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King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo | Blabber

King of Scars (Nikolai Duology, #1)King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo

Hardback
546 pages
YA Fantasy
Nikolai duology, book 1
Read Jan 29 – Feb 18
Spoiler-free blabber

Pacing.

My kingdom for some consistent pacing. Parts of this book, I really liked. Parts of it I wasn’t a huge fan of, but overall, the pacing was the major factor that kept me from rating this book more highly.

This book follows Nikolai, and takes place after the both the Grisha trilogy and the Six of Crows duology. It delves into the political unease culminating between Ravka and its neighbors, the imposing threat of parem, and the growing movement of those who worship the legacy and memory of the Starless Saint. Guess who.

We’ll start with the negatives and end with the positives. Overall I did like this book, I just didn’t love it.

So, the negatives:

As mentioned, pacing. The pacing of this book was all over the place. The beginning of the book starts out decent, the middle drags, and the end goes very very quickly. There were multiple story lines going on in this – one following Zoya and Nikolai, one following Nina, and various smaller others that meandered in and out of the two of them.

My major issue with the pacing was due to how these two major timelines interwove, or didn’t, rather. I’ve read a few reviews on this book at this point, and one of the major points that people tend to make and that I agree with is that some of the perspectives seemed pointless at times. It jars the reader, jumping from the “main” plot line to the side ones, because the paces of them are so different, particularly towards the end of the book.

Speaking of the end (and as mentioned, no spoilers) a lot of things happen very quickly in the last hundred pages or so of the book. Things that I wanted to know more about, that should have been delved into, were skimmed over. Particularly what Zoya is up to during that time wasn’t given the attention it needed and deserved. Because of this, future chapters in the next book could have her feeling a bit unevenly developed. It’ll be like ‘suddenly she’s this way, because remember those 10 pages they talked about it in the last book?’. I hope very much that Zoya gets more focus in the next book – some internal strife, some monologuing, something that will give more attention to the development she went through so very quickly.

In addition, while Zoya developed fairly well throughout the book (and then… very fast, which makes me nervous) the other characters kinda fell flat. The series is called the Nikolai duology, but he didn’t feel quite as uh… vivid, as he did in the Grisha trilogy. I’m hoping it was because the author wanted to focus on Zoya, but this first book didn’t really feel like his book, if that makes sense. Nina as well seemed a bit less vibrant. But at the same time, that could be due to grief and I’m just being unsympathetic.

Speaking of, the positives:

(Spoilers for Crooked Kingdom) Nina’s grief. I think it was handled very well at the beginning of the book. It actually had me tearing up a bit, which… isn’t something I usually do when reading books, honestly. But I think it was the situation, the way Nina spoke about Matthias, the way she finally let him go, Nina’s sorrow felt very real to me, and very possible. It wasn’t overly dramatic or played out. It was a girl mourning the death of her love, and I felt it.

The characters, though they felt a bit flat, were generally still decent. While some of Nina’s bits were boring (aka moved at a glacial pace) I did enjoy seeing her. She was probably one of my favorites from the Six of Crows duology. That series I liked a tad less than the norm. It was a solid 3.5-4 star thing for me, which is a bit lower than you see on Goodreads. This King of Scars book I think is juuuuust above Six of Crows and juuuuust below Crooked Kingdom for me as far as rating goes.

Anyway, Nina’s plot line, while I still cannot fathom why it was drawn out so much, has me curious what will happen. It, more than Nikolai’s in my opinion, hints at a looming threat that I’m sure will come to fruition in the second book.

Nikolai, while uh… dampened, was still fun to read from. I particularly enjoyed his banter with Zoya, and enjoyed getting a bit of his inner monologue during the trials he was going through. Zoya as well, I really grew to like. Aside from the weird punch-in-the-face of stuff she went through at the end of the book, I really liked how we got her backstory. I think she is my favorite character.

The plot of this book I liked, but as mentioned, it felt stilted. It bumbled around for four hundred pages, but then really got on track at the end. Did it feel super rushed? Yes. But was it a good plot development? …I think so, yes. So I like the direction it’s going, I just hope the feeling I felt at the end of the book will stick throughout the second one, whenever it comes out. Speaking of, the ending. The very ending. Unfortunately I predicted what would happen two hundred pages before it did. It kinda took the wind out of it for me.

Despite that though, I’m still kinda pumped for it. I like the ‘what happened’, I’m just not sure if I’m totally on board with the ‘why and how’. hm hm.

