Book Review: Catching Epics by Halie Fewkes

Title: Catching Epics
Series: Secrets of the Tally #2
Author: Halie Fewkes
Genre: YA Fantasy
Published: October 28th 2017
Publisher: Tally Ink Publishing
Page Count: 412 pages
Format: Hardcover
Source: From the author in exchange of an honest review


Book Summary:
Ebby didn’t know she was the new Human Epic until the day she was captured, stuck with the new Escali Epic, Vack, and told to be friends with him. They’re the two most powerful kids in the world, destined to be enemy combatants like every Epic before them, but they've been imprisoned together in hopes they might resolve some of their differences. Unfortunately, Vack would rather push Ebby out a window than befriend her, while Ebby thinks Vack is a barbarian who might eat her, and the result is chaos. 
Allie and Archie are thrown into the fray when they’re asked to help a team of brutal hunters find and rescue Ebby. Archie makes recovering the Epic a priority, but Allie couldn’t be pulled any harder in the opposite direction. Rescuing a little girl sounds like the right thing to do, but leaving Ebby in the hands of the Escalis has a different appeal. If Ebby and Vack existed to do more than fight one another, they could change the course of the entire Human Escali war.
*The Chef's Review*
    Actual rating: 5/5 stars

OMG! I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS BOOK!!! Everything about it had me on edge, the character development, the new introduced characters, the world building, the plot, the magical aspects... Aahh, it was sooo good! I think the only thing that I regret about this book was my slow reading progress. I started reading it when my work schedule got really busy and it pained me to put it down constantly. However, I have finally finished reading it and I couldn't be happier with the story and now I cannot wait for the next book to be published.

Catching Epics is the second book in the series of Secrets of the Tally. In this world human mages and Escalis (they are described as powerful grotesque humans with spikes)  exist and they are in constant war for power and territory. The humans and the Escalis each have an Epic (which are the most powerful beings) and they have been enemies with each other for several generations. The Escali Epic dreams of ending the war by creating a friendship between the new young Epics, Ebby and Vack, and to finally live peacefully. However, his thoughts are not shared by everyone...

I was thrilled with the character introductions of Ebby and Vack! When I first started reading about them, I knew from the very beginning that I was going to love them. They are both confused, angry and scared about their future as Epics and to top it all, they are forced to spend time together even though their natural instincts tell them otherwise. I really hope to see more of them in the next book.

Meanwhile, we have Allie, Archie and their friends torn between helping the humans or the Escalis. They soon find out about the plan of ending the war, but it might mean destroying their image and exposing their true selves. Allie keeps being the kick-ass character and brings trouble to everywhere she goes, and Archie is always around saving the day. I also think it is amazing how Allie and Archie get involve in Ebby's and Vack's story and I wish to see more of that in the future.

Another thing that I want to mention about this book is the magical feeling of the story. It is a truly beautiful story and wonderfully written. I kept imagining fantastical places throughout the whole book and the plot, characters and the story elements where astonishing. For those reasons, it reminded me of The Crowns of Croswald by D. E. Night and although the stories are different, I equally enjoyed them for their wonderment and magical story.

Final Verdict:

Catching Epics is such an incredible book! I cannot stress enough how much I loved reading it and I definitely see myself re-reading it like I did with Secrets of the Tally before starting Catching Epics. I just didn't want to miss any aspects of the story and going back to the first book made me appreciate and understand Catching Epics a lot more. I will be definitely looking forward to continue reading this series! 

Happy reading! -- The Chef 

Book Review: Everless by Sara Holland

Title: Everless
Author: Sara Holland
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publisher: HarperTeen
Published: January 2nd, 2018
Page Count:  362 pages
Format:  eARC
Source: From publisher via Edelweiss in exchange of an honest review 


Summary:
In the kingdom of Sempera, time is currency—extracted from blood, bound to iron, and consumed to add time to one’s own lifespan. The rich aristocracy, like the Gerlings, tax the poor to the hilt, extending their own lives by centuries.

No one resents the Gerlings more than Jules Ember. A decade ago, she and her father were servants at Everless, the Gerlings’ palatial estate, until a fateful accident forced them to flee in the dead of night. When Jules discovers that her father is dying, she knows that she must return to Everless to earn more time for him before she loses him forever.

But going back to Everless brings more danger—and temptation—than Jules could have ever imagined. Soon she’s caught in a tangle of violent secrets and finds her heart torn between two people she thought she’d never see again. Her decisions have the power to change her fate—and the fate of time itself.
*The Reader's Review*
My rating: 5/5 stars
.This review can also be found on YA Books Central.

