Thursday, June 22, 2017

Book Review: A Court of Wings and Ruin

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas(ACOTAR series #3)

Publication Date-May 2, 2017

Genre-New Adult, Fantasy, Romance

Hardcover Edition-700 Pages

Rating-5/5 Lily Pads

Would I Recommend It? Yes!!

No Spoilers!!

Favorite Quotes:

"Elain had always been gentle and sweet-and I had considered it a different sort of strength. A better strength. To look at the hardness of the world and choose, over and over, to love, to be kind. She had been always so full of light."-Page 156

 Azriel shrugged. "We-Rhys, Cass, and I-will occasionally remind each other that what we think to be our greatest weakness can sometimes be our biggest strength. And that the most unlikely person can alter the course of history."-Page 309

"We're all broken," Mor said. "In our own ways-in places no one might see". -Page 503

"I believe everything happens for a reason. Whether it is decided by the Mother, or the Cauldron, or some sort of tapestry of Fate, I don't know. I don't really care. But I am grateful for it, whatever it is. Grateful that it brought you all into my life. If it hadn't...I might have become as awful as that prick we're going to face today. Rhys said to Azriel, "If I had not met a shadowsinger, I would not have known that it is the family you make, not the one you are born into, that matters. I would not have known what it is to truly hope, even when the world tells you to despair."-Page 612

Hey guys, I'm finally back! It's been like a month since I last updated. I've been busy but I've also been reading ACOWAR which took me almost three weeks to read. That's why I haven't posted in a couple of weeks. Anyway, I'm back. Today I am reviewing "A Court of Wings and Ruin" by Sarah J. Maas. I absolutely loved this book! This was my most anticipated book of 2017 and it didn't disappoint. This book is also my favorite book of 2017 so far. It was perfection! It was a great conclusion but I'm really sad that it's over. She's writing three more books in the same world so the series isn't completely over yet, I can't wait for the next book in 2018! This trilogy is definitely a favorite of mine. Let's get on to the review. 

The Plot-5/5

I gave the plot a perfect rating because this book is my favorite out of the three. I didn't think it could be even better than ACOMAF, but it was. I loved the plot even though not much happened. 

The Writing-5/5

Even though Sarah isn't my favorite author, I still love her writing. So I had to give it a perfect rating. 

The Pacing-5/5

I've read a lot of reviews and many people thought this book was slow. I'll admit that the book felt very long, it's 700 pages, but I was never bored. I loved every single page of this book so I didn't have a problem with the pacing. I usually love slow-paced books so that's why it didn't bother me. 

The Cover-5/5

I absolutely love the cover! Green is one of my favorite colors so I had to give it a perfect rating. 

The World-5/5

I just love this amazing world that Sarah created. It is just so beautiful and magical. I'm so sad that I had to leave this world, but I'll be back next year when the fourth book comes out. It's definitely one of the best worlds that I've ever read in a Fantasy series. It's just so unique. 

The Characters-5/5

The Characters are the reason why I love this series so much. This series seriously has the best characters I've ever read, well besides Cassandra Clare's books. Even though there are only three books, I grew so attached to the characters. Rhy's squad is just so amazing. I love Feyre and Rhys, they are my OTP, they are the best book couple ever! Azriel, Mor, and Amren are so awesome and Cassian is one of my favorite characters in this series. I just love him so much. Lucien grew on me. I wasn't really a fan of him in the first two books but I ended up loving him in this book. Tamlin is Tamlin, I was never a fan of him even in the first book. I just couldn't get attached to him for some reason. After finishing this book I sort of have mixed feelings about him. He can be mean at times but he does have a nice side, he just doesn't show it very often. I did gain some respect for him at the end of the book. I love Feyre's sisters, Nesta and Elain. I always loved Elain, she's so sweet and lovable. I really didn't like Nesta in the first book but she eventually grew on me and I loved her in this book. The character development was amazing in this series, these guys are like friends to me, they also feel like family to me. I love them so much!


Even though it took me over two weeks to read this book, I still enjoyed myself while reading it. This series is so fun to read. There's so much witty banter and this book made me laugh at times. 

