Thursday, 16 November 2017

Huntress of the Night Spoiler Free Review

Huntress of the Night
by Rita Stradling

Release Date: November 21st, 2017

Synopsis:


In the arid Santa Monica Mountains, between the gnarled branches of towering oak trees, lies an entrance to the realm where the virgin goddess Artemis has hidden for the last millennia. 

With only animals and her immortal handmaidens for company, she’s never quite able to conquer her boredom. That is, until the day werewolves come hunting in her woods. 

Alpha of the Los Angeles pack, Jackson Hunter, has come to the enchanted forest desperate to find a solution for a deadly problem—his packmates are being hunted and eaten by a mysterious monster that is impossible to track. Jackson is out of luck and nearly out of hope … until he accidentally challenges the immortal goddess by saying she’s not up to the task of hunting the beast. 

Tempted from her seclusion by the mortal’s challenge, Artemis goes with the alluring werewolf into a world now entirely unfamiliar to her. But the hunt is more dangerous than she could have imagined. 


And nothing is in more danger than her heart. 

My Thoughts:


***I received an ARC from the author for an honest review***

I gave this book 4 stars. It was quick and steamy and I couldn’t get enough of it. I pretty much read this book in one sitting.

I have now read 3 books by Rita Stradling and I’ve enjoyed every single one of them a lot. She has become one of my auto-read authors because she hasn’t disappointed me yet.

One thing I’m a bit confused about is that it’s said to be the sixth book in the series, but I can’t seem to actually find the rest of the series. I’m not even sure if that was a mistake or if it’s one of those series’s where each installment is written by a different author. I’m really not sure about that. What I do know is that this book can definitely be read as a stand-alone.

I feel like the bases of the romance was a bit wishy-washy considering it was about the VIRGIN goddess, Artemis. It’s kind of her whole thing that she would never lay with a man so I feel like that may have weakened her portrayal a bit. However, I can’t be too mad because I really really enjoyed said romance and Artemis was a fantastic character.

Jackson is definitely a new book boyfriend. There are two things you should know about me: I love the name Jackson, and I love alpha male love interests. A lot of people hate cocky one interests and if this is the case for you, this probably isn’t the best book for you to read. However, I personally love it.


If you like romances and mythology, this would be a great little read for you.

Friday, 10 November 2017

Rave: Telling

In the writing and reading world, there is this known rule when writing books "Show don't tell". I, however, love when authors write telling books, just as long as the author is good at doing the telling. There are cases where showing just doesn't satisfy you as much as telling does. However, some books *cough cough* Twilight, aren't so good with their telling and should honestly have more showing. I'm here today to talk about how telling in books isn't always a bad thing.



To be more specific, when the book is in the third person. It feels like someone is sitting there telling me a story. I have nostalgic feelings of sitting in front of the fireplace on a rainy day listening to my grandfather telling me old tales. I mean, I've never actually had those experiences, but that's what those books feel like to me.



A prime example of this is Practical Magic and it's prequel Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman. These two novels have very limited dialogue, there's almost none at all, but the stories are still so rich and you don't even miss the dialogue. Rules of Magic was so full of emotion and characters that I loved and a plot that was very real despite being about witches. It was just so beautiful that I cried numerous times while reading it. The fact that it was mostly telling made it feel seamless when we went from one character to another, going along with their experiences and feeling their emotions. You can't get a lot of that through showing.



And then there are books like A Dog's Purpose where the author has almost no choice but to do most of the telling. Dogs can't talk unless they're Scooby-Doo. Even when the main character is mostly telling you what is happening around them it also creates an atmosphere for the character. You're seeing how they perceive these events int heir lives. Just look at Lolita, that's considered a classic and is critically acclaimed and most of that book is telling because that is the only way for us to see how truly unhinged Humbert Humbert is.



My point is I just like when I'm reading a book and it feels like someone else is reading a story to me. It feels so nice and especially works well for when that book is made into an audiobook. After all of my points, I honestly can't say that I agree with the saying "Show don't tell".

What are your thoughts on the subject?

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Thursday, 9 November 2017

Scion of the Fox Spoiler Free Review

Scion of the Fox
by S. M. Beiko

Synopsis:



As the winter ice begins to thaw, the fury of a demon builds — all because one girl couldn’t stay dead . . .

