Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

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Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn’t think they’d survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they’re right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and left crippled by the kidnapping of a valuable team member, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz’s cunning and test the team’s fragile loyalties. A war will be waged on the city’s dark and twisting streets―a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of magic in the Grisha world.

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“Why do you guys say that, anyway? No mourners, no funerals? Why not just say good luck or be safe?”
“We like to keep our expectations low.”

Well, how do I even begin to describe Crooked Kingdom?! I loved Six of Crows, but I think my heart feel in love more with Crooked Kingdom. Now, I avoided spoilers like the plague and this will be a spoiler free review since I don’t want to spoil this great book!!

First of all, this book was far more fast paced than the first book. I devoured this book quicker than anything else. Crooked Kingdom was longer in length, but I didn’t mind! I found it to be really exciting.

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If you loved the characters in the first book, you’re going to love them even more in this one! First of all, Matthias Helvar is one of my favorites from the diverse cast. He reminds me so much of myself. Ahahaha. I appreciate that he is more than just a wanted criminal, he’s the lovable grump that constantly puts Nina’s needs above his own. He and Nina had several moments together, and I was so overjoyed by it. They have been through so much in both booksI love Nina and Matthias together, and they have been my favorite couple since book one. Nina is the perfect balance to Matthias, and I couldn’t possibly imagine her with anyone else.

“I am grateful you’re alive”, he said. “I am grateful that you’re beside me. I am grateful that you’re eating.”
She rested her head on his shoulder.
“You’re better that waffles, Matthias Helvar.”
A small smile curled the Fjerdan’s lips.
“Let’s not say things we don’t mean, my love.”

I am a fan of all three relationships, but I felt that Kaz and Inej’s relationship was made stronger in this book.

“Meeting you was a disaster.”
She raised a brow. “Thank you.”
Djel, he was terrible at this. He stumbled on, trying to make her understand. “But I am grateful for that disaster. I needed a catastrophe to shake me from the life I knew. You were an earthquake, a landslide.”
“I,” she said, planting a hand on her hip, “am a delicate flower.”
“You aren’t a flower, you’re every blossom in the wood blooming at once. You are a tidal wave. You’re a stampede. You are overwhelming.”

Anyways, I am glad that more background stories were explored like Jesper and Wylan. And I am so happy that Wylan got his own pov!  I found Kaz to be absolutely terrific in this book. He has a special place in my heart. I love his scheming ways, and let’s talk about the character development. Man, I love how much Kaz has changed from the first book to this one. Wow, just wow.One of my favorite aspects of this duology is the friendship between all six characters. All the characters have great chemistry between each other, and you find yourself rooting for all six. Each character was going through his and her struggle, and I’m so happy that my band of misfits were able to overcome there troubles.

“Where do think the money went?” he repeated.
“Guns?” asked Jesper.
“Ships?” queried Inej.
“Bombs?” suggested Wylan.
“Political bribes?” offered Nina. They all looked at Matthias. “This is where you tell us how awful we are,” she whispered.
He shrugged. “They all seem like practical choices.”

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I loved how there were cameos of the Grisha Trilogy. My number one book boyfriend appeared in this book. Nikolai Lantsov. Goodness, and I thought the book couldn’t get better. I really couldn’t contain my happiness.

What I loved:

  • the friendship
  • the romance
  • Nikolai – Who doesn’t love him?
  • Genya – my favorite Grisha tailor
  • the action – can I just say, that they had more at risk than the first book and I love how everyone has a chance to fight
  • the villains – amazing

I have nothing but positivity for Crooked Kingdom. If you thought that Six of Crows was perfect, wait till you read Crooked Kingdom. This might be my favorite book of the year, and there have been several good books this year. The ending did end on a bittersweet note for me, and I’m going to miss these characters a lot. And I wanted there to be more, but I am glad the way it ended. I laughed, and boy did I cry. I was emotionally invested, and recommend reading Crooked Kingdom. This book is worth the hype and it will not let you down!

