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Review: Stardust

Title: Stardust

Author: Neil Gaiman

Date of Publication: August 29th, 2006

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Goodreads Summary:

Young Tristran Thorn will do anything to win the cold heart of beautiful Victoria—even fetch her the star they watch fall from the night sky. But to do so, he must enter the unexplored lands on the other side of the ancient wall that gives their tiny village its name. Beyond that old stone wall, Tristran learns, lies Faerie—where nothing, not even a fallen star, is what he imagined.

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman comes a remarkable quest into the dark and miraculous—in pursuit of love and the utterly impossible.

My Review:

Stardust is one of my favorite movies ever, so I was very hesitant to read the book. There were some differences throughout, and I actually liked seeing this. This is my second book by Gaiman, and his writing seems to be able to suck me right in and not let go. It’s extraordinary!

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Tristran was a bit of an idiot, but no surprise because he is also one in the movie, too! I loved Yvaine in this book, and all the side characters. This was one of the few times where I felt the movie was actually better than the book, even though I loved them both!

The unicorn scene was much gorier here than in the movie which I liked that part better, so I would debate which scenes I liked better where. Yvaine was a star, and she really did shine here! Lol, I like my last line!

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Review: The End of Oz

Title: The End of Oz

Author: Danielle Paige

Date of Publication: March 14th, 2017

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Goodreads Summary:

Ding dong—Dorothy is dead.

I watched as the Emerald Palace crumbled to the ground, burying Dorothy, the Girl Who Rode the Cyclone, under the rubble. And now that the rightful ruler, Ozma, has been restored to the throne…

Oz is finally free.

My name is Amy Gumm. You might remember me as the othergirl from Kansas. When a tornado whisked me away to the magical land of Oz, I was given a mission: Dorothy must die.

But it turns out girls from Kansas are harder to kill than we look.

Now the Road of Yellow Brick is leading me away from Oz to the dark world of Ev, where I have a new, powerful enemy to deal with: the Nome King. And—surprise—he has a gingham-clad bride.

With my magical shoes and a shrinking group of allies, I have one final chance to fulfill my mission, and save not only what’s left of Oz, but Kansas, too. As the line between Good and Wicked blurs even further, I have to find a way to get rid of Dorothy once and for all—without turning into a monster myself.

Dorothy once said there’s no place like home. Can I stop her from destroying mine?

My Review:

This was an excellent ending to this fun series! All the books including this one has had the perfect blend of light and dark. One of my favorite aspects here were the Wheelers!!!! I loved them in Return to Oz, and the author made them seem so much creepier and awesome in this one!

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I have always loved the bond between Knox and Amy, but I felt it was really good here, and there were some super cute moments! The author has extraordinary world building skills, I could visualize all the details throughout this series, but even a lot more in this one. There were some pretty creepy stuff in EV, and the descriptions were on point.

“We all have a witch somewhere inside us.”

This one is also told in dual POV between Dorothy and Amy, and Dorothy’s chapters were all kind of crazy because she IS crazy! And the Gnome King was a freak as usual. I’m seriously going to miss this series and all it’s quirks!

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Review: Yellow Brick War

Title: Yellow Brick War

Author: Danielle Paige

Date of Publication: March 15th, 2016

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Goodreads Summary:

Once upon a time, there was a girl from Kansas named Dorothy.

You might know her as the Girl Who Rode the Cyclone. She ended up in Oz, where she became friends with the Tin Woodman, the Scarecrow, and the Cowardly Lion. But the temptation of magic was too much for her. She let it change her. Her friends became twisted versions of their former selves.

The magical land of Oz is now a dark and menacing place.

My name is Amy Gumm. Tornadoes must have a thing about girls from Kansas, because I got swept away on one too. I also landed in Oz, where Good is Wicked, Wicked is Good, and the Wicked Witches clued me in to my true calling:

Assassin.

The only way to stop Dorothy from destroying Oz—and Kansas—is to kill her. And I’m the only one who can do it.

But I failed. Others died for my mistakes. Because of me, the portal between the worlds has been opened and Kansas and Oz are both in danger. And if I don’t find a way to close it?

Dorothy will make sure I never get to go home again.