Roan Harken considers herself a typical high school student — dead parents, an infected eyeball, and living in the house of her estranged, currently comatose grandmother (well, maybe not sotypical) — but she’s uncovering the depth of the secrets her family left behind. Saved from the grasp of Death itself by a powerful fox spirit named Sil, Roan must harness mysterious ancient power . . . and quickly. A snake-monster called Zabor lies in wait in the bed of the frozen Assiniboine River, hungry for the sacrifice of spirit-blood in exchange for keeping the flood waters at bay. Thrust onto an ancient battlefield, Roan soon realizes that to maintain the balance of the world, she will have to sacrifice more than her life in order to take her place as Scion of the Fox.


American Gods meets Princess Mononoke in this powerful first installment of a trilogy sure to capture readers’ imaginations everywhere.

My Thoughts:



I would like to thank the author and publisher for sending me a physical final copy after my difficulty reading the eARC.

I gave this book 4 stars. Scion of the Fox was unexpected. after trying to read the eARC and having an impossible time doing so, I didn’t have very high hopes for the rest of it. However, the author completely turned that around. I loved this book. It was full of complex characters and the thickest of plots, and a relationship that I’m not sure will ever even happen, but I’m really excited for.

I was kind of stupid and I read someone else’s review before finishing this book. I know, that’s the number 1 no-no for book reviewing, but I was looking for something specific (I didn’t find it), but I am happy to report that I didn’t actually agree with this other review of the book. That review was a bit negative, especially about the ending of the book. I, however, think it ended on a good note. It was left a bit open-ended because this is going to be a series and the epilogue was there to get you even more excited for the next book in the series. 

Roan was a character that I needed a bit of getting used to, but once that was all said and done with I grew to love her as a character. She wasn’t annoying or overly rude. She had no sense of entitlement or whiny at all. I genuinely liked her as a character. Reading the first chapter snippet of the second book at the end of this book, it doesn’t seem like she’ll be in it, or she may come in later. It really isn’t clear as of yet, but I really hope she is in the next one because I don’t think I’m done with her quite yet.

I like the dynamic going on between Roan and Eli. They spent most of the book hating each other and fighting, not just in the “I like you so I’m going to pick on you” kind of way, I mean the “I’m going to actively try to murder you” kind of way. They have something going on and I am here for it. I could see something possibly happening. Possibly. I would really like it if it did.

What I loved was that it was set in Canada. I find that most books are set in the U.S. and reference a lot of things only Americans are very familiar with such as historical events that are smaller than full-blown wars. It was nice to actually understand what was being referenced for once, such as Red River. Not enough books are set in Canada and usually if they are they take place in Toronto or just Ontario in general. It’s a bit annoying, so this book was very refreshing.


Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Waiting on Wednesday

Bound to You 
by Alyssa Brandon

Release Date: April 10th, 2018


Synopsis:



A teen werewolf finally meets her destined soulmate only to discover that he's not quite what she expected in this steamy debut romance.

She's met her mate . . . and he's met his match.

Megan Ross has been waiting her whole life for her mate to come and sweep her off her feet. But the wolf she meets on the beach is NOT the sweet gentle boy she's been dreaming of. Instead, he's a warrior, one whose suffering has led him to lock his heart away in a prison as cold and hard as a diamond, who fights to resist the bond and their deep sexual attraction.


Far from home, with a soulmate who is still a stranger, Megan learns that the path to true love isn't quite as straight and easy as she thought . . .

My Thoughts:

This sounds very cliche and like lots of books I've read before, but I'm excited about it. It's been so long since I've read a good paranormal romance and those are my most guilty of pleasures. Not to mention I love books about werewolves especially ones with destined mates. Plus, we don't get a lot of those when it comes to YA. Books with werewolves and their mates are usually NA or "Mommy Porn" romance novels that are extremely raunchy. I'm excited to get my hands on this book to add to my guilty pleasure shelf.


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Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Top 10 Most Hated Book Characters

This could also be Top 10 Books Characters I Hated With a Burning Passion. That's' how much I hate these Characters. I hate all these characters so much that I honestly don't know how to rank them other than my number one. The rest of the characters are interchangeable in order.


10. Arin (Spoilers)




He basically date raped a girl while she was drunk, then he was an overall coward, he killed innocent people and got away with all of that. I actually cheered when he died. I was actually sad that his death didn't last longer. 

