Review of A Gathering of Shadows by VE Schwab

I’ll be the first one to admit that the first book in this series didn’t feel very satisfying by the end of it. A Darker Shade of Magic seemed like the whole book had been set up much more to explain this new world –understandable since there are four variations of the same one, that are of course different, and that one of the characters (and the bad guy) can visit at will. An ability that is dying, seeing as only one person can now travel thru kingdoms.

But there was not much on the way of story, or at least not for me. It felt like the basis of a great series that had not yet been fulfilled, but just barely begging to touch how great it could be, and the many twist and turns the story could take.

A Gathering of Shadows was much better, hence the 4 out of 5 Star rating.

Four because I felt like it took forever to get on with it, and because Kell, true to character, most of the time– annoys me to no end.

This book is right after what they are now calling the black plague. Meaning the remnants of the backlash the first book left them to deal with. Kell is now more a prisoner than he had ever been. He’s been treated like a pet that is at the end of a leash, and has no escape. Only he does have an escape, but because of the fact that his life is now truly attached to that of his brothers, he can’t do much about this feelings, other than fantasize about it. Fantasize about leaving for good, about disappearing. Like Lila had done.

A Gathering of Shadows is told from several perspectives. Rhy’s, Kell, Lila, and even sometimes a new character that just happen to be Lila’s captain, he is a very interesting individual, to say the least.  One the is dangerous and refreshing in turns.

This second instalment of the series is much more entertaining and we all get to see much more of this new world, away from the capital and the palace while traveling with Lila and the charming captain and his crew. However, as fate will have it, the things that Lila and Kell thought to be hidden, are coming back to life to hunt him down in Red London. The one place where they all thought that no one would be able to follow him. The enemies that he thought long gone and defeated, where but biding their time to strike back at him, and use him to his own purposes. And the characters all converge, in one way or another at the Essen Tach. The magician tournament that is held in Red London this year, where magicians of all the three regions – of the Red World, come to this capital to demonstrate their strength and stealth, and of course, to show each other what the one next to you can do, in case a war could be on the horizon. Political tug a war at its best, only with magic.

I liked the characters much better in this one because they are coming out of their shell, and because you can see the evolution from the first book, and the backlash it caused, reflected in this one. Lila is as clever as ever, borderline reckless, and she knows it, but of course, this had never stoped her from doing what she wants. Kell is more dark and distant that ever, while at the same time haunted by everything his brother and him are doing and have done. The Essen Tach becomes his only way of blowing some steam and playing the bad boy, for once, because while entertaining his participation is highly illegal. How ever, compared to all the times the brothers have been suffering under this new “arrangement” the Essen Tach becomes the only way of letting go of some of the magic that has been strangling him for the past couple of months and; not only for him, but for Rhy, who now has to suffer along side Kell, for all one does, the other does as well, no matter if the counterpart wants to or not.

More complications, some answers and yet more questions, this book was finally the magical adventure that I was waiting for, and it delivered. I can’t wait for the next one to be out and in my hands.

A Conjuring of Light is the next and last book of The Shades of Magic Series by V.E Schwab, and it will be available February 21st, 2017; here is the link to the pre-order site in Amazon, in case you want to double check it.

https://www.amazon.com/Conjuring-Light-Shades-Magic/dp/0765387468/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1471086860&sr=8-4&keywords=A+Gathering+of+shadows

That’s all I have for y’all today. I hope you enjoyed the review, and please don’t forget to comment if you did, or if you have some other books you would like me to try. I’d love to hear your recommendations.

Stay tuned for the next week, I’ll be posting my review of Me Before You by Jojo Moyes.

Have a great rest of the day, and keep reading.

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Pre-Launch Review of Raelia by Lynette Noni. Book Two in the Medoran Chronicles

Two reviews in two days! I could not help myself, specially when this books launch is tomorrow. I wanted y’all to be warned in case you want to run to your local library tomorrow of get the Kindle edition. Stay tuned for more reviews!

I’ve literally just finished Alex’s last adventure and I am still a bit giddy about it all. The whole book is another great installment of a Series that I have now become a fan of, since I can’t wait for the third one to be released and the second is still a day away until the release date on the 23rd. So it’s going to be a tough time without them.

Here is what to expect of Realia.

Alex, Bear and Dix reunite in Realia after a summer apart with their families. Because of the events that tested them at the end of the year, they are now closer than ever. So their friendship remains intact. How ever this time we get to go into the lost -for thousands of years- city of Meya. In an effort to warn the Meyarin about Aven’s plans, and the lengths he is willing to go to, in order to get what he wants. How ever in turn, they help her just as much as she them, because Roka, the presumed dead prince –and Aven’s brother; helps her discover something else that could save her life if she had to use it in the future. A dormant, recently acquired ability, I guess you could say.

