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Top Ten Tuesday, Beach Reads

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and The Bookish, is Beach Reads Week. This is a favorite of mine because I’m a total beach bum. And my favorite beach activity is reading while laying in the beautiful sunlight. So, this week’s topic has a few options and I’m going to try to touch on all of them; top ten great beach reads, top ten book I plan to read on the beach, top ten not typical beach reads, or top ten authors to read on the beach.

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1 )Janet Evanovich –  She’s one of my favorite authors. Her books are all hilarious. They’re the perfect beach reads that will have people staring at your hysterical laughter.

2) The Belgariad & The Malloreon by David Eddings – This was a series that I recently finished. While it’s definitely not a typical beach read, they’re certainly books you can spend a few hours getting totally lost in.

3) The Last Vampire Series by Christopher Pike – If I’m being honest, I’m a sucker for a good vampire series and this definitely was. Another that’s not a typical beach read but the story will take you far away from the beach.

4) Nora Roberts – Anything by Nora is always good. Her romance novels are great beach reads that have me cracking up like a crazy person.

5) The  Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer – I’m stealing one from Antonia’s TTT. This was an amazing series, and while it’s not a typical beach read I would read it at the beach anyway.

6) Seven Realms series by Cinda Williams Chima – I’ve read this series once before, and the next series just came out, so this is a series I’m planning to read at the beach this summer.

7) Talon Series by Julie Kagawa – This is a series filled with action and adventure. The next book in the series just came out, so I definitely plan on reading this book at the beach very soon.

8) The 5th Wave Series – The third and final book just came out, The Final Star. I’m going to be reading this at the beach as soon as possible.

9) Newsoul Series by Jodi Meadows – I read this series a few years ago and its really stuck with me. Ill be trying to read it again this summer on the beach.

10) John Green – Any of the books he has written are good beach reads. While some of them might make you bawl your eyes out in public, they’re all fantastic books.

These are my top ten this week. I love to read on the beach so this one was very fun for me.


Antonia’s Top Ten Tuesday- Beach Reads

I’m not really big on “beach reads” For me a beach read is usually just whatever I’m currently reading (as long as it’s not super depressing because I don’t need to cry in public). So I’m just going to try to direct my list more towards lighthearted reads that go well with beautiful summer days.

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  1. Anything by Julia Quinn- Forget her story lines. Forget her strong, witty characters. What I love most about Quinn is how funny her books are. Like laugh-out-loud-and-make-strangers-stare-at-you funny. It’s fantastic.
  2. Beastly by Alex Flinn- This one isn’t the most lighthearted book but it’s a pretty fast read that you could probably finish in one sitting. And it’s my favorite so I always recommend it.
  3. The Bride Quartet series by Nora Roberts- This is one of her series’ that revolves a great deal around the friendships between her main characters. I just love how Nora can take romance novels and make them more about badass women being badasses together than about love.
  4. The Bay of Sighs by Nora Roberts- This is the second book in her Guardians Trilogy which comes out June 14. This series has a little bit of everything; magic, a treasure hunt, even a mermaid. To me it’s a perfect beach read.
  5. 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson- I read this one years ago and would love to read it again. It’s a great coming of age, summer adventure story.
  6. The Last Little Blue Envelope by Maureen Johnson- I didn’t even know this book existed until about an hour ago and I would absolutely love to see where the story goes next.
  7. The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer- These aren’t lighthearted or beachy in any way. They’re just amazing books and I highly recommend them.
  8. The Wrath and The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh- This is another book I learned about very recently but immediately decided I want to read. It’s not often you find books based on A Thousand and One Nights.
  9. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss– I’m not really sure this fits into what people normally consider a beach read but I’ve recently had several people recommend it to me and I’d like to finally get around to reading it.

Sorry there’s only nine this week. I managed to delete my entire post after I’d already written most of it out so I lost a lot of my motivation the second time around. Anyway, these are some of the books I plan to read this summer or just think you should read. Thanks for reading and let me know what your top ten are in the comments.

