Hello bookworms, and happy Monday! What is everyone currently reading? Is some magical fantasy story stealing your soul away for an adventure, or is a mystery perplexing your brain? Perhaps some realistic fiction for you to make new friends, or even some non-fiction? Whatever it is, I hope you’re loving it! I finally finished Book Two of the Conqueror’s Saga Now I Rise… only took me a year or so to pick it back up again. I’ll be giving it, Legendary, and Strange the Dreamer (which I’m currently re-reading readying myself for Muse of Nightmares) a quick review below:
I feel like And I Darken, and Now I rise are the two books that have been needed for a long time by a lot of people. Kiersten White not only writes good plots and has great ideas, but her characters are so in depth and amazing. Not only does she include some of the strongest female leads I’ve ever read, but the complexity of each of them… Every single character is different, and while they feed off of each other, they each have their own ideas about the world, and I think that is what makes this book so diverse. I loved And I Darken, I think I read it within a week. Now I Rise was a different story. It took me over a year. But thinking back on it now, I don’t think it was the book’s fault. I love it too much for that. It could’ve been school was occupying my mind, or maybe I just wasn’t in the mood. But I definitely recommend this series to everybody. Every single person. Even if you get nothing of the actual story, you will learn about the diverse feelings of different types of people, how other’s actions can largely affect your own way of thinking, and how one must stay true to one’s own feelings and desires.
(I’m also in love with the third book’s cover – google Bright We Burn)
Okay so I liked Caraval, but Legendary was so much better! In every aspect, the characters, the setting, the relationships, both the funny and deep dialogue… It filled the first book’s boots and so much more. When I finished Caraval, I’d thought of it as a pretty standard YA ‘Next Chapter’ book – the focus wasn’t so much on storyline, but on keeping readers listening and to finish the book. And this sacrificed some essential features that ultimately let Caraval down. Legendary however… Ah everything was lifted to the next level! I went from adoring Scarlett (Crimson) and Julian, finding Tella just slightly annoying, and hating Dante, to quite the opposite. Legendary brings out another side int he characters we didn’t hear so much about in the first book, and also leads more into the background of the game and Legend’s identity… yes, you will know who the infamous Master Caraval is by the end of the book.
I also really would very much like the next book to come out. Stephanie Garber really has a knack for ending her books on cliffhanger-ish letters that offer just under the satisfactory amount of conclusion.
Now, I believe I have already reviewed this book (here), so I won’t go into too much detail. My first read of Strange the Dreamer ended with me in tears and awarding it 5 stars to go onto my favourites shelf… It was really good. And from the first 100 pages that I have already re-read, it’s going to be just as good the second time around. It’s one of the books that you don’t simply sink into and enjoy, but instead are totally enraptured by its energy and spirit that you don’t want to put it down. It’s one of the books where you appreciate the language used just as much as the story being told. For me, it’s also one of the books that makes me want to get up and write my own story, but I can’t because I can’t get the intricacy of its own plot out of my head.
I am so ready for Muse of Nightmares (Book 2) and am really hoping it doesn’t end badly, because I need all the characters to survive. I love them all.
Has anyone else read either of these two books? Tell me in the comments what you thought 🙂