Odd & True by Cat Winters: Review

Odd & True

4.55/5 stars. 

Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult, Paranormal, Historical

Series: Standalone

The Story:

Trudchen grew up hearing Odette’s stories of their monster-slaying mother and a magician’s curse. But now that Tru’s older, she’s starting to wonder if her older sister’s tales were just comforting lies, especially because there’s nothing fantastic about her own life—permanently disabled and in constant pain from childhood polio.

In 1909, after a two-year absence, Od reappears with a suitcase supposedly full of weapons and a promise to rescue Tru from the monsters on their way to attack her. But it’s Od who seems haunted by something. And when the sisters’ search for their mother leads them to a face-off with the Leeds Devil, a nightmarish beast that’s wreaking havoc in the Mid-Atlantic states, Tru discovers the peculiar possibility that she and her sister—despite their dark pasts and ordinary appearances—might, indeed, have magic after all.

My review:

(Spoilers ahead)

This book was so weird and I mean that in the best way possible. It was bloody fantastic, I’m surprised by how much I enjoyed it. This book was so refreshing, my god!!!!

This book is about sisters, devotion, and family. From what I’ve read it involves weird monsters, and a whole lot of crazy mind fuckery. Odd claims magc and monsters are true, while Tru is raised to believe they don’t exist and her sister is crazy.

Now what in the fuck is true??

This book starts out slow and boring, but around the 25% mark, I was hooked. It’s told in two perspective, the present and the past. The present told from Tru’s POV and the past from Odd’s POV. I, personally, enjoyed Odd’s POV the most. The present wasn’t nearly that exciting for me because I personally found Odd and Tru’s family history and build up to the present much more enjoyable.

I didn’t really like Tru that much and couldn’t care less for her POV. I honestly, didn’t enjoy the present story at all. She was a very underdeveloped and dull character. She literally has no personality AT ALL. So she was very boring. BUTT, I do love how she had a disability and she didn’t let herself be defined as the “crippled girl.” She doesn’t let her disability stop her from doing what she wants to do. I loved that about her.

Odd, on the other hand, was a very intriguing character. Everyone thought she was crazy and delusional for believing in fairy tales and monsters. She was very kind and loving towards her sister and would do anything to protect her. I loved the sibling relationship. These girls loved each other despite their fucked up family history and would die for each other. Anyways, I loved reading about Odd’s past. I loved how everything is revealed and it’s just very intriguing for me.

Overall, I freaking loved this, despite my issues. This book was such a surprise!

I received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. 

This book will be released September 12th 2017.

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Nyxia by Scott Reintgen: Review

Nyxia (The Nyxia Triad, #1)

3.75/5 stars. 

Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance, Dystopia, Science Fiction

Series: Book 1 in The Nyxia Triad

The Story:

Emmett Atwater isn’t just leaving Detroit; he’s leaving Earth. Why the Babel Corporation recruited him is a mystery, but the number of zeroes on their contract has him boarding their lightship and hoping to return to Earth with enough money to take care of his family.

Forever.

Before long, Emmett discovers that he is one of ten recruits, all of whom have troubled pasts and are a long way from home. Now each recruit must earn the right to travel down to the planet of Eden–a planet that Babel has kept hidden–where they will mine a substance called Nyxia that has quietly become the most valuable material in the universe.

But Babel’s ship is full of secrets. And Emmett will face the ultimate choice: win the fortune at any cost, or find a way to fight that won’t forever compromise what it means to be human.

My review:

Well, wow. This book was pretty amazing. If you’re a huge fan of SciFi, add this to your tbr because it’s literally so fucking awesome. I mean, The Hunger Games, but in space!!!! And god that ending??? I need the next book now, please.

This book is about 10 teens chosen to mine a mysterious substance, nyxia, on a newly discovered planet. Throughout the book, they are trained to fight and survive for the life on Eden. In exchange for helping Babel, their families are cared for, given tons of wealth and fame.

