Review: The Eden Conspiracy by C.A. Gray

The Eden ConsiracySynopsis:

Can the truth set you free?

The refugee caves have been destroyed, and most of the refugees are dead. The Potentate now knows of their existence and will stop at nothing to wipe them out completely. He suspects that terrorist Jackson MacNamera is among them, as well as reporter Kate Brandeis’s fiancé, hacker Will Anderson—and probably therefore Kate herself. Now that the Potentate is aware of security threats, most of the strategies the rebels used to get back onto the grid before now no longer work. The Potentate knows the rebels are on foot, and he knows they were at the caves not long ago—they can’t get far.

The remaining rebels, among them Jackson and Kate, have Kate’s fiancé Will to thank for their survival: he arrived back from the dead and in the nick of time, bearing classified information about the Potentate’s plans to expand his influence internationally. But the remaining rebels and the Council cannot agree on whether their top priority should be spreading truth far and wide and freeing as many citizens from government control as possible, knowing that they will likely die in the process—or escaping to New Estonia, in hopes that they might live out the rest of their days in peace.

Kate, meanwhile, finds herself torn: between Jackson and the fiancé she thought she lost, and between the damsel-in-distress she once was, and the rebel she believes she has always been underneath. Whether the other hunters will support her or no, she knows she must use her influence over the people of the Republic to tell them the truth, no matter the cost. But is she strong enough to withstand the government’s lies?

Favorite Lines:

“…become aware of the things that you’re thinking about, and determine two things: whether the thought is a truth or a lie, and whether it serves your ultimate goal in the moment. Even a true thought might not be worth dwelling on.”

My Opinion:

This review was a long time coming. I had originally reviewed the first book in this series a little over a year ago but have been quite busy with law school and haven’t been able to get around to the rest of the series until now. You can find the review to the first book in the series, The Liberty Box, here.

This book picks up right where the first one left off, the caves have been destroyed and most of the refugee’s have been killed. The survivors now have to go on the run in order to avoid being caught and killed for their resistance. The book still follows Kate and Jackson but we have a new addition to the group, Will, Kate’s fiancé.

This story was pretty face paced and straight forward. I really like how Gray incorporates meditation and thinking that could (and probably should) be applied to our everyday lives. I do have to admit that Kate was kind of annoying for me towards the beginning. As she is trying to rediscover who she is now that she isn’t brainwashed, she can come off as a bit whiny sometimes. But I think in the last book in the series, we will see her settle into the person she is supposed to be and this little annoyance will disappear.

The ending to the story was definitely not something I saw coming, it left us on a cliffhanger and I am excited to see how Gray brings the series to a close in the last book!

Summary:

Overall, I enjoyed the book and how it was straightforward but still enjoyable to read. I look forward to reading the last one in the series and I hope that Gray can carry us through to the end and tie it all up nicely (I’m sure she will). Happy reading, everyone!

 

The Eden Conspiracy


Review: Concealed Power by Michelle Crow and A.A. Warne

Concealed PowerSynopsis:

For centuries, Earth has served as the battleground for a secret war between a reptilian alien species and the clandestine human organization dedicated to eradication this extraterrestrial threat. But when a single woman becomes the focal point of this brutal conflict, the fate of the planet alters forever…

Life hasn’t been easy for Riley Anbar since her grandmother’s death. Between struggling to run the family business, dealing with troubling psychic visions, and puzzling over unanswered questions about the parents she never knew, Riley is doing her best just to get by. After a pair of chance encounters with two mysterious men, Riley finds herself thrust into danger as both human and alien forces converge on her once-ordinary life.

But in this war, there is no clear boundary between good and evil. Both factions are determined to use Riley for their own ends, and they’re willing to endanger everyone around her to achieve their goals. Caught between the two men who have captured her heart and the secrets of her own past, what choice will Riley make when she discovers neither side is in the right?

Favorite Lines:

“Dedicated to those of us a little less human.”

My Opinion:

I received a copy of this book from the authors in exchange for an honest review of this book. Crow and Warne wrote this book together from different countries, which alone is an amazing feat. And can we talk about the cover art? It’s gorgeous! Alien books are not too common nowadays, especially alien books where the aliens are actually alien looking rather than being gorgeous human beings all the time. The story follows Riley as she meets two men who aren’t exactly normal. One is an alien species that humans are completely unaware of and the other belongs to a secret society meant to stop the aliens.

