Heartless

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Heartless by Marissa Meyer
Genre: Fantasy
# of Pages: 452
Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Ratings (out of 10):

Quality: 10
Pace: 10
Plot Development: 10
Characters: 10
Enjoyability: 10
Ease of Reading: 10

Summary from Goodreads:

Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland and a favorite of the unmarried King, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, she wants to open a shop and create delectable pastries. But for her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for a woman who could be a queen.

At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the King’s marriage proposal, she meets handsome and mysterious Jest. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the King and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into a secret courtship.

Cath is determined to choose her own destiny. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.

My Opinions (SPOILER FREE):

This book was absolutely incredible and I could not put it down. I enjoyed every aspect of it so much.

Characters:
The characters were absolutely amazing. The character development of Cath blew me away. When I started the book she was so sweet and innocent and I was like, “No way does this girl become evil.” But she did, (which is not a spoiler since this is a book about how the Queen of Hearts becomes evil) and it was so believable and felt so realistic. I was afraid it was all gonna seem super cheesy, but it wasn’t at all. And all of the other characters, especially Jest, were done so well. I loved seeing all the connections with the characters that I knew from watching Alice in Wonderland. Marissa Meyer did a fantastic job connecting everything, but still putting her own twist on the story and characters.

Plot:
The plot was equally as good as all other aspects of this book. I was just so invested in this story and could not put the book down even though I knew how it was going to end.

Writing:
Marissa Meyer has phenomenal story telling skills. The fact that I could not put this book down and was so invested in the story, even though I knew how it ended just goes to show how fantastic of a writer she is. I don’t think I will ever get tired of Marissa’s books. They are all literally so good.

Overall, I just thoroughly enjoyed this book and definitely think it’s one of my favorites of this year.

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Ship of the Dead: Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard Book 3

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Ship of the Dead: Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard Book 3 by Rick Riordan
Genre: Fantasy
# of Pages: 410
Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Ratings (out of 10):

Quality: 8
Pace: I audiobooked this
Plot development: 9
Characters: 8
Enjoyability: 9
Ease of Reading: 9

Summary from Goodreads:

Magnus Chase, a once-homeless teen, is a resident of the Hotel Valhalla and one of Odin’s chosen warriors. As the son of Frey, the god of summer, fertility, and health, Magnus isn’t naturally inclined to fighting. But he has strong and steadfast friends, including Hearthstone the elf, Blitzen the dwarf, and Samirah the Valkyrie, and together they have achieved brave deeds, such as defeating Fenris Wolf and battling giants for Thor’s hammer, Mjolnir. Now Magnus and his crew must sail to the farthest borders of Jotunheim and Niflheim in pursuit of Asgard’s greatest threat. Will they succeed in their perilous journey, or is Ragnarok lurking on the horizon?

My Opinions (SPOILER FREE):

This is the third and final book in Magnus’ trilogy. Overall, I did like this trilogy, but it definitely wasn’t my favorite. I feel like Rick has definitely written better.

Characters:
I think my main problem with this trilogy is the fact that I wasn’t a huge fan of the characters. I didn’t really like Magnus all that much, not gonna lie. And I felt like I never really got to know the side characters well enough to really like or connect with them. This book was very diverse, and I usually don’t have a problem with the, but it just felt so forced in this book.

Plot:
I thought the plot of this book was good. It could be a little confusing at times, but overall I thought it was very creative and a fun storyline to follow.

Writing:
I’ve always been a huge fan of Rick’s writing, and this book definitely read like a Rick Riordan book, so I enjoyed that aspect a lot.

Definitely check out this trilogy if you’ve read Rick’s other books.

Tower of Dawn

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Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas
Genre: Fantasy
# of Pages: 660
Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Ratings (out of 10):

Quality: 10
Pace: 10
Plot development: 10
Characters: 10
Enjoyability: 10
Ease of Reading: 8

Summary from Goodreads:

Chaol Westfall has always defined himself by his unwavering loyalty, his strength, and his position as the Captain of the Guard. But all of that has changed since the glass castle shattered, since his men were slaughtered, since the King of Adarlan spared him from a killing blow, but left his body broken.

His only shot at recovery lies with the legendary healers of the Torre Cesme in Antica—the stronghold of the southern continent’s mighty empire. And with war looming over Dorian and Aelin back home, their survival might lie with Chaol and Nesryn convincing its rulers to ally with them.

