Hi everybody!! As you may know, I am a senior in high school, and these past few months have been some of the craziest, busiest, and most stressful parts of my life. With me being halfway to graduation, I am currently focusing on trying to prepare for college, apply for scholarships, etc. Because of that, I have placed blogging in the backseat in the meantime. For the rest of the year, I will not be posting anything so I could focus on many other priorities. However, I will be working on blog posts for January in the meantime, which is why I’m saving most of my reviews and interviews for the upcoming month. I will try to get started back up on blogging when the school year starts (and I get a whole bunch of things out of the way), but please know that I will be stepping away from the blog at times throughout the school year. Thank you for your understanding. Have a Merry Christmas!
Hi guys! As a nerd who loves to learn more about the history (particularly the stories) behind the world, World War II has to be the time period that captivates me the most. It horrifies me to think how war-torn countries became and how much persecution was rampant, yet I get inspired by the stories of hope, survival, and perseverance that arose from the fight against evil. World War II is something I wish would never ever happen again, but I find myself fascinated by stories set during this period, from the Holocaust to the Pacific Front. However, there aren’t very many fictional stories that explore the viewpoints of civilians from Asian countries such as China, Japan, and the Philippines; yet I was able to meet online Kathleen Burkinshaw, author of The Last Cherry Blossom, an MG novel set in Hiroshima when the atomic bomb landed in the heart of the city. I am super excited to read this book, and I’m very honored to share this story with y’all by having Kathleen here on the blog to talk about it.
About the Book
Following the seventieth anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, this is a new, very personal story to join Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes.
Yuriko was happy growing up in Hiroshima when it was just her and Papa. But her aunt Kimiko and her cousin Genji are living with them now, and the family is only getting bigger with talk of a double marriage! And while things are changing at home, the world beyond their doors is even more unpredictable. World War II is coming to an end, and Japan’s fate is not entirely clear, with any battle losses being hidden fom its people. Yuriko is used to the sirens and the air-raid drills, but things start to feel more real when the neighbors who have left to fight stop coming home. When the bomb hits Hiroshima, it’s through Yuriko’s twelve-year-old eyes that we witness the devastation and horror.
This is a story that offers young readers insight into how children lived during the war, while also introducing them to Japanese culture. Based loosely on author Kathleen Burkinshaw’s mother’s firsthand experience surviving the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, The Last Cherry Blossom hopes to warn readers of the immense damage nuclear war can bring, while reminding them that the “enemy” in any war is often not so different from ourselves.
1. Why do you love writing? When did you first have a love for writing, and how was it formed?
Kester, thank you so very much for interviewing me for your blog! It’s an honor to be asked.
I loved to read any kind of book as a child. As an introvert, I loved writing because it took me to a different world where I participated in the story instead of being too shy. I especially love it now because it helps me to escape from my pain -at least lessen it for a little while. I started writing poems for birthday cards from the moment I could hold a pencil. Then as I got older, I loved doing book reports (I think I was in the minority at school). After I was asked to write a high school honor speech, I thought I could really enjoy doing this for a living. But life after college led me to writing business contracts instead. After being ill for a while, I happily rediscovered my love for creative writing.
2. What are your favorite books, genres, and authors? Which ones have impacted you and your writing style the most?
I love reading historical fiction, and mysteries. As a child I loved reading Nancy Drew Mysteries, and anything by Judy Blume. I was an adult when I read WEEDFLOWER by Cynthia Kadohata and it was the first time I read about a Japanese-American as a main character. So, she influenced me greatly. Also, local NC authors (state I live in): Joyce Moyer Hostetter (historical fiction), as well as Lisa Williams Kline (historical fiction and fiction).
3. What do you do when you’re not writing? Is writing a part-time or full-time job?
Well, 17 years ago I was diagnosed with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, a debilitating chronic pain condition. I had to give up my health care administration career. So, I guess you could say, writing is probably less than part time. It depends on the daily pain. I do try to write in the morning if I can. I like to read or listen to audio books when I’m not able to write. I enjoy visiting schools and meeting students!
4. Your debut novel The Last Cherry Blossom follows a young girl who witnesses and survives the atomic bombing at Hiroshima during World War II, and the story is loosely based on your mother’s accounts of the tragedy. Would you like to share with us a bit about your mother’s experiences before, during, and after the bombing and how they shaped your story?
