The Crown’s Game-Book review

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1/5  stars

The instant he touched her, his shadow flickered, and his real self flashed through. Vika sucked in a breath. Oh, mercy, he was handsome, all ebony hair and ink-black eyes and a face so precisely chiseled, Vika could almost picture the blade that had created him…

NOPE.

I really don’t understand how books like these continue to be published. I don’t get it!!!!
The Crown’s Game seemed promising to me. It was set in imperial Russia and followed two enchanters competing to be the imperial enchanter. (Imperial enchanter is a super important and powerful position , so this competition is really important because the one who gets this title and the other one dies. Intense, I know.) I love books set in Russia and I love fantasy, so I was dying to get my hands set on this book.
However, all the things I expected in this book I didn’t get.
Interesting characters?
No.
Exciting plot?
No.
Tension and drama?
 No.
Beautiful romance?
No.
Excellent worldbuilding?
 No.
So, what did I get? I got a book with two cardboard cutout main characters with zero personality , instalove (whyyyy), love triangles, and a half assed attempt at a competition that is supposedly sooo important.
The book doesn’t even try to make it intense or exciting. The two main characters are supposed to be in a competition where one of them dies. DIES. So, you would think that they do everything they can to win and keep from dying. Yet, from the second they see other, they’re practically in love already. *rolls eyes*
This book is just not worth your time. It’s not the worst book ever, but there’s absolutely nothing I liked about it. It’s just so boring. I never cared about what went on and I have no interest in the sequel.
It’s just another standard YA “fantasy” novel that is wayy too light and fluffy for my taste with no substance. This is why I shouldn’t follow trends or hyped up books.
Little disclaimer: I didn’t actually finish this book. I got to about 50%, started skimming, and then eventually gave it up. I realize that maybe things could change, but I’m fairly confident that nothing that happens later could change my opinion.

“The Martian” Book Review

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4/5 stars

I doubt this will be of much of a surprise to anyone, but I have always been a huge nerd. I feed on knowledge. I was always that weird kid that has hundreds of useless facts in her brain, enjoyed documentaries and museums, and loved learning new things. Science, math, English, and History were things I enjoyed, not hated. However, as much as a nerd I was thought to be, only pales in comparison to just how nerdy the main protagonist of The Martian is. But, don’t worry. I absolutely loved how nerdy this book was. And, you will too.

The Martian is a science fiction novel of a trip to Mars gone wrong. Mark Watney, the main lead of this story, gets stuck in Mars all by himself, his crew gone. It’s a classic tale of survival, but with a nerdy twist. I can see lots of people loving this book. It’s funny, quirky, suspenseful,addicting, and just plain fun. I adored this book.

While at times, some of the “sciencey” talk went over my head, I enjoyed most of it. Andrew Weir seems to know exactly what he was writing about. While no one has gone to Mars yet, the way the book is written, and how the story unfolds makes me feels as if someone did go there and somehow unfortunately got stranded there, it wouldn’t be too far off from this book.

While this book has multiple perspectives, Mark was my favorite. He was resourceful,intelligent, and a bit of a wisecracking smart ass. God, I loved him. He was hilarious. I found myself cracking up numerous times while reading this book.  I mean, come on…

“Yes, of course duct tape works in a near-vacuum. Duct tape works anywhere. Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped.”

“Maybe I’ll post a consumer review. “Brought product to surface of Mars. It stopped working. 0/10.”

“Also, please watch your language. Everything you type is being broadcast live all over the world. [12:15] WATNEY: Look! A pair of boobs! -> (.Y.)” What a lovable piece of shit he is.😄

This book was all together a great, fun read. I definitely recommend picking it up before it hits theaters in a few months. You won’t regret it.

“The Poisonwood Bible” Review

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4.5 stars

I have never felt more useless and hopeless for the future of a civilization. The amount of pain and hardship the continent of Africa has had to endure is almost too much for me to handle. I suddenly feel as if everything I own and experience I take for granted. Barbara does an outstanding job describing the tragic realities of imperialism and colonizing Africa.

Character wise, I loved how distinct the girls’ voices are within this book. We read from the eyes of five women; Ruth May, the youngest; Leah and Adah, twins; Rachel, the eldest;and Orleanna Price, the mother. My favorites were the mother and Leah as far as whom I liked the most and found had the most character growth. But, while I certainly didn’t like Rachel, seeing how privileged and ignorant her character remained, I thought, did an excellent job of representing the millions of people that thought and acted just like her, refusing to see the truth. The only character I didn’t really feel the need to read from was Adah. I found her to be a little too much of a pity-partier and too “unique” for my taste. The one character we never read from is Nathan Price, an extremely religious missionary. He truly believed what he did was right, which I found maddening. I absolutely despised him, and just how insane he was. While I know countless of wonderful Christians, there are still far too many religious extremists like him that exist.

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“The Winner’s Crime” Book Review

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Review of first book if unfamiliar with series> “The Winner’s Curse” Book Review

I read a lot of fantasy books. It’s my favorite genre, so it only makes sense. However, even I get sick of fantasy on occasion. When I read too much of a genre, I tend to become more picky and find that books start to lose their uniqueness and instead feel like I’m reading the same story. Over. and. over. again.  Too many fantasy books, especially in the YA genre, feel like fantasy-lite, romance heavy books.

