Thursday, March 5, 2015

Mortal Heart

ISBN: 0547628404
Pages: 444
Source: Library
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Summary:
Annith has watched her gifted sisters at the convent come and go, carrying out their dark dealings in the name of St. Mortain, patiently awaiting her own turn to serve Death. But her worst fears are realized when she discovers she is being groomed by the abbess as a Seeress, to be forever sequestered in the rock and stone womb of the convent. Feeling sorely betrayed, Annith decides to strike out on her own.
She has spent her whole life training to be an assassin. Just because the convent has changed its mind doesn't mean she has...
 



Hello everyone! Welcome back to another review, I am finally writing my review for Mortal Heart. Emoji As many of you guys know, I absolutely LOVED the first two book in the His Fair Assassins trilogy (Grave Mercy & Dark Triumph) and Mortal Heart was one of my most anticipated releases last year. Why it took me so long to actually pick up the book and read it? I'll never know, but now that I have, I don't want the story to ever end! Anyway, enough rambling, let's actually get into the review:

Annith has watched her best friends grow in their skills and be sent out on missions to save the Duchy. She's the only one left of their group who hasn't received her own mission and rumors have been circling that the Abbess is planning on making Annith the new Seeress. Life as a Seeress is a a life of confinement and isolation and Annith refuses to be locked in a tower when she is certain the skills she possess could benefit Mortain's cause. So she does the unthinkable, she escapes from the covenant and sets out to discover her own mission and possibly find herself and the truth in the process.

Holy Mortain (I had to, sorry) this book was absolutely fantastic! I'm not even kidding when I say that the books get better as the trilogy progresses. I really enjoyed Grave Mercy, loved Dark Triumph, and freaking loved Mortal Heart. Out of all the girls: Sybella, Ismae, and Annith - Annith was definitely the one I felt connected with the most because she's soft spoken but has a heart of fire for what she loves so I was super excited to finally get my hands on her story. Now that the trilogy is over, I'm starting to feel withdrawal from the magical world and characters that Robin LaFevers has created. Seriously guys, if you haven't started this trilogy yet, you definitely need to get started because it's absolutely wonderful!

Similar to Sybella's story, we don't get much of Annith from the first or second books and the plotline acts parallel to the previous books up to a certain point just from a different POV before continuing on the story. This book showed Annith really growing out of her shell and just developing into this strong female character who is super kickass and skilled in the art of combat. She not only develops her fighting skills, but also develops from a girl to a woman. I mean, wow, I ship her relationship so dang hard it hurts inside.

I don't want to give away too much information regarding Annith's love interest, but his name is Balthazar and I think I found a new book boyfriend. He takes moody and mysterious to a whole new level and when the secrets come to light it's such an insane plot twist that I was left with my mouth gaping like a fish. It was crazy epic and something I did not anticipate, but I loved it so freaking much. His relationship with Annith started with a kidnapping of some sorts and as it progresses, it's got this air of forbidden love that just has you rooting for them from beginning to end. I can't exactly place what it was that made me love him so much as a character, but just the way he treated Annith with such gentleness and respect made me die a little inside.

Like I mentioned before, I don't ever want this trilogy to end, but since it did I have to say that it couldn't have ended in a less perfect way. So many secrets came to life, battles were fought, people were lost, but in the end everything was at peace. Now don't let that "happy ending" put you off from reading the book because once the book got started, you won't be able to put it down. The beginning was a teensy bit slow, but once Annith left the covenant it was heart pounding awesomeness from there onward.

Is it safe to say that I highly highly definitely recommend this book? Please do consider picking it up, if you are caught up with the trilogy and haven't yet, or pick up the trilogy because it's absolutely fantastic! Does anyone know what Robin LaFevers has planned next because I'm in His Fair Assassin withdrawal mode right now.


