Book review: Stormdancer (The Lotus Wars #1) by Jay Kristoff

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Title: Stormdancer (Book #1)

Author: Jay Kristoff

Series: The Lotus Wars

Publisher: Tor UK

Format: Paperback

Genre: YA, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Dystopian, Steampunk

Rating: Did not finish

[Synopsis] (Taken from goodreads)

Arashitoras are supposed to be extinct. So when Yukiko and her warrior father Masaru are sent to capture one for the Shõgun, they fear that their lives are over – everyone knows what happens to those who fail the Lord of the Shima Isles. But the mission proves less impossible and more deadly than anyone expects. Soon Yukiko finds herself stranded: a young woman alone in her country’s last wilderness, with only a furious, crippled arashitora for company. Although she can hear his thoughts, and saved his life, all she knows for certain is he’d rather see her dead than help her. Yet trapped together in the forest, Yukiko and the beast soon discover a bond that neither of them expected.

Meanwhile, the country around them verges on collapse. A toxic fuel is choking the land, the machine-powered Lotus Guild is publicly burning those they deem Impure, and the Shõgun cares for nothing but his own dominion. Authority has always made Yukiko, but her world changes when she meets Kin, a young man with secrets, and the rebel Kagé cabal. She learns the horrifying extent of the Shõgun’s crimes, both against her country and her family.

Returning to the city, Yukiko is determined to make the Shõgun pay – but what can one girl and a flightless arashitora do against the might of an empire?

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(DISCLAIMER: This is my opinion only, may contain spoilers for the book, may contain coarse language)

  • I really liked the setting of this book as it was cool
  • But I was confused at the start about the characters
  • I personally felt that there was a lack of research on the Japanese language portion of the book
  • I couldn’t get through the book even though I really liked the premise of the book

Have you read this book? What are your thoughts and opinions? Leave a comment down below! 🙂

Top 5 over-hyped series in my opinion

 (Disclaimer: These opinions are mine and the books specified are not ranked in any order.)

 

  1. A Court of Thorns and Roses Series by Sarah J. Maas

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Genre: YA, Romance, Fantasy

(Synopsis – Taken from goodreads)

Feyre’s survival rests upon her ability to hunt and kill – the forest where she lives is a cold, bleak place in the long winter months. So when she spots a deer in the forest being pursued by a wolf, she cannot resist fighting it for the flesh. But to do so, she must kill the predator and killing something so precious comes at a price …

Dragged to a magical kingdom for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face obscured by a jewelled mask, is hiding far more than his piercing green eyes would suggest. Feyre’s presence at the court is closely guarded, and as she begins to learn why, her feelings for him turn from hostility to passion and the faerie lands become an even more dangerous place. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose him forever.

(Thoughts)

Although I know a lot of people love this series, I personally didn’t like it. I just think that after trying to read the Throne of Glass series, I couldn’t enjoy Sarah J. Maas’s books or writing style. But I loved the context and the beautiful covers of this book series and have heard a lot about the great romance and characters. I might give it another go in the future. Nonetheless, I would definitely recommend this book to fans of faerie species and beauty and the beast retellings!

 

  1. The Mortal Instrument Series by Cassandra Clare

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Genre: YA, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance, Fiction

(Synopsis – Taken from goodreads)

When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder― much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing―not even a smear of blood―to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know…

Exotic and gritty, exhilarating and utterly gripping, Cassandra Clare’s ferociously entertaining fantasy takes readers on a wild ride that they will never want to end.

(Thoughts)

Okay, for The Mortal Instrument series, the only reason why it made the list was because I personally have problems enjoying books once I’ve watched the movie or TV show for the book. Although I hated the movie, the TV show is one of my favourites. Because I felt that the TV show already revealed so much about the series, I didn’t feel the need to read the books, or had a lot of difficulty getting through the books.

But I definitely loved the characters and the world building of this series, and would recommend it to those who want more depth and insight to the series. Maybe if I had read the books first before watching the TV show, I would have thoroughly enjoyed the series.

