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Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Review: A Court of Thorns and Ross by Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Thorns and Roses

By Sarah J. Maas

Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's

Publication Date: May 5th 2015

Source: personal copy

Rating: 5 of 5 stars!

First off let it be know that Sarah J. Maas is my favorite author. I first started reading her work a week after A Throne of Glass came out and have been following her ever since.  I was very excited when I heard she was making another series (Throne of Glass and A Court of Thorns and Roses are separate series), Sarah did not disappoint.

Maas spins a tale of faerie lore when Feyre is coerced into the Fey world by a beast threating her life. She later realizes he is a powerful faerie named Tamlin who's actions she cannot seem to understand. Feyre is a bit more concerned with learning to stay alive in a world that turns one's instincts against them to deduce the reasons for his actions, actions that will transform her life again.

As always, Sarah J. Maas transports readers though her wonderful uses of imagery and keeps you on the edge of you seat right with the characters. Each time something new is revealed connections to past events are realized making the book so entirely real even in the realm of fantasy.

Don't miss the second installment A Court of Mist and Fury out May 3rd 2016

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Review: The 5th Wave by Rick Yancy

The 5th Wave

by Rick Yancy

Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers

Publication Date: May 7th, 2013

Source: Personal Copy

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Rick Yancy's, The 5th Wave, was a wonderfully creative book transporting you to very real life senarios in his fictitious post-apocalyptic world. I hope to hell and back the events (or any even remotely similar) will stay fictitious because I do not ever want to go through the trials his characters face.

The title, The 5th Wave, gives you a pretty big hint of the point in time you start the novel but of course with this being a big alien attack and all, 5th wave means the humans have been bested a total of four times already and now it time for round number five. It is like a big game of Russian Roulettte pitting humans verses aliens but that would be to fair so imagine aliens being immune to bullets or better yet, bullets are an important part of their nutrition. Okay back on topic, main character Cassie has been incredibly lucky, or unlucky depending on how you look at it, to have survived the first four waves with her dad and little brother along side her. Between the fourth and five wave she loses them but she might have a chance at getting her brother back, she promised she would come for him, promises are all she has left. In searching for her little brother Cassie is faced with uncomfortable truths and unfathomable betrayals.

The 5th Wave was very enjoyable but I must warn that it does start out a bit slow, which helps to convey Cassie's new reality, stick with it and you will be glad you did.


Monday, January 25, 2016

Review: An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes, #1)

An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes 1)

by Sabaa Tahir

Publisher: Razorbill

Publication Date: April 28th, 2015

Source: Personal Copy

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

I have to start out mentioning that I was debating between 4 and 5 stars (5's almost never happen, unless your Sarah J. Maas), that's how good it is. I have a feeling the next one will be a 5 so we can stick with 4. I completely recommend this book and REALLY want the next!

When Laia's brother, her last family member alive, is framed for treason she will do anything to get him back. Trading safety for shackles, Laia is tasked with spying in the Martial Empire's best military academy. Just looking at these beasts wrong will get you earn you a painful death, but when they find out who she really is... Her greatest ally inside the walls is Elias, the star student of the school. They both have a common goal, freedom. Will it be Laia or the Empire that burns?


Review: Wandering Star by Romina Russell

Wandering Star (Zodiac 2)

by Romina Russell

Publisher: Razorbill

Publication Date: Dec. 8th, 2015

Source: Personal Copy

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

The series Zodiac continues in this second installment. Rhoma Grace is struggling to deal with the fall out of leading an armada that failed killing hundreds including one of the people most special to her. Rho is so riddled with guilt she cannot trust herself but a time when her guidance and leadership will be needed is fast approaching. To survive Rho must stand tall with the weight of the universe once again on her shoulders as she navigates the treacherous Galaxy filled with shocking revelations and devastating outcomes.