5 out of 5 stars

Foreverly Obsessed,



Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Red

ASIN: B00TODXQSW
Pages: 198
Publication Date: March 10, 2015
Source: Entangled Teen and NetGalley
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Summary:
Bad girls burn hot…
Red is the color of Kia Alcott's hair.
It's her temper, which blazes hot and always gets Kia into way too much trouble.
And it's the color of fire. Fires that Kia can start…just by thinking about them.
When her latest “episode” gets her kicked out of school, Kia is shipped off to her grandmother, who works for the wealthy Blackwoods. It's an estate shrouded in secrets, surrounded by rules, and presided over by a family that is far from normal…including the gorgeous and insolent Ethan Blackwood.
Ethan knows far more about the dangers of the forest surrounding the estate than Kia can ever imagine. For this forest has teeth, and Ethan is charged with protecting the outside world from its vicious mysteries.
But inside, even the most vibrant shade of red doesn't stand a chance against the dark secrets of the Blackwood family…

Hello everyone and welcome to my review of Red by Alyxandra Harvey. I received an e-copy from Entangled Teen and NetGalley so thank you so much to both of them! This book read super fast and I ended up liking it a lot more than I expected. It also pulled me out of a reading slump that I was slowly falling into for no apparent reason. Anyway, let's get into the review!

Red follows a girl name Kia Alcott who was the ability to set things on fire if she can't control her temper. After accidentally setting her best friend on fire, she expelled from school and sent to live her grandmother who works as a housekeeper for the rich Blackwood family. Upon arriving, she senses that something is not normal and the family seems to be hiding a secret, particularly Ethan Blackwood. Ethan thinks of Kia as nothing as a nuisance, another dumb person that he has to protect from the forest of dark creatures that prowl around Blackwood Manor. What he doesn't know is that something new is haunting the forest and Kia may be someone who can help stop it.

The world that Red is set in is so fascinating and the writing just flows so lovely together. I picked this book up and read threw it in a day and absolutely adored it. The Blackwoods are this super rich family who basically own a magical beast zoo. However, it's not all pretty because these animals are kept locked in cages and some are released for the simple fun of hunting them and mounting them on a wall. There is also this secret society of mythical beast hunters/protectors/people called the Cabal. The whole concept of the Cabal is kept relatively in mystery throughout the book and has this creepy aura around it. In order to join, you need to pass a trial by killing a mythical beast and bringing back a trophy. If you are unfit to join, the Cabal will wipe your memory which could potentially lead to you going mad. However, we only get the see the messed up version that Mr. Blackwood believes and the end does elude to the fact the society may not be all bad, just old fashioned. I still wished I could have known more, but it helped to create a really mysterious feel throughout the book.

Kia Alcott is such a fiery character and I mean that with pun full intended. She's snarky and fun and not afraid to jump into a dangerous situation if it means protecting someone she loves. That alone makes a great character in my book. She also struggles with controlling her anger which I think everyone can relate to. Imagine setting something on fire every time you lost control of your temper. As cool as her power or curse is, there are also setbacks. She gets physically injured every single time fire erupts from her skin which I thought was kind of unique. The ability is powerful but at the same time harms her. 

Ethan Blackwood came off as an incredible jerk in the beginning, but once you got to know more about the crazy world that he lived in and the huge weight on his shoulders, you start to understand why he's so uptight all the time. After everything he's been thought, he's got this huge sense of duty and loyalty and what's even cooler is that you get to read half the story from his POV. I loved reading from his perspective because if gave a great inside view to the world of the Cabal and helped me to understand the world a little better. 

The romance between Kia and Ethan was pretty decent as well. As you probably guessed, no insta-love here and you actually got to see the relationship progress which I definitely liked. Admist the romance, there's a new creature lurking the forest and when I found out what it was, I was actually pretty creeped out. The story doesn't exactly follow the legend as I know it, but it still managed to create a really scary monster that controlled the story. The plot  twist involving the monster definitely threw me off and I'm still confused as to how and what happened, but I guess that's part of the allure right? 

There were a whole bunch of other memorable characters, specifically Abby (Kia's grandmother) and Sloane (Ethan's friend). Both of them are so lovable and funny and amazing that you grow to really enjoy every single moment with them. Some other characters were a bit annoying such as Justine and her crew, but like Ethan, everything she did was to protect their secret and she turned out, kind of decent at the end. The ending was actually amazing, while some events did make me sad, people got what they deserved and it was overall really satisfying.

So those are my thoughts! I highly recommend this book even if you're not into paranormal because it's a super fun read and will definitely keep you engaged throughout the story. Don't forget to pick up a copy on March 10 when it comes out!

4 out of 5 stars
 

Foreverly Obsessed,

Monday, March 2, 2015

Planning Ahead: #AYearAThon TBR (2)

Happy March everybody! I've been hearing about the AYearAThon read-a-thon around BookTube for quite some time and decided that it was finally time to jump in and participate. For those who don't know, the AYearAThon is a read-a-thon that takes place over the span of an entire year with each month having a different focus. For example, the focus for this month is Benchwarmer books - books that have been on your bookshelf for quite some time and you need to start them. 

