Book Monologue #9: War Storm by Victoria Aveyard

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In this post, I will be talking about all my thoughts on War Storm by Victoria Aveyard the last book in the Red Queen series. This review will have spoilers so if you want to read my spoiler-free review you can go here → War Storm Spoiler Free.

Other reviews in the series:

Red Queen–     Spoiler Free  with Spoilers

Glass Sword–   Spoiler Free  with Spoilers

King’s Cage–     Spoiler Free  with Spoilers

Now on to the review!

Like I said in my spoiler-free review I felt that the first 200 pages were dragging and I was just there waiting for the action to start. I like fast-paced books so it just took so much for me to get through this book. Once the story started to pick up I did really enjoy this conclusion novel. It went places that I didn’t expect it to which is good because it makes it unpredictable. Continue reading “Book Monologue #9: War Storm by Victoria Aveyard”

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Review: War Storm by Victoria Aveyard

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This is super late but here is my spoiler-free review of War Storm by Victoria Aveyard. If you are unaware this is the last book in the Red Queen series, that being said there will be some spoilers from the other books in the series. If you want to check out my reviews for those books you can check them out here —> Red Queen, Glass Sword, King’s Cage. Now on to the review.

Okay, I will start off by saying that this book took me a little over two months to read. I had a hard time really getting into the book because I felt that the first 200 pages there was not much happening and I just wanted to get to the real action. Also, I wanted to see what Maven was up to because he is such a character it is never a dull moment when he is around. That said once it started to pick up I did start to enjoy it more.

One of the things that I liked was that for two or three chapters we got to read from Maven’s point of view and I feel that for those few chapters it added so much to his character because we got to finally see a some of his inner thoughts. I also really liked some of Evangeline’s chapters because we just got to learn more about her also her sass IMG_2769is just everything! Now Mare, so if you have read King’s Cage you know how it ended and the way that Mare handles the situation was so annoying! I mean Cal didn’t handle the situation any better but those two I just couldn’t stand how they were dealing with it especially Mare.

Let’s talk about the ending. I really enjoyed the ending mainly because it was not what I thought or hoped would happen. There was a certain thing that I thought will not happen and it actually did.  I also think that it was a bold move that Aveyard let that happen. That is very vague but I don’t want to spoil it for you. What I also loved about this book as well as the entire series is how it touches on some topics that are very relevant today in a unique way. I will touch on this more in my spoiler review.

All in all, I did enjoy this book but not as much as I loved King’s Cage. I did not walk away from this book thinking “wow that was amazing” but I was thinking about it past reading the last page, that was mainly due to the ending. I will say that I feel that it could have been shorter because some parts did drag. I gave War Storm 3.75 stars out of 5. Let me know in the comments what your thoughts are on the series with no spoilers of course. Also, I will be posting my spoiler review later this week so keep an eye out for that.

 

Until next time book nerds,

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Oh My Fairytales: Reflection by Elizabeth Lim

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Here is another Oh My Fairytales post and this one is on Reflection by Elizabeth Lim. This is the fourth book in the A Twisted Tale series. In Reflection, we follow the story of Mulan where the twist is “What if Mulan had to travel to the underworld?” I have to say that this has been my favorite in the twisted tales series. Before I get too ahead of my self I will explain more about this book.

In Reflection, we jump right into the scene where they are fighting the Huns on the mountain. In this battle, Shang is injured badly and this is how Mulan still disguised as Ping has to travel to the underworld to save him from death. I loved how Lim created a new story but still made it feel like the story that we already know from the Disney movie. Even though this book is very different from the movie it was so cool how Lim included lines from the movie. For example, she would take a line from early in the movie and add that line to the story she created. It was honestly so fun to find all the lines that were in the movie in this book. Continue reading “Oh My Fairytales: Reflection by Elizabeth Lim”

Oh My Fairytales: As Old as Time by Liz Braswell

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This post is going to be on my thoughts of As Old as Time: A Twisted Tale by Liz Braswell. The A Twisted Tale series takes the Disney movies that we love and adds a twist to it to make it different. In this book it Liz Braswell retells the story of Beauty and the Beast and asks the question ” What if Belle’s mother cursed the Beast?”.  I have been wanting to read this book ever since it came out in 2016! Finally, I got my hands on a copy and I will tell you what I thought about this new tale as old as time.

