Six of Crows | Review

Title: Six of Crows

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Genre Themes: Fantasy, Bloody, YA

Date Published: Sep. 29, 2015

Cover Rating: 4/5

WARNING! This is not a book for younger kids! It’s violent and there’s some swearing.

Buy: Six of Crows

Synopsis: Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price–and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…

A convict with a thirst for revenge.

A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager.

A runaway with a privileged past.

A spy known as the Wraith.

A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.

A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.

Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction―if they don’t kill each other first.


It was really hard to rate this one!

 

I haven’t read Leigh Bardugo’s other work – the Grisha Trilogy – so I was new to the Grisha world. It took a while to get used to the names – thankfully, there was a beautiful map in the front of the book which was a LIFESAVER!

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This actually isn’t the map – it’s one from the Grisha Trilogy. But it’s really close – the story takes place in Ketterdam – bottom to the left slightly.
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This one actually IS in the book – there’s two maps.

 

It really wasn’t until part two (page 100) that I really got into it.

 

The writing style was written in just the right way. Anything else would be super confusing, but in Bardugo’s style, it explains itself and keeps you engaged.

 

I liked the characters. Inej and Kaz and Jesper and Wylan and Nina and Matthias – I just loved them all! The different backstories were interesting, and written in a way where you want to know more about these characters.

 

It was very bloody. There was one part that nearly made me gag, and I totally didn’t see that coming. I haven’t heard anything about that from the Grisha Trilogy, so I really didn’t expect it.

 

I wasn’t a fan of the swearing.

Personally, I don’t like swearing in Fantasy books. I feel like it takes away from the book. I mean, this is a fantasy world, right? So why would they use modern words?

I mean, I consider damn to be pretty universal, so I expected that. But it takes away from the world when they swear – especially when it’s unnecessary. But hey – Maybe that’s just me.
I have already requested the next book (which comes out September 27th) and I’m excited to read the sequel, but I didn’t love this book like I know a lot of you out there do.

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P.S. I Like You | Review

Title: P.S. I Like You

Author: Kasie West

Genre Themes: Realistic, High School (is that a theme?), Contemporary

Date Published: July 26, 2016

Cover Rating: 4.5/5

Buy: P.S. I Like You

Synopsis: While spacing out in Chemistry class, Lily scribbles some of her favorite song lyrics onto her desk. The next day, she finds that someone has continued the lyrics on the desk, and added a message to her. Intrigue!

Soon, Lily and her anonymous pen pal are exchanging full-on letters — sharing secrets, recommending bands, and opening up to each other. Lily realizes she’s kind of falling for this letter writer. Only who is he? As Lily attempts to unravel the mystery, and juggle school, friends, crushes, and her crazy family, she discovers that matters of the heart can’t always be spelled out…


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I got this book in the August Owlcrate Box. Thanks so much to Owlcrate introducing me to this book and author!

 

I started this book the day I got it, and finished it two days later. The writing style is easy to get lost in, and I really enjoyed it.

 

Lily (our protagonist) and I could be, like, best friends. We’re so alike! We both have a big, kind crazy family…she has two younger brothers and an older sister, I have three younger brothers and an older sister…

 

I found her to just be so relatable! There was one quote that she said (well, wrote) that pretty much sums up my relationship with my brothers. And that quote is…

I know I’ll soften soon because he’s the prince of the house and as aggravating as he is, I love his face.

I mean, come on. Anyone else relate to that? Anyone with siblings out there?

 

There was also none of the ‘Public Schooler Trope’ that you see everywhere in YA.

In case you didn’t know, I hate the typical ‘Public Schooler Trope’ that I see EVERYWHERE in realistic teen books. It’s the Trope where the main character, because he’sshe’s a teen, and a public schooler, has to swear and drink and smoke and sneak out at night.

Like, just because they’re a teen, it means that all make the wrong decisions? All of them? It’s obviously just an author pretending to be a teen, and not even accurately. I mean, I’ve never been to public school, but I seriously doubt it’s anything like that. At least, not commonly.

But Kasie West got it on point! I loved it! Her books are perfect if you’re new to teen books, or if you’re on the younger side of YA.

 

I love, love, LOVED the romance in this book! It was sweet, and fun to read about. AND it stayed realistic, which, let’s be honest, isn’t very common.

This book made me happy! There’s no other way to put it – I felt good while reading this book. I haven’t seen that much since I became a reviewer, but this fully gave me that feeling.

 

As you can tell by the rating, this is one of only three books on my Favorite Standalone Books Shelf – a high honor…sort of, maybe?

