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.

Review of Books 2 and 3 of the Snow Like Ashes series(No Spoilers)

Ice Like Fire rating: 4/5 Stars

Frost Like Night rating: 5/5 Stars

Summary of Snow Like Ashes Book one:

Sixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and its citizens enslaved, leaving them without magic or a monarch. Now, the Winterians’ only hope for freedom is the eight survivors who managed to escape, and who have been waiting for the opportunity to steal back Winter’s magic and rebuild the kingdom ever since.

Orphaned as an infant during Winter’s defeat, Meira has lived her whole life as a refugee, raised by the Winterians’ general, Sir. Training to be a warrior—and desperately in love with her best friend, and future king, Mather — she would do anything to help her kingdom rise to power again.

So when scouts discover the location of the ancient locket that can restore Winter’s magic, Meira decides to go after it herself. Finally, she’s scaling towers, fighting enemy soldiers, just as she’s always dreamed she would. But the mission doesn’t go as planned, and Meira soon finds herself thrust into a world of evil magic and dangerous politics – and ultimately comes to realize that her destiny is not, never has been, her own.”-From Goodreads

I’m going to start off this review by saying I will be doing 6 sentences review about each of  these two books. There will be no spoilers in these reviews and they will be short and to the point.

Ice Like Fire Review:

This book did suffer from the second book syndrome, which is not being as good as the first, as well as being slow compared to the first. I did find it enjoyable at some points but I did find it slow and boring in the beginning of the book. Also, I think the characters weren’t being smart when it came to figure out who was behind it all. The writing was still great and the characters were still amazing, including the new ones. I just still think this book was meant to be kind of filler to cross the bridge to get to the third book. My suggestion to be if you want to read this, try your best to get through the first fifty pages of this book because it does pick up soon enough.

 

Frost Like Night Review:

With this being the third and final book it was the best book in the series. I couldn’t stop reading after picking it up because of everything that was going on and wanting to know the ending. What any reader, who reads this book, will find out is that there is no slow point. This is so much better than the second book with it not feeling like it’s a suffer to read through. You will not feel like this was a terrible ending, instead you will come out of it feeling like it was a good ending. This book is worth reading if you have read and pulled through the second book.

Three Dark Crowns-Book Review(No Spoilers)

Author: Kendare Blake

Series: Three Dark Crowns #1

Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

Summary: “When kingdom come, there will be one.

In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born—three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions.

But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose…it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins.

The last queen standing gets the crown.”-Summary from Goodreads

Review: I didn’t know what I was getting into when reading this book. I knew what it was about, but I had no idea what would happen in this first book.

Now, I just want to say nothing big happens for two-thirds of this book. The last third of this book is perfect.

The story is solid. It was well-thought out and it felt different from other fantasy stories, which was refreshing. There is a part of me that is happy there will only be two books, so I don’t have to wait long for the ending.

The characters were well written. Kendare Blake knows how to write characters and make them have different voices, from each other. Though the romance for me went too fast. Characters were already making out and falling in love too fast. It would have been nice to see the romance to slowly develop instead of things going fast.

There are a lot of characters you will be introduced to, so you will have to remember each one since there is no appendix.

Overall, this book is worth the read if you want a different type of fantasy story or liked Kendare Blakes other books. I do suggest you read a few fantasy books before this one in order to get ready to keep track of characters that appear. I can’t wait to read book twi when it gets released this year.

Have fun reading!!!

Difference between High Fantasy and Urban Fantasy

I have been reading Fantasy for most of my life since I started reading back in middle school. At first, I thought fantasy was one genre, which it is, but it does branch out.

It branches out into:

-High Fantasy

-Urban Fantasy

Now both are different, not just by their name, but by the content that goes into them.

Urban Fantasy is when it takes place in the real world with magical creatures. There is basically a world hidden that regular humans can not see but people who know of this other world.

An example of this would be Cassandra Clare’s Shadowhunter Chronicles, like The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices. Another would be The Girl at Midnight, The Iron Fey Series, and The Night Circus.

What all of these have in common is that they are all set in a place here on earth with magical creatures and a magic system. There might a place the author created for the story, but that doesn’t make it high fantasy because it is still set on earth, just regular people can’t see it or go there.

High Fantasy is when the author creates a whole new world with characters of different races and usually has kingdoms mixed with a magic system. Earth has no part in these stories at all. Everyone in this world knows what lives among them.

An example of this is all of Sarah J. Maas’ book, TruthWitch, Shadow and Bone, and Six of crows.

With High Fantasy comes a lot of characters and plot stuff you need to remember, which can be hard for some people. These stories do expect you to remember what happened in the last book when the next one comes out, as well as characters.

