#BookOutletHaul

Hey, guys! Now I know what you’re thinking. “Allie, you just posted a book haul!” And yeah, I did. And then, like always, classes started and because that gives me anxiety, I just went and bought a crap ton of books to make myself feel better. Yeah, it’s not a great reason, but it is the true reason I ended up buying thirteen books in like less than two weeks. I can’t say I regret the decision because of the books that I brought to college with me, I had no desire to really read any of them, and I just needed new books to read. But let’s go ahead and get into the haul!

The first book I bought was from Amazon, as I did buy a couple from there, and that is Saga Volume 1 by Brian K. Vaughan.

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This is the first book in the Saga series, and it is absolutely fabulous. You all are probably aware of my love for this series, but if you are not, then you should know this is my favorite graphic novel series of all time, and I highly recommend you all pick this one up. It follows two parents who are willing to do anything in order to give their child a good life, and it was such a good story. This is for mature audiences only because there is some graphic language and some sexual scenes, so keep that in mind before you read this, but I highly recommend it because it is so damn good.

The last book I bought from Amazon was Cinder by Marissa Meyer.

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This is the first book in the Lunar Chronicles series, and it was the only book in the series I did not own, so I bought it. I love this series and consider it to be one of my favorite series of all time, and it really sparked my love for retellings. This is such an interesting take on fairytale retellings, so I just loved it. If you have not read this series yet, you definitely should consider picking it up because it is absolutely fantabulous, and I highly, highly recommend it!

Now let’s get into the real reason for this post, which is my Book Outlet binge. I kind of went a little crazy. But the first book I bought from Book Outlet was The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon.

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This is the first book in The Bone Season series, and I have had my eye on this for a while, but when I saw the reduced price on Book Outlet, I just had to get it. This book follows nineteen-year-old Paige who is attacked, drugged and kidnapped. I think this might play around with Stockholm Syndrome a little bit, and because of that, I have heard pretty mixed reviews about it. So I definitely would have to be naive to set that aside, so I am keeping that in mind, but I am still very excited to read it and get my take on the whole story.

The next book I bought was The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon.

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This is the second book in The Bone Season series, and this was also discounted, so I just had to get it. I am just really excited for this series, and I really love the new covers, so I really wanted to get the second book while it was cheap. I think the main reason I wanted these so badly is I love the new covers, and I think these books are just beautiful. Hopefully, I will get to this series soon!

The next book I bought was The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh.

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This is a retelling of One Thousand and One Arabian Nights, and I am so excited I finally have my hands on this! I have been wanting to read this for literally like ever, and when I saw that Book Outlet had the beautiful hardback edition of this marked down, I had no choice. I had to get it. I have heard nothing but fantastic things about this series, and I am honestly a little bit obsessed with Renee Ahdieh because that woman is freaking beautiful, and I need to know her make up ways. But this book sounds like it is going to be a good one, and I am so excited to read it!

The next book I bought was The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh.

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This is the second book in the Wrath of the Dawn series, and this was also another hardback, beautiful edition of a book I really wanted to read, and I just could not say no to it. I physically could not. I have been so excited to read these books, and I am just so obsessed with these covers, so I needed to get my hands on it. I am definitely reading this series next, and hopefully, I will love them as much as I think I will!

The next book I bought was The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin.

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This is the second book in the Mara Dyer trilogy, and I am so freaking excited to finally have my hands on this. Several months back, I read the first book in this series, and I absolutely loved it. I was immediately obsessed with it, and I just never got around to reading the rest of the series, and I am just really happy that I finally can continue on with the rest of the series. The first book was creepy and thrilling and just a rollercoaster ride. I loved it, so I am sure I am going to love this one. It’s going to be great!

The next book I bought was The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin.

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Are you guys noticing a trend here? I keep buying books in pairs. But this is the third and final book in Michelle Hodkin’s fantabulous Mara Dyer series. Admittedly, I am very apprehensive about this final book because I have heard lots of mixed reviews about it, but I am still excited for it. I am sure this finale will break me and cause me lots of emotional trauma, and I am just ready for this! But at the same time, I am not ready. I’m pretty sure this book might kill me…

The next book I bought was The Throne of Fire by Rick Riordan.

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This is the second book in the Kane Chronicles trilogy, and I am excited that I finally have my own copy of this book! If you are not aware, this is my favorite Rick Riordan series. I freaking love it. This series is centered around Egyptian Mythology, and I just am so in love with it. I know a lot of people are not a huge fan of this series, but I think it is better than Percy Jackson. I was not a huge fan of that series, but this series is so under appreciated, and I think it’s great, so I highly recommend it!

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Are you guys surprised? This is the third book in the Kane Chronicles series and hot damn. I love this book. This finale is so fantastic and just everything I wanted, so I am so happy I finally own a copy of it. All I need to do now is buy a copy of the first book, and then I can do a marathon reread of this series because I haven’t read it in forever. But I am so excited to finally have these books, and I highly recommend them!

The next book I bought was Frostbite by Richelle Mead.

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This is the second book in the Vampire Academy series, and I am so happy I can finally start my collection of this series. I have loved this series for many, many years, so I am glad I can finally start building a collection for it. This series has forbidden romance, magic, vampires, badassery and so much more. Like, why would you not like it? It is just great. But I am hoping to reread this series since it has been so long since I have read it, and see what I think of it, so hopefully, that can happen sometime soon. Because I just love this series so much.

