Hype or Like Friday: A Hint of Bitter Sweet-Favorite Retellings

Hello and Happy Friday everyone,

The theme for July is A Hint of Bittersweet and the Book of the Month is

Hype or Like Friday is a meme created by JillianLarkin, and Britt to discuss about hyped books and see if they’re hyped up or not. There would be book of the month that you can read, and the post your review for it on the end of the month, then rate it whether it’s a hype it or like it.

July 7th – Just Can’t Get Enough… What are some of your favorite retellings of classics?

Wicked by Gregory Macguire 

While I am mostly obsessed with the musical, I did start reading the book, and I am enjoying it so far. The book does go more into the politics of Oz and is a lot more dense than the musical. But it is still good.

A Court of Thorns of Roses by Sarah J. Maas

This is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast, and it does follow the same beats of the original, while adding a few twists to keep the story fresh.

Heartless by Marissa Meyer

This is a sort of origin story of the Red Queen from Alice in Wonderland. It also kinda follows the same beats as Wicked in seeing how she ends up that way.

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

Yeah, if you are familiar with my blog you know this is one of my favorites. Each book is a retelling of a fairy tale and it is basically a fairy tale avengers in which they all have to work together to stop the evil queen.

Those are my favorite retelling. What are your favorite retelling? Let me know in the comments below.

 

Hype or Like Friday: The Crown’s Game by: Evelyn Skye

Happy Friday everyone,

and here is a Hype or Like Friday review for The Crown’s Game by: Evelyn Skye

Hype or Like Friday is a meme created by JillianLarkin, and Britt to discuss about hyped books and see if they’re hyped up or not. There would be book of the month that you can read, and the post your review for it on the end of the month, then rate it whether it’s a hype it or like it.

Summary:

Vika Andreyeva can summon the snow and turn ash into gold. Nikolai Karimov can see through walls and conjure bridges out of thin air. They are enchanters—the only two in Russia—and with the Ottoman Empire and the Kazakhs threatening, the tsar needs a powerful enchanter by his side.

And so he initiates the Crown’s Game, an ancient duel of magical skill—the greatest test an enchanter will ever know. The victor becomes the Imperial Enchanter and the tsar’s most respected adviser. The defeated is sentenced to death.

Raised on tiny Ovchinin Island her whole life, Vika is eager for the chance to show off her talent in the grand capital of Saint Petersburg. But can she kill another enchanter—even when his magic calls to her like nothing else ever has?

For Nikolai, an orphan, the Crown’s Game is the chance of a lifetime. But his deadly opponent is a force to be reckoned with—beautiful, whip-smart, imaginative—and he can’t stop thinking about her.

And when Pasha, Nikolai’s best friend and heir to the throne, also starts to fall for the mysterious enchantress, Nikolai must defeat the girl they both love…or be killed himself.

As long-buried secrets emerge, threatening the future of the empire, it becomes dangerously clear—the Crown’s Game is not one to lose.

The Review:

I was very excited that this book was picked for Hype or Like Friday, because it was on my TBR for quite some time and I was glad to have an excuse to read the book, even though I have heard some  mixed things about it.

This book reminded me a lot of an Ember in the Ashes. mainly within its fantasy setting set within a historical time period and it also mixes in a lot of Ottoman empire within the story. The world building was well done, not as good as other fantasy books which entrenched you into their world. I liked that it gave us just enough information about the world without it feeling like info dumping.

The story is told from two POVs, Vika and Nikolai; two of the combatants of The Crown’s Game, which is a tournament that tests their magical skill in order to become an Imperial Enchanter, the loser would have to killed. Both of them are really engaging characters. Vika, is someone who was raised in isolation mostly by her father. I like how snarky and independent she is, but she is also very reserved especially with the fact that she may have to kill someone.

Nikolai is someone who sees the Crown Game as a way out. He was orphaned at at young age and spends most of his time with the Prince, Pasha. I like his friendship with Pasha,you don’t see a lot of male friendships in YA books and I am glad that this one was well developed. Pasha, was a crowned prince but he didn’t act like a spoiler prince, I also liked his courtship with Vika, he actually felt that he had to get to know her. While there is a love triangle between Vika, Pasha and Nikolai it wasn’t to distracting from the actual plot.

The Crown Game is sort of like a twisted Tri-Wizard tournamnt, it tested the skills of Vika and Nikolai and what type of enchanters they will become. While the Crown Game is the back drop for the book, it takes a few turns especially dealing with Nikolai and who he really is. I thought the twist was actually really done.

One of the problems I sort of have is a lack of main antagonist. Without giving to much away, I felt that the villain felt a little tact on without any much development. I also wanted to know a bit more about the conflict. I hope the sequel will flesh out those parts of the book.

In the end, I enjoyed The Crowns Game. It had great characters that kept me engaged at every page and it took full advantage of the Ottoman empire and its setting. I hope some of back stories could be more fleshed out along with its villain

My Grade is: LIKE

Grade: 4/5

 

 

 

 

Hype or Like Friday: All’s Fair in War and Magic: Magical recommendations

Happy Friday everyone,

Here is another Hype or Like Friday, the theme for June is All’s Fair in War and Magic

And the Book of the Month is:

Hype or Like Friday is a meme created by Jillian, Larkin, and Britt to discuss about hyped books and see if they’re hyped up or not. There would be book of the month that you can read, and the post your review for it on the end of the month, then rate it whether it’s a hype it or like it.
June 16th – Magical Recommendations… What fantasy books do you recommend that revolve around magic?

