Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Cutest Marriage Proposal Ever!

I know! I haven't blogged in over a week now!!! I promise to be back on schedule by the end of the week! Homework/family events/beautiful weather have kind have been keeping me distracted and made my blog fall to the wayside. Right now I'm halfway through The Reckoning by Alma Katsu though and loving it! Hopefully I'll finish it and have my review up sometime this weekend!

On a completely unrelated topic, I need to make a small confession...I have a slight obsession with proposal videos on youtube! What can I say....I'm a hopeless romantic! When this new one popped up on my radar yesterday I couldn't keep the smile off of my face! It has to be the CUTEST marriage proposal I have ever seen! If you are a big sap like me then check it out below. I guarantee it will make your day a little bit brighter!

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

A Night With Ami McKay!

This past Thursday I had the absolute pleasure of getting to attend a book lecture by Ami McKay, which was sponsored by a local group called The Circle Women's Center. If you've read some of my past postings here on the blog, you'll know that Ami McKay is one of my all time favourite authors, so to say that I was excited would be an understatement! Being the over eager fan that I am, I showed up to the book lecture about 50 minutes early to try and snag a great spot up front. I know....I'm  kind of crazy! Luckily for me, however, showing up early was one of the BEST decisions I have ever made! One of the girls running the event invited me to join a small group of about eight women that were having a round table discussion with Ami before the event began! I couldn't believe my ears!

When I joined the others, they were extremely welcoming, and in the midst of discussing the work of modern midwives (as Ami's first novel, The Birth House focuses on the character of a young midwife living during the early 1900s). The conversation quickly turned to personal birthing and motherhood stories, and being the only one there without children I decided to just sit and listen quietly. Ami seemed to notice and quickly called me out on it saying, "Since you're so quiet I'm guessing you are the only one here who hasn't given birth. I'm am SO sorry! We are probably traumatizing you and scaring you away from EVER having children!" I thought that was pretty funny! So if you are reading this Ami....don't worry! You haven't scared me off yet!

The actual lecture that Ami gave was phenomenal! Over the course of an hour she discussed the inspiration behind both The Birth House and The Virgin Cure, and the research process involved for each book. I never realized before how both books were so connected to Ami's personal life! For example, the inspiration for The Birth House arose from Ami discovering that the house her family had moved into was once the home of the town's local midwife. The Virgin Cure, on the other hand, was inspired by her great great grandmother, who was one of the first female doctors in New York City. I wish I could repeat her entire lecture here for you, but there is no way I could do Ami's storytelling skills justice! Luckily, she has posted a brief rundown about the inspiration behind The Birth House and The Virgin Cure on her website, which I highly recommend you check out! All of you history geeks out there will eat it up!

In the blink of an eye Ami's talk was over and fans were lining up to get their books autographed. I probably could have sat there and listened to her tell stories for an entire day without getting bored! If Ami ever comes to talk somewhere near where you live you need to go and listen for yourself! And if you haven't read The Birth House or The Virgin Cure yet then get started! I can't wait to read whatever Ami McKay comes up with next! Until then, I'll be re-reading my prized autographed copies of her books which sit in places of honour on my bookshelf.

Friday, 18 May 2012

Book Review: The Scorpio Races

It happens at the start of every November: the Scorpio Races. Riders attempt to keep hold of their water horses long enough to make it to the finish line. Some riders live. Others die.

At age nineteen, Sean Kendrick is the returning champion. He is a young man of few words, and if he has any fears, he keeps them buried deep, where no one else can see them.

Puck Connolly is different. She never meant to ride in the Scorpio Races. But fate hasn’t given her much of a chance. So she enters the competition — the first girl ever to do so. She is in no way prepared for what is going to happen.

When I was a little girl I was OBSESSED with horses. I had every single Pony Pal book ever written, toy horses were scattered around my room, and I constantly begged my parents to let me take up horseback riding. Unfortunately, they never budged, and so I was forced to live out my dreams of horseback riding through the books that I read. You can imagine my delight then when I found out that Maggie Stiefvater's newest book was about horse racing! While I HATED her first book, Shiver, I held out hope that The Scorpio Races would be a much better read. And for the most part, it was!

