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Book Review: My Plain Jane

When I read My Lady Jane two years ago, it became an immediate favorite. I laugh so much in real life, and also when watching movies or TV, but not so much when I read. My Lady Jane was irresistibly funny, so My Plain Jane was an anticipated read from the moment the cover was released and its arrival became oh so real.

The Summary

My Plain Jane is a loose retelling of Jane Eyre, told from the POV of Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre (a real person!) and ghost hunter Alexander Blackwood. Ghosts and supernatural beings are abundant in this one.

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Book Review: Fatal Throne

Fatal Throne, most of all, was a change of pace from my usual reading . I don’t read a lot of historical content, fiction or not, but the topic of this one had my interest. Most of my knowledge of the wives of King Henry VIII is from watching The Other Boleyn Girl…which, if you know anything at all about that story, you probably know that movie to be wildly inaccurate. Fatal Throne didn’t have the kind of gripping narrative that usually sucks me into a book, but it was interesting. Very interesting.

The Summary

As mentioned above, this book covers the story of each of King Henry VIII wives. Multiple authors contribute to the book, with each wife having a section from their own POV (penned by a different author), alternating with commentary from Henry.

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Book Review: Save the Date

This book was pitched as a modern day Sixteen Candles, which made it an automatic TBR on my Goodreads. Most people go for The Breakfast Club as the best rat pack/John Hughes movie, but Sixteen Candles is by far my favorite. And if I’ve said it once, I can say it a million times…but despite preferring fantasy as a genre, it’s the YA contemporary books that consistently impress me. Morgan Matson is on my radar, as is the revitalization of my interest in contemporary reads.

The Summary

After more than a year of separation from one person or another, Charlie’s family is back under one roof for a weekend to celebrate her sister’s wedding, and as a secondary task, promote the end of her mother’s famous, nationally known comic strip. It wouldn’t be a good book about a wedding for characters we’ve never met if everything didn’t go catastrophically wrong…

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Book Review: Sky in the Deep

At face value, this book has stuff right up my alley: Fantasy setting with historical vibes. Badass beyond belief heroine. Enemies to lovers trope. And for once, as I hoped, these things made an awesome book. I thought I would like it, but despite expecting that, I am still surprised by how much I enjoyed it.

The Summary

Eelyn knows nothing else but the brutal conflict between the Aska and Riki clans. Fight, kill, survive, repeat. Her worldview is shaken when in battle she runs into her brother who died several years ago. He’s fighting for the rival clan, and Eelyn finds herself captured by the enemy.

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Book Review: Furyborn

This was a book that, once on my radar, I was dying to read. I looked forward to this one for months. And it was good…but it was nothing like my expectations, and ultimately ended up a bit of a disappointment. Kind of like reading Renegades. Maybe I would have enjoyed it more had my expectations not been so high. This review is mildly spoiler-ish.

The Summary

Two women living a thousand years apart are the answer to a long foretold prophecy of the Blood Queen and Sun Queen, who will bring destruction and restoration to their world.

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A Court of Frost and Starlight

A Court of Frost and Starlight is a short little book added to the popular Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas. This book is adorable, yes I said it adorable! I personally find this book to be a perfect little day read that can hold readers over until the next big book in the series drops. So let’s jump into the summary, without spoilers of course 🙂

Summary

The gang is all here! Feyre, Rhysand, Morrigan, Elain, Amren, Cassian, Azriel, and yes, even Nesta are all getting ready to celebrate the Winter Solstice. This is their first real holiday as a family, battle worn, healing, and scarred, but a family none the less. What do they do in the Night Court for this celebration? What faerie magic will they witness? And the most pressing question, what is everyone getting for presents?! Well read the book if you want to find out!

Analysis

This book threw me… figuratively… It would be a little worrisome if a hard-backed book could do anything really.

Firstly this book is a mere 324 pages… compared to the monsters of the series clocking in at 600+ & 900+ pages! So yes, it’s easy to get through in one sitting… which makes me sad because less pages equals less time reading about my favourite characters!

Besides the length I don’t dislike anything about this book. Honestly! The characters are back to their sassy and glorious selves. The scenery in the book is decadent and described as perfectly as ever. And there are some truly tender moments that definitely had some tears spilled over them.

I cannot fault this book for anything except cutting me short of a few hundred pages of my favourites, but that’s okay. The little excerpt in the back for her next book has me hyped and ready for more!

