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BOOK BABBLE: ASH PRINCESS

Posted May 13, 2018 by Jessica in reviews, Uncategorized / 0 Comments

This book contains themes of abuse, torture, slavery and racism.
BOOK BABBLE: ASH PRINCESSAsh Princess by Laura Sebastian
Published by Delacorte Books for Young Readers on April 24, 2018
Genres: Fantasy
Pages: 432
Format: ARC
Goodreads
two-stars
zero-flames

Theodosia was six when her country was invaded and her mother, the Fire Queen, was murdered before her eyes. On that day, the Kaiser took Theodosia's family, her land, and her name. Theo was crowned Ash Princess--a title of shame to bear in her new life as a prisoner.
For ten years Theo has been a captive in her own palace. She's endured the relentless abuse and ridicule of the Kaiser and his court. She is powerless, surviving in her new world only by burying the girl she was deep inside.
Then, one night, the Kaiser forces her to do the unthinkable. With blood on her hands and all hope of reclaiming her throne lost, she realizes that surviving is no longer enough. But she does have a weapon: her mind is sharper than any sword. And power isn't always won on the battlefield.
For ten years, the Ash Princess has seen her land pillaged and her people enslaved. That all ends here.

I received this ARC as part of Miss Print’s ARC Adoption Program, all thoughts are my own.

Oh goodness. Where to even start with this review. Should I beat around the bush? Be kind? Get straight to the point?

I just want to say I went into this expecting… not a lot really, but I thought it was going to be different than what I got. I thought this would be a Cinderella retelling, but um… it’s definitely not. I guess there are vague connections but for me, it’s not enough to mark it as a retelling.

When I finished this the other day, I was left with the feeling that wow… that was actually really good, I really enjoyed it— and I did enjoy it. But over the day I had some time to think about it and let it marinate in my mind and I don’t get why I liked it. Perhaps it was some of the quotes? The few pages of interest? I don’t know, but the verdict is, this book was not for me and let’s get into the reasons with the least spoilers way that I can.

  • Characters: The characters were really two dimensional to me. There was no depth to the important players, no interest, they were just bland. I found myself skimming pages when it came to certain characters cause I just could not care. And then there is Theodosia/Thora. I don’t know how to feel about her. I like her, and I don’t. To me she was the most frustrating character, I just… literally could not understand her sometimes? Half of the decisions she made was just.. ugh why!
  • The villain: It’s no secret that the Kaiser is the villain. He is… literally your typical YA villain. Power hungry, evil, whatever, no depth at all. He might be my least favorite villain ever because shoot, even Maven Calore (and I despise him) has more depth and interest than Kaiser does.
  • Writing: It was meh. I’ve read better writing and honestly, it was hard to follow along at times and I skimmed a few parts and I don’t think I’ll be reading anything else by this author because it just didn’t mesh with me.
  • Plotline: Again your typical YA fantasy plot line. TO THE T. You have your lost/banished princess, an evil has taken over the country, joins a rebellion to claim her throne. LOVE TRIANGLE. She is empowered and ready to take what’s hers. I literally see this in 75% of the books I read. I’m tired of it.
  • Love interest: I think there are like two or three love interests for the main character? I don’t know or care. You have the Prinz Soren who is so in love with our dear MC after like what, days? *que me gagging* Sure they’ve known each other for a while, but he probably cared not for her up until the middle (if you’ve read this you know what I am talking about)
    And then we have Blaise. I just imagine him as a ten year old boy. He’s uninteresting.
    I just literally could not care for either of these two.

Anyway, I’m sad this did not work out for me because I really wanted to like it. But I just can’t care about the world or the characters or the plot line. I can pretty much figure out what will happen and I won’t be picking up the second.

Also, how dare they compare this to Ember.

two-stars
Rating Report
Plot
two-stars
Characters
two-half-stars
Writing
four-stars
Worldbuilding
three-stars
Cover
five-stars
Overall: three-stars

BOOK BABBLE: HEART OF IRON

Posted May 5, 2018 by Jessica in reviews, Uncategorized / 0 Comments

BOOK BABBLE: HEART OF IRONHeart of Iron (Heart of Iron, #1) by Ashley Poston
Published by Balzer + Bray on February 27, 2018
Genres: science fiction, Fantasy
Pages: 480
Format: Hardcover
Goodreads
five-stars

Seventeen-year-old Ana is a scoundrel by nurture and an outlaw by nature. Found as a child drifting through space with a sentient android called D09, Ana was saved by a fearsome space captain and the grizzled crew she now calls family. But D09—one of the last remaining illegal Metals—has been glitching, and Ana will stop at nothing to find a way to fix him.
Ana’s desperate effort to save D09 leads her on a quest to steal the coordinates to a lost ship that could offer all the answers. But at the last moment, a spoiled Ironblood boy beats Ana to her prize. He has his own reasons for taking the coordinates, and he doesn’t care what he’ll sacrifice to keep them.
When everything goes wrong, she and the Ironblood end up as fugitives on the run. Now their entire kingdom is after them—and the coordinates—and not everyone wants them captured alive.
What they find in a lost corner of the universe will change all their lives—and unearth dangerous secrets. But when a darkness from Ana’s past returns, she must face an impossible choice: does she protect a kingdom that wants her dead or save the Metal boy she loves?

