Review : The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

17347389 The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater
Published: September 17, 2013

If you could steal things from dreams, what would you take?

Ronan Lynch has secrets. Some he keeps from others. Some he keeps from himself.

One secret: Ronan can bring things out of his dreams.

And sometimes he’s not the only one who wants those things.

Ronan is one of the raven boys—a group of friends, practically brothers, searching for a dead king named Glendower, who they think is hidden somewhere in the hills by their elite private school, Aglionby Academy. The path to Glendower has long lived as an undercurrent beneath town. But now, like Ronan’s secrets, it is beginning to rise to the surface—changing everything in its wake.

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I never expected to really enjoy this series and I was surprised  I was flying through this book. Although it wasn’t as exciting as I thought The Raven Boys was, it still had plenty to keep me satisfied. Especially the back story behind my baby Ronan </3  This book focuses mostly on Ronan which I enjoyed because there’s a lot behind this quiet trouble maker.

This book also revolved a bit around Adam and Adam just decided to take my heart and shatter it into a million pieces and I adored everything in regards to Adam’s character this time around because he had more substance. And as always Blue’s family is probably my favorite bunch of people right now.

So, this book really focused in on Ronan’s ability to bring things out of his dreams and into real life. And I think the build up to everything that happens in this book is really quite a bit slow, and could have been a bit quicker. I dont want this seen as a complaint though because Maggie Stiefvater’s writing is absolutely amazing. I love it, and the way she writes is so captivating I can’t get enough! Anyway…on to the third book!

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Review: Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

10194157Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
Published: June 5, 2012

Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.

Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.

Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha . . . and the secrets of her heart.

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I feel like I’ve been on a really good lucky streak with amazing books. I literally devoured this one in about two days and that’s really uncommon for me. I’ve picked up Shadow and Bone before but I didn’t really get into it so I put it down a couple times actually, and this time it actually stuck with me.

The Darkling captivated me as I’m sure he swept away most other readers, and Alina was awesome but I kept begging her to get over Mal. I think that was the one thing that really bothered me was the tug at a love triangle, but at the same time I HATED that Alina was so hung up on Mal. Not sure why, he’s a pretty good character, but I still couldn’t get over it for some reason. Maybe it’s because I got caught up with the Darkling (whoopsie! But I mean seriously…come on).

The overall plot and storyline was super engaging! No true lulls to the story and a constant stream of motion and action. I hope to see more of this Grisha Universe though, I read Six of Crows and I’m liking the more in depth look into the Grisha and who they are and how they work etc. etc.  I’m a bit worried as to what will happen in Book 2 since this book finished on a pretty solid note…

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Review: The Wicked Will Rise by Danielle Paige

18602341The Wicked Will Rise by Danielle Paige
Published: March 31, 2015

In this dark, high-octane sequel to the New York Timesbestselling Dorothy Must Die, Amy Gumm must do everything in her power to kill Dorothy and free Oz.

To make Oz a free land again, Amy Gumm was given a mission: remove the Tin Woodman’s heart, steal the Scarecrow’s brain, take the Lion’s courage, and then Dorothy must die…

But Dorothy still lives. Now the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked has vanished, and mysterious Princess Ozma might be Amy’s only ally. As Amy learns the truth about her mission, she realizes that she’s only just scratched the surface of Oz’s past—and that Kansas, the home she couldn’t wait to leave behind, may also be in danger. In a place where the line between good and evil shifts with just a strong gust of wind, who can Amy trust—and who is really Wicked?


I was worried when I saw how much smaller this book was compared to Dororthy Must Die. But I was thoroughly surprised at how fast paced and action packed this book was! I also loved that we were in like a middle transition area of Amy being not a witch and a witch. Like this mid zone of will she really go to the wicked side or will she be a free agent/good witch?

I also loved Queen Lulu like what a bad ass. And I loved the backstory you got on Pete, Ozma and Momby as well. I think this was a wonderful book to give a lot of world building as well as back story on all these characters. I think that’s my favorite part of this series, how everyone is so different but could be tied together and learning about them and who they are.

I loved seeing more of Oz. I think in this Oz it’s a really cool place and love Paige’s spin on it.

I feel like I don’t have a lot to say about this one just because it was so short and I don’t want to spoil anything for anyone but Dorothy yet again get’s away alive and I’m 100% ready to read Yellow Brick War and SUPER excited for this fourth book.