My overall rating is 5/5 Lily Pads. This was such an amazing series, and I'm so sad it's over. I hope I can revisit my friends in the future. This was such a perfect book and just like with ACOMAF, it's one of the best books I've ever read. This series will stick with me for a long time and I can't wait to reread it someday. I wanna reread the series right now. Like I said before I can't wait for the future books she writes in this world. ACOWAR was a great conclusion and I can't wait to see where this series goes next. If you haven't read this series yet, what are you doing? Go pick up ACOTAR right now! You won't regret it. If you love Fantasy books with amazing characters definitely read these books. These books are so worth a buy. Anyway, that was my review. I'm sorry this review was up so late. Thank you so much for reading this review. I'll have more posts coming soon so stay tuned. Have a great day and happy reading! :)

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Book Review: The Duff

"The Duff" by Kody Keplinger

Publication Date-June 7, 2011

Paperback Edition-277 pages

Genre-Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Humor

Rating-3.5 Lily Pads

Would I Recommend It? Yes
Possible Spoilers!!

Favorite Quote:

“No matter where you go or what you do to distract yourself, reality catches up with you eventually.” 

Hey guys. I finally read "The Duff". This book has been on my TBR for five years, basically since I first discovered booktube. I read "A Midsummer's Nightmare" by her and loved it. I thought I would love this book too but I was wrong. Don't get me wrong, it wasn't a bad book I enjoyed it but I didn't love it like I did with her other book. I feel like I would've liked this book more if I read it five years ago when I was younger. As an adult I'm starting to get sick of reading books that take place in High School. I don't hate all of them, most Young Adult contemporary books I love but I think this one felt too young for me. I'm sick of reading High School drama and that's exactly what this book was. Anyway let's get on with the review. 

Seventeen-year-old Bianca Piper is cynical and loyal, and she doesn’t think she’s the prettiest of her friends by a long shot. She’s also way too smart to fall for the charms of man-slut and slimy school hottie Wesley Rush. In fact, Bianca hates him. And when he nicknames her “the Duff,” she throws her Coke in his face. 

But things aren’t so great at home right now, and Bianca is desperate for a distraction. She ends up kissing Wesley. Worse, she likes it. Eager for escape, Bianca throws herself into a closeted enemies-with-benefits relationship with him.

Until it all goes horribly awry. It turns out Wesley isn’t such a bad listener, and his life is pretty screwed up, too. Suddenly Bianca realizes with absolute horror that she’s falling for the guy she thought she hated more than anyone.

The Plot-3/5

Honestly, this book doesn't really have a plot which is why I gave it a low rating. It's basically just about a girl in High School who is the fat girl in her group of friends. It's just her day to day life mixed in with family and friend drama and lots of hookups with the school's playboy, Wesley. Not much happens. There is a lot of sex in this book, I'm surprised this is YA and not New Adult. It's not graphic but most of the book is Bianca hooking up with Wesley. 

The Writing-5/5
I know Kody isn't the best writer out there but I really like her writing. Since I loved "A Midsummer's Nightmare" I had to give her writing style a perfect rating because I just love the way she writes. 

The Pacing-5/5

I had no issues with pacing so it gets a perfect rating. 

The Cover-2/5

I like the movie cover but I really don't like the original cover. It doesn't really go with the book and I just think it's ugly. 

The Characters-4/5
I gave the characters this rating because I liked most of the characters but not all of them. Let's start with Bianca. I really liked her. She's very sassy, negative and sarcastic and I loved that about her. She's a unique character and I had that attitude in high school so I could relate to that. She made some bad decisions in the book but no character is perfect. I just loved reading her inner thoughts. 
I loved her best friends, Casey and Jessica. They were very likable. I loved Casey because she's a great friend. I love that she's a blonde cheerleader but she wasn't a stuck up snob. The fact that she wanted to be friends with a chubby loser even though she's a gorgeous cheerleader says a lot about her. I also loved Jessica, she was so cute and bubbly. I liked Bianca's parents. As for the romance, yes there's a love triangle in this book. I loved Toby, he was such a good guy and it's sad when you root for the guy that isn't the main love interest. Obviously you can tell that I didn't love Wesley. Honestly, I didn't really like him. He's not the worst character ever but I never grew attached to him. He has a nice side and he's not just a arrogant/playboy but I just didn't like him. My main problem with this book is the romance. When it comes to romance I'm never picky. It was a love/hate relationship because they hated each other at first, but their relationship was lust and it was more of a "friends with benefits" thing where they didn't like each other but they hooked up and had sex constantly to distract themselves from problems in their lives and I did not approve of that. Bianca always talks about how much she hates Wesley especially since he made up her nickname "The Duff" but then she'll throw herself at him and then they'll randomly make out and have sex like 50 times, that's basically what the whole book is. That's not a healthy relationship, I just didn't like that.I hated that she used him.  And then the whole them developing feelings for each other thing happened too fast for me. By the end of the book it felt like insta-love. I honestly wanted her to be with Toby, the boy she's crushed on for years and he's so nice and perfect. But of course she has to choose the mean,womanizer bad boy right? They can never end up with the good guy. So yeah, that was the main problem I had with this book. I didn't like them together and I never rooted for them. So yeah that's why I didn't give the characters a perfect rating like I usually do. 


