Blood Rose Rebellion

I was highly anticipating Blood Rose Rebellion ever since I heard it pitched as “Red Queen meets Les Misérables.” Unfortunately, the end result ended up being rather underwhelming and unsatisfactory, and I was just hoping for a bit more. Despite being born to a powerful, magical family, 16-year-old Anna is a Barren – someone without…

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Long May She Reign

Long May She Reign is an engaging and well-written fantasy, but, plotwise, there isn’t anything about it to differentiate it from all the other YA fantasies that have been published. 17-year-old Freya was never meant to be queen. Twenty-third in line to the throne, she has always been content staying in her laboratory and conducting…

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Carve the Mark

Veronica Roth’s Divergent has always brought up contradictory feelings within me: Roth’s world-building was severely lacking, yet the book itself was action-packed and impossible to put down. Interestingly enough, I feel completely the opposite about Carve the Mark: the world is intriguing (albeit a bit unoriginal), but the pacing is excruciatingly slow. On the planet…

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Blood for Blood

Truths make the best lies. Wolf by Wolf was one of my favorite books of 2015, so I was anxious to see how Yael’s story continued in Blood for Blood. While I didn’t quite enjoy Blood for Blood as much as I did Wolf by Wolf, it was still a thrilling and entertaining story from…

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Heartless

“But hoping,” he said, “is how the impossible can be possible after all.” Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles quartet is one of my favorite series, so it’s no surprise that I have been highly anticipating her new standalone Heartless from the moment I first heard about it. And Heartless doesn’t disappoint. All Catherine wants is to…

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Crooked Kingdom

“Sometimes,” said Kaz, “a proper thief doesn’t just take. He leaves something behind.” Crooked Kingdom has been one of my most anticipated releases of 2016 ever since I finished it’s brilliant predecessor Six of Crows. Luckily, I was not disappointed. Leigh Bardugo manages to take all of the stunning characterization, wonderful romance, and intricately plotted…

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