I’m giving A Court of Frost and Starlight a glorious 10/10 beautiful gowns. I enjoyed this book so much! It reminded me of the holiday specials thrown by the shows on television in the best way possible. It was like seeing the characters for who they are when the threat of war isn’t looming over their heads. It was so comforting and really drew me in to the whole scene. It might’ve even awoken a craving for some hot chocolate and peppermint bark too…

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Book Review: Caraval

This book has been on my radar for awhile, and at a glance, seemed like the perfect book for me. Mystery. Weird Wonderland-esque adventures. “Bad” boy love interest. A narrator made relatable by her uncertainty in approaching everything. Yet here I am, having finished the book with all of these things, and I didn’t like it that much.

The Summary

Days ahead of her long awaited marriage to a man she’s never met, a hopeful respite from years of abuse under her father, Scarlett is whisked away (eh, kidnapped?) to Caraval by her sister and a shifty guy her sister was sleeping with. Scarlett dreamed all her life of attending Caraval, a mysterious, multi-day, audience participation event. Though Scarlett is determined to escape in time to get married, her cautious plans change when it turns out this year’s game involves the kidnapping of the sister who brought her to Caraval in the first place. It’s a race against time…
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Restore Me

Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi is the latest installment in the Shatter Me series & it is a game changer. With no spoilers we find out more about our favourite protagonists. We see more of Warner’s past, we know more about Juliette, & we see what the fate of the nation will be. This will be a short review because well… I can’t say anything without spoiling the whole book. So please, bear with me.

Summary

Juliette is now the Supreme Commander of North America… yes, an 18 year old girl is now in charge of an entire continent… what could possibly go wrong?

Her and Warner have some massive things to discuss, Kenji gets flirty with some girl, & there are new characters introduced. Some of these new characters I’d like to punch, & I’m pretty sure Juliette would be right by my side too.

That’s it… Yeah, this book is hard to summarize without ruining.. sorry!

Analysis

I’m going to give Restore Me a very abrasive 7/10 bullets.

For one thing, it was definitely the Juliette & Warner show. Not that I mind, these lovebirds are kind of adorable and very fun to read about… but not at the expense of the other characters. I definitely enjoyed the character development for these two. They both grew tremendously in this book, and I really loved seeing different sides to them… but c’mon other people are in this book too! I missed reading about James & Adam, even Kenji got cut short! I like this book, I really do, I just feel like it could’ve used 50 pages to talk about the other characters, at least a little bit!

As for the plot, it was… it was okay. I understood what was going on, it was developed and made sense… it just felt rushed. Yes, I know the takeover of a continent by a few teenagers happens pretty quickly, and the fallout happens even faster… but geez the ending flew by! I honestly just wish the book was a little longer, maybe with some calm places to rest too. It felt like it was page after page of gut wrenching tension that never ended! Which is alright in a horror book, but not for this!

Which speaking of the ending… I’m devastated & now waiting on the edge of my seat for the next book in the series. Which is great for book sales, but bad for my mental health! All in all I think this was a decent addition to the story line. The plot made sense, the characters were all there, & there were some great new faces that were introduced. I understand not every book in the series can be a winner (looking at you Goblet of Fire), and I understand that not every plot line will be my favourite. & that’s how I’d describe this book. It makes sense, it follows a plot, and it adds to the current story… woohoo. I just can’t wait to see what comes next!

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Book Review: This Mortal Coil

After a few unplanned weeks off from reading/blogging I am back! Life has been busy. Also, so is this book. It is a wild roller coaster from beginning to end…

The Summary

When a soldier from an enemy organization called Cartaxus finds Catarina, bringing a message from her now dead father, Cat is pulled into a plan to decode and release a vaccine to the world to stop the killer Hydra virus.

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Book Review: Not If I Save You First

Ally Carter is such a fun author. I wouldn’t normally pick up a romance heavy YA spy-ish book, but when Carter’s name is on the cover, I want to. Something about her books feel different. It’s trope-heavy, but it always feel new in some way. This book was exactly what I wanted. Fun, light, and ultra-badass. If you want that kind of book, and haven’t picked up something by Ally Carter yet…get on it! This one would be an excellent start.

The Summary

After a near fatal incident protecting the president’s family, Maddie’s Secret Service father quits his job and takes off to Alaska with his daughter in tow. Years later, Maddie’s former best friend (the president’s son) returns to her life. She is so angry with him she could kill him, but in order to get the chance she’ll have to save his life first…
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