The Elite | Kiera Cass

Breakdown:

  • Book: The Elite
  • Series: The Selection Series
  • Author: Kiera Cass

Summary:

The Selection began with thirty-five girls.
Now with the group narrowed down to the six Elite, the competition to win Prince Maxon’s heart is fiercer than ever—and America is still struggling to decide where her heart truly lies. Is it with Maxon, who could make her life a fairy tale? Or with her first love, Aspen?
America is desperate for more time. But the rest of the Elite know exactly what they want—and America’s chance to choose is about to slip away.

My Review:

hmmmm, how can I say this without being rude?

I love the author. I love her work, its great what she’s doing. I read the first book, The Selection and reviewed it >here< which garnered a very positive reaction from me. I was highly anticipating this sequel but alas, it was not what I hoped for.

You can probably tell from my set up that I really didn’t like it. Like really. This review is going to be very short, because they’re isn’t much to talk about.

The entire book involved nothing but America’s ever-changing feelings between Maxon and Aspen. This girl had a change of heart like a million times throughout the entirety of the book. And that about sums up the plot of this sequel. That’s it. We’re done.

This trilogy could’ve easily been a duo. The Elite provided no new ‘adventure’ or ‘plot’ and served no purpose but further progress the story that could’ve been easily summed up in a few chapters.  For some reason, both males in this weird and semi-non existent love triangle, lost all glamour and feeling. They became emotionless robots without any personality. It became apparent that their only purpose in life was to be at America’s every beck and call.

I am extremely disappointed at The Elite. I really enjoyed The Selection and was very much looking forward to reading this.

And there you go…1/5 stars. My lowest rating ever.

Final Rating:

★☆☆☆

Meh..

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My Lady Jane | Brodi Ashton, Cynthia Hand & Jodi Meadows

Breakdown:

  • Book: My Lady Jane
  • Series: My Lady Janies #1
  • Author: Brodi Ashton, Cynthia Hand & Jodi Meadows

Witty, witty, witty and even more witty!

It was absolutely comical! I laughed so hard while reading this book! It was such a funny story. I couldn’t help but tweet out some of the funny parts as I went along:

(SPOILERS AHEAD) 

“So. Her husband was a horse. And no one told her. Outrageous.”

“Very funny, my lady. And that reminds me”—he pointed a finger at her—“no horse jokes.”
He was making it too easy. “Ah, my lord, why the long face?”
“That’s it!” grabbing one her precious books. 
“No horse jokes,” he said.
“My lord, I apologize for the horse joke. If you put down the book—unharmed!—I will give you a carrot.”
He brandished the book at her. “Was that a horse joke?”
“Neigh.”
“Was that a horse joke?”

So you’re probably wondering, what’s with the horse jokes? I’m laughing so hysterically at your confusion. You have no idea do you? Ok, Ok I’ll tell you, this lovely story as goodreads puts it, features “a reluctant king, an even more reluctant queen, a noble steed, and only a passing resemblance to actual history—because sometimes history needs a little help. At sixteen, Lady Jane Grey is about to be married off to a stranger and caught up in a conspiracy to rob her cousin, King Edward, of his throne. But those trifling problems aren’t for Jane to worry about. Jane is about to become the Queen of England. “

What?  You still don’t know what I’m talking about do you?

To put it bluntly, this lovely tale features shape shifters, or as they call it,  E∂ians pronounced “ee-u-thians”. In this version of old England, it’s divided into E∂ians and their opposite, no shape shifting, non-animal form taking, normal humans, Verities. Both of these groups are currently at war with one another which is causing a lot of chaos in the kingdom. Our dear Lady Jane was forced into marrying a man whom she never met in her life before. Only to discover that he was in fact, a horse.

Now that everyone is up to speed, let’s begin. I absolutely loved it! It had all the ingredients to make the perfect story. Historical, royalty, smart heroin, noble king, progressive husband, magic, plot twists and of course animals. My Lady Jane is incredibly light hearted, clever and dotty. Most importantly, it did not say anywhere on the cover of the book what was actually happening. A very smart move, I might add. I don’t think we would’ve taken it seriously if it did. Certainly, I wouldn’t have. 

Jane and her horse husband Gifford, who prefers to be called G, have it rough. Most of the book they’re on the run from “Bloody” Mary’s royal guards. They’re forced into a life they didn’t plan or want which causes a wedge between them. With time, their playful banters turn into something more and feelings grow. On the other side of the kingdom, King Edward, Jane’s cousin, is in big trouble. His sister, Bess which is short for Elizabeth is planning something.

I reallly wanted King Edward and Jane to be together! You can easily tell that there are sparks between them. Why oh why did they have to marry her off to Gifford. Not that he’s a bad guy or anything. I just prefer E & J not G & J. That’s all.