As I've read TONS of horse related novels over the years, I really appreciated the slight twist to these typical racing tales that Maggie brought to The Scorpio Races. The idea of an island where creatures known as water horses surfaced from the ocean was magical and alluring, and their vicious and blood thirsty natures was certainly thrilling! I also really enjoyed the alternating perspectives between Puck and Sean, as it helped to lend greater insight into their characters and the motivations that lead them to the races. 

The only thing that I didn't really enjoy about The Scorpio Races was the pacing of the actual storytelling. At times I found the book to be a bit slow, and I sat around waiting for something exciting to happen. When the actual race finally happened in the book, I was also disappointed to discover that it was only about ten pages long! After 375 pages of writing about Puck and Sean preparing for this epic race, it was over in the blink of an eye! I suppose that's how long a horse race lasts in real life, but I guess I expected the Scorpio Race itself to be a little more epic, like the one in the movie Hidalgo! 

Although I may have found The Scorpio Races to be a bit slow paced, I think its something that my 13 year old self would have loved! I would definitely recommended the book to younger readers who love stories about horses, and those who are fans of Maggie's Shiver trilogy. While none of Maggie's books have yet to personally "WOW" me, I'm curious to see what she comes up with next!

Rating: 3 Stars

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Waiting On Wednesday: Defiance

Within the walls of Baalboden, beneath the shadow of the city’s brutal leader, Rachel Adams has a secret. While other girls sew dresses, host dinner parties, and obey their male Protectors, Rachel knows how to survive in the wilderness and deftly wield a sword. When her father, Jared, fails to return from a courier mission and is declared dead, the Commander assigns Rachel a new Protector, her father’s apprentice, Logan—the same boy Rachel declared her love for two years ago, and the same boy who handed her heart right back to her. Left with nothing but fierce belief in her father’s survival, Rachel decides to escape and find him herself. But treason against the Commander carries a heavy price, and what awaits her in the Wasteland could destroy her.

At nineteen, Logan McEntire is many things. Orphan. Outcast. Inventor. As apprentice to the city’s top courier, Logan is focused on learning his trade so he can escape the tyranny of Baalboden. But his plan never included being responsible for his mentor’s impulsive daughter. Logan is determined to protect her, but when his escape plan goes wrong and Rachel pays the price, he realizes he has more at stake than disappointing Jared.

As Rachel and Logan battle their way through the Wasteland, stalked by a monster that can’t be killed and an army of assassins out for blood, they discover romance, heartbreak, and a truth that will incite a war decades in the making.

Oh.My.Gosh. I don't know what it is about the synopsis of this novel, but I just want to tear it open and start reading NOW! Monsters, assassins, romance... It just sounds completely gripping and page turning! Plus, I'm not going to lie, but the cover has me somewhat entranced. The fact that Defiance will not be published until August, however, is really killing me right now! Hopefully it will be as thrilling as it sounds once I do manage to get my hands on a copy! 

Monday, 14 May 2012

Book Review: The Taker

On the midnight shift at a hospital in rural Maine, Dr. Luke Findley is expecting another quiet evening of frostbite and the occasional domestic dispute. But the minute Lanore McIlvrae—Lanny—walks into his ER, she changes his life forever. A mysterious woman with a past and plenty of dark secrets, Lanny is unlike anyone Luke has ever met. He is inexplicably drawn to her, despite the fact that she is a murder suspect with a police escort. And as she begins to tell her story, a story of enduring love and consummate betrayal that transcends time and mortality, Luke finds himself utterly captivated.

Her impassioned account begins at the turn of the nineteenth century in the same small town of St. Andrew, Maine, back when it was a Puritan settlement. Consumed as a child by her love for the son of the town’s founder, Lanny will do anything to be with him forever. But the price she pays is steep—an immortal bond that chains her to a terrible fate for all eternity. And now, two centuries later, the key to her healing and her salvation lies with Dr. Luke Findley.

Before I begin my review you need to understand one thing: there is no way I can possibly put into words how truly amazing, heart wrenching, and breathtaking this book is! The Taker by Alma Katsu has literally left me speechless! The novel focuses on Lanny, a mysterious woman who possesses the gift (or curse) of immortality. In an attempt to convince an ER doctor to help her escape from the police, Lanny recounts the story of her life growing up in a settlement during the 1800s, and the love she was consumed with for her childhood friend, Jonathan. Mixing just the right amount of history, magic, and suspense, my time spent curled up with The Taker was definitely one of my biggest reading highs ever!

