Reread and Review: Indebted (The Premonition #3) by Amy A. Bartol

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Goodreads Summary:

I hang my head in sorrow for just a moment when I know I am truly alone. I feel like I’m going to my execution, just as he had said. Then I move forward again. I hop a fence of fieldstone and cross a field dotted with Queen Anne’s lace. Goose bumps rise on my arms as I pass the cluster of windmills that I have seen in a dream. The scent is sweet in the field though, not the scent of heat, like it had been when it was forced upon me in visions. I gaze down the hill, beyond the small, whitewashed house that I knew would be there. The church looms dark and grim with its rough-hewn, timber façade, capped by tall, oblong spires reaching to the sky. Black, ominous clouds have collected above the roofline, as if Heaven is showing me the way.

My Review

I was so ecstatic to finally reread Indebted in my overly long journey of rereading The Premonition series so I can at last read the final book in the series! I absolutely love this series, and book three was just as fantastic the second time around!

Evie now has survived everything her crazy world has to throw at her: including archangels  and a hoard of fairies. Yeah this series really is this insane! After having just barely escaped Brennus with the help of Russell and getting thrown into the fire of Dominion, Evie must remain alert at all times for any other new threats. She is most definitely not out of the storm yet as she encounters creatures she never could have imagined existed!

Indebted is a pivotal novel in this series in that it makes you reevaluate the difference between good and evil. It also tears at your heart and emotions like never before. Although I am forever team Reed, I began to see things from Brennus’ perspective and sympathize with his love for Evie. Book three really delves into the layers of each character.   Of course I was hooked from the very start! And even though there were super frustrating parts in this book, I couldn’t put it down. The action and developments were non-stop! It was utterly enthralling and I am more in love with Reed than ever before!

I would most definitely recommend anyone who has started this series to continue on with it! I can’t wait to read more!

Buy it on Amazon here!

Review: A Torch Against the Night (An Ember in the Ashes #2) by Sabaa Tahir

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Goodreads Summary:

Elias and Laia are running for their lives. After the events of the Fourth Trial, Martial soldiers hunt the two fugitives as they flee the city of Serra and undertake a perilous journey through the heart of the Empire.

Laia is determined to break into Kauf—the Empire’s most secure and dangerous prison—to save her brother, who is the key to the Scholars’ survival. And Elias is determined to help Laia succeed, even if it means giving up his last chance at freedom.

But dark forces, human and otherworldly, work against Laia and Elias. The pair must fight every step of the way to outsmart their enemies: the bloodthirsty Emperor Marcus, the merciless Commandant, the sadistic Warden of Kauf, and, most heartbreaking of all, Helene—Elias’s former friend and the Empire’s newest Blood Shrike.

Bound to Marcus’s will, Helene faces a torturous mission of her own—one that might destroy her: find the traitor Elias Veturius and the Scholar slave who helped him escape…and kill them both. 

My Review

After absolutely loving An Ember in the Ashes, I was more than ready to get my hands on this second book! And can I just say: WOW! Tahir most certainly does not disappoint! A Torch Against the Night picks up right where the first book left off, with Laia having just freed Elias from execution under the terms that he promise to help free her brother Darin from the most guarded prison in the land.

While reading this, I needed to know that everything would be ok, because there were just so many heart wrenching events that occurred. Tahir is definitely cut throat when it comes to how far a character will go to get what they want. I would definitely not categorize this book as Young Adult just because of how brutal some of the killings are. Throughout the story, I kept freaking out over how things would possibly turn out in their favor, and honestly some things went to hell so quickly. I think Tahir utilized these terrible events to further drive the need to see the protagonists eventually succeed. I feel as if I have just as much of a burning need for vengeance as the main characters have.

Laia and Elias’ relationship evolves so much more in this second edition, which was wonderful to finally experience. They make one another stronger, and it is plain to see as their stamina is continuously tested. There was one particular plot twist that was revealed that absolutely blew my mind and changed everything for events to come. I am reeling after finishing this book, both from joy over certain romantic developments, and anticipation of the payback that is to come! Unfortunately, I have to wait till “bleeding” 2018 to read book three, which hurts my soul in every possible way!!

I would most definitely recommend you read book two in A Torch Against the Night!! Pick it up on Amazon here!

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books of 2016

This meme is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

My top ten books of 2016 include books I listened to on audio, because obviously they’re books too! This year had some pretty darn good ones I must say! Particularly in the audiobook department, which was very unexpected for me. Here they are in no particular order.