It’s interesting that my mother’s life events that I based the book on stalled my writing for a bit. I had to get past the actual timeline of events in her life since the book only took place during the last year of WWII. My mom was born in 1932, so she grew up with war in the background (the Japanese invaded Manchuria in 1931). She was very well off, but she saw the giving heart of her Papa. When she was five, she and her friend Machiko used to put on shows for the injured soldiers. She hated all the air raid drills, black out curtains, and being in the bomb shelter. However, she felt with her Papa she could endure anything. The chapters that deal with the day of the bombing-were exactly as she told me. These were the most difficult chapters to write, because I could see the tears in her eyes and hear the pain in her voice when she told me about that time. I can still hear her voice whenever I read these sections to students. In the months following the atomic bombing, her feelings of loneliness, guilt, and anger consumed her. It took her a long time to not feel guilty for surviving and feel that she was worth having happiness again. I’m so grateful that she did.
Hi guys! I hope you are having an awesome August! Today, Sarah Jean Horwitz is here to talk about her Carmer and Grit series, a Middle Grade duology that combines fantasy and steampunk together. I won both books in a giveaway hosted by Sarah, and I am super excited to read them, especially after reading her epic interview! I hope you enjoy!
About the Book
A stunning debut about a magician’s apprentice and a one-winged princess who must vanquish the mechanical monsters that stalk the streets and threaten the faerie kingdom.
Aspiring inventor and magician’s apprentice Felix Carmer III would rather be tinkering with his latest experiments than sawing girls in half on stage, but with Antoine the Amazifier’s show a tomato’s throw away from going under, Carmer is determined to win the cash prize in the biggest magic competition in Skemantis. When fate throws Carmer across the path of fiery, flightless faerie princess Grit (do not call her Grettifrida), they strike a deal. If Carmer will help Grit investigate a string of faerie disappearances, she’ll use her very real magic to give his mechanical illusions a much-needed boost against the competition. But Carmer and Grit soon discover they’re not the only duo trying to pair magic with machine – and the combination can be deadly.
In this story perfect for readers of the Lockwood & Co and Wildwood series, Sarah Jean Horwitz takes readers on a thrilling journey through a magical wooded fairyland and steampunk streets where terrifying automata cats lurk in the shadows and a mad scientist’s newest mechanical invention might be more menace than miracle.
1. Why do you love writing? When did you first have a love for writing, and how was it formed?
I love writing because I love storytelling, and writing happens to be a pretty great way to share your stories with the world. I took some creative writing classes and wrote terrible fan fiction in high school, but it wasn’t until I took my first screenwriting class in college that I really fell in love with writing. Screenwriting has a very specific format and structure, and I found that very attractive as a new writer, as opposed to the terrifying abyss that appeared in my mind when someone said, “Write a story!” I took screenwriting classes throughout college and found that education to be very helpful when I turned my hand to children’s books.
2. What are your favorite books, genres, and authors? Which ones have impacted you and your writing style the most?
The Harry Potter books were my favorite books for much of my life and still hold a very special place in my heart. Harry Potter has probably influenced me as a writer the most – something I think readers can tell, with all the Harry Potter references sprinkled through my books! I’ve been reading a fair bit of YA fantasy since high school and college. Maggie Stiefvater is a favorite of mine. I’ve often though to myself, “When I grow up, I want to write fantasy as good as Maggie Stiefvater’s!”
3. What do you do when you’re not writing? Is writing a part-time or full-time job?
I write part-time and also have a day job as an administrative assistant at a real estate company. When I’m not writing, I enjoy watching TV, hanging out with my partner, reading, and circus arts. Most recently I’ve been practicing handstands and trapeze.
4. The first novel in your Carmer and Grit series—The Wingsnatchers—follows aspiring inventor Carmer and faerie princess Grit as they investigate the recent disappearances of many faeries, only to discover that a mad and deadly scientist is behind them. Since Carmer and Grit infuses magic and steampunk together, could you describe to us your world-building process for your series? What drew you to steampunk as an author and a reader?
I always joke that the steampunk element of my books is the most accidental element, and it really is. The very first idea that I ever had for Carmer and Grit was a mental image of a boy in a top hat with a fairy with a mechanical wing sitting on the brim. Naturally, I had to at least partly build the story world around the existence of that mechanical wing. This led to research on clockwork, automatons, and the Industrial Revolution. When I also made the decision to pair fairy light and electric light in the plot, that of course took me straight to Thomas Edison and the late 1800s and the first power stations. And suddenly, bam! I found myself with an alternate Victorian era setting and a plot that heavily incorporated steam power and futuristic technology. And so: accidental steampunk! It just so happens that I love the aesthetic of that literary traditional as well, so I had great fun incorporating a lot of that imagery into the books.
