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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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ARC Book Review: Ash Princess

I don’t remember how exactly I heard about this book, but when I did, I put it on my to-read list almost instantly. This happened back in October 2017. A few months went by and I begin to doubt. Let’s be real: Ash Princess looks like a lot of other YA fantasies, right down to the beautiful cover with a crown.

Despite this, when I got my hands on an ARC copy of the book (hooray for staff days at the library!), I was ecstatic. This feeling only grew when I began reading: my initial gut feeling was right. This book is amazing!

The Summary

Theodora, or Lady Thora as she now goes by, is the last royal connection to the country of Astrea. Ten years ago the Kalovaxians invided her country, murdered her mother (the Queen) and took over the court, sending the rest of the Astreans to either death or slavery in the mines. After many years of captivity, and after enduring beating after beating, Theo reaches her limit when the brutal Kaiser forces her to execute an unexpected visitor from the past. She is out for revenge.

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Book Review: An Enchantment of Ravens

My reading patterns seem to go in waves. I’ll read a string of books I don’t like, or feel ‘meh’ about. Then I’ll go through several books in a row that I absolutely love. It’s a constant back and forth. And right now I happen to be, gloriously, in the latter pattern. Today’s review is for a book I expected to enjoy, though not at this level. It had an effect on me for oh-so-surprising a reason: An Enchantment of Ravens is, amidst all it’s beauty, is an uncomplicated, simple story.

The Summary

When Isobel unknowingly commits treachery against a High Faerie by painting sorrow, a human quality, into his eyes, she is taken from her life in Whimsy to answer to her crime in court.

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Book Review: Ink, Iron, and Glass

Ink, Iron, and Glass, at face value, sounds fascinating. In reality, it’s one of those books that took so long for me engage in that by the time I thought to give up reading it, I was so far in that I thought I might as well finish it.

The Summary

This book takes place in a steampunk, alternate Victorian era where Italian Unification never happened. The world is science crazed, specifically in scriptology, mechanics and alchemy (the ink, iron and glass, mayhaps?). Elsa is from a world written into being via scriptology, but that world goes upside down when her mother is kidnapped, her world disappears, and the danger sends Elsa on the lam.

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Ignite Me

This book was a damn roller coaster. Seriously, I can’t count how many times I went from happy to sad… to torn… to destroyed… to hopeful… to ecstatic… to worried… to just plain thrilled.

So, I do this thing where when I can’t handle a book I either lay it down gently or I throw it at the closest wall. & I’ll tell you this book was thrown at a wall a fair few times. But, this is a sign of greatness. A sign that the book is definitely making me feel something.

Summary

So this review is short & sweet & completely spoiler free 🙂

The war has come to an end, the dust has settled & we are left to see who made it out alive. Is Juliette still breathing? Is Warner still heartbroken & leader of sector 45? What about Adam & James? & we can’t forget the heroes of Omega Point. So many unanswered questions & so many people’s lives at stake.

After finding out who has lived & who hasn’t (no spoilers here) it’s time to form a plan to take down the Commander, AKA Warner’s dad.

Through a lot of drama, planning & hijinks our heroes are ready to go to battle again, but this time it’s for the entire nation. They have a better plan & they’re prepared to do whatever it takes to win. Continue reading “Ignite Me”