The Long Game by Jennifer Lynn Barnes // Book Reviews

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I’ve got an overdue boo review for one of the best novels I have read thus far this year. This is a spoilerish review. This means that the majority of the review will be spoiler free except for a little spoiler section at the end. There will be warnings. This book is a sequel, however this review won’t spoil anything from the first book. Let’s get into it!

26073072The Long Game by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Series: The Fixer (#2)
Genres: Thriller, Mystery
Publication: June 7th 2016 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Pages: 360
Source: Borrowed
4.5 stars

The Kendricks help make the problems of the Washington elite disappear…but some secrets won’t stay buried.

For Tess Kendrick, a junior at the elite Hardwicke School in Washington, D.C., fixing runs in the family. But Tess has another legacy, too, one that involves power and the making of political dynasties. When Tess is asked to run a classmate’s campaign for student council, she agrees. But when the candidates are children of politicians, even a high school election can involve life-shattering secrets.

Meanwhile, Tess’s guardian has also taken on an impossible case, as a terrorist attack calls into doubt who can—and cannot—be trusted on Capitol Hill. Tess knows better than most that power is currency in D.C., but she’s about to discover firsthand that power always comes with a price.


GENERAL THOUGHTS

I really enjoyed this sequel. The energy was high and the intensity stayed at that level too. I found this book to be less repetitive than its predecessor. YAY improvements! The higher stakes felt more like background for a large majority unlike the first book which was at its forefront. However, the way that the events build and layer up was done so well and this definitely showed how intricately plotted it was. It’s even more intense and action packed than the first book. It’s such a fun and smart book.

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Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead // Book Reviews

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This is going to be a spoiler free review of the third instalment in the Vampire Academy series, but you will get spoiled for the first 2 books if you read this review.

2802316Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead

Series: Vampire Academy (#3)
Genre: Paranormal
Publication: November 13th 2008 by Razorbill
Pages: 443
Source: Borrowed
4.5 stars

WHAT IF FOLLOWING HER HEART MEANS ROSE COULD LOSE HER BEST FRIEND FOREVER?

Lissa Dragomir is a Moroi princess: a mortal vampire with a rare gift for harnessing the earth’s magic. She must be protected at all times from Strigoi; the fiercest vampires – the ones who never die. The powerful blend of human and vampire blood that flows through Rose Hathaway, Lissa’s best friend, makes her a Dhampir. Rose is dedicated to a dangerous life of protecting Lissa from the Strigoi, who are hell-bent on making Lissa one of them.

Rose knows it is forbidden to love another guardian. Her best friend, Lissa – the last Dragomir princess – must always come first. Unfortunately, when it comes to gorgeous Dimitri Belikov, some rules are meant to be broken…

Then a strange darkness begins to grow in Rose’s mind, and ghostly shadows warn of a terrible evil drawing nearer to the Academy’s iron gates. The immortal undead are closing in, and they want vengeance for the lives Rose has stolen. In a heart-stopping battle to rival her worst nightmares, Rose will have to choose between life, love, and the two people who matter most… but will her choice mean that only one can survive?


PLOT

The foreshadowing was wonderful but the turns in this novel were unbelievable. I had so many thoughts and feelings running through my head all through the novel. I loved all the action and adrenaline filled scenes. Also the ghost subplot was so interesting and it definitely gives a different aspect to the vampire world that we know. I don’t want so say much, wary of spoiling, but it’s good.

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Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas // Book Reviews

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Today, I’ve got another review of a series that I am evidently behind and attempting to get up to date with in hopes that I will not frantically run from circulating spoilers. The second book of the Throne of Glass seriesCrown of Midnight: The Killer Sequel. Joking, ignore the “title” after the colon (though PUN definitely intended). Just a heads up that if you read this review, you will get spoiled for the first book in this series, Throne of Glass and the prequel, The Assassin’s Blade. The are a lot of great moments that won’t have the full effect if you get spoiled. You have been warned. Everyone else can pass AKA 97% of the reader population. Also I have a spoiler section at the end of my review because there are so many things that need to be discussed, but don’t worry because SPOILERS AHEAD will be clearly present so if you haven’t read this book, you can scroll extremely fast.

