Book Review Tuesday (8/14/18)-Heart of Iron

Hi, everyone, and welcome to the first Book Review Tuesday of August 2018!

It’s the last day of summer for me, so I might as well end the summer BRTs with a bang. And by a bang, I mean a really, really, good book. 

The book I’m reviewing today is exceptionally good. Astounding. Honestly, it might be my favorite book. (Yep…with all of the new series I’ve got into this summer, it seems The Search for WondLa series has been dethroned. Still pretty great, though.) I nearly bought it at Barnes and Noble a few months after it came out, but it was $22, so that was kind of ridiculous (despite the quality of the book). So I was delighted when I found out that it was only $7 on the Kindle store. I promptly bought it, started it on the plane ride to Chicago, and finished it in the hotel room. And I was hooked from page one.

Heart of Iron is a retelling of Anastasia, but set in, well, for lack of a better phrase, a galaxy far, far away. (*cue Star Wars opening crawl*) And it truly captured my heart.

Enjoy the review, everyone!

 

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Heart of Iron

Ana barely has a clue about her past life. She doesn’t remember parents, siblings, or anything else close to a human family. All she knows is that she was found out in the darkest reaches of space, drifting in a spaceship with her Metal companion, D09. She was later discovered by Captain Siege and her crew of pirates and outlaws aboard the Dossier, and soon found a family to call her own.

Years later, D09 is becoming battered by all of the adventures in the galaxy; his glitches are more frequent, and it is only a matter of time before he shorts out completely. But Ana is dead set on fixing her first friend, and will do anything to save him. For that, she needs a new memory core; and in her desperation, leads the crew of the Dossier to the wreck of a long-lost ship. But upon arriving, she and the crew begin to discover that Ana might not be the orphan that she think she is…

 

OH. MY. GOD.

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YOUR LIFE WILL BE BETTER IF YOU READ THIS BOOK.

 

I loved virtually everything about it. World building? Super fun to visualize, and not to mention amazingly crafted. Characters? I LOVE YOU ALL. I WILL PROTECT YOU ALL AT ANY COST. Plot twists? AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

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Basically my brain cells during/after reading this book. AAAAAAAAAAA

 

So please, sci-fi fan or not, READ. THIS. BOOK. I gurantee your life will improve after doing so. Thank you, Ashley Poston, for this true gem of a book.

AND, the sequel is scheduled for some time in 2019!

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YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH

Also, I have some fan arts underway; one is done, and I’ll probably do a few more.

Well, I hope you have a great rest of your day and week, and PLEASE READ HEART OF IRON. RIGHT THIS INSTANT.

 

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Book Review Tuesday (7/31/18)-The Loneliest Girl in the Universe

Hi, fellow bibliophiles, and welcome to this week’s Book Review Tuesday!

 

Alright, I have two important announcements before I get to this week’s review.

1-Happee Birthdae to Harry Potter, the Boy Who Lived, and the great Queen J.K. Rowling!  I had a chocolate frog today, and we’ve got some great HP decor all over the house (Moaning Myrtle in the toilet, Death Eater wanted posters, assorted chocolate frog cards, etc.).

 

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WOOO!

2-Now for the bad news. I won’t be able to do a Book Review Tuesday next week (August 7), as I will be on vacation in Chicago. I’ll definitely post about that once I get home. I’m pretty excited to go!

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Now, let’s get back on topic. This book was recommended to me by EpicReads, and they gave it LOADS of hype, so I figured it would be worth a try. I later borrowed it at the library (I’m returning it today), and though it didn’t *quite* live up to every inch of the hype, it was definitely a noteworthy novel.

Enjoy the review!

