Book Reviews

The Cruel Prince, Holly Black

No one ever dreams of seeing their parents killed right in front of them. That is exactly what happened to Jude and her sisters Taryn and Vivvienne. A man they have never met before, Madoc, came into their home and killed both of their parents and then took the girls to raise them as his own. Madoc came in and did this because their mother was actually his bride
During their time in Fairy, Jude is trying to find her way into the society of Fairy, a place where humans are treated as less than dirt. Her goal is to be a part of the royal family’s generals, but her now step father is telling her that he will not endorse her in the games in order to get a spot among the royal family. Taryn, Jude’s twin sister is trying to find a way among the Fae in a different aspect. Taryn wants to blend in, not cause any trouble, and one day marry into a good fairy family and earn her way in that aspect. Vivienne, the only one who is truly Fae wants nothing to do with the fairy folk and wants to go back to the human world. Each of them want different things out of the Fairy world, but Jude is the only one willing to do whatever it takes to get what she wants and survive, even if she does not always understand the consequences.
I honestly thought that The Cruel Prince was average. It got so much hype and I really only kind of enjoyed it. The overall story was average of a bad fairy, likes the human he’s not supposed to like and picks on her, but she doesn’t know why. The fairies were nothing spectacular and did not do much that humans couldn’t do other than live for a long time. I just overall was not impressed with this fantasy novel. There are a lot better ones out there in my opinion. I did a complete review with more thoughts on my BookTube Channel, which is linked below! Until next time,
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India
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Dear Martin, Nic Stone and Giveaway!

He is one of the top people in his class and is possibly headed to Yale, but as he is trying to help his ex-girlfriend get into the car after she was drinking, somehow he is the one who is in handcuffs and is being yelled at by police. After that experience he is questioning everything he ever thought of. He is wondering is that all people are ever going to see of him? A black male to be afraid of and to deem as a threat? Justyce begins a

I really enjoyed Dear Martin by Nic Stone! The way it was written really brought the whole thing together. I loved the concept of writing letters to Martin Luther King Jr to try and figure out what was going on in Justyce’s life. Stone brought together so many concepts and ideas that made it a wonderful read. The book is small, but it is mighty. I know this a short and choppy review to put up on this blog, but my full review is on my BookTube channel where you can also find the information to enter into a giveaway!! There are still 8 days left to enter the giveaway of a signed copy of Dear Martin! Until next time,

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The Raven Boys, Maggie Stiefvater

– Short Story – 

The Raven Boys by Maggie Steifvater follows one of our main characters Blue Sargent. Blue comes from a family of clairvoyants, or seers as we normally understand them to be. Blue herself cannot see, but she does have the ability to enhance what the rest of her family sees around her. It also follows our other main character, Gansey, and his friends who attend the local private school of Aglionby. The boys that attend her are often called Raven Boys due to their uniforms and their mascot. Gansey is more than rich private school kid who has grown up with privilege his entire life. He has been searching for something, and that search leads Blue and Gansey together, but Blue has always grown up with one warning coming from her mother. She has always been told that she will cause her true love to die, so she has always tried to stay away from such things that tempt fate. We all know though, that you cannot run away from fate as it always finds you.

– My Thoughts – 

I did not really enjoy The Raven Boys and because it was such a hyped book and series I thought that I would love it.  I just did not understand the story and how it all went together. At one point I thought it might magical realism and another point I thought that it might be historical fiction, and at another point I thought that it was fantasy. There were a lot of different parts to the book and only a couple of things surprised me, I was very happy about those twists and surprises though because that is what really kept me reading the book. I always give a series a second book, and I am going to read the second book. I read Steifvater’s Shiver a long long time ago, and I believed I enjoyed it. People swear by this series, so I’ll give it another chance, but as I said it just wasn’t for me. Tell me what you thought of the book if you read it! I would love to hear about. Until next time,
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India
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A Court of Thornes and Roses, Sarah J. Maas

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The world is split in two with the fairies, also known as Fae living in the north and the humans living in the south. The only thing that is separating them is a wall. The history of that wall comes from years of bloodshed and war when the Fae ruled the earth and kept the humans as slaves or worse. Finally the war ended and the humans, with the help of some Fae, were able to win the war. The wall was built to keep the Fae in as well as keep humans away from Prythian, the land where the fairies live.
Feyre has been the sole protector of her family ever since her father lost their fortune. Her sisters Nesta and Elaine have done nothing to help Feyre other than spend the little bit of money that she brings home. Her father has a knee injury, and is so far removed from the family that he does not even try to help other than some small wood carvings. When out in the woods one winter night, one kill of a wolf would change her life forever.
Next thing Feyre knows she’s being told by a wolf shaped fairy that she can either stay and die, or live out her life in Prythian, but she does owe a life death for the fairy that she killed. The only thing holding her back is that she made a promise to protect her family, but she decided to leave in order to keep her family alive, and her life is forever changed.

– My Thoughts – 

I know, I know I’m late to reading this series! It has been a long time since a book made me feel the way this one does. Sara J Maas does a magnificent job with the first installment of this series. ACOTAR makes you feel angerI felt like the characters have so many dimensions to them that we have yet to learn, and I feel like there is so much more to come. Feyre and Tamlin have an interesting dynamic, and Tamlin might be the one to bring Feyre out of the dark place that she has been living in for so long. Feyre is able to grow in ways she never thought she would be able to. I cannot wait to read A Court of Mist and Fury and I’m getting started on that right away! Until next time,
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When Dimple Met Rishi, Sandhya Menon

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Have you ever had a dream so bad you were willing to do whatever it takes to get it? Or, have you ever felt a deep sense of culture and self that you knew what your future held? For Dimple, she has always wanted to be a part of the coding world. Designing apps and games and anything else you can imagine. While for Rishi, he has also known that his culture is a large part of who he is and what he believes in, and because of that he also believes in arranged marriages. Dimple is not like every Indian girl and continues to try and push away from being the typical Indian girl wearing kohl eyeliner and sahris. When Dimple’s parents said that she is allowed to go to Insomnia Con 2017 after being accepted to Stanford University she thought that this final summer before college couldn’t get any better. What she did not know was that there was someone else coming to Insomnia Con to meet her, and that might change her life or she might affect change on someone else.

– My Thoughts –

I really enjoyed this book and I thought it was super cute! I don’t read contemporary a lot because of all of the love stories, but that is definitely what this book is about. It is a love story that takes place during a coding competition, but it really has nothing to do with coding. It’s all about the romance, and once you understand that it gets a lot better. I read it one day because it was so cute and made me happy. I definitely recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a follow your heart type of book. Until next time,
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90s Born Reader