30 December 2015

Storyteller by Lisa Cresswell REVIEW



My Thoughts:

Well this was an okay fantasy. While it was pretty good at first, it then got boring and dragged on a lot to the point where I didn't really get what happened anymore.
Lily is half fairy and half elf. Her mother is a fairy and her father was an elf (he died). She can make up a story and it will happen.
She has to save her mother and the "True World" from her uncle, Kane.
This book was okay but not amazing.

My Rating: 2 stars

**I received this as an ebook from NETGALLEY for my honest review. Thank you!!!**

29 December 2015

Elementals: the Prophecy of Shadows by Michelle Madow REVIEW



My Thoughts:

Wow. This book was really good, and I'm so happy because I feel as if a lot of the books I read lately were not good at all. I hope to read more by this author soon!
Nicole is forced into a world of learning her powers without having prior knowledge that she is a "witch". She meets new friends who help her learn to control and use her powers, but she's doing it really fast. Almost too fast. Darius, her teacher, shows her a prophecy that he needs her to decipher: the Prophecy of Shadows. She and her classmates and friends must team up to decipher and solve this prophecy before it's too late . . .
Well, it's a lot like Percy Jackson, but it's still really good and well written.
Her realization of her powers could have been a more powerful scene.
But she learns that she might actually be a "demigod" not a "witch" and her father might be Apollo.
Apparently the difference between the two is that a demigod is half-god but a witch has a lot less power and isn't half-god.
I can't wait for more!!!

My Rating: 4.5 stars

**I received this as an ebook from NETGALLEY for my honest review. Thank you!!!**

28 December 2015

Winter by Marissa Meyer REVIEW


The Lunar Chronicles: Book Four
Summary:

Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mar her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.
Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won't approve of her feelings for her childhood friend--the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn't as weak as Levana believes her to be and she's been undermining her stepmother's wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that's been raging for far too long.
Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter defeat Levana and find their happily ever afters?

My Thoughts:

YES I FINALLY GOT TO READ THIS BOOK AND I AM SO HAPPY BUT I WILL MISS READING IT SO MUCH.
The ending was okay, but it wasn't the best.
Other than that--WOW THIS BOOK WAS SO GOOD AND AMAZING AND I LOVED IT SO MUCH!!!

My Rating: 5 stars

27 December 2015

The Detour by S. A. Bodeen REVIEW


Summary:

Livvy Flynn is a seventeen-year-old bestselling author whose YA fiction has sold all over the world. People in the industry kiss up to her. She's rich, she's famous, and she's full of herself.
When she's invited to an A-list writers' retreat, she decides to accept so she can work on her next book and enjoy the admiration--and envy--of the writer wannabes. Plus, she has a new, cute sports car, and it'll be fun to drive there by herself.
And then she hits the detour. Before she knows it, the car is wrecked, she's hurt, and she's trapped in a basement, with no idea where she is. A woman and her apparently manic daughter have kidnapped her. And they have no intention of letting her go.

My Thoughts:

I got this book for Christmas. It was published a couple months ago, I had read a few of the author's other books and liked them, I had even met the author at a TeenReaderCon. So I asked for it for Christmas, hoping it would be good.
Well, most of it was good. Everything was good, except for a really creepy guy.
But why did the woman kidnap her just because Livvy used a general idea that the woman had in her book, and unknowing that the woman had also published a book that apparently was almost identical to her's? Livvy only took a very general topic and somehow they ended up with similar stories. Livvy's was more popular so that person hated her for that. Which was a bit of a strange reason to kidnap someone over.

My Rating: 3 stars

23 December 2015

Lost Stars by Claudia Gray REVIEW


Summary:

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away . . . .
Eight years after the fall of the Old Republic, the Galactic Empire now reigns over the known galaxy. Resistance to the Empire has been all but silenced. Only a few courageous leaders such as Bail Organa of Alderaan still dare to openly oppose Emperor Palpatine.
After years of defiance, the many worlds at the edge of the Outer Rim have surrendered. With each planet's conquest, the Empire's might grows even stronger.
The latest to fall under the Emperor's control is the isolated mountain planet Jelucan, whose citizens hope for a more prosperous future even as the Imperial Starfleet gathers overhead . . . .

My Thoughts:

Wow. This book was great.
It took you through Episode IV to Episode VI with the two main characters.
Unfortunately, there was romance between the two main characters, but it thankfully wasn't in most of the book.
Overall, this book was long but very enjoyable.

My Rating: 4 stars

20 December 2015

Mechanica by Betsy Cornwell REVIEW


Summary:

Nicolette's awful stepsisters call her "Mechanica" to demean her, but the nickname fits: she learned to be an inventor at her mother's knee. Her mom is gone now, though, and the Steps have turned her into a servant in her own home.
Then, on her sixteenth birthday, Nicolette discovers a secret workshop in the cellar and begins to dare to imagine a new life for herself. Could the mysterious books and tools hidden there--and the mechanical menagerie, led by a tiny metal horse named Jules--be the key to escaping her dreary existence? With a technological exposition and royal ball on the horizon, the timing might just be perfect for Nicolette to earn her freedom at last.

