Review Timekeeper: Just Go Read It Trust Me

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Genre: YA | Fantasy | Steampunk
Series: Timekeeper #1
Goodreads rating: 4.21
My rating:  ★★★★summary

Two o’clock was missing. 

In an alternate Victorian world controlled by clock towers, a damaged clock can fracture time—and a destroyed one can stop it completely.

It’s a truth that seventeen-year-old clock mechanic Danny Hart knows all too well; his father has been trapped in a Stopped town east of London for three years. Though Danny is a prodigy who can repair not only clockwork, but the very fabric of time, his fixation with staging a rescue is quickly becoming a concern to his superiors.

And so they assign him to Enfield, a town where the tower seems to be forever plagued with problems. Danny’s new apprentice both annoys and intrigues him, and though the boy is eager to work, he maintains a secretive distance. Danny soon discovers why: he is the tower’s clock spirit, a mythical being that oversees Enfield’s time. Though the boys are drawn together by their loneliness, Danny knows falling in love with a clock spirit is forbidden, and means risking everything he’s fought to achieve.

But when a series of bombings at nearby towers threaten to stop more cities, Danny must race to prevent Enfield from becoming the next target or he’ll not only lose his father, but the boy he loves, forever.

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Omg guys where to begin? I loved this book so much – definitely one of my favourites this year. The only reason that I gave it four stars is because it felt a little bit predictable at times, but that didn’t stop me from loving it AT ALL.

First of all the worldbuilding is so cool. Victorian London steampunk-style has been done before, but the world is ‘controlled’ by clock towers. That sounds kind of creepy, but they just keep time from running normally. It is a bit confusing at first, but throughout the book it’s explained more and more and I loved the background story of how this society came to be with the Greek Titans. Not just that, these ‘myths’ were seperately told in the story and while at first I thought that would ruin the pace, it didn’t. At least not for me. It was just so unique and I loved it.

Then there’s our protagonist Danny. Not only is his father trapped in a town which means he might never see him again, he’s also been in a horrible accident himself that could have killed him, giving him PTSD. I could relate so much to Danny that I cried. It was so accurately written and I just want to give Tara Sim a hug as a thank you.

Speaking of which, in this Victorian London homosexuality isn’t a crime (though it is frowned upon by a lot of people) and women are fighting gender roles. Bless. Danny’s best friend Cassie is a mechanic (a regular one like in our world who works on cars) and his colleague (and maybe friend in the sequel? I’m digging their possible friendship) Daphne is a clock mechanic which is unheard of especially since she’s also half-Indian.

And of course the romance. Guys the romance is so beautiful. It’s so pure and emotional and cute and did I mention beautiful and healthy and oh my God I love it so much. It’s just?? I have no words?? For the book tour I’ve created a playlist so listen to that below and the cute songs on there will give you a taste of what it’s like. But seriously favourite romance of 2016.

While it took me a while to finish this, it was in no way because of the book it self. I had a concussion for two to three weeks so I couldn’t read and then I got super busy with school, but when I finally got around to reading it I couldn’t put it away. Though at times it felt a bit predictable, there were still twists and turns, lots of action, lovable characters and scenes… Gosh just read it you won’t regret it (I hope). This book deserves all the attention and love. I don’t even know how to put it into words. Just know that I need to get my hands on a physical copy.

PLAYLIST 

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“You’re everything. You’re… You’re chaos and order and everything between. Like sunshine kept back by clouds. Like the entire world’s imploded inside you, but all I see are the stars are sewn into your skin. You’re filled with soft, dark music. I hear it all the time. Your music.”

