The Vagina Monologues

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Author: Eve Ensler, Gloria Steinem (Foreword)

Published May 3rd 2001 by Virago Press Ltd.

Genre: Feminism, Nonfiction, Drama

Pages: 185

“I decided to talk to women about their vaginas, to do vagina interviews, which became vagina monologues…At first women were reluctant to talk. They were a little shy. But once they got going, you couldn’t stop them. Women secretly love to talk about their vaginas. They get very excited, mainly because no one’s ever asked them before.” -Goodreads 

Review: 

A book of feminism and glory. 

I loved the vagina talk. It was very empowering and the friend I read it with agreed with me. 

It is an important book. It is important to hear these women’s stories and to understand the depths of the women’s body. 

I wish I could go see this performed. It would be quite entertaining to see. 

I am reading this growing up in a non-“down there” era but still with some struggles with people embracing the word and I think this book does well to try and make vagina not seem like such a “nasty”word. 

I thought the stories were really nice and sort of inspiring. They mostly discussed how they viewed their vaginas and others and showed people journey through vagina discovery.

This blog is really short and I am sorry about that but I do not have much to say. The book is short which means a short blog. Especially one where I believe everyone should read it and see the amazing stories. I don’t want to give away anything to much. I want people to experience the book for themselves. 

Anyways, thank you for reading. Let me know down below if you have read it an your opinions on it. 

Star Rating: 4.5

My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories

20309175Authors: Stephanie Perkins, Holly Black, Ally Carter, Matt de la Pena, Gayle Forman, Jenny Han, David Levithan, Kelly Link , Myra McEntire, Rainbow Rowell, Laini Taylor, Kiersten White

Published October 14th 2014 by St. Martin’s Griffen

Genre: Young Adult, Christmas

Pages: 321

“If you love holiday stories, holiday movies, made-for-TV-holiday specials, holiday episodes of your favorite sitcoms and, especially, if you love holiday anthologies, you’re going to fall in love with My True Love Gave To Me: Twelve Holiday Stories by twelve bestselling young adult writers, edited by international bestselling author Stephanie Perkins. Whether you enjoy celebrating Christmas or Hanukkah, Winter Solstice or New Year’s there’s something here for everyone. So curl up by the fireplace and get cozy. You have twelve reasons this season to stay indoors and fall in love.” -Goodreads

Review:

Okay guys, so this little story set is just 12 little sweet stories about love in the wintertime. And if you have been here long, you know how much I love love stories.

This was beautiful. I usually am not a big fan of short stories because of the inability to create a long story line and have great development. I also get very sad when books are over so short stories make the sadness come sooner.

But these blew me out of the water. I have yet to read it’s other half about summer love but I plan on getting to it one day.

Anyways I am going to do a short little review of each one of these short stories. Here we go:

Midnights by Rainbow Rowell:

Huge Rainbow fan. She will never let me down. This was by far the sweetest and most romantic story in the book. I loved it so much and thought Mags and Noah were so cute. I love seeing things progress over time. Set the bar really high for the rest.

The Lady and the Fox by Kelly Link:

I honestly don’t remember much about this one, only that it wasn’t fantastic. I’m sure it was good but coming right after Rainbow Rowell can sure be hard for an author.

Angels in the Snow by Matt De La Pena:

The book severely improved with this touching little story of Shy and Haley in a snowstorm. I loved it a lot and really want more. I also loved the Hispanic influences in the story. I think diversity is fantastic and glad we got some of that in here.

Polaris is Where You’ll Find Me by Jenny Han:

It was good. That’s all I can say. It wasn’t wowing and it wasn’t bad. Right in the middle at good. The story had a good premise but it was kind of short (maybe because it is a short story) and predictable. It was also very straight to the point.

It’s a Yuletide Miracle, Charlie Brown by Stephanie Perkins:

This story was pretty good. A little predictable and cliche but I dig that stuff. Also I really relate to Marigold a lot. She buys a Christmas tree just to talk to a boy. I do that sometimes.

Your Temporary Santa by David Levithan:

This was SUPER short and SUPER boring. I love Levithan but this was kind of lackluster and not all to romantic. Just kinda of there. I wish it had more scenes and more character development.

Krampuslauf by Holly Black:

Okay here we go. This has some fantasy in it which I love, love, love but all in all it was pretty predictable and nothing really happened that I wasn’t expecting. There wasn’t much like description wise but the story was still there. It was really cliche and basically the end was very obvious from the beginning.