Everless was my first read of the year and I do indeed feel guilty for reviewing it just now. The guilt comes with the fact that this turned out to be an AMAZING read for me, and as a book reviewer, I should 130% shout into the void until my lungs hurt in order to support and make more readers fall in love with this read. However, there are times when you just cannot find it in you to review a book you love. It's so daunting to sit down and wait for amazing words to slip out of your brain and make your fingers type, right? I'm sure I'm not the only one!

I certainly don't feel that I'm ready (are we ever ready?) but I feel it's been long enough so here I am.

What I Liked:

Everless by Sara Holland will always remind me of starting the year with a bang. I remember I was HOOKED right from the start and how it kept me wanting to keep reading and ignore all my other duties. The idea that time is currency is not a new invention, but its take is certainly refreshing, especially in YA literature! I enjoyed the urgency of the novel, it made me feel stressed and constantly wondering how the main character, Jules, would manage to avoid her time slipping away, just like a lot of the characters who have the misfortune of not having enough time on their hands. Like her father.

I raged how, like in any society, some people had the upper hand in this world and obviously are rich enough to have too much time. The Gerlings (part of the royalty in this world) get to live hundreds of years while the rest of the society has to go to pawn shops and sell their blood and then convert it into iron so they can be consumed by others (diluted in tea, for example), shortening their life out of need. It's heartbreaking and although our currency is not as extreme, it certainly reflects on how our own world works (loans and debts that swallow you whole).

I must admit I was actually expecting Everless to be action-packed, but instead it focuses on the main character and in understanding the whole world. I sincerely didn't mind how it's not full of the usual action in YA (our heroine is yet to be a warrior) since being privy to her thoughts as we spend much of our time inside her head and her time inside the Gerling's Estate turned out to be pretty enjoyable for me. But worry not, action-lovers! It comes in due time and the end is enough to have you at the edge of your seat!

One thing is that Jules does seem to have a slight obsession/crush with her childhood friend and one of the Gerling "Princes" and I never understood what she saw in this first crush. I disliked the interactions with this character, though I didn't mind reading about it. I was already too in love with this book! Oh, but just you wait to see how it all pans out. It did end up giving me the necessary swoons in subtle ways. ;)

Final Verdict:

To say that I'm excited for the sequel to Everless is an understatement. This stunning novel came and firmly placed itself on my shelf of favorite reads and it will take a lot for it to be bumped down. You must read it!

Waiting on Wednesday #58: Rule by Ellen Goodlett!


Hi everyone! Welcome to another "Waiting on Wednesday" post (meme hosted by Breaking the Spine!). 

This week I am waiting on:


Rule by Ellen Goodlett
September 11th, 2018, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
YA Fantasy
Pre-order: Book Depository Amazon
Three Dark Crowns meets Pretty Little Liars in this sensational and striking new fantasy from debut author Ellen Goodlett.

Three girls with three deadly secrets. Only one can wear the crown.

Zofi has spent her entire life traveling across the Reaches. Just when her freedom matters most, the king's men arrive and drag her away from her fellow Travelers to bring her to the capital--Kolonya. 

Ren grew up in Kolonya, serving as a ladies' maid at court. She dreams of being a noble herself one day, but being ominously summoned to the king's courtroom after a misdeed isn't exactly what she had in mind. 

Akeylah was raised by an abusive father in the Eastern Reach, surrounded by brewing insurrection. She'd do anything to escape her family, even accept the invitation of a king who has every reason to despise her.

Each girl hides a dangerous secret--the kind that could get her killed for treason. But when the girls are brought before King Andros expecting an execution, instead they learn the truth: the king is dying and they are his only living heirs. Now the three of them must live at court and compete for the chance to rule. But someone in Kolonya knows the girls' secrets, and they'll stop at nothing to keep them from the throne.
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Ohhhmyygoodness! Isn't this the most glorious cover ever!?!? I know I know, every time I come cross a pretty cover I possibly say something similar, but gosh, I think this one is one of the prettiest ever! My heart sings for it!!! And the premise makes it sound so good and right up my alley. I seriously cannot wait for the time I can get my hands on a copy. ♥

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What are you waiting on this week? :)

The Week's Entrée #195

Hi everyone! Welcome to another edition of The Week's Entrée!

