“If you plan to kill me, you’d better be quick.” – Freya
Let’s get something out of the way before we begin this review: I have a thing for anything royal, paranormal, mythical, or magical. So my choice of books shouldn’t surprise anyone. Like this one, which you can tell from the title must have something to do with royalty…
I wasn’t sure how I felt about this book at first, there weren’t really any bad or good feelings towards it. It was pretty neutral, however, once I started reading I was once again sucked into a world I didn’t want t leave! I LOVED this story so much! For one, Rhiannon Thomas sure knows how to write a compelling story with interesting characters and plot twists! She was able to tie science, mystery, royalty, and just a touch of romance all together!
My absolute favorite aspect of Long May She Reign was the main character Freya. I don’t think I have ever related to a character so much before. She’s awkward, a bit insecure, has no idea what to do when it comes to boys, super introverted, and just pretty much relatable. She’s always questioning and overthinking, yet sound in her decisions. You can feel her confidence in herself grow. As I read, I was continuously wide-eyed and laughing because of how much she minded me of me. Here’s just a couple snapshots of my favorite scenes:
Enough about Freya and her amazing character quirks; I found the plot fascinating. I mean, really, twenty-third in line to the throne and literally everyone before you dies? That’s what caught my eye, Freya had no intention for the throne, I pretty sure the ten in line before her didn’t either, yet she gets it. Because she ditched a party that turned into a mass murder. Talk about luck… To top that off, people turn against her and she has no-one to trust, not even her father. There are definitely some twists and turns in this story. If you like rollercoasters, literally or figuratively, jump on and enjoy the ride. See how a queen of science rules a kingdom that doesn’t want her.
“She killed Grace, and now she’s after you.” – Sofia
Mean Girls meets The Craft in this read! That’s really the only way to describe The Merciless; there’s no way to expect the unexpected. I’ll be honest, it was a slow read at first and it was a bit of a struggle to stay interested in it (however, that could also be because I was in a bit of a reading stump). But boy oh BOY! Once you hit that certain chapter, you are in for one hell of a ride (no pun intended). (more…)
“…the only thing I can clearly remember is dying.” – Ever
Coping with death is hard, and how do you cope with the death of your entire family? Is there a right or wrong way? And how do you deal with the weird psychic powers you get waking up after?
Alyson Noël has created a world much different from the usual, its mysterious and attracting. It’s full of angst and love, death and secrets; it even mixes teenage drama and paranormal excitement. Though the paranormal part is a tad different from the usual stuff like vampires and werewolves. Noël plays with a fascinating idea that I wish I could just give away, but that would give away part of the plot!
The title, Evermore, is appealing in itself. It actually give a little foreshadowing to the story, here’s a hint: always. Always what though? Well that I can’t say. Besides that, one of the simple signs in this first installment to a six-book series that I adore are the red tulips that Ever always seems to receive. Because red tulips are reserved just for her… (more…)
“They did catch me, and then they put me in the barn.” – Lillian
The struggle between magic and science doesn’t end. There’s a new lesson to be learned, one that is constantly reiterated with every story; everything has consequences. There is a reason why you aren’t suppose to steal things from other worlds, learning and stealing are two very different things. (more…)
“Then there was nothing, nothing at all.” – Fallen
Let me start by saying thatFallen was a sinfully delicious read. The way light and darkness are twisted together is alluring, captivating the mind to take a deeper look into this twisted love story. Covers always draw me in first and this cover was not a disappointing; sexy and creepy, with a one word title was perfection for this book.
I found the idea/story line forTrial By Fire interesting and unique; it was something new and it was something I was looking for in a book, I just didn’t realize it until I opened the pages. Once I started this adventure, I couldn’t put it down. Page after page, my mind couldn’t stop thinking ‘what’s going to happen next?!‘ I think that’s when you know it’s going to be a great read, because this book is one of my new favorites!
“And then I hear singing… Before the dragging. Before the screaming.” – Penny, The Bargaining
I am not a fan of scary, creepy, thrilling, or suspenseful books. I very much prefer books in the Fictional/Paranormal/Young Adult/Romance genre. I am a hopeless romantic who loves fantasy and mythical creatures so those genres call to me, like a siren calling a sailor. However, while browsing in the book section of Walmart one day, the cover to The Bargaining drew me in (though I ended up purchasing it at a Barnes & Noble). The simplicity and detail of the girl in the woods is eye-catching, as well as the fine printed “The North Woods are calling…”
“It’s pointless. Cards don’t have ears. And I no longer have a head.”
– Alyssa Gardner, Splintered
We all know of Lewis Carroll’s classic Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and we’ve seen Disney’s classic animation as well as the movie with Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter; but what if Wonderland wasn’t as wonderful as Carroll and Disney portrayed it to be?