“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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“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. 

“The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet” Book Review

Lizzie Bennet Diaries

4 stars

I love the way the Lizzie Bennet Diaries web series was created, the genuine vlog feel of it, and this book to go along. It’s very unique for a modern Pride & Prejudice. In fact, it’s the most creative take I’ve been exposed to as of yet, and I highly doubt it can be topped! It all feels so real, what with the sisters and all of the drama unfolding around them. I feel as though the characters are real people facing the challenges presented to us through this book and the interwebs, and I have to keep reminding myself that it’s fictional.

In this creative retelling of Pride & Prejudice, grad student Lizzie Bennet documents her life on camera for a year. After initially taking the leap and uploading her life to the internet, this project for school becomes more than a project for Lizzie. She begins to connect with her audience and wonders if she has finally found something she enjoys that could potentially turn into a career. Along the way, many changes take place in Lizzie’s life. When the wealthy Bing Lee moves into town with his sister Caroline and friend William Darcy, Lizzie’s marriage-crazed mother dreams of a white wedding for Bing and one of her girls. Lizzie thinks the idea ridiculous, but Bing and her older sister Jane hit it off immediately. As Bing and Jane spend more time together, Lizzie finds herself forced to hang out with the arrogant Darcy more and more. Between focusing on Bing and Jane’s love life, Darcy’s snobbishness, and her younger sister Lydia’s antics, Lizzie has a lot on her mind. But is she seeing everything as it actually is or are there some things she’s gotten wrong?

As far as characters go, Lizzie is one of the funniest, most genuine heroines to be found. She can be strongly opinionated, and reasonably so (for the most part), but she is also honest. I feel as though the writers did not make any mistakes in regards to writing Lizzie (or the rest of the cast, actually). Every important event from Pride & Prejudice was recreated in as modern and believable a fashion as possible. In my opinion, the writers of this book and web series may be one of the best co-writing pairs in history. There was no choppiness. Each character kept their defining traits through the time warp transformation, and the story fits together seamlessly.

I completely understand the hype over this web series. I’ve really enjoyed this book! It provided a more in-depth look at Lizzie’s life away from the camera (though a lot of drama certainly made it on screen) and elaborated on some important points– such as Darcy’s letter! I definitely recommend this book to anyone searching for a fun and “updated” adaptation of Pride & Prejudice. Which is basically everyone. I mean, who isn’t looking for a great read?

Born of Illusion book review

Born of Illusion by Terri Brown was a very exciting and pleasantly surprising read. With likable characters, an amazing setting, and unique plot, I think this is an author that knows her stuff. While not without flaws of course, this still was a very entertaining and fascinating read.

Anna Van Housen is the daughter of Marguerite (which I kept reading as margarita, oops) van Housen, an acclaimed medium in New York. Her mother has her own show with Anna as the sideact. But, Anna has other plans with her life. Anna is an illusionist, or a magician. She wishes to be a magician as great as Houdini, who just so happens to be her father. Set in New York in 1920s, if you liked The Diviners, I think you’ll most likely like this. 🙂

I really enjoyed the setting, for it made feel like I was in the 20s without too much description. Maybe it could’ve been a little more atmospheric, but I quickly forgave it. I also liked how it shed a light on the mediums and magician side of New York. Not just parties and flapper girls and such. Also, I really liked the element of Houdini in this book. He was quite mysterious and I would like to know more about him. I also loved cole. He was adorable and awkward and just so lovely. *sigh*. Anyway…

Anna, our main protagonist in this book, was one I really liked reading about. I have always loved magic and illusions and I really liked reading about her when she performed. I’ve never read a book like this that I can remember, so I liked how a woman could be just as talented as a man even in the 20s. I also liked how even though there was a bit of a love triangle in this book, she wasn’t too indecisive and knew deep in her heart who she liked. There was none of this “but I love them both! Oh poor me.” She was also quite clever and I liked how she always helped her mother and cared for her despite their differences. Which brings me to my next thought. The mother-daughter relationship.

