Saturday, May 12, 2018

Book Review: Rogue


"Rogue" by Julie Kagawa(Talon #2)

Publication Date-April 28, 2015

Genre-Young Adult, Dystopian, Romance

Hardcover Edition-444 Pages

Rating-5/5 Lily Pads

Would I Recommend It? Yes! If you liked the first book, you have to read this sequel!

No Spoilers!!


Introduction

Hey there, I am back with a new review! Today I am reviewing a sequel to an amazing book I read years ago. That book is "Rogue" which is the sequel to "Talon" written by one of my favorite authors. This was an amazing sequel! This is going to be a quick review since this is the second book in a series, and my reviews are spoiler-free so there's not much I can about this book without spoiling you. Let's get on to the review. 

Plot-5/5

I'll admit that this book doesn't have much of a plot. It's basically just about the main protagonist, Ember running away from the government and they are trying to get her back. I love this series so much so I had to give the plot a perfect rating. Also, this series has dragons in it, so how could I not give it a high rating. 

Writing-5/5

Julie is one of my top favorite authors. I love her writing! She's just an amazing writer and storyteller. 

Pacing-5/5

The pacing is the reason why I loved this sequel so much! This book literally had non-stop action on every page. Pretty much every page they were either running away or fighting someone and it was awesome! I couldn't put this book down and this book always kept me at the edge of my seat the whole time. There was never a dull moment in this book. I was captivated by every page. I was also home from work most of the week because I injured both of my knees. So I was able to fly through this book in four days which is good for me because I'm a slow reader.  

Cover-5/5

I love all of the covers in this series. They are just so cool! All of her books have amazing covers so I'm probably just biased, lol. 

Characters-5/5

Julie has an amazing talent at making you love all of her characters. The characters in this series are awesome! Also, this book is written in multiple pov's so you really get attached to the characters. I love Ember, she is such a kick butt character. I also love Garret so much! He is such a nice guy and I am Team Garret all the way, since the first book. I just think him and Ember are meant for each other. I do like Riley though, he's a great character too. I see him as just a friend to Ember even though most people like him more than Garret. As for Dante, I like him but I don't know what his motives are. Is he supposed to be good or bad? I think I like him just because he's Ember's brother. 

Overall Thoughts

This book was absolute perfection. Every single book I read from Julie, I love. It's just not possible for me to hate her books. Overall, this was an amazing sequel. I read the first book years ago so I don't really remember it that much, but I think I like this book better. However, I hated the ending of this book so I'm a little worried about the third book, but I also can't wait to read it. I need to know what happens next. If you love dragons and haven't read this series yet, what are you waiting for? This series is so cool and unique, you have to give it a try. Also, I really recommend her "Iron Fey" series. That's one of my favorite series so you should read it too. Anyway, that was my review. Thank you so much for taking the time to read this review. I really appreciate it. Have a great day and happy reading! :)

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Book Review: The Dragon's Curse

"The Dragon's Curse" by Bethany Wiggins(Transference series #2)

Publication Date-February 6, 2018

Genre-Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance

Hardcover Edition-336 Pages

Rating-4/5 Lily Pads

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

No Spoilers!!

Introduction

Hey guys! I feel like I haven't posted in weeks. I've been busy the past month because I just got a new job at Barnes & Noble and I love it! So since I'm working two jobs right now, I don't have as much time to read. I'm getting out of my reading slump and I want to read more again. So this review is going to be a quick one because I don't have much to say about this book since it's a sequel. Let's get on to the review!

Plot-5/5

The plot for this book was pretty good.

Writing-5/5

I really enjoy the author's writing. 

Pacing-5/5

The pacing was awesome. The book kept me interested the whole time and it was never boring. 

Cover-4/5

I like this cover better than the first book but I don't love these covers. 

Characters-5/5

I still love the characters in this series. They are wonderful and I love them so much!

Overall Thoughts

Overall, this was a great sequel but I didn't love it as much as the first book which is why I gave it 4/5 Lily Pads. I still really enjoyed this book and I can't wait for the third book when it comes out next year. If you haven't read this series yet you should because it's really good and underrated. So yeah that was my short, quick review. I apologize for making this review short but I don't have much to say about this book. Thank you so much if your reading this review. Also I just read "The Darkest Part of the Forest" by Holly Black but I didn't finish it so that's another reason why I haven't posted in a while. So yeah, I will be starting a new book soon so stay tuned for more posts coming soon. Like I said before, I'm working more hours now so I won't have as much time to post as I used to, but I will try my best to keep you updated. Have a great day and happy reading!:)

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Book Review: The Dragon's Price

"The Dragon's Price" by Bethany Wiggins(Transference #1)

Publication Date-February 21, 2017

Genre-Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance

Hardcover Edition-304 Pages

Rating-5/5 Lily Pads

Would I Recommend It? Yes!
No Spoilers!!

