5 Kindle Deals for Less Than $5

If you are anything like me, you probably spend too much money on books. I love being able to find a great deal on a kindle book that is  also a satisfying read! Here are 5 books that I really enjoyed for less than $5:

1.  Forty Four by Jools Sinclair

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From Amazon:

“Last year after falling through the ice, seventeen-year-old Abby Craig woke up from death.

But she woke into a world she barely recognizes. She can’t see colors, memories have been erased, and her friends all hate her. And then there’s Jesse, who she loves, but who refuses to forgive her the one mistake she made long ago.

Just when she thinks it can’t get any worse, the visions begin. In them, she sees a faceless serial killer roaming the streets. While the police believe that there have been a lot of accidents in town lately, Abby knows differently. And she soon realizes that it’s up to her to find him.

But to stop him, she’ll have to confront more than just the killer. She’ll have to face something else that was lost in those dark waters. The truth. “

While I’ve only read the first few of this 13-book series, I really enjoyed them! Its a great mix of a murder mystery with a paranormal twist.

Kindle price: $0.99


 

2. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

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From Amazon:

“Mara Dyer believes life can’t get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there. It can.  

She believes there must be more to the accident she can’t remember that killed her friends and left her strangely unharmed. There is.
 
She doesn’t believe that after everything she’s been through, she can fall in love. She’s wrong.”

 

This book is also a gem! It has the feel of a psychological thriller with some paranormal elements. Mara is a great main character and it is exciting learning the mystery of her past along with her.

 

Kindle price: $2.99

3. Angelfall by Susan Ee
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From Amazon:
“It’s been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back. Anything, including making a deal with Raffe, an injured enemy angel. Traveling through a dark and twisted Northern California, they journey toward the angels’ stronghold in San Francisco, where Penryn will risk everything to rescue her sister and Raffe will put himself at the mercy of his greatest enemies for the chance to be made whole again.”

 

This is one of the best post-apocalyptic angel books I have read! Penryn is a fierce main character who will do anything to protect her family. If you haven’t read this yet, I highly recommend it.

 

Kindle price: $3.99


4. The Faerie Guardian by Rachel Morgan
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From Amazon:

“Seventeen-year-old Violet Fairdale has one job: protect humans from dangerous magical creatures. It’s a job she’s good at—until her latest assignment, a cute human guy who can somehow see through her faerie glamour, follows her into the fae realm. Now she’s broken Guild law and risked her future as the top graduate of her class.

The last thing Vi wants to do is spend any more time with the guy who got her into this mess, but the Guild requires that she return Nate to his home and make him forget everything he’s discovered of the fae realm. Easy, right? Not when you factor in evil faeries, long-lost family members, and inconvenient feelings of the romantic kind. Vi is about to find herself tangled up in a dangerous plot—and it’ll take all her training to get out alive. “

 

I know I’ve already written a review about this entire series but I just love it so much! And its FREE for the first book. Vi is a likable, strong heroine and there is some great world-building with an exciting plot. Definitely try this one! You can read my full review on the series here. 

 

Kindle price: FREE $0.00

5. The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson
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From Amazon:

“Once a century, one person is chosen for greatness.

Elisa is the chosen one. But she is also the younger of two princesses. The one who has never done anything remarkable, and can’t see how she ever will.

Now, on her sixteenth birthday, she has become the secret wife of a handsome and worldly king–a king whose country is in turmoil. A king who needs her to be the chosen one, not a failure of a princess.

And he’s not the only one who seeks her. Savage enemies, seething with dark magic, are hunting her. A daring, determined revolutionary thinks she could be his people’s savior, and he looks at her in a way that no man has ever looked at her before. Soon it is not just her life, but her very heart that is at stake.

Elisa could be everything to those who need her most. If the prophecy is fulfilled. If she finds the power deep within herself. If she doesn’t die young. Most of the chosen do.”

 

I plan on writing a full review for this series eventually because it is AMAZING! I highly recommend the entire trilogy. Elisa’s development throughout this book (and series) is expertly written and probably one of my favorite character transformations.

 

Kindle price: $1.99

Review: Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder

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“About to be executed for murder, Yelena is offered an extraordinary reprieve. She’ll eat the best meals, have rooms in the palace- and risk assassination by anyone trying to kill the Commander of Ixia.

And so Yelena chooses to become a food taster. But the chief of security, leaving nothing to chance, deliberately feeds her Butterfly’s Dusté and only by appearing for her daily antidote will she delay an agonizing death from the poison.

