OUTRUN THE WIND BY ELIZABETH TAMMI

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“I made it here. I will show them what my name means.”

Spoiler Free Review

Title: Outrun the Wind
Author: Elizabeth Tammi
Series or Standalone: Standalone (for now, according to the author.)
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, LGBT, Greek Mythology
Publication Date: November 27th 2018
Publisher: Flux
Format: eArc
Source: Netgally
Star Rating: ★★☆☆☆
GOODREADS

Outrun the Wind begin on the premise of a hunt; it is fast paced, intense and is positively exciting. However, it shortly looses this momentum following the first couple of chapters and falls into a sluggish narrative, largely driven by prose and the woes of palace life. After a promising opening scene what follows is a slow paced, unimaginative fantasy novel that is quite frankly boring.

Outrun the Wind is set in a fantasy world inspired by Greek mythology. Told in dual perspective we follow Kahina and Atalanta – a huntress of the goddess Artemis and a lost princess respectively.  Kahina is trying to earn back Artemis’ favour by attempting to complete a dangerous task in the kingdom of Arkadia. It’s here that her fate collides with Atalanta, who is running away from a disastrous quest. As Kahina’s connection with Atalanta deepens she finds herself straying from the rules of being a huntress, by helping her devise a dangerous game to avoid marriage. But when the men responsible for the girls’ dark pasts arrive, the game turns deadly.

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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

There are so many releases and movie related news this November that I’m excited to discuss!

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THE SHATTERED COURT BY M.J. SCOTT

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Title: The Shattered Court
Author: M.J. Scott
Series or Standalone: Series ‘The Four Arts’ (Book #1)
Genre: Adult, Fantasy, Romance & Witches
Publication Date: April 28th 2015
Publisher: Roc
Format: Paperback
Source: Library
Star Rating: ★★☆☆☆
GOODREADS

 

Full disclosure, I went into this book believing that it was fantasy romance. And I went solely into this book for that fact alone. I am a reader who loves romance in a fantasy context, and was so excited. Unfortunately, I found The Shattered Court to be an underwhelming instalment in the genre.

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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

As many of you probably know KINGDOM OF ASH is officially out. Whilst this release is a long time coming and deserves it’s celebration and spotlight – let’s not let it overshadow some other great releases that also deserve some attention!
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MY FAVOURITE PARANORMAL CHARACTERS

I can’t go through the entirety of October without acknowledging some of my favourite paranormal creatures!

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MUSE OF NIGHTMARES BY LAINI TAYLOR

38525180Title: Muse of Nightmares
Author: Laini Taylor
Series or Standalone: Series (Book #2)
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Publication Date: October 2nd 2018
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Format: eArc
Source: Netgalley
Star Rating: ★★★★★
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“This is Weep. You can’t expect things to make sense here.”

If I had to describe Muse of Nightmares in two words it would be brilliant… yet brutal.

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MID YEAR BOOK FREAKOUT TAG | 2018 Edition

Yep, you read that right! I know it’s not quite mid-year, but I’ve had this one sitting in the vault for a while now.

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THE BEAUTY OF DARKNESS BY MARY E. PEARSON

25944798Title: The Beauty of Darkness
Author: Mary E. Pearson
Series or Standalone: The Remnant Chronicles #3
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Publication Date: August 2nd 2016
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
Format: Hardcover
Source: Personal Shelves
Star Rating: ★★★☆☆
When the Beauty of Darkness arrived on my doorstep, I – like a lot of other fans of the series – was a little shocked at the sheer size of it. It was a kind of happy surprise, because after reading Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare, I’ve been less intimidated by YA Fantasy books over 500+ pages. More over, The Kiss of Deception and The Heart of Betrayal were both roughly five star reads for me.
Consequently, I was confident Pearson would deliver an amazingly epic finale that was on par with her previous work. Instead, The Beauty of Darkness felt extremely longwinded, and quite frankly left me feeling (surprisingly) a little disappointed. (But hey, you can’t please everyone!)

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SCARLET BY A.C. GAUGHEN

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Title: Scarlet
Author: A.C. Gaughen
Series or Standalone: Scarlet #1
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy, Retelling, Historical and Romance
Publication Date: February 2012
Publisher: Walker Children’s
Format: eBook
Source: Library
Star Rating: ★★☆☆☆

 

To be honest, I think two stars is generous for Scarlet, because I honestly could’ve died of boredom reading it.

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