Kingdom’s End

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Kingdom’s End by Charles D. Blanchard

Publisher: Lulu’s Publishing Services

Published: April 26th, 2016

Rating: 4.5/5

I was sent a copy of the book for an honest review.

When I got the book and read what it was about I was super excited to jump into this novel! I don’t know how many of you read the Redwall series by Brian Jacques but this just reminded me of it and I loved that vibe. It brought back so many good memories since I loved those books in middle school! The story follows the story of a colony of rats living in a abandoned movie theater, a new leader is handing out harsh punishments towards his subjects. As he reaches towards total control, he is met with fierce resistance, that hope to bring him down while trying to survive retaliation from the world.

Once I started this novel, I dove in and was sucked up! I loved the adventure, the action, the plot, and that characters. I always love reading about storylines that are about creatures other than humans. It always brings out a whole new perspective on things. This novel was no different. You meet Indio who is the current ruler, who is also blind; as well as Matthias, who has his sights set on being the new ruler. I loved how the author really tried to really make us see rats in a completely new light that what we may think of them in real life. He gave them personalities, families, and a glimpse at their lives in this urban fantasy world. I liked reading about their doings, as well as the humans who live in the world around them.

The only thing that was a bit confusing for me was the shifting of so many points of views. While I liked reading their POV’s, it was also a little hard to keep up and remember who was who. Some characters that stayed present for most of the story were easier, but there were some characters who you would read from for a bit then wouldn’t see them until much much later. So at times it was hard for me to remember who they were and why they were significant. Another thing I had trouble with was sometimes we wouldn’t get people’s names. It mainly had to do with the humans but still, we would learn a bit about them but not their names so I had no idea who they were.

Another thing I had issues with was that we were told a lot of the comings of the book so it really left little for me to find out. I knew what was coming up but had no idea when. I would have preferred to not know anything and be surprised, but in a way I see why he did it.

Overall this novel was really amazing, well written, and action packed. Highly recommend this to anyone, especially urban fantasy lovers! Such an interesting cast of characters, and I really feel it is something you should give a chance to! You’ll root for the good rats like I did!

Let me know in the comments if you’ve had the pleasure to check this book out, and your thoughts! I’d love to know!

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Everything, Everything

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Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon

Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers

Published: September 1st, 2015

Rating: 5/5

Starting this book was a little nerve racking. A lot of people had read this book and loved it, but when I started it last month I really wasn’t sure what I would think about it. But I honestly really enjoyed it and thought it was a great debut novel for Nicola Yoon! The main character was sassy, smart, and I loved reading from her point of view. She was overall very interesting, and she made reading through the book really go by fast.

The story is about a girl named Maddy who has a disease which makes her allergic to everything. She lives with her mother and the only person besides a teacher or two that she ever sees in person is her nurse Carla. Then Olly moves in next door and her world as she knows it changes.

As I started it I was wondering if it was going to be like the Fault in our Stars, which I liked well enough but not enough to really feel like it changed me like a lot of people felt. So I was greatly pleased when I came out of this book was so amazing, and I was instantly hooked on this story! I loved reading from Maddy’s point of view, she was just so interesting and smart. She just really added to the feeling of the novel, and I’m glad you got the chance to put yourself in her shoes. Both Maddy and Olly were smart kids, but not so smart it was weird. I feel like sometimes when author write teenagers and make them smart, it can sometimes age them with how smart they are portrayed. This author really hit the mark with her teenagers. They were just overall smart for their ages having experienced things sometimes most kids don’t.

I felt when what happened did happen, I assumed that was what would happen, but it didn’t make it any less shocking when it did happen. If that makes sense. I hope it does!B But that plot twist in the end..wow! I didn’t see that part coming! At all! I loved it so much and I really felt that it was just…creepy but also interesting! I’m not in the position to understand where the person was coming from, but I could also understand it too. Again that probably doesn’t make sense but if you’ve read it you know what I’m talking about! The very ending was very short and sweet, I adored it and I wish there was more but I love that it ended where it did at the same time. I just really didn’t want to leave these characters.

Nicola Yoon just wrote a novel about a girl and boy forming a relationship, which other people have done, but it was done so beautifully that it was unlike anything I’ve read. I know she has another book coming out in a week so I can’t wait to sink my teeth into that novel! It sounds really good and I hope I love it as much as this book!

