Review: Renegades By Marissa Meyer

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“There are many dangerous people in this world. but there are also many good people. Brave people. No matter how bad things get, we have to remember that. So long as there are heroes in this world, there’s hope that tomorrow night might be better.” 

Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥

Series: Renegades, #1

Pages: 552

Genre: YA Fantasy, Superhero

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“Heroism wasn’t about what you could do, it was about what you did. It was about who you saved when they needed saving.” 

The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies — humans with extraordinary abilities — who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone… except the villains they once overthrew.

“It became the strong against the weak, and, as it turns out, the strong were usually jerks.” 

Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and she is on a mission for vengeance. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice — and in Nova. But Nova’s allegiance is to a villain who has the power to end them both.

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Okay so to kick off the first of four Superhero themed books this month, I’m starting with Renegades, where the Marissa Meyer has made up the entire cast of super Heroes. This first of all deserves an applaud..

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Next, which deserves a better clap than the brilliant Joker, Meyer provides a cast of Characters, which includes their alias and of course what Powers they also have.

The story begins in the past, when a 6 year old girl, Nova, witnesses her families murder, but blames the wrong people. IMHO.

She then becomes a villain, much like the Joker. Her mission is to kill all the Superheros and everything they stand for. She has to become a double agent, the problem is the lines get blurred really quick and Nova has no way of deciphering who are the enemies anymore.

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This is one of the many reasons I read YA books, because there is so much well written questions weaved into the novel. It takes the concept of Good vs Evil, superhero and villains and questions whether either truly exist.

So to finish, I am going to post a picture of Chris Hemsworth…. Because.. oh heck who needs a reason..

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Review: A Court of Frost and Starlight by S J Maas

Rating: 🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤

Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses

Pages: 228

Genre: Paranormal & Fantasy,

Feyre, Rhys, and their close-knit circle of friends are still busy rebuilding the Night Court and the vastly-changed world beyond. But Winter Solstice is finally near, and with it, a hard-earned reprieve. Yet even the festive atmosphere can’t keep the shadows of the past from looming. As Feyre navigates her first Winter Solstice as High Lady, she finds that those dearest to her have more wounds than she anticipated–scars that will have a far-reaching impact on the future of their Court..

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“Stars flickered around us, sweet darkness sweeping in. As if we were the only souls in a galaxy.”

I grinned so much during this book, my jaw hurt. I loved the friendships and the Christmassy feel, plus Rhysand!!

Not to brag, but I read it in one sitting…

“Dangerous words, Rhysand,” Amren warned, strutting through the door, nearly swallowed up by the enormous white fur coat she wore. Only her chin-length dark hair and solid silver eyes were visible above the collar. She looked— “You look like an angry snowball,” Cassian said.”

It was funny, Heart warming, and at one point I got a little choked up. This story to me what very much a ‘what happens after a war novel’

“To the blessed darkness from which we are born, and to which we return.”

Review: A Court of Wings & Ruin by Sarah J Maas

Copy of Book Review (2)Rating: 🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤

Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3

Pages: 699

Genre: Ya Fantasy

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With the release of A Court of Frost and Starlight within the next 24 hours, I thought I’d post my final thoughts on the previous book, ACOWAR.

I was super excited about this book. I even booked the day off work when it was released. With the cliffhanger from ACOMF, I wanted answers…

“A Shadow slammed into the eath before us, cracking the ice toward every horizon.
Not a shadow.
A Illyrian warrior. ”

From that point on I couldn’t stop smiling, and then when Rhysand came back on the page, I SQUEALED… Needless to say, the neighbourhood dogs started barking.

He leaned down, nuzzling my throat. “Don’t you want to comfort your mate, who has missed you terribly these weeks?”

In the previous books, War has been brewing between the King of Hybern, and the rest of Prythian. The Inner Circle are reunited, and it’s fabulous!! I love the way SJM has written the friendship; it is stunning.

