Category: Sunday Meme

Sunday Series Review: The Blood and Salt Series

Today Kim reviews The Blood and Salt Series by Kim Liggett . She loved the first, but the second one was not really for her.  She rated the series 4 stars.

Books in the Series:
Blood and Salt
Heart of Ash


Blood and Salt
Published:
September 22, 2015
341 pages

Romeo and Juliet meets Children of the Corn in this one-of-a-kind romantic horror.

“When you fall in love, you will carve out your heart and throw it into the deepest ocean. You will be all in—blood and salt.”

These are the last words Ash Larkin hears before her mother returns to the spiritual commune she escaped long ago. But when Ash follows her to Quivira, Kansas, something sinister and ancient waits among the rustling cornstalks of this village lost to time.

Ash is plagued by memories of her ancestor, Katia, which harken back to the town’s history of unrequited love and murder, alchemy and immortality. Charming traditions soon give way to a string of gruesome deaths, and Ash feels drawn to Dane, a forbidden boy with secrets of his own.

As the community prepares for a ceremony five hundred years in the making, Ash must fight not only to save her mother, but herself—and discover the truth about Quivira before it’s too late. Before she’s all in—blood and salt.

Heart of Ash
Published:
February 20, 2018
278 pages

Ash may have escaped the immortal-worshipping cult that killed her mother, but the love of her life is still under its thrall. Dane has been possessed by his diabolical ancestor Coronado, a man who’s fabulously wealthy, dripping with fame, and the leader of Europe’s most dangerous immortal network. Dane begs Ash to join him at Coronado’s castle in Spain, and swears that his blood bond with Ash is stronger than Coronado’s hold over him. Ash is desperate to help Dane vanquish Coronado without having to sacrifice herself to the darkness. But when you’re all in, blood and salt, the only way to hold on to the light might just be by setting everything on fire.


Kim’s Rating of the Series: 4 Stars

Kim’s Review of the Series:

I found Blood and Salt by mistake three years ago during my scary stage! I had been looking for another book but got the title wrong and found Blood and Salt instead. Totally worth it! I really enjoyed this first book. I love the setting, the characters, and the story. Ash and Rhys are teens, but they are far more mature than the typical teen. They’ve grown up with a very unconventional mother who raised them away from the cult she was born into. I’m just weird, y’all know this about me already. Cults are fascinating!

All my friends make fun of me because I grew up in a “cult like” environment, so the character that I identified with most is Beth. She’s quirky, sheltered, optimistic, and innocent. She’s definitely more perky than I was when I left college, but I like her a lot. She adds a humorous side to the story that helps lighten a rather dark situation. And the legend of Katia and Coronado brings some historical realism.

This is the second time I’ve read this book, but the first time was long enough ago that I didn’t remember what happened. Everything fit perfectly together and made sense. It was dark and creepy and although the ending was technically a cliffhanger, it didn’t drive me nuts. A solid 5 stars!

Unfortunately, Heart of Ash did not live up to the standard Blood and Salt set. The first book was on a smaller, more intimate scale that held the tension really well. Then Heart of Ash turned it into a global conspiracy that just took away from the original story. Where Ash used to be a mature teen who had to deal with a lot of adult stuff and did it capably, she then turned into that annoying teen who flip flopped on every little thing and spent most of the book talking herself in and out of loving Dane. OMG stop!! Y’all got way bigger fish to fry here! It felt like Blood and Salt should have had just a few extra pages that could have resolved the whole saga, but Leggitt tried to draw the story out and fell flat. Katia and Coronado’s story became petty and unrealistic (fantasy realism is different than actual realism lol). I was so excited about this sequel . . . but overall I just didn’t like it. I’ll give it 3 stars.

I think I’d recommend the first book with no hesitation to anyone, teens included. Yeah, go ahead and read the second book, but really only to resolve the story. So the whole series gets 4 stars.

Purchase Links:
Amazon US:
Blood and Salt
Heart of Ash

Amazon UK:
Blood and Salt
Heart of Ash

 

 

Sunday Series Review: The Six of Crows Duology

Today Kim reviews the Six of Crows Duology by Leigh Bardugo. She loved it and rated it 5 stars!!!!!

Books in the Duology:
Six of Crows
Crooked Kingdom


Six of Crows
Published: September 29, 2015
465 pages

Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price–and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…

A convict with a thirst for revenge.
A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager.
A runaway with a privileged past.
A spy known as the Wraith.
A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.
A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.

Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.

Crooked Kingdom
Published: September 27, 2016
536 pages

When you can’t beat the odds, change the game.

Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn’t think they’d survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they’re right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and badly weakened, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz’s cunning and test the team’s fragile loyalties. A war will be waged on the city’s dark and twisting streets―a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of the Grisha world.


Kim’s Rating of the Series: 5 stars
Kim’s Review of the Series:

The Six of Crows audiobook was on sale as one of Audible’s Daily Deals and knowing nothing about it, I bought it. I started listening to it and soon I was looking for any excuse to drive my car so I could keep listening. Then I had to wait a year for Crooked Kindgom to come out, and that was torture. Bardugo has created a world that I could just disappear in. I viewed Ketterdam the same way that I viewed Dickens’ London. I was fascinated and repulsed all at the same time.

Then I met Kaz Brekker. The perfect embodiment of tall, dark and mysterious. And Inej, the wraith. An entire cast of characters that I like. Seriously, I like all of them. How many times in my reviews do I criticize characters in books? Yeah, a lot! But not in Ketterdam! Even the villians, I hate them, but I love them at the same time. When Matthias came in, I thought, “finally! A character I’m going to hate!” Nope. I still loved him. I have nothing bad to say.

And then the story. I’m going to get really nerdy here so stay with me. For those of you Star Trek fans out there, this duology is like watching James T. Kirk facing the Kobayashi Maru. Kaz and his team are faced with the no-win situation. They are faced with an impossible task. Each thing they take on is un-doable. Can they rescue the scientist? Can they save one of their own? Can they accomplish the impossible? Read and find out! Yes, this is a Young Adult duology, but without the annoying teenage drama. This duology could actually fit on any serious fiction reader’s shelf. I absolutely recommend this duology to anyone.

Series Purchase Links:
Amazon US
Amazon UK

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Standalone Sunday: Eleanor & Park

It’s been a while since I did a Standalone Sunday! It’s back for this week!

What is Standalone Sunday?

Each Sunday bloggers feature a standalone book (one that is not part of a series) that they loved or would recommend. The standalone can also be one you want to read. There is so much focus on books that are part of a series that standalone books seem to be forgotten. They can be just as great as book series!

My selection for this week is Eleanor & Park.

Published: Feburary 26, 2013
328 pages

Two misfits.
One extraordinary love.

Eleanor… Red hair, wrong clothes. Standing behind him until he turns his head. Lying beside him until he wakes up. Making everyone else seem drabber and flatter and never good enough…Eleanor.

Park… He knows she’ll love a song before he plays it for her. He laughs at her jokes before she ever gets to the punch line. There’s a place on his chest, just below his throat, that makes her want to keep promises…Park.

Set over the course of one school year, this is the story of two star-crossed sixteen-year-olds—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.


I have not read Eleanor & Park and from the reviews I have seen of it that this is one you either like or don’t.  Have  You read Eleanor & Park? Was it for you or not?

Purchase Links:
Amazon US
Amazon UK

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