Book Reviews

Before the Storm-Book Review(No Spoilers)

Author: Christie Golden

Series: World of Warcraft #18

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Summary: “Taking place after the climactic events of Shadows of Argus, World of Warcraft: Before the Storm tells the story of what awaits the heroes of the Horde and the Alliance in the wake of their struggle against the demonic Burning Legion.” -From Goodreads

Review: I have been waiting to read this book ever since the new expansion was announced, including this book.

Like always Christie Golden wrote a great WOW book. It’s not as great as War Crimes, but it still has the same feeling of a WOW book. I just feel like her writing wasn’t as good as her other WOW books.

The story was interesting at times. Though there were some side stories that didn’t need to be shown in this book. They could have just been told instead of devoting a chapter to it. A problem I had was that the Alliance seemed to have more chapters than the Horde, which made it hard for me to understand the Horde’s side of things because there was much about them. Don’t get me wrong, I love both sides in their own way, but there should have been a balance between the two.

The characters the same as always just a bit more developed in this one. There was one character that annoyed at the end with what they choose to do, which set things off when everything was going fine. I wished this book kind of hinted at why Sylvanas is acting the way she is since it seems they are putting her on the same path as Garrosh.

This book is definitely worth the read if you play World of Warcraft and/or want to what happens before the expansion.

Have fun reading!

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Book Reviews

Restore Me-Book Review(No Spoilers)

Author: Tahereh Mafi

Series: Shatter Me #4

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Summary of Book One: “I have a curse
I have a gift

I am a monster
I’m more than human

My touch is lethal
My touch is power

I am their weapon
I will fight back

Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.

The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.

The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war – and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now.

Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.” -From Goodreads

Review: An important thing to do before reading this book is if you haven’t reread Ignite Me, then it would best to refresh on what happened in that book. Though if you already read Ignite Me and are going to pick this straight up, then you will be fine.

Something that Tahereh Mafi does well in her books is both diverse and using mental illness correctly. Since I deal with anxiety, it was nice to see a character with anxiety being presented in a way that was true to what anxiety is.

With the characters, I felt like some did a step forward to character growth and some kind of took a step back when it came to their growth. I did enjoy the new characters that came in, wanting to see what they do in the next book with the old characters.

The writing was enjoyable as usual and what you would expect to be in a Shatter Me novel.

As for the plot or what happens in this book, nothing really happened. Things did happen, especially things that surprised me(that includes the ending), but those were things that would be more important in the next book. In other words, this book felt more like the book that sets up what will happen in the next book.

If you liked the first three books in the Shatter Me series, then you should definitely read this one. Even though this was a setup, it’s still enjoyable.

Have fun reading!

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The Alpha Drive-Book Review(No Spoilers)

Author: Kristen Martin

Series: The Alpha Drive #1

Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

Summary: “It’s the year 2055 and an anarchist organization has taken control with the aim to create a world-class society. Half of humankind is unknowingly living in an alternate reality called Dormance . . . and there are no plans to wake them up.

Sixteen-year-old introvert Emery Parker is one such dormant. An academic scholar who avoids ruffling feathers at all costs, Emery finds herself being transferred to a boarding school on the outskirts of Arizona. Little does she know, a family secret has the power to change the course of the future. When she’s approached with an opportunity to free the dormants, she sees no other choice but to accept, even though failure could mean having her memory wiped clean.

But when tech-savvy Torin Porter reaches out to her from the other side, Emery begins to question everything she was told about Dormance. If her family’s secret falls into the wrong hands, the world as she knows it will be faced with irreversible consequences. Now Emery must play both sides to uncover the truth about her family’s past or risk leaving mankind to live in an unconscious reality. ” -From Goodreads

Review: Kristen Martain wrote an interesting story using a mixture of dystopian and sci-fi together.

