June TBR

Hello fellow bloggers and readers!

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It’s finally June, and summer has began. For my starting TBR this month I’ve picked up 5 books so far. However, knowing me I’ll pick up a few more books along the way.

For my first book I’ve picked up a big hyped series, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children book series.

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I know I’m late on this train, but what can I say? Hyped up books tend to equal let down. Meaning that I’m often wary of picking it up. But I’m excited to start this series!

 

Goodread’s Summary:

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of curious photographs.

A horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar.

They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.
A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.


Next!

I’ve also picked up the book series by Jenny Han The Summer I Turned Pretty Trilogy. It’s a summer based series, perfect for the season, and I’m in the mood for a contemporary book. I recently read Jenny Han’s To All the Boy’s I’ve Loved Before and reviewed it. It was surprisingly really good and I loved her writing.

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Even though it doesn’t have an amazing rating on Goodreads, I hope the series will be enjoyable.

Goodreads Summary Of Book 1:

Belly measures her life in summers. Everything good, everything magical happens between the months of June and August. Winters are simply a time to count the weeks until the next summer, a place away from the beach house, away from Susannah, and most importantly, away from Jeremiah and Conrad. They are the boys that Belly has known since her very first summer–they have been her brother figures, her crushes, and everything in between. But one summer, one terrible and wonderful summer, the more everything changes, the more it all ends up just the way it should have been all along.


Lastly I bought the book, Legacy of Kings by Eleanor Herman. I’m really excited to start reading this, because the second book will be coming out later this month!

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Goodread’s Summary 

Imagine a time when the gods turn a blind eye to the agony of men, when the last of the hellions roam the plains and evil stirs beyond the edges of the map. A time when cities burn, and in their ashes, empires rise.
Alexander, Macedonia’s sixteen-year-old heir, is on the brink of discovering his fated role in conquering the known world but finds himself drawn to a newcomer…
Katerina must navigate the dark secrets of court life while hiding her own mission: kill the Queen. But she doesn’t account for her first love…
Jacob will go to unthinkable lengths to win Katerina, even if it means having to compete for her heart with Hephaestion, a murderer sheltered by the prince.
And far across the sea, Zofia, a Persian princess and Alexander’s unmet betrothed, wants to alter her destiny by seeking the famed and deadly Spirit Eaters.
Weaving fantasy with the shocking details of real history, New York Times bestselling author of Sex with Kings Eleanor Herman reimagines the greatest emperor the world has ever known, Alexander the Great, in the first book of the Blood of Gods and Royals series.


Happy reading! (:

-Whitney ❤

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May Reads & Wrap Up Reviews

 

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May held some of this years most anticipated releases for me. And boy, did they live up to it. I’ll go through a quick review of all four books and give a brief summary, ALL spoiler free! This is going to be a long post, but hang in there and settle down, because we have 4 amazing book reviews.


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Book Title: Glass Sword

Author: Victoria Aveyard

My Rating: 4 Stars

Goodread’s Rating: 4.02 Stars

Amazon Rating: 4 Stars


Goodread’s Summary: 

If there’s one thing Mare Barrow knows, it’s that she’s different.
Mare Barrow’s blood is red—the color of common folk—but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control.
The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince—the friend—who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind.
Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors.
But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat.
Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever?
The electrifying next installment in the Red Queen series escalates the struggle between the growing rebel army and the blood-segregated world they’ve always known—and pits Mare against the darkness that has grown in her soul.


Review: 

“We seem weak because we want to.”

This book was amazingly good to the squeal Red Queen (Click to read my review of the first book in the series). However… It simply didn’t grab me like the first one did. Red Queen had me unable to put the book down, and I actually found myself liking the book more as time went on. Which is very rare. HIGHLY recommend reading the first. I also recommend reading the second book, but sadly it falls into the category of good but not great sequels.

That said, I still can’t wait for the 3rd book to come out!! This book despite some of the slow plots was still entertaining and I’m exited to see how it all plays out in the end. One thing I’m rather glad about is the romance aspect of this series. It confuses me to noooo end sometimes, but it’s not a main focus in this book. Though towards the end… not sure how I feel about it.

One thing that was also very different is Mare‘s conflict with herself. This is a compelling aspect to the book- seeing the main character really lose all sense of self and trying to find her way back.

“If I am a sword, I am a sword made of glass, and I feel myself beginning to shatter.”

While it also made the book interesting, it also made it slow. A lot more writing than dialogue in this book. Mare really struggles with the aspect of feeling alone and being someone she doesn’t wish to be- a monster- throughout this book. Having to do things that others do not wish to do, and feeling the affects of having to complete them alone.

“No one is born evil, just like no one is born alone. They become that way, through choice and circumstance.”

And Maven… GRRRR. CAN HE DIE ALREADY??!! Though his character is complex and very tricky. Expecially the ties and impact he has with the main characters in the book.

