The Cruel Prince Review

Well folks this was very first book by Holly Black and I totally understand why they call her the “Queen of the Faeries”. This book was such an breath taking adventure into faerie.

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I wasn’t sure what to expect when picking up this book that I had heard so much buzz about on my bookstagram. I get nervous sometimes picking up super hyped books because I think it makes it harder to live up to aka ACOFAS.

This book on the other hand nailed it pretty spot on. The opening scene had me going reeling like what just happened?! It did have a little bit of a slower start after that initial crazyness, but her world building and bickering between the sisters keep me alive and wondering what each was hiding and planning. I felt the hate of the faerie so much within me as I read Jude’s story and wished I could shove them all off a cliff. I feel like we don’t get enough books where faerie are wicked in such a interesting way. The plot twists Holly weaved in at the ending were even more amazing than the beginning and I’m seriously dying to see what happens next in this faerie world!

“If you hurt me, I wouldn’t cry. I would hurt you back.”

I adored Jude so much, she was such an interesting main character that seriously kept surprising me. Plus her sass and willingness to annoy and fight the faerie as a mortal just wins my heart over. She is simply brilliant and cunning.

“He’s flint, you’re tinder.” 

I do believe I’m on the lower side of opinions of I don’t love Cardan yet. I honestly absoluetly hated him for almost the whole book. I get his background and reasoning for the cruel faerie attitude towards Jude who isn’t faerie in faerie world and being treated equal. I felt though the line of abuse was crossed for me a couple times where I just can’t love him yet, but hes not in the asshole hate category anymore though.

OVERALL REVIEW: 4.5 Stars!

I will definitely be picking up some more of her work while I try to not so patiently wait for the next installment of this series.

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Snow by Mikayla Elliot Review

Hello friends!

I get to finally sit down and write a review on a book I grabbed on my Net Galley account called Snow by Mikayla Elliot!

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This was definitely at first a total cover grab as I was scrolling, but than I read the synposis and my interest was peaked! So I’m a sucker still to this day for vampires, its such a guilty pleasure for me. Since this isn’t as popular as some of the others books ive reviewed im going to include the synopsis for ya to look at:)

Synposis:

Taken from all she has ever known and loved, Neva finds herself swept into a world of vampires where she learns she will determine their future. Yet she quickly discovers she is the target of a vampire, Zachariah, seeking to stop her from altering the vampire lineage. She must decide which path she will take while trying to protect the family she left behind, and discovering a past she cannot escape.

Review:

Star Rating~ 4 stars

This story was interesting new story about vampires with what is seeming to be a interesting refreshing new back story for the vampires creation. Neva was a likeable main character and I loved Thedryk. It included great plot twists and the villian in this story is more of a morally grey villain which I just look to see done and can’t wait to see how it plays out for the characters!

My biggest issue for this book was the beginning, it was kinda bouncing back and forth for a bit (present/past mixing) without giving good hints of it. It confused me quite a bit for awhile and made me nervous that I wasn’t going to enjoy the book, but as you move forward in the story her writing grew and it flowed so nicely.

I will definitely be following the series and the authors growth and highly recommend checking it out if you love vampires or a great fantasy!

 

Daughter of the Pirate King Review

Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller

I finished this book about a week ago and finally have the proper time to sit down and review this book! Side note before I get the show a going I did get to meet tricia Levenseller in person on tuesday during the Fierce Reads book tour. It was a total blast and she and the rest of the authors on tour were awesome though she was probably the highlight for me, shes hilarious.

Anyways onto the review that I will attempt to keep as spoiler free as possible with plenty of warning if I must let one slip!

Quick Rating: 4.5 stars

Review:

So this story revolves around Alosa a female pirate which that alone made me so excited because we simply dont get enough pirate stories especially with female leads! Alosa isn’t an average pirate though shes also the daughter of the pirate king who rules the seas and partially the land as a result so shes been raised to be the best.

