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Thursday, October 19, 2017

An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson


An Enchantment of Ravens 
by Margaret Rogerson
304 Pages
Published by 
Margaret K. McElderry Books


Summary: A skilled painter must stand up to the ancient power of the faerie courts—even as she falls in love with a faerie prince—in this gorgeous debut novel.

Isobel is a prodigy portrait artist with a dangerous set of clients: the sinister fair folk, immortal creatures who cannot bake bread, weave cloth, or put a pen to paper without crumbling to dust. They crave human Craft with a terrible thirst, and Isobel’s paintings are highly prized. But when she receives her first royal patron—Rook, the autumn prince—she makes a terrible mistake. She paints mortal sorrow in his eyes—a weakness that could cost him his life.

Furious and devastated, Rook spirits her away to the autumnlands to stand trial for her crime. Waylaid by the Wild Hunt’s ghostly hounds, the tainted influence of the Alder King, and hideous monsters risen from barrow mounds, Isobel and Rook depend on one another for survival. Their alliance blossoms into trust, then love—and that love violates the fair folks’ ruthless laws. Now both of their lives are forfeit, unless Isobel can use her skill as an artist to fight the fairy courts. Because secretly, her Craft represents a threat the fair folk have never faced in all the millennia of their unchanging lives: for the first time, her portraits have the power to make them feel. 

(2017, Amazon.com)

Review:  Enchantment of Ravens was enchanting to read! Isobel is a very talented human whom the Fae seek for her work as a portrait artist.  But, Isobel's Craft is a blessing and curse.  She unknowingly paints the weakness of human sorrow in the Autumn prince's eyes and it brings her into more danger than she could possibly understand.  But, Rook's resolve to bring Isobel to justice becomes even more complicated as his feelings for her deepen.  Isobel does not fair any better - she too has fallen for the mysterious yet kind fairy prince.  But, the Fae and humans are forbidden to fall in love.  Isobel and Rook have an impossible task ahead of them.  The only way out is for Isobel to become Fae.  But, by doing so she loses her human self and the skill of her Craft that defines her very soul.  Isobel and Rook have a sweet, clean romance throughout the book.  However, I did feel that Rook was a little childish as times, and for being so old he wasn't too familiar with common human customs. But, even so I really enjoyed it!  Filled with suspense, action, romance, and of course fairy intrigue -  you will love this book!  Seems to be a stand alone novel.  Recommended for ages 14 and up!


*A DRC was given for an honest review.


Rating: πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–
             4 Hearts!

Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones


Wintersong 
by S. Jae-Jones
448 pages
Publisher: A Thomas Dunne book 
for St. Martin's Griffin



Summary: All her life, Liesl has heard tales of the beautiful, dangerous Goblin King. They’ve enraptured her mind, her spirit, and inspired her musical compositions. Now eighteen and helping to run her family’s inn, Liesl can’t help but feel that her musical dreams and childhood fantasies are slipping away.
But when her own sister is taken by the Goblin King, Liesl has no choice but to journey to the Underground to save her. Drawn to the strange, captivating world she finds―and the mysterious man who rules it―she soon faces an impossible decision. And with time and the old laws working against her, Liesl must discover who she truly is before her fate is sealed.  (2017, Amazon.com)

Review: Wintersong was a dark romance where a young girl named Liesl longs to be recognized by her musical talents and desired by her best friend Hans. But her younger brother is the one who is praised for his music and her sister is the beautiful one engaged to Hans.  Feeling as though no one appreciates her, it isn't a surprise when Liesl is drawn to the mysterious, yet familiar man who she knows to be the Goblin King.  She's heard of him before - the ancient one her grandmother use to tell her stories about as a child. But the Goblin King is more than what he seems, and Liesl must play the king's game in order to save her sister from becoming the next Goblin Queen.  But Liesl doesn't have much time, and if she doesn't figure out what the Goblin King really wants and beat him at his own game, she will fail to save her sister and be doomed to live in the Underworld until she withers away.  I really enjoyed the story and the complicated Underworld of the Goblin King.  You really feel for Liesl and the situation she is in.  Jae-Jones does a great job of creating a lot of emotion and drama!  Can't wait for book 2 - Shadowsong coming Feb. 6, 2018!

*A DRC was given for an honest review.


Rating: πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–

Manga Review: The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

Manga Classics:
The Count of Monte Cristo
by Alexandre Dumas
Adapted by: Crystal S. Chan
404 Pages
Published by UDON Entertainment

Summary: On the very day of his wedding to the beautiful Mercedes, a young merchant sailor named Edmond DantΓ¨s is falsely imprisoned for life, laying to waste his plans of marriage and hard-earned fortune. Following several long years in prison he has managed to escape and reinvent himself as the mysterious Count of Monte Christo. It is the reign of Napoleon Bonaparte and the Count has been plotting his revenge on the three men who had him falsely imprisoned. With a new identity, an incredible education abroad and a vast fortune, has returned completely unrecognizable to those who had committed their crimes against him. (2017, Amazon.com)

Review: Manga Classics has another great addition to their "Classics" series.  Here we have an adaptation of The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas.  I have only seen the movie, so I cannot compare the manga adaptation to Dumas' novel.  However, I have read other adaptations in the Manga Classics series (such as manga adaptations by Jane Austen), and I find them to be very accurate in the story line and characters.  So, although the movie and this manga adaptation are not very similar, I can safely assume that this manga follows closely to the actual novel.   Absolutely beautiful pictures done by Crystal Chan.  You won't be disappointed!  Recommended for ages 12 and up!

*DRC was given for an honest review.


Rating: πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–
             4 Hearts!