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“Still Alice” Book Review

4.5 stars
This book was incredibly hard to read, yet incredibly hard to put down. Knowing someone in my family with Alzheimer’s and who who is also named Alice, I was afraid it would be too much for me and put it off for a while. Having seen just how awful the disease is firsthand, I didn’t think I needed to learn about it more. However, with any book that has received fantastic reviews and has been turned into a very successful movie, I decided that I had to suck it up. It certainly wouldn’t be the first time I read a book that hit a little to close to home. 
I absolutely loved this book. It was on the shorter side and I might have enjoyed reading about someone who might not be so rich and successful, but I’m honestly just so glad that someone took the time to write about this disease. It means a lot to me and I’m sure even more to those who have been more directly affected Everything felt real and honest and this didn’t feel like the typical “sad book” where I feel like the author’s only purpose is to make us cry. No, this book simply wanted to show how even the best can fall down. And,I can easily say, it did a pretty damn good job of doing so. It is certainly not an easy read emotionally, but it is definitely a book worth reading. I think everyone can learn something from this book. I know I did.

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“End of Days” mini Book Review

2 stars

That’s it?? I waited this long for this? To say I’m disappointed is an understatement. This book wasn’t horrible and there was a few things I liked, but overall my love for this series has dwindled. It was like everything changed. The plot was weak, the world building was practically nonexistent, and the characters no longer shined in my eyes. And, don’t even get me started on that ending. :/ The only thing I kinda liked was the romance. And even that wasn’t nearly as good as the previous books! I felt nothing when this book ended. I no longer cared about anything at that point. It’s a really shame. I was not expecting this. I guess the author just wanted to get this series over with.

I don’t even feel like coming up with a full review. I just honestly have nothing to say. All I have is disappointment.

“All the Light we Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr Book Review

4.5/5 stars 

 War is a ugly thing. It has occurred countless times, causing devastation and loss yet I have been lucky enough to have never experience it firsthand. But, sadly children like Werner and Marie-Laure weren’t.

Anthony Doerr does a beautiful job of demonstrating the tragedy of war. He writes about two children, Marie-Laure, a blind French girl, and Werner, a brilliant German boy. Both were forced to mature way too fast.
While both of these characters were wonderful, Werner really stood out to me. While yes, Marie-Laure has to deal with the fear of France being overcome with the Nazis, at least she has her family, at least she has her freedom to be who she wants. Werner does not even have that. 
Werner grew up in an orphanage with his sister Jutta. When he was only still quite young, he was sent to a school for German boys, to help the Nazi “cause.” At such a young age he is already forced to do what others tell him and that he no longer can be himself. I felt horribly for Werner because he was taken from his family, only to be used for his intelligence. No boy should be victim to that. 
Overall, I truly loved this book and the story it told. My only issue was that it was a tad bit too slow for me, but other than that I loved it.  I will never tire of historical fiction. 

“A Court of Thorns and Roses” by Sarah J. Maas Book Review

  

3.5 stars 
The last time I picked up a book by Sarah J. Maas I was horribly disappointed. “Heir of Fire” was painful to get through, and I was thrilled when I finished it. But, despite my feelings towards her last book, I wanted to give her a second chance. So, I picked up “A Court of Thorns and Roses.”
While, I didn’t necessarily love this book, I did had a tremendous amount of fun while reading it, and did find myself blushing a bit at some of the more “adult” parts. This was incredibly addicting and entertaining. 
Now, I should start off with saying that this book is much more of a romance than I expected. The fantasy element is there, but definitely is secondary compared to the relationship between Tamlin and Feyre. Which is alright, but I wish I would’ve gone into this expecting that. However, I did like the romance, and  I thought that it was definitely more “adult” than Throne of Glass. In fact, I think this book should be categorized as NA. Let’s just say that Sarah J. Maas certainly knows how to write steamy scenes. 
I also really like the world that Sarah has created. I really hope that she goes into more detail in later books, and doesn’t just have the series centered around the romance. I can only take so much kissing. The Fae are always quite intriguing to me and I loved her own spin of the faerie world. 
The action in this book is not a lot, but towards the last third of the book,  a good bit happens. There are  no epic fights or anything, but Feyre did have to go through a lot. I really liked seeing Feyre go on these journeys and quests. It made me not want to put the book down. 
That being said, I did a few issues with this book.  While I did like the romance, (as I previously said), I didn’t love it. It was very “hot” and “steamy”, but there wasn’t much beneath the surface. I liked Feyre, but I didn’t love her. Nothing about her stood out to me. I also though she was brave and rather strong, but she got saved by Tamlin and other males too many times for my liking. I also liked Tamlin, but didn’t love him either. He’s hot and masculine and strong. But, I don’t care about him. I just don’t know enough about the characters to truly care. I do understand that this is only the first book in the series, so I won’t judge it too harshly, but I will say that there was nothing in this book that I loved. It was simply missing something.
Now, I did like this book. I was entertained and didn’t want to stop. That’s says a lot to me. I did have issues with it, but it still was a solid read overall. If you’re in the mood for something romantic and fairly light, then this is definitely for you. :)
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Gathering Darkness by Morgan Rhodes

Gathering darkness

This series has officially gotten me addicted. I struggled to put this book down and could not help but feel incredibly empty when I was done. I have no clue what I’m going to do with my life now. Is there an option to sleep until the next book comes out?

