Sunday, December 10, 2017

Guest Reviewer: Maria from @parisian_bookshelf with Our Dark Duet by V Schwab

Screenshot of one of our lovely
guest's Instagram pics
Hello Sunnies 😎


It is Sunday! So it is time to introduce you all to another wonderful book lover. 
Our Guest reviewer this week is the lovely Maria. I have been following her its been quite sometime on Instagram and it is a pleasure to have her here with us! 
Her favorite read for 2017 was Our Dark Duet and she will be sharing with us her review of the book after a quick Q&A.

Hi Maria! Tell us a little about yourself!
Hi!!!! I feel so happy and honored to be here with you!!! So aside from books I am 21 years old, I live in Greece and yes I have always lived in Greece even though I hope to change that in the future! I am a university student, I am studying Economics! Besides reading my second big love is painting! I usually like painting with oils but if I’m in the mood I do also sketch! Also in terms of hobbies I’m thinking about taking up dancing…more specifically Pole dancing but we’ll see about that!!!

When/What got you into reading?
Most people get into reading early on but when I was young I didn’t like reading at all!! When I was about 14 years I saw The Phantom of the Opera for the first time and I liked SO much I decided I needed to read the book too!! So I read the Phantom of the Opera and I discovered that reading was something that I enjoyed very much…from then on I kind of stared searching for more reading material and I never regretted it!!!!!;)

What were your top 3 2017 book releases?
That’s actually a very difficult question but I’ll manage…
  1. A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E Schwab (Ok maybe I’m cheating a little bit on this one since I haven’t exactly finished it but I’m already IN LOVE!!!!!!)
  2. Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco
  3. Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton
Do you have a favorite genre?
Yes I definitely have a favorite genre and its fantasy!! I love pretty much every kind of fantasy as long as there is adventure!!

Is there a book you really did not enjoy reading this past year? Which one and why? 
I can’t say there is any book I hated but there were a couple of books I didn’t particularly enjoyed…One in particular was Truthwitch! I really didn’t like it because I didn’t like any of the characters, maybe except one, and the events taking place in the book felt a little bit out of place…generally I expected more of this book but it definitely didn’t deliver… YESSSS!!! This particular blogger very much agrees with you 🙂

Do you have an all time favorite book or book series?
Every time I read “favorite series” my mind always goes to the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas!!! I love these books because there are 5 of them (so far) and we can see all the characters grow and develop without it being rushed!!! Also… WE ARE TOLKING ABOUT MANON HERE!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE Manon Blackbeak!!!!!!!!!!! <3 <3 <3 <3

How about a favorite author?
Well there so many amazing authors out there I can’t possibly name ONLY one…so some of the authors I LOVE are Sarah J Maas, Leigh Bardugo and, of course, Victoria Schwab!!!!

The bookstagram world has exploded with bookish merch this past year, are you into any of it? If so, share with us some of your favorite companies. --Our head blogger might hold against you if you answer yes and forget the best bookish shop on etsy. Just saying-- 😜
Well I do LOVE all the amazing art works and bookish merch created by the bookstagram community but I do have a small location problem when it comes to bookish merch!! I am really jealous of all the people who have so much bookish merchandise!!! I would love to have one of those AMAZING bookish letter by a certain lovely blogger/bookstagramer…maybe I will manage to buy one at some point!!!

Last but not least, where else in this big wide web world can we find you?
There aren’t really many places you can find me…apparently I’m hard to find :’) But you CAN find me on my bookstagram account @parisian_bookshelf

THE REVIEW:
I read this book right after it came out so it’s been a while since I read it but believe me you don’t easily forget a book like that!!!!!! This book was so good I honestly had to wait a few days for it to actually sink in…Miss Schwab had me hooked since the first book, This Savage Song, but honestly Our Dark Duet was something else entirely!

The thing with this book is that there are the little romance involved and even though I HATE romance as a genre with a passion I DO love a good romance when it comes along with an even better adventure! When I read This Savage Song I honestly didn’t even care that there was no romance involved! And even though there was some romance involved in Our Dark Duet (it was minimal believe me) it was so well I loved it!!!!

Victoria Schwab just knows how to write! I loved the plot of the book but the writing was what made it exceptional! The world building is something unique and even though we are talking about fantasy the author manages to make it relatable! The characters are multi-dimensional and we see them struggle with themselves as well as others…The truth is I do have a soft spot for August and he is my favorite. The conflicted feeling and his conviction to make everyone believe he is not human is the biggest clue that shows that even if he isn’t biologically human he is in all the ways that matter! Kate, who IS human, does what she does best…hunting! I do like how Kate, the one who tried to be someone she wasn’t throughout the whole first book, is the one who wants to help August find himself in the second!!

The way the author makes you feel what the characters are feeling is astonishing! I know I said it before that the writing is one of a kind!!!

Do you know what my problem with reviews is?? I can’t keep the spoilers to myself…but don’t worry since I’m a guest here I want revile any spoiler! But I do have to say the ending destroyed me…not only the events that transpired but the feelings involved…it wasn’t the classic romantic ones but it was something stronger. I remember saying to myself “No, this can’t be the end” even though it was…Honestly it reminded me a Shakespearean tragedy!
I would like to say that I recommend it to everyone but I have to warn you it’s not a happy, light read…if you’re up for it you won’t regret reading it!!!!

I hope you all enjoyed having this lovely lady with us as much as I did! Next Sunday one of my besties and as much as an NA lover as me will be giving an appearance. Stay tuned 😉

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Undone by Rebecca Shea- 5/5 Stars

This was SO SO good! As far as New Adult books go this was spot on! On the money! Perfection! 
I read the whole thing in one sitting - which meant I went to bed at 3 am. But who needs sleep right?! 🤣

I liked Unbreakable, it was a good book. But everything that was not quite right there was done beautifully here. Or maybe I just have a bookish crush on Landon... whichever! 

So... the second book in this awesome trilogy by Rebecca Shea is on Landon. It is a stand alone so you could read it on its own. But I would recommend you read Unbreakable first, it gives you a little inside on how Landon feels and acts and you will likely start off the book already liking him because of it. Without unbreakable it is easy to see him as an ass instead... He is not, he is just a little damaged.

Landon is a cop and has a heart of gold. But he also has a shitty past that he keeps bottled up and is against any form of relationship because of it. He has his sister, a best friend, and that is enough for him. Or so he tells himself... The one time he wanted more he let it go, gave it away without fight (you will need to read Unbreakable to get this). It was the right thing to do, but just one more thing against him.

