All images are found on the google web. I do not own any of them.
-Till next time!
All images are found on the google web. I do not own any of them.
-Till next time!
My Rating: 3/5 stars
Publisher: Weapenry Co-Op/Olivia Wildenstein
Publish date: March 29th, 2017
Received: Netgalley provided an e-arc in exchange for an honest review.
Myth and fantasy collide in “the most haunting love story,” perfect for fans of Maas’s A Court of Thorns & Roses and Pocahontas.
ANCIENT SECRETS CANNOT REMAIN BURIED FOREVER.
Founded two centuries ago by a powerful tribe of Gottwa Indians, Rowan was a quiet town, so quiet that I fled after graduation. Staying away was the plan, but Mom died suddenly.
Dad said she suffered a stroke after she dug up one of the ancient graves in our backyard, which happens to be the town cemetery. Creepy, I know. Creepier still, there was no corpse inside the old coffin, only fresh rose petals.
As we made preparations for Mom’s burial, new people began arriving in Rowan, unnervingly handsome and odd people. I begged them to leave, but they stayed, because their enemies—my ancestors—were beginning to awaken.
This book was like candy to my heart. I love it with everything in me, but it is still just a bit unhealthy. I read this book in two very delicious days and it was a whole lot of fun for me.
I enjoyed its offness. The constent setting of a graveyard, the ruffled browning skin of decaying corpses, and the morbid reality that Catori and her father drive a hearse everywhere they go. There was so many places for beautiful imagery to give life to a darkly riviting story, but sadly the lush writing I wished was present didn’t make much of an appearance.
The folk lore, the tribal spell casting, a racial and familial rivalry between two very magical races. There was so much substance in the very idea of this story, but when put into action there were way more instances of telling when I wished to be immersed and shown. There were too many conversations with questions and answers that, while interesting, I wanted the ideas to be shown to me rather then have all the answers given within a conversation.
I also felt as though I didn’t get to know enough about Catori as a character, because I didn’t get to truly live within her as a breathing and wholly alive human being. The most developed character for me was Ace, but that was only because he has such a loud personality and he in a way makes it so you never forget him and I loved that about him. His fierce protectiveness of his mute fae sister. His sarcasm and his ability to look past a persons outer layers really stood out to me and it felt weird to me that he’s the one I think of even though the entire story is told through Catori’s eyes.
I feel like Catori doesn’t really know who she is or who she wants to be, and that hesitance and her tendency to be very unsure makes it harder for me to know her well. I also feel like she alows herself to get involved in romantic situations too quickly and while she is in them she is afraid to commit and it leaves a lot of room to get a lot of people hurt.
As for the love interests, Cruz the handsome Fae, isn’t present long enough for me to know enough about him, but I do like the immpresions he gives off. I think I definitely have a mini-crush on him. Then we have Kajika, brooding and native Kajika. I don’t know what to think about him either, but I like his confidence. He feels a bit of a safer bet, but I can never be sure. I have reasons that would be too spoliery to meantion to further how I really feel about him. You could say I have a mini-crush on him too.
Overall I have to say I wanted more. I still want more. I am definitely looking forward to book 2. I need that piece of candy in my life as soon as possible.
Thanks for reading! I hope you enjoyed this review! Let me know what you think of this book and its lovely cover in the comments. I always enjoy reading your thoughts.
-Till next time!
The month of Febuary was a suprisingly good reading month for me that leads me to be very optimistic for the month of March. I read some pretty amazing novels in Febuary and I know for sure that there are plenty of amazing books in store for the month ahead. I also recieved some pretty cool books in Febuary both from Netgalley and in the mail that I am looking forward to reading in the coming months.
First my Febuary Book Haul:
Quests of the Kings by Robert Evert
And I Darken by Kiersten White (Signed copy!!!)
Aftercare Instructions by Bonnie Pipkin
I loved this book so much it was beautifully done. Check out me thoughts here.
Quests of the Kings by Robert Evert
This book had so much potential, but I didn’t enjoy it as much I wanted to. Read my review here.
The List by Patricia Forde
This book was everything to me! I thought it was absolutely beautiful and so reminiscent of my childhood. Read more of my thoughts on this book here.
Mask of Shadows by Lindsey Miller
This book is a great example of what fantasy could be. A review will be posted closer to the release date.
Hello Me, It’s You by anonymous, Hannah Todd
I knew that I would love this sweet little book of letters. Read my review here.
Use the Force by Joshua P. Warren
I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this book, check out my thoughts here.
For a long time I have had a bookstagram that I had been sorely neglecting. I am excited to say that I will no longer be neglecting it! I hope to post at least once everyday on my instagram account @the_book_raven
I love taking pictures, especially of books, but for some reason I have always been lazy with my bookstagram and I want to stop that behavior once and for all! It’s time to get myself to be more responsible and do the things I wish to do.