The next book I bought was These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner.

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This is the first book in the Starbound trilogy, and this was an impulse buy for me. The only thing I know about this book is it is a science fiction book, and it is set in outer space. I literally bought it because the cover is freaking gorgeous and because I want to read more books by Amie Kaufman. That is it. But I am really excited to read this soon, so hopefully, I will really enjoy it!

And the last book I bought was Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton.

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This is the first book in the Tiny Pretty Things series, and I am so excited to read this. I know that this book follows three girls who are dancers, and I think it might deal with some aspect of either mental illness or possibly an eating disorder. But I am not 100% sure, so don’t quote me on that. But I really became interested in this when Emma Giordano of Emmmabooks on YouTube really enjoyed it and reviewed it, so hopefully, I will enjoy it as much as she did!

And there you have it! That was my Book Outlet Book Haul! What is your current favorite read? Sound off in the comments below! And that is going to be it for this post today. Thank you all so much for reading this, I hope you enjoyed it, and I will see you next time!

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The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh | REVIEW & DISCUSSION

Hey, guys! Today I am very excited to discuss The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh! This is a book that I have been meaning to read for like ever, and I am so glad I finally did because it was fabulous. I loved everything about it, and it definitely lives up to the hype surrounding it. If you love beautiful writing, kick-ass characters, and an amazing plot line, then I definitely recommend you check this out because it’s fantabulous. But let’s go ahead and jump right into the review!

Synopsis:

One Life to One Dawn.

In a land ruled by a murderous boy-king, each dawn brings heartache to a new family. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, is a monster. Each night he takes a new bride only to have a silk cord wrapped around her throat come morning. When sixteen-year-old Shahrzad’s dearest friend falls victim to Khalid, Shahrzad vows vengeance and volunteers to be his next bride. Shahrzad is determined not only to stay alive, but to end the caliph’s reign of terror once and for all.

Night after night, Shahrzad beguiles Khalid, weaving stories that enchant, ensuring her survival, though she knows each dawn could be her last. But something she never expected begins to happen: Khalid is nothing like what she’d imagined him to be. This monster is a boy with a tormented heart. Incredibly, Shahrzad finds herself falling in love. How is this possible? It’s an unforgivable betrayal. Still, Shahrzad has come to understand all is not as it seems in this palace of marble and stone. She resolves to uncover whatever secrets lurk and, despite her love, be ready to take Khalid’s life as retribution for the many lives he’s stolen. Can their love survive this world of stories and secrets?”

My Thoughts:

This book was absolutely bloody fantastic.

I did not have low expectations going into this. There is so much hype surrounding this series, that I don’t think I could possibly go into this thinking it would be bad. I did not have ridiculously high expectations either, though. Basically, I knew what it was about. I knew it involved a retelling of One Thousand and One Arabian Nights, and that it had beautiful and lyrical writing. That was it. I knew that I wanted to read this. I have been wanting to read this book for years, and it was definitely well worth the wait because it was absolutely fabulous.

I ended up liking the characters so much more than I thought I was going to. Our main character Shazi is a freaking firecracker, and I absolutely loved her. She was outspoken and passionate, but she also had a soft side, and I loved seeing all of the dimensions to her character in this novel. She spends the majority of this novel conflicted because she wants to kill Khalid for killing her best friend, but he is not really the monstrous murderer that she was expecting. He is actually a human who has decent human feelings, and she did not know how to deal with that because the only reason she volunteered to be his wife in the first place was so that she could kill him and avenge her best friend’s death. But she ends up falling in love with him, despite everything that he has done. And I just think that really shows her growth as a character because she can see the man behind the mask.

I really loved Khalid. I liked him from the beginning because I could just instantly feel that it was a facade that he actually was not the monster everyone believed him to be. I instantly loved him, not because I wanted him to be with Shazi. I will get more into that in a minute, but I loved him because he just was a good person that was put in an impossible situation and as the King, he had to deal with that, knowing he had no other option than to make his people believe he was a monster. I think we really get to see his depth as a character over the course of the novel because we don’t just see him through Shazi’s eyes. We get to see who he believes he is, and who his true self really is. It just was really beautiful to see.

I loved Tariq as well. I don’t know if he is a character that other people have a problem with, but I loved him. I did find it kind of cliched that he started a rebellion because of one girl, but putting that aside, I think he is a very interesting character. He is willing to do anything to save Shazi. He loves her so much, and I just hope that at the end of the series, he is still this wonderful and caring person and that Shazi loving Khalid is not going to make him grow into this really cold character like so many other YA books do. I think he deserves the world, and hopefully, he will be happy by the end of the series.

I also really loved Despina and Jalil separately, but also together. Despina was always such a sassy woman who ends up becoming a real friend to Shazi, which I loved seeing. It was really refreshing to see two female characters caring for each other in their own ways rather than wanting to kill each other. Jalil was one of my instant favorites. He is just a really likable guy, and I loved how he ended up actually considering Shazi family rather than a potential enemy. He also just really cares for Khalid, and I think that really showed through.

