Saturday, August 19, 2017

Review: Shadow And Bone

Shadow and Bone (Shadow and Bone, #1)Shadow and Bone
Leigh Bardugo
Hardcover, 358 pages
Published June 5th 2012 by Henry Holt and Company

Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.

Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.

Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha . . . and the secrets of her heart.

I went in to this book not expecting much and good lord was I pleasantly surprised!

Plot: So interesting and Entertaining! I found the plot had a lot of tropes we see in a lot of YA which, honestly didn't bug me. I loved the pace of the story, everything moved along pretty quickly. There are some parts of the book that were slow but they were with purpose. Honestly I loved all of it though! I loved that every time I thought I knew what was I gonna happen next, I'd be completely wrong! I'm usually right and I loved being wrong! I found the Grisha universe to be mesmerizing! The world Bardugo built is so wonderful and I just wanna know more!

Characters: I really enjoyed almost all of the characters! Alina, the main protagonist is okay. I didn't love her to be honest, but I didn't hate her either. I did however love her friend Genya! She was precious! The only character that I didn't like was Mal. He was just so plain and boring to me! There were somethings I liked about him but just not enough to over power his dullness.

At its best: I'm not even gonna pretend to be subtle about it. The Darkling is the best thing about this book and probably the series too. I am in love with him.
   He is everything. He's complex and mysterious and smart and powerful. Just everything! And When the truth about him is revealed...
The obsession has rooted itself deep my friends, I'm more than ok with it!

At its worst: As I mentioned above, the book has some tropes we see a lot of in other ya books. I found the mean girl to be unnecessary. We didn't need the girl on girl hate. And if you're wondering if Alina has brown hair and is considered too thin and unattractive, yes, all of the above. And also, Mal and Alina together aren't so great either. They were just meh and I wasn't invested in them as a couple.

Read again: Absolutely! And soon!

Continue series: Already have...

Final thoughts: I seriously loved it! I read it in one sitting and have been thinking about it ever since! I wanna know more! I wanna know everything! Give me the Darkling's history! Ravka's history! Its a knew favorite!

Rating: 6/5 stars! (because its a new fav!)

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday

Yay! Top Ten Tuesday is back this week! This feature is hosted over at The Broke and The Bookish! This weeks topic is simply recommendations! So I've decide to list of a couple books that I think readers who don't usually read YA (or look down on the genre... *cough*someofmyfriends *cough*) will like!

1. Hunted by Meagan Spooner. Such a beautiful read! Might make you cry..

2. Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake. So interesting! and the drama is top notch!

3. Unwind by Neal Shusterman . This book deals with some pretty adult topics and I think its really interesting to read!

4. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. A favorite of mine which also deals with some serious topics!

5. Graceling by Kristin Cashore. one of the first Fantasy series I read as a teen and its probably the reason fantasy is my favorite genre to this day!

6. & 7. Six of crows and Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo . Amazing and brilliant are just two of the first words that come to my mind but there are so many more! This book feels like an adult book to me! I just love it!

That's my list, didn't make it to 10 but still! I recommend all these books and if you agree about these I'd love to know! What recommendations did you all make this week!

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Review: Three Dark Crowns

Three Dark Crowns (Three Dark Crowns, #1)
Three Dark Crowns
Kendare Blake
Hardcover, 398 pages
Published September 20th 2016 by HarperTeen

In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born—three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions.

But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose…it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins.

The last queen standing gets the crown.

Oh Lord, what a ride this book was!

Plot: The plot of this book was so original that as soon as I read it, it went straight in my arms to the check out desk! It was a little slow at the beginning but I didn't have a problem with that! It was for the purpose of world building and I appreciated that! However, once it got to the middle, It was so full of suspense and juicy drama and I was loving it! I didn't predict half the things that happened and found myself reading through the chapters quickly just to find out what was gonna happen next! Also, there is a lot of politics in this book and it was all so entertaining! And the ending left me shook!

Characters: The three sisters were great! I seriously loved them all! I did initially have a favorite but towards the end I just couldn't pick! Katherine was the one I pitied the most because she clearly was in need of some love. Arsinoe was my initial favorite because of her awesome personality and because she was obviously the underdog (I'm a sucker for underdogs). And Mirabella was suppose to be the strongest one out of the three but ended up being a sweet girl who was flawed and sensitive. It was such a contrast from who we expected her to be and I sorta enjoyed that! There were also a bunch of side characters! Some I liked, others I hated...

At its best: Getting to know the sisters was so enjoyable! The political aspects are also one of the most entertaining parts of the book! And the world that Blake created was so fascinating! The Island was mysterious and intriguing and I really hope they discuss the magic system of it in the next book!

At its worst: The worst thing about this book was Jules and Joseph, side characters in Arsinoe's chapters that sometimes overpowered them! I could not stand Joseph! Definition of fuck boy! And Jules was so boring and stereotypical and an awful friend to Arsinoe. Their romance was boring and selfish! I really could have done without them! I hope Joseph dies in the next book... 

Read again: Definitely!

Continue series: I cant wait for the next book that comes out in September! Blake knew what she was doing with that ending and I love/hate her for it!

Final thoughts: It was so good! I know its slow at first but just get to the middle and you'll be hooked! Its such a dark, mysterious and Intriguing read! absolutely loved it!

Rating: 9/10

Friday, June 30, 2017

June Book Haul!

