Sunday, February 4, 2018

Book Review: Zenith


"Zenith" by Sasha Alsberg & Lindsay Cummings(The Androma Saga #1)

Publication Date-January 16, 2018

Genre-Young Adult, Science Fiction, Romance

Hardcover Edition-534 Pages

Rating-5/5 Lily Pads

Would I Recommend It? Yes!!

No Spoilers!!

Introduction

Hello! I feel like it's been a while since I last posted. I've been reading but "Zenith" took me a long time to read because it's a huge book. I'm back and I'm here to review this wonderful book. When I first found out that Sasha and Lindsay were writing a book together, I was so excited! I love both of them so much! I love their YouTube videos. So I pre-ordered the book and read it right when it came out. And I was not disappointed! I don't understand why "Zenith" has so many negative reviews. This book was amazing! Let's get on to why I loved this book. 

Goodreads Summary

Most know Androma Racella as the Bloody Baroness, a powerful mercenary whose reign of terror stretches across the Mirabel Galaxy. To those aboard her glass starship, Marauder, however, she's just Andi, their friend and fearless leader.
But when a routine mission goes awry, the Marauder's all-girl crew is tested as they find themselves in a treacherous situation and at the mercy of a sadistic bounty hunter from Andi's past.
Meanwhile, across the galaxy, a ruthless ruler waits in the shadows of the planet Xen Ptera, biding her time to exact revenge for the destruction of her people. The pieces of her deadly plan are about to fall into place, unleashing a plot that will tear Mirabel in two.
Andi and her crew embark on a dangerous, soul-testing journey that could restore order to their shipor just as easily start a war that will devour worlds. As the Marauder hurtles toward the unknown, and Mirabel hangs in the balance, the only certainty is that in a galaxy run on lies and illusion, no one can be trusted.

Plot-5/5

I actually went into the book blind, not really knowing anything about the book. I knew it was set in space with a group of Space Pirates, but that's it. I didn't wanna know too much about the book. I just wanted to read it to support Sasha and Lindsay. I absolutely loved the plot though. It was so cool! I don't normally read sci-fi that much, so I thought "Zenith" was very unique and it's something I've never read before. 

Setting-5/5

This book is set in Space, how could I not love it? Anything that's set in Space is automatically cool to me. 

Writing-5/5

I read some reviews for this book and a lot of people said the writing was so bad. I personally loved the writing! I couldn't tell which chapters the girls wrote, but I thought their writing styles were very beautiful. The book has flowery, pretty writing at times. Also, this book is in multiple pov's which I loved because I love books written in other pov's especially the guy's pov. Overall, I loved their writing styles, and I really wanna read Lindsay's other books since I like her writing. 

Pacing-5/5

The pacing was great! This book had so much action, it was non-stop action throughout the whole book. It was awesome, and I was never bored. 

Cover-5/5

I think the cover is really beautiful. That's all I have to say. 

Characters-5/5

The best part of this book was definitely the characters. The character development was amazing! I loved all the characters!
Some of the characters reminded me of characters in other YA books but that didn't bother me. I thought it was kind of girl. I'll explain about the characters separately. 

First of all I loved the main protagonist, Andi. She was a great character. She's so kick butt, but she's also a good person. She's your typical, strong, smart girl but I loved her. She actually reminded me a lot of Aelin from the "Throne of Glass" series. I thought I was reading about her. 

Next let's talk about Dex. He is supposed to be Andi's enemy, but he's actually her ex-boyfriend. I loved him! He was actually a really good guy and I truly believe he's not evil. I was shipping him and Andi together throughout the whole book. I don't know why the characters reminded me of Sarah J. Maas's characters, but they did. Dex reminded me of Rhysand from the "ACOTAR" series. I don't know why, their personalities were really similar. I love Rhys so I'm okay with that, ha ha. I really liked the romance in this book.  They had a past instead of just meeting for the first time in the book. I thought that was really cool and different and even though they were together in the past, I wanted them to get back together. This book isn't romance heavy, it's more plot-based though. 

The next character I want to discuss is Valen. I didn't know what to think of him at first. I liked him, because Andi was sort of friends with him and he seemed nice. But then a plot twist happened and a theory I had came true. After that I didn't know how I really felt about him. I'm not going to spoil you but I want you to know that, he reminded me a lot of Maven from the "Red Queen" series. His personality was kind of similar to Maven. 

