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The Bronze Key by Cassandra Clare & Holly Black | Review

Rating: ★★★★☆

Release Date: August 30th 2016

Pages: 256

Goodreads Review: here

Goodreads blurb:

Magic can save you.
Magic can kill you.

Students at the Magisterium are supposed to be safe. Under the watchful eyes of the mages, they are taught to use magic to bring order to a chaotic world.

But now the chaos is fighting back. Call, Tamara, and Aaron should be worrying about things like pop quizzes and magic contests. Instead, after the shocking death of one of their classmates, they must track down a sinister killer… and risk their own lives in the process.

As Call, Tamara, and Aaron discover, magic can only be as good as the person who wields it. In evil hands, it has the capacity to do immeasurable harm, unless it is stopped in time.

In this striking third book of Magisterium, bestselling authors Holly Black and Cassandra Clare present us with a school where anything, good or evil, can happen, and the only way to unlock the truth is to risk everything to find it.


R A M B L E

This review will probably be short because I am screaming still from this book. The Bronze Key by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare was dark. The previous two books seemed like child play when compared to this book and I am shocked. I am shocked that these two women are geniuses. I haven’t felt like my heart was being ripped out of my chest by a book in a long time, but these two authors manage to do it within 200 pages.


 P L O T 

Following the same characters we now know and love, The Bronze Key is a story about friendship, crushes and murder.

Wait, one of those seem out of place. Definitely the crushes.

Definitely the crushes.

Romance hasn’t been a big thing in this series, but it slowly starts to be introduced to the series as the characters are now 14 and undergoing puberty, I presume it’s not in the text. It was a bit disorientating to read about Callum’s feelings and I got confused in some aspects, which was the only thing that brought this book down a star because it was a perfect five.

It seems these kids can’t get a break though because this particular year someone wants to murder Callum. I get he’s annoying, but I’m not sure he exactly screams “murder me”. Apparently, he does though. Along the way the trio makes many discoveries they may wish they didn’t and suffer losses that will break them.


C  H A R A C T E R S 

I haven’t got a lot to say about the characters throughout this book. At least, not enough to make individual parts in this review like I usually do. Callum, Tamara and Aaron go through some series hardships in their Bronze Year at the Magisterium. Hardships no fourteen years should have to face. It is distressing, in a way, at what they do experience and the lack of adults who are willing to help.

The trio takes care of Havoc, while also never letting Callum out of their sight in fear the murderer will strike when they do. The character growth throughout this book was beautiful, but also hilarious in some aspects. Mainly the introduction of romance that I mentioned previously.

I’m beyond excited to see how the trio grows in the future books. I can’t believe I waited so long to pick up this series.


O V E R A L L 

Overall, Cassandra Clare and Holly Black did it again. They managed to have me crying late in the night over their unexpected twists and unflinching way to execute a story. I am beyond excited for the release of the fourth book which comes out later in August.

I still highly recommend this series if you’re looking for a fast paces middle-grade series that is in no way similar to Percy Jackson or Harry Potter. Black and Clare completely make this world their own without cliches or themes from those series and it is amazing. 

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The Genesi Code by Tristan Willis | Review

Booktopia | Book Depository| Amazon

Rating: ★★★★☆

Release Date: September 1st 2017

Pages: 226

Goodreads Review: here

Goodreads blurb:

Luka was only eight years old when her father, Christopher Foster, was murdered.

Christopher had been working on a cure for the Genesi Code, which has plagued the human race since the government began experimenting on human DNA in an attempt to create a genetically-advanced army.

Luka has spent the last ten years training for the military’s elite taskforce, known as Delta Force, so she can uncover the truth surrounding her father’s murder. But along the way, she uncovers a truth about herself that she is not yet ready to face.

Could the truth surrounding Luka’s past be the key to curing the Genesi and ending the war? In the end, is revenge all that matters?


R A M B LE 

TRIGGER WARNINGS: parental abuse, murder, anxiety

I was sent a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own and receiving the copy in no way impacted my thoughts towards this novel.

Buddy read with Caitlin.

I love the idea of supporting debut authors, especially Australian ones. That’s why when I saw I could apply to receive this book for review I jumped on it. Fast. Tristen Willis, the author, also owns an Etsy store called BurningPagesCandles so when I received this package I was so excited that some of her products were included.

The book itself reminded me of both The Maze Runner and Divergent. Obviously, it is not those two books but reading through The Genesi Code I couldn’t help but compare it to those two books. It could have just been the dystopian themes throughout, though.

