Sunday, November 27, 2016

Heartless by Marissa Meyer Review


Heartless is the story of the infamous Queen of Hearts and tells the tale of how the Queen of Hearts became who she is now. 

This book was one of my most anticipated reads of this year because, well, it's written by the QUEEN of YA retellings, Marissa Meyer! And as expected, this book did not disappoint! 

This book is intriguing and wonderful from the very first page to the very last and I enjoyed every word! I rate this book a 5/5 stars! This is a splendid read with diverse characters and I have read many retellings of the Queen of Hearts but I have never read anything like this one so if you're looking for something new and refreshing, you should definitely pick this one up! 

That is the end of my spoiler free review! If you have not read the book yet, do not read any farther! 

SPOILERS: 

Catherine's story of heartbreak and desperation seems to have left a great deal of impact on me because my heart hurt for her so much by the end of the book. Her story showed me how love can bring the best and the worst out of people. 

I LOVED Jest. Like, I was straight out in love with him. I loved his quirky riddles and everything and I was literally crying when I saw him die. I was yelling at Cath, "Don't go through the door! Do you want the prophecy to come true?" 

But, of course, like every other protagonist of a story, she does something reckless and well, results=BAD.

I don't really know what I feel about Hatta and the Raven. I mean, towards the end of the book I started to like the Raven but then well, it's sort of a murderer now and kills peter peter without hesitation so I don't know about him anymore...

Peter Peter's wife being the Jabberwock totally surprised me! Did anybody see that coming? I was sort of expecting that the Jabberwock came from Chess but it turned out that Peter Peter's wife turned in to a Jabberwock after she ate the pumpkin that Hatta planted in her yard so TECHNICALLY this was all Hatta's fault...

I blame you Hatta...R.I.P Jest

BTW, does anybody else think that there should've been more (cough, cough) scenes between Jest and Cath? (Cough, cough) if you know what I mean;) 

After Jest dies and Cath vows for vengeance, to me it was kind of obvious what was going to happen. Especially after the three sisters visited her and asked for her heart in return for Peter Peter. But I really liked how Marissa weaved everything together. 

I was also surprised to see Cath's temper starting to rise in the maze. It showed me how there were good and bad sides to love. But Cath was so deeply in love with Jest she was blind and couldn't see what she was becoming EVEN before she lost Jest and that really hurt my fangirl heart. I really hurt for Cath. I really really do. 

This book was fantastic and definitely one of the best books I've read this year! I usually don't read a lot of Alice in Wonderland retellings because the plot always seem predictable to me. But this book took me by surprise! THis book was great and I am very excited to read Marissa Meyer's upcoming works! 

Thank you for reading my review! 


Thursday, November 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving! / End of the Year Recap!

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!!! I hope ya'll are doing well:) I know it's not the end of the year yet but I decided to post a Thanks To post and that seemed to go along with the end of the year recap post which I usually do in December.

So, this year I would like to give a thanks to: My family and my friends for always standing by me and supporting me. All my blog and social media followers for allowing me to express my love for books with them!

This year has been one of the most adventurous years of my life! I've been able to try a lot of new things and I feel like this year has been really productive!

I started this blog this year along with my instagram. (I had an old blog and an instagram but I started new ones this year). I also met a LOT of authors this year including a few of my favorite authors such as Cassandra Clare, Marie Lu, Victoria Aveyard and Ransom Riggs! (If you want to read about my experiences while meeting them, check my Met the Author page:)

I tried Cross Country which started as a pain in the butt but I ended up loving running and now I can't live a day without it, haha. Joining the speech and debate team has also been really new this year and I ended up getting a trophy in Parliamentary debate (If there are any debaters out there who know what this is, holler!) with my partner and that was also great!

This year I went to my first book festival at USC (LA Times Book Festival) and I met a lot of authors there so I am really thankful for that as well:)

It really amazes me how fast the year has gone by! This year I finally met friends that I feel truly connected to and my passion for books grew and grew as the year went along! There were definitely ups and downs this year but 2016 has definitely been a good year for me:)

Thank you guys for reading my blog for the past year and tell me some defining moments you guys have had this year so far!!! Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Happily Ever After by Kiera Cass Review


Happily Ever After by Kiera Cass is a companion to the Selection series and contains all the novellas for the Selection Series as well as some other extra series that follow after the events of The One! I am personally not a huge fan of novellas. I like them, but I don't go out of my way to buy them...but when I saw this book in my library I just grabbed it and read it because I heard a lot of good things about this one and I was considering buying it! 

If you like The Selection series, then this is a must read for you! I'm not the most avid Selection fan, but I thoroughly enjoyed this anthology! 

