Friday, December 29th 2017

Spellbook of the Lost and Found

Spellbook of the Lost and FoundSpellbook of the Lost and Found by Moïra Fowley-Doyle
Published by RHCP Digital on June 1st 2017
Pages: 416
Goodreads
four-stars

One stormy summer night, Olive and her best friend, Rose, begin to lose things. It starts with simple items like hair clips and jewellery, but soon it’s clear that Rose has lost something bigger; something she won’t talk about.
Then Olive meets three wild, mysterious strangers: Ivy, Hazel and Rowan. Like Rose, they’re mourning losses - and holding tight to secrets.
When they discover the ancient spellbook, full of hand-inked charms to conjure back lost things, they realise it might be their chance to set everything right. Unless it’s leading them towards secrets that were never meant to be found . . .

I really enjoyed this book. It had great LGBT+ representation and I loved the magical elements. However, this book did suffer from the same thing Wild Beauty did in my opinion. The story just a got a bit too…convoluted. The writing was brilliant and I loved the characters, but like with Wild Beauty, I felt like the author got a little lost towards the end. Like they couldn’t make up their mind on which direction to take it, so it became muddled in the end. I have not read The Accident Season by Moïra Fowley-Doyle but I plan on picking it up soon.

four-stars

Thursday, December 28th 2017

Wild Beauty

Wild BeautyWild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore
Published by Feiwel & Friends on October 3rd 2017
Pages: 352
Goodreads
four-stars

Love grows such strange things.
For nearly a century, the Nomeolvides women have tended the grounds of La Pradera, the lush estate gardens that enchant guests from around the world. They’ve also hidden a tragic legacy: if they fall in love too deeply, their lovers vanish. But then, after generations of vanishings, a strange boy appears in the gardens.
The boy is a mystery to Estrella, the Nomeolvides girl who finds him, and to her family, but he’s even more a mystery to himself; he knows nothing more about who he is or where he came from than his first name. As Estrella tries to help Fel piece together his unknown past, La Pradera leads them to secrets as dangerous as they are magical in this stunning exploration of love, loss, and family.

The writing in this book was quite beautiful and I would like to read more books by this author as this is my first. I felt very invested in the characters and the plot. The only reason this book did not get a 5-star rating from me is that I thought the story got just a little convoluted in the end. But otherwise, it was a beautiful story.

four-stars

Wednesday, December 27th 2017

A Line in the Dark

A Line in the DarkA Line in the Dark by Malinda Lo
Published by Dutton Books for Young Readers on October 17th 2017
Pages: 288
Goodreads
three-stars

The line between best friend and something more is a line always crossed in the dark.
Jess Wong is Angie Redmond’s best friend. And that’s the most important thing, even if Angie can’t see how Jess truly feels. Being the girl no one quite notices is OK with Jess anyway. While nobody notices her, she’s free to watch everyone else. But when Angie begins to fall for Margot Adams, a girl from the nearby boarding school, Jess can see it coming a mile away. Suddenly her powers of observation are more curse than gift.
As Angie drags Jess further into Margot’s circle, Jess discovers more than her friend’s growing crush. Secrets and cruelty lie just beneath the carefree surface of this world of wealth and privilege, and when they come out, Jess knows Angie won’t be able to handle the consequences.
When the inevitable darkness finally descends, Angie will need her best friend.
“It doesn’t even matter that she probably doesn’t understand how much she means to me. It’s purer this way. She can take whatever she wants from me, whenever she wants it, because I’m her best friend.”
A Line in the Dark is a story of love, loyalty, and murder.

I thought this book was decent, until the reveal/twist/ending. That was a huge letdown. And I started to feel like it was going to be a letdown before I got to it. I had a feeling it was not going to be good. I think what I liked about this book is what it could have been. I wasn’t even that attached to any of the characters and none of them were very likable. Honestly, the thing I liked the most, is the stunning cover.

three-stars

Tuesday, December 26th 2017

A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3)

A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3)A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3) by Sarah J. Maas
Published by Bloomsbury Childrens Books on May 2nd 2017
Pages: 699
Goodreads
four-stars

Looming war threatens all Feyre holds dear in the third volume of the #1 New York Times bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses series.
Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin's manoeuvrings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit – and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.
As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords – and hunt for allies in unexpected places.
In this thrilling third book in the #1 New York Times bestselling series from Sarah J. Maas, the earth will be painted red as mighty armies grapple for power over the one thing that could destroy them all.

And then we are back to a 4 star rating. Because I don’t think anything can top the second book. Honestly.

But I still loved the furthering of the plot and character development. But there were a few things in this book that felt…cheesey to me. Yes, cheesey. And I can’t say what without spoilers. So…sorry.

four-stars

Monday, December 25th 2017

A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2)

A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2)A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2) by Sarah J. Maas
Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens on May 3rd 2016
Pages: 626
Goodreads
five-stars

Feyre survived Amarantha's clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can't forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin's people.
Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.
With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas's masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights.

Five motherfucking stars! I LOVED this book in the series. LOVED it! OMG. The slow burn and romance build up in this book was KILLING ME. Loved it. Loved every second of it.

Loved the character development and the furthering of the plot. Just loved everything about this book. Seriously, I don’t have any complaints. If you read the first one and are on the fence or even didn’t like it, please read the second book.

five-stars

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