Mooncakes // Netgallary review

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Synopsis:

A story of love and demons, family and witchcraft.

Nova Huang knows more about magic than your average teen witch. She works at her grandmothers’ bookshop, where she helps them loan out spell books and investigate any supernatural occurrences in their New England town.

One fateful night, she follows reports of a white wolf into the woods, and she comes across the unexpected: her childhood crush, Tam Lang, battling a horse demon in the woods. As a werewolf, Tam has been wandering from place to place for years, unable to call any town home.

Pursued by dark forces eager to claim the magic of wolves and out of options, Tam turns to Nova for help. Their latent feelings are rekindled against the backdrop of witchcraft, untested magic, occult rituals, and family ties both new and old in this enchanting tale of self-discovery.

I got send eARC from Netgallery in exchange for my honest review.

I give this two and a half stars

It’s obvious that the main focus is the romance, I wish you have seen a development in their relationship, we did see flashbacks of their past in high school but since they finish high school shouldn’t their relationship be more than just kissing, plus the plot wasn’t very good, and what looked like it’s supposed to be a twist didn’t shocked me because I hardly seen the person whom the characters seems very surprised and betrayed by. I liked that Nova has a hearing aid, I never seen that portrayed in a book before, but there was a scene where Nova wasn’t using them and she was talking to her grandmothers which made no sense because it’s seemed like a big deal to Nova to wear them and a lot of the dialogues were about them.
I didn’t like the art style, I’m pretty sure they didn’t explain about why only Tam was trying to get rid of the demon, Nova and her grandmas are witches they cloud try with their magic too, why is it supposed to a werewolf ? And since there is wolf magic then shouldn’t there be books about it or maybe a pack of werewolves to help Tam.
If you’re reading this for the romance there is a great chance you’ll enjoy this
If you’re reading it for the witchy and spooky stuff I don’t think you’ll enjoy it much, giving we got little about how the magic system works.

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A Court Of Mist and Fury // Review

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Synopsis:

Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.

With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas’s masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights

I gave it 5 out of 5 stars, I’d give it a million star if I cloud though.

My Review:

I wanna start off with saying it’s has been incredible rereading this, I think I even love it more the second time reading it. The characters are my precious babies, and it been a long time since I first read this, I’m filled with so many emotions, I’m so glad I decided to reread it despite the fact I rarely reread and when I do ,I mostly don’t end up enjoying them as much (except for my all time favorites and this is definitely is one of them) I also think I’m going to make this an annual read.

I flew through this book, my first time reading I thought the first 50 pages were slow, but now I see the pacing is pretty good, I love how Rhys gave Feyre 3 months before he call her on their bargain, even after she came with him, he spend time with her and teach her but after that he goes for the rest of the week, he gave her space and if she wanted his company she knows how to call him, even Mor she met Feyre and waited for her come to her if she wanted to.

in The first book I hated that Feyre went with Tamiln as if nothing had happened, and I know that because she just had died and for the passed three months under the mountain she thought she can never be with him again, it pissed off how Lucien and Rhys both helped her when her actual boyfriend who claim to love her didn’t even try, the moments when he had done something was first to kiss her then the other one was when it’s her last day all he wanted was to fuck her, and in the beginning of this book Feyre keeps having nightmare and wakes up then throw up and Tamiln knows that and he never talks to her about it, he sees how much she is struggling to adjust, and does nothing absolutely nothing , it doesn’t matter that he is also struggling because what she went through is more painful and the fact he is a high lord and he definitely went through horrible things before. The letter Feyre send to him didn’t assure him that she is okay and isn’t with Rhys against her will because Tamlin knows Feyre can’t write nor read and he have no idea that she learned, however that doesn’t give him the excuse to hunt her down like a pray and make a barging with the king to bring her back against her will and especially after she kept telling him not to.