Only you can decide what breaks you

Tamlin the tool is back, and earlier in the book, I felt nothing but anger to him, and by the end, I guess he made amends, a little.

The pace of the book was uneven but in a captivating way. the scenes of war were fast as expected, and the family comforting and almost warm.

“Night Triumphant- and the Stars Eternal.”

There was just no point in the book where it lulled for me. I never got bored, I never skipped pages, I just kept wanting more.

There are a few things I had wished that the SJM had answered, like relationships within the Inner Circle, her sister full gifts, and the outcome of other characters within the series, such as other High Lords.

I am sooooo pleased that there is a next book coming out, and maybe some answered.

In my opinion, these books are pure perfection, and SJM will have a fan for life…

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Review: A Court of Mist & Fury by Sarah J Maas

To the Stars that Listen and the Dreams that are answered..

Rating: 🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤

Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2

Pages: 626

Genre: YA Fantasy, Fairytale Retelling

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Synopsis

Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.

“I was not a pet, not a doll, not an animal.
I was a survivor, and I was strong.
I would not be weak, or helpless again
I would not, could not be broken. Tamed.”

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This Book is the best out of the trilogy. There’s a lot in this book, and I can’t say much with creating spoilers, which will simply not do.

That being said…

Rhysand is the most handsome High Lord. Rhysand is the most delightful High Lord.Rhysand is the most cunning High Lord

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Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas

Next Tuesday, A Court of Frost and Starlight is releasing, number 3.5 in the Court of Thornes and Roses series. So I thought in the lead-up, I will post my reviews of the previous books ( No spoilers!!)

Rating: 🦇🦇🦇🦇🦇

Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1

Pages: 416

Genre: YA Fantasy, Fairytale retelling

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Review:

WOW!!!

I was about a year late for the hype of this book. I read this book, the first time in January 2017, and it blew me away.

Firstly, the woman on the cover is wearing a very decorative feather outfit, and of course THAT tattoo (if you don’t know what I’m talking about -read it) IMHO, the cover is simple and tells you very little of the story until you have read it.

Prior to this, I hadn’t read any books with Faes in, and what the author calls Fae, I would think elves- like Lord of the Rings.

When you open the book, the first thing I notice is a Map of the magical realm called Prythian. It looks a little bit like The British Isles, with Hybern looking like Ireland. Prythian is broken up into courts, Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter, day and night courts, with a wall dividing them and the Mortal Realm.

The story begins with Feyre, a Human who kills a ‘Beast’ to ensure her family survive the winter. Her punishment lies on the other side of the Wall. She is brought to the Spring Court, by Tamlin- The High Lord.

Let me make this clear for you, girl: you can either come live at my home in Prythian- offer your life for the wolf’s in that way- or you can walk outside right now and be shredded to ribbons. Your choice. – Tamlin

Feyre is introduced to the cruel, but beautiful world of Prythain, with its strange dreamlike creatures, and curses. But can Beauty survive falling in love with the Beast?

“I love you,’ he whispered, and kissed my brow. ‘Thorns and all.”

Recommended to: Everyone!!!

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Review: A Great & Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray

Rating: 🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤

Series: Gemma Doyle, #1

Pages: 403

Genre: YA, Fantasy

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After the death of her mother, Gemma is sent to Spence, a boarding school in England. Gemma gets visions of the future, and along with a new set of friends, gets entangled in a Shadowy supernatural group The Order. Can she accept her destiny?

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“Because you don’t notice the light without a bit of shadow. Everything has both dark and light. You have to play with it till you get it exactly right.”

I was looking forward to this book, I have a great love of history and of paranormal, and this seemed like a great fit. I also thought that the title was so compelling.

I had never read anything by Libba Bray before but by a few sentences in I had already popped on Amazon and bought the sequels, A Sweet Far Thing & Rebel Angels.

The utterly gorgeous cover, the white corset, with the brown background just screams Victorian, so appeals to those who love Historical fiction.

“How I’d love to get away from here and be someone else for a while in a place where no one knows or expects certain things from me.”

