Favorite Quotes

'Once upon a time, there was a man as great as the gods...... But even the great can tremble with fear. Even the great can Fall.

Mary E. Pearson, Kiss of Deception

Monday, June 30, 2014

Review: The Assassin's Blade by Sarah J. Maas

Grade: 4.5 Butterflies
Series: Throne of Glass #0.1-0.5
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Pages: Hardcover, 435 pages

Goodreads Summary

Contains all five novellas.

Celaena Sardothien is Adarlan's most feared assassin. As part of the Assassin's Guild, her allegiance is to her master, Arobynn Hamel, yet Celaena listens to no one and trusts only her fellow killer-for-hire, Sam. In these action-packed novellas - together in one edition for the first time - Celaena embarks on five daring missions. They take her from remote islands to hostile deserts, where she fights to liberate slaves and seeks to avenge the tyrannous. But she is acting against Arobynn's orders and could suffer an unimaginable punishment for such treachery. Will Celaena ever be truly free? Explore the dark underworld of this kick-ass heroine to find out

It is no secret that I love this series! I think its a beautifully crafted fantasy world with outstanding characters along with a attention gripping plot. I just love this series so much. So, it should be no surprise to anyone that I read this book as soon as it came out (Pssst, this is a really late review). I loved this collection of novellas! It was amazing!

One thing that surprised me very much when I went into this was how this novel flowed like a book, even though it technically has five short stories in it. Each story relates to one another. The past one effects the events happening in the one you are reading. So, each novella connects to one another, making it read like a full book, not a collection of novellas. I loved this, because it made it feel like one big story instead of five smaller ones.

The novellas themselves where also wonderful! While they worked beautifully as a unit, if you look at the individually each one has its own plot. Even though each one continued Celaena's story where the others left off at they still felt like their own story. I really appreciated this because then if you just read them separately on an e-reader out of order, you would still get a full story.

What I loved most about this was the information we get. We get to see events played out that were only briefly mentioned in the first two books; events that shaped Celaena to be the person we see in those two books. This was both wonderful and heartbreak to read about. We get to see important parts of Celaena's past, which is wonderful because it allows us as readers to know Celaena better and it gave her more depth. However, it is also heartbreaking because we know how it ends and we can't stop it. We also get to see characters that are kind of huge in the first two books but are never shown. Like Sam and Arobynn. It was really interesting to read this characters.

Besides all of the depth that is given to Celaena's characters, it was just plain cool to see how her life was before the salt mines. In the other books all that is told about her life before the prison is that she was one of the greatest assassin's and she worked in Arobynn's guild. But with these stories we really get to see how her life was, which was amazing!!

So, this is a wonderful collection of the Throne of Glass Novellas!! All the stories flowed together as a unit and still retained their own plots. The characters were, as usual, were fantastically written. Each had so much depth and felt so real. I loved this book so much, not only because of all the information we get on Celaena, but also because I was able to go back into this world. I would recommend to any lover of this series.

Side Note: I would suggest reading the first two books before reading these novellas. This book just gives so much background info and depth to the characters that I don't think a  reader would fully appropriate unless they read the first two books.

This book got...
4.5 Butterflies
Beautiful, this is a great book! 

Happy reading

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Review: Crash Into You by Katie McGarry

Grade: 4.5 Butterflies
Series: Pushing the Limits #3
Author: Katie McGarry
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Pages: Hardcover, 474 pages

Goodreads Summary

The girl with straight As, designer clothes and the perfect life—that's who people expect Rachel Young to be. So the private-school junior keeps secrets from her wealthy parents and overbearing brothers...and she's just added two more to the list. One involves racing strangers down dark country roads in her Mustang GT. The other? Seventeen-year-old Isaiah Walker-a guy she has no business even talking to. But when the foster kid with the tattoos and intense gray eyes comes to her rescue, she can't get him out of her mind. 

Isaiah has secrets, too. About where he lives, and how he really feels about Rachel. The last thing he needs is to get tangled up with a rich girl who wants to slum it on the south side for kicks-no matter how angelic she might look. 

