Book Review

Review: Glitter (Glitter #1) by Aprilynne Pike

Glitter

 

Rating: ☆☆☆
Audience: YA, touch of language, some violence/abuse, a love scene, kissing scenes
Length: 384 pages
Author: Aprilynne Pike
Publisher: Random House Books
Release Date: October 25th, 2016
Image & Other Reviews on: Goodreads

DRUG-FUELED ROYALS.

I didn’t finish reading this book satisfied. The concept wasn’t as accomplished as it could’ve been. Or maybe I didn’t find it interesting that Danica was a drug Queen to everyone she knows [without them knowing].

The story played out the same as most. Evil King caught in a bind, a nobody girl who rises in power and a third-party guy who she’s actually in to.

I did find it unique and strange that this group of people live in the palace, Versailles, like it’s the norm. That’s an odd thing to happen, but what if it did happen? This was probably the part I liked best.

The conclusion was seen from a mile away and I found it hard to like most of the characters. Everyone is very self-involved and I was missing the empathy and compassion from a full-fledged personality.

A young adult book, with occasional “adult” phrasing (lots of mentions of breasts and decolletage). One love scene — vaguely detailed — and a few kiss scenes here and there.

 

 

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Review: Mirage (Mirage #1) by Somaiya Daud

Mirage

 

Rating: ☆☆☆☆
Audience: YA, no language, a few kiss scenes, some violence
Length: 320 pages
Author: Somaiya Daud
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Release Date: [expected] August 28th, 2018
Image & Other Reviews on: Goodreads

THEY WERE ON A MOON.

The first thing that made me excited was this fact. That’s so cool. And so different!! It reminded me to a degree of the Red Rising series with the sci-fi esque pieces of this novel. I love when authors take risks and explore cultures and worlds that aren’t often seen!

I loved the depth of the main characters. Amani maintained who she was during all the uproar. Maram had a lovely character arc, and the author left a solid suspense for the second book. Idris was totally adorable and the story between him and Amani is precious and sweet.

The story flowed well as I discovered the world Daud built. There was the right touch of drama that actually let you feel for the characters rather than wondering why there was too much going on. The action scenes weren’t huge, but were written well. There was a larger focus on the politics of Ziyaana [the palace] and how Amani was able to navigate as a body double. Though, unlike some stories the politics enhanced the story rather than took away. You weren’t stuck reading drawn-out council meetings.

They’re aspects of religion throughout the book. It is a guiding factor for different tribes and I thought it was very well done. Nothing was in your face, but you understood the importance of their God to them. It guided their choices and gave more of a background into what characters actions were occurring and better yet, why they were happening.

True YA, no language [which is awesome]. A few kiss scenes that are sweet and appropriate. Some violence, but nothing gruesome.

Thank you to Netgalley and Flatiron Books for the digital ARC!

 

 

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Review: The Last Namsara (Iskari #1) by Kristen Ciccarelli

The Last Namsara

Rating: ☆☆☆☆.5
Audience: YA, one curse word, violence, minor kiss scenes
Length: 432 pages
Author: Kristen Ciccarelli
Publisher: Harper Teen
Release Date: October 3rd, 2017
Image & Other Reviews on: Goodreads

DRAGONS.

I already love the movie How to Train Your Dragon. And I imagine every one of those dragons like Toothless haha (though okay, they were described as a lot more ‘intense/scary’).

Toothless

All the dragons aside, this book had me hooked. It had all the components that make a solid series starter.

I appreciated that Asha could hold her own, slaying dragons, and watching out for her family. Her love story wasn’t a true given, and not insta-love. This made the conversation stand out more as I kept trying to figure out how it would all end.

Plenty of betrayal and horrid Gaston-like characters. I was plenty enraged by the twists and turns, most things worked out at least.

Gaston
Accurate image of Jarek.

There could be some more backstory for a few characters, but I think that’s going to open up in the second book based on the ending.

Having to hold in a spoiler that would mess with your soul, so if you’ve read it, DM me on Instagram!

One curse word, and some violence [non-gory]. A few minor kiss scenes that stay in the appropriate realm for younger audiences. Very clean book in my mind!

 

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Review: And I Darken (The Conqueror’s Saga #1) by Kiersten White

And I Darken

 

Rating: ☆☆☆
Audience: YA, no language, some detail-y kissing scenes, violence
Length: 475pages
Author: Kiersten White
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Release Date: June 28th, 2016
Image & Other Reviews on: Goodreads

 

WAY TOO LONG.

My thoughts and feelings are all over the place for this book. The main issue stands with the fact that this book did not need to be almost 500 pages. It took away from the action and conversations (which if you smashed together, make it more interesting).

I was intrigued from the beginning and thought these characters are dark. Cruel, conniving, and brutal, they set themselves apart from most YA books.

