The Princess Diarist

The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher

Publisher: Blue Rider Press

Published: October 18, 2016

Rating: 4/5

This book talks more about Carrie Fisher’s life as she was filming Star Wars. I listened to the audiobook because it was narrated by Carrie and her daughter Billie and I think it made the reading experience so much better! She has a way of narrating the book and making it so funny and witty! I loved her writing! This is my first novel of hers that I’ve read and I have Wishful Drinking so I’m definitely going to continue with that. 

But it was hard for me to read this because I was so sad about everything. It broke my heart. 

So she goes into detail about what lead to her affair with Harrison, and about how it lasted a few months. I was kind of disturbed because Carrie was basically given alcohol and Harrison ended up “saving her” from the producers or something since they were getting her drunk. I felt so bad for her in that situation. Also her thoughts on Harrison during the affair broke my heart as well. Spoiler alert but she was so in love with him!! It made me so sad because she loved him and he just…ugh!! 

But her entries for the time of filming and the affair were just amazing. I loved that her daughter narrated it. I had never heard them before and it was interesting seeing her perspective on everything that happened during filming. 

I think my favorite reading about her thoughts on doing conventions! And how she called herself a stripper basically! It was great!! Another favorite part of mine was hearing about her audition for Star Wars. It was cool and funny! She mentioned she had told it a few times before but I had never heard it so I loved it! 

I did feel like she rambled a lot towards the end but I enjoyed it because she has such funny thoughts and experiences! Overall I loved this book! I love her writing, her spunk, her stories; it’s a wonderful experience in and of itself! Highly recommend! 

Let me know in the comments whether or not you’ve read this lovely novel and your thoughts as I would love to know! 

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Even if the Sky Falls

Even if the Skye Falls by Mia Garcia

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

Published: May 10, 2016

Rating: 3.75/5

This book is about a girl named Julia who is in New Orleans on a church mission trip building houses. One day she leaves her group and meets a guy named Miles. From there they go ok adventures, and try to outrun a storm and tragedy. 

I have to admit, this was a disappointment for me. 3.75 is actually a decent review but I was hoping to give it 4.5 or 5 stars! I was hoping to really be in love with it! And I was sadly let down. I mean everything was decent enough and I was going along with it…then the ending happened. I was so upset with it. I think I had my expectations too high for this one and it just didn’t meet it. The plot sounded so interesting because I love New Orleans and the idea of a girl going off with a guy she just met and exploring was so cool! For a while I delivered what I wanted! 

Julia was awesome, and was a real person going through such real issues. I just felt connected to her and loved reading her thoughts and perspective. Miles was adorable and the cutest guy! I loved him! He was funny and interesting to read about! 

I think what really bothered me about the ending is that it happened so abruptly and while things were cleared up and stuff, I wanted more from it. And in the way where I was so engrossed that I didn’t want it to end. That was true and present a little; but mainly because they meet again and then it’s over. So many things with Julia’s backstory were left unanswered, and I just was saddened that they were left that way. I basically didn’t get closure and that’s what I really needed. 

It was also a really short book, so I felt that so much happened in such a short amount of time and it needed to slow down. One minute they were one place; then another; then another; then a flashback; and then another place. It was just a bit much. I would get used to one place then they would go somewhere else and then I’d be like wait where are they??

Overall I enjoyed it; the book wasn’t anything overly special, and I’m just mainly sad at how things ended. Had there been more to what went on, I think I would’ve felt better about it. But it was pretty cute as well and the characters were interesting so that part I really liked!

Let me know in the comments your thoughts on this book and if you’ve read it as I would love to know! 

Aerie

Aerie by Maria Dahvana Headley

Publisher: HarperCollins

Published: October 4, 2016

Rating: 4/5

This book takes place after the events in Magonia. Asa is back on Earth, and her boyfriend Jason couldn’t be happier. But even while she loves her family on earth, she starts to miss her life up in the skies; so when Jason’s paranoia of her leaving him causes him to do something stupid, Aza is now a fugitive. She is running and hiding from her now escaped mother, and her singing partner Dai, and she’s on a mission to find The Flock, to bring down her mother’s heinous plan. 

I liked this book well enough, but it took me a while to really get into it. The beginning was just kind of slow and I would read a few pages then put it down. Then a week later I’d try again. I ended up just listening to it on audiobook instead so I could listen while in my studio classes. I did start enjoying it more in there so I was happy! 

Even though I wasn’t as into it as the previous book I still loved the world she created, I loved the characters, and the plot was so interesting! I think the whole song bird aspect of the world was awesome, and a world in the sky was so magical. I just adore Aza and Jason! I think they’re the cutest! She’s spunky and brave; and he’s protective and smart! The drama with what he did broke my heart and I was so glad everything resolved in the end. I mean, he had good intentions, but nothing turns out the way he though it would. 