Our girl Regan is an OB/GYN doctor. And boy she is a fighter. I loved that about her! She is the opposite of Jess, who broke down and sort of gave up on everything on Unbreakable. Regan fought the whole way through and never ever gave up on Landon. That was the most beautiful thing in the book, the amount of faith she put/had on him.
I dare you not to feel for Landon. This was a powerful love story that shows how our past can define and changed us. But also about how love can slowly fix some of the cracks 💔

Landon and Regan were amazing characters and truly complemented each other. Their story was easy to read and kept me on my toes. It didn't drag at any point. 
The whole thing was intense, sexy, compelling. This is my first series by Rebecca Shea and I will most certainly keep on reading her stuff. 

Off I go to read the last book in this trilogy. It is on Landon's sister and best friend. I like them already, so this should be good.
See you on the other side sunnies 😎



Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Unbreakable by Rebecca Shea- 4/5 Stars

I cried ugly tears...

It has been a while since a New Adult book has made me cry! It ends with us was by Colleen Hoover evoked emotions but although many like classifying it as a New Adult, it isn't. It is a contemporary romance novel, so it doesn't count here... 😉

The story is centered around Gabe and Jess. Jess lost her mother at a very young age, her dad buried himself with work as a coping mechanism and the neighbors, the Garcias, pretty much brought Jess up as their own daughter. 
Jess becomes best friends with Ava Garcia, they are like sisters in every way but blood. And Gabe is the Garcia's younger son. Jess has had a crush on Gabe for years but never dared saying anything. The story really starts when Ava and Jess go visit Gabe at his college and join him on a house party. Gabe steals a kiss and things progress from there.

At least half of the book is spent on their growing relationship and it makes for an adorable and sweet read. I knew by the book blurb that something bad was going to happen to them but I most certainly did not see that coming! -sorry guys, can't tell ya, that would be major spoiler! But if you can't survive not knowing, just msg me 😉-

Funnily enough the ugly cry did not come from what happened. It came a few chapters later. The author spent so much of the book making us fall in love with them and their relationship that when things got hard it hit you hard too. 

I loved both Gabe and Jess. Jess was by no means perfect. She made mistakes and she both changed and grew from them. Gabe's character suffers a little from being too perfect, but I loved him too. The way he acted was noble and I couldn't help but feel for him.

Towards the end of the book a new character is added, Landon... man I loved that dude! I was SO SO SO happy when I found out that the next book is his story. He deserves his happy ending after... (go read to find out 🤣)

So... I guess you want to know why not 5 stars? Well, it doesn't compare to some NA's that I've given 5 stars to in the past. The first half of the book although beautiful and necessary for you to connect with the main characters did at times felt repetitive and a tad boring.  


Monday, December 4, 2017

Sublime by Christina Lauren- 3.8/5

Sublime started off really well. I thoroughly enjoyed the concept.
It is a story a troubled boy and a strange girl that is not really a girl. They understand each other perfectly and become obsessed with each other. The book explores the lengths the boy is willing to go to be with the girl he loves.
The Blurb: Sublime

I was captivated by Lucy's story and very much looking forward to figuring out how and why she was back from the dead.
Her connection with Collin was intriguing. We don't find out until much later in the book how and when their connection was formed and I thought it was rather clever. Yes, there is a certain amount of 'insta-love' but that is one of Christina Lauren's trade mark, I don't mind it. I actually find they write those really well. 

I believe the book was all in all very clever. It is a tad morbid once you start realizing exactly what their connection means and it got my heart racing a little faster. But that makes the whole thing more interesting. 

As per usual with Christina Lauren the writing style was phenomenal. Everything is well described, there is both a magical and an eerie feeling to the setting of the story. And although all is really well described, at no point does it becomes overbearing as is the case with so many books.

My issue with Sublime is with its ending. It felt rushed. I suspected it would end the way it did but it needed to be developed further, it needed more details.  I went back to the book now to make sure I am giving you guys an accurate description---> the book ending is written on the last page, front and back. That's it. When I finished reading it I turned the page expecting it to continue... It made very little sense and left me rather confused. It was far to abrupt and created more questions instead of giving closure. 
I get what they were trying to do, the feelings they were trying to evoke... but I guess it just didn't work for me. And after reading a few other reviews, that sadly seems to be the overall feeling...

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Guest Blogger: Erin from As the Book Ends with Hunting Prince Dracula

Hi guys!!!
Can you believe is December already? Christmas will be here in just 22 days. Crazy Crazy 🎄

I have something super exciting to share with you all:
This December we will have a few guest bloggers sharing with us their favorite read of 2017. How cool is that?! 

We will start with my bookstagram girlfriend Erin from As the Book Ends.


Her Favorite read in 2017 was Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco.

But before we get to her review, here is a little Q&A with her and the many ways in which you can go follow her after we are done!

Hi Erin!
Tell us a little bit about you before we go into bookish questions… Where are you from? Have you always lived there? Provided you don’t think it is rude, how old are you? What are your hobbies besides reading? We will not ask for home address and phone number at this point 😁

Hi! Thank you so much for having me Anne – this is so so fun! I’m from Houston Texas and I love it! I’ve lived here since I was 17, so a little over ten years. I’m 28 years old, 29 in June – AAHHHHH panic! Reading is my primary hobby, but I also have a real passion for writing. I’m currently working on two books, a Fantasy novel and a fun Novella about a Supervillain who falls in love. You already have my address 

- When/What got you into reading?
When I was about ten years old I got grounded for some reason or other, and I decided to finally pick up the Hobbit! I have always been a reader, but that book in particular really sucked me in and I’ve been a voracious reader ever since.

- We know what your favorite read in 2017 was now, but what were your top 3 2017 book releases?
- Do you have a favorite genre?
My favorite genre is absolutely fantasy! I know you will disagree with me here, but my top three books from 2017 (aside from HPD) were: Furyborn, Lord of Shadows and Ever the Brave.
I feel I need to respond to this: I have not read Furyborn or Ever the Brave, so I can't really say anything about them. But yah girlfriend... I most certainly don't agree about Lord of Shadows (My Review Here). But that is the beauty of books right?! There is a book for everyone! 

- Is there a book you really did not enjoy reading this past year? Which one? Why?
Unpopular opinion here: I HATED the Red Queen. The narration was just so so awful. The girl strings her love interests along and then expects them to go to these huge lengths for her. Additionally, I didn’t feel that the world building was really anything special.

