ARC Review: The Queen’s Choice by Cayla Kruver

the queens choiceThe Queen’s Choice by Cayla Kruver
Series: Heir of Chrior #1
Published by: Harlequin Teen on January 28th 2014
Genre: Fantasy, Fae/Fairies, Young Adult
Pages: 512
Source: ARC from Harlequin Teen

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My Rating: 3 stars

I received an ARC copy in exchange for an honest review from Harlequin Teen. It does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Magic was seeping out of me, black and agonizing. I could see it drifting away. The magic that would let me pass the Road to reach home again.

When sixteen-year-old Anya learns that her aunt, Queen of the Faerie Kingdom of Chrior, will soon die, her grief is equalled only by her despair for the future of the kingdom. Her young cousin, Illumina, is unfit to rule, and Anya is determined not to take up the queen’s mantle herself.

Convinced that the only solution is to find Prince Zabriel, who long ago disappeared into the human realm of Warckum, and persuade him to take up his rightful crown, Anya journeys into the Warckum Territory to bring him home. But her journey is doomed to be more harrowing than she ever could have imagined.

Anya is a 16 year old faerie who is related to the Queen of Chrior– Ubiqua and is betrothed to Davic. Entering the human world is a danger zone. If a human sees you, you’ll be lucky they kill you on spot. Humans and Faeries are not on good terms.

Queen Ubiqua is dying and is seeking her son whom is not in the kingdom but in the human world. He’s next to the throne and Ubiqua wants to see him one last time. She sends Illumina, Anya’s younger cousin, out to the human world in search of Zabriel. Anya knows Illumina won’t survive in the human world and decides to leave the kingdom to find Zabriel herself. Well, that probably wasn’t a good decision.

Anya must now figure out who she is with having no connection to the kingdom since she is now in the human world. Find Zabriel- wherever he is in the world, convince him to come back, and survive this whole trip. Can she do it? What will she risk doing this?

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I’m the worst book blogger ever.. I received this book back in like November… And I’m reviewing this late. I’m terrible! I know, I’m terrible… But to my defense, the cover says February not January. And other books were screaming at me… Guys, I’m sorry! I know.. I’m a disappointment! Okay, enough.

I really did like this book, but there were some things that bothered me while reading which I’ll get to in a minute. I haven’t read many– if any– fairy books. So it was nice to start with this. It wasn’t too overpowering and too unrealistic. The world building was hard to understand at first, but once I understood, I really enjoyed the world!

Cayla Kruver’s writing style is somewhat poetic, especially in the beginning. It’s the way she describes the story. It makes it feel poetic-y. Does that make sense?

I loved Anya’s character- she’s strong, brave, and very quick on her toes. (I feel like I always give the same characteristics to the main characters, but it’s true!) After everything that has happened, she can still hold her head up high and still move on with her life.

I liked the fact that there was a relationship right off the bat. Normally, the 2 main characters meet then fall in love. Well, Anya and Davic are already in love when the book starts. It was nice to have a relationship already made. But, however, their isn’t much romance in the book at all. Which is not a bad thing, I actually like when not all books are centered around the relationship. It’s refreshing.

I didn’t like how long the book was. Some parts (in my opinion) weren’t needed. The story dragged on at some parts and I would find myself trying to read faster so I can get over some parts. The book definitely could have been a lot shorter. I did also find some parts were very predictable. The second it was hinted, I figured it out 20 pages before Anya figured it out.

The ending was good, but it was somewhat predictable. I definitely will continue on with the series because there were some things that weren’t solved and I’m curious to see what happens.

favorite quotes

I smiled despite myself. “Very caring gentlemen, those two. No offer to look around, no “Are you alright?'” I adopted a gruff, over-the-top voice. ” Just, ‘Fix the damn door!'”

Shea laughed once more, and this time I joined in, the relief welcome.–page 141 (my copy)

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“By the time I returned to our table, Shea had recovered and was picking at her food. After a few minutes, I realizes she was softly singing. I tuned in my ears and heard, “Anya and Davic, will their love be true? Will they have children, maybe one or two….” –page 269 (my copy)

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“How ’bout a kiss, missy?” he chortled, as though he were perfectly within his rights to be holding her. “Then we’ll see where the evenin’ takes us.”

