Monday, 14 July 2014

First day of BookTubeAThon!

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Saturday, 12 July 2014

War by Jennifer Anne Davis

War (The True Reign Series, #3)Title: War
Author: Jennifer Anne Davis
Series: True Reign #3 (last)
Genre: Medieval, Romance, YA, Historical Fiction, Fantasy, Swords
Source: Kindle
Pages: 252 pages
Rating: 4 stars

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Blurb: (via Goodreads)
When Rema chose to be crowned queen and join the rebel forces, she knew she'd face the fight of her life. What she didn't expect was to be kidnapped by an Emperion assassin and taken to the mainland to be executed in front of the emperor. How can she save Greenwood Island if she can't even save herself?

Darmik knows he doesn't have much time to rescue Rema. He’s denounced his position as Commander and Prince in order to join the rebels. But now he must rely on his family name in order to go before the Emperor—his uncle—and beg for Rema’s life.

If Rema and Darmik have any hope of being together and saving their kingdom, they must survive the greatest threat of all—Emperion.

This is the heart-pounding conclusion to The True Reign Series.

My Review:

I have reviewed the first two books of this trilogy. The first book is The Key, which you can read HERE, and the second is Red, which you can read HERE. I will have a few spoilers in this review, but I will warn you before you can read them.

So first and foremost, if you have gotten this far in the series that means you know the worst part of the first two books… THE CLIFFHANGERS! As soon as I finished Red, I had to start War right away. It was already 10pm, and I was tired, and I had to get up early, but I read it anyway because the cliffhanger just draws you back in. I am happy that the end of the third book didn’t have some twist and end in a cliffhanger… thank the Book Gods for this being the last in the series! I don’t think my sleep schedule could have taken it.

Another love: Nathenek (AKA “Captain”). Every time there was an interaction between him and Rema, I was grinning like and idiot. They were by far my favorite parts of the book. I don’t know if I loved him because he was kind of a badass, or because he actually had a sense of honor, or what. What I DO know is that I wanted Rema to throw Darmik out the window and fall into Nathenek’s arms so they could live happily ever after. SPOILER: I was thoroughly disappointed when it didn’t happen (not that I thought it really would… there was too much foundation between Rema and Darmik to just throw it all out the window… But still!!) I kind of hope to see a spin off series that has Nathenek as the main character; I would love to see the world from his eyes.

BIT OF A SPOILER HERE: Another think I enjoyed was seeing Darmik and Rema together again. As much as I love Nathenek, Darmik has earned my trust at this point and I wanted Rema to get the happily ever after she deserved. I like how accepting Darmik was of Rema’s new status. He didn’t want either of the crowns for himself, although he could have fought for them. I expected more of an inner conflict about all this new information that was thrown at him concerning Rema, but he didn’t even flinch. In the end, all of the tiny things that made Darmik Darmik made me accept him as Rema’s True Love once and for all… Sorry Nathenek! As a side note, I also loved the fact that Darmik was the Emperor’s illegitimate son. It explained so much; mainly why he was treated like crap going up by the man he THOUGHT was his father. It was a interesting and unexpected twist.

Now for some of the things I didn’t love so much. The biggest issue I had with this conclusion to the trilogy was that it was very rushed. It definitely could have used at least 50-100 extra pages. Additionally, while changing perspectives from Darmik and Rema, I think the timeline gets a little muddled up… and if it doesn’t, then I was definitely just confused. I had to go back and reread to make sure I understood certain things correctly. Lastly, most of the story takes place in the sandy empire, rather than their home country. I wanted to see more of the civil war between the tyrant and the rebels! I wanted to see Darmik fight his brother and father more. I wanted Darmik to confront his father about how he treated him all this time. We see a bit of it at the end, but it was very rushed.

In comparison, the pros outweigh the cons by far. The cons that do exist are mostly nit-picky things that are based on personal preference. The ending to this trilogy left me pleased and content with the story that spanned over three books. The only wish I have is that we got to see more of Nathenek from the start. I would have liked to see his development throughout the books. Maybe we will get to see a spin off series with him… CROSSING MY FINGERS! This was a great job by Jennifer Anne Davis. I suggest it to all those who love Romance, YA, Historical Fiction, Medieval Fantasy, and Swords.

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Book Haul!

Hey all! So, I just recorded my first book haul, and the list of books I have bought in such a short frame of time is ridiculously long! Check it out here!

