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Thursday, May 5, 2016

Audio Review: The Immortal Heights by Sherry Thomas

Posted by Irish in 4 Stars, Audiobook, Review, Young Adult0 Comments

Audio Review: The Immortal Heights by Sherry ThomasThe Immortal Heights by Sherry Thomas
Narrator: Philip Battley
Series: Elemental Trilogy,
Also in this series: The Burning Sky, The Perilous Sea
Published by Harper Audio on 13 Oct 2015
Genres: Abduction, Action & Adventure, Assassins, Death & Dying, Emotions & Feelings, Epic Fantasy, Friendship, Historical, Love & Romance, Magic, Romance, Royalty, Survival Stories, Suspense, War & Military, Young Adult
Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
Format: Audiobook
Source: Audible.com
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Goodreads
four-stars
Also by this author: The Burning Sky, The Perilous Sea

Place(s) Traveled To: The Sahara Desert // Delamer, The Domain // Atlantis

First Line(s): Somewhere in the most immense desert on earth, a thousand miles south of the Mediterranean Sea and just as far west of the Red Sea, rose a line of sheer sandstone cliffs.

THE IMMORTAL HEIGHTS is the third (and final) book in Sherry Thomas’s Elemental Trilogy and as such I was terrified to read it. I had an ARC of it long before it was published but I couldn’t bring myself to pick it up because once I turned that last page then it was be over. I would have to leave this world and these characters and while I can always re-read the series its just not as special as that first time. Those moments that make your heart pound because you know that your favorite characters may not live to see the end of the story. But in the end, the lure of Titus and Iolanthe was was strong and my love of the audio version was too strong for me to stay away.

As always, Philip Battley does an amazing job bringing all of these characters to life. You would think that its an odd choice to have a predominately female POV story narrated by a male actor but it really works for this series. Battley becomes all of these characters and I hear his voice in my head when I pick up the print version of these books. Battley’s voice combined with Thomas’s words make for an enthralling story and I always hated when I got to my destination and had to stop listening. This is definitely one of those series where I recommend the audio over the print because the narration is just so good.

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THE IMMORTAL HEIGHTS is not a perfect book there where times I rolled my eyes and wanted to shake some of the characters for the things that they did. They could be annoying and frustrating and I just wanted to wrap them up in a cocoon of protectiveness and prevent them from coming to harm. The ending was also a bit anti-climatic based on all that came before but its also one that worked for the story. I also didn’t hate the epilogue which, as regular readers know, isn’t something that happens often.

I loved this whole series and I am so sad to see it come to an end. The random head jumping and the action of some of the characters could be frustrating at times but I loved them in spite of all their flaws. I loved the prose of this book and how the words just flowed over me. Its an addicting story that made me laugh, made me cringe, and made my heart ache. Its a must read for any fantasy lover and I can’t recommend it enough.

 

irishdarkblue

Irish Recommends - Burning Sky

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Monday, January 12, 2015

Review: The Perilous Sea by Sherry Thomas

Posted by Irish in 4 Stars, Review, Young Adult0 Comments

Review: The Perilous Sea by Sherry ThomasThe Perilous Sea by Sherry Thomas
Series: Elemental Trilogy, Book 2
Also in this series: The Burning Sky, The Immortal Heights
Published by Balzer + Bray on 16 September 2014
Genres: Action & Adventure, Adolescence, Assassins, Emotions & Feelings, Epic Fantasy, Friends to Lovers, Friendship, Love & Romance, Magic, Mystery & Detective, Politics & Intrigue, Romance, Royalty, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Social Issues, Survival Stories, Young Adult
Pages: 414
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
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four-stars
Also by this author: The Burning Sky, The Immortal Heights

Place(s) Traveled To: The Sahara Desert // Windsor, England (1883)

First Line(s): The girl came to with a start.

After finishing my listen of The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas I knew that I had to immediately jump into the sequel, The Perilous Sea. As with the first book I initially started this one on audio but quickly found that it was taking too long and so I dug out my ARC and sat down to devour all the words! The Perilous Sea picks up a few months after The Burning Sky ends and it quickly jumps into the action. Its a fast paced, edge of your seat read with an ending that has you wanting to toss the book across the room because there is such a long wait to see what happens next. Unlike the first book this one is told in an then and now style alternating with the chapters. The now progresses with each chapter and the then tells the reader all that happened to lead up to the start of the story. This helped add to the suspense of the story though every time I entered a new chapter I was also frustrated as I didn’t want to leave where I was.

