Review: Isaura

Isaura
Isaura by Ruth Silver
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Olivia has little choice but to head into the dangerous Gravelands, as the new government wrestles with fixing the damage to society. If traveling through outlaw territory isn’t frightening enough, Olivia learns she has exposed her secret and is hunted by those she trusted. In a race against time, her life and those she loves are in jeopardy.

I’ll just say, in short, that I was disappointed in this book. It was the last in the series and I expected much more from this jumble of events packed into a fast-paced dash of a book. Right from the start, I was losing interest with the prose. I said before, in Moirai, that the writing was lacking and not doing justice to the plot and the same thing ails this book as well. The dialogue improved but the story progression was terrible. It was stilted, the events often quite convenient and mostly making no sense. The plot is paced too fast – maybe to keep from getting bored with it, but honestly it just couldn’t hold my attention in the first place. The world-building that I expected from since Aberrant was still not delivered and most of the plot just explains the super-drug as some magic potion. The time-travel, and the looking glass thing just popped in for a brief span without any logical explanation. The heroine, Olivia is just hopping easily from one city to another and many other plot holes go unexplained. What was the motivation of most characters – unexplained. Besides the main characters, others are just cardboard personalities, each interchangeable with the next and unmemorable. Basically, it was a disaster of a finale.

Received an ARC from Lazy Day Publishing through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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ARC Review: Fragile Line

Fragile Line
Fragile Line by Brooklyn Skye
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Release date: April 21, 2014

When I’m asleep, I’m afraid someone else might take my place. It can happen in a flash. One minute she’s kissing her boyfriend, the next she’s lost in the woods. Sixteen-year-old Ellie Cox is losing time. It started out small…forgetting a drive home or a conversation with a friend. But her blackouts are getting worse, more difficult to disguise as forgetfulness. When Ellie goes missing for three days, waking up in the apartment of a mysterious guy—a guy who is definitely not her boyfriend—her life starts to spiral out of control. Perched on the edge of insanity, with horrific memories of her childhood leaking in, Ellie struggles to put together the pieces of what she’s lost—starting with the name haunting her, Gwen. Heartbreakingly beautiful and intimately drawn, this poignant story follows one girl’s harrowing journey to finding out who she really is.

Fragile Line is an intense realistic fiction about a girl living with Dissociative Identity Disorder. It all begins with little things Ellie forgets, progressing onto things and places she can’t remember, until the day she blackouts for three days. During those three days, she completely blacks out. Hesitant to tell anyone for fear of becoming lesser in their eyes, she keeps avoiding the situation. Being an adopted kid, she wants to fulfill everyone’s expectations of her and even wants to be perfect for her boyfriend. Add to that the stresses of school, her ex-best friend who tries to break her relationship and everything she can’t remember, she is spiraling down and getting weaker until her other self can break through more often.

Normally, when such cases of multiple personalities are talked about, it is assumed that the other self is the evil one, bursting through and damaging the person’s life. But the author has done a fine job of reminding that every consciousness is a person, a person who has reasons for what they do. When we see things through Gwen’s eyes, we realize that she too is fighting in her own way to stay on. She is what splintered off Ellie from her worst memories and she is the one who remembers those horrific events, so in a way she is the broken one. It was utterly heart-breaking how her life plays out – always in the shadows, looking from the outside in and never being wanted by anyone. The contrast of these two extremely different characters was the high point of book.

The author delivered the two perspectives so seamlessly, accompanied with a rich but succinct prose. The psychological aspect was handled well, with full empathy arising in my mind. It wasn’t really the battle between the two personalities, but more the reasons for their existence. The ending was left open-ended, which is not surprising considering the nature of the story matter. I found this book extremely good – I wouldn’t say enjoy because it was not really a sunshine book and dealt with a lot of dark subjects – and I loved the way the author presented such a sensitive issue.

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Review: The Raven Boys

The Raven Boys
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,” Neeve said. “Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him.”

It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.