I loved Andi's group of friends. They were all kick butt and awesome girls. I loved Lira, Breck and Gilly. Their whole group is squad goals, I would love to be in their group with Andi. 

Ending-4.5

I thought the ending was confusing and it wasn't a great ending. I know there's a sequel so I was able to excuse the ending. I'm mad that I have to wait a whole year now for the next book, but it wasn't a really bad cliffhanger. 

Overall Thoughts

Overall, I loved this book so much!! It was such a cool, fun book. I enjoyed reading it even though it was very long and took me a long time to read. I can't wait to read the sequel. I need to see the world and characters more. I honestly would love a prequel about Andi training at the academy. I would love to see more into her past. If I haven't sold you yet to read this book then read it right now! Go out and buy a copy! It's so worth it and you won't regret it. I know "Zenith" has so many mixed reviews but please give it a try and don't listen to the bad reviews. I'm glad I gave this book a chance because I loved it and I know you will love it too. Also please read this book and support Sasha and Lindsay. They really deserve it!
So that was my long review. Thank you so much for reading. I will have more posts coming soon so stay tuned. Have a great day and happy reading!:)

Friday, January 19, 2018

Book Review: Kissing Snowflakes

"Kissing Snowflakes" by Abby Sher

Publication Date-November 1, 2007

Genre-Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Paperback Edition-256 Pages

Rating-4/5 Lily Pads

Would I Recommend It? Yes
Some Spoilers!!

Introduction

Hey guys! It feels like a long time since I last posted. I read some books lately but I didn't want to review them yet because I want to wait until the last book in the series came out. So after reading three fantasy books in a row, I wanted something quick and light. I've had "Kissing Snowflakes" on my shelf for a long time so I thought I would finally pick it up. I also wanted to read a book set in Winter so this book was the exact book I needed. It didn't disappoint. 

Goodreads Summary

This fun, sweet, wintertime book is filled with humor and romance. The picturesque mountain ski lodge is the perfect place to spend winter break if you have a boyfriend! Otherwise, that cozy leather couch in front of the crackling fire looks a lot less inviting. Good thing that there are lots of cute, blond, sweater-wearing ski instructors around to choose from.

That summary doesn't really explain the book much so I'll give you an explanation. This book is about a girl named Sam. Her and her brother, Jeremy get invited to go to a ski resort with their father and his new wife(their stepmother). At first Sam isn't very thrilled at the idea but then she realizes it's the perfect way to meet a cute guy. So this book is basically just about her trip with her family, meeting cute boys and hanging out with friends. 

Plot-5/5

I'm giving the plot a perfect rating because I loved the idea of a girl going to a Ski Lodge in the Winter. It was perfect to read in the Winter. 

Setting-5/5

I really loved the setting. I was really able to picture the whole setting at the ski lifts, and the lodge seemed really cozy. 

Writing-4/5

This book is supposed to be YA but it honestly felt more like middle grade to me because of the writing. It's in Sam's Pov but she was kind of immature and acted like a middle schooler and the author's writing wasn't amazing so it just felt younger to me than YA. 

Pacing-5/5

I thought the pacing was fine. It was a very quick read, I read it in two settings. I was never bored, it kept me interested the whole time. 

Cover-4/5

I think the cover is cute. This book was published in 2007, so I could excuse the not so amazing cover. 

Characters-4.5/5

I really liked the characters in this book. I liked the main character, Sam. She was very outgoing but also awkward and I liked her. She's not afraid to say what she's thinking so she tends to babble a lot. She was kind of frustrating and naive sometimes. I'm not going to say why because I don't want to spoil you. Her immature behavior is why I thought this was a middle grade novel. She got mad over things that weren't even that bad and she was kind of dramatic. I understand that teenagers can be immature but I guess I'm so used to reading about more mature teens in YA. I still liked her though, she was a good person.

I didn't like Drew who is Sam's first love interest. He was your typical hot, blonde, player that takes advantage of girls. He only wanted Sam for Sex and that is so not okay. I was waiting for Sam to get the hint that he wasn't interested in her after she refused to sleep with him. 
I did love Eric though. He's the son of the man that owns the lodge and I loved him. He was such a nice guy, and he loves to read and draw. I really shipped him and Sam throughout the whole book. The romance was very cute. 

I liked Phoebe who is Sam's best friend. She was really nice and I felt bad for her because Sam kind of treated her badly. 

