I’m feeling great about my reading this month! I managed to read nearly all the books on my TBR as well as 2 extra books which put me at 99 books read for 2018!!! I pretty much loved everything I read in December as well which really topped off my year. I have reviews on all the books I’ve read this month up on my blog so if you would like to see just click on the titles!
The Queen of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner – ⭐️4/5 stars
Archenemies by Marissa Meyer – ⭐️4/5 stars
Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor – ⭐️4/5 stars
Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare – ⭐️5/5 stars
Shadow Study by Maria V Snyder – ⭐️4/5 stars
Wildcard by Marie Lu – ⭐️4/5 stars
Night Study by Maria V Snyder – ⭐️4/5 stars
Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli – ⭐️4/5 stars
The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee – ⭐️4/5 stars
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K Rowling – ⭐️5/5 stars
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K Rowling – ⭐️5/5 stars
My expectations have been surpassed!
Archenemies continues a few weeks after Renegades ended. Nova has been given the task by Ace to secure his helmet and to get even closer to the adopted son of the Dread Warden and Captain Chromium in Adrian. But is she really just pretending anymore or are her feelings and loyalties starting to shift?
Everything about this novel was phenomenal. The pacing is done so well and the build-up of anticipation throughout the course of the story was fantastic.
Nova has once again proven how much of an awesome female protagonist she is! I love that after the announcement of Agent N, she lets her feeling be known to the whole organisation. She is still advocating for the rights of prodigies in a positive way without destruction and mayhem like her uncle. Being infiltrated within the Renegades has allowed her this position to instil her thoughts and opinions into a chosen few who may be able to make a difference. I enjoyed the internal struggle she has to deal with on a day to day basis. Being accepted and looked up to from the Renegades and seeing the potential but also having the other Anarchists on her back making sure she stays true to their course.
Adrian is such a wholesome character that you really want to barrack for. He is so endearing and charismatic especially after he works everything out with the Vitality Charm and how he finally gets to act as the overbearing older brother to Max. That scene where he gets emotional just be being able to put his arms around Max’s shoulders was so moving, something so small and innocuous that we would take for granted has become so much bigger because they’ve never been able to do that before. I love the relationship that Liam shares with Max and we really see the scope of it at the end of the book.
A lot of the minor characters really played a bigger role in this book. Having Dana kind of see through Nova and start to not to trust her was an interesting development. Now every time Nova spots a butterfly she has to kind of stop and wonder if it’s Monarch. I also enjoyed seeing the relationship of Ollie and Ruby grow. When Ollie grabbed Nova for a dance to ask for dating tips was incredibly cute!
All in all I absolutely loved this book. I was immediately sucked back into this world that Marissa Meyer masterfully created and I was highly entertained for mostly all of it. The overall grand scheme really sets up the books for a massive ending and I cannot wait for it to come out so I can continue on.
⭐️4.5/5 stars plots and schemes, love and loss, hidden agendas, amazing characters!
So I read Renegades back in September and ended up really loving it! Nova and Adrian are one of my favourite male and female protagonists for the year. The premise of the book is just so captivating, the way Marissa wrote it made you able to just dive head first into the world she has created. It’s very fast paced and action packed and I highly enjoyed the plot and the powers and how they differentiate between the characters. I am highly invested in this story and I am very excited to continue on with Archenemies and see where the storyline will go next!
The majority of the books on this month’s TBR are books that I need to read to complete/continue on in a few series that I have been loving. I am super excited to read all of these books on the list and I will definitely have more time towards the end of this month to read because the holidays are coming up! I cannot believe that it’s the end of 2018 already, this year has completely flew by!
That being said my TBR for December includes:
Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor
Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson
Shadow Study and Night Study by Maria V Snyder
Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare
Queen of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner
The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Pirates by Mackenzi Lee
Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli
Arch Enemies by Marissa Meyer
Wildcard by Marie Lu
Wow, what a ride!
I really enjoyed myself while reading this book. I think Marissa Meyer did a wonderful job with the characters and the plot!
Renegades is a dual perspective novel based around Nova and Adrian. Nova grew up under the care of her uncle who was the head of a revolutionary group called the Anarchists who fought against the government and the world for the way they treated the prodigies (people with extraordinary abilities), which ultimately led to chaos and anarchy. Adrian was adopted by his two fathers who are the leaders of the Renegades, a syndicate of prodigies who fought to overthrow the Anarchists and bring peace and order to the world.
I love the juxtaposition of the two characters and their back-stories and how they ultimately wove together. I think that was masterfully done and so entertaining to read. Nova was a wonderful female protagonist. She is powerful, resilient, intelligent but still mysterious and kind of relatable. I love how we see her struggle with her identity throughout the novel as well. Who is she ultimately going to be and where will her loyalties lie as Nova or Nightmare or Insomnia?
Adrian was also just wonderful. I find him to be incredibly likeable and endearing. I liked that through his perspective we really see him endeavor to be the best possible son to his fathers and live up to the expectations that the world has really set being an Everhart. To see him grapple with his own identity as well was interesting to read, we see so many sides to him throughout the book as Sketch and Sentinel and also as just Adrian.
The plot was very fast paced, there is a lot of action going on and schemes being formed and executed. There was also a lot of open ended plot lines that I think will definitely be explored in the sequel Archenemies when it comes out later this year, which I am now super pumped for! And just want to mention that huge cliffhanger at the end! OMG! I can usually spot these things a mile away; especially with YA fantasy but I really just did not see that coming!
⭐️4/5 stars a YA dystopian fantasy novel with superpowers and secret identities what’s not to like?