Ever since I started blogging more "intensely," I've been buying a lot more books and my personal library has grown quite a bit. For this particular read-a-thon, I only picked physical books because if I even attempt to delve into my massive e-book collection, I will never settle on one book. Anyway, I decided to combine this week's Planning Ahead post with my TBR since showing you guys my TBR is already half the post, let's get started:


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This was one of the first books I ever bought from the library and has been sitting on my shelf collecting dust for almost two years. It's a fae book which I haven't read in quite some time and follows three women who are struggle to fight against a wave of evil that is threatening to take over both the mortal and Sidhe thrones. I really want to get started on this trilogy since I also own book two and I'm planning on placing a book order soon so if I do like it, I can easily pick up book three.

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I received this book waaaay back in December from BookLooks and it's RIDICULOUS that I haven't read it yet. My biggest obstacle in reading this book is that I haven't read the first two books and my library doesn't have them either. I contemplated buying e-copies, but they were actually more expensive than the physical books. I have started this already, but it's taking me a while since I haven't gotten the chance to experience the build-up in the first two books. It's definitely good, but just hard for me to get into. Hopefully I'll finish this...that's what I've been saying for the past two months...

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I received this book at BookCon 2014 as an ARC and I've been planning to read it for so long. It follows a young girl in the music industry and from what I can tell based on the back cover, there's mystery and deceit and it sounds super interesting! This is my back-up book in case I need some help with Rebels or Silver's Edge because it's short and I think I can easily get through the book fairly quickly.

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Yup...haven't finished it yet...I'm working on it 


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I was kindly sent an e-copy from Entangled Teen and NetGalley to review this book. This actually comes out March 10th I believe so my review will either go up tomorrow or Wednesday depending on my schedule. The good news is that I already pre-planned this review out so all I got to do is format a blogpost and type it all out. Another piece of good news is that I loved this book.

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I just finished this book yesterday after ditching math homework because I couldn't think anymore. I've heard lots of great things about this book and I was feeling a bit slumpy so I decided to pick it. Blew through it in a day and it was pretty good. I didn't feel as emotionally wrecked as other people said, but I still really liked it. Still gotta plan out this one, but I'm aiming for Friday or Saturday, but if you look down to the next TBReviewed, this might get pushed to next week.

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I failed last week...gonna try again this week...

So that's what I have planned! A bit ambitious since I tried doing three reviews last week and failed, but we have standarized testing this week which means hopefully less homework which equals to more time to write reviews! If you're participating in the AYearAThon this week, what are you reading?

Foreverly Obsessed,





Saturday, February 28, 2015

Unworthy

ISBN: 1500807478
Pages: 199 (My Edition) 
(Goodreads: 315)
Source: Author
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Summary:
Nearly two hundred years after a killer disease swept the planet, an island nation continues its isolated survival due to the ruthless dedication of its military. The laws and culture of the country are based on the survival of the fittest, distrust of disease, and control of the general population.
Marked at birth as “Unworthy” to be raised, a young woman questions the necessity for the cruel practice, so many years after the Isolation was declared. She embarks on a journey which will uncover truths about her past and about her society which she could never have imagined.
 

Hello everyone! Welcome back to another review, I finally have my review for Unworthy up! Just in time for the end of the month. Thanks so much to Joanne Armstrong for sending me a copy for review, let's see what I thought of it: (All thoughts are 100% my own)

Unworthy takes place in a disease ravaged world where a military government controls the lives of the remaining survivors. Arcadia is one of the Unworthy, marked at birth due to her weak immune system and she's always dreamed of life outside the Hubs. Now her adventure arrives and she's thrust into the real world. As she travels to the capital city of Polis, she finds out the truth about herself and her society which completely changes how the world seems.

The world of Unworthy is really interesting and revolves strictly around a military government. The government itself is a bit vague, but essentially there is a Council which remains pretty mysterious until the end. They are the ones in power that all the General answer to. There are four Generals who are in charge of all the military. Those who serve in the military are Firstborn children, male or female, who are sent to Polis when the reach a certain age to train. Then you have sectors which contain Hubs. These are where the normal people live and it's a pretty tightly controlled life. 