 

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The Loneliest Girl in the Universe

The year is 2067, and humanity has sent ships to the far reaches of the galaxy in search of a habitable planet. Romy Silvers has spent her whole life on the starship Infinity with her astronaut parents. But after her parents die in a mysterious accident, Romy is completely alone, adrift in space. Now the commander of the Infinity, she now has to wait  for years to find a planet, without any human contact, save for messages from NASA and her therapist back on Earth. Just when she thought that her situation could get no better, she receives a message: another ship, the Eternity, is on the lookout for a planet as well, and they may cross paths. Romy is overjoyed by the promise of being with other people after such a long time in complete isolation. She begins communication with the Eternity’s commander, who will only refer to himself as J. But beneath the gentle, casual banter of their emails lie dark secrets best kept hidden…

 

On my rating scale, I think that The Loneliest Girl in the Universe would probably be about a 7 to a 7.5 (a 3.5 by most people’s 5-star standards). Very well thought-out and crafted. The writing was gripping, unpredictable, and suspenseful, and I’ll totally admit that at some points, I’d just finish reading a paragraph and stare at it like:

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MY GOD, SOME OF THOSE PLOT TWISTS, THOUGH…

So, in conclusion, not like, the best book in the universe, but still a really interesting and original novel. It makes me wonder what I would do in a situation akin to Romy’s-completely isolated, with hardly any human contact. I mean, I treasure my alone time, but years and years of almost total isolation…JESUS CHRIST. It’s hard to think about.

 

Have a great rest of your day, and keep on reading! I’ll be back with a review and more soonish! 😉

Book Review Tuesday (7/24/18)-Siege and Storm

Hey there, everyone, and welcome to this week’s Book Review Tuesday!

My review for today is the sequel to Shadow and Bone (See 7/3/18). As soon as I finished it, I just knew that I had to borrow it from the library. And I’m excited to say that it’s just as good as Shadow and Bone, if not better.

Enjoy the review, everyone!

 

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Siege and Storm (Grishaverse, #2)

Alina is now on the run from the Darkling and her own past. Now the Sun Summoner, she and her old friend Mal must lay low to keep her new powers a secret. Her mission now is to find the second Amplifier before the Darkling. But the Darkling’s dark magic is growing more wicked than ever before, and she’ll need more than herself and Mal to defeat him and destroy the Shadow Fold. With the help of unexpected allies at sea, Alina must decide between the friends and country she loves and the magic that’s tearing her apart.

 

OH MY GOD. YOU GUYS SERIOUSLY NEED TO READ THIS SERIES. PLEASE.

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I assure you that you won’t regret it.

 

Siege and Storm was everything that was good about Shadow and Bone, and then some. Alina, the Darkling, and all of the original characters were just as wonderful (okay, “wonderful” probably isn’t the best word to describe the Darkling, but I still love him). And now, we’ve got a bunch of new characters, who are lovable in almost every way. The writing, world building, and everything else in between had me speechless. YESSSSSSSS! YES YES YES YES YES!!!

 

I’ve finished the final book in the trilogy, Ruin and Rising, and all I’ll say for now is…

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ALL THE FEELS.

 

So I’ll get to reviewing that sometime in the near future.

 

Have a great rest of your day, keep on reading, and do not be ashamed if your book feels show!

 

 

 

Book Review Tuesday (7/17/18)-The Young Elites

Hi, everyone, and welcome to this week’s Book Review Tuesday!

 

I’ve been getting into a lot of Marie Lu’s works at the moment. I recently re-read Legend, and I’d forgotten how good it was. I read Warcross some time ago, and I’m dying for Wildcard to come out! And so, I figured I needed to satiate myself while waiting for Wildcard (and for Prodigy to be available at the Kindle library…), I decided to start The Young Elites. And I think it might just be my favorite of Marie Lu’s series now!

I LOVED The Young Elites! I found it to be a lot like X-Men, but set in a world like our own in the Middle Ages. And I’m pretty much a sucker for all things, mutant, so this book was an absolute blast for me. I’ve already bought and started the sequel, The Rose Society, and I’m enjoying it even more than book one.

Enjoy the review!

