Review: The Invisible Life of Addie Larue by V.E. Schwab

Goodreads Summary:

A Life No One Will Remember. A Story You Will Never Forget.

France, 1714: in a moment of desperation, a young woman makes a Faustian bargain to live forever and is cursed to be forgotten by everyone she meets.

Thus begins the extraordinary life of Addie LaRue, and a dazzling adventure that will play out across centuries and continents, across history and art, as a young woman learns how far she will go to leave her mark on the world.

But everything changes when, after nearly 300 years, Addie stumbles across a young man in a hidden bookstore and he remembers her name. 



My Review

The Invisible Life of Addie Larue was entirely different from any book I’ve read in every possible way. It was so incredibly written, that I found myself pausing to look up from the book and just take in the depth of what I had read. VE Schwab takes you into the life of someone who had the misfortune of dealing with the devil and forming a deal she was completely unaware of. Enter Addie Larue, a girl who just wants to live a life of her own choosing, but comes to learn the true meaning of the phrase “be careful what you wish for…”


The story follows three hundred years worth of time that fluctuates between the past and the present. So in a way it’s a historical fiction book. The writing was thus portrayed as if it was being written by someone who has 300 years worth of wisdom. This made reading about Addie’s situation all the more heartbreaking, as it was delivered in such an analytical style. 


Addie spends 300 years of her life in which everyone she meet forgets her the moment she is out of sight, untill suddenly, she meets Henry and everything changes for them both. I have to warn readers without giving away spoilers as best I can. Schwab does not necessarily give the reader the ending you want but it is pretty darn good nonetheless. Was this book a 5 star read and as phenomenal as everyone was making it out to be? Not for me, there were some lulls in the plot that slowed it down in the middle of the story. However, it was still thoroughly enjoyable, it kept me intrigued throughout, and I would still highly recommend it! The Invisible Life of Addie Larue will take you on a journey that will show you how precious life is and how even the smallest of encounters can still find a way to last for lifetimes.

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Review: Layla by Colleen Hoover

Goodreads Summary:

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover comes a novel that explores life after tragedy and the enduring spirit of love.

When Leeds meets Layla, he’s convinced he’ll spend the rest of his life with her—until an unexpected attack leaves Layla fighting for her life. After weeks in the hospital, Layla recovers physically, but the emotional and mental scarring has altered the woman Leeds fell in love with. In order to put their relationship back on track, Leeds whisks Layla away to the bed-and-breakfast where they first met. Once they arrive, Layla’s behavior takes a bizarre turn. And that’s just one of many inexplicable occurrences.

Feeling distant from Layla, Leeds soon finds solace in Willow—another guest of the B&B with whom he forms a connection through their shared concerns. As his curiosity for Willow grows, his decision to help her find answers puts him in direct conflict with Layla’s well-being. Leeds soon realizes he has to make a choice because he can’t help both of them. But if he makes the wrong choice, it could be detrimental for all of them.



My Review

Colleen Hoover does it again folks! Layla is definitely not one to be missed! The story is told from the perspective of Leeds. Following a traumatic incident, he is willing to try anything to get his relationship with his girlfriend Layla back to the way things used to be. However, he soon finds himself in situation not of this world!

If you’re looking for a story with a little bit of spook factor that will keep you guessing, this is the one for you! Hoover always seems to write in a way that instantly draws the reader in. This stand alone flew by let me tell ya! And though I somehow guessed the major plot twist halfway through ( believe me, this never happens), my mind was still blown and I remained on the edge of my seat til the very end!

Layla was unlike any other paranormal romance story I’ve read before which it made it all the more captivating! If you’re a Colleen Hoover fan or not, I highly recommend!!

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Review: Bone Crier’s Moon (Bone Grace #1) by Kathryn Purdie

Goodreads Summary:

Bone ​Criers have a sacred duty. They alone can keep the dead from preying on the living. But their power to ferry the spirits of the dead into goddess Elara’s Night Heavens or Tyrus’s Underworld comes from sacrifice. The gods demand a promise of dedication. And that promise comes at the cost of the Bone Criers’ one true love.

Ailesse has been prepared since birth to become the matriarch of the Bone Criers, a mysterious famille of women who use strengths drawn from animal bones to ferry dead souls. But first she must complete her rite of passage and kill the boy she’s also destined to love.

