Manga Classics: Emma

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goodreads-synopsis

Just in time for the 200th Anniversary, Manga Classics: Emma brings Jane Austen’s classic tale of youthful folly and romantic exuberance to a modern audience with this beautiful, new manga adaptation. The impulsive match-making of Emma Woodhouse delivers both humor and heartache through the gorgeous artwork of manga-ka Po Tse (Manga Classics: Pride and Prejudice). – Manga Classics editions feature classic stories, faithfully adapted and illustrated in manga style, and available in both hardcover and softcover editions. Proudly presented by UDON Entertainment and Morpheus Publishing.

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(Artwork from book)

Book is available on NetGalley.

Emma is an upperclass young lady that loves being a matchmaker. She has fun pairing her friends, but not everyone approves of her hobby. Though Emma has good intentions, she doesn’t realize she causes harm when she tries to matchmake. She constantly finds herself bickering with her brother in law, Mr. George Knightley who feels Emma shouldn’t matchmake at all. When Harriet arrives into town, Emma becomes friends with Harriet. Harriet lacks Emma’s confidence and reputation, and Emma sees her as a project in the making. Emma is independent and feels that she cannot marry. She is better off alone or so she thinks. Because Emma tries to matchmake, she gets herself involve in many situations. This manga edition of Emma is quite hilarious.

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I have not read Emma by Jane Austen, but I know the gist of the story thanks Clueless. With this manga edition of Emma, I knew that I was going to get condescended story. Though I this edition is quite short, I found it to be light hearted and funny. Starting off with the drawing style, honestly I was not much of a fan at first. The more I kept reading, the more I felt that the drawing style suited this story. I even learned to love it by the end.

As for the characters, Emma was by far my favorite from the cast of characters. She is independent, helpful, fun, and childish. Despite her good qualities, Emma is also prejudice when it comes to people of lower standing. This can be proven when Mr. Martin is introduced, and Emma declares to Harriet that she doesn’t associate with people of lower standing.

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For most of the book, she is very clueless…ha ha ha. See what I did there. All right, moving on. Though Emma finds herself in many situations, she isn’t very socially aware of what she is doing. For example, Emma tries to pair Harriet to Mr. Elton, but she does not realize that Mr. Elton is deeply falling in love with her until he confesses his feelings for her. Though the poor doesn’t have a clue, she has a good heart. As for Mr. Knightley, he deeply cares for Emma but doesn’t reveal his feelings for her. Most of the time, he is concealing his true feelings for Emma.

The manga version of Emma tries to stay as close to the original work, but I wasn’t a huge fan of the romance. If this book had a couple more chapters, I am sure that it could have been better executed. I did like all the romantic pairings, except for Mr. Elton and Mrs. Elton since they are downright deplorable. If you feel intimidated by reading classic books, I feel manga editions of the book are better since it is easier to understand language and plot wise.

Final rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️ (3.5)

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Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

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goodreads-synopsis

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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Six Of Crows by Leigh Bardugo: Book Review

“Kaz leaned back. “What’s the easiest way to steal a man’s wallet?”
“Knife to the throat?” asked Inej.
“Gun to the back?” said Jesper.
“Poison in his cup?” suggested Nina.
“You’re all horrible,” said Matthias.”

☆.。.:*・°☆.。.:*・°☆.。.:*・°☆.。.:*・°☆  Goodreads Synopsis: Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…

A convict with a thirst for revenge.

A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager.

A runaway with a privileged past.

A spy known as the Wraith.

A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.

A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.

Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.

Commentary: I understand the hype for Six of Crows and this book did not disappoint! I’ve had some problems with overhyped books this year, what I appreciated about this book was that my expectations were met. Thank goodness. I really enjoyed Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha Trilogy and I am such a fan of the world that she has created. When I heard about Six Of Crows coming out, I preordered it right away! I had a feeling that it was going to be a good book and I was right. ⸂⸂⸜(ೆ௰ೆ๑)⸝⸃⸃

This story has six main characters, but there are only five points of view since Wylan doesn’t get his own chapters. Besides that, each character I thought was amazing. They are misfits and not the typical heroes you would root for.

