Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Under the Never Sky, by Veronica Rossi

Hey all! 

I just finished reading Under the Never Sky, by Veronica Rossi! (Mild spoilers ahead)

"Exiled from her home, the enclosed city of Reverie, Aria knows her chances of surviving in the outer wasteland — known as The Death Shop — are slim. If the cannibals don't get her, the violent energy storms will. Then Aria meets an Outsider named Perry. He's wild — a savage — and her only hope of staying alive.

A hunter for his tribe in a merciless landscape, Perry views Aria as sheltered and fragile—everything he would expect from a Dweller. But he needs Aria's help too; she alone holds the key to his redemption. Opposites in nearly every way, Aria and Perry must come together to survive. Their unlikely alliance forges a bond that will determine the fate of all who live under the never sky."

To be honest, this is a re-read for me. I read it several years ago, I think when I was 14 but decided to pick it up again because I'll be meeting Veronica Rossi here in April! 

It's hard for me to review this book. If you guys have been following my blog for a while, you know how much I adore characters, sometimes even more than plot. 

Under the Never Sky had an amazing plot but was lacking on the character side of things. 

This dystopian/sci-fi debut is about our two main characters, Aria and Peregrine. Aria is a 'Dweller' - she is a part of a selected few who were chosen to live in some sort of underground bunkers to save humanity from the Outside. This world is very futuristic and is riddled with Aether storms, which to me sounded like lightning tornados. Since these are so dangerous, a part of humanity was put in enclosed cities, where they basically live in a video game - they have eyepieces that let them travel do virtual worlds. Aria was banished from Reverie because of her friend and is left on the Outside. 

Peregrine (Perry) is an Outsider who is trying to find his Nephew. He has a really weird sense of smell that lets him smell emotions and how people are feeling at any given time. He also has night vision and is a good hunter. The smelling thing was really strange for me to get used to, but it was a creative idea, so why not? 

My problem is that I'm having a hard time describing what they were like. They both despised each other at first, more than any two characters I've seen. They were both so rough and annoying and stubborn. Suddenly, they both realize that the other isn't as awful as they thought, and they fall for each other almost too quickly. 

Now one character I did really like is Roar. This guy has a really intriguing backstory and a fun, snarky personality. I really want to know what happened between him and Liv, and why Perry is so against their relation. 

Now for the good part: the worldbuilding. There is this huge contrast between the Dweller world and the Outside world. The Dwellers live in this very futuristic society with virtual reality, advanced science, prolonged life, no disease, etc. On the other hand, the Outsiders live in an almost primitive way, with hunting and fighting to become the Blood Lord. They have animalistic senses and have virtually no problem living in the wild. And the two societies hate each other. 

I think it would be nice to have more of a backstory about what happened to separate these people, why they hate each other, and even about our main character's past. In that sense, this book flet more like the sencond book in a series, or as if it was missing a few chapters in the beginning. 

The good thing was that it was fast paced, had a great world built around it, but I think could have been drawn out a little bit more. 

I'm giving this book a 3/5 feathers. It was an enjoyable read overall! 
Have you read Under the Never Sky? What did you think about it? Let me know! 

Have a great day! 

Stay bookish, 

Monday, March 13, 2017

Bookish Talks ~10~ Just a lot of rambling

Hey all! 

I figured it's been a while since I posted, and I have a ton to tell you guys! So, even though it's late at night and I just finished binge-studying about rocket science (literally), I decided to make another bookish talk! 

1. I became a rep! 
Every blogger's and instagrammer's dream is to become a company rep for bookish items! It looks so nice to be able to connect with shop owners and maybe inspire them to make new products. I mean, I won't say no to bookish goodies either! ^-^ 

I was recently chosen to rep for not one, but TWO small shops! Make sure to check them out on Etsy! (Links will be on their names!)

