Books of 2016

Hey guys!! In this post, I’ll be sharing with you all, the books I read in 2016, and talking about a few stats from this year. I hope you all had an amazing 2016, and read some fabulous books this year. If not, there’s always 2017!! (And if you need help finding some good books, comment and I’ll be more than happy to help, I’ve read some awesome books this year!!)

Anyone who knows me will not be surprised in the least that fantasy makes up more than 50% of the books I read this year. 🙂 And so without further ado, here are my books of 2016!

Fantasy (52 books)

The Mortal Instruments City of Bones: The Little Book of Quotes by Cassandra Clare
City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare
City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare
City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare
Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare
The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Breenan and Maureen Johnson
The Copper Gauntlet by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare
The Bronze Key by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare
The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas
Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas
Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas
Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan
Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan
The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan
The Young Elites by Marie Lu
The Rose Society by Marie Lu
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay by J.K. Rowling
The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson
The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson
Trylle: The Complete Trilogy by Amanda Hocking
Frostfire by Amanda Hocking
Ice Kissed by Amanda Hocking
Crystal Kingdom by Amanda Hocking
The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye
Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige
Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer
Ruined by Amy Tintera
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Hereafter by Tara Hudson
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Red’s Untold Tale by Wendy Toliver
Out of the Past by Kalinda Vazquez
The Siren by Kiera Cass
Heartless by Marissa Meyer
Stars Above by Marissa Meyer (read twice)

Dystopian/Science Fiction (17 books)

Delirium by Lauren Oliver
Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver
Requiem by Lauren Oliver
The Selection by Kiera Cass
The Elite by Kiera Cass
The One by Kiera Cass
The Heir by Kiera Cass
The Crown by Kiera Cass
Happily Ever After by Kiera Cass (read twice)
The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
Mind Games by Teri Terry
The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Flawed by Cecelia Ahern
Nightfall by Jake Halpern

Contemporary (11 books)

Pan’s Whisper by Sue Lawson
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
Room by Emma Donohue
All We Have Left by Wendy Mills
Looking for Alaska by John Green
Let it Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachael Cohn and David Leviathan
P.S. I Like You by Kasie West
The Sun is also a Star by Nicola Yoon

Mystery (7 books)

Confessions of a Murder Suspect by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
The Private School Murders by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
The Paris Mysteries by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
The Murder of an Angel by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
Black by Fleur Ferris
Six Months Later by Natalie D. Richards
Book of Lies by Teri Terry

Autobiography (1 book)

Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick

Classics (2 books)

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

DNFs (5 books)

The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey
The Messenger by Markus Zusak
The Shadowhunter’s Codex by Cassandra Clare and Joshua Lewis
The Haters by Jesse Andrews
Fairytales for Wilde Girls by Allyse Near

Stats (Note: these stats are from Goodreads)

Books Read: 90 completed and 5 DNFs (out of a goal of 80)
Shortest Book: Out of the Past by Kalinda Vasquez – 112 pages
Longest Book: Trylle: The Complete Trilogy by Amanda Hocking – 1,001 pages
Pages Read: 37, 155 pages
Average Length of Books: 404 pages
My Average Rating: 4.5
Highest Rated Book: A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas – 4.74 average rating
Most Popular Book: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins – 4, 781, 668 people also read.
Least Popular Book: Black by Fleur Ferris – 384 people also read.
Most Read Authors: Cassandra Clare (11 books)
J.K. Rowling (9 books)
Sarah J. Maas and Kiera Cass (7 books)

I hope you have all had a fabulous year, and have an amazing 2017! I’ll be back early next year with some of my most anticipated 2017 releases! I hope you enjoyed this post, and I’ll see you all next time!

Byeeeeee ❤

Between Shades of Gray Review: Spoilers!

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
Rating: 5/5

Between Shades of Gray is an incredibly moving story that I devoured in mere hours, and I know Lina’s story will stay with me for a long time.

This novel is a story of courage, of hope, and of never changing who you are or backing down.

“Was it harder to die, or harder to be the one who survived? I was sixteen, an orphan in Siberia, but I knew. It was the only thing I never questioned. I wanted to live. I wanted to see my brother grow up. I wanted to see Lithuania again. I wanted to see Joana. I wanted to smell the lily of the valley on the breeze beneath my window. I wanted to paint in the fields. I wanted to see Andrius with my drawings. There were only two possible outcomes in Siberia. Success meant survival. Failure meant death. I wanted life. I want to survive.”

I had so many questions throughout this book. Will they survive? Will they see their father again? Will they ever go home? Will anyone ever know what happened to them? This questions pinged back and forth around my mind for hours, but thankfully, most of my questions were answered.

“It couldn’t end like this. It couldn’t. What was life asking of me? How could I respond when I didn’t know the answer?”