“They’d come to the Ice Court scurrying like rats. Live or die, they were going out like an army.”

You want them to successfully pull of the heist. They all have their own reasons for joining the crew and they aren’t necessarily friends at first. They are supposed to rescue a scientist in order to get paid. Even though Kaz carefully plans out their mission, things do go wrong. It was really exciting reading all the action packed scenes. I was kept at the edge of my seat. I felt the book was at it’s strongest when the crew finally managed go to their destination.

I found this book to be much darker than the Grisha trilogy, since this book did include topics of slavery, prostitution, and annihilation of the Grisha, even though the story mainly focuses on  the heist. I did like how this book included references to the Grisha trilogy such as King Nikolai. *swoons* ✿♥‿♥✿

Though there were multiple points of view, I did not confuse each of the characters because they were all unique and their backstories are great. The heroines are kickass, strong, and powerful. There are no love triangles. That’s right, no love triangles! Yay! I did feel that each character had a sad backstory.

There is Kaz, the mastermind and leader of the group. His backstory was really sad and he does grow on you. He can be at times heartless and brutal. This is the best description of Kaz:

“He’s horrible.”
“But effective. Being angry at Kaz for being ruthless is like being angry at a stove for being hot.”

Inej is practically a ninja and cunning. Kaz trusts her more than anyone in the crew. She is fierce and amazing. She and Nina are an amazing duo and serious friendship goals. ˭̡̞(◞⁎˃ᆺ˂)◞*✰

“She was not a lynx or a spider or even the Wraith. She was Inej Ghafa, and her future was waiting above.”

Wylan is a genius that comes from a privilege background. He really surprised me because I thought he was going to be the weakest of the group, but he proved me wrong.

Nina is a Grisha who is loud and flirtatious. I love how snarky she can be as well, but overall she is such a great friend. She is willing to sacrifice her life for the ones she loves. She is my favorite character.

Jesper is the comedic relief of the story. He is charming and sometimes is the voice of reason when the others fight. There is more to him than being a sharp shooter.

Matthias is an ex-soldier who is often grumpy and hates the Grisha due to his upbringing. But despite that, he is strong and lovable. He and Nina are a perfect balance.

The three couples were great as well, even though they don’t really get together. Keep in mind that this isn’t a romance driven book. My favorite pairing is Nina and Matthias. They had such romantic tension and it is also a forbidden love. Nina is a Grisha and Matthias is a soldier who kills the Grisha. I really like them together. They have gone through so much before joining the heist. I like how the two of them grow closer because of the heist. They are just cute together. ໒( ♥ ◡ ♥ )७

“Oh, I see. I’m the wicked Grisha seductress. I have beguiled you with my Grisha wiles!”
She poked him in the chest.
“Stop that.”
“No. I’m beguiling you.”

I occasionally did get bored of reading the story because it felt that not much happened during the first half. Once you get to the second half, the story becomes far more interesting. I wasn’t expecting two plot twists! I can’t believe that it ended on a cliffhanger, but I am really excited for the second book in the series. I really recommend this book. You don’t really have to read the Grisha series to start this book, but I do recommend reading it because it is a great series as well! ⁽(◍˃̵͈̑ᴗ˂̵͈̑)⁽

Quotes: 

“Many boys will bring you flowers. But someday you’ll meet a boy who will learn your favorite flower, your favorite song, your favorite sweet. And even if he is too poor to give you any of them, it won’t matter because he will have taken the time to know you as no one else does. Only that boy earns you heart.”

“When everyone knows you’re a monster, you needn’t waste time doing every monstrous thing.”