So, what was it about The Taker that I found so enrapturing? Well, without a doubt one of the best things that The Taker has going for it is Alma Katsu's writing. Through her words I felt not only that I was hearing about Lanny's life, but also reliving it. Katsu also has a way of entangling her readers so much in the story that Lanny's heartbreak quickly becomes your own. For example, within the first two chapters of the book you learn that Lanny has just killed the love of her life. Even though this tidbit of information is revealed WAY ahead of time, I still had to hold back the tears when Lanny recounts her final days with Jonathan at the end of the book. Lanny's pain felt so real that I felt it consume me as well!

One of the other reasons I fell head over heels in love with The Taker was the enriching cast of characters that came to life while I was reading. Adair and his followers were the perfect villains, causing me to shudder in anticipation of something terrible to come whenever their names showed up on the page. They reminded me of a pack of lions waiting in the shadows to pounce on anything that moved! 

It was also refreshing for once to have a protagonist and love interest who were anything but perfect! Despite her better judgement, Lanny makes a string of bad decisions throughout the course of the book which caused me to cringe on more than one occasion. Regardless of the lack of sympathy I had for her character, I couldn't help but hope that her life would turn out for the best by the end. As well, while Jonathan may have been blessed with perfect looks, his flaws quickly come to light through the course of Lanny's narration. Even with Lanny's unfaltering devotion to Jonathan throughout the novel, I couldn't help but think that he was undeserving of her love (a sentiment strangely shared with me by Adair, the villain!). 

I could probably ramble on for hours about the merits of this book, but I think the only way to fully understand the magic of The Taker is to go and pick up a copy for yourself! In fact, I challenge everyone to read The Taker and not like it! After finishing it, The Taker has now become one of my all time favourite books! Thankfully, this is only the first book in a trilogy because I don't want Lanny's story to end! 

Rating: 5 Stars!

Saturday, 12 May 2012

Stacking the Shelves: May 12th, 2012

In case you haven't noticed, I've switched over from doing In My Mailbox postings to Stacking the Shelves (for reasons I'm sure most of you are aware of so I won't get into the dirty details). Stacking the Shelves is primarily the same thing, but its being hosted by the wonderful Tynga from Tynga's Reviews! As much as I wanted to do a vlog to share all of the AMAZING books I got this past week, I'm already swamped with homework and I've only been back to school for four days! Looks like my summer is going to be fun and homework filled! Yay!*note the sarcasm*  So, without further ado, here is a quick rundown of the books I got this week....

Insurgent by Veronica Roth
My friend Jackie from The Hardcover Obsession was super amazing and pre-ordered me a copy of Insurgent for my birthday! Needless to say I went to Coles to pick it up the day it came out and inhaled it within the course of a weekend! My review of Insurgent has already been posted, so check it out here!
The Taker by Alma Katsu
After hearing so many great things about this book from Chelsey and Ikhlas I finally broke down and bought myself a copy. And I am sooo glad that I did! The Taker has now become one of my all time favourite books! It literally took my breath away! Look for my review of it coming up this week!
The Reckoning by Alma Katsu
After falling head over heels in love with The Taker, you can only begin to imagine how excited I was when Simon & Schuster Canada sent me an ARC copy of The Reckoning, the second book in the trilogy! There was definitely a lot of happy dancing involved! The Reckoning will be published in June, so make sure you all go pick up a copy of The Taker first!!!!
The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead
I actually received The Golden Lily from Razorbill about a month ago but I kept forgetting to include it in my In My Mailbox postings! I LOVE the Vampire Academy series so I can't wait to start this one next! First I'll have to go scrounge up a copy of Bloodlines though...
Cold Fury by T.M. Goeglein
Last week Razorbill also sent me a copy of Cold Fury, which comes out in July. Apparently its supposed to be "The Sopranos meets Jason Bourne", so I'm hoping that it will be as action packed and exciting as it sounds! I love a good mob story!

Friday, 11 May 2012

My Favourite Fictional Moms!

