SIX of CROWS REVIEW

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“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.

Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares ♥Review

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Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares is a novel about a boy named Dash, and a girl named Lily who exchange a red journal type book without ever meeting one another. Dash found the book that Lily hid in the library to get a guy who was her type, or even just a friend. Throughout the book one will write in the notebook and give it to someone else (or tell a riddle so they have to go to a place to drop it off) and it just gets tossed back and forth between the two. The plot is one that I can appreciate, however it is lacking in almost everything.

The main characters are very annoying and talk as if they were English professors, let’s be real; almost no one talks that proper. Half way through and I’m still reading the same dumb things. The characters are just flat but talk with fluffy words. The world building is horrible but in all fairness it is located in New York. I did not enjoy the beginning of the book and forced myself to read over half way with no build up- but the same dumb clues back and forth. They start to get to know each other – as much as you can possibly know someone through a few pages of writing – but again everything is flat.

My rating for this book is 1/5 stars because I could not finish this book. There was nothing romantic about this, or even sweet. Everything was strange and boring with no build up.

Dreaming of Antigone ♥Review(spoiler free)

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“You hate me and I hate you,

And we are so polite, we two!

But whenever I see you, I burst apart

And scatter the sky with my blazing heart.

In spits and sparkles in stars and balls,

Buds into roses – and flares, and falls.”

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Dreaming of Antigone by Robin Bridges is a stand alone novel that follows a girl in highschool who lost her sister, her father, and tries to cope with her life. My rating for this is a 3.5/5 stars.

This is supposed to be a retelling of the Greek tragedy, Antigone. The novel has a lot of heavy material right from the beginning (her father passed and her sister commits suicide). It did seem pretty dark in the first few chapters while we got to know the main character’s family history and drama. It follows Andria in her day-to-day life going through high school and the many other dramas that will follow her throughout the book. Andria’s twin sister, Iris visits her in dreams and basically haunts Andria, making her lose her bearings every now and then. The whole story is like a countdown to when Andria can get her license; because she suffers from seizures so she has to wait until it has been a few months to try to retake it. All the while she tries to fit in with her sister’s group of friends and even bumping into Iris’ old boyfriend, Alex Hammond.

I did not feel any connection to the main character, Andria, but her friends had more character that I could see as being real people. There is heavy drug content in this book and more mature themes than in some other young adult novels but I think it is important to address certain issues like drugs and alcohol. I found this book to be enjoyable and had me laughing at some very relatable quotes like: “Answer four of the following five essay questions. Each question is worth twenty-five points. I just spend the last thirty minutes studying the wrong thing.”  The timing on certain events, especially between her and Alex seemed unrealistic. They would magically bump into each other or get left alone together. It helped to develop the story, but again it was unrealistic. Speaking of Alex, the romance in this novel is a little odd and I thought it was cute but incredibly cringe worthy at times (almost inappropriate because of the circumstances). The novel was loaded with amazing poems, stargazing, and Howl’s Moving Castle references which made this novel so nostalgic of high school for me. The best part about this novel is that it catches your attention and makes reading it enjoyable. I would recommend it to people who like emotion capturing novels, romance, or fast reads.

 

*I was give a copy of this book on Netgalley, but as always my opinions are mine 100%.