“He needed to tell her…what? That she was lovely and brave and better than anything he deserved. That he was twisted, crooked, wrong, but not so broken that he couldn’t pull himself together into some semblance of a man for her. That without meaning to, he’d begun to lean on her, to look for her, to need her near. He needed to thank her for his new hat.”

“I can hear the change in Kaz’s breathing when he looks at you.”
“You… you can?”
“It catches every time, like he’s never seen you before.”

“She had her aim now, her heart had direction, and though it hurt to know the path led away from him, she could endure it.”

“I want you to stay. I want you to … I want you.” “You want me.” She turned the words over. Gently, she squeezed his hand. “And how will you have me, Kaz?” He looked at her then, eyes fierce, mouth set. It was the face he wore when he was fighting. “How will you have me?” she repeated. “Fully clothed, gloves on, your head turned away so our lips can never touch?”<…>“I will have you without armour, Kaz Brekker. Or I will not have you at all.”

“They fear as I once feared you,” he said. “As you once feared me. We are all someone’s monster, Nina”

Final Rating:⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (4.5) ☆.。.:*・°☆.。.:*・°☆.。.:*・°☆.。.:*・°☆ 

P.S. I am including an audio clip of the first chapter of Six Of Crows, courtesy of Audible.com! It would have been totally amazing if I listened to the audiobook since this book has many perspectives!!! Happy Reading!

I Am Princess X by Cherie Priest: Book Review

It wasn’t the beginning Libby and May had ever imagined. But then again, they’d never given the princess a beginning, had they? They’d only told her adventures going forward from the time she picked up her sword, fighting bad guys and monsters in her little red Chucks. They’d made up tales of daring and danger, but all those tales happened after she’d earned her name and her crown.

☆.。.:*・°☆.。.:*・°☆.。.:*・°☆.。.:*・°☆ Goodreads Synopsis: Best friends, big fans, a mysterious webcomic, and a long-lost girl collide in this riveting novel, perfect for fans of both Cory Doctorow and Sarah Dessen; illustrated throughout with comics.

Once upon a time, two best friends created a princess together. Libby drew the pictures, May wrote the tales, and their heroine, Princess X, slayed all the dragons and scaled all the mountains their imaginations could conjure.

Once upon a few years later, Libby was in the car with her mom, driving across the Ballard Bridge on a rainy night. When the car went over the side, Libby passed away, and Princess X died with her.

Once upon a now: May is sixteen and lonely, wandering the streets of Seattle, when she sees a sticker slapped in a corner window.

Princess X? 

When May looks around, she sees the Princess everywhere: Stickers. Patches. Graffiti. There’s an entire underground culture, focused around a webcomic at IAmPrincessX.com. The more May explores the webcomic, the more she sees disturbing similarities between Libby’s story and Princess X online. And that means that only one person could have started this phenomenon—her best friend, Libby, who lives.

Commentary: The story starts off immediately with the death of Libby, May’s best friend and co-creator of Princess X. I would have liked this story a bit more if the author had developed May and Libby more. I wanted more of May and Libby’s friendship or at least more chapters about the original Princess X comics. 

Anyways, May’s parents are divorced and she only lives in Seattle during the summer with her father. Three years after Libby’s “death”, she finds a Princess X poster. She believes that Libby is alive once she sees that poster and the mystery begins to unfold. o(^▽^)o

Though May has social media accounts and knows how to use the internet, she is not tech savvy, which is a bit ironic. One day her computer doesn’t turn on and she hires Trick to help her fix her computer. She just needed to charge her computer…Anyways; Trick is a bit more developed than the other characters. Trick is a genius when in comes to computers, but lost a scholarship to University because of his jealousy and foolishness. He is in desperate need of money, but instead of focusing on himself and trying to fix his problem, he decides to help May. Though he doesn’t believe her at first.

By the way, there is no romance in this book! Trick and May do not fall for each other; rather they become good friends because of Princess X. If there was a romance in this book, I would have given it a lower score. What I really like about I Am Princess X is that it focuses on true friendship. May was willing to endure any hardship to find the whereabouts of Libby. This book is definitely fun. 