I will start off by saying that Beauty and the Beast (1991) is my favorite movie. Not my favorite Disney movie, not my favorite animated film but my favorite movie period. I have read a few Beauty and the Beast retellings and I have not found one that I have absolutely loved. I think I have such high standards that I haven’t found a Beauty and the Beast retelling that just blew me away. That being said As Old as time came pretty close to it but it ended up not being what I hoped it would be.  Continue reading “Oh My Fairytales: As Old as Time by Liz Braswell”

Review: Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao

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In this post, I will be reviewing Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao. This is a spoiler free review so you can continue reading with no fear. Forest of a Thousand Lanterns is the debut novel for Dao published by Philomel Books an imprint of Penguin Random House. This book was released on October 10th 2017. The second book Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix is set to release on October 23rd, 2018. I believe this is a duology.

 

About:

This is an Evil Queen from Snow White reimagining set in East Asian-inspired fantasy world. It has been destined that Xifeng (SHE-fung) will become Empress of Feng Lu and Xifeng really wants this to come true but that future comes at a high price. She has to reject the young man that is in love with her and she has to embrace the dark magic in her. The way that Xifeng can fuel her magic is by eating the hearts of the recently killed. The God that has put her on this journey will not be happy until his power is complete. Continue reading “Review: Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao”

Review: A Short History of the Girl Next Door by Jared Reck

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    First, off I want to apologize for not sticking to my regular posting schedule. Which if you did not know its suppose to be Wednesdays. That being said I going to try and get back to posting regularly. Now on to why you are here my review of A Short History of the Girl Next Door (ASHOTGND) by Jared Reck. I was lucky enough to get an ARC in my First in Line box at BookCon this year. You guys I am so glad that this was the book in my box because I loved this book so much.This is the debut novel for Jared Reck and I will start off by saying that Reck did an amazing job on his first book. What is ASHOTGND about? Well, this is the story of a teenage boy named Matthew aka Matt on his life starting high school and his feelings for his best friend aka the girl next door. Continue reading “Review: A Short History of the Girl Next Door by Jared Reck”

Book Monologue # 7: Avenged by Amy Tintera

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    In this post, I will be spilling all my thoughts on Avenged by Amy Tintera the second book in the Ruined series. If you have not read Avenged and would like to read a spoiler-free review you can check mine out! Also if you have not read Ruined I have a review for that as well one is spoiler free and the other has spoilers. Now let’s get into this review.

    Like I said in my spoiler free review of Ruined I loved this sequel. I thought this was a great continuation of the first book and a great set up for the third and last book. I will now go character by character and discuss my thoughts about them.  Continue reading “Book Monologue # 7: Avenged by Amy Tintera”

Oh my Fairytales: Once Upon a Dream by Liz Braswell – Review

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    Welcome to another post in my Oh My Fairytales series! This post is on the book Ounce Upon a Dream: A Twisted Tale by Liz Braswell. This is the second book in the A Twisted Tale series where Braswell takes a Disney movie and twists the stories by changing one important factor. In Once Upon a Dream Braswell twists the story of Sleeping Beauty, the twist is “what if the sleeping beauty never woke up?”. The first book in the series is A Whole New World which I have a review of so you can check that out! Now let’s get into the review. Continue reading “Oh my Fairytales: Once Upon a Dream by Liz Braswell – Review”

Book Monologue 6 : King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard

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    On this post, I will be going into detail on my thoughts of King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard. This review will have spoilers so if you are looking for a spoiler-free review you can check mine out! (KC Review Spoiler Free). Now let’s get into this review.

    Okay, let me start off by saying that I enjoyed the pacing for most of the book. Since Mare was taken by Maven as a prisoner I thought that her escape/ rescue was going to happen too quick.  I thought that it might have been a chapter or two of Mare being held prisoner by Maven but it actually took a good portion of the book. Which I felt made it feel more realistic, also it took several tries for Mare to get away. I feel that sometimes in books or movies the rescue or escape happens the first try. So I really liked that, that wasn’t rushed. Continue reading “Book Monologue 6 : King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard”

Review: King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard

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    This is going to be my spoiler free review of King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard. This review will be spoiler free for King’s Cage but it might have spoilers from Red Queen and Glass Sword so keep that in mind. 

Reviews:

Red Queen:    Spoiler free        with Spoilers

Glass Sword:    Spoiler free        with Spoilers

About: King’s Cage started right where Glass Sword left off. Mare kneeling in front of Maven. For a good portion of the book, it is focusing on Mare and her trying to find a way to escape Maven. Continue reading “Review: King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard”