Review: Wolf By Wolf by Ryan Graudin

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24807186 Wolf By Wolf by Ryan Graudin
Published October 20,2015

The year is 1956, and the Axis powers of the Third Reich and Imperial Japan rule the world. To commemorate their Great Victory over Britain and Russia, Hitler and Emperor Hirohito host the Axis Tour: an annual motorcycle race across their conjoined continents. The victor is awarded an audience with the highly reclusive Adolf Hitler at the Victor’s ball.

Yael, who escaped from a death camp, has one goal: Win the race and kill Hitler. A survivor of painful human experimentation, Yael has the power to skinshift and must complete her mission by impersonating last year’s only female victor, Adele Wolfe. This deception becomes more difficult when Felix, Adele twin’s brother, and Luka, her former love interest, enter the race and watch Yael’s every move. But as Yael begins to get closer to the other competitors, can she bring herself to be as ruthless as she needs to be to avoid discovery and complete her mission?


 

I love this book, and I’m surprised to hear that this book is turning into a series. This was my first time reading a Ryan Graudin book, and I’ve heard AMAZING things about The Walled City, but I got this book in an Uppercase Box so I chose this as my first Graudin book. And I have to say, this book is probably on my top 15 of 2015.

I was wary of this book at first, and the way it was described I immediately thought of Man in The High Castle. Which is perfectly fine because I’ve heard massive amounts of good things about that series/book as well. And the beginning was kind of…iffy for me but as I kept going I couldn’t stop. I even got to the point where I was reading when I was at home and on the way to work and at work I was listening to it on audiobook. I love love love the way this book was written and how Graudin created this awesome alternate history and gave this action packed plot. It was great.

I also loved her characters and the conflicts between them and especially Yael’s trouble with keeping herself as Adele Wolf and trying to be as spot on as her personality wise and learning the ins and outs of her life that she didn’t know while studying Adele before the race. The ending was a great twist! From what I heard I thought it was going to be a one-off but holy mother of plot twist I literally just sat there like WHAT!? A SERIES?! YAAAAAAS. All in all I loved this book, thoroughly enjoyed it and highly recommend it!

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Review: A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

Book-Tour8621462A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
Published: September 27, 2011

The monster showed up after midnight. As they do.

But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting. He’s been expecting the one from his nightmare, the one he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments, the one with the darkness and the wind and the screaming…

This monster is something different, though. Something ancient, something wild. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor.

It wants the truth.


I have never read a book quite as unique as this one. And I’ve never read a Patrick Ness book either and the beauty and imagery that is within this book makes me want to read every piece of work Patrick Ness has written, is writing and will write for the rest of time. Everything was written and thought out so perfectly to give us all a lesson one what Connor was going through.  A book which teaches us all about the weight and burden and difficulties of loss in life, especially through the eyes of such a young person.

Ness manages to portray such raw emotion especially towards the end. And it just made my heart ache how real and how real all of it was how real those emotions were. I’ve felt that loss I’ve fell the raw power of it and the hold it has on you when you can foresee that loss. And Ness found a way for even a person who hasn’t dealt with that yet, to understand what it feels like.

I’ve seen the way people have reacted to this book, and I have to say it most definitely is a heart-wrencher. It’s also impeccably illustrated.

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Review: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

16068905Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Published : July 3, 2014

From the author of the New York Times bestseller Eleanor & Park.

A coming-of-age tale of fan fiction, family and first love.

Cath is a Simon Snow fan.

Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan…

But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words… And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this?

Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?

And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?


I enjoy Rainbow Rowell’s books usually. I think I gave Landline a 3 or 4 out of 5 and Eleanor & Park a 5 out of 5. And I thought I’d love Fangirl I really did. I heard awesome things I had the most positive mind set, and it was one of the biggest let downs for me. And I don’t think there was anything wrong per-say with the book. I just couldn’t get into it and maybe it wasn’t the right book for me.

I have been pushing contemporary a lot lately. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon , Inconceivable by Tegan Wren, and now Fangirl maybe I just had a big contemporary overload. It took me 200 pages to get remotely interested. I didn’t like Cath I thought she was someone who I couldn’t relate to at all and most people wouldn’t. I understand having anxiety and being a shut in because I’ve dealt with all those problems and the way they it was portrayed through Cath I just didn’t know if it was something that was written like that purposefully or not.