Before I begin this review, I just want to say this will be my last post on LilBooKlovers. I’m sad to say I don’t find myself having the time to review and do tags like I used to. With school stressing me out in many different ways, I feel like I need to take a step back to figure some things out. I had a TON of fun, met some awesome authors and fellow readers along the way. Thank you for your awesomeness ❤
AND TO THE REVIEW…..
The Choice of the Mighty summary:
It was a nice change, being someplace familiar, being home. Stephen’s powers changed him, clouding his mind so that he wasn’t sure who he was anymore. Amid tragedy, home was the only place he could think to go, back to Saint Louis. Still, he had questions. Why did he have powers? What did it mean? And, why did he feel like someone was watching?
Stephen, a young man with a powerful gift, returns home to Saint Louis, Missouri after his good intentions led to tragedy. His mind being torn, and nearing insanity, paranoia starts to set in as he thinks he is constantly being watched. With the help of his mentor, however, he begins to understand his gift and how to control it. However, he can’t shake the feeling that a secret is being kept concerning his parents. As he begins to seek out his origins, he is left asking, “Why me?”
But when tragedy strikes at home, he has no choice but to take notice of the war between good and evil that is being waged all around him, but not in the way you would think. Stephen finds himself an unwilling participant and is forced to choice sides in a battle whose cause he never believed in. Feeling more alone than ever, he is relieved to find he has friends willing to fight with him.
Now with the help of some friends, he fights to bring about justice. The deeper he goes, the more he understands what is at stake-his life, his soul. And even humanity. Holding on to trust issues, he can’t shake the feeling that something, or someone, isn’t quite what they seem. Is this feeling all in his head, or is it a result of his paranoia returning? Will Stephen find the justice he seeks? Or will hid quest lead to vengeance and a thirst for more power?
My Review over The Choice of the Mighty???
I’m not going to lie, I did find some trouble in finishing this novel. There are some awesome reviews over this tale, most of them five or four stars. And they are right to think it’s an awesome book, because there is no wrong answer when it comes to opinion. But for me personally? I really couldn’t get into it.
I couldn’t exactly connect to some of the characters. The dialogue could have been a bit more embraced when exchanging information between characters. I just couldn’t get emotion out of any of the words they were saying if that makes any sense.
But I did enjoy the story overall. There are these people called the Mighty who fight for what is right. Then you have the Fallen. Awesome at spitting the line between the good guys and the bad guys and explaining each side and what they are. I kept thinking back to “Shadowhunters,” people descended by a man who was chosen by an angel. They were born to fight against the demons of the world. The Fallen reminded me of Hush, Hush a lot. I don’t know how to explain how, but I did keep going back to the book thinking of the covers and how they relate to them in a way.
There was a bit of romance in this novel between Patty and the main character Stephen. It wasn’t a whole lot and it did feel a bit rushed, but it made me think that their relationship was a little casted away from the main story line. It was a little bit of release. But like I said before about not connecting to the characters, I didn’t really understand the two all that much or their relationship.
This story does have a lot of potential, and could be ten times more interesting with a bit better writing style. I love it when writing styles are poetic and the tone is set up in a way to reflect emotions onto the reader. I love that. It helps me feel something, keeps me into the story rather than leaving me in the dark. For some reason I didn’t get that from this story. I didn’t understand a lot of things about how characters were feeling. It felt jumpy and unreachable.
Overall this story did gets some good reviews, so if you want to go check them out, maybe that’ll give you a reason to really read this book. I do encourage you to read it, give it a try. However for me, it just didn’t jump out at me like I feel it could have.
Thank you for much for this last review! I’m ready to get a handle on school, college, and figuring out my life for that matter. Love you all so much, and I hope that in the future, I’ll be able help Kester on anything. I’ll still post reviews on any books I read in the future on Goodreads, so go friend me! (Click HERE) I’ll be happy to keep discussing books, and thankfully my school life won’t take away my wonderful book life. ❤ Bye, guys!
Disclaimer: I was sent a copy of this book by the author for an honest review.
