Posted in Book Review, YA

Series Review: Throne of Glass Sarah J. Maas

As promised a review for the Heir of fire but since I didn’t know how to review this book as a stand alone so I am going to review the entire series up until just before Empire of storms. Spoiler free.

Title: Throne of Glass
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Source: Bought
Genre: Fantasy, Teens & YA
Rating: 4 stars

 

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1)

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Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass, #2)

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Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass, #3)

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Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass, #4)

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What’s it about?

It’s about the greatest assassin Adarlan has ever known. Celaena Sardothien is brought back by the crown prince to fight in a battle to become the king’s champion which will lead to her freedom from the dreaded prison Endovier.  If she won she would work as the king’s assassin and be granted freedom after 4 years of work. The contest is brutal and filled with thieves and other skilled mercenaries. When one of the other contestants show up dead Celeana decides to investigate before she is next.

 

My experience:

Honestly, once you get into the series you can’t put it down. You gobble it up like candy and before you know it you are on the last book of the series and it’s a whole year before the next one comes out. This series takes you on a grand adventure makes you fight like an assassin gives you the courage of an iron teeth witch and makes you cheer for loyalty and honour.

My metaphor

This series is like a fire. It takes a little bit of work to get it started. Gather the wood and start rubbing two sticks meaning you have to read a little bit. if you don’t fancy the first book I would say keep reading. The more you put in the stronger and bigger the fire burns until it’s one massive storm of fire that threatens to evaporate all your reading plans for quite a while. It’s an addictive series that you need to digest. It brings you to tears of sadness and anger it makes you laugh and it keeps you on the edge of your horse yelling for it to continue. The flow of the writing is easy to follow the breaks between the books are almost none existent it’s like one massive book.

The characters

The great thing about these books is you get to live in the skins of the different characters which gives the story a different dynamic and keeps it exciting. Sometimes you want to skip the chapter of the character you are currently reading because you are so engrossed with a different character’s journey but you keep reading in case you miss something important.

Overall the series so far has a 4-star rating for me.

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Sincerely

Snow

 

 

Posted in Book Review, YA

The Free by Lauren McLaughlin

 

 

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Title: The Free
Author: Lauren McLaughlin
Publisher: Soho Teen (Random House)
Pages: 342
Source: Edelweiss
Genre: Young Adult Fiction / Law & Crime
Rating: 4 stars

 

This book was a journey. The character Isaac West was revealed through puzzle pieces only allowing us to see the whole picture by the end of the novel.

 

My Experience

Isaac West has been sent to juvie to serve time. 30 days. A lot can happen in 30 days. It is mandatory for Isaac to write his crime stories and to discuss it in group therapy. The group members are like piranhas, seeking the truth and only the absolute truth. The group claws at Isaac’s words until they scratch bone. Isaac is forced to face the stories he has always hidden from everybody even himself.

 

Metaphor I will use to describe this book

I will compare this book to rock climbing. You are climbing the mountain to get to the top. You realise you are getting higher and higher and that the danger is growing more intense by the meter. I felt like I was the backpack and the book was the rock climber. I didn’t want to look down because I didn’t want to see what was going on below. The higher we climbed the clearer the view became. Till we reached the top and I had this eureka moment of wow we made it.

After I finished the book I felt elevated.

 

What I did not like

I guess there was a certain romanticizing of juvie that I was unsure of how to process. It later sounded more like a boarding school with a few group of bullies than juvie. Ironically this is not something I didn’t like. What I didn’t like is how juvie seemed better to me than the free.

 

What I liked

I’m in love with the poem that was written in this book. As a poet, I truly admired the poem and would love to know who wrote the poem. Whether it was the author and if so how they made it so personal.

 

Rating:

4 free snowflakes.

