ARC, Reviews

ARC Review- Prince of Air and Darkness by M.A. Grant

Release Date: February 25th

At a Glance

Overall: 3/5

Characterization: 4/5

World building: 2/5

Diversity: 2/5

Note: I received this book free of charge from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

My Personal Summary: Finn, an all American boy from a small town in Iowa, who has powers beyond his control.

Roark, the prince of the unseelie court, struggling to be true to himself under the weight of the thrown.

Roark and Finn both attend Mather’s School of Magick together and have been uneasy roommates for several years. Finn, is constantly being targeted for his powers and Roark is constantly helping him. This is both their final year at Mather’s and tensions are running high. There’s a war brewing and their growing feelings for each other could be what saves them or the very thing that destroys them both.

Review

I have mixed feelings about this book. I love the premise of the book. I was highly intrigued by the idea of Finn having a power that was a bit beyond his control. What a flaw, right? I loved the characterization of Roark and Finn. They were obviously very different people with different dialogue and tone patterns which is something a lot of books I’ve been reading recently sometimes struggle with. So, I was very pleased with that. I think their behaviors also speak well to their backgrounds and personal histories. But, the world building was sorely lacking. There’s fae and even other patheons all at Mather’s, but it didn’t really play into the story in any major way that I was hoping for. I wanted a lush fae culture that somehow managed to stay hidden in the human world with the help of magic, but if you took out the fact that Roark was a fae and made him human it wouldn’t make much of a difference to his character. He was basically a human with powers. Now, there were tiny bits of world building in the novel with the concept of the knight of the winter court. I thought that was a really interesting idea. The pacing of this book is kinda shaky, but the end of the book the plot definitely picks up and things start falling into place. I enjoyed the last part of this novel way more than I enjoyed the beginning so if you pick up this book I recommend sticking with it until the end. With a note to diversity, our main diversity in this book is the two main characters are gay, but that’s all the diversity we get. Both characters are young white males.

In conclusion, it was an enjoyable, light fantasy read with two enjoyable main characters, but if you’re looking for something new spin on the fae and/or a deep, gritty story then this is not the book for you. If you would like to check out The Prince of Air and Darkness you can find it here.


Has anyone else read this book? Is it on anyone’s TBR? What do you think?

Advice

Top 5 Reasons I Follow a Blog

One question I believe all first time bloggers and bloggers in general ask themselves is how can I get followers? Followers are really the lifeblood and fun part of a blog. Without followers you’re basically shouting into the void. Followers bring great conversations and shared interests. So, I’ve been doing research which includes looking at tons of blogs and I’ve analyzed why I follow some blogs rather than others. As a caveat, I’ve been looking primarily at book blogs. Consider some of these things as you create your blog.

  1. Interesting content– all book blogs have lots of similarity when it comes to content. So, it makes sense that what really sets a blog apart is new and interesting content. I love a good discussion or blog post about something I haven’t heard of before. This concept also works no matter what topic you’re blogging about. If you’re saying the same thing as everyone else then there’s less interest.
  2. A desire to connect with readers– I love bloggers that seem like they want to talk with me. Blogging is a very social activity and if you never respond to anyone when they comment or seem disinterested then people aren’t going to go out of their way to chat with you.
  3. Evergreen Content– evergreen content is content that never really expires. Like all those My Top 5/10/20…lists. It draws me in. I can read a post that you made a year ago and still enjoy it. I’m not sure what’s so appealing about lists, but I love them.
  4. Visually Appealing- I love looking at well-organized, easily read blogs and I don’t think I’m alone in that one. I want to enjoy looking at your blog and navigating through it. If it’s hard to read or just really rough to look at I’ll find a different blog.
  5. Lots of Content- The more content the more I can read from you and the more I can learn if we have similar interests and tastes. This is really tough when you first start a blog if you don’t want to burn out. I would advise like many bloggers before me to stick to a schedule. Then, you won’t burn out, but you still have regular content coming out even if it’s just once a week.

What do you think? Are there other things you consider when deciding if you’re going to follow a blog or not?

wonder wednesday

Wonder Wednesday

Welcome to Wonder Wednesday! This idea came into being when I was wondering how to interact more with all of you. I’m a bit more an introvert so I thought the best way to get to talk with you all was to dedicate a post a week to a question for us all to discuss if you’re interested. These questions will usually be related in some way to books, reading, or writing since that’s what we’re all here for.

My first wonder is, what is your favorite fantasy book or book series? And what do you enjoy about it? Is it the characters? The plot? The wonderful world that you just want to be a part of?

