Deceived

DeceivedDeceived (The Soul Keeper #1) by L.A. Starkey

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I was part of the Book Blitz for the Soul Keeper Series a year ago, and it was on sale during that time. Finally I’ve started reading it and I have to say I am impressed.

Greek mythology, a prophecy you cannot escape, a very likeable main character. Samantha is strong and independent, and I can definitely identify with her. (I was also one of the sporty ones in High School, however, I was never one of the popular ones.)

There are bits and pieces of the mystery spread out through this book, and if you are a good puzzle solver you probably will see a lot of the twists and turns coming. I didn’t see a single one until I was like half a page away from it being reviled, so I don’t consider it a problem.

It is easy, light and has enough of a mystery. There is also romance mixed in, but there is a big price on it. Basically the prophecy rules everything in this world and the characters question it and ask why they are forced by destiny to love someone. Where is their free will?


“They say a soul is the immaterial essence, the animating principle, the actuating cause of an individual life.

But what if you had to share yours with the one person you hated the most?

The soul mate principle states that for every one soul there is another that will recognize its match, hence creating the perfect union.

But what if you had two soul mates, which would you choose?

What if your choices had eternal ramification?

Deceived, the debut novel in the Soul Keeper Series, is a modern day love story about the implications of having more than one soul mate, and having to choose between the two of them. The decisions of the gods has left the next generation, their heirs, torn between fate and reality, and the balance of the future hangs in anticipation of what’s to come.”

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Chosen of Trees and of Talons

Chosen of Trees and of TalonsChosen of Trees and of Talons (The Eagles of Eldara #1) by Jeff Pryor

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I got a copy of this from the author in exchange for an honest review.

This was a very different read. I am not sure about what to think about it but what I can say with absolute certainty is that I really enjoyed it.

The story is told through the eyes of a whole bunch of characters, and you never spend a lot of time with just one of them. This makes for an interesting read and you get to know all of them on a deeper level, but it also makes it a bit confusing. However, I did get used to it after a while and you always place the character after at least a few paragraphs. I should note that I am bad with names in real life as well, for me it is a lot easier to remember what happens to a character than their name.

In the story we mainly follow a group of Arneisian boys who are chosen by the Ones in a very Hunger Games inspired moment (they are not chosen on random though, and you cannot volunteer). Those chosen are taken from the village and never seen again. Keeping up with them is a bit confusing, since we get to see the story play out from the point of view of all the characters, but I loved getting to know all of them.

We also follow a family living in a forest. There’s a lot of secrets and things that has to be told at the right time surrounding them that will keep you intrigued. The forest itself probably sits on a lot of secrets that you only get a glimpse of in this book. It is very Fangorn (Lord of the Rings) inspired, but I like that there are differences.

The final big story we follow is Twilla and her husband’s. Living outside of the control of the Ones they know the Truth and have heard the prophesies of what’s to come. Through them we also get a glimpse of what is going on and how much is on the line.

This first book creates a good starting point for a story that will just become more and more epic throughout the series. It has a very different writing style, jumping between characters all the time, and moves forward quickly. Definitely good if you want to mix up the classical fantasy writing style and go for something that tells you what’s going on and doesn’t dwell on things.


“Hope is a fragile thread. 

Imprisoned for over four-hundred years, the Arneisian people tenuously held onto that thread. Generations were born and generations died. Sons were Chosen and given to the sorcerers who imposed the chains of slavery on their people, hoping the one foretold would Return to lead them from their prison. The thread of hope is tested as a new group of boys is Chosen. Their secrets will free the Arneisians or break that thread forever. 

The survival of a magical forest is in the hands of a young brother and sister. A father refuses to accept their destiny, and fights to protect them from the dark creatures who hunt them. A husband and wife only hope to reunite as he leads an army while she attempts to uncover spies for her king. Their futures, as well as the fate of kingdoms, hang in the balance as a boy fights to fulfill his destiny amid the gathering storms of war. “

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The Inquisition

the inquisition summoner

The Inquisition (Summoner #2) by Taran Matharu

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Very similar style to the first one. Good story, interesting characters, easy to read, but not a masterpiece. I will however continue this story (it ended on a cliffhanger!).

So this book picks up some time after the first book ended. Not much has happened for our main character, Fletcher, but a lot has happened that he isn’t aware about. Trying to pick up on everything and being thrown into circumstances he cannot control pushed the beginning of this story.

The best thing however is his humanity and empathy. There are quite a few humans in this story with serious lack of those qualities. His trust in everyone, no matter species, is something to learn from.

One of the things that stood out to me was the use of vials (red for health and blue for mana). I just wonder if the author has played a little too many video games while writing this book 😅


“A year has passed since the Tournament.

Fletcher and Ignatius have been locked away in Pelt’s dungeons, but now they must face a trial at the hands of the Inquisition, a powerful institution controlled by those who would delight in Fletcher’s downfall.

