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Review: Steadfast

steadfastSteadfast by Claudia Gray

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

Source: paperback copy courtesy of publisher

What I remember most from Spellcaster is the beginning followed by the ending. It was a great beginning, which I loved, whilst the ending left me a little unbalanced. Steadfast also has a terrific beginning which sets the tone of the book. And again, the ending left me somewhat unbalanced.

It began at the graveyard and ended in a ruin. It was an exciting beginning, at which pace the story was kept then was ramped up for the last 100 pages; I really couldn’t put it down and had to finish it (consequences be damned!). The stakes are a lot higher in Steadfast and Nadia is truly unequal to the forces she’s determined to fight against. Still, this did not undermine her goodness but rather highlights her courage to fight for those she loves. This is what I love about Nadia most though there were moments of frustration with some of her failed / misfired spells (I understand that the author is merely highlighting Nadia’s not-fully-trained-witch status though and sometimes, it’s a little bit funny).

Mateo and Nadia are the sweetest couple! They are so supportive of each other which doesn’t mean that they never exchange angry words but that they work through them. I must admit that now that they’re together, I sort of miss that tension of the first feels (ie. feeling when they first met, first chatted, etc etc etc) but there is a different sort of sweetness here which comes about from being in a relationship. There were times that their focus on each other made Verlaine felt excluded… though that may also be due to Verlaine’s curse.

Verlaine with all her quirkiness and bravery is lonely. She knows only 2 living people who truly love her and despite her understanding of the working of the world, she wishes it was not so. In all this, her courage is a lot more admirable than Nadia because I really don’t know if anyone else can live the way she has had to. Add in to this mix of trio is Asa –ow, he’s hot!, and without revealing too much, let me just say that he’s a very interesting & totally conflicted character. I can’t wait to find out how he’ll turn out later on in the series.

I have really enjoyed Steadfast a lot more than I did Spellcaster. Claudia Gray has woven some truly amazing twists to the story, developed some really interesting characters, and most of all a detailed-dark-and-broody world full of black magic. I can’t wait for the next instalment (which I hear is titled Sorceress, *eep, excitement!*)

Thank you, Harper Collins Australia for providing copy of book in exchange of honest review

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Teaser Tuesdays: Steadfast

 

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“Holy Christmas, what was that?”  Verlaine came up, already looking at the playback of the video on her phone.  “This town is getting even weirder.  Now we have possessed PTA mom wielding axes.”

~page 61

steadfastSteadfast (Spellcaster #2) by Claudia Gray

 

Nadia, Mateo, and Verlaine have saved Captive’s Sound from the dark Sorceress Elizabeth…or so they thought. Despite their best efforts, a crack opened and a new, greater evil seeped through. With Mateo as her Steadfast, Nadia’s magic is magnified and she is more powerful than ever. But there is still so much she doesn’t know about the craft, leaving her open and vulnerable to a darker magic…which has begun to call Nadia’s name.

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read • Open to a random page • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!) • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Review: Spellcaster

spellcasterSpellcaster by Claudia Gray

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Source: book courtesy of Harper Collins Australia and The Reading Room

One of the most engaging first chapters I’ve ever read. It started in the car with Nadia and her family on their way to their new home when she felt that something just wasn’t right. It ended with Mateo living out the reality of his dream in rescuing her and what may happen in near future. This sense of doom began right from the very first sentence, continues throughout to the very end.

The supernatural component of the book was not the best part of this book. Whilst it helped lent the sinister air to the story and is an appeal to the current market of readers, I didn’t find it to be outrageously unique. The only bit that I found of interest was the way spells are cast; in bringing up appropriate bits in your head / heart to suit the spell.

What I really loved about this novel was the issues Nadia was working through. She was working through a lot of things though mostly as consequence of her mother leaving the family. These issues felt quite real they really cut the heart, and I truly felt for her.

It was weird how hurting someone you loved was even worse than being hurt. That stayed with you longer, and weighed you down all through the night into the dawn.

Spellcaster was a lovely easy read with the right amount of tension (both good, ie. romantic, and bad) to tease you through the story, a real climax good vs evil sort of face off, and ending which leaves you wondering what’s coming next. I can’t wait for the next instalment of this series.

You had to love people while you could, because you never knew how long you had.

Thank you, Harper Collins Australia and The Reading Room for copy of book

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