Crooked Kingdom Playlist

crooked-kingdom-playlistToday I am happy to share with you my Crooked Kingdom playlist!

Crooked Kingdom is the finale to the Six Of Crows duology.

A Spoiler-Free review of Crooked Kingdom is already up on my blog which you can read Here!

Songs featured in today’s playlist were one’s that I not only listened to while reading CK, but songs I felt matched the atmosphere of this magical + fantastical world that Bardugo created!

Songs Feat. From: Kingdom Hearts (Spin-Off Titles) + Final Fantasy (XIII & XV)

Songs:

• Le Sanctuaire (Kingdom Hearts 3D) • La Cloche (Kingdom Hearts 3D) •
• Black Garden (Kingdom Hearts Birth By Sleep) • Miracles (Final Fantasy XIII) •
• Forever Fugitives (Final Fantasy XIII) • Apocalypsis Noctis (Kingsglaive Final Fantasy XV) • At Struggle’s End (Kingsglaive Final Fantasy XV) • Our Hope Goes With You (Kingsglaive Final Fantasy XV) •

Let Me Know Your Thoughts On This Playlist In The Comments Below! 🙂

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard Spoiler-Free ARC Review

tumblr_nmkditGhQ61snf6rko1_1280Truthwitch by Susan Dennard (The Witchlands #1)

Publisher: Tor Teen

Release Date: January 5, 2016

Pages: 416

***Received ARC from a Goodreads Giveaway***

Summary:  On a continent ruled by three empires, some are born with a “witchery”, a magical skill that sets them apart from others.

In the Witchlands, there are almost as many types of magic as there are ways to get in trouble—as two desperate young women know all too well.

Safiya is a Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lie. It’s a powerful magic that many would kill to have on their side, especially amongst the nobility to which Safi was born. So Safi must keep her gift hidden, lest she be used as a pawn in the struggle between empires.

Iseult, a Threadwitch, can see the invisible ties that bind and entangle the lives around her—but she cannot see the bonds that touch her own heart. Her unlikely friendship with Safi has taken her from life as an outcast into one of reckless adventure, where she is a cool, wary balance to Safi’s hotheaded impulsiveness.

Safi and Iseult just want to be free to live their own lives, but war is coming to the Witchlands. With the help of the cunning Prince Merik (a Windwitch and ship’s captain) and the hindrance of a Bloodwitch bent on revenge, the friends must fight emperors, princes, and mercenaries alike, who will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch.

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull Starhalf star--Book Blog

Even though I did not give this book 5 stars, I still really enjoyed reading it.

Susan introduces a complex world with politics and magic that are prevalent all through out the novel.

The idea of these witches was very unique and unlike anything I had ever read in a fantasy before.

The characters, world, etc. are complex and Susan shows that wonderfully through her writing style.

What made this book difficult to get through was the pacing and world building.

I felt that I got put into this world so quickly and I wasn’t given much  to the world/magic system. It felt like I had more of a broad overview and not much of a detailed explanation.

I also felt at times the pacing was slow and it really took me a while to get through it.

However, this book overall has really great elements that work well together, I personally just found it hard to connect it all.

While this book wasn’t necessarily for me, I still think you should have this book on your TBR for 2016 if you love YA Fantasy, friendship, and intricate plots/worlds! 🙂

Even though it wasn’t a 5-star book for me, the ending really had me interested and I still plan to read the next book to see where its headed 🙂

***Full ARC Review to come***

If you’ve read this book/plan to, have any additional thoughts? 🙂

 

 

A Fierce And Subtle Poison by Samantha Mabry ARC Review (Spoiler Free)

**Received from author through a giveaway***

Mabry_FierceandSubtle_jkt_rgb_2MB1A Fierce And Subtle Poison by Samantha Mabry

Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers – Release Date: April 12, 2016

Pages: 278 (ARC), 288 (Hardcover)

Summary: In this stunning debut, legends collide with reality when a boy is swept into the magical, dangerous world of a girl filled with poison.
 
Everyone knows the legends about the cursed girl–Isabel, the one the senoras whisper about. They say she has green skin and grass for hair, and she feeds on the poisonous plants that fill her family’s Caribbean island garden. Some say she can grant wishes; some say her touch can kill.

Seventeen-year-old Lucas lives on the mainland most of the year but spends summers with his hotel-developer father in Puerto Rico. He’s grown up hearing stories about the cursed girl, and he wants to believe in Isabel and her magic. When letters from Isabel begin mysteriously appearing in his room the same day his new girlfriend disappears, Lucas turns to Isabel for answers–and finds himself lured into her strange and enchanted world. But time is running out for the girl filled with poison, and the more entangled Lucas becomes with Isabel, the less certain he is of escaping with his own life.

A Fierce and Subtle Poison beautifully blends magical realism with a page-turning mystery and a dark,  starcrossed romance–all delivered in lush, urgent prose.

My Rating:Full StarFull StarFull StarFull StarFull Star

Quick Spoiler Free Review:

Every element of this story from characters to world building is done in such a great way. Samantha’s writing style created a magical and vivid atmosphere of Puerto Rico.

The elements of magical realism and mystery blend perfectly in this book.

Being Hispanic myself, I really loved the addition of Spanish phrases/words. Knowing what these phrases/words meant, really let me feel more connected to this story.

Both Lucas and Isabel are complex and interesting characters. By the end of this book, I felt I really knew them both.

While this book also has a romance, it is done so perfectly that it does not remain as the main focus which I loved. There is so much to this story that I truly cannot put into words.

Definitely read this book when it comes out April 2016!

Full ARC Review To Come Closer To Release Date 🙂