The focus was then dragged away for way too many pages. Pumped with politics, and who was fighting who (seriously, couldn’t keep up sometimes). I wanted more action. More Lada actually in battle, because she’s insane, and I LOVED that. The pulls from history were great, and made me curious as to the real history (the author notes she took some liberties with the historical figures, etc.).

I also got lost with sooooo many side characters. I mean, whoa. I had to flip back occasionally to remind myself who was speaking.

Overall, one dark and brooding book. I have sat on it for awhile (saw mixed reviews), and I understand why. It’s a book you’ll love or hate. And there’s nothing wrong with that!

No language, some of the detail-y-ish kissing scenes read more adult, but truly isn’t crazy detailed. Definitely some violence, but nothing gruesome.

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Review: A Court of Frost and Starlight (ACOTAR #3.1) by Sarah J. Maas

ACOFAS

 

Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆
Audience: New Adult, descriptive love scenes, language, some violence
Length: 224 pages
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Release Date: May 1st, 2018
Image & Other Reviews on: Goodreads

IS IT REALLY OVER?

I am SJM trash y’all. I can’t even. Ah, I love her writing. I love this world. I love it all.

Getting to be with these characters all over again, and after the war, tore my heart to pieces. Everyone struggling with their own PTSD was high-lighted poignantly and beautifully by the multiple POVs. I loved getting to read from just about every member of The Court of Dreams. Knowing their struggles and triumphs made even the highest Fae, human.

Emotions ran raw, and had me feeling so much. Feyre showed the power of creativity and allowing ourselves to create in whatever form to help cope with loss and tragedy.

I am consistently in awe at the end of her books at the way the stories wash over my soul. I will probably re-read this before I can even pick up another book because I am always in a book slump after reading one of these.

Also, pumped for the next books coming in this series. I really enjoyed the bonus sneak peak. While some of my previous assumptions were right, I definitely don’t know quite where this next story will lead. They’re are some good cornerstones that will supply another endless love for these new POVs.

Language (including f-words), and some good ol’ love between Rhys & Feyre (because, of course, so this shouldn’t be a spoiler). Remembrance of the violence that had taken place in previous books.

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Review: Things I’d Rather Do Than Die by Christine Hurley Deriso

Things I'd Rather Do Than Die

 

Rating: ☆☆.5
Audience: Teen, quite a bit of language, a few kisses, minor violence
Length: 300 pages
Author: Christine Hurley Deriso
Publisher: Flux
Release Date: September 18th, 2018
Image & Other Reviews on: Goodreads

SAVE THE DRAMA…for someone else’s Mama.

My biggest issue with this book was that it tried too hard. Every page was filled with trying to add more to the story when it was already brimmed to bursting with this and that thing happening.

When I took the story between Ethan and Jade for just their story, I thought it was cute. Maybe a bit rushed, but I could see the goodness of them.

The Christian aspects also felt very forced. While it started off as the beginning of their ‘relationship’ by discussing all things religious, from there it drifted in and out of the book at random times. As if to keep including it, but I didn’t think it played that big of a part in the story.

The book is written in a young style, but the addition of a lot of language takes that away. They’re a few kisses here and there, and no love scenes. Some violence in the beginning.

Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher, Flux, for the digital ARC! Page counts, and date of publication are subject to change.

 

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Review: Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orisha #1) by Tomi Adeyemi

Children of Blood and Bone

 

Rating: ☆☆☆.5
Audience: YA+, no language, a few kisses, a ‘love’ scene, some violence
Length: 525 pages
Author: Tomi Adeyemi
Publisher: Henry Holt
Release Date: March 6th, 2018
Image & Other Reviews on: Goodreads

 

A WILD RIDE.

I feel like some books benefit from starting off in a ‘high action’ way and continuing on that path before slowing down, and this is one of those cases. Children of Blood and Bone takes off from the first chapter and buckles you in for an adventure.

I loved having multiple POVs (though definitely want Tzain in there next time *cough cough*). It added to the story and helped straighten out thoughts and feelings of the embattled characters.

The ladies carry themselves and all the sword slashing and magic wielding kept me on my toes. I finished this much faster than I thought I was going too. All of the positive reviews didn’t lie!

And the ending. Whoa, I mean WHAT. I was torn in two, because my loves weren’t going along with what I wanted haha. This aside, because it created a lead into the second book that I know will be so so good.

Side note, I wanted to have a pet Lionaire like Nailah from the first page I met her. WHO DOESN’T WANT A LION WITH HORNS? The creativity in that alone had me gushing.

Truly a young adult book. No language, a few kisses. A scene that can be interpreted as a love scene (but is so vague that it’s still a clean book). A lot of violence and torture.