Shadow & Bone REVIEW

Shadow and Bone (Shadow and Bone, #1)

My rating for this book was 4/5.

I could not get into the beginning of the book, but when things picked up, there was no going back. I found this story to be seductive. Alina and Mal are a couple of friends that are separated once Alina ‘exposes’ her powers while on the treacherous Fold. The Fold, is a dark and dangerous area that vicious beasts live in and kill whoever enter. When Alina’s powers emerge, which allows many soldiers to survive the attack, she is taken away with The Darkling, the most powerful Grisha. Grisha have superpowers that can range from something little to magnificence. But not all things turn out for the better.

While Alina was a compelling character, my heart gravitated towards The Darkling. He demanded attention and seduced the minds of all. His powers were so great and many feared him. His want to save the Fold snagged me up in an instant and I wanted him with Alina immediately.

Then there’s Mal. He was such a beautiful soul and we saw him develop into a rigid soldier while on the quest to find the deer herd for a specific object. His personality saw the the reality of war, tracking, loving and losing people. His determination and desire was a few characteristics I liked most about him.

In the end, I realized it was a fantasy book filled with romance and I can’t wait to continue the series!

FURTHERMORE REVIEW

Furthermore

“Color was life. Color was everything. Color, you see, was the universal sign of magic.”


Furthermore, by Tahereh Mafi, is a beautiful book, bursting with colors. My rating for this book is 4.5/5.

The main character Alice, is on a journey to find her father. While on this quest, she ventures into Furthermore, which has a different magical ruling system compared to her own town. Furthermore lurks with dangers around every corner and an interesting system where they can only travel by day and where people wish to eat them because of their magic. Few spoilers ahead, beware.

The novel is in the third person perspective, which can be annoying when the book mentions ‘Alice’ or ‘Mother’ every single sentence. Once we started our adventure, I fell in love with the narration of the book, but did knock points off because of this. There were many aspects that were similar, in my opinion, to the Hunger Games (Had a similar reaping, uncaring mother, presented talents to others, etc.) and had a world that had no rules. Because this system had no rules except chaos, this allowed for lazy writing to occur that could allow the main characters to get out of problematic situations. Oliver could just jump up into the clouds, or pull out a transporter to get them from one place to another.
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My most hated part of the novel, that really made me question giving it 5 stars was the ending. She finally finds her father, by a mere miracle, even though all of Furthermore knew she was there to capture her ‘enemy’ father. After she finds him, no one captures her, they just simply return to Ferenwood and everything is as it should be. Completely frustrating and another example of lazy writing.

Alice, also has a talent, even though we do not know about this until halfway through the book, in another lazy attempt to just get the topic out of the way and available for the user. To better present this, I would have liked to see subtle hints to her past that linked her power with changing color, instead of keeping this a secret to make up for the fact that her mother hates her.

Although there were major issues with the book, I really got involved and were captured by the characters. I cried with them, laughed with them, wanted to knock them on the head for the silly decisions made, and when the story was over, I was sad to see them go. I felt so happy they were happy and it was a bittersweet ending.

SIX of CROWS REVIEW

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Are any of you on Christmas break yet?

“I have been made to protect you. Only in death will I be kept from this oath.”


My rating for this is 4.5/5. This was a book I was very hesitant to pick up. The story line wasn’t enthralling me and the vast majority of readers enjoyed it. I thought it was all about an overly hyped book with fantasy elements, but I never would have guessed that I would have loved it this much.

The story line is about six individuals who travel to undertake an impossible request for a lot of money in compensation. I do not like how it is called a heist and I do not agree that the characters are morally gray. The characters took a long time to get adjusted to (with all the flipping back and forth between different POVs) and I found myself immersed in Inej as a character. Kaz Brekker, my least favorite, was an incredibly rounded character. The way this book was written gave me the impression that Kaz is a genius and is extremely thorough in all his undertakings (he is always one step ahead of everyone). The other characters were fine to read from, I did not dislike any.

I gave this book a chance and it finally picked up after 100 pages of boring introduction and world building. The trade, boats, and thug atmosphere really put me off and confused me. I am still unclear about certain characters, events, and world building. This book gave me a feeling of complete gloom and doom, which is my favorite. The setting was perfect, from what I could grasp.

I commend this book for being able to build up the plot and have the main event take place over halfway through the book… all while I’m still dying to see what happens next. The romance between two characters were ridiculous and I did not like it. The other romance..which delt more with death or survival really pulled on my heart strings.My biggest complain: the last chapter of the book. It was extremely unfulfilling, especially since it covered a character only briefly seen here and there in the book itself.

Forsworn (The Last Oracle #2) REVIEW

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“…Those who do evil things do them because they are evil. Only, you are the exception because your beasts aren’t tamed, and you can’t be expected to control them. You look at your own crimes, at the hard warrior you’ve become, and you tell yourself you had no choice.”   -Mannix


My rating for this book is 4/5 stars. I found that even though this book was the second in the trilogy, it seemed to have more action, heart pounding moments, and a more interesting plot. I think it made a wonderful second book, since most in normal series are not that great.

Without giving too much away, since it is the second book, I want to say that the characters and the love triangle were my favorite part. This book follows our main character and her struggle to defeat an army of people. Throughout the book she learns more about herself, her brother and her Dieties.