Since Mother's Day is coming up this Sunday, I decided to compile a list of some of my all time favourite fictional moms. Strangely enough, this task was a lot more difficult then I first anticipated! All of the examples that kept popping up in my head were either of absent or terrifying mothers! I wonder why it is that most novels tend to depict mother's in this way? I mean, just take a look at Disney! The amount of absent mother's in those films is staggering! Anyways, here is the list that I managed to scrounge up after some serious brainstorming sessions. Let me know if there is any amazing mother's that you think I missed!

1. Marilla Cuthbert (Anne of Green Gables)
"Oh, Anne, I know I’ve been kind of strict and harsh with you maybe—but you musn’t think I didn’t love you as well as Matthew did, for all that.  I want to tell you now when I can.  It’s never been easy for me to say things out of my heart, but at times like this it’s easier.  I love you as dear as if you were my own flesh and blood and you’ve been my joy and comfort ever since you came to Green Gables."

Even though Marilla wasn't really Anne's birth mother, she certainly did one hell of a job raising this spirited and imaginative young girl! Sure she may have been a bit hard on Anne at first, but beneath that tough exterior is the biggest heart I've ever seen in any mother!

2. Mrs. Weasley (Harry Potter)

I think everyone will agree with me when I say that Mrs. Weasley is pretty kickass! Not only does she have seven kids to raise and a house to look after, but she fights in the Battle of Hogwarts and kills Bellatrix Lestrange! Mrs. Weasley is definitely a mother I would want to have at my side during times of trouble!

3. Mrs. March (Little Women)
"Money is a needful and precious thing,--and, when well used, a noble thing,--but I never want you to think it is the first or only prize to strive for. I'd rather see you poor men's wives, if you were happy, beloved, contented, than queens on thrones, without self-respect and peace."

Mrs. March, or Marmee as her daughter's call her, is probably one of literature's most shining examples of the perfect mother. She is a beacon of emotional strength for her family during times of trouble, and encourages her daughters to marry for love rather than money (something that would have been considered progressive thinking during the Victorian era!). The love and dedication that the March sisters have for their mother only goes to show how truly wonderful Marmee is!

4. Mrs. Bennett (Pride and Prejudice)
"But I can assure you," she added, "that Lizzy does not lose much by not suiting his fancy; for he is a most disagreeable, horrid man, not at all worth pleasing. So high and so conceited that there was no enduring him! He walked here, and he walked there, fancying himself so very great! Not handsome enough to dance with! I wish you had been there, my dear, to have given him one of your set-downs. I quite detest the man."

I know. Many of you are probably wondering what the heck Mrs. Bennett is doing on this list! Despite her meddling and high social aspirations, I think that she really does care about her daughters. After all, her desire to get her daughters married is her way of seeing that they are well provided for in the future. Plus, I really do love how she supports Elizabeth in the quote I included above after Darcy snubs his nose up at her!

6. Natalie Prior (Divergent)
"I love you. No matter what." 

Throughout Divergent my respect and admiration of Tris's mother grew by leaps and bounds. Although she may have seem formal and off-putting at first, Tris soon learns that there is more to her mother then meets the eye. Mrs. Prior's love for Tris transcends the faction system put in place, and she even goes so far as to sacrifice her own life for her daughter!

Thursday, 10 May 2012

Book Review: Insurgent

Tris's initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable—and even more powerful. Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships, Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so.

Veronica Roth is on a roll. With the wild success of her first book, Divergent, book addicts across the world held their breath in anticipation to find out what would happen next. After finishing the book myself last summer, I became one of Veronica Roth's biggest groupies, thrusting Divergent upon every friend and family member I could find! Luckily, the second book in her series, Insurgent, was just as addicting and page turning as the first! 

In Insurgent, readers are immediately thrown back into the thick of things, as Veronica Roth picks up the story right where she left off. As a result, rather than boring readers with a recap of everything that happened in Divergent (an annoying tendency of many authors that really insults my intelligence), the feelings of anxiety and tension that were present at the end of the first novel quickly resurface. In fact, Insurgent was a pretty emotionally driven book in general. Tris's feelings of guilt and loyalty really causes her character to evolve and change through the course of the novel. While Tris was a bit too angsty at times for my taste, I guess you can't really blame the girl after everything she's had to go through! 

One of the things I enjoyed most about Insurgent, however, was that there were a few twists and turns that I never saw coming! There were enough betrayals, alliances, and rebellions to make my head spin!  One of them actually caused me to gasp out loud in surprise! After reading a lot of predictable books lately, it was awesome to be caught off guard for once, and not have any idea of how the book was going to end! 

