3-star books, 4-star Books, Uncategorized

The Selection Series by Kiera Cass (Part II)

As promised, here is the second half of my gushing review of the second half of Kiera Cass’s The Selection series, The Heir and The Crown.

The HeirThe Heir
My rating: 4 / 5 stars | Goodreads rating: 3.82 / 5 stars
While I was extremely happy to have a sequel to my beloved Selection trilogy, I have to admit that I was a little disappointed that The Heir skipped eighteen or nineteen years just to fast forward to the next love story. Of course, I do enjoy fluffy love stories, especially ones that feature princesses and pretty dresses and other general glam, so I can’t complain too much. Continue reading “The Selection Series by Kiera Cass (Part II)”

4-star Books, 5-star Books

The Selection Series by Kiera Cass (Part I)

Happy Wednesday, everybody! Today, we are going to take a look at my favorite series of all time: The Selection by Kiera Cass! I just re-read these books for the third time, according to my Goodreads account. (I shouldn’t have been as surprised as I was.) Before we start, I would like to say that yes, I am fully aware I am a little too in love with these novels to give a perfectly objective review. They’re not for everybody, and my ratings may err a little on the high end. So proceed with a grain of salt; I hope I always encourage people to decide things for themselves! This is just my subjective opinion, as are all my reviews. (It’s not my fault if I’m just right all the time! Ha!) Continue reading “The Selection Series by Kiera Cass (Part I)”

2-star books, 4-star Books, Mini Review

Mini Review – The Book Thief and The 100

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

My rating: 4 / 5 stars  | Goodreads rating: 4.36 / 5 stars

NatalieI don’t feel as though I have much to add to the discourse on this book. It felt a little bit like a classic in that it wasn’t afraid to take its time. It was slow and winding, and more driven by the characters and setting than by any particular plot. It was also depressing, because I mean, it was the height of Nazi Germany, and the Holocaust. Continue reading “Mini Review – The Book Thief and The 100”

2-star books, 4-star Books

Mini Review: Persuasion, Holes, and Forgive My Fins

Hello, reader friends! Today I bring you the great and wonderful product of my Procrastination Problem™: the “mini review”! “What on earth is a mini review, Natalie?” I’m glad you asked!

This post is where I will share my thoughts about books I have read, but don’t have enough to say about them to write a full review. It seemed like a nice way to share the thoughts I did have without pulling the old English-major trick of saying the same thing over and over in different ways just to reach a word count. Continue reading “Mini Review: Persuasion, Holes, and Forgive My Fins”

4-star Books

Things I Should Have Known by Claire LaZebnik

My rating: 4 / 5 stars  | Goodreads rating: 3.83 / 5 stars

Things I Should Have Known was a thoroughly enjoyable read. It was unpredictable in the most laid-back of ways, and very heartwarming. I loved the narrator, Chloe, because she was written in a way that sounded very natural and realistic, and also because she was amusing and easy to follow without being just another fluffy, easy read. I picked up this book as a result of watching JesseTheReader videos on YouTube. A few of his suggestions have been disappointments to me, but we had a hit with Things I Should Have Known. (Sidenote: If you have any suggestions for other BookTubers I should follow, I’d be happy to hear about them in the comment section below!) Let’s delve into a quick synopsis. Continue reading “Things I Should Have Known by Claire LaZebnik”

4-star Books, Uncategorized

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

My rating: 4 / 5 stars | Goodreads rating: 4.23 / 5 stars

Writing a review about The Fault in Our Stars — especially now, years after it became so wildly popular and still ranks pretty high in the lists — feels a little like…well, I have no comparison. It’s intimidating. Just plain intimidating. Continue reading “The Fault in Our Stars by John Green”

4-star Books, Uncategorized

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

My rating: 4/5 stars  |  Goodreads rating: 3.99/5 stars

Delirium is a dystopian novel set in a future USA where love is regarded as a disease. All citizens are “cured” once they reach maturity through a medical procedure that prevents them from feeling love, or any other extreme emotion, for the rest of their lives. After all, love is dangerous. Love breeds unhappiness, discontentment, jealousy, even hatred. It is safer to live without it. Continue reading “Delirium by Lauren Oliver”

4-star Books, Uncategorized

Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

My rating: 4/5 stars  |  Goodreads rating: 3.94/5 stars

I had a hard time settling into Aveyard’s world in her first novel, Red Queen, but I was completely entranced once I arrived. It took me about fifty pages or so. As the second book in the series, Glass Sword is no less well-crafted or exciting than the first–in fact, there may be more get-up-and-go action in this second novel than there was in the first–but unfortunately, my original hardships immersing myself in Aveyard’s fantasy world struck again.

It was worth the wait. Continue reading “Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard”

4-star Books, Uncategorized

Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan

My rating: 4/5 stars  |  Goodreads rating: 4.37/5 stars

I began reading Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson and the Olympians when I was about sixteen when I had run out of my own books to read and had to raid my brother’s stash.

It didn’t take long for me to fall in love with the series. Riordan is an incredibly creative writer, and I can honestly (and gratefully) say that everything I know about Greek mythology–which turns out to be quite a lot–I know because of his novels. They are definitely some of my favorites.

The Magnus Chase books, dare I say it, are even better. Continue reading “Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan”