Saturday, April 14, 2018

Clockwork Angel (Spoiler Free) Review

Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1)Title: Clockwork Angel
Author: Cassandra Clare
Series: The Infernal Devices #1
My rating: 5/5 stars
Date Reread: 2/22/18

I planned on rereading all the shadowhunter related books before the release of Queen of Air and Darkness and I still have many more to go. Clockwork Angel is the first book in the Infernal Devices trilogy which is my favorite Cassandra Clare series but The Dark Artifices are catching up. I really enjoyed this reread and would still give it 5 stars.

Clockwork Angel should be read before the last 3 books in the TMI series. In fact you should read all 3 of these books before reading the last three TMI books to avoid spoilers.

Clockwork Angel is a historical paranormal book following a girl name Tessa Gray. She travels to London to live with her brother. When she is arrived she is greeted by two ladies called the Dark Sisters who sort of kidnap her and force her to learn to control an ability she never knew she had before. She is later found and taken to the London Institute where she meets the people who run it called Shadowhunters. All this happens in the very beginning.

This book does have a love triangle, however this is the only love triangle that I actually like. I really like both of the love interests and honestly don't care which one the main character ends up with.

An underappreciated character in this series in my opinion is Charlotte. As a women running an institute during that time period she gets some hate for it even though she is doing everything to the best of her ability. In my opinion she is doing a very good job. I also really like her husband Henry. The one thing I really like about his character is that he is passionate about inventing things and it continues throughout the story and the series.

I still am not the biggest fan of Jessamine and I would say is is one of my least favorite characters in the book.

I do like Will and Jem. Their friendship is very strong and they care so much about each other. It is nice to see some strong friendships in books because I feel like we do not have enough of them.

Overall really enjoyed rereading this book and I of course highly recommend this trilogy.

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Saturday, April 7, 2018

March Wrap -Up (2018)

March has been a very good reading month. I read a total of 7 books. I also enjoyed all but one of the books this month which is very good.

The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air, #1)The first book I finished was the Cruel Prince by Holly Black which I gave a 4.5/5 stars. I have been seeing this book everywhere. I heard this book was amazing, and I heard that it was over hyped. I decided to pick this book up to see where I fell on the scale and am so glad to say I really enjoyed it. This book has to do faeries. The main character Jude was interesting in a good and bad way. My favorite thing about the book was the world and the world building. The Cruel Prince follows a human name Jude who's parents were killed by her half sister's fae biological father. Jude and her twin are not fae. She is raised in faerie with her sisters my the murderer. Overall I do recommend this book.

Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #1)The next book I read was Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Lani Taylor. This is one of the top ten books I wanted to read this year. I cannot believe it took me so long to read because I loved it so much. I went into this book knowing absolutely nothing about it despite hearing about this book everywhere. I am glad I did go into it blindly because it helped me enjoy this book more. I liked the main character Karou and found her story very interesting. My one complaint is that the extremely long flashback at the end was really boring and I wanted to skip it. I did not though and I am glad I did not because that flashback was very important. I cannot wait to continue on with this series and read other books by Lani Taylor. I gave this book 4 stars.

Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices, #2)
My next read was a reread and that is Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare. I am behind on my reread of all of the Shadowhunter books but that is okay. I plan on reading the majority of them in the summer time. This is the second book in the Infernal Devices trilogy which is my favorite out of all the Shadowhunter books. I love Tessa, Will, and Jem and I am so excited to continue my reread. I am picking up so many things I did not see the first time I read this book. This is one of my all time favorite series and I gave this book 5 stars.

The Perks of Being a WallflowerI finally read the Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky this month. I feel like everyone but me has read it. This book is told in letters following a boy name Charlie's freshmen year in high school. I loved this book and am so glad I read it. Charlie was such a good character and I wanted the best for him. I love how friendship and family was very important in this book and I do recommend this book. I gave this book 4/5 stars.

