Review of House of Many Ways (Howl’s Moving Castle #3) by Diana Wynne Jones

House of Many Ways (Howl’s Moving Castle #3)  by Diana Wynne Jones

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Review: After reading the first two books in this  series, I didn’t even try to think about what this book may have in store for me. I just knew I would be surprised and laughing my butt off at the end.

And I was. So hard.

Because when you start off reading this book, you’re like ok so where in the world is this going. Then toward the middle you’re then like OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOMYGOSH!!!!!

Yup. Because that’s Howl and Sophie for you. But mostly Howl.

I think this might have been my favorite of the series so far. But then again, I have loved and still love all of Sophie and Howls parts in the three books. They are the best parts of the books, because 1. they are causing trouble. 2. its mostly Howl who is doing it. 3. They are always there when you find out what the heck is going on in the story.

Man, just thinking of it makes me want to re-read the whole series over again. just so it can put that big smile on my face again.

404 pages. Paperback.

5 out of 5 stars.

Young Adult. Adventure. Magic. Fantasy. Fiction. Romance.

Published by Greenwillow Books.

Summary: When Charmain Baker agreed to look after her great-uncle’s house, she thought she was getting blissful, parent-free time to read. She didn’t realize that the house bent space and time, and she did not expect to become responsible for an extremely magical stray dog and a muddled young apprentice wizard. Now, somehow, she’s been targeted by a terrifying creature called a lubbock, too, and become central to the king’s urgent search for the fabled Elfgift that will save the country. The king is so desperate to find the Elfgift, he’s called in an intimidating sorceress named Sophie to help. And where Sophie is, the great Wizard Howl and fire demon Calcifer won’t be far behind. How did respectable Charmain end up in such a mess, and how will she get herself out of it?

-Summary from GoodReads.com

Review of The Burning Sky (The Elemental Trilogy #1) by Sherry Thomas

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Review: I have to admit first off that when I first started this I almost stopped because it felt way too much like a sad Harry Potter nock off. But I was wrong, But it is a little bit little Harry Potter. The only being similar is the magic and magic schools mentioned.

But its a pretty great story about a female hero ( or one that is going to be soon), and a manipulative bestfriend/sidekick/love interest. Which sounds like a pot of mix and mash at this moment, but trust me its not. Its a lot more in depth then that and our fair haired female lead Iolanthe , has a bit of a mysterious family tree/ past that has yet come to light. Which of course has me wanting to know everything about her and the world she lives in, or how she’s suppose to change it. Interested yet? You should be…

Although this first book in the series of three, I feel as though this was a bit more about training and information needed for the next two books. But its always nice to have a good set up before diving even more so into this high fantasy world.

The cover art for these books ( they are also all out now if you want to binge read), is amazing!

5 out of 5 stars.

464 pages. Hardback.

Young Adult. Romance. Magic. Adventure. Fantasy.

Published by Balzer + Bray.

Summary: It all began with a ruined elixir and a bolt of lightning.

Iolanthe Seabourne is the greatest elemental mage of her generation—or so she’s been told. The one prophesied for years to be the savior of The Realm. It is her duty and destiny to face and defeat the Bane, the most powerful tyrant and mage the world has ever known. This would be a suicide task for anyone, let alone a reluctant sixteen-year-old girl with no training.

Guided by his mother’s visions and committed to avenging his family, Prince Titus has sworn to protect Iolanthe even as he prepares her for their battle with the Bane. But he makes the terrifying mistake of falling in love with the girl who should have been only a means to an end. Now, with the servants of the tyrant closing in, Titus must choose between his mission—and her life.

The Burning Sky—the first book in the Elemental Trilogy—is an electrifying and unforgettable novel of intrigue and adventure.

-Summary from GoodReads.com

Review of Rain (Paper Gods #2) by Amanda Sun

Rain (Paper Gods #2)  by Amanda Sun

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Review: I was so disappointed by this book, I had really high hopes that the author would be able to make the story and characters so much more in this second book. But it seems sadly no, that did not at all happen. The book turned out so lame.

