The Casquette Girls by Alys Arden: Book Review

And when all was done and all was said, we sat silently staring at the moon’s reflection on the rippling river, soaking it all in. The differences between people, cultures and times.
The monsters. The myths.
The heroes.
The victims.
The love and loss.
Loss and love.

☆.。.:*・°☆.。.:*・°☆.。.:*・°☆.。.:*・°☆ Goodreads Synopsis: Seven girls tied by time.
Five powers that bind.
One curse to lock the horror away.
One attic to keep the monsters at bay.

After the storm of the century rips apart New Orleans, sixteen-year-old Adele Le Moyne wants nothing more than her now silent city to return to normal. But with home resembling a war zone, a parish-wide curfew, and mysterious new faces lurking in the abandoned French Quarter, normal needs a new definition.

As the city murder rate soars, Adele finds herself tangled in a web of magic that weaves back to her own ancestors. Caught in a hurricane of myths and monsters, who can she trust when everyone has a secret and keeping them can mean life or death? Unless . . . you’re immortal.

Commentary: I am so surprised by the amount of five star ratings for this book, because I felt that the book was okay. ╮(•˘︿ ˘•)╭ I was really excited for this book because I really liked the synopsis, and I had high expectations for it. I had to put this book down several times because it was very slow paced. I was not a big fan of the first part of the story. The author kept describing the scenery a lot. For example, it felt like I was reading about twelve chapters of description. I didn’t like the author’s writing style as well. There was not that much action in the first part. At times, the book was a bit creepy and I found the protagonist to be a bit annoying. I really wanted to drop the book until I got to the second part. The story became stronger and it captivated me more. o(^◇^)o

I couldn’t relate to Adele, the protagonist, she was a bit too naive. At times she was very childish, but there were a few moments where she was a bit mature. Also, I was not a big fan of the romance in this book. There was a complicated love triangle in this book. There is Isaac, who has magical powers and descendant of the original coven, and Niccolo, a vampire who wanted Adele to break the curse. If I had to chose, I like Isaac more. Isaac had a love-hate relationship with Adele and they had lots of instant chemistry, but in the book, Adele focused her attention on Niccolo more than Isaac. It felt like Isaac was the second guy, even though he wasn’t. There weren’t enough Isaac moments in this book. Even though she gets with Isaac in the end, it still felt that she was still in love with Niccolo. ⸜₍⚛•⌣•⚛₎⸝

Adele’s friendship with Desiree was better than the romance. Desiree is a popular girl, who wants to have no part in witchcraft. She had to be my favorite character. She also played a part in accidentally releasing vampires in her hometown. She seemed like a mean girl at first, but she was very helpful to Adele. I really liked how Adele and her team up when they both discover that their ancestors were part of a coven. ( ◞・౪・)

Adeline’s narrative was so much better. Her diary entries are far more interesting. Adeline was really mature for her age. I really like how she felt responsible and guilty for the deaths of many people. I would have liked this book more if there were more diary entries. I loved her friendship with the triplets. I was really shocked to find out what happened to one of the triplets. It was very sad. I did like Adeline’s relationship with Gabe too. I did feel that he was starting to fall for her. I really wanted there to be more descendants from the original coven in this book!!

The last part of the book felt quickly rushed for me, but it was still good and shocking!!! I was not expecting that twist! It was so good! It all made sense in the end. I thought there was going to be a major battle scene amongst the vampire and the coven. I was wrong. Instead, Adele find the courage to take on the vampires in order to save her friends. I felt her actions were noble. Even though the vampires were stronger than her, she had to face them alone. What I really hope for the next book is for Adeline’s father to have a backstory since he is the most mysterious character in the book. Not much of him is known and the vampires have it out against him. Also, I hope the other descendants are discovered.

Finally, I’d like to thank NetGalley for getting this arc!!

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

The 52nd by Dela: Book Review

I was a Watcher. We watched dead creatures abduct humans so they could be sacrificed in the Underworld by their God, no questions asked. – Lucas

Goodreads Synopsis: Not one of the sacrifices chosen over the long history had survived–until now.

On the tip of the Yucatan peninsula, the immortal Castillo family gathers in Tulum. Weary and haunted, they receive the names of fifty-two human sacrifices chosen once every fifty-two years for the Underworld, a tradition thought to have disappeared with the fall of the Aztec and Mayan empires.