“I had done everything – everything for that love. I had ripped myself to shreds, I had killed innocents and debased myself, and he had sat beside Amarantha on that throne. And he couldn’t do anything, hadn’t risked it – hadn’t risked being caught until there was only one night left, and all he’d wanted to do wasn’t free me, but fuck me. And when Amarantha had broken me, when she had snapped my bones and made my blood boil in its veins, he’d just knelt and begged her. He hadn’t tried to kill her, hadn’t crawled for me. Yes, he’d fought for me – but I’d fought harder for him.”

I feel like what Tamlin feels for Feyre isn’t love, it’s more like possession, he wants to have her, and he is over protective of her, like bitch she saved the entire world from Amarantha she may have died doing so but she ended up saving everyone, I understand why he feels the need to protect her but she is not a child. he dress her up like his doll or trophy or pet, if he does love her he would have seen how much she doesn’t want to be played with like that, she is more that just a pretty face, she has skills and want to use them, she is not the kind of person who want to stay in the dark and always locked up in the house.

“I was not prey any longer, I decided as I eased up to that door.
And I was not a mouse.
I was a wolf.”
― Feyre

I love Feyre’s character development so much, and I love reading about the things she went through and how she overcome them with Rhys’s help, and also when Rhys made a mistake stealing the book from Tarquin, and Feyre knows how much Tarquin’s alliance meant to him, she saw how Rhys was feeling bad that he screw up and Feyre tried to do everything to get his mind off of it and see him smile. and Rhys is the sweetest, throughout the whole book he always asks Feyre if she is okay with doing the thing he wants her to do, it really shows just how much he appreciate her, the one time he made a mistake and manipulate her she got angry at him and she told him she is not his pawn, then he never did anything like it again because he realized his mistake.

“So I’m your huntress and thief?” His hands slid down to cup the backs of my knees as he said with a roguish grin, “You are my salvation, Feyre.”

Sarah J. Maas did an amazing job with writing Rhys, like he seems perfect without any flaws even though we know he makes mistakes and know he thinks he is the villain of the story and he told us the bad thing he have done and somehow even the his flaws makes him seem perfect,I didn’t know someone cloud write something like this, it blows my mind.

Everything about Rhys and Feyre’s relationship is perfect, their relationship is balanced, and it makes me adore their relationship more that they were friends first, Feyre accepted Rhys as his friend first, she understood his actions and his reason for doing what he did, and she saw he is not the bad guy she thought he was. chapter 55 is the best chapter in this book that is a fact, Feyre made soup for him which represent the female accept the bond and if the male accept it then they can go and verify their mate bond and become mates officially, both of them talk about the moment they stated to love each other. I’m a sucker for the soulmate trope, the fact it’s in the book makes it the best book ever, and I’l forever cherish this series and don’t wanna change a singe thing about it.

I cloud talk about how much this book means to me all day long and I won’t get bored.

Do you like this book? what are some of your thought on it? if you already have a review for it send me the link.

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Balance Of The 12 by Ania // NetGallery review

Title: Balance Of The 12

Author: Ania

Genre: Sci Fi ،Fantasy

Pub Date: 23 July 2019

Description

The universe was created by twelve energies which turned into the 12 races on earth. Eleven of theses races live in secret among mankind, coexisting in precarious harmony and dependent on the Balance between them to keep the universe alive. If one race falls, the universe falls. 

With war at the door, a domino effect of events is about to begin that could bring abut universal annihilation. Only Jane, a Reader, and Samuel, a human, have the power to save the threatened races and protect the Balance. Unsure of each other and what lies ahead, they have one chance to learn about the true nature of the 12 races. One chance to witness the last Great War of the 12 races. But what they uncover reveals more than they ever believed possible. 

Brought together by the Balance, Jane and Samuel must choose to follow the legacy left to them, or watch as the 12 races erupt in a way that will destroy them all. 

My Review

*I got sent an eARC exchange for an honest review *

I DNF’d this book، the cover is awesome and the description sounds appealing to me ;I tried to finish this book ، unfortunately it’s was not for me ، if the storyline was little better I might have pushed through .

I liked the world building aspects ، and I thought it’s great and unique whoever I cloud not finishe this book because the writing style didn’t make me connect to the story ،also the storytelling could been better and more interesting . I honestly didn’t read much of this book to get to know any of the characters .

