Friday, January 19, 2018

The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air #1) by Holly Black



The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air #1)

Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.

And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.


Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.
 
My Thoughts:
This book wasn't on my radar until the the pre-order campaign came stomping through my twitter feed with this gorgeous cover. Sure, I'd heard of Holly Black. I easily have half a dozen of her books on my bookshelves... But I hadn't read any of them yet. 
Shame on me. 
Let me tell you, the innards of this book are as pretty as the outside. I loved it. L. O. V. E. It's beautiful, dark, and dangerous. I adored Jude, and the relationship she has with her sisters. The world is rich and nuanced. And the villains are villainous. So delightfully so. The writing is amazingly well-done. Flawless.

I cannot get enough of this world. As soon as I finished it, I devoured TITHE and then immediately started VALIANT

I need the next book now, please. Ugh. So many feels. I highly recommend this one. Go read it now.

Rating: ***** (5 stars)

Have you read THE CRUEL PRINCE? Is it in your TBR pile? Seriously, move it to the front of the line. You won't be disappointed. :D

Happy Reading,

Chelly
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RATING SCALE: 
 5* = OMFG loved it. Will read it again. Touch my book and I will cut you. 
 4* = Really good. Highly recommend. Miiiight reread. Maybe. Don't touch my book. 
 3* = Good. I liked it. Go ahead and touch it. 
 2* = Not for me, finished but struggled. Didn't connect. Here, have a book.
 1* = DNF. Couldn't do it.
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Friday, December 22, 2017

Best Books for 2017






      

These are my TOP 10 for 2017. Yes, there are 15 of them, which is sort of cheating, but I've listed multiples in a few series, so, really, there are only 10.

Click on the covers for links to Goodreads and Happy New Year. I'm so ready for 2018 and all the new books to hit my shelves. What are you waiting for? Drop me a comment with your most anticipated reads of 2018 so I can add them to my list, please. There were plenty of other books that I loved this year that aren't here, but are in my reviews if you want to check them out. Oh, and find me on twitter: @ChellyPike

Happy Reading,

Chelly

P.S. Let me know if any of my links are broken. Thanks. You're the best!


Sunday, December 17, 2017

Ash and Quill (The Great Library #3) by Rachel Caine



Ash and Quill (The Great Library #3)

Words can kill.

Hoarding all the knowledge of the world, the Great Library jealously guards its secrets. But now a group of rebels poses a dangerous threat to its tyranny…

Jess Brightwell and his band of exiles have fled London, only to find themselves imprisoned in Philadelphia, a city led by those who would rather burn books than submit. But Jess and his friends have a bargaining chip: the knowledge to build a machine that will break the Library’s rule.

Their time is running out. To survive, they’ll have to choose to live or die as one, to take the fight to their enemies—and to save the very soul of the Great Library…
 
What I thought:
Since this is the third book in The Great Library series, here are my reviews of the first two books: INK AND BONE and PAPER AND FIRE 
ASH AND QUILL picks up where PAPER AND FIRE left off, and the story takes off running and doesn't stop. Rachel Caine's writing never fails to amaze. This is one of my favorite series ever and I'm dying, dying, dying, to get my hands on the next one. 
Why? Well, first there's Jess, the MC, and, as always, I'd follow him anywhere, especially when things get all dark and twisty. I'm a huge fan of dark and complicated, and this book, this book, this book! There are twists. OMG twists, and I was on the edge of my seat waiting to see what would happen next. Everything in this series is so beautifully fleshed out--the characters, the setting, the plotting--and I'm so invested. And--no spoilers--but where this book leaves off... Gah!  
I could make a list of all the other characters and why I love them, but it might get spoilery, so I'll just add that Wolfe and Santi are my favorite ship of all ships. <3 <3 <3 
And now that I'm finished with this one, I'm in sort of a reading slump, because all I want to read is the next book, SMOKE AND IRON, and it's not out until July, 2018. *sobs* I'd offer my kid's soul for an ARC but she informs me that she's already traded it for a potato chip. SMH. Kids. 
At least I know the next book will be worth the wait. Because Rachel Caine never disappoints. I highly, highly, highly recommend this series. Go read it. Now. Right now! And then gush with me while we wait together.