 

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Sincerely Snow

 

 

Posted in Book Review, netgalley, YA

The Soul Catcher by Rowanne Carberry

Author: Rowanne Carberry
Publisher: Weapenry Co-Op
Pages: 113
Source: Netgalley
Genre: Sci Fi & Fantasy, New Adult
Rating: 2 stars
No.
The story:
Spirit-speaker. Death Seer.
To preserve her sanity, Jemma lives her lie—that she is normal. As a child, her psychic gifts cost her everything. So when she foresees a woman’s murder, she does nothing to prevent it and unwittingly helps a serial killer get away with another murder.
Guilt-ridden, she reports the crime only to find herself thrown into a world she didn’t know existed. Coerced into working with the police, battling to keep herself alive and dealing with newfound emotions, Jemma is forced to use the gifts she sees as a curse, to save the lives of others.
My Experience:
No. No. No.
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Okay listen, I like psychic books as much as the next person but this book was just, you guessed it, no.
It’s about a woman who can see when people will die if she touches them and if they are close to dying. She can also see ghosts.
Okay, so far you are like,
“What’s the problem Snow, this sounds cool?”
Wait! I’m not done.
Jemma is basically recruited by a Psychic CIA and she is forced to relive horrific images of people being murdered by a bossy pants detective.Why?
BECAUSE HE SAYS SO!
In hope that it would help them save some lives. When in honesty her suffering was useless and had no effect what so ever to her strengths and capabilities. It was just mental torture with the hope that the main character would seem strong. Instead, she complained. Complained about everything. I mean being tortured does suck, I’ll admit, but you know what sucks more? Me having to read for pages and pages how much you are suffering. I get it. It’s bad.
Snow is already reading that you are being tortured and the suffering you are going through is emphasized through the entire book you don’t have to tell Snow again how bad it really is, Snow gets it. It’s bad.
Metaphor:
It was like watching one of those plays where all the actors are trying too hard. The romance scene is screaming at you to feel the romance. The depressing scenes are yelling at you to cry.
Honestly, it was over dramatic and just confusing. I’m still not sure if it had a sad ending or a happy ending.
I am changing it up. I am not giving reasons why I liked it or did not like it. I’m a rebel now.
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Sincerely,
Snow
Posted in Book Review, YA

At Rope’s End by Edward Kay

As I was saying going to post every week… Starting now.
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Author: Edward Kay
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
Pages: 304
Source: Netgalley
Genre: Mystery & Thriller
Rating: 3 stars
The Story:

Dr. James Verraday is a professor of forensic psychology specializing in eyewitness recall and criminal profiling. He’s a brilliant original thinker with a passion for social justice and a very antagonistic relationship with authority, especially the police force. So when Detective Constance Maclean appears in Verraday’s lecture hall at the end of one of his classes, he bristles. But the body of a young woman has just been found in a cranberry bog south of Seattle, and Maclean is convinced that this murder is tied to an earlier killing.

The Seattle police already have a suspect in custody for that case, but Maclean suspects the lead detective is knowingly putting away an innocent man to boost his numbers and quiet his critics. Verraday reluctantly agrees to use his skills as a profiler to help out with the investigation–if only to satisfy his own conviction that law enforcement is riddled with corruption. They form an unlikely alliance and soon find themselves tied up in a deadly game to find a serial killer whose wealth and influence make him almost untouchable

My Experience:
This is a fast-paced novel. You join the journey of a detective and basically a profiler, Constance and James.
It was an enjoyable read. You didn’t have to work hard to understand the story you could just sit back relax and watch the main characters chase a sadistic serial killer.
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While on the journey of finding a serial killer strange things start happening around James’s house resulting in some bonus thriller material.
Metaphor:
This book was like when you’re sitting on the lawn and watching everybody do the work around you. With a cold drink in your hand you’re encouraging everybody to do the work while you get to sit back and watch. It was a nice lazy thriller. A good pace with a good story.
What I liked:
I really enjoyed when James was analyzing suspects. It gave mentalist vibes. You got a chance of looking through the eyes of someone that trusts no one and can give you immediate reasons as to why.
What I did not like:
I wanted the story to show more conflict between James and the police.
Rating:
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Sincerely, Snow.
Posted in Book Review, mystery, netgalley, Thriller, YA

Lost Girls by Merrie Destefano

It’s one of those books you pick up and only put down 3 hours later after being utterly consumed by the story.

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Title: Lost Girls
Author: Merrie Destefano
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Pages: 360
Source: NetGalley
Genre:  Teens & YA, Thriller
Rating: 4 stars

 

Plot

Yesterday, Rachel went to sleep listening to Taylor Swift, curled up in her grammy’s quilt, worrying about geometry. Today, she woke up in a ditch, bloodied, bruised, and missing a year of her life.

