Top Ten Tuesday Post: Top Ten Books that I Loved and Will Read Again

Top Ten Tuesdays are a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl

1) Freya Snow Series

Hunt (Freya Snow, #1)White (Freya Snow, #2)Wings (Freya Snow, #3)

I personally love this series, and I am currently in the middle of reading the 11th book of the series! All of the books are fairly short, and they have really helped me to get out of random reading slumps that occur.

2) A Court of Mist and Fury

A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2)

I can’t really say much without spoiling it, but I just really loved this book.

3) Don’t Look At Me

Don't Look at Me

This Beauty and the Beast retelling is such an addictive read that I sped through it the first time. I would definitely want to take the time to read this one again.

4) A Little Princess

A Little Princess

This is my favorite book of all-time, and so I think I could re-read it forever.

5) The Magestaff 

The Magestaff (The Seven Kingdoms #1)

I hope to be able to get the chance to finish the Perrault Chronicles sometime soon.

6) The Throne of Fire

The Throne of Fire (Kane Chronicles, #2)
I listened to the audiobook version of this novel as I fell asleep nearly every night throughout middle school, and now I could probably recite portions of this book if I was able to re-read it.

7) The Castaway Heart Series

Castaway Heart (Castaway Heart, #1)

I also loved the Castaway Heart trilogy, also by L.C. Mawson. Hopefully I will get the chance to re-read that one soon!

8) Golden

Golden (Golden, #1)

I loved the first book in the Golden Trilogy by K.M. Robinson. I hope to be able to finish this trilogy soon, but I keep forgetting to do it.

9) One False Note

One False Note (The 39 Clues, #2)

I love the 39 clues series, and this is definitely one of my favorite books in the entire series. Learning about Mozart was definitely a lot of fun.

10) The Hate U Give

The Hate U Give
I personally love this book and think that teens everywhere should take the time to read it. I hope that in the next few years, with the movie coming out, that it will become more popular.

That’s all for this week, but I will see you next week.

The Magestaff Review ARC (Perrault Chronicles Book 1)

The Magestaff (Perrault Chronicles)

This book used to be named Cendrilla, and I reviewed it before. Now, this is a fully redone version, with a new name, and I fell in love with it even more! Watch out for its release on March 15!

Rilla is sixteen years old, six feet tall, and has lived with her stepmother and stepsisters for several years. These years have been the worst of her life, and she hopes to be able to escape someday. When Lord Bluebeard comes calling, she prays that he is not interested in any of them. Bluebeard’s reputation for killing his wives and beating his servants frighten her to pieces. When she is bought from her stepmother as his betrothed, she knows that she will have to escape before their wedding. She meets a servant named Jack, and the two of them escape. However, now they are fully in the magical world with creatures of all sorts.

I absolutely adore Rilla, and as a fellow tall girl, I can deal with some of her struggles. I might not be 6 feet tall, but at 5’9″/5’10” I am still pretty high on the height scale. This story really makes girls who are tall feel like they can be the heroes, rather than just petite, dainty princesses.

Also, the story is amazing. I love it simply because the action scenes are amazing, the worldbuilding really drew me in, and I got to become more connected to Rilla in her backstory. This extra time spent worldbuilding might have only seemed like a small thing, but it made the entire story for me.

Not to mention, this story is a fairytale retelling clearly. However, it does not just stick to the fairytales of Cinderella and Bluebeard. I won’t spoil anything but expect to see a lot when you read this one. As a person who used to love reading the old “Blue Fairy Book” fairytales when I was younger, this became a treasure hunt of sorts for me. I hope it works the same for you!

I would recommend this to anyone looking for an action-adventure fantasy novel with a unique female main character, fairytales, and magic.

I received a free advanced copy of this book and voluntarily gave a review.

Overall Rating: 6/5

Winter Review (Lunar Chronicles Book 5)(Spoilers!)

Cinder and Iko by may12324 on DeviantArt

I found this fanart here! May_12324 also does a lot of other really beautiful art, so check out that page sometime for cool book-related art.

Songs I listened to while reading this:

 

The last character, Winter, is shunned by her stepmother Levana due to the scars on her face and due to the fact that she thinks that using her Lunar abilities is wrong. Not using her abilities has caused her to suffer from many horrible hallucinations and other things, as she tries to protect those around her. Jacin, her guard is her only light in the darkness, but her stepmother even wants to take him away from her, as Winter needs to simply be married off to royalty and out of her hair.