So many things about this book gave me so many positive and negative feelings. That might be good though. It gives the second book so much more chance to shine. I’m excited for book two and definitely think it has the potential to be a five star book for me.

Just needs pacing.

3.75/5 stars

 

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Dreamy Covers Book Tag

Book Tag

Another tag today! I was tagged by Katy @Bookbinderway (thanks, friend!)

The Rules

  1. Thank the lovely person who tagged you, spread the love.
  2. Mention Tiana @ The Book Raven as the creator of this book tag.
  3. Use the original tag image in your post. (However, feel free to add whatever other graphics your heart desires.)
  4. At least tag 1 fellow blogger for this tag.
  5. List the rules.

Not in Ideas but in Things

A BOOK COVER THAT PERFECTLY EXPRESSES THE NOVEL INSIDE IT

The Traitor Baru Cormorant (The Masquerade, #1)

The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson.

This is the truth. You will know it because it hurts.


Dark and Lovely

A BOOK COVER THAT IS SO CREEPALICIOUS YOU JUST WANT TO EAT IT UP

If We Were Villains

If We Were Villains by M. L. Rio

A bit outside my usual genres, but the synopsis seems rather neat. I think it’ll be a hoot.


Sugar Sweet

A CUTE COVER THAT IS SO FLUFFY YOU WANT TO GIVE IT A HUG

What's Michael?, Vol. 3: Off the Deep End

What’s Michael? by Makoto Kobayashi

You know what I found out just now? This is volume 3. I had no idea. I’ve owned this for years, and have read it multiple times. Never knew it was part of a series, let alone not the first one in it. I need to go find the others now.


The Simplistic Aesthetic

A BOOK COVER THAT STUNS WITH THE MOST MINIMALISTIC OF DESIGN

Severance

Severance by Ling Ma

I think it’s the ‘A Novel’ on the bottom that’s partially cut-off, combined with the synopsis that it’s an apocalyptic novel about a Millennial who’s too burnt out to care that draws me in.


Cover Envy

A BOOK COVER YOU WISH YOU HAD ON YOUR SHELVES, BUT DON’T YET

Semiosis (Semiosis Duology, #1)

Semiosis by Sue Burke

Ugh I’ve been looking for this everywhere. I’ll likely end up buying it online, just because none of the bookstores within 50 miles seem to have it. -_-


Traveling Abroad

A BEAUTIFUL BOOK COVER FEATURING A COUNTRY OUTSIDE OF YOUR OWN

The Island of Sea Women

The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See

This book takes place on a small island off the coast of Korea. It’s coming out next month, and I plan to make it one of the five books I permit myself to buy. I like Lisa See’s stuff.


The Color Wheel

A COVER THAT SHOWCASES ONE OF YOUR FAVORITE COLORS

The Broken Eye (Lightbringer, #3)

The Broken Eye by Brent Weeks

I really like all of the covers in this series. Green and blue just happen to be my favorite colors though, so this one and the cover of volume one are my favorites.


Switching Gears

A COVER CHANGE THAT YOU ABSOLUTELY ADORE

The Black Prism by Brent Weeks

While I love the design change, I now can’t find a hardback copy of this volume. Anywhere, in either cover. If you find one or have one, send it to me, I’ll pay you.


Oldie but Goodie

A FAVORITE BOOK COVER OF YOUR FAVORITE CLASSIC

Frankenstein

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

I have two books in this edition – this and Great Expectations, but I haven’t read the latter, so this one qualifies as ‘a favorite’. I do really like Frankenstein. There are not one but two damn stickers on mine though, and it kills me. Why. WHY.

Also fun fact: The picture shown above is what pops up for my book’s isbn. But! My book has different quotes in different places. Maybe they printed multiple versions of the cover with different quotes? Weeeeird.


And the winner is…

WHICH COVER MENTIONED ABOVE IS YOUR FAVORITE?

Semiosis (Semiosis Duology, #1)

Right now, this one, because I’m so obsessed with finding a copy. UGH I WANT IT.


And that’s it! Consider yourself tagged if you’d like to do this! Happy reading!

 
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Disney Princess Hair Book Tag

Book Tag

Hello, a tag today! I’m back after taking a week off for health reasons, so I figured a tag would be a good segue into a normal posting schedule.

I was tagged by Katy @Bookbinderway, you should go read her stuff she’s nice and wonderful.

Strictly speaking, not all of my selections will be ‘princesses’ but they’ll at least fall within the Disney domain because capitalism.

