Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Crystal Storm (Falling Kingdoms) by Morgan Rhodes- 10 out of 5! AMAZING

The Queen Morgan Rhodes never ceases to amaze me. This book was as epic as all the other books in the Falling Kingdoms series.
That cliffhanger though... my heart is in tatters! I AM NOT OK WITH THE ENDING! What's up with the queens of YA this year (Sarah J Mass and Morgan Rhodes) and their 'thing', 'obsession', 'prone to torture tendencies', or whatever it is you want to call it at the end of their books? 2017 is going to be, to us YA readers, a year of healing. And a well needed one! Between Empire of Storms, A Court of Mist and Fury and now Crystal Storm I am truly done with book series and their mean cliffhanging endings for a while. I shall only read stand alones this january. I need a brake! Luckily for me my tbr list is huge and I can give myself that time. Seriously guys... the ending is very disturbing! I am with Cleo 100%: "I don't think this world will survive my grief".

Ok. so...the book...
It starts with King Gaius 17 years prior and than it picks up where Frozen Tides left off, beginning with Jonas.  All the characters stories move forward towards one epic ending.
Not much happens to Jonas until half way through the book. He is an important piece of the puzzle and I guess we will have a lot more of him on the last book in the series. The same can be said about Lucia, and since their lives are somewhat connected, even more so.
Cleo and Magnus work in their new found relationship, but needless to say there are complications. Also, Cleo is very careful with her feelings and her heart, a lot more than Magnus. He wonders at times if she is playing him, not without reason may I add...It is not until the very end of the book that things change (although who knows... might be too late for that. Hurry up Nov 2017!).
Ashrur is an idiot. The only time he does graces us with his presence is to do something utterly stupid.
Amara is still trying to take over the world. That being said, I like her. She has sass and determination and she is not straight up evil. She has her reasons to be the way she is. Not good ones...but still!
King Gaius is still as evil as ever. But just like Amara, not without reason. I love how Morgan Rhodes made the evil characters in the book somehow relatable and hard to hate. The only evil character easy to hate is Kyan.

Now lets go back to Magnus... this whole book is worth reading just because of him. The man has been through a lot. Changed so much and so little at the same time. His smartass comments are priceless and every time you finish one of his chapters you are dying to get to the next.
I must say I particularly love that it is Magnus and Felix that have the sass in this book. There is a whole 'girl power' thing going on on YA lately and the boys are sometimes just the broody males and nothing more (don't get me wrong here peeps, I like the girl power too, just not all the time). I like how Morgan Rhodes portrays him, how much heart she gives him. How much light she gives to his inner thoughts and insecurities as well as to his dangerous-broody-moody person! The complexity of Magnus' inner battle between his more soft side and his prone to violence side makes for a very compelling read. He is a well though character from every angle.

Conclusion: I hate you (due to the ending) so very much Morgan Rhodes that the saying love and hate walk hand in hand must be true. Because gosh I love yah woman! Yet another amazing book and I can't wait for the Falling Kingdoms finale! Hail to the Queens of YA!

Friday, December 16, 2016

Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor

Daughter of Smoke and Bone series


Gosh this is a hard review to write!
I loved the series.
I hated the series.
Both statements are equally true.
Let's start with the easy part: The first book was great (read previews post). The second book was a good enough follow up! Maybe a 4.5 out of 5, a little slow but still good.

Now to the hard part: the third book: Dreams of Gods and Monsters.
It was the worse book in the trilogy. There were good moments, but not enough good moments to make me EVER want to read it again.
I loved Avika's and Karou's interactions. Mik's and Suzana's. Ziri's and Liraz's... you know, the characters we met on the other books and loved!

But I absolutely hated the new characters (Eliza, Dr something, her annoying work mate, Nightingale, Scarab, etc...). They were ALL unnecessary and distracted from the story that the reader had now come to love. And the worse part? The new characters destroyed and obliterated the ending.

I found myself, a few too many times, stuck into someone else's mind lamenting the absence of the characters I fell in love with on the previous books. I am a very fast reader, a trilogy in a week is easy. yet, this book alone took me over a week. Every chapter with the Eliza character put me into 'read slump' mode.
The previous books built momentum for the third. It had everything to be perfect. This awesome fragile army of Angles and Monsters was ready to face evil on earth, the terrain was set for an epic battle. And it was epic! BUT ONLY IF you remove every single chapter that introduced new characters.
The book would have been a lot shorter and million times better.
The further into the book I got, the more annoyed I got. I was no longer reading an entertaining and amazing story but was now being lectured by the author on some random kingdom that has nothing to do with the story at hand or the previous books. Oh, and humans suck! What a wonderful underlying message hey?!