Kristen’s writing was great. She was able to write interesting characters, especially Emery, and scenes. She was able to put me into the world, as well as making me feel as though this world could be real in some way. With both the use of short chapters and fast-paced scenes I could not put this book down.

The characters, as I said before, were interesting. Kristen always had me questions the characters that were around Emery, seeing if they were actually her friend or her foe. She made her characters stand out and each felt different from each other. The only problem I had was the characters not talking about how they felt about their relationships to their significant other. It bugged me but it didn’t take me out of the story.

This dystopian does have the feeling of Divergent, but it feels like its own thing as well. Though this book is perfect for people who love dystopian and Divergent.

I will definitely be picking up other two books in this trilogy because I want to see where the story goes from here.

Have fun reading!

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Renegades-Book Review(No spoilers)

Author: Marissa Meyer

Series: Renegades #1

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Summary: “Secret Identities. Extraordinary Powers. She wants vengeance. He wants justice.

The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies — humans with extraordinary abilities — who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone… except the villains they once overthrew.

Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and she is on a mission for vengeance. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice — and in Nova. But Nova’s allegiance is to a villain who has the power to end them both.” -From Goodreads

Review: Like usual Marissa Meyer has written a book that I have fell in love with.

The superhero powers were insteresting and nothing that has been done before to my knowledge. That was something I was worried about because I didn’t want to read about superpowers that I have already to read about.

The story was that is usually in these types of stories, which is superheros vs. supervillains. Though Marissa Meyer does this different from the usual stories in a way.

The characters were interesting and diverse. They did went through character development, but there is still some room for them to grow in the nest two books. As I was reading I was questioning who was actually was bad and good, because I saw both sides in that way.

What makes me excited for the next book is finding out what happens next. Mostly because of how it ended.

If you liked Marissa Meyer’s other books or want to read a superhero book that isn’t a graphic novel, then definetly give this book a try.

Have fun reading!!

Book Reviews

Ace of Shades-Book Review(No Spoilers)

Author: Amanda Foody

Series: The Shadow Game #1

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Summary: “Welcome to the City of Sin, where casino families reign, gangs infest the streets…
and secrets hide in every shadow.

Enne Salta was raised as a proper young lady, and no lady would willingly visit New Reynes, the so-called City of Sin. But when her mother goes missing, Enne must leave her finishing school—and her reputation—behind to follow her mother’s trail to the city where no one survives uncorrupted.

Frightened and alone, her only lead is a name: Levi Glaisyer. Unfortunately, Levi is not the gentleman she expected—he’s a street lord and a con man. Levi is also only one payment away from cleaning up a rapidly unraveling investment scam, so he doesn’t have time to investigate a woman leading a dangerous double life. Enne’s offer of compensation, however, could be the solution to all his problems.

Their search for clues leads them through glamorous casinos, illicit cabarets and into the clutches of a ruthless mafia donna. As Enne unearths an impossible secret about her past, Levi’s enemies catch up to them, ensnaring him in a vicious execution game where the players always lose. To save him, Enne will need to surrender herself to the city…

And she’ll need to play.” -From Goodreads

Review: Books with this type of story always seem to interest me for some reason. After reading it I can say that this was a book I could not put down during the last two weeks of college when I had so much going on.

Enough I have not read Amanda Foody’s debut book, I still loved her writing. She is able to make the characters come alive, including the setting and scenes. The use of two perspectives made the story feel more fleshed out and didn’t feel like I was only getting one side of the story.

These characters were written realistically in my opinion because of having faults and not always feeling like they are doing the right thing to reach their goal. Enne isn’t that generic main female character. The reader watches her grow and become strong, but her faults are still there. Levi is the same way. He does have his faults and wants to make sure that Enne doesn’t fall too far down in the hole of this city like he has. Both these characters work together to complete their goals, including helping each other out.

The whole magic system was different from other books I have read because I never read a book where people are born with certain talents, which with those talents gives them a certain type of job. It’s really fascinating and makes me wonder how that would play out in the real world.

