Review of the Great Hunt by Wendy Higgins

Title: The Great Hunt
Author: Wendy Higgins 
Series: Eurona Duology Book 1 
Publisher: Harper Teen

“Aerity…” Her father paused as if the words he was forming pained him. “I must ask you to sacrifice the promise of love for the sake of our kingdom.”

She could only stare back, frozen.

When a strange beast terrorizes the kingdom of Lochlanach, fear stirs revolt. In an act of desperation, a proclamation is sent to all of Eurona—kill the creature and win the ultimate prize: the daughter of King Lochson’s hand in marriage.

Princess Aerity knows her duty to the kingdom but cannot bear the idea of marrying a stranger…until a brooding local hunter, Paxton Seabolt, catches her attention. There’s no denying the unspoken lure between them…or his mysterious resentment.

Paxton is not the marrying type. Nor does he care much for spoiled royals and their arcane laws. He’s determined to keep his focus on the task at hand—ridding the kingdom of the beast—but the princess continues to surprise him, and the perilous secrets he’s buried begin to surface.

Inspired by the Grimm Brothers’ tale “The Singing Bone,” New York Times bestselling author Wendy Higgins delivers a dark fantasy filled with rugged hunters, romantic tension, and a princess willing to risk all to save her kingdom.

Rating: I will be giving this book a 2 out of 5 stars. Overall, this book was ok. I was really expecting a lot more out of this book and from time to time I ended up not paying attention or skimming through it. The synopsis of this book is what originally got my attention in wanting to read it. However, between the author jumping around from character to character and the book having some dull moments, I found myself not really enjoying this book. I also had a very hard time connecting with the heroine, Aerity, in the book. If you like retellings then you might be interested in this book. I personally had a rough time with this book but you might have a different experience. Comment below if you have read this book and tell me your thoughts. 


Review of the Glittering Court by Richelle Mead

Title: The Glittering Court 
Author: Richelle Mead 
Publisher: Razorbill

Big and sweeping, spanning from the refined palaces of Osfrid to the gold dust and untamed forests of Adoria, The Glittering Court tells the story of Adelaide, an Osfridian countess who poses as her servant to escape an arranged marriage and start a new life in Adoria, the New World. But to do that, she must join the Glittering Court.

Both a school and a business venture, the Glittering Court is designed to transform impoverished girls into upper-class ladies who appear destined for powerful and wealthy marriages in the New World. Adelaide naturally excels in her training, and even makes a few friends: the fiery former laundress Tamsin and the beautiful Sirminican refugee Mira. She manages to keep her true identity hidden from all but one: the intriguing Cedric Thorn, son of the wealthy proprietor of the Glittering Court.

When Adelaide discovers that Cedric is hiding a dangerous secret of his own, together they hatch a scheme to make the best of Adelaide’s deception. Complications soon arise—first as they cross the treacherous seas from Osfrid to Adoria, and then when Adelaide catches the attention of a powerful governor. 
But no complication will prove quite as daunting as the potent attraction simmering between Adelaide and Cedric. An attraction that, if acted on, would scandalize the Glittering Court and make them both outcasts in wild, vastly uncharted lands…

Rating: I will be giving this book a 4 out of 5 stars. This book has a lot of positives and some negatives. Overall, this book transports you into a world of glitter and courtship. With that being said,  I did have a slight issue with this book. This book started off really well and then suddenly you jump to a year later. You miss things that have happened during the time Adelaide is within the Glitter Court School as well as throughout the entire book. This in no way ruined my experience with the book but it did make it go by quick. I truly loved the development of this main character. From what I have heard this book is going to be a series but told from different perspectives and I think I know who those books will revolve around. I am looking forward to the books that are to come in this series. If you liked the Matched, Walk on Earth a Stranger, or the Selection then you need to pick this book up. 

Review of Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

Title: Passenger
Author: Alexandra Bracken 
Series: Passenger Book 1
Publisher: Disney- Hyperion

Passage, n.
i. A brief section of music composed of a series of notes and flourishes.
ii. A journey by water; a voyage.
iii. The transition from one place to another, across space and time.

