Review | Fire by Kristen Cashore

Fire (Graceling Realm, #2)

FIRE BY KRISTEN CASHORE

Hardcover
480 pages
Published October 5th, 2009 by Dial Books
It is not a peaceful time in the Dells. The young King Nash clings to his throne while rebel lords in the north and south build armies to unseat him. The mountains and forests are filled with spies and thieves and lawless men.

This is where Fire lives. With a wild, irresistible appearance and hair the color of flame, Fire is the last remaining human monster. Equally hated and adored, she had the unique ability to control minds, but she guards her power, unwilling to steal the secrets of innocent people. Especially when she has so many of her own.

Then Prince Brigan comes to bring her to King City, The royal family needs her help to uncover the plot against the king. Far away from home, Fire begins to realize there’s more to her power than she ever dreamed. Her power could save the kingdom.

If only she weren’t afraid of becoming the monster her father was.

SPOILER ALERT
I’ll talk about what I liked then what I didn’t.
I really liked Fire. Her personality was stunning and amazing. She had a strong conscious and I like that she was not arrogant and cocky like her father was.
I didn’t think that Fire would want to sleep or have sex with Archer. He was a great man and I thought that she’d want to save her virginity for someone she loved as a husband, not a best friend. I was confused.
I’d wanted her and Brigan to do it together as her first time not as Archer to have her for fun.
The problem with the book was that it was reallllly slow. Everything was slow and slow and slow. I was intrigued when I saw Leck at the beginning, but he was gone until three-quarters of the way through. Fire and Brigan had to become friends first, and this probably took the longest time.
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In all of Kristen Cashore’s books, there are political aspects. I loved that. I think that reading this trilogy really opened my eyes to the ‘other side’ of law. These novels were

all in different perspectives and that is what I loved.
byeee
laurie

Review | Sinful Cinderella by Anita Valle

Sinful Cinderella (Dark Fairy Tale Queen, #1)

SINFUL CINDERELLA

by Anita Valle

Paperback
156 pages
Published September 30th, 2015 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

And you thought the stepsisters were wicked….

I’m not who they think I am. A docile girl who meekly obeys her stepmother and stepsisters. Some kind of sick angel who cheerfully bears their mistreatment. That’s what I WANT them to think. Because then they won’t suspect what I’m really up to.

The ball, the prince – it’s all part of my plan to come out on top. Stepmother and her demented daughters will pay for every floor I have scoured, every sneer I have borne. They don’t know about the white magic, how I use it to enhance myself. They can’t see that my heart is black as midnight, rotten as a poisoned apple.

They’re about to find out.

SPOILERS

I gave this book 2/5 stars. I’m sorry to say so. I thought that the story was great as well as the plot and the characters. But what made everything horrible was

The writing.

example

That prince is mine.

Like no.

It sounds like an evil baby boy winning a piece of candy and then flaunting it in the other boy’s faces.

Not yet, of course. But I’ll get him. And his castle. And his kingdom! Mine.

I can’t even begin to say how much I disliked the writing style.

The prologue.

The excerpts that I just showed you are from the prologue. I can’t even. It was so bad.

So.

Bad.

The description of hate was just annoying.

Every single time I read some of her dialogue, all I heard was, I want the prince, yes stepmother, ugh I HATE HER, SHE’S SO ANNOYING and then, I need to be nice to save up some white magic so I can crush her later.

I felt like a mother trying to tell my child to stop complaining. But it obviously didn’t work since Cinderella kept complaining.

*insert eye roll times 10000000000

The book didn’t make me feel anything.

There was nothing. I just imagined what was happening, but I wasn’t scared or rooting for her. I just felt empty and annoyed.

the prince is a sadist?

I was very confused when I learned that the prince was evil. I assumed that he’d be good, at least of all people. I was really tired of seeing all this bad. I felt like being bad was the entire concept of his story.


ok.

Yes, I understood her situation, but at the same time, she made herself that way. She decided to make herself beautiful and perfect at the price of disrespect and rude treatment. There could have been so many people who Cinderella could have turned to, yet she decided to become a mistress of evil.

And that part where the fairy ‘godnutter’ said that her mother was evil, so she was too? That was horrible. You don’t have to be evil because your parents were! LIKE !!!!!!

