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These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

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Oh my, this cover is gorgeous.

love this book so much it hurts. I was sort of scared there’d be a case of instalove, due to the way the book started and the fact that the two main characters are alone on a planet for a few weeks; but that was not the case. There was definitely some sexual tension, but it was mostly just Lilac and Tarver glaring at each other and arguing about their places in life. There were a great many biting comments. I love biting comments, especially when they’re clever, and this book features two very clever people.

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Yeah, so These Broken Stars is about a girl named Lilac and a boy named Tarver–not a name, but I digress–and it’s wonderful. There’s a lot of cuddling due to lack of body heat, and indignant arm crossing, so prepare yourself for that. Lilac is the daughter of an extremely rich man, and is essentially a princess, and Tarver is a soldier, but a very high-ranking one.

They’re on a spaceship thing, and it jumps out of hyperspace too early, so Lilac and Tarver have to get into an escape pod. At this point in the story, they aren’t particularly fond of each other, because Lilac rejected him in front of her snobby friends. Anyway, so they’re alone on the escape pod, and Lilac is being a jerk, and Tarver is being equally jerk-ish, and it’s fun.

After a while on the escape pod, they land on this planet, and These Broken Stars is essentially just Lilac and Tarver insulting each other and falling in love.

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It’s great. Really.

Oh, and there was this time when Lilac and Tarver were sleeping, and Lilac was like, “Wake up, Tarver, I’m crazy and hallucinating,” and Tarver was having some issues, and they were hilarious issues that aren’t really appropriate for blog posts. It was really funny and I was on the brink of death, so.

The ending made a lot of sense, I think, but the stuff that went down before it was crazy. Like, actual insanity. But it’s good stuff, and you should all go read it, if not just because it will look amazing on every bookshelf.

Five stars (ideally, all the stars, but you know):

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I read Uprooted and The Madman’s Daughter recently, but I can’t even begin to describe my love for either of them, so I don’t know about the reviews. It’s suffice to say they received five stars.

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Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

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I loved this book so much! Though, it does make me worried about what my college experience will be. Cath is going to her first year of college. She has a twin sister named Wren who has decided she is trying to not be dependent on Cath and is getting a different person as a remote and therefore forcing Cath to get a roommate. Cath is not good with new people- real people. She prefers the characters in the fanfiction she writes. Her roommate is a girl named Reagan who is the opposite of Cath. With Reagan comes Levi. The guy who Cath thinks is Reagan’s boyfriend. (He’s not!) Cath has a slight romance with this complete jerk named Nick but she realizes how much he sucks. Thank God!tumblr_inline_mn8ah8zhlg1qz4rgp

This whole time Cath and Wren are slowly growing apart and Cath continues to write her awesome gay fanfiction about Simon Snow and she and Levi grow closer. I am trying to write about the whole plot but all iw ant to talk about us Levi and Cath. He loves everything about her and is amazing! (He did have that time he kissed a girl when they were first starting to date and I was like seriously? What are you doing? Are you stupid? )35470dd0-2107-0133-7de4-0a67ec7fcf67

Anyways, Cath and Levi get together, even though she is scared of a relationship the whole time and he is a little intense about everything. She and her sister become close again. Wren has to hit rock bottom fist and it made me cry and it was sad but then it got better. The eight Simon Snow book came out and Simon and Baz were together and i jumped in the air and hit my hand on the light and it really hurt but i was so happy!

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Anyways, I loved this book so much! I felt like i could identify with Cath and really made me excited about college and growing up and it was awesome! Everyone needs to read it!

five stars

Red Queen & Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

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So, Glass Sword just came out and it was awesome! That’s why i’m doing this post now but I figured I should also do Red Queen because it doesn’t really make sense if you don’t know the plot of both.

  1. !!!SPOILER!!! I’m going to spoil things. I’m saying it right now so don’t complain.
  2. This book- at least the second- has a love square thingy. I love it.

In this world, there are two types of people:

  • Reds- people with red blood, commoners
  • Silvers- people with silver blood and powers, nobles & royals

The main character is named Mare Barrow and she is a Red. She ends up working at the castle and is helping at one of the matches- in an arena, like gladiators Sparta. She has powers with electricity but she has red blood. The royal family tries to cover it up by saying she is a silver and deciding she is going to marry their youngest son Maven. (The other prince, Cal, is the one who got her a job at the castle) **Love Triangle** tumblr_mcmlh6NMep1qihztbo1_400.gif

She and Maven join the rebel group called the Scarlet Guard and get closer. Eventually, and I am skipping a lot, the leader of the Scarlet Guard is captured and you find out Maven and the Queen, his mother-not Cal’s- are evil. nVg3h54 They make Cal kill his own father- Queen Elara can control people- and it is super sad! Cal and Mare end up escaping with the help of Captain Farley, Shade (Her not-so-dead brother), and Kilorn (Childhood Best friend- Love square participant). That is the end of Red Queen. Awesome book.