This year I've been struggling to read books that are NOT manuscripts and it's certainly showing in my Goodreads challenge. However, I'm trying to not let that get to me because I've BEEN reading, just not quite finishing books to add to it. My Goodreads "currently reading" list is so loooong though, so embarrassing! LOL. How are you doing with your reading progress??? :)

But one thing I can boast about in this year is our Bookstagram feed!


You may not remember, but our feed looked VERY different from when we started over 2 years ago. It's impressive how whatever new thing you are out to do, it's all a matter of practice to get better. My sister and I have gotten a LOT better. As it is now, I'm very content with our feed and I cannot wait to see how else we improve with out book photography!
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New books!
{For review}
From authors, publishers, Netgalley/Edelweiss, etc.


Thank you Jimmy Patterson Books/Hachette for sending me a final copy of How To Be A Supervillain: Born to be Good by Michael Fry! It's been a long time since I've read a Middle Grade book and this one looks so cute!
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To Read This Week:


I'm still buddy reading Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi with my friend, Danielle L. Jensen! It's always fun to read with her (and also because her reading pace is super similar to mine!). Anyway, this is turning out to be such a great read!!!
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And that's it for this edition of The Week's Entrée! What are you all reading? :)

Waiting on Wednesday #57: These Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch!


Hi everyone! Welcome to another "Waiting on Wednesday" post (meme hosted by Breaking the Spine!). 

This week I am waiting on:


These Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch
August 7th, 2018, Blazer + Bray
YA Fantasy
Pre-order: Book Depository Amazon
Adeluna is a soldier. Five years ago, she helped the magic-rich island of Grace Loray overthrow its oppressor, Argrid, a country ruled by religion. But adjusting to postwar life has not been easy. When an Argridian delegate vanishes during peace talks with Grace Loray’s new Council, Argrid demands brutal justice—but Lu suspects something more dangerous is at work.

Devereux is a pirate. As one of the outlaws called stream raiders who run rampant on Grace Loray, he pirates the island’s magic plants and sells them on the black market. But after Argrid accuses raiders of the diplomat’s abduction, Vex becomes a target. An expert navigator, he agrees to help Lu find the Argridian—but the truth they uncover could be deadlier than any war.

Benat is a heretic. The crown prince of Argrid, he harbors a secret obsession with Grace Loray’s forbidden magic. When Ben’s father, the king, gives him the shocking task of reversing Argrid’s fear of magic, Ben has to decide if one prince can change a devout country—or if he’s building his own pyre.

As conspiracies arise, Lu, Vex, and Ben will have to decide who they really are . . . and what they are willing to become for peace.
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Sea adventures! Pirates! Princes! Magic! Yes, I am very much looking forward to this book. Sara Raasch is fantastic at world-building so I am pretty sure I will come to enjoy it! ♥
ALSO THIS COVER!!!! Isn't it perfect??
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What are you waiting on this week? :)

Winter Glass Blog Tour: Review + Interview with Lexa Hillyer!


Hi everyone! Today I'm thrilled to host a stop in the Winter Glass Blog Tour! Winter Glass is the sequel to Spindle Fire by Lexa Hillyer and it is just as fantastical as the first book! ♥ Check out below my thoughts about this wonderful read full of magic, swoons, and adventure plus an awesome interview with the author. This book releases TODAY and you definitely don't want to miss it!
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Winter Glass by Lexa Hillyer
April 10th, 2018 from HarperTeen
YA Fantasy
A curse comes undone. A kingdom shatters. But some bonds can’t be broken.

Princess Aurora, torn from the dream world, plots to assassinate the faerie queen Malfleur, only to confront temptations she never expected. Isabelle, meanwhile, opens her heart to Prince William as they attempt to unite their kingdoms and wage war against Malfleur’s army. But when the appearance of an unbreakable glass slipper prompts Isabelle to discover more about her lineage, her true identity begins to take shape and her legacy becomes as clear as ice. 

Devoted half-sisters Isabelle and Aurora will grapple with their understanding of love and loyalty as they face a threat even greater than that of the evil queen—the threat of losing each other forever. 

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*The Reader's Review*
My rating: 5/5 stars

Prepare yourself, Winter Glass is set to destroy all the feels! This stunning conclusion full of sisterly love, romance, and magic had me flipping pages non-stop... and agonizing over a conclusion I never wished to come.

What I Liked:

When I first read Spindle Fire, I fell in love with Aurora and Isbe, of how much they loved each other and how far they'd go to make sure they were okay. Sisterly affection is rarely seen in books, and I was happy to continue their stories in this new installment.

