Book Reviews

The Midnight Star-Book Review(Spoiler Free)

Author: Marie Lu

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Summary: “There was once a time when darkness shrouded the world, and the darkness had a queen.

Adelina Amouteru is done suffering. She’s turned her back on those who have betrayed her and achieved the ultimate revenge: victory. Her reign as the White Wolf has been a triumphant one, but with each conquest her cruelty only grows. The darkness within her has begun to spiral out of control, threatening to destroy all she’s gained.

When a new danger appears, Adelina’s forced to revisit old wounds, putting not only herself at risk, but every Elite. In order to preserve her empire, Adelina and her Roses must join the Daggers on a perilous quest—though this uneasy alliance may prove to be the real danger.” -From Goodreads

Review: Let’s start with the negatives because there were only two and yes, they are kind of important. More of the second than the first one. First, this book was too short. This book kind of should have been a bit longer to give more time to explain things and to through with the traveling of the characters, which leads into number two of the negatives. Second, things happened way too fast and there wasn’t anytime to pause and think about what had happened.

Besides though two negatives, I loved this book. I enjoyed it every much.

The characters continued to be enjoyable to read and grew even more in this book. Adelina was a great female character. I really liked the journey she went on and learning more about herself. As well as how wicked she could be.

Things did happen that I never thought would happen. This was why I love Marie Lu and her books, and will continue to feel that way. She will put events in her stories that I never thought would happen. Especially the ending. Her endings always surprise me in a good way.

Marie Lu’s writing is good in this third and final book with the dialogue and descriptions, as well as addicting. It just wasn’t as great as the first two books in my opinion, but was still good.

This third book is definitely worth the read if you have read the first two to find out what happens to the characters and to find out what happens at the end.

Have fun reading!!!!

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Book Reviews

Stalking Jack The Ripper-Book Review(No Spoilers)

Author: Kerri Maniscalco

Series: Stalking Jack The Ripper #1

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Summery: “Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord’s daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life.

Against her stern father’s wishes and society’s expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle’s laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags Audrey into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world.” -From Goodreads

Review: I enjoyed this book so much. The characters were amazing, and I loved the mystery about who Jack The Ripper was in this story. It was nice figuring out the mystery with Audrey Rose.

Audrey Rose is my favorite female character. She was so smart and was wanting break how females are supposed to be during that time. She also was strong. I loved that we got to follow the story through her eyes because it gave the story so much life. I also liked the dialogue between her and Thomas. It was nice to read about how she wanted to be the type of woman that she wanted to be, as well as wanting to work in a field that was made up of mostly men.

Kerri Maniscalco’s writing was on point in this book. It was one of the reasons why this book became so addictive to read.

If you love stories about Jack The Ripper, then try this book. Kerri did do a lot of researched and used it in her story, which made it even more interesting.

I can’t wait to see what book two brings. I’m excited to see the journey Audrey Rose goes on and the next mystery she is going to solve since book two involves Prince Dracula.

Have fun reading!!!

Book Reviews · Quick Review Fridays

Quick Book Reviews

The Handmaiden’s Tale

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Author: Margaret Atwood

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Summary: “Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read. She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, because in an age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are valued only if their ovaries are viable. Offred can remember the years before, when she lived and made love with her husband, Luke; when she played with and protected her daughter; when she had a job, money of her own, and access to knowledge. But all of that is gone now…” -From Goodreads

Review: This book is such an eye opener and really does reflect the world we are living in today. Atwood does a great job with not showing everything but giving enough information to help readers along. What makes this book, for me, amazing is because of the character Offred and that we get her perspective. Offred is such a different character from ones you read in these type of books with the main character wanting to fight against the government and make a change right away, but that’s not Offred. She is the opposite of that with slowly rebelling in her own way. Now as much as I loved the characters, how eye opening this novel was, and the writing, I just didn’t like how opened it felt. The Historical Notes help to show you what has happened, but there were some stuff still open ended. This book is definitely worth the read if you can get your hands on it.


