Review: Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

heiroffireRating: 5stars
Type: Fantasy
Series: Book 3 in Throne of Glass
Number of Pages: 565

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Lost and broken, Celaena Sardothien’s only thought is to avenge the savage death of her dearest friend: as the King of Adarlan’s Assassin, she is bound to serve this tyrant, but he will pay for what he did. Any hope Celaena has of destroying the king lies in answers to be found in Wendlyn. Sacrificing his future, Chaol, the Captain of the King’s Guard, has sent Celaena there to protect her, but her darkest demons lay in that same place. If she can overcome them, she will be Adarlan’s biggest threat – and his own toughest enemy.

While Celaena learns of her true destiny, and the eyes of Erilea are on Wendlyn, a brutal and beastly force is preparing to take to the skies. Will Celaena find the strength not only to win her own battles, but to fight a war that could pit her loyalties to her own people against those she has grown to love?

 

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HOW DO I EVEN BEGIN? I seriously scorn myself for not starting this sooner. This book has been the best thing that has happened to me this month, and I’ve had a pretty awesome month if I do say so myself – that’s putting into perspective how totally freaking amazing this book is. I loved this book as much (if not more) than the previous ones, and I wasn’t even sure that was possible!

Warning: this review is obnoxiously long, and I can’t bring myself to shorten it.
I’m currently going through a major book hangover, so this review is full of pointless totally necessary gifs, and some fan art. 😛

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** This review contains some slight spoilers from the previous two books **

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Review: Demons at Deadnight (Book 1) by A&E Kirk

demons at deadnightRating: 4stars
Type: Paranormal
Series: Book 1 in Divinicus Nex Chronicles
Number of Pages: 404

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For seventeen-year-old Aurora Lahey, survival is a lifestyle.

DEMONIC DESTINY
Aurora has the crappiest superpower on the planet. And it’s just unleashed a hit squad from hell. Demons are on the hunt, salivating to carve her carcass into confetti.

CHARISMATIC KILLERS
The Hex Boys–mysterious, hunky, and notorious for their trails of destruction–have the answers Aurora needs to survive. But their overload of deadly secrets and suspicious motives makes trusting them a potentially fatal move.

LETHAL ALLIES
The battle to save her family, herself, and stop demonic domination may cost Aurora everything worth living for, and force her to reveal her own dark secrets. But no worries. She needs the Hex Boys to pull this off, and, chances are, teaming up with these guys will get her killed anyway.

 

 

My Review

I was really excited to read Demons at Deadnight! How nice is the book cover? It’s been a while since I’ve read a YA book and the story was pretty unique so I had high hopes. I wasn’t disappointed. The story follows Aurora, a girl that can see demons and makes friends with 6 delicious demon hunters: Ayden, Blake, Jayden, Logan, Matthias and Tristan… Or also known as, The Hex Boys.

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Review: City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare

city of heavenly fireRating: 3stars
Type: Paranormal
Series: 6th and final book in The Mortal Instruments
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In this dazzling and long-awaited conclusion to the acclaimed Mortal Instruments series, Clary and her friends fight the greatest evil they have ever faced: Clary’s own brother.

Sebastian Morgenstern is on the move, systematically turning Shadowhunter against Shadowhunter. Bearing the Infernal Cup, he transforms Shadowhunters into creatures out of nightmare, tearing apart families and lovers as the ranks of his Endarkened army swell.

The embattled Shadowhunters withdraw to Idris – but not even the famed demon towers of Alicante can keep Sebastian at bay. And with the Nephilim trapped in Idris, who will guard the world against demons?

When one of the greatest betrayals the Nephilim have ever known is revealed, Clary, Jace, Isabelle, Simon, and Alec must flee – even if their journey takes them deep into the demon realms, where no Shadowhunter has set foot before, and from which no human being has ever returned…

Love will be sacrificed and lives lost in the terrible battle for the fate of the word in the thrilling final installment of the classic urban fantasy series The Mortal Instruments!