Today is the end of June! I cant believe we're already half way done with 2017! Scary! But now I get to share with ya'll the books I've accumulated this month alone... and its a lot. I went a little crazy this month and yes I am ashamed of myself. I am going on book buying ban for July! I will allow myself to buy only 2 books but only if necessary! (because you know, sometimes its necessary)

Anyway... here is my list!

Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #1)

Two books from Maggie Stiefvater! The Raven Boys and a hardcover of Shiver!

I don't own a hardcover of Shiver and the other two books in the series that I own are both hardcovers so I wanted them to match! So when I found Shiver at Half Price Books, I couldn't pass up the chance! And Ive always wanted to read The Raven Boys!

I'm not a huge contemporary fan but this books sounds so cute and I just couldn't resist!

Daughter Of The Sun by Barbara Wood - Got this one for Free!
The synopsis sounds so good! I love historical fiction and this one seems like a good one!

Fever by Lauren Destefano- also free! I have the first one in the series so why not!

Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes.
Falling Kingdoms (Falling Kingdoms, #1)Found it at Half Price Books and I couldn't resist picking it up! I'm excited to read this one! I've  Heard awesome things!

Flame in the Mist (Flame in the Mist, #1)    Flame in the Mist by Renee Adhieh
Says its a Mulan retelling so obviously I needed it!

Cruel Beauty (Cruel Beauty Universe, #1)

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge
Another retelling, Beauty and The Beast this time! I have heard great things about this book and I really hope it lives up to them!

Siege and Storm (Shadow and Bone, #2)

Siege and Storm , Ruin and Rising, and Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo.
Ruin and Rising (Shadow and Bone, #3)I read Shadow And Bone last month and I cant stop thinking about it! Obviously I need all the other books in the trilogy! And I've heard amazing things about Six of Crows! apparently they say its even better that the Grisha Trilogy! How can that be?! Can my heart even handle that?!

Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1)

So that's it! A lot, I know! So what books did you guys accumulate this month!?

Monday, June 26, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday

Its Tuesday again and that means it's time for Top Ten Tuesday again! This awesome feature is Hosted over at The Broke and The Bookish! This weeks topic is Best Books You've Read In 2017 So Far! The list is in no particular order!

Three Dark Crowns (Three Dark Crowns, #1)

1. Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
So freaking good! I can't wait for the next book! Review for it on Thursday!

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts 1 & 2 (Harry Potter, #8)

2. Harry Potter and The Cursed Child by John Tiffany
Very enjoyable! Liked it more than I thought I would!

The Beast of Clan Kincaid (Highland Warrior #1)

3. The Beast of Clan Kincaid by Lily Blackwood
Just reviewed it and I loved it!

Shadow and Bone (Shadow and Bone, #1)

4. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
OMG so good! I'm obsessed and I'm currently reading Seige and Storm! (I <3 The Darkling...) Review coming soon!

The Cinderella Deal

5. The Cinderella Deal by Jennifer Cruise
So funny and cute!


6. Hunted by Megan Spooner
Its a new favorite! I LOVE this book!

And those are my best reads of 2017 so far! I cant wait to see what other amazing reads I get to enjoy this next half of the year! What books made your list?!

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Review: The Beast Of Clan Kincaid

The Beast of Clan Kincaid (Highland Warrior #1)The Beast of Clan Kincaid
Lily Blackwood
Mass Market Paperback, 291 pages
Published May 31st 2016 by St. Martin's Paperbacks

A Highland warrior battles to reclaim his birthright in the first of a new series filled with seduction, revenge, and soul-stirring passion…

They call him the Beast—a hardened mercenary whose heart seems as cold as his icy blue gaze. They do not know his true name: Niall Braewick, son of the Laird of Kincaid. It has been years since he escaped into the forest the night his father was murdered. Now he has returned, ablaze with a vengeful hunger. He will gain the MacClaren chief’s trust, gather his clan, and take back his lands. And take the MacClaren’s daughter as well…

Though he pulled her from the river, saving her life, Elspeth has been warned to keep her distance from her father’s hired warrior. He is a barbarian—a shame, as he is far more compelling than the lechers and fools competing for her dowry. Little does she know that, like the castle itself, she is a prize Niall intends to claim…but will he extract blood for blood and possess what is his, or will his enemy’s beautiful, innocent daughter tempt him to forsake his dream of conquest?

Plot: Exciting. Its a story of revenge and forbidden romance! Two things that I cant resist! Also there's a good amount of politics going on through out the story as well and I really enjoyed that! It was fast paced and kept entertained and coming back for more!

Characters: They were all good! I really liked Elspeth! She was a strong willed young women who showed loyalty to her clan and her father and behaved very bravely in the situation in which she was being forced into. And Niall was also likable. He was a little more stereotypical brave macho man but still likable and sweet. The other characters were also likable enough. Not to memorable but at least there weren't any that were dislikable enough to be remembered.

At its best: The romance was obviously the best part! It kept me swooning and rooting for them! At one point I think I was smiling so hard and caught myself and ... stopped. (I was out in public...)

At its worst: It had some sexist parts buts its a historical romance so its to be expected. It also came close to sexual assault so if that might trigger you, maybe skip this one.

Read again: Yes!

Continue series: Yes! there are two more books in the series and I cant wait to get to them!

Final thoughts: It was a pleasure to read! Lily Blackwood did really good and her writing was very nice! I thoroughly enjoyed!

Rating:8 /10