Review: Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers

Once again Robin LaFevers blows us away with the latest incredible installment in the His Fair Assassin trilogy. Annith finally gets under the spotlight, and does she ever shine.

Mortal Heart (His Fair Assassin, #3)Like the other books, GRAVE MERCY and DARK TRIUMPH, the story is really driven by Annith’s strength of character. While these nuanced and well-plotted historical stories are definitely moved by certain events, battles, and political situations they are at their heart quite character-driven. Right away I got a strong sense of Annith’s character, what was important to her, and what she will and won’t do to survive. It wasn’t long before I also realized that I loved Annith best of all the Daughters of Mortain. Annith is so amazing in so many ways, and yet she spends her life ignoring her own wants and needs in order to please others. When she finally realizes just what she’s doing, and how she’s been manipulated – well, not even gods could stand in her way.

Annith really takes matters into her own hands and does what she believes is right. This isn’t easy for her; she is constantly doubting and questions her own actions and motivations. But when the moment is right Annith finds her inner strength, stands up for herself, and stands her ground behind her own decisions and desires.

Speaking of desire, we are introduced to another of Mortain’s followers: the curious Hellequin, male followers of the god of Death who are, at the moment of their deaths, given a second chance to roam the Earth on an endless Hunt in search of lost souls in order to redeem themselves for their earthly crimes. The leader of the Hellequin is a deliciously dark and brooding man named Balthazaar, and we cannot help but fall in love with him soon after Annith encounters him. The addition of the Hellequin as male followers of Mortain was really interesting. 

In this (final?) installment of the His Fair Assassin series readers are treated to the secrets of the Gods, a new and heart-aching romance, and plenty of suspense and action. It is honestly my favorite book in the series so far, and Annith is my favorite of the girls.


MORTAL HEART on Goodreads:

Annith has watched her gifted sisters at the convent come and go, carrying out their dark dealings in the name of St. Mortain, patiently awaiting her own turn to serve Death. But her worst fears are realized when she discovers she is being groomed by the abbess as a Seeress, to be forever sequestered in the rock and stone womb of the convent. Feeling sorely betrayed, Annith decides to strike out on her own.

She has spent her whole life training to be an assassin. Just because the convent has changed its mind doesn’t mean she has…

Find in a LIBRARY or BOOKSTORE.

Seize the Tuesday #5: Culling Your Bookstack

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Seize the Tuesday is a book blogger meme created by Adi Alsaid and the Let’s Get Lost Buddies Street Team, to share stories about how we’ve seized the Tuesday, with a special focus on the particular book we’re reading. We’ll post on as many Tuesdays as possible and share our posts online with the hashtag: #LetsAllGetLost. If you loved Let’s Get Lost then join the LGL Buddies on Facebook and help promote the book! 


Today I crushed my bookstack. 

That’s right: CRUSHED. Obliterated. Destroyed. 

Want to know how I did it?

I let it go. I took 3 books off the stack and returned them to the library. For the books that I own, I turned the spines around so I couldn’t see them. I just won’t read them. That’s it. I simply accepted that I do not have time to read these books before November starts. I do have to finish 2 reviews before the weekend, but other than that I simply can’t finish my bookstack. 

So I got rid of it. I let it go. I’m over it.

Because November is National Novel Writing Month, and I need to be READY. TO WRITE. A NOVEL. 

NaNoWriMo is all about Seizing every single moment you have for writing.

Every spare minute will be spent writing, every spare second will be spent thinking about writing, and countless hours will be wasted staring at a blinking cursor, attempting to make words happen. I plan on Seizing the Tuesday every single week throughout November to word sprint and get as many words as possible written! 

Are you planning on participating in National Novel Writing Month this year? Have you participated in the past? How do you seize every possible moment for writing?

 

Monday Memories: WHERE SILENCE GATHERS

 Where Silence Gathers (Some Quiet Place, #2)
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This was the first book I ever reviewed for School Library Journal and so it has a special place in my heart and my review history. I read the first novel, SOME QUIET PLACE, in preparation for reading this one. I believe I read both of Kelsey Sutton’s book in a single day. They were mesmerizing, engrossing, and very powerful novels. I didn’t expect to like them as much as I did, since I am not the biggest fan of paranormal YA. However, I fell in love with the personified Emotions and Choices as soon as they were introduced. I highly recommend both  novels!
Reviewed originally for School Library Journal on 05/01/2014.
Alexandra Tate has always been able to see personified Emotions, but now she is faced with a Choice. Revenge, her best friend since the drunk driving accident that killed her family, and Forgiveness, a tempting new Choice, compete for her attention. Even six years after the tragedy, Alex struggles with her grief and tries again and again to get justice for her family’s murder. Completing her senior year of high school loses priority as Alex uncovers mysteries about her father’s past, is chased by haunting voices that no one else can hear, and runs from faceless attackers theatening the lives of her remaining family and friends. A poignant, heart-wrenching story of grief, love, and loss, Where Silence Gathers combines an authentic narrative with tantalizing supernatural elements to create a powerful companion novel to Sutton’s debut, Some Quiet Place (Flux, 2013). This will appeal to fans of paranormal romances like Kami Garcia and Meredith Stoll’s Beautiful Creatures (Little, Brown, 2009) and Lauren Kate’s “Fallen” series (Delacorte) and is highly recommended for both school and public library collections.

