Wonder Woman: Warbringer

I like this version of the origin of the amazon’s so much better then the movies version and I like that it was focused more on sisterhood. It was made clear how important her sisters are to Diana, she doesn’t get along with all of them, but she respects all of them and learns from them. All she wants is to be accepted into their ranks for although she is an amazon she is different then the ot, she’s the youngest, the only one born an amazon and has never seen battle.

Diana longs go on a hero’s quest and become a true amazon it’s clear that she’s the person she most needs to prove herself to. She gets her chance for adventure when Alia’s ship crashes on Themyscira and Diana being Diana can’t let her die. By saving her Diana risked exile and causing a world war, but Wonder Woman can’t just let an innocent girl die, Wonder Woman finds a way to save everyone.

I knew that Alia was going to be important but I didn’t know that this would be just as much her story as Diana’s. Leigh Bardugo is the Queen of writing Queens she has the best female characters, and the best characters in general, their each strong in different ways. Diana is strong in a more traditional way she’s a total badass but her greatest strength is her kindness, Diana is a fierce warrior and a adorable princess. Alia is not physically strong but she is extremely bright and courageous.

This did some things better the movie, mainly the origin of the Amazon’s, and all the extra details that fit well into a book, but wouldn’t have worked in a movie. but I still liked the movie better. Because seeing the Amazon’s fighting together on that beach and Wonder Woman charging into no man’s land without hesitation was amazing. This book was also amazing and empowering in its own way and lots of fun. It was a joy to read something that showcases how powerful girls can be when we stand together.

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Book review: Always and Forever Lara Jean

SynopsisLara Jean is having the best senior year. And there’s still so much to look forward to: a class trip to New York City, prom with her boyfriend Peter, Beach Week after graduation, and her dad’s wedding to Ms. Rothschild. Then she’ll be off to college with Peter, at a school close enough for her to come home and bake chocolate chip cookies on the weekends.

Life couldn’t be more perfect!

At least, that’s what Lara Jean thinks…until she gets some unexpected news.

Now the girl who dreads change must rethink all her plans—but when your heart and your head are saying two different things, which one should you listen to?

My thoughts (1)This book wasn’t at all necessary but it was cute and lovely and I did very much enjoy it, even though nothing really happened. I didn’t notice until I finished that there wasn’t much going on it was about planning a wedding and Lara making plans for after high school. And there also some baking and senior year shenanigans. This book has less drama then the other two in a way it’s good and I’m so glad the there was no Genevieve drama Genevieve is hardly even in this she’s in like one page and that was enough for me. What little drama there was wasn’t too interesting it wasn’t unnecessary but it was something I’ve seen done a million times.

I had a blast reading this because everything was so cute and sweet this trilogy, that shouldn’t really be a trilogy, has so much charm. These are the perfect fluffy reads the writing is simple and lovely and I always read them so fast. Despite being so darn adorable these books are also emotional the they always have moments that make me tear up because there just so sweet.

Always and Forever Lara Jean is one of the only books I’ve read that focuses on deciding what to do after high school. I have read books that take place during senior year but in them the characters are unrealistically not worried abut getting into college, even though they apply to prestigious schools, that they always get into. I think Jenny Han did a great job of capturing the stress of deciding where to go to college and all the bittersweetness of graduation. But I was disappointed that Lara Jean never mentions what career she wants or what she wants to major in it’s fine for her not to know but she should have at least been thinking about it.

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Book review: Windwitch

synopsis3After an explosion destroys his ship, the world believes Prince Merik, Windwitch, is dead. Scarred yet alive, Merik is determined to prove his sister’s treachery. Upon reaching the royal capital, crowded with refugees, he haunts the streets, fighting for the weak—which leads to whispers of a disfigured demigod, the Fury, who brings justice to the oppressed.

