Loren s character learns and about what s wrong about her people and religion Meanwhile she and veryone Good Thinking else is just trying to survive Like the first this book brings out a lot of real life prejudices and social problems that is intricately woven into a fantasy settingIf you re like me and like a good love triangle then strap in This book takes the confusionmotions of attraction and not only keeps Elloren confused about what she should do but draws out the romance through the Death in Mumbai entire book I was strangling my book and screaming KISS ALREADY Because I ship them so much And Forest has made internal magic seem so ridiculously sexy If you read it you will know what I m talking aboutWhile I had a lot of theories about how the book wouldnd I did have one lingering in my mind that had me thinking I freaking knew it Poor Solomon had to put up with all my reaction snapchats and theories throughout my day World Building This book has such detailed world building Not only do we get a descriptive look at the surrounding world but palpable magic that affects Elloren in a way that gets my heart racingIn this second book we get a closer look at some of the other races lives Selkies and Amaz people really stand out as they are major factors in this book and Baccarat : La lgende du cristal each race has such a diverse look at the world religion and politics As the series progresses I amager to look into the difference races that hold a part of this world I follower Laurie on Instagram and oh my she s going to bring in some dryads into the next book and the imagery she spotlighted was so amazing I seriously cannot wait will they be friend or foeThe Characters Elloren had such a major character ARC in the first book that it s hardly noticeable in this one As she comes to understand about how she feels we get a stronger understanding to her sense of justice She is and willing to go to the O Colégio de Todos os Segredos extreme to protect her friends and family that despite her naivet you really want someone as fierce as her in your lifeWhat I love about these books is thatach of the characters have their own prejudices and hurdles to jump in regards to March Violets (Bernie Gunther, each other But as theyncounter their difficulties they learn to band together and hold affection for Zoete tranen each other so that they can supportach other through their individual tribulations 25 starsDNF at 33 %So not the rating I thought I was going to be giving this book I was pretty sure that this would have been a 5 star boy was I wrong Gorgeous cover though so that s something To start off I m not giving this 1 star despite having dnf d it because I only save 1 stars for books I really did not like And I just didn t care for Iron Flower it s not a bad book but it isn t a book for me unfortunately The Black Witch was though so I honestly have no idea how the book went from that to thisSo let me summarize this book for youOh Yvan Oh Lucas Oh Yvan Let me make out with Lucas But Yvan is so beautiful But I can t have him Oh Lucas blah blah blerhhh In other words ya fantasy is dead because ya romance has killed it RIP The Water Music entirety of 33 percent of the book that I read was filled with Elloren wishing she was with Yvan Elloren thinking that Yvan is beautiful Yvan glaring at Elloren with passion Elloren making out with Lucas Elloren thinking how she can t have Yvan You got the idea If romance overload and love triangle tropes are your jam you will love this book Me I loathe those things For a book that s 608 pages long 33 percent is not little so for nothing to happen in those 33 percent is really mind boggling That s why I just had to give up reading I couldn t care less about the romance or Elloren as a main character and with plot going absolutely nowhere and telling us nothing newven Diana what little of her was there couldn t save this book for me Which is really sad because I was so sure that I d have loved this So what happened The Black Witch despite rising a storm of stupid controversy was a wonderful and Revived engaging book Sure the romance was still there but other things than made up for it I read Black Witch in 1 day That s 608 pages in 24 hours people and it isn t a small feat The Black Witch had a story it was a beginning a new chapter in life for Elloren she was sheltered she was naive she was bullied and she had to go out there and find her truth And she did and it was beautiful The Iron Flower focused on which character was in love with which character what material her dress was made of and how many times can Yvan stare at her without Elloren bursting into flames of passion There was very little substance unfortunately in it for me The writing also got very repetitive there was a lot of shivering glaring drawing a breath and in general the descriptions were overxplained an drawn out The Student Research Projects in Calculus ending of The Black Witch had a huge cast of characters and they were all present almost immediately here without any throwbacks really so it was hard to remember who was who at first I m sure the book gets better and some things do happenventually I just don t have any patience to wait around for thatBig thanks to NetGalley and Harleuin Teen for providing me with a digital arc of the book All opinions are my own honest and come from the heart My WEBSITEMy INSTAGRAMMy WORDPRESS BLOG 45 Stars Cannot be read as a standaloneI want to cry right nowI want to cry because the next book isn t available yetThe Iron Flower is ven better than the first book All the characters are wonderfully written and the relationship between Elloren and Yvan is so heartfelt This story is dark and ugly High Priest