Air Awakens by Elise Kova Review

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Book: Air Awakens

Author: Elise Kova

Genre: YA Fantasy

Rating: ALL OF THE STARS

Goodreads Blurb

The world was alive around her, and each gust of air was like the whisper of a lover upon silk.


Let’s do this!

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Air Awakens… Where to start…

This follows the life of Vhalla Yarl, a seventeen-year-old library apprentice who has been taught to fear the Tower of Sorcerers and all of those who belonged in it, and she’d been happy to oblige and keep to the quiet of her books. But when she unknowingly saves the life of Crown Prince Aldrik Solaris, which is to say, one of the most powerful sorcerers of all, her life takes a drastic turn, and she’s forced to decide to embrace her true nature and leave all that she’s ever known, or ignoring this newfound part of herself, as she discovers that she herself has a power of her own; the rare elemental magic of a Windwalker.

This book was great. So, so, so great.


The World and the Magic Within Its Pages:

I love the way this world and the magic in it has been built. How, while having its own unique complexity like most Fantasy books, it keeps a certain type of simplicity that allows readers to take it all in and grasp every concept quickly, creating a bond between the reader, the book and the author from a very early stage in the reading experience with this book, and thus allowing this bond to get stronger and stronger as the pages turn, as well as facilitating the establishment of a stronger connection to the characters.

The world in this book works in the way of a compass. It is divided by four regions, North, South, East and West, and each region means a specific affinity for every sorcerer. The people of the North tend to have an affinity with Earth, the people of the South tend have an affinity with Water, those of the West generally have an affinity with Fire, and finally, those of the East, like Vhalla, tend to have an affinity with Air.

That means that Waterruners are most likely to be Southerners, Firebearers are almost always Westerners, Northerners tend to be Groundbreakers and Easterners tend to be Windwalkers.

Learning about this world was a pleasant experience; I learned along with Vhalla and Aldrik was as much my teacher as he was Vhalla’s.


Vhalla Yarl:

Vhalla Yarl is a very human character.

Here’s why:

You see, when presented with the fact that she had this amazing, unique ability and the chance to learn more about it, to nurture it, and to train to become a skilled Windwalker, Vhalla… Refused. She refused and she hesitated again and again, and she wouldn’t accept not being given a choice. And this, I feel, is a very human characteristic.

We, humans, don’t like being used, don’t like being controlled, and we don’t like being told that we’re wrong. We don’t like to be faced with facts that are a complete contradiction to everything we’ve known, and thus it takes us time to grasp and accept these facts, or we just don’t accept them, no matter how much truth they may hold. In addition to this, it affects us greatly when we extend our trust towards towards someone that ultimately ends up abusing of it, and losing it.

It felt completely real, Vhalla’s reluctance to trust the Tower of Sorcerers because 1) she’d been taught to fear these people, and to stay as far from sorcery as possible, thus the possibility of anything good coming out of it seemed scarce, and 2) because she extended her trust to “her Phantom,” and he didn’t value it enough to keep it the first time around.

Ultimately, Vhalla was looking out for herself. She was smart, and strong, and brave, because throughout all of it, she thought of herself. She learned to embrace herself as a sorcerer and as someone who has the power to make a difference, and she made sure that this was her choice.

This, combined with her wittiness and her undying love for reading (which I obviously found incredibly relatable), was what made me feel so connected to her character, and what made her into one of my favorite literary characters.
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Crown Prince Aldrik Solaris, an Outcast on the Spotlight:

*dreamy sigh*

How do I even form coherent thoughts about my dear, fiery,
temperamental prince?

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Yeeeeah, about that…

Prince Aldrik is misunderstood, and I’m glad we got a main character who could see that, and understand that (even if it took her, and me, a while), regardless of the perceptions of him that next to everyone had embedded into her mind.

Aldrik is what you could call… An outcast on the spotlight.

It’s hard to be a sorcerer in a world in which these are outcasts, but it’s even harder to be a sorcerer when you’re constantly on the spotlight. And even harder, you might say, when you happen to be the Crown Prince.

It’s quite an odd combination.

