Review: Rhodi Rising (The Rhodi Saga #2) by Megan Linski
*This review was written in September 2016*
Title - Rhodi Rising (The Rhodi Saga #2)
Author - Megan Linski
Synopsis - Forced into hiding.
Desperate to find their masters.
In the past few months since the attack on their home, twin assassins Dylan and Devin have grown restless. With the Rhodi facing extinction, they search for their masters Talidin and Tavana, only to discover they’ve gone missing. With nowhere to turn, the twins seek help from a pair of mysterious spies, only to find the trail gone cold, marked by hints of torture and destruction.
Dylan and Devin piece together the events that led to the disappearance of their fellow Rhodi. As their enemies close in for the kill, Dylan discovers that some things are impossible for a Rhodi…but not for a tigress.
The stakes and romance are heightened in this epic dystopian sequel to Rhodi’s Light. Bestselling author Megan Linski brings readers a young adult fantasy with magic, mystery, and an epic adventure that races quickly to a breathless conclusion.
*I was sent an ebook copy of this book from the author in trade for an honest review*
This review may contain SPOILERS from the first book in the series, Rhodi's Light and maybe Rhodi Rising.
Rhodi Rising is the sequel to Rhodi's Light (which I absolutely loved!) and I was so excited to get into this book following the ending of Rhodi's Light.
At the end of Rhodi's Light we find out that Dylan and Devin are being taken away to some place in the mountains to go into hiding with their Aunt, Uncle and their cousin, Tristan. However, when the Hunter's Guild discover where they're staying, the twins and Tristan have no choice but to run in an attempt to get back to their old home where their Rhodi masters live. They meet some new people along the way, but when they get home, things aren't right and the people they were most looking forward to seeing aren't there. The rest of the book follows the twins and Tristan (along with their new friends) trying to discover what really happened when they were gone and how they're going to fix it.
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I was so looking forward to reading Rhodi Rising, but I feel as if I was left feeling a teeny bit disappointed. I'm not sure if it was just me, but I did seem to find it harder to get into the story this time round, BUT once I got a bit in, the action started and the book kicked off!
The action scenes once again were brilliant and had me on the edge of my seat. I also really enjoyed the fact that Megan kept Saffron involved throughout the story and gave her a little sub-plot as well with the twins trying to find out about her parents in trade for the location of the weapons. I think that was a great idea and hope that it's not the last of Saffron!
There were also a few new characters introduced in Rhodi Rising. Two of the main ones being Enfys and Jenna, who I really loved! Both of them were so unique and just great additions to the book. With Jenna's chattiness and Enfys' mysteriousness, these siblings just added to the greatness of the plot.
Once again, Rhodi Rising did mention Dylan's depression and her self-harming. I don't think it was mentioned as much as it was in Rhodi' Light, but it is still there. I also like Enfys because of how kind he was to Dylan when he saw her scars, even though he barely knew her.
To sort of go with that, the character relationships were once again great and I loved how easily Enfys and Jenna both fitted in so easily with the other characters. Also, Dylan and Talidin's character relationship just makes me ughh.. just the best! Just like Devin and Tavana's as well!
Overall, I did really enjoy Rhodi Rising apart from a few minor issues. I think I may have liked Rhodi's Light slightly more, but so far the series is one of my favourites! I'm super excited for book 3 because I've heard a few people say it's their favourite out of the trilogy. When I do eventually read it, I'll try to get a review up!
I'm not sure on a rating but it's around a 3.75-4 ish/5.
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29755662-rhodi-rising?ac=1&from_search=true
BD - http://www.bookdepository.com/Rhodi-Rising-Megan-Linski/9781535349802
Spoiler-Free Review: The List by Patricia Forde
The List by Patricia Forde
Date Started - 4/8/2017
Date Finished - 6/8/2017
Synopsis: In the city of Ark, speech is constrained to five hundred sanctioned words. Speak outside the approved lexicon and face banishment. The exceptions are the Wordsmith and his apprentice Letta, the keepers and archivists of all language in their post-apocalyptic, neo-medieval world.
On the death of her master, Letta is suddenly promoted to Wordsmith, charged with collecting and saving words. But when she uncovers a sinister plan to suppress language and rob Ark’s citizens of their power of speech, she realizes that it’s up to her to save not only words, but culture itself.
