Monthly Wrap-Up: January 2018

Since I don’t write reviews for every book I read, I decided it would be a good idea to bring back my Monthly Wrap-Up posts! At least this way, I can share a few thoughts for all the books I read in a book. My biggest struggle this past month has been in deciding which books to read next, the new releases on my TBR or the backlisted books? But as much as I try to keep a game plan, the heart wants to read what the heart wants to read!

Book Reviews

26032825THE CRUEL PRINCE: I had waited so long for this book to come out and I was not disappointed. This was my first book by Holly Black and now I can see why everyone loves her work. The Cruel Prince was everything I had hoped it would be and more. I loved the world Black created, the Fae courts, the twists, the reveals, the characters; it’s all amazing. ★½


32320661EVERLESS: Everless was another book that I had really been looking forward to reading in the new year, but I didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought I would. My biggest issue was that it felt like this was a story that I’ve already read before. The concept of time and blood irons is unique and intriguing, but as for the rest of the book, it followed the same plotline and tropes similar to whole bunch of other YA fantasies and became too predictable. 

I’ll be honest: I only picked this up because I wanted to read the other two books in the series. I didn’t have a whole lot of high expectations going in, especially considering all the negative reviews I had read, so it more of a “I just have to get through this” kind of read. Eventually I’ll read The Wish Granter and The Traitor Prince, which seem to have way better reviews, but I’m not in a great hurry. 


30694168SHADOWSONG: It seems like a lot of people have been disappointed by Shadowsong, but as for myself, I really enjoyed it! I absolutely love the lush, lyrical writing and descriptions and find it matches the tone of the story perfectly. Shadowsong differs from Wintersong in that the story focuses almost entirely on Liesl and her growth as character, including her changed relationships with Josef and Käthe. Overall, I was ecstatic to be thrust back into the world S. Jae-Jones created and was very pleased with the sequel! ARC received through NetGalley. ★[review]

10572A CLASH OF KINGS: A Clash of Kings was just as page-turning and entertaining as A Game of Thrones, and I actually found myself liking some of the characters’ POVs that I didn’t enjoy reading previously. Arya’s chapters and storyline became more interesting to me and I didn’t mind Catelyn’s chapters as much either, even though my opinion of her as a character more or less remained apathetic. I also really enjoyed reading Theon’s chapters, surprisingly. I despise him as a character, but I couldn’t deny that his chapters were engaging, informative, and full of action. A Storm of Swords is a mammoth of a book, but I’m determined to start it soon! 

33413958YOUR ONE & ONLY: If you’re looking for a unique YA Dystopian story with excellent execution, skillful writing, and great characters, look no further than Your One & Only. What seems like would be a typical YA Sci-Fi novel, rife with tropes and romance-heavy, Your One & Only actually focuses on plot and character growth, with the romance riding shotgun, much to my pleasant surprise. I highly recommend this book and I think other readers will become as enraptured by the story and characters as I was. ARC received through NetGalley.  [review]

33555224THUNDERHEAD: I’m glad I reread Scythe beforehand or I would have been very lost and confused. I was so thankful to be back in the world created by Neal Shusterman. I loved following Citra’s and Rowan’s stories as they continued (more Rowan next time please, thanks), but there was a new character added whose chapters I didn’t really care for. Thunderhead ended with a huge cliffhanger (rude) and I cannot wait for the third book in the series! 

The best thing about this book was the world-building and setting. It was completely magical and unique. Unfortunately, the rest of the book was pretty mediocre and followed the same recipe as many other YA fantasies, unnecessary love triangle included. That being said, I wasn’t ever bored while reading and I am stilled interested in reading the sequel, especially after the final twist at the end of the story. 

These books are so addicting. I stick to my original assessment that they probably will only appeal to a certain type of reader, but I love them. The drama and web of secrets continues in the sequel. Only this time with new lies, new twists, new secrets, and new characters. Avery, Atlas, Rylin, and Cord are still my favorite characters, but I was glad to see Leda finally redeem herself in this book. I absolutely despise Calliope, however, and I hope the third book involves her downfall. Also, there was definitely not enough Cord in this book (or Cord + Rylin interactions). Dear Katherine McGee: please fix this issue in The Towering Sky

25446297UNEARTHED: Oh man, this was such a fun read. I have a weakness for Sci-Fi books set in space and this was just my bread and butter. Jules and Amelia were amazing characters to follow and they really made the story so much more enjoyable. The setting, writing, and plot were all really well done. I figured out the big twist/reveal at the end when I was less than a quarter of the way in to the book, but it didn’t diminish my enjoyment at all and I’m excited for the next book in the series! 