 

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The Young Elites

Ten years ago, the deadly blood fever swept the world, leaving a trail of death in its wake. But for those who survived, it marked them with gifts that seemed to be given by the gods. Some of the marked are hunted down and burned at the stake; others still are worshipped like gods. Adelina Amouteru is one of the marked, and is still figuring out her powers. But after a run-in with the Inquisitorial Axis, the royal guard whose task is to kill all the marked they find, she meets Enzo, another boy marked by the blood fever who can control fire. He introduces her to the Dagger Society, a league of fellow people marked by the fever who seek to reform the cruel tyranny of the royals. But as Adelina starts to control her powers, she realizes that the world may not be as black and white as she previously thought. Whose side is she really on? And what will the consequences be?

 

As I mentioned earlier, this book is very reminiscient of X-Men, which I absolutely adored. Some of the characters reminded me a lot of some of the characters.

Take Enzo, for example. I was getting some serious Magneto vibes from him. But kind of in a good way.

Kind of.

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I also found Adelina to be a lot like Jean Grey, in a way. Probably not so great for her, but they’re both incredibly awesome.

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There were a few more near-parallels in The Young Elites, but those were the two that I felt worked best. As I’m reading The Rose Society, I’ve found that one of the newer characters is starting to look a little like Nightcrawler. OH YEAH.

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MY FAVORITE OF THE X-MEN!!! Kinda freaking out here, guys…

 

That aside, The Young Elites is such a well-written, action packed, gem of a book.

Okay, that was sort of a pun, sorry. You’ll get it once you read it. But what I’m trying to say is that this is an exceptional series. Please read, it please…

 

Well, I hope you have a great rest of the day, and keep on reading awesome books!

 

*BAMF!*

 

Book Review Tuesday (7/10/18)-One Dark Throne

Hello, fellow bibliophiles, and welcome to this week’s BRT!

Now, before I begin, I’m sorry that BRTs are pretty much all I’ve been posting lately. At some point, I’ll definitely post more fan arts once more have amassed, and a few other noteworthy-ish events should be coming up pretty soon. So, I apologize. I hope you like the book reviews.

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Anyway, as I hinted to a few posts ago (see 6/26/18), this week’s review is One Dark Throne, the extraordinary sequel to Three Dark Crowns! I didn’t expect to enjoy this series as much as I did, but it exceeded all expectations. One Dark Throne was even better than book one, and it got me itching for even more! Unfortunately, the sequel won’t come out until early September, I believe…so in the meantime, have some fun, psych yourself up, and enjoy this review!

 

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One Dark Throne

Katharine, Arsinoe, and Mirabella are now locked in a fierce clash for the crown of Fennbirn. The bets have been placed, and everything the people once thought of the three princesses has been shattered. Katharine, who was once the weakling of the triplets, has proved herself to be a deadly, formidable poisoner. Arsinoe’s Naturalist prowess has been revealed to be a sham; she is a poisoner, and will soon need to master her hidden power before times runs out. Mirabella struggles with her powers and protecting the lives of those around her. Alliances between the sisters break and reform, and it is uncertain who will rise victorious. Who will wear the crown of Fennbirn?

 

OH MY GOD. OH. MY. GOD.

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*HEAVY BREATHING*

One Dark Throne was a truly mind blowing and wonderful sequel. Three Dark Crowns was action-packed and full of intrigue, but One Dark Throne took everything that was good about it and RAN with it. The entire book was filled with incredible twists and turns, and the ending had me absolutely speechless. SPEECHLESS.

Like, THE GOOD KIND OF MARVEL POST-CREDITS-SPEECHLESS. GAH.

Yes, Marvel Post-Credits-Scene. You heard me right. It really did feel like that.

 

I hope you enjoyed this week’s review! Have a great rest of your day, and don’t turn into a steaming puddle like I have! (THE HIGH IS ALMOST 90 DEGREES…*sweats profusely*)

 

 

 

 

 

Book Review Tuesday (7/3/18)-Shadow and Bone

Hello, fellow bookworms, and welcome to the first BRT of July 2018!

 

*static* We interrupt the promised review of One Dark Throne (I’ll do it soon, I promise) with a review of something even better. 