The plot of the whole series is really interesting but just not well used or wrote. The whole time I was reading this book I could only think about the worst villain in the whole thing was the pregnant teenager who could not stop being awful and we really did not find out what had happen to her to make her that way. The only real thing I got about her was she might have gotten pregnant to get Tomohiro’s attention ( this is just my thoughts, most likely she did not do, just acted like) and made me want to smack her. Everything else of the story was very much lacking in grabbing and  holding on to my interest. I don’t think I will be continuing this series because I would not like to be let down even more from the last book that these first two books have done.

1 out of 5 stars.

304 pages. ARC.

Young Adult. Romance. Fantasy. Japan. Magic. Mythology.

Published by Harlequin Teen.

Summary: American Katie Green has decided to stay in Japan. She’s started to build a life in the city of Shizuoka, and she can’t imagine leaving behind her friends, her aunt and especially Tomohiro, the guy she’s fallen in love with. But her return is not as simple as she thought. She’s flunking out of Japanese school and committing cultural faux pas wherever she goes. Tomohiro is also struggling—as a Kami, his connection to the ancient gods of Japan and his power to bring drawings to life have begun to spiral out of control.

When Tomo decides to stop drawing, the ink finds other ways to seep into his life—blackouts, threatening messages and the appearance of unexplained sketches. Unsure how to help Tomo, Katie turns to an unexpected source for help—Jun, her former friend and a Kami with an agenda of his own. But is Jun really the ally he claims to be? In order to save themselves, Katie and Tomohiro must unravel the truth about Tomo’s dark ancestry, as well as Katie’s, and confront one of the darkest gods in Japanese legend.

-Summary from GoodReads.com

Review of Truthwitch (The Witchlands #1) by Susan Dennard

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Review: This book was crazy. Right off the bat, you are thrown into this new strange world running. This book will leave you breathless by the time you get to the last page. Because there is no way you can just stop after reading a couple of words.

For me I’m not the biggest fan of Susan Dennard, but the writing in this book puts all the rest of her previous works to shame. The fantasy world within this first book of a whole new series was insane! I have not read such great fantasy since Sarah J. Maas came into the picture ( book world).

One of the best parts of this book were the smooth transitions from person to person, ( from one persons point of view to the next). You could always tell who was talking and what the heck was going on.

The best thing about this book other than the super cool ( badass) female lead characters, was the plot itself. I loved that once you get a hang of the plotline, it throws you for a curve ball. It was great not really knowing what was going to happen next or how everything was going to work out.

I also really loved how the romance between some unlikely characters was really slow and subtle. There is much shipping to be had here!

I don’t think I have the strength to wait for the next book, it will be forever till it’s out!

5 out of 5 stars.

412 pages. ARC. Paperback.

Young Adult. Romance. Magic. Fantasy. Paranormal.

Published by Tor Teen.

Summary: On a continent ruled by three empires, some are born with a “witchery”, a magical skill that sets them apart from others.

In the Witchlands, there are almost as many types of magic as there are ways to get in trouble—as two desperate young women know all too well.

Safiya is a Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lie. It’s a powerful magic that many would kill to have on their side, especially amongst the nobility to which Safi was born. So Safi must keep her gift hidden, lest she be used as a pawn in the struggle between empires.

Iseult, a Threadwitch, can see the invisible ties that bind and entangle the lives around her—but she cannot see the bonds that touch her own heart. Her unlikely friendship with Safi has taken her from life as an outcast into one of reckless adventure, where she is a cool, wary balance to Safi’s hotheaded impulsiveness.

Safi and Iseult just want to be free to live their own lives, but war is coming to the Witchlands. With the help of the cunning Prince Merik (a Windwitch and ship’s captain) and the hindrance of a Bloodwitch bent on revenge, the friends must fight emperors, princes, and mercenaries alike, who will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch.