Laini Taylor had (about 100 pages before the end) given all our lovely friends a perfect ending in the book. There was, like in real life, no happily ever after, things were still in progress, Chimaeras still needed to be resurrected, etc. But it was good! Karou and Avika were finally ready to go resurrect everyone, Liraz and Ziri were getting to know each other, Mik completed his third task! It was nice and sweet and I even got teary. BUT THEN came the last 100 and so pages... they are an attempt to explain the existence of certain characters (Scarab and others) and it consequently turned a beautiful and even teary ending into a boring monotonous unnecessary CRAP! I am SO disappointed and SO angry right now. Why oh why?

so.... do I recommend reading it?
I don't know. Truly.
Read the first book. It was great! Read the second book, it was good.
Hummm... read the third... but simply skip every chapter with Eliza on it and stop 100 pages short. There, that will makes this a good book!

Monday, December 5, 2016

Daughter of Smoke and Bone: 5 out of 5

Daughter of Smoke and Bone ended up being a lot better than I expected. After I finished reading the Lunar Chronicles (and loved it!) I wasn't sure this was going to be as good. It Was!

GoodReads synopsis of the book:
"Around the world, black hand prints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.
In a dark and dusty shop, a devil's supply of human teeth grows dangerously low.
And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherworldly war.
Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real, she's prone to disappearing on mysterious "errands", she speaks many languages - not all of them human - and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her had that color. Who is she? That is the Question that haunts her, and she is about to find out.
When beautiful, haunted Avika fixes fiery eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?"

There are many reasons why I loved this book.
The first:
"Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love. It did not end well"
The story goes against ya fantasy norm. There is nothing cliche about it.
The couple does not end up together (and I can say that because that little quote above is the first page of the book, so not really a spoiler)
And it is not just one love story. First we meet Karou...and then we meet 'another' girl...Both love stories are beautifully written and work together perfectly.

Two: the book is not however a love story. It is not about angels or demons. That's what you would expect out of that very first page, but it is not what it is. There are love stories in it, there are angels, monsters, but that is not what the book is about.
Family, friendship, growth, betrayal! Those are the books real themes. And revenge! Lets not forget Revenge.

Three: the characters aren't predictable.
Avika is not the usual good pure angel you would find in books, he is bad-ass set in revenge. His wings burn, he is merciless. He has a very tortured soul...
And Karou is not Devil itself. Neither is her family. They are monsters, but even monsters have a heart! That being said, revenge changes people. We shall see what book two has in store.
The fallen angels are...well... fallen, I wont say more. 'Yuck' is enough!

Anyway... there are many reasons to love Daughter of Smoke and Bone. Those were just a few. Hopefully it gives you enough of a glimpse into a great world and you will not resist the temptation to read it too!



Friday, December 2, 2016

Winter: Lunar Chronicles 10 out of 5?! ;)

Aaaaahhhh!!! what an epic finale!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

If you are a lover of ya and fantasy there is no way you will not like this book.
It was exciting and full of twists and turns. LOVED it!
By far the best book in the series.
Cinder: 4 out of 5
Scarlet: 5 out of 5
Cress: 4.5 out of 5
Winter: 10 out of 5

I will miss Iko's sass; I will miss cray cray Winter; I will miss my dear Wolf! His bravery, his softness; I will miss Thorne's sarcasm and banter... etc etc etc.
The last book brings it all together in wonderful unexpected ways. It was exactly what one would hope of a finale: intense, intense, intense!!!!!
If you are like me, and dive into a book with all you've got, you will have your heart on your hands the whole time. There wasn't a moment in the whole book where something wasn't happening and someone was not in danger. The story kept on moving.
Wolf and Scarlet are my favorite characters in the series. I love Wolf's dynamic. His hard exterior and soft wooshy personality. It is adorable. And Scarlet's strength is admirable. They are perfect!
Thorne is hilarious. Who doesn't love Thorne? It is impossible not to. We get you Cress! And hey! How brave is she in this epic finale?! awesome
Winter is craaaaaaaaazy. In a beautiful loveing and annoying way... if that makes any sense. Jacin is one strong minded male!
Cinder has been my least favorite in the series, but that is not to say I don't like her. Her last few appearances are fantastic. Her relationship with Kai is not forced upon the reader, it is not far too cheesy to handle. It is just right. And their respective endings are great.

Go read guys!!!!!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Cinder (4 stars) and Scarlet (5 stars) - Lunar Chronicles

I have finally started reading the Lunar Chronicles! And I am loving it.

