Lost by Donnielle Tyner


After the meteorite crashed on Earth, it released a mist that changed the DNA of some soldiers in the second World War. They are known as Caelians and have different powers called Talents, and they live along with Norms- Talent-less humans. Sadie is an orphan and doesn’t have the ability to harness her talent yet. Until one day, she meets Kian.

It started off at a good, easy pace and I enjoyed it until around the middle. The beginning of the story was great and it felt like it was gearing up and a surprise would come later on in the book but it all just fell a little flat. I did like reading it but it wasn’t captivating or

The writing was simple but I found the conversations between the characters to be forced and even sometimes, awkward. Most parts of the book felt dull and I couldn’t bring myself to be as invested in the story. The plot line had great potential, though, and the history of the Caelian magic was very interesting even if there wasn’t a lot of it.

I didn’t buy the romance between Kian and Sadie, though. It might be because of the time in the story and how it spans over a few weeks, but it wasn’t convincing enough. They only met about two times before she started falling in love with him. I didn’t particularly connect with Sadie’s character either. She was likable, yes, but she is very ordinary and lacked the traits that makes a good main character. I found it hard to relate to her.

Despite all my little complaints, it was a good book with a great background story. I especially liked the prologue piece and it drew me in from the first page. I would have liked the book to be longer! I was just beginning to distinguish the characters and recognize them individually.

Please don’t be discouraged by my low rating for books. It was a good read. It is just that after book blogging, my rating and views have changed and I tend to unemotionally rip its different components apart when reviewing. 🙂

A copy of this book was given to me by the author for review.

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8 Reasons to Read Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff


8 Reasons to Read Illuminae

1. The book is written in a file/dossier format using IMs, emails, reports and surveillance footage—the story is laid out in such a cool and fun way that it is hard not to love it. There are even actual coffee and blood stains on the reports!

2. It’s set in space, in the year 2575, in the middle of an interstellar war between two big companies

3. There are zombies, and psychotic little girls that drag around people’s hearts

4. There’s a mad Artificial Intelligence computer, AIDAN, that believes it is doing the right thing

5. Kady and Ezra: they are funny and brave and have the sweetest moments

6. There were no boring moments and every page was packed with action and funny parts and feels. Lots of feels!

7. Kady is a hacker with an IQ of 147! She is a freaking genius. When do you ever see that in books? This book, along with the characters, kicks ass.

8. I will be re-reading this a lot. This is the best book I have read this year (sorry Throne of Glass!) and also one of the best science fiction (second only to The 5th Wave)

Just read it. I promise YOU WILL LOVE IT.

REVIEW

Fucking brilliant. BRILLIANT. (Brilliant is synonymous to illumine 🙂 ) Like I don’t even know how to explain the feels, but if I sum it up in a sentence: shit goes down. This might be my most favorite book of the year.

The weird formatting and the way this book is written is what caught my eye first, but this book is better than that. The plot is fresh and original and it is nothing like I have ever read. I like how so much effort was put in to make this book as realistic as possible.

Ezra and Kady are such great characters. He is a quirky and bright character while she is smart and sassy. And sarcastic. Their romance is enveloping; I had not planned on connecting with these characters on a personal level but their story is beautiful. Kady is all “I will go down with this ship”, while Ezra is just fighting to keep himself alive for Kady.

I loved all the characters so, so much. I’d love to be best friends with Kady and Ezra, but my most favourite character in the book is AIDAN. Why? You need to read the book to find out why I say a mad computer is the best. He (she/it?) just is.

I am all around her, silent in my vigil. Rows of servers and cables and flickering lights.
This is my center. The heart of me. And in it now she resides, filling the air with her grief.
Before this moment, I have never wished to be something other than what I am. Never felt so keenly the lack of hands with which to touch, the lack of arms with which to hold.
Why did they give me this sense of self? Why allow me the intellect by which to measure this complete inadequacy? I would rather be numb than stand here in the light of a sun that can never chase the chill away.

