Reviews, ya contemporary

Book Review: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

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Goodreads Summary:

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister’s ex-boyfriend, Josh. As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all.

Review:

I am so excited to review this book! To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before has been on my TBR ever since it was published. Needless to say, I finally got around to it. I actually went to read the first couple of chapters before purchasing it to see if I would like it. Anyways, long story short, I didn’t stop reading after the first two chapters. I ended up finishing it in one sitting! I’ve never done that with a book before. It hooked me right in and peaked my interest. I really loved it and that’s a lot coming from me because I’m more of a science fiction reader.

This was an emotional roller coaster and it made me cry throughout the entirety of it. Lara Jean was so easy to relate to and I definitely saw myself in her. It was as if I was Lara Jean. Some parts of the plot took me by surprise, all very good surprises. I loved seeing — rather reading — the reactions of the guys who received her letters. This book made me laugh so much, too. I really enjoyed the characters, especially Peter! The ending really got to me and ends with a cliffhanger. I was so relieved to find out that there is a sequel! I cannot wait!

Rating: 5 out of 5

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Reviews, YA Paranormal

Book Review: The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare

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Goodreads Summary:

Passion. Power. Secrets. Enchantment. The Shadowhunters of the Victorian Age delve into all of these—in addition to darkness and danger—in the Infernal Devices trilogy.

In a time when Shadowhunters are barely winning the fight against the forces of darkness, one battle will change the course of history forever. Welcome to the Infernal Devices trilogy, a stunning and dangerous prequel to the New York Times bestselling Mortal Instruments series.

The year is 1878. Tessa Gray descends into London’s dark supernatural underworld in search of her missing brother. She soon discovers that her only allies are the demon-slaying Shadowhunters—including Will and Jem, the mysterious boys she is attracted to. Soon they find themselves up against the Pandemonium Club, a secret organization of vampires, demons, warlocks, and humans. Equipped with a magical army of unstoppable clockwork creatures, the Club is out to rule the British Empire, and only Tessa and her allies can stop them….

My Initial Thoughts:

I had just finished reading The Mortal Instruments when I learned of this trilogy’s existence. I was a bit timid about getting to it because I fell in love with the shadowhunter world in the TMI series and I was worried that a historical prequel would ruin it. I was really nervous about it, but I did hear great things about the Infernal Devices so I thought, “What harm can reading the first book do?”

Review:

WOW! Where do I begin?! Clockwork Angel hooked me in and brought me all the way to Clockwork Princess and became my favorite trilogy of all time. I honestly loved this trilogy so much more than Clare’s Mortal Instrument series. The time period and setting was way more interesting. Even though there were less books, I felt that the characterization was more significant.

What really got me hooked was William Herondale! He is now and probably forever will be my favorite male character. He has so much depth within him and when he was first introduced with all his snarky attitude, glory, and sarcasm, I knew he had me. His back story was very heartfelt and explains his every action. Will wasn’t the only one who captured my heart. His parabatai, Jem Carstairs, did as well. I don’t love him as much as Will, but he is also a great character with his own heartbreaking story. What surprised me more was my love for the lead female character, Tessa Gray. I am usually frustrated with female leads because sometimes they make horrible decisions, but it was different with Tessa. I found that I could somewhat relate to Tessa. While I detested some of the characters from TMI, I absolutely loved all the characters in TID (and yes, that means the secondary characters as well. Those Lightworms). Of course, I’m not including the villains and cohorts.

This trilogy is definitely worth reading and if you weren’t too attached to Clockwork Angel, keep pressing on because the trilogy only gets better. Clockwork Princess was the most heartbreaking book I probably have ever read. I read it all in one sitting, and I went through a roller coaster of emotions and cried for about an hour after finishing. It was beautifully tragic and I felt that it did justice to the series. It was an amazing solid ending to the series.

Rating: 5/5

Tuesday Meme

Top Ten Books I Wouldn’t Mind Santa Bringing Me

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Thank you The Broke and the Bookish for this wonderful Tuesday Meme

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I love this season and I love this week’s Top Ten Tuesday! I hope everyone is having a great, relaxing, and book-filled winter. Let’s get to it!

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1. The Star Wars Trilogy by George Lucas: I just recently saw Episodes I – V and I loved them. Now I just have to read the books!

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2. The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken: I’ve heard so many great things about this book, especially from Veronica.

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3. Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi: I read Shatter Me almost a year ago and I still haven’t been able to buy this book.

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4. Let the Sky Fall by Shannon Messenger: This was another suggestion from Veronica so I definitely must read it!

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5. House of Hades by Rick Riordan: I already bought and read this book (It was amazing!). However, I ended up giving it to my cousin for her birthday and I miss having a copy.

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6. The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks: I have to get the most recent published novel from one of my favorite authors. I need it.

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7. Rise by Anna Carey: I read the first two books and I just need to know the conclusion in this trilogy!

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8. Defiance by C. J. Redwine: I have been wanting to get my hands on this book for months now. The female character sounds like an amazing, kick-butt hero!

