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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The Smell of Other People’s Houses

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The Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock
Genre: Contemporary
# of Pages: 227
Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Ratings (out of 10):

Quality: 9
Pace:10
Plot development: 9
Characters: 8
Enjoyability: 9
Ease of Reading: 9

Summary from Goodreads:

In Alaska, 1970, being a teenager here isn’t like being a teenager anywhere else. Ruth has a secret that she can’t hide forever. Dora wonders if she can ever truly escape where she comes from, even when good luck strikes. Alyce is trying to reconcile her desire to dance, with the life she’s always known on her family’s fishing boat. Hank and his brothers decide it’s safer to run away than to stay home—until one of them ends up in terrible danger.

Four very different lives are about to become entangled.

My Opinions (SPOILER FREE):

I really did like this book, but it just wasn’t anything super special. I was kind of hoping for a story that was going to leave a lasting impression on me, but his didn’t really do that.

Characters:
The characters were really what made this story. They all had such unique stories and I loved reading along side all of them.

Plot:
Each of the characters’ plots were equally as interesting and unique as the characters themselves, and I really liked that. I also loved that this book kind of left a lot of things open ended. Usually I don’t like that, but I felt like it really fit this story well. It kinda just allows the reader to fill in the empty spots themselves.

Writing:
Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock’s writing is really good in this book considering it’s her first novel. Her writing really helped add to the whole aesthetic of the story.

Overall, I really did enjoy this book, I just wish it could’ve meant more to me.

Finding Audrey

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Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella
Genre: Contemporary
# of Pages: 286
Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Ratings (out of 10):

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

Summary from Goodreads:

An anxiety disorder disrupts fourteen-year-old Audrey’s daily life. She has been making slow but steady progress with Dr. Sarah, but when Audrey meets Linus, her brother’s gaming teammate, she is energized. She connects with him. Audrey can talk through her fears with Linus in a way she’s never been able to do with anyone before. As their friendship deepens and her recovery gains momentum, a sweet romantic connection develops, one that helps not just Audrey but also her entire family.

My Opinions (SPOILER FREE):

Finding Audrey is a light-hearted contemporary that still deals with some harder topics. The whole book was just a really good experience for me. I enjoyed it a lot and I felt like I also learned a lot.

Characters:
The characters in this book were EVERYTHING. Every character had such a great personality and character arc throughout the story. I loved the way the characters acted with one another. Overall, this was a very character driven story, and that’s what made this book so fantastic.

Plot:
The plot wasn’t nearly as important as the characters, but it was still really good. I loved watching everything happen with Audrey and her improvements. This story was also surprisingly hilarious.

Writing:
Sophie Kinsella has a fantastic writing style. It’s light-hearted, funny, sweet, beautiful, and serious when it needs to be.

I would definitely recommend this book to everyone. 🙂

Eliza and Her Monsters

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Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia
Genre: Contemporary
# of Pages: 383
Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Ratings (out of 10):

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

Summary from Goodreads:

Her story is a phenomenon. Her life is a disaster.

In the real world, Eliza Mirk is shy, weird, and friendless. Online, she’s LadyConstellation, the anonymous creator of the wildly popular webcomic Monstrous Sea. Eliza can’t imagine enjoying the real world as much as she loves the online one, and she has no desire to try.

Then Wallace Warland, Monstrous Sea’s biggest fanfiction writer, transfers to her school. Wallace thinks Eliza is just another fan, and as he draws her out of her shell, she begins to wonder if a life offline might be worthwhile.

But when Eliza’s secret is accidentally shared with the world, everything she’s built—her story, her relationship with Wallace, and even her sanity—begins to fall apart.

My Opinions (SPOILER FREE):

This was a very cute story that reminded me of Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. Ut was nit as grid as Fangirl in my opinion, but it was still very good.

Characters: The characters in this story were very unique, and I liked that they were unique, but it made it much harder to relate to them. That was the big difference between this book and Fangirl. Fangirl was much more relatable. I also wasn’t very fond of either of the main characters. In all honesty I felt like I wouldn’t like either of them in real life.

Plot: The plot was really good, and it ,over along pretty well. There were a few things that happened that I either didn’t like or that bored me, but for the most part I loved the plot.

Writing: The writing was really good. I’ve never read any of Francesca Zappia’s books, but I’ll definitely be checking out her other books.

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.

Windfall

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Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith

Genre: Contemporary

# of Pages: 312

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:

Let luck find you.

Alice doesn’t believe in luck—at least, not the good kind. But she does believe in love, and for some time now, she’s been pining for her best friend, Teddy. On his eighteenth birthday—just when it seems they might be on the brink of something—she buys him a lottery ticket on a lark. To their astonishment, he wins $140 million, and in an instant, everything changes.

At first, it seems like a dream come true, especially since the two of them are no strangers to misfortune. As a kid, Alice won the worst kind of lottery possible when her parents died just over a year apart from each other. And Teddy’s father abandoned his family not long after that, leaving them to grapple with his gambling debts. Through it all, Teddy and Alice have leaned on each other. But now, as they negotiate the ripple effects of Teddy’s newfound wealth, a gulf opens between them. And soon, the money starts to feel like more of a curse than a windfall.

As they try to find their way back to each other, Alice learns more about herself than she ever could have imagined…and about the unexpected ways in which luck and love sometimes intersect.

My Opinions (SPOILER FREE):

Jennifer E. Smith writes incredibly adorable stories full of love, fun, laughter, sadness, and always a message for the reader to take away. Her stories are highly entertaining and the characters are very enjoyable. Windfall is no different than Jennifer’s other books in the way that it was an amazing story and I loved it.

Characters: Jennifer’s characters in this story were perfect. I loved Alice and reading from her POV. I loved how she was relatable and not completely perfect. Teddy and Leo were also fantastic characters that I easily fell in love with. The dynamic between the three was also incredibly entertaining.

Plot: The plot was fantastic, because I’ve read a lot of contemporaries, yet none of them have had a plot/story idea like this one. I loved reading about something new that I had never read about before. The plot also had a great pace, and I never got bored with the story.

Writing: The writing in this story is amazing. It’s the perfect balance between beautiful, poetic, comical, and relatable. I love Jennifer’s writing and I will never get tired of reading her books.

 

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.