, but not amazing either. The characters are sort of likeable, but I didn't feel a bond with them like I do in amazing novels. I love the idea of Phoenix riders but the plot needs to jump out, not just use a cliché storyline with cool creatures. Not sure whether to continue the series or not.
ALL THE FIERY STARS 🔥🌟🔥🌟🔥🌟🔥🌟🔥How am I supposed to write a review for this magnificent book when I can’t even form proper words right now! Crown of Feathers is beyond superb and I will war to my death shouting about how wonderful this story was and how a lot of emotions it brought out in me (I cried 3 times okay?? Only a few books have the honor of having created me cry)!I think one of the reasons this book really tugged on my heartstrings is that much like the animages (those that have animal magic and can communicate with animals), I am very much an animal person. I empathize maybe a small too much with them, but I can’t really control that. So *certain* parts of this book pulled on those empathetic strings of mine and brought out a reaction I honestly wasn’t expecting. And let’s be real, *that* stage (that I am not going to ruin for all of you) created me ball my eyes out so hard I had to place the book down and walk away. If you wish to know what stage I am talking about I suggest you read this book, when you obtain to that stage you’ll know, you will definitely e representation in this book was beyond amazing, and honestly it felt so natural?? Why can’t all books feel and read this way? Nicki did such a unbelievable job including rep for the disabled – like Sparrow! Who is a loveable small girl that happens to be blind but in no method lets that slow her fiery spirit down, she is one of my favorite characters! There was also rep for mental illnesses such as phobias!?? Like, how awesome is this book already? Tristan has an wonderful and intense fear of fire, which is even more difficult for him because he has to face his fear E V E R Y day since he is a Phoenix Rider. And if you didn’t know, Phoenix’s are… literally created of fire. There was also rep for non-heterosexual romance and I am here for it. I don’t wish to ruin who it was between but let’s just say it’s my F A V O R I T E trope in the world, opponents to lovers! I lived for those scenes and saw it coming from the very beginning with those subtle shifts in their interactions and it created my heart stop once or twice at the thought of this romance blossoming into something bigger!I’ve read other early reviews and some people are saying there was a lot of information dumping and it ruined the story for them and I’m like…??? I NEED MORE information on this incredibly detailed world! How could I ever complain about a story that comes with a TIMELINE of past happenings and a glossary of terms!? Nicki literally built her own globe that is entirely unique, and I honestly devoured every page of it. I hope we delve even DEEPER into this rich globe in book two! Nicki’s writing style allowed me to perfectly visualize the landscape and the surrounding areas, so much so that I felt as if I was a part of this story. I want I could be, because who wouldn’t wish to be a fighter Phoenix rider?The storyline in Crown of Feathers was also indescribable! I won’t even test to place the synopsis into words, which is why I left the official Goodreads synopsis above! There was so much depth to the characters that I truly cared about the decisions they made, and I loved seeing how the story progressed. Every page was a fresh adventure and I loved being a part of it. Like when Veronyka decided not to allow overbearing males obtain in the method of her being a Phoenix rider so she disguised herself as a boy just so she could join their squad when they didn’t let female riders? 100% ballsy. There were also quite a few surprises along the method that I wasn’t expecting! I truly enjoyed seeing the story unfold and by the end when we learn more secrets of the past, I think my jaw actually dropped. It was like watching a puzzle be place together, suddenly all the pieces fit together and everything created sense. I am beyond excited for book 2 to come out (honestly Nicki when can I obtain my hands on it!!) so I can hopefully obtain some answers to my a lot of burning questions!Another reason I loved this book so much is the characters! They all felt so relatable and portrayed in such a method that I felt like I could be mates with them. There is nothing more necessary to me in a book than being able to relate and empathize with the characters. If I don’t feel anything towards them or care about their well-being how could I ever care about anything else that happens in the book? Like my sweet SWEET cinnamon roll Tristan. I knew from his first word that I would end up loving his hero and him being mates with Veronyka was a match I could have only dreamed of. They are so in sync with each other and I love that they honestly brought out the best in each other. There is no better hero development than the kind that changes them for the better. And these two are better together! There are dozens of other characters I could talk about for days but honestly, you’d be better off experiencing it for yourself by reading this masterpiece!So, if you haven’t gathered by now this book is one of my favorites and might *actually* be my favorite read of the year so far. It was so well place together and if I had the time and adulting didn’t obtain in the method I would have finished this in one sitting because it 100% grasped my full attention and I didn’t wish to ever place it down.
I went into this book with middling expectations. I thought that I would have fun it but wouldn’t feel compelled to continue with the series when the next book is released, but I was wrong. I loved this book a lot more than I thought I would!The book does have a beautiful slow begin because you obtain a lot of history about the globe and the characters, but I personally really enjoyed that because I love detailed and complex globe building. Once you obtain that history though, the book really takes e intricacies of the relationships throughout this book were one of the strongest parts of this book and the main reason I wish to continue with the series. I really loved Veronyka as a character. Her determination and perseverance was really inspiring and fun to watch. I felt so poor for her that her sister was so manipulative and demanding, but I was also proud of her for standing up to her and doing what she felt was right for ronyka is determined to become a phoenix rider, no matter what it takes. So when she finds out that they are only taking boys, she does what any determined girl would do: disguises herself as a boy to work in the stables and gain the trust and respect of the men in to achieve her dream.While I would consider Veronyka our main character, we do also obtain the perspective of two other characters. Sev is an animage in hiding who is serving as a soldier in the troops for the empire, and if they found out he is an animage, they would create him a slave. We also obtain some chapters from Tristan, who is a phoenix rider that is afraid of fire. The method that these three characters come together was so satisfying and I ended up falling in love with each e addition of phoenixes instead of the usual dragons was such a cool addition, and the bonds that they made with their rider was a really nice touch. Each of the phoenixes had a special personality and the background and history of the phoenixes as a species was well thought out and I loved learning about where they come from!I will say that I am very amazing at guessing plot twists, and this book was no different. I had every twist guessed before we got to it, but in this case, it didn’t bother me at all because the twists were so interesting and were more reveals about the characters and their relationship to the other characters. The only twist I didn’t quite obtain right was who Veronyka and Val’s parents were, but I was close!So basically, this book had a lot of things that I love to see in fantasy: characters I loved, amazing globe building, multiple perspectives, and special bonds with animals.If you’ve been on the fence about this book, I recommend picking it up because it was such a fun book to read!See more reviews at
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A amazing mate of mine is a large fan of deeds and he has all of their albums so i obtain to listing to them all without buying and im sorry to say but deeds is boring as it gets for me and my mate gets angry when i say that but it's true...Deeds of flesh's" crown of souls" is bassicaly the same boring formula these guys have always used and its crap. Skip this one.
I was anxious to hear what the fresh album by these death metal veterans would sound like, so I grabbed it at first glance in the store.....I must say that I like this release much better than the material on their previous album "Reduced to Ashes", mainly because the song structures are more strait-forward and punishing than those on the afore-mentioned. To me it sounds more like something from in the days of "Gradually Melted" or Trading Pieces", but still retains all of the progression they have created in their musicality. The drums are a fine slab of brutality alone, and are more up-front in the mix. Eric Lindmark still incorporates all of those sinister, warm-sounding chords in the guitar work. All in all, anyone wanting an album that will have them trying to figure out all the song structures for weeks should pick this up immediately. Hail "Deeds" once again.....!!
Deeds of flesh are one of the most underrated bands in death metal, which is a crime in and of itself because they are so good. Crown of Souls marks the return of deeds in a most brutal fashion, the songs are more memorable then those found on reduced to ashes cd, and are more to the pointwhile still retaining the jaw droping and confusing arrangements that created tag of the legion a classic! The cd overall sounds great, i think the lead guitars could be turned up a small bit more but all in all no complaints. If you love death metal then this should be in your collection!
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I have yet to finish reading this book, but I've dipped into it in enough locations to hold an active interest in what it contains. As an observer of parrots from babyhood learning to obtain their lift and learn to land before they learn to really fly, I can understand the thinking behind 'ground-upper' and "tree-downers," for how the first flying monster developed. And that is not even yet discussing the title of this book, FEATHERS. I am a lover of avian creatures, and welcomed the info about the special clothing that birds evolved for a lot of purposes....from comfort to safety to is book is not a tutorial to feather identification. For that, check out S. David Scott and Casey McFarland's A Tutorial to North American Species: Bird Feathers, which I also purchased from Amazon around the same time I bought FEATHERS. In this book, you obtain black and white photos or drawings, not true photos, no color. But the cover itself is a work of art, with lots of texture, raised letters of FEATHERS going down the spine, and a sort of abused looking black feather as the only cover art on the textured matte white background paper...just almost an art e author is very much evident in every page, and I would have fun sitting around his back yard drinking some homemade lemonade watching his chickens patrol the property for invading insects. If it has feathers, I like it, from the chicken to the buzzard or vulture to the parrot or cormorant. There is a feather for every purpose.When my African grey was a wee chick learning to eat on his own, I placed a pallet on the floor and sat there with him. Full of himself, with flight feathers sprouting but not fully grown in, he'd flap vigorously enough that he got a wee bit of lift off the pallet. The issue as I saw it was he had to learn to LAND, so starting LOW was the best method to allow him learn. From the first lift off, he seemed to obtain the desire to go further, and then to go higher. Beautiful soon, he created it to the top of the bed, then the window sill, then the wooden chest, then the top of his tall cage. He could also go back down and he did, sometimes crashing on the bed, but never harming himself. At some point, he learned to back-stroke and take all weight off his feet and legs as he came down to the floor. I was so proud of him for learning to fly AND LAND. From here, he learned to navigate, and extended his range to flying multiple rings around the very huge clear zone of the living room. Of course, he is a real flying creature, but I can understand how two legged prehistoric monsters with forearms could explore their ability to fly, whether they went from the ground or the is book is imminently readable for a non-scientist, yet it has a very extensive bibliography included for further exploration of the topic. If youlike birds at all, you will have fun this book. I won't be giving this one away. On a wall of books, it stands out, cannot be ignored.