I want everyone who loves the movie, Anastasia, to read this now. Because wow it was fantastic.

Also, hi, haven’t posted a review in a hot minute and I am super behind but that’s all good. Such is life. I just want to break for a second and bring you a little change on this blog in where I am changing the way I do reviews. My previous method was just… not working out for me, so I guess we can just start calling these book babbles? Because you bet I am going to babble non-stop about this one. In short, my reviews won’t really have a set format, I’m just gonna share my thoughts, okay? Anyway, onto the review!

  • First off, I just wanna say that if you love lost princess stories, mystery, romance, and space then you will most likely love this book because it is like a mashup of all of that.
  • This is a pretty close retelling of Anastasia which I am living for, but with some twists and turns and new elements added to the story which I thought were SO cool. I mean the fact that there are spaceships is so cool.
  • We have Ana and Di who are basically Anastasia (obviously, no spoilers because if you’ve seen the movie you know) and Dimitri who is a robot. (His name is actually D09, but DI for short. Hence Dimitri) These two are the best of friends and probably smitten with each other (ahem ana)
  • Then we have Robb, my gay son. He is sincerely so precious, I love him to pieces and just. I want to hug him. He is a member of a really important family and ends up getting dragged on Ana’s adventure.
  • And now Jax whom I believe is bisexual? Regardless he is another precious bean who just needs all the love and hugs in the world (And I just want him and you know who to be happy)
  • (P.S not spoiler warning on the fact that Robb and Jax belong to the LGBTQIA+ community because sexuality is not a spoiler)
  • And there is an F/F relationship which I really wish was explored more because they are so precious together, but hopefully, they will have more scenes in book two!
  • Anyway, this book is extremely character driven, in my opinion, because the characters are what made the story for me. They are so unique in their own ways such as being headstrong, brave, ambitious and with all of those things, they are also afraid and to me, this book showed that it is okay. My favorite character was D09 and I’m not going to give any spoilers but… if you have read this, then you probably know what I mean.

 

Another thing I really loved was the writing. It was so addicting and easy to read like I just… I need to read everything by Ashley Poston because her writing is so lovable if I am making any sense.

Now I am just going to get into complete babbling because I was obsessed with how close this followed the story that we know (in terms of like the movie) I loved the changes and the new characters the author added to the original story and I just… ahh I can’t wait until the next book! I have SO many questions that need to be answered and I just really want all my favorites (which is like everyone that has a POV) to be safe and happy.

Let me know your thoughts down below if you have read this one!

five-stars
Rating Report
Plot
five-stars
Characters
five-stars
Writing
five-stars
Worldbuilding
four-half-stars
Cover
four-half-stars
Overall: five-stars

STRANGE THE DREAMER A.K.A THE MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOK IN THE WORLD

Posted March 5, 2018 by Jessica in reviews / 0 Comments

STRANGE THE DREAMER A.K.A THE MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOK IN THE WORLDStrange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer, #1) by Laini Taylor
on March 28th 2017
Genres: Fantasy
Pages: 536
Format: Hardcover
Goodreads
five-stars

The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance or lose his dream forever.
What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving?
The answers await in Weep, but so do more mysteries—including the blue-skinned goddess who appears in Lazlo’s dreams. How did he dream her before he knew she existed? And if all the gods are dead, why does she seem so real?
Welcome to Weep.

Have you ever read a book that just takes you another world? That makes you feel as if you are actually IN the book right there with the characters? That makes you feel the most incredible things… well, for me? That was this book. So here is my attempt to uh, express those feelings to you.

  • The first thing I want to talk about is the writing. The writing in this book is possibly the best that I have ever read, and although I may say this book is the best thing ever blah blah blah, but this writing… THIS WRITING is purely magical, I can’t even express to you how incredible it is but I’m going to try. Laini writes in a way that just makes your heart feel so heavy in your chest with the weight of everything that is going on, and the way that the sentences are strung together creating some of my favorite quotes in the world. Like… gosh, just let me share some of it with you.“Sometimes a moment is so remarkable that it carves out a space in time and spins there, while the world rushes on around it.”This quote just gives me… SO many feelings?? This quote just hits me hard in so many ways and just makes me think about the small moments in life that we call remarkable and then brush aside and go on with our day. I do this a lot in life when something IS remarkable and I completely forget about it, but I realized I want to start appreciating the small moments in life because it should never be taken for granted.