Review // The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

Hey readers!! I’m finally back, I had important exams and that made me fall behind in reading!! When I was finally in the mood to read, i decided to pick up a random book in my TBR I wanted to read for so long. And it happened to The Final Empire .

I wanted to read a Brandon Sanderson book for so long, I always hear how amazing his books are , but I get intimidated because he has published a lot of books and I knew that if I started I’d want to read them all, plus most of his books are long.

Title : The Final Empire

Author: Brandon Sanderson

Series: Mistborn

Pages : 647

Genres: Fantasy , Epic Fantasy

Characters:Marsh, Vin, Elend Venture, Sazed, Kelsier, Dockson, Hammond, Breeze, Clubs, Spook, The Lord Ruler, Lord Renoux, Yeden, OreSeur

Summary

Once, a hero rose to save the world. He failed. 

For a thousand years since, the world has been a wasteland of ash and mist ruled by the immortal emperor known as the Lord Ruler. Every revolt has failed miserably.

Yet somehow, hope survives. Hope that dares to dream of ending the empire and defeating the Lord Ruler. A new kind of uprising is being planned—one that depends on the cunning of a brilliant criminal mastermind and the determination of an unlikely heroine: a teenage street urchin named Vin.

Once, a hero rose to save the world and failed. This time, can a young heroine succeed?

My Review:

None Spoilers

I thought that the writing style was okay, it fits with the story line and the the world building so well. as I got deeper into the story I grew quite fond of it, I was trying to get out of a reading slump before I read this , and my expectations weren’t as high as when I first heard about it, and I did think it would be enjoyable like it turned out. I was at the edge of my seat , it blew me by surprise how much it made devour it. literally everything in this book made a combination of a perfect book for me . I highlighted so many scenes that pored my heart out. make yourself a favor and read this book.

Kelsier And Vin are very interesting characters, reading about them was enjoyable ,by the end I loved all the other crew members , I suddenly became so attached to the world and the characters, I like how they gave us some things about the lord ruler’s history . it amazing how the other crew members had a hand in teaching Vin , it mostly was Kelsier and Sazed , Sazed helped in making her act like a noblewoman, she didn’t want at first, she wanted to stay with the crew because Kelsier is teaching her Allomacy after he taught her the basics , and she said he is insane which is a fact and his plan would fail , he offered her money and told her if she didn’t want to be apart of this crew she could go. Vin was betrayed by her brother and she was finding it hard to trust people , she believed her purpose is to stay alive , and after she join Kelsier and the crew he formed to overthrow the lord ruler, she started believing her purpose could be much bigger. I highly recommend this book to fans of Six of Crows while I was reading I couldn’t help but think about it, there is some similarity, the most obvious similarity is both have Criminals as main characters.

SPOILERS

at first I thought that it’s like most series in the first book they plan something and they don’t fully succeed and the last book they do. Kelsier’s death made me cry so much , Vin is character development throughout this book is more than the other crew members and is understandably , she is the youngest and she didn’t this kind of job before. Vin’s brother is the one who raised her and I liked that even after she thought he had betrayed her , she could still hear his whisper in her mind , Sanderson competently captured Vin’s senses, how she find it hard to trust, and Kelsier becoming like a father figure to her , how she payed Valette and eventually she didn’t know which one she wants to be , she did hated nobility at the beginning not as much as Kelsier did though , she saw that not all of them are monsters , she even convinced Kelsier not to kill all of them like he dream to.

Elend Venture is a good man and also a good love interest , I liked him but not much , it good that the book is not centered around the romance , which is good for a change.

I liked the twist about the real person who wrote the log book, when we read it , the lord ruler sounds like an entire different person ,it possible that one can get corrupted given an enormous power .

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Strange The Dreamer by Laini Taylor, (Narrator) Steve West // ABC Review



Title: Strange The Dreamer

Author: Laini Taylor

Narrator : Steve West 

lenght :18 hours 20 minutes

Series: Strange The Dreamer Duology

Genre: Fantasy

Puplisher: Little, Brown Young Readers

Goodreads Rating: 4.37 

My Rating: 2.5

Goodreads Summery:

The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance or lose his dream forever.