 

I heard about the Shadow and Bone series via EpicReads (super fun site for all you YA book nerds out there 😊), and decided to give it a try. My expectations were for it to be a typical, YA fantasy novel-cliched and annoying at worst, fun and captivating at best. When I actually read it, however, I knew I had discovered something truly wonderful.

Shadow and Bone isn’t just magical fun and romance. It’s an intricately crafted gem of a novel, and an absolute must-read for all diehard YA fantasy fans.

Now for the review. Enjoy!

 

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Shadow and Bone

In the nation of Ravka, there is more than one kind of sea. There is the True Sea, which is like any other you’ll see in your lifetime. And then there is the Shadow Fold, or the UnSea, an ever expanding sea of darkness, crawling with foul creatures that will swallow you whole. Normal humans are virtually powerless against it. Until now, that’s how Alina Starkov, an orphan mapmaker, thought of herself. But after a tragic accident, she reveals that she has unimaginable abilities. Soon, she is sought after by the Grisha, a group of humans with all sorts of magical powers. Leading the Grisha is the Darkling, a secretive man with unimaginable power. The Darkling has taken a special interest in Alina, hoping  that their powers combined could destroy the Shadow Fold forever. But are his intentions really what they seem?

 

WOOOOOOOOOO! I’M OBSESSED WITH THIS SERIES NOW!!!

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Leigh Bardugo has done an excellent job crafting this novel. Even the smallest details are given a wonderful, creative spin, making for a world like no other. Such an intricate, compelling book in every way. Alina, the Darkling (GOD, I LOVE HIM), Genya…everyone! Awesome! YAAAAAH!

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I’ve been looking for a good excuse to put an X-Men gif somewhere…Thanks, Eric. And thank you, Leigh Bardugo, for making a series that is very nearly…perfection. 

I’ve just finished the sequel, Siege and Storm, which I will MOST DEFINITELY review later on!

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Have a great rest of your day, everyone! See you soon!

Book Review Tuesday (6/26/18)-Three Dark Crowns

Hey there, everyone, and welcome to the last BRT of June 2018!

 

I first heard about this book a few months ago. Something like that. It was recommended to me on Goodreads a while back, and all of the hype convinced me to borrow it at the library last week. After reading a ridiculously horrible book (Red Queen. Please, guys, for your sanity and mine, avoid it at all costs), I was pleased to discover how wonderful this book was! A must-read for all fans of the YA fantasy genre!

 

Enjoy this review!

 

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Three Dark Crowns

 

On the island of Fennbirn, there is a good chance you will be born with magical powers. There are the Naturalists, who can control flora and fauna, the Poisoners, who can survive ingesting the most potent of toxins, the Elementals, who can command fire, water, and wind alike, the Warriors, who can control weaponry with their minds, and Oracles, who can see into the future. Ruling over the island is one Queen. Each Queen gives birth to triplets, and only one can be the next heir to the throne of Fennbirn. To determine the winner, the triplets battle to the death.

Katharine, a Poisoner, Arsinoe, a Naturalist, and Mirabella, an Elemental, are next in line for the throne. Once they turn sixteen, they will be pitted against on another in an epic battle for the crown. Katharine appears to be weak, and seems to be destined for death. Arsinoe may be the cleverest of the three, but her Naturalist powers aren’t arriving in the way they should be. Mirabella has already proven herself to be a formidable Elemental, and the odds are turning out in her favor. But who is truly destined for the throne of Fennbirn?

 

 

WOW.

This might just be some of the best fantasy I’ve read all year.

Not only is it a creative and well-written book, it is nothing short of thrilling. Action-packed, fast-paced, and gripping, with twists and turns around every corner. No spoilers, but I’ll just say that the ending basically had me staring at the book like:

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I just finished the sequel, One Dark Throne, so I’ll probably be reviewing it in the next few weeks or so. And now I have to wait until September for Book 3…

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Welp…*sighs* I hope you have a great rest of your day!