I did have some problems with this book, but I tend to whenever I read and some are nitpicky things that probably only annoy me. These were that sometimes the plot moved too fast and I got lost, leaving me to flip back pages and scan over what I had missed. In the beginning, there was a lot of mundane activity described that left me confused how it added. By a lot, I mean it was listed for paragraphs. It also took me a bit to fall into the writing style, but once I did the previous problems weren’t as obvious to me.

At the end of the day, this is a fast paced debut novel that features a strong lead and delivers the plot in an interesting, but exciting, way.


P L O T 

What is the Genesi Code? Well, the Genesi Code was a strand of DNA that the government curated to create the ultimate army. Things didn’t go to plan, however, and the Genesi did turn on humans. Since they were superior in almost every way they succeeded in almost wiping out the human race.

Luka’s father had been working with the government to find a cure for the Genesi when he was murdered. This is something that haunts her as she was there when it happened and she can’t remember what happened. With her best friend Harvey, the pair train for ten years in the hopes of being accepted in the military when they graduate.

The plot in The Genesi Code moves fast. It has to considering the book is quite short. We follow Luka and Harvey at the training base as they make friends and enemies with their cohort. We don’t get a lot of the training, which I was a bit sad about since I love training montages but we do get to really see them build relationships with the people that surround them.

When the action starts it leaves you sitting on the edge of your seat. The author weaves a story that leaves you shocked at characters decisions and desperately needing the next book in the series.


C H A R A C T E R S

For this section, I’ll only be talking about the main character Luka, as I feel the book didn’t go into as much depth with the side characters. This is only book one, though.

#L U K A

Luka was a pretty kick-ass main character. She is strong and definitely ready to actually kick your ass. As she was one of the three girls present in this story (something that annoyed me a little, where are my kick-ass women?) she had to be strong. Especially since she is in the military. She is. She can outrun and outfight most of the other people in her cohort.

I would also say Luka had an almost clinical personality if that makes sense. I definitely enjoyed it since I get told I have that sort of personality. It was interesting to see another character portrayed in that way.

I’m very excited to see how Luka expands in the next books and what she decides to do.


O V E R A L L 

Overall, this was a stellar debut. I enjoyed every minute and was able to read the book in two sittings throughout the day (the only time I stopped was to play Cards Against Humanity with my family). It’s been a while since I finished a book in a day, so I think that sings high praises in itself for this book.

Definitely, pre-order yourself a copy if this sounds like something you’re interested in. If not, definitely head over to Tristen’s Etsy store (BurningPagesCandles) because her products are ones I rave about.

 

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Books I Read For The Hype

The hype. The thing that can either bring you to your favourite book in the world or leave you confused about why this book is popular. Books fall victim to it constantly, at least for me. I will see people talking about a book on all platforms and feel myself get excited, but once you build up expectations it will be the next best thing since sliced bread.

So, without any more babbling and rambling, here are a collection of books that I read for the hype, some have flopped and some became my favourites. This list could probably go on for pages, but I’ll try to keep it short. I also won’t include descriptions of plots or anything, but Goodreads pages will be linked if you are curious!

Have any books fallen victim to the hype for you?


Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

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Was the hype right? No. 

This was actually my first buddy read ever. I read it with one of my closest in real life friends and she loved it, but for some reason, I couldn’t fully get into the story. I know now that this book also has some incredibly problematic themes, no doubt not intentionally done by the author.

Everything, Everything was definitely a hyped book because as I truly started to engage in Goodreads I couldn’t escape this book. Sadly, it was a flop.


The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

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Was the hype right? Yes. 

The Hate U Give was a complete success for me. I was shocked and on the edge of my seat. Starr was such a different character from me and I had never experienced any of the themes in this book, my heart just completely broke reading it. The need for justice in America became clearer than it had ever been before. I understand that highlights my own white privilege, but this book opened my eyes to a whole other world that I had never been able to understand before.


The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

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Was the hype right? Yes. 

I think everyone and their mother knew about The Lunar Chronicles from BookTube. Boy, was this series hyped. It was actually one of the first series I decided to tackle, after becoming afraid of them, because thankfully when I started Winter was out. I actually vividly remember picking up this series, right before Lady Midnights release and just as I had started University and was travelling 6 hours for every lecture (I now study online).

This series quickly shot to my favourites, as well. With the only book stopping me from binging was lady Midnight.


A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas.

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Was the hype right? Yes. 