What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving?

The answers await in Weep, but so do more mysteries—including the blue-skinned goddess who appears in Lazlo’s dreams. How did he dream her before he knew she existed? And if all the gods are dead, why does she seem so real?

Welcome to Weep.

I listen to the audiobook it is Narrated by Steve West, he did an amazing job narrating. I highly recommand listening to the audiobook.

I prefer the beginning to the end, I wasn’t that invested in the story to care much about what happens, I kept thinking of DNF’ing this book so many times, I lost count. The beginning pulled me in, I was more emotional in the beginning then the end.

The plot was good 6/10 I don’t think it needs improvement, it wasn’t executed the best way, which was little disappointing for me.

Lazlo Strange: his obesseition was damn relatable, his kindness is a bit dumb which made me want to slap him sometimem it is also his only flaw besides his pointed nose. I think he is unique, and I love him.

Sarai: what made me dislike her is how she can’t stand Minya and don’t want to follow her rules but do it anyway ou of loyality and guilt. Minya saved her life which is why she is loyal to her.

Minya: She is the most annoying character I have ever read about.

that is unpopular opinion for me, but I didn’t like the romance, I felt that it wasn’t needed.I would pretty much prefer them as friends, not lovers. The romance felt rushed to me,I didn’t think they know much about each other to devolpe strong feelings.

The World Building was amazing I loved it. Laini creates the best worlds. her world adds to the story and makes it wounderful.

If My Body Could Speak by Blythe Baird // NetGalley review

Title:If My Body Could Speak

Author:Blythe Baird

Genre:Poetry

Pages: 104

Publisher:Button Poetry

Pub Date: 4 Feb،2019

My Rating: 2.7 stars more like 3 stars

  • *Sent to me by Button Poetry through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review * Thank you Button Poetry and Netgalley for sending this to me.

This book talk about subjects such as Love،Being Gay، eating disorder ،feminism ،sex and rape. I would recommend it if any of these subjects interest you.

As I got through 45% of it I started to enjoy it more، I highlighted 10 poems ، there was one poem about zodiac signs ،this was probably my favorite . I don’t believe in them I just like to read about them. There were 2 or 3 poems that I wanted to skip but the rest were good.

Blythe mentions how her mother didn’t accept her sexuality and her felling sorry for begin this way. The title tells it all ،it mostly about apologizing for what she did to her body. The writing is good ،meaningful ،and gives you things to think about، maybe things you do to yourself that could be considered harmful and makes you fell bad about yourself but you keep doing them anyway;in a way it’s self hate.

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ABC Book Review: Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder

Goodreads Summery:

Choose: A quick death…Or slow poison…

About to be executed for murder, Yelena is offered an extraordinary reprieve. She’ll eat the best meals, have rooms in the palace—and risk assassination by anyone trying to kill the Commander of Ixia.

And so Yelena chooses to become a food taster. But the chief of security, leaving nothing to chance, deliberately feeds her Butterfly’s Dust—and only by appearing for her daily antidote will she delay an agonizing death from the poison.

As Yelena tries to escape her new dilemma, disasters keep mounting. Rebels plot to seize Ixia and Yelena develops magical powers she can’t control. Her life is threatened again and choices must be made. But this time the outcomes aren’t so clear…

My Rating: 5 Stars

Started: Dec,2018

Finished: Jan 4, 2019

My Review:

fast paced and easy read, the story was a bit predictable but nonetheless enjoyable. the female protagonist wasn’t a damsel in distress, Yelena is not YA airhead who loses focus over a hot guy who likes her, she finds Janco and Ari whom she recommend to the commander, so they get a promotion, Yelena makes Janco and Ari train her, so she can defend herself. While she keeps searching for Butterfly’s Dust’s antidote because Valek gave her a dose of Butterfly’s Dust, and she have to get daily doses of the cure.