My favorite character had to be Jackdaw, I found him to be the most interesting character from the group of friends. I did like how he got a backstory. I really liked how he would playfully scold Trick. By the way, Jackdaw is another computer genius. .+:。(ノ・ω・)ノ゙

The villain was psychotic. I did feel slightly sorry for him, but at the same time I was scared of him. There are some moments that had were creepy in the book. The Needleman needed professional help and counseling. (∗❛ั௦❛ั∗) And I really liked the mystery and suspense because it did work well for this book. I loved the quest for the four keys and I love how Princess X web comic was more than just a comic. It was a sign for May to look for Libby. It was their way of finding each other. Even though Princess X was becoming a popular web comic, I can understand why May never found out about it since she lives mostly in Atlanta with her mother. I do believe that the Princess X was popular locally.

Though there are some things that did bother me with the book. First of all, why didn’t the police do a DNA check when they found the Libby’s “body’? Why?! 。゚( ゚இ‸இ゚)゚。 Secondly, the police was really useless in this novel. May and Trick were far more useful than the police. I would have liked it if May was more developed since she is the main protagonist of the book. I really wanted this book to be longer, and it is under 300 pages. Lastly, I would have liked to have read some of May’s writings for Princess X since May was the writer in the duo while Libby was the artist.

I recommend not buying this book for Kindle just because the font is really small. It’s more of a PDF rather than your typical eBook. In this case, it’s better to have the physical copy. Other than that, this book is standalone. It did end on a bittersweet note. I just wished there were more chapters of the Princess X graphic novel. The last page was really adorable and I liked it. Do I recommend this book? Yes, it is a fun read, but I think this book is more middle grade rather than young adult. 

Final Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️ (3.5) ☆.。.:*・°☆.。.:*・°☆.。.:*・°☆.。.:*・°☆

Worlds of Ink and Shadow by Lena Coakley: Book Review

☆.。.:*・°☆.。.:*・°☆.。.:*・°☆.。.:*・°☆ Goodreads Synopsis: Charlotte, Branwell, Emily, and Anne. The Brontë siblings have always been inseparable. After all, nothing can bond four siblings quite like life in an isolated parsonage out on the moors. Their vivid imaginations lend them escape from their strict upbringing, actually transporting them into their created worlds: the glittering Verdopolis and the romantic and melancholy Gondal. But at what price? As Branwell begins to slip into madness and the sisters feel their real lives slipping away, they must weigh the cost of their powerful imaginations, even as their characters—the brooding Rogue and dashing Duke of Zamorna—refuse to let them go.

Gorgeously written and based on the Brontës’ juvenilia, Worlds of Ink & Shadow brings to life one of history’s most celebrated literary families.

Commentary: I received this book on NetGalley to review!! This is my honest opinion on this book!

Overall, this book was very fun to read. I liked how the siblings created their worlds that they could alter by being in the story. Seriously, they would jump inside their stories! How cool is that! From the beginning, Charlotte and Branwell are very competitive when it comes to writing. Charlotte pays careful attention to the plot of her story and alters any mistakes immediately while Branwell goes with the flow and has very little control on the story’s plot. In Verdopolis, Charlotte often disguises herself as Zamorna’s younger brother while Branwell has an alter ego and lives out his life as freely as he wants too. Anne and Emily are allowed to read the stories, but are not permitted to enter Verdopolis. Emily resents her older siblings, but she does not understand the price her siblings paid for their abilities.