I wasn’t as enamored by The Bear and the Nightingale as everyone else seemed to be, so I was initially apprehensive on how well I would like this. To put it simply: this book is stunning and it has become on of my favorites books. The atmospheric setting, lush writing, and vivid imagery all come together to create a magical, enchanting story full of history and elements of Slavic fairytales. 


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Monthly Wrap-Up: November 2016

I can’t believe December is here already! It’s crazy how fast the year seems to fly by. Overall, November wasn’t too bad of a month reading-wise. However unfortunately, I didn’t have time to write full reviews for any of the books I read. Eventually, I’ll write one for the ARC I received but I most likely won’t go back and write a review for any of the others. I started to slow down a bit towards the end, but I think that was because I was running out of interesting books to read.


26864835BLOOD FOR BLOOD: Wolf by Wolf was probably one of the best books I read this year, and this was a fantastic sequel. The character development of Yael, Luka, and Felix were phenomenal and the storyline continued to intrigue me. The ending was heartbreaking and bittersweet and I will never forgive Ryan Graudin. ★★★★★


Another amazing end to a series that I adore. If you haven’t read them yet, I highly recommend it! The writing and storytelling is masterful, the characters are wonderful and lovable, and the romance is very swoon-worthy. It also doesn’t hurt that the series is about parallel universes-one of my favorite things to read about. ★★★★★


27015399A PROMISE OF FIRE: I had been itching to find another really good adult fantasy book and then I stumbled upon this on accident. It was exactly what I had been looking for. It was such an unexpected surprise. I could tell I was reading a great book because I kept putting off the last few chapters because I didn’t want it to end! I think my favorite part was that the sexual tension and chemistry between the main character, Cat, and Griffin was so good it was palpable. Definitely cannot wait for the sequel. ★★★★★

Marissa Meyer’s retelling of the Queen of Hearts was a highly anticipated release for most people. Unfortunately, it fell flat for me. It wasn’t bad, but I didn’t find it that great either. The main character was annoying and naive, the romance was bland, and the overall storyline didn’t really draw me in. I gave it an extra half-star though because I thought the ending was the best part. ★★★½


28561926THE MOST DANGEROUS PLACE ON EARTH: I mostly enjoyed this book, but my biggest problem was that there didn’t seem to be a plot? It honestly just read like a timeline of events that happen over a period of two years. There was no climax, no resolution, nothing. Which is a shame, because the characters were all super interesting to read about, and while it was easy to follow the connection between one another and the effect of their actions, I’m not sure how it all fit together to create a story. ARC received through Penguin First to Read. ★★★

28954189SCYTHE: I really liked this one. The writing was very compelling, the characters interesting and well-developed, and the world building was excellent. Shusterman creates a world that is both fascinating and terrifying. I’m looking forward to the next in the series! ★★★★



20980797FIRE IN YOU: Jennifer L. Armentrout can do no wrong as far as I’m concerned, especially with this series. While I didn’t think it was the best, or my favorite, I was still draw to the characters and their struggles. The time jump in the beginning threw me for a loop but once I got past that, I was fully engaged in Jill and Brock’s story. ★★★½


I really enjoyed this one. The concept of the book was intriguing and the plot was very compelling. The main character could be classified as an anti-hero and I absolutely adored her. She was vicious and calculating, but also full of heart and compassion. I don’t complain often that I wish stand-alones were part of a series, but I really do wish there was more to this story. ★★★★


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Monthly Wrap-Up: October 2016

Happy Halloween to all my followers! I’m super proud of the amount of books I read this month! I’m double the number I read both in September and August. I’ve also accomplished my goal of being more active and posting more posts non-related to reviews. Hopefully I can continue this trend for November as well! 


