Book Reviews

Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

“Would you trade your soul mate for your soul?

A Shadowhunter’s life is bound by duty. Constrained by honor. The word of a Shadowhunter is a solemn pledge, and no vow is more sacred than the vow that binds parabatai, warrior partners—sworn to fight together, die together, but never to fall in love.

Emma Carstairs has learned that the love she shares with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, isn’t just forbidden—it could destroy them both. She knows she should run from Julian. But how can she when the Blackthorns are threatened by enemies on all sides?

Their only hope is the Black Volume of the Dead, a spell book of terrible power. Everyone wants it. Only the Blackthorns can find it. Spurred on by a dark bargain with the Seelie Queen, Emma; her best friend, Cristina; and Mark and Julian Blackthorn journey into the Courts of Faerie, where glittering revels hide bloody danger and no promise can be trusted. Meanwhile, rising tension between Shadowhunters and Downworlders has produced the Cohort, an extremist group of Shadowhunters dedicated to registering Downworlders and “unsuitable” Nephilim. They’ll do anything in their power to expose Julian’s secrets and take the Los Angeles Institute for their own.

When Downworlders turn against the Clave, a new threat rises in the form of the Lord of Shadows—the Unseelie King, who sends his greatest warriors to slaughter those with Blackthorn blood and seize the Black Volume. As dangers close in, Julian devises a risky scheme that depends on the cooperation of an unpredictable enemy. But success may come with a price he and Emma cannot even imagine, one that will bring with it a reckoning of blood that could have repercussions for everyone and everything they hold dear.”

~Synopsis from Goodreads

Okay wow. I honestly don’t know how to talk about this. I thought maybe giving myself some time to think would help me form words on this book, but it didn’t. I finished this book yesterday and I’m still speechless.

The ending, the everything.  It was 699 pages of pure magic. I loved the book. There were so many feels because Cassie is the queen of forbidden love. And just I love it. I don’t think Cassie could write anything that I wouldn’t love. But I do have to say if you are interested in reading this, you should not start with this book.

You will be greatly confused and spoiled. The reading order for the Shadowhunter Chronicles is as follows:

City Of Bones

City of Ashes

City of Glass

Clockwork Angel

City of Fallen Angels

Clockwork Prince

City of Lost Souls

Clockwork Princess

City of Heavenly Fire

The Bane Chronicles

Tales of The Sahdowhunter Academy

Lady Midnight

Lord of Shadows

That might seem really intimidating because they are big books. They are worth it! They follow an ongoing story and a lot of different characters.

I don’t want to give too much away about Lord of Shadows because it could be a very big spoiler. Just know it is amazing and wonderful and I recommend all the books in the above list.

I gave this book a 5 out of 5 stars! It was incredible. I’m so sad I have to wait until 2019 for the next book!

 

Until Next Time,

Alex

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Book Reviews

The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson

“Adrift after her sister Bailey’s sudden death, Lennie finds herself torn between quiet, seductive Toby—Bailey’s boyfriend who shares her grief—and Joe, the new boy in town who bursts with life and musical genius. Each offers Lennie something she desperately needs… though she knows if the two of them collide her whole world will explode.

Join Lennie on this heartbreaking and hilarious journey of profound sorrow and mad love, as she makes colossal mistakes and colossal discoveries, as she traipses through band rooms and forest bedrooms and ultimately right into your heart.

As much a celebration of love as a poignant portrait of loss, Lennie’s struggle to sort her own melody out of the noise around her is always honest, often uproarious, and absolutely unforgettable.”

~Synopsis from Goodreads

I enjoyed this book, but I had some problems with it. I had a hard time getting into it. And I think it really is for younger teenagers, so that’s probably part of it. But I honestly thought that Lennie was a very selfish and annoying character. I hate to judge because grief is so different for everyone.

The decisions that Lennie made throughout the course of this book were very self destructive and that bothered me. She didn’t talk to anyone about her feelings and part of the thing about grief is that you’re so overwhelmed with that loss that it can destroy you from the inside. She hurts so many relationships throught the course of this book because she refuses to think about her actions.

I did enjoy this book thought because I understood her grief and how self destructive it can be. I can’t imagine losing my sister.  I think it is a good book for younger teenagers though.

I gave this a 3 out of 5 stars. I enjoyed it, but not as much as I thought I would. It is a very well written book and I think it is very unique. I would recommend it to probaly 14-16 personally. I enjoyed it and I think reading about the grieving process is so important.