I heard an interview of the author and the book sounded so interesting I decided to it. Usually when I read non-fiction books, I read a bit, stop, then read a bit of fiction, then go back to the non-fiction. Not with this book, picked it up & could not place it down!If you are fascinated by the developments in science that have lead to the thought that modern birds are the descendants of feathered dinosaurs, then this is the book for you. The author's curiosity about how feathers developed, what their function is and why feathers exist at all create the book really interesting. Who knew?The book is well researched, thoughtful and above all well written. If you are curious and love enjoyable science writing, then this is a book to read. Feathers is an apt title as it is not massive reading at all.
Feathers, feathers, feathers! Who knew you were so interesting! How birds fly in all weathers, how their colors change in spring!Okay, enough of that. I really enjoyed this book. It's told in an easy-to-read manner yet includes a wealth of scientific information. Like a lot of people, I have fun bird watching, but I am certainly no "birder," those insane people who travel the globe with high powered binoculars searching for that elusive flutter. Even so, now when I look at the birds in my yard, I will contemplate just how awesome it is that they can fly, how feathers hold them warm and dry, how they signal to each other and attract mates.If you're interested in birds or flight, I strongly recommend this book.
I have two chickens. After reading "Feathers", I look at them in a totally various light. I think about how feathers naturally irridesce; how all birds use feathers to hold cool as well as warm; how each feather can move independently of the others and that flight feathers have their own "tell tale" like any sail on a boat. I also think about whether feathers developed because birds were arboreal before feathers evolved or whether feathers developed so they could become arboreal. This is honestly the most interesting book I have read in a long, long time and I typically read fiction!
I have always had an obsession with feathers; their duality of functional shape, delicate strength, and translucent color are compelling both visually and tactily. I collect these attractive remnants from my domestic fowl, and the cast-offs from wild birds whenever I come across one to use as models in my artwork and simply to look at and contemplate. I heard an interview with the author on NPR that led me to the book. This amazing exploration of the evolutionary development, structure and function of feathers by Thor Hanson is both informative and engagingly written and has given me further conceptual considerations to develop in my artwork, for which I am grateful. My only complaint is the little size of the pictures in the text and less than crisp reproduction on the page. All photos are black and white, so discussions on the color aspects of feathers are lacking the important visual support. Otherwise, definitely worth the read!
I do admit, the title sounds a bit dry - what can you say about feathers. A lot really! Started as a find for where and when feathers evolved and just found the earliest record is pre-dinosaur, and they were fully formed - not evolving. Very old items, merous anecdotes liven up a study of feathers, how the birds use them, and how other creatures, humans included, use them.We never learn where or when they evolved, but we follow numerous intriguing directions leading from early fossil records to fashion and even a Las Vegas floor show.I found it a fun read and did share some anecdotes with the author, who was quite nice over a few emails. All told, well worth the money!I did opt for a true book over an ePub, just because you can magnify photos in a true book, but not on an eReader.
Based on the title I was expecting a book focused on the evolution and biology of feathers. Instead the book is light on those subjects while allocating a huge percentage of pages to anecdotes, curiosities, and the use of feathers by humans. If this is what you a looking for, read the book. To me, this choice of subject was a bit disappointing.
I'm afraid to finish this book because it's so good, I wish to hold listening to the author's perfect dovetail of story and science (no pun intended), and I know my next read won't top it. It can be hard for scientists to break the ice between narrative and non-fiction, and the author has done a superb job creating a flowing, fun and fascinating read for even advanced birders/naturalists. I'm biased since birds are already a serious passion of mine, but what I love the most is how the author reminds me of things I learned in college physiological ecology, as an interpretive tutorial at Dinosaur State Park in Rocky Hill CT, and from true life birding experiences, completely focused on birds. I could go on and write a long and bright-eyed review, but I will instead just say that this is a must-read. Thank you, Thor Hanson! Well-done!
Among paleontologist the evolution of the bird has always been a controversial topic and that of the feathers no less so. Thor Hanson has brought it all together in this fine book. He addresses a lot of necessary questions. Where did birds come from? Was it from the trees down or the ground up? Are feathers for display, insulation or just flight? Written for the non-specialist the book is, at times , kind of technical but not overly so. Hanson's writing is clear, entertaining and, at all times, informative. The book may not be for everyone but if your at all interested in paleontology and evolution than it may be just the ticket. I especially liked the chapter on the Yixan (China) diggs, a treasure trove of highly detailed of fossils on not only birds but early mammals and feathered dinosaurs as well. Of course there's more to the book than fossils and evolution. Hanson also explores the history of ornithology and our changing view of bird evolution. He also gets into our history of exploiting birds and their feathers for commercial profit when the demands of fashion out weighed our common sense, surely not our proudest endeavor. Historically, there have been a lot of people that have influenced our thinking about birds: Charles Darwin, Alfred R Wallace and Audubon are some of the ones touched on in this book. We share our globe with a multitude of living things, birds among them. The more we know about our biological neighbors the better we are able to create decisions on their, and our, future. In the end I was very satisfied with this purchase. I had no technical issues with this Kindle stRanger
That is exactly what the reader discovers in Thor Hanson's recent book, "Feathers - The Evolution of a Natural Miracle." Mr. Hanson is a Conservation Biologist, and a birder who, like the rest of us, sometimes forgets the name of a familiar bird! (TAA - Temporary Avian Amnesia)His writing style is so relaxed and engaging that one forgets that it is an accurate scientific study. With the exception of the section, Evolution, which obtain a small massive with names of dinosaurs, the rest of the volume is really story-telling, sometimes suspenseful, sometimes laugh-out-loud funny, but always loaded with fascinating, well documented, readily understood ter Evolution which compares and evaluates different theories of avian development and adaptation, and contains some of the recent news concerning fossil discoveries, the work is divided into four main chapters:Fluff - Keeping warm, staying cool. How do feathers prevent a bird from freezing in the arctic and from succumbing to heat stroke in the tropics?Flight - Ground-up or Tree-down? How did flight begin? The awesome airfoil that aeronautical engineers are continually studying. Fancy - Display - the dynamics of color in ction - Waterproofing, lack of plumage, flightless birds. Quill ong interesting tidbits, we search Mr. Hanson has gone sky-diving with a Peregrine Falcon, has studied goose feather-dying with the creator of the Vegas show-girl costumes, has picked up a lost Common Murre on a county street and returned it to the sea, and has interviewed a ornithologist who discovered that the Club-winged Manakin plays a violin!The book contains an illustrated tutorial to types of feathers - flight, contour, semiplume and down, and an illustrated description of how feathers grow and is is an extraordinary book about the extraordinary put of feathers in animal and human is morning when I picked up a molted dove feather in my backyard, I looked at it with renewed wonder and admiration. It is some kind of miracle.
Crown of Coral and Pearl is a attractive and captivating story of sisterly love and what a sister will do to protect the people she loves. The globe building is enthralling and unique, a truly well-developed fantasy globe with a lot of fantastical elements.Over everything, what really grabbed my attention with this story were the characters. All the characters are uniquely their own and felt so real. The characters were the main reason I loved this story. Nor and her journey is what created this story possible and wholly original.“You have the power to do anything and everything you dream of, more than any person I’ve ever known.”The plot build up is excellent and each chapter provides just enough to hold your attention. Tips and secrets are dropped continuously throughout the book until you flip to the latest page and read the latest line, and until you begin to piece everything together. Mara Rutherford did an perfect job orchestrating the plot and making sure too much detail was not released at one time.“Your mother taught you to believe your scar created you ugly, but it has created your brave.”Nor is brave and unconditionally human, which is what makes her hero so believable. Her love for her sister and her capacity to sacrifice her life and dreams to protect her sister and village is remarkable and, in my opinion, is what created this story what it is. Even though more than half of the story is spent away from her sister, Nor never forgets what she is fighting for. She’s selfless and when she finally wants something, she still puts her sister and her village first. Throughout Crown of Coral and Pearl, Nor learns what it’s like to finally live and be her real self, and that growth is one of the reasons that created her hero so t only is the relationship between Nor and Zadie unbelievable to read, but so is Nor’s blooming relationship with Talin. Nor’s engaged to Talin’s brother, Prince Ceren, who is cruel and cold and everything Talin is not. The chemistry between Nor and Prince Talin is undeniable and leaps off the page. The chapters where both characters interacted were some of my favorite – I love romance in fantasy books, especially the type of romance that feels alive and is genuinely tually, if I’m being honest, all of the people that interacted with Nor were believable and flowed well with the story. She’s unsure of what moving to Ilara will be like, so she spends most of her time navigating her surroundings and trying to figure out the secrets that people are hiding behind lies.“You’re not afraid of anything, Nor. You never have been.”Overall, Crown of Coral and Pearl is a story built on heart and sisterly love and one that is easily a favorite of mine for 2019. I was left in anticipation for the sequel, and I cannot wait to read the continuation of Nor’s story next year.
The globe Mara Rutherford built is fascinating & I cant wait to read more about it. The characters were all very lovely people I can't wait to spend more time ever I was very frustrated with the part of the book set in Fresh Castle. Particularly in regards to two characters- the villain and the love interest. Between stories other characters told and the villain's own actions, I felt like we were being swung back & forth between remorseless evil & someone who was so damaged that though their goal was noble, the means were beyond redemption. Honestly, I'm not entirely sure what the villain's goal was- to save themselves or their country? Or were they deluding themselves that their goal was noble? These are all valid, but the story never created clear which applied to the villain. The love interest has a related issue but on a smaller scale; almost if the author wasn't sure which would be the real villain while writing those sically, I feel the author required a better editor to support create both more cohesive as a at being said, I did really have fun the story and hope it will have a sequel. So I gave 4 stars.