When the Bloodwitch Aeduan discovers a bounty on Iseult, he makes sure to be the first to find her—yet in a surprise twist, Iseult offers him a deal. She will return money stolen from him, if he locates Safi. Now they must work together to cross the Witchlands, while constantly wondering, who will betray whom first?

After a surprise attack and shipwreck, Safi and the Empress of Marstok barely escape with their lives. Alone in a land of pirates, every moment balances on a knife’s edge—especially when the pirates’ next move could unleash war upon the Witchlands.

  • Rating: 4/5 starrs
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my-thoughts3I was worried this would be disappointing I was worried about all the characters being separated but somehow it worked even without the dynamics I loved so much. Although I did really miss Safi and Isualt’s friendship and Safi and Merik’s adorableness. Safi gained a potential new love interest and I’m not sure I like it I love her and Merik together, but they both think the other is dead, hopefully they’ll get a happy reunion in the next book. I’m so excited for Safi and Isuelt’s reunion I love how they each kept thinking about what the other would do in their situation.

This book started with a literal bang and while it was full of action and adventure I did find it more boring then the first book it wasn’t slower but I was less interested in the storylines. This book focuses on Merik who I really like but he’s my least favorite of the four main characters, but that definitely doesn’t men he’s a dull character. My favorite storyline was surprisingly Vivia’s I love that girl if you’ve only read the first book your probably confused but just you wait you’ll end up loving her too. She’ has some great character development and I loved the overlapping thought’s her and Merik had, those two are so much more similar then they know.  
I have so many questions and I need the next book I need to know all the things. I think that’s about all I can say without spoiling anything to sum things up this book was epic if you haven’t read this series you should really consider changing that. Even though this series is popular I don’t think it’s quite as popular as it deserves. I think it should be as popular as Six of Crows and Throne of Glass. 

A Million Worlds With You

This review has no spoilers for any of the books in the Firebird trilogy. My spoiler free reviews of the other books can be found here and here

SynopsisThe fate of the multiverse rests in Marguerite Caine’s hands. Marguerite has been at the center of a cross-dimensional feud since she first traveled to another universe using her parents’ invention, the Firebird. Only now has she learned the true plans of the evil Triad Corporation—and that those plans could spell doom for dozens or hundreds of universes, each facing total annihilation.

Paul Markov has always been at Marguerite’s side, but Triad’s last attack has left him a changed man—angry and shadowed by tragedy. He struggles to overcome the damage done to him, but despite Marguerite’s efforts to help, Paul may never be the same again.

So it’s up to Marguerite alone to stop the destruction of the multiverse. Billions of lives are at stake. The risks have never been higher. And Triad has unleashed its ultimate weapon: another dimension’s Marguerite—wicked, psychologically twisted, and always one step ahead.

My thoughts (1)This trilogy is so fun all of the many dimensions are intriguing and I love not knowing what situation the characters are going to end up in anything can happen and its exiting. In this you’re introduced to even more dimensions as well as transported back to some from the first two books. All of the dimensions that Margaret spent a lot of time in get an ending and I was satisfied with each of them. It’s interesting to see all the different ways her and the other characters lives could have gone and in a way did. The dimnsions are hands down the best part of the trilogy there imaginative and I love how basically every headcanon is canon since it’s bound to have happened in at least one dimension. It does get confusing keeping up with the dimensions there’s so many different versions of each character and it gets hard to keep track of them all.

Just like with the second book I found the recapping annoying at first it was helpful since I read the first two books months ago but there was too much off it. Also like with the second book I found all the talk about faith a bit too cheesy and unrealistic for my liking, thankfully though there was less lines about destiny, and I liked Marguerite better. I’m surprised this trilogy isn’t more popular it’s flawed but it’s good and would appeal to fans of The Selection. Just like The Selection a lot happens in only a few hundred pages and there’s a lot of twists, feels, good charterers and it’s hard to put down. It’s fast paced and the writing is good and easy to read. This book definitely has its flaws the charecters can be agrivating and the plotting isn’t perfect but its a great adventure all the same and it was ultimately a satisfying conclusion.