Our protagonist Lina is a strong, individual, and oftentimes stubborn, character. She got into a few tight spots, but she always managed to squeeze her way out of them. She tried her hardest to care for her mother, Elena, and for her younger brother, Jonas.

Jonas was an incredibly strong character, and I often forgot he was a boy of merely eleven years of age. (Ten at the beginning of the novel). He worked so hard, and sometimes stole, so that his family would have food. This particular part made my heart melt:

“Sir,” said Jonas, leaning around me. He held out his little ruler from school. The old woman who had gasped at my nightgown began to cry.”

Andrius was a complicated character, and many people’s feelings about him were all jumbled about. Not mine. From the moment we met him on that little train car, Andrius held a place in my heart, there was just something about him. He was a friend to Jonas, a friend to Lina (in the end, after she stopped trying to hate him), and he tried so hard to help his mother.

“No, you have no idea. You have no idea how much I hate myself for putting my mother through this, how every day I think of ending my life so she can be free. But instead, my mother and I are using our misfortune to keep others alive. But you wouldn’t understand that, would you? You’re too selfish and self-centred. Poor you, digging all day long. You’re just a spoiled kid.” He turned and walked away.”

Kertzsky. From the minute he appeared in this novel, I have had nothing but sympathy for him. He was a child playing soldiers. He didn’t enjoy tormenting the prisoners as the other guards did, and when he could, he helped them get food or wood. Many would argue he’s a bad person, but I see him differently. He could refuse to be a soldier, and be unable to help anyone, or he can remain a soldier and help people were possible.

“” Dr Samodurov, how did you find us?” I asked. “Nikolai Kertzsky,” was all he said.”

The plot was intense. There was always something to keep me reading, something to make me think of the book when I couldn’t continue reading it, something to keep me awake at night imagining what could possibly happen next. And that ending. The ending was amazing. I loved it. I love that we know Lina survived, we know Jonas survived, we know how long they were trapped and we know Lina and Andrius found each other. I don’t like that we never found out the fate of Lina’s father, Kostas. However, I do understand that it was to make us keep thinking of the book even after it had ended. It definitely did its job well, as even now, an hour after I finished reading it, I am sitting here writing this review, and thinking of nothing but this book. I would have liked to have read of Lina and Adrius finally finding each other, as that would definitely have been a beautiful moment to capture.

Overall, this was such a beautiful and captivating story that will stay with me for years to come. I recommend this book to everyone, be you young or old, male or female, this book is sure to strike a chord within your soul.

 “Safe in the arms of hell.”

Find this review on my Goodreads

Byeeeeee ❤

 

 

Happily Ever After Review: Spoilers!

Happily Ever After by Kiera Cass
Rating: 4.5/5 stars

The Queen
 4.5/5
I love Amberly, but she is definitely blinded by her love in this story.
Clarkson said he chose her because what he asked for, she gave. Really, he chose her because he could control her, she did whatever he wanted. While he may have actually believed he loved her, it wasn’t so. He also may have chosen her because she was from the South, and her being Queen appeased them for a while.


The Prince

5/5
Wow. Daphne is weird.
I loved reading America and Maxon’s meeting from Maxon’s POV!! They’re so adorable!!
It was also great to be able to read about Maxon meeting all of the girls.
It was entertaining when the girls were being so dramatic about getting kicked out of the palace.
“Clarissa ran up to me and clutched my hand. “I can be better, I swear!”


The Guard

3/5
Aspen can be so incredibly annoying. He couldn’t seem to accept the fact that America was in the Selection, even though it was his idea for her to enter in the first place! Ughh. I think the real reason I can’t stop hating Aspen is because, for a while, he was the only thing that stood between America and Maxon and their happy ending. (And I LOVE America and Maxon’s relationship so much!)


The Favorite  

4.5/5
I love Marlee and Carter’s relationship, and I also love Marlee and America’s friendship. I love them all!! 


The Arrival

3/5
I hated Celeste reading this scene from America’s POV, but from Celeste’s POV, I like her. XD

The Kiss
3/5
This is the scene that makes me really hate (more than I did before) Celeste because Maxon belongs with Americaaa.

The Departure
4/5
I love Celeste in this scene. Not to mention Maxon. Amazing.

The Maid
3.5/5
I love Lucy. Enough said.

After The One
5/5
I love Maxon and America SO MUCH.
It was so cute when Maxon found out that America was pregnant. It was definitely my favourite scene.
Also loved seeing May in there for a little while!! She’s so cute.
Also loved seeing Marlee, Carter and Aspen again, as well as getting a bit of a mention of America’s mum… XD
“She danced in the fountain on New Year’s Eve, America,” he said, a childlike amusement in his eyes. “It was amazing, and I will never let it go.”

Where Are They Now?
4/5
I found this pretty interesting, but I would’ve liked it if more of the girls were including in this section, though we didn’t get to know them as well throughout the series. I also would’ve liked others (not Selected) to have been included in this. (i.e. America’s siblings, Aspen, Carter, Lucy, Mary and Anne).

