Happy Wednesday

Happy Wednesday

Happy Wednesday all! I know I haven’t had many blog posts recently, mostly because I don’t know what to write with them. ^~^

Recently, I decided that I am going to be revamping the style of my website. When I created this baby three months ago, I did so for me. It was more of an archive for myself, so that I could review. This is not to say that in recent months I have gotten a ton of likes or follows. This is more of a: I just want to do it to make it nicer. I essentially just picked an easy theme. I’ll be adapting it within the week or month.

I also realize I’ve missed a few weeks for reviews. They are in my queue, I just forgot to post them so there will be a dump this upcoming Monday.  This upcoming Friday I will be posting a special review of a webnovel. I wasn’t planning on reviewing a webnovel, but I finished this one through to completion in two days and I figured I should. It’s not going with my typical Monday posts because this is a treat for you. It would actually be out today  if it weren’t for the fact that I want a bit of time between writing the initial review and editing it (especially in this case where it had me so emotional).

Thank you all for sticking with me, and following (for those 20 some of you who have followed). You are amazing. Truly.

MM

Violin Review

Violin Review

I’ve had Violin sitting  in my to read pile for far too long. I figured now was time to return to Anne Rice.

Customary warning: This is a reminder that these are my personal opinions. My thoughts and feelings are not your thoughts and feelings. I may not always be the target  audience for a book; sometimes I am. If I do not like a book, that doesn’t mean you’ll dislike it. If I love a book or simply like a book, you may hate it. Take everything I say with this knowledge. If it sounds interesting to you despite what I’ve said, then go ahead and read it. You’ll only know you like something if you read it yourself.

That being said… Spoilers ahead.




Violin by Anne Rice

Synopsis From The Book

While grieving the death of her husband, Triana falls prey to the demonic fiddler Stefan, a tormented ghost of a Russian aristocrat who uses his magic violin first to enchant, then to dominate and draw her into a state of madness.

But Triana understands the power of  the music perhaps even more than Stefan — and she sets out  to resist him and to fight, not only for her sanity, but for her life. The struggle draw them both into a terrifying supernatural realm where they find themselves surrounded by memories, by horrors, and by overwhelming truths. Battling desperately, they are at last propelled toward the  novel’s astonishing and unforgettable climax.


Short Synopsis By Me


Initial Thoughts Before Reading:

Anne Rice was one of those authors my mother said “read” growing up, but I did not listen to her. I’ve had a few books in her Vampire series for some time but it wasn’t until the end of college that I read one of her books in full: The Witching HourThe Witching Hour was long and hard to get through, for the beginning, but I absolutely loved her world building and her history (her history — must repeat twice for emphasis). I am excited for this. It’s a stand alone work and perhaps will get me into reading more of her stuff.

Initial Thoughts After Reading:

I feel that I would have liked it, had I not hated the beginning. Going through this book took me weeks. Which is why I’m not really  about to write a review for this book. Unlike some other books that I vastly hated, I feel like I would have liked this one. Its just that Anne Rice takes forever in the beginning of her novels, and I just hated everything about this character from the beginning. I know I will revisit this book in the future, and I’ll mark this book down on one to re-review once I have.

What I Liked:

N/A

What I Would Have Liked or Changed:

The beginning.

Time Taken To Read

2 weeks and 2hrs

Rating: 0/5

Notable Quotes:

None

Legacy of Light Review

Legacy of Light Review

Book two of the Legends of the Tri-Gard, this one picks up right were book one stopped. I have physical copies of these books, and I recommend, if interested, messaging the authors. I believe that if you contact the authors more of the money goes to them if they send it to you, over buying it on Amazon (Self published author stuff).  Happy Reading!

Customary warning: This is a reminder that these are my personal opinions. My thoughts and feelings are not your thoughts and feelings. I may not always be the target  audience for a book; sometimes I am. If I do not like a book, that doesn’t mean you’ll dislike it. If I love a book or simply like a book, you may hate it. Take everything I say with this knowledge. If it sounds interesting to you despite what I’ve said, then go ahead and read it. You’ll only know you like something if you read it yourself.

That being said… Spoilers ahead.




Legacy of Light by Michelle Bryan & M. Lynn

Synopsis From The Book

Death.

Sacrifice.

Betrayal.

That is your curse.

The seer’s words were coming  true, but Trystan Renauld refused to fulfill the prophecy.

