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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

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March TBR and February Wrap Up

This is my February Wrap up and March TBR. All of these books have reviews down below except for The Shadowhunter’s Codex and Tales of the Shadowhunter Academy.

Forever by Maggie Stiefvater: I gave this a 4 out of 5 stars. I really enjoyed this book and I totally recommend it to middle schoolers.

The Lovely Reckless by Kami Garcia: I gave this a 5 out of 5 stars. I LOVED this book like literally omg it gave me so many feels. I recommend it to ages 16 and up.

Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins: GUYS this book was so good. I gave it a 5 out of stars.I recommend it to ages 16 and up.

Sweet Peril by Wendy Higgins: Again, 5 out of 5 stars. I recommend this to ages 16 and up.

Sweet Reckoning by Wendy Higgins: 5 out 5 stars, did you actually have to ask? Ages 16 and up.

Sweet Temptations by Wendy Higgins: 5 out of stars, duh. 16 and up especially on this one since it did go from young adult to new adult.

The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, and Maureen Johnson:  4 out of 5 stars. It was really good and I got so many Malec feels. Recommend this to middle schoolers.

The Shadowhunter’s Codex by Cassandra Clare and Joshua Lewis: I gave this a 4 out of 5 stars. I liked the notes that were written by Jace, Clary, Simon, and Magnus. They made me laugh. Recommend this to middle schoolers. No review will be up on this.

Tales of the Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson, and Robin Wasserman: I’m currently reading this. Review should be up this weekend.

 

March TBR: Finish Tales of the Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson, Shade of the Moon by Susan Beth Pfeffer, This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab, Red Queen,Glass Sword and King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard, Lola and the Boy Next Door and Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins, Nothing Less by Anna Todd, and Bad Blood by Jennifer Lynn Barnes. My spring break is this month and my show will be coming to a close which means I will have so much more reading time!

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The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, and Maureen Johnson

“Fans of The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices can get to know warlock Magnus Bane like never before in this collection of New York Times bestselling tales, in print for the first time with an exclusive new story and illustrated material.

This collection of eleven short stories illuminates the life of the enigmatic Magnus Bane, whose alluring personality, flamboyant style, and sharp wit populate the pages of the #1 New York Times bestselling series, The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices.

Originally released one-by-one as e-only short stories by Cassandra Clare, Maureen Johnson, and Sarah Rees Brennan, this compilation presents all ten together in print for the first time and includes a never-before-seen eleventh tale, as well as new illustrated material.”

~Synopsis from Goodreads

So I read this book over the week and I really enjoyed it. It was a collection of different stories about Magnus throughout his life as a warlock. We get a look at some of his past romances that are mentioned in TMI.  We see his friendships grow and watch Magnus save the world all by himself. We also get to see what happens with him and Alec’s first date and Alec’s first birthday where they are together. Meaning there are so many Malec feels.

I loved these stories because Magnus is so sassy and precious. Like if I had a friend like Magnus I would be so happy. Like he is the perfect gay friend even though he’s not actually gay.

I gave this book a 4 out of 5 stars. I really enjoyed it, but it just wasn’t the most amazing thing ever. But still read it because Magnus is amazing. I recommend it to anyone who likes TMI and TID. I recommend this to middle schoolers because there is no bad language or mature scenes.  Seriously, read it.

Until Next Time,

Alex

 

 

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Sweet Temptations by Wendy Higgins

“Bad boy Kaidan Rowe has never wanted for anything—money, popularity, musical talent…hot girls—but seducing them is part of his duty as a Nephilim, slave to the demon Dukes. As the son of the Duke of Lust, Kaidan has learned his father’s ways, becoming a master of passion, a manipulator of chemistry. Disobeying his father would mean certain death. Thankfully for Kaidan, he’s good at his job. And he enjoys it.

Until he meets Anna Whitt—smart, feisty, and inexplicably good—the one girl seemingly immune to his charms. The daughter of a guardian angel and a fallen one, she makes him wish for more than he could ever deserve.

Determined to save all the Neph from their dark lives, Anna joins forces with Kaidan to overcome the Dukes’ oppressive ways. In the light of her affections, Kaidan must undergo his toughest test of all, a battle of the heart.

Sensual and swoonworthy, this companion volume to the Sweet Evil series, told from the perspective of the mysterious Kaidan Rowe, gives readers revealing insights into the true emotions that drive him.”

~Synopsis from Goodreads

Guys Kaidan (Ky-den) Rowe is the freaking book boyfriend of dreams. Like he’s hot, he’s got charm, amazing in bed (hey he’s the son of the Duke of Lust it’s a fact), sweet when he wants to be, and falls in love with Anna so easily.  He is also so sweet when he finally does let himself love Anna.

But this book follows Kaidan from his perspective from the first book Sweet Evil to Sweet Reckoning. And a little before Sweet Evil so like leading up  to when he meets Anna for the first time. I loved reading from his perspective because it’s so funny to see how he changes over the course of three books.

I gave this book a 5 out of 5 stars because Kaidan is bae. I recommend this to 16+ because it does go from young adult to new adult throughout the book because of the fact that he gets older in all three books so his thoughts get dirtier. But I totally recommend this series because it was so good!

Until Next Time,

Alex

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Totally Didn’t Book Tag

I got this book tag from and it was originally created by so go check both of their videos out!

  1. Totally Didn’t Need A Sequel: For this one I’m going to go with The Maze Runner trilogy. I enjoyed The Maze Runner, but the rest of the books were so boring and I has the hardest time getting through them.

2) Totally Didn’t Need to Have More Than One Point of View:  Guys Allegiant. Allegiant made me so mad because of the ending and the dual perspective totally gave away the ending.

3) Totally Didn’t Need to Have a Cover Change in the Middle of the Series:  The Lux Series. On the last book Opposition the publisher came out with a weird book cover that matched none of the other books. But they recently came out with one to match.

4) Totally Didn’t Need to have a Love Triangle: Sweet Series by Wendy Higgins. In the second book Sweet Peril, a character’s introduced and there is a small love triangle that ends like when it begins, but still. We all knew what was endgame.

5) Totally Didn’t Need This Book to be included in the series:  Insurgent . This book was so boring. I honestly don’t remember what even happened in the book.

6) Totally Didn’t Need a Cliffhanger: A Court of Mist and Fury.  GUYS I have been waiting so long for ACOWAR. I’m so excited for it and that cliffhanger though.

7) Totally Didn’t Need to have one point of view: A Court of Mist and Fury. I would have loved to have a point of view from Rhysand. I think it would be amazing to see how he fell for Feyre.

8) Totally Didn’t need that much hype: Maze Runner again. Refer to Question 1.

9) Totally Didn’t Need a relative book reference:  Covenant series. Everybody compares it to Vampire Diaries, but it’s so different.

10) Totally Didn’t even deserve my time:  Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. No explanation necessary.