The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon | REVIEW

 

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
Published by Delacorte Press on November 1st 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 384
Format: ARC

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The Sun is Also a StarNatasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.

Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.

The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?

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5 Stars

*** RECEIVED AN ARC FOR AN HONEST REVIEW ***
** THANK YOU PENGUIN/RANDOM HOUSE CANADA **

First Line:

Carl Sagan said that if you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe.


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The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon is a stand out contemporary about a boy and girl who fall in love the day she is to be deported and all ways the universe tries to bring them together.

The Good

 

There is so many good things I want to say about The Sun is Also a Star. I guess we can start with what we see first, the gorgeous cover! The colors and the typography are just perfect. The design element fits so well with the overall message of the story as well. Seeing all those threads weaving into each other shows you all the endless possible decisions that we can make in our lives.

The plot is very linear. Natasha is being deported from America because of a mistake her father has made. She tried everything in her power to stop or delay this from happening. Daniel has the most important interview of his life that day, but he doesn’t believe that it’s his calling. Over the course of that one day, Daniel and Natasha meet and fall in love. It has a great message that depending on the decisions we make, we can greatly impact our lives in more ways then one.

It’s hard not to like Natasha and Daniel. Natasha believes in facts and science, while Daniel believes in love and emotion. You would think that these two polarizing personalities wouldn’t get along, but I thought it made for the perfect pair! As the story progresses you can’t help but care for these characters and fight for them to be together in the end!

Nicola Yoon knows how to tell a good story. Her writing is both factual and romantic. She makes everything her characters do and say believable like she is really 17 years old herself. I like contemporaries that are easy to read and enjoyable too. Yoon does exactly that and more!

The feels you get from The Sun is Also a Star are through the roof. It will have you laughing, tearing up, and annoyed with frustration (only because you care so much for Natasha and Daniel). One of the best contemporaries I have read in while!

The Bad

 

Guys, I know this is taboo and is mostly disliked in the book community, but there is insta-love to the highest potential in this one. But before you go casting judgement, Yoon does an amazing job at making you fall in love with her insta-love. That is all I have to say.


I didn’t think Yoon could top her first YA contemporary, Everything Everything, but she knocks it out of the park with this one! Let me know what you guys thought of The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon! I would love to hear your opinions as well!

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Nicola YoonNicola Yoon grew up in Jamaica (the island) and Brooklyn (part of Long Island). She currently resides in Los Angeles, CA with her husband and daughter, both of whom she loves beyond all reason.

Everything, Everything is her first novel.

The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena | REVIEW

The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena
Published by Doubleday Canada on August 23rd 2016
Genres: Fiction, Mystery, Suspense
Pages: 308
Format: Paperback

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The Couple Next DoorAnne and Marco Conti seem to have it all–a loving relationship, a wonderful home, and their beautiful baby, Cora. But one night when they are at a dinner party next door, a terrible crime is committed. Suspicion immediately focuses on the parents. But the truth is a much more complicated story.

Inside the curtained house, an unsettling account of what actually happened unfolds. Detective Rasbach knows that the panicked couple is hiding something. Both Anne and Marco soon discover that the other is keeping secrets, secrets they’ve kept for years.

What follows is the nerve-racking unraveling of a family–a chilling tale of deception, duplicity, and unfaithfulness that will keep you breathless until the final shocking twist.”

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3 Stars

First Line:

Anne can feel the acid churning in her stomach and creeping up her throat; her head was swimming.


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The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena is mystery and suspense novel about the repercussions of leaving your baby home alone and the struggles to keep a family with too many secrets together.

The Good

I must say that the marketing for this The Couple Next Door was highly effective, at least here in Canada. Everywhere I went there was an advertisement for it. One the subway trains, at bus stops, all over the Indigo/Chapters stores. It was part of the reason that piqued my interest.

From the very beginning The Couple Next Door had me on the edge of my seat. I just needed to know who kidnapped the baby and the reasons behind why the parents thought it was a good idea to leave her behind to attend a dinner party next door. So the mystery and suspense was on point in this book!

The characters were well fleshed out during the duration of the book. Anne has a dark past that not many people know about and she continues to doubt herself if she harmed Cora the night of her kidnapping. Marco seemed to be the level headed one of the couple, but we soon learn the struggles he goes through when he is at work. And don’t get me started with their neighbors Cynthia and Graham. I was quite surprised with their impact on the story!

Lapena does a fantastic job with the writing. She knows when to reveal information, but never too much at a time. This resulted in my many frustrated, but thrilling gasps as I hurled my book across the room. I’m the type of person that likes to have the facts. So I knew I had to get through this book ASAP. Luckily it is such a quick and easy read that I finished it within two days.

I still can’t get over that last chapter though. It was the perfect way to end the The Couple Next Door. Creepy as hell!!

