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A¬†Book of Spirits and Thieves Book Review

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.

SPOILERS BELOW. 

 I loved how Crystal realized who Farrell really was- a dirtbag- and refused to be charmed by his good looks. She almost liked him, and I don’t blame her, what girl doesn’t want to feel special by someone, but she didn’t let that fool her. I was sooo happy when she dumped the water on him in the restaurant and slapped him in the limo. I literally clapped for her. Female empowerment for the win!

– I also couldn’t believe how evil Farrell became. I don’t think he is all evil, but I definitely liked seeing how low he became. I was even surprised that he killed Crys’ father! What? Even if he isn’t “Truly” evil, how the hell would Crys ever forgive him?  I just can’t see Crys ever loving Farrell if only for that reason. But, I’m still intrigued to see how it will unfold.

– One thing that really irked me was how  Maddox  conveniently realized he was Eva’s son and his father was Barnabas. That was just ridiculous.  Maddox does not strike me as that smart, and even a really intelligent person couldn’t figure that out that fast! How did he figure it out with practically no clues? Urgh.

“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. :)

  

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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?