Russell takes you on a Rhoma's journey as she tries to once again find her center and be at peace with herself. I had hoped for a little more spice in the story but while it's not as jam-packed with action as Zodiac, Wandering Star advances the series in ways that cannot be missed. By the end of the book you will be looking to the stars at home while trying to solve the problems to Rho's Galaxy and to save them yourself.


Review: Zodiac by Romina Russell

Zodiac (Zodiac 1)

by Romina Russell

Publisher: Razorbill

Publication Date: Dec. 9th, 2014

Source: Personal Copy

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

In Romina Russell's Zodiac the zodiac signs are not just the constellations you were born under or the horoscope you read for kicks. Your astrological sign is part of your life force, your home. It's no surprise that when the House of Cancer's moon crash into the home planet the whole galaxy is sent into uproar. Young Rhoma Grace with her unique ways of reading the stars is thrust into the leadership position of Cancer's Guardian and charged with protecting it's citizens but when she see's danger among the stars no one listens. Read Zodiac for a unique new look at astrological signs and to watch as Rhoma fights to save world when the universe is against her.


Review: They Call Me Alexandra Gastone by T.A. Maclagan

They Call Me Alexandra Gastone

by T.A. Maclagan

Publisher: Full Fathom Five

Publication Date: May 20, 2015

Source: Net Galley

Rating: 4 of 5 stars

When your life is a lie, how do you know what’s real? Alexandra Gastone has a simple plan: graduate high school, get into Princeton, work for the CIA, and serve her great nation. She was told the plan back when her name was Milena Rokva, back before the real Alexandra and her family were killed in a car crash. Milena was trained to be a sleeper agent by Perun, a clandestine organization from her true homeland of Olissa. There, Milena learned everything she needed to infiltrate the life of CIA analyst Albert Gastone, Alexandra’s grandfather, and the ranks of America’s top intelligence agency. For seven years, “Alexandra” has been on standby and life’s been good. Grandpa Albert loves her, and her strategically chosen boyfriend, Grant, is amazing. But things are about to change. Perun no longer needs her at the CIA in five years’ time. They need her active now. Between her cover as a high school girl—juggling a homecoming dance, history reports, and an increasingly suspicious boyfriend—and her mission in this high-stakes spy game, the boundaries of her two lives are beginning to blur. Will she stay true to the country she barely remembers, or has her loyalty shattered along with her identity?

Born as Milena Rokova but living as Alexandra Gastone, Alex doesn't have a true place in the would and yearns for love, love she actually deserves, love she hasn't stolen. Alex isn't the only one keeping secrets though and it is hard to find a single truth in a world of lies.

Wattpad's Publish Worthy Titles

Okay I hope you know what Wattpad is if not, shame on you! Wattpad is an app/website that regular ol' people like you and me can use to write and read stories for free. Some of books even get pick up for publishing. I have my own list of favorite works on my profile but here are just a few that are worthy of being published.
The Gladiator Series by @Tall_Girl
Gladiator of Rome
In this awesome historical fiction we follow the story of Gladiator Krista during her trials in the arena and her yearning for freedom. I do not want to give it all away so click on the link above and start reading. The series is complete so you will not be kept waiting and by the end you will be left wondering if something like to tale of Krista could have really happened.

12 Seconds by @Tall_Girl
Once again @Tall_Girl has drawn me in. In 12 Seconds follow the Marine Jules as she rediscovers her self five years after an explosion while deployed in Afghanistan. The catch, Jules suffered terrible memory loss and is not even aware she was a Marine, let alone one of the best. She may not remember her past but her past remembers her.

Love at First Letter by @MegaanNicolee
Love at First Letter
After the death of both of her parents in the service Hazel Tate has run from all things military. Between the young authors book signings and writing she some how she finds her self replying to a random letter from a soldier. Find out if her heart is strong enough to overcome her fear and let this man and the military back in.

Dear Emmett by @JasmineTheDreamer
Dear Emmett
Most people look at teen pregnancy's as a curse but maybe in this one case it was fate.

Do you have any other favorites? Comment them down below!