Let me know in the comments whether or not you’ve read this book, and your thoughts for I’d love to know!

 

Queen of Shadows

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Queen of Shadows by Sarah J Maas

Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens

Published: September 1st, 2015

Rating: 5/5

This book is probably my all time favorite in the series. Heir of Fire was but then this book happened and I just fell in love. This book was so action packed and I loved every moment of it. It had me on the end of my seat and kept my hooked until the last page, and the ending was so satisfying.

This takes place after the events in Heir of Fire, and Celaena (can’t mention a certain name because spoilers) is on her way back to fight. She is fighting for her cousin, who is imprisoned, her friend who is imprisoned in another way, and her people.

Queen of Shadows is really just a work of art. It is a statement for strong females and heroines in literature, whether they are primary characters or secondary characters. While Celaena is a strong female lead, Sarah really showed the secondary female characters can be just as strong and important. It is something that authors really should be saying all the time, because it’s true. Heroes and Heroines don’t get where they are by themselves, they have help along the way and those that help them really can shape them and their journey.

I also just loved how Celaena was ready, she was ready to fight for what she lost, and was willing to do whatever she could to do it.

We got to see reunions between characters. Chaol and Celaena were reunited after having been separated, Rowan showed up again. And you got to see Lysandra from the Assassin’s Blade novellas. Manon also made an appearance as well, which is loved, since she is just so badass! Love her and her wickness! But let me tell you I died when Rowan showed up. He is my favorite male character in the series, so I just was overjoyed.

There were so many twists and turns, that you really never knew what would happen next. And the character growth was out of control! It was beautiful and glorious! Celaena grew up and matured so much, and she went from being impulsive and risky to being more calculated and open to other input. She totally shed her darkness that was hovering over her in Heir of Fire and found her inner strength that held her fighting spirit. Her friends she lost would be so proud of her for all that she has accomplished in her healing.

I also felt like Manon grew in this book too. She was introduced as wicked and blood-thirsty; which she kind of is through out everything. But she also learned to open her mind and think for herself. Her actions towards the middle and end of this book showed that and I loved it. Lysandra also developed, and for the better. She was considered shallow and snotty, but her motives for everything in her life were pure and good, and I loved having my view of her change from whar you were introduced to in Assassin’s Blade to who she really is in Queen of Shadows.

Overall my favorite book as mentioned before, and such an amazing read. I plan to reread this book before I jump into Empire of Storms so I cannot wait to do that later this year! Let me know in the comments your thoughts on this book and the series as I would love to know them!

Assassin’s Blade

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Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J Maas

Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens

Published: March 4th, 2014

Rating: 5/5

So this book broke me.

Let me just start by saying that.

This book (especially the last story), just broke my heart. I put the book down and just sobbed. If you’ve read the book then you know. I was so happy to have read this book though, because it really helped me understand who she was as a young girl and how she got where she is in the first book. This series really is one of my all time favorites, and I love everything about it.

The writing is amazing, the words just draw me in and take me to a world I wish was real, just like I wish I could live in Middle Earth. Sarah just has a really good way of creating new worlds with just worlds.

I also loved the characters in this book, just like I loved them in the rest of the books. I really enjoyed Celaena as a younger girl in this book, she was such a badass! It really showed such a development after having read the previous books in the series and this one as well. I also loved the new characters that were introduced in this collection of short stories. Celanea is babe, love her so very much.

It’s hard to talk about the other stories since they happen almost one after the other in terms of timeline, but I’ll do what I can.

The first story is The Assassin and the Pirate Lord. This story is about Celaena and her visit to a Pirate Lord to collect debt for Arobynn. Her trip flips when she finds out that the payment is not in money, but in slaves. She works on setting things right, doing what she feels is best, rather than what is asked of her.

Next is The Assassin and the Healer. This takes place after the events in the Pirate Lord stories, when she is on her way to serve punishment for her actions in the first story. This story I felt was more of a filler, and was probably my least favorite of the books. But I still really liked it and the characters. It showed more of Celaena’s badass fighting skills.