*I received an ebook copy via Netgalley in trade for an honest review*
When I was searching through Netgalley a couple of months ago, this popped on my recommended and the synopsis instantly intrigued me. I've included it above, but will briefly explain things.
It's set in Ark, a bordered off city, in a dystopian world. The main character is Letta, a wordsmith, who helps give the people of Ark boxes of words of List. List is the language that is controlled by the leader of Ark, who limits people to the words they can use so they don't get carried away with themselves. The book follows Letta and the journey she takes on as her master magically disappears and the leader is slowly getting rid of more and more words. I didn't really explain it that well, but you get the jist of it, right?
By the time I came to read this, I had actually forgotten what it was really about. So in the end I went into it without knowing much and I actually really enjoyed doing it that way. At the beginning it's all a bit mixed up and you only know bits and pieces and you sort of have to keep reading on to fit everything together. It's one of those books that you really have to pay attention to the smaller details because otherwise you might get a bit confused later on.
I found the first half of the book to be quite slow and confusing. I didn't really feel it was going to anywhere and I struggled to get into it. However, about halfway through when the whole mystery with Letta's master disappearing begins, I was suddenly sucked into the story. I loved the second half from that point on and it was quite action-packed towards the end. It was definitely worth pushing on through the first bit to get to the rest.
I actually quite liked Letta and I loved her determination, which kept her going on throughout. I also liked how she was quite a strong character and quick to do everything for herself and volunteer herself for dangerous tasks.
The story idea was really interesting and different to anything I'd read in a while. Yes, it had some of the common dystopian tropes (rebellion, war etc), but the world was unique in itself. I also really enjoyed the idea of the Desecrators and how people could be simply banished for being creative and wanting to express themselves through music as well as other things.
There was definitely many different twists and turns throughout the story and many did have me on the edge of my seat. I think the way different people and things connected together as the story went on was really cleverly done and I enjoyed being able to see how the world had changed and the people acted.
Overall, I really enjoyed the story but found the first half quite slow and difficult to get into. I would recommend it though for anyone wanting a dystopian surrounding language and how we use it as well as other things as well.
Rate - 3.5/5
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33846933-the-list?ac=1&from_search=true
BD - https://www.bookdepository.com/The-List-Patrici-Forde/9781492647966?ref=grid-view&qid=1502311423158&sr=1-1
Spoiler-Free Review: Super Awkward by Beth Garrod
*This post was written in December 2016*
I haven't posted any reviews in quite a while, but have had a list of books that I wanted to write reviews for, for ages. Anyway, so I thought I'd get back into writing reviews by starting off with a book that I did thoroughly enjoy, which is Super Awkward by Beth Garrod. I did read this book back in October, so I thought maybe it's be best for me to write just a mini-review and go from there., so I have no idea how long this review will be, so the title to the post may be different to how it was originally.
Anyway, enough of me blabbering on now, here's my review on Super Awkward by Beth Garrod.
Title - Super Awkward
Author - Beth Garrod
Genre(s) - YA, Contemporary,
Date Started - 22/10/2016
Date Finished - 30/10/2016
I, Bella Fisher, am absolutely WINNING at FAILING at life.
1. I once got my tongue stuck to a box of Calippos in a supermarket.
2. I accidentally called my geography teacher Mum. Twice. He wasn't impressed.
3. I'm a geek. And not in a geek-chic kind of way, but in a secretly-caring-about-failing-maths-and-science way.
4. I always fail maths and science.
So it figures that when I meet the FITTEST BOY IN THE WORLD, Zac, I'm doing solo star jumps. While dressed as a cereal box.
(NOTE TO SELF, fancy dress = HE-WILL-NEVER-EVER-FANCY-ME dress.)
Now I've got to somehow persuade Zac to come to prom with me while avoiding my evil ex and dealing with a secret so mega-awks I want to Ctrl-Z my brain... What could go wrong?
Oh yeah, that's right. Absolutely everything.
When I was birthday shopping with my mum, I saw this in Asda and it instantly drew my eye as the cover is just so fun and pretty. I read through the synopsis on the back and I instantly knew that I just had to read it.
When reading the synopsis it made me think a bit of Geek Girl by Holly Smale and Waiting For Callback by Honor & Perdita Cargill as all three books have the same sort of teenage girl main character, who nothing really goes right for. However, there's a lot more to Bella Fisher, which separates her from those two other characters.
