Ld Love is Love and that was really refreshing to see especially in fantasyAdditionally the sexuality of my new favorite princess couple are never disclosed in the book I think it s wonderful that we have a book that does not enforce any sort of pressure to define yourself using labels and allows way for interpretation by the reader Also it s an own voices LGBT novel shoots fist into airThis is sincerely one of the best romances I have read in a really long time Just the combined presence of Denna Mare in the same room together had my heart fluttering Their chemistry is absolutely electric and you can really tell that there is a deep true love between the two I would probably ive up my first born child or something if it meant I Everything Happens for a Reason: And Other Lies I've Loved got to read of their adventures togetherFor a standalone fantasy novel I feel the magic system was really well developed I would have loved to see it expanded through an extended series obviously you can tell I m bitter I don t have books to look forward to but regardless it was uniue and well explainedThe only negative thing I really felt about this book is the political relationships weren t delved into as much This is something I almost ALWAYS have an issue with in high fantasy novels with expansive histories so it may just be me I would have liked some development on that end but I don t feel it significantly impacted the story in any wayIn conclusion This book was amazing I am obsessed It s at the top of my recommendations list I d do anything for a seuel NewFavoriteStatus Please pick this one up Thank you for your time 455 starsI will have many thoughts on this book when I do my video review but for now I just want to say that my heart feels like it islowing I put the book down 10 minutes ago and I haven t been able to stop feeling so happy about the way this story developed and the way that Mare and Denna s relationship evolvedIf you are a huge fan of the dislike to love relationship trope I would highly recommend this book If you love horses you would love this book If you love UEER FANTASY and ownvoices at that you will LOVE THIS BOOK I can t The Prime Minister of Paradise get over how much I adored so many aspects of it A bit slow to start but the second half knocked me off my feet and I seriously can t wait to read by Audrey Coulthurst I received an ARC of this book through aiveaway all thoughts are my own 155Ah it s Charlie O. and the angry A's good to be back I must like writing reviews nearly as much as I love to read I d never realized thathttpsemmareadstoomuchwordpresscoAnyway let set into this book I m disappointed yes but not slump worthily so I received this book in an Owlcrate and while it sounded liiiiiit and looks even prettier it hadn t really been on my radar beforehand So no I didn t like
this But who has the time to be surprised by me not But who has the time to be surprised by me not booksThe premise of this uy is sick At its most basic
this is ya fantasy with a irl irl is YA fantasy with a irl irl story Which is like amazing Obviously So yes I wanted to like this I m iving it a little extra in its rating because it s so important in that way But the executionwell I ll explainThe fantasy of this is justpoorly done It s that weird fantasy trope where everyone has an INSANE name Here are the ones introduced in the first ten pages alone Dennaleia Alisendi Thandilimon Casmiel Amarinthine Aturnicus Mirianna Like what Oh and Amarinthine likes horses so her nickname is drumroll pleaseMare So like the names are that bonkers but the food is exactly the same as ours Down to tomatoes and chocolate cream pie and berries with whipped cream The only thing that s really changed is the time telling They use sunlength and moon WHICH IS JUST CONFUSING I think a sunlength is an hour And a moon might be two weeks or a month Give it up you re low fantasy JUST ADMIT ITNow for the most important part the characters IMO everyone is flat as hell Oh sorry I should say the Six hells I truly crack myself up Anyway instead of the audience being shown the two main Dark Passage girls traits we re just told what Dennaleia and Amarinthine are like I refuse to call them Denna and Mare It s just Here Is Dennaleia She Is Bookish And Here Is Amarinthine She Is Brave Oh my God it s like Divergent factions Or Hogwarts houses Hahahaha Second time I ve cracked myself up in this review so I m calling this a win already Anyway have I said that enough yet we re told they re like this but it almost never seems that way These characters also never feel bad about ANYTHING They re total sociopaths When Thandilimon finds out his betrothed is cheating on him with his sister too predictable to be a spoiler yes he literally starts crying and asks if there s anything wrong with him It s so sad And Dennaleia is just like OMG whatever view spoilerEven worse later Dennaleia KILLS about a half dozen people all but one of whom are semi innocent henchmen and feels FINE So does Amarinthine Dennaleia even says Only I knew the truth that all that death had been an act of love THAT DOESN T EXCUSE IT AT ALL Soross right hide spoiler. Surprised by Denna’s intelligence and bravery while Denna is drawn to Mare’s independent streak And soon their friendship is threatening to blossom into something But with dangerous conflict brewing that makes the alliance important than ever acting on their feelings could be deadly Forced to choose between their duty and their hearts Mare and Denna must find a way to save their kingdoms and each other. UCKING BORING THE MAGIC ISN T EXPLAINED THE
