Book Review: The Heir by Kiera Cass

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Title/Author: The Heir by Kiera Cass
Genre: Dystopia, Romance, Young Adult
Publication Date: May 5th, 2015
Publisher: HarperTeen
Format: Hardback
Page Count: 342
Rating: ★★★ stars

Sit down and stay a while because this is going to be one lengthy review.

 

From the first twenty pages of this book we see how Eadlyn is exactly like her mother and how she’s ten times more of a brat. We also know that deep down inside no matter how much she dislikes Kile, she’s hiding this huge crush for him (which is so predictable). And also Eadlyn starts pulling this “forever alone” crap about a third of the way through the novel which is not okay.

 

I totally called out the last 20 pages of the book. I strongly (I mean very strongly) dislike how this book/series is so incredibly predictable and I just can’t stand it anymore. I don’t mind if my predictions can be right sometimes, but with every little thing Cass tries to hint at just blows up because you automatically know what’s going to happen next.

 

Problems that I’m still having with this series include how I WANT more of the world/insight on why the citizens are having an uprising. I want to be shown and told why they’re fighting for this cause and what the actual people are like outside the castle walls besides the contenders for the selection. At this point in the series I’m sick of dealing with this selection crap and I want more politics and insight as to why this is considered a “dystopian” novel, because when I read it I get no dystopian vibe whatsoever. And if it’s considered a dystopian novel because the citizens are rebelling against the government that hardly plays a part in the series, then this is upsetting because this book and series is nowhere near a dystopian novel.

 

Even though there were so many problems with this book I did have a few likes about this installment. America wasn’t annoying at all and that finally her daughter finally got her crap together towards the end of the book realizing that she’s the problem and needs to actually be a human and show some feelings towards people. And that I also enjoyed characters such as Kile and Hale.

 

Even though this is my so called “favorite” of the series it still gets a 3 star rating. I enjoy this book way more than any of the other books in the selection series, but there are still way too many problems that I’m having with Cass’ craft at this point in the series. Examples include annoying and irritating main character, no dystopic feels whatsoever, and super-duper predictable plot.

Book Review: Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman

Vengeance-Road-315x471Title/Author: Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman
Genre: Western, Young Adult
Publication Date: September 1st, 2015
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Format: Hardback
Page Count: 318
Rating: ★★★★

This new and refreshing standalone western novel brings light into the YA world. When I first heard about this book I was quite hesitant with western being in YA literature. Over time I started to think more and more about this book, and once the cover was released I was sold. The cover is even more stunning in real life and the hardback resembles a leather book (which makes a reference in the book). Once I picked this book up and began reading it, I fell in love with it. In the beginning it’s basically Mulan meets a Western world which was pretty darn interesting. I also loved all the gunslinging action packed in this book along with the language making it seem as if they’re back in 1877.

Even though I highly enjoyed this novel, there were a few negatives. At times I felt the novel was a bit predictable and there was a tad bit of romance that this novel and I could have lived without.

Overall I rate this novel 4/5 stars. This book was beyond refreshing and it was very nice to see something new in the YA world. If you haven’t picked this book up, then you’re missing out. I highly recommend this novel if you would like to try something new and to go above and beyond your comfort zone.

 

 

Book Review: The Good Girls by Sara Shepard

9780062074522Title/Author: The Good Girls by Sara Shepard
Genre: Mystery, Young Adult
Publication Date: June 2nd, 2015
Publisher: HarperTeen
Format: Hardback
Page Count: 341
Rating: ★★★★.5 stars

I loved this installment and I think that this was Shepard’s strongest work to date. I was hesitant to pick up the sequel because the first book bored me, but I’m glad I decided to pick this one up. Shepard’s addicting writing style keeps you hooked until the very end with a plot twist that was beyond crazy. I personally did not see that plot twist coming at all and my mind was completely blown by it. Hands down one of my favorite Sara Shepard books thanks to that plot twist. But the ending did have a Pretty Little Liars vibe to it. Even though I think this series is a duology and is over now, I can totally see Shepard adding on more and more books to this series and having this become the next Pretty Little Liars series. Overall I highly enjoyed this thrilling book and rated it 4.5/5 stars. If you’re a Sara Shepard fan you must read this duology as soon as possible!

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Hyped Books I’ve Never Read

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Hello and welcome back to another week of Top Ten Tuesday! Today’s topic is Top Ten Hyped Books I’ve Never Read. My goal with these hyped books I’ve never read, is to hopefully try and read them all by the end of the year!