Even though I didn't love this book I still enjoyed reading it. 

My Overall rating is 3.5 Lily Pads. I originally gave it a 4 but I thought it over and decided to lower the rating. I liked this book it was a quick read. I'm not sure if I'll ever reread it, probably not but we'll see. I don't know if I'm going to watch the movie since I didn't love the book even though I heard the movie is completely different. I would still recommend it and think it's worth a buy. If you loved this book I highly recommend "A Midsummer's Nightmare" by her, that one was better in my opinion. So yeah that was my review. Thank you so much for reading. I'll have more posts coming soon so stay tuned. Happy reading! :)

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Book Review: Ensnared

"Ensnared" by A.G. Howard(Splintered #3)

Publication Date-January 13, 2015

Paperback Edition-416 Pages

Genre-Young Adult, Fantasy, Retellings, Romance

Rating-5/5 Lily Pads

Would I Recommend It? If you loved the other books I highly recommend this one!

No Spoilers!!

Favorite Quotes:

Page 1-"I once thought memories were something better left behind...frozen pockets of time you could revisit for sentimental value, but more of an indulgence than a necessity. That was before I realized memories could be the key to moving forward, to recovering the fate and future of everyone you love and treasure most in the world".

"I love your faults and imperfections. Your kind heart, the scars that match mine, and the struggles to find ourselves. I want your humaness. Nothing else."

Hey bookworms. I finished "Ensnared" last night and loved it! This trilogy was amazing and it's definitely a favorite series of mine now. I'm so sad it's over. This series was an incredible journey and I'm so glad I experienced it. I have never read such a unique series before. This trilogy has a special place in my heart and it will always stand out to me. 

The Plot-5/5

I really liked the plot for this book because it took place in Wonderland again. I really liked reading about the real world in "Unhinged" but I missed reading about Wonderland so of course I had to give the plot a perfect rating. 

The Writing-5/5

As always, her writing style was so beautiful and amazing in this book. The way she describes Wonderland is so amazing, it's feels like your really there with Alyssa. She is definitely a favorite author of mine now, I just love her writing. 

The Pacing-5/5

I thought the pacing was fine. I wouldn't say the beginning was slow but it wasn't as fast paced as the second half. I think I just read this book at the wrong time because I was sort of confused throughout the second half. I think it's because I read this book late at night and I was exhausted so I'm sure my brain missed a lot of details but that's okay. It wasn't the book, it was me. 

The Cover-5/5

These covers are just the prettiest book covers ever! Even though my favorite cover is "Unhinged" I still love this cover. I love the red and Jeb's on it so I can't really complain :)

The World-5/5

If you've read this series you'll understand why I love the world so much. Wonderland is just such a beautiful, magical world and A.G. Howard did an amazing job with it. I had to give it a perfect rating because the world is what makes this series so unique and it really stands out from all the other Young Adult Fantasy settings. 

The Characters-5/5

Obviously I have to give the characters a perfect rating because I loved them so much! They are the reason why this is one of my favorite series now. I'm not gonna go into too much detail about them because I talked about them more in my review for "Splintered". But just know that I love these characters. Alyssa is such a great protagonist. I love how loyal she is to the human realm and wonderland. She's such a sweet, strong character. Jeb is just amazing, he's such a good guy and I'm so glad he got a happy ending because he deserves it. As for Morpheus, he was definitely my favorite character in this series. I love him because his character is so cool and complex. He is actually a really good person and I love his loyalty to Wonderland and Alyssa. I am so glad he finally got his happy ending with his one true love. I loved the ending so much. I'm not  gonna say what happens but the ending was just perfect. I love Allie's parents and I'm so happy for them.


Just like with the other two this book was so much fun to read. I just loved these books, they were so easy to read and I found myself getting lost in the world so easily. It's hard to explain but it's just such a fun read. 

