Crown of Midnight – Sarah J. Maas

Synopsis – 

“A line that should never be crossed is about to be breached.

It puts this entire castle in jeopardy—and the life of your friend.”

From the throne of glass rules a king with a fist of iron and a soul as black as pitch. Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become his Champion. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown. She hides her secret vigilantly; she knows that the man she serves is bent on evil.

Keeping up the deadly charade becomes increasingly difficult when Celaena realizes she is not the only one seeking justice. As she tries to untangle the mysteries buried deep within the glass castle, her closest relationships suffer. It seems no one is above questioning her allegiances—not the Crown Prince Dorian; not Chaol, the Captain of the Guard; not even her best friend, Nehemia, a foreign princess with a rebel heart.

Then one terrible night, the secrets they have all been keeping lead to an unspeakable tragedy. As Celaena’s world shatters, she will be forced to give up the very thing most precious to her and decide once and for all where her true loyalties lie… and whom she is ultimately willing to fight for.

Goodreads Rating – 4,52/5 stars 

Review – *Minor Spoilers*

I think that Throne of Glass is an excellent book, but Crown of Midnight was much better. Throne of Glass introduced that magical world and characters that we will learn to love and hate. In Crown of Midnight we start to see the darker sides of some characters, plot twists, cliffhangers and more mysteries come to the surface. 

This book took me on such an emotional roller coaster. I laughed, cried and threw the book across the room at times only to run to it and continue reading ( I’m not completely crazy…) 

Celaena is an amazing character who did annoy me at times with her childishness and naivety but as the book progresses she matures and will probably continue to mature as the series progresses. Chaol and Dorian are both awesome and I love them but I do prefer Chaol with Celaena just because Dorian seem to sweet and innocent ( think of a Lamb) and Celaena needs someone who will stand by her side and fight for what is right. 

The death in this book broke my heart into many little pieces and I really did not see it coming even if I did see the final cliffhanger revelation from the start of the book. If you have not started this series yet or if you didn’t like the first book and don’t want to continue, I urge you to read this because each book gets better and better. I would keep reading just so that I can finally see the King of Adarlan die because he deserves it. Plus Celaena is badass!

My rating –  4,5/5 stars

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The Isle of the Lost – Melissa de la Cruz

Goodreads Synopsis – 

Twenty years ago, all the evil villains were banished from the kingdom of Auradon and made to live in virtual imprisonment on the Isle of the Lost. The island is surrounded by a magical force field that keeps the villains and their descendants safely locked up and away from the mainland. Life on the island is dark and dreary. It is a dirty, decrepit place that’s been left to rot and forgotten by the world.

But hidden in the mysterious Forbidden Fortress is a dragon’s eye: the key to true darkness and the villains’ only hope of escape. Only the cleverest, evilest, nastiest little villain can find it…who will it be?

Maleficent, Mistress of the Dark: As the self-proclaimed ruler of the isle, Maleficent has no tolerance for anything less than pure evil. She has little time for her subjects, who have still not mastered life without magic. Her only concern is getting off the Isle of the Lost.

Mal: At sixteen, Maleficent’s daughter is the most talented student at Dragon Hall, best known for her evil schemes. And when she hears about the dragon’s eye, Mal thinks this could be her chance to prove herself as the cruelest of them all.

Evie: Having been castle-schooled for years, Evil Queen’s daughter, Evie, doesn’t know the ins and outs of Dragon Hall. But she’s a quick study, especially after she falls for one too many of Mal’s little tricks.

Jay: As the son of Jafar, Jay is a boy of many talents: stealing and lying to name a few. Jay and Mal have been frenemies forever and he’s not about to miss out on the hunt for the dragon’s eye.

Carlos: Cruella de Vil’s son may not be bravest, but he’s certainly clever. Carlos’s inventions may be the missing piece in locating the dragon’s eye and ending the banishment for good.

