And I Darken Review

And I Darken (The Conquerors Saga #1)

And I Darken (the conquerors saga #1) by Kiersten White

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Publication date: June 28th 2016

Genre: YA, Historical fiction

My Rating: 5 stars

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No one expects a princess to be brutal. And Lada Dragwlya likes it that way. Ever since she and her gentle younger brother, Radu, were wrenched from their homeland of Wallachia and abandoned by their father to be raised in the Ottoman courts, Lada has known that being ruthless is the key to survival. She and Radu are doomed to act as pawns in a vicious game, an unseen sword hovering over their every move. For the lineage that makes them special also makes them targets.

Lada despises the Ottomans and bides her time, planning her vengeance for the day when she can return to Wallachia and claim her birthright. Radu longs only for a place where he feels safe. And when they meet Mehmed, the defiant and lonely son of the sultan, Radu feels that he’s made a true friend—and Lada wonders if she’s finally found someone worthy of her passion.

But Mehmed is heir to the very empire that Lada has sworn to fight against—and that Radu now considers home. Together, Lada, Radu, and Mehmed form a toxic triangle that strains the bonds of love and loyalty to the breaking point.

This book is the best historical fictions I have read in a while. It had great characters and amazing world building. Now if you like fast-paced books this might not be for you because this book was slow-paced and spent a lot of time on building the world and explaining the characters. I still think you should read it though because it was amazing and I feel like the next book in the series will have a lot more action.


Plot

This book is a gender flipped historical fiction about Vlad the impaler, who in this novel is known as Lada. The story follows Lada and her brother Radu as they grow up first in their homeland of Wallachia then in the ottoman courts where they are being kept to ensure Wallachia stays in line. We get to see them at different ages, from children to young adults, which I really enjoyed because it gave me such a deep understanding of who they are and the choices they make. Lada who has always been fierce and deeply loves her country becomes a warrior that is willing to do whatever it takes to get home, even if it means being cruel and vicious. Radu who has always been gentle and kind on the other hand never wants to go home, because he feels like he has finally found a place where he is safe and loved. There is also Mehmed the ottoman prince who both of them care about, that at first brings them closer together but later drives them apart.


What I liked

Lada. Lada was definitely my favourite character in this book. She was a princess fighting to have the same opportunities as men in a time where women were supposed to be pretty, delicate flowers. I also really enjoyed that she was so imperfect; she was often cruel and willing to do anything to get back to Wallachia

The character development and world building. I love how we get to follow Lada and Radu over such a long period and really learn about them and their empire. I mean if the book had started whit them living in the Ottoman Empire and you never got to see Wallachia or their father I probably wouldn’t like Lada as much as I did or understand her choices as well.

The relationship between Lada and Radu. These two have a complicated relationship. They really care about each other but because they are so different, they don’t understand each other and at times, they even despise the other person. they also want different things and sure normally this may not be a big deal but when one of you is hell bent on getting home and views the country you live in as enemy territory while the other one feels like he is finally home and never wants to go back to your homeland it becomes a problem. I think it will be very interesting to see how their relationship evolves in the second book and I really can’t wait.

Side characters. The side character in this book were really well fleshed out and I loved that. Even the characters I disliked I still appreciated because they were so real. Every single character in this story was complex, even the characters that we only see for a short amount of time somehow managed to be fleshed out so well that you got a real sense of who they were. I also appreciate how every single character in this story was neither good nor bad, but a bit of both. Sure, there were bad people and good people but the good ones were capable of evil and the bad ones capable of good.


What I disliked.

Radu. I really did not like Radu, mostly because I really didn’t get him. Sure, I understood his thought process and everything but I just did not agree with him. I know this might be a bad thing to say but honestly, I agree whit Lada’s opinion that he is a crybaby. I still enjoyed reading his chapter though and I like his storyline, just not him as a person.

