My mom had previously read this book before me and she just kept going on and on about how I needed to read this. So after so many great reviews and rMy mom had previously read this book before me and she just kept going on and on about how I needed to read this. So after so many great reviews and raves about this book I finally got stuck in.
This tells the story of Alina a orphan who is a mapmaker for a living serving under the first army. There also happens to be a second army, the grisha, who are magical and have powers, they all work for the same kingdom. It isnt until Alina goes into the fold (some big, dark ,scary sea that murders people) that she realises that she also posses the power of a "grisha". And from there on the story unravels and we meet the Darkling...
Lets speak about the Darkling. Ergh. I feel like I'm on a rollercoaster with him, one minute I'm enjoying it the next not so much, but overall at the end I still want to go back on the ride? He is by far the most interesting character in this book, when you just think you know and predict what hes going to be like bam! But I saw this coming and that was why maybe this book got a 4 stars because I found the ending quite predictable. I cant help but love him and Alina together they make an interesting romance and I kind of kept rooting for them.
Unlike Mal her long time best friend. I just..he bored me too much. I understood he and Alina had some undying love for so many years but it was just so predictable and so not what I wanted? Couldn't he of just been her friend and not have the cliche happening?
The world Leigh Bardugo created was amazing. I love books that have a great setting and so easy on the imagination to understand. She kept me wanting more and I found no bad parts of this book, I liked the fact pace. I liked the secrets and I liked that there was so much more to read in the second book, so I hope I'm not dissapointed....more
This book has been on my bookshelf for long..I completely just forgot about it. I have tendency to leaves books for so long that they become long publThis book has been on my bookshelf for long..I completely just forgot about it. I have tendency to leaves books for so long that they become long published that I just think about the new releases instead of what I still have to read. Because of this I've took it upon myself to read more books that were published a few years back and that have slowly been forgotten about.
Greek mythology is my all time favourite genre. Anything to do with the greek gods and I'm smitten! I did not have a clue until I read this book it was do with greek descendants. From the moment this book was opened the story started. WE had no long, slow boring background of the characters, Josephine just gets straight in (my favourite books these are) straight away we have Helen who has always been shy, awkward, a bit strange and known she was special. Then we have Lucas beautiful, god like Lucas who she meets and instantly they hate each other (literally they want to kill each other the first day they meet) and the same goes for his family who all want to kill her as well due to the curse from previous events in their families history.
The romance in this book is literally how the book title describes it "starcrossed" Because while Helen and Lucas hate each other to begin with they are also doomed to fall in love which would cause the trojan war to start up again. Every moment of these two together you could feel their pain and how hard it was for them not to fall for the other and to hide their feelings and make sure they didnt go against their families wishes who do not want them together since it could destory them. I love a forbidden romance, who dosent?!
I also loved the Delos family (Lucas family) they all had their own unique gifts, which I wished maybe Josephine had went into a little more depth about. Even Lucas powers are described in brief compared to Helens. They helped Helen become the person she is truly meant to be. Making her not feel an outsider/ They reminded me in some ways of the Cullen family in twilight. (but obviously not vampires)
I gave this a five stars because it took me over a day to read this, which means I was really engrossed in everything that was going to put this book down. My only downfall of this book was the ending, it kind of just ended not really with a cliffhanger but a blur, I felt it lacked and just wanted something to end this book off? Like I was missing something....more
This book was like The Craft meets the goonies! It was the best book I have read this year. I have read Maggie’s shiver series and even though most peoThis book was like The Craft meets the goonies! It was the best book I have read this year. I have read Maggie’s shiver series and even though most people didn’t enjoy it I honestly did, she was one of the first young adult authors I had heard of that got my interest into young adult books. Of course The Raven boys has been out a few years now and I feel like slapping myself for having this on my amazon wish list for so long.. so thankyou to the people that actually kept mentioning this book for me to read it sooner.
From the beginning of this book we are told our main heroine in this book Blue (loved the uniqueness of her name) will end up kissing her true love and killing him, so straight away we are brought into a world of psychics since her mother and her aunts are all one, Blue ends up being the only one who doesn’t inherit this gene. So because of this predicament Blue stays away from boys until of course The Raven boys enter the equation.
