A Real Life Dystopian: Every Falling Star by Sungju Lee

28818317Publisher: Amulet Books

Publication Date: September 13th, 2016

Series: N/A

Genre: Memoir, YA

Rating: 3.5/5

This was a flawed but interesting read. North Korea, as put by the author, is a real life dystopian. Sungju Lee provides a fascinating experience as he becomes disillusionment with the North Korean society when his family moves from the nation’s capital among society’s elite. It’s a shocking tale for both reader and writer alike as he goes from assuming everyone in Korea is well-fed and taken care of to becoming homeless and starving, where every day becomes a fight to obtain even life’s most basic necessities.

This book made me want to learn more about North Korea. I didn’t realize that Kim Jong-un was basically regarded as a deity or just how badly disparaged society is there. I don’t even know if you can travel to Korea from the US or if it is embargoed like Cuba.

On the flip side though, I did find the title and initial summary a bit misleading. It led me to assumed that the story would include more details on the actual escape from North Korea to China. And the presentation at times made me question the writer’s credibility. I have no doubt that while it is an accurate depiction in general, there seemed to be an awful lot of minute detail for every aspect of the book to have actually happened. I doubt, especially when living in such destitute conditions, that the author can recall all these small events and conversations as perfectly as is presented. Those were my two issues with the book from a critical standpoint.

Overall though, a harrowing and thought-provoking read that will increase your appreciation for the blessings in your life.

Magicians and Axe Murderers: The Chronicles of Alice by Christina Henry

Wow. I almost don’t even know where to begin. This retelling of Alice in Wonderland is one crazy, dark, wild ride. And I loved every minute of it. Even the parts that made me squirm. Continue reading “Magicians and Axe Murderers: The Chronicles of Alice by Christina Henry”

Why is Neverland Full of Hippies?: Never Ever by Sara Saedi

22840374Publisher: Viking Books

Publication Date: June 21st, 2016

Series: Never Ever, #1

Genre: Fantasy, YA

Rating: 2/5

Never Ever is a contemporary re-telling of Peter Pan. Unfortunately, I couldn’t take this book seriously, and me not liking something Peter Pan-related is just unheard of. It goes against the very core of my being. Continue reading “Why is Neverland Full of Hippies?: Never Ever by Sara Saedi”

Little Black Dresses, Little White Lies by Laura Stampler

Hello, everyone! I’m pleased that today I am included on the blog tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours for this upcoming book. It was a great read, and I’m looking forward to sharing it with you. There’s also a giveaway at the end of the post, so be sure to check that out.

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Release Date: July 19, 2016

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Pages: 352

Formats: Hardcover, eBook

Rating: 4/5 Continue reading “Little Black Dresses, Little White Lies by Laura Stampler”

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Mass | Part II: Discussion

17927395This post is for my rambles and for the fangirls. Beware of spoilers ahead. It you want my non-spoiler opinions, see my review and Part I of this book here.

Okay, okay, okay, okay, okay. Wasn’t this sequel awesome?! In my opinion, it blew ACOTAR out of the water. I didn’t really care for the first book other than to acknowledge that Sarah J. Maas is a talented writer with a bright future ahead of her.

But there’s a lot I appreciated about this book that I’m sure many of you did as well, and I just have to gush about it to someone! Continue reading “A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Mass | Part II: Discussion”

Girl in the Shadows by Gwenda Bond

26828513Publisher: Skyscape

Publication Date: July 5th, 2016

Series: Girl on a Wire, #2

Genre: Fantasy, YA

Rating: 2.5/5

I read this book last week, and it was released yesterday. I had a moment of extreme cover love, which ultimately led me to requesting this book. Isn’t the cover gorgeous?

Unfortunately, the cover is my favorite part about this book. Continue reading “Girl in the Shadows by Gwenda Bond”

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Mass | Part I: Review

17927395Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children’s 

Publication Date: May 3rd, 2016

Series: A Court of Thrones and Roses, #2

Genre: Fantasy, YA

Rating: 5/5

Okay, if I could go back, I would change my rating of A Court of Thorns and Roses to a three, maybe a two, because not only did I have my issues with the book, but A Court of Mist and Fury was a gazillion times better!

I literally told my husband, “Just skip the first book if you want to read the series. I will fill you in so you can begin with this one.”

I have to have a two part to this review because I want to discuss some spoilers! This first part will be my actually review with minor spoilers at most. The second part will be my discussion of the book and more reasons why I think it’s amazing with all the spoilers in the world.

Okay, here’s my running list of why this was better:

  • Much less hanky panky: Sarah J. Maas’s sex scenes are weird and over-the-top so I appreciated that in the book overall they weren’t as frequent.
  • More angst: However, this book was much more angsty in the sense that the whole time you’re thinking, “Will they? Won’t they?” I didn’t feel that in the first book, whereas this book, I really wanted to see how the relationships evolved and progress.
  • Less romance: Obviously, there’s still lots of romance ^^. But it’s flirtatious and natural and less plot centered. In the first book, the romantic elements are at the heart of the action. I’d actually call the first book a romance with fantastical elements. This book is a fantasy novel with romances in it. This shift alone did wonders for the book.
  • Feyre is her own character now: In the first book, I mostly just thought of her as a Katniss Everdeen copycat. Now I actually think of her as her own character. The development she made was phenomenal! She has some truly dark moments that she has to figure out and get through. She goes from being a martyr to embracing her role. It was awesome.
  • f4caec92c7250f6bd86321200e45c760418c69bac94bbff291a3149671864d12Rhysand, Rhysand, Rhysand: I think Rhysand is basically everyone’s favorite character. I knew from his entrance in A Court of Thorns and Roses that he was going to be mine in the series. I instantly recognized his trope: the bad boy with a secret heart of gold. Those are always my favorites, and he did not disappoint in this book.
  • Less Tamlin: Tamlin didn’t bother me in the first book so much as I was apathetic. I didn’t care for him, nor did I hate him. He was just meh. Though I’m not sure I can totally see the jump from his characterization in the first book to this book, I at least appreciate that he has taken on a more interesting and meaningful role, even though he isn’t in the story as much.
  • A strong supporting cast: We meet a ton more characters in ACOMAF. What’s more is that they are all well-developed. They have backstories, histories, character ticks. They all feel real and relevant. This book is definitely more character-driven than plot-driven, as opposed to the first book.   

There’s one thing though that did drive me nuts about this book, and that was the flying scenes. Sometimes I’d wonder from the description how these things were even physically possible!

But other than that, no complaints. The ending was fantastic. Not a cliffhanger, but left me on the edge of my seat nevertheless. I can’t wait to see what happens next!

What did you think of the book? Who is your favorite character?

Stay tuned for Part II!

Tootle loo, darlings!

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