CARVE THE MARK BY VERONICA ROTH BOOK REVIEW

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5/5

I started this book in good faith (meaning I didn’t read the blurb) mainly because I read the synopsis sometimes last year and while I couldn’t remember what the book was about except it’s supposed to be a dystopian novel (or sci-fi ? ) I remembered I had interest in it and also because of the divergent series. I only read book one of the trilogy- divergent; I saw the movie first and  It’s rare for me to enjoy both book and the movie adaptation, it’s either I like the book and not the movie or vice versa so if I happen to watch the movie before reading the book I usually don’t bother except in rare cases (Twilight series, Fifty shade series, currently struggling to read the mortal instrument series but that series is loooong and the only reason am making an effort is because I want to read the spin offs and I hear Jace are not really related Clary ).

I liked the movie so I read divergent while waiting on Insurgent & Allegiant ( the movies). I liked, not enough to continue the series but enough  for Veronica Roth  to get on my authors I read list . She didn’t disappoint. Like I said before I didn’t read the blurb so I had to keep guessing at what the book might be about and when I thought I had an idea of what the conflict is, it got sorted and a new one arise. I like the way it ended; with a cliff hanger but not one so great to make me spiral.

I don’t what to say too much about it since it just got published and I don’t want to spoil it for anybody but I wanted to recommend it incase anyone was in doubt whether to pick it up or not plus there’s some kind of controversies surrounding this book that I don’t understand but I think it’s a cool book and worth recommending.

I rate this book 4/5 and I recommend it to all lovers of good writing, well detailed world and good plot. Looking forward to the next book, thumbs up to Veronica Roth she’s amazing and I give this book a glowing recommendation.

WINTER (THE LUNAR CHRONICLES, #4) by MARISSA MEYER

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Written -Monday, January 23, 2017 4:43 PM

Posted – Friday, January 27, 2017 09:00 PM

 

What I love- it’s very fast paced and it will keep you at the very edge of your seat with occasional nail bites as things go wrong , get sorted and then crumble all over again. The characters are like cats with nine lives that keeps coming back for more. The only other series that’s has being able to ignite this sort of breathe held, fingers crossed reaction will be the six of crows duology and I rate six of crows series above this is because …..well it’s six of crows.

The series is a  fairy tale retelling

Cinder a cyborg mechanic that just wanted was acceptance and maybe the prince

Scarlet  just wanted to save her grandmother and she enlisted the help of a fighter named wolf

Cress a brilliant hacker imprisoned on a satellite waiting to be rescued by prince charming

Winter the beloved of people and her guard although said to be crazy

I give this series a 5/5 and Winter 5/5

Favorite Reads of 2016

I read 101 books in 2016, that’s if am excluding some series I decided to stop or books I didn’t want to continue. Out of this 101 I picked my top favorites, most are series that’ll be continuing this year (…cough….A Court of Wings and Ruin…. …..swoon. The ones that I already reviewed will be linked, I might do a later review for the top five I mentioned that hasn’t been reviewed yet ).

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1.Throne of glass & A Court of Thorn and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas : I think the two series don’t need any introduction seeing as throne of glass has been optioned for a TV series and A Court of Mist and Fury (book 2 in of A Court of Thorns and Roses) winning the number one spot on goodreads for best young adult  fantasy & Sci Fi choice award for 2016. I just started reading the throne of glass series(one book in) but from the good reputation the book has and the fact that  Sarah J. Maas books always goes uphill as her series continues I know it’ll be a favorite in 2017. A COURT OF MIST AND FURY BY SARAH J. MASS (BOOK REVIEW)

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2.Six of Crows duology by Leigh Bardugo- First the covers….amazing, and although we’re not supposed to judge a book by it’s cover (note to self) the cover alone tells you what the book is like; captivating, fast paced ,wonderful plot with the best gang for an impossible heist .The series is completed I think (it’s the books you want to last that ends up being a duology or standalone

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3.It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover -this won Magnus Chase series by a margin but the book talked about a strong conflict and breaking a chain that it deserved to be on the top 3 list. Love the way it ended.IT ENDS WITH US BY COLLEEN HOOVER [BOOK REVIEW]

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4.Magnus chase & Percy Thompson series by Rick Riorden-very funny, I think the funniest series have read also I like the way religion issue (Sam being a Muslim) was handled in the Magnus Chase series. Fantasy writers tend to do a poor and insulting job of it while trying to create their world.