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Saturday, 5 July 2014

Follow me on Facebook!

Hello again to my amazing followers and friends! I recently created a page on Facebook where I will be more reachable to my audience. I will be posting more of my personal book and literature experiences there, as well as asking my viewers questions and taking polls on what you would like to see more of. I ask an encourage you all to follow me there, Book Butterfly Reviews.

I just want to give a quick thank you to everyone who has supported me and followed me these past few years. You are all so amazing and patient for those months I am too busy to post much of anything. You are the reason I keep doing what I do, so from the bottom of my heart, Thank You.


ЯED by Jennifer Anne Davis

ЯED (True Reign, #2)Title: ЯED
Author: Jennifer Anne Davis
Series: The True Reign # 2
Genre: Medieval, YA, Romance
Source: Kindle
Pages: 367 pages
Rating: 5 stars!

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Blurb: (via Goodreads)
Sentenced to be executed.
Betrayed. Alone.
Hung on the gallows.
Rema thought her life was over, but she was wrong.

Saved by a rebel force she’d only ever heard rumors about, Rema finds herself in a forbidden place. She is finally safe—free from the king and Prince Lennek. But not everything is as it seems at the rebel fortress. Secrets are whispered, and loyalties are tested. Once Rema uncovers the truth of her heritage, will she flee? Or will she ascend to the throne, taking on the responsibility of an entire kingdom?

Now that Darmik knows Rema’s true identity, he’s on a quest to save her. But when an Emperion assassin arrives on Greenwood Island, Darmik knows he doesn’t have very long to find her. In a deadly game with high stakes, will Darmik remain loyal to his family? Or will he break away and join the rebels?

Kingdoms rise and fall.
Heroes are born and made.
But one thing remains the same—love conquers all.

My Review:

Gah! The second book of the True Reign series was basically everything I had hoped for.  It had a very Scent of Magic (by Maria V. Snyder) feel to it. I am so excited to review it! If you haven’t read my review of The Key, the first book in the series. I suggest you read it before reading this review. If you would like to read my review for The Key, you can read that HERE. Spoilers ahead. You have been warned.

So Rema has been saved! She is now at the Rebel Camp (*cough* fortress *cough*) and is being healed before she starts training. She still doesn’t know who she really is and despite her best efforts, no one is telling her the truth. Meanwhile Darmik is all torn up about how he feels about Rema, but he is determined to find her. AND an assassin from their Sister Country has come to make sure that Rema dies because he DOES know whom Rema really is… Lastly, we have good ol’ Lennik who is being a spoiled little brat as usual. Now that we are all caught up on the brief summary here, lets get to the technical stuff.

The writing was a massive improvement from the first book. There was less of a cheesy factor at the entirety of the novel flowed a hell of a lot better than the first. The plot deepened nicely. Jennifer Davis continued the story right where she left off and introduced us to a whole range of new characters. In the first novel we only got to see brief fights with rebels. In this sequel, we got to see the Rebels in their entirety. It was a nice contrast to see the other side of the silent war. The most important role the Rebels play, in my opinion, is helping Rema really develop in this novel.

Gone is the girl who will accept things lying down. In this novel, she learns to defend herself, she learns how the other side has been living, and she learns a bit about herself and who she wants to be. On the other side of this battle, we see Darmik in his inner conflict about how he feels about Rema. He gets to truly see the ruthlessness of his father and brother and the cruelty they have inflicted to the country. Because of his love for Rema, he is able to see past his blind loyalty to his father to see the horrible ruler he is, and how much worse his brother will be.

I liked how the romantic aspect of the novel played out. We got a little bit of that love triangle going, and though I would hesitate once again to call it a TRUE ‘love triangle’, we did get to see other possible suitors for Rema’s love to decide how we felt about Darmik.

The one thing I didn’t like about this novel was the constant bouncing back and forth between Rema and Darmik. I know it was necessary, but I felt that it did interrupt the flow a little bit. It wasn’t a huge deal, more of a preferential thing, and I didn’t away points or stars for it, but I would have liked to see more of a focus on Rema’s POV, with the occasional POV of Darmik to learn what was going on behind enemy lines.

Overall, a GREAT second installment for the series. I can’t wait to read the third (and last?) installment! In typical Davis fashion, the sequel ends with a huge cliffhanger, so it will be interesting to see where things play out. I highly suggest this book for any Maria V. Snyder fans, and Sarah J. Maas fans out there!