My suggestion is if you want to read High Fantasy, then start reading low high fantasy. Ones that don’t have many characters and/or a big magic system.

I hope you have found this post helpful. I will be doing a book suggestion post soon.

Have fun reading!!!

Crooked Kingdoms-Book Review (Slight Spoliers)

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Series: Six of Crows #2

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Summary: “When you can’t beat the odds, change the game.

Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn’t think they’d survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they’re right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and badly weakened, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz’s cunning and test the team’s fragile loyalties. A war will be waged on the city’s dark and twisting streets―a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of the Grisha world.” -From Goodreads

Review: Both Leigh and Sarah J. Maas are the two authors that made me cry and made my heart race with their books that came out this year.

I’m going to try to keep this review spoiler free, but it will be hard to so there are slight spoilers.

The story picks up some time after Six of Crows, which will hook you in right away and you won’t be able to stop reading. I would have finished this book sooner if I didn’t have classes to go to.

Leigh knows how to write the perfect last book that makes you want more set in this world she has created. She also knows how to write events that make your heart hurt and just shock you completely. I gasped so many times.

The characters are still perfect and amazing. I was so scared for them because of what might happen because in this book anything can happen, but that death, though, made me cry so much, and I may not get over it.

The ending makes me wonder if we might get another book, but I know that won’t happen. This is the last book will get of Kaz and the gang, which is sad. If you do read this book to the end, you will understand why I want another one.

Overall, very much worth the read. You totally should read it after Six of Crows. This might be my favorite book out of the two.

Have fun reading!!!

Six Of Crows-Book Review (No Spoilers)

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Series: Six Of Crows  #1

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Summary: “Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…

A convict with a thirst for revenge
A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager
A runaway with a privileged past
A spy known as the Wraith
A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums
A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes

Kaz’s crew are the only ones who might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.” -Summary from Goodreads

Review: I would recommend you read the Girsha Trilogy first before reading this book. I loved Six Of Crows so so much. It was such a great heist book, even though I haven’t read that type of book before.

That ending, though!

The story was written very well. Leigh really knows how to write stories. The only thing bad was that chapter one didn’t hook me in. It was chapter two that did. The story was so good till the last page.

The characters were so diverse, which was refreshing to have in a book. They all felt important to the story and I kept hoping that none of them would die in the end. They were all so unique.

The ending is what killed me and made me so happy that I read it a month before Crooked Kingdom came out, because I would not have been able to wait long for the next book.

Overall, a five star read. If you liked the Girsha Trilogy, then read this one. Try going into this with only knowing the summary.

Have fun reading!!!

Empire of Storms-Book Review(Slight Spoilers)

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Series: Throne of Glass #5

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Summary: “The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those who don’t.

As the kingdoms of Erilea fracture around her, enemies must become allies if Aelin is to keep those she loves from falling to the dark forces poised to claim her world. With war looming on all horizons, the only chance for salvation lies in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.

Aelin’s journey from assassin to queen has entranced millions across the globe, and this fifth installment will leave fans breathless. Will Aelin succeed in keeping her world from splintering, or will it all come crashing down?”- Summary from Goodreads

Review: Right after I finished EOS, I had to reread the first book. (I also had to reread it for a class so.) But, I did try to read three other books and failed. The just didn’t hold my attention.

This book was so much better than Heir of Fire and maybe Queen of Shadows. I was hoping for this book to meet my expectations and it did, and I’m so happy I read it.

The action is this book, I thought, was well done. There weren’t many, but that’s mostly because this is a book that leads to the last book and the final battle. Sarah J. Maas wrote these action scenes well that kept making you wonder if someone was going to die or not.

The story has gotten better in this book. Things do get explained finally, especially a certain thing. We also get to see places that we haven’t seen yet, as well as certain places we have been to before. (I would suggest rereading the novellas before reading this one.)

Aelin has become my favorite character again. She was so cool as she once was. I didn’t feel like she was annoying or loving Rowan all the time. I felt she was doing something important and becoming the queen she was born to be. The side characters were great like always. I have started liking Manon because of this book. Her story gets so much better. I have made my peace with Rowan. I just wish Chaol made an appearance in this book.

The romance is written so much better. Not at any point did I roll my eyes or hate it. I found myself enjoying it. Though there are three sex scenes in total. They are both very descriptive. They were like what you would have found in A Court Of Mist and Fury.

The ending…That damn ending is what will make you want the last book. It made me cry and gave me all of the feels.

Overall, Empire of Storms is a great read. It’s a step up from Heir of Fire and Queen of Shadows. I highly suggest you try this book if you didn’t care for the other two I mentioned.

Have fun reading!!!

