Review: Wicked Lovely (Wicked Lovely #1) by Melissa Marr

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Title: Wicked Lovely (Wicked Lovely #1)
Author: Melissa Marr
Publication Date: July 2008 (HarperCollins)
Pages: 328
Genre: Fantasy
Format: Paperback

Links to buy: |Amazon UK| |Waterstones| |Book Depository|

Rule 3: Never stare at invisible faeries.

Aislinn has always seen faeries. Powerful and dangerous, they walk hidden in the mortal world.

Rule 2: Never speak to invisible faeries.

One of them, a beautiful faerie boy named Keenan, is trying to talk to her, asking questions Aislinn is afraid to answer.

Rule 1: Don’t ever attract their attention.

Now it’s too late. Keenan is the Summer King and is determined that Aislinn will become the Summer Queen at any cost. Without her, summer itself will perish… [Goodreads]

I don’t read enough fantasy novels, but I’ve always found myself instantly sold when I read a blurb about faes.

Aislinn has always been able to see fairies but they never bothered her so they were easy to avoid. But then she crosses paths with Keenan, a king searching for his Summer Queen, who’s a mortal who can overthrow the Winter Queen. Keenan has been searching for centuries and convinced that Aislinn is the queen so won’t leave her alone. It’s quite an uncomfortable read to be honest. Seeing this guy obsess over a female because of what he ‘thinks’ is right. He becomes a huge stalker, which is apparently okay because he’s the king. I absolutely hated Keenan because of this. He constantly spoke like he was superior to everyone and it was so horrible.

The narration jumps from three character’s: Aislinn, Keenan and Donia, a fae under the chill of the Winter Queen and the previous mortal that Keenan pursued thinking she was the queen. Through the different narrations we are able to learn everyones intentions and their ‘role’ in the story, which made it easier to differentiate the characters from one another. The narration jumps were smooth and easy to follow.

Seth, Aislinn’s best friend, was probably the only person I really loved. He was the only one who made sense to me. It is astounding that he didn’t freak out or laugh when Aislinn told him the truth but I thought the actions after were adorable. Seth was constantly trying to think about things logically and give Aislinn as much help as possible. His living situation is a little confusing (a train carriage??) but it adds to a quirk in his character right? A single male character gives whole book a higher rating. I’m too easy to please…

I will admit that by the end of the book I was confused. Still a little confused. I am definitely missing something. Because although it was a pleasing ending, the pieces didn’t click properly and the emotions on Keenan’s side felt very forced.

My rating:

It was okay

2 cups

Review: Half-Blood (Covenant #1) by Jennifer L Armentrout

9680718 (1)Title: Half-Blood (Covenant #1)
Author: Jennifer L Armentrout
Publication Date: October 2011 (Spencer Hill Press)
Pages: 281
Genre: Fantasy
Format: Paperback

Links to buy: UK Edition (Hodder): |Waterstones| |Amazon UK| US Edition: |Book Depository|

The Hematoi descend from the unions of gods and mortals, and the children of two Hematoi pure bloods have godlike powers. Children of Hematoi and mortals–well, not so much. Half-bloods only have two options: become trained Sentinels who hunt and kill daimons or become servants in the homes of the pures.

Seventeen-year-old Alexandria would rather risk her life fighting than waste it scrubbing toilets, but she may end up slumming it anyway. There are several rules that students at the Covenant must follow. Alex has problems with them all, but especially rule #1:Relationships between pures and halfs are forbidden. Unfortunately, she’s crushing hard on the totally hot pure-blood Aiden. But falling for Aiden isn’t her biggest problem–staying alive long enough to graduate the Covenant and become a Sentinel is.

If she fails in her duty, she faces a future worse than death or slavery: being turned into a daimon, and being hunted by Aiden. And that would kind of suck. [Goodreads]

{Dug this review out from my drafts folder from a while back – not sure why it was never published! Hope you enjoy!}

I was super excited to start this book. Mostly because it’s a Jennifer L Armentrout book. And so far, everything I’ve read by her is awesome!

Alex’s mother took Alex and ran away from the Covenant. Three years later, after her mum and home have been taken from her, Alex finds herself back at the Covenant. But since it’s been three years since she’s been in training, she’s behind compared to the other students and catching up would take a long time. Luckily, Aiden steps in and offers to help her. She has to catch up with the other students by the end of summer, but the sudden thrust of training takes its toll on her body and when she discovers the truth about her destiny she is determined to be ready to prove everyone she’s not what history says.

I always feel a little out of the loop when I pick up novels based on greek gods. Even more so now that I’ve found myself picking countless of books about myths and legends. Luckily this book fills us in enough to ensure we can follow, although occasionally it get’s a bit too dense. It also became a little overwhelming sometimes, especially during the beginning where there are lots of character intros. Too many names and facts which didn’t sink in properly.

