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(ARC) book review: Rose Petal Graves

It’s been a long time, but I’m back on track (kinda)! I managed to (finally) finish Rose Petal Graves, and not finally because the book was so horrible (it absolutely wasn’t), but because I only had the e-book version. And I can honestly admit that I do not like reading from a screen. However, I do have a review for you! 馃檪

(This is also the first book of the very ARC-ish readathon! Little late into the readathon but hurray! Details on this readathon here聽)

Title:聽Rose Petal Graves

Author: Olivia Wildenstein

Goodreads link: Rose Petal Graves

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Summary:Founded two centuries ago by a powerful tribe of Gottwa Indians, Rowan was a quiet town, so quiet that I fled after graduation. Staying away was the plan, but Mom died suddenly.

Dad said she suffered a stroke after she dug up one of the ancient graves in our backyard, which happens to be the town cemetery. Creepy, I know. Creepier still, there was no corpse inside the old coffin, only fresh rose petals.

As we made preparations for Mom鈥檚 burial, new people began arriving in Rowan, unnervingly handsome and odd people. I begged them to leave, but they stayed, because their enemies鈥攎y ancestors鈥攚ere beginning to awaken.

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Note: I was provided a聽digital copy by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to NetGalley and Olivia Wildenstein for this opportunity!

First of all, would you just look at that cover! It makes me want to have it on my shelf even more than usual, just because it’s so pretty. I might have a thing for pretty covers.

This book was fast, something was happening at all times, and yet this book managed to have everything happening within a relative short time! I was never bored, and always seeking answers throughout reading.

Catori is everything and nothing you’d expect. She makes quite some impulse decisions, and not always the right ones too. However, when it comes to handling things like the death of her mother, she is pretty mature. She and her dad have a very close relationship, which I adore. Her dad really cares for her and it’s the same the other way around. Her relationship with the other characters, however, had me thinking a few times.

Cruz is not who he said he was when she first met him -which is quite obvious, but he’s lied a lot throughout this book. And he and Catori had some “moments”, but they didn’t really evolve in anything. Which, to be fair, didn’t bother me. I was actually happy this wouldn’t be some “love is the main story and all the others are just side stories” book. I just thought they’d get on to something sometime, but when later in the book, it got explained, it did clear that part up.

The other characters are all really different from each other, and by that, I mean聽really different. I didn’t think I’ve read a lot of books where so many characters of one story were as much different from each other, as from other characters from other books. It was truly amazing to have an entirely new personage to read about.

The only thing that slightly bothered me about this book is how some certain deaths were handled, and acted about, 聽but that might just be me. Everyone handles death different, and I’m actually quite sure that it’s just the way it is in this series.

While reading this book, most “plot twists” were revealed and solved quickly, and that’s what really kept the pace going. I didn’t think it was going to be the first book of a trilogy, until the last chapters, when I realized this story was far from over. I am looking forward to the next book in this series (which will be published December 2017)!

Overall this book was really awesome, and I definitely recommend it if you like magical books with faes and evil.

Did any of you read the book? What did you think?

-Luci


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Book review: The Map of Bones (The Fire Sermon 2)

Hey! I said I was going to review this book as soon as I finished reading, and well, that’s not true. I literally finished this book a month ago and I haven’t had any time to write a review until now, so let’s get on with it!

Read my review of The Fire Sermon聽here

Title:聽The Map of Bones

Author:聽Francesca Haig

Goodreads link:The Map of Bones

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Summary:聽The Island has been destroyed by the Council and the Resistance is being systematically dismantled. Cass, Piper and Zoe are on the run after a deadly confrontation at the Silo. While Cass’ visions continue to plague her, she now also has to manage survivor’s guilt: guilt over the actions of her twin brother Zach, guilt over the deaths of the people on the Island, and guilt over the death of Kip. However, life goes on and there has a lot to happen before Cass can finally stop Zach in his actions.

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This book was more of the running away/running toward, just as in the first book and somehow, it’s still awesome. A lot has happened in the last chapter of the first book, Cass now has to live on without Kip and her brother is still out there, murdering people. Just as in the first book, every time Cass meets someone new my mind goes like “will this be a possible friend or a possible murderer?”