A Darker Shade of Magic by: V.E. Schwab

I am two books into this series and I love it so far. The idea of different London’s is amazing. Kell and Lila are some of my favorite characters. I also can’t wait to finish the series with A Conjuring of Light.

The Heir Chronicles by Cinda Williams Chima

A sort of underrated series its a magical world set within a modern setting, I am about the read the third book and I am loving it so far.

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

One of my favorite books I have read this year. I also love the magical world it is set in. Safi is one of my favorite female characters, and even the supporting cast is really good.

Falling Kingdoms by: Morgan Rhodes

While many are very split about the Falling Kingdoms series, I actually kinda like. While it may come across as Game of Thrones lite it does however get better as the books go along.

The Young Elites series by: Marie Lu

By one of my favorite authors, it deals with a young girl journey into villainy. The magic is sort of seen as a mutation and those with it would be arrested. While the final book was just okay, it is still a great trilogy.

Those are my magical recommendations. Do you have any magical recommendations? Let me know in the comments below.

Hype or Like Friday: All’s Fair in War and Magic: Fantastical Magics

Happy Friday everyone,

Here is another Hype or Like Friday, the theme for June is All’s Fair in War and Magic

And the Book of the Month is:

Hype or Like Friday is a meme created by Jillian, Larkin, and Britt to discuss about hyped books and see if they’re hyped up or not. There would be book of the month that you can read, and the post your review for it on the end of the month, then rate it whether it’s a hype it or like it.

June 9th – Fantastical Magics… What are some of your favorite magical systems?

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Yeah, I know this is an obvious choice, but come on who can’t love the world of Harry Potter. I would have loved to attend Hogwarts, play Quidditch, and become an Auror.

The Heir Chronicles

While this is a very underrated series, it does have a good magical system , in which each child is born with a wizard stone or a warrior stone in their heart.

A Darker Shade of Magic

The idea of multiple Londons is amazing. Also with each different London has a different magical system in that London.

Mistborn 

The world of Mistborn is amazing. It is basically so good. I also love how magic is infused into the political system. I think I may reread the series again.

Those are my favorite magical systems. What are your magical systems? Let me know in the comments below.

 

Hype or Like Friday-All’s Fair in War and Magic: A Magical Duel

Happy Friday everyone,

Here is another Hype or Like Friday, the theme for June is All’s Fair in War and Magic

And the Book of the Month is:

Hype or Like Friday is a meme created by Jillian, Larkin, and Britt to discuss about hyped books and see if they’re hyped up or not. There would be book of the month that you can read, and the post your review for it on the end of the month, then rate it whether it’s a hype it or like it.

June 2nd – A Magical Duel… Choose some of your favorite fictional characters to magically duel one another. Who would win?! example – Harry Potter vs. Voldemort

 

Eleven from Stranger Things vs. Lara from Logan

While its not magical, part of me really wants to see these two characters fight it out. While Logan does have claws, Eleven can kill people with her mind

Winner: Eleven

Carrie from Carrie vs. Matilda from Matilda

Both have powers of telekinesis, that were both brought up by parental neglect. But Carrie literally killed everyone at her prom

Winner: Carrie

Caelena from Throne of Glass vs. Inej from Six or Crows

Both are highly skilled, while Caelena is a highly skilled assassin, Inej can sneak around anything, and when Inej makes a hit you will never see it coming.

Winner: Inej

Those are some of the characters I would love to see duel each other. Which characters do you want to see in a duel? Let me know in the comments below,

Hype or Like Friday: Oh, So Pretty

Happy Friday everyone,

Here is another Hype or Like Friday.

The book of the Month is: Strange the Dreamer by Laini Tayor

Hype or Like Friday is a meme created by Jillian, Larkin, and Britt to discuss about hyped books and see if they’re hyped up or not. There would be book of the month that you can read, and the post your review for it on the end of the month, then rate it whether it’s a hype it or like it.
May 12th – Oh, So Pretty!… What book covers are just dazzling you lately?

While I am not a cover person, but I can’t help but but books because covers sometimes help me find the books I want.

Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones

Want by Cindy Pon

The Wish Granter by CJ Redwine

Daughter of a Pirate King by: Tricia Levenseller

Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab

And those are some of my favorite covers I have been liking. Any covers that you find dazzling? Let me know in the comments below.

 

Hype or Like Friday: Dreaming I was There Now

Happy Friday all, and welcome to another Hype or Like Friday.

The Book of the Month is: Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

Hype or Like Friday is a meme created by Jillian, Larkin, and Britt to discuss about hyped books and see if they’re hyped up or not. There would be book of the month that you can read, and the post your review for it on the end of the month, then rate it whether it’s a hype it or like it.
May 5th – Dreaming I Was There Now… Which fantasy worlds are your favorite and do you catch yourself wishing you were there?

Wizarding World of Harry Potter

I know, let me get this one out of way. But ever since I was eleven years old, I wanted to attend Hogwarts and learn magical spells.

The land of OZ

Okay, maybe it’s because I have been listening to the Wicked soundtrack, but OZ has always intrigues me. Also because my girlfriend is starting to read the book, Wicked I also became interested in the land of OZ. I just hope I won’t run into any witches, or flying monkeys.

Skyrim

I know its a video game, but it is a fantasy setting so I am putting it on the list. As someone who puts in hours into playing the game, it is just a world that you would love to get engrossed in and be a part of.

Westeros

Of course, as a Game of Thrones fan, why not put Westeros as a place to live in. While yes, there is a risk you could get killed, but all you have to do is to play your cards right and if that means betraying people than so be it.

Those are my favorite fantasy setting. Which fantasy worlds are your favorite? Let me know in the comments below.