Swarm Theory

Author: Christine Rice

Rating: 4/5 Stars

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Summary: “It was a time of hippies, heroin, and All in the Family. It was a time, in the small town of New Canaan-a fictional town in mid-Michigan-when developers gobbled up farmland and spit out subdivisions. Against this backdrop, Swarm Theory’s interlocking narratives reveal the troubled lives of Astrid (a young woman trying to hold her family together), Caroline (Astrid’s best friend who has lost her mother to heroin), Will (a soldier struggling to make sense of life after being discharged from the Marines), and Father Maurice Silver (a priest caring for a young man dying of AIDS). Nothing in New Canaan is quite what it seems. Swarm Theory is a book that reveals life’s amazing contradictions-the wonderful and the profane, devotion and infidelity, understanding and revenge-through stories told from different perspectives. These stories investigate what happens when people come together-whether to do admirable or horrific things. Here, intimates and strangers alike can’t help but be intertwined; their unpredictable journeys providing a backdrop for characters complex, honorable, and not. Swarm Theory reveals our often misguided, dark, and life-sustaining dependency on each other.” -From Goodreads

Review: I never read a book before that told the story through short stories. I did enjoy this book in that style. This book, as I said before, is told in short story form. The stories are told at different points in time, as well as switch off between first person and third person. I found the story to be enjoyable. Sometimes it was hard to follow when each short story took place, but besides that, it was still a fun read. The only thing that I didn’t like was that a lot of stuff that happened was sometimes out of revenge and it did get kind of repetitive. It is still worth the read if you are able to buy it.


Beauty and The Beast: Lost In a Book

Author: Jennifer Donnelly

Rating: 5/5

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Summary: “Smart, bookish Belle, a captive in the Beast’s castle, has become accustomed to her new home and has befriended its inhabitants. When she comes upon Nevermore, an enchanted book unlike anything else she has seen in the castle, Belle finds herself pulled into its pages and transported to a world of glamour and intrigue. The adventures Belle has always imagined, the dreams she was forced to give up when she became a prisoner, seem within reach again.

The charming and mysterious characters Belle meets within the pages of Nevermore offer her glamorous conversation, a life of dazzling Parisian luxury, and even a reunion she never thought possible. Here Belle can have everything she has ever wished for. But what about her friends in the Beast’s castle? Can Belle trust her new companions inside the pages of Nevermore? Is Nevermore’s world even real? Belle must uncover the truth about the book, before she loses herself in it forever.” -From Goodreads

Review: This was such an enjoyable read for me. After having seeing the Beauty and the Beast movie I right away I had to read this book and it was a good thing too because it shows the relationship grow.  This book takes place after the Beast shows Belle the library and she finds a book that she is able to go into. I loved getting go on adventure with Belle and see what she was going to do while being inside this book. I liked how this was connected to the movie, including have a specific place during the movie. If you loved the 2017 movie or enjoyed it, then read this book if you are curious about the adventure Belle goes on.


Beauty and the Beast Novelization

Author: Elizabeth Rudnick

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Summary: “Belle has dreamt of adventures like the ones she reads in her books, of traveling the world outside her small town. When Belle’s father is captured, she takes his place as a prisoner of a fearsome Beast. But life in the enchanted castle isn’t as terrible as Belle imagines, and she ultimately finds friendship and love. Enjoy this tale as old as time about adventure and love, about looking past first appearances, and about the inner Beauty and Beast in all of us in this beautiful novelization of the upcoming star-studded film!” -From Goodreads

Review: I loved reading the novelization of one of my favorite movies of 2017. This book does follow the movie from beginning to end. It does add some scenes that weren’t in the movie, but were part of the deleted scenes. I will say I loved how things got explained more than they did in the 1991 animated version. It helped to develop the story even more. If you loved the 2017 movie, then this would be a fun, quick book for you to read.