The Bad

While I’ll enjoyed the mystery of who took baby Cora, there was still much left to be desired. There are some certain plot points that I didn’t agree with and wish things went in a different direction.

The big big reveal near the end was definitely one of them. To avoid spoilers, I will opt out any information about it. Just know that I wish the person behind the kidnapping of baby Cora was someone else or that their motives for doing so were a little more compelling.

Then their was the narrative voice Lapena decided to tell the story in. At times it got lost on me. Anne did this, Anne did that, Marco this, Marco that. Here is an example of what I am talking about:

Anne wilts in the heat of the summer night and watches her hostess with narrowed eyes. Cynthia is flirting openly with Anne’s husband, Marco. Why does Anne put up with it? Why does Cynthia’s husband, Graham, allow it? Anne is angry but powerless; she doesn’t know how to put a stop to it without looking pathetic and ridiculous.

That was just the second paragraph of the book. Do you see what I mean? Maybe it’s just me that it bothers!


Although I’m not overly happy with how the mystery was solved, I still enjoyed my reading experience and would recommend reading it for yourself. Let me know what you guys thought of The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena! I would love to hear your opinions as well!

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Shari LapenaShari Lapena worked as a lawyer and as an English teacher before turning to writing fiction.

The Couple Next Door is her suspense debut. She lives in Toronto.

The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid | REVIEW

The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid
Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers on November 1st 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Sci-Fi, Space Opera
Pages: 416
Format: ARC

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The DiabolicA Diabolic is ruthless. A Diabolic is powerful. A Diabolic has a single task: Kill in order to protect the person you’ve been created for.

Nemesis is a Diabolic, a humanoid teenager created to protect a galactic senator’s daughter, Sidonia. The two have grown up side by side, but are in no way sisters. Nemesis is expected to give her life for Sidonia, and she would do so gladly. She would also take as many lives as necessary to keep Sidonia safe.

When the power-mad Emperor learns Sidonia’s father is participating in a rebellion, he summons Sidonia to the Galactic court. She is to serve as a hostage. Now, there is only one way for Nemesis to protect Sidonia. She must become her. Nemesis travels to the court disguised as Sidonia—a killing machine masquerading in a world of corrupt politicians and two-faced senators’ children. It’s a nest of vipers with threats on every side, but Nemesis must keep her true abilities a secret or risk everything.

As the Empire begins to fracture and rebellion looms closer, Nemesis learns there is something more to her than just deadly force. She finds a humanity truer than what she encounters from most humans. Amidst all the danger, action, and intrigue, her humanity just might be the thing that saves her life—and the empire

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4 Stars

** Received an ARC from Simon and Schuster Canada for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion at all.**

First Line:

Everyone believed Diabolics were fearless, but in my earliest years, all I knew was fear.


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WRITING 🌟🌟🌟🌟             WORLD 🌟🌟🌟


The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid is an epic Sci-Fi adventure with killer humanoid bodyguards! With a book so jam packed with political intrigue, revenge, murder, and space exploration, you are in for a wild ride!

The Good

The Diabolic has a lot going for it. It’s a great introduction book into the Science Fiction realm if you’re a new reader to that genre. It takes an easy approach to the genre which makes it a straight forward read. I quite enjoyed the reader experience this book offers and I definitely recommend it!

Their are certain characters in this book that I couldn’t help but grow an attachment to. One of them being our main protagonist and resident Diabolic, Nemesis. She was built for one purpose, and only that one purpose, protect her charge (Sidonia). She wasn’t meant to grow feelings, or be anything close to a human being. But things change when she is sent in Sidonia’s place to the Empire. She has some of the best character development in The Diabolic, and is the most fleshed out.

I also grew an attachment to Tyrus, the crazy heir to the empire. I can’t speak too much about him to avoid spoilers, but just know that he is a joy to read and watch develop before our eyes.

I think Kincaid did a fantastic job with writing this book. It was equal bits intriguing, and equal bits captivating to read. I loved the world she built about a society that no longer believes in math and science because they believe that technology is self reliant. They no longer need to know how to create or fix their tech. I thought that was pretty refreshing.

There was so many twists and turns in the plot that I couldn’t put the book down! Definitely worth the read.

The Bad

I only had a few issues with The Diabolic. One being that it was just too grand for one book. There were parts in the book that I thought could have been more fleshed out so we could appreciate it more. This would have been great as a duology, but I respect the decision of the author.

The plot, characters, and world could have been better developed if the story was longer and I think that is the main reason why I couldn’t give this book a 5 star review. I was left with wanting more. More details, more world building, more character development and interactions. Just more.

Finally I felt a bit underwhelmed with the ending. It’s not that it was abrupt or didn’t end well, because there was nothing left open that’s for sure. There were just certain things that occur that I wish went in a different direction. I will leave it that to avoid spoilers!