Mehmed. Mehmed is the ottoman prince that both siblings love and I honestly just don’t get it. I feel like he really wasn’t really that special and some of the things he did made me go ugh. Sure, he was nice and kind and cared about Lada and Radu but I just did not like him that much.


In short.

In short this was an amazing historical fiction full of character development and world building that is a fantastic start to what will most likely be a beautiful and heart breaking series. I personally think everyone that like historical fiction or even fantasy (there is no fantasy in this book btw) should read this book but if you really hate slow books, you might not enjoy it.

Luna.

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Red Rising Review

Red Rising (Red Rising, #1)

Red Rising (Red Rising 1) by Pierce Brown

Publisher: Del Rey (Random House)

Publication date: January 28th 2014

Genre: YA, Science Fiction.

My rating: 5 stars

“I live for the dream that my children will be born free,” she says. “That they will be what they like. That they will own the land their father gave them.”

“I live for you,” I say sadly.

Eo kisses my cheek. “Then you must live for more.”

Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations.

Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children.

But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity already reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet. Darrow—and Reds like him—are nothing more than slaves to a decadent ruling class.

Inspired by a longing for justice, and driven by the memory of lost love, Darrow sacrifices everything to infiltrate the legendary Institute, a proving ground for the dominant Gold caste, where the next generation of humanity’s overlords struggle for power. He will be forced to compete for his life and the very future of civilization against the best and most brutal of Society’s ruling class. There, he will stop at nothing to bring down his enemies… even if it means he has to become one of them to do so.

This book takes place on mars and follows Darrel. He and all the other people living underground on mars believe that they are there to make the planet liveable for the rest of humanity by mining a substance called (insert). Life on mars is hard, there is just enough food to survive, they never get to go above ground and men die all the time in mining accidents. They endure it because they believe they are saving humanity. Then Darrel discovers that everything he believes is a lie, because the other humans are already on mars and his people are nothing more than slaves. He joins the rebellion and gets a mission to join the gold academy and graduate whit high marks so that he becomes important in society.

In this, book colours divide humans. These colours reflect a person status and worth. The Golds have the best reflexes and physicality and are therefore at the top. The reds are basically slaves and most of them live underground in mining cities, although a few lucky ones get to be servants in the city. When joining the rebellion Darren learns that not only has mars been liveable for a long time but most of the other planets are as well, and the moon is where the people in charge lives.

I found the world in this novel so fascinating. I loved how there were all these colours and the fact that it takes place on mars. This book was violent. There is a lot of killing happening but it is written in such a way that you really don’t think about the violence until after the book is over. The gold academy is brutal and the only rule is that you can’t kill a classmate on purpose although the teachers realise that accidents can happen.

When I was reading this book I really felt like I was right there with Darrel, enduring everything with him and that’s why a lot of the violence didn’t register because it felt like the only thing to do. There were also a lot of humour in this book that help make the violence fade and not seem so serious.

In conclusion, I loved this book. The world, the writing and the characters were all fantastic and I recommend that everyone (over 15) read this!

Luna.

 

Pretending to be ERica Review

Pretending to Be Erica

Pretending to be Erica by Michelle Painchaud

Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers

Publication date: July 21st 2015

Genre: YA, Contemporary, Crime.

My rating: 4 stars

We Were Liars meets Heist Society in a riveting debut!

Seventeen-year-old Violet’s entire life has revolved around one thing: becoming Erica Silverman, an heiress kidnapped at age five and never seen again.

Violet’s father, the best con man in Las Vegas, has a plan, chilling in its very specific precision. Violet shares a blood type with Erica; soon, thanks to surgery and blackmail, she has the same face, body, and DNA. She knows every detail of the Silvermans’ lives, as well as the PTSD she will have to fake around them. And then, when the time is right, she “reappears”—Erica Silverman, brought home by some kind of miracle.

