6.18.2018

Review: Beast a Tale of Love and Revenge by Lisa Jensen

Beast: A Tale of Love and Revenge by Lisa Jensen

Filled with magic and fierce emotion, Lisa Jensen's multilayered novel will make you question all you think you know about beauty, beastliness, and happily ever after.

They say Château Beaumont is cursed. But servant-girl Lucie can’t believe such foolishness about handsome Jean-Loup Christian Henri LeNoir, Chevalier de Beaumont, master of the estate. But when the chevalier's cruelty is revealed, Lucie vows to see him suffer. A wisewoman grants her wish, with a spell that transforms Jean-Loup into monstrous-looking Beast, reflecting the monster he is inside. But Beast is nothing like the chevalier. Jean-Loup would never patiently tend his roses; Jean-Loup would never attempt poetry; Jean-Loup would never express remorse for the wrong done to Lucie. Gradually, Lucie realizes that Beast is an entirely different creature from the handsome chevalier, with a heart more human than Jean-Loup’s ever was. Lucie dares to hope that noble Beast has permanently replaced the cruel Jean-Loup — until an innocent beauty arrives at Beast’s château with the power to break the spell.
Review: I have read so many different retelling's of Beauty and the Beast seeing how it is one of my all time favorite fairy tales so of course I had to jump at the chance to read Beast: A Tale of Love and Revenge, I mean look at the title, that alone captured my interest, not to mention that beautiful cover which fits perfectly with the dark almost brothers grimm-esque type of tale you will find inside the pages of this beauty which Lisa Jensen has created.

When I went into this book I did not expect the direction in which it went. I expected a Belle (in this case Rose) and a Prince turned Beast but what I didn't expect was Lucie, I knew going in this would be a tale told from the perspective of someone else but still, Lucie surprised me, this was as much her story as it was the Beasts, not the prince (or in this case Lord Beaumont) but the Beasts, and I'll leave it at that I don't want to give any spoilers.

It took me about a week to finish the novel, I'm not sure how to explain it correctly but it was a very quiet novel, you are stuck inside Lucie's head the whole time while she is observing one person for majority of the book. It's not the most fast paced book, actually it moved rather slow but it was interesting but slow and quiet. In other words this book is not everyone's cup of tea. If you are okay with dark, gloomy reads this might be for you, I personally liked it even though I am used to fast paced action packed type of books and maybe that is because I grew to really care for Lucie and I was hell bent on knowing how things work out for her in the end, along with Beast.

Trigger warning: There is rape in this book.




6.15.2018

Review: War Storm by Victoria Aveyard

War Storm by Victoria Aveyard




Mare Barrow learned this all too well when Cal’s betrayal nearly destroyed her. Now determined to protect her heart—and secure freedom for Reds and newbloods like her—Mare resolves to overthrow the kingdom of Norta once and for all… starting with the crown on Maven’s head.

But no battle is won alone, and before the Reds may rise as one, Mare must side with the boy who broke her heart in order to defeat the boy who almost broke her. Cal’s powerful Silver allies, alongside Mare and the Scarlet Guard, prove a formidable force. But Maven is driven by an obsession so deep, he will stop at nothing to have Mare as his own again, even if it means demolishing everything—and everyone—in his path.


War is coming, and all Mare has fought for hangs in the balance. Will victory be enough to topple the Silver kingdoms? Or will the little lightning girl be forever silenced?


In the epic conclusion to Victoria Aveyard’s stunning series, Mare must embrace her fate and summon all her power… for all will be tested, but not all will survive.

Review: I have no words. Which is never a good thing. I loved the Red Queen and I really liked Glass Sword but I almost wish I hadn't because than I would have stopped the series there and never would have had to deal with the last two books in the series. After the frustration which was King's Cage I was really hoping War Storm would redeem the series for me but the last and final book dragged, it was such a slow read for me, it took me over three weeks to finish it.

Red Queen is the first series in a long time where by the end of it I didn't care for any of the characters that I loved in the first book, although I did find myself oddly rooting for Maven towards the last few chapters of War Storm, mainly because of how much I couldn't stand Mare and Cal anymore.

The book was unnecessarily long and the way it ended I just found it all to be so anti-climatic, in the end I was just pissed over 650 some odd pages and that was it?!?! yeah I'm still irritated about it. I invested so much time in this series for THAT!?!