The Statistical Probability of Love at First SightThe next book is the one book I read this month that I did not like and that is The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith. I gave this book 1/5 stars. I wanted to love this book and I did enjoy her other book This is What Happy Looks Like and I thought I would like this. This book is very instalovy as you can see by the title. My biggest problem was the writing style. The Statistical Probability of Love at Fist Sight is written in first person in present tense which is the writing style that I struggle to read the most. The writing style made the story a bit awkward and I did not like the main character. Overall not the book for me.

Traitor to the Throne (Rebel of the Sands, #2)I finally continued on with the Rebel of the Sands trilogy and read Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton. This book is a lot longer than I thought. The first one is around 300-350 pages I think. This one is slightly over 500 pages. Yep. A lot longer. I did like this book and I gave it 3.5/5 stars. I really like the characters and the setting. This trilogy takes place in a desert. There is magic and the main character Amani is a sharp shooter. Even though so far this series is not the best fantasy story I have read, I really want to continue with it and see what happens next because it is very entertaining and interesting.

Click'dThe final book I read last month is my one 5 star read and that is Click'd by Tamara Ireland Stone. This is a middle grade book following a young girl who is interested in coding and creates her own app called Click'd over the summer. She is going to enter a competition along with her rival who also has his own app. The main character Allie's app spreads through the school like wildfire and  she finds a glitch that she has to fix. This was the book I needed at the moment when I read it. I love the characters and the story and it was really cute. Definitely an underrated book. Also can I just say that the school's phone policy is very realistic. 

Those were the books I read in the month of March. Thanks for reading and I hope to see you in my next post!

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Popular Books I Have Not Read Read 2.0

Since I finally read most of the books on my last popular books/series I have not read yet I thought I would do another one of these. I plan on reading most of these this year. I am not including sequels to popular series I have started because that would make this post even longer.

Renegades (Renegades, #1)The first on I have to talk about is Renegades by Marissa Meyer and I have no idea why I have not read this book yet. The Lunar Chronicles is one of my all time favorite series and I also loved Heartless. I even owned a signed copy of the book. The cover of the book gives me super hero vibes. In this book the Renegades have powers and they use it for the good while the Anarchists have powers that are not good? I have no idea but it is something along those lines but I do know that the main character Nova is an Anarchist who hates the Renegades.

I'll Give You the Sun
The next book is more of an older release and that is I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson. This book is about twins that use to be very close and are no longer very close. We follow both their point of views. I think one of them takes place when they were practically best friends and the other takes place in the future when they no longer see each other. I am not sure but the concept sounds cool and I heard great things about this book and I think I am going to like it a lot.

The Final Empire (Mistborn, #1)
I heard about this book so much but I still have no idea what it is about. That book is The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson, the first book in the Mistborn series. I heard nothing but great things about this book and practically every fantasy lover has read it. Fantasy is my favorite genre and I still have not read it. It may be because it is intimidating. I mean there are many books in the series. I do want to read it this year and I hope I do.

Strange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer, #1)On my last list I said I have not read Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Lani Taylor yet and I still have not. However I am going to read it in March. The next book is another one by Lani Taylor and that is Strange the Dreamer. The cover is gorgeous, both the UK and US, and the concept sounds cool. The main character is really interested in this mysterious city that vanished called Weep and wants to discover what happened to the city. I heard nothing but great things about this book and I saw it made a lot of people's favorite books of 2017 list.

The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue (Guide, #1)Another book I have not read yet is The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzie Lee and I honestly had very little interest in it. However due to everyone talking about it and the cover reveal for the sequel or companion (not sure) the book is starting to peak my interest. I know we have a diverse cast of characters. The main character Monty I believe likes his best friend Percy. I also know he, Percy, and Monty's sister Felicity are together traveling together or something like that. I don't know but it is a historical fiction that everyone says is good. I also heard this book has some laugh out loud moments. Just writing this post makes me want to pick it up now.

Nevernight (The Nevernight Chronicle, #1)The next book I am talking about is one that I am iffy on reading. I don't know whether or not I will pick it up because I think this book is a you love it or you hate it and that is Nevernight by Jay Kristoff. I have read Illuminae which he co wrote with Amie Kaufman and I did not enjoy it at all. I want to give this book a chance but I am not that interested in it. I do not know why I am not interested in it I just am not. Maybe I will read it. Maybe I won't. Right now is a nope though. Feel free to try to convince me to read it though because I have been swaying back and forth between want to read and not wanting to read it.

