The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski (The Winner's Curse #1)

The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski

Page Length: 355 pages

Rating: 4 Stars

"Winning what you want may cost you everything you love.

As a general’s daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, seventeen-year-old Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married. But Kestrel has other intentions. One day, she is startled to find a kindred spirit in a young slave up for auction. 

Arin’s eyes seem to defy everything and everyone. Following her instinct, Kestrel buys him—with unexpected consequences. It’s not long before she has to hide her growing love for Arin. But he, too, has a secret, and Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for a fellow human is much higher than she ever could have imagined. 

Set in a richly imagined new world, The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski is a story of deadly games where everything is at stake, and the gamble is whether you will keep your head or lose your heart."

A group that I moderate on Goodreads, The Wide Web of Friends is going to have a Q&A session with the author of this book! So if you have any questions, ask here

I had high hopes and high expectations. I'm proud to say this book didn't disappoint and left me yearning for the next book. After having read The Winner's Curse, I can honestly say that I have never read anything like it.

I was deeply impressed with the world-building. Everything was explained in detail and at the perfect timing. Rutkoski didn't just dump tons of information on us from the beginning. She slowly worked in all of the necessary information and slowly showed us the setting. She painted the picture beautifully ;)

The plot was unique and fantastic. (I can't really say more without spoiling you though, so just go read!) The writing was phenomenal. There were varied sentences and great word choices. Not everything started with "He was...." or "She went... " There was a sophistication to the writing that I greatly admired. I couldn't stop reading once I'd started. I just had to know what happened next! Rutkoski managed to keep me interested and invested in the plot throughout the book. I didn't like the third person point of view though. It didn't make me connect with any of the characters or their feelings.

I did like the characters though. Kestrel was a great main character. I liked how she's keen and sharp and a great strategist. I also liked that Rutkoski didn't portray her as a kickbutt heroine like so many other YA writers do their protagonists. Not all main characters have to be freaking ninjas to be awesome. Thanks for showing us that there are other kinds of strengths besides the physical, like the mental strength that Kestrel has. Arin was okay. I liked how wild and free he is. He's an enigma and a born leader. I don't know why, I  just don't like him as much as I usually like the protagonist's opposite...

The romance was so cute and adorable. It wasn't insta-love but it did develop a bit too quickly in my opinion. I totally ship Kestrel and Arin though!

I love fantasy novels. It's a current obsession of mine. The Winner's Curse was a great fantasy novel example. The book lost a bit a steam in the middle and became a bit boring. The last third of the book picked up speed again. The whole book was great, but the last third was fantastic. There was action, romance, mystery, betrayal, everything I could possibly want! The ending left me shocked and confused, my jaw hanging open. What. The. Heck. I. Need. The. Next. Book. Now.

~Miss Perfection~

Stacking the Shelves (2)

This is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews where you share what books you've recently added to your bookshelves, either physically or electronically. 


To Review:

Added to my Goodreads To-Read Shelf:

What books did you get this week?

~Miss Perfection~ 

Waiting on Wednesday (1) ~ City of Heavenly Fire

"Waiting On" Wednesday is an awesome meme created by Breaking The Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

My First "Can't Wait For" unreleased book is City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare which comes out May 27th, 2014! 

As I've said before, The Mortal Instruments series was the first YA series I read. This series made me love reading. And now the highly anticipated finale comes out in May. I've been waiting for almost two years!! Of course this is my first, most-prioritized, most-excited-for unpublished book! 


I am coming.

Darkness returns to the Shadowhunter world. In the long-awaited conclusion to the acclaimed Mortal Instruments series, Clary and her friends fight the greatest evil they have ever faced: Clary’s own brother.

Sebastian Morgenstern is on the move, systematically turning Shadowhunter against Shadowhunter. Bearing the Dark Cup, he transforms Shadowhunters into creatures out of nightmare, tearing apart families and lovers as the ranks of his Endarkened army swell.

The embattled Shadowhunters withdraw to Idris — but not even the famed demon towers of Alicante can keep Sebastian at bay. And with the Nephilim trapped in Idris, who will guard the world against demons?

When one of the greatest betrayals the Nephilim have ever known is revealed, Clary, Jace, Isabelle, Simon, and Alec must flee — even if their journey takes them deep into the demon realms, where no Shadowhunter has set foot before, and from which no human being has ever returned . . .

Love will be sacrificed and lives lost in the terrible battle for the fate of the world in the thrilling final installment of the classic urban fantasy series The Mortal Instruments!"

Which unpublished books are you most looking forward to reading?

~Miss Perfection~

Top Ten Tuesday (1) ~ All-Time Favorite Books

Top Ten Tuesday is an awesome weekly meme created by The Broke and Bookish where each week they post a new Top Ten list on various bookish things.

I'll start with one of their first meme questions:

What are your top ten all-time favorite books?

Coming up with this list is always painful! I love too many books and it's so hard to only pick ten. 

1. The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare - This series was the first YA book & series I read that jump-started my love of reading. This book will always have a special place in my heart <3 I just love all of the action, humor, romance, characters and everything!

