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Book Review: Forest of a Thousand Lanterns (Rise of an Empress) by Julie C. Dao

From Goodreads.com

Summary

“Eighteen-year-old Xifeng is beautiful. The stars say she is destined for greatness, that she is meant to be Empress of Feng Lu. But only if she embraces the darkness within her.

Growing up as a peasant in a forgotten village on the edge of the map, Xifeng longs to fulfill the destiny promised to her by her cruel aunt, the witch Guma, who has read the cards and seen glimmers of Xifeng’s majestic future. But is the price of the throne too high? Because in order to achieve greatness, she must spurn the young man who loves her and  exploit the callous magic that runs through her veins–sorcery fueled by eating the hearts of the recently killed. For the god who has sent her on this journey will not be satisfied until his power is absolute.

Set in an East Asian-inspired fantasy world filled with both breathtaking pain and beauty, Forest of a Thousand Lanterns possesses all the hallmarks of masterful fantasy: dazzling magic, heartbreaking romance, and a world that hangs in the balance. Fans of HeartlessStealing Snow, and Red Queen will devour this stunning debut.”

-From Amazon.com

Review

I’ve been seeing this book everywhere and everyone is raving about it, so naturally, I had to see what they were talking about. This was an absolutely fantastic read and so unlike anything I’ve read in a long time.

First off, we had a strong female character. She was ambitious and not afraid to do what she needed to. She wasn’t a demure lady, what was expected of the time, but was willing to fight and claw her way to the top to become an Empress, or to at least try to get there. She was even willing to turn down love from one of her oldest friends. I kind of liked this because she didn’t fit the regular mold of a female protagonist. Even when they’re badasses they’re generally controlled, though Xifeng was almost evil in her own way!

It did have this kind of Snow White kind of feel about the entire thing, except that it was set in Asia.

It was also interesting where it was set. It felt like China most of the time, and most of the names were Chinese, but you could feel like you were in Japan due to some of the names as well.  But it didn’t really matter. The way that it was set made you just feel like it was a big mush of Asia.

Overall this book was absolutely fantastic. Everyone was raving about it so I had to check it out and I wasn’t disappointed. I highly recommend this one!

Happy Reading!

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Book Review: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. MaasSummary

“In a land without magic, where the king rules with an iron hand, an assassin is summoned to the castle. She comes not to kill the king, but to win her freedom. If she defeats twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition, she is released from prison to serve as the king’s champion. Her name is Celaena Sardothien.

The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her. But something evil dwells in the castle of glass–and it’s there to kill. When her competitors start dying one by one, Celaena’s fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival, and a desperate quest to root out the evil before it destroys her world.”

-From Amazon.com

Review

I’ve been seeing this book all over since ACOTAR and the newest release of ACOWAR (both of which were amazing) and so I wanted to check this series out. A lot of people seemed to like it and I was lucky enough that my library seemed to have it in so of course I had to give it a read.

It was honestly really good! It was written by Maas when she was younger, and you could definitely tell that the writing style has changed since her newer books, but the story itself was fantastic!

It had a really strong female lead, who was an assassin, and if you know anything about me,  I love a good strong female. She wasn’t simpering, was able to hold her own, and still had all of these men coming after her. Like how can she get so many! *cries*.

While the language definitely wasn’t as descriptive as it was in some of Maas’ other books, but I kept turning the pages, never the less, because I wanted to know what was going to happen. Of course, since there is a series of books in this one, I knew it was going to be a happy ending, but it kept me wondering what may happen next and to whom! It did have me guessing about bits and pieces along the way though.

Honestly, since this is such an old book, relative to her other ones, a really deep review is useless but I just had to say that it was a great read! I do hope to check out her other books later on, but with so many books on my to read list, it will have to wait just a little while!

Have you read this book? A fan of Maas??

Happy Reading!

 

 

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Hogwarts Acceptance Letter {Hand Made}

Have you been waiting for your Hogwarts Acceptance Letter for too long? Are you ready to fight the forces of evil? No need to wait any longer!

Later this week I will opening a shop containing Hogwarts Acceptance Letters! How exciting is that. Scroll down to see what you’ll get, what is customize-able and prices (most important!).

Harry Potter Acceptance Letter

Your purchase will include one (1) acceptance letter, one (1) list of items needed at school and one (1) ticket to Platform 9 3/4 of course! 

Prices will range from about $10-12 depending on what you want. These letters are full customize-able! You can either purchase the traditional Harry Potter Acceptance Letter to use for props in your photos, or to just have (which is $10) or you can add some things!

With your purchase, if you want it customized, you will put the name of the recipient, their address and where their room is located (to make them feel like Harry Potter)! Don’t worry, no one will see this information except me! The top of the letter and the envelope will then be customized to be for them. 

The prices will vary depending on how you want it to be delivered. I can ship it to you (the person ordering) in an Manila envelope which you can open and then use the letter as you wish. If you choose that option, then the letter and the envelope will have the room location on it. Or you can have the letter mailed directly to the recipient. If that is the case, then room location will only be on the letter (as I don’t think the mail service delivers to your bedroom just yet!). 

Those features mentioned above may bump the cost up a little if you have it put inside another envelope. You can also have the wax seal, or not. Final costs will be calculated this week before I put it up for sale!

