Mini-Reviews: Pretty, Purple-Pink, Romance Novels!

Y’all I am LIVING the purple/pink schemes on these romance books! Purple is my favoriteee color (as you can see from the blog, lol), so of course I’d be attracted to any book that has it. Bonus points for the amazing writing and fierce heroines! You’re gonna really want to pick these romance reads up…

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Mini-Reviews: Disappointing Historical Romances

Just some historical romances that I thought I’d love but sadly didn’t. Many of the books from this genre are hit-or-miss for me so it’s sad to see that these were misses! (Especially from authors that I usually enjoy stories from.) Hopefully I have better luck next time! Continue reading “Mini-Reviews: Disappointing Historical Romances”

Mini-Reviews: Georgina Kincaid Series (Old School Urban Fantasy)

Instead of doing a massive series review for this six book series, I did a super mini review of each book, basically summarizing my thoughts in one rather small paragraph. It’s not often I go on an Urban Fantasy binge, but when I do I usually read a lot in one go. I’m also letting you guys know that the low(er) ratings I’m giving these books isn’t because they’re bad, but because of their sheer predictability. Plus I read this series in two days haha, and I’m not sure if it’s because it was such a mindless read or because it was good-not-great but addicting. Or maybe just my sheer tenacity for binging the series. Either way, take that as you well and let me know if you’ve read these books or thought of reading them!

Georgina Kincaid Series
Author: Richelle Mead
Books: 6 in series
Overall Rating: 3 stars

Synopsis:
The Georgina Kincaid series is a collection of six urban fantasy novels written by Richelle Mead. The series is written in a first-person perspective following the main character, Georgina Kincaid, who is a succubus with a heart working at a local book store, Emerald City Books & Cafe.

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Mini-Reviews: Utterly Delectable Historical Romances

Full of quirky heroines, heart-stopping heroes, and their romantic journey as they fall in love with each other, these historical romances are bound to give readers a satisfying HEA while exploring concepts like female power. I adored these spunky heroines as they found their happily ever after despite all odds.  Continue reading “Mini-Reviews: Utterly Delectable Historical Romances”

Mini-Reviews: Romances with Bare-Chested Alphas and Unconventional Heroines, Bring It On!

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I love reading these romances that don’t make me think too much, so I’ve started reviewing more and more of them on the blog. I’ll probably keep them to mini-reviews though so I can still focus on YA! These ranged across the board in terms of rating, but the general consensus is that they’re LOADED with excellent chemistry from both leads. Continue reading “Mini-Reviews: Romances with Bare-Chested Alphas and Unconventional Heroines, Bring It On!”

Series Review: The Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson

Never have I given 5 stars to every single book of a series. Well, until now. If you haven’t read this series, then WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? It’s so amazing that talking about the series makes me clutch my heart and cry out in pain – the good kind of pain. Sanderson creates a masterpiece of fantasy that readers will be loving for generations to come.

6547258The Final Empire
Author: Brandon Sanderson
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Synopsis:
In a world where ash falls from the sky, and mist dominates the night, an evil cloaks the land and stifles all life. The future of the empire rests on the shoulders of a troublemaker and his young apprentice. Together, can they fill the world with colour once more?
In Brandon Sanderson’s intriguing tale of love, loss, despair and hope, a new kind of magic enters the stage – Allomancy, a magic of the metals.

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I’M NOT SUPPOSED TO BE READING.

I have several papers to write, 40 pages of textbook to read/outline, and two tests to study for by Thursday of this week. I AM N O T SUPPOSED TO BE READING.
But alas, I picked this book one day to procrastinate in the wee hours of the morning (yeah I wake up at 4 am sometimes to do homework) and I couldn’t. Put. It. Down.

It’s ridiculous.

The Mistborn Trilogy was just a series that was constantly on my radar, but I never really bothered to pick up because of one thing or another. I didn’t enjoy Sanderson’s Steelheart(lost interest and never got back to the book), and I really liked Rithmatist by him too, but it wasn’t like GREAT or anything. It was just, ya know, enjoyable.

But this one? Oh boyyy. This one literally blew me away.
My reactions at school were literally scaring some of my peers, I think. (Oops. #sorrynotsorry)

Okay enough fangirling and more reviewing:

If you’re looking for a great fantasy read with a magnificent world, a breathtaking magical system that will leave stars in your eyes, complex characters full of life, and an evil ruler who isn’t what he seems to be, PICK THE FINAL EMPIRE UP. RIGHT NOW. I would give up my right leg (aka my favorite limb) to be able to watch a well-done movie of this book.