Gemma Doyle is a strong, feminist character. Despite having a gift/curse, that she doesn’t understand, I found Gemma to be likeable. I also liked that her gift/curse was something believable if that makes sense.

There were quite a few chapter endings that had a shock, that keeps you reading and the friendships between the girls build so it has that feeling of a journey.

This book was great, and I haven’t finished the series yet. There are so many books getting in the way, but I am hoping to finish this year.

“May I suggest that you all read? And often. Believe me, it’s nice to have something to talk about other than the weather and the Queen’s health. Your mind is not a cage. It’s a garden. And it requires cultivating.”

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Review: The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

Rating: 🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤

Series: The Folk of the Air, #1

Pages: 384

Genre: YA Fantasy

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I received this as part of January 2018 Fairy Loot subscription Box. It was a book I was already super excited for because there was this HUGE hype about it.

Accompanying the book, Fairy Loot also included a candle called Prince Cardan, and very talented artwork of said Prince.

So, here I was Fangirling already because I thought YES– A book to fill the space between Sarah J Maas Novels– more Fae Warriors.. whoop whoop!.

Nope…

I had never read Holly Black before, I thought her novels were usually a bit young for my taste, but I had heard great things about her writing.

The Cruel Prince is about three sisters, taken by Fae’s and forced to live with the one who murdered their parents. The story mostly focuses on Jude, the middle sister. Brought up by the Fae, she is often bullied especially by Price Carden – The Cruel Prince.

Basically, the King is due to step down, a new prince to take his place, but with rivalries between his sons, the court is deadly. Jude is caught in between when she agrees to become a spy, in order to save her sisters.

“If I cannot be better than them, I will become so much worse.”

I’ve given the book five stars because I loved it; I really did. It wasn’t Sarah J Maas, and I was right that Holly Black appeals to a much younger audience than YA.

The only issues I had was that the book was called The Cruel Prince because he was barely in it. I really hope his character improves in the next novel – The Wicked King which is due out 8th January 2019.

Most of all, I hate you because I think of you. Often. It’s disgusting, and I can’t stop.

Review: Poison’s Kiss by Breanna Sheilds

Rating: 🖤🖤🖤🖤

Series: Poison’s Kiss

Pages: 304

Genre: YA Fantasy

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This YA fantasy book is about Merinda. She is a Visha Kanya. A girl who survived several snake bites, and can now kill by kissing. until the Raja wants her to kill the boy she loves.

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The concept of this book excited me because it was unlike anything I read before. I had never read anything by Breena Shields before, but the gorgeous cover and forbidden romance intrigued me.

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The coiled snake and the gold paisley on the cover give it a sort of Aladdin feel, which I felt really subtly showed off the story. It was like a mix of old and new. The setting was Sudari, and in many ways had an Indian feel, to it. I felt very connected to it, and I felt the writer described the place beautifully.

However, I felt the pace of the story was very slow. It seemed that two-thirds of the book was explaining the world, and creating flashbacks, which did work, but there was very little action.

Marinda, was likeable enough, although, a little Naive. Which if I am honest begs the question.. Does her naivety make her innocent? mmm.. probably not. She never asks questions, she never rebels enough.. she’s not your typical heroine.

Now, onto Deven, to be honest, I didn’t really think enough was talked about him, and I couldn’t understand why she loved him. She didn’t exactly see much of him and he didn’t have that much of a personality to stand out. He was… meh.

The mythology of the Snake, tiger, crocodile, and bird was a great touch, but I feel that the author could have entered more of this mythology into the storyline.

Now, I don’t know whether it was me, but this book took me a long time to read, and I don’t whether it was me or the book.. I just wasn’t gripped enough to call it a page-turner, but it was an interesting read filled with so much more potential.

I understand from a Q&A from the author that it is part of a duo, and the next book is out January 2018. At the moment I am on the fence about whether I would purchase the book. Maybe after the book has sunk in a bit more.

