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.

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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.

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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