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

Series: Throne of Glass (#2)
Genre: Fantasy
Publication: August 27th 2013 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Pages: 418
Source: Borrowed
4.5 stars

“A line that should never be crossed is about to be breached.

It puts this entire castle in jeopardy—and the life of your friend.”

From the throne of glass rules a king with a fist of iron and a soul as black as pitch. Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become his Champion. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown. She hides her secret vigilantly; she knows that the man she serves is bent on evil.

Keeping up the deadly charade becomes increasingly difficult when Celaena realizes she is not the only one seeking justice. As she tries to untangle the mysteries buried deep within the glass castle, her closest relationships suffer. It seems no one is above questioning her allegiances—not the Crown Prince Dorian; not Chaol, the Captain of the Guard; not even her best friend, Nehemia, a foreign princess with a rebel heart.

Then one terrible night, the secrets they have all been keeping lead to an unspeakable tragedy. As Celaena’s world shatters, she will be forced to give up the very thing most precious to her and decide once and for all where her true loyalties lie… and whom she is ultimately willing to fight for.


GENERAL THOUGHTS

I still stand by my initial response that this is an excellent sequel. I have a whole new perspective on the characters, the world and just everything in general. I have to say that I didn’t really understand all the amazingness of this book that everyone raved about for the first portion of the book, but once we got passed that, it was epic. This may have been due to my high expectations because everyone was saying that this sequel is so much better than its predecessor. I assure you this book is better than the first and the writing has improved but I did have my peeves that took away half a star once my brain started functioning again and the initial awe (that ending though) died down a bit.

Whilst we got a glimpse of the complexities of this world at the end of Throne of Glass, this book goes so much deeper and darker. A lot of my questions and annoyances after reading the first book were answered and explained and it has enabled me to appreciate Celaena more – her actions (almost) all make sense. Basically, everything I wanted from the first book – assassinating, ancient magic, backstories and all the grittiness, was given to me in the gift of this sequel.

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The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas // Book Reviews

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So this is going to be a bit of a different review because I will be reviewing a couple of novellas that were bound-up into a book. This is a spoiler free review so anyone can read this and not get angry at me for spoiling because trust me, you don’t want to get spoiled. If you want to know my feelings on the spoilery parts of the book, you can find the review HERE and reveal all the spoilers. The Assassin’s Blade is a prequel for Throne of Glass and yes I understand that the series has nearly come to an end and I’m at the beginning.

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The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas

Series: Throne of Glass (#0.1-0.5)
Genre: Fantasy
Publication: March 4th 2014 by Bloomsbury Childrens
Pages: 448
Source: Borrowed
4.5 stars

Celaena Sardothien is Adarlan’s most feared assassin. As part of the Assassin’s Guild, her allegiance is to her master, Arobynn Hamel, yet Celaena listens to no one and trusts only her fellow killer-for-hire, Sam. In these action-packed novellas – together in one edition for the first time – Celaena embarks on five daring missions. They take her from remote islands to hostile deserts, where she fights to liberate slaves and seeks to avenge the tyrannous. But she is acting against Arobynn’s orders and could suffer an unimaginable punishment for such treachery. Will Celaena ever be truly free? Explore the dark underworld of this kick-ass heroine to find out.


REVIEW

I was not in a stable mindset and it was very difficult to gather all my thoughts once I finished reading these novellas. Just, whoa. I understand now when people say that this prequel “redeems” Celaena or justifies her annoying qualities in Throne of Glass, though I’m still not completely pro-Celaena. I admit she ACTUALLY kicks some serious butt, which was what I wanted in ToG, but her attitude really got to me sometimes. Of course we need to talk about Sam. I expected him have a larger role or presence in these novellas, nonetheless, I love him. I also expected to love him more. Strange that. Maybe the huge hype around his character caused that. He’s an adorable cinnamon roll. Arobynn though. I have such rage and resentful feelings towards him, so Celaena’s constant defence of him, consciously or not left me quite frustrated.

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