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Pip Bartlett’s Guide to Magical Creatures by Jackson Pearce and Maggie Stiefvater

Pip Bartlett's Guide to Magical CreaturesPip is a girl who can talk to magical creatures. Her aunt is a vet for magical creatures. And her new friend Tomas is allergic to most magical creatures. When things go amok—and they often go amok—Pip consults Jeffrey Higgleston’s Guide to Magical Creatures, a reference work that Pip finds herself constantly amending. Because dealing with magical creatures like unicorns, griffins, and fuzzles doesn’t just require book knowledge—it requires hands-on experience and thinking on your feet. For example, when fuzzles (which have an awful habit of bursting into flame when they’re agitated) invade your town, it’s not enough to know what the fuzzles are—Pip and Tomas also must trace the fuzzles’ agitation to its source, and in doing so, save the whole town.

From bestselling authors Maggie Stiefvater and Jackson Pearce comes an exciting new series full of magical creatures, whimsical adventures, and quirky illustrations.

Personal Thoughts:

Maggie Stiefvater‘s name is basically the reason why I pick-up Pip Barlett’s Guide to Magical Creatures even it is actually for kids. I adore Maggie’s writing from her previous novels and I just want to read more from her while waiting for the release of The Raven King. Maggie is a very talented writer and artist and I’m just really excited to see more of her genius.

Pip Barlett’s Guide to Magical Creatures not only offers Maggie’s writing but also her sketches. So having to see Maggie’s art inside Pip Barlett’s Guide to Magical Creatures is a delight for me. It’s like seeing another side of Maggie in here, not just an artist or a writer but someone who is having fun like a kid. I don’t know how, but reading Pip Barlett’s Guide to Magical Creatures somehow project Maggie and Jackson having fun writing or exchanging ideas, which makes reading more fun for me in return.

As a middle grade novel, Pip Barlett’s Guide to Magical Creatures is a lot simpler than Maggie’s other works, which is already expected but still the novel is no less perfect. In this collaboration with Jackson Pearce, they both come up with an exciting, whimsical, and entertaining story. I had so much fun following Pip and Tomas with their encounter with all the magical creatures.

Overall, Pip Barlett’s Guide to Magical Creatures is quick and delightful read. Kids and kids at heart will surely have fun reading Pip’s story as well as adoring the sketches inside this charming novel.

*This review is based on a copy I received courtesy of the publisher, Sholastic Press Philippines in exchange for an honest opinion.

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Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry (Review & Giveaway)

Nowhere But Here

“Sometimes people create a world that gives them power. Sometimes people create a world to find friends with similar interest. To me, motorcycle clubs are a rougher man’s sci-fi convention.”

An unforgettable new series from acclaimed author Katie McGarry about taking risks, opening your heart and ending up in a place you never imagined possible.

Seventeen-year-old Emily likes her life the way it is: doting parents, good friends, good school in a safe neighborhood. Sure, she’s curious about her biological father—the one who chose life in a motorcycle club, the Reign of Terror, over being a parent—but that doesn’t mean she wants to be a part of his world. But when a reluctant visit turns to an extended summer vacation among relatives she never knew she had, one thing becomes clear: nothing is what it seems. Not the club, not her secret-keeping father and not Oz, a guy with suck-me-in blue eyes who can help her understand them both.

Oz wants one thing: to join the Reign of Terror. They’re the good guys. They protect people. They’re…family. And while Emily—the gorgeous and sheltered daughter of the club’s most respected member—is in town, he’s gonna prove it to her. So when her father asks him to keep her safe from a rival club with a score to settle, Oz knows it’s his shot at his dream. What he doesn’t count on is that Emily just might turn that dream upside down.

No one wants them to be together. But sometimes the right person is the one you least expect, and the road you fear the most is the one that leads you home.

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Personal Thoughts:

When I pick up Nowhere But Here, I wasn’t aware that the story is centered in a motorcycle club. I just know that I have to read it because it was written by Katie McGarry whose previous works I enjoyed reading. Normally, this type of story won’t piqued my interest but if anyone can pull this kind of story, I know it is Katie. I saw it happen in Crash into You and in here she did it again.

“The only way to break free is to understand the past so you don’t continue to follow in their footsteps.”