This would be a great introduction to anyone looking to give science fiction a try! Let me know what you guys thought of The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid! I would love to hear your opinions as well!

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S.J. KincaidS.J. Kincaid was born in Alabama, grew up in California, and attended high school in New Hampshire, but it was while living beside a haunted graveyard in Scotland that she realized that she wanted to be a writer. Her debut, Insignia, came out in July of 2012. The second book in the series, Vortex was released in July of 2013. The final book in the trilogy, Catalyst, came out October 28, 2014. Her standalone novel The Diabolic will be released in fall 2016.

Boy Robot by Simon Curtis (Untitled Trilogy #1) | REVIEW

Boy Robot by Simon Curtis (Untitled Trilogy #1)
Published by Simon Pulse on October 25th 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Sci-Fi, Action & Adventure
Pages: 432
Format: ARC

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Boy RobotSeventeen-year-old Isaak discovers the truth about his origin and the underground forces that must come together to fight against a secret government organization formed to eradicate those like him in this high-octane science fiction debut.

There once was a boy who was made, not created.

In a single night, Isaak’s life changed forever.

His adoptive parents were killed, a mysterious girl saved him from a team of soldiers, and he learned of his own dark and destructive origin.

An origin he doesn’t want to believe, but one he cannot deny.

Isaak is a Robot: a government-made synthetic human, produced as a weapon and now hunted, marked for termination.

He and the Robots can only find asylum with the Underground—a secret network of Robots and humans working together to ensure a coexistent future.

To be protected by the Underground, Isaak will have to make it there first. But with a deadly military force tasked to find him at any cost, his odds are less than favorable.

Now Isaak must decide whether to hold on to his humanity and face possible death…or to embrace his true nature in order to survive, at the risk of becoming the weapon he was made to be.

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4 Stars

** Received an ARC from Simon and Schuster Canada for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion at all.**

First Line:

Run. Her heart pounded in her ears.


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Boy Robot by Simon Curtis is the first book in an untitled trilogy about a boy who finds out he was born a robot and now must go on the run to a safe haven or be executed by a secret government military unit.

The Good

Boy Robot was such a thrill to read. I loved the cat and mouse feel from beginning to end. As a reader you never felt like the characters were safe… because they weren’t. With car chases, robotic super powers, dark and gritty backstories, Boy Robot has it all!

The best aspect of the story would have to be character development and backstory. Uniquely written, Boy Robot has alternating chapters. One chapter follows Isaac our MC and his story on the run, and the next chapter will give us a backstory of character or characters we have yet to meet.

Some of these back story’s have violent upbringings, or sexual assault, bullying and overall unpleasant origins. I felt like it added a layer of reality to an overall story about robotic humanoids.

Isaac was a wonderful main protagonist. He was sweet and definitely deserved more love. His personality and thoughts really resonated with me and the kind of person I was in high school. My only issue was he never questioned anything. He just went with the flow like everything that was happening was totally normal. Of course some other characters that stuck out for me were Kamea, JB, the Twins, the Mute, and V.

I felt the progression of the story was great. At times the chapter were tad bit long, and there seemed to be a lot of the same things happening again and again, but I was constantly on the edge of my seat! There was a ton of action to keep me satisfied and I loved the cool robotic powers each one had unique to them. Don’t get me started with that cliffhanger of an ending though! Where is book 2 when I need it most??

The Bad

My one tiny complaint or issue with Boy Robot was the last portion of the book. I felt like there was a lot revealed and too much going on at once. It felt a bit jumbled and took away from my overall enjoyment of the book. Although some of the twists and reveals were pretty cool, I was just a lot to handle for one ending.

P.S. JB is a butthead.


I seriously need book 2 in my hands ASAP. Me and cliffhangers don’t get along. Why Simon, why??

Let me know what you guys thought of Boy Robot by Simon Curtis! I would love to hear your opinions as well!

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Simon CurtisSimon Curtis was born in Michigan and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He was diagnosed with leukemia at age ten and began performing in musical theater and opera that same year. He was the happiest bald, chemotherapy-addled cancer patient ever seen on stage.

At eighteen, he moved to LA. After various roles on Nickelodeon and Disney Channel, Simon left acting to pursue music, releasing his first album, 8bit Heart, as a free download, followed by his second album, RA. Simon continues to write and release music as an independent recording artist, and looks forward to his new chapter as an author. Above all else, he strives to inspire hope in young people.

Boy Robot is his first novel.

Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas (Throne of Glass #4) | REVIEW

Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas (Throne of Glass #4)
Published by Bloomsbury on September 1st 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Action & Adventure
Pages: 648
Format: Hardcover

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Queen of ShadowsThe queen has returned.

Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she’s at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past…

She has embraced her identity as Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen. But before she can reclaim her throne, she must fight.

She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die for her. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen’s triumphant return.

The fourth volume in the New York Times bestselling series continues Celaena’s epic journey and builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world.