My Thoughts:

Wow. I loved this book!
It's a steampunk retelling of Cinderella.
I very much enjoyed reading this book and I wish that I was still reading it!!!
The only problems were: the prince and the ending.
The prince is actually Nicolette's friend and he acts as if he likes her--but he apparently doesn't like her like that.
The ending was weird. It didn't even resolve the problems with her Steps. 
One of the things she would need in the future to keep working was "cursed" but that was never explained or resolved either.

My Rating: 4 stars

The author's website is here.

18 December 2015

Nightspell by Leah Cypess REVIEW


**Sequel to Mistwood**
Summary:

In this haunted kingdom, ghosts linger--not just in the deepest forests or the darkest caverns, but alongside the living, as part of a twisted palace court that revels all night and sleeps through the daylight hours.
Darri's sister was trapped in this place of fear and shadows as a child. And now Darri has a chance to save her sister . . . if she agrees to a betrothal with the prince of the dead. But nothing is simple in this eerie kingdom--not her sister, who has changed beyond recognition, not her plan, which will be thrown off track almost at once, and not the undead prince, who seems more alive than anyone else.
In a court seething with the desire for vengeance, Darri holds the key to the balance between life and death. Can her warrior heart withstand the most wrenching choice of all?

My Thoughts:

First--this doesn't really feel like a sequel--none of the characters are the same. But there's no romance!!!
While it was good, sometimes it got boring, dragged on, or confusing.
The ending wasn't really resolved.
But overall, this book was okay.

My Rating: 3 stars

17 December 2015

Sleep No More by Aprilynne Pike REVIEW


Summary:

Oracles see the future. But they are never supposed to interfere. Charlotte learned that the hard way. If she hadn't tried to change one of her childhood visions, her mother wouldn't be in a wheelchair--and her father would still be alive.
Since that fateful accident, Charlotte has tried to suppress her visions. But when she receives a premonition of a classmate's murder, she knows she can no longer sit idly by.
Then she meets Smith, a man who not only knows Charlotte's secret but who also claims to have a way for her to manipulate her visions to change the future. But doing this means Charlotte must put herself in the path of the murderer.

My Thoughts:

Wow. I have finally read a book by this author that will get 5 stars. I didn't think I would ever find one.
While I hoped that it would be a scary story, and it wasn't, I still enjoyed this book immensely more than the author's other books that I have read.
Not only is the plot good and interesting, but there's a lot of action and mystery going on. And there's not much romance.

My Rating: 5 stars 

15 December 2015

Mistwood by Leah Cypess REVIEW



Summary:

Isabel remembers nothing. Nothing before the prince rode into her forest to take her back to the castle. Nothing about who she is supposed to be, or the powers she is supposed to have.
Prince Rokan needs Isabel to be his Shifter. He needs her to ability to shift to animal form, to wind, to mist. He needs her lethal speed and superhuman strength. And he needs her loyalty--because without it, she may be his greatest threat.
Isabel knows that her prince is lying to her, but she can't help wanting to protect him from the dangers and intrigues of the court . . . until a deadly truth shatters the bond between them.
Now Isabel faces a choice that threatens her loyalty, her heart . . . and everything she thought she knew.

My Thoughts:

YES!!! THIS BOOK WAS SO GOOD!!!
I feel as if I have read it before, though . . .
BUT what's good is that it's better than I remembered (and no, I don't have that great of a memory).
The only problem I have with this book is that apparently Isabel and Rokan like each other??? They don't really mention it until the end of the book, yet it sounds as if there should have been more romance in the book.

My Rating: 4 stars

Destined by Aprilynne Pike REVIEW


Wings series: Book Four
Summary:

Laurel now knows the truth: Yuki is a rare Winter faerie, the most powerful--and deadly--of all, and Klea plans to use her to help conquer and destroy Avalon. But Klea's reach extends far beyond one wild Winter faerie. With Tamani, David, and Chelsea by her side, Laurel prepares to face what may be Avalon's final days.

My Thoughts:

YAY!!! I AM FINALLY DONE READING THIS SERIES!!!!
While I enjoyed it for the most part, I didn't like it as much when I read these last books in the series . . .
It seemed to drag out the storyline to the point where I wanted to scream at it to hurry up and not be boring.
That said, I did like this book, but the series wasn't my favorite.

My Rating: 3 stars

13 December 2015

Doctor Who Article

My sister, Elf, wrote a Doctor Who article--"Is This Still The Doctor?", which talks about how Peter Capaldi's Twelfth Doctor is very different than the previous Doctors, and why that isn't really good at all, because of how he really seems to not care very much about anything except Clara . . .
He regrets saving other people, and he doesn't seem to care if he or other people die as long as he can save Clara.
I didn't really like this season that much either--the previous season was much better, with both his personality and the stories of the episodes. Let's hope that the Christmas special and the next season will be much better than this season.

Siren's Fury by Mary Weber REVIEW


Storm Siren Trilogy: Book Two
Summary:

Nym risked her life to save Faelen, her homeland, from a losing war, only to discover that the shape-shifter Draewulf has stolen everything she holds dear. But when the repulsive monster robs Nym of her storm-summoning abilities as well, the beautiful Elemental realizes her war is only just beginning.
Now powerless to control the elements that once emboldened her, Nym stows away on an airship traveling to the metallic kingdom of Bron. She must stop Draewulf. But the horrors he's brought to life and the secrets of Bron are more than Nym bargained for. Then the disturbing Lord Myles tempts her with new powers that could destroy the monster, and Nym must decide whether she can compromise in the name of good even if it costs her very soul.
As she navigates the stark industrial cityscape of Bron, Nym is faced with an impossible choice: change the future with one slice of a blade . . . or sacrifice the entire kingdom for the one thing her heart just can't let go.

My Thoughts:

YAY! I FINALLY GOT TO READ THIS BOOK AFTER THE TERRIBLE CLIFFHANGER AT THE END OF THE LAST ONE!!!!!
Eogan is in the process of being taken over by Draewulf. "you can't save both your homeland and the person you love" (I don't know if that is exactly what he said, but it's close). Nym can't bear the thought of killing Eogan, but she believes that she must in order to kill Draewulf. But Eogan is still fighting Draewulf . . . Will Nym be able to save him?
This book was an amazing sequel to Storm Siren. I loved it!
And I can't wait for the last book in the trilogy to come our!!!

My Rating: 5 stars

12 December 2015

Freenet by Steve Stanton REVIEW




My Thoughts:

Ugh. I hated this book. While the summary sounded cool and the cover is AMAZING, the book disappointed me a lot.
First, there isn't much description of where the book takes place . . . it's not earth but they don't say what planet (unless the name of the place they go to is the name of the planet).
Second, the book isn't really set in space too much, unlike what the cover makes you think. The characters are only floating in space once (and it's near the end of the book).
Third, there doesn't seem to be much of a storyline at all.
And did I mention some of this book was inappropriate?
While the cover and summary seemed captivating, the book isn't captivating at all.

My Rating: less than 1 star

**I received this as an ebook from NETGALLEY for my honest review. Thank you!!!**

10 December 2015

earth BOUND by Aprilynne Pike REVIEW


Summery:

Tavia Michaels is the sole survivor of the plane crash that killed her parents. When she starts to see strange visions of a boy she's never spoken with in real life, she begins to suspect that there's much more about her past that she isn't being told.
Tavia immediately searches for answers desperate to determine why she feels so drawn to a boy she hardly knows. But when Tavia discovers that the aunt and uncle who took her in after her parents' death may have actually been responsible for the plane crash that killed them--and that she may have been the true intended victim--she flees for the safety of Camden, Maine, where the boy she sees in her visions instructs her to go.
Now, Tavia is on the run with no one to trust. No one, that is, except for her best friend and longtime crush, Benson.
Tavia feels torn between the boy who mysteriously comes to her at night and the boy who has been by her side every step of the way. But what Tavia doesn't know is that the world is literally falling apart and that to save it she will have to unite with the boy in her visions. Only problem? To do so would mean rejecting Benson's love. And that's the one thing Tavia Michaels swore she'd never do.

My Thoughts:

WARNING: THIS BOOK IS NOT ABOUT SPACE.
Unfortunately.
I thought it was going to be about space. But no, it isn't. And I really hated this book (not only because it wasn't about space).
The story drags a lot and makes it really boring. It doesn't get better until the end. And then there is a cliffhanger.

My Rating: 1 star


Death Marked by Leah Cypess REVIEW


**Sequel to Death Sworn**
Summary:

Ileni could change the world. She could do what she has always been trained to do: destroy the Empire. Her people want her to. The assassin she loves--who is now deadlier than ever--wants her to. But now that she knows her entire life was built on a lie, Ileni needs to see the truth for herself. Is the Empire truly as evil as she has always believed?
The answers lie in the Imperial Academy of Sorcery, a place where danger and temptation sit side by side. If her true purpose is discovered, she won't escape alive. But once she discovers what the imperial sorcerers can offer her, she may not want to leave. Ileni has found the one thing she never expected--a place where she belongs.
Except, this place has its secrets, too. 
The truth is never purely evil or purely good. And Ileni no longer knows whose side she is on.

My Thoughts:

I found this book a lot more interesting than the previous one.
But, like the previous book, there wasn't much description about where Ileni was.
And while most of the book was amazing, the ending was so strange and unexpected.
I have very confusing feelings about this book, but I did like it.

My Rating: 3.5 stars

08 December 2015

Illusions by Aprilynne Pike REVIEW


Wings series: Book Three
Summary:

Laurel hasn't seen Tamani since she begged him to let her go last year. Though her heart still aches, Laurel is confident that David was the right choice.
But just as life returns to normal, Laurel realizes that a hidden enemy lies in wait. Once again, Laurel must turn to Tamani to protect and guide her, for the danger that now threatens Avalon is one that no faerie thought would ever be possible. And for the first time, Laurel cannot be sure that her side will prevail.