This book is filled with diversity. There are people from all over the world present in this book!!!

●Our MC Emmett is black.
●Kaya is Japanese.
●Bilal is Palestinian.
●Jazzy is American.
●Longwei is Asian.
●Azima is Kenyan.
●Isadora is Brazilian.
●Katsu is Japanese.
●Jaime is Swedish.

I loved all these characters. They were kind, funny, loving, caring and just amazing. (Except for a few assholes.)

The emphasis on family is so strong and amazing. Emmett had a beautiful relationship with hs parents, filled with love, care, loyalty and support.

The only problem I had with this book was that it was too slow for me. This is a slow paced book and takes its time and that left me a bit bored. I, personally, enjoy fast paced books, but if you love a slow build up, you’ll love this book.

Overall, despite the slow pacing, I loved it and I’m dying for the next book.

I got an ARC in exchange for an honest review. This will be released September 12, 2017.

The Young Elites by Marie Lu: Review

The Young Elites (The Young Elites, #1)

4.5/5 stars. 

Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance, Dystopia, Science Fiction

Series: Book 1 in The Young Elites

The Story:

I am tired of being used, hurt, and cast aside.

Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever. A decade ago, the deadly illness swept through her nation. Most of the infected perished, while many of the children who survived were left with strange markings. Adelina’s black hair turned silver, her lashes went pale, and now she has only a jagged scar where her left eye once was. Her cruel father believes she is a malfetto, an abomination, ruining their family’s good name and standing in the way of their fortune. But some of the fever’s survivors are rumored to possess more than just scars—they are believed to have mysterious and powerful gifts, and though their identities remain secret, they have come to be called the Young Elites.

Teren Santoro works for the king. As Leader of the Inquisition Axis, it is his job to seek out the Young Elites, to destroy them before they destroy the nation. He believes the Young Elites to be dangerous and vengeful, but it’s Teren who may possess the darkest secret of all.

Enzo Valenciano is a member of the Dagger Society. This secret sect of Young Elites seeks out others like them before the Inquisition Axis can. But when the Daggers find Adelina, they discover someone with powers like they’ve never seen.

Adelina wants to believe Enzo is on her side, and that Teren is the true enemy. But the lives of these three will collide in unexpected ways, as each fights a very different and personal battle. But of one thing they are all certain: Adelina has abilities that shouldn’t belong in this world. A vengeful blackness in her heart. And a desire to destroy all who dare to cross her.

It is my turn to use. My turn to hurt.

My review:

*Minor spoilers ahead*

Okay, this book is literally nothing like the Legend series. This is so much more brutal, intriguing, heartbreaking and crazy.

(i’ve been dying to do this)
Prince Enzo Prince Zuko who is a malfetto a bender with the power of fire with the ability to control fire and is exiled from the palace and throne and is banished from the Fire Nation. He was obviously my favorite.

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Adelina is such a badass character, but sadly I couldn’t really care for her. She had a rough childhood where her mother died and she was abused and treated worse than an animal for being a malfetto, people with the power of gods and bodies marked with scars. Her father wanted to use and loved her sister more than her. However, she was sort of Mary Sue. She has uncontrollable, dangerous power. She’s so beautiful and the men always want her. She’s sooooo fricin powerful and blah, bye.

However, her character development is A+. Since I’ve already read the next book, I know what she goes through and it’s amazing to read about.

The romance between Adelina and Enzo felt so forced. It was insta love and there was literally no chemistry between them. This book could seriously have done without the gross romance or at least let it be developed??

Overall, this was such an action packed and intriguing read!

The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski: Review

The Winner's Kiss (The Winner's Trilogy, #3)

2.5/5 stars. 

Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance

Series: Book 3 in The Winner’s Trilogy

The Story:

Some kisses come at a price.

