Book Review: King of Scars

king of scarsTitle: King of Scars
Author:
 Leigh Bardugo
Genre: Young Adult/Fantasy
Version: Hardback
Page Count: 514
Publisher: Imprint
Synopsis: GoodReads
Notable Notables: Spin-off duology, exploring more with previously established characters
Recommended Readers: Fans of both Six of Crows and the Grishaverse trilogy–especially those that wanted more from the latter
Rating: ★★★★★

I was able to finally get to Leigh Bardugo’s King of Scars, and I’m so happy I did because she took my low but timidly hopeful expectations and delivered on them in the most delicious, agonizingly slow way.

Here, we follow Nikolai Lantsov, the king of Ravka, who is trying to keep his country from falling once again into a war with enemies surrounded on all sides, balancing the threads of power along with finding ways to protect his people. Perhaps his greatest challenge, however, is to discover a way to be rid of the dark magic the defeated Darkling left within him, turning him at night into a monstrous creature devoid of reason or thought. Grisha Squaller Zoya Nazyalensky must also find a way to protect king and country no matter what the cost, even if that means sacrificing Nikolai for the sake of her people. Meanwhile, Nina Zenick is undercover on a mission in Fjerda. Deep in enemy territory, she is seeking to bury her past and find meaning in the future by saving as many Grisha as possible.

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Reading Challenge Update – April 2019

Hey, I’m back with a new reading challenge update! April was a slower month for me, mostly because I hit a book slump toward the beginning of the month because something I was reading just wasn’t doing it for me.

I wonder if you can guess which one it was. 😉

The Five-Star Favs

wicked saints
Finished: 4/3/19 | Rating: ★★★★★

Challenges met:

Wicked Saints has solidified itself as a modern gothic fiction novel—it has that romantic horror vibe to me—and I’d love to see certain scenes on the big screen, namely That One with Serefin. [Review]

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WWW Wednesday – 4.24.19

Welcome to WWW Wednesday! This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and revived on Taking on a World of Words. If you participated in your own post, please feel free to leave a link in the comments, so I and others can see! Otherwise, feel free to leave a comment with your responses. I’m always happy to hear what other people are reading.

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

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WWW Wednesday – 3.13.19

Welcome to WWW Wednesday! This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and revived on Taking on a World of Words. If you participated in your own post, please feel free to leave a link in the comments, so I and others can see! Otherwise, feel free to leave a comment with your responses. I’m always happy to hear what other people are reading.

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?


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Leigh Bardugo Book Tour + Book Haul

Hello, hello! I just won’t shut up this week, but a lot of things have been going on lately that I’d like to share with you guys.

First of all, this past Saturday, I went to the DeKalb County Public Library in Decatur, GA for Leigh Bardugo’s King of Scars tour. This is the second time I’ve met Leigh, and she is just as gracious, beautiful, and funny as ever.

I had wanted to get there early to explore the library, especially when I learned it’s the most awarded library in the GA Pines system, but I’d taken the train to get there, and it was Super Bowl weekend in Atlanta, so things were both packed and a bit slow. But I got there in time to get in the signing line, get my copy of King of Scars, and go into the auditorium for the Q&A.

The room was small, the setting intimate, and it wasn’t long before Leigh came out, and everyone erupted in riotous cheering. There were even a few cosplayers, with an Inej cosplayer who was absolutely incredible, but I sadly didn’t get a picture. It’s always so awesome to see people support an author who truly deserves it.

The Q&A lasted for about 30 minutes, but it seemed to take no time at all as Leigh alternated asking questions from the audience with witchy humor and also drawing questions in a bucket people had written down because they were too shy to ask her (very cute).

Now, I’ll try to relay what was asked and her responses as best as I remember them. Keep in mind that I am paraphrasing, and this shouldn’t be considered an official interview or anything, but I thought people would like to know what was discussed.

Q: Can you tell us anything about the Grishaverse TV show on Netflix?

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January 2019 Book Releases

It’s official: 2019 is here and with it comes a brand new year of wonderful new books. I’m simultaneously geared up for and dreading what’s going to catch my eye this year, both because I’m easily obsessed and because my TBR list is out of control.

One of my goals this year is to trim that TBR list down, but in the spirit of breaking goals early, let’s talk about the books I’m eyeing coming out during January 2019.

My most anticipated read goes to…

the wicked king

You must be strong enough to strike and strike and strike again without tiring.

The first lesson is to make yourself strong.

After the jaw-dropping revelation that Oak is the heir to Faerie, Jude must keep her younger brother safe. To do so, she has bound the wicked king, Cardan, to her, and made herself the power behind the throne. Navigating the constantly shifting political alliances of Faerie would be difficult enough if Cardan were easy to control. But he does everything in his power to humiliate and undermine her even as his fascination with her remains undiminished.

When it becomes all too clear that someone close to Jude means to betray her, threatening her own life and the lives of everyone she loves, Jude must uncover the traitor and fight her own complicated feelings for Cardan to maintain control as a mortal in a Faerie world.

Release Date:
January 8 | Goodreads

Why I Want to Read This: Holly Black’s The Cruel Prince was my favorite read of 2018, so of course, I’ve got to see where its sequel, The Wicked King, goes. I’ve been dying for this book since January of last year. Jude’s my girl, and I need to know how she and Cardan are going to complicate everything the other is trying to accomplish. Plus, I’m excited to see what Locke and Madoc have up their sleeves, and ugh, I guess Taryn, too. Will I be able to hate her more? Or less? Make my day, Holly Black!

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