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5 Stars

*** CHECK OUT THE REVIEW FOR BOOK THREE: HEIR OF FIRE ***
** MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS: READ AT OWN RISK!!!**

First Line:

There was a thing waiting in the darkness.


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She was fire, and light, and ash, and embers. She was Aelin Fireheart, and she bowed for no one and nothing, save the crown that was hers by blood and survival and triumph.

Queen of Shadows – Sarah J. Maas

Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas is the fourth book in the Throne of Glass series. It continues from where the third book left off as Celaena, now going by her real name Aelin is traveling back to Rithfold to stop the King from accomplishing his plans. We see new love, old enemies, broken friendships, and new plot twists as Aelin’s story continues to unfold right before our eyes.

So let’s dive in shall we?

The Good

Queen of Shadows takes us in a new direction then what the first and second book have set up. I see how some people were angered by it, but I couldn’t be happier with how things are turning out. This book was like a new beginning for the series, a breath of fresh air. Not only do we get some new plot twists and characters to fangirl over, but we also get closure on the story lines from the first three books.

With everything that happened in Queen of Shadows, I can’t wait to see what Maas is going to throw at us next!

The Throne of Glass series is no rookie when it comes to having strong female characters. I mean we have seen characters like Celaena/Aelin, Nehemia, Kaltain and Manon from the first three books. Now that the series has reached the half way mark Maas decides to throw some more badass female characters at us like Lysandra and Nesryn. Not only do we get to see these females kick ass, but we also get to see the strengths of a female bond and friendship.

When Aelin is at her lowest, Lysandra is there to pick her up. The importance of a female bond is so imperative to show a different side of the male driven world where females are expendable. I’m hoping for more bonding between Aelin, Lysandra, and Nesryn, as well as Manon and Asterin.

If you guys know me then you know I cannot go through a review of this book without talking about Rowan. The perfect fae prince that ever lived, at least in my opinion. The romance between Aelin and Rowan seemed to have blossomed and developed a lot more in this book. Their moments together we sweet, funny, and real. They are not perfect which is awesome! They still fight like regular couples which makes them very relatable on that level.

Can I say that I completely ship all the new budding romances we get to see in this book as well? The answer to that is yes, yes I can. Dorian/Manon, Chaol/Nesryn, and Aedion/Lysandra could all potentially be a thing in the next book. Give me a moment to fanboy over here. Yes, yes, and yes. I want them all!

If you’re a monster, I’m a monster.

Queen of Shadows – Sarah J. Maas

The Bad

So there really wasn’t much to dislike about this book and I even contemplated putting this in my review. So I just want to say that this did not effect my rating what so ever as I do believe this was more of a personal irritation then anything else. And it’s none other then the way the book was written. In terms of fragmented sentences and the use of the dash (ie. ).

“He shifted his arm so he could brush her hair back. His fingers lingered along her jaw. “You make me want to live, too, Aelin Galathynius,” he said. “Not exist—but live.” He cupped her cheek, and took a steadying breath—as if he’d thought about every word these past three days, over and over again. “I spent centuries wandering the world, from empires to kingdoms to wastelands, never settling, never stopping—not for one moment. I was always looking toward the horizon, always wondering what waited across the next ocean, over the next mountain. But I think … I think that whole time, all those centuries, I was just looking for you.”

Really? In one paragraph we have three uses of the dash. Did that bother anyone else, or was it just me? Trust me when I say this was just a tiny example. If I were to go back and count how many times they were used I think I would surprise myself!

Sometimes there won’t be a right choice, just the best of several bad options.

Queen of Shadows – Sarah J. Maas

I highly recommend this one if you are a fan of high fantasy and badass female characters. Let me know what you guys thought of Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas! I would love to hear your opinions as well!

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Sarah J. MaasSarah J. Maas is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series (Queen of Shadows, Book 4, will be out in September 2015), as well as the A Court of Thorns and Roses series (out 5/5/15).

Sarah lives in Bucks County, PA, and over the years, she has developed an unhealthy appreciation for Disney movies and bad pop music. She adores fairy tales and ballet, drinks too much tea, and watches an ungodly amount of TV. When she’s not busy writing, she can be found exploring the historic and beautiful Pennsylvania countryside with her husband and canine companion.

Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas (Throne of Glass #3) | REVIEW

Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas (Throne of Glass #3)
Published by Bloomsbury on September 2nd 2014
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Action & Adventure
Pages: 565
Format: Hardcover

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Heir of FireCelaena has survived deadly contests and shattering heartbreak―but at an unspeakable cost. Now, she must travel to a new land to confront her darkest truth . . . a truth about her heritage that could change her life―and her future―forever. Meanwhile, brutal and monstrous forces are gathering on the horizon, intent on enslaving her world. Will Celaena find the strength to not only fight her inner demons, but to take on the evil that is about to be unleashed?

