{Book} Ì Sword and Verse Í eBook or E-pub free

DNF at 40%This book wasn t overwhelmingly romantic The main character wasn t overwhelmingly stupid I guess the word overwhelming is the key here, because it s what this book wasn t It was completely underwhelming and mind numbingly boring, and I think that s reason enough for my rating I didn t enjoy it It was about a slave girl who s chosen for some reason to be a royal tutor, and all of a sudden the prince falls in love with her Like wtf I don t even know what happened All of a sudden around the 20% mark, they started kissing, leaving me scratching my head because damn, that escalated quickly.I mean, if a minor resistance plot, a dreamy romance, and reading about learning to read and write floats your boat, good for you But to me, there areinteresting things in life than this book Like watching my laundry dry. YOU GUYS.Since I was a teen, I ve loved fantasy novels The really epic ones, with fierce, smart, flawed female MCs, beautiful world building, and complex challenges More than anything else, I think fantasy novels by Tamora Pierce and Mercedes Lackey and Marion Zimmer Bradley and now Kathryn Purdie and KATHY MACMILLAN have taught me how to be a good person in a difficult world.But one issue I ve had, one and off, is that I m not particularly a physical person, and while I love fighting and girl knights, I also love books that show us different ways for a heroine to be strong Raisa, in SWORD AND VERSE, is one of those heroines This story finds her using reading as a weapon, while she s enslaved in the ruling class s palace as the prince s tutor She s the most realistic choice on the inside to be asked to lead a rebellion, and the person too who would be the most conflicted about it Her life is comfortable She s falling in love with the prince, who loves her back The dudes in the rebellion are jerks when they reach out to you they hate you for your privilege and your complicity What do you do The answer is given in a smart, well paced plot, a complicated romance with power issues and believable misunderstandings, and a bunch of well drawn supporting characters My favorite was Jonis, Raisa s contact in the rebellion, who isn t very nice, or ethical, who s doing what he has to to survive And view spoiler isn t drawn into anything resembling a love triangle No bad boy vs good boy cliches here hide spoiler Review posted on The Eater of Books blog Sword and Verse by Kathy MacMillanPublisher Harper Teen Publication Date January 19, 2016Rating 5 starsSource eARC from EdelweissSummary from Goodreads Raisa was just a child when she was sold to work as a slave in the kingdom of Qilara Despite her young age, her father was teaching her to read and write, grooming her to take his place as a Learned One In Qilara, the Arnathim, like Raisa, are the lowest class, and literacy is a capital offense What s , only the king, prince, tutor, and tutor in training are allowed to learn the very highest order language, the language of the gods So when the tutor in training is executed for teaching slaves this sacred language, and Raisa is selected to replace her, Raisa knows any slipup on her part could mean death.Keeping her secret is hard enough, but the romance that s been growing between her and Prince Mati isn t helping matters Then Raisa is approached by the Resistance an underground army of slave rebels to help liberate Arnath slaves She wants to free her people, but that would mean aiding a war against Mati As Raisa struggles with what to do, she discovers a secret that the Qilarites have been hiding for centuries one that, if uncovered, could bring the kingdom to its knees.What I Liked Sword and Verse was one of those books that I knew I would enjoy, upon reading only the synopsis I remember seeing the title, and then the synopsis, and then the cover I remember discovering that the author was a fellow Baltian, which is REALLY exciting Of all of Harper s 2016 Winter and Spring debuts, Sword and Verse was the one I wanted to read the most You probably already saw my top five reasons why I think you should read this book, but this will be ain depth and coherent log of my thoughts on the book which was superb Note I will not do this book justice, with this review I couldn t do it with my Top Five Reasons post which you should check out, it s slightlycondensed , and I know I can t do it here There are some books that are that great that I just want to say, TRUST ME AND READ IT and be done with the review Still, I hope I can write a nice review and not spoil things.As a child, Raisa was chosen to be the next tutor, and so she began to learn to read and write alongside the crown prince of Qilara, Mati Years later, Raisa s feelings for Mati have grown, and she has also become a very accomplished Tutor, mastering the language and symbols with ease Raisa and Mati know they shouldn t feel anything towards each other but they do When war breaks out against Qilara, Raisa will help the Resistance or stay loyal to Qilara there is no easy way out of her past, present, or future.This book is written from Raisa s POV, and it starts in the past, when Raisa is small She wasn t always a distinguished tutor in training she used to be a slave in the