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Janelle's Reviews (9)

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4.5/5 stars

Blurb: Her name is Binti, and she is the first of the Himba people ever to be offered a place at Oomza University, the finest institution of higher learning in the galaxy. But to accept the offer will mean giving up her place in her family to travel between the stars among strangers who do not share her ways or respect her customs.

Knowledge comes at a cost, one that Binti is willing to pay, but her journey will not be easy. The world she seeks to enter has long warred with the Meduse, an alien race that has become the stuff of nightmares. Oomza University has wronged the Meduse, and Binti's stellar travel will bring her within their deadly reach.

If Binti hopes to survive the legacy of a war not of her making, she will need both the gifts of her people and the wisdom enshrined within the University, itself - but first she has to make it there, alive.

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4.5/5 stars

From the blurb: As the old gods awaken, the Chromeria is in a race to find its lost Prism, the only man who may be able to stop catastrophe, Gavin Guile. But Gavin's enslaved on a galley, and when he finally escapes, he finds himself in less than friendly hands. Without the ability to draft which has defined him . . .

Meanwhile, the Color Prince's army continues its inexorable advance, having swallowed two of the seven satrapies, they now invade the Blood Forest. Andross Guile, thinking his son Gavin lost, tasks his two grandsons with stopping the advance. Kip and his psychopathic half-brother Zymun will compete for the ultimate prize: who will become the next Prism.

Me talking to myself after finishing this book: "Okay, Janelle. Calm down. Take a deep breath." It's that good, guys. 

The Priory of the Orange Tree

3.5/5 stars

Blurb: A world divided. A queendom without an heir. An ancient enemy awakens.

The House of Berethnet has ruled Inys for a thousand years. Still unwed, Queen Sabran the Ninth must conceive a daughter to protect her realm from destruction—but assassins are getting closer to her door.

Ead Duryan is an outsider at court. Though she has risen to the position of lady-in-waiting, she is loyal to a hidden society of mages. Ead keeps a watchful eye on Sabran, secretly protecting her with forbidden magic.

Across the dark sea, Tané has trained all her life to be a dragonrider, but is forced to make a choice that could see her life unravel.

Meanwhile, the divided East and West refuse to parley, and forces of chaos are rising from their sleep.

Before I get into the review, can we all just agree to take a moment to stare at this beautiful cover art? Yes? Okay, good, because SERIOUSLY. 

The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth, #1)

4.5/5 Stars 

Blurb: This is the way the world ends. Again.

Three terrible things happen in a single day. Essun, a woman living an ordinary life in a small town, comes home to find that her husband has brutally murdered their son and kidnapped their daughter. Meanwhile, mighty Sanze -- the world-spanning empire whose innovations have been civilization's bedrock for a thousand years -- collapses as most of its citizens are murdered to serve a madman's vengeance. And worst of all, across the heart of the vast continent known as the Stillness, a great red rift has been been torn into the heart of the earth, spewing ash enough to darken the sky for years. Or centuries.

Now Essun must pursue the wreckage of her family through a deadly, dying land. Without sunlight, clean water, or arable land, and with limited stockpiles of supplies, there will be war all across the Stillness: a battle royale of nations not for power or territory, but simply for the basic resources necessary to get through the long dark night. Essun does not care if the world falls apart around her. She'll break it herself, if she must, to save her daughter.

Just that blurb ALONE set the stage for what I was hoping to be a genre-crossing, mind-bending fantasy epic. I was not disappointed in the least. 

 The Blinding Knife (Lightbringer, #2)

4/5 stars

Blurb: Gavin Guile is dying.

He’d thought he had five years left—now he has less than one. With fifty thousand refugees, a bastard son, and an ex-fiancée who may have learned his darkest secret, Gavin has problems on every side. All magic in the world is running wild and threatens to destroy the Seven Satrapies.

Worst of all, the old gods are being reborn, and their army of color wights is unstoppable. The only salvation may be the brother whose freedom and life Gavin stole sixteen years ago.

I'll just say this and get it over with. This was an annoying read, that I really liked. You know those types of books... beloved characters, forced into a plot that doesn't really work, with clever writing and moments of pure genius... then something happens that doesn't work for you. This was that type of story.

Symphony of the Wind (The Raincatcher's Ballad #1)

3.5/5 stars 

This story follows the tale of Gallows, a Hunter who gets caught up in a whirl of conspiracy, revenge, and just plain, flat-out rollicking bad luck. It also follows Serena, a young girl who isn’t what she seems and has powers she knows little about.

The Raventree Society: Season One, the Complete Collection

5/5 stars

Tagline from the blurb: Kyle Hanson is not a believer. That all changed with what he saw at The Strawberry Lane Hotel

This collection of serialized short stories reads like you're watching a TV show. If you like the show Supernatural, you will probably like this, too. The Raventree Society is horror (and honestly, horror isn't really my genre), and delivers in so many unique ways. I've read Purrazzi's scifi-dystopian Malfunction series and really enjoyed it. So when this series came out, I had to check it out.

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1) by Sarah J. Maas
15, May

3/5 stars 

I’m a little bit behind on the times. But late is better than never, right? Throne of Glass has much to commend. It sets up the world well, although I feel like a little more worldbuilding would have been helpful. We get a glimpse of the magic system, too. But it seems the author almost entirely focuses on character development. A fair choice, especially considering this is a long series. My preference tends to be worldbuilding and plot alongside character arcs, but I can see why some authors choose not to. 

The Sword of Kaigen (Theonite) by M.L. Wang
15, May

5/5 stars.

The Sword of Kaigen is the first book I've read by this author, and certainly won't be the last. I had a wide range of feelings and thoughts when I first started reading. What I'll do for review purposes is start off with what I had (minor) complaints about before I get into the massive amounts of positive things. But first things first.