The Rules
  1. Link back to Kyera’s original post on Kyera’s Library and Mandy’s post on Book Princess Reviews so they can see all your answers! Be sure to do this via pingback, we don’t get notified if you just tag our URLs.
  2. Thank the person(s) who tagged you… show the community some love!
  3. Obviously, come up with your own wonderful answers!
  4. Don’t forget to tag others to keep the tag going!

Best Hair Accessory | Favorite Book Sidekick

The flowers in Rapunzel’s hair

Nighteyes from the Farseer and Tawny Man trilogies by Robin Hobb

Fool's Errand (Tawny Man, #1)

Nighteyes is a wolf who bonds to Fitz through the magic of the Wit. He’s playful, savage, smart, protective, funny and all around wonderful.


Biggest Hair Change | Plot Twist That Caught You Off Guard

Anna’s morning hair somehow becoming all nice and neat in the next scene. It’d take me years, man.

The twist at the end of Prodigy by Marie Lu

Prodigy (Legend, #2)

I read this book a while back, and the twist at the end of this book definitely surprised me, thought not in a good way. Notice I never finished the trilogy.


Prettiest Up-do/Bun | Book/Author With Most Elegent Prose

The ‘bun’ from Bambi. GET IT. BUN.

The writing in Senlin Ascends by Josiah Bancroft

Senlin Ascends (The Books of Babel, #1)

An example from near the beginning of the book. For context, the main character has just witnessed multiple deaths around him:

He especially delighted in the old tales, the epics in which heroes set out on some impossible and noble errand, confronting the dangers in their path with fatalistic bravery. Men often died along the way, killed in brutal and unnatural ways; they were gored by war machines, trampled by steeds, and dismembered by their heartless enemies. Their deaths were boastful and lyrical and always, always more romantic than real. Death was not an end. It was an ellipsis. There was no romance in the scene before him. There were no ellipses here. The bodies lay upon the ground like broken exclamation points.


Most Bounce/Body | Book That Bounces Between Multiple Time Periods

How she keeps in tame, I have no idea.

A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki

A Tale for the Time Being

We’re all Time Beings.


Most Intricate Braid | Favorite Plot With Multiple Story Lines Woven Together

Again, Rapunzel

Hyperion by Dan Simmons

Hyperion (Hyperion Cantos, #1)

They’re just so neato!


Short & Sweet | Books That’s Short and Sweet

Boo’s hair from Monster’s Inc

All My Friends Are Dead by Avery Monsen and Jory John

All My Friends Are Dead

Yep.


Nicest Half-Up / Half-Down | Book/Character You Had a Lot of Ups and Downs With

Belle’s hair. It always looked so damn manageable to me.

The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss

The Wise Man's Fear (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #2)

Oh man oh man. This book still gets me steamed. I loved the world building, the side characters, the plot progression. But I hate Kvothe. Ugh. I wrote a full spoilery review on this one and I’m still not over it.


Medium & Manageable | Last Book You Felt Right in the Middle About

Belle’s hair, hyuck.

Tokyo Ghoul volume 1 by Sui Ishida

Tokyo Ghoul, Vol. 1 (Tokyo Ghoul, #1)

I gave this a three and a half star rating. It was alright. I’ve only read the first though, so it could still surprise me.


Best Bangs | Eye-Catching Cover

While maybe not the ‘best’ bangs, definitely the most adorable. Agnes from Despicable Me

Kings of Scars by Leigh Bardugo

King of Scars (Nikolai Duology, #1)

It’s even shinier in person!


Long & Loose | Longest Book That You Read This Year

Ahem. Really, I Feel like ‘Rapunzel’ could fulfill all the prompts, except maybe the ponytail one.

Currently Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows, #2)

560 pages – will likely not hold spot for long, but for now, is the longest.


Best Pony | Book That Swings From POV To POV

Mulan’s pony. GET IT. PONY. HAH.

The Monster Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson

The Monster Baru Cormorant (The Masquerade, #2)

Unlike the first novel in the series, in this second one, we get the thoughts and schemings of multiple people. Ugh I’m loving it so far.


Stunningly Straight | Book That Made You Want to Dive Straight Into the Sequel

Pocahontas’s hair. It’s so lovely

Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey

Leviathan Wakes (Expanse #1)

I went out and bought the sequel to this like… right away. I finished it, put it down, and then put on my shoes to go to the store.

….I haven’t finished it yet, hyuck. I bought it years ago now and have since gotten distracted by other books. Soon. Soon.


