Mortal Heart – Review

In such a way does the Wheel of Life turn, with every ending but a new beginning…

Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers stole my heart, just as the first two books in the series, Grave Mercy and Dark Triumph did. This one by far has the most plot twists and turns yet, a surprisingly bold character and an even more surprising love interest.

Annith has watched her gifted sisters at the convent come and go, carrying out their dark dealings in the name of St. Mortain, patiently awaiting her own turn to serve Death. But her worst fears are realized when she discovers she is being groomed by the abbess as a Seeress, to be forever sequestered in the rock and stone womb of the convent. Feeling sorely betrayed, Annith decides to strike out on her own.

She has spent her whole life training to be an assassin. Just because the convent has changed its mind doesn’t mean she has…

Annith emerges from this book like a dark storm. She has a ferocity you don’t pick up on by seeing her from the perspectives of Ismae and Sybella, and it’s brilliant. At times, she acted in a way that had my jaw dropping in awe at her gutsiness. Annith has confidence in her skills, but not in herself. She does a lot of soul-searching in this book, and it did get pretty heavy at times with all the questions, but it balances out pretty with with the fate of Brittany reaching its climax, and the intrigue reaching its highest. Annith’s love interest was definitely my favorite male lead so far. He’s dark and broody but sweet and tender all at the same time. The romance wasn’t too heavy as he did disappear for some time in the story, but the chemistry sparked effortlessly.

The abbess plays a significant role in this book, and we see so many sides of her. In Grave Mercy and Dark Triumph, there’s some suspicion into the abbess, and that gets both intensified and mollified at the same time, if you can believe it.

Plot-wise, this book had the most going on. Especially towards the end, everything was perfect madness and climax and there was always something that kept me turning page after page after page. There isn’t as much killing as the first book, though – whether that’s good or bad depends on your preference, but I did enjoy seeing the handmaidens acting in that way. Annith isn’t Ismae or Sybella, though, and she has her own story that’s just as compelling.

This book had a really great ending – for the book itself and the series. I loved seeing all the past characters come back together and join forces to fight off the French; it was really heartening. The tender moment at the end made tears jump into my eyes.

Mortal Heart was a fantastic end to the His Fair Assassin series. I don’t really know what to do now that it’s over except…start over again?

 

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Canada Post is my new BFF

More books!

Recently, I’ve managed to miss nearly every delivery of books to my house, so I’ve been at the Canada Post office a lot. Things are getting pretty serious. Here’s a look at the three new books I’ve picked up!

Of Metal and Wishes by Sarah Fine

There are whispers of a ghost in the slaughterhouse where sixteen-year-old Wen assists her father in his medical clinic—a ghost who grants wishes to those who need them most. When one of the Noor, men hired as cheap factory labor, humiliates Wen, she makes an impulsive wish of her own, and the Ghost grants it. Brutally.

Guilt-ridden, Wen befriends the Noor, including their outspoken leader, a young man named Melik. At the same time, she is lured by the mystery of the Ghost and learns he has been watching her … for a very long time.

As deadly accidents fuel tensions within the factory, Wen must confront her growing feelings for Melik, who is enraged at the sadistic factory bosses and the prejudice faced by his people at the hand of Wen’s, and her need to appease the Ghost, who is determined to protect her against any threat—real or imagined. She must decide whom she can trust, because as her heart is torn, the factory is exploding around her … and she might go down with it.

 

The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion 

Don Tillman and Rosie Jarman are back. If you were swept away by Graeme Simsion’s international smash hit The Rosie Project, you will love The Rosie Effect.

The Wife Project is complete, and Don and Rosie are happily married and living in New York. But they’re about to face a new challenge.

Rosie is pregnant.

Don sets about learning the protocols of becoming a father, but his unusual research style gets him into trouble with the law. Fortunately his best friend Gene is on hand to offer advice: he’s left Claudia and moved in with Don and Rosie.

As Don tries to schedule time for pregnancy research, getting Gene and Claudia back together, servicing the industrial refrigeration unit that occupies half his apartment, helping Dave the Baseball Fan save his business and staying on the right side of Lydia the social worker, he almost misses the biggest problem of all: he might lose Rosie when she needs him most.

My True Love Gave to Me by Stephanie Perkins (a holiday anthology)

If you love holiday stories, holiday movies, made-for-TV-holiday specials, holiday episodes of your favorite sitcoms and, especially, if you love holiday anthologies, you’re going to fall in love with MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME: TWELVE HOLIDAY STORIES by twelve bestselling young adult writers, edited by international bestselling author Stephanie Perkins.

Black Ice – Review

Everyone needs secrets…

Sometimes danger is hard to see… until it’s too late.

Britt Pfeiffer has trained to backpack the Teton Range, but she isn’t prepared when her ex-boyfriend, who still haunts her every thought, wants to join her. Before Britt can explore her feelings for Calvin, an unexpected blizzard forces her to seek shelter in a remote cabin, accepting the hospitality of its two very handsome occupants—but these men are fugitives, and they take her hostage.

In exchange for her life, Britt agrees to guide the men off the mountain. As they set off, Britt knows she must stay alive long enough for Calvin to find her. The task is made even more complicated when Britt finds chilling evidence of a series of murders that have taken place there… and in uncovering this, she may become the killer’s next target.

But nothing is as it seems in the mountains, and everyone is keeping secrets, including Mason, one of her kidnappers. His kindness is confusing Britt. Is he an enemy? Or an ally?

 

 

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Impulse Buys & Book Signing!

I’ve been very bad.

After PROMISING myself that I would not buy anymore books (I have one set to deliver this month, two previously ordered for November, another four ordered yesterday for November, giveaway books, AND all the books still pouting at me on my bookshelf) what did I do?

I bought two more books. How utterly weak-willed and predictable of me. But I can’t stay upset at myself for long because, BOOKS!

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Upcoming Dramas!

Discovery of Love just ended last Monday, and since then I’ve been utterly lost about what Korean drama to watch next. Some dramas that are out are Blade Man (also known as Iron Man) and My Lovely Girl (also known as She’s So Loveable), but they haven’t captured my interest – even though Lee Dong Wook has the most beautiful smile. So recently, I’ve been catching up on Running Man which is a Korean variety show (like an American game show), and it’s the funniest thing ever! Seriously, you will actually laugh out loud! You can watch English-subbed videos on Youtube, and there’s over 200 videos!

But, looking ahead, there’s quite a few dramas that I’m very excited for! Some of my favorite actors and actresses are coming back to the screen and I can’t wait for what’s in store in the next few weeks!

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Waiting on Wednesday – My True Love Gave to Me

On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…

My True Love Gave to Me is a holiday anthology edited by the ever-lovely Stephanie Perkins! There’s twelve stories in all from authors like Ally Carter, Gayle Forman, Jenny Perkins, and of course, Stephanie Perkins! My True Love Gave to Me has actually already released (yesterday!), so why am I waiting for it? It’s not just because my online order hasn’t come in yet, but that I’m planning on saving this book for something special. Continue reading Waiting on Wednesday – My True Love Gave to Me

Snow like Ashes – Review

Even the strongest blizzard starts with a single snowflake…

Snow like Ashes by Sara Raasch was an amazing high fantasy novel. The only reason I didn’t finish this in one sitting was because I had school – but when this Canadian long weekend rolled around I finished over 300 in three hours flat. I’m already passing this story onto my sister (who loved the title) and I hope she’ll pass it on, and on, so more people will get to read Snow Like Ashes.

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