The Assassin and the Desert. This takes place in the Red Desert, where she goes to fulfill her punishment. I think this one is tied for my favorite novella in this series. I loved the Silent Assassins, they were so cool and interesting! I really want more of them in the future because I feel that they really didn’t get much time to be shown. I liked the Mute Master, Ansel, and Ilias; the characters really drove this story. I felt in this story, you got to see more friendships and character growth, which is what Sarah does best.

The Assassin and the Underworld. When Celaena is back from her punishment, she is given a mission to help fight slavery in her kingdom. This mission takes her to the sewers and the rooftops, where she finds things she doesn’t want to see. You really got to see more of Sam, which is heartbreaking and also cute as the same time. I love him and his role in her life and the story. I like that this story was more about Celaena getting ready to be independent of Arobynn as she is now rather than be more dependent on him.

Lastly is The Assassin and the Empire…where you read how Celanea got where is was in the first book. This story is my favorite, and obviously crushed my soul. And it became the other part of the tie for favorite in this book. I liked the step by step of what lead her to be where she is in Throne of Glass, even though my heart broke. It sucks because even though you know what happens you still aren’t prepared. I think I screamed at parts of this book, because really since knowing what happens you really just want to change what happens but YOU CAN’T!

Anyways…that is my review of the different stories, all of which I loved. Let me know in the comments your thoughts on the book and the stories as I would love to know!

Mid October Book Haul

So I’ve actually gotten quite a few books already this month. It didn’t hit me until I was looking through it and I was like “wow! I didn’t expect this many books!”  So here is my haul so far this month! 

First off I got One Was Lost by Natalie D. Richards; which is about a group of people who go camping and they wake up with their supplies destroyed and half their group missing. Sounds interesting so I’m excited to read it! Next is Until Friday Night by Abbi Glines which I believe is aboyf a girl who has something not so great happen in her life and a guy who is going to have something bad happen in his life. At least that’s what I’ve heard! I picked it up because I wanted to try out a Abbi Glines book so I hope I like it! Thirdly I got Blood Red Road by Moros Young from my friend in Oregon (thanks Ro!) and I can’t for the life of me remember what it’s about (edit: it’s about a girl who lives in a desert like area with her twin, and when he’s kidnapped she goes after him)!

Up next is The Lovely Reckless by Kami Garcia. This is about a girl who moves in with her dad after her boyfriend dies and she meets a guy named Marco. I haven’t read any of her books before so I’m excited to jump in and give it a chance! I also got Magnus Chase: The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan. I haven’t actually read his books but I have the whole Percy Jackson series and the first book of Magnus Chase. I really need to start reading him! Next in the pile is Replica by Lauren Oliver. This book is about two girls (you read Gemma or Lyra then flip and read the other person’s POV), and they both end up at the Haven Institute. I’m really not reading much about it because I want to go into it as blind as possible.

Up next I have The Chaos of Stars by Kiersten White. Again I don’t know too much about this book, but from what I gathered, it’s set in Egypt and San Diego and has to do with first love and family. I really enjoyed her book And I Darken so I hope to really enjoy this book too! Ivory and Bone by Julie Eshbaugh is a prehistoric Pride & Prejudice retelling. I think it’s such a unique concept so I’m very excited to get the chance to dive in! Holding Up The Universe by Jennifer Niven is about a girl who was the fattest girl in America and she ended up losing weight, and a boy who cannot recognize people’s faces. I haven’t read her first book but I hope to get to this one, as well as All The Bright Places sometime in the near future. Open Road Summer by Emery Lord is about a girl who joins her best friend on a music tour across the US after breaking up with her boyfriend. Lastly, I got Truthwitch by Susan Dennard, which is a book about a girl who is a Truthwitch (a witch who can see between truths and lies). With a Bloodwitch on their heels, they make a alliance with a guy named Prince Merik, and have to stop some kind of war or something. I have heard so many good things about this book and I haven’t read anything by her yet!

So that’s all the books for this haul, and I know I’ll have more this month but since I’m trying not to spend so much hopefully not too much!

 

Edit: Okay I lied…it wasn’t the end of the haul. The day I was planning on posting it I ended up going to another used bookstore and got a couple more books! The place I went to is called Book Off and it’s down towards San Diego (at least the one I go to is).

