5 stars · Fantasy · fiction · series · young adult

When the Stars Threw Down Their Spears by Kersten Hamilton

When the Stars Threw Down Their Spears

The Goblin Wars #3
Book 1: Tyger, Tyger
Book 2: In the Forests of the Night

author : kersten hamilton

pages : [hardcover] 400

favorite characters :   .  .  . all of them

summary :

“People will die.”

Locked doors are opening, and uncanny creatures are tumbling through mysterious portals from Mag Mell, the world-between-worlds, into the streets of Chicago. The Dark Man has marked Aiden with a new song that’s scared him badly, and a frightening new group of sídhe is lurking nearby.

Teagan knows this is war, and she must protect her family. She leaves her flesh and bones behind to join Finn in hunting the evil beings across the city. Meanwhile, their relationship is heating up—almost faster than they can control. But he is still bound to fight goblins his entire life . . . and by blood she is one of them now.

Then the gateway to Mag Mell cracks open again, and the Wylltsons find themselves caught in a trap. As her loved ones begin to die, Teagan realizes that she must destroy the Dark Man and his minions once and for all in order to save those who remain . . .

. . . before it is too late.

review :

First, look at that beautiful cover.

There will never be enough words to express my love for the Goblin Wars trilogy. Ever since I first read book one I’ve been addicted to this plot and fantastic set of characters and this is one trilogy where the next two books don’t fall short. The sequel was great, if not more addictive than the first, and the third and unfortunately final book When the Stars Threw Down Their Spears was fantastic!

Every time I thought that I knew what was going to happen next, I was proved wrong. This is a book that you don’t want to start if you don’t have time to read it all at once (cue my regret at starting it right before finals and then staying up all night just to finish) because it is just that addictive. There are a lot of characters in this book but each is so distinctive and great that there isn’t any confusion at all; I loved the mix of humans and otherworldly creatures, especially in this one where Teagan’s worlds are really starting to blend together. Everyone that Tea cares about is in danger and she and her adorable little brother, Aiden, are the only two that can stop the evil trying to claw through to their world.

With characters this great, don’t doubt that all of the bad guys are plenty terrifying. There are shapeshifters, soul-eating creatures, and, worst, one who can twist people and creatures just by singing it into reality.

I feel like I could rave about this book and trilogy for ages. When the Stars Threw Down Their Spears is a great conclusion, even though I didn’t want this to end at all. It took all of my expectations and threw them away though I’m so happy to get the ending that I wanted in an unpredictable way.

I’d recommend this series to anyone who enjoys adventure, fantasy, Irish folklore, a great book, or a read you’ll never forget.

Whether you’re new to this trilogy or have been waiting eagerly (like me!) for this last book, you’ll never regret reading the Goblin Wars . . .Actually, I’m tempted to start reading the first book now.

5 stars · Fantasy · fiction · romance · series

The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa

The Iron Queen

Author: Julie Kagawa

Pages [paperback]: 358

Book 3 in the Iron Fey Series
Book 1: The Iron King 
Book 2: The Iron Princess

Favorite Characters: Grim & Puck

Memorable Quote: “But, as no one listens to the cat anymore, I will have to wait until we are completely lost to say ‘I told you so.”

Summary:

My name is Meghan Chase.

I thought it was over. That my time with the fey, the impossible choices I had to make, the sacrifices of those I loved, was behind me. But a storm is approaching, an army of Iron fey that will drag me back, kicking and screaming. Drag me away from the banished prince who’s sworn to stand by my side. Drag me into the core of conflict so powerful, I’m not sure anyone can survive it.

This time, there will be no turning back.

Review:

Every book I read in this series makes me love it even more. The characters are awesome, the plot fantastic, and the entire thing is highly addicting. As soon as I started reading The Iron Queen, I couldn’t put it down. It was non-stop action, romance, and humor. Puck would have me laughing one moment, then Meghan would be in a battle, keeping me on the edge of my seat. I never knew what was going to come next, and I loved that.

I’m Team Puck all the way. He’s adorable, and loveable in every way. The Iron Queen did make me like Ash a lot more-not that I didn’t like him as a character beforehand, but it took until this third installment for me to think of him as someone worthy of rivaling Puck.

I don’t mind books that don’t seem to have any filler space in them, no scenes that sound randomly placed and useless. However, a few points of the novel seemed rushed and not thoroughly explained. I would have liked for things to slow down a bit, just to give me a chance to get used to whatever happened or was going to happen. This didn’t annoy me enough to detract from my enjoyment, it’s just something that I noticed about the book.

The Iron Fey series is one of my all time favorites, and I’m so excited for the fourth book. I didn’t even know there would be another until I reached the end of this one, and that killed me. I can’t stand the wait. I’ve never been the most patient person, and this definitely doesn’t help. But I get to see more of my favorite characters, and that makes it worth it!

The Iron Queen is an awesome book that I really recommend. This is a great series, and the best that focuses on fairies that I’ve ever read. I give this third book 5/5 stars. It was amazing!

Fantasy · fiction · science fiction · young adult

The Atlantis Complex by Eoin Colfer

  
The Atlantis Complex

Author: Eoin Colfer

 Pages [hardcover]: 357

Book 7 in the Artemis Fowl series

Available now!

Memorable Quote:

“Can we please focus? We are supposed to be professionals.” Holly said

“Not me!” said Orion cheerily, “I’m just a Teenager with hormones running wild and may I say, young fairy lady, they’re running wild in your direction.”

Favorite Characters:
Artemis & Orion

Summary:

Artemis has committed his entire fortune to a project he believes will save the planet and its inhabitants, both human and fairy. Can it be true? Has goodness taken hold of the world’s greatest teenage criminal mastermind?

Captain Holly Short is unconvinced, and discovers that Artemis is suffering from Atlantis Complex, a psychosis common among guilt-ridden fairies — not humans — and most likely triggered by Artemis’s dabbling with fairy magic. Symptoms include obsessive-compulsive behavior, paranoia, multiple personality disorder and, in extreme cases, embarrassing professions of love to a certain feisty LEPrecon fairy.

Unfortunately, Atlantis Complex has struck at the worst possible time. A deadly foe from Holly’s past is intent on destroying the actual city of Atlantis. Can Artemis escape the confines of his mind — and the grips of a giant squid — in time to save the underwater metropolis and its fairy inhabitants?

Review:

 I’ve been addicted to the Artemis Fowl series for . . . Well, years now. I’ve been excited to read this latest edition for a while now. Artemis is, once again, drawn into an intense life-or-death situation. This time, however, one of his various enemies is his own mind . . .

This has to be the most hilarious of the Artemis Fowl books. Once Orion is introduced, I couldn’t stop smiling while I was reading! This book series leans toward a younger set of readers, but I find it perfectly enjoyable. This novel was no different.

This book has criminal masterminds, fairy soldiers, Mexican wrestling, evil bubbles, and killer number fours. Because of the above, and much else, you should definitely check this book out.

I give The Atlantis Complex 5/5 stars.  It was great!