    “You’re a storyteller. Dream up something wild and improbable. Something beautiful and full of monsters.”

    I think out of all the quotes this one means the absolute world to me and is such an inspiration for me. If you did not know I am writing my own book and I have been second guessing my writing and thinking is this ok? Does this make sense? But this quote came along and made me come to realize that what the heck! Who cares?? This is my story and I can dream up anything that I want.

    “It was impossible of course, but when did that stop any dreamer from dreaming.”

    Tying into the first quote, just because it might seem impossible go for it. If you can dream it, you can do it.

    “There was a man who loved the moon, but whenever he tried to embrace her, she broke into a thousand pieces and left him drenched, and empty arms.”

    When I came upon this line, tears filled my eyes and my heart felt so full and heavy and I don’t understand why? It has no underlying message or them but just… this sentence is just beautiful and makes me feel so many things. Like it just hit me really hard and I wanted to cry.

  • So wrapping up writing, Laini Taylor is amazing, her writing is so lyrical and thought-provoking I need more from her.
  • Stories. This book thrives on stories because well, the man character of this book is a storyteller and he tells a bunch of them obviously. But I think my favorite story that Lazo tells is the one with the god-making mist. The gist of this is that the mist rolls over you and makes you into any god that you want to be… basically, you decide your own fate and when they made their own imaginary cakes into anything that they wanted and I just loved that entire scene between him and Sarai and the stories. It was everything.
  • The world. Is so different and unique?? I mean the first half of this story takes place in a library and that is what I like. And it is a lost and forgotten city titled ‘Weep’ and Lazlo actually refers to it as the Unseen City because who wants to call it weep? The last half of the book takes place in the Unseen City and the Citadel which is floating over Weep. This world was developed so beautifully and everything was well thought out.
  • The characters. Let me tell you, these characters are SO incredible. Lazlo and Sarai being my favorites because well, they are the main characters. Lazlo is a cinnamon roll who just wants to be surrounded by his books at all times. Also spoiler alert but he broke his nose by having a book fall on his face, like my precious? Sarai who has the coolest power which I won’t spoil for you and my next favorite is Minya who is a smol very angry child and so many more.
  • I think I am going to wrap up this review because this is definitely something that you need to read without knowing anything about it. I will admit the writing might be a little slow, but that is because it is something that needs to be savored and loved and cherished. This story is so heart wrenching, like… purely heart wrenching, it’s beautiful, it is stunning and it made me sob… I think harder than any other book has, ever.

A page had turned. A new story was beginning. You only had to look at Lazlo to know it would be brilliant.

five-stars
Rating Report
Plot
five-stars
Characters
five-stars
Writing
five-stars
Worldbuilding
five-stars
Cover
five-stars
Overall: five-stars

TEMPESTS AND SLAUGHTER BY TAMORA PIERCE

Posted February 28, 2018 by Jessica in reviews, Uncategorized / 0 Comments

TEMPESTS AND SLAUGHTER BY TAMORA PIERCETempests and Slaughter (The Numair Chronicles, #1) by Tamora Pierce
Published by Random House Books for Young Readers on February 6th 2018
Pages: 465
Format: ARC
Goodreads

Arram. Varice. Ozorne. In the first book in the Numair Chronicles, three student mages are bound by fate . . . fated for trouble.
Arram Draper is a boy on the path to becoming one of the realm’s most powerful mages. The youngest student in his class at the Imperial University of Carthak, he has a Gift with unlimited potential for greatness–and for attracting danger. At his side are his two best friends: Varice, a clever girl with an often-overlooked talent, and Ozorne, the “leftover prince” with secret ambitions. Together, these three friends forge a bond that will one day shape kingdoms. And as Ozorne gets closer to the throne and Varice gets closer to Arram’s heart, Arram begins to realize that one day soon he will have to decide where his loyalties truly lie.
In the Numair Chronicles, readers will be rewarded with the never-before-told story of how Numair Salmalín came to Tortall. Newcomers will discover an unforgettable fantasy adventure where a kingdom’s future rests on the shoulders of a talented young man with a knack for making vicious enemies.
Act fast! The first printing of the hardcover includes a collector’s edition poster!

I received this ARC as part of Miss Print’s ARC Adoption Program, all thoughts are my own.

