Lambs can Always Become Lions – The F/F Robin Hood Retelling your life lacks

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Series : Lambs can Always Become Lions #1

Publication date : May 15th, 2017goodreads

Publisher : Self-published

Genre : New Adult | Retelling

Page Count : 96

Synopsis : Robin Hood, along with her group of friends, has been aiding the poor of Nottingham for four years. They have become an hindrance to the Sheriff of Nottingham, terrorising the rich lords and ladies and robbing gold right from under the Sheriff’s nose.
Helping Robin from inside, and proving her most useful ally, is Lady Marian Fitzwalter.
After hearing about a special shipment coming through Sherwood – filled with gold, jewels and weapons – Marian agrees to help Robin gather information so she can ambush it. It is risky and dangerous on both sides but Marian would do anything for Robin. And Robin would do anything to feed her people.
But as the shipment draws closer and tensions rise, Robin finds herself having to decide which is more important: love or duty.
(From Goodreads)

Rating : 4.5 stars

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You know, I think this is one of those books I’ll keep yelling about until the end of time because IT’S SO GOOD. REAL GOOD. I’ve been eyeing it for MONTHS before it came out, the premise had me super excited, I mean who wouldn’t be. A robin hood retelling? An F/F romance? GIMME, and to be completely honest, it didn’t disappoint at all.

The writing has sort of a whimsical vibe to it that I thought fit the time period perfectly and is easy to follow, which with the fact that this is a novella makes Lambs Can Always Become Lions a very fast read. It’s written in dual POV from both Robin and Marian’s perspectives which gives the reader a more wholesome look at thing and works very well with the plot and how the story is weaved, especially since both spend most of their time apart.

The story starts with a steady pace and picks up very fast to leave you gapping at all the events happening in front of you and YOU CAN’T HELP YOUR PRECIOUS BABIES WHO ARE SUFFERING (If you didn’t notice, writing this review rekindles all the feels). I was deceaved, even though I had a clear idea of the main events from the synopsis/the start of the book, I had no idea Charlotte was going to play my feelings like that. For how short it is, LCABL is action packed, it really is, with amazingly well written high stress fight scenes (some of my favorites ever) and I must admit, this book has a bunch of kickass characters to whom I got attached very quickly.

Robin is fierce and sassy with a soft side to her that cares deeply about her friends and Marian. I LOVED HER SO MUCH. She made me laugh more times than I can remember, made me swoon but most importantly got me cheering for her and rooting for her life and safety, which were put in harm’s way one too many times *glares at Charlotte*. To me, she’s one of those characters who are impossible to dislike because of the witts as well as her kindness.

Marian is a lady, and has more to offer than what meets the eye. She’s brave, loyal and resourceful, ready to do whatever it takes for the people she loves. I was invested in her fate as much as I was in Robin’s because both of them are well rounded, genuine characters. And I love love love girls who kiss and save each other. Let me just tell you about their relationship, IT’S THE MOST ADORABLE THING EVER. I knew I’d love this book early on, why? Because where the books starts, Robin and Marian are in an already established relationship and that’s one of my favorite things ever because there’s no newness to it and it’s just 100% sweet tender love. AAAAH. I CAN’T STOP GUSHING!

I really appreciated the fact that Robin’s crew was made diverse. Little John is asexual (the word isn’t used but it’s very heavily hinted), Edda is a black Muslim woman and Will is non-binary. That being said, I wish we had more of them. I think we see them enough to get a sense of who they are but I wanted more of them and I hope that happens in the next installment. I really loved the family vibe their banter gave off and how easy it was to see how much they care about each other.

All in all, this is a book that you should read. YES YOU. GO BUY IT !! It’s fast paced, engaging, and even has its cute times in the midst of all the chaos. So what’s not to love about that? I am REALLY excited for what comes next considering how things were left off at the end and I can’t to see what adventures the characters embark in next.


That’s it until next time.

Did you read Lambs can Always Become Lions? If so, what did you think?

Hope you enjoyed, write to you soon.

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The Rose Society – The Anti-hero turns out of control Villain

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Series: The Young Elites #2

Publication date : October 13th, 2015goodreads

Publisher : G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

Genre : Young Adult | Fantasy

Page Count: 398

Synopsis :Once upon a time, a girl had a father, a prince, a society of friends. Then they betrayed her, and she destroyed them all.
Adelina Amouteru’s heart has suffered at the hands of both family and friends, turning her down the bitter path of revenge. Now known and feared as the White Wolf, she flees Kenettra with her sister to find other Young Elites in the hopes of building her own army of allies. Her goal: to strike down the Inquisition Axis, the white-cloaked soldiers who nearly killed her.
But Adelina is no heroine. Her powers, fed only by fear and hate, have started to grow beyond her control. She does not trust her newfound Elite friends. Teren Santoro, leader of the Inquisition, wants her dead. And her former friends, Raffaele and the Dagger Society, want to stop her thirst for vengeance. Adelina struggles to cling to the good within her. But how can someone be good when her very existence depends on darkness? (From Goodreads)

Rating: 4 stars

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WOWOWOWOW!!! This is probably the darkest book I’ve ever read, it’s mind boggling. Terrifying, horrifying, shudder-inducing and all the other adjectives. My heart was pounding out of my chest the whole time I was reading it and wow, it’s intense, the darkness got suffocating at times and I just had to take a break because it was more than I could handle. I don’t think I can pretend to have a black soul after this (says the girl with the pink bubbly blog. Irony.). I know I said that The Young Elites is dark, but this, THIS is tenfolds that because Adelina is 100% evil, there’s no light whatsoever.

