7896527Title: Throne of Glass
Author: Sarah J. Mass
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Release Date: Aug 2012
Pages: 416
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Summary: A prince, an assassin, the captain of the guard, and a rebellious princess lives are changed and entwined forever when the king calls for his champion.

Pitted against twenty-three mercenaries, thieves, and warriors, Celaena Sardothien can obtain her freedom she has desired for so long. But if she loses she be sent back the prison, her ultimate death. But something evil lurks in the dark of the palace, something that is killing the competitors one by one. And if Celaena ever wishes to obtain her freedom or even just survive she must destroy that evilness before it destroys her and everything she holds dear. It’s no longer just a fight for freedom, but a fight for her life. And it is the begining of an epic adventure.

Celaena is such a interesting character. We see her struggle and suffer. But she is strong and beautiful in all the ways that matter. Her fiery spirit and witty make her so enjoyable, she will hold your attention to the very end… and then some.

Chaol is serious, over protective, loyal to a fault and very oblivious to his own feelings. But these just make him more endearing. He’s caring in an understated way and the companionship he offers Celaena is so endearing. He’s may be opening her up to something neither of them considered a possibilty until now.

Dorian’s kindness however is exactly what Celaena needs, and vice-versa. They need each other even if they don’t know it yet. Stuck under his father’a rule without a care in the world, Dorian is basically his father’s puppet until he meets Celaena, and that is when things get interesting. He has big plans…even if it does not turn out exactly the way he intended, he learning to roll with the punches. Dorian begins to care, love and be human again; because by being a friend he gains one.

Nehmia is Celaena overall confidant. Nehmia is smart and kick ass in a regal way and I love her. She’s devoted to her people and justice and those traits make her a formidable character. She’s strong in a different way than Celaena and it gives the book so much more depth because it’s so complex yet simple all at once. Truly remarkable.

The way the characters develop throughout the story take you deeper into their minds to make you feel that you are them, but Sarah is just scratching the surface–there is so much more than to what meets the eye. The characters and storyline make the Throne of Glass feel so real because everything isn’t always happy endings but it’s a great story told remarkable well.

Sarah’s debut into the world of fantasy is kick-ass, amazing, and a must read for any lover of anything awesome. It’s mysterious and dark but also humorous and endearing all at once. Her witty dialect, and cunning but honorable, temperamental characters draw out your own emotions slowly pulling any reader into this magical kingdom.

So it definitely wouldn’t kill you to read about the assassin named Celaena Sardothien. Unless your dying of enjoyment… Which could happen.

18659623Title: Through the Woods
Author: Emily Carroll
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Release Date: July 2014
Pages: 208
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Synopsis: A beautifully illustrated graphic novel with five unsettling stories about what lurks in the woods.

I really loved this graphic novel. The illustrations were beautiful and I liked how each story had it’s own set of a few contrasting colors. The text worked really well with the illustrations; the way the text complimented the pictures and wrapped around them gave the novel an overall unsettling feeling. The stories themselves were very well written and appropriately creepy. They were short, but they were very well constructed. Anything that can creep you out in ten pages or less has got to be good. I also liked how each story was slightly darker than the last; It really pulls you in and gets you invested in the novel and it’s creepy theme.

Overall this was a beautifully drawn and wonderfully written graphic novel. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys creepy or unsettling stories.

Alistair Grim's OdditoriumTitle: Alistair Grim’s Odditorium
Author: Gregory Funaro
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Release Date: Jan 2015
Pages: 432
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This book is set in England around 1900 and is told through the eyes of a 12 year old chimney sweep named Grubb.  Grubb has a terrible life until he stows away in the carriage of Alistair Grim while running from trouble. Through out his journey Grubb encounters all sorts of mystical beings such as fairies, banshees, dragons, and Odditoria.