I will review each novella individually and tell you what I think about each and every one of them:) None of these reviews will contain spoilers so you don't have to worry.

1. The Queen.
I really enjoyed this novella! While reading the series, I was always curious of Amberly's background because I knew she was a four and she still got chosen! Her personality was very different from what I expected it to be!The King, Clarkson's personality was also kind of confusing for me. He seemed like a very troubled character that strives for power but he wasn't necessarily bad either. I wish Cass made his personality and intentions more clear. That would've connected the story better. I rate this novella a 4/5 stars.

2. The Prince
I also enjoyed this novella a lot! It was cool to see Maxon's life a little before the Selection and his internal struggles during the selection! This novella went in to the selection and we got to see some moments of him and America together in his POV which was freaking fantastic because I do love me some Maxon and America:) I rate this novella a 4.5/5 stars! 

3. The Guard
Okay, I'm just going to say it: I was never a huge fan of Aspen during the selection series just because I felt that he was in the way of Maxon and America's perfect love...he is still not my favorite character nor will he ever be, but reading this book sort of calmed my nerves about him and I was happy to see him find someone new and have a good life. I rate this novella 4/5 stars:)

4. The Favorite
Now this was my favorite novella of all! While reading The Selection Series, Marless was one of my favorite characters and I always wanted to know more about her and Carter's relationship! The love that Marlee and Carter have is so perfect and i loved it! I liked eeing the canning through their POV and overall this was just a great novella that sparked my interest! I rate this novella 5/5 stars!

5. Scenes from Celeste
I grew to like Celeste during the duration of the three novels of The Selection. (But then that incident happened...sigh) The scenes from her POV allowed me to see things from her troubled self and I now know that she was a troubled character and mislead character. I rate this novella a 3.5/5 just because nothing from this novella really jumped out to me nor was it super interesting. But it was still a nice read:) 

6. The Maid
This story has the sotry of Lucy and Aspen and how Aspen moved on from America to find his true love. I was happy to Aspen move on because he was a good person and I really liked Lucy's character as well! They were really good for each other and I am really happy they  found each other! I'm talking about them as if they are real people but oh, whatever, haha. I rate this story a 4/5 stars! 

7. After The One
Cuteness Overload! I loved seeing Maxon and America happy together! They were so meant for each other and I was so happy for them! I liked seeing all the characters come together and celebrate! It was really bittersweet and when I read this novella it finally settled in that this series was over and I had to let go:( I've read the Heir and the Crown but I felt like this novella was a better ending to the series than The Crown. I rate this novella a 5/5 stars! 

8. Where are They Now? 
This novellla(?) was just a short summary of what some of the other contenders of The Selection who didn't get chosen were doing with their life! I honestly didn't remember any of them because I read this series a little over two years ago but it was still interesting to read. I rate this novella a 3/5 stars. 

Well that's it! This was a satisfying conclusion to The Selection series and I will cherish these stories for a long time:) Have you guys read this series? Tell me what you think about it!


Tuesday, November 22, 2016

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stievater Review


The Raven Boys by Maggie Stievater is a great fantasy blended with mystery novel! If you want to check out what this book is about, click here: Raven Boys Amazon

I'm really bad at summaries so I just linked it to amazon, haha:) 

This book was a fantastic read and it took me in to the world of the raven boys in an instant! I wasn't a huge fan of Maggie's previous series, Shiver. I didn't like it to the point where I didn't even finish it! But I was very surprised with this book! I can really see Stievater's improvement as an author. 

The story itself was very unique and the each and everyone of the characters had their own unique personalities to them which I thoroughly enjoyed! The character dynamics of the story was great and of course, I loved the wit and the charm that the characters had!  Overall, I rate this book a 4.5/5 stars! You guys should definitely pick this book up because this book is definitely worth the hype! 

SPOILER SECTION: 

The characters of this book was pretty fantastic. I loved reading about Blue and her psychic mom and her mom's friends. The "Blue kisses true love then he dies" prophecy really intrigued me and it was really interesting to see Blue's internal struggle because of this fact. 

I Loved all of the Raven Boys! I feel as if I know a lot about Gansey and Adam, but I didn't get to see much of Ronan (Apparently he plays a big role in the second book so I'm excited!) and Noah! I was so surprised to find out that he was a ghost and my heart hurt so much for him as the story progressed and we got to see how he was murdered:(

The ships for this book are really funky for me in this book! I feel like Blue WANTS to like Adam, but she secretly likes Gansey. Gansey definitely has feelings for her but nothing happened yet...I still want Blue to end up with Gansey though and I'm like almost positive she will just by the sense of it...But who knows? Haha. 

