Series Review – Firebird Trilogy by Claudia Gray

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A Thousand Pieces of You, Ten Thousand Skies Above You and A Million Worlds with You (Firebird #1, #2 and #3)

Author: Claudia Gray

Publication: November 4th 2014, November 3rd 2015 and November 1st 2016

Publisher: HarperTeen

Format: Kindle Edition 373 pages, Kindle Edition 424 pages and Kindle Edition 336 pages

Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian, Science Fiction and Travel

Read: March, April and November 2016

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A Thousand Pieces of You

4.5 Stars

Synopsis
Cloud Atlas meets Orphan Black in this epic dimension-bending trilogy by New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray about a girl who must chase her father’s killer through multiple dimensions.
Marguerite Caine’s physicist parents are known for their groundbreaking achievements. Their most astonishing invention, called the Firebird, allows users to jump into multiple universes—and promises to revolutionize science forever. But then Marguerite’s father is murdered, and the killer—her parent’s handsome, enigmatic assistant Paul— escapes into another dimension before the law can touch him.
Marguerite refuses to let the man who destroyed her family go free. So she races after Paul through different universes, always leaping into another version of herself. But she also meets alternate versions of the people she knows—including Paul, whose life entangles with hers in increasingly familiar ways. Before long she begins to question Paul’s guilt—as well as her own heart. And soon she discovers the truth behind her father’s death is far more sinister than she expected.
A Thousand Pieces of You explores an amazingly intricate multi-universe where fate is unavoidable, the truth elusive, and love the greatest mystery of all.

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Critically

Plot – 4 out of 5 stars
This story jumps right into the premise. That was kind of disorienting and the beginning of the story was slow in the beginning. It’s filled with mystery, suspense and action. There’s a lot of history and science weaved throughout the story because it deals with dimensional travel which makes it very entertaining.

Writing Style – 4 out of 5 stars
I really enjoyed the writing style because it’s visually rich and engaging. It’s detailed and descriptive though it can be cheesy at times. I found the writing to be very imaginative and the science aspect wasn’t as hard to understand as I expected it to be.

Characters – 4 out of 5 stars
I really liked meeting the cast of characters in this series and seeing how their relationships with each other develop.Marguerite is our main character and narrator. I liked her in a general sense. She told the story very well and was likeable. However, she’s impulsive and indecisive which had me frustrated with her at times. She’s also determined and smart and full of tenacity which made her a force to be reckoned with when she had her goals in mind. I hope to see more growth in her character.
There are also a few side characters and they are all very different in personalities and ambitions. There are two that have a more in depth look in this book which I found very interesting. Again they both have different personalities but my favorite part was seeing their interactions and how their relationships change and develop, not only with the main character but also with each other. I hope to be able to learn more about them in the upcoming books.

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Ten Thousand Skies Above You

5 Stars

Synopsis
Ever since she used the Firebird, her parents’ invention, to cross into alternate dimensions, Marguerite has caught the attention of enemies who will do anything to force her into helping them dominate the multiverse—even hurting the people she loves. She resists until her boyfriend, Paul, is attacked and his consciousness scattered across multiple dimensions.
Marguerite has no choice but to search for each splinter of Paul’s soul. The hunt sends her racing through a war-torn San Francisco, the criminal underworld of New York City, and a glittering Paris where another Marguerite hides a shocking secret. Each world brings Marguerite one step closer to rescuing Paul. But with each trial she faces, she begins to question the destiny she thought they shared.
The second book in the Firebird trilogy, Ten Thousand Skies Above You features Claudia Gray’s lush, romantic language and smart, exciting action, and will have readers clamoring for the next book.

Critically

Plot – 4.5 out of 5 stars
Again, the story in this book is slow in the beginning. It includes a lot of catching up with what happened after the events of the first book. It’s action packed and full of conspiracy theories. It deals with death, love and ethics and personal morals. The ending is incredibly heart wrenching but I loved how beautiful and intricate the different dimensions are.

Writing Style – 4 out of 5 stars
The writing style in this series is great. It’s visually rich with its descriptions and details, it’s so easy to imagine all the different settings. It’s intense, engaging and really emotional. The author has a really big imagination and she’s really creative to come up with all these different scenarios that work scientifically yet work with a normal reader to be easily understandable.