Nox to Lumos Candle Co - This is a candle shop that's still making a name for itself, and is still adding products to the shelves! They have a big variety of bookish candles that sound amazing! There will soon be the other Hogwarts houses PLUS they're making a candle that I invented - the Reading Nook! It will smell like parchment, vanilla, rainwater and tea, and I absolutely cannot wait to receive it! And, true to my blog, it will be white and purple! I would DIE if one of you guys ordered it and told me what you thought of it! <3 

The Paper Charm Shop - This little shop sells 100% hand-drawn bookmarks and other goodies, and it's adorable!! The shop owner, Lily, is the sweetest and is super enthusiastic about her start-up! I'm completely psyched about getting her box sometime soon as well! <3

2. I caved...
I've been trying to save up for a few upcoming trips (which I'll explain later below!), and yet I (somehow, it must have been magic) caved in and placed a Bookoutlet order. 5 books... I'll make sure to haul them for you guys! 

3. So many (bookish) trips! 
My next two months will be full of bookish trips! I'll have a blog post about each, of course! 

Last Saturday, my trip wasn't exactly book-related, but I visited a university a few hours from where I live and found a master's degree in molecular chemistry that looks awesome! I also have a friend who's from the area, and, as I'd never been to that city, he showed me around. Instead of books, I bought music. 

In a few weeks, I'll be going to the Harry Potter movie exhibition in Utrecht! This exhibition goes around the world and I'm so excited that it's so close to where I live! It'll have everything they used in the movies, as well as interactive expositions (and a gift shop where I can finally stock up on more Harry Potter goodness! I just recently got a Ravenclaw laptop sticker and I just love it ^^ Oh maybe I'll find a new Funko too!)

Then, I'll be going to YALFest.NL with the rest of the group of YA bloggers that work at the Young Adult Dome! This will be my first book panel, and I'm super excited about it, even though it'll mostly be in Dutch... I mean most of the authors speak English so if I can meet even just one that would be amazing! 

After that, I'll be going to London for the first time with my younger cousin who just turned 18! We planned this whole Harry Potter tour - we'll be going to the studios, but also to a few places where they filmed. I'm also hoping to see some other bookish London locations - notably from The Infernal Devices ^-^ 

And all that by the end of April! Plus exams and everything... This should be fun! 

4. Current read
I'm currently trying to plow through Empire of Storms, by Sarah J Maas. I'm really enjoying it, but the book is huge! And the bible-thick pages are not helping much. Hopefully, after that, I'll get to re-reading the Shadowhunters set! 

That's it from my part today! I hope you guys are having a good week so far :) 

Stay bookish, 

Monday, March 6, 2017

Queen of Shadows, by Sarah J Maas

Hm... This is going to be very, very long...

Hey all! 
I just finished reading Queen of Shadows, by Sarah J Maas! 

These books keep getting better and better! I rated the first one 5 stars and I keep rating the following ones 5 stars even though I like them better! Series like this one need a whole new rating system! 

I will have my non-spoilery part here because there's not much to say without spoiling the amazingness that is Queen of Shadows. There's SO MUCH that happened!! 

First of all, if you haven't picked up the Throne of Glass series yet, what are you doing? Stop, go to the nearest bookstore, pick up a copy, sit down and read it. To be honest, I totally understand if the first book (or two) didn't impress you so much, but trust me when I say it only gets better! After finishing this book, it's incredible to think that it started with 'just' Throne of Glass! 

 I have reviews for all of the other books! Click on each of the titles to see my thoughts! 
Throne of Glass
Crown of Midnight
Heir of Fire

And now, time for Queen of Shadows! 

*Spoilers start here! Don't say I didn't warn you!*

"No Masters.
No Limits.
No Regrets.

Celaena Sardothien is cloaked in her assassin's hood once more. She is back in Rifthold, but this time she is no one's slave. She must delve into her most painful memories and fight for her survival, while resisting a smoldering passion that might very well consume her heart. And she will face her former master, the King of Assassins, again - to wreck revenge for a decade of pain..."
Okay... Here we go with a whole bunch of possibly confusing bits of a book review! 

