This is a review on the first three books in the Shadow Falls series by C.C. Hunter. I dived into this series without so much of an expectation and was pleasantly surprised by it.
Kylie Galen is 16 years old and got many issues to face in her daily life. It all starts off with her parents getting a divorce, her having a stalker whom nobody else seem to realize is there, her grandmother’s death and a party where Kylie was and the police found drugs at. Because of her cold mother who never listens Kylie gets sent off to a summer camp for troubled teens called The Shadow Falls Camp. On the bus that would take Kylie and some other teens to the camp she realizes that the teens are somewhat weird. There is a girl dressed all in black, another girl with hair in three different colors and carries a toad with her. Soon Kylie will get to see all her childhood fairytale and goodnight story creatures come to life right in front of her own pair of eyes.
This series feels like a mixture of every fantasy book I have read. There are angels, ghosts, heaven, hell, vampires, weres, witches, faes and many more. Seeing all these mythological, supernatural beings meet and collide in our world as teenagers was an experience worth my time. The excitement does not stop there, there is some triangular love involved too. I will continue on with this series as soon as possible, as always too many books and so little time.
I recommend this book to you if you enjoy some fantasy in your life!!
These three books have been a fast-paced journey filled with beautiful day dresses, dreamy ball gowns and just the right amount of love. Although it seems to be more fitting for younger audience I certainly enjoyed it very much.
It is based in a dystopian version of our world where World War 3 and 4 has taken place and the countries and states have changed a bit. Upon the ruins of the United States was born a country called Illéa where the people would live in different castes that technically work as the class where the Ones are the royalty and Eights are the poorest. America Singer was born as a Five but soon she gets picked as one of the 35 competing girls to become the next queen of Illéa. While all the other girls’ dream is to become the bride of prince Maxon, all America wants is to stay away from Aspen Leger and beside all the drama between the girls on who would get to keep prince Maxon’s heart, all America thinks of is to stay at the palace as long as possible so her family would receive more money. What America did not expect is the palace taking in new guards where Aspen takes advantage.
This trilogy never gave me a moment to get bored, there was always something happening and the excitement never left. The love in this trilogy was not one of those eye-contact-instant-love, which was one of the reasons that made me like it more. I laughed many times and it left me with tears in my eyes. It is simply a fairy tail for someone who loved watching Disney princess and Barbie movies growing up (hint: me). I will definitely be re-reading this trilogy in a few years!!
I give the whole trilogy 5 out of 5 stars!!!
Becca made this “animated” version of me, it does look like me, good job Bex!!
This book has a really beautiful cover, don’t you think?
I was genuinly thrilled by Blythewood. To be honest I have this fancy for all books that involve boarding schools and magic (dedicated Harry Potter fan here). This story was overwhelming but at the same time not too much, according to me. Something thrilling and exciting was always going on which made sure that you as a reader never managed to put the book down. I had many “oh fudge berries i have to sleep… just one more chapter” moments. There was always some kind of secret about to be relieved and I must say it was very stimulating. I hate reading books where half of it is just rubbish that bore you to death, while you are waiting for the action to start.
Blythewood had me from the first page since it was a very different setting. Through most of the book I never certainly knew in which century the story played until much later. The first time Carol Goodman actually gives you an exact date in the book is *Spoiler alert* where she involves the titanic that sinks on the same day.
Personally I have this eternal grudge against the fact that all Young Adult books must involve some kinda love story, but I was positively surprised by Blythewood. The love story was not intense nor dramatic and didn’t steal the focus. It was a more subtle sweet kinda thing that played at the side of the main story.
Now some may say that Carol Goodman overdid her descriptions alot and made the whole book a bit overdramatical. To be honest, yes, at some parts the descriptions get weird, but she still managed to create this beautiful fantasy world that I found myself lost in for a while.
If you are a big fan of Harry Potter (or books in involvning boarding schools in general), and love fantasy, alternate worlds/dimensions, fairies, MAGIC, shadows and birds then you should read Blythewood 😉
Here is my review on Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge, which I just finished last night and fell into a huge book-hangover.
As I see it, it is a modern retelling of Beauty and the Beast with a little more fantasy and a little more action than the original story and it is much darker. This story has quiet a lot of connections with the past, present and the future and there are also many connections to the ancient Greek gods (mythology) which I personally really enjoy reading about.
Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge is about a girl named Nyx, who have been trained all her life to become the demon prince, the Gentle Lord’s wife and destroy his castle and save their city from his demons and free the city from the parchment dome that is covering it. Nyx’s father had made a bargain with the Gentle Lord, which was to get twin daughters and give one of them to the Gentle Lord as his wife when she becomes of age and keep the other. But what their father did not know was that the bargain would also cost his own wife’s death while giving birth. Now Nyx’s plan is to find the four main elements (earth, air, fire and water) which are giving life to the Gentle Lord’s castle and destroy them with the right sigils and the castle would collapse along with the Gentle Lord and the parchment dome over the city would disappear. But will it go the way it was planned to when she falls in love with the Gentle Lord?
The book starts from the morning of her wedding day and she gets married to a statue which represents the Gentle Lord and afterwards gets dropped off outside the Gentle Lord’s castle and the journey takes off from there. It was really enjoyable, entertaining and fun to read because Nyx was not the kind of helpless, precious little lady like in most princess and prince fairytales. Nyx was strong and funny in a very entertaining way and she could fight for what she wanted.
I love this story and the world is just beautiful, so I decided to give it 5 out of 5 stars.
The Goddess Inheritance by Aimée Carter is the final book in the Goddess Test series. It is a beautiful conclusion to this amazing series (honestly, I just cried through the last 20 pages, non-stop). All readers know the feeling you get when you’re down to the last book in a series you’ve had fallen in love with and it’s exactly that feeling I got when I started reading this book. Now that I finally know almost everyone of the characters’ back-stories, it’s really sad to let them go.
As we all should know by now, the second book in the series (Goddess Interrupted) had such a huge cliff-hanger and this book continues on right where we were left. It would contain major spoilers if I ever even tried to write a mini summary of the book, even the beginning, so I shall not do that this time but I can assure you 100% that you’ll have such a great experience if you read this series. This series shows a lot of examples of life decisions, personalities, consequences to face etc. and it’s really worth your time.
I give this book and this series overall 5 full and complete bright-shining diamond stars!!!!!!
The Goddess Test by Aimée Carter is the first book in the Goddess Test series. It is a beautiful take on the Greek myths, really fast paced so you as a reader won’t have time to be bored and it takes no time to hop into the story because there’s nothing you are gonna be thrown into, but you’re gonna get to know everything in time together with the main character.
Kate Winters’ mom is dying and her last wish was to get to spend the last few months or days in her childhood hometown, Eden. And so Kate and her mom moves to Eden, where Kate get’s to go to a new school and meet new people. In some twisted way she meets Henry, the guy who could bring back the dead who offers her a deal. She will spend the next 6 months with Henry at his house and try to pass these tests while her mom will be kept alive, if she passes the tests she will become Henry’s bride and a goddess. But if she fails…
This book will suck you into it’s enchantingly breathtaking world filled with greek myths becoming the real history, beautiful ball gowns and thrones. There’s everything from love and music, to betrayal and blood. Your reality will become a subplot while this magical world will become your new life.
I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK FOR ALL OF YOU WHO ENJOY GREEK MYTHS, FANTASY AND YOUNG ADULT FICTION BOOKS!! I’M SURE YOU’LL LOVE IT TOO!
I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars because of making me want to be one of them.
This is the third and final book in the original Mortal Instruments trilogy, which is now known as The Mortal Instruments series because there has been a 4:th, 5:th and even a 6:th book released and the series have finally been finished not so long ago. It also has a prequel to it, The Infernal Devices series, which has a total of three books in it. It starts with Clockwork Angel, continues with Clockwork Prince and is finished with Clockwork Princess. A lot of people who have read both series recommend reading them in their release order, which looks like this:
City of Bones
City of Ashes
City of Glass
City of Fallen Angels
City of Lost Souls
City of Heavenly Fire
They say that the characters from both series end up connecting to each other and other kinds of things so I’ve decided to read those series in that order.
City of Glass by Cassandra Clare would actually have been a beautiful ending to a trilogy if it were so. But now that it’s in the middle of a huge series, you just know that something must be coming soon and you start imagining all the different possibilities of trouble that could pop up in the next book. Otherwise, in this book you get to actually visit the famous city of Alicante and see all of its beautiful demon-towers that pierce the sky with their sharp tops. Clary is still looking for the antidote to wake her mom up from the never ending coma and while she’s in Alicante she gets to meet these gorgeous new characters. Also you will get to see how Clary and Jace’s love life develops further and there are of course some huge plot twists that you didn’t expect at all that makes it even better and more enjoyable.
It is quiet nice to get to know all these characters and then continue reading about them and living amongst them for so long, unlike books that either doesn’t have a sequel or short series like duologies or trilogies. I’m totally looking forward to be starting on the Infernal Devices series and also continuing on the Mortal Instruments series.
I recommend this series in general for all of you who enjoy some good low-fantasy, Young Adult books!!
I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars because of it’s amazing character developments and more.