Wednesday, April 27

Review: Untamed (Splintered #3.5)

Untamed (Splintered #3.5)
AG Howard

Published By: Amulet Books
Publication Date: December 15, 2015
Date Read: March 28, 2016
Genre: YA - Fairytale Retelling
Source: Bought
Format: Hardback
Pages: 288
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From Goodreads:
A post-Ensnared collection of three stories—available in both print and e-versions.

Alyssa Gardner went down the rabbit hole and took control of her destiny. She survived the battle for Wonderland and the battle for her heart. In this collection of three novellas, join Alyssa and her family as they look back at their memories of Wonderland.

In Six Impossible Things, Alyssa recalls the most precious moments of her life after Ensnared, and the role magic plays in preserving the happiness of those she loves. Alyssa’s mother reminisces about her own time in Wonderland and rescuing the man who would become her husband in The Boy in the Web. And Morpheus delves into Jeb’s memories of the events of Splintered in The Moth in the Mirror, available in print for the first time.

This collection expands upon Ensnared's epilogue, and includes some deleted scenes to provide a “director’s cut” glimpse into the past and futures of our favorite Splintered characters.

~ The Boy in the Web Review ~

The Boy in the Web is the first novella in Untamed and is told from the point of view of Alyssa's Mom Alison. I am afraid to say I didn't really enjoy this novella all that much. I felt like I knew pretty much everything that was revealed in the novella and although I found it nice and refreshing to see the glimpse of Alyssa and Jeb's romance looked on by her mother and her own romance with Thomas, I just felt like I needed something else to keep me interested. I kept flipping through pages to see how long was left in the novella and when there was still quite a lot of pages left I was just wishing they would go very quickly. 

The parts of the novella that I enjoyed most was seeing Alison's interactions with Morpheus but just as I was starting to enjoy that, it was over and back to me wishing the novella was over. 

I am super sad about my feelings for this novella as I love the Splintered series so much but unfortunately this novella fell a little flat for me. Maybe it was because my major attachment in these books is Alyssa, Morpheus and Jeb and I really didn't see them enough. 

Novella Rating: 2 Stars (Morpheus improved the rating)

~ The Moth in the Mirror Review ~


The Moth in the Mirror revisits some scenes in Splintered that we don't really get to see. As Splintered is told soley from Alyssa's POV then we don't get to see the things that happens to Jeb when he is away from Alyssa. That is what this gem of a novella does. It shows us some things from Jeb's POV that is guaranteed to make you adore him even more!

Morpheus... oh my Morpheus. I can see that he's going to be trouble in Unhinged... and I can't wait! I just love love love him. Even when I'm angry at him I still love him and I have a feeling there's a lot more anger to come.

One thing I adored about this novella is we get to see inside the heads of the two boys. It's so cleverly written so even though scenes are being told from Jeb's POV you can still see hints that Morph is actually telling it also. I think that's an incredible skill and only a few writers are talented enough to pull it off. AG Howard being one who can pull it off effortlessly! She is phenomenal.

I don't usually love novellas as I find them too short to really love. By the time you're starting to really get into it it's over. However as I was already way into it with Splintered I thought this novella was fantastic. I absolutely loved it and it made me love Jeb an Morph even more. It had me itching to get my hands on Unhinged and continuing this addictive story. 

Novella Rating: 5 Stars

~ Six Impossible Things Review ~

Six Impossible Things is my favourite novella out of the three featured in Untamed. I loved seeing what happened to Alyssa, Jeb and Morpheus after Ensnared. I found myself loving what happened after Alyssa and Jeb went back to the mortal realm, yet I found myself wanting more of particular scenes after they've ended and the one I really didn't want to experience, because I knew it would break me, we saw in full. This novella broke my heart and I cried so freaking much. 

My favourite aspects of this novella was definitely the memories of her and Morpheus. Morpheus is without a doubt my favourite character in the series and to see his and Alyssa's life together and how happy they both are just made me so happy. It truly was a perfect ending to the series and I'm so glad we got to see them.

Again I am of mixed emotion as I loved the perfect resolution to this series and the characters' lives but I am heartbroken that this is the end. I am going to miss the beauty, madness and wonder of Wonderland and I can all but hope that AG Howard revists this world sometime again in the future. I'd love to see the stories of Alyssa's children. 