There is so much I love about Aiden and Alex. Firstly, they reminded me of Four and Tris from Divergent. It is obvious that the chemistry is there and it became a huge part of my focus when reading Half-Blood. 

Some phrases are repeats or/and similar to some of the other novels that Armentrout has written. Note, we will always get a sarcastic character in her novels – definitely not a negative! Seth not only brings a possible new love interest for Alex, we also find him shooting out the snarky one liners. Which is a nice lift from the serious build of the novel.

It’s a strong start. Would definitely recommend for those who want to dive into a series.

My rating
I really liked it

4 cup

 

Mini Reviews: The Infernal Devices Trilogy by Cassandra Clare

With the build up to YALC, I thought it was about time I picked up the Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare (by the time you read this, YALC will actually have been and gone!!). I wasn’t a huge fan of the Mortal Instruments series and after reading the first three books, I stopped. I didn’t really find anything too special about the series but with the promise of The Infernal Devices being way better than the Mortal Instruments, I was really excited.

8700058Clockwork Angel {Goodreads}
Publication Date: 1st March 2011 (Walker Books)
Pages: 488
Genre: Fantasy
Format: Paperback

Links to buy: |Amazon UK| |Waterstones|  |Book Depository|

I have to admit it was a really disappointing start for me. I know, roughly, the characters. I knew there would be a love triangle and I also knew that many people preferred Will to Jem. Because of the vast amount of praise I’ve heard about this series, my expectations were up and beyond. Like a typical love triangle, we have the good guy and the bad guy in the situation. The only awkward thing about the good guy and bad guy options was that the bad guy really didn’t draw me in. Even when Tessa would describe her draw to this particular person, it didn’t click for me. I didn’t feel the connection, which did automatically make me prefer the other guy in comparison.

My rating

I liked it

3 cup

12788037Clockwork Prince {Goodreads}
Publication Date: 1st May 2012 (Walker Books)
Pages: 512
Genre: Fantasy
Format: Paperback

Links to buy: |Amazon UK| |Waterstones|  |Book Depository|

Clockwork Prince was a little bit better than Clockwork Angel but still not so great. Where the first focused on the introduction of Will and Jem, there was definitely that feeling that we were looking closer into their lives. It was great because we only just touched the surface of their past lives really, and in Clockwork Prince, everything was forced upon them and they almost had to share.

There was a part of the novel that I did kinda get spoiled for me so when the climatic part came round, it didn’t have a big impact on me. My theories for this book were wild, and in a way, when the twists did come I was a little disappointed. The twist was a kinda average…. mundane – You like what I did there?? 😉 My feelings for this book remained the same as the first. It was okay, nothing too shocking happened.

My rating

I liked it

3 cup

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Clockwork Princess {Goodreads}
Publication Date: 5th September 2013 (Walker Books)
Pages: 567
Genre: Fantasy
Format: Paperback

Links to buy: |Amazon UK| |Waterstones|  |Book Depository|

The beginning of The Clockwork Princess was more or less the same as the previous two novels but then the last 200 pages or so was were there was a solid chunk that I can say I finally saw what everyone was raving about. I went into this book completely blind (as I heard if you’ve read The Mortal Instruments there is a cross over at some point) but I am more pleased that I did go in blind, especially when it was a situation that revolved around my favourite character.

The next paragraph has a few spoilers but for those who have read the series, highlight the paragraph below!

The most surprising thing about this series though is the amount of deaths. I was taken back about how ‘safe’ the book really was. Jessie’s death was definitely sadder than what I thought it’d be but: Every. Couple. Survived. Like that’s not right. I mean, that is way too much happiness and it makes all the fighting scenes seem too easy. But I will say that the sad ending does counteract it a little…just a little. Also, don’t tell me no one else was weirded by the fact that Tessa married Will and then married Jem (found this out on their wiki page) when Will died. It’s cute that she got to be with both but it’s still a bit weird, they’re best friends, blood brothers… Sharing is caring and everything but there is a limit, oversharing is creepy.

My rating

I really liked it

4 cup

Review: Uprooted by Naomi Novik

25068467Title: Uprooted
Author: Naomi Novik
Publication Date: 21st May 2015 (Macmillan)
Pages: 437
Genre: Fantasy
Format: Hardback

Links to buy: |Amazon UK| |Waterstones|  |Book Depository|

Agnieszka loves her valley home, her quiet village, the forests and the bright shining river. But the corrupted wood stands on the border, full of malevolent power, and its shadow lies over her life.