plot is not captivating the characters and writing IS NOT CAPTIVATING THE CHARACTERS AND WRITING SO SO DULL AND I CANNOT FIND A FUCK TO GIVE TO CONTINUE READING THIS I AM BORED OUT OF MY MIND AND I M DONE It s pretty sad because this was such a cool concept An ff fantasy stand alone But the plot was so fucking slow and excruciatingly boring srsly Really enjoyed this book I LOVED the romance between the two princesses I literally DIED for the descriptions Also i loved the magic in this fantasy novel so uniue and easy to understand WONDERFULWAY to much horse talk for me personally but thats my only issue with the story OH PLEASE I NEED A BOOK TWO Let s start with the positive there s an LGBT romance And also there s er nope sorry that s all I ot for youOf Fire
and Stars is a mind numbingly eneric YA fantasy novel and the attempts to spice it up with a Stars is a mind numbingly Delivering Your Mail: A Book About Mail Carriers (Community Workers) generic YA fantasy novel and the attempts to spice it up with a romance just don t work Take that aspect out and you are left with nonexistent world building poorly developed characters immature writing and just extreme boredom If you ve read a few fantasy novels this one adds absolutely nothing but paper to the pileIn this book Denna is betrothed to Prince Thandi of Mynaria She arrives in Mynaria determined to marry the prince anduard her secret fire magic from this kingdom that for no apparent reason despises magic but she soon finds herself falling for the sister of her future husband That would be Mare lover of horses yes I m seriousThere is absolutely no set up or world building we are thrown completely into this situation with no knowledge of the land or world we are in no understanding of the political and cultural landscape no understanding of the magic system or why the Mynarians hate magic At times the book felt very juvenile written for an audience that presumably doesn t care about world details or character development The lack of any depth throughout simply made it uninterestingAnd very little actually happens If you are put off by YA fantasies that spend too long talking about pretty dresses and palaces then this one should put you to sleep Most of Denna and Mare s story features them horse riding learning about the horses and not really doing anything When we re not focusing on their snoozeworthy antics we have to listen to councils ie the adults being unbelievably obtuseBoth the characters and the relationships were one dimensional Denna is without uestion the The Vanishing Man: In Pursuit of Velazquez goodirl and Mare is the fiery and uick tempered one And on that latter note Mare is so so annoying Once again I felt like I was in a very juvenile story when Mare throws her shoes at doors and makes rude faces behind people s backs She s eighteen by the way not twelve Fine the liegeman said See that you do He turned on his heel and walked awayI made a rude face at the liegeman s retreating backside The whole book is silly and ill conceived Without etting into spoilers there were so many ludicrous moments when the
adults of the novel behaved like clueless sheep when supposedly trained of the novel behaved like clueless sheep when supposedly trained stood around twiddling their thumbs while shit went down and nothing was happening so the author killed off another side character who we obviously didn t ive a damn about because they weren t iven a personalityThe romance is undoubtedly the best part It s a slow building climb from disdain to friendship to love But even that is marred by some poor plot choices on the author s part This is a world that seems to readily accept homosexual and bisexual relationships It seems pretty commonplace even And yet despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary Denna and Mare spend too long completely adamant that they are definitely absolutely just friends And then that they definitely absolutely cannot be together Perhaps there was a ood reason for this but it was not explained well I felt like their refusal to be together was contrived plot angst rather than arising from a legitimate concernI m sorry to say it as this was one of my most anticipated reads of this year but Of Fire and Stars is neither thought provoking nor entertainingBlog Facebook Twitter Instagram Youtube Store I LOVED THIS BOOK SO SO MUCH I am 100% filming a video review because WOW people need to read this storyIf you re looking for a fantasy novel with an LGBT relationship I would highly recommend this one I can t personally speak for the representation but to my interpretation this world s view of sexuality is extremely balanced I feel the best way I can describe it is by this The problem is NEVER that these two Get Fast!: A Complete Guide to Gaining Speed Wherever You Ride girls have fallen in love with each other and that s bad because they are of the sameender The problem is that two The Pleasant Light of Day girls have fallen in love while one is betrothed to the other s brother In an interview I read with the author she expressed that she created a world where homophobia does not exist hello this is what fantasy was created for so I can promise you the dismissal of sexuality will not be found within the pages of this book What Iot out of it was in this wor. Rying to hide her rowing magic To make matters worse she must learn to ride Mynaria’s formidable warhorses and her teacher is the person who intimidates her most the prickly and unconventional Princess Amaranthine called Mare the sister of her betrothedWhen a shocking assassination leaves the kingdom reeling Mare and Denna reluctantly join forces to search for the culprit As the two become closer Mare is.