It would not control him.

Death: The  people of his kingdom were falling quickly.

Sacrifice: He’d lost the only brother he’d ever hand.

Betrayal: The sharp sting of his friend’s sword  would burn more than just his  flesh.

But it wasn’t over

The Tri-Gard was within his grasp.

If he had and hope of restoring magic to the land., he’d need to claim what was rightfully his and journey straight into the dangers of Dreach-Dhoun.

Only when he faced the darkness would he bring light back to his kingdom.


Short Synopsis By Me

Rissa and Trystan have lost what was most important to them: not one, but two members of their family.  Both must cope, and regain their footing in the destinies that lay before them. For Trystan this means the path of the King. For Rissa this means the path of vengeance. Only they have not lost two, for Davi still lives in the court of his birth. His memories have been erased and filled with fake ones as his father, King Calis, tries to use him. Trystan and Rissa refuse to give up on  the Tri-Gard, but can they save more than  just the magic of their kingdom?


Initial Thoughts Before Reading:

Book two of the Tri-Gard series. When it comes to whether I am more excited for this book or the Rapunzel series, I would have to say this series tops out. I got these two books in the mail earlier than Golden Chains and Golden Crown, but I am reading  them after.  Honestly it may take me a moment to distinguish the characters (which is a good thing I already  wrote the review for book one. Will probably reread that). I’m excited to see how this turns out. I just hope the reveal from book one is… thoroughly explained.

Initial Thoughts After Reading:

To say I expected the ending, would be a lie. This is a good thing. I am happy I didn’t expect the ending. I thought it would go a different route than it did, and I am very pleased. I want to know more about how King Calis (evil king) has been pulling the strings. I hate how Davi’s thoughts of King Marcus (Now dead father of Trystan and Rissa) are messed up. Your blood might be Calis, Davi, but your father is Marcus! I don’t expect for Davi to get all his memories back, as it is right now, and I’m okay with that. It’ll be an interesting development on his character.

Plot Overview:

Trystan and Rissa have to deal with the aftermath of Davi’s death and find their way to the only home that will take them as refugees. After escaping with their lives (when Alixa’s father attacks) they discover themselves to be claimed dead, along with the news that their father is dead. Trystan is now the King and Rissa and he must take back his throne. Meanwhile, Davi is struggling to survive and remember who he is. Without fifteen years worth of memory, he can only believe what people tell him and  the false memories that are implanted into his mind. Davi learns to use, not only, his magic, but his position as a prince of Dreach-Dhoun. After  reclaiming  his throne, Trystan travels to Dreach-Dhoun to retrieve the last member of the Tri-Gard, and ends up retrieving Davi as well.

What I Liked:

The parts in Dreach-Dhoun; Getting to see the second country and how it is falling apart under King Calis’ rule is fascinating. I want to know more on how magic, and their politics have ruined them to be honest.

Rissa; Now this is interesting to me, because at the start of the book I would have torn her apart for irritating me to no end but as the book progressed I was able to see the girl I loved come back through her grief. Personally I didn’t like how she reacted like she was the only one who was suffering after Davi’s death, but she snapped out of that fast. I love her.

Trystan; Poor Trystan who has so much he has to do  and become despite not wanting any of it. He knew he would be king one day but not one day so soon. I always have  a soft spot for the royals who have to become King or Queen far too soon.

Davi; In general I’ve always loved him, but his progression without memories was brilliant to watch. I can not wait for the conflict of memories to strike in book three. Its the drama I need from his character.

The war has progressed well.

I still like the prophecy.

The magic hasn’t changed, or really been expanded on. However, everyone can use magic now so book three will really determine if I like the system or not.

What I Would Have Liked or Changed:

Still wish there was more on the language that they speak.

I wish there was a bit more on the cultural differences of the different locations.

Who lets their King, without an heir mind you, and princess, who would be next in line, to go to the enemy country? No one, that’s who. Why did this kingdom allow it? I don’t know if I’ll truly ever understand.

Shameless request: King Marcus to not have died in book one and to be alive in book two, having faked his death somehow. I just want the children to be happy.

Why You Should Read:

Its a good continuation of book 1 and in many ways I liked it better than book one. I liked how it expanded on the world, and the characters. I like how the drama flowed. If you have read book one and were hesitant about book two, I do recommend.

