Review: Cinder by Marissa Meyer 

After reading Cinder, I am confident that Marissa Meyer is one of my new favorite authors. This sci-fi Cinderella retelling is absolutely incredible. Even as I write this I am listening to Scarlet on audiobook. I am in love with the characters that Meyer created . 

Linh Cinder is a cyborg mechanic in the plague addled city of New Beijing in the Eastern Commonwealth of Earth. She’s worked like a slave for as long as she can remember under the hateful eye of her stepmother. When she unexpectedly meets the crown prince and the sister she loves contracts the plague, letumosis, Cinder’s world is turned upside down and she is send unwillingly on a journey of self discovery and rebellion. 

I am still reeling from this story. I loved every second and was captivated by every page. Sci-fi is not the genre for which I usually reach, but I definitely need to change my ways because Cinder blew me away. 

Cinder is sarcastic, stubborn, and misunderstood. Her voice is so pure and relatable, you will not be able to help falling in love with her character. Not only Cinder, but Kai and Iko and all the other characters were amazing. Levana is one of the best/worst villains I’ve ever read. She’s evil and nasty parading as beauty and kindness. I can’t stand her and I think my hatred of her is only overshadowed by my hatred of Dolores Umbridge. 

What I loved most about this novel is that, while there are subtle nods to the original fairytale, it is most definitely unique. Marissa Meyer absolutely killed it with his book. 

5/5 stars. 

I hope you all enjoyed this review! If you did please leave me a like and a comment and let me know what you think of this book! 

Review: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Guys. I am in love. 

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell follows Cath, a freshman in college, who is less than enthusiastic about her impending college experience. Her twin sister, Wren, has abandoned her and their shared love of Simon Snow (a book series about magicians) on favor of independence. Cath is alone with her fanfiction and anxiety in a world of strangers until her roommate Reagan and Reagan’s friend Levi coax her out of her shell and show her how much fun college can be. 

The characters were definitely the best thing about this story. They are all real and relatable; they have good qualities and flaws and could be real people. I cared so deeply for these characters and I was very sad when the book ended and I couldn’t read about them anymore. 

I LOVED this book. This was my first Rainbow Rowell novel and I was not disappointed. I’m sure I speak for a lot of people when I say that I relate to Cath on a deep and personal level. While Harry Potter is my Simon Snow, I related on almost every level to Cath and her struggles. Even if you aren’t a fangirl or fanboy yourself, this book is still full of fun. The romance is adorable, the plot is compelling, and the characters are amazing. Fangirl explores deep issues such as the desire for acceptance, divorce, and abandonment. I truly think that anyone could enjoy Cath’s story. 

5/5 stars. Would HIGHLY recommend. 

I hope you guys enjoy this review. Leave me a like and a comment and let me know what you thought about this book. 

Review: Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

I’ll be honest here, I was expecting a little more out of Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi. I’ve heard so many good things about this book series, and my hopes for loving it were high. It was interesting and I enjoyed it, but I didn’t love it. 

Shatter Me follows Juliette Ferrars, a seventeen year old girl trapped in an insane asylum because her touch is lethal. Craziness unfolds as she’s hunted for her abilities and she tries to survive in the destroyed world. 

Tahereh Mafi’s writing style is beautiful, however I felt that it almost distracted from the story. I listened to the audiobook of Shatter Me, and was a bit confused by the flowery style at times. I think that I’m going to read the ebook of Unravel Me to see if I like that format better. 

The characters were definitely compelling, especially Kenji. He was hilarious. The world was terrifyingly realistic. The idea that humanity could screw up the Earth so much is hardly a new concept, but it is scary because it is possible. 

I was a a little bored while listening to this book, but that’s not unusual for the first book in a series. I’m still hopeful going into the next book. 

I ended up giving Shatter Me 3/5 stars, but that could change as I read on. 

I hope you guys enjoyed this review. If you did, leave me a like and a comment. I will talk to you next time! 

Review: The Selection by Kiera Cass

The Selection is a very popular YA novel that follows America Singer, a 17 year old girl living in a world driven by an eight tiered caste system in which ones are the royal family and eights are the homeless, poverty-stricken members of society. America is a five, the caste of artists and musicians. When the crown prince of her country comes of age, there is a competition held known as The Selection in which girls are chosen at random from the various castes for the chance to be chosen by the prince as his wife and future queen. Despite being opposed to the contest, America finds herself part of it and must navigate the confusing waters of palace life. 

The best part of the book is definitely the characters, specifically Prince Maxon. I love any book that gives me a new fictional boy to fangirl over and The Selection, definitely delivered with Maxon. He is sweet and caring and everything a girl would want her prince to be. America is a little different. While I don’t dislike her, some of the things she does and says don’t make much sense to me. She’s a bit annoying but seems to be a good person overall. 