- Do you have an all time favorite book or book series?
I have a few all-time favorites! The first is the Infernal Devices series. It absolutely blows my mind everytime I read it. YES!!!! I am jumping with excitement Erin! TID is life! Six of Crows is another favorite of mine – I actually have a tattoo for it. Did you guys catch that?! She has a bookish tattoo!!!! I am jealous... Finally, I am a little ashamed to admit, I’m an SJM groupie! I love the A Court of Thorns and Roses series! Why the shame? SJM rocks! Your interviewer for today is a ToG fanatic! 😊

- How about a favorite author?
Leigh Bardugo and Casandra Clare will always be favorites of mine.

- The bookstagram world has exploded with bookish merch this past year, are you into any of it? If so, share with us some of your favorite companies. --Our head blogger might hold it against you if you answer yes and forget the best bookish shop on etsy. Just saying 😜—
I am ON the bookish merch train! I absolutely love all of it! My FAVORITE shop of ALL TIME is definitely the GlimpsesOfMe shop on Etsy– I love that chick’s painted letters. Additionally, I really adore Little Crow CandlesFor The Dreamers Design and I have like a billion book sleeves from Book Beau. LOVE THEM.

- Last but not least, where else in this big wide web world can we find you?
Well I spend most of my time on Instagram: @asthebookends but I also have a book review blog! You can find it at www.asthebookends.com


The review: Hunting Prince Dracula
Pic taken from Erin's Bookstagram! 

My Rating: 6 Stars
You. Guys. Oh. My. Lanta. I am so insanely in love with this book. I can’t even. I genuinely thought that nothing could de-throne Kendare Blake’s sequel to Three Dark Crowns (get it? Sorry – couldn’t help myself), but I was WRONG. I made up a new rating for this book. I have never in the history of my blog given a book six stars. This book is just that freaking good. Let me explain what warranted the new rating:
The first book in this series, Stalking Jack the Ripper was a really fantastic book, definitely a five star read for me. However, in that book, Wadsworth was more shy, more timid, and just overall less of a badass. In Hunting Prince Dracula, Wadsworth’s badassery knows no bounds. First of all, she is a female studying to have an actual profession, in the 1880’s. Second, she is studying Forensics! Third, the girl is literally fearless. Sure, she gets a frazzled on occasion, but she always pushes her fears down and moves past them. She is absolutely a female character for women to look up to. I think what I love the most about her is her refusal to let anyone control her life, even the man she loves. Its honestly such a rare trait in female YA characters and I have to applaud Kerri for writing Wadsworth that way.
Now, onto what really made Hunting Prince Dracula a six star novel for me: Thomas Cresswell. He was a phenomenal character in book one: supportive of Audrey Rose, clever, witty and just enough of a rogue to keep things entertaining. If Stalking Jack the Ripper was Wadsworth’s book, Hunting Prince Dracula is Cresswell’s. It’s so enthralling to learn more about such a mysterious and guarded character. Not only does this book delve further into Cresswell’s history, it shows his insecurities and weaknesses, humanizing him in a way that book one wasn’t able to do. To top it all off, Cresswell’s banter was seriously on-point. I don’t know how Kerri comes up with such fun dialogue, but I laughed out loud more times than I care to admit. Not a reaction you expect to have to a Thriller.
Finally, onto the actual plot of the novel. Though I enjoyed Stalking Jack the Ripper immensely and absolutely plan to reread it, I guessed who the murderer was about a quarter of the way through the book. Hunting Prince Dracula literally had me guessing until the end. When the murderer was revealed, I reread the page multiple times out of pure shock before moving on. The story moves along at a nice pace, and Kerri’s writing is truly captivating. She is wonderfully descriptive, painting beautiful pictures in her reader’s heads, and her research is so thorough that you really feel as though you’ve been taken back in time. Books like this are why I read.
My Takeaway: Kerri Maniscalco may have just become my all time favorite Author. Big words for a girl with a Six of Crows tattoo on her forearm, I know. I genuinely can’t say enough good things about this book – I added another star to my rating scale for it. I can’t wait to see what adventure Cresswell and Wadsworth embark on next year!
And that is a wrap guys! I have not read Stalking Jack the Ripper or Hunting Prince Dracula yet but it is on my tbr January! You shall all have my thoughts on it soon! Happy readings 😘

Thursday, November 30, 2017

November Wrap Up


- FireBlood by Elly Blake
(YA Fantasy) 5/5 AmAzInG! Even better than the first book! I know many of you are worried about the love triangle, don't be. The story is well told, beautifully written. Ruby must go to the land of Firebloods to both learn to control her gift and to find a way to destroy the mimax but she ends up discovering a lot more than that, both about the curse and about herself.

- Beautiful Player by Christina Lauren (book 3)
- Beautiful by Christina Lauren  (book 5)
(New Adult) 5/5 Definitely the funniest of all books in the series so far, I laughed and laughed. Will is our resident player, a different woman whenever he feels like it. Hannah is the 'I work too hard to have a life kind of girl'. When their paths cross you expect Hannah to go head over hills silly, but it is our funny boy that goes all lovely dub. Its a sweet and fun read.
(New Adult) 4/5 I loved this!!!! All my beloved characters from the previous books got page time. It was so freaking sweet reading their story a few years ahead from their original books. I got teary, not gonna lie. So why not 5? because the new couple was the least interesting of them all. They felt like a vessel, an excuse to give us the fandom a little more of the characters we love.
Full review: Books 3 and 5- Beautiful Bastard Series

- It Ends with Us by Coleen Hoover
(New Adult) 4.9/5 This was a rather intense read. Very real and very sad. Its about Lilly, a girl who has gone through a lot in life. It is about Atlas, her safe haven as a teen. And it is about Reley, the sweet man with a past capable of turning him into someone else. Review Here

- Red Rising by Pierce Brown
(YA Sci-Fi) I almost dfn this book... Darrow, Mr Perfect, loses his wife, Mrs Perfect. He seeks revenge, and since he can do no wrong- ever - he is the right person to bring down the corrupted system. Have you heard that anywhere before? I am afraid this book suffers from the over used 'Mary Sue' trope problem (or syndrome as I like to put it). It is seriously 'on your face' the whole time. Mr perfect who can do no wrong--> Let's make him into a god! *puke now* Full Review: Red Rising

- Clipped Wings & Inked Armor by Helena Hunting
(New Adult) 5/5 & 3/5 The first book, Clipped Wings, was all you could expect from an NA novel. Passionate and full of drama. The lives of both characters is marked by death in their pasts and that grief brings them together. The second book felt a little short because a lot of it was too similar to the first book. Review: Clipped Wings

