Reign of the Fallen ARC Tour Review

Blog Tour, Book Reviews

*Disclaimer: This is a reposted review approved by this ARC tour’s host Brittany. Enjoy and preorder your Reign of the Fallen copy now! Opinions are my own.

 

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Reign of the Fallen Review
By: Yours truly – Rae

“The giant Shade was baiting us. Hunting us, when we thought we were hunting it.” – Sarah Glenn Marsh, Reign of the Fallen

So… the Dead are still among the living and are essentially glorified zombies, you get paid handsomely to raise said Dead and are respected for it, and change is non-existent because it is bad… hello Reign of the Fallen. Let’s get started shall we?

Right away I connected with the lead character nicknamed Sparrow. I hated her, loved her, was jealous of her, and annoyed with her frequently depending on her mood and mine throughout Marsh’s story. Of course, Sparrow goes through a ton – raising the dead that could turn into a Shade “aka something you never want to meet in a dark alley unless you don’t want your soul anymore” and handling a new job as a Master Necromancer, with favor among the elite, isn’t exactly easy. Throw in missing Dead, a tearful (still not recovered plot twist), a brewing unrest, and giant-sized shades and you about sum up Reign of the Fallen. I can’t give away too much, I feel like there is a mine field of spoilers to navigate but I’ll continue trying.

Moving away from Sparrow, just for a moment, I have to fangirl appropriately over my man Jax. I love this character so much. He was a little weird with his love of meat on the raw side, the need to wear a formal old-fashioned cloak to parties, and his not so nice (blunt – oh he was so blunt) when speaking… that who wouldn’t love this guy? I need more from him and cannot wait to see how he develops along with the other ragtag group of characters. Evander was a sweetheart. I totally felt for him and his desire to explore and see the world. Simeon and Danial yes please – so adorable together and indivdually! Princess Valoria you can totally save the world girl, don’t stop dreaming. Kasmira… how can I not love weather controlling powers? Meredy… you do you because being a beast master is kickbutt.

What I’m really getting at here is that each character was unique from Simeon’s need to crack a joke to ease the tension to Jax and his anger at the uncontrollable situations he is in. I didn’t feel like they followed the familiar stereotypes of this is how they should or shouldn’t act. They have nasty habits, but they grow and they deserve it. I feel like Reign of the Fallen was really about the characters and change because change was everything in this book.

Which means I should touch on Sparrow again because she really goes through the ringer *insert plot twist I am not over and then multiple other twists I saw coming but hated anyway.* She is actually in a dark place the majority of Marsh’s story. Most of the time it isn’t pretty. She is drunk, drugged, and borderline suicidal. She also is selfish and guilted ridden. I know I don’t make it sound like she is a winning character but I connected with her because of her dark moments and faults. She has a lot of growing left to do.

Should I mention the bad guys… no wait spoilers. Bad guys are bad but with a purpose and not just thrown in to be bad.

Onto plot, scenery, and themes. I’ll keep this short and sweet. I wanted more scenery details of the time, even though the Deadlands “aka the place souls go after they die” was very cool.

I think I’ve rambled on enough. If you couldn’t tell I really did enjoy Reign of the Fallen and in truth, read it in a day much to the annoyance of my Shepherd pup.
Want to know more about the lovely Sarah Glenn Marsh? Visit her website here.
Want to preorder your own copy of Reign of the Fallen *wink/nudge* because you know you do. I’ll just leave this preorder information here.

 

Thanks everyone for stopping by!

Happy reading!

Guest Post: How Her Blog Helps

Guest Post, Misc.

Meet Jessie.

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“I’m Jessie, three years ago I packed up and moved to East Texas, funny thing is, it wasn’t because of a man. I left my home town of 22 years, to escape a not so great situation and to feel safe again. I’m 25, and before now life was a nightmare. Anxiety and depression hit hard, and my life was getting harder to live.  Now, life has its moments, but it’s an absolutely beautiful chaotic mess. East Texas, turned out to be the best move I ever made. It saved my life. I’m now married, and I have two four-legged children, who bring me the most joy. Along with books, I love to write, and you can find journals with snippets of my writings pretty much everywhere. My journals are full of everything I go through and what goes on in my own head. Life is also really important to me because I wanted to give up on it a couple of times, but now I know that wasn’t worth it, and I live my life to the fullest every day. I started blogging February 8, 2017, and I love it! I have a passion for books, and I struggle with anxiety and depression, so my blog centers on those topics. I know how hard it is not to have anyone there for you. I hope sharing my journey also helps people going through the same things I do.”

Lots of Love From the Nerd herself!! 
Love Jessie!
Jessie’s Guest Post:
Please note this blog post was originally published on April 11, 2017. Click here to visit the original post.

How My Blog Helps Me With My Mental Health & How I Hope It Helps Others!

My blog was meant to be a hobby. Something I could use to write and share my love of books with people. I never knew it would be so much more.

If you’ve been with me, you know I struggle with anxiety and depression on a daily basis. If you’re new, then “Hey, I’m Jessie! (My FightFacts About Me). Follow those links to get to know me a little better. It hasn’t always been easy, and I needed a different escape other than books. So, I started to tell my story. At first, my story was a way to get everything off my chest and get through my daily fight. Now, I notice it’s helping others as well.

How I Hope it Helps Others

I started realizing that I want this blog to help people with their daily fights. When people started to relate to my stories and struggles, it made me want to write more posts that would help. The book reviews and book stuff is a bonus, because I’m a nerd and I want people to love books as much as me. If my post can help anyone in their fight against anxiety and depression, then I know I’ve done something right with building this blog. Fighting anxiety and depression is hard and ugly, I am thankful this blog has helped me get through some of my hardest days. If people can escape their realities because of my fight, I know I’m doing something right in the world.

Today I wrote a poem and I wasn’t sure how I was going to share it with everyone! I think it will fit perfect in this post! 

Keep Going

Take the road less traveled. 
Don’t look back.
Take charge in your life. 
You have to begin somewhere.

Keep going.
Don’t stop.
No one said it was going to be easy.
It’s worth the fight.

Smile!
Always smile. 
Don’t fake it though.
Smiles aren’t meant to be fake.

Don’t look back.
Keep going.
You need a new beginning.
Your fight is worth it! 

By: Jessie Butler

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