Just a Few Pretty Covers

Posted December 9, 2020 by Berls in Just a Few Books I Read, Review / 4 Comments

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This feature is for short reviews, reviews of books in a series where it might feel repetitive, or (as Michelle suggested) books I was too lazy to write a “real” review for. Today’s books all had pretty covers that lured me in… some delivered, others not so much. They all also happen to be COYER book club reads, Young Adult, Fantasy, and ebooks I got from the library!

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Just a Few Pretty CoversSky in the Deep by Adrienne Young
Series: Sky in the Deep #1
Published by Wednesday Books on April 24, 2018
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Pages: 340
Format: eBook
Source: Library

Raised to be a warrior, seventeen-year-old Eelyn fights alongside her Aska clansmen in an ancient rivalry against the Riki clan. Her life is brutal but simple: fight and survive. Until the day she sees the impossible on the battlefield—her brother, fighting with the enemy—the brother she watched die five years ago.
Faced with her brother's betrayal, she must survive the winter in the mountains with the Riki, in a village where every neighbor is an enemy, every battle scar possibly one she delivered. But when the Riki village is raided by a ruthless clan thought to be a legend, Eelyn is even more desperate to get back to her beloved family.
She is given no choice but to trust Fiske, her brother’s friend, who sees her as a threat. They must do the impossible: unite the clans to fight together, or risk being slaughtered one by one. Driven by a love for her clan and her growing love for Fiske, Eelyn must confront her own definition of loyalty and family while daring to put her faith in the people she’s spent her life hating.
Part Wonder Woman, part Vikings—and all heart.

This book started so confusing. I think it was just so much of a new world all at once, with places and names I couldn’t pronounce. It was overwhelming. But there were little glimpses here and there that kept me going and before I knew it, I was sucked in and ended up really enjoying it. The characters were mesmerizing and I loved the underlying message that people are people, with families and loved ones, fears and hopes and dreams – regardless of what they believe, where they live, etc. I ended it excited to read the next book.

4 stars Pretty Great

Just a Few Pretty CoversThe Girl the Sea Gave Back by Adrienne Young
Series: Sky in the Deep #2
Published by Wednesday Books on September 3, 2019
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Format: eBook
Source: Library

The new gut-wrenching epic from the New York Times bestselling author of Sky in the Deep.
For as long as she can remember, Tova has lived among the Svell, the people who found her washed ashore as a child and use her for her gift as a Truthtongue. Her own home and clan are long-faded memories, but the sacred symbols and staves inked over every inch of her skin mark her as one who can cast the rune stones and see into the future. She has found a fragile place among those who fear her, but when two clans to the east bury their age-old blood feud and join together as one, her world is dangerously close to collapse.
For the first time in generations, the leaders of the Svell are divided. Should they maintain peace or go to war with the allied clans to protect their newfound power? And when their chieftain looks to Tova to cast the stones, she sets into motion a series of events that will not only change the landscape of the mainland forever but will give her something she believed she could never have again—a home.

And when I started the next book it actually started so much more promising than the first (above). But it fell apart for me.  It wasn’t bad, just not compelling enough to want to finish right now. I may come back to it sometime. I was thrilled to see Halvard is a main character. And the other characters are interesting. But it’s slow progress and very little is happening. I decided to DNF at about 45%… but I’m giving it 2 stars because if I had finished it, I think it would have been at least that good.

2.5 stars Meh

Just a Few Pretty CoversFour Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte
on February 26, 2019
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Format: eBook
Source: Library

Seventeen-year-old Keralie Corrington may seem harmless, but she’s, in fact, one of Quadara’s most skilled thieves and a liar. Varin, on the other hand, is an honest, upstanding citizen of Quadara’s most enlightened region, Eonia. He runs afoul of Keralie when she steals a package from him, putting his life in danger. When Varin attempts to retrieve the package, he and Keralie both find themselves entangled in a conspiracy that leaves all four of Quadara’s queens dead.
With no other choices and on the run from Keralie’s former employer, the two decide to join forces, endeavoring to discover who has killed the queens and save their own lives in the process. When their reluctant partnership blooms into a tenuous romance, they must overcome their own dark secrets in hopes of a future together that seemed impossible just days before. But first they have to stay alive and untangle the secrets behind the nation’s four dead queens.
An enthralling fast-paced murder mystery where competing agendas collide with deadly consequences, Four Dead Queens heralds the arrival of an exciting new YA talent.

Another DNF this summer… However I’m giving it 2 stars because I think if I felt like pushing through that’s what I’d give it. I’m just not motivated… There’s too many characters and stories going on at once. I think this could have easily been 2 strong books if they were separate. One book for the queens and one book for Keralie. I think both sides would have been stronger with that room to grow AND it wouldn’t be as much WORK to read.
2.5 stars MehJust a Few Pretty CoversTrail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse
Series: The Sixth World #1
Published by Saga Press on June 26, 2018
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Pages: 287
Format: eBook
Source: Library

While most of the world has drowned beneath the sudden rising waters of a climate apocalypse, Dinétah (formerly the Navajo reservation) has been reborn. The gods and heroes of legend walk the land, but so do monsters.
Maggie Hoskie is a Dinétah monster hunter, a supernaturally gifted killer. When a small town needs help finding a missing girl, Maggie is their last—and best—hope. But what Maggie uncovers about the monster is much larger and more terrifying than anything she could imagine.
Maggie reluctantly enlists the aid of Kai Arviso, an unconventional medicine man, and together they travel to the rez to unravel clues from ancient legends, trade favors with tricksters, and battle dark witchcraft in a patchwork world of deteriorating technology.
As Maggie discovers the truth behind the disappearances, she will have to confront her past—if she wants to survive.
Welcome to the Sixth World.

And another DNF. Pretty covers just didn’t deliver for me this year! This one started FANTASTIC. I was hooked. And then it got boring. Nothing happened for lots and lots of pages. Then my library wanted it back and I didn’t feel compelled to either rush through it before the deadline or buy it to continue. So yeah, it didn’t work for me. Perhaps it got exciting again, but I didn’t make it that far.

2 stars Didnt Work

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4 responses to “Just a Few Pretty Covers

  1. Sky in the Deep and Trail of Lightning are on my wish to read list. I’ve actually been putting the latter one off because I’d heard it was a disappointment for several. Glad you gave them all a try and Sky in the Deep ended up hooking you late.
    I’m a sucker for a fascinating cover, too.