Hey everyone! It’s been a hot minute since I have posted a review but I’ve been super busy and just haven’t found the time to sit down and write a review. I am going to insert a little disclaimer by saying ah, I did not finish this book and made it like 150 pages into the book and here are the reasons why.

  • It was boring. I did not find it interesting and nothing made me want to pick it up. I felt like I literally had to go out of my way and force myself to pick this book up. I could not connect to any of the characters and could not bring myself to like the main character Arram.
  • The writing. Please don’t bite my head off, but I find the writing to be childish. Sorry, NOT sorry. Granted perhaps these books are more so meant for younger children, but just… this was my first Tamora Pierce book and it was not a good start for me so I don’t really think that I will be picking up her other works.
  • My last reason is that I think I just missed out. I didn’t realize that this books ties into an overarching series if that makes sense? Like this book takes place in the same world as all her other books and they all tie in together and I have stated before that I have never read a Tamora Pierce book and perhaps that factored into my not liking this?

I don’t know, this book was just not for me and I am not going to rate it because it is quite unfair for me to rate something I did not finish. However, if you are a fan of Tamora Pearce, I am sure you will love this book!

 

BLOOD AND SAND BY C.V WYK

Posted January 14, 2018 by Jessica in reviews / 0 Comments

BLOOD AND SAND BY C.V WYKBlood and Sand: A Novel by C.V. Wyk
Published by Tor Teen on January 16th 2018
Genres: Historical Fiction
Pages: 320
Format: ARC
Goodreads
five-stars

FORGED IN BATTLE...FROM THE DUST OF THE ARENA...A LEGEND WILL RISE
The action-packed tale of a 17-year-old warrior princess and a handsome gladiator who dared take on the Roman Republic―and gave rise to the legend of Spartacus...
For teens who love strong female protagonists in their fantasy and historical fiction, Blood and Sand is a stirring, yet poignant tale of two slaves who dared take on an empire by talented debut author C. V. Wyk.
Roma Victrix. The Republic of Rome is on a relentless march to create an empire―an empire built on the backs of the conquered, brought back to Rome as slaves.
Attia was once destined to rule as the queen and swordmaiden of Thrace, the greatest warrior kingdom the world had seen since Sparta. Now she is a slave, given to Xanthus, the Champion of Rome, as a sign of his master’s favor. Enslaved as a child, Xanthus is the preeminent gladiator of his generation.
Against all odds, Attia and Xanthus form a tentative bond. A bond that will spark a rebellion. A rebellion that threatens to bring the Roman Republic to its end―and gives rise to the legend of Spartacus...
The story continues in Fire and Ash, coming in 2019 from Tor Teen.

I received this ARC as part of Miss Print’s ARC Adoption Program, all thoughts are my own.

My 2018 reading year could not have started off better.

If you want to read a female gladiator book, this is the one for you. If you want a book with a badass female character, this is the book for you.

This book has been on my radar forever because anything related to ancient Roman and Greek times is my jam. Like I’ll read anything from that era. So when I heard a book about a female Spartacus? I was like sign me up! This book was definitely NOT what I expected it to be and I mean it in the BEST of ways. So without further ado, let’s break this review down, shall we?

The first thing I want to talk about is the writing.

  • It was utterly fantastic and so vivid I really felt like I could see what I was reading. Like I could see the images in my head if that makes sense. It was so easy to follow along and the dialogue meshed well. I also really liked that there are two points of views so we could get well… different sides of the story.

One of my favorite parts of this book was the setting.

  • I sincerely love anything that has to do with Ancient Rome and Greece. So this was just such a gift for me. I can for sure tell you that the author seriously did their research and this definitely was more… political centered because well politics were a big thing at that time. So if you love political intrigue, this book is the one for you!

I will have to warn, there is a lot of violence and brutality in this book which is expected given the timeframe this is taking place in. There are gladiator fights and deaths so if that is NOT your thing, perhaps stray away from this one.

What really made this book for me was the characters. This is a character-driven story.

  • We have Attia who is our main character, our Spartacus. She is one of my favorite female characters of all time, she is really unlike any other female character I have read about. She is a Thracian warrior, a Maedi Princess who gets captured by the Roman Empire and sold into slavery. What I admire the most about her is how resilient she is and that no matter what she goes through she keeps her head up high and fights like hell. Despite everything around her, she never gives up.
  • And then we have Xanthus, a gladiator unlike everyone else. He is also strong and resilient and even though he is forced to be in the situation he is in, he still keeps his head.

Is there a romance? Yes, but I think that part is left best discovered because how it unfolds is beautiful.