My overall rating for this book is 5/5 Lily Pads since all the categories got perfect ratings. This trilogy was just so perfect, I'm so glad I finally read it and I can't believe I waited so long. If you haven't read this series yet, you need to. It is the most unique series you'll ever read in your life. These books are worth a buy not just because of the gorgeous covers but because the insides are just as amazing. I definitely want to read "Untamed" some time but I don't know when I'll get to it because I'm on a book buying ban right now. I can't wait to read her other books, "Roseblood "and "The Architect of Song."  She is now one of my favorite authors and I can't wait to see what else she comes out with. That was my review. I'm sorry this review is up late. I wanted to finish the book sooner but I haven't been reading as much this week. Thank you so much for reading this review. Stay tuned for more coming soon and happy reading! :)

Monday, May 1, 2017

Book Review: Unhinged

"Unhinged" by A.G. Howard(Splintered #2)

Publication Date- January 6, 2015

Genre-Young Adult, Fantasy, Retellings, Romance

Paperback Edition-418 Pages

Rating- 5/5 Lily Pads

Would I recommend it? If you loved the first book, you should read this one!

No Spoilers!!

Favorite Quotes:

Page 197- "So, do you see now? he asks. "Why she doesn't want you driving that car? It's too easy, when you have unharnessed power at your fingertips, to forget you're not invincible. To make rash decisions that can affect your whole future."

Page 252- "Had it been anyone other than the boy who bled himself dry for you in Wonderland," he answers. "I would have killed him with my bare hands-no magic required."

Page 290- "I've often wished he could replace all those bad memories with the good ones we've made together since. But now, more than ever, I realize how important every memory is, bad or good, because they shape who we become."

Hey guys. So I just finished "Unhinged" today and really enjoyed it. It's a great sequel. This review is going to be short because I don't have much too say without spoiling anything. I hope you enjoy it. 

The Plot-5/5

Even though this book doesn't take place in Wonderland like the first book, I still enjoyed the plot. I liked that it was more slow paced because we got to see Alyssa's normal life in our world. 

The Writing-5/5

Just like with the first book, I love her writing style. It's just so wonderful, that's all I can say about it. 

The Pacing-5/5

Even though "Unhinged" wasn't as fast paced as the first book, the pacing was still perfect. I was never bored at all. The first half was just as good as the second half. 

The Cover-5/5

Obviously I love the cover of this book. It's purple which is my favorite color. It's definitely my favorite cover out of the three and Morpheus is on it so how could I not love it?:)

The World-5/5

This book takes place in our world but I'm still going to give it a perfect rating because I love this series. 

The Characters-5/5

I absolutely love the characters in this series! They are so amazing and well developed. I liked Alyssa in "Splintered" but I love her even more. She's just a great character. I still love Jeb, he's such a sweetheart. I love his relationship with Alyssa. I also love Morpheus too. Yes, I still don't completely trust him, but his loyalty to Alyssa is incredible. The love triangle is so hard for me. I love both guys and want her to end up with both of them. However, I'm more Team Morpheus now, I want her to be with him but if she ends up with Jeb I'll still be happy because I love him too. I love Al's Mom and Dad. 


I had fun reading this book. It was very enjoyable. The way she writes is so amazing. She makes it so easy to picture everything in your head and I felt like I was watching a movie while reading this book. Overall, I loved this book. 

Since I gave all the categories a perfect rating, my overall rating for this book is 5/5 Lily Pads just like "Splintered". This book was a great sequel. It was just as good as the first book. If you haven't read this series yet you need to. It's so unique and wonderful! These books are definitely worth a buy. This book ended on a cliffhanger so I'm planning on diving into the last book soon. I need to know what happens. Stay tuned for a review for "Ensnared" coming soon. That was my review, thank you so much for reading, and happy reading!

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Book Review: Splintered

"Splintered" by A.G. Howard(Splintered #1)

Publication Date-February 18, 2014

Genre-Young Adult, Fantasy, Retellings, Romance

Paperback Edition-371 Pages

Rating-5/5 Lily Pads

No Spoilers!!