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So Glass Sword came out on Tuesday and i finished it during biology class on Thursday. It was awesome!

You find out that there are more people like Mare and Shade called Newbloods. The main group looking for them consists if Mare, Shade, Cal, Kilorn, and Captain Farley. You add in a few awesome Newbloods like Nix and Cameron. The whole book they are being chased by Maven who I know is evil and yet I still get so excited every time he is in the book. He’s just so f1bf9f0b714b6b6bb975696123135e08 and i’m like 6357107425294104041547882172_gossip gilr and everything is great. Maven, Kilorn, Cal. I don’t even know. It was a great book and she introduced a lot of new characters and powers and everyone should go read it right now!

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New Books!

I recently discovered an Amazon gift card in my email inbox, so naturally I bought six books. Here they are:

1. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

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I’ve already read this book twice, but I didn’t actually own it, so I had to amend that real quick. And anyway, I have the other two books in this trilogy, so it’s only fair that I have this one, too. I’m definitely going to reread it anyway, because it’s a general rule of mine that you can never read a book too many times.

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2. Half Bad by Sally Green

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Guys, wizards. ‘Nuff said. I think this book sounds really interesting, and I’m very excited to read it. I’ve read a lot of good reviews for it, so I’m pumped.

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3. The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

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Oh, my lord, this cover. Look how pretty it is! Also, there’s lots of scandals and balls and romances, which sounds pretty good to me. I’m imagining it as being similar to The Luxe, which I loved.

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4. The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd

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I started this book this morning, and I’ll probably be finished by tomorrow. It’s really good so far; I really like the love triangle that’s developing, and I think the plot is fascinating. It’s about the daughter of a madman, shockingly enough, who’s searching for her supposedly dead father with the help of his young assistant. Good stuff.

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5. Cinder by Marissa Meyer

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Everyone has been raving about this book forever, and I’ve been avoiding it, because can it really be that good? But a lot of people like it, so I bought it, and yeah. I’ll be reading it soon, probably.

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6. Snow Like Ashes by Sarah Raasch

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I’m pretty sure Jenny read this, but ????? So, I’m hoping it’s good, because I really don’t know a lot about it.

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I hope you enjoyed! Feel free to tell me what you thought of any of these! Also, I read Uprooted by Naomi Novik, and I’ll be posting a review of that very soon.

 

Evermore by Alyson Noel

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I don’t really know how to write bad reviews, because I usually don’t finish books I don’t like, but here goes.

Okay, so, Evermore wasn’t terrible, in that I finished it, but I can’t even count the number of times that I rolled my eyes. And good God, Ever, STOP PRESSING YOUR LIPS. IT’S NOT CUTE.

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Also, she and Damen are so annoying. Mostly her, but still. She’s so hot and cold, and it’s irritating. DO YOU LIKE HIM OR NOT, EVER? JESUS. She’s ugh. And Damen keeps flirting with her, then Stacia, then her, then Stacia, and he’s also terrible at keeping his powers secret. Like, I hope the people above him scold him for all the flowers.

(I would just like to point out that Damen is spelled with an O, like on The Vampire Diaries, not an E. just saying.)

Okay, immortals? They’re called vampires. Stop trying to be original. If you want to make Damen a vampire, you do you, Alyson Noel, but don’t make him a weird vampire-ripoff-thing. That’s just annoying.

And I wish that there was something more with Ever’s powers. It was just like, “Yeah, I talk to my dead sister all the time, and I know you, Mr. Robins.”

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I wanted Ever to be a lot more powerful and awesome than she was. The only thing she did that I liked was when she very beautifully threatened Stacia with all of her bad deeds. That made me very happy.

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But then she sucked for the rest of the book. I mean, there was a point where a character died, and all she could do was complain about how hard her life is, and how her boyfriend is lying to her and her best friend hates her. I HATE YOU, TOO, SO I’M GLAD WE’VE COVERED THAT.

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The writing’s fine, I guess, but the plot was awful. I don’t recommend this to anyone, honestly.

One star:

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(Oh my goodness, I’ve never given a book one star. I feel so harsh and also very powerful.)

