Red Queen | *Late* Review from a non-fantasy reader.

BEHOLD! Red Queen has arrive. and as usual I’m extremely late.

When I say this year started with an awesome book I’m not lying. AT all. I picked up Red

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Red Queen | Published Feb 10, 2015.

Queen as a recommendation from a FB friend and to be honest I did not what to expect. But somehow the world Victoria created managed to lured me in until I had no say in the matter , and although pretty genetic, I fell completely in love with the characters.
Red queen is set into a world in which your status depends on the color of your blood (YES!) and there are only two of those; The Silvers, which were the elite and posses super powers and the ability to control the elements around them and then you had the Reds, who are the lower class making them basically into slave. Mare barrow who is a red to teh bone and has no other prospects than turning 18 and going into the Army until plans get mix up and she ends up working for the royal family as a servant. It’s not until a moment of fear that makes her and makes he unleash something she didn’t know she had. Now she’s not a red or a silver but something else, something new and more powerful. Something to fear. Living a double life she has to play the game she has to idea how to win.
The story line was very well written but I do have to say that it was confusing, The world building was lacking description and at times I felt lost. I think it could be because I couldn’t really understand in which category this book felt. I felt as if was jumping from historical fiction novel to a dystopian and then jumping back to fantasy and in a way it was that. It confined tons of elements from all of my favorite books making into something great. And I do have to say even if it doesn’t have the most original cast and plot I liked it.
Now rating it I’m conflicted, like I said it was well written and the story line entertaining but I just couldn’t stop myself from comparing this book to the hunger games, I.JUST. COULDN’T. and I guess some people have talked about the selection, book I haven’t read, but at the sometime it was different
Through out the story I found myself happy with the main characters choices which was a plus this AUTHOR killed me with her twists and I loved it. Red queen is a book that’s going to leave you guessing and wondering and you’ll love every second of it even if you feel like you read it before which is weird of me haha . I can’t wait for the next book.

Bottom line is this; red queen is light, entertaining, fast paced and confusing at time. It might take you a bit to get into it and you will probably feel like you have read this before. Now while saying this I have to point out that I enjoyed it and I’m looking forward to the next book and to know what the story hold but keep in mind that I I’m just getting into fantasy so the worlds and concepts are very new and entertaining to me.

 

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Daughter Of Smoke and Bone | At last!

tumblr_nr6rlhiA261rkciaro1_1280.jpgTittle: Daughter of smoke and bones

Author: Laini Taylor

Length: 418

Series: Wrong

Publisher: Little brown books

Published Date: sept 27, 2011

Gender: Fantasy , YA & Fiction

Rating: ★★★★ (4 OUT OF 5)

GoodReads: WHAT IS IT ABOUT?

So I finished this book and I’ve wonder why? not in the sense of not liking it but in the sense of why didn’t I read this years ago.

I’m sure all of you have either read or seen this book by Laini Taylor, it’s the first book on a trilogy ( Don’t vote me on that) and it was published years ago. I’ve gone time and time again to the books store and seen it but to b honest Ive always felt little intimidated by the cover. I’t so beautiful and i felt as if I wasn’t prepared, but a week ago I decided that it was time and I’m glad I did.

The story is around a girl name Karou who lives in Prague. She’s 17 years old and an art student at an art academy but she also lives a life of mystery. She doesn’t remember anything of her past, she has no recollection of her parents or he life as a little kid all she remembers is Brimstone, who is not exactly human… far from it really,but even after years of living with and seeing their friends she knows there is a lot she doesn’t know about him and his life in the shadows or the dangerous missions he sends her into , he still the only family she knows and she loves him.

Her two worlds are always colliding, between her wanting to be and do things with her best friend but at the same time knowing she can exactly share her life with the people around her and follow her duty.

Magical hand prints are appearing into portal that connect her to Brimstone all around the world and is not until caos reigns that she starts to uncover what really is going on behind those door. And how Akive, the boy who is following her played apart in who she is.