I went for my long-knife, wondering about The Paladin’s policies on killing its customers, but before I could make any other move, Shea slammed the heel of her boot down on the man’s foot. He let go of her, yowling in pain.

“Call that the climax of our evening,” she seethed, backing away. –page 378 (my copy)

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Waiting on Wednesday (#16): Minders by Michele Jaffe

waiting on wednesdayWaiting on Wednesday is a meme created by Breaking the Spine in which on Wednesdays you post a book that you are waiting to be released.

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mindersMinders by Michele Jaffe
Series: N/A
Publishing by: Razorbill by January 30th 2014
Genre: Science Fiction, Romance, Dystopia, Young Adult
Pages: 400

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A high concept, cinematic read with a surprising twist, MINDERS asks the question: who is really watching whom?

Q: If the boy you love commits a crime, would you turn him in?

Sadie Ames is a type-A teenager from the wealthy suburbs. She’s been accepted to the prestigious Mind Corps Fellowship program, where she’ll spend six weeks as an observer inside the head of Ford, a troubled boy with a passion for the crumbling architecture of the inner city. There’s just one problem: Sadie’s fallen in love with him.

Q: What if the crime is murder?

Ford Winters is haunted by the murder of his older brother, James. As Sadie falls deeper into his world, dazzled by the shimmering pinpricks of color that form images in his mind, she begins to think she knows him. Then Ford does something unthinkable.

Q: What if you saw it happen from inside his mind?

Back in her own body, Sadie is faced with the ultimate dilemma. With Ford’s life in her hands, she must decide what is right and what is wrong. And how well she can really ever know someone, even someone she loves.

HOLY MOLY THAT COVER!!!!! ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL COVER!!!

Alrighty, anyway. Can’t wait to get my hands on this! This synopsis sold me, it sounds soo interesting and I seriously can not wait to get my hands on this book. I’ll be awing at the cover for a while, but I’ll eventually read the book. :) Just kidding, I will dive into it when I get it.

Waiting on Wednesday (#15): Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

waiting on wednesdayWaiting on Wednesday is a meme created by Breaking the Spine in which on Wednesdays you post a book that you are waiting to be released.

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cruel beautyCruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge
Series: N/A
Publishing by: Balzer & Bray on January 28th 2014
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Fairy Tales, Young Adult
Pages: 352

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Graceling meets Beauty and the Beast in this sweeping fantasy about one girl’s journey to fulfill her destiny and the monster who gets in her way-by stealing her heart.

Based on the classic fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, Cruel Beauty is a dazzling love story about our deepest desires and their power to change our destiny.

Since birth, Nyx has been betrothed to the evil ruler of her kingdom-all because of a foolish bargain struck by her father. And since birth, she has been in training to kill him.

With no choice but to fulfill her duty, Nyx resents her family for never trying to save her and hates herself for wanting to escape her fate. Still, on her seventeenth birthday, Nyx abandons everything she’s ever known to marry the all-powerful, immortal Ignifex. Her plan? Seduce him, destroy his enchanted castle, and break the nine-hundred-year-old curse he put on her people.

But Ignifex is not at all what Nyx expected. The strangely charming lord beguiles her, and his castle-a shifting maze of magical rooms-enthralls her.

As Nyx searches for a way to free her homeland by uncovering Ignifex’s secrets, she finds herself unwillingly drawn to him. Even if she could bring herself to love her sworn enemy, how can she refuse her duty to kill him? With time running out, Nyx must decide what is more important: the future of her kingdom, or the man she was never supposed to love.

Okay, if you know me at all, I LOVE re-tellings! I’m a big fan of the Disney movies and all that stuff. I’m seriously a kid at heart.. Not joking.

I’m beyond excited for this book! When I heard about it in either November or December I immediately added it to my goodreads.

I can’t wait to see what I think of it! I’ve heard mostly good reviews, so let’s hope I like it!

