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

 

 

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

Review | The Midnight Star by Marie Lu

As soon as I finished The Rose Society, I immediately picked up this book. It was so good. I don’t think I’ll ever find a book like this that was written so beautifully.

I know I’ve said this a million times, but Marie Lu is an AMAZING, OUT-OF-THIS-WORLD, author.

I’m going to stop talking about how much I love Marie Lu and get on to the book review.

SPOILERS AHEAD

okay.


When Raffaele was able to capture Adelina, I was confused. Adelina was a QUEEN and she was super powerful. I mean, how could they do they so easily?

To say, I was really jealous of the relationship that Adelina and Violetta shared. They loved each other so much, throughout their lives.

I’m an only child, so….

That brings me to the next point. ADELINA GAVE UP HER LIFE FOR VIOLETTA????

like. WHAT

I  honestly, did not. I could not understand this.

I had spent half my time reading The Rose Society and The Midnight Star convincing myself that Adelina was a vain, scared girl. And yet she had sacrificed her soul for her sisters.

MIND BLOWN.

Even though I think it was great that she ended her life, I was really sad. She was such an amazing character to read about and she was so relatable. I really love her character.

So Violetta became queen. I was kind of skeptical about her becoming queen, but then I remembered her alignments and then realized. She’s perfect for the job.

She’s kind, has empathy and does what she believes is right.

I always thought that she was a pain in the butt, but now? I love her.

I love her.

Adelina, was amazing. She had so much will within her. She did what was right and knew what she deserved. I can not say how much I loved her character.

Magiano. Can I just say that he was my favorite character of all time. He was so much fun. I loved him. I love him. He is amazing. He followed Adelina’s constellation because he loved her? That is probably the sweetest thing ever. He has this amazing happy vibe and Magiano is the best. The best. I honestly love him so much.

Violetta and Sergio are so going to happen.

I loved this trilogy so much and I will definitely be reading Marie Lu’s Legend trilogy.

byeee

laurie

 

Review | The Rose Society by Marie Lu


Hardcover, 398 pages

Published October 13th 2015 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Once upon a time, a girl had a father, a prince, a society of friends. Then they betrayed her, and she destroyed them all.
Adelina Amouteru’s heart has suffered at the hands of both family and friends, turning her down the bitter path of revenge. Now known and feared as the White Wolf, she flees Kenettra with her sister to find other Young Elites in the hopes of building her own army of allies. Her goal: to strike down the Inquisition Axis, the white-cloaked soldiers who nearly killed her.
But Adelina is no heroine. Her powers, fed only by fear and hate, have started to grow beyond her control. She does not trust her newfound Elite friends. Teren Santoro, leader of the Inquisition, wants her dead. And her former friends, Raffaele and the Dagger Society, want to stop her thirst for vengeance. Adelina struggles to cling to the good within her. But how can someone be good when her very existence depends on darkness?

Bestselling author Marie Lu delivers another heart-pounding adventure in this exhilarating sequel to The Young Elites.

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SPOILER ALERT

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Guys. This book was phenomenal.

I loved this book.

I don’t know about you but Marie Lu is one of my favorite authors. She has been since I read The Young Elites in April. Her style of writing is amazing and I love how she twists the words to create this beautiful creation. Honestly, I liked this book even more than I loved the Young Elites. There were so many feeling and emotions. I coulnd’t stop reading the book. 

Adelina was an amazing character to read about. Her personality was so fierce and strong. But because of her history, I wasn’t sure about what was going to happen to her. SHe scared me a little, but at the same time, I loved her for her flaws. Violetta was fine. In the beginning. She was so sweet and kind and everything that a sister could wish for, except that she was so…

ANNOYING. As the book progressed, Violetta began to question everything and I don’t think I really wanted her to be in the books. That feeling was ill felt since I hated that she left at the end. That feeling that Marie Lu wrote just killed me. I was so and so annoyed. I couldn’t understand Violetta. Did she really love her sister? Why did she always take away Adelina’s power?

Everyone was going to die and Adelina was no exception.

Th problem with Adelina was that she was so weak. Underneath her need to impress and be feared, she scared the crap out of everyone. That was what I hated. Usually, the character needs to be a villain for me to hate him/her, but this is why I loved Marie Lu’s writing so much. She could make me feel so many things that I didn’t want to feel, but did because of her writing.

I love Raffaelle. Even though he kicked Adelina out of the Dagger Society, I don’t think Adelina could have done anything without Raffaelle. Not to mention he’s hot and his personality is like.. DAMNNNN

I recommend this trilogy. SO much. It’s so much fun and the perspectives are really different than the usual novel. READ ITTT!!!

byeeeee

laurie

 

Review | Cinderella and the Colonel by K.M. Shea (SPOILERS)

Title: Cinderella and the Colonel
Author: K.M. Shea
Kindle Edition, 316 pages
Published July 8th 2014 by Take Out the Trash
Synopsis:
Scratching out a living in a land recovering from war and a hostile takeover, Cinderella—an orphaned, destitute duchess—is desperate to save her lands and servants in spite of the terrible taxes placed upon her by the Erlauf queen, even if it means she must don servants’ clothes and work like a commoner.

Her sacrifices aren’t enough, and when a mountain of debt is levied against her, she is given one season to produce the funds. Cinderella realizes it is only a matter of time before she loses everything she has struggled to protect, and it seems that all is lost until she is befriended by the debonair Colonel Friedrich—a member of the Erlauf military and a citizen of the oppressing country that rules her homeland.

From helping her break into the royal library to saving her from a rogue mage, Friedrich draws her closer and challenges her mindset of the queen and the war.

Cinderella knows Friedrich is not all he appears to be, but can she trust him with her country and her heart?

CINDERELLA AND THE COLONEL is fairy tale retelling of love, sacrifice, adventure, and magic. It is filled with humor, deception, and clean romance, and it belongs to the top selling series, TIMELESS FAIRY TALES. The books in this series take place in the same world and can be read all together, or as individual, stand-alone books.


GUYS. This was a WOW of a book.
Cinderella and the Colonel is a historical fantasy retelling about a girl named Cinderella who is a duchess. Her kingdom was invaded by the Erlauf and obviously, she hates all those who are Erlauf. She must work for a living to pay all the outrageous taxes the new queen throws at her. Cinderella couldn’t be Cinderella without the evil stepmother and sisters, but in this book, they aren’t that bad. Cinderella meets a colonel who courts her and of course he likes her she doesn’t like him and the story progresses from there. Thankfully there is magic and fairy godmothers. I haven’t been seeing them lately in the contemporary Cinderella retellings I read, so (hands together, thank God)😂😂😂
I loved this book. It was hilarious and fun. I spent a lot of time thinking about how practical and modest Cinderella was. She was so perfect and I loved her. Cinderella was always so persistent, kind and completely beautiful in so many ways. She was smart, witty, fiery when it was necessary, and I don’t think I’ll ever get enough of her personality.
Fred. Can I like conjure him out of the book? He is by far one of my favorite characters I have read about. I loved his understanding, open personality. It was great that he was hot too. When I learned that he was a prince, I just sat back and stared at the words. And then I continued reading. I mean, I wasn’t too surprised, but I thought that he was some poor, powerless wench before the war, not a prince. Like WOWOOWOWWOWOWOW. I really liked that he was a prince. Cinderella and Fred totally deserve each other.
Honestly, I loved reading this book. It was light and funny and so many other things that I can’t remember the word, but I really loved it.
You know, I feel like I’ve been reading a lot of retellings this year. Maybe next year I’ll go on a fantasy addiction.