“Strange, my enemies know me best, and my family doesn’t know me at all.”

So glad we got to see more of Kal, though his character was quite an interesting development, but very predictable. Then there is always Cal… *swoon.*

So all in all,

4 stars!

82% on my scale 

Recommended! 


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Book Title: The Hidden Oracle

Author: Rick Riordan

My Rating: 4.5 stars

Goodread’s Rating: 4.45 stars

Amazon Rating: 4.5 stars


Goodread’s Summary: 

How do you punish an immortal?
By making him human.
After angering his father Zeus, the god Apollo is cast down from Olympus. Weak and disorientated, he lands in New York City as a regular teenage boy. Now, without his godly powers, the four-thousand-year-old deity must learn to survive in the modern world until he can somehow find a way to regain Zeus’s favour.
But Apollo has many enemies – gods, monsters and mortals who would love to see the former Olympian permanently destroyed. Apollo needs help, and he can think of only one place to go . . . an enclave of modern demigods known as Camp Half-Blood.


Review: 

Ok, so on Goodreads I rated this book a 5 out of 5 star book. It’s probably actually a 4.5 star book.When I first picked up this book, I was a little nervous. Another Rick Riordan book? Set in the same world as Percy Jackson and 3 other series?…. yeah. I was, to say the least, a little skeptical. Expecially after my disappointment with the Magnus Chase series. But OH MY GOD. RICK RIORDAN YOU’VE WON MY HEART AGAIN ❤

This book takes on the point of view from the Greek God ApolloApollo is self centered, arrogant, hilarious asshole. One that you just can’t help but fall completely in love with. I don’t think I’ve ever laughed and felt more in love with a character as much as I did with this book. Apollo, whose been banned to earth as a human, (a very ugly appearance with more than appalling acne problems according to Apollo) goes on his first task to regaining his place in Olympus. He stays in Camp Half Blood for this book, and we get to see old and dear characters.

So here is a list of what I liked. 

The characters- 

  • Apollo – He was SO different from any other character Rick has written. Honestly, to me all his characters were starting to blend together and I swear I was seeing 4 Percy Jacksons. But Apollo is, and was, one of my favorite characters of all times. Reading from his point of view was beyond hilarious and fun. I also like how openly bi sexual he was!
  • Meg – She was also very different than the normal Rick formula. She wears odd cloths, has a big attitude, and doesn’t take crap from anyone.

I also really loved Meg’s and Apollo’s relationship!!

Will put his hand on Nico’s shoulder. “Nico, we need to have another talk about your people skills.”

“Hey, I’m just stating the obvious. If this is Apollo, and he dies, we’re all in trouble.”

Will turned to me. “I apologize for my boyfriend.”

Nico rolled his eyes. “Could you not―”

“Would you prefer special guy?” Will asked. “Or significant other?”

“Significant annoyance, in your case,” Nico grumbled.

I’m sorry did you just say BOYFRIEND???!!

  • So yes the Nico/ Will relationship. OH MY GOD. THANK YOU RICK. This couple is more perfect than anything I could’ve imagined and damn they are just adorable.
  • Percy… but not so much – I like how Percy was in the book, but he wasn’t by any means a big character. He gets a break. I mean haven’t we put him through enough?! He shows up at the end, but once again the focus is on Apollo, not Percy.

Humor – I seriously haven’t laughed and just enjoyed reading one book so much. (I’ve probably said this too many times during this review.) But, hey! It’s true.

Then the glow become brighter: a holographic golden sickle with a few sheaves of wheat, rotating just above Meg McCaffrey.

A boy in the crowd gasped. “She’s a communist!”

A girl who’d been sitting at Cabin Four’s table gave him a disgusted sneer. “No, Damien, that’s my mom’s symbol.”

I loved this book, and it was so refreshing to read.

There was also a few things I didn’t like but can’t express in the review due to the fact they contain spoilers. *Hint it takes place at the end. 

But final say-

4.5 stars

92% on my scale 

RECOMMENDED!! 


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Book Title: The Rose and the Dagger

Author: Renee Ahdieh

My Rating: 4 Stars

Goodread’s Rating: 4.3 Stars

Amazon Rating: 4.5 Stars


Goodread’s Summary: 

The darker the sky, the brighter the stars.
In a land on the brink of war, Shahrzad is forced from the arms of her beloved husband, the Caliph of Khorasan. She once thought Khalid a monster—a merciless killer of wives, responsible for immeasurable heartache and pain—but as she unraveled his secrets, she found instead an extraordinary man and a love she could not deny. Still, a curse threatens to keep Shazi and Khalid apart forever.
Now she’s reunited with her family, who have found refuge in the desert, where a deadly force is gathering against Khalid—a force set on destroying his empire and commanded by Shazi’s spurned childhood sweetheart. Trapped between loyalties to those she loves, the only thing Shazi can do is act. Using the burgeoning magic within her as a guide, she strikes out on her own to end both this terrible curse and the brewing war once and for all. But to do it, she must evade enemies of her own to stay alive.
The saga that began with The Wrath and the Dawn takes its final turn as Shahrzad risks everything to find her way back to her one true love again.