If you guys have already read my previous reviews, you know that I think that Sarah J Maas is a writing queen! Her characters and words are amazing, and that plot is so, so well thought-out! Like I said above, it's so strange to think that this started off with Throne of Glass! The amount of evolution that happened is insane! 

First, Celaena basically doesn't exist anymore. She is Aelin. She is a queen. That's it, and people accept it. You can really tell that she fully accepted it and put her mask of Celaena behind her. And she is more awesome than ever before! 

Also, the Chaol/Celaena ship has sunk. It's the Titanic. Their separation was the iceberg and now they don't particularly care about each other. I thought this was somewhat strange as in the end of Crown of Midnight they're so close and forgiving! But Aelin evolved a lot, and I think Chaol could feel that. In this book, Chaol was unwaveringly loyal to Dorian, whereas Aelin considered murdering him. 

Can we talk about the Dorian chapters?! The heartbreak felt in each one, where the prince we all love is taken over by the Vlag prince and you just know he's right there, was incredible. But it was SO cool when he found himself again at the end of the book and managed to break the collar off his neck, just by hearing that Chaol could be dead. They would be parabati, I'm sure of it! 

Actually, the whole ending was epic on new proportions! When Rowan and Aedion started fighting together against the Wyrdhounds, and Lyssandra just came in as a Ghost Leopard to save them! When Aelin and Dorian held hands and combined their magic to make the glass castle shatter! When we thought Chaol was dead (which I was actually ok with, strangely), but he wasn't! I mean he's still paralyzed, but he's alive! 

And that fight between Manon and Aelin! They're both so awesome! I love how, after Aelin saved her life, Manon took the time to tell Aelin that Dorian was still himself, even under the influence of a Vlag prince! I kind of hope they'll end up being friends, actually! 

But HEY WAIT! Is there a Manon and Dorian ship going on..? Is that going to be a thing? I feel like it's going to be a thing, and I think I might actually like that?! 

About Manon, I FINALLY got used to liking her parts! I didn't like reading her sections in Heir of Fire - I felt like they got in the way of the amazing plot going on with our main squad. But now we're starting to see Manon evolve - wait for it - feelings. It's so funny to see how she has no idea how to handle them! 

We get a new character in this book called Elide. She's a witch that Manon takes under her wing (broom? Wyvern? idek) who goes through all kinds of emotional moments. Now she's looking for Aelin - her queen, as she's from Terassen - and Celaena, having no idea they're the same person. I can't wait to see how that plays out! 

Back to ships! Rowan is such a nice character! In HoF he was holding back a lot, and quiet, but now he's really starting to gain confidence. He comes back to Aelin and, even though their relationship in HoF was very platonic, they slowly start flirting and realizing that they both like each other and having cute little moments without anything happening and I just ship them ok? My Celaena/Dorian ship is so gone! (But there are so many theories about Dorian being endgame, but that either means that Rowan would have to do something awful or die, and I'm not ready for any of that. Please keep Rowan alive, Sarah!) 

I loved the snippets with Aedion - in HoF he tried so hard to be this warrior type but here he's almost like a loyal, fangirling puppy. He's so happy to find Aelin when she rescues him, and the two cousins are just so happy together! When she tells him about Rowan, he becomes a total fangirl, knowing all of his stories and battles. When he meets Rowan, though, there's the smallest competition about who gets to be Aelin's right-hand. Also, can we just maybe suggest Lyssandra and Aedion? I'm just saying! ^-^ 

My favorite part was probably when Aelin goes around town with Rowan and they find the old opera house, where she plays the piano and gets him all emotional. That part was just adorable. 

But the part that broke me the most might be different than most other people's. When she went to Sam's grave... I cried. I know there's Assassins' Blade to read, but I want to know more about Sam! 

OH! That one part where Aborynn ( a horrible guy by the way) puts the ring on Aelin's finger and drinks her blood and we think that he's under his control is so awful! It was such a relief that it was all a trick! 