War has begun. Arin is in the thick of it with untrustworthy new allies and the empire as his enemy. Though he has convinced himself that he no longer loves Kestrel, Arin hasn’t forgotten her, or how she became exactly the kind of person he has always despised. She cared more for the empire than she did for the lives of innocent people—and certainly more than she did for him.

At least, that’s what he thinks.

In the frozen north, Kestrel is a prisoner in a brutal work camp. As she searches desperately for a way to escape, she wishes Arin could know what she sacrificed for him. She wishes she could make the empire pay for what they’ve done to her.

But no one gets what they want just by wishing.

As the war intensifies, both Kestrel and Arin discover that the world is changing. The East is pitted against the West, and they are caught in between. With so much to lose, can anybody really win?

My review:

*MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD*

I think I finally understand how my parents feel about me.

D I S A P P O I N T E D big fucking time man.

I feel like a totally different author wrote this book. Literally everything about this book seems so different and changed and you know what, I refuse to believe that this book is the ending to my most fucking favorite series (hint: The Winner’s trilogy).

At the mines, Kestrel is given a drug with her meals and drinks that slowly makes her lose her memories. (Like how even though?? Nothing’s really explained about the drug.) The best thing about Kestrel was that she was clever, independent and she was very strong. She was strategic and smart when it came to politics and she was also quite stupid and flawed. She got caught, she failed, but she’s not perfect and I loved that about her. But when she loses her memory, her character is just so not her. I understand that memory loss isn’t her fault and I understand that she was not herself and I am okay with that, but this plot line takes half of the book up, and I was incredibly bored and disappointed.

Honestly, the book could have done without the drugs and memory loss. First, there is no explanation about the drug and how it could be used for memory loss. (Shitty science) The memory loss plotline is super fucking long and takes up so much of the story and left me bored as fuck. It’s like about the first half of the book and I was just bored out of my mind.

I also really hated the romance. Arin and Kestrel felt so….forced together? I don’t know, they just don’t for together. I loved their romance when they were apart, but together they just didn’t work out. (I think it was because Kestrel didn’t remember him, maybe?) Anyways, everything was just very different and I didn’t like it at all.

Even the action scenes felt so boring. They weren’t even filled with action.

Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Search; series review

Avatar: The Last Airbender (The Search, #1)

5/5 stars. 

Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult, Graphic Novel, Middle Grade, Comic

Series: Avatar: The Last Airbender (The Search #1)

The Story:

For years, fans of Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra have burned with one question—what happened to Fire Lord Zuko’s mother? Finding a clue at last, Zuko enlists the aid of Team Avatar—and the most unlikely ally of all—to help uncover the biggest secret of his life.

My Review:

Okay, so first of all, GO WATCH THE SHOW IF YOU HAVEN’T BECAUSE YOU’RE MISSING OUT ON LIFE. It’s literally the best thing out there.

This graphic novel takes place after Aang defeats asshole Ozai and Zuko becomes Fire Lord. Basically the end of the show. During the show, Zuko visists Ozai and asks him about his mother (Ursa), who was always a mystery throughout the entire show. These three part books are about team boomeraang + Azula and – Toph (she’s not in the books 😭) discovering why Ozai banished Ursa and searching for her.

This was a fun, nostalgic, funny and emotional read for me. It’s original with a mind blowing plot twist at the end that had me SHOOK. I really wasn’t planning on reading this (mostly because I totally forgot this even existed atm) but I recently finished my rewatch of the series and couldn’t let these kids go so I needed more. And this book was exactly what I needed.

Anyways, if you’re a huge fan of the show and watched it, then I totally recommend this!!

Avatar: The Last Airbender  (The Search, #2)

5/5 stars. 

Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult, Graphic Novel, Middle Grade, Comic

Series: Avatar: The Last Airbender (The Search #2)

The Story:

Enter the Forgetful Valley

As Fire Lord Zuko continues his quest to uncover his mother’s fate, a shocking revelation causes him to question everything he knows. It’s an opportunity that his sister, the deadly and insane Azula, will not fail to take advantage of as she joins Zuko and his friends, Aang, Katara, and Sokka on their journey into a mysterious forest from which some people never reemerge…

My Review:

This picks up after the horrible cliffhanger we were left off at book one. In all three books, the past of Forelord Ozai and Ursa’s relationship is revealed. Ozai was so controlling and came off as abusive, yikes. His behavior toward his wife and his son is just so cruel and gross and this guy needs to die in a ditch. The more we get to know about him, the more I hate him.

We also see Azula’s inner struggle with herself and her mother. She’s such a complex character and I’m excited to see how she develops further and NEED to know more about her struggle with her mother! What made her into such a monster?? Why is she so damn cruel and heartless??

Anyways, these books are so fun and perfect for Avatar fans. My only complaint is that there is no Toph!! Wtf!! She’s part of team boomeraang and she’s not even in the books!! I want the greatest earthbender back and part of the team omf.

Initial reaction:
Oh my god, this is literally perfection. Well, anything having to do with The Last Airbender is perfection. I hate the freaking cliffhangers the author leaves us off at everytime in every book!!! Anyways, I love everything about this??? Um yeah???

Avatar: The Last Airbender (The Search, #3)

5/5 stars. 

Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult, Graphic Novel, Middle Grade, Comic

Series: Avatar: The Last Airbender (The Search #3)

The Story:

The Fate of the Fire Lord!

Avatar Aang travels to the spirit world to parlay with an ancient power, bringing Fire Lord Zuko ever closer to discovering the truth about his mother’s fate—and his own past. Yet Zuko’s sister Azula is becoming increasingly dangerous, threatening to ruin everything that Zuko, Aang, Katara, and Sokka have struggled to achieve on their search!

My review:

I’m kind of disappointed with what happened with Azula’s character in this final part. It was the same ol’ fun read, but I’m very disappointed with how Azula’s character was handled and I have so many unanswered questions about her character. The ending was sort of anticlimactic…but I still enjoyed this a lot.

It was interesting to learn about Zuko’s family and I love Zuko. He’s my precious son.

I’m just very disappointed with Azula’s character and that’s pretty much my only complaint with this.

P.S Aang and Katara’s endearments towards each other make me laff.

 

The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson: Review

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1.5/5 stars. 

Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance

Series: Book 1 in The Remnant Chronicles trilogy

The Story: 

A princess must find her place in a reborn world.

She flees on her wedding day.

She steals ancient documents from the Chancellor’s secret collection.

She is pursued by bounty hunters sent by her own father.

She is Princess Lia, seventeen, First Daughter of the House of Morrighan.

The Kingdom of Morrighan is steeped in tradition and the stories of a bygone world, but some traditions Lia can’t abide. Like having to marry someone she’s never met to secure a political alliance.

Fed up and ready for a new life, Lia flees to a distant village on the morning of her wedding. She settles in among the common folk, intrigued when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive—and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deceptions swirl and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets—secrets that may unravel her world—even as she feels herself falling in love.

My review: 

Watching my brother pick his nose would have been a more useful way to spend my time rather than on this pitiful excuse of a “fantasy” novel. If fantasy books are gross insta love with annoying as fuck love triangles and an assassin who can’t get his job done because his little dick keeps getting in the way then I’m OUT.

You know, I actually liked the beginning. And I actually liked a little bit of the end. I just finished rewatching season 3 of TLA, which is why I was in a good mood, but that doesn’t excuse the rest of this boring, annoying, and absolutely petty plot.