So in short, would I recommend this book? A million times yes. This is a historical fiction novel you DON’T want to miss. This book ended on a major cliffhanger and I cannot wait for book two!

five-stars
Rating Report
Plot
five-stars
Characters
five-stars
Writing
five-stars
Worldbuilding
five-stars
Cover
four-half-stars
Overall: five-stars

INVICTUS BY RYAN GRAUDIN

Posted November 27, 2017 by Jessica in reviews, Uncategorized / 0 Comments

INVICTUS BY RYAN GRAUDINInvictus by Ryan Graudin
on September 26th 2017
Genres: Historical Fiction, science fiction
Pages: 458
Format: Hardcover
Goodreads
five-stars

Time flies when you're plundering history.
Farway Gaius McCarthy was born outside of time. The son of a time-traveling Recorder from 2354 AD and a gladiator living in Rome in 95 AD, Far's birth defies the laws of nature. Exploring history himself is all he's ever wanted, and after failing his final time-traveling exam, Far takes a position commanding a ship with a crew of his friends as part of a black market operation to steal valuables from the past.
But during a heist on the sinking Titanic, Far meets a mysterious girl who always seems to be one step ahead of him. Armed with knowledge that will bring Far's very existence into question, she will lead Far and his team on a race through time to discover a frightening truth: History is not as steady as it seems.

This book 100% sold me on Ryan Graudin’s novels, I seriously need to read all her other books now.  This is definitely one of those books that keeps you on the edge of your seat. It is one of those books that takes a little bit of time to get into but after like three chapters in you are hooked and you can’t put it down. At least that is what happened to me because I seriously could not put this down.

Let’s just get into it, shall we?

Time travel: I have never read a time travel book (at least I do not remember reading one) so this was a nice change for me. But gosh the time travel aspect was SO cool to learn about and I thought the way the approached the time travel issue was super unique and all around fun to read about.

Historical aspects: that was the BIGGEST thing that drew me in when picking up this book. I mean, I saw Roman Gladiator from 95 AD and I was SET. I automatically wanted to pick up this book because I was automatically set for LIFE. I mean anything to do with that time?? Sign me up! Honestly, in general, I really liked that time travel involved the past and specifically looting the past. So if that is not a heads up that you should read this book then I don’t know what to tell you.

Love story: The love story is SO minuscule, like you can barely see it even if you squint. Meaning it is not essential to the plot, it is not the end all be all most important thing in the world. But it’s there, it’s light and beautiful I love it.

The twists and turns! There were SO many twists and turns in this book. Like you went on believing one thing and then boom! The book takes you in an entirely different direction than you would have expected to go in. It did that to me several times and it was hard for me to keep up (in a good way of course)

Characters: To be honest these characters remind me a lot of the Dregs (six of crows) I mean they are a crew plundering history! But honestly, I really love that we got all of their point of views and got an insight into their minds and what they thought about everything that was going on. I loved their interactions with each other and how they protected each other. I just loved each and every one of them okay? They are all precious and deserve the world.

Writing: Ryan Graudin has a way of writing that just hooks you right from the beginning. Her writing flows well and is easy to read and not too prosey. She’s just a fantastic writer, okay? Do yourself a favor and read one of her books (preferably this one because this one is awesome)

As for dislikes? I really did not dislike anything about this book, like at all!

So in conclusion, would I read this again? A thousand times YES I would! This is definitely one of my favorite reads of the year and I really loved how everything came together in the end and everything happened just as I hoped it would!

 

 

five-stars
Rating Report
Plot
five-stars
Characters
five-stars
Writing
five-stars
Worldbuilding
five-stars
Cover
five-stars
Overall: five-stars

Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

  • 2017 NEW RELEASES

OUR DARK DUET BY V.E SCHWAB

Posted November 21, 2017 by Jessica in reviews, Uncategorized / 0 Comments

OUR DARK DUET BY V.E SCHWABOur Dark Duet (Monsters of Verity, #2) by Victoria Schwab
Published by Greenwillow Books on June 13th 2017
Genres: Dystopia/Fantasy
Pages: 510
Format: Hardcover
Goodreads
five-stars

THE WORLD IS BREAKING. AND SO ARE THEY.
KATE HARKER isn't afraid of monsters. She hunts them. And she's good at it.
AUGUST FLYNN once yearned to be human. He has a part to play. And he will play it, no matter the cost.
THE WAR HAS BEGUN.
THE MONSTERS ARE WINNING.
Kate will have to return to Verity. August will have to let her back in. And a new monster is waiting—one that feeds on chaos and brings out its victims' inner demons.
Which will be harder to conquer: the monsters they face, or the monsters within?

This review is long overdo and I was debating on whether or not I should post this review, but I really loved this book so much and needed to share my feelings about it with everyone. This is the conclusion to the Monsters of Verity duology and my gosh V.E Schwab really knows how to wrap up a story and make your heart utterly broken. As always I am going to get into some of my thoughts about this down below and this review WILL be spoiler free.

