Review: Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi

Tahereh Mafi has gained another fan. While I was unfortunately underwhelmed by Shatter Me, Unravel Me knocked my socks off.  It was exciting and fun and I was completely engrossed the whole time. 

With the first installment of this trilogy (although it’s soon to be a longer series) I was a little put off by the elegant writing style. I had a hard time following the audiobook.  Unravel Me was easier to understand and this time I found that the writing style enhanced rather than detracted from the story. 

The world is much more complex than I realized reading the first book. Far from being the freak of nature she believed herself to be, Juliette is one of many special people with incredible abilities.  I was not expecting this to be a super powers story, although I guess I should have. I’m not sure what to make of the political climate of this world.  The dystopian setting seems to take a backseat to Juliette’s self discovery and her ever complicated love life. 

Speaking of our protagonist, I enjoyed Juliette much more in this book.  She continues to grow more confident in her abilities even as her opinions about Adam and Warner are challenged.  I’m not sure how I feel about Adam anymore. Though he has good reason, he’s a little angsty for me and he’s unnecessarily shady about his powers in my opinion. Warner, however, has completely stolen my heart.  He’s one of the most complex characters I’ve read and he fascinates me.  Kenji, of course, continues to be hilarious. 

I loved this book.  My affection for Unravel Me makes me look at Shatter Me with new eyes.  I’m sure that if/when I reread it, I will enjoy it more than I did the first time. If Ignite Me is as good as everyone says, this will definitely be one of my new favorite series. 5/5 stars for sure. 

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Series Review: The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

Before I get into my review, I want to apologize for my lack of activity over the past few weeks.  Life has been throwing me some real curve balls, and my stress level has been through the roof.  Fortunately, I’m confident that life is going to get a little easier in the near future, so I should be able to post more regularly.  Thank you for being patient with me; I really appreciate it. 

I wasn’t completely idle in my absence. I previously posted a review for Cinder by Marissa Meyer, and if you’ll recall, I loved it.  I was recently able to complete the entire series, including the bonus novella bind up, Stars Above, and these are my non-spoiler thoughts. 

The Lunar Chronicles series, consists of four novels, Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter, in addition to Stars Above.  I dearly loved every second of every book.  This has definitely become one of my favorite series of all time.  I was entranced from start to finish, and am currently suffering the worst book hangover because of this series. 

My favorite aspect of The Lunar Chronicles is definitely the characters.  Cinder and the gang captured my heart and will remain some of my favorite characters forever. Their personalities are incredibly realistic – they are imperfect and quirky just like real people.  I wish so much to be part of Cinder’s crew, to be their friend. Cinder is sarcastic and witty, Scarlet is tenacious, Cress could not be sweeter and more passionate, and Winter is innocently insane. Don’t even get me started on the boys 😍😍❤❤😍😍

In addition to outstanding characters, Meyer has created an amazing version of our future world.  Part of me longs to visit New Beijing and Luna and be part of everything. The political aspects of the series are just as interesting as the action scenes.  I found myself caught up in royal politics and wondering which strategies would prevail.  As someone who doesn’t usually enjoy political conversation, I was pleased to find that I enjoyed those parts of the story. 

This series truly is a stunner from thrilling beginning to phenomenally satisfying end. I highly recommend this to everyone. 10,000,000/10! 

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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. 

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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.

Review: The Wizard Heir

Holy crap. This book was even better than the first book in the series. Where The Warrior Heir was a little slow in the beginning, The Wizard Heir is full of action from start to finish.

This novel follows Seph McCauley who, although he knows he is a wizard, is mostly unaware of the goings on in the magical world. After a tragic accident at a late night party, Seph is sent to The Havens, a school for troubled boys that is not what it seems. Soon, Seph is fighting to survive and avoid being recruited into a war he knows nothing about. 

Although we follow a new protagonist in this book, we get to revisit most of the previous characters that we love. A new villain is introduced and I despise him with every ounce of my being. I haven’t hated a character so much since Dolores Umbridge, which says a lot about Cinda Williams Chima’s writing. The plot if this novel kept me guessing and I was genuinely surprised by all the twists. As in the first novel, the combat scenes were exceptional and I was completely engaged while reading them. Overall, this book blew me away. 5/5 stars. Would definitely recommend. 

Review: The Warrior Heir by Cinda Williams Chima

This urban fantasy series makes a promising start with The Warrior Heir. In it we follow Jack Swift, a teenage boy who is thrust head first into a world of magic when his aunt visits his small town and enlists his help finding a family heirloom. He soon learns that the magical world is a dangerous place and must learn to survive. 

While a little bit slow in the very beginning as a lot of fantasy stories are, The Warrior Heir ended up seriously impressing. Cinda Williams Chima creates a world that is amazing and complex, yet so beautifully and articulately presented that the reader is easily able to understand what is happening. The plotline leaves nothing to be desired with a full story arc within the novel in addition to the set up for the rest of the series. The combat scenes are action-packed, the politics are cutthroat and fascinating, and the magic system is unique and interesting without being overly complicated. I was able to predict the twist toward the climax of the book, but it was still dramatic enough to highly entertain. I gave this novel 4.5/5 stars and would highly recommend it to anyone looking for an action-packed fantasy read.