-Summary from GoodReads.com

Review of The Young Elites (The Young Elites #1) by Marie Lu

The Young Elites (The Young Elites #1)  by Marie Lu

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Review: It seems all of my friends have been raving about this book for what seems like forever… Then suddenly Marie Lu just happened to be coming to our neck of the woods and my friend went to the signing ( since I was unable to make it to the signing, sad but true) and got me the first two books for The Young Elites series and they got signed!!! I just love that my friend did this for me!! Super cool.

Anyway, I just happen to get the chance to read this first book in the series ad can I just say WOW! Marie Lu’s writing is just scary dark and good. I loved the whole idea of the main character not being a typically good guy or hero. Because that’s normally not how it all works out.

Adelina is one badass main character that is just trying to figure herself out and just wants to be left alone. Which is all lone wolf and all but her powers are just so cool and great. I just keep thinking how the book and series could play out, but I love that Marie Lu’s writing just keeps surprising me.

And now that I keep thinking about the book, the characters and where everything was left off… ALL I want to do is read the second book, but I have to keep stopping myself because ARC’s. I have a big pile of them sitting in my room waiting for me to finish them before working my way through all of my other books.

4 out of 5 stars.

384 pages. Paperback.

Young Adult. Romance. Fantasy. Science Fiction. Magic.

Published by Speak.

SummaryAn explosive new series from New York Times bestselling author of the Legend trilogy, Marie Lu

“By permitting her characters some grand failures, she raises the stakes in the best way possible…There is clearly more to know, and I look forward to it. This is a world worth revisiting.”— The New York Times Book Review
 
Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever. A decade ago, the deadly illness swept through her nation. Most of the infected perished, while many of the children who survived were left with strange markings. Adelina’s black hair turned silver, her lashes went pale, and now she has only a jagged scar where her left eye once was. Her cruel father believes she is a malfetto, an abomination, ruining their family’s good name and standing in the way of their fortune. But some of the fever’s survivors are rumored to possess more than just scars—they are believed to have mysterious and powerful gifts, and though their identities remain secret, they have come to be called the Young Elites.

Teren Santoro works for the king. As Leader of the Inquisition Axis, it is his job to seek out the Young Elites, to destroy them before they destroy the nation. He believes the Young Elites to be dangerous and vengeful, but it’s Teren who may possess the darkest secret of all.

Enzo Valenciano is a member of the Dagger Society. This secret sect of Young Elites seeks out others like them before the Inquisition Axis can. But when the Daggers find Adelina, they discover someone with powers like they’ve never seen.
Adelina wants to believe Enzo is on her side, and that Teren is the true enemy. But the lives of these three will collide in unexpected ways, as each fights a very different and personal battle. But of one thing they are all certain: Adelina has abilities that shouldn’t belong in this world. A vengeful blackness in her heart. And a desire to destroy all who dare to cross her.

It is my turn to use. My turn to hurt.

-Summary from GoodReads.com

Review of Magonia (Magonia #1) by Maria Dahvana Headley

Magonia (Magonia #1) by Maria Dahvana Headley

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Review: This is one of the books I have gotten in my OwlCrate box, which I was surprised was so unbelievably amazing. Don’t get me wrong, the OwlCrate box is so cool and the books are just ok, but so far I have not read an all of 5 star one. That is till now…

This book literally took my breath away as I read the different colorful scenes, whether they were the heartbreaking ones or not. I was just mesmerized by this book about three pages in, I have not real clue why, just that I was. But the whole time I was reading about the different ships riding the clouds above us, I could not stop myself from looking up and hoping to see ships full of colorful bird people. Because that’s what this book was, just one giant adventure that you wanted to be apart of. Even as I read this I just kept thinking of the different ways they could make this book/ series in to a TV show or movie! Because really wouldn’t be cool to see these cool bird characters be made. Even as a test on the show Faceoff , to see how well the contesters can make the faces and bodies for these characters. Anyway other than these great ideas, I am very much looking forward to more about this series.

5 out of 5 stars.

320 pages. Hardback.

Young Adult. Romance. Fantasy. Science fiction. Paranormal. Adventure. Magic.

