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.

Ruined

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Ruined  by Amy Tintera

Genre: Fantasy

# of Pages: 355

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Ratings (out of 10):

Quality: 9

Pace: 10

Plot development: 10

Characters: 10

Enjoyability: 10

Ease of Reading: 10

Do I recommend this book?

Yes, especially to anyone who enjoyed books like The Selection or Red Queen.

Summary from Goodreads:

Emelina Flores has nothing. Her home in Ruina has been ravaged by war. She lacks the powers of her fellow Ruined. Worst of all, she witnessed her parents’ brutal murders and watched helplessly as her sister, Olivia, was kidnapped.

But because Em has nothing, she has nothing to lose. Driven by a blind desire for revenge, Em sets off on a dangerous journey to the enemy kingdom of Lera. Somewhere within Lera’s borders, Em hopes to find Olivia. But in order to find her, Em must infiltrate the royal family.

In a brilliant, elaborate plan of deception and murder, Em marries Prince Casimir, next in line to take Lera’s throne. If anyone in Lera discovers Em is not Casimir’s true betrothed, Em will be executed on the spot. But it’s the only way to salvage Em’s kingdom and what is left of her family.

Em is determined to succeed, but the closer she gets to the prince, the more she questions her mission. Em’s rage-filled heart begins to soften. But with her life—and her family—on the line, love could be Em’s deadliest mistake.

My Opinions (SPOILER FREE):

This was a very good book. It was like a thrilling combination of The Selection and Red Queen, two other books that I love. I loved the plot, the characters, and basically everything else about this book. The only thing I didn’t like about this book was that I felt like I had read a lot of other books with very similar plots, and because of that I kind of knew where the story was going.

I thought the writing was really good, and it did a great job of keeping me invested in this  story. I was really eager to see how this book was going to end. There was a lot of action that kept the plot moving along really well.

The romance was also fantastic and swoon-worthy, in my opinion. Even though it was very predictable, I loved the way the two characters made each other into better, stronger characters.

Overall I do recommend this book. I highly enjoyed it, and I will be continuing on with the series.

The Traitor’s Kiss

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The Traitor’s Kiss by Erin Beaty

Genre: Fantasy

# of Pages: 342

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Do I recommend this book?

Yes, I think if you like anything like The Selection by Kiera Cass that you’ll like this book.

Ratings (out of 10):

Quality: 8

Pace: 8

Plot development: 8

Characters: 8

Enjoyability: 8

Ease of Reading: 10

Summary from Goodreads:

An obstinate girl who will not be married.
A soldier desperate to prove himself.
A kingdom on the brink of war.

With a sharp tongue and an unruly temper, Sage Fowler is not what they’d call a lady―which is perfectly fine with her. Deemed unfit for marriage, Sage is apprenticed to a matchmaker and tasked with wrangling other young ladies to be married off for political alliances. She spies on the girls―and on the soldiers escorting them.

As the girls’ military escort senses a political uprising, Sage is recruited by a handsome soldier to infiltrate the enemy ranks. The more she discovers as a spy, the less certain she becomes about whom to trust―and Sage becomes caught in a dangerous balancing act that will determine the fate of her kingdom.

My Opinions (SPOILER FREE):

This was a pretty good story that I enjoyed reading. It reminded me a lot of like an intense version of The Selection, and I loved The Selection. I really did enjoy this book, but parts of it were really confusing and I had no idea what was going on, and even by the end there were still things that I didn’t understand.

The thing that really made this book stand out to me was the way the romance was written. Erin Beaty did a fantastic job with the romance. I couldn’t get enough of it. It was so perfect.

I don’t have anything else really to say. I do recommend this book, just make sure you pay attention when you read it or you’ll get really lost like I did.

 

 

The Dark Prophecy

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The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan

Genre: Fantasy

# of Pages: 401

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Do I recommend this book?

Absolutely, I loved all of Rick Riordan’s work, and I highly recommend this series to anyone who enjoys humor, fun, and adventure.

Ratings (out of 10):

Quality: 8

Pace: 9

Plot development: 9

Characters: 8

Enjoyability: 8

Ease of Reading: 8

Summary from Goodreads:

Zeus has punished his son Apollo—god of the sun, music, archery, poetry, and more—by casting him down to earth in the form of a gawky, acne-covered sixteen-year-old mortal named Lester. The only way Apollo can reclaim his rightful place on Mount Olympus is by restoring several Oracles that have gone dark. What is affecting the Oracles, and how can Apollo do anything about them without his powers?