One of the things that I like about Katie McGarry is the way she weaved her characters. Most of her characters (if not all) that I’ve encountered are well-fleshed out, memorable, and root-able. Even her side characters and bad guys are worth reading. They are all well written – portrayed with depth, emotions, realistic background and compelling story. Emily and Oz are no exception. Like with other Katie’s characters these latest addition to Katie’s contemporary worlds are both well written.

Emily though not easily like-able character is strong and brave. Her journey to self-discovery is an emotional road that readers will surely walk as they read Emily’s story. Oz is the caring guy. I like that he isn’t ashamed to show his soft side. He owned it and so proud of it.

Emily’s biological father surprise me. For someone who is basically leading the tough guys of bikers Eli has a soft heart, especially when it comes to his daughter Emily. All the things he did for Emily will surely melts tough hearts.

Another interesting character is Emily’s grandmother, Olivia. She’s feisty and strong in-spite of her health condition. I love how she value her family.

Isaiah’s dad, James was mentioned too in the story too. When the word “James” first pop up as the name of stuffed toy elephant it automatically remind me of Isaiah’s dad, so when the connection between Emily’s dad and James was revealed it is a much welcome connection.

“Our fears are what stifle us and we’re only scared of what we don’t understand.”

The depiction of motorcycle club in the story is both educational and believable. Katie McGarry seems did a very good job with her research, showing us the in and outs of the bikers’ subculture. It’s like she’s been part of them – people who lives and breath motorcycles and speeds, and who value integrity and family among others.

“Because I’m a part of a family and I’ve been entrusted with a secret that I swore I wouldn’t tell. You accuse me of having no integrity, but integrity doesn’t mean breaking promise. It means keeping it.”

Katie McGarry once again deliver a well written novel. Having read all books from her Pushing the Limits series and her novellas, I feel like this is a natural progression for Katie. Her style though not so much different from her previous books shows level of growth. It’s simple and precise but capable of tugging readers emotions. She really knows how to create drama and throw romance that will make readers feel. In here, she tied up the mystery, romance and family drama into one huge compelling story. There are lots of things that is happening but never feel too much to read. Instead I feel like the more I read the more I want to know more what will happen. I’m literally on the edge of my seat. And the best part, I was surprised with some of the revelations in the story. I really like how Katie plot Nowhere But Here.

With its fast and interesting plot lines, engaging and easily like-able characters, and well research story line Nowhere But Here is another must read novel from Katie McGarry. She is really a talented writer who never fail to deliver memorable, entertaining and riveting stories.

* This review is based on an eBook I received courtesy of the publisher, Harlequin (UK) Limited via NetGalley.

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A Sense of the Infinite by Hilary T. Smith

A Sense of the Infinite

“People got sad after making all kinds of decisions. It didn’t mean the decisions were wrong. …sad and happy were things you lived with no matter which choices you made.”

 By the author of the critically acclaimed Wild Awake, a beautiful coming-of-age story about deep friendship, the weight of secrets, and the healing power of nature.

It’s senior year of high school, and Annabeth is ready—ready for everything she and her best friend, Noe, have been planning and dreaming. But there are some things Annabeth isn’t prepared for, like the constant presence of Noe’s new boyfriend. Like how her relationship with her mom is wearing and fraying. And like the way the secret she’s been keeping hidden deep inside her for years has started clawing at her insides, making it hard to eat or even breathe.

But most especially, she isn’t prepared to lose Noe.

For years, Noe has anchored Annabeth and set their joint path. Now Noe is drifting in another direction, making new plans and dreams that don’t involve Annabeth. Without Noe’s constant companionship, Annabeth’s world begins to crumble. But as a chain of events pulls Annabeth further and further away from Noe, she finds herself closer and closer to discovering who she’s really meant to be—with her best friend or without.

Hilary T. Smith’s second novel is a gorgeously written meditation on identity, loss, and the bonds of friendship.

Personal Thoughts:

I go reading A Sense of the Infinite with no hint or expectations. I just know that I have to read it because Hilary T. Smith’s previous novel, Wild Awake claimed a lot of positive feebacks. And with that I just have to experience Smith’s works on my own.

Though the book started quite slow it eventually pick-up speed once I got the gig of Hilary’s writing. Coming from lots of fantasy reads before starting this one, Hilary’s words are a bit quiet and slow flowing. Though this is not uncommon for a contemporary read, I still feel some hold back while starting A Sense of the Infinite. I don’t have much idea where the story will goes but the title promise so much more.