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“Maybe there were people who lived those lives. Maybe this girl was one of them. But what about the rest of us?What about the nobodies and the nothings, the invisible girls? We learn to hold our heads as if we wear crowns. We learn to wring magic from the ordinary.
That was how you survived when you weren’t chosen, when there was no royal blood in your veins. When the world owed you nothing, you demanded something of it anyway.”

“Has anyone noticed this whole city is looking for us, mad at us, or wants to kill us?”
“So?” said Kaz.
“Well, usually it’s just half the city.”

“No mourners, no funerals. Another way of saying good luck. But it was something more. A dark wink to the fact that there would be no expensive burials for people like them, no marble markers to remember their names, no wreaths of myrtle and rose.”

Final Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Harry Potter And The Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, & Jack Thorne

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Author: J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne

Genre: Fantasy

Links: Amazon | Goodreads

Goodreads Synopsis: Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, a new play by Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. The play will receive its world premiere in London’s West End on July 30, 2016.

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.

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Harry Potter And The Cursed Child takes places nineteen years after Deathly Hallows, and the main character is Albus Severus Potter. Going into this book, I knew that the book was not going to focus on some my beloved characters such as Neville Longbottom, Luna Lovegood, nor the Weasley clan.  I wanted at least some cameos like Teddy Lupin or Hagrid, but that’s not the case with this book. Keep in mind that this book is written in a play format, and it only focuses on Albus and Harry Potter. 

This book is somewhat controversial, some fans accept Harry Potter and The Cursed Child as canon while others do not. I won’t reveal the reason why it’s controversial because it will literally spoil the book. The book is a lot of fun, don’t get me wrong, but it did not satisfy my Harry Potter needs. This book felt like fan fiction even though J.K. Rowling collaborated on this. 

What I didn’t love about the book was the characterizations of some of the characters. Harry Potter felt like a completely different person. He was a terrible father in this book, but only to one of his children. Some of his actions were very, very questionable. I would have loved the book if Harry had more interactions with James and Lily. This book mainly focuses on Harry and Albus’ deteriorating relationship, and there is a lot of miscommunication between the two. I loved Ron and Hermione in this book. I was so happy that they had several scenes together. Anyways, the plot wasn’t original as I had hoped it would be, but it was still fun and a bit ridiculous at the same time.When it came to the villain, I immediately knew who it was. It was obvious!!!!! 

My favorite character had to be Scorpius  Malfoy. He was absolutely precious in every way. He stole my heart. Scorpius  was more of a follower than a leader, he was a bookworm, and one of the kindest characters from the new generation. Draco is very protective when it comes to Scorpius. Scorpius deals with a lot of prejudice against him. I felt his storyline was amazing! It was very saddening knowing what the rumors against him were.  

As for his relationship with Albus, it had so much buildup. They are best friends, and they would do anything for each other. I would have preferred if Albus and Scorpius were a couple. Some of the scenes they had together made it seem that they had romantic feelings for each other. Would have loved if this book was LGBT. As for Rose Granger-Weasley, she was the best of both worlds. She was athletic, and studious. A perfect balance of Ron and Hermione. Sadly, she has only a couple scenes in the book.

As for Albus, he was very angsty towards his father. He is a Slytherin, and feels he is cursed because Harry Potter is his father. He feels that he can’t be his own person because he is Harry Potter’s son. He is not talented in magic, not athletic. He is the black sheep of his family. The outcast. His other siblings are both in Gryffindor. I didn’t like how he isolated himself from everyone else. I like how much he grows throughout his journey.

Do I find this book canon? It was a lot a fun, and though some of what I read contradicted the Harry Potter books, I don’t find this to be canon. It is what it is, a play that was cowritten with J.K. Rowling and others.

Final Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️ (3.5)

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Me Before You

Author: Jojo Moyes

Genre: Fiction, Romance

Links: Goodreads | Amazon

*I recently started using Amazon Affliates. From now on, I’ll be posting links to each book I review. It will really help out my blog.*

Goodreads Synopsis: Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick.

What Lou doesn’t know is she’s about to lose her job or that knowing what’s coming is what keeps her sane.

Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he’s going to put a stop to that.

What Will doesn’t know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they’re going to change the other for all time.

