Wednesday, May 18

Review: 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)
Sarah J Maas

Published By: Bloomsbury
Publication Date: May 3, 2016
Date Read: May 7, 2016
Genre: YA - Fantasy
Source: Bought
Format: Hardback
Pages: 640
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From Goodreads:
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.

"The issue isn't whether he loved you, it's how much. Too much. Love can be poison."

I have been such an enormous fan of Sarah J Maas ever since I was lucky enough to get her debut, Throne of Glass, for review. I fell in love with her writing straight away and have devoured every book she has wrote ever since. I could not wait for the release of A Court of Mist and Fury. I really loved the first book in this series and I couldn't wait to see how it was going to progress. I was not disappointed at all with this book. It was utter perfection and possibly my favourite Sarah J Maas book to date.

Fayre went through hell to save Tamlin and his people and no matter what she can't forget the things that she had to do. But it was worth it to save the person she loves.... right? Fayre has to come to terms with the new High Fae powers that she now has and she has not forgotten the deal that she made with Rhysand. Can she stand by her deal while still being dedicated to Tamlin?

This book is 100% a game changer in this series. Everything I felt about these characters has completely turned around. Fayre is without a doubt the most amazing character. I love her. She's totally kick-ass and amazing and I loved her throughout this whole book. She goes through such a transformation and every time she made a decision I was 100% behind her.

The boys... I went through such a massive change of heart with these boys. At the end of A Court of Thorns and Roses I liked Tamlin but really liked Rhysand. Let's talk about Tamlin first. He was kind of overwhelming in this book. I went from liking him to disliking him, being annoyed at him to absolutely hating him. I cannot stand that High Lord. Rhysand however, I am absolutely 100% Team Rhysand. He is everything any book loved could want in a book boyfriend. He is gorgeous, snarky, teasing and hilarious. Every scene with him in has me either laughing out loud or seriously swooning. I adore him!

A Court of Mist and Fury was such an amazing book. For its 600+ pages I could not put it down and I devoured it. It is without a doubt my favourite book of the year to date. It was amazing. Moving and heartbreaking; full of action and suspence and romance. Everything I could possibly want from a YA Fantasy book was jam packed into this incredible book. I adored every moment of it and I am left reeling dying to get my hands on the next book! I loved every moment of it. This is definitely a must-read for everyone. Sarah J Maas is without a doubt one of the best authors I have ever read. If you haven't read her stuff yet I highly recommend that you do!

"I'm thinking that I was a lonely, hopeless person, and I might have fallen in love with the first thing that showed me a hint of kindness and safety."



 

Monday, May 9

Early Review: The Problem with Forever

The Problem With Forever
Jennifer L Armentrout

Published By: Harlequin TEEN
Publication Date: May 17, 2016
Date Read: May 1, 2016
Genre: YA - Contemporary Romance
Source: eARC from Ink Slingr PR
Format: eARC
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From Goodreads:
For some people, silence is a weapon. For Mallory “Mouse” Dodge, it’s a shield. Growing up, she learned that the best way to survive was to say nothing. And even though it’s been four years since her nightmare ended, she’s beginning to worry that the fear that holds her back will last a lifetime.

Now, after years of homeschooling with loving adoptive parents, Mallory must face a new milestone—spending her senior year at public high school. But of all the terrifying and exhilarating scenarios she’s imagined, there’s one she never dreamed of—that she’d run into Rider Stark, the friend and protector she hasn’t seen since childhood, on her very first day.

It doesn’t take long for Mallory to realize that the connection she shared with Rider never really faded. Yet the deeper their bond grows, the more it becomes apparent that she’s not the only one grappling with the lingering scars from the past. And as she watches Rider’s life spiral out of control, Mallory faces a choice between staying silent and speaking out—for the people she loves, the life she wants, and the truths that need to be heard.

The Problem With Forever is one of those books that the moment I heard about it I needed it in my hands. Why? Because it's a Jennifer L Armentrout book and I have just adored every single thing that she has written and The Problem with Forever is no exception. From the very start of this book I was completely enamoured with it. It was just so moving and this may be the most heartbreaking book Jen has written to date.

Mallory is such an amazing main character and I really sympathised with her right from the start. I was completely heartbroken for her right from the beginning of the book and the more I read and realised the impact of her childhood on her life it just made me want to reach into the book and just hug her. She is so much stronger that she realises for dealing with everything she did and I just adore that you can really see the difference in her at the beginning of the book to her at the end. She makes such a transformation in this book and it was just amazing to see.

Rider is 100% one of my favourite JLA boys of all time. I mean he still doesn't quite replace Aiden St Delphi from the Covenant series but he is very very close. One thing I loved about this book is that Rider has a bad past too. I know that's not good, and I don't mean I loved that he was hurting due to his past because it completely broke my heart, but so many books in this genre have the heroine with the bad past and the boy comes along and saves her, I loved that Rider shared that past and needed saving too, he just didn't know it. It was such a difference from other books in this genre and I loved that.