I would still really like to be able to read America and Maxon’s wedding scene. Please Kiera? I just think it would be the cutest scene in recorded history. ❤

Also — I know I haven’t been doing the T5W for a few weeks, but I will be doing it again this week!! Sorry for not posting much!

Byeeeeee ❤

ROOM REVIEW

Room by Emma Donoghue

Rating: 3.5/5 stars

This isn’t the type of book that I would usually pick for myself to read, but I had my eye on it for a few months, ever since one of my Goodreads groups chose it for their BOTM.

Then three weeks ago for my birthday, a friend of mine gave me the book. She said it was a bit different, but that she loved it, and that I had to read it. So I did.

It took me a while to get used to the writing, I’m so used to reading novels from the POV of a sixteen-year-old female, and so to read from the perspective of a five-year-old male was very different for me.

The book took me a bit longer to read than most other books of its size that I’ve read. Truthfully, I almost DNF on several occasions, but I’m glad I didn’t.

Room didn’t really begin to engage me until around page 120. After that, I really started to get into it. Another 30 pages later, I was bored again.

Around page 170, things started to get a lot more interesting. Everything looked as though it was about to be resolved, and I was panicking because I was only halfway through the book.

I was still intrigued for quite a while, but then my interest slowly began to decline again.

Page 300 and onward was probably my least favourite part of the book, but I did like aspects of it, particularly the ending. That is how you end a book.

I could hate the entire book but find it impossible to hate the ending, because some authors just know how to end a book. Emma Donoghue is one of them.

THE REST OF THIS REVIEW WILL CONTAIN SPOILERS!

The book is split into three sections; Before, After and Living.

Before takes place during the time that Jack and his Ma are stuck in Room.

I found most of this section incredibly dull. I understood though that it’s length and detail was highly necessary for the rest of the book, so I did my best to power through it.

It was the section that took me the longest to read.

After takes place during the aftermath of Jack and Ma being freed from Room, and from Old Nick.

This was my favourite section, but it still took me a bit to get through parts of it.

I liked seeing Jack’s reaction to everything in the world, but sometimes he just annoyed me. I had to keep reminding myself that he was a five-year-old boy who had never seen anything outside of the same four walls.

Living takes place once Jack starts to stay with his Grandmother.

This section was okay… I enjoyed aspects of it. I found his Grandmother incredibly irritating, but I liked Leo.

I loved the ending of the book, and it’s by far my favourite part of the book.

END SPOILERS!

Overall, I did enjoy this book, and I think it’s worth giving a go if you need something to read.

This review is also on my Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/48457755-jaide

Byeeeeee ❤

A COURT OF MIST AND FURY REVIEW: SPOILERS!

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

Rating: 3.5/5

When I finished this yesterday, I gave it a five-star rating (on Goodreads) literally two minutes after finishing it. Upon further reflection, I’ve decided to lower it to a 3.5. Yes, I loved the book. Yes, I’m in love with Rhysand. Yes, some sentences were so beautiful I wanted to cry. However, I really did not need the specifics of how Feyre and Rhysand couldn’t keep their hands off of each other, ever, 15 times within 200 pages, and before that, how much Feyre wanted to be wih him, but felt so guilty because of Tamlin and yadda yadda yadda. I got tired of it very quickly. I know it’s the way the whole ‘mating bond’ thing is, but did we really need such detail in those scenes? I did not need to read all of that. It was unnecessary.
Aside from that, I found no flaw in the novel.
I eventually, despite my own protests, fell in love with Rhys, as we all did.
I told my sister that I would cry if I hated Tamlin by the end of the novel, because I loved him so damn much in ACOTAR, but by the time we saw him again, I hated him too much to care. (Though a small part of my heart will always belong to Tamlin).
My two favourite scenes were definitely the Starfall scene, and the scene were Feyre sees Lucien and a few other sentinels in the forest.
The writing was nothing special. Not bad, but not overly impressive and amazing either. Though, as you are about to discover, I found a lot of quotes that I liked. A lot.
And now for some quotes! – These are what made me love this book so damn much.

“Or maybe I had broken it, when I shoved that dagger into the hearts of two innocent faeries and their blood had warmed my hands.”

“We shot into the sky, fast as a shooting star.”

“My hand was unnervingly steady as I lifted it to find my fingers ending in simmering embers. Living claws of flame that had sliced through my bed linens like they were cauterizing wounds – ”

“His answering smile evoked silken sheets and jasmine-scented breezes at midnight.”

“”There is the darkness that frightens, the darkness that soothes, the darkness that is restful.” I pictured each. “There is the darkness of lovers, and the darkness of assassins. It becomes what the bearer wishes it to be, needs it to be. It is not wholly bad or good.””