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Review : Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

20983362Passenger by Alexandra Bracken
Published: January 5, 2016

Passage, n.
i. A brief section of music composed of a series of notes and flourishes.
ii. A journey by water; a voyage.
iii. The transition from one place to another, across space and time.

In one devastating night, violin prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Thrust into an unfamiliar world by a stranger with a dangerous agenda, Etta is certain of only one thing: she has traveled not just miles but years from home. And she’s inherited a legacy she knows nothing about from a family whose existence she’s never heard of. Until now.

Nicholas Carter is content with his life at sea, free from the Ironwoods—a powerful family in the colonies—and the servitude he’s known at their hands. But with the arrival of an unusual passenger on his ship comes the insistent pull of the past that he can’t escape and the family that won’t let him go so easily. Now the Ironwoods are searching for a stolen object of untold value, one they believe only Etta, Nicholas’ passenger, can find. In order to protect her, he must ensure she brings it back to them—whether she wants to or not.

Together, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the traveler who will do anything to keep the object out of the Ironwoods’ grasp. But as they get closer to the truth of their search, and the deadly game the Ironwoods are playing, treacherous forces threaten to separate Etta not only from Nicholas but from her path home… forever.


Where to begin, where to begin? Passenger was very underwhelming for me. I get very excited with pirates and then throw time travel into the mix. How could you go wrong!? Well…with a really annoying main character and some insta-love. I’m torn between wanting to continue this series or if I just want to give up. I hate giving up.

The premise of the book was interesting. A girl hidden from her true time traveling powers and she finally unleashes them to go on a hunt for the one thing her nemesis is looking for. HOW COULD YOU POSSIBLY GO WRONG?! I feel like it’s almost a sin that this book went the way it did.

Etta really frustrated me, it wasn’t until towards the last half of the book where she got tolerable for me. I was much more interested in Nicholas. I really wish I got more of him and am completely debating picking up Wayfarer in hopes of getting more Nicholas backstory and what not. But Etta was too up tight for the most part and my god…the instalove was…it was really annoying. I don’t think I can forgive an insta-love like that. It was almost forced.

The pace was okay, it was fast enough that it kept me interested to keep going till the end, but in all honesty, I just really wanted more pirates, more time travel, and more all around bad ass-ery with a nice touch of romance. I have to say though I’m REALLY impressed by Bracken’s writing and seriously considering picking up The Darkest Minds.

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Review: Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

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Published: March 22 , 2011

It’s 1941 and fifteen-year-old artist Lina Vilkas is on Stalin’s extermination list. Deported to a prison camp in Siberia, Lina fights for her life, fearless, risking everything to save her family. It’s a long and harrowing journey and it is only their incredible strength, love, and hope that pull Lina and her family through each day. But will love be enough to keep them alive?


I never thought I’d pick up Shades of Gray and enjoy it as much as I did. I’m the kind of reader who absolutely loves high fantasy and such. Basically nothing close to historical fiction. I was insanely surprised by this!

I have never read a Ruta Sepetys book before. And I’m so glad that I did because I am now a HUGE fan! Her writing is so flawless and beautiful and keeps me wanting more, more and more. I don’t think I’ve ever picked up a historical fiction novel and if I have it’s been a REALLY long time. I had to slow my pace down for this book because I didn’t want it to end.

Between Shades of Gray is about a family, Lina, her brother Jonas and her parents and how they get separated from their father on the way from Lithuania to Siberia to work in desolate farm. Her family was taken in the dead of night by the NKVD (from what I understand they eventually become the KGB) for crimes they have not committed and crimes they don’t understand are being charged against them and the whole Lithuanian race.

I absolutely loved the strength in this book. There was so much of it seeing these people go through so much pain, turmoil, and just hard times. The way that they kept hope and life alive among them, it was absolutely stunning. I cannot believe the power and just the sure will in all of these characters. Even ones you don’t think are strong as others, are incredibly strong.

Although I don’t know must about the historical aspects of this book, you could tell Ruta Sepetys did a very VERY good job of researching and accuracies. But this book was very moving, informative, powerful, heart breakingly beautiful and all in all one of the most amazing reads of my year.

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Review: A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

17927395 A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
Published: May 3rd, 2017

Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.

With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas’s masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights.