Flaws – Bastille
Fire N Gold – Bea Miller
Fix You – Coldplay
The Scientist – Coldplay
Find My Way Back – Eric Arjes
Bring Me Back To Life – Extreme Music
My Fault – Imagine Dragons
Once In A Lifetime – Landon Austin
Suspension (Acoustic) – Lights
Ordinary Human – OneRepublic
Always – Panic! At The Disco
I Get To Love You – Ruelle
War of Hearts – Ruelle
Wake Me Up – Sam Tsui
I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) – Sleeping At Last
For Him – Troye Sivan
Youth – Troye Sivan
Shiver Shiver – Walk The Moon

And if I got you excited, enter the giveaway to win a finished copy! (U.S. and Canada only) Click here to enter

Have you read this yet? What did you think of it? Let me know in the comments!

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Review Crushed: Cool Concept, Ruined by Romance And Homophobia

Genre: Ya | fantasy | romance
Series: The Witch-Game #1 (though all three books are separate stories)
Goodreads rating: 3.63
My rating:  ★

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The Noah girls have beauty, powers, and brains.
They use all three to play their games.
They blow the dust,
the boys are crushed,
and no one is ever the same. 

Each year the Noah girls play a secret game— Crushed. The rules are simple.

1. Use wisdom to pick your target. The boy can’t be too weak or too strong-willed.
2. Blow the enchanted dust into your target’s face to enchant (Crush) him.
3. Give verbal commands and assign them tasks to perform throughout the year. The more tasks completed, the stronger the witch’s power grows.
4. At the end of the year, the witch with the most power wins cold, hard cash.

As if being a witch in high school isn’t complicated enough, Kristen picks the wrong boy to Crush. Zach is tall, handsome, and a little scary. Her Crush spell isn’t working on him like it has with the others. In fact, he is behaving the opposite of every other boy she’s Crushed, hating her instead of adoring her. Something is definitely wrong. After someone attempts to kill her, Kristen realizes there is more at risk than a few hundred dollars. She may be betting with her life.

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I was originally going to include my review for Crushed in a mini reviews post, but it really ‘deserves’ a post of its own. I was also originally going for two stars, but it really deserved no stars at all actually. But we’ll get to that.

So I thought the idea of the game Kristen and her sisters play was interesting, though of course morally questionable, but I figured they would realise enslaving people was wrong (they do, but it was very anti-climatic). Also sisters! And they’re witches! Yay! The writing wasn’t too terrible either, really, but the romance really ruined the story for me. It happened way too fast and was quite dramatic. It didn’t make any sense. At all. And it focused so much on Kristen and Zach’s romance. At times it felt like I was just reading a romance novel.

Besides that the villain was just… badly written. She was just evil and I’m not sure what her motives were? It was all just very confusing.

Now let’s get to the homophobia. Kristen and one of her sisters are talking about ‘crushing’ people, and Kristen blatantly states that a girl can’t ‘crush’ (so put a love spell) on another girl. Um??? Spoiler, turns out it IS possible (frickin’ DUH?), and this is turned into a joke. The girls tease the girl who is ‘crushing’ on another girl and laugh at her. At that moment I knew this book didn’t deserve more than one star. So I hereby ask all of you to boycott this book even if it’s still free on Amazon. Honestly I was and still am so disgusted. I usually forget my one-star free Amazon e-books reads, but this one is going to stay with me and not for good reasons.

I also want to talk about the ending, but that’s a spoiler, so in white:

At the end of the novel Kristen decides to give up her powers for Zach. I don’t remember why anymore, but it was outrageous and sexist. HE IS THE FIRST BOY YOU’VE EVER HAD A CRUSH ON (I refuse to say that she’s ‘in love’ with him) DON’T GIVE UP SOMETHING YOU LOVE, SOMETHING THAT IS A PART OF YOU, FOR SOME BOY YOU JUST MET. IN FRICKIN’ HIGH SCHOOL. THIS RELATIONSHIP IS NOT GOING TO LAST?? AND YOU JUST GAVE UP YOUR MAGIC, WHEN DURING THE ENTIRE FRICKIN’ NOVEL YOU’VE BEEN AFRAID OF LOSING THEM? WHAT EVEN. Rant over

Have you read this one? Or read any homophobic books that I’ll want to stay away from? Let me know in the comments!