And my personal favourites:

“The person who had sent music into that cell; who had picked up that knife in Amarantha’s throne room to fight for me when no one else dared, and who had kept fighting for me every day since, refusing to let me crumble and disappear into nothing.”

“I am the dark lord, who stole away the bride of spring. I am a demon, and a nightmare, and I will meet a bad end.”

“Alluring as a calm sea under a cloudy sky.”

“To the people who look up at the stars and wish… to the stars who listen, and the dreams that are answered.”

“And maybe the world should learn that I did indeed have fangs.
Lucien’s finger grazed the sleeve of my leather jacket.
And I become smoke and ash and night.”

I hope you all enjoyed this novel as much as I did!

Byeeeeee ❤

MIND GAMES REVIEW: SPOILERS!

Mind Games by Teri Terry

Rating: 3.75/5

So what is Mind Games, really?

Mind Games is about the cruelty and selfishness of humans, of sacrifice and betrayal, and of living in worlds we dream of every day of our lives.

The story follows our protagonist, Luna. Luna is a Refuser, meaning she refuses to get an Implant. Without the Implant, Luna is marginalised at school by those with Implants, Refusers don’t tend to speak to non-Refusers.

When Luna is selected for a Test, everyone thinks it must be a mistake. However, she passes the Test with flying colours, and is assigned to Think Tank on Inaccessible Island. Which sounds really creepy. Luna doesn’t want to leave her ill grandmother behind, and instead gets a transfer to London Uni. But after her grandmother dies in her sleep, the transfer is a no-go, and off to Inaccessible Island she goes.

But before they get there, the transport crashes, Gecko ‘kidnaps’ Luna. They kiss, (yay), and Luna is taken to ‘the Worms’. And Gecko is taken by PareCo.

And now I can’t really be bothered writing this review, so imma wrap this up.

Enter Tempo. Tempo is a bitch, the end. All you need to know about her.

I actually kinda liked Crystal before she died.

Putting brains in tanks is kinda creepy. (Kinda)

I really like Marina.

Hex is weird. I don’t like him.

I found it really weird that every time Luna referred to Goodwin as ‘Goodwin from school’. I mean, there’s only one Goodwin in the novel!

I felt like nothing really happened during the first half of this novel, but the ending felt really rushed.

In the way of character development, Luna was thoroughly annoying during the entire first half of the book, and then she got even more annoying, and then she got slightly better. She so kinda ended up back where she started. So no. There was no character development.

All of the side characters were so incredibly dull, and had no depth whatsoever, they were just kind of there. They definitely could have been written a lot better.

Astra was an extremely boring character. I was so excited to see her alive(ish), I thought, yes! We’re going to get to go deeper into her character, and learn about somebody other than Luna! No such luck. Astra didn’t really do a lot, in my opinion, and then she died. For real this time.

The writing style was good, but it definitely wasn’t memorable, or amazing and unique. It also could have done with another round of editing, I picked up on a couple of errors here and there.

I feel like the concept of this story was amazing, but the execution wasn’t done as well as it could have been. That being said, the novel wasn’t bad, and I did enjoy it.

Our young protagonist Luna had quite a number of things in common with Luna Lovegood, one of my personal favourites from the Harry Potter series. Of course, we know that this is intentional once we find out where her parents met. She’s known for being a Refuser, and this leads to almost everybody believing that she’s crazy. And, where in the Harry Potter novels, we learn that Luna’s mother liked to experiment, in this novel, Luna is one of her mother’s experiments. And, of course, they have the same name. We discover later that Virtual Harry Potter World is where Luna’s parents met.

I’ve been pointing out everything I didn’t like, allow me to point out some of the things I did like. I liked quite a few of the characters, I just wish they had all been given more depth. I also love the whole idea of the implants and PareCo the Evil, as I have come to call them.

I loved seeing mentions of Harry Potter in there, as anyone who has known me for at least five minutes knows that I love Harry Potter more than life itself.

I liked that Slated was one of the virtual worlds in this novel, but if the novels actually tie together, and Slated is a virtual world, does that mean that Slated isn’t real? It’s all just virtual? Or is it actually a real world?

This was an enjoyable fun read, once you look past the annoying protagonist, two dimensional side-characters and confusing-ness about whether the entire Slated trilogy that was your favourite two years ago ever actually happened.

I know I left out a lot, but this review is long, and I can’t be bothered writing any more.

Byeeeeee ❤

THE YOUNG ELITES REVIEW: SPOILERS!

The Young Elites by Marie Lu

Rating: 5/5

There are no words on this universe to describe how much I love this novel. Flawless does not even begin to cover it.

Note: This review will contain a lot of quotes, because Marie Lu’s writing is incomparable, every sentence is stunning.

Let me start with our young protagonist, Adelina Amouteru. There are little things on this planet more fascinating than the inner workings of a villain’s mind.

To read a novel from the perspective of a villain was a very new experience for me, and I can tell you confidently that I enjoyed it thoroughly.