I really enjoyed this book. It had action, magic, and DRAGONS (sorry I really like dragons). Also it reminded me of the first few Harry Potter books which gives me hope for the books to follow. Yes, you read that right this will a series. I recommend this to anyone who likes fantasy and magic. If you enjoyed the Harry Potter series then you’re going to enjoy Alistair Grim’s Odditorium as well.  I give it 4 out of 5; it’s not a perfect book but it’s up there and I would totally read it again.

DamagedTitle: Damaged
Author: Amy Reed
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Release Date: Oct. 2014
Pages: 384
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Synopsis: Kinsey’s best friend Camille was killed in a car accident while Kinsey was driving. Plagued by guilt and haunted by Camille’s ghost she goes on an impromptu road trip with Camille’s boyfriend to try and escape.

I really wanted to like this book. I love the author and I’ve liked all of her past books, but this one just didn’t do it for me. My main problem was the whole “Camille’s ghost ” thing which ended up being a huge part of the book. I understand that her ghost was probably meant to represent Kinsey’s guilt and feelings about Camille. However, it was poorly done simply because the book became all about getting away from the ” ghost”. The fact that Kinsey had spent her entire life running from her problems and pushing away her emotions was really counter productive. It wasn’t anything new that she wanted to get away from this ” ghost”, it was what she always did. There really wasn’t any character development or growth because nothing changed. Kinsey spent the whole book running, like always, until she was finally able to let the ghost go, not the actual internal problem, the ghost. It just got old after a while.

Another problem I had with the ghost situation was just when you were sure that Camille was truly just Kinsey’s feelings manifested the author would blur the line. There where times when Camille’s ghost would leave physical marks on her and I have no idea how I’m supposed to take that. Was Kinsey harming herself ? Was she imagining things ? Was Camille an actual ghost and if so why would she act so differently than she had in life ? I have no idea.

This book just left too many questions unanswered. Why did Camille like this guy at all ? Why was she changing before she died ? What the heck is this guys story ? Why is Kinsey’s grandmother so evil ? What happens to her mother, who is clearly mentally ill ? There are so many loose ends that didn’t get tied up and that bothers me.

My last major problem was the relationship Kinsey had with Camille’s boyfriend. So let me get this straight, you think you’re being haunted by the vengeful ghost of your dead best friend and you think the solution to that is to run away, across the country, with her boyfriend ? I don’t see the logic there. I felt that their relationship was odd and totally unnesecarry. Why spend an entire book building a bad relationship between two characters we know nothing about only to have them spilt up at the end of the book ? I’m sure someone can find an English teacher that will tell me it’s meant to represent that the chapter of her life is over or something, that doesn’t mean I have to enjoy it. Their relationship was really unhealthy because they were both very unstable. I also didn’t like that she needed him. I mean she’s a girl, therefore she could not possibly escape her bad home life and battle her personal demons without an attractive male character there to facilitate it. I scoff at the thought. Just go along with it honey, he might be moody and potentially crazy ,but he’s going to get you out of there !
We need YA lit to show us how ridiculous that sounds, not to perpetuate it.

All in all this was an okay book. I really liked the premiss of it, I just felt that it could have been better executed. Less ghost and more character development would have made for a much better book.

Trust Me, I'm LyingTitle: Trust Me I’m Lying
Author: Mary Elizabeth Summer
Publisher:  Dealcorte Press (Random House)
Release Date: October 2014
Pages: 328
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In trust me, I’m lying by Mary Elizabeth Summer a girl named Julep Dupree attends a top class private school in Chicago. St. Agatha’s is filled with all the right people to fund her tuition, unintentionally of course. Julep is the girl that they go to when they need something fixed, the schemes get her good money. Until she comes home to a destroyed apartment and her con artist of a dad missing. With the help of friends Julep follows a trail of clues her father leaves behind to help her find what the mob is looking for.

This is the kinda book that took me about 2 days to read. It would of taken me one but I got interrupted. I would give this book 5 stars and would recommend to anybody who loves mystery novels with a twist and enjoys love triangles.

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