Novella Rating: 5 Stars

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Wednesday, April 20

Review: Ensnared (Splintered #3)

Ensnared (Splintered #3)
AG Howard 

Published By: Amulet Books
Publication Date: January 6, 2015
Date Read: March 28, 2016
Genre: YA - Retelling
Source: Bought
Format: Hardback
Pages: 420
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From Goodreads:
After surviving a disastrous battle at prom, Alyssa has embraced her madness and gained perspective. She's determined to rescue her two worlds and the people and netherlings she loves. Even if it means challenging Queen Red to a final battle of wills and wiles . . . and even if the only way to Wonderland, now that the rabbit hole is closed, is through the looking-glass world--a parallel dimension filled with mutated and violent netherling outcasts. In the final installment of the wildly popular Splintered trilogy, Alyssa and her dad journey into the heart of magic and mayhem in search of her mom and to set right all that's gone wrong. Together with Jeb and Morpheus, they must salvage Wonderland from the decay and destruction that has ensnared it. But if they succeed and come out alive, can everyone truly have their happily ever after?

"When Jeb's at my side the world is a canvas - unblemished and welcoming. When I'm with Morpheus it's a wanton playground - wicked and addictive."

My heart feels completely and utterly torn in two right now. I am so in love with everything about this book, it was utter Wonderland perfection, but at the same time I feel like I am in mourning after realising that there is no more Wonderland to dive into. Knowing that this utterly beautiful and breathtaking series is over. Ensnared was absolutely everything I could have ever wanted for the finale to this perfect series. I am both overjoyed and heartbroken.

Alyssa is on a mission to go through to the Looking Glass world in order to save the two boys that she loves in order to go back and restore Wonderland. But things can never be that simple, she also must defeat the evil Queen Red. But can Alyssa do all of this, have everyone alive and not end up breaking the hearts of one, or both of the boys that in different ways, she loves.

Ensnared was utter perfection. I can't describe it any other way. I loved every single moment of it. I went through such a emotional rollercoaster ride while reading this book. I laughed, I swooned and I cried. Alyssa is without a doubt the perfect heroine and when you look at her at the beginning of Splintered and look at her at the end of Ensnared she has gone through such a beautiful and amazing transformation. She is so much wiser, stronger and regal that I could have ever imagined in the first book.

The Boys... Oh where to begin. I love them both in different ways - just like Alyssa. Jeb is sweet and kind but my man is Morpheus. I truly don't understand how anyone could dislike him. He is amazing and eccentric and I love everything about him. It was the love triangle that caused me the most anxiety while reading this book. I was so Team Morpheus, as I have been since the very beginning of this series, but I didn't want Jeb to be hurt either. I think AG Howard truly gave us the most perfect resolution to this love triangle. I have read a resolution like this just once before and I didn't like it for that series but Anita wrote it in such a stunning and beautiful way it was utterly perfect.

Ensnared was such a journey. No words can ever express my love for Wonderland and this series. This is such a huge change for me because before reading Splintered I was never a fan of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. It bored me and I thought it wasn't such a great story. Anita has changed that so much for me. She has made me see what a beautiful, strange and mysterious world Wonderland is and she has made me fall in love with everything about it.

Ensnared was utterly perfect. It destroyed my heart and slowly put it back together. It truly was the perfect ending to a beautifully moving and inspiring series. This series will always have it's place as one of my all time favourite series in my heart. My love for it can never be expressed in words. It is one I will read again and again to exprience every thing over and over again. I am utterly heartbroken that this series is over but it was a perfect ending and I loved every moment of this whole series. It was flawless and mad and I can't wait to relive it all over and over again.

"My precious Alyssa, share reality with me. Give me forever. We will wreak such beautiful havoc together."


Wednesday, April 13

Review: The Wicked Will Rise (Dorothy Must Die #2)

The Wicked Will Rise (Dorothy Must Die #2)
Danielle Paige

Published By: Harper Teen
Publication Date: March 31, 2015
Date Read: March 25, 2016
Genre: YA - Fairytale Retelling
Source: Bought
Format: Hardback
Pages: 293
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From Goodreads:
In this dark, high-octane sequel to the New York Times bestselling Dorothy Must Die, Amy Gumm must do everything in her power to kill Dorothy and free Oz.

To make Oz a free land again, Amy Gumm was given a mission: remove the Tin Woodman’s heart, steal the Scarecrow’s brain, take the Lion’s courage, and then Dorothy must die...