Time Taken To Read

1hr 10min

Rating: 4/5

Notable Quotes:

None

Prophecy of Darkness Review

Prophecy of Darkness Review

A series on magic and the lives of royalty, is pretty commonly done. I still read the books in the genre like the fanatic I am.

Customary warning: This is a reminder that these are my personal opinions. My thoughts and feelings are not your thoughts and feelings. I may not always be the target  audience for a book; sometimes I am. If I do not like a book, that doesn’t mean you’ll dislike it. If I love a book or simply like a book, you may hate it. Take everything I say with this knowledge. If it sounds interesting to you despite what I’ve said, then go ahead and read it. You’ll only know you like something if you read it yourself.

That being said… Spoilers ahead.




Prophecy of Darkness by Michelle Bryan & M. Lynn

Synopsis From The Book

The kingdom of Dreach-Sciene is dying. Famine, Uncontrollable weather, and a war have devastated Prince Trystan’s people. It’s only a matter of time before their enemies destroy them.

Only magic can save the kingdom. But there has been no magic in Dreach-Sciene for twenty years and Trystans fears it is only a fairy-tale. Without magic, there is no hope.

If the prince wishes to harness the ancient power, he must first reunite the Tri-Gard, the legendary keepers of magic. His journey to find these magical beings will either lift him up or bring him to his knees as he sacrifices everything to save his people. With his enemies drawing ever closer, it’s a race against time… and against dark forces that could destroy them all.

If you yearn for noble princes, forbidden romances, and heart pumping quests, pick up your  sword and  reclaim  your magic for the battle to come.


Short Synopsis By Me

For as long as Prince Trystan can remember his kingdom has been at odds with the kingdom of the south: Dreach-Dhoun. As the next Toha — protector of all the Dreach-Sciene realms — he must determine the best course of action to save his people. This comes to him in the lost and forgotten form of magic and the revival of the Tri-Gard.


Initial Thoughts Before Reading:

Okay so I actually forgot to write my initial thoughts. I said I wouldn’t do it again and I did. I know. I suck.

This was not the original book that I got when I went to M. Lynn’s table. I was originally interested in Golden Curse  but her brief pitch of the book and the cover had be doing double takes. I have still not received the next two books in the series at this time but I hope to get them soon.

Initial Thoughts After Reading:

Well to say I knew what was coming? I did not. It was exciting and now I’m left wanting more. Luckily, I get the next books soon! I often find myself at odds with prophecies and fights in some books, but I liked these ones.

Plot Overview:

The story follows Prince Trystan (and protector of the realm: Toha), Princess Rissa, Price Trystan’s best friend Daivon and a traitors daughter: Alixa on their journey to save their country from the evil country of Dreach-Dhoun. This means having to find the Tri-Gard to bring back the magic for their people. We start off with a preface 15 years in the past and then go to the day before our Trystan becomes the Toha. The book is split in two with half of it dealing with the castle politics and the second half being the group searching for the Tri-Gard. There is fighting. There is forbidden Love. There is an attempted assassination of the king. The ending had me wondering what is the truth. Who is Daivon in truth?

What I Liked:

Characters. In general I liked all the characters and not a single one really stood out to me all that much. I felt that they were strong for what they were.

World: I liked the concept of a grand Kingdom and the evil kingdom, as well as the suffering that had occurred between them all.

Weight of the prophecy. This is probably the most important to me. I like the fact that the prophecy may be a lie, and that its weight doesn’t change. I liked its execution within the book as well.

Magic as it is known, is a very soft magic system. I’m not often one for soft magic systems, but I am okay with this one.

The love between Daivon and Rissa was established at the beginning as forbidden, and even if they did love each other, there was a clear back story behind it backing it up.

What I Would Have Liked or Changed:

More on the magic. I simply want more magic and I know that will come. I suppose I would like to know more on how the magic was before it all disappeared.

More on the language. There is a second language in the book, and I need more of it more often. I would have liked it more often

Why You Should Read:

This book takes the concepts of a Prince and Princess following a prophecy and allows it to spin in its own direction. It isn’t often in books that I like the way they go about prophecies and the necessary steps to fulfill them. The characters have a lot of room to grow and advance as characters, plus an interesting country dynamics and politics.