DISCLAIMER: IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THIS BOOK YET, DO NOT READ THIS REVIEW, IT CONTAINS SPOILERS

For the love of everything good in the world, get ready for the mother of all reviews. Because fasten your seat belts kids because here we go! I don’t even know where to begin with all the perfection that came from this book, I literally have NO bad words about this book. I’ve already re-read it 2 times coming to a total of 3 times read. So I’m just going to write this review the only way I think makes sense right now. Topics. DO NOT READ THIS POST IT WILL CONTAIN A MILLION SPOILERS

Characters:
I hated Fayre at the beginning of this book, I was so over it that she was just a lump of nothing. I understand PTSD and what not but after a certain extent I feel like Fayre could’ve stood up for herself a good while before she actually did. Other than that I love who Fayre has become. I cannot believe how strong and just bad ass she’s become. I think the most amazing character development happened with Fayre and I loved every minute of it.

Ugh Tamlin. GTFO please. I cannot deal with him anymore. I just want him to go away, he made me so mad especially selling himself out. I can’t even hear his name without getting mad at what a douche he’s become (YES I KNOW I HAVE STRONG FEELINGS ABOUT THIS.)

 OH MY SWEET BABY. BLESS THE MOTHER AND THE CAULDRON AND EVERY SINGLE STAR IN THE SKY BECAUSE I JUST CANNOT. From the moment he appeared in this book I couldn’t stop. I’m a woman obsessed for Rhysand. He’s so hard and soft and he’s so complex and amazing .  I loved seeing his true self and the place he calls home and the way he protects the beauty of Velarys (I literally gawked at Velarys) And I have to say, the fact that he knew Fayre was his mate from the start and just kept himself contained and let HER come to her own decision about him and her was absolutely beautiful. I couldn’t handle it. I loved his back story and how he got his what I like to call squad.

But all in all these characters were amazing. I want to be a part of the Court of Dreams! I can’t believe how amazing they all are. I just want more of these characters they’re all so different and dynamic and I can’t express how much i love every single one of them.

World: I WANT BE IN THE NIGHT COURT FOREVER. I cannot deal with how amazing it is. I cannot applaud Sarah J. Maas anymore because my hands will fall off because the world building was absolutely amazing! I love love LOVE Velarys and everything it stands for! I couldn’t get enough of it all

Plot/Story Line:  There is absolutely everything you could possibly need in a book in this one. Love, Romance, Action, Gore, Mystery, Cliff Hangers… I really want to go into every aspect of this book but I honestly can’t because this review would take FOREVER. There was so much in this book. From the moment Rhysand comes to take Fayre where you hate him for taking her away, and watching Fayre grow into herself.  And then the aspects of like The Weaver in The Wood which I STILL CANNOT GET OVER AND THAT EFFING RING OMG. There was just so many good things. And as always very well written. I cannot get over it. This book has so many elements to it and not in a bad way. Maas finds a way to cram so much into a book and make it feel like you went through a 700 page book in a matter of minutes. I literally finished ACOMAF in 3 days and I need more.

I loved every angle of this book, every word, absolutely everything. For that reason, I refuse to rate this star wise, because I feel like it exceeds the 5 star rating we usually use.

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Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

9460487Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Published: June 7th, 2011

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of curious photographs.

A horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.

A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.


I love love love LOVED the concept of this book. I thought it was a great idea and wonderful story line but I just do’t think it was executed quite the right way. It took me a couple tries to get into this book. I think I was a bit let down with the fact that the beginning and into the middle of the book were all just setting the story up and the there wasn’t much action happening anywhere except for when Jacob’s grandfather gets attacked. I found the rest to just be Jacob exploring as well as him and his therapist or talking about therapy. I didn’t think there was much to keep me interested.

The love interest was a no go for me. I couldn’t get over the fact of that love interest and for the sake of spoilers I’ll keep my mouth shut but….it’s just weird. It’s really weird when you think about it and I can’t get over it that. But other than that I loved each peculiar child. Although I think Millard was the best, I think each of them have a special certain something that makes them awesome! And I think the fact that Riggs placed those photos within the books really helped with the reading experience. It was something I’ve never encountered before and I really appreciated it!

I just didn’t really like the fact that a lot of the book was almost…predictable. Like I totally knew about the bird watcher once he showed up in the story and I could spot things from about a mile away. And I understand if it’s a few things here and there, but I basically figured out every potential “plot twist” a good while before it happened. It didn’t take me too long to read this book, and I think if this book took me longer to read I’d absolutely hate it but since I finished it in such a timely manner, I don’t think it was so bad! I’m really interested to see where it goes.

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