Hype or Like Friday: All’s Fair in War and Magic: Magical recommendations

Happy Friday everyone,

Here is another Hype or Like Friday, the theme for June is All’s Fair in War and Magic

And the Book of the Month is:

Hype or Like Friday is a meme created by Jillian, Larkin, and Britt to discuss about hyped books and see if they’re hyped up or not. There would be book of the month that you can read, and the post your review for it on the end of the month, then rate it whether it’s a hype it or like it.
June 16th – Magical Recommendations… What fantasy books do you recommend that revolve around magic?

A Darker Shade of Magic by: V.E. Schwab

I am two books into this series and I love it so far. The idea of different London’s is amazing. Kell and Lila are some of my favorite characters. I also can’t wait to finish the series with A Conjuring of Light.

The Heir Chronicles by Cinda Williams Chima

A sort of underrated series its a magical world set within a modern setting, I am about the read the third book and I am loving it so far.

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

One of my favorite books I have read this year. I also love the magical world it is set in. Safi is one of my favorite female characters, and even the supporting cast is really good.

Falling Kingdoms by: Morgan Rhodes

While many are very split about the Falling Kingdoms series, I actually kinda like. While it may come across as Game of Thrones lite it does however get better as the books go along.

The Young Elites series by: Marie Lu

By one of my favorite authors, it deals with a young girl journey into villainy. The magic is sort of seen as a mutation and those with it would be arrested. While the final book was just okay, it is still a great trilogy.

Those are my magical recommendations. Do you have any magical recommendations? Let me know in the comments below.

The Midnight Star by Marie Lu (Spoiler free)

Summary:
Adelina Amouteru is done suffering. She’s turned her back on those who have betrayed her and achieved the ultimate revenge: victory. Her reign as the White Wolf has been a triumphant one, but with each conquest her cruelty only grows. The darkness within her has begun to spiral out of control, threatening to destroy all that she’s achieved.

Adelina’s forced to revisit old wounds when a new danger appears, putting not only Adelina at risk, but every Elite and the very world they live in. In order to save herself and preserve her empire, Adelina and her Roses must join the Daggers on a perilous quest—though this uneasy alliance may prove to be the real danger.

Bestselling author Marie Lu concludes Adelina’s story with this haunting and hypnotizing final installment to the Young Elites series. 

The Review:

This book was one of my most anticipated reads, because I was a fan of the first two books and Marie Lu’s Legend trilogy. I actually really enjoyed this book and it felt like a very quick read.

The book picks up with Adelina conquering lands and imposing new rules for those lands  by giving more rights to the Malfettos, and is even willing to kill those who disobey her. You could really feel that she was going more darker and she is not the same Adelina that she was in the first book.She is seriously one of the best characters I have read. Maybe because we don’t see a lot of anti-heroes in YA and I applaud Marie Lu for creating a good anti-hero that could still be likable in a way.

I just wish that you got to see her be Queen a bit longer because about a third into the book she is forced to help the Daggers again. I liked that the Daggers were mostly playing a reactionary role to Adelina’s misdeeds. I would have liked to have seen more development with Raffeale and Enzo because I actually did like them in the series. I also really loved Adelina’s romance with Magiano. Marie Lu knows how to develop a good romance without the drama you see in other YA books.

While I did feel that the ending was very well-written, I also felt that the book should have been at least 100 more pages. Mainly because I wanted to see some loose ends tied up and it could have made for a better conclusion, rather than seeing some things wrapped up a bit too quickly (I will be going more in depth with the ending in my spoiler-filled review).

But I will say is that Marie Lu knows how to write a good sibling relationship. You could tell that Violetta was Adelina’s center and kept her human and in spite of all of the things Adelina’s has done she still really loves her sister.

In the end The Midnight Star was a good conslusion to a great trilogy, while it was a bit weaker than the other two books, I still enjoyed the series and I want to see what other books Marie Lu has to offer.