I wasn’t too sure about the inner thoughts of the characters being reflected to the readers so often, but I actually loved it once I got used to it. We often see what characters say and do but it’s not very often we get to see an inner monologue with the thought processes of the characters.

I do have to admit, I ship Riley and Mareo more than Riley and Liam. I was actually kind of upset we didn’t get to see as much Mareo in this book, it was mostly centered around Liam. Liam kind of bothered me because he was always frantic and hectic in his interactions, he didn’t seem to have a real connection with Riley. If Crow and Warne are going to go where I think with the rest of the series, perhaps Liam’s actions make sense and I will be satisfied with the results. I am excited to see Mareo and Riley together more (hopefully in the next book).

Summary:

Overall, I did enjoy this book. I read it a couple of hours a night and in the mornings to finish it in a few days. I will be looking for the next book in the series because I want to know what happens to all of the characters and how everything comes together. You should too! Happy reading, everyone.

 

Concealed Power


Review: A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Frost and StarlightSynopsis:

Narrated by Feyre and Rhysand, this story bridges the events in A Court of Wings and Ruin and the upcoming novels in the series.

Feyre, Rhys and their companions are still busy rebuilding the Night Court and the vastly changed world beyond. But Winter Solstice is finally near, and with it a hard-earned reprieve. Yet even the festive atmosphere can’t keep the shadows of the past from looming. As Feyre navigates her first Winter Solstice as High Lady, she finds that those dearest to her have more wounds than she anticipated – scars that will have a far-reaching impact on the future of their court.

Favorite Lines:

“I think my heart knew you were mine long before I ever realized it.”

“Stars flickered around us, sweet darkness sweeping in. As if we were the only souls in a galaxy.”

My Opinion:

I was beyond excited to read this book because it is my favorite series. I reread all of the series in preparation for this book to come out. I have to say that I was slightly disappointed with this book. Not because it wasn’t great, but because I wanted more. This book is just a halfway point between A Court of Wings and Ruin and the spin-off novels to come.

What I liked about this book is that it shows different points of view from all of our favorite characters (especially Rhys’s PoV) and how everyone is adjusting to life after the war is over. I was very happy to get more of Feyre and Rhys because they are the OTP of all OTPs. The book also set up so many more opportunities for the future involving different characters and couples throughout the series. I am excited to see where Maas takes it and can’t wait for the next book to come out.

This book hints at what characters we might see in the new spin-off books for the series. I think I am most looking forward to Nesta and Cassian but I think I would be happy to see any addition to this world Maas has created!

Summary:

Overall, as I said above, this book provided us with more of Rhys and Ferye. If you’re anything like me, you’ll take what you can get. Now it’s time to reread the series like a million more times while we wait for the next book in the series to come out.

 

A Court of Frost and Starlight


 

Review: A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Wings and RuinSynopsis:

Looming war threatens all Feyre holds dear in the third volume of the #1 New York Times bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses series.

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit – and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.

As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords – and hunt for allies in unexpected places.

In this thrilling third book in the #1 New York Times bestselling series from Sarah J. Maas, the earth will be painted red as mighty armies grapple for power over the one thing that could destroy them all

Favorite Lines:

“It’s a rare person to face who they are and not run from it—not be broken by it.”

“What we think to be our greatest weakness can sometimes be our biggest strength.”

“Kindness can thrive even amongst cruelty.”

“I would have waited five hundred more years for you. A thousand years. And if this was all the time we were allowed to have…the wait was worth it.”

My Opinion:

I will start by saying that this is technically the last book in the A Court of Thorns and Roses series. There is a novella coming out as well as some-sort of spin-off to come in the future.

A Court of Wings and Ruin follows Feyre and Rhys as they navigate their lives and prepare for the impending war that is going to change the future for both humans and fae alike. I am still 100% bias for this series because it is my favorite series to date so I am going to keep this review pretty short and sweet. If you have made it this far in the series than you will understand why this book is a must read. It is the conclusion to the series and has so much to cover to wrap up the story that Maas has laid out for us.

