Stolen Songbird is STUNNING you guys! It's so far my favorite read this year and might have...moreYou can also read this review at The Reader and the Chef!.
Stolen Songbird is STUNNING you guys! It's so far my favorite read this year and might have to say, one of the best books I've read in my entire life. I fell in love with everything- the hidden city of Trollus, the trolls, the magic, the love story.
I don't know how to explain it, but it's like this pain I'm feeling for this book is for going through something so beautiful yet so brutal, something I believe I will never ever get to experience again no matter how many other books I read and love and hurt over. The different kinds of love, trust and courage found inside this book touched me deeply and has left a very deep mark.
Like I've said, this book is terrific and has so many things I loved about it, but some stand up more than others. Like how Cécile is a wonderful character because she is so normal and not a damsel in distress or a heroine from the start. She grows a lot throughout the story without changing who she is. She's not vain or greedy, nor she is selfish. She is kind, courageous and someone that lives in the now to the fullest with what she gets. She's smart and intuitive. I loved how when she came upon this hidden city, instead of shying away from the physical appearance of most of the trolls, she took into account the beauty inside most of them, after of course, the initial shock.
And then we get Tristan, who is such a complicated character thus very hard for me to describe. Physically it's easy, he is gorgeous and perfect, but the person-that's the tricky part. All his life he has acted like someone who he's not, and he has been at it for such a long time that he is actually believing it himself. Being in his mind (did I forget to mention we get dual point of views?) was a nice and necessary bridge if we ever wanted to understand his character. It's not that difficult, but he is confusing, and to figure him out and meet the real him, gosh that was the best part in my opinion.
I loved the love story with all my heart and mind. Cécile and Tristan bonded in such a way that they left me breathless and desperate for them to be...happy. Until they get to be together and happy, I will have peace of mind. I can't wait for my heart to swell for them once more! Their relationship is one-of-a-kind and so RARE for how it developed over time. This one feels REAL.
As for the hidden city of Trollus, I can say it's one of the most interesting settings I have read about and loved immediately. It's a very dark world without the sky, but I was hypnotized with the way trolls used magic to light up their lives, although sad knowing they wanted nothing more than to be free and above, away from the reigns that full-blooded trolls held them with.
I hope everyone gets to read this book and check out how incredible it is. Danielle's debut is hands down the most fantastic, magical, complicated and intriguing book of the year! You're in for the most delicious treat, just you wait until you meet Cécile, Tristan, Mark and the rest of the trolls. You're going to love them, hug them, laugh with them and cry out when the right time comes. I'm terrified of waiting so long for the sequel, how in the name am I going to make it? Patience is definitely not my middle name. Seriously though, Stolen Songbird is a must read pronto, as in release day.
*On a more personal note*
I swear I ugly cried for more than half an hour after reading the last chapters of this book. I've encountered so many emotional scenes in countless of books I've read, but this one simply broke my heart into a million pieces and they drifted away wherever the wind would take them. I'm not even sure I will ever find them again.
I cried so much that my sister kicked me out of our room (so mean) because I was a sobbing mess. Then she took pity of me and made me oatmeal (so sweet, love you), setting it down beside my rocking form in the corner because I was completely lost inside. I'm still suffering from this book, and I can't bring myself to pick another one, I cringe with just the thought of it. But I would do it again and suffer throught it all if I had my way of reading this book for the first time once more. I'd do anything.
*I received a digital review copy of Stolen Songbird by the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for my honest thoughts, I assure everything said in this review is 100% my own.*(less)
Aw, I knew I was going to need a hug and a tissue after reading this book. Lingering Echoes has left me with a very heavy heart, despite its really ni...moreAw, I knew I was going to need a hug and a tissue after reading this book. Lingering Echoes has left me with a very heavy heart, despite its really nice ending. It's just that the pain inside is so raw and so real that there's no way you can't feel the pang and sadness for Allie and Damien. Most of the time I just wanted to jump right in and kick that river's derriére and knock out the people that hurt my friends. However, this story also shows how there's always going to be a light at the end of the darkest tunnel, but only if you stop running from it and finally face your fears.
Lingering Echoes managed to suck me right into the story from the start. The author gave her characters full control over the story and I was practically seeing everything through their eyes (mainly from Allie's) and pain. The plot is REALLY good and well planned out as this book likes to build up the tension and give out its secrets piece by piece. Nothing like a good old mystery to solve!