This causes her to be sent on a mission to be captured falsely on an enemy ship to capture a missing part of her fathers map to an land with an untelling amount of money that is surprise guarded by sirens but we will get to that later 😉

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Most of the book revolves around her capture and breaking free nightly to be caught by the first mate, Riden who is also completely attractive. They add the perfect cat and mouse game into the story while also keeping the main plot moving forward. I really liked Riden because he was different. he was loyal to his crazy brother which I wouldn’t of been able to so big props. He also was a clean freak which clean and pirate don’t normally mix so that added a fun scene to the book.

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The endly was truly my favorite, we see alosa truly challenged, meet her almost all female crew (yesssss)!, her siren part which i’m not considering a huge spoiler as the second book has it in the title. The plot doesnt go where it’s expected and truly left me so excited for the second book!

“I am me because I choose to be me. I am what I want. Some people say you have to find yourself. Not I. I believe we create ourselves to be what we want.” – ALOSA

So overall this was a easy read, not a super heavy read so if you are wanting an intense adult pirate theme this is not it! If you are wanting a fun, but still badass female pirate story that has it all than pick this up. It’s worth it I promise!

 

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ACOFAS…or A Court Of Flop and Slump?

Hello Everyone!

So this is clearly my review over ACOFAS by Sarah J Maas…who to clarify I totally adore and love, but this novella was not the 5 star read I was expecting! So sit down, buckle up and read about my mini review rant that will be spoiler free.

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Quick Star Rating: 3.5 stars almost 4…like super close but only because of the bonus story for the next book at the end

Review:

Okay lets start off with maybe it was the long wait…the hype…the fact that it probably was hard to write a bridge between a spin off series when ACOWAR left us pretty happy I mean I was happy with the ending. I was seriously stalking my mail lady waiting for this book to arrive had to wait one day to really start it thanks to finals -_-

So here is me finally sitting down for what I expect to be awesome:

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Except than I start reading it and its boring…its slow I seriously easily put it down to do other things and found myself not excited to finish this book! like what it going on right now??!!

Ya know what I think the problem was…the first half that was seriously the worst part for me to get through…too much smut or talk of wanting smut, though we do finally get the famous wall scene as promised. I will happily admit I like smut, but I need a story, a plot and this wasn’t getting too it. It danced around hints instead of giving more.

My other issue…characters taking steps backward! I know war is hard, but certain characters were driving me insane, I know it’s for the character growth but come on we get it…it was so repetitive you’ll understand when you read it.

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Thankfully 3/4 or so maybe more honestly since the bonus story was seriously my favorite part, things get interesting. Feyre puts her big girl pants on and strikes down her will. We learn more of problems arising and we see poor Tamlin (yes I dont hate him…I want a Tamlin redemption arc pretty badly honestly) I was finally excited to read this book I had been dying for and it did end of a decent cliff hanger as long as you read the bonus story leaving us wanting more and excited for things to come.

So in the end, I will continue with the series because I love the characters and hope it gets interesting plus there are a few things I’m crossing my fingers to see happen like said above plus spoiler related ones… I’ll happily discuss them.

I am just disappointed for such hype, excitement to feel more of a flop or slump in the series if I dare say.

The Deep End of the Sea Review

 

You know what is amazing about this Greek mythology retelling? ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING!! Screenshot 2018-01-14 at 7.42.06 PM

This novel is by Heather Lyons and is all about Medusa who is normally written as the killer of men, completely evil, usually badass which still is in this novel, but anyways im getting away from myself.

In Heather Lyons take, medusa has been wrongfully cursed by Athena after being raped by another god in her temple. >.> Instead of protecting poor medusa she turns her into a monster and curses her away in an island for the rest of her unknowingly ending life. That is until one day Hermes comes into play.

