Team Urban vs. Team Epic Fantasy Week and GIVEAWAY

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Hello everyone!!! Hope you all are doing well!

I am so excited to participate in the amazing YA Series Promo called Team Urban vs. Team Epic Fantasy hosted by the Publisher, Entangled Teen! During this week long event, I will be creating posts featuring some of the publisher’s new and backlist titles along with some of the authors’ Q&A over whether they are Team Urban or Team Fantasy. This week long event started from February 28, 2017 and will end on March 3rd, 2017.

Urban vs. Epic Fantasy Week Schedule: 

  • Tuesday, February 28th: Team Urban vs. Team Epic Fantasy Twitter Chat @ 9-10 pm EST
  • Wednesday Mar. 1st: Bloggers post a feature with authors who ascribe to #TeamUrban
  • Thursday, Mar. 2nd: Bloggers post a feature with authors on #TeamEpic
  • Friday, Mar. 3rd: Bloggers and authors can write / share related posts, including: why they’re Team Urban or Team Epic, their Top 5/10 Fave Urban or Epic Fantasy Reads, and/or the Top 5 Reasons They Loved _____ (an urban or epic fantasy read)

And I am so excited to let you all know that Entangled Teen will be doing a Giveaway as well! This giveaway will feature an Urban vs. Epic Fantasy Prize Pack, including:

* Paperback of True Born

* Hardcover of Thief of Lies

* Paperback of Spindle

You may enter the giveaway HERE on their official site 🙂 All the best to all who enter!

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I personally have a very difficult time choosing whether I love one genre over the other since they both have their own individual charm. How about we check out what the authors have to say about Urban Fantasy?

Team Urban: Why I Love Urban Fantasy!

1 . Shonna Slayton – Spindle:

“Urban fantasy reminds me that our own world is magical. We are so used to the way our world works that we take for granted how incredible it is that our heart beats, our brain imagines, that our eyes see color.

As a writer, urban fantasy allows me to open up my imagination on multiple planes. I still work with the real world, but I get to add layers onto that. It’s like going from black and white TV to color. Like Dorothy in dusty old Kansas stepping into the colorful land of Oz.”

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Book Description:

In a world where fairies lurk and curses linger, love can bleed like the prick of a finger…

Briar Rose knows her life will never be a fairy tale. She’s raising her siblings on her own, her wages at the spinning mill have been cut, and the boy she thought she had a future with has eyes for someone else. Most days it feels like her best friend, Henry Prince, is the only one in her corner…though with his endless flirty jokes, how can she ever take him seriously?

When a mysterious peddler offers her a “magic” spindle that could make her more money, sneaking it into the mill seems worth the risk. But then one by one, her fellow spinner girls come down with the mysterious sleeping sickness…and Briar’s not immune.

If Briar wants to save the girls—and herself—she’ll have to start believing in fairy tales…and in the power of a prince’s kiss.

Buy Spindle

2. Danielle Ellison – Salt (Salt, #1):

“Whether it’s witches, demons, ghosts or other types monsters, there’s nothing like escaping the sometimes mundane reality of our world, or giving what we know every day a spice of fantasy.  Filled with kick-ass heroines who aren’t afraid to fight for what they believe in (and hot, just-as-fierce love interests) Urban Fantasy inspires you look beyond what you see and be more than you think you can be. Plus, life is more with some magic: more dangerous, more unpredictable, more chaotic, more fun.”

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Book Description:

Penelope is a witch, part of a secret society protecting humans from demon attacks. But when she was a child, a demon killed her parents—and stole her magic. Since then, she’s been pretending to be something she’s not, using her sister’s magic to hide her own loss, to prevent being sent away.

When she’s finally given the chance to join the elite demon-hunting force, Penelope thinks that will finally change. With her sister’s help, she can squeeze through the tests and get access to the information she needs to find “her” demon. To take back what was stolen.

Then she meets Carter. He’s cute, smart, and she can borrow his magic, too. He knows her secret—but he also has one of his own.

Suddenly, Penelope’s impossible quest becomes far more complicated. Because Carter’s not telling her everything, and it’s starting to seem like the demons have their own agenda…and they’re far too interested in her.

