Recently Read: Of Fire and Stars

Of Fire and Stars (Of Fire and Stars, #1)

During my Spring Break Read-athon, I read Of Fire and Stars. I started it on March 5th and finished the book on the 6th.

Basic Review for Of Fire and Stars

For about 2/3 of the book, I was bored out of my mind. Then that last 1/3 captured me and sucked me in. Overall, I enjoyed the book but just wish it was paced differently.

Basic Info

(No Spoilers)

  • Author –  Audrey Coulthurst
  • Genre – YA fantasy
  • Age Range – Any YA reader could enjoy this.
  • Number of pages – 489 pages
  • My Goodreads stars – 3 out of 5 stars

My Review

(Minor Spoilers)

Synopsis from Goodreads – Betrothed since childhood to the prince of Mynaria, Princess Dennaleia has always known what her future holds. Her marriage will seal the alliance between Mynaria and her homeland, protecting her people from other hostile lands. But Denna has a secret. She possesses an Affinity for fire—a dangerous gift for the future queen of a kingdom where magic is forbidden.
Now, Denna must learn the ways of her new home while trying to hide her growing magic. To make matters worse, she must learn to ride Mynaria’s formidable warhorses—and her teacher is the person who intimidates her most, the prickly and unconventional Princess Amaranthine—called Mare—the sister of her betrothed.
When a shocking assassination leaves the kingdom reeling, Mare and Denna reluctantly join forces to search for the culprit. As the two become closer, Mare is surprised by Denna’s intelligence and bravery, while Denna is drawn to Mare’s independent streak. And soon their friendship is threatening to blossom into something more.
But with dangerous conflict brewing that makes the alliance more important than ever, acting on their feelings could be deadly. Forced to choose between their duty and their hearts, Mare and Denna must find a way to save their kingdoms—and each other.

  • Writing – The writing is simple. It made it easy to read – but not as easy to enjoy. There was nothing spectacular about the writing, which disappointed me because I’ve heard amazing things about this book.
  • Characters – I loved the two main characters, Denna and Mare. They were both strong female protagonists and enjoyable to read. Also, their chemistry was AMAZING. They were freaking soulmates and I loved whenever they were together. I also loved Nils. He was such an awesome side character and best friend!
  • Plot – The plot DRAGGED. For about 250 pages, I was so freaking bored. No one was figuring anything out about the murder, Mare and Denna were still not sure about their feelings, and everyone was pretty much doing nothing. But then, 250 pages in – the plot started to come around and I really enjoyed it. I think the book needed a much faster pace.
  • Ending – The girls got together! There are truly not enough lesbian romances in YA and of the ones that exist – far too many don’t end happily. It was so refreshing to read one where the girls end up together with a future ahead of them. Speaking of a future ahead of them, I’m pretty excited for when the sequel comes out.
  • Enjoyability/Would I Recommend – This book is enjoyable if you’re patient. I would recommend this book to anyone who doesn’t mind waiting a few hundred pages for the plot to pick up. It was fairly easy to read, so I think about anyone who reads YA could enjoy this book. Overall, if you enjoy romances set in royal settings, you’ll probably enjoy Of Fire and Stars.

My Favorite Quotes

  • “But some things are stronger than years of lessons.
    The draw of fire.
    A longing for freedom.
    Or a girl on a red horse.”
  • “With that knowledge came the realization that I was absolutely, without any shred of doubt, profoundly in love with her.
    If only I had been anyone else in the world, maybe I could have told her. But my future was set in stone.”
  • “An Affinity, much like a heart, cannot be changed.”

Thanks for reading! ❤

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My Life in Books Tag

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This one seems fun!

1. Find a book for each of your initials

A – And I Darken

E – Eleanor and Park

B – Blood Rose Rebellion

2. Count your age along your bookshelf: What book is it?

I’m 15 – so the 15th book is…

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare. I knew it was going to be a Cassandra Clare book because I have 30 at the bottom of my bookshelf!

3. Pick a book set in your city/country

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The closest I could get to Raleigh, North Carolina was Nights in Rodanthe, which is set in in the Outer Banks in NC.

4. Pick a book that represents a destination you’d love to travel to

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Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor. I’d love to go to Prague someday. It looks super beautiful in pictures I’ve seen.

5. Pick a book that’s your favorite color

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The UK edition of I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson. Orange is my favorite color, so when I saw this edition of IGYTS I had to get it!

