Review: Scarlet


Author: Marissa Meyer
Series: The Luna Chronicles #2
Page Count:452
Genre: Cinderella Retelling
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends (2013)
Source: Book Outlet
Rating: 5/5
Summary: While Cinder escape and becomes the most wanted criminal in Commonwealth. Halfway across the world in Toulouse, France Scarlet Benoit is searching for her grandmother. No one seems to care or want to help other than a street fighter everyone calls Wolf. Now with Wolf’s help they follow the breadcrumbs that will hopefully lead to her grandmother.
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The story is set in different point of views so that you don’t miss out on the old characters as you get introduced to the new ones. Also for a second book it was a faster pace than the first book. So with the quickness and action I speed through this book. Also with the world building you just get sucked in.
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Characters:
As of the old characters they’ve grown up a lot in this second book. Which is big since both Kai and Cinder are still teens, and in a short time has taken a lot of responsible on each of there shoulders. As you read you see through their points of views that they were struggle Kai with Queen Levana to not start a war. Then there’s Cinder whose trying not to get caught while looking for answers. Iko is back and am so happy. She played a big part in these book as well, and brought her sass and humor with her. I guess I can say about Queen Levana is I still really don’t like her. I raged so much when her and Sybil as they racked havoc without a care. I can’t wait until they both be put down a peg or two because they so need it along with a good beat down.
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Now to the newer characters. Scarlet am waiting for her to catch her strive. She is a red haired gardener who can pilot a ship, and that’s all I’ve gotten so far. She does have a connection to Cinder that we learn later in the book. So that is why I haven’t given up on her yet. Wolf is the street fighter that seems really shy at first, but as the book progresses we learn that there is more to him. He is always there ready to save Scarlet when needed and it was needed. And watching there banter was sweet even if it did fell that things were more instant love going on. Last character is Captain Throne the furtive that escaped
with Cinder. I like Throne for his humor more than anything. Also for the fact out of everyone he was the most help to Cinder.
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My feelings were torn in these book along with sleepless nights. Meyer really knows how to suck you in until you forget the world outside this one. There is still a lot of questions that need to be answered, and I can’t to see what Cinder and gang have in store next.

T5w: Favorite Series Endings


I don’t finish series very often so this list was a bit hard to come up with. However thanks to goodreads I picked my top 5 happy endings in series that I did finish so here we go.

1.The Heist Society by Ally Carter
I loved the story and the adventures that Katarina Bishop and friends go on to pull the heist. The heist get a little more complicated as the trilogy goes on but a very good story overall. Plus the relationship between Katarina and Hal was so enjoyable you knew they liked each other however was to stubborn.

2.Shadow Falls by C.C. Hunter
I loved this series for the relationship and mystery of what Kylie Galen. Plus it helped that there is supernatural elements, and that Kylie picked the guy I wanted in the end so that’s always a bonus.

3.The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare
I don’t know of anyone who was didn’t love the story or end of these series. The world building in Victorian London, and the relationships are the best. Also that ending was something I haven’t seen before and tip my hat to Cassandra Clare for pulling it off.
4.Sign of Seven by Nora Roberts
This is one of my favorite series by Nora Roberts that is a respect read for me. I love the three “brothers” with there humor and good looks. Also the story itself had its dark moments that I didn’t really expect. The end was great for the fact that the chaos stopped and everyone left happy.

5.The Iron Fey by Julia Kagawa
My first Fey series and I really enjoyed this for the fact that there is character growth throughout. Not just in Megan Chase but the other characters as well. And again the world in the Never Never was dangerous but still full of imagination that I really enjoyed.

Top Ten Tuesday


Hosted by: Broke and the Bookish

Topic: books which feature characters who have lost someone.

1.Frostbite by Rachelle Mead
2.The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
3.A Million Suns by Beth Revis
4.The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
5.Cinder by Marissa Meyers
6.Scarlet by Marissa Meyers
7.Cress by Marissa Meyers
8.Sea of Shadows by Kelley Armstrong
9.Defiance by C.J. Redwine
10. Under the Never Shy by Veronica Rossi

Can’t say much more since it’ll be spoiler but if you’ve read any of these books you would know what am talking about. Happy Reading 🙂

Making Up for Monday


Hosted by: An Avid Reader: A Wannabe Writer

Today’s Question: Have you ever stopped reading for a long period of time? If so how long and why?

When I hit that don’t feel like reading that isn’t a reading slump it usually take me by surprise. Nothing has to happen I just come to realize I haven’t read a book in awhile. The longest has to be for a couple months, and when I feel like reading again I really get into it.

