Friday, March 13, 2015

SERIES SPOTLIGHT: Gates of Thread and Stone + The Infinite by Lori M Lee

Posted by Jenn Christensen at 12:00 PM

Book # 1
Title: Gates of Thread and Stone
Author: Lori M. Lee
Publisher: Skyscape
Publication: August 5th 2014
Cover Rating: 5/5

I am still getting used to reading fantasy type books. As I read more I realize how much I like fantasy books and I just think about how much I have missed out on over the years. I am so glad I didn't miss out on this book.

Kai is such a strong female character. She is a little clingy but that can be explained away by the fact that she was found on the side of the river, has no living relatives and has only ever had her adoptive brother, Reev. She is also extremely stubborn and strong willed. Once she decides on something she sticks to it until she is done.

She lives in a place called The Labyrinth. Basically its like a train yard. Lot's of metal boxes stacked ontop of each other. I have read about people living this way in other books so it is definitely something I can picture existing or happening some day.

The entire book is centered around Reev going missing and Kai trying to find him. She risks her life and loses everything she even knew just to find and save her brother. She is a very admirable person.

Avan is a that dreamy guy that everyone wants. Unfortunately, everyone actually does seem to get him. He has very loose morals and it effects my feelings for him. I don't like loose guys. His feelings for Kai are very vibrant. I do adore the way he feels about her and how he would, AND DOES, do anything for her.

You become attached to every character. It's impossible not to. Everyone has their own amazing personality and they are all very addicting.

The book is some what of a retelling. I don't want to say what it is a retelling of because I didn't even figure it out until I sat down and talked to my fiance about the book. If you aren't familiar with religions and history then you probably won't get the retelling. Either way, retelling or not, the book is still amazing and brings you into a world of magic, death and love.

Upon meeting Irra is when I fully became away of the retelling aspects. The irony of who Irra was and the Hollows was pretty awesome. Let's just say that you won't be going hungry in his house. HAHA!

Mason/G-10 was definitely swoon-worthy. He was sweet, caring and helpful but he would also kick some mean ass if he needed to. He has some feelings for Kai but as I stated preciously, Kai is stubborn and strong willed and she was on a mission and nothing was going to get in her way. Not even a cute, blue eyed guy.

At the end is where everything comes into pretty clear focus. Everyone was in on some big elaborate plan and all Kai wants is for her brother and Avan to be safe. She doesn't exactly get what she worked so hard for but she gets some semblance of it. And that semblance can be viewed as good or bad. But either way it is heartbreaking.

I am now dying for the next book! I need to know what happens to everyone. I want to know what happens to Ninurta and all the people. Did Irra bring all of the Hollows back with him? So many questions!

Overall, I gave the book 5/5 stars.



Book # 2
Title: The Infinite
Author: Lori M Lee
Publisher: Skyscape
Publication: March 10th 2015
Cover Rating: 5/5

Reviewing sequels has always been tough for me. I never know what I can and can't say because I don't want to give anything away. But then, sometimes, I'm too excited and add way too much detail and I feel like the review is on huge spoiler. So I am going to sincerely try to write a non-spoiler review for this book.

Kai has lost touch with a part of her that used to be a secret. She doesn't know how she feels about it but she knows it isn't good. But then again, there isn't much good going on in this book to begin with. Kai seems to be struggling with a lot of things such as morals, her humanity and her feelings for Avan. But those are such trivial things compared to what the rest of the book had in store.

This book is really a progression for Kai. She matures even more and she just overall changes for the better. She grows up, for lack of a better term. She no longer feels the need to hide behind Reev.

Reev also seemed to have changed in this novel. He is more distant and just seemed very secretive. He is not at all like the guy that was described in the first book.

The people of Ninurta are no longer alone. And the gargoyles aren't the only form of their kind. There is a war brewing and everything just seems to be going to Hell.

There is a sort of love issue in this book. Avan isn't himself anymore and I have no idea if he ever will be again. He knows he has feelings for Kai but he doesn't truly know why. But then you have Mason, he KNOWS why he has feelings for Kai.

The ending was kind of surprising to me. I mean, there is going to be a third book so I knew in my heart that something like that was going to happen and that Kai was going to have to learn from her father at some point but it still came as a shock to me.

All of the characters had a lot of growth throughout the book and the world-building and plot was very well rounded. I would say there was a pretty much perfect balance between plot, characters and the world around them.

This is just a really amazing series so far and I cannot wait until I can get my hands on the last book. Also, can we just sit down for a minute and talk about these covers?! Holy mother of god they are gorgeous!

Overall, I gave the book 5/5 stars.

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