Category Archives: Fantasy

Mini-Book Review: See Me by Wendy Higgins

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Goodreads Blurb:

While most seventeen-year-old American girls would refuse to let their parents marry them off to a stranger, Robyn Mason dreams of the mysterious McKale in Ireland, wondering how he’ll look and imagining his cute Irish accent. Prearranged bindings are common for magical families like her own, however when she travels to the whimsical Emerald Isle she discovers there’s more to her betrothal and McKale’s clan than she was led to believe.

What starts as an obligatory pairing between Robyn and McKale morphs over time into something they both need. But one giant obstacle stands in the way of their budding romance: a seductive and deadly Fae princess accustomed to getting what she wants—and what she wants is McKale as her plaything. Love, desire, and jealousies collide as Robyn’s family and McKale’s clan must work together to outsmart the powerful Faeries and preserve the only hope left for their people.

My Review: I didn’t expect to enjoy this story quite so much and I was expecting something a bit more cliche. Unexpectedly, this story was fresh and  interesting. I immediately liked Robyn for her “trying to make the best of things” personality. Even without knowing her betrothed she was determined to make the best out of their pre-determined relationship. McKale, on the other hand, was to his credit, a “nice guy” but didn’t treat her as she deserved.. at-least not in the starting! Whether her story would have a “happy ending” or not, Robyn remained surprisingly optimistic and resilient throughout. She fought for the man she loved and did her best to protect her family in the process. It was fun reading about a modern girl’s reactions to the old-fashioned lifestyle of McKale’s clan and watching as she slowly adjusted to her new surroundings.

My Rating: 4.25 stars

Would I recommend it? Yes if you’re looking for a light, quick read

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Book Review: The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

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Goodreads Blurb:

Tana lives in a world where walled cities called Coldtowns exist. In them, quarantined monsters and humans mingle in a decadently bloody mix of predator and prey. The only problem is, once you pass through Coldtown’s gates, you can never leave.

One morning, after a perfectly ordinary party, Tana wakes up surrounded by corpses. The only other survivors of this massacre are her exasperatingly endearing ex-boyfriend, infected and on the edge, and a mysterious boy burdened with a terrible secret. Shaken and determined, Tana enters a race against the clock to save the three of them the only way she knows how: by going straight to the wicked, opulent heart of Coldtown itself.

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown is a wholly original story of rage and revenge, of guilt and horror, and of love and loathing from bestselling and acclaimed author Holly Black.

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Book Review: Seeker by Arwen Elys Dayton

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Author: Arwen Elys Dayton

Publication Date: February 10th 2015

Rating: 2 stars

Goodreads Blurb: 

Quin Kincaid has been put through years of brutal training for what she thinks is the noble purpose of becoming a revered ‘Seeker’.
Only when it’s too late does she discover she will be using her new-found knowledge and training to become an assassin. Quin’s new role will take her around the globe, from a remote estate in Scotland to a bustling, futuristic Hong Kong where the past she thought she had escaped will finally catch up with her.

Note: This book is an eARC provided by Random House Children’s via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. 

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Mini-Book Review: Doon by Lorie Langdon and Carey Corp (Doon #1)

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Goodreads Blurb: 

DOON…

Veronica doesn’t think she’s going crazy. But why can’t anyone else see the mysterious blond boy who keeps popping up wherever she goes? When her best friend, Mackenna, invites her to spend the summer in Scotland, Veronica jumps at the opportunity to leave her complicated life behind for a few months.

But the Scottish countryside holds other plans.

Not only has the imaginary kilted boy followed her to Alloway, she and Mackenna uncover a strange set of rings and a very unnerving letter from Mackenna’s great aunt—and when the girls test the instructions Aunt Gracie left behind, they find themselves transported to a land that defies explanation. Doon seems like a real-life fairy tale, complete with one prince who has eyes for Mackenna and another who looks suspiciously like the boy from Veronica’s daydreams. But Doon has a dark underbelly as well. The two girls could have everything they’ve longed for…or they could end up breaking an enchantment and find themselves trapped in a world that has become a nightmare.

