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Series Review: Servants of the Fate by Sarah Fine

Marked (Servants of Fate, #1)  Claimed (Servants of Fate, #2)  Fated (Servants of Fate, #3)

Servants of the Fate by Sarah Fine
Marked: 4 of 5 stars
Claimed: 4 of 5 stars
Fated: 5 of 5 stars

Series Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

She laid her cool palms over the backs of his hands. “You’re making this so hard.”

“Good. We’re almost there, then.” He ducked his head until they were nose to nose. “My plan is to make it impossible.”

Servants of the Fate is an adult paranormal/urban fantasy trilogy, with a hefty dose of Greek mythology thrown in. Each book follows a Ferry sibling, a long-living descendant of a family that ferries souls into the afterlife after they die. The setting is post-apocalyptic Boston, and due to environmental disasters, it has been transformed into a dangerous network of canals (think Venice). The world is a fascinating blend of dystopian/urban dangers, the surviving modern technology, and mythological beings – namely ferrymen, Keres, Moros, and the Fates.

Each novel features its own main couple, with their own romance, but the overarching trilogy plot is also compelling, and everything comes together excitingly in Fated.

I really enjoyed this series! It has a blend of both YA and Adult themes that add up to a winning combination for me. As with Fine’s Guards of the Shadowlands trilogy, I was hooked within the first couple of chapters, and I raced through the whole series in less than a week. It helps that I had a great time reading them, and I was always dying to know what would happen next, even without cliffhangers.

Recommendation: Read this if you are a fan of YA urban fantasy with some sexy times thrown in, especially if you’re intrigued by Greek mythology!

Minute Review: Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews

Magic Bites (Kate Daniels, #1)Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews (Kate Daniels, Book 1)
My Rating: 2.5 of 5 stars

“It’s a reflex. Hear a bell, get food. See an undead, throw a knife. Same thing, really.”

There’s a lot to like about this book: a snarky, kickass heroine, a complex paranormal setting, and a bit of a murder mystery. Unfortunately, I had a hard time getting into it. I’m not sure what the root cause was, but regardless, I’m tempted to try book 2 and give the series another shot.

Recommendation: Read this if you love a hearty paranormal series with a long-term, slow-burn romance.

Have you read any books from Ilona Andrews or the Kate Daniels series? Let me know what you thought in the comments!

Minute Review: One Good Dragon Deserves Another by Rachel Aaron

One Good Dragon Deserves Another (Heartstrikers, #2)One Good Dragon Deserves Another by Rachel Aaron (Heartstrikers, Book 2)
My Rating: 5 of 5 stars

“This isn’t a game, you know.”

“Of course it’s a game,” the seer said, walking back over to the couch where Marci was standing over Amelia. “Everything’s a game, Julius. It has to be. Life is whimsical, random, and cruel, but a game is something you can win.”

This is a great second in series! It was longer, but read very quickly, and everything was explored in more depth: the characters and relationships, world building, and the magic system. The end result was a great story that had me falling in love with the series even more, and I am dying for Book 3, which isn’t due to come out until the middle of this year.

Recommendation: If you’re a fan of Harry Potter, you should give this series a try starting with Book 1 (Nice Dragons Finish Last). It’s dragons instead of magicians, but the vivid story and amazing character dynamics remind me so much of when I read HP for the first time.

Minute Review: Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor

Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #1)
Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, Book 1)
My Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

“It is a condition of monsters that they do not perceive themselves as such. The dragon, you know, hunkered in the village devouring maidens, heard the townsfolk cry ‘Monster!’ and looked behind him.”

I absolutely LOVED the world of Daughter of Smoke & Bone. It is steeped in fantasy, occupied by angels and chimera, and traversed by a mysterious art student in Prague with hair that grows blue and a necklace of beads that grant wishes.

Recommendation: Read this if you are looking to be swept away by an immersive story with a unique take on an Angels & Demons. Read this if you dream about exploring Prague.

Minute Review: Penryn and the End of Days Trilogy by Susan Ee

I’m posting all three reviews for the End of Days trilogy in one go because that’s how I read it. Thanks to a quick, easy narrative, a constantly moving story, and well-placed cliffhangers, I read these three books in quick succession without any regrets.

Before I dive in, I have one overarching recommendation: If you are a fan of the Hunger Games trilogy, you should definitely give this one a try! It’s a pretty dark story for YA, with a seriously kick-ass heroine, an unlikely friendship, and a little bit of romance to break through the gloom.

Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days, #1)
Angelfall by Susan Ee (Penryn and the End of Days, Book 1)
My Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

My hand stays out with the offered food long enough to make it awkward. “Don’t you want it?” I ask.

“That depends on why you’re giving it to me.”