His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.
When I started Raven Boys, I wasn’t really clear what it was about – there is the ghost angle, then something about a fatal kiss and some Tumblr posts had me convinced it had something to do with psychedellic dreams. Nothing in my imagination, however, came close to the brilliance of the real thing. The so-called raven boys are students of the Aglionby Academy, a snooty private school in the town of Henrieta, where Blue Sargeant lives. The four of them – Gansey, Adam, Noah and Ronan are treasure hunters, and they are looking for ley lines in town along with their school activities. They come up against mostly dead-ends until Blue joins them and then they discover Cabeswater.

The thing I loved most about The Raven Boys was the engaging writing, which I found myself savoring each word of. I wanted to read it at a languid as well as a fast pace. Secondly, the characters are so well thought-up, the relationships between them, the personal problems of each – all these reflect on how well the book has been created. Even for a YA, it wasn’t invested much in romance, which was refreshing. The mystery and magic of the story more than satisfied me, and the whole construct and canon of the world is genius. The pace was slow, and the first half was devoted to building up the story, with amazing developments in the second half. I was quite surprised with the ending, all that guesswork couldn’t help me with how it was wrapped up and how things have been set up for the next. The sequel looks quite promising, especially with Ronan’s declaration in the last line.

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ARC Review: My Not So Super Sweet Life

My Not So Super Sweet Life
My Not So Super Sweet Life by Rachel Harris
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Release date: April 21, 2014

Cat Crawford just wants to be normal—or at least as normal as a daughter of Hollywood royalty can be. And it looks like fate is granting her wish: she’s got an amazing boyfriend, Lucas; her fabulous cousin, Alessandra, living with her; and her dad planning his second marriage to a great future stepmom. That is, until her prodigal mother reveals on national television that she has something important to tell her daughter…causing a media frenzy.

Lucas Capelli knows his fate is to be with Cat, and he’s worked hard to win her over once and for all. Unfortunately, Lucas has his own issues to deal with, including a scandal that could take him away from the first place he’s truly belonged.

As secrets are revealed, rumors explode, and the world watches, Cat and Lucas discover it’s not fate they have to fight if they want to stay together…this time, it’s their own insecurities.

Well, and the stalkerazzi.

The final book in the time-travelling series but doesn’t have any time-travelling. Hmmm…I say I was a bit disappointed in that. Sure, the book had a good story, with Cat and Lucas getting over their respective problems and finding their way to each other. Cat’s trust issues drive the plot in a major way, and the need to know why her mother abandoned her dominates her decisions for nearly the entirety of the story. It was fairly predictable, and which is why even though I liked the book, I wasn’t really impressed with it. The first book, My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century may have set the bar high for that one, actually. The magic just wasn’t there this time around.

Cat and Lucas were adorable and their dual POV worked very well. They support each other immensely and care for one another a lot. I just wish we had more of Less and Austin too, as well as more back-story on Ransom. The ending was good – open-ended though, which makes me confused as to whether they will be more. Overall, a good book for fans of the series.

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Review: Revealed

Revealed
Revealed by P.C. Cast
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Drastically altered after her fall at the end of HIDDEN, Neferet is now more dangerous than ever – and her quest for vengeance will wreak havoc on humans as well as Zoey and her friends. Chaos is loosed in Tulsa and the House of Night is blamed. Can Zoey stop Neferet in time to keep her anger from escalating to full-on war? Or will someone else have to step in to take the fall?