That being said, I don’t like how many events had to be covered in this last book. It was almost like Maas had all these ideas and wanted to express them but was limited to this last book to cover them. I feel like some the events that took place towards the end of the story could have been expanded upon and drawn out longer (you will see what I mean when you read it). I hope that Maas is able to expand upon a lot of what happened in her next book and spin-off series.

Summary:

Overall, I love this series and this is my fifth time reading it. What I love so much about Maas is that she is able to paint such a detailed and extensive picture of the worlds she creates. No matter how many times I read her books, there is always some detail that I pick up on that I see later on in the series or can reflect back on from a previous book. Maas is excellent at connecting all her stories together and weaving story lines together. I can’t wait to see what she does next.

 

A Court of Wings and Ruin


Review: A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. MaasSynopsis:

Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court–but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms–and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future–and the future of a world cleaved in two.

With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas’s masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights.

Favorite Lines:

“The issue isn’t whether he loved you, it’s how much. Too much. Love can be a poison.”

“To the stars who listen—and the dreams that are answered.”

“And I wondered if love was too weak a word for what he felt, what he’d done for me. For what I felt for him.”

“Many atrocities, have been done in the name of the greater good.”

My Opinion:

My only opinion of this book is that it is my favorite book in the whole world. That is all.

Summary:

There is actually so much I could say about this book but it would be way too long and probably make little to no sense because it would just be me fangirling. I will say that I relate to Feyre from beginning to end. Her character development is extreme and important in this story and I found bits and pieces of myself in her as she continued to change and grow. Overall, this book is a must read. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. Happy reading!

 

A Court of Mist and Fury


 

Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Synopsis:

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow over the faerie lands is growing, and Feyre must find a way to stop it…or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.

Favorite Lines:

“Because your human joy fascinates me—the way you experience things, in your life span, so wildly and deeply and all at once, is…entrancing.”

“Don’t feel bad for one moment about doing what brings you joy.”

“Pity those who don’t feel anything at all.”

My Opinion:

This is certainly not my first time reading this book but it is my first time writing a review for it, so here goes nothing. The whole A Court of Thorns and Roses series is arguably my favorite series that I have ever read; and that’s saying something because I read A LOT. The series contains my favorite book in the whole world, A Court of Wind and Fury, the second book in this series. But we are here to talk about the first book which introduces us to a world that is utterly unique to Maas’s imagination.

A Court of Thorns and Roses or ACOTAR to shorten it up, follows a girl named Feyre as she is whisked away from a life of struggle and despair to one of comfort and beauty; except for the little fact that she could be murdered in an instant by the new people (or creatures) in her life.

What I love so much about this book, and Maas’s writing in general, is that she doesn’t short you on the details. Maas describes everything so beautifully and paints such a detailed story of what is happening that you will feel like you are living alongside the characters.

I have reread this book several times and I definitely suggest you do as well once you have read the rest of the series because there is a lot that is mentioned throughout the books that gets referenced to later. I find myself finding something new every time that will be mentioned in a later book and it honestly leaves me in a bit of awe that Maas was able to tie even little details together throughout the series.

I don’t think that there is anything in this book that I don’t like. It’s extremely well written, has an excellent story line and amazing character development. I related on a deep level with Feyre throughout her journey and even though I have already read this series multiple times, I can’t wait to read the next book to continue this adventure with her.

Summary:

Overall, I might come off as bias because this is most likely my favorite book series, but it is a must read for anyone who likes adventure, romance, character development, and fantasy. Maas is undoubtedly one of my favorite authors and I’m always impressed at her story telling abilities and how she manages to weave even the most intricate of details. Until next time, happy reading!

A Court of Thorns and Roses


Review: The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

Synopsis:

Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.

And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.

Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there,despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.

Favorite Lines:

“Nice things don’t happen in storybooks. Or when they do happen, something bad happens next. Because otherwise the story would be boring, and no one would read it.”

“That’s what comes of hungering for something; you forget to check if it’s rotten before you gobble it down”

“Desire is an odd thing. As soon as it’s sated, it transmutes. If we receive golden thread, we desire the golden needle.”