I hated this

Honestly, I didn’t think this book was ‘realistic’ in the fairy tale sense. I liked the concept and the idea. But there was just too much evil in this book. I don’t think it was a good book. Sorry, but that’s my opinion.

byeee

laurie

 

 

i want to make some changes

hi.

first of all, thank you for whoever actually reads this. I know that my blog is lonely and the only person that actually knows about its existence.

is me.

Sadly.

So I want to make a few changes.

I don’t want this book blog to be made of just books. Of course, many of my posts will be book related things, but I also want to add movie reviews, bullet journal supplies and photos and some other random things.

I am not going to post every single day. Once a week or more if i want to.

I’m thinking of writing a wattpad story.

I’m pretty sure no one on earth actually looks at this blog so…

byeee

laurie

The Fifty Questions Book Tag

1. What was the last book you read?

Flawed by Cecelia Ahern

2. Was it a good one?

Beyond Amazing

3. What made it good?

The plot, the writing, the characters, the EVERYTHING

4. Would you recommend it to other people?

YES TIMES 1000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000

5. How often do you read?

every single day

6. Do you like to read?

yes. obviously.

7.What was the last bad book you read?

wait. checking myGoodreadss list.

*30 minutes later

(laurie’s still scrolling)

* 1 hour later

The Gathering by kelley Armstrong. Like no

oh. and this one too.Ash and Bramble by whoever wrote it.

Ash and Bramble by whoever wrote it.

8. What made you dislike it?

I’ll talk about Ash and Bramble.

I hated it. Everything. The beginning was freaking horrible. The middle was just boring and pathetic. no I literally DNF’d it.

9. Do you wish to be a writer?

no

10. Has any book every influenced you greatly?

A Court of Mist and Fury

11. Do you read fan fiction?

Yes

12. Do you write fan fiction?

No

13. What’s your favorite book?

A Court Of Mist and Fury

14. What’s your least favorite book?

Ash and Bramble or Lola and the boy next door.

15. Do you prefer physical books or ready on a device (like a kindle)?

Physical. I like turning pages and hearing the crinkling noise.

16. When did you learn to read?

5 or 6 maybe?

17. What is your favorite book you had to read in school?

We are all made of Molecules by who knows her or his name.

18. What is your favorite book series?

ACOTAR ACOMAF ACOWAR

19. Who is your favorite author?

Hands down Sarah J. Maas

20. What is your favorite genre?

Fantasy or dystopian. I can’t decide.

21. Who is your favorite character in a book series?

Rhysand

 

22. Has a book ever transported you somewhere else?

yes

23.Which book do you wish had a sequel?

The Distance between us, Kasie West

24. Which book do you wish DIDNT have a sequel?

IDK if this counts but Bitterblue just broke my heart. it was disappointing.

25. How long does it take you to read a book?

a day. I binge read.

26. Do you like when books become movies?

no

27. Which book was ruined by its movie adaptation?

every single one

28. Which movie has done a book justice?

none

29. Do you read newspapers?

no

30: Do you read magazines?

these are even worse than book turned movies

31. Do you prefer newspapers or magazines?

newspapers

 

32. Do you read while in bed?

yes

33. Do you read while on the toilet?

yes

34. Do you read while in the car?

yes but it makes me nauseous

35. Do you read while in the bath?

no. can’t ruin my perfect book

36. Are you a fast reader?

yes

37. Are you a slow reader?

no, obviously

38. Where is your favorite place to read?

my bed

39. Is it hard for you to concentrate while you read?

no

40.Do you need a room to be silent while you read?

no

41. Who gave you your love for reading?

myself

 

42. What book is next on your list to read?

Perfect, Cecelia Ahern.

43. When did you start to read chapter books?

Grade 1? Kindergarten?

44. Who is your favorite children’s book author?

Mary Pope Osborn. I used to read her all the time. Or E. D. Baker.

45. Which author would you most want to interview?

Bridget Zinn

46. Which author do you think you’d be friends with?

idk.

47.What book have you reread the most?

The Frog Princess

48. Which books do you consider “classics”?

Little Women, The Penderwicks…

49. Which books do you think should be taught in every school?

Little Women. t shows not to be desperate for guys.

50. Which books should be banned from all schools?

Fifty shades of grey. Read it at your own discretion when you are mature enoug to handle it. And no pokemon books. They drive me crazy.

ok. Finally I’m Done

byeee

laurie

ELEANOR AND PARK RANT!!!!

