Friday, June 9, 2017

Fairest by: Marissa Meyer

Fairest by: Marissa Meyer

Edition: Hardcover
Pages: 222
Published: January 27th, 2015
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends

Goodreads Synopsis: In this stunning bridge book between Cress and Winter in the bestselling Lunar Chronicles, Queen Levana’s story is finally told.

Mirror, mirror on the wall,
Who is the fairest of them all?

Fans of the Lunar Chronicles know Queen Levana as a ruler who uses her “glamour” to gain power. But long before she crossed paths with Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress, Levana lived a very different story – a story that has never been told . . . until now.

Purchase: Amazon | Bookdepository

My Thoughts:
**This blog post had been previously written and never posted. So I decided to share it Today!

When I heard that Fairest was being released I knew that I had to have it, especially since the release date of Winter got pushed back (I am still in my feelings about that...).  As you already know Fairest gives you the back story of Queen Levana so that you can get an idea of why she is the way she is.  Most people would say that this was an unnecessary book, but I would have to disagree.  Although, my feelings for the Queen haven't changed ( I still can't stand her!!!) I felt like now I somewhat understand why she treats people the way she does.  In short, Levana had a very rough life, but on the same note I don't feel like that is an excuse for some of the decisions that she makes. 

Since this book was so short I can't really go into detail about Levana's past, all I can say is that she has done a lot of messed up things to people for so many years and her rational for all the harm and suffering that she caused is just ridiculous.

So would I recommend this book?
I sure would, especially if you want to know a little bit about Winter, why the Queen wears her veil and doesn't allow mirrors in her palace, as well as to get an amazing description of what Queen Levana truly looks like... !!

Favorite Quote: "Levana had not seen the bodies, but she had seen the bedrooms the next morning, and her first thought was that all that blood would make for a very pretty rouge on her lips."

Final Verdict: 5 Stars

Friday, June 2, 2017

Angelfall by: Susan Ee

Angelfall by: Susan Ee

Edition: Paperback
Pages: 326
Published: May 23, 2013
Publisher: Hodder and Stoughton

Goodreads Synopsis: It's been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back.

Anything, including making a deal with an enemy angel.

Raffe is a warrior who lies broken and wingless on the street. After eons of fighting his own battles, he finds himself being rescued from a desperate situation by a half-starved teenage girl.

Traveling through a dark and twisted Northern California, they have only each other to rely on for survival. Together, they journey toward the angels' stronghold in San Francisco where she'll risk everything to rescue her sister and he'll put himself at the mercy of his greatest enemies for the chance to be made whole again.

Purchase: Amazon | Bookdepository

My Thoughts:

This is a book that I had on my tbr for the longest time, literally since the book first released.  So finally I went to the library and picked up Angelfall and it's sequel World After.
Angelfall follows Penyrn six weeks after the apocalypse has destroyed much of Earth.  Unfortunately, in the first few pages something terrible happens to where she finds herself in the company of an angel, Raffe and together they set out to accomplish their own personal missions.

At first, I have to say that I honestly couldn't understand why so much hype surrounded this book because it just didn't seem that great.  One of my main issues was with Penyrn, she annoyed me throughout almost the whole book, one moment she would act super tough, then the next act like she was following head over heels for an angel while stating how much she hated them.  The next issue that I had was how closed off the characters seemed to be towards the middle of the book, especially Raffe, it was a really weird shift that I couldn't comprehend.  My last issue with this book is how some events lacked detail.  We know that the apocalypse happened six weeks ago, but when it's talked about it seems as if the world has been in that state for several months.  Also I never got a clear understanding as to why the apocalypse even happened, especially since both the angels and the humans seem to have no clue either.  But maybe this is just my misunderstanding.

Overall, I did end up enjoying this book.  Penryn's mom was interesting to the point that i couldn't wait until she popped back up.  Also, the ending is when every thing pulls together and becomes amazing...scorpion fetuses and Raffe OMG !!! Definitely go read this book.

Final Verdict: 4 Stars

Friday, May 26, 2017

Black Ice by: Becca Fitzpatrick

Black Ice by: Becca Fitzpatrick

Edition: Hardcover
Pages: 392
Published: October 7th, 2014
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Goodreads Synopsis: Britt Pfeiffer has trained to backpack the Teton Range, but she isn't prepared when her ex-boyfriend, who still haunts her every thought, wants to join her. Before Britt can explore her feelings for Calvin, an unexpected blizzard forces her to seek shelter in a remote cabin, accepting the hospitality of its two very handsome occupants—but these men are fugitives, and they take her hostage.

