Dark Breaks the Dawn by Sarah B. Larson

Posted June 8, 2017 by Jessica in reviews, Uncategorized / 0 Comments

Dark Breaks the Dawn by Sarah B. LarsonDark Breaks the Dawn by Sara B. Larson
Published by Scholastic Press on May 30th 2017
Genres: Fantasy
Pages: 320
Format: Hardcover

On her eighteenth birthday, Princess Evelayn of Eadrolan, the Light Kingdom, can finally access the full range of her magical powers. The light looks brighter, the air is sharper, and the energy she can draw when fighting feels almost limitless.
But while her mother, the queen, remains busy at the war front, in the Dark Kingdom of Dorjhalon, the corrupt king is plotting. King Bain wants control of both kingdoms, and his plan will fling Evelayn into the throne much sooner than she expected.
In order to defeat Bain and his sons, Evelayn will quickly have to come into her ability to shapeshift, and rely on the alluring Lord Tanvir. But not everyone is what they seem, and the balance between the Light and Dark comes at a steep price.
In the first book of a remarkable duology, Sara B. Larson sets the stage for her reimagining of Swan Lake -- a lush romance packed with betrayal, intrigue, magic, and adventure.

Ah boy, where do I start with this review? Just a warning, this review is going to be brutally honest and perhaps a little angry because I am mad. I wasted 20$ and an audible credit on this mess so yeah, I’m very mad about this book.

This book is said to be a swan lake/swan princess retelling which I was super excited for because I have never read a swan lake retelling and the synopsis sounded super promising. Yet as I read the physical copy it was just… impossible for me to get into it. The writing was super boring and everything was so melodramatic I’m like are you serious right now. But I wanted to finish it so I spent an audible credit on this book and listened to it so I could do other things while listening to it. It wasn’t the best audiobook I’ve ever read, but I did happen to find it easier to get into.

I almost hate to say it but I only liked ONE thing about this book. I do like Sara B Larson’s writing, I thought it was beautiful and I do like the premise of the book.

Now, for all my gripes and be warned there are PLENTY and it is quite spoiler filled. This book was a mess of tropes, my most hated tropes.

Special snowflake savior: We have the main character Eve I’m not sure how to spell her full name and nor do I care to look at the synopsis, but she is the blandest character I’ve ever read. She is all so powerful, she is the fastest, she is the best. Oh, and she is the chosen one. Yet we had to be reminded of it all the time.

Insta-love: I’m pretty sure she and another character fell in love the first time they saw each other, I swear to you not. I mean I don’t mind insta-love in books but if that’s the case it needs to be done well. THIS WAS NOT done well. Not to mention the love interest was super bland and gosh he was boring. In my opinion these two had no chemistry at all, like I felt that they were thrust together for the sake of just… being put together. I though Eve and her best friend whom I couldn’t remember the name of had more chemistry and I honestly would have LOVED to see them become a thing instead of borefest Tanvir.

Again the special snowflake character, every character who had a POV mentioned how beautiful she was and this wasn’t just once, it was several times. Like alright, I get it, I know how beautiful she is, I don’t need to hear it every time someone speaks OKAY. I don’t need to know every time her best friend sees her the color of her hair and hear lavender streaks or her beautiful skin, I DON’T CARE. God, even the damn villains say how beautiful she is! Like why is this necessary? Why should the readers even care?

This gif right here is literally how I feel about these damn tropes in this book.

And the worst of all is the dark skinned aggressor vs. beautiful white main character. Let me tell you a thing about these villains… they are evil. So so evil if you looked up the word in a dictionary you would see them and guess what? They’re black! And the main character is white, pure and good. And I don’t care if the author “unintentionally” did that, there is no unintentionally having your evil characters be black and the good characters being white. If you do this, you know damn well what you are doing. People of Color have it hard enough, in reality, this shit doesn’t need to be in YA fantasy where they go to see themselves represented. This needs to stop. It’s not cool or fun, it has never been. White YA fantasy writers, please stop this dangerous trope. Yes, I know that in the book there are characters with different skin colors like… literally all the colors you can think of, yet you make the villains black. Hmm.

