The Crowns of Croswald by D.E Night || Book Review

I think the very first thing I should say about this book is that it is BEAUTIFUL. Both inside and out.

The cover is hands down my favourite cover of all times and the chapter headings had me falling deeper in love with this book.

The content of the book was also spectacular earning a solid five out of five stars. I honestly could not put this book down. I physically could not do it. I read for an entire day at school. I HAD SCHOOLWORK TO DO. I don’t regret it though because I cannot get enough of this book.


Book description:

In Croswald, the only thing more powerful than dark magic is one secret…

For sixteen years Ivy Lovely has been hidden behind an enchanted boundary that separates the mundane from the magical. When Ivy crosses the border, her powers awaken. Curiosity leads her crashing through a series of adventures at the Halls of Ivy, a school where students learn to master their magical blood and the power of Croswald’s mysterious gems. When Ivy’s magic––and her life––is threatened by the Dark Queen, she scrambles to unearth her history and save Croswald before the truth is swept away forever.


If you have read any reviews on this book before you might have heard that it is a little bit like Harry Potter, but if I’m being honest with you, a lot of books that involve a magic school are like Harry Potter. I actually think this book was rather unique and even if there are a few similarities, I would be willing to argue that this book was better. I felt way more connect to the characters and more invested in The Crown’s of Croswald.

Here is a list of what I liked:

  • Pies
  • Cute little baby dragon
  • Crowns that give people magic abilities (Although I think Rebecca is shady)
  • Main character who knows she should be following the rules but also doesn’t give a damn
  • A little bit of mystery
  • Magic! Magic! Magic!
  • Potions
  • Glangerie bottle
  • Different types of magic, you can either be a royal (who are given crowns which enable them to do magic) or a  Scrivenerist (who are people with magic in their blood (I’m pretty sure) but only a little, and actually spend their lives researching and looking after royals)
  • Awesome writing that had me immersed in the story
  • Short chapters

What I am looking forward to in the future of this series:

  • More baby dragon
  • More pies
  • A bigger glimspe into Isabella’s backstory
  • Figuring out how the hell the dark queen got to where she is
  • Finding the magic stones
  • Figuring out what is so good about The Town
  • Can there be more school please???
  • Going to the Hallow thingy again

My goodread’s review can be found here

I was sent a review copy of this book in exchange for a review, however, all opinion and thoughts are my own.

Until next time,

The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J Maas || Book Review

Hello again,

Yes, I have done a review of The Assassin’s Blade before, but I have just finished my fourth reread and ready to bestow upon you another review of my favourite book in the world.

With every reread of this book, I gain so much more knowledge of the Throne of Glass world. The first time I read this book I didn’t pay much attention to detail because I was too absorbed in the story. The second time I read this book was for an English essay so I was more focused on the emotion behind each character’s actions. The third time was purely for fun. And this time was a reread to get me ready for Tower of Dawn.

But I loved it just the same, even more perhaps.

This book is spectacular and a full of glorious world building. The foreshadowing hidden throughout the book is so subtle it has taken me four times reading the book to discover some of the details (there are probably still more I don’t know of yet).

I do recommend reading this book before Throne of Glass, but pleased be warned that the series gets better as it goes on (although this one is still fabulous). But I also suggest reading it after you finish the rest of the books in case you can catch some small details about other characters.

So far I’m willing to bet that three characters from the Throne of Glass book are hidden within The Assassin’s Blade (as in their names are never given). Possibly more.

But overall I must say the world building within this book and the character development are incredible.


My other review can be found here,

Until next time,

Prisoner of Ice and Snow by Ruth Lauren || Book Review

“Everyone else sees a problem, Valor. I see an opportunity. Trust me.”

In a thrilling fantasy that’s equal parts Prison Break and Frozen, Valor attempts the impossible—breaking her sister out of prison.

This book is a middle grade novel but even though I usually read YA books, I found this book to be just as enjoyable. Although, it did not have as much epic fight scenes (but I can forgive it for that).

