A Court of Thorns and Roses Book Review

A Court of Thorns and Roses is the first book in the A Court of Thorns and Roses (ACOTAR) series by Sarah J Maas.

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Feyre is a huntress. And when she sees a deer in the forest being pursued by a wolf, she kills the predator and takes its prey to feed herself and her two sisters. But the wolf was not what it seemed, and Feyre cannot predict the high price she will have to pay for its death … 

Dragged away from her family for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face obscured by a jewelled mask, is hiding even more than his piercing green eyes suggest. Feyre’s presence at his court is closely guarded, and as she begins to learn why, her feelings for Tamlin turn from hostility to passion and the faerie lands become an even more dangerous place. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose him forever.

REVIEW

I truely enjoyed A Court of Thorns and Roses. It definitely reminds me of Beauty and the Beast and it’s a great retelling.

The main protagonist Feyre is a strong woman, who dispute the odds, takes care and provides for her family. The introduction of fae and their lands was amazing and I could imagine the different courts as they were being described.

Tamlin is the perfect hero and love interest for Freya. We are also introduced to the court members such as Lucien and Alis who Freya soon sees as friends.

The true antagonist of the story is Amarantha with Rhysand seeming to be her right hand man. I love how deep Rhysand’s character is and I’m looking forward to learning more about him in the next book as it looks like he will be important to Freya with the bargain that was made.

The absolute twist at the end and the change to Freya I wasn’t expecting at all. Sarah Maas is an excellent writer and the world she has built truely takes you to another place.

I was nervous going into reading this book as I thought it may be a let down after all the hype but I haven’t been disappointed and looking forward to reading book 2.

Pariah Book Review

Pariah is the first book in the Magic Unveiling series by Sullivan Frey. I would like to thank Sullivan Grey for the review copy.

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My school has a dark secret….but the one from my past might be darker. When the cheerleaders mentioned an initiation, I thought they were joking. Hours later, I’ve somehow left two football players unconscious and I’m escaping my first varsity party with the scariest guy in school.

In one night, I went from popular to pariah. Nothing feels safe anymore, except these students who call themselves the Select.

Right now, they are the only people I can trust- even if they aren’t telling me everything about The Select or its elite academy.

The further down the rabbit hole I go, the more sure I am that I won’t be coming back. Who can I trust if even my own memories aren’t telling the truth.

REVIEW

This book had me hooked and not wanting to put down! It leaves you with just enough unanswered questions that have you needing the next book.

Taya seems like the average teenage cheerleader, but after a disastrous evening at a party, her life seems to change completely.

After she is saved from a party from her so called friends, Sutton, Church, Darius and Kimani seem like the just the people she can trust even if they are an odd group friends.

With secrets and questions unanswered will Taya belong with this odd group and will she find who these people really are.

Pariah ends with a twist and an a hint of a secret that doesn’t seem possible. I’m looking forward to finding out. It is a fast paced- page turner that truely appeals to those who love fantasy!

Seven Crowns Book Review

Seven Crowns is the first book in the Bellaton series by E.V. Everest. I was lucky enough to read an Advanced Readers Copy.

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An unclaimed crown. Six deadly rivals. A world she never knew existed.   

Sixteen-year-old Ana is a waitress, foster kid, and liar. She might also be the sole heir to a crown on another planet. A crown she never asked for or even wanted.   

One year after her mom’s death, Ana discovers her mom’s biggest secret—she was a political refugee from a planet called Bellaton. Ana’s family was one of seven that ruled before they were picked off one by one.   

Now, with assassins after her, Ana could be next. With the help of a dazzling array of friends and enemies, Ana must discover her magical “gift” at the academy… or risk being named an imposter. In this world of breathtaking beauty, charm, and magic, will Ana be able to tell friend from foe, reveal her would-be assassin, and take the crown? 

REVIEW

I truely enjoyed Seven Crows and it’s drew me in from the beginning. The protagonist Ana, hasn’t had the easiest life as she is in foster care after loosing her mother and her brothers are in college. 

When strange occurrences happen, she is helped but a couple of strangers who say they knew her mom. With their help, she escapes from people trying to kill her onto a space ship and travels to a new planet that she is the lost heir to the throne for. 

I really enjoyed the immersion of politics as she works out who to trust and the building relationship with Adam as well as friendship with Holden and Ophelia. 