Now we should talk about the characters I don’t give a rat’s ass about. I freaking despise The Sultan (that’s his name, right?) I think he is just a jerkface who needs to die like tomorrow. I did not really care for Yesmine’s character, even if she really does care for Khalid. But I especially ended up not liking Shazi’s father. He is heading down a very dark path, and I think he is not going to end up helping her. I don’t know what is going to happen, but I do know it is not going to end well…

I just want to express that for the first half of the novel, I did not ship Khalid and Shazi. It’s not like I was anti them being together, but I definitely didn’t ship them together. I personally wanted Shazi to be with Tariq because I thought they were really cute together. But once we hit the halfway mark, I was pretty much like, “See ya, Tariq. Hello, Khalid!” because damn. That man does things to me. He is definitely my favorite character, and he cares so much about Shazi. He loves her so much, and once we know the full truth of everything that is going down, I just loved him all the more. And I just think Tariq needs to chill and let them be together because I want them to be together forever. They are just my OTP…

But something I actually ended up having no interest in whatsoever was the stupid rebellion that Tariq is leading. I personally don’t give a shit about it, and this is the one time that I’m like, “Yeah, rebelling is not the answer.” I think it is going to cause more harm than good, and I think it is going to hurt a lot more people than it helps. I just have no interest in that plot line whatsoever, and I really hope it crashes and burns in the next book because it is just a really, really bad idea.

I did enjoy the writing much more than I was expecting to. With me, lyrical writing styles are either a hit or miss. I have only come across a handful of lyrical writing style that I genuinely like, and this is one of them. I think that everything Renee Ahdieh says is just beautiful, and I think I could literally read her grocery lists and think they were beautiful. She just has a gift with words, and I really loved that.

But overall, I really enjoyed this book, and I am really looking forward to reading the next one! I loved the love story, the plot line, the world, the characters, the writing, and just everything about it. I am so excited to see where the story goes next and to read more from Renee Ahdieh!

4-and-a-half-stars

And there you have it! That was my review of The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh. What is you favorite retelling? Comment down below! I would love to know. And that is going to be it for this post today. Thank you all so much for reading this, I hope you enjoyed it, and I will see you next time!

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Opposition by Jennifer L. Armentrout | REVIEW & DISCUSSION

Hey, guys! Today I am very excited to discuss the final book in Jennifer L. Armentrout’s fantabulous Lux series! I really enjoyed this, even if it is not my absolute favorite finale I’ve ever read. It dealt with some cliches, though I did not mind them too much. I am very sad that this series is over, but I actually ended up picking up on some things I missed before in the thousand other times that I have read this book. It really surprised me with how much I enjoyed it this time around. But let’s go ahead and jump right into the review!

Synopsis:

“Katy knows the world changed the night the Luxen came.

She can’t believe Daemon welcomed his race or stood by as his kind threatened to obliterate every last human and hybrid on Earth. But the lines between good and bad have blurred, and love has become an emotion that could destroy her—could destroy them all.

Daemon will do anything to save those he loves, even if it means betrayal.

They must team with an unlikely enemy if there is any chance of surviving the invasion. But when it quickly becomes impossible to tell friend from foe, and the world is crumbling around them, they may lose everything— even what they cherish most—to ensure the survival of their friends…and mankind.

War has come to Earth. And no matter the outcome, the future will never be the same for those left standing…”

My Thoughts:

In many ways, this could be considered a cliche end to the series, which mirrors that in television shows where the world ends up ending in the final season. That happened in the final season of H2O: Just Add Water, The Vampire Diaries, and many, many other shows. But the beauty of different shows and different books doing an explosive apocalyptic ending is they all seem to do it differently, and that was the beauty of Opposition, the final book in the Lux series. Some might say it was a cliche ending because this is a science fiction series about aliens, and there was an alien invasion at the end of this series. But I think Jennifer managed to make this alien invasion unique to this series, and it ended up being super interesting.

Speaking of the plot, I thought it was interesting how we got to see both sides of the war. We got to see the military/human side of it and the alien side. We really got to see the resilience of the humans and the psychopathic tendencies of the Luxen. That was something that particularly creeped me out. Just seeing how the Luxen who hadn’t been living on Earth just annihilated (or tried) the human populace with their malice, violence, and arrogance really made me want to run in cover, to be honest. I totally would not have survived the war. I would have been killed for something stupid if I am being honest. Like being sarcastic at the wrong time…

But anyway, regarding the human side, we saw the sacrifices they were willing to make to try and fight back against the Luxen. They really were willing to sacrifice the few to save the many, and Katy and Daemon and all of them knew that was wrong, so they decided to do something about it. Two warring species come together to end the war, and that just shows how resilient people can be. But these two species coming together really made me reminiscent of Twilight (because I am fairly certain this was at one time Twilight fanfiction) with the werewolves and the vampires. Also, there was at least one Twilight reference in this book, which I didn’t catch the first time I read it, and when I came across it this time, I burst out in uncontrollable laughter because it was the most relevant thing ever.

Our characters went through a tremendous amount of character development in this final book, as if they had not already gone through so much. We got to see how much Dawson really cares about Beth, and the sacrifices he is willing to make to ensure the safety of the girl he loves. I think we really get to see Beth more in this book and start to see the confident, beautiful girl that caught the heart of a Luxen in the first place. Just seeing their relationship with them together really solidifies their romance in the reader’s mind, and I just loved that.