I personally have a really hard time with this question, because I have lots of books I have enjoyed reading. I would say right now though that it is The Others series by Anne Bishop. It’s five books long. I love the characters, plot, and the world though based on ours is fascinating. Has anyone read this series? I look forward to hearing from you!

Reviews

Heartfelt: A review – No Man of Woman Born by Ana Mardoll

Note: I received this book free of charge through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

My brief personal summary: This book is a collection of short fairy tales featuring trans and nonbinary characters.

The book as a whole. 4/5

I really enjoyed it. The author’s note was so touching and I think the hopes for this book were realized. Diversity in all types of fiction is really necessary so that we might all find ourselves and our potential in the stories we enjoy. The one thing at the beginning that threw me off was that these really are short stories/fairy tales. These are not long novels with in-depth stories and though that is made very obvious in the description this sometimes made me feel left hanging. Now, to the stories themselves

Story One: Tangled Nets 3/5

Wren was an interesting character. Xhie had obviously been through a lot with xer sister and there was a lot going on, but I just didn’t feel attached to xer.  There was some cool world exploration, but right as I wanted to know more about xer the story was over. I think my biggest thing was there was some information about the other dragons and what happened to the white dragon that while interesting would have been better used as time to explore Wren more.

Story Two: King’s Favor 3/5

I liked this one better than Tangled Nets. There’s world building, but there’s also some exploration of Caran that I enjoyed about why nee was doing what nee was doing and why nee was specifically chosen. While I felt a bit of attachment to nee I wanted more. Caran got this amazing opportunity at the end and then it was over.

Story Three: His Father’s Son 5/5

This story was all I wanted! Nocien was the first character I really felt attached to in the book and he was glorious. We got his backstory through him remembering everything in a lot more detail than I feel like the previous short stories and I was hooked. Then, there was action, a great amount of it that really hit you and then the ending! I felt like I got the complete story.

Story Four: Daughter of Kings 4/5

This one got me right in the feels. Finndis is lovely, but there’s a past that is a bit painful. We get just enough of her history to really enjoy her victory. What a great story.

Story Five: Early to Rise 3/5

The most obvious retelling of a fairy tale in the book. An interesting retelling of Sleeping Beauty. It was short, but I enjoyed it well enough

Story Six: No man of Woman Born 4/5

Innes asks some great questions about prophesies that I admit I never thought about. I love that all the details don’t seem to slow any of these characters down. I think it really speaks to most of us who have dreamed of being heroes during at least one point in our lives. What a great story to give people faith in themselves.

Story Seven: The Wish-Giver 4/5

Short, but so heartwarming.

You can purchase No Man of Woman Born by Ana Mardoll here.

Anticipated Reads

2019- My Top 15 Anticipated Fantasy Reads

There are some great fantasy and paranormal reads coming out this year! I originally started with a top ten list, but there were just too many great books coming out for me to narrow it down. Each of these books has at least one element of diversity in it, some even more. I have organized this list according to when each book is released.

1. The Wicked King (The Folk of Air #2) by Holly Black

Release Date: January 8th

2. The Kingdom of Copper (The Daevabad Trilogy #2) by S.A. Chakraborty

Release Date: January 22nd

3. King of Scars (Nikolia Duology #1) by Leigh Bardugo

Release Date: January 29th

4. The Wolf in the Whale by Jordanna Max Brodsky

Release Date: January 29th

5. Black Leopard, Red Wolf (Dark Star Trilogy #1) by Marlon James

Release date: February 5th

6. Crown of Feathers (Crown of Feathers #1) by Nicki Pau Preto

Release Date: February 12th

7. Warrior of the Wild by Tricia Levenseller

Release Date: February 26th

8. The Fever King (Feverwake #1) by Victoria Lee

Release date on March 1st

9. Once & Future (Once & Future #1) by Amy Rose Capeeta and Cori McCarthy

Release Date: March 5th

10. Wild Country (World of the Others) by Anne Bishop

Release Date: March 5th

11. The Bird King by G. Willow Wilson

Release Date March 12th

12. The Tiger at Midnight by Swati Teerdhala

Release Date: April 23rd

13. Heartsong (Green Creek #3) by TJ Klune

Book Cover currently unavailable. Release Date: September 2019

14. Brothersong (Green Creek #4) by TJ Klune

Book Cover currently unavailable. Publish Date: December 2019

15. Bayden’s Alpha (Werewolves & Dragons #2) by Kim Dare

Book cover currently unavailable. Publish Date: last part of 2019