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the adversaryTitle: The Adversary
Author: Erin M. Evans
Pages: 352 (Ebook)
Rating: 2.5/5

A bit late of a review, I received a copy from Netgalley for review.

In the 3rd book of the multi-author SUNDERING series kicked off by New York Times best-selling author R.A. Salvatore, the award-winning Erin M. Evans throws her signature character Farideh into a maelstrom of devilish politics and magical intrigue. Captured by Netherese agents and locked away in a prison camp, Farideh quickly discovers her fellow prisoners are not simply enemies of Netheril, but people known as Chosen who possess hidden powers, powers that Netheril is eager to exploit—or destroy. As Farideh’s friends and sister race across the landscape on a desperate rescue mission, Farideh is drawn deeper into the mystery of the Netherese plot alongside two undercover Harper agents. But will her closest ally turn out to be an adversary from her past?

I’m starting to realize why these authors are the ones chosen to take part of the Sundering series. They are *brilliant*. Evans had my attention from the start, I didn’t know if i would enjoy this one, mostly because I wasn’t sure what to expect. Not knowing who the cast of characters were, I kind of stumbled around lost for a good long while in the beginning which made it hard to sit down for a continuous read. Once I got a grip on the who’s and what’s I think I started to enjoy myself.

Then the middle hit. I had to put it down until I had a chance to sit down and plow through it in one sitting just so I could get it done with. The plot slowed down to a crawl as all the characters struggled internally and while I got a great glimpse to their relationships, it was really hard to not just skim through after a while.On the other hand, the characters! I just loved each and everyone. Most of the characters I had fun reading weren’t human and it was interesting expanding my knowledge of the Forgotten Realms. One particular favorite was Mehen, the twins’ adopted father, a dragonborn. Wish I could have read more about him! The end had some lovely fights and Farideh stole the show. I enjoyed it much more than the rest of the book.

If you’re looking for an author with solid characterization skills and an ability to bring a fantasy world to you completely Evans is the one. This was a decent introduction to her but maybe I would have enjoyed it more if I had picked up her other books first. Perhaps in a different mind frame I could have enjoyed this story better. I’m not sure. Have you read it or any of the Sundering books so far?

Happy reading
~Tally

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carnival of soulsTitle: Carnival of Souls
Author: Melissa Marr
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ages: 306 (Hardcover)
Rating: 2.5/5

In a city of daimons, rigid class lines separate the powerful from the power-hungry. And at the heart of The City is the Carnival of Souls, where both murder and pleasure are offered up for sale. Once in a generation, the carnival hosts a deadly competition that allows every daimon a chance to join the ruling elite. Without the competition, Aya and Kaleb would both face bleak futures–if for different reasons. For each of them, fighting to the death is the only way to try to live.

All Mallory knows of The City is that her father–and every other witch there–fled it for a life in exile in the human world. Instead of a typical teenage life full of friends and maybe even a little romance, Mallory scans quiet streets for threats, hides herself away, and trains to be lethal. She knows it’s only a matter of time until a daimon finds her and her father, so she readies herself for the inevitable.While Mallory possesses little knowledge of The City, every inhabitant of The City knows of her. There are plans for Mallory, and soon she, too, will be drawn into the decadence and danger that is the Carnival of Souls.

 It isn’t often when I say that I enjoyed the middle far more than the beginning or the end, which turned out to be disappointingly anti-climatic. I’m one of those readers that loves writing that has sparkle and reading CARNIVAL OF SOULS started out slow, I just couldn’t stand the writing style but as the world of the daimons and witches unfolded, the stark writing grew on me though there were times when it was admittedly dull.

My like/dislike of the characters also changed dramatically. The one person that sounded strong and likable, became more and more of a puppet character and I lost respect for her. Another of the female characters that I didn’t like at first, I grew to respect if not like. No names for spoiler reasons. The only male character I liked was the one who didn’t get much scene time, go figure, hehe.

The competition scenes were by far the best thing in the book. This is where Marr’s talent showed, brutal and well-played I really enjoyed them. The end, as I mentioned wasn’t very exciting nor surprising. I feel like this was the set up to the next book which always disappoints me when it comes to series.

CARNIVAL OF SOULS didn’t quite hit the high bar I had set up for it but it was interesting to read. While I didn’t like most of the characters, there were some baddies that I found intruiging but I also had a bit of a problem with how females were treated in the daimon world. Let it be enough by me saying, it offended me slightly as a female.

To read or not to read, that is the question. Happy April the First!

~Tally


wakeTitle: Wake
Author: Lisa McMann
Pages: 210 (Paperback)
Rating: 2.5/5

I’ve always seen this book around but never got to picking it up. A good friend of mine got it for me as a late Christmas present and I promptly ate it up.

For seventeen-year-old Janie, getting sucked into other people’s dreams is getting old. Especially the falling dreams, the naked-but-nobody-notices dreams, and the sex-crazed dreams. Janie’s seen enough fantasy booty to last her a lifetime.
She can’t tell anybody about what she does they’d never believe her, or worse, they’d think she’s a freak. So Janie lives on the fringe, cursed with an ability she doesn’t want and can’t control.
Then she falls into a gruesome nightmare, one that chills her to the bone. For the first time, Janie is more than a witness to someone else’s twisted psyche. She is a participant.

 I didn’t mind the journal-like format which coming from me is pretty big. Janie gives a realistic feel and Ms. McMann, well she does a good job of giving Janie that overwhelming tiredness that comes from juggling school, work, and lack of sleep. *salutes the other students of the world*

I like Cabe. There, I said it. He’s intriguing, him and his secrets and while I didn’t like how Janie dealt with her emotions towards him at some points, the romance is neatly written and believable. I’d say the book was more driven by their relationship because, action-wise, I was not satisfied. All the potentially good scenes happened off page! Ah well, maybe in the next book?

What fun, following Janie as she tries to figure out her powers and the control she has over them. Lucid dreaming? Mhmm, you’ve got my attention. Sounds exhausting to put into practice but I’ll happily continue to read it and Janie’s journey as she discovers how powerful her dream-powers really are. Not really my type of book but I enjoyed reading WAKE.

Happy Monday!
~Tally