Now, what I really like about the book is that each sibling has a unique personality trait. Charlotte is the perfectionist, Branwell is arrogant, Emily is romantic, and Anne is the quiet genius. If I had to choose my favorite sibling, it would be Emily because she is the most unpredictable and emotional. Emily is the hopeless romantic with a wild imagination, and I really enjoyed her chapters. I also liked how close she was with Anne. Anne is my second favorite character! Anne is really clever and loves her siblings dearly. Even though Charlotte is the oldest sibling, Anne is the wisest and the most responsible. Leave it to Anne to save the day! ٩(๑❛ワ❛๑)و

I did find the book to be a bit creepy at times especially when the siblings were being haunted by some of the characters they created. Charlotte and Branwell experienced the worst of it. They couldn’t abandon their writings otherwise Old Tom would torment them. Charlotte was being haunted by a twisted version of her older sister Maria while Branwell was haunted by his least favorite sibling Elizabeth. I did find it sad how Branwell only wanted to see Maria instead of Elizabeth. ( ˃̶͈ ̯ ̜ ˂̶͈ˊ ) ︠³

There is romance in this book and no love triangles! There is only one couple though there is supposed to be two couples. Emily and Rogue get together while the other couple does not. I liked how their relationship was built up. At first, I thought Emily was attracted to the Duke, as I kept reading, it was revealed that she has always been in love with the bad boy. Emily was a bit foolish with her actions, but she saw something in Rogue that the others did not see. I love how Rogue started slowly falling for her as well! At first, Rogue felt indifference towards her and almost killed her and by the end of the book, he wanted to protect her.

As for the villain, I was not surprised when the big revelation came. There were tiny hints that the villain was not created like the rest of the characters in Verdopolis. From the moment he was introduced, I knew he was going to play a major role in story and I was right. The villain was more of trickster than someone malevolent and evil. Now, the book could have been better if there were epic fighting scenes against the villain, but that was not the case. The ending was really bittersweet. ᵟຶᴖ ᵟຶ

What I did dislike was the writing style, but I did enjoy the story! I wished it could have been a bit longer. Also, I wished there was more action scenes because this book hardly had none. Lastly, I wish Charlotte and Zamorna had more scenes together since Emily and Rogue’s relationship did overshadow theirs. Other than that, this was a very fast read and I enjoyed it! o(*≧□≦)o

Available January 5th, 2016

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

 

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell: Book Review

Just when you think you’re having a scene without Simon, he drops in to remind you that everyone else is a supporting character in his catastrophe.

☆.。.:*・°☆.。.:*・°☆.。.:*・°☆.。.:*・°☆ Goodreads Synopsis: Simon Snow is the worst chosen one who’s ever been chosen.

That’s what his roommate, Baz, says. And Baz might be evil and a vampire and a complete git, but he’s probably right.

Half the time, Simon can’t even make his wand work, and the other half, he sets something on fire. His mentor’s avoiding him, his girlfriend broke up with him, and there’s a magic-eating monster running around wearing Simon’s face. Baz would be having a field day with all this, if he were here—it’s their last year at the Watford School of Magicks, and Simon’s infuriating nemesis didn’t even bother to show up.

Carry On is a ghost story, a love story, a mystery and a melodrama. It has just as much kissing and talking as you’d expect from a Rainbow Rowell story—but far, far more monsters.

Commentary: When I first heard about Carry On getting published, I was a bit worried about it. I was not a big fan of the Simon chapters in Fangirl. For some reason, I thought she was going to write as Gemma T. Leslie (author of the Simon Snow series), but this book is Rainbow Rowell’s take on Simon Snow. I really enjoy reading Rainbow Rowell’s works, but I was hesitant to read Carry On. I waited for reviews of the book and all I can say is that this book is everywhere. Seriously. Almost everyone I follow on Booktube or Goodreads gave Carry On a five out of five. I did enjoy the book, don’t get me wrong, but I felt it a bit lacking. ₍₍ ◟(•ૅ ॄ •ૅ๑)◞ ₎₎

First of all, I enjoyed the romance between Baz and Simon. The romance was absolutely perfect. Simon and Baz really were equally matched. I love the build up of their relationship, but I would have liked it more if there were flashbacks of Baz falling for Simon. Initially, I thought Simon was going to be my favorite character, he is supposed to be the fictional Harry Potter. Simon Snow was extremely angsty and stubborn, he can’t control his power like the others. I did not like him as much as I liked Penelope and Baz. I really loved Penelope!! I enjoyed her parts of the book. I like how supportive she was of Simon’s relationship with Baz and how she didn’t “hate” Agatha just because Simon and Agatha broke up.