The writing is intricate and consistant, as in it’s the same as in the first book, it packs a punch of emotions and that’s really all I can ask for. The complaint I had last time about the book lacking POVs is completely solved in this one because it 100% focuses on Adelina but still manages to develop the other characters. That being said, I have another complaint (when do I not complain?). Some of the dialogue felt very off to me, a bit too info-dumpey and convenient. For example, a character would be eavesdropping and the right thing would be said at the right moment for them to have all the information they need and that really bugged me. It was just too easy.

The pace picks up very early on in this one, once the introductions to the world are done with in the first book, The Rose society goes straight into the action with lots of killing, stabbing and fighting and my soul loved it (It’s still a bit black, see?), the action scenes are given the attention they deserve, they’re very well written and described, I could easily imagine everything that was happening and there was no confusing anything anymore. I really liked how everything unfolded and how events were put into motion.

There are two things I’ll always love about the characters in this book. First one is how none of them have a “noble cause”. There’s nothing wrong with that, mind you but it’s a nice change and a welcome twist from every other book. They were all after personal gain, something that would benefit them, may it be vanity or vengeance. Second is how their powers have limits AND a cost, that’s all  I’m gonna say, otherwise I’ll be venturing into spoilery territory

Adelina is a piece of work, oh lord. The more she uses her powers, the more she feeds on darkness, the more she becomes dark and the more she looses control over it, it’s a vicious circle. She’s ambitious, determined to get what she wants and is also a villain mastermind, the way she plot her next steps is genius. I loved her or more like, I loved to hate her because she does all the messed up things and you cannot not hate her for them, especially towards the end.

I really liked her sister, Violetta. She’s this calme presence all throughout the book and ground Adelina for most of it. She goes through great developement from this scared little girl to a confident one who know what she wants and what the limits to what she can accept are and isn’t afraid to act on it. Last but not least, Magiano. HE STOLE MY HEART!! He’s such a sneaky, cunning, mischiveous boy but also has a gentle, sweet side to him. Honest to God, he was the only light in the book, on rare (VERY rare) occasions, he brought up this hopeful, good side of Adelina, which she didn’t fail to smother right away but HE DID THAT. And I ship them, even though he deserves better I can’t help it, and I KNOW I shouldn’t because I’m pretty sure my ship will sink but again, I can’t help it.

I think this will be it for my rambling about this book, it was such a good sequel and was far from suffering from Second Book Syndrome which I was scared would happen. BUT I’m really scared to pick up the finale The Midnight Star because I’ve been hearing very mixed things about it, some loved the conclusion, some hated it so I’ll maybe wait a couple of months before picking it up and I’ll go in with low expectations. WE SHALL SEE.


That’s it until next time.

Did you read The Rose Society? If so, what did you think?

What did you think of Adelina’s actions and motives?

Hope you enjoyed, write to you soon.

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The Young Elites – A dark Anti-hero Origin story

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Series: The Young Elites #1

Publication date : October 7th, 2014goodreads

Publisher : G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

Genre : Young Adult | Fantasy

Page Count: 355

Synopsis : 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. 
(From Goodreads)

Rating: 4 stars

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Trigger warning: Parental abuse

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I’ve had this book on my TBR for the LONGEST time. Since it came out actually, I wasn’t even part of the community back then, I was just watching some random Youtuber when they talked about it and I thought it sounded interesting enough. But the thing is, I didn’t read fantasy back then so it naturally got burried under a humongous TBR pile until a friend literally screamed at me to read it on twitter (that’s the only way to get me to read a book if you haven’t noticed), I finally caved and picked it up. And oh boy! I regret not reading it sooner because HOLY CRAP THIS BOOK IS AWESOME.

In my honest opinion, the writing is powerful. Adelina, the main character has a whirlwind of emotions raging inside of her and that really shows in the narration, I could feel every struggle, every pain and every darkness and there are a lot of those. And the descriptions were breath-taking, vivid and beautiful even in their ugliness. What it was lacking, and this really is the only complaint I have, is POVS. This is one of those books that should be told in multiple perspectives, there’s a rich cast of character that wasn’t explored to its fullest potential because of the one point of view we got. Well, almost. There were some chapters here and there that weren’t from the MC’s POV but not nearly enough and not from the characters I was the most interested in. (1)

The story is unique, the kind that’s lacking in YA (AND THAT WE NEED MORE OF). As  you’ve guessed it from the title of the post AND the synopsis of the book, it’s a villaineous character origin story, and a well executed one at that. Marie Lu has built a very dark and heavy vibe around her story and it is shown rather than told and I. live. for. that. That being said, this is a slow fantasy and if that’s not your cup of tea, better skip it. I, for one, didn’t mind it because it made space for good world building and character developpement. And I like both of those things.

BUT the plot is very worth it, it went down some roads I did NOT expect and it took me by surprise and broke me because WE CAN’T HAVE HAPPY NICE THINGS. I particularly liked the opening scene because for one it’s really strong and gets the reader intrigued from the start and it reminded me of one of my favorite classics which is THE LAST DAY OF A CONDEMNED MAN by Victor Hugo, if you’ve read both I’m pretty sure you’ve seen the similarities.

The world is… kind of confusing at first, it took me a little while to get a hang of the city names and situate myself properly but once that was done I thoroughly enjoyed the settings. The Young Elites’ powers are based on energy and emotions which was really interesting to read about, how different people respond to different emotions and how that affects the kind of power they have as well as their strength. I liked how the author also weaved simple things that we experience and explained them by integrating them fully in this world she created.