Cinder started a little slow for me. I didn't like it at first all that much, but as the story progressed I became more intrigued and fascinated by it.
It is a wonderful re-telling of Cinderella. Beautifully written with some awesome sci-fi elements to it. At times a tad predictable, but I guess being a modern re-telling of a classic that comes with the territory. That being said, about half way through the story became engaging enough that I was no longer concerned about it.
Cinder is a mechanic, a cyborg! One of her hands and feet are metal. She has a step-mum and a sister that does not appreciate her and a sister she is friends with. So not exactly like that classic ;)
She is not your usual heroin, being a cyborg limits what she can do as she not the owner of her own body. She belongs to her step-mum. But she feisty and determined to change her faith. If she just knew by how much ....
Prince Kai is ok. A little too weak of a character. I am not in love with him at all.
My favorite character is Iko, Cinder's android! She is so funny, clever, entertaining! All honesty, she is a better character than Cinder and Kai combined! hehe

Although I liked Cinder enough, I perfectly understand why it gets mixed reviews. Its good, but the main characters aren't that strong.
Scarlet is a much better book than Cinder!
It is a lot more dynamic, there is a lot more happening and the new characters have a lot more depth to them!
I still don't think much of Kai. But, even though we didn't get much of him here, he does comes across a little stronger and more mature.
Cinder is, if anything, even weaker of a character. I just kept waiting for her to get grips with reality and toughen up the whole book. Never happened!

Scarlet and Wolf however are amazing characters!  And the way their stories (Scarlet's and Cinder's) cross paths is genius!
Scarlet is a fabulous heroin! Fierce, strong minded, feisty in every way.
And Wolf... oh Wolf... I love and adore him! He is such a wonderful character, Both strong, violent and dangerous while at the same time a pure softy!
Their story is not as predictable as cinder's was, which was great! I read this a lot faster and found it incredibly difficult to put down. There were a few wonderful plot twists that kept your imagination and interesting on check!

I highly recommend you read this two books!
As soon as I finish with the series I will have the review on  the other two books up!

Have a wonderful day and Go Read!



Friday, November 18, 2016

The Remnant Chronicles by Mary E Pearson- 4.5 out of 5

I have read this series a while back now, I really liked it, even though the ending was not what I wanted. I am that reader that often gets frustrated with endings, that is always rooting for the bad boy, the least unlikely to be with the girl in the end. The same was true here!
I highly recommend this series!

 The Kiss of Deception:
This was such a captivating read! My very first by this amazing author.
The main character, Lia, has a strong willed, fierce and enticing personality. It is hard not to like her and it is hard not to sympathize with a character that wants so little: free will!
One of my favorite things is the strong friendship theme that runs trough the book (and also through the rest of the series).
The boys, the prince and the assassin got me very confused at first, I didn't know who was who, but I am guessing that was somehow intentional. It made it interesting and fun.
I loved Kaden! From begging to end. My favorite character no doubt!
Although the books talk about magic, there is very little of it in the book. I got the feeling the author was setting it all up for the next book. Now that I've read all books though I am not sure that was the case. There isn't that much of magic and supernatural tones in any of the books, it is rather a background thought. 'Where is the magic?' was a recurring though. Why mention it if you are not going to use it?
The plot twist towards the end is easily guessed ahead, but it somehow doesn't spoil the last chapters. There is still enough to keep one entertained.

 The Heart of Betrayal
It was good, but not amazing. Often the second book on trilogies is not as good as the rest of them and that is sadly the truth here. I am not saying don't read it, do! The series is very very good and I might even re-read someday, just have in mind that the second book will not be as good as the first and third.
It was a good story, but slow, very slow. A lot of romance and not enough of anything else.
I don't know about you, but if I want romance I go read romance. When I pick up a YA or fantasy and supernatural book, I want that to be the main things. I want romance too, I am a girl after all, but I don't want that to override everything else. Like I sad on the first book, where is the magic?



The Beauty of Darkness
Now we talking! My favorite book in this trilogy!
The Beauty of Darkness had me on the edge of my seat the whole way through, beginning to end.
The bravery and love shared between ALL the characters was breathtaking and heartbreaking!
I was glad to see the friendships continue and develop from the first book here. Lia is one of the bravest book heroines out there and her friendship with Pauline is truly remarkable and beautiful.
The ending was good. Not what I wanted, but probably what every reader wants... I like to be different! haha
That being said, I have come to love the characters so much, specially in this book that even though the ending was not what I would like it to be, I still loved it!

Go Read!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Silence (Hush Hush Saga): 4.75 out of 5

Let's start by saying: AWESOME book cover! I think it is so prety! :)

I am very much in love with this series. Everything about it calls to me.
Sure, there are little things here and there that don't exactly add up, but that is the thing with almost all supernatural/fantasy books. All in all it has been great diving into this series this far and I am looking forward to reading the last book.