My Thoughts:

This book was okay. I hate how Avalon is never a big part of these books--I would have loved to see it described in more detail and take up half of one of the books in this series.
But it wasn't like that.
In the beginning, it seems like Laurel just came back from Avalon. Then there's the weird love triangle thing taking up a lot of the book . . . why can't it just be easy and not take up most of the story? A new character who they think is a faerie goes to their school . . . but as interesting as it was at first, the mystery was dragging on and I got tired of it. 
But there is an interesting plot twist near the end of this book . . .

My Rating: 2 stars

06 December 2015

Death Sworn by Leah Cypess REVIEW


Summary:

Ileni is losing her magic. And that means she's losing everything: Her status as the renegade sorcerers' most powerful rising star. Her purpose in life. The boy she loves. Her home.
Exiled to teach sorcery to the assassins hidden deep within the mountains, she expects no one will ever hear from her again. The last two tutors died within weeks of each other. As Ileni unravels the mystery surrounding their deaths, she'll uncover secrets that have been kept for decades--and she'll find an unexpected ally and dangerous new love.
But even he may not be able to protect her. Not when she's willing to risk EVERYTHING.

My Thoughts:

This book was very interesting, although the beginning was a little boring.
Not only are there surprising plot twists about who the enemy is, but also a surprising cliffhanger.
But the love story seemed as if it was forced into the book . . .
There were also some things that weren't explained at all or weren't explained very well--like why Ileni is losing her magic and how people steal other people's magic as they are dying.
But over all, this book was pretty good.

My Rating: 3 stars

The author's website is here.

05 December 2015

Spells by Aprilynne Pike REVIEW


Wings series: Book Two
Summary:

Although Laurel has come to accept her true identity as a faerie, she reuses to turn her back on her human life--and especially her boyfriend, David--to return to the faerie world.
But when she is summoned to Avalon, Laurel's feelings for the charismatic faerie sentry Tamani are undeniable.
She is forced to make a choice--a choice that could break her heart.

My Thoughts:

One of my greatest disappointments about this book was the very few pages where Laurel is in Avalon. She spends her summer there, yet it isn't even one-third of the book. 
Also, the weird love triangle. Laurel seems to hate Tamani at times, but she actually seems to like him.
Faeries live for 200 years, so how will she feel when David dies?
Her memory seems to be wiped so that she could grow up with humans. She used to really enjoy being with Tamani and other people in Avalon, but she doesn't remember any of it.
She doesn't actually make a choice at all in the book.
A human shows up who knows about trolls and hunts them.
Over all, this book was very disappointing.

My Rating: 1 star

04 December 2015

Death Cloud by Andrew Lane REVIEW


Summary:

It is the summer of 1868, and Sherlock Holmes is fourteen. On break from boarding school, he is staying with relatives in the country and expecting a tedious vacation. Instead, he finds himself in the midst of a shocking murder mystery when two local men die from symptoms resembling the plague. When it becomes clear they have not died from natural causes, Holmes begins to investigate--and uncovers a diabolical plot. So begins his first battle of wits against a brilliantly sinister villain of viciously malign intent.

My Thoughts:

This book was well written and good, but it wasn't as good as my sister told me.
The cause of death of the local people seems to be from bees that normally live in Africa (I think). 
The villain hates Great Britain for some reason.
 There is a substance that the bees react violently to--and he plans for the bees to kill the military people by putting the substance on the military uniforms.
Sherlock tries to stop him. He stops him, but the man gets away.
Like I said, this book was good but not amazing.

My Rating: 3 stars

01 December 2015

Wings by Aprilynne Pike REVIEW


Wings series: Book One
Summary:

In this extraordinary tale of magic and intrigue, romance and danger, everything you thought you knew about faeries will be changed forever.

"Laurel was mesmerized, staring at the pale things with wide eyes. They were terrifyingly beautiful--too beautiful for words. Laurel turned to the mirror again, her eyes on the hovering petals that floated beside her head. They looked almost like wings."

My Thoughts:

I don't really know what to say about this book.
It was well written.
The story was interesting.
But for some reason, I didn't like this book a lot.
And I don't know why.
It wasn't terrible, but it wasn't wonderful.

My Rating: 3 stars

The author's website is here.

27 November 2015

Destiny by Gillian Shields REVIEW



Immortal series: Book Four
Summary:

Helen has always been the "crazy" one among the girls of Wyldcliffe, scarred by her bleak past and her troubled relationship with her mother, the former headmistress and leader of the Wyldcliffe coven, Mrs. Hartle.
But Miss Scratton promised Helen that a love "beyond the confines of this world" is waiting for her. Could this be Lynton, the mysterious music student who visits Wyldcliffe for his lessons? And what about the brooch her mokther gave her--what can the Seal reveal about Helen's past and future?
Now that Miss Scratton is gone, life at Wyldcliffe takes an even darker turn. An unexpected threat arrives in the form of a new high master, whom Helen remembers from her unhappy childhood. Can Helen, Evie, and Sarah finally overcome Wyldcliffe's darkness? Will Lady Agnes come to their aid? And what sacrifices must they make to fulfill their destiny?