2. The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare - After devouring TMI, I started TID and instantly fell in love with reading all over again. Everything about this series oozes perfection. The writing. The setting. The romance. The drama. The characters. E.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g.

3. Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas - I discovered my assassin novel fetish while reading this awesome book. It's action-packed, funny, Hunger Games reminiscent, romantic, and phenomenal. 

4. Unearthly by Cynthia Hand - I was deeply impressed with this angel series! This book contains one of the best love triangles ever.  

5. Lux by Jennifer L. Armentrout - The humor and the characters in Lux put this series in a league of its own. 

6. Divergent by Veronica Roth - This series was initially higher in my list, but the books progressively got worse ;( Veronica Roth is still a great writer and has tons of meaningful quotes. I just didn't like where she took her Divergent series. 

7. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead - VA is the stereotypical vampire book only it's done so well. It's hilarious and action-packed. The characters are memorable and amazing. 

8. The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken - TDM is one of my favorite dystopias. It's a simple concept yet the execution is so well done. The romance is so adorable and the light moments of this series evenly balances out the harshness of the dystopia. 

9. Bloodlines by Richelle Mead - The spin-off series of Vampire Academy does not disappoint! Filled with some familiar faces along with some new ones, this series introduces the most adorable ship ever. 

10. The Selection by Kiera Cass - Ok so maybe the writing isn't that great. Maybe the characters are frustrating. Maybe this has a really weak love triangle. I don't know but there's just something about this series that makes me love it so much!! Maybe because I'm so invested in Maxamer <3 

Well that was my top ten! Trailing behind were The Book Thief and HP. I read those a while ago though so I couldn't really compare them to these which I've read much more recently. 

What are your Top Ten All-Time Favorite Series? 

~Miss Perfection~

Stacking the Shelves (1)

This is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews where you share what books you've recently added to your bookshelves, either physically or electronically. 

My bookshelf has gravitated more towards electronic outlets. It's just so much easier to obtain books that way, and it saves space!

Bought on iBooks:

Bought Newly Released Physical Books:

Added to my Goodreads To-Read Shelf:

What books did you get or discover this week?

~Miss Perfection~ 

Review: Boundless

Boundless by Cynthia Hand

Page Length: 448 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

"The past few years have held more surprises than part-angel Clara Gardner could ever have anticipated. Yet from the dizzying highs of first love, to the agonizing low of losing someone close to her, the one thing she can no longer deny is that she was never meant to live a normal life.

Since discovering the special role she plays among the other angel-bloods, Clara has been determined to protect Tucker Avery from the evil that follows her . . . even if it means breaking both their hearts. Leaving town seems like the best option, so she’s headed back to California - and so is Christian Prescott, the irresistible boy from the vision that started her on this journey in the first place.

As Clara makes her way in a world that is frighteningly new, she discovers that the fallen angel who attacked her is watching her every move. And he’s not the only one. . . . With the battle against the Black Wings looming, Clara knows she must finally fulfill her destiny. But it won’t come without sacrifices and betrayal.

In the riveting finale of the Unearthly series, Clara must decide her fate once and for all."

I really can't express how much I love this series. I can't stop gushing about it. I can't stop thinking about it. End of series books usually are disappointments, and I'm glad to say that this book was far from disappointing. Cynthia Hand went out with a bang.

The plot of this book was much darker than the other books. There was a dangerous edge to this book that made it more exciting and epic. I loved the increased action time and the upped paranormalness that this book had.

I always praise Cynthia Hand's stellar writing. It's truly superb, just like her! She's so descriptive, and I love her writing style. Just the way she tells Clara's story is fantastic. This series' plot developed so well over the books. You can see that she organized and planned this all out from the beginning. At suspenseful moments she doesn't just blatantly make clear what she wants to get across to the readers, she lets you think about it and figure it out. It's unique and lovely ;)

I enjoyed the scenery change too! Funnily enough, I was quite familiar with the new setting because I've been to Stanford's campus. I found myself missing Jackson Hole, Wyoming though.

One of the biggest things that I look for throughout a series is character growth. It's what makes the book realistic. It's why I invest so much in these characters. I want to see them grow and flourish. I want to see them develop throughout this story. I want to see how they changed because of what happened in this story. Looking back at the characters in Unearthly and comparing them to who they are in Boundless, I am so impressed with the character growth I've seen. Clara's gone from the cautious, timid, frantic girl, to the calm, powerful, feisty, protective fighter. I. Love. It. Christian has gone from the ignorant guy who doesn't think through his actions before doing, to a sensible guy who is attentive and caring and finally thinks things through. Tucker has learned to be more aggressive, especially over what he wants. *winks* He's gotten so much better at saying what he feels and dealing with the craziness of paranormality. (<--- Wow. According to Google, that's actually a word!)

This is my second favorite love triangle ever! I bet you're wondering what my first favorite is :) Well too bad, I'm not telling. Just kidding! It's Tessa, Jem, and Will from The Infernal Devices. Ok, well back on track: This love triangle was phenomenal. In most love triangle books, the love triangle is either the main focus like Shatter Me or a tiny problem that they quickly solve in the end like The Hunger Games where they spend 300 pages on the war and rebellion and 20 pages on the love triangle. I'm glad to say that this love triangle was neither. It was perfectly balanced with the angel war. It wasn't as heavily focused on but it wasn't thrown into a corner that was quickly resolved. Hand put the perfect amount of focus on the love triangle.