It was really interesting how Emily Wibberley was able to come up with a past for a specific diety and have this book surround the spiritual aspect of Clio’s life. Although it felt different from the previous plot, I liked the new characters and new struggles that were presented in this book.

I’m not sure how many times I was frustrated with this book (in a good way), laughed along while reading, and wanted to slow down the speed of my reading so it would never end. I am very happy I was able to read it; it is one of the best books I have read and I recommend it to everyone who enjoys mysteries, love triangles, as well as twists and turns.

***I did receive this from the author for her book tour, but of course my opinions are 100% my own!***

Coraline Book Review ♥

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“‘Now Coraline,’ said Miss Spink, ‘what’s your name?’

‘Coraline’, said Coraline.”

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Most people will know what the story Coraline by Neil Gaiman is about. Our main character, Coraline Jones, moves into a huge mansion with her parents. The mansion is separated and closed off to become different sections like big apartments. She wanders around the house and discovers a door but when she unlocks it, it just shows a brick wall from the closure of that apartment. After weird events take place she finds herself back at the door, but it is no longer closed up by bricks. She learns that this new opening leads to an apartment identical to her own and even includes her other mother and other father, along with a cat who appears every now and then in both worlds.

My rating for this book is a 4/5 stars. The book elaborates more on the characters at play so you can see how sarcastic the cat really is, and how dreadfully creepy the other mother is. My favorite character was the cat and he is even more sarcastic in the book than the movie. The scenes are a little different from book to movie but the movie is almost identical to the book in the dialogue aspect. There is, however, no character named Wybie which disappointed me. Overall, the characters and scenes were very much realistic and flowed smoothly.

The novel is pretty short and is filled with creepy situations and characters. Towards the ending of the book, you see Coraline change from a scared girl to a brave adventurer as she tries to save her family, three lost souls, and herself from danger.

Sacrificed (The Last Oracle Series) Review

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“You are powerless to your emotions; they consume you. As long as that is the case, I cannot trust you with the secrets of the Deities, but I will make this final caution. Learn to rein in your temper, your love, learn to separate these feelings from duty. Accept that Ali is a Vessel.”

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Sacrificed is the first installment in the Last Oracle Series by Emily Wibberley. My rating for this is a 3.75 because I had some issues with the ending and although I enjoyed it, I did not love it. The story follows a girl named Clio who is in a family of Oracles, which are like religious leaders, that only women by the way are allowed to be a part of, who have the Sight. The Oracles have visions and use those visions to kill others to please the Deities, kill to help others, or for any reason that would better everyone. Clio, however, does not believe that the Oracles duties are any good, so she carries this burden with her through the entire book. Her family was murdered by people who wanted to get rid of the Oracles and the lineage. They took Clio’s older sister, one that she was closest with, and killed all the other women in her family. She journeys into another land as a slave to try to rescue her sister but finds that she needs some rescuing herself. Her journey leads her to Riece, a guard who oversees the slave offerings to the deities. Together they try to take down the men that killed Clio’s family, all the while making her the last Oracle in the region. With her now stark white hair, which indicates she can see visions, she is an easy target to the others who want to harm her.

This book is an extremely original book but does maintain typical YA protocols (i.e. strong female character who will save the day, a journey into the unknown, love triangle, etc.) but this novel is so much more than that. It captivates the readers into the story and I felt a very strong connection with the main character, Clio. She is strong, determined, and will stop at nothing to help the ones she loves. The love triangle made my heart hurt for the guy who always wanted her, and I felt a lot of strong emotions. The pages came alive and were decently descriptive. A few things I did not like about it: The ending. The ending felt extremely rushed, and there was a scene as it got closer that seemed completely unrelated but was put into the novel for whatever reason. I did not like what Clio did in the end, only because it broke my heart. Very original and an interesting concept.

***I did receive this from the author for her book tour, but of course my opinions are 100% my own!***

Percy Jackson: The Lightning Thief♥ Review

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“But Remember:

What belongs to the sea will always return to the sea”

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The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan was a solid 5 stars for me. This classic middle school series started off on the right note with an amazing and solid first chapter that sucks you into Percy Jackson’s world immediately. The world building was there, the characters were alive, and the adventure was immersing. Riordan subtly puts in the references for certain gods and demigods, making this book not only enjoyable for the adventure but also a book to educate yourself on the Greek gods. For a middle school series, this has to be one of the best reads I’ve had in any genre.

Percy Jackson is young boy who is known as a ‘problemed’ child because he moves from school to school and never seems to get his grades up due to his ADHD. His best friend Grover and his favorite teacher, Mr. Brunner are watchers over Percy to see if he is a son of one of the ‘Big Three’. Strange things happen to him and he is forced to take shelter at Camp Half-Blood where he meets enemies and friends alike. He is given a quest that only he can complete because he is a prime suspect in the to become war amongst the gods. Through the journey we see character development, gods and demi gods, and sticky situations. Percy, Grover, and Annabeth travel to find the missing lightning bolt to save the world from chaos because of the gods feuds.

All the characters in this story were well developed and have a piece of my heart. The writing style is so simple and descriptive at the same time. The fast paced adventure is never boring and there’s always something lurking right around the corner for Percy and the gang. Overall, I highly recommend this book; even if you think the age is off putting, it does not affect the book in any way.