 

My Review

I’ve been waiting so long for the this book to come out and for The Mortal Instruments series to come to an end. I could hardly remember anymore what had happened at the end of the fifth book, but I knew that at the time I was completely obsessed with the series. This book took me two weeks to finish. TWO WEEKS. Admittedly, I’ve been quite busy and haven’t had much time, and it’s not that I disliked the book – it was just sooooo freaking boring. It felt like it went on forever, I was close to not finishing it sometimes… But I couldn’t do that – I needed to know how it all ended because I used to really like the series.

I’m sorry TMI fans 😦

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Review: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

throneofglass2Rating: 5stars
Type: Fantasy
Trilogy: Throne of Glass, Crown of Midnight, Heir of Fire (September 2014)
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After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin. Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king’s council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom. 

Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilirating. But she’s bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her… but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best. 

Then one of the other contestants turns up dead… quickly followed by another. 

Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.

 

My Review

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I didn’t have a clue what I was getting myself into when I started reading Throne of Glass. I knew with all the raving reviews from different people that the book was going to be amazing, but I didn’t think I’d love it this much! And on that note, I’d like you to say hello to my FIRST EVER FIVE STAR RATING! 😮 What a beautifully narrated story, packed with most of my favourite things  – love triangles, fantasy, action, magic, romance and mystery! 

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Review: Nightshade by Andrea Cremer

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Rating: 3.5stars
Type: Paranormal
Trilogy: Nightshade, Wolfsbane, Bloodrose (+ Rift)
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Calla is the alpha female of a shape-shifting wolf pack. She is destined to marry Ren Laroche, the pack’s alpha male. Together, they would rule their pack together, guarding sacred sites for the Keepers. But then, Calla saves a beautiful human boy, who captures her heart.

Calla begins to question everything – her fate, her existence, and her world and the orders the Keepers have asked her to follow. She will have to make a choice. But will she follow her heart if it means losing everything, including her own life?

 

My Review

I’ve finally had some time to finish reading this book after wanting to for so many months! It’s been on my TBR list forever. I’d heard so many good things about it and it was recommended to me by many people, so I was really looking forward to reading it. I don’t think I’ve ever read a book based on werewolves (or “Guardians”, as they’re called in this book), the paranormal books I’ve read have mostly been based on other paranormal creatures so it was kind of a new experience. I enjoyed the book and will definitely be reading the next one – I mean, hello, it’s a paranormal love triangle… How can I resist?

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Review: Until Darkness Comes by Melynda Price


Until Darkness ComesRating:
 3.5stars
Type: New/Young Adult Paranormal
Trilogy: Until Darkness Comes, Shades of Darkness, Courting Darkness
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A guardian angel… A forbidden love… Eternal consequences…

Olivia Norton was born with a gift—a gift heaven has sworn to protect, and hell is bound to destroy. Her perfect world is turned upside-down when two handsome strangers, Max and Liam, step into her life. Olivia soon discovers that her ‘Mr. Perfect’ is actually a perfect nightmare.

The rules of engagement have changed and Liam, Olivia’s guardian angel, is forced to cross dimensional borders or risk losing the woman he’s sworn to protect. Suddenly, thrust into a world unlike anything he’s ever known, Liam isn’t prepared to come face to face with the young woman whose life he holds in his hands.

But nothing is as it seems, and secrets abound that will ultimately force him to choose between two impossibilities. Max will stop at nothing to finish what he’s started, and Olivia is soon plunged into a battle between good and evil. Her very life hangs in the balance as two forces fight to win her heart.

 

 

My Review

I decided that I wanted to read a book that hasn’t been read by so many people, and it was probably one of the bravest reading choices that I’ve made because, for the most part, I’ve read books which are known to be good or are written by famous authors.  I was so excited about starting this series because it’s New Adult, has angels, demons (fallen angels), and a love triangle. The perfect ingredients of sugar, spice, and everything nice…

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Review: The Infernal Devices Trilogy by Cassandra Clare

clockworkprincessRating: 4stars
Type: Young Adult Paranormal/Fantasy
Trilogy: Clockwork Angel, Clockwork Prince, Clockwork Princess
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In a time when Shadowhunters are barely winning the fight against the forces of darkness, one battle will change the course of history forever. Welcome to the Infernal Devices trilogy, a stunning and dangerous prequel to the New York Times bestselling Mortal Instruments series.

