Review: RoseBlood by A.G. Howard

28818314RoseBlood by A.G. Howard

Published January 10th 2017

In this modern day spin on Leroux’s gothic tale of unrequited love turned to madness, seventeen-year-old Rune Germain has a mysterious affliction linked to her operatic talent, and a horrifying mistake she’s trying to hide. Hoping creative direction will help her, Rune’s mother sends her to a French arts conservatory for her senior year, located in an opera house rumored to have ties to The Phantom of the Opera.

At RoseBlood, Rune secretly befriends the masked Thorn—an elusive violinist who not only guides her musical transformation through dreams that seem more real than reality itself, but somehow knows who she is behind her own masks. As the two discover an otherworldly connection and a soul-deep romance blossoms, Thorn’s dark agenda comes to light and he’s forced to make a deadly choice: lead Rune to her destruction, or face the wrath of the phantom who has haunted the opera house for a century, and is the only father he’s ever known.

untitled1

I haven’t read or seen Phantom of the Opera so I was really interested to learn about it in this retelling. I also enjoyed A.G. Howard’s Splintered so I was excited to read another book from her.
There was quite a bit of info dumping, especially in the first few chapters. I thought there was more complicated backstory than necessary but once I got past that, I enjoyed the book a lot more.
I really liked the concept of this book. It was so weird but I loved the odd and creepy aspect of the RoseBlood. The whole book was really creative and different.
The characters were fine. I didn’t hate them or find them annoying but I didn’t fall head over heels with them either. But I think others could really love Rune.
There wasn’t a whole lot of action like I expected (I don’t even know why I expected a lot of action and excitement but I did) so it did get a bit slow for me but it wasn’t terrible.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I think if I had connected with the characters more and there had been more action, I would have loved this book. But that’s totally a personal preference so that shouldn’t really stop you from trying this book out. If you’re a fan of Phantom of the Opera, I think you’ll love RoseBlood.

232666472326664723266647halfstar-e1424616015397

22465605

 

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.

untitled1


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!

2326664723266647232666472326664723266647

Stephanie-Signature

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.

untitled1


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.

2326664723266647232666472326664723266647

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.

star-e1424615985435star-e1424615985435star-e1424615985435star-e1424615985435

Stephanie-Signature