Friday, September 30, 2016

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children By Ransom Riggs|Review


Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children #1)
Published by Quirk Books on June 7th, 2011
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal
Pages: 352
Format: Hardback
Rating: ★★

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of curious photographs. A horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive. A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.

My Thoughts

I think my friends would all agree that this book definitely sums me up. I may appear sweet and innocent, but there's a dark layer underneath. I think what made this book extraordinary special was the fact that I began reading it on Loop Day.
This book did not pan out the way that I had initially thought when I first read the description. If anything, it blew apart every assumption I had. This book far exceeding my expectations, completely blew them out of the water. It had been quite some time since I last read a creepy, mystic tale. I thought it was quite clever to integrate old photographs into the story. Or maybe the story was in the photographs. Oh, the strange treasures people find. One man's trash is another man's bestselling series. 
Starting out, I was curious, even a little confused, as to how Riggs planned on uniting these two groups together. I found myself questioning Riggs numerous times throughout his novel. Not because the answers weren't clear/clarified later in the work, but because my mind tends to think logically in fantasies. Disregarding all of my useless questions, I thought the plot was truly one of kind and far from most young adult novels. I loved the horror and late night spooks throughout Jacob's journey. 
Speaking of Jacob, I found his character to be quite enjoyable and relatable. Not in the ability-to-see-hollows-aspect, but in the genuine-emotional-character-aspect. And that doesn't necessarily direct towards Jacob but towards the other peculiars aswell. I specifically liked the fact that each child brought something different to the table. No one child had similar personalities or abilities. Regarding their abilities, I praise Riggs for choosing lesser known powers. They definitely were peculiar. 
The. Plot. Twists. They were brilliant! I had my suspicious from the beginning but they were later set aside when more chilling situations occurred. 
To bring this review to an end, I'd like to applaud Riggs for his fantastically eerie writing skills. Obviously, this story wouldn't be as thrilling or suspenseful without him.
I am looking forward to reading Hollow City in the coming days.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

The Amateurs By Sara Shepard|Review


The Amateurs (The Amateurs #1)
Published by Disney-Hyperion on November 1st, 2016
Genre: Young Adult Mystery
Pages: 320
Format: ARC
Rating:

As soon as Seneca Frazier sees the post on the Case Not Closed website about Helena Kelly, she’s hooked. Helena’s high-profile disappearance five years earlier is the one that originally got Seneca addicted to true crime. It’s the reason she’s a member of the site in the first place. So when Maddy Wright, her best friend from the CNC site, invites Seneca to spend spring break in Connecticut looking into the cold case, she immediately packs her bag. But the moment she steps off the train in trendy, glamorous Dexby, things begin to go wrong. Maddy is nothing like she expected, and Helena’s sister, Aerin Kelly, seems completely hostile and totally uninterested in helping with their murder investigation. But when Brett, another super user from the site, joins Seneca and Maddy in Dexby, Aerin starts to come around. The police must have missed something, and someone in Dexby definitely has information they’ve been keeping quiet. As Seneca, Brett, Maddy, and Aerin begin to unravel dark secrets and shocking betrayals about the people closest to them, they seem to be on the murderer’s trail at last. But somewhere nearby the killer is watching . . . ready to do whatever it takes to make sure the truth stays buried.

My Thoughts

I'd never read anything by Sara Shepard before so I decided to give this book a shot. I found the premise to be intriguing, the same goes for her writing style. Unfortunately, after a few pages, I realized that her style did not correlate with my high expectations. After hearing about her success on her Pretty Little Liars series, I expected better. But then again, she is writing for teenagers who are just starting high school. With that in mind, Shepard's writing sounded too childish and immature. Her word selection definitely needed some help. The situations the characters find themselves in is what make this book able to be marketed towards young adults. I felt like some scenes were executed poorly and needed a better explanation. 
I hate books that introduce multiple characters at once and expect the reader to know everything about them. At one point in the story, Shepard introduces a character with their first and last name before moving on. It's almost as if that character's name is supposed to mean something to us or give us a certain connotation towards it. 
My biggest issue with the book was the ample amount of product placement! There isn't a single page where it doesn't mention a popular brand or song title. Not only does it date the book, but it also takes away from the story. Honestly, I don't care what kind of phone the characters use or what kind of beer they are drinking. One could say it makes the story more realistic when the characters use the same objects as we do in our daily lives. While another person might say that the details don't matter. 
Overall, I wasn't too disappointed about not enjoying this book. I've never really been a fan of book that sound like they are told from an immature eight grader's point of view.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Replica|Waiting on Wednesday

