Review: The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air #1) – Holly Black


The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air #1) – Holly Black

The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air, #1)

Title: The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air #1)

Author: Holly Black

Release Date: January 2, 2018

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 384

Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.

And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.

Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.

4 out of 5 stars


I knew that I was going to love this book and I’m so glad I picked it up this month!

The Cruel Prince follows a girl named Jude who is mortal and living in Faerie. Her mortal mother used to be married to a faerie but then ran away while pregnant with her older sister, Vivienne. Jude has a twin named Taryn, and at the age of 7, the ex-husband faerie comes and kills the girls’ parents and steals them away to live in Faerie. The three girls grow up as members of the court as their “father” is an important member of the Faerie society. All Jude wants is to be a knight of the faeries, but being mortal sets her back from this. She has to deal with the school bullies who just so happen to be led by one of the princes…

This book was really great! THE PLOT TWISTS. Oh my gosh I literally did not see them coming at all.

I think this is a great fantasy to read if you’re just getting into fantasy because it isn’t too difficult to understand, and even though there are multiple mini storylines, its easy to follow. The world building of this book was beautiful and I can see why people call Holly Black the master of the fae world. I read The Darkest Part of the Forest quite awhile ago, but I’m even more impressed with the world building and characters in this one.

This book is dedicated to Cassandra Clare. Omg.

For Cassandra Clare, who was finally lured into Faerieland.

ugh too cute. I love when authors are best friends cause CUTE.

I can’t wait to see where this series goes because there are SO MANY ROUTES IT COULD TAKE. I am HERE for Prince Cardan. I loved him right away even though he was being horrible to Jude because I knew that there was going to be something about him… I was right.

Prince Cardan is just so…. unique. He is cruel *thee cruel prince? hmm idk* to Jude, but there’s something different about him that I noticed right away. I can’t exactly put my finger on it because it wasn’t just one moment, but I knew that he would become a main character.

Jude is headstrong and knows what she wants, so when she starts getting distracted by the beautiful faerie boys. Girl, I knew that was going to end badly.

I have so many theories of what could happen in the next books and you’ll have to watch my YouTube review that will be going up soon!

Review: Turtles All the Way Down – John Green


Turtles All the Way Down – John Green

Turtles All the Way Down

Title: Turtles All the Way Down

Author: John Green

Release Date: October 10, 2017

Publisher: Dutton Books

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 304

Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett’s son, Davis. Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts. In his long-awaited return, John Green, the acclaimed, award-winning author of Looking for Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars, shares Aza’s story with shattering, unflinching clarity in this brilliant novel of love, resilience, and the power of lifelong friendship.

5 out of 5 stars


I don’t know why this book took me so long to pick up because I knew that I was going to love it. I had no idea that I was going to love it this much, though!

Turtles All the Way Down follows Aza who is living with OCD and anxiety. The book opens with her sitting at her lunch table with her friends and she is obsessively thinking about the microbiome in her gut and how more than half of her is made up of bacterial cells. She keeps spiraling through questions and answers in her head until she reverts back to her nervous habit; she pokes her thumb fingernail through the callused skin on her middle finger. She removes the band-aid, washes her hands, applies hand sanitizer to the wound, then puts on a new band-aid. All this just to ensure that she won’t get infected and then get a disease.

This is just one example of how Aza is having to live with the mental illness of OCD. She obsesses over thoughts that spiral forever in her mind. She can’t stop thinking, and is constantly in her own head. News gets out about a billionaire who left his family to escape a bad business scam. Aza knows the son of said billionaire, and her best friend Daisy convinces her to let them go and talk to the boy, Davis.

Aza hasn’t talked to Davis since they attended a summer camp back in middle school, so she’s worried about how he will react. She doesn’t want him to think the only reason they’re going to talk to him is because of the money, but she doesn’t know how to make conversation, and she’s anxious about the whole concept. The two girls go, and Aza is reminded of the crush she had on Davis way back when…

Seriously this book was amazing. Anxiety was represented perfectly in this book and I could relate to so many of the scenes in this book. I don’t have OCD, but I know that this is an own voices novel as John Green has OCD, so I’m fairly positive that it was also accurately represented.

