Something Steampunk and Disappointing

Something Strange and Deadly By: Susan Dennard

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Summary

There’s something strange and deadly loose in Philadelphia. Eleanor Fitt has a lot to worry about. Her brother has gone missing, her family has fallen on hard times, and her mother is determined to marry her off to any rich young man who walks by. But this is nothing compared to what she’s just read in the newspaper: The Dead are rising in Philadelphia. And then, in a frightening attack, a zombie delivers a letter to Eleanor from her brother. Whoever is controlling the Dead army has taken her brother as well. If Eleanor is going to find him, she’ll have to venture into the lab of the notorious Spirit-Hunters, who protect the city from supernatural forces. But as Eleanor spends more time with the Spirit-Hunters, including the maddeningly stubborn yet handsome Daniel, the situation becomes dire. And now, not only is her reputation on the line, but her very life may hang in the balance.


Review

First Thoughts

A Victorian setting filled with steampunk inventions some like a knockout for me but add in some zombies and what more could you ask for? Well, apparently not a whole lot because this author has gone past the extra mile to just raise the dead due to some illness or diseases like in most books. We are given a Necromancer who is going around beheading people to gain more power to raise more dead. We are given voodoo and thrust through the door of electric properties and machines, she has put so much work into going deep into thought about how everything in this book should work and even breaking it down for us on such a basic level, I feel like she did some major research to bring us this information. The plot is developing fairly well off to a slow start at first and it feels like the main goal here is to find her brother and stop the necromancer, there is also a budding romance between Daniel and Eleanor.

Eleanor is trying to be the Heroin of this book but she is failing hard i under the time era and that she must be a proper high society lady but I mean she could be a little more of a hero and not so much so a whining crybaby with a fiery spirit. Daniels character is the typical low society boy with a quick-fire attitude and Clarence I’m still not sure if he is a victim or suspect.

Final Thoughts

I absolutely love the idea of reading a steampunk Victorian world with zombies that were always referred to as the dead and the necromancer and the magic that was brought into this world. The ending to this great world was the biggest disappointment I could have ever read, just the ending was a quick sweep under the rug that left everything up in the air even for this to be a series book I still think I should get a little more closure then what I was given. The author had set up this entire book for a great finally just for it to be a bust. I will say I liked how the ending was not a perfect happy ever after ending and it was more of a realistic, dark fantasy ending.

The characters were still the same ones we met in the beginning just Elenor became less whinny which is all I had asked for. Daniel has become a guy that I am still not sure about his character he’s just, I cannot put my finger on it, it’s like a boyfriend of an abusive relationship. When El is fine he is mad or yelling at her and when she is hurt he just wants her to be fin, and this attitude could be worked on a little. Jie is one of my favorites out of this entire book her character is just so cute and funny.


Book Rating

Overall I will say read this book if you want to read a world about steampunk inventions with dirty politics and a crazy plot line that switches bad guys more than once. Also, read this book if you want a series and you have the second book on hand or can go out and buy it as soon as you finish the first book because this ending just is not a great place to end a book and hopefully the second book will help clear things up.

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Thrown Over the Frost Cliff

Frostfire By:Amanda Hocking

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Summary

Bryn Aven is an outcast among the Kanin, the most powerful of the troll tribes.

Set apart by her heritage and her past, Bryn is a tracker who’s determined to become a respected part of her world. She has just one goal: become a member of the elite King’s Guard to protect the royal family. She’s not going to let anything stand in her way, not even a forbidden romance with her boss Ridley Dresden.

But all her plans for the future are put on hold when Konstantin a fallen hero she once loved begins kidnapping changelings. Bryn is sent in to help stop him, but will she lose her heart in the process?


SIDE NOTE

While reading this book I became aware that this is kind of a spin off series, it comes from Amanda Hocking’s other book series switched which focuses of the trylle kingdom and not the Kanin. Even thought it is a spin off the book it fine by itself as they give you all the backstory and information on the other kingdoms it can be a stand alone series if you so chose it to be.