When I started the House of Night, it was this fresh YA vampire-Wiccan series, with a great world-building and good story set-up. Over the years, I have seen the allure declining and being reduced to a pathetic girl-drama novel. The story still has potential but the lead character – honestly, she is getting annoying. I can’t take any more of Zoey’s boy drama – I get that High Priestesses can have more than one lover at a time and I am not even judgey about the polyandrous relationships, but honestly, with all the death and destruction going around, how can she devote brain time to boy drama? Even Neferet is sounding better than her when it comes to character complexity. All I see in Zoey is an eager-to-please attitude, trying to be the perfect High Priestess while basically letting the power get to her head. The boys in the series have all been reduced to testosterone-filled Warriors, and it gets old pretty fast. Very few characters now hold my interest at all, and if it wouldn’t have been multiple POV, I would have thrown the book across the room because I can take only this much of Zoey’s bull-headedness. Aphrodite is a bitchy brat like always, Stevie Rae is bearable but most of the other characters are just tiresome. And I won’t even start with their dialogue – they sound like they are trying too hard to sound like teenagers, resulting in stilted, forced conversations. Also at one point of time, I adored this series for being pro-feminist but now I see it all reduced to a giant catfight between Neferet and Zoey. I mean, honestly, what are the others twiddling their thumbs for. Thanatos has potential as a character – she is strong, ruthless and quite apt for being the High Priestess of House of Night, and seeing Zoey being a jerk to her just made me sad. Honestly, I am now only reading the series because it is about to finish – that’s all.

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ARC Review: A World Without Princes

A World Without Princes
A World Without Princes by Soman Chainani
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Release date: April 15, 2014

In the epic sequel to the New York Times bestselling novel, The School for Good and Evil, Sophie and Agatha are home, living out their Ever After. But life isn’t quite the fairy tale they expected.

When Agatha secretly wishes she’d chosen a different happy ending, she reopens the gates to the School for Good and Evil. But the world she and Sophie once knew has changed.

Witches and princesses, warlocks and princes are no longer enemies. New bonds are forming; old bonds are being shattered. But underneath this uneasy arrangement, a war is brewing and a dangerous enemy rises. As Agatha and Sophie battle to restore peace, an unexpected threat could destroy everything, and everyone, they love—and this time, it comes from within.

It’s a new school year and Agatha and Sophie are back in The School for Good and Evil – thanks to the power of a wish. But their ending in the last one had serious repercussions on the world – taking their examples, princesses all over the stories started to chuck their princes, in some cases even exiling them. Disgruntled, the princes and the boys in general have come to hate Agatha and Sophie, driving a rift in the school. Now it isn’t Good vs Evil but Girls vs Boys. Agatha’s decision to choose Sophie had led to all this and everyone thinks the only way to reverse it is that she chooses Tedros for her happy ending. Also, with her not fully convinced of Sophie’s Goodness, she yearns for her prince, a prince who is ready to kill Sophie for her happy ending.

The major arc of the story is the friendship between Agatha and Sophie and to what ends they will go for each other. Their love for each other is marvelous, but true love does come in between it. Sophie doesn’t want to be alone her whole life and Agatha wants something more than a friend. There is a new presence in school, a person who is plotting things from the shadows, and driving the school to the brink of war – because that’s what the situation has come to – man-hating Girls and princess-hating Boys. Their only chance to stop the madness is getting hold of the Storian and writing ‘The End’ on their story, a task made difficult by the fact that a certain prince is holding it in the School Master’s tower. Betrayals and tests abound and the ending leaves you wanting for more.

The writing in this book was better than the last time, with spectacular scenes and a good pace. The story was quite complex and engaging and I found myself unable to leave until I finished it, which took around 4 hours. My only grievance with the book was it hinting at sexism – with the girls shedding their femininity to become more butch and adopting masculine tendencies to be perceived as strong. Twice I came across two separate characters lamenting about how boys were absolutely necessary for the happy endings – a fact which undermined the brilliant ending of The School for Good and Evil – which showed that you didn’t always need a boy to have a happy ending. Sure, the dynamics between Sophie and Agatha and the mistrust between them would never have let them live happily ever after, but implying that a boy always has to come between two friends was a bit gender-restrictive, in my opinion. It does change the thinking that love trumps friendship, and proves it wrong, but we could have done without those two lines. Also, implying that happy endings means finding your true love (of the opposite gender, especially) was a bit too cliche. I am, however, interested in what turn the story would take in the third book and whether the two friends reconcile with each other and co-exist in their happy ending.

Received an ARC from Harper Collins via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review

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New Releases: April 13-19

The Forever Song (Blood of Eden, #3)The Forever Song (#3 in Blood of Eden)

Release date: April 15, 2014

VENGEANCE WILL BE HERS

Allison Sekemoto once struggled with the question: human or monster?