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Review: The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye

the crown's gameGenre: Ya | fantasy | historical
Series: The Crown’s Game #1
Goodreads rating: 3.79
My rating:  2.5

summary

Vika Andreyeva can summon the snow and turn ash into gold. Nikolai Karimov can see through walls and conjure bridges out of thin air. They are enchanters—the only two in Russia—and with the Ottoman Empire and the Kazakhs threatening, the Tsar needs a powerful enchanter by his side.

And so he initiates the Crown’s Game, an ancient duel of magical skill—the greatest test an enchanter will ever know. The victor becomes the Imperial Enchanter and the Tsar’s most respected adviser. The defeated is sentenced to death.

Raised on tiny Ovchinin Island her whole life, Vika is eager for the chance to show off her talent in the grand capital of Saint Petersburg. But can she kill another enchanter—even when his magic calls to her like nothing else ever has?

For Nikolai, an orphan, the Crown’s Game is the chance of a lifetime. But his deadly opponent is a force to be reckoned with—beautiful, whip smart, imaginative—and he can’t stop thinking about her.

And when Pasha, Nikolai’s best friend and heir to the throne, also starts to fall for the mysterious enchantress, Nikolai must defeat the girl they both love… or be killed himself.

As long-buried secrets emerge, threatening the future of the empire, it becomes dangerously clear… the Crown’s Game is not one to lose (Goodreads).

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This book was very, very hyped and I can totally see why: gorgeous cover and intriguing premise. Sadly I was a bit underwhelmed. The Game wasn’t really that exciting. In the beginning I liked that they were both anxious because they thought the other could kill them any moment, but that tension was gone pretty soon. Not to mention that going in I just didn’t expect them to make houses look pretty and create magical fountains. I expected something more intense. Not necessarily bloody, but their lives were at stake – the loser was going to die. I didn’t really feel those stakes while reading the book.

The characters were pretty flat and I didn’t feel any attachment to them at all. I did like Vika’s relationship with Ludmila (a woman she had known all her life and who moves in with her the moment the Game begins and her father is banished, so that she doesn’t have to be alone) and Nikolai and Pasha’s friendship definitely had potential. Spoiler: when their friendship fell apart, it didn’t really hurt, because I wasn’t invested in their friendship. And don’t get me started on the ‘romance’. Instalust, instalove and a love triangle. All the love-related tropes I pretty much despise (love triangles not so much if they’re done right and don’t take over the plot. Which in this case I felt it really did). 

While the writing wasn’t bad and I did like the descriptions, my biggest problem with it was, was the lack of emotions. I didn’t feel any attachment to any of the characters, I didn’t feel their emotions, I didn’t sympathise with them, I didn’t care for the villain, I just didn’t care about anything.

I also really wanted to know more about the magic system. I mean, The Game is all about their magical skill, yet I have no idea how their magic works.

So you’re probably wondering: Michelle, why did you give it three stars? It doesn’t sound like you enjoyed it. Okay so here’s why I gave it three stars (though honestly I’m still leaning towards 2,5 stars): I liked the concept and I love the world: it takes place in 19th century Russia except with magic. History + magic = yes please. And while not much happened, I wasn’t necessarily bored until the ending and hey I did finish most of it in one day, so I don’t feel like it was necessarily a 2-star read if that makes sense. Speaking of the ending though, there were like roughly ten pages left when they introduced some action. I actually thought that it was going to end on a cliffhanger right before that action took place, because how could that take only ten pages or so?  But nope, that final (more like finally) action scene was very underwhelming and anti climatic. I couldn’t care less.

So have you read this and how did you feel about it? Honestly I have such mixed feelings about it and I just hope that the sequel will be better. If I do pick it up (right now I’m leaning towards it, but from experience I know that it’s very likely that my interest in it and motivation to read it will decrease over the next few months) I’ll definitely wait for the paperback to come out. It’s such a shame because I was really excited for this book. If you haven’t read this yet, any hyped books you read lately that disappointed you? Let me know in the comments!