So I got Rebel and Reboot by Amy Tintera, which is a duology. It is about a girl who is killed and is dead for about 178 minutes and comes back to life. Since she was dead for that long it makes her the deadliest Reboot in her Republic. When she is training new Reboots, she meets Callum and she ends up drawn to him even though he is considered practically human. I also got In the After and In the End by Demetria Lunetta, which is a duology (?) about a girl who’s world is attacked by Them. She rescues a girl named Baby and they hide out in her house, trying to hide from Them. It sounds like zombie-ish which is cool! So I’m excited to read this and see what I think. I honestly don’t know if there are going to be more in this series but I got the two that were at.

Lastly I got the UK covers for The Kill Order and The Death Cure by James Dashner. I’ve wanted to read these books and the series, but I really wanted the UK covers since I like them better than the US covers. I have heard no so good things about the series but the movies have interested me in reading them. I hope I at least enjoy them a bit.

And that is my haul for the first part of October! I’ve been so busy with school that I haven’t had a chance to really read much at all! I hope to finish a few books this week and weekend!

Let me know in the comments what books you’ve gotten recently as I would love to know!

Their Fractured Light

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Their Fractured Light by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner 

Publisher: Disney Hyperion

Published: 

Rating: 5/5

I listened to this book on audiobook and I really enjoyed it! I loved this book almost as much as the first book! I just really enjoyed seeing all the characters come back, as well as meet new characters Sophia and Gideon! The readers for this book were very good, and it really helped me picture the scenes in my head, since I had an idea of their looks and voice. I think I’m really starting to enjoy audio books more now, and I’m using them now for books I have trouble starting in physical form, or I just wanna read more so I put one on. I’m currently listening to Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige. 

Once again being sucked into this amazing world just brought to light how amazing both the authors writing styles are. It’s fast paced, action packed, and almost beautiful. I liked following along with Sophia, and watching her maneuver her way through everything; as well as Gideon hacking his way through everything. I haven’t read many books about characters who are hackers but Gideon so far is my favorite. Plus the reader had a really nice voice, and I really liked listening to him talk. I think what also added to my enjoyment of the book was the whispers in between chapters. They were super creepy and added so much more to the story! 

But the plot was awesome, a great companion book to the series. The characters were different, a little mysterious, and you were sort of waiting for everything to be found out and when it was you really almost weren’t prepared for it. I got so invested in these characters that when everything came to light, I was sad at the results for like a few pages before I got over it. Again I loved when the old characters were brought forward, and the drama going on with them! I was wondering what would happened because I was under the impression that the action would end on the new ship. So when everything went down I was like “wow!” And dove into the new chapters with gusto! 

I might have freaked out during the last few chapters, those who have read the book will understand! You almost thought things wouldn’t work out! It freaked me out and I was powering through the last few chapters on audiobook. I listened in my car then went to listening in my bedroom! Finished it a few hours later and died. Basically I died. I wanted more! More of the characters, more of their futures. While I’m happy where it ended, I still really wanted more because I’m just that addicted! 

I plan on rereading these in the future, and anything else they do! I’m currently listening to Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff and liking it a lot so I hope to check out Meagan Spooner’s future books as well!

Let me know in the comments if you’ve read this book and the series; and let me know your thoughts! I’d love to know! 

Big Bear TBR 

So I’m on my way to Big Bear for the weekend and I was kind of ambitious for this short trip. I’m only gone the weekend and I have three books. I know I’m not going to finish them all but I brought them so I have options when I’m up here! 

The first book I have planned is Aerie by Maria Dahvana Headley, this is the sequel to Magonia which I loved so much! It was so magical and a very interesting read! I’m already like 100 pages into this novel and am loving it so far. The characters are just like I remembered! I have an ARC so I’ll be reading that then getting a hard copy once I’m finished! 

Next book I plan on attempting to get to is Afterburn and Aftershock by Sylvia Day. I got the bind up at a used book store named Book Off for 1$! Since I binge read her series (I’ll be posting a series review as well as a September Wrap-Up soon) so I decided to try her other works as well! Hoping I like it, and I honestly have no idea what it’s about so your guess is as good as mine! 

Last book is Just One Day by Gayle Forman. I’m a bit iffy on her books. I didn’t like If I Stay but I loved I Was Here! So hopefully I enjoy this one by her. I’ve heard good things about it. 