As Yelena tries to escape her new dilemma, disasters keep mounting. Rebels plot to seize Ixia and Yelena develops magical powers she can’t control. Her life is threatened again and choices must be made. But this time the outcomes aren’t so clear—.”


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I enjoyed this book and for the $1.99 ebook version, it is definitely worth the read. Our main character Yelena must become the food taster for the Commander of Ixia and learn to taste any poisons before they get to the Commander. She chooses this path only to escape certain death, but she quickly learns that many other poison tasters previously died on the job. We also briefly learn that Yelena is sentenced to die for killing someone, however as the reader we are not aware of the specific circumstances. This is revealed later on as we learn more about Yelena’s background and character. I appreciated that we learn more about Yelena and her past as the story progresses, rather than getting an info dump at the beginning of the book. It leaves some mystery surrounding her character and kept me reading until I got answers.

What I liked:

  • The poison tasting. I have not read another book with this premise and it was interesting to learn about the different types of poisons, their effects and the daily life of a poison taster (and how important their job is!).
  • Ari and Janco. Yelena meets these two fairly early on and they become her close friends. I enjoyed their witty dialogue and comic relief.  They quickly become Yelena’s protectors and I found their relationship endearing. They added depth to Yelena’s character and enhanced the plot of the story.
  • The plot was fast-paced and exciting. I read it quickly and it held my attention. The writing was simple and straightforward. Not amazing, but good.
  • Commander Ambrose. He is a powerful, no-nonsense leader. At first Yelena fears him, but throughout the book we learn that while his leadership is strict it is also fair. Snyder leaves it up to the reader to decide if this leadership of Ixia is better or worse than the previous monarchy. There were some interesting revelations about his character and I hope to see him more developed in future books!

What I didn’t love:

  • While the poison taster premise was original, it is clouded by other elements as the book progresses. Yelena learns to fight, she discovers she has powerful magic and falls in love. These plot elements are typical of other YA novels and took away from the original poison study premise that I found so interesting.
  • Valek. I liked him in the beginning. He is a hardened, ruthless assassin and I enjoyed his scenes with Yelena as he instructed her on various poisons. While I could see that Snyder was setting up the plot for a relationship, it was still too out of the blue for me. Valek honestly didn’t treat Yelena very well at all, and suddenly they are in love? It was too much, too quickly.
  • I wish all of the characters were more well-developed. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about them but never really felt connected to any character.

Overall, this book is definitely worth the read even if it is lacking in some areas. It did end with a huge cliffhanger and I am eager to find out what happens.

3.5/5

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Mini Review: The Creepy Hollow Series by Rachel Morgan

Its been a while since I read this series (I did read it twice though!) but I honestly thought it was wonderful. It is also a great deal for the ebook- book 1 is free, and books 2 + 3 are $3.99 each. The story follows Vi, an aspiring faerie guardian. She wants to graduate her class and join the Guild to protect humans from creatures in her Fae world. This trilogy was well-written, with an exciting plot and well-developed characters. This series is a gem (and a great deal). I was pleasantly surprised!

Book 1: The Faerie Guardian

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Blurb and image from Amazon:

“Enter a hidden world of magic, mystery, action and romance …
Seventeen-year-old Violet Fairdale has one job: protect humans from dangerous magical creatures. It’s a job she’s good at—until her latest assignment, a cute human guy who can somehow see through her faerie glamour, follows her into the fae realm. Now she’s broken Guild law and risked her future as the top graduate of her class.

The last thing Vi wants to do is spend any more time with the guy who got her into this mess, but the Guild requires that she return Nate to his home and make him forget everything he’s discovered of the fae realm. Easy, right? Not when you factor in evil faeries, long-lost family members, and inconvenient feelings of the romantic kind. Vi is about to find herself tangled up in a dangerous plot—and it’ll take all her training to get out alive.”


As I mentioned above, I was pleasantly surprised with this book! Vi is an easy character to sympathize with- she’s fierce and determined to be the top of her class. She is also a little lonely- her family is gone and the only person she really cares about is her mentor, Tora. This probably leads her to break the Guild rules and make contact with Nate, a human. While I wasn’t a huge fan of Nate and Violet together, he is a hugely important character in this series. We also meet Ryn in this first installment, although he mostly antagonizes Vi throughout the book until they are forced to work together when he needs her help rescuing a loved one.