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Review: Uprooted by Naomi Novik

uprootedGenre: Ya (possibly adult or NA?? I thought it was YA and the protagonist is 17 but then I saw it on the adult shelf at a bookstore here and I saw someone else call it NA so I’m very confused) | fantasy
Goodreads rating: 4.16
My rating:  2.5 stars 

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Agnieszka loves her valley home, her quiet village, the forests and the bright shining river. But the corrupted Wood stands on the border, full of malevolent power, and its shadow lies over her life.

Her people rely on the cold, driven wizard known only as the Dragon to keep its powers at bay. But he demands a terrible price for his help: one young woman handed over to serve him for ten years, a fate almost as terrible as falling to the Wood.

The next choosing is fast approaching, and Agnieszka is afraid. She knows—everyone knows—that the Dragon will take Kasia: beautiful, graceful, brave Kasia, all the things Agnieszka isn’t, and her dearest friend in the world. And there is no way to save her.

But Agnieszka fears the wrong things. For when the Dragon comes, it is not Kasia he will choose (Goodreads).

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I had completely forgotten to review this one – woops. Since my memory is a bit fuzzy, let’s do a list review! Also spoiler towards the romance (who she ends up with) though if you read the synopsis you can already guess who it is.

Whatiliked

  • Agnieszka and Kasia’s relationship. It was a beautiful friendship: they loved each other so much and they’d do anything for each other, including risking their lives. Because they didn’t want to live without each other. I loved it so much. Going in I knew who Agnieszka was going to end up with, but I still hoped that it would be Kasia (and honestly I thought that made more sense because we’re actually shown that they love each other and it would have been beautiful and HEALTHY)
  • The concept. Not the Dragon taking girls to live with him in his tower, but the Wood being the villain of the book. Though I’m not too excited about the execution of it, I found it really unique

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  • An old man (I don’t care that he looks young he’s old) chooses a young girl from one of the villages every *insert amount of years because I can’t remember* and it turns out that of course he has a good reason for that! And he never touches them! But it still incredibly disturbing! And why is everyone okay with this!
  • Said old man is not very nice. He continually looks down on Agnieszka and insults her all the time. Basically it’s abusive. This would’ve been fine if Agnieszka realises this, stands up for herself and ends up with Kasia and leaves him. But of course instead she jumps him. Literally. He treats her like trash (pretty much literally except he doesn’t throw her out), there’s nothing pointing to their ‘feelings’ before that and it really came out of the blue even though I knew they were going to end up together. And it’s not like he changes or anything. Nope. Can we please stop romanticising abusive relationships
  • The pace. I was just so bored at some point, even when things were supposed to be exciting

So great concept, beautiful relationship between the two girls, but an abusive relationship that I just can’t overlook and am SO DONE with and it was quite boring. It’s a shame because I enjoyed the beginning; I didn’t like the Dragon, but I still had hope until the ‘relationship’ started and it wasn’t that boring yet.

Have you read Uprooted? How did you feel about it? I hope you enjoyed it more than I did. Did anyone else ship Agnieszka and Kasia instead? Please tell me I’m not alone. Let me know in the comments!

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Review: The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

therestofusGenre: Ya | contemporary | fantasy
Goodreads rating: 3.79
My rating:  ★★★★

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What if you aren t the Chosen One? The one who s supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever the heck this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death?

What if you re like Mikey? Who just wants to graduate and go to prom and maybe finally work up the courage to ask Henna out before someone goes and blows up the high school. Again.

Because sometimes there are problems bigger than this week s end of the world, and sometimes you just have to find the extraordinary in your ordinary life.

Even if your best friend is worshipped by mountain lions (Goodreads).

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LOVE LOVE LOVE the concept. I can’t be the only one who while reading/watching stories about the chosen ones and apocalypses and all that fun stuff what the normal kids are doing right? I absolutely adore headcanons about the stuff the regular Hogwarts students get up to while Harry, Ron and Hermione are solving mysteries and breaking like a hundred school rules. And what did the rest of Sunnydale got up to while the Scooby Gang was fighting vamps?

