Uncategorized, YA Books

Shadow and Bone (The Shadow and Bone Trilogy #1) by Leigh Bardugo

Synopsis

Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.

Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.

Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha . . . and the secrets of her heart. 

Review

Hi guys…So it’s been ages since I start to write again. And I’m happy to say that finally, I’m out of a major reading slump. Thank you, lord.

“There is something more powerful than any army. Something strong enough to topple kings, and even Darklings. Do you know what that thing is?”
I shook my head, inching away from him.
“Faith,” he breathed, his black eyes wild. “Faith.” 
― Leigh Bardugo, Shadow and Bone


This book was on my TBR list for a long time. Finally, I got down to it. The book was alright. This one is going to be an easy review. Got nothing special to say about this book. I liked the story but it was kinda a Meh! Feeling for me.



I’ve heard great things about the writer. Especially the book “Six of crows.” Everyone is raving about it and I believe it will be better than this book. 


There was not much of a story to tell. Just another weak girl trying to save the world. I don’t get a character like that. It’s all whining to me. Too harsh but cant help.

The main character Alina Starkov was super boring. We get it. You hate your life. She’s like twenty-four hours PMSing(eye roll). And the worst part is that she has this great power within her and she shut it down or buries it deep within herself for a boy. (I can’t even.)

“So I’d made my choice. I’d pushed my power down and held it there each day, with all my energy and will, without ever realizing it. I’d used up every bit of myself to keep that secret.” 
― Leigh Bardugo, Shadow and Bone

What I liked about the book was the darkling character. Why you may ask? I have this weak spot for villains. I don’t know. If you have watched vampire diaries, I was dead hooked on Klaus (sigh).

“The Darkling slumped back in his chair. “Fine,” he said with a weary shrug. “Make me your villain.” 
― Leigh Bardugo, Shadow and Bone

And the other guy Mal. Ugh. Horrible. 



This book is fast-paced, and I read it within a day. And I love the writing style of the writer.

The thing with me and the book series is that even if the first books suck. I will keep on reading the other sequels. Sometimes the story does get better. 



Ratings 3/5 

I hope you enjoyed the review.

Until next time,


Love 


Zo

Click Here to buy the book.

contemporary romance

Ain’t She Sweet? by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Synopsis

In high school, Sugar Carey had reigned supreme. She alone had decided what or who was cool. Her spiral perm had been the perm against which all others were measured, and her opinion on which boys were acceptable to date the only one that counted. A beautiful, blonde – if not always benevolent – dictator, she had a reputation for being the wild child in her home town, the girl most likely to set the world on fire and leave a trail of destruction in her wake. When she left home she swore she’d never return. Only now, fifteen years and several husbands later, she’s run out of money, luck, and options…But Sugar arrives back home to discover that everyone else is living her life. Her half-sister is married to Sugar’s high school sweetheart, the teacher she schemed to get fired is now a successful novelist and owns her old house. She also discovers that people have long memories – especially where Sugar is concerned…

Review

One of the best contemporary romance novels I’ve read so far. I enjoyed this book immensely.The story is about a former popular high school girl who has returned to her hometown with no money and three failed marriages. “Sugar Beth” is in desperate need of money, and she’s back in town to dig out a valuable painting that she inherited from her deceased aunt.Once a high school sweetheart, who was rich, popular, gorgeous and at times being mean to her fellow schoolmates especially her stepsister is now fallen off the social ladder and now everything Is coming to bite her back in the butt. Her once high school boyfriend has married her stepsister (who sugar Beth hates by the way) is living the life she dreamed. And what’s worst? Her old high school besties have abandoned her.

The English teacher Mr.Colin Byrne, whose career she ended by falsely accusing him of sexual assault is dead set on revenge. Need I say more…I’m already biting my nails. But don’t worry, I swear it has a happy ending.

“They reached the carriage house. When she turned the knob, he got all critical again. “Why isn’t this door locked?”“It’s Parrish. There’s not much point.”“We have crime here, just as any other place does. Keep this door locked from now on.”“Like that’s going to stop you. All you’d have to do is give it one good kick, and – ““Not from me, you ninny!”“I hate to be the one to break the bad news, but if they find my body, you’re the one with the biggest grudge.”“It’s impossible to hold a rational conversation with you.” ― Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Ain’t She Sweet?

Sugar Beth endures all kinds of humiliation thrown at her. Which she kind of deserves because she was little mean to some of the people in her town. She knows she screwed up and now she is willing to apologize and makes amends. There’s this dinner party chapter on which sugar Beth is the waitress for her high school friends. Where they all team up against her. I just can’t… I was so modified for Sugar Beth.