- An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson
(YA Fantasy) 4.9/5 This was adorable! Although it is a fantasy book its sweet and easy going romance reminded of how I felt reading Love and Gelato. If you enjoy easy read romances you will likely like this very much. Its is about Rook, a fae prince. And Isobel, a human with an amazing talent as a painter. She paints Rook, someone not meant to have feelings with sorrow in his eyes. That is seen as weakness in his lands and could cost his life... Review: Enchantment

- All The Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater
(YA Fantasy/paranormal) 5+/5 Pure Perfection! I am a big fan of Maggie Stiefvater but I believe she has outdone herself this time. Everything about All the Crooked Saints was right on the money. It is about about magic, about saints and miracles, about love and friendships, about family and overcoming one's one darkness! Go read! Review: All The Crooked Saints

- Without Merit by Collen Hoover
(Contemporary Romance) 2.3/5 Much ado about nothing is the best way to describe this book. Too many secrets, too much crazy and to many issues in only a few hundred pages. None of it therefore dealt well with. The book was without focus. Not a bad story or idea, just poor execution. Review: Without Merit

- Hooked by Karla Sorensen and Whitney Barbetti
(Contemporary Romance) 2/5 I cringed just as much as I laughed. The story is ridiculous- completely 100% not in touch with reality. And it is that that makes the story both funny and oddly charming as well as infuriating. X and Lucy meet at a group therapy session, they both have issues. She proceeds to try to steal from him and pretend that is not what is happening by giving him a lap dance... Improbable, cringe worth, and yet... funny. That is how I felt the entire book. I am very glad is over but at the same time can't say I regret reading it... 2 out 5 sounds appropriate!


Saturday, November 25, 2017

Without Merit by Colleen Hoover - 2.3/5 Stars

I don't really know exactly what to say about this book. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't good either...
Much ado about nothing seems the best way to describe the whole book for me. Too many secrets, too much crazy, too many issues... and yet it all felt flat. Whatever message she was trying to convey was lost in a sea of random thoughts and actions.  

I liked It Ends with Us because it was very raw and realistic. It took one major issue and tackled it head on. 
I am confused about Without Merit because it was meant to be raw and realistic and it ended up being the exact opposite. 

The blurb:

The Voss family is anything but normal. They live in a repurposed church, newly baptized Dollar Voss. The once cancer-stricken mother lives in the basement, the father is married to the mother’s former nurse, the little half-brother isn’t allowed to do or eat anything fun, and the eldest siblings are irritatingly perfect. Then, there’s Merit.


Merit Voss collects trophies she hasn’t earned and secrets her family forces her to keep. While browsing the local antiques shop for her next trophy, she finds Sagan. His wit and unapologetic idealism disarm and spark renewed life into her—until she discovers that he’s completely unavailable. Merit retreats deeper into herself, watching her family from the sidelines when she learns a secret that no trophy in the world can fix.

Fed up with the lies, Merit decides to shatter the happy family illusion that she’s never been a part of before leaving them behind for good. When her escape plan fails, Merit is forced to deal with the staggering consequences of telling the truth and losing the one boy she loves. 

This is only the second book by Colleen Hoover I have read and I can see she has a very clear style of writing. Darker themes, good pacing, troubled characters... I like that, it just wasn't successful here.

I think one of the main problems with Without Merit is that although it has the potential for a good story it tries to accomplish too much, it tried to touch too many issues at once and it does therefore loses focus and ends up not representing those issues well. Much the contrary, it gives them a rather bad representation. She also appears to be trying to create quirky characters with interesting names and weird habits. I usually like that, but here it is just over the top. So again, lost of focus. I was actually confused as to what the book was about for a while. Every time I thought I had it figured out something else got thrown in. And do I know what it is about now? Family drama is the best I can come up with. 
I like that she tried/tries to write unique stories, but this sadly didn't really work. 

Merit was not a bad character. A tad stupid, but not unlikable. And the thing is, that is how I felt for almost all characters. They weren't bad, just all of them (apart from Mr Perfect- Sagan) were stupid and selfish. Young and naive. A good representation of their age but too much of the same. I didn't dislike them, but they all frustrated me. And relating to them was impossible too because there was just too much going on, the reader never really gets to know any of them. Merit perhaps... but even her we don't fully understand till almost the end. 

Another thing worth mentioning is that this is not really a romance. There is actually very little of it. And the little that there is is a tad disturbing. Sagan is meant to come across as Mr Perfect and to me he comes across as rude and inappropriate. Merit spends the whole book thinking he is dating her sister and that is because it very much looks that way. I am still not sure he wasn't and I have finished reading the darn book. Was he? Is he? I mean... towards the very end he walks into the kitchen and goes to her sister for a 'good morning beautiful' and a kiss moment, not Merit. What girl is ok with that? Soooooo wrong! (sorry, I know that is a mild spoiler but hopefully you will be as confused as me and forgive me for it) And that is if we forget the scene earlier when he kisses her to prove a point! I won't tell you the circumstances to not spoil it for you but I was mad! That does not help, that makes things worse. You don't mess with the head of someone you know is depressed. That was very badly written and a very bad representation of depression and how to deal with it. But than, it is as I said before, she tried to touch so many issued in just a few hundred pages that everything suffered for it. 

I don't think it was all bad, there were good moments. The story was promising and I did finish it in one sitting. But the felling afterward was of indifference. Who wants to feel that after hours reading the same book?



All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater- 5 Stars are not enough

Absolutely Brilliant!!!!!!!
I am delighted that I got to meet her for this book's signing, it makes it that much more special. I told her at the signing my favorite work by her was The Scorpio Races, well... not anymore! This was amazing. A perfect story, at a perfect pace, with amazingly well written characters.
Sooo many amazing quotes too! I will be quoting this book for weeks 😄

The Blurb:
Here is a thing everyone wants: a miracle.

Here is a thing everyone fears: what it takes to get one.
Any visitor to Bicho Raro, Colorado is likely to find a landscape of dark saints, forbidden love, scientific dreams, miracle-mad owls, estranged affections, one or two orphans, and a sky full of watchful desert stars.

At the heart of this place you will find the Soria family, who all have the ability to perform unusual miracles. And at the heart of this family are three cousins longing to change its future: Beatriz, the girl without feelings, who wants only to be free to examine her thoughts; Daniel, the Saint of Bicho Raro, who performs miracles for everyone but himself; and Joaquin, who spends his nights running a renegade radio station under the name Diablo Diablo.
They are all looking for a miracle. But the miracles of Bicho Raro are never quite what you expect. 

