Sunday, February 17, 2019

Let's Talk: "The City of Brass" by S.A. Chakraborty


Title: The City of Brass
Author: S.A. Chakraborty
Series: "The Daevabad Trilogy" #1
Genre: Fantasy
Page Length: 533 pages
Publication Date: November 14, 2017
Date Started: February 12, 2019
Date Finished: February 16, 2019
Rating: 4.75 // 5 stars

You guys...I had somewhat high of expectations going into this book since so many people had raved about it...and S.A. Chakraborty did not let me down. This book was phenomenal and I'm so glad I have the second book in my hands because I'm not ready to leave this luscious world. 

There were so many amazing aspects about this book. For starters, the writing style was amazing. I was sucked in pretty quickly and, especially after having the time to just sit and read, I couldn't stop. I ended up reading 200 pages in one sitting without even noticing and then another 200 during slow periods at work. It was addicting and I was entranced.

The characters were pretty great. I've heard some people say negative things about Nahri but I loved her. She's torn from the only life she's ever known and has to acclimate to this new world and ways of doing things. I just...I'm so excited to see what happens in the second book because I have high hopes she's going to do some badass stuff. I enjoyed Ali's perspectives but I'm still undecided on my feelings for him. He's a brilliantly written character and I like him for the most part, but some of his actions have me needing him to make up for what he's done. As for Dara, I like him but I don't love him...at least not yet. I also enjoyed all of the secondary characters and how they played a role how the book played out.

My favorite thing, though, was the politics and the scheming. Daevabad has a system that needs to be fixed and it was interesting seeing how all of the issues with it played into Nahri's journey. From oppression to prejudice to injustice, there's tensions brewing at the beginning of this book that only seem to escalate as the story goes on. I'm very excited to see what happens in the next book. 

Overall, this book was wonderful and the writing was amazing. I want to visit Daevabad so bad just from all the beautiful descriptions of it. I loved the characters, the plot, and more. The last 100 pages were just a whirlwind of excitement and plot twists that, quite frankly, blew my mind. I'm so nervous to see how the story continues in The Kingdom of Copper and I think I've found a new series to add to my favorites list. 



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xoxo
Lauren



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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Top 5 Wednesday: Independent Ladies


It's another Wednesday and you know what that means? Another Top 5 Wednesday! This month's theme is Independent Ladies. It's all about ladies who don't let anything--or anyone--distract them from getting stuff done! Let's jump right in...

1. Aelin from Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Anyone who's read this series knows how much Aelin does on her own. While it's frustrating at times, Aelin plans a lot of things without consulting others to the point where even the readers are shocked at what she's planned when it finally happens. Now, is this the best course of action in a war? Probably not, but there's no denying that Aelin is one of the most independent characters out there. 

2. Safiya fon Hasstrel from Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

While Safiya does rely on others from time to time, she's pretty independent. After reading Bloodwitch, this is only that much more obvious to me. Despite everyone around her wanting to control her in some aspect, Safi always figures out a way to maintain control over some part of her situation. She doesn't let others distract her from her goals, even if there's a potential love interest in the air. She's also fiercely loyal, which just adds to how great of a character she is. 

3. Amren from A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

You can't talk about independent characters without mentioning Amren from the ACOTAR series. From the very beginning, she's a take-no-shit kind of character who doesn't let those around her mess with her or make her lose sight of her mission. 

4. Audrey Rose from Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

It's been a while since I read this book but from what I remember, Audrey is hella independent. In a time where women weren't really included in the sciences, not only does she study forensics but she also works to hunt down Jack the Ripper. Even with men around her trying to get her to stand back and protect her, Audrey just keeps pushing forward like a badass. 

5. Tella from Caraval by Stephanie Garber

I've had some issues with Tella but I do have to admit that she's one of the most independent characters in the Caraval universe. I can't really explain why without spoiling the books, but everything she does is just so calculated and badass. 




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xoxo
Lauren



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