“You’ll be amazed who leaves and who doesn’t, at the end of the day.”

The story is basically about growing up. It’s Annabeth journey to self-discovery – her friendships with Noe and her life as it happens. And as simple as that sounds Annabeth’s journey offers more than just a slice of teenager’s life. There are so many issues inside it – depression, suicide, eating disorders, teen pregnancy/abortion, rape are just few of them. With all that sometimes it feels contrived to have all of those things in one story or in one person’s life, but still the possibility of all those things happening exist somewhere and that is something I hope not to see in real life. Growing up doesn’t have to be that hard for anyone.

“People are like trees… They need one kind of food when they’re seedlings, and a different kind of food once they’ve been growing for a few year.”

Some of Annabeth experiences easily mirror our own experience. Her struggles are sometimes painfully relatable. Like her friendship with Noe which hit a nail inside me. I’ve been there a few times in my life. I lost friends and people I care, outgrow someone I thought will be forever part of my life. Those are part of growing up. I have learned to accept things I never thought I can accept. I moved on and continue to live my life. I’ve learned a lot from those experiences, they made me stronger, wiser, and so much more.

“The worst part of fighting is the moment you realize the other person is really hurting. It’s pretty impossible to keep going after that.”

I don’t agree in some of the things in this book but that doesn’t make them less real. Annabeth’s journey and the people around her not only represents real life struggles and experiences but also shows the choices we have in life. It’s not always dead end, sometimes we have to man up and pick a side. That even if we are hurting or lost, we still own ourselves to at least try.

A Sense of the Infinite is a story of self-development that easily mirror real life journey. With its realistic characters, and close to life experiences this book will surely touch readers heart and tugged some real emotions. It’s realistic, honest, and raw.

* This review is based on an advance readers copy I received courtesy of the publisher,  HarperCollins International in exchange of honest opinion.

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The Day Of The Wave by Becky Wicks

The Day Of The Wave“We both kind of died in it and lived at the same time…”

Isla and Ben were just sixteen when the Boxing Day tsunami tore through their beach resort in Thailand. Just days after forming a life-changing bond, both were missing and presumed dead. Unbeknown to each other and haunted by one of the biggest natural disasters in world history, Isla and Ben are living very different lives, until over a decade later when a chance encounter throws them back together.

Based on real life events, The Day of the Wave is a story of healing, learning to let go, and figuring out when to hold on with everything you have left.

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Personal Thoughts:

The Day of the Wave is an inspiring and touching story about two survivors.

Ben and Izzy are both survivors of a disastrous Tsunami that hit Thailand. They lost not only each other but also people dear to them. That tragic event changed their lives and also their selves forever. Izzy is now living and working in London. But even far away from beaches and waves she still can’t forget. She dreaded the ocean just like every nightmares. Ben on the other hand spend his time traveling, until he decided to go back in Thailand and revived his uncle diving business. He surrounds himself with people who survived the incident. People who understand him without him telling his part of the tragedy.

The Day of the Wave is quite different from other Becky Wick’s novel that I have read. When I signed up for the tour, I expected another light, romantic, and feel good read like those books from Startruck series. The Day of the Wave though has romance is anything but light. It is a story of survival, not just Ben and Izzy’s but also those who are part of the tragedy. Like the locals who are now rebuilding their lives, and their place. It’s a huge step for them — starting all over again.

Ben and Izzy are both strong characters. All the pain and heartache they go through makes them not just survivor or witnesses, they both learned something from it. They become stronger and more mature. Especially Ben who put himself for others, helping the other survivors to rebuild their lives.

Becky Wicks’ description of Thailand is both beautiful and tragic. It’s so easy to get lost in the beautiful scenery and culture of Thailand and feel the lost when the wave hit part of it.

The Day of the Wave tugged some emotional strings inside me. Ben and Isla’s story was sensitively and realistically written. It’s beautiful, touching, and uplifting.

About Becky Wicks: 

BeckyBecky Wicks lives in Bali and scribbles books, and she’s mostly powered by coffee. Her first book in the Starstruck Series, Before He Was Famous recently reached #1 in Amazon’s Coming of Age and New Adult & College categories, and her three travel books, published by HarperCollins are online to make feet nice and itchy. Mostly though, she loves to write love stories. She blogs most days at beckywicks.com and always welcomes distractions on Twitter @bex_wicks. Especially if you have photos of cats.