Buy Salt

3. Rachel Harris – My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century (My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century, #1):

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Book Description:

On the precipice of her sixteenth birthday, the last thing lone wolf Cat Crawford wants is an extravagant gala thrown by her bubbly stepmother and well-meaning father. So even though Cat knows the family’s trip to Florence, Italy, is a peace offering, she embraces the magical city and all it offers. But when her curiosity leads her to an unusual gypsy tent, she exits…right into Renaissance Firenze.

Thrust into the sixteenth century armed with only a backpack full of contraband future items, Cat joins up with her ancestors, the sweet Alessandra and protective Cipriano, and soon falls for the gorgeous aspiring artist Lorenzo. But when the much-older Niccolo starts sniffing around, Cat realizes that an unwanted birthday party is nothing compared to an unwanted suitor full of creeptastic amore. Can she find her way back to modern times before her Italian adventure turns into an Italian forever?

Buy My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century

4. Gloria Craw – Atlantis Rising (Atlantis Rising, #1):

“I love Urban Fantasy because it infuses normal life with myth and magic. It’s so exciting to have something in common with a character who finds a magic object, special ability or a secret origin. The possible ways her courage and passion might be tested are endless. When she does triumph against fantastic odds, I’m left feeling inspired and reassured that I can overcome great obstacles in my everyday life too. Urban Fantasy reminds me that the ordinary in us can sometimes be…extraordinary.”

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Book Description:

We’ve stayed hidden too long… I am different. I have always been different, but no one can know or my life will be in danger. So I hide in plain sight, wearing drab clothes and thick glasses and trying to be invisible. I’m so good at hiding, no one has ever noticed me. Until Ian…the mysterious and oh-so-cute boy I know I need to avoid.

Now I have been seen. And more terrifying still, I am wanted—by those who would protect me and those who would destroy everything and everyone I love. But if they’re all terrified about who I am, wait until they see what I can do…

Buy Atlantis Rising

5. Brenda Drake – Guardian of Secrets (Library Jumpers, #2):

“I’m such a fan of Urban Fantasy for many reasons, but mostly because writers can take our normal world and, either secret or not, add a dash of the fantastical to it. With mystical creatures hiding from humans or living side by side with them, deliciously nefarious things can happen. There’s just something extraordinary about urban fantasy. It’s the ability of the writer to look at something normal in the human world and mix it up. Changing a simple book into something that can transport someone from library to library or hiding a zoo of magical beasts in a common suitcase.”

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Book Description:

Being a Sentinel isn’t all fairytales and secret gardens. Sure, jumping through books into the world’s most beautiful libraries to protect humans from mystical creatures is awesome. No one knows that better than Gia Kearns, but she could do without the part where people are always trying to kill her. Oh, and the fact that Pop and her had to move away from her friends and life as she knew it.

And if that isn’t enough, her boyfriend, Arik, is acting strangely. Like, maybe she should be calling him “ex,” since he’s so into another girl. But she doesn’t have time to be mad or even jealous, because someone has to save the world from the upcoming apocalypse, and it looks like that’s going to be Gia.

Buy Guardian of Secrets

6. Chris Cannon – Fanning the Flames (Going Down in Flames, #4):

  1.      There are no maidens that need to be rescued in urban fantasy. More than likely the females are the ones kicking ass.
  2.      I love the snarky banter that occurs when you throw modern day characters into            strange/magical/supernatural circumstances.
  3.      Anything is possible in urban fantasy. There are no rules about what types of                  paranormal creatures you can have. If you want to create dragons that breathe fire, ice, wind, sonic waves, and lightning, you can, just like I did in Going Down In Flames *cough cough* shameless self promotion

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Book Description:

She isn’t afraid of anything…except losing the knight she loves. Bryn McKenna has it all, including her smoking-hot knight turned live-in boyfriend, Valmont. Even though she’s a hybrid dragon, she’s finally fitting into the new shape-shifting dragon world that’s become her own. But her grandparents want to ruin everything by making Bryn’s nightmare of an arranged marriage to Jaxon Westgate a reality. It doesn’t help that Jaxon’s father is on a witch hunt for Rebel sympathizers and Bryn finds herself in his line of fire.