Also sorry for the vague review. I didn’t want to spoil anything. Look out this week for a spoiler filled review.

Grade: 3.8/5

All the Series EVER (Read, Reading, To Read) Tag

Happy Sunday everyone,

It has been a long time since I did a tag post and I saw this on Donna at  Cholatenwaffles, and thought I should give it a go. This tag was created by Fadwa at Word Wonders.

I like that this tag will tackle book series that I have finished or will be finishing and also go over my favorites.

Series that I have finished.

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

Overall rating: 5/5

One of my favorites. Love this series so much. A great mix of fairy tale retelling with science fiction.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Overall rating: 4/5

One of my favorite trilogies, with Katniss being one of my favorite characters. I love the world it is set in, and is one of my favorite dystopians.

Legend Trilogy by Marie Lu

Overall rating: 4/5

Another great dystopian series. Love both characters of Day and June. While I felt the ending was off it was still an amazing series.

Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth

Overall rating: 3/5

While I really loved the first book, and second book was pretty good as well, it was the third book that fell off, and I am not talking about the ending. It was a series I felt that was getting weaker.

The Maze Runner trilogy by James Dashner

Overall rating: 3.5/5

I actually really liked this series. I know it has its problems, but I loved the characters and how they interacted with one another.

The Darkest Minds trilogy by: Alexandra Bracken

Overall rating: 3/5

I thought this series was good but overrated. I liked the concept of kids with powers but I didn’t really feel that the powers connected with the story and I also felt that the powers were not clearly defined.

Harry Potter Series by JK Rowling

Overall rating: 5/5

I know, I know. But I love this series so much. What more than I can say.

Series I am currently reading:

The Young Elites trilogy by: Marie Lu

I loved her Legend trilogy and so far this series is amazing. Can’t wait for the last series to see how it ends.

Red Rising Trilogy by Pierce Brown

I recently finished the first book and loved it, and kicking myself into wondering how I didn’t read this series earlier.

An Ember in the Ashes series by Sabaa Tahir:

I loved both of these books. This is one of my new favorite series. I can’t wait to see what happens next.

Throne of Glass/ A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas.

After seeing most of my blogger friends reading both of these series, I decided to start reading them, and I like them both. I am on Queen of Shadows right now and I really like this series so far.

Six of Crows duo-logy by: Leigh Bardugo

I wasn’t a fan of her Grisha trilogy, but Six of Crows blew me away and I loved it. Can’t wait for Crooked Kingdom.

Books to be read:

Labyrinth Lost by: Zoraida Cordova

The premise looks amazing and I like to see more diverse authors coming into YA

And I Darken by Kiersten White

I am usually not a cover person, but the cover looks great, and I have heard some good things about the book so far.

There is my tag list. Is there any other books or series I should read? Let me know in the comments below.

I also Tag:

Alex at Young at Heart

Megan at Book Slayer Reads

Aria at What Aria Loves

Jillian at Rant and Rave Books

And also YOU. If you are reading this consider yourself tagged.

Have a good one.

The Rose Society by Marie Lu (The Young Elites #2)

Summary: 

Once upon a time, a girl had a father, a prince, a society of friends. Then they betrayed her, and she destroyed them all.

Adelina Amouteru’s heart has suffered at the hands of both family and friends, turning her down the bitter path of revenge. Now known and feared as the White Wolf, she flees Kenettra with her sister to find other Young Elites in the hopes of building her own army of allies. Her goal: to strike down the Inquisition Axis, the white-cloaked soldiers who nearly killed her.

But Adelina is no heroine. Her powers, fed only by fear and hate, have started to grow beyond her control. She does not trust her newfound Elite friends. Teren Santoro, leader of the Inquisition, wants her dead. And her former friends, Raffaele and the Dagger Society, want to stop her thirst for vengeance. Adelina struggles to cling to the good within her. But how can someone be good when her very existence depends on darkness?

