Beastly

⭐️ Yeah that’s one star

Author: Alex Flinn

No Spoiler review:

I read this whole book. That’s one of the only positive things I have to say. I don’t hate it, but seeing as there are amazing Beauty and the Beast retellings out there…this fell flat for me. I try not to waste precious reading time on books that aren’t worth it. Life is short, don’t read novels that don’t sparkle.

I think there is an issue when mothers write fiction aimed at the same age as their children. I don’t know if that was the case here or not, but it sure felt like it. Like they set out to write an interesting story, but then clip anything that has depth.

I doubt this author has picked up a successful YA book lately, but we expect more! This lacked intrigue, depth, and the familiarities with the original story are too plentiful. There’s a difference between being inspired by a story and plagiarism. I won’t get crazy and say this was plagiarism because I can’t say I’m an authority on it, and it was also much worse than the original telling.

****Spoilers Ahead****

I didn’t believe the “Beast” had changed or moved as a character. It was rushed. Character transformation is tricky, and just because you type it, doesn’t mean we believe it.

I found the girl (What was her name?) to be stuffy and one dimensional.

I didn’t believe that father character either. If he was that awful, he wouldn’t have funded the son that way. It would’ve helped if the son killed the father in a beastly rage and inherited his wealth. Then he would have some backstory with strength.

There was some weird hinted at maybe sexual stuff in the beginning with the popular mean girl. I hate when they do that. Either make it PG and don’t write gray area sexual stuff where we don’t know what happened, or friggin tell us what happened. It doesn’t have to be graphic to let us know what happened. Either commit to it or avoid it!

Don’t read, not worth the time. I hate when authors have a chance to write something magical and mess it up. All the hard work work was done, the framework was there, so where’s the good stuff. Add some intrigue, some depth, something really ugly, something really beautiful etc. 

I probably could go on, but why? I have other things to read. Things that sparkle 🎆🏰🌄⛺️🏞🎭

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The Kiss of Deception

⭐️⭐️⭐️

Non-spoiler Review

From Amazon:

She flees on her wedding day.
She steals ancient documents from the Chancellor’s secret collection.
She is pursued by bounty hunters sent by her own father.
She is Princess Lia, seventeen, First Daughter of the House of Morrighan.
The Kingdom of Morrighan is steeped in tradition and the stories of a bygone world, but some traditions Lia can’t abide. Like having to marry someone she’s never met to secure a political alliance.
Fed up and ready for a new life, Lia escapes to a distant village on the morning of her wedding. She settles in among the common folk, intrigued when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive―and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deceptions swirl and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets―secrets that may unravel her world―even as she feels herself falling in love.

I enjoyed this, I will have to hold out my negative thoughts until I read the whole series. I can say that you should pay attention to the chapter titles. I was very confused at one point. Basically, there are two characters that remain a mystery in the beginning and for some crazy reason I did not catch it and completely missed the mystery part.

I liked the characters and the pace of this novel. Lia flees from her life as a princess on her wedding day and seeks a new life. After her follows an assassin and…the prince she left at the alter. Fun Stuff!

I really enjoyed the scenery of the town she finds herself in. I also am a little excited about the next book taking on a new setting, it’s risky, but it’s literature…We want risk!

Decent YA, if it’s in your to be read and nothing else is more pressing, go for it.

****Spoiler Zone****

WHAT THE HECK? What was happening? I did not catch the whole identity thing being a mystery. I thought we knew who was who from the beginning. I thought for some crazy reason that the prince was one and the assassin was the other. Of course I can’t remember their names. Also, of course I had them backwards. My mental images were all balled up.  By the time I realized what the attempt at mystery was, I had read to the reveal.

It screwed me up and it feels like the first part of the book suddenly didn’t matter.

I won’t talk about about the wilderness wandering because how much more can I really say about it? CMON!

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I’m not excited about buying the next e-book for $7. This wasn’t a bad book, but if the next is more of the same then it’s not worth it. Just a fun read, nothing to spend crazily on… Unless one of you can assure me it’s worth it to continue?

I’m moving on now. I’m going to attempt to read the Throne of Glass Series again since Sarah Maas is bomb and after ACOTAR and ACOMAF I think I may have jumped the gun on judging it. Onto the next one!

These Broken Stars


Author: Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

⭐️⭐️⭐️

Amazon Description:

It’s a night like any other on board the Icarus. Then, catastrophe strikes: the massive luxury spaceliner is yanked out of hyperspace and plummets into the nearest planet. Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen survive. And they seem to be alone.

