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Review: The Lord of Stariel by A.J. Lancaster

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The Cover: The Lord of Stariel has a whimsical and magical cover which I really adore because it matches the mood of the book and characters. It’s simple and bright, overall a great cover to look at or to put on your bookshelf. 

Basics: The Lord of Stariel was released on November 1st 2018, is 318 pages long and is part of the Kindle Unlimited program. Genre wise The Lord of Stariel belongs to fantasy, young adult, fae world and romance.

DescriptionThe Lord of Stariel is dead. Long live the Lord of Stariel. Whoever that is. 

Everyone knows who the magical estate will choose for its next ruler. Or do they?  Will it be the lord’s eldest son, who he despised?  His favourite nephew, with the strongest magical land-sense?  His scandalous daughter, who ran away from home years ago to study illusion? 

Hetta knows it won’t be her, and she’s glad of it. Returning home for her father’s funeral, all Hetta has to do is survive the family drama and avoid entanglements with irritatingly attractive local men until the Choosing. Then she can leave.  But whoever Stariel chooses will have bigger problems than eccentric relatives to deal with. 

Winged, beautifully deadly problems.  For the first time in centuries, the fae are returning to the Mortal Realm, and only the Lord of Stariel can keep the estate safe. In theory.  The Lord of Stariel is the first book in the Stariel series. If you like your fantasy mixed with romance, served with a side of mystery, and garnished with statistically improbable quantities of attractive people, you’ve come to the right place!
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Overall thoughts:  The Lord of Stariel, A.J. Lancaster’s debut novel, I believe she went above and beyond my expectations. She paints a beautifully well done opening book to a series, with an engaging plot and kick butt characters that immediately grabbed my attention. As a fantasy book lover I was very impressed and I think any fantasy or fae book lover would really enjoy reading The Lord of Stariel. 

Hetta is a great leading lady: strong, smart and has a great sense of humor. She is someone that every little girl would read about and look up to, but also aim to be like. The story was very interesting and honestly my own issue with the entire book was that it was a little slow in the beginning but overall very enjoyable. 

Hetta has been gone from home for quite awhile and when the death of a family member happens, she comes home and everything changes. She embarks on quite a journey, surviving her distant family and the sudden arrival of fae to the mortal realm. 

A.J. Lancaster should be very proud of her debut novel and I look whatever to her future works, especially the next book in this series! 

Couple Chemistry Rating: 5/5 Shells
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My Rating: 5/5 Shells
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About the Author:
 A.J. Lancaster is fantasy writer of the whimsical rather than grimdark variety. She wrote her first novel some years ago at the age of 13* and still hasn’t managed to kick the habit. Her favourite authors include Terry Pratchett, Tamora Pierce, Mercedes Lackey, Georgette Heyer, and Naomi Novik.

She lives in windy Wellington, New Zealand, with two ridiculous cats and many novelty mugs. She is new to indie publishing – but is working on publishing books. She is currently working on a fantasy quartet (the Stariel Series), which plan to be published in 2018.

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Review: The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

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The Cover: The Cruel Prince’s cover is beautiful but besides the crown (and I guess the thorns?) I don’t think there is anything special about this cover. It’s pretty and simple but that’s it. 

Basics: The Cruel Prince was released on January 2nd, 2018, published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers and is 385 pages long. Genre wise The Cruel Prince belongs to Fantasy, Young Adult and Romance. 

Description: Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever. And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.

Jude was seven when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

As Jude becomes more deeply embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, she discovers her own capacity for trickery and bloodshed. But as betrayal threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.
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Overall thoughts: So this is my second time reading The Cruel Prince by Holly Black. I had heard about the book in early January 2018 and right as I was about purchase a copy, I received The Cruel Prince from my January 2018 Owlcrate subscription! I was so excited because it was like the universe was on my side and leading me to a new great book! Or so I thought. 

I hated The Cruel Prince the first time I read it, severely. Nine months later, I wanted to give it another try. Here are some of the reasons I had issues with The Cruel Prince in the first place: One, the whole trope where the leading male bullies and is mean to the heroine but somehow they fall for each other drives me up the WALL. Bullying is a very, very sore subject for me because I was bullied throughout High School and experienced it first hand. So I’m sure that you can understand why I think it is absolutely ridiculous that Cardan bullied Jude horribly and in awful ways and halfway through the book he is apparently in love with her. It would make sense if Cardan and Jude were under the age of ten, but they are not and I just find their whole relationship is ridiculous and super unrealistic.  

My other issue I struggled with was the pace of the book and how the book ended. A few chapters in everything was at a slow pace, in the middle things picked up and while reading the end of the book everything happened so fast I thought my head was spinning! It actually reminded me of when Oprah used to hand out gifts, “You get a car! And you get a card!” but for The Cruel Prince it was like “and you find out this piece of information! With this big plot twist! And add another plot twist!” My head was literally spinning with information, information overload basically. Those issues aside, the second time reading it I found that I liked The Cruel Prince a lot better. 

The story is very compelling and whimsical, with enough twists and turns of the plot to keep you interested. You might need to make a list of everything going on to tie everything together at the end but it’s still good nonetheless. I still don’t really like or understand Cardan and Jude’s relationship but maybe that could change in the next book when it comes out in January 2019. Overall I think I’m just too picky sometimes when it comes to books and with The Cruel Prince I have learned that each book deserves a second chance. 

Couple Chemistry Rating: 3/5 Shells
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Favorite Quotes: “If I cannot be better than them, I will become so much worse.”  -Jude

“Most of all, I hate you because I think of you. Often. It’s disgusting, and I can’t stop.” 
-Cardan 

“Father, I am what you made me. I’ve become your daughter after all.” -Jude

My Rating: 4/5 Shells
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About the Author: Holly Black is the author of bestselling contemporary fantasy books for kids and teens. Some of her titles include The Spiderwick Chronicles (with Tony DiTerlizzi), The Modern Faerie Tale series, the Curse Workers series, Doll Bones, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, the Magisterium series (with Cassandra Clare) and The Darkest Part of the Forest. She has been a a finalist for an Eisner Award, and the recipient of the Andre Norton Award, the Mythopoeic Award and a Newbery Honor. She currently lives in New England with her husband and son in a house with a secret door. 

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