And when Lyssandra kills Aborynn and Aelin had switched his will around to receive everything he owned, then sold it all to give the money to Chaol was awesome! The crazy thing is that we are 100% spectators to Aelin - we almost never know what she's planning! 

I think I'm going to end my review here - It got so long! Congrats if you made it to this point, hahaha! 

I'm giving this a 5/5 feathers! The epicness was amazing and I can't wait to dive into book 5! 

Have you read Queen of Shadows? What did you think of it? Let me know! :D 

Have a great day! 
Stay bookish! 

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

See You in the Cosmos, by Jack Cheng

Hey all! 

I just finished reading See You in the Cosmos, by Jack Cheng!
I received this book from the Boekhandel Dominicanen's Young Adult Dome. This does not affect my review! 


"All eleven-year-old Alex wants is to launch his iPod into space. With a series of audio recordings, he will show other life forms out in the cosmos what life on Earth, his Earth, is really like. 
But for a boy with a long-dead dad, a troubled mom, and a mostly-not-around brother, Alex struggles with the big questions. 

Where do I come from?
Who's out there?

And, above all, 

How can I be brave?

Determined to find the answers, Alex sets out on a remarkable road trip that will turn his whole world upside down...

This book was absolutely beautiful, in practically every sense of the word! The writing and the plot and the characters and the way little ideas came back just made this book something that was almost comforting to read! 

See You in the Cosmos is about 11-year-old Alex, who is a complete astronomy and rocket science nerd, who's goal is to follow in the footsteps of his all-time hero, Carl Sagan, and launch a recording into space for intelligent beings to find. On his golden iPod, he records his everyday life, which is far from ordinary. His mom is suffering from the death of his dad, and thus has many 'quiet days', during which he has to completely be on his own, cook, go to the supermarket, do the laundry etc. His brother lives in LA - several days away, and so he spends his time teaching himself rocket science, looking for his dad's information on genealogy.com, and taking care of everyone. He decides to go to SHARF, a rocket launch contest in the desert, and that sets him on a whole list of meetings and a huge adventure. 

Alex is an absolutely amazing character - he was written so well! The whole book is written in the form of recordings, so you read the book in the way he talks. (Please tell me there's an audiobook of this somewhere out there!) This kid is the sweetest, most clueless nerd there is out there - he can tell you anything there is to know about space but gets confused about social norms. 

"... and Ken said Sure, knock yourself out, and I said I'm not going to do that because I'm a pacifist and besides, how am I going to check my e-mail if I'm unconscious?" p55

This quote is basically how Alex's mind works throughout the whole novel, and it's so much fun to read! He has the best responses to very simple 'adult' ideas, that to him are totally logical. 

The book starts out with him trying to describe the intelligent beings on another planet, and really sets the tone for the whole book, about him trying to figure things out, and people on Earth each being intelligent in their own ways. This comes up a few times. In fact, Cheng is a master of recurring ideas - once Alex learns something - even if it's a tiny little observation or fact, the idea will pop up again from time to time, subtly. Or anytime he meets someone new, there's a little summary of the book that goes through step by step, but that makes total sense to read about in this context. (It would be weird for something like this to happen in, say, Throne of Glass. But here is was perfectly done!) 

The side characters were also amazing. 

Terra is his half-sister he meets on his adventure to find his maybe-dad, that he heard about on Genealogy.com. She has parent issues and wants to be independent, dropped out of school, but is socially very smart. She understands people in a way the other characters don't and automatically stands for Alex, her half-brother she just met. 

Steve is a guy Alex meets at SHARF, and he's a wreck. He's a very smart entrepreneur, but is socially and mentally very, very clumsy, almost to the point of being aggresive. He is supportive in the end but is often the source of arguments. 

Zed is some kind of martial arts master that Alex meets on the train and who helps him through his travels. He starts off with this vow of silence, and he's the wise one of the group. He usually comes up with good ideas and bits of wisdom for each of the other characters. 