This beautiful and intricate story was just what you would expect from Maggie Stiefvater. It was full of magic, full of complex and weird yet beautiful characters, it was warming, it was exciting!
It was also different than what I would expect from Maggie Stiefvater. 
Doesn't matter how much I love her stories and the worlds she creates I have always struggled with the pace of her books, with the style of writing. All the Crooked Saints however was almost poetic. I wanted to stand in the middle of my leaving room and read the book allowed in a silly theatrical fashion (with my British accent in full force). In my humble opinion this was the most beautifully written of all her books. I finished it in two sittings and that is only because the first time around I started too late in the evening.  

At the end of All the Crooked Saints I felt as one would while sitting on a porch on a winter day with the warm sun right on you warming you up and keeping you cozy. There was something magical and beautiful about the whole story that just made me fell better about the world. 
The way she described the many facets of human emotions and how different people deal with it was fantastic. The idea that we all have some form of darkness inside of us that manifests itself differently was just genius. And more importantly, truthful. And I guess it is the fact that is was truthful that made it all that more touching. It was easy to relate to all the characters, it was easy to feel how they feel and follow their journey with them. 

This book is about so many different things that it is hard to put in one paragraph (in true Stiefvater fashion I suppose)
It is about saints;
It is about miracles;
It is about owls;
It is about old cars;
It is about the inner darkness in all of us;
It is about love;
It is about growing and learning;
It is about getting lost;
It is also about finding oneself again;
It is about the Soria family. A family of saints who can perform the miracle of bringing out into shape the darkness inside another person so that the person can face it and hopefully get rid of it. But the saints cannot interfere with that second part of the miracle. So the book is also about self restraint. About following rules and about breaking rules. It is about family and it is about friends. 

Every single one of the characters was a delight to read. From the Soria family, to the pilgrims, to the angry rooster! All of them. No exceptions. I don't even think I can pick a favorite, it just feels unfair on all the others. 

All in all it is a rather whimsical story and for the  most part I felt like I was reading a beautifully crafted old fairy tale! One of those you grow up listening too and never ever forget. 
Pure Perfection!


“The conception of perfection exists only so we have something to strive toward. Impossibility is built into it, which is why we call it perfect instead of extremely good.” 

“Fear and rage are not very different when you think about it, two hungry animals that often hunt the same prey—emotion—and hide from the same predator—logic.” 

“One can never tell what will make one person happy and leave another untouched. Often even the person involved will be surprised by what makes them happy.” 


Monday, November 20, 2017

An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson- 4.9/5

This was AdOrAbLe!

Our main female character is Isobel, she is an artist, a painter!- needless to say I was sold at that point already- Every detail and description of Isobel's work was accurate and beautifully written.
She paints portraits for the fair folk, since they cannot. The fair folk cannot do anything considered craft- painting, cooking, dress making...
She is amazing at what she does and has managed to protect  and support herself and her family through it. There is even a rather powerful protection spell in her house put there as payment by one of her most frequent patrons- Gadfly. He is charming and I really liked him. I figured out what he was up to about two thirds in the book and I think you will too. But that didn't make the story any less interesting.

One day our other main character pays Isobel a visit. Rook, the Autumn Prince. Faeries don't have emotions, or at least are not meant too. Love perhaps, but that is rare. But Isobel sees sorrow in his eyes and puts that into her painting. When the painting is revealed in the autumn court that causes Rook a lot of problems, it could even cost his life. Because you see, human emotions are considered a weakness for the fair folk and a prince cannot be weak. He drags Isobel from her home to face trial for her crime! And here our story begins...

Rook is Adorable! He is proud and a little self obsessed, but in a child like manner. I just giggled every time he said something self serving. He may be a prince -and like reminding Isobel of that all the time- but he is clueless to human emotions and behavior. Some of his comments and questions are just too freaking cute and funny. If you have a thing for precious sweet characters, you will like him. I usually like the bad boys, but every now and then I find a sweet one impossible not to love, he is one of them!

I loved how the relationship between Isobel and Rook progressed. At first I thought we would suffer from the 'insta-love' curse. Although it looked that way to start it righted itself as the story went on. I loved how impossible it was for him to hide his feelings and how blind she was to her own. It was cute.

The side characters were also great fun. Starting with Gadfly, who I already mentioned. 
We also have a fun miss-behaved set of twins. A protective loving aunt. And a few fair folk from Gadfly's court that are just hilarious.

The only reason I am keeping that fraction of a point back when scoring the book is that is was a tab predictable. A lot remained a surprise till the end, but there were a few things that were obvious. 

Beyond the review:
Here is something I do not understand: Why is this being compared to A Court of Thorns and Roses? Have people gone mad? Acotar is, to start, a New Adult Novel. No YA can be that 'explicit'. An Enchantment of Ravens is most certainly Young Adult. I understand that most of Sarah Maas fans are young adult lovers but you can just choose what genre to call a book because of your personal preferences. Can you imagine acotar in a school library in the teen and/or section? How many parents you think would go mad at that? plenty!
Second, Acotar is intense. It has a lot of depth and a rather complicated world. An Enchantment of Ravens is an easy read. It has an amazing world built into it but its not overly complicated. Not much more can be built from it either. And the kind of intensity found here is very different from acotar. It is fun and light hearted even at the most precarious scenes. Can you really call any of the intense scenes in acotar light hearted?
Sorry for the rant guys... I love acotar and I really enjoyed this book too, but the comparison is just wrong. 

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Clipped Wings & Inked Armor by Helena Hunting - 5/5 Stars and 3/5 Stars

Clipped Wings 5/5 by Helena Hunting was the perfect New Adult Romance novel. It had the passion and the drama you would expect from an NA book. 

We have Tenley, a lovely girl broken by the events of a year past. But not a little broken, she is shattered. I would be in her shoes too... Finding out what happened to her is devastating. 

Our boy is Hayden. He has the bad boy look, all tattoos and piercings. That being said, he is one of the sweetest NA males I have read in a while. He is also broken, the tragedies of his past follow him as well.

It is the mutual understanding they have of each others pain that makes their relationship unique and beautiful to read. 
Hayden is a tattoo artist and their relationship truly begins when Tenley decides to display her pain through ink. A massive tattoo in her back, on top of her old scars. Hayden has tattoos he chose for that same reason and he knows this won't fix her. Her pain is a year old, he has struggled with his for 7. But he understands that although this won't fix her, it might be what she needs at the moment. And since he is already very attracted to her at this point and not willing to let anyone else touch her, he agrees to the tattoo.

