Roseblood is the first book I've read by author A.G. Howard, though I've had her Splintered series on my TBR for way too long. I was super excited whe Roseblood is the first book I've read by author A.G. Howard, though I've had her Splintered series on my TBR for way too long. I was super excited when a copy of Roseblood showed up on my doorstep one afternoon, and I absolutely couldn't wait to get started on the story. That cover, it's almost too gorgeous to resist! I'm thrilled to have finally read something by A.G. Howard.
The storyline for the book is based around The Phantom of the Opera, which I ashamedly know next to nothing about. (When I say next to nothing, I seriously mean next to nothing. Sigh.) This book definitely left me curious to know more about the original though, and one day I'll have to make sure to check it out. While the book is a modern retelling, it also has an interesting paranormal twist to it that I really didn't expect, but found rather interesting. I also liked that this was a standalone novel, and everything wrapped up rather nicely in the end.
There are a lot of fascinating characters in the story, including the two main characters, Rune and Thorne, who both have had great sadness in their pasts. I was curious to discover how the bond between them came about, and why it was already so strong when they finally meet in person. It's a pretty interesting story! There were a lot of great secondary characters in the story as well, some I wish we could have read more about, like all of Rune's friends, for instance. They were seriously the best!
Overall; Roseblood was definitely an interesting story! And now that I've finally reading something by Howard, I'm totally curious to read more! I'm hoping to start the Splintered series, hopefully soon. Check these books out for yourself!
Wayfarer is the second and final book in the Passenger duology by Alexandra Bracken. I read Passenger last year, and I really, really enjoyed the stor Wayfarer is the second and final book in the Passenger duology by Alexandra Bracken. I read Passenger last year, and I really, really enjoyed the story. I couldn't wait to start Wayfarer to get back into the fascinating world that Bracken had created for us. This series has everything; time travel, pirates, and lots of super intense action and suspense. If you haven't yet done so, I highly recommend you check it out!!
There are SO many characters that I love in this series. Etta and Nicholas are both really great main characters, and I really enjoyed both of their narratives throughout the story. Sophia turns out to be pretty awesome also, once you get to know her and understand her better. There are a few more characters in the series that really surprised me as well, some we met in the previous book, and a few that we just meet in the new book. They were all interesting, and really well written! I'm not going to go into details, as I'd rather you read the book and meet them for yourself!
After the cliff-hanger ending in Passenger, I was really excited to dive back into the story to see what's going to happen next. The story definitely did not disappoint. I was completely engrossed as I flew through the pages much faster than I expected to, which was no easy feat considering that this book is a whopping 532 pages! The ending though is what really got me, and I finished the book with a huge, satisfied smile on my face. Seriously, it was perfection.
Overall; Wayfarer was the excellent sequel and conclusion to the Passenger series! I really hate to see the series end, as I really enjoy the story and characters so much, and I'd love to read even more books by them. But, I still have the Darkest Minds series by Bracken to read, I'm hoping to get to those soon!
I originally had no intention of reading Harry Potter and the Cursed Child so soon after finishing the Harry Potter series. I wanted to save it, and r I originally had no intention of reading Harry Potter and the Cursed Child so soon after finishing the Harry Potter series. I wanted to save it, and read it when the Harry Potter shaped hole in my heart started hurting. That was the plan, anyway. But, things never seem to go as planned, and I have NO REGRETS about reading this book!
To be honest, I didn't know what to expect from the book. I avoided reviews like one would a plague, so I was blissfully unaware of anything that happened in the storyline. (This was great, by the way, considering most of the original Harry Potter series was spoiled for me since I was so late to the party reading those books.) I also didn't know how I would enjoy reading the book in script format. I had seen some people complain that they didn't like it that way, but I found that I really didn't mind at all! Also, as with the previous books, this story drew me back into the Harry Potter world that I love so much, and I was instantly hooked. I love that the story picks up right where Deathly Hallows leaves off. So great.
Even though I just recently finished the Harry Potter series, I was SO glad to be back into this world with Harry, Ron and Hermione. Seeing them all grown up was a really wonderful thing. I also love that we get to see ALL of the characters that I love from the previous books in this book in some form or another. And it was an interesting that some of the characters I was so unsure about before have an interesting twist to them in this story. THAT took me by surprise, in a good way. I'm definitely going to reread this book again soon, because I loved seeing all my favorites all grown up!
Overall; though I meant to save Harry Potter and the Cursed Child for a rainy day, I'm glad I went ahead and read it instead. I enjoyed it SO much, and basically devoured the book in just a few hours time. I can't wait to read it again. And again. And AGAIN. I'm not sure if there will be more books added after this, but if there are, I will TOTALLY buy them!!
I absolutely couldn't wait to get started on What Light by Jay Asher for a few different reasons. One is because I hadn't read a book by Jay since I r I absolutely couldn't wait to get started on What Light by Jay Asher for a few different reasons. One is because I hadn't read a book by Jay since I read 13 Reasons Why a few years ago. The second is because I LOVE a good holiday story. They are great for putting me in the holiday spirit, and I unfortunately don't have enough holiday reads in my collection. This book was a really excellent holiday read.
There were a lot of interesting characters in the story, including the main character, Sierra, who was raised on a Christmas tree farm in Oregon, and who every year travels to California with her family to sell the trees they grow. I love that she has a really great family, and really great friends in both Oregon and California. And of course, there's Caleb, the bad boy she meets in California who has an interesting, but not as bad as I expected, past life. So many interesting characters to meet in this story, and so many of them will make your heart warm and cozy.
I love the setting for the book. I can't imagine living on a Christmas tree farm, but it sounds pretty amazing, and I can only imagine how beautiful it would be. The descriptions in the story were perfect, and I could picture not only the farm, but the lot in California where they sold the trees, perfectly in my mind. I've never had a live Christmas tree before, but the book totally makes me want to have one. The story was really sweet, and even made me tear up a time or two. It was also a really quick read, which was just what I needed during this crazy holiday season.
Overall; I really enjoyed What Light. It was short and sweet read, and is definitely going to be read annually by me at Christmas time. It definitely helped to put me in the holiday spirit. I can't wait to read more from Jay Asher as well in the future!