What The Hell Have You Done, Sophie Roth? by Gayle Forman:

Honestly I do not remember this one very much. I read this during my break so this has completely slipped my mind.

I did some digging and this is a story about a Jewish girl who feels like an outsider in a Christian town who meets a black guy who feels like an outsider as well. I remember it more clearly and I really just found it dull. It didn’t focus on love, mostly just the racial and religious stereotypes. I expected more romance.

Beer Buckets and Baby Jesus by Myra McEntire:

The story wasn’t a show stopper and surrounded the Christmas pageant. I found it funny and good  but nothing extraordinary.

Welcome to Christmas, CA by Kiersten White:

I thought it was sweet and quirky. The characters a little dull. Not much else to say.

Star of Bethlehem by Ally Carter:

By this point I began getting bored. I had seen some great stories and I just couldn’t get into these ones near the end. This one was alright and was better then few.

The Girl Who Woke the Dreamer by Laini Taylor:

At this story I thought it twas quite pretty. It was a little magical and a little mysterious. I thought it was sweet and a good end to the twelvelogy of stories.

So that was my review of each. I know that was kind of boring but hey I am still trying to get back into this. I have read new books and new reviews are gonna be coming soon. Just wait for it.

Thank you so much for reading. Let me know which were your favorites and which weren’t in the comments below.

Star Rating: 4

Gemina

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Author: Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman

Series: Illuminae #2

Genre: Sci-fi

Pages: 659

“Moving to a space station at the edge of the galaxy was always going to be the death of Hanna’s social life. Nobody said it might actually get her killed.

The sci-fi saga that began with the breakout bestseller Illuminaecontinues on board the Jump Station Heimdall, where two new characters will confront the next wave of the BeiTech assault.

Hanna is the station captain’s pampered daughter; Nik the reluctant member of a notorious crime family. But while the pair are struggling with the realities of life aboard the galaxy’s most boring space station, little do they know that Kady Grant and the Hypatia are headed right toward Heimdall, carrying news of the Kerenza invasion.

When an elite BeiTech strike team invades the station, Hanna and Nik are thrown together to defend their home. But alien predators are picking off the station residents one by one, and a malfunction in the station’s wormhole means the space-time continuum might be ripped in two before dinner. Soon Hanna and Nik aren’t just fighting for their own survival; the fate of everyone on the Hypatia—and possibly the known universe—is in their hands.

But relax. They’ve totally got this. They hope.” -Goodreads

Review:

Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman are a power team. They make amazing stories together.

And I mean AMAZING!!!

The story was excellent. I think I liked this one more than the first one. I thought the plot was a bit more exciting. I think that there were some flaws and some fallouts. I think they could have handled certain plot lines better. There two main events going on and it was kind of weird how they handled them. Like they had to handle this one big major thing and then they eventually got to the other thing. And they didn’t give enough coverage to that issue. But the last big issue with (SPOILER!) the creature was kind of just there and then solved. I didn’t like that. (END SPOILER)

But I still really liked the book. I thought it was a great idea. I wish they had handled it a little better. But that doesn’t take away from my ultimate reading experience. It was still a good book. This book just like the last one had HUGE plot twists that really floated my boat all the way to happy town. And you all know how much I love a good twist.

I LOVE the format of the book. It makes it a hard read but it is still super fun and unique. It’s nice that I am not staring at a big block of text for once and seeing the creative sides of the authors shine a bit more.

I loved the new characters introduced. Hanna was a really great character. I think I could relate to her pretty well.  She, unlike Kady in the last book, actually seemed like a real teenager. She was just the ditzy girl in love with the hot jock. And then Nik is that bad boy that every girl wants to find who is dangerous but sweet at the same time. I think they were a great team together and did really well to keep the book entertaining. Also they brought in Kady from the first book near the end which was awesome. But I didn’t get a whole lot from her which was sad.

Gemina was fantastic. I don’t have much else to say really except this was fantastic. Also, I don’t want to spoil anything for the people who haven’t read the last book and who hasn’t read this books so I am going to shut up about it. But comment down below your opinions on the book and tell me what you thought about certain parts.

Anyways, thank you for reading. I hope you guys go check this book out. It is a super great read and the hardcover looks great on my shelf.

Star Rating: 3.5

The Thousandth Floor

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Author: Katherine McGee

Series: The Thousandth Floor

Published August 30th 2016 by HarperCollins

Genres: YA, Sci-Fi

Pages: 448

“NEW YORK CITY AS YOU’VE NEVER SEEN IT BEFORE.

