TBRs and Wrap Ups

April TBR and March Wrap Up

So this month I read less than I wanted to due to spring break and shows. But here is what I read and almosr all of the reviews will be posted either this weekend or next!

Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare- I gave this book a 5 out of 5 stars, I finished this in Maech,but started at the very end of February. I thought the stories were so much fun and I loved all the characters so much!

The Shade of the Moon by Susan Beth Pfeffer- I gave this book a 5 out of 5 stars. It was the conclusion the the Last Survivors series. It was fast paced and a great conclusion.

This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab- I gave this book a 4 out of 5 stars. I enjoyed it a lot, but the world building wasn’t that great. I’m excited for the second one in the sereies.

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard- I gave this book a 4 out of 5 stars. I enjoyed it, but it wasn’t as fast paced as I wanted.

Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard- I gave this book a 4 out of 5 stars again just cause it wasn’t as fast paced.

King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard-I gave this book a 4 out of 5 stars as well.  I loved it, but the last 150 pages or so dragged on. (review will be up Sunday)

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stepahanie Perkins- I gave this book a 5 out of 5 stars! I enjoyed it a lot and it was such a cute contemporary. Review will be up Monday.

Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins- I gave this book a 5 out of 5 stars too! I really enjoyed it and again such a cute contemporary. Review will be up Tuesday!

Nothing Less by Anna Todd- I’m currently reading, but review will be up next weekend!

 

So now for my April TBR. I didn’t read as much as I wanted to so some of my books from my last TBR will be here.  So I’m planning to finish Nothing Less by Anna Todd for sure! I’m also going to read Bad Blood by Jennifer Lynn Barnes.  Ugly Love, Hopeless, Losing Hope, Finding Cinderella, Maybe Someday, Maybe Not, Novemeber 9, Confess, Never, Never 1, Never, Never 2, Never, Never 3, Slammed, Point of Retreat, This Girl, and finally It Ends With Us all by Colleen Hoover. That’s a lot of books, but since Colleen Hoover is a pretty addicting author and some of these books are like novellas it shouldn’t be too bad.

Let me know what you’re planning on reading in the comments!

Until Next Time,

Alex

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King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard

“In this breathless third installment to Victoria Aveyard’s bestselling Red Queen series, allegiances are tested on every side. And when the Lightning Girl’s spark is gone, who will light the way for the rebellion?

Mare Barrow is a prisoner, powerless without her lightning, tormented by her lethal mistakes. She lives at the mercy of a boy she once loved, a boy made of lies and betrayal. Now a king, Maven Calore continues weaving his dead mother’s web in an attempt to maintain control over his country—and his prisoner.

As Mare bears the weight of Silent Stone in the palace, her once-ragtag band of newbloods and Reds continue organizing, training, and expanding. They prepare for war, no longer able to linger in the shadows. And Cal, the exiled prince with his own claim on Mare’s heart, will stop at nothing to bring her back.”

~Synopsis from Goodreads

Hey guys! So I meant to post this review last week, but I was on vacation so I didn’t get around to it. So get ready for a little overload of posts this weekend (and on to next week)

So, I finished this book last Thursday and I was very happy about it. The entire book was so good and captivating and it felt so good to read. Until about 100 pages left in the book….. Then it just felt like it wasn’t needed. I mean it made sense with the ending of the book. I just wish it easier to get to the conclusion.

ALSO that ending though. Like, Victoria excuse me who gave you the right??? Just when I thought my OTP was gonna work out you throw that in there. They better work out in the next book. Wait, there is a next book, right? Cause it can’t end like that.

Anyways, I gave this book a 4 out of 5 stars. It was really engaging, but I can’t get over those last 100 or so pages. I recommend this to anyone who likes fantasy/ dystopian whatever this book is categorized as. It does have some mature stuff in it, just not like overly mature if that makes any sense (does it?) So I recommend it to like 14 and up.

Until Next Time,

Alex

 

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Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

“If there’s one thing Mare Barrow knows, it’s that she’s different.

Mare Barrow’s blood is red—the color of common folk—but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control.

The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince—the friend—who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind.

Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors.

But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat.

Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever?

The electrifying next installment in the Red Queen series escalates the struggle between the growing rebel army and the blood-segregated world they’ve always known—and pits Mare against the darkness that has grown in her soul.”

~Synospsis from Goodreads

Guys, I’m so proud of myself for getting to reviews and being on the blog more. I love you guys!

So I finished this book a few days ago and I really enjoyed this book more than I expected. I was so worried there would be a second book slump and I’m so happy it didn’t.

This book just had a very good plot line. It wasn’t too long of a book and it felt perfect. I honestly enjoyed it so much. Like everything they were doing just made sense. They had more romance in it and it just is perfect. I think the fact that they don’t make the romance the focus of the story is great. The author easily could’ve done that. I’m so glad she didn’t because ew.

I honestly had such a fun time reading this book. I gave it a 4 out of 5 stars. It wasn’t like amazing and I would recommend it to everyone. It’s not JLA let’s say. But it was a great book and if you like dystopian and fantasy read it!

Until Next Time,

Alex

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Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

“This is a world divided by blood – red or silver.

The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change.

That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power.

Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime.

But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance – Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart.”

~Synopsis from Goodreads

Guys so I loved this book! I’m currently reading Glass Sword and hoping to finish the series by like Thursday. I will finish it this week…. until the next book comes out.

Anyways, this book also had a very different type of concept. Like it’s a dystopian, but it’s fantasy. I’m classifying it as dystopian though. I really liked this book though and Mare reminds me a lot of Katniss. She’s such a strong character. I think she has such a great relationship with her family and Cal. Also, that ending though??? Not okay!