Review

First Thoughts

The plot line of this book so far is straight forward without a lot of fillings, more books I read tend to give way to much information on little things like describing how one curtain is a mixture of twenty different shades of blue and what the fabric is. This book gives you the right amount of details by describing the city and the people so we can enjoy the story more than boring charters. From the halfway point we have been given the main character and her group of friends, a budding love interest, and a complicated villain. The main problems seems to be the kidnapping of the changelings, so from the half way point I will say this book is moving along nicely without too many speed bumps to slow us down.

The characters are some that I am still working out but it seems to be just a normal group of high school based personalities. Bryn is one who is trying not to fall in love with her boss but s also fighting a darkness in her heart blaming herself for her fathers almost death and wanting nothing but revenge on Konstantin. She also sees herself as a misfit and an outsider but she wants nothing more than to become a hogdragen. Ridley her boss is starting to show her that he cares for her on more than a work relationship basis. Tilda and Ember, Bryn’s two best friends are some of your average best friend characters. Ember being carefree and outspoken like a social butterfly, while Tilda is level headed and a clam spirit who will never go against the king or her orders but can also be a monster is one of her friends are in danger.

For the half way mark I am going to say this book is great the story is coming along nicely and its keeping my interest. I already know so much about the characters personalities and their back stories so I will say that i’m enjoying reading this book and it feels like the rest of the book is set up for the main climax now that we have gotten all the characters out of the way.

Final Thoughts

The plot in this book seems to be one that could take book number two and put it into book one because the cliff hanger at the ending is like the publisher wanted the book done like that day and Amanda Hocking said “here ya go” Then finished writing the book later and then thought it sold good so ill make this book number two. Now I haven’t gotten to read but number two but I am hoping it is more put together than the first one.

I cannot say that I hated or Loved the book because I really did neither, I was simply enjoying the read and I would like to save my judgement until I have read book two. I can say this book held my interest so that is a plus, because that is what a book is meant to do keep you hooked into it.

The characters are just characters in a book to me so far like I still have no attachments to any of them and I would feel nothing if they died so that is a negative point there. Bryn I can relate to on her love level with Ridley trying not to love him because she knows it will not end will and they really shouldn’t because of work. I do think she blames herself far too much and has a very hotheaded temper other than that she just bland, a generic female hero.

The ending of this book wasn’t a let down per say but it wasn’t what I was expecting when I first started it but after making it to about 3/4 I could tell I was going to be lead to a cliff because my pages were thinning fast and my answers were still growing my the words.

I will say read this book if you want a nice fantasy book with very faint action but a lot of love drama and if you do not care to read a series and cliff hangers. If you want a quick read and not a series you should look else where because this book is not for you.

I personally will be reading the second book because this book did hold my interest and  I am still invested in the story.

 

 

 

A Million Feelings

A Million Junes By:Emily Henry

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Summary

In their hometown of Five Fingers, Michigan, the O’Donnells and the Angerts have mythic legacies. But for all the tall tales they weave, both founding families are tight-lipped about what caused the century old rift between them, except to say it began with a cherry tree. But when Saul Angert, the son of June’s father’s mortal enemy, returns to town after three mysterious years away, June can’t seem to avoid him. Soon the unthinkable happens: She finds she doesn’t exactly hate the gruff, sarcastic boy she was born to loathe. Saul’s arrival sparks a chain reaction, and as the magic, ghosts, and coywolves of Five Fingers conspire to reveal the truth about the dark moment that started the feud, June must question everything she knows about her family and the father she adored. And she must decide whether it’s finally time for her and all of the O’Donnells before her to let go.


Review

First Thoughts

I have literally been avoiding this book for the longest time, I kept saying I’ll read it later, then later came and I just really did not want to read with book it just seemed so boring when I started it. A book that takes place in a small town with two fighting families just seems like a ton of drama and ANOTHER remake of Romeo and Juliet and I think there are enough of those. Now I started with book like someone was forcing me to eat a food I hate, there was a step dad and mother with half brother, the best friend who has a crush on the guy June is not supposed to be around and the same guy who she runs into as fate would have it. Then things start to take a twist and I start to hate it less and less as the story starts to expand and you are introduced to a new world of lies and love all mixed in together.