A thousand-story tower stretching into the sky. A glittering vision of the future where anything is possible—if you want it enough.

WELCOME TO MANHATTAN, 2118.

A hundred years in the future, New York is a city of innovation and dreams. Everyone there wants something…and everyone has something to lose.

LEDA COLE’s flawless exterior belies a secret addiction—to a drug she never should have tried and a boy she never should have touched.

ERIS DODD-RADSON’s beautiful, carefree life falls to pieces when a heartbreaking betrayal tears her family apart.

RYLIN MYERS’s job on one of the highest floors sweeps her into a world—and a romance—she never imagined…but will this new life cost Rylin her old one?

WATT BAKRADI is a tech genius with a secret: he knows everything about everyone. But when he’s hired to spy for an upper-floor girl, he finds himself caught up in a complicated web of lies.

And living above everyone else on the thousandth floor is AVERY FULLER, the girl genetically designed to be perfect. The girl who seems to have it all—yet is tormented by the one thing she can never have.

Amid breathtaking advancement and high-tech luxury, five teenagers struggle to find their place at the top of the world. But when you’re this high up, there’s nowhere to go but down….” -Goodreads

My Review:

“Sometimes love and chaos are the same thing.”

Chick-lits are my not-so-guilty-guilty pleasure. I am obsessed with them. I don’t understand how some people don’t like them. I get that they are cheesy and stuff but like this one a lot of them have some twist or suspense that keeps you thrilled the entire way through. These stories and any book with any sort of romance I love. I am a hopeless romantic. I love to swoon. I love to see a chase between the guy and the girl, forbidden loves (like this book), I love to see love triangles, etc.

This book has left my jaw on the floor. Until you read this book you will not understand how amazing it is. I can do it no justice.

Side note: I realize my beginnings to my blogs are always very similar because I never know how to start these so they end up sounding exactly the same.

So to get into this blog, my first major talking point is about the stories exhilarating plot. It starts of super mysterious with its prologue. In the beginning an unnamed girl is falling from the thousandth floor of the building. This creates so much suspense going into the story because you are captivated and the questions who and why ringing through you during the book. The entire book I made guesses as to who and why and let me just say it is completely unexpected. I like these beginnings because it always foreshadows the ending. The rest of the book starts off fairly normal. The characters are just about to go back to school, one is coming back from rehab, another is struggling with he fact that she loves her brother, you know, normal teenager lives.

If you like Gossip Girl you are really gonna like this book. About a month before I read this book I had finally finished Gossip Girl and as I always feel after finishing a TV series or a book or anything I felt sad and had a lull in my reading and Netflix watching activity. So when I started to read this I got very excited about how similar it was. I was overjoyed. I am all about those cheesy chick-lit novels that is full of glamour and everyone secretly hates everyone even if they don’t know it.

Anyways I really loved the way this story went. I really thought the Sci-Fi element of it where people basically just live in this one tower in New York was a very interesting twist to the normal teenage socialite story. The world that McGee built is exciting and I cannot wait to read the next book, Dazzling Heights, and to dive into the world again. The technology this world has is extremely satisfying. The author does well to show you what things look like and how they are used. I have read some books where the technology just has some holes in its function.

The characters were all very basic in these types of stories but they had some nice spins to them. You had Avery who was genetically modified to be perfect and lived with her family on the thousandth floor. Leda was another rich socialite who was addicted to drugs. Eris’s mother cheated on her father and lied about it for eighteen years until her unbiological father found out with a genetic test. Rylin the low life girl who gets a job working for a guy she knew a long time ago near the top floor introducing her to the glam life. And then there is Wyatt who has an illegal gadget in his brain so he knows everyone and everything. The five different perspectives we get in the book help you dive more into the world and learn about their world more efficiently. With people from the lower floors and the higher floors you get a deeper understanding of how this world works. It explores class division and privilege and how different each floor is. Also their is a good deal of diversity which I love to see in books.

I am excited for the sequel. I am ready for a sequel but I feel that the sequel is not needed. I have already pre-ordered the sequel and got an email yesterday that it was coming so I am excited.

Well I hope you enjoyed this blog. Please like and comment if you have read it. I you haven’t tell me if you are going to.