I was a little thrown off with some of the descriptions of the characters just because it was so different from any angel/demon story I’ve ever read,(or my lack if the really) but surprise in a good way. I will say the encounters between Karou and Akive where what I looked forward the most. They both had a solid background story an edit was just so interesting to me to read about them.

Now, for the part i didn’t like so much. I didn’t really ilk how the flashbacks where so long, and descriptive. I do know that without them we wouldn’t have any back\ground or information and that they are necessary but if they would’ve been little shorter of more spread out between past and present I would  have enjoyed it more. but the whole one present chapter and 5 in the past at the end i felt was too much. still just a minor thing really when compared to everything else that happened here.

All in al I give this book a 4 stars. i enjoyed the characters, the interaction and just the whole execution of the idea. Beautiful throughout. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to spice things up a bit. and I can’t wait to read the other two books in the series.

HAVE YOU GUYS READ IT? if so tell me what you though of it guys.

 

 

The Crown and The Arrow |Renee Ahdied

28574935Tittle The Crown and the Arrow

Author: Renee Ahdied

Length: 9 Pages!?

Series: The Wrath and the dawn

Publisher: Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

Published Date: March 1st 2016

Gender: Romance,Young adult, fantasy & Fiction

Rating: ★★★★★(5 OUT OF 5)

Format: Kindle

   Seventy-one days and seventy-one nights had come and gone since Khalid began killing his brides. This dawn, Khalid would mark the loss of the seventy-second girl, Shahrzad al-Khayzuran. Khalid didn’t know how many more of these dawns he could take. And there was something about this latest girl that piqued his interest. Not only had she volunteered to marry him, but at their wedding ceremony, she had seemed not the least bit afraid. In fact, what he had seen in her eyes was nothing short of pure hatred. She was about to lose her life. Why wasn’t she afraid? Why did she hate him so? He had never before gone to his wife’s chambers before her death at dawn. Tonight would be different.

My thoughts,

So, here’s all I have and will say about this short story. It’s short, way too short. I read it in about 15 minutes. But let me tell you this too,It took me back to the amazing world of the Wrath and the dawn. It showed me, well more like reminded me why I loved Khalid and it just warmed my heart to the fact that in less than two months I will have the next book in my hands. It just gave me enough of an inside to his head to keep me just remembering how awesome he is 🙂

Besides it was free, can’t her better than that. So, my recommendation? Go get it. It’s wroth those 15 minutes.

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Until it Hurts to stop by Jennifer Hubbard

                                                          Tittle: Until It Hurts To Stop

17572888Author: Jennifer R. Hubbard

Length: 256

Series: –

Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers

Published Date: Sept 12th 2015

Gender:  Romance,Young adult & Fiction

Rating: ★★★★ (4 OUT OF 5)

Format: Hardcover

The Book:

When you can’t trust anyone, how can you ever feel safe?
In seventh grade, Maggie Camden was the class outcast. Every day, the other girls tripped her, pinched her, trapped her in the bathroom, told her she would be better off dead. Four years have passed since then, and Maggie’s tormentors seem to have moved on. The ringleader of them all, Raleigh Barringer, even moved out of town. But Maggie has never stopped watching for attacks, and every laugh still sounds like it’s at her expense. The only time Maggie feels at peace is when she’s hiking up in the mountains with her best friend, Nick. Lately, though, there’s a new sort of tension between the two of them—a tension both dangerous and delicious. But how can Maggie expect anything more out of Nick when all she’s ever been told is that she’s ugly, she’s pathetic, she’s unworthy of love? And how can she ever feel safe, now that Raleigh Barringer is suddenly—terrifyingly—back in town?

 Review:

    After putting off this book for 2 weeks I’ve finally managed to finish it. Right now. At 1:48 AM and uff what a breath of fresh air it was

   So the story lines follows Maggie a girl who was intensely bullied in junior high and still dealing with the every day flashbacks of those awful years even now as a HS junior and the main bullied is living in Italy. But things change, now that the former bully is back in town Maggie is scared that she will be under attack.

