Divergent by Veronica Roth, A Short Review

This was such a great reread almost 8 years after the first time I read it. I had no idea I would still love this book so much! What I loved most of all was the sweet romance between Tris and Four. I do not know if it affected me as much the first time I read this but this time I felt like a lovey ball of goo just adoring every moment they had together. Honestly, I am not sure if I have really matured much over the years! I highly recommend this to first time readers and rereaders alike. So much fun, definitely fierce and just the right amount of romance.

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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!!

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, A Review

It has been years and years since I read this series last but I must say, I thoroughly enjoyed it now even though I am much older. There is so much heart in this book, unbearable pain that stems from love, love that is confusing. It is gut wrenching to read about the effect of violence and such immense hardship on these young adults.

Katniss Everdeen is making the best of her life in the Seam of District 12 in Panem. She feels so much love for her family and few friends that makes her instantly endearing although, her love comes with the confusing idea of how to trust fully. She strives to protect her loved ones even when it lands her in The Hunger Games, fighting for her life with her bow and arrow and her ability to show love and, possibly, really be in love.

This book breaks my heart, especially the way it ends. But it is so powerful and I believe it will last through the ages.

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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!!

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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Maxon by Christina Bauer, A Review

This book opens with Maxon and the gang doing what they do best; demon hunting with style. Maxon may have angel blood, but he is also part Furor Demon. Which means he has powers across two deadly sins, Lust and Wrath. And in his opinion, these are the very best ones. I’d say so too, especially because he is super sexy and even has a black tail with a tip like an arrowhead that can be used as a weapon. Maxon has all of this going on but that is not everything, he is also a high prince.

Liana is one of Namare’s apprentices, the Monarkki of water, and currently she is running late to practice. While she is hurrying along, she receives a vision like memory from Franklin, a flying water frog. She learns that her people are in danger from Zephyr, the Monarkki of air. When she finally arrives to practice she is confronted by her egotistical ex-lover, Fisk. However, as the truly badass and independent woman she is, Liana does not take any of his crap, and this is one of the many reasons I instantly her character.

A lot goes down, some very serious and gut-wrenching drama. One good thing is that all this leads to Maxon and Liana meeting. This is one of my favourite parts of the book because neither one of them really knows what to make of the other. Liana is spoiling for a fight mainly because she is awesome and wants to prove she is nobody’s “girl”. (By the way, she has very good reasons for this attitude). Anyways, it results in a sexual tension that is palpable and as they get to know each other, they learn they have more in common than they thought. (And it’s all very romantic!)

This is not just a love story. It’s a love story, of course, but it packs a major punch. Maxon and Liana make a great team while they battle in life and death situations. Honestly, it’s not just their lives on the line, its everyone who is part of their different worlds, too. And what an ending! Very unexpected but, this is Christina Bauer we are talking about, so you know its awesome. Be sure to read the entire epilogue, because the excitement continues on to the very last line.

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

Bloodlines by Richelle Mead, A Review

This is the beginning of the follow up series to Vampire Academy, obviously entitled Bloodlines. (Which, by the way, this title takes on a much more significant meaning by the end of this first book).

Sydney is an alchemist and has a lot of experience working with Dhampir’s and Moroi closely. However, this hasn’t boded well for her after the insane events last summer ending the Vampire Academy series. She is currently on indefinite suspension. Yet, everything changes, and changes fast, when a new assignment comes up that only she can fulfill.

I like Sydney, she’s a very cool person… BUT, I do not like the overall Alchemist belief that all Moroi and Dhampir are wrong, as if they break the rules of what is natural and acceptable. I can see the point, because of course they do, but I just never like any kind of person being stigmatised for being different. (Except Strigoi, of course).

This book places Sydney very close to some Moroi and Dhampirs, testing her and challenging her beliefs. There is high school drama of the typical kind mixed right in with the more supernatural drama of strange attacks on Moroi. This book really has everything that I wanted and then some. I highly recommend this!

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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.

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