Mal soon learns from her mother that the dragon’s eye is cursed and whoever retrieves it will be knocked into a deep sleep for a thousand years. But Mal has a plan to capture it. She’ll just need a little help from her “friends.” In their quest for the dragon’s eye, these kids begin to realize that just because you come from an evil family tree, being good ain’t so bad.

Goodreads Rating – 3,90 stars 

Review – 

Disney fairy tales with all those happy-ever-afters play a big part in childhood, but have any of you ever wondered what happened to all those evil characters that did not end up with a happily ever after? This book tells you that just because your parents made mistakes, doesn’t mean the kids will and that in their own way the “good” can be cruel by stereotyping. 

Maleficent, Evil Queen, Jafar and Cruella de Vil all have children that are sent on this quest to retrieve the Dragon eye. Mal, Evie, Carlos and Jay are all suffering from an identity crisis, as they do not want to disappoint their parents, but are not sure that they want to be evil. The responsibility falls onto Maleficent’s talented daughter Mal (short for Maleficent, but needs to prove her worth of the name) to whisk away that Dragon’s Eye and get everyone of the island.

The book sounds great, and it is pretty good but seems a little childish. I read it in a day, and thought that it was ok. It was relatable but not much happened. The action was only in the last 50 pages and that was the only interesting part. The rest of it was us getting to know the characters, which was fine but a little dragged out. The blurb synopsis is too long and basically explains the whole book and leaves nothing new to find out. I would probably recommend this to younger readers 12 – 15.

Rating – 3,5/stars

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Obsidian – Jennifer L. Armentrout

Goodreads Synopsis –

Starting over sucks.

When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I’d pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring… until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.

And then he opened his mouth.

Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something… unexpected happens.

The hot alien living next door marks me.

You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon’s touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades.

If I don’t kill him first, that is.

Goodreads Rating  – 4,26/5 stars

Review –

I liked this book. It had a great plot line and I would give 5 stars to that alone, however the book did have a couple of faults in my opinion, for example the characters and the way they acted reminded me of Twilight. I don’t have anything strongly against Twilight, it’s just the fact that that ship has sailed so I was expecting something quirky and original. I loved J.L. Armentrout’s Dark Elements trilogy , due to her unique humour and witty sarcasm, but didn’t see much of it in this book.

I finally picked up this book because everyone was talking about it… correction, they were talking about Daemon Black. The brooding sexy next door neighbour of our protagonist. He was a good character if not extremely frustrating at times. His sister Dee was portrayed really well, and was such a likeable character that I was able to connect with her within the first couple of chapters.

J.L.Armentrout seems to be very good at portraying her Main characters as people who have experienced the loss of a parent(s). It comes across fairly often and seems to balance out the novel with it’s mixture of humour, teenage mischief and the supernatural.

The Main Character, Kat, seemed to annoy me at times because as we see oh so very often… the main character is a confused little girl who doesn’t know what she wants and seems to be thrust into a situation that she is not ready to handle and ends up with everyone bending over backwards to protect her, whilst she is still trying to figure out whether she wants to kiss Daemon or kill him.

Not the best book, but it is good and I would recommend it to everyone! unless you really hate Twilight…

My Rating – 3,5/ 5 stars

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Anna and the French Kiss – Stephanie Perkins

Goodreads Synopsis – 

Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris–until she meets Étienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, Étienne has it all…including a serious girlfriend.

But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss?

Goodreads Rating  – 4,10/5 stars

My Review – 

Many people start this book believing that it will be just another insta – love book with cheesy teen characters that have a perfect life and that everything is always easy and unrealistic for them. It is a cheesy book, but the romance is real. I mean this in the sense that the characters Anna and St Clair meet and a friendship blossoms. 

St Clair is the brooding type that has a creative mind and comes across as a little rude at times but overall is a very well developed character as you can really sink into his mind and feel his emotions and understand his thoughts. Anna annoyed me at times because she was handed everything on a silver platter yet she was never fully happy, even when everyone else around her was. 

This is a good easy read that one might read whilst lounging on the beach or curled up by the christmas fire. It is not an excellent book because it is fairly generic and sometimes the characters acted so stupid, but the truth of the matter is that teenagers often act stupid, so it is to be expected. 