 

  1. The Darkest Minds Series by Alexandra Bracken

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Genre: YA, Dystopian, Fantasy, Science Fiction

(Synopsis – Taken from goodreads)

When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something frightening enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that got her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that had killed most of America’s children, but she and the others emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they could not control.

Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones. When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. She is on the run, desperate to find the only safe haven left for kids like her—East River. She joins a group of kids who have escaped their own camp. Liam, their brave leader, is falling hard for Ruby. But no matter how much she aches for him, Ruby can’t risk getting close. Not after what happened to her parents. When they arrive at East River, nothing is as it seems, least of all its mysterious leader. But there are other forces at work, people who will stop at nothing to use Ruby in their fight against the government. Ruby will be faced with a terrible choice, one that may mean giving up her only chance at having a life worth living.

(Thoughts)

I loved the first book and the world setting for this series, but I couldn’t get past the 2nd and 3rd book and unsuccessfully did not finish this series. I think that the characters weren’t as appealing as I hoped and the story was kind of long winded. I would recommend this book to those who love adventure and dystopian novels.

 

  1. The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo

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Genre: YA, Romance, Fantasy

(Synopsis – Taken from goodreads)

Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.

Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.

Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha . . . and the secrets of her heart.

Shadow and Bone is the first installment in Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha Trilogy.

(Thoughts)

I actually really loved the world building for this book and am excited to read the Six of Crows duology but have yet to get my hands on it. Mainly why I disliked the series, was because The Darkling didn’t get his redemption arc. I felt that he deserved a redemption arc since his character was actually quite widely loved. By half the series, I was okay with Alina totally not ending up with anyone, but I really wanted the Darkling to have a redemption arc and not get killed off so suddenly.

But nonetheless, I would recommend this book to fans of the Red Queen series by Victoria Aveyard, as this book is action packed as well.

 

  1. The Raven Cycle Series by Maggie Stiefvater

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Genre: YA, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance

(Synopsis – Taken from goodreads)

“There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,” Neeve said. “Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him.”

It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.

His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

From Maggie Stiefvater, the bestselling and acclaimed author of the Shiver trilogy and The Scorpio Races, comes a spellbinding new series where the inevitability of death and the nature of love lead us to a place we’ve never been before.

(Thoughts)

I loved the concept of the books but am too keen on ghosts (I’m sorry I’m a scaredy-cat). I might give it chance again in the future since I really still liked the concept. Would recommend this to fans of paranormal and romance novels.

 

 

Have you read these series? What are your thoughts and opinions? Do you think I should read some of them again? Leave a comment down below! 🙂

Giveaway 

Sam's Otoge Journey

Since I enjoyed Collar x Malice so much, I decided to do a giveaway of 3 copies of the game!

This giveaway is international and I will cover all shipping fees. Just “like” this post, “comment” on it, “reblog” it (not sure if reblogging is still a thing or not, if it is not, just ignore it) and be “subscribed” to this WordPress to enter, I guess. Winners will be drawn randomly.

It will end on 1st October 2017 (16:00 Japan time), and I will announce the winners the next day (2nd October 2017).

Good luck!

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Game Review: Dark Romance: The monster within Collector’s edition (Free Trial)

Hey guys, I decided to start on doing game reviews! I’ve been playing trial versions of games fromBig Fish Games and finally decided to do a review even though I’ve been playing their games for years!

Personally, I love playing Hidden Object games and Time management games!

Today, I have played ‘Dark Romance: The monster within’. I have always enjoyed playing the Dark Romance series, they always make me go “wait, I’ve been playing for an hour?!” and they always have the alternate Point of view where you play not one, but two different characters in the game! Both the characters will send each other items and information that will help the other character out!

Dark Romance: The Monster Within Collector’s Edition

Rating: 4/5 stars

While playing the game, I was really at a loss for words when I saw how pretty the background illustrations were for the game! I also enjoyed the puzzles that were set up, they were tricky, but definitely engaging and fun to try out (If you suck at puzzles, there is always the ‘hint’ and ‘skip’ button)

The search areas in the game are straightforward and easily spotted, this makes it easier on the players to figure out what needs to be done, and the items provided were really logical in terms of use.