It was little more than the corners of his mouth curling up, but it lit his eyes in a way that Vhalla had yet to see. It made her wonder if she had ever really seen him before. It made her wonder if anyone had ever really seen him before.

That, right there, is one of my favorite quotes from this book. Just like Vhalla, I admit I failed to understand Aldrik at the beginning of this book, to see him, and it was little details like these that allowed me to truly see him, and to grow fonder and fonder of him.

A little too fond, you might say. Hehee.

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At first, I thought he was a complete asshole.

Then I understood why.

Then, I learned that he cares for those of his kind and those he loves, even if it’s in his own way. I learned that he’s passionate, and feels very deeply and very strongly. I learned that he’s simply a misfit under a microscope whose reputation has already been decided without reasoning, and is constantly reminded of this shallow, false perception that follows him around, wherever he goes, inevitably.

*sigh*

The rest is history.

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Indeed.


Vhalla and Aldrik, the definition of OTP:

Look, I don’t have much to say about Vhalla and Aldrik’s relationship except, I SHIP IT.

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It was pleasantly subtle and yet almost palpable, and I love that it was comprised of little significant moments, that slowly built their relationship.


Supporting Characters That Added a Little Something More to This Story:

 Roan and Sareem:

I think… That the presence of these two characters in Vhalla’s life made it clearer for me to see how lonely the life of a sorcerer could be. They were a nice asset to the story, presenting a stark contrast between Vhalla’s past as a library apprentice, and Vhalla’s future as a sorcerer.

Sareem was kinda giving me some Gale vibes though, trying to escape the friend-zone and all. I loved him as her best friend, and he truly was sweet towards Vhalla, if a tad bit cheesy, but I’m kind of glad their relationship ended the way it did. I couldn’t take him as a love interest, and even less after his reaction to Vhalla’s sorcery.

*clears throat*

Sorry?

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Larel:

Larel holds a dear place in my heart. She was the constant that Vhalla needed in the midst of the mess that her life had become. She didn’t pressure Vhalla into making a decision, she simply presented her with facts, with the truth, and more importantly, she was there. Vhalla needed a friend and a guide, and Larel provided her with her friendship and guidance without asking for anything in return.

I genuinely feel that there is a lot more depth to her character than we get to see in this book, and I do hope I get to see more of her in the next books.

(Fritz)nangle:

Fritz is, and I’m quoting Elise on this one, “such a cinnamon roll. Too Precious. Too pure.”

Even though he didn’t appear in this book as often as I’d liked him to, he gave me so many Kenji vibes (I’m a sucker for Kenji), and I just… *struggles for words*

FRITZNANGLE MUST BE PROTECTED AT ALL COSTS, OKAY?

Prince Baldair:

Oh, Prince Baldair, why must you be so charming?

I admit I thought I would strongly dislike Baldair, since he’s such a flirt and all. I was wrong.

There’s something so disarmingly good-natured and easy-going about his character, and he’s so sweet too, how could anyone not like him?

It was as though the golden prince wore everything on his sleeves, and his cerulean eyes promised nothing but the truth.

Master Mohned:

Do you wanna know how I imagined Master Mohned?

Are you sure?

Well, you asked for it.

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*cackles*

oOPS!


The Magic of Simplicity in Writing:

I talked a little about this on my last reading update, and I mentioned it earlier on this post, but I really, really enjoyed the simplicity in the way this book was written. I enjoyed it a lot. It allowed me to quickly fly through it, and it almost made me feel as if I was being presented with some sort of reality, instead of a fragment of fiction.

I’d most definitely recommend this book to any new reader, or non-reader (or avid reader), as the way this book is written allows readers to get a full grasp of this world fairly quickly, and thus keeping you at the edge of your seat.

Props to Elise Kova for being such a fabulous writer.


Overall Thoughts:

This. Book. Was. Phenomenal.

I loved every single part of it and, quite frankly, it’s going right up on my favorites shelf. The world was flawlessly put together, the characters were rich and believable, the romance was just right, the story was so simply, and yet intricately, carefully woven, and the ending was fantastic, giving way for this series to grow into something far, far greater.