When truths come out and all seems broken between Adam and Ana, a murder attempt in a challenge reveals just how much they love each other as they save one another. 

The ending made me wanting to jump into the next book and I look forward to re-reading this book and reading the next. 

Legendary Book Review

Legendary is the sequel to Caraval by Stephanie Garber.

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A heart to protect. A debt to repay. A game to win.

After being swept up in the magical world of Caraval, Donatella Dragna has finally escaped her father and saved her sister Scarlett from a disastrous arranged marriage. The girls should be celebrating, but Tella isn’t yet free. She made a desperate bargain with a mysterious criminal, and what Tella owes him no one has ever been able to deliver: Caraval Master Legend’s true name.

The only chance of uncovering Legend’s identity is to win Caraval, so Tella throws herself into the legendary competition once more – and into the path of the murderous heir to the throne, a doomed love story, and a web of secrets . . . including her sister’s. Caraval has always demanded bravery, cunning, and sacrifice. But now the game is asking for more. If Tella can’t fulfill her bargain and deliver Legend’s name, she’ll lose everything she cares about – maybe even her life. But if she wins, Legend and Caraval will be destroyed forever.

REVIEW

I found it intriguing going back to Caraval where it is filled with magic and the game this time round is the most important. It is set only days after Caraval.

The protagonist in this novel is Tella, who is Scarlett’s sister who very much aware of what is in store if she plays the game. She is a strong protagonist, however in moments of weakness we can see her doubting herself and not truely believing that the game is real.

This novel is full of mysteries and deceit, that when you thought you knew all about Caraval, you are wrong and there is much to learn about the game.

Tella is caught between powerful players, one being Legend and one being a Fate, and if she doesn’t hold up the bargain she made she stand to loose everything, including her life.

I enjoyed seeing the development and the struggles in Scarlett and Julian’s relationship as no relationship is perfect as well as seeing Tella changing her feelings towards Dante.

The game this time round focuses on find the truth about Legend and I wasn’t expecting his true identity. I’m looking forward to how the trilogy ends in Finale and how these two couples will come together or fall apart.

Finale Book Review

Finale is the last book of the Caraval trilogy by Stephanie Garber. The review does contain a few spoilers.

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A love worth fighting for. A dream worth dying for. An ending worth waiting for.

It’s been two months since the Fates were freed from a deck of cards, two months since Legend claimed the throne for his own, and two months since Tella discovered the boy she fell in love with doesn’t really exist.

With lives, empires, and hearts hanging in the balance, Tella must decide if she’s going to trust Legend or a former enemy. After uncovering a secret that upends her life, Scarlett will need to do the impossible. And Legend has a choice to make that will forever change and define him.

Caraval is over, but perhaps the greatest game of all has begun. There are no spectators this time: only those who will win, and those who will lose everything.

Welcome, welcome to Finale. All games must come to an end.

REVIEW

I truely enjoyed this novel. It closes the story beautifully and I loved being able to read from both Scarlett and Tella’s perspectives.

The development of Tella and Legend’s relationship as well as Scarlett and Julian’s has some bumps along the way but I love that love conquers all.

It was interesting to see how the Fates played an important role in the story and it wasn’t just black and white in their loyalty.

There were awesome twists and turns in the story kept me interested throughout the story and I really enjoyed the book.

I’ll be definitely reading the book again. 5/5 stars.

Their Fractured Light Book Review

Their Fractured Light is the final book in the Starbound Trilogy by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner.

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Will the secrets of LaRoux Industries finally be exposed by Gideon Marchant, an eighteen-year-old computer hacker and an urban warrior, and fellow rebel and thief Sofia Quinn?  

A year ago, Flynn Cormac and Jubilee Chase made the now-infamous Avon Broadcast, calling on the galaxy to witness LaRoux Industries’ corruption. A year before that, Tarver Merendsen and Lilac LaRoux were rescued from a terrible shipwreck – now they live a public life in front of the cameras and a secret life away from the world’s gaze.

Now, in the center of the universe on the planet of Corinth, all four are about to collide with two new players, who will bring the fight against LaRoux Industries to a head. Gideon Marchant is an 18-year-old computer hacker known in Corinth’s underworld as The Knave of Hearts. He’ll climb, abseil, and worm his way past the best security measures to pull off onsite hacks that others don’t dare touch.