Adelina is such a well fleshed character. I loved how conflicted and at war with her own feelings she was and the most fascinating was seeing her gradually give in to the darkness, to her “true” self, ambitious, power hungry and villaineous. One thing I particularly appreciated about her and how Marie Lu wrote her is that she wasn’t strong from the get go, not even close, it took her work and time to gain control over her power and that is a nice change from the mainstream MC who’s good at everything she sets her hands on. All of this mean that she’s a lot inside her head, battling with her emotions and demons, figuring out wha to do and who to trust. (2)

(1) and (2) made that I didn’t really know much about the other characters, which I would’ve liked, especially the Daggers, they were very interesting and had a lot of potential. This doesn’t mean that they were cardboard characters because they weren’t but ya know… I wanted more of them, but Adelina being “an outsider” didn’t make that possible. The little I knew of them I liked and I made this game out of it and tried to come up with an adjective  and only one to describe each one of them, and this is what I came up with: Enzo the mysterious, Raffaele the graceful, Gemma the delicate, Dante the ruthless, Michel the artist and Lucente the playful.

And that’s it for this review, friends. I can’t wait to pick up the sequel, which is actually happening in a couple of days (when I’m writing this, by the time it goes up I’ll have read it and a few books after it haha) because the way The Young Elites ended has me very curious and excited for the future events.


That’s it until next time.

Did you read The Young Elites? If so, what did you think?

What did you think of Adelina’s transformation?

Hope you enjoyed, write to you soon.

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A Conjuring of Light – Where I died and was brought back to life

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Series: Shades of Magic #3

Publication date : February 21th, 2017goodreads

Publisher : Tor Books

Genre : Adult | Fantasy

Page Count: 624

Synopsis : Witness the fate of beloved heroes – and enemies.
THE BALANCE OF POWER HAS FINALLY TIPPED…
The precarious equilibrium among four Londons has reached its breaking point. Once brimming with the red vivacity of magic, darkness casts a shadow over the Maresh Empire, leaving a space for another London to rise.
WHO WILL CRUMBLE?
Kell – once assumed to be the last surviving Antari – begins to waver under the pressure of competing loyalties. And in the wake of tragedy, can Arnes survive?
WHO WILL RISE?
Lila Bard, once a commonplace – but never common – thief, has survived and flourished through a series of magical trials. But now she must learn to control the magic, before it bleeds her dry. Meanwhile, the disgraced Captain Alucard Emery of the Night Spire collects his crew, attempting a race against time to acquire the impossible.
WHO WILL TAKE CONTROL?
And an ancient enemy returns to claim a crown while a fallen hero tries to save a world in decay.  (From Goodreads)

Rating: 4.5 stars

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RIP my heart and all the characters that died in this book. RIP my soul because I sold it to Schwab and this damned trilogy of hers. RIP my mind because it has been consumed with this series for the past year and now that it’s done I don’t know what to do with myself anymore. This book did all sorts of things to me and I know that reading this and knowing that this is one of my favorite series (My reviews for ADSOM and AGOS) you’re wondering why on earth I didn’t give it 5 stars, right? Well, because I’m mad at it and frustrated at the way a certain thing was handled but more on that later.

Oh by the way, I buddy read this with some of my favorite people and closest friends, Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books and Kat @ Life and Other Disasters and it was so much fun to have them to go to when this book got too much, which is more often than not.

I don’t even know why I still let the writing take me by surprise and sweep me off my feet, I should learn by now that Schwab is one heck of a talented writer. It flows nicely, the chapters are short and it has a lot of POVs. Seriously, A LOT. But the weird thing is that it wasn’t overwhelming, the transition between them -which often happened between one paragraph and the next- was very smartly and subtly done, so smooth that I didn’t even realize it was switching until I took a step back and thought about it. Besides the main four POVs, the others ones were like these outsider looks on what the MCs were doing which was a much needed perspective.

So… THIS WAS SUCH A FREAKING EMOTIONAL ROLLER COSTER. No one was safe. No one was okay and I was scared for 99% of it. Especially with the author promising death numerous times, I didn’t know who it would be. The action picks up from page 1 (literally) and never slows down until everything is resolved, the tension is palpable and the build up so damn good, I literally couldn’t put it down and had to read a few pages every free moment I had (just ask the girls, I finished it so freaking fast haha). The plot, like in the other books is intricate and unpredictable, besides the obvious Osaron, I couldn’t figure out if there were any other ennemies and who I could trust, it was a traumatizing experience, because friends turned out to be foes and vice versa.

Speaking of Osaron, that demon/egocentric jerk/smoke thingy made my skin crawl, he is so frightening and what made it worse is that some part are from his POV and they were terrifying and disturbing. The way he thinks, plots, his strength that seemed invincible had me really worried about my babies.

Onto my babies now, I think I’m running out of adjectives to describe them (see my reviews for the other 2 books) especially Kell and Lila because he is same caring, brave Kell and she is the same confident, sassy Delilah we know and love. I LIVED FOR THEIR ROMANCE, I never thought I could say “cute” about anything involving Lila but they were ADORABLE and kind of steamy as well. What I loved is that their relationship was a constant, there was no kind of doubt or drama whatsoever, like the natural course of things.

My other two children are Rhy and Alucard and I do have adjectives to describe these two especially Rhy because he went through great development. I don’t remember if I said this in my previous reviews but as much as I adore him, there was this childish and slightly selfish side of him that kind of annoyed me a little bit which wasn’t the case in this final installment, he stepped up when it was needed and showed his true potential as a person, a prince and a future king. Alucard too showed a new side of him, a softer, more vulnerable side that I cherished, his love for Rhy is so pure and amazing and it really showed in the way he was trying to redeem himself.