Adelina tries so hard to supress from herself, and everybody around her, that she enjoys people’s pain, that she thrives off of it.

“To my shame, excitement instead of horror wells up in my chest, and my fingertips tingle. My darkness is a building storm, black as the sky, the threads wind tight with tension and filling every crevice of my mind.”

Adelina is most definitely intended to be an anti-hero, and she does terrible things throughout the course of the novel, but I couldn’t see her as pure evil. It’s hard for me to see her as a criminal when I read her inner thoughts, and know of some of her darkest desires and fears, when I’ve been inside of her head.

Lu has miraculously managed to make me think of Adelina as a victim, instead of an offender. If I had gotten to read the entirety of The Young Elites in Teren’s perspective, I feel as though Lu could make me have had compassion for him, instead of the deep-seeded hatred that I now have for him.

I can still see the darkness inside of Adelina, a blind man could, and it definitely grew through the duration of the novel.

When she killed her father, she lost control of her power and she wanted him to die, but when she killed him, she panicked. She was frightened.

Fast-forward two hundred and fifty pages, she kills Dante. She is a merciless killer without remorse in those few paragraphs when she slowly and painfully ends his life.

CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT GUYS!! (Sorry for caps, I am a sucker for good character development in novels – it’s not so easy to come across).

OH MY GODS GUYS – THIS SCENE (is soooo amazing)

“Heat explodes inside me, flooding every vein in my body, a fire so intense that I can’t catch my breath. My mouth opens, gasping for air until he seizes my kiss back. The hand he uses to lift my chin now runs along the naked line of my jaw, careful and caressing, but even as he restrains his deadly abilities, I can sense the raw power churning under the surface.”

AND THAT’S ONLY A FRACTION OF THE SCENE.

Marie Lu’s writing is so incredible and engaging, I feel as though I am there, witnessing the story take place, instead of reading about it.

The way she weaves together all of the words is magical. No other word would suffice. Her writing is just pure magic.

Okay, next thing – the plot.

It was so incredibly engaging, and there was always something happening or about to happen, it kept me on the edge of my seat. I couldn’t put it down. I brought the novel with me everywhere. When I had to put it down I didn’t stop thinking about it. My mind would always wander back to the story.

Just, read this:

“We play together in the small garden behind our home, a blanket of green surrounded on all sides by an old, crumbling stone wall and a bright red gate with a rusty latch. How I love this garden. Over the walls climb blankets of ivy, and along the ivy bloom tiny white flowers that smell like fresh rain. Other flowers grow in bouquets along the wall’s edges, brilliant orange roses and cornflower patches, red oleander and grape-colored periwinkle, stalks of white lilies.”

Have you ever read anything so beautiful? No. No you have not. Simply because no one has ever written anything so beautiful.

Enzo’s death was definitely a very sad point in this novel, but also crucial to the plot. We needed him to die for Adelina to get cast out of The Dagger Society. I was actually spoiled for Enzo’s death when I first started this novel, so I knew it was coming. In some ways, I am definitely glad it was spoiled, otherwise I would’ve gotten a lot more attached to Enzo, and probably would have been a sobbing mess when he died. (I get very emotional when people I like die in novels).

I was still really attached to him though, he was a great character, and really intriguing. I was still quite upset when he died.

I was really surprised about Violetta’s powers. (I was also spoiled on this). Though I knew she was a Young Elite, it was a surprise to learn that her power was the same as Raffaele’s. I was under the impression that all Young Elites have different, unique powers.

I was really annoyed at Violetta when we – the readers – discovered that she had known she was a Young Elite since she was nine, but she never told anyone and let Adelina suffer alone.

Yes! An epilogue! I love epilogues and prologues – they’re quite possibly my favourite part of novels. And this was no exception.

I’m really intrigued by Maeve. She must be the malfetto that was referred to earlier in the novel, the one who can bring dead people back to life. I’m excited to see what the cost of doing that is. She’s brought her brother back, but she keeps him locked up and out of sight. I’m eager to find out why.

Maeve’s thoughts about Lucent are confusing me a bit. Were they friends? Or perhaps lovers? I’m hoping for the latter, as I’m a sucker for a good romance, and I feel as though YA fiction could have a bit more same-sex relationships.

This was a stunning beginning to the trilogy, and I cannot wait to read The Rose Society. Marie Lu is a creator of masterpieces.

Byeeeeee ❤

 

Heir of Fire Review: Spoilers!

Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

Rating: 4/5

HOLY SHIT
HOLY SHIT
HOLY SHIT
I CAN’T BREATHE
My brain is still freaking out so this review probably won’t make much sense. Oh well.
Celaena is starting to remind me of Kyla from the Slated trilogy, because of the whole multiple-names thing. I mean, I don’t know whether to call her Celaena, Elentiya or Aelin. I mean, I call her Celaena when I’m talking to my friend, cause she’s reading Crown of Midnight at the moment, but sometimes I call her Aelin when I’m talking to others who’ve read the series. I rarely call her Elentiya, but if I’m talking about Nehemia and her, then I might call her Elentiya, cause that’s what Nehemia called her and oh my Gods of Asgard tHE fEeLS i’M dYinG.
hELp.
I thought the first 200 pages could have been shortened a bit. I was really bored toward the start, but once I hit 200 pages, the book became really fast-paced and I loved it and couldn’t put it down. That slow beginning is the only thing stopping me from giving this book a five star rating.
Truth be told, I didn’t care much for Manon’s POV for most of the novel. I found it extremely dull most of the time, and only around page 300 did I begin to find it somewhat interesting.
I wasn’t too interested in Chaol, Dorian or Aedion’s POV’s either, because I just wanted to read about Celaena.
CAN I JUST SAY THAT I SHIP CELAENA AND ROWAN WITH ALL THAT I AM??! Seriously, I am totally rooting for them two now. Screw Chaol! I know I shipped them in Crown of Midnight, but that was before Rowan. I love Rowan. Rowan is bae. Rowan is beautiful. I love Rowan. Lol
I do not ship Celaena with Dorian anymore, at all. Nope. Dorian and Sorscha were so adorable! I shipped them so much, so her death was painful, not only because I liked her, but because I am starting to truly wonder if Dorian will ever be happy.
I was really happy to get some of Aelin’s memories from when she was a child. I think as a character it made her more realistic. It gave her memories, a past, somewhere to come from, and I really liked that.
Celaena is literally the most badass person to walk on this planet. I love Celaena!!!!!!!!!! Hahaa. She is definitely one of my favourite fictional characters of all time. ❤
Don’t you love those moments when the author uses the title of the novel in the novel? I love this line;

“He forgot Gavriel and Lorcan as he bolted for her – the gold and red and blue flames utterly hers, this heir of fire.”

I SHIP IT AND I LOVE IT AND I BREATHE IT AND HE CALLED HER AN HEIR OF FIRE AND I CAN’T EVEN.
I HATE THE STUPID FUCKING KING OF ADARLAN. I WANT HIM TO DIE A SLOW PAINFUL HORRIBLE DEATH FOR ALL HE HAS DONE.
I am seriously going to cry if Aedion dies before he meets Aelin. Or if he meets her once and then dies. Or is dying when he meets her. Or meets her, all is well, few chapters later – dead. NO. They need to find each other and be happy and NOT FRICKIN’ DIE!!! IS THAT SO MUCH TO ASK SARAH??! I hate Maeve, the foolish little bitch. I was practically yelling at my book at the end, “GO CELAENA! PUT THAT RAGING BITCH IN HER PLACE!”
I was fangirling so hard when Rowan swore a blood oath to Aelin.
I LOVE THIS BOOK AND I NEED QUEEN OF SHADOWS IMMEDIATELY!!

Byeeeeee ❤

Throne of Glass Review: Spoilers!

 Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Rating: 4/5

I really liked how fast-paced this novel was. It was never boring at any point, and I kept needing more. For a novel of this size, it usually would have taken me a day or two longer to read it, but I couldn’t put it down.

Can I just say, the King is an evil little nincompoop? Enough said.

Am I the only one who can’t pronounce any of the names in this novel? I couldn’t take some scenes seriously because I kept pronouncing ‘Chaol’ as ‘Kale’ and I kept laughing. Oopsies…

I really liked that the romance was slow, and kept building throughout the story, but without all that much romance actually happening between the characters. It was a nice change from instalove.

A love triangle. Of course there’s a love triangle. I typically enjoy reading about love triangles, and this was no exception. I also keep hearing about someone called Rowan on the internet. Is a love square coming in future novels? I hated Dorian in the beginning of this novel. He was too self-righteous and confident. I wanted to smash something into that pretty little head of his. Chaol, on the other hand, I began to like only a few chapters in. How the tables have turned! I love Dorian, and really want him to be with Celaena, and whilst I like Chaol, if he ends up with Celaena I am going to break something. And of course, scream. I think the one constant, the only person I liked throughout the entire novel, is Celaena.

I found it interesting to read about an assassin who had compassion. Celaena had a lot. A few examples would be her compassion for Nehemia, especially when the 500 rebels were killed, and also her compassion for Fleetfoot, whom would have probably been killed without her interference.

Fleetfoot is adorable. I want myself a Fleetfoot.

I liked that at the end of the novel, Celaena ceased to be with Dorian, but she was still happy. It frustrates me in novels where the girl breaks up with the guy, (or vice versa), and the girl cries, or cries when she’s walking away or whatever. NO. You don’t need a freakin’ man to be happy in life. I really liked that about Celaena.

HER SASS. How can you not love Celaena’s sass? It was amazing.