Time Taken To Read

1 hour 6min

Rating: 4/5

Notable Quotes:

“Its the title which must bend to its bearer… not the other way around.” Rissa to Trystan

The True Story of Rapunzel Series Review

The True Story of Rapunzel Series Review

 

I’d like to thank M. Lynn for sending me these wonderful books and for writing them. I very much enjoyed reading them.

Customary warning: This is a reminder that these are my personal opinions. My thoughts and feelings are not your thoughts and feelings. I may not always be the target  audience for a book; sometimes I am. If I do not like a book, that doesn’t mean you’ll dislike it. If I love a book or simply like a book, you may hate it. Take everything I say with this knowledge. If it sounds interesting to you despite what I’ve said, then go ahead and read it. You’ll only know you like something if you read it yourself.

That being said… Spoilers ahead.




The True Story of Rapunzel by M. Lynn

All Reviews

Golden Curse

Golden Chains

Golden Crown


What I Liked:

Alex; He was the male lead for the series and for what its worth, I sympathized with him. It was obvious that he would become the king, as that is the common occurrence in books such as these. What I wasn’t expecting from his character was the strong hate that he had for magical folk, even though he didn’t actually hate magic. His character arc, pinned on the responsibilities he held, was interesting to me.

Persinette/Etta; For what it’s worth, Etta broke my heart in book two. The way that the curse holds her, and then changes her interested me. As does her love-hate for Alex and her own magic. She pushes Alex away when she  no  longer feels the tug of the curse for many reasons, and I respect every one. She was the character who pushed the story along, and those who gathered around her were wonderful people. I found her to be a strong female lead.

Vérité; Best character hands down, and he is a horse. I think what is interesting to me in regards to Vérité and Etta’s relationship is that they are soulmates, knowing each other better than another in the series. The amount of attention and time that is spent on this horse gives one the time to love him and his wild nature.

Edmund; Another beautiful character. I am happy he ends up happy after having much of his life absolutely destroyed. He deserves it and the world.

Tyson; My favorite character (not including Vérité). He is spunky, kind, charming, and knows what he wants. In the first book he was a small role, but his importance in book two and book three makes up for the lack of a role in book one. His backstory as Alex’s brother and Etta’s brother (Alex’s mom and Etta’s father) makes for some funny dialogue.

Queen Catrine (Alex’s mom); She is a strong secondary character. I wanted to mention her separately from the other characters because in many ways she can be contrasted with La Dame. In the book La Dame is an evil queen, butQueen Catrine is anything like that. I loved that there was a strong female lead, as a queen, to foil the evil villain. She is strong for her people, well loved, and loved with reason. I am  happy that she became Queen of Gaule.

Other Secondary Characters; In general I found the secondary characters to be well developed in their own right. The Council for Alex, and La Dame, were well placed with clear motivations and desires.

Other Tertiary Characters; The tertiary characters were as well developed as tertiary characters can be and I respected that.

World Building within Gaule; The politics, motivations, and culture of the country as a whole, I feel, were well done. Gaule is a horrible place to live, don’t live there (kind of kidding, kind of not). They have their own self righteous attitude and I respected the country’s development.

The Curse; When I was introduced to this curse, I already knew I liked it. Something about being tied to the life of another, unwillingly, is interesting to me. Especially, when the character tries to mitigate the curse. Etta’s connection to Alex, just added a weight and allowed for the insta love to flow relatively well. In general, I approve of the history behind the curse, and the messed up telling of history due to time.

Magic; I am still not a soft magic fan, but I feel that the soft magic was done well within the book (for the most part).

Alex and Etta’s Relationship; I am not a fan of insta love. At all. However I think that with the use of the curse and their history together, this was relatively well done. They had to overcome prejudice from their own side and the responsibilities that lay before them. The way that it worked out and they still loved each other? Sign me up.

What I Would Have Liked or Changed:

World Building outside of Gaule. Dracon, Bela, Cana, Madra? I feel like we got a lot of information on Gaule (granted that makes sense) but little on the rest of  the world other than off handed mentions. What are their histories? Why are these other countries even important other than expanding the world and making it more real? I wanted a bit more weight to at least Bela and Dracon, to understand and empathize with them better.

History other than just Bela old kings and queens. What was their country like before? This has to do with above, but I feel that most of Bela’s history stated was the singular King and Queen story that caused the curse, and the fact that Bela has magic (and that Bela and Gaule were enemies). I don’t think I know much else about their culture other than that, and for the magic folk of Gaule, I wonder if it would have been important in any way.