The bestselling series that has captured readers all over the world reaches new heights in this sequel to the New York Timesbest-selling Crown of Midnight. Packed with heart-pounding action, fierce new characters, and swoon-worthy romance, this third book will enthrall readers from start to finish.

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5 Stars

*** CHECK OUT THE REVIEW FOR BOOK TWO: CROWN OF MIDNIGHT ***
** MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS: READ AT OWN RISK!!!**

First Line:

Gods, it was boiling in this useless excuse for a kingdom.


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WRITING 🌟🌟🌟🌟        WORLD 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

She was the heir of ash and fire, and she would bow to no one.

Heir of Fire – Sarah J. Maas

Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas is the third book in the Throne of Glass series. Celaena must leave her old behind and travel to new lands to discover her past and who she truly is, Fae. With the introduction to new characters and the exit of some old ones, it’s like we get a new and exciting upgrade to the Throne of Glass series. One I am totally on board with!

The Good

First I want to talk about the fantasy portions. The first book dabbled in it, the second book was an appetizer, and Heir of Fire was the main attraction! In this book Celaena learns how to use and control her magic and how to use her it to her advantage against her enemies. Then we have the witches with razor sharp teeth and claws who are learning to fly using these dragon type creatures for war. And finally we have Dorian back at the castle trying hard to suppress the magic within himself that just wants to unleash itself onto the world.

Heir of Fire also introduces some new characters into the mix and by far one of my favorite characters in the series until now. Rowan, the fae prince. With his tough and hard exterior he exudes strength, wisdom, and power. But when he gets to know Celaena, his exterior begins to crumble and we get to see the vulnerable side of him. I absolutely love when a character has many dimensions to themselves and we get to see them grow as the story progresses.

Maas is a brilliant writer and amazing storyteller. She has mastered the art of character dynamics and world building. Thus, she has created an astounding high fantasy series that I adore and to be honest, wish would never have to end. But I know as long as there is young adult readers, she will produce many more great stories for us to obsess over!

The people you love are just weapons that will be used against you.

Heir of Fire – Sarah J. Maas

The Bad

There was very little wrong with this installment of the Throne of Glass series. Again, the writing at times is still choppy and messy. It’s a small inconvenience but does not take away from my overall enjoyment of the story. Thus, Heir of Fire remaining a 5 star read for me.

Their hands clasped between them, he whispered into her ear, “I claim you, too, Aelin Galathynius.

Heir of Fire – Sarah J. Maas

I am loving the new direction this series is going in and can’t wait to see what happens next. Let me know what you guys thought of Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas! I would love to hear your opinions as well!

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Sarah J. MaasSarah J. Maas is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series (Queen of Shadows, Book 4, will be out in September 2015), as well as the A Court of Thorns and Roses series (out 5/5/15).

Sarah lives in Bucks County, PA, and over the years, she has developed an unhealthy appreciation for Disney movies and bad pop music. She adores fairy tales and ballet, drinks too much tea, and watches an ungodly amount of TV. When she’s not busy writing, she can be found exploring the historic and beautiful Pennsylvania countryside with her husband and canine companion.

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas (Throne of Glass #2) | REVIEW

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas (Throne of Glass #2)
Published by Bloomsbury on August 27th 2013
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Action & Adventure
Pages: 418
Format: Hardcover

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Crown of MidnightFrom the throne of glass rules a king with a fist of iron and a soul as black as pitch. Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become his Champion. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown. She hides her secret vigilantly; she knows that the man she serves is bent on evil.

Keeping up the deadly charade becomes increasingly difficult when Celaena realizes she is not the only one seeking justice. As she tries to untangle the mysteries buried deep within the glass castle, her closest relationships suffer. It seems no one is above questioning her allegiances—not the Crown Prince Dorian; not Chaol, the Captain of the Guard; not even her best friend, Nehemia, a foreign princess with a rebel heart.

Then one terrible night, the secrets they have all been keeping lead to an unspeakable tragedy. As Celaena’s world shatters, she will be forced to give up the very thing most precious to her and decide once and for all where her true loyalties lie… and whom she is ultimately willing to fight for.

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4 Stars

*** CHECK OUT THE REVIEW FOR BOOK ONE: THRONE OF GLASS ***
** MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS: READ AT OWN RISK!!!**

First Line:

The shutters swinging in the storm winds were the only sign of her entry.


Review

COVER 🌟🌟🌟🌟           PLOT 🌟🌟🌟🌟

CHARACTERS 🌟🌟🌟    ROMANCE 🌟🌟🌟

WRITING 🌟🌟🌟        WORLD 🌟🌟🌟🌟

I worry because I care. Gods help me, I know I shouldn’t, but I do. So I will always tell you to be careful, because I will always care what happens.