I 100% recommend that EVERYONE give this book a try aaaaand that concludes this review.

I hope you enjoyed it, and that it made you want to pick this book up.

Happy reading!

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Reading Update: Air Awakens by Elise Kova

Let’s talk Air Awakens, shall we?

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I’ve been juggling between reading Air Awakens on my phone, Six of Crows (because yes, I’m a little shit that didn’t finish it last month like I was supposed to) whenever I’m home and have the chance to grab my copy and read peacefully, and school work, so I haven’t read as much as I’d like to read of it, but what I HAVE read, I’ve liked.

I’ve mentioned this before, but the way this book is written is very simple and easy to read, and I like that because, apart from the fact that it’s a book that everyone can read (even a non-reader), it’s very easy to dive into and get a whole bunch of reading done in a decent amount of time.

At first, it kind of irked me a bit that Vhalla was so whiny and kept denying her powers instead of embracing them, but as I kept reading, I warmed up to her character. And when I really thought about it, if I were in Vhalla’s situation I would’ve whined and denied just as much as she does, and maybe even more. It just makes her more human, and real, I guess, because we all know that perfect, seemingly fearless characters that can take on anything without complaining or doubting themselves aren’t believable.

I really like how the magic is explained in this book, and how, just like with the writing, it’s very easy to understand.

Fire = West
Water = South
Earth = North
Air = East

Like I said, very easy to understand!

I loved the whole exchanging letters thing with “the Phantom,” hOWEVER, Aldrik is an asshole.

I’m almost POSITIVE that he’ll get better and he’ll end up being a member of my never ending list of fictional boyfriends but I just… HE’S SUCH AN ASS RIGHT NOW! *sobs*

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I’ve only read about 8 chapters, and I can already feel myself getting attached to this story and the characters (Vhalla, Larel, the Minister, Fritz, nOT ALDRIK, THOUGH).

I can’t wait to keep reading, and hopefully Aldrik will… You know… Not be an asshole.

Remember to leave any questions you have for Elise down below in the comments and keep in mind that they can be about anything you’d like, just don’t get too personal!

In the mean time, I have 2 questions of my own!

My first question is: Is the world in Air Awakens based on our world or is it an entirely different world? I’m very curious as to what a map of this world would look like.

And my second question is: What Hogwarts house do you belong to? I personally haven’t read the Harry Potter books but I’ve always loved learning what house others belong to.

Farewell and happy reading!

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Read-Along Book of the Month: Air Awakens by Elise Kova

Hey, readers!

We’re stoked to tell you guys that our December Book of the Month is Air Awakens by Elise Kova, BUT we’re even more stoked to tell you that Elise Kova, author of our Book of the Month recently contacted us and guess what? She’s going to be a part of this read-along!

I feel like it’s a great thing, when authors are involved in the reading process somehow, because it makes the reading experience a whole lot more personal and dear to our hearts, so we were thrilled when Elise told us she’d like to be a part of this.

(and we may or may not have fangirled a bit, but don’t tell anyone)

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She’s going to be answering your questions all month long, right here on the blog, as well as on Elise’s videos on our blog’s Instagram! You can ask about anything and everything. Her writing process, her books, future projects,  or even the  randomest of things like her favorite ice cream flavor, or if she’s Team Peeta or Team Gale. Feel free to get as creative as you want, just don’t get too personal!

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Now, since this is our read-along’s announcement post, I was planning on giving you guys a brief description on the book buuuuuut, the lovely Elise was nice enough to write you guys a little message, giving you a brief intel on what the book is about and the type of reader she hoped to reach when she wrote these books and those kinds of things, so, without further ado, here’s what she had to say!