I gave this book a 4 out of 5 stars because it was a little slow at first. I recommend it to middle school and up! I can’t wait to read more!

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This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

“There’s no such thing as safe in a city at war, a city overrun with monsters. In this dark urban fantasy from author Victoria Schwab, a young woman and a young man must choose whether to become heroes or villains—and friends or enemies—with the future of their home at stake. The first of two books.

Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city—a city where the violence has begun to breed actual monsters. All Kate wants is to be as ruthless as her father, who lets the monsters roam free and makes the humans pay for his protection. All August wants is to be human, as good-hearted as his own father, to play a bigger role in protecting the innocent—but he’s one of the monsters. One who can steal a soul with a simple strain of music. When the chance arises to keep an eye on Kate, who’s just been kicked out of her sixth boarding school and returned home, August jumps at it. But Kate discovers August’s secret, and after a failed assassination attempt the pair must flee for their lives.”

~Synopsis from Goodreads

Hey guys! Sorry I’ve been a little behind on posting. I just got done with my show, but now I actually have time to do posting and reading! But this blog as you have seen has gone through some changes just in the past week. And it’s gonna go through another change again, I think. I had trouble figuring out a name for it, but then I thought of one and I think I might use it. So be prepared.

Anyways, I finished this book this week and I really enjoyed it. It was my first Victoria Schwab book and now I have to add the rest of her books to my list because she is so good!

This book was honestly so different from anything else I have read. The concept and the plot line was so different and unexpected.  And I’m excited for the second book, Our Dark Duet, that comes out on June 13th, 2017. I normally really hate the use of dual perspectives, but I think with this book it really worked out since Kate and August are both so different and live in different worlds pretty much.

I gave this book a 4 out of 5 stars because it did start out really slow. I recommend this to middle school and up. I can’t wait for the second installment! I think this book is very interesting and worth the read.

Until Next Time,

Alex

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The Shade of the Moon by Susan Beth Pfeffer

“The eagerly awaited addition to the series begun with the New York Times best-seller Life As We Knew It, in which a meteor knocks the moon off its orbit and the world changes forever.

It’s been more than two years since Jon Evans and his family left Pennsylvania, hoping to find a safe place to live, yet Jon remains haunted by the deaths of those he loved. His prowess on a soccer field has guaranteed him a home in a well-protected enclave. But Jon is painfully aware that a missed goal, a careless word, even falling in love, can put his life and the lives of his mother, his sister Miranda, and her husband, Alex, in jeopardy. Can Jon risk doing what is right in a world gone so terribly wrong?”

~Synopsis from Goodreads

Okay, so this is the last book in The Last Survivors series. The first book is Life As We Knew It, second Dead &the Gone, and the third is This World We Live In. I recommend all four. I read the first three like forever ago so I don’t have reviews. Oops.

But this series is about two different families that come together. The first one starts with a girl in the country side and her family when a natural disaster hits. The moon gets pushed closer to Earth and the world changes as they know it.  There is tsunamis, earthquakes, tornadoes,  volcanoes erupting, and basically everything bad. Soon enough crops start growing. There is ash in the sky constantly. The sun can’t help. So people struggle to survive. The second book follows a boy in the city with his family when the moon gets closer. The third book we see the families come together for awhile and try to survive together.

The last book follows that same family doing better than they were. But the main character Jon has to make some tough choices that are right, but the world is so wrong it’s difficult.

I gave this book a 5 out of 5 stars! I absolutely loved this conclusion and the things that happened. It was fast paced and so good! I recommend it to middle schoolers. There is some mature scenes, mostly gory. So maybe a little older than middle school.

Until Next Time,

Alex

 

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Tales of the Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare, Maureen Johnson, Sarah Rees Brennan, and Robin Wasserman

“Simon Lewis has been a human and a vampire, and now he is becoming a Shadowhunter. But the events of City of Heavenly Fire left him stripped of his memories, and Simon isn’t sure who he is anymore. He knows he was friends with Clary, and that he convinced the total goddess Isabelle Lightwood to go out with him…but he doesn’t know how. And when Clary and Isabelle look at him, expecting him to be a man he doesn’t remember…Simon can’t take it.

So when the Shadowhunter Academy reopens, Simon throws himself into this new world of demon-hunting, determined to find himself again. His new self. Whomever this new Simon might be.

But the Academy is a Shadowhunter institution, which means it has some problems. Like the fact that non-Shadowhunter students have to live in the basement. And that differences—like being a former vampire—are greatly looked down upon. At least Simon is trained in weaponry—even if it’s only from hours of playing D&D.

Join Simon on his journey to become a Shadowhunter, and learn about the Academy’s illustrious history along the way, through guest lecturers such as Jace Herondale, Tessa Gray, and Magnus Bane. These ten short stories give an epilogue to the Mortal Instruments series and provide glimpses of what’s in store in the Dark Artifices.”

~Synopsis from Goodreads

Okay I read this book after reading Lady Midnight so I do not suggest that. It should be read after The Mortal Instruments, but before Lady Midnight. I read this after Lady Midnight because I was waiting for the published version to come out.

I did really enjoy it though. This book follows Simon and includes ten short stories. It follows him through his training to become a Shadowhunter and recover his memories. We meet so many lovely new characters that become some of Simon’s best friends. We also get to see characters from TMI and TID. We get to see Magnus, Alec, Clary, Isabelle, Jace, Tessa Gray, and Jem. Guys so many feels. I couldn’t deal with the Clace, Malec, and Sizzy feels. This made me love Simon even more! Like he’s so funny and so brave.

I gave this book a 5 out of stars! I really enjoyed it and I totally recommend it to anyone who loves Cassandra Clare! Seriously, guys read it!

Until Next Time,

Alex