After experiencing a series of dangerous—and frankly, humiliating—trials at Camp Half-Blood, Apollo must now leave the relative safety of the demigod training ground and embark on a hair-raising journey across North America. Fortunately, what he lacks in godly graces he’s gaining in new friendships—with heroes who will be very familiar to fans of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians and Heroes of Olympus series. Come along for what promises to be a harrowing, hilarious, and haiku-filled ride. . . .

My Opinions (SPOILER FREE):

So before I began, let me start by saying this is not going to be a very good review. I’m sorry. I don’t know why, but I really had no idea what to say about this book. Yes, I loved it. Yes, there were some things I didn’t like. But no, this is not going to be a super in depth review, so I’m sorry if you were hoping for one.

Now let me began my actual thoughts by saying that I did think this book was really good. I thought the plot moved along nicely, and I thought there was some great character development. But at the same time, the plot and the characters are what made me give this book 4 out of 5 stars instead of 5 out of 5 stars. I really liked certain parts of the plot, but then others just didn’t make sense to me. I also really loved some characters, but other characters I felt could’ve been a lot better. While reading this book I experienced lots of humor, adventure, sadness, and I just had an all around fun time while reading this book.

There were also lots of great appearances by characters from some of Rick’s other novels, so definitely read his other books before reading this trilogy.

And that’s all I have to say. I know, I know, it’s such a short review, I’m sorry. But definitely still go check out this book, because the short review does not mean I didn’t like the book.

Lord of Shadows

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Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

Genre: Fantasy

# of Pages: 720

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Do I recommend this book?

Absolutely! I think anyone who can read should read this book.

Ratings:

Quality: 10

Pace: 10

Plot development: 10

Characters: 10

Enjoyability: 10

Ease of Reading: 10

Summary from Goodreads:

Would you trade your soul mate for your soul?

A Shadowhunter’s life is bound by duty. Constrained by honor. The word of a Shadowhunter is a solemn pledge, and no vow is more sacred than the vow that binds parabatai, warrior partners—sworn to fight together, die together, but never to fall in love.

Emma Carstairs has learned that the love she shares with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, isn’t just forbidden—it could destroy them both. She knows she should run from Julian. But how can she when the Blackthorns are threatened by enemies on all sides?

Their only hope is the Black Volume of the Dead, a spell book of terrible power. Everyone wants it. Only the Blackthorns can find it. Spurred on by a dark bargain with the Seelie Queen, Emma; her best friend, Cristina; and Mark and Julian Blackthorn journey into the Courts of Faerie, where glittering revels hide bloody danger and no promise can be trusted. Meanwhile, rising tension between Shadowhunters and Downworlders has produced the Cohort, an extremist group of Shadowhunters dedicated to registering Downworlders and “unsuitable” Nephilim. They’ll do anything in their power to expose Julian’s secrets and take the Los Angeles Institute for their own.

When Downworlders turn against the Clave, a new threat rises in the form of the Lord of Shadows—the Unseelie King, who sends his greatest warriors to slaughter those with Blackthorn blood and seize the Black Volume. As dangers close in, Julian devises a risky scheme that depends on the cooperation of an unpredictable enemy. But success may come with a price he and Emma cannot even imagine, one that will bring with it a reckoning of blood that could have repercussions for everyone and everything they hold dear.

My Opinions (SPOILER FREE):

Holy cow. Talk about a fantastic sequel. Like wow. Cassandra Clare never ceases to amaze me. this book was so full of action, and it was so hard to put it down. Usually when I read these really long books like this one, there are parts where the plot slows down and I get kind of bored. But that never happened in this book. I was so entertained the whole way through the story.

I was also pleasantly surprised by how much this book made me laugh, cry, scream, and smile. It just evoked so much emotion out of me, and I loved that.

Let’s talk about some of the characters now. Emma is such a great protagonist. I love her so much, and I loved how she’s very strong and supports herself and the Blackthorns.

Julian is also equally as great as Emma, and I love how complex of a character he’s become. He’s very sweet, but he will also do anything to save his family.

All of the other characters in this book were of course fantastic, and I loved how a lot of them played important roles in the story. We got to see parts of the story from their point of views, and not just Emma and Jules’.