The year is 1878. Tessa Gray descends into London’s dark supernatural underworld in search of her missing brother. She soon discovers that her only allies are the demon-slaying Shadowhunters—including Will and Jem, the mysterious boys she is attracted to. Soon they find themselves up against the Pandemonium Club, a secret organization of vampires, demons, warlocks, and humans. Equipped with a magical army of unstoppable clockwork creatures, the Club is out to rule the British Empire, and only Tessa and her allies can stop them….

 

My Review

I read this trilogy after reading The Mortal Instruments (TMI) series by Cassandra Clare and basically needed to get my hands on anything shadowhunter – I was pretty much obsessed. Thankfully, there was The Infernal Devices (TID) which I could dig into whilst waiting for the sixth and final instalment of TMI, which is going to come out later this year: City of Heavenly Fire. The book had a paranormal love triangle (which we all know is one of my favourite things), but it wasn’t completely mind blowing… The rest of the review contains a few spoilers!

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Review: Divergent Trilogy by Veronica Roth

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Rating: 3.5stars
Type: Dystopian
Trilogy: Divergent, Insurgent, Allegiant
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In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue–Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is–she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are–and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating boy fits into the life she’s chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she’s kept hidden from everyone because she’s been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, Tris also learns that her secret might help her save the ones she loves . . . or it might destroy her

 

My Review

It started off so good, and I LOVED Divergent. The whole book was just action packed and completely immersed me in their world – I couldn’t put it down. Even though the Dauntless initiation was brutal, it was so much fun to read and I thought the idea of the of the 5 different factions (Abnegation, Erudite, Amity, Dauntless, and Candor) was great. And I loved Tris and Four! They were so cute together (even though Four’s real name is Tobias – not cute at all). I couldn’t put the book down!!!

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Review: Graceling by Kristin Cashore

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Rating: 3.5stars
Type: Fantasy
Standalone Novel (with companion books Fire and Bitterblue)
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Katsa has been able to kill a man with her bare hands since she was eight – she’s a Graceling, one of the rare people in her land born with an extreme skill. As niece of the king, she should be able to live a life of privilege, but Graced as she is with killing, she is forced to work as the king’s thug.

When she first meets Prince Po, Graced with combat skills, Katsa has no hint of how her life is about to change.

She never expects to become Po’s friend.

She never expects to learn a new truth about her own Grace – or about a terrible secret that lies hidden far away…

 

 

My Review

I was so excited to start reading this book and thought that it was going to completely blow me away. The idea of people having “graces”, which were special powers, such as a grace for killing, or a grace for mind reading, or a grace for hearing, etc. was so cool; they were sort of like medieval superheroes. Only certain people were born with a grace, and if they were, they would have two different coloured eyes – which let’s be honest, is pretty badass! In Katsa’s (the protagonist) case, she has one green and one blue, and she has a grace for what we thought was only killing (but it’s later revealed to be more than that). And then theres Po, the handsome Lienid Prince, who has one gold and one silver eye (even cooler) and a grace we initially thought was fighting, but turned out to be a super mind reading, which basically let him anticipate attacks before they happened. Oh, and they have sex (awesome).
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Review: Obsidian (Lux #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Rating: 4.5stars
Type: Science Fiction
Series: Lux #1
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Starting over sucks.

When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I’d pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring…. until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.

And then he opened his mouth.

Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something…unexpected happens.

The hot alien living next door marks me.

You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon’s touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades.

If I don’t kill him first, that is.

My Review

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I know what you’re thinking… Aliens? Seriously? Well yes, seriously. I finished reading this book the same night that I started it – I honestly could not put it down. It’s totally different from all the other paranormal books that I’ve read lately, and Jennifer tells her story at the kind of pace that I love. Normally, I find myself getting bored if there’s too much unnecessary description, droning on endlessly (the lake is beautiful – we get it), but I always found myself getting all the information I needed without having to read a never-ending amount of pages to figure out what happened in a short 5 minute scene. Don’t get me wrong, I love a beautiful description as much as the next girl, but you can’t keep all the juicy details away for that long!
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