Rating: ****** (5 stars--all the stars, really)

And here's the link to my Best Books of 2017: Best of 2017
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RATING SCALE: 
 5* = OMFG loved it. Will read it again. Touch my book and I will cut you. 
 4* = Really good. Highly recommend. Miiiight reread. Maybe. Don't touch my book. 
 3* = Good. I liked it. Go ahead and touch it. 
 2* = Not for me, finished but struggled. Didn't connect. Here, have a book.
 1* = DNF. Couldn't do it.
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Click on the cover to link to Goodreads and leave your book recs in my comments. Oh, yeah, and find me on twitter: @ChellyPike

Happy reading,

Chelly












Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday: The City of Lost Fortunes by Bryan Camp

WAITING ON WEDNESDAY



The City of Lost Fortunes

The fate of New Orleans rests in the hands of a wayward grifter in this novel of gods, games, and monsters. 

The post–Katrina New Orleans of The City of Lost Fortunes is a place haunted by its history and by the hurricane’s destruction, a place that is hoping to survive the rebuilding of its present long enough to ensure that it has a future. Street magician Jude Dubuisson is likewise burdened by his past and by the consequences of the storm, because he has a secret: the magical ability to find lost things, a gift passed down to him by the father he has never known—a father who just happens to be more than human.

Jude has been lying low since the storm, which caused so many things to be lost that it played havoc with his magic, and he is hiding from his own power, his divine former employer, and a debt owed to the Fortune god of New Orleans. But his six-year retirement ends abruptly when the Fortune god is murdered and Jude is drawn back into the world he tried so desperately to leave behind. A world full of magic, monsters, and miracles. A world where he must find out who is responsible for the Fortune god’s death, uncover the plot that threatens the city’s soul, and discover what his talent for lost things has always been trying to show him: what it means to be his father’s son.
 

Why I need this book:
1.) A book set in New Orleans. Check. By a New Orleans author. Check. Check. I'm a hard-sell on books set in New Orleans written by people who have never lived here. I've seen it go very badly. This is not that. 
2.) I've read an excerpt (there's one on NetGalley) and it's fabulous. You should read it too. But then you'll want to read more. Just like I do. ;)
3.) Magic. Gods. Monsters. 

Yep. I'm sold. Can't wait for this to hit the shelves. In April, 2018. In the meantime I'll be sitting here, petting the cover on my computer screen. And re-reading that excerpt. As one does. 

Happy Reading,

Click on the cover to link to Goodreads and leave your book recs in my comments. Oh, yeah, and find me on twitter: @ChellyPike

WoW

Monday, November 27, 2017

THE FOLK KEEPER by Franny Billingsley



The Folk Keeper

She is never cold, she always knows exactly what time it is, and her hair grows two inches while she sleeps. Fifteen-year-old Corinna Stonewall--the only Folk Keeper in the city of Rhysbridge--sits hour after hour with the Folk in the dark, chilly cellar, "drawing off their anger as a lightning rod draws off lightning." The Folk are the fierce, wet-mouthed, cave-dwelling gremlins who sour milk, rot cabbage, and make farm animals sick. Still, they are no match for the steely, hard-hearted, vengeful orphan Corinna who prides herself in her job of feeding, distracting, and otherwise pacifying these furious, ravenous creatures. The Folk Keeper has power and independence, and that's the way she likes it.

One day, Corinna is summoned by Lord Merton to come to the vast seaside estate Cliffsend as Folk Keeper and family member--for she is the once-abandoned child he has been looking for. It is at Cliffsend that Corinna learns where her unusual powers come from, why she is drawn to the sea, and finally, what it means to be comfortable in her own skin. Written in the form of a journal, The Folk Keeper is a powerful story of a proud, ferociously self-reliant girl who breaks out of her dark, cold, narrow world into one of joy, understanding, and even the magic of romance.
 

What I thought:
Beautiful story. Beautiful language. I loved how ruthless the MC is and how she navigates her life with such confidence. 
I think my favorite thing about this book is how succinctly it's written, and how Billingsley manages to say so much with so few words. 
Highly recommend. 