With the death of her love, Zeke, she has her answer.

MONSTER

Allie will embrace her cold vampire side to hunt down and end Sarren, the psychopathic vampire who murdered Zeke. But the trail is bloody and long, and Sarren has left many surprises for Allie and her companions—her creator, Kanin, and her blood brother, Jackal. The trail is leading straight to the one place they must protect at any cost—the last vampire-free zone on Earth, Eden. And Sarren has one final, brutal shock in store for Allie.

In a ruined world where no life is sacred and former allies can turn on you in one heartbeat, Allie will face her darkest days. And if she succeeds, triumph is short-lived in the face of surviving forever alone.


A World Without Princes (The School for Good and Evil, #2)A World without Princes (#2 in The School for Good and Evil)

Release date: April 15, 2014

In the epic sequel to the New York Times bestselling novel, The School for Good and Evil, Sophie and Agatha are home, living out their Ever After. But life isn’t quite the fairy tale they expected.

When Agatha secretly wishes she’d chosen a different happy ending, she reopens the gates to the School for Good and Evil. But the world she and Sophie once knew has changed. Witches and princesses, warlocks and princes are no longer enemies. New bonds are forming; old bonds are being shattered. But underneath this uneasy arrangement, a war is brewing and a dangerous enemy rises. As Agatha and Sophie battle to restore peace, an unexpected threat could destroy everything, and everyone, they love—and this time, it comes from within.

Don't Look BackDon’t Look Back

Release date: April 15, 2014

Samantha is a stranger in her own life. Until the night she disappeared with her best friend, Cassie, everyone said Sam had it all-popularity, wealth, and a dream boyfriend.

Sam has resurfaced, but she has no recollection of who she was or what happened to her that night. As she tries to piece together her life from before, she realizes it’s one she no longer wants any part of. The old Sam took “mean girl” to a whole new level, and it’s clear she and Cassie were more like best enemies. Sam is pretty sure that losing her memories is like winning the lottery. She’s getting a second chance at being a better daughter, sister, and friend, and she’s falling hard for Carson Ortiz, a boy who has always looked out for her-even if the old Sam treated him like trash.

But Cassie is still missing, and the facts about what happened to her that night isn’t just buried deep inside of Sam’s memory-someone else knows, someone who wants to make sure Sam stays quiet. All Sam wants is the truth, and if she can unlock her clouded memories of that fateful night, she can finally move on. But what if not remembering is the only thing keeping Sam alive?

Don't Look Back


Return to Paradise (Lorien Legacies: The Lost Files, #8)Return to Paradise (#8 in the Lorien Legacies: The Lost Files)

Release date: April 15, 2014

In this thrilling one-hundred-page prequel companion novella, discover what happened in the aftermath of the Mogadorians’ attack on Paradise, Ohio, from Mark James—Number Four’s bully-turned-ally.

After Four leaves town to find the rest of the Garde, Mark is left behind to pick up the pieces. His school has been destroyed, his home burned down, and, worst yet, Mark now knows the horrifying truth: aliens live among us and some of them seek to destroy us. Even with the FBI tailing him and Sarah Hart, Mark tries to return to a normal life. But when Sarah goes missing, he knows he can no longer sit back and do nothing. His quest to find her will lead him to new allies and a startling revelation about the Mogadorians’ plan for invasion.

Return to Paradise (Lorien Legacies: The Lost Files, #8)

 

Review: Season of Wonder

Season of Wonder
Season of Wonder by Lisa Tawn Bergren
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The year is 2095. Gifted teens known as Remnants have been chosen and trained to act as humanity’s last hope to rectify the horrors that are now part of everyday life.

The Community has trained these teens as warriors and assigned them Knights of the Last Order as protectors. Together, they are a force that will be difficult to bring down.

But the Sons of Sheol, of course, are determined to do just that. As the Remnants begin their mission to course-correct humanity by saving and protecting key individuals, their enemies move to stop them, placing the entire world in peril.