I got really nervous while reading this book. I seriously had no idea who Clara was going to choose because this love triangle is pretty strong to begin with, and it just got tighter in this book. I love how the love triangle builds in each book. It doesn't just develop in one book and not go anywhere in the next. Hand did a great job of making it progress from book to book. I'm going to keep my opinion of this part of the book neutral because if I'm mad, you'll know that Clara chose Christian. If I'm happy and ecstatic, you'll know that Clara chose Tucker. So yeah. I think you'll like the ending either way though! Yup that's right, I'm not telling!!

The romance was so adorable. There were significantly less romantic moments in this book (until the end of course) but the moments of romance were so adorable. There are so many swoon-worthy lines <3

"'Haven't you guessed by now?' I say, my heart hammering. 'My home is you.'"
^^ Just take a moment to "awwww" over that ;)

The only thing that I really didn't like about this book was the lack of Tucker Avery. He was in this book but not as much as the others. I understand why, but I really missed him!!

The ending was great. It was a bit too perfect, but hey, I'm not gonna complain! The epilogue of this book was perfection. No joke. The ending of the Unearthly series is PERFECTION. I said it! PERFECTION.

I can't believe I'm done with this series. I cherish Unearthly and am quite happy with the end of this book.

~Miss Perfection~

Review: Hallowed

Hallowed by Cynthia Hand

Page Length: 403 pgs

Rating: 5 Stars

"For months Clara Gardner trained to face the fire from her visions, but she wasn't prepared for the choice she had to make that day. And in the aftermath, she discovered that nothing about being part angel is as straightforward as she thought.
Now, torn between her love for Tucker and her complicated feelings about the roles she and Christian seem destined to play in a world that is both dangerous and beautiful, Clara struggles with a shocking revelation: Someone she loves will die in a matter of months. With her future uncertain, the only thing Clara knows for sure is that the fire was just the beginning.
In this compelling sequel to Unearthly, Cynthia Hand captures the joy of first love, the anguish of loss, and the confusion of becoming who you are."
I am wholly captivated by this series. There's just something about it that draws me in and holds my attention for the whole book. There are so many aspects of this book that I'd like to highlight and discuss.

I've said it before, but I'll say it again. The setting is gorgeous. I am so tempted to just pack my bags and move to Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Hand describes the setting and scenes so well, you feel as though you're actually there.

This book was really sad. Hallowed had a sad tone and sad events to match. There were some parts that were so so sad and depressing. I felt so bad for all of the characters at one point or another in this book. This book centered more around one character's foretold demise and the building-up of the love triangle.

I love how Hand weaves little details and clues throughout her series and when she finally reveals the answer, it all makes sense! She's not like other authors where they just drop the bomb and the readers say "Wait what? Where did this come from?!" She writes so well and descriptively.

The characters are amazing. They are so detailed and have depth! They aren't paper-thin. They're realistic, relatable, and awesome. We meet a few new great characters in this book.

This love triangle gets more intense by each page! Clara knows she loves Tucker. She picked him over Christian in Unearthly. Now she can't deny her attraction to Christian and the chance that they were made to be together since their visions are entwined. I like Christian, but I still love Tucker more. Hand did a great job of ratchetting up the love triangle's tension. I love how Clara says she doesn't want to be one of those people who loves two guys and can't choose between them. I hope she ultimately choose Tucker again!! This is a tricky love triangle though...

The romance in this book was adorable. Tucker and Clara have so many cute moments together. Christian and Clara have a few moments too -_- It was so cute seeing Tucker and Clara so obviously in love. And then Christian has to ruin everything!!

There was a lot of action in this book. There was a dangerous edge to this book. There was peril at every turn, and they were always watching their backs. I liked the suspense and increased action time.

I really like this series about angels. Usually I hate paranormal series surrounding angels because it's so stereotypical and eyeroll-worthy. Not this series though! Hand somehow manages to make this story about angels unique, or just plain better. Maybe it's her writing and her characters. Maybe it's just that Hand does everything better! We learn lots of things about angels in this book. And we learn why Clara is much more powerful than a Quartarius should be. And we meet her father :)

I really enjoyed this book and am loving the series. On to the next book now!

Review: Unearthly

Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

Page Length: 435 pgs

Rating: 5 Stars

"In the beginning, there's a boy standing in the trees . . . .
Clara Gardner has recently learned that she's part angel. Having angel blood run through her veins not only makes her smarter, stronger, and faster than humans (a word, she realizes, that no longer applies to her), but it means she has a purpose, something she was put on this earth to do. Figuring out what that is, though, isn't easy.

Her visions of a raging forest fire and an alluring stranger lead her to a new school in a new town. When she meets Christian, who turns out to be the boy of her dreams (literally), everything seems to fall into place and out of place at the same time. Because there's another guy, Tucker, who appeals to Clara's less angelic side.