Crown of Midnight – Sarah J. Maas

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas is the second book in the Throne of Glass series. It picks up a little while after the first book. Celaena won her right to be the King’s champion with a twist. Instead of assassinating the people of interest for the King, she is scaring them off and faking their deaths to keep up the charade. Things don’t seem to work out that well for her though…

The Good

In Crown of Midnight, the story picks up with Celaena doing assassination missions for the king as his new champion. She must decide if what she is doing is right or take matters into her own hands. The plot thickens with even more love, death, magic, and deceit. As the story unravels characters will fall in and out of love, friendships form and break, magic and monsters make a bigger appearance, and the everyone seems to be deceiving each other.

Maas’ writing continues to keep you wrapped up into the story as it begins to unfold with new and exciting plot twists. She makes you feel pain, sorrow, happiness, love, and frustration with all her characters and events that leaves you wanting to know more. Her world building doesn’t slow down either and still takes you on an adventure ride you won’t forget.

We finally get more development in the world building department. There is more emphasis put into the history of the kingdom and the magic that used to rule it. I found this aspect of the story to be very fascinating.

Some things you hear with your ears. Others, you hear with your heart.

Crown of Midnight – Sarah J. Maas

The Bad

As I said above, Maas’ writing keeps you wrapped up in the story, but it also has it’s faults as well. I found it very choppy and a bit messy at times. I don’t know if it was done intentional but it turned me off a bit.

Like the first book, Throne of Glass, some characters still irk me a bit. Although Celaena becomes a bit more likable this time around, I found some of her decision making to be a bit moronic and rash. Chaol on the other hand still remains his sad depressing self. He has internal struggles throughout the whole book. His heart is in two places, one side is for Celaena, the other is for the Kingdom. We get to see how this affects his decision process and the growth that we get to witness this time around. He had to make tough decisions and thus his true feelings are revealed.

One last thing. There is a character death in this book that I absolutely found to be incredibly unnecessary and a total plot scapegoat. This character deserved so much more. Maas, you disappointed me.

The best lies were always mixed with truth.

Crown of Midnight – Sarah J. Maas

Overall, I think it was a great sequel and I like the direction it’s going in right now. Let me know what you guys thought of Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas! I would love to hear your opinions as well!

Until next time,

Sig 3

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Sarah J. MaasSarah J. Maas is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series (Queen of Shadows, Book 4, will be out in September 2015), as well as the A Court of Thorns and Roses series (out 5/5/15).

Sarah lives in Bucks County, PA, and over the years, she has developed an unhealthy appreciation for Disney movies and bad pop music. She adores fairy tales and ballet, drinks too much tea, and watches an ungodly amount of TV. When she’s not busy writing, she can be found exploring the historic and beautiful Pennsylvania countryside with her husband and canine companion.

Belvedor and the King’s Curse by Ashleigh Bello (The Belvedor Saga #2) | REVIEW

Belvedor and the King’s Curse by Ashleigh Bello (The Belvedor Saga #2)
Published by Self-Published on October 4th 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Magic
Pages: 394
Format: E-ARC

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Belvedor and the King's CurseIt happened again. Arianna had seen the girl with eyes that shone like silver coins and who struck her dead each night that passed, each time she closed her eyes to dream. Though she couldn’t speak the words aloud, she now knew why these nightmares occurred and what spurred them to take hold at her most vulnerable hours. It was an innate darkness inside of her trying to break free and take over.

Whether the darkness had been born the day she died or if it had always been stirring at her core, there was no denying its threat any longer. What might she become if she gave in?

After all, she now understood the dangerous lure of dark magic. She had learned the story of Vladamor.
 
In this bewitching sequel to Belvedor and the Four Corners, the story of Arianna Belvedor continues, and there’s more than just an evil king to fear

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4 Stars

*** I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review! ***

First Line:

“Where’s Ara?” said Liam, sitting up in the bed.


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COVER 🌟🌟🌟     PLOT 🌟🌟🌟🌟

CHARACTERS 🌟🌟🌟🌟    ROMANCE 🌟🌟🌟

WRITING 🌟🌟🌟🌟      WORLD 🌟🌟🌟🌟


Belvedor and the King’s Curse by Ashleigh Bello is the sequel to The Belvedor Saga. It immediately picks up after the first book with Arianna and her friends making it out of their journey of freedom. But not all comes easy. They are wanted for high treason against the King. Now they must figure out how to stay hidden and try to live their new lives peacefully.

The Good

In this exciting installment of The Belvedor Saga, we get a huge expansion on all areas of the story. Plot, characters, world, and magic system! I was thrilled to have the opportunity to read it.

