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4.5 stars to The One (The Selection #3) by Kiera Cass

Published June 14, 2014 by katheryn13

THE SELECTION changed the lives of thirty-five girls forever. Now, only one will claim Prince Maxon’s heart…

It’s swoon meets the Hunger Games in the final instalment of THE SELECTION trilogy!

For the four girls who remain at the palace, the friendships they’ve formed, rivalries they’ve struggled with and dangers they’ve faced have bound them to each other for the rest of their lives.

Now, the time has come for one winner to be chosen.

America never dreamed she would find herself anywhere close to the crown – or to Prince Maxon’s heart. But as the competition approaches its end and the threats outside the palace walls grow more vicious, America realises just how much she stands to lose – and how hard she’ll have to fight for the future she wants.

 

 

Review:

PRAISE YOU, KIERA! *high fives* I loved that bit in the Acknowledgements! lol

If I had any doubts about how this would pan out, then I wish I could go back to myself three days ago and slap my face. Shake my shoulders and tell me that I’m being silly. I won’t spoil it because it’s a pretty  big ending.

Anyway, America…wow she became so much more in The One. I’ll admit she got on my nerves a bit in The Elite because of her “indecision” over Maxon and Aspen. I mean, really. There is NO comparison. (pssst I love Maxon!) But I could also see her point of view. She’d only ever known Aspen and change isn’t always good, sometimes it’s freaking scary and if you don’t know what’s waiting on the other side, why would you want to change?

There were plenty of sad moments, however in this final instalment. I cried. I know, I know, I try not to. But…those letters. *zips lips* I can’t. You’ll know what I mean if you’ve read it.

I wanted to slap America at one point, though. Her attention to secrecy regarding Aspen was bound to slip at one point and when it did I was ready to start an intervention. This girl…hasn’t she learned anything by now? Secrets aren’t good.

The romance in this is swoooooon worthy and awww man….can i just grafitti my love for Maxon MAXON MY DARLING MY DEAR COME TO MEEEE! (I’m not crazy, I promise!)

I love her family, though. May…however overly giddy, she is a sweetie. Kota bugged me. Such a self-righteous git. Grr. We get to meet Kenna properly this time.

There are also new characters involving the Northern Rebels, and there are some surprises that took me by surprise.

I’m so sad this is the end of America’s story but I will forever love it. Such a roller coaster of feelings. I wish I could be a princess. *sighs*

Kat

4 stars to City of Heavenly Fire (Mortal Instruments #6) by Cassandra Clare

Published June 2, 2014 by katheryn13

Lives will be lost, love sacrificed, and the whole world changed in the sixth and last instalment of the internationally bestselling The Mortal Instruments series.

Erchomai, Sebastian had said. I am coming.

Darkness returns to the Shadowhunter world. As their society falls apart around them, Clary, Jace, Simon and their friends must band together to fight the greatest evil the Nephilim have ever faced: Clary’s own brother. Nothing in this world can defeat him – must they journey to another world to find the chance?

Review:

Let me just clear this up: I was going to rate this book 3.5 stars. That was before the epilogue. I’ll just call this my “disclaimer” :P

So the end has come, and I guess we all knew it would happen. Would Sebastian aka Jonathan Morgenstern win the war? Would he rule all of hell and earth and whatever else he was planning?

A little part of me hoped he’d redeem himself. But alas it was not to be. I won’t say any spoilers, though that is going to make reviewing damned difficult because SO much happened.

I’ll get the negatives out of the way. I felt for the first half or three quarters of the book not a lot actually HAPPENED. Oh don’t get me wrong, lot’s went on, people did stuff and said stuff that were both bad and good, but the phrase “you say a lot without actually saying anything” comes to mind. Lots went on but not a lot actually happened. As in, I felt like I was being dragged around a playground for hours until suddenly there was a bump in the road. I dunno, bad analogy. Edit: I just remembered to add there were a couple of continuity problems and also the pacing…I don’t know if it was just me, but it felt off.

Then about half way, things started to get real. The ‘gang’ as I like to call them, travel into an unknown realm, which is basically…hell. They roam hills and vast desert, and encounter demons. This was the most interesting bit in this section for me, when they first arrive, and they each fall into a dream where their hearts desire come true. Although it’s not really their desire, as they each find out. I thought that added a nice twist, as opposed to just entering hell and it being a bit anti climactic.

As much as I hated Sebastian…I still kind of liked him. I understood (although not in a personal way) that he just, ultimately, wanted to be loved. The problem was, he didn’t understand that that other person needs a good reason to love back and it can’t be forced. He thought by threatening and practically forcing Clary to love him, it would happen. Which is what made me like him, despite the crazy shit he did, he was deep down lonely.