I love the world of Magonia and once everything started happening with Aza and her mother things just got crazy! I loved the audiobook narration! They had two narrators, one for Aza and one for Jason. They were just amazing! I always love when audiobooks have more than one person if there’s dual perspective. I felt so much more immersed in this book so it just flew by in a couple of hours! Maria just has such beautiful writing and it’s so magaical. It just wraps you and takes you on a beautiful journey to a world in the sky. 

Characters were awesome as well. I liked meeting the Flock, and her mother’s backstory was interesting! Dai was cool, I just wish we had more of him in the story because he was such an interesting character. Aza’s sister was pretty great too! She was funny and brace and the love they share for each other was lovely to read. Again Aza and Jason were just amazing and cute. Love them so much!

Lastly, for the ending I thought it ended well. I wish I had more because I just wanted to see what happens, but I think the ending was satisfying. 

Overall sad it took me a while to get into it but glad I finished it because I did enjoy myself! 

Let me know in the comments your thoughts on this book and if you’ve read it as I would love to know! 

The Valiant

The Valiant by Lesley Livingston 
Publisher: Razorbill

Published: February 14, 2016

Rating: 4/5

Fallon is finally coming of age where she is able to join her fsther’s war group. Instead of that though, he arranged her marriage. When she runs to make her own future, she is captured as a slave and is sold to the elite school for female gladiators under Julius Caesar. She soon uncovers secrets of family once thought to be gone, and must fight to remain alive in the battles both on and off the arena, and carve her place in history among the Valiant. 

FYI: review might contain slight spoilers

This book was a solid read, very interesting and new. I had never read a book about a gladiator, especially a female gladiator so I loved that aspect odnit so much. It brought something new to the table and I really enjoyed her take on it. The characters were great, the plot was fun and interesting, and this story really took you in a wild adventure. The female friendship was top notch in this book! As well as the sisterly bonds mentioned in this book. Her family might not have been present through most of this book, but what she was taught by them really showed through in her thoughts and her actions. 

Fallon was also very capable and I really liked her for that. She had lots of tough times in her journeys, and her training; but she really showed her strength by picking herself up and not giving up. I really liked her perspective, she was a pleasure to read from. I loved her friendship with Elk. They were a good pair and their bond was a prominent part of the novel, which is something that happens, but for some reason their friendship just shined. 

In my opinion I think it’s because even though they were essentially competing for the same spot in the Triumphs, they never let that get between them. They instead used it to cheer each other on, and be there for them afterwards. It was nice having friends supporting other friends in something like this. It made their relationship more realistic, which I loved. 

There was a touch of instalove in this story with the love interest and while it seemed fast, at the same time it wasn’t because it happened over a couple months. But the fact that they barely knew each other made me feel it was a bit rushed. I mean it was really cute, but at the same time it felt like it showed up outta nowhere. I liked it but again it felt off to me. I think had they both had more interaction it would’ve felt believable. Anyways. Overall cute romance but didn’t care for the instalove. 

Overall this book was an enjoyable one, really liked it and the characters. Highly recommend this one! Hoping there’s more in the future! 

Let me know in the comments your thoughts on this book and whether you’ve read it or not as I would love to know!

Red Queen

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Publisher: Harper Teen

Published: February 10, 2016

Rating 3.75/5

Red Queen is about a girl named Mare who lives in a society separated by blood color: red or silver. Silvers have special abilities and reign over red bloods. Mare is a red blood who, when in service to the silver blooded king, finds that she has an ability no red blood is supposed to have. 

I have mixed feelings about this book. I really enjoyed it when I would read it but it took me over a year to finish it! I finally got the audiobook off Audible and finished it! I liked the plot and the characters but at times it felt like it dragged. I’ve heard mixed things about this book and I’m hoping it gets better and that I enjoy the series more as I continue along. This book was very similar to others and while that was obvious, I still enjoyed the novel. It’s a bit overhyped but I enjoyed it enough to want to continue. 

Mare was an interesting character, and I liked that when she would put romantic thoughts aside for the sake of what was going on. She would be like “oh I like him” or something similar and then be like “but I can focus on that now, there butts that need kicking”. So I respected that because you tend to get tired of all the female protagonists thinking that and leaving the men to the action. 

Cal was another cool character, but at times I wanted to shake him so badly! He was just so frustrating. He just would put his foot in his mouth in my opinion and I would get annoyed. He was still kind and smart, so I have to give that to him. O hope we get to read more about him in the second novel. He has such great characteristics even if he did frustrate me. Maven was probably my favorite character besides Mare. I liked Cal well enough but my affection for him came at the end and the beginning. Maven was just a solid guy and then everything happened and now….