  I found this read-along completely by chance. It popped up on my Instagram feed and, as authors can be, I was curious as to what people were saying about my work. I noticed that Air Awakens had been chosen by majority vote by the readers here for the December read-along and was completely floored. I finished hosting my own read-along of Air Awakens leading up to Fire Falling and it was so much fun to watch people interact with the book for the first time, answer questions, and discuss everything from the character motives to the world.
  When I sat down to write Air Awakens I wanted to make it a high fantasy that could appeal to readers who maybe have never picked up a high fantasy before. In line with this thinking, I tried to make decisions and put in characters, settings, and magic that would be familiar and easy to understand, while still adding my own spin and making it my own. One of the first decisions out of this was to base the magic system on elements: Air, Fire, Water, and Earth. Elemental-based magic systems have been used in dozens of works throughout time and they’re simple to “pick up and go” for someone who isn’t used to the extensive and time-consuming world building of high fantasy novels.
(For the record, I don’t intend any of this in a negative way! Just that everyone has their “type” of book and if high fantasy isn’t your type it can be hard to get into.)
  I’ve had reviewers describe Air Awakens as many things, like: Avatar meets Throne of Glass, or Cinderella meets Phantom of the Opera in a high fantasy setting. Overall, I’ve been really lucky to have amazing readers enjoy my story and I hope anyone who picks up Air Awakens now or later does as well. But, if you don’t, there’s always another book on the proverbial shelf!
  I can’t wait to see what questions people have during this read-along!

On top of that, we’ll be posting video updates by Elise herself, every week or so, on our Instagram, so be sure to check those out!
As per usual, we’ll be updating you guys on our bookstagrams (Camila’s and mine) and I’ll, personally, be updating on my reading on Twitter and Snapchat (booksthetics), as well as on my Goodreads.
I think that’s all for now soooooo, farewell and happy reading, guys!
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The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd Review

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Book: The Madman’s Daughter

Author: Megan Shepherd

Genre: YA Historical Fiction/Horror

Rating: ★★★★★

Goodreads Blurb

“Emotions were a puzzle, something to be studied and fitted together carefully. But the edges of this puzzle didn’t fit within the lines knew.”

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PLOT:

This book follows the life of Juliet, a girl whose father, once the best surgeon in all of London, was accused of butchery, called a monster, a madman. She’d thought him dead, as he’d vanished from her life altogether, but one small event leads her to find her childhood best friend, crush, and her family’s former servant, Montgomery James, through who she finds out that her father is, in fact, alive and well, living on an island off the coast of Australia, where he’s able to continue his studies and experiments in peace.

With this new piece of information, the fact that she’s orphaned and broke, and the fact that she’s committed a crime that may just get her into jail, she decides to finally take on the task of finding her father and to find out if the accusations were truth by herself, and thus asking Montgomery to take her with him to the island. Reluctantly, and after much begging, he agrees and embark on a journey towards this mysterious island he and her estranged father call a home.

She has no idea what she’s gotten herself into, and once she’s there, there’s no turning back.

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WARNING:

I highly recommend this book to all readers (as long as they don’t have a weak stomach), so if you haven’t read this book yet, I’d advice you go read it and then come back and read this review.

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This review contains a fair amount of spoilers, read at your own risk.

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OUR MAIN CHARACTER, JULIET MOREAU:

Going from a girl who purposefully closed her eyes to the ugly truths and realities about herself and her life, to a girl who, even though it troubles and frightens her, knows, accepts, and almost even embraces herself, her flaws and the inevitable morbid darkness within her, her character growth, in my opinion, was outstanding.

I’d grown fond of her character from the beginning of the book, as you could say she defied normalcy and sexism in her era, learning and knowing more about anatomy and medicine than a lot of men. Were she in a world in which women were allowed to take on these careers, life would’ve probably been a piece of cake for her. But she lived in a world in which women were degraded and only allowed to take on minor jobs, “fitting for a woman.” Regardless of this, thanks to Montgomery’s help, she still decided to secretly learn all of these things.

Another reason why I liked her character is the incredible amount of depth and darkness that there is to her character. Even in the beginning of the book, when she still tried to ignore these things, closed her eyes and mind to them, I could tell that there was a LOT more to her than a servant girl with a dark, twisted past, that she herself carried a lot of that darkness within her. And somehow, her constant battle against herself, being good and wanting to do good, while at the same time feeling inescapably drawn to the dark, the morbid and to do the not so good, makes her all the more real to me.

