The Queen (The Selection 0.4) by Kiera Cass Book Review

Before America Singer’s story began, another girl came to the palace to compete for the hand of a different prince….

Don’t miss this digital original novella set in the captivating world of Kiera Cass’s #1 New York Times bestselling Selection series. This prequel story takes place before the events of The Selection and is told from the point of view of Prince Maxon’s mother, Amberly. Discover a whole new Selection with this inside look at how Maxon’s parents met—and how an ordinary girl named Amberly became a beloved queen.

**SPOILER FREE REVIEW**

Hello everyone! Welcome to 2015! Sorry I haven’t been updating my blog recently… I just haven’t had the time to sit down and write a blog post on a book until now. Without further adieu, here is my review on The Selection novella, The Queen. I previously have read all of the other Selection books, and after reading The One, I thought that the whole series was complete. When this novella came out, and news of a 4th book, I was just ecstatic. As soon as I heard of its existence, i knew I had to get it.

The novella is told in Queen Amberly’s perspective when she was going through the selection herself. I really loved her in all of the previous selection novels, however I have mixed thoughts about her now. Even though she was physically quite weak, I wanted… no. needed her to have more of a personality. Her character traits were quite bland and she seemed really submissive. Unlike America, she is not much of a fighter, but is willing to do whatever Clarkson says.

What I found really interesting was Clarkson. I really disliked his character in the previous books, but I thought that we go to understand him a LOT better in this novella. I feel bad for him because his parents are terrifying, however I’m not sure how he ended up being just as bad to Maxon.

As for the romance, I enjoyed it enough, but to me I didn’t really see a connection between Amberly and Clarkson. It seemed like there was more pity than love, and I just really couldn’t get my head around that.

Overall, I have mixed reviews about this novella. Kiera Cass KILLED it in the other Selection novels, however this one was quite average. Maybe its the length of the book or something else, but I felt like it was lacking in depth. 2.5/5 stars. 

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** Hope you enjoyed reading my review of The Queen. If you have any requests of books you want me to read and review, please feel free to leave them in the comments 🙂

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Slave by Mende Nazer and Damien Lewis Book Review

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Mende Nazer lost her childhood at age twelve, when she was sold into slavery. It all began one horrific night in 1993, when Arab raiders swept through her Nuba village, murdering the adults and rounding up thirty-one children, including Mende.
Mende was sold to a wealthy Arab family who lived in Sudan’s capital city, Khartoum. So began her dark years of enslavement. Her Arab owners called her “Yebit,” or “black slave.” She called them “master.” She was subjected to appalling physical, sexual, and mental abuse. She slept in a shed and ate the family leftovers like a dog. She had no rights, no freedom, and no life of her own.
Normally, Mende’s story never would have come to light. But seven years after she was seized and sold into slavery, she was sent to work for another master—a diplomat working in the United Kingdom. In London, she managed to make contact with other Sudanese, who took pity on her. In September 2000, she made a dramatic break for freedom.
Slave is a story almost beyond belief. It depicts the strength and dignity of the Nuba tribe. It recounts the savage way in which the Nuba and their ancient culture are being destroyed by a secret modern-day trade in slaves. Most of all, it is a remarkable testimony to one young woman’s unbreakable spirit and tremendous courage.

**Spoiler Free Review**

Hello everyone! It feels like it’s been forever since my last book review…. exams are now finally over! My humanities teacher actually recommended me to read Slave by Mende Nazer, and let me just say, the book truly is phenomenal. It is an autobiography written by Nazer, telling the story from her kidnap at age 12, being sold into slavery, and her escape into freedom. Slave is an extremely emotional story. To know that it is all true is entirely heart-wrenching, however is a story that must not be ignored.

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Top Ten Tuesday December 9

Hello Everyone! This is my Top Ten Tuesday of December 9. Top Ten Tuesday is an original meme created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

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The Theme This Week: December 9: Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2014

1. Sarah J. Maas. On a whim, I picked up Throne of Glass, and completely fell in love with it, later binge reading the rest of the books that have been released in the series. Sarah J. Mass has the ability to create a totally different world with kick-butt characters and mythical creatures, and yet, her books are still so relatable and loveable. She’s definitely my #1 new-to-me author of 2014.

