Book Review: Ruin and Rising (Shadow and Bone#3) by Leigh Bardugo

Ruin and Rising (Shadow and Bone#3) by Leigh Bardugo

Publisher: Henry Holt and Company

Genre: Fantasy and Young Adult

Release Date: June 17, 2014

Pages: 422 (Hardcover)

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The capital has fallen.

The Darkling rules Ravka from his shadow throne.

Now the nation’s fate rests with a broken Sun Summoner, a disgraced tracker, and the shattered remnants of a once-great magical army.

Deep in an ancient network of tunnels and caverns, a weakened Alina must submit to the dubious protection of the Apparat and the zealots who worship her as a Saint. Yet her plans lie elsewhere, with the hunt for the elusive firebird and the hope that an outlaw prince still survives.

Alina will have to forge new alliances and put aside old rivalries as she and Mal race to find the last of Morozova’s amplifiers. But as she begins to unravel the Darkling’s secrets, she reveals a past that will forever alter her understanding of the bond they share and the power she wields. The firebird is the one thing that stands between Ravka and destruction—and claiming it could cost Alina the very future she’s fighting for.

The Shadow and Bone series has it all (or did). Great dialogue, gruesome fights, and some of the finest humour out there. With this said, I had very little expectations for Ruin and Rising the third and final novel in the series. The Darkling plays such a large role in this series. Not only as the villain but as an ally and a lover, and I just…I didn’t see his importance here. To be completely honest, I didn’t see anything, no growth from the most beloved characters. Although I admit, Bardugo is the queen of twists and turns, I got very few twists except that one fucking huge one that made my eyes water.

Because in all actuality, what the hell happened? There was so much tension, so much build up in the first book that completely fell flat by the end of this one. This love triangle is just getting out of hand. It’s stupid and I hate it now. Bardugo used a great twist and something unique, to tie everything in a nice, sloppily done bow. How the war goes down is just not logical. It really isn’t. Moreover, the actual ending is not anything special. It’s so unlike the story that I think a lot of her fans are having an extremely hard time with it.

Nonetheless, Bardugo did put in one large plot twists, showing her brilliance through beautiful writing. I do like some of the secondary characters a lot more than before. Like Zoya, who has a great sense of humour and Nikola–everything about him, he’s kind of amazing.

It’s the classic ‘last book in the series’ syndrome. Many second books are cursed with being boring but the last book is always cursed with leaving many readers unsatisfied. And I am apart of that group of readers. I actually had to re-read the war because it was so fast, so clean, I just couldn’t believe it. Shadow and Bone is still an amazing series, just keep your expectations of this book low.

3.5 Interesting Clouds

Click here to see my review of Shadow and Bone.

Click here to see my review of Siege and Storm (Shadow and Bone#2).

Favourite Book Quotes of the Week#41

A list of my favourite quotes from books I’ve read in the past week. Leave a comment/link telling me what your favourite quotes are! I’ll be sure to check your post out too!

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Tandem (Many Worlds Trilogy#1) by Anna Jarzab

15829686Favourite quotes:

1. “When you’re deep undercover like that, you learn pretty quickly that facts aren’t people. They’re just facts. That’s what makes what you’re doing–what I did–so difficult. Friends, family…they can just tell when something’s not right, even if they never figure out why.”

2. “If there’s anything I learned from my mother, it’s that power makes you just as vulnerable as it makes you strong. People want to use you for it, or take it from you, all the same.”

Book Review: Sweet Peril (Sweet#2) by Wendy Higgins

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Sweet Peril (Sweet#2) by Wendy Higgins

Publisher: HarperTeen

Genre: Fantasy and Young Adult

Release Date: April 30, 2013

Pages: 371 (Paperback)

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Anna Whitt, the daughter of a guardian angel and a demon, promised herself she’d never do the work of her father—polluting souls. She’d been naive to make such a vow. She’d been naive about a lot of things.

Haunted by demon whisperers, Anna does whatever she can to survive, even if it means embracing her dark side and earning an unwanted reputation as her school’s party girl. Her life has never looked more bleak. And all the while there’s Kaidan Rowe, son of the Duke of Lust, plaguing her heart and mind.

