Onyx

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Onyx by Jennifer L Armentrout

Publisher: Entangled Teen

Published: August 14th, 2012

Rating: 5/5

Onyx follows Daemon and Kat after the events in Obsidian, as the chaos goes on.

Literally one of my favorites of the series. I am currently on the last book and I just….oh my gosh does this series get so much better as the books progress! I’ll be posting my reviews soon for Opal and Origin soon. Let me tell you, I thought Daemon was swoon worthy in the first book, he is so much more in the second book!

Things get so crazy as the book goes along, and as events start to unfold.

But that ending, I cry!

Did not expect that from this book, and of course I was crushed and the drama was just too much! Not in a bad way, but too much for my heart.

The characters are great, the plot is fast paced, action packed, everything I really enjoyed in a fantasy book! The sexual tension…oh man! So good! I really liked Daemon and Kat’s interactions during the first book, and it really got better during this book. I really love it. Kat is just the funniest person, and I adore her so much! In terms of the fast pace, I loved how it kept it up throughout the book. I know sometimes books either start out slow then get faster as it goes on; or will start out fast then go slow. This starts out fast, and doesn’t let up at all. I am so happy this isn’t a filler book for the series. I hate that sometimes that happens.

I have been really enjoying Jennifer’s books lately, and this series is now my favorite of hers. Which was weird because I loved the Dark Elements series so much.

I really enjoyed reading about Katy and her book blog. I liked the different snippets we got from the different books she has read, as well as the snippets we got of her filming. She’s adorable, and I really like her character throughout the series!

As mentioned, Daemon was swoon worthy, as well as super protective. It really kicked up when Blake came into the picture.

Honestly, at times I really enjoyed reading about Blake. But at the end I really hated him!! Ahhh! If you’ve read this series, you’ll know why, and might even agree with me! The hate is real. But he really brings out a different side of Daemon, and it was funny to watch.

With all the different revelations the book brought forth, I really just…couldn’t hold out my freak out moments and now my mom thinks I’m a weirdo (as usual). I finished this book and moved right onto the next book. Didn’t take a break, and I don’t regret it.

Side note: THAT LAST PAGE! GOOD LORD. End Side Note.

Highly recommend!

Let me know in the comments your thoughts on this book, as well as the series as a whole!

 

 

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The Winner’s Kiss

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The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Published: March 29th 2016

Rating: 5/5

Oh. My. Gosh…..This book! This is probably my favorite book of the trilogy! I flew through it and could not put it down! The Winner’s Kiss is the third book in the Winner’s Trilogy, which follows a girl named Kestrel, a well off daughter of a general who buys a slave at an auction. I won’t be telling the plot of this one because it’ll spoil the book. But it follows directly after the events in the second book.

Overall the writing was amazing, the plot really is super fast paced, it just takes you on an amazing adventure, and the characters really are amazing! They go through such a development, and I admired them! Especially Kestrel!

Kestrel is like..amazing! Even the way her mind was during the book, her mind is still so sharp! It’s really interesting to see how her choices, as well as Arin’s, affected everything. Seeing the consequences of their actions at times, it was really interesting! At times I even wondered how they would move past everything. Kestrel definitely had some character growth, and she really explored the physical and mental strength of female characters. As mentioned, her mind was sharp, witty, and it was so amazing reading things from her perspective and seeing how her mind worked things out.

Arin was just…oh my gosh! I need my own Arin because he was so cute, adorable, swoony, and so protective! I loved him, felt he was so strong, and while at times he was very violent, he was a good guy.

Roshar, really kind of grew on me, especially towards the end. Throughout book two I didn’t really like him, but really redeemed himself throughout this book. His little twist at the end was funny, and really kind. I admired what he did for Arin and it also marked him up higher in my book.

I loved this perspective, it being in 3rd person. It really read well, and it really does help show more than what is written. I feel like I’ll be definitely be reading more of her books in the future, because wow her writing is just great, as mentioned many times! The battles are written very well, so descriptive, she really goes political without boring me, and the strategies are well explained again without confusing me or boring me.

Overall, highly recommend this trilogy, you’ll fall in love with the characters, the plot, everything! Love it all!

Let me know in the comments your thoughts on this trilogy, as well as this book!

The Hobbit

So I’m sure I am not the only person who does this…but I have multiple copies of books. I don’t do this all the time, but for some of my favorites, I do. I felt the need to do a series of blog posts about each book with the different copies. And this is the first one!

It’s going to be about The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien! One of my all time favorite books ever written!

So far I have 5 copies of it. I am currently looking for more, but so far I only have 5.

