BOOK TALK: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Howdy y’all! I’m very pleased and excited of the book we’re reviewing today. I may not have been a victim of a cruel reading slump, it has been a while since I read a fantasy book I was this pumped up for. It’s none other than:

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Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

 

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Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…

A convict with a thirst for revenge.

A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager.

A runaway with a privileged past.

A spy known as the Wraith.

A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.

A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.

Kaz’s crew are the only ones who might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.

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I honestly don’t even know where to begin with since so much happened and all of which were told and executed in epic proportions. I can already say this is one of my top books I’d get to read this year, which makes me even more excited for Crooked Kingdom coming out September this year.

It was so easy to get thrown into this world, especially having read the Grisha trilogy first. Plus the book has a map which is a-maaaaaaaaa-zing. (We all know how books with good maps already tell you the book is awesome.) The way the scenes were told were very vivid, one trait I have always liked of Bardugo’s writing. I suck at taking directions and understanding them, so being able to comprehend this book’s descriptions of the places says alot.

Bardugo takes this heist story to a whole new level. The writing is very clever and I absolutely loved how logic was practically seeping through the pages. It definitely is engaging in terms of it making you think and plot along with the characters – how will they execute this? What is the best strategy for them to pull this off?  Is the route their going to take the best one? I also found it gripping in a way that you would feel anxious for the characters when they were carrying out the heist, you’d feel nervous when a part of their plan seemingly fails, and you’d feel a surge of pride when it does come through. The twists and turns in this book are on point.

The characters are quite distinct from each other as well and I do appreciate the fact that Bardugo has incorporated their back stories as the story goes on – it makes you feel more connected with them and it feels as if you know them more. However, there was still this mysterious allure they had which isn’t bad at all. It actually works in their favor. It pulls you towards them even more.

And speaking of their back stories, despite all the struggles they went through– and are still going through, it doesn’t make you pity them but instead they become inspirations and epitomes of resilience. Although being “proper thieves” isn’t exactly a favorable way to rise against the odds, you get the idea. 😂😉

I admire all of the six leading characters in the book, but my favorite would have to be Inej. I look up to her because I admire how faithful and loyal she is. She risks her life everyday just to survive but she demands respect in her aura. She is deadly and you shouldn’t mess with her, no matter how young or innocent she might seem.

With all this said, I could say that I practically couldn’t put the book down and each chapter will make you want for more!

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I give this a 4.5 out of 5 stars. Such an amazing read! 😍

If you haven’t read this yet, I will shamelessly urge you to, or at least put it in your TBR here. And if you have, especially if you posted about it, you can send me links in the comments below so I could read your thoughts, too ❤

Thank you for reading! Til the next post. X

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MELOPHOBIA BOOK REVIEW

Howdy ya’ll! I received a digital copy of the book Melophobia by James Morris in exchange for an honest review. So, today we’re reviewing:

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Title: Melophobia

Author: James Morris

My rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟

 

Goodreads summary:

The time – now; the place – America, but in a world where the government controls all forms of art and creativity, any music sowing the seeds of anarchy is banned – destroyed if found – its creators and listeners harshly punished.

Merrin Pierce works as an undercover Patrol officer assigned to apprehend a fugitive musician who threatens the safe fabric of society, only to confront everything she thought to be true – her values, upbringing, job, and future.

Can love survive in a world without music?

 

What are my over-all thoughts of the book?

To be honest, the book exceeded my expectations. I found myself wanting to read it all day every day, wanting to get to the bottom of things and just making ways and excuses to be able to read it. When I wasn’t reading it, I thought of reading it – I thought of the kind of world the book had.

With this being said, the premise of the book is in Los Angeles – only that it was parallel to the Los Angeles we all know: people wore conservative outfits, the community is quiet and forms of literature, dance, art and other creative artworks are forbidden. Among all these, there is one thing that is prohibited the most: Music.

I found this such a creative concept for the author to think of. Music is such a huge part in all of our lives, too huge we take it for granted. This book made me realize how music is in fact one of the best things we could have (or hear) and life would turn into a constant, boring blob without it. If I think about it, it becomes a scary world –if music, in all of its wonderful forms – would be banned.

Merrin Pierce is an undercover Patrol officer who swore to rid their community with music – the very thing that corrupted her family, the thing that they believe would spark unwanted and unnecessary rebellion and misbehavior. When I was reading her thoughts about how she viewed music and how she was determined to eradicate it, I found it rational given her circumstances. But for the rest of the community, they were taught that music is bad. And all I could say was how could they live with that? Seeing as they never heard music before, they didn’t know what they were missing.

