Book Review: The Exiled Queen (The Seven Realm Series: Book 2)

imageRating: 2/5 stars.

So…this book wasn’t better than the one before it, but was worse. I had high hopes for it, and it totally did not live up to them.

Han Alister has made a bargain with the clans and is now headed to the Mystwerk House at Oden’s Ford with his friend Fire Dancer. There, they will train to be wizards. In exchange for the clans sponsoring his schooling, he will help them fight the Wizard Council. But can Han make it through a war-torn country on the way to Oden’s Ford without being recognized and captured? Princess Raisa ana’Marianna along with her friend Amon Bryne and his triple of cadets are headed to the Wein House at Oden’s Ford. She hopes to be safe from her mother and the High Wizard, while training as a cadet under the alias Rebecca Morley, but she struggles with her feelings for Amon Bryne.

I started this book with much anticipation and a little nervousness. I knew that there was some love situations in the last book and I hoped that it wouldn’t get more into that in the second book. I was more assured by the fact that the situation was very different from the previous book. It failed in that aspect. In the last quarter or so of the book there was a love scene that went beyond kissing. It made me uncomfortable and I was happy when it was abruptly stopped. Another thing was the mention once or twice of a girl and her “girlfriend”. I don’t think that is right. So these are the main reasons I’m not going to read anymore of the series.

Han seemed to repeat the same old decisions again and again. It didn’t feel too repetitive, but it went just over the top. He did something wrong, got found out, and then got in trouble. Han makes a lot of bad decisions, but I still like his streetlord personality. Though because of some decisions he makes later in the book, I’m starting to really not like him. Raisa learned new things and became more of a warrior princess. She got wiser about the world around her. Overall, there wasn’t much character development, unless you count the fact that they got more knowledgeable. But that doesn’t mean wisdom, especially in Han’s case.

Other than the one inappropriate romance scene, the book was pretty good. There wasn’t a lot of action or dangerous situations throughout the book except at the beginning. But there were plenty of interesting facts that kept up my interest and some new intriguing characters that are still left in mystery. Then that ending was a really good mild cliffhanger, but not too terribly exciting.

I’m not recommending this book to anyone. This wasn’t very enjoyable, most of all that last part. I think that it would be better to spend your time on better books than this.

-G. PaigeĀ 

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Book Review: The Impossible Knife of Memory

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Rating: 1/5 stars.

I only read 65 pages of this book. Why? Well, what I read and where I saw the book was going towards was inappropriate and was unacceptable, to me.

Hayley and her father, Andy Kincain have been on the road for five long years. They never stayed long in one place for they were running from the demons that have haunted and tortured Hayley’s father (mentally) ever since he got back from Iraq. This book starts as Hayley and her dad are finally settling in her grandmother’s house in the town where her dad grew up so Hayley can attend school. When she starts hanging out with this boy she starts thinking about her own life and where it’s heading. Maybe now Hayley can live a normal life and leave painful memories behind. But will her father’s memories drag him under?

I was recommended this book by a wonderful librarian. I have never read anything by this particular author so I was not sure how this was going to turn out. Also, I can’t remember if the librarian had read this book or read other books by her. Either way, it did not turn out to be an enjoyable experience. The main idea of the book (Hayley helping her dad get through/over the drugs and memories) sounded great, but in what I read, that wasn’t the main focus point (it was more to the side thing). The spotlight was on Hayley and her school life. That led to just a lot of cultural stuff that was mentioned between Hayley and her “friends” (like pornography and homosexual stuff). Then there was a ton of bad language that got really too much for me. So that, combined with the idea of a boyfriend and girlfriend relationship ahead got me to put the book down.

I won’t recommend anyone to read to this. But maybe I’ll try one of the other books by this author.

-G. Paige