Of Beast and Beauty by Stacey Jay

20 10 2013

As some of you know, I have been in love with the Disney movie Beauty and the Beast since I was a child. It has been a bit of an obsession of mine since I was young and I have read MANY remakes of the story. That being said, Of Beast and Beauty went beyond my expectations. It took a very unique spin on one of my favorite fairytales of all time!

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Of Beast and Beauty Finished: October 8th, 2013
Published: July 23rd, 2013
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
POV: Multiple First Person (Isra and Gem)
Number of Pages: 391

In the beginning was the darkness, and in the darkness was a girl, and in the girl was a secret…

In the domed city of Yuan, the blind Princess Isra, a Smooth Skin, is raised to be a human sacrifice whose death will ensure her city’s vitality. In the desert outside Yuan, Gem, a mutant beast, fights to save his people, the Monstrous, from starvation. Neither dreams that together, they could return balance to both their worlds.

Isra wants to help the city’s Banished people, second-class citizens despised for possessing Monstrous traits. But after she enlists the aid of her prisoner, Gem, who has been captured while trying to steal Yuan’s enchanted roses, she begins to care for him, and to question everything she has been brought up to believe.

As secrets are revealed and Isra’s sight, which vanished during her childhood, returned, Isra will have to choose between duty to her people and the beast she has come to love.”

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Of Beast and Beauty took an even magical and darker twist on the original story of a Beast and his Beauty. It was like stepping out of a normal fantasy world and into a surreal world of blood, secrets, and a story unlike any I have read before.

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Isra: The only daughter of the Yuan king and a living sacrifice for her people. Isra was a very unique character for me. Not only was she blind but she was considered a ‘monster’ because she was taller than her people and had ‘scales’. The best thing about Isra is the fact that, as a blind person, she is an unreliable narrator. For the first half of the book she tries to spreads her wings and be free only to have her freedom taken away even more after her father is murdered and she is made Queen. She’s strong and tries to do well by her people and eventually, the Mosterous beyond her dome. She’s even willing to sacrifice her love for the sake of her people, much like Belle from the movie. What I liked most about her was how different she was compared to all the other girls her age. She loves running around barefoot and working in the garden and strolling around the gardens at night.

Gem: Our dear Beast. Gem’s design in the book (and in my head) was similar to the Silurians from Doctor Who. With scales and claws and the whole shebang. He was very fierce at the beginning filled with hate and loathing toward Isra. I found him and his people to be intersting. The way he spoke of his ways and the treatment of his people by the Smooth Skins really had me sympathizing with them. I found his hard avoidance of Isra somewhat of a relief. I’m glad that their relationship evolved from hate to love over time instead of right away. It seemed much more believeable.

If the Monstorous had these guns around, I'm sure they would have over thrown the smooth skins a long time ago.

If the Monstorous had these guns around, I’m sure they would have over thrown the smooth skins a long time ago.

Needle: Isra’s mute companion. She was loyal 100% to Isra and would do anything to take care of and protect her. I really enjoyed and admired her character. It was nice to see that isra had at least one person she could be close to and wasn’t alone. She was actually my favorite character and the fact that she could be that without talking 98% of the book really shows how powerful her character was.

Bo: Isra’s fiance (the Gaston of the book). I went back and forth from liking to hating Bo. He seemed really sweet and genuine at times and yet a total womanizer and jerk at other times. Honestly, he didn’t leave much of an impression on me so I don’t have a whole lot to say about him. Every time I heard how apparently attractive he was, all I could think about was his Disney counterpart doing this:

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So the story is a drastic change on the original tale (one I find is better). Isra was bred to be a sacrifice to the dark roses in her garden that keep the giant dome that protects their kingdom strong (as well as let the water flow and make the ground fertile, etc.). They need royal blood to sustain themselves. What I like about this plot is that the rose has been made a dark force and the sort of ‘evil spell’ while Gem’s people and their transformation was necessary to survive on the new planet humans landed on gifted to them by a good god. (I know it sound complex, but I promise it is not mixed up or difficult to understand in the book).