Until Next Time,

Alex

P.S. I read this book with this cover and I hated it. So glad they changed it.

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Book Reviews

Mara Dyer Trilogy by Michelle Hodkins

*Includes The Unbecoming, The Evolution, and The Retribution*

“Mara Dyer believes life can’t get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.

It can.

She believes there must be more to the accident she can’t remember that killed her friends and left her strangely unharmed.

There is.

She doesn’t believe that after everything she’s been through, she can fall in love.

She’s wrong.”

~Synopsis from Goodreads

Unbecoming: I loved this book! I said I gave this book a 5 out of 5 stars on my wrap up, but I changed it to 4 out of 5 stars. This is a great book and it moves so fast. It’s a psychological thriller. I think it’s so interesting and such a great concept.

Evolution: I also loved this book! I originally gave it  5 out of 5 stars, but I changed it to 4 out of 5 stars. I loved how fast it moved. And it made me fall in love with Noah more. I love the storyline and all the things we find out.

Retribution: I gave this a 2 out of 5 stars. I was nervous about reading this because I had heard it was bad. And it was. I read 150 pages and just couldn’t get into it. So instead of actually finishing it, I skimmed it. I don’t recommend this. Almost as bad as Allegiant.

Sorry for a series review, but I needed to catch up on reviews and honestly reading in general.

Until Next Time,

Alex

Book Reviews

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

“My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.”

~Synopsis from Goodreads

Okay wow Maddy is so much fun and she reads.  SHE READS. I love it when characters read.  But the entire book I can understand why the ending is a little controversial.  I think it’s a good little romantic contemporary. Totally perfect for summer and I’m excited for the movie.

I gave this a 4 out of 5 stars since it wasn’t super enthralling. I still recommend it and I think that a lot of people will like how light it is.

Until Next Time,

Alex

Book Reviews

Queen of Hearts by Colleen Oakes

“Only queens with hearts can bleed.

This is not the story of the Wonderland we know. Alice has not fallen down a rabbit hole. There is no all-knowing cat with a taunting smile. This is a Wonderland where beneath each smile lies a secret, each tart comes with a demand, and only prisoners tell the truth.

Dinah is the princess who will one day reign over Wonderland. She has not yet seen the dark depths of her kingdom; she longs only for her father’s approval and a future with the boy she loves. But when a betrayal breaks her heart and threatens her throne, she is launched into Wonderland’s dangerous political game. Dinah must stay one step ahead of her cunning enemies or she’ll lose not just the crown but her head.

Evil is brewing in Wonderland and maybe, most frighteningly, in Dinah herself.

This is not a story of happily ever after.

This is the story of the Queen of Hearts.”

~Synopsis from Goodreads

I think this book was such an interesting back story of a well known villian. I think it makes way more sense on why the Queen of Hearts became who she was. It was an interesting story that made us want to know more about her. For whatever reason she reminds me of Queen Levana from Lunar Chronicles.

I gave this a 4 out of 5 stars because it wasn’t super fast. Even though it was super short. I still recommend it obviously.

Until Next Time,

Alex

Book Reviews

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

“Looming war threatens all Feyre holds dear in the third volume of the #1 New York Times bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses series.

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit-and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.

As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords-and hunt for allies in unexpected places.

In this thrilling third book in the #1 New York Times bestselling series from Sarah J. Maas, the earth will be painted red as mighty armies grapple for power over the one thing that could destroy them all.”

~Synopsis from Goodreads

I’m honestly terrified to write this cause I feel like I won’t do the book justice. I won’t do any spoilers. I promise.

I loved this book. I think SJM is such an incredible author. She has such great world building and the romance is just beautiful. I loved the diversity in this book and I think the way that everything came together was beautiful. Also, the plot twists just who could see them coming omg.

Anyways, I gave this book a 5 out of 5 stars. I loved it and I’m so excited for the spin off because I need more of these feels and Prythian.

Until Next Time,

Alex

Book Reviews

It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover

“SOMETIMES THE ONE WHO LOVES YOU IS THE ONE WHO HURTS YOU THE MOST

Lily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She’s come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up – she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily’s life suddenly seems almost too good to be true.

Ryle is assertive, stubborn, and maybe even a little arrogant. He’s also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily, but Ryle’s complete aversion to relationships is disturbing.

As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan – her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened.

With this bold and deeply personal novel, Colleen Hoover delivers a heart-wrenching story that breaks exciting new ground for her as a writer. It Ends With Us is an unforgettable tale of love that comes at the ultimate price.