If she doesn’t say, “I do,” she’ll lose everything. Good-bye flying. Good-bye best friends. Good-bye magic. But if she bends to her grandparents’ will and agrees to marry Jaxon, she’ll lose the love of her life—her knight.

Buy Fanning the Flames

 

7. Tara Fuller – Inbetween (Kissed by Death, #1):

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Book Description:

Death doesn’t fall in love. Usually. Since the car crash that took her father’s life three years ago, Emma’s life has been a freaky—and unending—lesson in caution. Surviving “accidents” has taken priority over being a normal seventeen-year-old, so Emma spends her days taking pictures of life instead of living it. Falling in love with a boy was never part of the plan. Falling for a reaper who makes her chest ache and her head spin? Not an option.

It’s not easy being dead, especially for a reaper in love with a girl fate has put on his list not once, but twice. Finn’s fellow reapers give him hell about spending time with Emma, but Finn couldn’t let her die before, and he’s not about to let her die now. He will protect the girl he loves from the evil he accidentally unleashed, even if it means sacrificing the only thing he has left…his soul.

Buy Inbetween

 

Hope you all enjoyed the post for today! I will be making a post for the #TeamEpic Authors and their thrilling books tomorrow so please look forward to it!

How about you guys? Are you on Team Urban or Team Epic Fantasy?

~Ash~

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The Bone Witch Book Review (Spoiler Free)

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“There is no greater strength than the ability to understand and accept your own flaws.”

Author: Rin Chupeco

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

Release Date: March 7, 2017

Rating: 3/5

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Thank you to Sourcebooks Fire publishing to providing me this arc for review on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Summary:

The Bone Witch starts off with a girl named Tea who accidentally resurrects her brother from the dead and upon doing so, she learns that she has a special talent for necromancy. This type of gift is super rare in society but Tea is taken in by her mentor, Lady Mykaela, to train as an Asha  for a few years. Here, she learns of dark forces which are lurking nearby and how she is might hold the key to resolving the danger around them.

My thoughts:

When I first saw this book on the upcoming releases on goodreads, I was automatically intrigued by the description due the inclusion of necromancy. How awesome is that? It was so interesting and in a completely different genre that I normally read so I was so excited when I was offered a copy on Netgalley! First of all, can we talk about how gorgeous this cover is? I love the colors: royal purple with a hint of gold intricate patterns which almost gives it a divine look. The skull in the center no doubt adds a bit of a chilling and creepy aura to the book which fits perfectly with this paranormal genre.

To start off with the positive aspects of this book, I will say that the writing is beautiful and the world building/ setting is brilliantly done. For example, I did like the incorporation of heartglasses through which you could read a person’s emotions based on the color.I also did enjoy the spark of diversity which the author added through the incorporation of an Asian inspired setting.

However, I did feel that the descriptions of the world overshadowed the plot to the point where it felt like very little happened in the novel. This was what I was disappointed about because there was so much potential for a great storyline and character arc but in the end, this book ended up falling short of my expectations. I do feel there is room for expansion and further development of the plot so perhaps we might see something better in the second book?

In terms of the main character, I felt that Tea was intriguing at the start due to her unique talents and strengths at necromancy but as we moved through the story I saw that there was not much character development and for this reason, she ended up becoming quite bland. I would have liked to see her face more challenges and obstacles in her path where she had to make tough decisions (good or bad) and learn from them but we did not get to see much of this in the book.

Overall, I thought that this was a great book in terms of world building and writing but it did not perform well in terms of plot. If any of you decide to read this book, please let me know your thoughts below!

~Ash~

Percy Jackson and the Olympians – The Lightning Thief Book Review (Spoiler Free)

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“Even strength must bow to wisdom sometimes.”