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So starting from the top is The Hobbit copy from Unwin books from 1966. It’s super weird because the wording on the spine is flipped even though the cover is right side up, but I like this copy with Smaug on the top. Here’s a picture I got this off Amazon Marketplace.

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The next copy I have is from Houghton Mifflin Company and was published in 2001. I’ll post the picture for the cover below. It’s a nice little edition, it’s not my favorite but still enjoy the color palette. I got this copy from Goodwill.

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The third book I got is Houghton Mifflin 1999 copy, with cover artwork by Alan Lee. The picture again will be below. I actually really love this cover, mainly because I absolutely adore Alan and his artwork for Tolkien. I got this off eBay.

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The next copy is from Barnes and Nobles, and I recently bought it. I believe maybe two years ago. They have this copy in stock but it came out in 2012. It is the 75th anniversary edition and I think it’s one of my all time favorite editions of it. The colors are so beautiful, the drawing is great!

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Lastly I got the Harper Collins Collectors Edition that came out in 2012. I love this edition and it was so cute and I am currently looking for the same editions for The Lord of the Rings trilogy. I found it off BookOut and I was so shocked! I couldn’t find it anywhere and I found it so cheap that I had to buy it!

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Do you have a copy of The Hobbit? What edition do you have? And how many do you have? Let me know in the comments! And do you also do this with books? Which books do you do it with, or do you do it with every book?

 

The Raven Boys

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The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Publisher: Scholastic Press

Published: September 18th, 2012

Rating: 4/5

The Raven Boys is the first book in The Raven Cycle, about four boys and a girl. The girl, Blue, is part of a family of psychics, being the only girl who is not. And she ends up meeting four boys: Adam, Ronan, Noah, and Gansey. This book is about their adventure seeking a long lost king.

I listened to this book on audiobook, and I really enjoyed Will Paton’s narration of the story! He really added a flavor to it, I ended up using the audiobook rather than the physical. When I started reading the book, I wasn’t in the right frame of mind to read it so I didn’t get very far in it. So I had to switch to audio. But I had to admit that I really felt it made the reading experience so much better. Highly recommend using it!

But this story was really really good! I got so invested and involved in this story.  I loved following them on their journey in this first book. The magical elements in this story were so great, and really added to the story!

Each character was unique, had their own flaws as well as personality traits. I really didn’t expect to love each character so much!

Blue is such a unique, person and I loved reading her parts. She was just so funny, witty, and I love her storyline.

Gansey is just so cute, adorable, and he makes me wish he was real because I want a Gansey!

Ronan is always very interesting, because he’s always so angry and can be a bit scary. But either way he’s a cool person to read about.

Adam is a precious angel! He is a bit frustrating at times but at the same time, you just want to wrap him up in a hug and hold him forever.

Lastly, Noah is a cutie pie and he must be kept in a fortress to be protected forever. He’s just adorable, and I couldn’t help but love him!

I highly recommend this book to everyone! It’s a fun book with a magical journey. I am almost halfway through the audiobook for the second book and I can already tell I’ll love it just as much as this one, maybe even more!

Let me know in the comments if you’ve read it (or listened to it), and what your thoughts are!

The Winner’s Crime

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The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski

Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux

Published: March 3rd, 2015

Rating: 5/5

The Winner’s Crime is the story following The Winner’s Curse, which basically means I can’t say much about the plot since it’ll give things away! But it still follows Arin and Kestrel.

I always get nervous when a trilogy or series moves onto the second book. Authors sometimes don’t do as well with the second book as with the first and third but I absolutely loved this second installment so much! This really added to the story so much, and I loved the direction it took. There was so much growth with the characters, and the plot.

This was a very political second book, and while I normally wouldn’t get into books like this, this one was completely different! It had me hooked, and I would try so hard to get through it to see what happens next. My feels were out of this world! I could not put it down, and I love those types of books!

I will mention that I screamed and freaked out as the ending happened. Not ashamed to admit it honestly! I am so attached to the characters, and I really cannot wait to dive into the next and last book.

In the first book, Kestrel was so strong, stubborn, and wickedly smart. It definitely shows in this book, and I love reading how her mind works. She just thinks of things in such a different way, as well as process situations so uniquely! While she doesn’t want to be part of the military, her mind is definitely a military mind, while also embracing her femininity. It was nice and refreshing to see a girl who knows how to punch, but also loves wearing dresses.

Let me just say, there are times I just want to smack Arin, and leave him and Kestrel in a room alone! Because they have so many issues to settle, and whenever it seems like things are working out, something comes around to mess it up!

