ARC Review: The Alchemists of Loom by Elise Kova

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The Alchemists of Loom (Loom Saga #1)
Author: Elise Kova
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Steampunk
Pages: 380
Release: 10th January 2017
Publisher: Keymaster Press

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My Rating:

★★★★☆

elise-kovaHer vengeance. His vision.

Ari lost everything she once loved when the Five Guilds’ resistance fell to the Dragon King. Now, she uses her unparalleled gift for clockwork machinery in tandem with notoriously unscrupulous morals to contribute to a thriving underground organ market. There isn’t a place on Loom that is secure from the engineer turned thief, and her magical talents are sold to the highest bidder as long as the job defies their Dragon oppressors.

Cvareh would do anything to see his sister usurp the Dragon King and sit on the throne. His family’s house has endured the shame of being the lowest rung in the Dragons’ society for far too long. The Alchemist Guild, down on Loom, may just hold the key to putting his kin in power, if Cvareh can get to them before the Dragon King’s assassins.

When Ari stumbles upon a wounded Cvareh, she sees an opportunity to slaughter an enemy and make a profit off his corpse. But the Dragon sees an opportunity to navigate Loom with the best person to get him where he wants to go.

He offers her the one thing Ari can’t refuse: A wish of her greatest desire, if she brings him to the Alchemists of Loom.

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I recieved a copy of this book from Netgalley for review. Thank you to Elise Kova and Keymaster Press!

I don’t know why I’m surprised at this books awesomeness. After loving Air Awakens I was cautiously optimistic but The Alchemists of Loom exceeded all my expectations.

When I find myself having difficulty writing coherent full length reviews I always break down my thoughts into the good and the bad which makes it way easier for me so:

The Good💖

  • Superb world-building: If there is one thing I can say for certain about Elise Kova it’s that her world building is always on point! You guys, The Alchemists of Loom totally immerses you in this magical world.
  • The writing: Great solid writing in this book (not surprising because it’s Elise Kova!)
  • The themes: I love how this book captures human prejudice (in this case dragon and chimera). The overall message is that you shouldn’t judge people for how they look or the actions of people that look like them.
  • The characters: Elise Kova always incorporates strong female characters into her work and it’s always so refreshing. Ari could be right up there with Inej (Six of Crows) or Celaena (Throne of Glass).

I hate doing this but:

The Bad💘

The only negative I have to say about this book is that; when the author was setting up the world and story it could’ve been done better (in my opinion) because for a few pages it felt like I almost had to guess at a lot of details. I just wish we got more in depth descriptions of the world itself and the characters, I think I would have appreciated the story more that way…

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Overall this is one I really recommend picking up as soon as it’s out, Elise Kova is definitely an author to watch out for!


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The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald [Yep, I’m actually doing this]

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The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Genres: Romance, Drama, History
Pages: 180
First Published: 1925

Rating: tricky but I think I’ll go for:

★★★★☆

190px-thegreatgatsby_1925jacketTHE GREAT GATSBY, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s third book, stands as the supreme achievement of his career.

This exemplary novel of the Jazz Age has been acclaimed by generations of readers. The story of the fabulously wealthy Jay Gatsby and his love for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan, of lavish parties on Long Island at a time when The New York Times noted “gin was the national drink and sex the national obsession,” it is an exquisitely crafted tale of America in the 1920s.

 

 

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There is probably nothing I can say about The Great Gatsby that I bet you haven’t already heard, so why I am I doing this discussion? I don’t know… But! It’s my blog so I can whatever the bloodydamn (😉😉😉) I want. *moving on (lol)*

I picked up this book for the first time ever because I couldn’t excuse the fact that while Leonardo DiCaprio’s The Great Gatsby is one of my favorite movies of all time, I had never read a page of this book. It was about time. While a bunch of people have analyzed this books structure, writing and historical significance I’m basically just going to fangirl and flail around. Where some ok most people see a book about American history, I see a tragic love story.

If I could describe this book in one word it would be timeless. I don’t know what I was expecting but this wasn’t it. The Great Gatsby is such an easy to enjoy. Well at least for me it was because I picked it up for the simple pleasure of reading it. The story is captivating, mostly because like Nick Carraway we spend the majority of the book trying to figure out the mystery of Gatsby.

Obviously the very idea of a man like Gatsby is very romantic but digging deep it’s really kinda sad that this man was so stuck in the past. He built this perfect fantasy of Daisy in his mind and in all their years apart it just kept building into something that didn’t resemble Daisy at all.  And we all know you can’t possibly compete with someone’s perfect fantasy of you.

“No amount of fire or freshness can challenge what a man will store up in his ghostly heart.” ― The Great Gatsby

In the beautiful words of John Green:

“You can love someone so much… But you can never love people as much as you can miss them.” ― John Green

I’m not American so obviously all the symbolism and historical stuff just flew over my head but overall I loved the surface story. Aside from the hints of racism which – I guess – was normal 90+ years ago, the book was interesting enough. I’m sucker for tragic love stories so of course I fell in love with one of the best in the history of literature.

“He looked at her the way all women want to be looked at by a man.” – The Great Gatsby.

P.S. Don’t be mad at me for “not taking the book seriously” but enough people do that already. I wanted to talk about this like it was any other book because that’s just what it is in the end.

Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed this review old sport!

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Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen

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Saint Anything
Author: Sarah Dessen
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 417
Released: 5th May 2015
Publisher: Viking

My Rating:

★★★☆☆

Peyton, Sydnwp-1481631420611.pngey’s charismatic older brother, has always been the star of the family, receiving the lion’s share of their parents’ attention and—lately—concern. When Peyton’s increasingly reckless behavior culminates in an accident, a drunk driving conviction, and a jail sentence, Sydney is cast adrift, searching for her place in the family and the world. When everyone else is so worried about Peyton, is she the only one concerned about the victim of the accident?

Enter the Chathams, a warm, chaotic family who run a pizza parlor, play bluegrass on weekends, and pitch in to care for their mother, who has multiple sclerosis. Here Sydney experiences unquestioning acceptance. And here she meets Mac, gentle, watchful, and protective, who makes Sydney feel seen, really seen, for the first time.

REVIEW

This is my first ever Sarah Dessen book like it seemed to be for everyone too. It’s probably the most hyped of her books so I figured this was the best one to use to get acquainted with the author. I’ll break down my review into pros and cons because it’s easier to gather my thoughts that way:

The Good

  • Great Writing: Saint Anything had solid writing but I wasn’t expecting anything less from such an experienced author.
  • Very Relatable Protagonist: I loved the fact that I could see a little bit of myself in Sydney. It made reading this very satisfying.
  • Wholesome Side Characters: Each character was really well developed and I loved how they all interacted with each other. It captured teenage voice realistically in my opinion.
  • Friendship is a huge theme in this book and it isn’t overshadowed by the boy and girl romantic relationships. I really appreciate a good girl on girl friendship done right.

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The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee

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The Thousandth Floor
Author: Katharine Mcgee
Genre: Young Adult, Sci-fi
Pages: 448
Released: August 30 2016
Publisher: HarperCollins
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My Rating:

★★★★★

 

wp-1481516852008.jpegNEW YORK CITY AS YOU’VE NEVER SEEN IT BEFORE.

A thousand-story tower stretching into the sky. A glittering vision of the future where anything is possible—if you want it enough.

WELCOME TO MANHATTAN, 2118.

A hundred years in the future, New York is a city of innovation and dreams. Everyone there wants something…and everyone has something to lose.

LEDA COLE’s flawless exterior belies a secret addiction—to a drug she never should have tried and a boy she never should have touched.

ERIS DODD-RADSON’s beautiful, carefree life falls to pieces when a heartbreaking betrayal tears her family apart.

RYLIN MYERS’s job on one of the highest floors sweeps her into a world—and a romance—she never imagined…but will this new life cost Rylin her old one?

WATT BAKRADI is a tech genius with a secret: he knows everything about everyone. But when he’s hired to spy for an upper-floor girl, he finds himself caught up in a complicated web of lies.

And living above everyone else on the thousandth floor is AVERY FULLER, the girl genetically designed to be perfect. The girl who seems to have it all—yet is tormented by the one thing she can never have.

Amid breathtaking advancement and high-tech luxury, five teenagers struggle to find their place at the top of the world. But when you’re this high up, there’s nowhere to go but down…..

REVIEW

Easiest 5 stars I’ve ever given! The Thousandth Floor is an incredibly entertaining read. With the amazing cast of characters and the fun teen drama; it’s no wonder why this book was so hyped!

You can see from the synopsis that this book has five point of views (POVs) and with such a large cast of character’s it’s easy for an author to make a mess of things but Katharine Mcgee did such a wonderful job because each character felt separate and distinct. They all played their parts in the story without once feeling like their “voices” were blending together.

The actual plot of the story was great. It reads almost like a soap opera. I mean rich kids in the future? You couldn’t ask for a better setting for drama with a capital D!

The only negative thing I have to say about this book is that with 5 POV’s its was a little disorienting at first trying to keep up with all the story lines but once I got into it the pages flew by way to quickly!

If you’re looking for a quick fun read (full of juicy drama) this one is the book for you!


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Book Review: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Author: Stieg Larsson
Translator: Reg Keeland
Genre: Mystery, Crime, Psychological Thriller
Pages: 465
Released: September 2008
Publisher: Knorf
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My Rating:

★★★★★

synopsis

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Mikael Blomkvist, a once-respected financial journalist, watches his professional life rapidly crumble around him. Prospects appear bleak until an unexpected (and unsettling) offer to resurrect his name is extended by an old-school titan of Swedish industry. The catch—and there’s always a catch—is that Blomkvist must first spend a year researching a mysterious disappearance that has remained unsolved for nearly four decades. With few other options, he accepts and enlists the help of investigator Lisbeth Salander, a misunderstood genius with a cache of authority issues. Little is as it seems in Larsson’s novel, but there is at least one constant: you really don’t want to mess with the girl with the dragon tattoo.

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This book was read in an effort to add some variety into my reading. If you’ve even glanced at my blog you know I love Young Adult Fantasy. I’m glad I picked something so far out of my comfort zone because I actually enjoyed it.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is absolutely nothing like the young adult mysteries I have become used to; it’s absolutely brutal but also brilliant. I’ve come to the realisation that Adult mysteries are slow building.

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