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1. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

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2. The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan

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3. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell 

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4. The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

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5. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

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6. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

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7. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

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8. The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

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9. Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

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10. These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Morgan Spooner

July Read-A-Thons

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Oh my it’s already July! Even though these summer months are made for relaxing, us bookworms are in the midst of our summer reading. Whether you’re behind or ahead of your Goodreads goal, today I was thinking I would share some information about some upcoming read-a-thons in July to keep your summer reading busy and on track or ahead of those Goodreads or summer reading goals!

Read-O-Rama June 28th-July 4th

Hosted by BrunetteBibliophile: https://www.youtube.com/user/Just4Teens2012

Elizabeth Book Babble: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6pa6K7JLFdO7anMN7XZd1A

Kitkatscanread: https://www.youtube.com/user/Kitkatscanread

BooKss101: https://www.youtube.com/user/BooKss101

Challenges:

  • Read 7 books
  • A middle grade novel
  • A fantasy
  • Book with blue on the cover
  • Re-read a book
  • R-A-M-A in the title/author

Get Your Read On! Read-a-Thon: Take 2 June 29th-July 5th

Hosted by MadDogRebecca: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYcNKn1d-uCC3ZnffPCgZMw

ReadingMissFroggy: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCR0w5o1RSTQnM1phx46F2Jw
Challenges:

  • Read a book where the author’s first or last name begins with the same letter as your first name.
  • Read a book that you can get through the quickest. (Open to your own interpretation.)

#AYearAThon 6th-12th

Agatha Christie/Mystery Month

Hosted by Goodreads group for all the information: https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/123987-ayearathon

Summer Cramathon July 10th at 12 AM midnight (your time zone) – July 13th at 11:59 PM (your timezone)
Hosted by WhittyNovels https://www.youtube.com/user/WhittyNovels
Challenges:

  • Read a children’s book
  • Read a hardback
  • Read 2 books in 24 hours
  • Read a graphic novel
  • Read a book written in verse
  • Read a novella
  • Read 5 books total

Twitter Page: https://twitter.com/CramAThon

Casual Readathon J2 July 15th-22nd
Hosted by Bookameggle: https://www.youtube.com/user/BookaMeggle
Challenges:

  • Read 3 books.
  • Read a sequel / ending to a series.
  • Read a contemporary.
  • Read a book with green on it.
  • Read a 2014+ release.
  • Read a summer / beach set book.
  • Read a movie / TV adaptation.

Challenges may be combined!
Twitter page: https://twitter.com/CasualReadathon

#CrushYourTBR July 17th-19th

Hosted by Raeleen: https://www.youtube.com/user/padfootandprongs07

Jacuelynreads: http://yabookmark.blogspot.com/

Twitter page: https://twitter.com/CrushYourTBR

TBRInvasion Read-A-Thon July 17th-19th

Hosted by islandOFbooks: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheislandOFbooks

Challenges:

  • Read a book with two people on the cover
  • Read a book that you started but have not finished
  • Read a Sci-Fi based book

TBRInvasion Goodreads page:

https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/167164-tbrinvasion-read-a-thon

Booktube-A-Thon July 27th-August 2nd 

No current information available.

Book Review: The Death Cure by James Dashner

Let’s just say I was very hesitant to pick up this novel after hearing the dislike and negative reviews, but I was not going to let that stop me from reading this novel. I had to know what was going to happen in the end! I have to say this was way better than I expected it to be. The Death Cure was a thousand times better than The Scorch Trials, but I must say The Maze Runner is still my favorite out of this trilogy.

Going into this novel I had very low expectations due to all the dislike towards this installment, but I was proven wrong. This final installment was packed full of action and adventure that made it very hard to put down. When I had only 100 pages left I was a tad bit nervous though. I didn’t know how things were going to be wrapped up, but Dashner pulled it off. Yes the ending was a bit to open for my liking, but I felt that it was a nice conclusion to the story seeing everyone safe and sound. I could really go for another installment, whether it be a short novella or a whole novel, talking about life after the ending.

Overall very impressed with this final installment. It deserves a 5/5 star rating from me. The entire book felt like one huge adrenaline rush for me and I love how it kept my attention, just like The Maze Runner. I highly recommend not only this book, but this series.

Book Review: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

At first I was hesitant to pick up this novel. I’ve tried reading The Summer I Turned Pretty series a few years back, but had no luck with it. But I’m glad to pick up this fine, fluffy, elegant piece of literature. I found this novel so charming and enjoyable. I loved every aspect of this novel. From beginning to end this was a fast paced read with having short chapters. If I had enough time I could have probably finished this book in one day. Overall a fast paced contemporary romance novel that I couldn’t get enough of. 5/5 stars highly recommend. Now if it was only May so I could have the sequel…