Very Bad Things by Ilsa Madden-Mills

Sunday, February 23, 2014

"Welcome to Briarcrest Academy…where sometimes, the best things in life are Very Bad Things"



I have another book review today! This one is about Very Bad Things by Ilsa Madden-Mills.
This book is about a girl, Nora, who appears to have everything. She's a pianist, a valedictorian, and a beauty pageant queen. Her mother is a famous talk show host in Dallas. She lives in a mansion and goes to a prestigious school, Briarcrest Academy. However, right from the beginning you know that it's all just a act. In the beginning of the book Nora has a mini-breakdown or you could say rebellion during her speech at the open house at Briarcrest Academy.

After this famous speech, Nora makes a list of things she feels like she needs to do in order to shed her good-girl image. Meaningless sex, alcohol, and drugs are on the list. The list is how she meets Leo Tate, the main male character in this story. Nora decides to vandalize someones car and it turns out to be Leo's.

Leo Tate vows to never fall in love after his parents die in a car crash, leaving him and his brother Sebastian on their own. His brother, his gym and his band are all he cares about. Until Nora that is.

This book was about Nora trying to figure out who see is while her mother breaths down her back. She also struggles with a past that haunts her.

This book was pretty good, it reminded me of Easy by Tammara Webber. It has some issues in it that make the story worth while and the relationship between Nora and Leo is good. The secondary relationships were good too. Sebastian, Teddy, and Mila were all great characters.
I gave this book a 3.5 out of 5 stars on goodreads.
*This book has adult language and content so I don't recommend it for younger audiences*

I hope you have a great day!
Emily
 

The Princess in the Opal Mask Review!





I've decided to take a break from reading The Name of the Wind and I've picked up a couple of other books instead. One of them was The Princess in the Opal Mask by Jenny Lundquist.

There's a dual point of view in this book between Princess Wilha and Elara. Wilha is the masked princess and Elara is an orphan girl, both from the kingdom of Galandria. About 100 pages into the book you figure out how they're connected to each other. I thought the first 100 pages were a bit slow but then it picked up after that. It was an interesting story and it had a historical fiction kind of feel to it.

Because it was slower in the beginning, I gave this book a 3.5 out of 5 star rating on goodreads. It was still a cute book and interesting but it wasn't my favorite novel out there.
I recommend this book for people who like stories about princesses and mystery!


I hope you have a great day!
Emily

Review of Cress by Marissa Meyer

Tuesday, February 18, 2014


So the Lunar series is probably one of my favorite YA series. My favorite book out of the series is definitely Cinder. Scarlet was still a great book too but I enjoyed Cinder and Kai's relationship a bit more than Scarlet and Wolf's relationship. Anyways, since the Lunar series is one of my favorites, I naturally read Cress as soon as I could.

Cress was another great book in the series but, it has to be my least favorite. Maybe it was because I was reading another book at the same time (The Name of the Wind) and that ruined it a bit. I'm not sure. This book felt like it was a plot building book. Like it was a book to prepare you for the next book, not a book that could stand alone by itself like Cinder or Scarlet could.

I enjoyed Cress and Thorne's relationship; it was cute. I enjoyed the take on Sci-Fi take on the Rapunzel story. But it just didn't reach the expectations I had for a book from this series.
I still recommend reading it because it's still a good story. Just not as good as the first two in my opinion.

Sorry for the short review and my absence of posts but I've been so busy trying to catch up on my school work and read The Name of the Wind with my goodreads group! It's taken up a lot of my time!

I hope you have a wonderful day!
Emily  

Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen

Sunday, February 9, 2014



Hi everyone! Friday night I started and finished Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen. It was so good, I couldn't put it down! After reading the synopsis on goodreads I had to request to read the ebook on netgalley. Thanks to Strange Chemistry, I was able to read this book sooner than later! It's about trolls and as I love The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, trolls are right up my alley.

Cecile de Troyes is kidnapped on the day she was supposed to move to the city to be a singer like her mother. Her kidnapper brings her to the Trollus which is a city inhabited by trolls under the Forsaken mountain. Cecile is the trolls hope to break the curse a witch put on Trollus which makes it so the trolls can't leave Trollus. Cecile is married and bonded to their prince, Tristan, in order to hopefully break this curse. Well, it doesn't work and that's when the real story begins.

I loved the relationship between Cecile and Tristan. It at first is obviously rocky considering Cecile was kidnapped but it progresses throughout the story into something great. I loved that instead of rejecting the world Cecile was trapped in, she ends up trying help save the half-trolls (who are slaves).
I read this book in one night, even though I had to wake up at 5 the next morning, because it was just that good. I wanted to know what happened next. I cannot wait for the next book to come out!
Well done Ms. Jensen.

