Book Review: To Kill A Kingdom by Alexandra Christo

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To Kill A Kingdom by Alexandra Christo
Published March 6th 2018 by Feiwel Friends
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance, Retellings

Princess Lira is siren royalty and the most lethal of them all. With the hearts of seventeen princes in her collection, she is revered across the sea. Until a twist of fate forces her to kill one of her own. To punish her daughter, the Sea Queen transforms Lira into the one thing they loathe most—a human. Robbed of her song, Lira has until the winter solstice to deliver Prince Elian’s heart to the Sea Queen or remain a human forever.

The ocean is the only place Prince Elian calls home, even though he is heir to the most powerful kingdom in the world. Hunting sirens is more than an unsavory hobby—it’s his calling. When he rescues a drowning woman in the ocean, she’s more than what she appears. She promises to help him find the key to destroying all of sirenkind for good—But can he trust her? And just how many deals will Elian have to barter to eliminate mankind’s greatest enemy?

Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟

“It’s like holding a story rather than a person; she feels wild and infinite in my arms.”

Okay.

So.

This book ended me.

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Book Review: Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

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Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
Published March 28th 2017 by Little Brown Books for Young Readers
Genres: Fiction, Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance

The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around— and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance to lose his dream forever.

What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving?

The answers await in Weep, but so do more mysteries—including the blue-skinned goddess who appears in Lazlo’s dreams. How did he dream her before he knew she existed? and if all the gods are dead, why does she seem so real?

In this sweeping and breathtaking new novel by National Book Award finalist Laini Taylor, author of the New York Timesbestselling Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy, the shadow of the past is as real as the ghosts who haunt the citadel of murdered gods. Fall into a mythical world of dread and wonder, moths and nightmares, love and carnage.

Welcome to Weep.

Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

I literally just finished this book and I could not resist making a review immediately because damn, this was so good.

So, where do I start?

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Book Review: The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

(i’m revamping my reviews! from now on the ratings, which are out of 5 stars, will be up front and in star emojis because i love star emojis very much)


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The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert
Published January 30th 2018 by Flatiron Books
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult, Fiction

Seventeen-year-old Alice and her mother have spent most of Alice’s life on the road, always a step ahead of the uncanny bad luck biting at their heels. But when Alice’s grandmother, the reclusive author of a cult-classic book of pitch-dark fairy tales, dies alone on her estate, the Hazel Wood, Alice learns how bad her luck can really get: Her mother is stolen away―by a figure who claims to come from the Hinterland, the cruel supernatural world where her grandmother’s stories are set. Alice’s only lead is the message her mother left behind: “Stay away from the Hazel Wood.”

Alice has long steered clear of her grandmother’s cultish fans. But now she has no choice but to ally with classmate Ellery Finch, a Hinterland superfan who may have his own reasons for wanting to help her. To retrieve her mother, Alice must venture first to the Hazel Wood, then into the world where her grandmother’s tales began―and where she might find out how her own story went so wrong.

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Halfway Through Reviews: A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab

Yep, double posts today because I feel real bad about ghosting y’all and I feel like I’m gonna get sick so might as well crank out all the posts while I can, right?

I literally just got the idea to make halfway through reviews right now, and since I’m reading AGOS, why not use that?

So, what are halfway through reviews? They’re exactly what the name implies: my thoughts, halfway through the book I’m reading. According to my ebook reader, I’m 46% through with AGOS. *shrugs* That’ll do. I don’t really know what to write yet since this is the first time I’m writing a review like this so I’m winging it; tell me what you think in the comments! Continue reading

Book Review: Vox by Christina Dalcher

I got this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.


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Vox by Christina Dalcher
To be published August 21st 2018 by Berkley
Genres:  science fiction, dystopia, thriller

Set in an America where half the population has been silenced, VOX is the harrowing, unforgettable story of what one woman will do to protect herself and her daughter.

On the day the government decrees that women are no longer allowed more than 100 words daily, Dr. Jean McClellan is in denial–this can’t happen here. Not in America. Not to her.

This is just the beginning.

Soon women can no longer hold jobs. Girls are no longer taught to read or write. Females no longer have a voice. Before, the average person spoke sixteen thousand words a day, but now women only have one hundred to make themselves heard.

But this is not the end.

For herself, her daughter, and every woman silenced, Jean will reclaim her voice.

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Mini Book Review: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

I’m suuuuper busy right now because it’s finals week for me, but I really wanted to post this so here we go!


 

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The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
Published September 18th 2012 by Scholastic Press
Genres: fantasy, young adult, paranormal, romance

“There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,” Neeve said. “Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him.”

It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.

His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

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April 2018 Wrap Up!

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It’s the end of April! We’ve gone through four months of 2018 already 😮

To celebrate getting through one more month of the year, here’s a list of the books I read (or attempted to read) this month, and the pile of books I still haven’t read.

read (& loved)

  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter #5) by J.K. Rowling
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter #6) by J.K. Rowling
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter #7) by J.K. Rowling
  • The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle #1) by Maggie Stiefvater
  • The Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle #2) by Maggie Stiefvater

trying to read (all at once) currently reading

  • Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle #3) by Maggie Stiefvater
  • Heartless by Marissa Meyer
  • Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orïsha #1) by Tomi Adeyemi
  • The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

to read (aka May TBR)

  • The Raven King (The Raven Cycle #4) by Maggie Stiefvater
  • To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before #1)  by Jenny Han
  • Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
  • Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
  • The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli
  • Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli
  • The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  • Six of Crows (Six of Crows #1) by Leigh Bardugo
  • Warcross (Warcross #1) by Marie Lu
  • All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
  • Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

I am so intimidated by TBR right now. So many books I haven’t read…

What books did you read this April?

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