50/50 Friday (34): Most Deep/Shallow Book in the Fantasy Genre

50/50 Friday is a meme hosted by Carrie @The Butterfly Reads and I and focuses on the opposite sides of books (best/worst, differing opinions, etc).  Every week will have a new topic and several advance topics will be listed in the tab labeled 50/50 Friday!
Mehhhhhhh.  Okay so remember the frustration from last week?  That frustration is still very present.  I don’t know what is up with Blogger but it’s been getting worse and I’m having serious thoughts about switching to WordPress.  I’ll probably stick it out for now because I’m super busy working and trying to get everything set for next school year and I’m also ridiculously behind on R&R’s and reading in general.  So.  I’ve also been in a huge reading and blogging slump recently and have the desire to do nothing but work and watch Netflix.  So there are many emails.  Never fear!  I shall defeat this!
Today’s Topic: Most Deep/Shallow Book in the _____ genre (your choice) (message/fluff)

I’ve chosen to do the fantasy genre because fantasy is my LIFE.

Most Deep:
Goodreads Blurb:
An untested young princess must claim her throne, learn to become a queen, and combat a malevolent sorceress in an epic battle between light and darkness in this spectacular debut—the first novel in a trilogy.

Young Kelsea Raleigh was raised in hiding after the death of her mother, Queen Elyssa, far from the intrigues of the royal Keep and in the care of two devoted servants who pledged their lives to protect her. Growing up in a cottage deep in the woods, Kelsea knows little of her kingdom’s haunted past . . . or that its fate will soon rest in her hands.

Long ago, Kelsea’s forefathers sailed away from a decaying world to establish a new land free of modern technology. Three hundred years later, this feudal society has divided into three fearful nations who pay duties to a fourth: the powerful Mortmesne, ruled by the cunning Red Queen. Now, on Kelsea’s nineteenth birthday, the tattered remnants of the Queen’s Guard—loyal soldiers who protect the throne—have appeared to escort the princess on a perilous journey to the capital to ascend to her rightful place as the new Queen of the Tearling.

Though born of royal blood and in possession of the Tear sapphire, a jewel of immense power and magic, Kelsea has never felt more uncertain of her ability to rule. But the shocking evil she discovers in the heart of her realm will precipitate an act of immense daring, throwing the entire kingdom into turmoil—and unleashing the Red Queen’s vengeance. A cabal of enemies with an array of deadly weapons, from crimson-caped assassins to the darkest blood magic, plots to destroy her. But Kelsea is growing in strength and stealth, her steely resolve earning her loyal allies, including the Queen’s Guard, led by the enigmatic Lazarus, and the intriguing outlaw known simply as “the Fetch.”

Kelsea’s quest to save her kingdom and meet her destiny has only just begun. Riddled with mysteries, betrayals, and treacherous battles, Kelsea’s journey is a trial by fire that will either forge a legend . . . or destroy her.”

This book explore some pretty extensive themes and it’s also a very immersive world.  I’ve read reviews of many bloggers who couldn’t get through the first book because it’s very… not dense but rather slow and complex.  If you’re looking to settle in and give your brain a work out on morality, ethics, the benefits and downfalls of a monarchy, and the implications of multidimensional travel, give this series a go!  I just finished the third and final book and I have to say, the whole series is quite fascinating!
Most Shallow:
Half-Blood (Covenant series) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

5-part series

Goodreads Blurb:
The Hematoi descend from the unions of gods and mortals, and the children of two Hematoi pure bloods have godlike powers. Children of Hematoi and mortals–well, not so much. Half-bloods only have two options: become trained Sentinels who hunt and kill daimons or become servants in the homes of the pures.

Seventeen-year-old Alexandria would rather risk her life fighting than waste it scrubbing toilets, but she may end up slumming it anyway. There are several rules that students at the Covenant must follow. Alex has problems with them all, but especially rule #1:Relationships between pures and halfs are forbidden. Unfortunately, she’s crushing hard on the totally hot pure-blood Aiden. But falling for Aiden isn’t her biggest problem–staying alive long enough to graduate the Covenant and become a Sentinel is.

If she fails in her duty, she faces a future worse than death or slavery: being turned into a daimon, and being hunted by Aiden. And that would kind of suck.”

This series does deal with some heavy themes of class and equality, however, for the most part it’s quite light and honestly hilarious a majority of the time.  This author is especially good at writing hilarious adventures filled with banter and wit and romance and badassery.  It’s also set in our current world so it isn’t difficult at all to grasp the world and get right into the action.  If you’re looking for something light that doesn’t require a whole lot of in-depth contemplation and thought and just want some awesome dialogue and fighting, this series is for you!

Have you read either of these series’?  What did you think of them?  What books do you think have the deepest or most shallow messages?  Make a post and link up down below!

Next Week’s Topic: Best/Worst Book Read in May

0 thoughts on “50/50 Friday (34): Most Deep/Shallow Book in the Fantasy Genre”

  1. I completely agree with you about Half-Blood! It isn't too deep of a series, but it is a ton of fun. Seeing this on your blog and spurred me to read the fourth book. I own the whole series, but haven't finished it yet! It's not my favorite of JLA though because of the lack of depth. I hope everything works out with Blogger! It can be pretty irritating and frustrating at times. Happy June!Genni @ Ready, Set, Read!


  2. Once again I haven't read either of these series but it sounds like I need to. I'll have to be in the right mood, it sounds like, to read The Queen of the Tearlings series.


  3. For sure! I had a great time reading the series and I couldn't stop laughing! I hope you enjoy the last two books :)I hope so too! I've been writing a post today and it's been okay except for inserting links (which is fine because I know the HTML for links so I can insert it manually) so I'm holding out hope. I just don't want to go through the whole ordeal of switching everything over. Thanks for stopping by, Genni!


  4. You're completely right. You can pick up Half-Blood pretty much whenever because it's such a light and fluffy read but The Queen of the Tearling requires some patience to truly appreciate it. Thanks for stopping by, Jenny!


  5. Both of these books sound really good. I've been meaning to read something from Jennifer L. Armentrout for years. Maybe I'll finally get around to it this summer.


  6. QotT is on my TBR and I quite like complex, intense worlds when done well so I hope I enjoy this one!I haven't actually read JLA at all yet but I do want to…. I was going to try the Lux series first. I'll keep in mind that she's good at light and fluffy. Sorry about your Blogger troubles! How frustrating. I always seem to be fighting coding too!


  7. I really hope you do as well! I look forward to hearing your thoughts on it.Ooo I hope you enjoy her books! Yeah, she's not necessarily good at doing deep but her books are so much fun to read and seriously addicting.Haha thanks, Di 🙂 One of these days I'll actually make posts well enough in advance that I can work out all these issues and still have the post up in time.


  8. 🙂 For sure! Fluffy has as much a place in the bookish sphere that depth does. I like to try and alternate categories so then you don't fall into a reading slump or something. I look forward to your posts! Thanks for stopping by, Alicia!


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