My Rating  – 3,5 stars 

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The Young Elites – Marie Lu

Goodreads Synopsis – 

I am tired of being used, hurt, and cast aside.

Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever. A decade ago, the deadly illness swept through her nation. Most of the infected perished, while many of the children who survived were left with strange markings. Adelina’s black hair turned silver, her lashes went pale, and now she has only a jagged scar where her left eye once was. Her cruel father believes she is a malfetto, an abomination, ruining their family’s good name and standing in the way of their fortune. But some of the fever’s survivors are rumored to possess more than just scars—they are believed to have mysterious and powerful gifts, and though their identities remain secret, they have come to be called the Young Elites.

Teren Santoro works for the king. As Leader of the Inquisition Axis, it is his job to seek out the Young Elites, to destroy them before they destroy the nation. He believes the Young Elites to be dangerous and vengeful, but it’s Teren who may possess the darkest secret of all.

Enzo Valenciano is a member of the Dagger Society. This secret sect of Young Elites seeks out others like them before the Inquisition Axis can. But when the Daggers find Adelina, they discover someone with powers like they’ve never seen.

Adelina wants to believe Enzo is on her side, and that Teren is the true enemy. But the lives of these three will collide in unexpected ways, as each fights a very different and personal battle. But of one thing they are all certain: Adelina has abilities that shouldn’t belong in this world. A vengeful blackness in her heart. And a desire to destroy all who dare to cross her.

It is my turn to use. My turn to hurt.

Goodreads rating – 3,95/5 stars 

My Review – 

I really did not like this book, which is a shame as I have not read the legend trilogy and now am not to keen to pick it up.

I thought that the world building was weak, as was the world building and there was little to no character development. I didn’t like any of the characters, and they were portrayed so vaguely that I couldn’t connect with any of them even though I knew that I was supposed to sympathise with the protagonist Adelina but she just annoyed me. It was like Bella Swan meets America Singer with scarred face. Don’t know much about any of the characters as they all just blend into one.They were all meant to have different powers but I had no idea as to who was who and what powers they had because it was all so vague. The “missions” seemed useless and out of the blue.

Adelina was weak, boring and incredibly irritating, constantly whining about all of the “bad” things she has done and how terrible her life has been. She is s0 innocent and naive that we are supposed to sympathise with her but I just couldn’t.

 I should have flown through this book as I am usually a fairly fast reader, but it took me days to finish. I was so tempted to just put it down but I had a tinge of hope that it couldn’t be this boring and hoped that it would get better, however It didn’t. The ending wasn’t terrible though and I have to say that the best part of the book for me was the epilogue. 

My rating – 2/5 stars 

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Little Peach – Peggy Kern 


Goodreads Synopsis –

What do you do if you’re in trouble?

When Michelle runs away from her drug-addicted mother, she has just enough money to make it to New York City, where she hopes to move in with a friend. But once she arrives at the bustling Port Authority, she is confronted with the terrifying truth: she is alone and out of options.
Then she meets Devon, a good-looking, well-dressed guy who emerges from the crowd armed with a kind smile, a place for her to stay, and eyes that seem to understand exactly how she feels.
But Devon is not what he seems to be, and soon Michelle finds herself engulfed in the world of child prostitution where he becomes her “Daddy” and she his “Little Peach.” It is a world of impossible choices, where the line between love and abuse, captor and savior, is blurred beyond recognition.
This hauntingly vivid story illustrates the human spirit’s indomitable search for home, and one girl’s struggle to survive.
Goodreads Rating – 3,97/5 stars

My review –

In this book, Michelle runs away to New York to get away from her drug addict mother and her “creepy” boyfriend.  On arrival, she gets taken in by a called Devon who gives her food, buys her clothes and treats her with fatherly affection that both Michelle and I, as the reader, fall for. Even though I knew what this story was about, the author was able to make the reader fall into Devon’s trap and crave the “love and care” he was offering.

