Sunday, December 24th 2017

A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses #1)

A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses #1)A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1) by Sarah J. Maas
Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens on May 5th 2015
Pages: 416
Goodreads
four-stars

Feyre's survival rests upon her ability to hunt and kill – the forest where she lives is a cold, bleak place in the long winter months. So when she spots a deer in the forest being pursued by a wolf, she cannot resist fighting it for the flesh. But to do so, she must kill the predator and killing something so precious comes at a price ...
Dragged to a magical kingdom for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face obscured by a jewelled mask, is hiding far more than his piercing green eyes would suggest. Feyre's presence at the court is closely guarded, and as she begins to learn why, her feelings for him turn from hostility to passion and the faerie lands become an even more dangerous place. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose him forever.

So…this book did have its issues, but I still really enjoyed it. Obviously, this is the first book in a series and therefore was mostly a lot of build up for the rest of the series, but I still enjoyed it. I loved the characters and the story and I was very invested. This is the second series from Sarah J Maas. So, if you liked Throne of Glass, please give this series a try as well. I honestly like it more so far.

This story does have a little bit of a Beauty and the Beast retelling, or at least that is what the marketing referred to it as. I can see that, to some extent, but that wasn’t actually the big pull for me and it wasn’t done particularly well in my opinion.  It was pretty literal and I like retellings that change it up a little.

four-stars

Monday, October 2nd 2017

First We Were IV

First We Were IVFirst We Were IV by Alexandra Sirowy
Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers on July 25th 2017
Goodreads
three-stars

It started for pranks, fun, and forever memories.A secret society – for the four of us. The rules: Never lie. Never tell. Love each other.We made the pledge and danced under the blood moon on the meteorite in the orchard. In the spot we found the dead girl five years earlier. And discovered the ancient drawings way before that. Nothing could break the four of us apart – I thought.But then, others wanted in. Our seaside town had secrets. History.We wanted revenge.We broke the rules. We lied. We told. We loved each other too much, not enough, and in ways we weren’t supposed to. Our invention ratcheted out of control.What started as a secret society, ended as justice. Revenge. Death. Rebellion.

I have to admit that I was disappointed that this book wasn’t darker. I had been hoping for something really dark and fucked up and I thought I heard in a review in booktube that it was, but I was let down. I gave the book three stars because I felt it could have been pushed further and I disliked the ending. The Creeping by the same author is on my TBR and I am a little nervous it is not going to live up to my expectation. In this book, it felt like there were two different storylines happening and they didn’t mesh well together. I started not to believe the motivation of some of the main characters and honestly didn’t know why they were doing what they were doing at times. Overall the book was okay. I don’t think I would recommend it to anyone or reread it, but it wasn’t the worst book I’ve read and there were a few things I enjoyed.

three-stars

Monday, September 18th 2017

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and VirtueThe Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee
Published by Katherine Tegen Books on June 27th 2017
Pages: 513
Goodreads
five-stars

Henry “Monty” Montague was born and bred to be a gentleman, but he was never one to be tamed. The finest boarding schools in England and the constant disapproval of his father haven’t been able to curb any of his roguish passions—not for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men.
But as Monty embarks on his Grand Tour of Europe, his quest for a life filled with pleasure and vice is in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy.
Still it isn’t in Monty’s nature to give up. Even with his younger sister, Felicity, in tow, he vows to make this yearlong escapade one last hedonistic hurrah and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome. But when one of Monty’s reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt that spans across Europe, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.

This slow burn almost did me in. It was so good and so angsty. My only disappointment was that I didn’t get a raunchy scene in the end. But I will survive. This book reminded me of another one of my favorites, My Lady Jane but with more debauchery. I found this book to be quite hilarious and laughed out loud several times as well as groaned at the angst. I loved it. It is a wonderful historical romantic comedy.

five-stars

Thursday, August 17th 2017

Heartless

HeartlessHeartless by Marissa Meyer
Published by Feiwel & Friends on November 8th 2016
Pages: 453
Goodreads
four-stars

Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland and a favorite of the unmarried King, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, she wants to open a shop and create delectable pastries. But for her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for a woman who could be a queen.
At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the King’s marriage proposal, she meets handsome and mysterious Jest. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the King and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into a secret courtship.
Cath is determined to choose her own destiny. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.

This book broke my heart. I knew it would and I read it anyways. Marissa Meyer is my new favorite fairy tale retelling author. I never would have thought up this back story for the Queen of Hearts and yet, her story completely works. And it was completely heartbreaking. I loved all the characters, the whimsy, the plot and the kookiness. The only reason I did not give this a 5 star rating was because I saw the ending coming. The foreshadowing was just a little too obvious for what I typically like, but that is my only nitpick. If you loved Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles, you will love this book as well.

four-stars

Tuesday, May 30th 2017

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts 1 & 2

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts 1 & 2Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts One and Two (Harry Potter, #8) by John Tiffany, Jack Thorne, J.K. Rowling
on July 31st 2016
Pages: 343
Goodreads
four-stars

Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, a new play by Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. The play will receive its world premiere in London’s West End on July 30, 2016.
It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.
While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.

Originally I had absolutely no intention of reading this book. None. Even though I really missed the Harry Potter world, I was convinced by other book reviewers and booktubers that this book was awful and not canon. And while I may agree that this book was not the best Harry Potter book, it could have been worse.

I did really enjoy seeing Harry, Hermoine, and Ron all grown up with children of their own. And I enjoyed the fact that the story revolves around Harry’s son, Albus and Snape’s son, Scorpius. I would be totally lying if I didn’t admit that I totally ship them. As someone who was mildly obsessed with the LiveJournal HP Secrets or.hdcomic (if you know what I am referring to, we are now best friends), I shipped them hard. If Harry and Draco weren’t together, then damnit, their sons should be together. But I digress (shoves all the fangirl feels way deep down inside).

Reading this book was different, as it’s written in script/play format. There were a few lines that made me groan, but overall I thought it was done very well. It made me laugh and it made me teary. And after reading this book I immediately wanted to re-read the entire series. And get my hands on the Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets The Illustrated Edition as I still do not own it.

I think that if you really liked the Harry Potter series and are willing to go into this book with an open mind, you will enjoy it. You might have to push your idyllic version of what happened to them years later out of your mind for a bit, but I think it’s completely worth it. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts 1 & 2, Special Rehearsal Edition Script

four-stars

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