Friday, February 24, 2017

A List of Cages by Robin Roe Review


A List of Cages is about Julian, a boy who struggles with Autism and Adam who struggles with ADHD. However, they live both very different lives. They eventually form an unlikely friendship and Adam finds himself needing to save the boy he once knew...

GUYS. OMG. THIS BOOK.

This book is definitely one of the most moving, touching and emotional book I've ever read. The story was so beautifully written and I loved both Adam and Julian's POV.

I honestly didn't expect this book to affect me the way it did! The content in this book is so mature and serious because it deals with stuff like abuse and mental illness. This book definitely deals with all that depressing stuff but it also discusses the power of love and friendship. 

I feel like the most empowering factor of this book was how real everything was. The abuse was definitely really hard for me to read and it got me to tears a lot of the time. Especially as a claustrophobic person there were a few scenes in this book that made me literally want to throw up. I definitely do want to warn everyone again. 

BUT, this book as gruesome as it is-this is a book that everyone needs to read. Like this book deserves to be read. I swear to you there is no way that you won't fall in love with this story and the characters. 

If I could erase my memory and read this book again I would. This book holds such a deep message of love and life that it would be sad if someone didn't read this. 

Overall I rate this book a 5/5 stars! Such a great and powerful book and I would definitely recommend this to anybody over the age of fourteen! This book deserves to be read! 

Thank you for reading my review!

Friday, February 17, 2017

The Great Pursuit by Wendy Higgins ARC Review


The Great Pursuit is the sequel to the novel, The Great Hunt! If you guys haven't read The Great Hunt yet-which you totally should btw, it's about a kingdom that is being hunted by a beast. To capture the beast, the King has offered the princess's hand in marriage as a prize to the hunter that kills the beast. 

This book is a less serious version of The Selection and I really liked the first book! I was super excited to read The Great Pursuit and I was so happy when I got an advance copy of it! 

Now since this is an ARC review I really can't say much. BUT, I can say that this book met my expectations! While I didn't like this one as much as I did the first one, I still really enjoyed this book and I felt that this was a really good conclusion to the series! 

The romance in this book is on point and there is a lot more action and battle scenes in this book than the first one which is really awesome to read! 

This series is definitely more character driven than plot driven and we got to see more sides to different characters which was really cool! 

I was bummed out that one of my ships didn't happen tho:( 

Other than that, I don't think I can say anymore about this book! Overall, I rate this book a 4/5 stars! definitely check this book and the first one-The Great Hunt-if you haven't checked it out yet! This duology is definitely the series I would recommend when you're in a book slump or hangover! It's super fun, quick and full of swoony romance! 

Thank you for reading my review!

Monday, February 13, 2017

King's Cage by Victoria Aveyard Review


This will review will contain a spoiler free and a spoiler section:)

King's Cage is the highly anticipated third installment in the Red Queen series! I binge re-read Red Queen AND Glass Sword to give my brain a refresher and I have reviews up for both of them so you can check those out on my reviews page! 

King's Cage definitely did not disappoint me at all! This book lived up to my expectations and I enjoyed this book from the very firs page to the very last! This book also starts up right where it left off which is great and we get to read from multiple points of view which is awesome!

My one big complaint for this book is that this book moves SLOW. I totally get why the author did that but for about 250-300 pages I felt like I was reading basically the same thing over and over again. Close to no action happened in those pages and it was almost all dialogue. However it wasn't boring at all. I just wished things moved a little faster but again I totally get why the author did what she did. This book deals with more politics and soft power than battle (although there are epic battle scenes here and there)

This book is by far my least favorite in the series but I still love it very much! Victoria Aveyard really has a thing for jaw dropping cliff hangers because I seriously need the next book NOW. I rate this book a 4.5/5 stars and if you're a fan of this series, you'll definitely want to pick this up! 

Spoilers: 

1. Mare and Maven???

Okay so in terms of their relationship I think pretty much everything is like cleared up. My heart actually did break for Maven when I found out about what Elara did to him. It did break my heart that he once loved Cal and Mare but Elara took those emotions away from him. However, that still doesn't justify all the actions that he has done and I was so glad that Mare realized that. 

2. Too Slow...

The beginning 250 pages or so were all of Mare in the Maven's kingdom in the prison. While the dialogue and manipulative actions between Maven and Mare were definitely fun to watch, it kind of gets-Idk like boring and almost like same old same old. Those first 250 pages were not boring at all and I still flew by them but sometimes I found myself having to put the book down because of it. 