Overall I gave Prisoner of Ice and Snow 4 out of 5 stars. My biggest issue with this book was the fact that I kept forgetting if it was Prisoner of ice and snow or Prisoner of snow and ice, haha.

On a more serious side of things.

This book was incredible and has really made me want to watch Anastasia. I’m not entirely sure whether this book is based on Anastasia but I found some similarities, the first being that there is a princess named Anastasia, the second being events based around a music box.

At times it was a little bit predictable, in the sense that if something could go wrong (ie, they get caught) it happens. But that did also make it interesting, like who can be trusted?!

The plot reminded me of Snow like Ashes, in particular the second half of the book (I won’t tell you what happens in case I spoil you for both books), and it was a relatively quick book to read.


To see my Goodread’s review, click here.

Until next time

Champion by Marie Lu || Book Review

“Hi,” he says. “I’m Daniel.”
“Hi,” I reply. “I’m June.”

“Hi, I’m currently on the verge of crying.”


Before I begin this review I must warn you that there may be some spoilers for the first two books in the Legend trilogy by Marie Lu, Legend and Prodigy. If you have not read those two books then you may not want to continue reading.


Okayyyyyy

So where to begin.

I actually believed that I would never finish this series because I borrowed the first two books from the school library but they didn’t have the third one and were not planning on ever getting it (even though I constantly pleaded with them to get it). But months later when I went to the town library I found Champion *screams forever*. And yes, I do know that I could have brought the book, and one day I might have, I was just currently drowning in other books to read first.

Now that I have read Champion, I feel complete, like everything makes sense in the world again.

I am very pleased with how this book went and everything that happened within it. Although some people aren’t, I am a major fan of chapters ending on cliffhangers, it keeps me motivated and wanting to read more. So this book was perfect for me, I think I finish it in two days.

There were some scenes that I found myself at the end of the pages and not knowing anything because I wasn’t actually reading just scanning but for the majority of the book I was 100% intrigued.

Both of the main characters, Day and June, continued to amazing me in many different ways. My favourite thing about this book is the duel perspective and being able to see the same situation played out through both of their points of view (especially near the end of this novel).

Speaking of the end of this book, I am a little conflicted, I both love and hate the end at the same time. I feel like I love the end but am not entirely happy about the epilogue. The last twenty or so pages had me on the verge of tears (and so did a few other scenes throughout the book) but I am kind of disappointed with the epilogue. I just needed more!!!! It is still a very good ending, but it’s kind of it’s own version of a mini cliffhanger that might not bother some people but is slowly crushing me from the inside.

Overall this book was a perfect ending to the Legend trilogy and I don’t think I would change a thing about it. Marie Lu opens us up to more of the Legend world and we finally get to visit Antarctica, which by the way, it both amazing and horrifying.  The people of Antarctica live in a kind of virtual world where you can gain points through doing good deeds and exercising, the more points you have the more money you can potentially earn. The whole idea makes me wonder what would happen if a criminal hacked the system.

Along with Antarctica other areas are explored and more history is explained, which I loved!

I think that is all I really have to say about this book. Overall I gave this book 4 stars, although I can’t really compare it to the other books because I read them a while ago, I think they are all on an equal level. I give the series a 4.5/5 stars (a bonus half star because I love Day).

My goodread’s review can be found here.

Until next time,

 

Updrift by Erin Stevens ||Book Review

First a description:

For Kate Sweeting, love isn’t in the air. It’s in the water.

Since her father died, Kate Sweeting’s home life has been in the pits, her well-being on life support. Her future looks desolate until she and her mother, Cara, make another plan: abandon their shriveled existence for more promising prospects on the coast, where Cara can play small-town librarian-bachelorette and Kate can figure out what’s up with that secretive Blake family from the beach.

