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.

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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.

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.