But when their shared love of street racing puts both their lives in jeopardy, they have six weeks to come up with a way out. Six weeks to discover just how far they'll go to save each other.

So I, like most other readers, really enjoy this series. If you don't know, I have a somewhat rocky relationship with contemporaries. I either really dislike them or really love them. This author writes contemporaries that I fall in love with!! This one, in my mind, was the best one in the series! I loved it and the romance was the best!!! While I really liked the first two, they were either missing the book spark or they just had problems I couldn't look past. However, this one was great!! It still had some problems, but the were minor enough that they didn't effect the final rating.

This plot was amazing! It was fast paced, I flew through these pages, but it wasn't to fast that it confused you. It had the perfect balance between keeping the reader hooked and giving enough time for the romance. And while at first I thought the plot was a little cliche (the good girl going to the bad part of town and getting mixed up with the wrong people, then falling for the one of those 'wrong people') it didn't feel cliche. The author wrote it in such a way that it felt new and exciting.

Even though the plot really hooked me and left me wanting more, even though it was amazing, I did have on slight problem. Although, this problem might have to do more with the character then the plot. Throughout this one book Rachel never asked her family for help. I understand that her family is the most dysfunctional fictional family I have ever read and that she didn't want to make her mom unhappy, but come on! There is a guy who would kill you and Isaiah and you don't want to even consider going to your family for help even to save your life and Isaiah's??  Really?!?!!? However, this wasn't a really big problem, this was just my personal annoyance at Rachel.

That goes to the one and only real kind of big problem I had with this book. That is Rachel. First off I want to say that all other characters were amazing. Isaiah had so much depth and so many different parts of his personality was shown, which made him feel all the more human. The same goes for the side characters, even if I didn't like the character they still had a whole lot of depth. And that is exactly what happened with Rachel. I really didn't like this girl for most of this book. It's not that I hated her, but she got on my nerves a little bit. She just wouldn't stand up for herself, at all!! The first half of this book she refused to stand up to her family when they were being unfair hypocrites! I know it takes a lot to get you to a point where you snap and are able to stand up to your family, but Rachel should have reached that point a year before this book started.

 The only reason why this was such a minor problem was because I know this author. I know she was just trying to set up for a good character arc and great character development, which is what we got from Rachel. She grew so much in this book and by the end she was able to stand up for herself and what she wanted. She also learned to speak her mind to her family, which was wonderful to see.

The romance in this book was just simply amazing! Which in itself is amazing, considering this book had insta-love in it. After just a few hours together they felt an undeniable attraction to one another. However, the author still made me love this romance. I think that's because, not only how good Isaiah and Rachel were together but how it wasn't that they loved each other after those few hours. They liked each other sure, but they didn't love each other. I think what also saved this romance was how it had problems. Like every other relationship out there, Rachel and Isaiah had problems and bumps in the road. They had to find a balance with their relationship and they had to compromise with one another, which was great to read because that is how it is in real life!! It was that aspect of their relationship that really made me love it!! That and the fact how Rachel and Isaiah made each other better. They weren't like Noah and Echo who gave each other strength to be themselves, or Beth and Ryan who made each other shine. Rachel and Isaiah made each other better. He help her grow as a person and get over some of her faults and made her a better person and Vice Verse. Which was just amazing to read. I am actually obsessed with this book just because of their relationship and how realistic and good it was.

One last thing I would like to talk about is Rachel's family. I like how Katie McGarry really took a new direction with this family. Usually in books the dysfunctional families are dysfunctional because of drinking, neglect, abuse, or just awfulness from the parents. I really liked how the author made Rachel's family different. It's not that they didn't have their hearts in the right place, they just didn't think about what they were doing. Rachel's family could have won an award for how dysfunctional it was. Everyone was trying to protect the Mom and no one else. Which left Rachel all alone because she was the one that would make their Mom happy, so she had to sacrifice her happiness for her mom's. Which was so unfair! Like I said earlier even if I didn't like some characters they still had a lot of depth to them which applies mostly for this family. For most of this book I hated Rachel's family, which I think was the point. I hated how hypocritical her bothers were, how her mother always compared her to Colleen, and how blinded her father, how they never considered the fact that the Mom could hold her own. She didn't need protecting. However, it was great to see how this family grew in this book. I happened mostly towards the end of the book, but it was still their and it was great to see her family trying to be a good, functional family.