My Thoughts:

This series should have ended after Betrayal. The narration changed again for this book, and although I should be used to it by now, it didn't change completely. All of the main characters have certain parts of this book to narrate. I'm used to it after reading a couple books that were like that (not by this author), but this was different. This series should have never changed narration if it wanted to be a great series until the end.
Velvet was given a bigger role in this book, but not big enough.

My Rating: 1 star

26 November 2015

Eternal by Gillian Shields REVIEW

First: Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!!!
Now: On to the book review!!!

Immortal series: Book Three
Summary:

At Wyldcliffe Abbey School for Young Ladies, Sarah is the faithful friend to Evie and Helen, her sisters in the Mystic Way. But this term Sarah finds that their friendship is tested. Evie is turning her back on the Mystic Way after laying her beloved Sebastian's soul to rest; Helen is distracted by her tormented relationship with her mother. Sarah struggles to keep the sisterhood together as the threat of attack looms from the dark coven and the Unconquered lords.
All that keeps Sarah going is her connection with her earth powers and a promise she cannot break. When she must step out of the shadows and fight the eternal darkness, will her sisters join her, or will help come from unexpected sources, like her Romany ancestors and a love she'd only just dared hope for?

My Thoughts:

I was sad to find that Sebastian died in the previous book, and I wasn't eager to read this one, since the protagonist is a different person than the last two books.
First: why won't the coven just die??? do they have an infinite lifespan? because they want to be immortal, they aren't supposed to be immortal, but they don't seem to die. at all.
Second: the plot twist with Velvet was supposed to be interesting. While Velvet is present for about half the book, she doesn't seem to play a part in the overall story.
Third: I had to keep reminding myself that Evie isn't the narrator. Why can't the whole series be narrated by just one person? I understand that other characters can be added in, like in the Lunar Chronicles, but the narrator in this book isn't a new character.
Conclusion: While this book was well written, it was definitely not as good as the previous books when you talk about the storyline.

My Rating: 2 stars

25 November 2015

Betrayal by Gillian Shields REVIEW


Immortal series: Book Two
Summary:

When Evie Johnson started at Wyldcliffe Abbey School for Young Ladies, her life changed in ways she couldn't possibly have envisioned: the discovery of her link with Lady Agnes, her special bond with Helen and Sarah, and their sisterhood in the astonishing secrets of the Mystic Way. Above all, Evie's love for Sebastian has turned her world upside down.
Now Evie returns to Wyldcliffe for another term and more danger. Surrounded by enemies, she lives every day in fear that Sebastian will fall into the darkness of servitude to the Unconquered Lords. The Wyldcliffe coven is plotting to destroy Evie and use Sebastian to secure their own immortality. Evie and her sisters must master the power of the Talisman before it is too late. But could it be Sebastian himself who will ultimately betray Evie?

My Thoughts:

The first book, Immortal, was really good even though I read and reviewed it a very long time ago.
I expected this book to be just as good.
While it was well written and exciting with lots of surprising twists, it gave you the wrong idea of what would happen at the end; if you think Sebastian will be saved but still live, you'll be disappointed. While Sebastian got free of becoming something that he never wanted to be, he could only stay alive for one more day. He died, but he wouldn't be in torment like he would have if he didn't die.
Conclusion: this book was a great sequel but not as good as the first one.

My Rating: 4 stars

22 November 2015

Battlefront: Twilight Company by Alexander Freed REVIEW



My Thoughts:

This book was okay, but not that great.
Sometimes the chapters switched between perspectives of different people on different sides--which would have been cool if there were more of them and if they had more character development.
Overall, the story was not that bad, but it wasn't amazing.

My Rating: 2 stars

**I received this ebook from NETGALLEY for my honest review. Thank you!!!**

Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch REVIEW


**Sequel to Snow Like Ashes**
Summary:

It's been three months since the Winterians were freed and Spring's king, Angra, disappeared--thanks largely to the help of Cordell.
Meira just wants her people to be safe. When Cordellan debt forces the Winterians to dig their mines for payment, they unearth something powerful and possibly dangerous: Primoria's lost chasm of magic. Theron is hopeful and excited--with this much magic, the world can finally stand against threats like Angra. But Meira knows that the last time the world had this much magic, it spawned the Decay. So when the king of Cordell orders the two on a mission across the kingdoms of Primoria to discover the chasm's secrets, Meira plans to use the trip to garner support to keep the chasm shut and Winter safe--even if it means clashing with Theron. But can she do so without endangering the people she loves?
Mather just wants to be free. The horrors inflicted on the Winterians hang fresh and raw in Jannuari--leaving Winter vulnerable to Cordell's growing oppression. When Meira leaves to search for allies, he decides to take Winter's security into his own hands. Can he rebuild his broken kingdom and protect them from new threats?
As the web of power and deception is woven tighter, Theron fights for magic, Mather fights for freedom--and Meira starts to wonder if she should be fighting not just for winter, but for the world.