6. Which book do you have the fondest memories of?

I have two answers for this one and I’m sure no one who has been following me will be surprised at either. The first is Matched by Ally Condie. I have vivid memories of reading this book and the happiness that went along with it. The other is the entire Mortal Instruments series. I can remember hurrying at literally everything just so I could have time to sit down and enjoy the books. I had so much love for the books that I could hardly sit still at school because I wanted to read them so badly.

7. Which book did you have the most difficulty reading?

There have honestly been a lot, but one that really stands out to me is The Becoming of Noah Shaw by Michelle Hodkin. This book is super easy to read – and I read it in two days – but it was hard for me to want to pick it back up when I sat it down. This book really didn’t feel like Michelle Hodkin’s other books and made me sad when I was reading it.

8. Which book in your TBR pile will give you the biggest accomplishment when you finish it?

The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan. This book has been in my TBR pile for well over a year, but I still haven’t read it. I’ve started it a few times, but always stop. I love Percy Jackson so much and I’m super scared this won’t live up to the original series.

Like always, if you want to do this tag – do it!


Thanks for reading! ❤

Recently Read: Invictus

Invictus

During my spring break read-athon, I finished Invictus by Ryan Graudin on April 2nd. I started this book in November and loved it (enough that I traded for the preorder character cards and an arc of the book), but put it down for reasons beyond me.

Basic Review for Invictus

I really loved this book – and that’s saying something. I hate time travel with a burning passion. We do not get along. I did dock one star simply because at points I wish the world building was a bit easier to understand. I got really confused at times. Other than that, I loved this book.

Basic Info

(No spoilers)

  • Author – Ryan Graudin
  • Genre – YA Science Fiction
  • Age Range – YA readers. There isn’t really any mature content, so I’d say anyone who is able to understand time travel.
  • Number of Pages – 454 pages
  • My Goodreads Stars – 4 out of 5 stars

My Review

(Minor Spoilers)

Synopsis from Goodreads – Farway Gaius McCarthy was born outside of time. The son of a time-traveling Recorder from 2354 AD and a gladiator living in Rome in 95 AD, Far’s birth defies the laws of nature. Exploring history himself is all he’s ever wanted, and after failing his final time-traveling exam, Far takes a position commanding a ship with a crew of his friends as part of a black market operation to steal valuables from the past.
But during a heist on the sinking Titanic, Far meets a mysterious girl who always seems to be one step ahead of him. Armed with knowledge that will bring Far’s very existence into question, she will lead Far and his team on a race through time to discover a frightening truth: History is not as steady as it seems.

  • Writing – The writing is fun to read. It has such a unique tone to it. Also, the author mastered giving the characters their own voices. Even if I didn’t have the characters names, I’d know what thoughts were whose. This made me really connect to the book.
  • Characters – I really liked all the main characters. They all had their unique characteristics and quirks. Imogen was my favorite. She was quirky and weird and everything I wish I was. She was fun and outgoing and so much fun to read. All the other characters contributed, but none of them could compare to her. Also, there were three love stories within this novel that all made me bawl. I’m not kidding – I had to put the book down and go blow my nose.
  • Plot – The first word that comes to my mind is fun. There were so many wacky adventures the crew went on. Everything was so whimsical and fast-paced. The plot never really dragged and all contributed to the story overall.
  • Enjoyability – This book had one of the most heartbreaking endings I’ve ever read. I couldn’t stop crying after I put the book down. Although the ending broke my heart, it was also filled with hope for the future. You can never truly lose everything.
  • Enjoyability/Would I Recommend – I would recommend this book but will say it would be more enjoyable if some things were just a little more explained. I kept flipping back to make sure I hadn’t missed anything. Some things – like small time-traveling details I didn’t quite understand – being explained would have been great.

My Favorite Quotes 

  • “If there was a fate worse than death, it was a life unremembered.”
  • “When humanity steps into the shoes of gods, things will go awry.”
  • “The world is a large place and time is even larger.”

Thanks for reading! ❤

 

 

Creatures of the Night Book Tag

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Another book tag! I’m going to pick out my favorite books with these creatures in them.

1. Vampire

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Carry On by Rainbow Rowell. One of the main characters is a vampire and I freaking love him.

2. Werewolf

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The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare. The Mortal Instruments has pretty much all of these, but there is a certain werewolf in the series that I love a lot.

3. Zombie

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I’ve never read any zombie books, but the closest I could think of is Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman. It’s not quite zombies, but I suppose it’ll have to be close enough.

4. Ghost

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Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake. Anna, the main ghost in the book, is one of my book best friends!

5. Witch / Warlock / Spellcaster

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What better answer than How to Hang a Witch by Adriana Mather? This book has lots of witches – and a super awesome (and cute) ghost.

