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Epic Fantasy: Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

Hi there!

In preparation for little Colin’s entrance into the world I scheduled a few blog posts ahead of time. Today we’ll be taking a look at my thoughts on Morgan Rhodes’ Falling Kingdoms.

Overview

In the three kingdoms of Mytica, magic has long been forgotten. And while hard-won peace has reignedFalling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes for centuries, a deadly unrest now simmers below the surface. As the rulers of each kingdom grapple for power, the lives of their subjects are brutally transformed… and four key players, royals and rebels alike, find their fates forever intertwined. Cleo, Jonas, Lucia, and Magnus are caught in a dizzying world of treacherous betrayals, shocking murders, secret alliances, and even unforeseen love. The only outcome that’s certain is that kingdoms will fall. Who will emerge triumphant when all they know has collapsed?

Princess: Raised in pampered luxury, Cleo must now embark on a rough and treacherous journey into enemy territory in search of magic long thought extinct. Rebel: Jonas, enraged at injustice, lashes out against the forces of oppression that have kept his country cruelly impoverished. To his shock, he finds himself the leader of a people’s revolution centuries in the making. Sorceress: Lucia, adopted at birth into the royal family, discovers the truth about her past—and the supernatural legacy she is destined to wield. Heir: Bred for aggression and trained to conquer, firstborn son Magnus begins to realize that the heart can be more lethal than the sword.

It’s the eve of war…. Choose your side.

My Thoughts

I feel like Morgan Rhodes wrote this book (and series) for me. But then again, I feel like most fantasy novels were written for me because I can almost always get completely lost in this genre! Falling Kingdoms has all the characteristics I love in a quality fantasy novel. There is secret magic waiting to be reawakened, political intrigue and murder, action, power struggles, romance, and a cast of intriguing characters. There is no doubt that this series is an epic YA fantasy!

With all of those things happening in one story at once, Falling Kingdoms could have been bulky with too many plot layers, especially when shifting between four main characters in a fantasy world as deeply created as Mytica is . However, I feel like Rhodes has really done a fabulous job with keeping the story accessible and just layered enough to be interesting and exciting without being overwhelming and confusing.

Often times when a book shifts between the different characters in each chapter, I can get confused as to who’s perspective I’m reading or I get bored and want to skip ahead to the more interesting characters. Not so with this book! Each character (Jonas, Cleo, Magnus and Lucia) is fascinating in their own way (although I do have my favorites) and their individual chapters all fit into the story in such a way that makes you feel like you can’t miss anything anyone says or does!

If you’re a fan of high fantasy then you should definitely pick up Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes (and the sequels) because I swear it’s so engrossing you won’t want to put it down!

Details

Author: Morgan Rhodes
Publisher: Razorbill (December 11, 2012)
Format: Audiobook (Penguin Audio)
Length: 11 hours and 35 minutes
Series: First in the Falling Kingdom series
YA/MG: YA

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Reading Queue: March

The Reading QueueHi!

Happy March! Here at BookTasty we are officially on Baby Watch! My due date is tomorrow and I’ve been having contractions every hour or so, so things are definitely progressing and are about to real, really soon!

It’s also time for another Reading Queue! The Reading Queue is a monthly event hosted by myself and Jessica at Books a True Story where we reflect on our reading from the previous month and set our reading plans for the upcoming month. I find that having reading plans for the month (even loose ones) helps keep me relatively focused…most of the time! haha

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How I Did Last Month

Audiobooks are my friends! When I feel like I don’t have time to sit and read a print book, audiobooks keep my “reading” going! In February 3 of the four books I finished were on audio.

Madman's Daughter by Megan Shepherd Her Dark Curiosity by Megan Shepherd

The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd (audio)

Her Dark Curiosity (The Madman’s Daughter #2) by Megan Shepherd (audio)

Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas Gathering Darkness by Morgan Rhodes

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas (print)

Gathering Darkness (Falling Kingdoms #3) by Morgan Rhodes (audio)

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 My March Reading Queue

With Marshmallow coming soon, I have no idea how much reading I’ll actually get done in March, but it’s totally okay to bit off more than I can chew right?!

