Book Reviews

The Court of Miracles (A Court of Miracles, #1) by Kester Grant

The Court of MiraclesTitle: The Court of Miracles (A Court of Miracles,  #1)
Author: Kester Grant
Rating: ★★★★

Les Misérables meets Six of Crows in this page-turning adventure as a young thief finds herself going head to head with leaders of Paris’s criminal underground in the wake of the French Revolution.

In the violent urban jungle of an alternate 1828 Paris, the French Revolution has failed and the city is divided between merciless royalty and nine underworld criminal guilds, known as the Court of Miracles. Eponine (Nina) Thénardier is a talented cat burglar and member of the Thieves Guild. Nina’s life is midnight robberies, avoiding her father’s fists, and watching over her naïve adopted sister, Cosette (Ettie). When Ettie attracts the eye of the Tiger–the ruthless lord of the Guild of Flesh–Nina is caught in a desperate race to keep the younger girl safe. Her vow takes her from the city’s dark underbelly to the glittering court of Louis XVII. And it also forces Nina to make a terrible choice–protect Ettie and set off a brutal war between the guilds, or forever lose her sister to the Tiger.

I’ll be honest, I’m a little over novels set in Paris. Especially when they all have to do with heists. Let’s be original, people.

Sometimes we must pay a terrible price to protect the things we love.

Nina: “Black Cat” of the Thieves Guild.

Ettie: Nina’s “little sister”. The root of this war (granted, it was inevitable in time). 

Tiger: Lord of the Guild of Flesh. Lord Kaplan. No Lord will cross him. 

Montparnasse: Loves Nina. My lover. Master of the Assassins Guild. Willing to lay himself on the line for Nina, even if he has to betray his guild.

St. Juste: Loves Nina. Everyone in his family was killed. Leader of the rebellion of people who aren’t in a guild.

The Dauphin: Loves Nina. Prince of France. Nina steels from him at a young age. They see each other later and help each other out. Has a mother who is always on the verge of handing him a glass of poison.

Orso: Has an army of “Ghosts” aka little kids. The only Lord who will stand up to the Tiger.

Thernadier: Nina’s dad. Beats her. Will do anything for whoever offers the most money, even betraying his own.

Tomasis: Lord of the Thieves Guild.

 

if he kills you, I’ll take his head from his body and I’ll set it on a pike in the middle of the Lords’ table in the Miracle Court, and none will ever take it down. There it will rot, the worms will eat it to bone, and all who see it will remember you. Even if Corday asks my life of me in return, I’ll do it. I swear.

Can’t get any more romantic than that!

 

Things I Liked:

  1. Secret societies. I love the idea of secret societies being known for specific talents. I love seeing the atmosphere from each unique faction. I’d love to learn more about how these came about and a look deeper into each society.
  2. Unpredictable. I did not predict one particular event to happen in this novel. That never happens!
  3. The world-building. Grant made this incredibly easy to follow.

 

Things I Didn’t Like:

  1. Hunger Games vibes. If you interchange Nina for Katniss and Ettie for Rue/Prim, you pretty much have the Hunger Games novel.
  2. The beginning. I was ready to DNF right away, honestly. But, I’m not a quitter, so I kept on trekking, and I actually really enjoyed the novel.
  3. The timing. I followed this pretty well through most of the novel, but I got a little confused at times by home much time passed.
  4. Everyone guy loves her. Give me a break! I’m so over the main character having all of these guys wanting her. Not reality!

 

The Court of Miracles is a story about war, ambitious power, and adversity. People who enjoyed The Gilded Wolves and Six of Crows would enjoy this novel.

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First Lines Friday – May 8, 2020

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature hosted by Wandering Words. The meme is based on the idea that instead of judging a book by its cover, author, prestige, we judge it instead by its opening line(s). You can check out my review of the book here!

“First, do no harm;
King thou may be,
thy divine right to magic
is no cause to be
as wicked as you wish.”

— “The Maidenkeep Cycle,”
                                                  The Matter of Avalon


ABOUT THE BOOK

Wicked As You Wish

Title: Wicked As You Wish (A Hundred Names For Magic, #1)
Author: Rin Chupeco
Rating: ★★

Tala Warnock has little use for magic – as a descendant of Maria Makiling, the legendary Filipina heroine, she negates spells, often by accident. But her family’s old ties to the country of Avalon (frozen, bespelled, and unreachable for almost 12 years) soon finds them guarding its last prince from those who would use his kingdom’s magic for insidious ends.

And with the rise of dangerous spelltech in the Royal States of America; the appearance of the firebird, Avalon’s deadliest weapon, at her doorstep; and the re-emergence of the Snow Queen, powerful but long thought dead, who wants nothing more than to take the firebird’s magic for her own – Tala’s life is about to get even more complicated….

