Wednesday, February 20

Review: Rise (Paper Gods #2.5)

Rise (Paper Gods #2.5)
Amanda Sun

Published By: Harlequin Teen
Publication Date: May 1, 2015
Date Read: January 28, 2019
Genre: YA - Paranormal Romance
Source: Bought
Format: E-Book
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25214707-rise
From Goodreads:
A long, long time ago, before the world was as we know it, Izanami and Izanagi came into being. Two of the first of the ancient gods of Japan, they crafted the world from ink and their own imaginations. Izanagi wants, more than anything, to be with Izanami—but one moment of pride could tear them apart forever.

Yuki and Tanaka have been friends for as long as they can remember, but lately deeper feelings have been bubbling beneath the surface. How do they navigate the transition from friendship to true love without destroying the powerful bond between them?

Set a millennia apart, can these two couples, living parallel love stories, find their happily-ever-afters?

It's been quite a while since I have read the first two books in the Paper Gods series and honestly I don't remember a whole lot other than I really enjoyed them. As part of my challenge to catch up on my unfinished series I decided to pick up Rise, the novella that takes place between Rain and Storm. I am so glad that I decided to pick this novella up as it did a really good job of reintroducing me to this series and joggin my memory of what had happened.

Rise tells the love story between two of the Kami from centuries ago and also the love story of two friends, present day, of Kate's. I really enjoyed reading both of the love stories and it kept me interested all the way through. I am a totally hopeless romantic and I absolutely love a good love story so I was bound to enjoy this one as there was two.

Rise is a cute little read that sets the scene for the third book in the Paper Gods series. I cannot wait to get started and finish this series. I know it's going to be awesome.


Wednesday, February 13

Review: Renegades (Renegades #1)

Renegades (Renegades #1)
Marissa Meyer

Published By: Macmillan Publishing
Publication Date: November 7, 2017
Date Read: January 27, 2019
Genre: YA - Fantasy
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback
Pages: 552
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28421168-renegades

From Goodreads:
Secret Identities. Extraordinary Powers. She wants vengeance. He wants justice.

The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies — humans with extraordinary abilities — who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone... except the villains they once overthrew.

Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and she is on a mission for vengeance. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice — and in Nova. But Nova's allegiance is to a villain who has the power to end them both.

"Heroism wasn’t about what you could do, it was about what you did. It was about who you saved when they needed saving."

Renegades is a book that has been sat on my shelf for what feels like forever. I bought it immediately when it released as I was so intrigued by a superhero book. It wasn't until it came out as a group read in my Goodreads group that I finally decided to pick this one up. To be honest, I wasn't completely sure how I was going to feel about this one. I tend to be a bit of hit-or-miss with Marissa Meyer books. I absolutely adored her Lunar Chronicles books but then I didn't even finish Heartless. I am so glad to say that for me this one was a hit! I loved it and couldn't put it down.

I'm a huge fan of the whole superhero/villain thing but I haven't actually read a lot of superhero books. Renegades was the first one and I loved it. There were some very cliche tropes in there but honestly the world building and characterisation was so brilliant that they didn't bother me at all. I loved the history of the heroic Renegades and the villainous Anarchists. I loved even more that this was told from the perspective of two people: one Renegade and one Anarchist. I loved that we got to see it from both sides.

Right from the start I was heartbroken for Nova and I loved having her as a narrator. She is such a fantastic character as she is a villain... with heroic tendencies and I loved that. Pretty much the whole cast of characters were brilliant and I loved them all. Adrian was just such a beautifully sweet guy and I loved the concept of a budding romance between a Renegade and and Anarchist. I cannot wait to see where that goes in the coming books. I love that not everything is black and white in this series. It isn't as clean cut as the Renegades and the Anarchists but there is quite clearly good and bad on both sides. And those sides become more and more blurred the moree you read on. I absolutely loved that about the series and there are characters on both sides that I love... and hate!

Renegades was fast-paced and action packed and I couldn't get through these pages fast enough. The ending completely left me reeling. I couldn't believe what was happening and I cannot wait to get my hands on the second book. I throughly enjoyed every moment of this book and I hold out the hope that book 2 is going to be just as good. If you love books about superheroes then I highly recommend that you check out Renegades.

"If people wanted to stand up for themselves or protect their loved ones or do what they believe in their hearts is the right thing to do, then they would do it. If they wanted to be heroic, they would find ways to be heroic, even without supernatural powers."