Star Rating: 4.7

 

 

 

 

 

 

Assasin’s Blade

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Author: Sarah J. Maas

Series: Throne of Glass

Published by Bloomsbury

Genres: Fantasy, YA

Pages: 448

“Celaena Sardothien is Adarlan’s most feared assassin. As part of the Assassin’s Guild, her allegiance is to her master, Arobynn Hamel, yet Celaena listens to no one and trusts only her fellow killer-for-hire, Sam. In these action-packed novellas – together in one edition for the first time – Celaena embarks on five daring missions. They take her from remote islands to hostile deserts, where she fights to liberate slaves and seeks to avenge the tyrannous. But she is acting against Arobynn’s orders and could suffer an unimaginable punishment for such treachery. Will Celaena ever be truly free? Explore the dark underworld of this kick-ass heroine to find out.” -Goodreads

My Review:

Wowie wow wow

So I have to tell everyone reading this something.

In the world there is a blonde woman who writes. She writes amazing stories that bring you into a new world. She is a queen.

I didn’t say her name but two people popped into your mind.

J.K Rowling and Sarah J. Maas

But today we shall talk about the latter.

WHAT THE HECK SARAH?!?!?!?!?! Sarah if you are reading this please just give me your secrets. How did you create such exciting stories. I am just so shocked at how every single book you write, makes my mind just explode. Please give me your secret. PLEASEEEEEEEEE!!!!

So if you don’t know what this book is, it is the prequel to the Throne of Glass series. It is a combination of five novellas that take place before the first book, Throne of Glass. The stories go through some of the allusions Celeana/Aelin alludes to in the series. She never goes into clear details about what happened so it was fantastic to read these short stories and learn more about the events that shaped her. I really liked to see where Celeana came from. Her past was amazing. You learn all these knew things about her that were never totally told in the series. I feel like I am closer to her from reading these.

This is one of those books that are hard to review because everything is a spoiler. So I shall try my best to just give my opinion on the book as a whole. I am not going to talk about each book because one slip might ruin the book for you and I try my hardest to keep this review sit a spoil free review. I hate spoilers unless I ask for them. But reviews are just to make you wanna read the book not tell you about the book.

So here we go…

The way Maas writes is such a unique way. Unique, I mean, by being just so amazing and clear but also a little bit mysterious and exciting. At this point in my life, I don’t know why, I can guess the ending in everything. I am not always right but I just can guess what is gonna happen to everyone just by the way stuff is laid out. I think that is because I read and watch to much TV (no shame). But, in Maas’s stories I can never tell. Everything is so suspenseful and I never expect the next thing.

This story is the same. Everything that happens is only lightly alluded to in the series so when I was reading this I was actually shocked at the events in the book, especially in the first novella because it was never mentioned in the books.

I am so in love with this book. If you have read the other books then please read this book. I wouldn’t read it until after you have read book 3, Heir of Fire. I don’t know I think that is just the best placement for this book.

Okay here is my plug for Sarah.

GO READ HER BOOKS! I love her so much and if you are following my blog that mean you at least like my reviews so you better go read this book. I love her so much. She is my second favorite author (closing in in first) to J.K Rowling.

Okay thank you for reading this blog. I really appreciate you spending the time to read this. If you are new give a follow and a like.

Star Rating: 4.7


Have you read this yet? If so, what did you like about it? If not, are you going to?


 

Illuminae

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Author: Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Series: The Illuminae Files (#1)

Published by Knopf Books

Genre: Science Fiction, Young Adult

Pages: 608

“This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do. This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.” -Goodreads


My Review:

Okay before I start this blog just look at this book summary by Jay Kristoff. It is excellent and entertaining. I just wanted to share it.

So first off, WHAT?!?!

How was this book made? Who thought of this? Do the authors want to kill me?

This story was a spectacular story. It was just the right amount if intense mixed with the right amount of comedy and of course the right amount of romance.

This book was such a quick read. The way it was formatted made it so you could fly through the story. The way it was written was epic. For those of you who don’t know it is made in a series of government files, interviews, security surveillance footage, etc. I don’t understand how they made this though. I just love every detail they put into the work. This really makes the story stand out and you can just see how unique this story is. Visually, this story was beautiful.

Let’s talk about plot. So what is with all the plot twists? There were so many twists and turns I felt like I was flopping around like a fish by the end. Kristoff and Kaufman made me feel so many emotions. I was basically like this the entire time:

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I love plot twists are the best things ever.

Not only was their a war but there was also an evil AI system AND a creepy plague. A lot of the times it is hard for authors to have multiple conflicts and multiple story lines but these two worked so well together and really made this story amazing. Beginning of the story was slow but it built up in to a great action packed story.