Those are some of the popular series I have not read yet. Have you read any of them? Let me know some of the popular series you have not read yet.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Love, Hate & Other Filters (Non-Spoiler Review)

Love, Hate & Other FiltersTitle: Love, Hate & Other Filters
Author: Samira Ahmed
My rating: 4 .5/5 stars
Date Read: 2/19/18

Love, Hate & Other Filters is one of my most anticipated releases of 2018 and it did not disappoint. This book tackles important issues like Islamophobia.

Our main character Maya is a senior in high school and she is an American Indian Muslim teen. Her parents want her to go to a college near home and marry a Muslim boy that they thing is suitable for her while she wants to go to NYU and study film, something she knows her parents would disprove. There is also a terrorist attack and Maya has no relation to the main suspect, she doesn't even know who he is but he shares the same last name as her and people start to treat her differently.

First off family is a really important part of the story. Unlike many YA books, the parents are existent. Maya's parents care for her in their own special way. She also has a very good relationship with her aunt and I really thought that added a lot to the story.

I have heard people talk about this book here and there and after reading the synopsis I knew I wanted to read it. The author is from India which made me sure the representation would be accurate when writing about an Indian American teen. It deals with though topics that are not usually in YA such as people hating others for their religion. It is definitely a must read. If you like The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas or plan on reading that book please add this one to your TBR.

Love, Hate & Other Filters is under 300 pages therefore this book is perfect for readathons, reading slump, or a perfect book to read when you don't have a lot of time to read. It is not a fluffy read even though it had its cute romance moment. It took me a few chapters to become attached to Maya and the story but after that it was incredible so if you are not liking the first few chapters keep pushing through.

Violet is Maya's best friend and it is evident that she cares about Maya and that Maya cares about her too. I thing they are the perfect best friends and have a very strong relationship. Literally I could go on about this if this was a spoilery review.

Overall I highly recommend this book and I think it is am important read. This is also Ahmed's debut novel and it was incredible. The writing is amazing along with the characters. I will definitely be reading her other books in the future!

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Friday, March 16, 2018

They Both Die at the End (Spoiler Free) Review

They Both Die at the EndTitle: They Both Die at the End
Author: Adam Silvera
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Date Read: 2/17/18

School book club pick for the month of February

They Both Die at the End is the second Adam Silvera book I read. The first being More Happy Than Not. I found More Happy Than Not mediocre and was not planning on reading another Adam Silvera book. Since it is the school book club pick of the month, I decided to give Silvera another chance and I am glad I did because I really really enjoyed this book.

In this book there is this company called Death-Cast that calls you the day you are going to die to let you know you are going to die. Both of the main characters Mateo and Rufus get the phone call. They meed using the app Last Friend. This app was created to help people who are going to die that day, meet others in the same area who have gotten the call. This book takes place slightly less than 24 hours and we follow both Mateo and Rufus's POV. Also in this book we have random POV of minor characters that don't seem important but it added so much more to the story.

In a way this book reminded me a lot of The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon. Both of these books take place in a day, the POV of minor character sprinkled in, and diversity.

When reading this book, I knew the characters would die at the end. It is not a spoiler because if you read the title it says They Both Die at the end and Adam Silvera likes to write sad books.

I hate when this happens, when you prefer one POV over another, and it happened again in this one. I liked reading from Mateo's perspective more than Rufus's. In general I think I like Mateo a bit more than him. But regardless I still liked reading from Rufus's POV.

Overall I would recommend this book. If you cry a lot when reading you will most likely cry when reading this book. If you don't cry a lot during books, like me, you probably won't cry since I did not shed a tear, though I did feel very sad on the inside when I finished the book.