Languages; I was wondering throughout the book if there was separate languages. It is mentioned that Persinette (Bela) = Rapunzel (Dracon), but other than that one reference, it was not clear. I’m not saying that the language needed to be flushed out, but at least having it more referenced as a language barrier would be nice. Additionally having the ancient language of Bela still used by magic folk would be interesting as well.

Changing fonts/font sizes (Book to book); This is a personal note that I saw when reading through the three books.  Each one of the three had different font sizes. It wasn’t too distracting, since I read book 1 and then took a break between 2 and 3. However, flipping through it is really obvious and threw me off for book 2 to book 3.

Why You Should Read:

I would recommend this series for a few reasons. One, it is easy to read, not too complicated or long. Two, it is a fun read, with interesting characters and a pretty easy premise to follow. Three, it was well written. Well written books always make easy plots, better reads in my opinion.

Time Taken To Read

4hrs 2min

Rating: 4/5

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Golden Crown Review

Golden Crown Review

 

Final book in the True Story of Rapunzel! I’m excited, are you? I do have to note that the font from the second book to this one is a little jarring, and different. Full Series Review

Customary warning: This is a reminder that these are my personal opinions. My thoughts and feelings are not your thoughts and feelings. I may not always be the target  audience for a book; sometimes I am. If I do not like a book, that doesn’t mean you’ll dislike it. If I love a book or simply like a book, you may hate it. Take everything I say with this knowledge. If it sounds interesting to you despite what I’ve said, then go ahead and read it. You’ll only know you like something if you read it yourself.

That being said…Spoilers ahead.




Golden Crown by M. Lynn

Synopsis From The Book

No longer a warrior.

Not  just a Queen.

Persinette Basile  has a new purpose. The chains she carried since the curse  began are gone, replaced by a crown. But freedom can exist while enemies surround Bela on all sides.

La Dame luks on the border in Dracon, waiting for her revenge. In Gaule, magic folk are hunted and punished for their  Belaen heritage.

A journey into Gaule brings her face to  face with the one person who can destroy  her with one simple act: dying.

No longer tied to Alex by magic,  his death should mean nothing to her.

As she learns more about who she  truly is and the legacy of her family, she’s forced to answer  three questions.

Can she save the king of Gaule?

Can he be trusted if she does?

And what will it mean for her people if she finds herself unable to let go of him again?

A rebellion. A dying  king. And a magical war that could end everything.


Short Synopsis By Me

Persinette has a power that is consuming her, one that she has inherited and can not control. Alex has a country that hates him, on the brink of civil war from his policies that were made to save them. The two must navigate the politics of their thrones, while preparing for wars of their own. For both they must choose between their heart and their love for their people, a choice that may tear them apart.


Initial Thoughts Before Reading:

Will Etta break my heart more? I will find out soon, although… I’m a loser and skimmed the last part first cuz I wanted to know end game. I’m happy with  it, not to see how we get there. I am a bit interested to see if, like book two, this book doesn’t hit the major plot point of the synopsis until half way through. I’ll be entertained. Bring it on.

Initial Thoughts After Reading:

Okay. Good ending. I liked the way that ended. I liked that everything was explained in its own  way that made sense and had practical foreshadowing before hand. Did the synopsis from the back lead me astray? A little but that’s okay.

Plot Overview:

Persinette is now queen of Bela. She has new magic specific to the crown and has to train in it. She wants to save the rest of her people from Gaule. Meanwhile, Alex is in Gaule trying to keep his people from all out civil war. He fails, war is fought, he wins, gets sick and is on the verge of death before Etta comes to him. Etta saves his life with her new magic, and leaves with her people. After leaving she replaces the wards around Gaule that fell in book one, and Alex returns home. Alex returns to be kicked off his throne, because his people want him dead for the changes he has made. The council, instated while he was on his death bed, plans to make his mother queen and say that he has greater things to do than to stay in Gaule (i.e. go to Persinette/Etta). War is raged with La Dame. Persinette sacrifices her powers to kill La Dame, and everyone lives happily ever after.

What I Liked:

Persinette and Alex’s relationship. I think I’ll talk more on this in the series review, but I like how it ended.