Top Ten Tuesday: Characters I’d NEVER Want To Trade Places With

top ten tuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

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This week’s theme is ‘Top Ten Goals/Resolutions For 2014’.

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This is in no particular order.

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1. Mara Dyer from the Mara Dyer trilogy by Michelle Hodkin- Do I need to explain? Her best friend, boyfriend, and friend are dead and she can’t remember why. She thinks she’s involved.. Do I need any further explanation!?

2. Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins- Seriously… I don’t need to explain this one. Everyone and their family has read this trilogy and knows why I’m choosing Katniss.

3. Juliette from the Shatter Me trilogy by Tahereh Mafi- Once your touched by Juliette, your dead. No questions asked, your dead. So no, I don’t want to trade places. I’m sorry Juliette, I love your character, but your life kind of stinks.

4. Ruby from The Darkest Minds trilogy by Alexandra Bracken- I wouldn’t actually mind trading places because *cough* Liam *cough. But whereas the world, HECK NO. I’m sorry, but to live in that world, nope.

5. Zoey Redbird from the House of Night series by P.C. and Kristin Cast- Okay, it’s been 11 books and I feel sorry for the girl… Everything that could go wrong, goes wrong.

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6. Tris from the Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth- Okay, I’ve only read Divergent so I can’t really say anything. But, I have a very short list of books I can choose from. Tris doesn’t have the world’s best life that’s for sure. I definitely WOULD NOT want to trade places with her!

7. Penryn from Penryn and the End of Days series by Susan Ee- Okay, a world that has been taken over by angels and is completely gory?! COUNT ME OUT!!

8. Elena Gilbert from The Vampire Diaries series (and show) by L.J. Smith- Okay, I’ve read at least the first 4 books in this series and literally anything that could go wrong, goes wrong. The ONLY reason I’d want to live Elena’s life is for Mr. Stefan Salvatore. Only reason.

9. Dee Black from the Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout- I feel so bad for Dee especially after what happens in Onyx. I just want to crawl into a corner and cry with her. I’d definitely not want to be in her place.

10. Alison Dilaurentis from the Pretty Little Liars series by Sara Shepard- Okay, anyone that has ever heard of this series knows what I’m talking about. Alison is dead. –not a spoiler– This is probably not the best choice, but as I’ve said previously, I have a very short list of books I can choose from.

Review: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

the unbecoming of mara dyerThe Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
Series: Mara Dyer #1
Published by: Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing on September 27th 2011
Genre: Paranormal, Romance, Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 452
Source: Bought- Hardcover

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My Rating: 5 stars2

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.

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Noah Shaw… yup, that’s about all I have to say..

Just kidding. Anyone who has ever heard of Mara Dyer knows who Noah Shaw is, whether or not you’ve read it. So, it’s safe to say Noah Shaw is one of my top 5 fictional boyfriends.

I can’t get over how much I loved this book! Michelle Hodkin’s writing style is just so breath-takingly good. I had a very hard time putting the book down. The way she describes the story and adds details to make it sound even more real was just incredible! This story is so creepy and mysterious yet stunning and sexy. Yes, I’m referring to Noah Shaw when I say sexy.. If you’ve read this book, you know what I’m talking about.

Mara was such an interesting character to see throughout this book. She has just lost her 3 friends (one being her best friend and the other her boyfriend). She can’t remember a single thing from that night and she can’t figure out why. Even though she has gone through so much within half a year, I can’t believe how sane she still is! It’s incredible how sane she really is and how strong she is after everything that has gone on! Of all the books and characters I’ve come to really love over time, Mara Dyer is probably my favorite. The fact that she can still carry on with her life and not let this tragedy drag her down really inspires me. She’s so incredibly strong and brave and will do anything to figure out what really happened that night that caused 3 of the people who were a big part in her life to die so suddenly.

Noah Shaw.. Holy cow. That boy… He’s a British, rich, sexy, beautiful, man. Seriously. I can’t get over him! He’s such a sweetheart to Mara. Especially considering his past and what everyone at the school thinks of him. I thought that in the end, he would turn out to be one of the boys that’s a complete player and just uses the girl. Nope. Complete opposite! I just.. can’t. Words can’t describe how much I love Noah Shaw now!

favorite quotes

“Asscrown,” I muttered under my breath as I headed to my next class. I wasn’t proud of swearing at a complete stranger, no. But he started it.