This books so far have not disappointed, they are full of adventure, action and in this one, there is even a bit of romance, if only starting to sprout, from more than one angle. It’s also great to see the characters get out of their comfort zone and fight against the odds, mostly when those are not in their favor.

Raelia has a lot more challenges than the previous one, if only because as we go, there are more encounters and the danger encompassing Akarnae, Alex, Dix, Bear and Jordan increase.

I especially like the library as a character as well, because it’s unpredictable and it also clues you in, when you are paying attention, of course. Also, the author writes the suspense for the final moments of the book very good. Building tension while also letting you pick up clues along the way that made me yell at Alex to stop and think for a second. Of course, she didn’t, but still, that means there is another book- hopefully in the near future; and I for one, can’t wait.

 

So yes, I do recommend the series, not just this book. Make sure you pick up Akarnae and Raelia if you enjoy Adventure, Fantasy and good humor. You’ll get a full plate of all, and then some more, it also does not hurt to know that there are at least five books in this series. The next one is called Draekora – I love all the names BTW. But I have no idea when is this one going to be launched.

 

You can get more info from the author if you follow her on social media –like I do. She’s also done some YouTube videos, so make sure to check that out.

 

As always, keep reading y’all. I’ll be back soon with another review.

 

 

 

Review of the Exile a Graphic Novel by Diana Gabaldon, Illustrated by Hoang Nguyen

Hello y’all and welcome back to another review!

Happy New Year to all, and I hope that this year is a great one!

Without further ado, here is my review on the Exile, a Graphic Novel:

I found this comic book to be a great addition for any Outlander fan, as well as something that would get a lot of other people hooked on the story, probably not knowing the size of the books.

I am not a big fan of comic books, I’ve always preferred the more full on, complex and consequently large novels  rather than the ones with illustrations. How ever, this being a Diana Gabaldon book, it was guarantied to be longer than your usual graphic novel, and the story, while still keeping in with the original, has some new tales with in it that I wanted to know, so i was sold.

This one is told through Jamie and Murtagh’s point of view gives the readers who have read the original Outlander story a more rounded view of all the events that passed without Claire knowing about them. Its refreshing, enticing and very enjoyable, and i am pleased that it was not at all repetitive, at least not in a way that makes you feel like you are reading the same book, just in another format.

While i would have loved to have the whole book in this format, I know that if that where to happen that book would be virtually uxliftable, not to mention very difficult to read. To try and tell that very complicated story in a Graphic Novel format would mean to divide it into books like this that the reader can lift without the help of a lectern or similar object.

The artistry is amazing. Not your typical two faced/two expression drawings of the characters that we know and love. But a more full range of emotions that show both in the artistry as well as the prose that companies it.

All in all, I could not have picked a better book for my first adult comic book. I give it a 5 out of 5 stars, and would recommend it to y’all.

Now if you’ll excuse me. I am going to go re-read Outlander… again.

XOX

Kristen Proby New Cover Reveal!

Hello everyone, welcome back to the IGeekBooks Blog!

Today I am super exited to show you what is new with our favorite Contemporary Romance author Kristen Proby!
 
As you know she is my to go author when I need some uncomplicated, sexy and romantic fix. I love her books, and I have read all of them so far and reviewed them for you here on the blog. Today there is a new STUNNING COVER REVEAL!!!

It’s for her existing series:

Love Under the Big Sky. That, wait for it…

It also has a new book coming up on November 30th! The new book is called Saving Grace. Here is the link to amazon for pre-order if you want to:

Saving Grace.

I am super exited about all of this and I hope you are too. If you’ve yet to try one of her books think no more, you will not regret it. Also, here are the links to the reviews of all this books that I have done on the blog so far if you want to check those out.

TheWith me in Seattle Series:

The Boudreaux Series:
 

The LoveUnder the Big Sky Series:
 

Without further ado, here is a little taste of the first book in this series.

