16 03, 2016

Review: RUIN AND RISING by Leigh Bardugo

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Review: RUIN AND RISING by Leigh BardugoRuin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo
Series: The Grisha #3
Also in this series: Shadow and Bone, Siege and Storm
Published by Macmillan on June 17th 2014
Pages: 432
Genres: Young Adult, Action & Adventure, General, Fairy Tales & Folklore, Fantasy & Magic, Monsters
Also by this author: Six of Crows, Shadow and Bone, Siege and Storm
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The capital has fallen. The Darkling rules Ravka from his shadow throne.
Now the nation's fate rests with a broken Sun Summoner, a disgraced tracker, and the shattered remnants of a once-great magical army.
Deep in an ancient network of tunnels and caverns, a weakened Alina must submit to the dubious protection of the Apparat and the zealots who worship her as a Saint. Yet her plans lie elsewhere, with the hunt for the elusive firebird and the hope that an outlaw prince still survives.
Alina will have to forge new alliances and put aside old rivalries as she and Mal race to find the last of Morozova's amplifiers. But as she begins to unravel the Darkling's secrets, she reveals a past that will forever alter her understanding of the bond they share and the power she wields. The firebird is the one thing that stands between Ravka and destruction—and claiming it could cost Alina the very future she's fighting for.
Ruin and Rising is the thrilling final installment in Leigh Bardugo's Grisha Trilogy.

This book destroyed me. I should just leave it at that, but I realize you might be wondering if it was in a good or a bad way. Ruin and Rising is the final book the The Grisha Trilogy, and it had a lot to follow up to. I LOVED Shadow and Bone […]

11 03, 2016

Review: SIEGE AND STORM by Leigh Bardugo

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Review: SIEGE AND STORM by Leigh BardugoSiege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
Series: The Grisha #2
Also in this series: Shadow and Bone, Ruin and Rising
Published by Square Fish on June 17th 2014
Pages: 496
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy & Magic, Fairy Tales & Folklore, General
Also by this author: Six of Crows, Shadow and Bone, Ruin and Rising
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Darkness never dies.
Hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina must try to make a life with Mal in an unfamiliar land, all while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. But she can't outrun her past or her destiny for long. The Darkling has emerged from the Shadow Fold with a terrifying new power and a dangerous plan that will test the very boundaries of the natural world. With the help of a notorious privateer, Alina returns to the country she abandoned, determined to fight the forces gathering against Ravka. But as her power grows, Alina slips deeper into the Darkling's game of forbidden magic, and farther away from Mal. Somehow, she will have to choose between her country, her power, and the love she always thought would guide her--or risk losing everything to the oncoming storm. Siege and Storm is the second book in The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo.

Siege and Storm is an action packed follow-up to Shadow and Bone. I can’t say enough about how much I LOVE this series. I pretty much read this entire book in one day. Siege and Storm picks up right where Shadow and Bone left off. The reader is given more details about this […]

9 03, 2016

Review: SHADOW AND BONE by Leigh Bardugo

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Review: SHADOW AND BONE by Leigh BardugoShadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
Series: The Grisha #1
Also in this series: Siege and Storm, Ruin and Rising
Published by Macmillan on May 7th 2013
Pages: 416
Genres: Young Adult, Action & Adventure, Fairy Tales & Folklore, Fantasy & Magic
Also by this author: Six of Crows, Siege and Storm, Ruin and Rising
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Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.

Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.
Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha . . . and the secrets of her heart.

Shadow and Bone is the first installment in Leigh Bardugo's Grisha Trilogy.

Wow, wow WOW! I am just gonna flail and simultaneously flog myself for not picking this up the second it arrived in my mailbox. This book is what fantasy is all about. It had romance, it had a fantastical world with powerful characters. I laughed out loud and swooned, then I cried a […]

14 08, 2015

BEAUTIFUL GIRL by Fleur Philips

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BEAUTIFUL GIRL by Fleur Philips

BEAUTIFUL GIRL by Fleur PhilipsBeautiful Girl by Fleur Philips
Published by Sparkpress on June 9th 2015
Pages: 150
Genres: Young Adult
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Seventeen-year-old Melanie Kennicut is beautiful. Her entire life revolves around this beauty because her overly controlling mother has been dragging her to casting calls and auditions since she was four years old. According to Joanne Kennicut, Melanie was born to follow in her footsteps. But Melanie never wanted this life. When a freak car accident leaves her with facial lacerations that will require plastic surgery, she can't help but wonder if this is the answer to her prayers. For the first time in her life, she has a chance to live like a normal teenager at least for a little while away from the photo shoots and movie sets that have dominated her entire existence. But after Melanie allows her best friend to come to the house to see her, Joanne decides to hide her daughter in Montana for the remainder of the summer. There, Melanie won't be seen by anyone they know, and her face will heal in time for the scheduled surgery in late August. Joanne s plan backfires, however, when Melanie meets Sam, a Native American boy hired by the home's owner to tend to the property. Sam is nothing like the Hollywood boys Melanie knows he's poor, his father's a drunk who possesses a bizarre gift inherited from a Kootenai Shaman, and his only brother disappeared into the mountains after the death of their mother eight years before. What transpires over a mere 36 hours after Sam and Melanie meet changes both of their lives in ways they never thought possible."

The book beautiful girl is about seventeen year old aspiring model and actress named Melanie. She hates her life of plastic, she hates how her mom has forced this way of life on her, she hates how her only friend (WHO IS A HORRIBLE PERSON) Clarissa treats her, and most of all she […]

7 08, 2015

BEAR WITNESS by Melissa Clark

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BEAR WITNESS by Melissa Clark

BEAR WITNESS by Melissa ClarkBear Witness by Melissa Clark
Published by Sparkpress on April 7th 2015
Pages: 141
Genres: Fiction, General, Young Adult, Girls & Women, Law & Crime, Social Issues
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What if you witnessed the kidnapping of your best friend? This is when life changed for 12-year old Paige Bellen. Just three years after her friend Robin s kidnapping and murder, Paige is expected to continue on with life as usual. Now, with her closest friend out of the country, a messy relationship with Robin s boyfriend, and a family that handles her with kid gloves, Paige isn t sure if she ll ever be able to move forward in life. "Bear Witness" explores the aftermath of a crime in a small community and what it means when tragedy colors the experience of being a young adult."

The book Bear Witness is an incredibly fast read. It is only 141 pages and I read it in one sitting. It only took me two-three hours of my life, and afterwards I felt like I had just been through a traumatic event. I felt like I needed a hug. Paige’s friend Robin […]

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