Their need for each other becomes stronger and stronger but neither is willing to talk about the past. It is their refusal to face the past that causes all the drama in the book. 

I was blown away by their story. It is intense, heavy, hurtful. 
Tenley is not your usual hurt girl in NA. She doesn't put up a fight. She doesn't push him away. Much the contrary, she lets him in. She doesn't tell him what happened to her, but it doesn't take long for her to realize he helps her inner demons. It sounds like she is selfish put it like that, but once you read the book and know her pain you will understand that she isn't.
Hayden is... well... I swoon! He is sweet, caring, and broken. He understands pain like no one else. He cares for her like no one else. 

The secondary characters are also super fun to read. From Hayden's aunt to his colleagues at the tattoo shop to Tenley's neighbor. They added a little extra to the story. I don't think the secondary characters got enough page time, but I won't takes points away for that 😉

3/5

Inked Armor was the continuation of Hayden and Tenley's story. The beginning was really good. I liked that the author did not keep our babies away from each other for long.

Clipped Wings focused more on Tenley's past, and Inked Armor focuses more on Hayden's. The problem is that both their pasts are marked by death, both suffer from nightmares, both struggle to talk about it... in other words, the books ended up very similar to each other and although I love Tenley and Hayden I couldn't help but feel rather bored half way through. In my personal opinion it would have been best to have the first book 100 pages longer and intercalate their past stories than to have a 356 pages book dedicated to telling them separate.  

Monday, November 13, 2017

Fallen Movie- 3.5/5 Stars

Doing something different today- writing a review on a book turned movie.
The ever so cheesy Fallen Series by Lauren Kate was the very first ya fantasy I read and fell in love with. That was 8 years ago now ... time flies! 

To me, it is pretty straight forward- if you haven't read the books the movie will probably feel too cheesy and with not enough depth. You will struggle to connect to the characters and the story and acting will both feel forced (even if that isn't the case).
I will recommend you only watch this if you have read the books and you liked them! And that my dearies, go against everything I believe...

Because you see... I almost always hate movies based on books I loved. I purposely only watch book based movies if I have not read the books, and I do not read the books for movies I loved either. That is so as not to destroy a book and/or movie I have come to love. 
I realize this makes me sound rather harsh, but I rather avoid disappointment and sadly that happens far to often. The last time I broke my own rules was for Everything Everything and the movie was soooooo  boring. The book is a million times better.

I decided to watch Fallen because it has been 8 years and I thought that since the book is no longer fresh in my mind it had a better chance to not disappoint me. I was right. Luckily!
Not everything is accurate. A few things got changed, there were a few omissions... but not enough to detract from the book. All in all is was rather accurate.
I rather dislike the Twilight comparisons. I did not believe that to be accurate about the books and I do not believe that accurate here. And yes, I like them both. My guilty pleasures I suppose! The only common thing between the two is that they are both very very cheesy. Cringe worthy cheesy. I may not like that kind of thing every day, but there are days were there is nothing better to take your mind off things.

My inner teen loved the special effects. They are soooo cheesy! Did I say cheesy enough times in this review?! 😄
The energy angel wings instead of real wings were an interesting touch. I loved the glimmery effect! 
Daniel's butterfly swim across the school pool was captivating.
Luce's flashback gave the characters some depth, not enough for those who have not read the books, but enough to satisfied those, like myself, that are fans of the series already.
All in all the cinematography was good. Low key, therefore perhaps not the best quality, but well done.

Now for the actors... I wasn't sure about them going into this. But it worked out pretty well. Luce was as pitiful and lost as I imagined she would be. Pretty, but not drop dead gorgeous. Had a presence, but not overwhelmingly so. The actress pulled off the confused and lost look I associate with Luce's character well. Daniel had the polished strong jaw look I thought he would have (not my type, but true to the book. I wasn't a fan of his looks there either). Jeremy Irvine was a good pick for Daniel's character for sure. His eyes alone conveyed the longing Daniel has for Luce during the entirety of the first book. Cam is were things go south a little. The voice is on the money! He spoke and I swoon (as you can guess I rooted for Cam the whole series). But he looks too young. He looks younger than both Daniel and Luce and that is not accurate or good. Not a bad actor though, just as I said, wrong looks for the part, and that can destroy a character. 

I have read a few reviews before writing my own and I can tell you a few things with certainty:
- you will not like it if you didn't like the books.
- if you are a movie buff and notices all flaws in special effects you will not like it either. From all the movies based on books I know this is possibly the one with the lowest budget. I mean, how much advertising did you even see for it? The movie was made for Fallen fans, no one else.
- if you were a big fan of the secondary characters you will not like it either, they receive very little screen time.

Conclusion: As a Fallen fan 3.5/5 Stars. It needed a better actor choice for Cam. It needed to be a little longer so that the secondary characters got appreciated more. And liking it or not the cinematography quality wasn't great. I liked the ways they tried to make it work, but it was obvious the budget wasn't all that. 



Sunday, November 12, 2017

Red Rising by Pierce Brown - 2/5 stars

I started writing this review before I finished the book.
Because that my lovely peeps was more exciting than the book itself...
I finished the book, so it is not so terrible I want to kill myself, but it is not as amazing as promised either.

I love dystopia! And thanks to some amazing writers such as Jay Kristoff, Marissa Meyer, Claudia Grey, etc., I have also come to love YA Sci-Fi. And because of that, I was looking forward to the combination of both genres. In that sense, Red rising delivered. Pierce Brown managed to effortlessly combined dystopia and Sci-Fi.

Here is however my main problem with Red Rising: it suffers from the Mary Sue syndrome (in this case Gary Sue, the male version). For those who don't know the term Mary Sue is used for cliche ya characters that are idolized by all and seemingly perfect. 
Our Mr Perfect- Darrow, lost his wife- Mrs Perfect, and is seeking revenge. He finds solace in a group of people that want to bring down the elites who enslave his people. This group needless to say believes Darrow is the only one who can do it: 

"Others may have failed. but you will be different Darrow" *Yawn Heavily*

At one point they even describe him as a god. Excuse my language but: bi*** please! That kind of thing gets boring real fast.
Here are some Mary Sue characteristics that ALL happen to also apply to our sugar plum Darrow: 
- Exotic beauty--> Before the transformation he was stunning even though he had scars. Now he is a god. Pure Perfection. 
- A boy of exceptional talent--> No one, and I mean NO ONE can do what he can. A test with 400 questions he has never heard before? easy! he won't even study for it and do better than everyone else.
- Dramatic and tragic background--> did I tell you Mrs Perfect died at the very beginning? And I am telling you folks: she was PERFECT! Almost more than him -if that is at all possible. 
- There are often reasons Gary Sues should not exist--> In this case Darrow died. Just kidding! He miraculously came back to life (don't worry, this is not really a spoiler, happens early on)
- Gary Sues are predictable--> I am not finished with the book as I put my thoughts down on paper. But I am willing to bet that when I do, our Gary Sue will have done something rather questionable and still come out as the hero in the story. ---written a day later--->> wasn't I just on the money?!?! You lost some cash folks! 