Goodreads Description: Jason Ariaz is not your average 22 year old. He has been genetically and cybernatically enhanced but that’s only the beginning. He is an emotionless extraterrestrial born to human parents and living amongst us. Both him and his implanted thinking computer were damaged on landing and must go through life as less than what they really are. The purpose of their mission: to gain permanent emotions from the more primitive society that is Earth. If he is successful, he will be the first of his species to do so in nearly 200,000 years. Hope lies in the fact that he is capable of emotional episodes and he has been able to forge true friendships. However, he does have the chance of completing his mission if he can truly care for Ariel, the closest human in his life. But he better know his heart soon. Their lives are in danger of ending tonight, unless he can recover what his species has lost.
Science-fiction stories usually aren’t my number one choice for reading. However, this story is truly DIFFERENT from everything else I have read! The story gripped me from the start although at times I did get lost. I found the writing style to be perfect. At first I couldn’t click with Jason but after a while I started to love him. I was able to feel how emotionless Jason was in the way that he spoke and thought. As the story progressed Jason starts to experience more in his life, the style of writing starts to transform. The author did a great job of letting the reader feel like they were growing up with Jason and experiencing what he did first had. This is obviously a VERY unique idea for a story, and I immediately grew excited about the concept. It was amusing to me how in this story, the author gave the humans the “upper hand”. To think that these life forms could need ANYTHING from us that they hadn’t already had was a great idea.
Overall I would recommend this book to sci-fi lovers and those who are on the fence.
LILbooKtalks are online discussion panels in which two (or more) authors talk about a theme that is related to both of their books. This segment was created by Kester in an effort to bring something new not only to the blog but to the book blogging world itself.
February 2017: “Healing Families and Forming Friendships” with Corabel Shofner and Leslie Hauser
Hi guys! I’ve been less active lately last month because school has been super busy, and I mean, super busy. This past week was mid-terms week, which definitely was full of cramming pages and pages (I mean eight 30-page chapters for AP US History) of information from colonial, revolutionary, and republican American history to genetics, organic molecules, and cellular respiration and photosynthesis in AP Biology. I’ve also had an audition, a concert, a festival, and a field trip lined up these past few weeks. Yeah, I’ve been really busy, which is why I haven’t blogged as much in September. BUT, I have read quite a few books last months so I have some great reviews and posts out soon!
Dare Mighty Things by Heather Kaczynski
A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab
The Temptation of Adam by Dave Connis
The Star Wars Rings by Tomas Pueyo Brochard
In Case You Missed This Month’s Posts
Have you read any of these books? What did you think?
Comment below, or find me in one of my social media pages, and let’s chat!
Hey, guys! This is a post I’ve so been excited for!
If you guys don’t know my love my fantasy by now… Well, I’m in love with fantasy books! I adore princesses and princes and dragons and fighting and magic… everything it has to offer!
So this is why I finally picked up this series. The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer! Long time ago, when I was in middle school, I actually picked up Cinder to read. Back then I took so long to read it, I had to give it back before the overdue date. Sad times.
But then I bought the book for myself and I got to read at my own pace! However, I was so hooked, it did not take long for me to finish it and move onto Scarlet.
Why am I not doing a review over the last book Winter? I kind of want to share my thoughts on what I expect. I love trying to predict the endings to series. Scroll down to the very end to skip all the other books and get to the spoiler section if you wish.
Book One: CINDER
Sixteen-year-old Cinder is considered a technological mistake by most of society and a burden by her stepmother. Being cyborg does have its benefits, though: Cinder’s brain interference has given her an uncanny ability to fix things (robots, hovers, her own malfunctioning parts), making her the best mechanic in New Beijing. This reputation brings Prince Kai himself to her weekly market booth, needing her to repair a broken android before the annual ball. He jokingly calls it “a matter of national security,” but Cinder suspects it’s more serious than he’s letting on.
Although eager to impress the prince, Cinder’s intentions are derailed when her younger stepsister, and only human friend, is infected with the fatal plague that’s been devastating Earth for a decade. Blaming Cinder for her daughter’s illness, Cinder’s stepmother volunteers her body for plague research, an “honor” that no one has survived.
But it doesn’t take long for the scientists to discover something unusual about their new guinea pig. Something others would kill for.
It’s no joke that this series it based off the retellings of fairy tales we’ve heard. Obviously this one is a retelling of Cinderella.
We meet Cinder in the first book… fixing her foot. Great way to start off a book. This girl has no foot. Get over it.