As Clara tries to find her way in a world she no longer understands, she encounters unseen dangers and choices she never thought she'd have to make between honesty and deceit, love and duty, good and evil. When the fire from her vision finally ignites, will Clara be ready to face her destiny?

Unearthly is a moving tale of love and fate, and the struggle between following the rules and following your heart."

I've had Unearthly on my to-read shelf for the longest time. I've been stalling and putting it off because there was always some other book that I wanted to read more at the time. Last night I cracked open Unearthly and oh boy, by page 10 was I already regretting having put this book off for so long. Devouring this book, I finished it in a mere 5 hours. And now I'm on a book high. I'm in that euphoric, blissful state where everything in life is wonderful all because of a phenomenal book. I've found another series to add my fandom list, another book to gush about, another team to root for, and another hottie to gawk at and fantasize about.

An immediate turn-off for some people is the angel aspect of this book. They read the synopsis and groan, thinking "Oh no, not another dreadful book about angels." I was a bit hesitant as well. Now, having read this book, I can truly and honestly say that the angel aspect of this book is fantastic. It's well done and unlike the others. It's a simple and wonderful concept that doesn't have all of the gag-worthy aspects that other angel books have. It's no Hush, Hush or Halo, it's much better.

The storyline and plot of this book is enticing and exciting. Something always held my attention throughout the story. Something made me keep reading. We knew from the beginning that something big is building-up. And that climax, whoa. Talk about intense! Nothing like fighting an evil angel and having to decide who to save. It's all a bit mysterious by the end, but we can tell that something big is lurking in the background just waiting to make an appearance.

The writing is superb. I love the way that Cynthia Hand tells the story. I like the tone of the book, how she introduces the characters, everything! Her writing is so descriptive and perfect. You can picture every scene and every character. I like how she sprinkles information about angels and the mystery throughout the book instead of dumping it all in the intro or in a particular scene or in the climax. I love how she has the romance develop. It's not insta-love or immediate; it grows, it flourishes.

The setting is gorgeous. Having been to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, I knew exactly where and what she was describing, and she did it so well! I could picture everything again. The setting is just so enchanting and earthy and pretty.

I was least looking forward to the ill-fated love triangle. Love triangles are so overused these days and so poorly written. This love triangle blew away my thoughts regarding love triangles. I thought that no one (besides Cassandra Clare) could write a fantastic, strong love triangle. Yup, I admit. I was wrong. Cynthia Hand wrote an amazingly intense and strong love triangle. What makes a strong love triangle? 1). Two strong contenders 2). Two well-developed love stories leading to the formation of said love triangle 3). Sparks and passion & 4). Good writing (obviously!). So who are these gorgeous guys? There's the perfect boy of Clara's dreams (literally) Christian Prescott, and there's the cowboy heartthrob Tucker Avery. Both fantastic guys, both totally and irrevocably in love with Clara. Lucky girl! After much deliberation I've come to a conclusion: TEAM TUCKER!!

All of the characters are so descriptive and detailed. They all have depth. There are more than what meets the eye. You really get a feel for each character in this book. These characters are relatable and realistic and awesome. Clara is an awesome protagonist. Christian and Tucker are both amazing guys. Angela is hilarious. Wendy is the sweetest most humble best friend ever. I love them all.

I enjoyed this book immensely. This book is a YA standout that I recommend to all YA readers! I can't wait to start the next book :)

Cress by Marissa Meyer (Lunar Chronicles #3)

Cress by Marissa Meyer

Page Length: 550 pgs

Rating: 5 Stars

"Rapunzel’s tower is a satellite. She can’t let down her hair—or her guard. 

In this third book in the bestselling Lunar Chronicles series, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army. 

Their best hope lies with Cress, who has been trapped on a satellite since childhood with only her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker—unfortunately, she’s just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice. 

When a daring rescue goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a high price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing stop her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only ones who can."

I'd like to start off by saying that I love how the Lunar Chronicles have evolved. I liked Cinder, Scarlet not so much, yet Cress was amazing. Cress is a huge improvement over the other books. If you've read the first two books and are hesitant to continue, I highly suggest you read this book! There are so many great aspects in this book that I'd like to highlight.

The Plot: 
In Cinder and Scarlet the plot is a bit all over the place. This book's point of view switches mesh so well! All of the details were perfectly woven into the story; everything was there for a reason. Everything connects in the end. I love how Marissa Meyer leaves the readers to guess as much as they'd like. We're given so many little clues and details yet somehow, we still are surprised with the answer. This story has gotten so big. Winter is going to be 500+ pages most definitely and will be a.m.a.z.i.n.g. Cress's plot seemed much tighter and was really unpredictable.

The Writing: 
This book was so well written. Meyer has flourished and grown into an amazing writer. The book was exciting and enticing. There was the perfect blend of seriousness, humor, action, romance, and more. Everything was descriptive. I loved the the little ties to Rapunzel that were thrown in the story. Everything was so well planned, and everything flowed wonderfully.

The Characters:
I liked how the splitting up of the Dream Team - the name I gave their group  - gave us a way to get to know each individual character better. I saw so much growth in each character. And the characters were relatable, realistic, and flawed!