Here’s the thing though, and the reason behind my 4.5 stars which I ranted about for hours (yep) with my friend Mariam ( @ Mariammy Books, check her out, she’s pretty rad). I didn’t like the way their romance was handled. I thought that it needed way more page space to develop the right way compared to Lila and Kell (who got plenty… not that I’m complaining) while they were the ones with unresolved issues and whatnot, I’m really bitter about this because although we got some flashbacks from their past relationship, I needed more, like how they met, a little more of their angst and cuteness, etc… Plus, the way it was wrapped up was pretty iffy as well.  Considering how long it took Rhy to forgive or even listen to what Alucard had to say, I expected that moment to make my heart explode with joy but the fact that it was so public and IT DIDN’T END WITH A KISS was very underwhelming (I wanted that freaking kiss so bad) . Add to that the fact that I couldn’t understand why Alucard had to have a demotion from Privateer to guard to be with Rhy, like, couldn’t he be something else? A counselor? Head of the guard? Or I don’t know??? Something that doesn’t feel like he’s giving up a part of himself?

I have one more character to add to my children’s list that I would give a kidney for. Holland. I KNOW, I KNOW but I love me a tortured soul, I just wanted him to be safe and happy, that’s not too much to ask, right? He deserved a bit of peace after all the bad luck that’s been thrown his way. Learning about his past was absolutely shattering, and eye opening to be quite honest, we got to see why he turned out the way he did and I’m telling you, HE DESERVED BETTER.

I just want to close this review by saying that this doesn’t mean that Shades of Magic isn’t one of my favorite series anymore because it still is. The cast of characters is one of the best I’ve ever read and I’ll love them forever, it is fantastic, with a mind blowing plot and brilliant world building, it’s just that… you know, in my opinion, Rhy and Alucard were done dirty.


That’s it until next time.

Did you read A Conjuring of Light? If so, what did you think?

Who was you favorite character? What did you think about both romances? 

Hope you enjoyed, write to you soon.

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The Seafarer’s Kiss – The Little Mermaid retelling of my Dreams

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Publication date : May 4th, 2017goodreads

Publisher : Interlude Press

Genre : Young Adult | Fantasy

Page Count: 230

Synopsis : Having long-wondered what lives beyond the ice shelf, nineteen-year-old mermaid Ersel learns of the life she wants when she rescues and befriends Ragna, a shield-maiden stranded on the mermen’s glacier. But when Ersel’s childhood friend and suitor catches them together, he gives Ersel a choice: say goodbye to Ragna or face justice at the hands of the glacier’s brutal king.
Determined to forge a different fate, Ersel seeks help from Loki. But such deals are never as one expects, and the outcome sees her exiled from the only home and protection she’s known. To save herself from perishing in the barren, underwater wasteland and be reunited with the human she’s come to love, Ersel must try to outsmart the God of Lies.
 
(From Goodreads)

Rating: 4.5 stars

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*I received a copy of this book in exchange of an honest review*

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Thinking about The Seafarer’s Kiss makes my heart swell, swell, swell, that’s how much I loved it. IT IS SO AMAZING, GUYS. This book was one of my most anticipated releases of 2017 and it didn’t disappoint, not at all. In fact, it was different in more ways than one and better than what I expected. I think it is scientifically proven (ok maybe not) that it’s impossible not to be excited about this gem. Little Mermaid retelling? Bisexual MC? Norse Mythology? My answer was automatically GIMME.

The writing is absolutely stunning. It is soft and lyrical, and I didn’t expect anything short of that coming from Julia, she’s a word whisperer, she wields them to her will and does beautiful things with them. My favorite part about it has to be the descriptions, they were mesmerizing and set a whimsical tone to the story, the magic seeps through them especially when it comes to the mermaids, I was all heart eyes. 

The world building is seamless, it’s so well weaved into the story that i didn’t realize how much I knew about the world the author created until I knew it all, it wasn’t overwhelming in any way. This being a retelling, I was afraid it would be predictable in some way but the author was inspired by the original tale only lightly, she took “staple” pieces from it, twisted them and put them to a different use to be able to bring in the Norse mythology element. And it was a very successful mix.

Now, this was darker than I expected. It started off slow (not the bad kind) and things escalated progressively until the pace picked up and kept me on my toes for the rest of the novel, it even managed to surprise me with some minor twists a few times. You know how I have a soft spot for morally grey characters, right? Well this one hit all the marks with me in that area. I absolutely adored how the lines between evil and good were blurred and everything and -almost- everyone was in the middle, much more complex than the black and white default settings.

The Seafarer’s Kiss is written in first person from Ersel‘s POV and she has my heart. Like most characters in this book, she’s flawed and selfish. But also gorgeous, clever and resourceful. She doesn’t give up on her goals no matter what challenges are thrown at her. Although she did some questionnable things for questionnable reasons, the fact that she tried to make it all right made me love her even more. Special mention to her mom who is a total badass, super supportive and loving.

Next comes Ragna, the human girl and love interest. She’s confident and absolutely stabtastic but I also felt like I had to protect her at all costs even though I was fully aware that of the two of us, I’m the one in need of protection heh. Here comes a confession and the reason for no giving this book a full 5 stars, a completely selfish reason but you know. I WANTED MORE ERSEL/RAGNA PAGE SPACE. I shipped them so hard that I just wanted way more of them than I got (which wasn’t a lot to be honest).