And she lives in this dystopian society, but it has this big magical twist to it, which made me fall in love with this book. There are no dragons or swords or whatnot, but the sci-fi fantasy with the princes and androids really what drew me in.
At first we are met with the serious problem of the plague: letumosis. It’s incurable and roams all of earth taking lives with it. Major problem. That’s what we are also thrown into in the first chapter of this book. You understand the seriousness of this sickness and what happens when someone gets it… I’ll leave it there.
But then it’s more than just the plague. Like the story of Cinderella has, there is a ball and EVERYONE is invited. But you know how the stepmom ordeal goes. “Fix this first, then do this. And once you have done everything else, maybe you can go.”
Can I just say I LOVE story retellings. Having a Cinderella retelling within a world of cyborgs and extraterrestrial movement between the earth and the moon… phenomenal way of owning a retelling.
Going on we meet Levana. LeVaNa. She’s the queen of Luna, or the moon. She can do weird stuff to people with magic (sorry, bioelectrical manipulation…) and she can make them bow down to her. Which is why she is such a strong enemy. No one can just disagree with her. She’ll kill you on spot or she’ll make you love her. She’s wanting an “alliance” with Earth, and to do that, she has to marry Prince Kai. I won’t go into detail with that. Just know I pulled out hairs stressing out about this lady.
So yes, I loved this book. If you like romance, if you like sci-fantasy, if you love awkward, if you love sassy androids who have crushes on the prince, then pick this book up! Don’t be like me and hold off on it. PICK IT UP. You won’t regret it!
Book Two: SCARLET
Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She’s trying to break out of prison—even though if she succeeds, she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive.
Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as
to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably
drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner.
I have no idea which book I love better: Scarlet or Cress. Both gave me so many feels, so many smiles, so many laughs.
If you didn’t know, this is the retelling of Little Red Riding Hood… except Little Red Riding Hood falls in love with the “wolf”… ANYWAYS.
We meet Scarlet, who works on a farm with her grandmother. She’s really good at what she does, she loves her grandmother a lot, and she has a fiery attitude that isn’t afraid to say what it thinks.
It makes it WAY better that she’s French, so she has that petite, cute accent when she gets mad. I personally find it funny when she gets all grumpy and snappy.
But alas! Her grandmother has gone missing, and she has no idea where she went. The authorities have stopped looking, but Scarlet is far from giving up on the person who raised her when her actual parents couldn’t.
Cinder comes into play a little bit in the beginning, mostly the people in the tavern talk about how she is wreckless, a freak, the real enemy. Then Scarlet, being the way she is, stands on top of a table and tells them all off. She’s just a teenager. How about you get the real story before judging someone. All that jazz.
Then she meets a street fighter named… wait for it… WOLF. A cuddly, old fool who will snap your neck in seconds. Love the guy. Scarlet runs her mouth in the tavern, gets the drunk guys mad, and Wolf is the one to step in to save Scarlet from being beaten up by these guys.
That’s mostly the beginning, I won’t go further, but for the fact that Scarlet and Wolf do come together in an alliance. Cool stuff goes down. We also go into Cinder’s POV after a while and see what’s she up to. Levana is in control still. She’s doing weird things to Wolf, she’s being her evil self. Great book. I loved it so much. I love Scarlet, I love Wolf, I love THORNE.
I give this five star as well, but I wish there was such a thing as a six, because this is what this book was.
Book Three: CRESS
In this third book in the Lunar Chronicles, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, now with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army.
Their best hope lies with Cress, a girl imprisoned on a satellite since childhood who’s only ever had her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker. Unfortunately, she’s just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.
When a daring rescue of Cress goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a higher price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing prevent her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only hope the world has.
This was also a favorite of mine, as I said before. This Rapunzel retelling makes me want to cry whenever I think about it. My favorite character being Thorne, and falling in love with Cress’s character, I think I squealed a lot with the interactions between them. I’m a Cress. I relate to her on so many levels. At least she has a reason to be socially awkward from being locked away for half her life.
We meet Cress. She’s locked up in this satellite, forced to spy on the Earthens. She’s forced to get information on Kai, Cinder, the mix. Her guardian is Levana’s right hand woman.
Cress has also gotten fantasies stuck in her head about Captain Thorne. She’s in love with this dude, and she’s never met him. She’s only read like all his life records. But I mean I would too if I was shut in a room with nothing to do.