So obviously the moment I heard of this book I knew I needed it. Then I finished the Chaos Walking trilogy last month and found the hardcover copy for a really cheap price at the American Book Center, so I definitely needed it then.

While it wasn’t a five stars read for me, as it didn’t really blow me away, I immensely enjoyed it. I loved the sassy little summaries at the beginning of each chapter about what the chosen ones (or the indie kids as they are referred to) were up to during that chapter. The characters were all interesting and complex, their relationships with each other were great to read about and it all felt so realistic. Well, except for the fantasy stuff that’s happening of course, but I really loved how that was incorporated in the normal kids’ story. It was there and played a pretty big part, as they were all scared, but in the end it was more of a contemporary and I really liked that twist.

I really wonder how I would’ve felt about this book if I hadn’t unconsciously compared it to the Chaos Walking trilogy. I really didn’t want to, but how could I not? My expectations were really high because of that trilogy, so while the writing was still amazing, I couldn’t help but give it four stars because it didn’t blow me away like the Chaos Walking trilogy did. That said, I still really recommend this of course! I didn’t even really have any problems with it, it’s just not a five star read for me.

Have you read this yet? And speaking of Patrick Ness, are you excited for Class? (the Doctor Who spin-off written by Patrick Ness. And when I say written, I mean written. He has written every episode so my expectations are HIGH) I really can’t wait for this show. I’m actually more excited for it than for original show (I still haven’t finished season nine woops) Let me know in the comments!

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Review: The Dark of Twilight by Kate Danley

Genre: Ya | fantasy
Series: Twilight Shifters #1
Goodreads rating: 3.74
My rating:  ★★

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Aein always longed to be a member of Lord Arnkell’s army, ever since she was a child working in the stronghold’s kitchen. When that day finally comes and she is sent to patrol the border’s swamp with fellow warrior, Lars, it seems like her dream has come true. But something has followed her home. When Lord Arnkell’s wedding is interrupted by a werewolf attack, the dream shifts into a nightmare… and Aein is the only one awake (Goodreads).

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Oh my God this book. Okay so it isn’t that bad. I mean, I’ve read worse. But it wasn’t good either.

We’re continually told things instead of shown them. For example, Aein has to patrol the border with Lars, who we’re told she becomes good friends with. The author skips their journey to the border during which they bond, and just tells us that they’re now really close, instead of showing us some of their moments. I don’t want to be told that they were joking around, I want to read a scene in which they are.

Like the summary above mentions, the wedding is interrupted by a werewolf attack, which no one is prepared for because, I quote: ‘no one would bring weapons to a wedding feast’. NOT EVEN KNIGHTS?! HOW STUPID ARE YOU PEOPLE?! (still not over this. I mean every person who on every other day would want the Lord and/or his new wife dead will just be like: ‘nah man, it’s their wedding. I’ll wait until tomorrow.’ Not)

Speaking of the werewolves: I still have no idea what really happened. I mean, I do, but I don’t. This is hard because I don’t want to spoil anyone (even though I wouldn’t recommend it, doesn’t mean you wouldn’t enjoy it after all!). Thing is, I don’t get how it works. I know how the werewolves were turned, but I don’t get why one group turns into a wolf at night and the other at day. Maybe this was explained and I just don’t remember since it’s been over a month and the book wasn’t very memorable, but I was just very confused.

My favourite piece of writing has to be: ‘white hot tears rolled out her eyes’. Why are her tears white and not transparent

The villain was very stereotypical and one-dimensional. And to top it all of there’s insta love and a love triangle that makes no sense and came out of nowhere. My reaction when one of the ‘love interests’ – seriously he was not even a love interest until this moment – declares his undying love for her – because ay why not she’s a special snowflake everyone should fall in love with her – was

Have you read this? I think it’s still up for free on Amazon (only reason why I downloaded it in the first place lol) so if you’re interested check it out! If you end up disliking it like me it at least won’t be a waste of money. Oh and important question: do you cry white tears? 