Her people rely on the cold, ambitious wizard, known only as the Dragon, to keep the wood’s powers at bay. But he demands a terrible price for his help: one young woman must be handed over to serve him for ten years, a fate almost as terrible as being lost to the wood.

The next choosing is fast approaching, and Agnieszka is afraid. She knows – everyone knows – that the Dragon will take Kasia: beautiful, graceful, brave Kasia – all the things Agnieszka isn’t – and her dearest friend in the world. And there is no way to save her.

But no one can predict how or why the Dragon chooses a girl. And when he comes, it is not Kasia he will take with him. [Goodreads]

This book gripped me as soon as I started reading it. After reading the blurb, I was totally intrigued by it.

Every ten years, Dragon chooses a female from Nieszka’s village where she would stay in his tower for ten years. After the ten years are over, the female kept in the tower always flees and never returns. Everyone fears what Dragon does, but no one ever knows the real truth. Everyone is surprised when he takes Nieszka to his tower instead of the ready prepped Kasia, Nieszka’s beautiful best friend. She takes all the rumours about Dragon with her, but soon finds that there’s a lot more about him that the village doesn’t know.

I absolutely loved the adventure and action in this novel. The pace was perfect, the battles were great, something like The Lord of the Rings, and then chuck in a bit of magic and living evil corrupt Wood and you have a great fantasy read. I was instantly sucked into the world after a couple of pages and I was surprised how quickly I got through the novel. The descriptions enabled me to play this novel in my mind like a movie, and oddly enough I seemed to cast Goot from The Guardians of the Galaxy as the corrupted Wood (yet they are nothing alike). But any page where the Wood was featured intrigued me so much and I loved the description and power that came with it.

There is a huge strength in Nieszka as a character. Not only is she loyal to her best friend but her skill and power with magic. Her love is really what sets off her first fearless actions and from then on, everything just falls into place. She transforms from a shy seventeen year old to a bold and fearless female.

There was a bit of an issue I had with this novel and my friend also had a bit of an issue with it too. It was the romance. There never seemed to be anything flirtatious between the two main characters and when they first got together, I had to reread the whole previous page because I thought I had missed something. It came out of nowhere. It felt too convenient and it felt super odd and awkward at times. I really felt like they would have been better as friends. This is really what makes me rate it down one cupcake away from five.

My rating:
I really liked it

4 cup

Review: Crown of Midnight (Glass of Throne #2) by Sarah J Maas

17670709Title: Crown of Midnight (Glass of Throne #2)
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publication Date: 15th August 2013 (Bloomsbury Children)
Pages: 418
Genre: Fantasy
Format: Paperback

Links to buy: |Amazon UK| |Waterstones|  |Book Depository|

Crowned by Evil.
Bound by Duty.
Divided by Love.

Celaena Sardothien, royal assassin, is the King of Adarlan’s deadliest weapon. She must win her freedom through his enemies’ blood – but she cannot bear to kill for the crown. And every death Celaena fakes, every lie she tells, put those she loves at risk.

Torn between her two protectors – a captain and a prince – and battling a dark force far greater than the king, Celaena must decide what she will fight for: her liberty, her heart or the fate of a kingdom… [Goodreads]

If you’re wondering my thoughts on Throne of Glass, for some odd reason, I didn’t write a novel for that book. The way I work, I write a review a day or two after I finish a book. It enables me to put down all my fresh thoughts as well as it being an honest review of everything I thought when I was reading it. Due to this, I won’t be writing a review for the Throne of Glass, however, will happily write one for the next few novels. (I rated it 4 stars on Goodreads).

I was told way before starting this book that Crown of Midnight was supposed to completely top Throne of Glass, but I was a little disappointed when I found myself rating it lower than Throne of Glass. At the end of Throne of Glass, I felt so empowered. Empowered because Celaena didn’t pick Dorian or Chaol, she picked neither and she was so fierce and awesome.

Celaena is yet again super super fierce in Crown of Midnight. I love watching her grow and she surprised me hugely throughout the book. Unlike Throne of Glass, the novel branched out with more subplots and a lot more twists. Dorian has his own complications and we got to see Chaol a lot more, which I really loved. It was a real insight into their own lives as an individual rather than being an attachment to Celaena. Dorian was a bit of a bother for me, and although he’s the Prince, I’ve found him to become this ‘third wheel’. Three has always been a crowd, right? His involvement was quite small and it was a huge flip compared to what we read in the first novel and it almost felt like Maas was struggling to balance Celeana, Dorian and Chaol’s narrations.

But even with this rocky opinioned book, it hasn’t put me off the series. I’m excited to read the Heir of Fire.

My rating:
I liked it

3 cup