Overall I thought this was an amazing book!! With the realistic and amazing romance, the growth of the characters not to mention their depth, and how captivating the plot was, this is easily my favorite of the series. It was just so good!!

This book got.....

4.5 Butterflies
Beautiful, this is a great book. 

Happy reading

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Review: Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins

Grade: 4 Butterflies
Series: Rebel Belle #1
Author: Rachel Hawkins
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Pages: Hardcover, 345 pages

Harper Price, peerless Southern belle, was born ready for a Homecoming tiara. But after a strange run-in at the dance imbues her with incredible abilities, Harper's destiny takes a turn for the seriously weird. She becomes a Paladin, one of an ancient line of guardians with agility, super strength and lethal fighting instincts.

Just when life can't get any more disastrously crazy, Harper finds out who she's charged to protect: David Stark, school reporter, subject of a mysterious prophecy and possibly Harper's least favorite person. But things get complicated when Harper starts falling for him—and discovers that David's own fate could very well be to destroy Earth.

Rachel Hawkins is one of my all time favorite authors. I have re-read her Hex Hall series to many times to count. So, of course I had to read her new book asap. I went into this book with a certain level of expectations. I knew it was going to be good but I don't want to have to high of expectations for fear of being disappointed. In the end I thought that this book was a really enjoyable fun read. However, it just didn't blew me away.

First off I really loved this world. I really liked the premise of honorable knights and witches. It was really interesting and engaging to read about and it was certainly entertaining. However, the plot that went along with this world was somewhat predictable. I still really enjoyed reading this story line and having this world explained to me, but the fact that all my guesses of what was going to happen next were right kind of put a damper on this book. Even with the predictability this book still kept my attention and thoroughly entertained me.

This book was also really fast paced. There was always something going on, whether it be drama or action or mystery there was always something happening to keep your attention. While this is a good aspect of any book it may have lead to some disconnection between me and the book. While I was entertained while reading and wanted to know what happens next, even though I could guess, I wasn't in the book. I didn't feel super invested in the story and I didn't really care if a character died or not. I don't know if this came about because of the fast, fast pace or because of the characters, but it did happen and it really hurt my reading experience for this book.

This disconnection may have came about because of the pace or because of the characters. What I mean by that is while these characters were enjoyable, realistic, and very easily likable I didn't feel that they had enough depth. I wish Rachel Hawkins focused a bit more on giving someone besides David depth. While this annoyed me I didn't let it bother me all that much. This is the first book in a series so there is plenty of time for the author to give these characters more depth. So, this wasn't a huge major issue for me.

I feel like this review is just focusing on the negative and I don't want anyone to think I'm saying that this is a bad book. It had its problems, but it was still really enjoyable. This was overall a really nice, enjoyable start to a series. The plot, while predictable, kept me interested even with the disconnection. It set up nicely for the next books in the series without it feeling to much as a set up book. And it has a really cool premise that was really interesting to read. So I would recommend this book to any one who wants to read a fast, entertaining, paranormal read.

This book got...

 4 Butterflies
Beloved, This is a really enjoyable book.

Happy Reading

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Summer TBR

Hello everyone!! So, this is a little late; its been Summer break for me for about two weeks. But better late then never, right? I am hoping to read a lot this Summer. There are a lot of books that have been on my TBR pile for far to long that I really want to get through. Even though I want to get through a lot of books this summer I am going to make this TBR smallish. I'm just going show you the books that I will for sure be trying to read.

The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson- I love this series and I really, really want to know what happens and how it ends! I am just terrified that one of my fave characters will die.