It is not often that an author is able to captivate its readers in the same way in all books throughout a series, Becca Fitzpatrick is an amazing story teller.
After the massive cliffhanger from the previous book I was glad I already had the next book in the series.

There is more Patch, more Nora, little less Vee (thanks God). little more Scott (he grows on me here a little)
Nora comes back even stronger than on crescendo. Her amnesia turn up the heat on things considerably. There is as much action and adventure and heart in this book as in the others.
Patch still Patch. I said those exact same words when writing my review for crescendo, because really, that is the best way to describe it. He is not your usual bad boy character, most of them have some tragic past or loss or something, Patch just is who he is and makes no excuses for it. Yup, he tried to kill her. And that is just that. No excuses.
Hank...gosh... can you think of a worse dad? 'cause I cannot!

I will leave you all with a heartbreaking and heartwarming quote:

"I love you." His voice was straightforward, affectionate. "You make me remember who I used to be. You make me want to be that man again. Right now, holding you, i feel like we have a shot at beating all odds and making it together. I'm yours, if you will have me."

Dare telling me that ain't cute?!

Monday, November 14, 2016

Crescendo (Hush Hush saga, Book 2)- 4.75 out of 5

Aaaaaahhhhh... this book was nerve racking!! (in a good exciting way). I was on edge the whole time and I feel the desperate need to start the next book immediately! The unexpected cliff hanging ending is killing me here!

I truly seriously honestly do not understand all the low sad reviews on GoodReads. Why?!?!?
Ok, it is not the most mature book out there, but its not meant to be. Its an YA, a teen read! And it delivers! I am only not giving a 5 because the new character: Scott, is for the most part pointless and stupid. I didn't like him. And considering I always like the underdog on books, I think that means a lot.

The plot is immense. There are so many twists and turns, so many things happening at once! Some of them get sorted by the end of the book. others are left for the next one. I can't wait to read it!

Patch still Patch. He drives you crazy! The angel has so much wit and so much heart. His relationship with Nora was maddening. There were things going on and pulling them apart the whole time.
There were many reviews describing Nora as a dumb, but I for one think she is very clever and very brave. Giving up on someone is not easy, even when you know it is for the best, and that is what you see through out the book. Her thoughts, her struggle, her raw feelings. I don't think any of that can be described as dumb or silly. She stood up for herself and at least try to carry on with life and defend herself on her own. Yah, ok...she sometimes acted impulsively, but what teen in love and hurt has not? Accurate description of real teens if you ask me! :)


Thursday, November 10, 2016

Hush Hush - 4.75 out of 5

This was great! I truly enjoy it!
I just saw however that there are a lot of bad/low reviews for this book on GoodReads. So let me be clear: I love it and I am not ashamed to say it! haha
Seriously, I feel towards this book similarly to how I felt towards the Fallen series, they have the same 'fallen angel' theme, the same bad rep on GoodReads, the same easy to read ya story line... If you liked Fallen (I LOVED it), you will like at Hush Hush (it is also somewhat similar to twilight. Another series that gets mix reviews).
I have only read the first book at his point, so I can't say if the rest of the series leaves up to it or not, but the first book was good enough for me.

Plot (according to GoodReads); "Romance was not part of Nora Grey's plan. She is never been particularly attracted to the boys at her school, no matter how hard her best friend, Vee, pushes them at her. Not until Patch comes along. With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, Patch draws her to him against her better judgment.
But after a series of terrified encounters, Nora's not sure whom to trust. Patch seems to be everywhere she is and seems to know more about her than her closest friend. She can't decide whether she should fall into his arms or run and hide. And when she tries to seek some answers, she finds herself near a truth that is way more unsettling than anything Patch makes her feel."

Patch is  a great character. I was only a few pages in and I was already laughing. Patch talking about hitting on girls in class... trust me, you will laugh! Its adorable and its funny!
My favorite quote? "keep in mind that people change, but the past doesn't" How true is that?! :)
Nora is ok. Not the best female character out there. Not the worst either.
Vee is stupid! Don't get her character. Don't like her character.

The plot wasn't complicated and full of diverse story lines (lets leave that mastery to Leigh Bardugo and Sarah Maas!).
It was fun, funny, sweet, a few scary scenes that were never that scary, a tad random. It has flaws, but none that bothered me too much.