I must say my favorite character has always been Isbe, her journey throughout both books has been full of so many twists and turns. And romance! But most importantly, this has been a character who sacrifices everything for her sister, who dares to embark on an impossible journey throughout kingdoms in order to save Aurora and a kingdom that shunned her since she was an infant, and now in Winter Glass, through a darker journey where she needs to learn about who she really is. Following along her footsteps is NEVER boring, and I would gladly read more of her if there was ever another opportunity! ♥

However, I do love Aurora as well! Her quest to find true love and understand what true love really means takes us on a surprising twist I never would have guessed based on what we read in Spindle Fire! It felt natural, though I must admit that I wept for a certain character I had fallen for in book 1. Won't say more about it though ;)

Spindle Fire starts as a retelling of Sleeping Beauty with Aurora, but Winter Glass evolves into a Cinderella retelling focusing on Isbe! I LOVE retellings, and author Lexa Hillyer does a fantastic job developing both tales into something unique. I particularly enjoyed how we even get the point of views of the antagonists, learning about their own side of the stories, dark motivations and all.

Aaah, there's just so much that I loved about this book! Even the epic conclusion that somehow broke my heart. I just cannot stop thinking about this imaginative story that give me everything that I wanted (Isbe and William!!! ♥) I was expecting to enjoy Winter Glass as much as Spindle Fire, but no, my love for it goes beyond! It is now an all-time favorite and gosh, I hope I can learn to live without more.

Final Verdict:

Magic! Romance! Non-stop adventure! Winter Glass gives it all and WILL destroy you. It's a book about true love, of finding and discovering yourself, as well as doing what it takes to not lose what matters the most.

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*Interview with Lexa Hillyer*

What are your favorite quotes from Spindle Fire and Winter Glass?

Here’s one from Spindle Fire!

“She can’t sleep. She’s afraid that if she does, this will all go away and she’ll lose what it felt like to be beautiful, to be chosen. That if she sleeps, she will dream, and in that dream she will hear her mother singing, and the song will lure her to stay asleep forever, where it’s safe—or else, worse, that waking from it will shatter her.”

What scene from Winter Glass are you most excited for readers to experience?

I love the end of Part One – it’s very romantic! – and I think there’s a fun surprise in the scene where Malfleur throws a party. I also love Malfleur’s flashback, and the chapter we get to see from King Verglas’s POV. And the action scenes in the middle! And the final scene! I guess I can’t decide which part I’m most excited about J

If you were suddenly drawn into your books and got to tag along with either Princess Aurora's or Isabelle's journey, whose path would you most likely take?

It would have to be Isabelle’s. In book 1, Aurora is trapped, which is pretty scary. In book 2, her journey goes quite dark at times! Plus I would really love to visit the palace of King Verglas, as Isbe does in Winter Glass!

Is there a particular place/setting that gave you inspiration for Winter Glass (and Spindle Fire)?

The series is set in a magical version of medieval France, where some of the earliest iterations of the Sleeping Beauty tale emerged. I’m super into moody cliff-side settings, old castles and convents, so I had fun making mood boards for this!


What song strongly reminds you of Winter Glass?

Runaway, by Aurora. Also: Love me Like I’m Not Made of Stone, Lykke Li

Which characters' development are you most proud of in this installment?

ALL of them! Except Wren – I think she deserves her own novel and more space to go deeper.

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About Lexa Hillyer
Lexa Hillyer is the author of the young adult novels Spindle Fire, Winter Glass, and Proof of Forever, as well as the poetry collection, Acquainted with the Cold (Bona Fide Books), the 2012 gold prize winner of the Foreword Book of the Year Award for Poetry, and a recipient of the Melissa Lanitis Gregory Poetry Prize. Her work has been featured in Best New Poets 2012, and she has received various other prizes and honors for poetry. Lexa earned her BA in English from Vassar College and her MFA in Poetry from Stonecoast at the University of Southern Maine. She worked as an editor at both Harper Collins and Penguin, before founding the production company Glasstown Entertainment along with bestselling author Lauren Oliver. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, their daughter, and a very skinny orange tree.

The Week's Entrée #194

Hi everyone! Welcome to another edition of The Week's Entrée!

My sister and I recently binge-watched Trollhunters Part 2 and we are SUFFERING because Part 3 (aka season 3) won't release until December 21st! HOW WILL WE EVER SURVIVE.

