Gilded Cage
Gilded Cage (Dark Gifts #1) by Vic James
Del Rey (February 14, 2017) | 368 pages

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My Grade

Plot: 5

Setting: 5

Writing: 5

Originality: 5

Characters: 5

Romance: 4

Overall: 29/30 A

Title/Cover Bonus: 3

Overall

Very original, multiple points of view with unforgettable characters.

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And I Darken
And I Darken by Kiersten White
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really liked this book.
The major thing that I loved was that the story begins at the very beginning of the main character’s lives. Right from birth. This frightened me a bit because I thought maybe this would not progress to their young adult and adult lives. I was wrong and I loved having the whole story!
This book is full of details both in character and surroundings.
My first Ottoman Empire read and I truly enjoyed it.

The relationship between Lada and her younger brother Radu was an odd one. Lada is a special girl. She is a strong willed girl-woman in a man’s world. Thus, she must be brutal and overpowering to stand out among the boys and men of her world. Unfortunately she is more man than that of her brother who is weak and cries too much.

Overall, I found the character progression satisfying. I look forward to another story with these characters.

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The Winner's Crime
The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

While this was a good book I can’t say that I loved it as much as the first book.
Then again when do we really ever love the second book of a series?

There are several things that happened in this installment that I found very interesting. Such as Arin’s trip East. Kestrel really has her thinking cap on in this book too.

I can say for certain that I dislike the Emperor even more now. I also have a love hate feeling for Kestrel’s father.

I did not like the ending of this book AT ALL.

There is no conclusion what so ever.
Hate endings like this.

I look forward to the next book though.

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Dark Triumph
Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow. What an amazing book!

I read the first book of this series quite a long time ago.
I hardly remembered what happened in the first book but I knew one thing: I loved it.

This book is no different. LOVE.
Sybella is such a strong character. She endures so much and overcomes everything while retaining who she is. Her family is whacked. WTH is wrong with those men!

Beast, oh Beast. He really steals the show sometimes. I also loved this character. Sybella and he are perfect traveling companions. She plays nursemaid very well.

If you enjoyed the first book you will no doubt love this book too.
If you enjoy historical fantasy you will also enjoy this book. It is full of adventure, historical political issues and alight with humor at perfect times.

I especially loved the author’s closing notes at the end where she justifies some of the terms she used. She also explains the timing of actual historical events that she based this book on. I found it intriguing to learn that such events actually happened!

I look forward to reading the next book in this series.

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The Vault of Dreamers
The Vault of Dreamers by Caragh M. O’Brien

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A great concept. Love this author. I was skeptical about this book about half way through but then realized that I had to have faith in the author.

What a fantastic read!
Highly recommend.

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Suspicion
Suspicion by Alexandra Monir

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Suspicion had the premise to be an excellent book.

However, I believe the layout and details put into the beginning chapters was done all wrong.

Too much time was spent leading up to Imogen’s move to Rockford Manor. Once there Imogen’s story moved much faster, maybe even too fast.

Overall, the concept and the characters were great. Unfortunately I did not love it all that much.

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The Bridge from Me to You
The Bridge from Me to You by Lisa Schroeder

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was a super cute book about two teens struggling through some tough times.

It’s difficult to review this without getting into the details. Let’s just say that if you enjoy sports references as well as strong willed girl characters you’ll probably like this book.

I especially love the title. I can’t help but swoon when the title plays such a heavy relevance to the story.

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September 18th, 2014

Review | Some Boys by Patty Blount

Some Boys
Some Boys by Patty Blount

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What a great book.

This book tackles a tough issue: rape.
What I like most about this book is the attitude Grace has.
I love that she never gives up.
I love that even though everyone doubts her story she keeps to her guns.
I love Ian’s character.
I really enjoyed reading this book and would recommend it to anyone looking for a compelling contemporary novel.

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The Here and Now
The Here and Now by Ann Brashares

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A welcome surprise from an old favorite series author of mine.

Loved the sci-fi and mystery elements.
Prenna was a good character but Ethan steals the show.

Time travel is an unusual theme for me to grasp. I almost always have a dread feeling when I start a book knowing it’s about time travel. I have a preconceived notion that it is unrealistic. This book, however, was wonderful and easy to believe.

I am not a fan of the ending though. It did not end very well summed up. I wanted a bit more closure to Prenna and Ethan’s relationship as well as the traveler community. I can only assume this will be a series and the remaining information will come in a later installment.

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The Murder Complex
The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Pretty good.

Liked the dual character narration.

The world-building was nice.

The ending was not so awesome.

Cliffhangers are not my favorite and this one was not done very well.

I will probably read the next book though.

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