The best part? The ending! Go read! :)

Monday, November 7, 2016

The Raven Cycle (emphasis on the last two books): 4 out of 5

Oh boy... I wanted to give this series a 5 so bad. But I just can't. I actually keep fluctuating between 3.75 and 4.
I read a review on GoodReads that said something along the lines of plot being forgotten for the sake of character building. I agree with that 100%. The characters are amazingly well written. I challenge you to not love them. But the plot... lacking.
This would have been better as a trilogy. So much of it was unnecessary and only made the story slow and frustrating. Every time I read Greenmantle I wanted to shut the book. Such a pointless spineless character. Henry's mom, whatever her name was....what was the point of her existence? Even Henry for that matter. He wasn't bad, but he wasn't need either. Why bring back Neeve? etc.
If this had been a trilogy, it probably would have been a 5 for me. Because I do love the main characters. Ronan, Adam, Noah (specially Noah, he is so adorable), all the woman ad 300 Fox Way, Gansey, The Grey Man (Love him!)... all the main characters are great and diverse and have been very well written. I like the special care Maggie Stiefvater gives to each one of them.

The boys are wonderful!
Adam, the trustworthy, honorable honest character that you cant help but both get annoyed at and love. My favorite part on the whole series is on Blue Lily, Lily Blue when Adam FINALLY accepts that Gansey and Ronan are not, and have not been pitying him, but rather being (or trying to be) his true friends. 
"Now he could see that it wasn't charity Gansey was offering. It was just the truth. 
And something else: friendship of the unshakable kind. Friendship you could swear on. That could be busted nearly to breaking point and come back stronger than before"
Seriously Adam? They have been offering you that from book 1! :)
Next we have Ronan. I think he is my favorite over hall. He is like a wild animal that cannot be contained. And yet, this feral animal is the most loving and caring there is if you just understand his language. 
Noah... oh sweet Noah... The scene when he shows Blue exactly how little of him is left is heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time. He is that background character that you want never to let go.
Gansey... does he has personality? or does he has too much of it? I don't know. Sometimes I like Gansey's character. Other times I feel indifferent towards him.

Would I read it again? Yes. 
Would I skip certain sections? Yes. And it breaks my heart saying that about any book! 

Friday, November 4, 2016

Everything Everything: 5 out of 5

Can a book be described as utterly cute? I am going to say yes, because, well... this was utterly cute! I can't get over it.
The beauty of it is unexplainable.

The Plot (GoodReads): "My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I'm allergic to the world. I don't leave my house, have not let my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.
But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He's tall, lean and wearing all black- black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.
Maybe we can't predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It's almost certainly going to be a disaster."

This book was so beautifully written. I would say it follows on the footsteps of The Fault in Our Stars without being quite as tragic. You will likely laugh and cry through the book, but you wont feel heartbroken in the end like you did (or will) when reading The Fault in Our Stars.

Madeline's relationship with Olly is built differently than any other. They can't see each other face to face, touch, talk, do any things other normal teens can. And for a long time, he doesn't know why. They communicate miming at the window and via email. Their chats are amusing and fun to read. Madeline's whole concept on life changes because of this one boy. And the way her mind works is priceless! I mean... look at the picture I'm sharing with you guys... :)
There is a great emphasis on the book on human nature too. Our need and desire for more than what we have. But it is done in a kind and sweet way. Madeline comes across a tad selfish because of it, but that makes her more human and much more relatable.

"Wanting just leads to more wanting. There's no end to desire"

Overall,  there was great balance through out the book between lighthearted stuff and the more serious stuff, and I doubt you won't like the book!!!


Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo: 10 out of 5!!!

I am speechless.
This was no shadow of doubt one of the best YA reads of 2016! And coming from me, that should mean a lot as I did not like Six of Crows.
These books are about impossible heists, impossible escapes, impossible odds, and eventually unforgettable friendships.
Since I started this blog way after I've read Six of Crows I will add a little review of it before I dive into Crooked Kingdom...

Six of Crows (3 out of 5): I wanted to love the book because of the great reviews, but I just didn't. A good YA book is good when you somehow connect to the characters. I didn't. Not one. Nada. The reading quickly became tedious.
Kaz is meant to come across as someone calculative and cold because of his past and he does. So much so that I felt nothing towards him. I ended up completely indifferent to him. The other characters did not fair any better.
It was obvious, to me at least, that Leigh Bardugo was building the characters up for the second book. It was a good action packed story that brought all characters together and consequently closer to each other. The potential was there for a better second book. And oh boy did she deliver!!!