Characters – 4.5 out of 5 stars
The relationships between the cast of characters is definitely getting much more intense and much more complicated.
Marguerite is awesome. I’ve really loved seeing her development in these books. She’s determined and headstrong, she has a single minded focus to get things right. In this book in particular, she’s really emotional and vulnerable. So many different things change in this book and she tries her best to deal with them.
The rest of the cast goes through so much as individuals as well as together. This book in particular is really tough on everyone. Each character has so much growth and development and it was enjoyable to read.

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A Million Worlds with You

5 Stars

Synopsis
A million universes. A million dangers. One destiny.
The fate of the multiverse rests in Marguerite Caine’s hands. Marguerite has been at the center of a cross-dimensional feud since she first traveled to another universe using her parents’ invention, the Firebird. Only now has she learned the true plans of the evil Triad Corporation—and that those plans could spell doom for dozens or hundreds of universes, each facing total annihilation.
Paul Markov has always been at Marguerite’s side, but Triad’s last attack has left him a changed man—angry and shadowed by tragedy. He struggles to overcome the damage done to him, but despite Marguerite’s efforts to help, Paul may never be the same again.
So it’s up to Marguerite alone to stop the destruction of the multiverse. Billions of lives are at stake. The risks have never been higher. And Triad has unleashed its ultimate weapon: another dimension’s Marguerite—wicked, psychologically twisted, and always one step ahead.
In the conclusion to Claudia Gray’s Firebird trilogy, fate and family will be questioned, loves will be won and lost, and the multiverse will be forever changed. It’s a battle of the Marguerites…and only one can win.

Critically

Plot – 4.5 out of 5 stars
I am beyond in love with this book. The plot of this one was filled with mystery, action, suspense, adventure, violence and just a lot of freaking twists and turns that I did not see coming. There’s a steady pace throughout the whole book that kept me hooked and reading. The ending was both simple and yet unexpected.

Writing Style – 4 out of 5 stars
I’ve fallen in love with the way these books are written. It’s so imaginative, intense, powerful and emotional. There’s an intricate way to how the story and the different dimensions are weaved together that is really fun to read. It’s descriptive, detailed, and engaging. I think the author is very creative and imaginative to have come up with such a great series arc.

Characters – 5 out of 5 stars
I am now totally in love with this cast of characters, they’re my little babies and I just want them safe okay?!
Marguerite is a great main character and narrator. I’ve really come to enjoy both her personality and her perspective in this story. In this book, she’s absolutely petrified but pushes forward with her determination to save the people she loves. I love how she’s not cocky or overconfident, she really understands what is at stake and how she fits into all of it. She’s so smart and emotional though hopeful. I loved seeing her growth throughout the series.
The rest of the cast also goes through some extensive character development, from the smallest side characters to the bigger ones. I think it’s a very interesting dynamic considering how the characters encounter their friends’, parents’, enemies’, etc other selves from different dimensions and it’s intriguing to see how that gives them each a separate sort of insight into the people they love.

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Book Review – All In by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

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All In (The Naturals #3)

Author: Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Publication: November 7th, 2015

Publisher: Disney Hyperion

Format: Kindle Edition, 384 pages

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Thriller, Espionage

Read: November 2016

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5 Stars

Synopsis
Three casinos. Three bodies. Three days. After a string of brutal murders in Las Vegas, Cassie Hobbes and the Naturals are called in to investigate. But even with the team’s unique profiling talents, these murders seem baffling: unlike many serial killers, this one uses different methods every time. All of the victims were killed in public, yet the killer does not show up on any tape. And each victim has a string of numbers tattooed on their wrist. Hidden in the numbers is a code—and the closer the Naturals come to unraveling the mystery, the more perilous the case becomes. Meanwhile, Cassie is dealing with an equally dangerous and much more painful mystery. For the first time in years, there’s been a break in her mother’s case. As personal issues and tensions between the team mount, Cassie and the Naturals will be faced with impossible odds—and impossible choices.

Critically

Plot – 5 out of 5 stars
This book have got me hooked guys. The plot is entertaining, intense and powerful. It’s full of creepy things and violence and death. Grief, family and friendship are huge themes in this book and I love the way the author worked them in throughout the story. There are a lot of crazy reveals and twists and turns that kept my jaw on the floor and my head spinning, gosh I love these books.

Writing Style – 4 out of 5 stars
The writing for these books just really accentuates the story. It’s really easy to read because of its fast pace and addicting narrative. It’s powerful, intense and emotional. The sentences are short and to the point while still being descriptive and detailed. There are some really creepy and weird parts but that honestly makes the story that much more amazing!