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MONTGOMERY VS. EDWARD:

Where there is YA, there is almost always love. And where there’s love there are often love triangles. This book was not the exception. Now, I have a love-hate relationship with love triangles, as they frustrate me and confuse my feelings, frequently ending in me just choosing not to choose any side what so ever. Luckily though, the way this love triangle was executed, I had a clear vision of who I chose over who.

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Montgomery is such a kindhearted, caring and compassionate, that no matter how much Edward loved Juliet, how he constantly protected her, how he was such a gentleman, I couldn’t help choosing him over Edward.

There’s a wild, carefree, untamed purity to him that makes him worth a million times more to me than Edward would ever be.

And this, combined with the fact that he always strives to make things right, and the fact that no matter how much he truly loved Juliet, he still chose to care for those who didn’t have anyone to care for them, that he chose to put others’ needs before his, are the reasons why I’d choose him today, tomorrow, and over, and over, and over again.

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LOVELY DOCTOR, LOVELY EXPERIMENTS:

8572402Even though this book follows the life of Juliet, the root of the plot is none other than her father and his experiments. I had no idea whatsoever that this was gonna be the case when I picked up this book, nor I had any idea whatsoever about how gruesome, morbid, twisted and disgusting this book was going to be. I mean, I knew it was a horror book, but I didn’t know WHAT type of horror book it was.

Let me just tell you that it’s not the oh-my-God-I’m-pooping-my-pants kind of horror book. It’s more the oh-my-God-I’m-going-to-throw-up kind of horror book. It doesn’t have anything to do with ghosts, or demons, or anything paranormal, but with everything mad (pun intended), abhorrent and shockingly disturbing. It’s not as much terrifying as it is horrifying.

I was truly shocked when it was finally revealed that her father, Dr. Moreau, was, in fact, guilty of butchery, and even more than that, rivaling God by attempting to create humans, better versions of them, using different animals, cutting and sewing them together whilst they’re alive, thus torturing them to the point of driving away all malice and violent instinct from them, forcing them into submission. And the thing is, I knew. From the moment Balthasar appeared for the first time, I knew. I knew wHAT HE WAS DOING BUT I COULDN’T HELP BEING SHOCKED, I COULDN’T HELP GAGGING. IT WAS ALL SO, SO CRUEL AND REPULSIVE AND THE FACT THAT HE FELT NO GUILT OR REMORSE WHATSOEVER ABOUT WHAT HE WAS DOING MADE IT SO MUCH MORE HORRIFYING.

I COULDN’T NOT FEEL LIKE THROWING UP EVERY TIME THESE EXPERIMENTS WERE EXPLAINED, OKAY?

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BALTHASAR:

Can we please take a moment to appreciate Balthasar’s innocent soul?

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BALTHASAR IS THE MOST INNOCENT, PURE, LOYAL, GENTLE, SWEET CHARACTER TO EVER WALK A FICTIONAL WORLD.

“He speaks. He thinks. He’s capable of compassion. Why, he even carried a garden slug outside this morning so the chickens wouldn’t eat it. Didn’t you?”

Balthasar nodded.”

He carried a garden slug outside so the chickens wouldn’t eat it. HE CARRIED IT OUTSIDE SO IT WOULD BE SAFE. Mytumblr_nsxgw8sp661rysqxno10_250 soul can’t handle so much innocent gentleness, it melts. IT MELTS.

I’m so attached to this man/creature that I just… I don’t even want to think about all the tragic possibilities that could happen in the rest of the books.

I just want Balthasar to be happy.

IT IS ALL I WANT, OKAY? I WANT BALTHASAR TO BE HAPPY.

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TRIPPY AF:

This book could feel so weird and trippy sometimes. For example, that part when that moose or whatever, Ceasar, was standing in the middle of the village, all goosfraba and peaceful, with all of the half-regressed creatures being weird and creepy… And then they say that he’s actually the preacher of the village… I FELT LIKE IT WAS ALL A CRAZY, DISTURBING DREAM OR HALLUCINATION, OKAY? IT IS EXACTLY THE TYPE OF WEIRD DREAM I WOULD HAVE.

If I ever got stung by a tracker jacker, I bet I’d hallucinate something like this.