Although I love this book I have to admit that the characters are dull. They are normal people. Most authors create stunning characters. The only things that were really different about the characters and a normal teenagers was Kady’s pink hair and the fact that they lived on a different planet.

I want to say so much because it was just an outstanding book but then I would spoil everything. So I ain’t gonna. Just go read the book.

I know this was super short but as I am writing this it has been three months since I read it and I just want to end this blog post so I can talk about the next story in the series Gemina which go check out my review for that book please.

Anyways thank you so much for reading.

Star Rating: 4.7


Have you read it? Did you like it? Did you hate it? What was your favorite part?


 

The Odyssey

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Author: Homer

Translator: E.V Rieu

Published November 30th 2006 by Penguin Classics (first published -720)

Genres: Classics, Fantasy

Pages: 541

The Odyssey, Homer’s best-loved poem, recounting Odysseus’ wanderings after the Trojan War. With wit and wile, the ‘man of twists and turns’ meets the challenges of the sea-god Poseidon, and monsters ranging from the many-headed Scylla to the cannibalistic Cyclops Polyphemus – only to return after twenty years to a home besieged by his wife Penelope’s suitors. In the myths and legends retold in this immortal poem, Fagles has captured the energy of Homer’s original in a bold, contemporary idiom.” -Goodreads

My review:

I always believe school books are going to be good….

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Well as you can probably infer, I did not like yet another school book. Again I don’t know if it was the pressure and the fact that I was being forced to read this book super fast and not take the time to fully understand it or if it was that it was a bad book. I think my age makes me hate the book. I don’t know many people my age who enjoy that book. I think I am to into very fantastical books so these classical books about life and teaching you lessons don’t thrill me as much as I hoped they would. I know this story is more fantastical than any of the other classics out there and maybe that is why I liked it better then some of the ones I have read. But this book predates all the classics. Its language was super hard to read. I don’t know who wrote the translation I read but it was very confusing. Maybe another translation will be good enough.

So I love mythology and creatures like satyrs and the Minotaur etc, so I enjoyed that part about this book. I liked seeing how people lived in another time period. It was interesting to see the different ways people lived and what they believed back when this story originated. I loved learning about gods and other legends and myths during this unit in school. It helped me understand the story more.

Odysseus was a pretty cool character. I didn’t get to see much of him until near the middle even though the story revolves around him. I loved how he was really set on getting home and he kept fighting to get there. He wasn’t all to loyal to his wife but the road to hell was paved with good intentions. I mean he really had no choice when you’re trapped on an island with someone and you don’t think anyone is gonna save you. Telemachus was pretty cool to. He had a lot of trust in his dad. He never even met the guy and he sets off to try and find out if he is alive. Penelope is the most loyal of them all and she never marries anyone and waits for her long lost husband to come hope. Athena a.k.a Athene is super awesome in helping Odysseus get home.

The plot was good I guess. It just was so much packed in to so little. The descriptions of places were long and sort of dull but then the action came out to descriptive for how fast paced it went.

As I review this I see that is wasn’t a terrible story but I just didn’t get into it like I felt like I wanted to.

Well, thank you for reading another one of my short school book reviews. I know these probably aren’t as entertaining as the rest of my reviews but I would feel weird not giving you guys all my opinions on all the books I read.

Thanks for read. Tell me what you thought of this book.

Star Rating: 3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Forever Doon

27779008Author: Carey Corp & Lorie Langdon

Series: Doon

Published by Blink

Genre: YA, Romance

Pages: 384

“With the witch of Doon on the throne, Jamie believed dead, and Duncan and Mackenna trapped in Alloway, Veronica has no choice but to put her grief aside and prepare her remaining followers for the impending battle against the false Queen and her forces. But while on a covert mission to steal a powerful elixir from the castle, Veronica discovers her true love may actually be alive and fighting a battle of his own.

With the Brig o’ Doon destroyed and the portal fragmented, Doon’s forces are not only divided but also isolated in different dimensions. With the help of a storyteller as ancient as the witch herself, Kenna and Duncan learn they must rebuild the bridge to have any chance of crossing back into Doon with their ragtag army. But when Mackenna insists on fighting as well, Duncan soon realizes the only way he can ensure her safety is to turn her into a cold-hearted killer.