Characters – 4.5 out of 5 stars
This book in particular made me completely and totally fall in love with every single character of the cast. I know I’ve said they’ve been getting to me, but I feel like this book solidified my love for them and their status as a family. Cassie is our narrator as always and I feel like through all the different experiences in these books, while they affect her, they also make her stronger. She’s smart but quiet. She’s really good at what she does and she’s determined to make a difference. However, in this book, she’s torn, haunted and hurt by a lot of different things. It’s a tough situation and things are revealed that shake her foundation. I loved how she continues to grow throughout the series. In this book, there’s a lot of focus on another of the side characters and I love how this particular plot is also centered around the team and their connection to each other. Honestly, this book definitely hit me a lot harder  than I expected it to. It’s so much more emotional than the rest of the ones before it and I had a LOT of freaking FEELS while reading!

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Book Review – Blood for Blood by Ryan Graudin

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Blood for Blood (Wolf by Wolf #2)

Author: Ryan Graudin

Publication: November 1st, 2016

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Format: Kindle Edition, 496 pages

Genre: Young Adult, Historical Fiction, Science Fiction

Read: November 2016

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5 Stars

Synopsis
There would be blood. Blood for blood. Blood to pay. An entire world of it.
For the resistance in the Third Reich, the war may be over, but the fight has just begun. Death camp survivor Yael, who has the power to skinshift, is on the run: the world has just seen her shoot and kill Hitler. But the truth of what happened is far more complicated, and its consequences are deadly. Yael and her unlikely comrades dive into enemy territory to try to turn the tide against Hitler’s army, and there is no alternative but to see their mission through to the end, whatever the cost.
But in the midst of the chaos, Yael’s past and future collide when she comes face to face with a ghost from her past, and a spark with a fellow rider begins to grow into something more. Dark secrets reveal dark truths and one question hangs over them all—how far can you go for the ones you love?

Critically

Plot – 4.5 out of 5 stars
I was totally and completed pulled into this book from the minute I started it, no joke. The plot is powerful, emotional and full of suspense. It was slow at first which threw me off a bit since the first book was so action packed. However, it was filled with twists and turns and dealt with death, violence, lots of blood, power and hope. I do have to say that every time I stopped reading, I was reluctantly to pick up the book again because I knew that it was gonna hurt and it fucking did. Not sorry for that curse word.

Writing Style – 4 out of 5 stars
I’ve come to really like Graudin’s writing style. It’s poetic in the way that she weaves sentences which sounds weird but it’s actually really cool while still keeping up the intensity, power and emotional within the characters’ voices and narratives. There’s several POVs and they all read very distinct to me. It’s simple, detailed, descriptive and very engaging.

Characters – 5 out of 5 stars
Goodness, this cast of characters. They definitely make this series for me, they are amazing and complex and interesting and I just love them so much. Yael is the baddest badass lady to hit the book world. Honestly, I don’t know this series isn’t more popular because she’s freaking amazing. She’s angry and yet kind and open to people. She’s really smart and savvy about the world she’s a part of. She’s determined and strong and stubborn. I absolutely love her development, specially in this second book. There’s so much that happens around her and to her and it changes the way she is in such a deep way but makes her so much better as a character. I just think she’s amazing and it’s astounding to me how she could push forward in life so much to get to the point where she is at the end of this book. There’s a lot of side characters in this book, specially ones where we get their POVs. I loved most of them, I can say that there’s one in particular that I do not like at all in this book. My opinion of them quickly went downhill and I am very, very mad about how their specific story line came out. However, there are a few other side characters that I love with every fiber of my being. I keep them in a safe little place inside my heart where all my little cinnamon rolls live happily ever after. Yes, I’m a weirdo.