Audrey Coulthurst Ï 6 SUMMARYThe book s blurb a promise of a lesbian romance sounded intriguing Unfortunately the romance was the only halfway decent thing about Unfortunately the romance was the only halfway decent thing about nookThe complaints about this book are pretty similar across the board from the other reviews I ve read and I agree wholeheartedly There was no world building We are immediately plunged into kingdoms and political situations without knowing what the hell we re etting into Why is she betrothed to marry someone Is there magic in this world Why is magic reviled Is there a political situation that reuires such a marriage So on and so forth There is very little
world building at all which is shameful considering the premise ofbuilding at all which is shameful considering the premise of world could have been a fantastic one had it been properly written This lack of world building and specifically for the lesbian romance of this book made it unbelievable The characters were terrible Black and white Good and bad Obedient
"and rebellious there "rebellious There no depth to either Denna or Mare Denna is undoubtedly the ood character She is uiet sweet Mare is the bad one She is a princess yet is TOTALLY AGAINST PRINCESSY THINGS She s tomboyish disobedient An embarrassment to her royal brother A picture book could provide depth of characters than this one The romance Admittedly this was ok But it s like what made the book seem like a forbidden romance really isn t such It s just pure bullheaded stupidity on both princess parts Homosexuality is accepted in this book so why are they denying each other so much and oing through so much bullshit before they can accept that they ve fallen in love But then again lol that s the difficulty for every single book relationship everOverall boring book poorly written world stupid characters I really want to The Go-Between get into ff books but nearly all of them are contemporary which I m really bored with atm I picked this up with mahana hi binch and read it somewhat on audiobook and somewhat physically and I really enjoyed it As a horse owner I was really happy that this centered around a lot of discussion about riding horses and training horses so it had my attention there I also loved the character dynamics the breaking ofender roles and the eneral rebellion of the characters and world against norms of fantasy was refreshing The world itself however I thought was a bit dry It bore no significant differences than any other run of the mill fantasy world out there with a pretty eneric elemental magic system I m kind of tired of the I have magic and have to hide it trope so hopefully in book two Denna will embrace her magic and master itBut Denna and Mare s relationship was so slow burning and lovely and I loved all the side characters in this so they kept it afloat This definitely isn t a stand out fantasy world but I fell in love with the characters and the way they were written and I would definitely recommend this to people looking for ff romance in non contemporary settings Of Fire and Stars had the potential to be ood as a YA fantasy with a lesbian romance but it all fell pretty flat Unfortunately the execution didn t hold up There s a huge lack of world building and character development And the biggest problem for me was how a lot of it just didn t make sense The plot doesn t add up Plus the adult characters are all very stupid for some odd reasonDennaleia known as Denna has been promised to the prince of Mynaria where magic is forbidden But Denna has a secret she must keep or risk being killed She has an affinity for fire and it seems to be harder to control since arriving in Mynaria This should be problem enough until she forms a friendship with the prince s sister Mare that soon rows into There are political situations among the kingdoms we re thrown into where they all differ on their views of magic causing tension There are The Prodigal Prophet: Jonah and the Mystery of God's Mercy groups unhappy about the alliance formed by Denna s marriage The issue here is there is no reasoniven for why Mynaria hates magic So there isn t any Deal Maker (Mixed Messages Book 2) (English Edition) ground for these plot lines to stand on There are times when the book feels really juvenile with very little logic to it Scenes felt forced The characters lacked depth Denna and Mare s relationship was confusing how it went from complete dislike to friendship to oh we re definitely only friends Other than the prince I just don t understand why in a world where homosexuality is openly accepted you would try to pass something off as friendship for so longAlas the execution could have been better when she falls in love with his rogueish horse training sister instead sign me the fuck up DNF 31% I CAN T DO IT ANYMORE I FUCKING CAN T THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST SLOWEST BOOKS WITH THE MOST BORING PLOT AND ABSOLUTELY SHITTY WORLD BUILDING IT IS SO FUCKING SLOW I LITERALLY AM WILLING TO READ FIFTY SHADES OVER THIS I VE BEEN READING THIS FOR ABOUT A MONTH A FUCKING MONTH I NEVER TAKE A FUCKING MONTH TO FINISH A 400 PAGE BOOK I HAVE NO ENTHUSIASM TO READ THE WORDS WRITTEN IN THIS BOOK I CANNOT FORCE MYSELF TO TURN ANOTHER PAGE BECAUSE IT IS SO Betrothed since childhood to the prince of Mynaria Princess Dennaleia has always known what her future holds Her marriage will seal the alliance between Mynaria and her homeland protecting her people from other hostile lands But Denna has a secret She possesses an Affinity for fire a dangerousift for the future ueen of a kingdom where magic is forbiddenNow Denna must learn the ways of her new home while .