(Review-Ya) Dark Triumph by Robin Lafevers

Dark Triumph by Robin Lafevers

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LaFevers, Robin. Dark Triumph. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2013. Print. ISBN-13: 978-0544227200.
Formats available: hardcover, paperback, ebook, audiobook. Paperback $9.25. Kindle $7.49.

Synopsis: (from amazon.com)

Sybella’s duty as Death’s assassin in 15th-century France forces her return home to the personal hell that she had finally escaped. Love and romance, history and magic, vengeance and salvation converge in this thrilling sequel to Grave Mercy.
Sybella arrives at the convent’s doorstep half mad with grief and despair. Those that serve Death are only too happy to offer her refuge—but at a price. The convent views Sybella, naturally skilled in the arts of both death and seduction, as one of their most dangerous weapons. But those assassin’s skills are little comfort when the convent returns her to a life that nearly drove her mad. And while Sybella is a weapon of justice wrought by the god of Death himself, He must give her a reason to live. When she discovers an unexpected ally imprisoned in the dungeons, will a daughter of Death find something other than vengeance to live for?

My Thoughts:
This sequel to Grave Mercy picks up where it’s predecessor left off, this time chronicling the adventures of Sybil, the wild and erratic member of the Assassin’s trio. This book is quite a bit darker than Grave Mercy and deals with heavier themes of violence. There is also quite a bit less time spent on the romance, although there is a bit of romance for Sybil as well. I enjoyed this book, as part of the series, but were it only a standalone it would not fare well. A lot of the background knowledge is assumed, and if you have not read Grave Mercy you may be confused or miss out on some aspects of this story. It is a strong enough sequel to keep the momentum going, and its satisfying to have some of the mystery surrounding Sybil and her family explained. We also get to see the villain much more fully developed in this book, and it gets easier and easier to hate him the more you learn. Poor Sybil faces more challenges and abuse than either of her friends, and as a reader I couldn’t wait to get to the end to see if she would come out victorious. Fans of Grave Mercy will be glad to see snippets of what Ismae is up to, in this sequel, though the story focuses mainly on Sybil.

Liked it? Loved it? Gotta have more of it?
The next two books in the His Fair Assassin series are Grave Mercy and Mortal Heart

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About the Author: 

Citation & Credits
Book cover image: Courtesy of Amazon.com
Kelsey Bogan. 2015. All rights reserved.

Reviewing a Banned Book – And Tango Makes Three

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It’s Banned Books Week!

In 2015 we are celebrating Young Adult Literature!

To celebrate Banned Books week (I am a librarian, after all) I’m going to do “banned books-related” blog posts all this week! Today I’m going to review one of this years Top Ten Most Frequently Banned Books!

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And Tango Makes Three

Richardson, Justin, Peter Parnell, and Henry Cole. And Tango Makes Three. New York: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2005. Print.

Suggested reading age/grade: Toddler to 3rd grade

My Review:

New York City’s Central Park Zoo has many different families. There are human families visiting for the day, and, of course, the many different animal families who reside there. Among these residents are the beloved and silly Penguins. Just like the rest of us, these Penguins often pair up and create families. Roy and Silo are two such Penguins, but the girl penguins don’t notice them, and they don’t notice the girl penguins. Instead they notice each other, and spend most of every minute together. When the other penguin pairs start to build nests, and get ready to build families for those nests, Roy and Silo build their nest too, noticing a little bemusedly that theirs was a good nest, but “a little bit empty.” Confused about how to fix this little problem, they choose a rock to put in the nest, and they snuggle it and take care of it just like the other penguin pairs take care of their eggs. Roy and Silo are more than a little perplexed when the other eggs become baby penguins, and their rock stays a rock. A kindly zookeeper lights upon the idea to put an extra egg into Roy and Silo’s nest, sparking Roy and Silo’s beautiful journey to becoming parents and completing their “different” family. This alluring and poignant tale of love and family easily transcends its initial simple “true story” re-telling and speaks directly to the heart of what makes a family. Penguin and animal lovers will adore the brightly colored and sometimes silly representations of the penguins and other zoo animals. Readers will be swept into the bright watercolor images, which underline the hopeful and optimistic feeling of the story and the playful, humorous depictions of the two penguins’ trials and tribulations on their journey to their happy family outcome. And Tango Makes Three is ultimately a sweet and heartwarming tale about the power of love and the sometimes unconventional making of a family. Parents and children will come back to this book again and again and libraries will not want to miss this charming addition to their collections.