I have to admit that at first I didn't like Damien that much, he was sort-of creepy and quite a stalker when we first meet him, but later on I felt guilty for thinking that bad of him. I can't say I fell head-over-heels for him like Allie does, but he's a good guy and I did come to appreciate him a lot.
Also, somewhere around the beginning of the book Allie mentions that her sisters would join her on the "family vacation" but they never did show up. It stuck out with me and I can't get that out of my mind. I wanted to meet them, but I guess they weren't important enough to show up on the plot. Why mention it though?
Still, I'm really glad to have read Lingering Echoes. The best part? It's a clean read, so I didn't have to deal with steamy scenes that I sometimes get tired of reading (or skipping) in NA books. This way is perfect and it gives me way more liberty to recommend to any reader out there looking for a great emotional read to immerse with.
I reviewed Tethered Twins, the first book in this series, a few months ago and I absolut...more*Find the original review at Cuzinlogic!*
More like 3.5 stars.
I reviewed Tethered Twins, the first book in this series, a few months ago and I absolutely loved it from top to bottom. Mike Essex’s dystopian world turned out to be unique and interesting with amazing kick-ass characters that it was impossible for me to put it down.
However, Tethered Souls instead of living up to its predecessor, falls down a step or two from being a great read. This has nothing to do with the plot in my opinion, I still believe this is the strongest point of both books as it once again kept me hooked and very much looking forward to the final installment.
My problem here was the characters and how they were developed. I felt them different, their personalities not how I remembered them at all. Be it from the main character, Emmie, or the other roles, some of their actions and thoughts would turn out to be too childish or too … simple for my taste. So definitely not the character growth I was expecting and anticipating. To me, characters are very important and they are what makes a story feel real, believable and the ones to make me actually care about the world.
Despite this, I know this story is still going somewhere huge. I really liked the ending, once again I was surprised and everything I thought I knew got turned upside down. I have to reach the end because I just need to know how it all wraps up, but my only hopes are that these characters learn to focus on what’s important and stop being so wishy washy. That’s not how my heroines (or heroes) are supposed to be and I KNOW they have it in them to be great.
P.S. I'm sad about what's revealed at the ending, it certainly was a surprise. I liked a person who I thought was good and now... he's not. Bummer.
*Note: I received a complimentary copy of Tethered Souls from the author in exchange for an honest review.*(less)
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Sia is such a cute read! Some might say the story is predictable, but I found...more~This book review first appeared at Cuzinlogic and you can find it Here.~
Sia is such a cute read! Some might say the story is predictable, but I found it to be enjoyable and heart-warming. It didn’t take me more than a few hours to devour it and have this silly little smile all day long afterwards.
Basically, Sia is a story about changing and redeeming yourself by doing the right things, how a person’s past doesn’t have to determine the great person you could be today. It proves how sometimes the smallest acts of kindness can make a huge difference in a person’s life and that things do happen for a reason, so you’d better make the best out of everything.
Friendship has a very important role in Sia. You really can’t judge someone just by their looks or for their money. Sometimes the poorest are the ones who have the biggest heart of all. Carol, the homeless woman who helped Sia get through that hard week, was a splendid friend with a sad past, but that didn’t deter her to be the sweetest hardworking being you could ever find. She is the one who said a quote that I really, really liked:
“True friendship is when two friends can walk in opposite directions, yet remain side by side.”
Isn’t that sweet and entirely true? And of course, our story wouldn’t be complete without a cute guy to fall over with. Kyle is a cool nerdy boy who volunteers his free time to help serve food to the homeless and when other things arise, he’s the first to try to help out in any way he can. He’s pretty awesome and so perfect for the new Sia.
Overall, I believe Sia is a book worth reading if you don’t mind going smoothly from page to page. It’s calm and exciting at the same time, a read that will pull several smiles along the way. For me, this book deserves to go straight to my re-read pile and I hope to get back to it again soon.
*Please note that I received a complimentary copy of Sia in exchange for my honest review. All opinions shared are 100% my own.*(less)
*This review was posted first at Cuzinlogic.com and was based on an eARC got through Netgalley. Thank you!*
What a terrific Contemporary YA read! I am...more*This review was posted first at Cuzinlogic.com and was based on an eARC got through Netgalley. Thank you!*
What a terrific Contemporary YA read! I am always looking for a book that will make me feel connected with its storyline and characters, and I’m so pleased to have found one that fits the bill. This book is such a great read because it’s cute, light and different. I think it’s perfect for summer, yet it can also warm you up on a cold winter night.