A HUGE thanks to Jill at Breaking the Spine for hosting an incredible meme. It is fantastic that everyone can communicate and enjoy these posts by creating their own and sharing others.


Replica hits the shelves October 4th, 2016.

"Gemma has been in and out of hospitals since she was born. 'A sickly child', her lonely life to date has revolved around her home, school and one best friend, Alice. But when she discovers her father's connection to the top secret Haven research facility, currently hitting the headlines and under siege by religious fanatics, Gemma decides to leave the sanctuary she's always known to find the institute and determine what is going on there and why her father's name seems inextricably linked to it.

Amidst the frenzy outside the institute's walls, Lyra - or number 24 as she is known as at Haven - and a fellow experimental subject known only as 72, manage to escape. Encountering a world they never knew existed outside the walls of their secluded upbringing , they meet Gemma and, as they try to understand Haven's purpose together, they uncover some earth-shattering secrets that will change the lives of both girls forever..."

What are you waiting on? 


Tuesday, September 27, 2016

My Fall TBR List|Top Ten Tuesday

Hosted by the lovelies over at The Broke and the Bookish! I love their amazing ideas and seeing how many people participate each week!

Today's Top Ten is:


*Tentative schedule












What book do you plan to read this Autumn?


Monday, September 26, 2016

New Releases|September 27th, 2016


Here are a few books that I am most looking forward to buying that are being released this week! There's quite a few this week.



"Donald believes he knows all there is to know about seeing. An optometrist in suburban Boston, he is sure that he and his wife, Viv, who runs the local stables, are both devoted to their two children and to each other. Then Mercury—a gorgeous young thoroughbred with a murky past—arrives at Windy Hill and everything changes.

Mercury’s owner, Hilary, is a newcomer to town who has enrolled her daughter in riding lessons. When she brings Mercury to board at Windy Hill, everyone is struck by his beauty and prowess, particularly Viv. As she rides him, Viv begins to dream of competing again, embracing the ambitions that she had harbored, and relinquished, as a young woman. Her daydreams soon morph into consuming desire, and her infatuation with the thoroughbred escalates to obsession.

Donald may have 20/20 vision but he is slow to notice how profoundly Viv has changed and how these changes threaten their quiet, secure world. By the time he does, it is too late to stop the catastrophic collision of Viv’s ambitions and his own myopia."


"When the mysterious fog of the Ruining crept over the world, the living died and the dead rose. Only the walled city of Viyara was left untouched.

The heirs of the city’s most powerful—and warring—families, Mahyanai Romeo and Juliet Catresou share a love deeper than duty, honor, even life itself. But the magic laid on Juliet at birth compels her to punish the enemies of her clan—and Romeo has just killed her cousin Tybalt. Which means he must die.

Paris Catresou has always wanted to serve his family by guarding Juliet. But when his ward tries to escape her fate, magic goes terribly wrong—killing her and leaving Paris bound to Romeo. If he wants to discover the truth of what happened, Paris must delve deep into the city, ally with his worst enemy . . . and perhaps turn against his own clan.

Mahyanai Runajo just wants to protect her city—but she’s the only one who believes it’s in peril. In her desperate hunt for information, she accidentally pulls Juliet from the mouth of death—and finds herself bound to the bitter, angry girl. Runajo quickly discovers Juliet might be the one person who can help her recover the secret to saving Viyara.

Both pairs will find friendship where they least expect it. Both will find that Viyara holds more secrets and dangers than anyone ever expected. And outside the walls, death is waiting. . . ."

What books are you most looking forward to reading this week? 