Cinder - We see her struggle to make decisions and be the leader she needs to be. She learns from her mistakes, plans better, and thinks faster on her feet now. She's starting to feel the pressure of having to save the world yet she's remaining strong and firm.

Kai - It was so cute watching Kai strip away all of his doubts and prejudices against Cinder and cyborgs. He has grown to think for himself, be independent, and to be defiant and strong.

Thorne - I love how Thorne develops in this book. When he <spoiler>loses his vision</spoiler> which I HATED, he took it all in stride and learned to depend on other senses.

Cress - She is the most adorable socially-awkward hacker ever!! She's so funny and cute and wonderful. She's got a great imagination. and I loved reading of her perspective of Earth and how she viewed the landscape.

Scarlet - She is tough and strong. If I were in her position at any point in this book, I would probably scream and go crazy.

Wolf - He's learned to fight for what he wants and not to hide or avoid the problems like he did in Scarlet.

The Couples: 
The romance in this book was so cute! It's so hard for me to decide which couple I like the best. I ship everyone!!
Cinder & Kai - They are so cute!! Cinder's a bit insecure about her cyborg and Lunar -ness while Kai has lost those taboos. They finally succumb to their growing attraction in a swoon-worthy kiss. *sigh*
Cress & Thorne - They are so adorable together!! Cress accepts Thorne for who he really is and Thorne likes Cress and her quirkiness.
Scarlet & Wolf - They are an amazing couple as well. They aren't really as openly a couple since they both are a bit hesitant, but once they are reunited, they BETTER confess their feelings.

Gush Session: 
Gosh, this book was just so amazing!! I had high hopes for this book. Cress has surpassed my expectations by far! Everything was just so perfect and wonderful. It had everything. Romance? Check. Action? Check. Awesome setting? Check. Awesome characters? Check. Humor? Check. Good writing? Check. Everything else required for the perfect book? CHECK.

So My Overall Thoughts:


~Miss Perfection~

Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi (Ignite Me #3)

Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi

Page Length: 416 pgs

Rating: 3.5 Stars

"Juliette now knows she may be the only one who can stop the Reestablishment. But to take them down, she'll need the help of the one person she never thought she could trust: Warner. And as they work together, Juliette will discover that everything she thought she knew - about Warner, her abilities, and even Adam - was wrong."

When I first started this series I had high hopes. Everyone said this series was amazing and wonderful and great. I was a bit disappointed with the first two books but was interested in the Teams and romance aspect so I continued. I am so glad that I decided to finish this series. Ignite Me was my favorite book by far and a fitting end to this trilogy. This book was so enticing. I couldn't put it down!! It was epic.

The Characters:
I am SO SO proud of (most of) the characters in this book. They've all grown and developed so much. Below I have an in-depth gush period about the main-ish characters.

She has grown so much! She's not the trembling, weak, shattered girl she used to be. She's fierce and strong and badass and do NOT mess with her. I love how she's standing up for herself more and is more independent. She was much less whiny and bolder. The few things I didn't like about her was her speeches, gosh this girl is not an eloquent speaker... And I hate how she's always saying "I'm unstoppable. I'm the best. You can't touch me!!" It gets old Sweetheart, and it doesn't sound very flattering for your character.... But still, so proud of you Juliette hon!!

Geez. What the heck happened to him?! I feel like the changes in him were WAY too abrupt. I remember the old Adam. As much as I dislike Adam, I must admit that NO ONE can have a personality shift like that one so quickly. It just doesn't happen. All I was thinking was "Darn, this guy's gotta go."

Kenji is awesome and hilarious and the best comic relief ever.

He is SO WONDERFUL AND MAGNIFICENT <3 Truly an enigma. One thing that I didn't like though: he's gone too soft. :/ I want the bad boy back!!

The Plot:
The plot was kind of slow-going and not much happened until the last 40 pages. I enjoyed the slow pace anyway and Mafi somehow managed to keep me interested and intrigued enough to continue reading throughout the book.

The Romance:
The romance in this book was adorable and sappy and cheesy and wonderful. Some lines were so so cheesy I just had to take a moment to shake the glazed look of bliss out of my eyes. Once again, I repeat, this is hardly a dystopia so just don't even call it that... But for the sake of my OCD, it's categorized as "Dystopian"  in my shelves -_- On another note though, I feel as though Juliette didn't really choose, Adam just got taken out of the equation and Juliette decided she liked Warner better. But if Adam hadn't changed, would Juliette have seen reason?! But still. SHE CHOSE AARON WARNER ;)

Team Warner. YES. IN YOUR FACE ADAM ROBOTIC DULL KENT LOVERS!! (oops sorry I apologize for that rude comment...) 

Chapter 55. Oh. God. Yes. Oh. God. Yes.

The Writing:
Usually the writing is a bit annoying and there is usually imagery and sensory overloaded. I felt that Mafi has found the balance in her writing and made it more subtle and wonderful. Before there was just too much... I liked the increase humor in this book and less ploce (repetition of words and strikeouts) (THANK GOSH). I liked the profound quotes and interesting and descriptive imagery and analogies.

