Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Book Review: Revolutions (Pendomus Chronicles #3) by Carissa Andrews

Media Type: Ebook (ARC
Title: Revolutions
   *Series: Pendomus Chronicles #3
Author: Carissa Andrews
Publisher: Self-published
Pages: Kindle; 310
Release Date: November 21, 2017
Source: Author
Content Screening: Violence

HDB Rating: 4 Keys to My Heart

Recommended to: Readers who have been following this series and are ready for an epic conclusion!

Add it on: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
As the timelines of Pendomus fray, one girl born with power has the ability to set things right….

Forcing her way into Videus’ vassalage may be the last thing Runa will ever do, but she knows she has to try. Not only are there others like her—others with powers—but they’re directly tied to her by blood. With Trae's mental stability in question, and Kani missing, Runa can only rely on herself and the aid of her brother to fulfill her destiny. If she can embrace her role as the Daughter of Five, hopefully she can set things right and free Trae from whatever madness is taking over his mind.

There’s more than meets the eye to Videus’ obsession with Runa and her bloodlines. The only problem is, unraveling the mystery could unleash catastrophe on everything she holds dear, if she’s not careful. Can Runa stop Videus once and for all—or will the fate of Pendomus be locked forever by one man’s madness?

Step into Pendomus - a world that meshes mystery, magical creatures, and destiny with science fiction and technology.

Ah, Revolutions. I wish I could express to you exactly how excited I was to start this book. After turning the last page of Polarities, all I could think about was the battle that was coming straight for Runa and how she was going to survive. Everything leading up to this last book had me on edge. The tension, even from opening to the first page, is palpable. I knew that sacrifices were going to have to be made and, I'm not going to lie, I was pretty terrified about who I'd lose this time around.

True to form, Andrews quickly pulls the reader back into Pendomus and takes off into the story. I could immediately tell that something was off between Trae and Runa, which worried me initially. However, and I'm being vague so I don't spoil anything, I soon realized what an interesting bend this lent to the story. Imagine wondering who you can trust, if you aren't even sure you can trust the people closest to you. Not for the first time, I watched Runa dig deep and learn to take care of herself even as she fought to save everyone else. I don't know if I've beat this concept to death in these reviews, but the fact remains that Runa is one hell of a character. She's flawed, but that's realistic. She's tough, but also broken. She's the easiest character in the world to fall in love with simply because you understand her so deeply.

Which is why I definitely did some tearing up at the ending here. I had mild doubts going into the final pages of this as to whether or not things would work out the way I hoped. I wondered if Runa would make a decision that would totally throw me off balance. I'm happy to say that the ending was absolute perfection. Wonderful, selfless Runa remained herself until the very end and that made me more happy than I can ever say.

If this review is vague, it's only because I honestly don't want to spoil a single thing for you. There are amazing fight scenes, touching moments, and definite tension all rolled into Revolutions. I highly suggest that if you haven't started this series yet, you remedy that! You'll definitely want to speed to the ending just like I did.

Monday, November 13, 2017

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (11/13/17)

Hello bookish friends!

Am I the only one who is having a mild meltdown at the fact that Thanksgiving is next week, the month is almost over, and that means that Christmas and New Year are right around the corner? I set a goal to read 120 books this year, to keep things calm and simple, and I might actually not hit that. It's been a great year so far, just not quite a great one for reading.

The good news is that I'm not super worried about it. If I've been slacking off on blogging as much as I usually do, it's because I was burnt out and needed a break. Blogging is so fun, and so rewarding, but it's also exhausting. Especially when you have a full time job on top of it. So, if I disappear once in a while, you'll understand.

Anyway enough rambling, here's what I'm reading this week.

I've been on an audiobook binge the last few months, mainly because my attention span has been really all over the place. I'll find myself picking up a new book to read, only to set it down and move on to something else. Audiobooks help because I can listen to them at work and on the commute, so I'm more likely to finish them! Which is why I decided to do a re-read of In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan. Hiddensee was for a tour, and unfortunately not all I hoped for. However, Snow & Rose was also for a tour and absolutely wonderful! I've been all over the place in terms of reading material lately, and I'm not even sorry.

I have a long list of pending library audiobook holds, and Furthermore was next up in the queue. So far I'm enchanted by it! Let's hope that it keeps its whimsical nature and plucky heroine alive.

I've been eyeing this book for a while now, and I'm in an MG mood all of the sudden, so this will probably be next! It sounds adorable, and has amazing ratings.

That's it for me! What are you reading?


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