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Hermes gets Medusa to speak up and fight back to end her curse. While its all clear to us why the man is doing this Medusa is totally clueless which was slightly adorable but also me wanting to push their heads together. The story doesn’t even end at the plot point as I expected honestly more things and twists happen afterwards that I absolutely loved. Plus lines like below 😀

“When we fall in love, it’s forever love. Even if you decide one day that you do not love me anymore, I will still always feel this way for you.” – Hermes

Also major selling points Hades is in this story as a GOOD GUY. I repeat a good guy! I love Hades and love stories that have him not only hilarious and totally awesome, but not evil.

So seriously stop what you are doing and buy this book!! It was absolutely my first read of the year so far which I know is early, but it is not my first read people! I have a problem I know we don’t need to discuss it. So go follow the link below and buy it

 

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Glimpse into my 2018

Holy Cow anyone else can’t believe we are already almost done with the first week of January? Well I know I have many plans this year and I can’t promise they will all happen, but I can only hope they do!

One of my biggest goals is to complete nursing school well my 2nd and 3rd semester for this year! Nursing school has challenged me in so many ways that I’ve never had happen before in my life. It also succeeded in making me miserable and quit everything I loved about myself in the first semester which I am not going to let happen again.

Now the really fun goals are my Good reads reading challenge which I set for 20 this year! I didn’t set it as high as I would like because of nursing school. Another part of this goal is I’m hoping that at least once a month I read a book from an indie author. Even if it happens to read up being my only book of the month because as an inspiring author supporting others is so important.

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This leads into my final goal for the year…to write more! I get so many ideas and I get really need to stop telling myself that they suck and write it. I will never know until I write it so I need to just do it!

What are some of your goals this year? Also don’t forget to follow me on my instagram and good reads@moonprincess37

bookstagram and other goodies!

I have not posted in forever! I’d apologize but I was actually in nursing school where I put almost everything on the back burner for this step in my life.

I did however stumble upon bookstagram and have fallen in love with all the positive book vibes and amazing people. I have decided though now that I’ve finished my first semester to catch up on my blog, goodreads and connect all my accounts to help keep everything together and up to date.

I also during the semester did get to see Sarah J Maas in person who was completely amazing and receive two copies of Tower of Dawn signed along with a few goodies. I also was able to see Leigh Bardugo who stayed and signed books for everyone who attended because shes just amazing. 21730956_10207548944321595_6853289264517845868_n

Yes my husband also during this time broke his leg but was a trooper still during the events. He also doesn’t enjoy reading so I mean he really does love me to put up with all this crazyness=p

So just a quick post really…I am going to attempt to link tree all my stuff up because soon on instagram I will be hosting a giveaway and future giveaways on my blog hopefully as I get it back up! In the mean time my id on instagram is moonprincess37 so lets be friends!

Throne of Glass Review

“We all bear scars,…Mine just happen to be more visible than most.” 

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I have fallen in love with Sarah J Maas and her writing. After reading ACOTAR series I couldn’t help, but pick up throne of glass. I was not disappointed, but that was no surprise. Throne of Glass is the beginning to an very long journey for a assassin that anyone who picks it up will soon love.

The Synopsis goes:  

In a land without magic, where the king rules with an iron hand, an assassin is summoned to the castle. She comes not to kill the king, but to win her freedom. If she defeats twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition, she is released from prison to serve as the king’s champion. Her name is Celaena Sardothien.

The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her. But something evil dwells in the castle of glass–and it’s there to kill. When her competitors start dying one by one, Celaena’s fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival, and a desperate quest to root out the evil before it destroys her world.

My Review:

Seriously, I knew I was going to like this book and I did! I’m so excited for the series because from all my readings on pinterest and tumblr the first one doesn’t even touch some of the future ones.

The plot was definitely a good one, an assassin given a chance of freedom from her sentence of imprisonment if she wins a competition against others and becomes the Kings call dog for four years. She was picked by the kings son (Dorian) to compete in the competition.