Like I said before, the love story wasn’t too rushed or overdone (minus the occasional pining) and the evolution was their relationship was great. Add in all the secrets and the political conspiracies in the story and you have a very magical, dark, twisted and suspenseful story!

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I can’t get over how great this story was! It had all the best twist and turns and love and mystery that I enjoy in a fantasy novel! For a spin-off on a book & movie that is very dear to my heart, I thought that Stacey jay did a marvelous job making the story uniquely her own and I recommend it to any fairytale lover! 5 out of 5 stars!


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So long Sookie Stackhouse! Review of Dead Ever After by Charlaine Harris

12 09 2013

After 14 years of vampires, werewolves, faeries, and supes of all kinds, telepath sookie Stackhouse’s adventures has fnially come to an end. And I am sad to say that this ‘dead Ever After’ should have stayed dead.

dead ever after Finished: September 10th, 2013
Published: May 7th 2013 by Ace
Genre: Adult Paranormal Romance
POV: Mainly First Person with bits of Third Person
Number of Pages: 338

There are secrets in the town of Bon Temps, ones that threaten those closest to Sookie—and could destroy her heart…

Sookie Stackhouse finds it easy to turn down the request of former barmaid Arlene when she wants her job back at Merlotte’s. After all, Arlene tried to have Sookie killed. But her relationship with Eric Northman is not so clearcut. He and his vampires are keeping their distance…and a cold silence. And when Sookie learns the reason why, she is devastated.

Then a shocking murder rocks Bon Temps, and Sookie is arrested for the crime.

But the evidence against Sookie is weak, and she makes bail. Investigating the killing, she’ll learn that what passes for truth in Bon Temps is only a convenient lie. What passes for justice is more spilled blood. And what passes for love is never enough…”

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I was really looking forward to this book. Sure, the last couple books have pissed me off, but I was SURE Sookie would get a good happily ever after filled with life and death battles, mystery, and a love that would conquer all. What I was expecting and what I actually got were two different things. Not only was this the same typical Sookie plotline (which I hoped would have changed in the last book), but the overall villains and love story were so typical and anti-climatic. I was really disappointed in this book.

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There are too many characters that make a half-assed appearance in this book as a kind of way to give them a ‘wrap-up’.

Sookie: I never thought she could piss me off more than she did in this book. Half the time she just kind of whined about Eric and Sam without really doing anything. The rest of the time she was clueless as to why someone was coming after her (I mean, come on! She had 13 books to make enemies, it should be obvious!) As if that wasn’t enough, she kept reminding the reader about her past relationships and complaining about her faerie enhanced garden. If I had my land blessed to be fertile, I would have been ecstatic! That’s less money I would have to pay for groceries! The bad ass Sookie I had grown to like seemed to completely disappear in this boo for a whinier, pining Sookie. If she would have just turned into a vampire, she would have been fine! Most of her loved ones are either dead or some type of part-supe themselves! Seriously, she was pretty bad.

Sam: I know he had just died and come back to life because of Sookie and her Cluviel Dor, but he was such a Debbie Dower. He made some really stupid choices in the book that forced him to alienate himself from Sookie. And on top of it all, he barely showed up when she was dealing with some difficult stuff (I know its because of a deal he made, but seriously! That shouldn‘t matter!). I’ve never been a real big Sam fan and he made that clear more than ever in this book.

Eric: I’ll be the first to admit that I am a die hard Eric fan, but I feel like he didn’t try hard enough in this book to keep Sookie. In fact, he was a total ass. I know he’s always been one, but he usually redeemed himself to Sookie one way or another. This time, however, he didn’t even try and that really irritated me.

All of Sookie’s Exs: Any normal woman knows that you want to get over your exs and never pine over them or want them to come knocking. But Sookie isn’t normal and neither or her exs. Not only did they all more or less come over whenever they felt like it (even though they were helping her) some made themselves at home at her place. I don’t know, but I fell like they all seemed too harmonious together. If I were in a room with my ex-boyfriend’s exs, I wouldn’t be so okay with it.