Havamal. is. a. mess. He acts out on impulse and regrets it afterwards but he is so endearing and I’m total trash for him. There it is, I said it. I ADORED Havamal no matter how much I wanted to smack him because of his choices, it just is what it is. Last but not least is Loki, they took the gold for my favorite villainous characters of all times, THEY WERE AMAZING, smart, sneaky, ruthless and quite funny. I love the original Loki but the way Julia wrote them here is just fantastic. That being said the fact that Loki is the only non binary character and them being a villain has gotten very mixed responses from NB folks, some loved it and felt empowered, some hated it and were hurt because of the deceiving aspect and both are valid. So I would be very cautious about recommending this one to non-cis readers who I think should be made aware of this fact prior to reading.

I think this will be it for this review. Oh, nope, one last thing, IT HAS THE CUTEST BELUGAS EEEEEVER. So if all of this doesn’t make you want to pick The Seafarer’s Kiss as soon as it is out, I don’t know what will. Seriously though, preorder it NOW, you don’t want to miss out.


That’s it until next time.

Did you read The Seafarer’s Kiss? If so, what did you think?

Who was you favorite character? Because I can’t decide. 

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Ink and Bone – The Book that shows the Power of Knowledge

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Publication date : July 7th, 2015goodreads

Publisher : Berkley Publishing

Genre : Young Adult | Fantasy

Page Count: 352

Synopsis : In an exhilarating new series, New York Times bestselling author Rachel Caine rewrites history, creating a dangerous world where the Great Library of Alexandria has survived the test of time.…
Ruthless and supremely powerful, the Great Library is now a presence in every major city, governing the flow of knowledge to the masses. Alchemy allows the Library to deliver the content of the greatest works of history instantly—but the personal ownership of books is expressly forbidden.
Jess Brightwell believes in the value of the Library, but the majority of his knowledge comes from illegal books obtained by his family, who are involved in the thriving black market. Jess has been sent to be his family’s spy, but his loyalties are tested in the final months of his training to enter the Library’s service.
When his friend inadvertently commits heresy by creating a device that could change the world, Jess discovers that those who control the Great Library believe that knowledge is more valuable than any human life—and soon both heretics and books will burn…
(From Goodreads)

Rating : 3.5 stars

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I have many, many conflicting feelings about this book. Going into it, I didn’t know what to expect, IT’S A BOOK ABOUT BOOKS (I feel like all people who read this book, say this exact same thing haha.) and the premise sounds cool but other than that, I didn’t know what to think. After reading it, as much as I wasn’t disappointed, it didn’t blow my mind either. The concept delivered but I still had a few issues with the book that weren’t negligible.

One thing I want to get out of the way before starting the proper review is that the synopsis is misleading. It makes it seem like the fact that Jess’s (the main character) friend committing heresy is what’s going to get the plot going, it is not. That doesn’t happen until the end of the book. That was kind of a bummer because I kept expecting it to happen and it didn’t. Anyway, moving on.

The writing is easy to follow without falling into being over-simplistic. It was just what the book needed. Though the first complaint I have is about the chapters, they are so painstakingly long. Ink and Bone is with no doubt the book that contains the longest chapters I’ve ever read and that didn’t help with the pace of the book -which I’ll get into a bit later. Last thing, read this:

“For the most part, the people matched the place: exotic, clean, attractive, polite. Cosmopolitan.

Yikes. You probably don’t see what is wrong with that sentence, let me enlighten you. You DON’T describe a person as exotic, NEVER. No matter what your reasons are, they’re not food, they’re not exotic. After that, I watched like a hawk for more vocabulary like that but there weren’t so I’ll just call this one a slip.

Onto the plot now. I loved the concept, it is unique and unheard of, even though I must admit at first it was a bit confusing and I found it hard to get the hang of but once I did, I thoroughly enjoyed it. What it basically is, is a world where the Alexandrian Library didn’t burn and it controls all knowledge, no one has the right to own books and doing so is against the law. Because of that, the world progress is rendered slow and it is stuck in a 19th century sort of vibe while technically the book is set in the future.

But the book was slow. Very slow, with no apparent direction to the plot for the first chunk of it. I blame that pace on 1/ the long chapters and 2/ the misleading synopsis which made me expect something that wasn’t coming. But once the pace picked up, it was GREAT and very complex. Plot wise, the second half of the book would easily get 4 stars from me, shit got very real very fast, people started betraying, stabbing, dying, etc… I loved how through the letters that were inserted between the chapters, the reader isn’t kept in the dark and knows right off the bat that the library is the bad guy -which honestly is like a sect.

The world building -along with one character- was my favorite part, it was really well done and explained in depth with no info-dumps, all the information that was needed was introduced through dialogue, lectures to the postulants, etc.. So that it all flowed nicely.

I LOVED the characters, each one of them came from a different part of the world, they made for a very diverse cast. But what I loved most of all about them is how none of them suffered from SSS (That’s Special Snowflake Syndrome if you weren’t following me when I first used that acronym), they all had strengths and weaknesses that complimented each other’s.

Funnily enough, Jess who is the main character felt like the one I knew the least about and the one that I didn’t particularly care for, though I loved his friendship with Thomas aka the big bear of the story. I loved that boy so much. Speaking of characters I loved, Wolfe -their instructor- was such a fascinating character to read about, he was an authority figure while never taking advantage of his position. He also had an entire backstory that drove part of the plot and explained other parts.

My favorite was Khalila by far, she is a Muslim girl from Saudi Arabia and SO SASSY, she’s such a confident, brave character, I felt like kick-ass is a word that was created with her in mind. The fact that she was only a side character made me think that being written in one single POV didn’t work in favor of Ink and Bone because I wanted more of her. But not only Khalila, I wanted more of all the other side characters as well.

There were a few romances happening, one being M/M, another being interracial, both of which I loved but again, the main one that involved Jess didn’t do much for me. I saw it coming and liked it, it was cute and all BUT it was a bit rushed and that made it feel underdeveloped and lacking chemistry.