The entire book is a smooth road-trip, with a few bumps along the way, but that generally comes together nicely. It was a beautiful read with the dorkiest character but didn't try to completely hide some social issues. When Terra takes over the recording, or when you can hear other people talking, there is often a more serious conversation going on. The good thing is, even though Alex goes through a lot in this book, nothing can get him down in the end. 

OH. He's a science nerd, who loves astronomy and the movie Contact, which is also one of my favorites. Before you go read it, watch Contact, or you'll miss some references! ^^ 

I already wrote so much about this book and I'm trying not to give too much away! This middle grade / YA book deserves SO much more hype! It's a fast, simple and compulsive read that really got me in a good mood - I almost physically enjoyed reading it in a sense!

I'm giving this a 5/5 feathers - please go read it! It's available everywhere starting today and is so, so worth it! 

Have you read See You in the Cosmos? Are you planning to? Please let me know! :D 

Stay bookish! 

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Traitor to the Throne, by Alwyn Hamilton

Hey all! 

I just finished reading Traitor to the Throne, by Alwyn Hamilton! This is the second book of a trilogy. The first book came out last year and was immediately one of my favorite reads of 2016. The wait for Traitor to the Throne was very long, but I finally read it! And I must say, it was amazing! 

Another gorgeous cover!
"This is not about blood or love. This is about treason.

Nearly a year has passed since Amani and the rebels won their epic battle at Fahali. Amani has come into both her powers and her reputation as the Blue-Eyed Bandit, and the Rebel Prince's message has spread across the desert - and some might say out of control. But when a surprise encounter turns into a brutal kidnapping, Amani finds herself betrayed in the cruelest manner possible.

Stripped of her powers and her identity, and torn from the man she loves, Amani must return to her desert-girl's instinct for survival. For the Sultan's palace is a dangerous one, and the harem is a viper's nest of suspicion, fear and intrigue. Just the right place for a spy to thrive... But spying is a dangerous game, and when ghosts from Amani's past emerge to haunt her, she begins to wonder if she can trust her own treacherous heart."

So I just finished the book maybe 20 minutes ago, and I'm still shaken by the ending. This review will be riddled with spoilers for Rebel of the Sands: If you have not read Rebel, stop right here, turn around and go read it. You're seriously missing out! 

Traitor started off about a year after Rebel ended - the rebellion is still together, although each member goes off on their own on little missions. Jin is often away, and there is some level of stress with the rebellion. One day, Amani gets kidnapped and taken to the Palace, to live under the control of the Sultan, who the rebellion is working against. She is forced to stay in the harem, and uses this as an opportunity to spy on the palace and how it works. 

The characters in this book are absolutely amazing. Amani is strong-willed, smart and careful. she knows that she cannot lie, and is under the control of the Sultan, but manages to find little ways to get what she wants. And I mean look at this quote:
"And just like that, everyone was looking at me. If I'd know I was doomed to get this much attention I might've brushed my hair." I stopped and laughed at this point!
I am so, so happy that Alwyn didn't fall into the love triangle trope - that could have been an 'obvious' choice for this book. Amani was surrounded by princes and other guys that help her at various times. It would have been so easy to make her have another love interest than Jin throughout this book. 

ABOUT THAT - the only complaint I might have about this book, is that there isn't enough Jin in it. He is such an amazing character, but he's only here at the beginning and end of the book! He is such a cool character and he cares so much, it would have been nice to have short chapters that concern what he was up to while Amani was at the palace. For the next book, can we have some more Jimani? Pretty please? ^-^ 

This book was absolutely magical. Alwyn has a style of writing that immediately transports you to the desert, and that makes the book difficult to put down, in all the best ways. The world she came up with came from desert mythology but feels unique in the scope of YA fiction. And, to be clear, I love the world the book is sent in! 