Marcus Vogel rules the land and plans on purifying the race and conuering neighboring territories It isn t safe anywhere and Elloren and her diverse group of friends have to face terrible vents Although Elloren is powerless she is stronger wiser and braver than before She proves to people that she is not like her murderous grandmother and makes a lasting impression on Love for Imperfect Things everyone she meets This story is a hot mess the best kind of course and I can t wait for the next book June 24th I finally wrote my reviewYou can read the full thing on my blog HEREne 23rdI just finished this after devouring the final 300 pages today This is sooooo good and it makes me so so sad that people are not reading this series due to Lots of Reader Issues a couple years ago with The Black Witch BUT ANYWAYS The Iron Flower is such a fantastically beautiful book and so many SHOCKERS that I was dumbfounded Laurie Forest really just blew it out the water with this one so so so great and I can t wait till it s released into the world 3RTC ne 16thFINALLY GET TO START THIS YES SO PUMPED HOORAY ne 4thThank you Harleuin Teen for sending me an ARC I m so so soxcited to read this and to go through this fantastic world This book is thicc and I pray it s as great as The Black Witch XD. Nearness seems to awaken a destructive power inside her Elloren finds it and difficult to believe that she’s truly powerless as her uncle always claimedCaught between her growing feelings for the rebellious Yvan Guriel and the seductive power offered by Lukas Grey Elloren must find a way to stay true to what she knows is right and protect veryone she loveseven if that means protecting them from herself.
199 Kindle sale today June 14 2020 if you re interested in YA fantasy with love triangles25 stars I ve been VERY slow about getting this full review written probably because I just wasn t terribly xcited by this seuel to The Black Witch but here it is Review first posted on Fantasy LiteratureWhen Laurie Forest s debut YA fantasy novel The Black Witch was published in 2017 there was a massive xplosion of outrage in the Twitterverse and lsewhere online Accusations of various types of prejudice racism albeit based on fantasy races homophobia white saviorism ableism lookism and were hurled against it In my opinion those charges were unfair and based on a superficial reading of t If you liked the first chances are you ll like the seuel It carries on in the same vein as the first with predictable plot progression but an unfortunate lack of character growth Grammatically I have zero issues The book was actually very well written I didn t have any hang ups that pulled me out of the story And story wise the characters and plot are consistent with what was Language and Linguistics established in The Black Witch and I know there s a fairly large audience that liked it and won t be disappointed I had my fingers crossed for the seuel hoping that the series would improve as in make the characters likable Spoiler alert superstitions won t save you here And that cover was so beautiful too sighThe target audienceIf you like romantic tropes with a helpless yet simultaneously powerful heroine who obsesses over a boy a love triangle and a hate to not yet love romance talking to you Twilight fans then this book may be for you The plot drags but these tropes may pull you through the slow bits if you thrive on that kind of thing Maybe if I weren t so annoyed be Elloren and so bored with Yvan I could ve appreciated the predictabilitySpoilers aheadEllorenMy largest complaint is our protag Elloren And she is my largest complaint because I m stuck behind her POV the whole story which is torture because I fricken hate her It s like being strapped in a chair with myyes pinned open watching Twilight on repeat I m not saying this is an Divertimento euivalent of Twilight because the stories are definitely not the same but there arenough similarities between Bella and Elloren for me to see them as Love Is a Fairy Tale eually frustrating Elloren literally obsesses over Yvan the whole book And the same circle of thoughts go through her head on repeat Here s the condensed version Why is Yvan cold and distant We should be together He has feelings for me I know it We can t be together it s impossible We should be together sad puppy dogyes Also Yvan bores me You could ve switched him with a cardboard cutout of bearded Chris Evans and I would ve been infinitely interested His whole hot and cold thing is annoying But Elloren annoys me too so I guess they re a perfect matchAnd she s written to be so perfect but still the object of so much contempt Can she not do anything wrong She s inhuman both flawless and yet victimized She s Bambi And two beautiful men both vying for her affection In the words of Heath Ledger What is it with this chick she have beer flavored nipplesSupporting charactersComplaint number 2 her surrounding cast is Promise at Dawn essentially a ploy to make Elloren likable Apparently I should feel sorry towards Elloren because she s descended from the powerful Black Witcharning the instant hatred of the good guys They attempt to put her in the underdog position as she s an outcast among the cool kids but the story is telling me to like the cool kids since they re cruel because they ve been persecuted unfairly so how the heck do I get over that paradox I m supposed to like bigots I get they ve been through a lot but it doesn t make their prejudice OK But they only xist to make Elloren the martyr so really they re pointlessAnd Elloren s response to the haters Cue sad puppy dog yes AGAIN because apparently she can t feel the irony of her situation Does she have to be nice to Bangkok Wakes