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Here is my confession, I read the book because of all the hype it has been getting lately. If you don’t already know, the movie will be coming out early June and the trailers look amazing. I was expecting Me Before You to be as wonderful and amazing according to many 5 star ratings on Goodreads. It didn’t captivate my attention. I put this book down several times.

Will had the perfect life before his accident. He was successful and a risk taker, but everything changed on that fateful rainy day. Lou, on the other hand, is the opposite of Will. She is content with working at a cafe, but when she gets laid off from her job of several years, she is forced to find employment at a job center. Lou eventually lands a job as a caretaker for Will. Initially, Will and Lou don’t get along. Lou despises her job at first, but learns to love it and Will.

Now what I really liked about Me Before You was that it was not the typical romance story. I don’t really read romance books, so going into this book I was expecting lots of romance. That did not happen. Me Before You was really realistic and it had great encouraging themes such as living life to your full potential. These are my two favorite quotes from the book:

You only get one life. It’s actually your duty to live it as fully as possible

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“Push yourself. Don’t settle. Wear those stripy legs with pride. And if you insist on settling down with some ridiculous bloke, make sure some of this is squirreled away somewhere. Knowing you still have possibilities is a luxury. Knowing I might have given them to you has alleviated something for me.”

It made me wonder about my own life and whether or not I’m living it to my fullest. I really found Lou to be relatable. Lou goes through a transformation throughout the whole book. She learns to change herself for the better and its all thanks to Will, who gave her the extra push. No one encouraged Lou more than Will, not even Patrick (her boyfriend) of seven years. It did take me a while to tolerate Lou, but by the end of the book, I really liked her. I wasn’t a huge fan of Lou’s family either, but I really liked Treena (Lou’s younger sister).

I didn’t hate the book, nor did I particularly love it. Honestly, it took me such a long time to start enjoying the book, and that’s when I reached the halfway point. I’m not going to sugarcoat it, but the book was definitely boring for me. I didn’t feel an attachment with the characters, and in my case, it felt like this book was missing a certain something for me to love it. I feel that the movie will definitely be better than the book, and I will see the movie! Will I read the sequel? No thank you. I was really satisfied with the ending of the book, even though it was bittersweet.

Final Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

 

Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto: Book Review

“As I grow older, much older, I will experience many things, and I will hit rock bottom again and again. Again and again I will suffer; again and again I will get back on my feet. I will not be defeated. I won’t let my spirit be destroyed.”

☆.。.:*・°☆.。.:*・°☆.。.:*・°☆.。.:*・°☆ Goodreads Synopsis: Two stories, “Kitchen” and “Moonlight Shadow,” told through the eyes of a pair of contemporary young Japanese women, deal with the themes of mothers, love, transsexuality, kitchens, and tragedy.

Commentary: I feel like the translation of the novel didn’t make this story as enjoyable as I thought it would be. The first story, Kitchen, is about a young girl Mikage who loses her grandmother and she gets adopted by the Tanabe family. She becomes friends with her adoptive family and moves out by the time she gets over her depression. Mikage overcomes her sadness and finds a joy in cooking. She later gets a job as a cook and feels happier with her life, but depression enters her life again when Eriko. It’s a bittersweet story, but sadly I couldn’t connect to the characters. I wish I understood Japanese just so I can read it in its original form, maybe it would change my mind about this book. I found the second story, Moonlight Shadow, to be more enjoyable. Satsuki jogs every day to forget about her grief. She meets a woman with strange powers that allows her to see her dead boyfriend one last time Both stories are sad, but I found the second one to be a bit sadder than the first one. Sadly, I don’t think I would remember this story and will forget about it too.

Final Rating: ⭐️⭐️☆.。.:*・°☆.。.:*・°☆.。.:*・°☆.。.:*・°☆

Beastkeeper by Cat Hellisen: Book Review

“Because you can’t go around breaking curses willy-nilly. It doesn’t work like that Curses are strict There are rules to follow and conditions to meet. That’s the beauty of them. And why they cannot be broken.” – Alan

Goodreads Synopsis: Sarah has always been on the move. Her mother hates the cold, so every few months her parents pack their bags and drag her off after the sun. She’s grown up lonely and longing for magic. She doesn’t know that it’s magic her parents are running from.