9. Kelsey




I hated Kelsey so much that my favorite part of the series was when her leg got ripped off by a shark. That should tell you how much this girl ticked me off.

8. Zoey Redbird




Zoey was a Mary Sue of the worst kind. She was basically the full package and went around slut-shaming every other girl for things she also did. She was just such a hypocrite and so very Holier than thou that I had the hardest time finishing the series.

7. Shay




This one goes way back. I actually liked Shay at first, but he just kept doing these little things that pissed me off. This coupled with the fact that I loved Ren, my relationship with Shay was doomed to fail.

6. Adam Kent




Adam is somehow still loved by a lot of Shatter Me fans. I don't understand it as he really pisses me off and I really can't stand him, but I'm gonna respect the fact that others may like him. I'm just gonna say that I think he's controlling.

5. Macey from Her Book Boyfriend




I hated her so much that I couldn't even finish the book. She was a "Mary Sue" in everyone's minds, but us readers could see that she was terrible. She was so misogynistic and fueled by gender stereotypes. She was also just really rude to the girls she was breaking up with for her friend. 

4. Tamlin the Tool




He was a character I once loved, but then he became distant and over controlling of Feyre. Then their relationship just became toxic, he just was not good for her and she deserved so much better.

3. Drake from The One Memory of Flora Banks




This piece of crap, I can't even get into why I hate him without spoiling the entire book. Just know that he is a piece of crap.


2. Jackson from Poison Princess




Jackson is borderline abusive. Not even physically, it's more of a mental abuse he inflicts on Evie. And she just takes it thinking she deserves it and I honestly think their relationship is just so toxic and I can't stand it, which is why I still haven't finished the series.

1. Umbridge




Try and find a more universally hated character and you will fail. Umbridge is the epitome of everything we as people hate. We could live with Voldemort, but we could not live with Umbridge, she needed to die.

Which Book Characters did you absolutely hate?

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Sunday, 5 November 2017

The Becoming of Noah Shaw Spoiler Free Review

The Becoming of Noah Shaw
by Michelle Hodkin

Release Date: November 7th, 2017


Synopsis:



In the first book of the Shaw Confessions, the companion series to the New York Times bestselling Mara Dyer novels, old skeletons are laid bare and new promises prove deadly. This is what happens after happily ever after.

Everyone thinks seventeen-year-old Noah Shaw has the world on a string.

They’re wrong.

Mara Dyer is the only one he trusts with his secrets and his future.

He shouldn’t.

And both are scared that uncovering the truth about themselves will force them apart.


They’re right.

My Thoughts:

I received this ARC through Netgalley


I gave this book 5 stars. I really loved how well this book was written, the characters weren't weird and different than they were in the original trilogy and it was well paced.

This book was a ticking time bomb. We know from the synopsis that Noah and Mara are going to have the main conflict in this book. Going into this book I was very nervous as I love Noah and Mara together. They are perfect together. It’s even harder seeing Noah grow to distrust Mara as he loves her so much. They love each other so much and that’s part of the problem, they are willing to do anything to protect each other. 

The fact that our former protagonist of the Unbecoming of Mara Dyer is now our antagonist. This is a unique position as this rarely happens. We see this character that we grew to love and fear and we’re seeing this side of her that we don’t really want to see. She is turning into something unrecognizable. 

It was interesting to see everything from Noah’s perspective, he seems like an open book, but he really is good at answering questions with questions, you can’t really know Noah. Noah is actually pretty noble. Pun intended. When we first met him in the first Mara Dyer book he seems like a sleazy playboy, now he can see that he isn’t what we thought he was. He’s a really good person who wants to do the right thing.

Noah and Mara’s banter was the same as it always was, even when they were in tough situations, they were stressed, they still had their easy banter going on. I loved this the ease between them, even though they might not have completely trusted each other, they could still talk to each other.

I hope that in the end Noah and Mara will find their way back to each other because I would love nothing more than to see them work it all out. I know this may not be the case because of the whole “You will love him to ruins” thing, but I still have hope for them.


Also, more of a sidenote, you should 100% read the Mara Dyer trilogy before reading or else it won’t make a lot of sense. There are a lot of references to things that happen in that first trilogy that is detrimental to this story.

