A Contemporary Drama of Family Lies
and Forgotten Loves After her father and stepmother’s accidental death, Kelli Huddleston sorts through their belongings and learns a shocking secret. Years before, her father faked his death during a boat wreck at sea–and faked Kelli’s as well. He’d run from a wife, a son, and a daughter back in Tennessee, meaning Kelli has a family she’s never known.
She’s already cashed the payout on her dad’s life insurance check and looks at it as her ticket to a new life. The lure and puzzle of digging into this hidden past is too much to resist, and she soon finds herself in Tennessee. When the trip threatens to open doors to the past better left shut, and her plans for the future are threatened, Kelli must make an agonizing choice that will change her life forever.
Princess Eadlyn has grown up hearing endless stories about how her mother and father met. Twenty years ago, America Singer entered the Selection and won the heart of Prince Maxon—and they lived happily ever after. Eadlyn has always found their fairy-tale story romantic, but she has no interest in trying to repeat it. If it were up to her, she’d put off marriage for as long as possible.
But a princess’s life is never entirely her own, and Eadlyn can’t escape her very own Selection—no matter how fervently she protests.
Eadlyn doesn’t expect her story to end in romance. But as the competition begins, one entry may just capture Eadlyn’s heart, showing her all the possibilities that lie in front of her . . . and proving that finding her own happily ever after isn’t as impossible as she’s always thought.
Oh, my gosh! This book was so much better than what I had expected!
Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.
The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color. The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war– and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now. Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior. In this electrifying debut, Tahereh Mafi presents a world as riveting as The Hunger Games and a superhero story as thrilling as The X-Men. Full of pulse-pounding romance, intoxicating villainy, and high-stakes choices, Shatter Me is a fresh and original dystopian novel with a paranormal twist that will leave readers anxiously awaiting its sequel.
So I remember when this book was first published & before there was a ton of hype in the YA community over this book. Me & friend thought the idea was really interesting, but never ended up reading it. Since I recently joined Booktube(YouTube) there’s been a ton of hype so I decided I’m going to dive in & read it. Honestly, I was not disappointed, Tahereh’s writing is absolutely beautiful & addictive. The way she describes things is incredible. The storyline is super unique & interesting & I really loved all the characters. I can see even within the first book the character development & I love that. Another thing is you can really tell that there’s layers within this story, not everything is as it seems & I really like that. Overall I really liked this book.
Violence: *** (Our main character has a lethal touch & there’s a few times where she touches people & it describes their reactions, there’s lots of shooting, people get wounded from gun shots, there’s a description of a character being hurt every time Juliette doesn’t obey, it describes bruises all over his body. Juliette shoots a character & there’s description of blood, there’s a description of someone sitting in a pile of blood, & there’s a part where a character has been tortured, you know he has broken ribs, & bruises all over his body. You later find out his kidneys were bruised, ribs broken, & his whole body deeply bruised. Mention of a drunk father beating his son)
Drugs/Alcohol: * (Mention of a Father being drunk)
Inappropriate Language: **** (7 G*d, 1 B**st*rd, 8 d**m, over 20 h*ll, 27 sh**, 4 J**us)
Sexual Content: ***(There’s a lot of heavy sexual tension, lots of kissing [end up on top of each other with hands going up each other’s shirts & hands running up & down each other’s bodies, but no actual sex], there’s a scene where a character forces Juliette against a wall & starts to kiss her & touch her arms & gets her to wrap her legs around him [this is against her will])
My Overall Score:
I am in love with this series!!
WARNING: CONTAINS MAGIC & HEAVY VIOLENCE
The road to power…is paved with blood and magic.
Cleo is now a prisoner in her own palace, forced to be an ambassador for Mytica as the evil King Gaius lies to her people.
Magnus stands to eventually inherit the new kingdom but is still obsessed with his feelings for his adopted sister, Lucia.