Author: Rick Riordan

Publisher: March 1st 2006 by Disney Hyperion Books

Pages: 377

Rating: 5/5

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I think it is safe to say that you should never judge a book by its movie. Although I love Logan Lerman . . . I mean look at that face:

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I have to say that the movie did not do this book justice. There was just so much missing from the story line as well as the actual characters themselves. Coming back to the actual book, I will say that I enjoyed reading this and I will most definitely be continuing on with the series. Thank you to Annabeth @ annabethchasesite for recommending this to me 🙂

Summary:

Percy Jackson is a twelve-year-old kid who is struggling to focus in boarding school with his ADHD and Dyslexia. Things seem to get more complicated when he realizes he is a demigod and that the Gods of Mount Olympus and mythological creatures may no longer be only words in his textbook and that they are very much REAL. To make things worse, he soon finds out that he may have angered one of them: Zeus. The God’s master lightening bolt had been stolen and Percy is the prime suspect. Together with his friends from his new home at Camp Half Blood, they have ten days to return Zeus’s stolen property to prevent a war between the Gods on Mount Olympus.

Characters:

Percy Jackson – OMG if I had read this series before being consumed by Harry Potter, I am pretty sure my 10 year old self would have developed a serious crush on this kid! Percy is just so snarky, I love it! I was laughing out loud nearly every moment he couldn’t keep his mouth shut and just had to say something sassy. Brilliant!

“You want to gargle with toilet water again, Clarisse? Close your mouth.”

OHH SNAP!!!

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Annabeth – I think she maybe one of my favorite female characters of all time. She did remind me a bit of Hermione but I feel that Annabeth has a good balance between actual physical strength and wisdom. She is the daughter of Athena after all 🙂

Grover – In comparison to the film portrayal, I appreciated that we got to see more of Grover’s character and his back story. I also loved the focus Rick Riordan placed on the friendship between him and Percy.

My thoughts: 

I was honestly very surprised by this book! I was debating about starting this since it was a middle grade fiction but it turned out to be quite refreshing to read. I loved the incorporation of Greek mythology into the novel since it added such a unique premise to the book. I was surprised about the amount of knowledge you gain regarding the Greek Gods while reading as well.

The pacing of the book was very well done. It also had the perfect dose of action and suspense to keep you on the edge of your seat. Since this was a middle grade novel, the writing was not too intricate but it was well balanced in terms of description so you could picture the world around you and understand the plot. For this reason, I would recommend this book to both adults and young readers!

Memorable Quotes:

Gabe: . . “Maybe if the kid apologizes for interrupting my poker game.”

Percy: Maybe if I kick you in your soft spot . . and make you sing soprano for a week.

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“I’d made water shoot out of the bathroom fixtures. I didn’t understand how. But the toilets had responded to me. I had become one with the plumbing.”

OMG PERCY! I CAN’T WITH THIS KID! 

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Have any of you read the Percy Jackson series?

Come fan girl with me!

~Ash~

Heartless Book Review (Spoiler Free)

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“Sometimes the heart is the only thing worth listening to.”

Author: Marissa Meyer

Publisher: November 8th 2016 by Feiwel & Friends

Pages: 453

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Rating: 5/5

OMG WHERE DO I EVEN BEGIN? My emotions are a wreck right now and my heart is literally in pieces!! Marissa Meyer is just a goddess in writing fairy tale re-tellings and this prequel to Wonderland and the Queen of Hearts was beyond beautiful to read. She captures the right balance of the original fairy tale and her own creative plot line. Everything about this book was so beautifully crafted: the characters, the whimsical setting, the plot, the romance. I honestly believed after the Lunar Chronicles, it would be pretty hard to live up to the expectations in placing another fairy tale retelling into the YA market, but Marissa Meyer had done it with Heartless! ❤

Summary:

Catherine Pinkerton or Cath is a talented baker in the Kingdom of Hearts and she wants nothing more than to open her own bakery with her best friend, Mary Ann. Her mother, however, has other plans for her future and she aims for her to marry the King of Hearts to eventually lead the Kingdom. When Cath soon meets Jest, the handsome and mysterious court joker, she instantly captivated by his charm and together the two of them enter into a secret courtship. Cath is determined to make her own decisions and live her own life; however, fate has other plans . . .

