Review: Legendary

Title: Legendary

Author: Stephanie Garber

Date of Publication: May 29th, 2018


Goodreads Summary:

A heart to protect. A debt to repay. A game to win.

After being swept up in the magical world of Caraval, Donatella Dragna has finally escaped her father and saved her sister Scarlett from a disastrous arranged marriage. The girls should be celebrating, but Tella isn’t yet free. She made a desperate bargain with a mysterious criminal, and what Tella owes him no one has ever been able to deliver: Caraval Master Legend’s true name.

The only chance of uncovering Legend’s identity is to win Caraval, so Tella throws herself into the legendary competition once more—and into the path of the murderous heir to the throne, a doomed love story, and a web of secrets…including her sister’s. Caraval has always demanded bravery, cunning, and sacrifice. But now the game is asking for more. If Tella can’t fulfill her bargain and deliver Legend’s name, she’ll lose everything she cares about—maybe even her life. But if she wins, Legend and Caraval will be destroyed forever.

Welcome, welcome to Caraval…the games have only just begun.

My Review:

I’m just going to go ahead and say the world that Stephanie Garber has created is freaking cool and amazing. I thought Tella was a decent character, although I did like Scarlett more in Caraval.

As with Julian, I really liked Dante. Stephanie can write some great males! Even the new character Jacks was incredibly intriguing. I love the mystery behind the curtains, because I never know what’s going to be revealed to me. Who is Legend? Where is Legend? What is Legend? Do I know? I think I know! These books really do feel like a game, and a game I enjoy playing.


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Here’s where things get a bit tricky for me, because I loved this book, but if it’s the last one I’m going to be pissed because I have so many unanswered questions and things that I need answers to! If it’s not the last book then bravo, bravo, bravo. If you want a great place to escape, then try to find your way through this one and Garber’s gorgeous writing!


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Review: Restore Me

Title: Restore Me

Author: Tahereh Mafi

Date of Publication: March 6th, 2018


Goodreads Summary:

Juliette Ferrars thought she’d won. She took over Sector 45, was named the new Supreme Commander, and now has Warner by her side. But she’s still the girl with the ability to kill with a single touch—and now she’s got the whole world in the palm of her hand. When tragedy hits, who will she become? Will she be able to control the power she wields and use it for good?

My Review:

Okay, so I was super duper scared to go into this one since Shatter Me is my favorite series ever. But of course I was intrigued. Especially when I found out it was going to be told in two perspectives, and one of those being Warner!

I loved that this book was dark, depressing, and addicting. I already knew going in, since it was going to be book number 4 and there are going to be six total, that there were going to be things that would piss me off and drive me crazy. And boy did they ever!

I’m also so glad that Mafi writes these teens like teens and not like their forty. Because when I was a teen I was an idiot and made dumb choices—I’m pretty sure I still do now! Also, the chemistry between Juliette and Warner was just as good as before. Whether they are happy or arguing it’s all ignited!


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Just don’t go into book four expecting all sunshine and rainbows! I absolutely loved it! And am aching for the next book because holy smokes, that cliffhanger!

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Review: The She-Wolf of Kanta

Title: The She-Wolf of Kanta

Author: Marlena Frank

Date of Publication: April 17th, 2018


Goodreads Summary:

“A pair of yellow eyes caught the moonlight and locked onto hers.”

Mercy has always dreamed of becoming a werewolf trapper like her father. In Kanta, one must learn how to survive one way or another. A dark-skinned, blue-eyed young beauty, Mercy understands that she brings out the beast in monsters and men. When a routine werewolf delivery turns into a vicious assault from a pair of human traffickers, Mercy’s life changes forever. Somehow she must endure in a dangerous city where women and werewolves are hunted.

My Review:

Oh, I really liked this one! I loved the werewolf concept—it felt original and unique and all around cool!


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As characters go, Mercy was a strong and fierce thirteen-year-old girl. I mean, seriously, she was one tough cookie with extra chocolate chips! She was smart, quick thinking, and did what needed to be done.

This was a quick read with great writing that felt more developed than some of the six hundred page books I have read. It also had The Walking Dead type vibe of a setting, minus the whole zombie thing!

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Review: The Belles

Title: The Belles

Author: Dhonielle Clayton

Date of Publication: February 6th, 2018


Goodreads Summary:

Camellia Beauregard is a Belle. In the opulent world of Orléans, Belles are revered, for they control Beauty, and Beauty is a commodity coveted above all else. In Orléans, the people are born gray, they are born damned, and only with the help of a Belle and her talents can they transform and be made beautiful.

But it’s not enough for Camellia to be just a Belle. She wants to be the favorite—the Belle chosen by the Queen of Orléans to live in the royal palace, to tend to the royal family and their court, to be recognized as the most talented Belle in the land. But once Camellia and her Belle sisters arrive at court, it becomes clear that being the favorite is not everything she always dreamed it would be. Behind the gilded palace walls live dark secrets, and Camellia soon learns that the very essence of her existence is a lie—that her powers are far greater, and could be more dangerous, than she ever imagined. And when the queen asks Camellia to risk her own life and help the ailing princess by using Belle powers in unintended ways, Camellia now faces an impossible decision.

With the future of Orléans and its people at stake, Camellia must decide—save herself and her sisters and the way of the Belles—or resuscitate the princess, risk her own life, and change the ways of her world forever.

My Review:

So this book has one of the most beautiful and alluring covers, even the writing within has lovely descriptions. The world building is amazing, and there is a lot of originality. My problem came with the story itself. There was so much beauty talk!


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I know this is a book that should make you think about how our society is infatuated with their looks, and it does make you think. So that part does work. But I didn’t care about a lot of it!

The book did have some dark moments which was nice. But the Belles was filled with so many descriptions of food to the point where it was just tooooo much. And normally I love reading about food and want to eat the pages. But when there are too many food descriptions associated with skin color, it kind of feels like cannibalism because it makes me think of food and skin at the same time! Too weird!

I liked the main character, though! As for side characters—Auguste was underdeveloped and came off as more creepy than swoony.

The twists were predictable, but I was fine with that part. However, the writing and a society obsessed with beauty was the highlight for me. Plus, there were all kinds of teacup animals!!!


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Review: Cracked Kingdom

Title: Cracked Kingdom

Author: Erin Watt

Date of Publication: March 1st, 2018


Goodreads Summary:

These Royals will ruin you.

Ever since Hartley Wright met Easton Royal, her life hasn’t been the same. There are enemies behind every corner and dangers beyond each door. When tragedy strikes and steals her memories, she can’t trust anyone, not even the blue-eyed boy who promises her that everything will be all right.

Because while Hartley’s memory is full of gaps, her instincts tell her Easton is dangerous. She doesn’t know if he’s the snake in the garden or her chance at salvation. The chaos he brings wherever he goes is too much to handle, the intense feelings he evokes are too confusing to unravel.

Easton wants her to remember. Hartley thinks it’s better to forget.

She might be right.

Tragedy. Treachery. Trust. Hartley has to face the facts—in this world, you can’t escape the Royals.

Either you live by their rules or you die by them.

My Review:

So, I have been all about this series and have loved its over the topness. I especially like the last book because Easton is such a screwed up mess, and his head is an interesting place to be. But what the heck happened here?


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I’m not going to give anything away or spoil what happened, but I will say I expected more. I expected more darkness with Easton and him battling his demons with Hartley to be there to help him guide his way. But even the romance felt forced in some parts. Easton and Hartley do have great chemistry, but with everything that was going on, things shouldn’t be all fine and dandy!!!

There was a shocking part that I was like, “Whoa I wasn’t expecting that.” But the other big twist I had guessed was going to happen based on the last book! The ending wrapped up rather strangely, and I am still left with some questions that I want answers to dangit!


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Review: Daisy Cakes Bakes

Title: Daisy Cakes Bakes

Author: Kim Nelson

Date of Publication: February 27th, 2018


Goodreads Summary:

A beautiful baking cookbook of 100 recipes for the delicious cakes that made Daisy Cakes a huge success story of ABC’s Shark Tank, plus cookies, pies, cobblers, and more–with 60 photographs evoking a sense of nostalgia for making your own family recipes.

The scent of cake baking in the oven, the pretty sheen of frosting being whipped up nice and light, or the glorious mess of measuring and mixing ingredients for cookie dough are memories cherished by many a home baker. Kim Nelson grew up learning to make family recipes alongside her mother, grandmothers, and great aunt. This pastime blossomed into Kim’s beloved company, Daisy Cakes, which ships delicious Southern layer cakes in keepsake tins all across the US. Daisy Cakes Bakes shares those family cake recipes, as well as recipes for cookies, bars, confections, pies, ice creams, and more. The flavors are rich but never cloying, the recipes are crowd-pleasing and simple to make, and Kim’s engaging stories will inspire everyone to start their own baking traditions.

My Review:

I first saw Daisy Cakes on Shark Tank and instantly wanted to eat them all. Then I remember I looked up the cost online and was like, never mind!

Now, though, I can make my own! The pictures inside were utterly delectable with easy to follow instructions. And the red velvet cake!!!!!!!!!!!


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Anyway, I would need to actually make one to see how it would turn out to properly rate this book. But either way, it’s fun to look at!

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.


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Review: Fragile Chaos

Title: Fragile Chaos

Author: Amber R. Duell

Date of Publication: July 11th, 2017


Goodreads Summary:

A god of war seeking restoration. An unwilling sacrificial bride. Betrayal that could destroy them both.

Every fiber of my being is woven from the rage of mortals.

Theodric, the young God of War, has a talent for inciting conflict and bloodshed. After being stripped of his powers by his older brother, King of Gods, he sets out to instigate a mortal war to prove himself worthy of being restored to power.

I loved Kisk once; it was my home… But that was before. This is now.

Sixteen-year-old Cassia, like many in the modern era, believes gods and goddesses to be just a myth. Enemy to her country and an orphan of the war, she has no time for fairy tales. That’s until religious zealots from Theo’s sect offer her up as a sacrifice.

Can Cassia and Theo end the mortal war and return balance to the earth and heavens? Or, will their game of fate lead down a path of destruction, betrayal, and romance neither of them saw coming?


My Review:

First, I wanted to read this because of the whole mythological aspect. It had me at War God! I also loved the prequel short story!

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Theo and Cassia, what can I say? I loved them! Theo was a complex character that slowly built his way into my heart while Cassia ripped it out from the beginning with her incredible strength. Their chemistry was great!

I could feel each and every emotion with Cassia when she became a sacrifice. From there I followed an intriguing story that I wasn’t able to put down. The book swept me in from the beginning with the writing and world building and didn’t let go until the very last page!

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