 

 

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: Book vs. Movie

I listened to the first half of Prisoner of Azkaban on audio that I had checked out through Overdrive. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to finish listening to it before it expired. Hence why it took me three months to have the chance to finish it by reading my own copy! I had forgotten how much I absolutely love the third book in this beloved series!! SO MUCH LOVE! So I’m very pleased to bring you the third edition of Harry Potter movie comparison post!

WARNING: BOOK/MOVIE SPOILERS AHEAD!

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Movie: Harry meets and rides Buckbeak for the first time during his very first class of Care of Magical Creatures with Hagrid. Harry is the only one who really interacts with a hippogriff as Buckbeak is the only one present.

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Book: Hagrid has multiple hippogriff grazing and multiple students get to interact with them.

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Book: Harry overhears a conversation between Mr. and Mrs. Weasley at the Leaky Cauldron about Black being after Harry. Mr Weasley never approaches Harry personally. 

 

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Movie: Harry steps up to bogart in Professor Lupin’s class and it turns into a dementor in which Lupin jumps in front of Harry to block. 

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Book:Harry never gets a chance to approach the bogart, Lupin stops the class right before Harry can step up to it.

 

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Movie: Harry, Ron, and Hermione find their own to their first class of Divinations.

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Book: A knight Sir Cadogan who is quite buffoon leads them to their class. He is only briefly shown once in the movies and is noticeable only to those who have read the book. He replaces the Fat Lady as the password keeper for Gryffindor after she gets attacked by Sirius.

 

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Movie: Harry receives the Firebolt from Sirius at the very last scene that arrives with a hippogriff feather.

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Book: Harry mysteriously receives a Firebolt as a Christmas present. Nobody can figure out who its from. Hermione suspects its from Sirius whom she believes to be a criminal still at the time. She turns it in to Professor McGonagall who proceeds to have it thoroughly checked for jinxes before returning it back to Harry to use to win the Quidditch Cup, which they do in fact win.

 

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Movie: Harry uses the memory of his parents “just talking” to defeat the dementor bogart when he is training with Lupin. 

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Book: Harry meets with Lupin multiple times in order to finally achieve a patronus. The memory he uses to do so is of him being told he is a wizard and that he will be leaving the Dursleys. 

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Movie: Sirius attacks the fat lady and is not seen in human form again on the grounds.

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Book: Ron gets attacked in the middle of the night in the boys dormitory. His bed curtains are slashed and McGonagall comes out in her dressing gown to see whats going on. There is actually a deleted freeze frame (seen above) that I think is from this scene but we never actually see it in the movie.

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Movie: Harry sneaks out to Hogsmeade under the invisibility  cloak, and throws snowballs at Malfoy and depants Crabbe and gets away with it.

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Book: Harry throws mud at Malfoy but his cloak slips in the process and Malfoy sees his head. He then runs off and tells Snape who confiscates the Marauders Map from him. The map proceeds to insult him in more than one way. Snape then summons Lupin to read the map who takes it from there. 

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Movie: The whomping willow is on Hogwarts grounds and it just so happens to be located on top of the secret entrance to the shrieking shack.

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Book:Lupin reveals to Harry, Ron, and Hermione whilst they’re all in the shrieking shack that the unique tree was planted specifically for Lupin to use as a form of protection from others when he transformed into a werewolf. 

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Movie: Hermione howls to distract Lupin from attacking them causing him to run after her and Harry. Lupin as a werewolf then comes after them and almost kills them when Buckbeak fends him off. 

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Book: No suspenseful werewolf forrest scene takes place and the book is no less exciting for it! 

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Movie: As stated previously–at the end of the film, Sirius flys off on Buckbeak after having a heartfelt goodbye with Harry and Hermione. That is the last we see or hear from him until the next film.

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Book: Sirius sends a letter to Harry with a tiny cute owl while Harry is on the Hogwarts Express heading back to the Dursleys for the Summer. This is the point in time when he reveals to Harry that it was him that sent him the Firebolt at Christmas. He also tells Ron to keep the owl who had sent the letter so that he would have a new pet to replace Scabbers. 

 

 

Review:Bloodlines (Bloodlines #1) by Richelle Mead

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Goodreads Summary:

I wasn’t free of my past, not yet.

Sydney’s blood is special. That’s because she’s an alchemist – one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets – and human lives. But the last encounter Sydney had with vampires got her in deep trouble with the other alchemists. And now with her allegiences in question, her future is on the line.

When Sydney is torn from her bed in the middle of the night, at first she thinks she’s still being punished for her complicated alliance with dhampir Rose Hathaway. But what unfolds is far worse. Jill Dragomir – the sister of Moroi Queen Lissa Dragomir – is in mortal danger, and the Moroi must send her into hiding. To avoid a civil war, Sydney is called upon to act as Jill’s guardian and protector, posing as her roommate in the unlikeliest of places: a human boarding school in Palm Springs, California. The last thing Sydney wants is to be accused of sympathizing with vampires. And now she has to live with one.