Noah matched my pace. “Don’t you mean “assclown’?” He looked amused.

“No,” I said, louder this time. “I mean asscrown. The crown on top of the asshat that covers the asshole of the assclown. The very zenith in the hierarchy of asses,” I said, as though reading from a dictionary of modern profanity.– page 60

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“You’re the girl who called me an asshole the first time we spoke. The girl who tried to pay for lunch even after you learned I have more money than God. You’re the girl who risked her ass to save a dying dog, who makes my chest ache whether you’re wearing green silk or ripped jeans. You’re the girl that I–” Noah stopped, then took a step closer to me. “You are my girl.”–page 442

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“You told me I smelled – like bacon.”
“Well,” he said evenly. “That’s awkward.”–page 379

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Review: Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

Infernal_Devices_Book_1_Clockwork_Angel_9781406321326_CVRClockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
Series: The Infernal Devices #1
Published by: Simon & Schuster, Margaret K. McElderry on August 31st 2010
Genre: Fantasy, Steampunk, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 479
Source: Bought- Paperback

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My Rating: 5 stars2

In a time when Shadowhunters are barely winning the fight against the forces of darkness, one battle will change the course of history forever. Welcome to the Infernal Devices trilogy, a stunning and dangerous prequel to the New York Times bestselling Mortal Instruments series.

The year is 1878. Tessa Gray descends into London’s dark supernatural underworld in search of her missing brother. She soon discovers that her only allies are the demon-slaying Shadowhunters—including Will and Jem, the mysterious boys she is attracted to. Soon they find themselves up against the Pandemonium Club, a secret organization of vampires, demons, warlocks, and humans. Equipped with a magical army of unstoppable clockwork creatures, the Club is out to rule the British Empire, and only Tessa and her allies can stop them…

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I think from now on I’m not gonna write my own summary.. If you guys like them, I’ll keep doing them.

It was about time that I jumped back into the Shadowhunter world. I binged-marathoned (if that’s a word) The Mortal Instruments within a months time and didn’t read anything else. I needed a break from the world for a while and refresh my mind. Well, it’s been like 3-4 months, and I was ready to jump back in!

I will admit, I didn’t enjoy it for a while. Some parts dragged on and I was getting confused during some parts. I was close to giving it a 4.5/5 stars, but the last 100 pages bumped that right back up.

I CAN NOT get over this world, it’s probably hands down my all time favorite world. They are soo many different creatures and Shadowhunters and everything! It’s hard not to be bored while reading it! No matter what is going on, something interesting is happening and it’s almost impossible to put the book down. Now, I know I said some parts dragged, but that didn’t mean I was ready to put the book down. It was still VERY interesting!

Tessa is such an awesome character, she’s so strong and brave! All she wanted to do was find her brother and protect him. She has already lost all her family (not a spoiler, all people in TMI & TID don’t really have families) and Nate was all she had left. She was willing to sacrifice her life.. Many times to save his! Let’s talk about the boys– Jem and Will. Okay, I love both of them. Jem is a complete gentleman and a complete sweetheart. Will, well, Will is Will. He reminds me A LOT of Jace.. But I guess there’s a reason for that.. :) But, there’s just something about him that I like. Probably not as much as Jace at this point, but I still like him!

Jessamine got on my last nerve. I at first liked her because she reminded me a little of Isabelle (I hope I spelled that right). After a couple appearances with her, she got annoying.

There was just so much world building and character development and it was so well done! Cassandra Clare really knows how to develop characters and create a world where you can vividly imagine it in your mind. I love her writing style as well; although it is in 3rd person, it was still really easy to connect!