Nor and Zadie: coral and pearl. Both precious to our people, both attractive enough to adorn the necks of queens. But whereas a pearl is prized for its luster, its shape, its lack of imperfections, coral is different. It grows twisted. In its natural form, it can hardly be considered attractive at all."In the village of Varenia, girls are raised on the belief that beauty is power. For every so often, a Varenian girl will be chosen to be sent off to marry the Prince of Ilara and become the next Queen, the highest honor to keep in their little village. When Nor and Zadie are born, there is no doubt in anyones mind who will be chosen when the time comes. But a not good accident leaves Nor with a scar on her cheek when she is young. No longer having a possibility to be picked as the most attractive girl in Varenia, Nor accepts her fate and watches as Zadie is groomed by their mother for the future that undoubtedly awaits her. So it comes as no surprise when the elders pick Zadie to go ashore. But Zadie does not wish to go and when she suffers a grievious injury before she is set to sail to Ilara, Nor is sent in her put instead.And so, Nor heads to Ilara to be wed to a man she has never met and rule a land she has never been to before. What starts out as excitement very quickly turns to dismay as Ilara proves to be nothing like what she expected. Growing up on the ocean, Nor is used to sunshine and openness and when she learns she will be living inside a mountain, she can't support but long to go home."There is no hope for any of us, child. We are all trapped in this mountain like lobsters in a cage, waiting for our turn to die."On top of that, she quickly finds out that the man she is to be wed to, is a horrid, cold man with a lot of secrets and a beyond alarming obsession with the pearls her village harvests. Nor soon learns that there is much more going on than what her people have been lead to believe and that they are in danger.Wow! There was just so much amazing-ness in this!😍 Nor and Zadies relationship was so beautiful! I'd say almost the first half of this book focuses on the relationship between the two and what it was like growing up in a put that values beauty above all else and I absolutely loved reading of their sisterly bond. The globe building was excellent. I felt like I was right there with Nor the whole time as she navigated fresh lands and fresh people. There's tension! Twists and turns! Some romance(but not an overpowering romance)! Unbelievable growth with our leading lady. A villian whom you wish to like but then he goes and does poor things, and no why did he do that I almost thought I liked him! A shocking ending! Literally, I gasped when I read it. This was a beautifully written YA Fantasy and please give me the sequel now!😅￼*I received this book for from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*
**Disclaimer: I was given a e-ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review from NetGalley.**Title Crown of Coral and PearlAuthor Mara RutherfordDescriptionFor generations, the princes of Ilara have married the most attractive maidens from the ocean village of Varenia. But though every girl longs to be chosen as the next princess, the cost of becoming royalty is higher than any of them could ever imagine…Nor once dreamed of seeing the wondrous wealth and beauty of Ilara, the kingdom that’s ruled her village for as long as anyone can remember. But when a childhood accident left her with a permanent scar, it became clear that her identical twin sister, Zadie, would likely be chosen to marry the Crown Prince—while Nor remained behind, unable to ever set foot on en Zadie is gravely injured, and Nor is sent to Ilara in her place. To Nor’s dismay, her future husband, Prince Ceren, is as forbidding and cold as his home—a castle carved into a mountain and devoid of sunlight. And as she grows closer to Ceren’s brother, the charming Prince Talin, Nor uncovers startling truths about a failing royal bloodline, a murdered queen…and a plot to destroy the home she was once so eager to to save her people, Nor must learn to negotiate the treacherous protocols of a court where lies reign and obsession rules. But discovering her own formidable strength may be the one move that costs her everything: the crown, Varenia and itial ThoughtsI was super bummed at Book Con 2019 when I met Mara Rutherford, but unfortunately was not able to snag an ARC of this book. However, as luck would have it, I was meant to read it. My request on NetGalley was approved latest week and I jumped at the possibility to read this story.Favorite CharacterEbb — I loved her name. It created me think of ebb and flow and that’s exactly what she represented. She kept everything moving for Nor and created sure she was where she required to be and dressed appropriately at all me Things I LikedI loved all of the names used in this book. Everyone’s name had meaning and I thought that was a really cool feature. The writing and naming conventions of this story were very thoughtfully crafted and I enjoyed ins — I’m a sucker for a story about twins. Not sure if I have any fans of The Office reading this post, but there’s a stage from one episode where Dwight tells Michael to abandon the lady he’s talking to at the bar for “twins”. Michael jumps at the possibility only to explore Dwight meant two large, bearded men were the twins Dwight was referring to. That’s me with twins. I am the Dwight Schrute of the YA reading globe (minus the beet farm). I loved Nor and Zadie’s connection and the method they would do anything to protect the other. I also loved in the Acknowledgements (yes, I always read those too), that Mara Rutherford thanked her twin for being part of her mething I Wasn’t Crazy AboutThe ending. I didn’t love the cliffhanger-esque ending. It’s final, but I felt it was lacking that conclusion of everyone together in the end that I wanted to ThoughtsI enjoyed this book. I think it had some flaws (a smidge predictable and a somewhat inconclusive ending), but, overall, I liked it. I think there is a lot of potential for a series here and I liked the political and social aspects that dictated the characters’ society. I thought this was a very thoughtfully written story with so much meaning behind every word.⭐⭐⭐⭐Release Date August 27, 2019Recommendations for Further ReadingThe Princess in the Opal Mask and The Opal Crown by Jenny Lundquist – this is another story of twins where one takes the put of the other meant to marry a prince.Everless and Evermore by Sara Holland – no spoilers here, but there are some **STRONG** parallels between the storylines here. Secrets, royals, romance, check these stories out if you liked the plot twists and relationships in Crown of Coral and aval, Legendary, and Finale by Stephanie Garber – this is an awesome series about sisters who would do anything for each other.
I was so excited for this book...until I actually started reading it past the sample. It took until 39% of the book before it actually picked up pace, before then it was a whole lot of sitting around in Nor's head, or talking about how beautiful everyone and everything is...just very redundant, and then the instalove. Oh god, the instalove was just poor in this one. The author also could've done some amazing items subverting our expectations with Ceren, who I found myself liking method more than the heroines Insta love interest. And the latest 8% was just bad. Especially for all of Nor's actions prior to. That's just my thoughts on the plot, and story. If you're a fan of Sarah J Maas, and you're hoping for something similiar to Feyre, and Rhys, or Aelin and Rowan, you're going to be disappointed. Unless she switches it up later in the series, but that seems really unlikely. The writing itself wasn't bad, but the imagery was lacking in areas. She also told the readers a lot rather than showed us, and that is a pet peeve of mine as it pulls from the story. Two stars because I'll probably read the other books just to see if she does end up switching it around, but I'm not going to be holding my breath for that, or eagerly counting down the days until the books are released.
‘Crown of Coral and Pearl’ is a story about hope and love; hope for a better tomorrow and love for your family, home and r is a Varenian girl, who has always dreamed of seeing the globe beyond the ocean village, Varenia, that she calls home. Nor is beautiful, impetuous, stubborn, competitive, brave, flawed and fiercely loyal to her loved ones and fellow Varenians. Nor, like every other Varenian girl, has always fantasized about traveling to Illara (the kingdom who has ruled Varenia for decades) to see its riches and beauty, but a childhood accident robbed her of the opportunity of being chosen as the next princess of Illara. After this life threatening event, the attention fell on Nor’s identical twin sister Zadie to be the next Illarean princess. Or so everyone ter an unforeseen event, Zadie was no longer deemed worthy of this esteemed role, and this honor was now bestowed upon Nor. Although a bittersweet moment, Nor was satisfied to finally see the globe beyond Varenia, but this excitement didn’t lara was nothing like Nor expected and this included its crowned prince, Ceren. Ceren is handsome and intelligent, but he’s also self-centered, cold, cruel, violent and unpredictable. He’s the polar opposite of his brother, Talin, who’s handsome with a bit of danger, warm, charming, powerful and caring.‘A Crown of Coral and Pearl’ was a very captivating and enjoyable read. Although a bit unrealistic and vain, I found the plot to be very special and refreshing. Another thing that I enjoyed tremendously was the descriptive penmanship of the author, especially of the various settings. This was written in such a method that the reader actually felt and experienced everything that the characters experienced. From the sunny, warm, bright and begin water setting of Nor’s childhood home Varenia to the contrasting setting of Illara, which was dark, cold and confined.Another thing that I enjoyed immensely was Nor’s fierceness and determination to protect her home and family, which was very admirable. Her relationship with her sister Zadie, is also beyond beautiful. Like the plot, the meaning behind Nor and Zadie’s names was very special and well thought om the special plot, to the descriptive penmanship and the multidimensional characters, this book had all the ingredients to captivate and bewitch its ere was also a large revelation towards the ending of the book that had me at the edge of my seat and looking forward to the next book in the ‘Crown of Coral and Pearls’ series. This book series looks very promising and I’m very curious to see how things will unfold in the next installment.
This book was recommended on Kindle after I read A Court of Thorns and Roses. Though this is an entirely various feel, I loved the universe Rutherford made and the characters as well. I was also pleasntly surprised after I had finished the book and read the acknowledgements, she gave a scream out to Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark! Who knew my two favorite things (YA romance fiction and real crime) would intersect? It created me love it even more.
I really liked the introduction to this world, there was hero building, dynamic relationships, etc. However, when the setting changed it lost a lot of its detail and believability and felt rushed. The supposedly fiery leading lady become increasingly wishy-washy and spineless, feeling pity for the villian, and then being shocked, AGAIN, when he does something e character is likewise beautiful useless, and the villian is one dimensional. There's a lot of wringing hands and declaring someone should do something, but no one ever the end I was bored and uninvested. Its far from a poor book, infact a beautiful typical YA read, but disappointing in the end.
