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

 

 

 

 

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Hype or Like Friday: Hyped Books You were Forced to Read in School

Happy Friday everyone,

September’s Theme for Hype of Like Friday is Back to School and the Book of Month is Carry on by Rainbow Rowell

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.

September 23rd- Hyped Books I Was Forced To Read In School – Some people are not fans of one of my favorites, Fitzgerald (sigh), and maybe it was because you were forced to read a certain book or books that made you dislike certain hyped-up books.

This topic will most likely be a little different because when I was school, I fairly enjoyed the books I had to read for school regardless of weather or not they were hyped.

The Diary of Anne Frank-8th Grade

Before reading this book, I did know a little about her story but after reading about her story about the time her and her family was hiding in the attic, it got me thinking a lot about the Holocaust and its victims. Even after her death, her story is still being told to this day in schools.

Night by Elie Wiesel-9th grade

Speaking of the Holocaust, Night was another amazing book by a Holocaust survivor who details his time at a concentration camp. This book was so emotionally gripping and it was one of the first times I read in full detail what happened at concentration camps.

The works of William Shakespeare

 

Yeah you knew this was coming and I think most of us have read one his plays in high school. My favorites included; Macbeth, Hamlet, A Midsummer Nights Dream ,Much Ado About Nothing and Othello. I surprising didn’t read Romeo and Juliet in high school and mainly saw the Leonardo Dicaprio movie.

Animal Farm by George Orwell

The Russian Revolution of 1917 as told by animals. I fairly enjoyed this book very much. This book also got me to read his other work like 1984 which is one of my favorite dystopian novels.

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

I read this book three times for school. Once was a summer reading, the second was high school English and a third was a Women and Gender studies course on 20th Century Women Writers, so let’s just say I know too much about this book but I still enjoyed it.It’s a great book that I am always happy to revisit.

There are the hyped books that I was forced to read in school. Which hyped books were you forced to read in school? Did you end up enjoying them? Let me know in the comments below.

 

 

 

Hype or Like Friday: When do you consider a Book to Have Reached Hype Status

Happy Friday everyone,

For this weeks Hype or Like Friday it is: When does a book reach hype status?

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.

Hype is a term that could be both positive and negative. I will first give you a few examples of when a book reaches hype status.

1. Movie Adaptations 

Ever since adaptations has been made for bestselling novels, it always hypes up the popularity. Examples have included; Twilight, Harry Potter, Hunger Games, The Fault in our Stars etc. I admit I actually did read Twilight and Harry Potter before the movies were even announced. But seeing the trailers to Hunger Games and The Fault in Our Stars made me want to go out and read the books.

With movie adaptations, it takes those who haven’t read the book or heard of teh story will pick up the book and become fans. While a lot of the YA adaptions have been fairly hit-or-miss, it does expand the fan base of the book series and draws up more interest.

2. Booktubers and bloggers

Over the past few years Booktube and blogging has always played a key role in whether or not a book reaches hype status. Usually if the booktuber has hundreds of thousands of subscribers it plays a role if the book reaches hype status if they love the book. I know since, many of the books I pick up are well loved by those in the booktube community. While I still follow my own opinion, I feel many readers see if any of the booktubers like a book and read it for themselves.

I also think it could affect how one sees a book. An example is this months Book of the Month which is The Winners Curse. The Winners Curse was very hyped up by members of the booktube community. Last year I decided to read it and I DNF. I think as I was reading the book, I was wondering where is this “great book” everyone was talking about. I am currently re-reading it so I could give my own view for next weeks review.

3. Fandom

Fandom is a funny thing. I admit I am a fanboy of series like, The Lunar Chronicles, Harry Potter and a Song of Ice and Fire. If you seen some of my reviews for The Lunar Chronicles and especially Winter, where I admitted its my favorite final books of a series. The Lunar Chronicles is still one of my favorite series and I also admit there was some problems because no book is perfect.

Sometimes I think fandom can also lead a book series to be over hyped. An example is the works of Cassandra Clare. The fandom is very active and also over hyped a book. To be honest I only read the first two books of the Mortal Instruments and the first book of the Infernal Devices series. I just thought they were kinda “meh”. Not bad but also not mindbogglingly great. But sometimes the fandom can’t see the flaws in a book and keep saying how great a book is when really it is just okay.

Those are my examples of when a book reaches hype status. Do you have a book series that has reached hyped status that you haven’t read yet? When do you consider a book to have reached hype status? Let me know in the comments below!

Hype or Like Friday: Best and Worst Lines of Dialogue in a Hyped Book

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.

This week it is Best or Worst Lines of Dialogue From a Hyped-Up Book. I decided to describe the est line of dialogue.

For my best line it is : “I volunteer” I gasp. “I volunteer as tribute! from The Hunger Games trilogy

That particular line set up Katniss Everdeen as a character in the trilogy. She is someone who wants to protect her sister, even if it means sacrificing herself and volunteering in The Hunger Games; and maybe dying in the tournament. It was that moment that made her the mockingjay of the revolution.

That line also established The Hunger Games trilogy as one of my favorite book series and reneged me into reading again.

Hype or Like Friday #1

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.

For this week it is Top 10 hyped up books. For this it doesn’t necessarily mean bad, I just felt they were over hyped. If you like any of these books or series that’s fine.

Top 10 Hyped Up books: not in any order

The Darkest Minds Trilogy

This is a book series that had a great premise but the story and execution was poorly done. I mean, kids with powers should be a great premise alone, but the problem was the powers were not clearly defined.

The Mortal Instruments Series

Talk about an over hyped series. Everyone kept saying its Harry Potter meets Buffy, and of course not a bad combination but I really hated the love story, and I actually like the supporting characters better than the two leads. I only read the first two, so tell me that it gets better.

The Winners Curse 

If you read my T5W DNF, this was on the list. I felt the characters were boring and flat and the plot was messy, and when the story finally picked up I didn’t feel anything for the characters.

John Green books

Ok, the only book I actually liked was the Fault in our Stars. But than when I read his other books I felt the tropes were very repetitive. It was Paper Towns that kinda had me lose interest in his books.

Nicholas Sparks books

A Walk to Remember was a book I really likes, I also enjoyed the Notebook. But like with John Green books the book tropes become so repetitive that every book is the same story.

Shadow and Bone trilogy

I read the first book, but it was such a chore to get through and I could see the plot twist coming a mile away. I though the book was okay but no where near the level of hype.

Alice in Zombieland

The title alone should have made this awesome. But what ruined it was the dumb insta-love and the poorly written plot.

Fifty Shades of Grey

In the end the book is just Twilight fan fiction, that is really poorly written and with poorly developed characters.

Thirteen Reasons Why

Okay you probably think I am a heartless bastard but hear me out. I thought the book was good, but I think because when I read Shooter by Walter Dean Myers, that book didn’t hold back. I also felt that Hannah was a thinly developed character.

Throne of Glass

I actually really like this series so far, only in the middle of Heir of Fire. I think the character of Celaena is not the bad ass female character that everyone says she is. I also sometimes feel the romance is taking too much time from the action that everyone wants to see.

Those are my choices for the Top 10 over hyped books. Hope you enjoyed it.