Roomies is a book that readers from all ages can relate to. It’s about two girls, Lauren from San Francisco and Elizabeth from the East Coast, emailing each other over summer after receiving a note from their new college at Berkeley, CA of being assigned as roommates. At first, it starts off as awkward because they really don’t know anything about each other, but after a few e-mails, they sort of start forming assumptions of their own, trusting more, judging even more, and they create a fragile virtual friendship that surprisingly affects both of their very separate lives.
I liked so much the concept of this book, I think it’s simply genius! The authors did really well capturing how emailing complete strangers works. How you always try to picture the person you’re emailing with – personality, appearance, etc. – by how they write back, the misinterpretations that may sometimes happen with the written word, how you tend to sometimes pour your heart out with these strangers because it’s easier than with your closest friends, and everything else that entails e-mail relationships.
Then it was also nice how they broached the subject about the fear and insecurity of going away for college, no matter if it’s a half hour or thousands of miles away from home. This is a pretty big, frightening and life changing deal because moving away can test the solidness out of all your relationships, whether it’s with family, friends or love interests.
Okay, if I had the choice to change something from this book to make it the perfect thing, it would be to change the ending. I know it tries to leave everything to the reader’s imagination, but it sure wasn’t how I imagined their face-to face meeting would be and I definitely was hoping for more. Oh well, this didn’t affect that much my thoughts about Roomies and I still think it’s a great book that I won’t hesitate to recommend to anyone.(less)
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What Once Was One is the second installment of The Passage of Hellsfire series...more~This book review first appeared at Cuzinlogic and you can find it Here~
What Once Was One is the second installment of The Passage of Hellsfire series, following young wizard Hellsfire on his quest to find and stop Premier from his evil plans against Alexandria and all of Northern Shala.
I was so glad to step back into Hellsfire’s shoes and go out to explore once again this unique world author Marc Johnson created. This time there was no halting for background history, we plunge right into where the story left off and since then, there was always something going on to keep the story moving effortlessly.
In this book we travel, like really, really travel. I loved getting to know more about the Wastelands and the creatures who live in this almost uninhabitable place. I can even say it was my favorite part of the whole book. The creatures wowed me; I liked meeting their other side besides their “monster” nature. It was really cool, especially the firsthand experience we obtained thanks to Hellsfire and his friends.
There’s so much in this book! I enjoyed all the fighting and magic involved, the places, the old and new characters, the quests and obstacles put forth in our heroes’ way. Hellsfire has grown so much as a character, I have gotten quite attached to him, although I may not be okay with everything he does or says. At times, I just wanted to hit him in the head with a rock for the many times he brought up his love life options. Seriously? He shouldn’t be thinking that way; it was very selfish of him.
Overall, I think What Once Was One is a great sequel to Catalyst and it’s a read that does not disappoint. I know now that I can always count on Marc Johnson to deliver vivid adventures worth going through. I hope the third book comes out pronto, I want to know what’s next!
*Please note that I received a complimentary e-copy of What Once Was One in exchange for an honest review. All opinions shared are 100% my own.*(less)
*Thank you Entangled Teen for providing me with an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.*
Made of Stars impressed me beyond wor...more*Thank you Entangled Teen for providing me with an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.*
Made of Stars impressed me beyond words. I never thought I would come to love this book so much, but God did it affect me. I am still lost in Kelley York’s words and in her intriguing characters.
Hunter and Ashlin are these great half siblings, who love each other no matter what. They have different personalities, but in the long run, they are good and supporting for each other. While Hunter is this quiet thoughtful guy, Ashlin is more expressive and good with words. They decide to come back home and live with their dad after graduation to help around his time of need and of course, to reunite themselves with their best friend from childhood, Chance.
That is what astounded me the most, their big affection for Chance. I mean, they LOVED this boy. He was this person so essential to their lives. He had this way of entrancing you, to need him there to feel complete, just like Hunter and Ashlin did. His secrets though were always setting off my trust alarms. But then he would appear and I would forget everything and go willingly wherever he would take us. That is Chance.
Oh, I was constantly surprised. Mid through the story I tried to stop guessing, I never came even close to how everything would turn out, though I always knew the romance aisle of this story would be GLBT, and let me tell you, it was absolutely beautiful.