Anyway, I recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of historical fiction, animals, The Princess Bride and Monty Python.

I leave you with some of Giffords efforts at poetry,

“Those lips that Love’s own hand did make..”

“Your majesty, if I have to search out the magical Carpesian Waters of Romania myself, killing loads of bandits on the way, You.Shall.Have.Your.Water.”

“Shall I compare thee to a barrel of apples?
Though art more hairy, but sweeter inside.
Rough winds couldn’t keep me from taking you to chapel,
Where finally a horse could take a bride…”

Final Rating:

 ★★

If you’re into treason, shape shifters. witty humor and love.

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Daughter Of The Pirate King | Tricia Levenseller

Breakdown:

  • Book: Daughter Of The Pirate King
  • Series: DOTPK Book 1
  • Author: Tricia Levenseller

Meet Princess Alosa, the female Jack Sparrow of the Literature world. She is feisty, smart and carelessly brave. She is also stubborn. So much so, she repeatedly gets herself stabbed or punched to prove she’s right. This girl ain’t afraid to get her hands dirty!

I love her personality because you can easily see Alosa written as a man. Usually when you have strong female characters placed in very “piratey” situations they are forced to succumb to their male captures by keeping their heads down in order to survive. Which is in all fairness the smart thing to do.

However, Alosa has none of it. If she doesn’t want to clean the deck, she won’t clean the deck. Even if they hang her off the ship with chains around her arm, she still won’t. Which then they did, and admittedly it still didn’t change her stance on wasting her potential swabbing the ship deck.  Anyway, what I’m saying is, the character of Alosa was treated the way any fictional male character would. And I love it. It was fair, accurate and well done. Not all girls are helpless or too smart for their own good. Alosa represents a niche which is very much still missing in our fictional worlds. She resonates to young women as a strong willed female who gets things done on her own.

Pirate Alosa, was trained to kill. Any piece of furniture can be wielded as her weapon. She has kicked, stabbed, punched and hanged countless pirates without a care while still maintaining her feminine nature. One of my favorite quotes of hers, “There will be plenty of time for me to beat him soundly once I’ve gotten what I came for.” She cared about her appearance and her books, even after her capture. I feel obliged to point this out because usually when I see strong women in books, they are usually written as being helpless in the wardrobe, as if they can’t possible be both strong and fashionable, which is annoying. Again, not all headstrong lasses can’t dress properly or look presentable.

SPOILERS AHEAD

Now enough about Alosa, let’s talk about what actually happens to her. As the daughter of the Pirate King. She was sent on a mission to retrieve something very important. Knowing her father, failure was not an option.  Her crew orchestrated this whole fake capture so she can sneak into the enemy’s ship. However, it proved quite difficult for her to ehm, remain captive. In her own words she described her situation as, “It should not be this difficult to stay prisoner on a pirate ship. This is the second time I’ve had to stage my own capture. Ridiculous.” 

She was thrown in a very disgusting cell and held for ransom. Throughout her time there, she would cleverly escape her cage to search every inch of the ship for her own treasure. Come sunrise, she would sneak right back. Oh, how easy did she make it look? 😂

Let’s also not forget about the first mate, fellow enemy pirate and her special interrogator, Riden. First things first, how do you pronounce his name! It’s soo weird and I love it! Anyway, from the start you can easily tell there is strong chemistry between those two. From their playful bickering and one on one cat fights those two were destined to be together. Did you seriously expect that there won’t be a love interest in this book? Alosa is only 17 years old so obviously, duh!

Anyway, I recommend this book for anyone who is looking to be entertained. It’s very light and funny. There’s nothing deep or upsetting about it. So if you ever find yourself free and looking into doing something fun, definitely pick this up. It only took me a day to finish it.

Ugggh, I can’t believe I have to wait a whole year for the next one to come out!

Final Rating:

 ★★

If you’re into pirates, stealing. Adventures and maps.

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Caraval | Stephanie Garber

 

Caraval Blog Tour Excerpt Invite

– Admit One-

-To be used once, to gain entrance into Caraval-

-Main gates close at midnight- 

-Anyone who arrives later than this will not be able to participate, or win this- year’s prize of one wish. 

I, like a lot of people, used my magical admission ticket and entered this shimmering world of Caraval. Admittedly, it wasn’t one I had planned to go to, but I don’t regret it nonetheless.

I’ve been looking forward to reading this book for a good while now. Finally, after weeks of speculating whether it’s worth my time or not, I went for it.  Unsurprisingly, it was very captivating. To get you up to speed, heres the synopsis:

Remember, it’s only a game…

Scarlett Dragna has never left the tiny island where she and her sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval—the faraway, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show—are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt-of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.”