The Demon In The Woods-Book Review(Non-Spoiler)

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Series: The Girsha Trilogy #0.1

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Summary: A short story about the Darkling’s past.

Review: I love looking into the past of Villians. It gives me more info on how they were before. I did like this short story since we hardly get much information in the Girsha Trilogy about the Darkling. So it was great to see what happened in his past that made him be the way he is when Shadow and Bone starts. I will say that what happened to him in this story was sad and I did feel bad for him.

Overall, worth the read if you like the Girsha Trilogy and/or would like to know more about the Darkling.

Have fun reading!!!

Ruin and Rising-Book Review (Slight Spoilers)

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Series: The Girsha Trilogy #3

Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

Summary: “The Darkling rules Ravka from his shadow throne.

Now the nation’s fate rests with a broken Sun Summoner, a disgraced tracker, and the shattered remnants of a once-great magical army.

Deep in an ancient network of tunnels and caverns, a weakened Alina must submit to the dubious protection of the Apparat and the zealots who worship her as a Saint. Yet her plans lie elsewhere, with the hunt for the elusive firebird and the hope that an outlaw prince still survives.

Alina will have to forge new alliances and put aside old rivalries as she and Mal race to find the last of Morozova’s amplifiers. But as she begins to unravel the Darkling’s secrets, she reveals a past that will forever alter her understanding of the bond they share and the power she wields. The firebird is the one thing that stands between Ravka and destruction—and claiming it could cost Alina the very future she’s fighting for.” -Summary from GoodReads

Review: I have been putting off reading this book for so long. Reason being I didn’t want this story to end, so I never read the last book in this series. I am trying to change my ways of not reading the last book in a series. Now, onto talking about the actual book.

The beginning of the book was so slow. It was so boring because nothing was happening, and I was so close to putting it down and DNF it. But, I’m not a quitter, so I continued to read, hoping it would get better and pick up. It did.

From after the first fifty pages to the ends, is so good. I had to read till the end because of everything that was happening. Especially what was happening to the characters.

The ending was that type of ending that was tied in a perfect bow(a.k.a happy ending) and liked that. I always like the endings that show the characters living a nice, happy life after going through so much.

The characters were still my favorites throughout this book. Except for the Darkling. I just don’t care for him. I love Mal more than him. Leigh Bardugo wrote the dialogue so perfectly. I love the dialogue between characters. It’s so funny and just so good to read.

Overall, this book was a perfect last book, except for the first fifty pages. It is worth the read for what happens.

Have fun reading!!!

Holding Up The Universe-Book Review (Non-Spoiler)

Author: Jennifer Niven

Series: A Novel

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Summary: “Everyone thinks they know Libby Strout, the girl once dubbed “America’s Fattest Teen.” But no one’s taken the time to look past her weight to get to know who she really is. Following her mom’s death, she’s been picking up the pieces in the privacy of her home, dealing with her heartbroken father and her own grief. Now, Libby’s ready: for high school, for new friends, for love, and for EVERY POSSIBILITY LIFE HAS TO OFFER. In that moment, I know the part I want to play here at MVB High. I want to be the girl who can do anything. 

Everyone thinks they know Jack Masselin, too. Yes, he’s got swagger, but he’s also mastered the impossible art of giving people what they want, of fitting in. What no one knows is that Jack has a newly acquired secret: he can’t recognize faces. Even his own brothers are strangers to him. He’s the guy who can re-engineer and rebuild anything in new and bad-ass ways, but he can’t understand what’s going on with the inner workings of his brain. So he tells himself to play it cool: Be charming. Be hilarious. Don’t get too close to anyone.

Until he meets Libby. When the two get tangled up in a cruel high school game—which lands them in group counseling and community service—Libby and Jack are both pissed, and then surprised. Because the more time they spend together, the less alone they feel. . . . Because sometimes when you meet someone, it changes the world, theirs and yours.” -Summary from Goodreads

Review: This was my first Jennifer Niven book, and it was good. I did not know what I was getting into when reading this novel, which was a good thing for me.

I’m going to talk about the good things first.

I liked how positive Libby was about herself at times. It was nice to see a girl be positive about herself. Another thing I liked was Libby and Jack building each other up and help each other through their problems. It always makes me happy to see two people build each other up. Lastly, I like Jennifer Niven’s writing. She is good at writing character voices, as well as writing Libby’s and Jack’s voices differently.

Now onto what I disliked.

That this book kind of the type of story of the popular boy falling for the not so popular girl. Now I don’t care for those type of contemporary story for some reason. It might be because it has been done before so many times.

Overall, an enjoyable read. It’s worth the read, especially if you like contemporaries.

Have fun reading!!!