Thursday, November 13, 2014

ARC Review: The Griever's Mark by Katherine Hurley

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The Griever's Mark
23273495by Katherine Hurley
Release date: Nov. 11, 2014
How I got it - Review copy from Netgalley
Genre: YA Fantasy
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Description -
With all the adventure and romance of Throne of Glass andGracelingThe Griever's Mark delivers you to a dangerous new world of lies, treachery, and power.

Before Astarti’s mother abandoned her to the deadly ocean tides, she gave her infant daughter a parting gift: a tattoo known as the Griever’s Mark, meant to carry her into death. But before the tide could claim her, the Earthmaker Belos, cast out by his people for his cruelty and for delving into forbidden magic, found and saved her. At least, that’s his story.

For seventeen years, Astarti has served Belos, using her control of the energy world, known as the Drift, to help Belos gain power throughout the kingdom of Kelda. Though she hates her master, the Leash he has anchored deep within her makes defiance impossible.

But when Logan, a handsome Earthmaker with his own reasons to hate Belos, recognizes that Astarti may be more than she seems, Astarti begins to unravel Belos’s lies: about her Mark, about her parents, and, most importantly, about her power. Astarti also discovers that Belos’s plans are bigger and more terrible than anyone has guessed, and she must decide: how much will she risk to stand against him?

I received this book from the publisher through Netgalley to review honestly

My Rating:

This book follows Astarti, who was abandoned by her mother and "raised" by Belos, a Drifter. This book has a very uniquely awesome magic. There are Drifters, who are the only ones who can access the Drift which is something that is hard to explain, but basically by accessing it they can Drift crossing hundreds of miles in a manner of minutes, and also use it to form weapons and fight. Then you have the Earthmakers, basically elementalists, that fight using the elements and despise Drifters. Astarti eventually comes to find herself swept up in a war between the Earthmakers and Belos, while simultaneously trying to figure out what part she plays in all of this.
(I hate writing synopses!)

I really enjoyed this book, it's fast paced and super easy to get into. Around the 10% mark I couldn't put it down and I didn't know why, I easily could have finished this in just a couple short hours had I had the time, still I constantly found myself going back to it when I should have been doing other things. The writing is great, and the world is one of the coolest magical worlds I've read about, I really really loved learning about the Drift and the Current, and Earthmakers and Drifters. It's just a really awesome concept that is executed very well.

A Few Of My Favorite Things:

Astarti - She's a pretty badass, highly independent female lead. There were I few times I got annoyed with her, personally one of my least favorite things in YA is when a female main character starts off badass and then just falls apart when she falls in love... Astarti had a few stupid moments after she met Logan, but not so much that I started to hate her. Altogether she's a really likable and awesome main character. Also, she fights with a spear...very awesome.

Magic - Again, I loved everything about the Drifters and Earthmakers. It's such a great world and magical system that left me wanting more. I want to know what exactly the Drift is and what happens next and do the Earthmakers stop being stupid about hating all Drifters!?! I have to say, the world and magic are the best thing about this book.

Villain! - This book has a pretty badass villain, he is definitely not wimpy. You totally understand why people are frightened of him, you have no doubt that he truly is a bad guy. Having said that I would have liked to have seen more of him, mostly he was mentioned, the few times he was there he was beating Astarti(basically). I want to know more of his back story... Still, this is just the first book, and he is a very believable villain which is always good.

A Few Of My Not So Favorite Things:

Logan. - This is kind of just about what I personally do and don't like in a love interest, I"m sure many people have and will love Logan, I'm just not one of them. I get that he's hot headed and does things without thinking but sometimes it just seems so stupid! I can't love a character like him, I didn't swoon for him at all. He's kind of pig headed, and I guess it's sweet...? Or it's supposed to be, the way he comes after Astarti and everything, but I just thought he was acting stupid. Again, this isn't a flaw with the book or the writing, it's just how I feel about him, it's the same way I feel about characters like Jace from the Mortal Instruments.

Insta-love like. - So we start off with these two just meeting(Astarti and Logan), she spared his life and then bam! It's not right out said, but you can tell from the very beginning he's in love(*cough* lust *cough*) with her. Then suddenly she feels the same way, but they can't do anything about it because, basically it's illegal. This is in no way the worst case of insta love, but it's there. I would have enjoyed it a bit more had I gotten to see them falling in love, but being torn because they can't be together, it was just too sudden for me to actually care about them, and feel bad for them because they can't be together.

Overall: I really enjoyed this book, it's very unique and very fast paced and easy to get into. Also, the ending! I need the next one now!

Would I Recommend This? Yes!
Who To? Fantasy lovers!
Will I read more from this author(or series)? Yup.

How do you feel about insta-love? Can it ruin a book for you?

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  1. I'm so glad you liked this book! The magic system is the best part, I agree. I detest love at first sight. It's lazy writing. I don't like it when characters know nothing about each other but still they're in love and that's all that matters to them. I do have a weakness for forbidden love though. I didn't think it was too instantaneous in Griever's Mark, but then again I really loved Logan too! Nice review! :)

    1. Yeah, I really think insta love isn't necessarily something you either like or hate, because sometimes if you really love the characters then you don't care about the insta love at all! It's defintly not the worse case of insta love I've ever seen, at least.

      But yes, I really did love this book and especialy the magical system!

  2. Hi, just letting you know I nominated you for the liebster award

    1. Oh sweet, awesome. Thank you so much!

  3. This book really does sound good! I almost requested it when I remembered I had already requested 700 books, and it seemed like a bad idea. BUT, I definitely plan on reading it, I like that the MC was awesome. Though Jace-like DOES scare me a bit!

    Insta-love CAN ruin a book for me, but it doesn't always. I mean, I am not a HUGE fan, but I guess in this case since she saved his life or whatever, I can kind of see why he'd be into her, so I think it could work. Great review, I am excited to read this!

  4. Damn! Why there has to be insta love. It all sounded perfect until I reached that part of your review. I mean yeah I can live with it but it'd be much better without it. Regardless I really love the sound of this one and it's not just because YA fantasy is my fave genre. But still I love the sound of characters and books that you cannot put down are the best. Great review :)