The Ending:
(For the most part)

The ending leaves so many things left unanswered! I get it though because this book is mainly about the romance, but still... I wish we had a more concrete ending.

Tahereh Mafi. Thank you. You have made me a VERY happy reader.

The Guard by Kiera Cass (The Selection #2.5)

The Guard by Kiera Cass

Page Length: 64 pgs

Rating: 1 Star

Please excuse this fangirl-is-angry-don't-mess-with-her rant. 

"Before America Singer met Prince Maxon . . . 
Before she entered the Selection . . . 
She was in love with a boy named Aspen Leger.

Don't miss this digital original novella set in the captivating world of Kiera Cass's #1 New York Times bestselling Selection trilogy. This brand new 64-page story begins just after the group of Selected girls is narrowed down to the Elite and is told from Aspen's point of view. The Guard also features a teaser to The One, the thrilling conclusion to The Selection trilogy."

I seriously don't know where to start with this novella. Honestly, it just made me VERY mad. First of all, everyone says "You're Team Maxon right?" Of course I am!! There is no Team Aspen. There's either Team Maxon or there's Team NOT Maxon. No one actually likes Aspen. He's just a self-centered guy who's cocky and arrogant and only cares about himself and his family. Throughout this book he always thinks that he's 100% correct about everything. And everyone in the palace fawning over him and saying what a bright star he is doesn't help shrink his huge ego any bit. He has rigid opinions on everything and refuses to be swayed. It's ridiculous. HE'S ridiculous. How America likes him or what she sees in him I will never know. Then again, America Singer isn't the brightest girl on the block. I despised her in "The Elite" and even more so in this novella. Aspen is badmouthing Maxon, and America does nothing!! She doesn't defend Maxon or tell Aspen that he's wrong about Maxon. She just agrees with whatever Aspen says and takes it like it's the freaking word of God. And Aspen calls Maxon an actor and says that he's actually a really bad person (takes one to know one), I was just thinking, I DON'T CARE WHAT YOU THINK ASPEN LEGER. I DON'T CARE. GET OFF THE BOOK'S PAGES AND GIVE ME MAXON!!

And America keeps messing around with Aspen behind Maxon's back?! That is so low, and does she not remember what just happened to her friend Marlee?! Talk about inconsiderate and stupid and foolish. And Aspen, he claims that he loves her yet he's putting her in so much danger by pursuing her. If Aspen really loved her, he'd let her go. But he won't because he is a selfish adolescent who wants everything. If I hear Aspen call America "my girl" one more time I might just reach into the book and slap him so hard he sees stars. She is NOT your girl. You dumped her and now you want her back when she's suddenly all rich and high caste and famous?!

Aspen is really naive and foolish if he can't see the sparks between America and Maxon. Stop. Pining. Over. America. I also love how Aspen talks about Maxon like he knows Maxon so well, like their best buds and that Aspen knows everything about Maxon. No he does not!! They haven't even spoken two words to each other!!

I feel as though Kiera Cass has tried and failed to turn people over to Team Aspen, and she failed to make people think that Aspen's great, because he's not. Cass basically just threw Aspen at us and said "Hey!! Like him!! He's wonderful!! I just realized that I created the weakest love triangle in existence of any YA series so I'm gonna make it up to my readers now by giving the illusion of a strong love triangle since my series has nothing else to offer."

Aspen's POV was so dull and boring, and I just hate him so much. I was begging for just one or two lines from my dearest Maxon. My brain can only take Aspen's stupidity and self-righteousness for so long.

Well I'd like to apologize for whatever I just wrote. I am fed-up. *crosses arms and taps foot*

I am SO excited for The One though!!

~Miss Perfection~

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas (Throne of Glass #2)

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

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Rating: 5 Stars

Spoilery-Filled Review Below, You've Been Warned

""A line that should never be crossed is about to be breached.

It puts this entire castle in jeopardy—and the life of your friend."

From the throne of glass rules a king with a fist of iron and a soul black as pitch. Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become his Champion. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown. She hides her secret vigilantly; she knows that the man she serves is bent on evil.

Keeping up the deadly charade becomes increasingly difficult when Celaena realizes she is not the only one seeking justice. As she tries to untangle the mysteries buried deep within the glass castle, her closest relationships suffer. It seems no one is above questioning her allegiances—not the Crown Prince Dorian; not Chaol, the Captain of the Guard; not even her best friend, Nehemia, a foreign princess with a rebel heart.

Then one terrible night, the secrets they have all been keeping lead to an unspeakable tragedy. As Celaena's world shatters, she will be forced to give up the very thing most precious to her and decide once and for all where her true loyalties lie...and whom she is ultimately willing to fight for."

I love the Throne of Glass series! I am entranced by the fantasy world of Erilea and the people in the story. Celaena is an awesome protagonist. She is strong, tenacious, stubborn, smart, inquisitive, decisive, and so much more. She was born to lead the rebellion. Chaol is so sweet and kind and intelligent. Dorian will make a great king someday and hopefully right all of his father's wrongs. He deserves a good wife too, someone who will cherish and love him, not the crown.

