Order of Vespers – Elyse Reyes

order of vespers

4/5 Stars

This book was sent to me by the author in exchange for an honest review. It does not impact on my feedback or opinion in any way. *Spoiler free*

Summary:

Jasper Andrews is in over her head. God and the Devil have disappeared from Earth, leaving humanity without hope. Il Separatio, the Entity of Neutrality, tries to restore peace through the intervention of its children, the Order of Vespers. They are tasked with maintaining the balance between light and dark, ensuring that no faction becomes too powerful. They think Jasper is the key to harnessing the power of Il Separatio, protecting the Vespers and maintaining the balance. —- Eighteen-year-old Jasper Andrews finds herself drawn into this superhuman world when a freak explosion exposes her to groups interested in secret abilities. When her family is killed under unbelievable circumstances, Jasper is the only suspect. She flees police custody and heads to New York City to lose herself in the crowds. Jasper wants revenge, but being chased by the police and superhuman bad guys, slows her down. While she’s in hiding Jasper becomes more volatile; she begins manifesting traces of her siblings’ abilities and begins to lose control. The Order of Vespers has decided she’s too dangerous and too important to leave unguarded and capture her. Before she can escape, the killers strike again, this time taking children directly connected to the Order. Jasper is forced to choose between her vendetta and the lives of the Vespers and humanity.

Review:

This book is one of those book that is short but sweet, adding the awesomeness of a YA novel to a really original take on the ideas of good and evil. I loved the fact that some of the characters were neither good nor evil as it means that there is really cool. will they wont they about the book and the narrative.

I love the way that the reader is allowed to question the judgement of the heroine, Jasper at every turn and that he is such a strong willed character. The deep emotional baggage and scars make the reader question the past of the character and show how it effects Jasper into her later life. As it is a story about one persons life and not a story involving more than one POV you get to question the choices of the lead character and really dig into the motivations of her actions. Continue reading

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Minor Gods – A.M.Yates

minor gods

3.5/5 Stars

Book sent to me in exchange for an honest review, this does not impact my views or review in any way.

This was a really refreshing read by author Amy Yates, I had previously never heard of this series until I was sent a review copy of the book and what a read it is!!

Synopsis:

SHE WAS THE CHOSEN ONE… UNTIL SHE WASN’T.

Josie Day has spent her life training to lead the Core—summoners who use ancient masks to channel the elemental powers of the gods. But then her mother is murdered by a mysterious Earth Goddess. And the power meant to be Josie’s passes to her sister instead. Worse, the Earth Goddess escapes. Now, Josie must prepare her sister to lead the fractious Core. Except her sister would rather be hanging at the mall with her too-perfect boyfriend. And, in truth, Josie would rather be hunting down the Goddess. When the Goddess returns and attacks, a shadowy Fire God comes to the rescue. But until Josie knows who is behind the mask, she isn’t sure she wants his help or the heat igniting between them.

With the Goddess plotting a war against humanity, Josie has to accept what she’s lost if she’s going to save what she has left. (Taken from Goodreads.com)

Review:

Minor Gods is such a good read, I was so impressed by the action and the impact of the book and the brilliant character build up throughout the novel. The idea that people can posses magic enough to build masks and inhibit Gods is so unusual and the original story line was something I fell for straight away.

I definitely felt more for the characters of Minor Gods and was really impressed with the growth of Josie and her complicated relationships with her sister and the other characters. The beginning was such a smasher too, imagine diving into a death straight away, it reminded me of the thrill of game of thrones.

Josie is such a good protagonist to write and read from as she is not the infallible character that you expect her to be but you see her development and her progression over time through the novel and the hardships that she has to overcome. The loss of a parent so early in the book was a real shock to the readers system but set up a very descriptive and well balanced plot line very quickly. The romance between Judah and Josie is amazing as well. It took time for Tessa to grow on me but by the end it was easy to emphasise with her as well. It must be horrid to be thrown out of your comfort area into the turmoil of responsibility and power. Continue reading