My biggest highlight overall was the writing mixed with the advancement of the plot. Ashleigh’s writing has improved tremendously which added to the vivid and beautifully written descriptions, and fantastic dialogue between characters. I could really feel the emotions Arianna and her friends were feeling and I was vastly intrigued with all the new information we received

Arianna displays monumental growth in the King’s Curse and she’s beginning to grow on me. We know her as the brave and tough fighter from the Warrior’s District in the Four Corner’s, but now we get to see her take on a more leadership role which weigh’s heavily in the back of her mind. She doesn’t want her friends to come into harms way and will do anything to make sure that doesn’t happen.

I loved the history lesson we get about the magic system and the origins of it. The time and thought it must have taken Ashleigh to build this world really shows. Especially with the back stories of our adult characters like Kassime, Cyn and Solomon.

There is still so much more story to be told and I can’t wait to see what happens next!

The Bad

No story can ever be perfect and that is okay.

For one, I felt like there was a lack of development with the side characters. Especially Arianna’s friends, Lessa, Jeom, and Demetrius. I was very saddened when they took a back seat to the story this time around. I was looking forward to more from them, but we got very little in that department.

On one hand I like that there is barely any romance in the King’s Curse, but on the other, it wouldn’t hurt either. I feel an added romance between characters could further help them develop into stronger characters. It also helps with getting the reader to become more emotionally attached to certain characters as well.


I highly recommend that you guys check out Belvedor and the Four Corners, the first book in The Belvedor Saga! You won’t regret it.

Let me know what you guys thought of Belvedor and the King’s Curse by Ashleigh Bello! I would love to hear your opinions as well!

Until next time,

Sig 3

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Ashleigh BelloAshleigh Bello is the author of the captivating Belvedor Saga. She graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a degree in International Studies, and she currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.

The inspiration for the Belvedor Saga arose from her extensive world travels. And her passion for adventure continues to help her write future works in the series. She is a self-published author and member of the Alliance of Independent Authors. Her website is http://www.ashleighbello.com.

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas (Throne of Glass #1) | REVIEW

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas (Throne of Glass #1)
Published by Bloomsbury on August 7th 2012
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Action & Adventure
Pages: 404
Format: Hardcover

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Throne of GlassWhen magic has gone from the world, and a vicious king rules from his throne of glass, an assassin comes to the castle. She does not come to kill, but to win her freedom. If she can defeat twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition to find the greatest assassin in the land, she will become the King’s Champion and be released from prison.

Her name is Celaena Sardothien.

The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her.

And a princess from a foreign land will become the one thing Celaena never thought she’d have again: a friend.

But something evil dwells in the castle—and it’s there to kill. When her competitors start dying, horribly, one by one, Celaena’s fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival—and a desperate quest to root out the source of the evil before it destroys her world.

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3 Stars

First Line:

After a year of slavery in the Salt Mines of Endovier, Celaena Sardothien was accustomed to being escorted everywhere in shackles and at sword-point.


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COVER 🌟🌟🌟🌟           PLOT 🌟🌟🌟

CHARACTERS 🌟🌟🌟    ROMANCE 🌟🌟🌟🌟

WRITING 🌟🌟🌟        WORLD 🌟🌟🌟

Libraries were full of ideas–perhaps the most dangerous and powerful of all weapons.

Throne of Glass – Sarah J. Maas

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas is the first book of the Throne of Glass series, a high fantasy that follows Celaena, a female assassin as she fights for her freedom while aiding the man that took it all away from her in the first place. Will she become the king’s champion, or will she ultimately find her death at the end of this cruel sick game?

The Good

Throne of Glass follows young assassin Celaena, who is imprisoned at a slave camp in Endovier. After a long year of torture she is brought in front of the king by his son Prince Dorian. She is given a choice to become the king’s champion (in other words his personal assassin). In order to do so she must beat several other champion contestants in a series of tests. If she wins, she wins her freedom after a four year stint being his champion assassin. Of course things are never easy, so when the other candidates start dropping like flies, Celaena must find out why before what ever it is comes after her.

Most likely my favorite aspect of the whole story was the writing. Maas knows how to tell a story with amazing story lines, dialogues, character interactions, action filled scenes, and nail biting endings. I was thoroughly enthralled with the way the story was written, I just wish I got more from Celaena and her over all character growth.

There were only a handful of characters that I actually connected with. Prince Dorian and Princess Nehemia were just that. Dorian, the  very confidant and cocky prince. The type of character you love to hate just because he can sometimes be a hard ass. But aside from that he was the complete opposite from his psychotic father which was a plus! And finally, Nehemia, the foreign princess. To be honest I would say that this character is what saved this book for me. I loved everything about her. She was brave, cunning, smart mouthed, courageous, funny, and beneficial to the plot. Oh how I loved all her secrets and game moves and can’t wait to learn more about her!

I love the world Maas has created and I know there is so much more to be explored! The majority of the story takes place at the castle and surrounding areas. With a lot of dark and damp secret tunnels there was many aspects of intrigue with the setting. With vivid descriptions and vast environmental details we were never left guessing what the surrounding look like.