She doesn’t recognize the person she’s become: she’s popular. She wears nothing but black.

Black to cover the blood.

And she can fight.

Tell no one.

She’s not the only girl to go missing within the last year…but she’s the only girl to come back. She desperately wants to unravel what happened to her, to try and recover the rest of the Lost Girls.

But the more she discovers, the more her memories return. And as much as her new life scares her, it calls to her. Seductively. The good girl gone bad, sex, drugs, and raves, and something darker…something she still craves—the rush of the fight, the thrill of the win—something she can’t resist, that might still get her killed…

The only rule is: There are no rules.

 

My experience

Imagine waking up in a ditch. You remember last night you were listening to Taylor Swift, you had a test for school. Obviously waking up in a ditch is already quite concerning but what if what you thought was last night was last year?

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I gobbled this book up in one sitting I loved it. It teased you with suspense and added just enough romance in there to make it the perfect young adult novel.

This book deserves a movie.

Metaphor for the story

I compare this story to a dancing ballerina. She dances in the light happily but then all of a sudden the lights are shut down and the darkness strips the light. With only the spotlight on her she has to move to discover her surroundings. When she moves so does the spotlight, so only by moving all over the stage can she illuminate the mysteries around her. She dances faster and faster so the spotlight can move over all the unknown spots on the stage. Her fate starts to rest on illuminating the whole stage. And as the story progresses the dancing becomes so enchantingly violent you are left breathless when the truth finally is revealed in the spotlight.

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What I liked

I loved the originality of it all. Such a fresh new story that I didn’t know I was in desperate need of.

What I did not like

The ending was a bit too clean. I wanted it to start messy and end with a note of that same mistrust.

Recommendations

Thriller fans and young adult fanatics this book is a necessity for 2017.

 

Rating

4 forgetful snowflakes.

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Sincerely Snow

 

Posted in Book Review, YA

The Weaver by Emmi Itaranta

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Title: The Weaver 
Author: Emmi Itaranta
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Pages: 320
Source: Edelweiss
Genre:  Teens & YA
Rating: 2 stars

I would like to say thank you to Harper Voyager for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

I have decided to write this review in 30 minutes.

Which means. Honest. Fast. And super fast typing.

First the plot.

It goes down on an island. People have different cultures and there are some major politic issues. They live in places like The house of webs, or The house of the tainted. In this universe, it is illegal to dream. Yes, ladies and gentleman you may not dream. I mean you can have goals but those pictures that pop up in your head when it’s sleepy time, that’s a no. If you are a dreamer than you suffer from the ‘dream plague’.

If you get caught, well you know what they usually do in dystopian stories where there is a group being suppressed. They get sent to jail or worse.

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The premise was good which is why I requested it. Not allowed to dream, propaganda and confusing politics. Sold.

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However, the novel didn’t live up to what I expected. I was spun in a web of boring paragraphs. Nothing happened. 30% of the book you are just following the character walking around on the island.The chapters were filled with histories and cultures that both confused and bored me. The plot itself was spread too thin. Small events were what was driving the story and it made the time go by very slow.  At times I was rooting for the character since there were redeeming qualities. But in the end, the character was self-serving with a problem of needing to be the hero at the end of the day. The ending made a full star drop from the metaphorical shelf I was willing to give to this book. So for this book. It’s a no for me.

2 webbed snowflakes.

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Sincerely Snow.

 

Posted in Book Review, netgalley, Snow ramblings, YA

Glitter by Aprilynne Pike

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Title: Glitter
Author: Aprilynne Pike
Publisher: Random House Children’s
Pages: 380
Source: NetGalley
Genre:  Teens & YA
Rating: 2 stars

I would like to say thank you to Random House Children’s for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Deep breath.

Count to 10.

Don’t say anything if you can’t say something n… nope can’t do it I can’t do it.

This book was absolutely ridiculous.

Me while reading this book

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Me when I finished this book:

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This was me when I realised it was 380 pages.

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It’s kind of hard to start.

My Experience:

It’s set in the far future but the people pretend they are living in the 20th century.

It’s about a girl who is forced against her will to marry an evil king. However, to escape she becomes a drug dealer because you know, that’s the easiest way to make money.And the the best plan she could come up with.