Driving home one night, college freshman Zara Moss swerves to avoid hitting a ghastly figure in the road. Lucas Castillo witnesses the car crash, but when it comes time to supervise her abduction from the wreckage, he intervenes. Something is different about Zara: Lucas has been having dreams of her arrival for five hundred years.

As Lucas and Zara come together to put an end to the bloody sacrifices, they discover that the ancient tradition isn’t so easily broken. The gods are angry, and they have until the Winter Solstice to drag Zara to the Underworld.

Commentary: I was beyond excited when I read the synopsis, it was unique, it had Hispanic protagonists and dealt the Aztecs and Mayans! The cover is absolutely gorgeous! The story is told in two perspectives, Lucas (Mulac) and Zara. Like I mentioned before, I was excited to read it, until I actually started reading it. I wasn’t a fan of Luca’s perspective, I found him to a be a tad too possessive over Zara. He reminded me of Edward Cullen. He’s immortal and about 500ish years old, and he has been waiting for Zara since the prophecy has been told. He and his family are watchers. Every 52 years, sacrifices are chosen, but once he meets Zara, he cannot let her die. Lucas vows to protect her despite going against the Gods. Honestly, I wanted to skip his parts, and move on, but I didn’t…ughs. On the other hand, Zara’s perspective was better than Lucas, but not by a lot.  I did feel that the book was dragged out a bit too much. I didn’t like the relationship between both protagonists either. Zara would get too angry at him and he would smirk a lot. Also, I didn’t like how Lucas kept calling Zara weak, and instead of Zara telling him otherwise, she also kept saying that she was weak herself. Luckily there was no love triangle in this book. I looked forward mostly to the actions scenes, but they were a tad too boring. I kept wanting to drop this book. I really thought it had an interesting concept, but it was too descriptive for me. Another problem that I had is that there will be more books in this series…it would have been better as a stand alone book rather than a series to be honest. I thought she was going to become an immortal like Lucas, but that didn’t happen. The ending was a disappointing. It ends with a kiss on a New Years party. In addition, the book really felt dragged out longer than it should have. Will I read the next book in the series when it comes out? No. Do I recommend this book? Not really.

Final Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️ (2.5)

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater: Book Review

“My words are unerring tools of destruction, and I’ve come unequipped with the ability to disarm them.”

Goodreads Synopsis: “There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,” Neeve said. “Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him.”

It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.

His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

From Maggie Stiefvater, the bestselling and acclaimed author of the Shiver trilogy and The Scorpio Races, comes a spellbinding new series where the inevitability of death and the nature of love lead us to a place we’ve never been before.

