Winter by Marissa Meyer, A Quick Review

“Broken isn’t the same as unfixable.”

This was such a great conclusion to The Lunar Chronicles and I’m so glad there are some novellas with a little extra so I can come back and visit this great group of characters. 
Cinder, Scarlet, Cress and Winter and their companions are just so likeable.  The easy way this story tells all kinds of different tales that all speak of equality and are not only relatable but heartwarming.
This has been a great experience and I definitely recommend this series to any fans of the YA genre. 

Of Silver and Shadow by Jennifer Gruenke, A Quick Review

Of Silver and Shadow by Jennifer Gruenke is definitely an exciting story but it is not without its faults. The world is interesting and well done and I loved the characters but some things felt a little forced. Ren is a badass woman making her way through life by fighting and gambling for money to stay afloat but everything starts changing when Darek enters the scene and recruits her to join the rebel cause to overtake the throne. I enjoyed this read but the ending felt rushed and I simply think everything moved to quickly for me to feel a true resolution. The characters were well thought out. Adley and Lesa, Kellen and Holland, and Ren and Darek, separately were all great teams, but when they finally came together there just wasn’t enough explained for me to feel that there was true camaraderie between them and I feel the same about the romance between Darek and Ren. It’s a good story, I enjoyed the read but not one of my favourites.

Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare, A Quick Review

“You decide you will find a solution when the time comes,  but when the worst happens,  you find yourself unprepared. “
This series has been leading up to a certain breaking point, and when it happens,  it happens fast and wildly. 
The Dark Artifices was a great series.  Some of Cassandra Clare’s longer books to be sure, but thoroughly enjoyable.   I think the whole “Faerie Threesome ” idea had me blushing and smiling like an idiot every time those sections appeared. 
Overall,  I would highly recommend this series and the Shadowhunter world to anyone who loves YA Fantasy. 

The Project by Courtney Summers, A Quick Review

This fictional story could not feel more real or leave me more unsettled. The Project by Courtney Summers is a masterpiece thriller revolving around a religious cult and the connection between two estranged sisters.
Summers pulled me into this story immediately with her intense and powerful writing. The juxtaposition of two stories, Bea’s being in 3rd person and Lo’s in 1st, was simply brilliant.
I want to add a trigger warning for religious topics, some political topics particularly concerning the year 2016, and lastly physical abuse and abuse in general. If any of this is too difficult for you to read about, then I do not recommend this book.
Now, on the other hand, if your interested in a thriller that gets under your skin and has some major twists, then I would definitely recommend this.
Thank you Netgalley and St. Martims Press and Wednesday Books for this Arc. This book comes out February 2nd this year!

The Love Curse of Melody Mcintyre by Robin Talley, A Quick Review

As soon as I began reading The Love Curse of Melody Mcintyre I immediately felt a connection to the main character, Mel. 
When her role as a stage manager (SM) for her high school’s plays and musicals is endangered by a bad break up with her girlfriend, the crew decides that Mel should stay single and not fall in love as a way to beat the curse that seems to make everything go wrong.
Mel agrees, however,  she has a change of heart when she meets the local high school celebrity who is able to take part in the upcoming musical Les Mis.
This book had everything I wanted for a lighthearted romance.  It was sweet and cute and romantic. Not to mention that there were some parts that had me laughing out loud.  The author did an amazing job making these characters relatable and loveable.  I also kind of wish I had been in drama club too because it sounds like so much fun!

Cress by Marissa Meyer, A Quick Review

I love all of the different romantic plotlines in this series and the easy banter among friends.   These books are packed full of emotions that pull at my heart strings while at the same time the action never stops and there is never a dull moment.
I loved the addition of Cress as a main character.   She adds a sweetness and innocence that is completely endearing. 
So much happened in this book that really sets up the next book, Winter, as a continuation and possibly a conclusion. Although,  I have no idea how Marissa Meyer is going to pull it off. But, of course,  that is half the fun!

A Curse of Ash and Embers by Jo Spurrier, A Quick Review

A Curse of Ash and Embers by Jo Spurrier started out slow for me and it took me a while to understand the direction it was taking. Elodie is an unlikely hero. She is shy and always apologetic but by the end I believe she understands that there is much much more to the world and that perhaps she is a force to be reckoned with. I loved the interaction between Elodie and Aleida, a somewhat sisterly connection that I feel binds them. The ending of this story was the strongest part in my opinion. I recommend this if your interested in witchy vibes and unique spell craft.

A Sky Beyond the Storm by Sabaa Tahir, A Quick Review

“You are broken.  But it is the broken things that are the sharpest.  The deadliest.  It is the broken things that are the most unexpected, and the most underestimated.”

This book is such a great ending to this series.   I honestly did not know exactly what to expect, was Sabaa Tahir going to break my heart or give me a happy ending? Turned out that the answer is both.
The strength and tenacity of these characters is what makes the story so appealing.   They keep fighting no matter what, and at the same time,  they do not forget to laugh and celebrate life amidst all the tragedy.   This tale shows the essence of the effect war has on young people and their ability to overcome.  I love how the suffering in these books is what brings out the main characters magical ability.  That this hardship creates these unique gifts. 
A truly mesmerising series that I highly recommend!

Winter, White and Wicked by Shannon Dittemore

Winter, White and Wicked by Shannon Dittemore is a fast-paced, thrill ride through a land that is permanently stuck in Winter. The main character, Sylvi, is coerced into driving her rig along with a few companions to find a friend that has joined the rebel cause. Winter is not simply just a season in this book, the land and it’s people are ruled by winter and the kol that is produced. However, the kol that is destroying the people can also be used to control winter and force this overwhelming season into submission and Sylvi knows more about this than she likes to admit.
This story was definitely very exciting and fun to read. There is a balance in the magic used in this story, consequences for controlling winter that causes frostbite particularly around the mouth and lip, which honestly was a little strange to read about. This tale is unique and full of intricate myths and legends that breathe life into the peoples of this land.
I would recommend this if your looking for something that is not heavy on romance and that is very different than the norm.

Lore by Alexandra Bracken, A Quick Review

This book is BADASS! Wow. For seven days every seven years, the gods will walk on earth as mortals and if a hunter kills one they will become a new god and take their power and immortality, but then they will have to take part in the next Agon.
Lore is a hunter. But she doesn’t exactly live that lifestyle anymore after losing her family. However, this Agon changes everything‚Ķ and it’s insane!!
This book is a brutal mythology based Hunger Games with the Arena being NYC. Full of surprises, this book won’t let you down. I highly recommend this read!
And thank you Netgalley for this ARC!!