The plot:

Eazy to get through, it got me addicted to the book.

it began great, I never got bored because of it.

The Characters:

Yelena: She is strong,determined, likes to learn as much as she can, she plan well before she go through with it, and she challenges her self to be better.

Valek: He cares about people, gives them chances to live through the code of behavior , smart , and dosen’t give his trust easily. I like how obessesd he is with poisons.

Ari and Janco: I loved thier friendship, how they protect each other, they made laugh a few times, I want more scencs of them in the series.

The Commander: I stongly disliked him in the beginning, I grew to like him after Valek told Yelena the reason for his loyality to the Commander,and now I see the I waas right the first time , he is a totally disloyal and ungrateful.

Rand: He is an idiot. I don’t think I could give another thing about him.

Reyad :He is disturbing bastard, there is graphic scenes of what he did to Yelena and the other things he wanted to do. he is a good villian.Yelena killed him and that is why she was gonna be executed .I like the pasting of the story, I got curious and wanted to know it from beginning, we get a
sprinkle between chapters, until Yelena is ready to think of what he did to her.

Maren : she is a side character, but I really liked her appearance. she is tough and the best fighter,she also teaches other women fighting

The World Building:

I wanted way more description of the world, more than what we got, but I understand that is the first book, and Yelena doesn’t have a big undertanding of magic yet. The world building overall is satisfying .

Valek and Yelena’s relationship

at first they didn’t trust each other, the slow burn romance was on point, I was there for it, I read this book having no clue what was it about and I didn’t even look at the reviews, it was fun for me to spot the little things Valek did for Yelena, I love that he is always testing her, she became a better food taster and a person in general because of that. first they started to form a friendship it devolved beautiful , how they tease each other is wonderful, it warmed my heart.

it was predictable, I still shed a few tears. The end did it purpose, made me think of after I finshed the book, kept me invested in the series.

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Vampire Academy By RICHELLE MEAD/ Review


Good Reads Summery: 

Only a true best friend can protect you from your immortal enemies . . .

Lissa Dragomir is a Moroi princess: a mortal vampire with a rare gift for harnessing the earth’s magic. She must be protected at all times from Strigoi; the fiercest vampires – the ones who never die. The powerful blend of human and vampire blood that flows through Rose Hathaway, Lissa’s best friend, makes her a dhampir. Rose is dedicated to a dangerous life of protecting Lissa from the Strigoi, who are hell-bent on making Lissa one of them.

After two years of freedom, Rose and Lissa are caught and dragged back to St. Vladimir’s Academy, a school for vampire royalty and their guardians-to-be, hidden in the deep forests of Montana. But inside the iron gates, life is even more fraught with danger . . . and the Strigoi are always close by.

Rose and Lissa must navigate their dangerous world, confront the temptations of forbidden love, and never once let their guard down, lest the evil undead make Lissa one of them forever . . .

My Review:

my rating: 2 and half stars out of 5

I have watched the movie before reading the book which I hardly ever do, dispite the movie being bad , I decided to give a chance to read the book because I thought it would be way better, even though the book was good, but unfortunately I got disappointed, I hoped it wouldn’t have focused on rumors and stupid school drama .

I hated that Strigoi were the only kind that was immortal, Moroi have magic but they don’t use it to protect themselves against Strigoi , Dhampires are the guardians and they protect Moroi against Strigoi , why can’t Moroi learn to protect themselves since they can use magic ?? Moroi drink blood and can eat but I didn’t see any scene of Dhampire drinking blood, so they obviously don’t need it.

I think the best thing about this book is Rose and Lisa is friendship, they’re the kind of friends who would do everything to protect each other . This is probably the thing that made finish the book.

I ship Christian with Lisa so bad , I love Christian’s personality and I agree with a lot of things he said, also he makes Lisa very happy 😊

Rosa’s intentions were good but I find her to be so annoying, I understand that she makes every decision in her life to keep Lisa safe but that doesn’t exercise her bad behavior.

I’m not sure I if I should continue on reading this series. I hope it gets better.