Now, we all knew that two new characters (well a whole family, really) would be introduced into this book. Emma and Julian being the centre pair. I understood why Cassie did this, because of her releasing a new Shadowhunter series in 2015. But…now here’s where my opinion might be unpopular. I didn’t particularly like how much they were in it. I get that you can introduce them, maybe have them in a couple of scenes, but in my view, that should have been it. They took up too much room and imo were quite boring. I felt zero feelings towards them, and it really bugged me. More because I had to drag myself through the long chapters they were in just to get to good stuff. I realise that I don’t have to read the next series, and I may not, but for an end of series book for the characters we already know and love, adding these new people for as much as she did, was a bit unnecessary.

Shoot pellets at me if you like.

Magnus as always was someone I hoped survived. Although in contrast to other books in the series, his part wasn’t that big. The wolves seemed to be more of a focus, which I guess yeah is okay, but I’ve never been a big lover of werewolves (long story) and so this put me off, but I was sad when a certain thing happened. Actually, two certain things, but that’s unrelated to the pack. *remembers not to spoil*

Onto the epilogue and this is where the dull parts of the book are redeemed because what happened at the end of the book broke me. I was sad, no tears though. Just…sad. Until epilogue and dammit, you got reminders of the Herondale family and a certain blue eyed boy and I’m like “WILLLLLLL I MISS YOU!!!” but yknow, that’s another story. Literally. hehe.

I just loved (and hated) all the references to the characters in TID and especially mentions of  certain ghost in the London Institute. (if you’ve read that series, you’ll understand.) but this is what made me cry. In some ways, I felt a stronger attachment to them than the Mortal Instruments crew.

I guess there’s not much else I can say. I enjoyed this book…well, most of it. Despite the whines and complaints, it was a good ending to a very good series. I’m glad nothing major happened, although some things were pretty scary. There were so many laughs, which was nice, it lightened the tension, and many twists and turns.

Looking forward to what Cassie next has in store for us…

Kat

4 stars to The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

Published April 20, 2014 by katheryn13

Now that the ley lines around Cabeswater have been woken, nothing for Ronan, Gansey, Blue, and Adam will be the same. Ronan, for one, is falling more and more deeply into his dreams, and his dreams are intruding more and more into waking life. Meanwhile, some very sinister people are looking for some of the same pieces of the Cabeswater puzzle that Gansey is after…

 

 

THERE ARE SPOILERS REGARDING THE RAVEN BOYS!! 

 

Review:

The Dream Thieves continues on from The Raven Boys. Gansey and his friends are still searching for Glendower and Cabeswater is still as mysterious as it ever was. Also, it’s missing. Whatever happened to Adam in book 1, has changed things drastically.

This book is more about Ronan and his past. It’s nice that the chapters are split between different characters, but I find it confusing sometimes, especially when the chapters have no titles. And with the POVs being fairly…omnipresent, it’s hard for me to really get focused. But never-the-less I enjoyed this, despite it taking me a while. Ronan is such a deep and unknowable character in that there is so much about him that isn’t on the surface. He hides so much of himself from his friends and even his family. We find out he’s able to pull things out of dreams and this causes chaos with the ley line.  We’re introduced to his younger brother, Matthew, who is completely different from the hard as nails approach that both Ronan and Declan have. He’s relaxed and fun, but perhaps more ignorant to what is going on around him.

There’s certainly more of Gansey, which I will always love. I just love him. He’s just…*sigh* And his closeness with Blue (Or Jane…lol) is heartwarming. Adam and Blue never seemed to be a ‘couple’ so much as two friends with mixed emotions and never really paying much attention to each other until randomly they are together and start questioning things. But they’re only 15/16/17 or whatever and they act like it’s the end of the world if they don’t have boyfriends/girlfriends. It baffles me.

Anyway, Blues’ family  centre more in this sequel and also a man named simply ‘the grey man’ who seems to take precedence within the story. He’s been sent to Henrietta to find the Greywaren, which he doesn’t know what form it comes in, so that makes his task difficult. It was a little confusing with all the different names for things but I got there in the end.

Mr Grey became a character I could have gotten used to and maybe even liked. Creepy but with a sense of morality despite his job.

The final chapters are like something out of a movie, epic and frightening.

I can’t wait to read the 3rd instalment and find out if they get any closer to finding their King.

Kat

Immortal Sin #1 by Julie Milillo – Blog Tour

Published April 12, 2014 by katheryn13

 

Welcome to the Immortal Sin and Immortal Descent blog tour. We have some fun teasers ready for you today…

Check out these great books:

Immortal Sin #1

Two Worlds.Three Questions.One Girl.

inevitable?What lies beneath the hidden secret?
Can love rise above the

And most importantly, where will her fate lead her?

Amanda Chaste had lived what she considered an average life in New Jersey, looked after and cared for by her grandmother. But when she accidentally meets an enigmatic stranger from out of town, her world is drastically thrown upside down. A hidden secret has been buried in the past and not even Amanda can save herself from her own fate.

