A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir, A Quick Review

Another fabulous and gut wrenching addition to The Ember in the Ashes series by Sabaa Tahir. I tried so hard not to cry but there were a few points in the end and I’m telling you, I couldn’t help it! In this book, all the prophecies come true as the main characters fully become the parts they are meant to play, for better or worse. I highly recommend this series and cannot wait for the next book which comes out in December this year and is the final book I believe.

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Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins, A Review

An amazing end to an amazing story. Katniss never really was in control of the rebellion situation or her own life like she believed she was before The Hunger Games. Everything she loved could always be simply taken away from her. Everything she knew and trusted could be changed. It is not till the end of this book, when she loses almost everything she loves, that she truly gains control.

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An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir, A Review

This book has so much strength to it, and the fact that I was able to get a signed copy has made me literally feel stronger for reasons I cannot totally explain. The main characters are both very loveable, charismatic and only serve to enhance each other’s stories. Laia has everything taken from her and has no idea how to fight back for it, how to have the courage of a lion and show no fear. Elias is fighting in a different way, he is literally a fighter, a mask, and also trying to find his escape to a freedom that doesn’t involve hurting anyone. I highly recommend this first book in the series and thanks for reading my review and happy reading!!

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins, A Review

Katniss and Peeta have survived the last Hunger Games only to now face the Quarter Quell and a host of other issues. Katniss has been unaware until now what her trick with the poisonous berries has caused, the revolution that is seething within all of the districts. She has unwittingly become not only the catalyst, the spark lighting this flame, but the leader of this rebellion.

I am enjoying my reread of this series, however, I do not know if it’s me personally or this specific time period or perhaps both, but the content of these books is hitting me much harder than they ever have before. I am finding new meaning and associations that I did not recognize when I initially read these books when they first came out.

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The Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead, A Review

Adrian and Sydney! Married! But there are major issues impeding on their happiness and their ability to live a normal life. When this book begins, they are cloistered at the Moroi Court with Adrian’s mother. However, surprises occur and everything changes.

This has been a great follow up to Vampire Academy. I almost loved this more, particularly the very end. I am #teamadrian all the way and reading about him being this happy just made my heart swell with joy.

If you loved Vampire Academy then this is a must read series! Thanks for reading my review and happy reading!!

Silver Shadows, Bloodlines Series Book 5, by Richelle Mead, A Review

This book drove me CRAZY!! It is so high energy the whole way through. Nonstop action that lasts till the last line in the book.

Sydney is captured by the evil Alchemists. At least, these particular Alchemists are super evil. When I started reading this, I honestly became really stressed out by the situations that Sydney and Adrian were in. Everything seemed so hopeless. However, I continued to read and I was not disappointed. Their strength and perseverance won through and helped me see the light at the end of all this darkness.

There are a few major surprises at the very end. Some are incredibly happy and, one in particular, well, I’ll find out when I finish this series soon. One thing is for sure, I am so happy I gave this series a go. If you loved Vampire Academy then this is a must read.

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The Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead, Bloodlines Book 4, A Review

Richelle Mead!!! What have you done to me? I am in the big feels, the deep feelings of feels so much right now!! ADRIAN!! The Center will hold! I promise! Right? RIGHT??!!!

Wow, really though, I’m a mess after this book! Much of my “mess” feeling is because this book was not only told from Sydney’s POV but Adrian’s too. Technically, Sydney is still working with the Alchemists, although her eyes are now opened to their schemes. Her life has taken a new direction, a direction away from the hardcore rules and rigid beliefs of the Alchemists. Things are definitely complicated, especially with her little sister working with her now.

One thing that really blew my mind while reading this was the direction Mead took with Adrian and his use of Spirit and connecting it to mental health, particularly bipolar disorder. This was done so well. It is so similar to actual conditions that many people go through on a daily basis, medicated or not. I really respect this wise attention to these significant details.

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

The Confusion,  Vol. 2 of The Baroque Cycle,  by Neal Stephenson, A Review

The continuation of Jack, Eliza and Daniel’s tales is a masterpiece.  This story runs through the last ten years of the 17th century and on into about the first five years of the 18th century.   Every topic that defines this time period is covered in this Volume and covered with beautiful detail. There are several parts of this book that I completely breezed through because it was so incredibly exciting, particularly with Jack. However, much of this Volume is a slow read. I read slowly to be sure to pick up every detail and to simply enjoy Stephenson’s amazing writing style.

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

Zinnia by Christina Bauer

This book starts out with Zinnia, or Zin, at age 9. She is supposed to be taking a nap with her sisters Kaps and Huntress, but naps are for losers and she is planning to make her escape to go meet LT, or Rhodes, so they can make music and magic together. Everything seems to go wrong and this loving family is separated for what seems like forever. I love the family involvement, especially the ending, it shows true love between family members. One of my favourite parts of this book is, of course, the ultra-romantic love story that literally beats all other love stories. Not to mention, the magic of music. Music is very healing for people suffering trauma and other things in real life so I thought this showed a new and brilliant perspective from Christina Bauer. To make something that is so meaningful and healthy for so many people into a force of good in this fantasy series is just amazing. Bravo!

The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead, A Review

This book was so perfect. Book three in the Bloodlines series and it really is not only making my Adrian and Sydney dreams come true but it adds in drama that totally complicates everything to keep the story going.

Sydney may want to avoid the Arcane but magic (and strange things) have a way of finding her. She is also stuck with the Vampires in her life, however, this is becoming less of a problem than maybe it should be for her Alchemist sensibilities.

Sydney has some mysteries to solve or at least look into. Some draw her in very far and put her in dangerous situations. She wants to know more about the elusive Marcus Finch, an ex-Alchemist. All of this leads her to further distrust her Alchemist partners for keeping things from her. She also has a loose and insidious witch to contend with which brings the level of danger she is in to whole new heights.

The ending of this book went from making me feel happy and elated to completely aggravated. I will just have to keep reading to see how Sydney Sage deals with a new issue, a very annoying issue in my opinion.

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