I really liked Phoebe's Dad and her new Stepmom. I understand why Sam didn't like her new Mom, but Kathy was so nice and just wanted to get to know Sam and be friends with her. Sam treated her really badly and that was one of the things that frustrated me about her. I liked Sam's brother too. 
All the side characters I liked too. I'm not going to mention them more because that would take too long. 

Ending-4.5/5

The ending was really cute and predictable. However, I didn't like that she didn't resolve the problem with her and Phoebe at the end of the book. I assume their friendship is fine but it wasn't really told to the reader. 

Overall Thoughts

Overall, this was a cute romance book. I'm glad I finally read it and it was the perfect Winter read. If you love cute, light comtemporary romance books, I recommend this one. As much as I liked this book, I didn't love it which is why I gave the book 4 Lily Pads. This was a good book but I don't think it's really worth buying. I would borrow it from the library. Luckily I got mine at a library sale for less than a dollar. So yeah, that was my review. Thank you so much for reading this review. I will have more coming soon so stay tuned. Bye and happy reading! :)

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Mini Reviews: Pushing the Limits and Gathering Darkness

Hey guys, I'm back! I know I haven't posted in a couple of weeks. I've been busy with the Holiday Season but I've still been reading. I just read two books recently. I don't feel like writing two long separate reviews for them like I usually do, so I'm going to write quick reviews for each book. I'm sorry for doing it this way, but I don't have too much to say about these books anyway, just know that I loved both of these books. 

5/5 Lily Pads
I really loved this book! It has been on my TBR for years and I'm so glad I finally read it. I thought this book was absolute perfection. I've never seen such a healthy romance portrayed this well in a YA Contemporary. I read a lot of Contemporary Romance, and this book seriously had the healthiest relationship ever. I loved Noah and Echo. I loved how scarred and flawed they both were, and they loved each other despite all of the personal struggles they have. That's a real relationship for me and I just loved them so much! I highly recommend this book and can't wait to read the next book "Dare You To". 

5/5 Lily Pads
I loved this book too! It was amazing. I love this series so much! It's becoming a favorite series of mine and I am obsessed, lol. These books are so addicting, I always have trouble putting them down. I always fly through the books and I read this one very quickly. I'm not gonna put spoilers so this review is pretty short. I don't have too much to say about "Gathering Darkness" anyway. Just know that I loved this book and can't wait to read "Frozen Tides" next. If you haven't read this series yet you need to. Also, Magnus and Cleo are my new OTP, I ship them so hard!

So yeah, those were my two quick mini reviews. I really wanna start "Frozen Tides" next so stay tuned for a review after I finish it. I hope you all have a Happy New Year and I will see you guys next in 2018! I also hope you had a great year in 2017. I have a feeling 2018 will be a lot better for me. Anyway, thanks for reading and I will see you in the new year. Bye and happy reading! :)

Monday, December 11, 2017

Book Review: Awake at Dawn


"Awake at Dawn" by C.C. Hunter(Shadow Falls #2)

Publication Date-October 11, 2011

Genre-Young Adult, Paranormal, Fantasy, Romance

Paperback Edition-383 Pages

Rating-4/5 Lily Pads

Would I Recommend It? Yes if you liked the first book.

Beware of Spoilers!!
Introduction

Hey guys, I'm back with a review. I am reviewing the second book in the "Shadow Falls" series. I just read the first book and really enjoyed it. The book ended on a cliffhanger so I really wanted to dive into the next book. I'm glad I did because I really enjoyed this book, it was a good sequel. Let's get on to the review. 



Plot-4/5

There wasn't much of a plot. It was basically just about Kylie trying to figure out what she is and just some boy drama. Not much happens which is why I gave it a lower rating. It was entertaining and I was never bored while reading it though so I thought I would give the plot a generous rating. 

Setting-5/5

I'm still giving the setting a perfect rating because I love where these books take place. I love being at the camp, it's so cool!

Writing-4/5

I like the author's writing but it's not anything special. She's good at writing dialogue though so I gave it a higher rating. 

Pacing-5/5

Even though I said this book is slower than the first book, I never found it boring. The whole book is enjoyable. The second half was amazing though! The second half had so much action especially towards the end of the book. I'm not gonna lie, I think the reason why I found the first half kind of slow is because Lucas wasn't in the book until the second half. I love Lucas and reading about Kylie and Derek wasn't as entertaining. 

Cover-5/5

Just like with the first book, I love this cover. I actually love all of the covers. I think they are gorgeous. 