I also didn’t really like the whole Simon Snow and Baz fanfic. I understand fanfic I used to write fanfic and I used to avidly read it and it was similar to what I’ve known fanfic to be, but, it just didn’t feel right for the Harry Potter esque feel I’ve heard this to be like. But I in no way found any relation to what magical fan fictions I’ve read and Carry On especially if she was getting the hits she was in the book.

I enjoyed Levi, I thought he was pretty awesome. And I thought he was a good voice of reason in times like  WHEN CATH DECIDED SHE DIDN’T WANT TO TAKE THE SECOND CHANCE HER PROFESSOR GAVE HER?! I would’ve KILLED for moments like that in college. I suppose it was just a lot of frustrating things that kept chipping away at me that kept me in a weird like/dislike stage with this book. I don’t want to say it’s a bad book, because it’s not.

It’s a good book for the right person. Contemporary has never been my cup of tea and I’ve somehow read 3 contemporary books in a row and not managed to throw myself off a bridge. But I do believe I need to take a break from contemporary, but maybe if i re-read this sometime later down the road, I’ll see it in a different light, but it sure as hell won’t stop me from reading Attachments at some point either this year or next.

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Excited at first, disappointed in the end.  Sorry Rainbow Rowell! I’m still a big fan though!

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Review: Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi

13188676The heart-stopping conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Shatter Me series, which Ransom Riggs, bestselling author of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, called “a thrilling, high-stakes saga of self-discovery and forbidden love.”

With Omega Point destroyed, Juliette doesn’t know if the rebels, her friends, or even Adam are alive. But that won’t keep her from trying to take down The Reestablishment once and for all. Now she must rely on Warner, the handsome commander of Sector 45. The one person she never thought she could trust. The same person who saved her life. He promises to help Juliette master her powers and save their dying world . . . but that’s not all he wants with her.

The Shatter Me series is perfect for fans who crave action-packed young adult novels with tantalizing romance like Divergent by Veronica Roth, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, and Legend by Marie Lu. Tahereh Mafi has created a captivating and original story that combines the best of dystopian and paranormal, and was praised by Publishers Weekly as “a gripping read from an author who’s not afraid to take risks.” Now this final book brings the series to a shocking and satisfying end.


 

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I cannot believe that this series is done. I have nothing to read (other than companion novellas) that will have Warner or Juliette in it. Which is…heartbreaking. Mafi is an absolute genius, although it bothers me that Adam wasn’t….as developed as others, but that’s okay. I still think that Mafi is one of the most fluid and and captivating authors I’ve ever read. And I cannot explain how much I appreciate that in this series. It wasn’t only the story that kept me reading, it was Mafi’s smart choice of words and how the interlocked and complimented each other to the highest extent.

The Shatter Me trilogy is definitely a great journey, a lovely read, and I don’t think I’ll ever meet anyone who doesn’t like the series (if you don’t like it and your reading this, please let me know that I’ve been proven wrong, please take my ego down a few notches, I beg of you).  I cannot wait to see what the TV show will be like, and I most DEFINITELY cannot wait until Mafi releases more books.

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Review: Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi

13104080Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi
Published : February 5, 2013
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Juliette has escaped to Omega Point. It is a place for people like her—people with gifts—and it is also the headquarters of the rebel resistance.

She’s finally free from The Reestablishment, free from their plan to use her as a weapon, and free to love Adam. But Juliette will never be free from her lethal touch.

Or from Warner, who wants Juliette more than she ever thought possible.

In this exhilarating sequel to Shatter Me, Juliette has to make life-changing decisions between what she wants and what she thinks is right. Decisions that might involve choosing between her heart—and Adam’s life.


 

So, this book. Let me tell you. This was me the whole time :
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I loved how she went from this naive completely push-over woman to this … semi naive but stronger woman. I can only imagine what Ignite Me is going to hold for her.

NOW, on the topic of Warner vs. Adam. I AM TEAM WARNER. I cannot explain how true that above gif is. Warner is just more…he’s got more finesse, he’s more intense, he has more emotion than Adam, I feel like. He’s perfection. He makes me sooooo gitty.

But I honestly cannot get over the impeccable writing style that is Mafi’s. She just knows exactly what words to use, what nouns and adjectives bring out the most vivid imagery of characters, plot, scenery. This book is absolutely stunning. A great great great second installment.

