The Rise of Magicks by Nora Roberts

GoodReads Summary:
After the sickness known as the Doom destroyed civilization, magick has become commonplace, and Fallon Swift has spent her young years learning its ways. Fallon cannot live in peace until she frees those who have been preyed upon by the government or the fanatical Purity Warriors, endlessly hunted or locked up in laboratories, brutalized for years on end. She is determined to save even those who have been complicit with this evil out of fear or weakness—if, indeed, they can be saved.
Strengthened by the bond she shares with her fellow warrior, Duncan, Fallon has already succeeded in rescuing countless shifters and elves and ordinary humans. Now she must help them heal—and rediscover the light and faith within themselves. For although from the time of her birth, she has been The One, she is still only one. And as she faces down an old nemesis, sets her sights on the enemy’s stronghold, and pursues her destiny—to finally restore the mystical shield that once protected them all—she will need an army behind her…
The Rise of Magicks (Chronicles of The One, #3)Review:
The final book in the Chronicles of The One series is one that I was eagerly anticipating to be released and then to be delivered to me. I was so excited when it came. I wanted to start it right away, but school work had to be done first. When I did finally start it, I flew through it.
In the first book, we follow a cast of characters escaping the end of the world. We still get to see these characters in the second and third books but the story is more focus on their children in book three. Specifically, ‘The One’ also named Fallon. I didn’t love this in book two, but in this finale, I came to really enjoy it. I really adored the planning and then the action that this book had. It was full of good overcoming the evil that was plaguing the world.
These characters that we met as fetuses and then follow as they grow into the adults the are in The Rise of Magicks. I thought this was really great considering that I felt the first book lacked a bit of character development. It was certainly made up for in this aspect.
But the best part of this book was the action. There were several battle scenes as those on the side of the light fought to regain control of Washington, D.C., New York City, and then the Shield where all of this madness started. There were significant losses on both sides and Nora really tore my heart out a few times.
I also really loved the magical ideas behind the end of the world as we know it today. I thought this was compelling, the idea that the Doom that killed most of the population also somehow brought out magical abilities or attributes.
All in all, Nora did an incredible job with this series. It’s different from most of the other things she’s written and I just genuinely enjoyed it. I can’t wait to see what other kinds of fantastical stories Nora might come up with next.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Call Down the Hawk by Maggie Stiefvater

GoodReads Summary:
The dreamers walk among us . . . and so do the dreamed. Those who dream cannot stop dreaming – they can only try to control it. Those who are dreamed cannot have their own lives – they will sleep forever if their dreamers die.
And then there are those who are drawn to the dreamers. To use them. To trap them. To kill them before their dreams destroy us all.
Ronan Lynch is a dreamer. He can pull both curiosities and catastrophes out of his dreams and into his compromised reality.
Jordan Hennessy is a thief. The closer she comes to the dream object she is after, the more inextricably she becomes tied to it.
Carmen Farooq-Lane is a hunter. Her brother was a dreamer . . . and a killer. She has seen what dreaming can do to a person. And she has seen the damage that dreamers can do. But that is nothing compared to the destruction that is about to be unleashed. . . .
Call Down the Hawk (Dreamer, #1)Review:
I liked The Raven Circle well enough. Call Down the Hawk was definitely better. It was darker. We follow Ronan and two others. I really liked Jordan Hennessy.
I was disappointed not to see more of Adam and the rest of the gang. We heard about them, but never really saw them. We got a bit of Adam, but not enough.
It was really interesting to see more of the process of dreaming as well as other dreamers and what they go through. I’m definitely intrigued to see how things go with the Lynch boys and the Hennessy girls. These four were definitely the best part of the book.
Then there’s Farooq-Lane. She was a very compelling character because she wasn’t totally sure she believed in the cause she was working for. She slowly starts to doubt because of the boy she is looking after.
Overall, this story was a bit confusing at times but still good. I listened to the audiobook and the narrator does such a great job of telling the story and giving unique voices to each of the characters. I’ll probably continue the series via audiobook as they come out.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Antonia’s Top Ten Tuesday: Book Hangovers

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. This week’s topic is ten books that left me with a book hangover.

Graceling by Kristin Cashore

The Rise of Magicks by Nora Roberts

Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas

Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green

The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan

Skyward by Brandon Sanderson

A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron

Earth’s End by Elise Kova

 

These are my picks for this week’s prompt. What are your choices?

Amanda’s Top Ten Tuesday – Book Hangovers

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Each week we talk about our top ten with a different topic provided by Jana. This week’s topic is the last ten books that gave me a book hangover.

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This Cruel Design by Emily Suvada

Foul is Fair by Hannah Capin

Ashlords by Scott Reintgen

Starsight by Brandon Sanderson

The Rise of Magicks by Nora Roberts

Wanderers by Chuck Wendig

The Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead

The Grace Year by Kim Liggett

The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow

All Our Broken Pieces by L.D. Crichton

These are the last ten books, in order of how I read them starting with the most recent, that gave me a bookish hangover. What books gave you a book hangover recently? Leave a comment and let me know!

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Amanda’s Favorite ARCs

Hi, lovelies! I know last week I said that was going to be the last list of favorites. But I had an idea of making a list of all the arc’s I read in 2019 and listing my favorites from those too. I read quite a few 2020 ARCs that I wanted to include on my favorites lists, but didn’t. So, this list is for those.