Merrin is then sent to do a big undercover mission to discover the source of the music and finds herself in situations beyond her imaginations. Situations that could make her disbelieve what has been her steadying rock throughout her life. I could somehow connect myself easily with Merrin and hopefully future readers would feel the same way. I found the conflicts she faces, the thoughts she has, are almost as similar as mine which was so good to read because I felt I was in her shoes the whole time I was reading.

The romance in this book is as scandalous and as wonderful as it could get. (Not in the dirty way, you guys!) Merrin’s basically caught up in a really complicated love triangle that makes her decide between her principles in which she stood by all her life and the opportunities a new and free kind of life could offer her.

The story also made me question many things in our culture which were implied in the subtexts of the book: Does music really encourage unwanted rebellion and misbehavior with their lyrics patronizing the use of drugs and alcohol and having sex? Would the world possibly be more peaceful if not for punk, metal, and rock n roll music people love? How does music affect our lives? Could we eventually lived in a world without it like the people in Merrin’s world? Could we literally DIE without music? So many more questions float in my head, so much curiousity brought up by this amazing book which I would love to discuss with you all. Go read the book – it’s available at Amazon! Riiiiiight here. 🙂

The book has many twists and turns that’ll keep you on the edge of your seat wanting for more – because I know I did! I loved every single page, every chapter of this reading experience and I’m very much thankful for Mr. James Morris for letting me review his amazing book!

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Feel free to share your thoughts with me and if you have other recommendations for me to read, I’d love to hear ‘em 😀 You can contact me through Twitter, Goodreads and my business e-mail : pigeonreads(at)gmail(dot)com.

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BOOK TALK: A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES BY SARAH J. MAAS

A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES BOOK REVIEW

Howdy ya’ll! Today we’re reviewing:

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Title: A Court Of Thorns And Roses

Author: Sarah J. Maas

My rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

 

Goodreads summary:

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 the 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.

 

What are my over-all thoughts in this book? (spoiler free)

If I could put my feelings for this book in one word, it probably would be beautifulfantasticandabsolutelyoneofthemostperfectbooksiveeverread. So, yeah. Obviously, I loved it. I have read all of Sarah J. Maas’s books by now and I therefore conclude that all her books are so good and amazing, and ACOTAR is definitely not an exception. If I could rate this more than five stars, I would. Plus, like a typical SJM book, ACOTAR HAS A MAP! (which all of us knows is an early sign of a book’s impending awesomeness).

This story talks about the world of the Fae (Sarah has an amazing fascination for the Fae world as it is obvious in her books) which I find very interesting and entertaining to read. The Fae world in the Throne of Glass series is so epic and wonderful for me but I honestly would like to live in this Fae world more. Oh, and by the way the land of the Fae is called Prythian. (Where does Sarah get all these amazingly creative names of people and places?) One of the main reasons why I would want to live there? One word, my friends. TAMLIN. And because of the presence of magic, of course! (But yes, for the most part it’s because of Tamlin. *sighs dreamily*)

Its story line loosely follows one like Beauty and the Beast’s where the lead guy is cursed and the curse could only be lifted by one girl who could fall in love with him despite his flaws. But this book is hugely distinct compared to Beauty and the Beast. Sarah J. Maas just has this special touch with her books that you could never not love.

Like the rest of her books, I found it very easy to get lost in this world in the best way possible. And I actually didn’t want to finish it so fast because I wanted to stay in that world, with those characters, a bit longer. The characters are also different from each other which makes it all the more engaging. It was hard to let go of this book, you guys.

I’d also like to acknowledge how I very much appreciate the female protagonist in this book. Feyre. Characters like her are one of the reasons why I love books like this so much – they inspire me. Feyre is the breadwinner of her family despite her being the youngest of three sisters. She’s brave and clever and practically the kind of person I eventually want to be.

You’ll get to know Tamlin, Feyre and all the other characters in this book and see their awesomeness for yourself. So if you haven’t read it yet, I suggest you do ;D

This book has so much epicness and adventure in it, you’d want to reach for the next book! *A Court of Mist and Fury (out 2016, May 3rd)*

 

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Okay. Ships are the first thing I’d like to talk about this book.

I have been hearing lots of opinions expressing thoughts of shipping Feyre with Rhysand. And seeing as my ship in the Throne of Glass series is Chaolaena, I guess you wouldn’t be surprised that I ship Feyre with Tamlin. (Although if Feyre wants Rhysand instead, I can have Tamlin so everything’s still good.)