Book Reviews

Lord of Shadows-Book Review (Slight Spoilers)

Author: Cassandra Clare

Series: The Dark Artifices #2

Rating: 5/5 stars

Summary from Lady Midnight: “In a kingdom by the sea…

In a secret world where half-angel warriors are sworn to fight demons, parabatai is a sacred word.

A parabatai is your partner in battle. A parabatai is your best friend. Parabatai can be everything to each other—but they can never fall in love.

Emma Carstairs is a warrior, a Shadowhunter, and the best in her generation. She lives for battle. Shoulder to shoulder with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, she patrols the streets of Los Angeles, where vampires party on the Sunset Strip, and faeries—the most powerful of supernatural creatures—teeter on the edge of open war with Shadowhunters. When the bodies of humans and faeries turn up murdered in the same way Emma’s parents were when she was a child, an uneasy alliance is formed. This is Emma’s chance for revenge—and Julian’s chance to get back his brother Mark, who is being held prisoner by the faerie Courts. All Emma, Mark, and Julian have to do is solve the murders within two weeks…and before the murderer targets them.

Their search takes Emma from sea caves full of sorcery to a dark lottery where death is dispensed. And each clue she unravels uncovers more secrets. What has Julian been hiding from her all these years? Why does Shadowhunter Law forbid parabatai to fall in love? Who really killed her parents—and can she bear to know the truth?”

Review:

This whole trilogy is Cassandra Clare’s best work. If you didn’t like her other books as much. You will defiantly love this a lot more.

What I love most about this book was how much the characters drive the story.  How they act, the actions they do, and the decisions they make affect the story. Most of the time in books it’s only one character that affects the story, but in this one it’s more than one character.

Another thing I loved is the diversity Cassandra Clare puts into her books. It just brings more life to her story. Also I give her an applause for putting in stuff that is going on in the real world.

Last thing was how she is able to weave in more information about things into this book. I loved learning more information about characters, about certain shadowhunters, and more lore. She has always been good with making information flow into the story and not feeling like it’s too to take in.

The ending…oh, Cassandra Clare and her endings. The ending was what sent me over the edge in tears. So much was happening at once and it was a mess. Cassandra Clare knows how to write an ending that makes you want to read more. Even when bad things happen and when not so great things get revealed, it still makes you want to read the next book.

I can’t wait to see what happens in the last book, Queen of Air and Darkness, which doesn’t come out until 2019.

Thank you for reading this review.

Have fun reading!!!

Book Reviews

Frozen Tides and Crystal Storm (Books 4 and 5 in the Falling Kingdoms series)-Spoiler Free

Author: Morgan Rhodes

Series: Falling Kingdoms

Summary of Falling Kingdoms(Book 1)

“In the three kingdoms of Mytica, magic has long been forgotten. And while hard-won peace has reigned for centuries, a deadly unrest now simmers below the surface.

As the rulers of each kingdom grapple for power, the lives of their subjects are brutally transformed… and four key players, royals and rebels alike, find their fates forever intertwined. Cleo, Jonas, Lucia, and Magnus are caught in a dizzying world of treacherous betrayals, shocking murders, secret alliances, and even unforeseen love.

The only outcome that’s certain is that kingdoms will fall. Who will emerge triumphant when all they know has collapsed?

It’s the eve of war…. Choose your side.

Princess: Raised in pampered luxury, Cleo must now embark on a rough and treacherous journey into enemy territory in search of magic long thought extinct.

Rebel: Jonas, enraged at injustice, lashes out against the forces of oppression that have kept his country cruelly impoverished. To his shock, he finds himself the leader of a people’s revolution centuries in the making.

Sorceress: Lucia, adopted at birth into the royal family, discovers the truth about her past—and the supernatural legacy she is destined to wield.

Heir: Bred for aggression and trained to conquer, firstborn son Magnus begins to realize that the heart can be more lethal than the sword….”-From Goodreads

Frozen Tides(Book 4)

Rating: 4/5 stars

I did enjoy this book. I really did. But, not fully. The reason behind that was a certain character. I’m not going to say who it was, but any time I was reading their chapter I would just get bored. They weren’t as interesting as the rest of the other characters. Besides that, I found this book to be interesting and a great read. I did have to push myself to get to the end, but it was worth it. This book picks soon after the third book then new things happened with twists and turns and action. This book is worth the read to get to the fifth book.

