Thursday, June 27, 2013

Mini Book Review: Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

Why be the sheep, when you can be the wolf?

Seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where the sisters still serve the gods of old. Here she learns that the god of Death Himself has blessed her with dangerous gifts—and a violent destiny. If she chooses to stay at the convent, she will be trained as an assassin and serve as a handmaiden to Death. To claim her new life, she must destroy the lives of others.

Ismae’s most important assignment takes her straight into the high court of Brittany—where she finds herself woefully under prepared—not only for the deadly games of intrigue and treason, but for the impossible choices she must make. For how can she deliver Death’s vengeance upon a target who, against her will, has stolen her heart?

Rating Scale (1-10): 8.5

My Review: This book made me love historical fiction even more! At first, I was a little iffy about this genre, but now I'm completely sold! I loved the concept of a convent of nuns being assassins. It just sounds so badass! And believe me, this book did not disappoint. It had everything I loved in a book! Romance, action, and a twist I didn't see coming.

Okay, that was a lie. I kinda sorta had a suspicion about who the traitor was, but that didn't make it any less shocking (maybe just a little).

The cover is absolutely breathtaking so it's wonderful eye candy. The title is amazing and it fit so perfectly with the story that you can't help but love it! The crossbow is my favorite part about the cover.

Ismae was such a strong character and I loved being there for her journey of becoming an assassin. This was another story where the girl breaks free and becomes her own. Whenever that head lady at the convent (sorry, I forgot her name or title) told her to do something, Ismae did the opposite and did what she thought was right. Which happened to be the right call. So, of course, being me, I was like, "You go, girl!"

Duval was an interesting character. I didn't know how to feel about him at first; I honestly didn't even know that he was the love interest until a little later on. But of course, he grew on me and I fell in love with him! He was a little infuriating at times, but I loved him anyways.

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No randomness! Sowwy!

Did I like this book? Very much, yes.
Would I reread it? I'm sure I would.
Would I recommend it? If you're a fan of historical fiction, then you should definitely pick this one up!

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