Book Review: Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

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Oh, my gosh! This book was so much better than what I had expected!

Synopsis:

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.

My thoughts:

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.

Content Guide:

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])

Magic/Spells: None

My Overall Score:

4star

Happy Reading!

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Alisha

Book Review: Rebel Spring by Morgan Rhodes

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I am in love with this series!!

WARNING: CONTAINS MAGIC & HEAVY VIOLENCE

Synopsis: 

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.

My thoughts:

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.

Content Guide:

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:

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Happy Reading!

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Alisha

Book Review: Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

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Alright this is my most recent read I finished a couple weeks ago.

WARNING: CONTAINS MAGIC & HEAVY VIOLENCE 

Synopsis:

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….

My Thoughts:

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.

Content Guide:

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:

five-stars

Happy Reading!

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Alisha

Book Review: Where She Went by Gayle Forman

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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.

Synopsis:

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.

My Thoughts:

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.

Content Guide:

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.)

Magic/Spells: None

My Overall Score:

4star

Happy Reading!

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Alisha

Updates/If I Stay Movie Review!!

Synopsis:

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.

Content Guide:

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.

Magic/Spells: None

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

Book Review: Anything But Typical by Nora Raleigh Baskin

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Synopsis:

Jason Blake is an autistic 12-year-old living in a neurotypical world. Most days it’s just a matter of time before something goes wrong. But Jason finds a glimmer of understanding when he comes across PhoenixBird, who posts stories to the same online site as he does.

Jason can be himself when he writes and he thinks that PhoneixBird—her name is Rebecca—could be his first real friend. But as desperate as Jason is to met her, he’s terrified that if they do meet, Rebecca will only see his autism and not who Jason really is.

By acclaimed writer Nora Raleigh Baskin, this is the breathtaking depiction of an autistic boy’s struggles—and a story for anyone who has ever worried about fitting in.

My Thoughts:

I really liked this book. It was recommended to me because I read Wonder by R.J. Palicio. Though I don’t find this one near as good it was still very enjoyable. I have a soft sport for children with disorders & being able to read from an autistic boys perspective is really interesting. Though there isn’t any action or anything like that it’s a very slow-paced read, but it helps you to appreciate the life you’ve been given & also not to look over people who are handicapped because you may just learn something. I recommend this for any age.

Content Guide:

Violence: *  (Hitting)

Drugs/Alcohol: None

Inappropriate Language: None

Sexual Content: None

Magic/Spells: None

My Overall Score:

4star

Happy Reading

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Alisha

Book Info:

Type: Hardcover

Publishing:    Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers| March 24th 2009

Pages: 208

Book Review: Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas (Throne of Glass #2)

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DISCLAIMER: This book is a fantasy novel & our main character is an assassin there is quite a lot of violence as well as magic systems & other fantasy type things.

Synopsis:“A line that should never be crossed is about to be breached.

It puts this entire castle in jeopardy—and the life of your friend.”

From the throne of glass rules a king with a fist of iron and a soul black as pitch. Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become his Champion. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown. She hides her secret vigilantly; she knows that the man she serves is bent on evil.

Keeping up the deadly charade becomes increasingly difficult when Celaena realizes she is not the only one seeking justice. As she tries to untangle the mysteries buried deep within the glass castle, her closest relationships suffer. It seems no one is above questioning her allegiances—not the Crown Prince Dorian; not Chaol, the Captain of the Guard; not even her best friend, Nehemia, a foreign princess with a rebel heart.

Then one terrible night, the secrets they have all been keeping lead to an unspeakable tragedy. As Celaena’s world shatters, she will be forced to give up the very thing most precious to her and decide once and for all where her true loyalties lie…and whom she is ultimately willing to fight for.

My Thoughts:

I liked this book more than the first one. It was much better, now that the story & characters are/is more developed it’s more enjoyable to read. There’s a lot more to the mythology & questions from the last book get answered in this one & there’s more intrigue & the characters are even better. Just I don’t know what to say it’s such a good book & it keeps you on the edge of your seat wanting more. Again, If you have any problem with violence or magic these books are not for you.  I also wouldn’t recommend this for anyone under 16.

Content Guide:

Violence:****  (Celaena is supposed to be killing people for the king, but she fakes their deaths. She brings back severed heads and hands from corpses.  Celaena remembers her time in a prison camp. Guards whipping slaves to near death, including herself. One day she gets loose and kills a bunch of them with an ax, very bloody, cutting off heads, blood etc. slaughter of kidnappers SPOILER AHEAD: Nehemia killed brutally . Stabbing, torture, cut off finger, decapitated.)

Drugs/Alcohol:* (Mention of drinking wine)

Inappropriate Language:  (D**n, A**, Hell, 2 bit*, 2 sh**)

Sexual Content:****  (Archer is a courtesan & is paid to have sex with mainly women. There is a scene where he’s telling Celaena about one of his clients & how he has info for her & it’s a man[nothing descriptive is said about any of his encounters] Innuendo. Celaena and Chaol have sex. Mention of them in her bed, skin on skin and her giving everything to him. Chaol thinks about their first time together, how he tried to be gentle but she winced from pain anyway, but she didn’t want to stop. Celaena thinks she need to talk to someone about a drug to keep her from getting pregnant. It is implied Calaena & Chaol have sex in a broom closet [nothing is  described at all].

Magic/Spells: ****(Again there is more detail into the Wyrdmarks, there are multiple books with signs & the different spells in them, Nehemia begins to teach Celaena how to read Wyrdmarks as she is fluent with them. There is a book called The Walking Dead that has information on signs, different spells, creatures, & whole bunch of other stuff. There is a door knocker that is enchanted & it can speak, The Fae Queen appears to Celaena on different occasions. Prince Dorian realizes he has magic, but can’t control it. The Fae King awakes Prince Dorian in a dream warning him of danger. Celaena opens a Wryddoor to summon Nehemia she comes to her but only stays for a minute, then accidentally the Wyrdmark gets changed & it goes to another world, where this weird creature comes out of it. Chaol & Fleetfoot(her dog) go through a portal, Celaena goes through the portal & SPOILER ALERT: She turns into a Fae. The King also has these black rings that give him magic. Celaena also opens all these sealed doors with these spells & unleashes what looks to be like a zombie, but is actually a man who’s been brutally tortured.

My Overall Score:

five-stars

Happy Reading

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Alisha

Book Info:

Type: Kobo Edition

Publishing:   Bloomsbury USA Childrens| August 27th, 2013

Pages: 420