Since You’ve Been Gone – Book Review

Title: Since You’ve Been Gone

Author: Morgan Matson

Genre: Contemporary

Rating: 4/5 stars

The Pre-Sloane Emily didn’t go to parties, she barely talked to guys, she didn’t do anything crazy. Enter Sloane, social tornado and the best kind of best friend—the one who yanks you out of your shell.

But right before what should have been an epic summer, Sloane just… disappears. No note. No calls. No texts. No Sloane. There’s just a random to-do list. On it, thirteen Sloane-selected-definitely-bizarre-tasks that Emily would never try… unless they could lead back to her best friend.

Apple Picking at Night? Okay, easy enough.

Dance until Dawn? Sure. Why not?

Kiss a Stranger? Wait… what?

Getting through Sloane’s list would mean a lot of firsts. But Emily has this whole unexpected summer ahead of her, and the help of Frank Porter (totally unexpected) to check things off. Who knows what she’ll find?

Go Skinny Dipping? Um…
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The first chapter of this book is sort of a slow one, but as soon as you get through that one chapter, you can’t put it down. This book had it’s definite funny moments, but also some more intense ones. I wasn’t a chick flick sort of book, but made a good name for YA Contemporary. Also, I was pleasantly surprised with Frank. I mean, how many faces and personalities can you associate with the name Frank?

A solid four star rating overall!

Daughter of Smoke and Bone Book Review

Title: Daughter of Smoke and Bone

Author: Laini Taylor

Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.

In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grown dangerously low.

And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war.

Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real; she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious “errands”; she speaks many languages–not all of them human; and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out.

When one of the strangers–beautiful, haunted Akiva–fixes his fire-colored eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?
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Yes, I know this book has been out for quite a while. I still wanted to review if, okay?

Okay, so the synopsis didn’t really make me automatically want to read this book. But I had heard an incredible amount of really great things about the series, so I decided to pick it up. IT WAS AMAZING. I could not put it down. The characters were all really dynamic and interesting. I’m not going to spoil anything-but there are some seriously major twists in this book. I recommend this to anyone–you will love this book!

Me when I finished this book:

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The Winner’s Curse Book Review

Title: The Winner’s Curse

 

Author: Marie Rutkoski 

  Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

 
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars 

 As a general’s daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, seventeen-year-old Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married. But Kestrel has other intentions.

One day, she is startled to find a kindred spirit in a young slave up for auction. Arin’s eyes seem to defy everything and everyone. Following her instinct, Kestrel buys him—with unexpected consequences. It’s not long before she has to hide her growing love for Arin.

But he, too, has a secret, and Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for a fellow human is much higher than she ever could have imagined.

 Okay, I’ve seen a lot of mixed reviews about this, but I gotta tell you, I LOVED it. The writing was exceptional throughout, though the storyline was a little tame in the first half, but it did quickly get a whole lot more complex in the second. I would definetly recommend this, I can’t wait till The Winner’s Crime comes out!

An Arbitrary Ranking of the Twelve Major Greek Gods in Percy Jackson

Let’s be honest here, some of the Greek gods in the Percy Jackson series are better than others.

12.  Ares. There is literally no one who likes this guy. Well, except for Aphrodite, but no one really knows whether or not she’s mentally stable.

11.  Hera. Okay, an enemy of Annabeth is an enemy of every person who has read Percy Jackson. Hera sends cows after people she doesn’t like. Cows. I guess she improved in the Heroes of Olympus, but still.

10. Aphrodite. So she’s the goddess of beauty, blah blah blah. But I’m still not exactly sure if she’s sane.

9.  Zeus. I don’t know why, but there’s just something about this guy. It’s unexplainable.

8. Dionysus. Sure, he’s a jerk and all, but he’s really not bad on the inside. I’m sure he was a friendly drunk before Zeus made him go all sober.

7. Artemis. She’s so, so, so awesome if you’re a girl. But if you happen to be a male, things don’t look too good for you.

6. Athena. Some might think she deserves better than a six, and you might be right. But sometimes I feel like she’s a little to stiff.

5. Demeter. You don’t learn too much about Demeter in the series, but she is the goddess of harvest, which means food, and I can’t begin to tell you how much I love food.

4. Poseidon. This guy is pretty cool. Plus he’s the father of Percy and Tyson. No father of Tyson could be anything but awesome.

3. Hephaestus. He was thrown off a cliff, by his own mother. Or father, there’s not much clarity on that. Why? Because he was ugly! But he’s a freaking genius, and beauty just fades. Well, unless you’re a god or goddess…

2. Apollo. Without Apollo, there would be no music. What kind of sick twisted world would that be?

1. Hermes. Okay, too be honest, it’s not because Hermes is really super awesome, it’s because all the other twelve major gods/goddesses really aren’t all that great. They all have the good things and the bad things, but some have more bad things than others. Hermes is pretty awesome though. He’s hilarious despite the fact he delivers gazillions of dead people to the underworld every day.

But my absolute favorite goddess isn’t one of the major ones. It’s Hestia. She used to be a major god, and yet she gave it all for peace. Now there is a goddess to look up to.

Throne of Glass Book Review (Spoiler Free)

Title – Throne of Glass

Author- Sarah J. Maas

Age Range – 12+

Rating – 4.5 out of 5 stars

Celaena Sardothien has spent a year of hard labor in the salt mines for her crimes as an assassin. Prince Dorian offers her a deal For her freedom. She must fight in a competition against other criminals to become the King’s Champion. If she wins, she’ll be free after serving as the royal assassin for six years.

Prince Dorian begins to show interest in her. As Celaena starts to fall for him, she sees the gruff Captain Westfall also falling for her. Celaena is indecisive at every page.

But there are more important things to be concerned about. Contestants are being killed off one by one. And who knows, Celaena could be next.

This book was amazing! It kept me up till 2 AM and ignoring the rest of the world. The characters are unusual. I mean, how often do you read about an assassin? The story is intense, but there are plenty of parts where the witty banter gets you laughing out loud. I would recommend this to those who enjoy a good page-turner as well as a love triangle.