Okay, I’m a little upset… I was accidentally spoiled in the ending of Clockwork Princess.. And yes, to those that have finished the trilogy it’s the BIGGEST spoiler there is to the trilogy.. I’m a little upset. But, I will continue the trilogy at some point.

favorite quotes

“One must always be careful of books,” said Tessa, “and what is inside them, for the words have the power to change us.” –page 87

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“They ate it too,” Will reminisced. “Bloodthirsty little beasts. Never trust a duck.” –page 199

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“Whatever you are physically,” he said, “male or female, strong or weak, ill or healthy–all those things matter less than what your heart contains. If you have the soul of a warrior, you are a warrior.  Whatever the color, the shape, the design of the shade that conceals it, the flame inside the lamp remains the same. You are that flame.”–page 283

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Review: Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

daughter of smoke and boneDaughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
Series: Daughter of Smoke and Bone #1
Published by: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers on September 27th 2011
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 418
Source: Bought- Hardcover

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My Rating: 5 stars2

Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.

In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grown dangerously low.

And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war.

Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real, she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious “errands”, she speaks many languages – not all of them human – and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out.

When beautiful, haunted Akiva fixes fiery eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?

Karou lives in Prague where she goes to class and sketches. She sketches anything that catches her eye and interests her. Her best friend, Zusana has no clue who Karou really is and neither does Karou. Karou always disappears mysteriously to always run “errands”. This isn’t a normal errand.. She’s collecting teeth– yes, real teeth– for a man named Brimestone.

Akiva, an angel, spots Karou in Marrakesh while she’s collecting teeth. He’s immediately drawn to her and he can’t seem to figure out why. Karou notices that Akiva wants to know why they are so drawn to each other as well. Karou is in the search of her past and what exactly she is.

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The one thing that I hate about fantasy now is the fact of the names! You can’t pronounce them!

Besides that, wow, this book! It was sooo good! It took about 12 chapters for it really to take off, but even then it wasn’t all that bad in the beginning. Karou is such a funny character and so is her friend Zuzana.

I read this for a read-along on BookTube and this was supposed to be like a week long read-along, but I couldn’t help it. I had to read more! I was kind of nervous about reading this book and I’m glad I picked it up because I probably wouldn’t have picked it up anytime soon.

Laini Taylor has such a unique writing style.. It’s hard to explain.. Here’s a quote to explain:

“Walking to school over the snow-muffled cobbles, Karou had no sinister premonitions about the day. It seemed like just another Monday, innocent but for its essential Mondayness, not to mention its Januaryness. It was cold, and it was dark– in the dead of winter the sun didn’t rise until eight–but it was also lovely. The falling snow and the early hour conspired to paint Prague ghostly, like a tintype photograph, all silver and haze.” –page 1

The world building and character development was just fantastic. The world is so complex– well not WORLD more like WORLDS so it’s definitely complex.. But anyway. The characters were really developed! Even the small, not so important characters were developed really well and you could vividly imagine what they’d look like.

I think my favorite character would have to be Zuzana.. Not just because her name is the easiest to say.. But because she’s so sarcastic and so like me in some aspects. It’s just funny. I couldn’t help but laugh every time Karou was around her.

Throughout the second half of the book I was constantly flipping pages not wanting to put the book down. I was so engrossed in the story that it was almost impossible to stop reading!

That cliff hanger… I NEED Days of Blood and Starlight like now.

favorite quotes

“Yeah. Too bad he’s such a gargantuan asshole.”

“A giant, stupid orifice,” Zuzana agreed.

“A walking, talking cranny.”

“Cranny.” Zuzana laughed. “I like.” — page 16

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“Hope can be a powerful force. Maybe there’s no actual magic in it, but when you know what you hope for most and hold it like a light within you, you can make things happen, almost like magic.”–page 383

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“I don’t know many rules to live by,’ he’d said. ‘But here’s one. It’s simple. Don’t put anything unnecessary into yourself. No poisons or chemicals, no fumes or smoke or alcohol, no sharp objects, no inessential needles–drug or tattoo–and…no inessential penises either.’

‘Inessential penises?’ Karou had repeated, delighted with the phrase in spite of her grief. ‘Is there any such thing as an essential one?’

‘When an essential one comes along, you’ll know,’ he’d replied.”–page 22

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