As much as I hate to say it (being Veronica Roth's groupie and everything), despite the fact that I enjoyed my time spent reading Insurgent, it wasn't nearly as good as Divergent. It's hard for me to exactly put my finger on what was missing in this book, but the closest answer I can come up with is that there just wasn't enough Four in it for my taste (which is a pretty lame excuse...I know). (Side note: Yes, I still refer to Tobias as Four. I don't care what Tris calls him, the name Four has strangely grown on me!) It was also kind of depressing to see all of the factions and friendships being torn apart. Hopefully by the third book there will be some kind of happy conclusion to put me back at ease! 

Even though Insurgent didn't quite meet my high expectations, this series is still one of my all time favourites (so far). As in Divergent, Veronica Roth ended Insurgent with a BANG, and so I'm once again holding my breath to find out what will happen next! With so many possibilities now open, I can't even begin to imagine what direction the third book will take! 

Rating: 4 Stars 

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Waiting On Wednesday: Fuse

After a young Wretch is abducted by the Dome and "cleansed" of her fusings and imperfections, she is only able to repeat the Dome's latest message: "We want our son returned. This girl is proof that we can save you all. If you ignore our plea, we will kill our hostages one at a time." Willux will go to any lengths to get his son Partridge back, including murder.

Partridge sacrifices himself and returns, in the hope of taking over the Dome from within, only to uncover more of his father's chilling, dark secrets. Outside the Dome, Pressia, Bradwell, and El Capitan are decoding the secrets from the past—tucked away in one of the Black Boxes—to uncover the truth that might set the wretches free of their fusings forever.

Those fighting Willux will be pushed over boundaries, both land and sea, heart and mind, in their quest—further than they ever imagined.

Seeing as I just posted my review for Pure by Julianna Baggott on Monday, I thought it was only fitting that I choose the second book in the Pure trilogy as my Waiting on Wednesday pick for the week! Fuse, which won't be published until February 2013, sounds like it plans on being just as action packed and fast paced as Pure! I can't wait to see what Partridge, Pressia, and Bradwell get up to next! I'm also head over heels in love with the cover! Bradwell is one of my favourite characters, so I adore the reference they have made to the birds fused to his back! I only wish that Fuse was being published sooner! What do you guys think about the synopsis of Fuse? Have you read Pure yet? If not, check out my review here

Monday, 7 May 2012

Book Review: Pure

Pure by Julianna Baggott tells the story of two groups of people struggling to survive after a series of nuclear detonations ruins the Earth - those living in the protection of "the dome", and those outside it. For Pressia, life outside the dome is harsh. On the run from the militia, she must attempt to survive in a world which has been turned to dust, ash and mutilated bodies. Partridge, on the other hand, is a "Pure," one of those who escaped the apocalypse unmarked. When Partridge discovers that his mother may still be alive outside the dome, he struggles to escape so that he can find her. As the story progresses, Pressia and Partridge's worlds collide in a way that they never would have expected...

After gorging myself with so much dystopian fiction over the past year (some great, some terrible), I picked up Pure with a little bit of hesitation. Part of me was worried that this would be yet another dystopian novel that failed to captivate me. As I began reading, however, I soon discovered that Pure was far from being boring, it was excellent! Pure was full of action and adventure, and contained a unique world that kept my imagination reeling! 

Despite its monstrosity and horror, the dystopian world which Julianna Baggott brought to life in Pure was breathtaking and fantastic! I loved the creepy and grotesque visuals she created through the idea of fusion, which plagues the people living outside of the dome. During a series of nuclear detonations, those living outside the dome were fused to objects and creatures that they happened to be standing near at the time. For example, the character of Bradwell now lives with birds fused to his back, and Pressia's grandfather survives with a fan fused to his throat. 

While the idea of fusion in the story allows for a unique cast of characters, it also adds a sense of horror to the novel. Some of the fused creatures in Pure caused me to shudder at times, as my imagination painted monstrous visuals in my mind. The creatures known as "Dusts," for example, were especially terrifying, causing me to squirm every time they popped up in the book. If Pure were to ever become a movie, I'm sure I would be jumping out of my seat in terror on more then one occasion! 

