Review : Winter by Marissa Meyer

13206900Winter by Marissa Meyer
Published : November 10, 2015

Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mar her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.

Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won’t approve of her feelings for her childhood friend–the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn’t as weak as Levana believes her to be and she’s been undermining her stepmother’s wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that’s been raging for far too long.

Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter defeat Levana and find their happily ever afters? Fans will not want to miss this thrilling conclusion to Marissa Meyer’s national bestselling Lunar Chronicles series.

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Putting this series down was difficult for me and I needed to continue reading it. So once I put Cress down I didn’t hesitate to pick up Winter and it’s kind of bitter sweet for me because…it was hard to let go of this series, but I have to say I’m super impressed on how this series was so well wrapped up.  I’ve loved the adventure that Marissa Meyer has lead me on and I can’t wait to read Heartless by her when it comes out in November.

I have to say Winter wasn’t my favorite but her character was great, and I really loved that she was a bit more cooky just because she doesn’t use her glamour. And I just think she really rounded out the group really well especially when it came to the LSOP wolves.

But overall I really enjoyed the way this book was worked out. I think all the political movement and the action was so strategically placed within the book, it just made for a really great read. I absolutely adored Wolf’s background and learning more about him and meeting his mother. and Ugh there were so many feels in the book! Especially the end with Cress and Thorne (they’re my favorite pairing ) I have to say each character really found a special place in my heart.

I have to say though, the consistency of Lavana being completely terrifying through all four books is something really impressive. I usually tend to fade with whatever strong feelings I have for villains, but Lavana was such a strong and terrifying villain throughout and I think that REALLY takes a lot skill.

I can’t explain how wonderfully the action was peppered through this book that it kept me so engaged and so hooked, I really wish there was more, but then again there’s Fairest and Star’s Above!

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Review: Cress by Marissa Meyer

13206828Cress by Marissa Meyer
Published: February 4, 2014

In this third book in Marissa Meyer’s bestselling Lunar Chronicles series, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, now with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and prevent her army from invading Earth.

Their best hope lies with Cress, a girl trapped on a satellite since childhood who’s only ever had her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker. Unfortunately, she’s being forced to work for Queen Levana, and she’s just received orders to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.

When a daring rescue of Cress goes awry, the group is splintered. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a higher price than she’d ever expected. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing prevent her marriage to Emperor Kai, especially the cyborg mechanic. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only hope the world has.

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The Lunar Chronicles has easily become one of my most favorite series ever. I could easily say Marissa Myer is an absolute genius in the way she constructed this whole series and how absolutely epic it is. Each character better than the last and each book more gripping and more exciting.

Cress has given me a new favorite character. Thorne is so awesome and hilarious and I love his wit and quick one-two punches he throws out there. I enjoyed Cress and Thorne’s growth and interaction with each other throughout the whole book.

I also loved the small looks into Luna and I loved the movement of the plot. Meyer has a way of just really sucking you in to her books with her amazing writing but more-so the consistency and fast pace of her plot lines. And I have to say I love the way she can over-arc all of these character time-lines and plots into each other.

Am I ashamed that the moment I finished Cress I dove right into Winter? OF COURSE NOT. The series literally has taken over my life a bit and I really don’t mind. It’s such a great series and I love the world building and seeing these awesome characters interact and grow and become this great group of misfit friends and companions.

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Review: Grave Peril (The Dresden Files #3) by Jim Butcher

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7021986Grave Peril ( The Dresden Files #3)  by Jim Butcher
Published:  September 1, 2001

Harry Dresden – Wizard
Lost Items Found. Paranormal Investigations. Consulting. Advice. Reasonable Rates. No Love Potions, Endless Purses, or Other Entertainment.

Harry Dresden has faced some pretty terrifying foes during his career. Giant scorpions. Oversexed vampires. Psychotic werewolves. It comes with the territory when you’re the only professional wizard in the Chicago-area phone book.

But in all Harry’s years of supernatural sleuthing, he’s never faced anything like this: The spirit world has gone postal. All over Chicago, ghosts are causing trouble – and not just of the door-slamming, boo-shouting variety. These ghosts are tormented, violent, and deadly. Someone – or something – is purposely stirring them up to wreak unearthly havoc. But why? And why do so many of the victims have ties to Harry? If Harry doesn’t figure it out soon, he could wind up a ghost himself….


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That’s exactly how I want to begin this review. This book was PHENOMENAL. A really good way to just throw this series up a notch and into a really good high gear. This book really opens up a lot of information about Harry and the people who Harry has been interacting with. Harry grows even more loveable and so do his friends.