6. Fairy / Fae

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The Cruel Prince by Holly Black! This book is all about fae and is super amazing! I can’t wait until The Wicked King.

7. Demon

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The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater. The Raven Cycle has many demons – some I even grew to like.

8. Angel

 

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Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor. The entire basis of this book is Angels versus ‘Devils’ so I kind of had to pick it. Also, it’s a really good book.

9. Alien

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The Host by Stephanie Meyer. This book is all about aliens and one of my favorite books of all time!

10. Superpowered Human

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The Mara Dyer trilogy by Michelle Hodkin! These books are all about teenagers who have weird powers and are some of my top ten favorite books ever.

I’m not going to tag anyone but instead say to do this tag if you want to!


Thanks for reading! ❤

Recently Read: Daughter of Smoke and Bone

Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #1)

If you read my review of Illuminae, you will know I did a spring break read-athon. During this, I finished Daughter of Smoke and Bone on April 1st. I started DoSaB over a year ago and for some reason, never finished it. I decided my read-athon would be the perfect time to do so.

Basic Review for Daughter of Smoke and Bone

This book is amazing, but a little too drawn out in my opinion. That being said, I really enjoyed it overall and will definitely be continuing the trilogy. This book was super interesting and also pretty thought-provoking.

Basic Info

(No spoilers)

  • Author – Laini Taylor
  • Genre – YA fantasy
  • Age Range – Anyone and everyone can read this. There are slightly mature topics, but nothing too bad.
  • Number of pages – 418
  • My Goodreads stars – 4 out of 5 stars

My Review

(Minor Spoilers)

Synopsis from Goodreads – Around the world, black hand prints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.
In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grows dangerously low.
And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherworldly war.
Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real, she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious “errands”, she speaks many languages – not all of them human – and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out.
When beautiful, haunted Akiva fixes fiery eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?

  • Writing – The writing is by far the best thing about this book. It is beautiful, poetic, and at times breath-taking. The writing connected me to the story more than anything else. Every detail was beautiful. The beauty of her writing is seen immediately – in the very first words of the story.

‘Once upon a time,

an angel and a devil fell in love.

It did not end well.’

  • Characters – Karou is pretty awesome. Akiva is also pretty awesome. Both are pretty badass. The standout character and the biggest badass was Zuzana. She was my favorite character besides Brimstone. I freaking loved Brimstone. He was so complex and good-hearted that it made my heart burst from joy.
  • Plot – This is where a star was dropped. The plot dragged A LOT towards the end. Although I enjoyed all of the book, I much preferred the first half. The ‘flashbacks’ were too dang long for me. Not much really happened for like 150 pages.
  • Ending – It made me want the sequel and surprised me A LOT. The end actually pretty much shocked me, which I liked. I always enjoy when a book ends a lot darker than I was expecting.
  • Enjoyability / Would I recommend – I would definitely recommend Daughter of Smoke and Bone to anyone that has patience for some dragging in the middle. This book made for a great introduction to the trilogy and think it’s definitely good enough to recommend. I thoroughly enjoyed most of the book.

My Favorite Quotes

  • “Hope can be a powerful force. Maybe there’s no actual magic in it, but when you know what you hope for most and hold it like a light within you, you can make things happen, almost like magic.”
  • “Love is a luxury.”
    “No. Love is an element.”
    An element. Like air to breathe, earth to stand on.”
  • “Your soul sings to mine. My soul is yours, and it always will be, in any world. No matter what happens. I need you to remember that I love you.”

Totally Should’ve Book Tag

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There are not really any soon upcoming releases that I’m super excited for and haven’t previously written about. This month, instead of doing Soon Saturday/Sunday every week – I’m going to do a tag every week! I’ve seen this book tag a couple times and thought it would be pretty fun to do!

1. Totally should’ve… Gotten a sequel

This 100% goes to Carry On by Rainbow Rowell. I need a sequel so freaking bad. I want to experience Simon and Baz’s lives again so freaking much. I know there could be so many more adventures they could go on.

2. Totally should’ve… Had a spin-off series

The Rebel Belle trilogy by Rachel Hawkins. Imagine the countless possibilities that it could have. There could be a history of all the paladins or something cool like that. I would love to know more about the magical world in the trilogy.

3. An author who should… Totally write more books

Rainbow Rowell. I need a new book from her so freaking much! I’ve already read (and loved) her YA books and want more. A sequel to Carry On would be my preferred new book from her.