Another thing is the worldbuilding. This book had some of the worst worldbuilding I have ever read. I finished the book and I am still lost. Like who are these characters? What exactly are they? All I know is that they live long lives, and have powers like… are the elves or what. The worldbuilding and plot development was extremely poor and I just… I had such high hopes for this book and I was so let down. I have zero interest in reading the next book.

So that wraps up my review, I literally hated this book. Thank goodness this blog gives me the option to rate it what it truly deserves, which is zerio stars.



Rating Report
Overall: two-stars

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Posted June 6, 2017 by Jessica in top 10 tuesday, Uncategorized / 0 Comments

I feel like I am always adding to my TBR pile because there are so many books that are coming out and I can’t keep up! If you have read any post on my blog, you’d know that I love all types of fantasy and that it is practically all I read! This weeks top ten Tuesday is ten books you have recently added to your TBR, so without further ado! I will not be giving any synopsis for these books because I don’t really know what they are about and I’d like to keep it that way! Also, keep in mind that not all of these are out yet!

001. Reign of Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh
002. Rosemarked by Livia Blackburne
003. Beasts Made of Night by Tochi Onyebuchi
004. The Empires Ghost by Isabelle Steiger
005. Invictus by Ryan Graudin

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006. The City of Brass bu S.A Chakraborty
007. Girls made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust
008. Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao
009. Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
010. The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell

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Posted June 1, 2017 by Jessica in monthly tbr, Uncategorized / 0 Comments

I can’t believe it’s June, where is the year going?

I’m finally out of school and have the time to read when I want so I am hoping to put a dent into my reading challenges this month! But before I get into my goals for the month, I want to sort out some housekeeping issues. I am changing the way I do my reviews. Instead of doing it like I used to, like… separating it by sections I’m just going do it as ‘Gripes’ which are obviously things I didn’t like and then Likes, talking about things I loved!

I am also doing a recommendation series where instead of picking a genre and recommending books from said genre, I’m going to pick a book and explain all the reasons why you should read it! My monthly unboxings will also be posted during the first or second week of the following month, for example, May’s unboxing will be posted sometime within the next week.

Objectives for the month:
Read five or more books.
Catch up on reading goals.
Keep up with blogging.

Now for my TBR! Once again, ambitious but I want to give myself a range to choose from!
A Gathering of Shadows by V.E Schwab
A Conjuring of Light by V.E Schwab
Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia
Our Dark Duet by V.E Schwab
God of War by Christain Cameron
Dark Breaks the Dawn by Sarah B. Larson
Reign of Serpents by Eleanor Herman

Considering the sizes of some of those books, my TBR is incredibly ambitious. But these are the books that I plan to choose from! But I will aspire to read all of these! Fingers crossed!

What books do you plan to read this month?


Posted May 30, 2017 by Jessica in top 10 tuesday, Uncategorized / 0 Comments

This list was so hard to compile because there are SO many books that I just cannot wait for. Like I need them, now. I think I am going to do a separate post compiling of all the new releases I want to buy in the second half of the year, but without further ado, here are ten of them!













So those are some of my anticipated reads for the year, and I can’t wait until these come out because look at all these covers, look at how beautiful they are! Thank you for reading this post and list some of your anticipated reads for the remainder of the year!


Posted May 24, 2017 by Jessica in reviews, Uncategorized / 0 Comments

A COURT OF WINGS AND RUIN BY SARAH J MAASA Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3) by Sarah J. Maas
Published by Bloomsbury Childrens Books on May 2nd 2017
Genres: New Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Pages: 699
Format: Hardcover

Looming war threatens all Feyre holds dear in the third volume of the #1 New York Times bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses series.
Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin's maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit-and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.
As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords-and hunt for allies in unexpected places.
In this thrilling third book in the #1 New York Times bestselling series from Sarah J. Maas, the earth will be painted red as mighty armies grapple for power over the one thing that could destroy them all.

A little storytime here… So I come home May 1st and I’m eager to check the mail because I was expecting my Feysand bookmarks to come in and I see a box from Amazon. I’m super confused because I know I didn’t order any books but then I remembered I ordered ACOWAR. To get to the point, I got the book a day early and it made my entire night and you bet I started it right away.