The Moroi court believe Jill and Sydney will be safe at Amberwood Prep, but threats, distractions, and forbidden romance lurk both outside – and within – the school grounds. Now that they’re in hiding, the drama is only just beginning.

SPOILER ALERT: IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THE VAMPIRE ACADEMY SERIES, READ NO FURTHER! 

My Review

I was so excited to get my hands on Bloodlines after absolutely loving The Vampire Academy! I knew the story was focused on Sydney the Alchemist but I wasn’t entirely sure what it was all about. I am so glad I started this journey with the series!

The story focuses on a new assignment for Alchemist Sydney with Jill (the half-sister of the Lissa). After Jill is brutally attacked at court she is asked to be sent away under the protection of guardians and Sydney at a boarding school among humans. After the events surrounding Rose, Sydney has been under scrutiny from her fellow Alchemists, so this is her chance to prove herself and her loyalties. However, as mysterious events surrounding alchemy tattoos progress, and she spends more and more time with Adrain, she soon finds that the line between good and evil is a lot more blurred than she realized.

Sydney’s point of view was refreshing and unexpectedly entertaining. She has a fire in her that you don’t get to see in the Vampire Academy books. Her wit and quick intuition makes her adaptable and lovable at the same time. Though there was not a whole lot of action throughout, I found myself wholly intrigued and pulled in by the characters. There were so many questions being thrown out and I had to know the answers. I wound up being very surprised by how things played out and completely enthralled by the content! The ending was highly suspenseful and utterly gripping, not to mention, I was left with even more questions by the time I reached the last page.

I cannot wait to read book two of this lovely series, I would definitely recommend reading Bloodlines if you loved Vampire Academy as much as I did! Buy it on Amazon here!

Review: Paper Towns by John Green

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Goodreads Summary:

Who is the real Margo?

Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs into his life—dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge—he follows. After their all-nighter ends, and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues—and they’re for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees the girl he thought he knew… 

My Review

I listened to Paper Towns on audiobook which may or may not have been a mistake. I definitely feel like I missed some of the great lines from this book that were probably really profound. I’m honestly not really sure if I would have enjoyed Paper Towns more if I had physically read the book or not. I didn’t dislike Paper Towns by any means, but I wasn’t in love with it.

The story focuses on the point of view of Quentin who is a senior in high school and is just trying to make it through to graduation. He has known Margo Roth Spiegleman almost all of his life but they have drifted apart over the years. That is until she takes him on a wild night full of adventure and crime! However, when she disappears the next day, Q is determined to find her no matter what it takes. Though finding her is much easier said than done.

The beginning of Paper Towns was complete perfection! I was hooked on the characters from the beginning and thoroughly entertained! Though I totally found myself totally annoyed by Margo as time went on!! She just seemed like such a conceited b****, granted I didn’t feel so strongly in the beginning, but as events progressed I began to dislike her more. Although I was really intrigued by Quentin and his friends. Each one of them was so layered and structured. Their interactions were hilarious! Though the beginning and a lot of the middle and some of the end were very well done, I couldn’t help but feel super agitated by the conclusion! I just expected so much more after such a big buildup! I was left feeling bereft.

I still recommend reading Paper Towns, however I would exercise caution when approaching the end. Don’t look for things to work out as planned. I’m starting to notice a pattern with John Green and his endings…

Buy Paper Towns on Amazon here!

Release Day Blitz: Ink Ever After by Carrie Ann Ryan

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Carrie Ann Ryan’s INK EVER AFTER is available now! Get deleted scenes and special novellas all in one place – and for just .99c at a special release week price!

 


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From the New York Times bestselling author of the Montgomery Ink and Talon Pack series comes an anthology filled with eleven bonus After-the-HEA novellas and short stories in most of her series.

Only $0.99 for ELEVEN bonus short stories from the Montgomery Ink, Talon Pack, and Dante’s Circle series!

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About Carrie Ann Ryan

Carrie Ann Ryan is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary and paranormal romance. Her works include the Montgomery Ink, Redwood Pack, Talon Pack, and Gallagher Brothers series, which have sold over 2.0 million books worldwide. She started writing while in graduate school for her advanced degree in chemistry and hasn’t stopped since. Carrie Ann has written over fifty novels and novellas with more in the works. When she’s not writing about bearded tattooed men or alpha wolves that need to find their mates, she’s reading as much as she can and exploring the world of baking and gourmet cooking.

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