Introduction

Hello guys, I'm back again with a review. Today I am reviewing the only book I've read in March so far, which is "The Dragon's Price". March has been a busy month for me so I didn't get much reading done. I'm glad I finally managed to finish this book and I loved it!

Goodreads Summary

When two warring kingdoms unified against a deadly menace laying waste to both their lands, they had to make a choice: vow to marry their heirs to one another, or forfeit their lives to the dragon.

Centuries later, everyone expects the sheltered princess Sorrowlynn to choose the barbarian prince over the fire-breathing beast—everyone, that is, except Sorrow, who is determined to control her own destiny or die trying.

As she is lowered into the dragon’s chamber, she assumes her life is over until Golmarr, the young prince she just spurned, follows her with the hopes of being her hero and slaying the dragon. But the dragon has a different plan. . . .

If the dragon wins, it will be freed from the spell that has bound it to the cave for centuries. If Sorrow or Golmarr vanquish the dragon, the victor will gain its treasure and escape the cave beneath the mountain. But what exactly is the dragon hiding?

There are no safe havens for Sorrow or Golmarr—not even with each other—and the stakes couldn’t be higher as they risk everything to protect their kingdom.
 

Plot-5/5

You should know by now that I love my Fantasy books. When I first read the summary of this book I knew I had to read it. Anything with royalty and dragons are right up my alley. It just sounded so cool and unique. 

Writing-5/5

This is my first book from the author and I loved her writing style. I can't really explain why, I just found it beautiful at times. 

Pacing-5/5

The pacing was great, I was never bored. This book took me a long time to finish but that was because I've been busy. 

Cover-3/5

I'm not a fan of the cover at all. This book is so wonderful and it deserves a way better cover. 

Characters-5/5

I loved the characters in this book! Especially the main character, Sorrowlynn. She's not your typical princess. She's very strong and kind and I really liked her. I loved Golmarr so much! He is one of my new book boyfriend's now. I don't know why they all come from Fantasy books, haha but I just love guys in the Fantasy genre. Golmarr is so sweet, kind and very brave. They both reminded me of "Emma" and "Eadric" from my favorite series "The Frog Princess" series. I don't know why, their characters just reminded me of them. I guess that's a good thing and that's probably why I loved this book so much. I got "Frog Princess" vibes while reading this book. By the way, if you haven't read my favorite series then what are you doing? I'll admit that the romance was very insta-lovey but it honestly didn't bother me at all in this book. I think it's because I already knew that going in so I was kind of expecting it. I also don't care because I love those two together! I kind of liked Golmarr's family even though I don't trust them. I feel like there's going to be a betrayal in the next book. Maybe I'm just paranoid because I've read so many Fantasy books. I liked Sorrow's sisters but I hated her parents. They were so cruel to her. How could you treat your daughter like that and not care if she dies? I loved Enzio, he is a good guy. I believe those are all of the characters. But anyway, the character development in this book is amazing!

Ending-4/5

The ending isn't the greatest but I'm really curious to see what happens next. 

Overall Thoughts

Overall, I loved this book! I don't understand why it's so underrated. If you love Fantasy, you need to read this book! Please give it some love. I have the sequel "The Dragon's Curse" and I'm definitely going to read it very soon so stay tuned for a review for that book. This book is definitely worth a buy. Yeah, all you should know is that I loved this book! I obviously gave it 5/5 Lily Pads.  That was my review. Thank you for reading. Have a great day and happy reading! :)


Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Book Review: The Wedding Date

"The Wedding Date" by Jasmine Guillory

Publication Date- January 30, 2018

Genre-Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Paperback Edition-311 Pages

Rating-4/5 Lily Pads

Would I Recommend It? Yes

No Spoilers!!