Rayne & Delilah’s Midnite Matinee by Jeff Zentner

This really  hit home for me with some of the topics it covers. I love Zenter’s writing and got to meet him this year as well. He seems like a cool dude.

King of Fools by Amanda Foody

The  ending killed me. I need book three as soon as possible.

Dark Shores by Danielle L. Jensen

This was just an incredible fantasy novel and I look forward to reading more of Jensen’s writing.

100 Days of Sunlight by Abbie Emmons

Sweet and diverse. I loved the way the story was told too.

The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow

I’ve talked so much about this book, you already know if you’re not new here. If you’re new, go read this one right now.

Jane Anonymous by Laurie Faria Stolarz

I read this in one sitting. I laughed and I cried. This is one I’ll recommend again and again.

Ashlords by Scott Reintgen

Pheonix horses. Do you need to know anything else?

Tweet Cute by Emma Lord

Twitter romance, baking blogs, and slow burn romance. This was such a fun read.

Foul is Fair by Hannah Capin

The magical  realism was incredible. The characters were fascinating. It was dark as hell and I loved every page.

These are the arc’s I read this year that I will definitely be making sure to buy a physical copy of (if I haven’t already).  So, go preorder or buy these right now. You won’t regret it.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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The Final Six by Alexandra Monir

GoodReads Summary:
When Leo, an Italian championship swimmer, and Naomi, a science genius from California, are two of the twenty-four teens drafted into the International Space Training Camp, their lives are forever altered. After erratic climate change has made Earth a dangerous place to live, the fate of the population rests on the shoulders of the final six who will be scouting a new planet. Intense training, global scrutiny, and cutthroat opponents are only a few of the hurdles the contestants must endure in this competition.
For Leo, the prospect of traveling to Europa—Jupiter’s moon—to help resettle humankind is just the sense of purpose he’s been yearning for since losing his entire family in the flooding of Rome. Naomi, after learning of a similar space mission that mysteriously failed, suspects the ISTC isn’t being up front with them about what’s at risk.
As the race to the final six advances, the tests get more challenging—even deadly. With pressure mounting, Naomi finds an unexpected friend in Leo, and the two grow closer with each mind-boggling experience they encounter. But it’s only when the finalists become fewer and their destinies grow nearer that the two can fathom the full weight of everything at stake: the world, the stars, and their lives.
The Final Six (The Final Six, #1)Review:
I picked this book up because Alexandra Monir is one of the author’s that I’d not heard of until the lineup of authors was released for the NoVaTeen Book Festival. I was really intrigued by the synopsis for this one, but part of me didn’t expect to love this as much as I did. I listened to the audiobook. And the one thing I will say about the audio is that it threw me that Leo was Italian, like born in Italy and lived there his entire life, but the narrator for him didn’t have an accent? It’s a small thing, and I quickly got over it. I liked both narrators, but also, they didn’t talk at the same speed, so listening on 1.5x speed Leo’s narration was perfect but Naomi was a little fast. Again, a small thing and I quickly got over it.
I really enjoyed this story. I liked that it was science-y, but not so much that there were constant explanations about the scientific things that were going on. It was explained well and not overly so. Too many science fiction novels are too filled with over explanations and big science words when it’s not needed. I loved this story’s version of ‘the end of the world’ via extreme natural disasters like earthquakes and tsunamis. I love dystopian and science fiction books that are mildly terrifying because of their potential to become our future. This was a great one. Twenty-four teens are selected from around the world to train and learn to maybe become a part of the final six that will be sent on a mission to terraform one of Jupiter’s moons that is habitable for humans.
Seeing the characters learn and train for this mission was interesting, but even more so was the contrast between Leo and Naomi. They’re two people that have connected when they otherwise wouldn’t have, all thanks to this program. Leo fiercely dedicated to doing his best and being a part of the final six, whereas Naomi is adamantly against the mission because she feels that those in charge of the space program are keeping secrets they shouldn’t be. I thought the fact that their relationship developed despite their very different views on the mission was really compelling, one always trying to sway the other.
Overall, I really enjoyed The Final Six and I am very excited to read the second book. The ending was killer in the sense of leaving the reader hanging. Many things were wrapped up but also left in a way so that the reader is excited about what is going to come next. I cannot wait for book two, and you lovely, have just enough time to read this book before its sequel comes out.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Antonia’s Top Ten Tuesday: Love Freebie

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. This week’s topic for a list of ten is a Valentine’s Day freebie. I’m going to steal Amanda’s idea and do Top Ten Favorite Bookish Couples.

 

Katsa and Po from Graceling by Kristin Cashore

Cress and Thorne from Cress by Marissa Meyers

Abigail and Brooks from The Witness by Nora Roberts

Feyre and Rhysand from A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Percy and Annabeth from The Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan

Kellen and Vestakia from The Obsidian Trilogy by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory

Wanda and Ian from The Host by Stephenie Meyer

Raisa and Han from the Seven Realms series by Cinda Williams Chima

Sydney and Adrian from Bloodlines by Richelle Mead

Max and Fang from Maximum Ride by James Patterson

 

What are your favorite bookish couples? Did you have a different take on this week’s freebie? Thanks for reading!