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A Court of Thorns and Roses Blog Tour : Author & Character Interview + Book Review + Giveaway

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Interview with author, Sarah J Maas:

Q1. ACOTAR is tagged as the “blending of Beauty and the Beast with faerie lore”. Having read a few versions of Beauty and The Beast and Tam Lin I was impressed by how much ACOTAR feels seamlessly plotted together. How much of the book did you already have in mind when you started writing ACOTAR? How did you decide which part of the legendary ballad/fairy tale you would use/twist and what did you add to make it more of your own?

First of all—thank you! That’s so incredibly kind of you to say!

To answer your question… Even though ACOTAR retold/blended three different fairytales, I knew from the start it’d be its own original fantasy novel—with nods to the inspiration and those stories here and there. So when I began writing it, I did have a vague idea of where I wanted the story to go thanks to those three tales and their influence, but I also just let the story and characters head in the direction they wanted.

Q2. ACOTAR has more sexy scenes than the Throne of Glass series, have you encountered pushback or resistance from your editor/publisher on what should and shouldn’t be in this book?

Actually, no! From the start, my amazing publisher has been on board with the mature content in these books, which has been both a relief and a joy. It’s wonderful to be able to write the scenes as they demand to be told—and have my publisher be completely supportive of it!

Q3. Feyre is a kick-ass heroine like Celaena. What was one thing writing Feyre’s character has taught you about yourself that Celaena hasn’t done yet?

Such an interesting question! Feyre definitely taught me that there is strength in in opening yourself up to another person, to love, to life. Even if it’s scary, even if it could hurt you, there is strength in opening yourself up to all of that.

Q4. Fae characters are usually good in twisting of words for they are very tricky and deceitful. Have any of them deceived you while you were writing their story or have you yourself lied to them? If yes, can you tell us more about these experiences?

Hahaha, while writing ACOTAR, there were definitely some surprises that I didn’t see coming. Like Rhys. Oh, Rhys. He strolled onto the page without my planning it, and completely took over everything. But I didn’t realize what and who he really is until I got deeper into the book.

Q5. If you were to be stuck behind a mask forever, what design/character do you think you will be wearing and how will it represent you as a person/writer?

Omg. Alexander McQueen. Hands down. It’d be the perfect combination of romance and darkness and epic glory. Which is basically what I write.

Interview with Lucien:

Q1. When Tamlin brought Feyre into your world, what was your first impression of her? Did you actually believe that she could possibly break the curse?

If we’re talking off the record—which I suggest for your sake that we are—when I first beheld Feyre, I thought Tamlin had lost his damned mind. And when I realized that her presence alone meant my friend was dead…Curse or no curse, I wouldn’t have minded seeing her handed over to the Bogge. So, no—I didn’t think she stood a chance at breaking it. I thought she was vile and savage and ignorant. She, thankfully, changed my mind about that impression. A little.

Q2. Your loyalty to Tamlin is unquestionable, if there is one thing that would change that, what do you think will it be?

The one thing that would have changed that has been dead for a long, long time.

Q3. We didn’t get the chance to meet your beloved. Can you tell us more about her?

I don’t want to talk about this. Ever.

Q4. If you could ask for one thing, what would it be?

To have her returned to me, and to run far away from the hell that Prythian has become.

Q5. As a fae, you are good with twisting words, what is the biggest lie/twist you’ve ever told?

I wouldn’t be a very good liar if I admitted to that, now would I?

Q6. I know you are an immortal but I am just curious, have you ever thought of dying? What do you think will be in your epitaph if ever?

Here Lies The Most Cunning and Loyal of Foxes.

….Or something equally compelling. Go talk about death with Feyre—she likes to brood over such things.

About The Book:

A Court of Thorns and Roses

“Don’t feel bad for one moment about doing what brings you joy.”

A thrilling, seductive new series from New York Timesbestselling author Sarah J. Maas, blending Beauty and the Beast with faerie lore.

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.

Perfect for fans of Kristin Cashore and George R. R. Martin, this first book in a sexy and action-packed new series is impossible to put down!