My Opinion:

I had seen this book around a few times on both social media and in the online store when I’m looking for other books. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. I have never really read any of Black’s books before, I think I tried to read her The Spiderwick Chronicles once when I was younger but clearly it left a lasting impression if I don’t remember it much. When I read the synopsis for this book I knew I had to read it. I know we aren’t supposed to judge a book by its cover but the cover art was so simple but intriguing that it really sealed the deal.

The story follows Jude, a human girl in an immortal world.Her parents were murdered when she was young and she has to survive in a home with their murderer. She faces constant discrimination due to the fact that she is human and we experience the problems she must face and overcome along the way.

I almost finished this book in one night but stopped myself with 100 pages left because it was 4 am and I had class the next day. But I quickly finished it the next night. It had a story that flowed very well, I haven’t quite figured out the dynamic of some of the characters but there is another book coming out next year that I hope will give more insight into the world that Black has created.

I was pleasantly surprised about the plot twist that was put in towards the end of the story. Black had semi-hinted at what was going to happen and I had thought that perhaps it would but then she throws you for a loop and sends you in a different direction for how the story is going to end.By the time we got to the end, I didn’t see it coming (I guess that is what makes it a plot twist, right?).

I will say that I do wish there was more romance. The synopsis made it seem like something was going to happen with Jude and Caden,and I suppose it does, but not as much as I would have liked. I am crossing my fingers that Black pulls a Maas move in her series A Court of Thorns and Roses (if you know what I am talking about you know) and in the book that comes out next year for this series, maybe I will be pleasantly surprised.

Summary:

Overall, this was an interesting book. I think there is a lot of potential for the series and I am excited to see where it goes. I am still crossing my fingers for there to be more of my ship and for romance to play a bigger part in the next book because I’m a total sucker.  Happy reading, everyone!

The Cruel Prince


Review: Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

Synopsis:

Queen or traitor? Only she can decide.

Celaena Sardothien has survived deadly contests and shattering heartbreak—but at an unspeakable cost. Lost and broken, Celaena’s only thought is to avenge the savage death of her dearest friend. But she must instead 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. If she can overcome them, she will be Adarlan’s biggest threat—and his own deadliest enemy.

The king’s assassin takes on an even greater destiny and burns brighter than ever before in this follow-up to the New York Times bestselling Crown of Midnight.

Favorite Lines:

“You cannot pick and choose what parts of her to love.”

“You collect scars because you want proof that you are paying for whatever sins you’ve committed. And I know this because I’ve been doing the same damn thing for two hundred years. Tell me, do you think you will go to some blessed Afterworld, or do you expect a burning hell? You’re hoping for hell–because how could you face them in the Afterworld? Better to suffer,to be damned for eternity and–”

“…her dearest friends are characters in books.”

My Opinion:

Heir of Fire is probably my favorite book in this series, depending on how the last book is.That’s a pretty big statement for a book lover to say. But I think it also speaks volumes for how good of a book this is.

Heir of Fire follows Celaena as she travels across an ocean to a world where magic still exists to uncover secrets that could help her save the world from a horrible fate. This book introduces us to a lot of new characters and different story lines across the world. They all are kept pretty separate for now, but Maas is a master at weaving everything together so hopefully by the end everything comes together in a way that won’t break out hearts.

This book is full of character development, especially for Celaena. I won’t spoil anything but the obstacles she overcomes and the emotions she goes through really spoke to me. This book is full of action,romance, and plot twists…and ROWAN!

For those of you who don’t know who Rowan is…I’m sorry. For those of you who do… you understand. No spoilers, but please just trust me, one of the best book ships of all times is headed your way (the other one also from a Maas story, so no real competition).

Summary:

Overall, there isn’t much I can say about this book to convince anyone to read it without going full fan-girl and blabbing all the spoilers and secrets to the world. It’s tied for my favorite book and is the real turning point for this series. The first two books (while they are amazing) are child’s play compared to this book. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

Heir of Fire


Review: Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

crown of midnight by sarah j. maasSynopsis:

“A line that should never be crossed is about to be breached. It puts this entire castle in jeopardy—and the life of your friend.”

From the throne of glass rules a king with a fist of iron and a soul as black as pitch. Bold, daring, and lethal, assassin Celaena Sardothien won the 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, an unspeakable tragedy shatters Celaena’s world. She must decide once and for all where her loyalties lie . . . and whom she will fight for.