Conflicted and tormented within her own flesh, discovering her true identity will prove to be something that will change her life forever.

 

 

Excerpt 1:

It was all happening too fast for Amanda to conjure up any thoughts to try and attempt to fly before gravity let her go.

Panic crawled beneath every inch of her skin as the coaster started to quickly incline up the tracks. She knew that there would be no way that gravity would hold her in her seat throughout the entire loop. Once she would reach the middle, she’d be done for. The upcoming flip looked like the fiery ring of death and Amanda’s eyes grew wide with unbearable fear. The very thought of falling with nothing to hold onto terrified Amanda to the very core of her soul.

Excerpt 2:

The murky clouds hung low in the sky, threatening to down pour at any moment. The air was brisk for a spring day and a light breeze tossed around some strands of her layered, blonde hair. Amanda crossed her arms over her tee shirt, trying to retain some of her body heat as she made her way through the grass. The thought of looking into those eyes made her both nervous and anxious.

A shiver ran down the back of her spine, but she couldn’t determine if it was her nerves or the chill of the air. It urged her to get as close to him as she could, just to obtain that feverish temperature he exuded. She stopped and stood a couple feet away from him, not knowing what to expect next. She watched as he lifted his eyes to face hers.

“Were you followed?” Mitch broke the silence and looked toward the direction in which she came.

“No, I don’t think so, it’s just me.” Amanda said, looking at him awkwardly and unsure.


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Also, if you read Immortal Sin, try out book 2 of the series:

The Immortal Sin Trilogy-

Book 2: Immortal Descent 

How far would you fall for answers?

Amanda has accepted her new life and the darkness has become more appealing than ever before because of Mitch. But when her world is thrown into a drastic downward spiral, she is left questioning everything. Amanda embarks on a nightmarish adventure and her faith is put to the ultimate test as she journeys onward to discover the true meaning behind family, love and her destiny between good and evil.

 

 

 

Why not visit the other blogs in the Tour? 

 April 7th

Infinite House Of Books

Word To Dreams

April 8th

The Passionate Bookworms

Crazy Beautiful Reviews

Here is Some of What I Read

 April 9th

The Girl Bookaholic

Rebecca Whited

 April 10th

Suzy Turner, YA Author

Mythical Books

 April 11th

Beneath The Jacker

Books, Authors, Blogs

 April 12th

Perks of Being a Booknerd

Deal Sharing Aunt

Got Books?

 April 13th

A Book Addict’s Bookshelves

World of Words

Addicted to Books

 

Check out the author:

Website  Facebook Twitter

Julie Milillo has and always will be a true Jersey girl from the shore. Acting, singing, writing and drawing were always her hobbies

from the beginning. Julie has always been involved in the arts and loves to express her creative streak in any way she can.

She Graduated from Brookdale Community College with her Associates Degree in Theater and Liberal Arts. Soon after, she discovered her passion for reading an thus fell in love with the paranormal fiction genre. After reading and collecting a number of books, she decided it was time to create her own stories and characters. After having the opportunity to meet one of her favorite authors, she was determined to take writing seriously. Julie Applies her knowledge of acting and character development in creating her stories. Her goal is to simply express the genuine qualities in her stories and the characters she creates in hopes of capturing the hearts of readers who also love this genre.

Julie currently resides in Maryland with her husband and her French Bulldog, Goober. Julie loves dogs, movies, music, and anything fantasy related. In her free time, she loves to bake and perform whenever she can.

4 stars to Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Published March 17, 2014 by katheryn13

Meet Celaena Sardothien.
Beautiful. Deadly. Destined for greatness.

In the dark, filthy salt mines of Endovier, an eighteen-year-old girl is serving a life sentence. She is a trained assassin, the best of her kind, but she made a fatal mistake: she got caught.

Young Captain Westfall offers her a deal: her freedom in return for one huge sacrifice. Celaena must represent the prince in a to-the-death tournament—fighting the most gifted thieves and assassins in the land. Live or die, Celaena will be free. Win or lose, she is about to discover her true destiny. But will her assassin’s heart be melted?

 

Review:

I love high fantasy, and especially the kind that isn’t overly complicated, although to say this was easy to understand would be pushing it. It wasn’t.

The characters were engaging and I found I liked Celaena a lot more than I expected to. She’s an assassin but she has a heart and you see that throughout the book. I was expecting all hard edges and and no time to be nice, but with the Prince Dorian continued to beat down her walls, it was hard not to see that she is indeed a human being and she isn’t a complete monster.

Chaol, the Captain of the Guard, is as mysterious as they come and at first I quite liked him. I could see a love triangle coming from a mile away, though. Not that I don’t like them, because I do. But I’d already decided I liked Dorian; charming, witty, sly, sarcastic, sexy…Yes I wanted him. More precisely, I wanted him and Celaena to be one. But that was difficult with the assassin taking part in a challenge to become the Kings Assassin. Several trials would put 20 odd assassins down to four, and she would be expected to defeat them all.