The so-called ‘villains’: The villains were pretty much people that Sookie had already defeated teaming together to try and get revenge on her. I won’t say who they are for all of you fortunate enough who have not read it yet. All I can say is that the hype was built up so much and then dropped to rock bottom in the most uninteresting action less conclusion ever.

Everyone else: We got a look at everyone else in Bon Temps who interacted with Sookie and got a bit of a wrap up for them all. It wasn’t great and all of it was not important at all. Just a bunch of uninteresting fluff to lengthen the book.

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I think I’ve said enough about how piss-poor the plot was, but I’ll expand a little more here.

It was your typical Sookie Stackhouse plotline. Mysterious enemy comes after Sookie. Sookie proceeds to try and figure it out for 95% of the book. Discovers the not so surprising villain that she should have figured out 200 pages prior. She gets kidnapped, tortured, or almost killed. Someone comes and saves her. End book.

Okay, there are the occasional steamy sex scenes here and there, but that is pretty much it. I’m sad to say that even those steamy sexes scenes barely made an appearance in this book. In fact, there was only one and it was hardly worth mentioning. In fact, there isn’t really much else worth mentioning. I didn’t like any of it, if I’m going to be completely honest.

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I was really disappointed by this book. I was expecting some epic final conclusion to the magical life of Sookie Stackhouse, but what I received was anything but that. I give it 3 out of 5 Stars.
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Review of The Stone Kingdom by Danielle Shipley

2 09 2013

I was lucky enough to get an eARC of Danielle Shipley’s second novella in the Wilderhark Tales, and I simply ADORED it! Fantasy buffs will go nuts for The Stone Kingdom!

Stone Kingdom Cover, front Finished: August 31st, 2013
Published: September 20th 2013 by Ever On Word
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
POV: Third Person
Number of Pages: 179

““Love and prince,
Both true, wed rose of white in realm of stone;
For blood begins,
But naught can be put right by blood alone.”

One thoughtless act is all it takes to bring the curse threatened on Rosalba’s christening day to pass. Now the princess must combine her desperate determination with the service of benevolent tailor Edgwyn Wyle to find the second half of the key to her kingdom’s restoration.

The Stone Kingdom
Book Two of The Wilderhark Tales

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An enchantress’s curse turns a spoiled royal into a beast; a princess’s pricked finger places her under a hundred-year spell; bales of straw are spun as golden as the singing harp whisked down a giant beanstalk – all within sight of Wilderhark, the forest that’s seen it all.

You’ve heard the stories – of young men scaling rope-like braids to assist the tower-bound damsel; of gorgeous gowns appearing just in time for a midnight ball; of frog princes, and swan princes,and princes saved from drowning by maidens of the sea. Tales of magic. Tales of adventure. Most of all, tales of true love.

Once upon a time, you knew them as fairytales. Know them now as Wilderhark’s.”

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THE STONE KINGDOM was a whimsical tale filled with romance, adventure, and a twist on many well known fairytales. As I read, I kept silently pointing out all the different fairytale references. From Rapunzel to Sleeping Beauty with hints of Cinderella, this book was full of them! I’ll admit that I didn’t enjoy the ending as much as the first one, but the story itself was a fun read! And the fact that it was a fairytale book had me hooked!

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THere were only two amin characters throughtout the book with a few minor princes, so I’ll focus on the two MCs.

Rosalba: She’s a princess who was unlucky enough to be cursed by the witch who cursed her mother. Much like the SLeeping Beauty story, she was cursed on her christening to have somethnig terrible happen on her 15th birthday. Poor Rosalba takes her curse in stride and is determined to break it and save her family and kingdom from their stoney prisons. She takes her duty her kingdom very seriously and puts her own feelings aside in order to save them.