I think you either love or hate Sarah J Maas. I love her. I know her books are problematic and I understand there is content that is harmful towards others, but this series helped me get through a part of my life that was stuck in and stumbling over. So, sue me. I definitely buy into this hype, despite the fact book one wasn’t that great.

 

 

 


Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

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Was the hype right? Kind of?

I may get shot for this one, but I don’t think I liked Six of Crows as much as everyone else. I liked it, don’t get me wrong, but I didn’t understand the hype elements everyone talked about. I also didn’t like Crooked Kingdom, so I’m not sure if I can say I bought into this hype?

 


Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

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Was the hype right? Yes. 

Being an Australian I am always excited to support Australian authors. However, I was nervous to start this. I don’t like sci-fi and I definitely wasn’t sure how I would like the format. I was scared that I would hate it, even though one of my closest friends highly recommended it.

I finally took the jump into this book when I had just moved into a new house and had no internet connection, and lets just say I’m the one who’s highly recommending this now. 


Paper Princess by Erin Watt

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Was the hype right? No. 

If you have me on Goodreads you probably know how much I despise this series. I honestly thought it would be a Princess Diaries take with some new adult themes, boy was I wrong. This book is incredibly disgusting. So, I obviously hated myself enough to read books two and three as well.

I would like to burn every copy of this series in existence, terrible themes and terrible characters.


The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Was the hype right? Kind of?

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The Raven Boys is another difficult one for me. I love the first three books. If you want to talk to me about the first three books, lets go. However, I hated The Raven King. I found it boring and the ending completely a waste of my time. All my own theories were much better and I was mad. It honestly changed my outlook on the entire series.

So, I guess the hype was kind of worth it if I forget The Raven King was ever a book.

 

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The Copper Gauntlet By Cassandra Clare & Holly Black | Review

Rating: ★★★★☆

Release Date: September 1st 2015

Pages: 264

Goodreads Review: here

Goodreads blurb:

Callum Hunt’s summer break isn’t like other kids’. His closest companion is a Chaos-ridden wolf, Havoc. His father suspects him of being secretly evil. And, of course, most kids aren’t heading back to the magical world of the Magisterium in the fall.

It’s not easy for Call . . . and it gets even harder after he checks out his basement and discovers that his dad might be trying to destroy both him and Havoc.

Call escapes to the Magisterium — but things only intensify there. The Alkahest — a copper gauntlet capable of separating certain magicians from their magic — has been stolen. And in their search to discover the culprit, Call and his friends Aaron and Tamara awaken the attention of some very dangerous foes — and get closer to an even more dangerous truth.


R A M B L E 

Wow, what a book. I was sucked in almost instantly. The beginning for this was such a bigger bang than the first book (review here). There were flat parts, but since it is only an incredibly short novel I was completely enthralled and involved with the world.

The Copper Gauntlet definitely displays a different kind of story to Harry Potter and Percy Jackson (sorry for the comparison), it definitely strays completely away from the belief that this series is in any way similar to the others in any way. I mean, none of the series have a main character who has a wolf, so I know which one I prefer.

This book had adventure. This book had friendship. This book smashed middle grade and young adult stereotypes. I highly recommend this if you’re looking for a fast paced novel that features no romance and incredible friendships.


C H A R A C T E R S

#C A L L U M

Callum Hunt remains our main character. We see the whole story through his eyes and experience his reactions to what is happening. He is also pretty oblivious, which makes reading his perspective pretty frustrating at some times. Not only that but the fact he was so unwilling to communicate and share information with his friends. I wanted to shake him and scream he could trust them.

There are some incredible changes in his character, in my belief, the way he goes about magic and just how he holds himself is different from the first book. He is no longer scared of judgement from his peers and is truly more open.

#T A M A R A

Tamara is both my least favourite character and a girl I know I would be best friends with. She is comic relief, she is fearless and she is not about to take a single characters shit. Being Muslim of Iranian descent Tamara has a lot of pressures on her. She has to deal with a lot of complications, especially since her family is in the Assembly (kind of like court for Mages).

I just love her. She is not a perfect character. None of the characters in these novels are. She is flawed. She doesn’t always do the right thing and she does screw up. But, man, is she well written and kickass.

#A A R O N

Aaron doesn’t do too much this book. After the events of the last book he kind of becomes closed down and a tad hopeless, in my opinion. He also doesn’t do too much throughout this book. He appears, does some magic to save everyone, say something wise and then disappear into the background. I feel he’s hiding secrets that I am very interested in learning.