Anyway, I highly recommend this book. It’s funny, and heartwarming and written by a really great author.


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💞Kasie West💞

Kasie West is the author of The Fill-In Boyfriend, as well as other bestsellers. Along with writing YA, she loves Junior Mints (Me too!).

I find Kasie West’s books are my favorite type of High School books. If you are 11 or 12, and are new to YA or to teen books, hers are a great start to the teen section. Much better for your soul 💕

The Kiss of Deception | Review

Title: The Kiss of Deception: The Remnant Chronicles (book one)

Author: Mary E. Pearson

Genre Themes: Fantasy, Royalty, Romance, Adventure, Mystery

Date Published: July 8, 2014

Cover Rating: 4.5/5

Buy: The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles)

Synopsis:  In a society steeped in tradition, Princess Lia’s life follows a preordained course. As First Daughter, she is expected to have the revered gift of sight―but she doesn’t―and she knows her parents are perpetrating a sham when they arrange her marriage to secure an alliance with a neighboring kingdom―to a prince she has never met.

On the morning of her wedding, Lia flees to a distant village. She settles into a new life, hopeful when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive―and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deception abounds, and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets―even as she finds herself falling in love.


I really, really liked this book!

 

Lia is an amazing main character. She is strong, and I liked her view and sarcasm and just her overall attitude. I liked the side characters as well – Pauline and Gwen were particularly enjoyable.

 

The adventure aspect is really intriguing, and I think it added a lot to the story. The same can be said for the mystery – trying to figure out who was the assassin and who was the prince was an extra challenge.

 

I liked the world building. The history was really interesting, and I loved hearing about it! It was very well thought-out, very realistic, and I can’t wait to read more.

 

(In case any of you were wondering, I’m voting for Kaden, even though I like Rafe)

 

Overall, I can’t wait to start the second book and get back to these characters. I highly suggest this book.

 


Mary E. Pearson

Mary E. Pearson is the author of The Jenna Fox Chronicles as well as The Remnant Chronicles – the third book of which just came out recently.

The Fault in Our Stars | Review

Title: The Fault in Our Stars

Author: John Green

Genre Themes: Realistic, Cancer, Illness

Date Published: April 8th, 2014

Cover Rating: 4.5/5

Buy: The Fault in Our Stars

Synopsis: Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

 


 

So I’m a little late to the party on this one, but a friend of mine (Tyr) really loves this book and since she tends to like the same things I do, I decided to pick it up.

 

I liked Hazel as a protagonist. I didn’t overly love her, but I didn’t have any issues. She tended to be a bit of a downer, but, then again, this is the first book about Cancer that I’ve read, so maybe all the protagonists are like this?

Augustus was funny, and his metaphors really made me think. I really enjoyed him.

 

The writing style was quick and easy to follow. I like John Green’s writing, but I don’t think I’ll read anything else by him. Right now, at least.

 

I thought I knew the ending, because there was a post on Pinterest about it, and I assumed it meant one thing…then it meant another. I didn’t cry about this thing happening, but it still made me really sad.

One thing that did make me sad was this one line by Hazel’s mom. I kept hearing about this one line that she said, and a few times in the beginning I was like is that the line? How about that one? but when it came…that was the only time I teared up in this book. It was just so honest and…I can’t even describe it. I really can’t.

(No, watch, I’m totally off and just getting sentimental over a random line…)

 

Overall, it was good, but I don’t see what made it such a big hit. My hopes might have been a bit to high…

I do want to see the movie though. The movie looked really good!

 

But what did you think of The Fault in Our Stars?

The 5th Wave | Review

Title: The 5th Wave

Author: Rick Yancy

Genre Themes: Science-Fiction

Date Published: May 7, 2013

Cover Rating: 5/5

Buy: The 5th Wave

Synopsis: After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.

Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie’s only hope for rescuing her brother–or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.


I originally picked up this book because I had seen the movie trailer, and thought it looked cool (and, since the movie is based off a book, I had to read the book first, obviously). I hadn’t really read about aliens before, but this seemed really unique. I loved the synopsis and I couldn’t wait to pick it up.

 

It was good until page 30.

 

I found all the characters to be cold and unrelateable, which threw off the romance in the story. While Cassie was realistic, she still wasn’t relatable – two very different things. They swore more than necessary. It was excessive and just worked to distanced them further from me.

 

I’m really disappointed; so many cool things could have come from this book, and it just flopped. I still plan to see the movie however, and I hope it’s better than the book.