Edgwyn: He’s a lawyer turned tailor/dress maker and is the one who befell the stone kingdom and found Rosalba trapped in a tower. He helped her down and promised to help her find a prince to break the spell on her kingdom. He’s kind and a bit flirtatious but knows his place with her. He puts aside his own feelings in order to help her, even if it means watching his lovem arry another man. He’s very noble and charming. 😉

The Princes: The two princes that Rosalba comes across are both very different. One of them has a crazy mother who tries to use the Princess and the Pea trick on Rosalba *(spoiler: she didn’t feel the pea) and because the mother said no, he didn’t fight back. He was a real Mama’s boy who didn’t have his own balls. THe other prince was pretty much a playboy. He fell for Rosalba when she entered his ball (much like Cinderella) but he refused to marry her right away at her own kingdom, caring more abouth is pride than helping the distressed princess.

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Rosalba is cursed at her christening, where it is said that on her 15th birthday a that something terrible would happen. As it turns out, that curse was to have the entire kingdom trapped in stone for 100 years. I loved the whole idea of the curse. The witch didn’t just put the curse on her because she was evil, but because she was angry that Queen Ursula didn’t so much as invite her to the princess’s christening after she used magic to help the Queen conceive the child. I can understand her anger and she did make teh curse somewhat painless. Instead of being trapped for 100 years and feeling it, the curse made it seem like only a few minutes had passed instead of 100 years. That’s what I call nice.

So anyways, the adventure and story kept me reading as Rosalba tried to find a prince ton help her break the curse while ignoring her feelings for Edgwyn. It was refreshign to see the characters interacting with different courts and people (which did not happen much in the first book).

The only thing I have mixed feelings about is the ending. I mean, I liked the ending but it didn’t have the OMG I CANNOT BELIEVE THAT JUST HAPPENED type of ending that the first book had. The ending seemed a little fast for me (then again it was a novella), but I think the rest of the book made up for it.

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THE STONE KINGDOM was a fast, wonderful read that fantasy lovers and fairytale lovers will simply enjoy! I give this book 4 out of 5 stars!

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Review of The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

1 09 2013

Okay, I know I’m waaaay behind on reading this book, but I finally did and boy amd I glad!

The fault in our stars Finished: August , 2013
Published: January 10th 2012 by Dutton Books
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
POV: First Person
Number of Pages: 313

“Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.”

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This book definitely left me with a lot of mixed feelings. I’m not one who normally reads contemporary (The majority of what I read is fantasy), but I’m glad I chose to read this. I’ll admit I kind of saw the end coming partly because of the book My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult, but that didn’t make it any less painful. Like any book, the story had some weak points but overall I found it completely enthralling, incredibly realistic, and utterly heart breaking.

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Hazel: Our main character. A spunky, sarcastic, impossibly funny girl walking through life one step at a time. She may have lung cancer, but she doesn’t try to sugar coat anything. She accepts the reality of her situation, no matter how grim it may be, and lives out her life. I loved Hazel. She is everything I want in a heroine and so much more. Even on the doorway to death, she still manages to stay strong. I really respect her character.

Augustus (Gus): Gus is like that one boyfriend you had who was always sweet and funny and caring and almost perfect. He made me laugh, made me cry, made me wish he existed (minus the whole cancer part) No, even WITH the cancer part. He was perfect, which was his one fatal flaw. He was too perfect of a character. As much as I wish he actially existed, he doesn’t. But I love him anyways.

Isaac: Though somewhat of a minor character, I love the way his character portrayed the heartache part of the story. Because of his surgery, the girl he thought would love him forever pretty much threw him aside and left him to deal with it all on his own. I’ll admit that he was retty strong to keep going on after everything. he managed to stay strong until the end and I kind of hoped that he and Hazel would somehow get together.

Peter Van Houten: Ah, Mr. Van Houten. The douchebag of the book and the type of author none of us aspiring authors hope to become. Though he has his own reasons for being an asshole, I still found his character a bit of a surprise from all his correspondences with Hazel and Gus. But he had an important role to play in the story and I couldn’t be happier.