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Review : Harry Potter and The Half Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling

17347380Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince by J.K.Rowling 
Published : August 27th 2013 by Scholastic (first published 2005)

The war against Voldemort is not going well; even Muggle governments are noticing. Ron scans the obituary pages of the Daily Prophet, looking for familiar names. Dumbledore is absent from Hogwarts for long stretches of time, and the Order of the Phoenix has already suffered losses.
And yet…

As in all wars, life goes on. Sixth-year students learn to Apparate — and lose a few eyebrows in the process. The Weasley twins expand their business. Teenagers flirt and fight and fall in love. Classes are never straightforward, though Harry receives some extraordinary help from the mysterious Half-Blood Prince.

So it’s the home front that takes center stage in the multilayered sixth installment of the story of Harry Potter. Here at Hogwarts, Harry will search for the full and complex story of the boy who became Lord Voldemort — and thereby find what may be his only vulnerability.


 

So, I’ve been reading through the series and I have to say, The Half-Blood Prince was just as good as I remember it being. Wait, I lied. This is even better than I thought it being. The Half-Blood prince is that present you find after opening all your Christmas presents like a day after everything. It’s the 5 dollar bill you found in your pocket of those jeans you haven’t worn in 4 months. The Half-Blood Prince is probably my ultimate favorite book in the series.

I think this is the book where everything just becomes real for Harry and not only for him but for us as readers. I think this really took a turn to where Harry actually becomes…human I guess. He deals with emotions, he’s not longer angsty, he realizes the repercussions of everything, and he’s becoming a man and still learning. And not only Harry though, J.K. Rowling gives a sense of human nature to all of her characters. Especially going so deep into the backstory of Voldemort and even further into the Gaunts. And she didn’t stop there, no, she took Malfoy. Sniveling little annoying, heaping mound of jerk Malfoy and made him into a vulnerable little being, someone with their back against the wall, a scared, very scared boy.

This book was just a Rowling masterpiece. I’m so happy to see her writing blossom through these books just like all of her characters, her little babies. I just can’t reiterate how amazing this book is. It just brings everything together for the last installment. Rowling really thought things through when writing this and it shows. It shows how much she cares for all of her characters, how much it means to her to let us know that they’re all just…people, they’re people with feelings and emotions and who just so happen to live and go to this amazing place we can only wish was real.

I also cannot believe that it took me so long to reread this. I feel like the Half-Blood Prince truly makes you feel like you’re on an adventure with the golden trio, always moving forward to beat Lord Voldemort.

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Review : A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas

Hey guys, I know it’s been a while but my computer broke and I just got it back right before July 4th and then the crazy 4th of July weekend came and so I’m behind on A LOT of reviews and a Wrap Up/TBR post.  Which is to come probably in a big bulk between tomorrow and Tuesday.

ANYWAY, WITHOUT FURTHER ADO:

16096824A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas 
Published: May 5th 2015

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.

So, as many know this was our June Readalong book and thanks for the people who joined us in this read along (we’re going to try another one for August, so if you have any books to suggest please let us know!) it was great and the forum discussions were really good!

This book, I think so far is my top book for 2015. I cannot believe the amazingness that was this book. It was just beautiful and the end was just so great I had to read it twice to make sure it was right. Sarah J Maas just blew me away with her writing the most though. I don’t think I’ve ever picked up a book and had so much trouble setting it down to do things like go to work or eat. I’ve never read one of her books before (which is why I picked up Throne of Glass this month) and I’m so glad that this was my first book read by her.

I honestly still cannot fathom how she wrote all her characters so perfectly. Even the evil ones! I hated Amarantha, but at the same time, I loved her for being so amazingly written! And her plot line and backstory was amazing. Which leads me to say, that Sarah J Maas had the plot and storyline on point from beginning to end. The whole thing was just…fluid and always in motion and there wasn’t one point where I was just like “okay let’s get moving”. Although I did hear a lot of people had trouble with the beginning of the book, but I didn’t.

The pace was fast and yet the whole book had so much detail but I still wanted more,I hope there’s more detail in the next books and I hope to see more courts and go deeper into characters. Tamlin was great and his relationships with all the characters were wonderful too. I hated Fayre’s family until Nesta really turned out to be a bad ass. Which I was so happy about. But her character writing was just so amazing. There was literally not one bad thing about this book.

Props to you Sarah J Maas. You literally took my breath away with this book (and so many feels).

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Author Request Review: Golden by Melinda Michaels

24313673Golden by Melinda Michaels
Published : March 24,2015

High school senior Hanna Loch just suffered a blackout in front of her entire homeroom class. She hasn’t had one in over ten years, and she’s terrified—the last time she blacked out, she woke up with no memory of her life before. To make matters worse, no one can explain why it happens. For Hanna, bad things tend to come in threes.