We really get to see Katy and Daemon’s relationship develop as he finally stops trying to protect her from everything and really sees her as someone who can kick some ass. He doesn’t try to shield her from everything, which just shows so much development with his character. He shows even more development by not trying to like annihilate Archer for the way he looks at Dee, for even liking Dee. Because he protects Dee like nobody’s business, and to see him finally start to loosen the reigns a little bit was nice to see. Katy also goes through a lot of development. Katy just starts kicking ass and really shows how strong she is. She really shows how fucking brave she is. She just has grown so much from the character we meet way back in Obsidian. She just is not backing down, and I admire the shit out of that!

Okay, but we need to talk about something else in regards to Katy and Daemon. This is going to be a really awkward topic, but can we just talk about the fact that Jennifer put 10x more sexy scenes in this book than any other book in the series. I don’t know if it is because it’s the end of the world or the fact that it is just Daemon and Katy, but that was just something I noticed. That there were a lot of sexy times in this book, and one of those times was just so one of them would not have to think about what happened in the war. I don’t know; it was just something I noticed.

And that actually reminds me about this one really important event that happened in this novel. It is what really set off the waterworks for me. This event that happens really changes one of our characters. Forces this character to grow up in ways they should not have to. I think we all knew that this was a possibility, that this event could happen. But it almost seems cruel that it ended up being this way. But it didn’t become unrealistic in its cruelty. I think that to have this event not turn out this way would be the unrealistic thing, in my opinion. Not everything could turn out great and everything has its breaking point. These bastards just wanted to hurt a certain character as much as they possibly could, and they did.

I think that we just get to see the extremes that people will go to, whether that be born out of love, desperation, hatred or a combination of all three with this book, and that just made it very different to other books about alien invasions that I have read. I absolutely loved this explosive series finale, I loved the writing, the character development, the war and the different sides we got to see, and I just really loved seeing our characters come out the other side, though not without their share of scars. I just really thoroughly enjoyed my reread of the finale, and I think it was just the best way Jennifer could have ended the series.

4-stars

 

And there you have it! That was my review of Opposition by Jennifer L. Armentrout. What is your current favorite science fiction novel? Comment down below! I would love to know. And that is going to be it for this post today. Thank you all so much for reading this, I hope you enjoyed it, and I will see you next time!

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August Wrap Up!

Hey, guys! I am very excited to get into the books that I read in August! I did not read as much as I did last month, sadly, but I am still pretty satisfied with the amount I did read, considering how busy I ended up being this month. From moving into my new apartment to starting classes, I just had a lot on my plate. I actually think I ended up doing pretty decent, even if a lot of the books that I did read were re-reads for me. But I did end up reading eight books this month, which I am so very excited about, so let’s just go ahead and jump right in!

The first book that I read this month was Fashionably Dead by Robyn Peterman.

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This is the first book in the Hot Damned series, and this was a book that I reread. For years, this was my all time favorite paranormal romance book, and upon rereading this, I actually have changed my opinion on it drastically. The last time I read it and really analyzed it (even then, I did not look very much into it because that was pre-reviewing) was when I originally read it back in the beginning of high school. After analyzing it and really reading it, I actually ended up having a lot of issues with it. I was not a huge fan of the actual story line, and I ended up having problems with the romance among other things. I did review this, and I gave it 3.5/5 stars.

The next book I read was Astonishing X-Men #1 by Joss Whedon.

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This is the first issue in the comic book series Astonishing X-Men, and I ended up really enjoying this. I did at first think I would not end up enjoying it because I thought some of the characters seemed like they were acting weird, but ultimately, I felt that the dialogue was great, the characters were acting on point, and I did really enjoy this, even if I did still have a few problems with the simplistic art style. I am definitely continuing on with the series, and I also wrote a review for it. I gave this 4/5 stars.

The next book I read was Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout.

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This is the second book in the Lux series, and this was another reread for me. This is one of my all time favorite series, so of course, I loved this just like I did the first time I read it. This series is just like a guilty pleasure for me because it is pretty much like Twilight fanfiction, but it doesn’t really bother me. It actually is really fun! But this second book was just as amazing as the first time I read it It is still one of my favorite books in the series. There is so much sexual tension and just Katy and Daemon and aliens and holy God, it is so good. I can never get enough of it! I actually did not write a review for this one, but I did end up reviewing the rest of the series, oddly enough. But I, of course, gave this 5/5 stars.

The next book I read was Opal by Jennifer L. Armentrout.

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This is the third book in the Lux series, and I am begging you not to judge it by the romance novel cover because it is really fabulous. But this book is one of my least favorite of the series, not because it’s bad or anything. I just was not a huge fan of the overall story line. This book was an emotional one for me, however. I sobbed while reading this. It really hits you. But I did enjoy seeing Katy and Daemon together and not trying to kill each other. They are literally my OTP. But I did review this, and I gave it 4/5 stars.

The next book I read was Origin by Jennifer L. Armentrout.

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This is the fourth book in the Lux series, and it is actually my favorite book of the series. Origin is the book that has all of the super emotional scenes along with the kickass fighting sequences and sexy, all-consuming romance. It has everything I love about the series in one book, and I just absolutely love it. I honestly can’t say I have any problems with this book at all, and it is worth it to read the entire series because A. It’s fantastic and 2. Because this book is fantabulous. But I did also review this, as per the usual, so if you want to hear more of my gushing thoughts, I suggest you check that out. I ended up giving this 5/5 stars, of course.

The next book I read was Opposition by Jennifer L. Armentrout.