At some point or another in this novel, I suspected almost everyone of being the person who was killing the champions. I think the only people I didn’t suspect were Celaena, Dorian, Chaol, Fleetfoot and Cain. I loved that Maas kept me guessing, and made me constantly doubt everyone. I suspected the King, Nehemia, even Nox. I can’t believe it was one of the only people I didn’t suspect that it ended up being. Like Celaena, as soon as I found out it was Cain I felt stupid, like it was obviously him, but we just didn’t realise it. I really liked that Maas made innocent people look guilty and guilty people look innocent. And a few guilty people look guilty. *cough cough* The King *cough cough*

One thing that I didn’t like about this novel would have to be the jumps in time. All of a sudden it’s two weeks later. What happened in those two weeks? Why not write about them? It’s something that has always, always bugged me in novels. I guess it makes sense, because the novel takes place over a matter of months, and to fit in every week, every challenge and every death would take up a bit of space in the novel, but it has always annoyed me in novels.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book and I’m excited to see what Maas does with the rest of the series. (:

Byeeeeee ❤

The Bane Chronicles Review: Spoilers!

The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan and Maureen Johnson

Rating: 5/5

What Really Happened In Peru

This short story was amazing. I loved hearing about Magnus’ adventures in Peru, and his funny one-liners never cease to crack me up. Truly though, based on this story, Magnus really should have given up the charango a lot sooner. In Ragnor’s words “I wouldn’t call that an instrument of music, an instrument of torture, perhaps.”

The Runaway Queen

This story definitely wasn’t one of my favourites in this novel, but it was still fairly enjoyable. I don’t really think that there was a lot in the story for me to now comment on, the only thing I really can say is that I enjoyed reading it.

Vampires, Scones, and Edmund Herondale

Definitely one of my favourites in this collection. Edmund was such a sweetheart, and the scene in which Magnus can hear his marks being stripped was so heartbreaking to read. I admire Edmund Herondale a great deal, to want to give up his whole purpose in life, to be with the woman that he loves.

I greatly dislike the Shadowhunters in this story. They do some good, care for each other, fight with the Downworlders against the demons, but they also stood by and let Edmund endure all that pain, pain he only experiences because he feel in love. With a mundane.

They also threw out the plates that the Downworlders had used, because they thought they were now ‘unclean’. I wanted to throw these Shadowhunters out of a very high building window. Very high.

The Midnight Heir

JAMES HERONDALE YOU ARE A BEAUTIFUL CREATION!

Just had to get that out there. I love James Herondale. Firstly, I love his name. I love that even after the events of The Infernal Devices, Tessa and Will both love Jem so much that now their son bears his name.

I love James’ love for Grace. I love that he loves her, even when he should not. He loves with a love that cannot be helped or stopped. Not by anything. ❤

I must say, I found it hilarious when Magnus was recounting James’ events of his drunken evening.

“What happened?” Magnus asked musingly. “Well, let me see. He stole a bicycle and rode it, not using his hands at any point, through Trafalgar Square. He attempted to climb Nelson’s Column and fight with Nelson. Then I lost him for a brief period of time, and by the time I caught up with him, he had wandered into Hyde Park, waded into the Serpentine, spread his arms wide, and was shouting, ‘Ducks, embrace me as your king!’”

“He also made inappropriate amorous advances to a startled grandmotherly sort selling flowers, an Irish wolfhound, an innocent hat stand in a dwelling he broke into, and myself. I will add that I do not believe his admiration of my person, dazzling though I am, to be sincere. He told me I was a beautiful, sparkling lady.”

The Rise of the Hotel Dumort

Aldous Nix is insane. I honestly still can’t believe he wanted to go to the Void. The Void.

Dolly was kinda weird, but an interesting enough supporting character.

“My friend said you’re a hot potato. She wasn’t joking, huh?”

Not really anything overly exciting in this short story that made it stick out from the rest, but it was still amazing, and I would consider returning to it in the future when I need something to read.

Saving Raphael Santiago

SWEET HOLY MOTHER OF GOD, THE FEELS!!!!!!! Quite possibly my favourite short story in this collection. I love Raphael. I don’t just like Raphael, I love, love, LOVE Raphael. He is hilarious, he is adorable, he is just so fabulous and asdfghjkl, THE FEELS!

I loved how he kept pushing himself to do more all the time so that he could be with his family again. I love that even when the holy water made him too weak to walk, even when his cross burnt his skin, even when Dios’ name made him choke on his own blood, that he kept doing it. He kept trying to get better, because he wanted to be with his family again. To see them, and for them to love him as they always have done.

I also loved that while he did all this, he tried to learn as much about vampires as he could. He became aware of all of the rules, for example the Accords, he figured out who the head vampire of New York was, and he is jusT So BeAUtiFuL OKaY??!

I also loved the relationship that Raphael formed instantly with Ragnor.