There’s literally just a runaway princess who wants to start a fresh life and not be used in a political marriage and then she meets two guys who we need to figure out whether they’re the prince or the assassin. And they both like her and she likes them too and then blah blah blah I stopped giving a fuck at that point because hey, I don’t fucking care about her lovey dovey love triangle issues!! 🙂

I was so worked up trying to figure out who was who. Was Kaden the assassin? Or was it Rafe? Was Kaden the prince? Or could Rafe be the prince? That held my attention for the first hundred or so pages but then *surprise* I couldn’t find another fuck to give anymore!!! Because, nothing was happening!!! Nothing actually happens until the last couple of pages, which were also, *surprise* boring as fuck and *surprise* I didn’t find a third fuck to give about it!!!

Princess Lia is a character that was literally more duller and lifeless than my personality. My friends said that she goes through an amazing character development from the beginning to the end of the book, but I felt nothing?? I don’t exactly hate her character, but I just feel nothing for her because she is literally so non existent to me. She’s a ghost.

The assassin was a big wimp. This guy was sent to kill Lia, but wait, his dick had other plans!!!! At first sight!!!!!!! An assassin sent to kill the girl, but falls in love with her?? Doesn’t really sound that bad, actually! And the author could have pulled it off, but *surprise* the author chose insta lurveee and just no, goodbye.

The prince was so bland as well. Well, all the characters actually, but he was even more pettier than the assassin!! Insta loveeeeeeeeee and no romance development and bye, off to the shark tank you go.

I’m literally never following my dreams again because they just want me to read bad books and suffer.

Pre review:
I had a dream I read this series.

Is this a sign???

The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski: Review

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5/5 stars. 

Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult, Dystopian, Romance, Science Fiction

Series: Book 1 in The Winner’s trilogy

The Story: 

Winning what you want may cost you everything you love… 

As a general’s daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, seventeen-year-old Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married. But Kestrel has other intentions. 

One day, she is startled to find a kindred spirit in a young slave up for auction. Arin’s eyes seem to defy everything and everyone. Following her instinct, Kestrel buys him—with unexpected consequences. It’s not long before she has to hide her growing love for Arin. 

But he, too, has a secret, and Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for a fellow human is much higher than she ever could have imagined. 

My Revew: 

This book is fucking awesome. I’m literally speechless and blown away by how enjoyable and gripping this book was. I am so fucking shook, I can’t even begin to describe how fucking amazing this book was.

The Winner’s Curse was a book I thought was about ballrooms, kings and queens and it was a book was not expecting to love at all. I never read the blurb of a book. I literally just dive into it blind and take and see how it goes for me. So I was so surprised when I found out this was about politics, (I knew this had slaves in it, but I had no clue about the country’s enslavement and stuff), war, FUCKING HEARTBREAKING ROMANCE, forbidden love, strong heroine, politics, and Arin. A lovely Arin.

Not gonna lie, the beginning was a struggle. It took me about 70 pages to get into and really start enjoying what was going on. Once Kestrel bought Arin, things got 200% more interesting.

○Politics was a huge surprise. I usually don’t like politics and all thatstuff because it’s boring for me??? But in this book, though there wasn’t much of it, the political aspect was super interesting and fun and I found myself wanting to read more about it and enjoying it very much. The military strategies, the whole issue about the war between the Herrani’s and Valorian’s was super fucking cool and I loved it.

○Kestrel is one of the most strong female characters ever and I love this girl so much. Don’t worry she’s not a “I’m not like other girls” and she’s not overly badass and does not hate dresses. She’s strong, loving, caring, clever, brave, sweet, respectful, selfless, and determined. She is perfectly okay with wearing dresses. She fights. She tries to fight for what’s right and I just really really like her character.

○Arin was a character that annoyed me in the beginning. He was so rude and such a dickhead, but considering he was sold off and his people were enslaved, I kind of understood. But Kestrel was nice to him and he was just a dick?? However, as the romance developed, he became sweeter and loving and akjslskdalkdj I’M SWOONING.

This was intriguing, gripping, political, with swoon worthy characters, a likeable MC and engaging plot.

○The romance is A+. I love Arin and Kestrel. They are perfect. I love them. Perfect. Goodbye.