Characters:

  1. Cath -Daughter of a Marquess; I honestly loved Catherine Pinkerton. She is just so full of passion for her baking (I love baking as well – one of my personal hobbies hehe) and is generally a good-natured, average girl. What makes this book such a great read is how we her transformation to the Queen of Hearts slowly start to materialize through the course of the novel.
  2. Jest – oh Jest . . . he is just swoon worthy! Let me just add you to my list of ever growing book boyfriends ❤ What can you say about Jest? He is just too beautiful and perfect for this world and you can not help but fall for him the moment he is introduced. Everything about him is just so captivating from his impossible, crazy “magic” to his never ending charm. He is one of the most unique male leads I have read in YA fiction! ❤fangirl.gif
  3. King – oh lord this babbling man . . . While it is true he such a foolish and dimwitted character who honestly does not have the skill and strength to lead a kingdom, you cannot help but feel sorry for him at times since he is quite oblivious to the world around him.
  4. Mary Ann – Catherine’s maid; I admired the relationship between Catherine and Mary Ann since both of them share a deep friendship despite the difference in social class. Although they do have different approaches on how they view certain issues, I did love the fact that they supported one another for Cath’s dream: to open a bakery.

Marissa Meyer also includes various other familiar characters/ references from Wonderland including The White Rabbit, The Cheshire Cat, The Hatter, unbirthday cakes, tea parties, the Looking Glass, and a murderous Jabberwock. Everything is beautifully tied together to re-create the whimsical and reimagined setting of Wonderland.

My thoughts: 

I loved this book! Marissa Meyer has such an addicting quality to her writing that you cannot help but fly though the pages of her books. What I also love about this novel was that you do not have to be an Alice in Wonderland fan in order to read this book. It has the ability to stand on its own despite drawing references and characters from the original story.

I also appreciated how you can start to see the small qualities of the Queen of Hearts within Catherine from the beginning of the book. Although, her rage and true evil character is not present, you can see a glimpse of certain characteristics and I like how Marissa slowly weaved them into her character: it was almost as if they were dormant and have yet to arise. And Jest OMG! There are moments where his words had me swooning! Like how can you do this to my heart???

“I cannot tell you how I look forward to a lifetime at your side, and all the impossible things I’ll have you believing in.”  ❤

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Heartless is also a unique novel to read since as a reader, you do know the outcome and that certain doom is just around the corner but this is what makes it to be such a thrilling read, especially during the last few chapters. It was almost as though you knew that if any form of hope does arise, it will soon dissipate within moments and that is what makes this book so heartbreaking.

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If any of you have not read Heartless, I highly recommend that you do! And if you have read it, please let me know what you thought of it!

Until next time, keep reading and I will see you soon with another post!

~Ash~

 

The Chainsmokers Book Tag

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Time for another book tag!  I first saw this on icebreaker694 and I immediately loved the idea. I was not tagged in this one but it looked so much fun I just had to try it out! The original creator of this tag is Kat @ KatReadsALot.

Rules

  • Post a blog post or a video (YouTubers you are welcome to do this tag! Hiii *waves hand*)
  • You can copy the song lyrics so people can know where the questions are based on. For those without lyrics, we based it on the title. #Genius
  • Tag friends to do the post as well!
    P.S. You don’t have to be tagged to do this tag! Just give it a try!

LET’S GET STARTED!!!


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Roses-A book/series that you don’t/didn’t want to end

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The Lunar Chronicles is so close to my heart! I absolutely adore this series since I love a good fairy tale re-telling and scifi book and this series is a fusion of both genres!! And the characters are just so lovable, I would not mind returning back to this world!

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Don’t Let Me Down-An upcoming book you have high expectations for

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I’m pretty sure everyone is excited for this release!!

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Inside Out-Beautiful cover + beautiful story

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This book was the first contemporary book I have ever read and it was such a beautiful story. I also loved the simplicity of the novel. It was one of those light, cute, and genuinely sweet life stories with a valuable theme highlighted throughout.

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Until You Were Gone-A book you read when it was no longer trending

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I am so late on this series and I don’t know why lol It has been sitting on my shelf forever and I did not pick it up until a month ago 😦 So far I am enjoying it and Percy is just so snarky, I love it OMG!! I have a feeling I will be flying through this series.

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Closer-A book you wish you didn’t read

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This book did have a different concept for the dystopian genre but unfortunately I was not a fan of the characters or the plot so in the end, it did fall flat for me.

 

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Waterbed-A book that gave you so much feels

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I loved The Darkest Minds! This book pleasantly surprised me since it is quite different from the other dystopian novels out in the YA market. The characters were so interesting and lovable and the plot is so captivating that you could not stop reading. BUT DAT ENDING THO!!! 