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Stacking the Shelves|September 2016 Book Haul

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly or monthly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews where you can share your recent book purchases, giveaway wins, and books received from publishers.



Purchased:



NetGalley Reviews:


Won:


Sent to Me:
I received digital copies from the author in exchange for an honest review.




What books did you get this month?

Friday, September 23, 2016

The Initiation By Ridley Pearson|Review


The Initiation (Lock and Key #1)
Published by HarperCollins on September 20th, 2016
Genre: Middle-Grade Mystery
Pages: 384
Format: ARC
Rating:

Bestselling author of Peter and the Starcatchers and the Kingdom Keepers series, Ridley Pearson reimagines the origins of the epic rivalry between Sherlock Holmes and James Moriarty. Set in modern times and focusing on Moriarty's bone-chilling beginnings, this middle grade mystery-adventure series will upend everything you thought you ever knew about Sherlock Holmes—and the true nature of evil. In the pantheon of literature’s more impressive villains, Sherlock Holmes’s greatest nemesis, James Moriarty, stands alone. As Sir Arthur Conan Doyle describes him in the classic tale “The Final Solution,” Moriarty is a genius, a philosopher, and a spider in the center of his web. He is the Napolean of crime—and now, for the first-time ever, New York Times bestselling novelist Ridley Pearson explores the origins of his evil ways. Our story begins when James and his younger sister, Moria, are unceremoniously sent off to boarding school at Baskerville Academy. It is not a fate either want or welcome—but generations of Moriarty men have graduated from Baskerville’s hallowed halls. And now so too must James. It’s at Baskerville where James is first paired with a rather unexpected roommate—Sherlock Holmes. The two don’t get along almost instantly, but when the school’s heirloom Bible goes missing and cryptic notes with disconcerting clues start finding their way into James’s hands, the two boys decide that they must work together to solve a mystery so fraught with peril, it will change both their lives forever! It’s another seat-of-your-pants mystery from the bestselling author of Peter and the Starcatchers and The Kingdom Keepers series, Ridley Pearson.

My Thoughts

I was über excited when I discovered this book. I absolutely love the BBC miniseries of Sherlock, so naturally, I had to give this version a go. Immediately, right off the bat, I could tell this book was going to be filled with mysteries and secrets. I had no idea that the book was going to be told by no one other than Moriarty's little sister, Moria. In all honesty, I was a little disappointed that we wouldn’t be delving into James’ mind. That was a huge negative, at least to me. I would’ve liked to get understood James’ perspective on things rather than his younger, yet equally clever sister’s. Though we do spend most of our time observing through his sister's eyes, we do get to understand his reasonings and actions. Speaking of Moria, I don’t know how I feel about her character adding to the classic duo. Yes, it seems like every book must have at least a hint of romance or a character designed just to give the readers something to hope for. But I picked up this book purely for the mystery and interaction between Moriarty and Sherlock. I did enjoy the references to Doyle's original works. It made up for the unique point of view. I’ve read Pearson’s Kingdom Keepers series and was in awe with his character development and unique exploration of Disney parks. With that in mind, my mind failed to remember that his books are targeted at a much younger audience than myself. Though the writing is simplistic in more ways than one, some of Sherlock’s deductions could be quite complex and extravagant for younger readers. However, I did enjoy Sherlock’s slightly arrogant, clever character.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

The Crimson Crown By Cinda Williams Chima|Review


The Crimson Crown (Seven Realms #4)
Published by Hyperion Books on October 23rd 2012
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Pages: 598
Format: Hardback
Rating:

A thousand years ago, two young lovers were betrayed-Alger Waterlow to his death, and Hanalea, Queen of the Fells, to a life without love. Now, once again, the Queendom of the Fells seems likely to shatter apart. For young queen Raisa ana'Marianna, maintaining peace even within her own castle walls is nearly impossible; tension between wizards and Clan has reached a fevered pitch. With surrounding kingdoms seeking to prey on the Fells' inner turmoil, Raisa's best hope is to unite her people against a common enemy. But that enemy might be the person with whom she's falling in love. Through a complicated web of lies and unholy alliances, former streetlord Han Alister has become a member of the Wizard Council of the Fells. Navigating the cut-throat world of blue blood politics has never been more dangerous, and Han seems to inspire hostility among Clan and wizards alike. His only ally is the queen, and despite the perils involved, Han finds it impossible to ignore his feelings for Raisa. Before long, Han finds himself in possession of a secret believed to be lost to history, a discovery powerful enough to unite the people of the Fells. But will the secret die with him before he can use it? A simple, devastating truth concealed by a thousand-year-old lie at last comes to light in this stunning conclusion to the Seven Realms series.