Also, I loved the friendship between Simon, Penny, and Baz. Agatha was not really included in the book. She was just there compared to the other characters. I wished she were more involved with her circle of friends, but the breakup made everything awkward for her. She wanted to live her life with nonmagical people. She was the one to get away from everything. Luckily for her, she gets a happy ending. ~(^з^)-☆

The Mage was the most interesting character to me. I knew he was a shady from the moment he was introduced. There was something about him that was off. I do respect the reforms he did for the school such as allowing everyone with magical abilities to attend Watford. It used to be a school for the elite before he became headmaster. Other than that, he is a bit of a maniac. He is obsessed with the prophecy of the greatest mage. He must have been really charismatic for Lucy to stay with him. He also isolated himself and Lucy from society, if that’s not a sign of a madman, then I don’t know what is. He also used Lucy, he wanted their child to become The Chosen One. He also abandoned Simon, and never told him that he was his father. He also made a deal with the vampires to attack Watford. I can’t forget to mention how he made his men raid other wizards. I really did not like the Mage. He did get what he deserved in the end. (ꐦ°᷄д°᷅)

To be honest, I don’t understand why the book was divided into four parts. I found it really unnecessary. Also, the first 180 pages were hard were dragging. I did consider dropping this book, but I didn’t want to fail my November tbr. Everything becomes more exciting once you keep reading. Now, I felt as if I missed out on an experience. I would have loved to read more about Simon Snow’s world. I would have loved if there were more books, and it doesn’t seem that there will be a sequel. I know that there are several points of view in this book, but it will all make sense near the end of the book. The ending was satisfying for me. I really did not expect that ending. Why couldn’t Simon Snow about his parents! That part made me upset. I thought he was going to find out the identity of his parents at least, but that did not happen!! (ꐦ ಠ皿ಠ )

Compared to her other works, I did not enjoy Carry On as much as I enjoyed Fangirl and Eleanor and Park. Even though this book was not for me, I will still recommend it because it had fun moments, and I did like the silly spells as well. The reason why I give this book a 3.5 is because exciting, but it was still missing a certain something. Would I reread this? I don’t think so.  ต( ິᵒ̴̶̷̤ ﻌ ᵒ̴̶̷̤ )ິ ♬

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

The Waiting Room by Alysha Kaye: Book Review

☆.。.:*・°☆.。.:*・°☆.。.:*・°☆.。.:*・°☆  Goodreads Synopsis: Jude and Nina are the epitome of that whole raw, unflinching love thing that most people are jealous of. That is, until Jude dies and wakes up in The Waiting Room, surrounded by other souls who are all waiting to pass over into their next life. But unlike those souls, Jude’s name is never called by the mysterious “receptionist”. He waits, watching Nina out of giant windows. He’s waiting for her. What is this place? How long will he wait? And what will happen when and if Nina does join him? The Waiting Room is a story of not just love, but of faith, predestination, and philosophy, friendship and self-actualization, of waiting

Commentary: The author of The Waiting Room, Alysha Kaye,  reached out to me on twitter and asked me to check out her book. It’s the first time an author has reached out to me and I was beyond excited to read her book! ʕ•̀ω•́ʔ✧

Now this book has different points of view, it could get confusing at times. The main characters are Jude and Nina, a couple who are very much in love until Jude dies from a car accident. I really like the premise of the book. I really liked how people get reincarnated every time they die instead of being sent to heaven or hell. Jude and Nina are a special case. Jude can’t go on to his next life without Nina, those two are inseparable. I did get a tad emotional because Jude had to wait so long for Nina in the waiting room. He waited fifty two years and stayed loyal to her even though she remarried and had kids with her husband David, now that’s love. ʕ•̫͡•ʔ❣ʕ-̼͡-ʔ