 Also bonus! She is not going to tell anybody she is selling drugs to them. A nice surprise to save for later when she is no longer there. So  lucky for her she won’t witness the devastating affects of her super awesome plan.*

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  That’s all I can say without spoiling anything if you dare still read this after you finish my review.

Snow’s Metaphor:

It just kept getting worse. It was like one of those babushka dolls. You think you have seen it all and it has hit its lowest point then only to realise there is another doll inside that doll. And in that doll, there is another doll. It just kept getting worse.

What I liked:

I liked the beginning. The beginning was when I was a naive reader. When I thought this was going to be a good story. When I still had hopes and dreams.

Also the cover is bad-ass.

What I did not like:

How long do you have?

The main character was infuriating. She had no solid excuse for what she did. She kept grabbing at invisible straws to justify her actions but none of it made sense.

The love story happens over night. One minute they are talking the next second they are in love. I didn’t even have time to get coffee it just happened.

The characters were very confusing. I could hardly keep track of who was who and who was her friends.

The fact they were pretending to live in the 20th century made no sense.

The thing I liked the least was the ending. The ending just made me angry. It leaves you in the middle of a what just hap…..That’s how it ends. No explanations no excuses. It just ends.

Rating

2 bowing snowflakes

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Posted in Book Review, mystery, netgalley, YA

Weregirl by C.D. Bell

There was this element of majesty and danger that surrounded the story like an eery shadow. I couldn’t get enough of it.

Title: Weregirl
Author: C.D. Bell
Publisher: Chooseco
Pages: 400
Source: NetGalley
Genre: Children’s Fiction, Teens & YA
Rating: 4 stars
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Let’s go through the checklist.

Good plot. Check.

Good character. Check..

Excellent story development. Check.

Beautiful metaphors or style of writing. Check.

Love story. Check.

Should you read it? Check!

Plot:

Eager to escape her small hometown, high school junior Nessa Kurland is focused on winning a college scholarship for cross-country running. A chance encounter with a trapped wolf while out on a run leads to powerful and frightening changes, and one day, Nessa is transformed into a full werewolf. Now Nessa must navigate the challenges of high school while coming face to face with true human darkness, as she tries to make peace with her new wild nature

My experience

Enter Nessa.

Nessa runs, runs and oh yea, runs. Her dream is to go to college. Her ticket of getting there depends on if she can run fast enough. Nessa is trying to get a scholarship for cross-country running. However, one night when she is running in the woods something goes terribly wrong something that will alter her life forever.

*dramatic music*

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Reading this book was like watching the rain fall on a lazy day. Absolute bliss.

I love books with wolfs. Always have probably always will. This book stands tall on my “favourite-young-adult-werewolf-books” shelf.

Metaphor:

This book is just cool. It’s like that kid that just moved from a different city. Their dad is a rockstar and their mom is a supermodel they wear the latest fashion trend they are friendly and just cool. You want to read the book and get to know the new kid. You try and not seem too eager but let’s get real you want to be best friends and you already ordered the “We are best friends” t-shirts.

One of the ways how I measure whether I enjoyed the story is if I remember the time it took to finish it. If I don’t remember it taking long you can bet I enjoyed the story very much. This book was 400 pages and I am shocked because to me it felt like a 100.

Snow thoroughly enjoyed this book.

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What I liked:

I loved the story. It was a really good story. Something you could really get into and the characters was very real.  It was easy to get to know them and it kept you on edge. There was this element of majesty and danger that surrounded the story like an eery shadow. I couldn’t get enough of it.

What I did not like:

Okay, wait. This is not a flaw in the book on the contrary. But it is something I didn’t like. The ending was a bit brutal. That’s all I can say. It fit the story perfectly. You don’t have to like an ending to love it. Which is confusing but sounds profound so I’m sticking with it.

Rating

4 howling snowflakes

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Posted in Book Review, netgalley, YA

The Romantics by Leah Konen

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Title: The Romantics
Author: Leah Konen
Publisher: ABRAMS Kids
Pages: 336
Source: NetGalley
Genre:  Teens & YA
Rating: 4 stars

Plot:

Perfect for fans of Lauren Myracle and Rainbow Rowell, The Romantics will charm readers of all ages. Gael Brennan is about to have his heart broken when his first big relationship crumbles on the heels of his parents’ painful separation. Love intervenes with the intention of setting things right—but she doesn’t anticipate the intrusion of her dreaded nemesis: the Rebound. Love’s plans for Gael are sidetracked by Cara, Gael’s hot-sauce-wielding “dream girl.” The more Love meddles, the further Gael drifts from the one girl who can help him mend his heart. Soon Love starts breaking all her own rules—and in order to set Gael’s fate back on course, she has to make some tough decisions about what it means to truly care.