Saturday, 4 November 2017

Tower of Dawn Review

Tower of Dawn
by Sarah J. Maas

Spoilers


Synopsis:



Chaol Westfall has always defined himself by his unwavering loyalty, his strength, and his position as the Captain of the Guard. But all of that has changed since the glass castle shattered since his men were slaughtered, since the King of Adarlan spared him from a killing blow, but left his body broken.

His only shot at recovery lies with the legendary healers of the Torre Cesme in Antica—the stronghold of the southern continent's mighty empire. And with war looming over Dorian and Aelin back home, their survival might lie with Chaol and Nesryn convincing its rulers to ally with them.


But what they discover in Antica will change them both—and be more vital to saving Erilea than they could have imagined.

My Thoughts:



I gave this book 5 stars. This book exceeded my expectations, it was just so unexpected that I loved it. I didn’t expect to enjoy it, I’ve read a lot of mixed reviews, but I can say with 100% certainty I enjoyed this book.

I didn’t read this book right away as I normally do with Sarah J. Maas books because, to be honest, I wasn’t really looking forward to this book all that much. It was pretty much just an obstacle I had to get through so I could read the final Throne of Glass book next year.

You might be wondering, “Why Jessie? You used to love Chaol!” and that’s exactly why. I loved Chaol so much, I shipped him with Celaena even more and when their relationship fell through I had an impossible time getting over it. Much like Richard from Friends, getting over him was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do. I didn’t even notice the sparks between Celaena and Rowan in book three because I was too busy wanting Celaena to return and get back with him. Really the only way to get me past that was for me to start hating him for how he was acting in Queen of Shadows, he had to get on my bad side for me to get over Choalena. 

I am happy to say that I once again love Chaol. Sarah J. Maas has a way of molding how you feel about characters in every which way. She’ll make you hate one character for so long but then bring in all these things that make you love them and vice versa. She can make you angry at a character you once loved and then make you love them again. Sarah J. Maas is really good at what she does and I hope she never stops.

I was spoiled for the relationships in this book because some people on Instagram don’t know how to use spoiler warnings. Because of these spoilers, I wasn’t at all surprised when I started the book and Nesryn and Chaol’s relationship wasn’t doing so well. I knew exactly where it as going from the start and I have to say I wasn’t that sad to see them move on. I don’t know, I never really liked them together a whole lot. I mean, I didn’t hate it, but I didn’t love it as much as the other relationships in the series.

Despite being spoiled for the Yrene and Chaol development, I was still shocked by it. It seemed like something that was just out of the blue, I never actually expected to see Yrene in a book again. Although, knowing Sarah J. Maas and her love of bringing back all the other characters from Assassin’s Blade, I really should have known she would bring Yrene into this one. Also, I think it’s safe to say that because she keeps bringing in all these old characters, maybe the Silent Assassins might make an appearance in the next book. Who knows.

Back to the point, I was making about Yrene and Chaol, they surprised the hell out of me, but they work. What didn’t work about Chaol and Celaena was that they had clashing personalities. And while at first, this caused really good chemistry, eventually that clashing came down to more serious life decisions that they just could not get past. Yrene and Chaol seem to agree on most things and when one of them thinks the other is completely wrong they aren’t afraid to talk to one another, they communicate.


If you think that you don’t have to read this book to read the last Throne of Glass book I’m gonna have to smash your dreams to pieces because this book is 100% necessary. We find out so much new stuff that will come into play in the final book. We learn more about characters, plot lines converge and finally, we are seeing the whole picture and not just fragments of what we think is happening. 

Quotes:


“He’d almost told the princess that she could keep Hellas’s Horse, but there was something to be said about the prospect of charging down Morath foot soldiers atop a horse named Butterfly.” 

“Gods help him when Hasar and Aedion met.” 

“The heart he’d offered and had been left to drop on the wooden planks of the river docks. An assassin who had sailed away and a queen who had returned.” 


“Using the chair is not a punishment. It is not a prison,' he said softly. 'It never was. And I am as much of a man in that chair, or with that cane, as I am standing on my feet.' He brushed away the tear that slipped down her cheek.'I wanted to heal you,' she breathed.'You did,' he said, smiling. 'Yrene, in every way that truly matters . . . You did.'Chaol wiped away the other tears that fell, brushing a kiss to her hot cheek.” 


“Everything hurts.” Falkan grimaced, rubbing at his leg. “Remind me never to do anything heroic again.”