Published by HarperCollins.

Summary: Aza Ray is drowning in thin air.

Since she was a baby, Aza has suffered from a mysterious lung disease that makes it ever harder for her to breathe, to speak—to live.

So when Aza catches a glimpse of a ship in the sky, her family chalks it up to a cruel side effect of her medication. But Aza doesn’t think this is a hallucination. She can hear someone on the ship calling her name.

Only her best friend, Jason, listens. Jason, who’s always been there. Jason, for whom she might have more-than-friendly feelings. But before Aza can consider that thrilling idea, something goes terribly wrong. Aza is lost to our world—and found, by another. Magonia.

Above the clouds, in a land of trading ships, Aza is not the weak and dying thing she was. In Magonia, she can breathe for the first time. Better, she has immense power—and as she navigates her new life, she discovers that war is coming. Magonia and Earth are on the cusp of a reckoning. And in Aza’s hands lies the fate of the whole of humanity—including the boy who loves her. Where do her loyalties lie?

-Summary from GoodReads.com

Review of Invincible (Chronicles of Nick #2) by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Invincible (Chronicles of Nick #2)  by Sherrilyn Kenyon

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Review: Nick keeps getting better and better, and so do his cool tacky shirts. I just love how well Sherrilyn Kenyon is developing his character as theses books go on. Because as you read you can really see Nick learning from the people around him and how much he is growing. This book also had a good plot line and really kept it interesting for a second book in a series. I cannot wait to see what else Nick and his friends are up to in the next coming books!

4 out of 5 stars.

432 pages. Paperback.

Young Adult. Romance. Magic. Paranormal. Fantasy.

Published by St. Martin’s Griffin.

Summary: The second novel in the new teen series, The Chronicles of Nick, a spin-off from the blockbuster Dark-Hunter series–from #1 New York Times bestselling author Sherrilyn Kenyon

Nick Gautier’s day just keeps getting better and better.

Yeah, he survived the zombie attacks, only to wake up and find himself enslaved to a world of shapeshifters and demons out to claim his soul.

Being a teenager is no picnic either. His new principal thinks he’s even more of a hoodlum than the last one, his coach is trying to recruit him to things he can’t even mention, and the girl he’s not seeing, but is, has secrets that terrify him.

But more than that, he’s being groomed by the darkest of powers, and if he doesn’t learn how to raise the dead by the end of the week, he will become one of them…

-Summary from GoodReads.com

Review of Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass #4) by Sarah J. Maas

Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass #4)  by Sarah J. Maas

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Review: I could not get my hands on this fast enough. I just about chased down my mail lady on the day it was suppose to be coming in. I feel a bit bad, but not too much. Because this book is just, UGH!!! This review is going to be so hard, okay, I’m going to try my best. Sorry guys if I just can’t.

( Deep Breath) Okay.

This book feels like it is everything and more that this series and fans have been waiting for. Because for one, we the readers are all caught up on the backstory of everyone and the plot. the second being that now the characters are all caught up and their worlds are colliding. My brain just about blew up from all the amazingness, because just think about   Celaena/ Aelin and Manon in a fight. Two characters that are badass and not all that good ( plus two of the strongest female characters in this series, that you love) in a know down drag out fight, I have no clue who would win. But after this thought, I started up thinking what if they fought on the same side. Mind blown, goodbye world. Aelin and Manon rulers of the world. So yeah just something to think about.

Next up-The Love interest. ( spoilers?)

I really liked  how  Sarah j. Maas, is able to show how Celaena and Chaol were no longer able to be together and grew out of love. And I think this book would have been just fine without any love interest because Aelin just needs to get shit done in this series and every time she is in love it holds her back. But, Rowan. Well, he is a different love interest altogether. I mean ( gasping for breath, because the things he does/ says! and have to fan self). I do think this is a good pairing, but I’m really bias because I LOVE him so much. Although I do understand why there are so many upset by the new pairings for almost all of the characters.

Next- Characters step up.

