Little Monsters - Book Review

Monday, 23 April 2018

Started: April 14, 2018 | Finished: April 21, 2018

Little Monsters by Kara Thomas
Published by Delacorte Press on July 25th, 2017
Genre: YA, Mystery 
Pages: 324
Book Edition: Paperback, A.R.C.
No. of times read: 1
Links: Goodreads

Kacey is the new girl in Broken Falls. When she moved in with her father, she stepped into a brand-new life. A life with a stepbrother, a stepmother, and strangest of all, an adoring younger half sister.

Kacey’s new life is eerily charming compared with the wild highs and lows of the old one she lived with her volatile mother. And everyone is so nice in Broken Falls—she’s even been welcomed into a tight new circle of friends. Bailey and Jade invite her to do everything with them.

Which is why it’s so odd when they start acting distant. And when they don’t invite her to the biggest party of the year, it doesn’t exactly feel like an accident.

But Kacey will never be able to ask, because Bailey never makes it home from that party. Suddenly, Broken Falls doesn’t seem so welcoming after all—especially once everyone starts looking to the new girl for answers.

Kacey is about to learn some very important lessons: Sometimes appearances can be deceiving. Sometimes when you’re the new girl, you shouldn’t trust anyone.
Rating: 4.5/5

My Review:

This book was so good!! I found it to be a really good YA mystery that left me guessing right until the end which is what you want in a good mystery book. I enjoyed the characters for the most part. I also really liked how the book was written, most of it was told from Kacey's perspective but I liked how every now and then we'd get a journal entry style chapter from Bailey's perspective.

The only things that took this book from a 5 star to 4.5 was Kacey. Now I actually liked Kacey as a character, but it was just little things that I wasn't a fan of. Like how furious she would get about being a potential suspect when she was acting so suspicious throughout the whole book. Anytime something happened, she was more often than not there which is super suspicious in my books. Also I completely understand why she was acting the way she was, but I think because I'm such a rule follower I couldn't relate in some cases. But then again, I don't know how I would be if my best friend went missing. But I don't think I would compete actual crimes just because I'm curious to find out.

Those are just small little things that didn't bother me too much because I was captivated throughout the whole book regardless. I'm not going to say what the outcome of Bailey missing is, but I will say that it wasn't what I expected. Not going to reveal if that's good or bad. I will say though that I love when books aren't predictable and are surprising. Like when the big reveal comes, and then you need to finish the book then and there because you have to find out everything from that point on, I love that! I found this book did a really good job with that, and that's why I would recommend this to anyone who wants a good mystery book to read.

To Kill a Kingdom - Book Review

Monday, 16 April 2018

Started: April 3, 2018 | Finished: April 14, 2018

To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo
Published by Feiwel Friends on March 6th, 2018
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Pages: 342
Book Edition: Hardcover
No. of times read: 1
Links: Goodreads

Princess Lira is siren royalty and the most lethal of them all. With the hearts of seventeen princes in her collection, she is revered across the sea. Until a twist of fate forces her to kill one of her own. To punish her daughter, the Sea Queen transforms Lira into the one thing they loathe most—a human. Robbed of her song, Lira has until the winter solstice to deliver Prince Elian’s heart to the Sea Queen or remain a human forever.

The ocean is the only place Prince Elian calls home, even though he is heir to the most powerful kingdom in the world. Hunting sirens is more than an unsavory hobby—it’s his calling. When he rescues a drowning woman in the ocean, she’s more than what she appears. She promises to help him find the key to destroying all of sirenkind for good—But can he trust her? And just how many deals will Elian have to barter to eliminate mankind’s greatest enemy?
Rating: 5/5

My Review:

With all the fairytale retelling books out there, I was just waiting for one on The Little Mermaid, as it's one of my favourites, and this book is finally it!! Keep in mind I haven't read the Hans Christian Andersen version, yet, so I've only see the Disney movie of it. It had certain elements from The Little Mermaid that I know, but with a darker twist, and I loved every moment of it!

This is the first book I've read with a siren in it, and they are pretty evil characters or so they like you to believe. The Sea Queen controls the entire ocean and everything in it including the sirens, and specifically her daughter, Lira. Evil isn't born, it's made. The dark magic that resides in the trident of the Sea Queen has been passed down through generations. Anyways, as the synopsis says, Lira kills one of her own and becomes a human. That for me is when the book got very interesting. The first few chapters you need to meet the characters and know their backstories before they can really get into it. I did enjoy it though because it didn't take too long for it to happen, and I thought it all flowed really well.

This story isn't just told in Lira's perspective, but also Prince Elian's as well. Both characters I really liked, and I enjoyed that you had two characters who are meant to hate each other; he's a siren killer, and she's a siren turned human who needs to kill him to become a siren again. I found that very fun, and it was great seeing these two develop throughout the book and see how their opinions change and grow. I thought it was really well done!

I would highly, highly recommend this one if you love fantasy books and fairytale retellings. Also the great thing about this is that it's a standalone book. I love series books don't get me wrong, but I find them a bit intimidating at times, especially if they're a large series. So this was great that it was just the one book, and that was it. I found the story wrapped up nicely where you were left satisfied and not needing more. Such a great book!!!

Sam & Ilsa's Last Hurrah - Book Review

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Started: March 23, 2018 | Finished: April 2, 2018

Sam & Ilsa's Last Hurrah by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan
Published by Knopf Books on April 10th, 2018
Genre: YA, Contemporary
Pages: 209
Book Edition: Paperback, A.R.C.
No. of times read: 1
Links: Goodreads

The New York Times Bestselling duo behind Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist and The Twelve Days of Dash & Lily return with twins out to throw the party of a lifetime--or at least the best party of high school!

Siblings Sam and Ilsa Kehlmann have spent most of their high school years throwing parties for their friends--and now they've prepared their final blowout, just before graduation.

The rules are simple: each twin gets to invite three guests, and the other twin doesn't know who's coming until the partiers show up at the door. With Sam and Ilsa, the sibling revelry is always tempered with a large dose of sibling rivalry, and tonight is no exception.

One night. One apartment. Eight people. What could possibly go wrong? Oh, we all know the answer is plenty. But plenty also goes right, as rather surprising ways.
Rating: 2/5

My Review:

This was definitely not my favourite book by these authors that's for sure. I've only read the Dash & Lily books by them, but I really loved those because I really liked the characters in it. This one however was not the case. I barely liked any of the characters especially the main two. I just found them both to be spoiled, whiny, and very childish. I found I couldn't be bothered to really care all that much on what happens with them. With Rachel Cohn and David Levithan books, I'm finding that they want to write their characters to be extremely quirky and unique, but I just found with this one that it was too much and completely overdone. Maybe there are people like this in the world, but I personally just found these characters to be unrealistic.

It was interesting enough that I finished it, but it was also very short so that could also be another reason why I finished it. It just left no lasting impression on me. When I was finished the book, I was so glad it was over. I feel bad for sounding harsh, but I also want to be honest. Usually when I finish a book, I like to write the review right away while it's fresh in my mind, but this one I couldn't be bothered. I'm only writing it now (I wrote this yesterday) because I want to make sure to post this on the day the book is released.

If you're interested in very unique characters, and a quick read then you'll have to judge this for yourself. I personally wouldn't recommend it, but it also doesn't stop me from wanting to read their other books. I would like to reiterate though that this is just my own personal opinion and experience with this book. Everyone is different in what they like and dislike, so please feel free to give this one a try if it sounds like something you'd be interested in reading.

Was I too harsh? What's your opinions on this book?

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