5 STARS. I WISH I COULD GIVE IT 6.
one of the best high fantasy with a dash of romances I've read. I usually have a lot of trouble reading high fantasy, but no- not this book. It hit the mark and I'm pretty much keening for the second book already.
Meira is an orphan fighting to save her homeland Winter. She, along with 7 other refugees, are the only ones who survived and Escaped Spring's siege on Winter. Their goal is to find the locket, a conduit for magic, which will help them bring prosperity to winter again.
So Meira is this awesome kick-ass soldier who never actually gets to do anything because the man who raised her, aka "sir" tells her she isn't good enough. Poor Meira. Oh, also Meira is in love with her Best friend and Winter's King Mather. He's sweet.
She eventually finds herself in another land Rhythm where she meets the Crown Prince Theron. Who is also sweet. And so the story goes from here...
This is such a fresh book. Beatrice, or Bea, is not human. She is a tainted creature who happens to be extremely beautiful evil. But she's trying to be good and find her way. And although poor Bea tries to be good, everyone pretty much hates her and fears her for what she is. Everyone, including herself, is surprised when she starts an unlikely friendship with the easy-going Cale and his really cranky counterpart, Prince Hazen. They help her get through school life and the evils that come her way.
Hazen, the Prince and love interest (???) is a really cranky, unlikeable and boring character. It saddens me that he and Bea have a spark of sorts. I much preferred the villain as the love interest. PLOT TWIST!! Bea really struggles between being good the human way and being good-her way. The two sides aren't the same and she tries to find a balance that isn't always agreeable to everyone.
It's hard to review this book because there is much going on but nothing I can say that won't give away all the plot twists that Bea faces, so this review will be fairly short. Take my word, it's definitely a good and fresh read where the the main character isn't a goody two-shoes, but actually struggles to not be evil.
I know, I know, the cover is shitty, but I SWEAR IT'S A GOOD BOOK!!!!
I don't know what I really expected going it this. I wasn't expected it to be one of my favorite books of all time, that's for sure.
Mac, a girly girl who's sister has been murdered has finally decided to get some answers. Off to Ireland she goes- the place of her sister's murder. There, she comes in contact with an incredible world that she never knew existed. Fae, monsters, and something of a prophecy of sorts.
There she meets THE ALPHA MALE OF ALL ALPHA MALES. Jericho Barrons. A book shop keeper. GOD HE IS STEAMY. He is... not human? Human? Mac doesn't really know and Barrons isn't about to tell her. He does, however grudgingly, help her find some answers and get her situated. Oh, he also yells at her a lot, but that's understandable. Mac is kind dumb at times. BUT THAT'S OKAY BECAUSE WE ALL WOULD BE IF WE WERE THROWN INTO THE SITUATIONS MAC IS.
How can I even describe how much I enjoyed this book. I can't. The only reason it's 4 stars is book the 2nd book in the series is ultimately EVEN BETTER. That doesn't happen often.
This is a beautiful story about a somewhat pampered girl who needs to face the worst life throws at her. Insert 7 protective brothers who go missing, a mysterious prince, an new fae friend, and some normal human characters. As Aro and her men travel, they face magic, love, sorrow, and learn to create a new family out of their broken lives.
Aro, the main character, is so human in this fantastical world. She mourns in a way we can connect to, and desperately seeks human connections just as we would in times of need. In other ways, she is hard to relate to in that she comes into some mysterious powers and deals with it, rather well. Too well actually.
All her sidekicks, or her boys- as she calls them, are dependable, loyal, and stick together in times of trouble. This book does have a lot of sad moments and really pulls on your heartstrings, but fear not, there are comedic moments too.
Recommended for absolutely anyone who loves YA. I can't imagine a single person not liking this series. When you're done, make sure to pick up Broken Prince, the next book in the series. And then Broken Promise, the third book. THEY ARE ALL SO GOOD. SO SO GOOD.
One of my favorite reads of all time.