Oh my gosh Lysandra! I can’t say to much about her part in this book, but I will say she is a new favorite to many. And my spirit animal. ( wink to all those who know what I’m talking about).

Overall, this book was so good. I hate that now we all have to wait forever for the next one in the series. At least now we know that things are really happing now in the series, many good/ bad things….

5 out of 5 stars.

656 pages. Hardback. Autographed.

Young Adult. Romance. Magic. Fantasy.

Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens.

Summary: Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she’s at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past . . .

She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die just to see her again. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen’s triumphant return.

Celaena’s epic journey has captured the hearts and imaginations of millions across the globe. This fourth volume will hold readers rapt as Celaena’s story builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world.

-Summary from GoodReads.com

Review of Castle in the Air (Howl’s Moving Castle #2) by Diana Wynne Jones

Castle in the Air (Howl’s Moving Castle #2)  by Diana Wynne Jones

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Review: The book starts off on a slow and steady beginning. Then when you get towards that middle of the book things start to move along faster, but its not till the end that  all the pieces to this book come together. When they do it truly makes this book one of the best books I have read in a long time. Diana Wynne Jones really knows how to describe and create beautiful settings and plots for her characters. When I finally put together all the different pieces to this book, I could not stop laughing. And it was so great to see my favorite characters from the first book, I just love Sophie and Howl so much. It was really great to get a peak into their lives in this book, I am so looking forward to the next one.

5 out of 5 stars.

383 pages. Paperback.

Young Adult. Romance. Magic. Fantasy. Fiction.

Published by Greenwillow Books.

Summary: Young merchant Abdullah leads a humble life. Or he did until a stranger sold him a threadbare—and disagreeable—magic carpet. Now Abdullah is caught in the middle of his grand daydreams. Waking one night in a luxurious garden, he meets and falls instantly in love with the beautiful and clever Flower-in-the-Night. But a wicked djinn sweeps the princess away right before Abdullah’s eyes, leaving the young man no choice but to follow. This is no ordinary quest, however, for Flower-in-the-Night isn’t all the djinn has stolen. Abdullah will have the so-called help of the cantankerous carpet, a cranky genie in a bottle, a dishonest soldier, and a very opinionated black cat. Will this motley crew be able to find the djinn’s mysterious dwelling and rescue a castle full of princesses?

-Summary from GoodReads.com

Review of A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses #1) by Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses #1)  by Sarah J. Maas

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Review: I waited forever to get my hands on this book, I tried everything. But I made myself wait because I thought I would get it in one of my subscriptions boxes, but sadly no. So after a month of holding myself back I went and bought it, and never went anywhere without it. I even read it during some of my college classes because it was so good. I mean really who can even think of putting down a Sarah J. Maas book? No one I tell you! No One!

I wish I could have had a couple of hours to just read this book in peace without having to deal with life, but sadly no. I had to take many breaks while reading this book, which broke up my reading rhythm. But that’s ok, the plot and characters of this new world by Sarah J. Maas sucks you right back in where you left off as if you never left!

The plot and characters of this book were out of the world! I could barely believe how good this book actually was. I mean I heard rave upon rave about this book and was feeling the pressure that the book might not live up to my expectations. But boy, was I wrong. This book was everything and more! I was so hard to finish the book because I don’t want to have to wait another year for the next book in this series.

Sarah J. Maas keeps doing such a great job at creating the best worlds in books, all the while keeping you guessing about what will happen next. She also seems to have the power to create the hottest male characters in books. I mean wow, I had to fan myself a few times while reading.

5 out of 5 stars.

416 pages. Hardback.

Young Adult. Romance. Re-Telling. Mature Themes. Fantasy. Magic.

Published by Bloomsbury Children’s.

Summary: A thrilling, seductive new series from New York Times bestselling author Sarah J. Maas, blending Beauty and the Beast with faerie lore.

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it… or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.

Perfect for fans of Kristin Cashore and George R. R. Martin, this first book in a sexy and action-packed new series is impossible to put down!

-Summary from GoodReads.com