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Read + Reviewed: Throne of Glass + Afterworlds

Read + Reviewed is  a series of blog posts featuring 2 or 3 books I’ve read alongwith a mini-book review from yours truly! 🙂 (Find more book reviews at Book Reviews A-Z!)

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Mini-Book Review: Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor

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 Goodreads Blurb:

By way of a staggering deception, Karou has taken control of the chimaera rebellion and is intent on steering its course away from dead-end vengeance. The future rests on her, if there can even be a future for the chimaera in war-ravaged Eretz.

Common enemy, common cause.

When Jael’s brutal seraph army trespasses into the human world, the unthinkable becomes essential, and Karou and Akiva must ally their enemy armies against the threat. It is a twisted version of their long-ago dream, and they begin to hope that it might forge a way forward for their people.

And, perhaps, for themselves. Toward a new way of living, and maybe even love.

But there are bigger threats than Jael in the offing. A vicious queen is hunting Akiva, and, in the skies of Eretz … something is happening. Massive stains are spreading like bruises from horizon to horizon; the great winged stormhunters are gathering as if summoned, ceaselessly circling, and a deep sense of wrong pervades the world.

What power can bruise the sky?

From the streets of Rome to the caves of the Kirin and beyond, humans, chimaera and seraphim will fight, strive, love, and die in an epic theater that transcends good and evil, right and wrong, friend and enemy.

At the very barriers of space and time, what do gods and monsters dream of? And does anything else matter?

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eARC Review: Isla’s Inheritance by Cassandra Page

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Title: Isla’s Inheritance

Author: Cassandra Page

Publication Date: Oct 9th 2014

Rating: 3.5 stars

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Goodreads Blurb: 

Isla was content to let her father keep his secrets, but now she can’t stand the touch of iron and her dreams are developing a life of their own. She must discover the truth — before it’s too late.

Seventeen-year-old Isla Blackman only agrees to participate in a Halloween party séance because Dominic, an old crush, wants to. She is sure nothing will happen when they try to contact the spirit of her mother. But the séance receives a chilling reply.

SHE IS NOT DEAD.

Isla doesn’t want to upset her father by prying into the family history he never discusses. When the mysterious and unearthly Jack offers to help her discover the truth, Isla must master her new abilities to protect her loved ones from enemies she never knew existed.

Note: This eARC was provided by Xpresso Book Tours via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. 

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Book Review: Torment by Lauren Kate (Fallen #2)

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Goodreads Blurb

How many lives do you need to live before you find someone worth dying for?

In the aftermath of what happened at Sword & Cross, Luce has been hidden away by her cursed angelic boyfriend, Daniel, in a new school filled with Nephilim, the offspring of fallen angels and humans. Daniel promises she will be safe here, protected from those who would kill her. At the school Luce discovers what the Shadows that have followed her all her life mean – and how to manipulate them to see into her other lives. Yet the more Luce learns about herself, the more she realizes that the past is her only key to unlocking her future . . . and that Daniel hasn’t told her everything. What if his version of the past isn’t actually the way things happened . . . what if Luce was really meant to be with someone else?

The second novel in the addictive FALLEN series…where love never dies.

My Review!

Plot 

The author quickly sums up the first book in the beginning and meanwhile, there is a lot more action than I anticipated. Fallen is relatively slow compared to Torment because the plot really picks up in this book. There are snapshots of Luce’s past lives because she’s finally figuring out how to manipulate the shadows. Daniel, on the other hand, seems to be both fighting a war and protecting his girlfriend. There’s just enough information to understand events in the book (keeping in mind that everyone is keeping major secrets from Luce) but I couldn’t put the book down because I wanted to know more.

Characters 

As mentioned earlier, Luce manipulates the shadows to see into her past lives and we can see the effect this knowledge has on her decision-making. As a character, she is very vivid and relatable because we can understand the emotional struggles she is going through. Luce is trying to figure out who she is and what Daniel means to her. At the same time, I found her rather annoying because she seems to use “getting in trouble” as a means for “getting attention.” So I found her to be both brave and stupid!

