Book Reviews

Mask of Shadows-Book Review(No Spoilers)

Author: Linsey Miller

Release day: August 29th

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Series: First book in a series

Summary: “Sallot Leon is a thief, and a good one at that. But gender fluid Sal wants nothing more than to escape the drudgery of life as a highway robber and get closer to the upper-class and the nobles who destroyed their home.

When Sal Leon steals a poster announcing open auditions for the Left Hand, a powerful collection of the Queen’s personal assassins named for the rings she wears — Ruby, Emerald, Amethyst, and Opal — their world changes. They know it’s a chance for a new life.

Except the audition is a fight to the death filled with clever circus acrobats, lethal apothecaries, and vicious ex-soldiers. A childhood as a common criminal hardly prepared Sal for the trials. But Sal must survive to put their real reason for auditioning into play: revenge.” -From Goodreads

Review: First thing I want to say is to go into this book not expecting it to be like Throne of Glass or the Girsha Trilogy/Six of Crows Duology. If you do, then you might be disappointed with the book when it it a pretty good first book.

I want to right away talk about the main character. Sal is gender fluid and was a great character to follow. They were funny at times, including interesting and smart. I was rooting for them to be one of the Queen’s personal assassins like they have been wanting. Sal was just an interesting character to read and follow in this world Linsey created. The other characters were interesting too, but for some of them I would have liked to gotten to know more about them than I did.

Linsey’s writing was like Elisa Kova with being easy to read and follow. It made the book a quick read, including making me want to read the next book. Though unlike with Air Awakens I didn’t have to force myself to finish, because I was enjoying this book. Just there were times when it could have been better.

As for the world, it was interesting, but there didn’t seem to be a lot of world building to show it off. There were only bits and pieces of this world getting explained or shown. Wish there was more.

This is worth the read if you like fantasy, as well as wanting a fast read.

Have fun reading!!!

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Air Awakens-Book Review(No Spoilers)

Author: Elise Kova

Series: Air Awakens #1

Rating: 3/5 Stars

Summary: “A library apprentice, a sorcerer prince, and an unbreakable magic bond…

The Solaris Empire is one conquest away from uniting the continent, and the rare elemental magic sleeping in seventeen-year-old library apprentice Vhalla Yarl could shift the tides of war.

Vhalla has always been taught to fear the Tower of Sorcerers, a mysterious magic society, and has been happy in her quiet world of books. But after she unknowingly saves the life of one of the most powerful sorcerers of them all—the Crown Prince Aldrik—she finds herself enticed into his world. Now she must decide her future: Embrace her sorcery and leave the life she’s known, or eradicate her magic and remain as she’s always been. And with powerful forces lurking in the shadows, Vhalla’s indecision could cost her more than she ever imagined.” -From Goodreads

Review: I have mixed feelings about this book. I found two thirds of the book to be boring, but the last third was my favorite. I liked the ending more than the beginning.

Elise’s writing was good. Her writing made was what made the book go fast for me. Though I do wish she could have gone more into the world and about the magic system. Also cut down on the number of characters that were introduced. I hard time keeping up with all the characters because they got introduced almost right away and it sometimes became hard to follow, since this book was less than 350 pages.

Speaking about the characters, I did enjoy some of them. I didn’t care for Vhalla in the beginning but I did start to like her more towards the end. I don’t how I feel about Prince Aldrik yet. I hate and love him at the same time.

The relationships in the book went too fast and didn’t take a good amount of time to take to develop. Like two characters would hate each other but then fall in love with each other after he said he was sorry to her and she would then right away feel different for him. I just didn’t like it.

Overall, I wish I didn’t fall for all the hype over this book. I’m sure if I went into it to just enjoy it then I’m sure I would have liked it more, but since I had high expectations, I didn’t like it as much. I will continue with the series because I’m interested to see what happens.