Sofia Quinn has a killer smile, and by the time you’re done noticing it, she’s got you offering up your wallet, your car, and anything else she desires. She holds LaRoux Industries responsible for the mysterious death of her father and is out for revenge at any cost.

When a LaRoux Industries security breach interrupts Gideon and Sofia’s separate attempts to infiltrate their headquarters, they’re forced to work together to escape. Both of them have their own reasons for wanting to take down LaRoux Industries, and neither trusts the other. But working together might be the best chance they have to expose the secrets LRI is so desperate to hide.

REVIEW

This is an amazing ending to the Starbound Trilogy that I couldn’t put the book down til I reached the ending. It was a great paced novel that was filled with mystery, secrets and love that I really adore in young adult fantasy novels.

Our two main protagonists come from different backgrounds, however are fighting for the same cause and realise they need to work together. In the novel, we are also joined by the protagonists from the other two books as all six work together to expose the secrets LaRoux Industries are hiding. It was fantastic reading from Gideon and Sofia’s perspectives as they were working together as well as working with the two other couples.

I loved how the Whispers were fully explained in this novel and that there was a happy ending for all the protagonists and the Whispers.

Lilac’s father was the perfect antagonist and I was truely happy with the freedom of the Whispers and how they finally integrated with the population.

My favourite quotes from the book were “one this side if the rift, in this world, nothing is certain. But the only shields against the darkness are the moments that bring light, and you have seen that in these people, their stories. They are unique and they are all the same.” and “but free will is what it means to be human, and no one can determine the path you take through the universe. Choice is our greatest right, our greatest gift- and our greatest responsibility”. I feel that that these hold true in our lives and we need to remember them.

This Shattered World Book Review

This Shattered World is the second book in the Starbound Trilogy by Amie Kaufman and Megan Spooner.

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Jubilee Chase and Flynn Cormac should never have met.

Lee is captain of the forces sent to Avon to crush the terraformed planet’s rebellious colonists, but she has her own reasons for hating the insurgents.

Rebellion is in Flynn’s blood. His sister died in the original uprising against the powerful corporate conglomerate that rules Avon with an iron fist. These corporations make their fortune by terraforming uninhabitable planets across the universe and recruiting colonists to make the planets livable, with the promise of a better life for their children. But they never fulfilled their promise on Avon, and decades later, Flynn is leading the rebellion.

Desperate for any advantage against the military occupying his home, Flynn does the only thing that makes sense when he and Lee cross paths: He returns to base with her as prisoner. But as his fellow rebels prepare to execute this tough-talking girl with nerves of steel, Flynn makes another choice that will change him forever. He and Lee escape base together, caught between two sides in a senseless war.

REVIEW

A perfect second book in the Starbound Trilogy where we meet two more protagonists that seem like they will never be on the same side. I loved returning to the same galaxy as These Broken Stars but to a different planet we only heard mentioned.

Avon is an uninhabitable planet that is full of rebellion and our two protagonists are on different sides. We meet Jubilee a soldier who was is sent to crush the rebellion on Avon and Flynn who is one of the rebellion leaders.

Jubilee and Flynn seem to compliment each other and when they work together they are an unstoppable force. I love the build up in their relationship as the learn to trust and eventually fall for one another.

The descriptions in the book had me completely imagining not only the base, the swamps and the rebel hideouts but the environment and each other the people Flynn and Jubilee interacted with.

I would definitely recommend this book and give it 4.5 stars.

These Broken Stars Book Review

These Broken Stars is the first book in the Starbound Trilogy by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner.

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It’s a night like any other on board the Icarus. Then, catastrophe strikes: the massive luxury spaceliner is yanked out of hyperspace and plummets into the nearest planet. Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen survive. And they seem to be alone. Lilac is the daughter of the richest man in the universe.

Tarver comes from nothing, a young war hero who learned long ago that girls like Lilac are more trouble than they’re worth. But with only each other to rely on, Lilac and Tarver must work together, making a tortuous journey across the eerie, deserted terrain to seek help. Then, against all odds, Lilac and Tarver find a strange blessing in the tragedy that has thrown them into each other’s arms.

