Sunday, July 26, 2015

Review of Illusions of Fate by Kiersten White

Title : Illusions of Fate

Author : Kiersten White

Series : Standalone

Genre : Fantasy

Publication date : September 9th, 2014

My rating : 4.5 out of 5 stars " almost perfect "

Note : I own a copy of this book ( ebook )




 Blurb ( from goodreads ) : 

“I did my best to keep you from crossing paths with this world. And I shall do my best to protect you now that you have.”

Jessamin has been an outcast since she moved from her island home of Melei to the dreary country of Albion. Everything changes when she meets Finn, a gorgeous, enigmatic young lord who introduces her to the secret world of Albion’s nobility, a world that has everything Jessamin doesn’t—power, money, status…and magic. But Finn has secrets of his own, dangerous secrets that the vicious Lord Downpike will do anything to possess. Unless Jessamin, armed only with her wits and her determination, can stop him.



My opinion :

I must admit, I got interested in this book because of the cover ( let's just face it, it's gorgeous ), it was so beautiful that I couldn't resist. I was also drawn by the description later because oh well who doesn't like magic right ? I was eager to read it and I am glad that I did because I wasn't dissapointed at all, I absolutely loved it. It doesn't look on the cover and it is not mentionned in the description but it does have a historical feel. 

What I liked :

Let's see, from where do I start ? There were so many things I liked about this book starting with the characters. I instantly loved Jessamin, she is fun and smart and I loved being in her head. Then there is Finn, "dashing" Finn, I grew quite fond of him as the story progressed and I absolutely adored his relationship with Jessamin. Jessamin and Finn were absolutely adorable, I loved them ! 
The story was very interesting : magic mixed with real world ( everyone likes that right ?!!? ). Anyways, this book was a mix of everything I like, magic, romance, emotions, humour, entertaining and not to mention that it is beautifully written.


What I didn't like :

Just a tiny thing : I felt that there wasn't enough characters and that the story was only centered on four characters and thus, we  don't get to see  much of the secondary characters. Not a big deal to me but it was quite disappointing.


Conclusion :

A book that I enjoyed very much. I was a little bit dissapointed though that there wasn't a sequel, but oh well, I got my happy ending so I'm happy ^__^ ! 


Recommend it : To everyone who is looking for something entertaining.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Review The Young Elites by Marie Lu

Title : The Young Elites

Author : Marie Lu

Series : The Young Elites #1

Genre : Fantasy

Publication date : October 7th, 2014

My rating : 5 out of 5 stars " Perfect "

Note : I own a copy of this book ( ebook )




Synopsis ( from amazon ) :

I am tired of being used, hurt, and cast aside.

Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever. A decade ago, the deadly illness swept through her nation. Most of the infected perished, while many of the children who survived were left with strange markings. Adelina’s black hair turned silver, her lashes went pale, and now she has only a jagged scar where her left eye once was. Her cruel father believes she is a malfetto, an abomination, ruining their family’s good name and standing in the way of their fortune. But some of the fever’s survivors are rumored to possess more than just scars—they are believed to have mysterious and powerful gifts, and though their identities remain secret, they have come to be called the Young Elites.

Teren Santoro works for the king. As Leader of the Inquisition Axis, it is his job to seek out the Young Elites, to destroy them before they destroy the nation. He believes the Young Elites to be dangerous and vengeful, but it’s Teren who may possess the darkest secret of all.

Enzo Valenciano is a member of the Dagger Society. This secret sect of Young Elites seeks out others like them before the Inquisition Axis can. But when the Daggers find Adelina, they discover someone with powers like they’ve never seen.

Adelina wants to believe Enzo is on her side, and that Teren is the true enemy. But the lives of these three will collide in unexpected ways, as each fights a very different and personal battle. But of one thing they are all certain: Adelina has abilities that shouldn’t belong in this world. A vengeful blackness in her heart. And a desire to destroy all who dare to cross her.

It is my turn to use. My turn to hurt.