***Non Spoiler Review***

Lilac is the daughter of the richest and most successful man in the…Galaxy? Perhaps, Galaxy. I am not sure of the scope of the “world” this is in. Nevertheless, she is basically royalty. The spaceship she is on crashes and she escapes with a man well below her station. The two are forced to work together to survive. (I love forced love interest)

The two must find a way off the planet and back into safety, but will their time spent together damn the man trying to save her? Will her father shoot him…laser beam him for just the thought of them traveling alone together? Who knows?!

I liked this premise, we’ve got the whole forbidden love thing which works. Then there’s the new planet they are on, which means a whole new world the author can create. Things were bright going into this novel and they only dimmed slightly while reading. Overall, I enjoyed this and finished it quickly. It’s not on any of my top lists, but it was entertaining and transported me to another life for a few hours, and that is after all, what we read for.

If you like science fiction, YA, romance, adventure or just a fun novel it’s a fun read. The cover is super pretty.  Enjoy!

***Spoilers Ahead***

I really liked this novel. It was a totally different fashion than the dystopian YA usually is. There was a lot of wilderness wandering, but it wasn’t the desert and they had water at least.

I almost was turned off by the creepiness of the hearing ghost “voices” thing. I don’t like creepy. Same type of thing originally turned me off to Throne of Glass. I decided to only read during the day so I wouldn’t wig out, and it all turned out alright…sort of.

The last quarter of the book was a bit of a trip. Once the couple decided to accept that they had feelings for each other they were suddenly tumbling naked in caves. It was rushed and awkward, then not explained very well.

It only got weirder from there. There were deaths and aliens, and resurrections and sort of another death but it ended up being a rebirth. That was all in about one chapter. Personally, I would’ve drawn that whole sub plot out through the whole novel, or honestly, they could’ve taken that whole part out, and I wouldn’t have noticed or missed it.

I have some negative feelings about the resurrection thing, but I think they’re logistical. For example, I am weirded out by her body being two different bodies. Yeah, the more I think about it, that last part felt rushed and weird. Ugh, yeah two body thing is creeping up now…

I have high hopes for the next book in the series. It’s on it’s way to my house now, and I am excited. Especially now that the weird stuff is behind us. I hope.

***Update: Next book arrived and it’s about other people. IDK what to do.

Into The Still Blue


⭐️⭐️

Author: Veronica Rossi

Let’s start with the Amazon description…

The race for survival comes to a thrilling close in the earth-shattering conclusion to Veronica Rossi’s New York Times bestselling Under the Never Sky trilogy.

Their love and their leadership have been tested. Now it’s time for Perry and Aria to unite the Dwellers and the Outsiders in one last desperate attempt to find the fabled Still Blue and bring balance to their world.

***NON SPOILER REVIEW***

I re-read the first two books in preparation for this last one. I was expecting a clear ending, where Perry and Aria led the world to safety. I got that ending but in addition I received a floppy, rushed nonsense feeling story. I wanted to love this novel, I really wanted it. Perhaps, I put it on a pedestal and expected too much?

I recommend this book because it’s neccessary in order to read the first two. The same way reading Allegiant was neccessary to end the first two books. It doesn’t make them great, or even good. 

On the bright side, you will get an ending. Some novels just drift away with their semi endings, but there is a clear one here. 

Read it because you have to. It’s the only way out of the series. It’s not the worst. Most people even loved it! So there’s hope in you enjoying it as well. For now I will move on to the spoiler area where I can share my feelings without restraint. 

*****Spoilers Ahead*****


Photo courtesy of under_the_never_sky on Instagram 

So here we are, the end of the aether. The end of everything.

 Are we on a weird snake house moving thing? No. 

Are we on a hover ship? No. 

Are we on the dweller leaders side? Unsure

What about the mean guy that led the thriving city, and is now leading the people into the still blue? Nope, not on his side. 

While I’m still working out my allegiance issues, let’s talk about going back and forth from place to place. This book can get confused with the Old Testament with all the back and forth wandering in the desert. You know how I feel about desert wandering to begin with! Can we all just take a moment to remember The Scorch Trials and remind ourselves and *cough* publishers, writers, *cough*  that desert wandering is played out. 

So yeah, there was way too much back and forth, and then getting back and then realizing “Oh I left the ships we needed back across the dessert.” 

I also found the characters to be a bit messy. I’m unsure if the intention was to give the character depth, or create excitement? I was left with many questions.

Soren, I couldn’t figure out if he was good or bad. He leaned toward good and more heavily at the very end, but that in between growth and change wasn’t present. How did he get from being the kid that messed up the mission because he’s cocky, to the guy sitting with Brooke? I didn’t find his progression, and if it was there I didn’t find it believable. The little I remember of it, was rushed. Also, do they have a stored portion of his medication to last his whole life? Because he’s going to go all Joffrey on that little village of they don’t.

