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All Things Books!
I am in love with the Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. The story is beautifully crafted. It flows well, and the action and storytelling happen at just the right pace. The characters have a way of being loveable and also being not wanted. I basically finished this book in one sitting and I have no regrets. The story was so compelling, and I could not put it down!
Mare Barrow… what can I say about her. I think that she is a jack of all trades and not your average YA heroine. Her “occupation” is a thief and she is focused on her future on the war front because she has no real job. She ends up ruining her sisters chance at a lifelong career and support for her family. She takes being the black sheep of the family to a whole new level. And while you want to feel sorry for you she doesn’t not want anyone’s pity. Mare is also a kick butt, hard core character. She was ready to join a rebellion to save her best friend when he was going to end up in the war. I think that this is true courage to save someone and put someone else before yourself. She is a true example of character evolution. Though she might be too trusting.
I was literally blown away from the world building in this story. The amount of characters and colors and houses and powers. It got confusing for me at times and I cannot imagine trying to write about all of them. Victoria’s writing is just overall acceptable.
I was totally mind blow by the plot twist at the end. First, I for real thought that Cal would pick Mare and I was sad that my potential OTP was going up in flames and then my heart literally shattered when Mare was betrayed by Maven. I had to put the book down and take a few deep breaths. The queens and Mavens plan was so well thought out and planned though and by that I was impressed how if you go back you could see where the plan was being laid by the two. But it also made me think that maven could also be a victim because his mother is evil and could have manipulated him form a young age to be this way.
I was happy that Cal and Mare fought so well in the Bowl of Bones and then had help to escape from the Scarlet Guard. I was so glad that Mare got her favorite brother back and that they had they special powers to bond over.
The Red Queen by Victoria Aveyardis a great book. It is full of action, betrayals, romance, secret rendezvous, secrets, and powers. I totally recommend this book! It is a mix of the Hunger Games, The selection, and Divergent!
An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahiris an amazing book. I cannot tell you enough praises for this book. I’m actually sad that I did not discover this book sooner. This book was a definite cover buy though, the new updated covers are beautiful, they are simple, but beautiful and they show you the characters. I looked up the first cover and I would have never picked up the book because the cover was not interesting. Once I started this book, I could not put it down and that is because it is finals season and I should have been studying (its fine, I’ll pass.)
I just adore Laia. She is not your average heroine and that’s why I like her. She runs away when her only remaining family member is in danger and she is on the run till she can find someone that will help her. She constantly talks about how scared she is when she is in these dangerous situations. and as the story goes on she becomes able to use her fear to push through and accomplish her tasks.
I loved getting to see Laia and Elias’s point of view, but I did not like when we saw other characters point of view. I felt it took away from the story and was not necessary.
I really liked to love story between Laia and Elias. I really didn’t like the rebel group, I knew they were shady and not to be trusted from the very beginning.
Everyone should try to read this book; the beginning might be a little slow but the story picks up and will be hard to put down. I just loved this book and can’t wait to read the next one!
I finally got around to finishing this book. It was the last book in the trilogy and I was both relived and disappointed with this book. I am glad that all the main characters got happy endings and the bad guys were put away. But the story progressed way to fast I and felt like the story line was not well developed.
The story felt very rushed and there were to many points of view to juggle between. I really didn’t get the chance to get to know the new characters. Some of the plots were predictable and not expected from a book whose predecessors had exceeded my expectations.
I am really glad that all the Illuminae group got some happy endings. Most of the books that I read these days do not end happy or are not currently with any ending (Throne of Glass :( )
It just took me a really long time to read this book. It may have something to do with me not reading the last book in any series, so it will not be over, but this book was really hard to read. But I will still recommend this book to my friends because it’s a great trilogy.
What an amazing sequel. Gemina by Amie Kaufman. We got to see another amazing story play out and get to fall in love with more amazing characters. I especially loved Hanna’s diary entries in the book. The artwork just amazing.
So not going to lie, at first, I was a bit skeptical because I usually do not like when an author throws whole new characters at me after I have become attached to the first ones, but I was pleasantly surprised to have liked these new characters and their story line. The story line drew me in right away. And can I just say that the amount of girl power in this trilogy is literally amazing. Like all the girls can kick butt and save the universe from evil.
I love the sarcasm and humor that this book had to offer, like I lived for Hanna’s and Nik’s conversations. I really oved how they eventually found each other because I knew right from the start that Hanna’s actual boyfriend was not like able and then it turned out that her was a spy! The friendly banter between Ella and Nik were great too, I love a little family teasing!
So, this book had all types of obstacles; a team set out to kill everyone on board, some evil alien parasites, and the universe is literally falling apart. But Hanna Donnelly handle most of these things with grace and she did most of it in a designer jumpsuit!
I basically had to stop reading the book when Nik dies because I was so heartbroken, and I could not believe that he actually died. Honestly when the whole “there are two universes and our Nik is in the other one” I literally jumped for joy and happy cried. I was not expecting him to be brought back to life. And I was sure the Ella had bit the dust but I’m proud my little pauchk was a survivor.