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Book Review – Killer Instinct by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

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Killer Instinct (The Naturals #2)

Author: Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Publication: November 7th, 2013

Publisher: Disney Hyperion

Format: Kindle Edition, 321 pages

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Thriller, Espionage

Read: October 2016

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5 Stars

Synopsis
Seventeen-year-old Cassie Hobbes has a gift for profiling people. Her talent has landed her a spot in an elite FBI program for teens with innate crime-solving abilities, and into some harrowing situations. After barely escaping a confrontation with an unbalanced killer obsessed with her mother’s murder, Cassie hopes she and the rest of the team can stick to solving cold cases from a distance.
But when victims of a brutal new serial killer start turning up, the Naturals are pulled into an active case that strikes too close to home: the killer is a perfect copycat of Dean’s incarcerated father—a man he’d do anything to forget. Forced deeper into a murderer’s psyche than ever before, will the Naturals be able to outsmart the enigmatic killer’s brutal mind games before this copycat twists them into his web for good?
With her trademark wit, brilliant plotting, and twists that no one will see coming, Jennifer Lynn Barnes will keep readers on the edge of their seats (and looking over their shoulders) as they race through the pages of this thrilling novel.

Critically

Plot – 5 out of 5 stars
I am absolutely obsessed with these books. The plot is fast paced and entertaining. It’s intense, powerful and sometimes really freaking creepy! It deals with violence, death and grief. This one is a lot more personal than the first. We get to learn more about one of the other members of the program and it really tore my heart up! And this book in particular also has more romance, which made me happy.

Writing Style – 4 out of 5 stars
The writing style works incredibly well for the story it’s telling. It’s super easy to read and really fast paced. The sentences are short and to the point which makes them easy to devour, because that’s basically what I do when I read this book. It’s really intense, powerful and creepy because it’s really descriptive. I’m gonna be honest, sometimes it gives me goosebumps. BUT THAT MAKES IT SO GOOD!

Characters – 4 out of 5 stars
This cast of characters are slowly but surely becoming my babies. They’re still really weird but like, I’m getting to know them so much more now that I want to snuggle them and love them! Cassie had a rough time of it in the first book so she’s haunted in this book, plagued by nightmares and memories. She’s gotten a bit obsessed with her ability and is also a bit confused on some things going on. But she’s really smart and quiet and hopeful. She’s slowly sliding right at home with this group of crazy kinds and it’s super awesome. This book also takes a closer look at Dean. This book takes him through ups and downs and lots of emotions. He’s scared, angry and haunted by his childhood. I just wanted to wrap him in my arms and protect him honestly. I feel like I definitely connected more with the side characters in this book, Dean first and foremost. Because the plot hits so close to home, the author makes it a point to build their friendships a lot more and to develop the side characters more which I really appreciated. It starts to feel like they are all part of the same team now and it’s pretty great.

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Book Review – The Rose & the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh

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The Rose & the Dagger (The Wrath and the Dawn #2)

Author: Renee Ahdieh

Publication: April 26th, 2016

Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

Format: Kindle Edition, 420 pages

Genre: Young Adult, Retellings, High Fantasy, Historical Fiction

Read: September 2016

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5 Stars

Synopsis
The much anticipated sequel to the breathtaking The Wrath and the Dawn, lauded by Publishers Weekly as “a potent page-turner of intrigue and romance.”
I am surrounded on all sides by a desert. A guest, in a prison of sand and sun. My family is here. And I do not know whom I can trust.
In a land on the brink of war, Shahrzad has been torn from the love of her husband Khalid, the Caliph of Khorasan. She once believed him a monster, but his secrets revealed a man tormented by guilt and a powerful curse—one that might keep them apart forever. Reunited with her family, who have taken refuge with enemies of Khalid, and Tariq, her childhood sweetheart, she should be happy. But Tariq now commands forces set on destroying Khalid’s empire. Shahrzad is almost a prisoner caught between loyalties to people she loves. But she refuses to be a pawn and devises a plan.
While her father, Jahandar, continues to play with magical forces he doesn’t yet understand, Shahrzad tries to uncover powers that may lie dormant within her. With the help of a tattered old carpet and a tempestuous but sage young man, Shahrzad will attempt to break the curse and reunite with her one true love.

Critically

Plot – 4 out of 5 stars
This is an amazing sequel and finale. It’s so intense and full of twists and turns. This one in particular is a lot slower paced and it doesn’t have as much action but it doesn’t away from the excitement and power of the story. There’s a lot of different parts and pieces in place and deals with war, romance,  betrayal and heartbreak. I loved it but it was not what I was expecting to happen.

Writing Style – 5 out of 5 stars
I absolutely love and adore Ahdieh’s writing style. It’s engaging and addictive. It makes the story really easy to read even though it’s poetic and lyrical. It’s beautiful, powerful and emotional. It packs a serious punch and manages to tell the story perfectly, both plot and writing fit well together. The writing is detailed and descriptive and I love reading it, just makes it so much fun to experience the book.