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Saturday, March 10, 2018

A Court of Wings and Ruin (Non-Spoiler+Spoiler) Review

A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3)Title:A Court of Wings and Ruin
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses #3
My rating: 4.5/5 stars
Date Read: 2/13/17

ACOWAR is the third book and kind of the final book in the first half of the ACOTAR series. There is a novella coming out about the events after this book following Feyre and Rhysand. From what I've heard the second half of the series follows different characters from a different court.

I was going to marathon all three books that were out last year but I finished ACOMAF the day before Lord of Shadows and was torn between reading that book or this one. I ultimately and obviously ended up reading Lord of Shadows which is a good thing because it allowed me to enjoy ACOWAR more. It is also one of my top 10 books I want to read this year.

This book took me over a week to read. I was not reading as much due to the amount of school work I had but I did still enjoy it a lot. I also found the beginning of the story very slow. Nothing was happening. In fact most of the third book is build up for the epic ending. That ending was phenomenal however a little too convenient for some things. (See spoiler section)

What kept me interested during most of the book was the characters and the fact that we get a glimpse of other characters from other courts. I found it so interesting to see the differences between each court.

The characters were so good and I loved most of them. I mean I still hate Tamlin but not as much as I did in the first one TBH. Still not liking him much. Cassian is my favorite followed by Aziel when talking about characters. In fact Rhysand is actually not that swoon worthy to me and he is not one of my favorite characters in the book but I still liked him. Also Nesta is amazing. I was not a fan of Nesta in books 1 and 2 but in this book, she is freaking amazing.

Okay spoiler time. All my other spoilery thoughts in bullet points because it is faster than writing them in paragraph form.

- NESSIAN. I think I like Nessian more than Feysand. Unpopular opinion I know.
-Also Nesta is the one to kill Hybern was a twist I did not predict till a few pages before it happened.
- Does Elain like Azriel or Lucian or neither?
-The next book (the one after ACOFAS) may about the Day Court or Autumn Court.
- Reasons
1) Day Court is Night Courts closest ally.
2) Helion Lucian's dad?! I mean Feyre thinks so and she has evidence to why she thinks that.
- Ending too convenient- I mean why revive Rhysand and leave all the others dead in the field. I mean a little biased on who they save.
- Nesta finally admits she has feelings for Cassian.
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Monday, March 5, 2018

The False Prince (Spoiler Free) Review

The False Prince (The Ascendance Trilogy #1)
Title: The False Prince 
Series: The Ascendance Trilogy #1
My rating: 4 /5 stars
Date Read: 2/4/18

The False Prince has been on my GR TBR or awhile and I finally decided to read it and am so glad I did because it is amazing and definitely more people should read it.

In this book there is a nobleman who recruits four orphans to potentially pretend the king's long lost child Prince Jaron. In a way they have to compete for the role. The main character Sage is one of the boys that Conner chooses and he follow his point of view.

Sage is a character that in a way is reckless. He speaks his mind constantly not thinking before he speaks and acts and definitely not thinking about the consequences and I actually enjoyed that about him although sometimes I find myself annoyed at him too.

I enjoyed the story line of the book and the way it was executed. I thought this is a very solid first book in a trilogy and the other books have lots of potential. The first 60 pages were very boring and I wanted to DNF it but I pushed myself and I am glad I did. I understand in a fantasy book, especially the first one, to develop the world and in some books, a magic system. Sorry no magic in this book.

I enjoyed the writing style. The writing flowed well and worked for the story, not being over descriptive while giving you enough information to visualize the setting and the characters.

The False Prince is a short fantasy, about 350 pages. It was nice to read a short fantasy book since so many of them *cough*ACOMAF, QoS, The Name of the Wind*cough* are so long. It was refreshing.

I am the type of person when reading who tries to predict what is going to happen in books. When I just started getting into reading, I sucked. Now I am predicting the ending of lots of books and sometimes it is not a bad thing. I did find the ending of this book predictable and I did predict the ending towards the beginning of the story but I still love this book.

If you are a reader that usually reads fantasy books you probably be able to predict things that happen but I still would recommend this book. Definitely a read that makes it to my under hyped recommendations list.