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 Excerpt from LOVING CARA (Book 1):“This is a great place,” I murmur, and turn in a complete circle, taking everything in. The forest is thick here, but with a clearing by a wide pool of water,which is being fed by a creek that empties into it via a beautiful waterfall about twenty yards away. Slabs of rock frame the pond, making a natural ledge to sit on and enjoy nature.“This is where I’ve always come whenever I’m happy or mad or just need to think.” Josh wraps his arms around me from behind and kisses the top of my head.“You brought me to your happy place?” I ask, half kidding, and turn my head to kiss his biceps. I can’t seem to keep my lips off this man.And he doesn’t seem to mind.“It seems that anywhere you are is my happy place these days, Carolina.”I gasp and look up into his soft brown eyes.“So, I brought the person who makes me happy to my happy place,” he clarifies.Well . . . wow.Before I can respond, he kisses my lips quickly and then pulls away to grab a blanket out of a saddlebag. He takes me by the hand and leads me up onto the rocks by the water. He spreads the blanket out and pulls me down next to him.“Are you hungry?” he asks, and pushes my hair back over my shoulder.“Not quite yet.”He nods and his eyes heat as they rake down my face, my neck, and over my tank top, which I know shows off the girls nicely.If he was going to keep me perpetually turned on today, I was happy to return the favor.“You are so beautiful,” he whispers, and leans in to claim my mouth gently. His lips are gentle and soft, sweeping across my own rhythmically yet slowly, sending shivers down my arms and making my stomach clench.He has only touched me with his lips and my stomach is clenched. I’m panting, ready for him to take me right here, in the middle of nature.He cups my cheeks in the palm of his hand and pulls me closer, sinking into the kiss, but then he abruptly pulls back, his brows pulled into a frown.“You really are warm,” he mutters, and feels my neck and forehead.I laugh at him as I rub my hand up and down his firm chest. “It’s hot outside, Josh.”“Let’s cool off.” He smiles down at me wickedly and begins to peel me out of my clothes.“We might give the wildlife quite a show,” I warn him mildly, excitement coursing through me.“That’s the plan.” He winks at me and quickly strips out of his own clothes. He pulls me up onto my feet and peels my jeans and panties down my legs.“Now what?” I ask with a wide smile.“Now we cool off.”

I hope you guys enjoyed this little teaser. Here is some more about the author herself, without whom we would not get to know Carolina & Josh and all the other wonderful couples she’s created…

About KRISTEN PROBY:New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Kristen Proby is the author of the popular With Me in Seattle series. She has a passion for a good love story and strong characters who love humor and have a strong sense of loyalty and family. Her men are the alpha type—fiercely protective and a bit bossy—and her ladies are fun, strong, and not afraid to stand up for themselves. Kristen spends her days with her muse in the Pacific Northwest. She enjoys coffee, chocolate, and sunshine. And naps. Visit her at KristenProby.com That’s all I have for you today.

I’ll be back soon with more reviews to fill up your TBR list.

Until next time, I hope you have a great book keeping you company,

XOX

Caro

Review of the Lunar Chronicles Series by Marissa Meyer

The Lunar Chronicles Review of Books 1-3

Hello y’all! I know I have done reviews of the books separate until now, and I will touch on the last one individually for this review. However I did wanted to reach out to all those of you who have yet to read this books. Because is my truthful opinion that you should give them a try.

It’s got everything that you could possibly wish for in a Fantasy Series. Like what?! Well I am glad you asked!

1-    It provides you with a whole other way to see the future of earth.

2-    The characters are relatable and based on Fairy Tales, but not so much that you already know what it’s going to happen…

3-    The endings surprise you at every turn, and new characters join the book family in each new book.

4-    They’re Cyborgs, robots, Escortbots, Lunars and genetically enhanced warrior/lunar beings.

5-    Deceit, power struggles, politics, fights, romance…

6-    I am calling it the whole package.

Cress in particular was a great book. I loved that since Cinder, the author has branched out a bit more and given us perspectives of almost all characters in the book that are relevant. We get to see inside their minds and know the whys of their decisions and behavior. Understand them a bit better if you will.

This book is a whole other perspective, and it brings someone that we saw in Cinder back. Cress. The girl who is trapped in a satellite (and has been there for 7 years) and forced to do all kinds of spying for Levana and “Mistress” Sybil.

Ok, here is where if you don’t like to have some details of the book you disconnect and go read it.

Spoilers from here on!

It turns out Cress is a great Hackers and it’s the reason why Cinder and her friends have yet to be caught by the spy satellite’s that are looking for them all over earth. She is keeping them safe without the knowing of it. After all she did warned Cinder to go into the ball and tell prince Kai that Levana will most likely kill him after they get married, so she could be Empress and rule Earth as well as Luna…

Cinder remembers the girl, and since she still has the lunar chip that can safely communicate with her, she attempts contact with the one person who can help her try to stop the marriage and also, Kai’s impending death…

It’s a great book, filled with mystery, adventure, running around, planning and fights.  Cinder has to push her boundaries and her Lunar gift, now more than ever in order to save Kai. She has to put herself and others in danger again for the sake of the prince and the Eastern Commonwealth. While her friends try to help her, and altogether survive the curve balls that are thrown at them.