Thank you all for reading! I hope you enjoyed this post. Have you read any of the books meantioned in this post? If so, what did you think of them? Do you have any book recommendations? I’m always looking for more awesome books! Let me know your thoughts in the comments.
-Till next time!
I didn’t think I would be making this post so soon, but today I hit 300 followers! Thank you to each individual being who has chosen to take a look at my blog, every kind word, every like, and every read means so much to me. Thank you!
In celebration of the fact of how grateful for everyone’s support I have complied favorite quotes and passions from many of you who have both supported and inspired me! Thank you all! I wanted to do something for everyone I could to show how much I appreciate everyone’s beauty as individuals. I was touched by the responses.
Sofii @ A Book. A Thought.
My answer would be, first. What impassions me? I suppose I could say books and reading, but that would be very obvious ajaja. I would also say my family, because I’m very close to them and it’s something that I think I’m very passionate about, I would give anything for each one of them and Dance! , I’ve done it since I was little and I love it , more specifically Caribbean rhythms. 🙂
Sofii’s Favorite Quote:
On the other hand my favorite phrase: It’s difficult to choose only one but it would be this: “One must always be careful of books,” said Tessa, “and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us.” – Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Angel. XOXO 😀
I’m most passionate about music, books and anime.
Ava’s Favorite Quote:
I think I’ll have to go with this beautiful quote from I’ll give you the sun – “You have to see the miracles for the there to be miracles.” It is such a positive and encouraging quote that always warms my heart no matter how many times I read it. It is indeed something to live by.
Teacher of Ya (an inspiration)
Teacher of Ya’s Passion:
I am passionate about YA literature! I wrote my thesis about it. I find it’s incredibly important to make sure classrooms use it and have access to it, because though “classic” literature is great, sometimes students need to read books that they can identify with, with characters that mirror them. So I’m big on that…that’s why I named my blog TeacherofYA. I try to help as much as I can!
Teacher of Ya’s Favorite Quote:
Second…what is my favorite quote? Hmmm…that’s a tough one. Let me see…
I think you’re going to think it’s weird…but it’s “The road to Hell is paved with good intentions.” I use this quote all the time. Basically, it means that even though we think we are doing something with good intent behind it, if it’s bad, it’s still bad. For example, you can steal something because you have no money for a gift…and the intent is good, but the act is bad. Hence, the road to Hell is paved with good intentions. I say it a lot when people say, “but I meant well.”
I’m not really judgy, so that’s not why I like that particular quote. Mainly it’s because it reminds me that though I might think I’m doing something good, I really need to weigh the risk against the possible benefits. Ok…I know, weird quote, right?
(Note from Tiana @ The Book Raven: this quote is definitely not weird, at least to me anyway, carry on)
Krysti @ Ya and Wine
I am passionate about supporting my local indie bookshop and local authors.
Krysti’s Favorite Quote:
My favorite quote is: “Words are, in my not so humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic.” By Dumbledore of course 😁
Sophie @ Blame it on Chocolate
I’m passionate about writing, mostly, and reading, of course. But I guess you could say all types of art speak to me on a deep level.
Sophie’s Favorite Quote:
My favorite quote is probably “Well-behaved women seldom make history” by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich. But there are many great ones!
Asiya and Marcela @ Inked Epiphanies
Asiya on behalf of them both, Passions:
Well, Marcela is away right now, so I guess I will answer for both of us and hope she won’t strangle me at sleep ahah
I think we are passionate about what we do, really. In terms of career and life in general. Also, we are very passionate about singing One Direction songs out loud until our throats hurt but shhh, I never told you that!
As for the quote, well, it’s hard to pick! I was actually gonna go and check my Goodreads quotes but then figured, there is always one I remember right off the top of my head.
“When you love someone, its never over. You move on, because you have to but you take them with you in your heart” ― Elizabeth Chandler.
Anna @ My Bookish Dream
I’m passionate about many things, most of them are nerdy: books, games, anime, tv shows etc. But I’m also very passionate about art, both my own (mostly drawing and painting from time to time) and art history as well – which I’m actually studying in university.
Anna’s Favorite Quote:
There are many quotes I love and choosing one is very hard. One of my all time favourite is: “I would always rather be happy than dignified.” – Jane Eyre.
Ice Breaker694 (Aka, awesome and lovely human being)
I’m really passionate about meeting new bloggers and sharing amazing reads with them! I’ve had a lot of fun blogging, and I want to inspire them to keep reading new books!
Icebreaker’s Favorite Quote:
My favorite quote is “Never trust a duck.” 😀 It’s a funny quote from Cassie Clare’s The Infernal Devices series (maybe you’ve read it) that I use a lot.
(Note from Tiana: Hello again! You may shame me, but I have not read The Infernal Devices yet. Onward once more!)
Nicki @ Secret Library
Besides reading and books of course, I’m passionate about amateur photography. I’ve been a member of blipfoto.com a photo a day site. It’s a wonderful online community of amateur and professional photographers. I’m heading towards my 1000th photo but there are members on there who have been posting for over seven years!