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss- I have been on a fantasy kick for a while now and I've heard that this one is amazing.

Elantris by Brandon Sanderson- Brandon Sanderson is one of the best fantasy writers I have read, so of course I want to read his debut.

The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons- I've heard so many freaking great things for this book. People have said it is one of the best love stories they have read. I love love stories and the fact that it is set in WWII has made me want to read it even more.

The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima-
Again with the fantasy kick. I love fantasy and this one I heard is a really great fantasy series.

Take Me On by Katie McGarry-
Do I need to explain?

The Winner's Curse by Marie Ruthkoski- I have been wanting to read this one since the cover was revealed and yet I haven't read it. I really want to read it soon because it looks like an amazing fantasy book!

Sentinel by Jennifer L. Armentrout- I love this series and I have been putting this one off because I am afraid of the ending!

What I Though Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick- I loved My Life Next Door and I just really want to read this one soon. 

Sweet Reckoning by Wendy Higgins- I love this series and I need to know what happens in the end!!

The Bitter Kingdom by Rae Carson- This is basically a ditto to Sweet Reckoning. I just finished with the second book and I just really want to know how this series ends!

Asunder by Jodi Meadow- I read the first one a long while ago and loved it. I am a little ashamed that I have yet to read this one but I will this summer!

What books are on your summer TBR?
Happy reading

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Top Books of the Year

So I realize that The Broke and the Bookish  did their Top Ten Tuesday this week about the top ten favorite books so far this year. I just forgot to do it. I totally spaced out for memes last week and I didn't write my TTT post. And I didn't realize this until this Tuesday, which by then it was to late for me to write up a post because that was a really busy day for me. But anyways, here is my post about my favorite reads this year.

I've read a total of 38 books, which is really behind my 100 books challenge, but I"m not to sad/worried about that. However, 38 books is still a late of books. So, this list was a little hard to make.

The Assassin's Blade by Sarah J. Maas- I loved this book!! I loved the stories in this book. I loved how each novella corresponded with each other making it feel like one complete book. I also loved the perspective it gave readers in everyone's backstory.

Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson- I just finished this book and it was just so freaking amazing!! The world building, the characters, the plot, everything was so freaking amazing!!

Lady Thief by A. C. Gaughen- I loved Scarlet and this book was such a great sequel!! If you haven't started this series, why haven't you? 

(My Brandon Sanderson line)

Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson- This book, guys this book was freaking amazing!! This book was such a great start to this series and such a great book overall! I loved this one; it blew me away!

The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson- This book was so good!! It may be even better then  Mistborn, which I didn't think possible when I went into this. This series is just getting better and better!!

The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson- This book was just so unique and was such a great read! I loved this world the author made in this book, I loved the plot and the characters, it was just such an great fantastic book!!

Where She Went by Gayle Forman- This book was just such a beautiful book about moving on and love and death. It was just so great!

Crash Into You by Katie McGarry-
I devoured this book when I read it. It was just so great and I loved the romance in it, it felt so realistic. This book is my fave in this series by far. 

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green- Do I need to explain?

The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa- This was a great continuation to the series!! I loved every second of reading this one!

The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa- Holy crap this book was such a fantastic ending to this outstanding series! I loved it, but I am sad that the series has ended.

Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi- Basically ditto to Ignite Me. I loved this book and the ending. I realize that their were some faults in this book, but I still fell in love with this book.

Those were my favorite books so far this year. What are yours?
Happy reading

Monday, June 9, 2014

Review: The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa

Grade: 4.5 Butterflies
Series: Blood of Eden #3 (Final Book)
Author: Julie Kagawa
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Pages: Hardcover, 393 pages

Goodreads Summary

Vengeance will be hers.

Allison Sekemoto once struggled with the question: human or monster? With the death of her love, Zeke, she has her answer.


Allie will embrace her cold vampire side to hunt down and end Sarren, the psychopathic vampire who murdered Zeke. But the trail is bloody and long, and Sarren has left many surprises for Allie and her companions - her creator Kanin, and her blood brother, Jackal. The trail is leading straight to the one place they must protect at any cost - the last vampire-free zone on Earth, Eden. And Sarren has one final, brutal shock in store for Allie. 

