Anna And The French Kiss Review.

A beautifully written contemporary debut novel from Stephanie Perkins will make you remember why you love the genre.

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Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a
loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris–until she meets Étienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, Étienne has it all…including a serious girlfriend.

But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss?

 

 

Meet Anna Oliphant, a senior in high school who is American as they come. She works at her local movie theatre in Atlanta, Georgia, and has her own movie blog. She aspires to be a move critic, a writer, like her father; and that’s about the only thing she and her father have in common. She has a couple of issues with her father; one being that he is a bestselling romance novelist, and two, he’s sending her to Paris, France, for her senior year of high school.

“For the two of us, home isn’t a place. It is a person. And we are finally home.”

Anna will be attending the SOAP, the School Of America in Paris. Here she will live in a dorm, take french class, and just soak up the french lifestyle while she finishes out her high school career. Sounds good to me, but certainly not to Anna. She is not happy to give up her life in Atlanta.

“The more you know who you are, and what you want, the less you let things upset you.”

Once Anna arrives, she meets her new roommate, and falls in with her great group of friends. From there, she and her newfound friends have fun in Paris, and Anna even manages to meet the perfect boy, Etienne St. Claire, the only problem? St. Claire has a girlfriend, a serious girlfriend at that. What’s a girl to do?

“I love you as certain dark things are loved, secretly, between the shadow and the soul.”

I loved this book. I wasn’t much for contemporaries before this, but this has completely changed my mind. It was beautifully written, the ending is fantastic, and it gave me all sorts of emotions, but in the best way. If you want a feel good book, or just need a new book to read, pick up this one, it’s amazing, and is now one of my favorites.

Overall

This was an amazing read, I give it a 5 out of 5 stars and would recommend to pretty much anyone. Please do pick this one up and read it, I sorely doubt you’ll regret it.

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A Court Of Thorns And Roses Review.

A beautiful retelling of the beloved Beauty And The Beast, Sarah J. Maas will have you up reading under the covers until late past your bedtime with this fast-paced mix of adventure and romance that’ll have you clamoring for more.

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre 16096824kills 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 grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.

Feyre lives a simple life. She and her family were once wealthy, but after her father lost their fortune, and their mother, they live in a small hut in the forest. Her father is unable to work, so Feyre must do everything for her father and her two sisters. She hunts for all of their food, and one day, when she nears the bordering wall between her country, and the faeries country, she sees a wolf. Only, it’s not a wolf, and she knows it.

“We need hope, or else we cannot endure.”

It’s a faerie. She’s been warned about faeries all her life. They’re ruthless killers who can only be stopped by a small number of things, including ash arrows, Feyre’s chosen hunting weapon. If you are spotted by a faerie, you might as well kiss your life goodbye, because you’re dead. There is no escape, your fate is sealed. Feyre knows she shouldn’t shoot the wolf, but something in the wolf’s eyes speaks to her, like he’s almost as desperate as she is. As if the faerie wants her to shoot him, so she does.

The next night, while she is preparing the food she got last night, another faerie bursts into her house, disguised as a wolf, and demands that she must pay the price for killing a faerie, die right now, or leave her family forever and go live with him in his court in Prythian, the faerie country. A place no human has ever been known to survive.

“Pity those who don’t feel anything at all.”

Feyre has no idea why she is there, only that she must remain there as his captive. She quickly learns that not everything is as it seems there, and she wants to figure out what’s really going on. She soon finds herself in places she never thought she’d be, for reasons she never thought possible. Will she make it out of this adventure alive? Read and find out.

“Don’t feel bad for one moment about doing what brings you joy.”

Wow! I’m sorry to say that I hadn’t read a Sarah J. Maas book until this one. I was really missing out. This book is a masterpiece and should be appreciated as such. The word is vivid, the writing amazing, and the characters mesmerizing. This book gave me so many feelings, and I loved every second of it. Maas’ poetic, beautiful writing captured me from the very first page, and I practically devoured this book.

Overall.

I give this a 5 out of 5 stars, and would recommend this to anybody, because this retelling is better than the original. Sarah J Maas weaves a world you want to go to. Maas’ beautiful retelling will have you clamoring for the sequel.

A Court Of Mist And Fury Review.

An incredible follow up to the heart wrenching retelling of The Beauty And The Beast, Sarah J. Maas delivers a novel that’s even better than the first.

Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep 17927395cost. 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.

“He thinks he’ll be remembered as the villain in the story. But I forgot to tell him that the villain is usually the person who locks up the maiden and throws away the key. He was the one who let me out.”