I will be honest here and say I had little to no gripes about this book. I thought it was incredibly well… amazing. It was everything I wanted the end to be and more. But no matter how almost perfect this book was it uh, did have its faults. Including the demise of a character that I felt made the character pointless and it was just… not the demise I would have liked to see for this character and his supposed greatness. View Spoiler » Also, Tamlin irked me. He wasn’t bad or anything he just bothered me. I didn’t like how she portrayed characters who were bisexual either, like not all people who are bisexual want threesomes with everyone, alright? 

Also, Sarah J Maas did something that made me cry and just want to throw the book and if you read the book already YOU KNOW WHAT I AM TALKING ABOUT.

Now let’s get into the positives. This book pretty much concluded that Feyre and Rhysand are my all time favorite book couple. Rhysand is my all time or well… after Cal Calore because he reigns at number one for my bookish boyfriend. Sorry Rhys. But Rhysand is number two. I just… loved him. I love all of these characters and the new characters. They are all just incredibly precious and need to be wrapped up and protected forever. Anyway, I want to talk about Nesta. Also please don’t hate me for this but *whispers* I don’t ship Nessian. Never have, never will, can’t see it. Not sorry. I also uh… don’t ship Moriel? Oops? I like them as a platonic couple.

But back to Nesta. I actually hated her in the previous books and in the beginning of this one. Don’t ask me why, I just was not a fan of her and I can’t say more without repeating myself over and over again. I just did not like her. But during the book she goes through some character development and I was astonished at how quick Sarah turned her around and now I just…I love her. I love her snark, I love how she interacts with people. I also want to talk about Lucien. If y’all hate him after this book… what is wrong with you. View Spoiler »

Now let’s talk plot. Yes I’ll admit things went pretty fast in the beginning and there wasn’t much of the whole spy thing everyone expected, but I’m glad everything happened exactly the way it happened. There is a lot of homages to the first book that I found really touching except this one scene and as I said before if you read this, YOU KNOW. We got to learn more about the world, see the other courts and how everything works. It’s just… beautiful. I honestly really loved this book and I’m glad it ended as it did and my favorites got the ending that they deserve. This book brought me to tears, made me laugh, made my heart freaking palpitate in fear. Like Sarah… CAN YOU NOT. By all means, it doesn’t live up to A Court of Mist and Fury which is the best of the series and arguably the best Sarah has ever written in my opinion, but I for one think this was the proper send off if you will for Feyre and Rhysand’s arc.

All I can say is thank you, Sarah J Maas, from the bottom of my heart for these characters, for Rhysand.

Rating Report
Overall: five-stars

Reading this book contributed to these challenges:



Posted May 24, 2017 by Jessica in top 5 wednesday / 0 Comments

These are underappreciated characters who are often cast aside when they honestly deserve so much more attention. This is a short description this week, but let’s give some sidekicks some love, shall we?


    He isn’t given the attention he deserves, in fact, it bewilders me that people straight up dislike him! Yes I know I know, he isn’t perfect and has a lot of flaws, but since when did characters have to be perfect? I am actually incredibly happy he is getting a novel all to himself and I can’t wait to see what is in store for him!


    This series is underrated, to begin with, but I did not expect to love this side character as much as I do now. They are strong, resilient and the kind of friend that I want in life.


    I don’t know if this counts because he has a big part in the series, just not one of the core four we follow. I honestly did not expect to love him as much as I do, in fact, he is my favorite literary villain of all time, he is just so evil and I honestly could rant about him all day.


   Lucien is seriously underrated. He deserves so much more and I believe he should get a chance on happiness. I know there are three more books coming out in this series so I am crossing my fingers and hoping that they revolve around him!


   Another character whom I believe is seriously underrated. I mean he is just not appreciated enough as he should be! He is intelligent, caring and wants to do what is right. Please YA, have more father figures like him!


Posted May 19, 2017 by Jessica in Uncategorized / 0 Comments

WIRES AND NERVE BY MARISSA MEYERWires and Nerve, Volume 1 (Wires and Nerves, #1) by Marissa Meyer, Douglas Holgate
on January 31st 2017
Genres: Dystopia/Fantasy
Pages: 240
Format: Hardcover

In her first graphic novel, #1 New York Times and USA Today bestseller Marissa Meyer follows Iko, the beloved android from the Lunar Chronicles, on a dangerous and romantic new adventure -- with a little help from Cinder and the Lunar team.
In her first graphic novel, bestselling author Marissa Meyer extends the world of the Lunar Chronicles with a brand-new, action-packed story about Iko, the android with a heart of (mechanized) gold. When rogue packs of wolf-hybrid soldiers threaten the tenuous peace alliance between Earth and Luna, Iko takes it upon herself to hunt down the soldiers' leader. She is soon working with a handsome royal guard who forces her to question everything she knows about love, loyalty, and her own humanity. With appearances by Cinder and the rest of the Rampion crew, this is a must-have for fans of the bestselling series.