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5.Night huntress series by Jeaniene Frost and Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs-( I group them together because the books rate the same with me). Adam is my second favorite male character while bones is my 3rd. Although I’ve not finish reading the rest of the books in both series cuz I binge read the series up to the 6th book I think and the other stories that happened in the world that it became too much and I needed to take a break (when I read more than 5 books in a series at a stretch I tend to get the too full syndrome). kudos to Patricia Briggs also for her blend of religion in the series

 

Other books worthy of note cuz they’re awesome and this post would have been too long if included in the list

    1. The Others series by Anne Bishop
    2. Covenant series by Jennifer L. Armentrout
    3. Shatter me series by Tahereh Mafi
    4. Poison Study series Maria V. Snyder
    5. Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews
    6. The lunar chronicles series by Marissa Meyer
    7. Falling kingdom by Morgan Rhodes-Fallen kingdom should probably be way up but I’ve only read one out of the series and although I would very much like to continue it hasn’t reach that spot for me yet.

 

 

IT ENDS WITH US BY COLLEEN HOOVER [BOOK REVIEW]

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Even though I don’t like too colorful or bright things or too much detail going on (it hurts my eyes and sometimes brain) but still…….wow , that looks beautiful.

Another book not on my August tbr but head butted itself into my August reads, IT ENDS WITH US BY COLLEEN HOOVER.

This is completely spoilers free and am not even going to add the blurb cuz I would love if everyone  read it the way I did ,with absolutely no idea what the book was about. I didn’t read the blurb and had no idea what the book was about except that it’s romanced themed and that I got when I peeked at the last page to know if the ending is something I can handle emotionally. So I  read  the ending and thought sweet…. I could do with some fluff right now (how wrong I was). I can’t really say much about this book without giving out spoilers but this I can say, it’s a great book and I don’t think anyone can possibly find fault with except maybe wish things had worked out different with  a certain character while still understanding reason things didn’t (someone like me).

What I can say about the book: it’s a romance themed book but not the “he’s perfect and could do no wrong” or “I want him but can’t have him” or even the annoying love triangles that seems to be the craze of the moment. The characters are well developed, mature and most especially real people and with real problems. I really wanna write more about this book but I can’t seem to find the right words that would express how I really feel plus with the no spoilers cap………..

I give it a 5 out 5…….Ryle has definitely made it into my favorite male characters (not for the same reason others are on it, maybe I’ll do a post on my current favorite male characters from a book and actors I’ll like to play them if made into a book…….hmmm….that’s an idea).

 

How are you? Good ? Great ………. Skirtdiary21

THE STAR TOUCHED QUEEN (BOOK REVIEW)

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“Fate and fortune. Power and passion. What does it take to be the queen of a kingdom when you’re only seventeen?

 

Maya is cursed. With a horoscope that promises a marriage of death and destruction, she has earned only the scorn and fear of her father’s kingdom. Content to follow more scholarly pursuits, her whole world is torn apart when her father, the Raja, arranges a wedding of political convenience to quell outside rebellions. Soon Maya becomes the queen of Akaran and wife of Amar. Neither roles are what she expected: As Akaran’s queen, she finds her voice and power. As Amar’s wife, she finds something else entirely: Compassion. Protection. Desire…

 

But Akaran has its own secrets—thousands of locked doors, gardens of glass, and a tree that bears memories instead of fruit. Soon, Maya suspects her life is in danger. Yet who, besides her husband, can she trust? With the fate of the human and Otherworldly realms hanging in the balance, Maya must unravel an ancient mystery that spans reincarnated lives to save those she loves the most…including herself.”

 

Four main points from this book;

1.IT’S THE MOST CONFUSING BOOK HAVE READ SO FAR: There are names in this book I can’t pronounce (actually I think there’s not a name in the book I can pronounce). The beings in the novel has confusing names that does nothing in telling what they are and what they do and even the ones that were explained? I think the explanation just makes things worst. And sometimes the poetry can be sweet, swoon worthy but also choking and disconcerting the same paragraph  ,

 

“Although I had never envisioned marriage, I had thought of love. Not the furtive love I heard muffled in the corners or rooms of some of the harem wives. What I wanted was a connection, a shared heartbeat that kept rhythm across oceans and worlds. I didn’t want the prince from the folktales or some milk-skinned, honey-eyed youth who said his greetings and proclaimed his love in the same breath. I wanted a love thick with time, as inscrutable as if a lathe had carved it from night and as familia”

“I want to share whole worlds with you and write your name in the stars.”

“I want to measure eternity with your laughter.”

The fu*k that means?

I have no understanding of the world or the palace, am still trying to wrap my head around a room/world? and already am being thrust into another(Calm the muse and gimme a chance to catch up will you?) .