But I am kind of nervous for ACOMAF because in Sarah’s books, there is a high possibility in which you ship one couple for one minute, and a whole new one the next. (Like how people instantly shipped Rowaelin after reading Queen of Shadows).

Also, did anyone ever realize it was a Beauty-and-the-Beast-esque story while reading it? Because I surprisingly didn’t. I only realized it after I read it then thought back on the book. With that being said, I think the revelation of the curse was one of the highlights in the book, and me being a book crier and all, I practically silently sobbed while Feyre and Alis were having the conversation about Tamlin’s curse and how she could’ve broken his curse WITH THREEE BLOODY DAYS TO SPARE. BUT TAMLIN LET HER GO. HE LET GO BECAUSE SHE WAS IN DANGER AND LETTING HER GO WAS THE ONLY WAY HE THOUGHT HE WAS GOING TO KEEP FEYRE SAFE – EVEN IF IT MEANT NOT CURING THE CURSE.

He loved Feyre and Feyre loved him. It was as simple as that. The romance between them was so beautiful and charming to read and made me feel warm and fuzzy because I love them. I just love them both to pieces.

Here are two of my favorite scenes in the whole book:

 

I suppose it’ll be easier when I’m gone,” I said, looking away from him. “Who wants someone around who’s so covered in thorns?”

“Thorns?”

“Thorny. Prickly. Sour. Contrary.”

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As consciousness left me at last, I thought I heard him speak, his mouth close to my ear.

“I love you,” he whispered, and kissed my brow. “Thorns and all.”

Also, I love the part when Feyre eventually decided to go back to Prythian and face Amarantha to free Tamlin and his people of the curse and Amarantha made her do tasks in order to prove her love for Tamlin was indeed true. I loved it when she used those bones as her ladder from the worm’s pit. I was actually smiling so wide because I felt like Rhysand at that moment: beaming with pride for Feyre and betting all my coppers she’d defeat the worm.

 

What are my theories for the next book?

I know so far, Sarah doesn’t have those hobbies of killing characters we love so dearly, but in truth, I am quite nervous of the possible deaths of characters in the next books. (Maybe the next one or the one after the next.) I actually don’t want to name names so…

I also feel that Amarantha might still be alive because of Jurian’s bone and eye missing. I somehow feel that Amarantha is still lurking because a part of her is in the bone and eye. And it makes me worry for Prythian a lot.

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Do you have thoughts and theories about the book? Feel free to share them with me through the comments or through my Twitter and/or Goodreads 😀

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BOOK TALK: CARRY ON BY RAINBOW ROWELL

Howdy ya’ll! Today we’re reviewing:

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Title: Carry On

Author: Rainbow Rowell

Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Summary:

SIMON SNOW IS THE WORST CHOSEN ONE WHO’S EVER BEEN CHOSEN.

That’s what his roommate, Baz, says. And Baz might be evil and a vampire and a complete git, but he’s probably right. Half the time, Simon can’t even make his wand work, and the other half, he sets something on fire. His mentor’s avoiding him, his girlfriend broke up with him, and there’s a magic-eating monster running around wearing Simon’s face. Baz would be having a field day with all this, if he were here – it’s their last year at the Watford School of Magicks, and Simon’s infuriating nemesis didn’t even bother to show up.

 

What are my initial thoughts of the book?

To say the least, I could say that this book is one of my top books I’ve read this year – for many reasons. I loved how this book took into light two unconventional characters – characters out of the stereotypical ones we’re all used to reading. As you may or may not know, I am a big fan of YA Fantasy books and stories so the book being about magic and spells and powers were just another reason for me to love the book even more.

Simon Snow is a funny and innocent character and a not-so-much of an expert when it comes to magic, but when he does harness it, he could become one of the most powerful mages in the world of magic. I found it so interesting whenever he would “off” himself because he has so much power in him he doesn’t even realize it. And of course, as any other protagonist may have, he has his very own arch nemesis, Baz.

Baz is my favorite character in the book, to be honest (and I already love all the characters in this book). He is a magician slash vampire and he’s snotty and witty and humorous and the so-composed-on-the-outside-but-freaking-out-inside type which I love. We also get to know more about him and his family in this book and why he is the way he is today. My heart just goes out to Baz – for everything that he’s been through and for how he faces them. I love him.

Other characters are easy to love in the book, personally. Penelope, Simon’s best friend is just so adventurous it’s infectious. And Agatha, Ebb, Lucy, EVERYONE.