Lucia is haunted by the outcome of the breathtaking display of magic that allowed her father to capture the kingdoms.
Jonas watched at the palace gates a troop of rebels behind him, waiting for him to tell them how he plans to overtake King Gaius.
After a bloody siege, Auranos has been defeated, its young queen orphaned and dethroned. The three kingdoms—Auranos, Limeros, and Paelsia—are now unwillingly united as one country called Mytica. But the allure of ancient, dangerous magic beckons still, and with it the chance to rule not just Mytica, but the whole world over….
At the heart of the fray are four brave young people grappling for that magic and the power it promises. For Cleo, the magic would enable her to reclaim her royal seat. In Jonas’s hands, it frees his nation, and in Lucia’s, it fulfills the ancient prophecy of her destiny. And if the magic were Magnus’s, he would finally prove his worth in the eyes of his cruel and scheming father, King Gaius, who rules Mytica with a punishing hand.
When Gaius begins to build a road into the Forbidden Mountains to physically link all of Mytica, he sparks a long-smoking fire in the hearts of the people that will forever change the face of this land. For Gaius’s road is paved with blood, and its construction will have cosmic consequences.
I find this series is just getting better as the books go on. There were many times while reading that I couldn’t put the book down because I needed to know what was happening. I feel like Morgan Rhodes does a good job of creating multiple layers in her books. The character’s have grown since the first book & the story has been developed even more. The action is spot on, & the suspense will keep you reading. This is only my second fantasy series, but I’m a huge fan & can’t wait to dive into the next one.
Violence **** (There’s a lot of violence within these books, sword fighting, beating people up, there’s descriptive details of blood, & bodies lying everywhere, people being shot with bows & arrows, people being thrown into dungeons, & a stabbing)
Drugs/Alcohol: *(If any just mention of it at dinner & a night of drunkenness that led to loss of virginity )
Inappropriate Language: ** ( 3 b**ch, 3 b*st*rd, 8 d**n, 2 sh**, & 3 wh*re)
Sexual Content: *** (There’s talk of a character who is not a virgin & what had happened the night she lost her virginity, talk of having mistresses, one passionate kiss, there’s also a scene where a male in order to intimidate another male he kisses him.)
Magic/Spells: ***** (There’s definitely magic in this book. There’s two goddesses people worship & there’s this magic & it’s consists of being able to control the 4 elements. Both goddesses have access to only two of the elements, but there are these special things called the Kindred & whoever finds them will have ultimate power & be able to control all four of them. There are witches & sorcerers who have natural ability with these powers & it begins to awaken at a certain age. The sorcerers are more powerful than the witches. There is also this thing called blood magic where there’s some sort of blood sacrifice in order to make the magic stronger. No one utters any spells, there’s just talk about there being a holding spell on a door. There are also these creatures called Watchers, they live within this sanctuary & they can’t leave the sanctuary unless they turn into a golden hawk & they are also on the quest to find the Kindred so they can leave their sanctuary.)
My Overall Score:
Alright this is my most recent read I finished a couple weeks ago.
WARNING: CONTAINS MAGIC & HEAVY VIOLENCE
In the three kingdoms of Mytica, magic has long been forgotten. And while hard-won peace has reigned for centuries, a deadly unrest now simmers below the surface.
As the rulers of each kingdom grapple for power, the lives of their subjects are brutally transformed… and four key players, royals and rebels alike, find their fates forever intertwined. Cleo, Jonas, Lucia, and Magnus are caught in a dizzying world of treacherous betrayals, shocking murders, secret alliances, and even unforeseen love.
The only outcome that’s certain is that kingdoms will fall. Who will emerge triumphant when all they know has collapsed?
It’s the eve of war…. Choose your side.
Princess: Raised in pampered luxury, Cleo must now embark on a rough and treacherous journey into enemy territory in search of magic long thought extinct.