The Review:

This book was so draining in the best way possible. I honestly believe that Adeline is one of my favorite characters, mainly because she is an anti-hero and despite all the bad things she has done you kinda understand why she does it. If I would describe her as a younger version of Cersei, who is willing to do everything to get what she wants and not let anyone stand in her way.

This book also introduced new characters, Sergei and Magiano. I like Magiano, he had a better arc to him than what Enzo had and while there was a romance between him and Adelina it was well developed and it wasn’t the primary focus of the book, but I don’t know if it will last for long.

While in my Young Elites review I felt Teran was not as developed, this book is where I see his development coming in as an antagonist and I loved the confrontation between him and Adelina.

I also liked that Adelina was basically fighting a war on two fronts with Teran trying to kill her and Raffaele, along with the Elites trying to stop her from losing control of her power.

There is so much that happened in this book and I really don’t want to give away too much, but let me just tell you that there is a wham line that closes the book and makes you want to read the next book. It almost reminded me of Defying Gravity from Wicked, if you seen the musical you know what I am talking about.

This book was an amazing follow up to The Young Elites and dived further into Adelina’s descent into darkness.

Grade: 4/5

 

Hype or Like Friday: Favorite Fantasy Novels

Happy Friday all,

Hype or Like Friday is a meme created by Jillian, Larkin, and Britt to discuss about hyped books and see if they’re hyped up or not. There would be book of the month that you can read, and the post your review for it on the end of the month, then rate it whether it’s a hype it or like it.

For this weeks Hype or Like Friday, it is favorite fantasy novels. I love fantasy novels, especially ones that transports you to a different world where you would love to live in.

Here are my favorites:

A Song of Ice and Fire by George RR Martin

I got into the series after watching the first season of Game of Thrones, and since I was very impatient and couldn’t wait a year for the second season, I decided to start reading the book, and loved the series.

The Heir Chronicles by Cinda Willaims Chima

This is a series I recently got into after many recommendations from friends and fellow bloggers. I like that it is still set in the modern world and still does a good job on handling the fantasy elements. I love the all the characters, and it reminds me a lot of Percy Jackson meets Harry Potter.

The Young Elites by Marie Lu

I was originally was a fan of her Legend series and I was surprised that her follow up series is a a fantasy series, since Legend was a a dystopian. I instantly loved the first book and I currently reading the Rose Society and love what I am reading. Adelina is one of my favorite characters despite all what she has done. She is a great anti-hero, and I love how Marie Lu is creating a persons descent into villainy.

Harry Potter series by JK Rowling

The one that started it all. I know its redundant but the Harry Potter series is amazing, and got me into reading. I love everything about this series. At 11 years old I wanted to go to Hogwarts, that’s how much I love the series.

Those are my favorites. Let me know what yours are.

The Young Elites by Marie Lu

Summary: 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.

My Review: After reading Marie Lu’s Legend Trilogy, I was excited that she is writing another series and instead of writing another dystopian novel, she goes for the high fantasy genre, and I am impressed with what she has written so far. She also explains that this series is  a journey from hero to villain.

Adelina is what I wanted Cealena from Throne of Glass to be. While she does start off as a protagonist I like that she always had a dark side to her, especially after what her father does to her. I feel that her only center is her sister Violetta, and how she has to do whatever it takes to protect even if that means working for Teren and reporting the activities of the Young Elites to him. As the book goes on you see her decent into darkness after what happens to her, and you really feel for her after all the things she does.

I think Enzo and Teren should have been a bit more developed. I know they had a few POV chapters, but I would have like to have seen more from them and also develop the other Young Elite members.

I also felt the book started off a little slow, and I know it is high fantasy so the world building does take time to adjust, but once the story actually picks up, then the book starts becoming good. Seeing some of the abilities that the Young Elites have and seeing how sometimes emotions can tie into their powers. If I were to describe the story it would be Xmen set within a high fantasy universe.

In the end I think this was a strong start to hopefully a good series and that Marie Lu doesn’t disappoint.

Grade: 3.9/5