It was so hard to put this book down, soon I gave up even trying and put all my time into reading this, because damn, Illuminae is out of this world. Literally. I just can’t say enough about this book except that it is worth reading. Each page was like a shock to me and before I had even absorbed that, a new shock wave rolled on. There is a lot going on!

I definitely, definitely recommend this book. Ezra and Kady were an amazing couple, but I enjoyed the story as a whole more than the romance. And it’s part of a trilogy? Bring it on.

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas


The plot is so captivating and  engaging. The hype surrounding this series is so intense that I had to give into the pressure and read it. I definitely don’t regret, in fact I loved every moment of this book, but I wish that I had read Throne of Glass before it became this popular, because sometimes the hype spoils the mood, you know?

In the first few pages, Celaena comes off as an over-confident and arrogant brat, and I almost wanted to abandon the book right there. (We will ignore the part that I am just as arrogant as her, if not more.) But then I thought of all the stellar reviews that this book has gotten, and I continued. And what a great decision that was.

Celaena is a very different girl. She has suffered a lot in her life and keeps many secrets bundled up inside her, but she can still rip you to shreds before you can say hello. I love how she is an assassin and stereotypically, that would mean she wouldn’t like balls and dresses, but she does! Her character isn’t limited to social and ethical boundaries and she is a much more complex character than I thought.

I especially loved the banter between Chaol and Celaena and the way they talked like old friends. Celaena’s relationship with Chaol is so much different from her relationship with Dorian, but somehow I liked them both.

I simply cannot decide who is better, Dorian or Chaol. I originally was in favor of Dorian, and then leaned a bit towards the captain, Chaol, and now heart is torn between the two. The romance between Celaena and Chaol is slow and sweet, but sparks fly between Dorian and Celaena! I love how the romance doesn’t overtake the story, but it is there and it is steady. It is more than just romance, and that’s what makes it beautiful.

“Celaena,” Chaol said gently. And then she heard the scraping noise as his hand came into view, sliding across the flagstones. His fingertips stopped just at the edge of the white line. “Celaena,” he breathed, his voice laced with pain—and hope. This was all she had left—his outstretched hand, and the promise of hope, of something better waiting on the other side of the line.”

This book seems a little to me like Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch. In a good way, and I feel like I enjoyed this book even more because I had already read something a little similar. I had expected Throne of Glass to be a little more though. Maybe more complicated and more high fantasy—there were some fantasy elements, but I hope they increase in the next book. Other than these small details, I have no complaints from this book. Almost perfect!

What I Liked:

The kickass heroine who is an assassin
The competition aspect and the tests
The magic aspect and the history
Dorian
Chaol
Nehemia’s character
The sarcasm, wits and all the humour

Technically, this book has a couple flaws, but I tend to ignore them if the book is overall enjoyable and interesting. So yes, it does deserve 5 stars in my opinion.

I won’t talk more about the book because I don’t want to give any spoilers for anyone who hasn’t read this, but I will with a line: read this! I promise you won’t regret it— at the least, you will like the scenes in the book because they are funny and lively. The fighting scenes are great too.

Apparently, this book started off as a spin on the Cinderella tale. It’s not based off of it, but there are some parts in the story which can be related. The book was great from the start but it really picked up by the end and now I can’t wait to read Crown of Midnight! I just know I will love the rest of the series.

Fairest by Marissa Meyer | Review


This book has left me scarred. Initially, I had thought that Levana was just cruel-hearted and carved out of pure evil, but this book has left me even more puzzled than before. And also begging for more.

I do have mixed feelings about this book, but overall it was just disturbing. The writing, the story and the book itself was really intriguing and probably worth a 4 stars, but just the disturbance factor sets it down one star. Honestly, this book was so interesting, but it is such a big change from the rest of the books in the Lunar Chronicles so it was a little surprising. Levana is shown as an evil queen in the first three books, but only after reading this did I realize what a mad-woman she is. And it might not even be all her fault.

