Hey everyone! If you’ve been following my reviews for a bit, you might have noticed that I’m a big fan of the Gabrielle series by Zachary Paul Chopchinski. And I’m so excited to announce that he’s coming out with a new book! It will be available on January 11th and it looks so amazing! But don’t take my word for it. Here’s some info directly from the author!
A world beneath our world.
An army of mechanical monsters.
A war to end all wars.
When Adalwolf Stein and Arija Rapp discover a mechanical world hidden deep within the earth, the result is life changing. Webley and the creators of The World Machine work to keep the Earth turning. But when Arija and Adalwolf discover a growing conflict that will destroy the Earth, they find themselves forced to fight.
Will they be able to stop the war in time or will they regret ever having set foot in The World Machine?
Zachary is a bow tie wearing, formal vest rocking, pocket watch using, sarcastic monster of a writer. Currently residing in Orlando, Florida, he spends his days working, writing and procrastinating.
Zach has multiple college degrees, in the fields of criminal justice and criminology…because he wanted to catch ALL the bad guys. Now, coupled with being an author of young adult fiction he spends his days yelling at people for breaking regulatory laws.
Zach is the author of the Gabrielle series, a young adult fantasy with a paranormal-historical-time traveling twist (try saying that five times fast)
Thank you to Lady Amber’s PR for putting on this exciting event!
I was a bit conflicted about this book. On the one hand, I really love the idea of mixing real history with magical elements. And the basic premise was super interesting. But, I feel like the book itself needed a little more work.
The plot kind of dragged a bit. In fact, it was a little difficult at times to figure out exactly what the plot was supposed to be. I mean, I got the basic idea: There’s an evil group that’s trying to destroy the world and then a good group working to stop the evil guys. But exactly how the good guys planned to stop the bad group was unclear until the last quarter or so of the book. There seemed to be a lot of just traveling around without a clear purpose.
But the characters were what saved this book for me. I loved the main group of characters. They each had their own unique personalities and histories, although I would have loved to know even more of their backstories. I especially enjoyed Magdelin.
Overall, I enjoyed reading this book. It’s a different sort of fantasy than I typically read, but it still had many of the elements I love in a good fantasy book.
Holy. Moly. This book was sooooo good! I mean, I figured it would be great, considering how much I loved the second one. But, seriously. So fantastic. I don’t know how I’m going to be able to wait until next year to get my hands on the final book. I need it now!!!!!
Given my slightly incoherent gushings, it might surprise you that I only gave this book 4.5 stars. Honestly, this actually might be more of a me-problem, rather than an issue with the book itself. For some reason, I had a really hard time getting into the story. Maybe it was because I had to stop and start a few times at first because life got in the way. But, thankfully, my struggles didn’t last long. After the first chapter or so, I was hooked.
This story is just so beautiful. I loved the fairy tale feel, and the heartrendingly real emotional depth. It truly was magical, both in the literal and figurative sense. At times the story seemed a bit slow, but I was so invested in the plot and the characters that I actually didn’t mind the slower parts. It gave me a chance to really get to know the characters and this world.
Speaking of characters. Oh my goodness. Vasya is one of my favorites. She’s so precious, but at the same time one of the toughest, most stubborn humans. And Solovey is an absolute doll that deserves all the porridge and treats he can handle. They both had better get a happy ending or I will be verrrrry upset.
Basically, you guys need to read The Girl in the Tower when it comes out. And if you haven’t read The Bear and the Nightingale, get on it! This series is so freaking good!
Thank you to Del Rey for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!
Recommend: Yes, if you like hard SciFi
This was such a fun read. It’s got some of my all-time favorite things: sassy, morally ambiguous characters, a high-stakes heist, and SPACE! Seriously, all it needed was a few dragons and it would have everything I need. However, despite the sad lack of dragons, I had such a good time reading this book.
Jazz is so fantastic. She’s the kind of character I would probably hate to interact with in real life, but absolutely love in a story. She’s sarcastic and selfish, but there’s some humanity buried somewhere deep down. And the rest of the cast complimented her so well.
I will say that the deluge of technical information slowed things down for me at times. While the inner nerd in me loved reading about how a city could survive on the moon, sometimes I got a little bored with all the details. But, the plot was interesting enough to keep me going.