We are planning a revolution in this book. And every character stands out on his/her own, every detail is added so flawlessly, every action that our crew takes leaves so many people in awe and brings a level of hope that have never reached the hearts of the skaa people, or the slaves in this fantasy world.

“‘The rebellion fails because it’s too unwieldly and spread out. Anytime one of its many pieces gains momentum, the Steel Ministry crushes it. That’s not the way to defeat the Final Empire, gentlemen. But, a small team – specialized and highly skilled – has a hope. We can work without great risk of exposure.e know how to avoid the Steel Ministry’s tendrils. We understand how the high nobility thinks, and how to explot its members. We can do this!'”

This book goes back and forth between a limited third person point of view. One of these POV’s is Kelsier, who is a DELIGHTFUL character to read about. People call him insane. People call him a savior. People call him a god. And reading his antics drew up an excitement in me that I usually only get watching those huge films that use a lot of CGI and have loads of explosions and stuff. But this is from WORDS guys, not pictures (ahh, the beauty of reading).

Basically my mind while reading.

One of the other POV’s is his apprentice named Vin, who grows so much in the story, both physically and mentally. She’s scrawny, she’s quiet, but she’s also deadly as hell. I can’t wait to see what the next installment has in store for her.

THE MAGIC. THE MAGIC IS STUNNING IN THIS BOOK.
Powers are based on metals and alloys. It is awesome. Like, not just “totally dude, that’s awesome!” It strikes awe into the minds of readers (like me) and just dazzled me continuously. I love how readers are also learning more things about these magic properties as Vin learns things about it. It gives great room for growth for this system, and makes me anticipate the sequel even more.

I guess my only complaint would be the romance? Okay, so you know me. I like romances, from cheesiest ones to ever cheese to the occasional bittersweet tragedies. But I really, really couldn’t feel the chemistry in this one. HOWEVER, at the same time, I felt like there really wasn’t a need for romance in this book anyway (seriously it was perfect with all the heists going on anyway), but it made a pleasant, if not emotional, addition to it. So I liked it in the end. Just not my typical romance. (Seriously it kind of just sprang up like “BAM.”)

This fantasy was simply breathtaking, from the amazing world Sanderson creates to the intricate magic system; every single word, every detail just makes you keep wanting to read more and more. I seriously couldn’t tear my eyes away from the pages. If you’re looking for an adventure that’ll take you to a whole ‘nother dimension and will steal your breath way, you’re in luck.


6547260The Well of Ascension
Author: Brandon Sanderson
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Synopsis:
The impossible has been accomplished. The Lord Ruler – the man who claimed to be god incarnate and brutally ruled the world for a thousand years – has been vanquished. But Kelsier, the hero who masterminded that triumph, is dead too, and now the awesome task of building a new world has been left to his young protégé, Vin, the former street urchin who is now the most powerful Mistborn in the land, and to the idealistic young nobleman she loves.

As Kelsier’s protégé and slayer of the Lord Ruler she is now venerated by a budding new religion, a distinction that makes her intensely uncomfortable. Even more worrying, the mists have begun behaving strangely since the Lord Ruler died, and seem to harbor a strange vaporous entity that haunts her.

Stopping assassins may keep Vin’s Mistborn skills sharp, but it’s the least of her problems. Luthadel, the largest city of the former empire, doesn’t run itself, and Vin and the other members of Kelsier’s crew, who lead the revolution, must learn a whole new set of practical and political skills to help. It certainly won’t get easier with three armies – one of them composed of ferocious giants – now vying to conquer the city, and no sign of the Lord Ruler’s hidden cache of atium, the rarest and most powerful allomantic metal.

As the siege of Luthadel tightens, an ancient legend seems to offer a glimmer of hope. But even if it really exists, no one knows where to find the Well of Ascension or what manner of power it bestows.

One-Way-Or-An-Author-Review

“A
MA
ZING

==== okay I REALLY need to study for my upcoming test lol but review to be posted soon!”

This is what I posted on Goodreads, which probably shows how excited I was to start the next book in the trilogy. Which was very excited.


6547259The Hero of Ages
Author: Brandon Sanderson
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Synopsis:
Tricked into releasing the evil spirit Ruin while attempting to close the Well of Ascension, new emperor Elend Venture and his wife, the assassin Vin, are now hard-pressed to save the world.This adventure brings the Mistborn epic fantasy trilogy to a dramatic and surprising climax as Sanderson’s saga offers complex characters and a compelling plot, asking hard questions about loyalty, faith and responsibility.