Favorite Quotes:

"Now, you listen, Alyssa Victoria Gardner. Normal is subjective. Don't ever let anyone tell you you're not normal. Because you are to me. And my opinion is all that matters. Got it?"-Page 7

"A friend doesn't try to run your life. That's what Dad's are for."-Page 30

"Yet here I am, all of those things. Both light and dark, at the same time. If I were to give in to one side of me, would that mean I'd have to give up the other? My heart aches at the possibility. Somehow I feel like I need both to be complete."-Page 273

"It was to be so perfect!" Morpheus all but cries the words, concentrating solely on me. "Your mortal suitor has already forgotten this journey. But you and I, we share memories of a childhood that I will never forget. You are the lady of my heart. My match in every way. I would've stayed at your side once we banished Queen Red, never left you to rule alone. We could've danced every night in the stars above your kingdom. For you, I would've given up my solitary life...been your loyal footman and cherished you eternally."-Page 340

"I would give up all my powers to have you in my arms. Your love is the only magic I need."-Page 341

"I've always believed in your power. For the Queen I saw in you even as a child...for the woman you could never see in yourself. My faith is as unchanging as my age."-Page 344

"Things suck for you sometimes-I get it. But you can't use that as an excuse to treat people any way you want." My cheeks burn hot at the purging of emotions I've suppressed for too many years. "Tearing down the rest of the world won't make you happy. Look inside yourself. Because finding who you were meant to be? What you were put into this world to do? That's what fills the emptiness. It's the only thing that can".-Page 368

Hey guys. I am here to talk about the best book of 2017 so far and that is "Splintered" by A.G. Howard. This book was so amazing and incredible! It is the most unique book I've read in a long time. Let's get on with the review!

Alyssa Gardner hears the whispers of bugs and flowers—precisely the affliction that landed her mother in a mental hospital years before. This family curse stretches back to her ancestor Alice Liddell, the real-life inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Alyssa might be crazy, but she manages to keep it together. For now.
When her mother’s mental health takes a turn for the worse, Alyssa learns that what she thought was fiction is based in terrifying reality. The real Wonderland is a place far darker and more twisted than Lewis Carroll ever let on. There, Alyssa must pass a series of tests, including draining an ocean of Alice’s tears, waking the slumbering tea party, and subduing a vicious bandersnatch, to fix Alice’s mistakes and save her family. She must also decide whom to trust: Jeb, her gorgeous best friend and secret crush, or the sexy but suspicious Morpheus, her guide through Wonderland, who may have dark motives of his own.

The Plot-5/5

First of all, I absolutely loved the plot of this book. As you can tell from the synopsis, this book is a retelling of "Alice in Wonderland". I love the original story and I've never read a retelling of it so I thought this book was so unique. The author took her own spin and made Wonderland her own but she also kept things from the original story too. I just loved the plot of this book. I love that Alyssa had to go to Wonderland and undo everything Alice did to break the curse in her family. 

The Writing-5/5

I'm not very observant when it comes to noticing author's writing styles. I can't tell you if their writing is amazing or not. But for A.G. Howard, her writing is something special. It really stood out to me. She just has a very unique way of writing. It's kind of hard to explain. She just has a way with words. The way she describes everything is so amazing. She's very vivid and her imagery is incredible. She described Wonderland so well it was really easy for me to picture everything, especially the characters. She's descriptive but not too much like other author's. I just love her style and can't wait to see her writing in her other books. 

The Pacing-5/5

I had no issues with the pacing in this book. The first half was very interesting, I wasn't bored at all. I loved learning about Alyssa's mortal life. I liked learning about her family and her friends. The whole journey with her and Jeb going down the rabbit hole was so fun to read about. That was pretty much the first half of the book. Once you get to the second half, you learn more about Wonderland since she's there until the end of the book. The second half was amazing too, it was even better than the first half. I got to learn a lot and Morpheus was in it more so of course I liked that. There was also a lot action so I was satisfied.  The pacing was perfect, that's why I gave it a perfect rating.  

The Cover-5/5

How can you not love the cover? I mean just look at it! It's so gorgeous and it describes the book pretty well. I love the covers for the other books too. My favorite one is probably "Unhinged" since it's purple which is my favorite color. 

The World-5/5

I loved the world so much! It was very dark and creepy but that made it cool to read about. I felt like I was watching the Alice films but with a more darker twist. I can't wait to go back into this amazing world that she created. 

The Characters-5/5

I wish I could give the characters more than five Lily Pads, they were so amazing! I love books that are character driven, they are the most important parts of books for me. I have to love the characters to enjoy the book and this book delivered it so well. First of all, let's talk about our main character Alyssa. I really liked her. She is a very likable character. She acts like a normal teenage girl and she's not really confident which I liked. She had her insecurities. She is a very nice girl with a good attitude in life. She was really trying to find herself in this book. Overall, I loved her and don't have too much to say about Alyssa. 