Characters-4.5

You're probably wondering why I didn't give the characters a full five. I'll get to that in a minute. I'm not going to go into much detail about the characters because I explained my feelings for them in my review for the first book. I still love Kylie, she's a great main character. I still love all the side characters like, Miranda, Della and Perry. I totally ship Holiday and Burnett. I still love Lucas, he is my dream guy and he stole my heart even more in this book! So the reason why I didn't give the characters a perfect rating is because of Derek. For those of you who've read this book, you'll understand why. I really liked Derek in the first book, but I started to dislike him in this book. I didn't like the way he treated Kylie. She didn't want to be more than friends with him yet because she has to think about which guy she likes better. (You guys should know I'm totally Team Lucas by the way) and I don't ship her with Derek at all. Anyway, he didn't like that she needed more time so he just took off, ignored her and stopped talking to her. Like seriously? This is your friend, why would you treat her that way? You can still talk to her and be around her. So yeah, that's why I don't like him anymore. I can write a book on why I love Lucas. I was reading a lot of pages of "Team Derek or Team Lucas" and I was surprised to see that a lot of people are Team Derek and I'm like, why? I don't get it, Lucas is so much better and he treats her so much better! He would never intentionally ignore her or stop talking to her. Anyway, Derek is not a bad guy but I just hated that he did that. Maybe he will redeem himself in the third book. 

Ending-5/5

The ending of this book was amazing! There was so much action and it ends on a cliffhanger. I can't wait to see where this series goes. 

Overall Thoughts

"Awake at Dawn" was a great sequel. I'm really liking this series. I can't wait to read the third book. I'm not sure when I'll read it though, because there's so many other books I wanna get to this month in December. Stay tuned for a review for "Taken at Dusk". If you liked the first book, you should pick this one up, it's definitely worth a buy. So that was my review. Thank you so much as always for taking the time to read my posts. I really appreciate it. You guys are the best! Thank you and stick around for more posts coming soon. Bye and happy reading! :)

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Book Review: Born at Midnight


"Born at Midnight" by C.C. Hunter(Shadow Falls #1)

Publication Date- March 29, 2011

Paperback Edition-398 Pages

Genre-Young Adult, Paranormal, Fantasy, Romance

Rating-4.5/5 Lily Pads

Would I Recommend It? If you love Cassandra Clare's books, I think you'll like this book

No Spoilers!!

Introduction

Hey there, I am back with a review! Today I am reviewing a book that's been on my TBR for five years and that book is "Born at Midnight". I've been wanting to read this book since I first discovered it on Booktube in 2012. So I finally read it. I'll admit, that I dnf'd it after reading the first half because I wasn't loving it. I just decided to pick it up again because I really don't like not finishing books, and I'm so glad I did because I really enjoyed the book. Let's get on to the review. 

Goodreads Summary

One night Kylie Galen finds herself at the wrong party, with the wrong people, and it changes her life forever. Her mother ships her off to Shadow Falls—a camp for troubled teens, and within hours of arriving, it becomes painfully clear that her fellow campers aren’t just “troubled.” Here at Shadow Falls, vampires, werewolves, shapeshifters, witches and fairies train side by side—learning to harness their powers, control their magic and live in the normal world.

Kylie’s never felt normal, but surely she doesn’t belong here with a bunch of paranormal freaks either. Or does she? They insist Kylie is one of them, and that she was brought here for a reason. As if life wasn’t complicated enough, enter Derek and Lucas. Derek’s a half-fae who’s determined to be her boyfriend, and Lucas is a smokin’ hot werewolf with whom Kylie shares a secret past. Both Derek and Lucas couldn’t be more different, but they both have a powerful hold on her heart. 

Even though Kylie feels deeply uncertain about everything, one thing is becoming painfully clear—Shadow Falls is exactly where she belongs…

Plot-5/5

I know the plot of this book isn't very original, but I really liked it. I liked that it it's about a camp for paranormal creatures. It kind of reminded me of "Camp Half-Blood" from the Percy Jackson series. I love paranormal books so I thought it was cool that everyone at the camp were different creatures, it wasn't just one type of creature. 

Setting-5/5

I really liked the setting. Like I said before, I love that it took place at a camp for Paranormal creatures. It was cool to read about. 

Writing-4.5/5 

I like the author's writing, but her style isn't my favorite. I've read authors with better writing so I'm not giving her a perfect rating for this one. 