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Mini Reviews: Crystal Magic and Introductions

Genre: Ya | fantasy
Series: Clearwater Witches #1
Goodreads rating: 3.90
My rating: ★★★

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Nothing is safe around Kristyl Barnette. Windows break. Books rocket across the room. Lights flicker. Strange occurrences follow the sixteen-year-old everywhere.

When tragedy forces her to move to the small town of Clearwater, Michigan, with her estranged aunt Jodi, Kristyl tries to leave her past behind. But Clearwater has secrets of its own—a mystical history that intersects with Kristyl’s life and might shed light on the inexplicable events that plague her.

When a mysterious illness threatens her aunt’s life, Kristyl will do anything to cure her. Enlisting the help of witches could save Jodi, but is dealing in magic worth the consequences? (Goodreads)

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A fun, short read that reminded me of The Secret Circle (Kristyl is the new girl in town, and when a couple of witches think she has magic they try to get her to join their coven, which is similar to TSC). I’ve never read the books, but I watched the show (still bitter over the fact that it ended after season one), so I don’t know how similar they are exactly, but since I haven’t read the books that meant I wasn’t constantly comparing the two either. Since TSC ended after only one season (did I mention I’m bitter), it was fun to read something similar. Kristyl is a nice protagonist to read about. She has a heartwarming relationship with her aunt (YAY FAMILY) and makes awesome new friends. The romance so far is healthy as well. Top that off with magic, mysteries and time travel and you got me hooked. I only downloaded it since it was free and sounded like fun. I never planned on continuing the series, but the way the first book ended… Damn I need it.

Genre: Ya | contemporary
Series: The Ghost Bird #1
Goodreads rating: 4.18 (how)
My rating: ★

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With an agoraphobic mother and a barely-there father, Sang abhors the isolation keeping her in the shadows. The only thing Sang craves is a fresh start and to be accepted as ordinary by her peers, because for her being different meant being cast out alone.

When her family moves to a new school district, Sang infiltrates a group of boys nearly perfect in every way. Grateful for an influence outside of her parents’ negativity, she quickly bonds with the boys, hoping to blend in and learn from them what it means to have a natural relationship with friends.

Only the boys have secrets of their own and they’ll do anything to keep her safe from the knowledge of the mysterious Academy that they’ve sworn allegiance to. Bit by bit, Sang discovers that her friends are far from the normalcy she expected. Will her loyalty change when she’s forced to remain in the dark, or will she accept that she’s traded one house of secrets for another?

Meet Kota, Victor, Silas, Nathan, Gabriel, Luke and North in a story about differences and loyalty, truth and mystery, friendships and heart-throbbing intimacy (Goodreads).

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This was like an otome game and not in a good way. If you’ve never played an otome game, have no fear Michelle is here (sorry had to rhyme). In an otome game you play as a Mary Sue female character who meets some guys, usually around 6/7 (HEY GUESS WHAT SANG MEETS SEVEN GUYS. Coincidence? I think not), and you can have a happy ending with one of them. I say can, because you can also end up forever alone or with your best friend (at least in Toki Meki. I love this ending. It’s the best tbh).

So Sang is the new girl in town and meets one guy after another (just like in an otome game omg). Though while in an otome game, all guys are very different from each other, all the guys Sang meets are basically the same. Seriously, you could swap a name for ANY OTHER and it wouldn’t change the scene. The scenes in which she meets the guys are also very otome game like, but since those would be spoilers I’ll refrain from telling you about those.

Sang herself is exactly like an otome game protagonist. She barely has any personality, continually reflects how wonderful these boys are, is clumsy but in adorable way etc etc.

And of course at some point one of the guys tells her (who knows who it was, doesn’t matter anyway): ‘you’re not like other girls, Sang.’

The sad thing is that I was waiting for this line. Why couldn’t you prove me wrong book? Why?