Cass has mentally grown a lot, where in the first book everything already sucked, the second book was even worse. Kip is dead,聽and something happened to all the Omega kids she and Kip used to聽care for while on the run too. Her visions are not away, and overall, it seems to be hard living the life she is.

Piper is supportive as always, mostly where Zoe is not. I didn’t understand Zoe at all in the beginning, I mean, I know Cass’ screaming is annoying when you want to sleep, but she didn’t choose to have those visions either. However, later in the book Zoe explains a lot about her (and Piper’s) past, and it does clarify a lot of things.

While I didn’t particularly like the part of the book where they were just on the run and I didn’t know where to yet, I must admit that once I got through, I couldn’t stop reading any more. This book is awesome where most of the time, second book in trilogy’s are a bit off, a bit of a time killer. This book isn’t any of that, because, again, a lot of surprising things are revealed, some also concerning聽things that happened in the first book.

The third book will be done somewhere this year, and I hope to read it soon after. I’m curious as for how this trilogy will end and what more will happen in the third book.

Have you read this series, or planning on reading them?

-Luci


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Book review: The Silence of the Sea

Hello! I hope you all are doing well this Friday. I am ready for the weekend! But, before that, I will talk to you about this book I read a while ago. I mentioned it before in my July wrap-up, but I never actually made a review post about it, while it does deserve a full review. So here it is 馃檪

 

Title:聽The Silence of the Sea

Author:聽Yrsa Sigurdard贸ttir

Goodreads link:聽The Silence Of The Sea

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Summary: When an abandoned yacht that came聽from Lisbon crashes in the haven of Reykjavik,聽no one knows what happened. The yacht was supposed to come with the crew, and a family: mother, father and twin daughters. Their other, younger, daughter stayed with her grandparents in Reykjavik, too young to go on such a holiday. The grandfather hires in Th贸ra聽Gudmundsdottir, a lawyer, to investigate it, and soon she finds herself coming across more mystery than she expected: the yacht was told to be cursed, what happened to Karitas, the former owner? And whose body is it that drove in near the yacht?

I usually don’t really read any thrillers, not because I don’t like them, but because I can never seem to find the right ones. My father brought this one back from the library and while he was reading another book, out of curiosity I started reading this one. And man, it took my breath away.

Th贸ra is a really strong character, and she knows how to do her work. I loved her work-relationship with Bella, and Matthew made it even better.

The chapters went logically, one with what happened on the boat, and one in the present where Th贸ra has to find all the answers somehow. What didn’t happen, however, is that the chapters that took place on the boat didn’t spoil it for the chapters in the present, which is satisfying. I hate to read a book where I already know how it ends but the characters in the book do not.

The ending was a little bit expected, but still so damn good. It had a twist that I didn’t see coming, and I absolutely loved it. The ending finally explained all my questions throughout the book.

This book is apparently part 6 of a series about聽Th贸ra聽Gudmundsdottir, so I hope to be reading the other books too!

Overall I just love thrillers, and especially the Scandinavian, and now also Icelandic, writers are really good at writing them. The only problems I had were the pronunciations of the names 馃槢

Do you read any thrillers, or anything in the not-young-adult genre?聽

-Luci


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(ARC) Book review: Don’t Stop Me Now

Heya all! I’m feeling slightly better now, let’s just see how I’ll survive work today.. However, I signed up for NetGalley a while ago, requested聽a lot of books, got quite some denials (sadly), but also some approvals! One of which I’ll be reviewing here today.

Title:聽Don’t Stop Me Now

Author: Colleen Coleman

Goodreads link: Don’t Stop Me Now

Pub. Date:聽22 March 2017

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Summary: Poppy Bloom has her whole life planned out: a PhD in psychology, research job at her university, and聽a further life with her current boyfriend Gregory. But when she finished her PhD, she has no job offer, and as it turns out, no longer a boyfriend, and on top of that, no place to live. So, she ends up in her vampire-themed bedroom at her mom’s house. Being all miserable and searching for a job, Poppy runs into Leanne, an old childhood friend. Who might have a gorgeous brother Tom, whom Poppy used to crush on. Things get better from then on, and suddenly Poppy gets an internship at a radio station, a boyfriend, and, thanks to Leanne, a complete netball team of wonderful friends. But when life seems to go perfectly, Poppy suddenly has to choose where her priorities lie. Will she manage to keep everyone happy with her new career, new romance聽and聽new friends?