I loved Jude’s friendships with the workers of the waiting room, especially Ruth and Joe. I really liked how Ruth took several decades for her to warm up to Jude. They had like a mother-son relationship. She became a important person to him. I also liked how much she changed throughout the book. I was happy for her when she finally got to experience a new life since she has been working for the waiting room longer than all the other employees combined. ( ິ•ᆺ⃘• )ິฅ✧

Because of Jude and Nina, the waiting room changed completely because of their love story and actions. The waiting room was bleak and boring, but over time it changed for the better. People were encouraged to share their stories of their past lives. It became a place of recovery. The changes made to the waiting room were positive because people became far more excited to change and be the best person they could be for their next life. Nina was far more fulfilled in the waiting room than her actual life because she was able to all sorts of people. She felt completed by her project.

Jude and Nina are always meant to be with each other, no matter the situation. They are soul mates after all. I really liked reading about their different lives they had. Each one was unique in their own way. Though, their journey was not always perfect, Jude and Nina always managed to find each other. What I liked is that Jude and Nina have faults, they felt realistic to me. I liked how they were able to resolve their differences. There is only one made location in the book, and that is the waiting room. Sadly, this book was too short for me! I would have loved it if it were longer. The last chapter feels a bit rushed compared to the previous chapter. Also, the book starts off with Jude already in the waiting room. I would have loved it if the author did build up their romance before the tragic event. Despite everything else, I found this book to be very enjoyable. ʕง•ᴥ•ʔง

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

Monthly TBR: November 2015

I usually don’t make any to be read lists at all. I randomly pick books off my bookshelf, but for this month I decided to be a bit more organized. I hope I am able to read more this time around since last month I was really distracted. I watched a lot of anime, played video games, and worked a lot. Now, all these books aren’t in any particular order, but I hope to at least read every book on this list!!

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Goodreads Synopsis: Charlotte, Branwell, Emily, and Anne. The Brontë siblings have always been inseparable. After all, nothing can bond four siblings quite like life in an isolated parsonage out on the moors. Their vivid imaginations lend them escape from their strict upbringing, actually transporting them into their created worlds: the glittering Verdopolis and the romantic and melancholy Gondal. But at what price? As Branwell begins to slip into madness and the sisters feel their real lives slipping away, they must weigh the cost of their powerful imaginations, even as their characters—the brooding Rogue and dashing Duke of Zamorna—refuse to let them go.

Gorgeously written and based on the Brontës’ juvenilia, Worlds of Ink & Shadow brings to life one of history’s most celebrated literary families.

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Goodreads Synopsis: Simon Snow is the worst chosen one who’s ever been chosen.

That’s what his roommate, Baz, says. And Baz might be evil and a vampire and a complete git, but he’s probably right.

Half the time, Simon can’t even make his wand work, and the other half, he sets something on fire. His mentor’s avoiding him, his girlfriend broke up with him, and there’s a magic-eating monster running around wearing Simon’s face. Baz would be having a field day with all this, if he were here—it’s their last year at the Watford School of Magicks, and Simon’s infuriating nemesis didn’t even bother to show up.

Carry On is a ghost story, a love story, a mystery and a melodrama. It has just as much kissing and talking as you’d expect from a Rainbow Rowell story—but far, far more monsters.

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Goodreads Synopsis: Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mar her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.

Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won’t approve of her feelings for her childhood friend–the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn’t as weak as Levana believes her to be and she’s been undermining her stepmother’s wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that’s been raging for far too long.

Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter defeat Levana and find their happily ever afters?

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Goodreads Synopsis: Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…

A convict with a thirst for revenge.

A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager.

A runaway with a privileged past.

A spy known as the Wraith.

A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.

A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.

Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.