#J A S P E R

Jasper is rude and snarky. He hates showing emotions and is basically me in a fourteen-year-old boy. I was astounded by the character development that was shown throughout the book for Jasper. It was pretty surprising considering how terrible he had been in the previous book.

I hope we see more of Jasper in the third book.


P L O T 

The plot of this was intense. With Call’s father on the run from the Mages who want to kill him our main character feels he needs to save him. Aaron, Havoc and Tamara join him (followed by Callum’s mortal enemy Jasper) in order to stop events that are unfolding.

That didn’t make sense, did it? Just trust me on this, the plot is awesome. I was completely unable to put my phone down (I’m reading the ebooks). I’m nervous to see how the next book unfolds since there will be a wait for the fourth and fifth books.


O V E R A L L 

Overall, this book was amazing. It was better than the first, in my opinion. Cassandra Clare and Holly Black manage to create such a unique and original story, managing to push down stereotypes that find their way into most stories. The characters are flawed and the action is mindblowing. Definitely a recommended series.

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The Iron Trial by Holly Black & Cassandra Clare | Review

Rating: ★★★★☆

Release Date: September 9th 2014

Pages: 295

Goodreads Review: here

Goodreads blurb:

Most kids would do anything to pass the Iron Trial.

Not Callum Hunt. He wants to fail.

All his life, Call has been warned by his father to stay away from magic. If he succeeds at the Iron Trial and is admitted into the Magisterium, he is sure it can only mean bad things for him.

So he tries his best to do his worst – and fails at failing.

Now the Magisterium awaits him. It’s a place that’s both sensational and sinister, with dark ties to his past and a twisty path to his future.

The Iron Trial is just the beginning, for the biggest test is still to come . . .


R A M B L E

I want to preface my ramble with the fact that I know this is basically a mash up of Percy Jackson by Rick Riordan and Harry Potter by JK Rowling. The thing is, though, those are two of my favourite series that exist. Because of that, it doesn’t take a genius to work out why I loved this book.

The Iron Trial also isn’t the same recycled plot line we have seen with books trying to be the next Percy Jackson or Harry Potter. This book doesn’t include a special snowflake character and it really doesn’t include a character who is instantly popular because of his parentage.

In fact, the only thing this has in common with the other two series is a magic school of sorts and, well, magic. Holly Black and Cassandra Clare manage to create a world unlike any other, with a few stereotypical characters but twists everywhere. I was on the edge of my seat with anticipation.

My four-star rating instead of a five is simply because this book had a lot of information dropped on us. It is the first book in the series, after all. Not a lot happened because of this. We had to learn our characters and the world, so I can only imagine how much better the next books in the series will be.


C H A R A C T E R S

#C A L L U M

Callum Hunt is the main character of this story and he does not want to be at the Magisterium. His father has informed him its full of evil people and he will die. Which, if you ask me, is a lot to tell a twelve-year-old. So, when the trials come along to get into the Magisterium and learn how to be a mage, Callum tries his best to fail every test. Some are easier to fail, like the physical based exercises since all the bones in his leg were shattered when he was a baby, but some he does well at and manages to show that he deserves to be at the school.

I found Callum to be an interesting character. He goes through some major character development throughout the book, considering he went from having no friends bar his father to having two his age (lots of struggles arise with this, of course). He had been so manipulated into a belief by his father that it broke my heart, seeing how he believed everything so completely. It simply shows how trusting children are of their parents.

I definitely enjoyed Callum as the main character and am excited to read about him more.

# T A M A R A

You may look at Tamara and presume she is the classic Hermione or Annabeth of the group, simply as a comparison. Sure, Tamara is the most clued into the Magisterium world, but she is no Hermione or Annabeth. She is on a whole other level that made her kickass. Tamara has expectations to fill and her parents are in the clue on the magic world, definitely not your classic smart girl trope we have seen twice (I would say many times before, but I can’t really think of other times).

I found her refreshing around the boys, she was sarcastic, brilliant and knew what she was doing. A definite role model to young girls who may pick up this series.

#A A R O N

Aaron is the only character in The Iron Trial I’m unsure as to how to feel. I didn’t really connect to him on the same level I did Callum or Tamara, it may because he didn’t say much throughout this book. I’m certain he becomes a larger character as the series progresses, especially with the events that unfolded throughout this book. However, for now, I don’t have many thoughts on him.


