Book Review: Windwitch by Susan Dennard (The Witchlands #2)

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Author: Susan Dennard
Series: The Witchlands #2
Release Date: January 10, 2017
Publisher: Tor Teen
Get it Here: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository

Synopsis:

Sometimes our enemies are also our only allies…

After an explosion destroys his ship, the world believes Prince Merik, Windwitch, is dead. Scarred yet alive, Merik is determined to prove his sister’s treachery. Upon reaching the royal capital, crowded with refugees, he haunts the streets, fighting for the weak—which leads to whispers of a disfigured demigod, the Fury, who brings justice to the oppressed.

When the Bloodwitch Aeduan discovers a bounty on Iseult, he makes sure to be the first to find her—yet in a surprise twist, Iseult offers him a deal. She will return money stolen from him, if he locates Safi. Now they must work together to cross the Witchlands, while constantly wondering, who will betray whom first?

After a surprise attack and shipwreck, Safi and the Empress of Marstok barely escape with their lives. Alone in a land of pirates, every moment balances on a knife’s edge—especially when the pirates’ next move could unleash war upon the Witchlands.

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Note: This is the sequel to Truthwitch, which you can find my review here. This review will have minor spoilers for the series.

I came into Windwitch with big expectations after loving Truthwitch and was disappointed by all fronts. I never got to see the wonderful friendship and connection of Iseult and Safi. The romantic tensions were pretty much not there at all between any of the ships (in fact, I’m hesitant to even call them ships at this point). Some of the characters were just extremely frustrating to read from, and the alternating third person limited POV’s between five people just bogged down the story. Let’s just say that for a fantasy with an expansive world and lots of traveling between characters, I just really couldn’t get into Windwitch.

I’ll break this review into the different POV’s that are happening, saving Merik for last because obviously, this book was mostly about him. Continue reading “Book Review: Windwitch by Susan Dennard (The Witchlands #2)”

Book Review: Truthwitch by Susan Dennard (The Witchlands #1)

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Author: Susan Dennard
Series: The Witchlands
Release Date: January 5, 2016
Publisher: Tor Teen
Get it Here: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository

Synopsis:
On a continent ruled by three empires, some are born with a “witchery”, a magical skill that sets them apart from others.
In the Witchlands, there are almost as many types of magic as there are ways to get in trouble—as two desperate young women know all too well.
Safiya is a Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lie. It’s a powerful magic that many would kill to have on their side, especially amongst the nobility to which Safi was born. So Safi must keep her gift hidden, lest she be used as a pawn in the struggle between empires.
Iseult, a Threadwitch, can see the invisible ties that bind and entangle the lives around her—but she cannot see the bonds that touch her own heart. Her unlikely friendship with Safi has taken her from life as an outcast into one of reckless adventure, where she is a cool, wary balance to Safi’s hotheaded impulsiveness.
Safi and Iseult just want to be free to live their own lives, but war is coming to the Witchlands. With the help of the cunning Prince Merik (a Windwitch and ship’s captain) and the hindrance of a Bloodwitch bent on revenge, the friends must fight emperors, princes, and mercenaries alike, who will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch.

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The hype was quite real for this book, ever since during BEA many people waited hours in line to get an ARC. I was lucky enough to borrow one from Nichol at Stacks Waiting, who is an amazing blogger and person. Right off the bat we’re sucked into a descriptive world of witchery and action when we see Safiya and Iseult escaping from their latest escapade. The book is told in limited third person POV, so each section we get a little bit of one of the main character’s thoughts. I really enjoy this choice of style because this way we can learn a little more about characters who I believe will play a larger role later in the story.

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Fanart Friday (#1): Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

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Happy Friday guys! I’m sure most of you are getting ready for the weekend like I am. 🙂 I’m not sure if this feature has been done or not, but I haven’t found it in the blogosphere yet so here it is: Fanart Friday!

Basically in the past I’ve done a lot of fanart for books and shows I’ve loved; however, I’ve never really shared them unless it was for a fanart competition (which I think we should have more of 😛 ) Thus, I decided to do a feature highlighting some fanart that I’ve done, or links to awesome ones that other people have done. (Because DANG the people in the blogging community are super talented.)