The kind of world in this book is something of second nature to all of you sci-fi fans, or fans of Harry Potter and the like. I love how Rainbow integrates several pop culture references in this book and how she puts in on a different perspective. There are lot of phrases which are so common and mundane for all of us, then here comes Rainbow turning it around in the best way possible – through magic!

This book also features the different points of views of the characters which isn’t confusing at all, it actually makes the story even clearer and easier to understand. I found this world easy to jump into so I think for those of who you are yet to read this wouldn’t have a difficult time reading. 🙂

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A few spoilery thoughts:

I really think I’m not alone on this one: SIMON AND BAZ SCENES ARE SO SO SO SO SO SO SO GOOD. (There aren’t enough so’s in the world to help me emphasize this.) In the first parts of the book, roughly the first hundred fifty, Baz is nowhere to be found. Simon goes crazy looking for him and thinking about where he’d run off to or what the snakes happened to him why he wasn’t attending school especially since it’s their last year in Watford. This, in turn, makes me even more curious to know where in the world Baz is.

Then we get to know he was kidnapped by bloody numpties and his aunt Fiona rescuing him and all. *phew* (Plus this is actually the reason I only kind-of hate Fiona.) And later on he mentioned being hopelessly in love with Simon since their fifth year and I was like

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Then as we read on, Simon now realizes he kind of likes Baz, too. *DOUBLE HEARTS*

I don’t read LGBT books that much because honestly, some really don’t suit my taste as to how authors portray characters like these. But Rainbow Rowell did an amazing job on making this relationship in her story a gay one. I LOVE IT. It was really elaborated and substantiated for me and as a reader I was really satisfied and was left craving for more Simon-Baz moments.

The spells in this book use words that are common, after reading the book and reading the terms, I may or may not pronounce them as spells… *GUILTY*

Bottom line is this book is very easy to get lost in and also very easy to love, at least in my opinion. And I would highly recommend this to you ❤ Prepare to be blown off your seats, people.

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If you liked this book and have other book recommendations for me feel free to share your thoughts with me on my Twitter and/or on my Goodreads . 😀

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BOOK TALK: THE LOST HERO BY RICK RIORDAN

Howdy ya’ll! Today, we’re reviewing:

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THE LOST HERO BY RICK RIORDAN

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The Lost Hero, the first book in the Heroes of Olympus series, takes place a year after the Percy Jackson and the Olympian series, following the same scheme of things, basically: Demigods are found, they go to Camp Half-blood, and they go on a quest and all sorts of crazy breaks loose. And of course, Rick Riordan never disappoints with his epic storytelling of adventures, not to mention giving you fits of laughter while you read page after page.

The story follows the stories and Jason, Piper, and Leo.

Jason doesn’t have a clue what’s happening when he mysteriously wakes up on a school bus boarding students from the Wilderness School. There he meets Piper, who appears to be his girlfriend, and Leo, his best friend. His friends tell him he must have had amnesia for not remembering them and acting so weird. Everything feels strange and unfamiliar to Jason.

Piper, on the other hand, seems to be hiding something from Jason and Piper. A dream that has been haunting her three nights ago – a dream she can’t confide anyone in. Right by the time she has those dreams, her father, a famous actor, disappears. In her dreams, she is being asked of a huge favor and she’s not happy about it.

Then we have Leo – the jokester of the three; the man who knows his way with tools. He believes nothing is unfixable and that’s exactly what he does. He’s very good with constructing and building things and has no problem getting his hands dirty with a little machine oil. There’s something to be bothering him over the years, though. Spirits? Ghosts? Lost souls?

Things start to go wrong when a storm hits them on their field trip and this is where things about who they really are and what they’ll come to face comes into play. It turns out there’s more than meets the eye when Mother Nature decides to unleash her powers on earth. This fiasco leads them right to Camp Half-Blood.

Here they go on a dangerous quest and get to know each other more and how their circumstances are more connected than what they have expected.

What are my over-all thoughts of the book? (spoiler free)

If there’s one thing I’m sure about, it’s that this book is epic and it’s hilarious. The adventures our characters go through and the monsters they go up against are epic. It actually makes me regret I wasn’t into Greek mythology as I am now because of Rick’s books. But even if you weren’t you’d learn so much about the different myths as you read further.

Rick’s way of incorporating these gods, both minor and major, in the book are shown in a fun and interesting way. Despite the gods and goddesses’ downfalls, you’ll eventually find yourself laughing and utterly amused of this creative storytelling – I know I was.