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This is the fifth and final book in the Lux series, and I did really enjoy this, even with it being the millionth time that I have read it. Basically, if I am bored, I end up rereading this book. I would say this is another one of my least favorite books of the series just because this book didn’t really grab my emotions like the others, even if I actually was a huge fan of the plot line. I’m all up for apocalyptic endings. It was still fantastic, but I was, unfortunately, missing that emotional tie that the rest of the series had, but I did still really enjoy this, so I gave it 4.5/5 stars. My review is also up.

The next book I read was Ms. Marvel: No Normal  by G. Willow Wilson.

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This is the first volume in the Ms. Marvel series, and I really wish I could say I absolutely loved this, and it was the best thing ever. But, unfortunately, this one was a really big disappointment for me personally. I had heard such amazing things about the series, and it had some diverse Pakistani-American rep, so I was really excited to read it. But it just did not end up being my thing. I don’t know if it was the age of our main character, my dislike or aversion to the art style or what, but something just made it to where I could not enjoy this story. I found all of the characters to be quite one-dimensional, I wasn’t a fan of the story line, I did not like the artwork, and I just felt that the writing was not as great as it could have been. Ultimately, I did write a review for this, which is posted with my full thoughts, but I ended up giving this 3/5 stars. It just was not my cup of tea.

And the final book I read this month was Saga Vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughan.

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This is the first volume in the Saga series, and man am I excited to get more into this series. I freaking loved this first volume. This is definitely my favorite graphic novel that I’ve read thus far, and it is definitely my current favorite series. I just loved everything about it, from the family dynamic to the intricate world and the dialogue and humor and love displayed in this novel along with the amazing artwork and the kickass storyline and characters. I just loved everything about this graphic novel, and I am so freaking pumped to read the rest of the series. I wrote a gushing review, and I obviously gave this 5/5 stars. This was absolutely bloody fantastic!

And there you have it! Those were the eight books I read in the month of August. What is your favorite book that you read this month? Sound off in the comments below! And that is going to be it for this post today. Thank you all so much for reading this, I hope you enjoyed it, and I will see you next time!

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Saga Vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughan | REVIEW & DISCUSSION

Hey, guys! I am so freaking pumped to discuss this amazing and wonderful graphic novel. This is the first volume in the Saga series, and it was absolutely fabulous. Everything about it was just amazing. But with that said, this is definitely an adult graphic novel, so there are explicit sexual scenes, a lot of violence, and a lot of explicit language, so if that bothers you, I can’t really recommend this to you. But if you are completely comfortable and cool with that kind of thing, I definitely recommend you give this one a go. But let’s just go ahead and jump right in!

Synopsis:

“When two soldiers from opposite sides of a never-ending galactic war fall in love, they risk everything to bring a fragile new life into a dangerous old universe.

From bestselling writer Brian K. Vaughan, Saga is the sweeping tale of one young family fighting to find their place in the worlds. Fantasy and science fiction are wed like never before in this sexy, subversive drama for adults.

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My Thoughts:

This was so good. Like this lifts the bar so high for graphic novels to me. I absolutely love the characters and the story line and the world and just…This was so fantastic. This is definitely an adult graphic novel, but if you can handle a lot of adult topics (explicit sexual scenes, violence, language, etc.) I definitely recommend you pick this one up. It is just so great.

Something that I really loved was the story line. Just the premise of two parents making huge sacrifices, willing to do anything, to save their daughter and give her a good life is just a really good message. I loved seeing how much Alana and Marko cared for each other and their child. It just sent a really good message, I think. People need to see that kind of love. It’s rare in today’s world. Speaking of the characters, I freaking loved them all. They are all so complex, and I just loved it.

Now I really did not care about The Stalk, to be honest, but I did really enjoy seeing the other Freelancer, The Will. While he is a killer for hire, he did find it absolutely horrendous that a child would be sold into slavery, and that really showed his depth as a character. He definitely has a human side to him, and there are certain lines he would never cross. Using children like that is wrong, and seeing him upset over it like that was just really heartwarming to me.

I still love Alana and Marko. They are hilarious and care for their family so much. They can kickass and will do anything to protect each other and their family. It was just really beautiful to see. Another character I loved was Izabel. I freaking loved her. She was like my everything. She was a standout character to me, and I think she adds an interesting dynamic to this story since she is a teenager. I also just think she’s hilarious, and I love seeing her interact with Hazel.

I also just really loved the writing and the artwork. The writing was funny and badass and definitely kept me engaged throughout the entire story. And the artwork was absolutely stunning. It really captured each scene beautifully, and it really made the story even more beautiful. Fiona is super talented, and this makes me super excited to see more of her artwork because she is just so amazing.

Overall, I loved the writing, the plot, the characters, the world, and the artwork. I am super excited to see more from Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples, and I am really anticipating reading the next book in this series. It will definitely be epic!

5stars

 

And there you have it! That was my review of Saga Volume 1! What is your favorite graphic novel? Comment down below! I would love to know. And that is going to be it for this post today. Thank you all so much for reading this, I hope you enjoyed it, and I will see you next time!

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Origin by Jennifer L. Armentrout | REVIEW & DISCUSSION

Hey, guys! I am super excited to talk about the fourth book in the Lux series, Origin, which also happens to be my favorite book in the series. I really have been enjoying re-reading these books, and it just has made me so nostalgic while reading this one. From the emotional turmoil to the kickass fight scenes even to the toe-curling sexy romance, this book just has everything I love in a YA novel. But let’s just go ahead and jump right into the review!