-Antonia

 


The Heir & The Crown by Kiera Cass

 

Once again, I couldn’t help but immediately start the next book after finishing The Heir. So I’m reviewing the last two books in the Selection series together like I did the first three together in my last review.

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The Heir Summary:

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 just may 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.

The Crown Summary:

When Eadlyn became the first princess of Illea to hold her own Selection, she didn’t think she would fall in love with any of her thirty five suitors. She spent the first few weeks of the competition counting down the days until she could send them all home. But as events at the palace force Eadlyn even further into the spotlight, she realizes that she might not be content remaining alone.

Eadlyn still isn’t sure she’ll find the fairy-tale ending her parents did twenty years ago. But sometimesthe heart has a way of surprising you…and soon Eadlyn much make a choice that feels more impossible-and more important-than she ever imagined.

Review:

I was really excited to read these books. The first three in the series were just so awesome. I was very intrigued to see the life that America and Maxon had made together. Sadly, that was the best part of the book. Being able to read about America and Maxon again was by far the best part of these two books. Their  daughter, Eadlyn, was exactly what she seemed she would be. A freaking princess. Honestly, she was kind of a brat for most of this book. Some instances I could understand, like with Josie, another girl living in the palace. Josie is like the little sister Eadlyn never wanted, always taking her things and retuning them ruined. I personally know what that is like, so I totally understand the bratty behavior when it comes to Josie. But her complete refusal of the Selection when Maxon suggests it really annoyed me. The Selection was suggested as a way to distract the public from the unrest and the drama going on among them. As the future Queen she should have agreed right away that it was a good way to stall for time while they tried to figure out a better solution to solving the issues the public were having. Instead the Selection made it worse because most of the population didn’t particularly like Eadlyn. She comes across as a cold and impersonal character. While we, the readers, get to see that she is emotional, she’s just very good at hiding it and putting on a brave face, some of the ways she reacted to the peoples dislike of her really irked me. She used the boys in the Selection to try to boost her popularity. By the end of The Crown I definitely grew to like her more, but it was hard to get over that initial irritation with her. She’s a complex character and we get to see her grow in so many ways. It was just frustrating watching her deny herself so much happiness because of how she thinks she’s supposed to act and portray herself.

The other thing I wasn’t a huge fan of in these two books was that it had a few repetitious ideas from the first three books. Yes, they were slightly different, sometimes I felt like I was reading the same book over again.

There were many good things about The Heir and The Crown. I absolutely adored Eadlyn’s three brothers. It made me very happy to learn that Maxon and America had four children. I also really enjoyed getting to see more of Maxon and America twenty years in the future. Maxon was the king he always wanted to be. And America’s fears about becoming royalty were totally unfounded. She was loved by her people probably even more than they loved Maxon’s mother, Amberly, before her. I was very happy knowing that their love story turned out exactly how it should. I also enjoyed watching them be parents. Giving Eadlyn advice about theSeletion and dropping hints about their own Selection.

I wouldn’t say I didn’t like these two books, but I’ll probably wait a while before I reread them. I won’t try to shove them down your throat either like I tend to do with books I really loved. But I will say, that if you liked the first three books in The Selection Series, then you should give The Heir and The Crown a chance. Maybe you will like them more than I did.

Keep on reading lovelys, Amanda.


The Selection, The Elite, The One by Kiera Cass

Hello readers!
I read the first three books in The Selection Series so quickly that I decided to review them all together. I couldn’t seem to make time to review each book before I started reading the next one.