This may seem like a rant more than anything else but it’s not haha. Mostly. I still really enjoyed this book and I can’t wait to pick up the sequel.


That’s it until next time.

Did you read Ink and Bone? If so, what did you think?

Who was your favorite character? What was your favorite part of book?

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The Forbidden Wish – The Aladdin retelling to crush the Original

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Publication date : February 23st, 2016goodreads

Publisher : Razorbill

Genre : Young Adult | Fantasy

Page Count: 352

Synopsis : She is the most powerful Jinni of all. He is a boy from the streets. Their love will shake the world…
When Aladdin discovers Zahra’s jinni lamp, Zahra is thrust back into a world she hasn’t seen in hundreds of years—a world where magic is forbidden and Zahra’s very existence is illegal. She must disguise herself to stay alive, using ancient shape-shifting magic, until her new master has selected his three wishes. 
But when the King of the Jinn offers Zahra a chance to be free of her lamp forever, she seizes the opportunity—only to discover she is falling in love with Aladdin. When saving herself means betraying him, Zahra must decide once and for all: is winning her freedom worth losing her heart? (From Goodreads)

Rating : 4.5 stars

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*swoons* *swoons* *swoons* *swoons* Okay, I’m good. I LOVE THIS BOOK YOU GUYS. This is the Aladdin retelling I never thought my life was missing, until I read it. This is such a feel-happy book, it will just make you smile broadly with its story, relationships, magic and everything in between. It will also suck you in and keep you turning the pages until there are no more pages to be turned. And you’ll keep thinking about it and how warm and fuzzy it made you feel for a while after putting it down. At least that’s what it did to me.

The writing in The Forbidden Wish is the most precious, exquisite thing I’ve read in a while. It is so poetic that it brings to life the magic of the book. It makes it more mesmerizing, more tangible, almost real. And most importantly it fits Zahra’s (the jinni) character. The book is written from her POV and she is thousands of years old so that ought to show on the writing and it does. Zahra recounts the story as a long letter to her Habiba (translates to darling, dear, etc…) queen Roshana -whose identity and role in the book you learn later on- and she loved her which you can see through the text, the narration holds a lot of emotion.

I can’t not mention the descriptions obviously, they are very vivid which helps a lot with the complex world building. Speaking of which, that world building is amazing. It is very detailed and thorough, the history that was laid down as a base to the story was really impressive and left no room for confusion, inaccuracies or plot holes.

More importantly, it has the most accurate depiction of Jinnis (or jins) I’ve ever encountered in a book, they are portrayed as the complex beings that they are. This resembles a lot what we grew up hearing and believing (although not 100%, you gotta leave some room from imagination and creativity), from the shapeshifting, to the silent language, to the existence of good ones and bad ones.

The Forbidden Wish is pure magic, the story is threaded of many subplots that end up connecting and making perfect sense. The main one being the romance. THIS is how I want all my romances to be, it is so soft, gentle and most all SLOW BURN, the pace of it made my dead heart sing. Zahra and Aladdin’s relationship starts off as a friendship which keeps on evolving until they can’t see their respective lives without each other anymore, and THEN they realize how deeply in love they are.

The romance doesn’t eclipse the other -no less important- parts of the story. One thing that I particularly love is how it reaches far beyond Zahra and gives every character their own goals and motives (at some point the book even shifts its focus onto princess Caspida), some less honest than others which makes for an exhilarating and addictive adventure that gives the book a fast pace -when needed- and a guaranteed page-turner.

Zahra is very intelligent and full of contradictions if you ask me but in the best ways. She has a very strong personality but is also full of doubts, she is both selfless and selfish, gentle and firm, proud and ready to sacrifice herself for others. She has flaws. And all of these things make her all the more loveable. I adored everything she stood for, as well as how the author kept a part of her past veiled throughout most of the book but teased us enough to remind us that that is something we really want to learn.

Aladdin is such a fun character. He has a flirty personality, he is also cunning, hilarious and very smart. All of this being said, he has some deeply rooted insecurities  that break that confident, borderline egocentric facade that he puts up. Last but not least, we need to talk about princess Caspida. I love how she broke that damzel in distress stereotypes, she’s powerful, wise and an amazing fighter, her part of the plot was so refreshing to read, I loved it.

The Forbidden Wish is a mesmerizing story that puts a twist on the original Aladdin and easily surpasses it. It is a beautiful tale of friendships, love and freedom. Relentlessly hopeful and ultimately happy. Trust me, you don’t want to miss out on it.


That’s it until next time.

Did you read The Forbidden Wish? If so, what did you think?

Did it make you as happy as it made me? Did you love it more than the original?

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – The Book I wish had never Happened

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Publication date : July 31st, 2016goodreads

Publisher : Arthur A. Levine Books

Genre : Young Adult | Fantasy | Script

Page Count: 320

Synopsis : Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, a new play by Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. The play will receive its world premiere in London’s West End on July 30, 2016.
It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.
While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places. (From Goodreads)

Rating : 2.5 stars

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Why didn’t I leave it alone? Why didn’t I leave it alone? WHY DIDN’T I LEAVE IT ALONE? I started off with a very nostalgic warm feeling inside but as I kept on reading and realized how they screwed EVERYTHING up, I went from warm, to disappointed, to frustrated to straight up angry. I just didn’t get it, like why hurt our feelings like that? 😦 Some parts of it hurt physically to read.