Wednesday, February 6

Review: Sever (The Chemical Garden #3)

Sever (The Chemical Garden Trilogy #3)
Lauren DeStefano

Published By: Simon and Schuster
Publication Date: February 12, 2013
Date Read: January 19, 2019
Genre: YA - Dystopia
Source: Bought
Format: Hardback
Pages: 371
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12383869-sever

From Goodreads:
Time is running out for Rhine in this conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Chemical Garden Trilogy.

With the clock ticking until the virus takes its toll, Rhine is desperate for answers. After enduring Vaughn’s worst, Rhine finds an unlikely ally in his brother, an eccentric inventor named Reed. She takes refuge in his dilapidated house, though the people she left behind refuse to stay in the past. While Gabriel haunts Rhine’s memories, Cecily is determined to be at Rhine’s side, even if Linden’s feelings are still caught between them.

Meanwhile, Rowan’s growing involvement in an underground resistance compels Rhine to reach him before he does something that cannot be undone. But what she discovers along the way has alarming implications for her future—and about the past her parents never had the chance to explain.

In this breathtaking conclusion to Lauren DeStefano’s Chemical Garden trilogy, everything Rhine knows to be true will be irrevocably shattered.

"We aren't asked into this world, Linden. We're here whether we like it or not. I can't let myself think it's for nothing."

In 2011 I read the first book in The Chemical Garden Trilogy and absolutely loved it. The following year I devoured the second book but when the third book released I just couldn't bring myself to read it. This was due to how much I adored this series. I know that sounds totally backwards. If I love it I should want to read it and see what happens. Well a part of me did but a bigger part of me just didn't want to say goodbye to this world and the characters and so I put it off. Fastforward 7 years and I have finally finished the series. It was everything I could have imagined and more. I loved every single moment of it.

In my 7 year break from reading Fever and starting Sever I had forgotten just how beautiful of a writer Lauren DeStefano is. I was completely captured once again by her beautiful storytelling and I couldn't put it down. Lauren has so perfectly honed her craft and I don't think I have read a book in a long time that is wrote so lyrically and touching. Sever was utter perfection.

Although I had forgotten a lot of things that had happened in Wither and Fever, it all came back to me as soon as I started reading. I was taken away once again, in this horrifying yet enchanting world and I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. I had forgotten my love of Rhine, Cecily and Linden and their strange but lovely relationship. The one thing that got me is that Gabriel wasn't in it at all until near the end and I did miss reading about him a bit in the majority of the book.

Sever was amazing and such a fantastic ending to one of my favourite series. I loved every moment of it and there were twists and turns I never saw coming. Sever completely and utterly broke my heart... I was sobbing at one point I was so emotionally invested in these characters lives. But then, that's just a sign of a fantastic read. My one gripe about Sever is that I felt the ending was a little rushed. A lot of things happened in those last 50/60 pages, and then it kind of just ended... saying that though it was a perfect ending to a great series and one I will read again and again.

The Chemical Garden series is a must-read for anyone who enjoys YA Dystopia novels. It takes you on one hell of a journey. It was utterly brilliant and I loved every moment. If you haven't read this series already I highly recommend it.

"Maybe hope isn't the most dangerous thing a person can have. Maybe love is."


Saturday, February 2

Wrap Up: January 2019


Hey Guys,
We made it! It's finally the end of January... the month that lasts years. Well as long as January is I unfortunately didn't read a whole lot of books BOO!! But here's my month in books.

Book Haul:

Hardcopies:


Bought:
 
Two Can Keep A Secret by Karen M McManus
Shadow of Night (Discovery of Witches #2) by Deborah Harkness
The Book of Life (Discovery of Witches #3) by Deborah Harkness
Scythe (Arc of Scythe #1) by Neal Schusterman
Paper Avalanche by Lisa Williamson

E-Books:

Bought:


Rise (Paper Gods #2.5) by Amanda Sun
Storm (Paper Gods #3) by Amanda Sun

Books Read in January 2019:


A Curse So Dark and Lonely (A Curse So Dark and Lonely #1) by Brigid Kemmerer - 5 Stars
Sever (The Chemical Garden #3) by Lauren DeStefano - 4 Stars
Renegades (Renegades #1) by Marissa Meyer - 4 Stars
Rise (Paper Gods #2.5) by Amanda Sun - 3 Stars




How was your month in books?