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The Selection Summary:
For thirty five girls, the Selection is the chance of a life time. The opportunity to be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.
But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her, and leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want.
Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she begins to realize that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.
The Elite Summary:
The Selection began with thirty five girls. Now with the group narrowed down to the six Elite, the competition to win Prince Maxon’s heart is fiercer than ever-and America is still struggling to decide where her heart truly lies. Is it with Maxon, who could make her life a fairy tale? Or with her first love, Aspen?
America is desperate for more time. But the rest of the Elite know exactly what they want- and America’s chance to choose is about to slip away.
The One Summary:
The time has come for one winner to be crowned. When she was chosen to compete in the Selection, America never dreamed she would find herself anywhere near close to the crown-or to Prince Maxon’s heart. But as the end of the competition approaches, and the threats outside the palace walls grow more vicious, America realizes just how much she stands to lose- and how hard she’ll have to fight for the future she wants.
Review:
I loved this series. I am actually a little surprised I could control myself enough to write this review before I start the next book, The Heir. When I realized that the next book is about the next generation of Prince Maxon’s family I had to stop myself and write this review, or I wouldn’t ever end up writing it.
I love Kiera Cass for this series. I’m very excited to read her other book The Siren. I haven’t heard anything about it, but from her writing in these three books I’m sure it’s wonderful. Each page was filled with amazing details and descriptions. The settings were easily pictured, between the palace and the many other places this story took us to. But my favorite was the details of what the girls wore. Thirty five girls were competing to become the next princess and of course had to dress accordingly. I loved all the beautiful dresses they got to wear; they were explained so clearly at times I felt like I was the one wearing them. This is something that’s important to me with the books I’m reading. When I read I like to be taken away into the story. I have to know every detail, in as much detail as possible. Cass definitely gave that to me in these three books.
So this dystopian themed series had an interesting history as to how their current situation came around. It gave an almost realistic history with not one, but two World Wars. This was interesting to me, because I totally see it as something that could happen to America.
Now, my favorite part, the characters; America Singer is the main character who enters into the Selection because of pressure from her mother and from her secret boyfriend. She’s shocked when she’s picked to move to the palace and participate in the Selection. Before she leaves she has a huge blowout with her secret boyfriend. Which left me very hopeful for no love triangles, but man was I wrong. I liked America very much because she never stops being exactly the person that she is. Even when she tries to follow through with something she doesn’t believe in, she just can’t seem to quite do it. Even though she’s making certain members of Maxon’s family very angry, she can’t help but to stick to her morals and to what she knows to be the right thing. That’s something I really admired about her. The only thing I didn’t like about America was that she waited way too long to be straight up with Aspen, her secret boyfriend from before she was a part of the Selection. She gets so many chances to tell him that she’s not in love with him anymore and just doesn’t and it really irritates me because she only just makes things more complicated for herself.
Aspen was very sweet at first. With his and America’s secret treehouse meetings, they were adorable. But then they broke up and that should have been the end of it. I like Aspen at the beginning of The Selection and towards the end of The One, but in the middle he really just annoyed me. He was always there, making things more complicated when they really didn’t need to be. I don’t know who told these authors that we readers like love triangles, but I can’t stand most love triangles.
I loved Maxon pretty much as soon as we met him. His relationship with America is something I really liked. They started out as friends because she wasn’t over her feelings for Aspen yet. That’s how all relationships should start. As friends. The more these two hung out, the closer they got and the more both of their feelings grew for one another. Maxon was usually very clear with America about his feelings towards her, but at the same time giving her the space she needed to figure out what was going on in her head too. He was ever hopeful that she would return his feelings so they could be together. I think what I liked most about their relationship is that neither one was really ever afraid to speak their mind to the other. Because they started as friends, they had an openness to talk to one another as equals and I think that was really important for these two characters. Maxon is someone I would have liked more detail on, I would have enjoyed seeing thing from his perspective sometimes. I feel like we only got to know him along with America, but much of that they were arguing about silly things and while she has forever to get to know him, we didn’t.
The rest of the girls from the Selection were all good additions to this story. While a few of them were the stereotypes you can expect when you get a large group of girl, it seemed to work. The more girls that got eliminated the closer the remaining girls became. I really enjoyed seeing the last four girls become very close. We got to read about new sides of some girls that weren’t terribly pleasant for the first part of this story. Of course I also have to mention how much I adored Queen Amberly. She was probably my favorite, after America. She was the winner of the last Selection and played a big part in these books, from advising the girls in the beginning to obviously starting to care for them towards the end. She was a great balance to her not to enjoyable husband, the King.
Overall I really enjoyed these three books, The Selection, The Elite and The One. I would suggest them to anyone who like princesses, or anyone who watches the Bachelor, or anyone who loves a good love triangle.
Keep on reading lovelys, Amanda.


WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Should Be Reading. To play along, answer the following three questions and share a link to your post in the comments on her page. Enjoy!

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What are you currently reading? 

Amanda- I’m currently reading The Selection by Kiera Cass. I read the first three book in this series a  few years ago, and recently a few more have come out. So I’m trying to collect and reread the whole series.

Antonia- I’m currently reading (about to start technically) Soldier by Julia Kagawa. Amanda and I both blew through the first two books in this series when we discovered them and I absolutely had to go get this one once it came out. I can’t wait to see where these amazing characters go next.

What did you recently finish reading?

Amanda- I recently finished reading The Belgariad and The Malloreon by David Eddings. These were given to me by my roommate to read and I’m so glad he suggested them. They took a while to read because there’s ten books combined into four large books and there’s so much detail and adventure in each book. If you’re a fantasy lover this is definitely a series you need to read.

Antonia- I just finished The Witness by Nora Roberts. This is my favorite of all her books and I read it about once a year.

What do you think you’ll read next?

Amanda- The next book on my list is The Elite by Kiera Cass. Like I said I’m trying to reread The Selection Series because I enjoyed the first few books that Ive already read.

Antonia- Next I plan to read The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine. I recently discovered this from a Top Ten Tuesday (Thank you, Caitlin!) and when I was at the bookstore the other day I couldn’t resist getting it.

What are your answers to these three questions?

Happy Wednesday readers!


Top Ten Tuesday, Books on a Whim

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly post where we give our top ten choices on different topics, hosted by THE BROKE AND THE BOOKISH. This week’s topic is top ten books that you picked up on a whim. The books that weren’t recommended, but picked up without knowing a lot about them. Anyway, here’s my top ten.

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  1. Spelled by Betsy Schow – I picked this book up entirely because I liked the way the cover looked. I’m glad I did because I enjoyed this story a lot.
  2. Thirst series by Christopher Pike – I picked this series up years and years ago because it was about vampires and who doesn’t love a good vampire series. It took me a few years to actually take them off my shelves and read them, but once I did I was very glad. This series was so awesome. I was surprised at how much I liked these books.
  3. My Friend Leonard by James Frey – I picked this book up again based on the cover. I’d read something by him before, so I didn’t even read the back before I bought it.
  4. Talon by Julia Kagawa – She’s another author I’d read before. The cover of this book was very interesting and when I read the description and saw dragons I knew I had to buy them.
  5. The Girl Who Never Was by Skylar Dorset – The title of this book intrigued me, then when I read the description it mentioned a town that I used to live close to, along with the faerie aspect of the story. It was a no brainer.
  6. Legend series by Marie Lu – I bought this series on my phone to read. I love a good dystopian series.
  7. Incarnate by Jodi Meadows – This was a book that I got from the library. Another that I picked because I liked the pretty cover. The story was amazing and so unique.
  8. Embrace by Jessica Shirvington – Another library find, the description mentioned a growing tattoo and that hooked me.
  9. Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellairra – Okay so I guess I have a problem with picking books based on their pretty covers. This was another one from the library that pulled me in with its pretty cover.
  10. The Storyteller by Antonia Michaelis – Once again, the library has my back with the good books. I picked this one up because the author’s name, then I read the description and went home with it.

These are my top ten, that were harder to come up with then I thought. What are your top ten?

Keep on reading lovelys, Amanda.