When an unexpected lost message from the angels surfaces, Anna finds herself traveling the globe with Kopano, son of Wrath, in an attempt to gain support of fellow Nephilim and give them hope for the first time. It soon becomes clear that whatever freedoms Anna and the rest of the Neph are hoping to win will not be gained without a fight. Until then, Anna and Kaidan must put aside the issues between them, overcome the steamiest of temptations yet, and face the ultimate question: is loving someone worth risking their life?

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This series has just about everything that annoys me in it– a whiny main character, an overrated love triangle, ‘the chosen one’ who isn’t very special, etc. But the thing is, I love it. I actually enjoy this series! There’s only a few things that actually pisses me off about this series and I like to call it one of my guilty pleasures.

In Sweet Peril, Anna is more annoying than she was in the first one, constantly thinking about Kaidan and not enough on the tasks at hand. I felt just about ready to smack her a few times. the romance between Kope and Zania is also another issue for me because it’s not realistic how a woman who despises men would do something against that after only a few weeks of kindness from one. But that’s not why I’m giving it such an average rating. It has to do with the ending and how melodramatic it is. There’s a great penultimate chapter and then just a ‘meh’ ending which drove me insane.

But, I did like the characters a little more this time around even though Jay isn’t around most of the novel. I loved how dark this one is compared to Sweet Evil because it’s a bit scary and a hell of a lot more fun to read about all of the dangerous things that Anna has to do. Speaking of dark parts, the romance is steamy and so very hot. Higgins doesn’t hold back at all when Anna and Kaidan are in the same room and I absolutely love it! 

With only the finally book in this series left, I’m really hoping for a killer ending that will leave me satisfied. I really loved the characters and the different settings that take place in this one but I didn’t enjoy Anna for most of the novel and he obsession over Kaidan. Still, I recommend this novel to anyone who has read the first one and readers who enjoy stories about angels and demons and half angels and all of their sexiness.

3 Clouds
3 Clouds

 

For quotes from this book, click here.

Book Review: My EX From Hell (The Blooming Goddess Trilogy#1) by Tellulah Darling

15749326Book Review: My EX From Hell (The Blooming Goddess Trilogy#1) by Tellulah Darling

Publisher: Te Da Media

Genre: Fantasy and young adult

Release Date: April 1, 2013

Pages: 272 (Ebook)

My Ex From Hell (The Blooming Goddess Trilogy #1)

 

Sixteen-year-old Sophie Bloom wishes she’d been taught the following:

a) Bad boy’s presence (TrOuBlE) + teen girl’s brain (DraMa) = TrAuMa (Highly unstable and very volatile.)
b) The Genus Greekulum Godissimus is notable for three traits: 1) awesome abilities, 2) grudges, and 3) hook-ups, break-ups, and in-fighting that puts cable to shame.

Prior to the Halloween dance, Sophie figures her worst problems involve adolescent theatrics, bitchy yoga girls, and being on probation at her boarding school for mouthy behaviour. Then she meets bad boy Kai and gets the kiss that rocks her world.

Literally.

This breath stealing lip lock reawakens Sophie’s true identity: Persephone, Goddess of Spring. She’s key to saving humanity in the war between the Underworld and Olympus, target numero uno of Hades and Zeus, and totally screwed.

Plus there’s also the little issue that Sophie’s last memory as Persephone was just before someone tried to murder her.

Big picture: master her powers, get her memories back, defeat Persephone’s would be assassin, and save the world. Also, sneak into the Underworld to retrieve stolen property, battle the minions of Hades and Zeus, outwit psycho nymphs, slay a dragon, rescue a classmate, keep from getting her butt expelled from the one place designed to keep her safe …

… and stop kissing Kai, Prince of the Underworld.

First of all, I would like to thank the Publisher, Te Da Media for giving me an ARC of this book to review. Thank you so much! Really appreciate it! All right, now for my review.