I highly recommend you to read if the summary interests you or if you have read Amanda Foody’s other book.

Have fun reading!!

Book Reviews

A Court of Frost and Starlight-Book Review (No Spoilers)

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses series #3.5

Rating: 2/5 stars

Summary from Book One: “Feyre’s survival rests upon her ability to hunt and kill – the forest where she lives is a cold, bleak place in the long winter months. So when she spots a deer in the forest being pursued by a wolf, she cannot resist fighting it for the flesh. But to do so, she must kill the predator and killing something so precious comes at a price …

Dragged to a magical kingdom for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face obscured by a jewelled mask, is hiding far more than his piercing green eyes would suggest. Feyre’s presence at the court is closely guarded, and as she begins to learn why, her feelings for him turn from hostility to passion and the faerie lands become an even more dangerous place. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose him forever.” -From Goodreads

Review: Oh boy. I love the ACOTAR series, but this didn’t need to be its own book. This could have been at the end of A Court of Wings and Ruin. It wasn’t like the Throne of Glass novellas that had a point to them.

The writing is Sarah J. Maas’ regular writing. There is nothing new or different. It’s still her same writing.

The characters are somewhat interesting in this book. Some characters were the same while other characters kind of grew. You did see how they are after the war happened and how they move forward.

The reason for the two stars is because of a few reasons.

There was no point in this being a novella and not be at the end of ACOWAR. Nothing really happened, except for the last few pages when some new information gets told.

I felt like Feyre was too much on the sidelines not doing anything. Just being like a housewife.

The sex and sex thoughts were too much.

The writing still hasn’t improved. I keep hoping with each book she will get better, but it’s still the same.

The inner circle and Nesta were more interesting than Feyre, Rhys, and Elain. I really wished it was their perspectives and not just the two characters(Feyre and Rhys).

One of the things that saved the book was the sneak peek to the next book, which sounds interesting, but I don’t know if I will read it because I’m afraid it’s going to have a lot of smut and not enough of focusing on the plot of the book.

Overall, this novella or book was disappointing. It makes me nervous for the next book and novella. I will be reading Kingdom of Ash, though if she ends that series in a way like ACOWAR then I might be done with her books. If you are wondering if you should read this book, you don’t need to because it does nothing, but if you want to, go right ahead and I hope you enjoy it.

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Obsidio-Book Review(No Spoilers)

Author: Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Series: The Illuminae Files #3

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Summary from Book One: “This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do. This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.

BRIEFING NOTE: Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.” -From Goodreads

Review: Right off the bat, I just want to say I enjoyed reading this book and happy with how it ended. Though still had like two problems with it.

I love the format the story gets told in. It’s the same as it was in previous books, which makes it in a way a fast read. The descriptions of the battles, the dialogue, and the drawings all brought this book to life. Which brings up my first problem being that it went by too fast. While the first two book did have that feel of happening fast, this third book felt faster than the other two. I wish that it kept the same pace as it did in the first two books since we are getting to meet new characters and seeing a new setting.

The writing was fantastic. Both Amie and Jay still do an amazing job with writing together and making their writing voices the same.

The characters, of course, were interesting and grew a bit more. The actions that some characters took made want to keep turning the page to see what the effect it could have. I  still loved Kady, Ezra, Hanna, Nik, Aiden, and all of the other characters. That also includes Asha and Rhys, the two new characters we meet in this book. Now, this brings up problem number two, that being I felt I didn’t have enough time to get to know both Asha, Rhys, and some of the other characters. It seemed like we focused more on the other characters and not the new ones so that we could know them, as well as care about them. I understand why we focused more on Kady and the group, but I would have liked to have more time with these new characters.

I really did enjoy this book and would still recommend this series to people. I just think that if it was longer, then it would have helped with the problems I had with this book. If you enjoyed the first two books, then go read this book.

Have fun reading!