I received a copy of this book via the publisher, Inkyard Press, in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! In no method does this affect my rating or l included quotes have been taken from an ARC and may not match the finished ntent Warning: Torture, Death, MurderIt's such a unbelievable thing when I come across a book like this. I could take several hours to fully unpack what all is represented in this pearl of a book in a mile-long review, but don't plan to do quite that. Still, prepare yourself for some gushing!Okay. First and foremost, very few books are, in my opinion, completely flawless. I'll admit that there were a few things within Crown of Coral and Pearl that perhaps, could have been explored further, or told in a various way. The most necessary note is that there was nothing vitally wrong with this book. I'm a gal that loves detailed globe building. While locations like Varenia were more unpacked, others like the mainland of Ilara could have had more detail. I do love me a page-long description of the surroundings here and there, just to obtain my bearings. I'll also take a page-long description about a hero and what they actually look like. It's a common flaw in Young Adult books today to leave out important info about how a hero not only looks, but how they are perceived. While Crown of Coral and Pearl does a amazing job and discerning it's characters, I still don't have a clear and detailed painting of everyone in my mind, which to me, is a shame. I believe that the main hero Nor, along with Zadie, are darker-skinned and introduce diverse casting. However, I didn't obtain a amazing enough picture to say that for certain--it was just my impression from what info were spite these flaws, and the plot moving a small slow at times, I really don't have much to complain about. The plot is compelling, the characters aren't lacking in acumen and complexity, and the issue isn't as easy as it may originally seem...There are two topics, or themes, that are the driving force for the plot and it's direction. With the choosing ceremony that eligible Varenian girls must prepare for their entire lives, beauty is immediately highlighted as a necessity if one were to be "useful" to their family. In particular, Nor and Zadie's mother obsesses over her daughters and their beauty--to the point where a single, little blemish would bring a daughter to ruin. While Nor and Zadie are preened from a young age, Nor learns what it is like to lose the favor of her mother when an accident occurs, and Nor is scared for life."Nor and Zadie: coral and pearl. Both precious to our people, both attractive enough to adorn the necks of queens. But whereas a pearl is prized for its luster, its shape, its lack of imperfections, coral is different. It grows twisted. In its natural form, it can hardly be considered attractive at all."Nor's insecurities are immediately created known to the reader. In reality, she obsesses over beauty and it's importance to her people. It is not for a vain reason, as she begins unpacking what exactly "beauty" means and the power that it possesses, and also doesn't possess. It is because of this slow revelation that Nor doesn't envy her sister Zadie. In fact, she recognizes the freedom that "flaws" let her to have."...beauty was always on our minds, even then--I always felt defensive on Zadie's behalf. Because if I were prettier, it meant she was uglier, and a compliment at my sister's expense was no compliment at all."Nor's redefining beauty brings her closer to her sister, and opens her eyes to what truly matters: her sisterhood with Zadie. This is the second, strongest theme throughout the plot. The bond between Nor and Zadie can be felt within each and every page. It is this factor that transforms this book from just being interesting, to having real meaning. Beauty has a certain charm, but it should never overrule a person, and who they are."I didn't wish to hear about my beauty in relation to Zadie's, or anyone else's for that matter. I wanted to be seen for me."When Zadie is chosen to be the next princess of Ilara by the Elders of Varenia, happenings that follow drastically change Nor's intended path. Due to an injury that leaves Zadie badly scarred, Nor is chosen to go in her put to marry Prince Ceren--whom she knows nothing about. Nor leaves the only put she has ever known, and becomes acquainted with the unpleasant king-in-waiting, and his compassionate step-brother, Prince Talin. As bits of Prince Ceren are revealed to the reader, it is hard to not be astounded by his character. I found Ceren to be incredibly interesting, as his actions were always calculated. Nothing was done without reason. He stands out to me because of his psychology, and the manic/depressive tendencies that he displays created for a very effective is may be a bit spoilery, but the synopsis says it right in it; I didn't mind that the romance between Nor and Prince Talin wasn't the main focus in this story. In fact, I welcomed the fact that it wasn't. I absolutely loved that the focus remained on the twins, Nor and Zadie, throughout the entire story--even when they are apart for a majority of eir love for one another, and Nor’s unwavering love for her people (even when they treated her so poorly), is constantly at the forefront, and really highlights how concrete Nor’s hero is.I think there are some really valuable, and attractive lessons and representations throughout Crown of Coral and Pearl. I will highly suggest this read to any Young Adult reader, but hold in mind that there are some elements (listed in the beginning about some of the contents in this book) that may be upsetting for lgarity: ual content: Minimal with some kissing olence: Moderate including Rating: ★★★★
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this page turner and can't wait for the sequel. The globe made by the author was fascinating and the descriptions were so excellent I really felt like I could see and feel these places. I love the relationship between the sisters and look forward to finding out what they can accomplish together in the next book.
After reading the first in this series, I felt compelled to search out what happened to the characters I had come to know is book was every bit as entertaining as the first, and I hope to read more of the characters' adventures in future.I do have one point that I hope the author will take into consideration:Please employ a proof-reader. I came across a lot of incorrectly used homonyms e.g. reigns for reins, poured for pored, daring do for derring-do. The words may be spelled correctly, but detract from the professionalism of the presentation. Also, the correct use of apostrophes should be researched. NOT to be used to indicate the plural, and it's/its - YES for contraction, NO for ybe not considered a issue by many, but authors should think of themselves also as educators, and should ensure that they are passing on the correct use of language.Apart from that, very enjoyable books.
Such a delight of a book, full of amazing hero descriptions, amazingly written globe building. To [email protected]#$%! all of an awesome story of honour, friendships including some amazing war scenes. I was drawn into the book and found it hard to place it down. Grab a copy and curl up and disappear into this awesome story. Highly recommend.
A juvenile (think middle school) pseudo historical semi-fantasy novel. Someone misrepresented this as "historical fiction". The author in the afterward describes it as a fantasy set in medieval times. Not much fantasy unless you accept superficial characters and illogical actions as fantasy.
This is an extremely well written medieval fantasy with just a slight bit of magic and no foul language! I’ve read a lot of “meh” books lately, but thought I would test this based on the reviews hoping not to be disappointed. I was hooked almost immediately by the perfect writing, hero development, and plot sequence. It was fun to read and for once I enjoyed every min of it! You will not be disappointed by either this book or the series. I HIGHLY recommend! This series and author deserve more attention.
In this second book of the series we meet another pivotal hero Beverly and read along as she grows for a little girl, much beloved by her father, to a smart, hardworking young warrior.We are brought along on her adventures and cheer with her as she rights the wrongs in Mercian society. She is of the old of chivalry and honor in a land where greed and power seem to be all that is e story finally intersects book one, and takes off as Beverly becomes bodyguard of the young Princess on her most necessary crusade yet.A truly delightful book and a amazing continuation from book one! Pick it up!!
This is exciting, well written novel with perfect story pacing (speed at which the story progresses.) The characterisation is so amazing that you actually search yourself being furious with some of the characters, even though it is just a story. The combat scenes are gritty, well thought out and realistic, which is a pleasant change. Too a lot of fantasy novels are allow down by poorly written war is is one of the rare books where part 2 is even better than part 1. Recommended.
I took a possibility on a freebie book, the 1st book of the series Servant of the Crown. I'm hooked. I'm this book we obtain to meet Anna a sweet faced 4 year old. She doesn't tell Gerald she is a princess. For Gerald, Anna becomes like a daughter. I can't tell you about the book you just have to read it. I'm completely hooked. Satisfied Reading!!
Deep inside these books is a amazing story line. The author has some amazing ideas on the outline of his story, and has a amazing sense for introducing fresh aspects of the story long before they are needed, so nothing drops out of thin air. It is often obvious what is going to happen, so there are no surprises, but at least it is all well thought issue with the story is everyone is very picture perfect. No one struggles to learn skills. No one fails or has problem making a decision. The characters are all one dimensionally perfect. I feel like I'm reading a story about children that are prodigies. Gerald is a bright spot in the whole series so far. While he still seems to be a well rounded person, he still has no true flaws, but at least he has had some struggles in his life and some ups and downs. Which adds a small depth to his character.
One of the best books that I read in a long time. Knights of old, brave and bold sure was evident in this story. The king was a tyrant that could not recognize quality talents when he saw them. Beverly was an outstanding knight but was not recognized for her achievements. The kings who're probably had a lot to do with it. I hope that as I continue to read Mr. Bennett's books that she keep her just rewards.
I expected this book to pick up where book 1 ended. I was pleasantly surprised when it backtracked to when Beverly was born. I love the method we saw previous happenings through her eyes. Watching Beverly struggle and surmount obstacles is an wonderful journey woven by a master storyteller you don't wish to miss!
This was an interesting read as well as enjoyable. The pace of the story is laid back and isn't a breathless troop of harrowing events. Rather, the happenings progress as in true life, taking their toll, spurring the future in unknown ways. The characters are very well drawn and identifiable, without the hand-wringing angst that's so prevalent among some books in this genre. Which makes them all the more likable! Amazing book.
I love Cornwell and Iggulden but this just didn't feel the same. I think it was the fanatasy monster parts that were most disconcerting and it came across very light. It just didn't grab me to wish to follow these characters further.
I will hold Bennet's stories on my kindle to re-read. Though "Servant of the Crown" was my favorite of the first three books, Bennett pulled me into the stories with amazing action, plot, characters and settings. Prepare to lose yourself as you savor his wordcraft.
I've gotten a small worn out by the dark fantasy novels lately. This one has its tragedy but overall the story of Gerald is about a man who has a amazing work ethic and always makes the best of his situation with loyalty and honesty being the heart of what he's created of. Thanks Paul.
I liked this book quite alot, more than I thought I would. The characters are likeable and engaging (at least the amazing guys are ;-) ). There is enough action to hold things interesting, but it doesn't hurtle along so quick that you're afraid of missing something important. The only downside is that the ending isn't very satisfying as it leads immediately into the next book.
