Rosemarked ~ Review

Rosemarked (Rosemarked #1)Rosemarked by Livia Blackburne

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The main characters in this book were fantastic! I loved how they evolved and grew as the book went on, with Zivah doubting herself and coming to terms with her illness and what she needs to do in order to save her people. It was also really interesting that for most of the book, Dineas was basically two people. The secondary characters didn’t really have a lot of personality or background so it was hard to get a read on them. It was hard to tell if Arxa was actually a bad person or if he was just doing his duty, and the prince didn’t really have any backstory to give us more information on his actions.

I love fantasy books and this one was definitely completely different than anything else I’ve ever read. I loved the world and how we get information about the creatures that live in the different areas through Zivah’s healing skills, and I thought the inclusion of Dineas’ crows was really interesting and different.

I really liked how this book was easy to read and didn’t add in any unnecessary words or descriptions like some fantasy books can do, it just got straight to the point with plain language.

Basically they are trying to stop the Amparan Empire from taking over their people and lands, and for a lot of the book it seems that they aren’t really working towards that goal. It almost felt like they would be into their own lives and then suddenly remember what they went into the Empire for. That could be because Dineas doesn’t remember the mission for most of the book. For me it actually worked because it felt like the plot was more character driven than anything else.

I definitely was entertained and was interested in the book the entire time, even though I have a ton of other books calling my name I knew I had to finish this book to see where it left off, although with the ending I wasn’t really craving more so I don’t know if I will continue on with the next book.

Queen of Hearts ~ Review

Queen of Hearts (Queen of Hearts Saga, #1)Queen of Hearts by Colleen Oakes

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This is my first review using Book Roasts’ rating system. So far I like using this system because it makes me think more critically about the books I read instead of rating based on emotions. This system should make my ratings more in line with how I actually feel about the book as a whole.

Dinah was very bratty and didn’t really seem to grasp the issues and tension happening around her. She knew her father hated her and was violent, yet didn’t think that he would want to kill her. She didn’t seem to be able to make connections between Vittiore and Faina, which in my mind, was something that she should’ve been able to see. She was also very self-centered and only thought about herself, never thinking about how her half-sister may feel about being thrust into royalty. The secondary characters didn’t really stand out to me, we never got any sort of backstory or personalities from any of them.

I’ve never read Alice in Wonderland, so I’m not sure how true to the original this retelling of the Queen of Hearts is, but I definitely did enjoy the atmosphere and the setting.

I liked the authors writing style, it was very simple and easy to read, which made this book a quick read for me. There wasn’t really anything that stood out to me as fantastic though.

The plot was okay, its really a lot of Dinah hating her father and her sister, and having tantrums about how she doesn’t want to deal with them. She loves Wardley, but I really don’t get that feeling of love for him and it feels more like she loves the idea of him. It almost felt like there really wasn’t any clear plot lines, the real action happens in the second half of the book, where Dinah sneaks into the Black Towers and finds out her father wants to kill her. Then she escapes. That’s pretty much it.

If this book had been longer, I don’t know if I would’ve finished it. I don’t think I’ll be continuing on with the series, because I just didn’t feel invested in the characters and the story.

From Dinah’s perspective, everything makes sense because she is so preoccupied and invested in her own thoughts and feelings that it could be plausible that she doesn’t notice the connections that appear easily to the reader, even though the plot takes place over the course of a few months, during which she forgets things that she made a point to notice and wonder about, such as the mountain symbol in the tunnels. It just didn’t seem logical to me that she wouldn’t put two and two together, because she does seem like a smart character she just doesn’t use her mind for anything.

I kind of enjoyed the book, although it’s not something that I will think about afterwards. It’s like reading the back of a cereal box, just something to do when you’re bored. Like I mentioned, I won’t be continuing with the series despite the cliffhanger ending, it just didn’t interest me as much as I had hoped. As far as a quick one day read, it was fine. It felt almost as though the book was unfinished and didn’t really have any emotions to it.

Warbreaker ~ Review

Warbreaker (Warbreaker, #1)Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Oh. My. God. Brandon Sanderson is a genius! This book was so amazing! I listened to the audiobook and I’ve never listened to one before, and this was a great introduction. I loved the plot and the magic system was extremely interesting. The characters developed and changed as the book went on, and if I had to choose a favorite character I don’t think I could do it because I love them all so much in different ways! I actually laughed out loud at parts of the audiobook because the dialogue between some characters was so witty and it was just…I really have no words that can describe how I feel about this book right now!

The ending was fantastic and Brandon Sanderson better get working on that second book because I need it in my life now. He is quickly becoming my favorite author, and I’ve ordered more of his books because his writing and the worlds he creates are absolutely fantastic.

DEFINITELY recommend this book to anyone who loves fantasy or political scheming!

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The Darkest Part of the Forest ~ Review

The Darkest Part of the ForestThe Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Overall, I really liked this book. I read this in less than a day, which was really refreshing after all the week long reads I’ve had recently. I love Holly Black’s take on the Fae, and I feel like its more believable than other stories where the Fae are friendly and everyone is told they are dangerous, but they don’t really do much of anything to support that claim. My favorite character is definitely Jack and I feel so bad for him throughout the story for being looked down on for being different and an outsider in Fairfold.