    Although Maggie is not alone anymore, Sylvie, a girl she met in HS and Nick he best friend and heart fluttering guy are with her, with everything going on  Maggie ha managed to push the two people she cares about the most and thinks she could’ve probably injured the only things keeping her above water, besides having a cheerful mother who keeps  nagging her about college extracurricular activities Maggie has taken a turn for the worst. Expecting the attacks, old habits returning and the little self-confidence taking a hit.

    It’s been so long since I read a book set in a high school  and I can say that I wasn’t exited about it. It actually took me about 60 pages to actually get into the story and the book is about 250 pages, but the rest of the book was just so amazing. Hubbard had a way of just pulling me into Maggie’s train of thoughts, of understanding even the most bizarre and crazy actions. I was expecting Teenage angst, lot of it, and I got it but I didn’t expect to like it and I did. I say it’s a fair exchange.

   I’m a sucker for good bullying story lines, they pull a string of my heart , they make me think, and here. even when it’s not happening at present you still feel every single emotion coming from Maggie at the moment It happened. Maggie was  and interesting character, she had gone through so many things in her life and she was so damaged, for lack of a better word, that I really felt for her, but it wasn’t until after the half way mark we get to see the full effect of the real damaged she suffered. There is from the beginning a very dark and heavy emotional element that doesn’t get exploited or explained but if we pay attention we do get to see it, we do get to see how far her thoughts go from a point to another.

   In the story we also have Nick, who was just as confused as she was. I love the fact that he is not the perfect male hero, he has issues, he has insecurities, lots of them but that doesn’t stop him for the most part from trying to figure out what he wants. Sylvie was a good character, I do wish we would’ve seen more of her, because she was just so hilarious. I think Vanessa’s character was what moved the story and her relationship with nick, I honestly don’t  think that if it hadn’t been for her Maggie would’ve put her head out of the ground. But the character that I really liked was Adrianna’s, I didn’t want to like her, not after everything that when down with Maggie, but she ended up steeling my heart a little bit  and I’m happy that we got to see that side of her. Raleigh….I can’t deal with her. GET HER THE POISONOUS MUSHROOM .

    It deals mainly with self-discovery. finding who you are, where you belong and realizing that maybe, you belong anywhere you love. with anyone you love. I felt the importance that is discovering out true passion and not letting other dictate US. As well as knowing that people act in awful ways without meaning to, while we might think that is not in pur power to hurt someone is easier that it looks. 

   This book was a hit for me, and for someone who thought I want going to like it let me tell you I cried, a lot. I sight, a lot. A laughed, some. Lol but if you’re looking for a light, romantic and dramatic book this is your book. I do have to say that if you’re not into fluffy happy ending books don’t read it but if you are younger or/and enjoy easy dialog and cute stories this is it.

HAVE any of you read it?

What do you guys think of Bullying in books?

Book Review: The Wrath And The dawn by Renee Ahdieh

18798983Tittle: The wrath & the dawn

Author: Renee Ahdieh

Length: 388

Series: #1

Publisher: Putman Sons books

Published Date: May 12th 2015

Gender:  Romance,retelling, Historical fictionYoung adult & Fiction

Rating: ★★★★★ (5 OUT OF 5)

Format: Hardcover

The Book:

In a land ruled by a murderous boy-king, each dawn brings heartache to a new family. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, is a monster. Each night he takes a new bride only to have a silk cord wrapped around her throat come morning. When sixteen-year-old Shahrzad’s dearest friend falls victim to Khalid, Shahrzad vows vengeance and volunteers to be his next bride. Shahrzad is determined not only to stay alive, but to end the caliph’s reign of terror once and for all.

Night after night, Shahrzad beguiles Khalid, weaving stories that enchant, ensuring her survival, though she knows each dawn could be her last. But something she never expected begins to happen: Khalid is nothing like what she’d imagined him to be. This monster is a boy with a tormented heart. Incredibly, Shahrzad finds herself falling in love. How is this possible? It’s an unforgivable betrayal. Still, Shahrzad has come to understand all is not as it seems in this palace of marble and stone. She resolves to uncover whatever secrets lurk and, despite her love, be ready to take Khalid’s life as retribution for the many lives he’s stolen. Can their love survive this world of stories and secrets?