The gang of Cinder, Thorne, Scarlet, and Wolf all go to get her out of the satellite. Little do they know, Sybil (the right-hand witch person) finds out and catches Thorne as he volunteers to go down himself and retrieve Cress and bring her back.
Sybil tries to kill them by tying them up, and turning off the gravitational stuff on the satellite. So now Sybil is going after Cinder and the rest while Thorne and Cress fall to their deaths.
Cress saves them with her awesome hacker skills, but they still have a bumpy landing getting to earth… IN THE MIDDLE OF THE SAHARA DESERT. It’s a rough journey for the two, but without it, Cress and Thorne would have never gotten as close as they did.
I loved this book, too. After some thought as I write this post, I think I do feel like Scarlet is my favorite out of all three. While I did like the characters in Cress, I did have some issues with some… logic in this book. I was really confused about some dialogue and how it developed here and there. But overall I do give this book another five out of five. Completely recommend!
SPOILER SECTION DO NOT READ IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THESE THREE BOOKS
Okay, so Winter.
I’ve actually started this book, so I know the beginning and all that.
There are so many couples in this series. I love romance, so I’m not complaining. Scarlet and Wolf have this passionate type of relationship. “I’ll be your alpha female.” I cringed so hard at that, you don’t even understand. Nevertheless, they make me laugh. I love how much they care for one another. I love how Wolf went from fierce to lost puppy when Scarlet was taken. It really shows how much Wolf cares about her. I really want to see Wolf find Scarlet, beat up some people, then share a kiss as he’s her hero.
Cinder and Kai make me laugh all the time. i get all smiley when they kiss. I BETTER see someone get married at the end of Winter, and it better be Cinder and Kai. PLLLEAAASEE.
Thorne and Cress’s relationship is by far my favorite. While Scarlet and Wolf’s relationship was fast and passionate, Kai and Cinder’s relationship was formed on friendly conversations that led to a mutual agreement of love, Thorne and Cress is like the complete opposite of either of those. Cress is IN LOVE with Thorne, no matter how much she wants to deny it. She’s Thorne’s top fangirl. She stares at him when he walks into rooms, she gets jealous when he flirts with other girls. Then she gets these moments when she thinks Thorne is hitting on her for real, but then he turns and starts flirting with Iko. Then she gets all depressed, saying how he’ll never love her and all that.
I feel like their relationship feels a lot more real in my eyes. I’m not a go-getter when it comes to boys. I don’t feel confident in myself to walk up and tell someone I like them. Cress is the same way. She’s shy and awkward, just like me. When they do get together… sorry, I got lost in thought imagining how great it would be.
As for Levana… I CANNOT WAIT FOR AN EPIC SHOWDOWN BETWEEN HER AND CINDER. Please let it happen!!! I want to see Cinder use her Lunar powers and take over Levana, and bring her down! I want to see Levana lose her power, and let the world see how ugly she is. Like I need this to happen.
I want to see Winter get the throne on Luna. She’ll be the new queen of Luna, Cinder will back to Earth and marry Kai as the queen… This better happen.
I want to see that wolf from Winter’s playroom thing let loose. I get sad thinking about how he’s locked up like that… Scarlet too, but she’s tough. She’ll get through it.
I’m really sad that Kai ends up leaving (I’m currently at that part where he’s walking into the podship). I really wished I could have seen him kill some things first, but I guess he’s only useful for talking. Oh, well. Maybe later I’ll get to see him shoot something. Maybe Levana… or that Aimery dude. That’d be cool.
OH MY GOODNESS. I almost forgot about Jacin. I have such a love/hate relationship for him. I kind of hated him in Cress. He was a jerk face. But then he comes back, and I want to love him because he obviously loves Winter and will risk his life for her.
I love the part where he’s assigned to be her personal guard, and when he tells her he can care for her more than he should and goes back outside her room to stand guard, Winter follows him with her solar system project, sits next to him, and says, “Oh, sorry, I didn’t see her there.” And Jacin can’t argue with the Princess, so he stands there and even touches the top of her head… It was such a cute moment. Jacin is a good person in a way he protects those he loves. You can call out Cinder any day, but don’t you dare glare at Winter. He’ll mess you up.
Wow, this feels long, but I love getting all of this out! If you haven’t read the series, please give it a try. it’s sci-fi, it’s comedy, it’s romance… Marissa Meyer made a masterpiece with this series, and I can’t wait to finish Winter so I can experience this ending that better have everything I hope for.