Currently this is only open to the U.S. and Canada (due to International shipping costs) but I hope to open it internationally eventually! (Subject to change depending on the final calculations this week!)
For any questions, comments or concerns, please email me at mylibrarycardworeout at gmail dot com, tweet me @mlcwo or DM me on Instagram @mylibrarycardworeout

“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.”  –The Philosopher’s Stone  

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Book Review: Archangel’s Viper by Nalini Singh

NEW RELEASE: Archangel's Viper by Nalini SinghSummary

“Once a broken girl known as Sorrow, Holly Chang now prowls the shadowy gray underground of the city for the angels. But it’s not her winged allies who make her a wanted woman—it’s the unknown power coursing through her veins. Brutalized by an insane archangel, she was left with the bloodlust of a vampire, the ability to mesmerize her prey, and a poisonous bite.

Now, someone has put a bounty on her head…

Venom is one of the Seven, Archangel Raphael’s private guard, and he’s as infuriating as he is seductive. A centuries-old vampire, his fangs dispense a poison deadlier than Holly’s. But even if Venom can protect Holly from those hunting her, he might not be able to save himself—because the strange, violent power inside Holly is awakening…

No one is safe.”

-From Amazon.com

Review

*SCREAMS* THIS BOOK WAS AMAZING!

I’ve been waiting so long, since Archangel’s Heart came out and I finished that one. And of course, this book comes out on the 26th (today) and I got it on the 25th (Amazon came in clutch!) and I finished it in 3 hours. I sat down and did NOTHING else but read.

And oh my gosh it was incredible.

First, the story continues with everything else but it is a side story with Venom, which I always love. I just love that Nalini has side characters that get their own books that aren’t side stories, but are intricate parts of the entire series. It just makes it amazing. This ‘side’ book with Venom was the book that I never knew I needed. He’s such an incredible character. All I need now is to know about Illium (and have my curiosity sated about Aodhan).

As per usual, the sex was not the pain purpose. There was romance, yes, and tension, but there was little to no sex that occurred. Which is wonderful because there was so much story going on and I just couldn’t put it down because I wanted to know what happened.

The bad-guy in this was a throwback to a while ago and he was evil as ever! Can’t spoil any more than that.

It is quite a violent book of course, but not throughout. It’s little spurts of violence and bodies. It was much less violent than other books but of course there was some, and there has to be, as that’s what the book is known for!

Will I read it again? Oh yes I will be. Probably in a few days.

I love the book, I love the series and I love the author and everything she does. It’s such a unique series and a unique twist. The women are powerful, the men are sexy and the story is captivating.

I highly recommend this book, and the series, to others!

Are you reading? Have you read? Thoughts? I’d love to chat!

Happy Reading!

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Book Review: The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco

Book Review: The Bone Witch by Rin ChupecoRating: 3/5 teacups

Summary

Let me be clear: I never intended to raise my brother from his grave, though he may claim otherwise. If there’s anything I’ve learned from him in the years since, it’s that the dead hide truths as well as the living.

When Tea accidentally resurrects her brother from the dead, she learns she is different from the other witches in her family. Her gift for necromancy means that she’s a bone witch, a title that makes her feared and ostracized by her community. But Tea finds solace and guidance with an older, wiser bone witch, who takes Tea and her brother to another land for training.

In her new home, Tea puts all her energy into becoming an asha―one who can wield elemental magic. But dark forces are approaching quickly, and in the face of danger, Tea will have to overcome her obstacles…and make a powerful choice.

Memoirs of a Geisha meets The Name of the Wind in this brilliant new fantasy series by Rin Chupeco!”

-From Amazon.com

Review

So this is actually a book in my DNF list. I am about to go away (actually I’m away now) and I just didn’t have time to finish it unfortunately. I really did want to and I sat down a few days before I was going to leave to try and grind through the rest of it but I just couldn’t.

First impressions were good.
My first impressions of the book was that it was going to be good. I was seeing it all over the place and people seemed to love it and as I was getting into it, I was seeing that it was good and I was curious about what was going to happen. But as the book went on I started to lose interest in the book. I’m not sure what it was but I just wasn’t feeling the book though the story was intriguing and I was certainly curious as to what was going to occur within the book. However, I just didn’t finish it.

The cover caught my attention.
The first thing that  I loved about the book was the cover. It was a deep and rich purple which isn’t a common book cover color. Also it had the accents of shiny gold on the front and then this little skull protruding out of the darkness. So it really caught my eye and I thought it was going to be a great read.

Tea seems a little bit obnoxious.
In my opinion, Tea seemed a little obnoxious. I’m not sure what it was about her, but there was this slight obnoxious attitude about her. I really can’t place my finger on it but I just felt that she got on my nerves.

The dead weren’t…well..dead.
Fox was supposedly dead as that’s what the entire story was about. But I never got this feeling that he was truly dead or that there was something wrong enough with him. You were supposed to have this creeped out vibe coming from him and people were supposed to be afraid, or confused, by him and I didn’t get that feeling most of the time.

Bone Witches are bad! And good?
I was confused through the reading because in the beginning it was saying that Bone Witches are bad and everyone hates them and fears them. But then they were loved by certain people. I was just a little unclear as to if they were truly bad or if they were good and I was just missing something.

Honestly, I may not have been in the mind frame to read this book as I’ve been running around and preparing to travel. I had heard good things about it, or so I remember, and so I had high hopes for the book. These expectations were not met at all unfortunately.

I would recommend checking it out if you have some time and can find it in your local library. It was a good read, for the beginning. As the book went on, I went off of it. But I’m pretty sure it’s all just my opinion considering the average rating for the book is 4 stars.

However, I personally give this book only 3/5 teacups.

rating three tea cups mlcwo

Happy Reading!