Rating: ***** (5 stars)

Happy Reading,

Chelly

P.S. Click on the cover to link to Goodreads and leave your book recs in my comments. Oh, yeah, and find me on twitter: @ChellyPike
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RATING SCALE: 
 5* = OMFG loved it. Will read it again. Touch my book and I will cut you. 
 4* = Really good. Highly recommend. Miiiight reread. Maybe. Don't touch my book. 
 3* = Good. I liked it. Go ahead and touch it. 
 2* = Not for me, finished but struggled. Didn't connect. Here, have a book.
 1* = DNF. Couldn't do it.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday: Nothing But Sky by Amy Trueblood

Which book am I dying to read? This one:



Nothing But Sky


Grace Lafferty only feels alive when she's dangling 500 feet above ground. As a post-World War I wing walker, Grace is determined to get to the World Aviation Expo, proving her team’s worth against flashier competitors and earning a coveted Hollywood contract.

No one’s ever questioned Grace’s ambition until Henry Patton, a mechanic with plenty of scars from the battlefield, joins her barnstorming team. With each new death-defying trick, Henry pushes Grace to consider her reasons for being a daredevil. Annoyed with Henry’s constant interference, and her growing attraction to him, Grace continues to test the powers of the sky.

After one of her risky maneuvers saves a pilot’s life, a Hollywood studio offers Grace a chance to perform at the Expo. She jumps at the opportunity to secure her future. But when a stunt goes wrong, Grace must decide whether Henry, and her life, are worth risking for one final trick. 

Wing walker/daredevil = sold. And that cover = yes. There's so much yes going on here. Are you dying to read this, too? Feel free to commiserate in the comments.  
The release date is March 27, 2018, which feels like forever. Click on the cover to link to Goodreads. Oh, yeah, and find me on twitter: @ChellyPike



WoW

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

AN ENCHANTMENT OF RAVENS by Margaret Rogerson



An Enchantment of Ravens

Isobel is a prodigy portrait artist with a dangerous set of clients: the sinister fair folk, immortal creatures who cannot bake bread, weave cloth, or put a pen to paper without crumbling to dust. They crave human Craft with a terrible thirst, and Isobel’s paintings are highly prized among them. But when she receives her first royal patron—Rook, the autumn prince—she makes a terrible mistake. She paints mortal sorrow in his eyes – a weakness that could cost him his life.

Furious and devastated, Rook spirits her away to the autumnlands to stand trial for her crime. Waylaid by the Wild Hunt’s ghostly hounds, the tainted influence of the Alder King, and hideous monsters risen from barrow mounds, Isobel and Rook depend on one another for survival. Their alliance blossoms into trust, then love, violating the fair folks’ ruthless Good Law. There's only one way to save both their lives, Isobel must drink from the Green Well, whose water will transform her into a fair one—at the cost of her Craft, for immortality is as stagnant as it is timeless.

Isobel has a choice: she can sacrifice her art for a future, or arm herself with paint and canvas against the ancient power of the fairy courts. Because secretly, her Craft represents a threat the fair folk have never faced in all the millennia of their unchanging lives: for the first time, her portraits have the power to make them feel.
What I thought:

Dreamy. 

This entire book, from the gorgeous cover to the very last page. Rook. Sigh. Isobel. Sigh. I love Fae and this story got everything right... in a unique way. Their world is stunning perfection on the outside and ugly on the inside, and I don't want to speculate on any analogies to the real world, but I love love loved the complexity and details, down to each faerie's one flaw. 

So well done. 

I'm a really tough sell in the romance department and this had romance, but it wasn't all romance. The story comes first and the romantic moments are woven in all dreamily and unobtrusively and I was rooting for them and squeeeing. So, yes, I definitely recommend this book. 

More Fae. More Fae. More Fae. 

Rating: **** (4 stars)


Click on the cover to link to Goodreads and leave your book recs in my comments. Oh, yeah, and find me on twitter: @ChellyPike

Happy Reading,

Chelly

RATING SCALE: 
5* = OMFG loved it. Will read it again. Touch my book and I will cut you. 

4* = Really good. Highly recommend. Miiiight reread. Maybe. Don't touch my book.
 
3* = Good. I liked it. Go ahead and touch it. 

2* = Not for me, finished but struggled. Didn't connect. Here, have a book.

1* = DNF. Couldn't do it.