Thursday, 24 September 2020

The Cup and the Prince by Day Leitao : Kingdom of curses and shadows book 1


One prince wants her out.
Another wants her as a pawn.
Someone wants her dead.
Zora wants to win the cup and tell them all to screw themselves.
Yes, 17-year-old Zora cheated her way into the Royal Games, but it was for a very good reason. Her ex-boyfriend thought she couldn't attain glory on her own. Just because she was a girl. And he was the real cheater. So she took his place.
Now she's competing for the legendary Blood Cup, representing the Dark Valley. It's her chance to prove her worth and bring glory for her people. If she wins, of course.
But winning is far from easy. The younger prince thinks she's a fragile damsel who doesn't belong in the competition. Determined to eliminate her at all costs, he's stacking the challenges against her. Zora hates him, hates him, hates him, and will do anything to prove him wrong.
The older prince is helping her, but the cost is getting Zora entangled in dangerous flirting games. Flirting, the last thing she wanted.

And then there's someone trying to kill her.

Lets start this review with the cover. The art on the cover of this book is absolutely stunning and depicts Zora almost exactly as I imagined. 
I wasn't expecting too much from this story, I thought it might just be a fun read but I was so surprised. I really enjoyed the story and I cant wait for the second instalment of this series. 

First I love that Zora is a woman scorned and the whole story kind of starts off as a revenge mission to show her cheating boyfriend that she is better than him. Zora is smart, strong and brave she makes a refreshing change from some of the needy heroines that we get in some YA books. I always love a book that has some royalty in it so two princes and a king is a fun scenario. 

The plot was also really interesting I thought it was kind of a mix between the selection by Kiera Cass and The Tri-wizard tournament from Harry Potter with a little bit of Hunger Games. There is a little bit of magic and the hint of a bigger world that will be built throughout the series.

It was a really fun fast read that I wizzed through it. 

In Conclusion I loved everything about this book. 

Thank You to NetGalley, Day Leitao and Sparkly Wave Publishers for providing an Arc copy in exchange for an honest review.

Thank You for reading

Monday, 21 September 2020

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare (The Dark Artifices #1)


The Shadowhunters of Los Angeles star in the first novel in Cassandra Clare’s newest series, The Dark Artifices, a sequel to the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series. Lady Midnight is a Shadowhunters novel.
It’s been five years since the events of City of Heavenly Fire that brought the Shadowhunters to the brink of oblivion. Emma Carstairs is no longer a child in mourning, but a young woman bent on discovering what killed her parents and avenging her losses.
Together with her parabatai Julian Blackthorn, Emma must learn to trust her head and her heart as she investigates a demonic plot that stretches across Los Angeles, from the Sunset Strip to the enchanted sea that pounds the beaches of Santa Monica. If only her heart didn’t lead her in treacherous directions…
Making things even more complicated, Julian’s brother Mark—who was captured by the faeries five years ago—has been returned as a bargaining chip. The faeries are desperate to find out who is murdering their kind—and they need the Shadowhunters’ help to do it. But time works differently in faerie, so Mark has barely aged and doesn’t recognize his family. Can he ever truly return to them? Will the faeries really allow it?
Glitz, glamours, and Shadowhunters abound in this heartrending opening to Cassandra Clare’s Dark Artifices series.

I must admit that I have had Lady Midnight sat on my bookshelf for a really long time and with the size of the book and the Shadowhunter hangover that I was in after the previous series I wasn't really in any rush to pick it up. I finally did start it and although it is intimidating the 698 pages are a pretty speedy read. 

I might be a little bit biased because the main character is called Emma but I liked some of these characters better than the originals, there were also characters I didnt like so much. 
The story mainly follows Emma and Julian who I did like. I thought the relationship between Julian and Emma was really sweet, I liked reading about how it grew slowly into something confusing that they need to discover. 
I personally thought there were too many younger siblings. My focus was shifted from the story to the chaos that was going on in the institute but not in a good way. I cant remember enough about any of the children for them to be important to me and their ages were really confusing, we treated some of them like babies and then find out that they are teenagers. 
Mark was a really interesting character me it was nice that he wasnt the perfect shadow hunter instantly. I liked hearing more about the fairies and the wild hunt. 
We even got a guest appearance from Magnus Bane!
The characters in this book have been through so much and they came out stronger and wiser. I love that Emma isn't a weak female character like is often portrayed in books. 

The storyline about the parabatai laws was really interesting because this wasnt something that had been discussed in the previous series and I think it would have been important to mention. I am really interested to see where this story goes though. 

I personally enjoyed this more than I did the City of bones series but I am not sure if that will still be the case when I have finished the series. I dont even think that you need to have read the City of Bones series to get into this series. 

I would 100% recommend this book. I loved it. 

Thanks for Reading
Em x