The storyline is much darker and more menacing than the first book. Throne of Glass was merely about winning the competition, solving the mystery, and creating a love triangle of sorts. Crown of Midnight is about so much more: defiance, stealth, deception, lies, love, trust, truth, and rebellion. I love the third person writing of this novel because it gives multiple perspectives and let's you see inside of everyone's thoughts. So much happened in this book. I felt like nothing was drawn out in this book, which I loved. This six book series won't drag on endlessly!

I like that the love triangle ended in this book instead of dragging it over all six books until the end. It reminds you that the love triangle is not the big plot of the story, there is much more important stuff to focus on than the love triangle. I LOVE the romance and how it builds in the two books. My favorite scenes are  when Celaena and Chaol are together. I enjoyed the nonstop action and Celaena's sleuthing. Crown of Midnight was really unpredictable. I never saw any of the events coming.

All of the three main characters annoyed me in parts of this book. 1). Celaena. I HATED how Celaena behaved after Nehemia died. She blamed it all on Chaol. And then she pushed him away. It was so sad seeing that and I hope that they will reconcile. Celaena basically shut down. It was so annoying! I just wanted to shake her and say "WAKE UP!!" She can grieve but she doesn't have to turn into a psychotic lunatic and go on a vengeance killing spree. Also, she told Dorian that she wants to be his friend. She just abruptly broke up with him when she was named the King's Champion and it made her look as if she were using him, when she really wasn't. She said that she wants to stay friends yet she ignores, avoids, and spurns him! That's just cruel Celaena. 2). Chaol was not a very good friend in this book. He wasn't there for Dorian in this book, like he was in Throne of Glass. He spends all of his time with Celaena and doesn't even think about how much his relationship with Celaena is hurting Dorian. Also, his loyalty is constantly questioned in this book. Will he choose his friends or the king? It was so infuriating that he couldn't decide! Your friends obviously! Come on Chaol. You're smart, use your head. 3). Dorian. Oh Dorian. You spend half of this book pining over Celaena while also cowering and bowing down to your father. Dorian has to start asserting himself and fight his father. Do what's right, don't be scared! He needs to get over Celaena. She made her choice, move on and find someone who will love you for you, not the crown.

By the Wyrd! The things that we learn about the king in this book are horrific. He most likely has two of the keys. Now he just needs to find the last key to open the gate and wreak havoc on the world. Scary stuff. Celaena has to find the key first! Why do I have a feeling that one WHOLE book is going to be Celaena in search of the key? I don't like that the threesome is moving away from one another. They are dispersing from the castle and moving away from one another. I don't want them separated!!

The romance. Oh. My. Gosh. I love you, CHAOL WESTFALL!!!! I absolutely LOVED the romance in this book!! When Celaena and Chaol were dancing, when Chaol nursed her back to health after the poisoning, and when they were having dinner on his birthday, and what came after! ;) The development was amazing. I was very impressed with the writing and gradual build-up. It was so adorable seeing their love develop over the two books.  The Chaolaena ship was sailing. And then it sunk. ;( Now if only they could get back together...

Some of Celaena's secrets are revealed in this book. WOW. I guessed one: That she was Aelin but the other: I didn't know that that made her a fae... I didn't even suspect it. It was so adorable when Chaol said that it didn't matter to him what she was fae. *AAWWWW.*  The ending of this book nearly brought me to tears. I can't believe that Chaol is  moving back to Annielle and that he sent Celaena to  Wendlyn under the pretenses of killing the royal family so she can actually run away to Wendlyn and seek refuge. The only problem is that the king will kill Chaol if she doesn't kill the Wendlyn king and heir so in the next book, Celaena has to figure out what to do. Keep in mind that the Wendlyn king is her relative. I nearly lost it when  Chaol and Celaena said goodbye before she boarded the boat and he said that he loved her. That  heartbreaking, heart-wrenching, tear-strickening ending. Everything is messed up by the end of the book. Everyone is upset and heartbroken. I hope that Maas fixes everything soon. I am SO excited for the next book, Heir of Fire.

~Miss Perfection~

The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin (Mara Dyer #2)

The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

Page Length: 544 pgs

Rating: 4 Stars

"Mara Dyer once believed she could run from her past.
She can’t.

She used to think her problems were all in her head.
They aren’t.

She couldn’t imagine that after everything she’s been through, the boy she loves would still be keeping secrets.
She’s wrong.

In this gripping sequel to The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, the truth evolves and choices prove deadly. What will become of Mara Dyer next?"