Characters – 4.5 out of 5 stars
I am utterly and completely in love with these characters. They are so real and so tangible even through the page that I couldn’t help but be enamored with them. Shahrzad is an amazing narrator and protagonist. I love her. She’s determined and so very smart. She’s powerful and self-reliant, though sometimes a little bit too much. She’s very sassy and she stands up for herself even when it’d be much better for her safety if she doesn’t. She knows how to spar verbally to kick some serious ass that way which I loved. She has a really strong temper and I loved her character development, I feel like she learns a lot about herself and her family in this sequel. Khalid breaks my heart, that poor baby. He’s still so broody and apologetic. But he’s also strong, and smart and just tenacious. He’s always ready and steady for any confrontation that comes his way,  big or small. I loved how he did what was best for his country and not what he wanted to do, it shows a lot of integrity. I’m glad that we got to see a lot more from the side characters in this sequel. Not only ones that we came to love in the first book but also ones that were more behind the scenes. They’re all complex, interesting and intriguing. Their motivations and actions cause a lot of disruption and make the story that much more entertaining.

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Book Review – The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

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The Naturals (The Naturals #1)

Author: Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Publication: November 7th, 2013

Publisher: Disney Hyperion

Format: Kindle Edition, 321 pages

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Thriller, Espionage

Read: September 2016

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5 Stars

Synopsis
Cassie Hobbes is not like most teenagers. Most teenagers don’t lose their mother in a bloody, unsolved murder. Most teenagers can’t tell who you are, where you’re from and how you’re likely to behave within moments of meeting you. And most teenagers don’t get chosen to join The Naturals. Identified by the FBI as uniquely gifted, Cassie is recruited to an elite school where a small number of teens are trained to hone their exceptional abilites. For Cassie, trying to make friends with the girls, and to figure out the two very different, very hot boys, is challenging enough. But when a new serial killer strikes and Cassie is drawn into a lethal game of cat and mouse, she realises just how dangerous life in The Naturals could be.

Critically

Plot – 5 out of 5 stars
I pretty much devoured this book. The plot is extremely fast paced, intense and really creepy. It’s entertaining but strange all at the same time. It deals with death, violence, criminal profiling and PTSD as well as family and just a teeny tiny bit of romance. It was really freaking good, guys.

Writing Style – 4 out of 5 stars
The writing style in this book is totally addicting, easy to read and incredibly fast paced. The sentences are short and to the point which really helps the reader feel the intensity and stress from the plot. There are so really creepy parts that kind of made me shudder but that really help bring the whole story together.

Characters – 3.5 out of 5 stars
The cast of characters in this series are very… weird. I don’t want to make that sound like a bad thing because it’s definitely not, but the Naturals crew is made up of really quirky personalities who all have very specific and very unique talents. Cassie, our narrator and main character, is very vulnerable. She’s been haunted by a very hard past which makes her feel different from the family she’s surrounded with and why she jumps into the Naturals Program so readily. She’s very quiet and has an intensity to that quietness that’s unexpected. She’s really smart and clever and her Natural gift is pretty cool in my opinion. However, I don’t feel like I don’t know her well enough though not because of how she’s portrayed as a character. There are four other sort of main characters in this series, the rest of the Naturals crew. They all have very different personalities and backgrounds and quirks. I liked some more than others, but I want to know more about them. I feel that because we see the story through Cassie’s eyes we get glimpses of things about the other characters, but not really why they are  there. It’s a really interesting way to get to know a cast.

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Book Review – Manners & Mutiny by Gail Carriger

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Manners & Mutiny (Finishing School #4)

Author: Gail Carriger

Publication: November 3rd, 2015

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Format: Kindle Edition, 304 pages

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Historical Fiction, Steampunk, Paranormal

Read: October 2016

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5 Stars

Synopsis
If one must flirt…flirt with danger.
Lessons in the art of espionage aboard Mademoiselle Geraldine’s floating dirigible have become tedious without Sophronia’s sweet sootie Soap nearby. She would much rather be using her skills to thwart the dastardly Picklemen, yet her concerns about their wicked intentions are ignored, and now she’s not sure whom to trust. What does the brusque werewolf dewan know? On whose side is the ever-stylish vampire Lord Akeldama? Only one thing is certain: a large-scale plot is under way, and when it comes to fruition, Sophronia must be ready to save her friends, her school, and all of London from disaster—in decidedly dramatic fashion, of course.
What will become of our proper young heroine when she puts her years of training to the test? Find out in this highly anticipated and thrilling conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Finishing School series!