I gave the book 4 out of 5 stars because I felt the story was a bit jumped into a first but then the rest of it was amazing.

I hope you have a great day!
Emily

*I received a free copy of this book on netgalley from Strange Chemistry in return for an honest review

Endless by Amanda Gray Review!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

I just finished reading Endless a couple days ago. I flew through that book because I wanted to know what happened to Jenny! It's another take on the Romanov family tale. However, the story uses the tale of the family as the characters background but has a completely different feel to the story. It has time travel, reincarnation, mysterious robed people who are supposedly monks and a great romance story. It's interesting to see how Ms. Gray incorporated each character in her story to the characters of the "original" story.


I don't want to give too much away about this book so I'm just going to leave it at that. Plus, I have homework I should be doing right now......oops! I enoyed this book and gave it 4 out of 5 stars on goodreads. I can't help but love a good Russian historical fiction book. Especially since I'm taking Russia through films as a course. So this book was semi-school related right? (I wish)

I hope you have a wonderful day!
Emily

January Reads and February TBR

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Hi everyone! Thank you to my first followers for following me! Here's the books that I read in the month of January.



Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah was such a good book, I gave it 5 out of 5 star. Who doesn't love a good life-long friendship story?

I was lucky enough have the chance to read Impostor by Susanne Winnacker on netgalley and I thought it was interesting! I rated it 4 out of 5 stars on goodreads.

The Beautiful and the Cursed was a book I picked up while I was in Canada. Such an interesting story about gargoyles! I gave it 4 out of 5 stars.

Hunting Lila by Sarah Alderson was such a great thriller book! It definitely took me by surprise. I gave it 4 out of 5 stars.

Splintered I just did a review on, I'm not really doing these books in the order that I read them just to let you know! I gave it 4 out of 5 stars.

Soulless by Gail Carriger was another book I picked up in Canada. It's more on the adult paranormal side but it was still an enjoyable book. I gave it 4 out of 5 stars because Alexia's spunkiness.

Dragonfly by Julia Golding is a book I haven't really seen on BookTube that often, I think I stumbled upon it on goodreads. Ah goodreads, you are amazing. I gave it 4 out of 5 stars.

Lastly, The Handmaid's Tale by Maragret Atwood. I was pleasantly surprised by this book! I read this book in a goodreads group and if it wasn't for this group I probably wouldn't have read it. Atwood's writing style is amazing. I gave it 5 out of 5 stars.

That's it for what I read in January and I'll be reading The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss in February! It's my first high-fantasy read, so I'm excited to read it in a group on goodreads!

 I hope you have a lovely day!
Emily

I've finished Splintered!

    "Curiouser and curiouser!"
   What a great book. I've never read Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (even though I have the book) but now I want to! It probably would've made reading the book more fun because I could have drawn parallels between them. Even though I gave a somewhat synopsis in my last post, I'll give a more organized one on this post.

    Alyssa can hear bugs and plants speak to her. Her mother, Allison is in an asylum after an incident with gardening shears, roses, Alyssa's hands and a moth. After a frightening experience while visiting her mom Alyssa starts to figure out why Allison is in an asylum and how she can help, by going down the rabbit hole. Who else but Jeb, her neighbor/childhood friend/crush, follows her to Wonderland and they try to break this curse set upon Alyssa's family starting with her great-grandmother, Alice. There's plot twists, mystery, wonderful fantasy and romance throughout the book.
(I was purposely vague because I would like to allow people to go into this book with a sense of curiosity about the story. Because isn't that what got Alice in trouble in the first place in the original story? She was just so curious!)

    Now this is part of the review that will contain spoilers. So if you don't want to know, stop reading right here!!


    Jeb and Alyssa *sigh*. But the Morpheus snuck up on me at the end! Throughout the whole book I was rooting for Jeb, as Morpheus was a selfish jerk, but then the end happened. Argh, I usually don't like love triangles but this one seems like it may be bearable for the simple fact is that I like both of them. They each have their own characteristics and they're pretty opposite of one another. It just shows the two different sides of Alyssa! Also, both of them care about her and both of them sacrificed themselves for Alyssa. But I think Jeb's sacrifice was a bit more selfless and was somehow more worthy. I mean, come on, he literally bleed to death and was going to be trapped in the box for eternity all to save Alyssa! Morpheus may have jumped down the Jabberwock's throat but I think he knew that he would escape. I loved the plot twist at the end! I would've never guess Alyssa was a descendant of the red queen!!

I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars on goodreads.

I can't wait to read the sequel! Hopefully it won't turn into one of those annoying love triangles though... I'll guess I'll just have to see!

I hope you have a wonderful day,
Emily

P.S. Please bear with me on my new blog. I've never had a blog before so it's a learning process for me!
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