The One by Kiera Cass


The dust jacket of this book got torn when I moved and I was so sad. I don’t know why I thought that was necessary to share, but there you go. It was also the first book I read in the new apartment!

Rating: [5/5]

Goodreads Summary:

The time has come for one winner to be crowned.

When she was chosen to compete in the Selection, America never dreamed she would find herself anywhere close to the crown—or to Prince Maxon’s heart. But as the end of the competition approaches, and the threats outside the palace walls grow more vicious, America realizes just how much she stands to lose—and how hard she’ll have to fight for the future she wants

Likes: Okay. The plot twists in this book were ridiculous in the best way. Once I reached a certain point in the book, stuff just kept happening. I had to put it down a few times and just stare at the wall to absorb what was happening. Plus, the romance was the best in this book. Especially towards the end. I also really liked the endings that a couple of my favorite characters got. It was really satisfying for those ends to be tied up.

Dislikes: The beginning was really slow. It was kind of hard to get into, at first. It wasn’t until I was about a third of the way through that things started getting really good. And that’s when the plot twist rollercoaster started.

Tune in next week to read my review of The Heir by Kiera Cass!

The Elite by Kiera Cass


I literally read this book in one day, if that gives you any indication of how much I liked it. Seriously, I could not put it down.

Rating: [5/5]

Goodreads Summary:

The Selection began with thirty-five girls.
Now with the group narrowed down to the six Elite, the competition to win Prince Maxon’s heart is fiercer than ever—and America is still struggling to decide where her heart truly lies. Is it with Maxon, who could make her life a fairy tale? Or with her first love, Aspen?

America is desperate for more time. But the rest of the Elite know exactly what they want—and America’s chance to choose is about to slip away.

Likes: All of the worldbuilding I was missing in the first one showed up here. The way the author built these nations is so intriguing to me. It’s an interesting take on what world politics could potentially look like one day. Plus, there are some major plot twists that left me reeling.

Dislikes: There wasn’t anything in particular I remember disliking about this book.

Tune in next week for my review of The One by Kiera Cass!

The Selection by Kiera Cass


This book was recommended to me by a dear friend I met from school. She described it to me as being “a fairy tale dystopia meets The Bachelor.” And so I was immediately on board with that and got it from the library as fast as humanly possible.

Rating: [4/5]

Reading Challenge: A book a friend recommended

Goodreads Summary:

For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself—and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

Likes: I really enjoyed America as a character, as well as her relationship with Maxon and friendship with Marlee. Seeing the way the girls all reacted to the pressure of the Selection and to the competition among each other was also really interesting. I found America and Marlee’s relationship refreshing, since I love strong girl friendships in books.

Dislikes: The worldbuilding wasn’t very detailed in this book. The plot was also a little predictable.

Tune in next week for my review of The Elite by Kiera Cass! 


Fairest by Marissa Meyer


Fairest is a bridge book between Cress and the soon-to-be-released Winter by Marissa Meyer. It offers the backstory of series’s villain, the Lunar queen Levana. I was immediately interested because you hardly ever see a book that features a “bad guy” as a main character and I wanted to see what Meyer did with that unique perspective. I was not disappointed.

Rating: [3/5]

Reading Challenge: A book that scares you

Goodreads Summary:

In this stunning bridge book between Cress and Winter in the bestselling Lunar Chronicles, Queen Levana’s story is finally told.

Mirror, mirror on the wall,
Who is the fairest of them all?

Fans of the Lunar Chronicles know Queen Levana as a ruler who uses her “glamour” to gain power. But long before she crossed paths with Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress, Levana lived a very different story – a story that has never been told . . . until now.

Marissa Meyer spins yet another unforgettable tale about love and war, deceit and death. This extraordinary book includes full-color art and an excerpt from Winter, the next book in the Lunar Chronicles series.

Likes: This book really created some of the most complex characters I’ve ever read about. Levana is truly a villain, but she does not believe she is. She sees herself as the girl who could never be enough for anyone, and that is a theme that is explored in every part of her character development. The way she justifies her actions or sees her own motivations is simply chilling, and many times I had to take a break in order to process a character with the capacity to do the things Levana does. There were parts of this book where I genuinely felt bad for her, even though it didn’t excuse her actions in the slightest. Plus, I really enjoyed the cameos of Cinder, Winter, Kai, and Jacin.