kingdom As an Arnath child, she never felt welcome in Qilara anyway Raisa is a different heroine from what we typically see in YA fantasy these days She isn t bent on saving the world, or wielding swords, or defying royalty She s loyal to Mati, and she doesn t forget her people, but she doesn t want to necessarily help the Resistance when it could mean hurting Mati indirectly Raisa is a mentally and emotionally strong young woman, which is just as important as being physically tough She is intelligent and kind, and has to work through an incredible amount of emotional burden throughout the book.Mati is the male protagonist of the book, and a very important character in the story He has to lead Qilara for various reasons, and the learning curve is steep He never wanted to be a part of the conflict and war that Qilara is deeply entrenched in, but he takes steps to ensure Qilara s success Mati is selfless and clever, which is one of the reasons why I think him and Raisa are a great pair.So much of this book revolves around language and writing and symbols The Resistance is desperate to have Raisa helping them because she can read and write, and she is in the palace Raisa s role as Tutor will be to teach Mati s children how to read and write, as well as train the next Tutor So you see that Raisa and Mati s roles were clearly defined from that start but it didn t stop either of them from falling for each from the start We know that Raisa has feelings for Mati since she was little, and we find out that he has feelings for her too The romance is a strange one no love triangle, but it isn t like any romance I ve read There was a point in the book that broke my heart, and it was less than halfway through This book takes place over a year maybe a little over a year , not including the prologue A LOT happens during that time, in terms of the romance and in terms of the entire story This book is a fantasy novel through and through, so there are certain elements of the story that intersect with the romance that really only occur in fantasy novels you ll have to read the book to know what I mean, but the romance in this book is very unconventional And I say all of that and mean it in a GOOD way I absolutely love how MacMillan constructed the romance, how it developed The romance wraps up in a satisfying way, and there is no love triangle NO LOVE TRIANGLE None The romance is one of my favorite aspects of this book So Good Lots of swoon and fangirling from me, I will assure you.MacMillan also does a great job with the world building Sometimes high fantasy novels seem to blur together, in terms of the worlds I didn t find it the case with this book the emphasis on language and symbols made this book highly distinctive, as well as the structure of the court and kingdom, and the role of religion The ending is stunning, in my opinion The book takes it time for the most part, in terms of pacing, but the climax picks up speed and the ending is eye opening I love the pacing of the book overall, and I really liked how the ending felt Everything comes together, and the ending wraps up all the loose threads I was really happy with the ending, especially in the last few pages This book is a standalone, and the ending is perfect for it It s not as tightly wrapped as I would have hoped there are one or two things that I thought were open ended , but I have it on good authority that things will be addressed in the future but not as a series So Standalone for the win What I Did Not Like This book was really satisfying for me, so I don t think I have complaints One of the things that I mentioned above was that I found that there were a few things that were open ended Usually this would be a complaint of mine if the book is a standalone which this one is , but if those elements will be addressed in future companion novels, then by all means Would I Recommend It I highly recommend this novel Fantasy fan, YA fan, someone who enjoyed Kristin Cashore s books, or Alexandra Bracken s Brightly Woven, etc It s a standalone with an incredible and totally unique romance, and high stakes action, and unforgettable world building This stunning debut did not disappoint on any level Rating 5 stars That s a rare rating from me I like it when I build a novel up in my head for forever, and then the novel turns out to be really, really wonderful If you get a chance to read this book, do it Don t miss this book Heh This one did not disappoint We can totally compare it to Fire by Kristin Cashore which happens to be my favorite book of all time Sword and Verse was BEAUTIFUL See five great reasons why you should read Sword and Verse And here s a swoony excerpt, if you needed further convincing DSUPER EXCITED GUYS Just confirmed that I will be presenting at KidLitCon with AlyssaSusanna in October Can t waitKathy MacMillan kathysquill August 9, 2015 I m in a strange little muddle at the moment because this book had so many aspects that made me grind my teeth, but yet I STILL REALLY LIKED IT So who knows Maybe I m just craving epic fantasy with good world building and this truly had that And also that cover C mon THAT COVER Plus it featured writing and I think that s awesome Because I quite like writing As you can note by my