Saturday, July 8, 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: 9.5/10







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!

Hunted














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



Review: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, #1)Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of a Universe
Benjamin Alire Saenz
359 pages
Published February 21st 2012 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship—the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be. 





So I had heard from many, many people that this book was one of the most incredible books they'd ever read and so I went out and bought it expecting the same. And the book itself has won bunches of awards! So yeah, I completely believed the hype and was pretty excited to read it! Well... I did not get the same feeling from this novel as everyone else. And actually, I believe that I would have enjoyed it way more if I hadn't been spoiled by a couple people on goodreads. And I don't know if people don't realize that they're spoiling the book but ... they are. However, before you read on, if this is one of your favorite books in the world please don't take this review as a negative one! Just cause I didn't enjoy it as much as you or everyone else doesn't mean that the book itself is not good!

Plot: There is none. The book is basically all dialogue. Nothing really happens. And I'm a person who is very plot driven. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy character development too. But I like for there to be an even amount of plot and character development in my books. So I was pretty bored with this novel.

Characters: The Parents and Dante were the best! I loved Dante and thought he was the most precious human being ever! I wish we had gotten his perspective instead of Ari's. And I loved how loving and involved the parents were! We never get to see that in YA novels! We need more family heavy YA books out there!

Setting: Like I said, the book was mostly dialogue so...

At its best: The relationships between the boys and the boys and their parents is what really made me enjoy this book! I loved seeing how much the boys loved their parents! And the parents were the sweetest people ever! Especially Dante's parents! I also loved the representation of an American/Mexican family. I am American/Mexican and I could relate to so many things in this book! Especially the way Dante felt about his heritage. (that part hit me deeper than I thought it would!)

At its worst: Honestly the worst part about this book was Ari. And that was unfortunate since he's the perspective we have to read through. He was just so angry and moody all the time! and I under stand that it was because he was going through changes with himself but I just didn't wanna deal with it! Also the Writing style just wasn't for me! I could not connect with it at all. A lot of the dialogue was so random and unnatural. The way some of the conversations read were very weird and short. I just didn't get it.

Read again: Probably not, but I would recommend it to other people looking for books like this one.

Final thoughts: I didn't enjoy this book as much as I thought I would. Like I mentioned above, I think the book was spoiled for me. If I hadn't known what would happen at the end, I might have actually been pleasantly surprised! But the writing style just wasn't for me and the book itself just dragged for me.

Rating: 6/10

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday


  

Top Ten Tuesday time! This feature is hosted over at The broke and the bookish and this week the topic is top ten series I've been meaning to start but haven't yet! If I listed off all the series that I have meant to start but haven't yet, it would crazy long! So instead I'm gonna go only with the series I haven't started that are on my bookshelves. This is gonna be embarrassing and hopefully a WAKE UP call for me!



Red Queen (Red Queen, #1)




1.  Red Queen series by Victoria Aveyard.
I own the first book and bought it a long time ago, probably when it frist came out! I must of bought it during my awful reading slump! (that's gonna be my excuse anyway). I need to start it this year!









Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1)





2. The Infernal Devices trilogy by Cassandra Clare.
I know, I know! But in my defense, I blame it on the fact that I couldn't finish City Of Ashes! I just couldn't get through it! But everyone says this series is way better so I still am gonna give it a try!








The Demon King (Seven Realms, #1)





3. The Seven Realms series by Cinda Willi
I've had it forever! I even have the second novel! Another one That I swear I'm gonna start it this year!










Born Wicked (The Cahill Witch Chronicles, #1)






4. The Cahill Witch Chronicles by Jessica Spotswood
I also bought this book forever ago and just haven't picked it up! And I love that cover so much! I heard they've changed them and that they aren't as pretty as this one... :(








Across the Universe (Across the Universe, #1)






5.  Across the Universe trilogy by Beth Revis
Another book I bought long, long ago! I don't even remember what the synopsis says! I should be ashamed of myself!









The Iron King (The Iron Fey, #1)






6.  The Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa
I cant even come up with an excuse for this one...










The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer, #1)





7. The Mara Dyer trilogy by Michelle Hodkin
No more excuses left in me...












And That's all of them I think... Wow. I'm a mess. And I cant even begin to count all the series I've started but haven't finished...

Well now that I've shamed myself, hopefully I'll hold myself accountable! Also I need to work on my impulsive buying habits!  Let me know what series you haven't started yet but have been wanting to!





Friday, June 9, 2017

Flash Back Friday!

Flash Back Friday is a new thing I'm going to be doing on my blog every Friday (or at least I'm gonna try every Friday). Its basically where I post about a book or something that I loved that I haven't really  talked about for a while and feel like reminiscing about. So......

This Friday I flash back to when I read the Raised By Wolves series by Jennifer Lynn Barnes! I have been thinking about this series all week!