I am torn about how it ends, it’s unexpected and unfair. It’s bittersweet and, despite not being what I wanted it to be, I really can’t think of a better way of how it could have ended because this book is the real deal. It’s not the fall-into-place-perfectly kind of read. It is raw and tormenting, yet at the same time, hopeful and hauntingly fascinating.
I try without success to not think about it, I’m certainly stunned and heartbroken. I’m mystified and at the point where I ask myself why I like to inflict torture in my life. I have the urge to plaster stars into my ceiling, gather many dragon figurines and head out the freeway looking for a way to reach him. Really, it’s quite hard to describe all the feels, you just have to read this book and see for yourself what I mean.
P.S. You can also find this review at Book Travels book blog where it was posted first.* (less)
*I was provided with an eArc by the author in exchange for an honest review.*
This book, THIS BOOK is oh-my-god AMAZING. Let me first start off saying...more*I was provided with an eArc by the author in exchange for an honest review.*
This book, THIS BOOK is oh-my-god AMAZING. Let me first start off saying that The Grimoire Saga is one of my top favorite fantasy series of all-times. It’s an epic adventure and I still can’t wrap my head around why isn’t everybody living and breathing this series? I mean, it has everything! There’s romance, adventure, magic and a kick-ass heroine involved with powerful allies, plus an adorable guy rooting for her.
I have stated before in my reviews for the first two books, Lichgates and Treason, that the world in here is so unique and interesting. It’s called Ourea, home of several kinds of races and species, each one ruled over by a Blood who can control all of their people with a single thought. In a quick run-down, this world has become corrupted and far from the beautiful peaceful place it was before. Blood Carden from the Stelian race wants to rule over the other Bloods, no matter the cost and it’s Kara, the vagabond and now powerful Isen, the one who can fight him to restore Ourea’s peace once and for all.
And everything is so complex. Not only she has to fight against Carden, but she also has to fight with the other Bloods, because everybody else wants to have the upper hand in the war and maybe even more than that. They are all fighting inner demons, and some giving in to them without a trace of sense.
Drifting a bit from the main plot of the storyline, I can’t forget to mention how glad I was to read about Kara and Braeden’s relationship. I can see a bright forever in their future if they can survive the war ahead. They will, won’t they? I desperately hope so!
I don’t want to spoil much more of this book’s awesomeness because this book deserves to be read without knowing what will happen. I would only like to add that Heritage is full of surprises that shift endlessly the possible outcomes of the war. I definitely didn’t see many things coming, like the ending. It left me intrigued, but content enough. I can’t wait to read the 4th and final book, I’m certain it will be the next thing to epic.
*This review first appeared at Cuzinlogic.com! Check it out HERE*
Rebel, first book in Legend of the Spider-Prince series is a fantasy book well worth...more*This review first appeared at Cuzinlogic.com! Check it out HERE*
Rebel, first book in Legend of the Spider-Prince series is a fantasy book well worth the read. Be it characters, settings or story description, everything is in very rich detail and you can appreciate it right from the start.
At first, it was difficult for me to keep up with all the names, places and clans involved in the story. There were so many and tricky to learn (Ergei, Helgurdda, Nornholm, for example) that I was afraid I would never warm up to them and get the story as it’s supposed to be understood. Thankfully, just over a few chapters, I became more used to Wyl’s life as a rebel and I started flipping pages like mad in order to know what happens next.
Wyl is a great character. He is young, a good fighter and pretty smart. I liked him, the way he was always alert of his surroundings and still had kind of a soft heart, and was not a cold-blooded assassin as many would think. He is the type of character that doesn’t give away much of who he is just by looking at him for the first time. It’s a slow progression of getting to know him, and it’s something I enjoyed doing immensely.
The fighting scenes were my favorite parts of this book. It was like watching a good old fantasy movie in my head involving swords, daggers, bows and magic. People have to be skilled to survive, to be quick and act on instinct, sometimes even taking huge and crazy risks without knowing if you will live to tell the tale.
I really recommend this book if you like fantasy. I found it to be very exciting and I promise it won’t disappoint if you give it a chance.
****Ends original review****
I just want to add that Wyl, despite his excellent fighting skills and knowledge,still is a very young man/boy. And thus, he may act like one on certain circumstances. His major weakness is trying to accomplish things by force. He thinks everything in life must be dealt with fights and challenges. But, it's not always going to be that way. As he comes to learn, the power of speech and the use of words are just as deadly as knives and swords.
