The Rose Society & The Midnight Star by Marie Lu

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Publisher Synopsis-The Rose Society

Once upon a time, a girl had a father, a prince, a society of friends. Then they betrayed her, and she destroyed them all.

Adelina Amouteru’s heart has suffered at the hands of both family and friends, turning her down the bitter path of revenge. Now known and feared as the White Wolf, she flees Kenettra with her sister to find other Young Elites in the hopes of building her own army of allies. Her goal: to strike down the Inquisition Axis, the white-cloaked soldiers who nearly killed her.
But Adelina is no heroine. Her powers, fed only by fear and hate, have started to grow beyond her control. She does not trust her newfound Elite friends. Teren Santoro, leader of the Inquisition, wants her dead. And her former friends, Raffaele and the Dagger Society, want to stop her thirst for vengeance. Adelina struggles to cling to the good within her. But how can someone be good when her very existence depends on darkness?

Publisher Synopsis-The Midnight Star

There was once a time when darkness shrouded the world, and the darkness had a queen.

Adelina Amouteru is done suffering. She’s turned her back on those who have betrayed her and achieved the ultimate revenge: victory. Her reign as the White Wolf has been a triumphant one, but with each conquest her cruelty only grows. The darkness within her has begun to spiral out of control, threatening to destroy all she’s gained.
When a new danger appears, Adelina’s forced to revisit old wounds, putting not only herself at risk, but every Elite. In order to preserve her empire, Adelina and her Roses must join the Daggers on a perilous quest—though this uneasy alliance may prove to be the real danger.

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Well. I am going to do a double feature for this review! I read both of these books so close together that I didn’t get the chance to write individual reviews for each. I LOVED this serious. I had read the first book quite awhile ago and was afraid that I wouldn’t be able to pick the series back up again when I started The Rose Society  but I was wrong! The change in character that Adelina goes through is shocking and a little heart breaking. I started to really…hate her. I was not on her side/team for almost the entire book! And I mean BOTH books! One it comes to the ending of the third book, The Midnight Star, I was not sure, and am still not sure, how I feel about the ending. I wont spoiling anything! But I am a sucker for a happy ending and that wasn’t exactly what we readers got at the end of book three. I would definitely recommend this series! Also Marie Lu’s other series, Legend.

Happy Reading!

xoxoSarah

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Goodnight, Boy By Nikki Sheehan

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Publisher Synopsis

A tale of two very different worlds, both shattered by the loss of loved ones. Tragic, comic and full of hope, thanks to a dog called Boy.

The kennel has been JC’s home ever since his new adoptive father locked him inside. For hours on end, JC sits and tells his dog Boy how he came to this country: his family; the orphanage and the Haitian earthquake that swept everything away.

When his adoptive mother Melanie rescues him, life starts to feel normal again. Until JC does something bad, something that upset his new father so much that he and Boy are banished to the kennel. But as his new father gets sicker, JC realizes they have to find a way out. And so begins a stunning story of a boy, a dog and their journey to freedom.

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*** Thank you to the publisher, ONEWorld Publications, for sending me an ARC copy for review***

This book was so good and so unique! I wasn’t really sure what I was going into when I read the back of this book, because the description wasn’t very helpful to be honest, but I was so surprised at the end! This book was heartbreaking with a splash of joy and innocents. It is told through the eyes of a child and it was a really nice insight to the process of a juvenile mind. However, on top of that it is written through the voice of a refugee. That was a real eye opener for me, especially with what’s going on with American politics right now. It made me realize how important all human life is and that people deserve to be safe, healthy and and not treat life garbage. This book really was amazing and I will definitely be investigating more in some of Nikki’s other books. Five out of five stars for me. It is worth the read!

Happy Reading!

xoxoSarah

Kings’ Cage By Victoria Aveyard

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Publisher Synopsis

In this breathless third installment to Victoria Aveyard’s bestselling Red Queen series, allegiances are tested on every side. And when the Lightning Girl’s spark is gone, who will light the way for the rebellion?
Mare Barrow is a prisoner, powerless without her lightning, tormented by her lethal mistakes. She lives at the mercy of a boy she once loved, a boy made of lies and betrayal. Now a king, Maven Calore continues weaving his dead mother’s web in an attempt to maintain control over his country—and his prisoner.

As Mare bears the weight of Silent Stone in the palace, her once-ragtag band of newbloods and Reds continue organizing, training, and expanding. They prepare for war, no longer able to linger in the shadows.

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**SPOILERS ALERT**

So. This book. It took me SO LONG to finish this book. It wasn’t…like the others. It was boring. I couldn’t get into Kings Cage. There wasn’t enough action, it was mostly about Maven and Mare’s feeling during the time period that he was keeping her prisoner. Not to mention the end! Cal chooses the crown over Mare?!?! What!!! Are you trying to rip our hearts our Victoria? I may not have enjoyed the book but I looked the first two and was still invested in the characters and story!!! Why can’t Mare and Cal just be happy?!

They definitely left room for a fourth one. However, after King’s Cage i’m not really sure I would be interested in reading a fourth one. Over all it felt like Aveyard is trying to stretch this series out, even though the story line and characters are starting to fall. I think this book was a three out of five stars overall. Red Queen was a great book but after that the books slowly started getting worse and worse. King’s Cage was just not worth the read!

Happy Reading!

xoxoSarah

We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach

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Publisher Synopsis

Four high school seniors put their hopes, hearts, and humanity on the line as an asteroid hurtles toward Earth in Tommy Wallach’s New York Times bestselling “stunning debut” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review). They always say that high school is the best time of your life. Peter, the star basketball player at his school, is worried “they” might actually be right. Meanwhile Eliza can’t wait to escape Seattle—and her reputation—and perfect-on-paper Anita wonders if admission to Princeton is worth the price of abandoning her real dreams. Andy, for his part, doesn’t understand all the fuss about college and career—the future can wait.
Or can it? Because it turns out the future is hurtling through space with the potential to wipe out life on Earth.

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I was expecting a lot more from this book. I was pretty much the opposite of what I thought it was going to be! Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing…the issue is…it was a Contemporary. And I am not the the biggest fan of Contemporary…at all. HOWEVER, it wasn’t horrible. The characters were nicely developed, a little annoying, but realistic to high schoolers today. The story was pretty slow at first and it took me awhile to really get started on it.

I thought that this book was going to be an apocalyptic book, because it seemed to be about a meteor that was hurtling towards Earth. My natural presumption was that it was going to be how things went down up to, during and after the meteor, but it was just about how this high school kids were handling everything. To say the least I was pretty disappointing. While I do enjoy Tommy Wallach’s writing, it was easy to read and understand the characters and world he built, it still wasn’t what I was hoping and would give it a three out of five stars.

I would suggest this book to people that like Contemporary, but if you don’t enjoy that genre then DON’T READ THIS BOOK, it is not an adventure, pre/post apocalyptic story line! I will definitely look more into Wallach’s writing, just hope it’s not all Contemporary!

Happy Reading

xoxoSarah

My Classics!

Anyone a bibliophile? I AM! I absolutely love literary classics. I have been building my collection of new classic design books that Barnes & Noble carries for about six months now. THEY ARE SO PRETTY!

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The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Seven Novels by Jane Austen

Beauty and the Beast & Other Classic Fairy Tales

A Treasury of Irish Fairy and Folk Tales

Charlotte’s Web and Other Illustrated Classics