Enviable Curls | A Book With Twists and Turns

Merida ❤

Fullmetal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa

Fullmetal Alchemist, Vol. 1 (Fullmetal Alchemist, #1)

This series is so fantastic man. Really, read it.


Hair Closest to Your Own | Book You Strongly Connected To

Ahem.

Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

Ella Enchanted (Ella Enchanted #1)

Back when I was a kid, I’d rent this book from the library over and over and over and over. I was obsessed.


And that’s it! If you’d like to do this, consider yourself tagged!

 
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February Currently Reading | ’19

Currently Reading

Hello, happy February. Nothing interesting happens in February, so I’m gonna read some books to try to ignore it.

This is what I’m currently reading!

City of Dragons by Robin Hobb

City of DragonsStill reading this with Zezee @Zezeewithbooks. I’m hoping to finish it this coming week. It’s probably my favorite book in the series out of the four, so hoping it finishes strong!

 

 

Blood of Tyrants by Naomi Novik

Blood of Tyrants (Temeraire, #8)I also hope to finish this one this coming week – I have four or so chapters left, and the audiobook is quoting it around 3 hours. So, here’s hoping this book doesn’t show up on next month’s currently reading!

 

 

 

King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo

King of Scars (Nikolai Duology, #1)I picked this up on release day but unfortunately haven’t had the chance to fully dive into it yet. I was planning on doing that this past weekend, along with reading City of Dragons, but I ended up being social instead and barely read anything. Hoping to get it done either this week or next weekend!

 

 

 

Back-burner books

This is basically the same list as last month, but I’ve trimmed a few off. I haven’t actually decided to quit any of them, but instead set them aside and back to ‘Want to Read’ on Goodreads until I’m actually ready to pick them up again. I don’t like having a huge back burner list, so doing this helps my sanity.


And that’s it! I love currently reading posts, they’re so short and sweet. Are you reading any of the above? Let me know what you think of them! Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 02/04/2019 in Books, Currently Reading, TBR

 

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January/Tome Infinity Wrap Up | ’19

Wrap Up

Writing ’19’ at the end of the title was weird.

Today I wanna wrap up the books I read, all of which were part of the Tome Infinity and Beyond Readathon, which took place from January 1st – 31st, so I figured why not do it all at once. I read eight things this month, three novels and four manga and one graphic novel.

Books

Tome Infinity Round 2

So for Round 2 of Tome Infinity, I had settled on Mercury and began to build my colony. Each book read had to fulfill the prompts in the different tiers, starting with Tier 1 and then moving upwards. I almost completed tier two (there were five total). Each book you read could count for up to two prompts. Many of the books I read could have easily filled four or five, but that wasn’t the nature of the readathon, so with what I had and what it was allowed to fill, I’ve basically gotten the necessities down. The colonists just can’t go anywhere yet because travel isn’t a thing. I’ll highlight the titles with the corresponding colors on the boxes so you can tell what filled what.

City of Dragons by Robin Hobb

City of DragonsFulfilled Tier 1’s Water and Shelter

Man oh man, I already want to reread Robin Hobb’s books, and I haven’t even finished them yet. While not all of them have been five stars, each one, including this one, has enriched the world in which they take place. I’ve said this many times before now, but reading a Robin Hobb book is like going home. They give me a feeling of nostalgia, but I can’t fathom why. I love them.

This book is no different. I buddy read it with Zezee @Zezeewithbooks and together we rather enjoyed it. This book continues the trek of the last book, and it allows for character development and world building, Robin Hobb’s specialities. I really enjoyed this, and at the time of writing, I’m a bit over half way through the fourth one as well, and it’s only gotten better. I’m not going to go into plot because spoilers, but I will say if you’ve been thinking of picking of Robin Hobb’s books, do it. Do iiiiiit.

4.25/5 stars

Silver Spoon vol 1 by Hiromu Arakawa

Silver Spoon, Vol. 1Fulfilled Tier 1’s Sleep and Food

This manga I really enjoyed. It’s a slice of life manga, following a young man as he goes to agricultural school and learns the ins and outs of farming and dairy science and yada yada.

It was light, refreshing, funny, and had a bit of grit to it as well. I wrote a full spoiler-free blabber on it, should you like to hear me jib jab on about it.