This book had the right mix of likable characters and a well-developed world. I loved learning about how the Guardians protected the human realm and how some faeries had extra gifts. After finishing this first book, I happily purchased The Faerie Prince and I was not disappointed!

4/5


Book 2: The Faerie Prince

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Blurb and Image from Amazon: 

“Guardian trainee Violet Fairdale is just weeks away from one of the most important occasions of her life: graduation. After messing up big time by bringing a human into the fae realm, Vi needs to step up her game and forget about Nate if she hopes to graduate as the top guardian of her year. Everything would be fine if she wasn’t forced to partner with Ryn, her ex-friend, ex-enemy, current ‘sort of friend.’ They might be trying to patch up their relationship, but does she really want to spend a week undercover with him for their final assignment? On top of that, the possibly insane Unseelie Prince is still on the loose, free to ‘collect’ as many specially talented faeries as he can find–and Vi is still at the top of his list. Add in faerie queens, enchanted storms, complicated not-just-friends feelings, and a murder within the Guild itself, and graduation is about to become the least of Vi’s problems. “

*Spoilers from Book 1*


This installment was even better than the first. Action-packed with a swoon-worthy romance. If you were unsure about the romance in book 1, you will not be disappointed here! Still reeling from Nate’s betrayal and graduation approaching, Vi is so close to her goal of becoming a guardian. She has one more task to complete and she has to work with Ryn as her partner. I loved seeing Vi’s relationship develop with Ryn- the dialogue was great and we got to see an antagonistic relationship develop into..something more. We also get to see more of Vi’s world in this book with a trip to the Seelie court as well as learn about Vi’s true motivations for wanting to be the top of her class and win this trip. The book also ends with a HUGE cliffhanger and I could not wait to purchase the third.

What I love about this series is that while the main plot seems to be about Violet’s guardian training and graduation from the Guild, Morgan expertly creates a story about something much bigger than Violet and her school. There is this overarching story about the fate of her world and the faerie relations in it. Vi also goes through an incredible transformation through these first two books, and hits a low at the end of book 2. I  was blown away by some of the twists and turns throughout this book. It was an exciting ride!

5/5


Book 3: The Faerie War

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Blurb and image from Amazon: 

“Violet Fairdale is in big trouble. Her home is gone, her beloved forest lies in ruins, the guy she gave her heart to has deserted her—and she doesn’t remember any of it. The powerful Lord Draven is taking over, brainwashing guardians into fighting for him. No one is safe from the evil spreading throughout the fae world. 

As alliances are forged between the remaining free fae, Vi struggles to reclaim her identity and figure out where she belongs in this new world. When someone from her past shows up, life gets more complicated. He brings with him a long-forgotten weapon and an ancient prophecy that places Vi at the center of the fight against Draven. With the future of the fae world at stake, can Vi carry out the prophecy’s instructions before it’s too late?”

*Includes spoilers from Books 1+2*


We ended the last book with Vi choosing to erase her memory, and the first part of this book is truly heartbreaking as a reader because we know what she lost. She is now with a new community of Reptiscillas as she tries to recover her memory. This book is told with alternating viewpoints with Ryn, and I really enjoyed seeing things from his perspective. When they finally meet up, I loved watching Ryn and Vi trying to mend their relationship it was both parts heartbreaking and adorable.

This final installment is focused on the threat of Lord Draven and his brainwashed army. I don’t want to give away too much, but it was expertly done. There are no one-dimensional villains in this series and that makes it both exciting and unpredictable. This was a fantastic finale and as soon as I finished I was tempted to start the series over again!

 

5/5

Review: An Ember In The Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

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Image and blurb from Amazon: 

“Laia is a slave. Elias is a soldier. Neither is free.
 
Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.
 
It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.
 
But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.
 
There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.”


 

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I really enjoyed this book! It had the right mix of an exciting plot with well developed characters.

Laia has grown up hating the Masks. She watches as they come arrest her brother Darin and murder her grandparents. In order to get her brother back, she joins the resistance as a spy and infiltrates Blackcliff (the school that trains Masks). As a slave in Blackcliff, Laia is aware of the cruel treatment she will receive and yet she does not hesitate in her decision if  it means saving her brother. I loved this about Laia- her unwavering loyalty to her brother even if she is aware sneaking into Blackcliff could kill her.