Crooked Kingdom (10 out of 5!! 'cause 5 is not enough!): I was up till 3 am reading this book, I could not put it down. It was just impossible to walk away.
Everything I did not feel towards the characters on the first book I most certainly felt here! I am totally in love with ALL of them!
The story was action packed. Twists and turns every few pages. It dragged you in and did not let you go! It was a crazy ride full of highs and lows.
Kaz... oh kaz... such an amazingly well written character. It is easy to appreciate his coldness on the first book now. Even to understand and to like it. His relationship with his crew is outstanding. The way he cares for them without them realizing he does is beautiful!
Inej is not my favorite character. My least favorite actually. But that is not to say I didn't love her, I did. Her friendship with Nina, trust in Kaz and his trust on her makes your heart melt.
Jesper was priceless! He got me laughing, he got me teary. Same with Wylan.
And oh Matthias... I made you guys a promise to not give spoilers so I wont... Dropped me a message when you've read the book and understands my pain. Him and Nina are perfect for each other. I can't wait for Leigh Bardugo to write a book on Nikolai and Nina. They were wonderful characters and deserve a (or a few) stories of their own.
So yah...Nikolai has a small appearance! As does Zoya and Genya! I screamed with excitement!!! It was perfect. It is sooooo good Leigh Bardugo made a connection like that between the books.
There is NO WAY you are not going to LOVE this book! It was a masterpiece!

Sunday, October 30, 2016

The Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle): 4 out of 5

This was as good as the first book. And almost as slow...
I love Maggie Stiefvater's books. Truly. But the speed in which the stories develops on all of her books usually gets to me half way through. Nonetheless, great read.

The Dream thieves focuses mostly on Ronan. It explains and expands on what we find out about him and his raven Chainsaw at the end of the first book.
It also tells us more about Adam and his character grows (or changes, depending on ones point of view).
Don't expect it to be like the first book, where there is an equal amount of care given to almost all characters. Here Ronan takes center stage. If you didn't like Ronan, you might learn to like him as you get to know more about him. If you already did like him, you might fall in love. He is taught character to get used to, it took me a while on the first book. But I like him, I really do. He is charismatic and loving on his own way. And your heart might just melt with one little line from Adam to him at some point (I will not tell you what it is, I simply say: we all though Gansey did it! Like this, when you read it, you will know what I am talking about)

The story is rather straight forward. Not many twist and turns. No complex story lines... I think the biggest twist is the very last line. That being said, it is still somewhat intriguing.

Blue's family is still my favorite thing on this series. I really like them. Maggie Stiefvater did a great job on creating fun, complex and caring characters with unique personalities.
Oh, and the Gray man... how epic! Hit man's are not supposed to be that charming. It is rather hard to talk about him without giving spoilers. I will have to leave it at charming! I was annoyed whenever I read about him at first, and then, all of a sudden: boom! I like this guy! haha

We see a lot less of Noah here. But the one chapter were we get a lot of him is awesome! Blue goes to Gansey's house while everyone is out, it is just Noah and her... it is so sweet, so funny, so cute... there is no way in hell you are not going to love it.

There is very little romance here. That annoyed me tremendously. Either have romance, or don't. The middle of the road thing drives me nuts. This more than the pace of the book is why I have to give it a 4. You are there enjoying your mysteries and action and friendships... and then there is the phone call and later the drive (you will know when you read it). What?! So so out of place. Either there is romance, or there isn't. I don't even know what on earth that was. As you can tell, I am still annoyed about it! haha

Anyways... if you liked the first book, chances are you will like this one too! I know I did!





Friday, October 28, 2016

The Stonefire Dragon series by Jessie Donovan- 5 out of 5

The plot on each of the books in the series is slightly different from the other, each book new characters appear but old ones are never forgotten. I am only on book 3 (it is a series of 8) and I am already in love with it.

The first books is about Melanie Hall and Tristan Macleod. Melanie offers herself as a sacrifice to the dragon in exchange for a vial of dragons blood. Dragons blood cure any illnesses and her brother is really ill. The Dragonman she is assigned to hates humans, and with reason. Dragon hunters -humans- killed his mother and tortured his sister. I wont say more not to spoil it to anyone...

The second book in the series is about the dragon clan leader Bram and the Department of Dragons Affairs inspector (and human) Evie Marshall. Contrary to Tristan, Bram does not hate humans, but that does not mean he is not suspicious of them, And Evie has ulterior motives to be inspecting the clan. Her life is at risk, her only choice -or so she thinks- is to seduce the clan's leader and have him take her as his mate.

The third book is about Melanie and Tristan again. but I haven't finished the book myself...

Now, before I tell you what I think of the books, a little warning (not one I was given, I was completely taken by surprise!): this is not just a supernatural, shape shifting book. It is an adult book. If you are under 18, don't read it... the sexual references are very strong. I am almost fell of my chair... It is a romance story though (possibly one of the most romantic paranormal books I read in a long while). Not erotica- I would not have finished the first book if it was, not my thing. It just happens to be rather explicit.