Rebel: Jonas, enraged at injustice, lashes out against the forces of oppression that have kept his country cruelly impoverished. To his shock, he finds himself the leader of a people’s revolution centuries in the making.
Sorceress: Lucia, adopted at birth into the royal family, discovers the truth about her past—and the supernatural legacy she is destined to wield.
Heir: Bred for aggression and trained to conquer, firstborn son Magnus begins to realise that the heart can be more lethal than the sword….
Okay, so this is only my second fantasy series & I can honestly say I’m hooked. I’m loving everything fantasy has to offer, kick butt female characters, a ton of action, & very detailed adventure. This book has all of those things, I love the characters & the way the story is written. I do have to say there is magic in this book, so if you don’t like magic this book is not for you same goes for violence. I think Morgan’s writing style is really well done & I just really like the way the story is going.
Violence: **** (There’s a lot of bloody violence in this book, there’s a massive war that takes place & there’s description of people’s heads being lopped off, blood everywhere, stabbings, people being shot with bow & arrows, people being burned. There’s also a scene where the evil King slits the throat of his son to prove he is for a cause to this other Evil chief. Cleo’s sister is sick & there are multiple scenes where he nose starts to bleed. Also in the beginning of the story a sister kills another sister.)
Drugs/Alcohol:** (There’s mention of drinking wine at dinner)
Inappropriate Language:** (3 b**ches, 10 b**tards)
Sexual Content:*** (There’s a character who is in love with his sister & at one point in the book he kisses her, but SPOILER ALERT: that’s after he finds out she’s not a blood sister. Two characters kiss a couple of times, a character flirts, one character talks about how madly in love she was with a man who died.)
Magic/Spells: ***** (There’s definitely magic in this book. There’s two goddesses people worship & there’s this magic & it’s consists of being able to control the 4 elements. Both goddesses have access to only two of the elements, but there are these special things called the Kindred & whoever finds them will have ultimate power & be able to control all four of them. There are witches & sorcerers who have natural ability with these powers & it begins to awaken at a certain age. The sorcerers are more powerful than the witches. There is also this thing called blood magic where there’s some sort of blood sacrifice in order to make the magic stronger. No one utters any spells, there’s just talk about there being a holding spell on a door. There are also these creatures called Watchers, they live within this sanctuary & they can’t leave the sanctuary unless they turn into a golden hawk & they are also on the quest to find the Kindred so they can leave their sanctuary. There is a scene where a powerful sorcerers breaks into a castle & destroys many people.)
My Overall Score:
Hello there everyone, I know I’ve been missing on here since about August. If you don’t follow my YouTube Channel I’d really encourage you to go follow me because I’m a lot more active on there than here. Here’s the link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFThvbsFARIO5gWaLW2eBdQ
I’m going to be catching up on some reviews, this book I read in August but once school started didn’t have the time to write a review.
It’s been three years since the devastating accident . . . three years since Mia walked out of Adam’s life forever.
Now living on opposite coasts, Mia is Juilliard’s rising star and Adam is LA tabloid fodder, thanks to his new rock star status and celebrity girlfriend. When Adam gets stuck in New York by himself, chance brings the couple together again, for one last night. As they explore the city that has become Mia’s home, Adam and Mia revisit the past and open their hearts to the future-and each other.
Told from Adam’s point of view in the spare, lyrical prose that defined If I Stay, Where She Went explores the devastation of grief, the promise of new hope, and the flame of rekindled romance.
I liked this book a whole lot more than the first book. I thought that the flashbacks worked a lot bette with this story & I felt more connected to the characters because I already knew what they had been through together. I would say that between the two this one is better than the first. I really enjoyed it & I love Gayle Forman’s writing, I think she did a great job with this book in particular. There’s a lot of drama & feels, & you’re constantly on the edge of your seat when it comes to the feelings between both characters. Overall I think this was a really good book.
Violence:** (Adam wants to punch a female reporter in the face, but doesn’t. Adam wanted to smack Kim and her response made him want to throttle her, but he didn’t. Adam punched a wall and the window.)