Sometimes John Green’s characters can seem a little too quirky, but I found that all the characters were unique, but not unrealistic. I loved the relationships in this book. I really enjoyed Aza and Daisy’s friendship because they were so different. I actually really enjoyed the conflict between them because it brought to light how hard being best friends with someone actually is.

My favorite relationship in this book was between Aza and Davis. The book mainly focused on their relationship, and I appreciated that it felt real. My wonderful mother has told me many times that sometimes the best friendships are only for a certain season in your life and that that is completely acceptable and great. I think that this friendship/relationship between Aza and Davis was perfectly timed for the both of them, but wasn’t destined to last. Aza needed someone in her life and Davis was extremely lonely and needed someone who could listen and understand him. This relationship was for only a season of life, but benefited both of them so much that it’s impossible to be angry at the outcome of the relationship.

SPOILERS:

I loved the ending of this book because it was so beautifully crafted. I loved that Aza and Davis didn’t end up trying to make the relationship work even though he was moving away. I love that they let it end naturally and on great terms. The last two pages made my heart MELT because they were so perfectly written. The fact that he left her the painting that she loved and even though they weren’t together she kept it with her and became a fully functioning adult it was just so cute. The ending was beautiful and I may or may not have read the last two pages a few times :)

END OF SPOILERS

I really loved this book and I think anyone who hasn’t read it really should. The way that John Green portrayed the stream of consciousness was perfect and made you really feel like you were in the mind of Aza. This REALLY makes me want to read all the rest of his books *that I haven’t read.*

I love that the book is called Turtles All the Way Down and that the reason is because Daisy tells Aza the story her mom used to tell her. I like the story of it just being turtles all the way down.

Great book. Highly recommend. I pretty much read it in a day :)

Review: The Diviners (The Diviners #1) – Libba Bray


The Diviners (The Diviners #1) – Libba Bray

The Diviners (The Diviners, #1)

Title: The Diviners (The Diviners #1)

Author: Libba Bray

Release Date: September 18, 2012

Publisher: Little, Brown Books

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 578

Evangeline O’Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City–and she is ecstatic. It’s 1926, and New York is filled with speakeasies, Ziegfeld girls, and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is that she has to live with her uncle Will and his unhealthy obsession with the occult. Evie worries he’ll discover her darkest secret: a supernatural power that has only brought her trouble so far.

When the police find a murdered girl branded with a cryptic symbol and Will is called to the scene, Evie realizes her gift could help catch a serial killer. As Evie jumps headlong into a dance with a murderer, other stories unfurl in the city that never sleeps. And unknown to all, something dark and evil has awakened….

4 out of 5 stars


This book took me forever to read, but I’m SO GLAD I read it!

The Diviners follows Evie O’Neill as she goes to live with her uncle Will in New York. Her parents send her there from their small town in Ohio because she told everyone at a party a truth about a wealthy family’s son. Evie is ‘too much’ for her small Ohio town and is excited to see where her adventures in NYC take her, when all of the sudden she and her uncle get involved in a murder mystery case. Evie has powers but has never been able to talk about them to anyone, but maybe she can confide in her uncle…

This was such an interesting read! I do think that it was quite long, but it was totally worth it. The characters in this book are so well crafted; they’re all unique and fun to read about. The mysteries keep you on your toes, and this made me want to travel to NYC!

Evie is so spunky and fun and is the epitome of a flapper girl. She loves partying and dancing and being unapologetically her, which she can do in New York. She’s much better fitted to a big city than to a small Ohio town.

The mysteries were so cool and the way that the story played out was amazing. In the book there was this Pentacle Killer and he was killing in the order of some creepy religious text. So it follows Evie, uncle Will, Jericho, and Sam trying to figure out what is happening.

Evie is a Diviner, so she has a supernatural ability. She can see information about people by just holding an object that is important to someone. This adds a nice amount of mystery and paranormal to this story! She also wants to help catch the Pentacle Killer with this ability but no one knows. It’s just a whole lot of tiptoeing around people to keep her power a secret. It’s suspenseful and cool.

One of my FAVORITE tropes ever is hate to love, and that is being set up so so so well in this book. The first person Evie meets when she gets to New York is Sam Lloyd. He steals $20 from her at the train station and she freaks the freak out at him. He keeps popping up everywhere and then he gets a job at her uncle’s museum so he’s always around. He’s crushing crazy hard on her, but she’s oblivious to it, but it’s SO CUTE. I really hope that their relationship turns into something because it would be so cute.

