The Selection Series Book Review (Spoiler Free)

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“True love is the most inconvenient kind.”

Author: Kiera Cass

Publication: April 24th 2012 by HarperTeen

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Rating – 3.5/5

This series was seriously out of my comfort zone since it was mostly romance driven;however, I decided to give it a chance. I kind of understood what to expect from this novel when I first picked it up since it was described to be a YA take on the “Bachelor in a Dystopian setting” but there were a few twists here and there which I didn’t see coming. Overall, I thought this was an “ok” series and it did have a bit of a second book slump so I had to give this a 3.5/5 stars.

Within this series, 35 girls are chosen to take part in The Selection which is basically a competition to see who will win the Prince’s hand in marriage. Doesn’t this sound familiar? 🙂 But the only difference from being similar to the Bachelor is the Dystopian setting where people are divided by castes (1 through 8 where 1 is the highest and 8 is the lowest). Our main character, America Singer, is from caste five and she does not wish to try out for the Selection despite her mother’s request. Another reason is because she does not want to part from her first love, Aspen. However, due to a sequence of events, she ends up signing for the Selection and her name is drawn along with 34 other girls. Throughout the novel and series, America undergoes multiple obstacles which she must overcome and feelings she must sort out before deciding to whom her heart belongs to – Aspen or Maxon.

Characters: 

  1. America Singer – Caste 5, Stubborn, Short-Tempered. America first entered the Selection with no interest whatsoever; however, the Selection soon changes her perspective on a few issues. Most people did find America to be a bit annoying and I can kind of understand where that’s coming from; especially in the second book. But she is also placed in a difficult position for both her past and present love life, so there is going to be a lot of drama.
  2. Prince Maxon – Kind, Respectful, Typical “Gentleman”; Maxon was a different male protagonist than any other book male character I’ve read. When we are first introduced to him, he almost seems perfect. This is probably because he rarely gets angry, is super respectful and always wants to seek the approval of his parents and because of that, he may seem to be a bit dull or lackluster. But with time, we do see that he does have his own insecurities as well. While I wouldn’t say he’s my absolute favorite character of all time, he did come close.
  3. Aspen – A YA book wouldn’t be complete without a love triangle right? This is where Aspen comes along, America’s first love. He does play a role in causing America to make the decisions that she makes but sometimes I feel like he just added confusion, especially in the second book.

I thought the first book was a decent start to the series. I honestly enjoyed seeing America’s interaction with the girls of the Selection and the little “secret” games Maxon and America played for the cameras. But then when we get to the second book, we enter a second book slump, at least for the first 3/4 of the book. We do see some major events which happen but its just the way America dealt with her issues which made her seem as a lot of people said before, a bit annoying. I think the last book was a lot better since she was more goal oriented and knew what she wanted and was striving toward it. And I have to say that the Epilogue of the series “After the One” was so cute to read. I think this chapter was in the collection of novellas but it should have been included in the actual book. Overall, it was an average read for me. If you like reading books with a little bit of drama and romance then I think you can pick this up.

Happy Reading!

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The Darkest Minds Spoiler Free Book Review

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“The Darkest Minds tend to hide behind the most unlikely faces.”

Published – December 18th 2012 by Disney Hyperion

488 Pages

Rating – 5/5

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Sometimes when you come out of a reading a great series like The Lunar Chronicles, you need something to pull you out of that reading slump. And MY GOD, this book did it for me. It was so intriguing and different from any dystopian books I have read. The characters were so lovable and I just ended up having so many feels when I went through these heart wrenching scenes here and there. it just crushed my heart.

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The Darkest Minds takes place is a post apocalyptic/dystopian world where a disease called IAAN wiped away a majority of the young population. The individuals who do survive are left with peculiar superpowers but the government regards them as a threat and therefore, they are sent to “rehabilitation” camps which more resemble the environment of a concentration camp. This is where we initially meet our main character, Ruby. However, through a sequence of events, Ruby manages to escape this nightmare prison and joins a band of kids lead by their charming leader, Liam and together they venture off to discover a home or safe haven all while avoiding the bounty hunters who are trying to track them down.

