★★★/5 | Goodreads
Which is the truth and which is the lie?
Now that Ella knows who Juliette is and what she was created for, things have only become more complicated. As she struggles to understand the past that haunts her and looks to a future more uncertain than ever, the lines between right and wrong—between Ella and Juliette—blur. And with old enemies looming, her destiny may not be her own to control.
The day of reckoning for the Reestablishment is coming. But she may not get to choose what side she fights on.
This book was probably the most anticipated one for this year. I have been waiting to know how this entire series was going to end, especially after the ending in the last novella. Having followed this series for such a long time, I was definitely emotionally invested at 10000%. I was hoping this book was going to be explosive with all the Warnette scenes I needed since the fourth book came out but never got with Restore Me and Defy Me, but… it was everything but that 😓.
The Selection: ★★★★/5 | Goodreads
The Elite: ★★★★/5 | Goodreads
The One: ★★★★/5 | Goodreads
I never thought I would be reading this series because of how insanely bizarre this whole storyline seemed. I can’t watch The Bachelor, so I always thought that The Selection was going to be a no-go for me. But I was kind of desperate to get out of this reading slump and I needed something that would be quite the quick read and since I had purchased the first novel as an e-book when it was on sale, I decided to give it a go and I honestly was pleasantly surprised! Definitely taught me not to judge a story before trying to read it.
There are some spoilers in my review, so be advised if you haven’t read the books yet.
★★★.5/5 | Goodreads
This is a world divided by blood – red or silver. The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change. That is until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power. Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime. But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance – Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart.
This book has been on my TBR since 2015 and I bought it back in 2016, hoping to read it soon since it was such a popular series back then. I finally decided to take it off my bookshelf and read it and was pleasantly surprised. It wasn’t the greatest book but it did make me want to know what would happen next in the series so I went ahead and ordered the rest of the books on Amazon 😂.
★★★★/5 | Goodreads
I think that I’ve come to terms with the fact that the Shatter Me series is my favourite YA series 😂. I’m so invested in these character and the storyline, I’m kind of sad that it’s ending in the final book. But at the same time, I can’t wait to see how everything ends in Imagine Me and I hope that we get a happy ending 😩. I personally think that the novellas in between releases are a great way to keep the readers entertained while make them anticipate the release of the novel.
1. ★★★★.5/5 | Goodreads
2. ★★★★/5 | Goodreads
3. ★★★.3/5 | Goodreads
I screwed up 😂. When I decided to reread An Ember in the Ashes, I thought it was supposed to be a trilogy. Having already purchased the sequel when it was published, I told myself I could just by the third one and marathon the series. Only when I started to read the the first book and got well invested in it, I found out it was actually a quartet and that the last book is not coming out before APRIL 2020 😩. At least I am now caught up with one of the most popular YA series out there 😂.
Btw, in the new cover of An Ember in the Ashes, was I the only who never saw Elias until recently? 😂
★★★★★/5 | Goodreads
Two years ago, Louise le Blanc fled her coven and took shelter in the city of Cesarine, forsaking all magic and living off whatever she could steal. There, witches like Lou are hunted. They are feared. And they are burned.
Sworn to the Church as a Chasseur, Reid Diggory has lived his life by one principle: thou shalt not suffer a witch to live. His path was never meant to cross with Lou’s, but a wicked stunt forces them into an impossible union—holy matrimony.
The war between witches and Church is an ancient one, and Lou’s most dangerous enemies bring a fate worse than fire. Unable to ignore her growing feelings, yet powerless to change what she is, a choice must be made.
And love makes fools of us all.
GUYS. I think I found my favorite book of the year. I did not feel invested in a story like this one for a good while and it feels sooooo good. This book has definitely help me get out of my reading slump and I cannot wait for the sequel. I almost feel sad that I have read this book so early after its publication date because now I have to wait until August 2020 for the sequel to get more of the story.
★★★/5 | Goodreads
Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.
And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.
Jude was seven when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.
To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.
As Jude becomes more deeply embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, she discovers her own capacity for trickery and bloodshed. But as betrayal threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.
This was the first book of Holly Black I’ve read. Apparently, she writes a lot of faerie stories and fae types are something I didn’t really adventure into much. I’ve read a small amount of faerie books and haven’t enjoyed any yet, so I really hoped that this would be different. Although, I didn’t enjoy the whole ride, it was still an okay read.