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How do I even write a review for such an epic book?
How can I spill all the feelings and emotions I experienced while reading the book and express them through just black and white text on the screen?
How is it possible to properly convey the depth in which this trilogy touched my soul?

Well, I’ll try anyway.

One word to describe this trilogy is: MASTERPIECE.

*Just a quick heads up: some words may not be actual words in this review, but you get the point. Sorry in advance; the emotions are too real.

From beginning to end, Sanderson weaved a spell on me that had me enthralled for the restless days that I read the book. I physically COULDN’T stop reading. The plot is written so perfectly, so masterfully, that your eyes can’t help but chase after the chapters. And the next. And the next. Reading it is like fitting another piece of a puzzle, and finally towards the end when you start getting the whole picture, that feeling of wonder and awe will just astound you.

Well, at least it did to me.

The thing about the Mistborn trilogy is that Sanderson doesn’t just focus on the world, or just on the plot, or just on the characters, or just on the magic, or any specific detail. He explores them all at a length – almost the perfect amount of exploration. The characters have so much depth, throughout the books you can experience all their misgivings, their pride, their trust, their love, their betrayals, just as if you were the one experiencing it. And honestly, it’s so hard to hate any one of them (even the ones that are written to be hated). You get to understand so much of them that you start seeing them as real beings. The magic in this is the fact that they’re not real, nor are they even in a world where we can experience. But their situations and feelings, you can totally understand.

Most of the things that happened during this book pretty much gutted me. Like someone was shooting coins through my chest over, and over, and over again. The twists and turns of the plot were just stupefying. Like I said in the beginning, words can’t properly convey the sort of emotion that reading this book brought out from me. Suffice it to say, it has left a very deep and profound impact on me.

This book will leave your adrenaline rocket high and your heart pounding, in the best of ways. And as a conclusion, it was, well, simply a masterpiece.

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Mini-Reviews: Many Disappointing NA’s

Sometimes I get so angry at New Adult books that I return them, even if it’s $3 on the Kindle. Be ready for some ranting in this post as I explore some books of this genre that many people may have enjoyed, but I, unfortunately, could not. This is just an amalgam of books that I’ve reviewed/commented on for Goodreads, but haven’t put on the blog until now. Enjoy!

17706171This Love
Author: Nazarea Andrews
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Synopsis:

She wants a summer job and a ride to a wedding.

He wants an assistant and a distraction from the mess his life had become.

They didn’t know they needed each other.

Avery Emili needs two grand. Two grand and a plane ticket–her sister is counting on her to get to Jamaica for her wedding. But the semester is over, and tutoring college freshman and high school students has dried up until the fall.

Atticus Grimes needs help–the messy split with his wife left the twenty-eight year old professor scrambling to keep things together as the semester winds down. Now he’s got a research grant he has to actually do research for and all he wants to do is drown himself in a tall bottle of bourbon.

When Avery sees his ad for an assistant, all she’s thinking is a summer job. But as they spend time together, in the office and out, both of them begin to realize something is there. Something that can’t happen–he’s a professor and she’s a student. And both of them have histories, pasts that won’t let go. Can two broken people pulled apart by expectations find a way to be whole?

One-Way-Or-An-Author-Review

DNF @ 25%

Forget forbidden love between teacher and student – this dude still hasn’t even gotten his DIVORCE PAPERS signed. (Correct me if I’m wrong, but technically he’s still married.) WTF. That is a BIG NO-NO since he’s flirting and all with the main girl Avery.

The switch between POV’s are also very annoying. It switches about 4 times in one chapter after a couple of pages and felt abrupt and disjointed.

Finally, the pacing felt so weird. It didn’t feel like Insta-love or attraction yet the dude still pulled moves on her. It was spontaneous and got me going “huh?!?” Even if I could continue with a STILL F*CKING MARRIED love interest, my total apathy with the characters sealed the deal.

Overall:

I’m sure many NA readers will enjoy this and let these things slide, so I’d totally recommend this one if you’re okay with the stuff I listed above. If, like me, they make you feel uncomfortable and would deter your enjoyment in reading, definitely skip it.


11505797Beautiful Disaster
Author: Jamie McGuire
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Synopsis:

She wants a summer job and a ride to a wedding.

He wants an assistant and a distraction from the mess his life had become.

They didn’t know they needed each other.