For Vee, Jamie, Kenna, and Duncan, saving their kingdom while keeping their lives intact will take a miracle.” -Goodreads

Review:

My poor heart.
The series is up. It has ended. This amazing series which such adventure and love. This series has been a crazy ride. Up and down and all around. I am sad to see the series end.
This book was difficult to read at first because of the sadness I had when I knew this series was ending. I eventually got over it and threw myself into this wonderful world Carey and Lorie created. The story had a ton of ups and downs. It was a huge rollercoaster. I mean they jumped from one issue to the next so quickly. It didn’t seem like the other stories. The problems went by so quickly like the solution basically fell into the characters lap after a few minutes of contemplation. I liked the way the story went but I feel like some more suspense and explanation would have helped. Especially in the ending.
This book was always interesting always kept me wanting more. I rarely had any dull moments. I was captivated by every action scene, torn apart by every emotional scene, and thrilled at every suspenseful scene. I enjoyed this book thoroughly. The authors made this book hard to read. They put all the characters under tremendous challenges that made my heart break. Luckily they pulled through and somehow overcame many challenges that I would have just fell over and cried if put in their place.
The characters were extremely annoying in this book. I am just going, to be honest. Veronica, I feel like was the only one who didn’t bug me with her decisions. Jaime was also not as annoying as Mackenna and Duncan. They just really irked me. Their relationship was falling apart but it would have been an easy fix. I mean they could have just talked to each other. And then they just dragged it on and on and on. I mean come on, it was ridiculous. I am not saying I am an expert in relationships but I feel like they would have talked about their issues way before they did. They irritated me with how annoying they were. Jaime and Veronica were strong as ever I believed. They really balanced each other out. They supported each other. They influenced each other to be stronger and fight better. They honor each other’s strengths and help each other with their weaknesses. I love them too as a couple. Mackenna and Duncan are amazing too but they just need to communicate.
It was kind of depressing honestly. Lots of death and lots of heartbreak which don’t get me wrong are important in stories for motivation or to create emotion but the Doon series for me was a good empowerment series. I didn’t really think some of the unnecessary deaths were needed. The other books didn’t have so much destruction which gave this book a little more depressing feel to it. Also they, all four of the main characters, go through some serious trials which aren’t bad but I felt like the authors just decided to shove so much down into the characters and developed these sides you never saw until the last book. I think the authors could have spread some of the behaviors that were exhibited into other books. It just seemed so sudden.
Other than that the book was fantastic. I loved the growth from each character as we went through the book. It was a pretty quick fluid read. I was never confused once which I believe is very important in stories. The finale was a great book even with the flaws. Carey and Lorie were amazing and I love that they took me through such an incredible journey.

Star Rating: 4

March 2017 TBR

I am so ready for this month. The books I plan on reading are ones I have been wanting to read for a really, really, really long, long time. I am not gonna waste time chit chatting but instead am going to jump right into it.

Books on my TBR:

These next two books I am currently reading and I didn’t finish in February but one is because it is a school book and the other because I was procrastinating reading the other books.

Forever Doon by Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon

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Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

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These are the books I plan on reading this month and I am only choosing two so it is much easier to meet the goal. I have wanted to read these for months now so I am excited to have these on my list.

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

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A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

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I think that is it for my blog today. I want to know what everyone plans to read this month and if these books are good in the comments below so go comments. Thank you for reading. Look out for my reviews of these books.

What books are you reading? Do you have the same books on your TBR?

Queen of Shadows

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Series: Throne of Glass

Published by Bloomsbury

Genre: Fantasy, YA

Pages: 648

The queen has returned.

Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she’s at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past…

She has embraced her identity as Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen. But before she can reclaim her throne, she must fight.

She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die for her. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen’s triumphant return.

The fourth volume in the New York Times bestselling series continues Celaena’s epic journey and builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world.” -Goodreads.

Review:

How do I begin a blog for such an amazing book?

I will start with my shame of course because we gotta get that over with. It took me so long to read this. I was not motivated and I really didn’t feel like reading it at times. I am such a bad book reader oh my goodness. I always do this and then I finish the book in a marathon session in the middle of the night like two nights ago. I also am ashamed that this is my third attempt to write this review. I cannot find the words to describe this book.

