This month's Book With Buzz: "The Lying Game" by Ruth Ware
From the instant New York Times bestselling author of blockbuster thrillers "In a Dark, Dark Wood" and "The Woman in Cabin 10" comes Ruth Ware’s chilling new novel. See more
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"WOW. What an amazing adventure this story was. It was so full of wonder, excitement, and secrets at the turn of every page and I enjoyed every single minute of it. This is a unique tale that I have never read before and it kept me guessing every time. This author has won herself a new reader with her style of writing." ~Jenny Bynum, Black Words, White Pages
"It has been a WHILE since I read a book, and I am SO happy I chose this one to "get back into my reading groove"... world building is a whole beast in itself.From Jacokden to Kurakia and beyond, this world is huge, and leaves you breathless! Different customs, cultures, climates, clothes, food and more, suck you right in. Klapheke's world building skills are definitely on par with the greats, right down to her in-depth knowledge on how to sail a boat! The intense research she must have gone through, but damn was it ever worth it.
I give this book a 5/5, not only for the stellar world building, kickass heroine, and sexy love interest, but for the hungover longing for more I'm experiencing days after. Klapheke is one to watch out for!" ~Katherine Bogle, author of Savages
"A stunning debut novel." ~M.A. Patterson
"Alisha has a way with words! Her world building is beautifully detailed and the characters are amazing!" -Jaime of Two Chicks on Books
From the Author
I hope you enjoy the first in this series of standalone novels!
Waters of Salt and Sin has everything that I want in fantasy. A new, intricate, interesting world; a magic system that I'm excited to learn more about; characters that blast off the page and sweep me up in their emotions, their struggles, and their ability to keep fighting when they need to; a romance that is oh so sweet.
And the sea. It's strange how many fantasy books talk about the sea, sail over the sea, live next to the sea, but never actually dive into the sea! In Waters of Salt and Sin, the sea is another character. I loved that about this book. It gave a realness, an authenticity to the setting, and - by extension - the story.
I highly recommend this book to fantasy lovers, and I implore you to judge it by its cover! (Oh my gosh, LOOK AT IT! The same kind of epicness is on the page too.) I was going back and forth on whether I should buy it. I am so glad that I did because not only is it a fantastic read, but it also looks amazing on my shelf!
I so loved this book. Unlike most fantasy, it wasn't about saving the world. It was about Kinneret fighting against all odds to rescue her sister. The characters were all distinct and the story engaging. World building was perfection. This story doesn't span the globe, but you know there is more to this world than we see. And that makes me want to read even more. If you like magic and fantasy with a strong female lead, then this is the book for you. Seriously, this is the book for you. Read it.
Set in a world of a rigid caste system, this is a great story about magic, sailing the seas, and staying true to family and friends. Once started the world was easy to figure out. I loved how Kinneret and Calev's (forbidden Low caste vs High caste) love was portrayed and I found some of their friends a hoot sometimes. More heavy on the magic, sword fighting, and treasure hunting then romance. Great read and I cannot wait for the next one. The world described was rich and easily imagined. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Plains of Sand and Steel is the second book in the Uncommon World series by Alisha Klapheke, but the novel is a companion novel, and not a direct sequel so the book can be read without having read the first book in the series, Waters of Salt and Sin first. I really, really enjoyed Plains of Sand and Steel, but I have not read book one yet, which I now need to rectify immediately! This book was so, so much fun! And I really love the covers for the series. Aren't they super pretty?
Plains of Sand and Steel is everything I love about young adult fantasy books. First off, it is described as " The Wrath and the Dawn meets Truthwitch in the second standalone, full length novel of the Uncommon World series." Umm, yes please!!! It has an awesome world, awesome characters and plenty of politics to keep me turning the pages just as fast as my eyes would read them. I was honestly super bummed that I didn't read the first book first. Not because I was lost, because I wasn't. Plains of Sand and Steel really can be read as a standalone. But because I loved this book so much that I wanted to read them all in order. I cannot wait to devour every single book that Alisha Klapheke has written because I can tell that her writing style matches my reading style to a tee.
Plains of Sand and Steel has Seren as the main character. I loved Seren. She really needs to step up almost immediately and made some hard choices. But she never backed down, which is what I loved about her the most. I also loved Ona and Lucca, and a bunch of the other characters. They all felt so real to me. Everything about this novel felt real to me. The scenes jumped from the pages and played out right before my very eyes, which is not an easy feat. But Alisha made it seem effortless.
Bottom line: fans of YA fantasy need to add this book to your TBR list. It is so so great and so worth the read. the books can be read in any order, but do yourself a favor and pick up all of them so you don't miss out on any of the great action. I love the world that Alisha has created in the Uncommon World series, and if you are anything like me you are going to want to read all of the books in this series. Plains of Sand and Steel is excellent. Period. The end.
*Disclaimer- I received a copy of this book for free. All thoughts are my own.