The Problem with Forever is without a doubt one of the most emotional and heartbreaking books I have ever read. It's utterly heartbreaking, moving and stunning. Jennifer has done it again. She drags you in with her amazing writing style, shatters your heart into a million pieces and then starts to gradually patch it up again. I loved every moment of it and this is definitely my favourite JLA contemporary book. It blows all of the others completely out of the water.

If there's only one YA Contemp that you read this year make sure it is The Problem With Forever. It was beautiful and perfectly heartbreaking. I loved every moment of it. It's definitely a must-read for any JLA fan and lover of YA Contemporary books. It was soul-destroyingly perfect! Prepare yourself for the emotional trauma you will experience at the hands of this book. Every tear is worth this beautiful story.


Wednesday, May 4

Review: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children #1)

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children #1)
Ransom Riggs

Publication Date: June 7, 2011
Date Read: April 16, 2016
Genre: YA - Fantasy
Source: Bought
Format: Hardback
Pages: 352
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From Goodreads:
A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of curious photographs.

A horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.

A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.

"We were like astronaughts floating through a starless universe."

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is one of those books that you think sounds totally awesome yet it sits on your shelf unread for years. I bought this one not long after it released years ago and it wasn't until I saw the trailer for the upcoming movie that I picked it up to read it. I am so glad I finally read this book because it's a pretty special one... unlike anything I have ever read in a perfectly awesome way.

Jacob always thought his grandfather was just making up stories. The boy whose stomach was filled with bees. The girl who could fly... it was impossible. But after Jacob's grandfather is killed right in front of him he starts on a journey to find out more about him... and he stumbles on something magical and amazing and peculiar.

This book was pretty slow at the beginning. It really took me a while to get into it because it took so long to introduce us to the characters and Jacob's start on his journey to discovering the peculiar took quite a while. I am so glad I kept on reading though because the more I read the more I fell in love with it. This book is a story of self-discovery and adventure and I loved every moment of it.

Jacob is an awesome main character. One thing I adored was that we went on a journey to discover th truth through Jacob. I sometimes find it difficult getting into YA books with a male main character as I am so used to reading ones where we see the story through the females eyes but I just loved Jacob. He is awesome and as he was discovering the truth so were we and that was awesome.

One thing that makes this book so unique is the pictures. I've never read a book where the story is accompanied by pictures and it fit the story and added more to the story perfectly. I can't imagine having listened to the audiobook of this book because although the story is wonderful all by itself you would be missing out on so much by not having these pictures. It'd be such a shame so I would urge anyone interested in this book to skip past the audio for this one and get the full unique experience by getting the book.

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is just what it says on the tin... Peculiar... in such a perfect and wonderful way. I loved every moment of it and if anyone loves a good adventure fantasy this is definitely the book for you. It's full of intrigue, mystery, danger and a small dash of romance. I loved every moment of it and I cannot wait to continue the story in Hollow City.

"I used to dream about escaping my ordinary life, but my life was never ordinary. I had simply failed to notice how extraordinary it was."


Sunday, May 1

Wrap Up: April 2016


Hey Guys,
Can you believe April is over already? April was an incredibly slow month. Exam season is almost here so work is just insane right now which means not much time for reading. So this month it is more of a book haul than anything as I only managed to read 1 book. On the plus side, I got caught up on a lot of the TV shows I love. Hopefully May will be a better reading month for me.

Book Haul:

Hardcopies



The Sleeping Prince (The Sin Eater's Daughter #2) by Melissa Salisbury
The Darkest Part (Living Heartwood #1) by Trisha Wolfe
Losing Track (Living Heartwood #2) by Trisha Wolfe
Fading Out (Living Heartwood #3) by Trisha Wolfe
Hollow City (Miss Peregrine's Perculiar Children #2) by Ransom Riggs
Library of Souls (Miss Peregrine's Perculiar Children #3) by Ransom Riggs
Unhooked by Lisa Maxwell
Nowhere But Here (Thunder Road #1) by Katie McGarry
Walk the Line (Thunder Road #2) by Katie McGarry
 A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2) by Sarah J Maas

E-Books


Bought:

Stars Above (Lunar Chronicles #4.5) by Marissa Meyer

For Review:

The Problem With Forever by Jennifer L Armentrout

Books Read in April 2016:

  
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children #1) by Ransom Riggs - 4 Stars

Reviews Posted:


Challenge Update:

 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

April:
Didn't read any of them






There is no Top 3 of April as I only read 1 book.

April TBR:







What did you read this month?

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

Overall Rating:
 

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."