(My Opinion)

I am stunned into silence. Wow. Tellulah tells a story about a teenaged Goddess who has spunk, fight, and a very sarcastic mouth. The story is told from the perspective of Sophie Bloom A.K.A. Persephone. The beginning of the story is what I was expecting. It’s too fast and far too much like a journal for my liking. Sophie seems to play everything out  a little too much. There is also the never-ending amount of clichés.  It also plays a lot into the high school stereotypes with the evil queen bee dating the hottest guy around and what-not. But somewhere in the middle, it changes and it’s enjoyable and funny and I love it!  Nonetheless, I love the relationship between Kai and Theo, it’s hilarious and grin-worthy. The fights and sarcastic dialogue they use makes it hard to put the book down. My Ex From Hell is definitely a book to read on a rainy day.

I like the characters. I really do. But I hate how easily they accept that Sophie is a goddess with crazy powers. Sure, someone faints and everyone is like, “Omg! No! I don’t believe it!” But I was expecting more disbelief and more… suspicion. I think Tellulah Darling could have played this out for a much longer period than she does in the book. It just did not feel real to me. Another thing I don’t like about the book is that I’m constantly being pulled out of the story. Although it’s mostly to make a funny point, being pulled out of the book at least twice in every chapter gets annoying.

Out of all the characters, I never thought that I would like the protagonist, Sophie the most. I never thought so because I usually don’t like the protagonist the most in books. But I do, she’s addicting with her quirky self, shooting balls of light at the bad guys. She kicks some serious ass and I love the romance between Sophie and Kai because it’s entertaining. They always have something to yell at each other about.Greek myths and modern-day life intertwine beautifully with creatures that could easily pass as bikers and Scream impersonators. I wasn’t expecting the ending with everything that’s happened with the gang. A great twist to end the story with!

My Ex From Hell is a humourous and fun way to start a trilogy full of creepy creatures and annoying ex’s. I recommend this to everyone who loves Greet Mythology and a romance that has been to Hell and back (literally). My Date From Hell comes out some time next year and I for one, cannot wait to read it!

3.5 Dreamy Clouds
3.5 Dreamy Clouds

Sweet Evil (Sweet#1) By Wendy Higgins

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Publisher: HarperTeen

Genre: Fantasy and young adult

Release Date: May 1, 2012

Pages: 453 (Paperback)
Sweet Evil (Sweet #1)

What if there were teens whose lives literally depended on being bad influences?

This is the reality for sons and daughters of fallen angels.

Tenderhearted Southern girl Anna Whitt was born with the sixth sense to see and feel emotions of other people. She’s aware of a struggle within herself, an inexplicable pull toward danger, but Anna, the ultimate good girl, has always had the advantage of her angel side to balance the darkness within. It isn’t until she turns sixteen and meets the alluring Kaidan Rowe that she discovers her terrifying heritage and her willpower is put to the test. He’s the boy your daddy warned you about. If only someone had warned Anna.

(My Opinion)

Who knew that half demons could be so tempting? Sweet Evil is a lovely story that will keep readers interested until the end. The story is told from the perspective of Anna Whitt, a teen about to turn sixteen. Everything changes for her because of her first concert. But for better or for worst?

There are only a few things that kept this book from making my, ‘favourites’ shelf. For readers who want a very fast, very exciting beginning, Sweet Evil doesn’t necessarily have that. Although the book did grab my attention, I feel like it could have improved on its intensity. The love interests are very annoying. As characters, they’re awesome and really jump off of the pages with their humour and sweetness. But when they’re together or near Anna all of that changes and they become kind of boring. The ending is what really disappointed me because it isn’t exciting, overwhelming, nor did it have as much action as I would have liked.

Sweet Evil is full of awesome, funny characters. The writing truly does help Anna seem like an innocent sixteen year-old. I also like the road trip and the other human-like things that goes on in the story. Instead of this whole façade of insane lies and betrayal (even though these things are in the book) the story still has a normalcy to it with all the normal things Anna does. The relationship between the twins really caught my eye since they seem very close and polar opposites. It’s an odd relationship that works.

Although it isn’t perfect, and has a few problems, this book isn’t a bad début  I was expecting to roll my eyes at least five times per page but I only found myself doing it five times throughout the book.I would recommend this to everyone who is a fan of fallen angels and anything in that category. The second book in the trilogy, Sweet Peril will be out in April of this year.

Four Dreamy Clouds
Four Dreamy Clouds