But she is also Violet, and she has a job: Stay long enough to steal the Silverman Painting, an Old Master legendary in the Vegas crime world. Walking a razor’s edge, calculating every decision, not sure sometimes who she is or what she is doing it for, Violet is an unforgettable heroine, and Pretending to be Erica is a killer debut.

This book is about Violet a seventeen-year-old con artist who has been trained since she was five to impersonate Erica Silverman. Erica is the daughter of a very rich family that went missing at the age of five and has never been found. Sal the man that adopted and trained Violet met the man that took Erica, in prison and learned that she is dead. This gave him an idea for a great con and all he needed was a girl the same age as Erica with the same blood type. He choose Violet because she looked similar to Erica and was a good listener and groomed her to become someone else. Violet’s task is to fool everyone into thinking she’s Erica, then locate, and steal a legendary painting from her parents. It is a difficult job but one Violet feels sure she can pull off. The more time she spends as Erica however the more she likes it. She likes having friends, a loving mother and time to be a normal teenager, things that has never had a place in her life of petty crime. The problem is that the more she cares about Erica’s mom the guiltier she feels about conning her, because the truth is that Erica is dead and Violet knows where she is buried and could, if she choose to, give Erica’s parents real closure. This leaves Violet with a difficult choice, either she steals the painting like Sal wants her to or she reveals herself and risks going to jail.

I really liked this book; it was so intriguing to read about a girl that has been raised as a con artist. Violet had so many conflicting emotions and found it really hard to be two separate people. In fact, she found it so hard that sometimes she couldn’t even tell if her emotions were fake or real, Erica’s or Violet’s. She has had a bad life with Sal, but never realised it until she, as Erica experience what it’s like to have a loving mother.

I felt so bad for Violet. She had such a bad upbringing and is in a no win situation because no matter what she does she will lose the new people in her life and she really cares about them.

I really hated Sal. I mean he adopted a five year old and taught her that her only purpose in life was to become Erica and steal things. That is despicable, wrong and super damaging. Just ugh!  I can understand fully why Violet found it so shocking that Ms. Silverman hugged her and really cared after being raised by that monster.

I so wanted everything to work out for Violet and although I knew it was basically impossible I really wanted Ms. Silverman to adopt the real her. She was just an amazing mother and I think she and Violet needed each other.

In conclusion, this was a good story with many great relationships, both real and fake, that really focusses on becoming who you want to be. If you like, cons, contemporaries and drama this one is for you. 🙂

Luna.

 

A study in Charlotte Review

A Study in Charlotte (Charlotte Holmes, #1)

A Study in Charlotte (Charlotte Holmes 1) by Brittany Cavallaro

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

Publication date: March 1st 2016

Genre: YA, Mystery.

My rating: 4 stars

The last thing Jamie Watson wants is a rugby scholarship to Sherringford, a Connecticut prep school just an hour away from his estranged father. But that’s not the only complication: Sherringford is also home to Charlotte Holmes, the famous detective’s great-great-great-granddaughter, who has inherited not only Sherlock’s genius but also his volatile temperament. From everything Jamie has heard about Charlotte, it seems safer to admire her from afar.

From the moment they meet, there’s a tense energy between them, and they seem more destined to be rivals than anything else. But when a Sherringford student dies under suspicious circumstances, ripped straight from the most terrifying of the Sherlock Holmes stories, Jamie can no longer afford to keep his distance. Jamie and Charlotte are being framed for murder, and only Charlotte can clear their names. But danger is mounting and nowhere is safe—and the only people they can trust are each other.

This book was good and I liked it enough to read it in one sitting (aka staying up waaaay too late to finish it.) It was just a fun mystery read.

