A promise of intrigue and dangerous plots drew me to THE QUEEN’S RISING. The backcopy had me excited for political twists and turns as a highly trained woman endeavors to return the rightful queen to her throne.
Publisher: Harper Collins
Looking back at my review of THE QUEEN OF THE TEARLING, I was surprised that I had any reservations, because I only remember how much I thoroughly enjoyed the book. When I received a copy of THE INVASION OF THE TEARLING, it is pretty safe to say that I was ecstatic, so eager to follow Kelsea’s story and find out what happened to her.
When a plague deadly to women sweeps through the aerial empire of Arthurise, doctor’s assistant Jonathan Gouden discovers that with the aid of a strange chemical called fantillium, he can create powerful illusions, which is key to finding an antidote. Unfortunately for Jonathan, the woman with the solution won’t help unless he agrees to be her champion in a magical arena. Heather Dixon’s ILLUSIONARIUM has some charms, but it’s centered around a flawed premise, and rushes through young adult tropes as if moving quickly will keep anyone from noticing the predictability. The system of magic which holds the book together makes no sense, and I had a hard time getting past it.
POSITIVE’s post apocalyptic America is a scary place: walled cities that are barely surviving, a terrifying death cult moving in from the west, and endless stretches of open road with zombies at every turn. It’s a wild, wild ride.
Finnegan is exiled from New York at 18, but he still feels very much like a child. He is a second-generation survivor, and he doesn’t understand why the first-generation are so quick to panic. When he is thrust from the relative safety of Manhattan island into the wilds, he has a steep learning curve to deal with. I loved how little things showed how sheltered he was: thinking Ohio is two hours away from Manhattan, not understanding family pictures, and more. As he meets people, more nasty than good, he quickly learns how difficult it is to survive after the world has ended.
Can you imagine what it would be like to discover that the characters from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream were real?