Review: Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass #2) by Sarah J Maas

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Goodreads Summary:

“A line that should never be crossed is about to be breached.

It puts this entire castle in jeopardy—and the life of your friend.”

From the throne of glass rules a king with a fist of iron and a soul as black as pitch. Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become his Champion. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown. She hides her secret vigilantly; she knows that the man she serves is bent on evil.

Keeping up the deadly charade becomes increasingly difficult when Celaena realizes she is not the only one seeking justice. As she tries to untangle the mysteries buried deep within the glass castle, her closest relationships suffer. It seems no one is above questioning her allegiances—not the Crown Prince Dorian; not Chaol, the Captain of the Guard; not even her best friend, Nehemia, a foreign princess with a rebel heart.

Then one terrible night, the secrets they have all been keeping lead to an unspeakable tragedy. As Celaena’s world shatters, she will be forced to give up the very thing most precious to her and decide once and for all where her true loyalties lie… and whom she is ultimately willing to fight for.


My Review

Crown of Midnight picks up shortly where Throne of Glass left off. Now that Celaena is the king’s champion, she has no say in the direction her life must take. If he tell hers to jump, she asks how high. If she tells her to kill an old acquaintance, then she cannot hesitate. Of course, that doesn’t stop her from attempting to take matters into her own hands regardless of the consequences. In between her mischievous actions, she continues to uncover secrets about magic and the connection it has with the wyrdmarks.

This second addition was an absolute rollercoaster of emotions!! Holy crap was I thrown for a loop!! The romance in this book is STELLAR, but it will also totally rip your heart out, shred it into tiny pieces and then stomp all over those pieces. It was just so utterly brutal at times. I was taken on so many highs and lows, and in between that, there was just confusion over what I actually wanted to happen. There are quite a few developments in book two that preface all that is to come, and though some of these developments were predictable, they were intriguing nonetheless.

Crown of Midnight will make you fall in love with the characters even more. Each one is so wholly unique with their own personal struggles that they must conquer. The Throne of Glass books provides readers with the first heroine who has a true dark side. This heroic dark side is the first that I’ve come across in YA fiction. It’s such a different perspective to read about, and makes these books all the more entertaining.

I would most definitely recommend you continue reading the ToG series and pick up book two! Buy it here!

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Review: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

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Goodreads Summary:

A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
True love.
The truth.

We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from New York Times bestselling author, National Book Award finalist, and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart.

Read it.

And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.

 


My Review

We Were Liars was an intriguing story from the get-go. There were just so many questions and things to learn about each character. Each one seemed like they were keeping secrets. I feel like that kind of comes with the territory when dealing with rich families. Nevertheless, I 100% did not see it coming when I learned the truth.

This story follows the life of Cadence Sinclair, the first grandchild of the Sinclair family, blessed beyond belief with the privilege of getting to spend summers on her grandfather’s private island. Cadence only sees her cousins and her surrogate family member: Gat during these summers. Although, her time on the island isn’t without it’s hiccups. And as with every family, comes dysfunction. Events reach a peak when Cadence is found in the night at the shore after suffering from an accident. However, she has no memory of what happened to her.

We Were Liars was told in such an interesting way, the style was captivating and alluring, almost haunting at times. It was like the writing wove a web of mysteries in the reader’s head. It most definitely succeeded in keeping my attention throughout. I had to know what happened to Cadence, and I had to know why? I have no other way of expressing my feelings about the truth other then that I was completely SHOOK. Damn, was I shook!

If you are looking for a dramatic contemporary work of fiction that packs a resounding punch, then you have got to read We Were Liars.

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Review: Every Day by David Leviathan

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Goodreads Summary:

Every day a different body. Every day a different life. Every day in love with the same girl.
There’s never any warning about where it will be or who it will be. A has made peace with that, even established guidelines by which to live: Never get too attached. Avoid being noticed. Do not interfere.

It’s all fine until the morning that A wakes up in the body of Justin and meets Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon. From that moment, the rules by which A has been living no longer apply. Because finally A has found someone he wants to be with—day in, day out, day after day.


My Review 

Wow. Just absolutely wow. Every Day is unlike anything you will ever read!! And although the ending is not entirely what I had hoped for, the story was glorious nonetheless! The style in which this book was written was so wholly captivating. It had me immediately hooked! Levithan writes with this poetic melodious rhythm that makes you fly through the pages.

Every Day follows the ever changing life of A, a being who has the unfortunate predicament of waking up in a new body every morning. It has been like this all of his or her life. A doesn’t have a set gender, he takes on the role of whomever “he” is inhabiting, whether it be a girl, boy, transgender, or otherwise. A is used to this life, has adapted to it, and knows how to get by. That is, until the day A meets Rhiannon. Rhiannon makes A want to stay in one body every day for the rest of the days.