The side character’s development. The ways that the side characters  were elaborated throughout the whole story was nice. I just really love that Edmund and Matteo weren’t thrown to the side. The fact that Tyson was such a pivotal character, as was Amelie, has my heart singing. The characters that were  introduced by name had a purpose and they served their purpose well. I want to protect all of them.

Verite, who I will also talk more about in the full review.

What I Would Have Liked or Changed:

Could we have gotten more on the rest of the world? I feel that there is such a rich  world with the other countries across the ocean that we know close to nothing about. It was off handedly mentioned that Persinette’s mother came from across the sea (Cana), and of the Madran mercenaries that worked for La Dame.

I wish I knew what happened to Gaule and Dracon after the two years. I would have just liked to know what happened to Alex’s mother, actually. I just want her to be okay and thriving in her country.

Why You Should Read:

The entirety of the series is well rounded and written. This is a great ending to the series. Fair warning that the end battle is a bit obvious, but that’s okay. I expected it. It was a very entertaining end, to say the least.

Time Taken To Read

1hr 22min

Rating: 4/5

Notable Quotes:

“Wow, you’ve been my queen for not even ten minutes and already exercising your power.” Alex to Etta

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Golden Chains Review

Golden Chains Review

 

Will Etta save herself from the curse that binds her? Will this story shatter my heart? I will find out soon.

Customary warning: This is a reminder that these are my personal opinions. My thoughts and feelings are not your thoughts and feelings. I may not always be the target  audience for a book; sometimes I am. If I do not like a book, that doesn’t mean you’ll dislike it. If I love a book or simply like a book, you may hate it. Take everything I say with this knowledge. If it sounds interesting to you despite what I’ve said, then go ahead and read it. You’ll only know you like something if you read it yourself.

That being said…  Spoilers ahead.




Golden Chains by M. Lynn

Synopsis From The Book

Never fall in love with the enemy.

 

If only it were that simple.

Persinette  Basile has always known the Durands, the  ruling family of Gaule, were meant to be her enemy. With no other choice, she fought to join them anyway.

And they will break her now that they know her true name. As she sits in her prison cell,  she wants one thing: for the Kingdom of Gaule to burn to the ground.

But they need her.

When the king is kidnapped, the kingdom turns  to the only person  who could possibly find him: the woman tied to him by magic. Etta.

Life-altering secrets. Magical duels. A  love that could tear two kingdoms apart.


Short Synopsis By Me

Persinette sits in the confines of a cell knowing  full well that the one person she is cursed to protect, and loves, placed her there. Alex sits on a throne for a country that hates that which he is slowly coming to realize is not all evil. When Alex begins to save the lives of magic folk, his people are not ready for the change. After saving Persinette from the very chains he placed her in, Alex is kidnapped by La Dame and Persinette finds she is the only one who can save him.


Initial Thoughts Before Reading:

I’m excited for this book. I will be reading, book 2 and 3 in pretty quick succession, after all I got them in the mail from the author. Shall we see if any of my predictions from book 1 were correct?

Initial Thoughts After Reading:

Well Persinette, you have irritated me and its not even your fault. It’s your magic… The book was a good sequel. Interestingly enough the major plot point of the book doesn’t show up until at least half way through. I am interested in how this will end. La Dame has sworn that Etta will go back to her, I wonder why that is. Is magic truly evil? Or is it both good and evil?

Plot Overview:

Persinette is in jail. Alex must decide what sort of king he wants to be. Alex starts freeing magic folk and persecutes those who are against his rule. He saves Persinette and then is kidnapped. Persinette comes to save Alex and fight La Dame. The truth of Rapunzel is given: she was La Dame’s daughter not a flower/weed.

What I Liked:

La Dame was evil. I almost thought she’d be good, from the last book but she was not. She was evil to her core and I adored it. I suppose her evil is justified, and it would have been an interesting twist, had she not been evil. I’m not sure how the story would have progressed that way, which is why I’m not complaining.

This is a complicated note, in truth, but what La Dame does to Alex. This is to say I don’t like what she did, nor do I like that it happened. It added depth to the villain, and that was important. It is degrading, horrifying, disgusting and utterly perfect for an evil villain to do. When La Dame said she would see Alex again, I had not expected this. Alex becomes the one who has to be saved, the one locked in the tower. I truly want to see how he changes from this interaction with La Dame. What did she do?  In short humiliated him, and tortured him with magic, but you will have to read  to find out more. I like weight in my stories, and this gave the story just that.