LIKE THAT EPISODE IN PHINEAS AND FERB IN WHICH CANDACE KEPT HALLUCINATING WITH THAT RANDOM ZEBRA AND THE COLORFUL, TRIPPY BACKGROUND. THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT THESE PARTS FELT LIKE.

(I hope you know what I’m talking about, otherwise I’ll end up sounding just as insane as the part itself)

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UNEXPECTED UNEXPECTEDNESS:

I had talked in a previous post about how I’ve grown fond of thrillers and these types of books. I just really, really enjoy that tense, uneasy, on edge, sort of panicky feeling that these types of books give me, which is why I simply could not get enough of this book. I was (still am) completely infatuated with this story, its plot and its characters.

There are so many things happening so fast that I just… THERE IS NO ROOM TO BE CHILL, OKAY? Every single time, just when I thought the worst was over, nOPE. Something worse happens. Plot twists here, plot twists there, plot twists everywhere.

I NEVER KNEW WHAT TO EXPECT, WHAT TO THINK, WHO TO TRUST, IF I COULD FINALLY BREATHE AGAIN.

*screeches*

P L O T  F R E A K I N G  T W I S T S

E V E R Y W H E R E

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YOU MEAN… EDWARD ISN’T HUMAN?:

Now THIS was a plot twist I didn’t expect. At all.

I’m still upset with myself for not realizing it before. I should’ve known earlier, IT MADE SO MUCH SENSE! The possibility of him being “the beast” simply never crossed my mind. IT. MADE. SO. MUCH. SENSE. How he recognized her that first time he saw her on the Curitiba. How he knew all about Dr. Moreau and his experiments. His private conversations and his “agreement” with the doctor. How he was never present when the attacks happened. How the villagers attacked him that one time they got their hands on him. How he’d ask Juliet if she was sure Ajax was “the beast.”

*continues to remember every single detail and potentially unnoticed clue*

*feels more and more stupid every time*

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And then the fact that her father wanted Juliet to marry him to test if his creations could mate with humans…

Jesus Christ.

*shivers*

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ONE LAST PLOT TWIST:

“Let’s make the ending a plot twist as well,” Megan Shepherd thinks to herself as if there weren’t enough plot twists already. “In fact, let’s make the WHOLE book into one massive plot twist.”

After making this decision, Megan Shepherd proceeds to pour a cup of tEA TO HER BEST FRIEND SATAN HIMSELF, FEELING DELIGHTFULLY PLEASED WITH THE PAIN SHE WILL FURTHER CAUSE TO HER READERS.

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What on earth was that ending?

WHAT ON EARTH WAS THAT?????

I totally understand where Montgomery’s coming from, and I greatly admire and appreciate that he chose to stay behind to care for the ones who need to be cared for, I love him for it. BUT… You mean to tell me that I waited sooooo long for them to finally get to be together for once and for all, and all that waiting was for nothing? That all that planning, all that looking forward to escaping the island with him was for nothing?

HOW DARE YOU??????????

After finishing this book I legitimately did nothing but stare into infinity and beyond, trying to process that one last plot twist. I couldn’t cope.

THE BOOK LITERALLY ENDS WITH JULIET HELPLESSLY DRIFTING AWAY INTO THE SEA, LOOKING AT MONTGOMERY AND THE ISLAND FROM FARTHER AND FARTHER AWAY, KNOWING SHE COULDN’T DO ANYTHING TO GO BACK, WHILE MONTGOMERY STARED BACK WITH THE SADDEST, MOST GRIEF-STRICKEN LOOK IN THE WHOLE ENTIRE UNIVERSE.

HOW DO YOU EXPECT ME TO BE OKAY AFTER THAT?

I CANNOT.

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Bottom line is, I’m obsessed with this book. If you, for some masochistic reason that I can totally relate to, got this far into my review without having read this book, I 7294264282% recommend you pick this book up. Not if you have a weak stomach, though. In that case, do not read this book, under any circumstances. If you doooooon’t, then yOU HAVE NO EXCUSE. READ IT. NOW.

 I’ll be watching. Waiting.