Levana is just completely insane. If you think you have read books with crazy or mentally unstable characters, they are nothing compared to this. Levana is a totally different kind of crazy. I do sympathize with her because she has gone through a lot, but she is sick. Now, obviously her character wasn’t written to be likable. The author is just brilliant because she can weave such complex characters—I can tell you for sure that there is no way to accurately describe Queen Levana’s character. Marissa Meyer can write anything—even lunatics and psychos—and it would be a work of art.

Aside from all the synonyms of nauseating and disgusting that I can come up with, this book isn’t all awkward scenes and horrendous cruel acts. Like her other books, Meyer always outdoes herself and I couldn’t put this book down. I read it in a day, and that’s a record, although that might have been also because it is so short. It was so compelling. I do make it sound like the book is brimming to the edge with horrifying scenes, but in truth this was very well-written and more original than anything I’ve read. A book about the villain, explaining their background story and what exactly made them a villain? Yes, please.

I can’t wait to read Winter!  This book isn’t like a novella—the story that it tells is equal to any other book in the series. Fairest is definitely a must-read before you pick up Winter because it does give some insight as to why I really hope Winter lives up to my expectations and is a great conclusion to the series!

Would I recommend? — Yes!

Age Range: 15+


I know this isn’t much of a review, I’m sorry, I haven’t been able to write reviews lately. I apologize for not posting for the past two weeks! I don’t really have a strong excuse for it—I’m just lazy and a big procrastinator and I have a couple reviews to finish so it’s been a little hard 🙂 I will try to make up for this unexpected hiatus!

Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch


The story captured me from the start, but the writing didn’t engulf me until a few pages in. It was amazing how Sara Raasch played with the words and created sentences that really meant something. I appreciated the background stories too and how they were revealed to the reader.

Both love interests, Mather and Prince Theron, were so likable and both had their own sweet qualities. I don’t even know who I’m cheering for because I can’t decide between them, but it’s looking like Prince Theron is the one. I personally think the love triangle was really unnecessary and it is stated from the start that Mather and Meira can’t be together, but even so the plot progresses with it.

The relationship between Meira and Mather and Theron was really good but the father-daughter bond between her and Sir, the general of the Winter army and the person who took little orphan Meira in, was much more beautiful. It was affectionate and understanding and shows that YA books don’t solely focus on romance alone, but also love—motherly, fatherly, sisterly love is just as important.

Meira herself was a very strong character and her personality suited really well with the girl who wanted to be a hero, someone who mattered and helped her people. Her willpower is so strong and she is so determined, I think she can shatter walls with her perseverance alone. If I had to pick a character that I aspire to be, it would be Meira.

Around a hundred pages in or so, I guessed the big secret that was being hidden from Meira and I was quite surprised. There was some foreshadowing, but overall it shouldn’t have been that easy. It was really interesting, though, and probably kicked the story up a few notches. I feel as if I enjoyed it even more after the secret was revealed.

This book makes me want to transfer myself to the world of Primoria. It sounds so beautiful, plains and kingdoms and all, and the setting seems interesting. I think I’d like to live in Winter. It also opened up the world of fantasy for me. I liked fantasy book before too, and I enjoyed The Hobbit and similar books, but this one gives me the fantasy feels. Like picking up a book about dragons and kingdoms and new worlds in general.

Would I recommend?— Definitely.

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A Tale of Two Besties by Sophia Rossi | ARC Review/Rant


*Thanks to Penguin Random House for giving me an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

To be honest, I didn’t even want to finish this book because it was just so boring. But I kept going as this is an ARC and I didn’t want to disrespect the privilege of getting one by abandoning it. It took me some a few weeks to get back to it, but I’m glad I did because the story improved a little by the end.

This is going to be a bit more of a rant and less of a review, but hopefully I can get my points across to you. I’ll also try to keep it short. First, the story plot could have had a little potential, and the way it was executed wasn’t wrong but it wasn’t engaging at all. I didn’t feel immersed in the story or connected to the characters.

