The Dragons of Nova Review & Giveaway

The Dragons of Nova Review by Elise Kova

Publication Date: July 11th, 2017
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher:  Keymaster Press
Source: eBook bought from Amazon
Link to the author:
http://elisekova.com/

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RATING: 3.75 Stars

FAVOURITE QUOTE:

“You think I’m not used to this?” Her mouth curled into a mad grin. “I’ve been fighting my way out of the darkness my whole life. And you’re not going to stop me now”

THOUGHTS:

What I liked:

This is the sequel to The Alchemists of Loom which I did a full review of earlier this year. The action picks up right where we left off which I really like because I can dive right back into the story.

In this book, one of the characters from the original trio is on a separate mission and this was both a pro and a con for me. I really enjoyed the dynamic of the three characters together and I missed in The Dragons of Nova. However, I really enjoyed Florence’s story and growth, she really came into her own and the author developed her voice really well. The quote I shared above is one of hers so, I think you can tell she was my favorite POV in the book. I am really excited that the cover of the third book is Florence looking all bad ass and hopefully a lot of it is from her POV.

Elise Kova’s writing style remained consistent in book two and that’s something that I really appreciate. It has the same witty banter and intense fight scenes, two things I enjoyed about book one. She also does a really good job of describing a complex, and diverse world without it ever being painful #noinfodumpshere And that is the other thing I LOVED about this sequel. It expanded on the world of Loom into The Islands of Nova. (Think floating islands in the sky.) They were magical and beautiful but also dangerous, kind of like it’s inhabitants. Kova clearly has an incredible imagination for really fleshed out worlds. I can’t wait to see how the two worlds collide in the third book, and also to read more of her other work.

What I Disliked:

There were some other minor POVs introduced in this book and I can’t say that I liked or disliked them. They were informative but I just didn’t really care about them.

The other main POVs are Arianna and Cvareh. I still really enjoyed these characters but their story was really slow for me at times. This book was a lot more political and a lot less action than the first one. It was probably necessary to set up for The Rebels of Gold, the conclusion to the Loom saga, but I missed the I-cant-put-it-down feeling I had with the first book. (SPOLIER AHEAD) I did let out a whoop of joy when Ari and Cvareh quit being dumb and finally got together. #thatfeelingwhenyourshipsails! Sadly, later Arianna goes right back to her love-is-for-the-weak thing and I was just over it. I’ve read other books with female characters (and males because it annoys me when they do it too) where they constantly repeat how love isn’t for them and they cant be vulnerable and blah blah blah broken record. I get it. But clearly, you do love him so it would actually be the brave choice to be with him not the other way around. Sorry, this quickly became a rant instead of a review. What I’m trying to say is I didn’t feel that Arianna grew as a character in this book, even in non-romantic ways. And her rash decision at the end of the book!? It felt really out of character, she is impulsive but she’s also sharp as a blade and I don’t think she’d walk into a trap like that. She’s the one that sets traps for others, that’s her style.

Thank you for reading this review of The Dragons of Nova by Elise Kova, I hope you enjoyed my insights and look forward to more reviews from me in the future.

And now for the giveaway!!
Enter here to win two bookmarks signed by Elise Kova

 

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My Ten Favourite Books of 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Favourite Books of 2017

I know there is only a few weeks left in the year and yet, I don’t feel ready to answer this question! So, I’m not going to over think it, I’m just going with the first ten that come to mind.

  • Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills
    This caught me totally off gaurd, I have never read Emma Mills before and I was not ready for how fast I’d fall in love with her characters and her writing.
  • Windwitch by Susan Dennard
    I love this series, the characters have such distinct voices and you can tell their backgrounds are really fleshed out. This is a series that focuses on relationships and magic and it doesnt get better than that for me. I can’t wait for her novella, Sightwitch, in February!
  • Gemina by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman
    At first I liked it but not as much as Illuminae, however, it really grew on me and just like Illuminae I really fell in love with the female heros. Obsidio is one of my most anticipated books of next year.
  • Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson
    If you read any books on this top ten list because of me, please let it be Furiously Happy. If you struggle with mental health like I do, this is a book that will speak to your soul. I laughed SO HARD which I wasnt necessarily expecting from a book about mental health, but it was my-stomach-hurts-im-laughing-so-hard kind of funny. I did also cry, so have some tissues ready.
  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
    I don’t think this one needs a lot of explanation. Everyone should have this as required reading, my eyes were opened, my heart grew two sizes, I am a better human because of this book – just read it.
  • Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab
    I wasn’t a fan of the beginning but by the end I had decided it was one of the best sequels/finales I have ever read. There is so much power and emotion and atmosphere on these pages I expected it to come to life in my hands.
  • To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
    I have to mention this one because I binge read this series in like two weeks, which is unheard for me. I adored Lara Jean and her family SO much, they are my new favorite book family, second only to the Weasleys.
  • Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare
    I sort of can’t believe Cassandra Clare is making it onto my top ten! I haven’t read any of her books since I disliked City of Glass. I read Lady Midnight earlier this year and enjoyed it, but I LOVED Lord of Shadows. It focused more on the twins and Kit who quickly became my favourite little cinnamon rolls.
  • The Valiant by Lesley Livingston
    Everytime I read a historical fiction I think “I need to read more historical fiction!” because I just love it. Fallon was such an incredibly strong and resilient character and Elka was so loyal and sassy. If you’re looking for a story that focuses on friendships and sisterhood I highly recommened this.
  • Girl Against The Universe by Paula Stokes
    This is the first Paula Stokes book I’ve ever read and I definitely want to read more by her. I think this book really resonated with me because of the subject matter but there was also something about the easy flow of her writing and her charactrers that really drew me in.

So, looking back at this list I am realizing a few things.
1) I didn’t read many under-the-radar books this year
2) I’m pleasantly surprised to see that my top ten is a mix of genres.
3) I’m surprised there isn’t more fantasy on this list – what is happening to me?
4.) I read a lot of blue covers

I’m curious, what is on your top ten? And after writing out your post what patterns did you notice in your 2017 reading?

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. For more details, and to participate, click the link above.

 

October & November Reading Highlights

Reading Stats

I read 2 books and listened to 4 audiobooks, for a total of 2,353 pages
The genres included Fantasy, Historical Fiction and Non Fiction


Frogkisser by Garth Nix (Overdrive)  ★★★★ 
This is the perfect story for readers who enjoy retellings and liked Ella Enchanted. It was a fun, whimsical adventure that turned a few well-known fairytales on their heads. I found the ending a little lackluster but overall I enjoyed it and it just cements my love for Garth Nix. 

Foolish Hearts (ARC) ★★★★★
I cannot stop talking about or thinking about this book. This was my first Emma Mills book and I can’t wait to see if I enjoy her others just as much. HIGHLY RECOMMEND TO ALL.

 

Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han (Overdrive) ★★★★
I was so excited to finish this series and I had a lot of predictions going into it, but most of them were wrong! Which is okay because I don’t like predictable stories. I was a little disappointed with the ending though, it felt rushed and skipped over some events I think should have been included. I adore Lara Jean and all the characters, I can’t wait to re-read these someday and fall in love with them all over again. 

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert (Overdrive) ★★★★
A quick, inspiring book to listen to. I found it thought-provoking and I really enjoyed Gilbert’s take on creative and its manifestation. 

The Woefield Poultry Collective by Susan Juby (Class Assignment) ★★★.5
Despite the unusual title and step outside my usual reading, I enjoyed this book! There are 4 points of view and all of them were very distinct. I read mostly for Seth and the only character I found to be a bit flat was the main character, Prudence. If you like a quick read, don’t mind some profanity and need a good laugh then I highly recommend this one. 

Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare (Overdrive) ★★★★
If you had told me a year ago, that I would not only enjoy a Cassandra Clare book but impatiently await its sequel I would have called you crazy. But here we are! I liked this one more than Lady Midnight, with it’s heavier focus on the twins and Kit. This is also the first book to ever leave me shipping three people together; Mark, Cristina and Kieran. That ending though – I am not okay!