My Thoughts

I like the idea of history possibly repeating itself at the end of the novel. But deep down, I don’t think Han would ever allow that to happen again. The ending was a little bittersweet. All open-ended conclusions are. My mind is still reeling from everything that just happened. My expectations were sky-high when I first began reading this series. I’ve read all of Chima’s books and have loved every single page. I do not like to read the synopsis for books in a series so I went in slightly blind. I did have a few ideas from where the story would lead from where The Gray Wolf Throne had left off. Though predictable at some points, I love this series. The world building is phenomenal! I greatly admire Chima’s ability to create an amazing world with equally amazing characters and plot twists. The depth of details gives you plenty of room to imagine everything. The growth of the characters is another reason why I love Chima so much! Not only have Han and Raisa matured throughout the series, but a few subordinate characters have as well. I am always pleased to read Micah’s name. He was, by far, the most complicated character to wrap your mind around. His upbringing and influence are superb for any villain. But in the end, was he really all that bad? I’m still reeling from all of the heartbreak from the previous books. It might be a while until I pick up this series again, but I will definitely try and fit it into my schedule for the future. I’m not a huge fan of open endings, but I think it works perfectly with this series. After all of the characters have been through, it's hard to believe that they are going to live happily ever after. Plus, there is always an opening in case Chima wishes to expand the series. After spending many days within this universe, I think I going to need a few days to just process it all.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Boy Robot|Waiting on Wednesday

A HUGE thanks to Jill at Breaking the Spine for hosting an incredible meme. It is fantastic that everyone can communicate and enjoy these posts by creating their own and sharing others.


Boy Robot hits the shelves October 25th, 2016.

"Seventeen-year-old Isaak discovers the truth about his origin and the underground forces that must come together to fight against a secret government organization formed to eradicate those like him in this high-octane science fiction debut.

There once was a boy who was made, not created.

In a single night, Isaak’s life changed forever.

His adoptive parents were killed, a mysterious girl saved him from a team of soldiers, and he learned of his own dark and destructive origin.

An origin he doesn’t want to believe, but one he cannot deny.

Isaak is a Robot: a government-made synthetic human, produced as a weapon and now hunted, marked for termination.

He and the Robots can only find asylum with the Underground—a secret network of Robots and humans working together to ensure a coexistent future.

To be protected by the Underground, Isaak will have to make it there first. But with a deadly military force tasked to find him at any cost, his odds are less than favorable.

Now Isaak must decide whether to hold on to his humanity and face possible death…or to embrace his true nature in order to survive, at the risk of becoming the weapon he was made to be.

In his debut, recording artist Simon Curtis has written a fast-paced, high-stakes novel that explores humanity, the ultimate power of empathy, and the greatest battle of all: love vs. fear."

What are you waiting on? 


Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Books I Want to Listen to on Audio|Top Ten Tuesday

Hosted by the lovelies over at The Broke and the Bookish! I love their amazing ideas and seeing how many people participate each week!

Today's Top Ten is:


Most of these books are books that I don't see myself reading a physical copy due to their enormous length or due to my tiny amount of free time.







What books would you listen to?

Monday, September 19, 2016

New Releases|September 20th, 2016


Here are a few books that I am most looking forward to buying that are being released this week! There's quite a few this week.



"Every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions.

But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose…it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins. The last queen standing gets the crown.