School’s in session, and this is just week one. Already wishing it was over again haha! However, I’m pleased with my classes. So far I’m not wanting to cry on my study notes!
But enough about me. Tessa Clare’s Divinty Bureau is SO close to being released. I was given the wonderful opportunity of being given the first ten books ever made. Thank you, Clare!
As I said that, I will also say a disclaimer: This opportunity does NOT affect my honest opinion in any way.
And my opinion?
Roman Irvine is a disgruntled IT Technician for the Divinity Bureau, a government agency that uses random selection to decide who lives and who dies. In a world where overpopulation has lead to pollution, a crippled economy, and a world in crisis, he’s accepted the bureau’s activities as a necessity… until he meets April McIntyre.
April has every reason to be suspicious of Roman. He works for the Divinity Bureau, which sent her father to an early grave. But he’s also sweet and loyal, and unbeknownst to her, he saved her life. As Roman and April fall deeper in love, the deeper they’re thrust into the politics of deciding who lives and who dies. Someone wants April dead. And the bureau’s process of random selection may not be so random after all…
About the Author: Tessa Clare
“If you could travel to any fictional book world, where would you go and what would you do there?” – Unknown Goodreads user
Tessa’s answer: Hogwarts, because I’m still a kid at heart (and magic is cool, no matter how old you are).
The whole story about two people, and a girl and a boy, living in this dystopian society that is completely destroyed from population… and the people running the government.
Everything is in ruins. Everything is messed up. Basically every dystopian novel out there. Nevertheless, I heavily enjoyed it. Roman and April have this very unique relationship I really enjoyed. Tate, Autumn, Finn… I enjoyed learning more and more about each of them.
Though a bit slow at first, the plot was very interesting as it went through. It escalated, then it was brought down, then up again… like a huge rollercoaster!
The relationship between Autumn and April was what I really liked. At first they did not have a good relationship but when times came tough, they stuck together. I loved that a lot. One thing I love just as much as a romance, is a relationship between siblings or best friends. They matter just as much as the romantic relationships in my opinion.
If you are a lover of romance and dystopian, pick up this book! But the things I did not enjoy were the slow beginning, some confusion with the world I was being brought into, and some character decisions. But they are so very minor, I got over them pretty quickly.
By the way, does anyone ever have that urge to pull your hair out when a character does something dumb? Like AAARRRGGFHHHHHH.
I was honestly hooked once Roman and April finally met. I loved April’s rebellious attitude and Roman’s introvert manner. Put them together and you have the end of the Divinity Bureau!
I hope this review sits well! I got to get to my Big Brother now 😉 (any BB fan in here?) Thank you again, Tessa Clare for letting me read this story. Check her out in the links above!
School is back in session, folks! What best to kick it off but with a review!
I can’t believe I have not reviewed this book yet. I finished it not too long ago, but long enough to be in the middle of another book.
Let’s get straight to it, because I can’t wait to talk about everything.
I have so many positive things about this book, it’s actually on my top thirty. When I found out in the middle of the book that there is a second book and it’s not a standalone… I started freaking out because I don’t have that second book. That’s a major problem.
The plot was straight to the point. Forget going through the reason why Shazi was there, she was just there. And I like my books starting off strong like that. It really pulls me in. Frankly, I am more likely to put down a book when I feel like I’m wasting my time. Sorry, but it’s true. The starting of a story is always the hardest becaue I love action.
Shazi was great. I really dug her character. A part of me was a bit salty about her attitude in the beginning. I don’t know, just her being overly prideful I think what was getting to me. But over time, I came to love her through and through. She really has that independent woman vibe.
Khalid… oh, Khalid, Khalid, Khalid…
I liked Tariq in the beginning. I really did even though I knew he was going to get in the way of Shazi and Khalid… I didn’t expect a full out war. ;-;
Jalal was my favorite. Like when they said he had purple hair, I immediately knew he was going to be my favorite. And it’s not like he’s the hot, mean one. He’s super caring even when he doesn’t admit it. He’s always there for Shazi. To me, Khalid is Shazi’s Tariq, and Jalal is Shazi’s Rahim.
I expect a lot out of the next book The Rose and the Dagger.
I’m soooo exciteedd!!! It’s been awhile since I’ve read such an entertaining fantasy story. I really miss romantic plots and ugggghh this is exactly what I need.
I am almost done with Divinity Bureau by Tessa Clare! I’ve seen reviews on this book, and I’m excited to share my thoughts with the rest of the reading community.