As you can probably tell, what was waiting for me was truly magical. I thoroughly enjoyed delving into this carnival. A spellbinding world that’s a wonderful break from the serious tones of my usual reads.

SPOILERS AHEAD

“Once inside, you will be presented with a mystery that must be solved. Clues will be hidden throughout the game to help you on your way. We want you to get swept away, but be careful of being swept too far away.”

Heeding this warning was apparently too much for me for I seem to have been swept too far away. They did not fail to mention this all throughout the book. But, as the days went by in the magical world of Caraval, what was real and what wasn’t overlapped. Just like the heroin, Scarlette, I completely fell for every single trick they made. So it comes to no surprise how very angry I am right now at how things ended.

MAJOR SPOILERS

I feel…

So much anger. Soooo much anger.

Everything was a lie. And I mean alll of it. There wasn’t a shred of honesty in any of the passages written in this book. The reason I’m so angry isn’t because I was tricked. We were all warned from the beginning, so getting blinded between the pages of Caraval, and not being able to differentiate between reality and fiction is entirely on me. In fact, I salute the author, Stephanie Garber for being able to pull something like this off. I admire her for it, it just proves how well written Caraval is.

However, What upset me the most, is how Scarlett dealt with the aftermath of it all. She shrugged it off like it was nothing. She forgave everyone for the hell they put her through like they didn’t torture her this whole time. The ending was very difficult for me to read. Perhaps it’s because I find it hard to trust people in general. So when one person betrays me, it’s game over.  Scarlett had the entirety of Caraval betraying her, they all watched as she made a fool of herself, and probably laughed at her while she frantically searched for her sister, one she believed was in very  real danger. Scarlett cried, was drugged, got yelled at, got tricked, lost sleep, lost her sanity, got abused by her father, almost got raped by her Fiancé and had to witness two people she loved very much die and experience very real pain and loss because of all this. Yet suddenly with a few words she was fine with all this. That right there seems to me like a very unrealistic ending. No one would be okay after going through all this just to find out it was all a well rounded play, a fake. Scarlett was tricked by her so called sister. She went through a lot of pain while everyone watched and laughed from the sidelines. Granted, I do understand why Tessa did what she did, but there were a million other ways to do it. This should not have been one of them.

MOVING ON

Apart from my obvious anger, I loved this book. The whole journey was well thought off, exciting and very adventurous. If i were to ever receive a Caraval ticket, you will most definitely find me there. I recommend this book to anyone who would be willing to overlook the whole Tessa thing.

Final Rating:

 ★★

For all you thrill seekers and magic dwellers!

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Are you a REAL Bookworm?

So you think you’re a bookworm, huh?

Do you spend most of you’re time reading, or with you’re nose stuck in a book. Do you consider yourself to be the Hermione Granger of this world? Well, let’s see if you truly are…

Here I present to you the top 8 books every *TRUE BOOKWORM* should’ve memorized by heart!

  1. The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins

    • It is written in the voice of 16-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives in the future, post-apocalyptic nation of Panem in North America. The Capitol, a highly advanced metropolis, exercises political control over the rest of the nation.
  2. The Mortal Instruments, by Cassandra Clare

    • The story follows Clary Fray, who interacts with a group of nephilim known as Shadowhunters while also discovering her own half-angel heritage. The Shadowhunters protect the world of mundane people from dark forces that are beyond their world.
  3. Harry Potter, by JK Rowling

    • Does this even need to be described, really?
  4. Twilight Series, by Stephanie Meyer

    • Admit it, if you’re a real bookworm you would’ve read this book. Even if you didn’t like it, you were curious to see what the hype was all about. I for one actually enjoyed the series, it’s the movies that ruined it!
  5. Hush, Hush,  by Becca Fitzpatrick

    • A SACRED OATH
      A FALLEN ANGEL
      A FORBIDDEN LOVE
      Romance was not part of Nora Grey’s plan. She’s never been particularly attracted to the boys at her school, no matter how hard her best friend, Vee, pushes them at her. Not until Patch comes along. With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, Patch draws Nora to him against her better judgment.
  6. Divergent, by Veronica Roth

    • In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.
  7. Fallen Series, by Lauren Kate

    • The novel revolves around a young girl named Lucinda Price who is sent to Sword & Cross Reform School in Savannah, Georgia, after she is accused of murdering a boy by starting a fire. At the reform school, she meets Daniel, a handsome boy whom she feels inexplicably drawn to, and believes that she has already met before.
  8. Legend, by Marie Lu

    • From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths—until the day June’s brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family’s survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias’s death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets.

Well, there you have it. All 8 book series that you MUST read in order to be a REAL and TRUE Bookworm!

Tag your friends and check if they’re realllly the bookworms they say they are!

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