But Dorothy still lives. Now the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked has vanished, and mysterious Princess Ozma might be Amy’s only ally. As Amy learns the truth about her mission, she realizes that she’s only just scratched the surface of Oz’s past—and that Kansas, the home she couldn't wait to leave behind, may also be in danger. In a place where the line between good and evil shifts with just a strong gust of wind, who can Amy trust—and who is really Wicked?

"You can't just cover your eyes and pretend like terrible things aren't happening simply because you can't see them."

Dorothy Must Die was a series that right from the moment I heard of it, I wanted to read. I am a big fan of The Wizard of Oz story and a series which is the story of what happened next was one that I couldn't wait to read. And I really enjoyed the first book. It was fast-paced and exciting. Additional to that I have enjoyed all of the prequel novella's that I have read so far, so I couldn't wait to read The Wicked Will Rise. I was so excited for it but after finishing the book I can't help but feel a little disappointed.  I struggled to get through quite a lot of this one and I felt like it had lost the spark that the first book had.

The Wicked Will Rise picks up where Dorothy Must Die left off, with Amy and Ozma on the run and Dorothy and Glinda having fled from the Emerald City. Amy and Ozma must travel to complete missions that they have been sent on in order to defeat Dorothy once and for all.

Don't get me wrong I did like this book. I really like the series but I felt like so much of it was travelling and Amy in a self-loathing misery due to her not being able to kill Dorothy and I just wanted the spark and magic back from the first one. I do truly think that the third book will be great but this just felt a bit like a 'filler' book for me and it lost the magic and excitement of the first book.

One thing I did love about this book is that we found out more about Pete and Nox. I adore both boys but I was so glad with the developments romance wise. I was so worried that this was going to be yet another love triangle so I was thrilled with what happened. Nox is definitely my favourite character and I can't wait to see what he gets up to in the next book.

Dorothy Must Die is still a great series and I can't wait to read the rest of the series, but I can't help but feel disappointed with this one as it just lost the unique spark that made me love the first one. I wanted more magic and action and that just fell flat for me.

"Evil will always catch up with you. That's why you have to get to it first."


Wednesday, April 6

Review: The Infinite Sea (The 5th Wave #2)

The Infinite Sea (The 5th Wave #2)
Rick Yancey

Published By: Penguin Books
Publication Date: September 16, 2014
Date Read: March 16, 2016
Genre: YA - Dystopia
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback
Pages: 300
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From Goodreads:
The hugely anticipated follow-up to the New York Times bestselling The 5th Wave, hailed by Justin Cronin as “wildly entertaining.”

For Cassie Sullivan and the rest of Earth’s remaining human survivors, the situation was already desperate when the 5th Wave hit. It’s about to get worse.

No one yet knows the depths to which Earth’s conquerors—the Others—will sink in order to rid the Earth of the human infestation, nor have they guessed the heights to which the human spirit can reach. Characters introduced in Book One will come to the fore—and others will face the ultimate test.

Readers will watch in awe as the Others give their answer to Cassie’s defiance.

"They can kill us, even down to the last of us, but they can't kill - can never kill - what lasts in us."

The 5th Wave was such an amazing book for me. I really loved it and from the moment I finished it I couldn't wait to see what would happen next. I have to say The Infinite Sea... did not live up to my expectations whatsoever. I am so very disappointed in this book. I really struggled to get through it.

My main thing with this book is I missed our main character Cassie. There's like 2 maybe 3 parts of the entire book from her point of view and I really missed her. We had quite a lot of parts told from the perspective of Ringer which I didn't really enjoy a lot. In The 5th Wave I really did not see her as a main character and throughout the first 2/3 of this book I really disliked Ringer. I just didn't think she was a very nice person and while I liked finding more out about her background I had no interest in her point of view for the story. And there is an absolutely enormous section from her point of view and I really had to force myself to keep reading throughout it. It was seriously tough going for me.

The 5th Wave ended on such an action-packed and exciting note and I was ready to continue that on but it just didn't happen. I can't really tell you much of what happened in this book because not much happened. I feel like this book is without a doubt a filler book just putting small things in motion ready for the third and final book. I wanted more action and it was just sort of lulling through the whole 300 pages. It did get better towards the end and I am looking forward to the third book as I feel like it will be amazing but The Infinite Sea just bored me a little bit.

One thing I did love about this book was the new characters, namely Razor. I loved him. He was awesome and the only thing that kept me entertained and wanting to continue reading throughout Ringer's point of view part. He made me keep reading and I can't wait to see what happens with him in the final book but please please can we have more of Cassie and Evan's perspectives in the final book? Please?