Book review: A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi

SynopsisShe is the princess of Bharata—captured by her kingdom’s enemies, a prisoner of war. Now that she faces a future of exile and scorn, Gauri has nothing left to lose. But should she trust Vikram, the notoriously cunning prince of a neighboring land? He promises her freedom in exchange for her battle prowess. Together they can team up and win the Tournament of Wishes, a competition held in a mythical city where the Lord of Wealth promises a wish to the victor. It seems like a foolproof plan—until Gauri and Vikram arrive at the tournament and find that danger takes on new shapes: poisonous courtesans, mischievous story birds, a feast of fears, and twisted fairy revels. New trials will test their devotion, strength, and wits. But what Gauri and Vikram will soon discover is that there’s nothing more dangerous than what they most desireMy thoughts (1)Almost every review says this is better then The Star-Touched Queen but I actually disagree I think I like both of them equally, for different reasons. This is technically a campaign novel to The Star-Touched Queen therefore you can read it without having the previous book, however, I strongly suggest reading The Star-Touched Queen first. It will give you background on Gauri and the world that will make the book easier to follow, and make for a better overall reading experience. I really like the two main characters Gauri is fierce and Vikrram is clever they are both devolved well as is the romance, I adored their banter. At first I was indifferent towards Gauri it took me a while to grow attached to her but by the end of the book I had grown to really like her. I immediately liked Vikram he is very charming and I appreciated that he is less broody and territorial  then the typical YA male love interest he’s also nicer.

Vikram and Gauri change a lot throughout the book and have great individual arcs while also working very well together and having a lovely romance.  My only real problem with this is that I felt disconnected to the story, and at first the characters, I like all the elements of the story but while I did greatly enjoy it it wasn’t outstanding. The writing is lyrical and absolutely lovely, Roshani is an excellent storyteller her writing isn’t quite like anything else I’ve read and for me it’s the best part of her books. These books are based on Indian mythology I’ve never read anything else that is so it makes the books very interesting this one had a lot of magic and mythical creatures some are horrific, some are wonderful and some are both. My favorite character was one of the poisonous  poisonous courtesans mentioned in the synopsis I love her and I’m hoping she’ll get her own book. The synopsis makes this book sound more exiting then it is it is a fun book but it’s not one that keeps you guessing and on the edge of your seat. It is rather slow yet it’s also hard to put down, the writing grabs you from the very beginning.

Mini review: The Rose and the Dagger

This review is spoiler free but the synopsis does have mild spoilers for the first book, if you would like to read my review of The Wrath and the Dawn, the first book in this series, you can find it here.

synopsis3In a land on the brink of war, Shahrzad is forced from the arms of her beloved husband, the Caliph of Khorasan. She once thought Khalid a monster—a merciless killer of wives, responsible for immeasurable heartache and pain—but as she unraveled his secrets, she found instead an extraordinary man and a love she could not deny. Still, a curse threatens to keep Shazi and Khalid apart forever.

Now she’s reunited with her family, who have found refuge in the desert, where a deadly force is gathering against Khalid—a force set on destroying his empire and commanded by Shazi’s spurned childhood sweetheart. Trapped between loyalties to those she loves, the only thing Shazi can do is act. Using the burgeoning magic within her as a guide, she strikes out on her own to end both this terrible curse and the brewing war once and for all. 

my-thoughts3The Wrath and the Dawn was one of my favorite books of last year I’m glad I finally got a chance to read the sequel, it’s more or less what I was expecting and while it could have been better I  still really enjoyed it. It gave me all the things I had wanted more of in the first one, the magic got expanded upon, there’s more action and adventure, it’s more exciting and you meet two new chatterers one of them is Shazi’s sister Irsa whom I adore. Irsa was a wonderful character I liked that she started out as timed but realized she was stronger then she knew and I liked the cute romance between her and Rahim. I loved the new characters and that the magic was so excellently expanded upon but one of my favorite characters from the first book, Despina is hardly in this I missed her and the friendship I loved so much between her and Shahrzad.