Elias is a Mask in training at Blackcliff. He has doubts about becoming a Mask and does not agree with their cruel ways. Early on, he has thoughts about deserting even though it would mean a death sentence if caught. This is further complicated by his best friend Helene. Helene was such an interesting character! Despite Elias having his doubts against Blackcliff, Helene is completely indoctrinated and loves the idea of becoming a Mask. Although you can hardly blame her for following the ideas and values she has been taught her entire life. Helene and Elias’s relationship is complicated- they are very close, but their fundamentally different beliefs make things difficult.

I really enjoyed the alternating viewpoints between Elias and Laia, it helps the reader  sympathize with both sides of the conflict. I also liked the way Tahir handled Elias and Laia’s growing relationship. It was very realistic considering they were on different sides.

I didn’t enjoy Keenan as a character, I felt like he was kind of a forced love interest for Laia and wasn’t necessary to the plot of the story.  If you took out all of his scenes, the story would have flowed fine without him.

And finally, that ENDING! I was happy to see that a sequel will be released very soon (August 30th!)  and I can’t wait to read it! 🙂 Definitely recommend An Ember in the Ashes- it was a great read.

4/5

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Review: Incarnate by Jodi Meadows

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“Ana is new. For thousands of years in Range, a million souls have been reincarnated over and over, keeping their memories and experiences from previous lifetimes. When Ana was born, one of those souls vanished, and no one knows why.

When Ana travels to the capital city of Heart, its citizens treat her as a nosoul, suspicious and afraid of what her presence means. When dragons and sylph attack the city, is Ana to blame?

Ana needs to uncover the mistake that gave her someone else’s life, but will her quest threaten the peace of Heart and destroy the promise of reincarnation for all?”


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I picked up this book after finishing Orphan Queen (which was a great read!). I wanted to try out another Meadows book and was attracted by the beautiful cover and unique premise. Incarnate is a very different book than I am used to. The world centers around a city called Heart. Every person in Heart has been reincarnated over and over again until Ana, a newsoul or nosoul, is born. Ana leaves her abusive mother Li, finding her purpose in Heart as well as developing a close relationship with Sam.

The idea behind this world is fantastic and mysterious. I love the idea of reincarnation and Meadows definitely introduced some ideas that I will continue to think about after reading this book. She also brings up interesting ideas regarding sexuality. Each of the souls can be born into a male or female body, and we get to explore some of the past lives of these characters. However I feel like this idea as well as the dynamics of this society were not explored enough. For example, someone who you had a relationship with in a past life could be your parent in another life? We also didn’t really explore the idea that these children were born with all of their knowledge of their past lives. Does it ever become too overwhelming with all these memories? While I did not get as many answers as I hoped I would by the end, I am interested enough to continue reading.

Ana bothered me in the beginning. To be fair, she was so physically and emotionally abused for her entire life that I was surprised she could function normally at all. I got tired of reading about how she was so overly-defensive all the time. Sometimes I just wanted to shake some sense into her.

I also did enjoy the relationship between Sam and Ana. It was a slow build up and very sweet at times.

I enjoyed many aspects of this book and some parts had me thinking, but some things just didn’t sit right with me. I didn’t feel as if some of the characters’ reactions matched how the author characterized them. I know it must be incredibly difficult to write 5000 year old wisdom into characters, but it is unfortunate when it falls flat.

3/5

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Review: Graceling by Kristin Cashore

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Image and blurb from Amazon:

“Kristin Cashore’s best-selling, award-winning fantasy Graceling tells the story of the vulnerable yet strong Katsa, a smart, beautiful teenager who lives in a world where selected people are given a Grace, a special talent that can be anything from dancing to swimming. Katsa’s is killing. As the king’s niece, she is forced to use her extreme skills as his thug. Along the way, Katsa must learn to decipher the true nature of her Grace . . . and how to put it to good use. A thrilling, action-packed fantasy adventure (and steamy romance!) that will resonate deeply with adolescents trying to find their way in the world.”

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Oh Graceling. I looked at this book several times before actually reading it and I am SO glad I finally did! Katsa is a wonderful main character. She is a graceling, meaning that she is graced with special abilities like many other characters in this fantasy world. Katsa is able to kill anyone with her bare hands and is a skilled fighter. I absolutely adored Katsa. She was such a fierce, independent heroine and I love that I’ve been seeing more of that in YA novels. Everything about Katsa is intense. Her fighting, her relationships and her sheer will to survive and persevere through some impossible situations.