My Thoughts:

I have been waiting for this book for so long!!!
After the previous book's cliffhanger ending, I was eagerly anticipating this book.
It is well written--but most of it is on Meira's search for allies and not enough of Mather's part in fighting for and helping the Winterians.
This book was good--but not better than the previous one.

My Rating: 3 stars

19 November 2015

The Rose Society by Marie Lu REVIEW


**Sequel to The Young Elites**
Summary:

Adelina Amouteru's heart has suffered at the hands of both family and friends, turning her down the bitter path of revenge. Now known and feared as the White Wolf, she flees Kenettra with her sister to find other Young Elites in the hopes of building her own army of allies. Her goal: to strike down the Inquisition Axis, the white-cloaked soldiers who nearly killed her.
But Adelina is no heroine. Her powers, fed only by fear and hate, have started to grow beyond her control. She does not trust her newfound Elite friends. Teren Santoro, leader of the Inquisition, wants her dead. And her former friends, the Dagger Society, want to stop her thirst for vengeance. Adelina struggles to cling to the good within her. But how can someone be good when her very existence depends on darkness?

My Thoughts:

I HAVE BEEN WAITING TO READ THIS FOR SO LONG AND NOW I FINALLY HOLD IT IN MY HANDS AND READ IT!!!! IT'S SO EXCITING!!!!
After the cliffhanger ending of The Young Elites,  I have been eagerly awaiting for this book to come out. And I wasn't disappointed at all.
Not only is this book written well, but it is a great sequel--when most sequels are terrible.
I have only one bad thing to say about it: some of it was confusing.
Now I can say that I am looking forward to the next book, if there will be one.

My Rating: 4 stars

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15 November 2015

A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis REVIEW



Summary:

Grace Mae knows madness. She keeps it locked away, along with her voice, trapped deep inside a brilliant mind that cannot forget horrific family secrets. Those secrets, along with the bulge in her belly, land her in a Boston insane asylum.
When her voice returns in a burst of violence, Grace is banished to the dark cellars, where her mind is discovered by a visiting doctor who dabbles in the new study of criminal psychology. With her keen eyes and sharp memory, Grace will make the perfect assistant at crime scenes. Escaping from Boston to the safety of an ethical Ohio asylum, Grace finds friendship and hope, hints of a life she should have had. But gruesome nights bring Grace and the doctor into the circle of a killer who stalks young women. Grace, continuing to operate under the cloak of madness, must hunt a murderer while she confronts the demons in her own past.

My Thoughts:

Okay, first: THAT COVER IS AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 
Now, let's get on with the review.
This book was really good!!! It wasn't as awesome as it looked and sounded, but it was still pretty good.
The only thing is: it sounds like they are hunting Jack the Ripper, but they aren't. Which disappointed me (I acquired a strange fascination with Jack the Ripper shortly after I started reading and watching Black Butler).

My Rating: 4 stars

The Shock of Night by Patrick W. Carr REVIEW



My Thoughts:

This book was way better than its prequel, By Divine Right. Things were explained instead of making you guess and there was a better and more interesting plot.
The main character is trying to solve a murder--well, several murders that happened the same way. His life turns upside-down when he is given a gift that the public thinks doesn't exist anymore. He meets a secret organization and they don't know if they should kill him or help him.
This book was very good, but it sometimes got boring and dragged on.

My Rating: 4 stars

**I received this as an ebook from NETGALLEY for my honest review. Thank you!**

14 November 2015

Embers & Ash by T. M. Goeglein REVIEW


**Sequel to Cold Fury and Flicker & Burn**
Summary:

Sara Jane Rispoli finds herself on the wrong side of the Russian mob, but closer to finding her family than she's ever been. And she's willing to do whatever it takes to end this terrible journey once and for all--even if the price is her own life.
The very cold fury that has seen her through the worst of her troubles is now killing her, its deadly electricity--a weapon against her enemies--attacking her from the inside our; she knows the cure, but she can't sacrifice the electricity until she's rescued her parents and little brother. To do that, she'll need every drop of cold fury she has. But if she does rescue her family, she knows it won't be the happy reunion she's been hoping for. And it won't end the torment. Only destroying the Outfit completely can stop this terrible nightmare. And she may have figured out just how to do that.
In the meantime, old enemies return to seek vengeance, double-crosses abound, and even more mysteries are uncovered as we rocket toward a conclusion no one saw coming.

My Thoughts:

This book was ok.
It wasn't as good and exciting as Flicker & Burn, but it was better than Cold Fury.
It didn't seem as exciting. I feel as if the books could have been two instead of three and it would get a lot better of a rating.

