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Book Review: “The House of the Stone (The Lone City #1.5)” by Amy Ewing

Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 87
Release Date: July 7, 2015

I don’t always read novellas, especially when they are for secondary characters. However, after Violet noticed Raven getting increasingly thin and confused, I needed to find out what was going on.  

I thought that Violet was being treated terrible, but her treatment is nothing compared to Raven’s. The Countess of the Stone is evil. Plain and Simple. Raven isn’t just property; she’s “It”. It sleeps on the stone floor in a cage. It gets tiny meals consisting of a red apple slice, three peas and a half of an onion roll. It gets led around with a muzzle and blindfold.

I’m glad I read this novella. It’s short of course but really enlightening. The Lady of the Lake told Violet that there are others out there much crueler than her and now we know who is and how much. 


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Book Review: “Throne of Glass” by Sarah J. Maas


Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Pages: 404
Release Date: May 7, 2013

I don’t really know what to say about this book that hasn’t already been said because HOLY MOLY is it good. It’s got the whole package: memorable characters, twisty story lines and of course, a rich and creative world for the setting. 

I think one of the reasons I loved this book so much is because of a certain sharp-tongued, funny and bad ass assassin named Celaena. I see why others have compared her to Katniss Everdeen. Celaena is strong. She takes hits but keeps rising back up to take more. She pretends that she can control her emotions but deep down she cares far too much and at times it influences her decisions. However unlike Katniss, Celaena’s got a more vibrant personality. She’s a flirt and likes to push buttons, sometimes for nefarious reasons and other times, just to be a pest. She’s got a hilarious sense of humor. Nothing against Katniss, but I totally love Celaena more. She seems more well rounded and well, more interesting in general. 

There’s two potential love interests but don’t let that deter you. It’s a side story line that is weaved into the main plot but doesn’t draw away from what is truly important, like the demonic presence stalking the castle Celeana resides in. 

So yeah, this book rocks and I’m totally P.O.’d that I waited so long to read it when everybody else I know has been praising their love of it for years. 

Totally getting book 2 asap! Next book on my tbr list be damned! 

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Waiting on Wednesday 9/13/16

A weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine.

This week’s “I can’t wait to get my grubby hands on” pick is: The Secret of a Heart Note by Stacey Lee. 

Publication: December 27, 2016
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Pages: 384

Sometimes love is right under your nose. As one of only two aromateurs left on the planet, sixteen-year-old Mimosa knows what her future holds: a lifetime of weeding, mixing love elixirs, and matchmaking—all while remaining incurably alone. For Mim, the rules are clear: falling in love would render her nose useless, taking away her one great talent. Still, Mimosa doesn’t want to spend her life elbow-deep in soil and begonias. She dreams of a normal high school experience with friends, sports practices, debate club, and even a boyfriend. But when she accidentally gives an elixir to the wrong woman and has to rely on the lovesick woman’s son, the school soccer star, to help fix the situation, Mim quickly begins to realize that falling in love isn’t always a choice you can make.

Why I’m waiting


This book sounds weirdly awesome. Have you ever heard of an aromateur? I haven’t! I don’t really know what else to say, this book just came out of left field and I want to read it STAT.

{ What are you waiting on this week? }

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Book Review: “The Heir” by Kiera Cass

Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 342
Release Date: May 5, 2015

[Goodreads]

The Heir takes place 20 years after America Singer won the Selection and in doing so, became Maxon Schreave’s queen. Our main character is Eadlyn Schreave, daughter, princess and future queen. She’s the oldest child, with four younger brothers, including her twin who was born 7 minutes later than her. The Heir follows Eadlyn as she navigates the first ever Selection where the competitors are boys.

Eadlyn is an ice queen, which I understand and accept to a certain extent. She was never given the choice to not become queen. She feels like she needs to guard herself and stay distant to be the best queen she can be. However, Eadlyn is also extremely self-absorbed, selfish and at times, cruel. She doesn’t acknowledge that those around her have problems and believes that she is the only one that suffers. I was extremely surprised that Eadlyn was such a horrible person given that her parents are so kind, caring and generous. Don’t get me wrong, Eadlyn loves her family, but she still tends to place her needs first.
I liked the different dynamic that took place – boys instead of girls competing to wed a royal. Eadlyn felt like their were a lot of double-standers which was kind of true, but it’s also clear to see that it’s Eadlyn’s icy ways that are causing undesirable results for the Selection. This particular Selection was created to fix a problem, but I’m not going to spoil what problem… 😉

The Heir was an okay read. I loved book one in this series, The Selection, but I never cared much for the two that followed. I read The Heir in hopes that my excitement from the first book would return, but it didn’t. I’ll read the last book that follows The Heir, but I’m not expecting it to be a slam-dunk.

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Waiting on Wednesday 9/7/16

A weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine.
This week’s “I can’t wait to get my grubby hands on” pick is: King’s Cage (Red Queen #3) by Victoria Aveyard. 

Publication: February 7, 2017
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 448
Here’s the book summary. It’s surprisingly spoiler-free considering it’s the third and potential last book in the series.
In the third book in the #1 New York Times bestselling Red Queen series, Mare is forced to play a psychological cat-and-mouse game with an old and deadly enemy, where the stakes are not only the future of the Red Rebellion but the sanctity of her own mind.

Why I’m waiting

I’ve read, raved and reviewed both book one (here) and two (here). This series is X-men meets Game of Thrones meets The Selection – three of my favorite things!