Ruby Red by Kertin Gier The Boy on the Bridge by Natalie Standiford

Ruby Red by Kerstin Geir (audio)

The Boy on the Bridge by Natalie Standiford (print)

Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

Shadow Scale (Seraphina #2) by Rachel Hartman (e-galley)

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard (print)

Siege and Storm (Grisha #2) by Leigh Bardugo (print)

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Okay, so there you have it! March’s plans are, let’s say…optimistic…with a newborn on the very near horizon, but we’ll just have to see how things work out. I already started both Ruby Red and The Boy on the Bridge yesterday, but which titles from my queue should I pick up next?

As always, please join up with us for this month’s Reading Queue! We love to checkout what everyone else’s reading plans are!

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Reading Queue: August

The Reading QueueHello!

It’s time for this month’s Reading Queue! But first…

The big announcement has been out for a while but in case you hadn’t heard…

I’m pregnant!Marshmallow

Yay! It’s still early as I’m only about 9 weeks in and still kinda hard to believe! I’ve had pretty constant morning sickness that has really been more like all day sickness for the past two or three weeks. All that nausea has put me on a I don’t feel good enough to do anything other than veg in front of the TV, so I’ve been watching a lot of Gossip Girl on Netflix and not doing a lot of reading or blogging. So my Reading Queue July summary is going to be pretty slim! haha

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How I Did In July

As I said, my reading was slim in July due to morning sickness.

Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan

Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool (This is a wonderful read!)

Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan (This one was good but made me depressed.)

The Ghosts of Tupelo Landin by Sheila Turnage Don't Even Think About it by Sarah Mlyonowski Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

Ghosts of Tupelo Landing by Sheila Turnage (A cute, magical story.)

Don’t Even Think About It by Sarah Mylonowski (DNF)

Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes (I was obsessed with this one!)

 

My August Reading Queue

My husband and I will be spending the next week at the beach with friends, so I’m hoping that I’ll have ample reading time!

Deadweather and Sunrise by Geoff Rodkey The Blossoming Universe of Violet Diamond by Brenda Woods

Dead Weather and Sunrise by Geoff Rodkey

The Blossoming Universe of Violet Diamond by Brenda Woods

Every Day After by Laura Golden Champion by Marie Lu

Every Day After by Laura Golden

Champion (Legend #3) by Marie Lu

Curveball by Jordan Sonnenblick Ruby Red by Kertin Gier Second Helpings by Megan McCafferty

Curveball: The Year I Lost My Grip by Jordan Sonnenblick

Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier

Second Helpings (Jessica Darling #2) by Megan McCafferty

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What books are on your Reading Queue for August?  Feel free to link up with us, I love to check out what others are reading!

 

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Top Ten Tuesday: December New Releases

Well hello there!

I am back from my fabulously wonderful vacation in Europe!  I’ll do a post with some pictures later this week, I promise!

Tuesday is the day I participate in the Broke and Bookish’s weekly event Top Ten Tuesday.  Ever week they post a theme and book bloggers all over create lists based on that theme.

This week I’m taking a break from the official theme to highlight some new releases for the month of December. There are always so many new books being released every month that I get a little overwhelmed!  I want to buy (or at least read) them all!

The Almost Truth By Eileen CookThe Almost Truth by Eileen Cook (Dec. 4) YA

Poison by Molly CochranPoison by Molly Cochran (Dec. 4) YA

Princess of the Silver Woods by Jessica Day GeorgePrincess of the Silver Woods by Jessica Day George (Dec. 11) MG

Falling Kingdoms by Morgan RhodesFalling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes (Dec. 11) YA

Love and Other Perishable Items by Laura BuzoLove and Other Perishable Items by Laura Buzo (Dec. 11) YA

Magicalamity by Kate SaundersMagicalamity by Kate Saunders (Dec. 11) MG

Deadly Little Lessons by Laurie Faria StolarzDeadly Little Lessons by Laurie Faria Stolarz (Dec. 18) YA

Darkest Minds by Alexander BrackenThe Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken (Dec. 18) YA

Chasing Jupiter by Rachel CokerChasing Jupiter by Rachel Coker (Dec. 26) YA

Kiss Me Again by Rachel VailKiss Me Again by Rachel Vail (Dec. 26) YA

Don’t these look like tasty new treats?  Are there any new releases in December that I forgot to mention?  Let me know which you’re most excited about!