★★★.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.
★★★★★/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 | 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.
★★★★/5 | Goodreads
In 1930s Munich, danger lurks behind dark corners, and secrets are buried deep within the city. But Gretchen Müller, who grew up in the National Socialist Party under the wing of her “uncle” Dolf, has been shielded from that side of society ever since her father traded his life for Dolf’s, and Gretchen is his favorite, his pet.
Uncle Dolf is none other than Adolf Hitler. And Gretchen follows his every command.
Until she meets a fearless and handsome young Jewish reporter named Daniel Cohen. Gretchen should despise Daniel, yet she can’t stop herself from listening to his story: that her father, the adored Nazi martyr, was actually murdered by an unknown comrade. She also can’t help the fierce attraction brewing between them, despite everything she’s been taught to believe about Jews.
As Gretchen investigates the very people she’s always considered friends, she must decide where her loyalties lie. Will she choose the safety of her former life as a Nazi darling, or will she dare to dig up the truth—even if it could get her and Daniel killed?
Holy crap, what a busy week it’s been 😪. I had to take a break from reading for a couple of days because of my critical care midterm on Monday. I think the last time I was this stressed for an exam was my nursing licence exam 😂. But this class has been killing me. It’s an intensive 9 weeks course and after that you have to complete 7 days of internship as well as perform 2 lab simulations, which one I did yesterday 😭 (it’s similar to OSCEs to those who are familiar with that, bless your soul) and do a nursing assignment on your internship. And at the end of aaaaaall that hard work, you get to go through another exam that is on everything critical care-related that we’ve seen since the beginning of the semester 💀. Needless to say that I definitely need a break 😩.
Anyways, back to the actual review. I’ve tried reading this book back in 2015, but I had a hard time getting through the story. I didn’t think the pace was moving as quickly as I wanted because I was used to YA books being a quick read. I’m not a big reader of historical fiction (the only one I read was All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr) but I’m definitely glad I decided to give this book a second chance because it was a great ride 😄.