28691932THE FORGETTING: This book was super intriguing and different from other dystopian YA novels, which I appreciated. The plot was gripping, the characters were interesting, and I found myself pulled along from chapter to chapter, wanting to know what would happen next. ★


 Tessa Dare is one of my favorite authors, and she knocks it out of the park with this one, once again. It was light-hearted, witty, sexy, and seriously funny. Piers and Charlotte were great characters to read about and the plot was super enjoyable as well. I still can’t get over the eggplant reference. [review]


 For one of my most anticipated releases of the year, this was also one of my biggest disappointments. I was expecting a story full of violence, betrayals, tangled politics, and bloodshed. Instead of a dark and gritty book about triplet queen who must kill one another to ascend the throne, I read a slow-moving and boring story in which romance was the main focus. [review]


23203252A SHADOW BRIGHT AND BURNING: I didn’t hate this book, but I didn’t exactly like it either. The problem with the book is that it’s unoriginal. The entire time I was reading it, I just kept thinking about how similar they were to other YA books I’ve read, especially when compared to Harry Potter and The Infernal Devices. 


 I was blown away by this book. It was a nasty and vicious  and didn’t sugar coat anything. I absolutely loved it. I couldn’t put it down and the ending was a sucker punch right in the feels. Of all the books I was really anticipating this year, this is one that really stuck out for me. ★½


 Alternative/parallel universes always intrigue me, but sadly I didn’t like this story too much. The characters were not that interesting, the romance was definitely insta-love, and the plot was lacking. Unfortunately, I probably won’t be continuing the series. ARC received through NetGalley. ½ [review]


27414469WITCH’S PYRE:
I loved the first book in the series, but I suffered from second book syndrome with Firewalker. Thankfully, this one was much better and reminded why I love the series so much. The plot was fast-paced, the world-building continued to be fantastic, and the growth of Lily was wonderful. My only issue was the lack of romance. There was a ton of angst between Lily and Rowan but it never got resolved until the last few pages and then that was it. As a total romantic, I needed more! A great end to a great series that I’m sad is over. ★½

29519517TWISTED PALACE:  These books are totally my guilty pleasures. They’re not the best books and there’s totally some problematic issues, but I love them anyway. I was disappointed by Broken Prince, but I’m glad things picked up again in this one. Twisted Palace was a great conclusion to the series. 


 I though I was over reading these kind of book, but I’m glad I listened to all the rave reviews because I loved it! The books and romance moved a little fast for my liking, but I was blown away by Kami Garcia’s writing and the characters were all incredible. [review]


 I was really disappointed by this. I really liked Magonia, however there were a lot of things in Aerie that made it unenjoyable for me. The angst was overwhelming, I continued to find Jason whiny and boring, the romance was bland, and there wasn’t enough Dai. The world building and imaginative plot continued to impress me though. [review]


 Everyone seems to be disappointed by this book, so I guess I’m in the minority by saying I really enjoyed it. The writing was great, the plot was interesting, and I found myself liking all the characters. I wasn’t bored once and was thoroughly entertained from start to finish. [review]


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Monthly Wrap-Up: September 2016

Once again, I’m disappointed by the number of books I read and reviewed this month, as well as my lacking number of posts. According to my Goodreads Challenge I’m three books behind schedule. Yikes! I can’t remember ever being behind one book, let alone three! To be fair, for the first two weeks I was busy on vacation. And the last two weeks things were hectic at work. It was almost two hundred deliveries for only two weeks. Y’all need to be more careful this Christmas/New Years! 😜 


30258320GILDED CAGE: Unfortunately, I was not as blown away by this book as everyone seemed to be. The premise is really interesting and I think it could have been great, but I had too many issues with the multiple POVs, the “romance”, and the fact one of the characters who was supposed to be a main protagonist had only a couple of chapters. The actual story that I read was much, much different than I was expecting based on the synopsis. ARC received through NetGalley. ★★★ [review]

This is not a book everyone will enjoy, but it was right up my alley. It’s full of drama, juicy gossip, complex characters and relationships, and a tangled web of lies and scandalous secrets. Not to mention a mysterious death which we are given a glimpse of in the prologue. The build up to the final reveal was suspenseful and climatic and I can’t wait to read the sequel. 
★★★★ [review]