Avery Emili needs two grand. Two grand and a plane ticket–her sister is counting on her to get to Jamaica for her wedding. But the semester is over, and tutoring college freshman and high school students has dried up until the fall.

Atticus Grimes needs help–the messy split with his wife left the twenty-eight year old professor scrambling to keep things together as the semester winds down. Now he’s got a research grant he has to actually do research for and all he wants to do is drown himself in a tall bottle of bourbon.

When Avery sees his ad for an assistant, all she’s thinking is a summer job. But as they spend time together, in the office and out, both of them begin to realize something is there. Something that can’t happen–he’s a professor and she’s a student. And both of them have histories, pasts that won’t let go. Can two broken people pulled apart by expectations find a way to be whole?

One-Way-Or-An-Author-Review

DNF @ 53% and I skimmed the ending

I’ve waited a quarter of the book for Travis to see a psychiatrist or for at least SOMEONE to comment on his mental health. After skimming the ending, it seems that almost all the characters have some issue that never really fixes throughout the book.

Overall:

This book: disaster? Yes. Beautiful? Not one bit.


17788401Ugly Love
Author: Colleen Hoover
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Synopsis:

When Tate Collins meets airline pilot Miles Archer, she knows it isn’t love at first sight. They wouldn’t even go so far as to consider themselves friends. The only thing Tate and Miles have in common is an undeniable mutual attraction. Once their desires are out in the open, they realize they have the perfect set-up. He doesn’t want love, she doesn’t have time for love, so that just leaves the sex. Their arrangement could be surprisingly seamless, as long as Tate can stick to the only two rules Miles has for her.

Never ask about the past.
Don’t expect a future.

They think they can handle it, but realize almost immediately they can’t handle it at all.

Hearts get infiltrated.
Promises get broken.
Rules get shattered.
Love gets ugly.

One-Way-Or-An-Author-ReviewI had a major barf-fest when reading this book.

So ya meet a guy.

You guys have some level of attraction, so ya get in a “friends with benefit” deal. And the guy straight up front goes like “Yeah don’t expect anything from me.”

Whaddya do? Ignore it, because you have feeelings for him. And you turn to liquid with him, because he affects you THAT much. And then proceed to do what HE wants, regardless of your feelings.

I’M CRYING LMAO I SEARCHED UP “LIQUID” AND TATE TURNS INTO LIQUID 13 TIMES IN THE BOOK BECAUSE OF THIS DOUCHE. Thirteen times of:

“No Miles. I follow. That’s how it is with us. You’re solid, I’m liquid. You part the waters, I’m your wake.”

If you want some weakass and insipid female character in your books, then go ahead and take this one. Tate is weak-willed and honestly embarrasses me as a female main character of a book so widely liked. If I had a friend like that… wait, I can’t continue because I’d NEVER have a friend like her. Her life is fucking dominated by Miles, and how hot he is, and how he ignores her, and how he can’t love her (yet she still loves him). She stands up against him ONCE in the book. And even then, they have sex afterwards! No son, that’s not how the game is played.

Alright and then we get to Miles, who’s a fucking drama queen. You want your love interests to be hot, broody, silent, melodramatic messes? You got one right here. In the book, each chapter is juxtaposed with a chapter from Mile’s past six years ago. When he’s in love with ANOTHER woman. Yeah I don’t care about having old flings and shit, but you juxtapose a whole-hearted sex scene with this guy by a chapter where he’s casually fucking the main character, and YOU tell me why this is a turn off. Plus he’s such a ninny, and doesn’t learn from past mistakes.

There’s this one chapter where he’s telling past woman how he wants “rules” for their relationship. Said rules get broken. In the present, there’s this one chapter where he’s telling present woman how he wants “rules” for their relationship. Said rules get broken. Is this deja vu or just me?

I do appreciate what the lesson the author’s trying to reach. It’s the beautiful parts of love that makes up for the ugly parts, yada yada yada.

The lesson doesn’t stick with me because I could connect to the characters… oh, maybe -15%. Probably less. Mostly when I was reading about their antics I just:

The only person I liked in the book is Cap, an old guy who works at their apartment complex who gives them advice. And tells them how stupid they are. (Which I have to agree with!)

I’m trying to think, but I’m not sure why people like this one so much. Oh wait, because of all the sex going on maybe. Yeah, there’s even sex going on when the male character thinks it’s his flame from six years ago that he’s fucking, instead of the acutal girl he’s with. What a turn on.

NOTE: All gifs above are accurate representations of my face when reading this book.

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