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The Good, The Bad, and The Spoilers: Unbound

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So, I took a break from my Sarah J Maas binge and went back to the world of Unwind… I still really love these books!
In the New York Times bestselling Unwind Dystology—Unwind, UnWholly, UnSouled, and UnDivided—Neal Shusterman thrilled readers with the story of a society that deals with its out-of-control teens by “unwinding” them—transplanting more than 99% of their bodies into other people.
In the latest installment of this sequence, Shusterman—along with collaborators Terry Black, Michelle Knowlden, Brendan Shusterman, and Jarrod Shusterman—explores even more aspects of a world that has accepted the unacceptable. These short stories examine the world of unwinding in a way we haven’t seen before, providing a fresh framework, new characters, and a different take on some events. -goodreads.com summary

Intro As I mentioned in my Scythe review, I read Unwind back in middle school and it instantly became one of my favorite novels. I was worried that the rest of the series wouldn’t be as good,…

The Good, The Bad, and The Spoilers: Heir of Fire

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FINALLY! A Throne of Glass book with FABUOULS character development… AND I LOVED IT!

HEIR OF FIRE IS THE 3RD BOOK IN A SERIES, TO READ MY REVIEW OF THRONE OF GLASS CLICK HERE
Celaena has survived deadly contests and shattering heartbreak―but at an unspeakable cost. Now, she must travel to a new land to confront her darkest truth . . . a truth about her heritage that could change her life―and her future―forever. Meanwhile, brutal and monstrous forces are gathering on the horizon, intent on enslaving her world. Will Celaena find the strength to not only fight her inner demons, but to take on the evil that is about to be unleashed?
The bestselling series that has captured readers all over the world reaches new heights in this sequel to the New York Times best-selling Crown of Midnight. Packed with heart-pounding action, fierce new characters, and swoon-worthy romance, this third book will enthrall readers from start to finish. -goodreads.com summary

INTRO AHHH! So I actually really loved this…

The Good, The Bad, and The Spoilers: Crown of Midnight

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*Does happy dance* Still continuing my reading of Sarah J Maas novels! Six down three to go!

CROWN OF MIDNIGHT IS THE 2ND NOVEL IN A SERIES, TO GO TO MY REVIEW OF THRONE OF GLASS CLICK HERE
From the throne of glass rules a king with a fist of iron and a soul as black as pitch. Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become his Champion. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown. She hides her secret vigilantly; she knows that the man she serves is bent on evil.
Keeping up the deadly charade becomes increasingly difficult when Celaena realizes she is not the only one seeking justice. As she tries to untangle the mysteries buried deep within the glass castle, her closest relationships suffer. It seems no one is above questioning her allegiances—not the Crown Prince Dorian; not Chaol, the Captain of the Guard; not even her best friend, Nehemia, a foreign princess with a rebel heart.
Then one terrible night, the secrets they have all been keeping lead to an unspeakable tragedy. A…

The Tower by Nicole Campbell Blitz

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The Tower by Nicole Campbell Genre: YA Release Date: June 21st 2017
Summary from Goodreads: "On our sixteenth birthdays, our kind is gifted with awesome powers. Except no, not really because this isn’t Narnia, or Hogwarts, or whatever other mythical realm where witches supposedly live. This is Elizabethtown, Illinois, and much to the chagrin 

All witches understand that the universe is a scary sort of powerful on a good day. On a bad day? Well, that’s when The Tower card shows its face during a reading. As summer draws to a close before the beginning of junior year, Rowyn Black is tired of seeing that card stare up at her from the table. Rowyn, Reed, and Rosalyn have made it through just about every dramatic storm their sarcasm could weather during their seventeen year friendship, and it would be nice to have a quiet semester. Rowyn hopes that the only thing The Tower foretells is the frightening sight of the school parking lot come the first day- full of more jacked-up trucks and cut …

The Good, The Bad, and The Spoilers: The Assassin's Blade

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*sigh* this one really let me down. I usually LOVE novellas that expand a character or story, but this one just wasn’t my favorite.

