Review: Assassin’s Apprentice (Farseer Trilogy #1) – Robin Hobb


Assassin’s Apprentice (Farseer Trilogy #1) – Robin Hobb

Assassin's Apprentice (Farseer Trilogy, #1)

Title: Assassin’s Apprentice (Farseer Trilogy #1)

Author: Robin Hobb

Release Date: May 1995

Publisher: Del Ray

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 435

Source: TBR Pile

4 out of 5 stars


FitzChivalry, the Prince’s bastard son. Taken away with the mother, then brought back to the kingdom at age six. The confused six year old boy doesn’t remember his mother’s family. He doesn’t know his father. He’s thrust into this mysterious world full of politics he will take years to fully understand. Taken in by the stable master and cared for with the careful hand of someone good with animals. Later taken in, and trained. Trained to be an assassin.

Although this book took me quite some time to finish, it was so good. I loved reading this, because it’s the start of an epic fantasy series that I know I will love. Robin Hobb is introduced with this debut novel that starts the Farseer world that takes the fantasy realm to a whole new level. I can’t wait to read the next books!

There was so much that happened in this book, and I don’t know where to start because there are so many things that will spoil the ending or the journey to the ending. Oh my gosh. Okay, I’ll do my best here…

Fitz was a wonderful character. He was so innocent at the beginning, and I related to him on so many levels because he’s quiet and shy and doesn’t want to be a trouble to people around him. One of my favorite parts happened near the middle-end of this book while he’s with Prince Verity. Verity cares for him as a nephew, and disregard the fact that he’s a bastard of his brother. It was so sweet and such a turning point in the story for Fitz.

Chade, the man who ends up training Fitz to be an assassin is such an interesting and deep character, and I can’t wait to see his backstory and how he came to be in the position he’s in. No one really knows about him. He lives in the castle along with everyone else, but no one really knows he’s there. He’s silent to everyone. Everyone except Fitz.

Burrich is Fitz’s caretaker throughout his childhood, and they come to love each other in a very strange distant sort of way, but are still family none the less. Burrich is the stable master and cared for all of Prince Chivalry’s animals. He is a loyal follower of Chivalry, and loves him as a friend, and what I feel like is a brotherly bond.

There is so much to talk about, but again, don’t want to spoil anyone. My advice for this. Let yourself take it slowly. There are SO many small and important pieces of information that you will miss if you speed through. This is a slow-going book because Robin Hobb describes everything in such detail, but it’s so worth it. The detail oriented writing style that is necessary to create a great story of fantasy is here. I see so much potential in this series, and I know that I’m going to love the rest of the Elderling Realm series/world.

This is both character driven, and plot driven. The writing is so beautiful, and the last half of this book was amazing. Please give this a try if you love fantasy. You won’t regret it!

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August Wrapup + September TBR


Read:

  1. The Queen of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling #1) – Erika Johansen *review*
  2. Alex + Ada (Alex + Ada #1) – Jonathan Luna and Sarah Vaughn *review*
  3. Alex + Ada (Alex + Ada #2) – Jonathan Luna and Sarah Vaughn *review*
  4. Alex + Ada (Alex + Ada #3) – Jonathan Luna and Sarah Vaughn *review*
  5. Nimona – Noelle Stevenson *review*
  6. In Real Life – Cory Doctorow and Jen Wang *review*
  7. Bunny Drop (Bunny Drop Volume #1) – Yumi Unita *review*

TBR:

  1. Assassin’s Apprentice (Farseer Trilogy #1) – Robin Hobb
  2. The Mime Order (The Bones Season #2) – Samantha Shannon
  3. Mask of Shadows (Mask of Shadows #1) – Linsey Miller
  4. The Dressmaker’s Secret (The Chronicles of Alice and Ivy #1) – Kellyn Roth

Review: The Queen of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling #1) – Erika Johansen


The Queen of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling #1) – Erika Johansen

The Queen of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling, #1)

Title: The Queen of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling #1)

Author: Erika Johansen

Release Date: April 14, 2015

Publisher: Harper Paperbacks

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 464

Source: TBR Pile

Magic, adventure, mystery, and romance combine in this epic debut in which a young princess must reclaim her dead mother’s throne, learn to be a ruler—and defeat the Red Queen, a powerful and malevolent sorceress determined to destroy her.

On her nineteenth birthday, Princess Kelsea Raleigh Glynn, raised in exile, sets out on a perilous journey back to the castle of her birth to ascend her rightful throne. Plain and serious, a girl who loves books and learning, Kelsea bears little resemblance to her mother, the vain and frivolous Queen Elyssa. But though she may be inexperienced and sheltered, Kelsea is not defenseless: Around her neck hangs the Tearling sapphire, a jewel of immense magical power; and accompanying her is the Queen’s Guard, a cadre of brave knights led by the enigmatic and dedicated Lazarus. Kelsea will need them all to survive a cabal of enemies who will use every weapon—from crimson-caped assassins to the darkest blood magic—to prevent her from wearing the crown.