Wow. This one was great. I was really surprised by this book, but in the best possible way, as in, I read almost 300 pages of it in one sitting.I never expected any of what I got from this book. It felt new and real and it was stunning. This book has dragged me out of a very long reading slump, and I am so thankful for that.

The book starts out after Feyre is back in the Spring Court with Tamlin, and she is learning how exactly to be the wife of a High Lord. She and the rest of Prythian is still trying to deal with everything that happened with Amarantha and Under The Mountain.

“There are good days and hard days for me—even now. Don’t let the hard days win.”

In dealing with these issues, Tamlin and Company are gone for a majority of the time, and Feyre is left either by herself or with her newfound friend, High Priestess Ianthe. Ianthe is the main one who is helping her step into her new role as Tamlin’s bride. Feyre, of course, does not want to stay behind, so she is constantly trying to go with Tamlin, so he locks her up inside their mansion and never lets her leave, not even for short periods of time. Needless to say, she is not happy. If you don’t remember, Feyre made a deal with Rhysand, the High Lord of the Night Court, while she was Under the Mountain. This deal forces her to spend one week a month with Rhys in his home in the Night Court. She made this deal to keep herself alive, but, what does Rhys get out of this little bargain? Maybe he’s not who everybody thinks he is, and maybe Tamlin isn’t either.

“No one was my master— but I might be master of everything, if I wished. If I dared.”

It’s a massive 624 pages, so it seemed a little daunting at first, but once I started, I could not stop. It is beautifully written, mind-blowing wonderfulness. The pace of the plot was perfect, I never got bored, and I absolutely adored all the new characters. The new setting was equally as enchanting as the people who lived there. I wish I lived there. Sarah J. Mass’ meticulous descriptions of Rhy’s world made you feel like you were there, and then some.

“To the stars who listen—and the dreams that are answered.”

I finished it a couple of days ago and I still have all the feels, and I do mean, all the feels. This book was the most incredible emotional roller coaster I have ever experienced. It has everything you could want in a novel. Off the charts everything. Characters, plot, pace, setting, substance.  Maas managed to balance a stunning plot with a beautiful romance, which is really hard to do in my opinion. I find that it is either one or the other, not both, and she did it flawlessly. There is not one single thing that I disliked about this book, at all. I was in the biggest reading slump imaginable, and Sarah J. Maas’ writing has completely pulled me out of it, so, thank you so much Ms. Maas.

Overall

This book was absolutely fantastic and I would sell my soul to get mu hands on the next book right now. It instantly became one of my new all-time favorites, right there next to Outlander and The Mortal Instruments. I recommend this for older teens and up, because it will blow your minds until you can’t even think straight, it was that good. 5 out of 5 stars for sure. If you read one series this year, make it this one.

If you have read this book please let me know what you think down in the comments!

Outlander Review.

Romance, danger, and mystery abound, this book will have you sweating, in more ways than one.

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon Review On 802 Book Review.The year is 1945. Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is just back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an “outlander”—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of Our Lord…1743.

Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire is catapulted into the intrigues of lairds and spies that may threaten her life, and shatter her heart. For here James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, shows her a love so absolute that Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire—and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.

Claire Randall, the main heroine of the novel, is originally from England, 1945. The story opens with Claire and her husband, Frank, on there second honeymoon in the Scottish Highlands. One day, they see a group of women dancing inside a circle of stones. The next day, Claire goes back to the stone circle, as she is a budding botanist, to go and pick up some plants she saw there. She is soon transported to the year 1743, and surrounded by men in kilts and red coats fighting. Not just fighting, but old school fighting, with axes and other close range weapons. She is captured by a group of burly men in kilts, and is forced to save one of there young companions, a Mr. James Fraser. She is swept up with this new crowd as their hostage, thus their story begins.

“Don’t be afraid. There’s the two of us now.”

Diana Gabaldon weaves a miraculous tale of chivalry, true love, tough times, and heartwarming moments in her debut novel, Outlander. This book has officially earned a spot as one of my all-time favorite books. It took me very long to read, but I flew through it once I picked it up again last week. I stayed up way to late finishing this bad boy up, and I can’t bring myself to regret the sleep I lost, no way. I loved many things about this book, the world, the plotline, the twists and turns, I pretty much loved the whole thing. What really sealed the deal for me was the characters.

The world, I had never been super interested in Scotland before, but I am now! The story takes place in 1743, in the Scottish Highlands. I always wished that I had been born in an earlier time period, I love how people dress, how people act, how they live, everything about the older time periods, like this one. It’s romantic, it’s beautiful, and Diana did not let me down on this front. She brought the old time-y feel, without reminding me of all the not-so-great aspects of this time period, like the lack of running water, and indoor plumbing. She nailed all the fabulous aspects of this world, this Jacobitism Scotland. The time period is really well written.