Bastien’s father was slain by a Bone Crier and he’s been seeking revenge ever since. Yet when he finally captures one, his vengeance will have to wait. Ailesse’s ritual has begun and now their fates are entwined—in life and in death.

Sabine has never had the stomach for the Bone Criers’ work. But when her best friend Ailesse is taken captive, Sabine will do whatever it takes to save her, even if it means defying their traditions—and their matriarch—to break the bond between Ailesse and Bastien. Before they all die.


My Review

Bone Crier’s Moon was unlike any other book I’ve read before. It’s total ingenuity made it intriguing throughout. The story follows the POVs of not one but three characters which is something that I haven’t experienced in a quite some time. As with any book with multiple POVs, you’re always on the edge of your seat waiting to get back to the next person after each chapter ended on a cliffhanger. The story is told from Bastien, Ailesse, and Sabine’s perspective. Bastien, a boy hell bent on avenging the death of his father who was murdered by Ailesse and Sabine’s people: the Bone Criers, will stop at nothing until his vendetta is fulfilled. Little does he know that he has a much more important role to play in the Bone Criers’ lives than he thought.  Cue an enemies-to- lovers story! 

This book was suspenseful from start to finish. Although a little predictable at times, I still didn’t see every plot twist coming! The changing POVs made the story fly by too. The romance could have been a little further developed, but it was definitely still cute and I can tell that a lot more is still to come in regards to their growth. The story left off with so many questions and I cannot wait to see how it will all unfold. If you’re looking for a new unique YA romance, I definitely recommend Bone Crier’s Moon.

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Review: The Brightest Night (Origin #3) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Goodreads Summary:

Less than a year ago, Evelyn Dasher was a normal girl, living an unremarkable life.

Now, she’s on the run, under the protection of the beautiful, deadly inhuman Luc. She’s been betrayed by those who were closest to her. And she’s learned truths about herself that she never saw coming–things she once knew, and was made to forget. Truths with devastating consequences. She’s caught in the eye of the storm.

He is the darkest star.
You are the burning shadow.
And together, you will bring about the brightest night.


4-star


My Review

The Brightest Night was a wonderful addition to the Origin series and I thoroughly enjoyed it throughout. The story continues smoothly into Evie and Luc’s journey, where they have now made it to a Luxen safe zone after barely surviving the trip there. Of course their troubles are far from over and on top of facing the ever growing threat that is the Daedalus, Evie must also attempt to win over the rest of the compound in order to gain their trust in her. 

As you can see, I didn’t give The Brightest Night 5 stars, but it for sure came very close. The story kept me intrigued all the way through. I absolutely loved seeing Evie and Luc’s relationship further unfold and grow in the most wonderful ways. You genuinely get to see the ends they will go to for one another which seems to be a common motif in JLAs Lux books. Also, you get sooo much more from Daemon in this book which was amazing and is making me need a Lux reread RIGHT NOW! However, I couldn’t help but notice that not a whole lot happened throughout the majority of the book. It’s not until the final 50 pages or so that you get more information that influences the overall plot going forward. Like I said, this didn’t stop me from really enjoying the entire thing, it still kept my attention and didn’t feel boring, I just wish we had been given more juicy things throughout instead of only at the end. 

This leads me into the ending, and HOLY SH**!! I am utterly shocked and devastated and MY HEART!! The ending was crazy and I cannot wait for more, I NEED MORE! Sorry for all the exclamation points and feelings, but just go read the darn thing and you will understand! I highly recommend this one regardless of the overall lack of movement throughout the meatier parts of the story, but that doesn’t mean you won’t still love it, because I certainly did! 

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Review: Brave (Wicked #3) by Jennifer L. Armentrout Koop

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5 star

Goodreads Summary:

Ivy Morgan hasn’t been feeling like herself lately. Not like anyone can blame her. After all, being held captive by a psychotic fae prince hell-bent on permanently opening the gates to the Otherworld is bound to leave some mental scars.

It’s more than that, though. Something dark and insidious is spreading throughout Ivy, more powerful than she could ever imagine… and it’s coming between her and the man she’s fallen deeply in love with, elite Order member Ren Owens.

Ren would do anything to keep Ivy safe. Anything. But when he makes a life altering choice for her, the fallout of his act has far reaching consequences that threaten to tear their lives apart.