If only it was that simple. Katharine is unable to tolerate the weakest poison, and Arsinoe, no matter how hard she tries, can’t make even a weed grow. The two queens have been shamefully faking their powers, taking care to keep each other, the island, and their powerful sister Mirabella none the wiser. But with alliances being formed, betrayals taking shape, and ruthless revenge haunting the queens’ every move, one thing is certain: the last queen standing might not be the strongest…but she may be the darkest."


"Bestselling author of Peter and the Starcatchers and the Kingdom Keepers series, Ridley Pearson reimagines the origins of the epic rivalry between Sherlock Holmes and James Moriarty. Set in modern times and focusing on Moriarty's bone-chilling beginnings, this middle grade mystery-adventure series will upend everything you thought you ever knew about Sherlock Holmes—and the true nature of evil.

In the pantheon of literature’s more impressive villains, Sherlock Holmes’s greatest nemesis, James Moriarty, stands alone. As Sir Arthur Conan Doyle describes him in the classic tale “The Final Solution,” Moriarty is a genius, a philosopher, and a spider in the center of his web. He is the Napolean of crime—and now, for the first-time ever, New York Times bestselling novelist Ridley Pearson explores the origins of his evil ways.

Our story begins when James and his younger sister, Moria, are unceremoniously sent off to boarding school at Baskerville Academy. It is not a fate either want or welcome—but generations of Moriarty men have graduated from Baskerville’s hallowed halls. And now so too must James. It’s at Baskerville where James is first paired with a rather unexpected roommate—Sherlock Holmes. The two don’t get along almost instantly, but when the school’s heirloom Bible goes missing and cryptic notes with disconcerting clues start finding their way into James’s hands, the two boys decide that they must work together to solve a mystery so fraught with peril, it will change both their lives forever!

It’s another seat-of-your-pants mystery from the bestselling author of Peter and the Starcatchers and The Kingdom Keepers series, Ridley Pearson."


"In the enchanted kingdom of Brooklyn, the fashionable people put on cute shoes, go to parties in warehouses, drink on rooftops at sunset, and tell themselves they’ve arrived. A whole lot of Brooklyn is like that now—but not Vassa’s working-class neighborhood.

In Vassa’s neighborhood, where she lives with her stepmother and bickering stepsisters, one might stumble onto magic, but stumbling out again could become an issue. Babs Yagg, the owner of the local convenience store, has a policy of beheading shoplifters—and sometimes innocent shoppers as well. So when Vassa’s stepsister sends her out for light bulbs in the middle of night, she knows it could easily become a suicide mission.

But Vassa has a bit of luck hidden in her pocket, a gift from her dead mother. Erg is a tough-talking wooden doll with sticky fingers, a bottomless stomach, and a ferocious cunning. With Erg’s help, Vassa just might be able to break the witch’s curse and free her Brooklyn neighborhood. But Babs won’t be playing fair. . . .

Inspired by the Russian folktale Vassilissa the Beautiful and Sarah Porter’s years of experience teaching creative writing to New York City students."


"Seventeen-year-old Snow has spent the majority of her life within the walls of the Whittaker Institute, a high security mental hospital in upstate New York. Deep down, she knows she's not crazy and doesn't belong there. When she meets a mysterious, handsome new orderly and dreams about a strange twisted tree she realizes she must escape and figure out who she really is.

Using her trusting friend Bale as a distraction, Snow breaks free and races into the nearby woods. Suddenly, everything isn't what it seems, the line between reality and fantasy begins to blur, and she finds herself in icy Algid--her true home--with witches, thieves, and a strangely alluring boy named Kai, none of whom she's sure she can trust. As secret after secret is revealed, Snow discovers that she is on the run from a royal lineage she's destined to inherit, a father more powerful and ruthless than she could have imagined, and choices of the heart that could change the fate of everything...including Snow's return to the world she once knew.

This breathtaking first volume begins the story of how Snow becomes a villain, a queen, and ultimately a hero."


"Metaltown, where factories rule, food is scarce, and hope is in short supply.

The rules of Metaltown are simple: Work hard, keep your head down, and watch your back. You look out for number one, and no one knows that better than Ty. She’s been surviving on the factory line as long as she can remember. But now Ty has Colin. She’s no longer alone; it’s the two of them against the world. That’s something even a town this brutal can’t take away from her. Until it does.

