“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. :)

Gathering Darkness by Morgan Rhodes

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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

Heir Of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

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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.

My Favorite books of 2014

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The end of the year is quickly approaching, so I thought I would compile a list of my favorite books from this year. I had a wonderful year im reading, so this was quite difficult to think of, but I’m content with my choices. :) (As always, this list is in no particular order. I am awful at numbering things)

1. “Tell the wolves I’m Home” by Carol Rifka Brunt

This was such a moving and emotional story that I feel like everyone would love. It follows a 14 year old girl who’s life begins to fall apiary when her uncle passes to AIDS. She then has to learn to heal and move on. Such a touching story full of love and heartbreak.

2. “Me Before You” by Jojo Moyes

This book actually took me by total surprise. I can be a bit picky when it comes to romance novels, so I wasn’t sure if I would like it. But, Jojo moyes’ story was so much better than I expected and definitely more than just a love story. This was more of a finding yourself book than anything. It follows two people, Louisa Clark, a girl who’s never done much with her life, and Will Trainor, a quadriplegic. This book was actually quite throughtprovoking and really made me take a moment to really think about the value of life and what it truly means to live. I cannot share my love of this enough.

3. The queen’s thief series by Megan Whalen turner

If I had to choose, this probably were my favorite books of 2014. They were just soooo good. This is a series, so it’s technically multiple books, by who cares? I honestly have a hard time describing the overall concept of the story, so you can look at reviews if you really want to know more, but this series is just a really really really well done fantasy series. I will admit, the first book isn’t the best, but after the second you’ll be in love. This series has everything I love in fantasy, great worldbuilding and plenty of action, political intrigue, strong characters, interesting cultures and beliefs, and even a tad bit of romance. Regardless, if you’re new to fantasy or are an expert, I think everyone would love this.

4. “Throne of Glass” Series by Sarah j. Maas

Another fantasy series that has quickly stolen my heart. The main protagonist, Celaena Sardothien, is a vivacious outspoken character who is an assassin that also loves dresses and jewelry. Yeah, it’s awesome.

5. “The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender” by Leslie Walton

This book was one of the most touching YA books I’ve ever read. It was barely over 300 pages, yet I managed to fall head over heels for the characters and their struggles. I feel it’s best to go in this blind, but I have a review on my blog if you care to learn more. But, this book was so lyrical and poetic and so incredibly enchanting. Read it.

I hope you enjoyed and please feel free to tell me some of your favorites. :)

“The Rosie Project” by Graeme Simsion book review

The Rosie Project

4/5 stars

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This book was just so so so adorable and fun. I absolutely loved this story and the characters.

I’ve been in a huuge reading slump the last few months due to being super busy and just general lack of interest in reading, but I can definitely say this book makes me want to read again. Perfect pick me upper.

Don Tillman, the lead of this story, is a very unique and refreshing character that I grew to truly love. He is very socially awkward and truly struggles to understand the complexity of human interactions. He is incredibly academic and intelligent and attractive, but he just doesn’t understand social faux pas. He also is a stickler for hard work and always has a planned schedule. He’s basically a more lovable version of Sheldon Cooper. Don, after being discontent with being single and finds that he should settle down and marry, comes up with “The Wife Project”, a hilarious, yet insanely ridiculous survey to determine who he would be compatible with. Unfornuntely, he doesn’t have much luck with this plan and starts to that l he might never find a wife. But, then he meets Rosie. Rosie basically fails his survey for a wife. She smokes, drinks, talks a lot, has a lot of baggage and can be quite temperamental. Yet, for some reason, Don finds himself wanting to be friends with her and even agrees to help Rosie look for her biological father. He is after all, an expert in genetics. Rosie completey changes his life for the better and Don soon realizes that not everything can be scientifallc explained. Love is kinda weird like that.

One of the things that I really enjoyed in this book was the writing. Don is a very straightfoard and intelligent man and the way he thinks was displayed perfectly by the writing. The narrative came off slightly emotionless and technical and really showed just how clueleess Don was to other people.

But, of course what I most loved was how unconventional this story was. I loved how it was from a male’s perspective for a change. I loved how the girl wasn’t a perfect innocent virginal girl. I loved how their relationship developed. I just really loved this book.

This book was a very fun, light read that still managed to pull at the heartstrings a little. Definitely recommend.