My opinion : 

I first read this book when it came out and didn't got the time to review it. Sooo, I decided to re-read it now that I'm on holidays and write a review just to show people how awesome this book was !! 
Honestly, I give 3 stars and 4 stars quiet easily, but 5 stars, for me, a book has to deserve it, and this one, trust me, totally did. 
I confess, I wasn't expecting much when I first decided to read it, I had just read a review of a friend who was litterally  praising it ! And curious as I am, I thought why not give it a shot! And when I did, I was so eager to know what was going to happen next I couldn't put it down and I didn't want to eat...ok now I'm a bit exagerating...
But seriously, throughout the whole book I was like this : 



What I liked : 

I didn't like everything, I loved everything.
But I do believe that what I enjoyed most about this book was the fact that the main characters are no super-heroes. Adelina's not a saint, she's not like the usual protagonist all nice and pretty, fighting the bad, who always makes good choices and...well you got the idea...! But it's not just Adelina, I loved all the other characters and I have to say that Adelina and Enzo are definitely my favorite ones. Not to mention Raffaele, a male courtesan, so uncommon....he's great! 
And then, there is the italian touch...bellissimo.

What Ididn't like :

Although some say that it has its flaws, I seriously didn't find any...for me, the book is freaking flawless !!

Conclusion : 

Definitely one of my favorites. I would love to see this made in to a movie, how great would that be ?! 
Besides that, I can't wait to see what happens next. 

Recommend it : I do believe everyone would love this, so I say everyone should read it !

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Review of Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma





Title : Forbidden

Author : Tabitha Suzuma

Series : Standalone

Genre : YA-Romance

Publication date : May 1st 2010

My Rating : 3out of 5 stars " Good "

Note : I own a copy of this book ( ebook )





Blurb ( from amazon ) :
She is pretty and talented - sweet sixteen and never been kissed.
He is seventeen; gorgeous and on the brink of a bright future.
And now they have fallen in love.
But . . .
They are brother and sister.

My opinion : 
I had high hopes for this book! I was actually hoping that I would rate it 5 stars at the end, but nope, didn't happen. Why you may ask, and you're right to ask! So, let me explain myself...well if I can.
First of all, the whole brother-sister incest thing was, how can I say this, boring ? Oh no, annoying would be the perfect word. It's a book about incest and sane people don't support it, I know, I know, besides I knew it was about incest when I bought it ( it's not like it's not written in the blurb...). My point is, it wasn't the incest thing that was annoying but how it was expressed. Lochan and Maya were the problem for me. They should have just accepted it and moved on ( I know it's not easy but it's better than trying to avoid it...), they should have lived their lives together in secret instead of rejecting themselves ( which happened often...). That's what they eventually do but by the time it gets too late.

What I liked : 
The background story. I thought that it was touching, the whole "messed up family" thing. A father who slowly abandonned them, an alcoholic absent mother who only cares about herself ( yep, unfortunately these kind of mothers do exist...) 
I also read a bunch of reviews about this and they were all praising the writting, how it was good and stuff. To my surprise, I didn't find the writing that good, it wasn't bad of course but, let's just say it was enjoyable.

What I didn't like : 
Lochan. Does he ever stop crying ? He has a social phobia and I totally respect that and I can even understand it ( being myself shy, not same though but oh well...), but oh God just stop crying would you ?! I know that he is in a bad situation but so is Maya, and yet she doesn't cry as much as he does. He's eighteen for God's sake, he's the eldest and he is supposed to support the others and be strong, but no, everytime that something happens : he cries! I did feel sorry for him though, especially in the end. 
What also got on my nerves was Maya's " I love him so much, it hurts " thing. I think she repeated that like what...five, six times ? Or even more. We got it, it "hurts".

Conclusion : 
Not one of the greatest books I've read but I guess it was good enough since I managed to finish it. Not what I was expecting but I'm actually glad that I did read it.

Recommend it : I don't know, to people who like forbidden loves, tragic endings and all that stuff.  


Saturday, July 11, 2015

****INFO****



Hey guys ! It's been a while, I know...sorry.
Well, first of all I have been gone for a long time, but that doesn't mean that I have abandoned my blog or reading. I have just been busy with school and all that exams that suck the life out of you, which means that I didn't got the time to write proper reviews or even take care of my blog.
Well I have some good news now...it's holidays, which means : no school, no homework and...no exams *yeay*
Anyway, I have recently read some books that I would like to review, so, I will publish a review of Tabitha Suzuma's Forbidden tomorrow! :)
I will publish two reviews on the weekend during these holidays, so...stay tuned ^_^!!


Hoping that you can forgive me...
xoxo