Review:

Before I get into the review, it was a worthy sequel and conclusion to the Wrath and the Dawn. Which I enjoyed a lot. However… I found the same problem that I did with the Glass Sword, it just didn’t live up to the first. I LOVED it. Just a few minor things for me that made the book not quite a 5 star book, but really close. Renee is an amazing writer, and her books I swear are black magic. The anticipation, betrayal, dark twists and turns leave you on the edge of your seat and wanting more.

I did love the new aspects of this book- magic, seeing more of background characters in the first book. It wasn’t all about Khalid, which I actually liked a lot. Don’t worry though Shahrzad/Khalid shippers, there is a lot of romance in here that will leave you swooning. But what I liked is how it was more developed and mature.

There was also a new character Irsa, Shazi’s sister, that I surprisingly really liked. Her story was something else that just captivated me, and broke me at the same time.

It ended very strong and I think overall this series is something I place high on my favorite series shelf.

No. He was not here to wreak revenge.
For revenge was trifling and hollow.
No. He was not here to retrieve his wife.
For his wife was not a thing to be retrieved.
No. He was not here to negotiate a truce.
For a truce suggested he wished to compromise.

He was here to burn something to the ground

4 stars

87% on my scale 

Recommend! 


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Book Title: A Court of Mist and Fury

Author: Sarah J. Mass

My Rating: 5 Stars

Goodread’s Rating: 4.7

Amazon Rating: 5 Stars


Goodread’s Summary:

Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.
Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.
With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas’s masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights.


Review: 

“I was not a pet, not a doll, not an animal.
I was a survivor, and I was strong.
I would not be weak, or helpless again
I would not, could not be broken. Tamed.”

If you thought you liked A Court of Thorns and Roses, you will be blown away by A Court of Mist and Fury. If you Haven’t read either of these books yet… what … what are you doing.

I knew I’d love this book, but seriously this book is perfect. I didn’t have one damn complaint about any of the book. It was everything I wanted and more. I think this is officially my favorite book of all time, and more importantly the best sequel to a book I’ve ever read.

Why I liked this book: *Contains Mild Spoilers*

The Romance – 

The romance was different from a Court of Thorns and Roses. In book 1, the romance was fast and all consuming between Tamlin and Feyre. The romance to me felt weird and forced. I didn’t like it AT ALL.

But don’t worry. A much better candidate which was introduced and developed upon-Rhysand. That relationship had me from book one, and just completely blew my mind in book 2. While there was some oh-so-steamy romance in this book. It was however, not the focus of the book… like at all. It was a subtle, seductive, and had me head over heels screaming in love while only being simply a sub plot. It was hot and sexy, and just…

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“And I wondered if love was too weak a word for what he felt, what he’d done for me. For what I felt for him.”

“I heard every word between you. I knew you could take care of yourself, and yet … ” He went back to his pie, swallowing a bite before continuing. “And yet I found myself deciding that if you took his hand, I would find a way to live with it. It would be your choice.”
I sipped from my wine. “And if he had grabbed me?”
There was nothing but uncompromising will in his eyes. “Then I would have torn apart the world to get you back.”

Feyre’s Growth Throughout This Story

I didn’t realize the growth that Feyre needed, or that she was even in desperate need of change. But the journey from the first page of the book, to the last page of the book with Feyre was amazingly well written. After the events from A Court of Thorns and Rose, how could Feyre not be different? I was very impressed on how much time Maas spent on her characters and making sure they had such a beautiful arch. Feyres’ aspirations and views on everything changed, and Tamlin was not with the program.

Which leads me to my next point.

I Hate Tamlin

I didn’t really like Tamlin in book one. Thank GOD I didn’t, because his true character was completely reveled in book 2. Now this isn’t like the whole incident with Chaol in the Throne of Glass series. It showed the mask that Tamlin played in book one to win Feyre over, only to revel that is actually he is an utter ASSHOLE to Feyre. Overprotective to the point of prisonment is beyond me.

Thank god we washed our hands of him… or did we?

“And I realized—I realized how badly I’d been treated before, if my standards had become so low. If the freedom I’d been granted felt like a privilege and not an inherent right.”

I Love Rhysand

“He thinks he’ll be remembered as the villain in the story. But I forgot to tell him that the villain is usually the person who locks up the maiden and throws away the key. He was the one who let me out.”

I thought Rhys was dark and mysterious in book 1. Naturally I was drawn to him. Then during book 2 we saw a completely different side(s) of him. He was sweet, caring, loyal, a lovable smarts, flirtatious.. oh god the list can go on and on.