This book contains graphic scenes and very sensitive subject matter.”

~Synopsis From Goodreads

Okay first of all trigger warning for this book. It deals with physical abuse, grief, depression, and sexual abuse. I don’t want people to go into this book completely blind because this book is so heavy and deals with very graphic things.

Okay now onto the book review. I loved this book. I think CoHo did such a great job depicting all these issues. Ryle seems like the perfect guy and he loves Lily the way most of us want to be loved. He just has some underlying issues…  that you don’t get to see until Lily is in love with him. She has to make such a hard decision and I respect her and I respect CoHo for making such strong women.

I gave this book a 5 out of 5 stars. I loved it and I think it brings so much awareness to such an important issue. I think everyone should read this to just understand.  It’s so amazing and just totally genius. I love it.  Coho is one of my favorite authors. It’s official.

Until Next Time,

Alex

Book Reviews

This Girl by Colleen Hoover

“Colleen Hoover’s New York Times bestselling Slammed series has brought countless readers to their knees with a whirlwind of love, passion, and heartache.

Layken and Will’s love has managed to withstand the toughest of circumstances and the young lovers, now married, are beginning to feel safe and secure in their union. As much as Layken relishes their new life together, she finds herself wanting to know everything there is to know about her husband, even though Will makes it clear he prefers to keep the painful memories of the past where they belong. Still, he can’t resist his wife’s pleas and so he begins to untangle his side of the story, revealing for the first time his most intimate feelings and thoughts, retelling both the good and bad moments, and sharing a few shocking confessions of his own from the time when they first met.

In This Girl, Will tells the story of their complicated relationship from his point of view.

Their future rests on how well they deal with the past in this final installment of the beloved Slammed series.”

~Synopsis from Goodreads

I’m so sorry for not posting you can all hate me I just have no motivation.

Anyways let me tell you this book was great. It is NOT something that you have to read. It’s literally Will just telling his side of the story. I loved it, but it wasn’t necessary.

Anyways this was short. Sorry. I gave this a 5 out of 5 stars. It is new adult, so ages 17+ should read. I’m not gonna say you have to read it cause it doesn’t add much to the story.

Book Reviews

Point of Retreat by Colleen Hoover

¨From the bestselling author of Slammed, comes Colleen Hoover’s next big hit.
Layken and Will have managed to overcome the obstacles that threatened to destroy their love, proving that they are destined for one another. What they are about to learn, however, is that the things that have brought them together may be the very things that ruin their connection forever…
Layken is left second-guessing the relationship whilst Will is jumping over hurdles to prove his love for her. What the young lovers discover about themselves along this journey may change their entire world and the lives of those who depend upon them the most…¨

~Synopsis from Goodreads

I loved this book. I love reading it from Willś perspective. I think heś so interesting and we really see the love he has for Lake. And god this book had me so scared for my ships, but I´m so happy with the way it ended. it was such an interesting story full of love, loss, regret, and happiness. There was so many feels and I loved it!

I gave this a 5 out of 5 stars! I absolutely loved it. I think the story was so well done. Layken and Will are such goals. This is for older audiences, probably 17+ since it is new adult. But other than that, I recommend it!

Until Next Time,

Alex

Book Reviews

Slammed by Colleen Hoover

“Following the unexpected death of her father, 18-year-old Layken is forced to be the rock for both her mother and younger brother. Outwardly, she appears resilient and tenacious, but inwardly, she’s losing hope.

Enter Will Cooper: The attractive, 21-year-old new neighbor with an intriguing passion for slam poetry and a unique sense of humor. Within days of their introduction, Will and Layken form an intense emotional connection, leaving Layken with a renewed sense of hope.

Not long after an intense, heart-stopping first date, they are slammed to the core when a shocking revelation forces their new relationship to a sudden halt. Daily interactions become impossibly painful as they struggle to find a balance between the feelings that pull them together, and the secret that keeps them apart.”

~Synopsis from Goodreads

Okay wow this book was amazing. Bet you guys are tired of me saying that. Not my fault I’m reading a ton of great books.

But anyways, this book deals with death and this very close to my heart. Dating someone older is also something I relate to just not a teacher.

I think the grief is so real and the story and romance is just beautiful. Like forreal such goals! I love how CoHo focused on the romance but throws in more important things like death and grief. She does that in every one of her books and I love it.

I gave this a 5 out of 5 stars. I absolutely loved it. It is new adult so 17+ but otherwise I think everyone should read it!

Until Next Time,

Alex