The Alex and Etta progression as a relationship, as well as the twist at the end when her magic was fully released. I have to say that this relationship has grown on me, and even with the instant love, I have a special place in my heart for it.

The basic truth behind the curse. I’m still not sure why Prince Phillip stole the daughter of La Dame, but I figure all will be revealed in the next book. I am a sucker for history being changed over the course of time. I can’t blame the people of Gaule and Bela for having changed the story in their isolation. I had an inkling that it was a girl even if they said it was for a weed or flower (depends on who told the story), but I am down for which ever telling this story wanted to go.

On that note, the fact that Persinette translated to Rapunzel for the language barrier is perhaps the only time that its mentioned and I like it. The idea of the countries having different languages is nice at least.

What I Would Have Liked or Changed:

The summary on the back to be a bit less misleading.  This didn’t bother me much,  but Alex  being kidnapped did not happen until at least the middle. Fair warning.

For Persinette not to have broken my heart when she said she no longer loved Alex. It’s okay though, I accept it.

Why You Should Read:

Good sequel to the first book, and keeps a good solid pace on the progression of the  world and the people in it.

Time Taken To Read

1hr 30min

Rating: 4/5

Notable Quotes:

“Good men aren’t meant to be king.” Bela expression about kings.

“I may never be queen, but I will be free.” Persinette to herself/ prayer to her father

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Golden Curse Review

Golden Curse Review

 

The story of Rapunzel but told in in a new and different way, Golden Curse takes the common myth and adds a bit of magic back into it.

Customary warning: This is a reminder that these are my personal opinions. My thoughts and feelings are not your thoughts and feelings. I may not always be the target  audience for a book; sometimes I am. If I do not like a book, that doesn’t mean you’ll dislike it. If I love a book or simply like a book, you may hate it. Take everything I say with this knowledge. If it sounds interesting to you despite what I’ve said, then go ahead and read it. You’ll only know you like something if you read it yourself.

That being said… Spoilers ahead.




Golden Curse by M. Lynn

Synopsis From The Book

A curse. A hidden identity. A dangerous love.

Ten-year-old Persinette Basile was forced to flee the palace of Gaule for her life.

Now at eighteen , she mist find a way to return in order to obey a curse on her family line.

The prince won’t know who she is. Not anymore. But she knows him and what he will do if he discovers her true name.

Made to fight for her life to earn her place, she vows to find a way to break the curse no matter the cost.

To. The. Death.

The words describing the tournament turn prince Alexandre Durand’s blood to ice.

The last warrior standing will win a spot at his side.

As he’s thrust onto the throne, forbidden magic, dangerous betrayals, and a complicated love could tear his reign apart.

When the secrets begin to unravel, will Alex stay true to the laws and traditions of Gaule or will he give it all up for a woman who deceived him?


Short Synopsis By Me

The country of Gaule is surrounded by a Ward, to keep the people of Gaule safe from magic. A magic user may not cross the border of the ward, while made to keep their enemies out has kept the magic users inside as well. Eight years prior to the start of the book, the King massacred many citizens with magic in an attempt to protect his people. In Gaule magic is illegal, as are many things, punishable by death.

It has come the time for Prince Alexandre to receive his protector, an ancient tradition of their family — with a meaning long forgotten. The decision will be made through a tournament, where fighters will fight to the death. Persinette, under the guise Etta, has trained her entire life to stand by his side. Her curse commands her to do so, and thus she must enter and win her spot as his protector.

When Alexandre is forced to become king, Persinette becomes his protector and the two must navigate the new world as the Wards protecting the country come down. One by one those around Alexandre are revealed to have magic and he must make the decision to trust Persinette, his greatest enemy, or the laws and traditions of his people.


Initial Thoughts Before Reading:

Story time? When I saw this book, it was as a card on a table at Penned Con, for a discount on the book. I thought it looked interesting enough to hear about it. M. Lynn talking about it sold it for me, but I was unable to bring all the books back with me in my suitcase. The other two in the trilogy are coming soon, and I can not wait for them.

Meanwhile, I decided to read the first book. I was apprehensive about reading the novel because in the original tale Rapunzel is not a princess. She is saved by a prince, but she is not a princess, and I do like my myths at least a bit true with spins. I read the first line however, “Magic was evil” and I was sold.

