Book Review

ARC Book Review: Redemptor (Raybearer #2) by Jordan Ifueko

Rating: ☆☆☆ 1/2
Audience: YA Fantasy
Length: 336 pages
Author: Jordan Ifueko
Publisher: Amulet Books
Release Date: August 17th, 2021
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BOOK SUMMARY:

The hotly anticipated sequel to the instant New York Times bestselling YA fantasy about Tarisai’s quest to change her fate

For the first time, an Empress Redemptor sits on Aritsar’s throne. To appease the sinister spirits of the dead, Tarisai must now anoint a council of her own, coming into her full power as a Raybearer. She must then descend into the Underworld, a sacrifice to end all future atrocities.

Tarisai is determined to survive. Or at least, that’s what she tells her increasingly distant circle of friends. Months into her shaky reign as empress, child spirits haunt her, demanding that she pay for past sins of the empire.

With the lives of her loved ones on the line, assassination attempts from unknown quarters, and a handsome new stranger she can’t quite trust . . . Tarisai fears the pressure may consume her. But in this finale to the Raybearer duology, Tarisai must learn whether to die for justice . . . or to live for it.

Thank you to Amulet Books and Netgalley for an eARC!

MOSTLY FINE.

Ahhhhhhck.

Okay. The story was good. It was. The world building with all of the different nations is well written. I mostly liked the magic system and I once again really love this found family council that Tarisai has.

This book draaaaagged. I had to look up the page number amount because I swore I was reading something 450ish pages. Nope, 336. Felt so much longer and not in a good way. The repeated plot of Tarisai finding another group of council members rang hollow. When the other lines of the story with redeeming the horrific children sacrifices were being discussed, that was where everything was strong. The pacing was just off between the two major schemes.

Random plot lines were also thrown out and others added in. All of a sudden, Sanjeet was out for 90% of the book, and a newcomer (not named because, spoilers) is kind of involved, but not really? I don’t like random toss-ups like that. I did end up liking how the second “interest” worked into the story. He played a much bigger role than I expected and helped further the plot rather than being there purely for a love triangle.

Still really into this found family and all of the type of love witnessed. It’s such a great cast and I wanted more of them like I read in Raybearer. I love that there was more Dayo, but I wanted everyone else too.

The ending wrapped up the story well. All of the underworld scenes were really short compared to what I thought was coming. I felt like at least I wasn’t left with a long list of questions. I think it gave the final pages hope for a different and new future that did make sense for the world.

Overall audience notes:

  • YA Fantasy
  • Language: a little
  • Romance: kisses to heated make-outs
  • Violence: physical altercations, battle scenes, magic attacks
  • Trigger/Content Warnings: alcohol consumption, drug use, child abuse and neglect, murder

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Book Review: Raybearer (Raybearer #1) by Jordan Ifueko

Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆
Audience: YA Fantasy
Length: 368 pages
Author: Jordan Ifueko
Publisher: Amulet Books
Release Date: August 18th, 2020
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BOOK SUMMARY:

Nothing is more important than loyalty. But what if you’ve sworn to protect the one you were born to destroy?

Tarisai has always longed for the warmth of a family. She was raised in isolation by a mysterious, often absent mother known only as The Lady. The Lady sends her to the capital of the global empire of Aritsar to compete with other children to be chosen as one of the Crown Prince’s Council of 11. If she’s picked, she’ll be joined with the other Council members through the Ray, a bond deeper than blood. That closeness is irresistible to Tarisai, who has always wanted to belong somewhere. But The Lady has other ideas, including a magical wish that Tarisai is compelled to obey: Kill the Crown Prince once she gains his trust. Tarisai won’t stand by and become someone’s pawn—but is she strong enough to choose a different path for herself? 

INSTANT HIT.

WOW.

This was so good!! And highly recommend on audio too. I felt that brought Raybearer to life.

I’m always hesitant over a timeline that starts off with a younger child then moves on to teenager/adulthood. I loove the way this was written. I never felt stuck too long in one area, but got all of the information needed to get a great sense of the world being built and the magic system being established.

Found family is a hidden gem trope for me. I start to feel all the things for every member of the group. This was fantastic. I love that Tarisai found her home. She found her friends and family. Those who would love and protect her just like she would them. It was beautiful. Every side character I met stole my heart and I am captivated by them all.