Everyone is eerily captivated with Kate and her mother, and Cara is the first to figure out why when the man of her dreams arrives all dripping and devoted and closed-mouthed about what he intends. Kate is willing to go along with their subterfuge for a while, but eventually makes a charge for the water to learn what her mother is hiding. Gabe Blake is there waiting for her…and so is someone considerably less friendly. By the time Kate navigates her way home, everything will have changed for her—what she feels, what she wants, and what she’ll risk to be with the man she loves.


I have very mixed thoughts about this book…

For starters it took me forever to read this 280 page book, this is an outrage! I should have had this book done in three days max, but I had noooooooooo motivation to read this book. Nothing about it made me eager to read more. There was a whole week where I only read one page!!

But, eventually I gave in an got myself the audiobook. I did this because the story was good, I just couldn’t bring myself to read it. From there it only took a week to get it finished

The story line is okay and I do feel like some of the characters could have been more unique. They all seemed to have the same personality which was a little annoying. But, the second half of this book was incredible. It’s just a shame, the first half wasn’t as awesome.

The first half of the novel is packed with events. It recounts the main character’s, Kate’s, complete childhood, which did make it a little hard to connect with the characters. As for the second half, I do think there could have been more detail and this book be a little longer.

All around I think this book is 3/5 stars. If I hadn’t gotten the audiobook of it though, I probably would still be on page 50.


My goodread’s review is here

 

Goodnight, Boy by Nikki Sheehan || Book Review

“Goodnight, boy. I love you. Goodnight.”


A tale of two very different worlds, both shattered by the loss of loved ones. Tragic, comic and full of hope, thanks to a dog called Boy.

The kennel has been JC’s home ever since his new adoptive father locked him inside. For hours on end, JC sits and tells his dog Boy how he came to this country: his family; the orphanage and the Haitian earthquake that swept everything away.

When his adoptive mother Melanie rescues him, life starts to feel normal again. Until JC does something bad, something that upset his new father so much that he and Boy are banished to the kennel. But as his new father gets sicker, JC realizes they have to find a way out. And so begins a stunning story of a boy, a dog and their journey to freedom.


There isn’t much to say about this book, apart from the fact that it was a very quick read and about some very interesting topics. Although, I know there are other books kind of like it (someone said it is similar to the Room by Emma Donoghue but for a younger audience, but I haven’t read it so I wouldn’t really know.), for me this book was original.

I loved having the “flash backs” throughout this novel. This story is told through the main character, JC, as he speaks to his dog, boy. He believes his dog can hear his thoughts and whenever something goes wrong, he tells boy a story from his past (although it’s not outloud).

One of the other main characters, is JC’s adoptive father, who does not particularly want him as a son. I found the creepiness of his father to be well creepy as heck. But also fairly interesting as none of my other books have really had a character similar to him. However, the majority of the time I wanted claw at his throat because he is EVIL.

I flew through this book because of the writing style which consisted of short sentences. And by short, I mean really short. As in this short. The entire time. But I loved it. Because I didn’t get bored. Although, there are like no chapters.

Although it was quick, I did find it hard to give it all of my attention and because of that I only gave this book a three out of five. It was good… but I didn’t particularly feel attached to the story line.


What I liked:

  • Quick read
  • Different to the other books I read
  • Friendship with a dog
  • The flash backs

Until next time.

Ten Word Reviews || Part Two

With more books come more review. And with that, comes another attempt at ten word reviews.


Throne of Glass [Sarah J Maas]

“My favourite book ever, with bad ass female character.”


The Selection [Keira Cass]

“Super quick and easy read, full of fun moments.”


This Is Where The World Ends [Amy Zhang]

“Eye opening.”


Red Queen [Victoria Aveyard]

“Slow at times but overall a pretty good story”


Air and Ash [Alex Lidell]

“Amazing book and highly addictive.”


Coming Up For Air [Miranda Kenneally]

“Inspirational and motivational contemporary that will have you intrigued.”


Can you do a ten word review? Give it a go in the comment section.

Until next time,