Pacing-5/5

The pacing was great. It was never slow and I was never bored while reading this book. 

Cover-5/5

I actually love the cover of this book. Purple is my favorite color so of course I love the cover! The spine is pretty too. 

Characters-5/5

I think the characters really saved the book for me. I chose to dnf it at first because I wasn't loving the book, but the characters definitely made me want to keep reading. The character development was done very well. I actually found myself attached to these characters.
I really liked Kylie. I don't understand why she has so much hate. Yeah, she can be immature at times but she's a teenage  girl so it's fine. I liked her because she's a kind, good, person. She really cares about others, especially her friends and family. 

I'm not going to mention all of the characters because that would take way too long. 

I liked Derek. I think I liked him more in the beginning of the book because Lucas wasn't present yet. He's a very good, sweet guy and I liked him. But I don't like that he keeps pressuring Kylie to be more than friends with him. If you read the book, obviously she likes Lucas better(I do too) and she doesn't want a relationship in the first book so I kind of wish he would back off a little. I heard he's more pushy in the second book and I just can't stand guys like that. What's wrong with just being friends first? They haven't known each other for long either. I only see him as a friend to her and nothing more. I'm biased because Lucas stole my heart. 


Guys, I am Team Lucas all the way! I loved him so much!! He's actually not in the book that much but when he was, my heart was beating so fast. He's such a good guy too like Derek but I like him so much better. He's very kind, sweet and very protective to Kylie and I love guys that are protective. Ahh, I love him so much! I obviously ship him and Kylie together, they are meant for each other. I also like that they have a history because their relationship didn't feel insta-lovey like her and Derek. I love that he always protected her when she was little, it's so cute! There's something he does at the end of the book and  I don't wanna spoil you but its' so sweet! I can't wait to see him more in the other books. He is seriously one of my book boyfriends now!

As for the side characters, I loved Della and Miranda. They are so cool and I would love to be friends with them. I loved Holiday and Perry but I don't like Kylie's parents. If you read the book you'll know why. 

Ending-5/5

The book has a happy ending but it ends on a cliffhanger. I need to know what happens next! I can't wait until I get to the next book. 

Overall Thoughts

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I'm so glad I decided to finish it and give it a second chance. It's been a while since I've read a paranormal book, so it was a nice change from all the other stuff I've been reading. The reason I didn't give the book a perfect rating is because I didn't love the book. I didn't think it was amazing or mind blowing but it was really good. I can't wait to read the second book "Awake at Dawn". This book is worth a buy. If you love paranormal books with love triangles or love the "Mortal Instruments" series by Cassandra Clare I think you will love this book. 

That was my review. Thank you so much for reading. I'm probably going to continue reading "The Rules of Magic" by Alice Hoffman next. Stay tuned for a review for that book soon. Have a great day and happy reading! :)


Monday, November 20, 2017

Book Review: Grim

"Grim" edited by Christine Johnson

Publication Date-February 24, 2014

Genre-Young Adult, Short Stories, Fairy Tale Retellings

ARC Paperback Edition-476

Rating-4/5 Lily Pads

Would I Recommend it? Yes
No Spoilers!!

Hey guys. I feel like it's been a couple of weeks since I last posted. I've still been reading, but I didn't want to review the last couple of books I've read and I just dnf'd a book. Today I am reviewing "Grim". This is a YA Anthology about fairy tale retellings written by Young Adult authors. I got this book from Harlequin Teen years ago and never got to it. I finally read this book and it feels so good that I'm done with it. I did enjoy it, it was pretty good. Let's get on to the review.

I am going to rate each story individually. 

"The Key" by Rachel Hawkins-4/5 Lily Pads

I really liked this one. I never read a book by Rachel Hawkins but I like her writing style. This short story was good but it was too short for me and ended abruptly. I wasn't attached to the characters but that's okay because it was only 34 pages. Overall, I liked this one but it was kinda weird. 

"Figment" by Jeri Smith-Ready-5/5 Lily Pads

I really loved this one! I loved her "Shade" trilogy so I was really excited to read her story and it didn't disappoint me. I'll admit that I was confused in the beginning but it started to make sense soon after that. I really liked the "Puss in Boots" retelling and I really liked the main guy, Eli. He was a good guy and I loved that he was a musician. I loved Lyra and "Figment the cat". Overall I really loved this story, it was very cute. The character development was really awesome and it ended really well, but I wish it was a full novel because I would love to see more with the characters. 