  • Amazing: This is definitely one of the most beautiful sequels that I have ever read. As I said before, Schwab seriously knows how to end a story and fill you with heartache and dread and just make you feel a million things at once. While I am quite sad that this is the end of this duology I do not think I could ask for a better ending.
  • My cute cinnamon roll: August is my favorite, obviously. My small sinnamon roll who just really needs a hug. I really loved his character in this book and felt like he came a long way from how he was portrayed in the beginning of the duology. I mean the poor boy has been through a lot and he has learned a lot. In the previous book, he struggled with being a monster and yearned to be human. But I feel like in this book he began to accept himself which was just really lovely to see happen.
  • Badass female: There is no doubt that Kate is one of my favorite female characters. She is incredibly badass and inspiring. I feel like she went through a little character development in this book as well, I mean she is still the same Kate Harker we saw in the first book but at the same time… she is not. I don’t know how to really explain it but gosh she is amazing. Also that ending…
  • Writing: There is no doubt, that V.E Schwab is an incredible writer. She is without doubt one of the best writers out there in my opinion so obviously… you know. But in this book, she incorporated some poetry with a new… ish character and just UGH. I need her to actually write poetry now.
  • SO SAD: Okay, I knew it was going to be sad but I didn’t know it was going to be that sad. I am not going to go into depth about this but there IS a death and it was sad and that is all you are getting.

So honestly… this duology is just incredible and if you have not read anything by this author I really do think that this duology is where you should start off. I am sad it is over but also excited to see what she has planned for the future!

 

five-stars
Rating Report
Plot
five-stars
Characters
four-half-stars
Writing
five-stars
Worldbuilding
five-stars
Cover
five-stars
Overall: five-stars

Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

  • 2017 NEW RELEASES

A LIST OF CAGES BY ROBIN ROE

Posted November 14, 2017 by Jessica in reviews, Uncategorized / 0 Comments

This book contains themes of abuse, torture, slavery and racism.
A LIST OF CAGES BY ROBIN ROEA List of Cages by Robin Roe
Published by Disney-Hyperion on January 10th 2017
Genres: contemporary
Pages: 320
Format: Hardcover
Goodreads
five-stars

When Adam Blake lands the best elective ever in his senior year, serving as an aide to the school psychologist, he thinks he’s got it made. Sure, it means a lot of sitting around, which isn’t easy for a guy with ADHD, but he can’t complain, since he gets to spend the period texting all his friends. Then the doctor asks him to track down the troubled freshman who keeps dodging her, and Adam discovers that the boy is Julian—the foster brother he hasn’t seen in five years.
Adam is ecstatic to be reunited. At first, Julian seems like the boy he once knew. He’s still kindhearted. He still writes stories and loves picture books meant for little kids. But as they spend more time together, Adam realizes that Julian is keeping secrets, like where he hides during the middle of the day, and what’s really going on inside his house. Adam is determined to help him, but his involvement could cost both boys their lives…

First off I want to say thank you to Emmaboooks for introducing this book into my life because I hadn’t even known it existed until she spoke about in a video. This book is the best book I have read this year, it is my number one favorite standalone book and number one book I have read this year, this book just means the world to me and I will forever hold it close to my heart. Gosh, I don’t even know how to formulate my thoughts for this book because it was so incredible so please don’t pay attention to my utter flailing and incoherent sentences.

Because people heal a whole lot faster when they’re with someone who loves them.

  • Adam and Julian’s friendship: I think this is my one of my favorite part of the book. You could tell that Julian really meant the world to Adam and that Adam was not just caring out him just to keep up his good guy persona, he really truly did care about Julian and you could definitely see that. You could tell that he really wanted to make sure Julian was safe.
  • Adam: There is no doubt that Adam was my favorite part of the book. I don’t really read a lot of contemporary novels but his character was incredibly refreshing to read. He was just so different than the characters I usually read and I loved it. Adam is one of those characters who are just so happy and loving, you just wish he was real and could be friends with him in real life. Adam also has ADHD which was super realistic.
  • Adam’s friends: Gosh, so many precious characters, my arms are full how in the world am I supposed to hold them all? This is such a precious little group of friends and I am not going to delve too deep here because that would give away some spoilers.
  • Endless tears: I read this in a matter of like four hours or less?  And I cried like 50 thousand times because this book was SO sad. I mean if I am being honest here I cry with every book I read so, not too difficult for a book to make me sob. But I cried those ugly cries you cry when no one is around. And damn those tears were worth it.
  • Medication??: A great fact about this book that I really liked was that Medication isn’t the cure-all for disabilities. This is going to get a little personal, but I cannot stand it when people are like “Oh you have a disability just go get some meds and you will feel better.” No! That is not how it works. I think people forget that not everyone has easy access to medications or can’t take it for personal or health reasons, and that medications just does not work for some people. I tried it and it made me feel absolutely horrible, I was not even myself. So it was just really nice to read that that if you don’t take medication than you deserve to suffer.