Now, if you can put that aside (or happens to like it), the story on these books are awesome. It moves at a great pace! There is always something happening and you are never left guessing for too long. And the endings are all satisfactory! There are a few things unanswered, which give room for the next book, but they are good endings. No massive cliff-hangers.
The characters are clever, strong, sassy... I found myself laughing with them and them a few times.
There are strong friendship and trust themes running through. I rather like that. The interaction between the members of the clan is entertaining and beautiful to read.

The main female characters are fierce! although they are human, they give the dragman a good run for their money. It is super entertaining reading their interactions and thoughts.

All in all, a great contemporary paranormal romance! GO read!!!

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle) : 4 out of 5

Be prepared for a very very slow start.
I enjoyed the book, but it took a long time for the story to get going. I had to fight my inner desire to skim through. Luckily, I was told by a wonderful bookstagrammer before I got into it that the first book takes a while to get going, so it wasn't an unwelcoming surprise.
And that my friends, is the ONLY reason this book gets a 4. Had it been an easy read from the beginning it would have been a 5.

The Raven boys is about a girl called Blue, her psychic family, and 4 boys from the local rich boys school.

GoodReads: "For as long as she can remember, Blue has been told by her psychic family that she will kill her true love. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she is not sure anymore."

It sounds form that little synopsis that the book will be full of romance, but it is not. It is very cleverly written and clearly purposefully left out. There are mentions of it, little teasers, but it is never right there out in the open. Maybe on the next book.

Blue's family is epic! They are amazingly well created characters and I hope there is much more of them on the next books. They are funny and loyal.

The Raven boys are all quite different from each other, and all have their certain appeal. I struggle to find a favorite between them. They are unique and all great in their own way.
Adam is brave and weak all at once, hard not to love; Gansey is a smart ass who also happens to be a softie; Ronan is tough but at the same time thoughtful; and Noah is a sweetheart. For rich boys from a school of not-so-great personalities those four are epic friends with an epic friendship! And Blue simply completes the circle.

The book has many mysteries and secrets to be unfold to keep you on your toes. Although the beginning may be slow, one it gets going there is no way you will be bored!

Go read!

Monday, October 24, 2016

Girl in Pieces: 3.8 out of 5

This is a hard book for me to review. I really liked it, so it has a special place in my heart. But I really struggled with it as well.

Girl in Pieces synopsis (from GoodReads): "Charlotte Davis is in pieces. At 17 she's already lost more than most people lose in a lifetime. But she's learned how to forget. The broken glass washes away the sorrow until there is nothing but calm. You don't have to think about your father and the river. Your best friend, who is gone forever. Or your mother, who has nothing left to give you.
Every new scar hardens Charlie's heart a little more, yet it still hurts so much. It hurts enough to not care anymore, which is sometimes what has to happen before you can find your way back from the edge."

Girl in Pieces is a very dark novel on self harm and alcoholism. It is written in a somewhat fragmented text. Imagine getting a glimpse at someone's journal but never being able to fully read it. That didn't bother me, but I can see how it will bother some readers. It made it hard to follow but I came to appreciate it more after a Q&A with the author and understanding the thought behind it. It is meant to be the way Charlie thinks, the way someone hurting so much and so confused and trying to forget so much thinks. It makes perfect sense now. In a way, I wish I knew that before reading the book, it is easier to appreciate the writing style now. Clever!

Here is the thing I struggle the most in this book: there are depressing books that move the reader, and there are depressing books that are just...well... depressing! There is no light in the end of the tunnel here. It is as realistic as it can be. Someone who has been through all that may get better, but fully heal? forget? You will NOT have a good feeling when you are done reading. You will be in a place as dark as the author must have gone in order to write it. And that is a good thing, shows how good the writer is. But it is also a hard thing to come to terms with.
When I finished the books I was completely speechless. 'That's it?' 'That's the ending?' 'But what about Riley?' 'What about Charlie?' I felt in the end as fragmented as the story. Not complete. There is no sequel, this is it. But I can help but want more, I can't help but be my selfish self and desire a happier ending.



Sunday, October 23, 2016

The Fault in Our Stars- 5 out of 5

5 out of 5 is not enough praise for this wonderful book!

"That is the thing about pain, it demands to be felt" -Gus-

The synopsis (taken from the book): "Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named August Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Suppor Group, Hazel's story is about to be completely rewritten."

So so many tears were shed during and at the end of this book. I loved it so much that the very next day I was getting the film and sitting down to watch it. Can't say I liked the movie quite as much as the book, but it was good too.
A warning though for those who have not read it yet: you will not just cry, you will have your soul crushed, destroyed, in pieces... this book gets to you in a way no other has or probably ever will.