Now as far as point of views go I was bored out of my mind with Iris, no one cares about her she wasn't relevant why not just have given all that extra space to Maven. On the bright side there was Evangeline, I loved her after War Storm sadly the only character I loved after this entire series, anyhow she was a nice surprise.

This wasn't so much of a review as it was me trying to put my thoughts together and not give any spoilers. So far this has been the most disappointing read of 2018 for me mainly because I still had high hopes for War Storm and really wanted to end this series on a good note actually loving Mare and Cal again but instead it has left me with no closure, frustrated and annoyed to where I'm ready to donate these books because I know I will never want to read them again. I know harsh but that is how I feel.


4.13.2018

Review: The Queen's Rising by Rebecca Ross

The Queen's Rising by Rebecca Ross



When her seventeenth summer solstice arrives, Brienna desires only two things: to master her passion and to be chosen by a patron.

Growing up in the southern Kingdom of Valenia at the renowned Magnalia House should have prepared her for such a life. While some are born with an innate talent for one of the five passions—art, music, dramatics, wit, and knowledge—Brienna struggled to find hers until she belatedly chose to study knowledge. However, despite all her preparations, Brienna’s greatest fear comes true—the solstice does not go according to plan and she is left without a patron.

Months later, her life takes an unexpected turn when a disgraced lord offers her patronage. Suspicious of his intent, and with no other choices, she accepts. But there is much more to his story, and Brienna soon discovers that he has sought her out for his own vengeful gain. For there is a dangerous plot being planned to overthrow the king of Maevana—the archrival kingdom of Valenia—and restore the rightful queen, and her magic, to the northern throne. And others are involved—some closer to Brienna than she realizes.

With war brewing between the two lands, Brienna must choose whose side she will remain loyal to—passion or blood. Because a queen is destined to rise and lead the battle to reclaim the crown. The ultimate decision Brienna must determine is: Who will be that queen? 

Review:  I read this book well over a month ago and I still remember every bit of it in great detail and I'm sure that has something to do with the exceptionally beautiful writing done by Rebecca Ross. It's been a while since I've come across something original in the YA Fantasy genre and Ross managed to do just that, she has created a unique plot with some really interesting characters.

Brienna was a fantastic MC, she was flawed, she faced hardships and she overcame through perseverance, hard not to love someone so relatable and the whole time I was rooting for her, she had heart and a bravery that was something to be admired of. I loved seeing her grow as a character and really come into her own.

I really enjoyed the first half of the book which concentrated on Brienna at school with her passion sisters learning her passion but I truly didn't fall in love until the book takes a turn and Brienna has to separate from her passion sisters, that's when things get very interesting and the book turns into a full-blown page turner that I did not want to put down. There was danger, secrets, rebels and just one hell of a storyline.

The way it ended I thought it would be a standalone but I see that on goodreads this is a series, so I'm really hoping the next books instead of focusing on Brienna since it seemed like her story wrapped up rather nicely that maybe each book will be about one of her passion sisters, I am rather curious about the rest of the girls and their story.

Overall The Queen's Rising was an amazing debut novel and I can't wait to see what Ross has in store for us in future books.


3.06.2018

Review: Everless by Sara Holland

Everless by Sara Holland



In the kingdom of Sempera, time is currency—extracted from blood, bound to iron, and consumed to add time to one’s own lifespan. The rich aristocracy, like the Gerlings, tax the poor to the hilt, extending their own lives by centuries.

No one resents the Gerlings more than Jules Ember. A decade ago, she and her father were servants at Everless, the Gerlings’ palatial estate, until a fateful accident forced them to flee in the dead of night. When Jules discovers that her father is dying, she knows that she must return to Everless to earn more time for him before she loses him forever.

But going back to Everless brings more danger—and temptation—than Jules could have ever imagined. Soon she’s caught in a tangle of violent secrets and finds her heart torn between two people she thought she’d never see again. Her decisions have the power to change her fate—and the fate of time itself. 

Review:  I finished Everless days ago and I have been sitting here wondering how in the hell to review the book because I feel it is impossible to really talk about it without giving away all the plot twists so this review will be short but full of reasons on why you need this book in your life all at the same time.