Without the hope of a future together in their own world, they begin to wonder, would they be better off staying here forever? Everything changes when they uncover the truth behind the chilling whispers that haunt their every step. Lilac and Tarver may find a way off this planet. But they won’t be the same people who landed on it.

REVIEW

This is an amazingly written book that switches between the two protagonists Lilac and Tarver. It paces very well and I couldn’t put it down. I love that although they come from two different backgrounds, in the end both Lilac and Tarver work together so that they can survive. Lilac comes from a privledged background while Tarver is now in the limelight for his fighting skills on

The setting of the story is beautifully written and I can imagine myself on the spaceliner. as well as the planet they crash land too. I love the woods and I can imagine the cottage that is describe in the book.

The character development of Lilac throughout the book shows how the experience changes her along with how much she begins to care about Tarver. She also changes from a lady who constantly needs to rely on Tarver, to a lady is confident enough to go off alone and collect equipment to help Tarver and her survive. Although Lilac knows how much she cares about Tarver, it isn’t until the worst happens to Lilac does Tarver realise his feelings.

When the truth about her father comes out, Lilac knows she needs to do something and the pair decide that they will do anything for the truth to come to light.

This is a perfect building romance story with enough twists and turns that keeps you hooked.

Caraval Book Review

Caraval is the first book in the trilogy by Stephanie Garber.

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WELCOME TO CARAVAL, WHERE NOTHING IS QUITE WHAT IT SEEMS

Scarlett has never left the tiny isle of Trisda, pining from afar for the wonder of Caraval, a once-a-year week-long performance where the audience participates in the show.

Caraval is Magic. Mystery. Adventure. And for Scarlett and her beloved sister Tella it represents freedom and an escape from their ruthless, abusive father.

When the sisters’ long-awaited invitations to Caraval finally arrive, it seems their dreams have come true. But no sooner have they arrived than Tella vanishes, kidnapped by the show’s mastermind organiser, Legend.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But nonetheless she quickly becomes enmeshed in a dangerous game of love, magic and heartbreak.

And real or not, she must find Tella before the game is over, and her sister disappears forever.

REVIEW

Join the Caraval where nothing is what is seems and magic is in play. Caraval is a well placed book that follows Scarlett as she tries to find her sister in Caraval.

I loved Scarlett as she grew more confident in the game that is Caraval. Throughout the story we see Scarlett sacrifice herself for sister to willing to stand for herself to her father and ultimately save her sisters life.

The pairing of Scarlett and Julian was perfect and I really enjoyed that it wasn’t love at first glance but a steady growth that happened throughout the book. With the heartache and the pure joy, this pairing was very well done.

There was a great number of twists and turns and the ultimate truth of the game of Caraval wasn’t what I was expecting. The epilogue leaves a good cliffhanger that has me intrigued for Legendary.

The Third Sun Book Review

The Third Sun is the first book in the Daughter of the Phoenix series by Victoria J Price. I want to thank Victoria for giving me a copy for review.

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The sun is dying, the windows to Earth are closing. Time is running out. After the death of her sister, eighteen year old Fia Aldridge knows one thing for certain: she doesn’t belong anywhere. But the she tumbles into the parallel world of Ohinyan—a world where angels and witches walk among mankind.

An ancient darkness is taking advantage of the dying sun, and Ohinyan needs Fia’s help. She soon learns that her arrival is not entirely by accident and that Alexander, leader of angels, is not the guardian she thought he was.

Torn between their feelings and their duties, together they must find a way to return Fia to London before the darkness consumes her and she is trapped in Ohinyan forever.

REVIEW

This is a well written young adult fantasy novel that explores a parallel world that is coming into conflict as darkness is emerging as the second sun dies which is filled with angels and other supernatural beings that at real.

We meet Fia after she has just lost her sister, her life isn’t going to plan. Her boyfriend Henry is cheating, she is coming into abilities of hearing animals talk and she thinks she sees an angel. Suddenly she falls into another world called Ohinyan. She is a strong protagonist as she is thrown into a situation that she doesn’t know how she really fits into.

I love the building relationship with Alexander, an angel who is in charge of keeping light in the coming darkness.

This book is full of magical beings, strong and rich world building as we are taken around Ohinyan and a great assortment characters as we read from the perspectives of Noor, Fia and Alexander.

I’m looking forward to reading book two to see what happens with Fia and Alexander.