I think all the characters are great but not all of their stories were handled in the best way and I wanted more of some of them, I know this is Shazi and Khalid’s story but it would have given the books more depth to expand upon the other charterers. Tariq especially needed more development I liked his role in the first book, even though he annoyed me, but his storyline in this one wasn’t the best. I felt like he was regressing at some points and then his development was rather sudden, his arc could have been so much better. This book was not as good as the first one it has new and good things but it’s not as romantic, the banter isn’t as good and I really missed Despina,  however, it is still a great end to an excellent duology and I cant wait to read Renee Ahdieh’s other book, and anything she publishes in the future.

Book review: Hunted by Meagan Spooner

synopsisBeauty knows the Beast’s forest in her bones—and in her blood. Though she grew up with the city’s highest aristocrats, far from her father’s old lodge, she knows that the forest holds secrets and that her father is the only hunter who’s ever come close to discovering them.

So when her father loses his fortune and moves Yeva and her sisters back to the outskirts of town, Yeva is secretly relieved. Out in the wilderness, there’s no pressure to make idle chatter with vapid baronessas…or to submit to marrying a wealthy gentleman. But Yeva’s father’s misfortune may have cost him his mind, and when he goes missing in the woods, Yeva sets her sights on one prey: the creature he’d been obsessively tracking just before his disappearance.

Deaf to her sisters’ protests, Yeva hunts this strange Beast back into his own territory—a cursed valley, a ruined castle, and a world of creatures that Yeva’s only heard about in fairy tales. A world that can bring her ruin or salvation. Who will survive: the Beauty, or the Beast?

my-thoughtsI had high hopes for this book but I had no idea that I would completely adore it and that it would end up being so special it’s definietly favorite Beauty and the Beast retelling, maybe even my favorite retelling. I love retellings and I always have high standards for them this one exceeded my expectations it blew me away. It kept the heart of the original tale while adding a unique spin, it has that perfect balance between classic and new that ever fairytale retelling should strive for. Beauty and the Beast retellings can easily get strange or even problematic but this one was pulled of masterfully and the romance was especially handled well and developed so well. Both Beauty and the Beast felt familiar and similar to other versions of the characters but they were each distinct and good characters with something new to offer.

I very much like this version of Beauty she’s called Yeva in this and she is clever and loves fairytales this is a great help to her, having a vast knowledge of fairytales is a valuable thing when your in one. Yeva is not quite nice as Beauty usually is she feels restricted by society she loves hunting but it’s not proper for a lady to hunt, she’s someone who longs for more. I understood her so well I could relate to feeling unsatisfied with your life even though you don’t have much reason to be, this book made me feel so unexpectedly understood. I’m not sure I’ve ever resonated with a charecter as much as I do Yeva, our personalities are different but I could relate to her loyalty towards her family, I can relate to not knowing what it is your searching for and merely knowing you want somthing more. You don’t get to know the Beast or any of the other characters nearly as well as you do Yeva but each character is in it just enough and I adored her sisters.

The writing is absoultly lovely it seemed like there was magic woven between the words, sometimes you read a book at the perfect time and it ends up being so specel that you struggle to find the words to deescribe how and why its so meaningful to you. I know this review isn’t objective in the slightest, but I actually can’t think of a single flaw everything was so carefully thought through, its magical, the charecters are fantastic and pacing was perfect the story moved fast but not too fast each storyline got just enough attention. Everything about this book is so good especially the ending I did predict the twist but that didn’t make me love it any less and it didn’t seem like it was meant to be that surprising. What a perfect book, with perfectly imperfect characters. This is a amazing fairytale retelling and a fairytale in its own right, it’s timeless, and utterly enchanting, read it.