2. Jennifer L. Armentrout. I honestly could not put the Lux Series down. Jennifer L. Armentrout really outdoes herself in this series because I felt attached to nearly all of the characters. The way she writes the story and the characters makes you feel as if you are no longer part of reality, but have jumped into their lives complete with aliens. Please, Please, PLEASE can I have my own Daemon Black…

3. Kiera Cass. Ok, I’m kind of cheating on this author because I read the Selection in 2012, but I couldn’t NOT put Kiera Cass on this list because I definitely think she upped her game with The One. While I did like The Selection and The Elite, I think that the 3rd book was probably my favorite in the series, and it was almost as if Kiera Cass was a different author because the writing just got a TON better and I fell even more in love with America Singer and Maxon.

4. Stephanie Perkins. I don’t really know how many times I’ve talked about Anna and the French Kiss (ok, I’ve talked about it A LOT), but honestly, her books are just so sweet and cute. While the plot is intriguing, it isn’t too dark either, so it’s a great happy read.

5. Marissa Meyers. I have absolutely adored the Lunar Chronicles series so far. The way she adds fairytales to sci-fi in the future is extremely interesting. Though many think that fairytales are cliché, the plot of her stories twist and turn, keeping the readers guessing.

6. Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon. These two authors wrote Doon, and let me just say…. I WANNA GO THEREEEEEE. Together, Corp and Langdon create an unforgettable fantasy world, whisking the reader away from day to day life.

7. Marie Lu. If you haven’t read the Legend series yet, you truly are missing out. The dystopian plot is really well spun, and I grew to love June and Day. Lu’s writing style is distinct, and the way she structures her books keeps you hooked.

8. Tahereh Mafi. I really REALLY enjoyed reading the Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi. She has the ability to captivate the reader, engaging me, and leading me on an emotional roller coaster. Please. Give. Me. Warner ❤

9. Scott Westerfield. I quite enjoyed the first two books in his series, Uglies. The plot was extremely unique, and I had to keep guessing where the plot would turn.

10. Gayle Forman. I personally really loved If I stay. Though I didn’t get around to watching the movie, I thought that the whole concept of the book was interesting because it was in the perspective of a girl in a coma. Forman’s book was tear provoking, and I highly enjoyed her style of writing.

Hope you guys enjoyed my Top Ten Tuesday this week 🙂 To those who have exams, good luck 🙂

Update and Top Ten Tuesday!

Hey everyone! I’m back… sorry I disappeared! Recently, I have been extremely busy with school work, travel, choir, swimming, etc, hence my lack of posting. Especially now with exams coming up, I just don’t have that much time. From now until around Christmas, I will not be posting a book review every week. However, I will be doing the Top Ten Tuesday Meme created by the Broke and the Bookish every Tuesday, along with a book review every other week.

Without further adieu, let’s get into this week’s Top Ten Tuesday. Top Ten Tuesday is an original meme created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

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The theme this week: Top Ten Books I’m Looking Forward To In 2015

( The first 5, I’m most excited about and are part of series I love, and the second 5 are some that just really intrigue me)

1. I am most looking forward to Throne of Glass #4 by Sarah J Maas, which is expected to be released in September 2015. It currently is untitled and does not have a cover, but I’m super pumped because I can’t wait to get my hands on it. Celaena Sardothien is one of my favorite book characters of all time, and though the wait is long, I know it will be worth it.

2. The second of my most anticipated books would have to be Fairest (Lunar Chronicles #5) by Marissa Meyer. The story circles Queen Levana, the ruler who uses her “glamour” to gain power. It follows her story before she had ever encountered Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress. I loved the first 3 books in the Lunar Chronicles, so I’m really excited to read this. It comes out January 27, 2015.

3. Ok, I did not find out about this book until recently, but when I did, I. Freaked. Out. It’s The Heir by Kiera Cass. The synopsis is, Twenty years ago, America Singer entered the Selection and won Prince Maxon’s heart. Now the time has come for Princess Eadlyn to hold a Selection of her own. Eadlyn doesn’t expect her Selection to be anything like her parents’ fairy-tale love story. But as the competition begins, she may discover that finding her own happily ever after isn’t as impossible as she always thought”, and the great thing is, it’s coming out on May 5, 2015.

4. Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices #1) by Cassandra Clare will be coming out September 2015. How exciting is that?! I adored the Mortal Instruments, and with more shadowhunters, I know that this series will be great as well.

