Friday, 14 July 2017

ARC: The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli

Title: The Last Namsara
Author: Kristen Ciccarelli
Publisher: Gollancz
Genre: YA Fantasy
Page Count: 442  (according to GoodReads)
Release Date: 5th October 2017

I got a copy of this book through NetGalley in return for an honest review.

It's been a while since I reviewed an ARC and even longer since I reviewed an e-book ARC so I was very excited to start this book. However, I've also been in a bit of a book slump so I've been giving up on a lot of books and I've been slow when it comes to reading others. You wanna know how long this book took me to read? 2 days. Yep, I got through this book so quickly and easily so this is definitely a good book to get you out of a slump.

The Last Namsara is a YA crossover fantasy book about a young woman called Asha who has spent years of her life hunting dragons in the hope of pleasing her father and gaining her people's forgiveness. Of course, it turns out that she hasn't been doing exactly what she thought she'd be doing and an old god starts to intervene in her life.

What I Liked

The world building in The Last Namsara is incredibly rich and I'd even like to think that the heroine is a POC though the only description you really get of her people is that they have dark hair and eyes. That and that another group of people have darker skin than then but since they live somewhere sandy and the word pale wasn't used anywhere...I'm going to take this as a good sign. It isn't just skin colour that's rich though and the mythos and world are really fascinating. You get to learn a few of the worlds different stories and you're left with wanting more. Plus there are dragons and who doesn't love dragons?

As well as this the romance was a slow-burn. Yes, it's fairly obvious who the romance is going to be with from the off but they aren't exclaiming that they love each other or kissing early on and that's always great. As well as that you get a real sense of how they're going to struggle to fit together at first. They've had totally different upbringings and have lived totally different lives so now they're going to have to learn how to live around each other with a new relationship.

What I Didn't Like

As good as the book was, I think it could have been split into two with each bit being expanded. It did seem a little odd that there was a rebellion in the end when Asha isn't even focused on that for most of the book. Doing this could have also allowed for even more on the dragons and mythos, which it didn't necessarily need, but it would have been nice to see more of.

My only other issue was that if you don't like animal death, some of the dragons are killed. It seems obvious when you remember the heroine is a dragon hunter but there is one particularly sad scene. That just seems like something people should be warned about, so.

This was a great book overall and if you're looking for a new fantasy read then this might be a new series for you.

5/5 stars

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

'Pimp Your Bio' - #Pitchwars 2017

So this year is my first year of doing Pitch Wars and since a few people seem to be doing this and mentors may or may not take a look... I thought it wouldn't hurt to give this a try.

About Me

My name is Rosina and I'm a 24-year-old from the UK. I graduated from uni a few years ago with a degree in Creative Writing.

I've been writing since my Dad introduced me to Word on the computer as a kid and I started writing short little stories based on clipart. They were only like two sentences each and I didn't start writing more until I started writing fanfiction at age 8 but they're all fun to look back on.

This is my first actual novel so maybe I shouldn't expect much for it but I absolutely adore the story and the characters. I need to try and do something with it because it's worth that. Until my degree, I was mostly writing fanfiction and I only stopped when I realised that I was writing things so AU that I was basically just borrowing characters and putting them in my own fantastical worlds. I love creating characters anyway so taking the next step to put my own worlds and characters together was the next logical step.

About My Novel

Dreams of Fire is a YA fantasy book about a 16-year-old girl called Katherine who dreams of getting out of her town and exploring her magic. On the way, she meets pirates, rebels and is surrounded by magic galore. Up until the point where one of her new friends messes things up and she becomes desperate to save them.

My book is diverse because, y'know, the real world is diverse and there are some important gay pairings mixed in. Because apparently, I can't write anything that doesn't have gay in...

This is me when it comes to gay pairings. I am complete trash

This book has one narrator and is in the first person but I have plans for a sequel with two narrators in as one of the characters in book 1 becomes very entwined in the story.

My Inspiration

One of the most important things you should never do is try and imagine one of your own ships whilst listening to a song that fits many of your other ships. You will be overloaded with feels and cry. Which is exactly what happened when I was listening to Halsey's 'Colors' the other day. Ooops...

From that, you can gather that I love angst and I'll add that most of my inspiration for angst comes from anime. I'm an otaku and all the manga I've read over the years has inspired me as well as all the fantasy books I've read.

There's only one scene where I can clearly pinpoint where my inspiration came from and that's a scene near the end that was inspired by Renee Adhieh's 'The Rose and the Dagger'. You'll see it if you ever read it ;).

Oh and I should add that I am completely obsessed with Persona 4 right now and since I'm adding some new not be surprised if there's anything inspired by it in there.

That's it, that's all I have to say, so I'll leave you with a final Persona gif. Enjoy!

Saturday, 1 July 2017

The Book Blogger Slump and How To Get Out of It

My Attempt At Taking a Picture of An Old Book
I've not been posting much recently, I know. I've not been reading as much and the books I have been reading I haven't wanted to do proper book reviews for. And there is a reason for this. You see, I'm having a bit of a book blogger slump. I know what you're all thinking, you're thinking I mean a reading slump but...not so much. There are books I want to read but the problem is there are too many and I'm not getting ARCs, winning giveaways and I certainly don't have the money for new books.