Now, IF I were able to forgive the Mary Sue issue, there would still be one other issue with Red Rising: lack of originality. I read on GoodReads on a few reviews that Red Rising reminds the reader of the Hunger Games books. It does, and way too much. To the point I skipped a good 50 pages and missed NOTHING. I went back and read it, but still... that is a terrible thing. My favorite ya fantasy /sci-fi books are books where if you miss only one page you are already a little confused. I don't expect that from NA books (my other passion), but from ya books that is extremely important to me.

Concluding: the idea was great, the marriage between Sci-Fi and Dystopia was also great. But the main character needed to be more complex and original. So did the plot.



Wednesday, November 8, 2017

It ends with us by Colleen Hoover- 4.9/5 stars

The reality of this book has left me speechless. I have been staring at this computer screen for a good hour now trying to find the right words. And that is after I spent a good 6 hours in my couch reading it. This is not the kind of book that can easily be put down to be read later, there are no good spots to stop. Once you start it becomes incredibly difficult to take a break. 

The story is complex. It is raw. It is honest. It is sad. It is painful

It shows the reality of human nature. The reality that we are not black and white, simply good or bad. The vast majority of us fall somewhere in the middle- people that make mistakes.
It Ends with Us is told through Lilly's eyes. It is told in the present tense but we also get glimpses into her past as she reads journal entries from when she was a teen.
Lilly is brave and strong. But also as vulnerable as any other woman out there. I was rather impressed with her character, with her sense of self and her ability to prioritize. She had many hard choices to make and she made them well. They were hard, very hard... and there will be a small part of you, as there was a small part of her, who will wish different, but you will know that she did the right thing in the end. 
Riley is amazing! I absolutely loved him. And he is the perfect example of how things are not always as they seem. But most importantly, of how often there is so much more to someone's story than we know. Everyone has a past and everyone is -for better or worse- defined by that past. I believe with all my heart that Colleen Hoover chose the right ending for both Lilly and Riley, but I do not believe someone like Riley should be treated with hatred. I felt his pain, specially in the end.
Atlas was pure perfection. There are so many kids out there in the world like him. How wonderful would it be if there were more Lillys?!

All in all this was a fantastic read. Super emotional. Heart wrenching.

When the book was over though something did not feel right. The last 3-4 pages felt rushed. Lilly 'jumped ship' too fast. 

And all that being said, I feel I should mention something I did not see mentioned anywhere and I was certainly not told myself: if you have been in a abusive situation (parents/partners/other) and still have hard days, don't read unless you are having a good day. I will be honest and say that had I know what the book was about before reading it I would not have read it. I felt in the end of this book similarly to how I felt when I finished reading The Problem with Forever two months ago (another book I started without knowing what it was going to be about)- reliving memories better forgotten. It was far to real, and if you, like me, can relate to the main female character in either of those books, you also know you need to be in the right frame of mind while reading it... 

Saturday, November 4, 2017

FireBlood by Elly Blake 5/5 Stars

Can someone please explain to me why this book is not better known? I loved every single page. FireBlood was even better than the FrostBlood!

I was worried going into it that there would be a love triangle. I LOVED Arcus and Ruby, they are perfect for each other. The romance was superb in FrostBlood - at least as far as ya fantasies go, so I was petrified of the prospect of a love triangle. 
Obviously I am not going to tell you exactly what happens, but...

Does Ruby gets rather close to Kai? Yes, that is obvious by the book blurb. But by the time she does two things will have happened already: 
One, you will feel her loneliness in the Frost Court and understand her need and desire to have friends, to have people that are like her and that understand her. Arcus loves her and she loves him, but he is the King of a court that hates her, that is afraid of her, and that treats her rather poorly because of it. 
And second, you will love Kai! You will still miss Arcus and want Ruby and Arcus to end together, but you will not at any point dislike him. He is funny, sweet, full of himself in a rather charming way, loyal to our Ruby, and most importantly- her friend. 

There is romance in FireBlood, plenty of it. But the book is more about Ruby finding herself, learning to deal with her abilities, learning who her true family is (or was), and finding and destroying the Mimax.

Once again the world and character building were phenomenal! All the magic had purpose and a background to it. All characters made sense. So often in ya fantasies the reader is just thrown in a magical world and expected to just accept that not everything makes sense. That is not the case here. I absolutely loved the tales that explained the magical beings in the book. So very clever!

Sudesia is just as interesting as Tempesia. The kingdoms are at first glance completely different. But eventually you realize that fire and frost are not at all that different. 
The new characters are very likable. The Queen of Sudesia and her husband Prince Eiko are not what you would expect and you are likely to grow to like them. Specially Prince Eiko. I kept thinking there was something more to him, something I was missing... but in the end, he was just a genuine character. I love the simplicity of Elly Blake's characters. The world in which the story is set and its magic may be complex but the characters are rather straight forward. And in a way, because of that, a lot more realistic and relatable.

There were a few plot twists. And only one that I saw coming a mile away. 
All in all, another easy read by the fabulous Elly Blake! 

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Beautiful Player (Book 3) and Beautiful (Book 5) by Christina Lauren- 5/5 and 4/5 respectively

As some of you may know the Beautiful series is my current obsession! Each book in this series has been better than the other.
Beautiful Player was the funnest! I burst out laughing more times than I can count. Check out the Book Blurb here: Goodreads- B. Player

We know a bit about Will by now from Beautiful Stranger. He is a Player. He schedules his 'girlfriends' just as easily and as simply as one would scheduled daily work outs. He is also loyal, friendly, and a lot of fun. It is no surprise that Jensen, his childhood friend, suggests that his sister Hannah contact Will in order to get out, meet people, make friends...