P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han

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Ugh. I don’t even care if my sister–Jenny; I should really just refer to her as Jenny–has laid claim to this book because she owns it, I will review it. I feel so many things. I need to vent before I explode or something. I might spoil things; I’m having a rough time right now.

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I mean, Peter Kavinsky, everyone.

P.S. I Still Love You is the sequel to To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, which is also an excellent book. If you haven’t read the first book, you probably shouldn’t read this review because you might be confused.

 

Okay, so, I don’t really remember how TAtBILB ended, but I think it was with a fight between Peter and Lara Jean, because at the beginning of this book, Lara Jean went over to Peter’s house to make up with him. And they kissed.

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And I was so happy. And then this video of Lara Jean and Peter kissing in a hot tub leaked, and Lara Jean’s school life sucked a lot, along with her relationship, because she told Peter that she thought Genevieve–the resident mean girl and also her former best friend–was the one who took the video, but Peter took Gen’s side. (Kind of.)

There was a lot with Lara Jean freaking out over Genevieve and Peter, even though he really and truly wasn’t cheating on her. Ugh. But she became super suspicious of them, and it was terrible.

And then, Homewrecker Johnny McClaren swooped in and was a really stand-up guy. I’m not saying that Peter isn’t also a stand-up guy, but Johnny is really much better, all around. But oh well, I’ve been Team Peter since Day One.

But there’s also that letter Lara Jean wrote to Johnny in which she proclaimed her love for him, which was ugh, because now he’s all smiley and chivalrous and nice, and Peter’s just his usual not-as-nice-as-Johnny self, and it’s just so terrible, because now that Johnny’s in the picture for Lara Jean to compare Peter to, things are the worst.

Oh, and then Lara Jean throws this time capsule party–they buried a time capsule three years ago, and now that same crew is going to open it. Peter, John, Chris, and some other people no one cares about were invited, even though Genevieve also buried the time capsule. Johnny is, of course, the first one there, and he’s real cute with Lara Jean, as usual.

So, Peter’s late, but then when he actually arrives, he brings Genevieve. What is wrong with you, Kavinsky?

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GENEVIEVE, NO ONE INVITED YOU. GO HOME.

But she doesn’t go home, and Peter spends the day trying to get her to not be mad at him. After the party, they go back to Lara Jean’s house, and then they fight. But it’s fine, because afterwards they hug, and he’s like, “Can we never fight again?”

Oh, but then there’s this game where they have to tag each other and whatever, and first Lara Jean has Johnny. She gets him out pretty quickly though, because he’s also her actual best friend–sorry, Chris, we all know Stormy is LJ’s best friend–‘s grandson. And so they see each other at the retirement home all the time, and she has plenty of time to tag him. But Johnny has Peter, which means that now Lara Jean has to tag Peter.

So she and Johnny create this plan to go to Peter’s lacrosse game, and LJ will be all decked out in school colors, and it’ll be fun, right? But then when they get there, Peter isn’t there. So they drive by Peter’s house to see what’s up, and he’s on his porch, hugging Genevieve. So Lara Jean freaks out, and then she goes home.

He comes over later, and they have a fight, but it doesn’t end with them hugging, it ends with them breaking up.

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This is really not okay. But then the ending is wonderful and

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Yeah. Oh my goodness, everyone, read this book.

Five stars:

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Wither by Lauren DeStefano

(I like to do this fun thing where I don’t post forever and then I post in abundance for, like two hours. I’m sorry.)

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What to say, what to say. For starters, this position the cover model is in looks wildly uncomfortable. Like, what’s happening there with her arms? Ouch. I think it’s pretty, though, and fitting for the book.

Wither is about a girl named Rhine, who is taken by these people called Gatherers to a fancy-shmancy mansion with a fancy-shmancy husband. Only she’s sharing the aforementioned husband with two other girls–Jenna and Cecily. And there’s another wife, too, who dies close to the beginning of the book.

It’s told in Rhine’s point of view, and it’s essentially her plotting and planning to escape, which I understand. I kind of like Linden–her husband–and she ends up kind of liking him, too, but I imagine it’d be hard to love someone who took you away from your home, even if he doesn’t know what he’s doing to you.

I think I should also probably mention that this is dystopian, and in this world, the life span of males is 25 years old, and the lifespan of females is 20. So, you know, days are numbered and all.

Jenna is my favorite bride, because she likes to read and she’s not as annoying as Cecily, as dead as Rose, or as serious as Rhine. My least favorite is Cecily because she’s a mess. And I understand why she’s a mess, but seriously, chill. Also, she’s thirteen, and she is impregnated by Linden. That’s gross.