P L O T 

Since this is a middle-grade book and the first book in a series there wasn’t too much in the way of plot. We are really getting a feel for the school and the characters, learning the world. There is some plot, don’t get me wrong, it really starts coming into play around 70% though. It is incredibly interesting, what we did learn. I was staring at my ebook with my eyes open and mouth dropped, not something very common in middle-grade novels.


O V E R A L L 

I loved this book. It’s what I needed after so many bad books in a row. I’m excited to pick up the next book in the series. The writing style is basically flawless (remembering it is for a younger audience), Cassandra Clare and Holly Black seamlessly write together and I couldn’t pick apart who had written what. I will definitely need to pick up more of Holly Black’s books once I’m all caught up on this.

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Underrated Books

 

I personally read a range of popular books. It's nothing against older books or underrated reads, it's simply that a lot of time they are cheaper. I wish my local library could help but they are currently on the verge of shutting down and have a very small young adult selection as it is.

This doesn't mean I haven't read a few underrated books that I personally believe deserve more hype than they receive.

Some of these books feature triggers, I won't be mentioning in this review but I've linked their Goodreads profile so you can have a peruse over reviews and description.


Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin.

Goodreads: here

I say Wolf by Wolf because around 10 people on my Goodreads have read it. A pretty astronomically small number when over 99% of my friends have read A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas.

I'm personally not a fan of historical fiction books, I get caught up in the world and pissed that woman aren't treated well. What I was a fan of though in high school was World War Two. I studied Nazi Germany in depth for my final exams. That was the time I picked up Wolf by Wolf and wow. Just imagine the world if Hitler had won the war. Well, imagine no more because that is what Wolf by Wolf is.


Not Your Sidekick by C.B. Lee

Goodreads: here

Now, this is a book I have maybe seen five people on all my social media platforms has read. It is also a book I have been recommending non-stop since I have read it. From what I've read, it is fantastic representation. The diversity featured is great.

Not only that, though, the plot is fabulous. It's a little predictable, but it is without a doubt adorable. Jess and Abby are two characters I love beyond words, as well.

Fun fact, too, this was actually the first relationship I've ever read between two females.


How To Make A Wish by Ashley Herring Blake

Goodreads: here

How To Make A Wish was a book that shocked me beyond belief. It was such a beautiful tale that touched me beyond belief. It was a story that replicated instances in my life I never expected to see in fiction. I won't get into those because unlike some scenarios in my life, I like to keep this private. I do recommend picking this book up, but have tissues near by! This is another f/f romance as well, and so beautifully done (but I can't speak on the rep of this novel).

 

 

 


Air Awakens by Elise Kova

Goodreads: here

Air Awakens was a book that, again, surprised me. I picked it up after seeing a friend recommend it frequently over on Instagram. I'm so glad I did. The cast is delightfully diverse and the storyline is equally as brilliant.

Though, my only compliant is the ending is a tad unsatisfactory. I was a tad frustrated with it and I got tired of the relationship drama that was present throughout.

 

 


Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall

Goodreads: here

This is, again, a book I shout from the rooftops. Every time I see someone ask for something "similar" to Everything, Everything I recommend this. Now, this is nothing like Everything, Everything but it is similar. Under Rose-Tainted Skies doesn't include all the icky problematic stuff though, a clear benefit. It's also completely absent of "love cures your mental health" and my heart skipped a beat. The parental figure is delightfully excellent as well!

 

 


A List of Cages by Robin Roe

Goodreads: here

I don't see A List of Cages being read much, but it needs to. This book features minimal romance and is instead a completely heartbreaking story. I stayed up late reading it, which is rare because I have a self appointed bed time, and finished around 1am. I was destroyed. This is definitely another book where you will need the tissues.

 

 

 


 

Goodreads: here

I recommend Poison Study to people who liked Throne of Glass. Or if you think Sarah J Maas has an incredible lack of diversity in her writing (she does) this is the book for you. I've only read this and the second book but wow. A book beyond its time, that's for sure.

 

 

 

 


So, there are a few of the books that I believe are underrated. You may disagree and that's fine, but these are the books I instantly mention whenever someone comes to me for a recommendation.

What's a book you think is underrated?

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Roar by Cora Cormack | Review

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Release Date: June 13th 2017.

Pages: 380

Goodreads Review: here

Goodreads blurb:

In a land ruled and shaped by violent magical storms, power lies with those who control them.

