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October Wrap Up- 14 BoOkS ! ! !

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- 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 Tij…

One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake 4/5 Stars

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I enjoyed One Dark Throne just as much as Three Dark Crowns! It was a perfect sequel. If you haven't read my review for the first book yet you can find it Here
The ending of Three Dark Crowns was superbly written, leaving a lot of questions unanswered.  The book picks up where Three Dark Crowns left off, with the three queens rather bitter at each other and ready to fight for the throne. The pace here is a lot better than in the first book but I must confess I got so anxious while reading it I struggled to read it at a fast pace. Isn't that just odd? Let me put this way: we readers often complain that authors could have made their series shorter. Red Queen for example- I am yet to meet someone who does not agree the second book could have been avoided. It was slow and terrible. In One Dark Throne we have the exact opposite. SO MUCH happens. I was panicking! At the end of every chapter there would be this desperation within me 'but...but...what?' LOL So here I am... fo…

The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo- 3/5 stars

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Leigh Bardugo drives me crazy! She writes both some of my favorite stories and characters AND stories and characters I couldn't care less for. I said something similar a few weeks ago when I wrote the review for Wonder Woman and the same is true here again.
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.  The tales all reminded me of fairy tales we have heard before but with a different ending.The thing is... the beauty of tales is that they are dynamic, full of twists and turns, but all have a satisfactory and heart warming ending. Something none of these tales do. Most of the endings felt either abrupt/unfinished or just uncomfortably different. 
Those are the six tales within the book:

Aya…

Beautiful Stranger, Beautiful Secret, and Beautiful Beloved by Christina Lauren

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I am absolutely in love with the Beautiful Bastard series. So far each book has been better than the other! My favorite at this time (I still have two to read) is Beautiful Secret.
- Beautiful Stranger by Christina Lauren  4.8/5  - Beautiful Beloved by Christina Lauren 4/5  - Beautiful Secret by Christina Lauren 5/5 
Beautiful Stranger: 

Beautiful Stranger is about Sara and Max. Sara just moved to NY after finding out her fiancรฉ was cheating on her. She is close friends with Chloe and Bennett (Beautiful Bastard) and now works with them. Max is just a hot single guy enjoying life with whatever woman is willing to enjoy it with him. He is also friends with Bennett, they were roommates back in college.

Sara wants to have fun, she feels she owes it to herself. And Max is there to make sure she does!
Sara does not want anything serious, they meet on Fridays, they have fun, and that is that.
The story is not original, but it is written well and in good Christina Lauren fashion, it is also funny …

The Midnight Star by Marie Lu- 5 Stars

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NO author can write book endings as well as Marie Lu. She may not be my all time favorite author, but her trilogy endings most certainly are! I am obsessed with the ending for Champion (Legend trilogy) and now with The Midnight Star too. PURE PERFECTION ! ๐Ÿ’– I cried happy tears. I knew not all would survive, I knew the one who had to die... but it was not predictable at all. I was so so so happy with how all the deaths and near deaths happened. The ending is magical, something out of an old tale. I will not be forgetting this any time soon.
So... now that you know how much I loved the ending, let's chat about the rest of the book! It was by far the best in the trilogy. The story evolved at a good pace. There was plenty of action, plenty of great moments and twists and turns.
Adelina is a beautiful written character. Her life has not been easy and the darkness in her after so much hurt, abuse and betrayal has grown beyond limits. The books starts off with the Adelina I wanted to se…

The Rose Society by Marie Lu- 4 Stars

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For Blurb: The Rose Society
I cannot being to describe how stressful this read was! Marie Lu's writing was, as it always is: perfection. It is so easy to get completely lost in the worlds she creates. For the first third of the book I was certain this was going to be even better than the first book.  But... as the story progressed a few predictable things happened and Adelina lost some of the edge I loved about her in the first book. It is only on the last two pages that she gains that dark edge again. 
Adelina is a villain. Pure and simple. Are there reasons for it? Sure thing. But all villains have their reasons... her reasons just happened to touch our hearts a little more than most. I loved how the first book showed her progress from a hurt abused kid to a villain seeking revenge. Even though she tried to get close to the Daggers in the first book, it didn't end well. It all worked towards Adelina having a dark soul and a very single minded goal- revenge revenge revenge.  …

The Young Elites by Marie Lu- 4.75/5 stars

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The Young Elites was a trilogy I put higher on my tbr list due to the hype on my bookstagram circle, and I am glad that I did. This was certainly a worthy read!
The Blurb: I am tired of being used, hurt, and cast aside.

Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever. A decade ago, the deadly illness swept through her nation. Most of the infected perished, while many of the children who survived were left with strange markings. Adelina’s black hair turned silver, her lashes went pale, and now she has only a jagged scar where her left eye once was. Her cruel father believes she is a malfetto, an abomination, ruining their family’s good name and standing in the way of their fortune. But some of the fever’s survivors are rumored to possess more than just scars—they are believed to have mysterious and powerful gifts, and though their identities remain secret, they have come to be called the Young Elites.

Teren Santoro works for the king. As Leader of the Inquisition Axis, it is his job to …

The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare- A million out of 5 stars!!!!

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I have read this forever ago. It is my all-time favorite trilogy! But, because I only started my blog after I’ve read these wonderful books the review never made it here. It is time to change that! Have you read the Infernal Devices yet? Because if you haven’t you most definitely should. It is, in my humble opinion, thousandth times better than Cassandra Clare’s other major series: The Mortal Instruments.
We start off with Clockwork Angel, year 1878, London. Our main girl, and one of the best heroines ever written –Tessa Grey- ends up in London in search for her brother. It doesn’t take long before her path crosses that of Will and Jem, Shadowhunters at the London Institute (I’m guessing you all know what Shadowhunters are by now, but in case you are knew to Cassandra Clare’s work, Shadowhunters are Nephilims, in short - part angel beings that slay demons). This dynamic trio finds themselves against a secret organization of vampires, demons, warlocks and humans. The friendships cre…

Loving Bad and Surviving Slater by Regan Ure - 4/5 and 3.5/5

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Loving Bad 4/5

Blurb: 
The good girl falls for the bad boy.

But what if there is more to Sin Carter then a bad attitude, tattoos and piercings.

And what if there is more to the Taylor Price then the fact she has always followed the rules and done what she was told.

Their pasts haunt them. Sin is trying to break free from his dark past while Taylor lives each day trying to forget about the horrors that marred her childhood

When they meet their physical attraction is undeniable. One night is not
enough for both of them.


This was a sweet read!
It brings together two very different characters. Taylor had lived a very sheltered life. She is a grown woman attending college but has never gone to party, drunk, kissed a boy...
Sin is the exact opposite, he had a rough childhood and has done everything and a little more.
Although they are two completely different characters they have one thing in common: neither one of them wants the past to define them. So when they get together their 'relationsh…

Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo 3.5/5 stars

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I love both Marvel and DC comics and movies. My brother got me into them on my late teens and I have been a die hard fan since then. And considering I am also a bookworm you can imagine my excitement when this book came out.  If you are expecting a cheesy and predictable superhero story the last third of the book will not disappoint, sadly the built up to all the action felt a little flat. 
After reading much of Leigh Bardugo's work I find that although I love many of her books and characters, I also do not love many of them... There is none that I do not like, but there are some I am rather indifferent to. The first half of Wonder Woman sadly falls into the latter. Here is the blurb:
Daughter of immortals.

Princess Diana longs to prove herself to her legendary warrior sisters. But when the opportunity finally comes, she throws away her chance at glory and breaks Amazon law—risking exile—to save a mortal. Diana will soon learn that she has rescued no ordinary girl, and that with th…

The Dazzling Heights by Katharine McGee- 4.5/5 stars

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Well... That was an outstanding sequel! Just as good as the first book ๐Ÿ˜Š
For the review on the first book, The Thousandth Floor, go here
And before we get to the review, here is the blurb for The Dazzling Heights: New York City, 2118. Manhattan is home to a thousand-story supertower, a breathtaking marvel that touches the sky. But amid high-tech luxury and futuristic glamour, five teenagers are keeping dangerous secrets…

Leda is haunted by memories of what happened on the worst night of her life. She’ll do anything to make sure the truth stays hidden—even if it means trusting her enemy.

Watt just wants to put everything behind him…until Leda forces him to start hacking again. Will he do what it takes to be free of her for good?

When Rylin wins a scholarship to an upper-floor school, her life transforms overnight. But being there also means seeing the boy whose heart she broke, and who broke hers in return.

Avery is tormented by her love for the one person in the world she can never have.…