Guys. I’m too lazy to post the cover cause everyone has probably freaking seen it, and I honestly don’t care that much.

I keep repeating this in every review, but MY REVIEWS HAVE SPOILERS. SO GET OUT. I don’t really care if I’m being mean because I don’t give a frick. Sorry for all the language but that’s just how I am. When I first read Eleanor and Park, I loved it. It was my baby. I loved it. And then this happened.

LILYCREADS REVIEW ON ELEANOR AND PARK.

This. OPENED MY EYES. I DON’T KNOW HOW T EXPLAIN IT.

This Lily lady touches upon every single frickin thing that was wrong and. She made me dislike Eleanor. Like

….

WHAATTTTttrrr

CAN i LIKE

poof.

mind

blownnn

OKAY.

WATCH THE VIDEO

I’m telling you. this is probably one of the best reviews I have seen. I should legit start advertising Lily because she has the best, detailed and honest reviews ever.

Let’s just say.

One thing I thought was cute.

Park was covered in skin.

And then when you rererererereread it. You realize

this sounds so stupid.

Can I get a thought bubble around everything???

LIKEEE UGHHH

you and park like each other. GET TOGETHER YOU FREAKIN DUMBBBB. UGHH. makes me want to punch Eleanor.Okay. I get her family situation, but like don’t you appreciate Oa

Okay. I get her family situation, but like don’t you appreciate Park? Like. ACT LIKE YOU LOVE HIM BECAUSE YOU DO YOU FREAKING RED ANNOYANCE!!!!!!!!!!

ok

I’m done.

Before I finish this, I wanted to say that I have a bookstagram. So you should go follow it @boqkshelf.  See, I’ve put the link here. Nice and easy for you.

byeee

laurie

 

 

 

Review | The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong

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THE GATHERING BY KELLEY ARMSTRONG

Sixteen-year-old Maya is just an ordinary teen in an ordinary town. Sure, she doesn’t know much about her background – the only thing she really has to cling to is an odd paw-print birthmark on her hip – but she never really put much thought into who her parents were or how she ended up with her adopted parents in this tiny medical-research community on Vancouver Island.

Until now.

Strange things have been happening in this claustrophobic town – from the mountain lions that have been approaching Maya to her best friend’s hidden talent for “feeling” out people and situations, to the sexy new bad boy who makes Maya feel…different. Combine that with a few unexplained deaths and a mystery involving Maya’s biological parents and it’s easy to suspect that this town might have more than its share of skeletons in its closet.

In THE GATHERING, New York Times best-selling author Kelley Armstrong brings all the supernatural thrills from her wildly successful Darkest Powers series to Darkness Rising, her scorching hot new trilogy.

Hardcover, First Edition
359 pages
Published April 12th 2011
Published by Harper

My reviews are always filled with spoilers.


SPOILERSSS

I gave this book 3/5 stars. It wasn’t my favorite. I loved the idea of skin walkers and Rafe, but the story was just so cliche and I couldn’t stand to see all the cringeyness.
Honestly, I hated Maya’s character. She was just so annoying and I wanted to punch her for that. I hated Sam and Annie, but I kept reading because of Rafe. He was really sweet.
I don’t know what I can say about this book. I was really interested when Serena died because I thought that something had happened because of her paw shaped birthmark, when in reality, Maya began to think that Sam had killed Serena just to get to Daniel.
All the cliches were present in this book.  bet I could make a literal checklist of them.
Hot guy? check
withstanding the hot guy. Check
falling for the hot guy. Check
Obsessive jealous girl. Check
hot guy has a sister who needs help. Check
girl with a best friend who died. Check
a guy best friend. check
mean girl? check
I could go on and on.,
…………………………..
As much as I usually enjoy reading cliches (not too much), I can’t stand it when there are just too many elements. It seriously irks me.
I just didn’t like it. Sorry to say.
I’ll have to end this super short review. Sorry.
byeee
laurie

Favorite Contemporary Books

Hello, everyone. I’m here with a favorite contemporary books post. The books listed are all novels that I loved and would try to make everyone read.

