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.

Have fun reading!!!

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!!!

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!!!

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!!!

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!!!!

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!!!

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!!!

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!!!

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.