Seasons of Wonder is a blend of fantasy and dystopia set in a post-apocalyptic world that is divided based on faiths, particularly those following the way of the Maker and the Ailith and those who call themselves Son of Sheol. There is Pacifia, an empire ruled by a king that imprisoned his own twin brother for reasons that are not clear yet, despite the fact that both are Ailith (who are highly gifted individuals). The warriors of Ailith have been chosen from birth, and been trained for their holy duty, while being paired as a Remnant and a Knight. They are to first assemble and search out their brethren and then free their imprisoned King. The story takes them beyond their own valley and into the treacherous realm of Pacifia, where conflicting ideologies and people clash.

I admit, the faith part left me feeling a bit perplexed, considering it was all ‘Maker said it, Maker said that’ and these Ailith’s gifts relying on their spiritual aspect. Relating the faith into good and evil makes it seem like a whole lot of religious conditioning, if you ask me, however peaceful the religion claims to be. Next, the whole non-fraternizing while you are an Ailith struck me as unfair, since they have no choice in the matter as they have been forced into it from birth. Seeing it from Andriana’s eyes was quite interesting, as you can see hints of rebellion in her, her curiosity towards the darkness of Sheol too (even though she is told to NEVER even doubt her Maker) and the fact that her relationship with her knight has to be forbidden chafes her too.

I loved the adventure they had, traveling across different cities with different societal norms, and the wonder in Andriana’s eyes for the simple things we enjoy today is refreshing. Actually, it becomes hard to pin down the timeline of this world, since it has a medieval vibe but is set in the distant future. I found the world-building of the book quite lacking, seeing it is the first in a dystopian series. You would expect how the world came to be and how it got divided into how it was so besides the inadequate reason that some Great War (I am assuming it was nuclear) tore everything apart – and now left them with only vestiges of our devices and inventions. I still can’t get over how they have no electricity – they have saved books on agriculture but not basic physics?

The dynamic between the characters were interesting, though a bit predictable. Niero and Bellona were really mysterious characters, as was Azrael. The tension between Andriana and Ronan was like a backdrop to almost every scene, making that kiss quite delectable to read. I just wish we saw more of the backstory/feelings/thoughts of the other characters (like Tressa and Killian), considering they were traveling together – it made the protagonist seem selfish, more so because of her empath gift. The writing was old-styled, with dialogues reminiscent of a century past rather than of the future. Overall, a good introduction to the series but could do with more backstory and world-building.

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Review: The Fiery Heart

The Fiery Heart
The Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Sydney always believed that alchemists were born to protect vampire secrets and human lives – until she met Marcus and turned her back on everything she once knew. But she’s not free yet. When her sister Zoe arrives, Sydney can only tell her half-truths about her past. And with every word she risks exposure – and the fatal consequences. Consumed by passion and vengeance, Sydney must choose her path once and for all. Even if that means harnessing her magical powers to destroy the way of life she was raised to defend…

Fourth book and we finally have Adrian’s POV – I can’t even begin with how exhilarated I am. The dual POV works so well for the book, considering the plot line is quite intricate and involves separate events on the vampire and human side. Adrian and Sydney are together and while they are happy, it means sneaking around and meeting. You can already guess that they are going to get caught at some point in the story, so there is a lot of breath-holding going on. There is also the off-the-charts romance and chemistry that they share, so I am not entirely sure my anxiety was because of the possibility they might get caught. Their happiness is not full up of ups and downs, because of Adrian’s condition and that utter hopelessness that one day spirit will drive him crazy. From his perspective, we get to experience his feelings, his love for Sydney and when he hits bottom. He feels like the useless one in the relationship, and with Sydney being awesome, he feels he needs to make himself worth her. As far as character developments go, Adrian has a lot of it in the Bloodlines series, even more so than Sydney. Sydney, now simultaneously an Alchemist and a witch, sets out to use her capabilities to the fullest, solving problems on both sides of the world. She gets an upclose at the Moroi life when she is invited to Court to help out with something. It is beautiful how nothing gets between them, his past or his current condition. ‘The center will hold’.