But what they discover in Antica will change them both—and be more vital to saving Erilea than they could have imagined.

My Opinions (SPOILER FREE):

This book was absolutely amazing and so much fun to read. I loved every second of it, and would highly recommend it to everyone.

Characters:
Chaos has always been one of my favorite characters, because I was a Chaol and Aelin shipper from day one. And in this book, I just fell even more in love with Chaol and all the complexities of his character. Even though sometimes he feels like a “side character” now, there’s just so much to his character.

Plot:
The plot was also fantastic. It spent just the right amount of times addressing old problems, like Chaol’s injury, and new problems that arose throughout the story.

Writing:
Sarah J. Maas will never cease to amaze me with her incredible author skills. I will forever and always read everything she publishes because she just amazes me every time.

Our Dark Duet

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Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab
Genre: Fantasy
# of Pages: 510
Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Ratings (out of 10):

Quality: 8.5
Pace: 10
Plot development: 9
Characters: 9
Enjoyability: 9
Ease of Reading: 9

Summary from Goodreads:

THE WORLD IS BREAKING. AND SO ARE THEY.

KATE HARKER isn’t afraid of monsters. She hunts them. And she’s good at it.

AUGUST FLYNN once yearned to be human. He has a part to play. And he will play it, no matter the cost.

THE WAR HAS BEGUN.

THE MONSTERS ARE WINNING.

Kate will have to return to Verity. August will have to let her back in. And a new monster is waiting—one that feeds on chaos and brings out its victims’ inner demons.

Which will be harder to conquer: the monsters they face, or the monsters within?

My Opinions (SPOILER FREE):

I highly enjoyed this book, just like I do with all of Victoria Schwab’s books. However, this one was not as good as This Savage Song, the first book in this duology.

Characters: My main problem with the characters was that neither August or Kate felt like the August and Kate from the first book. Yes, I do understand that characters can change, and I realize that a lot happened in book 1 that could have changed August and Kate. However, I distinctly remember from reading book 1 that I really loved August and Kate because of the emotion I felt for them and their relationship, and how easy it was to just fall in love with their characters. And so I was slightly disappointed while reading this book because I really wasn’t getting the same feeling about August and Kate that I so loved from the first book.

Plot: The plot moved along really well in this story, and I liked where Victoria Schwab took the story in regards to the fact that there is a new kind of monster introduced in this book. The only thing I didn’t like about the plot was how sometimes it felt very politics-centered. The plot was just very different in this book from the first book.

Writing: The writing, as usual, was fantastic. Victoria Schwab never ceases to amaze me with the way she writes her stories.

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue

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The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

Genre: Historical Fiction/Fantasy

# of Pages: 513

Overall Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Ratings (out of 10):

Quality: 9.5

Pace: 7

Plot development: 9.5

Characters: 10

Enjoyability: 10

Ease of Reading: 10

Summary from Goodreads:

Henry “Monty” Montague was born and bred to be a gentleman, but he was never one to be tamed. The finest boarding schools in England and the constant disapproval of his father haven’t been able to curb any of his roguish passions—not for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men.

But as Monty embarks on his Grand Tour of Europe, his quest for a life filled with pleasure and vice is in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy.

Still it isn’t in Monty’s nature to give up. Even with his younger sister, Felicity, in tow, he vows to make this yearlong escapade one last hedonistic hurrah and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome. But when one of Monty’s reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt that spans across Europe, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he ado res.

My Opinions (SPOILER FREE):

This story was incredibly entertaining. It was funny, sad, adorable, and just contained so many great things.

Characters: The characters were easily the best part of this story. Monty was such a fun main character to follow. His character development was fantastic and he had such an entertaining and hilarious personality. Percy and Felicity were also equally as great.

Plot: The plot was very fun and exciting and moved along reasonably well. My only problem with this book was that it had a kind of slow pace, but not boring.

Writing: The writing style was very fun to read. I loved Mackenzi Lee’s characters, and how the story had a lot of humor as well as moral lessons to learn from.

I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a cute/entertaining read.

