Assassin’s Heart by Sarah Ahiers: Book Review

Assassin's Heart (Assassin's Heart, #1)

Title: Assassin’s Heart

Author: Sarah Ahiers

Publisher: HarperTeen

Source/Format: US hardcover

My Rating: 3/5 stars (tentative rating)

“Family before family.”

In the kingdom of Lovero, murder is legal. Nine rival Families kill in the name of Safraella, the goddess of death, all while vying for the coveted position as first Family.

Seventeen-year old Lea belongs to one of these Families–the Saldanas–and as a clipper, she is responsible for directly carrying out Safraella’s will and assassinating those whom someone has paid to have killed.

Currently, Lea finds herself in somewhat of a Romeo and Juliet situation, as she just so happens to be courting a Da Via, despite all of the bad blood between them and the Saldanas. But Val Da Via is different, right? That’s what Lea believes anyway.

That is, until she wakes to her home engulfed in flames and her family murdered.

Lea has no choice but to flee, racked with guilt, as she is certain Val has used her and that the Da Vias are behind the attack. Though she’s still reeling with grief, she has only one goal: To find her estranged uncle–the last remaining Saldana–and ask for his aid in avenging her family’s deaths.

“What would I do? The only thing I could do.


Kill everyone responsible.”

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June 2017: TBR

Like May, June will also be a bit busy. However, this time it’s not really due to new releases. This time it’s due to the several birthdays and anniversaries my family and friends have to celebrate, and therefore probably trips and less reading time. I also hope to get a job, so there’s that…

Anyway, there are a total of ten books I hope to get to (realistically maybe only eight), so here they are in no particular order:

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May 2017: Wrap-Up

In the month of May, which I knew was going to be a busy one for me, I managed to read a total of eight books (well, seven and one graphic novel). Not too shabby, and I’m proud to say I stuck to my TBR! I read everything on it except for Now I Rise, which hopefully I can finish just in time for its release date!

A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3)

1. A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas (3.5/5 stars)

Quick Overview: Though I may not have liked the majority of ACOTAR, its ending made me read its sequel, which was a game-changer for me; a lot of the problems I had were cleared up in ACOMAF, and I could see there was clearly a lot more at work than it first appeared. (Kind of like Sarah’s Throne of Glass series, and how it has also grown so much with every book.) As you could probably tell by my rating, I have mixed feelings about ACOWAR. On the positive side, there was sooo much to love and Sarah has finally provided us with some clarification on the things we’ve been wondering since book one, but on the negative side, this was–subjectively–a terrible wrap-up for Feyre and Rhys’ arc in the world of Prythian. I have a lot to say about this one, so expect both a review and a spoiler-filled book talk coming soon!

Spindle Fire (Spindle Fire #1)2. Spindle Fire by Lexa Hillyer (DNF–No Rating)

Quick Overview: I was initially attracted to this book, because I heard it was a retelling of Sleeping Beauty, except that it focuses on Aurora’s overlooked and underappreciated half-sister, Isabelle. Unfortunately, the execution was just so incredibly disappointing. If you’re looking for a good Sleeping Beauty retelling, I instead recommend Neil Gaiman’s The Sleeper and the Spindle or Stacey Jay’s Princess of Thorns. The former is a short illustrated story, and in place of a prince to saving the day, the heroine does. The latter, isn’t groundbreaking or anything, but I liked it much, much more than Spindle Fire. For specifics, you can read my review here!

Strange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer, #1)3. Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor (5/5 stars)

Quick Overview: Laini Taylor never ceases to amaze me! Though I was a bit saddened when she pushed back the release date of this one, I knew it would be for the best; if Laini said it wasn’t ready for the world, I was happy to wait until she decided it was. ☺️ I, of course, wanted to see her at her best. Now I don’t know what changes she made during the extension, but I’m positive she made the right call, because this book was perfect. (It’s definitely my favorite of 2017 so far, and it’s probably an all-time favorite as well!) I don’t know that my review could ever do it justice, but feel free to check it out here!

Flame in the Mist (Flame in the Mist, #1)4. Flame in the Mist by Renée Ahdieh (4.5/5 stars)

Quick Overview: Renée is one of my auto-buy authors and even though my hopes were high after The Wrath and the Dawn quickly became a favorite of mine, this new release did not disappoint. It took a while to really hook me, but once it did, it never let go! The characters were all distinct and entirely lovable, even if flawed (isn’t that what makes characters great anyway?), and the romance found in the book easily rivals Shazi and Khalid’s–which is no small feat! Review for this amazing book coming soon!

Archie, Vol. 1: The New Riverdale

 

5. Archie, Vol. 1: The New Riverdale (No Rating)

Quick Overview: Okay, so my best friend is obsessed with the Archie comics. She’s loved them ever since she started reading them as a kid, so I decided it was about time I checked them out, especially after I watched and loved the new show, Riverdale. Archie has been around since 1939–for 78 years–so I didn’t really want to get into those hundreds of issues. However, this series of issues is new and still being published, so I went for it, figuring I’d be able to keep up with each new issue if it was something I liked. That being said, I did like it, but I’m not sure just how much. I may read a few more issues and do a review once I have more solid opinions on the series as a whole.