Mini reviews: disappointing fantasy edition

Long May She Reign By Rhiannon Thomas

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Freya was never meant be queen. Twenty third in line to the throne, she never dreamed of a life in the palace, and would much rather research in her laboratory than participate in the intrigues of court. However, when an extravagant banquet turns deadly and the king and those closest to him are poisoned, Freya suddenly finds herself on the throne.

Freya may have escaped the massacre, but she is far from safe. The nobles don’t respect her, her councillors want to control her, and with the mystery of who killed the king still unsolved, Freya knows that a single mistake could cost her the kingdom – and her life.

Freya is determined to survive, and that means uncovering the murderers herself. Until then, she can’t trust anyone. Not her advisors. Not the king’s dashing and enigmatic illegitimate son. Not even her own father, who always wanted the best for her, but also wanted more power for himself.

Rating: 3/ 5 stars
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I should have loved this it has a lot of good elements like: female friendship, political intrigue and a decent mystery yet as a whole I didn’t like it much, although, it was refreshing in a lot of ways. I’ve talked before about about how I think more fantasy’s should have Worlds in which everyone is equal this book has a world like that and I think this is the only book I’ve read that does I really enjoyed this element. I also liked Freya she is adorable and she has a fluffy grey kitty! I have a fluffy grey kitty that’s not something I thought I would ever have in common with a fictional character. Freya has anxiety and I was initially exited about this since mental illness is almost never represented in fantasy books, but in the last few chapters Freya’s anxiety just disappears, obviously that’s not the way it works in real life, and it really bothered me.
I’m disappointed I expected more I thought it would be exiting but]t it was dull and nearly everything in it is mediocre, and I just wasn’t a big fan of the writing it wasn’t awful but it did need more refinement. This took me a while to read and it felt longer then it was probably since it’s slow and not much happened until the end. Most of the book is spent in one place as the characters attempt to solve the mystery surrounding the massacre and Freya adjusts to being Queen, these things are interesting but there needed to be more going on. I didn’t particularly care for most of the characters and therefore the side stories, as usual I didn’t like the romance it was generic, and badly done, it came out of nowhere and the way it was wrapped up was odd. This was a decent standalone that had a lot of compelling aspects that could have made for a great book if they had been executed well, and if the the story had progressed faster.

The Hundredth Queen by Emily R. King

 

I received this book from Netgally in exchange for an honest review.

synopsis330811001As an orphan ward of the Sisterhood, eighteen-year-old Kalinda is destined for nothing more than a life of seclusion and prayer. Plagued by fevers, she’s an unlikely candidate for even a servant’s position, let alone a courtesan or wife. Her sole dream is to continue living in peace in the Sisterhood’s mountain temple.

But a visit from the tyrant Rajah Tarek disrupts Kalinda’s life. Within hours, she is ripped from the comfort of her home, set on a desert trek, and ordered to fight for her place among the rajah’s ninety-nine wives and numerous courtesans. Her only solace comes in the company of her guard, the stoic but kind Captain Deven Naik.

Faced with the danger of a tournament to the death—and her growing affection for Deven—Kalinda has only one hope for escape, and it lies in an arcane, forbidden power buried within her.

Rating 2.5/ starsmy-thoughts3I have seen praise for this all over the internet and I wanted to love it, I thought I would love it, but I don’t instead it was only mildly enjoyable. It took me a few chapters to get into this during which I considered not finishing it the first third of the book is dull  but it picked up when they get to the palace. There was a lot of interesting concepts that ultimately weren’t executed well. The writing was good but needed more editing, I don’t even want to talk about the romance I feel like I keep repeating myself in every review as usual I didn’t like I didn’t like the romance, but this time it was harder to overlook then normal. The romance was my least favorite part of the book I might have given it a higher rating if it had been less intense there was no development.