Drugs/Alcohol:* (I believe there’s mention of drinking at parties)
Inappropriate Language:**** (4 hell, 7 sh**, 7 f***, 3 da**, 2 God, 3 a** , 1 prick, 2 a**hole, 1 bullsh**, 1 dick)
Sexual Content: **** (Adam and Bryn live together. Adam references “every other girl I laid on top of”. Adam – “been with so many girls since Mia”. References “girl on girl action” in kissing in the movies. “any guy would be proud to knock her up.” Mention of “girls, drugs, the hype” and drinking wine out of the bottle. Adam recalls going on an overnight camping trip with Mia the summer before her senior year of high school and his first year of college with her parents’ approval. Remembers being “snuggled into a double sleeping bag” with Mia. Remembers nuzzling her neck in sleeping bag. Indicates that Adam met a girl and spent the night with her. Description of what Adam wants to do to Mia. Kissing with Mia leading up to a possible sexual encounter but she begins to cry – happens twice. Kissing with a groupie and spent the night with her; economy box of condoms; girls waiting in every city. Spent the night with a stalker girl. Adam craved skin–if it couldn’t be hers anyone’s would do. Adam kisses Mia’s shoulder, behind her ear and jawline while dancing. Seduction scene between Adam and Mia which leads to sex. Adam and Mia sleeping together after sex.)
My Overall Score:
Life changes in an instant for young Mia Hall after a car accident puts her in a coma. During an out-of-body experience, she must decide whether to wake up and live a life far different from she had imagined.
Violence: ** (Scenes from the car crash involve a skidding truck that flips and Mia’s car that appears to end up a crushed, burning wad of crumpled sheet metal and shattered glass. We’re spared images of the actual crash. And though Mia’s mom dies at the scene, we only see the body bag she’s being zipped into.
We do see Mia’s body on the snowy roadside, with cuts on her face and arms, and a pool of blood seeping out from behind her back. We see her father being wheeled into the hospital on a stretcher, his face wrapped in bloody bandages. Surgeons work on Mia, the area scattered with bloody surgical pads and equipment. [SPOILER ALERT] The person who appears to have been hurt the least in the accident is Mia’s young brother Teddy—but we’re later told that he dies from an “epidural hemorrhage of the brain.”)
Drugs/Alcohol: **(There’s quite a bit of drinking in this movie, there’s the whole punk rock band seen & you see many teenagers drinking including Mia & Adam, there’s also a scene where Mia seems a little drunk. Mia’s Dad makes a joke about crack.)
Inappropriate Language: *** (12 sh**, 2 b**ch, 1 Jesus, 4 a**, 6 he**, & 1 d**m)
Sexual Content:**** (Early on in their relationship, Mia tells Adam, as they kiss, “Let’s take it slow, OK?” He replies, “I love slow.” But the two do eventually speed things up and race their way into sex. “Think of it like we’re playing music together,” Adam tells his more innocent girlfriend. And then we see them partially undress, kissing and caressing each other before the camera ducks away.[The camera focuses very closely on things like their hands, it isn’t graphic in any way.] In another scene, they’re laying in bed, covered by a blanket, you see their bare shoulders. They make plans to get an apartment together when Mia leaves home for college.
A busty girl asks Adam to autograph her chest, some cleavage is shown. He does so. A female band mate displays cleavage in a revealing top. And the camera also catches her kissing her girlfriend. [This last like not even 10 seconds]
A pregnant family friend coos about the “hotness” of one of Adam’s romantic choices. The woman’s husband retorts with, “Stand down, woman. You’re already knocked up.” Guys play music to get laid and because they’ve got rage, but mostly to get laid,” Denny informs his wife.
Movie Rating: PG – Mature Theme & Language May Offend | I personally wouldn’t recommend this film to anybody under the age of 16.
Movie Length: 1h 43 min