Daniel was initially my favorite character but in this book he didn’t strike me as much of a “Prince Charming” anymore. He seems to be a more complex character but is still very over-protective (boyfriend). I was very frustrated in him because he didn’t give Luce the choice to make decisions for herself… which is one of the reasons she took risks and endangered herself – so that she could know what the hell is going on!

Francesca and Steven are two of my favorite characters in this book. They are teachers at Shoreline, Luce’s new school, and teach the “honors” students. I liked Steven because he is a very interesting and complex character. On one hand I wanted to see more of him but on the other, he scared the hell out of me. I had a very different reaction toward Francesca who seemed kind and reassuring although I think she sugarcoated the truth sometimes.

Would I recommend this book? 

Yes!

**** I reformatted my usual book reviews so that they’re more concise but I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments! 🙂

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Mini-Book Review: Fallen by Lauren Kate (Fallen #1)

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Goodreads Blurb

What if the person you were meant to be with could never be yours?

17-year-old Lucinda falls in love with a gorgeous, intelligent boy, Daniel, at her new school, the grim, foreboding Sword & Cross . . . only to find out that Daniel is a fallen angel, and that they have spent lifetimes finding and losing one another as good & evil forces plot to keep them apart.

Get ready to fall . . .

My Review without Spoilers

Beautifully written and suspenseful – I was blown away by this book. I started reading this and was instantly hooked. I love this book so much, although the blurb is in itself a spoiler since it pretty accurately sums up most of the story. However there are some unexpected plot twists at the end! So you must be wondering why I enjoyed this book so much.. That is primarily because all that suspense amounted to something I did not anticipate. Initially, I was also really curious about how this idea of being damned to lose the one you love over and over again would play out in the story… Needless to say, I wasn’t disappointed and I look forward to reading the next book in the series!

Since I usually go on about my favorite character, let me tell you about my least favorite character. To those of you have read the book – no it wasn’t Cam. I actually liked him! He was charismatic and interesting with a story worth telling. Penn, on the other hand, was the polar opposite. She is a character who is boring and bookish (there is nothing wrong with being bookish). Now that pretty much describes me but I’m not a character in a book! I prefer more depth and fascinating backgrounds/backstories in my characters. There are instances where the author gives us glimpses into her past and who she is but those are few. She contributes to the story but at the same time is she isn’t a very memorable character.

So anyway – I definitely recommend this book! 🙂

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Mini-Book Review: Days of Blood & Starlight by Laini Taylor (Daughter of Smoke & Bone #2)

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Goodreads Blurb

Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love and dared to imagine a world free of bloodshed and war.

This is not that world.

Art student and monster’s apprentice Karou finally has the answers she has always sought. She knows who she is—and what she is. But with this knowledge comes another truth she would give anything to undo: She loved the enemy and he betrayed her, and a world suffered for it.

In this stunning sequel to the highly acclaimed Daughter of Smoke & Bone, Karou must decide how far she’ll go to avenge her people. Filled with heartbreak and beauty, secrets and impossible choices, Days of Blood & Starlight finds Karou and Akiva on opposing sides as an age-old war stirs back to life.

While Karou and her allies build a monstrous army in a land of dust and starlight, Akiva wages a different sort of battle: a battle for redemption. For hope.

But can any hope be salvaged from the ashes of their broken dream?

My Review (without spoilers)

I really enjoyed reading this book because I got to know more about the characters from the first book. Further details were revealed as Karou reflected over her “scandalous affair” with Akiva but I felt disappointed in her for dismissing him when everything he did had been for her.  Fortunately the ending of the first book had banished any hope in me that Akiva and Karou’s relationship would be rekindled.

Ziri was one of my favorite characters in this book. He is a chimaera from the same tribe as Karou and appears to have feelings for her. I liked him because he fought for his people instead of participating in the mindless massacre that the other chimaera seemed to enjoy.

A lot of this book is bittersweet and despite as the blurb promises, Akiva and Karou come to symbolize a new beginning that might create peace between the chimaera and the angels. However, it takes everything they have to reach a point where they can recreate a dream now in tatters.

I loved this book and I’d definitely recommend this series!

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