This book is based on the Sherlock Holmes stories and is about 16-year-old charlotte Holmes and Jamie Watson who are descendants of Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson. Jamie has always imagined becoming friends with charlotte and solving crimes with her and when he gets a scholarship to the boarding school in Connecticut where charlotte goes he is sure they will become instant friends. Charlotte however doesn’t seem to want anything to do with him and Jamie feels lonely and unconfutable amongst his new classmates. He does hang out with some boys but he does not really like them and when a boy named Dobson moths off about charlotte he snaps and beats him up only to be shouted at by charlotte herself because she doesn’t need him to fight her battles. This is when he realises that his dreams of solving mysteries with charlotte will always be just that, dreams. Then Dobson is murdered and all the clues point to himself and Charlotte, forcing them to work together to solve the case before they end up in prison.

That is all I can really say about the plot because I don’t want to spoil anything that will make the story less fun to read because I want everyone to have ass much fun reading this as I did!

The story is told from Jamie’s point of view so we naturally get to know him a bit better than Charlotte, mostly because he finds her to be quite confusing and mysterious. Jamie has issues, and one of them is quite serious, not that the others aren’t but one is more dangerous. He gets uncontrollable fits of rage that leads to someone or something being pummelled. He can’t control these fits and when he is in one it is like he can’t see beyond his rage at all. He also has a complicated relationship with his father and is a bit obsessed with Charlotte. I did not like Jamie as a person. I found him a bit whiney and depressing but I did like that he is a good person and that he understands charlotte perfectly.

I really liked how charlotte is just as crazy as her ancestor Sherlock and has all the same vices as him (Drug habits, meticulous eating, insensitivity etc.) and is still somehow considered to sensitive by her family. I did not like Charlotte as a person, she was not nice and she keeps many secrets even from Jamie. I did however like her as a Sherlock if that makes any sense at all. I also like that she is complex and has many layers beneath the cold, calculated one she shows the world.

Charlotte and Jamie makes just as good a team ass their ancestors and understand each other so well it is like they have always known one another. There is some romance between them but mainly they are friends and partners and I can’t wait to see how they develop in future instalments. I kind of feel like they won’t end up being more than friends just because that is the dynamic I see between them.

In conclusion, I really enjoyed this book. It was fun and exciting and kept me turning the pages. It had a good mystery and complex characters so if that sounds like something you would enjoy go read it. 🙂

Luna.

Ps there is a Trailer for this book so check it out if you want to.

 

The Forbidden wish review

The Forbidden Wish

the Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury

Publisher: Razorbill

Publicaton date: February 23rd 2016

Genre: YA, Fantasy, Retelling

My rating: 5 stars

She is the most powerful Jinni of all. He is a boy from the streets. Their love will shake the world…

When Aladdin discovers Zahra’s jinni lamp, Zahra is thrust back into a world she hasn’t seen in hundreds of years—a world where magic is forbidden and Zahra’s very existence is illegal. She must disguise herself to stay alive, using ancient shape-shifting magic, until her new master has selected his three wishes.

But when the King of the Jinn offers Zahra a chance to be free of her lamp forever, she seizes the opportunity—only to discover she is falling in love with Aladdin. When saving herself means betraying him, Zahra must decide once and for all: is winning her freedom worth losing her heart?

As time unravels and her enemies close in, Zahra finds herself suspended between danger and desire in this dazzling retelling of Aladdin from acclaimed author Jessica Khoury.


This book is a  standalone retelling of Aladdin, or to be more accurate it is loosely based on the Aladdin story.

It is told from the Jinni Zahra’s point of view and starts when Aladdin finds her lamp in a buried chamber where she has been for over 400 years. Aladdin is a thief who desperately wants to revenge his parents who were killed by the Vizier Sulifer. Zahra who has gotten a mission from the King of the jinn to free his son in order to earn her own freedom comes up with a plan that will get her inside the palace. She tells Aladdin that the perfect way to get his revenge is by wishing to become a prince in order to steal the princess’s heart and become king because then he can do whatever he wants to the Vizier. Aladdin thinks that it is a brilliant plan, so he makes the wish and starts his quest to win the princess, leaving Zahra free to search for the trapped Jinni prince. The only problem with the whole plan is that the more time Zahra spends with Aladdin the more she cares for him, which is dangerous because the most sacred rule for a Jinni is to never love a human.


