“Winter” by Marissa Meyer : Book Review

Image result for winter marissa meyer3.5 stars

Man, I didn’t realize how sad I would feel after finishing this book. :/ I started this series when Cinder first came out, and now, years later, it has finally ended. I’m so mad at myself that it took me this long to finally read it, but I’m so glad i did.

I didn’t enjoy this quite as much as the others I’ll admit, but it’s really my own fault. It’s been over two years since I read Cress, so I unfortunately spent the first couple hundred pages trying to remember who’s who. That being said, despite the slow start (and the fact that this book was a little too long for my taste. 800 pages could have easily been condensed) I still ended up enjoying this book immensely.

My only main issue (other than the pacing) was that I sometimes felt like there was too much going on. I loved complicated stories, I truly do. But, I sometimes felt like the various storylines prevented character development from occurring. Plot vs. characters is always a difficult balance to get right, but I wished she would have spent a bit more time on the characters, than the storyline.

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“Front Lines” by Michael Grant Book Review

3.5 stars

Be patient.

That’s honestly the best advice I can give when reading this book. It really is a good book, but it takes some time before anything happens.

The story follows three girls during WWII: Rio Richlin, a white girl from California;Frangie Marr, a black girl from Oklahoma; and Rainy Schultermann, a Jewish girl from New York. However, this historical fiction novel has a slight twist.

Unlike what truly happened in WWII , women in this book can legally fight in the war. This is honestly what made me want to read this book. Because, well, #girlpower. And, while this element could have gone horribly wrong, I am happy to say that it didn’t.

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The Crown’s Game-Book review

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…


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?
Exciting plot?
Tension and drama?
Beautiful romance?
Excellent worldbuilding?
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

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. XD

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

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

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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