In a ruined world where no life is sacred and former allies can turn on you in one heartbeat, Allie will face her darkest days. And if she succeeds, her triumph will be short-lived in the face of surviving forever alone.


It is no secret that The Immortal Rules series is one of my all time favorites. I love how dark it is, the many themes of hope and humanity woven in, and the outstanding character depth. This series is just so well written and just plain good. So I had to read this final installment as soon as I possibly could. I read this one in a few days which considering how these are particularly fast reads is pretty impressive. This book was an amazing conclusion to a freaking brilliant series!

So this book starts a few weeks after the events in The Eternity Cure. The crew is hunting Sarren, each for their different reasons. Allie for revenge, Kanin for redemption, and Jackel probably because it seemed fun. Allie at the begging of this book is in a really dark place. Zeke is dead and she just doesn't care about anything except killing Sarren. She is ready to stop fighting to be good and let in to the monster. I really liked how the author highlighted the difference of being a monster and giving into the monster. Jackel often acts like a monster, however, he doesn't give in to the monster because that would be losing yourself to the monster, which is different then being a monster. That might not make sense unless you read it, but I am glad that the Author put that in here because I always thought that when reading this series and it was great to see it highlighted.

I really loved were this plot went! Besides being really addicting and gripping this plot went places I didn't think it would, which is always great for a book. There was some predictability to it, but that was more of a 'who might day' thing then a 'what was going to happen' thing. (This next part might sound weird because I'm not doing spoilers) I am also really glad the author didn't focus and carry on with a certain thing in the beginning of the book and made Allie realize something early on. I would have been a little annoyed if that aspect of the beginning went on longer then it did. With that being said I wish she focused and put more time in the thing with the character in Jackel's city the she did. I felt that was resolved way to quickly. However, the drama that that character gave afterwards made up for that fact.

The characters were great, as usual. I loved seeing Jackel progress as a character and get more human as this series goes on. His character was just brilliantly done. Allie goes through a lot in this one, which brings more depth to her character, which I hadn't thought possible, and made her grow so much. Kanin as a surprising amount of character depth for a guy who is that reclusive. That shouldn't be surprising since Julie Kagawa is amazing at writing characters.

Basically I loved everything about this book. It was a fantastic ending to this series. I loved every single minute of reading this one! It was just so beautifully written for a book that has as much blood and gore as this one had. The only thing that wasn't exactly amazing was the tone of the ending. It was such a shift from the tone of the rest of the book that, even though I liked the ending, threw me off a bit. But besides that this ending was amazing! This book wasn't constantly full of action, but those gabs were filled with drama, angst, horror, and themes of hope, surviving, and humanity.

I would recommend this book to anyone these books to anyone, even people who don't really like vampires. To them I would say try the first one out because it is amazing. However, be warned that these books aren't happy books; they are dark and filled with death and gore. So be warned about that but don't let it keep you from trying out these books.

This book got...

4.5 Butterflies
Beautiful, this is a great book. 

Happy Reading

Friday, June 6, 2014

Predictions and Hopes (5) Paranoia by J. R. Johansson

So, I came up with this segment and it is where I'll be spotlighting a couple books and telling you my hopes and predictions for it. The only thing is that the book can't be already released and has to be a next installment in a series. Also, tell my in the comments if you have or know another segment called Hopes and Predictions.

There will be spoilers for Insomnia, the first book, in this post. If you haven't read Insomnia by J. R. Johansson don't read this post and please read it because it was amazing! Review for Insomnia

Releases June 8th 2014
In the aftermath of the events that nearly killed him, Parker Chipp is trying to learn to cope better with life as a Watcher. And it seems to be working...until he wakes up in jail with a hangover and 12 hours of missing time. Darkness has somehow taken control and Parker doesn't have a clue how to stop him. He finds an unlikely ally in Jack, the mysterious guy in the motorcycle jacket who offers to help Parker master his abilities as a Watcher. But even as they practice, the darkness inside Parker is getting more and more powerful, taking over Parker’s body and doing everything he can to destroy Parker's life.

