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Thursday, June 13
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Goddess (Starcrossed #3)- Josephine Angelini
What do you say when a series you love comes to an end? Are there words for it that I just don’t know? Perhaps in Greek or another foreign tongue, there’s a word that can say what it means to be overjoyed and bereft, fulfilled and hollowed all at once. Whatever that word is, that’s how I feel now that Starcrossed series has ended. I’m not ready to say goodbye to Helen and her band of demigod heroes blueprinted by the heroes of Troy. But if I do have to say goodbye I’m glad it’s with a book like Goddess.
Angelini culminates her brilliant series with smart twists and turns, emotional turmoil that rivals ancient Greek tragedies, and with stunning starcrossed lovers. I am particularly fond of how she addresses the battles both among the scions and with the gods—clever tricksy author that she is. Any day you get to yell “RELEASE THE KRAKEN” is fundamentally a good day in my book. The lovers plot line has expanded even more with nearly every character finding their counterpoint. Each of those loves are different and wonderful and reflect the characters personalities while exploring the various forms that true love can take; I was fascinated by the Cassandra experience in particular book as well—her disturbing coldness as Oracle allowing for a different kind of love.
For me this series has been a bright star in the night, an oasis in the desert, an ever-fixed island in a sea of change; So thank you, Josephine, for this series, for giving me this world to revel in and enjoy. The best thing about loving books, you don’t ever need to say goodbye, so I’ll just say, “till we read again old friend.”
Overall: A+
Goddess is out now from Harper Teen. Get your copy here!

Goddess (Starcrossed #3)- Josephine Angelini

What do you say when a series you love comes to an end? Are there words for it that I just don’t know? Perhaps in Greek or another foreign tongue, there’s a word that can say what it means to be overjoyed and bereft, fulfilled and hollowed all at once. Whatever that word is, that’s how I feel now that Starcrossed series has ended. I’m not ready to say goodbye to Helen and her band of demigod heroes blueprinted by the heroes of Troy. But if I do have to say goodbye I’m glad it’s with a book like Goddess.

Angelini culminates her brilliant series with smart twists and turns, emotional turmoil that rivals ancient Greek tragedies, and with stunning starcrossed lovers. I am particularly fond of how she addresses the battles both among the scions and with the gods—clever tricksy author that she is. Any day you get to yell “RELEASE THE KRAKEN” is fundamentally a good day in my book. The lovers plot line has expanded even more with nearly every character finding their counterpoint. Each of those loves are different and wonderful and reflect the characters personalities while exploring the various forms that true love can take; I was fascinated by the Cassandra experience in particular book as well—her disturbing coldness as Oracle allowing for a different kind of love.

For me this series has been a bright star in the night, an oasis in the desert, an ever-fixed island in a sea of change; So thank you, Josephine, for this series, for giving me this world to revel in and enjoy. The best thing about loving books, you don’t ever need to say goodbye, so I’ll just say, “till we read again old friend.”

Overall: A+

Goddess is out now from Harper Teen. Get your copy here!

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Monday, January 28
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Starling- Lesley Livingston
I love Lesley Livingston’s faerie series, Wonderous Strange, so when I heard there was going to be a spin-off focusing on the Fennrys Wolf, I was excited. Starling delivers with a stellar new heroine, Mason, who may not be a faerie princess but certainly is something equally as cool (no spoilers, I promise). The Norse mythology is fascinating and the intermingling of mythologies—the hints at the Wonderous Strange fae and the bits of Greek and Egyptian are smartly done. I was always a fan of Fennrys, but even more so here; it’s so nice to see him get a well deserved love interest after that whole self-sacrificing move of being escorted off by a Valkyrie previously. The end, well quite a bit happens and quite a bit is revealed but the cliffhanger will leave you screaming for the next book.Overall: A
Starling is out now from Harper Teen. Get your copy here.  

Starling- Lesley Livingston

I love Lesley Livingston’s faerie series, Wonderous Strange, so when I heard there was going to be a spin-off focusing on the Fennrys Wolf, I was excited. Starling delivers with a stellar new heroine, Mason, who may not be a faerie princess but certainly is something equally as cool (no spoilers, I promise). The Norse mythology is fascinating and the intermingling of mythologies—the hints at the Wonderous Strange fae and the bits of Greek and Egyptian are smartly done. I was always a fan of Fennrys, but even more so here; it’s so nice to see him get a well deserved love interest after that whole self-sacrificing move of being escorted off by a Valkyrie previously. The end, well quite a bit happens and quite a bit is revealed but the cliffhanger will leave you screaming for the next book.

Overall: A

Starling is out now from Harper Teen. Get your copy here.  

Tags:   #i read #books #ya #young adult #ya lit #young adult fiction #starling #harper teen #lesley livingston #wonderous strange #norse mythology



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Thursday, July 12
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Endlessly

Endlessly (Paranormalcy #3)- Kiersten White

Endlessly (Paranormalcy, #3)

In Endlessly, Evie is back to being brave and kicking butt. She’s quite angry (and at times whiny) about being manipulated. She faces a pretty big decision in this book and while she kicks and screams her way through it, in the end you know shes the kind of person who will do what is necessary to help others. Her and Lend are great together and there’s a comical obstructive plot twist for them this time around that was genuinely amusing. Reth and Jack find some redemptive qualities and in the end I felt really bad for Reth. On top of all the faerie court drama, the paranormals demands, and trying to have a real teenage experience, the IPCA are facing new internal threats which quickly pull in Evie and company. I had been disappointed in Book 2 to find Evie less sure of herself than she was in Book 1, and it is so good to have the original Evie back, or as close to it as we’re going to get. The story was a good one, fast moving and nicely tying up the series.

Overall: A-

Endlessly is due out from HarperTeen July 24th. Pre-order your copy here.

ARC provided gratis via Heidi at YA Bibliophile

Tags:   #i read #books #ya #young adult #young adult fiction #ya lit #paranormalcy #endlessly #kiersten white #harper teen



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