Lena’s future depends on her family’s factory, a beast that demands a ruthless master, and Lena is prepared to be as ruthless as it takes if it means finally proving herself to her father. But when a chance encounter with Colin, a dreamer despite his circumstances, exposes Lena to the consequences of her actions, she’ll risk everything to do what’s right.

In Lena, Ty sees an heiress with a chip on her shoulder. Colin sees something more. In a world of disease and war, tragedy and betrayal, allies and enemies, all three of them must learn that challenging what they thought was true can change all the rules.

An enthralling story of friendship and rebellion, Metaltown will have you believing in the power of hope."


What books are you most looking forward to reading this week? 

Friday, September 16, 2016

Three Dark Crowns By Kendare Blake|Review


Three Dark Crowns
Published by HarperTeen on September 20th, 2016
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Pages: 416
Format: ARC
Rating: 

Every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose…it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins. The last queen standing gets the crown. If only it was that simple. Katharine is unable to tolerate the weakest poison, and Arsinoe, no matter how hard she tries, can’t make even a weed grow. The two queens have been shamefully faking their powers, taking care to keep each other, the island, and their powerful sister Mirabella none the wiser. But with alliances being formed, betrayals taking shape, and ruthless revenge haunting the queens’ every move, one thing is certain: the last queen standing might not be the strongest…but she may be the darkest.

My Thoughts

2.5 Stars
I read Blake's Antigoddess, but let's just say I was not a fan. But you can’t completely judge an author just by reading one of their books. So I decided to give Three Dark Crowns a shot. This time around, I was left feeling pleased and a little desperate for more.
However, Three Dark Crowns was a love and hate relationship with me at the beginning. For one, your are immediately bombarded with names. And theses names aren’t all common but they also aren’t extremely rare. That being said, you’d think it would be easy to remember them or pair them to each princess. Each princess had at least two guardians/caretakers that oversee their training in their abilities. Then each of their friends was added to the story, giving you each at least two more names to remember. And then, there were the names of past queens, aunts, uncles, etc. Overall, it was tedious to remember them all. Eventually, I just went with it and the names finally paired with one another and stuck.
Another problem that I had was the middle of the book. It wasn’t even the middle, it’s more like the first three hundred pages. Joshua's and Jules’ romance. To me, I feel like it was only added in to pin the princesses against one another before leading into the next book. There was more romance than there was an actual story. If you want to count Arsinoe and Billy, then each of the characters had someone tugging on their heartstrings. I wasn’t a huge fan of Jules. She deliberately shirked on her duties and still somehow managed to make Arsinoe feel guilty and sorry for her when things didn’t go her way. Arsinoe was always there for her, but where was Jules when Arsinoe needed her? Out flirting with Joshua, that’s where. 
The book started off so strong in Katharine’s point of view. But as you read further, you’ll find the chapters with Katharine to be lacking. A lot. It grew annoying. Katharine is the only one really training and taking the Quickening seriously, but you don’t really know for sure with her absence less than halfway through. The other two are more or less in denial, shoving their impending doom aside until the day comes. Arsinoe is too busy playing matchmaker with Joshua and Jules to actually figure out what her true powers are. I don't even know what Mirabella is doing besides skulking over her nightmares, romanizing about Joshua, and getting her friends in trouble. 
Honestly, the majority of the story was about undying love between Jules and Joshua. Not much really happens in this book until the last one hundred pages. A scare in the beginning, a small one in the middle, besides that not much happened in this book. 
The characters faintly touched on this subject but it was vague. What exactly is this mystical place called the mainland? And why is it so different from Fennbirn? I understand only a few families know of the island its secrets. But wouldn’t you think a few more mainlanders would wash up on shore from time to time? Or is it the mysterious Goddess that prevents outsiders from entering their current?
The ‘plot twist’ at the end was easily foreseen within the first one hundred pages. With all of that dull fluff, you tend to let your mind wander. So I had a pretty good idea where the story was heading less than half way through.
Overall, I only recommend reading this if you need help going to sleep. However, I do prefer this book over Blake's Antigoddess.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