The Parents: I liked all the parents in this book. They weren’t too pushy or forced onto us but they weren’t none existant either. They played an important role and showed just how much they can suffer and still exists after the death of a child with cancer.

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The story took us through the ups and downs of the life of a cancer patient, all while throwing in bits and pieces of normalcy into it. There was love, loss, hapiness, sorrow, surprise, disgust, and just about everything else you could want in this story. The plot didn’t seem to ridiculous or boring and none of the scientific words were too far over my head. Green did a marvelous job describing and helping me to understand just what the characters were going through.

I read somewhere that he was even permitted to write in Amsterdam for a while (a location that the characters visit in the book) and I found his descriptions beautiful. I wouldn’t mind seeing the confetti flowing down from the iepen or elm trees. Though the ending/twist wasn’t very surprising, it was heartbreaking all the same. I remember tearing up on certain parts of the book and refusing to read on because I knew what was going to happen.

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I thought that The Fault in Our Stars was a beautifully, if not tragic, piece of contemporary novel about the struggles or life and the realization of how short our mortality truly is. 4 1/2 out of 5 stars.

4 and a half stars

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Review of Crown Of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

27 08 2013

Let me be frank and say that I hopped on the band wagon for this series a little late. I read Throne of Glass just last month and became instantly hooked! I’m glad I happened upon this lovely ARC thanks to Literary Lushes ARC Tours.

Seriously, it was SO GOOD.

crown of midnight Finished: August 22th, 2013
Published: August 27th 2013 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
POV: Third Person
Number of Pages: 416

An assassin’s loyalties are always in doubt.
But her heart never wavers.

After a year of hard labor in the Salt Mines of Endovier, eighteen-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien has won the king’s contest to become the new royal assassin. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown – a secret she hides from even her most intimate confidantes.

Keeping up the deadly charade—while pretending to do the king’s bidding—will test her in frightening new ways, especially when she’s given a task that could jeopardize everything she’s come to care for. And there are far more dangerous forces gathering on the horizon — forces that threaten to destroy her entire world, and will surely force Celaena to make a choice.

Where do the assassin’s loyalties lie, and who is she most willing to fight for?”

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The much awaited sequel to Throne of Glass was heartachingly tragic and beautiful. It is right up there on devastating sequels with Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor (which still leaves an ache in my chest). I was lost in this story once I got a hold of it and after an annoying intervention with life, finally sat down and read almost the entire book in one night. Seriously guys, this book is worth the wait!

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Celaena: Poor Celaema goes through a lot in this book. I’m not going to say what because they are MEGA spoilers, but she really does hit a couple emotional and psychological low points. My heart broke for her as betrayals and tragedies struck her again and again, but I’m glad that she eventually got it all together and kept up the strong powerful assassin we all know and love.

Chaol: I love Chaol. I’ve been in love with him since the first book and he won my heart over even more in this book. He’s softened up tremendously in this book since he started giving in to his feelings. There are some sexy scenes in here…just saying. He’s my favorite of her love interests and opens up a lot more. Gone is the silent seemingly always angry Captain of the Guard and now there is a delicious sweet heart finally opening himself up to love again.

Dorian: Dorian has his own surprises in this book and though he more or less disappears as a love interest, he still has his own plot line he has to deal with. The guy is finally growing balls against his father, they’re small now, but I expect great things from him in the next book.

Nehemia: She is brilliant and frustrating and loveable and absolutely secretive to a fault. The princess has her own set of secrets.

Archer: He is a new character and a courtesan. A sexy and devious courtesan. I had an off feeling about him since the beginning of the book and though his ridiculous good looks are really distracting (in a good way) there is more than meets the eye with this man of the night.

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The book takes place a little after Celaena is crowned the King’s Champion. The main point of this plot is Celaena’s struggle to save her targets without the King knowing and discovering what evil plan the ancient Queen Elena tells her that another evil threatens to destroy her world.

This book was a serious page turner! As more discoveries and twists and turns were unveiled, I found mself completely lost in this series onace again. Seriously guys, there are so many heart crushing scenes/truths (as there should be in the second book of a trilogy) that I can’t even keep them all in track.