Oh and there’s no plot. The book is literally it’s title. Introductions. Like are you kidding me. That mysterious academy the summary mentions? It’s mentioned at the end and is really not that interesting. Honestly, this is one of the worst books I’ve read (that said, don’t let my negativity stop you from reading this! Especially if it’s still free on Amazon)

Have you read one of these? Or played an otome game? Or maybe watched an anime based on an otome game? Let me know in the comments!

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Review: Rise of the Dragons by Morgan Rice

Genre: Ya | fantasy
Series: Kings and Sorcerers #1
Goodreads rating: 3.85
My rating: ★

summary

Kyra, 15, dreams of becoming a famed warrior, like her father, even though she is the only girl in a fort of boys. As she struggles to understand her special skills, her mysterious inner power, she realizes she is different than the others. But a secret is being kept from her about her birth and the prophecy surrounding her, leaving her to wonder who she really is.

When Kyra comes of age and the local lord comes to take her away, her father wants to wed her off to save her. Kyra, though, refuses, and she journeys out on her own, into a dangerous wood, where she encounters a wounded dragon—and ignites a series of events that will change the kingdom forever.

15 year old Alec, meanwhile, sacrifices for his brother, taking his place in the draft, and is carted off to The Flames, a wall of flames a hundred feet high that wards off the army of Trolls to the east. On the far side of the kingdom, Merk, a mercenary striving to leave behind his dark past, quests through the wood to become a Watcher of the Towers and help guard the Sword of Fire, the magical source of the kingdom’s power. But the Trolls want the Sword, too—and they prepare for a massive invasion that could destroy the kingdoms forever (Goodreads).

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Oh boy where do I start? This book was a mess. I really doubt an editor looked at this because there were so many typos and even grammar mistakes that it was ridiculous. It was full of info dumps and the author explained the same things again and again, barely adding anything new. Just because you’re now telling the story from a different character’s perspective, doesn’t mean you have to explain the war again. We get it. We’re not stupid. Speaking of which, so much telling instead of showing.

Kyra of course is a special snowflake. She’s been training for like two years but can of course beat an entire army on her own. She knows better than her father, a Commander apparently, and is naturally loved by almost everyone. Boy, it’s surprising that there’s no love triangle yet!
The other characters are just as bland and I wasn’t attached to anyone but Kyra’s wolf Leo.

The summary makes it sound like Alec and Merk are (sort of) main characters as well, and we do get their pov’s, along with the troll king, but it wasn’t much and it barely added anything at all. Alec sort of had his own story, but I really wonder what the point of Merk and the troll king was. And oh my God the troll king was so stereotypically evil. So was the Lord Governor, who is the main villain.

And the plot. Um yeah. So the entire plot felt like the beginning of a book, except A LOT longer and slower. It was so dull and nothing happened. Yeah it’s the first book in a series, so it’s leading up to the rest of the books, but um. Dear Morgan Rice, the way you wrote the first book really doesn’t make me want to continue the rest of the series. Or read any of your other books. And oh my God the ending. It really made me roll my eyes. How convenient how it all ended.

Oh and for a book called ‘Rise of the Dragons’ THERE ARE NOT ENOUGH DRAGONS. There is one. ONE. And it plays a very small role.

I would not recommend this at all, even if it were still up for free at Amazon.

Have you read this, or anything else by Morgan Rice? What was your latest 1-star rating? Let me know in the comments!

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Review: Miss Peregrine Trilogy by Ransom Riggs

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Genre: Ya | fantasy
Goodreads rating: 3.83 | 4.06 | 4.16
My rating: ★★★★ |  ★★★ |  ★★

summary

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of curious photographs.

A horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive (Goodreads).

I’m only sharing the summary for the first book, as the summaries for the other two could spoil the previous ones.

review

When I first finished Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children I wasn’t really planning on reviewing it. I just didn’t have that much to say; I enjoyed it, the plot was pretty tense, the pictures were cool, the characters seemed quirky and interesting and the romance irked me (it just went so fast and I don’t even understand how/why they fell in love. It looks like Emma just fell for Jacob because he looks so much like his grandfather and that’s really creepy and not really healthy but okay).