Aurora Pavan comes from one of the oldest Stormling families in existence. Long ago, the ungifted pledged fealty and service to her family in exchange for safe haven, and a kingdom was carved out from the wildlands and sustained by magic capable of repelling the world’s deadliest foes. As the sole heir of Pavan, Aurora’s been groomed to be the perfect queen. She’s intelligent and brave and honorable. But she’s yet to show any trace of the magic she’ll need to protect her people.

To keep her secret and save her crown, Aurora’s mother arranges for her to marry a dark and brooding Stormling prince from another kingdom. At first, the prince seems like the perfect solution to all her problems. He’ll guarantee her spot as the next queen and be the champion her people need to remain safe. But the more secrets Aurora uncovers about him, the more a future with him frightens her. When she dons a disguise and sneaks out of the palace one night to spy on him, she stumbles upon a black market dealing in the very thing she lacks—storm magic. And the people selling it? They’re not Stormlings. They’re storm hunters.

Legend says that her ancestors first gained their magic by facing a storm and stealing part of its essence. And when a handsome young storm hunter reveals he was born without magic, but possesses it now, Aurora realizes there’s a third option for her future besides ruin or marriage.

She might not have magic now, but she can steal it if she’s brave enough.

Challenge a tempest. Survive it. And you become its master.


W A R N I N G

This review reads more like a rant. You’ve been warned.


P R E R A M B L E

Roar was a book I went into with major low expectations. My best friend had loved it but I had seen it floating around Twitter and being labelled as problematic. I wasn’t sure I wanted to read that. But, I found myself without anything to read and the cover reminded me of Game of Thrones, a show I have recently become obsessed with, so I picked it up.

Here’s the thing:

I enjoyed it.

 This isn’t to say it isn’t problematic. Honestly, what book isn’t these days? This is simply me saying I enjoyed it. It was cliché. It was kind of slow. Absolutely nothing happened. The world building was terrible. Somehow I managed to enjoy it.

I think my biggest problem with this text was that there were no dragons.

I’m kidding.

Kind of.

But, no, my biggest problem was the lack of world building. We’re suddenly and abruptly thrown into the world and barely given anything to go by. I’ve finished the book and to be honest, I’m still not 100% sure what kind of world this was.

Actually, now that I think about it, I did have another problem. The first two chapters. I have never read something so terrible in my life. The dialogue was terrible and I wanted to put the book down so bad to avoid the cringefest I was encountering. Cassius and Aurora were two characters that seemed co-dependent and I am not about that lifestyle.

Apart from that, I really did enjoy this book. I can see why others hated it but this is exactly what I needed for the time I read it.


C H A R A C T E R S  

#A U R O R A

I had a lowkey problem with Aurora as soon as I started this book. It was mainly that I hate her name. One girl I can’t stand has this name and she’s ruined it for everyone else. I also didn’t enjoy Aurora as a character. She was pretty useless, honestly. I worked out her big special snowflake power before everyone else too and honestly I rolled my eyes. Hard.

#L O C K E

He was really far up Aurora’s ass. He basically meets her, thinks she’s like his sister (incest???) and falls madly and deeply in love. I felt some chemistry between the two of them, but not to the point where they should be declaring love by the end of the book (spoiler, they were). I really don’t think he had a personality; he was pretty unintelligent (says the one who took six tries to spell that word, someone save me form myself) as well.

#C A S S I U S

I got nothing on this guy. He was straight up creepy and basically Joffrey Lannister in my mind.

#J I N X, R A N S O M, D U K E, B A I T, S L Y & N O V A Y A

These are all characters we learn about one page of knowledge about but I want more. They’re the side characters that, ultimately, are used as props to make Locke and Aurora better people. I mean that in the way that they suffer the consequences of every dumb decision the pair make. Justice for these characters in the sequel.


P L O T

 I don’t have much to say in this section of my review. Why? There honestly is no plot. I wish I was kidding. Nothing happens the whole book. There are some “scary” events but literally, nothing happens bar the princess running away. Big whoop. Pick up 80% of fantasy and you’ll get the same plot line.

There’s also a romance that I still don’t really care for, I guess that’s the main plot. Bar the whole kingdom takeover that we got about two chapters of?


O V E R A L L

Reading all that and scrolling back up to my rating of three stars would be confusing, right? I can’t explain my rating. This book is pretty trash, I’ll be honest. I enjoyed it though. It definitely won’t end up on my recommended list but I will read the sequel.

What I want in the sequel? More dragons and less Aurora. What will I probably get? Zero dragons and too much Aurora.

Also, very quick side bar, but how gorgeous is this cover?!