Destroy Me is a Shatter Me novella set in Warner’s POV. It’s less than 100 pages and certainly worth the read if you’re into the series. It’s a great insight as to how Warner feels after Juliette leaves & his thought process as to what to do next. Plus it explains why he’s so obsessed with her.
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An unexplainable force drew me to this book. And clearly that force knew what it was doing because Nice Try, Jane Sinner was a surprising delight. It’s a book I needed, even if I didn’t know I needed it until I was reading it.
A personal incident sends Jane’s life spiraling out of control. When Jane decides not to finish high school, the only acceptable course of action as dictated by her parents is to attend the nearby community college. She agrees to do it…as long as she may move out. What she doesn’t share is that she is moving into the home of the college’s low budget YouTube reality series. Jane is all in to win it.
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I find that my opinion falls in the same camp as everyone else. This book is beautiful on the outside, both in physical nature and in summary, but dark and twisted and rotten on the inside. And I mean that in a good way. The Belles is a book that makes you think. Then think some more. It’s been a few weeks since I read this and I am still thinking about it.
Camellia is a Belle in the world of Orléans. Belles are beloved above all else because they control the beauty in Orléans. It’s not just enough for Camellia to be one of the Belles, however, she wants to be the Favorite Belle…the one who has most say in beauty standards created in Orléans. As Camellia gets closer to the royals, and to the role of Favorite, she discovers that a lot of sinister happenings are hidden behind the happily portrayed world of the Belles. It’s part fantasy, part mystery, and all social commentary, as I’ll discuss below the cut.
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I first watched the Anastasia movie a few years ago. The story, after all, sounds amazing. The movie, however, bored me. I could hardly focus on it. Despite my movie boredom, my appreciation of the story made me eager to read Heart of Iron. Unfortunately, this led to yet another Anastasia disappointment. Maybe I’m not as enamored by the story as I thought I was.
Criminal Ana is on a mission with metal (robot) D09 (Di) and alien (by our standards) Jax to find coordinates that lead to a long forgotten ship that could save D09 from a memory core glitch fatality. This mission puts them in the path of Robb, of semi-royal blood, who needs the coordinates to find his long missing father. After a lot of sci-fi intrigue and some royal revelations, I’m still not sure how I feel about this book.
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If this book is in fact adapted to film, I have high demands. It must start in black and white, and have dated costumes and lots of drinking and smoking and an excess of pressed suits and trench coats. If the pre-Hinterland action is styled to fit in with the rest of film noir history, then the adaptation is a failure. I don’t want it to be a failure. This eerie, film noir fairy tale book was impressive and unique and would make such a great movie if stylistically it is done accurately.
Alice and her mother have been on the move their entire lives, cursed with bad luck hitting them at every place they live. When Alice’s grandmother dies, it seems like the curse may lift. After an unwelcome coffee shop visit from a deranged fan of a book Alice’s grandmother wrote, however, Alice isn’t so sure the curse is gone. Then her mother is kidnapped…by the very people her absentee grandmother once wrote about.
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I’d say this series is a little like the X-Men comics but written with prose and a love triangle. If you like poetic verses, very descriptive situations & words that feel like music, well you’ll like this. If poetry isn’t your thing & you can’t stand a love triangle… well you should move on.
Oh & just a heads up this is one of my favourite series to read over & over again, so I’m a little biased.
Juliette is locked away in a prison for a crime she didn’t mean to commit. She’s not only a danger to society, but she’s a danger to anyone around her. It’s been more than half a year since she’s been locked up in prison, but she’s about to have her whole world changed.
A corrupt society, a war on the horizon, and hallways full of whisperings about powers & special abilities. Juliette is about to discover so much more about herself than she ever thought possible.
Personally, I love Tahreh Mafi’s writing style. I love the unfinished lines, the poetic descriptions & characters. She has a way of writing that makes the scenes jump out of the page & swirl around in the present. I love Juliette’s way of thinking & the way she notices all the little things.
I’m not too much a fan of the romance that builds, but can you blame me? It does feel a little forced & too rushed in the book. Almost like it’s a romance just because it’s a possibility, not because it’s actually there. But I have other friends that really like it so you can have your own opinions about it.
I’m rating Shatter Me a solid 8/10 crumpled notebooks. I really get lost in this book every time I come back to it & get hooked on the language & story. I’d say it’s for readers who like poetry, descriptive lines, and a story that has many different parts with some unanswered questions.
Credit where credit is due. I may have, in the end, been bored by this book but it still gets credit for touching on elements not often portrayed in YA.
Shalia agrees to a political, arranged marriage with King Calix in hopes of bringing some peace in the midst of an unending war. The arrangement soon becomes very dangerous indeed when Shalia discovers she has earth Elementae powers, something she has to hide from her Elementae-hating husband.
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This was a weird one. Even weirder is that the parts of the book I liked were the weird parts.
Zara Cole’s criminal past takes a dark turn when prison suddenly becomes the safest place for her to be. Then she is selected by the Leviathans, an alien race of spaceships, to become an Honor, a group of humans permitted to travel with the Leviathans. Seeing no better options for her, she accepts the new title. If only she had known just how dangerous the journey would be….
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Mare’s life is suddenly on a roller coaster of luck. First she finds a way to escape the draft, but then ruins that chance by also ruining her sister’s livelihood. Then she makes an unlikely friend who gets her a servant job for the royals. Then she falls on a force field and discovers hidden lightning powers. Then, to cover up for a Red having powers reserved only for Silvers, Mare is pulled into a nonsense plot to have her married to a prince. Did I catch it all? This book is very plot-driven, and I couldn’t bring myself to care about any of it.
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[Here’s my belated Friday post…life was busy this weekend!]
I continue to expect oversaturation of Beauty of the Beast…there are so many adaptations…but once again my skepticism was proved wrong. Hunted, despite taking its framework from a tale as old as time, manages to be its own unique story.
When Yeva’s family loses everything, and is forced to live in a cabin far away from town, she is the only from her family who isn’t feeling down on the move. It puts her in the wilderness, where she can do what she loves most: hunt. Things take a tragic turn when their father disappears while searching for a strange beast in the woods.
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