“Oh, aye, Sassenach. I am your master . . . and you’re mine. Seems I canna possess your soul without losing my own.”

The plot is another big point for me. Let me tell you, this book is massive. It’s 623 pages, with small print and thin pages. A lot happened in this novel. I loved how long and drawn out it was. We got to see exciting and fast-paced times, as well as happy and slow times. The pace of the book was really nice as well, it never moved to fast or too slow.

Now, onto my favorite part, the characters. I have a clear favorite here, and if you’ve heard anything about the book, or seen the TV show, I think you know already who my favorite is, a Mr. Jamie Fraser. I mean, don’t get me wrong, Claire is pretty great. She’s a kick-butt combat nurse during World War II, so she really knows her stuff.  Jamie is great for so many reasons, but most of all, he exemplifies chivalry. He tries to do right by Claire at all times. He’s funny, handsome, and he’s willing to duke it out for his friends and family, the man is practically fearless. He is goodness personified, and that is why he is my favorite and really just makes this story, it would not even be close to as good as it is if Jamie wasn’t in it.

Overall

This is a great book, and one of my new all-time favorites. Read it if you want to have an awesome time! I give this book a 5 out of 5 stars, and I will definitely be continuing on in the series.

An Ember In The Ashes Review.

Masks, trial, and a forbidden love, all woven together into Sabaa Tahir’s debut novel.

I WILL TELL YOU THE SAME THING I TELL EVERY SLAVE.

THE RESISTANCE HAS TRIED TO PENETRATE THIS SCHOOL COUNTLESS TIMES. I HAVE DISCOVERED IT EVERY TIME.An Ember In The Ashes

IF YOU ARE WORKING WITH THE RESISTANCE, IF YOU CONTACT THEM, IF YOU THINK OF CONTACTING THEM, I WILL KNOW

AND I WILL DESTROY YOU.

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.

Okay, I was never really interested in this book when I first heard about it. I thought, “Yeah, maybe I’ll read it”. I never really took an interest until I heard about it on Booktube. I think it was Sasha who said that it was really good, and I tend to trust the opinions of my favorite Booktubers. I also heard that there was a movie in the works for this book, and at the time it hadn’t even been released yet, so I thought, “Wow, this book must be really good if it already has a movie deal and it hasn’t even been released yet”. So, a few days after I heard about it, I pre-ordered it. Let’s get on with this review, shall we?

“Fear is only your enemy if you allow it to be.”

What I really liked about this book was the dual POV. It features the point of view of Laia, a Scholar girl willing to risk it all to save her brother, and Elias, A Tribal boy who’s the best mask the academy has ever seen. I think that the dual POV really helped me to learn about both of the characters, and it kept the story very fluent, and it kept it from becoming boring. What I also didn’t like about each of the characters experiencing different things at the same tie was that there were only about six or seven scenes that they were even in the same room. I would’ve liked to have seen more interaction between Elias and Laia. I love when there is at least a little it of romance but this book really didn’t have any, it was very minimal, which I didn’t like very much.

I really liked the writing style. Some people would complain about the prevalent lack of detail, but I think that Sabaa Tahir’s writing was not flowery, which I like. It was action packed, yet descriptive, and I think she got the right amount of prose, without it becoming poetry. I liked the use of symbolism in this book, especially the Masks. The Masks represented the death of their old life, and the birth of their new ones as the physical masks melded into their skin, obscuring their faces. I thought that that was a really nice, touch, very interesting and new. What I didn’t like was the ending, though. It left so many unanswered questions.

“Life is made of so many moments that mean nothing. Then one day, a single moment comes along to define every second that comes after. Such moments are tests of courage, of strength.”

Overall

I give this book five stars, despite the ending, that felt unresolved and resolved at the same time, which was a little weird. I definitely think that this standalone could be turned into a series, and I certainly hope it does, so that my questions can be answered. I would really like to read more from Sabaa Tahir, as this book was nothing short of excellent. If I give it five stars, but was not satisfied with the ending, you know that it had to be good. This book is definitely one of my new favorites, and I would recommend this book to pretty much anyone who like fantasy or dystopian YA, due to the minimal romance inside the book. I also really liked how each character had their own agendas that often conflicted with one another’s which made things very interesting. If you haven’t picked up this book yet, I recommend that you do immediately, as it was absolutely fantastic, practically sensational. Go pick up this bad boy ASAP! I hope you enjoyed this and that I’ll see you back here soon! Have a great day!