Favorite Lines:

“Some things you hear with your ears. Others, you hear with your heart.”

“It was like coming home or being born or suddenly finding an entire half of herself that had been missing.”

“The best lies were always mixed with truth.”

My Opinion:

As I had mentioned in my Throne of Glass review, this is a reread for me but my first time writing a review for the series.

Let me just start by saying… this book will break your heart. No spoilers (obviously) but be prepared to have your heart torn out and shredded up right in front of you. Crown of Midnight follows Celaena as she navigates court after winning the competition to become the king’s champion. Not only is she doing the king’s dirty work but also trying to figure out a much bigger mystery that could potentially destroy the continent and maybe even the world if it isn’t solved.

Maas does an amazing job at expanding the world she has created in this series. It always leaves me in awe how elaborate her writing can be. She spends time on little details that paint the scenes vividly in your mind while you read the story. You will feel like you are right there next to your favorite characters watching the story play out. She also excels at weaving in small details throughout the series that seem insignificant in the moment but might be tied in later and have a huge impact on the story line, so pay attention! The character development is impressive, as always, and I am excited for where the characters are going to go in the rest of the series; specifically the next book. Remember, I have read this series, so I know what is coming. I won’t spoil it for you but the next book, Heir of Fire, might be my favorite book in this series.

There isn’t anything I don’t like about this book. Maas does a fantastic job in creating this world and making her characters so relatable and lovable. Even the not-so-nice one’s have some quality that is relatable. She makes them so, very human; despite who they are or where they have been.

Summary:

Overall, I love this whole series so I am sure I am 100% bias, but I hope you will consider reading this book and the rest of the series so that you can fall in love with it as much as I did. Happy reading!

 

Crown of Midnight


Review: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. MaasSynopsis:

After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.

Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king’s council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for four years and then be granted her freedom. Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilarating. But she’s bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her … but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.

Then one of the other contestants turns up dead … quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.

Favorite Lines:

“…a lovely girl gazing at the stars, and the stars who gazed back.”

“Sometimes, the wicked will tell us things just to confuse us–to haunt our thoughts long after we’ve faced them.”

“We all bear scars,… Mine just happen to be more visible than most.”

“Names are not important. It’s what lies inside of you that matters.”

My Opinion:

Throne of Glass is one of my favorite series of all times, which is saying something with the amount of books that I’ve read. I have read this book (and overall series) many times but had not wrote a review about it…until now.

Throne of Glass follows Celaena Sardothien, the infamous assassin of Adarlan. She lived a year in the salt mines of Endovier, a place where most don’t last more than a few months, and is given an offer by the Crown Prince to compete to become the King’s champion and to win her freedom.

Maas does an excellent job at creating a whole new world for readers to experience. The worlds she creates within her stories are unlike any other, I think this is a really big reason I enjoy her books so immensely; Throne of Glass is no exception.

What I really love about this series, and about Maas’ writing as a whole, is that there is no damsel in distress. She writes about strong, female characters who don’t need no man. At the same time, she is very realistic about their vulnerabilities. It’s always nice to see not every character is perfect and even the strongest of ladies has their weaknesses.  Celaena is a notorious assassin who survived what is basically a death sentence in a salt mine. Does that mean she can’t have a weakness for a guy (or two) and some chocolate cake? No.

This book introduces us to a wide range of characters that we will see develop throughout the rest of the series (small spoiler, sorry). I usually try and keep future books out of the reviews to avoid spoilers but there is something I would like to mention. Maas is very good at mentioning little details in the series that would go unnoticed the first time around. Every time I reread this series, I notice something I didn’t before that hints at something that goes on later in the series. It is always satisfying to spot these little details that are almost like Easter eggs throughout the series. If you have already read the series, I strongly encourage you to reread it many times and see if you can spot things you might have missed in the past.

Summary:

Overall, as I said, this is one of my favorite series. I tried really hard not to fangirl this up like the rest of the ToG fandom (yes there is a huge fandom for this series). This book (and series) has it all, action, adventure, romance, mystery, and plot twists. It is one of the first series, if not the first, that I recommend to anyone looking for a series to start. I hope you all get a chance to read it and experience the world that is Throne of Glass. Happy reading everyone!

 

Throne of Glass