I am in love with this series. The writing is so wonderful and Michelle Hodkin is a fantastic writer. Her writing is so descriptive and vivid and creepy and exciting. Her words are enticing and addictive. I love how Hodkin gives the readers little bits and pieces of the story, which together leads to the  explanation of things. Nothing makes senses until everything clicks at the end. I love all of the characters in this book. They are all so wonderful and amazing and realistic. They have flaws, they have emotions, they are wonderful. This series is just so beautiful and captivating. *sigh*

I could spend forever gushing over this series, but I did enough of that in my review of The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer. Unfortunately, I didn't love this book as much as Unbecoming. I didn't like the romance in this book as much. There were a few cute "awww" moments, but overall there was such a lack in romance. I didn't like how Hodkin portrayed the love between Mara and Noah as a necessity for survival, and that they are the only ones for each other. Oh please... *rolls eyes*

Everything surrounding Jude is unrealistic (special powers aside). Just everything that Jude did in this book is so unrealistic and outlandish and highly improbable or unlikely. Things were taken to the next level when Jude snapped Stella's wrist and when Mara was forced to cut her wrists. I also just didn't like some of the things that happened in this book. Evolution was slow in parts and just not as enticing as the last book. I missed Joseph and Daniel in this book. They were there yet not there at the same time :(

This book is high on creepiness.This book drove me crazy. It was psychotic. I kept looking over my shoulder and making sure that no one was watching me. The creepiness of this book still gives me the shivers. Awesome job, Hodkin. No book has messed with my head as much as your books.

Noah Shaw:

The Ending:

Whoa. CLIFF HANGER. We never get CLEAR answers by the end of this book. I was so shocked and confused and disturbed when I closed this book. No. No. No. NO HODKIN. You can't do this to me!!

I can not wait until June 12, 2014 for the next book. NO!! This ending was EPIC.

Despite the flaws, I love this series and can not wait to read The Retribution of Mara Dyer.

~Miss Perfection~

Review: The Selection Stories

The Selection Stories by Kiera Cass

Page Length: 227 pgs

Rating: 2 Stars

Two novellas set in the world of Kiera Cass's #1 New York Times bestselling Selection series are now available in print for the first time. The Prince and The Guard both offer captivating views into the hearts and minds of the two men fighting to win America Singer's love. This collection also features exclusive bonus content, including a sneak peek at The One, the eagerly anticipated third novel in the Selection series.

Before America arrived at the palace to compete in the Selection, there was another girl in Prince Maxon's life. The Prince opens the week before the Selection begins and follows Maxon through the first day of the competition.

Raised as a Six, Aspen Leger never dreamed that he would find himself living in the palace as a member of the royal guard. In The Guard, readers get an inside look at Aspen's life within the palace walls--and the truth about a guard's world that America will never know.

Review: Throne of Glass

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Page Length: 404 pgs

Rating: 5 Stars
After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin. Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king's council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she'll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom.

Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilirating. But she's bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her... but it's the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.

Then one of the other contestants turns up dead... quickly followed by another.

Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.

Review: The Elite

The Elite by Kiera Cass

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Rating: 2 Stars

Thirty-five girls came to the palace to compete in the Selection. All but six have been sent home. And only one will get to marry Prince Maxon and be crowned princess of Iléa.

America still isn’t sure where her heart lies. When she’s with Maxon, she’s swept up in their new and breathless romance, and can’t dream of being with anyone else. But whenever she sees Aspen standing guard around the palace, and is overcome with memories of the life they planned to share. With the group narrowed down to the Elite, the other girls are even more determined to win Maxon over—and time is running out for America to decide.

Just when America is sure she’s made her choice, a devastating loss makes her question everything again. And while she’s struggling to imagine her future, the violent rebels that are determined to overthrow the monarchy are growing stronger and their plans could destroy her chance at any kind of happy ending.

Review: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

Page Length: 452 pgs

Rating: 5 Stars

Mara Dyer doesn’t think life can get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.

It can.

She believes there must be more to the accident she can’t remember that killed her friends and left her mysteriously unharmed.

There is.

She doesn’t believe that after everything she’s been through, she can fall in love.

She’s wrong.

Review: Allegiant

Allegiant by Veronica Roth

Page Length: 526 pgs

Rating: 3.5 Stars

The faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered—fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she’s known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence, she and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties, and painful memories.

But Tris’s new reality is even more alarming than the one she left behind. Old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless. Explosive new truths change the hearts of those she loves. And once again, Tris must battle to comprehend the complexities of human nature—and of herself—while facing impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice, and love.

Told from a riveting dual perspective, Allegiant, by #1 New York Times best-selling author Veronica Roth, brings the Divergent series to a powerful conclusion while revealing the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of readers in Divergent and Insurgent.

Review: The Fiery Heart

The Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead

Page Length: 420 pgs

Rating: 5 Stars

Spoilery-Filled Review Below, You've Been Warned

Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets - and human lives.

In The Indigo Spell, Sydney was torn between the Alchemist way of life and what her heart and gut were telling her to do. And in one breathtaking moment that Richelle Mead fans will never forget, she made a decision that shocked even her. . . .

But the struggle isn't over for Sydney. As she navigates the aftermath of her life-changing decision, she still finds herself pulled in too many directions at once. Her sister Zoe has arrived, and while Sydney longs to grow closer to her, there's still so much she must keep secret. Working with Marcus has changed the way she views the Alchemists, and Sydney must tread a careful path as she harnesses her profound magical ability to undermine the way of life she was raised to defend. Consumed by passion and vengeance, Sydney struggles to keep her secret life under wraps as the threat of exposure — and re-education — looms larger than ever.

Pulses will race throughout this smoldering fourth installment in the New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series, where no secret is safe.