obsession with writing aaaall the reviews.ANYWAY I really appreciated the world It s all gods and temples and writing is so so sacred that no one else is allowed to do it except the king and the high people And the world felt really dusty, almost like it had a Greek Roman vibe maybe I just envisioned all the temples like Greek ones I DON T REALLY KNOW IF THAT S RIGHT OR NOT, BUT THERE YOU HAVE IT And it s all masters vs slaves And the masters were pretty brutal The story didn t get really graphic because a lot of the brutality was off page But it still was a pretty vicious world and I, a lover of darker fantasy, APPRECIATED THAT.But whenever you have a masters vs slaves situationomg I get so attached to the tragic abused rebels It s nearly a problem JonisTheDarlingGrapeLet s just pretend that the protagonist, Raisa, wasn t a little ball of deluded whining Because all the other characters were MY PRECIOUS BABY DARLINGS But seriously, Raisa Her personality was whine and cheese I can t understand how she could be a slave for like 85% of her life and yet BE SO DARN NIAVE She s having a passionate fling with the prince THE P.R.I.N.C.E And then gets shocked when she realises he s betrothed to a princess I mean C mon Woman, you need to grow a brain But I did appreciate that A Raisa was no special snowflake, and B despite being a naive mulberry of delusion, tears, and frequent whine sessions she was kindhearted and that s nice But the secondary characters LOVED THEM SO MUCH Mati is the king and he s a bit of a sap, but A CUTE SAP I really loved him And noooo triangle NONE WHATSOEVER WOOO Because I started to get scared when the leader of the rebels, Jonis, strutted into the scene with his little sneers and his scars and his adorableness But this is perfect because A it proved a protagonist can interact with a male and NOT FALL IN LOVE wow , and B I can have Jonis 33 Least to say 90% of everyone was tragic and I love tragic sneering metal rebel boys Not to mention the adorable little 5 year old Jera who s being trained as a Tutor and all the powerful women characters who just quietly were supreme.As for the plot Okay Confession it s like 78% kissing Which annoyed me Like after 100 pages I was getting nervous that there would be no plot BUT THERE WAS IT JUST WAS IN AMONGST THE KISSING So be ye warned very heavy focus on the romance And usually I would be stabbing myself in the eye with the pretty coverbut I shipped the ship and I loved the world SO YAY FOR THAT AT LEAST.There is also stabbing and explosions and plots and spying so that s all fun Good times.Not to mention LIBRARIES Although the library was like the secret kissing area.I mean Dude Go read a book, where are your priorities here Reading will get you killed but whatever I also like how it honestly feels like a standalone Apparently there s a sequel in 2018 Whyyyyyy so far away But you could read this and totally be satisfied with it alone WHICH IS AWESOME We needfantasy books that stand relatively on their own Plus it had no info dumps but managed to build a compelling world.BLESSINGS ON THIS BOOK.ALL IN ALL I had a lot of fun reading this I honestly didn t expect to love it due to reading a ton of negative reviews beforehand But I think having zilch expectations really helped The romance was afjdksalfd adorable and I really rooted for Mati and Raisa to stop lying to each other and BE FANTASTIC The world was just dark enough to keep my little heart beating excitedly And did I mention TRAGIC SCARRED SECONDARY CHARACTERS OF AWESOME Because those too. Source I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read to review basis Thanks to HarperCollins and EdelweissI never knew Tyasha ke Demit, but her execution started everythingThis was an okay fantasy story, although I lost interest a little at the end.Raisa was a bit of an infuriating character, because she kept making bad decisions It seemed like even though she knew what she should and shouldn t be doing, she kept doing these things anyway, and I just wanted to smack her at times to see if it would knock some sense into her.The storyline in this followed Raisa as she began training to be a new tutor, and learning the symbols of the different languages She was approached by the resistance and asked to do things for them, and also began a bit of a romance with the Prince, and seemed once again to not make the best choices The pace was quite slow in this, although it did hold my attention pretty well in the first half of the story.The ending to this was okay, although my attention had lapsed a bit by the end This story wasn t quite what I was expecting though, as I expected this to be a bithigh fantasy, and instead there was quite a lot about the writing and the romance.6.5 out of 10 I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of this book Get ready for 2016 What a super story A brave heroine, a caste system, gods involved in humans lives whatcould you want A surprise ending, that s what The intricate descriptions of the different writing systems made me sure that they truly existed and that MacMillan was simply telling us about research she had done in some far off part of the world I loved our Raisa, who is a scholar as opposed to a soldier and who does