Wednesday, January 30

Review: Daylighters (Morganville Vampires #15)

Daylighters (Morganville Vampires #15)
Rachel Caine

Published By: Allison and Busby
Publication Date: November 5, 2013
Date Read: December 31, 2018
Genre: YA - Paranormal Romance
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback
Pages: 447
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15746882-daylighters

From Goodreads:
While Morganville, Texas, is often a troubled town, Claire Danvers and her friends are looking forward to coming home. But the Morganville they return to isn’t the one they know; it’s become a different place—a deadly one…

Something drastic has happened in Morganville while Claire and her friends were away. The town looks cleaner and happier than they’ve ever seen it before, but when their incoming group is arrested and separated—vampires from humans—they realize that the changes definitely aren’t for the better.

It seems that an organization called the Daylight Foundation has offered the population of Morganville something they’ve never had: hope of a vampire-free future. And while it sounds like salvation—even for the vampires themselves—the truth is far more sinister and deadly.

Now, Claire, Shane and Eve need to find a way to break their friends out of Daylighter custody, before the vampires of Morganville meet their untimely end…

Here we are. I feel incredibly nostalgic and bittersweet writing this review. In a way I feel like it's the end of an era. Very rarely do I stick with such a long series and I've been reading this one for the past 8 years. I started Glass Houses in 2010 and I never thought the series would be so long, or so incredible. I can't believe the series is over and I am both incredible sad and incredibly happy because it's been one hell of a ride and I've loved every moment of it.

Daylighters picks up exactly where Fall of Night ended. With Claire and co back in Morganville but it's a very different Morganville. The Daylighters have taken over and captured the vampires. It seems like a good thing but it's very dark and sinister. Can Claire, Shane and Eve upset the safety that the other humans have gained and save their vampire friends? And is it really the right thing to do?

Daylighters was such a fast-paced and epic conclusion to the Morganville Vampires series. Honestly, I wasn't sure how Rachel Caine was going to do it. How do you give a good, satisfying ending for both the vampires and humans? I didn't know... but she did it perfectly! This book was action packed and was definietly a page turner. I am honestly in awe of Rachel Caine. She is such a fantastic author and not only did she continue a series for 15 books without it even feeling like you'd read that many but she gave it a brilliant and perfect ending.

Morganville Vampires will always remain as one of my all-time favourite series. I loved everything about it. The storyline was completely original and the characters were brilliant. I can't believe it's over but it's one I know I will re-read in the future. If you haven't read this series, I know it's daunting seeing that there are 15 books and usually I wouldn't touch that as it's too big... but this series is an exception and I highly, highly recommend this amazing series. Try it... you won't be disappointed.

"Because it's not right to judge a class of people by the actions of one, or a few. That's not justice. It's prejudice, and I don't like it. Justice means judging each person individually."


 

Wednesday, January 23

Review: Fall of Night (Morganville Vampires #14)

Fall of Night (Morganville Vampires #14)
Rachel Caine

Published By: Allison and Busby
Publication Date: May 2, 2013
Date Read: December 29, 2018
Genre: YA - Paranormal Romance
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback
Pages: 443
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17315547-fall-of-night

From Goodreads:
Claire thought she'd never get to leave Morganville, but she can't pass up the chance to finally attend her dream school, MIT. After all, getting to invent anti-vamp devices with Professor Anderson - a Morganville exile herself - sounds like a dream come true... until Claire realizes there are sinister forces at play, and she's not the only one with a vampire-related agenda.

Without her friends Shane, Eve, and Michael, Claire finds that surviving a killer schedule may be hard... but with them, it might turn out to be impossible.

After reading Black Dawn and Bitter Blood as part of my 'catch up on ongoing series' challenge, I couldn't wait to dive straight into Fall of Night. This has been a series that I have loved for so many years but I'd forgotten just how much until I started reading it again. Fall of Night was no different and is actually one of my favourites of the series.

Fall of Night follows Claire as she leaves Morganville and heads to Boston to her dream school. She has finally gotten free from the vampires... or so she thought. Claire once more finds herself caught in the middle of some vampire-human dispute and has to decide who she is going to fight for. But this time she's all alone and can she survive without the backup of her friends?

I adored Fall of Night! I loved this one so much and I think it's because it reminded me of the earlier books. With this being such a huge series you fall into this state of knowing pretty much how everyone will act and how it works in Morganville. But with Claire leaving and being somewhere new it had that feel of an earlier book, of something new and new characters and not knowing what was going to happen... and I adored that! I loved the new characters and how they linked in to the ones that we have known for 14 books.