This book makes you realize that love doesn’t have to have a gender to be real. It makes you appreciate how different each person’s life is. A literally gets to walk in the shoes of hundreds upon hundreds of people, developing a new understanding of each type of life that could be lived at the age of 16. It was kind of insane to see each life’s unique aspects. I admire Levithan’s ability to weave a story around an entity who didn’t have a real identity.

The ending was heart wrenching on every level. I was definitely saddened by the way events played out, but it didn’t ruin the overall story. What happened was meant to happen and it was just the reality of things. Every Day was an incredibly different and revealing story that touched on all the complexities of daily living and what it’s like to love someone in any and all situations. I would most definitely recommend you pick up this book!!

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Review: Beyond the Red (Beyond the Red #1) by Ava Jae

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Goodreads Summary:

Alien queen Kora has a problem as vast as the endless crimson deserts. She’s the first female ruler of her territory in generations, but her people are rioting and call for her violent younger twin brother to take the throne. Despite assassination attempts, a mounting uprising of nomadic human rebels, and pressure to find a mate to help her rule, she’s determined to protect her people from her brother’s would-be tyrannical rule.

Eros is a rebel soldier hated by aliens and human alike for being a half-blood. Yet that doesn’t stop him from defending his people, at least until Kora’s soldiers raze his camp and take him captive. He’s given an ultimatum: be an enslaved bodyguard to Kora, or be executed for his true identity—a secret kept even from him.

When Kora and Eros are framed for the attempted assassination of her betrothed, they flee. Their only chance of survival is to turn themselves in to the high court, where revealing Eros’s secret could mean a swift public execution. But when they uncover a violent plot to end the human insurgency, they must find a way to work together to prevent genocide.


My Review

Beyond the Red’s plot summary had me hooked as soon as I read it! I was so looking forward to devouring it’s pages. Unfortunately, I found myself disappointed overall.

The story is set in a desert-ravaged planet during a reality in which humans are minorities, and aliens are the dominant race. They rule over the humans, half of which they take as slaves, and the other half they force to live in the desert landscapes in camps. Beyond the Red is told by the point of views of Kora (an alien queen of sorts) and Eros: a half-blood who is forced to act as her pretend servant. These two must work together to overthrow an evil plot to dethrone Kora. Of course feelings become stirred and though both are in denial, there is no avoiding the love that has grown between them as they go to more and more lengths to ensure each others safety.

Beyond the Red was most certainly a unique tale. The setting was new and different, and the concept was intriguing. However, there were definitely predictable components as well, components that should have been huge reveals, but were just so obvious. And as events continued, I couldn’t help but disengage from the content. I just lost my excitement toward the characters and the story. The romance was constantly a tug-a-war and so frustrating that I found myself not caring anymore. I had so much hope for this book when I first picked it up. I was definitely enthralled by the first 50 pages, but after that, it started to slow down a little too much.

The ending of Beyond the Red was full of suspense and could prove hopeful for a good sequel. I am still deciding if I want to give it a shot or not. Ultimately, I didn’t dislike Beyond the Red, but I didn’t necessarily enjoy it either. I have noticed conflicted reviews on Goodreads, so if you want to give it a shot, I wouldn’t tell you not to.

Buy it on Amazon here.

Review: Alpha Goddess (Alpha Goddess #1) by Amalie Howard

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Goodreads Summary:

In Serjana Caelum’s world, gods exist. So do goddesses. Sera knows this because she is one of them. A secret long concealed by her parents, Sera is Lakshmi reborn, the human avatar of an immortal Indian goddess rumored to control all the planes of existence. Marked by the sigils of both heaven and hell, Sera’s avatar is meant to bring balance to the mortal world, but all she creates is chaos. A chaos that Azrath, the Asura Lord of Death, hopes to use to unleash hell on earth.

Torn between reconciling her past and present, Sera must figure out how to stop Azrath before the Mortal Realm is destroyed. But trust doesn’t come easy in a world fissured by lies and betrayal. Her best friend Kyle is hiding his own dark secrets, and her mysterious new neighbor, Devendra, seems to know a lot more than he’s telling. Struggling between her opposing halves and her attraction to the boys tied to each of them, Sera must become the goddess she was meant to be, or risk failing, which means sacrificing the world she was born to protect.


My Review

Unfortunately, I fell victim to my insane college schedule and spent waaaaay too much time reading this book. This definitely had a negative impact on my enjoyment of Alpha Goddess. I wanted to get into it so bad, and I just couldn’t. Don’t get me wrong, the content is unique and is a different level of paranormal than I’m used to. However, despite this, I couldn’t help but feel like the plot was similar to previous stories I’ve read.