Anyway. I’ve seen a lot of people around saying it reads like a fanfiction but to me it didn’t (that may be because I haven’t read fanfiction in 6+ years). I used to read a lot of plays for school growing up so that felt just like that, the writing was alright even though the narration felt awkward and forced at times but the dialogue made me smile at some points because it was funny and reminiscent of the characters as kids. Mostly for Ron and Hermione because he was very hilarious and kind of the cool uncle and she was still bossy, witty and intelligent, and most of all they still bicker.

A character that I despised most of all was Harry, WHO WAS THAT? That’s not the Harry we know and love, that’s a dull, stuck up, know-it-all version of him that I didn’t enjoy reading about. Not at all. Especially when around his son Albus. I must admit that Albus can be a pain in the ass but he is a teenager, his tantrums are to be expected, the same can’t be told about Harry because he responded like a teenager more often than not. Just look at this:ou

ALBUS: No! I just wish you weren’t my dad.

HARRY (seeing red): Well, there are times I wish you weren’t my son.

WHO SAYS THAT? I get that he was angry and that he regretted it right after but that? Our Harry would never do that. He was also controling of Albus’ life without even hearing him out or taking his feelings into consideration. Oh! And best of all is when he said this to Professor McGonagall:

HARRY: Albus didn’t like me before. He might not like me again. But he will be safe. With the greatest respect, Minerva – you don’t have children –

GINNY: Harry!

HARRY: – You don’t understand.

I just couldn’t. And how did he justify his behavior at the end? “I didn’t have a father so I don’t know how to be one.” For God’s sake! And how are you a good father to James and Lily then? I call bullshit. You can say that I have lots of feeling about what they did with Harry’s character.

Now Scorpius. THAT BOY STOLE MY HEART. He’s the most precious potato I’ve ever read about, I just want to squish him into a hug. He is such a nerdy sweet boy who breaks all Slytherin stereotypes, I felt like he belonged in all the houses. I also loved how Draco just wanted to be happy.

As for the plot, I feel conflicted about it. As a plot of its own, it’s great, it holds itself and all but as a continuation that happens more than 20 years afterwards, it seemed really far fetched, especially since I had just finish Deathly Hollows the day before I just couldn’t separate the two and read it as its own thing. I would’ve preferred Albus and Scorpio to go on their own adventure instead of recycling Voldemort again and him having a daughter with Bellatrix is just so mind boggling to me. I know there have been theories going that way but I’ve never been on board with any of them. I must admit that Delphi being the villain took me by surprise because I didn’t expect it there to be a villain, just Albus and Scorpio screwing up the timeline.

Anyway, I just think they should’ve left the play alone, they just messed it up by releasing the script. I’m sure the actual play is magical and amazing, and if I could watch it I think I would be able to separate it from the original series and actually enjoy it. So, I’m not holding this thing against it. I’ll just pretend it doesn’t exist.


That’s it until next time.

Did you read Cursed Child? If so, what did you think? Did it live up to your expectations?

Did you watch the Play? If so, how was it? 

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Winter – The Happily Ever After to our Futuristic Fairytales

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Publication date : November 10th, 2015goodreads

Publisher :  Feiwel and Friends

Genre : Young Adult | Science Fiction – Fantasy

Page Count: 832

Synopsis : Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mar her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.
Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won’t approve of her feelings for her childhood friend–the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn’t as weak as Levana believes her to be and she’s been undermining her stepmother’s wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that’s been raging for far too long.
Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter defeat Levana and find their happily ever afters? Fans will not want to miss this thrilling conclusion to Marissa Meyer’s national bestselling Lunar Chronicles series.
 
(From Goodreads)

Rating:  4 stars

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Well, I’ve FINALLY had the time to finish the series and it was SO SO good, the perfect wrap-up after all the build-up and the crazy adventures BUT here’s the thing, as much as I loved reading it, I was in a funky mood and didn’t enjoy is much as I expected. I was set on giving it a 5 stars but then as I started reading, something didn’t feel right and I nelt more towards 3.5 stars THEN came the ending and it made me so happy that I decided on a 4 stars.

The book starts slow and lets the tension climb up slowly  but once it picks up, HOLY MOTHER OF MACARONY, it was so so good, everything was happening so fast and when something went right another thing went wrong to make everything all the more difficult for them to get Luna back and THAT, I really appreciated, because as much as this is a fairytale retelling, we can’t make it too easy on our protagonists, can we?

Alright, I’m having a LOT of difficuties reviewing this book, because in other circumstances I would be raving all over the place and now I’m not??? Like I have nothing bad to say but then again all the good things are numbed by this freaking mood I am in. Anyway, this book read fast, life real fast for how long it is, it didn’t feel like 800+ pages at all, I would have finished in half the time I did if I didn’t have to study *sigh* because the action in it was such a page turner that I couldn’t get enough of it and I just needed more. Speaking of which, I LOVED how that final battle scene was handled, as much as it was kick-ass and full of hope, it was also desperate and violent and just GREAT.

Though, one thing that was really peculiar is reading  from Winter‘s POV, it wasn’t bad, I actually really liked it, it was just different from all the others, having the condition that she had, we could witness her drifting between reality and her hallucinations in an instant, and even though she was conscious that those weren’t real she still couldn’t extract herself from them and in those moments even the tone of her narration changed, if that makes any sense. I loved her so so much, she has this wise, calm aura about her that was soothing and graceful. She’s also very innocent and and loveable.

Moving on to my other beloved characters, I LOVED how they all had each other’s back and fought for one another. Iko is still my favorite out of the bunch, she is so hilarious and brave, and I loved seeing her experiencing these new human feelings and relationships and how she delt with them. Scarlet is SO kick-ass, I knew she was from book 2, but here there was this new strength about her, she shone through as a leader. Cress surprised me, she had great character development and grew more confident and mature than she was before, I particularly loved the moment when she confronted Thorne, I just kept screaming YES and flailing. I obviously cannot talk about all of them one by one but these are the ones that stuck with me.