Dislikes: It was kind of disturbing to read about her thought processes behind some of her more deplorable actions. I don’t want to give anything away, but if you’ve read the rest of the Lunar Chronicles, you’ll know what I’m talking about. Plus, the book didn’t really have a plot. It was pretty much all character development, so there were some slow parts.

Tune in next week to read my review of The Selection by Kiera Cass!


Cress by Marissa Meyer


This one is my favorite of the series so far. I seriously had trouble putting it down. Also it just occurred to me that I have read all of the main books in the Lunar Chronicles so far on trips: I read Cinder on an academic conference in South Padre Island and Scarlet and Cress while visiting family in San Diego. I guess that means I’ll have to take another vacation in November when Winter comes out ;)

Rating: [5/5]

Reading Challenge: A book by a female author

Goodreads Summary:

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 high 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.

Likes: I’m slightly in love with Carswell Thorne. Not to mention Cress, who is an adorable, smart badass. Plus, it was really interesting to me to see the way she dealt with her social anxiety. That was definitely relatable. Plus, once again, all the twists were incredible. And, I no longer have any qualms about Scarlet and Wolf. My concerns were unfounded.

Dislikes: It was kind of funny on the one hand, but in all the parts with Kai, he was rehashing old theories that Cinder et al. had already figured out. He was basically a book behind. It just felt a little repetitive sometimes.

Tune in next week to read my review of Fairest by Marissa Meyer!


Scarlet by Marissa Meyer


I had this book checked out at the library and ended up buying it so I could read it on vacation! And then my 70 year old grandma asked what I was reading and explaining that was a pretty interesting experience. Also all the people on the airplane kept trying to talk to me at all of the most intense parts and it made me want to stab them with a fork okay not really but actually yes really.

Rating: [5/5]

Reading Challenge: A book with a color in the title

Goodreads Summary: 

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. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn’t know about her grandmother or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. 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.

Likes: I was really worried that Cinder and her story were going to be barely involved and I’d have to wait for forever to get resolution, but I was actually really impressed by the way that the author integrated the stories. The plot twists and the way the author took the fairy tale and made it her own were also really wonderful. I loved all the new characters too.

Dislikes: [SPOILERS] Scarlet and Wolf’s relationship felt a little bit unhealthy at times. I have a feeling it was just situational and that once their relationship is developed a little more, it’ll be fine. But some of the parts in this book reminded me a little of Edward and Bella in Twilight and how he was always talking about how he really wanted to kill her.

Tune in next week to read my review of Cress by Marissa Meyer!

The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas


This is a book of five novellas that act as a prequel to Throne of Glass. There’s some confusion as to when to read this one. I’ve seen a lot of people read it between Throne of Glass and Crown of Midnight. I personally waited until after I finished Heir of Fire to read it. The book includes “The Assassin and the Pirate Lord,” “The Assassin and the Healer,” “The Assassin and the Desert,” “The Assassin and the Underworld,” and “The Assassin and the Empire.”

Rating: [3/5]

Reading Challenge: A book of short stories

Goodreads Summary:

Celaena Sardothien is Adarlan’s most feared assassin. As part of the Assassin’s Guild, her allegiance is to her master, Arobynn Hamel, yet Celaena listens to no one and trusts only her fellow killer-for-hire, Sam. In these action-packed novellas – together in one edition for the first time – Celaena embarks on five daring missions. They take her from remote islands to hostile deserts, where she fights to liberate slaves and seeks to avenge the tyrannous. But she is acting against Arobynn’s orders and could suffer an unimaginable punishment for such treachery. Will Celaena ever be truly free? Explore the dark underworld of this kick-ass heroine to find out.

Likes: I really enjoyed getting to see this insight in Celaena’s character and seeing more of her relationship with Sam and her relationship with Arobynn. It was also really awesome to see her as an assassin. My favorite of the novellas were the last two, “The Assassin and the Underworld” and “The Assassin and the Empire.” They were so intense and explained a lot about what happened in Throne of Glass. Also I loved the cameos of some old favorites.

Dislikes: This one had a hard time keeping my attention. “The Assassin and the Pirate Lord” was pretty good, but “The Assassin and the Healer” and “The Assassin and the Desert” had a hard time keeping my focus. They weren’t bad by any means, but they felt kind of draggy at times.