A amazing twist...instead of Nobles trying to prove themselves as Knights...the women are the strategists and the leaders. Powerful women with loyal help from war proven Knights and soldiers are victorious at several war fronts. The mix of reality with fantasy thrown in Elves, Orcs, Dwarfs and magical monsters are lightly sprinkled in for enticement. Victories, false boasting, celebration and then the ending comes at you unexpected but 'expected'. Book 3 let's see where it takes us...
Here we have an interesting and well written, if flawed, eg Patmore's narration is quite good. He has a amazing assortment of hero voices and is amazing with inflections. The only things keeping him from a 5-star performance are the lack of tempo variations and the fact that his voices don't change as characters age. (Anna, for example, has the same choice at age six as she does at age thirteen)Now, the story, such as it rst and foremost, I really feel that this should be a prequel rather than book one. We spend a lot of time with Gerald and obtain to know him very well. But unfortunately, he is NOT the sed on the happenings depicted in the story and how it ends, it's really Anna and Beverly's story. I have so a lot of unanswered questions, largely because there is almost nothing herein about Beverly's journey. On acc of that, her role in the end feels almost like Deus Ex at being said, I really love Gerald as a character. He reminds me a lot of Eddard Stark. He's this super idealistic and honorbound fighter who really struggles to figure out how the globe really works. And every time we turn around, someone is double crossing him and he only just makes it out with his head still attached to his at being said, the comparisons to A Android game of Thrones beautiful much end there. Here we have a globe that, while brutal, is not nearly so dark and gritty as that in ere is an argument to be created for things working out just a small too conveniently, but I don't feel it goes far enough to break my belief or immersion in the ere is a issue though. Unfortunately, this is not, in the strict sense, a story. It is an episodic narrative. We obtain to see lots of small vignettes, but the only thing connecting most of them is that we're following the same character(s) ere is no overarching plot. There is no continual building of tension. And there was no defined beginning, middle, or end. All three of those points came only arbitrarily as there was nothing connecting them that needed them to be where they milarly, this book does a lot of jumping through time without talking about what happened in the interim and it was very distracting.And I have to wonder, what was the point of the 8-chapter flashback to Gerald's past?Yes, it helped to obtain to know him better, but all the pertinent points of his past were addressed later. And I can't support feeling that certain elements from his past could have created a amazing secret for Anna to delve into that could have been used to build both of their characters even , the point of fairness, this is largely a style choice and private preference. But it's a pet peeve of e omniscient narration of this book was detrimental to my ability to connect with the characters. Throughout the entire book, there was an unnecessary distance from the characters because we weren't really inside any character's head. We were told their feelings and motivations (bouncing between characters with no warning at times, which was quite jarring), but at no point did we actually see the inner workings of any character's , before you go thinking in just ragging on this book, I'm really not. It was very skillfully written and I can see the soul of a born storyteller behind it. It just needs a small work to turn into something ly, as I've touched on already, the ending was less than satisfying. It felt like an arbitrary, "let's just stop here."All that being said, I do recommend this book to anyone looking for authentic or semi-authentic feeling medieval fantasy that is perhaps a small less dark (and adult) than Android game of Thrones.And I am continuing the series. With a small work, this author could be awesome and I'm really hoping to see him step it up in the next book.
the title of this book might imply that its an academic book in the worst sense. Dry, dull, yawn-worthy. That couldn’t be farther from the truth and this single book has created me wish to track down the rest of Bernd Heinrich’s books. Until I read this, I never thought I could be so entranced by the lives of a couple of tree swallows and by the questions posed by the author as he observes and describes their everyday activities. His enthusiasm, his passion for these birds, swept me along and before I knew it, I couldn’t wait to obtain back to this book each day. A lot of studies of bird specifies focus on huge groups of birds . Heinrich takes an opposite approach, focusing on a single pair of tree swallows and following them for a single nesting cycle. This created for an intimacy that I don’t think could be achieved by observing a larger group. I became fascinated by the questions sparked by Heinrich’s curiosity. Why do tree swallow begin nesting before there’s abundant food? Why were nests lined with white feathers,( a question that had never been explored by previous observers of tree swallows). How do the swallows care for their young and what is the sustainable number of baby birds?.While this is an up close and intimate look at a pair of birds, it isn’t a sentimentalized one. There are some harsh realities of nature that Heinrich describes in detail. I had to steel myself for those parts but also realized that if I did I’d gain more insight into these birds’ behavior and the challenges they faced.
Heinrich has written quite a lot of natural science books, usually focused on birds, but not always. This book on tree swallows follows a related path as his other bird books, in that it focuses on his private experiences studying the birds on his land in Maine. If you enjoyed Heinrich’s One Man’s Owl or The Geese of Beaver Bog, you will most likely have fun White Feathers as well. I’m fortunate that Heinrich is drawn to study bird species which I too search particularly intriguing. He also has books on ravens, and other books which are not species specific. What makes this one stand out is that there just isn’t much written about swallows, at least not compared to ravens, geese and owls.I won’t claim that Heinrich is a amazing writer, but I do think he’s quite good. His books convey a mixture of science and delight in nature. Reading anything by Heinrich makes me feel like I am there, watching this bit of nature with him. But that’s JustMe.
I like thin books with thick topic matter. I also like book titles that herald the contents. This book does both. In an essay of 200 pages, Frank Pommersheim, a Lakota tribal judge, artfully braids together the variegated feathers of tribal sovereignty. Experience, Culture, History, Language, Politics, and Law, not just Acts of Congress (treaties, statutes), decisions of the United States Supreme Court, and executive action (orders and regulations) shape, limit, and ultimately enhance or diminish tribal sovereignty. The author, sometimes poetically, sometimes polemically, but always pointedly argues that tribal courts are the fundamental institution of legitimate, authentic tribal self-determination.
These are excellent in every way. Exactly as pictured and exactly as it says in the description. I ordered the Gray they are a small lighter than ad shown but that's ok! I love them! Totally worth the buy! I will be purchasing extra colors!!!!
Everyone in the book community loves this series. It is a staple for Young Adult readers. One of those that everyone MUST read. I had read the first one a few years ago and never got around to reading the rest of the series.When I started this book I wasn't excited. The first book was enjoyable and I read it fairly quickly. This one I have been reading for almost a week and still have a bit to go. It drags and has almost no exciting wars or action. It is mostly a filler story. Reminds me of when anime does random episodes to fill the zone until the story is written. I mean it has to obtain better if everyone loves this series?Thoughts: Here is the short of it. Celeana is a cranky, self absorbed teenager. She fits the bill to a T. I do not like her at all as she hasn't evolved at all so far. But if you wish to read the series you have to read this one as there are some necessary plot points.
There is just something about this book that although I know it's got its issues, I can't support but love it. I have problems with this book, which I'll obtain into, but I just have so much fun reading this book in particular.Celaena is better in this book, at least in my opinion, compared to how she is in Throne of Glass. I think we obtain to see more of her killer skills and you begin to see a bit more why she has the nickname of Ardalan's Deadliest Assassin. I think being able to see a deeper side of her was definitely in her favor for me to think she's a better character. Obviously with a series as you read the books you should obtain to know the characters more, but I think the difference from Throne of Glass Celaena and Crown of Midnight Celaena makes the globe of a difference. Chaol is my favorite character, I've voiced this before. And he still continues to be my favorite character. I love his loyalty to Celaena, Dorian, and his home. I love that both him and Celaena bring out the amazing parts of each other and they support each other grow. I like that he has flaws and he makes really poor mistakes because he is conflicted when it comes to the fat that he has been protecting and fighting for Ardalan for so long and he's learning that maybe that isn't a amazing thing. Dorian is once again one of the most cardboard bland oatmeal characters I've read. Like, he's fine and I kind of like his friendship with Celaena but sometimes it feels fake in for him to obtain with her. Maybe it's because I search him uninteresting. I love Nehemia. The calm moments of her and Celaena enjoying breakfast together with Fleetfoot are some of my favorite friendship moments. I like that they so naturally became mates and it's like they were created to be best e plot had me interested all the method through. The audiobook (I read while reading along) is about 12 1/2 hours and with it being on 1.5/2 speed I finished it in 7-8 hours. I never felt bored and I was always entertained and interested in what was happening. However, the first half or so is slower paced and I can see where it could have been a bit too slow for some people. I think because I was listening to it on audiobook it went faster for me but I obtain it. I knew from the beginning (because this is a re-read) that this was the Chaol/Celaena book and so I was beautiful pumped from the obtain go. I like that there are a lot more tips and foreshadowing I originally didn't pick up on that I did this time largest issue with this book is the method Sarah J Maas handles her POC characters (or minority characters in general). They are killed or something poor happens to them in for the white main characters to advance. I think this is a valid criticism of her books as a whole and I definitely think she could do with having a more diverse cast. However, I am not someone who is going to bash her or corner her in for her to write diverse characters because I wish her to wish to write diverse characters. If she doesn't wish to, and we guilt trip her into it we are just going to obtain poorly written and overall insulting versions of what we want.I do want she wanted to write more diversely because I am someone who enjoys her characters (most of the time) and I really like her writing style. Especially in the later books when she has developed as a more talented writer.Overall, I enjoyed this book a lot more than I enjoyed Throne of Glass. I think overall Sarah J. Maas books counts for me as a "guilty pleasure read" because I agree with most of the criticism with this series and even her A Court of Thorns and Roses series. But there's something about her writing that I have so much fun with. I think if you're into fantasy this may be a bit easy for you but this is a amazing series to support obtain you into the genre if you've been intimidated to dip your toes into fantasy. I started this series a handful of years ago when I was trying to obtain into the genre and I think that is why I have such a spot for the books. If you think it sounds interesting, I say check it out. Also the audiobooks are really well done and I think they increase the enjoyment.
Very pleased! Exceeded my expectations. I bought them to use for my dreamcatchers and they work beautifully! And for the price, you can't obtain a better than this. Highly recommend for anyone considering to purchase.