 

And Po, I loved Po! The romance was absolutely adorable. Po softens Katsa, and yet he understands and respects her. I personally didn’t love that Katsa was often too independent and stubborn with Po, but I think Cashore was trying to make a point about different types of love and relationships.

 

The story itself was exciting. A lot of great fight scenes and dramatic rescues. Much of the story revolves around Katsa uncovering the treachery of her kingdom. There was also a twist towards the end that I was not expecting! While I adored all the characters and their relationships, the world-building and story line of this book is really where it shines. It was so well thought out and complete for being a stand alone novel (Bitterblue and Fire are companion novels but the stories are different). Highly recommend this read. One of my favorite fantasy novels.

 

5/5

 

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Review: The Raven Boys- Maggie Stiefvater

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“Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue never sees them–until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks to her.

His name is Gansey, a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul whose emotions range from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She doesn’t believe in true love, and never thought this would be a problem. But as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.”


Definitely not really what I was expecting but I was pleasantly surprised! I was on such a ACOMAF hangover that I wasn’t sure any book would be able to pull me out of it, but I think this is exactly what I needed. Having read Linger (and while I enjoyed it, I wasn’t a HUGE fan of it) I was not sure what to expect. One thing I noticed is that Stievater’s writing style was well suited to this mysterious psychic, power-filled ghost town. Her whimsical, lyrical writing style gave a mysterious veil to this town.

I wasn’t used to the 3rd person omniscient writing style, but also felt it was well suited because it really gave us insight into each of the characters. I also adored each of the characters! Adam- the scholarship student who is constantly trying to prove himself and dealing with home difficulties. Ronan- who has more secrets than we even begin to realize in this book, quick to anger but also a loyal friend. Noah- quiet, always around and seems to know more than he lets on. The author was very clever with him! Gansey- the rich kid who unknowingly offends with his wealth and status, but as you get to know him you realize how much he wishes people would see the ‘real’ him. And finally Blue- the odd girl with the odd name with the psychic family. I loved Blue and the boys together- they make a great team. There was no love story forced, and I liked it. It was more like Blue was figuring out how to have friends and maybe one day what love will be like.

One aspect of the book that was difficult for me to grasp was how Stiefvater described some of these “otherworldy” elements such as the ley line. She certainly focuses on it, but does not describe it in a way that allows readers to compare it to anything they know. Because of this, I often had a hard time visualizing what she was trying to tell the reader and I would get a little lost. This was remedied by the fact that her writing was beautiful and while I did not always understand the direction it was going, I enjoyed the ride.

The story itself was exciting, mysterious and I am eager to pick up the next book! One thing I really enjoyed about the story line is that it was..different. And I liked different. Different and fresh.

4/5

Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses- Sarah J. Maas

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“Perfect for fans of Kristin Cashore and George R.R. Martin, this first book in a sexy and action-packed new series is impossible to put down!

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin–one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow over the faerie lands is growing, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin–and his world–forever.”


**I wanted to note that I wrote this review before reading ACOMAF! My opinion of this book has definitely changed now that I have read the sequel.**

 

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First let me preface this review by saying I am already a fan of Maas, and I LOVE her Throne of Glass series. While I enjoyed this book, I didn’t love it. There were too many little things that bothered me throughout to really love it. That being said, I definitely enjoyed it and will be looking forward to the sequel so definitely something I would still recommend for a good read.

Some things I liked:

  • Feyre: While it took her a while to grow on me, I ended up really liking Feyre. She had this admirable fierce determination about her, even when it looked 100% certain that she would fail. She was never stronger or faster than the fae, and yet she never thought twice about going after them. I like that she was really just, normal. Of course she was clever and determined to survive, but she didn’t have any special powers against all these fae that had A LOT of power.
  • The storyline: I liked the Beauty and the Beast undertones. Maas definitely made it her own story, but I do love those fairytale references:)
  • Under the Mountain: I really enjoyed the last ~30% of the book. It was very action packed and  I often had to stop myself from skipping paragraphs at a time to find out what happens next. Amarantha was a great villian!

Some things I didn’t like:

  • One of the things that really bothered me was Feyre’s relationship with Tamlin. It felt quite forced at times and it bothered me how Feyre was willing to do ANYTHING for him. Even when she finally learns about the truth of the “blight” she doesn’t think twice and wants to charge after Tamlin anyway. She seemed quite blinded by their relationship.
  • The language: Lets just say I got a little tired of Feyre’s “knees buckling” and Tamlin’s hardened chest and god-like looks.