Critically

Plot – 4.5 out of 5 stars
I don’t know what else I can say about these book without starting to sound repetitive, so I’m just not going to try, okay? The plot is action packed and totally entertaining. I was a bit taken back with how it flowed and what ended up happening but it was a good surprise! This story is intense, powerful but definitely a lot of fun. The romance is finally a bigger part of the plot but it doesn’t take away from its charm. The ending was really satisfying though I’m gonna miss this cast.

Writing Style – 4 out of 5 stars
This author’s writing style is so unique. It’s simple yet detailed and descriptive. It’s very sarcastic and quirky while still maintaining it’s historical accuracy. In this book in particular, the narration sounds a lot more mature and the pace is medium, sometimes fast and sometimes slow. I’m looking forward to reading all of her books.

Characters – 5 out of 5 stars
I LOVE THIS CAST! Honestly, this book just made me completely and totally fall in love with every single character that makes up this crazy espionage crew. Sophronia has grown a lot in the course of the series. She’s mature and smart and clever. I love the dedication that she shows in this book in particular. She throws herself into danger in order to save like everyone which just shows how caring, loving and selfless she is. She’s really confident in her abilities but she also works really hard to make sure the evil guys don’t win! While the side characters aren’t as prominent in this book (at least toward the end), I absolutely love all of them. They’re complex, diverse, endearing and interesting. I love the dynamics between them and how much they care about each other. It was great to see how their lives are kind of shaped now after Finishing School and I’m really happy that Carriger is sharing some novellas about the side characters because I definitely wanted to know more.

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Book Review – Waistcoats & Weaponry by Gail Carriger

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Waistcoats & Weaponry (Finishing School #3)

Author: Gail Carriger

Publication: November 4th, 2014

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Format: Kindle Edition, 304 pages

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Historical Fiction, Steampunk, Paranormal

Read: September 2016

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5 Stars

Synopsis
Sophronia continues her second year at finishing school in style—with a steel-bladed fan secreted in the folds of her ball gown, of course. Such a fashionable choice of weapon comes in handy when Sophronia, her best friend Dimity, sweet sootie Soap, and the charming Lord Felix Mersey stowaway on a train to return their classmate Sidheag to her werewolf pack in Scotland.
No one suspected what—or who—they would find aboard that suspiciously empty train. Sophronia uncovers a plot that threatens to throw all of London into chaos and she must decide where her loyalties lie, once and for all.

Critically

Plot – 4.5 out of 5 stars
As always with this amazing author, this book was entertaining though much more action packed than the previous ones. It’s also a lot more serious and intense than the books before it. It’s fun, mysterious and has more elements of romance which I was a huge fan of! It sets a lot of things up for the last book as well as the future of the characters.

Writing Style – 4 out of 5 stars
I really love Carriger’s writing. It’s simple yet detailed and descriptive. The narration is incredibly funny, sarcastic and quirky. Though at the same time, it’s historically accurate which makes it an intense yet entertaining combination. It’s medium paced but it’s also a lot more mature now.

Characters – 4.5 out of 5 stars
I love the characters in this series so much! They’re all so interesting and intriguing and entertaining. They work so well together and their dynamic is so great. Sophronia is so awesome! She’s a great narrator and protagonist in my opinion. She’s definitely much more mature in this book, you can see how time and experience has changed her personality toward the better. She’s grown. She is still curious and intuitive, but in this book in particular, her caring nature really shines through. She’s adventurous and confident and incredibly smart. I just really love her. The side characters are so freaking incredible. Sophronia tends to take the spotlight but she’s nothing without her crew. They’re all an integral part of her life and her adventures. And this book is definitely showcasing their relationships with each other as well as their growth and maturity. They’re funny and diverse and complex. I’ve just really enjoyed seeing them grow and I love how they interact with each other. I need more of them!

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ARC Review – The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

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The Sun is Also a Star

Author: Nicola Yoon

Publication: November 1st, 2016

Publisher: Penguin Random House UK Children’s

Format: e-ARC, 384 pages

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Read: October 2016

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I received an e-ARC of this book from Penguin Random House UK Children’s via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!

5 Stars

Synopsis
Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.
Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.
The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?