I very rarely review books but not only the cover of this book intrigued me, but a book only about one bird species: the tree swallow, had me clicking ‘order’ out of ough the premise of the book is ‘about’ the question of why they use white feathers in their nesting material, this book is ‘about’ so much more. It’s a attractive poem or song written to these birds. The author obviously is not only intrigued by them, maybe slightly obsessed (but in a amazing way) by them, but respects them, maybe you could say loves e writing is gorgeous and full and lush.I watch birds around my heavily wood log home and their behaviors are often secret to me—I loved how this book gave me insights and peeks into a bird’s behavior. I see the author, Bernd Heinrich, has books on Ravens and on Trees in the Forest, and One Wild Bird at a Time—I love his engaging writing enough that I wish to these books for my library!The cover is lovely. The drawings inside are gorgeous and boy would I love to see those in color! I don’t know if the finished book will haves those in color, but even in black and white the detail and beauty of them are significant—such detail! There are photographs too, those as well are in B&W that would look attractive in color; the images give one an up and close peek at the bird’s nests and eggs, etc.A book like this with images in color would create a amazing ‘coffee table’ book for a bonus to the bird lover, but even as it is with B&W images and drawings it would still create a amazing is book follows the swallows’ lives from 2010 to 2018, so it is a latest account.I’m impressed by the writing and accounts and drawings and photographs. I didn’t really care about the white feathers part, but all the rest, everything else, created this a attractive lush read with engaging beautifully crafted writing.
The author is a naturalist researcher who studied the nesting behavior of tree swallows. He was mostly interested in answering the question of whether the swallows prefer white feathers for their nest over other colors and e entire text is extremely detailed in the sense that I felt I was watching the courtship, nest building, egg laying, rearing, and fledging of the tree swallows along with him. What I was bothered with were some of the methods he used for study. For instance, to be able to distinguish one female swallow he had problem identifying from another he painted her breast and bill with a splotch of paint. He also continously removed feathers from the nest boxes of swallows and layed them on the ground to see their reaction. In two cases he introduced other bird's eggs into the nest box. He also peeked in the nest box periodically to check on progress.I do understand that research sometimes requires unorthodox methods. However, the painting of the bird, introducing eggs from another bird's nest (not a tree swallow), and removing nest feathers bothered me. I do not believe in playing with nature like that for the purpose of study. I also feel it skews the research results. If he had just stopped at offering feathers, I felt that would have been vertheless, I did have fun reading about his research even though it felt like I was recording every bird flight, nest building activity, etc. myself through his text. He certainly has tremendous patience and interest in the topic matter as should his readers if they are to have fun this the end, he did learn more about the tree swallow than when he started but his initial question really requires more research for the results to be conclusive.
Used this for my angel wings and I thought I would just need around 100 thinking it’s a lot but you need to definitely double the amount to cover both wings. But the size is amazing it’s a amazing medium and the quality is great
I have mixed feelings about this book. I enjoyed the detailed descriptions of tree swallow courtship, mating, and rearing young. The author does a amazing job of explaining everything in detail, so you can easily visualize what happened at any ever, I was very uncomfortable with the actions that the author took in his "study." I place study in quotes because as a professional conservation biologist with decades of wildlife research experience, I was shocked by the haphazard and irresponsible actions the author says that he engaged in. He conducts hands-on, potentially lethal experiments on wild birds with no apparent concern for the well-being of those birds, no actual research plan with a goal or a hypothesis, and as far as he relates in the book he has no permits that are legally needed to carry out such work.He puts substances on eggs and acknowledges that he doesn't know if they are toxic and could slay the birds; he moves eggs of several species around into the nests of other species, to see if the "adoptive" parents will slay the fresh egg or the baby when it hatches, and he has only the sketchiest of plans about what to do if and when any baby hatches in the nest of the wrong species. All the birds he experimented on are protected by federal law (the Migratory Bird Treaty Act), and it is illegal to take (meaning hurt or kill) or transport them or their eggs without a permit. This type of behavior might have been the norm 100 or even 50 years ago, but it is 2020; we know longer live in a culture where it is acceptable for scientists to do whatever they wish whenever they wish just to satisfy their own curiosity.
Beginning in 1979 with Bumblebee Economics, a groundbreaking study of how bumble bees process and conserve their energy, moving through Ravens in Winter (1989) and The Mind of the Raven (1999), still the best single study of raven mentalities, and spreading widely across the fields of insect and bird study, plus a few excursions outside them, naturalist Bernd Heinrich has produced a steady flow of first rate books about how animals live and why they do the puzzling things they do. His studies are always grounded in solid scientific method, particularly detailed and determined (e.g., (in this book, enduring a plague of black flies without leaving his post observing tree swallows mating and nesting) observation with steady and copious note taking. He understands Darwin. He doesn’t imbue his animals with will or intent beyond what they have and he understands the role of both instinct and preference in shaping their behaviors.He frequently starts with a question: something, that as a effect of his years of work in the field, puzzles him about a particular animal’s behavior. Here it’s white feathers. Why, year after year, do the tree swallows nesting near him on his camp in rural Maine, so definitely prefer white over black feathers when it comes time for them to line their nest for brooding? Patiently, he watches his birds --only two of them, a pair, with occasional third or fourth bird visitors. He imprints his presence on them early after their arrival so they grow used to him as a normal part of the background and not a threat. He prepares a nest for them that contains a side panel so he can begin it and look inside the nest whenever he wants. And then he conducts a set of controlled experiments to determine when in their mating-brooding cycle the birds pick up feathers to line their nest, is it white they prefer or just contrast versus background, what is the survival function of the feathers which are added surprisingly late on in the brooding ing a Heinrich narrative is a set of little occasions, observations reported with meticulous care, and conclusions held back until they’ve been tested as far as one can go without being inside the birds’ heads. He has no hesitation in telling when he doesn’t know what happened. (After all, he does have to stop sometime to sleep, dispose of bodily fluids, attend to other work obligations…) He’s also willing to place forth conjectures, not as proven real but as the best possible explanations for now. (Maybe always.) Throughout he writes with a grace and charm missing in a lot of other kinds of scientific writing. His descriptions of wild life, and of bird songs and cries, is often sheer poetry.
I count myself fortunate that each spring a pair of tree swallows nests in the box outside out dining room window. While we have fun watching their comings and goings and await the first flights of the young fledglings, it’s only by reading Bernd Heinrich’s beautifully written ‘White Feathers’ that I understand what is going on inside the nesting is is a book written for those who would appreciate and understand swallows. It depicts the risky lives wild birds lead - the predators and dangers they war on a everyday basis. While satisfied endings aren’t guaranteed, there are moments of joy and rhaps this is a book for those of us stressed by our everyday lives who seek and understanding in the natural worl
I believe I'm going to have a love-hate relationship with this series. I'm breezing through them rather quickly, and yet I'm not LOVING them the method I feel like I should. I recall hearing that this was "A Song of Fire and Ice for the younger set" and I was rather excited about that idea. It doesn't quite seem to be that, is novel was rather hard for me to read. It suffered from Second Book Syndrome - a lot going on and being explained and yet not a lot happening. I like the lore and fantasy elements that are coming into focus, however a lot of the elements felt messy and thrown together.I must admit that I'm also still rather indifferent when it comes to Celaena and Chaol. Celaena is still vain, shallow, selfish, and oddly unintelligent for the greatest killer in the land. Chaol is increasingly annoying, ignorant, and pompous. Maybe they are created for each other. Or maybe they are a bit too much. I felt a bit like the romance really took over the novel. I wanted a lot more globe building and just got a whole lot of ally, it's the story of the past and the fantasy elements that are keeping my interest. I'm really hoping as more characters come into the picture, I'll have more stories to be interested in.
This is one of those series that is borderline a guilty pleasure for me at the moment. I can tell that this is one of those series that was 1. Maybe damage by the hype train and my inability to read books in a timely fashion so things end up getting kind of spoiled, and 2. That it’s also one of those series that only really gets amazing come the third or fourth book. In “Crown of Midnight” Celaena is firmly the King’s Champion, though she’s fairly amazing at not having to assassinate anyone for an assassin. The King gives her a list of people she needs to eliminate, and she goes off and pretends like she does, but things obtain complicated when the King wants her to slay a blast from her past because he suspects that he’s leading a rebellion. This person is a courtesan of sorts, and Celaena doesn’t believe her old mate would have the guts to do something like the King claims given the life of luxury he leads. So, on her quest to figure out who is really involved in this rebellion, Celaena uncovers more secrets in the impossibly huge underground passages of the Glass Castle—like seriously, there’s at least 3 castles within this one castle that are just completely abandoned. Ultimately, this is very much a book about moving pieces and characters into the right locations so the main plot of the series can finally is book IS the inciting incident that will frame the groundwork for all the books to follow. A few characters have their secrets revealed, learning fresh things about themselves in a very risky kingdom. Others have their relationships irrevocably changed, opening the door for other relationships—which I know about mainly because this is an older series and it’s impossible not to be spoiled in some method with the synopsis of the next books. Some characters exit the series completely, their murder setting the groundwork for this heavy change in all the remaining characters, serving as motivation to DO SOMETHING. I have mixed feelings about this, clearly. This second book was mainly a lot of mixed feelings in general for me, honestly. I liked Celaena more this time around, and I always search Dorian charming. But Chaol, not good Chaol, was all kinds of up and down for me. I loved him, wanted to shake him, felt like the author did my boy terribly wrong, became lukewarm toward him, and then just all around sad for the man. Really, if the main characters could all just learn to talk to each other and not hold secrets from one other most of the problem they obtain in to could be averted. It’s a private peeve of mine where the lack of communication is really what causes all the drama instead of say, the poor guy.“Crown of Midnight” felt a lot slower at times then the first book in the series as well. There’d be moments of action, of intrigue, and then long stretches of not a lot happening, or a lot of sadness around one character’s ultimate departure. And, since I kind of knew/guessed the ending early on, I found myself just wanting to obtain to the point where the secrets are no longer secret all the faster. This is not the authors fault, but mine for waiting so ridiculously long to begin an insanely famous series. But the latest third of the book was full of action and nail biting scenes, the climax becoming this large swell of an happening that I did really like! I just [email protected]#$%! hadn’t taken so long to obtain there? Or it felt like it took a long time to obtain there given I guessed how most of the twists were going to end true early on.I might have given up on the series at this book if it weren’t for how things did actually end. What Chaol learns about Celaena, what Nehemia “gifts” Dorian and what that means for the crown prince... It sets up for the huge conflict that the rest of the series will solve for! So the first two books in the series were mainly just set up for Celaena and putting her where she required to be for this larger plot. Again, I personally have mixed feelings on using a series in this way, but that’s just a preference I have. Ultimately, even though I liked the main hero more in this book, and am finally starting to feel amazing about this series, I am so confused about Chaol and my private feelings toward him. I loved him so much, or did, and I hate his loyalty to Adarlan, which becomes all the more painful in this book. I don’t like that he’s become the outcast between Celaena and Dorian in a weird way. And I wasn’t a fan on how these mates STILL hid things from each other adding unnecessary complication. I obtain it’s meant to be realistic, but I was getting annoyed after a while. So while there were parts I liked more than the first book, there were parts I liked equally less, which means this is another 3 star for me. But I have much higher hopes for the third book!