Synopsis:

Daemon will do anything to get Katy back.

After the successful but disastrous raid on Mount Weather, he’s facing the impossible. Katy is gone. Taken. Everything becomes about finding her. Taking out anyone who stands in his way? Done. Burning down the whole world to save her? Gladly. Exposing his alien race to the world? With pleasure.

All Katy can do is survive.

Surrounded by enemies, the only way she can come out of this is to adapt. After all, there are sides of Daedalus that don’t seem entirely crazy, but the group’s goals are frightening and the truths they speak even more disturbing. Who are the real bad guys? Daedalus? Mankind? Or the Luxen?

Together, they can face anything.

But the most dangerous foe has been there all along, and when the truths are exposed and the lies come crumbling down, which side will Daemon and Katy be standing on?

And will they even be together?”

My Thoughts:

I am really glad that I reread this because I loved it just as much as the first time around, possibly even more. I definitely loved this more than Opal, and I stand by my original rating of five stars. I loved so many things about this novel. This next installment in the series really tested the relationships between some of the characters and we really got a glimpse into Daedalus and the Luxen community, and it was really interesting, if not downright terrifying.

I am just going to start off by saying that I hate Nancy’s guts and she can burn in hell for all I care. There is something seriously screwed up with that woman. But it was kind of very painful and scary just knowing the kind of crap that Kat had to go through. But something that really seemed to develop a lot over the course of the book was the relationship between Katy and Daemon. Those two go through so much shit together, and they still come out stronger for it, even if it does seem like the events that occur seem to strip away little pieces of these characters’ souls. I just think the development of their relationship is very beautiful, and I just always love reading about it.

I really loved the story line of this installment to the series. I think it really tested the relationships between all of these characters and we really got to see the lengths to which they will go to protect those that they care about, whether that be with the crazy horrible things born out of love or the desperate but ultimately fulfilling actions. Desperation affects different people different ways, and we really got to see both sides of that in this book, which I really appreciated.

I also just really enjoyed some of our new(ish) characters. I loved seeing more of Luc because he is literally like one of my favorite characters. And he can also be scary as hell. I think we really got to see a bit more of him, who he really is, with this novel and the shit that goes down. And one new character we are introduced to is Archer and I freaking love this man. He is so freaking adorable, he’s a good friend, a sassy character in general, and I just love him. Yes, he is not like the characters we have come to know, but I think that is really interesting. He is so different from those we have read about, and it was really refreshing. Also, I just really ship him with a certain character…

But this book definitely had me crying even more than Opal did. Like, I balled my eyes out when I read Opal. But there were so many characters that ended in not so great circumstances, and even if I wasn’t a huge fan of them, it really upset me when they were gone. I cried several times throughout the course of this book, especially at the end. Lord knows that Jennifer is a goddess at cultivating heartbreaking and soul wrenching cliffhangers…

But overall, I just really loved this next installment in the series, and I want to say this is my favorite of the series. We just get to see so many sides to this world, these characters, and this story line. Everything was just crazy in this book, and I am looking forward to continuing my reread of this series with the fifth and final book, Opposition!

5stars

And there you have it! That was my review of Origin by Jennifer L. Armentrout. What is your favorite book in this series? Comment down below! I would love to know. And that is going to be it for this post today. Thank you all so much for reading this, I hope you enjoyed it, and I will see you next time!

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Ms. Marvel: No Normal by G. Willow Wilson | REVIEW & DISCUSSION

Hey, guys! Today we will be discussing the first volume in the Ms. Marvel series by G. Willow Wilson! I would say I am excited, but unfortunately, I did not like it. I just had a lot of problems with it, which I will get into. I just think this is better suited to someone younger than me. I think fourteen-year-old Allie would have liked this a whole more than nineteen-year-old Allie did. But let’s just go ahead and get into it!

Synopsis:

“Kamala Khan is an ordinary girl from Jersey City — until she’s suddenly empowered with extraordinary gifts. But who truly is the new Ms. Marvel? Teenager? Muslim? Inhuman? Find out as she takes the Marvel Universe by storm! When Kamala discovers the dangers of her newfound powers, she unlocks a secret behind them, as well. Is Kamala ready to wield these immense new gifts? Or will the weight of the legacy before her be too much to bear? Kamala has no idea, either. But she’s comin’ for you, Jersey! ”

My Thoughts:

I don’t know what I was expecting from this graphic novel, but this was not it. I honestly was just really excited to read this because there was a person of color as the main character, and I am all about having diverse representation, but I ended up not enjoying this as much as I thought I would. I read the first comic book issue a couple of weeks ago, and I really enjoyed that, so I figured I would enjoy the rest of the comics too. But that did not end up being the case.

Just to be clear, I did not hate this book. I kind of just felt, “Meh.” about it. It wasn’t great, but it wasn’t terrible. I did not really connect with any of the characters, and I didn’t find any of them to have anything appealing about them. It’s not that they were terrible characters, but I ended up just not caring for them at all. I had trouble even trying to feel anything towards her parents, even when there was supposed to be emotional scenes in it.

I honestly did not care about the storyline at all. I thought it was super simple, kind of boring, and I just had no interest in it whatsoever, which was really disappointing for me. I think the writer and illustrator both were trying to make the storyline emotional, which would have to be tied to the characters, but that did not end up happening. Because I didn’t really care about the characters, I didn’t care about the storyline.