Weekly Wrap Up


This week I’ve read 2 books:
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Listened to one book:
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Total page count: 1,182
Currently reading:
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Weekly book haul(9):
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It’s been a slow month, because am a slow reader right. I don’t think it’s a slump mostly I believe am just tired. Am still reading just a chapter a day, and enjoying the story it just maybe awhile before I finish it. Is anyone else having trouble with reading this month, and reading extra slow?

Review: Sea of Shadows


Author: Kelley Armstrong
Series:Age of Legend #1
Page Count:406
Publisher:HarperCollins (2004)
Source:Book Outlet
Format:Hardback
Rating:5/5
Summary:Twin sisters Ashyn and Moria were born for an important reason, and that’s to keep soul in the Forest of Dead in peace. However as it was time to go into the forest the souls decide to not go in peace and rather cause havoc. Now the twins has to journey to find answers and to warn other towns of this new problem. And they stumble on much more.

The Story: was told in a duel point of view of the two sisters. Which was cool since the sisters get separated most of the book, and deals with fantasy creatures on the road. It was cool to see things that weren’t supposed to be real come to life and see each sister and companies fight them their own way. This whole story had a great fantasy world that I would never want to live in. Which makes it more fun, and kept me interested.

The Characters: Though Ashyn and Moria are twins they are poplar opposites. Moria is the headstrong sister who wasn’t afraid of anything. Being Keeper of their village Edgewood to keep spirits from coming in. Then there’s Ashyn who is the more studies sister and shy. Being the Seeker who actual go into the Forest of the Dead to quiet spirits. However they brought the best out of each other even when one didn’t feel they were up to the task. Also the male leads in the story were great where Gavril the guard who was exiled to guard the same forest his father was. However he was always ready to put Moria in her place. Then we Ronan the survivor of the Forest of the Dead who helped Ashyn to gain more confidence in herself. Something else that Kelley Armstrong did was make a villain. Barthol is one messed up mercenary that you need to read to believe.

So in all, I really loved this book and flew through it thanks to the pace the story was taking an the characters. There was a cliffhanger at the end that I makes me want to read the next book Empire of Night sooner than later.

Review: Since You’ve Been Gone 


Title: Since You’ve Been Gone 

Author: Morgan Matson
Page Count: 449
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Format: Hardback
Source: Book Outlet 
Rating: 5/5
Summary: Emily Hughes life goes upside down when her best friend Sloane who was always the one to lead disappears without a  word. Then two weeks later Emily gets a letter from Sloane with a list of thirteen things that she wants to her to do that takes Emily out of her comfort zone. Now Emily is having the summer of her life to gaining friends and hoping for some answers. 
Emily has her moments where she could be annoying especially in the beginning. However it was nice to see her grow from being a dependent to independent. She learned that she could have fun without Sloane there, and is braver than she looks. So this whole list thing was the best thing Sloane could have done for Emily. 
The romance and interaction between  Emily and Frank was my favorite. He was in each chapter and was helpful to Emily. Even saved her a couple times. It was so cute to watch her going from hardly being able to talk
to him, to growing into a friendship more. I love watching the process of it along with all the other friendships that she gained. 
Thing I didn’t overly like is how everything went down hill really fast. Plus how everyone was so ready to unfriend her. Also this book is big on absent parents. Emily’s parents were there however since they were screen writing they missed out in a lot of things. Lastly the chapters. I don’t think I’ve every read a book that has twenty-four pages to a chapter. 
Overall this book had the cuteness factor that I expect from a Morgan Matson books. And enjoyed the concept of growth and friendship in the book. Now I have another book down and need to read more. 

Review: The Madman’s Daughter


Author: Megan Shepherd

Series: The Madman’s Daughter #1

Page Count: 420

Publisher: Harper teen

Format: paperback

Source: book outlet 

Rating: 4.5/5

Summary: Juliet is an orphan in London thanks to her father scandal that ruined the last name Moreau. Now about to be put out into the streets she enlist the help of an old family servant Montgomery, who knows where her father is. Now Juliet goes to find answer from the one man who could answer them, and get more than she asked for. 

This book I thought was going be darker than it actual was. I mean it does has it creepy moments but nothing to keep the lights on. However the story was fast paced, and had some really good twist. I also enjoyed seeing Juliet struggle with what her father was and that she maybe more like him then she cared. The creatures in this book though some are meaner then others some are sweet and your heart goes out to them. 

The romance in this was interesting to a point. Juliet was so conflicted between Montgomery or Edward and the fact that she felt a connection to them both. It was part frustrating and as you learn more about the boys it gets more complicated. 

That ending was so messed up and can’t wait to read the next book since it doesn’t involve the island. Plus I would love to see how Juliet handles all that she’s learned on the island, and of course that betrayal.