Despite her royal blood, Kelsea feels like nothing so much as an insecure girl, a child called upon to lead a people and a kingdom about which she knows almost nothing. But what she discovers in the capital will change everything, confronting her with horrors she never imagined. An act of singular daring will throw Kelsea’s kingdom into tumult, unleashing the vengeance of the tyrannical ruler of neighboring Mortmesne: the Red Queen, a sorceress possessed of the darkest magic. Now Kelsea will begin to discover whom among the servants, aristocracy, and her own guard she can trust.

But the quest to save her kingdom and meet her destiny has only just begun—a wondrous journey of self-discovery and a trial by fire that will make her a legend . . . if she can survive.

This book will be a beautifully designed package with illustrated endpapers, a map of the Tearling, and a ribbon marker.

3 out of 5 stars


I’m kind of torn between giving this 3 stars and giving this 4 stars, but I don’t do half stars…. I really liked the last half of this, but the beginning was so so so slow. I listened to this on audio and read it in physical format because I wanted to read while driving. I kind of wish that I could have listened to the second half on the car ride because it was much more exciting, but such is life.

This book followed Kelsea who is now the Queen of the Tearling, as the title suggests. She has been living in solitude with her guardians for 19 years, and she’s taken away on her 19th birthday to become the Queen. She’s always known this was how it had to be, but she still wasn’t as prepared as she thought she should have been. Her mother was known for poor decisions, but Kelsea wasn’t told about her failures. She lived a sheltered life with lots of academic classes and always thrived in the stories she got to read from the fiction books in her house.

I really love the premise for this book, but I don’t think it was executed as well as it could have been. If I were to rate the first quarter of this book I probably would have given it a 2 stars, but by the end I was feeling 4 stars. I don’t know. There were quite a few issues about this book that I wasn’t fond of.

There was an instalove situation that pissed me off. So first off. Kelsea has never seen a large group of people in her life, so why the hell would she be able to be in love with someone. Also, how would she know how to flirt well? Umm. She wouldn’t. The only man she had ever been exposed to was Barty, her father figure. Hmm. I hate instalove, and I couldn’t appreciate the love because it felt so rushed.

I also didn’t like that there was so much unknown to the reader. I’m all for figuring out as you go, but I like when you know a little more than the characters know. I like being one step ahead, but it always felt as if you were dragging behind. Not a fan of that at all.

It was cool because by the end you got to see a little of the power with the sapphire necklaces, but you only got a taste, so you want more. Clever. I’m impressed with your miniature cliff hangers, Ms. Johansen.

Overall I think this was a good book. I’m interested to see what happens in the next ones. I definitely recommend audiobooks in general because I think I’ve fallen in love.

Review: Legend (Legend #1) – Marie Lu


Legend (Legend #1) – Marie Lu

Legend (Legend, #1)

Title: Legend (Legend #1)

Author: Marie Lu

Release Date: April 16, 2013

Publisher: Speak

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 305

Source: TBR Pile

From different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths…

Until June’s brother is murdered, and Day becomes the prime suspect.

In a shocking turn of events, the two uncover what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths to which their country will go to keep its secrets.

5 out of 5 stars


I should have listened to everyone giving me recommendations for reading this book WAYYY earlier. It was so good, and I can’t wait to pick up the next one.

June and Day meet under strange circumstances. June thinks Day killed her older brother. She wants revenge. She wants him to suffer as she is suffering, but she never expects to see a boy who is just trying to live.

I love going into books very blindly, and tend to do it often, because I like actually reading the story and learning the plot that way rather than hearing everyone talking about it, so as usual, I recommend you go into this book blindly. It’s about a dystopian society with a corrupted government, but the citizens don’t believe anything is wrong. It’s honestly such a well-crafted book. I loved that the different POVs were in different a different font and color. It added something unique to the reading experience.

Each day means a new twenty-four hours. Each day means everything’s possible again. You live in the moment, you die in the moment, you take it all one day at a time… You try to walk in the light.

This is my favorite quote from the whole book. I actually stopped and re-read it a few times because I thought it was so beautiful. I like that philosophy. You make whatever you want from each and every single day.