Characters:

  1. Ruby  – Bold, Cautious, Survivor; Ruby undergoes tremendous character growth throughout the novel from a quiet, frightened girl to a strong fighter and I loved seeing her grow and accept herself for who she was. She grows with the support of her friends, Liam, Chubs and Lu and they were absolutely great together.
  2. Liam – Protective, Strong, Caring; I think I might have found a new book boyfriend; His sense of optimism and willingness to protect his friends no matter the costs is what makes him so admirable. But despite how perfect a person may seem, they do have their flaws as does Liam who holds a huge responsibility for his group and takes it hard if he makes a mistake.
  3. Chubs – Rational, Smart, Snarky; I personally loved Chubs, especially by the end of the novel. He is definitely the rational one of the group despite his snarky personality. He is quite loyal and committed to his group which is quite awesome!
  4. Lu – This girl is just adorable. She has this innocence about her but also a certain strength as well and I love her so much. A precious cutie who must be protected at all costs!

This book was completely different from other dystopian books I have read since it was diverse in terms of concept and execution. The writing was great. I honestly enjoyed how Alexandra was able to pull us into the dark environments the characters were in but also provide that suspense and thrill which keeps you glued to the book. The best thing about the novel was the characters. I absolutely loved the group that Ruby traveled with and their interactions were so awesome. I love how the author was able to create characters who are so relatable, it just makes reading so much more enjoyable!

Have any of you read The Darkest Minds or the entire trilogy? I haven’t read the entire series yet so let me know your thoughts! 🙂

 

 

June Book Haul

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It’s been such a crazy past week so I apologize for the lack of updates. Its been a pretty slow reading month for July as compared to last month where I read about 8 books (my highest yet yayyy). But I did get a couple of books in June and I would like to share them with you!

  1. Soundless – I actually borrowed this from the library and I ended up loving the book so I just had to get it! Check out my review HERE 🙂
  2. Never Fade (After I finished reading the Darkest Minds, I absolutely had to get the second and third book . . . I can’t deal with cliffhangers! )
  3. In the Afterlight
  4. My Lady Jane – I actually received this in my June Owlcrate! I can’t wait to read it!
  5. The Wrath and the Dawn – I absolutely love re-tellings and I heard so much great things about this one
  6. The Raven Boys (finished reading and review will be up shortly – it was overall a very intriguing read; if you like paranormal/mystery books, then you should definitely try this one!)
  7. Poison Study (currently reading and I like it so far)
  8. The Bronze Horseman – I saw a lot of people talk about this one on Book Tube so I am looking forward to reading this!

Has anybody read these books before? Let me know your thoughts on it!

Winter Book Review (Spoiler Free)

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“Scars, scars, she was coming to have so many. She wondered if it was wrong to  be proud of them.”

Author: Marissa Meyer

Publication: November 10th 2015 by Feiwel and Friends

Pages: 824

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Rating – 5/5

Wow! What a crazy roller coaster ride that was. This is how you end a series. Everything from the build up to the revolution, the actual war, the romance and character struggles were just so well done! This has got to be one of my most favorite series of all time! I will admit that there was a lot going on in the story but I still enjoyed reading this regardless. I couldn’t have asked for a better conclusion to the series. Parts in the book had me going like:

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As with the other novels within this story, Winter picks up from where we leave the characters in Cress; however, this novel focuses on a new character, Princess Winter and we finally get to see the Lunar Kingdom. This is where Marissa Meyer sheds a bit more light on the conditions on the moon all while the Lunars are being oppressed by Queen Levana’s rule. The set up delineates the society to be a bit dystopian where the Royal Palace has the most wealth while the other sectors live in poverty. Together, Cinder and her friends start to build up the resistance against Queen Levana to defeat her once and for all.

Characters

  1. Princess Winter – Winter is the step daughter of Queen Levana and despite being related to the most WICKED woman throughout the kingdom, she is still loved by her people for her beauty, gentleness and kindness. Because of this, she undergoes constant abuse and manipulation by her stepmother who is without a doubt jealous of her ability to charm the people.
  2. Jacin Clay – Silent, Cold, Protective – Being a childhood friend of Winter, Jacin already cares for this “crazy” Princess even though he tries hard to mask it since he is part of the Queen’s royal Guard. Nevertheless, he tries his best to protect her would do anything for her. *Swoon*

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Despite being 800 pages long, I ended up flying though this book especially when I reached the mid-way point. It never slowed down and we are constantly pushed to the edge of our seats, curious as to what is going to happen to the characters. I used to think that the characters were placed in crazy situations in Cress but they are pushed even further in this book and their loyalties are tested. It’s also amazing to analyze the character development within the novel. Everyone is NOT the same as they started out in the beginning of the series.