19314543GAMBIT: Gambit was everything that Gilded Cage wasn’t. Dystopian books are popular in YA right now but this one stood out so much. An intriguing plot, great characters, wonderful world building, and fantastic writing. The only negative thing I have to say is that there’s no news or expected release date for the sequel! ★★★★ 


17333174MAGIC BINDS: 
You can never go wrong with a Kate Daniels book. It felt nice to be back in the world that I love so dearly. There wasn’t much going on in this one, however, but with the next one being the last I’m excited for what’s going to come. ★★★



28512486FROST LIKE NIGHT: A good conclusion to a good series! Ice Like Fire was a bit lacking for me, but my excitement for the series picked up again in this book. While I’m not blown away by the series, I do really enjoy them and I thought this was a perfect end to the trilogy! ★★★★


Okay, technically I haven’t finished this yet, but since I only have one chapter left I’m counting it. Lone Survivor is a brilliant book about bravery and perseverance in the face of adversity. I love reading military memoirs and this is by far one of my favorites. Because Marcus Luttrell is a soldier, not an author, the book reads as if he is sitting down telling you a story over a cold beer. I was totally entranced and I absolutely loved it. ★★★★[review]



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Monthly Wrap-Up: August 2016

Another month, here and gone! I wasn’t able to write as many reviews this month as I would have liked to, due to being very stressed and busy with work and then leaving for vacation at the end of August, so my goal for September is to write twice as many as I usually do!


23395680ILLUMINAE: Everyone raves about this book, but for me it was a miss. Although the plot was great and the characters were interesting, the format was a big issue for me. I was disappointed because honestly, it had everything I wanted in a science ficion. If it had been written with a standard format, instead of as an epistolary book, I probably would have loved it. ★★★ [review]


The final installment of The Remnant Chronicles, there were things I liked and didn’t like about it. I found most of the book slow, to the point that I skimmed a lot of it, and lacking in action. The ending also seemed pretty rushed to me. I did, however, like the continued character development of both Lia and Rafe, and the romance to be realistic and well-done. ★★★


22929540SILVER IN THE BLOOD: If I could describe this book in one word, it would be silly. There’s an interesting storyline hidden here but I think it needed to be executed better. It took way too long to actually get to the thick of the plot and action. For the first half of the book, I was completely bored. Neither one of the protagonists really stood out to me so it made it a bit hard for me to actually care about what happened in the book. ★★

27833670DARK MATTER:
I’m kicking myself for not taking up on the opportunity to read an ARC of this book. It was thrilling, suspenseful, unputdownable. The first chapter drew me in and I was hooked until the very last page. I really hope someone opts for the movie rights to this book because I think it could be so good as a movie if done the right way. I was completely blown away by it. ★★★★ [review]

Great sequel to The Stars Never Rise. It checked every one of the boxes of things I wanted to happen while still throwing in a few surprises. It was fast-paced, full of action, and the writing continued to be excellent. We learned more about Finn’s backstory and how he came to be which I thought was well executed. I was also very happy with the resolving of Finn’s problem. That’s actually what I had guessed (and hoped) would happen when I was reading the first book! It wasn’t heavy on the romance, but what little romance there was was done perfectly. The open ending was both brilliant and cruel. It’s a satisfactory enough ending but for me it was disappointing because of everything left unresolved. ★★★★

24473763RADIANCE: Once again, a fantastic start to a fantasy series that I wish I had known about sooner. The plot was simple but interesting and the characters were great. This book is more New Adult than Young Adult which I was one hundred percent okay with! The romance was perfect and refreshing. While I’m a pretty big fan of angst in a couple (okay, a HUGE fan, let’s be real) the lack of so in this book was actually really nice. There was enough going on outside of the relationship to cause trouble but their communication and honestly with each other to work through things was a welcomed change. ★★★★

25558608A TORCH AGAINST THE NIGHT: One of my most anticipated releases of the year, it didn’t quite stand up to An Ember in the Ashes, but it was still great nonetheless. The plot was slower and I struggled through a good portion of the middle, but things started to pick up towards the end. I wasn’t too thrilled with Helene’s POV, which was disappointing since I love her character. Elias continues to be the love of my life my favorite character and the slow burn between him and Laia is killing me. I’m so excited to see where the next books are going to take us! ★★★★ [review]


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