Commentary: I considered dropping this book, I really did. I really tried reading through this book and my mind kept wandering from start to finish. I have no idea how I finished either, but anyways, this book had a very good plot. I did not enjoy the author’s writing style, that was my main problem. I have to say that the book started to get interesting once I read past 100 pages or so. This story was told in multiple perspectives. The main protagonist is Blue Sargent that lives in a house full of physics, except she isn’t one. Instead, she is more like a battery and she helps the psychics get a better reading. Then there is also Gansey who is Blue’s true love and comes from a wealthy family. He doesn’t show off his wealth and luxuries, instead he prefers the supernatural and is on a quest to search for Glendower. I kept imagining a really huge Hugh Grant whenever I read Gansey’s perspective. What I appreciated about this book was that Blue didn’t immediately fall for Gansey, instead the book focused on their friendship. As a reader, it’s a given that Gansey and Blue will at some point develop romantic feelings for each other. It was interesting that Blue and Adam got together. I didn’t sense any chemistry between them; I felt that they should have been friends rather than be in a relationship. Blue kept rejecting his romantic advances (ex: Adam wanting to kiss her) even though she already knew that Gansey is her true love and not Adam. I’m not sure how it is going to be in the second book. Will it become a love triangle or not? I’m hoping that it won’t become a love triangle. I hope that Blue and Adam just break up without any drama. One of my favorite scenes from the book was discovering that Noah was a ghost. I had a feeling that there was something supernatural about him since I felt he was the least mentioned from the boys, and also because he would never talk about school with them. It was really sad knowing that he has been dead all along, and what is sadder is that none of his friends realized it. I like how it was revealed that his best friend at the time, Barrington Whelk, killed him in order to awaken the ley line, but it didn’t work. Barrington Whelk was wealthy when he was an Aglionby student until his family became broke. The best way to describe Whelk is that he is a man-child. He was spoiled and wanted to be rich again even if it meant sacrificing Noah. The sacrifice ritual did not work for him seven years prior to present. Once he discovered that Gansey was searching for the ley lines, he wanted attempt to awaken the ley lines again. I thought he was a perfect villain for the first book. He is the perfect representation of an Aglionby boy according to how Blue used to see them as. Ronan grew on me because at first I thought he was violent and had anger issues, and needed therapy, but later on its revealed that he cares deeply for his friends and would do anything for them. Now near the ending of the book had me shocked when he says to his friends that he pulled Chainsaw, the raven, from his dreams. What?! I wanted to know more about Ronan’s power, and hopefully there’s more to him in the second book. Lastly, there’s Adam. I liked him, I really did, but then towards the ending of the book I was like “Adam why?” I felt that he was the opposite of Whelk, Adam felt that he had to work hard in order to be successful. He was very prideful and stubborn to accept help coming from Gansey. There was so much going on the book that I can’t even describe it all in one review. It was creepy and scary, but I couldn’t get over how descriptive the author’s writing style was. I did like the plot, and I might continue reading this series just because there are still many unanswered questions such as what happened to Ronan’s father, does Blue’s father have psychic abilities, will Neeve return, what happens to Adam now that he has sacrificed his free will, and so on.

Final Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️ (3.5)

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare: Book Review

“The boy never cried again, and he never forgot what he’d learned: that to love is to destroy, and that to be loved is to be the one destroyed.”

Hello, I haven’t been posting much lately since I’ve been busy with school and work for most of January. I’ve read fewer books last month, and I hope for this month to read a bit more. My good friend, Imee, has been recommending me to read the Mortal Instruments series since she thought it was amazing. I remembered seeing the movie trailer and I thought it was going to be a great movie, until my younger sister said that it was horrible, and luckily, I did not watch the movie! On tumblr, I noticed how big the fandom is for this book series and the same goes for Clare’s prequel series, The Infernal Devices. Now, I was really stoked to begin this book, until I found out about the author herself. There were some stories about her that appalled me. Since reading into her life, it really ruined the reading experience for me. I tried to focus on the story since it is a best seller, but I didn’t like it as much as I thought I would. For the first book, I thought it was okay, but I would continue reading the other books in the series because I feel that it might get better with time. And I hope that it does not end up like The Selection series, which could have been one book instead of three.

Goodreads Synposis: When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder― much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing―not even a smear of blood―to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know…

Exotic and gritty, exhilarating and utterly gripping, Cassandra Clare’s ferociously entertaining fantasy takes readers on a wild ride that they will never want to end. 

Characters: I really liked Simon, he was my favorite character from the story. I felt that he was very relatable and was adorable. He was a really good friend to Clary despite everything. I felt sad for him since it’s clear to see that he won’t end up with Clary. I felt bad for him when he tried to compete for her affection. I loved that he is both nerdy and at the same time, he kicks butt. My favorite scene had to be when he took down the demon with his archery skills! I liked Jace as well, he was really funny and I do like how he is frenemies with Simon. For some reason I kept picturing the actor, Lucas Till as Jace. I felt Clary was a bit boring for me, but I’d like to see how her character develops in further books. She was brave, but she felt a bit wimpy to me compared to the rest of the characters. I hope Simon and Isabelle get together. Isabelle was my favorite girl character. She’s sassy, she’s a warrior, and she always looks amazing!

Commentary: I hope that Jace is not Clary’s brother…I did not see that one coming. I do like Clary and Jace as a couple, I can’t see them as brother and sister. Gross…It did shock me that Valentine was the father of Clary. Again, didn’t see that one coming. I am excited to read the next novel, City of Ashes. I hope Clary gets trained to be shadowhunter in the next novel or at least recovers her memories. A bit of the book felt predictable, but nonetheless, it was enjoyable read despite finding out about the author’s life…

Final Rating: ✬✬✬ (3.5)