I happened to be at my favorite local bookstore, Books & Books, this last Saturday for the South Florida Bloggers’ Februrary meetup. My favorite things in one place, books and bloggers! This is where I found out from Ketsia, Books & Books’s children’s book buyer, that Truthwitch author Susan Dennard would be there in person! I’d heard a lot of buzz about Truthwitch and Ketsia was kind enough to give me a copy so I could see it for myself. Trust me, Truthwitch is worthy of all the buzz surrounding it.
Truthwitch hooks you in with it’s very first sentence, “Everything had gone horribly wrong.” It’s quite the first sentence and I find some books don’t live it up to such powerful statements but I’m happy to say that Truthwitch totally delivered! By pg 29 I was already charmed by the main characters, Safiya and Iseult. As you may already know by now, I love stories with strong female characters and this book did not just have one but two leading ladies. Safi and Iz are trained bad-ass warriors and witches. I love their loyal sister-like relationship and their witty banter.
I also liked that the world building was easy to follow. I have a hard time with intricate world building, to me, it ends up detracting from the storyline. I didn’t have that problem at all with Truthwitch. The characters, feuding empires and great destined heroes were all woven beautifully in this book. I also liked the heavy tension romance that prevailed through the whole book.
My only complaint is that books 2, 3 and 4 are NOT out already. This book is SO good I read it in a day. Had the rest of the series already been out, I’m pretty sure I would’ve not left my house the whole weekend.
I’m not usually a fan of books written in different points of view and Six of Crows happens to be written in 6. And I loved it. I loved all the characters and their voices in the book. Leigh Bardugo did a great job of creating amazing and well developed characters. She took great care with creating all their backstories. The transition between the different voices was seamless. The book has a great storyline that gripped me from the start. My new favorite couple is now Kaz + Inej <3 I can see why this book was compared to Ocean’s 11 but it doesn’t do it justice. Six of Crows is dark and gritty. The main character, Kaz, is a fearless and crafty mastermind leading a ragtag team of thieves on an impossible heist. Kaz is always 2 stops ahead of his enemy and always has a trick up his sleeve. But my favorite character is Inej, his loyal and stealthy spy that can climb anything and sneak up on anyone. I really like how the female characters are portrayed in this book: self-reliant, smart and brave. My only gripe with this book is the cliff hanger ending. I didn’t like where the story ended, I just wished it had been wrapped up. I still loved it and can’t wait to meet the author at Books & Books on October 12.
Fierce Reads Tour at Books & Books on Oct. 12, 7 p.m. at Coral Gables. I’ll be there! Can’t wait to meet more Leigh Bardugo fans 🙂
Also, if you aren’t able to attend the event you can follow along with their livestream here.
Welcome to our fifteenth episode of our video podcast the Izzie & Coco Book Review Show. In this episode we talk about Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen. Queen of the Tearling is a moving story about a 19 year old girl forced to reign a kingdom over night. Kelsea has been living a secluded life. She’s only interacted with her two guardians who raised her and taught her how to be a fair queen through examples in history. As soon as Kelsea arrives at her castle she is confronted with the reality that her mother (and preceding Queen) signed a treaty to ship thousands of citizens to the neighboring kingdom as slaves – every year.
We loved this book and recommend it with a YAY! Kelsea is a tough ruler with a good heart and does what’s best for her kingdom. The villains are pretty scary, a red witch that sacrifices children to the Dark Lord for powerful magic; an unscrupulous slave trader masquerading as census officer, and a sleazy oblivious uncle. This book is a page turner that will keep you wanting to find out what happens next. We can’t wait to read the sequel. Let us know what you thought! Remember to leave us a comment, we love hearing from our readers/viewers. If you found a book you love because of our recommendations or share an absolute love or hate for a book, tell us! For any comments or questions please email us at books(at)dapperanimals.com
Our next selection is the book: Soulless by Gail Carriger. We will be posting our review soon!
Welcome to our fourteenth episode of our video podcast the Izzie & Coco Book Review Show. In this episode we talk about Uprooted by Naomi Novik. Uprooted is a fantasy novel about a kingdom bordered by a magic and malevolent forest that is inhabited by corrupted creatures. The kingdom is protected from the woods by a powerful wizard called the Dragon. However, that protection has a price. A girl must be given to the Dragon every ten years from one of the villages. This time around, Agnieszka has been chosen; but Agnieszka is not a regular girl. She has a natural affinity to magic and will help the Dragon fight the woods in the last battle for the Kingdom. This is a slow paced book but we really liked it and recommend it with a YAY! Let us know what you thought! Remember to leave us a comment, we love hearing from our readers/viewers. If you found a book you love because of our recommendations or share an absolute love or hate for a book, tell us! For any comments or questions please email us at books(at)dapperanimals.com
Our next selection is the book: Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen. We will be posting our review soon!
Welcome to our twelfth episode of our video podcast the Izzie & Coco Book Review Show. In this episode we talk about Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews. Ilona Andrews delivers a fantastic paranormal novel with shape shifters, necromancers, magic, and vampires. The story takes place in Atlanta in a time where technology or magic can take over the world in a moment’s notice. When a magic wave hits, cars and electricity malfunction, while magic and magic powered objects become more powerful. The plot revolves around the murders of several shape shifters, humans, vampires and Kate Daniels’ own guardian. This kick ass heroine has to deal with the most powerful shape shifter in the area, Curran, to solve the case. Curran is dangerous and sexy so Kate will have to tread lightly during her investigation. If you are looking for a great action book with great sexual tension between characters – this is it. We give this book a big YAY and recommend the rest of the series as well. Let us know what you thought! Remember to leave us a comment, we love hearing from our readers/viewers. If you found a book you love because of our recommendations or share an absolute love or hate for a book, tell us! For any comments or questions please email us at books(at)dapperanimals.com
Our next selection is the book: Moon Called by Patricia Briggs. We will be posting our review soon!