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Review: The Raven Cycle #1-4

Title: The Raven Boys,  The Dream Thieves, Blue Lily, Lily Blue & The Raven King (The Raven Cycle #1-4)
Author
Maggie Stiefvater
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Genre(s)Young AdultFantasy
Purchase: The Raven Boys | The Dream Thieves | Blue Lily, Lily Blue | The Raven King

❝ From Maggie Stiefvater, the bestselling and acclaimed author of the Shiver trilogy and The Scorpio Races, comes a spellbinding new series where the inevitability of death and the nature of love lead us to a place we’ve never been before.

Recently I’ve been in a bit of a reading slump, where nothing seemed appealing or interesting enough. For someone who usually reads so avidly, these slumps are incredibly frustrating and sometimes hard to get out of. Mine ended the moment I finally decided to pick up The Raven Boys and hasn’t returned since. I’ve finished all four books in the Raven Cycle series in a couple of weeks, they’re that amazing.
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Review: A Court of Mist and Fury

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Title: A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2)
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children’s
Release Date: May 3rd 2016
Pages: 640
Genre(s): Young Adult, Fantasy, New Adult
Purchase: The Book Depository

❝ Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.

As befits a bookworm, my gift for graduating University was a book. Wonderful in itself as that was, I was slightly horrified (and trying hard to hide it) when I unwrapped A Court of Mist and Fury. I strongly disliked the first book in the series and had in previous months harbored no intention of reading the second installment. Since I had received it as a gift I decided to give it a shot anyway, and it blew me away!

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Review: Rise of the Reaper

rise of the reaper coverTitle: Rise of the Reaper (The Broken Lands #1)
AuthorLorna Reid
Publisher: Ravensforge Books
Release Date: November 20th 2015
Pages: 396
Genre(s): Young Adult, Fantasy
Source: Author
Purchase: The Book Depository | Amazon

❝  Can prophecy be overcome, or does striving to avoid fate merely drive you into its arms? Since the day Danny Stone’s mother vanished, dreams of dark and strange places have plagued him nightly. Though years have passed, the burning pain of her disappearance still consumes him – as does his need for answers. Then one lazy summer day, Danny and his friends Katrina, Poppy, and Russell discover their parents’ long-hidden secret – and their lives change forever.

They enter a fragmented, broken world of magic, blades, and blood in a quest for answers, but the mystery of what happened to Danny’s mother only becomes more terrifying – and yet there is hope. But there are other, bigger threats at hand, too, as evil begins to stir and the Oracle’s prophesies herald a coming darkness.❞

The author provided me with a copy in exchange for an honest review. Though it took me a while to get into, I think Rise of the Reaper is an adventurous and fun read, especially suitable for young(er) teens. Read more

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Review: Winter

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Title: Winter (The Lunar Chronicles #4)
AuthorMarissa Meyer
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Release Date: November 10th 2015
Pages: 827
Genre(s): Young Adult, Fantasy
Purchase: The Book Depository | Amazon

❝ 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?❞

What a spectacular conclusion to the series this was! I finished the book in less than two days and loved every second of it.

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Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses

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Title: A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses #1)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children’s
Release Date: May 5th 2015
Pages: 416
Genre(s): Young Adult, Fantasy, New Adult
Purchase: The Book Depository | Amazon

❝ When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world. As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.❞

I sincerely wanted to like this book, I really did, but it left me feeling underwhelmed. To sum it up, A Court of Thorns and Roses did not live up to its hype. Read more

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Review: A Time To Reap

a-time-to-reapTitle: A Time To Reap (The Legend of Carter Gabel #1)
Author: Jonas Lee
Publisher: Createspace
Release Date: May 2014
Pages: 250
Genre(s): Young Adult, Fantasy
Source: Author
Purchase: The Book Depository | Amazon

❝ Pemberton Academy is not just a school, it’s a gathering place for the children of the future that are afflicted with Temporal Displacement and Telepathy; in short, time travelers and mind readers who have been diagnosed with this “disease.” The Academy is not all as it seems after an explosion nearly takes one of its classmates, but not before Carter Gabel rescues her by using an unknown symptom related to his described illness. An unsanctioned group called the Program begins taking notice as the two classmates exhibit stronger abilities when they are together. Carter’s sense of reality begins to unwind as he learns more about his estranged father’s involvement with it all.❞

The author provided me with a copy in exchange for an honest review. A Time To Reap gives an interesting spin on the idea of time travel, and features a protagonist who is likable and really funny.  Read more

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Review: Throne of Glass

Throne-of-glass-coverTitle: Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1)
AuthorSarah J. Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children’s
Release Date: August 7th 2012
Pages: 404
Genre(s): Young Adult, Fantasy

❝ In a land without magic, where the king rules with an iron hand, an assassin is summoned to the castle. She comes not to kill the king, but to win her freedom. If she defeats twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition, she is released from prison to serve as the king’s champion. Her name is Celaena Sardothien. The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her. But something evil dwells in the castle of glass–and it’s there to kill. When her competitors start dying one by one, Celaena’s fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival, and a desperate quest to root out the evil before it destroys her world.❞

This book has been recommended to me so many times that I was sure it would disappoint, would not live up to its hype. It was wonderful though, to the point where I was tempted to stay up the entire night to finish it. Read more