Reverie by Ryan La Sala, A Review

So, I have some opinions that may not be appreciated by everyone. First, I would like to say that I do not think this is a bad book. It’s full of the author’s incredible imagination and it is positively beautiful in some of its descriptions. However, I had a really hard time liking the main character, Kane. He lied very easily, he was not the most genuine… I realise he was under somewhat of a spell but I just couldn’t like him.

The way Ryan La Sala wrote this story, particularly the beginning, left me so confused. But I think that was on purpose, which is really quite intriguing. I was in the exact same state, a state of complete confusion, that Kane was in. Basically, not understanding exactly what is going on, who to trust and why certain things are happening. I feel like the author showed a lot of talent in this aspect, putting me in this state with the main character.

While this was not my favourite book, I cannot by any means say it is a bad book. I think you, whoever you are, should try it and make up your own mind!

Thanks for reading my review and happy reading!!

King of the Vagabonds (Vol. 1 of The Baroque Cycle, part 2) by Neal Stephenson

Once again, the book begins with hangings, although this is a little more involved. Jack Shaftoe is the unlikely hero of this tale which starts at the start, with his brothers. Eventually, Jack is on his own but is well-known as “half-cocked Jack”, the King of Vagabonds. This name does have an explanation that supports it, however, I am not going to go into that. You will just have to make an educated guess!

Jack is what is called, “The Devil’s Poor”, as opposed to, “God’s Poor”. “Devil’s Poor ” are the kind of poor that are not worth helping. However, Jack finds ways to help himself (even if its confused and sometimes backfires). His view on life and this world, Europe in the late 17th century, is often callous but there is real sincerity that just cannot help but shine through.

Jack has an involvement with a beautiful woman, Eliza, whom also narrates her own story throughout the book. It is Jack’s care for her, which he is really bad at showing, but it proves his inner goodness. This story created so many emotions in me. I honestly cannot explain it exactly without giving away what happens. All anybody really needs to know is that The Baroque Cycle is incredible. The story leaps off the pages and into my heart…. I’m just going to say, I’m feeling some feelings, ya’ll.

This is a must read! Thanks for reading my review and happy reading!!!

A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas, A Brief Review

First I would like to say how much I love this title, of Frost and Starlight. This is a sincerely sweet Maas book, an addition to The Court of Thorns and Roses series, that really acts to give us, the avid reader, a chance to relax and simply enjoy the Winter Solstice with the gang in Velaris.

Like I said, this book does give the reader pure enjoyment in this peace time, but, of course, there is foreshadowing of what may be coming. Not only the animosity still held in certain parts of the Fae Realms, particularly the Illyrians and of course Tamlin, but what is left in the human realms. Even a hint at a new darkness that may come, but I won’t say anymore about that.

If you read and loved ACOTAR series, please read this and enjoy… I personally had some peppermint tea with a snuggly and chubby kitty on my lap, but to each their own.

Thanks for reading my review and happy reading!!

Quicksilver (Part One) by Neal Stephenson, A Review

This is part one of Volume One, entitled Quicksilver, of The Baroque Cycle. This was fascinating. There are not many other works that so truly fit in the Historical Fiction category that I have found to be so utterly fascinating. It’s as if Neal Stephenson somehow traveled through time to the mid to late 17th century and came back to generously tell us about this exciting, thrilling, disturbing and even sometimes humorous time period.

One of my favourite aspects to this book was sharing the joy and often, dissatisfaction, that comes with discovery. After all, what a time period to be alive in. This story is mainly told from the perspective of Daniel Waterhouse who happens to be a friend of Isaac Newton, a natural philosopher and also a member of The Royal Society of London. However, currently Daniel is remembering all of this while boarding on a ship trying to make it’s way out of the Massachusetts Bay and back to England 30 years later. This may sound confusing, it’s not, its awesome, trust me! There are even pirate fights!

Long story short, if you love learning about history and what discoveries led to our current way of life, you have to read this series. Also, you should read it because Neal Stephenson shows off his amazing skills in conveying the feeling of this insane time period in his writing.

I highly recommend this! Thanks for reading my review and happy reading!!!

Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare, A Review

What can I possibly say about this book, this beautiful and stunning series, now that I have completed it and I know … I just KNOW!! I know I adore Will, Jem and Tessa. I know that I feel like I personally know them, that I could turn my head and see Will and ask him what he’s been reading lately. And, yes, endings are painful, so painful because I cannot ever reread this and rejoin my friends like the first time. This last book is powerful and made me feel such strong emotions that hasn’t really happened with me and a series for a while. That is why there is joy to an ending that I can accept, while I feel a sense of grief, a sense of loss for these characters. So I will say what I can about this book without giving much at all away.

In this book, Sophie has quite a few sections in which she is the narrator, which is fabulous, especially because she has a very interesting gentleman suitor. I also learned where Isabelle’s red ruby and demon tracking pendant comes from! Not only that, but specifically how the first portals were made and how, which was fascinating. There is also correspondence, letters written between members of the institute and the Clave in each chapter that caused a lot of drama and in two cases some much needed comic relief. Also, mentioning comic relief, I must say two words: Demon Pox!

The automaton army is serious in this final book. It may begin light but the drama kicks up to the highest of high levels by the middle of the book leaving me desperately reading as fast as possible for the last 200 plus pages.

I highly recommend this series! Cannot reccomend The Infernal Devices enough! Thanks for reading my review and happy reading!!!

Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare, A Review

Well… This series is so good I can barely stand it! I do not want to give anything away about how the first book, Clockwork Angel, ended so I will make this review brief.

The main thing about these books, The Infernal Devices series, that is equally making me incredibly happy and also feel like I’m going to explode with exasperation, is the very very intense love triangle. There is Will, who is all fire and blazing heat, and then there is Jem, who is gentle and kind and so easy to love. Of course, caught between these two, is the beautiful Tessa Gray…

I have no idea what I would do in this situation, but I adore Will and Jem. They are two sides to one coin. They balance each other. So, I do not know what I would do if I were Tessa. I do know that I would not be able to handle causing either of these wonderful young men pain.

Yes, there is still a massive threat of a Clockwork army coming to take down the nephilim, the Clave, by the elusive Magister. I cannot wait to learn more and see how this story ends (especially the love story) in the last book, Clockwork Princess.

Thanks for reading my review and happy reading!!!

Abigail Rath Versus Bloodsucking Fiends by Catherine Schaff-Stump, A Review

Meet 13 year old Abigail Rath. Trust me when I say this young lady is your best bet against the countless forces of evil in this world. However, her parents are not so sure of her abilities, after all, they are professionals. She is trying to step out of their shadow, so when her best friend Vince comes to her with a possible case, Abigail seizes the opportunity. I love the emphasis on the information about monster hunting that can be gained from watching the countless amounts of horror movies available, b-rated or not. I am a huge fan of all horror movies (the good, the bad and the ugly) so this aspect of the book just made it so much fun for me. However, real life does not always mirror the movies when it comes to monster hunting, and in some very unexpected ways for Abby. So join Abigail as she hunts the supernatural while doing awesome things like skating rink limbo and interesting slumber parties.

Thanks for reading my review and happy reading!!