This was a really great book and it followed a few different storylines and I think they’re all going to meet up in the next book and YAY! I’m so excited. Read this book!!

May Wrapup + June TBR


Read:

  1. Sula – Toni Morrison *review*
  2. i love this part – Tillie Walden *review*
  3. Obsidio (The Illuminae Files #3) – Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff *review*
  4. A Court of Frost and Starlight (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3.1) – Sarah J. Maas *review*
  5. REREAD City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments #2) – Cassandra Clare *review*
  6. Burn for Burn (Burn for Burn #1) – Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian *review*

TBR:

  1. The Diviners (The Diviners #1) – Libba Bray
  2. The Mystery of the Fire Dragon (Nancy Drew #38) – Carolyn Keene
  3. Ivy Introspective (The Chronicles of Alice and Ivy #2) – Kellyn Roth

Review: Burn for Burn (Burn for Burn #1) – Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian


Burn for Burn (Burn for Burn #1) – Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian

Burn for Burn (Burn for Burn, #1)

Title: Burn for Burn (Burn for Burn #1)

Author: Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian

Release Date: February 18, 2013

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 358

Payback is paradise in this start to a trilogy from “New York Times” bestselling author Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian.
Postcard-perfect Jar Island is home to charming tourist shops, pristine beaches, amazing oceanfront homes and three girls secretly plotting revenge.
KAT is sick and tired of being bullied by her former best friend.
LILLIA has always looked out for her little sister, so when she discovers that one of her guy friends has been secretly hooking up with her, she s going to put a stop to it.
MARY is perpetually haunted by a traumatic event from years past, and the boy who s responsible has yet to get what s coming to him.
None of the girls can act on their revenge fantasies alone without being suspected. But together anything is possible.
With an alliance in place, there will be no more I wish I d said or If I could go back and do things differently… These girls will show Jar Island that revenge is a dish best enjoyed together.

2 out of 5 stars


This book went so quickly, BUT it seemed so unnecessary to me.

Just a little background here. These three girls, who barely know each other, decide to take down their enemies randomly one day when they see one another in the school bathroom.

Lillia decides to take revenge on this guy named Alex who she saw her little sister with. She is best friends with him, but doesn’t actually ask him what was going on, she just assumed they were hooking up. She doesn’t get his side of the story and just decides to destroy his life…. seems…. valid? ehh not really.

Kat decides to take revenge on her ex best friend (lol at that even being said) because the ex friend, Rennie, kicked her out of the friend group at the beginning of high school. AKA three years ago. Yeah, Rennie was rude, but does it mean she needs to hurt her? ehhhhhhh probably not.

Finally the only (semi) valid need for revenge comes from Mary. Mary decides to take revenge on a super rude guy who bullied her to a suicide attempt. His name is Reeve. He was a backstabber who was her friend ONLY depending on the circumstance.

These three stories collide that day in the bathroom where they’re all upset about something. To make this more interesting, Lillia is friends with Alex, Reeve, and Rennie. So, Lillia is attacking her entire friend group, but she’s just okay with it without much thought…. okay.

The plan to get back at Alex is to make him unable to hook up with any girls ever again. Kat hooked up with him the summer before so she has some history. Anyway. So the first thing they decide to do is put something in his sunscreen that will make him SUPER sensitive to the sun. That’s just an evil move because it’s physically harming him. I had a problem with that because the girls seemed to have ABSOLUTELY NO MORALS, but you know. Teens these days.

So while they decide to go and destroy his skin, Lillia just gets “caught up in the moment” and she throws a rock through his SUV’s back window. This was kind of funny because this is so illegal! Destruction of property is not an adequate way to get revenge on someone for maybe possibly kissing a younger sister. I actually laughed when I read this because it was so childish. Then they decide to steal his journal/book of poetry and copy one of the poems to put up all over the school. Again, childish, but then they do it and Kat sets off the fire alarm blah blah. This sentence actually gets said: “They won’t find one, [meaning a fire] but Alex is going to get burned.”

Are you serious. That line was in the fricking book. It’s just so dumb it’s almost funny.

