Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Review: The Invasion of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling #2) by Erika Johansen

Release Date: June 9, 2015
Publisher: Harper
Source: Library
Author Links: Goodreads | Twitter
With each passing day, Kelsea Glynn is growing into her new responsibilities as Queen of the Tearling. By stopping the shipments of slaves to the neighboring kingdom of Mortmesne, she crossed the Red Queen, a brutal ruler whose power derives from dark magic, who is sending her fearsome army into the Tearling to take what is hers. And nothing can stop the invasion.
But as the Mort army draws ever closer, Kelsea develops a mysterious connection to a time before the Crossing, and she finds herself relying on a strange and possibly dangerous ally: a woman named Lily, fighting for her life in a world where being female can feel like a crime. The fate of the Tearling —and that of Kelsea’s own soul—may rest with Lily and her story, but Kelsea may not have enough time to find out.

{insert weird fangirl noises here}

This one has been on my radar since I read (and loved!) the first book last year. I was so freaked out that this one wasn't going to live up to the hype in my head, I couldn't even crack it open for 2 days after I got it.
Yes, I'm being totally serious. Yes, I know that's incredibly weird!

But once I finally grabbed my nuts and plunged in, I could tell pretty quickly that Queen of Tearling wasn't a fluke. This is a nice sized book at 551 pages, but I flew through it in a couple of days like it was nothing. Nothing!
{insert more weird fangirl noises here}

Ok, ok. I'll stop.
One more? No? Fine.
Ok, so if you didn't like the first book,, then don't waste your time with this one. I know this was a hit-or-miss book with a lot of my friends, and I doubt that anything that happens in this second book will make someone who hated the original change their mind about these characters. So.
Wow. This is harder to write than  thought it would be...
How can I describe why I loved it without spoiling anything? Hmmm. Ok, I'm really going to try my hardest not to let anything slip, but if you're super-freaky about not knowing ANYTHING, then feel free to stop now. I don't want anyone getting upset with me...

Well, the best thing would have to be the Big Reveal about The Crossing!
Why's that, you ask?
Well, I've read several books with this It-Looks-Like-Medieval-Times-But-There's-All-These-Hints-That-Really-Everything-Just-Collapsed-At-Some-Point-And-It's-Actually-Taking-Place-In-The-Distant-Future...thing. So, while it's not a totally overdone concept, I wasn't flipping out over the originality of it by the time I picked up this book.
Ermahgard! There's a twisty-twist!

I'm not going to tell you what the twist is, but it's awesome!
Not to mention, the addition of Lily really threw me for a loop. I'm pretty sure my mouth dropped open when she started describing what her life was like, and what was going on around her. It was insane! Her story was heartbreaking and more than just a little scary to read. Plus, (and this is in the blurb, so I don't think it's a spoiler) when the lines between Lily & Kelsea start to blur, it got really interesting. By the end, I was totally freaking out on Lily's behalf!

Kelsea still had that unyielding badass attitude that I loved in the first book. She may not always be right, but she always does what she believes is the right thing. And when the General or some of the other men try to handle her and her crazy 'save the people of her kingdom' ideals?

Ok, her looks also change in this one. Why? Unsure! One more mystery of the stones, I guess.

But does it actually help her to become more beautiful? Shockingly, the answer is no. The people who already loved her, still love her, and the people who didn't...well, let's just say she finds that maybe beauty isn't everything she thought it would be.

Kelsea's my hero! Yes, even after everything that happens in this book. I love her! She's the perfect imperfect heroine, and I can't WAIT to see where the next book is going to take us!
I know not everyone is going to love this one as much as I did, but I absolutely did. This will be the second year in a row that Erika Johansen's book makes my top ten list!
{insert weird fangirl noises...again}

Ouch! Jesbus! Frick, that hurt
*rubs head*
Anyway, it was everything I hoped for and more.

I do feel the need to point out, once again, that these books have some pretty graphic stuff in them. They are not Young Adult, and some people probably might not feel comfy handing this subject matter over to younger teens. Seriously. Lots of abuse, rape, torture, etc..
Have fun!


Alyn said...

I was very interested in the crossing too. I was disappointed the first book didn't have much information about it. I am glad that we find out more about it in this book.

Anne Hannah said...

I thought the twist was so cool!

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Okay. You now have me curious about the book and the series. Thanks!

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