Each boy has their own unique personality. I loved how they were far from your normal typical males in books. We had Gensey the leader of the group. My favourite out of the group of boys. The handsome, arrogant, confident, smart, rich explorer. He holds the group of boys together honestly without him the group would not have formed. There’s rarely moments you see him being emotionally a mess he always keeps himself together. Always one step ahead of everything. Of course he also happens to be the person Blue has premonished dying in the next year or so, which may or may not be to do with her being the cause of it. (I loved the chemistry between the two of them, it developed so slow but this made it seem so much more real, every time there were moments of the two of them together I was gushing, definitely a shipper of them)
We then have Adam who is the scholarship boy. Who comes from a poor background, the observer? He develops a relationship/friendship with Blue from the moment they meet. I honestly didn’t like the connection between these two I felt it was just bland, boring and wasn’t really going anywhere they suited better as friends.
Then there’s Ronan. Who is full of tattoos, muscles and a big, bad attitude. He is the one troubled brother with a dark past which makes him hard to understand. The only one that can seem to understand him is Gensey. Hes very broody. Then last we have Noah. Cute, socially awkward Noah who tends to stay out the picture for three quarters of the book. His mysterious, weird and in his own world and this book does explain why towards the end.
And of course all of them together are looking for a king. A king that is sleeping, he is not dead… but sleeping under a ley line where they must wake him for all of their own reasons. This book I will not lie, was very slow to begin with but you must just keep reading because you it does get better. This book was definitely a five stars it had so much going on, so much mystery. ...more
Rich boy. Poor girl. Both from different backgrounds but yet so alike and perfect for each other.
This book was very cliché, but it was the good, addicRich boy. Poor girl. Both from different backgrounds but yet so alike and perfect for each other.
This book was very cliché, but it was the good, addicting type. It was a cliché that not a lot of books write about anymore. Its normally more the feminine character being rich and the male being poor so it was nice to see this change. Because I actually prefer these roles, I like to see how authors create diversity and how they stereotype the rich from the poor.
We have our main character Caymen who was witty and sarcastic. I really did like her character I felt she kind of just dealed with life as it came, unlike most females in books. You know you didn’t feel sorry for her or get annoyed by her you just took her character for who she was.
Then we have Xander. Who at first comes across as this reserved, posh, rich boy but I guess through the book when you get to know more of his background you realise hes not so bad and just actually just doesn’t know what he wants out of life, he’s just figuring things out and Caymen happens to be the right girl to help him do that. I liked how Xanders parents were welcoming to Caymen too because in most books its normally the rich parents that don’t like their son/daughter interacting with those less fortunate it was different and well I like different…
One thing I’ve noticed with Kasie Wests writing though that kind of annoys me and ruins these perfect storylines is how rushed the endings are…The whole beginning and middle was great and while the ending was good it could have been better if maybe it had been written perhaps longer and gone into detail about things more clearer.
Apart from that this is such a light read, perhaps this book could even be read in one or two sittings. If you’re looking for a cute, fun, adventure read then Id definitely give this one a go. 3.75/5 stars. ...more
Never read a Kasie West book before but I’m so glad I did! This was the type of book I needed while ive been busy with myself lately.
It follows the sNever read a Kasie West book before but I’m so glad I did! This was the type of book I needed while ive been busy with myself lately.
It follows the story of Gia a so called IT girl, who for once in her life gets dumped at prom just before she’s to make her big entrance with the boy shes been rambling on about for months. So to stop the humiliation and judgement from her “friends” she quickly decides from the cute dorky boy reading his book in the car that he can step in and pretend to be her boyfriend for the night, which he actually agrees too with a little persuasion and does a terrific job about it. Of course from that night Gia can’t seem to get this random stranger out of her head since she wants to get to know him and so the story develops from there when she finds out replacement Bradleys sister goes to school with her.
This book showed how being popular can make you really ignore the reality of things that are bigger and better and how people care more about what others think on social media websites then how they actually feel themselves. It’s trying to find approval. Even though Gias brother Drew was annoying as hell, I felt he had some good points when it came to this subject. It also showed how sometimes people outgrow others. I felt this was a very growing of age story. With of course the super immature scenes included.
I loved Hayden (Fill-in Bradley) he was this super nerdy but hot actor who made Gia be someone she wanted to be. ( Its men like this women need. ) He made her feel, and be this better person. He was fun and inspirational. Gia on the other hand annoyed me to begin with but I could kind of see why she was the way she had been. You know pressure of friends can make you turn into something you’re not, but I was relieved at how things played out at the end. I hated her friends they reminded me of the plastics out of mean girls. You know you do one thing wrong and they make you feel like you’re the worst person in the world. Gia lied to her friends once and they go on like she’s killed someone, when they were all equally as bad as each other. Especially Jules I honestly didn't get her character at all. Her parents also annoyed me because I felt there was an issue with them in this book that wasn’t really resolved and I thought there would be some understanding at the end but it kind of just didn’t go into it? Or explain? I think that's one of the reason this is a 3.75 stars because some things in this story were just left alone and not explained.
