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My top 6 favorite book quotes


The world will be saved and remade by the dreamers. – Aelin

It was really hard for me to pick just one quote from ToG series because Sarah J. Maas is a beautiful writer. I find this particular quote to be incredibly inspiring. I even have it on a coffee mug and bookmark.

 

When you spend so long trapped in darkness, Lucien, you find that the darkness begins to stare back. – Feyre

I also had a hard time picking just one quote from ACoTaR. I chose this one because it’s a perfect example of how badass Feyre is. Throughout A Court of Mist and Fury she grew in strength and confidence and decided she’d never be a prisoner again. No one puts Feyre in the corner!

Dark times lie ahead of us and there will be a time when we must choose between what is easy and what is right. – Dumbledore

Even though I still hold a big grudge against Dumbledore, and the shitty things he did and hid, I acknowledge that he had wise things to say and teach.

This world, it breathes you in … it knows you, and then it breathes you out again, shares you. – Dihara

This line is simply beautiful. Dihara was very wise and aggravatingly liked to talk in riddles.

May the odds be ever in your favor. – Effie Trinket

This line is just so iconic I couldn’t not add it.

I want to convince you to design a smile just for me. – Warner

I love Warner so much. His tragic childhood, the connection he makes with Juliette, the fact that he lays his love all out on the table for Juliette. This is only one line in a swoon-y speech he makes to Juliette.

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A Kiss in the Dark by Gina Ciocca

A Kiss in the Dark by Gina CioccaA Kiss in the Dark by Gina Ciocca
Published by Simon Pulse on March 6, 2018
Pages: 341
Goodreads
four-stars

When the lights go out at a Georgia high school football game, Macy Atwood finds herself in the arms of a boy who kisses her senseless – but is gone by the time the lights come back on. All she knows is that there was something special – and oddly familiar – about her mystery kisser.

Noah Granger, Ridgedale’s resident bad boy and newest transfer student, has no problem taking credit for the kiss, but Macy can’t shake the feeling that he’s lying. Especially since a photograph of Macy and former star football player Joel Hargrove resurfaced online moments before the blackout, a not-so random reminder of how hard she fell for Joel last year. And how doing so ultimately sent her lifelong friendships with Meredith Kopala and Ben Collins up in literal smoke.

Soon junior year’s wounds begin to reopen as Macy realizes the events that unfolded are somehow tied to her mystery kisser. Discovering how means finally facing what really went wrong with Meredith, Ben, and Joel – and finding out what Noah is covering up.

But the closer Macy gets to figuring it all out, the more she starts to worry that the boy who kissed her in the dark and the boy who is stealing her heart might be two very different people.

This was a cute, surprisingly non-soap-opera-y contemporary romance. Usually when there’s multiple teenage suitors in contemporaries it can get corny and over-dramatic. Thankfully the characters in A Kiss in the Dark were reasonably and refreshingly mature.

I really liked Macy. She’s always the first to befriend new students and the first to stand-up to bullies. Even though she had a tendency to cower when it came to her heart, she was always fearless when it came to protecting others.

It’s senior year when this book starts out, and during a football game, the stadium lights go out and Macy shares a kiss with a mystery boy. Macy spends her time in A Kiss in the Dark trying to figure out who the mystery kisser is, while also trying to process what led up to a falling out she had with three classmates junior year, two whom were good friends, and one who was a sort-of-almost boyfriend. I loved how Macy wasn’t one of those “poor me poor me” characters. She generally cares about her ex-friends and acknowledges that she played a part in the fall out.

This book flashes between the now (senior year) and the then (junior year). The swap back-and-forth was smooth and each timeline held my interest.

I couldn’t pick a favorite suitor, because I liked all the guys / potential mystery kissers. They were all wrapped in mystery and had secrets I was dying to find out. There wasn’t a single boring character in this book!

I’m not a fan of football, but strangely enough I loved the TV show Friday Night Lights, which this book reminded me of. A Kiss in the Dark is set in a quaint Southern town where football is life and the entire town comes together for spirit week and homecoming. I’d be lying if I didn’t say I wished I had grown up in a town like that. My high school didn’t even have school dances and this book made me so jealous.

This book was paced nicely in the beginning, and then halfway through it started feeling off. I think it could have done with 50 or so less pages. Towards the last quarter of the book I guessed where the ending was headed for the characters, and even though I was right, I was still pleased and impressed with the wrap-up

I’d definitely read another contemporary by this author.

four-stars
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Everless by Sara Holland

Everless by Sara HollandEverless (Everless, #1) by Sara Holland
Published by HarperTeen on January 2, 2018
Pages: 362
Goodreads
three-stars

In the kingdom of Sempera, time is currency—extracted from blood, bound to iron, and consumed to add time to one’s own lifespan. The rich aristocracy, like the Gerlings, tax the poor to the hilt, extending their own lives by centuries.

No one resents the Gerlings more than Jules Ember. A decade ago, she and her father were servants at Everless, the Gerlings’ palatial estate, until a fateful accident forced them to flee in the dead of night. When Jules discovers that her father is dying, she knows that she must return to Everless to earn more time for him before she loses him forever.

But going back to Everless brings more danger—and temptation—than Jules could have ever imagined. Soon she’s caught in a tangle of violent secrets and finds her heart torn between two people she thought she’d never see again. Her decisions have the power to change her fate—and the fate of time itself.

The plot:

I loved Everless’ concept. Jules lives in a world where the poor sell days, months, or even years of their lives to the wealthy for things like rent, food, protection from ruffians. What a fascinating concept, taking blood and making it into iron that you can consume to extend your own life. With the exception of HP’s Sorcerer’s Stone, I haven’t read any books with alchemists.