This book was so over-hyped I was sure I couldn’t get it wrong by picking it up. And half-through reading it, I was still sure it was a pretty good book. But the ending kinda threw me off and made me regret a little bit to have read this book. I still bought the sequel, so hopefully I’ll try to motivate myself to read it 🤷♀️. Unfortunately, I bought the sequel before finishing the book and the ending kinda made me not want to continue the series, lol.
★★★★.5/5 | Goodreads
Anne Blythe has a great life: a good job, good friends, and a potential book deal for her first novel. When it comes to finding someone to share it with, however, she just can’t seem to get it right.
After yet another relationship ends, Anne comes across a business card for what she thinks is a dating service, and she pockets it just in case. When her best friend, Sarah, announces she’s engaged, Anne can’t help feeling envious. On an impulse, she decides to give the service a try because maybe she could use a little assistance in finding the right man. But Anne soon discovers the company isn’t a dating service; it’s an exclusive, and pricey, arranged marriage service. She initially rejects the idea, but the more she thinks about it — and the company’s success rate — the more it appeals to her. After all, arranged marriages are the norm for millions of women around the world, so why wouldn’t it work for her?
A few months later, Anne is travelling to a Mexican resort, where in one short weekend she will meet and marry Jack. And against all odds, it seems to be working out — until Anne learns that Jack, and the company that arranged their marriage, are not what they seem at all.
I got into another reading slump post Shadow and Bone. I feel like that’s all I fall into, reading slumps. It’s really frustrating, because now that I’m done with school, I thought I would have more time to read all those books that are sitting on my shelves since forever. But I just couldn’t find another book to read and I felt like there’s nothing interesting coming out. I searched Goodreads for a couple of days, I went to bookstores searching around in vain. So, when in doubt, I thought it could be a good idea to reread one of my favorite books of all time. I went into my list on Goodreads and decided to reread Arranged by Catherine McKenzie. I wanted to be sure that was it was going to be a book I could count on to remind me why I love reading and a book that I knew the plot and characters were awesome. I had reread this book a couple of years ago and thought it couldn’t hurt to reread it a third time 😂.
I always enjoyed Catherine McKenzie’s books and even more because she’s from the same town as me and that we share the same name. I had met her once at a book signing and she was very nice 😁. Recently, I’m not as excited as before for her newer books, because they’re more on the thriller/mystery side and I’m not as invested in that genre that her previous books. But her first two books definitely marked me as a reader and they are in my list of all-time favorites.
★★★/5 | Goodreads
Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.
Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.
Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha . . . and the secrets of her heart.
After reading Defy Me, I kinda needed something in the similar vein to fill the void I was feeling. So I literally searched on the internet “Books similar to Shatter Me” and this book popped up. Coincidentally, I had bought the book a couple years back, so that was a nice surprise. No need to go to the bookstore or pay extra for shipping. I heard really good reviews from this book, as well as its spinoff series, so my expectations were quite high.
In other news, I’m so excited to say that I’ve just got hired at a big hospital in Montreal, on the transplantation unit! I never thought I would be working at such a big and renowned hospital, everything’s feeling unreal, right now. I’m so excited to be learning more on organ transplant and work in a big team with various specialists.
★★★.5/5 | Goodreads
Will Juliette’s broken heart make her vulnerable to the strengthening darkness within her?
Juliette’s short tenure as the supreme commander of North America has been an utter disaster. When the children of the other world leaders show up on her doorstep, she wants nothing more than to turn to Warner for support and guidance. But he shatters her heart when he reveals that he’s been keeping secrets about her family and her identity from her—secrets that change everything.
Juliette is devastated, and the darkness that’s always dwelled within her threatens to consume her. An explosive encounter with unexpected visitors might be enough to push her over the edge.
I want to thank Tahereh Mafi for writing this book and giving me the feeling of wanting to read again after this awful long reading slump I’ve been having. School has been a pain in the ass and I’ve been so busy with my semester, I never thought I would write another review on this blog again. I was so out of the book community at one point that I completely forgot that Defy Me was coming out in April, making it a great surprise, tbh. I went to pick it up and gave reading another try and I actually read it in about 2-3 days. This book was such a quick read that I was left wanting more from Mafi. I’m definitely excited to see how it’s all going to conclude in the next novel.