First Impression Friday – Ruin of Stars (Mask of Shadows #2) by Linsey Miller


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• Based on this sampling of your current read, give a few impressions and predict what you’ll think by the end.
• Did you think you’d love and ended up hating it? Or did you think you’d hate it and wound up loving it? Or were you exactly right?
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TitleRuin of Stars (Mask of Shadows #2) by Linsey Miller

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

Published: August 7th, 2018

Reading as: ARC

As Opal, Sal finally has the power, prestige, and most importantly the ability to hunt the lords who killed their family. But Sal has to figure out who the culprits are before putting them down. Which means trying to ignore the fact that Elise is being kept a virtual prisoner, and that the queen may have ulterior motives.

And the tales coming out of north are baffling. Talk of dark spirits, missing children, and magic abound. As Sal heads north toward their ruined homeland and the lords who destroyed everything, they learn secrets and truths that can’t be ignored.


Somehow I managed to find myself with both a physical ARC and eARC of this book. Not that I’m complaining, mind you. I whole-heartedly enjoyed Mask of Shadows (Mask of Shadows #1) by Linsey Miller. Lets face it, I loved Maud. Who doesn’t love Maud?

Now, I find myself reading the eARC of this book simply because it is easier to stick in my bag and take with me and so far I am enjoying it. The story seems to pick up some months after the end of Mask of Shadows and is right back into the action which I like. I get pretty bored when a story has a long preamble before getting into the meat of things.

We are also introduced to a few new characters which is nice and I have a sneaking suspicion that someone important is going to die soon. Is it sad that is kind of exciting? I love a good book death.

One thing I will mention, it would probably have been in my best interests to re-read Mask of Shadows before hopping into this one. Often, a sequel will give you little reminders of what happened in the previous book which can be nice. This one, however, you are just thrown in and you have to remember who all these people are and the history behind the plot points. That can be nice but at the same time my memory is crap so a few of the comments have been rather confusing.

All in all, I think I am going to love this book and I expect a rating of 4/5.






5 thoughts on “First Impression Friday – Ruin of Stars (Mask of Shadows #2) by Linsey Miller

  1. I just started reading this one and I am also struggling with remembering some of the characters and plot points. I’m really wishing I had reread the first book. Nice post. It will be interesting to see what you think when you finish.

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    1. Took me forever to remember who was Elise and who was Maud. I was a few chapters in before I got that sorted out in my head. One of the few times I would say that it would have been nice to have a bit of re-introduction before diving straight into the story.

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