One of the greatest things that Pure has going for it, however, is its ability to appeal to a wide audience. While Pure is shelved as adult fiction, it would easily be devoured and loved by those who prefer to read YA. Baggott's focus on teen characters mixed with her flowing prose makes it the perfect crossover book for young adults looking to make their way into adult fiction, or adults wanting to experiment with YA books. So, if you've been hesitant about giving teen fiction a try, or have been worried about picking up an adult novel, then pick up a copy of Pure to get a taste of both! 

Rating: 4 Stars
Recommended to: Fans of dystopians!

Friday, 4 May 2012

May The Fourth Be With You!

I have a confession to make...I'm a Star Wars geek. A BIG Star Wars geek. May the 4th might as well be a national holiday to me! Despite my own deep love for this saga, I can't help but wonder...what is it about Star Wars that generations of fans find so appealing?? Is it the action? The adventure? The wookies? Definitely the wookies. But seriously, I don't think this is a question that will ever be fully answered or understood. If someone were to ask me why I loved Star Wars so much, I would probably draw a big blank.

The closest reason that I can grasp is that I love the culture that has arisen out of Star Wars. The collectibles, costumes, parodies, pop culture references, debates over whether Han or Greedo shot first (Han, I don't care what George Lucas says), all of these things continue to make the world of Star Wars entertaining even though the films wrapped up years ago! So in honour of May the 4th, I've posted a couple of my favourite Star Wars parodies to give you a good laugh. The first one is from the Robot Chicken Star Wars special that is a MUST watch for any Star Wars fan! It's probably one of the funniest things I have ever watched! Have a favourite Star Wars parody or moment? Let me know in the comments below!

1. Robot Chicken: The Emperor's Phone Call

2. Galactic Empire State of Mind

3. Star Wars Volkswagon

Thursday, 3 May 2012

Book Review: Grave Mercy

Seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where the sisters still serve the gods of old. Here she learns that the god of Death Himself has blessed her with dangerous gifts—and a violent destiny. If she chooses to stay at the convent, she will be trained as an assassin and serve as a handmaiden to Death. To claim her new life, she must destroy the lives of others.

Ismae's most important assignment takes her straight into the high court of Brittany—where she finds herself woefully under prepared—not only for the deadly games of intrigue and treason, but for the impossible choices she must make. For how can she deliver Death’s vengeance upon a target who, against her will, has stolen her heart?

To say that I devoured Grave Mercy would be putting it midly. Unable to put this book down for the life of me, I managed to read all 549 pages in a single day! While I found Robin LaFevers writing a little bit stilted at first, as the plot line progressed I became too hooked by the actual story to stop reading. Despite how much I tried to pace myself throughout the day, the pages flew by in a blur and before I knew it I had sadly reached the end of the book.

So what was it that I loved so much about Grave Mercy? Let's start with how fast paced it was! Between  all of the assassinations, betrayals, and murders, there was definitely a lot of action to keep me interested! I also became quickly attached to the characters, especially Ismae and Duval. I absolutely adored how their relationship started off on completely the wrong foot, only to grow to a heated chemistry that neither of them could ignore. You could have cut the tension between those two with a knife! 

Unfortunately, despite the intense rising action of the romance between Ismae and Duval, their relationship never really reached the huge climax that I was hoping for, which is part of the reason I could only give this book 4 stars rather than 5. It seems like the author wanted to keep their relationship as PG-13 as possible, so a simple kiss and declaration of love is about all that we get from these two. 

I was also really disappointed to discover that the next book in this series would not be written from Ismae's perspective, but rather a different character. While I can appreciate the author's decision to make Grave Mercy almost like its own standalone book, I've become too attached to Ismae and Duval to just let them go. While I'm sure their story will be continued in the rest of the series, it won't be the same seeing it through a different character's perspective. Hopefully the second book, Dark Triumph, will win me over in the end! 

Despite my disappointment at how this novel ended, I would still DEFINITELY recommend it to lovers of YA fiction! It is exciting, gripping, and imaginative, what more could you ask for in an amazing book? While I'm upset about the fact that Ismae's narration won't continue in the rest of the series, I'm nevertheless looking forward to the second book, and will definitely pick up a copy when it comes out. I'm sure the action and adventure present in Grave Mercy will continue in Dark Triumph, and I'll be hooked in once again! 

Rating: 4 Stars