For this game, The monster within, I really liked the concept of game! The story tells of man who wants revenge on his friends and enemies, so he uses magic paints to paint whatever he wants and they will happen in real life. So he turns their lives into hell by painting all of them changing into animals.

I LOVED the music choice, when the scene of the house was on fire, the music was tense, and even I literally felt that my own house was on fire and was panicking while trying to find a water source while the music really tensed up the atmosphere. The music subconsciously immersed me in the game for an hour, before I was sadly dragged out due to the time limitation. The sound effects were really realistic (e.g. the fire crackling and the glass shattering)

I also liked that the game incorporated skills such as healing/medical and blacksmithing into it’s midst.

One thing I absolutely liked was that you can do more than 1 thing at a particular scene. most games only allow you to handle one task at a time (e.g. open the door with a key) but for The monster within, you are able to open the locked door AND pull the cork out of the bottle AT THE SAME TIME!

I felt that the hour was really short and I thoroughly enjoyed the game!

 

Let me know in the comments below whether you would try out this game!

 

Nexis (Trickster #1) by A.L. Davroe

“This is Nexis, Gus. You can do anything you want.”

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Title: Nexis (Book 1)

Author: A.L. Davroe

Recommended to fans of: The body institute by Carol Riggs, The Leveller by Julia Durango, Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo, Cinder by Marissa Meyer, Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Series: Tricksters

Publisher: Entangled Teen

Format: Paperback

Genre: YA, Dystopian, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Romance

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[Synopsis] (Taken from goodreads)

In the domed city of Evanescence, appearance is everything. A Natural Born amongst genetically-altered Aristocrats, all Ella ever wanted was to be like everyone else. Augmented, sparkling, and perfect. Then…the crash. Devastated by her father’s death and struggling with her new physical limitations, Ella is terrified to learn she is not just alone, but little more than a prisoner.

Her only escape is to lose herself in Nexis, the hugely popular virtual reality game her father created. In Nexis she meets Guster, a senior player who guides Ella through the strange and compelling new world she now inhabits. He offers Ella guidance, friendship…and something more. Something that allows her to forget about the “real” world, and makes her feel whole again.

But Nexis isn’t quite the game everyone thinks it is.

And it’s been waiting for Ella.

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(DISCLAIMER: This is my opinion only, may contain spoilers for the book, may contain coarse language)

  • So Ella isn’t that close with her father, but she wishes so
  • Bastian is Ella’s childhood friend who is an adopted Aristocrat while Zane is a playboy broadcasting actor (I hope I got that right)
  • The world is slightly confusing at the start, but by the end of the book, I was sucked into the world of Nexis
  • Ella, because of her father’s great programming skills, is now an Elite/Aristocrat 
  • Ella loses her father and both her legs, she falls into depression. Meems, her robot and motherly figure, suggest for Ella to try out Nexis
  • Everyone thinks that Ella is dead, I don’t understand why she likes Quetin though, he’s so stuck up
  • Guster and Ella’s relationship was OMG, I love it
  • The characters are lovable
  • After half the book, I really liked the world and wanted to finish this series, but my local library doesn’t have other books of this series
  • Aww, when Meems sold her Chasis/Skin for Ella to get prosthetic legs
  • I felt that this book was similar to Cinderella
  • The real quest was for Ella to get into the Nansi Chamber, but everyone else died
  • It was quite predictable it was G-corp who was after her family
  • Ella activates the virus and the story hits its climax
  • Is Gus Shadow or Quetin? We still have yet to know. But I hope its Shadow
  • The ending was the deciding factor for me to give this book 5 stars
  • Although, I felt that 1 book was enough, It’s good that it doesn’t end there

Have you read this book? What are your thoughts and opinions? Leave a comment down below! 🙂