This book goes way deeper than teenage romance. Yes, there is romance, but it is not a 'wishy-washy' over dramatized romance. The book is about much more than that. The book is about life, death, friendships, hardships... It does not turn any of the terminal characters into martyrs or depressed individuals. As Hazel says herself in the book, this is not a cancer book. It deals in a very realistic way with how a 16 year old with a terminal illness might actually feel in real life, beyond the cancer and together with the cancer.
It also does not pretend death to be an easy thing. Cancer is ugly and unpleasant and it is portrayed accordingly. So is the pain of loss. And so is the pain of knowing you will loose.

Beyond the tears there are also fun and witty moments through out.

The other main character, Gus, is as interesting as Hazel is. He wants to leave a last impression in the world, he has grand views of heroism. His life is dictated by metaphors (trust me, you will laugh at almost all of them!)

John Green did an AMAZING job! When the characters cried, I cried. When they laughed I laughed. When they were angry, so was I...
You will hear this a lot from me: if an author can make you feel what his characters feel, his/her book is a winner! 10 out of 5! :)

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Vassa in the Night- 1.5 out of 5

How terribly disappointing...

It was originally a 1 out of 5, but after I slept on it I decided that was way too harsh, there were good things about the book, even if only a very few...


The book is about a girl called Vassa and her magical doll. 

They get 'trapped' in the local store one night. The problem is, to start anyway, that the store beheads shop lifters, even innocent ones. 
As the book progresses Vassa discovers a curse in the store, and with her doll, Erg, Vassa tries to break the which's curse and free her neighborhood. 

It sounds mighty interesting and I was very excited to read it. I was hoping for some crazy odd and bizarre book that pushes the boundaries of one's imagination. Sadly, instead of being an exciting read, it was a rather gory read. Ok, I get it uppercase (I got the book from my subscription with them), its October, Halloween and all that... but just no! That did not work for me!


The world building makes no sense whatsoever. Where does the magic come from? what does her dad disappearing to become a dog (yes, you read that right) has to do with the story? Bea's role is almost pointless, her mother's role is futile... The only interesting character is Night and he doesn't get enough attention at all. 


And the book is also so gory... none of the killings make sense though, which makes the gory part somewhat disgusting and extremely unpleasant.

If you like horror just for the gruesome part, perhaps you will like it. But I am a reader and I love character building and background stories. Without that it becomes savage for savage's sake and therefore pointless.

So, what good do I have to say about it? One: Night! The idea that night is alive and everywhere. The idea that night can be trapped and the consequences of it. That alone could have made it for a great book. It saddens me that wasn't the case. Two: Erg! The doll's character is funny and clever. If it wasn't for Erg this review would not even have 2 stars...


I know I am being harsh, and trust me it hurts being so harsh. I have been an avid reader for a long time, and in all my years I have only left low scores like this once or twice. This is sad, very very sad. 

Friday, October 21, 2016

The Forgetting- 4 stars

There is nothing to forget!
4 out of 5
I thought this was a great book and thoroughly enjoyed reading it.
The book makes one ponder on life, on our human history, our greed. What if every 12 years you could forget all the wrongs?
To some I guess that would be great. But I would like to believe we are made of our memories, we are made of our mistakes and our victories.
I like how the book explore that part in us while at the same time, providing the reader with action, some scify, and some romance. All an ya reader could want!
My only criticism, and that's due to personal preference is that it at times explains things too much. I am not one to seat and read the details of everything.
All in all, a very exciting read... highly recommended it!

In The Beginning

In the Beginning there was fallen...

I thought I should start things by sharing the Book Series that got me into all the other book series :)

Fallen was the first book series I ever got seriously invested in. I was looking for an easy read and bought the book on offer. Who would have thought that this little happy accident would turn into years of love for ya and fantasy?!

It breaks my heart going to GoodRead and seeing how many negative comments have been left on this wonderful series. I am sorry Fallen haters, but I am a NOT_GUILTY_AT_ALL Fallen lover :)

The first book starts a little slow, I will give the critics that much. But it eventually picks up and turns into an epic story! There are a good number of characters in this series and they are well very well rounded. As the story progresses the characters grow and as you learn more about them you start to see that not everything and not everyone is as it seems. There is much more to each character than it appears when you first encounter them.

Luce, Daniel and Cam are the main characters of this epic love story between angels and humans. They are each lovable on their own way. I personally love Cam and I am very much looking forward to reading the book Lauren Kate wrote specially for him!

Go read guys!
Ps- I will try to give reviews that are spoilers free, so at times they may come on the short side. Please feel free to message me and ask me any questions you may have!



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