Last year, when I read “The Winner’s Curse”, I found that this book fell into the same trap. I found the world building to be lacking, the plot to be dull, and I wasn’t planning on reading the sequel. However, given the hype this series receives, I decided to give Kestrel and Arin’s story a second chance. I was definitely not disappointed this time around.

I can’t be too specific in this review because I don’t want to spoil the first or second book in this trilogy,  but I will simply say that Marie Rutkoski has stepped her game up in this book. While the romance still has a part in the story, it has backed down and the world building and plot has improved drastically. This is definitely not a fast paced book, however I couldn’t help but struggle to put it down.

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A Book of Spirits and Thieves Book Review

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3/5 stars

It is no secret that I adore Morgan Rhodes’ other series, Falling Kingdoms. While it is not a masterpiece by any means, these books are addicting and fun to read. Much to my joy, “A Book of Spirits and Thieves” gave me  similar feelings. Now, I  wasn’t quite in love with this book as her others (for reasons I will state later on), but I still managed to this book and  I have a feeling that this new trilogy has a lot of potential. I also think it’s going to appeal to a lot of people.  I’m excited, guys. Very excited!

Pros:
The characters : Crystal came off as a very strong and likable protagonist. I enjoyed how far she was willing to go for her family, yet how vulnerable she could be at times. I also admired how she wouldn’t take any crap from Farrell. Veryyy nice to read about it in YA which typically romanticizes so many bad relationships and awful guys. Thank you, Morgan Rhodes. I appreciate it.

Farrell- despite how much I despise his name, (no offense to anyone with that name, but Farrell is just really unsexy sounding) I really really liked his character. Now, don’t be fooled, I hated Farrell as a person, he was an ass and honestly quite scary by the end of the novel, but he intrigued me immensely. I never knew who the real Farell was and there was a part of me hoping that he had some good in his body. By the end of the novel, he seems so different  I didn’t know what to think of him! I really can’t wait for his storyline to be continued. My only issue was how incredibly sexist he was. I felt like even the “good” Farrell was still awful to girls. I get sick and tired of “whores” and “skanks” always hanging out with the main male lead and how the guy treats them no better than dirt. Good lord. I really hope this mindset of his is not who he really is. ”
Plot-
I found the plot in the fantasy world to be more intriguing, but I did enjoy both worlds in this book. Maddox and Becca’s adventures in ancient Mytica were a lot of fun, and how their storyline ended makes me wanting to go back in that world. I also loved the whole secretive society aspect of the story in the modern world. There is essentially a cult held by a leader named Markus who is claimed to be a god, and how twisted and messed this society really excited me. I especially loved how everything unfolded in the end with Markus, Farrell, and Crystal. I could not put the book down at this point.

Cons:
Characters:

Maddox: while I loved Crys and Farrell’s complexity to their characters, I found Maddoxx to be incredibly boring. Which is a shame because I loved his storyline, I just didn’t love him. He seemed so flat and I never felt like I got to know him at all. I get that it’s only the first book, so maybe he’ll grow in me, but for now I simply didn’t like him. He was just whiny and kinda wimpy and just bland.:/.

Becca: Again, another bland character. I literally felt nothing from her. She is said to be so pretty and beautiful, but that seems to be the only thing about her. Well, she does love to read, so I’ll give her that, but other that that…

Romance: oh, God. The romance wasn’t the worst I read, but still pretty cringeworthy. Becca and Maddox have nothing in common, yet still fall in love?! The only thing they had in common is the fact that they both ended up in the same world with each other and are both “attractive” according to each other. Ugh. Very instalovey. Farrell and Crys weren’t that bad because of how it ended up, but I still was not  wild about them together either. Maybe with time, I could see those together, but they would have a lot of issues to work on together, a lot.
But, Becca’s and Maddox together we’re a huge snore. They really dragged down the book for me.

So, in all in all, I did really enjoy this book! Sure, some things bugged me, but this book was very addicting and the ending left me wanting, no, needing more. Ugh. I’m already dying for the next falling Kingdoms book. Now, this. Why do you do this Ms. Rhodes? Whyyyy?
Some of the things I really liked and disliked  are quite spoiler filled, so I wrote  them down below.

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“One Night in Winter” Book Review

I really really liked this book. Perfect balance of history, mystery, and love. I adore Russian history and this book delivers on the historical aspect. I love the author’s attention to detail in this book. It really makes me feel as if I were really there. (I’m glad I’m not, though. I can’t imagine anyone wanting to live in Stalinist Russia.) My only real issues were that the pacing was a little uneven and I could feel at times there were definitely slower parts were not much happened; and that there were a few too many characters in this book which made it a little hard to stay that connected to and follow their storyline. But, that being said I really enjoyed most of the characters and their relationships. I also really liked the ending and how it was bittersweet, but beautiful. I couldn’t help but feel a little sadness for Seraphima and especially Satinov. Love can certainly be rather inconvenient. 
Overall, really great read for when you’re in the historical mood.:)