When Jack reveals that there is another kind of Night Walker, known as a Taker, Parker starts to wonder if the strange things happening in Oakville are more than just a coincidence. After all, people are more than just sleepwalking. They're emptying their savings accounts with no memory of doing so, wandering into strange parts of town and disappearing, they're even killing other people--all in their sleep. If Parker wants to find out what's happening or have any hope of seeing his father again, he’ll have to defy Jack and put his own life in danger...because the more he learns about these other Night Walkers, the more certain he becomes that his life isn't the only one that could be lost.

What I really, really hope happens in this one is that all the things about Night Walkers are explained. Based on the summary it looks like this one is going to take place same time after Insomnia and I really hope we don't skip to much time. It would be nice to read Parker looking for the guy that can explain everything and then be there in the same time when he explains it, not just him having a flashback. However, it doesn't mean a whole lot to me if everything is explained in real time or a flashback. I wouldn't really care if it skips three months and Paranoia starts with him making progress in figuring his life out as long as everything is explained. I have been waiting anxiously for this one to release just so I can understand what the hell is happening. 

I also hope that this one will be just as scary or scarier then the first book. The first book made me love horror books and I can't wait to see how scary this one will be!!! Since the summary talks about Darkness then I'm guessing this one will be scary as hell since he terrified me in the first one. 

I also am hopping that how Parker has Darkness will be explained a touched on a bit more. I don't think the author gave us any inkling on how the hell he has Darkness and it would be nice to understand that. Or she could also just briefly touch on clues on why Parker is like that and explain it in the next book. That would be great because it would mean there's a third book. Depending how this one ends I might end up protesting for a third book in this series. I really hope this isn't a two book series because I haven't even read this one yet and I am wishing for more in this world.

Those are my hopes for this one. I didn't have any predictions because I honestly have no idea what to expect from this one besides what is told in the summary.

If you've read Insomnia what do you think will happen in this one? And are you freaking excited for Paranoia's release as I am?

Happy reading

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Review: Where She Went by Gayle Forman

Grade: 4.5 Butterflies
Series: If I Stay #2
Author: Gayle Forman
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
Pages: Hardcover, 264 pages

Goodreads Summary

It's been three years since Mia walked out of Adam's life.

And three years he's spent wondering why.

When their paths cross again in New York City, Adam and Mia are brought back together for one life-changing night.

Adam finally has the opportunity to ask Mia the questions that have been haunting him. But will a few hours in this magical city be enough to lay their past to rest, for good - or can you really have a second chance at first love?

I read If I Stay last year and absolutely loved!!! When I finished it I immediately went and bought this one. I had to know how Adam and Mia's story continues. I am sad to say It wasn't until this month that I actually read this one, about a year after I read the first one. I was just so scared to read it and I knew I would feel all the emotions when I read it. So, I put it off, until now and boy am I glad that I read this one! This was such a rewarding ending for this dioalague!! It put me on such a rollercoaster ride of emotions and it was just so good!!

This book starts off three years after the events in If I Stay and while If I Stay ends with a ray of hope this one starts with total despair. This is told from Adam's POV and his life seems to be on the brink of disaster. Adam seemed to have gotten all that he wanted, except for one thing, but he himself seems to have been on self-distract mode. I won't tell why this is, because for the first half of this book it's up to the readers to piece together what happened to Adam through the flashbacks, but I will say Adam just isn't in a good place at the beginning of this book. This broke my heart. I, like most other who've read If I Stay image Mia and Adam moving past it together as a couple and then you start to read this one and realize how very wrong that assumption was.

