Why you need to read Now I Rise by Kiersten White / eARC Review

Now I Rise (The Conqueror’s saga #2)  by Kiersten White 

Rating : ★★★★★

Genres : YA , Fantasy

Publication Date : 27th of June by Delacorte Press

Diversity : gay main character , lesbian side character 

 

 

 

 

I received a review copy from NetGalley in exchange for a review. 

*spoilers for And I Darken*

And I Darken is a Vlad the Impaler reimagining  but Vlad is not a man but a woman!

And I Darken was one of my favorite reads of last year so I was highly anticipating this sequel and I was not disappointed! This sequel was everything I wished for and more and is definitely on my favorites list of this year.

Now I Rise gets even more complex than the first book , we follow the repercussions of the first book after the rebellion of the Janissaries. Mehmed and Radu are working on conquering Constantinople while Lada is trying to get her home country back (Wallachia).  And I Darken started out slow but Now I Rise started immediately action packed and I couldn’t put it down. The story and the characters suck you in immediately.

 

Mehmed and Radu are both left behind by Lada and both are grieving their “loss” differently. I felt bad for Radu because he thought that if Lada was out of the picture he could get closer to Mehmed and maybe a romance would spark. Their friendship really blossoms in this sequel and it’s very interesting to see how Mehmed depends on Radu. Radu is a flawed main character and I loved following him. I loved seeing his relationship with his “wife” Nazira, they have an amazing friendship. I loved how Kiersten White discusses different religion aspects from the Islam while incorporating them in the plot . Nazira and Fatima were well developed side characters and I respected Kiersten a lot for that because often they are just background noise which wasn’t the case here.

Lada continues her quest to get her country, Wallachia back. Lada is the most complex character I have seen in YA. She left her romantic interest in the first book without looking back which was impressing and I would have never expected. Normally, in YA woman are always somehow bound to their love interest but Lada didn’t hesitate a second to leave Mehmed for her own personal gain which I found incredible (girl power). We often see woman making sacrifices for their love interest but not the other way around. I love Lada because she is bloodthirsty and smart at the same time. Seeing her work along side Hunyadi. Lada proves to everyone that she is not “wife material” and breaks every stereotypical expectation. The banter between Lada and her loyal soldiers is the comic relief we need throughout this dark book.

Kiersten White manages to balance plot, religious aspects and characters perfectly. I was impressed by this sequel and highly recommend it to everyone!

 

 

Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag / Book Tag

1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2017.

The Host by Stephenie Meyer (Sci-Fi)

I was a big fan of Twilight years ago but never read The Host. I kept hearing a lot of praise for The Host so I decided to read it. This was such a great surprise till this day I can’t stop thinking about it. I normally don’t like Science Fiction but the Sci-Fi aspect was not heavy for me. We follow Wanda, a host that has invaded earth with her race. I got really quickly attached to her and the other characters. Wanderer (Wanda) has been given Melanie’s body as a host. Melanie’s soul refuses to relinquish possession of her mind. Melanie fills Wanda mind with flashbacks of her past with her brother and boyfriend.

This book was a breath of fresh air. I loved Wanda and Melanie. I loved all of the characters and especially Ian and Wanda and Melanie’s brother. The close knit family aspect was wonderful. The love that I felt for this story and its characters slowly crept up on me and I highly recommend it!

2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2017.

Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare (Urban Fantasy)

Oh man Cassie Clare just killed me with this sequel. We follow every character’s POV and adventure. The plot line becomes more complex and I loved it! The romantic development between characters were perfection. I loved every aspect of this book. I can’t wait 2 years for the next book!

 

 

3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to.

The Darcy Monologues edited by Christina Boyd

This is an anthology of 15 stories inspired by Pride and Prejudice. Now, you know that P&P is my favorite classic and book of all time. I love Elizabeth and Darcy. We get 15 stories inspired by P&P so I am in heaven. I can’t wait to read and I have no excuse for not reading it because I received a copy of Jenetta Jones (one of the authors). The editor kindly sent me a copy because I couldn’t get it in Belgium.

4. Most anticipated release for the second-half of the year

Originally, I would have answered Now I Rise By Kiersten White but I am currently reading an eARC of it.

5. Biggest disappointment.

A Court of Wings and Ruin By Sarah J. Maas

*unpopular opinion* I still feel very conflicted and I don’t know what to rate it. A Court of Mist and Fury was my favorite book of last year and I had super high expectations for this finale book and it fell kind of short for me. I was set up for failure. I loved what happened but there were some aspects I would have loved seeing more of for example Amren! I hope that the next books in this series will deliver. I in no way hated this book but I was expecting for of it.

6. Biggest surprise.

★★★★.5

Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett (YA, Contemporary)

Wow, I was so surprised by this book! Firts of all, I rarely like a YA Contemporary book but this was such a big surprise for me. I just absolutely fell in love with this book inspired by You’ve Got Mail. The characters were great and their banter was amazing. Check out my review here.

 

 

 

7. Favourite new author. (Debut or new to you)

Kristin Hannah who wrote The Nightingale is my new favorite author. Her writing style is beautiful and I loved The Nightingale.