What I liked:

The setting. I loved that this was set in a desert city that felt like a bazar type place.

The Jinni. The Jinni in this book had a rich backstory and we get to know so much about them.

Zahra. Zahra is over 4000 years old and one of the most powerful Jinni in existence. She can control all four elements as well as shapeshift and she is a badass. Even though she is enslaved to her lamp and forced to obey the wishes of her masters, she has always managed to make sure they never really get what they want if she doesn’t like them.

princess Caspida. This princess is badass! She has been going around the city with her equalley badass handmaidens and doing rebellious acts of good in secret. She is known as the phoenix and the people love her.

What I disliked:

The Jinni king. He was just so evil! He is the one that enslaves Jinni to their bottles and all other jinni has to do as he says or pay dearly. He dislikes Zahra because she became to close to her last master and he made her pay a terrible price for it.

Darian and vizier sulifer. Sulifer is the king’s brother and a very cruel man that desperately want’s the crown. He beats his son, beheads people for no reason and is just all around awful. Darian is his son and Caspida’s fiancé. He is the kind of person that view women as things and believes he owns Caspida. He is also desperate for his father’s love and does many horrible things because of that.


In conclusion, this book was full of magic and intrigue and I loved it. If you like fantasy or retellings this is one you should definitely read.

Luna.

 

 

Love and other theories review

Love and Other Theories

Love & Other Theories by Alexis Bass

Publisher: HarperTeen

Publication date: December 30th 2014

My Raiting: 2.5 stars

If you want more, you have to give less.

That’s the secret to dating in high school. By giving as little as they expect to get in return, seventeen-year-old Aubrey Housing and her three best friends have made it to the second semester of their senior year heartbreak-free. And it’s all thanks to a few simple rules: don’t commit, don’t be needy, and don’t give away your heart.

So when smoking-hot Nathan Diggs transfers to Lincoln High, it shouldn’t be a big deal. At least that’s what Aubrey tells herself. But Nathan’s new-boy charm, his kindness, and his disarming honesty throw Aubrey off her game and put her in danger of breaking the most important rule of all: Don’t fall in love.

I feel conflicted about this book. One the one hand it was enjoyable but on the other hand, I did not like a single character.

This book is about Aubrey and her three best friends Shelby, Melissa and Danica. They are popular, mean girls that has come up with a set of rules about boys that will prevent them from heartbreak. The rules are things like: don’t commit, don’t be needy, and don’t give away your heart. They believe that boys are pigs that will never commit and if you don’t expect them to, or want them to you won’t get hurt. Then Aubrey meets Nathan and hooks him using the rules. She tries hard to tell herself she doesn’t care about him at all, but it is obvious she is falling for him. Then something happens and everything falls apart, leading Aubrey to question how good the rules really are. Spoiler alert, They suck.


What I liked:

The drama. This book was kind of like a train wreck soap opera, the kind you feel like you should not enjoy but you just can’t help it.

The development of Aubrey. In the beginning of the book, Aubrey is a bitch. She follows her friends everywhere, treats boys as if they have no feelings, and is really, really mean to a girl that used to be her friend. Then as the novel progresses she actually starts thinking for herself and realizes that she is not ok with some of the things she and her friends does and by the end of the novel she has learnt to stand up for herself and do what she thinks is right, even if her friends don’t agree.

What I did not like:

Shelby.She was the leader of the group and the person who came up with the rules. She was also a really bad friend and did not trust her friends at all. She also never really believed in the rules but she still enforced them with an iron hand. I get that she had problems but I still really disliked her.

The way boys are portrayed. Throughout the book, the boys keep proving that those awful rules are true. They cheat, lie and take advantage. I get that they think these girls don’t care because they act like they don’t but still. I just feel like boys were badly portrayed and I don’t like it because even though there are plenty of guys like that there are also plenty of decent guys.