The characters:

I really liked Jules. She’s brave, kind, stubborn, has flaws, like her tendency to jump into things without completely thinking it through. Sometimes I wanted to scream “stop being so rash!” but she thinks and acts with her heart, so I couldn’t stay mad at her for too long.

I was immediately enamored by Liam. He was a mystery that I impatiently wanted unraveled. Jules has awful memories of him from when they were both children, and it takes a while for her to start working through what was real and what wasn’t.

Roan was a huge disappointment. Jules and Roan were extremely close as young children, always playing together and getting into mischievous, and I was excited to see what their relationship would be like when they finally came together again. Unfortunately, their paths didn’t cross nearly as much as I would have liked and when it did they barely connected. I was also disappointed that we didn’t learn much about Roan’s life during the time he and Jules were apart. There were some allusions to him leading an unsavory lifestyle, but they were extremely vague and just left me with a very faint idea as to what kind of person he was.

I feel like this book would have benefited from a couple less minor characters in order to focus deeper on characters such as Roan. There’s two characters in particular that were briefly introduced, faintly utilized, and then left to bleed into the background.

The pace:

This book didn’t flow very well. Sometimes it dragged and I started to lose interest, and other times it sped up and whiplashed me an onslaught of information and events that didn’t feel 100% conceptualized due to lack of tiny details.

Other thoughts:

Although I wish there’d been more emphasis on romance in Everless, I’m glad it wasn’t one of those books where the characters forgot the dire situations around them because they couldn’t think past their burning loins.

Overall:

Even though this book had some rough patches, I think it’s a good start to what could be a great series. I was pleased with Everless’ ending and I’m looking forward to what will happen in book two.

three-stars
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Daughter of the Siren Queen (Daughter of the Pirate King #2) by Tricia Levenseller

Daughter of the Siren Queen (Daughter of the Pirate King #2) by Tricia LevensellerDaughter of the Siren Queen (Daughter of the Pirate King, #2) by Tricia Levenseller
Published by Feiwel and Friends on February 27, 2018
Pages: 352
Goodreads
three-half-stars

Alosa's mission is finally complete. Not only has she recovered all three pieces of the map to a legendary hidden treasure, but the pirates who originally took her captive are now prisoners on her ship. Still unfairly attractive and unexpectedly loyal, first mate Riden is a constant distraction, but now he's under her orders. And she takes great comfort in knowing that the villainous Vordan will soon be facing her father's justice.

When Vordan exposes a secret her father has kept for years, Alosa and her crew find themselves in a deadly race with the feared Pirate King. Despite the danger, Alosa knows they will recover the treasure first . . . after all, she is the daughter of the Siren Queen.

The good:

We learned a lot more about sirens. We got to deeply explore the mind of a siren when Alosa started practicing her abilities with Riden’s help.

We learned more about the women and men in Alosa’s crew. There wasn’t a lot of details, and we didn’t learn about all of them, but we did get little tidbits on a few crew members, their backstories and what skill they possessed that caught Alosa’s eye.

The reality and acceptance of death. These are ruthless pirates. They may be a family on the ship, Ava-Lee, but there’s still plenty of villainous pirates in the pirate king’s crew who show no remorse or hesitance in cutting a person down. This book may have many lighthearted and funny moments, but it’s still about murderous pirates. Characters die even ones we care about.

The bad:

The story moved too damn fast! Months at sea consisted of a few pages. I wish Alosa’s journey to Isle of Canta had taken longer with more emphasis on crew life.

Riden and Alosa… facepalm. Will they or won’t they. Alosa spends this book, once again, questioning Riden’s motives. Why does he compliment her, why does he want to protect her, why does he stare at her like she’s the only girI in the world. I was so over Alosa’s angst after the first 100 pages of this book. I started not even caring if they would end up together which was super depressing, because their relationship sizzled in book one.

In conclusion:

I’m glad this series is a duology because the story played out as far as I think it could have gone. Book one was great and book two was “okay”. I look forward to any new books this author publishes in the future.

 

three-half-stars
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My top 4 favorite book womances


Lissa and Rose

Rose has been training to become Lissa’s personal bodyguard since she was a child. She’s expected to protect Lissa with her life which she doesn’t mind, because she loves Lissa like a sister and would gladly make the sacrifice for her. Then you have Lissa, a royal, magic-wielding vampire who is pissed at society because they demand that she be delicate and meek, and let all her non-magic-wielding bodyguards (also known as guardians) take on all the bad guys. Lissa wants to be bad ass too with magic and muscles and fight beside Rose whenever those bad guys show up – spoiler alert – they show up a lot.


Aelin and Lysandra

These two HATED each other in the beginning. They fought constantly! They screamed, swore, scuffled across the floors. Aelin even threw a knife at Lysandra’s head once just to scare her. When these two gals discovered that they had been pitted against each other from the beginning they joined forces. They discovered that they had a lot more in common than either one realized and started helping each other work through emotional baggage. Together, these two women kick a lot of ass and don’t put up with any male b*llshit

Lia and Pauline

Lia’s a princess and Pauline’s a maid, even though there’s a huge gap in the classes, it doesn’t stop their friendship from blossoming. Pauline risks her life to help Lia escape an unwanted marriage, and later on Lia gives herself up so Pauline will be safe. These two stick together through thick and thin.


Alosa and her crew

Last but not least, I choose Alosa and her entire female pirate crew. I can’t just pick one or two of the women in the crew, because they’re all willing to sacrifice their lives for one another. They all love, respect, and protect each other. This book makes me wish I had my own ship and crew full of supportive, bad ass women to go on adventures with.