Monday Memories is an original feature/weekly meme created and hosted by Miss Print and the Book Bandit. We created Monday Memories because we both love and collect books and wanted to talk about them. We hope you’ll want to share too.

mondaymemoriesAnyone can join. But please, if you join in the fun, link back to Miss Print and/or the Book Bandit on your own Monday Memories post AND add your name to the Link list included with our posts every week so that everyone can check out other posts! If you don’t have a blog, you can post your thoughts as a comment. And, of course, have fun!
Now that you know how it works, here’s what it is: Monday Memories is super simple. Just take a photo of a book from your personal library (or a library book that’s significant to you, etc.) and talk about why it matters. Is it your first ever signed book? The first book you reviewed on your blog? Whatever it is, write it up in a Monday Memories post and share it. 

Seize the Tuesday #3: Reading in bed

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Seize the Tuesday is a book blogger meme created by Adi Alsaid and the Let’s Get Lost Buddies Street Team, to share stories about how we’ve seized the Tuesday, with a special focus on the particular book we’re reading. We’ll post on as many Tuesdays as possible and share our posts online with the hashtag: #LetsAllGetLost. If you loved Let’s Get Lost then join the LGL Buddies on Facebook and help promote the book! 


Today I seized the Tuesday by reading in bed.

Reading. In. Bed.

Because that’s the only time I’ve had to read the past 2 days, is after I go to bed. It’s been a very busy week already, and I have soooo much reading to catch up on!

Right now I’m reading an ARC of Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers that I got from the lovely Miss Print. I freaking love this series, and I was super excited to win the ARC from her Twitter account. After I finish it I will be starting Glory O’Brian’s History of the Future, the newest book by A.S. King.

Tonight I’m playing Dungeons & Dragons via Roll20, which means no time for reading. Until I go to bed. And then I’ll be reading. As much as possible, until I pass out. I don’t usually read in bed because I just get tired waaaay too fast, but it’s become a habit lately and I think I’ll keep it up!

Does anyone else like reading in bed? Does it make you tired? What are your evening reading habits?

Seize the Tuesday! Read as much as possible!

 

 

Monday Memories: The Marbury Lens

The Marbury Lens, by Andrew Smith, is a book about a boy named Jack. Jack can never get away from anything. Jack travels to another world, called Marbury, full of horrors and death and awful things. In our world, Jack is struggling with his need to go back to Marbury, like an addiction, and with lying to his new girlfriend and also his best friend, Conner Kirk. Conner ends up going to Marbury, too. Will the boys ever get out? Will they get away from Marbury? Will Conner ever stop talking about how gay Jack is (not)? 
I love The Marbury Lens because I absolutely LOVE Jack and Conner. Conner Kirk is the best best friend ever in the history of best friends. And Jack, well, Jack is just Jack, and he can’t escape from himself. He’s a mess. He’s perfect. I read TML almost a year ago, and I was blown away by it. This year I reread it for the Book in a Day challenge. I’ve started writing TML/100 Sideways Miles crossover fanfiction. I’ll let you know how that goes. 
I’m sure that eventually I’ll end up doing all of Andrew Smith’s books for Monday Memories. They’re all very important to me!
  


Monday Memories is an original feature/weekly meme created and hosted by Miss Print and the Book Bandit. We created Monday Memories because we both love and collect books and wanted to talk about them. We hope you’ll want to share too.

mondaymemoriesAnyone can join. But please, if you join in the fun, link back to Miss Print and/or the Book Bandit on your own Monday Memories post AND add your name to the Link list included with our posts every week so that everyone can check out other posts! If you don’t have a blog, you can post your thoughts as a comment. And, of course, have fun!
Now that you know how it works, here’s what it is: Monday Memories is super simple. Just take a photo of a book from your personal library (or a library book that’s significant to you, etc.) and talk about why it matters. Is it your first ever signed book? The first book you reviewed on your blog? Whatever it is, write it up in a Monday Memories post and share it. 

Square Enix Might Develop A Hatsune Miku Game | Hi-Res Artwork

Eden:

This is fantastic! I absolutely LOVE Nomura’s work, and this is just…I can’t…there are no words. None. At all. For how lovely this is.

Originally posted on SQUARE PORTAL:

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We are back from our short holiday and it’s time deliver some amazing artwork and cool details about the latest events in Square Enix world.

Last week was truly special for the Hatsune Miku fans: she performed “Sharing The World” on David Letterman’s talk show and had a special art exhibition in New York. During the event, Square Enix revealed a collaboration between Tetsuya Nomura and Hatsune Miku, where Nomura had designed and illustrated a variants arts figure of her. Alongside the figure, Square Enix’s talented Visual Works studio had created a short movie for the Japanese humanoid superstar. Today, we are bringing you even more details behind this surprise collaboration with high resolution artwork!

Thanks to Siliconera‘s translation from Game Jouhou, we are able to share Nomura’s thoughts on the project. Previously the Kingdom Hearts director told the Hatsune Miku project was something he personally accepted…

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