Antonia’s Top Ten Tuesday- Books I Picked Up on A Whim

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s prompt is “Ten Books I Picked Up On A Whim (however you decide to interpret that (bought or read or something else) — I know most people read based on recommendation but we want to know those books you picked up without really hearing about or knowing much about!)”.

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This one was actually fairly simple for me because more often than not, I tend to pick up books randomly rather than on recommendation. Here’s my top ten:

  1. Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout- I’m weirdly obsessed with all things obsidian; don’t ask why, I have no idea how it started. So when I happened to see this title at Barnes and Noble I had to pick it up. Since the description sounded fun and unique I bought it and had Amanda and I almost immediately regretting the fact we didn’t have the rest of the series.
  2. The Selection by Kiera Cass- I saw this one several times before I finally got it from the library. I just couldn’t get over the pretty dresses.
  3. The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima- This is another one I’d seen at the library a couple times before I finally got around to getting it. I loved it so much I had to take emergency trips to two different libraries to get the rest of the series.
  4. Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow by Jessica Day George- I saw the cover with the beautiful dress and all the snow and I was curious. Then found it was about a not so well-known folktale and I had to get it immediately.
  5. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith- I’d seen the title a few times and couldn’t help but be curious. When I finally got it from the library I loved it and proceeded to get the rest of her books.
  6. Enchanted by Alethea Kontis- This is another that I saw at the library and got mostly because I needed something to read. I was happy to find it was a crazy mashup of dozens of fairy tales.
  7. Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier This was another instance where I have no self control when it comes to pretty dresses. The time travel was just a nice perk.
  8. Graceling by Kristin Cashore- I was caught by the title, then the cover, then the description and now it’s one of my favorite books.
  9. The Outstretched Shadow by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory- This is actually one I’ve owned for years that I sort of just inherited from my brother’s collection. I’m not even entirely sure now why I decided to read it but it’s still my all time favorite series.
  10. It’s in His Kiss by Julia Quinn- I never really expected to like this book. It was something I grabbed from the library because I couldn’t find anything else I felt like reading that day. Now she’s one of my favorite authors and I’ve read every single one of her books.

So these are my top ten. Let me know your list or link to your own post in the comments. Thanks for reading.