The Infinite Sea definitely suffered from 'second book syndrome', it was a complete stepping stone setting the scene to the final book and I am looking forward to it. I believe the third book is going to be amazing and I do really love this story but I was really disappointed in this book. It was a necessary read to get to the finale but I was really bored and it was a struggle.

"It isn't that the lies are too beautiful to resist. It's that the truth is too hideous to face."

 

Friday, April 1

Wrap Up: March 2016


Hey Guys,
Can you believe that March is over already? This year is going to fast. Here's the bookish stuff that happened this month.

Book Haul

Hardcopies:


For Review:

Flawed (Flawed #1) by Cecelia Ahern 
^Thanks Harper Collins Publishing

Gifted:

The Power (Titan #2) by Jennifer L Armentrout *signed copy*
Blood Warrior (Alexa Montgomery #1) by HD Gordon *signed copy*
Half Blood Soul (Alexa Montgomery #2) by HD Gordon *signed copy*
The Rise (Alexa Montgomery #3) by HD Gordon *signed copy*
Redemption (Alexa Montgomery #4) by HD Gordon *signed copy*
The Halfling (Aria Fae #1) by HD Gordon *signed copy*
^Thanks to Vi for The Power and HD Gordon for her signed books 

Bought:

The Infinite Sea (The 5th Wave #2) by Rick Yancey
Sweet Reckoning (Sweet Trilogy #3) by Wendy Higgins
Sweet Temptation (Sweet Trilogy #4) by Wendy Higgins
See Me (See Me #1) by Wendy Higgins
The Great Hunt (Eurona Duology #1) by Wendy Higgins
Lady Midnight (Dark Artifices #1) by Cassandra Clare

E-Books:


For Review:

Tell the Wind and Fire by Sarah Rees Brennan
Radio Silence by Alice Oseman
The Natural History of Us (Fine Art #2) by Rachel Harris
Head Over Heels (Geek Girl #5) by Holly Smale


Books Read in March 2016:



The 5th Wave (The 5th Wave #1) by Rick Yancey - 4 Stars
The Infinite Sea (The 5the Wave #2) by Rick Yancey - 2 Stars
Flawed (Flawed #1) by Cecelia Ahern - 5 Stars
The Wicked Will Rise (Dorothy Must Die #2) by Danielle Paige - 3 Stars
Ensnared (Splintered #3) by AG Howard - 5 Stars
Untamed (Splintered #3.5) by AG Howard - 4 Stars

Reviews Posted:


Challenge Update:

My challenge is to get through these sequels by reading one per month.
I have now read 3/12

 January
Winter (Lunar Chronicles #4) by Marissa Meyer

February
Didn't read any of them :(

March
The Wicked Will Rise (Dorothy Must Die #2) by Danielle Paige
Ensnared (Splintered #3) by AG Howard








Top 3 Books of March 2016:


#3: The 5th Wave (The 5th Wave #1) by Rick Yancey
#2: Flawed (Flawed #1) by Cecelia Ahern
#1: Ensnared (Splintered #3) by AG Howard

April TBR:

This April I am participating in ARC April hosted by Read Sleep Repeat. I am not challenging myself to a particular number of ARCs but apart from my book from the above challenge all of the other books on my April TBR are ARCs.

How was your month?


Wednesday, March 30

Review: The 5th Wave (The 5th Wave #1)

The 5th Wave (The 5th Wave #1)
Rick Yancey

Published By: Penguin Books
Publication Date: May 7, 2013
Date Read: March 11, 2016
Genre: YA - Dystopia
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback
Pages: 457
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From Goodreads:
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.

"Because if I am the last one, then I am humanity. And if this is humanity's last war, then I am the battlefield."

The 5th Wave was a book that was bought for me for my birthday when it first released, and here I am almost a full 3 years later finally writing my review the day I finished reading the book. I can't really give a good reason why I didn't read it before now... it was one of those books that I really wanted to read but I just didn't pick it up. I always ended up choosing some other book over this one. I have absolutely no idea why because after finishing this book I can honestly say I was missing out. The 5th Wave was completely different from what I expected... in such an amazing way. I really enjoyed this book.

Cassie's alone. After the first 4 waves of the invasion almost everyone on earth is dead. But Cassie made a promise... that she would find Sammy, her little brother and as she begins her journey to reunite with the only family she has left Cassie has to be careful. Because the 5th Wave is coming. She doesn't know what it is but she knows it could arrive at any time.