 

I am so glad only two books were out at the time. I’m not one to quit in the middle of a series, and I practically skimmed the second book. Would not recommend.

Mockingjay ||| Review

Title: Mockingjay (The Hunger Games #3)

Author: Suzanne Collins

Genre Themes: Dystopian, Violent, Survival, Sci-Fi

Date Published: Aug. 24, 2010

Cover Rating: 4.5/5

Buy: Mockingjay

Synopsis: Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she’s made it out of the bloody arena alive, she’s still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge. Who do they think should pay for the unrest? Katniss. And what’s worse, President Snow has made it clear that no one else is safe either. Not Katniss’s family, not her friends, not the people of District 12.

The Hunger Games | Review | Catching Fire || Review


 

I expected so much more form this book.

Catching Fire was amazing, and I was looking forward to picking this book up. It disappointed me on so many levels.

A lot of the things that I didn’t like about this book are actually considered spoilers, so if you want to hear more detailed opinions (good and bad) my Mockingjay Discussion will be coming out soon!

 

It seemed like Katniss…wasn’t Katniss. If that makes any sense. Almost half of the book is spent with her moping around District 13, and that made it very hard to get through this book. Overall, I felt she didn’t really do anything – again, not going to get into it. Spoilers.

 

Now, going into this book, you expect death. Of course you do. But there was a certain death in here that threw me off so much I actually put the book down. For two weeks. It took me two weeks to recover.

Honestly, it’s like everyone you love dies. It’s like Collins went Oh, you like that character? Really? Well, President Snow decided to have a personal grudge against him today. Sorry!

Some of the deaths were just unnecessary. They didn’t push Katniss in any direction. They were just…there. I feel like Suzanne Collins wanted to connect with the reader on an emotional level – which is a good thing – but way overdid it.

 

Later in the book, Katniss makes choices that…just don’t make any sense. It was a total change of her character, and it made me mad at her.

 

I don’t like how things ended with some of her ‘friends’ – I fell like friendship could have been portrayed better.

 

The ending was so predictable. I could have just skipped to the end and I would have been fine.

I think what I’m going to do, is take my favorite parts of this book (I.E. the ending) and just stick it onto Catching Fire. I will be so much happier with the series, and I think it should have been that way in the beginning.

 

I’ve only seen Mockingjay Part One so far, mostly because I’m not emotionally ready for Part Two, but I think I honestly prefer the movies.

 

 

 

Everneath | Review

Title: Everneath (#1)

Author: Brodi Ashton

Genre Themes: Mythology Retelling,

Date Published: Jan. 24, 2012

Cover Rating: 3.5/5

Buy: Everneath

Synopsis: Last spring, Nikki Beckett vanished, sucked into an underworld known as the Everneath. Now she’s returned—to her old life, her family, her boyfriend—before she’s banished back to the underworld . . . this time forever. She has six months before the Everneath comes to claim her, six months for good-byes she can’t find the words for, six months to find redemption, if it exists.

Nikki longs to spend these precious months forgetting the Everneath and trying to reconnect with her boyfriend, Jack, the person most devastated by her disappearance—and the one person she loves more than anything. But there’s just one problem: Cole, the smoldering immortal who enticed her to the Everneath in the first place, has followed Nikki home. Cole wants to take over the throne in the underworld and is convinced Nikki is the key to making it happen. And he’ll do whatever it takes to bring her back, this time as his queen.

As Nikki’s time on the Surface draws to a close and her relationships begin slipping from her grasp, she is forced to make the hardest decision of her life: find a way to cheat fate and remain on the Surface with Jack or return to the Everneath and become Cole’s queen.


 

I read another book my this author, one that she did with two other authors, and loved it. So I figured I’d try this one out.

 

I was worried it would totally mix up the mythology (what with it being a Hades and Persephone retelling), but it didn’t. It barely mentioned it, actually, but that was fine with me. As a huge Mythology fan, I absolutely hate it when they get the stories wrong, or mix Greek and Roman Mythology together.

 

While the synopsis gives the impression of a love triangle, I didn’t really see the debate. Sure, there were two guys, but it seemed more like out protagonist was just fooling herself into debating between the two. Maybe that was just my impression, because I haven’t seen anyone else who agrees. I did take away a start for it, though.

 

The writing was very intriguing, and easy to get into. The story made me want to keep reading – it was so interesting! I just wanted to figure out what happened, and I couldn’t put it down. Very original.

 

Overall, I liked this book. I’m looking forward to the next one.