It also wasn’t the weird whip around change that happened in the Queen of Shadows. It was simply a women who grew and changed. Happening to find someone who completed her.

New Characters

I absolutely adored all the new characters. They brought a vibe that I really liked, and I appreciated how it focused on building those relationships as well. Instead of just focusing on the romance.

Less Sex

Having steamy scenes are nice… but in book 1 I swear they were every other page. It was also a little bizarre. In this book it was matured and placed better. Also well written.

The Book Overall and The Ending

The book overall really displayed how well Sarah J. Maas’s writing has really grown. A Court of Mist and Fury was just one amazingly well written thing after another. I’m in awe. Also her ending was a huge cliffhanger. Which makes the need for the next book madding.

Overall –

5,000,000 stars 

99.9% on my scale 

RECOMMEND!! 


That’s the end to my May Wrap up and Reviews. I read a couple other books but I already wrote reviews for them- Book Reviews 

I’ll be writing a new post on my June TBR.

-Whitney ❤

Book Traveling Thursdays #2 – Childhood

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Book Traveling Thursdays meme was created by Catia @ The Girl Who Read Too Much and Danielle @ Danielle’s Book Blog. Go check them out!

Here are the rules to this meme

1) Pick a book! At the beginning of every month a list of themes will be posted. All you have to do is choose a book that fits the theme.
2) In your blog post, the first thing you will want to include is an explanation of why your chosen book fits the theme.
2) Look at covers from multiple editions and multiple countries for the book you chose.
3) Finally, include pictures of the original cover, the cover from your country (if their are multiple covers from your country include all of them!), your favorite cover, and your least favorite cover.
4) Be sure to tag your posts with booktravelingthursdays so we can all see each other’s posts!


 

This weeks theme is choose a book you would read in your childhood if you could go back in time. 

I wish I’d read the Harry Potter series as a kid… Cue the gasps of horror. I know!! I just simply never picked them up, and my parents never bought them for me. However, now that I have indeed read them, I’m amazed and blown away. Also very mad that I don’t live at Hogwarts. This is a very big problem I think needs to be addressed right away.

FAVORITE COVER (S):

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LEAST FAVORITE COVER(S):

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There is a LOT of covers for this series! I can’t say that I completely love any one cover, some are just to cheesy for my taste. (Don’t hate me!!) But forever will love this series, just wish I read it sooner!

-Whitney ❤

What I’ve Been Up To Update

Hello fellow readers and bloggers!

These past couple weeks I’ve decided to start writing my first book!

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The planning process and my first draft has proven difficult, but I’ll be posting random quotes/sections and different writing tips and tricks I’ve learned and struggled with while writing my book.

I’ve ALSO read 4 new release book that I have YET to upload,- (A Court of Mist and Fury, The Glass Sword, The Rose and the Dagger, and Trials of Apollo – Follow me on Goodreads and you’ll have constant updates on what I’m reading!) -because well… along with my new upstart on writing i’ve also been a bit preoccupied with binge watching Game of Thrones. Oops!

Happy reading (and writing)!

-Whitney ❤

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Gracie’s Song by Michelle Schlicher

I was asked to review this book for the author, and I’m really glad I got the chance too. It was such a cute and quick read! (only 139 pages) I really like the idea of the story, and it’s just a nice book to snuggle down and read.


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Book Title: Gracie’s Song

Author: Michelle Schlicher

Pages: 139

My rating: 3 Stars

Goodread’s rating: 4.1 Stars


Summary:

Synopsis from Goodreads-

“Everything can be undone.” That’s what someone tells Gracie Brannen, but she’s doubtful. After graduation, she walked away from everyone she knew with barely a word. Ten years later, she’s back. Even as familiar places and faces bring back old pain, Gracie finds hope in rebuilding old ties and forging new ones. Maybe everything can’t be undone, but perhaps everything can be overcome.


Review: Spoiler Free!

First off, the cover is a mess. I’d give it a D-. It was really distracting and didn’t portray the book at all. 

Anyways, I really enjoyed it and couldn’t put it down despite some issues with the book. It had some quality to the book that just pulled you in and kept you reading till the end! This author has a lot potential and I’d like to see her really branch out and take some risks in the story and plot! This book could have been a lot better developed and put together, but I’d recommend it for one those rainy days when you need a great quick read!

However, this is a honest review and I did have some problems with the plot; It was really slow and nothing really significant happened, also a lot more could have been added on to or developed upon, also with the overall predictably of the book. It’s was enjoyable but not a literary well developed novel.

Characters – I really loved them. I thought they were well developed and brought something important to the story.

Romance – It was ok, super slow, but in a way understandably so. However, nothing truly romantic happened until the last page, so maybe if we got a little bit of what happened after would’ve been nice (:

Plot– It was cute, but I feel like there was overall just something missing. It’s terribly predictable (as many contemporaries are) and the book just isn’t well developed in some aspects. I felt like there was so much that could’ve been built upon, and it was just tooooo slow.