What is this book about: Honestly? This book is about kindness and friendship and how far a simple act of kindness can go. It is also about the fact that you NEVER EVER know what is going on in someone else’s life and you should always treat people as you would treat yourself.  One of the quotes that really stuck with me after reading this was:

‘Hate richochets, but kindness does too.’

This quote means the world to me and I think this is what I think of every day.  I do believe this book has changed me in some ways meaning that I want to do better, I want to be better for myself and everyone around me. Every time I feel like saying something mean or if I do say something mean, I instantly go back to this quote and remind myself. Hate spreads, I think we have seen enough of that this year but it would do all of us good to remember that one simple act of kindness could change someone’s entire life and you wouldn’t even know it. You can never know the effect that your kindness has on them it could be as far as making someone’s day or tremendously altering their life by giving them the courage to do something that they were afraid to do.

And REMEMBER, if you do a kind thing for someone,  people around you will follow suit. This is a lovely little thing called the bystander effect, people will follow suit.

See something do something: In regards to the previous paragraph, if you see something or suspect something is going on, FOR THE LOVE OF EVERYTHING DO NOT KEEP QUIET. I think that is the most important lesson in walking away from this book, do not walk away from it and think oh it will be okay they will speak up, someone will speak up. YOU speak up. If you see something? DO SOMETHING.

Lastly, I want to say thank you to Robin Roe for writing this book. This was not an easy read. It was raw and emotional and one of those books that just rips your heart into pieces.

“I’m dizzy, I’m here, I’m alive.”

QUESTION: What does it take for you to DNF a book? Or do you finish it no matter what?

For me if it feels like a major chore to read I DNF it, although I’m trying to do better at not DNF’ing. ✨
Today’s topic is favorite bookish family and I have to go with Adam and his Mom from A List of Cages. This book made me cry so many times, it is literally one of the best I have read this year and I highly suggest everyone read it!

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five-stars
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five-stars
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five-stars
Writing
five-stars
Cover
five-stars
Overall: five-stars

TOWER OF DAWN BY SARAH J MAAS

Posted November 14, 2017 by Jessica in reviews, Uncategorized / 0 Comments

TOWER OF DAWN BY SARAH J MAASTower of Dawn (Throne of Glass, #6) by Sarah J. Maas
on September 5th 2017
Genres: Fantasy
Pages: 664
Format: Hardcover
Goodreads
five-stars
three-flames

In the next installment of the New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series, follow Chaol on his sweeping journey to a distant empire.
Chaol Westfall has always defined himself by his unwavering loyalty, his strength, and his position as the Captain of the Guard. But all of that has changed since the glass castle shattered, since his men were slaughtered, since the King of Adarlan spared him from a killing blow, but left his body broken.
His only shot at recovery lies with the legendary healers of the Torre Cesme in Antica—the stronghold of the southern continent's mighty empire. And with war looming over Dorian and Aelin back home, their survival might lie with Chaol and Nesryn convincing its rulers to ally with them.
But what they discover in Antica will change them both—and be more vital to saving Erilea than they could have imagined.

I think that a lot of people were hesitant about this book, including myself. I was worried how she could handle Chaol’s disability and just well you know, everything in general but all my negative thoughts were wrong. This book really surprised me and I believe that this is the best book she has written. As like most of my reviews, the majority of this will be me gushing because I really loved everything about this book. And since I had nothing bad to say about this, I’m just gonna list all the reasons why I liked this. Geez that was a mouthful.

  • Chaol: I have always loved Chaol even during Queen of Shadows and this book just made me love him even MORE if that is possible. While not a TON happens in this book, the majority of it focuses on Chaol’s healing both physically, mentally and emotionally and it is the most beautiful journey of healing I have ever read.
  • Yrene: She was definitely NOT what I thought she was at all. Yrene is such a badass, I love her so much. She was so inspiring and I loved seeing her character growth.
  • Nesryn: I loved that we got her POV and see her side of things, I loved meeting her family and her journey to discover who she is and what she wants in life.

It was definitely really refreshing to only read a book in this series with as many POV’s as this one had. (mouthful I know) Unlike Sarah’s previous books in the series, this one only had three points of view. Chaol, Yrene and Nesryn and it just made the story much more enjoyable and it flowed really really well. Everything was cohesive and I was not struggling to figure out who was who or what their point is in the story. It felt a lot more relaxed and much more of a focus on the characters themselves.