The Gray Wolf Throne By Cinda Williams Chima|Review


The Gray Wolf Throne (Seven Realms #3)
Published by Hyperion Books on August 30th, 2011
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Pages: 517
Format: Hardback
Rating: 

Han Alister thought he had already lost everyone he loved. But when he finds his friend Rebecca Morley near death in the Spirit Mountains, Han knows that nothing matters more than saving her. The costs of his efforts are steep, but nothing can prepare him for what he soon discovers: the beautiful, mysterious girl he knew as Rebecca is none other than Raisa ana’Marianna, heir to the Queendom of the Fells. Han is hurt and betrayed. He knows he has no future with a blueblood. And, as far as he’s concerned, the princess’s family as good as killed his own mother and sister. But if Han is to fulfill his end of an old bargain, he must do everything in his power to see Raisa crowned queen. Meanwhile, some people will stop at nothing to prevent Raisa from ascending. With each attempt on her life, she wonders how long it will be before her enemies succeed. Her heart tells her that the thief-turned-wizard Han Alister can be trusted. She wants to believe it—he’s saved her life more than once. But with danger coming at her from every direction, Raisa can only rely on her wits and her iron-hard will to survive—and even that might not be enough. The Gray Wolf Throne is an epic tale of fierce loyalty, unbearable sacrifice, and the heartless hand of fate.

My Thoughts

Hang on tight because you’re about to be taken on a wild ride. China’s expert narration skills captivate your attention until the very end. The Gray Wolf Throne is defiantly my favorite book in the series so far. After what all went down in it, I am suspicious for The Crimson Crown. If I thought this book was a rollercoaster, then I cannot wait to see what the final book has in store. The Gray Wolf Throne begins right where The Exiled Queen left off. I love that about Chima’s books, she dives straight back into the story instead of fast forwarding. There is so much more at stake in this novel than the past two combined. As Raisa’s fate slowly approaches, it is up to Raisa and Han to keep the entire kingdom on the right track. But with many unforeseen obstacles, reaching their goal just got a little bit more complicated. Facing assassins, lovers, and even death, it all comes down to Raisa. I love how much emphasis was placed onto Raisa in this book. I feel like this was her book. Out of all the characters, Raisa definitely changed the most since the first two books. She grew out of her spoiled princess ways and opened her eyes to the world around her. We saw a little bit of that in the first book, but by the third, Raisa has far excited the want of helping her kingdom to the point where she is actually fighting for it. Everything seems to be against Raisa and Han as they embark on their journey together.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Shutter|Waiting on Wednesday

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Shutter hits the shelves October 18th, 2016.

"THE FACTS 
• Julian Roman, age sixteen, is an escapee from the Fairmount County Juvenile Detention Facility.
• His parents, Michael Roman and Jennifer Roman, are dead.
• Julian is wanted for murder.

THE QUESTIONS 
• Why is Julian Roman on the run?
• Just how dangerous is he?
• And who did kill Michael and Jennifer Roman, if not Julian?

Seventeen-year-old Day Baker views life through the lens of her camera, where perspective is everything. But photographs never tell the whole story. After Day crosses paths with Julian, the world she pictures and the truths she believes-neatly captured in black and white-begin to blur.

Julian is not the "armed and dangerous" escapee the police are searching for, but his alibis don't quite add up, either. There is more to his story. This time, Day is determined to see the entire picture . . . whatever it reveals. Did he? Or didn't he?

Day digs deeper into the case while Julian remains on the run. But the longer her list of facts becomes, the longer the list of questions becomes, too. It's also getting harder to deny the chemistry she feels for him. Is it real? Or is she being manipulated?

Day is close to finding the crack in the case. She just needs time to focus before the shutter snaps shut.

Laurie Faria Stolarz is a master of suspense and romance. In this page-turning thriller, Stolarz tackles dark truths with a powerful, contemporary voice. Shutter will keep readers guessing until the very end."

What are you waiting on?