My Review

  I’m not going to go into a lot of detail here, but i will start by saying that you should read this book. As soon as possible. after saying that and hoping there is no mistaken i have to say that I have no words for this beauty of a book. This is the first book in the new series by renee Ahdieh and it was inspired by the book A thousand and one nights, making it one of the most anticipated books of 2015. If i’m not mistaken the series is actually a dueology. I hope it is because I’m dying for my happy ending.

Every single part of it was done flawlessly. The book was so rich in dialog , descriptions, meanings, intrigue that it was hard to actually put the book down. The story line is perfect, it was subtle how each of the characters where evolving,its complex , it’s fun. The writing style is precious, yes precious. between the mix of the Arabs terms and the elements of fantasy  it so unique and just plain cool even if at times it could be a bit confusing.

“When she wound her fingers in his hair to draw her body against his, he stilled for breath, and she knew, as he knew, that they were lost. Lost forever. In this kiss. This kiss that would change everything.”

the characters where phenomenal. lets take Shahrzad, she started as this vengeful creature but then she started to realize there maybe there could be more to the story. She realize how much her presence changed everything in the castle and how ones feelings can suddenly over take us. and Khalid, slowly but surely made it into my heart with his amber eyes and caring ways, he is still sort of a mystery to me though but that doesn’t lessens my love for him.

The book is filled with romance and a romance junky I couldn’t have asked for more, but there are elements of fantasy that where very passive until the end that is, leading us to big cliffhanger and i have to say a little bit of broken heart.

This is my favorite quote guys:

What are you doing to me, you plague of a girl?” he whispered.
“If I’m a plague, then you should keep your distance, unless you plan on being destroyed.” The weapons still in her grasp, she shoved against his chest.
“No.” His hands dropped to her waist. “Destroy me.”

Book Review |Ten Tiny Breaths By K.A Tucker

17278200Tittle: Ten Tiny Breaths

Author: K.A Tucker

Length: 256

Series: Ten Tiny Breaths #1

Publisher: Atria Books

Published Date: February 12th 2013

Gender:  Romance,Contemporary,New Adult & Fiction

Rating: ★★★ (3 OUT OF 5)

Format: Nook

Four years after losing her parents, best friend, and boyfriend in a drunk driving accident, twenty-year-old Kacey Cleary runs away to begin a new life in Miami. Hardened by the tragedy, she’s determined to keep everyone at a distance—until she meets an irresistible and mysterious neighbor who is determined to melt the ice over her heart.

My Review

So, Ten Tiny Breaths. Yeah

“Just breathe. Ten tiny breaths … Seize them. Feel them. Love them.”

The book follows the story of 20-year-old Kacey as she and her sister,Livie (15 Years)  run away from Michigan to Miami in search of a better life; 4 years after a car accident that changed their life’s forever, Specially kacey’s  who was in the car at the moment. Now in Miami, she just wants to move forward , forgetting about the old kacey, the one who is never coming back. Just to be brought back by super sexy 1D neighbor Trent and 3D bartender storm and her little girl Mia.

But is she so focused on her pain and defenses that she forgets about understanding what every one around her is feeling? Could she empathize with others feelings?

Hope. Hope that something beautiful may come from this tragic story.
Fear. Fear that it won’t.
Forgiveness … forgiveness.

I liked that the writing style flowed very easily, at no point I found awkward moments in dialogs and sentences. I was fast paced and fun. And also very beautiful. extremely beautiful and that’s what made me love the book.There is something about a good dramatic, life changing book that just sucks me up and makes me tune out the things around me. I don’t know if it’s because I am kind of crazy but tragic NA books are super fun to read. and cry with.