This baby was born when I started to get back to my drawing groove after reading Truthwitch by Susan Dennard, which comes out next year! Here’s some info about this super amazing book:

21414439Truthwitch
Author: Susan Dennard
Series: The Witchlands
Release Date: January 5, 2016
Publisher: Tor Teen
Get it Here: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository

Synopsis:
On a continent ruled by three empires, some are born with a “witchery”, a magical skill that sets them apart from others.
In the Witchlands, there are almost as many types of magic as there are ways to get in trouble—as two desperate young women know all too well.
Safiya is a Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lie. It’s a powerful magic that many would kill to have on their side, especially amongst the nobility to which Safi was born. So Safi must keep her gift hidden, lest she be used as a pawn in the struggle between empires.
Iseult, a Threadwitch, can see the invisible ties that bind and entangle the lives around her—but she cannot see the bonds that touch her own heart. Her unlikely friendship with Safi has taken her from life as an outcast into one of reckless adventure, where she is a cool, wary balance to Safi’s hotheaded impulsiveness.
Safi and Iseult just want to be free to live their own lives, but war is coming to the Witchlands. With the help of the cunning Prince Merik (a Windwitch and ship’s captain) and the hindrance of a Bloodwitch bent on revenge, the friends must fight emperors, princes, and mercenaries alike, who will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch.

This book is written in a limited third person point of view, where we can see the thoughts of several main characters throughout the book. One of my favorite aspects, however, was the sisterhood that Safi and Iseult share and how they have each other’s backs all the time. They provide a great foil to each other and are both kickass heroines that have courage and determination to do what they think is right.

This first picture was drawn the day I finished the book at 1 am (I fell asleep an hour later after scrolling through Susan’s Pinterest board and marveling through inspiration pictures.)

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This picture features the main characters, Safiya and Iseult and a quote that I thought was pretty important. It wasn’t intentional, but I started using it as my phone background since it was a pretty good size. And then I thought – why stop there? You can click on these links to download sizes for your phone!

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Why stop there indeed, because then I took each girl’s picture and made individual ones for those of you who like one more than the other. Me? I seriously admire and adore both of them so I used one picture for my lock screen and one for my home screen. 😀

I also have the sizes for each of these pictures if you’re interested!


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Iseult:

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These pictures are definitely not perfect, but hopefully this feature will also help me develop my drawing skills as well as gather the interest of more readers to books that I thought were spectacular!

This past week I’ve been seeing bunches of awesome fanart around the blogsphere too, so here are the links to some beautiful graphics, bookmarks, designs, and more!

Do you like or have any fanart for books you love? You should link them below! 😀 I want to see them alllll. How do you guys think of this feature? Look out for more fanart soon!

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SBPT #8: Books, Books, and More Books!

If you want more info on this awesome tour check it out here! Basically every Sunday for the summer I’ll be spotlighting a blogger because there are too many cool people out there that YOU need to know about.

Alright guys, we’re getting towards the end of this blog tour. We’ve spent seven weeks learning about awesome bloggers, and this will be the last promo post! Next week will be a wrap-up post, so stay tuned! This week features Bayram from Never Ending Books, in which I give him a book interview from the books he read this year… Here it is!


Favorite book thus far this year?
 
Hands down Truthwitch by Susan Dennard, I could write an essay on how amazing it is but you’ll just have to take my word for it. Also, it doesn’t hurt that she’s using my name in the sequel 😉
 
Book with best cover this year?
 
Truthwitch by Susan Dennard wins this category as well, I mean have you seen it?
 
Book that made you cry this year?
 
To be honest while a couple made me a little teary, none made me cry yet.
 
Book that made you laugh the most?
 
The Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker!
 
Best sequel read this year?
 
Ensnared by A.G. Howard! You can’t go wrong with this absolutely amazing trilogy and Anita skillfully brings the series to a close with this last book.
 
Best standalone?
 
Unless The Glass Arrow is a standalone then I don’t think I’ve read any this year so far.
 
Book that surprised you the most this year?
 
I don’t think any books truly surprised me so far this year unless being amazing or horrible counts.
 
Book that disappointed you the most this year?
 
The Leveller by Julia Durango, the book sounded and looked great but wow was I wrong. One of the worst books I’ve read in a while and would not recommend to anyone.
 
Book that makes your heart palpitate when you hear the title?
 
A Court of Thorns and Roses by S.J. Maas! Not only is it a pretty long name but since it’s a S.J. Maas book you know it’s going to be good.
Best fantasy/paranormal/science fiction book read?
 
Zodiac by Romina Russell! Not only was the whole premise of the book super unique but it also threw me away with its superb quality.
 
Best contemporary book read?
 
Haven’t read any this year yet, I’m not a big contemporary guy 😥
 
Book that BROUGHT ALL THE FEELS?
 
I’d have to say that this one is a toss up between ACOTAR and Truthwitch, both gave me an ocean of feels.
 
Most anticipated release later this year?
Passenger by Alexandra Bracken, teeeeechnically it comes out at the very beginning of 2016 but it’s one of my anticipated releases for the next couple of months.

Well, Truthwitch was a pretty popular answer for Bayram! Good thing I borrowed an ARC of it, so I get to read it soon, muhaha. That’s a lot of books you can check out from this year!

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