Note: I was provided a digital copy by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to NetGalley, Bookouture and Colleen Coleman for this opportunity!

Don’t Stop Me Now is an absolute feel-good book, and I loved it for that reason! Poppy is a really strong main character, not giving up even when everything and everyone seems to be against her. She just keeps pushing, and eventually has everything under control. And when things go bad again, she still doesn’t give up, she pushes on and eventually makes everything happen alright.

Leanne is one of those friends that everyone just wants to have. She seems great, pushing Poppy into something she know she’ll enjoy. She and Poppy hadn’t spoken for years, and yet, she’s there for Poppy right when she needs it.

The friendship between Poppy and the other girls from the netball team was also really precious, everyone had another kind of friendship, but they were all together as one.

This book showed really well that when life seems to go down, to the point where it can’t get down any further, that it means that better times will come, and there’s always an opportunity to jump at for better chances. I think a lot of people will relate or have related a lot to Poppy, because it’s almost impossible to find a job right after graduation these days.

Overall, I laughed a lot during this book, and I absolutely loved how it was written. The characters were amazing, and there were even some twists that I wasn’t expecting. I’d recommend this to everyone who wants a light read, but also one that sends a message!

Do you think you’d enjoy this book? Do you feel or have you felt like Poppy once?

-Luci


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Book review: The Fiery Heart (Bloodlines 4)

Heya all!

Just a fair warning: I am going to move out within a week, and right now, half of my stuff is packed into boxes, the other half is still in my mom’s house, also in boxes, and a lot of things I usually need (my books) are not with me. (Fun fact: I have 2 and a half boxes full of books) This means that I don’t have a lot of time to read, or to update. I hope you will stay with me, and I think that this all will be over in two weeks. I’m sorry!

Anyhow, on to the review!

I’m still (slowly) continuing the Bloodlines series, and god, I want to scream..

Read my review of the Vampire Academy series here

Read my review of Bloodlines here

Read my review of The Golden Lily here

Read my review of The Indigo Spell here

 

Title:聽The Fiery Heart

Author: Richelle Mead

Goodreads link: The Fiery Heart

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Summary: Sydney Sage has a regular busy life, as is expected of her. She is still making sure the Moroi聽and Dhampirs stay out of trouble, and all the other regular chores her Alchemist job has given her. And besides that, she’s maintaining a (secret) relationship with the Moroi Adrian Ivashkov, which is highly forbidden,聽and on top of that, she practices magic. She views the Alchemists in a completely different way than before, and that shouldn’t be a problem, except that her sister Zoe looks highly up to her and the Alchemists. Zoe doesn’t realize what life she could have instead of this one, and how great that would be. Everything seems to go well, and she finally discovers what she’s been wanting ever since Marcus showed up, but at the same time she is getting less careful with hiding her secrets…

Okay, this time it was not the last sentence that got me, but still… THAT ENDING. I feel like this book was a lot “calmer” than the others. Nothing聽really big happened (except for Sydney discovering that ink if course), and it seemed that she had her life back in order. And then, the ending. Oh boi.

I loved Sydney and Adrian’s relationship, I loved how he treated her and I loved how she let go of her old beliefs and gave into what聽her heart told her. Adrian was a complete different person, still charming as always, but so careful now. He even gave up his alcohol for her (something he didn’t do for Rose).

Zoe was one person I was excited to read about, since I haven’t read a lot about her in the first three books. I sometimes wanted to murder her, but I did understand her. She was exactly like Sydney was in the beginning, obeying her fathers will, and nothing but that. But she started to see that maybe,聽maybe those vampires weren’t so bad after all, and it made my heart happy.

This book didn’t feature Jill, Eddie and the others as much as the first books, but I didn’t really mind. When they were involved, it felt good.

