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Book Review: The Sleeping Prince by Melinda Salisbury|Blog Tour

February 1, 2016

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review: The Sleeping Prince by Melinda Salisbury|Blog TourThe Sleeping Prince by Melinda Salisbury
Series: The Sin Eater's Daughter #2
Published by Scholastic on 4th February 2016
Pages: 336
Source: Publisher
Goodreads
four-stars
Return to the darkly beautiful world of The Sin Eater's Daughter with a sequel that will leave you awed, terrified . . . and desperate for more.

Ever since her brother Lief disappeared, Errin's life has gone from bad to worse. Not only must she care for her sick mother, she has to scrape together rent money by selling illegal herbal cures. But none of that compares to the threat of the vengeful Sleeping Prince whom the Queen just awoke from his enchanted sleep.

When her village is evacuated as part of the war against the Sleeping Prince, Errin is left desperate and homeless. The only person she can turn to is the mysterious Silas, a young man who buys deadly poisons from Errin, but won't reveal why he needs them. Silas promises to help her, but when he vanishes, Errin must journey across a kingdom on the brink of war to seek another way to save her mother and herself. But what she finds shatters everything she believed about her world, and with the Sleeping Prince drawing nearer, Errin must make a heartbreaking choice that could affect the whole kingdom.

I’m super excited to be kicking off The Sleeping Prince Blog Tour! I really enjoyed The Sin Eater’s Daughter, and I was so glad to be able to have the opportunity to grab a copy of The Sleeping Prince early. Make sure you check out the rest of the stops on the tour for more reviews of The Sleeping Prince.


We all know my relationship with series. I don’t tend to be very quick with reading the sequels, even if I super enjoyed the first book. So to read the first AND second book in a series within two weeks of one another is pretty much unheard of for me, and it shows just what kind of series The Sin Eater’s Daughter is to capture my attention the way it has.

I enjoyed The Sin Eater’s Daughter, it wasn’t the most perfect fantasy I’ve ever read, but it was certainly enjoyable for me. Dare I say, I liked Errin more than Twylla in The Sleeping Prince? She just seemed to have more oomph about her, and was determined to save herself instead of waiting around for someone else to do it for her. I loved her grit and determination when it came to looking after her mother and keeping a roof over their heads without the villagers realising just how bad her situation really was. That said, I really enjoyed seeing Twylla’s development from the first book, she was so determined to be as independent as possible, because she didn’t want to follow whatever destiny someone told her she had to fulfil. I was kind of disappointed to not see more Merek and Lief in the book, but at the same time, Lief was such an arse I didn’t really have a problem with it! (I’m sure that makes me a bad person but I don’t really care. #TeamMerek.)

Thankfully there was no love triangle in The Sleeping Prince!! I was so thrilled, and it made the kind-of romance between Errin and Silas incredible, although I spent a lot of my time torn between wanting Silas to help Errin and really not liking Silas for abandoning Errin. (The git. I know it all gets explained, but still. The git.) And then Silas’ BIG SECRET was revealed and I swear my heart broke a tiny little bit. Although he had some seriously swoonworthy moments towards the end of the book, and I really, really hope he gets a happy ending in the next book. I’ll be devastated if the end of The Sleeping Prince turns out to be his true ending.

The Sleeping Prince was excellent, and I really enjoyed reading it. Although I’m so traumatised at the fact that I have so many questions and NO BOOK THREE TO READ YET. Seriously. I loved the fact I got to read The Sleeping Prince early but I hate that I probably have to wait an entire year to read the next installment to this fantasy series.


About the Author

When not working on her next novel, Melinda Salisbury is busy reading and travelling, both of which are now more addictions than hobbies. Website|Twitter|Goodreads

 

 

Book Review: The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

June 22, 2015

Book Review: The Dream Thieves by Maggie StiefvaterThe Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater
Series: The Raven Boys #2
Published by Scholastic on 5th September 2013
Pages: 450
Source: Bought Physical Copy
Goodreads
five-stars
Now that the ley lines around Cabeswater have been woken, nothing for Ronan, Gansey, Blue, and Adam will be the same. Ronan, for one, is falling more and more deeply into his dreams, and his dreams are intruding more and more into waking life. Meanwhile, some very sinister people are looking for some of the same pieces of the Cabeswater puzzle that Gansey is after…

Immediately after I finished my re-read of The Raven Boys, I dove into The Dream Thieves knowing I needed to get my fix of new Glendower adventures with Blue and her Raven Boys. I honestly didn’t think that it could get better than The Raven Boys, but I was wrong. The Dream Thieves dives deeper into that story, taking us through twists and turns that left my head spinning.

The Dream Thieves takes us further into Ronan’s world, and shows us how dangerous it is for him to be doing what he’s doing. (Vague, but I’m trying to hold back from giving away massive spoilers here!) He’s a very clever person, and The Dream Thieves really highlights that. It also shows an incredibly human side to Ronan, especially in the scenes with The Barns where Ronan grew up. He soon discovers that everything he thought was real, isn’t, and has to deal with that realisation. He finds he’s more like his father than he knew, and he deals with most of this alone, as it Ronan’s way.

Just because this is Ronan’s book doesn’t mean the others aren’t involved. Adam is struggling with what happened at Cabeswater and can’t work out what’s happening to him until Persephone steps in. (Total curveball there, of all the characters I was expecting!) I’m really intrigued to see how Adam’s character grows further in Blue Lily, Lily Blue. I’m expecting big things will be happening to him! And Blue is still Blue. Still being careful. Still helping Gansey trying to find Glendower. There’s a scene between Blue and Noah that literally broke my heart because of the unfairness of it all. Seriously, I was nearly in tears because I just want them both to have happy endings but I don’t think they both will AND I’M NOT OKAY WITH THAT THOUGHT.

The Gray Man was an interesting character. I liked him, even though it feels a little wrong to like a hitman. He’s so complex, and there was way more to him than meets the eye. I was pleased he managed to rid himself from his demons – not that I agree with the way he did it! And I liked his relationship with Maura, it was cute. (Probably the cutest relationship in the book because NO ONE ELSE IS ALLOWED HAPPINESS, CLEARLY. *sobs*)

I honestly didn’t believe I would like The Dream Thieves as much as The Raven Boys, but I honestly did. It helped that I re-read The Raven Boys just prior to reading this one, and I’ll be delving into Blue Lily, Lily Blue very, very soon.