Sunday, August 25, 2019

Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik is a fairy-tale/mythology-inspired fantasy about what happens when magical creatures come into contact with the human world. This book follows the story of two young women and what happens when they happen to get married to otherworldly beings. Miryem is the daughter and only child of a money collector, and the granddaughter of a very good money collector, who is not good at what he does. She decides, due to her mother's sickness and their poor conditions, that she would take over the family business. In doing so she gains a reputation the Staryk, icy fey creatures who covet gold from the human world. Another young woman, Irina, is connected to Miryem through Staryk silver and finds herself bound to a being of fire, an enemy of the Staryk. Miryem and Irina work both together and separately to both save themselves and those around them while trying to understand the fey creatures they are bound to.

I completely loved this story. I couldn't wait to pick it up a second time. I loved the characters, I loved the plot, and I love the ending. It was easier for me to read than the first book I read, Uprooted, but I also want to go back and read that one again. There's just so much done without it being overbearing with the details, and I love how Miryem's and Irina's stories intertwine. I cannot give this book enough praise!

Umm.........I usually try to come up with something I don't like. But I have to say that I'm not sure of anything I dislike, even after reading it a second time!

I give this book a 10 out of 10 stars and recommend it for readers of Adult Fantasy. (This would probably be fine for YA, there is mention of imitating sex or the need for it but it is never acted out. There is a little violence.)

Note: I am SO sorry I missed the past couple weeks and that this is late! My laptop has been giving me the blue screen most times I open it and so I haven't been using it as much and forgot to check how many of these I had stacked up! I'll get a week or two ready but I am getting a new laptop and trying to get a new setup so it hopefully won't happen again :) Thanks for sticking by me!

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh

Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh is a wonderful fantasy in a Japanese setting. Mariko is being sent off to marry a son of the emperor and on the way her party is attacked by the Black Clan. Everyone is killed except for Mariko, who vows to infiltrate the Black Clan and determine who wanted her dead and why. As she accomplishes her goals she realizes that not everything is what it seems. The Black Clan has a reason for everything, and the more she learns about them the more devoted she becomes. In the meantime, her twin brother Kenshin, a famous warrior but not strategically minded like Mariko, won't stop searching until she is found. He finds evidence that she is alive but the Black Clan eludes him. At the same time, there are political goings on in the palace that will affect both Mariko and Kenshin as all the points begin to converge.

Oh my goodness this book was so good! I love how Mariko was so determined to not let those who killed her party get away, she would infiltrate and get her revenge. But then she got to know them and respect them. There are quite a few POVs in this story because the major players are all in the same place. However, at the end of the book they're all going to be in one spot and I can't wait to see what happens!

I don't have anything nagging too much at me except that I don't remember reading if Mariko ever found out why they attacked her party and killed everyone. That's bugging me still, I hope it's resolved.

I give this book an 8 out of 10 and recommend it for readers of YA Fantasy.