Overall, I really wish I would have liked this more. I thought the artwork was really simplistic as well as the the characters being one-dimensional and the plot being very underdeveloped. I wish I would have enjoyed this more, but ultimately, I just was not a big fan of this graphic novel, and I will not be continuing on with the series.

3-stars

And there you have it! That was my review of Ms. Marvel: No Normal. What is your favorite graphic novel? Sound off in the comments down below! And that is going to be it for this post today. Thank you all so much for reading this, I hope you enjoyed it, and I will see you next time!

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Opal by Jennifer L. Armentrout | REVIEW & DISCUSSION

Hey, guys! I am super excited to discuss one of the books in one of my all time favorite series, and that book is Opal by Jennifer L. Armentrout. This is the third book in the Lux series, and I just freaking love this book, this world, the writing, the sass, sexiness and just so many other things. This series I am 500% sure is Twilight fanfiction, and I just love it no matter how many time I reread it. I did decide to reread it for the billionth time because I always like to reread it at the beginning of the school year, and at the end of the school year, and during the school year…I just in general love to reread this series. But it’s absolutely fabulous, and if you have not read this series yet, I highly recommend it! But let’s go ahead and jump right on into the review!

Synopsis:

“After everything, I’m no longer the same Katy. I’m different… And I’m not sure what that will mean in the end. When each step we take in discovering the truth puts us in the path of the secret organization responsible for torturing and testing hybrids, the more I realize there is no end to what I’m capable of. The death of someone close still lingers, help comes from the most unlikely source, and friends will become the deadliest of enemies, but we won’t turn back. Even if the outcome will shatter our worlds forever.

Together we’re stronger… and they know it.

My Thoughts:

Upon my reread of this novel, I haven’t changed my opinion at all, but I have lowered my original five-star rating for a couple of reasons. Regardless of the reasons, I still really enjoyed this book. I absolutely loved seeing how much Daemon truly loved Kat. How much he cared for her, how much he was willing to sacrifice for her. And Kat’s character definitely went through some development. She went through a lot of crap in this novel, and that changed her. The things she went through, the things she has been forced to do…It is kind of horrifying. I know I never would have made it out to the other side. And then there is just everything that happened at the end, and it hurt just as much as when I read this for the first time a couple of years ago.

I ultimately changed my rating because I honestly was not a huge fan of the entire story line, especially with a certain asshole coming back and blackmailing people. I still think the douche is a creepy little fucker who I want to strangle. I really had a problem with two of our MCs just not getting along. That was something that I loved about the first book in particular, and that was not here in this book. At all. That relationship is one of my favorites of the series, and I had a little bit of trouble just enjoying the story when that was not there.

But like I said, I did ultimately still enjoy my reread of this, and I am still completely in love with the series!

4-stars

And there you have it! That was my review of the third book in the Lux series, Opal! What is your favorite book/series that feature something with science fiction elements? It does not necessarily have to be about aliens. But sound off in the comments below! And that is going to be it for this post today. Thank you all so much for reading this, I hope you enjoyed it, and I will see you next time!

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OMG. SUMMER IS OVER?! | Allie’s Biggest Book Haul EVER!

Hey, guys! I am very excited to talk to you all about the massive amount of books I have bought/received this month because it’s a lot. Like this is what I get for just not posting a book haul for a while. It is totally, 100% my fault for procrastinating. I am proud of myself because many of these I did not buy myself, but I still have a lot of books to go through. I received around 16 books, which is absolutely insane, even for my standards. But let’s go ahead and get into the books I have accumulated over the past couple of months!

Books I Bought:

The first book I bought was Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher.

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This is a book that I have read already, and I am sure most of you have heard of at least once due to the hype surrounding the Netflix series. But if you have not, this is a standalone that follows Clay Jensen, a teen boy who wakes up one day with a box of tapes on his doorstep, thirteen tapes exactly. Each tape is a reason as to why a teen girl named Hannah Baker killed herself. It’s a really great book, though I haven’t read it in years. I have seen the television show, and I absolutely loved that (though, I will acknowledge the television show did have some problems). I just did not own a copy of this, surprisingly, and when it was only like three or four dollars at Half-Price Books, I decided to pick it up. I am hoping to reread this soon, so hopefully, I can do that!

The next thing I bought was the box set of The Hunger Games trilogy, which consists of The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins.

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This is a dystopian series that I have already read, and if you don’t know what this is about, where the hell have you been? This has literally been everywhere. The movie franchise was absolutely fabulous, and I did really enjoy the books when I read them, though I have never reread the series. I have not reread any of the books at all because I actually did not own a copy of them. That is absolutely crazy, right? But the reason I did not own a copy of any of these books was that I read library copies of this before I started collecting books. I read all of these in like seventh grade before there was even a thought of making them into movies (I pride myself on being a Book Hipster with this series). So I haven’t read these in like seven or eight years. I bought these because I didn’t have them (obviously) and because this $40 box set was marked down to $7.97 at Half-Price and only an idiot would pass up a deal like that. Also, I just like these covers so much more than the US covers. Aren’t they gorgeous?

The next book I bought was The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead.