Under a Painted Sky
Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee

Missouri, 1849: Samantha dreams of moving back to New York to be a professional musician—not an easy thing if you’re a girl, and harder still if you’re Chinese. But a tragic accident dashes any hopes of fulfilling her dream, and instead, leaves her fearing for her life. With the help of a runaway slave named Annamae, Samantha flees town for the unknown frontier. But life on the Oregon Trail is unsafe for two girls, so they disguise themselves as Sammy and Andy, two boys headed for the California gold rush. Sammy and Andy forge a powerful bond as they each search for a link to their past, and struggle to avoid any unwanted attention. But when they cross paths with a band of cowboys, the light-hearted troupe turn out to be unexpected allies. With the law closing in on them and new setbacks coming each day, the girls quickly learn that there are not many places to hide on the open trail.

This beautifully written debut is an exciting adventure and heart-wrenching survival tale. But above all else, it’s a story about perseverance and trust that will restore your faith in the power of friendship.

The Distance Between Us

 

The Distance Between us by Kasie West

Seventeen-year-old Caymen Meyers studies the rich like her own personal science experiment, and after years of observation she’s pretty sure they’re only good for one thing—spending money on useless stuff, like the porcelain dolls in her mother’s shop.

So when Xander Spence walks into the store to pick up a doll for his grandmother, it only takes one glance for Caymen to figure out he’s oozing rich. Despite his charming ways and that he’s one of the first people who actually gets her, she’s smart enough to know his interest won’t last. Because if there’s one thing she’s learned from her mother’s warnings, it’s that the rich have a short attention span. But Xander keeps coming around, despite her best efforts to scare him off. And much to her dismay, she’s beginning to enjoy his company.

She knows her mom can’t find out—she wouldn’t approve. She’d much rather Caymen hang out with the local rocker who hasn’t been raised by money. But just when Xander’s attention and loyalty are about to convince Caymen that being rich isn’t a character flaw, she finds out that money is a much bigger part of their relationship than she’d ever realized. And that Xander’s not the only one she should’ve been worried about.

The Unexpected Everything

 

The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

Andie had it all planned out. When you are a politician’s daughter who’s pretty much raised yourself, you learn everything can be planned or spun, or both. Especially your future. Important internship? Check. Amazing friends? Check. Guys? Check (as long as we’re talking no more than three weeks).

But that was before the scandal. Before having to be in the same house with her dad. Before walking an insane number of dogs. That was before Clark and those few months that might change her whole life. Because here’s the thing—if everything’s planned out, you can never find the unexpected. And where’s the fun in that?

Cinder & Ella (Cinder & Ella, #1)

Cinder and Ella by Kelly Oram

It’s been almost a year since eighteen-year-old Ella Rodriguez was in a car accident that left her crippled, scarred, and without a mother. After a very difficult recovery, she’s been uprooted across the country and forced into the custody of a father that abandoned her when she was a young child. If Ella wants to escape her father’s home and her awful new stepfamily, she must convince her doctors that she’s capable, both physically and emotionally, of living on her own. The problem is, she’s not ready yet. The only way she can think of to start healing is by reconnecting with the one person left in the world who’s ever meant anything to her—her anonymous Internet best friend, Cinder.

Hollywood sensation Brian Oliver has a reputation for being trouble. There’s major buzz around his performance in his upcoming film The Druid Prince, but his management team says he won’t make the transition from teen heartthrob to serious A-list actor unless he can prove he’s left his wild days behind and become a mature adult. In order to douse the flames on Brian’s bad-boy reputation, his management stages a fake engagement for him to his co-star Kaylee. Brian isn’t thrilled with the arrangement—or his fake fiancée—but decides he’ll suffer through it if it means he’ll get an Oscar nomination. Then a surprise email from an old Internet friend changes everything.

Geekerella

 

Geekerella by Ashley Poston

Anything can happen once upon a con…

When geek girl Elle Wittimer sees a cosplay contest sponsored by the producers of Starfield, she has to enter. First prize is an invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. Elle’s been scraping together tips from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck behind her stepmother’s back, and winning this contest could be her ticket out once and for all—not to mention a fangirl’s dream come true.

Teen actor Darien Freeman is less than thrilled about this year’s ExcelsiCon. He used to live for conventions, but now they’re nothing but jaw-aching photo sessions and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Federation Prince Carmindor is all he’s ever wanted, but the diehard Starfield fandom has already dismissed him as just another heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, closet nerd Darien feels more and more like a fake—until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise.

and that was it!

If yoou haven’t read ay of these books, I would highly suggest you do so.

byeee

laurie