Critically

Plot – 4 out of 5 stars
This book was so good! The plot takes place in the course of one day. The basic plot is about the whirlwind romance of the two main characters and they obstacles they have to overcome individually and together. However, it also deals with family, race, immigration, discrimination, love, regret, faith and honesty. The way all of these themes are interwoven together in this book is just beautiful.

Writing Style – 5 out of 5 stars
I became a huge fan of Yoon’s writing style when I read her debut novel, Everything, Everything but this one was so much more! She has a tendency to always add unique formats to her storytelling and this book was enchanting because of that special aspect. It’s beautiful, intense, powerful and smart. It deals with the different themes head on and both points of view were interesting and easy to read. I loved it.

Characters – 4 out of 5 stars
Natasha and Daniel are the main characters in this novel and they couldn’t be more different from each other. Natasha is an immigrant from Jamaica who has spent most of her adolescent life in the United States. She’s about to start her senior year when her family gets deported and that makes her angry and jaded and scared. She’s really smart and she’s loves science. But she has a very practical and logical view of the world which would honestly drive me crazy if she was my friend. She’s sad and vulnerable and on her last day in the US is where Daniel shows up. He is a first generation Korean American who has dreams of becoming a poet but is dealing with the expectations his parents have for his future. He’s sweet and kind and romantic. He lets himself be taken away by life and what it brings into his path. He has a lot of pressure on his shoulders and he almost feels like he’s going down the path of eternal unhappiness so he takes a little detour and becomes rebellious. They worked well together despite all of their differences. And one of my favorite things about this book is getting to know their side characters and their stories from the little anecdotes written in from their points of view.

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Book Review – Perfect Scoundrels by Ally Carter

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Perfect Scoundrels (Heist Society #3)

Author: Ally Carter

Publication: February 5th, 2013

Publisher: Disney Hyperion

Format: Kindle Edition, 328 pages

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Espionage, Thriller

Read: August 2016

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5 Stars

Synopsis
Katarina Bishop and W.W. Hale the fifth were born to lead completely different lives: Kat comes from a long, proud line of loveable criminal masterminds, while Hale is the son of one of the most seemingly perfect dynasties in the world. If their families have one thing in common, it’s that they both know how to stay under the radar while getting-or stealing-whatever they want. No matter the risk, the Bishops can always be counted on, but in Hale’s family, all bets are off when money is on the line. When Hale unexpectedly inherits his grandmother’s billion dollar corporation, he quickly learns that there’s no place for Kat and their old heists in his new role. But Kat won’t let him go that easily, especially after she gets tipped off that his grandmother’s will might have been altered in an elaborate con to steal the company’s fortune. Forced to keep a level head as she and her crew fight for one of their own, Kat comes up with an ambitious and far-reaching plan that only the Bishop family would dare attempt. To pull it off, Kat is prepared to do the impossible, but first, she has to decide if she’s willing to save her boyfriend’s company if it means losing the boy.

Critically

Plot – 5 out of 5 stars
This is one of my favorite finales of all time. It was entertaining, action packed and intense. There were so many twists and turns that kept me on the edge of my seat. It had the romance that I wanted, the friendships that I wanted, the family relationships that I wanted but most of all, it was emotional and it showed a side of the characters that I wasn’t expecting but that I loved all the same.

Writing Style – 4 out of 5 stars
I am a fan of Ally’s writing style since it’s simple, really easy to read and still manages to keep you guessing as the story goes on. There’s a kind of weaving storyline with lots of different point of views that have limited perspectives to the story and help keep the reader engaged. It’s funny, detailed and descriptive and helps fly through the books.

Characters – 4 out of 5 stars
These characters managed to worm their way into my heart little by little though I still love the Gallagher Girls more. We get to see a more emotional side of Kat in this book. She’s usually very together and centered, at least on the outside. But the plot of this book and the things that are affecting Hale really scare her and she feels vulnerable when dealing with his emotions and change in attitude. However, she’s determined to help him. She’s sweet but cocky and smart at the same time and she got the job done. Hale had me almost weeping in this book. Poor guy has a really tough family life and  this book showed us that side of him more. He’s angry, lost and sad. He’s vulnerable and hurt and starts to push away the people that love him because of that. Yet he’s determined to get to the bottom of what’s going on with the business his famly owns. One of my favorite parts of this book is the fact that Kat’s family all come together. I’ve always wanted to know more about them and it was awesome to finally have that happen. I loved it!

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