-Antonia


Yellow Brick War – Danielle Paige

Summary:
Once upon a time, there was a girl from Kansas named Dorothy.
You might know her as the Girl Who Rode the Cyclone. She ended up in Oz, where she became friends with the Tin Woodman, the Scarecrow, and the Cowardly Lion. But the temptation of magic was too much for her. She let it change her. Her friends became twisted versions of their former selves.
The magical land of Oz is now a dark and menacing place.
My name is Amy Gumm. Tornadoes must have a thing about girls from Kansas, because I got swept away in one too. I also landed in Oz, where Good is Wicked, Wicked is Good, and the Wicked Witches clued me into my true calling:
Assassin.
The only way to stop Dorothy from destroying Oz-and Kansas-is to kill her. And I’m the only one who can do it.
But I failed. Others died for my mistakes. Because of me, the portal between worlds has been opened and Kansas and Oz are both in danger. And if I don’t find a way to close it?
Dorothy will make sure I never get home again.
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I flew through the Dorothy Must Die series because it’s been so awesome. Yellow Brick War by Danielle Paige was probably my least favorite of the three as much as I hate to say it. It ended with a cliff hanger just like the second book, which would be okay if I had the forth book. Unluckily for me, it doesn’t even have a title or a release date. It just says sometime in 2017. I hate waiting for books when they end with cliff hangers like that.
I wouldn’t say that I disliked this book, because I definitely enjoyed reading it. It’s a great continuation of the Dorothy Must Die series. The story itself is wonderful. I love the crazy twist of the original story, The Wizard of Oz. But part of me feels like this series could have been left as a trilogy. It wouldn’t have been overly difficult to wrap this story up nicely with the chaotic and exciting defeat of Dorothy rather than introducing a new, or rather, an ancient villain. I’m definitely still excited to see where the story goes next; to see what craziness these characters find themselves in and how they get out of it.
Yellow Brick War was more complex than the first two books. We’re introduced to another villain. Once that The Revolutionary Order of the Wicked is semi familiar with, but we know nothing about. He threatens Amy’s family and towards the end causes some excitement with others in Amy’s life. There are a few new twists that are introduced in this book which made me realize that this wasn’t going to be the last in the series. I think part of my wishing that it was a trilogy is that I REALLY want to know what’s going to happen. I can be very impatient. While the Dorothy Must Die series could have very easily been made a trilogy, I’m glad it’s not because there are so many questions I still have about Oz and the characters in it.
Amy Gumm struggles very much in this book. We watch her struggle more and more with the darkness in the magic that she’s been taught by the Order. She is obviously good at heart, but it’s even clearer that the magic has started to take a toll on her and her control. I love Amy even more in this book because we get to see how strong she really is. There are a few seriously crazy battles in the pages of Yellow Brick War, not surprising with that title, and a few instances where Amy almost loses complete control of herself and her magic, but somehow finds the good inside her and pulls herself back from the brink. I really love Amy because she can acknowledge that she is teetering on a very fine line. She’s very aware how dangerous it is for her to use her magic and the last thing she wants is to turn into another version of Dorothy. I really admire the fact that she finally knows who she is and she knows her limits.
The Order kind of irritated me Yellow Brick War more than the other books. In the first they leave out a lot of very important information about what they’re asking Amy to do when training her for her mission. They let her in more and more in the second book, but start up again in the third. It really irks me after all Amy has done for them, after all the danger she’s put herself in for their cause. She’s ripped from her life in Kansas, not that her life was the greatest, and they take advantage of her again and again. It’s never really care if they even care about her at all, except for Nox of course because what’s a good action/adventure story without a forbidden love affair? Nox is the only one that really shows that he cares about Amy, but even he keeps vital information from her. She’s the main freaking character and without her none of these plans can be put into action. It seems only fair to me that she should know the whole extent of what she’s volunteering for. The Order doesn’t think so and it really pisses me off. They treat her like a child when she’s in just as much danger as the rest of them.
Other than my frustration with another cliff hanger and the superiority complex The Order seems to have I really liked Yellow Brick War. The story just got crazier and crazier the further I got into the book with an explosive ending. I might actually die waiting for the forth book that’s unnamed and has no known date of release. I seriously suggest the Dorothy Must Die series to any reader who likes a little or a lot of action and a very creative twist on the Wizard of Oz.
Keep on reading lovelys, Amanda.


The Obsession by Nora Roberts

Naomi Bowes lost her innocence the night she followed her father into the woods. In freeing the girl trapped in the root cellar, Naomi revealed the horrible extent of her father’s crimes and made him infamous.

Now a successful photographer living under the name Naomi Carson, she has found a place that calls to her, thousands of miles away from everything she’s ever known. Naomi wants to embrace the solitude, but the residents of Sunrise Cove keep forcing her to open up—especially the determined Xander Keaton.

Naomi can feel her defenses failing, and knows that the connection her new life offers is something she’s always secretly craved. But as she’s learned time and again, her past is never more than a nightmare away.

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I don’t care how many times I’ve said it; Nora Roberts will always be one of my absolute favorite authors. She never fails to make me laugh. Or lose myself in her books to the point where someone has to scream to get my attention. Sit up in bed clutching the book because the suspense is killing me. Occasionally cry. Her newest romance/ mystery novel was no exception.

First I’ll start with the characters. Naomi was such an interesting, independent woman who’d overcome so much, especially when she was a child. Even as an adult she still had nightmares and difficulty trusting people, but she never let it control her life. She was so determined to get past the trauma and betrayal of discovering her father was a serial killer that she constantly pushed through her fear in order to have a normal life. I seriously admired her for that.