I shrug. “Sometimes, as we’re stumbling along in the dark, we hit something good.”

In a post-apocalyptic world with angels trampling humanity into the ground, Penryn is just trying to keep her family safe. Who knew that an injured angel would turn out to be exactly the partner she needs?

World After (Penryn & the End of Days, #2)
World After by Susan Ee (Penryn and the End of Days, Book 2)
My Rating: 4 of 5 stars

“You saved my life back at the aerie. By definition, you’re my hero.”

“I left you in a basement to die.”

“You broke me out of the grasp of a living horror when I thought all hope was gone. You gave me the opportunity to crawl back to life when no one else could.”

She glances over at me, her eyes shining in the dark. “You’re a hero, Penryn, whether you like it or not.”

Picking up right where book 1 left off, World After continues Penryn’s story with more of the Resistance, more angelic politics, and yes, more of Raffe. Oh, and another cliffhanger-esque ending.

End of Days (Penryn and the End of Days, #3)
End of Days by Susan Ee (Penryn and the End of Days, Book 3)
My Rating: 4 of 5 stars

“If I were human, I’d plow the nicest farm for you.” He sounds completely sincere. “Better than anyone else’s. It would have golden pineappes, the juiciest grapes, and the most flavorful radishes in the entire world.”

I just stare at him, trying to figure out if he’s joking. I think he’s serious. “You haven’t been to a lot of farms, have you, Raffe?”

This was actually my least favorite installment of the story, but only because I wanted a bit more of a wrap up. Overall, though, I really enjoyed the twists and turns of the story, and I would definitely read the trilogy again.

Minute Review: Vigilante and Chaos by Sarah Fine

Now that I’ve finished the series, here are my reviews for books 2.5 and 3 of Sarah Fine’s Guards of the Shadowlands trilogyCheck out this post for my Minute Reviews of books 1 and 2!

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Vigilante: A Guard's Tale from Ana's Perspective (Guards of the Shadowlands, #2.5)

Vigilante by Sarah Fine (Guards of the Shadowlands, Book 2.5)
My rating:
 4 of 5 stars

So many times, in so many ways, Takeshi had rescued her. “I’m going to rescue you this time,” she said, staring at the black city in the distance.

She clenched her fists and took her first steps into hell.

Written from Ana’s point of view, these 49 pages make up the perfect bridge between Fractured and Chaos.

Recommendation: If you’re working your way through the series, don’t skip this one just because it’s a novella!

 Chaos (Guards of the Shadowlands #3)

Chaos by Sarah Fine (Guards of the Shadowlands, Book 3)
My rating:
 4.5 of 5 stars

I was still exhausted. Still grieving. Still feeling like all my insides had been smashed up and stomped on. But I wouldn’t stop until I had done the job I’d been sent here to do. It wasn’t about loyalty to the judge. Not at all.

It was about me choosing who I wanted to be.

This exciting conclusion to the trilogy is really intense, full of more emotional pain and perseverance, and complete with an ending that actually managed to wrap up all the varying story lines!

Recommendation: Read this if you FINALLY want Lela and Malachi to find some happiness, especially if you enjoy the prospect of some crazy Mad Max action thrown in along the way.

Introducing the Minute Review!

In the wake of a crazy new university term beginning, I’ve found that my review-writing time has been magically transformed into study time. I’m still reading, though, and I want to keep writing about these crazy books, so I’m going to try something new: The Minute Review. My goal is for these mini reviews to be quick and fun to write, but still informative for anyone looking for some new additions to their TBR.

The Anatomy of a Minute Review:

  • Book cover with Goodreads links
  • My star rating (0-5)
  • One quote
  • One descriptive sentence
  • One recommendation

Without further ado, here are my first two minute reviews, for books 1 and 2 in Sarah Fine’s Guards of the Shadowlands trilogy.

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 Sanctum (Guards of the Shadowlands, #1)

Sanctum by Sarah Fine (Guards of the Shadowlands, Book 1)
My rating:
4 of 5 stars

“Figures. The first time a guy tells me I’m beautiful, I’m in hell and he’s delirious.”

Bravely diving into the issues of suicide and the afterlife, Fine creates a fascinatingly dark world and cast of characters (and a LOT of self-sacrificing love).

Recommendation: Read this if you loved The Mortal Instruments or Vampire Academy!

Fractured (Guards of the Shadowlands, #2)

Fractured by Sarah Fine (Guards of the Shadowlands, Book 2)
My rating:
3 of 5 stars

“And in the meantime, I have to save the world and be home by ten.”

This one is rife with middle book syndrome, but I still couldn’t put it down!

Recommendation: Read this is you enjoy the gory, romantic agony of preppy high school seniors by day and vigilante warriors by night.