Bella is just your typical teenage girl, but she is a really clumsy, awkward one at the same time. She is just a normal girl, who somehow gets herself into a lot of problematic situations and manages to embarass herself in almost every single one. She's such a funny character and it was really fun to read her story, though she did have me cringing at times just by how awkward she was. I would definitely say she is a relatable character and by the end of the story I had completely fallen in love with her as a character and really wanted to read more about her.
The story was very well written, making the book a lot more enjoyable as the writing style fitted Bella ad her story brilliantly. There were some surprises, but also some things that I sort of expected, but that's the same with every book. This book was exactly what I needed at the time and was such a relaxing and fun read.
I'd 100% recommend this book to anyone as it really is just a great book and feel that even people who don't necessarily enjoy reading would be hooked and love it. I think this book is perfect for teenagers and think that maybe a lot of people would be able to relate (even a tiny bit) to Bella.
I loved Super Awkward and will definitely be keeping an eye out for any future releases from Beth Garrod.
Rate - 4.5/5
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29554546-super-awkward?ac=1&from_search=true
BD - http://www.bookdepository.com/Super-Awkward/9781407166407
Spoiler-Free Review: Melody's Key by Dallas Coryell
Melody's Key by Dallas Coryell
Date Started - 9/4/2017
Date Finished - 14/4/2017
Synopsis: “His eyes settled on her…piercing green embers of flame that revealed the ferocity of his pain and passion, yet still shrouded him under veils of ever deepening mystery that made every ounce of her ache to unravel him.”
Tegan Lockwood’s dreams were dead, sacrificed on the noble altar of duty before they ever had a chance to live. Her entire existence was disappearing into the abyss of apathy as she labored her days away keeping her family’s struggling business alive. There would be no emotion, no color, no beauty in her life. That is, until a mysterious visitor begins to draw her out of the darkness of her past towards something that will challenge the boundaries of her world, and unlock the most deeply held secrets of her heart.
*I was sent this book from the author in trade of an honest review*
I was contacted by Dallas about his book Melody's Key and the synopsis had me instantly intrigued. I tried not to read too much about it though because I wanted to go into it knowing as little information as possible.
I was pleasantly surprised by how quickly and how much I was invested in the story. It took me a little bit to get into but I soon found myself really loving the story and taking my time to enjoy it. The week or so before I started reading Melody's Key I could feel myself slipping into a reading slump, but with Melody's Key, I was excited to carry on reading and it was just such a refreshing read.
One of the things I really enjoyed was how family-orientated the story was. Often in YA, family is often forgotten about or it's about bad family relationships (which are definitely important to read/write about), but Tegan in Melody's Key is surrounded by such a close family and the family aspect really helped to add another layer to the story.
I also loved the idea of the letters and the songs in the story and the letters interwove with Tegan and Mason's own relationship. I just wish that we got to learn a bit more surrounding the background of the letters and the story it told. However, it was a great addition to the story and I really loved reading them.
Tegan becomes a victim of rape not too long before the book takes place and so the book does feature her trying to recover from that and learn to trust men again. Occasionally in YA, when something like this happens or a character has a condition/illness (anxiety, depression etc) when a love interest is introduced it's often portrayed as a magical recovery. In Melody's Key is different as you get to see that it's a journey and that Tegan knows that what happened will always be there and all Mason can/does do is help her by making the situation as easier as he can for her and learn to trust again.
There were one or two things that I did feel dragged the book down a tiny bit. One of these is that in parts there are long sections of heavy description. Some of it works really well, but there are things that I don't think are necessary to be described to that level. However, it didn't take away from my enjoyment of the book that much.
Overall, I did really love Melody's Key and enjoyed the different additions to the story (the letters, the songs etc). It was such a fun and refreshing read and it definitely helped to pull me out of a reading slump. I definitely hope to see more stories from Dallas in the future.
Thank you to Dallas for sending me a copy of Melody's Key!
Rate - 4.5/5
About The Author
Dallas Coryell is a musician and author residing deep in the untamed wilds of Michigan, USA, where he desperately attempts to assign meaning to his world through bouts of maniacal creative catharsis and pitifully doomed hopeless romantic fantasies. All of the songs written by the characters in this novel are real and can be viewed on the author’s fledgling YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/DallasCoryell1Selfies and other assorted randomness can be found on the author’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dallascoryell
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