This book is also the first one with Adrian’s POV, and that’s one of the things that made this book so amazing. It was great to see things like Adrian sees them. I’ve wondered how Adrian ‘worked’ sometimes and this book explains a lot of those things, so that was pretty cool. Besides that, the spirit聽from the user’s POV is never really explained since the Vampire Academy books were about Rose while Lissa was the spirit user.

Overall I loved this book (as I expected) and yet again, with an ending like this, I immediately wanted to dive into the next book!

Have you read this book? What did you think? Let me know!

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-Luci


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Book Review: The Fire Sermon (The Fire Sermon 1)

[Not completely spoiler free]

Hello there! I’ve seen some things going around about a three-day weekend?? Unfortunately, I’m one of those poor souls that doesn’t have that (probably because I don’t live in the US or UK), and the past few days have been quite busy, so I only finished my book last night.

Title: The Fire Sermon

Author: Francesca Haig

Goodreads link: The Fire Sermon

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Summary: In the new world, everything has changed. Because of a huge explosion, each person is born together with their Twin, and it’s always a pair of one Alpha and one Omega. The Aplha is physically perfect in every way, and the Omega is, unexpectedly, a burden. Either missing a limb or not so noticeable, like a psychic foresight. Too bad for the Alphas, they can’t just leave their Omega twin to die, all twins share a bond, and if one dies, the other dies too. 聽So, as a solution, as soon as the parents notice which one the Omega is, the Omega’s get marked and sent away to live with the other Omega’s. Cass is an Omega, with psychic foresight, which she’d been able to hide for 13 years, to stay with her brother, Zach. When she gets sent away, Zach gets a good position at the Alpha Council. However, Cass dares to dream of an equal world,聽but for that, both the Council and the Resistance have her in their sights.

I must admit that at first, this book didn’t really speak to me. I had picked it up a few times, and put it down again. However, I’ve heard such good things about it, that I decided to read it anyways. And I’m glad I did, because this book is pretty awesome.

Cass is an Omega, with psychic foresight, which makes her a rare Omega. When her brother Zach gets his position at the Council, she is even more “popular”. She’s different from other girls in Young Adult books, mostly because I couldn’t really picture myself in her place.

Zach is kind of an asshole. Not even kind of, actually. How far he’s willing to go surprises me every time, with everything he does.

Kip is another character I can’t really figure out. He has his memory loss, and that made it even harder. He doesn’t remember his twin, and I had an idea of it, but I thought that would be to crazy. In the end, it turned out I was actually right.

[Note: when the name Kip came forward I was really confused, and I searched a lot of Goodreads comments for his actual name, because in Dutch, “Kip” means “Chicken”]

Overall, this book was pretty well, but it has a lot of聽potential for more, and I really hope this will all be in the second book (which I’m about to read A.S.A.p.!). This is one of those books where I didn’t actually feel myself wanting for more, more, more, but I did keep turning pages hoping for.. I honestly don’t know. The ending had a surprised twist, and I am really curious for book 2 now.

Did you read this book? What did you think?聽

Buy The Fire Sermon here!

-Luci


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Book review: End Of Days (Penryn & The End Of Days 2)

It’s been a while, but I have another book review ready for you!

Read my review of聽Angelfall here

Title: End Of Days

Author: Susan Ee

Goodreads link: End Of Days

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Summary:聽Penryn just has her sister Paige back when she disappears again. People think she’s a monster, and Penryn’s mom is heartbroken. When Penryn drives around, looking for Paige, she catches sight of the angel’s plan, and how far they’re willing to go to achieve it. In the meantime, Raffe is still searching, hunting for his wings. He needs them to take his rightful place among the angels. But what will he choose when it comes between capturing his wings or helping Penryn?

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First of all, after finishing the first book, I didn’t think Penryn and Raffe would ever see each other again, and yet again, I was surprised! This book took a really different turn than I expected, I must say. I still loved it though 馃檪

Penryn has only become more awesome, as far as dealing with a little sister-become-monster and a schizophrenic mother goes. She deals with a lot of things, and her reactions are better than I expected. In her place, I probably would have panicked a lot!

