Glass Sword (Red Queen, #2)Spoiler-Free Review

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Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard
Release Date: February 9, 2016
Publisher: HarperTeen
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult, Science Fiction>Dystopia

Note: Although this book is spoiler-free, it will obviously  contain spoilers from Book 1 (Red Queen) so if you have not read it yet, make sure you do and come back here after you are done. Also, if you are interested on reading my book review regarding Book 1, you may click here.

Blurb taken from Goodreads:

If there’s one thing Mare Barrow knows, it’s that she’s different.

Mare Barrow’s blood is red—the color of common folk—but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control. 

The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince—the friend—who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind.

Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors. 

But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat. 

Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever?

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A Court of Mist and Fury  Spoiler-Free Review

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A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
Release Date: May 3, 2016
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult, New Adult

Note: Although this book is spoiler-free, it will obviously contain spoilers from Book 1 (A Court of Thorns and Roses) so if you haven’t read it yet, make sure you do and come back here after you’re done. Also, if you’re interested on reading my book review regarding Book 1, you may click here.

Summary:

Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.

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Book Review: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer

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The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
Release Date: September 27, 2011
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Genres: YA, Fantasy, Paranormal, Mystery, Psychological Thriller, Romance
Pages: 456

Summary:
Mara Dyer believes life can’t get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.
It can. 

She believes there must be more to the accident she can’t remember that killed her friends and left her strangely unharmed. 
There is.

She doesn’t believe that after everything she’s been through, she can fall in love. 
She’s wrong.

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Book Review: Made You Up by Francesca Zappia

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Made You Up by Francesca Zappia
Release Date: May 19, 2015
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Genres: YA, Contemporary, Romance, Realistic Fiction, Health>Mental Health
Pages: 448

Summary:
Reality, it turns out, is often not what you perceive it to be—sometimes, there really is someone out to get you. Made You Up tells the story of Alex, a high school senior unable to tell the difference between real life and delusion. This is a compelling and provoking literary debut that will appeal to fans of Wes Anderson, Silver Linings Playbook, and Liar.

Alex fights a daily battle to figure out the difference between reality and delusion. Armed with a take-no-prisoners attitude, her camera, a Magic 8-Ball, and her only ally (her little sister), Alex wages a war against her schizophrenia, determined to stay sane long enough to get into college. She’s pretty optimistic about her chances until classes begin, and she runs into Miles. Didn’t she imagine him? Before she knows it, Alex is making friends, going to parties, falling in love, and experiencing all the usual rites of passage for teenagers. But Alex is used to being crazy. She’s not prepared for normal. 

Funny, provoking, and ultimately moving, this debut novel featuring the quintessential unreliable narrator will have readers turning the pages and trying to figure out what is real and what is made up.

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Book Review: Finale (Hush, Hush, #4) by Becca Fitzpatrick

(Hello! Skip this post if you haven’t read the first three books of the Hush, Hush Series to avoid spoilers.)

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Finale by Becca Fitzpatrick
Release Date: October 23, 2012
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Genres: YA, Fantasy, Paranormal
Pages: 454


Summary:

Will love conquer all?

Nora and Patch thought their troubles were behind them. Hank is gone and they should be able to put his ugly vendetta to rest. But in Hank’s absence, Nora has become the unwitting head of the Nephilim and must finish what Hank began. Which ultimately means destroying the fallen angels – destroying Patch.

Nora will never let that happen, so she and Patch make a plan: lead everyone to believe they have broken up, and work the system from the inside. Nora will convince the Nephilim that they are making a mistake in fighting the fallen angels, and Patch will find out everything he can from the opposing side. They will end this war before it can even begin.

But the best-laid plans often go awry. Nora is put through the paces in her new role and finds herself drawn to an addictive power she never anticipated.

As the battle lines are drawn, Nora and Patch must confront the differences that have always been between them and either choose to ignore them or let them destroy the love they have always fought for.

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Book Review: Silence (Hush, Hush, #3) by Becca Fitzpatrick

(Attention!!! If you haven’t read Hush, Hush and Crescendo yet, and doesn’t want to be spoiled, then don’t read this post.)

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Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick
Release Date: October 4, 2011
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Genres: YA, Fantasy, Paranormal
Pages: 448

Summary: 

Nora Grey can’t remember the past five months of her life. After the initial shock of waking up in a cemetery and being told that she has been missing for weeks – with no one knowing where she was or who she was with – she tried to get her life back on track. Go to school, hang out with her best friend, Vee, and dodge mom’s creepy new boyfriend. But there is this voice in the back of her head, an idea that she can almost reach out and touch. Visions of angel wings and unearthly creatures that have nothing to do with the life she knows. And this unshakable feeling that a part of her is missing. Then Nora crosses paths with a sexy stranger, whom she feels a mesmerizing connection to. He seems to hold all the answers…and her heart. Every minute she spends with him grows more and more intense until she realizes she could be falling in love. Again.

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Book Review: Crescendo (Hush, Hush, #2) by Becca Fitzpatrick

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Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick
Release Date: October 19, 2010
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Genres: YA, Fantasy, Paranormal
Pages: 427

Summary:
Nora Grey’s life is still far from perfect. Surviving an attempt on her life wasn’t pleasant, but at least she got a guardian angel out of it. A mysterious, magnetic, gorgeous guardian angel. But despite his role in her life, Patch has been acting anything but angelic. He’s more elusive than ever (if that’s possible) and what’s worse, he seems to be spending time with Nora’s archenemy, Marcie Millar.

Nora would have hardly noticed Scott Parnell, an old family friend who has moved back to town, if Patch hadn’t been acting so distant. Even with Scott’s totally infuriating attitude, Nora finds herself drawn to him – despite her lingering feelings that he is hiding something.


If that weren’t enough, Nora is haunted by images of her murdered father, and comes to question whether her Nephilim bloodline has anything to do with his death. Desperate to figure out what happened, she puts herself in increasingly dangerous situations to get the answer. But maybe some things are better left buried, because the truth could destroy everything – and everyone – she trusts. 

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Book Review: Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

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Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
Release Date: October 13, 2009
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Genres: YA, Fantasy, Paranormal
Pages: 391

Summary:
A SACRED OATH
A FALLEN ANGEL
A FORBIDDEN LOVE

Romance was not part of Nora Grey’s plan. She’s never been particularly attracted to the boys at her school, no matter how hard her best friend, Vee, pushes them at her. Not until Patch comes along. With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, Patch draws Nora to him against her better judgment.

But after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora’s not sure whom to trust. Patch seems to be everywhere she is and seems to know more about her than her closest friends. She can’t decide whether she should fall into his arms or run and hide. And when she tries to seek some answers, she finds herself near a truth that is way more unsettling than anything Patch makes her feel.

For she is right in the middle of an ancient battle between the immortal and those that have fallen – and, when it comes to choosing sides, the wrong choice will cost Nora her life.  

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Book Review: P.S. I Still Love You ( To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, #2) by Jenny Han

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P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han
Release Date: May 26, 2015
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Genres: YA, Contemporary, Romance, Realistic Fiction
Pages: 337

Summary:
Lara Jean didn’t expect to really fall for Peter.
She and Peter were just pretending. Except suddenly they weren’t. Now Lara Jean is more confused than ever.
When another boy from her past returns to her life, Lara Jean’s feelings for him return too. Can a girl be in love with two boys at once?

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Book Review: To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

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To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
Release Date: April 15, 2014
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Genres: Contemporary , Romance, YA, Womens Fiction>Chick Lit
Pages: 288

Summary:
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister’s ex-boyfriend, Josh. As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all.

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