This review is incredibly late, but… better late than never, right? I was excited that Marissa decided to continue on with this series, but focusing on a new character. But before I get into the review, I want to start off with a few housekeeping issues. I will be formatting my reviews differently. Shocker, right? I’ll talk about this more in my wrap up of May, but this review will be the tester so I can see how it works out for me, so please bear with me! Anyway, I had a lot of expectations for this book. Some were met and unfortunately, many were not.

I’m going to start off with the negatives because I need to gripe right now. I was expecting so much more out of this book than what I got. I’m thinking that maybe it is because this was told in graphic novel form and it was hard for me to really get a grasp on the narrative or whatever but god I just… did not like the way this story was played out. I feel like it would have been so much better if it were in written novel form instead of graphics. Maybe it has something to do with the cartoonish look of the characters that were better suited for something middle grade and the fact that there was no color. Everything was in shades of blue! I want to know who made this choice and why. Like c’mon, bring on some color.

Another thing was the absolute ridiculousness of some of the characters and for this, I am talking about the darn wolf people and by the time this review is up, it would have been almost two months since I read the book and if I remember correctly they were told time and time again that Cinder was good and yet nah, all they want is death and destruction. I don’t know if the readers were supposed to find them menacing or what… I found them to be completely lacking in substance and what I feel makes a ‘scary’ or intriguing villain. They were just lame and pointless in my opinion.

I just… expected this to live up to the hype and awe of the Lunar Chronicles and man was I let down. I was so betrayed.

But despite my gripes about this book, there were some elements I did like. For instance, the major presence of my favorite Thorne. I was surprised to see him have a huge part in this book along with Iko. Actually, as I think about it can we just have a series called ‘The Adventures of Iko and Thorne.” please? I would buy that in a heartbeat. There is this scene in which Thorne see’s a lifelike robot of himself and I’m sorry for any spoilers, but I just have to show you because if there was any part of the graphics I liked, it was this.

I also loved Iko in this book, I mean I loved her before but damn, this made me love her more if that is possible!

Well, that concludes my thoughts for this books. Even though I wish they had taken a different approach to telling this story, at least they are giving a character who deserves it, the time to shine! And I know it won’t happen but I kind of hope they do better with the graphics with the second book.


Rating Report
Overall: four-stars


Posted May 18, 2017 by Jessica in book tags, Uncategorized / 0 Comments

Book tags are my favorite types of posts to do and I haven’t done one in so long. I do want to do these more often so I think I will be posting a book tag twice a month on Thursdays or every other Thursday. The video I saw was from bookables and here is the link to her video and the creator of this tag is aperfectioncalledbooks and here is the link to her post!

How do you keep track of your TBR pile?

I am so extra when it comes to doing this! But for starters, I absolutely love making lists. Especially lists about books! As of rightnowI am keeping track of my TBR pile but writing it down in my book journal and tracking it on Goodreads!! Though since I am making changes to my TBR, I definitely need to update the lists!

Is your TBR mostly print or ebook?

I have a few ebooks, but the majority of my TBR consists of print books! A lot of my ebooks are ARCS I have requested and just random books I downloaded from scribd!

How do you determine what book from your TBR pile next?

It depends honestly. As of right now, I am trying to pick books from my reading challenges as well as my TBR’16 challenge. But I usually end up reading new releases because when I get a new release I have to read it right then and there like it can’t wait. Since I am a mood reader, I pick out about ten books each month so I can choose what I want to read!

A book that’s been on your TBR list the longest

The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken. It’s been sitting on my shelf for almost two years and I am hoping to pick it up soon because I’ve heard great things about it. But I’ve also heard some not so great things about the book and I don’t know if I want to fully commit to this series. Honestly, I might just read a chapter or two and see if it grabs me.

A book that’s recently been added to your TBR

I am constantly adding books to my TBR, constantly. But the last one I added was City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty.