Michael is the new addition and he’s a WONDERFUL character. A righteous man who wields the sword powered by faith magic which is just bad ass. Michael is great and his back and forth with Harry is very close to that of Sam and Dean in Supernatural. It’s really great.

I have to say I enjoyed this book a ton because it was more action packed than the last two. I loved meeting Michael and Charity and the relationship between Harry and them. But my favorite is that I keep getting to learn more about Harry. In this book we meet Lea, who has a big tie in the history of the Harry. Also we learn more about how the Vampire courts work and I thought that was super awesome. Thomas is hilarious and I loved him has a character and I hope he comes back

In the end Harry ends up a bit different, changed from everything that happens in this book and it worries me as to what will happen in the next one. I seriously gobbled up this whole book and I really do hope that as you people read these reviews and see that I love this series so much, I hope you all decide to at least try The Dresden Files. Harry is a wonderful character and develops more and more with every book and the other characters that are becoming more permanent are growing as well, in 2014 Jim Butcher released the 15th Dresden File book and is now continuing with books 16-20. So there’s a lot to read, and go through for Dresden Files, and I cannot wait to read each and every one

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Review: The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

17199504The Bone Season by Samathan Shannon
Published: August 20, 2013

The year is 2059. Nineteen-year-old Paige Mahoney is working in the criminal underworld of Scion London, based at Seven Dials, employed by a man named Jaxon Hall. Her job: to scout for information by breaking into people’s minds. For Paige is a dreamwalker, a clairvoyant and, in the world of Scion, she commits treason simply by breathing.

It is raining the day her life changes for ever. Attacked, drugged and kidnapped, Paige is transported to Oxford – a city kept secret for two hundred years, controlled by a powerful, otherworldly race. Paige is assigned to Warden, a Rephaite with mysterious motives. He is her master. Her trainer. Her natural enemy. But if Paige wants to regain her freedom she must allow herself to be nurtured in this prison where she is meant to die.

The Bone Season introduces a compelling heroine and also introduces an extraordinary young writer, with huge ambition and a teeming imagination. Samantha Shannon has created a bold new reality in this riveting debut.


 

Oh my goodness. I cannot believe it took me so long to read this. This book was just so beautifully written and SO UNIQUE! So it’s about a girl named Page who is clairvoyant but beyond that she’s one of the most rare clairvoyants out there, she’s a dream walker. She can walk into peoples dreamscapes and push them to the point of insanity/death. It’s super crazy and there’s a whole bunch of different voyant types. So the whole big thing about this book is that it’s a future set book and Paige is kidnapped and brought to the remnants of Oxford. Where voyants are awake during the night and sleep during the day and those who are brought into the city have to work their way up from white to pink to red jackets. Red Jackets are the highest ranked and whoever doesn’t pass their testing gets a yellow jacket and whomever doesn’t pass again turns into a jester of sorts.

It’s a very old school set government Nashira Sargas is “The Blood Sovereign” who basically rules everything with Arcturus (Warden) as her betrothed who also goes by “The Blood Consort” These two VERY HIGHLY RANKED people find interest in Paige. And Warden takes her under his care to teach her how to control her powers of dream walking and pass her tests. I don’t want to go TOO much further into the plot because I’m already super excited and worked up and I DO NOT want to spoil this.

But anyway so I want to give Samantha Shannon the biggest round of applause because I think this is one of the most unique things I’ve read in such a long time. A brand new concept that just sucked me in and was action packed for the most part.  I’d say 80% action. 20% WHY ARE YOU MAKING THESE CHOICES WHAT IS HAPPENING OMG THANK YOU FOR EXPLAINING ALL OF THE QUESTIONS I HAVE ABOUT WHAT’S GOING ON. That’s the best way I can explain it.

The characters. OH MY GAHD The characters. I loved Paige. WARDEN oh man he was so swoon worthy. Nick was amazing I fell in love with Nick. All the characters were different all had different flaws and Nashira was just pure bitch and it made me hate her so SO SO much. She was almost as bad as Dolores Umbridge on how much I hated her.

The writing was fabulous. SO descriptive but not to the point where you had an 800 page book on your hands. There are so many good things I can say about this book but I like to keep my reviews a bit on the shorter side and I’ve clearly surpassed that. I would DEFINITELY recommend this book if you enjoyed anything related to Divergent and are looking for more of an adult fantasy  to dive into. I know most adult fantasy can be hefty but this most definitely has it’s moments where you can (I didn’t) get a bit lost. But have no fear, it all resolves itself in the end. Please pick this gem of a book up. The Mime Order is the second book in this series and then it’s rumored to be a seven book series. Which makes my heart jump with ALL THE JOY.

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