The character are some that I think we see very often a misunderstood, a sweet shy girl, and two loud best friends, and normal parents and siblings to wrap it all together. So far I think the best friends I way way to cliche with them being loud, funny, and forcing the main character to be dragged along by them, but always there to back you up. I think I have a small connection to June but at the same time I think half the things that run through her mind are total crap. So far it looks promising.

Final Thoughts

This book started out in a way where I never wanted to read it but as the story develops the tone goes from one of a storyteller talking about two families drama into a voice of eire passion lace with sadness and love. The Author takes a step into the pages and pours her soul into it and we get to see it to feel everything the characters feel, the characters become so much more than just a shy girl and a troubled boy, they become a broken girl who is trying to find out what she wants in life and if everything she ever believed in was a lie, like her heart that was full of black and white has been shown color but the color is all red with blood and lies. The boy is just a boy who was on the wrong side of a bad decision and fate took its place and left him with the remains of the damage it had caused. These two characters I have wrapped my heart around and fell in love with both of them because I am like both of them in a way and I cannot help but to feel for both of them.

The ending of this book and the power of the story it holds in itself is one I think many can relate to and the truth about memories and the lies they hold within them, how things from the different point of views can be so completely different from the truth and how such hate can thrive from such sweet sorrow. I know the struggle of sweet June trying to hold onto someone you have lost and wishing with all your heart you can go back to them or bring them back to you but you also know they wouldn’t want that for you and you must try to be strong and more on. This book has brought me such much pain and love, in this one book, I found my Million Junes, and I think that you will too.

The Heart They Took

The Heart We Sold by: Emily Lloyd-Jones

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Summary


Dee Moreno is just a normal girl living in a world full of Demons which can grant you wishes if you give them something in return and you would think that the return would be money or gold but all they ask for is a piece of your body. Dee is going to boarding school to stay away from her alcoholic parents but when her scholarship is cut due to low funding she seeks out a demon to strike a deal seeing as how her parents would never give her the money and time was far to short to raise it herself.

She took the bargain but when she thought the asking price of an arm of a leg would be ok she would somehow manage it but soon she found herself in a binding lease with a demon and her heart. Dee must do the demons bidding for five months then Dee would be given back her heart, what she did not expect to find are others like her and that she is now part of a group of heartless chained to a Demon until the day comes when they can all be free again, but until that day they must battle the odd things that don’t belong in this world while also trying not to lose her mind and herself in the process, and the most important try not to lose her heart literally.

Review


First thoughts

This book already has a hold on me that I find myself unable to put it down, I have literally been spending every free moment of my time trying to finish this book and even when at work I force myself to mop and read at the same time (I do not recommend it because you tend to lose your spot every time you look away), there is just so much going on in this book that I have even been popping out theories left and right wondering if this is the truth the lies behind the fake mask everyone wears.

Dee poor little sweet Dee I have grown fond of her and the others in the group, each one has their own past and secrets, the first thing I loved about this book was you know when a character gets thrown in and they are like how did you end up here and they just tell you how, well this book does that but we also get the flashback and in their perspective, what was running through their mind at the time they gave their hearts away. The characters are some I give a chance to like a dog letting someone pet them but still watching them waiting to bite if harmed, I just feel like they are promising me so much here and I don’t think i’m going to get to see the character grow and develop as much as I want them to. The Deamon is the one i’m dieing to get to know right now he is just being seen to look rude and callous but I think there is something deep down in him that makes him care about his group of kids, I mean if he didn’t he would take an arm or leg and not their hearts just give it back in a few months.