Since it is dystopian, there is obviously something wrong with the government. By orders of the Council, all baby girls who reveal any sort of weak immune system or signs of sickness are left out in the wild for one night to see if they can survive the virus. Usually, even if they survive the night, they don't last more than a week.

Arcadia is one of the unusual. She's marked as an Unworthy and dedicates her life to secretly protecting her younger Unworthy "sisters" from any predators during their trial night. So far she's saved twelve but only seven of them have survived past the first week. As a character, she's pretty strongly built, but I felt loosely detached to her. I definitely admired her willpower and dedicated, but I can't pinpoint a moment where I felt connected to her character. That being said, she's still a really strong female lead and I'm really interested to see where that will take her, especially after the ending.

Then we have Alex. At first he felt a bit detach-y to me as well, but I actually connected more with him than I did with Arcadia. Throughout the book you get to see him grow and really find out about his life as a Polisborn solider.  He's definitely left a rough life, but that only made him stronger as a person. I liked how the romance, if you can call it that, was slow developing between Arcadia and Alex. It allowed you to develop your opinion on each character and showed the whole relationship develop, if that makes any sense. However, there's something of a love triangle? It's only hinted at, but there was a sort of relationship between Arcadia and her childhood friend Bastian. However, once Arcadia and Alex were inside Polis and she found out that Bastian wouldn't be hurt because of her, he kind of vanished from the picture. 

The plot twist wasn't expected, but at the same time it was. I didn't anticipate the reason behind Arcadia's summon to Polis, but I knew that she would potentially be in charge of changing the current government. The book ended on a bit of a short note so I'm a bit surprised that Goodreads has this marked as 315 pages since my copy only had about 200. The ending was a bit abrupt and off, which left me a bit confused as to what exactly is going on next. 

Overall, the book is a nice start to a new dystopian series and I'm definitely interested to see what happens next as book one really only set the stage of the overall story. Again, many thanks to the author for sending me a copy!

3.5 out of 5 stars
 

Foreverly Obsessed,

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Vicious

ISBN: 0765335344
Pages: 340
Source: Library
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Summary:
A masterful, twisted tale of ambition, jealousy, betrayal, and superpowers, set in a near-future world. 
Victor and Eli started out as college roommates—brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognized the same sharpness and ambition in each other. In their senior year, a shared research interest in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong. Ten years later, Victor breaks out of prison, determined to catch up to his old friend (now foe), aided by a young girl whose reserved nature obscures a stunning ability. Meanwhile, Eli is on a mission to eradicate every other super-powered person that he can find—aside from his sidekick, an enigmatic woman with an unbreakable will. Armed with terrible power on both sides, driven by the memory of betrayal and loss, the archnemeses have set a course for revenge—but who will be left alive at the end? 
In Vicious, V. E. Schwab brings to life a gritty comic-book-style world in vivid prose: a world where gaining superpowers doesn’t automatically lead to heroism, and a time when allegiances are called into question.

Hi everyone and welcome back to another review! I was originally going to post this review on Saturday and post Mortal Heart today, but VE Schwab's newest book: A Darker Shade of Magic came out today so I thought it was only fitting that I posted my review of her first adult book today. Anyway, let's get straight into the review!

Vicious follows two friends turned enemies who have discovered the secret to attaining supernatural powers. Eli, charming and handsome, believes that his supernatural power is one from heaven as he cannot do any harm to other people with it. Victor on the other hand, has the ability to create pain onto other people. After seeing Victor come into his power, Eli decides that all other supernaturals or EOs as he calls them must be eradicated because they are a danger to the world. He enlists the help of a young EO woman to help him destroy everyone. Victor has recently gotten out of jail, a place he went because of Eli and he wants his revenge. He also enlists the help of a powerful young EO girl and his friend from the prison to help him take down Eli and stop his madness.

Words cannot describe how freaking awesome this book is. I actually avoided this book like the PLAGUE for the longest time because everyone I mean EVERYONE was talking about it and I just didn't feel like I wanted in on all the hype. Now that it's been out for a while, I started getting curious and then everyone started talking about VE Schwab's new book which got me even more interested. So enough said, but I picked it up and absolutely devoured it. Vicious is a fantastically crafted story that weaves together so many different character traits that completely blow your expectations. Everything about this book is messed up, but you can't help but love every single page. Seriously, every single word is precious and important. 

