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The Realms of the Gods (The Immortals 4) by Tamora Pierce

The Realms of the Gods (The Immortals 4) by Tamora Pierce

Brief Summary: During a battle against immortal monsters, Daine and Numair are sucked into the divine realms, when Daine nearly dies. They are needed back home because the battle against Ozorne is not going well, but that may not be easy. But at least Daine finds out her parentage, and gains valuable friends and allies in the war they’re currently losing. This is the fourth and final book in The Immortals Quartet.

Read my review for the first book Wild Magicthe second book Wolf-Speaker, and third book Emperor Mage.

A great finish to the series!

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Emperor Mage (The Immortals 3) by Tamora Pierce

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Emperor Mage (The Immortals 3) by Tamora Pierce

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Brief Summary: Daine and Numair are part of the diplomatic delegation that goes to Carthak to try to make peace between them and Tortall. Dealing with a dangerous, finicky emperor is hard enough, but when Carthak’s goddess starts meddling and using Daine as a vessel and signs of ill omens begin to appear all over Carthak, it becomes clear peacemaking peace between two nations on the brink of war may not be easy. This is a third book in The Immortals quartet.

Read my review for the first book Wild Magic and the second book Wolf-Speaker.

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Wolf-Speaker (The Immortals 2) by Tamora Pierce

Wolf-Speaker (The Immortals 2) by Tamora Pierce

Brief Summary: The wolf pack that Daine once ran with send for her help, the valley that they’re living in is being destroyed by humans. When Daine and Numair answer the call for help, they discover that things are more sinister than they seem, and that the entire kingdom may be in trouble. This is a second book in The Immortals quartet.

Read my review for the first book: Wild Magic.

Possible Mild Spoilers.

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Wild Magic (The Immortals 1) by Tamora Pierce

Wild Magic (The Immortals 1) by Tamora Pierce

Brief Summary: Daine has an uncanny ability to understand and speak to animals. But she realizes it’s so much more when she winds up in Tortall after being forced to leave her home. Daine makes new friends, who help her discover her special type of magic, just when the monsters who’ve been imprisoned in the Divine Realms return to Tortall.

The Immortals series is set in the same world as Song of the Lioness quartet and a further extension of Tortall universe, set nine years later.  

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The one thing I noticed immediately was the drastic improvement in Tamora Pierce’s writing from the Song of the Lioness series. While a bit dense with detail sometimes, the writing can breathe now without summarizing important details. So, if you’re one of the people who wasn’t quite sold on Tamora Pierce or Tortall with the first series, I definitely recommend you read the Immortals before giving up.

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Lioness Rampant (Song of the Lioness) by Tamora Pierce

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Lioness Rampant (Song of the Lioness 4) by Tamora Pierce

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Brief Summary: Alanna doesn’t quite know what to do with herself, having achieved everything she’s ever wished for. She decides to go find the Dominion Jewel, which she hopes will prove that she deserves to be a knight to the people, and help her fix her relationship with Jon. But being away for so long, she doesn’t know—until it’s too late, that her brother has brought back her worst enemy from the grave.

Read my reviews for the First Bookthe Second Book , and the Third Book.

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The Woman Who Rides Like a Man (Song of the Lioness 3) by Tamora Pierce

The Woman Who Rides Like a Man (Song of the Lioness 3) by Tamora Pierce

Brief Summary: Third Book in a Series. Alanna decides to leave court and Tortall to let things simmer down after her big reveal, and go adventuring meanwhile. She gets as far as the desert of the Bazhir, when she is captured by the tribesmen and becomes an important part of their tribe. 

Read my reviews for the First Book and the Second Book in the series.

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Ruin and Rising (The Grisha 3) by Leigh Bardugo

Ruin and Rising (The Grisha 3) by Leigh Bardugo

Brief Summary: Third and final book of the Grisha Trilogy. The capital has fallen, the good guys have lost and gone into hiding, while the Darkling now sits on the throne. Alina and her allies must discover how to find the last amplifier, to increase her power in order to defeat the Darkling and destroy the Fold. But is she willing to make the sacrifices it will take?