A book on your TBR pile strictly because of its beautiful cover

The Barnes and Noble edition of the Illiad/Odyssey. I bought it strictly because of the cover.

A book on your TBR you never plan on reading

Winterspell by Claire Legrand. Once again I’m going to read a chapter or two and see it I like it but at this point, it’s most likely going to be a pass. I should honestly unhaul it at this point.

An unpublished book on your TBR you are excited for

Reign of Serpents by Eleanor Herman! This is probably my most anticipated book of the year, only a month left and I cannot wait to find out what happens!

A book on your TBR everyone has read but you

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. At this point, I feel like this is another series I am probably not going to get to anytime soon? And I sort of feel bad about it because this series is loved by a lot of people, but I just have no motivation to actually start it. Maybe some day. Also, The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas… I feel everyone BUT me has read this and I need to remedy that soon!

A book on your TBR everyone recommends to you

The Mortal Instruments. I read the first two and a half books and everyone keeps telling me to finish the series but I just… have zero motivation or the care to do so.

A book on your TBR you are dying to read

Oh gosh, I don’t even know. Winterson by S.Jae Jones? I heard that this was a Labyrinth retelling and got super excited and I just need to read it ASAP!

How many books are on your TBR shelf

At this point, it is at 70+ books, and these are books that I own. It’s super intimidating and I need to go through the books and see what I do and don’t want, but who has the time for that!

How many books do you own but have yet to read?


Posted May 17, 2017 by Jessica in top 5 wednesday / 2 Comments

When I think of summer, I think of contemporary books. Unfortunately, I don’t read contemporary because it is just not my thing? So I’m going to recommend you some books that give me summer vibes! Just a warning, all of these are fantasy because that is quite literally all I read.



   This is a retelling/alternate history of Alexander the Great as he was coming into power. This series is so underrated in my opinion and honestly, I would only read this if you love history and know about Alexander the Great… as well as being aware that this is a historical fantasy and not all events are accurate. Yes, I did toss in some shade. Anyway, I’m pretty sure this book literally takes place in Summer? It gives a lot of desert vibes and just, y’all should read it if you love this time in history.


    The color of the cover should be clear enough. I mean it is bright red and it reminds me of July because that always seems to be the hottest month of the year (or if you live in Southern California like me, that would be October) But this is a retelling of 1001 nights where we have Khalid who takes a bride every night and the next morning they are dead. I am not going to give away much but this book was surprisingly good and I recommend you read it!


    Another book that I imagine takes place during the summer. Probably because the setting is in the middle of a desert. But my gosh this book isn’t talked about as much as I think it should be. This book also has the most beautiful cover I have ever laid my eyes on. This is the story of Elias and Laia and it gives off Roman Gladiator vibes and just… just read it.   Image result for empire of dust eleanor herman



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Okay So I know that this was cheating, but I could honestly only think of three books off the top of my head.

This will make me not want to read a book!

Posted April 25, 2017 by Jessica in top 10 tuesday / 0 Comments

Last weeks post was things that will make me want to read a book and this weeks post is the opposite. There are plenty things that will make me not want to read a book so without further ado, onto my thoughts!


I am very partial with love triangles. I don’t hate them, I just am not the biggest fan. Like why are they necessary, especially when they add absolutely nothing to the story?


I typically read reviews before I buy a book to see what people thought about it. Now I know to take these reviews with a grain of salt, but if a reviewer I highly trust disliked a book there is a good chance that I will too.


Yeah I know, this is horrible to say. But I do find it hard to want to buy a book that has an ugly cover. Or you know, if the cover has absolutely nothing in common with the book.


If it is overly cliche’d I am definitely not going to read it. I find a lot of cliche’s to be quite boring and I am not about reading boring books.


Honestly, if the synopsis already gives away everything that happens in the book, than what is the reason for even reading it?


I have yet to find a really good and unique vampire story and I just honestly won’t read a book if there is vampires in it. Probably because I am just not into it anymore!


Diversity is so important. And especially now in the book community and in our world, we need it now more than ever. If I hear about a book being racist or harmful I will not pick it up what so ever. It’s not something I am willing to support. Also if a book has incredibly harmful rep, I will not read it either.


Well, those are some of the things that will make me not want to pick up a book! Do you agree with any of these?