All in all, this was definitely worth a read. I already knew I liked Weir’s work after reading The Martian, but I feel like in many ways Artemis is even better. I especially appreciated the diverse, well-developed set of characters he created. If you like hard scifi, I’d highly recommend checking this book out!
Thank you to NetGalley and Crown Publishing for proving a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!
This book wasn’t quite what I was expecting. I’m not exactly sure what it was I did expect, but this wasn’t it. Don’t get me wrong, I actually did enjoy reading it. This is a sweet, if a little slow-moving, story of love, friendship and a little bit of magic.
If you go into this book expecting an exciting magical thriller, full of intrigue and epic battles, you’re going to be disappointed. The story moves slowly and at times I wasn’t quite sure what the plot actually was. But it had such a sweet innocence to it that most of the time I didn’t really mind. While the magic itself was less prominent than your typical fantasy novel, the book still felt incredibly magical on its own. Does that make sense? I hope so because I can’t really figure out a better way to describe my feelings.
I think what really sealed the deal for me was the characters. I adored Weylyn so much. Seeing his journey and growth unfold throughout the book was so beautiful. And really, the entire cast of characters was incredibly delightful. At times, though, I felt like there were almost too many characters, especially when they each had their own point of view chapters in first person. I had a little bit of a hard time keeping track of who was speaking and at what point in Weylyn’s life we were in. But, I still thoroughly enjoyed meeting these characters.
All in all, this was a sweet, fun read. It pulled at my heartstrings in a good way and was the perfect book for relaxing with a cup of tea. If you like magical realism, or more of the coming of age type of book, I’d say definitely give this a read!
Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!
I wasn’t sure what to expect when I first started this book. I’m generally a huge fan of anything involving dragons, but I didn’t know how it would play out with the shape shifting element. And I’m happy to say that, overall, I think it worked out really great! I had a lot of fun reading this book.
Fair warning: there was a little love triangle going on. Normally, love triangles are a great way to ruin a book for me. But in this case, it didn’t bother me too much. I think one of the reasons I was less annoyed with this particular triangle is that not a lot of time is spent focusing on it. And the overall story was so interesting that I was able to overlook it in this case.
I loved the differences between the two cultures. Everything from the cultural norms, to the words they use is unique to each culture. It made the characters and the world they inhabited so much more real and dynamic. I would have liked to learn a little more about the history of the world and the two cultures, but the stuff that was there was really great!
There were a few plot holes and spots where I think things could have been explained better. But overall, I enjoyed this book so much. It’s definitely worth a read. And I’m interested to see where the story goes from here!
Recommend: Possibly, depending on what you’re looking for
I think this was another case of “It’s not you, it’s me.” This book was beautifully written, the characters were well-developed and complex, and the plot was totally cohesive. But, I still didn’t love this as much as I wanted to. Don’t get me wrong, I liked it a lot. It just didn’t grab like I’d hoped.
One of the reasons for this is probably the romance. I knew going into this book that there was going to be a lot of romance. And I was in the mood for a nice little romance, so that was totally fine with me (I’m not often in the mood for romances, so I wanted to wait until I was ready). But I also thought there was going to be more magic to balance out the romance. There was a little bit of magic, and what was there was really cool. But magic had a very small part in this book. So between the reeealllyyy heavy romance, and the severe lack of magic, I was left feeling a little disappointed.
Also, the characters. I’ll admit, I really liked Nina a lot. She was by far, one of my favorites. But the rest? Eh, not so much. Hector grew on me and I ended up liking him by the end. Everyone else just kind of drove me crazy. Especially Valérie, who was just too much for my taste. But, I will say that everyone seemed to stay true to their development and I enjoyed learning the back stories for each character. Like I said, the development of the characters was so well done. I just didn’t care for the end result in some cases.
All that being said, I did like this book. The world created was so much fun and fascinating. I loved the mixture of magic and a sort of Victorian-England-inspired world. Anyone who’s a fan of those sweeping BBC romance shows (think Poldark, or Downton Abbey) could probably appreciate this book quite a bit. I might have had some issues with parts of it, but I’m still really glad I picked this book up.
Thank you to NetGalley and Thomas Dunne Books for the chance to read this book in exchange for an honest review!