Thursday, February 7, 2019

Review: Fracture Me by Tahereh Mafi

Title: Fracture Me
Series: Shatter Me #2.5
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Publication Date: December 17, 2013
Publisher: HarperCollins
Source: Bought
Format: Ebook
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Dystopia

As Omega Point prepares to launch an all-out assault on The Reestablishment soldiers stationed in Sector 45, Adam's focus couldn't be further from the upcoming battle. He's reeling from his breakup with Juliette, scared for his best friend's life, and as concerned as ever for his brother James's safety. And just as Adam begins to wonder if this life is really for him, the alarms sound. It's time for war. On the battlefield, it seems like the odds are in their favor—but taking down Warner, Adam's newly discovered half brother, won't be that easy. The Reestablishment can't tolerate a rebellion, and they'll do anything to crush the resistance . . . including killing everyone Adam has ever cared about.

I am really happy when authors have novellas that tie in with their already published novels. It adds depth to their story but quite truthfully it makes me more excited to want to find out what's next. However, sometimes novella do fall short of accomplishing but that isn't the case with Tahereh Mafi. She writes just as compelling of a novella as she does a novel. 

Adam and Juliette have hit a fan in their relationship but all that seems to be put even more on hold as a battle is approaching. Tensions are rising and one must wonder if the resistance is prepared not just physically but emotionally and mentally as well. 

I think I found myself more on my feet with this novella than I have been with the novels. The fact that Mafi has been able to write a sixty page part where my interest has been hooked from the very beginning. There is that drama we all live for, there is action, there are tears to be shed but there is the feeling where you want to drop everything and continue reading. 

Mafi continues to hold my interest and I am fully invested. Have you read these novellas? Do you enjoy novellas as much as I? Mafi does not disappoint. In a sixty page firecracker of a story you will be sure to fall in love. Absolutely stunning!

I give this novella 5 souls!

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Review: Ship of Smoke and Steel by Django Wexler

Title: Ship of Smoke and Steel
Series: The Wells of Sorcery
Author: Django Wexler
Publication Date: January 22, 2019
Publisher: Tor Teen
Source: Publisher
Format: Edelweiss
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy

In the lower wards of Kahnzoka, the great port city of the Blessed Empire, eighteen-year-old ward boss Isoka comes to collect when there's money owing. When her ability to access the Well of Combat is discovered by the Empire—an ability she should have declared and placed at His Imperial Majesty's service—she's sent on an impossible mission: steal Soliton, a legendary ghost ship—a ship from which no one has ever returned. If she fails, her sister’s life is forfeit.

I am not going to lie when I say that when seeing the cover I got a Throne of Glass sense and then when reading the synopsis I got a Blackhearts vibe. How about you? Well whatever bribe you might have been receiving, I was excited to set sail. 

Django Wexler writes a story that follows a tremendously strong heroine who is sent on a mission in exchange for her sisters safety. Her first couple of weeks on the ship are not meant with the easiest of welcomes and she is sent on missions to stop the destruction of the ship by different sea crabs and other sea creatures. What is most great is that throughout the story we see this young woman who has this drive to do everything she can to get her sister back. By challenging shipmates to going on what seems as impossible and deadly missions to potentially finding  a way to save the entire crew, Isoka is a person one must not doubt or lose faith in. 

I do have to admit that compared to most fantasy reads, this one did take me a little bit longer than normally. It wasn't that I wasn't liking the story but that the way it was written was different. There was this continuous buildup/action scene throughout that in a way made it seem more exciting. The story would fill you in on relevant information and then BAM, hit you with some fighting action. 

Django Wexler is definitely a storyteller I have come to enjoy through this one read. I am looking forward to continue the story and see if Isoka will be successful in commandeering the ship and rescuing her sister. Ship of Smoke and Steel is a fantastic fantasy read that will pull you in and take you forth on an adventure. A sea-worthy read!

I give this book 4 souls!