And that doesn’t even begin to cover it . . .

When she learns she could be a descendant of someone who lived /once upon a time/, Hanna must put her trust in William Vann, a descendant of one of the most hated villains ever known. Their histories are intertwined in more ways than she expected, and he has answers about her past, answers even her family won’t share.

But is it safe to put her trust in someone who appears to be danger reincarnate, while trying to escape the darkness that tried to kill her ten years ago?

A loose fairytale retelling, GOLDEN is a story that’s /just right/, weaving together lost secrets, vengeful enemies, and what happens when fiction becomes reality.

So Melinda got in touch with me and asked me to review her book and I gladly accepted because I was intrigued with the plot. It just pulled me in and after reading ACOTAR I just wanted to go with the whole fairytale retelling theme.

I didn’t think I was going to like this book when I first started reading it, but as I went on through it, I found myself enjoying it more and more as the pages went by. I found it difficult to like Hanna at first, but eventually I got over it haha. I had to remind myself that Hanna was only a high school girl so it would probably be more relatable for a High School aged me, but anyway.

I love the way Melinda used the fairytale elements. It wasn’t SUPER in your face but you most definitely caught it and the concept of it all is just great! It took a little while for me to finally actually start getting engrossed in the book (about 1/3 of the way) but I didn’t mind it!  Overall it’s a super awesome read and totally suggest picking it up if you’re in the mood for a re-telling.

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Review: Harry Potter and The Order of The Phoenix

24120668Harry Potter and The Order of The Phoenix by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter is due to start his fifth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. His best friends Ron and Hermione have been very secretive all summer and he is desperate to get back to school and find out what has been going on. However, what Harry discovers is far more devastating than he could ever have expected…

Suspense, secrets and thrilling action from the pen of J.K. Rowling ensure an electrifying adventure that is impossible to put down.

So upon re reading this whole series, I realized I don’t like Order of the Phoenix as much as I thought I did. And I like The Goblet of Fire more than Order of The Phoenix. Which is a new development. I loved this book, but I ABSOLUTELY HATE UMBRIDGE. And she just overtakes the book for so long that it always makes me want to tear out every page that has a mention of her name (but I’d never do that of course). But I think that J.K. Rowling did an amazing job with this fifth book.

I love all the backstory, like Sirius’ family, and you also see a TON of stuff that isn’t in the movies *ahem* St. Mungo’s! I loved getting to see what happened to Lockhart and finally getting to see Neville’s parents again (from the last time I’ve read the series). It really hit me seeing Alice trying to interact with Neville and basically interacting with him like he was still a child giving him candy.

And the fact that everyone who was kind of in the back of everything just turned into bad asses is AMAZING. I love that Neville goes complete bad ass and so does Ginny (congrats on seeker Ginny!) I really love that everyone is just turning into their own person and just want to help.

ALSO, Love love LOVED seeing so many magical creatures! The Nargals and the Centaurs gah they were so amazing.  And that last scene with the death eaters and how Neville completely kicks so much ass. And how he could’ve potentially been the “chosen one” gah. He’s such a great character. I also liked everything about occlumency, and how you see into who Harry’s parents were and what it was like being Snape back in the day (poor thing!) I honestly felt like I was reading this book for the first time.

I loved every moment of it though.

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Review: Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

13455782Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
Published : October 2, 2012

“Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.

The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.

The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war – and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now.

Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.”

I was super excited to begin reading this book. I’ve heard so many great things about it and it totally lived up to it in my eyes. I loved all the characters and all the kind of gut feelings and guessing about what was going on.

I think Mafi wrote this well enough that it just sucked me in and had me running to get through it from the beginning, with only the thought of having to read the second book right away in mind. I wasn’t annoyed with Juliette as I would be with a lot of female protagonists in books like these which was refreshing to me.  And I think it was because of Mafi’s GREAT writing style. The voice she gave Juliette was great and all of her writing was completely poetic. Although i DID listen to the second half of this book on audio, I don’t regret it. It gave Juliet more of a voice and I could envision her a lot better than I could while simply reading.

And I think the fact that none of these characters are so perfect makes it a lot more relatable. All the characters have great strengths and big weaknesses that work alongside the strength. Overall, this book was great. Something that really fed into my interests and kept me going and hungry for more!

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