Guys. If you haven’t read this book, please go read it! I think anyone who likes YA dystopian would LOVE this :)

Review: The Pale Dreamer (The Bone Season #0.5) – Samantha Shannon


The Pale Dreamer (The Bone Season #0.5) – Samantha Shannon

The Pale Dreamer (The Bone Season, #0.5)

Title: The Pale Dreamer (The Bone Season #0.5)

Author: Samantha Shannon

Release Date: December 6, 2016

Publisher: Bloomsbury Paperbacks

Format: Ebook

Page Number: 78

Source: TBR Pile

A dreamer is born – the exhilarating prequel to the ground-breaking, extraordinary Bone Season series

‘Truly extraordinary and thrilling’ Andy Serkis

In the perilous heart of Scion London, a dangerous and valuable poltergeist is on the loose – and it must be caught before chaos erupts on the streets of the capital. Here, the clairvoyant underworld plays by its own rules, and rival gangs will stop at nothing to win such a magnificent prize.

Sixteen-year-old Paige Mahoney is working for Jaxon Hall, the most notorious mime-lord in the city. He thinks she is hiding a powerful gift, but it refuses to surface. Maybe this is the opportunity she needs to secure her position in his gang, the Seven Seals…

4 out of 5 stars


I’m so in love with this series already it’s crazy.

This is the novella of Paige joining the team of Jaxon Hall. It follows her through her first few weeks of being a member and I think it added a lot to the story.

Throughout this novella I was kind of irritated at how Paige thought she was going to get fired all the time, but then I remembered that she’s only 16 years old. 16 and she is helping a powerful mime-lord. Of course she’s worried and concerned for the safety of her job! She’s just a kid still; she shouldn’t know all the certainties of life yet.

I liked that Paige was the one to figure out the miscommunications and issues with their little plan to capture the poltergeist. I thought it was cool, because it didn’t seem unrealistic. Okay, keep in mind this is a fantasy book, there are parts that are fantastical, but it seemed quite realistic for the book.

I also buddy-read this with Kenedie from afangirlsbookshelf on Youtube, and we both liked it. I cannot wait to read The Mime Order to see where Paige goes and where her journey takes her. I think this is going to be one of my new favorite series….

Series:

The Bone Season (The Bone Season #1)

The Mime Order (The Bone Season #2)

Review: Amulet Volume 7: Firelight (Amulet #7) – Kazu Kibuishi


Amulet Volume 7: Firelight (Amulet #7) – Kazu Kibuishi

Firelight (Amulet, #7)

Title: Amulet Volume 7: Firelight (Amulet #7)

Author: Kazu Kibuishi

Release Date: February 23, 2016

Publisher: Turtleback Books

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 200

Source: Public Library

Emily, Trellis, and Vigo visit Algos Island, where they can access and enter lost memories. They’re hoping to uncover the events of Trellis’s mysterious childhood — knowledge they can use against the Elf King. What they discover is a dark secret that changes everything. Meanwhile, the Voice of Emily’s Amulet is getting stronger, and threatens to overtake her completely.

3 out of 5 stars


The main part of this story was the Trellis and Emily travel under the sea to where an elf man has been hiding stolen memories. They travel there in a high powered submarine, and when they get there Emily and Trellis go into one of Trellis’ memories. They then find themselves in one of Emily’s memories, and then it goes down.

This had quite an intense ending. I was not expecting that to happen.

So, in the end Emily goes kind of crazy with different emotions, and can’t get out of the memories as herself. Trellis has to leave in order to save himself, and he abandons Emily. I don’t know how I feel about this. Honestly, I don’t think I’ll be picking up the next books because they don’t even have publication dates or covers yet… I don’t want to be reading these halfway through college, so I will be DNFing this series from this point on.

I do think that it was interesting, and I liked the concept, but some of the execution was lacking. I really enjoyed the first volume of this graphic novel series, and wish it would have stayed more like that one rather than becoming what it did. I don’t regret reading these, but I do not believe I will be picking up the rest, unfortunately. Just due to time restraints.

Series:

The Stonekeeper (Amulet #1)

The Stonekeeper’s Curse (Amulet #2)

The Cloud Searchers (Amulet #3)

The Last Council (Amulet #4)

Prince of the Elves (Amulet #5)

Escape from Lucien (Amulet #6)

May Wrapup + June TBR


Read:

  1. The Sound of a Voice – David Henry Hwang
  2. Kitty Hawk and the Icelandic Intrigue (Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Series #3) – Iain Reading *review*
  3. Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices #1) – Cassandra Clare *review*
  4. Hannah’s Moon (American Journey #5) – John A. Heldt *review*
  5. The Woman in Cabin 10 – Ruth Ware *review*
  6. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow – Washington Irving
  7. July Thunder (Bad Bloods #3) – Shannon A. Thompson *review*
  8. Where the Sidewalk Ends – Shel Silverstein *review*
  9. Milk and Honey – Rupi Kaur *review*

TBR:

  1. Lord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices #2) – Cassandra Clare
  2. July Lightning (Bad Bloods #4) – Shannon A. Thompson
  3. Kitty Hawk and the Tragedy of the RMS Titanic (Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency #4) – Iain Reading
  4. Kitty Hawk and the Mystery of the Masterpieces (Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency #5) – Iain Reading