Tune in next week to read my review of Scarlet by Marissa Meyer!

Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas


Y’all are probably sick of my Throne of Glass reviews by now because they are obviously over-hyped and way biased, but oh well. It’s hard reviewing a book you absolutely loved, because then it just sounds like you’re vomiting rainbows and it’s hard to take opinions like that seriously. I  know it. But that doesn’t erase the fact that I am completely in love with these books. Especially this one.

Rating: [5/5]

Goodreads Summary:

Celaena Sardothien has survived deadly contests and shattering heartbreak—but at an unspeakable cost. Now she must travel to a new land to confront her darkest truth…a truth about her heritage that could change her life—and her future—forever.

Meanwhile, brutal and monstrous forces are gathering on the horizon, intent on enslaving her world. To defeat them, Celaena must find the strength to not only fight her inner demons but to battle the evil that is about to be unleashed.

Likes: Okay. Where to begin. The main thing I love about the series is the characters. All of the characters are beautifully detailed and even if they aren’t likable, they’re interesting. That just continues with Heir of Fire and the introduction of some new characters. It also shows in the development of Celaena’s character, her backstory, the emotional turmoil she faces throughout the novel. Speaking of emotions, this book was incredibly emotional and the author did an amazing job of conveying those emotions and really making the reader feel them. Finally, the world was developed even more. It really feels like this world has history and culture of its own.

Dislikes: Queen of Shadows isn’t out yet! ;)

Tune in next week to read my review of The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas!

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas


After waiting impatiently for this book to come in from the library, I devoured it in between work and studying for my online class. By the time I finished it, it was 3am and I was lying in bed whispering “what the fuck” to myself repeatedly while my husband was very kindly waiting up for me.

Rating: [5/5]

Summary from Goodreads:

From the throne of glass rules a king with a fist of iron and a soul as black as pitch. Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become his Champion. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown. She hides her secret vigilantly; she knows that the man she serves is bent on evil.

Keeping up the deadly charade becomes increasingly difficult when Celaena realizes she is not the only one seeking justice. As she tries to untangle the mysteries buried deep within the glass castle, her closest relationships suffer. It seems no one is above questioning her allegiances—not the Crown Prince Dorian; not Chaol, the Captain of the Guard; not even her best friend, Nehemia, a foreign princess with a rebel heart.

Then one terrible night, the secrets they have all been keeping lead to an unspeakable tragedy. As Celaena’s world shatters, she will be forced to give up the very thing most precious to her and decide once and for all where her true loyalties lie… and whom she is ultimately willing to fight for.

Likes: The characters and their relationships are by far my favorite part of this series. All of them are just so good and they all have such great chemistry. And the twists! This book had so many plot twists and massive character reveals. I literally could not out it down.

Dislikes: None, nothing, nada, zip, zilch, zero.

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas


I had literally never heard of this book before, outside of all the cute pictures, until I started following bookmad and books-and-cookies and saw them post about it. So I thought: why not? And then I ended up a bawling pile of feelings on the floor at 2am.

Rating: [5/5]

Reading Challenge: A book by an author you’ve never read before

Summary from Goodreads:

In a land without magic, where the king rules with an iron hand, an assassin is summoned to the castle. She comes not to kill the king, but to win her freedom. If she defeats twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition, she is released from prison to serve as the king’s champion. Her name is Celaena Sardothien.

The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her. But something evil dwells in the castle of glass–and it’s there to kill. When her competitors start dying one by one, Celaena’s fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival, and a desperate quest to root out the evil before it destroys her world.

Likes: Celaena is a badass and feminine and basically everything I have ever wanted in a female character. I love all of the supporting characters too. Not to mention, I have never seen a love triangle written this well. Usually when I read books with love triangles, there’s a clear winner and it makes it hard to take it seriously, but I did not get that at all from this book. Celaena has such amazing chemistry with both guys. Plus, I loved her friendship with Nehemia. More books need good girl friendships like that even though I kinda also shipped them too oops. And (yeah, I’m still going) the worldbuilding was phenomenal. This book has some of the most detailed worldbuilding of any fantasy book I’ve ever read.

Dislikes: This book is perfect and I have nothing but rainbows and sunshine and glitter and kittens to say about it.