We had been putting it off because this show broke our hearts last time and we knew it would break us again, and it did. But it was also SO WORTH IT. It's an incredible, underrated tv show I wish more people knew about it! Everyone is sooo precious *clutches heart*


Have you seen this???!?!? I've also started a rewatch of Avatar the Last Airbender since Mexico's Netflix FINALLY put it in English (we only had the Spanish dub version) and I'm a happy girl! More recs like these two shows are much appreciated. ♥

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New books!
{For review}
From authors, publishers, Netgalley/Edelweiss, etc.


I downloaded an eARC of LIFEL1K3 by Jay Kristoff from Netgalley and I'm quite excited about it. It would be my first book by Jay Kristoff and people are giving it great ratings sooo crossing fingers that I enjoy it as well!
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To Read This Week:


Super excited to start reading Esme's Wish by Elizabeth Foster this week! Isn't this cover gorgeous!? Will also attempt to read Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian this week if I can! I really hope to because I'm super behind on book reviews but I am committed to catch up. :D
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And that's it for this edition of The Week's Entrée! What are you all reading? :)

Zombie Abbey Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway!


Hi booknerds! Today I'm super stoked to participate in the blog tour of Zombie Abbey by Lauren Baratz-Logsted! This book just released on April 3rd from Entangled Teen and it is PERFECT for fans of Downton Abbey, Pride and Prejudice, and The Walking Dead (what a mix, right?!). You can read my review of this super fun read and be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post. Enjoy!
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Zombie Abbey by Lauren Baratz-Logsted
April 3rd, 2018 from Entangled Teen
YA Historical/Paranormal
1920, England

And the three teenage Clarke sisters thought what they’d wear to dinner was their biggest problem…

Lady Kate, the entitled eldest.
Lady Grace, lost in the middle and wishing she were braver.
Lady Lizzy, so endlessly sunny, it’s easy to underestimate her.

Then there’s Will Harvey, the proud, to-die-for—and possibly die with!—stable boy; Daniel Murray, the resourceful second footman with a secret; Raymond Allen, the unfortunate-looking young duke; and Fanny Rogers, the unsinkable kitchen maid.

Upstairs! Downstairs! Toss in some farmers and villagers!

None of them ever expected to work together for any reason.

But none of them had ever seen anything like this.
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*The Reader's Review*
My rating: 4/5 stars
It's been a long time since I had read a zombie novel and even more, one as entertaining as Zombie Abbey! Reminiscent to one of my favorite TV shows, Downton Abbey, and one of my all-time favorite novels, Pride and Prejudice -- this novel turned out to be a delight to read about from page one! 

What I Liked:

I've never been much of a fan of zombies (gore and horror is not really my thing), but after reading the premise of this novel, I just knew I had to read it. And let me tell you, it did not disappoint AT ALL. I laughed, I swooned a bit, perhaps even felt stressed and sad as a few favorite characters were taken down and turned into zombies. Before I knew it, I was done with the novel and in need for more! (Will there be more?! Hope so!)

Zombie Abbey has several alternating points of view, from the three Clarke sisters to the staff working at Porthampton Abbey. It's a bit hard keeping up with them at first, but as soon as I managed to recognize who is who based on Downton Abbey, it proved to be a much easier read for me and also a lot more fun since I could easily picture them in my head (I just looove Downton Abbey's characters so much!). In this novel, my favorite POVs/characters turned out to be Fanny (the maid), and the Clarke Sisters (especially Grace and Lizzy).

This book might have a slow start since it takes its time to introduce the situation of Porthampton Abbey's occupants, but it later turns into an action-packed chaos as the Upstairs (Clarkes) and the Downstairs (the staff) have to set aside their prejudices and work together before they get their hearts eaten and turned into zombies! It's well worth the wait if you ask me. ;)

However, if you are expecting horror, then you might not get what you want since it's not truly a horrifying read. It has quite a bit of gore, but the overall take on Zombies and the reactions of Porthampton Abbey's residents when they face them is super funny. I loved it this way, but I can see how some might not really enjoy it. But if you are faint of heart like me, this might also be your kind of read! With Zombies!


What Left Me Wanting More:

I have to admit that I was a expecting more right at the ending. It's left a bit too loose and I'm afraid we will never know how things turn out for some of characters as this seems to be a standalone novel. But perhaps there is hope for a sequel? Crossing fingers!