This book is different from the previous series because Roman gods and goddesses are now taken into light. I won’t say much so as not to spoil any of you, but in this book, we’ll get to know deeper about the Greek gods and goddesses and their Roman counterparts and also how they differ from each other, but are still similarly alike – if that makes sense (which it will once you read the book).

And being this is the first book, you have to expect a major cliffhanger. And yes, it makes you wanna pick up the next book, Son of Neptune, immediately and delve yourself in their world once more. I’d recommend this book to those of you who’d like a good laugh and adventures in books. And also, regardless if you like Greek Mythology or not, you’re gonna love it.

*SPOILER BORDER! IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THE BOOK YET, GO READ IT AND THEN COME BACK AFTER. SEE YA :D*

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My honest opinion is that I like this book very much, but I love Lightning Thief better. I don’t know, maybe it’s because I’ve read it first and I’m more acquainted to the books in the previous series? But of course, I’ll expect to have my socks blown off as I read further into the series. I know I’ll be reading even more epic and funny adventures especially since I’ve heard so many reviews and comments from different people saying that Heroes of Olympus is better. We’ll just have to see J

Firstly, I thought it was awesome to see Leo claimed by Hephaestus and Piper claimed by Aphrodite. I wasn’t surprised with Leo since he knew a way with tools, neither with Jason who was claimed by Zeus, but Piper? Piper’s mom was a shocker. But it works, I guess. She’s tried so hard not to be pretty but turns out she is. Very pretty, actually.

Looking back on the scenes and highlights in the book, I’d say Leo Valdez is my favorite character. He’s really funny and nice and has a soft side to him, his vulnerable side. I kept on saying “no” to him (well, technically to the book) every time he says things in the likes of “Leo knew when he wasn’t wanted” and stuff like that. It made me want to reach into the book and give him a hug and tell him he’s not alone. It also kind of makes him more relatable because I think we all have that side to us that’s afraid of being alone and feel like the third wheel with others. But the great thing about him is, he just brushes it off and he just makes hilarious jokes (especially when he’s teasing Coach Hedge or Butch, Iris’ son). One highlight of the book that made me laugh the hardest was when in one of their battle scenes, Leo tries to summon fire and he was like “I can’t summon anymore gas.” Then he thinks “Wow that came out wrong.”

*cue me chuckling for about an hour or so. Thank you, Rick.*

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The first time we meet Annabeth after their encounter with the storm spirits, I was so happy since she was my favorite character in the PJO series. But my heart sunk when I read that Percy was missing.

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About Leo’s, Piper’s and Jason’s dreams though, or should I call them nightmares? Was it only me who thought Hera is creepy as fudge. When Leo described her wearing a widow’s dress and a black shawl, I swear I imagined a black lady. It scared the bejeebers out of me. Plus the fact that she was Leo’s former baby sitter WHO TRIED TO KILL HIM? Yeah, I thought, definitely a black lady. Yeah, yeah, I know she’s a goddess but I can’t stop thinking about her as a black lady.

While we’re on this subject, during the first pages where we learn Leo’s mom died, I had a feeling it was because of him. It turns out I was right – on the literal sense. But technically, it was Hera the black lady’s fault.

Jason, on the other hand, discovers that Thalia is his brother when he sees a picture of her back in Cabin One, Zeus’s cabin. And family don’t fall short for the Leo and Piper either. Leo misses his mom and Piper has daddy issues.

On their quest: I was so happy that Leo got to fix the dragon and name him Festus. It really took a great role in their quest. They got to meet king Midas, Medea, and Enceladus (which still reminds me of Enchiladas) and most importantly, Jason got reunited with Thalia.

They were in this cave being circled by a pack of wolves, led by Lycaon, and it really seemed like they were fighting a losing battle until the very first silver arrow was shot, I literally was like HECK YES ARTEMIS’S HUNTERS. I LOVE THEM.

The last place of their quest was in Mount Diablo or the Devil Mountain and I was really nervous when Piper and Leo were still trying to break Hera free from the cage and Jason battled Enceladus by himself. I was on the edge of my seat til finally, finally, Hera was out and she shone like there was no tomorrow and obliterated the enemies and left the giant running. It was an unsettled fine, but it would be enough.

When they return from their quest to the camp, Percy is still missing. Annabeth and Jason finally put the pieces together and concluded that Percy and Jason got were in each other’s places. Jason Grace is the son of the Roman god, Jupiter, that was why he had the roman tattoo on his arm. If Jason, son of Rome, had woken up to be on the Greek gods and goddesses’ land, Percy woke up on the Roman’s. Greek and Romans hate each other.

