June 25, 2018

#BookReview: Song of Blood & Stone (Earthsinger Chronicles #1) by L. Penelope

About the Book:

A treacherous, thrilling, epic fantasy about an outcast drawn into a war between two powerful rulers. 

Orphaned and alone, Jasminda lives in a land where cold whispers of invasion and war linger on the wind. Jasminda herself is an outcast in her homeland of Elsira, where her gift of Earthsong is feared. When ruthless soldiers seek refuge in her isolated cabin, they bring with them a captive--an injured spy who threatens to steal her heart. 

Jack's mission behind enemy lines to prove that the Mantle between Elsira and Lagamiri is about to fall nearly cost him his life, but he is saved by the healing Song of a mysterious young woman. Now he must do whatever it takes to save Elsira and it's people from the True Father and he needs Jasminda's Earthsong to do it. They escape their ruthless captors and together they embark on a perilous journey to save Elsira and to uncover the secrets of The Queen Who Sleeps. 

Thrust into a hostile society, Jasminda and Jack must rely on one another even as secrets jeopardize their bond. As an ancient evil gains power, Jasminda races to unlock a mystery that promises salvation. 

The fates of two nations hang in the balance as Jasminda and Jack must choose between love and duty to fulfill their destinies and end the war.

Reviewed By: Jessica P. 
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Recommended Age: Young Adult, New Adult 
Genre: Fantasy 
How I Acquired this book: Publisher 
Overall rating: ★★
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About the Author:
L. Penelope has been writing since she could hold a pen and loves getting lost in the worlds in her head. She is an award-winning author of  fantasy and paranormal romance. She lives in Maryland with her husband and their furry dependents.

Noteworthy experiences while reading this book: This is the second time I have tried this title and it still ended up around the same thing. It just didn't work out for me. 

Check out author's other books? No 
Recommend this book? Maybe 

Notes and Opinions: This one starts out very well but then once it gets really into it the story just gets kind of boring. I really enjoyed the message this book had that you should be able to find love and peace no matter what. This book had a lot of racism to start in it and I really enjoyed with what the author was trying to do.  Although the real plot of the book felt very weak and that with the story it just got boring very quickly.  I wished it would have had a better pace and that something exciting was going on.  But after getting about halfway through the book I just really didn't care about the charaters or their plight at all.  

The other issue was what kind of book this was at times it felt like fantasy with magic and royalty but then at others it felt more like a historical book. And the desciptions were at times confusing in themselves. 

Go Into This One Knowing:  In the end this one has a lot going for it but the execution just wasnt hashed out as well as it could have been. 

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