And that was it. That would’ve been a really short review right? So last month I finally got around to Hollow City and Library of Souls, and both took me so long to finish (okay when I look at my Goodreads apparently it didn’t take me that long, but it felt like ages). They were incredibly dull and in both cases it felt like everything could’ve been resolved already. There were way too many descriptions and especially in Library of Souls I felt like yelling ‘SHOW DON’T TELL’.

There were characters introduced in Hollow City that were never mentioned again and made me wonder what the point of them was. While I thought the main kids were quirky and fun in the first book, I couldn’t even tell most of them apart anymore in the last two (seriously I was so glad that Hollow City had a character guide). They were all very bland and I couldn’t care less about them. It also didn’t help that it felt like nothing was at stake. Even if I liked them/cared about them, I wouldn’t worry for their safety, because it was clear that no one was going to die (Spoiler: okay so Fiona died. One character who barely appeared anyway in the first book and quickly left them in Hollow City. Not to mention it was off page. And I’m talking about the main characters, I know some supporting characters died, but I didn’t care about them either). The only one I cared about was Addison. No one hurt that little doggie you hear me. Okay and I did like Sharon, but if he had died I wouldn’t have shed a tear either.

While the pictures actually added something to the story in Miss Peregrine, in Hollow City and Library of Souls it felt like most of them were just added for the sake of adding pictures. Riggs wrote things into the story that were not relevant at all, just so he could add a picture.

There were some interesting things, but the books just dragged on. So many things could’ve been left out. Hollow City itself was pretty pointless. Most of the things that happened weren’t that relevant to the overal plot and it was definitely suffering from second book syndrome. Sadly Library of Souls was even worse in the terms of nothing happening.

And don’t even get me started on the ending. I figured it would end conveniently like that. It just made me roll my eyes.

All in all, I’m very disappointed in this series. It sounded really interesting and I did enjoy the first book, but it quickly went downhill. Don’t let this review stop you from reading it though! As you’re probably aware of it’s very popular, so I’m in the minority.

How do you feel about Miss Peregrine’s? Are you excited for the film? Let me know in the comments!

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Review: Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

shadow and bone

Genre: Ya | fantasy
Series: The Grisha trilogy
Goodreads rating: 4.08
My rating: ★★★★

summary

Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.

Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.

Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha . . . and the secrets of her heart.

review

It’s been a while since I read this book, so this review will be a list review- yay! I tried writing a regular review, but my memory failed me 

  • I liked the worldbuilding. The Grisha were pretty cool and um. I know there were more things I liked about the worldbuilding… If only I could remember them.
  • I read it rather quickly, though the plot felt a bit meh to me. There’s quite a long period where not much happens and it wasn’t that interesting to me
  • I always heard/read people say how much they loved The Darkling, but… I don’t? I mean I don’t dislike him either. I feel nothing towards him. Maybe this will change during the rest of the trilogy?
  • The problem I have with this book is that it’s not very memorable. Even though it’s been a while since I read it (December), I really feel like I should remember more
  • I BARELY REMEMBER ANY OF THE CHARACTERS?! LIKE WHAT IS THE NAME OF ALINA’S FRIEND. I MEAN HER CHILDHOOD FRIEND, NOT THE ONE SHE MAKES AT THE… Grisha Court? Is that the term? Seriously, this book did not stick with me. But I liked the new friend she made and their friendship. I hope we’ll see more of that in the other books
  • Though the plot wasn’t always exciting, it didn’t bore me either
  • Why did I give this book 4 stars. I DON’T REMEMBER

Well wasn’t that an awful ‘review’

But hey, the fact that I barely remember this book does say something! So in a way this review is useful.

From this moment on I won’t start a new book until I’ve reviewed all the books I’ve read. That’ll motivate me, right?

Are you a fan of The Grisha trilogy? Let me know in the comments! Maybe you can help trigger my memory a bit haha. 

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