3. Um....I like Evangeline now

Wow, this book really made me like Evangeline. I really liked the few chapters I get to read in her POV and OMG was I the only one that screamed out loud when I found out she was gay? Like that was so out of the blue! But I actually like that because it really acts diversity in the book and in her character. I was able to sympathize with her rather tragic life story and I loved her when she helped Mare-even though she claimed it was for her own good. 

4. Character Development

I think the one big thing that I don't like about Mare is her hypocrisy in behavior. She did a lot of things in GS that she claimed she was against but did anyway. For EX: She claimed to give all the new bloods a choice however she forced and kidnapped Cameron in to joining the Scarlet Guard. However, I really liked how Mare realized her wrong doings even though it was for the greater good and apologized for them. While this series is no where near character driven, that character development really made everything better:)

5. And do I have to talk about Cal? 

OMG. I love Cal and Mare together so much. They're both so stubborn but they manage to work together. That scene where they dueled each other for practice tho! It was so epic and bad ass. However I am super afraid as to how their relationship is going to be in the next book because that ending! When something good happens to them they're ripped apart again. I was so mad at Cal for not choosing Mare and choosing the crown over her. But, I could see where he was coming from and I'm just super worried as to how things are going to go in the next book.  

+ Farely and Shade's baby!!! The FEELS!!! I absolutely loved Shade and I kissed him so much in this book. But I was super happy to find that Farley still had motivation to move on and focus on the task at hand instead of moping around. 

Oh and I liked Kilorn a lot better in this book too:) 

6. WAR TIME

The battle scene in the end was epic as could be expected! It was super bad ass and I loved all the new bloods and their powers! Victoria Aveyard always has a talent for writing epic battle scenes and this one definitely did not disappoint! 

So those were my thoughts for King's Cage! Ughhhh Now I have to wait another FREAKING year for the next one. I can't believe next year will be the year where the last book of this series comes out!:(. I love this series so much I never want it to end! 

How did you like King's Cage and what is your favorite book in the series? I have no idea what to read next even though my TBR is like 100 books long, haha. 

Thanks for reading my review!

Friday, February 10, 2017

Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard Review


OMG.

I just finished Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard and holy crap this book was phenomenal. 

This book is the sequel to Red Queen which I re-read right before I read this one and went in to Glass Sword knowing that I would like Red Queen better because well, often in series the second book always slumps. 

But I was so freaking wrong! 

This book was action packed, fun and exciting and I just loved it! So many new characters were introduced and I loved meeting every one of them! I do get why people don't like this one as much as Red Queen because unlike the first book this one does kind of start off slow. 

I feel like not a lot of stuff really happened in the 80 pages and it started really kicking up like 150 pages in but IT IS SO WORTH IT. The action is so bad ass and OMG just like everything was perfect! 

Overall, I loved reading this book just as much as Red Queen and I rate this a 5/5 stars! I'm jumping straight in to King's Cage and I am so excited! Definitely pick this series up if you haven't yet because it is worth it! 

SPOILERS:

1. I really liked all the characters that were introduced to us in this book! 
The powers of all the new bloods were so cool and epic and it AHHH! It was great! My favorite is probably Nanny because she is so bad ass. Farley also quick climbed up to my favorites list! I also loved Shade so much and I was so freaking sad when he died! I was legit about to cry:( Oh and Jon creeped the hell out of me like he can see the future and s***. That's creepy AF and at this point idk if he's a good guy or a bad one. 

2. Maven is creepy AF

Okay so I know a lot of people are like #teamMaven but like, guys he's CREEPY. That scene where he left a note with a dead baby was just gross and creepy and the CHILLS! But he is a great villain. I honestly do think that he still loves Mare and def in King's Cage he's going to like declare his twisted love for her or something. 

3. Romance
First off, Cal and Mare is LIFE. I ship them so hard but by the end of the book their relationship is like !!! When Cal accused of Mare still having feelings for Maven I was like BOI? 

Oh and Kilorn...I honestly don't like him that much. I got why he was prejudice against the silvers but Cal saved your scrawny ass. Like Kilorn seriously needed to take a chill pill. I was better with him at the end but I honestly wouldn't be that sad if he was killed off. 

4. That epic battle scene tho

The epic battle scene at Corros just had me at the edge of my seat! It was too much bad assery for one to handle! And that cliffhanger though!!! At least I have the third book in my hands so I don't have to wait! I'm so worried for Mare at this point! The ending was so dramatic! Speaking of dramatic, I found that Mare was a tad bit dramatic of her self importance but like, I could live with it. Nothing too annoying but just a tad bit. 