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Overall I absolutely adored this book filled with deception, turmoil, secrets, and a surprising death that threatens to change everything in Celaena’s world. Everyone who read Throne of Glass will love this sequel and no doubt stay awake wondering what will happen next. 5 out of 5 stars!


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Review of The Swan Prince by Danielle Shipley

18 08 2013

Okay, so I know I’m a terrible friend for waiting some weeks before I could finally read this book, but I’m hoping this review will make up for it! As far as fantasy goes, this book was right up my alley!

swan-prince-cover-e-book Finished: August 18th, 2013
Published: May 31st 2013 by Ever On Word
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
POV: Third Person
Number of Pages: 178

“Catching her leg in a bear trap proves the least of Sula’s worries. Haunted by an enchanted monster from a past she dare not reveal, and hounded by the perilously perceptive young village doctor, Villem Deere, the headstrong girl of the woods gambles with fate by binding hers to that of Sigmund, the captivating orphan boy with mysterious nightly business of his own.

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Book One of The Wilderhark Tales

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An enchantress’s curse turns a spoiled royal into a beast; a princess’s pricked finger places her under a hundred-year spell; bales of straw are spun as golden as the singing harp whisked down a giant beanstalk – all within sight of Wilderhark, the forest that’s seen it all.

You’ve heard the stories – of young men scaling rope-like braids to assist the tower-bound damsel; of gorgeous gowns appearing just in time for a midnight ball; of frog princes, and swan princes, and princes saved from drowning by maidens of the sea. Tales of magic. Tales of adventure. Most of all, tales of true love.

Once upon a time, you knew them as fairytales. Know them now as Wilderhark’s.”

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Those of you who know me know I love twisted up fairy tales. I love books that send classic stories we know right on their heads and The Swan Prince was no exception! The story telling was beautiful and flowed with an elaborate writing style and yet managed to simplify itself enough so nothing flew over my head. I understood all aspects of this story and even managed to get a surprise of my own at the end (but more on that later).

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Sula: The main heroine of this story. I really enjoyed Sula as a character. She was secretive and honestly, a bit selfish which was a nice change from the selfless heroines I’ve grown accustomed to in fantasy (not that there is anything wrong with them). Her whole goal was to break the curse own her by any means necessary and she didn’t care how it happened so long as it did. I loved the hidden torment and the (somewhat) surprising twist of her curse. She was a fun spunky character with a mouth unlike any other’s in her world.

Sigmund: I liked Sigmund. He certainly wasn’t my favorite character, but I likes him all the same. He was a quiet guy and humble for a prince. The one thing I have to say about him though is the twist on his curse. DIDN’T SEE THAT COMING! (Seriously, it blew my mind).

Villum: My favorite (<3) character. Honestly, I thought he was an older guy until about half way through when I realized "Oops, he's actually a yummy piece of man meat!" After that I continuously drooled over him. He’s a smart guy, a doctor, and has a surprising secret of his own (which again was completely shocking and unexpected).

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This book, though short, was a real page turner! The story sucked me in from the first page and I found myself lost in its pages for some time. The world of Wilderhark was a stunning magical world filled with evil witches/enchantresses/sorceresses that had a grudge against royalty and enjoyed cursing them. It was fun to watch two three different storylines mingle into one big beautiful sad plot.

As for the romance aspect of the story (I know you’re all curious) I really enjoyed it. Certain people got together that I hadn’t expected and the one romance you expected to happen had an interesting twist of its own. It was a fun circle of confusion and fighting and love.

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Filled with romance, mystery, dark secrets, magic spells, and a surprise twist ending I certainly did not see coming! Seriously, I screamed when I read it and immediately wrote Danielle an email about how devious she was! I HIGHLY recommend this book for fantasy lovers and twisted fairytale lovers! I’m giving it a 4 1/2 out of 5 because it was so short and because of that ending!