Nicki’s Favorite Quote:
One of my favourite quotes is “You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” by C.S. Lewis
Azia @ The Uncharted Word
One of the things I am very passionate about is storytelling. Of course I’m very passionate about books, but I think it’s the story that holds everything together. I love storytelling in all forms, especially the verbal and written kind. Stories are powerful and help build connections among individuals. They inspire people to imagine, to learn, and to see.
Azia’s Favorite Quote:
One of my favorite quotes is “Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars” by Casey Kasem!
I’m passionate about a lot of different things, like reading and writing, and baseball.
Ashley’s Favorite Quote:
I have a lot of favorite quotes that mean so many different things to me, so it’s really difficult to pick just one.
Raven @ Dreamy Addictions
I’m passionate about books and music.
Raven’s Favorite Quote:
I have lots of favorite quotes but If I had to pick one then I’d pick the following. “The human touch is that little snippet of physical affection that brings a bit of comfort, support, and kindness. It doesn’t take much from the one who gives it, but can make a huge difference in the one who receives it.” It’s a quote from V girl by Mya Roberts.
Kim @ By Hook or by Book
Hmm. Okay. I know this is going to sound like I’m taking an easy way out, but my answer to you first question would be books. They take us places where we may otherwise never go. We meet the most fascinating figures in them. And, they’re a never ending source of inspiration.
Kim’s Favorite Quote:
I have so many quotes I love, but this one by G.K. Chesterton has always been a particular favorite of mine: “Fairy tales are more than true – not because they tell us dragons exist, but because they tell us dragons can be beaten.”
The Orangutan Librarian (full of books and Satire)
I’m passionate about all things books related!
Orangutan’s Favorite Quote:
I don’t really have a favourite, but I like this Pratchett one: “Give a man a fire and he’s warm for the day. But set fire to him and he’s warm for the rest of his life.”
Lia @ Lost in a Story
What I’m passionate about is a lot, I am always busy and I love doing everything. However, it turns out doing everything is impossible. So right now I’m passionate about books (of course), blogging (it’s like a sacred place for my thoughts), and I am passionate about psychology (I want to know how and why we do the things we do, and how we could improve ourselves by knowing how we work).
Lia’s Favorite Quote:
My favourite quote used to be “We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars” by Oscar Wilde, but now it is: “We have calcium in our bones, iron in our veins, carbon in our souls, and nitrogen in our brains. 93 percent stardust, with souls made of flames, we are all just stars that have people names.” by Nikita Gill.
Gretchen @ Chic Nerd Reads
I’m passionate about writing, reading, women empowerment, having a voice, just simply being yourself, and helping others.
Gretchen’s Favorite Quote:
It’s what I have tattooed on my ribcage “I was reborn when I was broken”
Birdie BookWorm (As sweet as can be)
What am I passionate about… well there’s the obvious, reading. I’m a pusher of books and have gotten into many debates about why books bring people joy and why I think non-readers just haven’t found the right book to spark themselves. But, if you want something not book related, I would say my parrots, who were the inspiration behind my blog and the artwork. I don’t think people realize just how intelligent and affectionate birds are. They have the intelligence of a 3-4 year old, and they act like toddlers too. 🙂
Birdie’s Favorite Quotes:
My favorite quote of all time is probably, because I think the words and the rhythm leads to the melancholy sense of what she’s saying. –
“My father took one hundred and thirty-two minutes to die.
It happened on the Jellicoe Road. The prettiest road I’d ever seen, where trees made breezy canopies like a tunnel to Shangri-La. We were going to the ocean, hundreds of miles away, because I wanted to see the ocean and my father said that it was about time the four of us made that journey. I remember asking, ‘What’s the difference between a trip and a journey?’ and my father said, ‘Narnie, my love, when we get there, you’ll understand,’ and that was the last thing he ever said.” – Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
Or, I like this one by John Green:
“Human existence is temporary and all the knowledge of the universe we acquire will in time be forgotten because there will be no humans left to benefit from any of the stuff we learned. And yet, this doesn’t invalidate scientific exploration to me. We seek to understand the universe because it makes our lives better and more rich. Similarly, we tell stories (and think about why and how to tell stories) because it makes human existence richer. Made-up stories matter. They bring us pleasure and solace and nurture empathy by letting us see the world through others’ eyes. They also help us to feel unalone, to understand that our grief and joy is shared not just by those around us but by all those who came before us and all those still yet to come.”
It’s amazing to me that this doesn’t even scratch the serfice of how many fellow bloggers have touched my heart. Every one of you is truly special. Thank you all for joining me on the amazing journey, let us go on to improve, create, and inspire for the rest of our lives!
Thank you all for reading. Keep continuing to be the amazing individuals that you are. The world awaits, go and touch it, create happiness, and live free.
As always, let me know your thoughts and feelings in the comments below.
-Till next time!