4.25/5 stars

 

 

Fruits Basket Another vols 1-2 by Natsuki Takaya

Fruits Basket Another, Vol. 2Didn’t fulfill any Tier 1 prompts

These two are the only reads this month that didn’t fulfill any prompts. They could have counted for later ones, but you have to do the tiers in order, so I couldn’t do anything about it.

They were both good reads, though. The only downside to these was that I was hoping for a long series, like the original Fruits Basket was. But the end of volume 2 hinted that the next volume would be the last. Baw I wanted more emotional investment. If anyone can confirm or deny this, please let me know.

4/5 and 4.25/5 stars respectively

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1)Fulfilled Tier 1’s Air and Fire, completing the tier.

As mentioned in my full spoiler-free blabber of this book, it suffered from over-hype. So many people came out of this screaming about it like it was the second coming, so I… was a bit disappointed. It was still a solidly good book, but it just wasn’t great, mostly because of the characters I think.

That seems to be peoples’ favorites though. Who knows. Maybe I just don’t like heist books, which is another thing that people seem to love. Whatever the combination of things, I didn’t love this book. (I liked it, though)

3.75/5 stars

Tokyo Ghoul vol 1 by Sui Ishida

Tokyo Ghoul, Vol. 1 (Tokyo Ghoul, #1)Fulfilled Tier 2’s Education and Procreation

I’ve been told by a few different people now to pick this up. I finally did when my husband mentioned wanting to watch the anime. We don’t have any streaming services that have this available, so we’d have to buy it on dvd or blu-ray or something. So, I decided to pick up the first volume of the manga first, to see if it’s something I’m even interested in watching. I figured I’d rather chance twelve bucks instead of thirty. I liked it though, and we’ll likely buy the anime now. (And I wanna buy more of the manga, too).

3.5/5 stars

 

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows, #2)Fulfilled Tier 2’s Medicine and Trading

I wrote a blabber on this one too, and I must say that I liked it more than the first book in the duology. The characters were better written, and the plot was more realistic. Honestly I have nothing else to say about it that I didn’t already write, so check out the blabber, pbtbt.

4/5 stars

 

 

 

 

Fence vol 2 by C. S. Pacat

Fence Vol. 2 (Fence #5-8)Fulfilled Tier 2’s Oral Communication

I feel like vol 1 could have fulfilled Travel but I didn’t read that one this month, pbtbt. They pretty much all stayed in basically the same building this entire volume so I couldn’t even stretch it.

I like this series so far, but it hasn’t hooked me like Pacat’s Captive Prince series did. I’m giving it more time, though, since well, it is C. S. Pacat. I’m still hoping she’ll do something that’ll throw me for a loop and make me fall in love with the series.

Fingers crossed.

3.75/5 stars

 

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And that’s it for the books and the readathon! I rather like the structure of this. I know they’re thinking about doing a round three and are currently gathering ideas, so I will be participating in that as soon as it’s officially announced. 😀


Other Things

  • My husband and I started saving for a house this month. Fingers crossed, we’ll buy one by the end of 2020, early 2021!

Reading Goals

  • Read 50 books – 8/50
  • Finish the 10 in 2019 list – 1/10
  • Keep book purchases around 4-5 books per month
    • J – 5 | F | M | A | M | J | J | A | S | O | N | D
  • Go on a 2 to 3 month buying ban – planned for April-June
  • Reduce physical TBR to 250 books – currently at 282
  • Finish the r/Fantasy Book Bingo Challenge by Mar 31, 2019

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  • Post monthly book hauls
    • J | F | M | A | M | J | J | A | S | O | N | D
  • Maintain a S-W-S posting schedule
    • J | F | M | A | M | J | J | A | S | O | N | D
  • Keep track of statistics
    • J | F | M | A | M | J | J | A | S | O | N | D

And that’s it! I think I’ve started 2019 pretty strong as far as reading goes. I hope you all had a good reading month!

 
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January Book Haul #26

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https://i.imgur.com/XS0XVS1.gifHappy Hump Day! Today I figured I’d do a haul. Now, at the beginning of the year, I made a resolution to keep my book buying to 4-5 books per year. I’ve since then added a bit of detail onto it.

I’ve decided that if I buy a manga or graphic novel (not a regular book) with the intention of reading it as soon as I get home, and then actually read it when I get home, it doesn’t count towards the five. I decided on this for two reasons: 1 – the whole point of my limit is to keep my TBR from growing, and if I read it right away, the TBR doesn’t grow, and 2 – manga takes like thirty minutes to read. I feel like if I counted them towards my five, I’d never actually buy them because of how fast I get through them, even though I’m actively following many series at the moment. I’d fall behind. 😛 So manga don’t count… if I read them right away. If I buy them and don’t get to them immediately, then they count.