I found it a very pleasant read. Fast paced and interesting. Always adding more key ingredients to the mix to keep me on my toes and make me keep turning page after page.

I hope y’all enjoy it and much as I did.

Here are the links of the books that are out as of right now and the last one Winter, that will be available on November 10th of this year.

Cinder:

Scarlet:

Cress:

Fairest: Levana’s Story

Winter:

Click in any of the above links and they will take you to the amazon page of the books,

If you want to keep in touch for daily updates, read alongs, video and audio reviews you can follow me on:

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Talk to y’all soon!

Caro

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer; Review; Book Two in the Lunar Chronicles Series

I think I have said it before, and I will say it again. I absolutely adore this series. Its one of the few ones that I have recently read who have the power to shock me to my core while having my stomach twisted in knots depending on what Cinder, Scarlet, Iko, Thorne

and Wolf where about to do or currently doing.

This book is a bit different, in a very good way. Its in more perspectives than that of Cinder our known and loved main character, and the reason for all the trouble that’s going on around New Beijing and lets face it, since this book, the world.

I spent the whole book talking to myself and the book, trying to tell Scarlet that from the little I remember about Little Red Ridding Hood, Wolf (I mean come on, yes, that is his name, no, it does not get more suggestive than that) it’s the one that eats Granny right?

But regardless of that or maybe because of that, this book was amazing!

It’s written with a great flow that will have you going from character to character in a seamless way. Very different from the way Cinder finished, so I count that as a plus. Although I have never been a fan for cliffhangers, especially when it comes to books.

More over, I love to see characters grow into what they are destined to be, and also what they want to be, because of a culmination of events that leads them to that place. Or maybe because they are done putting up the other cheek when time and time again people disappoint them. In this case, Scarlet was as a great second book and the perfect stepping stone to show us what Cinder will do in the future. Even tough its not revealed completely since we all know that there is another book afterwards, Cress.

Here are the Books in Order:

Cinder

Scarlet

Cress

Winter (Not out yet, available for pre-order on amazon)

Click here for the Lunar Chronicles Series on amazon

The Bottom line here is that I cannot wait until I am able to sink into Cress and just completely immerse myself in this story’s next step, not just for Cinder, but all the characters involved here that we have known and loved and suffered with trough out the whole adventure/fugitive of the law thing they have going for them.

If you do not like this type of books, and by this type I mean, alien, robot, futuristic kinds. I am here to tell you that I did not either until I found the right series for me. It turns out the Lunar Chronicles are not something that I tolerate or read only because they are hip, but because I thoroughly enjoy all aspects of the books and I will sincerely recommend them.

I do hope you give them a try.

I will see you guys soon!

XOX

Caro

Review of School Spirits by Rachel Hawkins

Hello all,

It has being to long since I did a review here on the Blog. I miss y’all!

I hope you have read wonderful books in my absence and that they filled your days with great adventures. I will love to hear all about it. So please leave your comments below.

Today I will bring another good book to your To Read List.

 its a Hex Hall Novel-If you do not know about it here is the link to the Review on this blog about it: Hex Hall Series Review -that I had the pleasure of reading about 2 years ago. At first I was very exited by this since I did read the Hex Hall Series (3 books not counting this one) and was in love with it.

If you are one of the readers who has read The Hex Hall series and you are expecting -like me- to have another book in the series. Then I am here to tell you that it’s not what you are going to get at all. I was sorry that this was the case. I was looking forward to having another book relating the adventures of Sophie and how all came together for her after all they when trough.

This book how ever is from a totally different perspective and with characters that we know, just not as much in dept.

Izzy is one of the Brannicks. Sophie’s cousin on her mother side and this is completely from her perspective. Her life, what she sees and how she sees it.

For me it was another great work from Rachel Hawkins. Even tough it was not what I expected, the little of disappointment I had over was way over weighed by this new trilling story.

Even tough it touches a bit on the same subject and some of the same principles as Hex Hall- Girl is in school, girl makes friends in a new school, etc.- she made it in a way that was not boring on the same as every other book.
I loved that she kept writing in a way that made me want more and more. Information is feed to the reader in a calculated manner. Trusting you with bits and pieces of the story, but never the whole. Not at the same time and not till the end anyways.

I never saw the end coming. The little details is what matter to me, and this one meet all my Must Haves list. Passing with flying colors.

I wish there was a second one to this line of her writing already out there in the market for me to buy ASAP.
The book certainly has a lot more to be told, if there would be a second book after this one, and this would be made another series I would not be surprised at all. There is still a lot to discover that was not uncovered so far, and this has me all exited. Maybe there would be more… I sure Hope so!
As Always I hope y’all enjoy.

Have a great book!

XOX
CCA

School Spirits