A Conjuring of Light (Shades of Magic, #3)6. A Conjuring of Light by V. E. Schwab (5/5 stars)

Quick Overview: Once again, a five out of five–maybe more like 4.75, but I can’t stand to give it an official rating any less than the max! I’m so sad to say goodbye to these characters and the world(s) they live in, but hopefully this is just a small arc out of a longer story, as Schwab has hinted! 🤞All in all, it was a great wrap-up of the trilogy, and I can’t wait for Schwab’s next release, Our Dark Duet! No review for now, but I may do one on the trilogy as a whole someday soon.

Lord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices, #2)

 

7. Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare (4.5/5 stars)

Quick Overview: 2019. 2019. Two years until the next installment??? I am so devastated. 😭 And this is coming from someone who never thought twice about Lady Midnight until the high-praise reviews started rolling in. I am so glad I decided to read this trilogy; there is just as much to love in it as TMI and maybe even TID. And TID is my all-time favorite. In all honesty, if it wasn’t for the characters in this book (three specific ones actually), it would have only deserved 3.75 stars, as it did lag and it feels like some pages should have been cut, but the way these characters affect me is unreal and definitely bumps up my rating.Assassin's Heart (Assassin's Heart, #1)

 

8. Assassin’s Heart by Sarah Ahiers (no rating yet)

Quick Overview: Just read this one tonight, so it counts! I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of Thief’s Cunning–the sequel/companion novel–through Sarah’s generous giveaway on Twitter (thank you, Sarah!), so you can probably expect a review on them both coming soon! 😉

 


So, those were all of the books I managed to finish this month, but there are also a few that I picked up and had to put down temporarily. Those, I plan to finish in June, and here they are:

The Darkest Part of the Forest Radio Silence The Serpent King

All of these so far have been amazing and unique reads, and I plan to pick them back up ASAP!


How did your TBR work out this month? Did we read any of the same books? I’d love to know, so leave a comment if you want! See you on Friday! 🙂

– Taylor

Short Hiatus Announcement

I meant to announce this on Friday, but apparently my scheduled post (this post) didn’t go up as planned, so I’m just counting it as today’s post (and therefore I have missed my first post ever 😩). 

Sadly, I suffer from migraines, and recently I’ve had way more than normal. 😥Unfortunately, they’ve put me behind on my posts, so I’m going to go on a short hiatus in hopes that I can catch up and be back on track again with my regular posts.

This Week’s Plan: On Wednesday (May 31st) I will post my May 2017: Wrap-Up, followed by my June 2017: TBR on Friday (June 2nd).

However, after this week I will go offline for probably about two weeks–unless I’m able to get ahead significantly faster than planned (which would be great)!


I hope to be back as quickly as possible and feel awful that I’m already going on my first hiatus, but hopefully it will allow me to stay ahead and plan better! See you guys soon!

– Taylor

3 Great Audiobooks

First off, it must be mentioned that I have not read too many audiobooks. I almost always have at least one checked out from my library, but more often than not, I don’t have the time to listen to them. (I read faster than it usually takes to finish an audiobook. I guess that might be a negative I forgot to include in my last post–whoops.) 

Assuming you’ve read my post from Monday, you will know my thoughts on audiobooks, and why I’ve finally come to love them, but for the most part, I still have not listened to probably more than fifteen.

A lot of the audiobooks I have listened to were just okay. Nothing too amazing or phenomenal, but as I started to think more on it, I realized there are 3 in particular that I love either just as much as the book or possibly even more
Without any further ado, here are those audiobooks and what I loved about them:
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Books vs. Audiobooks

This week, two of my three regular posts will focus on audiobooks, as they are something I have wanted to talk about for quite a while now, and I have so many thoughts I’d love to share and discuss.

Until maybe two years ago, I was that person who claimed people who liked audiobooks weren’t “real” readers. I also didn’t understand people who had no real way of organizing their books on their bookshelves or people who preferred ebooks over the real thing.

I fully regret feeling that way now, but that’s just what I thought back then. Books were my territory and anyone who dared to venture into it had better share my beliefs. Basically, I was an angsty teen, haha.  

Now, I’ve done a complete 180 and color code my bookshelves, listen to audiobooks whenever it’s the more convenient option, and prefer ebooks for easy reading at night.
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Unpopular Opinion: An Ember in the Ashes Series by Sabaa Tahir

So, shortly after I wrote my review for A Torch against the Night, I uploaded it to Amazon. After a few days of it being up, someone marked it as “unhelpful,” which is totally fine, as everyone is allowed to have their own opinions! (Who knows–maybe I wasn’t thorough enough for them. *shrugs*) It especially didn’t bother me, because they probably only down-voted it since I didn’t enjoy their favorite book.

This did, however remind me of the many unpopular opinions I have, and I decided I should more fully explain my feelings on this series (through lists of pros and cons like last time):

**potential small spoilers from here on out**

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Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor: Book Review

Strange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer, #1)

Title: Strange the Dreamer

Author: Laini Taylor

Series: Book one of the Strange the Dreamer Duology

Publisher: Hodder and Stoughton (UK edition)

My Rating: 5/5 stars

Format/Source: UK edition from Bookdepository

(Side note: Just putting it out there that I don't know if it was only for the first editions, but my UK hardcover came with a title page signed and illustrated by Laini herself as well as blue-stained pages. You need this in your life. 😍)

Where, oh where, to begin with this striking, unforgettable story Laini has given us?

Like with her Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy, Laini's unrelenting and unparalleled talent for seamlessly weaving words together as if they were magic has once again offered us a remarkable, spellbinding world full of its own unique mythology/history and rich characters that you are bound to adore.

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