The plot of this book was also amazing! To avoid spoilers, It'll be in be in white below - highlight it if you want to be spoiled! But for the non-spoilery section, the plot is very well thought-out, and there were no central points that were skimmed over too quickly. I often find that to be a problem with YA books - some central plot points are often not thought-out enough. I'm so glad that this book didn't fall into that! 

And now for the spoiler-talk! Remember to highlight the paragraphs below to see my thoughts on specific plot points! 

This book made me pause in surprise so many times! When Amani finds her cousin Shira - who is the Sultim's wife and who is pregnant with the son of a Djinn - and her friend Tamid - who she left behind at the beginning of Rebel of the Sands for dead - I was so amazed! I mean sure I was expecting that Tamid would still be alive, but the plot twist with Shira was awesome! I liked how she had so many secrets and became so powerful. Her death was awful! 

Every time Amani and the Sultan summoned a Djinn, I got so incredibly tense! I can't wait to see how that plays out in book three! The control he had (and lost) on her throughout the book presented so many issues but Amani was so good at overcoming them! 

THE. END. KILLED. ME! The plot twists were done amazingly well, with absolutely no moments that made me think 'I saw that coming'. I could barely believe that Leyla was working against the rebellion the whole time, and trapped Tamid by charming him. She was so sweet and shy! But what killed me the most on the inside was when prince Ahmed was taken to be executed. Alwyn wrote his death scene so convincingly, that I almost started crying. 

And then he wasn't dead. One of the rebels who can shape-shift took his place. Oh my gosh my heart had a hard time with that! 

And now Amani's going to lead the rebellion! 

I have to go fangirl now, but I'm deffinetly giving this a 5/5 feathers! It was incredible, and I'm dying for book 3 now! 

Have you read Rebel, or Traitor? What do you think of these books? Let me know! 

Stay bookish! 

Friday, February 17, 2017

Just Some Series I (Probably) Won't Finish

Hey, all! 

It's Friday! And with Friday comes a little bit of free time, so I decided to do a different kind of post: something that's not a review, or a Bookish Talk. I'm thinking of doing a few more 'listicle' posts! 

So, today I'm writing a post about some of the series that I (probably) won't be finishing. Although I must say, I can be convinced with the right conversations and comments! ^-^ 

1. The Maze Runner, by James Dashner
This is one of those series that people either seem to just like or not care about. I read this book before the movies were signed for and I thought it would be a fun dystopian book to read. And sure, the first book is fine. It has a good intrigue and a great set-up as to what might be happening. The idea of the maze is amazing and the whole experimental sense was really cool. I just never felt the want or need to pick up the second book, or even see the second movie. I know I'm not the only one, a lot of people seem to be saying this about this series. 

2. Matched, by Allie Condie
Wow, I read Matched years ago! I mean, maybe 6 years ago. I did find a second-hand copy that I now have on my shelf, but I'm not sure I want to pick it up again. I can't remember particularily enjoying this book. I might read just Matched again someday, but I highly doubt I'll ever get through the whole series. 

3. The Dragon Chronicles, by Chris D'Lacey
Ok, this one may be a lie. When I was in middle school, I LOVED these books - dragons, crafts, polar bears and stars - the perfect nerdy combination in book form! I read books 1-5 and enjoyed every bit of them. Then I opened book 6, ready to dive into the books...
And the characters were not there
And it was on a different planet
And it barely even felt relevant. 
Needless to say, I DNFed it after a few chapters and haven't picked up the series since. Which is so sad because the characters and ideas were just amazing! 

4. Wicked Lovely, by Marissa Marr
I'm one of those girls who loves fairies and fairy books. I've read them forever and have so many that I love. But I was never really interested in finishing the Wicked Lovely series. I read only the first one so far, and who knows, I might pick them up if I'm ever given the whole series, or if someone can really convince me to. But right now, it's just a bit 'meh' on my never-ending TBR list. 