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Personal Thoughts:

Beauty and the Beast is a favorite fairy tale story of mine. I grew up singing every songs from the Disney version, watch every films I know retelling or not, seen plays, and read most of the books I can get my hands on. It’s basically a part of my entertainment life, a “tale as old as time” that never get failed to makes me feels and remember. So when I found out that Sarah J. Maas new novel is tagged as “blending of Beauty and the Beast with faerie lore” I know right away that I’ll be reading A Court of Thorns and Roses. I set my expectations and gladly discover that A Court of Thorns and Roses is more than what I hope for.

Sarah J Maas impressed me once again in this new novel of her. Having read her novels from Throne of Glass series I already knew that she is an incredible writer. She has a gift for pulling me into her incredible world of words. And in here, she just continue to amaze me. For a retelling, A Court of Thorns and Roses is so much rich and wonderful.

The characters are all impressive. Feyre, Tamlin, Lucien, and Rhysand are another set of characters to follow. They capture not only my attention but also my heart. I love them all almost equally. In a short period of time that I follow their stories I care for them like a friend I always known. I smile with their every jokes, I ache for them when they are hurt, I cheer and hope for each of them. They matter to me just like real person.

“I don’t believe in Fate. Nor do I believe in some ridiculous Cauldron.”

Feyre is a strong heroine that owns her character very well. She isn’t like Belle from the Beauty and the Beast which is actually a good thing. Instead of love for books, Feyre is more into paintings. But like Belle, Feyre is a loving daughter. Her loyalty to her family is admirable.

“Be glad of your human heart, Feyre. Pity those who don’t feel anything at all.”

I don’t usually like faeries, they are usually portrayed as manipulating liars but in here I just love them, especially Tamlin and Lucien. As a High Lord of the Spring Court, Tamlin is wise and very powerful but in front of Feyre he has this awkwardness that cannot be hide which makes him a little bit endearing in my eyes. Like the Beast from my favorite fairytale he is rough and hot-tempered but he is also gentleman-like.

Lucien started as the rude and unwelcoming host to Feyre but to be honest I like his guts. His rudeness carry most of funny banter with Feyre. It just add fun to the story. Also, Lucien is a loyal friend to Tamlin. Anyone should have a friend like him. Someone who watch your back and take the fall for you and the people you love.

Another faerie that captures my attention is Rhysand. He is is very charismatic but what I really like about him is his character development. He isn’t introduce right away in the story but once he appear you know he has a role to play. He is another example of multi-layered character, weaved with mystery and depth. There so much in him than meets the eye. He is both a victim and a survivor, a villain and a hero. I’m really looking forward knowing him more in the next installments of this lovely series.

As for the villain, Amarantha actually started as the regular villain, clouded with greed and dark heart. But as I expected from Sarah J Maas, her villains are never just the regular bad guys, not paper-thin type of characters. Once Amarantha’s background is reveal, readers will finally see and understand her actions and motivations.

Another proof of well written character is Feyre’s sister Nesta. I’m really surprised when Sarah reveal Nesta’s true heart. She has a strange way of showing her love but it make sense and somehow feels realistic.

The world-building is just exquisite. Sarah J. Maas can really draw a vivid imaginary world easily. In this book she not only created a dark and dangerous faerie world but also a captivating and easy to get-lost fantasy land. I feel like stepping into a new place but with the feeling of familiarity, like seeing things in different views or with a pair of faerie eyes.

“…when you look at it– when you acknowledge it—that’s when it becomes real. That’s when it can kill you.”

For a retelling, A Court of Thorns and Roses offers so much more than those other stories where it is based from. Sarah J Maas’ seamlessly and creatively mixed those different tales and transformed them into something new, beautiful and thrilling. A fantastic mixed of magic, romance, action, and adventure. Lovers of story “tale as old as time” will surely approved of Sarah J. Maas own version.

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Rogue (Talon #2) by Julie Kagawa

Rogue

“A flame that burns twice as bright last half as long.”

Deserter

Traitor

ROGUE.

Ember Hill left the dragon organization Talon to take her chances with rebel dragon Cobalt and his crew of rogues. But Ember can’t forget the sacrifice made for her by the human boy who could have killed her—Garret Xavier Sebastian, a soldier of the dragonslaying Order of St. George, the boy who saved her from a Talon assassin, knowing that by doing so, he’d signed his own death warrant.

