Posts Tagged ‘romance’

Review: Brightly Woven

Author: Alexandra Bracken

Publisher: Edgemont USA

Series: n/a

Genre: YA, Fantasy

Rating:  3.5/5 

Recommendation: Fantasy Lovers ages 13+

From Goodreads:

When Wayland North brings rain to a region that’s been dry for over ten years, he’s promised anything he’d like as a reward. He chooses the village elder’s daughter, sixteen-year-old Sydelle Mirabel, who is a skilled weaver and has an unusual knack for repairing his magical cloaks. Though Sydelle has dreamt of escaping her home, she’s hurt that her parents relinquish her so freely and finds herself awed and afraid of the slightly ragtag wizard who is unlike any of the men of magic in the tales she’s heard. Still, she is drawn to this mysterious man who is fiercely protective of her and so reluctant to share his own past.

The pair rushes toward the capital, intent to stop an imminent war, pursued by Reuel Dorwan (a dark wizard who has taken a keen interest in Sydelle) and plagued by unusually wild weather. But the sudden earthquakes and freak snowstorms may not be a coincidence. As Sydelle discovers North’s dark secret and the reason for his interest in her and learns to master her own mysterious power, it becomes increasingly clear that the fate of the kingdom rests in her fingertips. She will either be a savior, weaving together the frayed bonds between Saldorra and Auster, or the disastrous force that destroys both kingdoms forever.

You have no idea how much I wanted to give this book all the SRUTs. All of them. If I could give North and Syd and their adorable relationship and their banter 5/5 I totally would and then I would be quiet and watch them talk and save each other. However, since this book has an actual plot beyond North and Syd are cute, it gets 3.5 for a plot that didn’t get fully realized and then spun wildly out of control.

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Battle of the Books

 Abandon                                            VS                                 The Goddess Test

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Illustrating Thursdays: Hades and Persephone

Illustrating Thursdays is a new meme Created and Hosted here on I’ll Read Anything Once. Along with reading, one of my great loves is art and illustration. Illustrating Thursdays is made to show off both. Favorite picture books or illustrations from a book, illustrations or art based on a book, or art that reminds you of a book you love are all fair game. Make sure to credit the artists and provide info on the books you choose. If you want to participate please do! Leave a link to your posts in the comments and link us in your post. (we’re working on a widget for everyone to use when they participate in the future).

If you don’t think this is completely stunning then you and I are clearly not looking at the same thing. Hades and Persephone 1, by Sandara on DeviantART, is the kind of art that makes me dream. The emotion that she can wring out of the viewer using light, color, and expression (seriously look at those faces and that body language) is magical.

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Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour

Author: Morgan Matson

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Series: no

Genre: YA Romance

Rating:  3/5

Recommendation: Ages 15+

From Goodreads:

Amy Curry thinks her life sucks. Her mom decides to move from California to Connecticut to start anew—just in time for Amy’s senior year. Her dad recently died in a car accident. So Amy embarks on a road trip to escape from it all, driving cross-country from the home she’s always known toward her new life. Joining Amy on the road trip is Roger, the son of Amy’s mother’s old friend. Amy hasn’t seen him in years, and she is less than thrilled to be driving across the country with a guy she barely knows. So she’s surprised to find that she is developing a crush on him. At the same time, she’s coming to terms with her father’s death and how to put her own life back together after the accident. Told in traditional narrative as well as scraps from the road—diner napkins, motel receipts, postcards—this is the story of one girl’s journey to find herself.

I have such mixed feeling about this book. I want to love it, and it’s solid, but I just didn’t.

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Aurelia

Author: Anne Osterlund

Publisher: Penguin

Series: Aurelia Series, #1

Genre: YA Fantasy (non-paranormal)

Rating:  3.5/5 

Recommendation: Ages 13+, Reading level 9/10th  grade, YA Fantasy Fans

From Good Reads:

Princess Aurelia is next in line to rule the kingdom of Tyralt, but she would rather be one of the common folk, free to learn and roam and . . . not marry the next tyrannical prince that comes courting. Naturally, the king wants Aurelia to marry for political power. Aurelia wants to marry for love. And someone in the kingdom wants her . . . dead. Assigned to investigate and protect Aurelia is Robert, the son of the king’s former royal spy and one of Aurelia’s oldest friends. As Aurelia and Robert slowly uncover clues as to who is threatening her, their friendship turns to romance. With everything possible on the line, her life, her kingdom, her heart, Aurelia is forced to take matters into her own hands, no matter the cost.

I actually quite like Aurelia, maybe more than my 3.5 rating suggests. I loved its potential. The potential of the world, characters, conflict, and story that Osterlund has built. I don’t think they’re fully realized here, but I have massive hopes for the sequel, which I can’t wait to read.

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