I really hope everyone understood what I was trying to say there but to sum it all up I really liked the lesser point of views. This being said, I am sort of worried for the last book in this series with all of the point of views that are already IN the series and the four more she is going to add such as Yrene, Nesryn, and she was thinking about Nox and Evangeline which I really really do not hope she does because I feel like that would take away from the story. Like there is just no need for THAT many points of view.

ANYWAY I got a little off topic, but that is just one of the things that really bothered me moving forward.

  • I absolutely love Antica and all of the new characters that were introduced, but one of my favorite things was how she handled Chaol’s disability. I felt it was handled very well and. View Spoiler »
  • Another thing I loved was the romance which I never thought I would ever ship but yet here I am complete trash for it. The build-up was phenomenal and their love felt very organic.
  • I have to mention this, but chapter 55? WHEW. What an emotional ride. I don’t know if I am the only one, but that chapter really stood out to me on a personal level and really tied his entire character arc together.

So that sums up my thoughts for Tower of Dawn, it was a lot better than I had ever imagined it to be, and there are some reveals that just had me mindblown. Like WOW. Moving forward I am super excited yet nervous to see what is doing to happen in the last novel because it’s going to be an epic ending. (also pls SJM don’t include a bazillion unneeded point of views.) pLS.

five-stars
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five-stars
Characters
five-stars
Writing
five-stars
Worldbuilding
five-stars
Cover
four-stars
Overall: five-stars

Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

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DARKEST PART OF THE FOREST BY HOLLY BLACK

Posted November 6, 2017 by Jessica in reviews, Uncategorized / 0 Comments

DARKEST PART OF THE FOREST BY HOLLY BLACKThe Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black
on January 13th 2015
Genres: Fantasy
Pages: 336
Format: Paperback
Goodreads
five-stars

Children can have a cruel, absolute sense of justice. Children can kill a monster and feel quite proud of themselves. A girl can look at her brother and believe they’re destined to be a knight and a bard who battle evil. She can believe she’s found the thing she’s been made for.
Hazel lives with her brother, Ben, in the strange town of Fairfold where humans and fae exist side by side. The faeries’ seemingly harmless magic attracts tourists, but Hazel knows how dangerous they can be, and she knows how to stop them. Or she did, once.
At the center of it all, there is a glass coffin in the woods. It rests right on the ground and in it sleeps a boy with horns on his head and ears as pointed as knives. Hazel and Ben were both in love with him as children. The boy has slept there for generations, never waking.
Until one day, he does…
As the world turns upside down, Hazel tries to remember her years pretending to be a knight. But swept up in new love, shifting loyalties, and the fresh sting of betrayal, will it be enough?

This review is long overdue, but to be honest the majority of my reviews are long overdue. I am not too sure what happened, I think I had ended up reading more than I can review which is fine by me. This is one of those books that I had been eyeing for such a long time, mostly because the cover was what originally drew me in. Also because I have seen so many people really love this book and I was in the mood for some fae reads. I’m gonna do my usual where I talk about what I liked and didn’t like and as usual the majority of this review is me just gushing because I really loved this.

WHAT I LIKED

  • To me, it felt kind of like a mystery? At least in the beginning, because they were trying to figure out who the boy is and once he wakes up and disappears they are trying to find him and all that stuff.
  • The bond between Hazel and Ben was just THE best and I loved all of their interactions together.
  • One of my favorite parts was that the fairies and humans of this town just coexisted together. Granted it was not always peaches and cream, but they CO-EXISTED. Like the fae realm was a staple of this town and weird things were not really weird for them in the first place. I know this probably makes zero sense but I hope you get what I am talking about here.
  • The atmosphere was incredible. Holly Black certainly knows how to write a good fae story with lush writing and she just manages to reel you in and make sure you never let go.
  • Some of the romances. I won’t say who, but oh my gosh they were so adorable and I LOVE everything about it.

WHAT I DISLIKED

  • Pretty much the only thing I did not like was that this book is standalone. I am really sad about it okay.

So that wraps up my sincerely short review but I am tired and can’t be bothered. I just had to share some of my thoughts for this incredible book with you. I can definitely say that Holly is now one of my auto-buy authors and I am even more pumped for her next book that is coming out. Also I recommend this book to anyone who wants to read a story with some faes but doesn’t want to put too much dedication in it (because hello, standalone) just read this okay, it is so worth it.

 

five-stars
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five-stars
Characters
five-stars
Writing
five-stars
Worldbuilding
four-half-stars
Cover
five-stars
Overall: five-stars

Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

  • FLIGHTS OF FANTASY 2017