“She wasn’t going to let them make her cry. She’d cried enough self-pitying tears in her life to drown a goat, and all it had gotten her was a big fat nothing. She made herself take a deep breath, but it didn’t help break the traffic jam in her throat. Might as well call a spade a spade. That traffic jam came from shame. There was a big difference between knowing people still hated your guts and seeing it in their faces.” ― Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Ain’t She Sweet?

She is grown from the mean girl to a strong determined woman. Who is not afraid to admit the wrongs she has done to her family and friends. What I loved about her is she’s rebellious and most of all courageous even when people humiliated her she kept her head high and moved on with the past. Life lesson doesn’t hold onto your past.

“We all have a lot of rubbish in our pasts. At some point, we need to step over the piles and get on with it.” ― Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Ain’t She Sweet?


Susan Elizabeth Phillips such a marvelous writer who can wield a story to mesmerize you. This is a page turner. It is highly entertaining, gripping, nerve-racking, romantic and lots of comedy read. 

Ratings 5/5 

I hope you enjoyed the review.

Until next time,


Love 


Zo

Uncategorized, YA Books

The Wicked King (The Folk of the Air #2) by Holly Black

“The three of you have one solution to every problem. Murder. No key fits every lock.” Cardan gives us all a stern look, holding up a long-fingered hand with my stolen ruby ring still on one finger. “Someone tries to betray the High King, murder. Someone gives you a harsh look, murder. Someone disrespects you, murder. Someone ruins your laundry, murder.”

― Holly Black, The Wicked King

Synopsis

After the jaw-dropping revelation that Oak is the heir to Faerie, Jude must keep her younger brother safe. To do so, she has bound the wicked king, Cardan, to her, and made herself the power behind the throne. Navigating the constantly shifting political alliances of Faerie would be difficult enough if Cardan were easy to control. But he does everything in his power to humiliate and undermine her even as his fascination with her remains undiminished.

When it becomes all too clear that someone close to Jude means to betray her, threatening her own life and the lives of everyone she loves, Jude must uncover the traitor and fight her own complicated feelings for Cardan to maintain control as a mortal in a Faerie world.

Review

“You must be strong enough to strike and strike and strike again without tiring. The first lesson is to make yourself that strong.” 
― Holly Black, The Wicked King

So it’s been quite some time I am writing a review again. My life has been so hectic these couples of days. And worst of all I am in a reading slump. Which is endless.

Let us pray that it will be over soon. Because I got some good summer read books waiting to be read.

Anyways…I don’t even understand why I just didn’t want to read The Cruel Prince. Glad I did. And glad I did not delay on reading The Wicked King.

“Power is much easier to acquire than it is to hold on to.”

― Holly Black, The Wicked King

The Wicked King, is the second novel in Holly Blacks The Folk of the Air series. As you know the first book had a major cliffhanger. The wicked king does not disappoint you. It is filled with more action and drama and another major cliffhanger.

So this book is all about power. How you control it. How you wield it. Jude has gone from being the weak mortal to the most powerful being in all of Elfhame.

Tricking Cardan into the crown as the High King so she can control him to keep her younger brother safe and free from her manipulative foster father’s clutch.

Ruling (secretly) beside Cardan is not an easy task. With him constantly questioning and fighting her every command.

I have a love and hate relationship for Jude’s character. Sometimes she does the right thing. The other times you just think she is lost cause.

“Our eyes meet, and something dangerous sparks.

He hates you, I remind myself.

“Kiss me again,” he says, drunk and foolish. “Kiss me until I am sick of it.”

I feel those words, feel them like a kick to the stomach. He sees my expression and laughs, a sound full of mockery. I can’t tell which of us he’s laughing at.

He hates you. Even if he wants you, he hates you.

Maybe he hates you the more for it.

After a moment, his eyes flutter closed. His voice falls to a whisper, as though he’s talking to himself. “If you’re the sickness, I suppose you can’t also be the cure.”

He drifts off to sleep, but I am wide awake.”

― Holly Black, The Wicked King  

And then there is Cardan Greenbriar. Cardan, Cardan, Cardan… Now I can write his name like he wrote jude’s name on that paper.

I am obsessed with him. I fantasize about him. It’s not healthy people. He’s probably my second favorite character in the Fantasy genre.

Holly Black gave the best character personality to Cardan. He is witty sassy, laid back and sly. And what I liked most about him was that he was so unpredictable.

The way he flirts with Jude and the sexual tension between them. Ugh! Kill me.

“Your ridiculous family might be surprised to find that not everything is solved by murder,” Locke calls after me.

“We would be surprised to find that,” I call back.”

― Holly Black, The Wicked King

So what is the story going to be about?

Its how Jude cannot show any fear or weakness in Elfhame. She must fight the battle of politics, betrayals and any misstep she takes could cost her dearly. It is about how she becomes a murdering badass and struck fear to the faes hearts. The other characters are a bunch of backstabbers and liars. She cannot even trust her own family. But Jude shows how strong she is even when their threats were thrown at her.