When Sarah’s mother walks out on their family, all the strange old magic they have tried to hide from comes rising into their mundane world. Her father begins to change into something wild and beastly, but before his transformation is complete, he takes Sarah to her grandparents—people she has never met, didn’t even know were still alive.

Deep in the forest, in a crumbling ruin of a castle, Sarah begins to untangle the layers of curses affecting her family bloodlines, until she discovers that the curse has carried over to her, too. The day she falls in love for the first time, Sarah will transform into a beast . . . unless she can figure out a way to break the curse forever.

Commentary: Reading fairy tale adaptations are my favorites. I picked this book up because the plot was very interesting since the girl is the beast and she’s trying to remove her curse. I thought it was going to be a young adult novel, and a bit more romantic. This novel is really bittersweet. First of all, the curse is a bit confusing for me. The males in her family become beasts while the females become birds, and Sarah becomes a beast. I thought she would have became a bird like her grandmother and mother, not a beast. Not that I have a problem with Sarah being a beast, but one would assume she would become a bird. Yes, it’s true that the protagonist develops feelings for Alan, a beastkeeper, but romance does not play a huge role in reversing the curse. I loved how true love’s kiss would break the curse. Sarah had to discover how to change back by discovering her family’s secret. I felt really sorry for Sarah, her family sucked. Her mother left her, her father left her, and her grandparents love her. I didn’t feel any emotional connection towards any of her family members. They were really selfish. Now, the curse was placed on her family because of bitterness and jealousy. Sarah was the only sane member of her family. Her grandmothers were reluctant to share any information on the curse. The curse could have been lifted if her witch grandmothers would have talked instead of being angry with each other. Sarah is the only character to mature, and I liked her journey to become human. I also liked how Alan and Sarah chose to become friends. This story is not your typical happily ever after and it was far more different than I imagined. It’s a fast read, but not as entertaining as I thought it would be. Would I recommend it? Yes, I fell in love with the author’s writing style and though the ending was bittersweet, it felt a bit more realistic than a happy ending.

Quotes:

“You can’t make someone fall in love with you…and that is where the storytellers write their own sugary versions of the truth. A pack of lies until they reach ‘The End.’ But no story ever comes to an end, at least not one so neat. There are vioices silenced, characters erased at the storyteller’s whim.”

“People fall out of love slower than they fall in, to be sure, but there’s the story no one wants to tell. It’s dull. Boring. The good ones don’t always win. Nothing lasts forever.”

“It was love that cursed, and love that saved.”

“The people who should have loved her hadn’t; her enemies wore smiles, and her family, snarls.”

“You told me yourself that curses always go in circles. I am choosing to step out of the circle. Maybe I can’t break it, but I can refuse to be a part of it, to step away from revenge and jealousy…I can do what you couldn’t. I can forgive.”

Final Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️ (3.5)

Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbit: Book Review

“Don’t be afraid of death; be afraid of an unlived life. You don’t have to live forever, you just have to live.”

Goodreads Synopsis: Doomed to – or blessed with – eternal life after drinking from a magic spring, the Tuck family wanders about trying to live as inconspicuously and comfortably as they can. When ten-year-old Winnie Foster stumbles on their secret, the Tucks take her home and explain why living forever at one age is less a blessing that it might seem. Complications arise when Winnie is followed by a stranger who wants to market the spring water for a fortune.