*Please note that I received a complimentary copy of Rebel in exchange for my honest review. All opinions shared are 100% my own.*
~This book review first appeared at Cuzinlogic and you can find it here.~
Time traveling is a fascinating concept that will always catch my attention....more~This book review first appeared at Cuzinlogic and you can find it here.~
Time traveling is a fascinating concept that will always catch my attention. The idea of getting to live through different eras is intriguing, especially when it’s based in time periods famously known.
In Endless we are talking about the era of the Russians’ Romanov dynasty. You remember the story about Anastasia, right? In this case, Anastasia is not the lead role of this story. It’s about her younger sister Maria who we get to meet, but in the present time.
Jenny is an artist and quite good at it. She doesn’t have many friends, only one other, besides her father and her dead mother’s best friend. The reason for her lack of social life is due to the burden she’s had ever since she can remember. She can’t touch someone without looking into their past lives. It wasn’t that much of a problem until, she and a boy named Ben, find a musical box that takes them both back through a dream to her previous life as a Romanov princess, where she remembers her endless love, Nikolai.
I couldn’t help devouring this book. It was so interesting and magical. I really liked Jenny and her interests in life. The way she would handle her relationship with her father, trying to please him and her wishes at the same time. I also adored Ben. He was this moody kid who I thought would become sort of like a villain, but instead he bloomed into a wonderful friend for Jenny. He was so sweet and brave.
Then there was Nikolai. Hmm, I’m afraid I can’t say much about his personality other than knowing he loves Jenny/Maria so much. It’s very clear his devotion for her, yet I didn’t get to feel the click between them when they met once again. It was somewhat insta-love and I missed having the chance to fall for the guy; it would have been very nice.
The last few chapters were so good, I even felt like choking when a few things happened to our characters. We are left with a small cliffhanger, so I really want to know what happens next to Jenny, Nikolai and Ben. There are still so many things to go through, so I’m glad to say the magical ride is barely beginning.
*Please note that I received a complimentary e-copy of Endless in exchange for an honest review. I assure all opinions shared are 100% my opinion.*(less)
How the muffins did S.M. Boyce come out with Ourea? Seriously, I can't contain myself from gushing how incredibly amazing this place is. It feels so v...moreHow the muffins did S.M. Boyce come out with Ourea? Seriously, I can't contain myself from gushing how incredibly amazing this place is. It feels so vividly real, but more than that, you can sense the history and greatness of this world. Every single detail of this place, like the creatures, the landscapes, the Bloods of each Yakona race and the Vagabond is what makes it so utterly fantastic.
The first book in the Grimoire Trilogy was a fascinating introduction to the story, but I must admit that Treason was more than I dared hope. It was fierce, action packed at every single corner and full of surprises with twists and turns. It actually felt like a very exciting roller-coaster ride with constants "WHAT?". I loved it.
So we get to see that Kara has been training very hard at the Vagabond's Village, along with Braeden, her Grimoire and with Flick (her pet who can teleport). She has grown stronger, more confident with her powers and clearly not the same person who we met at the beginning of the first book. Even though she has a huge responsibility by being the Vagabond and having to search peace with all the Yakona races, she is not alone with her quest.
What can I say? I love Braeden Drakonin and I will always root for him to be with Kara. He is a strong fighter, handsome and a good person despite of being the heir to the throne of the Stele who are considered to be evil thanks to the ruling of Blood Carden. I could go on and on about how perfectly imperfect Braeden is but you just have to meet him and see for yourself.
Kara's personality is something I admire from her but honestly, most of the times I just wanted to jump right into the book and control her so she wouldn't push Braeden away. Of course I understand her reasons, a vagabond can't fall in love, for those who are closely dear to a vagabond tend to become targeted by his/her enemies. Still, this relationship was the main reason I had to keep my twitchy fingers from skipping parts where there was no Kara-Braeden thing going on (I would've said Karden but it sounds too close to Carden, maybe because they are wickedly yummy together, no?). Anyway, I'm glad I didn't because I would've regretted very much for missing valuable parts of the book.
Basically, just into the first five chapters you find yourself hooked with the story because there's a lot going on. From a beautiful Gala with stunning performances of the Yakona races, like dancing and singing, to a chaotic battle that leaves you biting your nails off there is absolutely no way whatsoever of stopping until you finish the last chapter.
Treason is an epic read you don't want to miss and I bet the next installment will be just as great, I can't wait to read it.
*Review based on an ARC received through the author, all thoughts are my own*(less)