There was also some characters included from the other Shadowhunter series, and some of them played important roles, too. You definitely have to read the other books before this one, just a warning.

We also learned a lot more about the Shadowhunter world in this book, and I really enjoyed that. It was very interesting.

The next book is definitely going to be very intense based on how this one ended. The ending actually blew me away, and I still can’t quite comprehend everything that happened in a span of the last 20 pages.

I also don’t know if I liked this book or Lady Midnight more. They were both so fantastic. This may be my favorite series out of all of the Shadowhunter series so far. I don’t know if I can say that for sure yet, because I do also really love the Infernal Devices trilogy. I think it’s actually going to come down to the last book in this trilogy to determine which one is my favorite. Cassie just keeps getting better and better though, so I won’t be surprised if this becomes my all time favorite trilogy.

Definitely go read all of Cassandra Clare’s books. They are all incredible.

 

A Court of Wings and Ruin

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A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

Genre: Fantasy

# of Pages: 705

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Is this a series? If so, will I continue?

Yes, apparently there are going to be three more books and I will definitely continue.

Do I recommend this book?

ABSOLUTELY, the only thing I have to say is beware of some adult content.

Ratings (out of 10):

Quality: 9

Pace: 7

Plot development: 8

Characters: 9

Enjoyability: 9

Ease of Reading: 8

Summary from Goodreads:

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit-and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.

As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords-and hunt for allies in unexpected places.

My Opinions (SPOILER FREE):

HOLY CRAP THIS BOOK WAS GREAT. *slow clap* very nicely done Sarah J. Maas.

So let me just start with what I loved: Feyre. She has grown into such a powerful, strong character, and I really admired her throughout this entire book. She’s so much different than she was in the very first book.

I really loved the roles that all the different side characters played in this story as well. I love that Sarah J. Maas gives characters other than just Feyre and Rhys important roles.

There were also just so many great scenes throughout this book. Like it’s not like there was gigantic part that was fantastic. I felt like the thing that really made this book good, was all the scenes Sarah J. Maas imbedded within the story that just enhanced the characters and made the story as a whole just so much more enjoyable.

So let’s discuss why this book only got 4 out of 5 stars. The main things that felt kind of off for me with this book had to do with the fact that I thought this book was too “politics-y”. Basically, I just felt like there were too many meetings or discussions of what to do, instead of actual action.

There were also some parts were I got really confused, or felt that things were left unanswered, so that made certain parts less enjoyable.

It was also just really hard to love this book as much as I loved A Court of Mist and Fury. That book just blows all other books out of the water, honestly. So I think because ACOMAF was so fantastic, my expectations were a little too high for this book, and I ended up being disappointed because I felt like this book was just not near as good as ACOMAF.

I honestly don’t really have anything more to say about this book, surprisingly. I did love it though. Don’t be confused by me only giving it 4 stars. I still loved this book so dang much, I just didn’t feel like it deserved the same rating I gave ACOMAF. I’m also really glad that this isn’t gonna be the last book.

Crooked Kingdom

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Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

Genre: Fantasy

# of Pages: 536

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Do I recommend this book?

Absolutely! I highly recommend all of Leigh Bardugo’s books.

Ratings (out of 10):

Quality: 10

Pace: 8

Plot development: 8

Characters: 10

Enjoyability: 10

Ease of Reading: 9

Summary from Goodreads:

Welcome to the world of the Grisha.

After pulling off a seemingly impossible heist in the notorious Ice Court, criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker feels unstoppable. But life is about to take a dangerous turn—and with friends who are among the deadliest outcasts in Ketterdam city, Kaz is going to need more than luck to survive in this unforgiving underworld.

My Opinions (SPOILER FREE):

This was such a great story, and I really enjoyed reading it. the plot was very exciting, and the characters were incredible.

There were some really great funny parts as well as some really great sad parts, and I love that there was a little bit of both.

Some of the scenes in this book were just so well written, and I loved them so much. I can definitely tell that Leigh Bardugo is a fantastic writer.

Obviously, this isn’t my longest review, but that’s because this is the second book in a duology and I don’t want to spoil anything for those who haven’t read Six of Crows yet. Just know that I highly recommend this duo logy as well as Leigh Bardugo’s other trilogy.