My Review:

This one was a whole lot of fun! I think the best part was that we are introduced to the Nome King! Return to Oz is one of my favorite movies ever made with this character, and who is one of the main characters in this book? You guessed it! The Nome King! He is just as awesome and devious in this one.

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I also liked that half the book is spent back in Kansas. Amy comes home to her mom, who has started to improve herself as a person while Amy was missing. Madison who was once an enemy becomes an unlikely friend, and she is really funny!!

As with the other books, there is plenty of action, Amy trying to control herself from becoming a monster, cute romance, and darkness mixed with humor! I need the last book now!

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Review: The Wicked Will Rise

Title: The Wicked Will Rise

Author: Danielle Paige

Date of Publication: March 31st, 2015

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Goodreads Summary:

In this dark, high-octane sequel to the New York Timesbestselling Dorothy Must Die, Amy Gumm must do everything in her power to kill Dorothy and free Oz.

To make Oz a free land again, Amy Gumm was given a mission: remove the Tin Woodman’s heart, steal the Scarecrow’s brain, take the Lion’s courage, and then Dorothy must die…

But Dorothy still lives. Now the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked has vanished, and mysterious Princess Ozma might be Amy’s only ally. As Amy learns the truth about her mission, she realizes that she’s only just scratched the surface of Oz’s past—and that Kansas, the home she couldn’t wait to leave behind, may also be in danger. In a place where the line between good and evil shifts with just a strong gust of wind, who can Amy trust—and who is really Wicked?

My Review:

I wasn’t sure how the sequel was going to be, since I really enjoyed the first book! But… it lived up to being a great second book! Amy is also growing as a character and discovering more things about herself, her power, and Oz.

Again, this book was awesomely dark mixed with humor, which was the perfect combo. There was one absolutely sad part at the beginning where I wanted to punch the Cowardly Lion in the face. I will say that he may or may not get what he deserves.

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I never knew which way Amy might go in, because there seems to be a darkness growing in her when her emotions truly come out. So, I can’t wait to see how she handles this problem in the next book.

Ozma is still a basket case at the moment, Pete I loved/hated him, and Knox was great! We are also introduced to Polychrome and Bright, which I read their novella already, and they are interesting characters to say the least. Book 2 does end on a cliffhanger where I have to know what is going on!

 

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Review: Tower of Dawn

Title: Tower of Dawn

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Date of Publication: September 5th, 2017

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Goodreads Summary:

Chaol Westfall has always defined himself by his unwavering loyalty, his strength, and his position as the Captain of the Guard. But all of that has changed since the glass castle shattered, since his men were slaughtered, since the King of Adarlan spared him from a killing blow, but left his body broken.

His only shot at recovery lies with the legendary healers of the Torre Cesme in Antica—the stronghold of the southern continent’s mighty empire. And with war looming over Dorian and Aelin back home, their survival might lie with Chaol and Nesryn convincing its rulers to ally with them.

But what they discover in Antica will change them both—and be more vital to saving Erilea than they could have imagined.

My Review:

I have never been a fan of Chaol since day one. However, I did love the friendship bond between him and Celaena in the first book. But, I already knew up front I would love Sarah’s writing because I always do—I just wasn’t sure if I would be able to fall in love with this character since I hadn’t yet. But… I did!

Chaol’s journey had ups and downs, and there were dark reminders of his past that still tortured him. But that’s the thing… we sometimes make mistakes or make choices that you don’t know how it’s going to affect the people around you, even if you thought the choice was right to begin with.

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The struggle with Chaol after his accident and trying to walk again was haunting to read, because it felt real. Maas did an excellent job of depicting disability in this book, of a person’s struggle inside there own head trying to walk again or with the idea of it may not happening.

I fell in love with the other characters, Yrene, Nezryn, and Sartaq, as well as some of the other side characters. There were some parts in this book where some serious stuff went down, and I actually got pretty worried during some of the action scenes. A lot of this book didn’t go the way I assumed it would, and in fact it went in an even better direction. I can’t believe I have to wait a whole year for the next book!

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Review: The Knowing

Title: The Knowing

Author: Sharon Cameron

Date of Publication: October 10th, 2017

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Goodreads Summary:

Samara doesn’t forget. And she isn’t the only one. Safe underground in the city of New Canaan, she lives in a privileged world free from the Forgetting. Yet she wonders if she really is free, with the memories that plague her and secrets that surround her. Samara is determined to unearth the answers, even if she must escape to the old, cursed city of Canaan to find them.