Now I sounds like a complete fangirl so let's turn it up a notch. Victor is literally amazing. He's so crazy messed up anyone who likes him should get their heads checked, myself included, but there is just something about his character that makes him redeemable despite that fact that he is actually quite delusional. The way that he has this carefree intensity about it draws people in and while he's definitely insane (have I made that point clear yet?), he is so dang amazing it actually hurts. I don't think I've ever sympathized so much with a "villain" type character before, but seriously guys, if nothing else interests you about this book, the fact alone that this book will make you love a villain should be enough.

While Victor was portrayed as the villain in the book, the hero aka Eli became the true villain in my eyes. I won't say specifically what it is, but I literally despised him. At first I didn't understand Victor's hatred towards his once best friend, but as the story progresses Eli begins to become this twisted maniac who wants to be the only reigning EO in the world. He essentially wants to get rid of all other competition and have the entire world kneeling at his feet. He thinks that he is unstoppable and basically immortal. Admittedly, Victor is definitely more twisted in terms of psychological events, but Eli is the one you blame for everything and the one you want to see fall.

Other memorable characters are Sydney, the girl Victor picks up from the streets after leaving jail and his jail friend Mitch. Both are quite lovable people despite not knowing a lot about them. Well, you do get to know Sydney and her past quite well, but Mitch is more of a bodyguard who everyone thinks is in a gang because he's huge. Instead though, you can tell from how he treats Sydney that he's definitely a really nice person. 

The book itself is divided among several point of views as well as two different time lines. Half the book is present day where Victor and his gang are hunting Eli down for Victor's revenge and the other half occurs 10 years earlier when Victor and Eli were still in college. This really helped to move the present story along while allowing for a little story-time. Instead of Victor recounting the past in a conversation to Sydney, you can actually see it happen and see what caused the falling out between the two former best friends. As for POVs, the story is told through Victor, Eli, and Sydney's voices which really gives the story more dimension as you get to see it covered from all the angles. Overall, it really helped to make the book a more engaging experience.

Okay, I've talked long enough. Final thoughts are quite simple: If you haven't read the book already please do because this is definitely a book that lives up to all the hype that it's been getting. It's a fascinating read that just might have you wondering if you're actually a bit psychotic, but it's definitely fun and really enjoyable. 
4.5 out of 5 stars

Foreverly Obsessed,

Monday, February 23, 2015

Planning Ahead (1)

Hello everyone! Welcome back to another post, today I'm going to be introducing something new in hopes that it'll keep me more honest and active on this blog. First of all, last week was February break and I had this whole vision of that I wanted to do. I had a good number of books that were just waiting to be reviewed, some I had read in 2014 and still haven't done anything with my notes. But then, as you guys can tell, I posted twice last week and both of those times were tour stops. 


So, in the spirit of a New Year (Chinese New Year occurred on the 19th) and starting fresh, I'm going to hold myself more accountable for posting every week. As you can probably tell from the title, I'm just going to call this "series" my Planning Ahead posts. I tried to come up with something witty and it didn't exactly work so this is going to have to do. 

Basically, Planning Ahead posts will consist of books I'm currently reading and/or books I want to read in the upcoming week as well as at least one to two reviews that I plan on posting as well. I don't know yet if I'm going to do these every week, but I'm going to aim for one post every other week. However, since this is the last week of February, this post is only going to be relevant for one week. Anyway, enough talking let's get into it~


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I received a copy from the author for review and promised to have it read/reviewed by the end of February...my procrastination is coming back to haunt me...

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This is the #YearofCosmere read-a-long choice for February. I was originally planning on reading this during break but my friends actually had time to hang out, so I put it off. Hopefully I'll finish it before the end of the month, but I'm not too worried if I finish it in the beginning of March, as long as I have the time to read the second book.


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Pretty self-explanatory since I promised the author I would have it read/reviewed by the end of the month. 

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I read this at the end of January and planned on reviewing it around the first week of February...my goal is to have this review up either tomorrow or Wednesday.

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Another book I read at the end of last month and didn't review...I'm great at this...I'm still deciding if I want to post this review before or after my review of Unworthy so chances are this review will be up on Saturday.

And that's it! That's what I have planned for this week. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that school is not going to blow up since it's the first week back from break and next week we have standardized testing. (Who's excited for that?) Three reviews is a bit ambitious for me, but I'm determined to get it done! So, what are some books you plan on reading this last week of February? 

Foreverly Obsessed,




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