not wait for men to save her I loved the idea that there are Goddesses who look after writers We sure could use them. I received a copy of this ARC in exchange for an honest review.This will probably be one of my favorite debut fantasies of 2016 The world building on display is simply phenomenal The system of slavery in this world felt both heart breaking and authentic, and the places and people felt fully fleshed out and realized Raisa is an utterly compelling heroine I loved that she took time to grow into her strength and courage, to experience both love and heartbreak She s one of the most relatable YA protagonists I ve come across The writing itself is lyrical and breathtaking I think my favorite aspect of this world is the mythology Each chapter begins with a section of the gods creation story, and it absolutely felt like something I could have learned in the antiquities department of a university This book has some of the richest world building I ve ever read, and I loved it.I massively recommend this book, and I ll keep recommending it come January. Wow, okay, I adored this book It surprised me so much, and so pleasantly I just finished and am still thrumming with the happy energy of a truly satisfying ending The pacing was interesting to me the first half very much serves as an establishing of the world, the rules, the characters, the stakes, and the conflict Which is to say that I was at first hooked based solely on the romance, while everything else was being set into place Then, as the action was building, I felt a bit of a lull toward the middle but no sooner did I have that thought than everything exploded into action and the last third to half was an absolute ROLLERCOASTER For me, this transition from steady to break neck pacing worked perfectly because at that point, I was SO invested in the characters that I felt every beat of their wild ride exactly as McMillan intended me to do While I read a ton of contemporary fantasy, it s not uncommon for me to struggle to connect with characters in high fantasy There are authors I think handle this brilliantly Bardugo, Maas, etc but a lot of times the unfamiliar world and the elevated way of speaking can leave characters feeling cardboard or unrelatable, but here I was so far from having that problem I ve seen some other reviews that called Raisa shallow but I honestly found her refreshingly complex and human She is very much torn between her love for one specific person and her knowledge of right and wrong Her struggle made me consider what I would do if I were forced between protecting the man I love and protecting a group of innocent people who I don t know I think if we re honest this is a muchore difficult decision than it should be and I loved that Raisa continuously struggled with it, that she fought so hard to do what she needed to do And because I felt I knew her so much, it just made her turmoil over whether she was trusting the wrong people that muchpalpable I found myself desperately hoping she was right, afraid of the heartbreak she would face if she was wrong.The ending was so, so surprising, and I suspect it won t be for everyone, but for me personally, it was perfect It was big, epic, magical, exciting, and dark I highly recommend this book and if you start it and get to that lull , I implore you to finish it because I think there s a good chance you ll be, like me, waythan satisfied {Book} ⛄ Sword and Verse º En El Reino De Qilara, La Escritura Es Un Don Reservado A Los Nobles Y Prohibido Para Todos Los Dem S, Especialmente Para Los Esclavos Nicamente A La Tutora Del Pr Ncipe Y Su Aprendiza Les Est Permitido Aprender La Lengua De Los Dioses, Para Luego Ense Arla Al Futuro ReyTras Ser Seleccionada Como Aprendiza, Raisa Deber Ir Con M S Cuidado Y Estar M S Vigilante Que Nunca Sigue Siendo Una Esclava Y Cualquier Sombra De Traici N Podr A Suponerle La MuerteEnamorarse Del Pr Ncipe No Le Facilitar Las Cosas Al Contrario Todo Termina De Complicarse Cuando La Resistencia Se Pone En Contacto Con Ella Raisa Deber Escoger Entonces Si Traiciona A Su Pueblo O A Su Coraz N I was lucky enough to read an early version of this book and if you like YA high fantasy in the veins of Rae Carson, then you will LOVE this book.Raisa is raised as a slave in the palace, one of only two who are taught the language of the gods writing in order to tutor the prince and council him when he one day becomes king But Raisa doesn t plan for falling in love with him, nor that he would return her love Or that the slave resistance will pressure her to help them, even as it threatens the life and safety of both herself and the prince.When it all comes to a head, it seems only the gods will be able to save everyone.This story is filled with romance and wonderful, deeply realized characters Raisa is sympathetic and believable, and Mati is swoon worthy and kind, which I particularly love, since I m kind of over the bad boy romance thing The language and religion is fully developed and it s clear MacMillan spent a lot of time and energy getting it just right And the ending explodes with action and drama and tension and moments that literally made me gasp in surprise Which is really the best thing I can ever hope for when reading a book.