Does that makes sense? I have no idea. Basically I’m just giving way to my impulses I suppose. What else is new.

Anyways. The books!

I got a lot of YA, and all fantasy. I dig it, though.

Empire of Storms and Tower of Dawn by Sarah J Maas – Haven’t gotten to these yet. I rather liked the world expansion in books three and four, so hoping I like these too.

Blood of Dragons by Robin Hobb – The fourth and last book in the Rain Wild Chronicles, this series has really grown on me. I’m buddy reading it with Zezee and we’re both digging it so far!

Crooked Kingdom and King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo – I buzzed through the Six of Crows duology earlier this month after getting Crooked Kingdom, and am currently in the middle of King of Scars. I wrote a full blabber on Crooked Kingdom, and intend to for King of Scars as well as soon as I finish it.


I also got one graphic novel this month that falls into the category above – I bought it and read it immediately (so yay, doesn’t increased TBR) That is Fence volume 2 by C. S. Pacat.


And that’s it! I think I’ll keep separating out the five books and the ‘immediate read’ manga/graphic novels. Until next month, happy reading!

 
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Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo | Blabber

Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows, #2)Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

Hardback
546 pages
YA Fantasy
Six of Crows duology, book 2
Read Jan 11 – Jan 23
Spoiler-free blabber

I picked this book up right after having finished Six of Crows. The first book suffered from over-hype, and having read it and been a bit disappointed, I went into this one with a much more realistic mindset. Because of that, I enjoyed it more than the first one.

This book picks up immediately after the finale of book one, and the characters have to deal with the new situation they find themselves in. The plot set-up for this book I think is more realistic than the first one was, and the ways the characters go about completing their objectives are much more believable. I stated in my blabber for the first one that one of my biggest problems with the book was that I found it hard to suspend my disbelief. It was easier this time around, as the motivations and actual skill sets of the characters had been more developed, and those of the enemy were less all-encompassing. It made the idea that the bad guy could potentially be overthrown feel more possible.

In addition to the plot, the characterization in this book was much more fleshed out. I griped in Six of Crows that Kaz was built up to be this ruthless, cold, vicious person, that he had this huge reputation for it, but we didn’t get to see it. Well, in this one, I was expecting more of the same, but thirty pages in, I went ‘Oh there it is’. The characters acted more how they’ve been described in this one, and it was nice to see a bit of cohesion there instead of ‘say one thing do another’. The other characters developed nicely as well. I particularly liked how Wylan grew – he became more sure of himself and his abilities, and ended up being one of my favorite characters by the end of the book. This book was funnier than the first one too. The humor wasn’t all over in-your-face, but there were a few times were I laughed. This book was fun to read.

Just like in the previous book, the main issue I had with this book was the pacing. The pacing, while a bit better than in Six of Crows, was still stilted and awkward. The beginning part of the book zooms, comes to a mini-climax, and then stagnates. It’s slow then, for about a hundred pages, and then it zooms again until the end of the book. The middle of the book isn’t supposed to make the reader want to put it down. And that’s what almost happened – I almost set it aside for a different book. I wasn’t going to stop reading it all together, but the way the plot progression was going, I was losing interest big time. That’s uh, that’s not a good thing when you’re building up to the finale of a series.

So that’s my biggest complaint. All the other complaints I had in book one have either solved themselves or they were improved on at least a little bit. If I remember, I think the Grisha trilogy had some pacing issues as well, so I’m hoping it doesn’t continue into the next series set in the same world.

So overall: This book was better than the first one. The characterization was improved, the plot was more believable, the humor was better, the characters were more likeable. It was all just better. If you read the first book and loved it, you’ll love this too. If you were luke-warm to it like me, I suggest picking this one up. Odds are, you’ll like it more.

4/5 stars

 
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Posted by on 01/27/2019 in blabbers, Books, Review

 

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A trove of books, make-up and other delights

Embuhleeliest

and then blabbers about it

The Reader's Archive

Spoiler filled reviews of my recent reads

Reading Life

A ramble of words about my reading life

Pageturning

books and books and books

Rainy Blogging

RainyReviews is aimed at writing Self-published and Wattpad book reviews. I will be writing my own poetry and short stories. I will also be creating aesthetics.

Charles Heath - Author

Thrills, Spills, and just a dash of Romance