But the story is not only focused on the main characters, and goes into the drama of the gang. There is a lot of tension and lingering feelings among the group, and Zoe being there means all of them have to put on a show. It is largely Sydney’s job to keep Zoe’s suspicions at bay, while simultaneously hiding her witch-status and relationship from all of them. The introduction of a new guardian throws off the group dynamics, with Jill and Angeline both wanting him to be the rebound. Characters from Vampire Academy also make an appearance, which warmed my heart. For the first time, though, I love the spin-off as much as the original series. It doesn’t have all the amazing fight scenes but makes up for it in great writing, complex plot lines and a beautiful story. Having Adrian’s quips throughout the book doesn’t hurt, either.

Now, for that ending – I WANT the Silver Shadows NOW, please! Seriously, I should have expected a cliffhanger but that scary one was something I was dreading since the start of the book and now it’s too unbearable to wait.

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ARC Review: Burn Out

Burn Out
Burn Out by Kristi Helvig
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Release date: April 8, 2014

Most people want to save the world; seventeen-year-old Tora Reynolds just wants to get the hell off of it. One of the last survivors in Earth’s final years, Tora yearns to escape the wasteland her planet has become after the sun turns “red giant,” but discovers her fellow survivors are even more deadly than the hostile environment.

Holed up in an underground shelter, Tora is alone–her brilliant scientist father murdered, her mother and sister burned to death. She dreams of living on a planet with oceans, plants, and animals. Unfortunately, the oceans dried out ages ago, the only plants are giant cacti with deadly spines, and her pet, Trigger, is a gun–one of the bio-energetic weapons her father created for the government before his conscience kicked in.

When family friend, Markus, arrives with mercenaries to take the weapons by force, Tora’s fury turns to fear when government ships descend in an attempt to kill them all. She forges an unlikely alliance with Markus and his rag-tag group of raiders, including a smart but quiet soldier named James.

She is shocked when James accidentally fires one of her father’s bio-weapons–weapons designed to work only for her. She’d felt a strange pull to James from the start, but the odds of someone sharing her energy vibration are statistically miniscule. Tora must quickly figure out who she can trust, as she must choose between saving herself by giving up the guns or honoring her father’s request to save humanity from the most lethal weapons in existence.

Tora, the central focus of Burn Out, is one of the survivors living alone in an underground bunker, waiting for the day when she gets to get off the planet. She has been entrusted the security of her father’s bio-energetic weapons and this makes her a precious commodity, more so because she is the only one who can wield the weapons. When mercenaries come banging on her door, naturally she tries to defend herself but when they all are under attack, she has to call truce. The whole story plays out on her mistrust for them and her value in their eyes. James, one of the runners, is blowing hot-and-cold, Kale is the tough ex-soldier who cannot be reasoned with, Marcus is the opportunist who was responsible for getting her in trouble and Britta is an unlikely ally. She is constantly on guard around them and the only thing keeping her alive is that she is to be kept so.

Most of the story revolves around Tora’s world – the burn out, how the society functions now, and what happened to have her end up in a bunker, fighting for her life. She has been taught to trust no one, but James with his intense stares, gets under her skin. She doesn’t trust him and is somewhat right in doing so. In a world working on kill-or-be-killed, he is not the best ally. And Kale is holding quite a lot over each crew member. It is mostly standoffs, culminating in her trying to escape but it gets frying-pan-to-fire soon. The ending was quite unexpected too, with a lot of things unexplained and on a cliffhanger.

Overall, I would say the writing was good. It has a good pace, and the world-building is good enough. I found it quite short, though, for a first book. Tora is an amazing character, made of steel but with a soft core. She abhors killing and isn’t about to start that tally. Confused about James, she makes some bad decisions but I would love to see how it plays out in the next book. I didn’t exactly get their ‘connection’ but the lack of any mushiness sure did redeem the story on that front. So, good book, in short, and I am eager to see how the series plays out.

Received an ARC from Egmont USA via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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