Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas // Book Reviews

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I have a big review for you today: Empire of Storms, book #5 of the Throne of Glass series. This is a spoiler free review for THIS book, but it will spoil you for previous books in the series. You have been warned. I have reviews for previous books in this series if you’re interested in my thoughts:

And now, let’s begin!

28260587Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas

Series: Throne of Glass (#5)
Genre: Fantasy
Publication: September 6th 2016 by Bloomsbury Children’s Books
Pages: 693
Source: Borrowed

The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius as war looms on the horizon. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those who don’t.

With her heart sworn to the warrior-prince by her side, and her fealty pledged to the people she is determined to save, Aelin will delve into the depths of her power to protect those she loves. But as monsters emerge from the horrors of the past, and dark forces become poised to claim her world, the only chance for salvation will lie in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.

In this breathtaking fifth installment of the New York Timesbestselling Throne of Glass series, Aelin will have to choose what—and who—to sacrifice if she’s to keep the world of Erilea from breaking apart.


GENERAL THOUGHTS

I’m conflicted about how I feel about this book because there were some really engaging parts, but then there were some aspects I can’t deny I hated. There are a lot of references to the happenings of the prequel novellas, The Assassin’s Blade, so I highly recommend reading them before tackling this one (also those stories are amazing). I wish there was more of a recap of what happened in the previous book, because it took me a while for understand what was happening and get into it. I have many thoughts. Some may be a bit unfair or blown out of proportion. It’s a bit of a negative review for a 3-star rating.

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The Long Game by Jennifer Lynn Barnes // Book Reviews

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I’ve got an overdue boo review for one of the best novels I have read thus far this year. This is a spoilerish review. This means that the majority of the review will be spoiler free except for a little spoiler section at the end. There will be warnings. This book is a sequel, however this review won’t spoil anything from the first book. Let’s get into it!

26073072The Long Game by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Series: The Fixer (#2)
Genres: Thriller, Mystery
Publication: June 7th 2016 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Pages: 360
Source: Borrowed
4.5 stars

The Kendricks help make the problems of the Washington elite disappear…but some secrets won’t stay buried.

For Tess Kendrick, a junior at the elite Hardwicke School in Washington, D.C., fixing runs in the family. But Tess has another legacy, too, one that involves power and the making of political dynasties. When Tess is asked to run a classmate’s campaign for student council, she agrees. But when the candidates are children of politicians, even a high school election can involve life-shattering secrets.

Meanwhile, Tess’s guardian has also taken on an impossible case, as a terrorist attack calls into doubt who can—and cannot—be trusted on Capitol Hill. Tess knows better than most that power is currency in D.C., but she’s about to discover firsthand that power always comes with a price.


GENERAL THOUGHTS

I really enjoyed this sequel. The energy was high and the intensity stayed at that level too. I found this book to be less repetitive than its predecessor. YAY improvements! The higher stakes felt more like background for a large majority unlike the first book which was at its forefront. However, the way that the events build and layer up was done so well and this definitely showed how intricately plotted it was. It’s even more intense and action packed than the first book. It’s such a fun and smart book.

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The Fixer by Jennifer Lynn Barnes // Book Reviews

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I’ve got a book review today of the mystery thriller The Fixer by Jennifer Lynn Barnes. I’ve got a little spoiler section at the end of the review which you should definitely not look at until you’ve read the book. Read it, then come back so we can all squeal about about that. So it’s safe to read the rest of the review if you haven’t read the book. Enjoy!

22929578The Fixer by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Series: The Fixer (#1)
Genres: Mystery, Thriller
Publication: July 7th 2015 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Pages: 372
Source: Library

4 stars

This thriller YA is Scandal meets Veronica Mars.

Sixteen-year-old Tess Kendrick has spent her entire life on her grandfather’s ranch. But when her estranged sister Ivy uproots her to D.C., Tess is thrown into a world that revolves around politics and power. She also starts at Hardwicke Academy, the D.C. school for the children of the rich and powerful, where she unwittingly becomes a fixer for the high school set, fixing teens’ problems the way her sister fixes their parents’ problems.

And when a conspiracy surfaces that involves the family member of one of Tess’s classmates, love triangles and unbelievable family secrets come to light and life gets even more interesting—and complicated—for Tess.

Perfect for fans of Pretty Little Liars and Heist Society, readers will be clamoring for this compelling teen drama with a political twist.


GENERAL THOUGHTS

It was a bit of a slow start but the situation was very mysterious and definitely intriguing. The plot kept me engaged, although it could be dense sometimes and I needed to reread passages. It’s just a lot to take in. Despite being very plot driven and twisty, I found that there was great development of characters and relationships.

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Yellow by Megan Jacobson // Book Reviews

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I read a contemporary and I loved it! So today I have a review of Yellow by Megan Jacobson and it’s going to be a spoilerish review. There may be aspects of the review that some people consider as spoilers (I don’t really though) so if you don’t want to take any chance at being spoiled, you can just read my “GENERAL THOUGHTS”.

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Genres: Contemporary, Mystery
Publication: February 1st 2016 by Penguin Teen Australia
Pages: 259
Source: Bought
5 stars

If fourteen-year-old Kirra is having a mid-life crisis now, then it doesn’t bode well for her life expectancy. Her so-called friends bully her, whatever semblance of a mother she had has been drowned at the bottom of a gin bottle ever since her dad left them for another woman, and now a teenage ghost is speaking to her through a broken phone booth. Kirra and the ghost make a pact. She’ll prove who murdered him almost twenty years ago if he does three things for her. He makes her popular, he gets her parents back together, and he doesn’t haunt her. Things aren’t so simple however, and Kirra realises that people can be haunted in more ways than one.