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Theories for next book:

I think we’ll get to read some points in Percy’s view, how we handled being under Roman demigod laws or whatever you call them. And I think part of the seven will be found (I don’t think they’ll all be found at once in the next book alone). I have a feeling that Nico, son of Hades, would be one of the seven in the prophecy and also Jason’s friend, Reyna, since I felt a ring to her name when she was mentioned in the book. Of course, I’ll expect more monsters, more dangerous ones at that and an unsettled Olympus, perhaps? The war between the Olympians and Gaea isn’t over just yet.

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BOOK TALK: TO ALL THE BOYS I’VE LOVED BEFORE BY JENNY HAN

Howdy ya’ll! Today we’re reviewing:

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TO ALL THE BOYS I’VE LOVED BEFORE BY JENNY HAN

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Let me start this review by saying that this book was SO MUCH FUN TO READ. As much as it’s obvious in my spazzes on my other accounts, I have been reading a lot of fantasy and action-packed books recently. So it was nice to read something as light and funny as this book, and I’m glad that this is my first contemporary book after so long.

The story’s about this one girl, Lara Jean, who writes letters to the boys she has loved before. Hence, the title. The letters she writes aren’t actually love love letters. They’re like goodbye love letters. When she has a crush on someone, only when her feelings would end would she write a letter to them. It’s kind of like a closure to her. But she doesn’t send them. Those letters are only for her.

Then one day she finds out all the letters were sent out to the last people she’d hoped would get to read them. So then the story starts.

You’d think that this book would be so cheesy and all. Actually, yes it is. But not in the annoying way. It makes you wanna turn page after page even more. It has quite a number of awkward scenes that will definitely make you laugh. It’s also a coming of age book so it makes it quite relatable.

I laughed a lot when I was reading this book. Funny thing is, 50% of when I was reading, I was reading it in public. But it didn’t stop me from having giggles and chuckles. No regrets, though. No regrets.

If you wanna be entertained and get that lovey dovey feeling again and spark that romantic side of you, go pick up this book and it will surely not disappoint! 🙂

*SPOILER BORDER! IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THE BOOK YET GO READ IT FIRST THEN COME BACK AFTER. GOODBYE AND SEE YA! :)*

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Lara Jean Song Covey. One of the quirkiest characters I have ever read about. She is so fun, so creative and so innocent in a world where teenagers are very much into relationships, not to mention sexual activities. But no, not Lara Jean.

There are a total of five boys that she has written letters to: 1) Lucas ; 2) John Ambrose McClaren ; 3) Ken from camp ; 4) Peter Kavinsky ; and 5) Josh Sanderson.

Things that unfold after the letters were sent are so funny. There were a lot of awkward moments where Lara Jean was trapped in a hard-to-get-out-of situation and it was hilarious. I also love how the conversations went along in the book where a lot of light joking around and insults for fun were thrown. What’s funnier is, you realize you say those exact same words as well.

One of the boys she has written to, was actually gay. All the other people knew it, but Lara Jean. She just thought Lucas was just cleaner and more fashionable than the other guys. John moved to another house so she wasn’t exactly sure if he received it. Then Ken’s letter was sent back to Lara Jean without so much as a response.

Which leaves us with two boys: Peter Kavinsky and Josh Sanderson.

The problem is, Josh would have been perfect. If it wasn’t for Margot, her sister, being exes with him. So when Josh tries to confront Lara Jean about the letter, she quickly forms a plan when Peter walks by and she has this idea that Peter is her “boyfriend” so that Josh would know that her feelings for him are history, which isn’t entirely the case.

But the plan works and Peter adds a bargain. He just broke up with his girlfriend Genevieve, and he’d like to send a message for her that they are done for good. By pretending that Lara Jean is her girlfriend. Perfect, right? Wrong.

The girls that Peter date are primary target for public humiliation courtesy of Genevieve herself. She’ll spread nasty rumors that’ll make you want to run for the hills and leave Peter. This worries Lara Jean a lot but has no choice but to agree.

So they decided to pretend date to save face and also to prove a point to their exes (or ex-crush and ex-girlfriend, in this case).

I find it really cute how Peter would come to their house and help out with Lara Jean baking and whatever else she does. I also love how Peter cares for Kitty, Lara Jean’s little sister. Nobody can resist a man who loves children and is patient with them. I know you think the same. 😂 Then you’d think “Peter, are you still pretending? ‘Cause I feel it getting real. I feel it.”