Commentary: I really enjoy reading children’s literature and picked Tuck Everlasting because I’ve always wanted to read the book. The book is a really quick read. The protagonist Winnie was very likable, I thought it was very cute how she came to love the Tuck family and I respected what she did for them. The man in the yellow suit, I knew that he seemed suspicious, I just had a feeling about him. I thought he made a great villain to the story. He planned on selling the water and using the Tuck family as his test subjects in order to make him rich. I wasn’t expecting him to die quickly! But, if he had lived, he would have exposed the secret to the world and make life impossible for the Tuck family. I did like how Winnie developed on crush on Jesse despite that huge age gap. I would have liked to have seen them get together, but alas, that did not happen. The ending was very bittersweet for me. Jesse gave Winnie a bottle containing water from the spring and he told her to drink it at seventeen. She didn’t, instead she gave it to a toad. Why would you give the water to the toad Winnie, why? In the epilogue, it was revealed that she had lived a long life and had her own family. I felt sorry for Jesse. I was rooting for them, oh well. Some people either love the ending or hate it, but I personally liked the ending. Yes, I know that Jesse and Winnie did not end up together, but think about it, living forever is not a blessing, it’s more of a curse. If a person were to be immortal, there would be endless possibilities of what that person can achieve, but I believe that at some point it will get tiring and meaningless. That’s just what I believe. It was saddening to know that the family did not use their immortality to the fullest. They could have achieved many things, but instead they chose to hid. I felt that the Tuck family did not properly manage their immortality well.  For example, Miles could have gone to search for his children or the boys could have gone back to school. Just saying. I will watch the movie adaptation of Tuck Everlasting as well. Did you know that Tuck Everlasting was adapted into a musical?! That really surprised me! Lastly, I kept seeing trailers for this upcoming romantic movie called “The Age of Adaline” staring Blake Lively, it kinda reminds me of this book since the movie will be dealing with an immortal protagonist.

Quotes: “Everything’s a wheel, turning and turning, never stopping. The frogs is part of it, and the bugs, and the fish, and the wood thrush, too. And people. But never the same ones. Always coming in new, always growing and changing, and always moving on. That’s the way it’s supposed to be. That’s the way it is.”

“You can’t have living without dying. So you can’t call it living, what we got. We just are, we just be, like rocks beside the road.

For some, time passes slowly. An hour can seem like an eternity. For others, there was never enough. For Jesse Tuck, it didn’t exist.”

Final Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️ (3.5)

A Werewolf Boy (2012): Movie Review

I’ve watched my first movie of 2015! I woke up super early for work and decided to browse on Netflix. I kept seeing A Werewolf Boy as a recommendation and decided to watch it.

Plot 

A mother moves with her older daughter (Park Bo-Young) and younger daughter (Kim Hyang-Gi) to a large home in the country side. The older daughter suffers from a lung ailment and her doctor advised the family to move out into the country side. The home is provided by Ji-Tae (Yoo Yeon-Seok), the son of a business partner who worked with their deceased father.

While the family gets acclimated to their new surroundings, the older daughter makes a remarkable discovery. Within a locked room in the barn lives a wild boy (Song Joong-Ki). The family takes him in believing he is just an orphan with little social skills. The boy with little social skills begins to take an interest in the oldest daughter. Meanwhile, Ji-Tae has his own plans in marrying the oldest daughter. What’s the secret behind the wild boy?

Commentary

The movie was very entertaining to watch and I highly recommend it. The OST was really good, i really liked the song My Prince by Park Bo Young. I loved the character development in the film. For example, Chul Soo, the werewolf, was more like an animal than man, but as the film went on, he started becoming more human because of Sun Yi. He could not speak in his first encounter with Sun Yi, but when it became evident that Sun Yi could not be with him, he uttered his first words “don’t go” to her.

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I did not expect myself to be crying in this film, but it was really hard to hold in my tears. The ending was very bittersweet. Even though it was obvious that Sun Yi and Chul Soo were not going to end up together, I was still rooting for them to be together. The way Chul Soo looked at Sun Yi throughout the movie, you could tell it was love. It was so cute how he followed and only listened to Sun Yi, and he was very devoted to her. I felt really bad for Chul Soo, especially when he was locked up in a room. I despised the villain of the movie. He caused most of the problems in the film and tried to make Chul Soo look like the villain in front of everyone. I didn’t expect the villain to be very murderous just because Sun Yi kept rejecting him. The ending had me crying so much. In the beginning of the movie, Sun Yi is introduced as an old woman and she goes back to South Korea because her dead mother has left an inheritance. Most of the film is told in a flashback of her younger days. By the end of the film, she is reunited with Chul Soo. It broke my heart that he has not aged after being 47 years separated from her, while she has. He waited for her to return after all that time, and my heart broke into two.

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I really didn’t expect this film to be such a tearjerker! I really loved Song Joong Ki’s acting was superb and believable. I will definitely check out more of his movies and dramas!