After the accident Kacey spend years working to fix her body while also locking up every emotion she couldn’ve felt for anyone. All she wants to do make a life for her sister, give her what she deserves and protect her. I loved the relationship of Livie and Kacey, they loved each other but they were both broken and I felt for them and the things they were going through.

I found Kacey’s character to be no a favorite. Sadly. I felt as if she wasn’t genuine. That been said, in the whole book i loved how she was the one who did the most dramatic character development. And by the end i was endeared with her. Livi’s character also was just super cute and always so hopeful.

Trent…I have so many things to say about him but one that comes to mind is how weird he was weird. not in a bad way, but in a weird way. he was insainly hot and thoughtful. but if you’ve read the book you know what i mean by weird. The side characters, Storm, Mia, Cain, Ben , Dan were super fun and prove that we can find true friends in life. People to love us no matter what.

As story line goes, I found it to be kind of predictable that’s what pulled it from a 4 star to a 3 star for me. The book dealt with very intense issues, such as P.T.S.D , depression, alcohol and lost of family and friends. And how to cope with all of that.

Give me your heart, Kacey. I’ll take everything that comes with it.

Okay, so SPOILER alert if you haven’t read the book stop. to be totally honest I couldn’t understand the traumatic connection between Trent and Kacey. I felt there nothing much pulling them together other than the accident which Kacey didn’t know about till the end. I didn’t see how she could’ve develop all those feelings for him in such a short time. But I guess that’s how chemistry works. Also was I the only one a little bit concern with the reason behind his feelings for her how could the make it work? In a safe way? I’m still on the fence about it.

I say it was very cute, raw and redeeming.

Mini REVIEW: Flipped!|Ines Saint

23942301Tittle: Flipped!

Author: Ines Saint

Length: 320

Series: Spinning Hills 1

Publisher: Lyrical Press

Published Date: May 26th 2016

Gender:  Romance,Contemporary, Adult & Fiction

Rating: ★★ (2 OUT OF 5)

Format: Ebook

Perfumer Holly Bell has a nose for scents and a head for dreams. A former military brat who longs to put down roots in Spinning Hills, she’s been saving for years to buy a certain ramshackle Craftsman for herself and her young daughter. For once in her life, everything’s going according to plan—until a real estate flipper steals the house out from under her! She can’t afford to outbid him—but she can’t seem to stop thinking about him either…

Dan Amador isn’t back in Spinning Hills to stay. Checking on his brothers and renovating one house in the family tradition will be plenty until it’s time to move on. Yet what seemed easy turns out to be anything but, especially when it comes to the gorgeous single mom who lives next door. Before he knows it, Dan seems to be creating the house of her dreams. He doesn’t believe in the kind of fairy tale ending Holly longs for—but he can’t deny that her stubborn optimism has found its way into his heart…

My Review:

I don’t think I have much to say about this book. It’s a cute adult romance. Set in a small town. I felt the story was very rush, I think the author tried to incorporate a lot of external elements and it ended up not working very nicely. I felt as if forcing my self to read and I did find myself skipping lots of pages because there just wasn’t a lot to get my attention.

I liked the characters though, I found Holly to be very well written but Dan wasn’t my favorite he was a massive jerk from page 1 and then suddenly had a change of heart after a while? even then he was a jerk. and believe me I’m all about loving a-hole in books he was just not likable. That’s the thing that made me not enjoy it. There was just no chemistry to me in this book.

On the other hand I loved Ruby and all the old ladies. I loved his brothers and i found Ella’s characters to be… Idk.

Over all it was cute. I wouldn’t really read it again but I did feel there was lot more potential underneath that wasn’t handled properly. Only if the things would have slow down and have each situation have and ending not just rush things to be fixed.

As I always say, Don’t knock it till you try it. You might love it!