  • Flashbacks- were a really good idea, and I liked them…but sometimes I felt really confused on which was the present and which was the past while reading the book. Better transitioning and placement would’ve made this a lot smoother.
  • Ending- cute but predictable.

 

I’m glad to have gotten the opportunity to read this, and would recommend reading it for one of those rainy days and you just need a nice warm, cute and quick read.

-Whitney ❤

 

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

A little note from me before I get into the post. 

Hey guys! 

I’m so sorry I haven’t been posting, I’ve been super sick and busy with school, so alas unable to post. However, now that I’m better I’m happy to say I’m once again committed to my blog! (: So happy reading and I have a lot of posts coming your way. 


It’s kind of sad how long this book has been sitting on my shelf. I don’t know what has held me back from reading this book, but I’ve finally hopped on the train!

“Anyone can betray anyone.”

– Victoria Aveyard


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Book Name: Red Queen

Author Name: Victoria Aveyard

My Rating: 4.5 stars

Goodreads Rating: 4.2 stars

Amazon Rating: 4.5 stars


Summary:

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard is a high fantasy book, which is a genre I always find my self leaning towards. The sad part is, that after a while all the book start to have the same elements and patterns. I think this is why it took me so long to pick up this book, because I had to be in just the right mood to read a good fantasy novel.

Here is the synopsis from Goodreads:

The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change.

That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power.

Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime.

But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance – Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart

In other words, in this society there are two races set in this word, the Reds (normal humans with no powers, poor, and work in harsh conditions for the silvers) and the Silvers (humans with silver blood who posses powers such as super strength, super speed, mind control, etc., and they are the ruling half the society and race.) The main protagonist is Mare, who was born as a red in the silts (a lowly class village) who finds her self emerged in the world of silvers, royalty, betrayal, heartbreak, and powers beyond image when she displays her own power in front of the whole silver court. A power that she never knew she had, and something she shouldn’t be able to do.


 

Review: Spoiler Free Review! 

(Or I’ll try to keep it spoiler free at least!)

4.5 stars 

This book was very well written, and I couldn’t put it down. While it isn’t one of my favorite books, I definitely have to say that I wish I picked it up sooner. The world, while it had elements that are very common in all fantasy books, was written in such a way that I wasn’t turned off by it. I think it was the characters that really just brought this book home for me.

However, I do wish that there was more world building going on the beginning. Knowing the different kinds of silvers and having a list of them would’ve been nice since there are so many that it’s hard to keep track. While I do believe Aveyard did try and give us this information, it was done so in a way that it was almost overwhelming, hard to follow and retain the different aspects the world. The beginning was especially hard for me, I felt that there wasn’t enough information soon enough while having too much of some things at the same time. It wasn’t until a quarter through the book that I really started to pick up on things and got into the book.

Maybe I’m just slow- who knows.

In the Red Queen, we follow the main protagonist, Mare Barrow, who lives in a lowly Red village with her family. I actually really enjoyed her point of view, however sometimes I thought she was a little blind. She also made some really poor choices, while I do understand them, she knew they were wrong, but just fell under the influence of the wrong person which led to her down fall.

During this time, there is a war going on between two countries of silvers, which has been going on for years. The silvers however employ the reds to fight in this war, saying that anyone who is over the age of 18 and doesn’t have a job by then will be sent to war. This is how many of her brothers get sent away, and what constantly hangs over her head as her 18th birthday approaches. Mare has no skills, she often has a very bad attitude and only contributes by thieving from the people in her village to support her family.

It isn’t until her best friend, Kilorn, losses his job and is now being threatened to go to war that Mare tries to save him. It is then that she gets caught up in the Red Guard, and the royal court. Revealing that Mare has powers that no Red nor silver has ever been able to do.

Mare’s power development was something that I found really interesting. At first I didn’t see how useful it could be until she started doing some super bada** stuff. I think this was a really good plot to the story, and I like how it wasn’t over shadowed.

Betrayal is in every turn in this story and it always will keep you guessing. The betrayal’s to me were crazy, and highly frustrating. I swear I was in shock for the last 40 pages.

“Anyone can betray anyone.”

Mare, in being forced to play a new role as a ‘long lost silver’ who becomes betrothed to one of the princes. She is subjected to the cruelty of the royal silver court, and hates every minute of it. In seeing the silvers up close, it sparks her hared for their race even further. This is probably the main plot of the book, and while it was really interesting and well managed within the book- I wish there was just a little more building upon the plot. In some aspects it was a little slow to develop, and the main plot was more of Mare surviving court that the main point to the book- which is the suppression of the Reds. However, the plot throughout the story was really good nonetheless!