I loved reading about her family. I loved her mom and dad. I loved her best friend Jenara. She's such a nice girl and I love that she's Jeb's sister. It makes me love her even more. She's a great friend to Alyssa. I wasn't a big fan of Taelor. I know she's not supposed to be a likable character but she wasn't really in the book enough for me to like her anyway. 

Next, let's talk about Jeb. From the reviews I read, a lot of people hate him. I personally really loved him. He never got on my nerves. I think the reason I like him is because I always love the best guy friend and the good guy so I was immediately drawn to him. They've been friends for six years and their relationship was just cute. You can tell he really loves and cared about Alyssa. He sacrificed so much for her so she could live. A lot of people said he's overprotective. I agree with that but it didn't bother me, I like guys that are like that. He really wanted to protect her and help her, what's wrong with that? It shows that he's a good guy. I absolutely loved the romance between them. One of the reasons why I found this book so unique is because in YA books, usually the main character will be best friends with a guy for years and the guy is usually in love with her but she never likes him that way. I loved that Alyssa actually has feelings for Jeb. She wants more than friendship and she's crushed on him for years. I thought that was very unique, how often do you see that in YA books? Very rarely, especially in Fantasy novels. I'm also a huge fan of the friends to lovers trope so that's also why I loved their relationship. 

This book does have a love triangle in it, and it's very hard for me because I love both guys. The second guy is Morpheus. He is like the complete opposite of Jeb. He's not really a good guy. He's very dark and mysterious and is very manipulative. You can't really trust him. I just found myself drawn to him. I love the bad, mysterious guys too. His personality is very different, I've never read a character like him before. You don't know if he's good or not. He does have a soft spot and he has good intentions but he will turn on your back at times. I really loved his relationship with Alyssa. They had a history, they were childhood friends. Their relationship is complicated because Morpheus obviously loves her, but she doesn't really feel the same way, maybe she likes him a little bit. She's also bitter towards him for reasons I'm not going to mention because I don't wanna spoil you. So she sort of has a love-hate relationship with Morpheus. She loves him because he was her childhood friend, but at the same time she doesn't like him because he sort of ruined her life. I loved their flirty, witty banter conversations. Even though Morpheus is a jerk, he is always very sweet to Alyssa and that's one of the reasons why I love him. I also like him because he really believes in her and encourages Alyssa to be her true self, the real her that wants to come out. 
So as for the love triangle, I'm rooting for both guys. I love Alyssa and Jeb together, they make a great couple. But I also love her and Morpheus, they have a lot in common and he understands her more than Jeb does. I don't know, I think I'm leaning more towards her and Morpheus. In the first half of the book I was team Jeb all the way but after I finished the book, I sort of changed to team Morpheus. I love them both so it's hard! I'm so curious to see who she ends up with. I'm pretty sure I know who she picks but I could be wrong so I'll have to just wait and see. It takes talent for an author to make you love both guys just like with Ash and Puck from the "Iron Fey" series and Will and Jem from the "Infernal Devices". Overall, the characters were very well developed so I had to give them a perfect rating. They are the reason why I loved this book so much. 


Lastly, let's talk about the enjoyment level of this book. I had so much fun reading this book. It's been on my TBR for years so I'm so glad I finally read it! This book was just a really fun quick read. When I wasn't reading "Splintered" I couldn't stop thinking about it and I had a hard time putting it down. So obviously I enjoyed this book very much :)

Since I gave all the categories a five, the overall rating of "Splintered" is 5/5 Lily Pads. I loved this book so much! It's one of the best books I've read in a long time. It's my favorite book of 2017 so far but I think ACOWAR will definitely beat it. I just wanna finish this review so I can go on and read the novella "The Moth in the Mirror" next. After that I'm planning on diving into the second book "Unhinged". If you love fairy tale retellings and Alice in Wonderland, definitely read this book. I highly recommend it. Also if your looking for a really unique book to read, please read this book. This series is underrated and needs more love. These books are definitely worth a buy and I will have a review up for "Unhinged" soon so stay tuned for it. Thank you so much for reading this very long review. Have a great day and happy reading!:) 

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Book Review: The End of Oz

"The End of Oz" by Danielle Paige(Dorothy Must Die #4)

Publication Date- March 14, 2017

Hardcover Edition-278 pages

Genre-Young Adult, Fantasy, Retellings

Would I Recommend It? If you loved the other books, you'll love this one

Rating-5/5 Lily Pads

No Spoilers!!