The whole book they’re getting back at Alex and he didn’t even do anything! It was all a huge misunderstanding which just makes it worse. Then the revenge for the other two takes place over the last 50ish pages. They decide to make sure Rennie doesn’t get homecoming queen, and they DRUG Reeve with ecstasy.

They drug him so he’ll get kicked off the football team. wha. They buy liquid ecstasy to put in his drink at the homecoming dance. He ends up falling off a stage and being possibly paralyzed, but the girls only talk about how they don’t want to get caught! Again with the whole no morals thing.

Also randomly Mary has some sort of supernatural abilities?

There were quite a few triggers in this book that should be prefaced. There was talk of suicide. Extreme bullying. And an unspoken about, but slightly mentioned eating disorder. These elements weren’t elaborated enough on to make a difference in the sense of explaining or saying they’re wrong and scary, but just mentioned so you know there are some imperfect parts about the girls.

I don’t think there was a lot of good in this book other than the fact that it read quickly. I finished it in a few days, and that’s the only reason I gave it 2 stars instead of 1. This characters in this book seemed too childish for it to be considered YA, but had too many difficult topics to be middle grade. This is NOT how high schoolers act, and if it is, there needs to be some serious talking about our society as a whole. I will not be continuing on with this series, but you’re welcome to give it a try lol.

REREAD Review: City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments #2) – Cassandra Clare


City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments #2) – Cassandra Clare

City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, #2)

Title: City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments #2)

Author: Cassandra Clare

Release Date: March 25, 2008

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 453

Clary Fray just wishes that her life would go back to normal. But what’s normal when you’re a demon-slaying Shadowhunter, your mother is in a magically induced coma, and you can suddenly see Downworlders like werewolves, vampires, and faeries? Clary would love to spend more time with her best friend, Simon. But the Shadowhunters won’t let her go–especially her handsome, infuriating newfound brother, Jace. And Clary’s only chance to help her mother is to track down rogue Shadowhunter Valentine, who is probably insane, certainly evil–and also her father. When the second of the Mortal Instruments os stolen, the terrifying Inquisitor suspects Jace. Could Jace really be willing to betray everything he believes in to help their father?

5 out of 5 stars


Here’s the thing. Rereads always take me a long time, but they always make me remember why I loved the book/series in the first place.

I love this series and I say this every single time I read or reread a Cassandra Clare book, but she’s my all time favorite author. I love everything she writes and will forever read everything she writes. The Mortal Instruments series/the Shadowhunter Chronicles are my favorite books and I love ALL of them.

City of Ashes starts off with Jace and Clary being hella awkward around each other because they both love each other but not in the sibling kind of way they’re supposed to. It’s tragic but also funny because I know that everything works out in the end. Lol to the first time I read this and was fine with them being siblings… ha. Anyway. They make everything awkward for everyone, but specifically Simon. Simon has been in love with Clary since the beginning of time blah blah but Clary loves him like a friend and brother, so when they start dating it isn’t what either of them thought it should or could be.

Simon is so sad and it breaks my heart every time because he loves Clary so much. He has always loved her so much, so it breaks his heart when he realizes that even though they’re dating, she will never love him the way he wants to be loved by her. The ending of this book really shows his great character because he tells her that he will always be there for her, but thinks she should find someone else. Aww. It’s so sad but so cute and it just hurts. Simon doesn’t like Jace automatically because he sees how he and Clary look at each other. The sexual tension is intense between Jace and Clary.

Jace is kind of unhealthily obsessed with Clary for a hot sec because he finally gets to kiss her in the Seelie Court, but then everyone is weirded out because OMG THEY’RE SIBLINGS EW. But Jace loves it. Clary loves it. But for some reason they just don’t tell each other that. Ugh. The ending breaks me EVERY TIME. Clary is about to tell Jace that she loves him because she does, then he wrecks it by being nice and selfless and telling her he’s fine with them just living their lives like siblings. Clary is crushed because she finally worked up the courage. Honestly.

I love Luke, and forgot how much I loved his conversation with Clary at the end of the book talking about how he’s in love with Jocelyn. Clary hints to him that she’s fine with their relationship and wants them both to be happy, and then he actually gives her some insight into what happened. Luke offered to marry Jocelyn but didn’t actually tell her that he loved her. She thought it was just out of pity, so she said no. But he’s been in love with for forever and it’s so cute and tragic but cute omg. So Clary tells Luke that he needs to tell Jocelyn that he’s in love with her and it’s just a cute moment.

