25 November 2016

The Midnight Star by Marie Lu REVIEW

**Sequel to The Young Elites and The Rose Society**

Adelina Amouteru is done with suffering. She's turned her back on those who have betrayed her and achieved the ultimate revenge: victory. Her reign as the White Wolf has been a triumphant one, but with each conquest, her cruelty only grows. The darkness within her has begun to spiral out of control, threatening to destroy all she's gained.
When a new danger appears, Adelina's forced to revisit old wounds, putting not only herself at risk, but every Elite. In order to preserve her empire, Adelina and her Roses must join the Daggers on a perilous quest--though this uneasy alliance may prove to be the real danger.

My Thoughts:

I thoroughly enjoyed this book a lot. I can't say that it's better than the previous one since I haven't read it in a while, but it's probably one of my favorites.
Not only does Adelina risk her life to go to her dying sister's side, but she also creates an alliance to rid the Elites of their suffering--with the very people she wanted revenge on; who used her. And at the very end of the book, although they achieve their goal without going at each other's throats, her sister dies. And Adelina makes a deal with the gods to trade her life for her sisters' (this part actually made me cry). 

My Rating: 4.5 stars 

21 November 2016

The Crown by Kiera Cass REVIEW

The Selection series: Book Five

When Eadlyn became the first princess of Illea to hold her own Selection, she didn't think she would fall in love with any of her thirty-five suitors. She spent the first few weeks of the competition counting down the days until she could send them all home. But as events at the palace force Eadlyn even further into the spotlight, she realizes that she might not be content remaining alone.
Eadlyn still isn't sure she'll find the fairy-tale ending her parents did twenty years ago. But sometimes the heart has a way of surprising you . . .and soon Eadlyn must make a choice that feels more impossible--and more important--than she ever imagined.

My Thoughts:

I finally finished this series after I kept forgetting to read this book .. . .
I did like this book a lot better than the previous one, The Heir. 
What I liked is that Eadlyn didn't fall in love with one of the suitors, she fell in love with the translator of Henri. And she thought it was impossible to have a relationship with him . . .but it actually happened. In a way, he is like Aspen, but the total opposite circumstances, the fact that I liked him better than Aspen, and that he actually got the girl.
However, I do think the ending was a bit rushed. And the fact that the author made two of the suitors gay for each other was . . .weird? If she was going to do that, she could have not made it a last-second decision, because that's what it seemed like (rushed/forced).

My Rating: 4 stars

19 November 2016

City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare REVIEW

Mortal Instruments series: Book Two

Clary Fray just wishes that her life would go back to normal. But what's normal when you're a demon-slaying Shadowhunter, your mother is in a magically induced coma, and you can suddenly see Downworlders like werewolves, vampires, and faeries? Clary would love to spend more time with her best friend Simon. But the Shadowhunters won't let her go--especially her handsome, infuriating newfound brother, Jace. And Clary's only chance to help her mother is to track down rogue Shadowhunter Valentine, who is probably insane, certainly evil--and also her father. When the second of the Mortal Instruments is stolen, the terrifying Inquisitor suspects Jace. Could Jace really be willing to betray everything he believes in to help their father?

My Thoughts:

For me, this book was interesting, but also a slow read. Several parts of the book were pretty uninteresting, so it took me a lot longer to read this book than normal. 
But there were a few things I didn't like/understand: apparently Clary and Simon are dating? they didn't make that clear until halfway through the book. Also, Clary is still in love with Jace even after finding out he's her brother? isn't that kind of, well, gross? not to mention probably illegal? And Simon turns into a vampire a very long time after getting bitten in the first book? how does it take that long to turn?
Although several parts were interesting, I didn't get into this book as well as the first one, and even then I didn't really like the first one that much.

My Rating: 2 stars

11 November 2016

Fatal Frost by Nancy Mehl REVIEW


Following in her absentee father's footsteps in a law enforcement career, US Marshal Mercy Brennan has just recovered from being shot in the line of duty. And, unbeknownst to her, her father's recent reappearance in her life has put her in the sights of St. Louis's most powerful gang. Her boss assigns Deputy US Marshal Mark St. Laurent--Mercy's ex-boyfriend--to get her out of town until her safety can be guaranteed.
Unaware of the extent her boss and Mark have been keeping her in the dark, it isn't until a freak ice storm strands them at a remote location and out of contact with the district office that the full severity of their situation becomes clear. As the storm worsens, the forces of nature combine with a deadly enemy to put them in great danger. Can they survive long enough for help to arrive--if help is even coming at all?

My Thoughts:

Although this seems to be the typical police/mystery/gang book, I actually enjoyed it more than I thought I would, even though this isn't the genre I typically read.
Mercy is known as "Frosty the Snow Cop" because of her inability to open up to people in her life, which is why she broke up with Mark, and why she never forgave her father for leaving her family alone. Shortly after having lunch with her father, who tried to apologise for not being there for her when she needed it, Mercy finds out that her father was killed by a gang--and that he was killed for a piece of evidence to catch this gang. When the gang didn't find the evidence from her father, they started to target her, thinking that they would find it since she was his daughter. This forces her to go into hiding, which didn't actually do any good, since the gang found them stranded from a storm...
Although I did somewhat enjoy this book, I wouldn't be interested in reading the rest of this series whenever it comes out.

My Rating: 3 stars

**I received this book for free from Bethany House Publishers to review. Thank you!**