Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Review - Heart on Fire by Amanda Bouchet

Heart on Fire by Amanda Bouchet
Series: The Kingmaker Chronicles #3
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Publication Date: January 2, 2018
Date Read: August 29, 2017
Length: 448 pages
Source: Edelweiss
★★★☆☆
The riveting conclusion to the Kingmaker Chronicles, available January 2018!

Who is Catalia Fisa?
With the help of pivotal figures from her past, Cat begins to understand the root of her exceptional magic, her fated union with Griffin Sinta, and Griffin's role in shaping her destiny.

Only Cat holds the key to unlocking her own power, and that means finally accepting herself, her past, and her future in order to protect her loved ones, confront her murderous mother, and taking a final, terrifying step—reuniting all three realms and taking her place as the Queen of Thalyria.

What doesn't kill her will only make her stronger...we hope.
My Review

I hate to say it but this was a bit of a disappointment.  I really expected to love this book.  I wanted to love this book.  I didn't like this book nearly as much as the two previous books in the series.  I thought it was okay and I am glad that I read it.  This is the third book in the Kingmaker Chronicles and this review may contain spoilers from previous installments in the series.

My experience with this book goes back to when I first saw the cover.  I immediately thought that it wasn't the real cover and someone had uploaded fan art or something to Goodreads.  I kept checking to see when the real cover would be uploaded.  Weeks went by.  I decided to go to the author's website to see if she had the cover posted and discovered that what I was seeing was in fact the real cover.  I was shocked.  I think that the covers for the first two books are awesome.  This one is not.  I kind of hate this cover.  I decided that it was just a cover and it was just a cover and I could ignore it and focus on what was in the book.  I think it might have actually been some kind of sign.

Cat kind of drove me nuts in this book.  I don't know why but she annoyed me.  I didn't enjoy being in her head and I felt like this book spent a lot of time there.   Cat is pregnant which puts everything in a new light.  I understand how focused an expectant mother can be when it comes to her baby but all the talk of the little bean was too much for me.

Don't get me wrong...I did like the book.  There were some pretty awesome scenes in this installment and I had no idea how Cat would get herself out of some of the situations she found herself in.  There was some real excitement in the story and I was happy to see all of the characters that I have grown to love over the course of the series play a role.  There were some pretty major revelations that really explained a lot.

I do recommend this series to others.  This book does wrap up Cat and Griffin's story and has some great scenes.  I did enjoy the two books leading up to this one a whole lot more but found this to be a satisfactory conclusion.  I would not hesitate to read more from Amanda Bouchet in the future.

I received an advance reader copy of this book from Sourcebooks Casablanca via Edelweiss.
The Series

A Promise of Fire - My Review
Breath of Fire - My Review
Heart on Fire
About the Author
Award-winning author Amanda Bouchet grew up in New England and studied French at the undergraduate and graduate levels, first at Bowdoin College and then at Bowling Green State University. She moved to Paris, France in 2001 and has been there ever since. She met her husband while studying abroad, and the family now includes two bilingual children, who will soon be correcting her French.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter

22 comments:

  1. I actually like all the covers. This genre always seems to have good book covers, though I read few of them!

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    1. I know that a lot of people really like the covers. It just looks blurry and odd to me.

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  2. Good review! I haven't heard about this series before, but I might check it out now. I don't think I would have picked this up if I had only seen the cover, though!

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    1. I loved the first two books. This one was just okay for me.

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  3. When I first finished this one, I actually felt like there should be more.
    Oh man, I totally agree about all Cat's internal monologuing driving a reader nuts. There was good exciting stuff happening, but yeah... her head was stuck on a hamster wheel. What I really missed was seeing Griffin kicking butt. It seemed like the Greek gods got top billing with that.

    Great summation, Carole!

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    1. I think I was kind of happy to reach the end of the book which probably played a role in what I felt about the ending. More Griffin would have been very welcome for sure!

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  4. I agree about the cover, it's not great. Sorry you didn't love it but sounds like you liked it.

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    1. I know some like it but it just doesn't fit in my opinion and it looks a little blurry.

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  5. I never got past the first pages in book 1 so so not for me ;)

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  6. Sorry this one was a disappointment. I do love the sound of the story so I think I will give this one a try. Great review.

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    1. I am heppy with the trilogy overall and do recommend it.

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  7. I love the cover for A Promise of Fire. I'll have to read it, just so I can justify putting it on my shelves. ;)

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    1. I love the first two covers but this one is a big disappointemnt.

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  8. Oh sorry it didn’t work for you, Carole. I’m planning to read the series this year. The author is new but i’ll try to read more new authors this year. Thanks for your honest review. Awesome. 😁❤️👍🏻

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    1. Overall, I do think it was a good series and I am glad that I read it.

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  9. LOL on the cover. It definitely has some weird color scheme happening there.

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  10. Yeah the cover is definitely not the best. In the first two it looks like she's going to spring into action and take someone down. In the last one it's very shall we say chest forward? I hate when the last book in a series ends up being a disappointment - not bad just not as good as I want it to be. Sorry this was one of those.

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    1. Exactly, she is standing really oddly. I just don't like it. I wanted to like this last book as much as the first two.

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  11. I just read someone else's thoughts on this one and they mirrored your own. I haven't started the trilogy yet, but I am looking forward to it. It's too bad this one wasn't better--although I am still glad you enjoyed it.

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    1. I think that this is a bigger let down for me simply because of how much I loved the first two books in the series.

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