Introduction

Hey there, I'm finally back with a review! Today I am reviewing "The Wedding Date". This is her debut novel and I enjoyed it. When I found out about this book, I knew I had to read it. This book was right up my alley. The Fake-Dating Trope is my favoirte Trope in romance books/movies. I wanted to read a book that's similar to "The Hating Game" by Sally Thorne, which is one of my favorite books. This was the perfect Valentine's Day read. Let's get on to the review. 

Goodreads Summary

A groomsman and his last-minute guest are about to discover if a fake date can go the distance in a fun and flirty debut novel.

Agreeing to go to a wedding with a guy she gets stuck with in an elevator is something Alexa Monroe wouldn't normally do. But there's something about Drew Nichols that's too hard to resist.

On the eve of his ex's wedding festivities, Drew is minus a plus one. Until a power outage strands him with the perfect candidate for a fake girlfriend...

After Alexa and Drew have more fun than they ever thought possible, Drew has to fly back to Los Angeles and his job as a pediatric surgeon, and Alexa heads home to Berkeley, where she's the mayor's chief of staff. Too bad they can't stop thinking about the other... 

They're just two high-powered professionals on a collision course toward the long distance dating disaster of the century--or closing the gap between what they think they need and what they truly want...

Plot-5/5


The plot is what sold me to read this book. I love books with fake-dating in it, so I had to read this book. I love that Alexa and Drew met in an elevator and I love that the book starts and ends with them in the elevator. I thought that was really cool!

Writing-4/5

This is Jasmine's first novel and I liked her writing. It's not the best writing I've read but her style is pretty good. The only thing I didn't like about the writing is she told the story more instead of showing us everything that happens. For example, whenever Alexa and Drew are together, she skips over most of their interactions and just shows them either eating or having sex. It gets really repetitive because that's pretty much all they do when their together. It kind of annoyed me honestly. 

Pacing-4/5

The pacing is fine. I was never bored while reading this book, but I wasn't motivated to pick it up in my free time. 

Cover-5/5

Even though I didn't love this book I love the cover so much! It's gorgeous, that's all I have to say!


Characters-4/5

I think the main reason why I didn't love this book is because of the characters. I liked them, but I didn't love them.I didn't think the character development was that great, to be honest.  I'll explain why below.

First let's talk about the main protagonist, Alexa. She is a kind, short black woman that works in politics. She's kind of insecure about her body and her looks because she's always surrounded by white women. I really liked her character. She's very nice and kind. She was fine. 

I don't know how I feel about Drew. I liked him but I didn't love him. He's a good guy but he kind of bothered me. He goes out with girls but won't commit and he has some anger problems throughout the book. He sort of just annoyed me at times and yeah, I just wasn't a huge fan of him. 

As for the romance, I liked it. Their relationship wasn't developed that well though. Like I said before their relationship was mostly based on sex and food. I felt like they didn't do much. They talked but the author didn't let us see that a lot. They also had some communication problems. I'll admit that the romance was realistic though. 

I loved the side characters, Maddie and Carlos. They were great friends to Alexa and Drew. 

Ending-5/5

I loved the ending of this book. It's a very cute, happy ending. I love happy endings!

Overall Thoughts

Overall, I liked this book but didn't love it. I've read better romance books but I'm glad I read this one. The author has a companion book coming out called "The Proposal" and I can't wait to read that book! If you love romance books, you should read this one. I recommend this book. That was my review. I'm sorry that this review isn't very good, I honestly didn't have much to say about this book. Thank you so much for reading. Have a great day and happy reading!



Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Update

Hey guys. It's been a while since I last posted. I've still been reading but I haven't been in the mood to blog. I'm gonna give you a quick update on some books I've read recently. 

So I recently finished the "Falling Kingdoms" series by Morgan Rhodes. I read "Frozen Tides" which was amazing! It's one of my favorite books in the series. The next book I read was "Crystal Storm" the fifth book. I also loved that book. And the most recent book I read was "Immortal Reign" which is the last book in the series. I absolutely loved it so much!! It was an amazing conclusion. It gave me all the feels, especially at the end. This is a new favorite series of mine and I''m so sad that it's over. So after reading "Immortal Reign", it put me in a huge book hangover. It took me a while to except the fact that the series is over. I just couldn't get over the book for a couple weeks so I stopped reading. Then I picked up a new book I just bought on vacation which is "The Wedding Date" by Jasmine Guillory. I just finished it last night. I'm going to write a review for it right after I post this, so stay tuned for a full review for that book :) Thank you for reading and have a great day!!

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! :)