My Rating: 3 stars

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11 November 2015

Flicker & Burn by T. M. Goeglein REVIEW


**Sequel to Cold Fury**
Summary:

Sara Jane Rispoli is still searching for her missing family, but now, instead of fighting off a turncoat uncle and crooked cops, she's running from creepy beings with red, pulsing eyes and pale white skin speeding through the streets of Chicago in armored black ice cream trucks; they can only be described as ice cream creatures.
While she battles these new pursuers, Sara Jane also finds herself navigating the unexpected terrain of new family members: an uncle Jack who's suffering from Alzheimer's, but whose foggy memories might also help her unlock some of the most baffling Outfit secrets; and cousin Heather, a gorgeous former child actress, who's guarding a cold fury secret of her own.
The more Sara Jane learns about the Outfit, her family and the fury burning inside of her, the more desperate she becomes to find her family. And after seeing her mother's amputated finger and being whistled in for a sit-down with the Outfit boss himself, Sara Jane knows she's running out of time.

"My name is Sara Jane Rispoli. It's not my birthday, and I haven't eaten cake since I turned sixteen, but I'm plagued by ice cream.
If anyone offers me a cone, I'll break his nose."

"I don't have any plans for the future, other than to continue breathing."

My Thoughts:

This book was SO GOOD. Unlike Cold Fury, it wasn't boring at all. Not even a little bit. 
Which was good, because I hate it when books have boring parts in them.
I love how much action is in this book. I really love it when books like this are written, because there are many disappointing books that make me feel sad.
I hope that the next book will be just as good, or even better!

My Rating: 4.5 stars

10 November 2015

The Shadow Behind the Stars by Rebecca Hahn REVIEW



Summary:

Mine are the fingers that choose the wool, that shape the thread, that begin it. The sun smiles upon me. Men love me without knowing who I am. I have lived forever and will live forever more. 
My sisters and I have been on our isolated island for centuries, longer than any mortal can remember. We spin, measure, and slice the countless golden threads of human lives.
We are the three Fates, and we have stayed separate for good reason: It is dangerous for us to become involved with the humans whose lives we shape. So when a beautiful girl named Aglaia shows up on our doorstep, I try to make sure my sisters don't become attached. But in seeking to protect them, I discover the dark power of Aglaia's destiny. As her path unwinds, my sisters and I find ourselves pulled inextricably along--toward mortal pain, mortal love, and a fate that could unravel the world.

My Thoughts:

This book was boring at first. It got better later on, but it also got a lot more confusing . . . 
The narrator, Chloe, is talking to you and telling the story at the same time.
I am not used to books that are written that way.
It was pretty good, but definitely not the best.

My Rating: 2 stars
The author's website is here.

Winter Comes Out Today!



THE FOURTH BOOK IN THE LUNAR CHRONICLES IS OUT TODAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (and yes, it deserves that many exclamation points)
I have been waiting FOREVER for it to come out.
and the COVER! IT'S SO PRETTY!
I cannot wait to read & review it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

Breath by Jackie Morse Kessler REVIEW


Four Riders of the Apocalypse: Book Four
Summary:

Contrary to popular belief, the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse aren't just harbingers of doom--they actually keep life in balance. But what happens when their leader and creator, Death, becomes suicidal?
Before the first living thing drew its first gasping breath, he was there. He has watched humanity for millennia. And he has finally decided that humanity is not worth the price he has paid time and again. When Death himself gives up on life, a teenager named Xander Atwood is the world's only hope. But Xander bears a secret, one that may bring about the end of everything.

My Thoughts:

This book was SO much better than the last one. I mean it. *yay*
But a lot of it was really confusing--mostly Xander's story and Death's sudden goodbyes.
I feel as if it would have been fine as just a trilogy, or if there was a book about Death becoming Death as the first book in the series would have been better.

My Rating: 3 stars

08 November 2015

Loss by Jackie Morse Kessler REVIEW


Four Riders of the Apocalypse series: Book Three
Summary:

Fifteen-year-old Billy Ballard is the kid that everyone picks on. Things change drastically when Billy learns that years ago, he'd been tricked by Pestilence, the White Rider of the Apocalypse. Now it's Billy's turn to wield Pestilence's Bow and spread sickness through the world. He uses his new power to lash out at his tormentors . . . and accidentally causes an outbreak of disease. Horrified by his actions, he wants nothing more than to be rid of the Bow. For that to happen, Billy must track down the previous White Rider, who is hiding in a place where even Death cannot go.
By the time Billy finds the man who had tricked him so long ago, the White Rider is completely insane and is poised to unleash a plague that would make the Black Death look like a summer cold. And only Billy can stop him. Does one bullied teenager have the strength to stand his ground and the courage to save the world?

My Thoughts:

This book was actually really terrible. Maybe it's the character, or maybe it's the storyline, but I did not like this book at all.
A lot of it was boring, and what wasn't boring was confusing.
I hope that the last book will be better than this and exceed my high expectations. Because I hated this one.