Initial Thoughts After Reading:

Well that was a book that went a completely different direction for the Rapunzel story and I am on board for it. In truth by biggest question is whether the “evil” country and queen La Dame, are evil or not. Often times in the Rapunzel fairy tale the witch is evil, but for some reason I’m getting different vibes from the way this queen is explained. I could be wrong. She could be truly evil, and I would be happy with it anyway. Most importantly, I’m interested to see if Alex accepts magic or not. What kind of king will he be?

Plot Overview:

The book begins with Alex learning from his father, the King, that there is to be a tournament to choose his “protector.” The protector is an age old custom of the Royal family and to protect the heirs. It was started, in truth, due to the Rapunzel flower and curse that La Dame, evil queen, place upon another family. The current royal family has no clue about the magic behind the position, and they have to keep to tradition. The tournament will be a fight to the death and last man standing is Alex’s protector.

Persinette, called Etta, was once friends with the prince before her mother was killed and she was forced to flee from the King hunting down magic users. For the last eight years she trained with her father in order to stand by Alex’s side as his protector — for she must, due to the curse. She ends up joining the tournament.

Etta wins. The king dies. Alex becomes King, and from there the remainder of the plot for the series can be seen. Will Gaule accept magic? What happens when the Wards come down? Is the love between Etta and Alex real or is it just the curse wanting them to be together? We shall see.

What I Liked:

Etta. I like her for who she is. She is haunted by the death of her mother, strong and fierce. The wild was trained out of her but she is still powerful. She does kill and hates it, wants to never do it again. She wants the curse to be broken. She wants magic to be accepted. She is strong enough to make sure it happens.

Alex. I’m interested to see how he grows. When contrasted with his sister, it is clear that he is kind and not cruel. He can be a better man than his father and kings before him but he must make the decision to be. He was essentially betrayed by all that he knows, since magic is evil and he was raised on that belief. I want to know the king he will be.

Other characters. I liked the other characters for what we saw of them. The one we got the most information on were Alex’s younger brother Tyson, and Alex’s best friend, who is in love with him, Edmund. Tyson and Edmund have magic. Edmund’s love for Alex is punishable by death. Alex is left without them too.

Political building of Gaule, politics: hatred of Magic, homophobia. This is essentially pretty well said in a single sentence, but these aspects help to establish Gaule as cruel, evil, and in need of changing. These beliefs and concepts Alex tries to believe, but in truth it is clear that he doesn’t completely believe any of them. We learn a lot about Gaule, and how a tournament for killing was so clearly accepted. These people are not kind. They are not good, and we will see how their grey clashes with the grey of the countries around them.

Rapunzel myth. The Rapunzel story in this book goes along similar lines of the original tale. A plant is taken from a witch to heal a dying wife. Only in this version the children are cursed to protect their greatest enemy. This curse ties the lives of the protected and protector together, in a life bond. When near each other there is great joy. When apart their is great pain. I’m interested to see how this plays out with Etta and Alex.

La Dame. For the little that we know about her, I’m interested. The biggest moment of memory of her is from Alex. Alex was a child and La Dame said she would see him again. Something about how the memory was told, is what told me that La Dame is not a bad person. I’m not sure, perhaps I’m being far too hopeful.

What I Would Have Liked or Changed:

I’m not much of a soft magic fan. There is something about the whimsy of soft magic that throws me off. I like rules. I also like science fiction. I’m pretty sure I’m simply biased. However this magic system in this book is very whimsical, and I feel like I should know more about it than I do.

Insta love. Now this is also partially due to the curse, which I do know. I’m a fan of developed feelings of a period of time but if I attribute this to lust and the curse I’m okay with it.

Why You Should Read:

It’s an interesting take of the myth, as well as action packed and sort of dramatic. The characters are the biggest reason to read

Time Taken To Read

1 hour 10 min

Rating: 4/5

Notable Quotes:

“In shadows or in the light, they were serve day and night.” Persinette to her horse about the oath of being a protector.

“None of it could last though and she’d never been more thankful for the darkness that hid her tears.” – Description of Persinette in regards to her feelings towards Prince/King Alex

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Update

Update

 

Sorry that I’m behind on my reviews. I’ve been helping my brother with grad school apps and starting my second job, so reading was simply pushed to the side for me last month. I swear I will start reviews up again next week!

 

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