The Studying Hours by Sara Ney | Review

 

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Rating: ★★★☆☆

Release Date: September 13th, 2016

Pages: 307

Goodreads Review: here

Goodreads blurb:

CRUDE. ARROGANT. A**HOLE.
No doubt about it, Sebastian ‘Oz’ Osborne is the university’s most celebrated student athlete—and possibly the biggest douchebag. A walking, talking cliché, he has a filthy mouth, a fantastic body, and doesn’t give a sh*t about what you or anyone else thinks.
 
SMART. CLASSY. CONSERVATIVE.
Make no mistake, Jameson Clarke may be the university’s most diligent student—but she is no prude. Spending most of her time in the hallowed halls of the library, James is wary of pervs, jocks, and douchebags—and Oz Osborne is all three.

She’s smart, sarcastic—and not what he expected.
  
…EVERY DOUCHBAG HAS HIS WEAKNESS.

He wants to be friends.
He wants to spend time with her.
He wants to drive her crazy.

He wants…

Her.


R E V I E W

Hi everyone! I’m so sorry I didn’t post last week, I didn’t do a lot of reading because I was celebrating the holidays with my family and I barely had time to pick up my laptop to write a review. It was difficult, but having only read two books it wasn’t too hard. I actually went three days without picking up a book because I was so tired #oops.

Starting The Studying Hours I didn’t expect a lot. I had started possibly 10 books before finally continuing with this particular one. Shockingly enough, it was exactly what I needed. It was fluffy, the perfect read I needed. Not a lot happens but the slow burn romance with a hate to love trope shoved in made me so happy.

I had some pretty big problems with The Studying Hours, mainly the douche of a male lead, but I also had things I liked. One of my biggest hates was the ‘not like other girls’ cliche that ran through the book. James was supposed to be a nerd but she could kickass on the snowfields and that makes her soooooo different. I 110% rolled my eyes. Also, to anyone reading this, stalking the person you are interested in isn’t cuteOz (the love interest) manages to get onto a ski trip that James is going on and lies about being her cousin to share a room. Totally gross and totally something I was not on board with throughout this novel.

My favourite thing had to be that James was kickass. She wasn’t taking a single one of the wrestling boys shit and was reading to kickass if someone so much as tried to mess with her. In some ways, I saw myself in her and that was pretty cool. I hate reading the stereotypical introvert virgin ‘nerd’ in books, so it was great to get a different take on it. It was nice for something different.

The Studying Hours also reminded me of The Hating Game by Sally Thorne which is straight up one of my favourite books. It had a similar burn throughout the text that made me watch to jump back into The Hating Game (I can’t because a friend is currently borrowing the book).

There’s not too much to say, overall, on The Studying Hours. It is your cliche new adult book with another layer of depth. A jerk hero with a battered past and a softer side for the female lead, who doesn’t give two shits about him. It was what I needed and the writing was fast paced and easy to read in a sitting. I will definitely be checking out the others in the series when I am in need of a light read.


Happy reading everyone!

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Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake | Mini Review

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Rating: ★★★☆☆

Trigger Warnings: abuse, cheating, self harm

Release Date: September 20th, 2016

Pages: 398

Publisher: HarperTeen

Goodreads Review: here

Goodreads blurb:

When kingdom come, there will be one.

In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born—three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions.

But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose…it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins.

The last queen standing gets the crown.


M I N I    R E V I E W

Fun fact about me reading Three Dark Crowns; I was staying at my best friends house and there was a pretty intense storm which led to there being no power for 28 hours and no phone signal either. This basically meant we were pretty bored. My friend took a nap but napping is actually impossible for me so I simply laid in her bed and read her copy of Three Dark Crowns. I read it completely before she woke up probably two hours later.

This isn’t to say Three Dark Crowns is a good book. It’s actually incredibly mediocre. Nothing happens for the entire novel and it is so damn slow. There are some super problematic elements and some particular scenes rubbed me the wrong way. I’m not even sure if I have a favourite sister, as it is.

It’s hard to say what happened in this book besides messy drama. I wanted murder and aggression but it was pretty tame in terms of all that, which shocked me. If you market a book as some sort of battle between triplets shouldn’t there be something in book one at least? I’ve heard One Dark Throne has all the intensity that this book missed, so I am going to continue this series just out of pure curiosity, and my friend bought two copies of book two so she gave me one.

I think one of my biggest problems with this book was that I had to keep flipping to the back to remember which character had which particular talent. Watching each girl struggle through it wasn’t exactly an enjoyable almost 400 pages either.

There isn’t much more to write because Three Dark Crowns was simply just one of the most mediocre books I have ever read. I was thankful that the writing was good or I would have put down the book in pure boredom. Let’s hope that One Dark Throne is better or I will cry of annoyance.


Happy reading everyone!

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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?!