Alpha Goddess focuses around a few different perspectives, but particularly Sera. A girl whose world is about to be forever changed when she discovers who she truly is and how dangerous that makes her. The lore of the story was a little difficult to follow, but that’s because it was very new to me! There was definitely a learning curve to the story and when I wasn’t struggling to keep up with all the names, I was easily predicting the outcome of the major events.

Although there were plenty of developments throughout the story, I just couldn’t get hooked! The content was most definitely interesting and might have been more captivating to me if I had been able to finish the book in a more timely manner. Thus, I will not discourage readers from picking up Alpha Goddess. The story is different and the pace is quick!

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Review: The Next Together (Next Together #1) by Lauren James

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Goodreads Summary:

How many times can you lose the person you love?

Katherine and Matthew are destined to be born again and again, century after century. Each time, their presence changes history for the better, and each time, they fall hopelessly in love, only to be tragically separated.

Spanning the Crimean War, the Siege of Carlisle and the near-future of 2019 and 2039 they find themselves sacrificing their lives to save the world. But why do they keep coming back? What else must they achieve before they can be left to live and love in peace?

Maybe the next together will be different…


My Review

The Next Together was unlike any other book I’ve read! The concept of past lives and destined love hooked me from the start!

Lauren James took the plunge and wrote this book from three simultaneous time periods from the perspectives of three different versions of the two main characters. Pretty crazy right? I admit, at times it was difficult to keep up with! The concept of time and how the past influences the future can get jumbled when the two start to blend. What was the most unique were the documents and IM images scattered throughout the chapters. It added a fun and more detailed take on the story events.

As the plot thickened, I had more and more questions that needed answering. Who was controlling the two characters? Would they finally live through this lifetime? And why was this happening to them? Unfortunately, not all of my questions were answered, and I was left feeling a little unsatisfied by the conclusion. Certain aspects were confusing and unclear, and I felt like I needed so much more to happen before the story could just end. Don’t get me wrong, I appreciated the characters and the concept, but I wanted more. I wasn’t able to form a real bond with the characters because I never figured out the truth behind their terrible situation!

I can only hope for more answers from the next book! If you are looking for a unique scifi story, then I would definitely recommend The Next Together! The concept is genuinely different, and the transition through time is utterly intriguing.

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Review: Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

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Goodreads Summary:

With this stunning debut novel, New York Times bestselling author Lauren Oliver emerged as one of today’s foremost authors of young adult fiction. Like Jay Asher’s Thirteen Reasons Why and Gayle Forman’s If I Stay, Before I Fall raises thought-provoking questions about love, death, and how one person’s life can affect so many others.

For popular high school senior Samantha Kingston, February 12—”Cupid Day”—should be one big party, a day of valentines and roses and the privileges that come with being at the top of the social pyramid. And it is…until she dies in a terrible accident that night.

However, she still wakes up the next morning. In fact, Sam lives the last day of her life seven times, until she realizes that by making even the slightest changes, she may hold more power than she ever imagined.


My Review

I’ll be honest, I had never heard of this book until I saw the preview for the movie. The concept definitely intrigued me. I decided to listen to it on audiobook, and wow, just wow. This story was unexpectedly heart wrenching and real, so so real.

The story centers around the life and death of Samantha Kingston who has climbed her way to the top of the popularity tower and happens to be friends with the top dogs. She’s essentially a bitch and so are her friends. That becomes apparent immediately, however, when she wakes up in the morning after experiencing her death to find that the day she lived yesterday is on repeat, she soon discovers she is stuck in a loop unless she can do something to change her path and the situation around her.

It was so incredibly interesting to see Oliver create the same day in multiple different unique ways. I kept thinking throughout, how is she going to change it this time, how is she going to give this story a happy ending? Well folks, don’t expect a happy ending, but do expect an ending that makes sense and will certainly give you chills. Though I definitely disliked Sam’s character in the beginning, I began to appreciate her and her character evolution as her repeated days continued. She grew so much and developed into a wonderful female lead. And though I so wish the story had ended differently, I understand why it concluded the way it did. And even though it kills me inside, I am content in a certain way with the way things played out.

The message in Before I Fall is absolutely beautiful and makes you appreciate life and humanity. It teaches you to take in every small wonderful detail of your existence, because even the most insignificant aspects of life have a role to play, a role that could be so much more impactful then you ever realized.

I would definitely recommend you read Before I Fall if only to feel all the emotion that this story has to bring and appreciate it’s meaning. I can only hope that the movie brings that emotion to life just as well as the book.

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