"The Twelfth Girl" by Malinda Lo-5/5 Lily Pads

This is my favorite story so far out of the first three. I liked the main character, Liv even though she was naive. I love the "Twelve Dancing Princesses" story. I liked the plot and the setting at the boarding school. 

"The Raven Princess" by Jon Skrovron-5/5 Lily Pads

This one is my new favorite so far. I loved this story! The plot was awesome and the character development was amazing! I wish this story was a full length novel. I wanna read more about these characters. 

"Thinner Than Water" by Saundra Mitchell-1/5 Lily Pads

I didn't care for this story. It was weird and I didn't like the incest in it, I thought it was gross. I was also bored while reading it, and I don't even remember how it ended. 

"Before The Rose Bloomed" by Ellen Hopkins-2/5 Lily Pads

This one was ok. I didn't love it and I hate books in verse so that's probably why I didn't care for it. She does have a pretty writing style though so I gave it a higher rating than the last story. 

"Beast/Beast" by Tessa Grafton-5/5 Lily Pads

I really liked this story! It was really good and I loved the characters. It's Beauty and the Beast, how could I not love it?

"The Brothers Piggett" by Julie Kagawa-5/5 Lily Pads

I loved this story! Julie is one of my favorite authors so of course I wasn't disappointed. I loved all the characters, especially Percival. He was so cute and I felt so bad for him. 

"Untethered" by Sonia Gensler-1/5 Lily Pads

I'm not sure how I feel about this story. It was confusing and it was only ten pages long so there wasn't really a plot. There wasn't any character development either. It was just meh, and it probably would've been better if it was longer. 

"Better" by Shaun David Hutchinson-DNF

I couldn't finish this story. I didn't care for it. It was boring and I didn't care about the characters. 

"Light it Up" by Kimberly Derting-5/5 Lily Pads

I loved this story! It's a retelling of "Hansel and Gretel" and it was really good! I loved their relationship and the character development was awesome. I honestly wish the story was a full length novel. This story is one of my favorites now. 

"Sharper Than A Serpent's Tongue" by Christine Johnson-5/5

I really liked this one. I love the close sister relationship between Clara and Dina. The story was very creative. 

"A Real Boy" by Claudia Gray-5/5 Lily Pads

This is by far the most beautifully written story in the book. Her writing style is gorgeous. I loved Blue and Rowan, they were great characters and Rowan is such a sweetheart. 

"Skin Trade" by Myra McEntire-1/5 Lily Pads

I'm not really sure how I feel about this story. It was weird and wasn't that great. It was also very short and had insta-love in it. 

"Beauty and the Chad" by Sarah Rees Brennan-4/5 Lily Pads

This story was pretty good. It reminded me of "Mulan" because Belle disguised herself as a boy. I liked that the author made the beast a good guy and he was a really nice person. 

"The Pink" by Amanda Hocking-3.5/5 Lily Pads

I love Amanda's books so I had high hopes for this one. This story was good. The first half kind of bored me, but the second half was a lot better. I loved Brenn, Dianthus and his parents. The ending was really cute. 

"Sell Out" by Jackson Pearce-2/5 Lily Pads

I really like Jackson Pearce's books but I wasn't a fan of this one. It was boring and the plot wasn't very good. 

Final Thoughts

I gave this book an overall rating of 4/5 Lily Pads. A lot of the stories I really liked, but there were some I didn't care for. This was my first anthology and I can't wait to read more of them in the future. If you love retellings, you should definitely read this book. 
So yeah that was my review. Thank you so much for reading and have a great day. Happy reading! :)

Monday, November 6, 2017

Book Review: The Glass Spare

"The Glass Spare" by Lauren DeStefano(The Glass Spare #1)

Publication Date-October 24, 2017

Genre-Young Adult, Fantasy, Retelling, Romance

Hardcover Edition-402 Pages

Rating-5/5 Lily Pads

 Would I Recommend It? Yes!

Some Spoilers!!

Introduction

Hey everyone! I am back again with a review. Today I am reviewing a new release book which is "The Glass Spare". This is Lauren's new fantasy novel. I read "Wither" by her earlier this year and really enjoyed it. When I found out she was writing a Fantasy novel and read the synopsis, I was so excited! I actually pre-ordered this book and I never pre-order books. This book was really good! I really enjoyed it. Let's get on to the review. 