It wasn’t as good as it predecessor Heir of Fire but it came maybe close. I will probably say a lot of negative things about this because I have some negative feeling about it but I hope I can say god things because this book was good, just some of the story made no sense entierly. (Spoiler Alert: some things from the other books are said within this book so if you don’t want to be spoiled on the other books then don’t read this post)

Let me just say one thing that made me kind of mad and I think what made me not read the book quickly; the rivalry that occurred between Aelin and Chaol. I mean come on. He didn’t do anything wrong. Maas pitted Aelin and him against each other for no reason and then made Chanel look terrible by always bringing up Nehemiah’s death and how it was his fault and blah blah blah. Aelin blames him for everything wrong with Adrian and Dorian but if he would have done anything other than run we would have been killed and then where would you be Aelin, hmmm HMMMMMM. She was also a little hypocritical in saying he should have killed the king like so should’ve you. I mean you worked for him too sweetheart. What made me the maddest was that there wasn’t even any reason for it. When she left for Wendlyn they weren’t really that upset with each other. Yes he bit like her heritage and she hated him for what happened to Nehemia but they seemed to end it on terms where yes they have issues but when she came back I would have expected a little run to each other in a field of flowers with that one music that is always in that scene. I did not think what happened constituted utter hatred. There was nothing to even hate. Chaol doesn’t seem like he knows why he is mad. He goes under the pretense that she is a monster and that while she was off “flaunting” that she was Aelin in Wendlyn, he was working his butt off with the rebels. For one she sent her there to try and save her, two he hardly got any work done himself so…Also, I don’t know what aelin is mad about. From where she stands at the beginning she knows nothing of Dorian or Chaol to even hate him for doing anything. She just acts mad about nothing. Also, I would have loved to see some love triangle action going on but sadly that didn’t happen. I also thought Nesyrn was kind of an excuse to not have it which not saying I don’t want Chaol to be unhappy but I did wish to see a little more of the old feelings the two used to have. Also, the way she wrote Chaol completely unlike his character and when did Nesyrn even come in like I feel I would have been more okay with her if she had come into his life during Heir of Fire and they had grown close but she was just a random girl. They said she was from his past but that was coming from the guy who was blushing when the girls waited outside in the mornings to see him. Chaol Westfall deserves better than this. (I still support Rowaelin though but she could have played more with the Chaolaena plot more)

Aelin was amazing. I want to be mad at Maas for taking away my Celaena but I really can’t be. I read other reviews and they said they took Celaena away but really I feel like she is exactly the same if not stronger. I don’t think Aelin could do away with her completely I mean she spent ten years of her life disguised as she and she have been trained to be her. I really like Aelin during this story. I did think that her swooning over Rowan was a little unlike her but I mean you can’t blame a girl for loving someone like you have to let her live for liking a boy. She is only 19 like she still got hormones and stuff. I am wondering what Maas is gonna do about the whole Rowan-is-immortal-Aelin-is-not or if she will even address it which will be a major plot hole if she doesn’t, just saying. I know people hated Aelin because she doesn’t go to save Dorian or she doesn’t do things that make her seem queenly which may I remind you that she does think about Dorian a lot but he is not of total concern because she doesn’t know what to do about him because of Chaol forbidding her to kill him and she wasn’t raised to be a queen she was raised to be an assassin so…Aelin I am here to support you because I like you. I like you almost as much as I like Celaena. I do have to agree that Celaena and Aelin are completely different characters.

I am gonna stop bashing the book for a bit and talk about the plot because I haven’t talked about it yet. I thank Sarah for making this book wonderful and for giving a thrilling last 300 pages. The first 300 pages needed work see above but if you look past all the issues above then it was good. I am glad she tied all the characters together. I was so scared she wasn’t going to add then we would just have all these loose ends. As always in her book the first half of the book is slow paced and you can usually get pretty bored pretty early but then halfway through the real action kicks in and BAM all this action gets thrown at you and if you’re like me you marathon 300 pages in the middle of the night. I almost cried a few times near the end due to either relief, sadness, sweetness, and happiness. I think the end of the book was good. It wasn’t a jaw-dropping ending like I was hoping for but that was alright because the book did leave the story open for the next book (sidenote I don’t know when I will get around to the next book because I want to get a dent in my TBR list).

Okay, I am going back to talk about characters. I have already discussed Aelin so I won’t talk about her but let me talk about the others. First up is Rowan. He is a hunk okay I am saying it and he is like every man you could dream of. He is big, strong, sweetheart, in love with Aelin, and is a magical Fae prince. How could you not like him? I see why people hold a grudge against him because he ruins Chaol’s chance with Aelin but really people get over it. You knew that was over the moment he walked into Aelin’s life and I didn’t see you complaining about him in Heir of Fire. I am excited to see where he takes the story. I like him a lot because he is predictable but also mysterious. I don’t really know what I mean about that but it is a good thing. He just makes me happy that he is there for Aelin.