The relationships. Most of the relationships in this book was seriously unhealthy. Full of lies and deception. There were literally only one decent relationship and even that one had some issues. These people were just making so many bad choices and it was really annoying.


In conclusion, this book made me angry and frustrated but it also made me think about what good relationships are. If you want a book that is full of drama, this is the one for you.

Have any of you read this book? What did you think? 🙂

Luna.

 

Miss Peregrine’s home for peculiar children review

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, #1)

Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children (book 1) by Ransom Riggs

Publisher: Quirk

Publication date: June 7th 2011

My Rating: 4.5 stars

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of curious photographs.

A horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.

A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.

 

This book was different from anything I have ever read before. It is built around creepy vintage photographs and was really well written.

This book is about Jacob a 16-year-old boy that decides travel to Cairnholm Island of the cost of wales after the death of his grandfather because he believes his grandfather wanted him to. His grandfather spent a few years living on the island during the war and he used to tell Jacob these amazing, impossible stories about the other children he lived with. Jacob doesn’t believe what his grandfather told him is anything but stories and only expects to find someone who knew his grandfather on the island. When he gets there however he discovers that all his grandfather’s stories where true, there really is a house full of peculiar children, and they are all in danger.


What I liked:

The photographs. I really enjoyed how this story is based around creepy old photographs. It is something I have never seen before and it added a lot to the story.

Miss peregrine. Miss Peregrine is the one that keeps all the peculiar children safe. She is their teacher, and a mother figure. She is also a time traveling Peregrine Falcon.

The Imagery and plot. The plot of this book is so well developed and interesting. While reading the book I could see it all so clearly in my head and I really felt like I was there with Jacob.

What I disliked:

Jacobs’s parents. They were distant and uninterested in him and pretty snobby and rich.

The Romance. I just feel a bit iffy about the romance in this story. Luckily, it is not the focus of the book.


In conclusion, I did really like this book. It was unique, interesting and masterfully written. I would recommend that people looking for something different pick it up.

Luna.

 

 

 

Arranged by Julia Crane Review

Arranged (Arranged Trilogy Book 1)

Arranged (Arranged book 1) by Julia Crane

Publisher: Valknut Press

Publication date: September 3rd 2015

My rating: 3 stars

Magick’s been restored on earth but it comes at a crippling price. With the planet on the brink of destruction, an unlikely pair must work together to try to bridge together a lifetime of hatred. Will their forbidden romance bring their worlds together or tear them apart?

I received an ARC of this book from netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

If you are looking for a great fantasy story, about fairies this novel is not for you. If you are looking for a light, fun read, on the other hand this book is perfect.

This book is a mix of fantasy and dystopia. It is about Tulupea who is the princess of the dark fairies. The novel begins when she has to go to earth and mate with a human boy in order to help repopulate the planet after the devastating loss of life during the magic wars. Tulupea understands why she has to go but she still feels quite resentful about it, and reluctant about leaving her home and all her friends. When she gets to earth however, she realizes exactly why she had to go because the earth is dying and only fairies whit healing magic can save it. We don’t get a lot of information on the magic wars, but we do get to know that the magic creatures and humans fought about bringing magic to earth and that the war lasted for centuries. Now there is supposed to be peace between the creatures and humans but in reality, there is still a lot of animosity. There is a group dedicated to killing creatures and they are making it hard for the fairies to help.

I find it hard to write a review for this book because if I am being honest it is pretty bad. The characters never really have any issues because everything is so easy for them. Tulupea defeats bad guys whit a single flick of her wrist, she makes herself look perfect with another flick and the guy she likes falls for her the moment their eyes meet. There are many things happening throughout the book but at the same time, it feels like nothing much happens at all. The reason I don’t like writing all this bad stuff about the book is that in spite of it all I really liked it. I can’t quite but my finger on why, but it was just fun reading this book.

I gave this book 3 stars because I liked it despite the lack of character development or depth.