I liked that the group NAMASTE was about individuality and loving yourself no matter what but Nicole, the head of it, was just a very bossy, controlling leader and she sucked all the fun out of the book. A lot of the time I was hating her. and that is an indication of a good negative character.

A lot of the tenses and grammar was mixed up and mangled, and even though I’m not the best judge of this (I’m in high school), I haven’t seen worse writing in a book. Here’s a small example:

“This was the type of obsessive thinking that, combined with my Internet stalking tendencies would get me in big trouble. I stop myself from spiraling and turned an icy glare back to Lily.”

It could be just small mistakes, but they were present throughout the book, but I can let it go since it is an advance reader’s copy and hasn’t yet been properly edited. I really hope the finished copy doesn’t have these mistakes—they were really distracting and made the reading experience less enjoyable.

I liked Harper’s POV more than Lily’s because she acted her age and at least had her eyes open while Lily was always in her own little world and couldn’t even think for herself. I didn’t like Lily’s character at all and she was very annoying. The characters were really immature and although their childish antics could be considered “cute”, they are around 13 years old, and they should really grow up.

Overall, this book could have been much better if it was more refined to fix the little problems. The note on the back of it says Grade 7 up, but I think this book is suited more for nine to ten year old girls who have complaining problems.

Would I recommend?— No.
Age range— 10-11 year old.

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir


They came for her brother in the darkness of the night, sweeped him away and left her stumbling along the streets. Now, Laia has to seek help from rebels who promise to free her brother if she spies on the brutal and heartless headmaster of Blackcliff Academy, the training school for lethal soldiers called Masks. Elias wants to get out of the hell they call the Academy. Elias and Laia must work together to put an end to the injustice and brutality.

It totally lived up to the hype. It was so unpredictable and I kept catching my breath, not wanting to know what horrors awaited, but couldn’t not turn the pages. I flew through the book and it was captivating. The world-building was awesome and the writing was just as great. It really pulled me, from the very start. It was gripping and every bit as action-packed as I had hoped it to be. There was a sort of urgency to it, and I might be imagining it but it felt so frantic, in a good way, and I was on the edge of my seat, wondering what would happen to the characters and hoping my favourite ones, Elias and Laia would be alright.

Elias is a great character and is very relatable. He is expected to be ruthless and brutal, but inside he is soft and can’t bear having to pretend to be someone he’s not. He was planning to escape from Blackcliff Academy, his things packed and ready in the city’s underground tunnels, but he is forced to stay when he is chosen to be an Aspirant, one of the four people who must compete in a lethal competition to become Emperor.

Laia isn’t one of those really brave girls who can kick ass or are trained in the use of deadly weapons. She had her shortcomings but overall, she has a strong will to do what she can and save her brother from execution and that keeps her going. Her determination to do anything, anything makes her just as lethal as a sword-yielding soldier.

The story itself was very unpredictable and I felt like I couldn’t stop reading it because I just had to know what happens to Laia and Elias. They were both very strong characters, in depth and development but also in their personalities. Of course, they did falter and there were times when they weren’t at their best, but I liked their spirit and the determination they had in them.

So many love triangles. Was it really necessary to have both Elias and Laia like two people? They like each other, but they also have feelings for their other friends. This was the only part of the story that ventured off topic, but otherwise I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to everyone.

“There are two kinds of guilt. The kind that’s a burden and the kind that gives you purpose. Let your guilt be your fuel. Let it remind you of who you want to be. Draw a line in your mind. Never cross it again. You have a soul. It’s damaged but it’s there. Don’t let them take it from you.”

Song

Drag Me Down by One Direction

Elias and Helene have always had each other’s back, through good times and rough times. Darin and Laia are the closest siblings and he shelters her from the bad in the world. This song radiates their determination and shows their bond. Nobody can drag them down, not the Empire, and not their bloody rules.

Would I recommend?— Yes

A slightly different version of this can be found here.

An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes, #1)