I could see how much Chaol was starting to like Celeana more, however, and this concerned me. I just…didn’t connect with him like that. He was more “friend zone” than “love interest” in my opinion and I kept on hoping for Dorian. At first I saw some light at the end of the rhetorical tunnel, but it was not to last. I won’t say much more, because this is definitely worth the read and I want you all to see for yourself just how well written and captivating the world is.

I found the intricacies within the story, the tunnels and the secrecy with which the Kings Castle kept, and the magic that is contained within. Celeana discovering new things made me feel like I was experiencing the wonder with her, and I didn’t want to stop reading.

This isn’t just a story about letting down defences and finding reasons to love,  it’s ultimately  a story about a girl who endured a childhood full of heartache and torture, and is finally finding a  life for herself, and a way to escape the pain in what ever way possible.

 

-Kat

4 stars to Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Published March 12, 2014 by katheryn13

Cath and Wren are identical twins, and until recently they did absolutely everything together. Now they’re off to university and Wren’s decided she doesn’t want to be one half of a pair any more – she wants to dance, meet boys, go to parties and let loose.

It’s not so easy for Cath. She’s horribly shy and has always buried herself in the fan fiction she writes, where she always knows exactly what to say and can write a romance far more intense than anything she’s experienced in real life. Without Wren Cath is completely on her own and totally outside her comfort zone. She’s got a surly room-mate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words

…And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone. Now Cath has to decide whether she’s ready to open her heart to new people and new experiences, and she’s realizing that there’s more to learn about love than she ever thought possible …

Review:

Smart, witty, charming…this is just what I needed. Something fun. Although the main character, Cath, reminds me too much of myself. (minus the looking cute and getting boys attention and being young) I had heard such good things about Fangirl and so many people had said I should read it. I did and I loved it. Made me cry, though, and it was so romantic…Damn you Levi.

He wasn’t even good looking, well, not in the conventional sense. He was the great example for personality being more important than looks.

I liked the relationship between Cath and her twin Wren. Although I don’t have sisters, I think their behaviour is closer to real sister sister relationships than what you see in other books or TV shows.

It’s been a while since I’ve read a contemporary. It was refreshing.

The hype regarding Fangirl has not disappointed me and it surely won’t disappoint you. It’s a highly recommended story with a rush of emotional value. (Does that even  make sense? Probably not.)

Go read it! :D

 

Kat

4 stars to Into The Still Blue (Under The Never Sky #3) by Veronica Rossi

Published March 3, 2014 by katheryn13

Their love and their leadership have been tested. Now it’s time for Perry and Aria to unite the Dwellers and the Outsiders in one last desperate attempt to bring balance to their world.

The race to the Still Blue has reached a stalemate. Aria and Perry are determined to find this last safe-haven from the Aether storms before Sable and Hess do-and they are just as determined to stay together.

Meanwhile, time is running out to rescue Cinder, who was abducted by Hess and Sable for his unique abilities. And when Roar returns to camp, he is so furious with Perry that he won’t even look at him, and Perry begins to feel like they have already lost.

Out of options, Perry and Aria assemble a team to mount an impossible rescue mission – because Cinder isn’t just the key to unlocking the Still Blue and their only hope for survival, he’s also their friend. And in a dying world, the bonds between people are what matter most.

Review:

I had to reread the whole series before I could think of touching this. And I’m happy I did because I would have been stuck otherwise. Sometimes my memory fails me. Grrr!

Perry and Aria have saved the dwellers from Reverie before it completely gets destroyed by the Aether, and they’re save in the new cave Perry and Marron set up with the Tides. But not everyone is settling in well and there’s an obvious rift between the two groups.

Cinder had been taken in book 2, and now it’s up to Roar, Perry and Aria to go save him, but Roar and Perry aren’t getting along so well after Liv was killed and they have a lot of tension to work through. They have to go to Sable and Hess who have teamed up, ready to fly out, to seek the Still Blue.

Roar is angry, and this puts them all in danger, especially when they go to rescue Cinder only for Roar to get them further into trouble and they all end up captured.

I loved the romance and fact Perry and Aria refused to let anything tear them apart, even when they argued, they sorted it out. There was a really sweet moment in a cove (spoiler removed :P) and the ending is just perfect. But Sable finally finds his way to the Still Blue, by using Cinder to control the Aether, and terrible consequences happen.

He has taken control of the Tides.

I REALLY DON’T KNOW HOW TO GO ON WITHOUT SCREAMING.

I loved loved loved this book, and probably more so than 1 and 2 but hey that’s often the way for me. I can’t believe it’s over. I recommend Under The Never Sky series a thousand times ++++

Kat