““He dresses like a maniac, acts like a fool, and makes worse jokes than the man people throw rotten eggs at outside the Dew Drop every Saturday.”

Ragnor began to laugh.”

The Fall of the Hotel Dumort

I was really quite intrigued about what was making the vampires sick. I would never have guessed that it was something as simple as the drugs in the blood of the mundanes whose blood they were drinking.

I thought that it was really sad when Magnus asked Catarina to take away all of his memories of Camille in the twentieth century. Because even though she is a crazy ass bitch, they did, at least for a while, love each other. And I don’t think that they loved each other the same way, but their love was sweet, the way they cared about one another. I’m just sad that forgotten memories is all their love ever came too.

What To Buy The Shadowhunter Who Has Everything

(And Who You’re Not Officially Dating Anyway)

I truly believe that my favourite character in this story was the cecaelia demon. Ms. Connor, as she prefers to be called, was so annoying and I was kind of hoping that Elyaas would, I don’t know, drag her down into the depths of hell with him? One can always dream anyway.

Poor Magnus! Both Catarina and Ragnor hung up on him, and he had no idea what to do about Alec’s birthday! I mean, Elyaas was giving him advice, but I don’t know how reliable advice can be when it comes from a demonic slimeball who hasn’t been summoned since the eighties. Just sayin’.

Magnus’ gift ended up being really sweet anyway, even if Elyaas disagreed.

It was so cute when Alec showed up at Magnus’ place!! MALEC FEELS!

I loved the little flashback thing we got of Magnus and Alec at Taki’s. And Raphael. Raphael is amazing.

“Aren’t you twelve?” Raphael demanded. “I distinctly recall you being twelve.” By the angel, Raphael.

MALEC’S FIRST KISS WAS ALL I EVER NEEDED IN LIFE AND NOW I HAVE IT!!!!!! ❤ ❤ ❤

The Last Stand of the New York Institute

I hate Valentine even more now. If that’s possible. Knowing the kinds of things that he is capable of and actually reading about them are two very different things sometimes.

For example, it is one thing to know that he despises Downworlders, hunts them and murders them, but it is another thing to read about him torturing a young werewolf girl enough to make her go blind. I really want to read the scene, in detail, when Valentine and Luke go out and Luke gets attacked by werewolves, but at the same time, like the young werewolf child scene, I feel like it would be really difficult to read. Especially since Luke is a character that we all know and love.

I was so overjoyed when the Whitelaws all came to the aid of the Downworlders. Like Magnus, I thought his message was futile, and that they would leave them to deal with the Circle alone.

So, of course, I was very, very, VERY upset when every single one of the Whitelaws died in the battle. Finally, we come across some decent Shadowhunters, willing to help Downworlders even against other Shadowhunters, and they are slaughtered. Obviously all of the Whitelaws deaths were sad, but the worst by far was Adam’s. He was the only one who died knowing that the rest of his family was already dead.

I LOVED getting to see Clary as a two year-old. She’s so adorable!! I love that even as a child, we get to see some kind of bond already seeming to form between Tessa and Clary. I cannot believe that Clary pulled The Great Catsby’s tail. Never pull a cat’s tail. Hahaha. I loved that we got to see when Jocelyn first chooses the name Fray for her new mundane life.

The Course of True Love

(And First Dates)

Alec and Magnus’ first date was soooooo adorable!!!!!! I am such a hardcore Malec shipper.

I totally loved that song that was being played on the subway.

It was funny when Magnus got mugged, Alec attacked the mugger, and he was called a ninja.

“I’m not a ninja,” he muttered.

Their date was so very, very awkward. Honestly, Richard was being quite rude, throwing that wine in Magnus’ face.

Erik was such a jerk. The actions of one Shadowhunter do not define the actions of all. Though you do see where he’s coming from, I still hate him.

I loved how Alec’s face lighted up when he knew that there was an actual emergency. I am just loving Alec more and more as this book goes on.

AND BY THE ANGEL THE SCENE IN MAGNUS’ APARTMENT AT THE END OF THIS STORY!! Well actually, most of the scene is in Magnus’ apartment.

The Voicemail of Magnus Bane

Isabelle’s messages were by far my favourite. And Church’s.

Simon’s message was pretty good too, albeit made better by the fact that Isabelle clearly punched his arm during the call.

Clary was kind of babbling nonsense, but she was trying. Lol. As she has mentioned in The Mortal Instruments series, she does not have a way with words.

I can’t believe they roped Maia into calling Magnus too.

Raphael wasn’t a part of the whole ‘get Magnus to date Alec again’ thing, but his phone call was pretty good too.

“Several melodramatic teenagers of your acquaintance.”

No offence to Alec, but his messages were just a tiny bit pathetic, and he sounded so hopeless and lost and adorable.

Overall, this book is super fantabulous and I loved it. 🙂

Byeeeeee ❤