I loved Xander. He was a surprisingly complex character. At the beginning I didn’t like him that much but as I learned more and more about him my opinion changed completely. Partly (mostly) because he turned out to be a complete bookworm. He cared so much for the people around him and was such a steady presence that he made a perfect match for Naomi.

Normally, I don’t care that much about where a book is set. It never seems that important to me as long as I can picture what’s immediately around the characters. However I was pleasantly surprised to find this one was set on the coast of Washington. Since I plan to move there later this year, I found myself more interested in the setting than usual and it added a little something to my reading experience that I don’t usually have.

Once again Nora Roberts managed to blend romance and suspense perfectly to make a book I absolutely loved. If you like romance or mystery, you should definitely read this book. Especially if you’re like me and too much suspense will keep you up at night, this book fell very nicely in the middle.

Let me know what you think in the comments. As always, thanks for reading.

-Antonia


The Wicked Will Rise – Danielle Paige

Summary:
My name is Amy Gumm-and I’m the other girl from Kansas.
After a tornado swept through my trailer park, I ended up in Oz. But it wasn’t like the Oz I knew from books and movies. Dorothy had returned, and she was stealing magic from the land. The Wizard was back, too. Even Glinda could no longer be called the Good Witch. And the Wicked Witches who were left? They had joined forces as the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked. They gave me a mission:
Kill Dorothy.
Except my job as assassin didn’t work out as planned. Dorothy is still alive. The Order has vanished. And the home I couldn’t wait to leave behind might be in danger.
Now I have to:
Find Dorothy.
Destroy the yellow brick.
Save my home.
18602341Review:
Holy fucking cliff hanger. I hate them with a fiery passion. Yeah, I get that they make an impact on the story, but if I didn’t already have the third book to this series I’d be freaking out even more. The Wicked Will Rise was just as good as the first book in the series, which I’ve already reviewed if you want to check it out.
This story is sort of based off The Wizard of Oz. It’s a very creative and unique adaptation of the original story. I love fairytale stories. But I love modern day adaptations even more, especially this one. It’s such a different kind of twist on the original story. Each page has me wanting more and more. Like I said, I’m very glad I already bought the third book in the series or I’d probably lose my mind. The way Danielle Paige writes is just to my liking. She describes everything in a way that I can picture it, except the obvious totally fantastical places like Rainbow Falls. But even those settings are wonderfully described to a point where I can make my own image of them. I love authors that give me those kind of details, I feel like I’m getting the whole story.
Amy Gumm, the main character in this story. She learns magic and how to fight with and without it in the first book to this series. In this book, she starts to learn what kind of witch she really is and who she really is. She’s learned that she doesn’t really belong in Kansas anymore, Oz is her home now. But even more so she learns that her magic can have a dark side and that she doesn’t want to be that dark wicked witch. She learns that she doesn’t like the dark side of magic and continues to try to be good and to do good. I love Amy even more in this book because we see her grow more into her magic and become more confident. We get to watch her struggle with the fight between the dark and the good and see her try her hardest to stay good.
The next character I really loved in this book was Nox. He was in the first book but I didn’t mention him much because I wasn’t really sure how I felt about him. Now I think I love him. He’s lost for a good part of The Wicked Will Rise. But when he’s finally found, it’s well worth the wait. He’s spent his time being lost thinking about Amy and their mission as part of the The Revolutionary Order of the Wicked. The first thing he does when Amy finds him is the perfectly right thing. Of course I won’t tell you what that thing was. That would be giving too much away. I’m very excited to see where the next book takes Nox and the rest of The Order.
The Wicked Will Rise was an excellent sequel to Dorothy Must Die. Except for the cliff hanger of course, because I hate those, regardless of that it was an awesome book. I can’t wait to see what adventures these characters go on in the next book, Yellow Brick War. I’m not positive that it’s the last book in the series, but I’m hoping because I don’t want to wait for the next one to come out. This is definitely a series I would recommend to any older young adult reader, there’s lots of language not suitable for the younger young adult. I loved these books, I hope you will too.
Keep on reading lovelys, Amanda.