The rest of the crew sneak to Luna with Kai, and they plan to start an uprising against Levana. Kai must accept Levana’s proposal and marry her in order to gain entrance to the castle, while the rest of the team hides out and tries to figure out how to get the citizens of Luna to revolt against their oppressive queen.

I’m not going to summarize the whole book, as it was over 800 pages, but instead I am going to focus on the important pieces.

Cinder spent most of this book trying to get her team members back when they kept getting taken, trying to make the citizens of Luna revolt, and struggling with her seemingly weak Lunar abilities. I was expecting a bit more out of her, but the most interesting tidbit that stood out to me was when she learned that her mother was even more of a monster than Levana. Other than that, I wasn’t that intrigued by her as I read this book.

Winter was supposed to be one of the most interesting characters as a princess who would sacrifice her own mental health in order to not hurt anyone. However, by the middle of the book, she seemed to be just the annoying crazy princess. She would do something smart once in awhile, but the rest of the time she would simply be just rambling about how the walls were bleeding. She didn’t even get a “happy ending” like the others in the book did. She was still mad by the end, and Jace was just holding her together until hopefully the future treatment would work. I felt cheated by her character, like I had hoped she would at least get to die a heroes death or something. But instead she is even more stuck in her own head.

Jacin had to act as Levana’s slave for most of the book, but he was useful for helping Winter and Scarlet escape, and for many things throughout the book. I felt that sometimes he was just put there so that Winter would have a match and wouldn’t be alone, but as Winter deteriorated, he took on a more prominent role.

Wolf finally got his strength back after being reunited with his mate Scarlet, and has become useful again. His side story with his mother was interesting, but then she died really quickly.

Cress and Thorne have become that typical teen pining couple. They were probably the most irritating, because they always seem to either be doing something slightly heroic or talking about how something is wrong with their nonexistent relationship. And yet the two of them seem to be the only ones to get a mostly happy ending.

Kai was just there to be the bait as he had to marry Levana. I did not even see him grow throughout the entire series, he is still just a prince, and the only time I saw him really stand up was when he tried to stab Levana. I think.

Scarlet really saved this book for me. She went from being the hometown girl who just wanted to save her grandmother, and has gone through torture. Now, she is the strong mate of an alpha wolf who knows how to control herself when it is necessary, and fight when it is also necessary. She was Winter’s protector when Jacin was not available, and took care of them both pretty well when they were separated from the rest of the team. She also got a semi-happy ending with Wolf, which I felt that she actually deserved.

Overall, this was a very long and drawn out disappointment for me. The action scenes were interesting, but I just could not see the development or growth of the characters the way I wanted to. I had hoped that the series would improve to Heartless levels of writing, but it seems to have not moved that far past Cinder. If I had to pick a favorite book in this series it would probably be Cress, but I would have loved to see the entire series just in Scarlet’s POV. This was a disappointing end to an average series, but I am glad that it is over. Hopefully Stars Above will provide more of Scarlet’s point of view, and more development of Winter’s character.

Overall Rating: 2/5

 

Cendrilla Review

Cendrilla: A Fairytale (Perrault Chronicles Book 1) by [Castel, Cordelia]

Rilla is a 16 year old girl who lives with her awful stepmother and two stepsisters. She is considered to not be pretty because she is 6 feet tall, and her stepmother uses her as an extra servant. When Lord Bluebeard comes for tea one day, her stepmother sells her to him in order to receive her weight in gold. She knows the rumours about Bluebeard killing his previous wives, and so she decides to escape with his servant Jack. They start on an adventure to go to the city for protection. However, their journey makes a few more stops first and leads them to more people.

I really enjoyed this character Rilla, because as a girl who is 5″9′ I know how it feels to be taller than everyone else and feel ugly because of it. The story moved smoothly, and I could follow every character and see how they grew throughout the story. I often find problems with retold fairytales, but this one stuck to a few of my favorites, such as the story of Bluebeard and the story of Cinderella, albeit with some edits.

This story was rather short, and it didn’t have an ending. In order for me to find out what happens next, I would have to buy the next book, which came as a disappointment to me. I prefer for my books, albeit in a series, to feel finished before I move onto the next part of the story. But overall, I did enjoy this half of the story, and I hope to eventually be able to read the next half.

Overall Rating: 3.75/5