[Review] Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

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In the three kingdoms of Mytica, magic has long been forgotten. And while hard-won peace has reigned for centuries, a deadly unrest now simmers below the surface.

As the rulers of each kingdom grapple for power, the lives of their subjects are brutally transformed… and four key players, royals and rebels alike, find their fates forever intertwined. Cleo, Jonas, Lucia, and Magnus are caught in a dizzying world of treacherous betrayals, shocking murders, secret alliances, and even unforeseen love.

The only outcome that’s certain is that kingdoms will fall. Who will emerge triumphant when all they know has collapsed?

It’s the eve of war…. Choose your side.

Princess: Raised in pampered luxury, Cleo must now embark on a rough and treacherous journey into enemy territory in search of magic long thought extinct.

Rebel: Jonas, enraged at injustice, lashes out against the forces of oppression that have kept his country cruelly impoverished. To his shock, he finds himself the leader of a people’s revolution centuries in the making.

Sorceress: Lucia, adopted at birth into the royal family, discovers the truth about her past—and the supernatural legacy she is destined to wield.

Heir: Bred for aggression and trained to conquer, firstborn son Magnus begins to realise that the heart can be more lethal than the sword….

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1star

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DNF 49%

How do I even begin? This book made me sick.

I was deceived by the awesome cover and the interesting blurb and I picked to buddy read this book. I admit that the prologue was completely thrilling and I couldn’t wait to read more but then… everything just fell apart. I had a headache everytime I was trying to read it.

Too many characters and too many different POVs. I was ready to explode. The pace was slow and after reading half of the book I was expecting some action but guess what, nothing happened. Absolutely nothing! The characters were appalling, flat and without any realistic sides.

The world building was promising but proved me wrong later . Three, very different, countries; Two kingdoms in which the kings hated each other. I thought there would be a good reason behind all the hate and the need to go to war but it was all because one king was jealous of the other.

The whole story was predictable, uninspired and straightforward. The author was trying to create the feeling of mystery but she was giving away all the hidden facts by herself. No twists!

So I was reading about multiple characters and a boring story. The worst combination ever? Nope, it gets worse. What could possible make it worse? Incest.

It makes me nauseous just to think of siblings having other kind of feelings. Ok obviously they’re going to end up not related at all but that doesn’t changes the fact that Magnus thought that Lucia was his sister and had the feelings already. That’s gross, seriously and I didn’t need another Jamie Lanister. Well, to be honest, Jamie was quite the charmer, in addition to Magnus who’s just disgusting.

Cleo was getting on my nerves all the time. Her name should be written under every definition of selfish and spoiled. She was the reason bad things happened and I blame her ego. Ok, I also blame Aron for being a complete asshole but that’s another story.

Theon could be a great character but because of the numerous POVs poor Theon didn’t have enough scenes. He deserved them.

I put all my hopes to Jonas and his need to revenge but the pace was getting slower and I was bored.

So in order to keep my sanity I just dropped the book and I will never, ever try to finish it.

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[Bookland Special] To read… or not?

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I have in my priority-to-read shelf some books that I so want to read and yet I don’t seem to do so. There’s always something else that catches my eye and I ignore always ignore my tbr list. So, I am going to present to you a few books and maybe you can help me out by telling me your opinion. Should I read them? Which do you think it’s more interesting?

Let’s do this.

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Graceling meets The Selection in debut novelist Victoria Aveyard’s sweeping tale of seventeen-year-old Mare, a common girl whose once-latent magical power draws her into the dangerous intrigue of the king’s palace. Will her power save her or condemn her?

Mare Barrow’s world is divided by blood—those with common, Red blood serve the Silver- blooded elite, who are gifted with superhuman abilities. Mare is a Red, scraping by as a thief in a poor, rural village, until a twist of fate throws her in front of the Silver court. Before the king, princes, and all the nobles, she discovers she has an ability of her own.

To cover up this impossibility, the king forces her to play the role of a lost Silver princess and betroths her to one of his own sons. As Mare is drawn further into the Silver world, she risks everything and uses her new position to help the Scarlet Guard—a growing Red rebellion—even as her heart tugs her in an impossible direction. One wrong move can lead to her death, but in the dangerous game she plays, the only certainty is betrayal.

Why I want to read it?

I am not really into dystopian books but this seems different. It’s like a twisted fairytale and you guys know my hopeless romantic soul. Kings, princes and nobles; that’s my thing.

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From the New York Times bestselling author of Archer’s Voice.Becoming Calder is the first part in a two-part romance series. The conclusion, Finding Eden, is available now.

There is a place in modern day America with no electricity, no plumbing, and no modern conveniences. In this place, there is no room for dreams, no space for self-expression, and no tolerance for ambition.

In this place, there is a boy with the body of a god and the heart of a warrior. He is strong and faithful and serves his family honorably. But he dares to dream of more.

In this place, there is a girl with the face of an angel and a heart full of courage. To her family, she is the vision of obedient perfection. But she dares to want that which she has been told can never be hers.

Becoming Calder is the story of good versus evil, fear versus bravery, and the truth that the light of love has always found its way into even the darkest of places . . . From the beginning of time, to the end of the world.

THIS IS THE FIRST PART IN A TWO-PART SIGN OF LOVE SERIES INSPIRED BY AQUARIUS. THE SECOND PART, FINDING EDEN, IS AVAILABLE NOW. New Adult Contemporary Romance: Due to strong language and graphic sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.

Why I want to read it?

I’ve read Archer’s Voice and god, I wasn’t able to stop thinking about Archer for days after that. The blurb is so unique and I trust Mia Sheridan a lot. If her writing style is like Archer’s Voice then I am already in love with this book.Read More »