8. Newest fictional crush.

Cassian from ACOWAR became my new fictional crush.

9. Newest favourite character.

Allucard from A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab.

10. Book that made you cry.

★★★★★

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah.

I was bawling my eyes out for the last quarter of this book. I can’t say why because I don’t want to spoil anyone.

11. Book that made you happy.

★★★★★

The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet by Kate Rorick and Bernie Su

A modern Pride & Prejudice retelling never fails to make me happy.

12. Favourite book to film adaptation you saw this year.

Sarah’s Key by Tatiana De Rosnay and its movie.

Both were masterpieces. (Please read the book and watch the trailer & movie!!!)

13. Favourite review you’ve written this year.

It’s coming up on the 27th of June, it’s a review for Now I Rise by Kiersten White.

14. Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)

15. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?

 

 

TOP 10 Summer Book / Recommendations

I think that the title is self explanatory, I am recommending 10 summer reads. I feel like summaries these days give way too much away so I will be giving some key words that might catch your attention. Please tell me down below if you are interested in any of these books/series.

1. Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett

  • You’ve Got Mail modern retelling
  • enemies to lovers trope
  • summery setting (sea & surfers)
  • secrets

2. Blue is the Warmest Color by Julie Maroh

  • F/F romance
  • self exploration (finding your identity)
  • first love
  • confident/spunky girl draws shy girl out of her shell
  • graphic novel

3. Making Faces by Amy Harmon

  • small town romance with a lot of passion
  • modern Beauty & the Beast retelling
  • popular in high school guy/shy girl
  • beautiful writing style

4. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

  • sister relationship
  • female empowerment/ romance
  • WWII fiction
  • intense & emotional
  • secrets & betrayal

5. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

  • standalone fun fantasy novel
  • M/M romance
  • quick read
  • enemies to lovers trope

6. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

  • Proud Mr.Darcy & prejudiced Elizabeth Bennet
  • enemies to lovers trope
  • classic romance

7. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

  • beautiful writing style
  • passionate romance
  • secrets & stories
  • enemies to lovers trope
  • strong female character

8. On the Island by Tracey Garvis Graves

  • stranded on an island
  • forbidden love story
  • survival
  • age difference

9. Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma

  • incest
  • raw & heartbreaking
  • will change your view on things
  • absent mother & father figure
  • standalone contemporary

10. The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

  • forbidden love story (slave – ‘owner’)
  • strong but very unique female main character (strategist)
  • fast read
  • slow burn romance
  • secrets & betrayal

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas / book review *spoilers*

  • Rating : 5 stars (maybe?)
  • NA, Fantasy

This was one of my most anticipated releases and I still don’t know how I feel about it. I have some mixed feelings and those feelings might get me a lot of hate so please be nice.

The Things I loved 

  • I loved Feyre’s shenanigans in The Spring Court. I loved how she tried to make Tamlin jealous by going to Lucien to seek comfort after a “nightmare”.
  • I loved how Feyre and Lucien killed the Hybern’s cousin & niece and when she made Ianthe break her own hand. Those were some brutal and action packed scenes.
  • I also really liked Lucien and Feyre trip to get to the Night Court. They both were unsure of each other’s intentions. When they were suddenly ambushed by Lucien’s “brothers” from the Autumn Court, I was so scared that something would happen but fortunately Cassian and Azriel saved the day.
  • Feyre finally seeing Rhys again was heartbreaking and it was so heartwarming to see them finally reconnect.
  •  Cassian and Nesta’s bickering and banter and off the charts chemistry was the highlight of this book. (The next book has to be from their perspective!)
  • We get to know more of Azriel & Mor’s backstory , which I loved. (I appreciate Sarah finally putting some diversity in her books.)
  • Elain is a seer! What a plot twist.
  • The meeting with all of the other high lords from the other courts was highly entertaining and full with reveals. I loved meeting all of these characters (especially Helion and Vivian).
  • I hope to see more of Helion and maybe him getting to know his son LUCIEN. Who saw that coming?!
  • The battlefields were heartwreching and I loved Nesta and Cassian sudden closeness.
  • Tamlin’ redemption at the end was what I wanted.
  • The ending was beautiful (last chapters)

The Things I Disliked

  • Seeing so little of Amren (she miss her witty remarks)
  • Only getting Feyre’s POV, this was one of the major things that bothered me with this book. I felt very hindered by only getting her POV. I would have loved to get a few different perspective on everything that was happening.
  • Cassian healing was kind of not important and I would have loved seeing Nesta take care of him.
  • Tamlin being a jerk at the meeting.
  • Nesta having a shitty personality 60% of the book. I would have loved to see Elain and Nesta training with the Inner Circle.
  • Lucien and Elain getting no progression with their mating bond.
  • Mor’s revelation felt a little forced and coming from no where. I don’t like to think that Azriel had being led on my Mor for centuries. It just doesn’t make sense. How crappy of a friend can you be to make him thing that he’s unworthy of you so you can hide your sexual identity.
  • A lot of things are left unresolved!!!! (big frustration)