Everless was everything I love in YA Fantasy, great writing, well-developed complex characters, swoon worthy moments, unpredictability and oh lord the plot twists that had my heart racing the whole damn time. That is Everless summed up. Oh and by the way have you seen that gorgeous cover!

Jules is the type of heroine I like to read about. The girl has been through a lot, she lives in a world where blood is time and people if desperate enough use it for currency. Due to unfortunate circumstances, Jules ends up in Everless a place she knows far too well and a place where she is in more danger than she can even imagine. I loved Jules she wasn't weak and always had her priorities straight and was one determined girl.

Okay right off the bat no love triangle!!! Yay! When I started the book I was sure on how the romance was going to play out and with whom but plot twist and I wasn't so sure then more plot twist and I was like well damn I smell a love triangle coming soon and then more plot twist and I was rest assured no love triangle. Needless to say, I was relieved because a fantasy book as amazing as Everless does not need to be bogged down by any unnecessary love triangle. Now the romance that is on the horizon between Jules and the love interest has me really excited because I love slow burn romances and that is what this is going to be from what I can tell and at first I didn't like the guy but holy hell this guy has so many layers that I am just dying to peel back. He is one of those characters that is definitely more than what they seem and I can't wait for Jules to fall hard for him because I'm already falling.

There are so many characters worthy of talking about but impossible to do so without giving away spoilers. Just know Sara Holland knows how to create complex characters and characters who are very hard to forget.

The world building was done very well. I never felt lost or felt that anything was rushed. Holland really throws us deep into the world in the most entertaining of ways possible. I honestly did not want to leave I felt like I was a part of it living through Jules eyes.

For someone who reads a ton of fantasy books I usually always know how things are going to play out and it takes a lot to make me stumble and Holland made me trip over myself repeatedly. It is one of the most unpredictable books I have read in the genre in a long time. I did suspect a thing or two but I was never a hundred percent sure. There are some things I didn't even see coming whatsoever and I am still stunned. The book ends in a huge cliffhanger which has me dying for the next book.





2.19.2018

Review: Love Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed

Love Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed



A searing #OwnVoices coming-of-age debut in which an Indian-American Muslim teen confronts Islamophobia and a reality she can neither explain nor escape--perfect for fans of Angie Thomas, Jacqueline Woodson, and Adam Silvera.

American-born seventeen-year-old Maya Aziz is torn between worlds. There’s the proper one her parents expect for their good Indian daughter: attending a college close to their suburban Chicago home, and being paired off with an older Muslim boy her mom deems “suitable.” And then there is the world of her dreams: going to film school and living in New York City—and maybe (just maybe) pursuing a boy she’s known from afar since grade school, a boy who’s finally falling into her orbit at school.

There’s also the real world, beyond Maya’s control. In the aftermath of a horrific crime perpetrated hundreds of miles away, her life is turned upside down. The community she’s known since birth becomes unrecognizable; neighbors and classmates alike are consumed with fear, bigotry, and hatred. Ultimately, Maya must find the strength within to determine where she truly belongs. 
Review: I knew the moment I saw Love Hate & Other Filters I had to have it. Even though I am not Muslim I was an Indian-American teenager growing up during the time when 9/11 happened and I had quite a few  Muslim Indian-American friends as well whom I saw having to deal with the backlash that came after the terrorist act along with people who weren't Muslim but looked a certain way. All I have to say is that Samira Ahmed did this book justice with the powerful and bold story she told about Maya Aziz and  Love Hate & Other Filters is a very important read especially with all that is going on in our society.

I adored Maya she is stuck between wanting to live her life and the life her parents want for her. It was surreal how well I could relate to her. Maya was a very strong character that you can't help but love and respect, she knows what she wants out of life and wasn't about to compromise on her dreams. In the midst of trying to figure her future out Maya, being the only Indian-American Muslim girl in her school also had to deal with a lot of racism and stereotypes and damn it if my heart did not feel for her. It was so gut-wrenching to see everything that she went through while also bringing up personal memories for me as well.

One thing I wasn't a fan of was the romance and in this case the unnecessary love triangle, I really wasn't feeling it at all. I liked the guy she ended up with but felt the book focused too much time on the romance.

Samira Ahmed has written a riveting coming of age tale about a girl growing up in a world where she has to fight for her right to live her dreams and it is a must-read. I also feel Love Hate & Other Filters will be a great conversation starter as well.


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