Her relationship with Sanjeet was adorable. Brooding and with the right amount of angst and longing. It played so well into the storyline, but didn’t over shadow the plot. I always love a good romance woven in and I see it here.

The political action was astounding and kept me on my toes. It wasn’t bogged down with too many council meetings and babble that didn’t go anywhere. Every scene had a point and meant something to the story. Many things are incredibly unique to this fantasy and it was refreshing to take it all in. This one is worth the hype y’all and there’s no way to cover the abundant aspects I enjoyed.

Overall audience notes:

  • YA Fantasy
  • Language: very little
  • Romance: kisses; closed door scenes
  • Violence: small battles, physical altercations, attempted exocutions
  • Trigger/Content Warnings: loss of a parent, child sacrifice (not depicted, but spoken of as it pertains heavily to the plot), domestice abuse, gaslighting

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Monthly Reading Wrap-Up: May 2021

Yay for May! An even 30 books and caught up or finished a few series! I also had my first 1 star book in a very long time.

Favorites: Raybearer, That Fine Line, Falling for Your Fake Fiancé, The Prison Healer, A Proper Scandal, Sunkissed, The War That Saved My Life, Isn’t it Bromantic?, Wait for It, Meet Me in Paradise, Amelia Unabridged

Least Favorites: The HOOK and Kingdom of Souls

  • Raybearer (Raybearer #1) by Jordan Ifueko – (☆☆☆☆☆)
  • Falling for Your Boss (Love Clichés #2) by Emma St. Clair – (☆☆☆☆)
  • [ARC] The Dragon and the Queen (The Raven and the Dove #3) by Kaitlyn Davis – (☆☆☆☆)
  • The Seat Filler by Sariah Wilson – (☆☆☆☆)
  • That Fine Line by Cindy Steel – (☆☆☆☆ 1/2)
  • Falling for Your Fake Fiancé (Love Clichés #3) by Emma St. Clair – (☆☆☆☆☆)
  • Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston – (☆☆☆)
  • The Prison Healer (The Prison Healer #1) by Lynette Noni – (☆☆☆☆☆)
  • A Proper Scandal (Proper Scandals #1) by Esther Hatch – (☆☆☆☆☆)
  • Sunkissed by Kasie West – (☆☆☆☆☆)
  • The War That Saved My Life (The War That Saved My Life #1) by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley – (☆☆☆☆☆)
  • [ARC] Isn’t it Bromantic? (Bromance Book Club #4) by Lyssa Kay Adams – (☆☆☆☆☆)
  • Bridge of Souls (Cassidy Blake #3) by Victoria Schwab – (☆☆☆☆)
  • Blade of Secrets (Bladesmith #1) by Tricia Levenseller – (☆☆☆☆)
  • A Proper Charade (Proper Scandals #2) by Esther Hatch – (☆☆☆☆)
  • Love Unexpected (Some Kind of Love #2) by Jenny Proctor – (☆☆☆)
  • Wait for It by Mariana Zapata – (☆☆☆☆☆)
  • Falling for Your Best Friend (Love Clichés #4) by Emma St. Clair – (☆☆☆☆)
  • Divine Blood (Guardians of the Maiden #1) by Beck Michaels – (☆☆☆☆)
  • [ARC] Curses by Lish McBride – (☆☆☆)
  • The Soulmate Equation by Christina Lauren – (☆☆☆☆)
  • A Pho Love Story by Loan Le – (☆☆☆☆)
  • Shortcake by Lucy Watson – (☆☆☆)
  • The Dating Plan (Marriage Game #2) by Sara Desai – (☆☆☆☆)
  • Meet Me in Paradise by Libby Hubscher – (☆☆☆☆☆)
  • The HOOK (The PAN Trilogy #2) by Jenny Hickman – (☆)
  • Kingdom of Souls (Kingdom of Souls #1) by Rena Barron – (☆☆)
  • A Proper Scoundrel (Proper Scandals #3) by Esther Hatch – (☆☆☆☆)
  • Amelia Unabridged by Ashley Schumacher – (☆☆☆☆☆)
  • Finlay Donovan is Killing It (Finlay Donovan #1) by Elle Cosimano – (☆☆☆☆)

How was your reading month? Lets talk in the comments!

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