GENERAL THOUGHTS

Let’s talk about this little gem. Prepare for plenty of gushing.

This is a beautiful book; inside and out. Just look at that cover – an absolute stunner. The writing and storyline captivated me the entire time. I almost read it all in one sitting. This was one of my most anticipated reads and it didn’t disappoint.

It covers a lot of heavy themes such as depression, bullying, addiction, loneliness as well as feminism, friendship and self-image. Despite all the struggles and dark stuff, and the honest grittiness, I found it to be a heartfelt and uplifting story.

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Outlander by Diana Gabaldon // Book Reviews

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I’ve got a mostly spoiler-free review of this 800 page monster, Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. Yes I read an adult novel and I enjoyed it! Now let’s dive into it…

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Series: Outlander (#1)
Genres: Historical fiction, Romance
Publication: June 1st 1991 by Dell Publishing Company
Pages: 850
Source: Borrowed
4 stars

The year is 1945. Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is just back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an “outlander”—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of Our Lord . . . 1743.

Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire is catapulted into the intrigues of lairds and spies that may threaten her life, and shatter her heart. For here James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, shows her a love so absolute that Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire—and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.


GENERAL THOUGHTS

I got through this faster than I thought I would. Despite some problematic scenes, I enjoyed most of the book. It wasn’t as graphic as the impression I got from a lot of readers and I’m pleased about that. My thoughts on this  book and the characters in particular may be unconsciously influenced by the TV show adaptation as I have watched the first season of it and those thoughts may merge with my experience reading this novel.

Nonetheless, this was a truly emotional read with the many close encounters of torture, assault, rape and a whole lot of violence. I know this turned a lot of people off the book but I believe it helped illustrate the harshness of Claire’s situation. However, it did get to a point where it was a tad too much and its prevalence became repetitive.

 

 

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Maid of Secrets by Jennifer McGowan // Book Reviews

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I’m back for the week until my exams start again and I’ve been delaying this review too long. This is going to a spoilerish review because I’m going to talk about some things that may seem spoiler-like but personally I don’t think they are. So a warning nonetheless. I hope you enjoy!!

Image result for maid of secretsMaid of Secrets by Jennifer McGowan

Series: Maid of Honor (#1)
Genres: Historical fiction, Mystery
Publication: May 7th 2013 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Pages: 416
Source: Borrowed
3.5 stars

Orphan Meg Fellowes makes her living picking pockets—until she steals from the wrong nobleman. Instead of rotting in prison like she expected, she’s whisked away to the court of Queen Elizabeth and pressed into royal service, where she joins four other remarkable girls in the Maids of Honor, the Queen’s secret society of protectors.

Meg’s natural abilities as a spy prove useful in this time of unrest. The Spanish Court is visiting, and with them come devious plots and hidden political motives. As threats to the kingdom begin to mount, Meg can’t deny her growing attraction to one of the dashing Spanish courtiers. But it’s hard to trust her heart in a place where royal formalities and masked balls hide the truth: Not everyone is who they appear to be. With danger lurking around every corner, can she stay alive—and protect the crown?


REVIEW

SPIES! ASSASSINS! MURDER! And historical fiction – literally (almost) all my loves. A fun read but I honestly expected more. It engaged me most of the time but there were some cringeworthy scenes. Set in Tutor times, some events or reactions to certain events didn’t seem plausible, especially in terms of punishments (can you tell I wanted more gore?).

I was very optimistic going into this book because it promised some thrilling adventures, crime and mysteries. Sounds great right? And it delivered to some extent.

This book is set in Tutor times in England where our protagonist Meg gets caught pickpocketing. Yes her situation sounds bad. But her punishment is becoming one of the closest secret spies for the queen, a maid of honour. Not very realistic but I was able to look past that because SPIES. I thought punishments during Tutor times were harsh and I thought this book was going to be brutal – spoiler (not): it was not.

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany & Jack Thorne // Book Reviews

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It’s taken a while but I’ve got my Harry Potter and the Cursed Child review. It’s going to be half spoiler-free and half spoilery so if you haven’t read it yet, don’t fret because it’s all spoiler-free until you see big, bold text of “SPOILERS AHEAD”. That will probably be the sign to skidaddle and read it if you want so we can discuss the book in detail. Also I would very much highly recommend reading the Harry Potter series (7 books) before starting this review because a) spoilers of those books are highly probably and b) they are phenomenal books that I most highly recommend to the highest level possible.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany & Jack Thorne

Series: Harry Potter (#8) **
Genre: Fantasy
Publication: July 31st 2016 by Pottermore
Pages: 320
Source: Purchased
3.5 stars

Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, a new play by Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. The play will receive its world premiere in London’s West End on July 30, 2016.

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.


REVIEW

This is so difficult for me to rate. Firstly, I think you’ll get the best experience out of reading this book if you go in without any expectations and try avoid spoilers because the way its summarised on some site does make it sound more absurd than it is. You know what? I enjoyed this. Was I disappointed? Yep. There were many problematic parts and I didn’t like the inconsistencies, but overall I enjoyed this experience. I’m a bit iffy whether to consider this story as canon, because though it contributed to the Harry Potter world, there are many parts in the story that points to fan fiction.

There were so many nostalgic areas, but the the plot was ridiculous and unrealistic at times, that made we laugh. A lot. And not in a good way. The main plot line of time turners was crazy… and weird. Was this good or bad? Both. My logical mind couldn’t deal with it sometimes.

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