When Will meets Hannah, his friends baby sister, he takes her under his wings and promises to teach her to have some fun and a better work-life balance. He introduces her to Chloe and Hannah, takes her out for runs and drinks. 
But, Hannah is not what Will expected. She is not the shy baby sister anymore. She is a full grown woman, with no filter when she speaks, goofy, very open and even flirtatious. And lo and behold, the girl had a crush on him for years. She doesn't trust him though, she knows with him all she can have is fun and she is just another number to his list of conquests. And she is ok with that, she does not want anything serious herself. 

They didn't expect to have such an amazing chemistry and their blunter is hilarious! It becomes even funnier when Will gets clearly put under her spell. Where is our Player gone?

Now for Beautiful... I read the books a little bit out of order, book 4 before 3. But it didn't impact my reading much. I knew Will had someone but no more than that. And in a way, the way I read was nice, because I had just met Hannah's brother, Jensen.
So...Beautiful is the last book and brings us a new couple: Jensen and Pippa.
Pippa is at a difficult time in her life, she hates her job and has just caught her boyfriend with another woman. So her best friend Rubby (book 4) invites her on a road trip with her and Neill, Will and Hannah. On her flight to Boston she embarrasses herself pretty bad -gets drunk and talks about her ex non-stop- to none other than Jensen, Hannah's brother. But she has not at this point met Hannah, or her brother... their paths cross again at Max's and Sarah's house at their 3rd kids birthday party!
Jenses is divorved and although it has been years he is not exactly over it yet. He is over the ex wife, but not the hurt that came with it.
They are civilized around each other, there isn't much heat and attraction as there was with the other couples in the previous books. It is all a little bland. They end up together only when Jenses' ex wife appears and he lies to her that he is now married.
I didn't dislike their story, but in my opinion it was the weakest of them all. I would have given it a 3/5 if the book was only about them

BUT- it wasn't. At least 45% of the book was on the characters we have come to love. It was a goodbye of sorts. We got to see how all relationships have evolved, how their lives have changed, and it was BEAUTIFUL. I am not gonna lie guys... I got emotional.

This series has been worth every second I spent reading it. 

Go Read. 

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

October Wrap Up- 14 BoOkS ! ! !


- The Dazzling Heights by Katharine McGee
(YA- Futuristic Dystopia) 4.5/5 The sequel for The Thousandth Floor was just as good as the first book! The drama, the suspense and mystery, the romance... all of it was phenomenal. As in the first book the story both starts and ends with the death of one of the girls from the tower, adding to suspense. For the full review: Dazzling Heights

- Wonder Woman by Leigh Bardugo
(YA- Fantasy) 3.8/5 I finished this book uncertain on how to rate it. It left feeling good, light hearted... the same way the movie and comics did. There is something about superheroes (that being DC or Marvel) that just brings a smile to your face in the end. Makes you believe in a better world and in the best in people. Although that is a wonderful feeling, the first 200 pages of the book were boring and predictable. I did not enjoy it. All in all, a good enough book, just perhaps not worth the crazy high praises it has been receiving. Full review: Wonder Woman

- Evil by Tijan
(Paranormal Romance) 3.7/5 This took me completely by surprise. I had no idea going into it that it would be a paranormal romance. I have read a few books from her and they were all NA. Luckily for me fantasy/paranormal is the genre I read most, so all in all it was a fan surprise. I thought the story was well executed and considering this is not what she usually writes it worked out really well. It was a little slow at times, hence 4 stars. The story revolves around 4 siblings, all half human, half demons. For book blurb and review: GoodReads review

- Loving Bad and Surviving Slater by Regan Ure
(New Adult Romance) 4/5 and 3.5/5 Both books were good new adult romance books, book quick reads and with a heavy dosage of drama. Loving bad focuses on Taylor and Sin. Taylor is rather innocent and naive due to her upbringing and past difficulties and Sin is the exact opposite, there is nothing naive about him, but that is also due to his upbringing and past difficulties. Surviving Slater is about Sin's and Taylor's respective best friends Slater and Jordan. Both emotionally damaged. For full review: Loving Bad series

- The Young Elites by Marie Lu
(YA Fantasy) 4.75/5 Young Elites is the story of children who survive a deadly illness only to be left  strange markings. From different colored hair to scars that run deeper. Soon some of these kids figure out they also have special abilities, these kids come to be known as the Young Elites. Adelina, the main character is one of them. I loved her story. It was one of pain and hopelessness. And it was also a story of a girl trying to discover herself. I highly recommend it. Full review: Young Elites

- The Rose Society by Marie Lu (Young Elites II)
(YA Fantasy) 4/5 This started really well. I love our little Wolf. Watching her progress from the first book as a hurt and abused child to a woman betrayed by all she loved was an interesting ride. There were a few things that didn't sit well with me, but nonetheless the book was great and I highly recommend it. Full review: The Rose Society

- The Midnight Star by Marie Lu (Young Elites III)
(YA Fantasy) 5/5 No shadow of doubt the best book in the trilogy. Marie Lu can better be described as the Queen of book Endings. This was pure perfection. DO not dare not finishing this amazing trilogy. Full review: Midnight Star

- Beautiful Stranger by Christina Lauren  4.8/5
- Beautiful Beloved by Christina Lauren 4/5
- Beautiful Secret by Christina Lauren 5/5
(New Adult) Short review for all three available Here
I personally love the Beautiful Bastard Series. Each book is better than the previous. My favorite so far is Beautiful Secret, Neill (Max's brother- Beautiful Stranger)! After a divorce to the only woman he has ever been with he just doesn't know how to be around woman. It is both hilarious and adorable!

- The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo
(YA Fantasy) 3/5 The tales fall exactly half and half to me: 3 good ones, 3 bad ones. 
The illustrations in the book are AMAZING! I absolutely loved them. But the stories that go along with them missed the mark. Some by a lot, some by a little... They weren't bad, Leigh Bardugo's writing style is nothing but perfection, but the plot at times lacked. Full review: Language of Thorns

- Faking It by Lexy Timms
(New Adult Romance) 2/5 My least favorite NA in a while. Dane is caring and loving, the opposite of many rich male characters in NA, it was a nice change. Allyson is clever and strong minded. The main characters were wonderful, no complaints. But sadly the actual plot was not. Short review on my Goodreads account: Faking It- GR

- One Dark Throne
(YA Fantasy) 4/5 Just as good as the first book. It picks up where Three Dark Crowns left off and it evolves from there. Full review: One Dark Throne



Guest Reviewer: Maria from @parisian_bookshelf with Our Dark Duet by V Schwab

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