When Michelle meets Devon’s other girls – Kat and Baby – and finds herself caught up in the world of child prostitution and the comfort we sought with Devon dissapears just as she on as it appeared. I felt sympathy for all three of them but found a little bit of comfort when the author made them so strong, clever and sneaky individuals who were far more than just victims and understood that they were able to take care of themselves.

I want to say that is an excellent book… Which it is, but in the most terrible way. This shows the real brutality of our world. How children, young girls are thrust into prostitution of sorts at a young age as they have no other choice. This sugar – coats nothing. In the 200 or so pages you will understand all the gruesome details and see it through the eyes of a child. It is a difficult read, psychologically. However I would certainly recommend it.

My rating – 4/5 stars

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The Ruby Red Trilogy 


Goodreads Synopsis –

Gwyneth Shepherd’s sophisticated, beautiful cousin Charlotte has been prepared her entire life for traveling through time. But unexpectedly, it is Gwyneth, who in the middle of class takes a sudden spin to a different era!
Gwyneth must now unearth the mystery of why her mother would lie about her birth date to ward off suspicion about her ability, brush up on her history, and work with Gideon–the time traveler from a similarly gifted family that passes the gene through its male line, and whose presence becomes, in time, less insufferable and more essential. Together, Gwyneth and Gideon journey through time to discover who, in the 18th century and in contemporary London, they can trust.

Goodreads rating – 4,12/5 stars

My review –

This book was fast paced and extremly fun! Its great for anyone who has finished Cassandra Clare’s TMI series and needs something just as action packed. Whilst reading this book, I found myself thinking “I wish this would speed up and something interesting would happen” And managed to read it in one sitting. As this is the first book, there is a lot of descriptive writing for the world building but it’s done very well… And who doesn’t love a book set in london!? The Plot gets top points for constantly keeping me intrigued and not being completely generic.

The characters in the book were great. You can have a fantastic plot but terrible characters and the book will be ruined, however this is certainly not the case with this series. The main character grows up around this world, but she’s never really in the know about it, and shedoesn’t  jump straight into it, but is scared and confused which makes the book more relatable, as we often see characters being thrown into “supernatural” situations and becoming accustomed to it within 10 pages. So when Gwenyth, the protagonist is pushed into those situations she reacts in a normal human way.  It was refreshing to have a character that admits that she doesn’t understand her surroundings but that she’s willing to try snd learn. I liked that the main character wasn’t stereotypically”perfect” as she had flaws but was still considered a heroine, where as her cousin Charlotte was considered to be “perfect” but turned out to be a right….

The love interest was a little unoriginal but it was enjoyable and consists of a “plot twist” in the later books. It wasnt too chessy and boring, and no love triangles ( thank the Lord of Cheese) so it was yet another great aspect of this book!

My rating – 4/5 stars

Goodreads rating – 4,20

My review –

Sapphire Blue picks up right where Ruby Red leaves off as the entire series takes place in the space of a couple of weeks which is pretty cool. Since it is the sequel, I didn’t have too high expectations and wasn’t expecting it to live up to its predecessor. But I liked it even more that Ruby Red because of the great Character development  and awesome plot line!

I was flung back into the amazing humor and fast-paced plot. The characters were still enjoyable; and Gwenyth grew more of a backbone. In this book, Xemerius (a gargoyle/demon) comes into play and he was absolutely hilarious and the highlight of the novel as he wad able to make awkward sitautions amusing. My only issue was Gideon. He was so moody and treated Gwenyth badly which made me really frustrated. Sapphire blue left me craving for Emerald Green for so many reasons!

My rating – 4,5/5 stars

Goodreads Rating – 4,21/5 stars

My review –

The pace started out slow which put me off reading this for a while, but once things got going they never slacked, and so many secrets were uncovered that I just couldn’t stop reading!