Final Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

“An angel sat on one shoulder, a devil on the other. Both of them wore my face.”

It’s been such a long time since I’ve completed a trilogy. Today I finished the last book to the Mara Dyer Series. It’s not my favorite series, but it was an entertaining at some parts and frustrating at other parts. I read all three books on my kindle, but I would not buy the physical books as beautiful as the covers may be. Many of the booktubers I follow loved the series, but I really tried my best and I did find it a tad overrated. I’d like to apologize in advanced, since this review will have spoilers, so you have been warned! Let’s get on with the review!

Goodreads synopsis:

Mara Dyer wants to believe there’s more to the lies she’s been told.

There is.

She doesn’t stop to think about where her quest for the truth might lead.

She should.

She never had to imagine how far she would go for vengeance.

She will now.

Loyalties are betrayed, guilt and innocence tangle, and fate and chance collide in this shocking conclusion to Mara Dyer’s story.

Retribution has arrived.

  • What I liked:

    – This book was gruesome and Mara was like an assassin!!!
    – Mara, Jaime, and Stella breaking out of Horizons together
    – That whole road trip to New York
    – Dr. Kells having the mutation G1821, but she was not an active carrier.
    – Daniel finally believing Mara. It was one of the best moments when Daniel realized that his sister was not crazy the whole time.
    – Finding all that evidence of Dr. Kells experiments. I liked how Jaime, Daniel, Mara, and Stella all teamed up
    – Learning about how many boys Dr. Kells had to kill in order to get results. Jude was the only one to have survived the tests while others died.
    – I thought Jude was dying in the beginning of the book, did not expect him to show up again near the end. He really made the book interesting.
    – Reunion with Noah
    – Chapters with Noah’s perspective
    – Mara and Noah finally being with each other, despite what anyone said
    – I love Jamie and Daniel; they are my favorite characters in the whole series.

    What I disliked:

    – No epic fight between Mara and David Shaw
    – David Shaw just disappeared as quickly as he appeared in the books.
    – The pregnancy test
    – Some parts were slow.
    – Why did Stella have to go? Why?
    – Noah appeared way to late in the book.
    – Dr. Kells died to soon, it would have been cool if she had escaped Horizons and then battled Mara later on in the book.
    – Mara’s “death”, though I like Mara and Noah as a couple, I would have loved the book much more if Mara had died. It was really sad when Mara chose death in order to save the ones she loved. It was such a heartbreaking scene, and I thought that was going to be the end of the story. I feel that she would have died as a hero if she stayed dead, while Noah would have continued to live on.
    – I wish the epilogue took place years later instead of a couple days later

Final Thoughts: I have mixed feelings about the series. I loathed the first book, the second book was the best, and the final book was a bit exciting, but definitely better than the first book. I was more excited to read about her grandma and how the past and present sort of merged together. Mara was much more violent in this book, but she had to do what she had to do. She tried to get rid of her villains, but she did not have to rely on her power. I was not expecting Mara to become physically violent, which was a bit alarming. She was not the same girl from the second book. During the whole journey to New York, I thought Mara was becoming mentally unstable since she was weak and she would listen to her reflection. When Mara decided to cut her stomach, I seriously thought she was ill, but it was revealed that two small drugs were stuck in her stomach thus making her feel weak and stopping her from using her power. For the climax, I thought there was going to be a huge fight near the end of the book when Noah’s father, David Shaw finally made an appearance. It was revealed that David was the one responsible for hiring Dr. Kells and funding her experimentations. I was not that surprised to know he was the one behind everything, I had a feeling since the second book that he had to be the bigger villain. I really did enjoy seeing the flashbacks of Mara’s grandmother. Again, I did have a feeling that Abel Lukumi was the professor and the grandfather of Mara. I do like his power, which I believe is immortality. After the whole Mara “dies” and Noah “dies” scene, I really wanted to finished the book and not in a good way. It took me a while to get to the end of the book, but I finished. I liked the last sentence of the book: “My name is not Mara Dyer, but my lawyer told me I had to choose something”.

Final Rating: ★★★☆☆ 😶