Reading Lately: April 2018 Edition

Another month, another set of book reviews! April was a good month for reading, with 7 books completed.
Reading Lately: April 2018 Edition. Book reviews of The Smoke Thieves by Sally Green; The Heart Forger by Rin Chupeco; Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young; A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab; The Tethered Mage by Melissa Caruso; Daughters of the Storm by Kim Wilkins; Refuge for Masterminds by Kathleen Baldwin | Puppies & Pretties

What I’ve been reading lately

A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab: This is the audiobook that I’ve been listening to since December. Yep, it took me awhile. I really don’t put priority on listening to my audiobooks, mainly just when I am on the eliptical at the gym and sometimes when I’ve got a longer car ride. Anyway, back to the boook. The final book of the trilogy, this is a great closing book to the series. This is a great series that has a good vs evil vibe but also has imperfect heroes that are just trying to figure out and live their lives.
4 out of 5 stars

Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young: Meh, this one was just ok. The main character is a girl in a Viking-esque clan that always fights another clan every few years because that is what their gods tell them to do. But then Eelyn sees her brother on the other side, even though he died the last fight season. Turns out he didn’t and now he is a part of the other clan. Eelyn ends up being taken captive trying to figure out what is going on and has to survive the winter with the enemy. Turns out there is an even bigger enemy that the clans have to combine to fight. What bugged me about this one was the underlying “this is how we’ve always done it” line. And it takes forever for Eelyn to stop being a little idiot. This could of been good, but it was just too shallow for me.
2.5 out of 5 stars
c/o Netgalley

The Tethered Mage by Melissa Caruso: Magic is scarce in the empire and anyone born to it is automatically conscripted into the army as a Falcon, matched with a Falconer that for the most part controls the Falcon. Most are found young, but Zaira, one of the main characters, has survived on the streets for years hiding. But she is found out and made a Falcon against her will with Amalia, the Heir to a very powerful person in the country as her Falconer. Together they have to figure out how to tolerate one another all while being pulled into political schemes. This is a good one if you enjoy political intrigue, magic, and exploring the underlying constructs of society.
3.5 out of 5 stars (almost a 4)
c/o Netgalley

The Heart Forger by Rin Chupeco: This is a good one, but also a tough one. Book two in the series (read my review of book one here) this series jumps back and forth between 2 timelines which I like to think of as current Tea and young Tea. It can be tough to follow, especially when you are trying to remember what happened in book 1. This is definitely a series that I plan to reread when the final book comes out. Tea is a bone witch, and something bad happened that we still don’t know exactly what, but she has decided to take revenge/clear that bad out by seemingly taking over the world. So we bounce back and forth between her revenge tour and going back that is slowly leading up to the big bad. There is a ton of magic, political intrigue, and great relationships in this story.
4 out of 5 stars

The Smoke Thieves by Sally Green: This book has multiple POV’s of teenagers that are in the mist of big world changes. Some they are trying to control, other times they are swept up in others machinations. The world is set in a medieval-esque world of kings, princesses, and knights. Oh, and let us not forget demons. You can definitely tell this is the first book in a longer series, as much of it seems to be setup for future storylines. While there is a lot of action and character development of our main characters, sometimes I had to step back and be like, wait, why does this even matter? While that question is sometimes a good thing, it didn’t feel like a good thing for this story. It is still a relatively enjoyable book, but I could of done with foreshadowing that didn’t seem to go anywhere and all the moon eyes that several of the main POV’s seem to have constantly. Thankfully, there isn’t insta-love, just mooning. I would recommend this book if you enjoy light political intrigue, lots of action and decent characters. Just maybe wait until more of the series is out.
3 out of 5 stars
c/o First To Read

Refuge for Masterminds by Kathleen Baldwin: The third book of the series (read my reviews of book 1 and 2 here). The entire series is based on a school of unusual girls that are called on to help save England from Napoleon (set in an alternative type world). This book’s POV is Lady Jane, who has more secrets than most. But she has to use all her organizational and planning skills to help her friends to stop the invasion. This is a great series if you enjoy historical fiction and women leads that don’t fit the normal molds set by society.
3 out of 5 stars

Daughters of the Storm by Kim Wilkins: I wanted to like this one, I really did. But I just didn’t. The story follows 5 very different sisters as they try to figure out why their father, the king, is sick. All while keeping the country and, in general, the entire region as they have ties to other kingdoms as well. The thing that I didn’t enjoy about the book is that the characters all fit into their little boxes and never seem to leave. All 5 sisters seemed to be caricatures of people rather than actual people. The only one that I sort of liked was really the one that you love to hate. I doubt I will pick up the next in the series.
3 out of 5 stars
c/o Netgalley


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