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April 2020 Physical Book Haul

Chain of Gold
Cassandra Clare

*LitJoy Crate Publisher’s Collector’s First Edition of Chain of Gold with color interior front piece depicting the main characters AND a new short story about Will & Tessa’s wedding called “Fairytale of London”, exclusive print artwork by Qistina Khalidah (@qissus), signed bookplate from Cassandra Clare, a BONUS LETTER from a character, written by Cassandra Clare, a LitJoy -commissioned slipcase with art by Kim of @pinktofu_art

 


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Did anyone else get any special edition books this month or any other cool bookish things?

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WWW Wednesday – May 6, 2020

WWW Wednesday is a book blog meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words where bloggers answer three questions:

What are you currently reading?
What did you just finish reading?
What are you going to read next?

Currently Reading:

The Court of Miracles

I am currently reading The Court of Miracles (A Court of Miracles, #1) by Kester Grant.

Just Finished:

The Silvered Serpents

I recently finished reading The Silvered Serpents (The Gilded Wolves, #2) by Roshani Chokshi.

Reading Next:

Of Silver and Shadow

Next, I will be reading Of Silver and Shadow by Jennifer Gruenke.

What’s on your WWW Wednesday this week? Be sure to comment below and I’ll check it out!

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Top 5 Tuesday: Top 5 Cute Romances

Top 5 Tuesday is weekly meme created by the Shanah @ Bionic Book Worm.

1. Veronyka & Tristan, Heart of Flames (Crown of Feathers, #2), Nicki Pau Preto

2. Grace & Sam, Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #1), Maggie Stiefvater

3. Selah & Bear, The Beholder (The Beholder, #1), Anna Bright

4.  Tella & Dante, Finale (Caraval, #3), Stephanie Garber

5.  Eelyn & Fiske, Sky in the Deep, Adrienne Young

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The Silvered Serpents (The Gilded Wolves, #2) by Roshani Chokshi

The Silvered SerpentsTitle: The Silvered Serpents (The Gilded Wolves,  #2)
Author: Roshani Chokshi
Rating: ★★★

They are each other’s fiercest love, greatest danger, and only hope.

Séverin and his team members might have successfully thwarted the Fallen House, but victory came at a terrible cost ― one that still haunts all of them. Desperate to make amends, Séverin pursues a dangerous lead to find a long lost artifact rumoured to grant its possessor the power of God.

Their hunt lures them far from Paris, and into icy heart of Russia where crystalline ice animals stalk forgotten mansions, broken goddesses carry deadly secrets, and a string of unsolved murders makes the crew question whether an ancient myth is a myth after all.

As hidden secrets come to the light and the ghosts of the past catch up to them, the crew will discover new dimensions of themselves. But what they find out may lead them down paths they never imagined.

A tale of love and betrayal as the crew risks their lives for one last job.

I wanted to love this, but Severin is just an extremely annoying character. He pushes everyone away who is close to them thinking it is for their betterment. How can he lead people when he can’t even face his own demons?! I wish the plot was more focused on the puzzle aspect of the heists versus the emotional. It was a bit too dark for my liking.

Severin: French-Algerian. Leader of the group. Supposed heir to House Vanth. 

Tristan: Severin’s foster brother. Botanist. Pet tarantula Goliath (yikes!).

Laila: Indian. Chef. Dancer. Can read objects.

Enrique: Spanish-Filipino. Historian. Bi. 

Zofia: Jewish-Polish. Lab rat. Autistic? OCD. 

Hypnos: French-African-descent. Heir to House Nyx. Enemy to friend.

 

Things I Liked:

  1. Growth. We start to see the characters’ flaws and how they came to be the people they are today. We see their weaknesses, as well as, them overcoming their fears in the form of strengths.
  2. Not everything goes right. So many young adult novels have characters with essentially no faults. It is nice to see things not work as they are planned.
  3. The puzzles. I love them! It was so fun to try to figure the puzzles out before the characters.

 

Things I Didn’t Like:

  1. People who think they can decide what is best for someone. Severin is a guy that you love to hate. He has the best interests of people close to him in his heart, but he doesn’t always execute in the best way. He takes responsibility for things he has no control over and let’s that fear of hurt for those he loves takeover his life. People can decide for themselves if they want to take risks, they don’t need someone else choosing for them.
  2. Forbidden love. Man loves girl. Girl loves man. Man can’t be with girl for fear of hurting her and vice versa. This is so stupid! You’ll make things work with someone if you truly love them.
  3. Dark. The Silvered Serpents was a lot darker than The Gilded Wolves. Readers can find more foul play, deception, and a look into the darker parts of the human mind.

 

The Silvered Serpents is a story about deception, love, and friendship. People who enjoy heists and a loyal gang of misfits will love this novel.