Going off that thought…the ending! Oh man! That ending and that betrayal was just…a kick in the chest! I’ve never felt so betrayed before! Oh my gosh! Literally my jaw dropped and my heart dropped to my stomach! Damn! Hit me where it hurts Victoria! I’m dying to see what happens in the next two books because I need to find out! I need it like I need air! So after Starflight that’ll be my next audiobook I listen to I think. I’m scared that if I try reading the physical I’ll take forever even though I’m desperate. Maybe I’ll try it first then audiobook. 

Overall interesting book, cool characters, and a cool world; hoping to continue the series soon and see if I like it more and more as we go on. 

Let me know in the comments your thoughts on this novel as I would love to know! 

Illuminae

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers

Published: October 20, 2015

Rating: 5/5

Illuminae is a sci-fi space adventure told in case files, emails, instant messages etc. It follows two individuals, Katy and Ezra. Both living on planet in the middle of a war between two rival corporations. When their planet is attacked they’re separated and in the midst of it all, a virus breaks out and starts mutating all the passengers. Katy and Ezra must fight their way out, and find out why the AI that’s supposed to be helping them is acting more and more like their enemy. 

I really enjoyed this book! The way it was written was just fantastic and interesting and new! I read those middle grade books of the friends who IM each other, and this novel blows those out of the water! The format kept you invested, entertained, and hungry for more! I just felt that it was so unique and eye catching that it was hard not to read it!

I tried listening to the audiobook and loved it, for this particular book listening to it just wasn’t cutting it for me. The audiobook was something so cool as well because it had a full cast of narrators and I think it added so much to the story! I just for some reason preferred reading the physical copy and I’m so happy I did! I already want to dive back into this book and read it! 

I’m a little disappointed that the second novel doesn’t follow the same characters. Because I want more of them! I really do! So I’m hoping they at least pop up. I think this book got me so invested and interested in Katy and Ezra they I’m bummed that for now their story is over. 

Katy is just so capable, and really witty and running. She’s also a sarcastic girl and I loved that about her. She added such attitude to the stressful things going on. She was realistic, but also an amazing hacker. Ezra is a soldier and he’s so awesome! I think he strong and funny! He has some hilarious lines in this book and he lightened up the atmosphere which at times got pretty dark! 

Please Amie and Jay; bring them not back into the third book! I need more of them!! I adore them! They’re such good and flawed characters and it was glorious! I’m also slowly getting over the companion novel sagas because sometimes you just wanna listen to a different POV. 

But highly recommend this series! Definitely try it out because you will not regret it! It’s very good and something that hooks you right in and takes you for a wild ride! 

Last little thing…the ending!! Lawd that was amazing and just wow! Broke my head and pieced it back together again because woah my jaw dropped at one part and I thought I was going to cry…because to do that tocKatu after everything was cruel!! But so good to read about!!

Anyways! 

Let me know in the comments if you’ve read this book and your thoughts as I would love to know and discuss!!

The Enemy Within

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The Enemy Within by Scott Burn

Published: July 24, 2016

Rating: 4/5

The Enemy Within follows the story of seventeen year old Max who after recieving many terrible apocalyptic visions, decides suicide is his only escape. As he finds himself in an institution under the guidance of a therapist, Max finds out he’s not the only one who’s been seeing these visions. Three others do as well. And they’re looking for him. When a covert military group is on the hunt for them, they’ll need all the power and abilities they can get; and as the danger grows, Max doesn’t know which side to trust. But he knows his choice will affect everyone. 

I mainly read fantasy, but when I got into this novel, I couldn’t put it down! One of the best science fiction novels I’ve read in a while! I thought the plot was very interesting, and while that can be the premise for a few sci-fi novels out there, Scott really executed it well! He really took a topic that many writers write about in sci-fi and just made it his own! Amazing job! 

Max is like any teenager and doesn’t feel like he belongs anywhere, and I’m sure the visions don’t help much! I did appreciate how Scott didn’t focus on his angst and sadness about not belonging, and rather focused on why he didn’t belong and how they played into the plot! I wasn’t there to read angst, I wanted action and I sure got it! I also really enjoyed how he did the visions! They were interesting and really pulled you in! I felt they added an element of mystery to the novel and you worked hard to figure out why they were important, and why he was being shown them. Scott also wrote them extremely well so it made them all the better! 

I think another favorite part of the book was the three other main characters! They were super interesting, their abilities were awesome! And I just wanted to know more about them! My only downfall is that things with them felt predictable, but either way I enjoyed their parts in the story! 

I wish the story was longer, I felt like it was over too quickly and I just wanted more! I wanted to stay in the action and world some more so when it ended I wasn’t ready! I also felt that with his short the book was, the romance felt off to me. I liked it but I also felt the book was too quick for it to really develop like it did. But overall the writing was fun, fast paced and amazing, the characters were interesting, and the action was intense! I felt everything wrapped up nicely and the ending was just intense! 

Highly recommend this novel, especially for sci-fi lovers! You’ll really enjoy it!!

Let me know in the comments if you’ve read this novel and your thoughts on it as I would love to know!