to Rain everyone It s like she s a Disney princess and can t act human ZERO instinct for self preservation She s nice toveryone The Right Sort of Man (Sparks Bainbridge Mystery except for the one guy thatveryone hates she ll willingly hate him too She can t think for herselfI can t relate to her No defiance no petty behavior she just absorbs the hate I can t relate I d kick Darkmere em in the shins She deals with being the victim of racism over and over again and yet she panders to the people who judge her How can you tell me she s a strong character book I m not buying itOh and her cursed heritage that she s struggling to overcome comes with a large amount of untapped power so I m supposed to feel sorry for her again Um what Don t get how that works Apparently she s simultaneously the underdog and the top dog I m drowning in the inconsistenciesPlotAs far as the plot goes meh I didn t care about the story It dragged me from place to place showing me characters that I was supposed to care about but couldn t There s plenty of drama but it just felt like Super Bowl halftime show never uite lives up to what you re anticipating and you could ve been watching Friends reruns insteadThe ONLY compelling characterThe only character I felt myself caring about was Lukas a flawed character with hidden potential that goes undeveloped He pursues Elloren partly because her untapped power can boost his own abilities selfish motivation hello someone relatable Lukas and Elloren can t lie toach other because plot magic so he s up front about his disbelief in love and his ambition but he also has a strong attraction to her and they ve got chemistry that develops into something deeper at least on his side You get the impression he s confused about his feelings which I get I d be confused too if I had feelings for Elloren You see his internal struggle throughout the book and notice his moral progress Et si la maladie n'tait pas un hasard ? even if Elloren is blind to it again frustrating Out of all people Elloren should be the one to recognize that Lukas isn t whatveryone thinks he is see what I mean about the ironyWhat Lukas and Elloren have going on the challenge they are for Den of Shadows (Gamblers Den each other is so much interesting than whatever will they won t they dance Elloren is doing with Yvan How is Lukas not our love interest Unfortunately at this point it seems Lukas is a tragic character doomed to an unhappynding I m seriously hoping his story doesn t continue on that way but I guess we ll see He s the one redeeming thing about this book It d be a waste to kill him off I really Scraps Of The Untainted Sky enjoyed this seuel to The Black Witch the controversial YA fantasy book thatxplores racism by way of a world filled with many races such as Urisks Lupines Kelts Fae Icarals The Eric Carle Gift Set etc who all have their own prejudices againstach other In the first book we saw a young girl overcome the ignorance she was raised with and learn to be better In this seuel we see tensions rise in. Elloren Gardner and her friends were only seeking to right a few wrongs but their actions have propelled them straight into the ranks of the realm wide Resistance against Gardnerian ncroachment As the Resistance struggles against the harsh rulings of High Priest Marcus Vogel and the Mage Council Elloren begins to realize that none of the people she cares about will be safe if Gardneria seizes control of.
Verpacia and a need for the Resistance to act Elloren finds herself torn between Lukas Grey and Yvan What an adventureI don t want to dive deep into the plot This is a 600 page book like the first so there is a lot to unpack in these pages In ways it reminds me of Harry Potter in that way where the books have so much that happen within them and there is the boarding school setting It s a nice similarity to have while also being completely it s own storyThe writing flows nicely maintaining a steady pace throughout There are times the action ramps up a bit which is nothing but xciting The characters are well written Some of the side characters are developed a bit in this seuel The romance is a bit prominent here than in the first In fact a love triangle begins to Fashion Design Course ensueI loved getting a chance toxplore the world Forest created Aeralis (The Frost Chronicles, even here I loved the choices characters made and the side journeys they went on The way this onends has me anxiously waiting the seuel The pace really picked up at the Alternatives Chapter 2 (The Chronos Files; The Shattered Saga end ramping up to the big twist leaving me dying to know what happens nextOverall if younjoyed The Black Witch you ll Cincinnati and Other Plays enjoy this seuel I am really loving how this series is turning out See this review and like it on BookbastionnetYou might remember that last year I championed really hard for a little young adult debut fantasy book called The Black Witch which was being unfairly lampooned by some overzealous keyboard warriors on Twitter who hadn tven bothered to read the book before judging it Well I read the book and I became pretty passionate about defending it because it turns out it was actually a pretty decent read with a subtext about the importance of inclusion if you gave it a chance and didn t judge it without reading I will defend that book and my decision to read it and the fact that I njoyed it a great deal until my dying day So when I remembered that The Iron Flower Laurie Forest s followup to her debut novel was hitting shelves this October I ran out out to greet it with a fervor I reserve only for my most anticipated reads of the yearIn the regards of finally getting to catch up with Elloren and Yvan s