ARC Review: Godsgrave // Jay Kristoff

godsgrave-jay-kristoffGodsgrave
Jay Kristoff
Release: September 5th, 2017
Page Count: 384

Assassin Mia Corvere has found her place among the Blades of Our Lady of Blessed Murder, but many in the Red Church ministry think she’s far from earned it. Plying her bloody trade in a backwater of the Republic, she’s no closer to ending Consul Scaeva and Cardinal Duomo, or avenging her familia. And after a deadly confrontation with an old enemy, Mia begins to suspect the motives of the Red Church itself.

When it’s announced that Scaeva and Duomo will be making a rare public appearance at the conclusion of the grand games in Godsgrave, Mia defies the Church and sells herself to a gladiatorial collegium for a chance to finally end them. Upon the sands of the arena, Mia finds new allies, bitter rivals, and more questions about her strange affinity for the shadows. But as conspiracies unfold within the collegium walls, and the body count rises, Mia will be forced to choose between loyalty and revenge, and uncover a secret that could change the very face of her world.

Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff was just as bloody and fantastic as the first in the series, Nevernight. I can easily say that Nevernight was one of my favorite reads of 2016, and luckily I received an ARC from the publisher. While Nevernight was fantastic, Godsgrave quickly surpassed my expectations and was in fact better than Nevernight.

*Note there will be spoilers from NEVERNIGHT

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  • The writing was absolutely gorgeous. Like Nevernight, Godsgrave wasn’t a fast paced novel. But the style it is written in creates a darker and more slow burn novel. It is slow, but gripping all the way through. It is also important to note that because it is a slower paced novel, it does take awhile to read.
  • Character development was pretty amazing to watch. We see Mia struggle and learn to become comfortable with herself. We see Mr. Kindly and Eclipse with their friendly banter, (I’ll be honest with you Mr Kindly and Eclipse are low key my favorite characters) and of course we see the new allies Mia makes throughout the novel.
  • The plot was well done. The end murdered my soul, tore it to pieces and left me crying and begging for more. Kristoff is definitely a master at creating plot twists.
  • I believe this series is borderline YA and NA, either way it had sex in it. We don’t see a lot of sex in YA but it’s nice to see some realism in YA books.
  • LACK OF FOOTNOTES. The first book had so. Many. Footnotes. I wanted to cry when I saw a footnote that was half a page long. Godsgrave definitely held back on the footnotes and that was a definite positive.

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Review: I Believe in a Thing Called Love // Maurene Goo

31145133I Believe in a Thing Called Love
Maurene Goo
Release: May 30, 2017
Page Count: 336

Desi Lee believes anything is possible if you have a plan. That’s how she became student body president. Varsity soccer star. And it’s how she’ll get into Stanford. But—she’s never had a boyfriend. In fact, she’s a disaster in romance, a clumsy, stammering humiliation magnet whose botched attempts at flirting have become legendary with her friends. So when the hottest human specimen to have ever lived walks into her life one day, Desi decides to tackle her flirting failures with the same zest she’s applied to everything else in her life. She finds guidance in the Korean dramas her father has been obsessively watching for years—where the hapless heroine always seems to end up in the arms of her true love by episode ten. It’s a simple formula, and Desi is a quick study. Armed with her “K Drama Steps to True Love,” Desi goes after the moody, elusive artist Luca Drakos—and boat rescues, love triangles, and staged car crashes ensue. But when the fun and games turn to true feels, Desi finds out that real love is about way more than just drama.

I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo was a cutesy fun novel that follows the story line of senior Desi as she sets up the steps of her favorite k-drama’s in order to win over the man of her dreams. While this novel was certainly light and full of that lovely drama I basically live off, it did have some fatal flaws. While I enjoyed this novel, it was not as fabulous as I anticipated it would be, however it held many positive aspects I enjoyed as well.

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  • I really enjoyed the cute and fun aspect this story incorporated. While our main character certainly had that “dark past” we often see in YA contemporary, it wasn’t a focal point of the story that actually drove the plot
  • The main characters were fabulous. While I’m not Korean, I’m Chinese, I felt that Goo did a very good job at portraying Desi’s home life and her relationship with her father.
    • Not to mention, Luca was spectacularly gorgeous! 😉
  • I really liked the concept of the K-Drama’s throughout this novel. I love K-Drama’s myself and I thought it was really funny how Desi was trying to win Luca over through similar K-Drama tactics. This idea I felt was super unique, Goo did a good job.
  • Goo is a great writer, while the writing wasn’t the best thing I’ve ever seen, it was good and that made for a story that was entertaining

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