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The special edition UK Edition of the Harry Potter series. Need I say more? The covers are so beautiful 🙂

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Selfie– A photogenic book

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This book is beautiful both inside and out! One of my favorite reads of all time!

GOOD INTENTIONS.pngGood Intentions– A book with lots of good reviews, you hope you’ll like it too

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The amount of positive reviews I have seen for this book is insane!! I am planning on picking up this book next and I really hope I enjoy it too😀 If any of you have read it, please let me know your thoughts below 🙂

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New York City– A book you stayed the night up for (maybe in tears)

 

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So if you guys follow by blog, I am pretty sure you all know the story behind this book and how I stayed up until 4:30 AM to finish it. Yep, this book is just that addicting!!

I TAG: 

Elizabeth @ ItsmissElizabeth

Beth @ Divine World of Books

Katherine @ Katherine Cole Writing

Soybeing’s Reads

Lindsey @ Paradisbooks

Misty @ Mistybookspace

Shar @ Sunsnacksseries

Michelle @ Imanadventurest

Danielle @ Books, Vertigo and Tea

Megan @ BookSlayerreads

If you have not seen these blogs before, I highly recommend that you check them out! They are fantastic!

Thank you for reading!

~Ash~

 

Angelfall Book Review (Spoiler Free)

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Author: Susan EE

Publisher: Skyscape

Pages: 283

Rating: 5/5

Genre: Young Adult (a few violent scenes)

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OH MY GOODNESS!!! I had a feeling I was going to like this book from all the positive reviews but I never thought I would love it this much!! This is definitely one of the best post-apocalyptic books I have ever read!! Despite being a quick read, you never feel that the world is underdeveloped or out of place. I think Susan did a great job in providing us the correct amount of detail to immerse the readers into the story without having to make us feel that we are in an impractical world.

Summary:

In summary, Angelfall starts off approximately six weeks after the apocalypse where angels have descended onto the Earth and demolished the entire world. Humans are now fighting to survive from the gangs which terrorize the streets during the day and the supernatural strike fear into their hearts during the night. Penryn and her family, including her mother and her wheelchair bound little sister, and trying to live through this world just like any other survivor. One night when they are trying to find a safe shelter, she witnesses a huge struggle between a group of angels. These warrior angels end up badly injuring their victim, an angel named Raffe, and they go as far as to even tearing off his wings. Moreover, they also fly away with Paige and Penryn is willing to do whatever it takes to get her sister back, including making a deal with the enemy angel.

Characters:

  1. Penryn – Brave, Determined, Stubborn; Penryn is definitely one of those characters who you grow to admire throughout the course of the novel. From the start, she takes full ownership of taking care of her family and is especially protective and caring towards her little sister, Paige. She has a great balance of being brave but also being warmhearted. Although she can be a bit stubborn at times, I feel that in the end she always tries to do what she thinks is right and I admire her for that.
  2. Raffe – Sarcastic, Bold, Fighter; As soon as Raffe was introduced in this book, I knew that he was going to be an interesting character with a lot of history which we will soon uncover. I think this mystery behind him is what makes his character so alluring. I will say that there were times when I was laughing out loud because of his witty and sarcastic comments: “My friends call me Wrath. My enemies call me Please Have Mercy. What’s your name soldier boy?” LOL I CANT jlawlaugh
  3. Mrs. Young – Schizophrenic, Paranoid, Multi-facetted; Penryn’s mother is an interesting character due to her condition and you cannot place her as a villain or a victim. I feel that at times she does things which are shocking but some other times, you see her human characteristics take over and see her capabilities as a mother.
  4. Paige – Naive, Wheelchair bound; OMG she is a sweetheart ❤

In conclusion, this book truly surprised me 🙂  I think Susan did a great job in taking a different route for the YA dystopian/apocalyptic genre by incorporating the concept of fallen angels. She also created a ominous, dangerous, and mysterious world which is sure to send shivers through your spine while reading certain scenes. It is quite dark but she also does a great job in delivering witty banter and sassy dialogues between the characters for some comic relief. The story is immediately gripping from the first chapter and you can quickly sense the danger of the world that Penryn is in. This is another reason why it is so captivating and such an addicting read. Nearly all the chapters end with a cliffhanger and you have no choice but to continue reading! THE CLIMAX AND PLOT TWISTS WERE JUST INSANE! I am definitely looking forward to the next book in the series!