Raffe is someone who doesn’t really show up until somewhere around the end, and I was completely surprised as I thought we had seen the last of him in book one. In my imagination, he looks amazing with his black demon-ish wings… His mature decision to not kiss Penryn at all hurt me a little in the chest, but I understood it and I’m glad too. These books aren’t made for a sappy love story.

Paige is someone I don’t know what to think about. In the first book, she was a helpless little girl, kidnapped by angels. Now, she’s become a monster, a runaway monster, to be exact. I hope we’ll see more of her in the third book. Same goes for Penryn’s mom, I actually think she’s kind of awesome with the way she deals with things. She’s the only one who would write with lipstick on a dead man’s chest.

The twins also keep surprising me, I am almost thinking they have a 6th sense for knowing when and where they’re needed. I hope to see those twins returning in book three.

Overall, this book was amazing, and it got me really excited for book three. The something between Penryn and Raffe is kinda frustrating, I want them to be together but I also don’t want it, because I’m afraid it’ll turn into one of those typical forbidden love stories, you feel me? 馃槢 聽Sadly, my library doesn’t have book three and it annoys the hell out of me. I hope to get it somewhere soon.

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Did you read this book? Or the third? What am I missing out on? Nah, don’t spoil it for me 馃槢 Tell me if you thought this book was awesome too, or if not, why?

-Luci


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Book review: Angelfall (Penryn & The End Of Days 1)

Ahhhh bloody internet keeps doing stupid, and it bothers me so much 馃槮

Title: Angelfall

Author: Susan Ee

Goodreads link: Angelfall

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Summary: When, six weeks after the apocalypse, Penryn, her helpless sister and her mother try to escape their home, they “stumble” across the angels. The angels of the apocalypse. They seem to be fighting, and one of them has been cut from his wings and left for dead. Penryn honestly couldn’t care less (except that the limbs and feathers of angels have a high price to sell them for), till the other angels take her little sister with them. Penryn recues the dying angel on the street and forces him to bring her to her sister.

I’ve read this book before, and聽for some reason I kept not being able to read further than the first chapters. Now, I wonder what happened, because this book is awesome! It took so many different turns that at one point I didn’t know what to expect any more.

The setting sometimes reminded me of the series The Walking Dead (especially in the camp, halway through the book), which is pretty cool. Except that that series is about zombies and this one about angels and apocalypse.

This is one of the first books I’ve read where there is no secret “I’d give up anything for you but no one can know” love, and that’s the good thing. Penryn and Raffe are not together, and it goes so well. I mean, at some point Penryn must hav realized Raffe is pretty hot and all, but the fact that they couldn’t stand each other was just the best. Somehow, that made the book even better.

It was refreshing to actually read a book about all of this without a love triangle, and, if you round it up, there wasn’t love at all.

Raffe is a really interesting character, because he may be an angel and all, but once his wings were cut off, he was practically helpless. In fact, he was dying. And he was only a little bit arrogant.

Penryn is someone I could easily be. If someone took my little sister, I’d hunt them down over the entire world if I had to, but I would’ve brought her back. She’s also pretty smart, which was good because if there’s one thing I can’t stand, it’s books where girls are portrayed as helpless. And a lot of books seem to not have that, except that the secret is that the girl acts tough but is still helpless. Penryn could easily manage a lot, and it made her awesome.

Overall, this book was pretty amazing, and I keep thinking that if I’d had pushed through, I could’ve read this a whole lot earlier… Oh well. As I am typing this, I have gotten the second part of this series (is there a 3rd part? I don’t know, actually), which I’ll start hopefully soon! 馃檪

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Have you read this book? Tell me what you thought!

-Luci


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Book review: Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles 2)

Hello there! I’ve had a quite busy week, and my internet is acting all crappy so a lot of posts will probably be posted somewhere around this weekend (I hope), when everything’s good again. My drafts won’t save sometimes, images won’t upload, and my posts also fail to publish, so I’m wondering how this will go. However, I read Scarlet (a week ago already), and I absolutely loved it!

