Ink Drop Book Reviews
THIS IS A SPOILER FREE REVIEW.
We start the story following Thea in Springtime at her current home in Normandy France. She with her mother a few weeks before were on the verge of a huge break through with their profession of alchemy. Then suddenly after doing everything together Thea's mother abruptly stops her from going into her labratory and carries on working on their work without her. After this in the following weeks her mother starts to act strangely and Thea finds out that she had been near to completing the Philosophers stone.
Unfortunately this comes at the same time as issues arise in the French government and growing tension between France and England force Thea to flee to Oxford, England in hopes of finding her father who does not know she exists. During this time she is hoping to finish her mothers work. With this comes the dangers of maybe knowing how to make an item the world of Alchemy has been looking to achieve for centuries.
While I personally loved the premise of the book and it was a nice easy read, I felt that the character building on the main villain could have been more thoroughly explored. And while having multiple locations is interesting it also can be distracting and take away from the main plot when made as fast as it was in this book.
I like that the magic system was completely different from any other book I have read and that it had consequences. I feel that it is important to create a more realistic effect. It was written into the story very well in this case.
All in all the book was and enjoyable all be it a slightly predictable. My rating would be 3.75 stars.
I want to Thank St.Martin's Press and Wednesday Books for the Advance Readers Copy of this book for review.
The Hunt is over but the War has just begun.
Against all odds, Janneke has survived the Hunt for the Stag--but all good things come with a cost. Lydian might be dead, but he took the Stag with him. Janneke now holds the mantle, while Soren, now her equal in every way, has become the new Erlking. Janneke's powers as the new Stag has brought along haunting visions of a world thrown into chaos and the ghost of Lydian taunts her with the riddles he spoke of when he was alive.
When Janneke discovers the truth of Lydian and his madness, she's forced to see her tormentor in a different light for the first time. The world they know is dying and Lydian may have been the only person with the key to saving it.
I received this as an eARC for a honest review.
Thanks to St. Martins Press.
SPOILER WARNING - DO NOT READ THIS REVIEW IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THE FIRST BOOK.
The goblin king picks up about 6 months after we left off from the first book. Soren is the Erlking and Janneke is by his side as the first human Stag. But everything has not been wonderful. We find out in the first chapter that Jannke is struggling with not only her abilities but is also suffering from some form of post traumatic stress. Or so it would seem. Voices being heard in her head of her dead foe plague her and of a more frightening vision the Nordic version of the end of the world.
The first 5-7 chapters of this book felt strong and very similar to the first book for me, which I really enjoyed. I really enjoyed the chemistry and fight in these characters in the first book. That being said I feel that the second half of this book unfortunately lacked the same connection. It was as if I was seeing the same characters but through a filter as they went through another journey. This one to stop the beginning of the end of the world. Traveling through the different realms so easily felt off and even though the character went through hardships, the felt forced.
I am really hoping that this series is suffering from the second book syndrome as like I have said before I really enjoyed the first and the characters. keeping my fingers crossed that the 3rd installment from Kara pulls my interest and rating back up.
This was a solid 2.5 Stars -
Thanks for reading
Other books in the series:
White Stag Permafrost #1
Some people ARE illegal.
Lobizonas do NOT exist.
Both of these statements are false.
Manuela Azul has been crammed into an existence that feels too small for her. As an undocumented immigrant who's on the run from her father's Argentine crime-family, Manu is confined to a small apartment and a small life in Miami, Florida.
Until Manu's protective bubble is shattered.
Her surrogate grandmother is attacked, lifelong lies are exposed, and her mother is arrested by ICE. Without a home, without answers, and finally without shackles, Manu investigates the only clue she has about her past--a mysterious "Z" emblem—which leads her to a secret world buried within our own. A world connected to her dead father and his criminal past. A world straight out of Argentine folklore, where the seventh consecutive daughter is born a bruja and the seventh consecutive son is a lobizón, a werewolf. A world where her unusual eyes allow her to belong.
As Manu uncovers her own story and traces her real heritage all the way back to a cursed city in Argentina, she learns it's not just her U.S. residency that's illegal. . . .it's her entire existence.
Thanks to St. Martins Press.
Lobizona had me enchanted within the first chapter. The characters were beautifully fleshed out and had lots of depth. The locations were perfectly described, and not too drawn out, thus keeping me engaged in the characters story.
The Spanish was perfectly executed so that even someone not bilingual such as myself, could still read the book and have every word flow effortlessly.
I am so happy I had a chance to read this. I cannot wait to read the next installment from this vivid world.
Working from home and still have to Parent?
So covid19 has brought a whole new meaning to the phrase “working from home”. With our kids being out of school, or you as the parent having to help them with their virtual learning this year has been a complete Shit show!
I’ve been working from home now for about 5 years and the time during school hours have always been my most productive. Now this year everything has changed. I’ve been handed a husband deployed and covid. Don’t get me wrong it’s defiantly been a trying year, but I’ve been able to use the few tricks I have that I mainly use during the summer break to my advantage. I hope these will help you too.
Saying that, we are parents and during the course of our lives we have had to endure far worse. So, buckle up I’m going to give you some tips that just might help your work day go a little smoother with your little monsters in tow.
- Always set your alarm.
This is probably the hardest one for me, but it’s a must. Even if you do not have any meetings, appointments or calls GET UP! This is not just for you. Keeping your kiddos in a regular routine is so important to their physical and mental health. Once you have them feed and busy on a project you can start yourself.
- Take a minute for yourself.
Whether you enjoy your cup of coffee, tea or just water in the morning. Set yourself a timer on your phone once you sit down for about 15 minutes. This helps me relax after helping the kids with their morning routine and sets me up for my work day. I have anxiety and situational depression so I find that this is a really big help when setting my day up.
- Set your work up in Blocks.
So now that you are relaxed and ready for work set your work up in blocks. For instance, from 9am – 10am I work on customer emails then I allow myself to go get a drink. Then from 10.10am – 12pm I work on another project. I set a timer ever day at noon so I do not get to engrossed in what I am doing and forget lunch. (because I have done this before and kids need food Ha Ha).
- Interruptions happen!
When working at home with kids just remember interruptions are bound to happen, this is OK. You are a parent first and the work will get done at some point. This is why keeping your work in blocks is so important so that it is easy for you to get back to what you were doing if you do get interrupted. If there is a project that you didn’t get done, schedule it for the next day. Google calendar is your best friend for this.
- Finish on time every day!
Again, I struggle with this one. But I try not to work past 5pm. Take time for your family. Your quality of life is so important. Creating an alarm for this is super helpful.
These are the main tips that have helped keep me sane over the last six months. Hopefully they will really help you keep on track with your little ones.
If you have any tips yourselves, I’d love to hear about them.
Bye for now.
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