This was probably my favorite part of the book, maybe more than the magic itself. The author did such an excellent job demonstrating a very realistic relationship between the two. Although, occasionally Anna may make it seem like her mother is the ‘bad guy’, there really is none in the story which I liked. During the teen years especially ( I would know) mother and daughters tend to be quite tense and fragile. Just like theirs. They may have their ups and downs but they still love each other. Anna is not perfect and sometimes hurts her mother’s feelings, and vice versa. Being a single mother must be difficult and her mother is just trying her best. Maybe she is not the greatest mother in the world but she cares for her daughter like Jacques said. And Anna loves her mother as well.

Overall, very enjoyable book. So excited for the sequel. XD

The Archived Book Review

3/5 stars

The Archived by Victoria Schwab is a difficult book to review. My feelings toward this book are honestly quite meh. There was nothing about this book that I can pinpoint that I didn’t like, it just felt like something was missing.

Mackenzie, our main character, is a keeper. A keeper is responsible for returning wandering Histories and returning it to the Archived. Histories are sort of like ghosts of the dead, but not quite. All of the Histories are stored in the Archive, which is described as a Library for the dead. Yeah, it’s sort of crazy.

It took me a while to get into this book, but once I did, I did start to understand the premise more. I really liked the writing style and how it flowed very nicely. However, the story did not. It was a bit confusing and it wasn’t until the end where all the different happenings in the book started to come together and click. And even then, I was still partially confused on some of the mystery elements.

Mackenzie was an okay character. She seemed a little indecisive with her feelings which was quite frustrating, but her perseverance was admiring. However, I just can’t find myself to care about her character. She just seemed rather bland. Also, her relationship with Wes felt rather boring and forced as well. I didn’t feel any chemistry between the two which was quite disappointing.

Overall, I don’t have too much to say on this book, just that it suffered from the “It’s not you, it’s me” syndrome that I sometimes feel with books. Sometimes, it honestly just comes down to if you connect to the characters or not. Nothing wrong with book, in particular, just nothing that stood out to me. I’m willing to give it a second chance with the sequel. We’ll see.

Throne of Glass


3.5/ 5 stars

holy crap. Holy frigging crap. This book was so much fun to read. This book was not without flaws of course, but still a lot of fun. First off, I just want to get this out of the way. I’m so glad they changed the covers. The new ones are SOOO much better. I mean let’s see, lame girl on the cover or badass with swords? Hmm. I’ll have to think about that…

Celaena Sardothien is the renowned assassin of Adarlan. Yes, you heard that right, an assassin. At 18 years old, she is the most feared person in the kingdom. That is, until she gets captured one night and taken to Endovier, a horrible place where slaves are held. But one day, the crown prince along with his Captain of the Guard, make a deal with her. Fight in a competition alongside other assassins and killers and win. If she does, she will be the king’s champion and eventually be awarded freedom. Sounds simple? Maybe not. Filled with action, drama, romance, and most of all, one Badass girl, this book is sure to entertain.

From the start, the book sucked me in. The writing was very well done and beautiful. Although the occasional “oh, how she loved Chocolate!” and “the assassin” did this and that was frustrating, I admit. The plot was very entertaining and fast paced and I loved all the fighting scenes. Again, my Complaint was how later on it focused more on the romance and on less on the training. That’s all right though, because i thought the love triangle was not too horrible. I ship her with Chaol though. She has a lot more chemistry with him than Dorian in my opinion. They have such a cute relationship building. *squeal with delight*

Celaena was a very interesting character and despite all her flaws, I really liked her. I really enjoyed how she was strong, yet feminine. Although the bitchiness between her and Kaltain was annoying. :/ I really enjoyed some of her remarks as well. She was definitely too arrogant for her own good, but it was still fun to see some of her  snide remarks and when she won several of the challenges. One last thing that bugged me was how she didn’t kill anyone. Not that I condone violence, but it would’ve been nice to see her do her thing.

Overall, very good book. I’m so excited for the sequel. I just hope that the love triangle isn’t as prominent. (Please end up with Chaol or I will die.) I also hope to see more badassery from Celaena in the next one. Cant wait to see what’s in store. 🙂