The trial is haunted by ghosts from the past with shocking revelations about Fletcher’s origins, but he has little time to dwell on them; the graduating students of Vocans are to be sent deep into the orc jungles to complete a dangerous mission for the king and his council. If they fail, the orcish armies will rise to power beyond anything the Empire has ever seen.

With loyal friends Othello and Sylva by his side, Fletcher must battle his way to the heart of Orcdom and save Hominum from destruction…or die trying.”

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A Court of Wings and Ruin

A Court of Wings and Ruin

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

It was good, not at all as gripping as A Court of Mist and Fury (which I couldn’t put down), but good. I was however expecting more of the conclusion to Feyre’s story.

This story has changed a lot over the three books in which it has been told. Sometimes they don’t really feel like books of the same story and like Maas had an idea, wrote the first book and the decided to follow another idea. Despite this, the story wraps up nicely.

The strongest part of this book is the relationships between the main characters. I love how Maas writes them (even if there too is some “follow another idea” syndrome)! Rhys and Fayre are perfect for each other. Lucien and Elain I don’t know about but Azriel and Elain I definitely see. Liked what she did with Mor but somehow the execution just wasn’t the best. Cassian and Nesta should be given more story, filled with madness!

Maas didn’t sadly do her best job with the action in this book. Usually she does write good action but here I didn’t feel the pull I want to feel whilst reading and action scene. I’d liked to see more of the fighting at the end as well. Give me graphical writing!

This series has been very up and down. Decent first book, amazing second and a good third. But what I can say for sure is that I will continue reading the next book in the story of Prythian.


WARNING: MAJOR ENDING SPOILER

Light text: I cannot say how happy I was when not a single one of the main characters dies, but the ending lost some impact when all of the survived. At least Amren would have had an amazing and worthy ending, but no, she wasn’t given that. Rhys on the other hand I’m so glad made it.


A nightmare, I’d told Tamlin. I was the nightmare.

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit—and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well. As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords—and hunt for allies in unexpected places”

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The Keeper of Portals

33009221The Keeper of Portals by V.S. Nelson

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Release date: January 28th 2017

I got this as an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.

The first thing I want to say, and the one comment I couldn’t get out of my head, is that this is put as YA, but it reads like a Middle Grade. From the first page it felt like this, and I even questioned the choice to put it as a YA. However, after finishing it I can see why, there are some things that might not suit a Middle Grade novel.

The story follows Martin, a normal 15 year old, who just have been forced to move with his mum to a an old family house. There he meets a creature – The Keeper of Portals – and finds a door that hasn’t been opened in 400 years. But one night he wakes up to find the door ajar. And from there the story starts…

“he hadn’t managed to come up with a method that didn’t also include a certain amount of dying on his part”

The story changed a lot and I was never sure in which direction it was going. It felt like it got close to the ending so many times, and then something changed and the story continued. I am not sure what I think of this style, it felt a bit confusing, but at the same time it is wonderful, you have no idea where you’re about to go.

I really like the concept of Keepers, but it got a bit confusing and it felt like the author hadn’t it all figured out himself. I would have liked to get a bigger understanding about the keepers and especially how the Keeper of Portal’s power worked. Talking about Portal’s powers, during action scenes it could be difficult to follow or the portal jumping.

Loved time travel. Time travel might be dangerous to write about, but Nelson really got it to work. And the way he solved the problem time travel poses – e.g. paradoxes (example: What if I kill my father?) – was perfect.

I liked this book, but I’d have liked to get more information about the Keepers. The ending however, it was so beautiful. So if you want a quick time travel read with some fantasy this is perfect for you.


After the death of his dad, Martin and his mum move into an enormous stately home where they encounter a mysterious being called the Keeper of Portals, who claims to control every portal on the planet, except for the door at the end of Martin’s bedroom, which has been sealed for 400 years.

One morning, Martin wakes to discover the Keeper of Portals is missing and the door at the end of his bedroom has been opened. Martin steps through the door to find himself in the 17th century where he meets Isabel, the house’s maid. Martin and Isabel quickly learn that everything on earth, from time and causality, to pleasantries and buttons, is controlled by its own keeper. After discovering two imprisoned keepers, Martin and Isabel receive the ability to jump between doorways and change their time, but they soon become entangled in a battle against the master of the house, the Keeper of Questions.

The Keeper of Portals follows Martin and Isabel as they alternate between the present day and the 17th century, often returning to a time they have already been to and nearly running into past versions of themselves. They fight hordes of murderous villagers, escape from the Keeper of Questions by hiding in a sea cave for 400 years and confront the powerful Keeper of Causality. But there is something wrong with time itself as items from the present day begin to bleed into Isabel’s time. After driving an off-road 4×4 through the peaceful countryside of the 17th century, Martin and Isabel confront the Keeper of Questions in the city of London. But when they arrive they find it deserted – the Keeper of Questions has control of everyone in London and it won’t be long until Martin and Isabel are next.

The Keeper of Portals is a adventure story that explores the supernatural and is an ideal read for young adults. Inspired by authors such as Philip Pullman and Neil Gaiman, this book will be enjoyed by fans of time-slip fantasies, both children and adults alike.

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