The story keeps me drawn in just when I think i’m getting bored with it I get something new with drama and heartfelt emotion, the writer has put a lot of thought into this story and has tied up a lot of ends about the demons and the way the live and exist and the “otherworldly things” that the team keeps having to battle.

Final Thoughts

I am not sure I can ever gather the words to express my final thoughts of this book, the ending was a total blind side to me and now I’m just sitting here staring at my computer screen left with the remains of my heart this  book has shattered. I wish I could now be heartless to make the pain I feel inside for this book go away because I did not think this book would hit me so hard but it hit me like a truck going 90 to nothing. The characters in this book are ones I did not know I would grow so attached to until the ending  from the broken Dee to the sweet and funny James to the crazy and unyielding Gremma.

I just loved reading this book, I really truly did and I’m really shocked to be speaking these words because I thought the plot was going to fizzle out and it did in a way but in another way it was so much more than anything I thought would ever happen. This book have captured my heart and crushed it but in another way made it fall in love, this book will bring you the “feels” so hard you better bring a box of tissues with you while reading it. The I chose this message is something I think I can hold onto for the rest of mylife, and it will shower a bright loving hope on all of my days because I know that I chose this.

Just like I chose to read this book, I will choose to read it again and I think I can even put it on my shelf of favorites because the impact of this book has just wrecked me so hard. This is a must read!

 

A Court of Disapointment and Clifhangers

A Court of Wings and Ruin. By: Sarah J. Mass

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SUMMARY


Alright, buckle up ladies and gentleman because we have a lot to weather here, no really we are about to go through all four season of the high courts.

Ferye is back in the spring court pretending that everything is fine and happy just as it had been before Amarantha, she is eating, laughing and even painting again, however she is making the spring court a living nightmare. Ianthe tries to pull one over on Feyre telling her and Lucien how she thought they wanted Nesta and Elain to be fey like them, Feyre bits her tongue as does Lucien but she harbors her hate deep down waiting for the perfect moment to strike. While in the spring court the king of Hybern sends his niece(Brannagh) and nephew(Dagdan) who are twins, along with Jurian, to keep Tamlin company while also trying to bring down the wall. Ferye has been causing major problems for Tamlin and Ianthe, she makes Tamlin question Lucien and Feyre’s relationship, all his guards turn against him along with his people. One the last visit to the wall with Lucien, Jurian, Brannagh, and Dagdan, Feyre has decided to return home now that Tamlin’s court is in complete shambles and is ready to fall at any given moment, but along the way she finds Lucien, who then decides to come with Feyre to find Elain.

Feyre is poisoned by faebane so she cannot winnow like she had planned to do instead Lucien winnows them as far as he can but they must now trek through the Autumn Court, Home to Lucien’s family who would much rather see him dead than in their court. After a few days of traveling they are intercepted by Lucien’s brothers, one of whom is Eris(Oh yes the evil man himself, get ready it’s about to get good!) They fight against the brothers and are able to get away from them and they chose to settle in a cave on the mountains that hold the border of the Winter Court, here Feyre tells Lucien about her sister Elain. The next day they enter the Winter Court but are again found by Lucien’s brothers. However Cassian and Azriel arrive and take them to the night court.

Once Rhysand returns to Velaris, after being on the human side of the wall gathering information, him and Feyre reunite with each other and he agrees to take in Lucien but only after all three males threaten his life if he makes any mistakes. Feyre then goes to the house of wind to visit her sisters accompanied by Lucien and Cassian, she find Nesta in the library and discovers something strange and ancient rest inside her sister, she also finds out her and Cassian have been doing nothing but fighting daily. She then visits Elain’s room to find her heartbroken and wanting to return to her human love Graysen as they were to be married in a week.

The Inner Circle decides to host a meeting with all the High Lords of all the courts(yes this includes Tamlin and the Autumn court) to seek help and to band together to fight in this war. They also decided to seek help of a mortal queen, one the other sisters had cursed and sold to a man who adores beautiful women, but she is hidden somewhere on the human side of the wall and after a heated debate about who would go Lucien offers to go on the journey to keep his mind off of Elain, who still rejects his love. Amren is still trying to translate the Book of Breathings, and later begins training Nesta to use the magic she had stolen from the cauldron. While Feyre trains with Cassian to help improve her fighting and Azriel to help show her how to fly.

