Stacking the Shelves

I had a pretty crummy week but nothing I’d like to talk about (all personal stuff). Blogging wise though it was pretty good and I love the book mail I received.

Stacking the Shelves hosted by Tynga’s Reviews is a weekly meme where you show what books you’ve purchased, gotten from the library, received from giveaway, as gifts or for review.

The Books

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DarkTriumph SufferLove

Thank you Fierce Reads, HMH and Penguin Random House for these books to review. Dana– THANK YOU so much for completing my collection.

Last Week’s Posts

  • Review of Mechanica by Betsy Cornwell
  • Blog TourOf Dreams and Rust Guest Post from Sarah Fine + Giveaway
  • Review of Sugar by Deirdre Riordan Hall
  • Discussion– My latest blogging oops

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Stacking the Shelves

May is already wrapping up, how did that happen? Not a whole lot happened this week and I’ve decided to take next week off from the blog so don’t expect any new posts except for a Stacking the Shelves (if I get any books) next weekend. Since a lot of you will be attending BEA I thought it would be a great time to try to get ahead on writing reviews and focus on some other things (perhaps that towering stack of books?)

Now for the new additions from this last week. Stacking the Shelves hosted by Tynga’s Reviews is a weekly meme where you show what books you’ve purchased, gotten from the library, received from giveaway, as gifts or for review.

For Review- Thank you HarperTeen for the beautiful finished copies!

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Meridian by Josin L. McQuein and The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings

For Review (via Edelweiss):

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Jackaby by William Ritter

I actually got approved last week but somehow forgot it on last week’s StS! I can’t believe it since I’ve been obsessing about this book since I heard about it. Sounds absolutely amazing. I’ll be reading it in a couple of weeks.

Won- Thank you The Reading Nook Reviews for the wonderful giveaway!

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Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers

I love this and His Dark Assassin so much. I originally had them only on E-book so I’m having to collect the hardcovers because I must have them for my collection. They are so beautiful. I can’t wait to have all three on my shelves.

Posts from last week:

  • Review of She Is Not Invisible    star
  • Discussion– I admitted to being obsessed with UPS My Choice
  • Discussion– If I were going to BEA which books I’d have to get

I plan on doing a good amount of reading this next week–I am almost done with Midnight Thief and will start The Murder Complex. I hope to succeed in reading more from my pile and also figuring out my priority reads for June. Since I won’t be posting actively next week I hope to get a good amount of reviews written and prepped to go. I tend to never have posts done in advance but I’d like to change that. Also, the Lego art is still in works. I have gotten a great start on The Kiss of Deception and plan to work on it and Heir of Fire. Why does there never seem to be enough hours in a day?

Lego Cover Art- Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers

When the cover for Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers was revealed I was ecstatic. It is absolutely beautiful and portrays the series beautifully. Not only that, but I was confident that it would make a wonderful Lego Cover. It ended up being one of the most time consuming  covers we’ve done but it was well worth it. I hope you enjoy

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Extras:
Review of Dark Triumph by Robin LaFever
Past Lego Cover Art:

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Review of Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers

Dark Triumph His Fair AssassinDark Triumph
By: Robin LaFevers
Release Date: April 2, 2013
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children

My Rating:
star

The Summary (via jacket copy):
Sybella arrives at the convent’s doorstep half mad with grief and despair. Those that serve Death are only too happy to offer her refuge-but at a price. Naturally skilled in the arts of both death and seduction, Sybella, the convent realizes, is one of their most dangerous weapons.

But those assassin’s skills are little help when the convent returns her to a life that nearly drove her mad. Her father’s rage and brutality are terrifying, and her brother’s love is equally monstrous. and while Sybella is a weapon of justice wrought by the god of Death himself, He must give her a reason to live. When she discovers an unexpected ally imprisoned in the dungeons, will a daughter of Death find something other than vengeance to live for?

The Story:
The second book in the His Fair Assassin trilogy, Dark Triumph, is told from Sybella’s point of view. She was a secondary character in Grave Mercy; comrade and sister at the convent to Ismae. After reading Grave Mercy I didn’t have much of an opinion of her and worried that I wouldn’t enjoy reading from her point of view (I was so enamored with Duval and Ismae). I should not have feared because LaFever has crafted a vulnerable yet courageous heroine in Syeblla. I was quickly immersed in her life’s drama and feared for her future, it did not take long to become enraptured by her tale and personality.

Dark Triumph overlaps with Grave Mercy for the first five chapters but from Sybella POV. We journey into the hell of d’Albret’s household, seeing first hand the monster that wants to marry Anne, the duchess of Brittany for political gain through any means necessary. The first book focused heavily on the political intrigue surrounding the nobles. While Dark Triumph had glimpses of the political it focused much more on fighting and action. We witness our handmaiden of Death at her finest as she uses her training and weapons to dispense justice and work to find her own meaning in life.

The Characters:
Sybella’s life before she went to the convent is heart breaking and yet she survives and seeks a way to cope with what she’s lived through. As readers we stand witness to the horrors she withstood being raised at the hands of a monster and what a sacrifice it was for her to be sent back for the sisters of Mortain and the duchess. One of my favorite aspects of Sybella’s character was her fierceness,

Because I want to back away from him, I force myself to move forward until there is but a handbreadth between us.

I admired her ability to never back down and to be so brave in the face of horrors unimaginable. This courageousness and unwavering strength gave depth and hope to a story that could have been very dark and depressing.

The Beast of Waroch is an ogre of a man capable of killing many in battle yet he has a heart as big as he is and a sense of justice. I am a sucker for misjudged characters that are far deeper than their outer façade. Sybella and the Beast’s relationship felt realistic and instead of telling us how they felt LaFever was skilled at showing the reader through their interactions and dialog.

Final Thoughts:
I wasn’t sure how I would respond to reading a sequel where the character I had loved so much in the first installment was only a side character, but Robin LaFever was fully capable of gaining not only my interest but love for Sybella. I can not wait until Annith’s point of view is told through  Mortal Heart, the final book in the trilogy. I recommend this series for fans of fantasy and historical fiction genres.

Check out Robin LaFever’s website to read further about Anne of Brittany, Count D’Albret and the time period.

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Most Anticipated YA Books of 2013

Happy New Year! 2013 will be a year for great books. There’s no way I could possibly list all that I’m excited about but here are ten (in no order).

  • Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices, #3) by: Cassandra Clare
  • Through the Ever Night (Under the Never Sky ,#2) by: Veronica Rossi
  • Dark Triumph (His Fair Assassin, #2) by: R.A. LaFevers
  • Splintered by: A.G. Howard
  • Apollyon (Covenant, #4) by: Jennifer Armentrout
  • Siege and Storm (The Grisha, #2) by: Leigh Bardugo
  • Horde (Razorland, #3) by: Ann Aguirre
  • Across a Star-Swept Sea (For Darkness Shows the Stars, #2) by: Diana Peterfeund
  • Untitled (Penryn & the End of Days, #2) by: Susan Ee
  • The Madman’s Daughter by: Megan Sheperd