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Oh, and there’s Gabriel, the attendant who brings them all their meals. Rhine and Gabriel are supposed to be the main couple in this book, but I sort of really want Rhine to love Linden. And by sort of, I mean I just really want Rhine to love Linden. Gabriel is just all, “Why would you want to leave here?” and Rhine’s like, “I have a list of reasons.”

But Linden is just like, “Please don’t run away from me,” and she’s like, “Okay.”

WHICH IS (spoiler alert) A LIE.

But this book is just really amazing and well-written and perfect, and I love it. I was really reluctant to read it because my sister was being annoying about how good it was and how she thinks I’ll love it. She’s usually right, but I think it’s fun to make her mad.

So, read this book. And if anyone wants to get me Fever, you go right ahead. I need it.

Five stars:

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Oh, I read Of Poseidon by Anna Banks a few days ago, but I’m apparently incapable of writing a review for it. I’ve tried several times, but I just really don’t know what to say. I gave it four stars on Goodreads.

 

The White Rose by Amy Ewing

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I don’t even know how to go about writing this, because this book was just so amazing and I really don’t think I can do it justice. But also, that coverrrrrrrr.

The White Rose is the second book in the (I don’t know the name of the trilogy) trilogy, and it is fantastic. The Jewel is the first book, and I loved it, but the second one was so much better. In The White Rose, you learn more about Ash’s life Pre-Violet, you find out what really went on while Raven was at the House of the Stone, and you learn about Lucien’s life before he met Violet.

This book really gets into the characters more, I think, and Violet discovers what her purpose in the downfall of the Jewel is going to be, and how it all ties together, and it’s just all around lovely. This didn’t have a whole lot of action, except for, like, sliding down incinerators and whatever, so if you require constant action and everybody doing stuff in books you read, then you probably won’t like this book very much.

The White Rose is just essentially Violet discovering what she’s capable of. There’s a lot about Ash’s life at the companion house, which made me kind of want to cry because his life sucked, and I love him, but it was worth it. And he and Violet were just snuggling and being cute all over everywhere, which was nice.

There’s a part where Ash, Violet, and Raven are going back to the companion house to sneak onto the trains there, but they got caught by Ash’s old roommate, Rye. And so they spend the night in Ash’s old room, and it’s fine, but then in the morning, Madame Curio comes to check on Rye, and they hide in the bathroom so she won’t find them. It was terrible because Ash was, like, cowering in the corner of the bathroom and I think it’s because he heard her voice, and it’s just awful. I was like:

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I LOVE YOU, ASH.

Yeah, so this book is excellent. If you haven’t read The Jewel, you should read my review for it and then read the actual book. And then after that, read The White Rose, because it’s SO GOOD.

Five stars:

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The Luxe by Anna Godbersen

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According to Goodreads, I read this book a year ago, but that was definitely a lie on my behalf. I got The Luxe from the library a year ago, read three pages, and then told Goodreads I read it, because that’s how desperate I am to reach my reading goals for the year.

Anyway, I actually read it, and it is fantastic. If you don’t like scandals and backstabbing–fun stuff like that–then I promise you will not like this book. I for one love scandal. Especially in books like these, where there’s secret love affairs all over everywhere, and no one knows about them except for that one spiteful maid.

It’s fun. This book is great.

The Luxe is centered around the Holland sisters–Diana and Elizabeth. Elizabeth is society’s golden star, and everyone’s in love with her, while Diana likes to read and flirt with people she could never have. One of those people she can never have is Henry Schoonmaker, her sister’s fiance, but Henry and Diana are both pretty taken with each other, and so it’s all very scandalous and secret.

Also, there’s that lovely maid–Lina–who’s in love with the stableboy, who’s in love with Elizabeth, and it’s all a big mess. A beautiful mess.

The prologue consists of Elizabeth’s funeral, and then the rest of the book is before that, in the weeks leading up to the funeral and Elizabeth’s “death.”

I was really pleased with the ending and how everything flowed together so nicely, and I can’t wait to read the next one, which sounds like it’ll be great because it’s called Rumors. I’m willing to bet it’s going to be dripping with scandal.

I just really liked this book, and I especially like the parts where Henry and Diana are all:

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Except in secret. And also while wearing corsets and waistcoats and fun stuff like that. Did I mention this takes place in Manhattan, 1899? And I was like:

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So, yeah. Five stars:

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