If Ivy is going to have any hope of surviving this, she must put aside the hurt and betrayal she feels, and work with not only those she loves, but with an enemy she would rather kill than ever trust. War is coming, and it soon becomes clear that what Ivy and Ren thought they knew about the Order, themselves, and even their enemies, has been nothing but a cluster of dangerous, deadly lies.

Ivy knows she must be more than just brave to save those she loves–and, ultimately, to save herself.

Because behind every evil fae Prince, there’s a Queen….


My Review

Brave was hands down the best of the three books in the Wicked series. True to JLA nature, it picks up directly after the events following Torn. Ivy was freed from the clutches of the Prince but at what cost to her soul? Though she’s told Ren and Tink that she’s ok after being held captive, she’s clearly far from it as time goes by. And as the impending battle for their lives finally comes to a head, it’s clear that Ren and Ivy need to hold onto each other now more than ever if they hope to survive.

Book three was seriously intense from start to finish, like holy sh** people, I couldn’t put it down at certain points. There was just development after development. And the romance and fire between Ren and Ivy was EVERYTHING! It was seriously beautiful to see the ends to which they would go to for one another, and that definitely is a resounding theme of this book.

The ending was 100% not what I was expecting, which made it all the more fun to read. I didn’t want it to end, but thankfully I’ve heard awesome things about the novellas and that the main characters do make appearances, so I will definitely be giving those a read sometime soon! If you’re a JLA fan and looking to start another one of her beloved series, I highly recommend you give The Wicked Trilogy a try!

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Book Review: The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle #1) by Maggie Stiefvater

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Goodreads Summary:

“There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,” Neeve said. “Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him.”

It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.

His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

From Maggie Stiefvater, the bestselling and acclaimed author of the Shiver trilogy and The Scorpio Races, comes a spellbinding new series where the inevitability of death and the nature of love lead us to a place we’ve never been before.


3 Star

My Review

I so hesitate putting up this review because I know I’m not going to be with the majority, but I was genuinely disappointed. I have seen The Raven Cycle series EVERYWHERE for years! I’ve had it on my TBR for a very long time, and I’ve had the book on my shelf for going on 3 years now I believe. I can definitely say that it was nothing like what I thought it would be.

I was genuinely excited to dive into The Raven Boys, because I loved Stiefvater’s Shiver series. I had heard some really good things about it for the most part too. The story follows characters Blue and the boys of Aglionby Academy as they set off on a hunt for the mysterious and supernatural.

Right off the bat, I noticed a third person POV that had a very distinct tone of voice encircling the story. It was eerie and elegant and I felt like the voice in my head reading it sounded so proper without me even realizing it lol. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t horrible, but I felt like it kept me from being able to truly connect with the characters. If it had been told in first person, I think it would have been more enjoyable.

I had a hard time connecting with Blue, Gansey and Adam because I just didn’t know how to feel about the romantic (or lack there of) implications between the three of them. It was never given a chance to play out in book one. In fact, it felt like book one was entirely a “setting the stage” book. As I reached the halfway mark, I realized that not a whole lot had really happened yet. And as I progressed to being 3/4 of the way done, I couldn’t help but feel the same way still. I will give it some credit though, in that it never felt dragged out. It was actually a quick read and flew by. There were even a few pretty good plot twists here and there. By the end of book one, I was left a ton of questions and not a whole lot of answers. I can only assume that’s what the rest of the books are there for.

Overall, I was expecting a lot more from what I know is a very popular series. I haven’t quite decided if I’ll give book two a shot yet. Let me know you’re thoughts and if you think it’s worth me continuing.

 

 

Review: Protector (Night War Saga #1) by Leia Stone and S.T. Bende

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Goodreads Summary:

Love. Honor. Protect.

As an Environmental Studies major, Allie knows the planet is in trouble – a series of natural disasters recently rocked the northern hemisphere, and species across the globe are going extinct. What Allie doesn’t know is that her world’s decline is a casualty of an ancient battle called the Night War – the Norse goddess Nott’s crusade to control the weakest of the light realms. And Allie most definitely doesn’t know that her existence is the only thing stopping Nott from dragging the earth into total darkness.

