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Let The Sky Fall by Shannon Messenger


Hey everyone! Before I start this review, I just want to let you know that I’m on a car ride with my family going to the beach, and since I didn’t bring my computer with me, I figured that I’d download the app. This all goes to say that I apologize is the formatting is weird or different. Anyway, let’s get back to book talk!

Vane Weston should have died in the category-five tornado that killed his parents. Instead, he woke up in a pile of rubble with no memories of his past — except one: a beautiful, dark-haired girl standing in the winds. She swept through his dreams ever since, and he clings to the hope that she’s real.

Audra is real, but she isn’t human. She’s a sylph, an air elemental who can walk on the wind, translate its alluring songs, even twist it into a weapon. She’s also a guardian — Vane’s guardian — and has sworn an oath to protect him at all costs.

When a hasty mistake reveals their location to the enemy who murdered both their families, Audra has just days to help Vane unlock his memories. And as the storm winds gather, Audra and Vane start to realize that the greatest danger might not be the warriors coming to destroy them, but the forbidden romance growing between them. – Goodreads

Let The Sky Fall is a young adult fantasy book, but the way it was written strays from many other fantasy books that I’ve read. This book is written like fiction, and the author makes it seem as though the events in this book could very well happen to you. This book wasn’t one that I was planning to read, but my dad picked it up for my brother to read, buts free he rejected it, I decided to give it a shot, and I’m glad I did. 

On Goodreads I only gave the book four stars. The reason I didn’t give it five stars is because it was a bit slow getting in to it, but honestly learning all about the sylphs and their powers was so cool. It made me want to go out and feel the wind. It was so fun because the day that I was reading this, it was nice a breezy out, so I was able to feel the wind in my hand and I could almost let myself believe that I could control the wind. 

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who’s in the mood for a contemporary fantasy. I actually don’t think that’s a thing, but it is now. It isn’t one of the confusing high fantasy books that have whole new worlds you need to figure out, but the author does an amazing job at world building. 

Let me know any thoughts you have in th comment section. I love hearing from you! Thanks!

-Leah

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Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Hey everyone! This is going to be a spoiler filled review, so if you haven’t read this book yet, come back later.

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Me Before You is the first book that I’ve read by Jojo Moyes, and also the first book to make me sob. Me Before You has all the feels. It was super sad of course, but it was also so funny! Lou is such an amazing character, with such a fun personality, and I loved reading about her. This book was just so much fun. I really loved the writing style, and gave it to my friend immediately after I finished it, so we could discuss all the feels.

Can I just start of by telling you how much I hate Patrick? If you are following me on Goodreads, then you would see that most of my updates are about how much I despise Patrick. Many of my updates are just wondering when Lou is going to break up with him, so I was super happy when she finally did.

I finished this book in the middle of the night, and cried for the better part of an hour after I finished it. This book was a love story, but not at all in the traditional sense. It showed the harsh reality of life, and while it was upsetting, it was the truth. Me Before You shows that not everything has a happy ending. All in all, this was a beautiful book, but I don’t plan on reading the sequel. Have you read it? Let me know what you thought of Me Before You by leaving a comment down below!

Have a nice day!

-Leah

Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas

Hey guys! I figured it was time to do another book review finally, so here it goes! As usual, I’ll start with a spoiler-free section before moving along to the good stuff.

Let me start out by saying that if you haven’t read Sarah J Maas’s Throne of Glass series yet, you are seriously missing out. Since I don’t want to spoil the first two books, I’m going to tell you a little bit about Throne of Glass. Throne of Glass is a high-fantasy novel about an assassin names Celaena Sardothien. The books starts out with Celeana in the salt mines of Endovier, but the book progresses very quickly, and she is soon taken out of the Endovier to participate in the king’s deadly contest. In this contest, the winner will be named the best assassin, and will be crowned as the kings champion. As the kings champion, that assassin will have to kill who ever the king tells him to, and after a certain amount of years, they would be freed. This book follows Celeana’s journey from the salt mines to the palace, and her personal battle to become the kings champion.

I would highly recommend this series, but it is pretty complicated if you aren’t in the mood for a high fantasy. The world that Sarah J Maas builds up is so beautiful and complex, and I am super glad that she is writing six books to tell Celeana’s story.

That’s it for the non spoiler section! Anyone who doesn’t want to be spoiled should leave and go read the book so you can come back and fangirl/boy with me! Continue reading

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

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Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard is a young adult fantasy novel. Red Queen takes place in a dystopian universe where the world is divided by blood type. The Reds are considered underdeveloped, and either have to get a job, work as slaves, or get drafted into the army when they turn eighteen. The Silvers have special powers, and are considered to be like royalty. The Silvers are in a much higher social class then the Reds. Just before Mare Barrows eighteenth birthday, she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. When she trips and falls onto an electric shield, Mare discovers that despite her Red Blood, she has powers of her own. The royal family fears her potential and decides to present her as a long lost Red princess. When Mare becomes betrothed to the younger Silver prince, she is walking on thin ice. Despite the fact that one misstep could lead to her demise, she begins working for the Red Guard, a secret resistance group. Throughout the novel Mare learns that anyone could betray anyone.