Read my reviews for Book 1: Shadow and Bone and Book 2: Siege and Storm.

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Possible Spoilers for All Three Books.

Ruin and Rising was a great finish to the trilogy. While I have my gripes with the language use, I thought that overall, The Grisha trilogy was a fantastic series. It was original basing it’s world on Russia instead of England. There was humor, which I adored, and the characters were amazing. The Darkling is by far one of my favorite villains, and Alina is a pretty great heroine. Mal redeemed himself a bit in this book, though I did not like him in the first two, so it’s a little too late. This was the first time that I did not support the canon pairing. Nikolai, the prince after my own heart, all the way. The supporting cast of characters, while sometimes tropey, were all enjoyable. 


Overall, highly recommend.

Savage Drift (Monument 14 #3) by Emmy Laybourne

Savage Drift (Monument 14 #3) by Emmy Laybourne

Brief Summary: 3rd book in a series. The kids finally reached safety, all of them except one. The one who kept them together in the beginning. Now, they have to go band together and save her before it’s too late. 

Read the reviews for book 1 Monument 14, and book 2 Sky on Fire.

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A somewhat lukewarm end to a great series, that leaves a bit too many questions unanswered, but at least gives its readers a happy ending with the gang together and happy at last.

Spoilers for the Entire Series

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Sky on Fire (Monument 14 #2) by Emmy Laybourne

Sky on Fire (Monument 14 #2) by Emmy Laybourne

Brief Summary: Sequel to Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne. After being trapped in a superstore by a series of escalating disasters that bring on the apocalypse, the 14 kids that survived, have gone their separate ways. Half are on their way to Denver to be rescues, and half have stayed behind to wait for them. Both are about to fight for their lives like they’ve never done before, including those that stayed in “safety”.

Read my review for Monument 14, the first book in the series.

Possible Spoilers Ahead.

This is a great second installment in the Monument 14 trilogy. This was so much more intense than the first book, because not only are the kids separated, but they face new dangers, and things go wrong almost right away, so you gotta keep turning pages to find out what’s next.

I thought that separating was real stupid, but I couldn’t decide what was better, leaving or staying. Especially since neither of groups make the smartest decisions. Which was the most frustrating parts.

The characters develop in their own ways, and are forced to make difficult decisions, and sacrifice a lot. We’re forced to say goodbye to a couple, but we also meet someone new. Max is definitely my favorite. 

The ending of this was insane. Gah, you’re definitely going to want to have the last book handy when you’re done.

Monument 14 (Monument 14 #1) by Emmy Laybourne

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Monument 14 (Monument 14 #1) by Emmy Laybourne

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Brief Summary: The apocalypse is here. 14 kids are stuck in the superstore while the world is falling apart with no way to get out and not knowing if people they love are still alive. But can they manage to survive the apocalypse without killing each other first?

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A great start to a series, Monument 14 is a gripping story about fourteen kids of varying ages stuck together in a superstore during an apocalypse. First a hail storm, earthquake, then a chemical plant leak that affects causing paranoia, blisters, murderous rage, or sterility depending on a person’s blood type. The concept seemed really original to me. The fact that it’s kids of varying ages, some as young as five, make it so much more intense than if this was just teenagers. 

I liked most of the characters, but since there are so many of them, not all of them get a lot of screen time, and it takes awhile to get them all straight in your head. Dean was okay as a main character, a little whinny, and a bit too infatuated with the love interest, Astrid. Who for some reason, isn’t even there for most of the book. I really liked her, but I was just unhappy with the way Dean sees her as person, and the way she’s written. All Dean can do is think of how hot she is, even though she has a boyfriend. Some of the little kids, like Max and the twins were my favorites. Dean was the best when he was interacting with the little kids. When the focus was on the relationships (everyone has to be in one) and the cattiness between the girls, it was just annoying.

Overall, this was good start, original, interesting, and well written.