When four gorgeous guys show up claiming to be Allie’s Asgardian protectors, she thinks they’re delusional. And when they order her to hunt down the pieces of an immortal weapon, she’s convinced they’re insane. But when Allie’s attacked, the guys’ crazy stories of demigods and dark elves begin coming together. And Allie’s not sure what scares her more – losing her life to the Goddess of Night . . . or losing her heart to one of her protectors.

Let the hunt begin.

My Review

S.T. Bende strikes again! I love this girl’s books and Leia Stone added an awesome touch! It’s always nice to delve back into the world of Norse Mythology and I love learning about a new god and goddess each time I open one of Bende’s books!

Protector follows the story of Allie, a freshman in college whose world becomes rocked when she finds a weird necklace that won’t come off of her neck and meets a strange guy claiming to know about her gift of seeing peoples’ energies. Before she knows it, Allie gets thrown into a brand new universe in which the gods from her Norse Mythology class are far from myth. Allie is a part of a prophecy that could mean the end or the saving of earth as she knows it. She is far from alone in her journey though. She has four smoking hot protectors on her side in her quest to save the planet from the destruction.  One of which, Tore, is bound to steal her heart along the way. Not a bad deal, am I right?!

Protector was a lovely start to what is sure to be a wonderful series! The movement was constant and the universe that these two ladies created was epic to say the least. That was probably one of the best parts about the book. The travel between planets and the different settings provided a fantastic backdrop to the events.

The romantic tension was a constant throughout the story, which of course led to romantic frustration, but the ending made it all worth it. I look forward to seeing where things go between Tore and Allie, cause I’m sure it’s bound to be hot! This book was definitely an introduction, I can tell that the best is to come.

If you are looking for an action packed Norse Mythology young adult book, then Protector is the book for you! Buy it on Amazon here!

Reread & Review: Incendiary (Premonition #4) by Amy A. Bartol

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Goodreads Summary:

Cold, fine drops of rain fall softly on my cheeks as I emerge from the darkness of the ship’s interior to the gray, overcast sky of the main deck. Pulling my dark pea coat tighter to my body, the wind lifts red tendrils of my hair. I walk slowly to the railing overlooking the water.

I catch my first sight of the Irish coastline; its craggy landscape makes me shiver in dread. I find it difficult to imagine now how the Gancanagh had made this their home for so long without anyone realizing it. The cold, moss-covered edifices practically scream their presence. As I study the shadows between the falling-down stone, I imagine creeping shapes of undead Faeries grasping the rock, waiting for our ship to draw nearer to their position.

Tipping my face up, I let the rain wash over me. It bathes away the frigid sweat of fear that has broken on my brow. “You don’t know how fiercely beautiful you are, do you?” A quiet voice behind me asks, causing me to stiffen and fix my eyes on the rocks along the shoreline.

My Review

I just realized that it has literally been 4 years since I read this book!! So of course a reread was necessary before I finally complete the series! I remember reading Incendiary the first time and flipping the flip out over what happened!!! I couldn’t stop reading the beautiful content. Now that I’ve read it again, I can’t believe how much I forgot and I remember why I was freaking out so much! This book is a remarkable addition to the series!

Incendiary picks up around where Indebted left off, which is with Evie on the run from Brennus and currently in hiding with her friends. I am not exaggerating when I say that SO MUCH HAPPENS IN THIS BOOK! Honestly it sucked cause it took me over two weeks to read it this time around (it’s a pretty long book in my defense), but wow, I felt as if I read two books in one . The first half was so utterly different then the second. Bartol packs a wallop with Incendiary. Developments are thrown around non-stop; there is most certainly not a single slow moment to be seen.

Quite a few new characters are introduced in book four that literally change the fabric of the story. And characters that you already know evolve in new unforeseen ways. Evie’s  relationship with Reed grows ever stronger and heart wrenchingly painful as events play out. Just when you think they are out of the storm, the clouds come in again. My heart could not take all of the emotion at once. Parts of the plot were just brutal to read but oh so worth seeing through to the end. I absolutely loved Incendiary and I am SO SO excited to finally, FINALLY get to read the last book in this beloved series several years after embarking on this journey.

I would most definitely recommend you get your hands on this series or continue on with it by reading Incendiary! Buy it on Amazon here!

Review: An Ember in the Ashes (Ember in the Ashes #1) by Sabaa Tahir

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Goodreads Summary:

Laia is a slave.

Elias is a soldier.

Neither is free.

Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.

It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.

But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.

