Tuesday, 31 January 2017

The Princess Saves Herself In This One, Amanda Lovelace

the story of a princess turned damsel turned queen
* * 

I picked this up because I'd been hearing a lot of chatter about it. This won the Goodreads award for poetry and, as some who occasionally reads volumes of poetry, I was interested. I have given this collection a rating of 2/5 because whilst the poems were evocative, they simply did not work for me. Through no fault of the author, as this is clearly a highly personal collection and appears to me to perhaps be part of a cathartic process for her, I found many of the poems to not be particularly relatable. 

The Princess Saves Herself In This One is a highly personal collection of poems divided into four parts: the princess, the damsel, the queen, and you. It incorporates themes of family, love, grief, anger, growing up, and healing. It is a highly emotional and impacting read, and I am certain that many of these poems will resonate with a great many people. 

Monday, 30 January 2017

Carve the Mark, Veronica Roth

"don't you dare tell me what death is," she said. "I know."
* * *

Carve the Mark tells the story of Akos from the Thuvhe people, captured by the people of Shotet and given to Cyra, a woman whose "currentgift" brings her only pain and whose brother, Ryzek, is a murderous tyrant. On the whole I enjoyed the lyrical prose and the characters. It is certainly a character-driven novel which suffers heavily from a lack of thorough world-building and reliance on unpleasant racial/religious stereotypes.

I was also massively attracted by the beautiful hardcover. 

Thursday, 26 January 2017

[article] My Five Most Anticipated Sequels Of 2017

I love a good sequel. More exploration of a world I have grown to love? Meeting my favourite characters again alongside some new ones? The answer to a cliffhanger the last book left me on, or the continuation of a nicely wrapped up standalone? Sign me up! Some sequels are excellent because they are the fifth book in a series I don't want to end (whereas some series ought to have ended long ago), others because they are a nice surprise addition to something I didn't think was going to get a sequel. 

Without further ado, in reverse order of I-just-can't-wait-edness, my five most anticipated sequels being published in 2017!

A Crown of Wishes, Roshani Chokshi
The Star-Touched Queen, #2

Gauri, the princess of Bharata, has been taken as a prisoner of war by her kingdom’s enemies. Faced with a future of exile and scorn, Gauri has nothing left to lose. Hope unexpectedly comes in the form of Vikram, the cunning prince of a neighboring land and her sworn enemy kingdom. Together, they’ll have to set aside their differences and team up to win the Tournament of Wishes.

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

The Sword of Summer, Magnus Chase & The Gods of Asgard

"I hate this plan." I said. "Let's do it"

* * 
2 / 5

I have read all 10 books of the main Percy Jackson series. I enjoyed them. So when Magnus Chase was part of a buy one get one half off deal at Waterstones I picked it up with the full expectations of reading another book in the vein of Percy Jackson, with a sparkly new setting. Which is what I got. 

I have far less knowledge and experience with reading stories of Norse mythology than I do with Ancient Greek, so that aspect intrigued me, alongside the fact that at 16, Magnus was an older and hopefully more mature character than Percy. 

The Good:
Magnus was likeable and seemed genuine - he cried, got angry, was suspicious and a little untrusting. I appreciated the choice of his godly parent who was not (I don't believe) a particularly major deity (I think after Percy & Poseidon it would have been rather repetitive to choose a god like Thor or Odin for Magnus' father) and his spheres of domain and the powers Magnus got were interesting. 

Review Index

All my reviews, handily summarised in alphabetical order. I cross-post from Goodreads.

If the book you are looking for begins with "the", it's listed alphabetically by the second word!

A Tale of Two Ladies, Glenn Song
Am I Normal Yet? (The Spinster Club #1), Holly Bourne
Ariadnis, Josh Martin
Assassin's Fate (Ftiz and the Fool #3), Robin Hobb

Big Mushy Happy Lump, Sarah Andersen
Boy With The Porcelain Blade, The, Den Patrick
Brother's Ruin, Emma Newman
Bull, David Elliott

Caraval, Stephanie Garber
Carve the Mark, Veronica Roth
Castaways, The, Jessika Fleck

Darker Shade of Magic, A, V. E. Schwab
Definitions of Indefinable Things, Whitney Taylor
Defy the Stars, Claudia Gray
Den of Shadows, Christopher Byford
Descendants, Rae Else
Digging in the Stars, Katherine Blakeney

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine, Gail Honeyman
Elf Warfare, Chris Pramas
Elite, The (The Selection #2), Kiera Cass
Evaporation of Sofi Snow, The, Mary Weber

Fallen Flame, J Miller
Flame In The Mist, Renee Ahdieh

Gilded Cage, Vic James
Girlhood, Cat Clarke
Girls Can't Hit, Tom Easton
Girl Off The Grid, Jillian Dodd
Grendel's Guide To Love and War, A. E. Kaplan