Review: Daughter of the Pirate King

Rating: 🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤

Series: Daughter of the Pirate King, #1

Pages: 320

Genre: YA Fantasy

Okay, before I just explode from fangirling… I’ll explain what the book is about…

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Princess Alosa is the Daughter of the self-titled Pirate King Kalligan. He has sent her on a mission to find one of three maps that show the location of Isla de Canta. An Island full of untold riches and treasure. The Pirate King wants the treasure to ensure he stays King for a very long time…

Alosa is ‘kidnapped’ by the captain of the Night Farer Ship, looking for a ransom from her father. Alosa is on a mission to find map.. but the intriguing first Mate -The captain’s Brother- is a little too tempting…

This is a debut book for Tricia Levenseller, but it doesn’t show. She made me completely envious of the world they lived in, even with the violence and thievery. Her descriptions of the sea and the world were vivid.

“I live on the cusp of two worlds, trying desperately to fit into one.”
I loved Alosa. She was strong, and enough of a Pirate to know she wasn’t a pretender ( I hate those) She had enough fierceness without being a bitch, and I loved it.

She had some of those bizarre eccentricities that Jack Sparrow had that I love for example:

“If you’re sorry, that means you want forgiveness. Is that what you’re asking for? If you want forgiveness, that means you want to make things right. And if you want to make things right, that means that you don’t intend to put me in harm’s way again. So, if you are saying you’re sorry, I don’t think you understand what that entails.”
Riden’s allegiance to his nauseous inducing brother was commendable. Even, when he did not agree with his brother’s actions he remained faithful.

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The Romance between the two was even paced, steady and a bit slow, but it was clear the feelings were manifesting over the course of the book. Alosa & Riden were cut from the cloth, but there is much more that can be developed between the characters.

I checked out Tricia Levenseller GoodReads page which says that the series is a duology, and the final book is out in February 2018. Definitely, pre-order!!!

Review: Harry Potter & the Cursed Child

Rating: 🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤

Series: Harry Potter #8??

Pages: 309

Genre: Play, YA Fantasy,

Harry Potter is back!!

The Cursed Child starts 19 years later with Harry saying goodbye to his youngest son, as he makes his way to Hogwarts for his first year. – Okay, I have to say ‘ I open at the close’

After all his adventures, Harry is now a ministry employee, and as such steals a Time-Turner from Theodore Nott. He keeps it, instead of handing it into the Ministry- Still breaking the rules- I love it.

Harry then gets a request from Amos Diggory- Cedric’s Dad- to use the Time Turner to bring back Cedric from the dead. Harry, refuses, but his son, Albus Severus, overhears, and along with his best friend Scorpios Malfoy, decide to make sure Cedric survives the Tri-wizard Tournament. What they don’t realise is that changing such a seemingly small thing, can alter the fate of the entire wizarding world.

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Review:

Where to start… it’s a play.. At first I didn’t like it. The format, to me was not what I wanted from the long awaited sequel. I’ve read plays before, and I feel that emotions are never really explored, and that connection you feel to characters cannot possibly be there. I was right. – Don’t get me wrong, I loved the story and the overall feeling of the book. It felt as magical as it should, but I couldn’t connect with Albus or Harry.
To me it felt like really really good Fanfiction.

The character were really OOC, in some cases this was a bad thing. Except for one of my favourite characters- Draco Malfoy. The Malfoys, Scorpios and Draco made this play better for me. Draco was the most OOC person in it, but he seemed to be the character at the end of Deathly Hallows that had changed the most, so he was perfect.

Hermione was flat, Ron was a joke, and Harry was really a tosser. Ginny barely had a personality, Snape was nice, and why the HECK wasn’t Neville in it.. and there wasn’t enough Hagrid..

Ugh.. all these things sound like I hated it- I didn’t, I loved it!! I smiled all throughout the story. It was a great story- just not a great Harry Potter Story.. Maybe I’ll think differently after I read the whole lot again..