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Sunday Series VIDEO Review: The All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness

We are back with our Sunday Series Review and this time it’s a video one!!!  This time Kim reviews the All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness. She rated the series…. 4.8 stars! 

Books in the Series:
A Discovery of Witches
Shadow of Night
The Book of Life


A Discovery of Witches
Published: February 2011
579 Pages

Deep in the stacks of Oxford’s Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library. Diana has stumbled upon a coveted treasure lost for centuries-and she is the only creature who can break its spell.

Shadow of Night
Published: July 10, 2012

584 Pages

J. K. Rowling, Stephenie Meyer, Anne Rice—only a few writers capture the imagination the way that Deborah Harkness has with her New York Times–bestselling All Souls trilogy. A Discovery of Witches introduces reluctant witch Diana Bishop, vampire geneticist Matthew Clairmont, and the battle for a lost, enchanted manuscript known as Ashmole 782.

Picking up from A Discovery of Witches’ cliffhanger ending, Shadow of Night takes Diana and Matthew on a trip through time to Elizabethan London, where they are plunged into a world of spies, magic, and a coterie of Matthew’s old friends, the School of Night. As the search for Ashmole 782 deepens and Diana seeks out a witch to tutor her in magic, the net of Matthew’s past tightens around them, and they embark on a very different—and vastly more dangerous—journey.

The Book of Life
Published: July 15, 2014
561 Pages

Bringing the magic and suspense of the All Souls Trilogy to a deeply satisfying conclusion, this highly anticipated finale went straight to #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. In The Book of Life, Diana and Matthew time-travel back from Elizabethan London to make a dramatic return to the present—facing new crises and old enemies. At Matthew’s ancestral home, Sept-Tours, they reunite with the beloved cast of characters from A Discovery of Witches—with one significant exception. But the real threat to their future has yet to be revealed, and when it is, the search for Ashmole 782 and its missing pages takes on even more urgency.


Now that you know what the series is about, here is Kim’s video review:


Purchase Links for the Series:
Amazon US
Amazon UK

Here is Kim meeting Deborah Harkness:

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

 

 

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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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