Title:War Author:Laura Thalassa Genre:Fantasy/Romance Version:ebook Page Count: 427 Publisher:Lavabrook Publishing, LLC Synopsis:GoodReads Notable Notables: Fantasy-ish story featuring the Biblical end times; romance featuring the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse Recommended Readers:[Simon Cowell voice] It’s a no from me. Rating: ★☆☆☆☆
I had hoped that when Laura Thalassa had to change the covers of this series to this godawful thing, it wouldn’t be an indication of the story quality tanking, too. Pestilence was a shockingly, incredibly moving story with an engaging plot; contained a running commentary on human nature; featured a glorious, problematic villain love interest; and yeah, had some actual, well-written sex scenes. Who knew I could actually have it all in this genre, right? But then the cover change happened, War was unveiled looking like this, and I feared it was an ill omen of things to come.
Judging by my rating, you can see I was right, and you’re probably correct in guessing that, unlike the arrival of all my fears and doubts, I didn’t come at all. Instead, I am hugely disappointed by one of my most anticipated reads of the year, and even worse—War broke my five-star rating streak.
Upon finishing War, I am left with two burning questions: 1) Was Pestilence a fluke? 2) If not, then what the hell happened here?
Alright, let’s back up. It’s synopsis time, and oh yeah, expect spoilers throughout.
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?
Title:Soul in Darkness
Author: Wendy Higgins Genre: New Adult/Romance/Fantasy Version: Paperback Page Count: 352 Publisher: Barnes & Noble Synopsis:GoodReads Notable Notables: Greek mythology retelling Recommended Readers: Hmm… I cannot do this. Rating: ★☆☆☆☆
Oh, beautiful cover that matches my tastes, oh, Wendy Higgins, how did we go so wrong here?
First, the details. Soul in Darkness is a retelling of the Cupid/Psyche myth. Y’know, the one where Venus gets super jealous of this mortal princess, Psyche, because the people are worshiping her and praising her beauty over Venus? The one where Venus punishes Psyche by marrying her to a monster that she cannot see and is forbidden to touch, unaware that it’s Cupid, Venus’ son, in disguise? The one where Psyche breaks the rules and has to undergo a series of grueling tasks to prove to Venus that she truly loves Cupid, before she knew he was a beautiful god?
Okay, great, you’re caught up because the book follows the myth less like a retelling and more like a checklist.
Title:Wintersong Author: S. Jae-Jones Genre: Young Adult, New Adult, Fantasy Version:Paperback Page Count: 511 Publisher: Titan Books Ltd Synopsis:GoodReads Notable Notables: Feminism, LGBT characters Recommended Readers: Y’all like Labyrinth, Fae, and villain love interests? Rating: ★★★★★
What can I say about Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones that others haven’t already said before? It’s haunting, dark, mesmerizing, lush, spellbinding, and full of such melancholic longing that the feelings stay with you well after you’ve turned the final page. It’s hands-down one of my favorite novels ever written, in any genre, and I’m stunned by Jae-Jones’ craftsmanship. Every line within is such a treasure and a joy to read, and I’m in love with the beauty of her style.
Plus, I don’t often reread books anymore. I just don’t have time and my TBR pile is out of control. But exceptions were made for Wintersong because it just made me fall in love in a way no other book has done for me lately.
Title: Tower of Dawn
Author: Sarah J. Maas Genre: Young Adult, (actually New Adult), Fantasy, Romance Version: Hardcover Page Count: 660 Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children’s Synopsis:GoodReads Notable Notables: Disabled protagonist (though representation is not great) Recommended Readers: Only die-hard fans Rating:★☆☆☆☆
This series keeps getting worse and worse.
Truthfully, all of Sarah J. Maas’ books take a sharp decline in quality whenever she’s allowed to write whatever and however much she wants. Tower of Dawn is not the exception, a book that was originally supposed to be a novella but somehow became a 660-page monstrosity.
It should’ve stayed a novella. There was so much filler description that my eyes constantly glazed over, and it seemed like any time characters finally stopped internal monologuing about everything to have a conversation with someone else, their dialogue would then get interrupted with paragraphs if not pages of exposition.
Because this country, Antica, and all the characters therein were never supposed to be introduced or become the focus of this series–they haven’t been this entire time–but now here we are, so we all have to play catch-up before the last book comes out, and then never return here again.
Spoilers and sneering abound under the cut, so read at your own risk.
Y’know, I didn’t realize how many books actually came out per month–and so many on the same day–until I started doing these release posts. Kinda glad I did because knowing is half the battle. (My wallet vehemently disagrees and begs me to reconsider.)
February’s book releases almost snuck up on me, but I managed to pull a little list together. As always, sorry if I didn’t include your most anticipated release on here. I just went with what caught my eye (and that I know about).
So Wintersong immediately caught me because it was a Labyrinth-esque, Goblin King romance, and who doesn’t love that? The experience of reading the book itself was so much more than that, though. I found myself being swept away into a dreamlike-world with unique characters from which I didn’t emerge until two days later, bleary-eyed and disoriented. And a little sad because the story was over, and I still craved more.
When S. Jae-Jones declared she was going to follow up Liesl and the Goblin King’s story with Shadowsong, I fell out; I was so beyond excited! Wintersong was haunting and beautiful and so very Fae, but I needed more closure than what it gave me. Here’s hoping that Liesl, Josef, and der Erlkönig get the ending they deserve. Also, I am loving this New Adult genre because it is bringing so much to the table. More of this, immediately.