In conclusion, I would not recommend this book to anyone looking for a substantial read because this is not that book. I would however recommend it to people who like fun reads and don’t care too much about depth.

Have any of you read this book? What did you think?

Luna.

 

 

 

 

 

White hot kiss Review

White Hot Kiss (The Dark Elements, #1)

White hot kiss (The dark elements 1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Publication date: February 25th 2014

My rating: 4.5 stars

One kiss could be the last.

Seventeen-year-old Layla just wants to be normal. But with a kiss that kills anything with a soul, she’s anything but normal. Half demon, half gargoyle, Layla has abilities no one else possesses.

Raised among the Wardens—a race of gargoyles tasked with hunting demons and keeping humanity safe—Layla tries to fit in, but that means hiding her own dark side from those she loves the most. Especially Zayne, the swoon-worthy, incredibly gorgeous and completely off-limits Warden she’s crushed on since forever.

Then she meets Roth—a tattooed, sinfully hot demon who claims to know all her secrets. Layla knows she should stay away, but she’s not sure she wants to—especially when that whole no-kissing thing isn’t an issue, considering Roth has no soul.

But when Layla discovers she’s the reason for the violent demon uprising, trusting Roth could not only ruin her chances with Zayne… it could brand her a traitor to her family. Worse yet, it could become a one-way ticket to the end of the world.

 

First of all this book needs a cover change because the cover does not do the amazing story justice. Second this book may be my favourite Jennifer L. Armentrout book to date, And third This was such a fun book and I flew thru it.

This book is about Layla a 17-year-old girl that just happens to be half demon, half warden. She is the only one in existence and seeing as how a Wardens job is to kill demons her life is a bit complicated. She has been raised by wardens and has never quite felt accepted, which is understandable seeing as how half of them wants to kill her and even her best friend Zayne doesn’t fully trust her. The main reason for all the mistrust is the fact that she does not have any warden abilities only demon ones. She can see auras, mark demons and suck out peoples souls with a kiss. The wardens that are opposed to killing her only let her live because her ability to mark demons is useful to them, so it is understandable that she doesn’t feel at home amongst them. She hates her demon side and feels like a failure because she can’t always control the urge to taste someone’s soul, until a demon named Roth enters the picture and makes her question what the wardens have taught her.


What I liked

The romance. The relationship in this book develops slowly and the scenes between Layla and Roth are full of chemistry and hilarious one-liners. They are so good together and understand each other perfectly.

Roth. Roth is the prince of hell. He rides a motorbike and has a snake named bambi. He is a demon and is expected to be selfish, bad and incapable of love, but in reality, he is none of those things. He is sarcastic, funny and maybe a little bad but definitely not evil.

The fantastical elements. The wardens are gargoyles that has gone public because there are too many demons for them to fight without humans finding out. The humans believe that the wardens are only helping the police keep the city safe because they don’t know about demons. Wardens are basically indestructible when they are in their true form (aka stone) and very strong. The demons are well demons. They look human, but they have different abilities that can all be used to hurt humans. There are different level of demons, the most dangerous being high demons because they have almost unlimited powers.

Layla. Layla has grown up believing that half of her is evil and living amongst people that don’t trust her and want her dead. She also knows that she will never ever kiss someone because of the soul sucking, and yet she is a positive person. She tries to look at the good things in her life and has managed to fight her demonic urges for 17 years, which considering how strong they are, is pretty impressive.

What I didn’t like

Zayne. Zayne has known Layla his entire life. She is his best friend and yet he is quick to assume the worst of her and doesn’t fully trust her. He also makes her feel bad about her demon side a lot. Sure, he is hot, all muscly, with blond hair and he really does care about Layla. He just makes some bad choices and acts like a doshe most of the time.

The wardens. I though I would love the wardens, because gargoyles just sound awesome. Sadly, most of the wardens were total douchbags, who hated Layla just because she was part demon. They were completely stuck at the idea of all demons being bad and al wardens being good and refused to even consider that this might not be the case. There were a few ok wardens but mostly they were horrible.


Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It was funny, action-packed and easy to get through. I will definitely be continuing with the series and recommend it to anyone who likes bad boys with golden hears, Jennifer L. Armentrout or YA fantasy/Magical realism.

Have any of you read White hot kiss? What did you think?

Luna.

 

 

Stray by Elissa Sussman Review

Stray (Four Sisters, #1)

Stray by Elissa Sussman

publisher: Greenwillow

Publication date: October 7th 2014

My Rating: 4.5 stars

I am grateful for my father, who keeps me good and sweet. I am grateful for my mother, who keeps her own heart guarded and safe. I am grateful for my adviser, who keeps me protected. I am grateful for the Path, which keeps me pure. Ever after.

Princess Aislynn has long dreamed about attending her Introduction Ball, about dancing with the handsome suitors her adviser has chosen for her, about meeting her true love and starting her happily ever after.

When the night of the ball finally arrives and Nerine Academy is awash with roses and royalty, Aislynn wants nothing more than to dance the night away, dutifully following the Path that has been laid out for her. She does not intend to stray.

But try as she might, Aislynn has never quite managed to control the magic that burns within her-magic brought on by wicked, terrible desires that threaten the Path she has vowed to take.

After all, it is wrong to want what you do not need. Isn’t it?

I loved the world Elissa Sussman created in this book. All women have magic, but they are thought by the Advisers (men in charge) that their magic is wicked and should never be used, since childhood. Common women have their magic blocked by a charm, while noble women are sent to an academy where they learn to contain their magic. When the noble girls turn, sixteen they become eligible for marriage and if a girl fails to marry before her seventeenth birthday or fails to control her magic, she becomes a fairy godmother, which means she becomes a servant for a noble girl, who can perform small charms when needed. In order to ensure that none of the fairy godmothers gets into any trouble the love and warmth in their hearts are removed, leaving them cold and detached. If someone fails as a fairy godmother, she is either reassigned to become a teacher or permanently removed.

There are four kingdoms that follow the path (believes magic is bad) and have the same social structure whit nobility and commoners. The kingdoms are called north, shout, west and east. They are divided by the midlands, which is ruled by a queen called Josette who deserted the path and created her own kingdom where magic is used. She is said to be evil and dangerous and the citizens in the kingdoms are forbidden from entering the woods that make up the midlands.

In this story, we follow Aislynn who has always struggled with controlling her magic. She has just reached her sixteenth year and is at the ball where she will meet her suitors, when she has a huge incident with magic that gets her reassigned to fairy godmother. Aislynn was a bit frustrating to read about because she was so, so against her awesome magic. I get that she has been raised to fear it and treat it as a disease but I still got annoyed at how long it took her to see that her magic was not bad. Apart from that, though I really enjoyed Aislynn as a character. She was a strong person who stood up for herself and once she started using her magic she was a force to be reckoned whit.

There are quite a few side characters in this book, but my favourite was Bridget. She is a servant at the school Aislynn becomes a fairy godmother at, and has been serving Aislynn’s new Princess for years. Bridget was strong, independent and kind. She was not always nice to Aislynn, and might not have liked her al that much but she always helped her. I feel like she will become important as the series continues and am looking forward to get to know her better.

The romance in this book was not a huge focus and although there is a guy that Aislynn has some chemistry with, we don’t get to know him all that well. The little we did get to know about him though was good and I do feel like their romance will be more present as the series progresses.

This story completely sucked me in and I ended up reading it in one sitting. When reflecting upon it I realize it was a bit slow in places and that for a large part of the book nothing really happened, but I enjoyed the book so much that I did not even notice it while reading.

Overall, I think this is a great start to a series and I am excited to see where the story goes. I recommend it to fantasy lovers and people who want to get into YA fantasy.

Have any of you read stray? What did you think?

Luna.