Someone else is on their way to Canaan too . . . a spaceship from Earth is heading toward the planet, like a figment of the city’s forgotten past. Beck is traveling with his parents, researchers tasked with finding the abandoned settlement effort. When Beck is stranded without communication, he will find more in Canaan than he was ever trained for. What will happen when worlds and memories, beliefs — and truths — collide?

My Review:

The Forgetting is one of my favorite books I read last year, so I ached to receive an ARC of The Knowing. Needless to say, I’m confused and baffled. For now I DNFed at 36%. I may try to force myself to get through it later, but right now I just can’t! Maybe because I have too much going on with trying to review and write… I don’t know!!! Do I capitalize the K in that like they do in this book?

I normally don’t review books I don’t finish, and I sure as hell do not rate a book I don’t finish. For those of you that do rate a book you don’t finish, you suck—because you don’t get the complete story to judge. Because who knows? I may actually love the rest of the book once I do get back to it.

I’m only going to talk about what I read, obviously. I just didn’t understand Samara, she is very robotic, which makes sense given the society she grew up in. But there was absolutely no real emotion from her. The other character, Beck, comes from Earth to this other planet to find out what happened to the society that was sent there. Beck and another girl, Jillian, get separated from their group. Jillian is over-dramatic and gets mad every time Beck or Samara look at each other, and she’s NOT even with Beck. I was able to ignore that aspect.

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Honestly, I just don’t understandddddddd! This is a sequel, yet set hundreds of years later. Also, most of the time when the word “know” comes up, it’s uppercase because she Knows! The caching I didn’t understand either… Cameron can definitely write, her words are amazing, but I just don’t understand this world right now. I’m also going to say it’s my fault for being confused!

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Review: Avalon Wishes

Title: Avalon Wishes

Author: Alexa Whitewolf

Date of Publication: April 7th, 2017

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Summary:

Before the dreams… there came the wishes.

Immerse yourself in Vivienne and Sebastien’s past, and the characters of the Arthurian story.

Part I: Friendship

Atrox is a deity who gambled hard – and lost. Shunned from his pantheon, he is sent to the underworld as a demon lord. His new job? Create havoc on heart, corrupt the hearts of easily influenced humans, and, overall, be evil.

Emrys is a young man, barely out of his teens, and dealing with his father’s brutal abuse. When he learns the true origins of his birth, he leaves his old life behind to seek a new one. A wizard of light magic, he attracts darkness like honey does bees.
But who is the woman who enters his life, whose toxicity he cannot escape? Is she his soul mate, or his doom?

These two opposites’ fates will intertwine as they fight, form bonds, and ultimately, go their separate ways.

Part II: Love

You’ve seen Vivienne and Sebastien’s story, but not in their own time. Submerge yourself in their love, as they navigate the treacherous world of magic and perils, and interact with Arthur and his Camelot court.

Part III: Loyalty

He was the boy who would become the greatest leader.
She was the woman who ensnared him, to ultimately betray him.
Arthur and Guinevere’s story, like you’ve never seen before.

Do not be fooled, these are not three separate stories. They are parts to a whole, intertwined at times, completely different at others. The end will culminate in the ultimate battle of light vs dark – but who is what?

My Review:

I really enjoyed book one, Avalon Dreams, which was told between past and present. So, when I saw that this one was going to be just set in the past and sort of a prequel, I knew I would like it. But… I didn’t know I would like it better than Avalon Dreams! The story is told in three parts, multiple point of view.

We get to see our lovely duo Seb and Viv again, as well as be introduced to Morgana! In the first part, a young Merlin meets Morgana and some serious crap goes down which leads to all things to come.

My favorite scenes in this book were Arthur’s!!!! I loved him! There were some parts that happened with him and Guinivier, and I was like is this going to happen?? Let me just say there was a lot of nooooooooooooo! I also loved Elaine, and I wanted to cry right along with her in a few of her scenes.

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The author seriously knows how to make swoon worthy scenes without making them cheesy or too ridiculous. It’s very awwwww yet wow! So, pretty much you get magic, backstabbing, love, tears and awesomeness! I can’t believe I have to wait until next year for the final book!!!!

 

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