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World After (Penryn and the End of Days, #2) – Susan Ee (A Review)

In this sequel to the bestselling fantasy thriller, Angelfall, the survivors of the angel apocalypse begin to scrape back together what’s left of the modern world.

When a group of people capture Penryn’s sister Paige, thinking she’s a monster, the situation ends in a massacre. Paige disappears. Humans are terrified. Mom is heartbroken.

Penryn drives through the streets of San Francisco looking for Paige. Why are the streets so empty? Where is everybody? Her search leads her into the heart of the angels’ secret plans where she catches a glimpse of their motivations, and learns the horrifying extent to which the angels are willing to go.

Meanwhile, Raffe hunts for his wings. Without them, he can’t rejoin the angels, can’t take his rightful place as one of their leaders. When faced with recapturing his wings or helping Penryn survive, which will he choose?

The book is currently sitting on my shoulder like a parrot at the moment, because I don’t want to part with it. What a bloody awesome, killer of a sequel! Not disappointed at all, this definitely lives up to the standards of the first book. I’m so pleased that the quality has continued on.
In the first book I always did kind of struggle to believe Paige was only 7 years old, and in this book it became even harder for me to believe that. To me it just doesn’t seem believable that she’s only 7, and I’m always imagining her as a young teenager, around 13. This didn’t impact how much I liked and enjoyed the book, but it did bug me slightly. Yep, that’s it people, in a book filled with angels and the world on the brink of the apocalypse, Paige’s age is the thing I find hard to believe…I think this book could have done with a dash more of Raffe. But I think that’s just a personal thing, since I love his character. The led up waiting for him & Penryn to reunite reminded much of the one between Lila and Kell in A Gathering of Shadows. So tense!

Once again this book was a rollercoaster of a ride. Event after event after event. Penryn never really does catch a break, and she constantly continues on.

I love her internal struggle between whether or not she is a hero and how she weighs upon helping others or just helping herself and her own family. I think that’s what grounds her, her humanity, in this world.

The best thing about this whole book is what she named the sword, everyone let’s hear it for (view spoiler)

End of Days, here I come!!!

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The Copper Gauntlet (Magisterium, #2) – Holly Black and Cassandra Clare (A Review)

Callum Hunt’s summer break isn’t like other kids’. His closest companion is a Chaos-ridden wolf, Havoc. His father suspects him of being secretly evil. And, of course, most kids aren’t heading back to school in the magical world of the Magisterium . . .

It’s not easy for Call . . . and it gets even harder after he checks out his basement and discovers that his dad might be trying to destroy both him and Havoc.

Call escapes to the Magisterium but things only intensify there. The Alkahest – a copper gauntlet capable of separating certain magicians from their magic – has been stolen. And in their search to discover the culprit, Call and his friends awaken the attention of some very dangerous foes – and get closer to an even more dangerous truth.

As the mysteries of the Magisterium deepen and widen, bestselling authors Holly Black and Cassandra Clare take readers on an extraordinary journey through one boy’s conflict -and a whole world’s fate.

An enjoyable sequel to the Iron Trial. It’s been a year since I have read the first book, and luckily that didn’t hinder my reading experience. Thankfully the book went over a lot of details and main plot points of the first book, making it easy to jump right back into the world.

This book was okay. I can’t say that I loved loved it, but I didn’t not like it. It was okay, it was good and I will still continue on with the series.

I very much enjoy the magic system. With the chaos, and Callum making an “Evil Overlord” column. The latter was funny, if not a little cynical at times — he constantly questions even the smallest of things. This really does show the inner conflict he’s in, and his own struggle on whether he truly is the evil Mage that people said he was.

It’s exciting to see them move up through different years, and learn more about their own magic. Since they didn’t spend much time at the school in this book, hopefully there will be more in the next.

*SPOILER* So when Call finally announced that he was actually Constantine, his friends took it pretty well. Well, everyone but Jasper, but he’s not exactly best friends with Call. I feel like Jasper’s was the most appropriate reaction. Someone who had murdered hundreds of mages is in front of you and you’re just standing there? Like nope. Yes, Aaron and Tamara both were disbelieving and unwilling to admit it…but they just seemed to accept it so easily. I don’t know, I was expecting a bit more from the revelation than what we got. A bit more anger? Maybe there will be more of this in the next instalment…*SPOILER ENDS*

I would like to see more of Alex. Hm…I think there might be a lot more to his character than what we see. But let’s just all accept that Havoc is the best character!

Overall, this was a good, enjoyable, easy read and I will be picking up the next one!

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Firewalker (Worldwalker #2) – Josephine Angelini (Review)

 

Lily Proctor has made it back to her own universe, and it’s finally time for her and Rowan to be happy and relax. True, she almost died in the Pyre that fueled their escape, and they must hide her new magic for the safety of the world, but compared to fighting the monstrous Woven and leading armies in the alternate Salem, life is looking good.

‘You think I’m a monster, but my choices, as ruthless as they seem, are justified.’

Unfortunately, Lillian, ruthless ruler of the 13 Cities, is not willing to let Lily go that easily. Lily is the closest version of herself she’s ever seen in all her worldwalking, and Lillian’s running out of time. If she can’t persuade Lily and Rowan to return to her world, she’ll have to find a way to make them come back.

Firewalker – the follow-up to Trial By Fire – is another sexy, fast-paced thrill ride from internationally bestselling author of the Starcrossed series, Josephine Angelini!

Really enjoyed this book, it was a very satisfying sequel and I can’t wait for the third (and final!) book to be released.

This book had lots of different dynamics that I loved. For one, I loved that we got to see more of the cinder worlds and the world jumping. Also seeing Rowan in Lily’s world was awesome too (and amusing, especially his obsession with the internet).

Also I loved getting to know more about Lillian and her motives. Finding out why she’s kills scientists, and why she hanged Rowans father, and about what happened to her those weeks she was away.

The struggle between whose “good” and whose “bad” was portrayed brilliantly. Many characters have good intentions but the way they go about things isn’t necessarily good.

Lily is an awesome character, too. She’s not afraid to be curious or to challenge others peoples beliefs.

The only thing the annoyed me really was about how some of the “mundane” characters easily accepted magic and Lily being a witch. Yes, being mechanics is in their blood or whatever an they’re drawn to her…but still, they accepted it a bit too easily for me.

All in all, I really enjoyed this book. It picked up right off where Trial by Fire ended, and it was so easy to get back into the book. Oh, and all these different characters meeting each other was brilliant — I have no idea what I would do of I met another version of myself.

Next book, please hurry up!