Mini-Reviews #3: Falling Kingdoms & You

In the three kingdoms of Mytica, magic has long been forgotten. And while hard-won peace has reigned for centuries, a deadly unrest now simmers below the surface.

As the rulers of each kingdom grapple for power, the lives of their subjects are brutally transformed… and four key players, royals and rebels alike, find their fates forever intertwined. Cleo, Jonas, Lucia, and Magnus are caught in a dizzying world of treacherous betrayals, shocking murders, secret alliances, and even unforeseen love.

The only outcome that’s certain is that kingdoms will fall. Who will emerge triumphant when all they know has collapsed?

It’s the eve of war…. Choose your side.

Princess: Raised in pampered luxury, Cleo must now embark on a rough and treacherous journey into enemy territory in search of magic long thought extinct.

Rebel: Jonas, enraged at injustice, lashes out against the forces of oppression that have kept his country cruelly impoverished. To his shock, he finds himself the leader of a people’s revolution centuries in the making.

Sorceress: Lucia, adopted at birth into the royal family, discovers the truth about her past—and the supernatural legacy she is destined to wield.

Heir: Bred for aggression and trained to conquer, firstborn son Magnus begins to realize that the heart can be more lethal than the sword…. 


This book was trying really hard to be Game of Thrones for teenagers. Though obviously it had unique plots and characters and that sort of thing, but it had an almost identical feel to it. The thing about this, though, is that it missed the mark on being the same quality and level of Game of Thrones.

I listened to this on audiobook while driving, which makes the lack of world building a bit easier to deal with, because I miss stuff as I manage traffic and all that anyway. But aside from minor details, there is barely any difference between the three countries mentioned in the book, to the point that it’s hard to keep them straight at times. The magic system was interesting, but once again, not developed enough for it to really connect with the world it was set in.

There were also a lot of characters in this book, which was nice at the midway point, but a tad confusing at the beginning when you’re trying to keep track of who belongs to which generic kingdom. But once they got going, I liked the variety and the different personalities and how each of them affected the story. Almost everything that happens in this book is a result of someone actions, which was fun. It made for a really interesting plot line as the whole war thing ramps up.

All in all, I did enjoy this book. It just needs more information about the world and more background on everything that is going on to really bring it up to the level it wants to be. If you like kings and princesses, war and betrayal, and are not a fan of the long journeys that often take place in fantasy books, you’ll likely enjoy Falling Kingdoms!

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When a beautiful, aspiring writer strides into the East Village bookstore where Joe Goldberg works, he does what anyone would do: he Googles the name on her credit card.

There is only one Guinevere Beck in New York City. She has a public Facebook account and Tweets incessantly, telling Joe everything he needs to know: she is simply Beck to her friends, she went to Brown University, she lives on Bank Street, and she’ll be at a bar in Brooklyn tonight—the perfect place for a “chance” meeting.

As Joe invisibly and obsessively takes control of Beck’s life, he orchestrates a series of events to ensure Beck finds herself in his waiting arms. Moving from stalker to boyfriend, Joe transforms himself into Beck’s perfect man, all while quietly removing the obstacles that stand in their way—even if it means murder.


I came across this book on a list of creepy reads, and I was immediately curious because of the concept behind it. And while it wasn’t really what I expected, it is definitely one of those books that stick with you, and stays in your thoughts for days after.

I think that the most brilliant thing about this book is unsettlingly calm and normalized the telling of the story was. The way that the narrator goes on like everything he is doing is completely reasonable and makes perfect sense, when it’s actually super twisted and messed up, is unsettling and uncomfortable when you start really thinking about it. The author did a brilliant job of telling the story, and I honestly don’t think it would have worked if they had picked another method of telling it.

The characters in this are very well done, and the pacing is fantastic throughout the entire story. I did find that there were lot of literature references that I knew nothing about and that was kind of annoying, especially when they went on for a while. But they didn’t take too much away from the story.

All in all, I did enjoy You, and it definitely was one of those stories that stick in your head for a few days after you’ve read it. If you like crime novels and are looking for something unique, if you are looking for a good creepy read, or if you like 2nd person perspective and you want more, you should definitely check you You!

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