The Silvered Serpents

The Silvered Serpents by Roshani Chokshi is the second book in The Gilded Wolves series. 

Severin and his fellows are back after their disastrous first run in with the Fallen House but things are definitely not the same. Severin is distant and cold and his desperation to make amends by harnessing the power of the Gods has become all consuming. 

Severin and his crew follow the clues from Paris to Russia in the hopes of finding the Fallen House’s treasure before the Winter Conclave. But things aren’t as they seem and soon everything will change. 

Overall, I enjoyed this second book in the trilogy but I will admit, I was much more invested in the first book. 

Second book syndrome at its best. The first, introduces the characters and plot, the second builds more on the plot/world building and the third is the action and wrap up. And often, I find the second book lacking the draw of the first and third. 

One thing I did like about this one is the development of the relationships in this book. We see a different side of each of the characters and it is darker and less hopeful than the first book. 

We still get that steampunk, magic, Victorian mix that I liked in the first book and it looks like we are going to get a chase to the finish in the final. This one gets 3.5 stars from me. 

That’s all for now!

-M-

The Dawn Chorus

The Dawn Chorus by Samantha Shannon is a Bone Season novella that takes place between book 3 & 4.

After finally escaping from captivity and torture at the hands of Scion, Paige Mahoney and her ally and confidant, Arcturus Mesarthim, have hold up in a safe house in Scion Paris. But Paige has been damaged both mentally and physically and time may not be enough to bring her back from the edge.

Within the confines of the safe-house, Paige and Arcturus begin to reconnect but after weeks of following separate paths the reunion is fraught with tension and insecurity. The two must work through their differences while waiting for their contact to tell them where they must go next to continue their fight.

I don’t normally read novellas, I just don’t tend to pick them up. But the Bone Season novels are not regularly published and there has been so much time between the third and the to be released fourth book, I decided to give it a try. And I was pleased that I did.

It was nice to get back into the Bone Season world and to remember why I liked the series in the first place. It did also make me wish that the novels would come out faster than every 2-4 years. It seems like forever since I read the last one and the series may need a re-read before the next is published.

This one gets 4.5 stars from me.

That’s all for now!

-M-

Forest of Souls

Forest of Souls by Lori M. Lee is the first book in a new fantasy series, swirling with shamans, mystery and battle.

Sirscha Ashwyn, orphan born, came from nothing but is determined to make something of herself in the Queen’s army–in fact, her most precious goal is to become the Queen’s next Shadow, the royal spy. But things don’t go according to plan and Sirscha’s best friend, Saengo, gets killed… that is, until Sirscha brings her back to life.

Now Sirscha and Saengo are bonded together in a way neither of them understand and both are being hunted and summoned by authority figures neither ever expected to meet.

As war looms, Sirscha must use all of her training to uncover the truth about her countries history and in doing so, must decide what path to forge forward.

There was a lot to like about Forest of Souls. The world building was great. I am really drawn to this idea of shamans and familiars and basically the controversy of their place in society. But I did have a bit of a problem with the plot.

I felt like we were given pieces of a story that didn’t really come together until the very, very end of the novel. I guess when I read a first book in a series, I am looking to be introduced to the characters to build investment in their plights and then get an idea of the main “problem” that they will be facing. I didn’t entirely feel like we got that here. There was a lot of build up to who Sirscha is but not so much about the conflict happening around her. Again, until the very end. So we see where things are going but I just needed a little more.

If you are listening to the audio book for this one, be warned the narrator is very soft spoken. I don’t know if it was meant to be this way, but you’ve been warned.

Overall, I want to see where this book is heading but I am not yet invested in it as a series. Which is why, I am giving it 3 stars.

That’s all for now!

-M-

Aurora Burning

Aurora Burning by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff is the second book in The Aurora Cycle.

The rejects from Aurora Academy are back and even though they are battered and worst for wear, they are more determined than every to save the galaxy. But saving the galaxy may prove difficult; with no direction, no help and honestly no clue what they are doing, squad 312 must persevere or all is lost.

This family of misfits will be tested at every turn. Will a gear head, a heart breaker, the golden boy, some muscle, the brains and a girl out of time be able to come together to stop an alien invasion from taking over the universe, all while preventing intergalactic war? We’re about to find out.

Regardless, of how horrible that recap was, I loved this book. Honestly, I love this series. It’s been so long since I’ve read a good science fiction novel and I just love what characters Squad 312 are. They each have their own over the top personality and problems and yet, they all mesh together really well.

One of the things I liked most about this one is that Aurora, Kal, Tyler, Scarlet, Zila and Finnian all have this bond now, they have become a family after the trials they went through in the first book. And because of this, the conflicts they encounter almost take on a deeper meaning. They mean more to each other and the risk of losing this family they have forged, colors their actions and decisions.

A lot happens in this book and there is a lot of build up for what is to come. I will say, do not start this one if you are not good with cliffhangers! You are better off waiting until the last book comes out honestly. You’ve been warned.

This one gets 4.5-5 stars from me. I sped through it and really enjoyed the ride.

That’s all for now!

-M-

The Damned

The Damned by Renee Ahdieh is the second book in The Beautiful series.

After a disastrous night of murder and deceit, Celine Rousseau has voluntarily given up her memories to save the man she loves and Sébastien Saint Germain has involuntarily become a creature of the night–a world of monsters he never wanted any part of. Now both Celine and Bastien must navigate their new truths apart, all while dodging a broken treaty and war on the horizon.

Though Celine no longer remembers her time with Bastien, something keeps drawing the two together and their worlds continue to collide and together they uncover secrets that were laid to rest long ago.

As darkness looms, will Celine uncover her memories and will Bastien come to terms with live as a vampire?

Hmm, I’m not really sure how to feel about this one. I listened to the audio book, which, in my opinion, always bumps up the rating a little bit but still, I both liked and didn’t like this book. It almost felt like a totally different novel from the first one. For one thing, Celine didn’t come in to play as a narrator until at least halfway through the book and then after that, it was basically all about her.

I am also not really sure where the story is going. Yes, there is this big multi-party feud going on and Celine and Bastien are in the middle of it, but what is the end game? By the end, you almost think you know where things are heading and then in the last few pages, poof, that changes.

The first book was good and this one was OK. I don’t see any posting about the third coming out any time soon, so I wonder if my interest will be retained for a long wait. We’ll have to see. This one gets a mediocre 3 stars from me.

That’s all for now!

-M-