4. Totally should’ve… Ended differently

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo. I hated the book overall, but dang I hated the ending. The book sucked but I didn’t think the ending would suck as much as it did. Six of Crows is in my top 10 favorite books and Crooked Kingdom is in my top 10 most disappointing. It really let me down.

5. Totally should’ve… Had a movie franchise

Hang on while I list off a million books. All of Rainbow Rowell’s books, the Rebel Belle trilogy by Rachel Hawkins, I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson, the Mara Dyer trilogy by Michelle Hodkin, the Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater, the Matched trilogy by Ally Condie, Speak Easy, Speak Love by McKelle George, Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman, Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor, and How to Hang a Witch by Adriana Mather. It’s not too late for any of these!

6. Totally should’ve… Had a TV series

For this one, I’m going with Percy Jackson by Rick Riordan. How do these iconic books not have an awesome (super accurate) TV series? Also, The Mortal Instruments totally should’ve had a good TV series instead of the trash that’s on. They deserve so much more than a bad movie and horrible TV series.

7. Totally should’ve… Only had one point of view

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson. Don’t get me wrong, I love Jude but Noah is one of my favorite book characters of all time. We don’t really have anything in common, but I really related and connected with him in a weird way. The entire time I was reading Jude’s part, I was just counting down until I got to Noah again.

8. Totally should… Have a cover change

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DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE BY LAINI TAYLOR. Why does the UK get awesome covers of the DoSaB trilogy and the US get ugly, weird covers with a girl whose eyes are way too up close for me to feel comfortable?

9. Totally should’ve… Have kept the original covers

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The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles. I own the original cover of The Edge of Everything and have really liked it ever since I got the book. I don’t understand the point of changing it just to make it ugly. And then the sequel will have the new cover, so I’ll have to buy the new cover of The Edge of Everything so that they match.

10. Totally should’ve… Stopped at one book

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. If you didn’t notice, I freaking hated Crooked Kingdom and pretend it doesn’t exist. If Six of Crows ended slightly differently, there would be no need for a sequel and I would be happy.

Like all the other tags I’ve done, I’m not going to tag anyone. If you want to do this tag, do it!


Thanks for reading! ❤

 

Recently Read: Illuminae

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During my Spring Break Read-athon, I read Illuminae. I started it on March 30th and finished the book on March 31st.

Basic Review for Illuminae

I freaking loved Illuminae. It was fun and fast-paced and told in such a unique, engaging way. I’m super excited to get to Gemina in the near future!

Basic Info

(No spoilers)

  • Authors – Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman
  • Genre – YA science fiction
  • Age Range – This is a YA that I think everyone would enjoy of all ages. It is kind of confusing, so I’d say probably 11 and up.
  • Number of pages – 599 pages
  • My Goodreads stars – 5 out of 5 stars

My Review

(Minor spoilers)

~I usually put the synopsis here, but the book is so much better jumping into it knowing nothing, so I’m going to skip it this time.~

  • Writing – This has some seriously great writing. The book is told in instant messages, emails, security footage, and all kinds of cool other ways. There was such deep writing within the different mediums presented. There were some seriously quotable moments.

“Miracles are statistical improbabilities. And fate is an illusion humanity uses to comfort itself in the dark. There are no absolutes in life, save death.”

-AIDAN

  • Characters – Oh. My. God. Ezra Mason is my latest book boyfriend and Kady Grant is my new book best friend. They are both such badasses and the power couple of the century. There are not enough couples like them in YA. I loved that they had history and that it wasn’t just insta-love. Ezra was so passionate and Kady was so strong-willed. They just worked.  Kady was such a sassy, sarcastic, strong female lead.

“I am frequently underestimated. I think it’s because I’m short.”

-Kady

  • Plot – There was literally not a single dull moment. I was freaking out the entire time I was reading (in a good way). I could not put the book down. It was so freaking engaging. There were twists and twists and more twists.
  • Ending – I NEED GEMINA! The end killed me and resurrected me. I literally jumped off my bed because I was so excited! The last twist had me shocked and so ready for Gemina.
  • Enjoyability/Would I Recommend – If you haven’t read this book, have you really even lived? I’m very passionate about Illuminae if you couldn’t tell. Everyone needs this book in their lives. It will make you bawl your eyes out and laugh until you snort. If you don’t like that in a book, read it anyway. There are cute boys and badass girls and space.

My Favorite Quotes 

  • “She is catalyst.
    She is chaos.
    I can see why he loves her.”
  • “You have me. Until every last star in the galaxy dies.
    You have me.”
  • “The universe was here before you, and it will go on after you. The only way it will remember you is if you do something worthy of remembrance.”