In one devastating night, violin prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Thrust into an unfamiliar world by a stranger with a dangerous agenda, Etta is certain of only one thing: she has traveled not just miles but years from home. And she’s inherited a legacy she knows nothing about from a family whose existence she’s never heard of. Until now.

Nicholas Carter is content with his life at sea, free from the Ironwoods—a powerful family in the colonies—and the servitude he’s known at their hands. But with the arrival of an unusual passenger on his ship comes the insistent pull of the past that he can’t escape and the family that won’t let him go so easily. Now the Ironwoods are searching for a stolen object of untold value, one they believe only Etta, Nicholas’ passenger, can find. In order to protect her, he must ensure she brings it back to them—whether she wants to or not.
Together, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the traveler who will do anything to keep the object out of the Ironwoods’ grasp. But as they get closer to the truth of their search, and the deadly game the Ironwoods are playing, treacherous forces threaten to separate Etta not only from Nicholas but from her path home… forever.

Rating: I will be giving this book a 3 out of 5 stars. This book has gotten so many wonderful reviews that I could not wait to pick it up. I have seen people on BookTube and Goodreads praise this book for so many different reasons. So going in I had extremely high expectations. Sadly, they were not met, at least not until almost the end of this book. I had such a hard time getting into this book and really connecting with the characters. That is not to say that the characters were not believable, I just personally struggled with it, and it was not until the end that I truly became engaged with the characters and their development. I did, however, really enjoy the world and the rules of time travel. They were so well thought out and believable that it made sense, which from some of the other time travel books that I have read, it didn’t really work but you just kind of go along with it. I am definitely considering pick up the second book when it does come out just to see where the author is going with this plot and the time travel that is woven within the story. If you are looking for something with a little bit of romance and time travel that is executed well then you need to pick this book up. 

Review of the Selection by Kiera Cass

Title: The Selection
Author: Kiera Cass
Series: The Selection Book 1
Publisher: HarperTeen

For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself—and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined. 

Rating: I will be giving this book a 4 out of 5 stars. I loved this book! I feel like no matter what people post or what the reviews say, I loved this book. It is in the dystopian genre, romance, forbidden love, social class, and did I mention a prince. As soon as I picked the book up I could not put it down. America is such a delight as the main character and her dynamics with Maxon and Aspen warm my heart. If you liked the book Matched, The Winner’s Curse, or the Book of Ivy then you need to pick this book up. 

Review of Dissolution by Lee S. Hawke

Title: Dissolution
Author: Lee S. Hawke
Publisher: Blind Mirror Publishing

What would you sell yourself for?

Madeline knows. She’s spent the last eighteen years impatiently waiting for her Auctioning so she can sell herself to MERCE Solutions Limited for a hundred thousand credits. But when the Auctioneer fails to call her and two suits show up at her doorstep, Madeline discovers there are far worse bargains to be made.
So when your loved ones are in danger, there’s a bounty on your head and your entire city might turn out to be a lie… what would you sell yourself for?

Rating:  I want to take a moment to thank Giselle from Xpresso Book Tours for sending me a copy of this book to review. I will be giving this book a 3 out of 5 stars. I wanted to love this book so much. I mean it sounds like Divergent and Hunger Games put together and those books were amazing. This book is like Divergent because it has Corporations that are like the factions only in this book you are auctioned off to the Corporations instead being able to choose for yourself. It has shades of the Hunger Games because of the survival aspect. This book had my name written all over it, but in the end, it was not what I expected. The idea for this book was such a good one and very realistic. This book was a quick read  with only 168 pages. I wish it was longer because there are some parts of the book that went too quickly, in some cases I got lost and ended up having to reread them just to make sure I didn’t miss anything. I feel like if you have read this book you will understand what I mean. Overall, it did the job that a dystopian is suppose to do, I just wish this book would have been longer and clearer with certain scenes in the book. If you are looking for a book that is like Divergent then I definitely think you should pick this book up. 

Review of Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Title: Fangirl
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

From the author of the New York Times bestseller Eleanor & Park.

A coming-of-age tale of fan fiction, family and first love. 

Cath is a Simon Snow fan.

Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan…

But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words… And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this?

Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?
And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

Rating: I will be giving this book a 4 out of 5 stars. This is saying a lot about a contemporary. If you follow my blog, you know I am not the biggest reader in contemporary fiction, especially when it comes to young adult contemporary fiction. I feel it is just the same story over and over again, however, with this book, it brought me back to my first year of college and all the anxiety that comes with it. The main character in this book Cath was a very relatable and I truly enjoyed reading her growth not only as a college student with everyday life going on but as a writer. If you are about to go into college or you are like me who is about to finish and you want to relive your freshman year then I definitely think you should pick this book up. I am not going to say any spoilers but I am so upset that this book had to end. 

Review of Soundless by Richelle Mead

Title: Soundless
Author: Richelle Mead
Publisher: Razorbill

From Richelle Mead, the #1 internationally bestselling author of Vampire Academy and Bloodlines, comes a breathtaking new fantasy steeped in Chinese folklore. 

For as long as Fei can remember, there has been no sound in her village, where rocky terrain and frequent avalanches prevent residents from self-sustaining. Fei and her people are at the mercy of a zipline that carries food up the treacherous cliffs from Beiguo, a mysterious faraway kingdom. 

When villagers begin to lose their sight, deliveries from the zipline shrink and many go hungry. Fei’s home, the people she loves, and her entire existence is plunged into crisis, under threat of darkness and starvation.

But soon Fei is awoken in the night by a searing noise, and sound becomes her weapon.

Richelle Mead takes readers on a triumphant journey from the peak of Fei’s jagged mountain village to the valley of Beiugo, where a startling truth and an unlikely romance will change her life forever…

Rating: I will be giving this book a 3 out of 5 stars. I am very torn on this book. There were things that I truly enjoyed and things that I was a little disappointed on. The idea of this book is amazing, the author does an amazing job with the creation of this world as well as the descriptions with communication since there is no sound in the village. The word choices that the author used to describe paintings and the world around the main character were so thought out and helped create such a vivid image of this world. I was, however, a little disappointed with this book. When I saw that this book contained Chinese folklore I was really looking forward to this book having so much of the Chinese culture and traditions are woven within this book but there were only a few things here and there. This was such a great opportunity for this author to shine, even though this is a stand-alone novel it had such potential to be amazing and it fell short. 

Review of Circles The Trilogy by Veronica O’Leary

Title: Circles 
Author: Veronica O’Leary 
Series: Damaged Goods Book 1
Publisher: Trafford Publishing

This romantic saga plays a symphony in your heart with notes of depth and inspiration. Just when you have become fully committed to the unusual and obsessive love shared by Princeton and Tallulah, you will have to hold on tight as you will be shocked by the disturbing chain of events that close this chapter of their life.

Rating: I just wanted to take a moment to thank the author, Veronica O’Leary, for sending me a copy of this book to review. Now as for the review, overall, I truly enjoyed this book and I will be giving it a 4 out of 5 stars. This book is a story about Princeton and Tallulah as well as their circle of friends. The author tells this story from different points of view, which I was a little hesitant going in but the way the author writes made things easy to follow as well as wanting you to continue to turn the page. Princeton and Tallulah were too perfect to the point you knew something was going to go wrong or something big was going to happen. With that in mind and the fact that this book was so enticing I was able to read this book fairly quickly. The best part about the book, in my personal opinion, was the fact that what changes the lives of this couple was nothing that I expected. 

Review of Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Title: Outlander
Author: Diana Gabaldon
Series: Outlander Book 1
Publisher: Dell Publishing Company 

The year is 1945. Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is just back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an “outlander”—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of Our Lord…1743.

Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire is catapulted into the intrigues of lairds and spies that may threaten her life, and shatter her heart. For here James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, shows her a love so absolute that Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire—and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.

Rating: I will be giving this book a 4 out of 5 stars. This book has put me through so much emotionally that I truly have no idea where to begin. This book has everything from time travel, battles, Scottish history, to romance. The main character Claire is so well developed and the situations that she is put in are challenging, both physically and mentally, that it makes you not want to put the book down. I was a little hesitant in picking this book up, especially because of the time travel aspect. I was afraid it would ruin the book for me, but it just added another layer of depth to this already amazing book. If you are looking for something that has a good deal of history in it, a tiny bit of time travel, adventure, action, and romance then you will want to pick this book up.