Hammer of Thor, The (Magnus Chase & the Gods of Asgard #2), Rick Riordan
Heartless, Marissa Meyer
Hidden Oracle, The (Trials of Apollo #1), Rick Riordan
Hit the Ground Running, Mark Burley
House of Mountfathom, The, Nigel McDowell
Hundredth Queen, The, Emily King
Hush, The, Skye Melki-Wegner
Hyperbole and a Half, Allie Brosh

In Ageless Sleep, Arden Ellis

Joyride #1, Jackson Lanzing
Jungle Book, The: Manga Classics, Chrystal Chan


Love and Vandalism, Laurie Crompton

Man Who Won The World, The, O. E. Boroni
Manifesto On How To Be Interesting, The, Holly Bourne
Mercury in Retrograde, Merethe Walther
Mountain, Ursula Pflug
More of Me, Kathryn Evans

Noteworthy, Riley Redgate
Now I Rise, Kiersten White

One, The (The Selection #3), Kiera Cass
Orchid Caper, The, Connie Dowell

Princess Saves Herself In This One, The, Amanda Lovelace

Quests of the Kings, Robert Evert

Radio Silence, Alice Oseman
Rebel of the Sands, Alwyn Hamilton
Red Rising, Pierce Brown
Red Queen, Victoria Aveyard
Release, Patrick Ness
Resurrection (Skulduggery Pleasant #10), Derek Landy
Romeo And/Or Juliet, Ryan North

Scythe, Neal Shusterman
Sea (The Huntress #1), Sarah Driver
Selection, The (The Selection #1), Kiera Cass
Shock of the Fall, The, Nathan Filer
Spellslinger (Spellslinger #1), Sebastien de Castell
State of Grace, The, Rachael Lucas
Strawberry Summer, Melissa Brayden
Sucktown, Alaska, Craig Dirkes
Sword of Summer, The (Magnus Chase & The Gods of Asgard #1), Rick Riordan

Ten Birthdays, Kerry Wilkinson
Trial By Fire, Lore Graham
True Born (True Born Trilogy #1), L. E. Sterling
True North (True Born Trilogy #2), L. E. Sterling

Under Rose-Tainted Skies, Louise Gornall
Unknown Horizons, C J Birch


Welcome Back #1, Christopher Sebela
When Dimple Met Rishi, Sandhya Menon
White Hare, The, Michael Fishwick
Winner's Curse, The, Marie Rutkoski




Review Policy

As of January 2017,

Emails may be sent to atlasrisings at gmail dot com

I accept eBooks & eARCs, self-published books, print copies & print ARCs. I do not accept audiobooks.

I prefer:

  • YA
  • Fantasy 
  • Sci-Fi
  • LGBT+
  • Dystopian
  • Steampunk/Victorian

I also occasionally read:
  • Contemporary
  • Historical fiction
  • Philosophy & popular philosophy
  • Popular science
With a particular interest in anything that is based on myths, dragons and involves swords. I withhold the right to decline any kind of novel, for any reason.

If I accept a book, it does not guarantee a review, although I will do my absolute best to read and review every book I accept in a timely and acceptable fashion. I am dedicated to giving honest, and sometimes critical, reviews. This means they will not always be positive, in which case I will state clearly why - such a book, may after all, suit someone else far better. My writing manner will be professional yet casual, and never rude or derogatory towards an author. 

Each of my reviews includes: 
  • Rating out of five
  • Quotes
  • Book photo
  • Brief plot overview
  • Initial impression
  • Likes
  • Dislikes
  • Summary


Hello all!

This is my blogspot blog, specifically for everything to do with books! Book reviews, pretty pictures, recommendations and general ramblings. I hope to engage much more with the book community than I have done before, having previously just been a devourer of books, then a passive book rater on GoodReads, then short reviews & comments, and now (my final stage), a book blogger.

A bit about me
I'm an undergraduate university student in England, studying mathematics and philosophy.

My absolute favourite novel is Assassin's Apprentice by Robin Hobb, and some of my favourite authors include Brandon Sanderson, Marie Brennan, Patrick Rothoss, Becky Chambers and Leigh Bardugo.

My top 5 books that I read in 2016 would be (in no particular order):

  • Uprooted, Naomi Novik
  • Illuminae (and Gemini), Amie Kaufman
  • The Secret History, Donna Tartt
  • The very long way to a small angry planet, Becky Chambers
  • A Court of Mist and Fury, S. J. Maas
And a surprise number 6 (because who can really choose just 5?)
  • In the Labyrinth of Drakes, Marie Brennan
I hope you enjoy my blog :)

You can find me on GoodReads, under AtlasRising, here!