Iolanthe Seabourne wants nothing more in life than to live quietly with her mage master. Yes, she is also a mage. Woohoo magic! Then, everything changes when she does an...oopsie ( I won't give it away) AND THEN SUDDENLY EVERYONE IS AFTER HER. AHHH. To the rescue comes Titus, Prince of the realm and mage extraordinaire.
"You are the chosen one Iolanthe" he says
"Efff you" she says.
Iolanthe and Titus are at odds for a good portion of the book until the grudgingly learn that they cannot avoid their destinies. Titus whisks Iolanthe away to an all male boarding school he attends in order to keep her identity under cover. Woohoo cross dressing.
Eventually they learn to depend on (and loveee) one another as Titus trains Iolanthe to be the chosen one and Iolanthe comes into her destiny.
This book used fantastic prose. I sat down and read a book that expanded my vocabulary, used language properly, and above all, had characters who anyone could relate to, despite this being of the fantasy genre. These characters were characters were scared and didn't want to be heroes, even at the end of the book. I can't really say one bad thing about it. Iolanthe and Titus were both beloved characters as was the setting of the story.
Please look at this magnificent cover and repeat after me: It is ok to sometimes judge books by their cover.
Seraphina is a SPECTACULAR book for any fantasy-weary reader. It's not overly complicated with a billion different species and too many details. It has just the right amount of detail and spends just the right amount of time setting up the fantasy world in which our precious Seraphina resides in.
Seraphina is a young woman with a love of music and a garden of people in her mind. Um? STOP SHE ISN'T DELUSIONAL IT ALL MAKES SENSE LATER I SWEAR. She struggles as someone different in society who cannot reveal her true self. This is a story about coming to terms with oneself, becoming a leader, and learning to trust (people like Kiggs.)
Relentless was fun. Slow and aggravating a lot of the times, but fun.
Sara, sadly to say is a fairly boring character outside of the whole teenage angst, nobody understands me bullshit. She doesn't know when to listen or take no for an answer which gets her and her loved ones into a lot of trouble, yet she continues to repeat the same mistakes over and over again. She keeps secrets from everyone despite, deciding multiple times to tell them the truth. In short, she is an unreliable character who never learns.
The sidekicks are a lot more fun and definitely made the book enjoyable. Remy is a great character who just squeezes your heart at all turns.
Nikolas, the...love interest? I question mark that because...there is essentially 0 romance in this book. But there could be next book! He's...I don't know. 2D as a character but more fun than Sara because he's Russian, mysterious, loyal, and quirky.
I hate insta-love. SO MUCH. I almost DNFed outta here at page 30. But I decided to give the book the benefit of the doubt as it had such good reviews. It was worth, BUT STILL DOESN'T MAKE UP FOR INSTA-LOVE!!!! ARGH!!!
So, I got pulled in by the beautiful cover and title. Sue me. Violet is our main character here. She hates her brother Luke, or so she says. Hates her friend next door, Sunshine, again, so she says. She lives in a sleepy little town living in her grandmother's clothes, waiting for her parents to come back from their artist adventures and take care of her. In need of some extra cash, she rents the guest house out to a boy her age named River. This boy, let me tell you, is bad news.
Meet Meda. She eats people. Well, their souls to be precise. She doesn't know anyone else of her kind, so what's a bad-ass bitch to do? Feel no remorse, obviously. Or so she thought until she met Chi, Jo, and Uri.
She follows the three righteous crusaders onto their home turf in hopes of learning more about her self. While she does that, she also gains a heart, kinda, and does indeed learn a lot about herself, but nothing she could ever imagine beyond her wildest dreams.
I'd like to honestly give Cracked 5 stars because it honestly was hilarious and witty like no book has ever been. SO FRESH. Unfortunately, it was the most predictable book I've read in a very long time. No plot twists or anything new. A typical "demons are evil and God's people are good" book. We all knew who Meda's father would be from pretty much the first 50 pages. Let's be honest, anyone with a decent background in YA fiction would have known.