  1. Cinder and Kai – These two grow off of one another so much throughout the books and I’ve always rooted for them since the series started. Cinder loves Kai’s ability to speak and lead people while Kai is overly charmed by her skill in mechanics. They are too sweet. I loved that Kai at this point in the series is literally DONE with all the Lunar manipulation and he gives no Fs. His sassy comments were awesome! Go Kai!
  2. Scarlet and Wolf – These two have honestly been through the most compared to the rest of the group but they still manage to have a beautiful relationship with one another. They feel for one another when dealing with turmoil and they still manage to pick themselves back up and I love how Wolf calls Scarlet his “alpha.”
  3. Cress and Thorne – OMG The ship of all Major Ships! This was by far my favorite couple of the series. I love how they develop from one another to become the best they can be and how they inspire each other to be strong and “heroic.” Their passion, struggles and overall relationship is just so beautiful, I love them! I used to love Kai a lot since I started the series but it seems like Thorne may have stolen the spotlight!emma.gif
  4. Winter and Jacin – A classic Princess and the Guard tale. Their longtime friendship grows into something deeper and passionate and my god these two would do anything to protect each other no matter the costs and I just thought that they were so sweet for each other.

I also found it amazing that the women in this novel were so strong together and I loved how despite their different personalities, they supported one another. Typically in most YA novels we tend to see women against each other but it was so refreshing to see the opposite here. We are all on the same team! LOL and the guys were just hilarious. Especially Thorne and Kai! OMG I loved one particular scene with the two of them together where they were going back and forth with hilarious comments! Absolutely hysterical!

Its so sad that the series had to end. I ended up enjoying the story and the characters so much!!

Did you all enjoy the Lunar Chronicles? Let me know your thoughts down below!

June OwlCrate Unboxing: Royalty

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I absolutely loved the April Dystopian OwlCrate box so when I found out that the theme of June was going to be Royalty, I knew I had to place another order! This was was truly a lot of fun to open!

  1. Mystery Disney Mini Funko – I got Ariel! ❤ I used to be so obsessed with this movie when I was young and now I have a cute little token to remind me of my childhood 🙂
  2. Bracelet – Next we had a Lunar Chronicles inspired Bracelet with a Quote from the books “Even in the future, the story begins with Once Upon A Time.”
  3. Magnetic Bookmarks – These were absolutely adorable. There were three bookmarks in the pack in the design of a King, Queen and a Carriage. Like a cute fairytale!
  4. Mini Poster – The Red Queen Poster was gorgeous and this was designed by eviebookish
  5. My Lady Jane – This was the book of June Box and I am so excited to read this one since I heard so many great things about it!

Next month’s theme is Good vs. Evil where half the subscribers will get the “Evil” box inspired by the most notorious villains and the other half will get the “Good” box inspired by the heroes of literature. There will be great items from Harry Potter, Star Wars and Alice in Wonderland. If you guys haven’t tried OwlCrate, I definitely recommend it!  

The Real Neat Blog Award

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Thank You To @icebreaker694 for Nominating Me!!

The Rules:

  • Thank and link the blogger that nominated you.
  • Answer the 7 questions that the nomination has provided you.
  • Create 7 questions for your nominees.
  • Nominate 7 other bloggers.

Questions

What’s currently on your TBR?

Urgh the list is huge, you have no idea. But for this month, I am planning to read the Darkest Minds trilogy along with The Wrath and the Dawn. I have also yet to read the Throne of Glass series and the Fallen Kingdom series which I heard nothing but great things about so I am pretty sure I will start on them soon!

Who’s the best book boyfriend/girlfriend?

WHY WOULD YOU DO THIS TO ME????

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To start of, there is no way I can pick one fictional boyfriend. Believe me, I have a huge list and its only going to get bigger! But if I have to name a few, I would say:

  1. Captain Thorne from the Lunar Chronicles
  2. Patch from Hush Hush
  3. Warner from Shatter Me Trilogy (please read the entire series before you judge me lol)
  4. Tarver from These Broken Stars
  5. Jamie from the Doon series
  6. Li Wei from Soundless
  7. And of course Harry Potter – I mean he’s a wizard!

#SummerRaps (make your own #SummerRaps, visit Twitter for examples)

Oh Gawd, I’m gonna be horrible at this haha Ok here it goes:

Summer’s ma time
You don’t get it do you?
We be turnin up
Just hanging with ma crew

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Who’s your favorite pet in a book?

I think I would have to pick Hedwig. I mean how cool would it be to send messages to your friends/relatives using an owl. Its super cute! I want one!!!

Any summer plans?

Hmmm . . . I think maybe come camping trips, hanging out with my college friends who I haven’t seen for a while, trips to the beach, barbecue lunches, and possibly six flags!