One day, Lara Jean decides to end their little roleplay but Peter wanted them to continue until after the ski trip – a trip Lara Jean didn’t like to go to but was forced to because of Peter. Lara Jean’s uncomfortable being alone with Peter and his friends, especially with Genevieve coming, too, so she calls her friend Chris, (no, Chris is not a boy. She’s a girl) and convinces her to come along.

Problems start when Lara Jean and Chris sat next to each other because Peter wanted to sit beside Lara Jean because they were, in fact, still “dating”. Which is a cute gesture. He’s jealous. He’s jealous. He’s jealous. And Chris isn’t even a boy, he simply wants Lara Jean’s attention.

They had a fight here so I was nervous for the characters and I even wondered if it would be the end of their deal. But Lara Jean came to see Peter that night and it all ended with late night kisses and a quick dip in the hot tub. That’s what I call Kiss and Make up. 😉

I was really happy when they made up just because I really like them together. So cute and innocent and just having fun just as teenagers should do.

The book ended with Lara Jean writing to Peter a REAL LOVE LETTER. Not a letter for goodbyes or closure. But a REAL one. Because she realized that she did like Peter, after all. She writes “Dear Peter,” AND THEN THE BOOK ENDS.

MAJOR CLIFFHANGER, I KNOW. You’d wanna pick up the next book, P.S. I Still Love You, right after you finish the last page like I did! It was just THAT good.

Also, on another note, which I think this eventually becomes a minor detail in the book because of the turn of events in it, Kitty spilled the beans on who sent Lara Jean’s letters to those boys.

Well I’ll give you a clue. Her name starts with a K and ends with a -itty. 😁😁😁

I loved reading it, I loved reviewing it. I hope you enjoyed it, too. Thanks for reading! My next post will be up soon. Til then! Byeee xx

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BOOK TALK: ASSASSIN’S BLADE BY SARAH J. MAAS

Howdy ya’ll! So you might as well have heard of the Throne of Glass series. (These days, who hasn’t?) It’s a six-book series plus one novella. Currently, there are four books out namely Throne of Glass, Crown of Midnight, Heir of Fire and Queen of Shadows.

The novella is entitled Assassin’s Blade which contains five stories compiled into one book and it is what I am going to review for today.

P.S. If you haven’t read the series yet, I SUGGEST YOU DO BECAUSE IT IS BEYOND AMAZEBALLS.

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ASSASSINS BLADE

THE ASSASSIN’S BLADE BY SARAH. J. MAAS

Basically, my over-all reaction in reading Assassin’s Blade was that it was as good as all the other books in the series!!! IT WAS PERFECT. Well, okay, let’s face it. I think all the books in the series are the best.

I read this after I read Queen of Shadows so I regretted not reading it before Throne of Glass because Assassin’s Blade made me understand things from Celaena’s perspective. Plus there are so many references of Assassin’s Blade in QoS, (just a heads up.) I finally understood where and how all the anger, rage and lethal skills combined made Celaena who she is today.

I loved the book. I loved how I got to know all the characters well and how the storyline was plotted a whole- it was genius.

FIVE SHINY GOLD STARS FOR ASSASSIN’S BLADE 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

*SPOILER BORDER! IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THE BOOK YET, GO READ IT THEN  COME BACK HERE AFTER 🙂 BYE AND SEE YA!*

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It all began with the Assassin and the Pirate Lord. Here is where we first meet Arobynn Hamel, Celaena Sardothien, and Sam Cortland as loyal members of the Guild at the Assassin’s Keep. Arobynn is called the King of Assassins and is the head of the Keep, who is also responsible for sending his trained assassins into deadly missions that he’d make profit of later on.

So Celaena and Sam went on the mission of negotiating with the Pirate Lord together. Upon their mission, they found out that the Pirate Lord and Arobynn’s deal was basically making money out of slaves. Apparently, Celaena didn’t do well with the idea of enslavement- she hated it. And so did Sam.

That was when we get to see how Celaena’s heart is soft just as she is lethal. So she devises a plan to free the slaves before the trade agreement could start- which would mean endangering her and Sam’s lives to the extent of death under either Arobynn’s or the Pirate Lord’s hands. But no, Celaena didn’t mind. For the slaves, she would not regret it.

All my heart went out to Sam when he decided to join Celaena in freeing those slaves. He is a man with a big heart even though he’s one of the best assassins in Adarlan. He’s really strong and lethal just as Celaena is, but he is caring and loving, not to mention really handsome. So you wouldn’t wonder why so many ladies would swoon over this fine young man.