Also, the ships, ALL OF THEM!! Wolf and Scarlet’s reunion scene GAVE.ME.LIFE. Kai and Cinder are KaiandCinder and they deserve to be happy and I love them so much. Winter and Jacin were the cutest because their relationship felt so innocent. As for Cress and Thorne, CRESS AND THORNE, I LOVED how awkward and nervous, confident cocky Thorne got around Cress.

That ending was a true fairytale ending and it made me feel so warm and fuzzy inside which kind of helped with the funky mood, even if it didn’t cure it completely, and to me the 3rd book “Cress” will always be the best. May I add that I feel like Winter’s Arc is the one that stayed the truest to the original Snow White fairytale? It had almost all the elements (if not all).


That’s it until next time.

Did you read Winter? If so, what did you think?

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Unicorn Tracks – On finding Love while Casually saving Unicorns

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Publication date : April 21st, 2016goodreads

Publisher : Harmony Ink Press

Genre : Young Adult | Fantasy

Page Count: 180

Synopsis : After a savage attack drives her from her home, sixteen-year-old Mnemba finds a place in her cousin Tumelo’s successful safari business, where she quickly excels as a guide. Surrounding herself with nature and the mystical animals inhabiting the savannah not only allows Mnemba’s tracking skills to shine, it helps her to hide from the terrible memories that haunt her.
Mnemba is employed to guide Mr. Harving and his daughter, Kara, through the wilderness as they study unicorns. The young women are drawn to each other, despite that fact that Kara is betrothed. During their research, they discover a conspiracy by a group of poachers to capture the Unicorns and exploit their supernatural strength to build a railway. Together, they must find a way to protect the creatures Kara adores while resisting the love they know they can never indulge.
(From Goodreads)

Rating : 3 stars

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*I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange of an honest review*

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First of all, I have been eyeing this book for a few weeks before I got it, just LOOK AT THAT COVER, it is so gorgeous and I wish I had the physical copy so I can craddle and love it forever. Then I got it and I couldn’t be happier because there are girls in love, unicorns and adventure, doesn’t it sound like something any of us fantasy lovers would enjoy? Yes? Then you’re definitely not wrong, this was an enjoyable and quick read but I was ultimately disappointed.

The writing in this book is good. Really good. The author has a way of telling her story that threads through your mind and keeps you flipping the pages. At some points, it was just straight up beautiful, it took me by surprise. Just read this and judge for yourself:

“A shrill melody floated on the air, rising higher like the climax of a song. Bending thr muscular crest of his neck, the stallion touched his muzzle to his knees. And I could have sworn he was taking a bow.”

The setting of the book was probably my favorite thing about it. It is set in Nazwimbe which is a fictional land inspired from southern African countries, everything from the actual place, to the culture and the beliefs were heavily empreinted with that. While we’re on it, the world building is well done, especially for a book this short. Everything was so detailed and well thought out that I never felt confused or disoriented by any of it, it just made sense and flowed very nicely. One thing that nagged at me though is that I didn’t know WHEN it was set, today? yesterday? 300 years ago? 50 years in the future? I DON’T KNOW.

The major fictitious elements are the creatures. They are a mix between real -elephants, lions…- and mystical -unicorns, mermaids…- and a slight problem I had is that when some of the latter were introduced is was kind of infodumpey and didn’t flow as well as the rest of the story. The unicorns take front stage in the plot and how I adored them! They were so majestically described and were made out to be very intelligent and strong, and I just really really enjoyed reading about them. They truely fascinated me.

As I said before, the unicorns are at the center of it all because our protagonist and her love love interest set on a mission to rescue them from poachers who are exploiting and harming them -which was a neat and subtle way to raise awareness to animal cruelty I might add. At first, the mystery was kept alive and a real pageturner for me but as the story progressed and the plot unfolded it started becoming more predictable, the girls just got away too easily with things they’ve done and from situations they were trapped in. There was no real stress for me or fear for them not getting out of it whole because I just knew they would. Just. Like. Every. Other. Time. And that kind of bummed me a lot because the premise was so interesting and some impredictable twists and turns would’ve made it better.

The story is told in first person from our MC, Mnemba‘s POV and I have a love/hate relationship with her. She made really rash and nonsensical decisions that ALWAYS put her and Kara in danger, she didn’t think things through and defied authority when it was for her own good, on the other hand there was just something preventing me from disliking her, I simply COULDN’T. I really liked the mix of strength and vulnerability she was made off. Kara, I don’t think much off to be honest, she was there, pushing Mnemba into taking the rash decisions, but still she had a bold personality and that’s not something to dislike. Their romance though was quite cute, BUT also insta-lovey which annoyed me knowing how I can’t deal with rushed romance.

Special notice to Bi Trembla, the sassy maternal figure that never failed to kick their asses everytime they did somthing irrational -which is ALL THE TIME- but she is also loving and endearing. Last but not least, Tumelo, Mnemba’s cousin and also my favorite, he was such a drama queen that it made for some really funny moments that I very much appreciated, he’s very heavy on theatrics, but really he’s a very caring young men.

Overall, even though the book didn’t live up to my expectations, I liked it for its premise, its setting and most of all for its diversity. It felt rich! And lest not forget about the Unicorns. I have never read a book about them and now I want more, they’re so amazing !


That’s it until next time.

Did you read Unicorn Tracks? If so, what did you think?

Hope you enjoyed, write to you soon.

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