This book had me on a horse  with  a dessert in the background yelling:

“Come on Gael you can do it”.

It had me swimming underwater with shark invested waters with a sign:

“Keep swimming Gael.”

It had me painting on a window in impressive mirror styles so people on the other side could read it normally:

“Do not give up on her Gael.”

Needless to say. I was cheering for the hero all the way in this book. Ladies and gentleman, I give you the young adult romance of the year.

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The Romantics.

My experience

This was a roller coaster of love. From being utterly depressed to one of the best adventures I’ve been on in a while this is what every broken hearted romantic needs to read.

It kicks off all sad and depressing and all you want to do is hug Gael. And cheer him on to punch everybody in the face. It just seems logical at the time. Throughout the novel, I felt myself growing to care so much for  Gael. Everything he did was hero worthy and the book was absolutely phenomenal. Exactly what I needed.

Gael has to learn how to survive love. The story is told from a third-person perspective. However every  now and then we have the narration from another one. None other than Love itself. Telling us how difficult their job is. All in all, I liked Love, a pretty interesting concept and character.

What I liked:

I really like Gael guys. I learned a lot from Gael and he climbed deep into my heart. I think Gael should be a meme for the modern young adult of 2016.

What I did not like:

The need for Love to tell me the whole time it was them who opened the window when Gael already said he could have sworn the window was closed.

Recommendations

Young adults looking for a romance comedy this one is for you. I would also recommend this book to people who have been hurt before in a relationship. This book might restore your faith in Love.

Rating:

4 Snowflakes

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Posted in Book Review, netgalley, Thriller, YA

And Then the Sky Exploded by David A. Poulsen

 

Publisher: Dundurn
Pages: 208
Source: NetGalley
Genre: Children’s Fiction, Teens & YA
Rating: 4 stars

Plot:

When Christian learns his great-grandfather helped build the A-bombs dropped on Japan, he wants to make amends somehow.

While attending the funeral of his great-grandfather, ninth-grader Christian Larkin learns that the man he loved and respected was a member of the Manhattan Project, the team that designed and created the atomic bombs dropped on Japan during the Second World War.

On a school trip to Japan, Chris meets eighty-one-year-old Yuko, who was eleven when the first bomb exploded over Hiroshima, horribly injuring her. Christian is determined to do something to make up for what his great-grandfather did. But after all this time, what can one teenager really do? His friends tell him it s a stupid idea, that there s nothing he can do. And maybe they re right.

But maybe, just maybe they re wrong.”

My Experience:

 

A young man finds out that his hero, his grandfather, might not have been the person he thought he was. This needs some investigation. He will not rest until he has done something to wrong the damage of the past. He might just be one person and might not be able to do anything but if there is something he can do, he will do it. Even if it means going to Japan.

This book surprised me. I wasn’t sure what I was going to get or if it would be able to keep my attention but it exceeded my expectations.

The story is cuddly. It runs smoothly like you are on a sailboat, drifting through the pages.

Metaphor:

Honestly, I think I developed a little crush on this book. I just keep thinking how sweet and nice it was. The book was not pushy but not distant it was engaged and focused. It was just nice. I want to go on another date. It was memorable and honestly just delightful.

 

A delightful read.

 

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Quotes I enjoyed:

It’s almost like the words on the pages are wanting people not just to see the words but to hear them, feel them, smell them.

 

Your people did bad things. My people did bad things. It does not mean they are all bad people.  War is war. And war makes people be something it is not intended they should be.

What I liked:

Everything. The characters were so lovely. They were thought out well and the character development was clear and steady. It was just such a stable read with excitement sewn into the right places.

What I did not like:

It’s not that I didn’t like it but it’s something I would have preferred. There are some sentences directly translated to English from Japanese. I would have preferred the Japanese words first and then translated into English especially in the flashback of what happened in Japan.

 

Rating:

4 delightful snowflakes

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Sincerely Snow