Cassie was such a great character for me. I felt like she was so brave. I can understand that some people may have found her whiny and such but let's face it if this happened to you when you were 16 years old you'd be the same. She was super brave and I really associated with her.

Evan... oh Evan. Let's just say I did not trust Evan one bit. He was mysterious and in a world that has been invaded with Aliens mysterious is not good. Every person I came across I was just like are you a alien? I was suspicious of everyone. But the more I read the more I fell in love with him. Now I am completely head over heels for Evan. He is awesome.

The 5th Wave is told from multiple perspectives and I had very mixed opinions of this. I usually love multiple perspectives and don't get me wrong I liked that but there were certain character perspectives that bored me. In the middle of the book we had the perspective of Ben and I just grew bored and I really had to power through throughout those parts of the book that really took away part of my enjoyment of the book.

Overall I really enjoyed The 5th Wave. It's an awesome action packed novel and I am really looking forward to reading the sequel. If you love dystopia novels with a dash of romance and lots of aliens this is the perfect book for you. I can't wait to find out what will happen next.

"I didn't save you. You saved me."

Wednesday, March 23

Review: The Fearie War (Creepy Hollow #3)

The Faerie War (Creepy Hollow #3)
Rachel Morgan

Publication Date: October 21, 2013
Date Read: February 27, 2016
Genre: YA - Fantasy / Fae
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback
Pages: 334
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From Goodreads:
Driven by action, suspense, and a strong heroine, this deliciously detailed, bestselling YA fantasy will keep you turning the pages right up until the epic conclusion...

Violet Fairdale is in big trouble. Her home is gone, her beloved forest lies in ruins, the guy she gave her heart to has deserted her—and she doesn’t remember any of it. The powerful Lord Draven is taking over, brainwashing guardians into fighting for him. No one is safe from the evil spreading throughout the fae world.

As alliances are forged between the remaining free fae, Vi struggles to reclaim her identity and figure out where she belongs in this new world. When someone from her past shows up, life gets even more complicated. He brings with him a long-forgotten weapon and an ancient prophecy that places Vi at the center of the fight against Draven. With the future of the fae world at stake, can Vi carry out the prophecy’s instructions before it’s too late?

Holy Crap!!!! This book was absolutely blow your pants off fantastic! After the ending of The Faerie Prince I genuinelly could not wait to read this book and find out what was going to happen. The Faerie War did not disappoint and a part of me is devastated that Violet and Ryn's story is over. I'm going to miss them so much!

The Faerie War was a little harder for me to get into than the previous two books in this series. A part of me was dying to find out what was going to happen but with Violet's memories of everything gone I found it harder to get into as I just wanted the old kick-ass Vi back. Saying that once I got used to this new memory-less Vi I still loved her. She was different but still the same Vi that I loved from the previous books. The more I read the more I loved and I couldn't believe what was happening with the new big bad villian.

Nate... what the freaking hell Nate. I get that Vi hurt your feelings but seriously??? That is no excuse to do what you did. Considering I really liked Nate in the first book, I started to dislike him a lot in book 2 but after this one??? Yeah I hate him. I spent the majority of this book just wishing he would be killed already. I feel slightly bad for him but still hate him. Stupid Boy!!!!

Ryn.... oh be still my heart! I adore Ryn. He is officially one of my all time favourite characters ever. He's amazing and he was so much more amazing in this book. Once he found out about Vi's lack of memories he was devastated but he seen became determined to make her fall back in love with him *swoon* He is totally the best.

The Faerie War was an explosive and amazing finale to Vi and Ryn's story in the Creepy Hollow series. This is without a doubt now one of my all time favourite series and I am so excited to read Calla's story in the next 3 books and as much as I want to devour book 4 and 5 right this second (and they are waiting on my bookshelf ready) after the book 2 cliffhanger I am waiting for book 6 to be released so I can binge read Calla's story as I did Violet's.

The Faerie War was phenomenal and I cannot recommend the Creepy Hollow series enough. It was utter perfection and one I know I will re-read again and again. Definitely one for the favourites shelf. I adored every moment of it.

"It was about growing up together. It was about knowing your fears and dreams. It was about forgiveness. It was about making you laugh and being there when you cried. It was about knowing that even if we lived for centuries, I'd never get tired of having you at my side."