I liked Maura in the beginning but I don't know what to think about her anymore. Persephone is definitely my favorite out of the psychics and at this point, I have no idea what to think about Neeve! I really don't know if she is good or bad yet. 

The whole concept with the ley lines was super cool and the whole history with the welsh kings was very interesting to read about as well! I'm really excited to see the power the ley lines have and the truth about Glendower!  

This book definitely lives up to the hype that it has surrounding it! I was a bit skeptic going in to this book just because I didn't like Maggie's writing style in Shiver but this book just totally blew my expectations out of the water! I am so excited to continue with this series and to see where it goes! I highly recommend this book!

Monday, November 21, 2016

Rules of Attraction by Simone Elkeles Review



Rules of Attraction is the second book in the Perfect Chemistry series by Simone Elkeles. This book takes place after the events of the first book, Perfect Chemistry but it focuses on a new set of characters, or more so, the second Fuentes brother. 
Carlos is the typical bad boy in this book and he basically doesn't want to follow in his brother's footsteps. 
His troubled behavior leads to him moving and staying with a professor's family while he goes to a care group. There, he meets Kiara and well, romance and other complications spring up...

Okay, this is the most cliche, obvious typical bad boy meets good girl and changes kind of story but guess what? I STILL FREAKING LOVED IT. Sometimes you just want to go back to the classics and read the typical romance books and well this one just did it for me! I rate this book a solid 4 out of five stars. 

This review will also be spoiler free so no worries:) 

What I Liked: 
I really like reading books that are set in high school so that was a bonus for me when reading this book. Also, I really liked the witty comebacks that Carlos and Kiara had! It made the book very interesting and fun to read! And as always, Simone incorporated a lot of Mexican culture in this book and I thoroughly enjoyed that as well. The character dynamic was nice as well and I thoroughly enjoyed the appearance of side characters such as Tuck as well. And...No Love Triangle!!! Those just bug me out...

I also liked seeing the characters from Perfect Chemistry! And the writing style of this book was pretty much flawless:)

What I didn't like: 
Again, this book is sort of a cliche and I don't have a big problem with that, but there was a twist at the end of this book and that was also cliche which kind of bugged me. The story line being cliche and obvious is something I can deal with but the plot twist is what makes every book different and unique and this book just didn't have that which was disappointing because I really could've given it a five stars if it had that.

Also character development...? Okay, yes Carlos's character did improve a lot throughout the course of the book but it's always good to see more than one side of the couple changing for the better. Kiara seemed like a great girl and she is but she did have some problems she had to overcome as well and that just didn't show so much in the book. It seemed as if Simone just threw her problems in the beginning of the book but decided, "Hey...I don't know how to fix her problems so I'm just gonna...ignore it..." 

Overall, I really enjoyed this read! If you're looking for a fun and easy contemporary to read, then you should definitely pick this up! I know summer is like the "official" time to read contemporaries but I always read these kinds of novels in the winter and I don't know why, haha. Anyway, I hope you guys liked this review! 



What I've been doing...and I'm Back!

Hey all! I know it's been a while since I've written here. It's been a 3 FREAKING months since I've written here actually.

The reason for my absence was the one and only reason...school. High school is definitely challenging and it was very hard to balance my reading and my studying out. I felt as if I had to give one up to be good at the other and of course I sort of gave up on blogging for a while.

My extracurricular activities such as cross country, track and speech and debate have also been taking a crap ton of my time and I'm going to be honest, I haven't been reading a lot.

But now since I'm further in to the school year I feel like I am ready to balance my life out again. Reading has always been a passion of mine and I am always going to love it. It's a part of me and blogging is a part that comes with it for me because I love sharing my opinions and ideas of books with you guys. This platform of blogging has allowed me to know about new books and interact with other readers and that's why I love this so freaking much.

I am currently reading two books: One for school and one for enjoyment. For school  I'm reading Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte which I am surprisingly quite enjoying. For enjoyment I decided to start The Raven Boys by Maggie Stievater! This book has been on my to read list for a few years now and I was hesitant to pick it up just because I didn't enjoy Maggie's shiver series. But I've heard so many fantastic reviews on this book so I am excited to pick it up!

So yes, this is my life. I'm sorry for not posting reviews for three months. I'm going to try to post every few days or at least once a week from now on:) Also if you are a highschooler that does cross country or speech and debate let me know down in the comments! I'd love to chat about it just because I know how hard these things are!

So this is pretty much it! Thanks guys for sticking with me even after my absence and I'll get to you guys soon with a review:)
 
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