2.MAYA IS A FOOL: How many times could one person possibly screw up before wising up(her screw up’s just two but it feels like a hundred), I mean hasn’t she heard the advice not to rush into judgment before you’ve had all your facts?.what’s worst is her judgments are usually not the easy ones that can easily be retraced but huge world damming decisions that not only affects her but her ‘love’ at best and the ‘world’ at worst. I mean seriously I felt like reaching my hand inside to smack some sense into her like ‘girl cool your horses, get your facts straight before plunging the knife into the tree or jumping into the reincarnation pool….seriously!’.  And of course all is forgiving and wrongs are made right but has she really learnt her lessons ?. Also Amar’s the most boring love interest have ever read in a book with all the power he has, I mean I can’t pin point just one thing to make him stand out. Sure he’s powerful and all but all I can remember about him is him pinning away for his love and “standing beside her,not in front or behind but in front’. I mean seriously? (I find my self saying this a lot throughout the book). I hate to compare books cuz that’s unwise and unfair but I can’t help myself here, Tamlin too needed saving but even in his “captivity” he still managed to project power and while Feyre was doing the work trying to free him, Sarah J Mass still managed not to let him go into oblivion in the process. I think authors are so engulfed in trying to make badass heroines that they sometimes write the hero into oblivion. Feyre is powerful but so is Tamlin and  Rhys is another level of badass, he probably gave the word meaning.

 

3.I RATE IT 3 OUT OF 5: Despite it’s shortcomings  I still enjoyed reading the book. It gave a fresh kind of view into human character, shortcomings and defects , how powerful a split moment decision can be . Whether for good or evil. And also the consequences that can come with them. Because it’s a book with an ending things get sorted but in real life things don’t always happen like that. Split second decisions that takes us away from things that could have made us happy for the rest of our life, things that could have brought us to completion and truly quench the aches of our heart. Life is very precarious and sometimes we don’t realize it, like the thread in the novel a yank could lead either way. This novel really stirred me up and it’s a cool breeze from the usual fairy-tale story (though I love me fairy-tales, life is hard enough. Books are means of escape). I really enjoy this book despite the fact it was confusing and choking a times (there’s a glossary at the end though, I didn’t read it but it’s available. Just thought to mention that ), I don’t like things that confuse me ( it’ll bug at me till I find answers ….stressful) I still like the book so 3 out of 5 and I’LL STILL RECOMMEND IT (never going to reread it though).

4.KUDOS TO ROSHANI CHOKSHI- I  think this’s her first book (I could be wrong, don’t quote me on that) and it really is not bad for a debut, definitely not less just too much.

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A COURT OF MIST AND FURY BY SARAH J. MASS (BOOK REVIEW)

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I read the first book last month i.e A Court Of Thorns And Roses and I liked it a lot so I immediately picked up the second book in the series to read but then I stopped few chapters in ( like 100+ pages in) because it seems the plot was changing and what the first book was built on was slowly being erased. I hate when that happens in books , to have everything have absorbed so far in a book twisted and changed throws me in a loop so I stopped reading. I was a fool. Am so glad I picked the book back up this month after reading countless reviews about how good it was and it wasn’t a lie, it was good which made me  angry at myself that I waited this long to read it but it was also  kind of cool , it’s like finding a treasure.

like everyone’s being saying about this book ,it’s awesome!. The series is my first Sarah J. Mass book and I can’t wait to read her other published works.

 

SPOILERS!!!!!!!!!!!!

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What I really loved about the book was how she introduced the relationship between Feyre and Rhys, it wasn’t rushed. After all she endured for Tamlin in the first book would have had problem understanding if she had just throne it all away for a new love interest . She allowed Feyre to work through her issues first and slowly etched out the relationship between her and Tamlin but not by painting Tamlin as the bad guy at least not straight away. The way she found out she was Rhys’ mate…..priceless. I really really  really like the book for that, sometimes things don’t work out. People change and sometimes we don’t want to accept that cuz letting go even when it’s the right thing to do can be very hard.

Definitely like Rhys more than Tamlin especially after the stupid thing he did at the end. I think the guy’s just broken. Rhys just became my second male fiction character (Adam’s the first, from Mercy Thompson series)

What I learnt from the book

New things is not always bad. Change is constant, we can either work with it  or against it but either way it’ll happen and what we do with it will determine if we’ll stay stuck in the past or soar with the wind to the future. New things can be scary (at least to me it is, except we’re talking gadgets ) but it’s almost never bad (except when it is). Life is what we make it to be.

Patiently waiting for the next installment

I give it 10/10