I just know that the last book will basically mess up my emotions, so if I’m absent for a few days it’s because I’m emotionally unstable!

Let me know your thoughts on this book, as well as the trilogy! Are you just as attached as I am?! Let me know below!

Two Girls Staring at the Ceiling

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Publisher:  Schwartz & Wade

Published: August 5th, 2014

Rating: 3/5

This book is about two girls, who meet in the hospital. Chess who is the main narrator finds herself in the hospital after a date gone wrong, and meets Shannon, who happens to be the angriest person she’s ever met.

I liked the premise of the book, and I really enjoyed reading it in verse. But the story was just “okay”. It didn’t stick with me, and I wasn’t very attached to the characters. I enjoy reading books like these, and I felt the writing was beautiful, but again I felt it was just okay.

I also was a little confused at first, because I read the summary and assumed it was about cancer, but it actually was not. It’s about Chron’s disease. I liked that it focused on something else, and it helped us look into someone’s eyes going through it, and shed some light on it.

I felt bad for Chess, because people seemed to view her as a child, and she wasn’t really told much about the disease, and the doctors and her mother did not want to confirm what she had. Her mother really likes the idea of burying her head in the sand, and tries to make light of what she has. That really grated on my nerves, and while I understood the perspective, I didn’t like it.

Shannon also got a bit on my nerves. She really was a bit too mean and harsh. And I felt she tried a little hard to keep up the tough girl shell and act. But rather than try and look tough, she just acted like a jerk. I liked their different personalities, and that they were so different, but Shannon was just a bit too much for me. She was great though when she uses her attitude to help Chess, but again at times it was too much attitude.

I did think the way the author did her format for dialogue was new and interesting. It was confusing at first, but once you got the hang of it, you really start to enjoy it. I liked the division in the middle, to represent the curtain separating the girls in their room.

Overall it was a decent read, but not one of my favorites.

Let me know your thoughts on this book, I enjoy reading them!

Hit

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Hit by Lorie Ann Grover

Publisher: Blink

Published: October 7th, 2014

Rating: 4/5

Hit is the story of a girl who has a crush on her teacher at her high school, and on her way to give him a poem she wrote, she gets hit. By the very teacher she likes. It’s all about the event, as well as the aftermath.

I felt that the story was well written, and the plot was well done. I found it interesting that the story took place in only 3 days. I felt that the characters fell a little flat for me but the storyline definitely made up for it. I felt that I really enjoy reading about things many consider taboo. Like students falling in love with teachers, mainly in high school. I got over the taboo idea, and just plowed through it. I enjoyed the fact that the attraction that Sarah had for the teacher did not take up the whole story, and wasn’t the focus of everything. I really appreciated that aspect.

While the plot was well done and a bit simple, there was a lot of beauty in some situations. I loved how brave the teacher was at one point of the book, and he really pushed himself out of his comfort zone to give comfort. I also felt that the brother really overcame something that really plagues brothers and sisters everywhere. It was really beautiful that he had to overcome it, and he grew as a character because of that. It also made the family really realize what is important in their lives, and what should be important and what should not.

I felt though, that the ending was a bit too perfect for my tastes. When it ended, the lines were a bit cheesy, and even though conflicts were resolved like an ending should have, it just seemed too easy and too perfect.

But overall I really enjoyed this author’s work, and I plan to pick up more of her books in the future, because she really does have good writing, even with the slightly cheesy ending (it wasn’t like it was a bad ending, just a little too cheesy for my taste).

Let me know your thoughts on this story, as well as your thoughts of her other books! Let me know which book of hers I should read next!

Scarlet

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Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Publisher: Feiwel & Friends

Published: February 5, 2013

Rating: 5/5

Scarlet is a retelling of Little Red Riding Hood, which honestly is not one of my favorite fairy tale stories, but Scarlet is a twist on that story.

And I really loved it! I love Scarlet and Wolf as much, if not more than Cinder and Kai! She is so determined to find her grandmother after she goes missing. I felt that her determination was awesome, and I enjoyed how much love she has for her and that it was what drove her. I liked the different POV’s that switched around, and it really pushed the story forward a great deal, and added so much depth to the characters and background.

The girls (both Cinder and Scarlet) are so great, and kick so much butt that I really felt they were great female leads to the stories. They really didn’t let the guys control everything, they took control and worked things out for themselves. They weren’t afraid to get in the thick of things, and I always enjoy when girls are like that in stories. They’re both so similar, and yet so different that it was cool reading about them in the same book.