Final Verdict:

If you are looking for a diverting paranormal read à la Downton Abbey and Pride and Prejudice with lots and lots of zombies, then you'll surely enjoy Zombie Abbey and come to love everyone at Porthampton Abbey! ♥

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Tour-wide Giveaway!


Enter the Rafflecopter below to enter the tour-wide giveaway! (US only, sorry Intl friends :( )


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About Lauren Baratz-Logsted

Lauren Baratz-Logsted is the author of over 30 books for adults (Vertigo), teens (The Twin’s Daughter) and children (The Sisters 8 series which she created with her husband and daughter). She’d love to dress up in period costume from the 1920s but she’d be a lot less excited about meeting zombies. Lauren lives in Danbury, CT, with her husband and daughter and cat, all of whom are writers (well, maybe not the cat). 

Book Review: Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman

Title: Thunderhead
Series: Arc of a Scythe #2
Author: Neal Shusterman
Genre: YA Dystopian
Published: January 9th 2018
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Page Count: 504 pages
Format: Paperback
Source: Bought


Book Summary:

Rowan and Citra take opposite stances on the morality of the Scythedom, putting them at odds, in the second novel of the chilling New York Times bestselling series from Neal Shusterman, author of the Unwind dystology.

Rowan has gone rogue, and has taken it upon himself to put the Scythedom through a trial by fire. Literally. In the year since Winter Conclave, he has gone off-grid, and has been striking out against corrupt scythes—not only in MidMerica, but across the entire continent. He is a dark folk hero now—“Scythe Lucifer”—a vigilante taking down corrupt scythes in flames.

Citra, now a junior scythe under Scythe Curie, sees the corruption and wants to help change it from the inside out, but is thwarted at every turn, and threatened by the “new order” scythes. Realizing she cannot do this alone—or even with the help of Scythe Curie and Faraday, she does the unthinkable, and risks being “deadish” so she can communicate with the Thunderhead—the only being on earth wise enough to solve the dire problems of a perfect world. But will it help solve those problems, or simply watch as perfection goes into decline?

*The Chef's Review*
    Actual rating: 5/5 stars

I have no idea how to begin to write this review. I don't know how to describe how incredibly fantastic Thunderhead is!!! The Arc of a Scythe series has become a new recent favorite and I cannot stop talking and fangirling about it. It's because it is soooo GOOD!

Thunderhead is the second book of the series, in here, as a reader we explore the Scythedome system and experience how faulty it could be. Rowan and Citra (the two main characters), try in their own separate ways to help abolish the corruption and like the Thunderhead says it, keep administrating "the quietus of death with a noble, morale, and humane hand". The situation is getting out of hand, but the goodness of the humans inside the Scythedome are working hard to control the "new order", but at what cost? This quote from the book narrows it down:
"We have just entered the worst of all possible worlds."--Sythe Asimov
In this book, new characters appear that add up so well to the story and we get to know the older ones in a deeper level. I love how even though the Thunderhead is a "machine", it is written as a character and even shows an astonishing degree of human emotions. The Thunderhead and Scythe Curie are my very favorite in this book. They both show the highest character strength and personality in my opinion and they left me with a strong impression. This book ended with both of them being as amazingly as any character can possibly get, they are that cool!

I also want to mention how the Thunderhead communicated and formed part of this story without having a body. The Thunderhead is the technological advance that humanity created to take care of themselves and earth. It is all seeing, with cameras almost everywhere and handles pretty much every technology  in the world. With that said, the Thunderhead notices almost everything. EVERYTHING. So, after every chapter as a reader, one can know what the Thunderhead thinks of the situation. Those bits of after thoughts are pure genius! Also, it can communicate to all human beings (except with the Scythes because they are out of its jurisdiction or "unsavories" which are as close to criminals as humans can get) and talk to them as a parent or best friend that makes it a favorite among people.   

Another thing that I want to mention is how surprising the story development is. It started with the same pace as the first book, but it quickly reshaped into something else. Consequences from the decisions made in Scythe started to alter Thunderhead  and I was constantly startled with each chapter that I read. GOSH, THE ENDING!!! I cried, I was furious, I was heartbroken, I was a mess of emotions throughout this book. I cannot wait for the next book! 

Final Verdict:

I am obsessed with the Arc of a Scythe series and Thunderhead came and impossibly cemented even more my feelings for it. It is an intriguing, fascinating, action packed, heartbreaking story that I will follow until the end of it.  Now excuse me while I go drown my feelings with cake until the next book comes out. 

Happy reading! -- The Chef