Jace letting Simon drink his blood on the ship so he didn’t actually die… I’m sure there’s some fanfic about that lol. I like this scene because Jace did it for Clary. And Simon, but he knew how broken Clary would be if Simon died. So he let Simon drink his blood to regenerate himself. Oh yeah, Simon is a vampire now.

THE MALEC RELATIONSHIP IS STARTING AND I’M HERE FOR IT. Alec and Magnus are my favorite couple from the Mortal Instruments. And Simon and Isabelle, but that’s coming up don’t you worry. I love Alec even when he’s in the closet still because he just wants to be happy. He’s been in love with Jace since forever but doesn’t want to tell anyone. Clary and Isabelle are the only ones who know that he’s gay and I just can’t even imagine what that would be like. Especially for him because he’s in love with his parabatai and gay Shadowhunters are shunned. It just makes me sad but all will be well soon enough.

Sorry. SO RAMBLY. But I can’t help it. I just fangirl over literally every aspect in this book. I get something new out of my rereads of this series every time and love that I find new things spread around. Especially little hints that were impossible to catch if you hadn’t already read the series. Cassandra Clare slays me so hard. My queen wow wow wow.

Series:

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments #1)

Review: Obsidio (The Illuminae Files #3) – Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff


Obsidio (The Illuminae Files #3) – Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Obsidio (The Illuminae Files, #3)

Title: Obsidio (The Illuminae Files #3)

Author: Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Release Date: March 13, 2018

Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 615

Source: Local Bookstore

Kady, Ezra, Hanna, and Nik narrowly escaped with their lives from the attacks on Heimdall station and now find themselves crammed with 2,000 refugees on the container ship, Mao. With the jump station destroyed and their resources scarce, the only option is to return to Kerenza—but who knows what they’ll find seven months after the invasion?

Meanwhile, Kady’s cousin, Asha, survived the initial BeiTech assault and has joined Kerenza’s ragtag underground resistance. When Rhys—an old flame from Asha’s past—reappears on Kerenza, the two find themselves on opposite sides of the conflict.

With time running out, a final battle will be waged on land and in space, heroes will fall, and hearts will be broken.

4 out of 5 stars


This series reminds me that I need to read sci-fi more often because I LOVED the science-y and space aspects to this book!

In Obsidio we follow the crew from Illuminae and Gemina as they come together to try and figure everything out that is going wrong for everyone. Update: a lot of bad things have happened. A lot of people have died, and it’s all because of BeiTech.

I found this book to be quite enjoyable and pretty easy to read. I’ve had crazy school work and finals are this week so that’s why it has taken me a little longer than it normally would, but I enjoyed this! I think it was a great conclusion to the series and I’m excited to read the new series they are writing together, too.

Finals week is not my friend right now because all I want to do is NOT STUDY. It’s my birthday tomorrow and I just REALLY don’t want to have a two hour test as a way of celebrating. It’s fine, I’ll be home by the end of the week. Anyway, back to the book lol

The only reason I didn’t give it 5 stars is because parts of it dragged for me. There were a LOT of the surveillance footage parts and those took longer to read, obviously, because it’s like a normal book page. I know, struggles of being a reader.

I liked the characters and I enjoyed the couples of this story. I was kind of confused because I thought two people died and then it was like ha jk nope they’re still happily alive. But it’s fine. I mean everyone gets to be happy.

I actually really liked reading about AIDAN because you don’t want to like him/it but he is pretty funny sometimes. I think it’s funny that he doesn’t understand the humor and sarcasm so he just gets confused all the time, but also has access to all of the information ever. It’s just an interesting dynamic.

I really liked that the whole series was set up to be what Kady and the rest of the gang sent out as their evidence that BeiTech was the enemy. I think that it’s a cool way to format the book and I found myself really intrigued with that idea.

I think this series is fun and would be a great way to get non-readers to read. I think the fun format would encourage middle schoolers/early teens to want to read without feeling forced. I kind of wish I would have listened to the audiobook because I’ve heard it’s really amazing, but I’m not about to spend money on it if my library doesn’t have it….

Highly recommend this series!

Series:

Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1)

Gemina (The Illuminae Files #2)