The male leads…talk about swoon! I liked the different personalities they had, but also the growth was amazing to watch. We only saw one side of Kai in Cinder, but you saw a completely different side in Scarlet. He was so selfless, loyal, and definitely more mature. He really show is strength as a leader.

I felt that although Wolf and Scarlet connected a little too fast, it was still believable. At least to me. Once they got over their distrust, they really opened up, and I enjoyed their interactions afterwards.

This series really went crazy in this book, which was probably the best part of the book in all honesty. I loved the action in it, and I felt it really hooked you and took you for such a fun ride. I cannot wait to continue this series with Cress! Looking forward to it so much.

Let me know your thoughts on this book, as well as the series so far! I’d really enjoy hearing about it!

The Winner’s Curse

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The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux

Published: March 4, 2014

Rating: 5/5

The Winner’s Curse is a story about a girl named Kestrel and she is the general’s daughter. She ends up buying a slave named Arin, which leads to events happening.

I absolutely flew through this book…I started around 9 at night, and I finished it around 10 pm the next night. An absolutely fantastic read, it’s super fast paced, leaves you wanting to dive into the next book which I currently am!

I like the characters, the plot line, the world, the writing, everything! Arin made me swoon, Kestrel had such tenacity, was super witty, and very very smart. I loved hearing her mind, the way she thinks is so different.

Let me tell you, the ending was just…not what I expected but in such an amazing way. I loved the direction it turned, and I am so anxious to see the development of all the different events, the development of the characters, and the way everything pans out! The setting is so cool, with both elements of history, and fantasy. I felt like I was in an older time period because of the carriages, balls, the society is not technologically advanced, and duels. There was not much world building, but the world building that happened, really was great.

I really appreciated that Kestrel showed her strength not in her fighting skills, but with her mind. She was very cunning and sharp, and it really was great seeing someone who was strong in such a different way than usual. She also was great to look up to, in the fact that she knew what her limitations were, but she didn’t let them stop her and stopped at nothing to get to her goal. She used different ways to reach her goal, rather than use violence.

Arin is a great character as well, I loved reading his parts, because you see his struggle, and you really learn to understand his choices. I can’t wait to see how his story goes in the series. He’s very cold at first, and then opens up more as you read on, and I loved what I learned and read about him.

It is also now one of my all time favorite books. One of the many books on that list. But still. Highly highly recommend!

Let me know in the comments if you’ve read this book and your thoughts!

Throne of Glass

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Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children’s

Published: August 7, 2012

Rating: 5/5

So as many know, this book is about a girl named Celaena Sardothien who is a 18 year old assassin who was working in the salt mines of Endovier. She gets offered freedom on the condition that she must act as the champion for the Prince.

I got into this series late, I just read it in 2015 but I am obsessed with this series! It basically changed my life. I could not put it down, and I didn’t want to put it down. Once I finished it I wanted to read it all over again! It is totally in my taste range, and let me tell you: if you love fantasy and action, you’ll fall in love with this series.

I just really loved how everything flowed so well, the writing was great and it kept you hooked. The characters are so well developed, and as you go on in the series they really show development. Celaena is such a great character, and she really embodied being badass, but also girly. It was a perfect combination of the two opposite personalities. She made it cool to be tough yet feminine. She wasn’t afraid to dress up in dresses, even though she had a tough exterior. She is someone you can really look up to, and I loved reading about her. I feel like for the two covers that were published, two really showed her two personalities, which is funny.

I love her confidence,her arrogance, it was great that she didn’t drown in her self-pity, she really stood her ground, held her head high, and fought her hardest to survive. She didn’t let her time in the salt mines break her spirit and her will to live. It only made her stronger, and made her fight that much harder. It was refreshing to read about a character not wallowing in self-pity.

Dorian was a good character as well, and he has so many interesting things about him. He’s charming, he isn’t what he seems, as well as not liking his position as prince. I’m really enjoying where he is going in the next books character wise, and it’s great to see growth in male characters.

Chaol is obviously my favorite male character. I like getting to know him as the books go on, and I love getting to see him more in depth. In this book he was a good character, but you didn’t get to know much about him yet. he flips from being frustrating to being adorable AF! He’s someone you really enjoy getting to know as time goes on.

This book and series is really close to my heart, I got hooked, and am now super obsessed. I am now attached and I am not sorry about it at all. Whenever my friends and I hit up bookstores, I always make sure to shove it in their faces and hands and insist that they need to read them and fall in love too!

Let me know in the comments if you’ve it and your thoughts on it! I’d really enjoying hearing about it.