Read my review of Cinder here

Title:聽Scarlet

Author: Marissa Meyer

Goodreads link: Scarlet

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Summary: Scarlet Benoit’s grand-m猫re has gone missing, and Scarlet is sure she can get her back.She teams up with Wolf, a street fighter who might have more information. However nice he seems, sometimes he acts all weird but Scarlet would do anything to get her grand-m猫re back. Meanwhile, at the other side of the world, Cinder is unraveling another mystery concerning the Lunar queen Levana and the lost princess. When Cinder and Scarlet cross paths, a lot becomes clear. Now, the only thing they have to do is so stay ahead of Queen Levana, who’s attacking all over the kingdom to force Prince Kai to marry her.

Oh man, this book was even better than the first one. Throughout the book I hoped Cinder and Scarlet would meet soon, but when they finally did, the setting made it the most perfect moment of all.

Scarlet could very well be me, and even though she doesn’t make the smartest decisions sometimes, she’s quite the girl. She knows when to push buttons and I loved what she did to get her grand-m猫re.

Wolf was a weird character in the beginning, I didn’t really know what to think of him and he didn’t exactly seem nice either. However, he helped Scarlet and that seemed enough. Keyword:聽seemed. After a while, I began to understand what the whole thing was with Wolf and his moments, and it bothered me a little bit that Scarlet didn’t seem to get it at all… However, they’re cute together!

Cinder got all awesome with her new hand, and the way she handled things. I actually laughed out loud sometimes, when she reacted to something Thorne said when it was completely obvious he didn’t mean it or something.

Thorne is a whole other kind of character, and I loved him right from the beginning. He knew how to deal with Cinder, and he’s funny and I kind of want Cinder and Thorne together..

Another thing is Queen Levana, after reading this book I got really curious for her story, what happened exactly that made her this way?

Overall, this book was amazing and even if you didn’t like Cinder, I’d recommend this one. Unlike a lot of other series, this book is totally different from the first one, mainly because the main characters are completely different!

Have you read this book or series? Tell me, do the other books also get better and better?聽

-Luci


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Book review: Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles 1)

I read this book in almost one sitting, because I had to work in between reading 馃槢

Title: Cinder

Author:聽Marissa Meyer

Goodreads link: Cinder

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Summary:聽Cinder is a cyborg, gifted with mechanic skills. She became a cyborg around the age of 11, and she doesn’t remember anything about her life before that.The only thing she knows is that she came from somewhere in Europe and soon after her stepfather adopted her, he died. She now lives with her stepmother, Adri, and stepsisters, Pearl and Peony. She works, but the income goes directly to Adri, and other than that, she is mostly used for fixing things. Peony is the only one who actually likes and talks to Cinder. Luckily, Cinder has her android Iko, who gets her through everything. When one day she comes in contact with Prince Kai, Cinder knows there is a spark between them, but denies it. She is just a cyborg and he is the Prince, about to be emperor. Besides, Prince Kai’s father is currently dying of letumosis, an illness with no cure. When Peony gets infected too, Adri blames Cinder and sends her to the lab of the palace to have her checked. There, they discover a secret about her. A secret that could get her killed.

I’ve read this book before (as I have with many) and I didn’t remember anything of it (as I have with many 馃槢 ) so I decided it was time for a reread. And man, what a reread it was. This book was really awesome, even though I remembered the huge plot twist at the end of the book.

Cinder is amazing, and I have lots of respect for her. The way she dealt with things was almost exactly how I’d have reacted in some situations. When Peony got sick, I actually felt my heart break because I knew how this would end.

Prince Kai handled things really well, even after the death of his father. I didn’t agree with his decisions at the end of the book (of course), but other than that, I’m glad he actually kissed her. I actually almost felt sorry for him when Cinder kept denying his invitations for the royal ball, it was sad haha.

Iko is something I’d want to have for myself as well. She seems really sweet and funny, and it would be extremely awesome to have an android helping you with everything and just being with you.

Queen Levana is an interesting person, and as far as I know, there’s a book about her story. If not, I hope some of it is in the other books in this series!

Overall, I really liked this book and I can’t wait to read the second! The characters were really strong and the story kept getting more and more interesting 馃檪

Have you read this book? What did you think?聽

-Luci


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