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Our Dark Duet-Book Review(Spoiler Free)

Author: Victoria Schwab

Series Monsters of Verity #2

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Summary from Book 2(spoilers): “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?” -From Goodreads

Review: Victoria Schwab never lets me down. All of the books I read from her, including this one, has blown me away. She knew how to write a great and sad ending that felt like it wrapped everything up.

With this book I found it to be better than the first, because you really do feel on edge with the fact that anyone can die in this book.

What I loved most about this book was the world Victoria created. It’s interesting and I would love to learn more about how this world came to be the way it is. I just would love more of this world.

This book does have it’s slow moments but right away it makes up for it and you forgive the slow parts.

I’m not going to spoiler the ending but I want to mention it was good and it did make me cry.

If you have read This Savage Song, then you should defiantly read this. It very much worth it.

Have fun reading!!!

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King’s Cage-Book Review (Slight Spoilers)

Author: Victoria Aveyard

Rating: 1/5 Stars

Series: The Red Queen Series

Summary of Book One: “This is a world divided by blood – red or silver.

The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change.

That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power.

Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime.

But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance – Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart.” -From Goodreads

Review: This book bored me.of scenes that just didn’t add anything. It bored me so much that I skimmed the 300 pages left of the book.  This book could have been 200 pages less than 507 pages that it is.So many pages

Through out this book I hated Mare. She was whining all the time and never like tried to do anything. She just stayed in her nice room doing nothing. I wanted to see her try to do something to escape. Instead she kept hoping Maven would become the boy she knew in the first book and that he would break away from the damage his mother had done to him. I would like to mention she doesn’t pick either of the brothers. She kind of leads them on.

Also Maven isn’t a good villain. He doesn’t really do anything. He’s basically Joffery from A Song of Ice and Fire, but Joffery is still better than him.

I found the other two characters she wrote perspectives in were my favorite characters. I would enjoy those chapters more than the ones in Mare’s perspective. But, I will say there was a points when each of the three perspectives sounded the same, which is what I get afraid of when ever a first person story decides to go into different perspectives. Some times it can go well and other times it can go bad, like Allegiant.

I will mention that this did feel like a filler book. Almost like Glass Sword did, but at least Glass Sword was some what interesting than this third book. I also didn’t care for the fact that this was a dystopian with a mixture of fantasy, but I did think Victoria’s writing got slightly better in this third book.

I don’t know if I will continue on with this series. I loved Red Queen. I liked one out of the two novellas. I felt meh about Glass Sword. I just felt disappointed with this one because I was hoping this would save the series for me. Unfortunately it didn’t. Reading this had made me not want to finish this series at all.

I’m sorry if this was your favorite book. I really did try with this one.

Have fun reading!!!

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This Savage Song-Book Review(No Spoilers)

Author: Victoria Schwab

Series: Monsters of Verity #1

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Summary: “There’s no such thing as safe.

Kate Harker wants to be as ruthless as her father. After five years and six boarding schools, she’s finally going home to prove that she can be.

August Flynn wants to be human. But he isn’t. He’s a monster, one that can steal souls with a song. He’s one of the three most powerful monsters in a city overrun with them. His own father’s secret weapon.

Their city is divided.

Their city is crumbling.

Kate and August are the only two who see both sides, the only two who could do something.

But how do you decide to be a hero or a villain when it’s hard to tell which is which?” -From Goodreads

Review: Victoria Schwab has done a great job with this book.

She brings us to a city where there is violence with safety and protection being a luxury. Not only that, but when violence happens monsters get made. The whole premise was what made me want to read this book and I was not disappointed. Nothing was lacking in this book.

As soon as you start reading page one, you are instantly hooked by the two main characters, August and Kate. August became my favorite character right away because of how much me and him were alike with what we thought things should be handled. As for Kate, it did take me a bit to trust her because of how she wanted to be like her father, but then she became my favorite character too.

Victoria’s writing in this book was great. Especially the dialogue and interactions between characters.

If you loved any of Victoria Schwab’s books, then you need to read this one.

Have fun reading!!!

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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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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!!!