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.

The Beauty of Darkness by Mary E. Pearson

Disclaimer: I bought this book for a readalong. Support your authors!Book Series: The Remnant Chronicles Book 3Rating: 2/5Diversity: n/aPublication Date: August 2, 2016Genre: YA FantasyRecommended Age: 16+ (violence, gore, romance)Publisher: Henry HoltPages: 679Amazon LinkSynopsis: Lia has survived Venda—but so has a great evil bent on the destruction of Morrighan. And only Lia can stop it.With war on the horizon, Lia has no choice but to assume her role as First Daughter, as soldier—as leader. While she struggles to reach Morrighan and warn them, she finds herself at cross-purposes with Rafe and suspicious of Kaden, who has hunted her down.In this conclusion to the Remnant Chronicles trilogy, traitors must be rooted out, sacrifices must be made, and impossible odds must be overcome as the future of every kingdom hangs in the balance.Review: Okay, so I thought this series was pretty good and I was excited to see how it would end. I felt that the characters were still well developed and the writing is really good. The world building the author does is amazing.However, I felt like 80% of this book is just filler. The book is so slow in pacing and it takes so long to get to the final battle scene, which is then a disappointment. I also felt very angry and upset about how Lia turned out in this book. The book also didn’t have a real end. It just kind of ended without a resolution.Verdict: I say to read this series, just to see if this fits you.

The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson

Disclaimer: I bought this for a readalong! Support your authors!Book Series: The Remnant Chronicles Book 2Rating: 3/5Diversity: n/aPublication Date: July 7, 2015Genre: YA FantasyRecommended Age: 16+ (violence, gore, child murder, romance)Publisher: Henry HoltPages: 470Amazon LinkSynopsis: Held captive in the barbarian kingdom of Venda, Lia and Rafe have little chance of escape. Desperate to save Lia’s life, her erstwhile assassin, Kaden, has told the Vendan Komizar that she has the gift, and the Komizar’s interest in Lia is greater than anyone could have foreseen.Meanwhile, nothing is straightforward: There’s Rafe, who lied to Lia but has sacrificed his freedom to protect her; Kaden, who meant to assassinate her but has now saved her life; and the Vendans, whom Lia always believed to be savages. Now that she lives among them, however, she realizes that may be far from the truth. Wrestling with her upbringing, her gift, and her sense of self, Lia must make powerful choices that will affect her country… and her own destiny.Review: For the most part, this was a pretty good book. The characters were well developed and I loved seeing Lia evolve throughout the book. The writing was amazing and the plot was intriguing.However, I feel like the pacing is so much slower in this book and I feel like there was a lot of filler for this book that didn’t really have a place in this book. Also the love triangle really started to get on my nerves.Verdict: This was an okay book.

The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

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Book Series: The Remnant Chronicles Book 1

Rating: 4/5

Diversity: n/a

Publication Date: July 8, 2014

Genre: YA Fantasy

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

Publisher: Henry Holt

Pages: 492

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Synopsis: In a society steeped in tradition, Princess Lia’s life follows a preordained course. As First Daughter, she is expected to have the revered gift of sight—but she doesn’t—and she knows her parents are perpetrating a sham when they arrange her marriage to secure an alliance with a neighboring kingdom—to a prince she has never met.

On the morning of her wedding, Lia flees to a distant village. She settles into a new life, hopeful when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive—and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deception abounds, and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets—even as she finds herself falling in love.

Review: Overall, I liked this book. The book has very well developed characters, the plot is complex and intriguing, and the writing was fantastic. I also feel that this book was a great set up for the series. The romance was also solid!

However, I do feel that the pacing was a bit too slow for my liking and the book spent a lot of time on the romance and not so much the plot.

Verdict: A great series starter!

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.