Sunday, April 17, 2016

Rebel Spring by Morgan Rhodes Review

Publication Date: December 3, 2013
Publisher: Razorbill
Format: Hardcover
Page Count: 401 pages
Series: Falling Kingdoms #2


After a bloody siege, Auranos has been defeated, its young queen orphaned and dethroned. The three kingdoms—Auranos, Limeros, and Paelsia—are now unwillingly united as one country called Mytica. But the allure of ancient, dangerous magic beckons still, and with it the chance to rule not just Mytica, but the whole world over...

At the heart of the fray are four brave young people grappling for that magic and the power it promises. For Cleo, the magic would enable her to reclaim her royal seat. In Jonas's hands, it frees his nation, and in Lucia's, it fulfills the ancient prophecy of her destiny. And if the magic were Magnus's, he would finally prove his worth in the eyes of his cruel and scheming father, King Gaius, who rules Mytica with a punishing hand.

When Gaius begins to build a road into the Forbidden Mountains to physically link all of Mytica, he sparks a long-smoking fire in the hearts of the people that will forever change the face of this land. For Gaius's road is paved with blood, and its construction will have cosmic consequences.


This picks up right after the events where Falling Kingdoms left off. All three of the kingdoms are now united into one big country ruled by the tyrant King Gaius. Long story short, no one is safe under his rule and shit is going down.

We still have our four core characters: Cleo, Magnus, Jonas, and Lucia. Cleo is held captive in her own home and she’s dealing with the losses she encountered. Magnus I now realized is a misunderstood character with conflicted feelings with everything that’s going on. Jonas has become a leader of a rebellion against King Gaius. And Lucia –well, she’s in a coma.

This book is where I start to realize where I stand with the characters. Cleo and Magnus by far are my favorite characters. Jonas is in the middle but he’s still an interesting character. Lucia is my least favorite character. Even though we didn’t see much of her in this book, I didn’t really care what would happen to her. I don’t know if my feelings for her will change in the next book but for now, my feelings for these characters are pretty set.

I flew by this book within hours because I was so captivated with the characters and the story. This is slowly turning into a series that I am very invested in and I am very excited to see what’s gonna happen next.


Friday, April 1, 2016

Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater Review

Publication Date: October 21, 2014
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Format: Ebook
Page Count: 319 pages
Series: The Raven Cycle #3


There is danger in dreaming. But there is even more danger in waking up.

Blue Sargent has found things. For the first time in her life, she has friends she can trust, a group to which she can belong. The Raven Boys have taken her in as one of their own. Their problems have become hers, and her problems have become theirs.

The trick with found things though, is how easily they can be lost.

Friends can betray.
Mothers can disappear.
Visions can mislead.
Certainties can unravel.

Review (Non Spoiler & Spoilers): 

I’m keeping this short because this is the second to last book of the series and if you haven’t read this yet, what the heck are you still doing here? GO READ IT.

Blue’s mom, Maura, is still missing. The boys go back to school. Blue and the boys continue to find Glendower, the lost Welsh ruler. Gray Man’s boss is in town with his snobby companion.

Not much left to say for the non-spoiler section or the plot really. I’ll be going more in depth on the characters in the spoiler section. Like I said before, if you haven’t read this book yet, HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend reading it and if you haven’t read this series yet, DO IT.

Alright. Now for all the feels. Prepare yourselves for this. (WARNING SPOILER SECTION):

Blue and Gansey breaks my heart. It’s like you want them together but once they kiss, it’s end game for Gansey. My heart was torn into pieces with their late night calls and shenanigans. Gansey waits every night, eyes closed, hand on his phone, and waits for Blue to call him. LIKE IS THAT NOT EVERY RELATIONSHIP GOALS. Then there’s the scene where Blue and Gansey are in his car and they are literally so close they could feel each other’s breaths on their mouth and they just have a moment together. MY HEART IS HURTING ON HOW FUCKED UP THEIR FATES ARE. Every cute scene of theirs is literally all highlighted and there are paragraphs of crying emoijs next to it.

Secondly, can we talk about Pynch? What is “Pynch” you say? YOUR NEXT OTP. Ronan has feelings for Adam and it’s possible Adam may reciprocate those feelings back. Ronan and Adam become closer in this book and it’s just great. Adam doesn’t have the best life in the world and he just needs some good to happen to him. You just have a sense to protect Adam from everything because he’s just too precious. And Ronan, under all his hostile attitude, he’s fiercely loyal and sometimes shows his softer, compassionate side.

Now the ending. WHAT THE HECK?! Neeve is back and she’s with Piper. Piper reached out and did some shit with the non-human sleeping thing from a raised coffin. Like, what. “The sleeper wasn’t human.” WHAT? Like I need answers ASAP.

Shit will go down in the next book and most likely the dreaded kiss scene. It’s going to happen. Maybe he’ll die and is resurrected or something. I don’t know. All I know is, WE SIGNED UP FOR THIS. Maggie made it every much clear even though we don’t want to believe it. We knew what’s going to happen since day one. “That kid is going DOWN.”