Have any of you read the Angelfall series? Let me know in the comments!! 🙂

Until next time, keep reading!

~Ash

A Court of Thorns And Roses Book Review (Spoiler Free)

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“Be glad of your human heart, Feyre. Pity those who don’t feel anything at all.”

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Publication: Bloomsbury USA Childrens

Pages: 416

Rating: 4/5

Genre: YA/New Adult Fantasy (few mature content)

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I finally did it guys! I picked up my first ever Sarah J. Maas book – A Court of Thorns and Roses! I am pretty new to the book community and ever since I started, I always hear about Sarah’s books whether it be the Throne of Glass series or the ACOTAR series and almost every booktuber or blogger I know had given them stellar reviews. I just had to know what all the hype was about so I decided to take this novel with me on vacation and during those long hours on the flight, I began to read away!

In summary, ACOTAR is loosely based on Beauty and the Beast and it starts off with a girl named Feyre who is hunting in the woods to feed her impoverished family and ends up killing a wolf who is actually a faerie. In order to seek justice for this innocent death, the High Lord of the Spring Court, Tamlin arrives to her home and forces her to spend her life in the faerie realm as punishment for her crime. When she first arrives to the estate, Feyre wants nothing but to escape from her captor. Due to their history, she despises the faeries since she knows they are responsible for the enslavement and torture of innocent humans. However, during her time in the Spring Court, she realizes that the faerie realm is at a very delicate state since there is a form of darkness sweeping their lands. Through her relationship with the other faeries, she realizes that they may not all be as cruel as she once thought they were. Her bond with Tamlin begins to grow in something more deep and meaningful but it also faces potential destruction. Within time, she discovers that she must find a way to fight back against the darkness in these lands or else it would bring the downfall of all faerie lands and even the annihilation of the human world as well.

Characters:

  1. Feyre – Cold, Hard-working, Independent. When I first started reading this book, I did not completely love her character. It was only in the second half of the book, where we see her character being tested and this was when I began to like her a little more. She was able to break through the walls she had built around her and began to showcase her feelings. By doing so, her character began to grow. I also did appreciate how she took care of her family 🙂
  2. Tamlin – Brooding yet gentle, kind. I did enjoy some bits of Tamlin’s character throughout the novel but I did not completely adore him to the point where I ultimately shipped Feyre/Tamlin as the ultimate OTP lol There were times when he would try to be kind to Feyre or try to awkwardly offer her assistance in any way but being the apathetic person she is, she would usually just shrug him off. You could tell that beneath the brooding appearance, he is quite sweet.

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  1. Lucien – Snarky, loyal. One of my favorite parts of this book was the friendship between Feyre and Lucien. I absolutely loved his character and also liked seeing the relationship between him and Feyre grow. Loyalty is one of the best qualities he has and I truly admired him for that.
  2. Rhysand – Mysterious, Clever, Playful. At this point I would say that I do not have a definite, clear stance on his character since I feel like he does certain good things but other times I am not sure as to what his motives are for the other actions he does. I will say that I did look forward to his scenes in the book since he was an interesting character to read about. And his dialogues were quite amusing at times!

“Humans all look alike to me.”

lol k Rhysand . . .

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My Thoughts: 

From the start, I already fell in love with Sarah J. Maas’s writing. She has the ability to completely captivate you and draw you into the fantastical world she builds. What I also found interesting was how the faerie political system was organized into the different courts. Sarah also further builds on her world by providing the different species of faeries and how different they are from one another which added to creating a rich and realistic world.

I will say that more than half the book moved very slow due to the world building and romance development. It was only around the 250-300 page range when the story started to pick up the pace. Most of the thrilling aspect of the book was towards the end and this was the time where it became quite an addictive read which is why as a whole, I gave this book a 4/5 rating.

Have any of you lovelies read ACOTAR? What did you all think of it? Also . . . have you all seen the cover for the third book? It is gorgeous!! 🙂

Until next time, keep reading everyone!

~Ash~

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