Fall of Night was epic. It had so many twists and turns you could have got whiplash. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough and I was filled with fear and anxiety for what was going to happen to my favourite characters. It was such a beautiful and perfect instalment to the Morganville Vampires series and I loved every moment. I feel a little bit bittersweet about it now as I only have one more book to read and I've finished this series. It's been a long time coming but at the same time I don't want to say goodbye to these amazing characters. Fall of Night ended on one hell of a cliffhanger and even though I don 't want this series to end, I also can't wait to sink my teeth (pun intended) into the final book.



Saturday, January 19

Early Review: A Curse So Dark and Lonely (A Curse So Dark and Lonely #1)

A Curse So Dark and Lonely (A Curse So Dark and Lonely #1)
Brigid Kemmerer

Published By: Bloomsbury Publishing
Publication Date: January 29, 2019
Date Read: January 6, 2019
Genre: YA - Fantasy / Retelling
Source: ARC from Bloomsbury Publishing
Format: Paperback
Pages: 496
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43204703-a-curse-so-dark-and-lonely

From Goodreads:
In a lush, contemporary fantasy retelling of Beauty and the Beast, Brigid Kemmerer gives readers another compulsively readable romance perfect for fans of Marissa Meyer.

Fall in love, break the curse.

It once seemed so easy to Prince Rhen, the heir to Emberfall. Cursed by a powerful enchantress to repeat the autumn of his eighteenth year over and over, he knew he could be saved if a girl fell for him. But that was before he learned that at the end of each autumn, he would turn into a vicious beast hell-bent on destruction. That was before he destroyed his castle, his family, and every last shred of hope.

Nothing has ever been easy for Harper Lacy. With her father long gone, her mother dying, and her brother barely holding their family together while constantly underestimating her because of her cerebral palsy, she learned to be tough enough to survive. But when she tries to save someone else on the streets of Washington, DC, she's instead somehow sucked into Rhen's cursed world.

Break the curse, save the kingdom.

A prince? A monster? A curse? Harper doesn't know where she is or what to believe. But as she spends time with Rhen in this enchanted land, she begins to understand what's at stake. And as Rhen realizes Harper is not just another girl to charm, his hope comes flooding back. But powerful forces are standing against Emberfall . . . and it will take more than a broken curse to save Harper, Rhen, and his people from utter ruin.

"The choices we face may not be the choices we want, but they are choices nonetheless."

There are no words to explain just how excited I was for this book. I've been a huge fan of Brigid Kemmerer for years and I have read and loved every single book that she has wrote to date. I absolutely adore YA fairytale retellings, and with Beauty and the Beast being my favourite fairytale, you can imagine my utter excitement for this book. I had such high expectations for A Curse So Dark and Lonely... and Brigid just exceeded every single one of them. In my opinion this book was utter perfection.

A Curse So Dark and Lonely follows the story of Harper, a teen living with Cerebral Palsy and trying to stay strong for her struggling family when she is suddenly kidnapped and taken to the magical world of Emberfall. Here she finds a cursed world that is being terrorised by a monster and a powerful sorceress. Harper is suddenly caught up in this magical world and she is determined to make Prince Rhen act to save his people rather than give up and wait for more doom.

I loved Harper so so so much. She has to be one of my all-time favourite heroines of a book. At the beginning of the book she is seen by her brother as someone who needs to be protected as she is vulnerable with her health condition but she just goes from strength to strength throughout the book and ends up being a warrior willing to do anything to save the people of Emberfall. I loved that she had this vulnerability that was pre-ordained by her condition but that she wouldn't let it stop her doing anything and that made her one of the most kick-ass heroiens of all time. I adored her.

Brigid Kemmerer really does have an incredible knack for storytelling. I've loved all of her books and I am so damn happy that she has wrote a fantasy series. Fantasy is, and will always be, my all-time favourite genre of book and to see a favourite author write one and do it so flawlessly warms my little bookworm heart more than you can imagine. I was compeltely enraptured by this world and story right from the very first page and I loved every single moment of it. I couldn't put this book down and I couldn't wait to see what was going to happen.

A Curse So Dark and Lonely is everything I could have hoped for a more. It was my most-anticipated novel of 2019 and it did not disappoint. It was filled to the brim with action, magic, intrigue and heart-melting romance. I cannot praise this book enough and I can't wait to see what will happen in the next book. Roll on book two, I absolutely cannot wait!

"Failure isn't absolute. Just because you couldn't save everyone doesn't mean you didn't save anyone."