So, that was my review! I loved this book so much and I cannot wait to jump straight in to the third book! 

Thanks for reading!


Monday, February 6, 2017

Author Interview: Becky Albertalli




I finally got to interview the wonderful, Becky Albertalli! Author of Simon vs the Homosapiens Agenda and the upcoming contemporary novel, The Upside of Unrequited. I read both of her books and they are both fantastic! If you want to read my spoiler free ARC review for The Upside of Unrequited, then click here: Upside of Unrequited Review 

The Upside of Unrequited releases April 11, 2017 so make sure to check it out when it releases! 

Interview:




1.    What was your source of inspiration for The Upside of Unrequited? How did you relate to the protagonist, Molly? 


It’s always hard for me to pinpoint my source of inspiration for my books, because they tend to be very character driven. However, in this case, so many of Molly’s experiences closely mirror my own experiences as a teen. I was a chubby teen with lots of unrequited crushes, and I was very afraid of rejection.


2.    Who would you want as your best friend? Simon (Simon vs. The Homosapiens agenda) vs. Molly (The Upside of Unrequited). 

That’s a tricky question! Both Simon and Molly are very much like me (in different ways, and at different times of my life). I’d happily be friends with both of them, though.


3. What romance advice would you give to people who are shy and awkward like Molly? 

It can be tricky to give romantic advice, because, like everything, it depends so much on the situation and the people involved. That said, I think I’d want the Mollys of the world to know that they’re not alone. It’s not weird to be a teen who hasn’t kissed or dated anyone (it’s not weird if you HAVE kissed or dated or had sex, either, though!). When I was Molly’s age, I felt like I was the only one who hadn’t been in a relationship, and I’m only now understanding how far that is from the truth.



4.    What is a YA contemporary novel you would recommend to readers? 

For readers who enjoy or are interested in UPSIDE, I’d highly recommend Julie Murphy’s DUMPLIN’, Stephanie Perkins’ ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS trilogy, Rainbow Rowell’s FANGIRL, all of JC Lillis’ books, and Jenny Han’s TO ALL THE BOYS I’VE LOVED BEFORE series. Also, a few swoony 2017 books you should have on your radar: Sandhya Menon’s WHEN DIMPLE MET RISHI, Ashley Herring Blake’s HOW TO MAKE A WISH, Cecilia Vinesse’s SEVEN DAYS OF YOU, and Laura Silverman’s GIRL OUT OF WATER. 


4.    What is your advice to aspiring authors out there? Do you have any future works coming up that we can look forward to?


My advice to aspiring authors is to take every opportunity to practice your craft. Fanfiction is a great place to play around with your characterization and dialogue skills. When you’re ready, get feedback from other writers, and take that feedback seriously. You don’t have to make every suggested change, but be open to revision and new directions for your work. Listen closely to conversations around diversity and representation in fiction, and take those insights to heart. 

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So, that was my interview with Becky! Thank you so much again for agreeing to do this interview:) Make sure to check out Simon vs. the Homosapiens agenda and The Upside of Unrequited coming out April 11, 2017!

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard Review


I finally finished Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard! I actually read this when it came out back in 2015 but since the third book of the series, The King's Cage is coming out next week on Tuesday, I decided to re-read it because I have legit forgot everything that happened.

And I think I liked this book more the second time around! 

This book was super fast paced, fun, exciting and I really really enjoyed it! Yes, while this book doesn't have the most unique story line that makes it stand out from the rest of the crowd. However, this book was still awesome! 

I really liked the main character Mare and I found her personality to be really relatable! Which is a huge plus because I hate annoying protagonists. 

The writing style was good, it wasn't anything unique but the flow was top notch and again, the story was so freaking fast paced! 

And can we just take a moment to appreciate Cal. Cal is just bae. 

I think the most memorable thing from this book is the huge plot twist at the end. Now, me already having read this book knew that the twist was going to come sooner or later BUT I remember when I read this book the first time I around I was so freaking flipped because the plot twist is so unexpected and it is so freaking bad in a freaking good way. 

I do think that it would have been fun to get to know more about the side characters and their super powers because the book did go over them but it would've been more fun to have read in to it in more depth:)

I'm planning on binge reading this whole series because again, King's Cage is coming out soon! I'm going to jump right in to Glass Sword because that cliff hanger was just...sigh. (No words). 

I rate this book a 4.5/5 stars! I thought this was an awesome read and if you're looking for a super fast paced and action packed novel, I would definitely recommend this to you. 

Thank you for reading my review!



 
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