Vow of Thieves by Mary E Pearson

Disclaimer: I bought my own copy. Yay me! All opinions are my own.

 

Book Series: Dance of Thieves Book 2

 

Rating: 3/5

 

Publication Date: August 6, 2019

 

Genre: YA Fantasy

 

Recommended Age: 15+ (gore, violence, romance, and thievery)

 

Publisher: Henry Holt And Co.

 

Synopsis: Kazi and Jase have survived, stronger and more in love than ever. Their new life now lies before them―the Ballengers will be outlaws no longer, Tor’s Watch will be a kingdom, and the two of them will meet all challenges side by side, together at last.

But an ominous warning mars their journey back, and in their rush to return to Tor’s Watch, just outside the fortress walls, they are violently attacked and torn apart―and each is thrust into their own new hell.

Unsure whether the other is alive or dead, Kazi and Jase must keep their wits among their greatest enemies and unlikeliest allies. And all the while, Death watches and waits

 

Review: Again, I really thought this was solid book. The writing is poetic, the worldbuilding is great, the characters are amazing. I really liked this ending to the duology and I really liked how it tied into the Remnant Chronicles.

 

However, I just feel like her books may not be for me. I got irrationally mad at the romance being the forefront. While there’s nothing wrong with that it’s just not for me.

 

Verdict: It’s an excellent continuation of the Remnant Chronicles and I’m sad it’s over

Dance of Thieves by Mary E. Pearson

Disclaimer: I received this book from NetGalley, but then bought my own copy. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

 

Book Series: Dance of Thieves Book 1

 

Rating: 3.5/5

 

Publication Date: August 7, 2018

 

Genre: YA Fantasy

 

Recommended Age: 15+ (gore, violence, romance, and thievery)

 

Publisher: Henry Holt And Co.

 

Synopsis: A new novel in the New York Times–bestselling Remnant Chronicles universe, in which a reformed thief and the young leader of an outlaw dynasty lock wits in a battle that may cost them their lives—and their hearts.

When the patriarch of the Ballenger empire dies, his son, Jase, becomes its new leader. Even nearby kingdoms bow to the strength of this outlaw family, who have always governed by their own rules. But a new era looms on the horizon, set in motion by a young queen, which makes her the target of the dynasty’s resentment and anger.

At the same time, Kazi, a legendary former street thief, is sent by the queen to investigate transgressions against the new settlements. When Kazi arrives in the forbidding land of the Ballengers, she learns that there is more to Jase than she thought. As unexpected events spiral out of their control, bringing them intimately together, they continue to play a cat and mouse game of false moves and motives in order to fulfill their own secret missions.

 

Review: I thought this book was well done the second time I read it. The worldbuilding is great, the writing is amazing, the characters were well developed.

 

However, I feel my issue with the book is that the romance takes the forefront of the novel throughout most of it and I’m not liking that nowadays. I feel that’s what you get with Mary Pearson so if you like that then this author is for you!

 

Verdict: It’s an excellent continuation of the Remnant Chronicles.

Dance of Thieves by Mary E. Pearson

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book on NetGalley. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

 

Rating: 1/5

 

Publication Date: August 7th, 2018

 

Genre: YA Fantasy

 

Recommended Age: can’t say, DNFed

 

Pages: 508

 

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Synopsis: When the patriarch of the Ballenger empire dies, his son, Jase, becomes its new leader. Even nearby kingdoms bow to the strength of this outlaw family, who have always governed by their own rules. But a new era looms on the horizon, set in motion by a young queen, which makes her the target of the dynasty’s resentment and anger.

At the same time, Kazi, a legendary former street thief, is sent by the queen to investigate transgressions against the new settlements. When Kazi arrives in the forbidding land of the Ballengers, she learns that there is more to Jase than she thought. As unexpected events spiral out of their control, bringing them intimately together, they continue to play a cat and mouse game of false moves and motives in order to fulfill their own secret missions.

 

I tried for a week to read this, but I had to DNF it in the end. I felt that the writing was way too detailed and fluffy for my liking, the characters were greatly detailed to a fault, and I was confused about the timeline. Normally, the detailing wouldn’t be a bad thing but I didn’t make it past page 40 and I felt like I knew these characters way too intimately for the time being. I was just so overwhelmed by the book and by detailing. I was also deterred by the slow pacing and overall confusion. The book shifts between the past and the present and it’s really hard to read casually.

 

Verdict: This book was too much for me.