There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.

My Review

I have heard all the hype on An Ember in the Ashes and have seen it all over bookstagram, but I never really knew what it was about until I picked it up! I actually have had this book checked out for over a month and had to keep renewing it until I was able to finally read it! And wow was it worth the wait!!! I absolutely loved this book!

The story follows the two perspectives of Laia and Elias, it alternates chapters between the two, which got pretty frustrating let me tell you. Almost every chapter ended on a cliff hanger and you had to wait to see the others POV to get back to that, it was great when the two characters began to finally interact with one another because you were able to learn more as you went. Anyway, Laia is a slave and Elias is a soldier, who happens to be the son of the leader of the army. However, things are a lot more complicated then a division of class between these two characters. Laia is forced into becoming a spy for the resistance in order to save her imprisoned brother, and Elias must make the most difficult decision of his life when he is thrown into a series of Trials made to test the very fabric of his soul. Their lives become remarkably intertwined as the stakes rise higher and higher.

The plot twists and developments in this book were non-stop!! I was so completely hooked from the start! The characters were beautifully structured and the story was very fast paced. The relationship between Elias and Laia was so endearing and very differently formed compared to past books. Though this book is not heavily romantic, it added greatly to the meaning of the content. The world that Tahir created is unlike any I’ve encountered. I cannot wait to see what comes next!! I am so eager to get my hands on book three!

If you are looking for the next great adventure, filled with twists, and epic characters, then I would most definitely recommend you read An Ember in the Ashes! Pick it up on Amazon here!

Review: Black Flowers, White Lies by Yvonne Ventresca

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Goodreads Summary:

Her father died before she was born, but Ella Benton knows they have a supernatural connection. Since her mother discourages these beliefs, Ella keeps her cemetery visits secret. But she may not be the only one with secrets. Ella’s mother might be lying about how Dad died sixteen years ago. Newfound evidence points to his death in a psychiatric hospital, not as a result of a tragic car accident as her mother always claimed. After a lifetime of just the two of them, Mom suddenly feels like a stranger.

When a handprint much like the one Ella left on her father’s tombstone mysteriously appears on the bathroom mirror, at first she wonders if Dad is warning her of danger as he did once before. If it’s not a warning, could her new too-good-to-be-true boyfriend be responsible for the strange occurrences? Or maybe it’s the grieving building superintendent whose dead daughter strongly resembles Ella? As the unexplained events become more frequent and more sinister, Ella becomes terrified about who—or what—might harm her.

Soon the evidence points to someone else entirely: Ella herself. What if, like her father, she’s suffering from a breakdown? In this second novel from award-winning author Yvonne Ventresca, Ella desperately needs to find answers, no matter how disturbing the truth might be.

Sky Pony Press, with our Good Books, Racehorse and Arcade imprints, is proud to publish a broad range of books for young readers—picture books for small children, chapter books, books for middle grade readers, and novels for young adults. Our list includes bestsellers for children who love to play Minecraft; stories told with LEGO bricks; books that teach lessons about tolerance, patience, and the environment, and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Timesbestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home. 

***I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review***

My Review

I was intrigued by Black Flowers, White Lies from the get-go! I mean look at the gorgeous cover!!  The story pulled me in instantly. First off Ella loves cats and books, so we immediately related! Although she’s definitely a crazy cat lady, not that there’s anything wrong with that! Any who, her life gets turned upside down when her mother remarries and she meets her hot and endearing step brother Blake. However, before she knows it she’s unraveling secrets about the death of her father and soon begins questioning the reality around her. Sinister plots lurk around her from every corner, and she finds herself struggling to distinguish the lies from reality.

Black Flowers, White Lies had a fast plot that was filled with twists and questions on every page. I was falling into the same traps with Ella. I desperately needed to know what was real and what was actually happening to Ella. Certain things however were most certainly predictable, although not everything turned out the way I had anticipated. The suspense was pretty constant.

I flew through this book, however the ending was a bit anticlimactic, so you can imagine that I was a little disappointed that there was no bang! Don’t get me wrong, I still enjoyed the book, I was just expecting more of a big finish. This lead me to the expectation that there would have been a second book, but this book is in fact a stand alone.

If you are looking for a fast thriller that will hook you in from page one, I would most definitely recommend reading Black Flowers, White Lies. Buy it on Amazon here!