I honestly really did not like Hazel at all. 10 pages in and I already knew that I didn’t like her because she seemed so shallow and unemotional. She says repeatedly how she flirts but doesn’t care about what it does to other people’s feelings, and her brother Ben mentions as well how she is always breaking hearts but to Hazel its just something to do to pass the time. It just makes her sound so immature, and I feel like she doesn’t really develop past that point. She seems immature to me throughout the entire book.

I loved that instead of the girl getting the prince, its actually the boy who gets the prince and it was so satisfying to see that happen!

Overall, I definitely enjoyed this standalone book and can’t wait to read more of Holly’s books! Definitely recommend!

The Song of Achilles ~ Review

The Song of AchillesThe Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow, trying to pin down exactly which bookshelf that I should put this on was hard!

Its a retelling of Achilles and the Trojan war, which, to be quite honest, I do not know much about. I’ve never really read a lot of Greek Mythology other than required readings way back in high school, so again, I don’t know how much of this is the author adding things in to make the story more interesting. I absolutely loved Patroclus and his relationship with Achilles, although I didn’t really like Achilles himself in this. For me, I wasn’t really invested in Achilles at all and I felt kinda “meh” about him the entire book. I feel like he took Patroclus for granted and at some points cared more about himself than he did about Patroclus.

I also really disliked Agamemnon, but if I recall correctly, I hated him when I had to read the play about him as well so that doesn’t really surprise me.

I’m giving this book 4.5 stars, because I really did like the story itself, but some of the characters annoyed me.

Hunting Prince Dracula ~ Review

Hunting Prince Dracula (Stalking Jack the Ripper, #2)Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book was so fantastic and I absolutely cannot wait for the next book in the series! I totally thought I had it all figured out who the murderer was, and of course I was way off base, and it surprised me who the murderer really was. It took me a little longer than usual to read this book, but not because of the book itself. I seem to be entering into a reading slump. *Sigh*

I absolutely love the interactions between Audrey Rose and Thomas, they are definitely one of my favorite literary couples ever. They just compliment each other so well and I love how they bounce ideas off of each other.

The reveal of Thomas’ ancestry was also something that I didn’t see coming, and it honestly made me love him even more (if that’s even possible).

I highly recommend reading this series if you enjoy YA murder mysteries, because it’s fantastic!

Black Bird of the Gallows ~ Review

Black Bird of the GallowsBlack Bird of the Gallows by Meg Kassel

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I got this book in a PageHabit box, and went into the story not knowing anything about it (I didn’t even read the back cover)! I was actually very surprised by how much I liked this book. I’m a huge fantasy lover, but I’ve never read a book that was centered around the harbingers before, so it was very new and interesting to me to finally read a book that was focused on their curse. I loved Angie and how passionate she is about her music, and how her relationship with Reece isn’t over the top or overly sexualized. I also like how she was able to keep a clear head and didn’t let her feelings for him get in the way of doing what she wanted, unlike a lot of books that I’ve read this year. The ending also kind of surprised me as well, which is hard to do. I really hope that there is a follow up book to this, because I would definitely want to read it!

Here in Berlin ~ Review

Here in BerlinHere in Berlin by Cristina García

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I got this book in one of my PageHabit boxes, and went into it without any background on the book, I didn’t even read the synopsis of the book! I did really enjoy it, although I thought it was going to go back to the first few characters because I wanted to hear more about their lives. Some of the stories were more interesting than others, although they all provided a snapshot of their experiences during WWII. The book rambled on and each chapter was like a different book, but with the authors writing style and the contents of the book it actually worked well. My favorite story was the one about the boy who was taken captive on the submarine, I wish that it would’ve followed him a bit more. Some of the stories were also related to each other, where you would see someone from one story as a background character in another. Overall, I definitely enjoyed the book, I just wish it would’ve had a smaller focus, maybe 4 or 5 different people to follow around.

Before I Go to Sleep – Review

Before I Go to SleepBefore I Go to Sleep by S.J. Watson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this book, although it almost had pretty much the same plot as a previous book I read, called The Twilight Wife. I’m not sure which book came first or if one took inspiration from the other, but that is what made me give this book 4 stars instead of 5, because I already knew the plot and what would happen. The main difference between the two books is that in this one, Christine forgets everything from the day before when she goes to sleep, and in The Twilight Wife, Kyra cannot remember anything before or after her accident. Other than that, it was a great read and I flew through it in a few hours!

Stalking Jack the Ripper Review

Stalking Jack the Ripper (Stalking Jack the Ripper, #1)Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow I really enjoyed this book! I love the interactions between Audrey Rose and Thomas and how it wasn’t really a lovey-dovey romance between them. The fact that they aren’t so in love with each other that they can’t see what is going on around them is really refreshing when it comes to YA reads. The “twist” at the end I definitely saw coming, but then again it is VERY hard for a plot twist to actually shock or surprise me. I liked how Kerri actually used pieces of history to form the basis for her book, it made the entire thing feel more realistic even though no one really knows what happened to Jack the Ripper in real life. I thoroughly enjoyed how Audrey Rose didn’t conform to society and stood up for herself and didn’t let anyone tell her what to do and was a fantastic main character and I cannot wait to pick up book two so I can follow Audrey Rose and Thomas’ journey together!
Definitely one of my favorite reads of October, and I highly recommend it!