(I just need someone to discuss this book with, please have some mercy)

READ IT NOW, I SAID.

BYE.

FAREWELL.

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Read-along Update: The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd

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SOOOOOO… It’s been a while…

In the time I’ve been gone I’ve managed to get almost all the way to the end of our October book of the month, The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd. It’s been one hell of a ride…

Where do I start?

Oh yes, let’s start by stating that this book is horrifyingly disgusting, although fascinating at that.

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I said this on my other update but if you have a weak stomach, I wouldn’t recommend reading this book. SPECIALLY if you’re sensitive to animal torture and abuse.

I had my suspicions regarding what Dr. Moreau was doing, but that didn’t change the fact that I literally gagged when I learned what he was doing (and whenever it was mentioned). It’s a pretty shocking to learn, even if you think you expect it. And even more so when it’s described in such vivid details.

I never thought this book would be so abhorrent and revolting when I suggested it for us to read.

And I’m most definitely trying not to talk directly about what Dr. Moreau does, even though the whole plot revolves around it. I’ll save that for the actual review, thanks.

If you’re reading along, or you’ve read this book, then you surely know what I’m talking about. If you haven’t… Then just know that it’s quite lovely. And by lovely I mean gruesome and nauseating.

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Now, let’s move on to more enjoyable subjects.

Montgomery.

You see, no matter what “crimes” he’s committed, even if they’re not his fault, I can’t help but prefer him over Edward. Don’t get me wrong, Edward’s a total sweetheart and he cares for Juliet, and I do definitely enjoy his little moments with Juliet. *cough* The waterfall. *cough* BUUUUUT, Montgomery wins the whole thing.

I’m not going to go into much detail about it, I’m obviously saving that for my review, but just know that I really, reeeeeally love Montgomery’s character.

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Now, as far as plot and story goes, I’m completely infatuated with this book. I wasn’t much of a fan of thrillers or these types of book, but lately I’ve grown fond of that tense, uneasy, on edge, sort of panicky feeling that these types of books give me. I can’t get enough of them, and the fact that I just can’t get enough of this book just proves that.

There are so, so many things happening at once and just when I think everything’s solved, that we’re on the other side, SURPRISE! Something else happens, something significantly worse than the last thing. And just the constant wondering of if it’s finally over, and then finding out that it’s not, and that there are so many things that need to be resolved, it makes me so excited. I love that.

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I also really love Juliet’s character, specially the fact that she knows her faults and flaws, inherited or not. I think it’s good that she’s aware of them. And that just leaves more room for improvement! I mean, she could go all Adelina, down the wrong path, but I really feel like her character has an incredible potential to improve.

And yeeeeeah! Again, I won’t go into much detail because I’m saving everything for the revieeeew, so if you want to get a full look into my opinions, thoughts and feels about this book, keep an eye out for my full review. I’ll be posting it sometime between tomorrow and Monday, as I’m planning to finish this book tonight!

Happy reading, guys!

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November Book of the Month: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

23437156You guys voted, we oblige. The winning book is…

*drumroll* SIX OF CROWS BY LEIGH BARDUGO! I’ve heard nothing but amazing things of this book, and I don’t know if you’ve seen pictures of it around Tumblr or Instagram, but this book has black pages, and it’s so, so, so stunning. I couldn’t be any more excited to get to read this with you guys.

Later, by the end of this month, I’ll have posted a sort of reading schedule, so we can all read together and discuss it without spoiling one another.

I was also told that this world was set in the Grisha world, so I might just (FINALLY) read the Grisha trilogy as well. *mischievous grin* But that’s not the point!

The point is, that you should definitely join us! We love talking with all of you guys, and what better topic of conversation is there than a book?

If you’re interested and wish to know a little bit of what this book is about, click on this link to read the Goodreads blurb.

Remember to keep your eyes open for the reading schedule, happy reading!

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Which book would you like to read along with us on the month of November?

Aaaaaaaaand we’re back, asking you guys to help us choose our November read-along book! Here are our three potential read-along books, and all you have to do is vote for the one you’d most want to read with us! Easy, right? So, which one will it be?

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