Book: Sky In The Deep by Adrienne Young Publisher: Wednesday Books Publication Date: April 24th, 2018 Pages: 340
My Rating: 5 Stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Part Wonder Woman, part Vikings—and all heart.
Raised to be a warrior, seventeen-year-old Eelyn fights alongside her Aska clansmen in an ancient rivalry against the Riki clan. Her life is brutal but simple: fight and survive. Until the day she sees the impossible on the battlefield—her brother, fighting with the enemy—the brother she watched die five years ago.
Faced with her brother’s betrayal, she must survive the winter in the mountains with the Riki, in a village where every neighbor is an enemy, every battle scar possibly one she delivered. But when the Riki village is raided by a ruthless clan thought to be a legend, Eelyn is even more desperate to get back to her beloved family.
She is given no choice but to trust Fiske, her brother’s friend, who sees her as a threat. They must do the impossible: unite the clans to fight together, or risk being slaughtered one by one. Driven by a love for her clan and her growing love for Fiske, Eelyn must confront her own definition of loyalty and family while daring to put her faith in the people she’s spent her life hating.
I went in to this expecting nothing more than a quick, fun little viking story with lots of fighting and and maybe a little norse mythology. I got SO MUCH MORE! This was fantastic!
Eelyn is a 17-year-old Aska warrior whose clan has had a centuries long blood-feud with the Riki clan. Every five years they all meet on a battlefield to fight. That’s where our story begins. Eelyn is out there wielding her sword and axe taking out enemy after enemy, but things change when she sees her brother who died 5 years ago at the last fighting season…fighting with the Riki. From there things get interesting! We are introduced to the Riki clan, and we get deeper insight into the hate between the clans, but also the possibilities for more than war. There is also a chance for love, which we start to see blossom between Eelyn and her brothers best friend Fiske, who also happens to be her captor/savior. Eelyn has to face her past, try and figure out her present, and pray to her god for a future. Without giving spoilers, all I can say is things. heat. up. There is fighting, family, love, religion, and did I mention the bad-ass fighting?
I listened to the book on audio, and it was the first audiobook I have ever finished and enjoyed, so I would definitely recommend trying the audiobook for this, and highly recommend this book in general!
Book: The Wicked King by Holly Black Publisher: Little Brown Publication year: 2019
My rating: 5 Stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
You must be strong enough to strike and strike and strike again without tiring. The first lesson is to make yourself strong. After the jaw-dropping revelation that Oak is the heir to Faerie, Jude must keep her younger brother safe. To do so, she has bound the wicked king, Cardan, to her, and made herself the power behind the throne. Navigating the constantly shifting political alliances of Faerie would be difficult enough if Cardan were easy to control. But he does everything in his power to humiliate and undermine her even as his fascination with her remains undiminished. When it becomes all too clear that someone close to Jude means to betray her, threatening her own life and the lives of everyone she loves, Jude must uncover the traitor and fight her own complicated feelings for Cardan to maintain control as a mortal in a Faerie world.
No surprise here, I loved The Wicked King. What is surprising is that I loved it no more and no less than The Cruel Prince. Most people prefer one or the other, but I loved them equally. It would be impossible to choose my favorite between the two because this series as a whole has all my love! I’m dying for The Queen of Nothing in January.
My overall thoughts about the writing style, world building ,and characters are basically the same as with The Cruel Prince. I still love the vivid world Holly Black paints and her overall writing is so easy to immerse yourself in. I still love Jude and her killer ambition. She still takes A LOT of shit in this book, but she’s tough and cunning and makes it through it all. Especially with the help of her new ally, Cardan!! Who I love even more in this book, even after THAT ending 😬 (but I have a theory about that…) But yes, Cardan is great. I really love the things he does in this book, not only for himself, but for others. While I still love Jude and Cardan, I still hate Taryn and her jerk husband Locke. Family over everything is definitely not Taryn’s motto. Lastly, Madoc is still Madoc. Not a father, but not, not a father either..? He’s an in between character and I really can’t wait to see where his loyalties finally lie in the last book! This second installment in the Folk of The Air series was lush and dangerous, with even more twists and turns. I am patiently waiting for the final book, why oh why is January so far away?
So I convinced my younger brother (a non-reader) to read my favorite book and it turned out really well. He loved it! It was so much fun to finally talk about a book with someone that actually read it and loved it as much as I did. (No one I know reads the genres I like) I thought it would be a fun idea to also share this new experience with you guys! So I came up with 13 questions to interview my brother with and dive deeper into his thoughts on the masterpiece that is The Cruel Prince.
Book: The Cruel Prince Author: Holly Black Publisher: Little Brown My Personal Rating: 5/5 Stars Interviewee: Hunter- age 19
1.What are your overall thoughts and rating?
“5 Stars. It was fantastic, a really great book! I felt like the main character was really someone I could connect with, like the stuff they went through and the way they handled it was pretty relatable. Jude was dope.”
2. How would you summarize this book to someone else without revealing too much?
“Bad-ass. It is literally WILD. There’s twists and turns, and it hits you in places you don’t expect it. It’s also got a killer story about two mortals in a world full of fairies. But don’t let them fool you, they aren’t Tinkerbell! Plus, you get to follow the struggle of the main character Jude and her trying to find her place in this new realm, so it’s crazy and exciting!”
3. What was your favorite part of the book?
“When Jude took cardan to the court of shadows headquarters and proved herself as a member of the court. When she took charge and made the plan and used her cunning and smarts. I really enjoyed that part.”