I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars because while the idea of the novel was really cool, I feel like it didn’t really get anywhere. I really enjoyed parts of this book, and I’m definitely going to read the next book, but the conclusion left something to be desired. This book had an abundance of twists and turns, and was filled with major plot twists. I felt like I was on a roller coaster while reading this book, and I didn’t love it. I was so excited to read this, and it just wasn’t as amazing as I expected it to be from all the hype. The thing is, I shipped Mare and Maven so hard. That was a fail.

-Leah

Smile For the Camera by: Kelle James

I think it’s about time for me to do another review! I don’t think I’ve done one in a while!

I recently read Kelle James memoir, Smile For The Camera. Smile for the Camera is about Kelle’s journey to fulfill her dreams of becoming a model. With just $100 dollars in her pocket, Kelle escapes from an abusive home, where she knows she won’t thrive, and moves to New York. Soon she realizes that it may not be so easy, and finds herself homeless in the Big Apple, surrounded by people who are trying to take advantage of her.

Smile For the Camera by Kelle James was a memoir, written from Kelle’s perspective. Her story is so interesting that sometimes it was hard to remember that this book is nonfiction. I think that this memoir had a whole lot of details in it, without being overly focused on every little detail. Kelle painted a gorgeous picture of her life. One specific scene that stood out to me was at the start of the chapter labeled “Teal is my Favorite Color”. In this chapter shows Kelle and Rayna trying to make the most of their rat infested apartment building. The chapter opens up with Kelle waiting for Rayna on the front steps so she doesn’t have to go up to the apartment alone. After a while of waiting, Kelle decides to go up herself and when she walks into her apartment, she sees Rayna singing and painting the walls teal.“I squeeze through the hingeless door. Rayna’s transistor radio is on. She’s singing “Staying Alive.” She’s got a read bandana on her head and a paintbrush in her hand.” (Page 158). I really loved the picture that this quote paints in my mind, and thought it was a good example of Rayna and Kelle’s relationship. Throughout all of the hardships that they face together, one of them always remembers to stay positive. In this case it was Rayna, but we see examples of Kelle staying optimistic through out the book as well.

Kelle formed some very strong relationships throughout this story and the book had strong character development. Within the first week of moving to New York, Kelle encounters a lot of people, but two specific people make a lasting impression on her. First, Kelle meets Rayna, who is also an aspiring model, and the almost instantly become friends. Then, Kelle meets Buddy, who is the first man she meets who doesn’t try to take advantage. Buddy becomes a father figure to her. Buddy is later charged, wrongly so in Kelle’s opinion, with the murder of his ex. girlfriend’s fiancé.

This book is filled with many of the trials and tribulations that Kelle faced. I’m going to rate this 4 1/2 stars out of 5. Even though I don’t usually find nonfiction endings satisfying, I thought that Kelle did a great job of wrapping up her book. I would recommend this book if you want a powerful read.

City of Lost Souls by: Cassandra Clare

The demon, Lilith, has been destroyed and Jace has been freed from her captivity. But when the Shadowhunters arrive to rescue him, they find only blood and broken glass. Not only is the boy Clary loves missing, but so is the boy she hates, Sebastian, the son of her father, Valentine: a son determined to succeed where their father failed and bring the Shadowhunters to their knees.

No magic the Clave can summon can locate either boy, but Jace cannot stay away – not from Clary. When they meet again Clary discovers the horror Lilith’s dying magic has brought – Jace is no longer the boy she loved. He and Sebastian are now bound to each other, and Jace has become what he most feared: a true servant of Valentine’s evil. The Clave is determined to destroy Sebastian, but there is no way to harm one boy without destroying the other. Will the Shadowhunters hesitate to kill one of their own?

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City of Fallen Angels by: Cassandra Clare

Two nights ago, I finished reading City of Fallen Angels by: Cassandra Clare. Honestly, I was kind of disappointed. I hate writing negative reviews, but this book didn’t really live up to my expectations. After reading the first three books in the Mortal Instruments series, I was surprised to hear that there were more books. I thought that the first three books were amazing, and I loved, and still do love, all of the characters in these books, but I was disappointed when I read City of Fallen Angels. I don’t want to say that I didn’t enjoy the book, because I did, just not as much as the other ones. during the middle of the book, I was in love but that feeling didn’t last.

I don’t know if I disliked the book as a whole, or am just mad about the ending, but I would give this book a three out of five stars. I did have trouble getting in to the book, but once I got hooked, I couldn’t put it down. The ending was amazing, and I was sad to put down the book, but it was okay because I realized that the book wasn’t over yet! I still had a few more pages to go before the real ending. The sad part is that those last few pages really ruined it for me. I am really upset that Ms. Clare feels the need to pick on Jace again. Hasn’t he been through enough already? I definitely will continue to finish the series because I do want to find out what happens (but mostly because I already bought the next book), and will let you know what I think of those.

Overall, I would say that this book made for a good story, but the ending didn’t satisfy me or give me that peaceful feeling that I usually get after finishing a book. I also feel like it could have been written a little better. I found myself questioning Ms. Clare’s word choices multiple times throughout the book. As I mentioned before, I did love the first three Mortal Instruments books, and I hope that I can enjoy the rest of the series.

-Leah