Not to mention the twist and turns of romance in this story. Honestly it does have aspects of a love triangle but it’s so complicated and twisted that I have no idea what to call it now. The love aspects in this story was more of a really bad roller coster that you have no idea which turn it will take next. While reading this book I was never on either side, but I do think that Mare made some really bad choices in this field.

“I’m a Red girl in a sea of Silvers and I can’t afford to feel sorry for anyone, least of all the son of a snake.”

I seriously can’t wait to get my hands on the next book because the ending left me just wanting to know more and desperate to read what happens next.

I highly, highly recommend this book! It was a fantastic read and I really enjoyed it.

4.5/5 stars and a 90% on my scale.

“The truth is what I make it. I could set this world on fire and call it rain.”

 

– Whitney ❤

My Fictional Book Boyfriend(s)

Sorry guys for not posting lately! I’ve been really sick and unable to post. So here’s a little belated Valentines Day post.

As avid readers, we can’t help but become attached to certain characters. More importantly, we all fall hopelessly in love with certain fictional males that just steal our hearts. So here’s a quick post about my top 10 book boyfriends.

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My Book Boyfriends ❤

1.Will Herondale from the Internal Devices series – He loves to read, he’s funny, super sweet, and BEAUTIFUL. Also, he’s a total badass. What’s NOT to love?

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2. Percy Jackson from the Percy Jackson series- Ummm, hello? It’s Percy JACKSON. Enough said.

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3. Rowan Whitethorn from the Throne of Glass Series – I’m pretty sure whoever came up with the term, “Man candy,” had Rowan in mind.

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4. Jem Carstairs from the Internal Device Series- Probably the sweetest and most loyal of all my fictional boyfriends. He can also play the violin.

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5. Liam from the Darkest Minds Series- Liam is the type of guy whose up for any adventure and will go to extreme lengths to protect others. Not to mention an all around honorable guy.

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6. Raffe from the Remnant Chronicles- All around just a really good guy. He will always be there to support me, and find a way to be with me.

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7. Carswell Thorne from the Lunar Chronicles series – I’d have the most fun with Thorne out of all my fictional boyfriends. While he would always make me laugh, he can also be the sweetest guy ever.

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8. Adrian Ivashkov from the Vampire Academy/ Bloodline Series – I think he’s the most romantic of all my fictional boyfriends. While he has his struggles, he’s always there for you in the end.

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9. Dimitri Belikov from the Vampire Academy – Hot, sexy, badass, Russian who loves with all his heart and will do just about anything to protect the ones he loves. Yeah.. I’m in love.

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10. Damon Salvatore from the Vampire Diaries series – He’s dark, but i’m ok with that.

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Of course, there are still many fictional boys who I hold close to my heart who aren’t on this list. I mean, can you really have to many? 😉 Who are yours?

Happy (belated) Valentines day everyone!

– Whitney ❤

 

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before By Jenny Han

Ok, so I bought this the other day because i’ve heard so many great things about this book. However, contemporaries always causes me to hesitate. So I slowly pushed it off.

Until I felt the need for a nice warm love story, and thank god I finally picked this book up. What was a I waiting for?! Jenny has possibly rivaled to my love of Stephanie Perkins! She had me laughing, crying, my heart melting, and my toes curling.

“Love is scary; it changes; it can go away. That’s the part of the risk. I don’t want to be scared anymore.”

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Book Name: To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before

Author Name: Jenny Han

My Rating: 4 Stars

Goodreads Rating: 4.1

Amazon Rating: 4.5 stars


Summary:

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, by Jenny Han, is about shy, quirky, family girl Lara Jean. With the shadow of her mothers death a couple years ago, her bond with her sisters, The Song Girls, is unbreakable. So is the bond with the neighbor boy Josh, who is with Lara Jean’s older sister Margot.

But when Margot moves away to Scotland for college, Lara Jeans world is forever turned upside down.

Lara Jean, being the quite girl she is, never tells any boy that she loves them, and has never even had a boyfriend. Instead she writes letters addressed to each boy she loves- pouring out her heart and soul about things she would never say in person. Once she was finished she would hide them away along with her feelings. Until one day someone mails her letters to all the boys she wrote letters to- 5 in all.

The book follows Lara Jean after the traumatic event of each boy reading her letter. There are twist and turn at every chapter. But also heart warming moments that either want to make you laugh or cry. I loved how this book wasn’t only about Lara Jean finding love, but also her self, and her family bonds. It was as much about her connection with her sisters as it was about Lara Jeans relationships.

I highly recommend this book, its so adorable and such a quick, fun read.

4/5 stars, 84% on my scale.


 

Spoilers!! 

The beginning was suppppperrrr slow. Wow, did it take me a while to get through the first 5-7 chapters. Though I was interested, I felt like I knew exactly how this story was going to play out, blah blah blah.

Holy crap, it was not the ending I was expecting at all. Thank god for that!