Chaol Westfall did not deserve what came to him all throughout the book. I know he made some mistakes but I jeez give the guy a break. He already lost Aelin because of his mistake but now he has to get hit after hit about it. I find him so sweet and so caring because he cares so much about Dorian and all her wants to do is save Dorian. I don’t know what else to say about him because I already ranted up above about him so…

Manon Blackbeak story made me mad this time around. I don’t think she gets that many times on the playing field. I wasn’t really that happy that I didn’t get to see more action between her and the Thirteen. I felt like she was just there to be there. The spotlight was more around Elide a new character in the series. I felt like Manon didn’t have too much real importance until about the middle of the novel and then that was it. I think she did learn a lot and had a lot of growth throughout the story.

Now to Elide which is a girl whose father I think was on the court of Terrasen. I don’t want to spoil anything for her so I won’t talk about her with specific details. I found her to be a really nice character. At first, I was confused if she was acting nervous or she really was. I think as her story progressed Maas decided to drop it. I am glad she was in the story. I didn’t see her significance, like all impacting significance, until the end, not to say she wasn’t important but she didn’t seem as important as I thought she would be. I probably thought that because all I wanted to hear was Manon’s story instead of hers.

Sweet Dorian oh sweet sweet Dorian. You don’t hear much from Dorian when it is his chapter you get maybe a page sometimes two but not much. He isn’t given much spotlight because (SPOILER ALERT IF YOU AINT READ HEIR OF FIRE OR THE OTHERS I GUESS) of the collar around his neck which holds a Valg prince in. The thoughts we do get from him are just short ones illustrating his struggle with the demon inside him and I feel like he wasn’t too necessary to hear from but I feel that Maas didn’t want to leave out. And it is good to hear what is going on inside the castle and to see what having a demon inside you feels like.

Lastly, I guess I should include Nesryn. We don’t get her narration but now that she has taken Chaol’s heart which that a bit of a spoiler but hey I knew if from the moment I started reading the book. She kind of just follow Chaol around the place and she doesn’t really do much. Not to say she isn’t a strong female character just in book terms she doesn’t do much to affect the plot. She is just there to give Chaol an excuse to get over Aelin. I feel like she was suddenly put in there randomly just to close up his love story. I think if she wanted to make readers happier she would have started making her evident in Heir of Fire or slowly brought her into the story not just make her Chaol’s sidekick in the short break of time between stories. I mean really how do you just decide to trust someone like he does when he meets her. I mean he only had a week or two to bond with her but that doesn’t seem like enough time to gain anyone’s trust especially Chaol’s trust. She wasn’t introduced to the story until this book and as I said to make her less random and more believable Maas should have put her in Heir of Fire somewhere even if it was just for a little while.

Anyways, I think that is all for characters and now onto romance. I know I have already talked about that a lot, like a lot, a lot. But I need to talk about it some more because this book’s major flaw is with the couples. I mean Rowan and Aelin are perfect like they are the dream couple (sorta) and Chaol and Nesryn are cute too but they only really are out in the end. I don’t really have much to talk about really. I just love romance and talking about book characters in love so her goes nothing. Rowan and Aelin are the best. I do still in the deep down parts of my soul believe Chaol and Aelin should still be together but I know that with Rowan and Nesryn in the picture it will never happen which is good. Chaol didn’t love certain parts of Celaena/Aelin and as people said multiple times: he couldn’t choose which parts to love and which parts to love. I think Nesryn is a better fit for him because she is more Chaol’s type. She isn’t his mortal enemy or a “creature” (if that is the right word for what Aelin is). She is just a warrior type of girl and I think that is what Chaol wants. Rowan and Aelin are beautiful together. I don’t know how they are gonna work out in the long run. He is a LOT older than her but we will see how that plays out eventually ~maybe~.

This ends my blog. I have written this and there are about 2500 words on this page which are flipping awesome so if you stuck around to read this then you’re awesome. Thank you so much for reading this blog. Go check out this book and this series because this lady named Sarah J Maas writes amazingly. Now I am going to die in a hole because I don’t know when I will get my hands on Empire of Storms. I hope you all have a good day and a great weekend.

Star Rating: 4.5 (would have 5 if Chaol wouldnt have been so attacked)

Have you read this before? What was your favorite part? If you said no, what are you waiting for? Have I influnced you into reading this book? Please comment down below.