Okay, truth...my daughter is 10 and in the 5th grade. Grandpa, an avid reader like myself, went out on a limb and bought the book for her latest Easter. We struggle to search books that are in her 8.4-9.5 reading level, have age appropriate content with a plot she has the life experiences to connect to and comprehend, that are also challenging AND interest her...tall order. We have read all the famous series - adore Harry Potter, of course; tore through the "Greggor the Overlander" series, etc. - so even though in previewing the series I noticed it includes some very minor-vanilla...no F-bombs or S$$T level, mature-type language, and there are a couple scenes that tip at an intimate relationship in book 2 (trying not to spoil books), I gave the book a green light. We started reading it together, taking turns reading aloud, and were BOTH immediately, read 30-40 pages at a time, wake up needing to see what happens to Celena, come home from school hoping to fit in a read and "see what Celena has gotten up to now" before dance, hooked like I have never seen her before!!! And while she is an amazing reader, she is not, by any means a sit & read person, preferring to dance, sing, socialize, game, etc...yet another challenge to add to the list. The challenged are necessary to note because the method Maas has crafted the characters has achieved what NO OTHER series has for my daughter, and that is to draw her in to the point she NEEDS to hold reading, every single day. The characters are beautifully developed to the point where my daughter was crying when she thought her favorite hero died, and was mad at who did die. Maas has painstaking developed 3-dimensional characters that are ever evolving, and that are relatable to all ages. She has also made an entirely fresh setting that is related enough to other books of the same genre, like Hunger Android games (she has read/watched all), yet it is entirely fresh & fresh. The writing is clear & thought-provoking, and she weaves in asides & flashbacks that challenge and engage readers. We have had the most wonderful conversations and my daughter has created multiple connections to other texts, movies, life, and especially music/song lyrics while reading. These connections are the reason I personally & professionally recommend the series to kids beginning at age 10 who are reading at a 6.5-7+ grade level, primarily due to the challenging vocabulary. The twists and turns, the co afflicts & themes, hero interactions, vivid & selected detailing, and obviously careful/thoughtful word choices create this series, in my opinion, an award winning, best series. As a reading specialist and 18 year veteran teacher of struggling readers, I fully give not just this book, but the entire series 5 stars! I could rave on and on...but I don't wish to give away a single detail and only, sincerely hope what I have shared has piqued your curiosity enough to give the series a test yourself, along with a loved one, and that through sharing our private experiences with the books I have helped respond the question of reader age appropriateness & interest level. Buckle up...it's a wild, unbelievable ride through Adarlan!Added information for Book 2...Please note: I am reading the series aloud with my daughter, so as we go we just naturally, out of [email protected]#$%!&?ange cuss words to "gosh" and "darn.," and the intimacy scenes were handled as follows: "A., this next chapter has Choal and Celeana interacting like a married couple sometimes do in private. Shall we read or skip?" Reply, "Well, um is it very like detailed?" Me: "Nah, it's beautiful vague." A: "Well, I know she shouldn't be doing that items because they are not married, but let's just read it...it's not like I'm embarrassed or going to act like that myself...ewwww!" (Love the sweetness this age!) Basically, here is my point and yes I have one... if you take the time to first, preview what you will read with your kid later; second, spend the time to read aloud with your child; third, talk to your kid & maintain begin dialogue, all the time, about everything, just as though they are the adults-in-training they really are (not saying talk like you are buddies, peers, or equals), the content of a fictional novel is not going to become controversial or be outrageous to them, throwing them into a tizzy of misadventure and exploits! So yes, while, the series is for ages 14+, I still maintain that WITH parental supervision/accompaniment, this is an wonderful series to read together!
I am officially now Sarah J. Maas trash and I'm not ashamed to admit it. I enjoyed Assassin's Blade and Throne of Glass but this book honestly blew me away. Celaena is still one of my favorite characters because of her badassness but she also has a soft, sweet side to her that I love. I'm so glad that Chaol and Dorian's bromance continued in this book even though they were fighting over the same girl, they still came together at a time of e war scenes and goriness were just as amazing in this book in the others and I love how detailed Sarah Maas is when writing out the war scenes. You can almost imagine it's event right in front of you.But don't even obtain me started on the plot twist at the end, I sadly did not see that coming. I was beyond blown away and now I'm dying to see what happens next in Heir of Fire.
High quality feathers that come fluffy and plentiful. Excellent for an art project. It doesn't come with something that easily holds them and the bag they come in keeps them squished. Otherwise decent for the price.
The young couple choose a fresh home, decorate it together and then begin a family. Both parents lose sleep as the babies demand to be fed at all hours. It's all they can handle to hold the youngsters from wandering into danger, but finally the day comes to see them strike out on their own. The parents hover by, voicing support, encouraging, but unable to do much more than that as the children leave the nest. The family is a nestful of tree swallows and Bernd Heinrich tells us their story, day by day, often hour by hour, and it's as riveting as a soap opera. Rival swallows war in mid air, there is a tournament to obtain the best nest sites, and sometimes the same birds return after a long winter. Surprisingly engaging and very informative -- I didn't realize how much I'd have fun learning about the lives of swallows.
Noted ornithologist Bernd Heinrich tracks the blue tree swallow from 2010 through 2018 seeking an respond why the species line their nests with white feathers; that respond is less intriguing than sensing the timeline and variables in the life of these birds who congregate in nest boxes outside his home in Vermont, then his cabin in Maine. This fascinating cycle of life (birth, life, death) captures the reader and of course Heinrich’s precise scientific study technique which makes this book so rich. Images and the author’s hand drawings are included.
I’ve read Crown of Midnight probably six times by now, and this latest reread really created me sit back and reexamine characters, especially that of Celaena and Chaol. Chaol, for whatever reason, has had HUGE backlash from the TOG fandom, and I have never understood it, but after reading this book again, I’m even more confused as to why he is so hated.****This review will include spoilers from Throne of Glass and Crown of Midnight.****....So if you’ve read Throne of Glass, you know what Celaena is up to. She won the championship and is the King’s ultimate weapon. She can’t seem to decide between Chaol or Dorian (love triangles, yay). The ghost of Queen Elain keeps bugging her to change the globe (which Celaena has no interest in), and you have Nehemiah off doing her , let’s quick forward a bit through the book. When it comes to heroes, Celaena is literally the worst one to exist. She has no interest in saving anyone. She wants clothes, beautiful things, food, and her freedom. Oh, and a hot guy to date. She’s selfish and petty (will talk about more of that later), and doesn’t really care about s: Maas has awesome writing skills. I love the imagery. I love the sass. I love the intricacy of the series as a whole–especially when it comes to things that are mentioned and happen in CoM and ToG that are large parts later on in the ns: So, originally when reading all of these, I loved this book. Now, I’m meh on it. It’s OK. The writing is great, as is the plot, but the issue is Celaena. Granted, it makes sense why she acts the method she does. She’s been a pampered brat most of her life and thinks the globe revolves around her simply because she went through poor things. She is too fast to turn on mates when they test to do something she doesn’t aol and Celaena were literally the cutest thing ever. I wasn’t overly fond of them together, but they were cute. When Nehemiah dies and Celaena attacks Chaol, I was really upset this time. Chaol, yes, messed up. But Celaena attacks him, this man she had been sleeping with and claimed to love, and tries to slay him. Chaol shuts down completely, and it hurts when he cries. I rarely cry, but reading over that stage where he does had me tearing bothers me that the whole fandom and the series itself looks at Chaol as though he started something, yet Celaena chose later in the book when she wants to acknowledge him as a person or blame him for everything. As a soldier, of course he would obey the commands of his liege lord over his girlfriend. Also, it wasn’t Chaol who kidnapped himself and created Celaena not be in the castle when Nehemiah was killed, but Nehemiah. If Celaena wanted someone to blame, she should have blamed Nehemiah for not telling her the plan (kinda the point of what Nehemiah did, though), and she should have gone after Archer and Grave and forgiven Chaol. But she didn’t. She blamed him and moped about it for almost a book and a half.I don’t know, but I feel like with this reread of the series, I’m seeing more into Celaena’s personality, and I don’t like how self-centered she is and how secretive she is. She’s destroying herself by not saying anything to anyone.