5. The Selection, by Kiera Cass
Oh I'm going to get so many remarks about this. I actually quite liked the first book - it was cute, whimsical and happy. And I'm not saying I'll never read them, they're just not my priority now. And sure I might pick them up again when I need a cutesy read. I know they're a lot of people's 'guilty pleasure' books just because they're so troped and cheesy, and I usually like that on certain levels. IDKKKK I just don't feel like reading them! I may let myself be convinced though ^-^ 

6. Red Queen, by Victoria Aveyard
*Shields myself and my books from gasps*. I know, Red Queen is one of the new bigger series. I really enjoyed book one, but book two... I had a hard time getting through it. Mare became insufferable, and I didn't like any of the characters anymore. The plot became super intense - almost violently so - and when the third book hit the shelves a few days ago I had no interest in picking it up. 

There's a few more books that could have made a list, but I am more tempeted to read them. I might make a different list of books I'd have to be convinced to read! 

What series did you start and lost interest in? Let me know! :D 

Have a great day!
Stay Bookish! 

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Carve the Mark, by Veronica Roth

Hey all! 
A while ago, I finished reading Carve the Mark, by Veronica Roth! The anticipation was quite high for this book, as you probably know. So the Young Adult Dome group and I decided to all read the book together. 

These ideas and opinions are my own, though. 

Note: I understand that there are many issues that have been brought to light considering Carve the Mark, notably by Justina Ireland. I do understand that this may affect people and dissuade people from reading the book. Bloggers are even changing their Goodreads rating of the book because of it. However, this issue will not be the center of my review - I will keep it as I usually do. 

"In a galaxy powered by the current, everyone has a gift.

Cyra is the sister of the brutal tyrant who rules the Shotet people. Cyra’s currentgift gives her pain and power — something her brother exploits, using her to torture his enemies. But Cyra is much more than just a blade in her brother’s hand: she is resilient, quick on her feet, and smarter than he knows.

Akos is the son of a farmer and an oracle from the frozen nation-planet of Thuvhe. Protected by his unusual currentgift, Akos is generous in spirit, and his loyalty to his family is limitless. Once Akos and his brother are captured by enemy Shotet soldiers, Akos is desperate to get this brother out alive — no matter what the cost.
The Akos is thrust into Cyra's world, and the enmity between their countries and families seems insurmountable. Will they help each other to survive, or will they destroy one another?"

So. Carve the Mark. I can't really figure out if I liked it or not, to be completely honest. I liked the characters, but I found the world building to be rushed and messy. I honestly feel like I have to read it again to understand the world everything was happening in. 

See, you have these planets in this Galaxy. Different planets have different people and different environments. These planets interact from time to time and people visit each other and the peoples mix and mingle. Between these planets, we have some kind of life force thing called the Current that is somehow a part of the people and gives them powers that reflect their personality but is also something in the universe that people can go visit. 

To be fair I'd like a novella just explaining this universe and what's going on. 

So, since I didn't understand the world-building, I stuck to concentrating on character development and the plot, which itself was very good! The characters imagined by Roth were colorful and intriguing. I enjoyed how she took the time to have two different points of view between Akos (who is just too sweet!) and Cyra, although I found it strange how Cyra's passages were in the first person while Akos's were in the third. 

Akos is a very sweet character, but his character developed in a way I didn't like so much (very personally). He started off sweet and shy and kind, and ended up... buff? Is that the right word? He had fears and he never liked the idea of hurting people but I feel like there was a tipping point at which he was suddenly out of character, in my opinion. His Currentgift was being able to stop the current in other people - basically to hide their abilities. He has a complex family situation that leaves him quite introverted and protective. 

Cyra is the opposite - she is all fire and can inflict pain with the slightest touch. She is ready to kill for what she believes in and rarely lets people stand in her way. She, unlike Akos, suffers from many internal problems that she hides from the world. I feel like they balance each other quite well! 

Although I feel like the worldmaking was rushed and the story was quite complex, I still enjoyed reading this! I'm giving it a 3/5 feathers :) 

Have you read Carve the Mark? What did you think? Let me know! 

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