Thursday, January 19, 2012

Gathering Storm Final Review and Fallen

Gathering Storm Final Review

Since I'm new to this whole blogging thing, it was very easy to forget I even had one! Well, a few days after I posted about Gathering Storm, I finally was able to finish the book. So, here's my critique.

Book: The Gathering Storm (Katerina Trilogy One)
Author: Robin Bridges
Genre: Paranormal Historical Fiction
Published: 2012
Pages: 400
Genre: Paranormal Historical Fiction
Why I'm Reading It: Suggested to me by the Buzzers on It looked good, and had a suggestion by one of my favorite booksellers at the local store. 
Summary: A Russian noble girl attends a finishing school, where she hides a deadly secret: She can raise the dead. As she attempts to hide it from the rest of the court and tries not to be manipulated by the princesses of another land, she also encounters others with magical powers and explores the world of the Russian court.
Rating (Scaled 1-10): 8
Review: Well, the lots-of-people-have-magic thing kind of threw me off. I didn't like that as much. Even though magic should fight magic, it didn't really suit my tastes to have the Russian Court I loved learning about thrown totally and utterly away. Once I got past that, this was a wonderful tale. 
Let me start with the writing. The style is very intricate, without describing every single nook and cranny of the setting. I really liked that. I got a feel of what the life was like in the Russian court during the Industrial Revolution period. The story is filled with sweeping balls, wonder and enchantment. Definitely a good piece to any novel. 
Katerina really has a close relationship with her family, which drives her actions in the story. From her cousin and roommate at the institute, to her mother, father and sibling, she is a very caring person who will do anything to protect them from knowing about her 'curse.'
All in all this was an amazing book, but I really would have liked to know a little bit more about the backstory. Where the magic comes from, how the rulers of the two fae courts came to be rulers, how the fae courts came to be, etc. 
I definitely like the Russian prince George the best. He is by far the coolest of the love interests. I don't want to spoil too much, so I'll make this short and sweet and finish here! 

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So the next book I will be reading is Fallen, by Lauren Kate. Its in the paranormal type genre again- I promise the next book won't be! After I got my first round of buzz bucks from the RandomBuzzers site, this book really caught by attention, and so I ordered it. It has a gorgeous cover- almost pitch black except for the light illuminating a girl with her hands in her face. Its stunning. 
I'm really hoping it turns out to be as good of a read as The Gathering Storm. Both seem to look gorgeous on the front, and have the paranormal thing going on. I'm not normally a paranormal fan, but these are really growing on me! :) 
In other news, I've been requested to share this with all of you:
I have a huge stack of books that I'd like to read and write about right now, so I'm going to wait before I go and get exposed. If anyone checks it out, comment about it so I can get the scoop.
Well, I have some homework to go do if I'm going to start Fallen tonight. 
See Ya Next Time! 

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