Raised by Wolves (Raised by Wolves, #1)   Trial by Fire (Raised by Wolves, #2) Taken by Storm (Raised by Wolves, #3)

I remember the first book not being my favorite but still deciding to stick it out and keep going with the series! And boy am I glad that I did! it was so freaking good! I could not believe how amazing the second book was! It literally blew my mind! and the third book was the same as the second! so so good! I'm serious! If your looking for an awesome werewolf series, this is it!

P.S. I saw on goodreads that there was another book in this series published in 2015 and i had no idea! I need to check it out ASAP!



Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Review: We Were Liars By E. Lockhart

We Were LiarsWe Were Liars
E. Lockhart
242 pages
Published May 13th 2014 by Delacorte Press

A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
True love.
The truth.

We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from New York Times bestselling author, National Book Award finalist, and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart.

Read it.

And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.


There was a lot of hype when this book was released and maybe that was what made me feel disappointed when I finished it. I just expected it to be , I don't know, Better? I guess? I just expected more than what I was given.

Plot: tbh there wasn't much of a plot. The whole book is spent by following Cadence, the main protagonist, through her summer on her rich, white family's island and her trying to remember some accident that happened to her that no one wants to remind her about. Nothing really happens. Not till the end at least. It was incredibly boring.

Characters: No characters really stood out in a positive or negative way. They were all boring and I didn't get attached to any of them. And reading through Cadence's view was honestly a drag.

Setting: Forgettable. No, seriously. I cant remember anything about the island.

At its best: The best part of the book is when they talk about the golden retrievers...

At its worst: So boring! It took me like 3 weeks to finish it because I just didn't wanna read it. The only reason I did finish it was because I had already wasted too much of my time with it to not find out what the big mystery was.

Read again: No...

Final thoughts: I found the ending stupid and cheap. I just didn't care for it. I never understood the meaning behind why Cadence and her cousins called themselves "liars". I just didn't get this book...

Rating: 4/10

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday




Time for Top Ten Tuesday! This feature is hosted over at The broke and the bookish and this week the topic is Top Ten Books From X Genre That You've Added To Your TBR! I choose Fantasy as my genre because its my favorite and the one that grabs my attention the most!

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)
1.  Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J. Maas
Everyone and they're mom talks about this series! I'm obviously missing out on something! Good or bad, I wanna find out!









The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #1)2. The Name of The Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
Another one that everyone claims to be amazing! And its sounds pretty amazing!









The Demon King (Seven Realms, #1)3. The seven realms series by Cinda Williams Chima
I actually bought the first book a while ago and, of course, didn't read it! I saw a review on the series on youtube a couple weeks ago and I'm intrigued again!









Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1)4. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
I just finished Shadow and Bone by Bardugo and I freaking loved it! And I have heard that this series is even better than the Grisha series! I cant wait to read it!








The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, #1)5. The Raven Boys Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater
I LOVE Maggie Stiefvater and her writing! I still don't understand how I haven't read this series yet! I had forget about these books and a friend raved about them last weekend and again, back on the TBR list!








A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1)6. A Court of Thorns And Roses by Sarah J. Maas
Another Maas book! With the third book of this series having been released last month, I could not escape the hype! I actually went out and bought the first book so that I could finally start the series and it was included my May haul!








And I'm actually gonna finish the list at 6 because if you count all the books in each series that would be way over 10! So I'm actually not leaving the list short even though I am... Anyway... What genre did you pick and what books were added to your TBR?!


Friday, June 2, 2017

May Book Haul

I went a little crazy last month with the book buying. Per Usual. So I might as well share what I bought right? I bought a couple first books in some series and some stand alones. I cant wait to read these! I've heard great things about them!

 Okay, so here is what I purchased in May...


The Beast Is an Animal
The Beast is an Animal by Peternelle Van Arsdale.
This book looks right up my Alley!

Fangirl
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Already finished it! Review up soon!

A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1)
A Court Of Thorns And Roses by Sarah J. Maas
Heard good things so far!

Shadow and Bone (Shadow and Bone, #1)
Shadow And Bone by Leigh Bardugo
Hear great things!

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, #1)
So many readers on booktube have raved about this book that I had to check it out!

The Queen of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling, #1)
The Queen Of The Tearling by Erika Johansen
So excited to finally read this one!

Tell Me Lies 
Tell Me Lies By Jennifer Cruise
Started this one and it might go in the DNF pile. See I do this thing now where if a book doesn't completely engross me past the 100 page mark then I just stop reading it. ( I use to force myself to finish books no matter what because I wasn't a "quitter" ) who knows, maybe Ill come back to it one day...

Image result for beauty and the beast by gabrielle
Its like a 3D illustrated book and its beautiful so I had to buy it to display on my bookshelf!

And that's it! hopefully these hold me over for the next couple months because I NEED to save money for vacations in the very near future! But lets be real...

What books did you all buy in May? link your hauls in the comments! I'd love to check them out!