Goodreads Summary

Wil Heidle, the only daughter of the king of the world’s wealthiest nation, has grown up in the shadows. Kept hidden from the world in order to serve as a spy for her father—whose obsession with building his empire is causing a war—Wil wants nothing more than to explore the world beyond her kingdom, if only her father would give her the chance.

Until one night Wil is attacked, and she discovers a dangerous secret. Her touch turns people into gemstone. At first Wil is horrified—but as she tests its limits, she’s drawn more and more to the strange and volatile ability. When it leads to tragedy, Wil is forced to face the destructive power within her and finally leave her home to seek the truth and a cure.

But finding the key to her redemption puts her in the path of a cursed prince who has his own ideas for what to do with her power.

With a world on the brink of war and a power of ultimate destruction, can Wil find a way to help the kingdom that’s turned its back on her, or will she betray her past and her family forever?


Plot-5/5

Like I said before, the plot is what made me want to read this book in the first place. I loved the plot! It is so unique and different. Wil can kill people or living things by turning them into gemstone. It's so cool! I never read a book like that before. Also, the fact that this book takes place in kingdoms made me love it even more. I love anything that's set in a royalty setting. It's my favorite type of fantasy to read about so of course I loved the plot of this book. 

Setting-5/5

I love books that take place in castles and I just love fantasy worlds in general so obviously I gave it a perfect rating. The setting was absolutely perfect!

Writing-5/5

I love the author's writing style. When I was reading "Wither" I remember loving her writing and the way she writes is just beautiful. 

Pacing-5/5

The pacing was perfect in this book. It kept me interested the whole time. 

Cover-4/5

I like the cover but I'm not in love with it. It's pretty but I feel like it could've been better. 

Characters-5/5

I really liked all of the characters in this book. They were developed really well and I like that she threw in some diversity. One character is physically disabled and another character has OCD. 
Let's discuss our main protagonist, Wil. I really liked Wil. She was a really strong, awesome girl. She has three older brothers so she's pretty tough and she's really good at fighting and defending herself. She has a kind heart, and is really close to her family. I love how the main plot revolves around Wil's family and I love how protective she is for the people she loves. She's a great character and I really love her. I feel so bad for her since she's stuck with her bad power, I would hate to be her. I like that even though she has a deadly power, she's not a monster, she's a good person. 
I love her Mom, she's very kind and loves her family. I don't really like her Dad. He's not in the book that much but I don't like him because his intentions aren't good. I love Owen, he's such a good older brother. Spoiler- I was so sad when he died, I thought he would come back to life but he didn't. It broke my heart because I loved Owen. 

I didn't like Baren at all. He was a mean brother, he didn't love any of his siblings and he just wasn't a likable character at all. 

I loved Gerdie so much!! He's definitely one of my favorite characters of this book. He's so intelligent, kind and sweet. I love how much he cares about Wil and I just love their relationship. It's refreshing to see a brother and sister have a close relationship in a YA book. I feel like that's not common. 
I like Zay. At first I didn't like her because she didn't like Wil and didn't trust her. But she becomes nicer as the book goes on and by the end, I really liked her. I really liked Loom too. He was a great guy, he really wanted to help his kingdom and make the world a better place. I kind of shipped him and Wil. This book doesn't have a lot of romance, it's a very minor part of the book. So if you want a Fantasy book with a lot of romance, this isn't the book for you. There's a reason why there's not a lot of romance but it's explained at the end of the book. 

Ending-5/5

Since this book isn't a stand-alone, I can't really judge the ending. It was good. I didn't think it ended on a cliffhanger. I can't wait to read the next book to find out what happens. It stinks that I have to wait a whole year for the next book but I can live because there's no cliffhanger. 

Overall Thoughts

Overall, I loved this book. It was a great and refreshing Fantasy book. I loved everything about "The Glass Spare". If your wondering, I never continued the "Chemical Garden trilogy" because something happens in the second book that I don't like. So I'm not planning on finishing that series even though I really liked "Wither".  I definitely want to read the next book when it comes out next year. This book is so worth a buy, you should go out and buy a copy of this book right now because it's amazing and underrated. This book seriously needs more recognition. I haven't seen this book anywhere around booktube and I don't understand why. Please go read it and give this book and the author some recognition. She deserves it. So yeah, that was my review. Thank you guys so much for reading. I have no idea what book I'm going to read next, but stay tuned for my next review. Bye and happy reading! :)