Favorite Quote:

"None of us are entirely Wicked or entirely Good. Or entirely evil, for that matter. We are made of what shapes us."

Hey guys, I'm back with another review. I just finished a really quick read called "The End of Oz." This is the final book in the "Dorothy Must Die" series. I really enjoyed this series. Let's get on with the review.

Like with all of my sequels I'm not going to describe the plot because I don't wanna spoil the book. Let's just get on with my thoughts.

I really enjoyed this book. It wasn't my favorite in the series but it was still good. My favorite book is still "Yellow Brick War". 

I decided to try out a new rating system, I hope you like it.

The Plot for this book was great. I already knew what was going to happen in this book since it's the last book so I'm giving it a high rating. 

I love her writing style as always so I had to give it a high rating. 

The Pacing in this book was perfect. The book is less than 300 pages so I can't really complain about the pacing. It was never slow or boring. The first half was just as amazing as the second half even though the last half had more action. 

I'm not very good at judging book covers but I really like all of the covers in this series. The cover doesn't really describe what happens in the book but at least it stays true to the plot of the series. That's why I gave it a perfect rating. 

The characters in this series are awesome. I love all the characters. Amy is such a great protagonist. She's strong, kind and very selfless. I loved reading about her and found her relatable at times. I really like Nox, he's a great guy and I loved his relationship with Amy. I loved Madison and her character development was great. I loved that she went from being a typical High School snob to being a really kind person. I really liked all the side characters too. I'm not going to name all of them because there's way too many. I liked Dorothy's character even though she's evil. What can I say, I love evil character's in books, they make the stories more interesting. I loved that we got her pov in this book, that was a nice treat. So yeah, I liked all the main characters. 

I really enjoyed reading this book just like the other 3. This series was fun to read. I'm a huge "Wizard of Oz" fan so this series was awesome. I had a great time reading these books and I have nothing bad to say about them. 

My overall rating for this book is 5/5 Lily Pads since I loved everything about it. The ending was a great conclusion and I'm sad that this series is over. It ended really well but I would be happy if there were more books. I haven't read any of the novellas yet, but I want to someday. I'm not sure when I'll get to them though. This series was really good. If you love retellings, I highly recommend this series. These books are definitely worth a buy. That was my review. Thank you so much for reading! I'll have more posts soon so stay tuned. Have a great day and happy reading!:)

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Book Review: If You Were Mine

"If You Were Mine" by Melanie Harlow

Publication Date-February 28, 2017

Genre-Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

Kindle Edition-311 Pages

Rating-5/5 Lily Pads

Would I Recommend It? Yes

No Spoilers!!

Warning for lots of sexual content in this book. This isn't a typical New Adult book because the characters are in their thirties.

Also, I didn't know this was a companion series until after I finished this book. There are two books before this one about Claire's best friends, Margot and Jaime. The books are called "Man Candy" which I believe is the first book and "After We Fall" is the second book so this one is the third and final book. I wish I knew that because I like to read series in order and now I got spoiled but that's okay. I was so happy when I found out there were more books because I loved Margot and Jaime. So yeah I recommend reading those books first before reading this one, unless you don't mind being spoiled. This book can be read as a stand-alone though. I wasn't confused at all, and it wasn't hard for me to connect to the characters. 

Favorite Quotes:

"Did they know how hard it was to look at myself and wonder what was wrong with me that I was thirty and had never been in love?"

"You know, I think for so long I felt like there was something innate about me that wasn't good enough, exciting enough, resilient enough, talented enough to put myself out there. I talked myself out of so many things because I looked at them as opportunities to fail, not as opportunities to succeed. I was so afraid to fall that I never let myself fly."

"Being with Theo had taught me that I liked the way I felt about myself when I stepped outside my comfort zone. Faced my fears. Put on the red lipstick. And watching him let his fear ruin us had forced me to think about all the ways I still let fear hold me back. "I've wanted to visit the museums in Paris since I was a little girl. Yes, I'm scared of flying, but I'll be damned if I'm going to let anxiety keep me from making that dream a reality. I can't go through life being afraid and careful all the time. At some point, I have to go for what I really want and trust in fate. What's meant to be will be". 

"Love is real and it's powerful enough to conquer any odds". 