Currently Reading…

Recently Added To My Shelves:

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, Susanna Clarke

Susan Dennard has recommended this book many times so I ordered it on Bookoutlets Black Friday sale. Little did I know it was a bind up and is SO BIG I almost can’t hold it with one hand. No joke.

Recently Added to Goodreads:

 

Nothing But Sky, Amy Trueblood

This is a historical fiction about a female wing walking badass. I am so here for this and pumped that I was approved for the ARC! This releases in March 2018

In Other News

I was absent for a little over a month and to my loyal readers (and new ones) I would like to apologize. My depression has been kicking my ass and living is all I have been capable of, so thank you for your patience and sticking with me. Hopefully, I can join a therapy group next year that my counselor highly recommends. She also asked if I was interested in medication but that’s something that I feel very torn about. On one hand, if it could help why wouldn’t I try it? On the other hand, I fear sides effects and the struggle of finding the right medication and dosage. On that note, if any of you have been in a similar situation or decided to try medication and would be open to discussing it with me I would greatly appreciate it.

On a lighter topic, I am so excited that it is December. I am celebrating Christmas with my 2-year-old who is really aware of the festiveness this year. He loves all the lights on peoples homes and his advent calendar. We have one with pockets that we fill ourselves, with treats and stickers and small toys. I’m trying to do one festive activity with him every day as well, like a craft, baking or a movie. I think this Christmas is going to be really special and I’m looking forward to the end of this school semester to spend more time with him.

Next time you read a wrap up of mine it will be 2018!! Wow. I would love to know what book was your favorite this year, which was a big disappointment, your reading goals for 2018 or your most anticipated release.

 

Coming Up Next For Review

 

What book do you hope to read before the end of 2017? Let me know down in the comments.

Top Ten Tuesday: Unique Titles

Top Ten Tuesday: Unique Titles

When it comes to book titles, there do seem to be some common elements. Words like ‘queen’, ‘shadow’, ‘bone’, ‘storm’, and ‘star’, amoung others. As well as similar patterns, such as ‘The Daughter of Smoke and Bone’ and ‘A Court of Thorns and Roses’. Many are simply one-word titles that are obvious rather than poetic or mysterious. There are a few however that stand out in my mind as unique.

These titles might not leave the same impression on you but they strike a cord with me. I think a title should give you a feeling the moment you see it and resonates throughout the story as you read it – these titles did just that. They are all also excellent books. What titles have left an impression on you?

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. For more details, and to participate, click the link above.

 

Raincoast Books Winter Preview Recap

Two weeks ago, I participated in Raincoast Books Winter/Spring Preview and it was fantastic! I participate from home because Vancouver is the closest meet-up location and it’s still 8 hours drive away. I always enjoy their previews but this was my favorite so far, there are just so many incredible up-coming books! The chat #teensreadfeed is also a great time, I love to meet other Canadian bloggers and see what they’re excited for.

These are some of the books they previewed that I’m most excited for and sure a lot of you have heard of. In fact, Raincoast was kind enough to send out little goodie packages to everyone participating at home and Hazel Wood was in my package! I can’t wait to dive in.

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert
A Girl Like That by Tanaz Bhathena
Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
Furyborn by Claire Legrand


And these are a few that I hadn’t heard of until the preview that really caught my attention. Click on the links below to read a full synopsis and add it to your Goodreads.

Time Bomb by Joelle Charbonneau
Nice Try, Jane Sinner by Lianne Oelke
To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo
Your Only & Only by Adrianne Finlay

Also, the author of Nice Try, Jane Sinner, Lianne Oelke was a special guest. She told the story of how her book came to be and so much of what she had to say resonated with me. And inspired me as well. I didn’t know much about her book before that day, and I still don’t to be honest, but after hearing her talk I knew I had to read her book. I really encourage you all to learn more about her and this upcoming release!