5. A Court of Thornes and Roses by Sarah J Maas. This series is a blend of Beauty and the Beast and Faerie Lore, which sounds really intriguing and interesting. I literally DREAM about Maas’ writing, so of course I had to put this book on my list. It will be coming out in May, 2015

6. Invaded (Alienated #2) by Melissa Landers

7. Winter (Lunar Chronicles #4) by Marissa Meyers

8. All Fall Down by Ally Carter

9. The Stars Never Rise by Rachel Vincent

10. The Glass Arrow by Kristen Simmons

Hope you guys enjoyed reading my Top Ten Most Wanted Books of 2015

 

Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Daughter of Smoke and Bone #1) by Laini Taylor Mini Book Review

Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.
In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grows dangerously low.
And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war.
Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real, she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious “errands”, she speaks many languages – not all of them human – and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out.
When beautiful, haunted Akiva fixes fiery eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?

** SPOILER FREE REVIEW**

After much persuading by my friend Rachana at Inspired By Literature, I finally decided to pick up Daughter of Smoke and Bone. I had heard SOOOO many people raving about this book, and I wasn’t sure if it was worth the hype, hence the hesitation on my part. After reading it, I can honestly admit that I was pleasantly surprised because I thoroughly enjoyed it. The captivating plot hooks the reader in from the beginning, and I just could not put the book down (so yes, I may or may not have stayed up super late reading it).

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Rites of Passage by Joy N. Hensley Book Review

Sam McKenna’s never turned down a dare. And she’s not going to start with the last one her brother gave her before he died.
So Sam joins the first-ever class of girls at the prestigious Denmark Military Academy. She’s expecting push-ups and long runs, rope climbing and mud-crawling. As a military brat, she can handle an obstacle course just as well as the boys. She’s even expecting the hostility she gets from some of the cadets who don’t think girls belong there. What she’s not expecting is her fiery attraction to her drill sergeant. But dating is strictly forbidden and Sam won’t risk her future, or the dare, on something so petty…no matter how much she wants him.
As Sam struggles to prove herself, she discovers that some of the boys don’t just want her gone—they will stop at nothing to drive her out. When their petty threats turn to brutal hazing, bleeding into every corner of her life, she realizes they are not acting alone. A decades-old secret society is alive and active… and determined to force her out.
At any cost.
Now time’s running short. Sam must decide who she can trust…and choosing the wrong person could have deadly consequences.

** SPOILER FREE REVIEW**

I picked this book up on a whim, not really knowing what to expect. With my hectic schedule and crazy schoolwork, I wanted a book that would take my mind off of things and let me take a break from reality. This book did exactly that. Unlike the synopsis suggests, this book is NOT a lovey-dovey romance novel, however, for once I’m glad about this because that would have taken away from the book. Rites of Passage’s protagonist is Samantha McKenna, one of the first four females to ever apply to the Denmark Military Academy. Most of the school wants her out because girls apparently are “weak” and aren’t as good as boys, which would cause the school’s status to move in a downward spiral. Against the popular wish,  Samantha strives to prove herself, to show everyone how wrong they are about females. She is a determined, confident, and strong character, and this book  is not to be missed.

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Ignite Me (Shatter me #3) by Tahereh Mafi Book Review + Series Summary

The heart-stopping conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Shatter Me series, which Ransom Riggs, bestselling author of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, called “a thrilling, high-stakes saga of self-discovery and forbidden love.”
With Omega Point destroyed, Juliette doesn’t know if the rebels, her friends, or even Adam are alive. But that won’t keep her from trying to take down The Reestablishment once and for all. Now she must rely on Warner, the handsome commander of Sector 45. The one person she never thought she could trust. The same person who saved her life. He promises to help Juliette master her powers and save their dying world . . . but that’s not all he wants with her.
The Shatter Me series is perfect for fans who crave action-packed young adult novels with tantalizing romance like Divergent by Veronica Roth, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, and Legend by Marie Lu. Tahereh Mafi has created a captivating and original story that combines the best of dystopian and paranormal, and was praised by Publishers Weekly as “a gripping read from an author who’s not afraid to take risks.” Now this final book brings the series to a shocking and satisfying end.

**CONTAINS MINOR SPOILERS**

Hey everyone! Sorry it’s been such a long time……. I’ve just been really busy lately! We’ve finally made it… the LAST book in the Shatter Me series, Ignite Me. After I had read the other two books and the novellas, I had been waiting for what seemed like FOREVER to get my hands on this copy (it was checked out from the library). Truth be told, it was DEFINITELY worth the wait. 

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