Hey guys. So I just finished reading "If You Were Mine" and I really enjoyed it. I've been wanting to read this book and I read it now because it's the April book of the month pick for the New Adult book club I'm in on goodreads. Here's the link to the group if you wanna join.

The Plot

Theo MacLeod wasn’t supposed to be the one.
Tall, dark and handsome suits me just fine, but the cocky grin, know-it-all attitude, and mammoth ego? No thanks. I only hired him so I wouldn’t have to sit at the singles table again. It was just pretend.
He wasn’t supposed to kiss me. 
My heart wasn’t supposed to pound. 
We weren’t supposed to spend the night together—the hottest night of my life. 
One night turns into a snowed-in weekend away, and even the blizzard of the century can’t cool the fire between us. I can’t get enough—of his smile, of his body, of the way he makes me feel.
We’re nothing alike. He’s a daredevil, and I’m a nervous Nellie. He’s a drifter, and I want to put down roots. He’s an opportunist with a checkered past, and I’m a Girl Scout volunteer.
But none of it matters when I’m in his arms.
I know he’s made mistakes. I know his wounds are deep, and he doesn’t trust easily. I know he doesn’t believe he could ever be enough to make me happy, but he could. 
All he has to do is stay.

My Opinion

I really liked this book. I love my New Adult Romance books and this one didn't disappoint. It wasn't my favorite NA book but it was good. 

Let's talk about the writing: I really like Melanie's writing style. This was my first book from her and it definitely won't be my last. I like the way she writes. I love that this book is in multiple pov's. I got to see inside of Claire and Theo's heads. I love when romance books are also in the guy's point of view. Overall, I just really like her writing style, I'm not picky with writing anyway :)

I absolutely loved the plot for this book! This book has one of my favorite tropes which is the fake dating trope! I just love reading about fake dating, so that's why I was drawn to this book. If you love fake dating like me you have to read "The Fill-In Boyfriend" by Kasie West. That book was amazing!

As for the pacing, it was fine. I have to say though that I liked the first half of the book a lot more than the second half. I thought the first part was funny and fun to read about. The second half wasn't boring at all but it started to get darker and it wasn't as light and fluffy as the first half. I considered knocking off a star since the second half wasn't as enjoyable, but then it got better and the end of the book  made me so happy so I decided to just keep my original rating. 

Finally let's talk about the characters.

I really liked the main protagonist, Claire. She's a very nice, good girl. She doesn't take risks and she's thirty years old and still single. I could relate to her a lot because I'm also single and I know what it's like to be surrounded by couples a lot. It makes me feel dumb that I don't have a boyfriend. I'm also a hopeless romantic like Claire and she loves the Hallmark romance movies. I also have a fear of flying like her. I just loved her because she's such a good person and she's very sweet and caring. 

As for the love interest, Theo I liked him. He's not in my top book boyfriend's list but I still really liked Theo. He's your typical bad boy with the tragic past. Some people said they found him frustrating, but I didn't. I could totally understand why he acted the way he did. I'm not going to say what he does in the book because I don't wanna spoil you. Yes, his actions were wrong and he made bad choices but I loved that the author made him so realistic. He's not the typical perfect guy in romance books. He has a lot of issues emotionally and mentally. He's scarred from something that happened in the past and he has major trust issues. So yeah, he had a reason to act the way he did. I just love that the author give him lots of flaws, it's very realistic. 

As for the romance, I think they are a great couple. They were perfect for each other. I'll admit that I thought their relationship was a little insta-lovey in the beginning of the book, but because of events that happen in the book it didn't bother me in the end.

I really really loved Claire's two best friends, Jaime and Margot. They were such great friends and yay for a good female friendship in this book! There was no drama, and no backstabbing. Claire's friends were always there for her, they were so nice and just good people in general. I also loved their boyfriends too. I can't wait to read the other two books about Jaime and Margot. I loved them so much and now I get to read their stories! I wish I knew about those books sooner before reading this one.  I loved Theo's brother, Aaron and Josie and their daughters. They were great people. Overall, I loved all the characters in this book. The character development was just so amazing in this book. 

Overall, "If You Were Mine" was such a good book. I'm so glad this was the April pick for the book club. I was so excited to read it and the book didn't disappoint me at all. I can't wait to read "Man Candy" and "After We Fall" by her. If your looking for a good romance with characters in their thirties, I highly recommend this book. This book is definitely worth a buy and I obviously gave this book 5/5 Lily Pads. So that was my review. Thank you so much for reading, have a great day and happy reading! :)