4 and a half stars

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Review of Across the Universe by Beth Revis

13 07 2013

across the universe Finished: July 7, 2013
Published: january 11, 2011 by Razorbill
Genre: Young Adult Scifi
POV: First person (switched between Amy & Elder)
Number of Pages: 398

A love out of time. A spaceship built of secrets and murder.

Seventeen-year-old Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed and expects to awaken on a new planet, three hundred years in the future. Never could she have known that her frozen slumber would come to an end fifty years too soon and that she would be thrust into the brave new world of a spaceship that lives by its own rules.

Amy quickly realizes that her awakening was no mere computer malfunction. Someone-one of the few thousand inhabitants of the spaceship-tried to kill her. And if Amy doesn’t do something soon, her parents will be next.

Now Amy must race to unlock Godspeed’s hidden secrets. But out of her list of murder suspects, there’s only one who matters: Elder, the future leader of the ship and the love she could never have seen coming.” (Description from Goodreads)

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I fell head over heels in love with this book! I’m always iffy on new series that I come across, especially the first book, because I thought it would be slow, but this book had me HOOKED. I’m not a big scifi reader (though I watch it. Yes, I’m a Trekky & a Whovian), but I found this whole book easy to understand. I wasn’t thrown technical terms or over done science words that would push me away from the book. In fact, I found everything Revis described easy to understand. She managed to describe a future world of amazing technology without giving me a headache (so yay!).

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Amy: I thought her character, of them all, was the most relaistic and relatable character. She wasn’t afraid to speak her mind when she knew the world she found herself in was wrong, and did everything she could to try and figure out what was really going on on Godspeed.

Elder: I enjoyed watching his character evolve from the slightly rebelious minion of Eldest to a strong leader. Of all the characters, his showed the greatest change and did the most growing up. He was born with the weight of the ship on his shoulders and he did all in his power to make sure he was ready for his seat of power to do what was right for the people on Godspeed.

Harley: When Harley wasn’t acting crazy, he was a very fun, caring character. I was actually kind of hoping he would get together with Amy (I know, I’m notorious for shipping couples that never get together). Of all the characters, I think Harley was my favorite. There was something haunting and tragic behind his cheeriness and once I found out, I really felt for the poor guy. Plus, he reminded me of Vincent from the Doctor Who episode Vincent and the Doctor.

Eldest: I didn’t like him. From the moment he was described until the very end of the book, I didn’t like him. I kept hoping someone would grow enough balls to poison him or something because the jerk needed to die. That being said, he obviously made a good villain for me to dislike him so much.

Doc: I’m on the fence with this character. At times I thought he was a nice guy just trying to survive, but at the same time, he had to be pretty dark to do the things he did.

Orion: I called him. The second I got a hint about him at the beginning of the book I knew who he was. It is really hard to surprise me with plots and character reveals (my family actually HATES watching movies with me because I can usually predict the ending before we even get half way through). So I knew he was who he was.

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I’m probably not the first to admit that I’m not a huge fan of the multiple POVs, unless they’re done right, but I believe Revis pulled this off beautifully. From the first page I was sucked into the story of Amy and her adventure in ice that ultimately led her to the dark secrets of Eldest and Godspeed. When it switched to Elder, the same thing happened. I loved following them both as they disccovered the truth and I will admit that Revis totally got me with the ending. I had no idea about the big twist/surprise and I’m glad. I get tired of figuring out plots before getting even half way through the book. This was a great refresher for me and the fact that I loved it and it was scifi just adds to the beauty of this book.

The romance wasn’t the center of the book, in fact, there wasn’t much at all, but what little there was really worked. It didn’t seem forced and the relationship at the end made me want to read more about what happens. The mystery revolving around the Godspeed and its dark secret kept me completely hooked.

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This book was enchanting, set in a futuristic society in space. The mystery itself should be enough to get you to read this book. If not, then the whimsical way Beth Revis writes and the story defintiely will. I adored this book and recommend it to anyone who wants a different style of reading or for the scifi lovers. 5 out of 5 stars.


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