Crystal Storm(Book 5)

Rating: 5/5 stars

This is by far my favorite book in the whole series. I loved all of the action, relationships that were happening, and the cliffhanger, even though it did slightly killed me. Morgan Rhodes just has that type of writing that makes you not stop reading until the very end. I didn’t have any problems with any of the characters or really anything with this book. This book is the strongest out all of the five books so far because of the twists and turns it takes. This is an enjoyable read if you do love this series. Also if you didn’t enjoy Frozen Tides like I did then you will enjoy this more than that book.

Have fun reading!!!

Discussions

Why I Haven’t Been Posting Reviews And My Book

Hello, Book lovers,

I’m sorry for not writing book reviews a lot. Even though I haven’t been doing book reviews, I have been reading a lot of books that I can’t wait to write a review for.

I have been busy with college(I’m in my last year), finding a summer job, and most importantly with writing and editing my own book.

It’s this book that has been taking a lot of my attention and time.

I will be starting to write more book reviews as I get better with time management. I will be post two new book reviews for all of you to read.


So, I am writing a book. This story has been with me for 5 to 6 years and I’m so happy to finally be self-publishing it for other people, as well it being out into the world instead of inside of my computer.

It’s an Urban Fantasy story set in Chicago, IL in the year 2030 and will be a six book series.

The series follows a halfer(half-human, half-demon) named Juri Night, who must stop her uncle from creating a war in the city of Chicago that could end all human life, including the lives of good demons and halfers.

The first book is called Serien.

Thank you so much for reading this post. I hope you have a great day.

Have fun reading!!!

Book Reviews

Windfall-Book Review(No Spoilers)

Author: Jennifer E. Smith

Series: A Novel

Genre: Contemporary

Rating: 2/5 Stars

Summary: “Alice doesn’t believe in luck—at least, not the good kind. But she does believe in love, and for some time now, she’s been pining for her best friend, Teddy. On his eighteenth birthday—just when it seems they might be on the brink of something—she buys him a lottery ticket on a lark. To their astonishment, he wins $140 million, and in an instant, everything changes.

At first, it seems like a dream come true, especially since the two of them are no strangers to misfortune. As a kid, Alice won the worst kind of lottery possible when her parents died just over a year apart from each other. And Teddy’s father abandoned his family not long after that, leaving them to grapple with his gambling debts. Through it all, Teddy and Alice have leaned on each other. But now, as they negotiate the ripple effects of Teddy’s newfound wealth, a gulf opens between them. And soon, the money starts to feel like more of a curse than a windfall.

As they try to find their way back to each other, Alice learns more about herself than she ever could have imagined . . . and about the unexpected ways in which luck and love sometimes intersect.”-From Goodreads

 

Review: When I first gotten this book in mail as an ARC and read the back, I thought I was going to love it. I thought it was going to be good, but I was wrong.

While reading you can already guess what will happen with the relationships and what the ending will be. What I didn’t care for was how Teddy was acting towards Alice and how he acted when people were trying to help him out.

My favorite character was Alice. I could really connect with her and felt bad for what had happened in her past. I liked that she grew through out this book and made her own decisions, instead of having people influence them. I didn’t like how she treated a certain someone and should have just said how she felt in the first place. That was actually the only time I didn’t like her as much as I did before.

The reason for the 2 star rating instead of one has two reasons. Reason one is that I did like Alice and Leo.  I loved reading their dialogue, as well as getting to know what happened to them as the novel went. Reason two was how simple the writing was. It made reading this book go fast for me. Also that something I do like about contemporary books is that they are such a fast read and the writing is addictive and including simple.

If you like reading contemporary books, then maybe try out this one, or if you liked this other author’s books, then try out this one.