Now, this series isn’t perfect. I’m well aware of that. But, despite the flaws in the story, I still find myself obsessed with the world and characters Morgan Rhodes has created. If you maybe had any reservations about this series before, this book rids of any. Cleo and Magnus had wonderful character development, the world building improved, and there was outstanding plot twists and turn in the last hundred pages. Definitely the best in the series.

Pros:
Cleo’s character
While I admit that a lot of the characters get on my nerves, Cleo makes up for that. Other than the fact that literally every male character in this world is in love with her, she’s the best character in this series. I really admire that she has grown so much since the start. She may not be physically strong, but she’s very intelligent and cunning. She knows her way out of a bad situation. She also remembers to stay loyal towards her kingdom and continue her plot against Limeros. I literally love her so much.

Magnus: While I don’t particularly like him yet, (I mean, he was pretty awful In the first book) he is definitely extremely complex. I really like his struggle to do the right hing when it goes against everything he was taught . I also feel like Cleo and Magnus would be one serious power couple. While Jonas just comains about the royals and does nothing, I feel like Magnus is much more capable of getting stuff done.

The plot:
I found that this book had the best plot so far. It was exciting and well thought out. There was never a dull moment in this story.

Things I disliked:
– Lucia’s Character: I can’t for the life of me, bring myself to like her. I still can’t tell if the author wants us to like her or not, but I can’t stand her. She’s stupid, naive, foolish, useless, and reckless. No one would care about her is she didn’t have her powers. NO one! I also could not stand her relationship with a certain someone. It was so unbelievable and forced. Ugh. I just hope she becomes one of the villains and dies. Magnus will just have to live without her.

-Jonas : Again, another useless character. He’s so hateful and judge mental of others, it’s ridiculous. I hope that Lysandra and Jonas can just go off together and leave. They’re both so annoying.

To end with, I thought Gathering Darkness was the most entertaining and had the most development of its characters and world. I’m dying for the next book! Why can’t books come out sooner?

I’m Still here!

Heyy. I just wanted to take a moment to check in with you guys and say that I am still alive. Yes, you can all stop worrying now!!
No, but in all serious I am terribly sorry for being gone for so long and while I know that I am not a professional reviewer and therefore do not “owe” anyone reviews, I still have this sense of self obligation to write them. However, due to lack of time and unfortunately, lack of interest in reading these last months I have not been able to keep up with my reviews. I will do my best to fix that now that I have a little bit more time on my hands. I really hope that you understand that I haven’t forgotten about this blog; I just haven’t time. Thank you to all that read my blog and I hope to have new content out soon.
-Emily

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Heir Of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

2.5 stars

I’ve been slacking on my reviews, but I do believe that I have had enough time to finally come to terms with my feelings to writes this one. It really pains me to feel this way, it really does. But, whenever I think about this book, I just can’t ignore the issues that I had with it.

I loved the previous books in this series. Absolutely loved. The characters, the storyline, the writing, everything about it appealed to me. So, you might imagine the complete devastation I felt not having that complete joy from reading this book. In fact, it was almost the opposite. It was a chore to get through. This book was entirely too long.

Cons:
This book took me months to read. MONTHS. That’s outrageous. But, no matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t get through it. It wasn’t until about three quarters through where I even really started to enjoy the book. While I did like reading about Celaena’s backstory, I also found it too much for me. It just seemed… Dull. Most of the storylines within this book weren’t that interesting. I was, to put it simply, bored.

I loved Chaol in the previous books, but here, he just seemed a snore. I hope to god his character improves, because in this book he was so flat. I also didn’t care for Dorian in this book. His storyline felt pointless. Manon didn’t do much for me either. While I love witches, I still really struggled to adapt to new characters and even admit to skimming past some of her chapters. Even Celaena didn’t interest me for the vast majority of this book. Everything that happened to her just seemed boring and she seemed so whiny and was constantly complaining.There was so background info and not enough action.

Pros:

I really enjoyed the aspect of Celaena and Rowan’s relationship. It was nice to see how well they balanced each other and how they helped each other heal and deal with their pain.

Near the end, the book started to pick up, and Celaena’s growth of a character was fantastic. She was really coming into her own element. I really admired her ferocity and bravery for overcoming the demons of her past and moving on to help her people.

In all honesty, this book felt like set up for an actual book. This really should have been condensed and them put into the first half of her next book. But, that’s just my opinion. This wasn’t my favorite by far, but I’m still hopeful that the next will drastically improve.