Pick 3 book characters that you’d take with you to the beach for slushies, surf, and sun

Hmmm . . . I feel like I would take Laia from the Ember in the Ashes, mostly cause this girl deserves a break and goes through so much I just want to give her a hug. I would also probably bring Captain Thorne since he would probably put a smile on everyone’s faces with his silly remarks and antics. And lastly, maybe Minho since he is the most athletic and I am pretty sure he would enjoy running down the shoreline.

ERMAGAWD Thorne and Minho at the beach!!

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Book pet-peeves

I think for me it would be having a series in the same format. For example, I would like them to all be in paperback or all hardcover but not a mix. I don’t know why, it just irks me for some reason.

My Questions for You

  1. If you can live any fictional world, which one would it be and why?
  2. What made you start reading and why do you like it so much?
  3. Was there a book where you loved the side characters more than the main characters? If so, which one and why?
  4. Would you rather face Lord Voldemort (Harry Potter) or Queen Levana (The Lunar Chronicles) on a one to one battle?
  5. Besides reading, what do you like to do in your free time?
  6. What is you typical coffee order at Starbucks?
  7. What is your favorite fairy tale or Disney movie when you were a child?

I TAG:

 Sarah @Critiquingchemist

Fiona @TheBookWormWhoLived

@ConfessionsOfALitAddict

@Merbsite

@TaylorMadeBooksYA

Sam@Sam’sLittleCorner

Michelle@BookAdventures

Sorry if you have already done this tag! You don’t have to do again if you don’t want to. But for everyone else, have fun! And let me know if you have your answers up and I will definitely check them out!

Cress Book Review (Spoiler Free)

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“Maybe there isn’t such a thing as fate. Maybe It’s just the opportunities we’re given and what we do with them. I’m beginning to think that maybe great, epic romances don’t just happen. We have to make them ourselves.”

Author: Marissa Meyer

Publication: February 4th 2014 by Feiwel & Friends

Pages: 550

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Rating – 5/5

OMG. What a crazy adventure that was! This is probably my favorite book of the series so far. I was completely hooked by the first few pages. Even though this was 500+ pages, the novel never slowed down for me. There was always something happening in every chapter and for that reason, it was pretty fast paced. I also adored the characters as well. Cress and Thorne were absolutely adorable and fun and I loved those two together. Let’s not even bring up Queen Levana . . . OMG  she just gets worse and worse with every book. I love how Marissa was able to bring these different story arcs together. It was done so well. Even though a lot of things happen in this book, it never once got too overwhelming to the point where it was chaotic. The pacing was perfect, the characters were dynamic and so well crafted and the story was just brilliant.

As Cinder and Scarlet followed the stories of Cinderella and the Little Red Riding Hood, Cress is about the story of Rapunzel. What I love the most about Marissa Meyer’s writing is that she can flawlessly intertwine the story of a new character along with the bigger story arc which progresses throughout the stories. Cinder, along with her band of friends, venture to a satellite in order to free Cress. However, the rescue mission ends up going haywire and the group becomes separated. We follow the characters through their travels while simultaneously learning new information about their rivals while meeting a few new characters as well.

Characters:

Cress – Soft-spoken, shy, brilliant hacker – Cress is a character who undergoes tremendous character development since she starts out as a shy, sheltered girl who eventually learns to spread her wings and fly on her own. Her relationship with Captain Thorne was also something which I ADORED since she was a bit of a fangirl, which I could relate to!

Captain Thorne – I absolutely loved Thorne in this book! We typically see him as the comic relief of the novel but in Cress, we see a completely different side to him. The characters are placed in crazy situations and we get to see how they tackle the different obstacles  in their path. Plus I’m a fangirl of his like Cress! *faints*

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Discussion:

It isn’t just the new characters who go through so much struggles, it’s also the previous characters as well. For example, we find Cinder struggling to grasp hold of who she is and also become a leader for this revolution despite the amount of negative press against her. We also see Kai in a difficult situation where he needs to make decisions which would be best for his people even if it means making personal sacrifices. The emotions the characters feel are so real that you can’t help but feel for them. The addition of new characters also allows for more intricate plot lines to develop and Marissa Meyer does this so well that you can’t help but be glued to the book. Even if the next chapter moves onto a character which I am not quite interested in, the chapter always turns out to be interesting since we learn new things about the plot line/mysteries, etc. As of now, my favorite couple has to be Cress-Thorne since they just seem so adorable together. Next would be Cinder-Kai and then Scarlet-Wolf. We also see/meet a Lunar Princess Winter and I can’t wait to learn more about her in the next book! Cress was definitely 5/5 stars!

Did you guys enjoy this book? Let me know!