Lara Jean– I loved her character! I’m quirky is so many ways and could relate to her personality. Though there were times where I had to close the book due to the fact that I was embarrassed for her. Yet she was constantly surprising me with her actions and the decisions she made. In a very good, but at times groan worthy bad way.

Kitty– She was so adorable holy crap! I could especially relate to having a younger sister and playing the role of the big sister. My sister is around the same age, and is just as annoyingly cute as Kitty. I loved how Kitty played such a prominent role in the book. I also totally adored how Peter and Josh took to her.

Margot– I liked her character, but it was more acceptance that she was there than actually liking her there. I mean being the oldest puts a lot on your shoulders so I got her points, most the time I had a hard time really making a connection to her.

Josh– I loved him. He was the nerdy guy who just stole my heart from the very beginning. I was on team Josh the whole time, but by the end I was happy with both choices. However, her not loving Josh was not what I expected and had not followed the plan where I totally predicted that by the end they will get together. Then again there is another book, so maybe it its still end up that way.

Peter– At first I didn’t like him, but slowly as the book progressed, I actually found myself coming to grow really attached to him. He had this underlining sweetness that just stole me away. Yet… I don’t fully trust him. I feel like there’s something that Lean Jean isn’t seeing. I reallyyyyy hope that this isn’t the case but I have a feeling that Gen had a bigger role than we were lead to believe. So while I say go go go towards Peter, I think it should be rooted with caution.

Chris– She was a weird character. I don’t really know how I feel about her, because we didn’t get to see enough of her. But seriously that girl has got some issues.

“You’d rather make up a fantasy version of somebody in your head than be with a real person.” 


 

All I can say now is go read it! You won’t regret it

-Whitney ❤

Stars Above by Marissa Meyer

DO YOU KNOW HOW EXCITED I AM TO FINALLY HAVE THIS BOOK IN MY HANDS.

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Now i’ve finally had the chance to just sit down and enjoy this amazingly, wonderful book that Meyer had deemed us worthy to receive. If you couldn’t figure this out already, i’m OBSESSED with the Lunar Chronicles series. If you haven’t read this series…. what… what are you doing with you’re life.

The Lunar Chronicle series are a spin off of the fairy tales of Cinderella (Cinder), Little Red Riding Hood (Scarlet), repunzel (Cress), and finally snow white (Winter). But you couldn’t get any more different from the actual story if you tried with this series. They have a sci-fi, futuristic twist that so unique and entertaining. This has honestly so far, become my favorite series of all time with the fantastic plotline and writing!

Stars and Above is made up of 9 novellas, 5 which are new, concerning the characters in the Lunar Chronicles series. My favorite being the epilogue of Winter, placed two years later about the wedding of the century…

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Ok I’ll get on with the actually review.


 


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Book Name: Stars Above

Author: Marissa Meyer

My Rating: 4.5/ 97%

Goodreads Rating: 4.55

Amazon Rating: 5 star


Review

Overall, this book added even more to the already amazingly well written final book to the Lunar Chronicles series. But it didn’t change the fact that I was in tears when I realized that this series is finally over. And each of these characters will forever have a place in my heart.

What made this book so nice, was having all the novella’s in once place- aka, meaning that it was one wave of emotion after another. However, it saws nice to understand Michelle Bonnet so much better, and seeing new POV’S.

Rating for each of the stories:

The Keeper: 4.5 stars

I’ve been dying to know more about Michelle Bonnet, and what how she actually played a part in the Cinder’s past. While reading Scarlet I needed to know more about her; what was her relationship with the lunar? What is she like? How are hers and Scarlets relationship? etc.

And it was so cute reading about little Scarlet. More about Scarlet started to make sense, and it was just too adorable picturing her.

“Cinders. Embers. Ashes. Michelle hoped that whatever strength had allowed this child to survive the fire all those years ago was a strength that still burned inside her. That it would go on burning, hotter and hotter, until she was as bright as the rising sun.”

Glitches: 4.0 

A re-read, but still totally fun to read again. I love love seeing Peony again!

“Who’s Prince Kai?”
Peony spun toward her so fast, she tripped on the skirts of Adri’s kimono and fell, screaming, onto her bed. “Who’s Prince Kai?” she yelled, struggling to sit back up. “Only my future husband! Honestly, don’t girls in Europe know about him?” 

Glitches explains how Cinder came to live with Adri, and her moments after she woke up. It was so heartbreaking about Garan, and I just fell more in love with the characters of Iko, Peony, and Cinder.

The Queen’s Army: 4.0 

It was so interesting to learn about Wolf’s transformation into the genetic hybrid that the Lunar Queen created. Seeing what he went through was all around heart aching and sad. When Wolf was ripped away from his family, and that fact that he knew it was coming, made me sob. It was also terrifying of what they did to the poor children, and what the Queens Army truly was.