I thought this would have a badass heroine but I didn’t like Kalinda she’s plain and doesn’t have many skills she’s feisty but can’t fight and isn’t even that clever everyone she encountered thought she was special but I couldn’t understand why. She isn’t a terrible character but she didn’t stand out to me in any way nothing in this book did. I was expecting more, there’s a lot happening but I didn’t love any of it, and it’s heavily bogged down by the romance. I also think that some of reasons behind the characters actions are weak and while the story is intriguing it’s also extremely predictable and familiar. I wanted to love this I though it would be captivating and action packed but it wasn’t either of those things and I’m disappointed, I just don’t think it’s a very good book overall.

Review: Girl Against the Universe by Paula Stokes

synopsis3Sixteen-year-old Maguire knows the universe is against her. No matter how many charms she buys off the internet or good luck rituals she performs each morning, horrible things happen when she’s around. Like that time the roller coaster jumped off its tracks. Or the time the house next door caught on fire. Or the time her brother, father, and uncle were all killed in a car crash–and Maguire walked away with barely a scratch.

Despite what her therapist tells her, Maguire thinks it’s best to hide out in her room, far away from anyone she might accidentally hurt. But then she meets Jordy, an aspiring tennis star who wants to help her break her unlucky streak. Maguire knows that the best thing she can do for him is to stay away, but it turns out staying away might be harder than she thought.

This has to be one of the best mental health centered books I’ve ever read it has such a fantastic, hopeful and pragmatic representation of mental illness. It’s clear to me from everything in the book that the author did her research it’s realistic, there’s setbacks, there’s small victories, and thankfully getting a boyfriend doesn’t fix all of Maguire’s problems. It was a combination of things that help Maguire get out of the dark place she’s in at the start of the book. It was a combination of going to therapy, playing tennis, the love and support of her friends and family, and her own strength the person who helps Magure the most is herself.

Maguire is strong, brave, and so caring you’ll be rooting for her from page one, sadly the love interest Jordy is not nearly as interesting. He’s cute, sweet, loves tennis and is beginning to taking charge of his life, but he doesn’t have enough going for him to set him apart from the dozens of other sweet, YA boyfriends. Despite Jordy being a bit generic the romance is cute and enjoyable I just wish there had been a little less of it. There’s quite a lot of tennis in this book I found these scenes kind off boring but I’m not a big fan of sports and I adore nearly everything else. I love how this deals with heavy topics in a wonderful, realistic way and how despite it often being melancholy it manages not to be a supper sad book above all else it’s hopeful.

Mini Review: The Girl With the Ghost Machine

I received his book from the publisher through Netgally in exchange for an honest review, this in no way effects my opinion

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In this beautiful and poignant novel, acclaimed author Lauren DeStefano tells a story love and loss, and what it means to say goodbye.

When Emmaline Beaumont’s father started building the ghost machine, she didn’t expect it to bring her mother back from the dead. But by locking himself in the basement to toil away at his hopes, Monsieur Beaumont has become obsessed with the contraption and neglected the living, and Emmaline is tired of feeling forgotten.

Nothing good has come from building the ghost machine, and Emmaline decides that the only way to bring her father back will be to make the ghost machine work…or destroy it forever

This is the saddest book I’ve read in a long, long time there’s been many times that I haven’t cried while reading tearjerkers but this time I sobbed and I don’t see how anyone could not cry while reading this. It’s a rare and beautiful thing when a book hits me as hard emotionally as this one did. I’m in awe of the skillful writing it’s utterly captivating and thoughtful there was passages about taking care of yourself and finding reasons to smile. The whole book is just so well executed it’s a book that’s impossible to forget I’ll be thinking about it for a long time.

Many people might not want to give something so sad to young readers however even though it is very sad it handles the tough subject of loss wonderfully and it was hopeful, I often found it to be bittersweet. Books are a great way to escape but also a great way to understand something better and to find characters who are going through the same thing as you. Emmaline is such a strong character that I think many will find inspiring or even comforting. For those reasons no one should hesitate to recommend this to middle grade aged children and to everyone, this book is timeless, and can be, and should be enjoyed by readers of all ages.