In exchange for her life, Britt agrees to guide the men off the mountain. As they set off, Britt knows she must stay alive long enough for Calvin to find her. The task is made even more complicated when Britt finds chilling evidence of a series of murders that have taken place there... and in uncovering this, she may become the killer’s next target.

But nothing is as it seems in the mountains, and everyone is keeping secrets, including Mason, one of her kidnappers. His kindness is confusing Britt. Is he an enemy? Or an ally?

Purchase: Amazon | Bookdepository

My Thoughts:

Black Ice is a book that I've heard so many people become excited for when it first released so I put it on my tbr in hopes that I would get around to it soon.  Once people started to read it and give it somewhat bad reviews, it definetly made me think twice about reading it.  That is until I seen it in my library.  I decided to just see what this book was about for myself, and I'm actually glad that I did.

The beginning of this book was somewhat enjoyable, but I started to lose interest quickly because of the two main female characters, Britt and Korbie.  Korbie gave me a complete headache and Britt was just annoying to the point where I can't really pinpoint an exact moment that annoyed me the most.  Even then I kept reading on, and took a few days break when I got to the middle of the book when the two girls where in the mountains.  This portion dragged on for so long with hardly anything happening and I was so tempted to just not finish the book because there was nothing exciting happening.  But I guess the break I took from this book gave me the drive to complete it since I was more than half way through, and I'm glad that I did!

The ending of this book took such a wonderful turn that I was shocked and excited to see how everything ended, although I did have a theory of who the murderer was.  I do think that people should give Black Ice a shot and see how they feel, because even though I pratically despised this book in the beginning, my feelings compeletly changed all because of the last 100 or so pages.

Final Verdict: 3 Stars

Friday, May 19, 2017

Never Never by: Colleen Hoover

Never Never by: Colleen Hoover

Edition: Kindle
Pages: 159
Published: January 7th, 2015
Publisher: Hoover Ink

Goodreads Synopsis: Best friends since they could walk. In love since the age of fourteen.

Complete strangers since this morning.

He'll do anything to remember. She'll do anything to forget.

Purchase: Amazon | Bookdepository

My Thoughts:

This is a book that I noticed so many people reading in the book community as well as adding it to there Goodreads and mentioning how amazing it was, so like always I got extremely curious and ordered this book on my Nook (it was only $2.99 so I couldn't pass it up).

Like you can see from the synopsis there wasn't much of a description to give me an idea of what this book was about so I went into it with really high expectations since so many people thoroughly enjoyed it.  This story basically follows Charlie and Silas who can't remember anything about their lives or really who they are, so they set out to find clues that could hopefully spark their memory.  This is basically what the whole book is about in a nut shell.  And for this fact I can't quite say that I enjoyed reading this book.  Its almost as if I am lost for words because although some details about Charlie and Silas's lives are uncovered it is still not enough to even know what is going on.

As far as the characters Charlie was super annoying, especially how she would act towards Silas when he was only trying to make her feel better, in my opinion.  With that being said my favorite character thus far is Silas! I love the way he interacts with other people and how we get to see how he feels about Charlie.

The best part for me was the ending and that is what truly has me excited for the next book!  Also, the way these authors added in Avril's character was perfect, I definitely didn't expect that at all.  Although, this wasn't the best book I have read, it kept my interested enough that I will definitely keep reading the rest of the series because I need to know what Silas and Charlie did to get in the situation that they are in now.

Final Verdict:
3.5 Stars

Sunday, May 14, 2017

To-Be-Read | May 2017

 Today I want to bring to you my May TBR. For those of you who don't know what that is, it literally stands for To Be Read. So the books listed below are those that I foresee myself reading in the month of May.

This year I have a reading goal of 30 books, and I am terribly behind (7books behind exactly). With that being said, hopefully in the months to come I can surpass that goal or at the very least meet my goal of 30 books.

All books that I happen to not read this month will spill over into June.

My May TBR:
  1. Torn by: Amanda Hocking
  2. Illuminae by: Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
  3. The Minaturist by: Jessie Burton
  4. Lover Awakened by: J.R. Ward
  5. Do Not Disturb by: A.R. Torre
  6. Requiem by: Lauren Oliver
I'm really excited for this reading month because all of the books that are on my TBR are either from a series I need to finish or one that has received rave reviews. Stay tuned for my wrap up in June!