They eventually succeed with their plan and freed the slaves but Arobynn had beaten them when they returned to the Keep. Sam’s punishment was making him see when Arobynn beat Celaena up, add to the fact that he, too, was beaten up. During those times, he was shouting “I’ll kill you” to Arobynn.

That was the sign that he’d switched loyalties from Arobynn to Celaena. He chose Celaena over Arobynn.

To cut the story short, Arobynn further punished them by sending Celaena off to the Red Desert and Sam didn’t get any missions the whole time he was at the Keep and got stuck with babysitting Lysandra, a courtesan.

LET’S TALK ABOUT LYSANDRA FIRST. I DON’T LIKE HER IN THIS BOOK. I loved her, I absolutely LOVED her in Queen of Shadows but I hated her in this one. I hate the way she tries to flirt with Sam. The whole time I was like GET YOUR HANDS OFF SAM. HE IS CELAENA’S.

Which brings me to the later realization that Sam Cortland is, in fact, in love with the infamous Celaena Sardothien. Apparently, for years now already. Ah, the perks of being in love with the country’s deadliest assassin and not have the guts to tell her straight away.

Honestly, I’m a Chaolaena shipper *waves to all my fellow shippers* and I will go down with that ship no matter what. However, that “no matter what” turns out to be Sam Cortland.

Reading Assassin’s Blade makes me want to ship them so hard- Celaena and Sam. I love them and they are so perfect with each other and when I read about the two of them together my heart breaks and rejoices at the same time. Their bickering, their lovey-dovey moments: ugh just perfect.

So fast forward to the time when Celaena and Sam are free from their debts from Arobynn and they have an apartment of their own. It was only more or less two weeks of spending time together when they ran short of money and they needed clients and missions to suffice them with their monetary needs (because assassin missions pay handsomely). So Sam went out and looked for a client and found one hiring to kill Adarlan’s Crime Lord, Ioan Jayne and his second in command, Rourke Farran.

Sam went to kill Farran alone because he didn’t want Celaena that much involved in the assassination. BUT SAM DIDN’T COME BACK. Celaena waited for hours and hours, and even as dawn came, she was still waiting, still having the hope that Sam will come back.

Any minute. He’ll come home any minute.

But then we discover than Farran killed him and I was like “NOOOOO!!!! MY POOR BABY SAM!!!!” I was in tears. It just kept coming from the moment Celaena waited for him.

But then there’ s a twist in the end that Arobynn and Farran WORKED TOGETHER. THEY PLANNED SAM’S ASSASSINATION TOGETHER. AND THAT ASSASSINATION, LET ME TELL YOU, IT. WAS. BRUTAL. From how Sarah J. Maas described Sam’s dead body, gods above. Also, that scene when Celaena lied down beside Sam’s corpse, my heart *and my tear ducts* couldn’t take it. I was crying so much and kept saying “i caaaaaan’t”, “this is not happening”, “sam’s not dead, he can’t be”.

There was one line from Arobynn that made my blood boil to the highest degrees. He said “I don’t like sharing my belongings.” He was jealous of Sam and Celaena’s relationship- jealous that now, Celaena picked Sam over him. HE WAS SO POSSESSIVE OF CELAENA AND I’M LIKE “GET A FREAKING LIFE AROBYNN LET SAM AND CELAENA ENJOY THEIR LIVES TOGETHER!!!”

But alas, I am not Sarah and as a passionate reader and fan of the series, I’ll trust her to put our characters in good hands – hopefully – so we won’t be tortured with any more explosive feels.

Lastly, let’s talk about that ending. Celaena being sent off to Endovier. So Endovier is dubbed as a “death camp” because of how cruel the slaves are treated there at the salt mines. What broke my heart even more, however, was what she said when she was being carried off: “I am Celaena Sardothien, and I would not be afraid.”

It was Sam’s way of cheering himself up when he felt scared, as he once shared with Celaena. And I’m so HAPPY that she keeps repeating this line in the rest of the books in the series because it’s in honor for Sam. I’m so touched when she says this, it’s just perfect and beautiful.

Well, Sam Cortland, we know who you are and we know you’re not afraid.

The novella was funny, heartbreaking, epic and action-packed. A DEFINITE MUST READ! I highly recommend it to all of you 🙂 When and if you have read the books, feel free to chat with me and share the feels!

Thanks for reading! I’ll have another post up next week. Stay tuned! xx

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