My favorite part of the book was Hanna’s diary entries and how the blood continued to spread as the book went on. I thought Hanna would be the one whose blood it belonged too, but it was Nik’s blood, so why we are reading these files he is slowly bleeding out. I also really loved Hann’s sassy commentary about her life and the rules her dad wanted her to follow.
What really bothers me is that these files are being read to a judge and the person responsible for the files are still nothing is getting done. It’s sad that the adults do not believe what these kids went through. They basically saved the universe from not existing anymore and they have been though stuff other people could not even imagine and they are being pushed aside for grown up politics!
Overall, I loved this book, I love this series, and I can’t wait to finish the third book! So, what do you believe?
The Illuminae Files by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff is an amazing book. I really love this book. It literally took me forever to pick up this book and read it. I think it has been on my bookshelf since it first came out, but I didn’t start reading it till yesterday. I defiantly only bought this book because I thought the cover was beautiful, but then the third book came out recently and I was hearing such great things about the series. So, I decided to read it.
When I first started to read this book, I was not sure how I was going to like how the format was because I thought it would be confusing, but I really liked it. It was interesting to see how the documents related to the events being told through the chats of the characters. I do admit that sometimes it was a bit confusing at some points but it’s okay. And I’m all for seeing how humans created robots to help and it comes back to bite us in the butt. I loved how ADIEN would describe his thought and how he sees what is going on. The page where Ezra is facing the Lincoln fleet and ADIEN describes his battle strategies as death blooming is beautiful. It is my favorite page in the book.
It was defiantly weird to not get an outright description of characters at the beginning of the story because I had no idea how to picture them in my mind. But I did like that the action started right away and that there was never a slow point in the book. I would try to get to a stopping point and one would never come. So that’s why I finished this book is less than a day.
The witty banter had to be my favorite part and the fact that Kady Grant had the worst day ever as she broke up with her boyfriend and her home was destroyed and she had to flee the planet. Like I thought I have had bad days but now in comparison my days are fine. So, if you are having a bad day just remember it could be worse.J it warmed my heart that Ezra Mason did not actually die and that he was in the other ship the entire time because I cried for a good 10 minutes when ADIEN told Kady that.
I loved this book so much, it was amazing, and it has earned a spot on my top bookshelf where I keep my favorite book series! I think I you can give this book a chance it will suck you in and you will not be able to put it down!
This week I read Frat Girl by Kiley Roache. I really loved this book! I devoured it in under a day and with having a million other things to do for school. I highly recommend that everyone, but especially girls in college read this book. It brought up some serious, relevant issues in today’s society and relevant to me.
Firstly, I love that Cassie is my age, she’s in college, she is a feminist, and she is involved in Greek life. I can relate to all these aspects to Cassie’s life. I normally do not read anything but fantasy or paranormal books, but this book just called to me. Also, when she stated that she thought that she thinks she joined a cult, my first thought was like basically. This book has the right amount of romance, feel good moments, funny moments, and things that could happen to all of us.
I really loved all the issues that were brought up throughout the book; like second wave feminism vs. third wave feminism (think femi-nazi vs. intersectionality equality), the different views that states have on sex education (abstinence only vs. practicing safe sex), and the true meaning of brotherhood/sisterhood (trust me Greeks are way more than partying).
But I thought it was surprising that the fraternity was not in trouble for hazing when Cassie’s articles did come out because technically no one is supposed to get hazed.
I was blown away at the character development and Cassie’s outlook on Greek life. I know that it has a bad rap, but it can be amazing experience and I loved how she first looked at it as a bad, toxic thing, but then she realizes that it is like have a home and family. Even her outlook on sororities changed when those girls in the bathroom talked to her.
I am really jealous that Cassie gets to live h=in her Greek house, I wish that my campus let us live in the house. When you are that close to people you form lasting relationships and you can see how all the guys and Cassie slowly become friends and they have fun together.
When I first saw the description of this book I was immediately reminded of the movie “She’s the Man,” because both girls go undercover to get in with the boys. And I was overjoyed that Cassie would not pretend to be a boy because you get to see how they accept Cassie into their brotherhood.
Everyone should read this book, I have recommended this book to all of my friends (and that was before I even finished the book). I think that this book should be read by everyone in my generation because this book could have ideas that we need to here and stories we need to hear.
So, I read The Cruel Prince by Holly Black and I thought that it was an okay book. It had a good story line but was a bit cliché. It was really well written though, I have to say.
What I really liked about this book is the Faeries. They were very entertaining, and I enjoyed that they were different than the others from books I have read. I liked that Jude just wanted to be with like them.
I didn’t like the love story between Jude and a faerie, it felt like it came out of nowhere and then he ended up being in love and proposing to her sister. I also didn’t like her Jude’s twin sister, she was not a well-built character and she just rubbed me the wrong way.
I knew where Holly Black was going with the ending by the middle of the book and I did not like that. It was a very predictable ending to a book and I was disappointed after I finished it.
I would not recommend this book unless you can hang on for book 2 which is coming out later this year.