4. What was something you disliked?
“I kind of disliked how easily Madoc went downhill at the end. I loved everything leading up to it, but I disliked how ready he was to kill Jude. I understand he is a war general and enjoyed murder, but he also looked at Jude like a daughter, yet he was quick to try and kill her if she got in his way. I honestly didn’t really dislike anything about this book, so I’m just picking that.”
5. Who was your favorite character and why?
“Jude. 100% She is DOPE. She’s a great character with her own set of conflicting morals and her character development is awesome. She wants to be a knight, then a court of shadows member, then she’s thief! Plus, she’s a really dynamic character with complex relationships. Madoc, she hates him but also loves him like a father. Cardan she definitely hates him, but also has some obvious feelings for him. Her relationship with the idea of love is also interesting. She doesn’t want love, then thinks maybe she could love Locke, then is against it again and so on. I loved Jude 10/10 character!”
6.Who was your least favorite character and why?
“This is hard. But I’m gonna have to say Taryn. She willingly lied and turned her back on Jude. Taryn is a coward, and Jude doesn’t back down from a challenge. She blames Jude for all the bad things that happen to them, even though it’s actually all Taryn’s fault for wanting to be with Locke. Taryn is awful! Jude should have killed her in that fight.”
7. How do you like the setting and the world building?
“I thought it was interesting. In my head I wanted everything to be bright, but the book kept reminding me everything happens at night. I thought that little detail explained a lot about who the fairies really are. They are dark too. I like the different take on fairies, I thought that was fantastic. Instead of little tinker bell sweet fairies and stuff, they seem more like orcs to me, and I thought it was cool how they were all described as not really nice or cute. I liked the descriptions of everything. It’s just enough detail to let you paint your own picture of what things really looked like. The only complaint I have about the world and setting is the names. “Fairieland” I don’t like that. It seems child-like. I get that it’s what Jude thinks of it as, but it still kind of bugged me for some reason.”
8. How did you like the writing style?
“I thought it was good. Starting off the book in a third person perspective prologue and then flowing to first person in the story was really cool. I like how we get the prologue from third person because we get everyone’s thoughts kind of, and then the rest of the story from the best character ever: Jude! It was great to read about this young female character and her struggles in a foreign world.”
9. What’s one thing you would change?
“This is a tough one. I think if I had to change one thing about the book, it would be Madoc’s deception. I really grew to like Madoc as a character and then when he deceived Daine, it was all downhill from there. I no longer liked him, and he was basically just an asshole after that.”
10. If you could ask the author one question, what would it be?
“This is one I kind of have to think about… If Madoc had been regent, what would he have done/been like?”
11. If you could read this from a different point of view, whose would you want?
“Madoc’s. I like Madoc he’s like my number 2. He’s a bad ass. I mean he has a hood he put the blood of his enemies on! That’s badass!! I want his entire thought process during the time he’s betraying Daine and all that, not just what he tells Jude.”
12. Will you read the sequel?
13. What would you like to see in The Wicked King?
“Oddly enough I want to see a relationship between Cardan and Jude.”
This was a lot of fun, and I will probably do more of these in the future..? Hope you enjoyed it! ❤️
I have been wanting to try something fun on here that I could do besides book reviews, wrap-ups, and TBRs. So when I saw this ABC book challenge literally everywhere, I decided to try it out! I also feel much more confident in my blogging abilities to hope this turns out decent. 🤞🏼
If you have not heard of this challenge, here’s how it works:
✦Name a memorable read starting with the letter for that week (from A to Z)
✦List any books on your TBR starting with the same letter
Week #1 is A!
I actually don’t have a super memorable “A” read, so I’m just going with Allegiant by Veronica Roth. Its been years since I read the Divergent series, but I really loved it then! Although the third book was not my favorite, the series as a whole was pretty memorable! (Was actually shocked by the lack of “A” books I’ve read)
For “A” books on my TBR I have a few!
Ace of shades by Amanda Foody
And I darken by Kiersten white
Angelfall by Susan Ee
Ash princess by Laura Sebastian
The antidote by Shelley Sackier
If you’ve read any of these and loved them or didn’t really enjoy them, let me know in the comments!
March was overall a great reading month for me! I read all of the books on my March TBR, plus a few extras, and exceeded my 3,100 page goal! Even though I had a lot of 2.5/3 Star reads, I’m still pretty happy with my reading for march. I even met one of my new all time favorite series: The Folk of The Air Trilogy by Holly Black. I read The Cruel Prince and was so amazed I immediately read The Wicked King. Now I am desperately waiting for The Queen of Nothing next January! Just look at this cover 😍
Jude was seven 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.
As Jude becomes more deeply embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, she discovers her own capacity for trickery and bloodshed. But as betrayal 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.
This book was highly talked about last year, so I am a bit behind the curve on this, but wow this was completely worth all the hype. This is the first book by Holly Black I’ve read and now I need more!! This is full of dark stabby characters in a beautiful but unforgiving world. This book was Made. For. Me.
I love characters that are complete assholes and they admit it, but they also know that it is the only way to survive sometimes. That is Jude and Cardan. Jude is a major badass. After watching her parents be murdered and then putting up with loads of hell from the creatures in Farieland she had to harden herself and adapt, and she doesn’t apologize for wanting more power in a world where she is the lowest of low. Cardan is a super jerk, but also there is something about him that is hard not to love. The hate between these two characters is a lot of fun to read, which is so different from what we usually see.
Holly Black also creates a vivid world, where almost everything is dangerous and could kill you, but also beautiful and intriguing. The political side of this book is probably the best part (and there are A LOT of great parts!) There are kings, and evil princes and secret societies, and even familial drama. Things are never truly as they seem in this dangerously amazing world!
This book is definitely going on my top favorite books of 2019!!