We all bear scars,… Mine just happen to be more visible than most.

Throne of Glass – Sarah J. Maas

The Bad

There are only  handful of faults with Throne of Glass, one being the rather dry plot which was reminiscent of other books in the past, and two very unlikable characters.

I found the plot of Throne of Glass to be very boring and nothing new to me. I didn’t find anything exciting about the events going on and could rather have cared less to be honest. I found more enjoyment in the interactions between characters then anything else this book had to offer.

Celaena and Chaol frustrated me to no end. Celaena, the resident not so bad ass assassin. I was pretty let down by the main protagonist to be quite honest. I was hoping for a hardcore killer, but what I got was a girly girl with so many feelings. She was probably the worst assassin I have ever read because she had too many emotions. She fell in love too quickly, and she wasn’t at all intimidating. Even her name bothered me (But that’s just a personal issue).

Chaol, the courageous but cautious guard captain. He was a complete snoozefest. If there was a competition for Celaena’s love I don’t think he would last a minute up against Dorian to be honest. I wish he has a little bit more of a personality at least.

You could rattle the stars,” she whispered. “You could do anything, if only you dared. And deep down, you know it, too. That’s what scares you most.

Throne of Glass – Sarah J. Maas

For a first book in a series, I was quite underwhelmed, but I want to see if the sequel can redeem itself! Let me know what you guys thought of Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas! I would love to hear your opinions as well!

Until next time,

Sig 3

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Sarah J. MaasSarah J. Maas is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series (Queen of Shadows, Book 4, will be out in September 2015), as well as the A Court of Thorns and Roses series (out 5/5/15).

Sarah lives in Bucks County, PA, and over the years, she has developed an unhealthy appreciation for Disney movies and bad pop music. She adores fairy tales and ballet, drinks too much tea, and watches an ungodly amount of TV. When she’s not busy writing, she can be found exploring the historic and beautiful Pennsylvania countryside with her husband and canine companion.

We Know It Was You by Maggie Thrash (Strange Truth #1) | REVIEW

We Know It Was You by Maggie Thrash (Strange Truth #1)
Published by Simon Pulse on October 4th 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Mystery, Thriller
Pages: 352
Format: ARC

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We Know It Was YouIt’s better to know the truth. At least sometimes.

Halfway through Friday night’s football game, beautiful cheerleader Brittany Montague—dressed as the giant Winship Wildcat mascot—hurls herself off a bridge into Atlanta’s surging Chattahoochee River.

Just like that, she’s gone.

Eight days later, Benny Flax and Virginia Leeds will be the only ones who know why.

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1 Stars

* Received an ARC from Simon & Schuster for a honest review *

First Line:

It was very God-like, the thing she was doing.


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CHARACTERS 🌟    ROMANCE 

WRITING         THRILLS 🌟


We Know it Was You by Maggie Thrash is a young adult novel about two teens who are apart of their high school’s mystery club who witness the school’s mascot jump off the bridge and try their best to solve it. With shoddy writing and a plot that was all over the place, I wouldn’t recommend anyone waste their time reading this one.

The Good

There was very little good with We Know it Was You, but it had a few things going for it. One being the concept, but a very loose concept from what we got. I liked the aspect of the two teens trying to solve the mysteries of their old boarding school. Secondly, it had potential for a great cast of characters, but Thrash failed at that too.

The Bad

This might get a bit ranty, because there was definitely more wrong with We Know it Was You, then there was right. We can start with the plot, if you want to call it that. The mystery aspect of it was all over the place. There seemed to be 3 or 4 mysteries thrown in just for fun. What started good turned bad real fast. There was child pornography, hypnotism, and rape as the main focus points and none of them were resolved by the end.

Now don’t get me started on the characters. Not a single one was likable. Benny was rude and extremely judgmental. Virginia was crass never thought for herself. She was very self reliant. Can we talk about all the villain type characters being PoC? That is exactly what happened here. It’s 2016, come on.

For a mystery novel Thrash’s writing wasn’t very compelling. With a very loose plot-line, the writing didn’t aid the book in any way. Now here is where it get’s tricky. There was several racist remarks made in We Know it Was You and I’m not sure if Thrash was trying to make her characters bigots or if she had other motives herself with making them. I felt very uncomfortable reading this book that I found myself putting it down several times because I was appalled.

Overall, I was vastly disappointed and would never read another book by this author again. I have not written many 1 star reviews before, and I don’t want to come off rude. I hope this review was constructive enough.


Ok, that’s it. Let me know what you guys thought of We Know It Was You by Maggie Thrash! I would love to hear your opinions as well!

Until next time,

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Maggie ThrashMaggie Thrash grew up in the south. She is the author of the graphic memoir, Honor Girl, published by Candlewick Press. Her short stories and non-fiction articles can be found on Rookie. Maggie Thrash is represented by Stephen Barr of Writers House.