The Crowns of Croswald

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The Crowns of Croswald by D.E. Night

Genre: Fantasy

# of Pages: 313

Overall Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Individual Ratings:

Quality: 7

Pace: 7

Plot development: 7

Characters: 8

Enjoyability: 7

Ease of Reading: 8

Summary from Goodreads:

In Croswald, the only thing more powerful than dark magic is one secret…

For sixteen years Ivy Lovely has been hidden behind an enchanted boundary that separates the mundane from the magical. When Ivy crosses the border, her powers awaken. Curiosity leads her crashing through a series of adventures at the Halls of Ivy, a school where students learn to master their magical blood and the power of Croswald’s mysterious gems. When Ivy’s magic––and her life––is threatened by the Dark Queen, she scrambles to unearth her history and save Croswald before the truth is swept away forever.

My Opinions (SPOILER FREE):

When I first read the synopsis for D.E. Night’s story, I immediately thought: HARRY POTTER. And I imagine I’m not the only one who thought that. It is very difficult these days to find fantasy stories that are unique and unlike anything else you’ve ever read. I was very in the mood for a Harry Potter story when I went into this book, so I wasn’t disappointed.

Overall, I really enjoyed the whole idea for this book, and how it was a school for magic and all that. I thought the characters were well put together, and I also thought the story flowed very nicely.

I think my problem with this book was that I was expecting a really really good story exactly like Harry Potter, or in other words, my expectations were too high for this book. If I’m going to be completely honest, I have never read any other fantasy that has even come close to living up to everything that Harry Potter is to me. This is just my opinion, so I completely understand if other people feel differently. So basically, I went into this story, knowing I wouldn’t love it as much as Harry Potter, but still hoping it would be really close and that it would satisfy my need for a magical story. It was just that, unfortunately, I felt like this book fell short of that mark, and that it had so much more potential. There were a couple parts where I started to get rather bored, or annoyed with the main characters, but there were still other parts that I really enjoyed.

So overall, I did enjoy this book, I just wouldn’t go into it with your expectations as high as I had mine. I think it’s better to go into this book not trying to compare it to Harry Potter, which is really hard if you’ve read it. And even though it was similar to Harry Potter in many ways, it was also unique, and I liked a lot of D.E. Night’s decisions with where the plot went, or how the characters acted.

Avenged

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Avenged by Amy Tintera

Genre: Fantasy

# of Pages: 407

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Ratings (out of 10):

Quality: 8

Pace: 9

Plot development: 8

Characters: 9

Enjoyability: 8

Ease of Reading: 8

Do I recommend this book?

Yes, I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys action/romance-filled fantasy novels

Summary from Goodreads:

A war that will fuel her. A bond that will destroy her.

Emelina Flores has come home to Ruina. After rescuing her sister, Olivia, from imprisonment in rival kingdom Lera, Em and Olivia together vow to rebuild Ruina to its former glory.

But just because Em and Olivia are out of Lera doesn’t mean they are safe. Their actions over the past year have had consequences, and they are now targets of retaliation. Olivia will destroy everyone who acts against Ruina. Em isn’t as sure.

Ever since Em posed as Prince Casimir’s betrothed in Lera, she’s started to see another side to this war. Lera may have destroyed the Ruined for decades, but Em knows that Cas is different. And now that he’s taken the throne, Em believes a truce is within reach. But Olivia suspects that Em’s romantic feelings for Cas are just coloring her judgement.

Em is determined to bring peace to her home. But when winning the war could mean betraying her family, she faces an impossible choice between loyalty and love. Em must stay one step ahead of her enemies—and her blood—before she’s the next victim in this battle for sovereignty.

My Opinions (SPOILER FREE):

This is the sequel to Ruined, and while it was a pretty good sequel, there were still times when it suffered from second book syndrome.

At times it felt like there wasn’t really any point to this book, but at the same time, it was still enjoyable. I could just tell that this book was really only written as a filler book to set up for the third one.

There were some really good moments/scenes throughout this book that made it enjoyable.

I really liked the fact that there were other characters in this book (other than Em and Cas) who played key roles in the story.

I also liked that the romance kind of took a back seat in this book. Yes, I do love the romance, but the action in this story is just as good, and I loved seeing a lot of it. There’s also some great humor in this book that worked really well to kind of lighten the mood of the whole story.

This book overall has a lot of fun action and violence, and I loved it all. It really helped move the plot along and create an exciting story to read.

My only other complaint about this book was that I found it to be confusing at times. There were some points throughout this book where I got really confused and had no idea what was going on.

Overall, I definitely recommend this book, but just be warned that it’s not as good as the first book, in my opinion.