I was very satisfied with the character development—before starting it, I worried that Kerstin Gier would brush over important details about the minor characters but she didnt as each and every character was portrayed excellently.
Overall, I didn’t enjoy Emerald Green quite as much as Sapphire Blue. Emerald Green was a good conclusion to an epic series; it was a little rushed towards the end and their was a little bit of insta – love but overall it was a very enjoyable series that kept me both entertained and  amused throughout all three books.

My rating – 3,5 stars

Overall Series Rating -4/5 stars

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Stand Alone Recommendations 2015

  1. Soundless by Richelle Mead 

2) The Wrath and the Dawn – Renee Ahdieh 

3) Eleanor & Park – Rainbow Rowell 

4) Simon v. the Homo Sapiens Agenda – Becky Albertalli

5) When – Victoria Laurie 

6) Made you up – Francesca Zappia 

7) Me and Earl and the Dying Girl – Jesse Andrews

8) Between Shades of Grey – Ruta Sepetys 

9) All the Bright Places – Jennifer Niven 

 

10) Little Peach – Peggy Kern 

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The Christmas Book Tag! 


–  This tag was created by ThatArtsyReaderGirl! Thank you to BooksaRica for tagging me to do this! It was a lot of fun.

1) “All I want for Christmas Is You” – Name your favourite bookish couple. 

 

Layla and Roth… Need I say more! ❤️

2) “I’ll be Home for Christmas” – Name a book where a character is away from home ( school, vacation, etc) 

 

Who wants to go to a boarding school in Paris and meet St. Clair?

3) “Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas” – Name your favourite “little” book (Children’s book, short story, novella, etc;)


Warner… That’s perfection right there!

4) “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” – What book(s) do you hope Santa brings you this year? 

 

Must complete my Cassandra Clare collection!


This is self explanatory, can’t wait to read this!

5) “Rudolph the Red – Nosed Reindeer” – Which book turned your nose red (made you cry)

 

6) “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” – What’s your favourite book to read during the holidays?


7) “We Three Kings” – What’s your favourite trilogy? 

 

8) “Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow” – Which character would you not mind being snowed in with? 

   


9) ” Last Christmas” – Which book seriously let you down? 

 

10) “White Christmas” – Which upcoming release are you dreaming of? 


I LOVE THE FIRST TWO BOOKS IN THIS SERIES! CAN’T WAIT FOR THIS TO COME OUT!

I tag – Becca and Books and Dat Little Blog 

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All the Bright Places – Jennifer Niven 

  
Goodreads Synopsis – 

Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him.

 Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death.

 When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the “natural wonders” of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself—a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink.

This is an intense, gripping novel perfect for fans of Jay Asher, Rainbow Rowell, John Green, Gayle Forman, and Jenny Downham from a talented new voice in YA, Jennifer Niven. 

My Review –

This book really touches upon heavy topics. It’s about a mental illness that drives someone to the brink of suicide. The author creates this character, Finch, who is so alive, real and spontaneous yet he is running away from his problems and wS ready to give it all up. I absolutely loved him. I felt a huge connection to Finch. He made the novel so personal and relatable as I’m sure many people out there have witnessed or experienced first hand the effects and struggles of depression. 

  

The novel is also about Violet, who’s suffering from PTSD after losing her sister. Both Violet and Finch want to die, but then they don’t want to die, they simply want to escape their problems and cannot see a solution. Suicide is the main theme of the novel and its heavy but beautifully portrayed. The two characters meet on a tower and both want to jump off yet they realise that they are not completely alone. 

The book broke my heart because the reality is that people really do hide their feelings because they think that nobody will understand. If someone is suffering from a mental disorder they should get help, difficult as it may be to believe, there are people out there that care. Mental disorders are just as serious as physical disorders and should be addressed by a professional, there is nothing degrading or embarrassing about asking for help. 
The thing that really drew me in was the portrayal of characters. They felt so real, they capture the reality of bent a teenager and the emotional roller coaster that they endure. It captures anger. It captures heartache. It captures loss. It captures the fear of the future. This book showed me that no matter how bizarre someone’s problems, emotions, circumstances, etc may be to you, they are still very real and they should never be ignored or dismissed.

My rating – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 

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