If you like The Bachelor, you will like The Selection. The book is essentially the show set in a dystopian society. Although, when reading you don’t even really care about the society because you are too wrapped up in what is going to happen with the romance. 

I very much enjoyed this book. Fast paced and fun, it was one of those quick and easy guilty-pleasure read to which you get addicted and fly through. I definitely recommend this to anyone looking for something fast, fluffy, and entertaining. 

4/5 stars for entertainment. 

Review: Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined by Stephenie Meyer

I’m going to give you guys fair warning: I am a major Twilight fangirl. I read the books for the first time during my freshman year of high school and like thousands of teenage girls in 2008, I was completely obsessed with Stephenie Meyer’s debut series. Now, as an adult woman, I find myself sucked back in to the small town of Forks and the paranormal world that Meyer created. Life and Death is the same story with an intriguing new twist: almost all of the characters have been gender swapped. I went into this expecting to enjoy it purely for the nostalgic fun, but I didn’t expect to love it even more than I loved the original book. 

Stephenie Meyer said in an interview with Christine Riccio of PolandBananasBooks on YouTube, that people constantly comment that Bella is too much of a damsel in distress. When told this, she thought that no one would say that if Bella was a boy, and thus the idea for Life and Death was born.
I was totally entranced from the beginning to the exciting end. While the story is almost exactly the same, the subtle differences brought a fresh perspective to the story. I very much enjoy the male point of view and watching as Beau fell for Edythe. The vampire being a total badass female was something I greatly appreciated too.  

I am very aware of the problematic elements in Twilight and some of those elements are still present in this version. However, I must admit that those elements did little to diminish my enjoyment of story. Reading is about having fun and I definitely had fun with Life and Death. 

Overall, I very much enjoyed this book and believe that it is a must read for all my fellow twi-hards out there. I believe fans of Bella and Edward will adore Beau and Edythe. It was lovely to revisit this story with a fresh twist. 

4.5/5 stars

Reread Review: City of Bones

The first time I read this book, I was a freshman in high school. 2009 me loved every second of this book and I devoured it in one night. While I still very much enjoyed City of Bones, 2017 me is a little more critical of Cassandra Clare’s first book. 
As most of you probably know, City of Bones follows a fifteen year old girl, named Clary, who is suddenly thrust into a magical world of myths and monsters after a fateful encounter at a mysterious nightclub. With the help of an intriguing and infuriating boy, named Jace, and her best friend, Simon, Clary must navigate the treacherous waters of this new world to find and save her missing mother. 

Just like the first time I read this book, I adored Jace and Simon. Sarcastic and funny, they stole my heart yet again. Surprisingly, this read through of City of  Bones was somewhat tainted with a slight distaste for Clary. Her character was a little too stubborn for me and at the beginning of the novel, she treats the people she cares about quite badly. Now, I understand that she’s a teenager and in a very stressful and frightening situation, but she seemed unnecessarily rude and almost mean at times. I can say, however, that her character development was excellent and I was much happier with her in the second half of the book. 

To be honest, the second half of the book was just better overall. The beginning is a bit slow as Clary learns the ins and outs of her new world, but the story significantly picks up after the halfway point. 

While I didn’t enjoy it quite as much as I did in 2009, I still really liked City of Bones. I am planning to continue the series, as I have only ever read the first three. 

3.75/5 stars. 

Review: The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel by Michael Scott

This is not related to Harry Potter.  Even so, this book was highly entertaining and was action-packed from start to finish.  I gave it 4 out of 5 stars and definitely recommend it.  It was an excellent start to a series.

The novel follows a brother and sister, Sophie and Josh, fifteen year old twins who are enjoying a typical summer in San Francisco.  Josh gets a job working at a small bookshop for a man named Nick Fleming.  One day a strange man attacks Nick and Josh and Sophie attempt to help only to be thrust into a magical and dangerous world.  They soon learn that Nick Fleming is really Nicholas Flamel, an immortal on the run.  Sophie and Josh have a bigger role in this magical world than they ever imagined.

I read this book at the insistence of my husband and I was not disappointed.  I immensely enjoyed the plot and the characters.  I was never bored reading the adventure and found it extremely difficult to put my book down and take care of my responsibilities.  The fight/action scenes were extremely well written and they were generously distributed throughout the novel.  I adored the relationship between the siblings and the examination of their twin bond.  The complex character of Flamel himself was fascinating to read and I found myself simultaneously trusting him and questioning his motives, much like Josh and Sophie.

Overall, I am excited to continue this series and I am very happy it was recommended to me.  I definitely think you guys should check it out because it was fantastic.