This book made me feel all of the emotions. I got so invested in Mia and Adam as characters in the first one and it hurt to see how bad Adam's life is and realize how much pain they both went through. Gayle Forman just knows how to write contemporaries that make you feel all of the emotions, from pain to joy to sorrow in one chapter. Even though reading this broke my heart it was still great to all of the characters. It was also good to get answers. The first half of this makes you piece together, with the help of flashbacks, of what happened between Adam and Mia and the last half answer your questions of why what happened happened. And while it hurt to read the answers, it was still good to understand them and know them.

The character development in this book was great. We got to see Adam crawl out of the pit by himself and into a place where he can breath and live. Even though this had to do, somewhat with Mia, I still credit to Adam himself. And speaking of Mia, that is one of the problems I had with this book. The first half, as you see what she did to Adam, you kind of hate Mia. Before you understand why she did it, you resent her for putting Adam through that and you just hate her for the pain she caused Adam. However, after I got all the answers I liked her once more, maybe not as much as before, but I still liked her.

The other small problem I had with this book was the flashbacks, or rather how many there were. Unlike in If I Stay where the flashbacks were used a bit randomly and heavily, the flashbacks in this one told a continues story. The flashbacks told the story of what happened between Adam and Mia three years ago  and while the flashbacks had a rhythm to them, I still think she over did it with the flashbacks. At least 25% of the flashbacks, maybe a bit more, could have been cut. There were just to many flashbacks and they messed with the flow of the book. A chapter would end in little cliffhanger and surprisingly the next chapter would be a flashback. This both messed with the ongoing flow of the book and was just plain frustrating to read. Don't get me wrong, some flashbacks were needed to explain what happened to Adam and Mia, but some just weren't needed and those were the ones I got frustrated with. However, the flashback usage in this one was a lot better then in the first one were it seemed the flashbacks were placed randomly.

Besides those two problems I had, this book was just so freaking amazing!! It was a great ending to this story. I gave the readers answers and reasons for everything and it was really satisfying to read that. This book also broke my heart and while the flashbacks hindered the reading experience, it was still amazing to read.

This book got..

4.5 Butterflies
Beautiful, this is a great book. 
Recommended if you like The Fault in Our Stars, Darker Contemporaries, and If I Stay. 

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Review: The Cloud Searchers by Kazu Kibiushi

Grade: Great
Series: Amulet Vol. 3
Author: Kazu Kibuishi 


Emily, Navin, and their crew of resistance fighters charter an airship and set off in search of the lost city of Cielis. There they hope to find help from the Guardian Council's powerful Stonekeepers. It's a mission that Alledia's survival depends on, and time is running out--Emily's got to find Cielis before the Elf King finds her.

So, this is quickly becoming one of my favorite series, Graphic Novel or regular Novel. I love this series!! The characters, the plot, and the world especially. This book was a wonderful continuation to the series. It continued to build on the plot, it developed the world a bit more, we also got more background info on some characters. It was all I wanted and need in a continuation of a series.

The plot was just as fast paced as the first two, maybe a bit more. We are going deeper into this story-line so more serious stuff is happening. In my mind, a lot of scenes vital to the story happened in this one. So, this plot was just so good and an amazing read!! I also like how the plot keeps on going along. We are getting to the really good parts of the plot and I can't see what happens in the next one!

I like how we are slowly getting more and more information and depth from these characters and the world. We are learning about some characters past, *cough* the prince *cough*, and the author is just slowly building on the depth of the characters that he established in the first two books. This is just so great to read!! It's making the characters feel more and more real and it's like you are getting to know them so well. Its like friends that you learn more and more about the longer your friendship continues.

Added to the characters is the world. This author basically took his tactic with building depth for the characters and applied it to the world, which is working out great. This author keeps slowly giving the readers more facts about this world. Every now and again Emily and her family will have something about the world explained to them or they will figure it out and thus you as the reader learns it. This is such a great way to write world-building when you are firstly drawing the world. It makes you as the reader feel like you are in the story, because you are learning about the world right along side the characters.

This was an amazing continuation of this series!! It had everything a reader could want in the continuation of a series. The plot kept going forward at a great pace, the characters have so much depth and they keep getting more, and the world is just so wonderfully drawn and explained!

This book got....

Happy reading