Contains all five novellas.
Celaena Sardothien is Adarlan's most feared assassin. As part of the Assassin's Guild, her allegiance is to her master, Arobynn Hamel, yet Celaena listens to no one and trusts only her fellow killer-for-hire, Sam. In these action-packed novellas - together in one edition for the first time - Celaena embarks on five daring missions. They take her from remote islands to hostile deserts, where she fights to liberate slaves and seeks to avenge the tyrannous. But she is acting against Arobynn's orders and could suffer an unimaginable punishment for such treachery. Will Celaena ever be truly free? Explore the dark underworld of this kick-ass heroine to find out. -goodreads.com summary

INTRO For anyone who doesn’t know, I’ve been on a Sarah J Maas binge lately! While I am definitely enjoying reading through all of Sarah J Maas…

Authors Returning to Past Series

I’ve seen a growing trend in YA that both excites and worries me. This trend is authors coming back to their most popular series or world, instead of writing different novels set with completely different worlds and plots. The examples are endless from Rick Riordan being one of the first I noticed doing this, to Cassandra Clare, and more recently Leigh Bardugo.
I was a big fan of Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson and the Olympians series back in middle school! I’ve read most of those books multiple times, but when I was reading The Mark of Athena, I just found myself no longer caring about these characters. I stopped halfway through the novel, and it was the last Rick Riordan novel I’ve attempted to read. I still see all of the different mythology series that he is releasing but I just can’t bring myself to care. All I can think about is how it feels like Rick Riordan is just trying to get every last penny out of these books and characters while he can. Now let me back up and say, I haven’t…

The Good, The Bad, and The Spoilers: Throne of Glass

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After multiple tries, I HAVE FINALLY FINISHED IT!


After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.
Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king's council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she'll serve the kingdom for four years and then be granted her freedom. Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilarating. But she's bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her ... but it's the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.
Then one of the other contestants turns up dead ... quickly followed by another. C…

The Good, The Bad, and The Spoilers: Crooked Kingdom

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Since I love these books so much, I might have to go back and read The Grisha Trilogy!



CROOKED KINGDOM IS THE 2ND BOOK! CLICK HERE TO GO TO MY REVIEW OF THE 1ST NOVEL (PS. it's great! You should read it!)
Welcome to the world of the Grisha. After pulling off a seemingly impossible heist in the notorious Ice Court, criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker feels unstoppable. But life is about to take a dangerous turn—and with friends who are among the deadliest outcasts in Ketterdam city, Kaz is going to need more than luck to survive in this unforgiving underworld. -goodreads.com summary INTRO While I found Six of Crows an enjoyable quick read, Crooked Kingdom caused tears. I was so attached to all of the characters by the end of the novel that I didn’t want it to end. I was so proud of how far all of the characters had come and all they had accomplished! I HIGHLY recommend. Do give these books a chance!
THE GOOD The Characters: All of the dregs are precious little babies! Even Kaz, who can be a litt…

What Causes Me To Be Uninterested In A Story?

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These past few weeks I’ve been on a bit of a Sarah J Maas binge. After I liked A Court of Thorns and Roses and LOVED A Court of Mist and Fury, it was while reading A Court of Wings and Ruin and Throne of Glass that I started noticing some trends I wasn’t a fan of... Fear not, I won’t be spoiling any of the books previously mentioned, but I will be discussing some issues I’ve found in them and other similar books and shows.

As someone who LOVES action-packed novels that constantly have me on the edge of my seat, I cannot stress enough the importance of STAKES in a novel. The characters must have something to lose and we must fear the characters might actually lose it. Something that seriously hinders my investment in a character and their safety is when resurrection is cannon within a universe. It kills off all future tension and leaves me no longer fearing for a character’s life, since they could simply be brought back. This issue can be found in a lot of media lately, but is almost th…

The Good, The Bad, and The Spoilers: A Court of Wings and Ruin

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Ya know, I’ve been reading so much more since I graduated… I LOVE IT!
ACOWAR IS THE 3RD BOOK IN A SERIES, CLICK HERE THE GO TO MY REVIEW OF THE FIRST NOVEL!
Looming war threatens all Feyre holds dear in the third volume of the #1 New York Times bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses series.
Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin's maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit-and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.
As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords-and hunt for allies in unexpected places.
In this thrilling third book in the #1 New York Times bestselling series from Sarah J. Maas, the earth will be painted red as mighty armies grapple for power over the one thing that could destroy them all. -goodreads.com summary

INTRO WOW! This series has surprised me …