And its super cheap.<3

The DUFF | Kody Keplinger

8989348Tittle: The DUFF

Author: Kody Keplinger

Length: 270

Series: –

Publisher: Poppy

Published Date: Sept 7 2010

Gender:  Romance,Young Adult & Fiction

Rating: ★★★★ (4 OUT OF 5)

Format: Ebook

Seventeen-year-old Bianca Piper is cynical and loyal, and she doesn’t think she’s the prettiest of her friends by a long shot. She’s also way too smart to fall for the charms of man-slut and slimy school hottie Wesley Rush. In fact, Bianca hates him. And when he nicknames her “Duffy,” she throws her Coke in his face.

But things aren’t so great at home right now. Desperate for a distraction, Bianca ends up kissing Wesley. And likes it. Eager for escape, she throws herself into a closeted enemies-with-benefits relationship with Wesley.

Until it all goes horribly awry. It turns out that Wesley isn’t such a bad listener, and his life is pretty screwed up, too. Suddenly Bianca realizes with absolute horror that she’s falling for the guy she thought she hated more than anyone.

Review:

No matter where you go or what you do to distract yourself, reality catches up with you eventually.”

To start of I have to say that I picked this book because I pulled it out of my TBR jar which I’m super committed with at the moment, not because i was interested in reading it. I’ve never read anything by the author and I had to idea what the books was really going to be about. I’ve had it on my EReader for more than a year, and it was one of those books that I thought were Over hyped. Seriously Over hyped. Also, there has been so many Mixed reviews about it that I have to confess I was super scared about reading it even when I don’t like to be persuaded by other reviews. Hence why it’s been on my shelve for so long.

Initially I planned to start reading it though-out the whole month. one chapter here , another one there. But when I read the first chapter I was enchanted. I’m not going to lie and say otherwise. I really read this book in one sitting today. And I loved it. The thing that really pulled me in is that this book is super entertaining, From page one we are pulled into Bianca’s world and her perspective on things. Is super fast paced which is in my opinion what makes it so great, because in no moment I felt it dragged or forced in any way (except for one scene with her dad, that it just came out of nowhere but I understand that in order for the story to move forward something needed to happen but still not my favorite). On the contrary, I found the story line and the writing style to flow extremely well.

Can we talk about the characters please? I started the book thinking that I was going to read about some poor girl who is super sad when she hears about being the DUFF, by Wesley no less. but oh no. Bianca was just a breath of fresh air, in her cynical, weird, sarcastic way she deal with it even when it bother her. Even when it hurt and she was far from perfect. She bottle things up, she was judgmental, she didn’t like change so much either. But she was also so real and true to herself that she was the reason I kept on  going.

And Wesley. I felt that even though he was the male protagonist, to me was just like a background character. He was there as a nice fixture , very nice, but I liked that the story didn’t center around him. Okay, I did love him and he was super hot and in his way charming and apart from all that he was the catalysis of the whole book. But he was also loyal and caring. But still the story center a lot more around Bianca than him. Still, I loved him.

The banter between Bianca and Wesley was hilarious. They really got into each-others nerves but there was an undeniable chemistry between them that was very sweet yet sexy.

Your sense of humor needs some work, then,’ Wesley suggested. ‘Most girls find my jokes charming.

Those girls must have IQs low enough to trip over.

And Jessica and Casey were adorable. They are Bianca’s BFF and they were supportive, funny and just adorable. Bianca’s  and Wesley’s parents on the other side suffered from the YA parent syndrome, according to Epic READS, they are the true definition of that; Clueless, absent and hurtful and violent in occasion.

On the story line character grow I found that it was very good. At the beginning the story is light and fluffy but as the story progress and becomes darker and complex the character of Bianca and Wesley become also more complex and more layers are shown. It was excellent on that part. I wasn’t expecting anything of what happened, I truly thought I was going to read another sweet Ya romance novel but this one was very different, it deal A LOT with sex and family drama. It dealed with the decision and coping and taking responsibility for what others do.,

I would totally recommend the book, the movie….I haven’t watch but it looks extremely different from the books. I don’t know why they do that. But really good book!

Wesley Rush doesn’t chase girls, but I’m chasing you.

Have you guys read the book?!

Have a great night guys!