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!

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