One thing that I really liked in this book was how we learned more about Prince Titus and Iolanthe’s friend Kashkari. I enjoyed his scenes in the first book and was always curious about him so loved learning more of his background. I hope that this trend also continues in the third and final book to come. A thing that I didn’t like was how The Perilous Sea became a bit Harry Potter like in that there was more than one potential person to be “the one” in the prophecy. This just added some unnecessary torture for Titus and Iolanthe as they began to question ALL THE THINGS just because one thing may or may not be true. In truth, my heart broke over and over for these two as they pushed each other away and I just wanted to reach into the story and shake them both until they came to their scenes!

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I was so glad though that The Perilous Sea was more than just a filler book in a series, a transition story where not much happens as the author sets things up for the big grand finale of the final book in the series. While there isn’t a ton of information revealed in The Perilous Sea it was enough to wheat my appetite and make me yearn for the final book. For this waiting is sheer torture!   If you like a good fantasy and you are looking for something in the vein of Cinda Williams Chima and her Seven Realms series then you need to pick up this series. There is action and adventure, romance and intrigue and just so much heart achy goodness for ever readers tastes. This book makes me all bouncy with excitement and I just love every bit of it. There is also just so much that I want to say here but I can’t because The Perilous Sea is the second book in a series and I don’t want to risk giving out any spoilers. Just know that if you liked the first book than you are going to love this one as this is one of those series that just keeps getting better. Now can someone please hand me book 3 because I don’t know how much longer I can wait!!

My thoughts summed up in a gif:

Blew My Mind

 

irishdarkblue

 

Irish Recommends - Burning Sky
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Sunday, December 28, 2014

Audio Review: The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas

Posted by Irish in 4 Stars, Audiobook, Review, Young Adult0 Comments

Audio Review: The Burning Sky by Sherry ThomasThe Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas
Narrator: Philip Battley
Series: Elemental Trilogy,
Also in this series: The Perilous Sea, The Immortal Heights
Published by Harper Audio on 25 September 2013
Genres: Action & Adventure, Adolescence, Assassins, Death & Dying, Emotions & Feelings, Epic Fantasy, Espionage, Friends to Lovers, Friendship, Historical, Love & Romance, Magic, Mystery & Detective, People & Places, Politics & Intrigue, Romance, Royalty, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Social Issues, Survival Stories, Witches & Wizards, Young Adult
Length: 11 hours and 40 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Audible.com
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Goodreads
four-stars
Also by this author: The Perilous Sea, The Immortal Heights

Place(s) Traveled To:

Domain: Little Grind-on-Woe // Delamer
England: London // Windsor // Slough // Kent (1883)

First Line(s): Just before the start of Summer Half, in April 1883, a very minor event took place at Eton College, that venerable and illustrious English public school for boys.

The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas is one of those books that I’ve heard about since it was released but just never got around to reading. Then one day I had some Audible credits to burn and decided to give The Burning Sky a shot. At first the use of a male narrator, Philip Battley, kind of threw me since the story was mostly told from Iolanthe’s POV and she was most definitely not a male. But as the story progresses it makes sense and really works for the story, so much so, that I can’t imagine what this story would have been like with a different narrator. Battley just really captured these characters and this world and it was partly because of him that I feel so deeply in love with this book. The Burning Sky is a fast paced story that kicks off from the first page. The prologue is intriguing and then the opening scenes set in The Domain really set the pace for whats to come.

The Burning Sky is one of those books where I found myself looking for reasons to drive around just so that I could spend more time in this world. I loved the mystery and the magic and the parallel worlds aspect of the story. Then there is the friendship between Iolanthe and Prince Titus….oh how these two made my heart ache! Their is a slow burn kind of story and one that starts off a bit rocky. Its one that is realistic and so well done. They are great friends and they are both so perfect for each other and yet there is also so much standing in the way that they might not ever be. Have I mentioned that they make my heart ache? Because oh the feels that they made me feel. And not just them but all of the other characters as well. I loved the supporting cast and just want to know more about each and every one of them. This is one of those rare times in which I wish there were novellas to help expand and flesh out the story even more.

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For me, The Burning Sky, was a pleasant surprise of a book and I am kicking myself for not reading it sooner. The audio was fantastic and if you like audiobooks then I highly recommend this one. Its almost 12 hours long and I managed to listen to it in just 4 days. This is one of my favorite fantasy reads of the year and I was so glad that the sequel, The Perilous Sea, was already out by the time I finished this one so that I could dive right into it. The Burning Sky is such a richly imagined world and I just loved the premise and its execution. There were a couple of things that happened that seemed a little too convenient and a few other quibbles that I had but they were mostly minor and didn’t take away my enjoyment of the series. If you haven’t read this one yet then you are really missing out and should head to your nearest bookstore or library and grab yourself a copy today.

irishdarkblue

Irish Recommends - Burning Sky

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