Sable, leader of the horns. Sable was written as a villain. I get the bad behavior that makes him a jerk, but when you’re talking about the survival of the human race, this guy was the only one with the leadership skills needed. 

Yes he killed Liv, but Liv knew how he was. The smartest thing she did was allow herself to submit to being with him. Then suddenly she chose love, which is noble, but you can’t choose love unless you’re willing to choose between being with Sable and dead. I get the dramatic flare of choosing love. In that scenario it didn’t work. She spent a year in the wild alone preparing herself to be with Sable, if she was so easily shaken, then she wasn’t the strong character she was written as. 

I know, I know, Sable killed innocent people. I’m not saying he was right, but…

  • He wouldn’t have killed all those dwellers if they hadn’t tried to turn on him. He’s a scire, HE KNOWS! Don’t plan to Usurp Sable when you’re nearby! 
  • He wouldn’t have killed Liv if they hadn’t tried to steal her, and they still chose to save her after she made the decision to be with him willingly for the greater good. If she was being abused or harmed then go ahead, attempt to save her if you must. She wasn’t though, and you both messed it up. 
  • He wouldn’t have killed those two guys from “the six” if they hadn’t planned to usurp him… Again, right next to Sable. THE SCIRE. If you’re gonna kill a guy like Sable properly it can’t be the way they kept trying to do it. In fact, their “attempts” to rescue and help probably got more people killed. 
  • Imagine if Aria and Roar never went to get Liv. So Liv is alive. As things got worse Sable would’ve reached out to Hess for an alliance, or vise versa. Then Sable would’ve taken Aria, Perry, Talon and Roar into the still blue as a favor to Liv. Would this leave the tides dead? Mostly,Yes. But can you trade a Horns life in place of a Tides ethically? No. Horn population would’ve replaced the Tides, and in greater numbers. So if we’re talking life to life, all Perry, Aria and Roars efforts cost more lives. But at least the people they love and care about are alive. 
  • Cinder. Sable wasn’t gentle with Cinder I get that. Bottom line was Cinder was the only way through the aether, and he would’ve chose to help because his options were either die from the aether with tons of people, or die alone from the aether. He was willing to die alone from the aether two books ago for three people. I think we’re safe in him choosing to save everyone. Easy peasy. Sable was the only one capable of even making that hard decision. Perry attempted to think almost that far but then backed off until forced. Which was Perry’s sheepish little way the whole time with every decision.
  •  It’s not pretty, but Sable kept people alive, and would’ve continued to, until a later assassination date was planned as needed. Running countries requires you to choose who dies sometimes. It’s yucky and horrible, but true. The flip side is you are actually choosing life for the ones led out. It is this that keeps me from having political aspirations. Also, a checkered backround. 

Through The Ever Night


⭐️⭐️⭐️

In this second book in her spellbinding Under the Never Sky trilogy, bestselling author Veronica Rossi combines fantasy and dystopian elements to create a love story as perilous as it is unforgettable.

Amazon Novel Page

Through The Ever Night was a solid second book. I didn’t feel as if my questions from the first book were left unanswered. There were new settings, and characters. The pace felt right and all seems to be set up nicely for the finale. I give this a solid 3 stars. I wasn’t blown away because certain things felt familiar, but that happens when you read a hundred YA Dystopian novels. Overall, it’s worth the read. 

******Possible Spoilers Ahead, and general book chat********

I may have mentioned that I totally agree with the matching of talents. I know it’s supposed to seem crappy for talents to only be with other similar talents, but can I just say the chemistry available between like talented people was lost. Roars girlfriend had a different one, and Aria was different than whatever her boyfriends name was. The chemistry possibility between Aria and Roar was deafening. I kept waiting for it, but knew it would really break the rules to change love interest so far into a series. (Cough, hint hint, ACOMAF accomplished it, but who’s keeping track?) I need to find some fan fiction for Roar and Aria. 

It’s possible I found the main love interest, cannot remember his name, to be lame. I kept trying to cast him as a couple of my favorite mental leading men, and he continued returning void. Then there was Roar all wonderfully blinding. I even liked the jerk villain guy a little. This is a developing story, I am only now feeling so strongly against this main love love interest. 

I do like that there is a clear finish line. Escaping the aether into the still blue is concise and easy to track. No weird ambiguity about what we’re actually seeking. 

Onto the finale! Hopefully it doesn’t suck!