This book will get your emotions in a whirlpool. And you will be pulled into their world and get intoxicated by the characters.

Waiting for the third book Queen of Nothing, Is going to be the death of me. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves action-packed fantasy novels.

Rating: 5/5

I hope you loved the review

Until next time peeps,

Love,

Zo

Uncategorized, YA Books

Uprooted Novel by Naomi Novik

You intolerable lunatic,” he snarled at me, and then he caught my face between his hands and kissed me.” 

― Naomi Novik, Uprooted

synopsis

Our Dragon doesn’t eat the girls he takes, no matter what stories they tell outside our valley. We hear them sometimes, from travelers passing through. They talk as though we were doing human sacrifice, and he were a real dragon. Of course that’s not true: he may be a wizard and immortal, but he’s still a man, and our fathers would band together and kill him if he wanted to eat one of us every ten years. He protects us against the Wood, and we’re grateful, but not that grateful.”

Agnieszka loves her valley home, her quiet village, the forests and the bright shining river. But the corrupted Wood stands on the border, full of malevolent power, and its shadow lies over her life.

Review

oh man! oh man! What a wonderful book. I use to read all these romantic comedy books. which i still love. But then again i was like lets give a chance for fantasy. Glad i did.

This book captivates a reader’s heart like an arrow that doesn’t miss it’s target. Every word and every line in this book will just charm your socks off.

So the story starts in a small village where The Dragon who is part wizard , comes and picks a seventeen year old girl. And then takes her to his place to serve him for ten years. So in this place, no one knows what happens to them. And they are not seen for 10 whole years (you get the picture) and they are changed.

And of course…the gruesome, corrupted woods. Which is alive by the way. I got chills reading about the woods. Its horrifying and amazing at the same time. when you are reading about the woods, its like you are actually in the evil wood , With these creepy creatures. You get touched by them and that’s it. They will claim you.

“Those the walkers carried into the Wood were less lucky. We didn’t know what happened to them, but they came back out sometimes, corrupted in the worst way: smiling and cheerful, unharmed. They seemed almost themselves to anyone who didn’t know them well, and you might spend half a day talking with one of them and never realize anything was wrong, until you found yourself taking up a knife and cutting off your own hand, putting out your own eyes, your own tongue, while they kept talking all the while, smiling, horrible. And then they would take the knife and go inside your house, to your children, while you lay outside blind and choking and helpless even to scream. If someone we loved was taken by the walkers, the only thing we knew to hope for them was death, and it could only be a hope.” 

― Naomi Novik, Uprooted

There is romance, action, evil, happiness, love, hate and whatnot. I absolutely loved this book. I can’t wait to re-read it again. The story was so unpredictable. Because when you are reading fantasy books for a long time. You would know what’s about to happen next, but not with this book.

If i could give more stars, i would. I highly recommend this book to any Fantasy or any reader who enjoys adventure.

Ratings: 5/5

Follow me on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/book_warrior_of_nightcourt_/

Hope you loved the review,

Until next time peeps,

Love,

Zo

YA Books

The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air #1) by Holly Black

Synopsis

Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.

And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.


Jude was seven when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

As Jude becomes more deeply embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, she discovers her own capacity for trickery and bloodshed. But as betrayal threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself. 

Review

Alright… on 2017 i started reading this book and i felt bored reading the first two chapter and then i gave up. i don’t know… maybe i got up from the wrong side of the bed. so time passed by and i saw the cover of the The Wicked King. which was so beautiful and mesmerizing. And The cruel prince had these amazing reviews and i was like HEY! May be i should give it another chance. so it was 2019 when i started reading it. Again. And let me tell you. I’m so glad and a little bit mad at myself that i didn’t read it soon enough. But i finally read it.

I’m not going to give any spoilers though but this book is so good. 

No matter how careful I am, eventually I’ll make another misstep. I am weak. I am fragile. I am mortal.

I hate that most of all.

Jude is a strong character. she endures bullying , unfairness which will make us readers spitting mad. There’s spying , secrets and  plot twist. This Fae world is too cruel which i love the best. Everyone hates one another. and no one can be trusted.  And Cardan… man! did i hate and love him at the same time. 

“Most of all, I hate you because I think of you. Often. It’s disgusting, and I can’t stop.”

So overall i loved this book. It was full of drama, cruelness, betrayals and a pinch of romance( i think so) who doesn’t like something like that right ?

After you finish reading this book… you would literally be going crazy to read the next book… The Wicked King.

Ratings: 4/5

This is my first review. Hope you you guys enjoyed it. 

Until next time 

Love zo