What are you reading this month?
Have you read any of the books mentioned above?

Friday, May 12, 2017

Switched by: Amanda Hocking

Switched by: Amanda Hocking

Edition: Paperback
Pages: 318
Published: January 3rd, 2012
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

Goodreads Synopsis: When Wendy Everly was six-years-old, her mother was convinced she was a monster and tried to kill her. It isn't until eleven years later that Wendy finds out her mother might've been telling the truth. With the help of Finn Holmes, Wendy finds herself in a world she never knew existed - and it's one she's not sure if she wants to be a part of.

Purchases: Amazon | Bookdepository

My Thoughts:
Switched follows a girl named Wendy who never seems to
fit in at any school that she attends. This causes issues with her family resulting in the constant school hopping that she experiences. As the story develops we see that Wendy isn't exactly living the life that was intended for her. The shock from these secrets unraveling makes her rethink everything that she has ever knew, including the family that she had called her own. Getting into the swing of dealing with her new life, the weight of her new title and the constant emotional ups and downs for her potential love interest you see the struggles of a girl that really just wants life to go back to normal. The problem is they don't!

This book has been on my want list for quite sometime, and when I finally found the omnibus version of the whole series at the bookstore I took the plunge and bought it. I'm so glad that I did because I really enjoyed everything about it. This book is about changelings and trolls. and to be honest I don't think I have ever read a book about trolls but it sure does make them sound interesting. Especially because they are actually pretty and have an array of different powers that I myself wouldn't mind having.

I put Amanda Hocking on a pedestal for simply creating great books like no other. Also, for being such a success in the Self-Publishing world when she first put out her books.

I recommend this book to anyone who wants something different to read. Or just needs a lighter book to read in between a huge series/fantasy novel.

Final verdict: 4 stars

Monday, March 6, 2017

Carry On by: Rainbow Rowell

Carry On by: Rainbow Rowell

Edition: Hardback
Pages: 522
Published: October 6th, 2015
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

Purchase: Amazon | Bookdepository

Goodreads Synopsis: Simon Snow is the worst chosen one who’s ever been chosen.

That’s what his roommate, Baz, says. And Baz might be evil and a vampire and a complete git, but he’s probably right.

Half the time, Simon can’t even make his wand work, and the other half, he sets something on fire. His mentor’s avoiding him, his girlfriend broke up with him, and there’s a magic-eating monster running around wearing Simon’s face. Baz would be having a field day with all this, if he were here—it’s their last year at the Watford School of Magicks, and Simon’s infuriating nemesis didn’t even bother to show up.

Carry On is a ghost story, a love story, a mystery and a melodrama. It has just as much kissing and talking as you’d expect from a Rainbow Rowell story—but far, far more monsters.

My Thoughts:  It is no secret that I am not much of a fan of Rainbow Rowell's novels.  Personally I feel like she is a great writer and creates very unique books, but I just feel that it takes too long for anything interesting to happen, and when it finally does I have almost finished reading the book.

Carry On follows Simon Snow, who is seen as the "Chosen One" and his schoolmates through their last year at the Watford School of Magicks. Through the course of this school Simon not only is able to control his magic but he also finds out who he truly is meant to more ways than one.  My main issue with this novel is that the first half of the book was so boring.  Literally, nothing of importance happened that made me want to stick it out and continue reading.  So, I put this book down for a few weeks, and when I got motivated to read again I finally picked this book back up again.  I still was having a tough time getting through this book until Baz, Simon's enemy, admitted his true feelings for one of the characters.  And I can tell you for that reason alone, I ended up enjoying this book more than I thought I would.

I can't say that I would recommend this book because I feel that it went on longer than it really needed to, and this book is quite long.  Also, I didn't like the fact that Rainbow Rowell never answered or went in to detail of very important moments/facts that happened in the characters lives.  For instance, why wasn't Simon's Snows parents brought up for Simon and the others to know?  The readers have this knowledge, but as far as the characters they never knew this information.  Once the story did wrap up, I felt that it was rushed and some things happened way too conveniently.  There was one scene, where Baz attended a party and did something that caught everyone's attention (I'm sparing you the details so not to spoil the book) and that technically wouldn't be accept but it didn't cause any questions or disturbance, for lack of a better word.

In the end, I just wished that this book was better written and with that I feel like I would have possibly enjoyed this book more than I did.  And although, I don't care for Rainbow Rowell's book I will finish what I've started and read all of her books.

Final Verdict: 3 Stars