Book Review: The Silvered Serpents

Séverin and his team members might have successfully thwarted the Fallen House, but victory came at a terrible cost — one that still haunts all of them. Desperate to make amends, Séverin pursues a dangerous lead to find a long lost artifact rumored to grant its possessor the power of God.
Their hunt lures them far from Paris, and into the icy heart of Russia where crystalline ice animals stalk forgotten mansions, broken goddesses carry deadly secrets, and a string of unsolved murders makes the crew question whether an ancient myth is a myth after all.
As hidden secrets come to the light and the ghosts of the past catch up to them, the crew will discover new dimensions of themselves. But what they find out may lead them down paths they never imagined.
A tale of love and betrayal as the crew risks their lives for one last job.

I received a digital advanced reader copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Chokshi has done it again! Silver Serpents picked up almost immediately where Gilded Wolves  left off. It felt so fluid and seamless. 

Again, the characters are my favorite part of this series. I love them and I think they just really make everything about this story better. Silver Serpents has a very emotional and heartbreaking ending. So do not read if you don’t want a good cry. 

This story moved at such a fast pace and had such a steady flow. It was a rollercoaster of emotions but it was up and down at all the right times. I did feel like I was left with a lot of unanswered questions. I hope we get another novel to answer them. 

The villains were a tad predictable, but it was still very intriguing. Honestly, I feel like I liked this a lot more than the first book of the series. I love that the plot was more fully formed.

The writing was so descriptive and super vivid. As usual Chokshi does a wonderful job of world building and character creation and development. This book hurt me. I cried so much. I really hope we get some closure! 

Thank you so much to Roshani Chokshi, NetGalley, and St. Martin’s press for allowing me to review this title.

Image and Synopsis taken from netgalley.


Book Review: Gilded Wolves (Gilded Wolves #1)

No one believes in them. But soon no one will forget them.
It’s 1889. The city is on the cusp of industry and power, and the Exposition Universelle has breathed new life into the streets and dredged up ancient secrets. Here, no one keeps tabs on dark truths better than treasure-hunter and wealthy hotelier Séverin Montagnet-Alarie. When the elite, ever-powerful Order of Babel coerces him to help them on a mission, Séverin is offered a treasure that he never imagined: his true inheritance.
To hunt down the ancient artifact the Order seeks, Séverin calls upon a band of unlikely experts: An engineer with a debt to pay. A historian banished from his home. A dancer with a sinister past. And a brother in arms if not blood.
Together, they will join Séverin as he explores the dark, glittering heart of Paris. What they find might change the course of history–but only if they can stay alive.

I love historical fiction. It is probably my most read genre, and YA Fantasy is a very close second. Roll that all together and you will have me hooked from page one. I really enjoyed this merge of the two!

This really wasn’t on my radar until I got my hands on a copy of the sequel due to come out next year. I immediately knew from the synopsis that I needed this series in my life. I powered through this book in a little over a day and I loved this strange fantasy world that Chokshi has created. I did feel like the plot was lacking a bit in direction. It felt very back and forth. 

I loved this odd group of friends, it almost felt like a very breakfast clubby vibe. People who normally wouldn’t be friends but somehow are. I love the backstories you get in this book, though I wish it would have had some more relationship building. The characters had already established a history with one another, so you didn’t really get to see their relationships grow and flourish. I would have really liked if there had been more than just the backstories we got. 

As much as I wanted to detest Hypnos.. I just really couldn’t. He was just too hilarious and provided so much needed comic relief. Character-wise this book is very strong, I just hope the plot gets a bit more depth in the second book. I really did love the diversity of the characters. I feel like anyone could find someone to relate to in this book. Chokshi has a very unique way of writing that doesn’t just let you read about their diversity, but you feel it and see it in every action.
Images and synopsis taken from NetGalley.