It’s official! I’m addicted! I listened on my commute. I listened as much as I could while at work. I listened on my lunch break. I listened on the commute home. You obtain the picture, right? HahahahaMy favorite of the series, thus far, Crown of Midnight delivered exactly what I required and expected. While book one hooked me on this unbelievable globe and the tenuous ties between these phenomenal characters, this one actually shows the reader more of the characters. While Caelana is still a bit whiny and cowardly. Her words, not mine..she finally starts to appear as a hard core killer instead of a whiny 18 year old girl. The happenings that lead to her transformation are shocking and downright gruesome at times, but I loved every single min of this experience!!The main players Chaol, Dorian, and Caelana are caught up a political and emotional tangle that absolutely thrilled me. Seeing how their relationships changes and evolves is pure joy. I love Dorian. He a amazing guy and will no doubt create a amazing king, but I’m completely enthralled by Chaol Westfall. The captain of the guard owns a little part of my e political play and antics of the king and court will thrill lovers of this genre. The action is ramped up and the ending is heartbreaking joy. I legit stood up and cheered during parts of the audiobook.I loved it. It’s one of my favorite reads of the year!! I’m off to review book 3, since I finished it in record time and them complete book 4. I’m a goner for this series!
If you’re a fan of nature studies you’ll surely like this book. If you’re a birder you’ll love it. Author Bernd Heinrich writes about his observation over a period of ten nesting seasons where he concentrates on a single pair of tree swallows. This differs from a lot of other books of this genre in which amazing masses of the breed are observed in e main theme of the book is why tree swallows prefer white feathers to line their nest. These are often not readily available but definitely favored. The book starts in 2010 with a chapter called Starving in the Nest and ends in 2018 with the Apple Tree Pair. In between the reader is treated to stories, anecdotes and lore surrounding Heinrich’s broods.I think the chapter that keeps coming to mind is #7 “Tending the Babies – 2014”. It is bitter/sweet in its presentation as a bit skewed from the normal baby railing and fledging of young birds from the nest. The author is fascinated in his observation of the nest and feeding ritual when other swallows present up and are not shooed away from the nesting box by the parents. Odd, indeed. The young birds are well fed and cared for but when the time come to fledge on two emerge. A mystery for sure.I am not a birder but thoroughly enjoyed this book. The author is a talented observer and has the bonus of sharing his love of tree swallows to all who are interested.
I admit, I wasn't a fan of Throne of Glass. I had some harsh thoughts about it - mostly due to the love triangle totally swamping what could've been a amazing book. I believe I used the word Vapid. I wasn't going to continue on with the series, however, a mate of mine vehemently insisted the books got better, and that I absolutely must read the second book. It took me two years to relent, but I did it, and I am so glad I did!Maas really hit her straps in Crown of Midnight! The love triangle fades, becoming a part of the narrative, instead of overriding it, and in turn allows Celaena to really shine as a character. The pacing hits its mark, and all of the action scenes had a purpose (something I found lacking in book 1). The mystery element in Throne was easily solved near the beginning of the book, whereas here, it held itself together right until the end, making the huge reveal explosive! And then another huge reveal (slightly less surprising) that changes everything, but creates a excellent leave off point to lead into book three.Honestly, this is leagues better than Throne of Glass... If you're like I was, and undecided whether to continue.. Trust me, you need to continue!I'm now officially a Celaena fan! Looking forward to book three asap!
I LOVED THIS BOOK. The first one started a bit slow and like I said in my review, it was a bit repetitive, BUT man… this one was INCREDIBLE. I swear.“A line that should never be crossed is about to be breached. It puts this entire castle in jeopardy—and the life of your friend.”In this book we pick up right where we left off in Throne of Glass. Celaena has been named the King’s Winner and she now must fulfill his every wish. His every evil wish: slay this, slay that, and Celaena can’t do anything about it… or can’t she? She’s been told to do anything and everything in her power to uncover the King’s plans and the evil that surrounds her and everyone she cares about. Amazing think she’s is book was so, so, SO good. I absolutely loved it. The pace picked up a lot more than it did in the first book, so it was easier to obtain into the story. The hero development was incredible. Every single hero had me guessing what they were going to do next and sometimes they turned out to be completely various than I expected. Some others turned out to be exactly what I hoped they would be. The plot twists. OMG. I didn’t see some of them coming!!!!!!! So I was a bit shocked at first, but then realized how much sense they create to obtain the story going. And this world. Man, this globe is just so freaking awesome. Every single detail is well-thought and they are so necessary to the story. I loved reading every single word of this book.Celaena keeps being her sarcastic and [email protected]#$% self, but in this book you obtain to see her in her element. She wars like a real assassin, so she can be scary as hell sometimes, but the beauty of this hero is that she’s the combination of a badass woman and sweet girl. She is able to recognize the amazing and the bad. She knows what side she’s on, even if it takes her a bit longer to come to terms with it. I think I understood her a lot more in this book. I also loved seeing her letting her guard down for a bit, and it felt completely various from what happened before. The stolen looks and stolen kisses. Meaningful words and memories. It felt deeper in this book. And I loved it, because she managed to present her vulnerable side without being weak. Not that I would think that she’s weak, of course.“But he had no idea what sort of darkness lurked inside her, or what sort of creature she was willing to become in to create things right.”Now, allow me tell you a small more about the mess this book has created out of me.I’ve always talked about how powerful I am when it comes to picking a boy in the books I read. It’s always easy. There’s always something to hate about one of the boys, making it simple for me to pick one and stay real to that one boy. But this? I knew this was going to be hard. I knew it the moment Dorian kissed her for the first time. I knew it the moment Chaol reacted out of passion and protectiveness. I knew it when I noticed both of these guy’s look towards Celaena. These two characters are attractive and passionate and just so freaking lovable:One is pure heart and magic. He’s just sweet and attentive and such attractive and trusting soul. There’s magic within him. There’s power that he doesn’t know exists yet, but I know he’s destined for good. He is amazing in all the ways his father is bad.“He would move on. Because he would not be like the ancient kings in the song and hold her for himself. She deserved a loyal, brave knight who saw her for what she was and did not fear her. And he deserved someone who would look at him like that, even if the love wouldn’t be the same, even if the girl wouldn’t be her.”The other one is all about protecting those he care about, no matter the cost, all without exaggerating. He’s all about giving them the best of him, and making sure they are ok. He recognizes his mistakes for what they are and knows when to give some space. He’s passionate and trust-worthy. He’s reliable, even when he thinks he’s not.“I worry because I care. Gods support me, I know I shouldn’t, but I do. So I will always tell you to be careful, because I will always care what happens.”And I think, no I know, it will only obtain harder as the story goes , the plot. OH MY GOD. There are a lot of things going on and you MUST attention to the details. They will present you the method to understand this awesome globe and see it through the character’s eyes. Also, we have some shocking plot-twists that had me jumping up and down. Some I expected and some I didn’t, but that’s part of the beauty of this story.I love all the possibilities this book has given me. There are queens and kings in the making. There is love that goes deep, but even so, it’s still fragile. There are truths, half truths and lies. There are mysterious and various kinds of magic.I must thank you, Sarah J. Maas. You have made such a unbelievable and magical put and characters. Each hero and their story is interesting by itself, but as a whole, they manage to fit perfectly. This is definitely the kind of book that will hold you reading until there aren’t any more pages, and it will leave you wanting , do I recommend this series? So far, YESSSSSSSSS.
My review for Crown of Sunlight by @payton_taylor_author 🥰🥰I'm not okay. I tore through this book, and simply devoured it, in two nights. I bought book two, Palace of Moonlight, but I'm being amazing (for now 🤣) and waiting to dive into it after my writing deadline. Haha. Also, can we talk about this cover? All of Payton Taylor's covers are absolutely gorgeous, and they just did the reveal for book three!This book has so a lot of amazing interwoven tropes, its difficult to name them all. If science fantasy, quick paced plots, fated mates, royalty, or special plot devices (these authors created up their own species, and it translates flawlessly!) are something you like, you'll love Crown of Sunlight. While the romance is a slow burn, it doesn't lack heat. The tension and pace of this book is spot on.I absolutely adore the main characters (Sunny and Jo), and their relationship! They're sisters, and it was such a breath of new air to read two female characters being incredibly kind to each other. The authors bypass generic stereotypes and contain different races, genders and abilities in their vast array of characters. All the characters in this book are just as necessary as the main characters, we just haven't gotten their stories yet. Even if science fantasy isn't your favorite genre, you need check out this book solely for the characters and dialogue. Book one ends on a cliffhanger, so we'll see how long I keep out on book two.Haha Crown of Sunlight is witty, addicting, and incredibly welldone!
This book was not for me. That being said, this book is not without success and favorite and most worthwhile aspect of this narrative is its focus on the sister-bond. This is a relationship sorely not often represented in contemporary literature. Payton Taylor present the reader the complexities and intimacies of sisterhood. We, as readers, are shown that there is more than one form of love worth fighting for.While I found the tropes used to be heavy-handed for my tastes, they were purposeful. Authors Payton Taylor had an idea that they clearly loved and nurtured together. They researched their genre, their audience, and the publishing process. This hard work and dedication present in the initially sold-out begin of the book, and soon-to-follow Barnes & Noble book signing. This book may not have been for me, but it was for a lot of others, and who am I to argue with that? Payton Taylor are model authors for writers seeking to begin self-published works and their passion certainly shows in their publications.
Chase, Travis, Emma and Angel are best mate and relatives of Lexi. She is 22 years old, on break from college and a demon hunter to boot. She's [email protected]#$% and beautiful amazing at it. That is until she falls into a trap by the demons who hunt souls. That's when she met Ashor, the leader of the demon hunt. Lexi thought she was rescuing a girl from their clutches. She was whisked off to hell....well to Ashore place. Turns out, he is beautiful high ranking in the hell scene.He has a half brother, who is the epiphany of hell itself. And he has a score to settle with Lexi. She can't escape and their is no one to protect her. What happens next will shock your socks off. But it's awesome. Can she search a method to conquer the demons and escape alive?? What does A shot plan to do with her?? Will his heartless brother slay her before she escapes??? Do a lot of questions. And the answers are on the pages. She's very smart, with a mouth to d book. Read on my friends....