The meeting then takes place in the Dawn Court as Thesan agreed to. Thesan high lord of Dawn is accompanied by his captain of guard and lover. Helion high lord of Day with a few of his guards, followed by Kallias high lord of Winter and his mate Viviane who is Mor’s best friend. Next to appear is Tarquin high lord of summer with Varian and Cresseida, lastly in comes Beron high lord of Autumn with his wife and sons and right before they call the meeting to start Tamlin comes in by himself. Maybe they can stay civil long enough to prepare for the war that is to come and not kill each other.

Review


My first thoughts reading this book were how and the heck am I going to be able to get through so many pages of Feyre being with Tamlin! I was so hyped for this book I forgot I would have to suffer through that horrible event, but it wasn’t very horrible at all to be honest. I loved everything Feyre was doing to Ianthe and the evil Hybern twins, I was begging her to let Lucian slap Ianthe for what she did to the sisters talking about ” I thought you wanted to make them Fae,” she knows that is total bull. I must say though I think what Feyre did to Tamlin is a little bit wrong okay. I said it. I did, kill me know, but I mean he did it out of love. He feels the love for her that she feels for Rhys now you tell me Feyre would not go through what Tamlin went through to get Rhys back because I think she would. Maybe not as far as using her sisters but I mean everything else he did yes. He thought what he was doing was right and I get that it wasn’t all rainbows and butterflies but he was trying. After a girl you love dies then comes back to life then wants to go back out into danger and is also forced to go see a Evil Night court guy (because that is how the rest of the courts see Rhys) I think I can see where I would try and keep her safe and protected.

I had such a hard time putting this book down throughout the middle of the book. I just wanted to make it to the ending I had so many questions that needed to be answered. There was so much character growth in this book that I just fell in love with everyone all over again. You get to see a new side of the people you thought you knew, secrets are exposed and there is such so much GOD I’m getting excited just thinking about it. The sisters are my favorite part I must admit, at first Nesta I hated she was so ungrateful mistreating my poor Cassian I wanted to smack her around, and poor Elain I just wanted to hug her and tell her everything would be okay, and the one person who she seems to connect with I was shocked at how different someone can act when around another person, Elain literally brings the good out in everyone.

Now this is where it gets ugly because the ending was a let down for me. All my questions I still have no answers to. Like everything this book had built up every single detail that I was so hyped to find out, after reading 707 FREAKING PAGES!! I still got no answers. I was so mad when I finished this book I wanted to scream. The Golden queen, what happens to her? Lucian and Elain? The Humans? The Fae? Tamlin? Just everything about this ending sucked for me! Then at the end we get a spin off book which people are saying will be from the point of view of one of the characters now but we have no for sure yet. So all these things you have rattling around in your head you might never get an answer. I feel like the ending was just not a good one, the book built up so much hype throughout it just to sizzle out in the end.

Another thing Rhys being all Night court primal male turns into Feyre’s lap dog. Like the dark sweet Rhys we fell in love with is gone and it’s just Rhys taking orders from Feyre and love Feyre, I was just so over Rhys and Feyre halfway through the book, It broke my heart a little to say that, The Rhys I fell in love with in the second book the strong alpha male who was like the back bone of everyone and was always protecting his family with his swagger of cockiness is just gone, so get ready for that.

I loved the series, I do I loved that start of this book but the ending it was a big let down. I think that the second book is still the best book out of all three, but this book is worth a read just don’t get all fully hyped about it unless you just like it for the story and the love then yeah you won’t care about the ending but I am invested in this book I sunk the time into loving this book. I grown attached to these characters that I need to know what happens to them I don’t want another cliff hanger and wait another year for a book that might or might not answer the questions that you will be asking yourself if your are also invested into it.