Determined to save Garret from execution, Ember must convince Cobalt to help her break into the Order’s headquarters. With assassins after them and Ember’s own brother helping Talon with the hunt, the rogues find an unexpected ally in Garret and a new perspective on the underground battle between Talon and St. George.

A reckoning is brewing and the secrets hidden by both sides are shocking and deadly. Soon Ember must decide: Should she retreat to fight another day…or start an all-out war?

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Personal Thoughts:

Rogue is a thrilling, action-packed and un-putable-down read that waste no time in shoving readers to the danger as Ember and Riley make their move rescuing Garret from one of St. George chapter house where he is being held as a prisoner waiting for execution. From then on every steps is for survival as villains are coming from different sides.

Told in different point of views, we get to read not just Ember voice/thoughts but also Garret, Riley/Cobalt, and Dante which all provides more dynamics to the story as it opens more story-lines from these characters’ lives and backgrounds. These characters’ voices are all uniques which makes the narration easy to read. It never feel cluttered or confusing as it is easy for me to distinguish who’s talking even not checking the the narrator’s name on each chapters.

Julie Kagawa developed each of her characters very well. In this installment, she weaved each of her characters with intriguing background, purpose, and depth. Ember a dragonnell who can shift to human is still determined just like she is in the first book, Talon. But gone is the girl who is also stubbornly curious and hard-headed. Ember on the run is more cooperative, a team player who listen to orders but still questioning authority. She is a fierce fighter who take into action for what she believes is right, and care for others.

As a hatchling, Ember’s balancing her dragon and human side is more evident in this installment, though mostly concentrated in love affairs. Her dragon selves is drawn into Riley while her human selves is into Garret. She still clueless to both worlds but not as much as she is in the first book.

Garret triggered most of the feels for me. His struggles and confusions are very believable. After allowing Ember to escape in the first installment he is now a traitor to the Order of St. George.  He is on the run together with Ember, Riley, and Wes fighting for survival as they are hunted both by the Orders and Talon. As part of the Orders he is taught to hate dragons, trained to kill them without question but after knowing Ember he gradually realized that not all dragons are bad. They have emotions and feelings too not just mindless creatures who wants to dominate the human world. With those realizations, his beliefs shattered and his life changed which makes everything more questionable and confusing for him.

“My existance until now had been a habit and structure and routine – the life of a soldier—and I welcomed that order, knowing exactly who I was. Left to my own devices, I felt I was wandering aimlessly, waiting for something to happen.”

As for Riley, well honestly I didn’t like him much in Talon but in here he just stole the show from Ember, which is expected given the title of the book. Not only he has own chapters where his back story and previous life as Cobalt is told but he also took charge of the plot. He isn’t perfect but he is loyal, brave and devoted to cause, even sometime’s Ember is stealing him away from it. I like him in this installment, which is a big step from what I’ve read of him from the first book, Talon. Though liking him doesn’t mean I want him for Ember. He maybe the best and logical choice since they are both dragons but I still think they are not for each other.

I prefer Garret for Ember. That’s why I feel a little sad in the ending. But knowing that there are more books coming I still have hopes for him. This is just the second installment and I think Julie Kagawa is storing a lot more for the other books of this series. There are still lots of unanswered questions, so many plot lines need to delve into, more secrets to reveal, and characters to develop and justify. There so much promise in this installment which I believe if handle very well will make this dragon story soar high.

Overall, Rogue is a perfect follow up to Talon. Julie Kagawa push the story to soar by adding more intrigues in the story. The stakes are higher, tasks are more complicated, and villains are coming from different sides. Ember, Garret and Riley’s adventure and the political intrigue around them are worth all the hours of lost sleep. And even after reading I can’t help but stay awake because of so many questions left unanswered. I’m really excited to see where this series is heading. Looking forward for the next installment though my patience will be tested since I just found out that it will be released two years from now.

* Update:

The third installment of this series, Soldier will be out next year, 2016. Author Julie Kagawa just informed me via twitter. Apparently the 2017 released date from goodreads is a typo error. That means just one year of waiting for us readers. I’m excited as early as now. The title alone shouts Garret!!!

* This review is based on an book I received courtesy of the publisher, Mira Ink.

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