I loved that she wasn’t just this nasty assassin, but a human being doing what she had to do to survive. She was a real character who would admit her judgement against people and tried to hide her terrible past. I loved Choal who was probably one of the smartest among them. He actually thought things through unlike Celanea and Dorian sometimes.

My complaints though was of the semi love triangle between her, Dorian, and Choal. This might actually stem from my slight spoiler reading online so I know how that is all going to go down. I think it was also because it was so off and on through out the book that I felt it hard to ship them together. Also the whole candy scene on her bed made me so mad! A smart assassin wouldn’t not of just ate random candy found on her bed I hope.

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Overall, it wasn’t a super action packed book, many of the trials leading to the main fight weren’t all that exciting. It was clearly a book to help up the others and get the journey a going and I can’t wait to see what all happens next.

Frost Blood Review

I’m so excited to review this book for two sole reasons: one, it was a great fast read seriously I read it completely under 6 hours i think. second, elly blake will be at my local comic con this fall so I can get it autographed 0.0

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Here is it’s description for anyone unfamiliar:

Seventeen-year-old Ruby is a Fireblood who has concealed her powers of heat and flame from the cruel Frostblood ruling class her entire life. But when her mother is killed trying to protect her, and rebel Frostbloods demand her help to overthrow their bloodthirsty king, she agrees to come out of hiding, desperate to have her revenge.
Despite her unpredictable abilities, Ruby trains with the rebels and the infuriating–yet irresistible–Arcus, who seems to think of her as nothing more than a weapon. But before they can take action, Ruby is captured and forced to compete in the king’s tournaments that pit Fireblood prisoners against Frostblood champions. Now she has only one chance to destroy the maniacal ruler who has taken everything from her–and from the icy young man she has come to love.
Vivid and compelling, Frostblood is the first in an exhilarating series about a world where flame and ice are mortal enemies…but together create a power that could change everything.
Now I loved this story, was it maybe a typical YA fantasy where the main character grows into a strong female and saves the day…maybe but it was done with style and I didn’t find it repetitive or boring in the least bit. You are memorable characters with a compelling backstory for the bad guys. The twists were not all predictable and leaves you wanting to know what will happen in book two.
Ruby was a wonderful character who I loved seeing bickering with Arcus. Their off the wall flirting was adorable and I couldn’t wait to see them realize it. I can’t wait to see her powers grow more in the next story and see her over come the Minax.
Arcus was hilarious and I was devastated when I heard his backstory. The man simply deserves Ruby forever and the only thing in the series to be completed by Elly that has me worried is that it sounds like a love triangle might be coming in book two and I hate those! Why does every author feel the need to try and mess with us like that? Please keep Arcus and Ruby together for real make them a OTP!

ACOMAF review

I’m finally sitting down to write my review of this second installment of A Court of Thorn and Roses series. I have actually finished all three books and by far the middle is my favorite for so many reasons that I’ll get into in just a few, but first I’m sharing the little expert for anyone unfamiliar which seriously you shouldn’t be. Go buy it now!

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.

So some of my favorite things in this book which were no surprise since Sarah J Maas seems to just rock it all out.

The character development was so amazing! I loved Feyre so much at the end of ACOTAR, but she was so broken at the end it was amazing to see her grow into her new self.

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.

We finally get to see more of Rhysand who I loved in the first book I mean he did save feyres butt for us, after all.

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We finally get introduced to the other courts and world. Don’t get me wrong seeing the spring court for 90% of the book was fine, but I loved seeing all the magical places. Also not seeing certain characters for a lengthy part of the book was very nice. Sorry, not sorry.

We get to see many more new amazing, life changing, Creations of more Ships in this book.

The plot was so much more intense and gripping in this book, I could not put it down for the life of me. The ending was killer making me want to throw the book across the room, but I like my books pretty so I refrained and dove directly into three to see what was going to happen to my favorite people.

So please go buy this book, you will not regret for one moment I promise.