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9. Legend by Marie Lu: Another book recommendation by yours truly haha

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10. The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin: How amazing would it be to find this under my tree, seven months before its release date! I need to know about Noah!!

WWW

WWW (October 30)

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W.W.W. Wednesday’s is hosted by Should Be Reading. To play along all you have to do is answer three simple questions: What are you currently reading? What did you recently finish? What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

I am juggling between two books and two series haha!

The House of Hades by Rick Riordan

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A Clash of Kings by George R. R. Martin

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What did you recently finish?

The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan. It totally broke my heart. I wasn’t expecting that ending.

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What do you think you’ll read next?

Allegiant by Veronica Roth. I am so excited for this, even though I know the ending.

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Tuesday Meme

Top Ten Scariest Looking Book Covers

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Thank you The Broke and the Bookish for this wonderful Tuesday Meme

Good day everyone! I’m so excited to be posting the Top Ten Tuesday because that means I had free time! Last week was really busy for me because it was midterms week. I am free for now 🙂

This week’s topic is the Top Ten Scariest Looking Book Covers and to be honest with you, my covers probably won’t be as scary cause, let’s face it, I can’t read scary books to save my life. So here we go:

Veronica:

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1. Unwind by Neil Shusterman

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2. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith

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3. The Forest of Hands & Teeth by Carrie Ryan

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4. The One by Kiera Cass: It’s not really scary but America wearing white? What does it mean?

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5. Allegiant by Veronica Roth: Again, not so much as it being scary or creepy but not knowing the exact meaning behind that wave.

Anjie:

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1. The House of Hades by Rick Riordan: It’s not so much that the image is frightening but the meaning behind it, especially with the ending of Mark of Athen. It just really worries me.

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2. Angelfall by Susan Ee: Right from seeing that cover you can guess that this isn’t your typical angel novel with the “holier than thou” angels.

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3. Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry: I love Walking Dead and I love zombies but I do not like that close up of that eye. It’s totally creepy (see I told you I can’t do scary.)

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4. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs: I haven’t read this but the cover isn’t helping that. I get a ghost-like vibe from it and it’s just not happening for me.

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5. The Weigh of Silence by Heather Gudenkauf: Again with using children. It freaks me out because of the synopsis involving the disappearance of children. Children in danger is a big no-no for me.

Book Spotlight

Book Spotlight #14: Graceling by Kristin Cashore

Hello everyone! First and foremost, Veronica and I sincerely apologize for the lack of activity on our blog! It’s been a while since I’ve posted and I have missed my past few turns for the Book Spotlight. College really ruins your reading life.

So to make it up to you, I bring you Graceling by Kristin Cashore. It is a fantasy novel filled with powers called “graces”, action, plot twists, and even romance!

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Book TItle: Graceling

Author: Kristin Cashore

Originally Published: October 1st, 2008

Goodreads Summary: 

In the Seven Kingdoms, people born with an extreme skill, “Grace”, are feared and exploited. Katsa herself despises hers, killing. Her uncle Randa, King of the Middluns, commands her to punish and torture his enemies. Prince Po, with combat skills, becomes her friend, and she learns terrible truths about her Grace and a secret hidden far away that could destroy the realm.

 

Book Spotlight

Book Spotlight #11: Wither by Lauren DeStefano

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I am so excited to post this week’s Book Spotlight! I haven’t posted in a while because school has started again and it has been pretty hectic. So I come to you today with a dystopian novel that reminded me very much of The Handmaid’s Tale by Maragert Atwood. It left me with mixed feelings towards a certain character. I really wanted to hate him for what he stood for, but at the same time, it was impossible to hate him. The book ends in a cliffhanger, but luckily for you readers, all the books in the trilogy are published (I, however, was unlucky and had to wait months for the final installment).

Book Title: Wither

Author: Lauren DeStefano

Originally Published: March 22nd, 2011

Goodreads Summary:

By age sixteen, Rhine Ellery has four years left to live. She can thank modern science for this genetic time bomb. A botched effort to create a perfect race has left all males with a lifespan of 25 years, and females with a lifespan of 20 years. Geneticists are seeking a miracle antidote to restore the human race, desperate orphans crowd the population, crime and poverty have skyrocketed, and young girls are being kidnapped and sold as polygamous brides to bear more children.

When Rhine is kidnapped and sold as a bride, she vows to do all she can to escape. Her husband, Linden, is hopelessly in love with her, and Rhine can’t bring herself to hate him as much as she’d like to. He opens her to a magical world of wealth and illusion she never thought existed, and it almost makes it possible to ignore the clock ticking away her short life. But Rhine quickly learns that not everything in her new husband’s strange world is what it seems. Her father-in-law, an eccentric doctor bent on finding the antidote, is hoarding corpses in the basement. Her fellow sister wives are to be trusted one day and feared the next, and Rhine is desperate to communicate to her twin brother that she is safe and alive. Will Rhine be able to escape–before her time runs out?

Together with one of Linden’s servants, Gabriel, Rhine attempts to escape just before her seventeenth birthday. But in a world that continues to spiral into anarchy, is there any hope for freedom?