But if you’re feeling a cute contampary feel then I definitely recommend giving this one a go. I loved it, it was super quick to read and I fell in love with this couple straight away. I could imagine this being some ABC film or something. ...more
This is one of those books that you hate and love at the same time. For me it felt like this. We have our two mains characters Rosie and Alex who we rThis is one of those books that you hate and love at the same time. For me it felt like this. We have our two mains characters Rosie and Alex who we read growing up together through writing to each other between letters and text messages. Of course along the way we read letters (Mostly between Rosie) and other characters connecting and interacting this way as well. We have Rosie who is the kind of girl a lot of people could relate too. She had a lot of realistic problems which in most books authors wouldn’t write upon. She was one of those people that had a series of bad luck in her life but where there’s a bad there’s a good, which I think was kind of the message this book was trying to give. You know never give up on things because there’s always a rainbow at the end. Then there was Alex who I felt was my favourite character in the book unlike Rosie I felt his life was a lot more successful and he had a lot more to give which we didn’t see because this book was based more around Rosie’s life. He was ambitious, determined and a supportive friend for Rosie whenever she need him. Since this book is letter formed this is how we get to understand what is happening in the story. I honestly didn’t think I would of read this entire book because of it being in this form but I was surprised at how much I liked this different format it was a breathe of a fresh air and made it an easy read. Will definitely try more letter formed books.
Good points to the book: I felt what I loved most about this book was the beginning and the end they both were great ways to start and finish a love story and I can definitely picture this being done well in a film. The beginning was funny because we read about Alex and Rosie being young in school so at times they acted childish and immature but their friendship was cute to read about, the beginning was a very light read it brings you back to when you were in school and going through puberty and all that.
Bad points to the book: The middle of this book kind of bored me, that’s probably why I gave it 3 stars. It just lacked in places I had to keep putting it down because I wasn’t engrossed in the storylines because they weren’t really about Alex or Rosie together. And if there was any spark of any drama it was soon pushed back down after about two pages, so good parts didn’t last long. The chemistry for Rosie and Alex was frustrating as well because when one liked the other person, the other one didn’t like them, it was kind of a circle that kept going round and I just kept getting frustrated wanting to smack them both in the heads and make them realise how delusional they both were and how they needed to just get it on and confess their love already.
Overall I think this makes a perfect summer read for those to take on holiday or to read on a beach. I read mine on the plane which helped me get through my flight. ...more
I picked this book up based on the cover not going to lie (shouldn't be judging a book by its cover I know). It took me over a year too read this, I' I picked this book up based on the cover not going to lie (shouldn't be judging a book by its cover I know). It took me over a year too read this, I've had this on my shelf just because of its beautiful cover and I so wish I had read it sooner now! The story begins when Kestrel and her friend Jess go to the market where they happen to stumble upon a slave auction which Kestrel ends up bidding in, bidding for the slave Arin due to feeling sorry for him and for once wanting something that can be her possession. Even though she kind of forgets hes at the house to begin with until one day she seeks comfort and friendship in him even though its forbidden..
The romance was something I had never felt so connected too before and so many emotions were going on it was unreal. I loved it! I wanted more and more. Obviously Kestrel is of Valorian heritage who are in charge of the city that was once Herrani before they destroyed them and killed half of their people and made the rest into slaves, which is what Arin is, so of course we have a starcrossed lovers thing going on. It was a bit like Romeo and Juliet but set in a new world with war and politics going on. All the way through the book I just kept rooting for them so much. I look forward to the second one. (the ending your in for a big shocker)
The characters were well developed. I felt throughout the book we saw both Arin and Kestrel growing and becoming stronger characters towards the end. I loved how Kestrel wasn't a badass that kicked butt but was super clever instead and used her brains and strategies when it came to battles.
Overall I recommend this for everyone to read and if you do have this on your shelf please do not leave it for a year to read it, this book is so much more then you think its going to be. While there is a romance going on there is also a big war in the middle of it which just makes it that much more exciting. Whos side are you on Valorians or the Herranis?