Overall, I really did enjoy the story and I like how things ended. I will definitely be looking forward to the next book!

4/5

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Review: The Love that Split the World- Emily Henry

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“Natalie’s last summer in her small Kentucky hometown is off to a magical start . . . until she starts seeing the “wrong things.” They’re just momentary glimpses at first—her front door is red instead of its usual green, there’s a preschool where the garden store should be. But then her whole town disappears for hours, fading away into rolling hills and grazing buffalo, and Nat knows something isn’t right.

Then there are the visits from the kind but mysterious apparition she calls “Grandmother,” who tells her, “You have three months to save him.” The next night, under the stadium lights of the high school football field, she meets a beautiful boy named Beau, and it’s as if time just stops and nothing exists. Nothing, except Natalie and Beau.”


I’m not yet entirely sure how I feel about this book. I read it quickly, so it definitely held my attention. The writing was beautiful, as many other reviews noted. Lots of good quotes in there! Natalie is a likable character and I adored the relationship between Natalie and Megan.

I read about the insta-love between Beau and Natalie before reading the book but tried to go in with an open mind. I.. still didn’t love the insta-love. In fact, I really didn’t love Beau. Sure, they had their cute moments but overall he is not a memorable love interest for me. And to be completely honest, I’m not sure why Natalie was so drawn to him in the first place, they didn’t really have anything in common (other than the paranormal aspect of course 🙂 ). They seemed to end most of their conversations with Beau kissing Natalie, and sometimes it felt kind of inappropriate for the situation. I’m sure people will disagree with me, but that’s just my opinion! He was definitely sweet, I just didn’t love him.

After finishing the book and taking some time to mull things over, I realized that the book really wasn’t supposed to be about this epic love story. It was really about Natalie growing up and coming to terms with her adoption and heritage. It was more about Natalie and her own self-awareness rather than the relationship between Natalie and Beau. Once I looked at the book from that point of view, I appreciated it more. Not exactly what I was expecting, but still a well-written, enjoyable story. I also thoroughly enjoyed the stories the Grandmother told to Natalie. Henry tied this in nicely with the rest of the plot.

The end was a little confusing for me, but maybe the author intended for it to be open-ended and it fit with the tone in the rest of the book. Overall the book was beautifully written, had likable characters, and was really just different than anything I’ve read in a while. And it made me think at the end which is always a good thing! For me, there was something that seemed to be lacking and that held me back from naming this book a favorite. Definitely an interesting read though!

3.5/5

Review: A Court of Mist and Fury- Sarah J. Maas

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“The stunning sequel to Sarah J. Maas’ New York Times bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses.

Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court–but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms–and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future–and the future of a world cleaved in two.

With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas’s masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights”


thoughts

WOW! This book was really fantastic. I have been a fan of Maas since I read the Throne of Glass series and I always enjoy her writing. While I enjoyed A Court of Thorns and Roses, I didn’t love it. After finishing ACOMAF, IT ALL MAKES SENSE. Every relationship, every conversation in ACOTAR was perfectly placed to set the scene for the sequel. I really wasn’t a huge fan of Tamlin, and Feyre’s relationship with him felt forced at times. That being said, I was very happy with the direction the sequel went!

Feyre’s character development through the book was phenomenal. I am amazed at how Maas seamlessly touched on some very heavy topics of PTSD, depression and abusive relationships in a fantasy novel. Feyre was truly broken after the events with Amarantha Under the Mountain. Forced to kill innocents and tortured both physically and mentally- Feyre is left feeling empty. Much of this novel focuses on Feyre working through that depression and emptiness and it is a very realistic and beautiful journey for her! We also get to see her adjusting to her new Fae body and the new abilities that come with it.

I loved all the new characters we were introduced to in the Night Court and I am so glad we got to see more of Rhysand! Maas does and excellent job of developing her supporting characters. We also learn a lot more about Prythian outside of the Spring Court.

Even though this book focused very heavily on relationships and character development, there was no lack of action! With war from the King of Hybern quickly approaching, Feyre and friends must find a way to fight him. We get to see some Summer Court, flying Illyrians, water-wraith action and it all makes for some very exciting scenes!

Finally, the romance was steamy. I always love a slow-burning romance and I was not disappointed here. Overall, a great read and I would highly recommend! Especially if you were not 100% sold on ACOTAR. Please, trust me and read this.

5/5

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