And that is all I plan on reading. Highly doubt I’ll get to them all but I want to read at least one. I like bringing more so I have options to pick from! 

Let me know your reading plans for the rest of the weekend as I’d love to know! Let me also know your thoughts on those books if you’ve read them!

Bloodwalker

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Bloodwalker: by L.X. Cain

Publisher: Dancing Lemur Press L.L.C

Published: October 4th, 2016

Rating: 4.5/5

Today is the release day of Bloodwalker by L.X. Cain and to showcase that I will be posting my review for it! I read it in a day, and was received an ARC copy by the author for an honest review. I’ll be leaving links below incase you want to buy a copy!

Bloodwalker takes place in Europe, mainly around Hungary and follows circus Chief of Security Rubik as he tries to find a killer that follows the circus. His circus reaches a truce with a group of Skomori girls getting married; they are hated and seen as gravediggers. He meets Sylvie a young bride in the group, and together they have to try and find out who is murdering the young children before it gets worse.

I loved this book! The characters were awesome, the plot was unique, the writing was well done! I really really enjoyed this book! I got sucked in from page one and powered through it in a day! I felt that the action was fast paced, and it really kept you going! There wasn’t a dull moment in it which was great! I was sad when it ended, because I wanted more of it and the story! Not in a bad way, mainly in the fact that I wasn’t ready to part with the story yet.

Sylvie is so cute and sweet! She really comes into her own throughout the story, which I felt was great. She was interesting to read about, and I loved her interactions with Rubik. He was such a nice guy, and just a good person. I felt that he was the only one that listened to her when she had something to say. I think just in general I loved their interactions and how they worked together to try and get through the action and mystery going on.

And the ending, was so cute! I loved it! I wish, as I mentioned before, that there was more because she left off at a happy ending but left a question hanging in the air! I just wanted to know what was said!

But overall I loved the book, thought it was an awesome journey through a mystery, and action going on! Highly recommend this book to everyone! I really think you’ll enjoy it! I sure did when I read it! Let me know in the comments if you’ve heard of it, and let me know what books you’ve been reading lately! I’d love to know!

Buying links:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1939844258/

Amazon Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/Bloodwalker-L-X-Cain-ebook/dp/B01IAGHS5K

BN: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/bloodwalker-lx-cain/1123844780?ean=2940153034508

BAM: http://www.booksamillion.com/p/Bloodwalker/L-X-Cain/9781939844255?id=6649549825050

Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/bloodwalker

Author Links:

s://www.facebook.com/lx.cain

http://lexacain.blogspot.com/

 

This Shattered World

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This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Published: December 23, 2014

Rating: 3/5

This Shattered World takes place after the events of These Broken Stars, but is a companion novel dealing with two new characters: Flynn Cormack and Jubilee Chase. They couldn’t be more different, Flynn is a rebel on Avon, and Jubilee is a soldier.  

It took me so long to read this book, I started in April and finished in September. I really don’t know why, but I think it was because when I started it I had just finished These Broken Stars and was super in love with Lilac and Tarver so reading about another couple just didn’t get me as interested. But as the story went on I get more into it. Then I hit a slump with it and finally I decided to just bit the bullet and listen to the audiobook off Audible. I enjoyed it more that way, since they have two people reading for the different characters. 

Overall the plot was action packed, and really loved along but for some reason I just couldn’t enjoy it as much. But I liked the direction they were going, as well as the different secrets and various twists that happened. I felt they were really great in adding to the overall plot line of the series. 

I think Jubilee was a good character, but she was also very standoff-ish that it didn’t really connect or click with me. I tried really hard to like her like I did Lilac but sadly I didn’t in this book. In the third I really did like her! She was cool in that one. I think because her personal walls were up for the story that it just rubbed me wrong. She was also a very black and white person and while I understand that, I just didn’t agree with it. 

But it was nice to knock it out in a audiobook so I plan on doing that for books I’m having trouble getting through in the future! Or maybe just books in general too that I want to get into but maybe don’t have copies of. 

Send me lists of audiobooks you recommend for I would like to check them out! Let me know in the comments as well your thoughts on the book, as well as your thoughts on audiobooks! I’d love to know!