Carswell’s Guide to Being Lucky: 5 Stars

Oh, how I love Thorne and missed him so much.

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He’s as dreamy and heartbreakingly sweet as ever. Also as annoyingly (but totally in a lovable way) arrogant and egotistical too.

Seeing young Thorne and how he was as a kid only made his place in my heart swell. If you don’t remember this story is actually an follow up on a briefly mentioned story in Cress, about Katie and how Thorne had defended her long ago and go suspended. It’s so cute in a lot of ways- a quick, fun read.

After Sunshine Passes By: 4.0 stars 

“Sweet Crescent Moon, up in the sky,

Won’t you sing your song to Earth as she passes by?

Your sweetest silver melody, a rhythm and a rhyme,

a lullaby a pleasant dream as you make your climb.”

This one more sad than anything. My heart clenched and hurt for Cress, and you got a glimpse of what Cress’s life was before she entered that horrible satellite. I was nearly in tears when Cress thought that Sybil was taking her somewhere special than left her there.

The Princess and Guard: 5.0 Stars

Honestly this is my favorite of the 9. I know, I know. But what about the most perfect, and heart stopping, beautiful novella at the very end? You might ask. Well.. this one just had my heart squeezing and eyes filling with tears for a whole other reason.

Confession time. Jacin and Winter are probably my favorite couple (of all time ) in this series. More because of the full dedication and love that Jacin has for Winter just leaves even me breathless.

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It was adorable seeing how Winter came to her decision to give up her gift, and why it suddenly all clicked into place. Even though I knew the story, it was so nice to hear it in detail and laid out for me.

“There was no safe place. Not in Artemisia. Not on all of Luna.
Except—Jacin.
When her screams succumbed to hysterical sobbing, Jacin finally allowed his hold to turn from the grip of a jailer to the embrace of her best friend.
“This is why,” he whispered, and it occurred to Winter that, at some point, he’d started crying too. “This is why I can’t leave you, Winter. This is why I’ll never leave.”

The Mechanic: 5 stars 

WE GOT TO SEE WHEN KIA MET CINDER

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“The mechanic?”
The girl—Cinder—nodded. “How can I help you?”
Kai stared at the top of her head.
Linh Cinder.
The renown. The reputation. The approval rating.
New Beijing’s best mechanic was … a teenager?”

Just.. I have no words. Thank you is all I can say.

Something Old, Something New: 4.5 stars 

So we were promised a wedding of a century. Image my surprise when I see that it’s Scarlet and Wolf’s wedding.

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Ok don’t get me wrong. I love Scarlet and Wolf, and my heart did a happy dance knowing that it was them getting married. But I was expecting Kai and Cinder or at least Jacin and Winter (I would’ve seriously died of happiness). But nonetheless I was choked up and tears were streaming down my face as the wedding went on.

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But I think Cinder and Kai over shadowed Scarlet and wolf.

“I told them that was the dulcet roar of a Rampion’s engines,” said Kai, “but they all insisted it was just another media hover flying over.”
Cinder crossed her arms over her chest. “You’re an expert on the sound levels of spaceships now, are you?”
“Nah,” said Kai. “I’ve just been waiting to hear that sound all day.”
She smiled at him, feeling the hummingbird flutter of her own pulse. He smiled back.
“Aces,” said Thorne with a low groan. “They haven’t even kissed yet and they’re already making me nauseous.”

God I missed Thornes smart ass comments, but the feels! *Swoons*

And the ending pages!!

“Kai was never nervous. 

“I asked you once,” he said, running his thumbs over her knuckles, “if you thought you would ever be willing to wear a crown again. Not as the queen of Luna, but… as my empress. And you said that you consider it, someday.” 

She swallowed a breath of cool night air, “And… this is that day?” 

His lips twitched, but didn’t quite become a smile. “I love you. I want to be with you for the rest of my life. I want to marry you, and, yes, I want you to be my empress.”‘

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Yeah… once again I was totally bawling of pure joy.

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This book had me wanting to press pause and rewind to enjoy the series all over again. I can’t explain how much this book means to me.

If you haven’t read this, pick it up, it’s amazing and you won’t regret it.

-Whitney ❤

 

Is This Real Life?

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Yes my fellow bloggers, it is!

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“Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, a new play by Jack Thorne, is the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. It will receive its world premiere in London’s West End on 30th July 2016 

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes darkness comes from unexpected places.”

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This is my actual series of emotions… in this particular order.

I was beyond shocked at first. Like, what the hell, why haven’t I heard of this? Then after a few moments of being utterly stunned and awkwardly staring at my computer- I started screaming which quickly lead to a few tears of joy. Also, very odd and concerned looks from my family members. I can’t wait to experience this terribly wonderful world again. *Takes a deep long breath* 

Ok i’m done, but I wanted to share that with you guys, even if i’m the last person to know about it! 🙂

– Whitney ❤