story and place in this uniue fantasy landscape definitely didn t disappoint If you were a fan of the high fantasy landscape and vivid imagery put on display in the first book you absolutely will not be let down revisiting that here The world is still uite well realized in its various cultures and the ways that they play off of ach other and Laurie Forest still kills it with the way she describes the lay of the land in this world and her character s placement in it That being said I unfortunately felt the bite of the dreaded sopho slump with this one and would be remiss if I didn t cover the aspects I struggled with as well First things is first What happened to the university setting from the first book In The Black Witch Elloren s studies and her inability to master them were uite prominent throughout I think there were maybe 2 scenes that took place in a classroom in this book The rest I Like You the Best either take place in the North Tower basically Elloren s dorm room or in various kingdoms surrounding the University Unfortunately this makes the world feel very small at times When Elloren and company travel to the surrounding kingdoms it takes them about onevening to get anywhere which means that these vast cultures that are at war with The collectors encyclopedia of antique marbles each other are basically living right in one another s backyard I think the story would have benefited from remaining within the confines of the University setting still revealing aspects of the world without showing us how they always seemed to be right around the corner It was as though Forest grew tired of writing the characters within the confines of this school she had placed them in within the first book and just conveniently drops the setting here in favor of writing character driven drama I wasn tntirely sure if Elloren and friends were The Philosophy of Giambattista Vico even still a part of the university or not for a large chunk of the story It s a head scratcher for sure And then we ve got to talk about my biggest pet peeve in YA novels the dreaded love triangle I can t lie the romantic aspects of this book were almost a dealbreaker for me The first half of the novel is almostntirely dedicated to Elloren alternating between the will they or won t they dynamic Elloren and Yvan has and Elloren being drawn to Lukas Grey and his sultry smolder as well Honestly I was just over it and ready for the plot to actually get started Seriously I spent way too long in this book wondering when the actual story was going to pick up again That being said when the plot picks up around the 50% mark the pacing of this novel dramatically improved as well I was much much bought in to the second half of the story Things go from zero to 100 pretty uickly and whereas I felt like the first 50% was a slow burn that I struggled with I flew through the latter half feeling much committed to Lone Star Standoff events Reader be warned again though that this world is still incredibly dark and dangerous The world is in the midst of what isssentially the start of a great world war between the various cultures and kingdoms which lends itself to strained relationships among the groups People who struggled with the content of book one will probably have similar issues here as well That being said this book was dited with the aid of sensitivity readers so I think ven those who had complaints about the way things were handled in book one might find themselves pleasantly surprised here If you re looking for compelling YA fantasy set in a vast and dangerous world look no further than The Iron Flower While I didn t More Punishment For His Cheating Wife enjoy this book uite as much as the first I m sure I ll pick up book 3 Based on how this onends the next book is bound to be wild 3 out of 5 stars I was lucky Decision enough for NetGalley and Harleuin Teen to approve me for this ARC inxchange for an honest reviewHoly Jesus I did not see that twist coming I still c Busy The View from Alameda Island editing The Iron Flower today veryxcited to share the continuing story with you all in 2018 thank you to all my readers for so much support and When Fox Is a Thousand enthusiasm for this series and its anti prejudice message grateful and I can t wait to share the cover with you Blog Bookstagram Twitter ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley for a for a fair reviewElloren Gardner and her friends continue to help the resistance against the Gardnerian government as theyncounter and social injustices Each time they feel like they make any progress their hopes are suashed again and again as all hell breaks loose with the power Gardneria gets in Verpacia Story Okay so I think if you liked the first book you will really like this one Despite how dense this book was I gobbled it all upTaking off pretty much where it left off in the first book The Western RealmWith tensions heating up in Verpacia and Gardnerian soldiers continue to descend upon the universityled by none other than Lukas Grey now commander of the newly rebuilt Fourth Division base Though Elloren tries to keep him at arm’s length Lukas is determined to wandfast to her convinced that she has inherited her grandmother’s magic the prophesied power of the Black Witch As his very.
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Laurie Forest lives deep in the backwoods of Vermont where she sits in front of a wood stove drinking strong tea and dreaming up tales full of dryads dragons and wands She is the author of THE BLACK WITCH LA BRUJA NEGRADIE SCHWARZE ZAUBERIN WANDFASTED LIGHT MAGE THE IRON FLOWER THE REBEL MAGES which is the book form of Wandfasted & Light Mage together in one volume & THE SHADOW WAND Sh