My Rating: less than 1 star

Rage by Jackie Morse Kessler REVIEW


Four Riders of the Apocalypse: Book Two
Summary:

Missy didn't mean to cut so deep. But after the party where she was humiliated in front of practically everyone in school, who could blame her for wanting some comfort? Sure, most people don't find comfort in the touch of a razorblade, but Missy always was . . . different.
That's why she was chosen to become one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse: War. Now Missy wields a new kind of blade--a big, brutal sword that can cut down anyone and anything in her path. But it's with this weapon in her hand that Missy learns something that could help her triumph over her own pain: control.

My Thoughts:

The first like 50 pages were strange. But the rest of it was pretty good. In some ways, it was even better than Hunger.
But it wasn't that amazing.
Most books sound appealing--but less than half of them end up disappointing or just ok.
That's what I felt with Rage.

My Rating:  3 stars

Dark Matters by Michael Dow REVIEW



My Thoughts:

I love that cover! It's so beautiful! *squeaks*
This book was good, but not amazing.
For the most part, it was good, but it went off the storyline a lot.
It was also at times confusing.
The chapters alternated stories between three people, but didn't say which one was which. You had to figure it out yourself.
Also, a lot of characters died at the end, ones that I thought were kind of important. And it isn't a stand-alone book. It's the first book in a trilogy.

My Rating: 3 stars

You can find the really amazing book trailer at: http://www.darkmattersbook.com/books/

Art Students League of New York on Painting REVIEW



My Thoughts:

At first, I thought: A book of paintings sounds cool! So I requested it for review.
But there were some inappropriate paintings in there. I CAN THINK OF MANY OTHER THINGS TO PAINT. SO WHY?
If that didn't happen, I would have gladly loved this book.
But it happened. So I didn't.

My Rating: 0.5 star



**I received this book from Blogging for Books for my honest review. Thank you!**

03 November 2015

Neverseen Comes Out Today!


The fourth book in the Keeper of the Lost Cities series is here!!!
The cover is so beautiful!!!
I can't wait to read it and review it!!!

02 November 2015

Death Riders by Justin Richards REVIEW


My Thoughts:

This book was better than Heart of Stone, the previous Doctor Who novel that I reviewed.
But it still wasn't amazing.
A space monkey is controlling a human. It wants to eat the humans at the fair.
The Doctor, Amy, and Rory must stop it.
Like I said, this book was good, but not the best.

My Rating: 3 stars

**I received this as an ebook from NETGALLEY for my honest review. Thank you!**

Heart of Stone by Trevor Baxendale REVIEW


My Thoughts:

This book was okay. It wasn't amazing at all.
The Doctor, Amy, and Rory land in a farm. Moonstone appears there. A rock man can turn anything it touches into stone.
I think I might have liked it better if it was an actual Doctor Who episode.
It wasn't that exciting to read, but maybe if I watched it I would have liked it better.

My Rating: 1 star

**I received this as an ebook from NETGALLEY for my honest review. Thank you!**

01 November 2015

System Wipe by Oli Smith REVIEW


My Thoughts:

This book was pretty good, but it wasn't extraordinary.
Some of it just wasn't explained well enough.
The Doctor, Amy, and Rory find themselves at the end of the world.
Robots are coming to destroy and recreate the world.
There is a game where the humans are gone but their avatars are still there and working on their own.
They must save both worlds before they are all dead.
The avatar concept reminded me of Sword Art Online (an anime series).
It was good, but not my favorite.

My Rating: 3 stars

**I received this as an ebook from NETGALLEY for my honest review. Thank you!**

The Witch of Lime Street by David Jaher REVIEW


Summary:

The 1920s are famous as the golden age of jazz and glamour, but it was also an era of fevered yearning for communication with the spirit world, after the loss of tens of millions during the First World War and the Spanish-flu epidemic. A desperate search for reunion with dead loved ones precipitated a tidal wave of self-proclaimed psychics--and, as reputable media sought stories on occult phenomena, mediums became celebrities.
Against this backdrop, in 1924, the pretty wife of a distinguished Boston surgeon came to embody the raging national debate over Spiritualism, a movement devoted to communication with the dead. Reporters dubbed her the blonde Witch of Lime Street, but she was known to her followers simply as Margery. Her most vocal advocate was none other than Sherlock Holmes's creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who believed so thoroughly in Margery's powers that he urged her to enter a controversial contest, sponsored by the Scientific American and offering a large cash prize to the first medium declared authentic by its impressive five-man investigative committee. Admired for both her d=exceptional charm and her dazzling effects, Margery was the best hope for the psychic practice to be empirically verified. Her supernatural gifts beguiled four of the judges. There was only one left to convince . . . the acclaimed escape artist Harry Houdini.

My Thoughts:

This book was terrible. I didn't even try to finish it.
It was not written in an interesting way.
There was a lot of talk about Spiritualism and weird things like that.
I do not recommend this book at all.

My Rating: 0.5 star




**I received this book from Blogging for Books for my honest review. Thank you!**