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This is the second book in the Bloodlines series, which is a spin-off of the Vampire Academy series, and I am so excited to finally have a copy of the second book! I read the first book like forever ago, and I have been meaning to pick up the next book, but I just haven’t gotten around to it. But I am just excited to be able to continue on with this series! Bloodlines has forbidden romance, alchemy, vampires, magic, and I just love it so much. I flew through the first book, and I know I will do the same with this one. I just hope I can get to this one soon! And please do not judge this series or the Vampire Academy series by their covers. All of the covers are cheesy and just romance novelesque book covers, but they make up for the horrible covers by being gorgeous on the inside. Highly recommend!

And the final book I bought was Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë.

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This is a classic that I am sure everyone has heard of, and I honestly had no intention of ever reading this until I saw it in Half-Price Books. It’s not for lack of trying. I have tried to read the original edition in the 1800’s English, but I just could not do it. But I read the back of this and it sounded really interesting (not going to lie, the cover is why I picked it off the shelf…), plus it is has been adapted into modern English (it says modern English, but it’s more like a mix of 1800’s and modern English). The combination of the easy-to-read modern(ish) language and the intriguing story line is why I have decided that I want to try to read it, the entire tome. This is something I am hoping to do before the end of the year, so wish me luck…

Books I Was Gifted:

The first book I was gifted was Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J. K. Rowling.

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This is a book that my brother got me, and it is one of two Harry Potter books. He went to this bargain variety store in my hometown and turns out that they were giving away free books, and he saw this one and one other book in this series. There was this lady who was looking for the books in this series so before she could see them, he quickly snatched every Harry Potter book he saw and got them for me. This actually means a lot to me because my brother believes as my parents do, that Harry Potter is trash (though, probably not as vehemently as them), and for him to get these for me just means a lot considering how feels about them. But if you can’t already tell, this is the fifth book in the Harry Potter series, and it was one of the books in the series that I do not have, so I am excited to have this (AND ITS HARDBACK, GUYS. ITS A HARDBACK WITH THE DUST JACKET AND EVERYTHING. *fangirls*)

The next book I was gifted was Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling.

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This is the seventh and final book in the Harry Potter series, and this is actually my second copy of the book. I now have two copies of Deathly Hallows, both without a dust jacket, because that is just my luck. But this copy is actually in better shape than my other copy, so I am still really happy that I have it. I have been trying to get a hold of the rest of the series because I want to reread the entire series as I have yet to do that, so hopefully, I can a hold of books 2, 3, 4, and 6! Fingers crossed…

The next book I was gifted was The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton.

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This is a classic that I absolutely love, and I have loved it since I first read it in eighth grade. This is a book that I think everyone should read, and you should go into it blind like I did, so I am not going to tell you anything about the story line. But this is a book that I end up referencing at least once in every book or story that I write, just because I love it so much. There is actually a story behind my brother getting this for me. He actually ordered this book for himself through my Amazon account and somehow our mail carrier screwed it up and did not send it to the correct mailbox. So I contacted Amazon Customer Service about it, and the guy was so nice. He not only called the mailing service to figure out where it was, he also sent my brother a replacement copy at no extra charge. And since the Customer Service guy also talked to the mail carrier about the original copy, we ended up getting two copies of it in the mail. So instead of just sending one back, obviously my brother and I just kept one each since we both just love this book so much. And this is a hardback edition with the original cover, so it just ended up being a fabulous adventure that we had. What started out as a very frustrating and irritating experience turned into a fun-filled adventure with a new book for each of us. That was a good day…

The next book I was gifted was The Maze Runner by James Dashner.

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This is yet another book that I was gifted to by my brother (he is literally like the greatest, guys), and I am sure some of you are scratching your heads because you are well aware of how much I don’t like this series. I think I made it about six chapters into this first book before I gave up. And again, it’s not for lack of trying. I have tried several times to get into this series, but I just am not a fan of it at all. But my brother absolutely loves this series, so I think I am going to try to force myself to read this series someday. But that day is not going to be today. I just have no interest in this series whatsoever, but I will try to read it one of these days because my brother loves it so much. You’re lucky I love you, Andy…

The next book I was gifted was The Death Cure by James Dashner.

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This is the third book in The Maze Runner series, and you guessed it. It was gifted to me by my brother. I literally have no excuse not to read this series now since I have two of the books other than the fact that I hate James Dashner’s writing style, and I really think all of the characters in the books are annoying, but those are not legitimate reasons, right? If nothing else, at least the cover looks cool. And I actually love the movies, so even if I never read this series, I still have a love for those movies. So there’s that…

The next book I was gifted was Soul Harvest: The World Takes Sides by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins.

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This is yet another book that my brother gifted to me, and it is the fourth book in the Left Behind series. He had no idea what it was, just figured it looked like something I would enjoy, so he got it for me. I did at one time want to read this series, but I haven’t had that kind of desire since they did a reboot of the original book to movie adaptation. I don’t know. I might want to eventually read this. This series is a Christian fiction series that is centered around the rapture and those that are left behind in Tribulation (as in what happens in Revelation). I really liked the movie, so maybe I will gain a desire to read this series again in the future.

The next book I was gifted was The Vile Village by Lemony Snicket.

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This is the seventh book in the A Series of Unfortunate Events series, and I was, of course, gifted this to by my brother. We have had many conversations about me wanting to own and read this entire series, so when he saw this and one other book in the series at the bargain variety store, he went ahead and got it for me. This series follows the three Baudelaire children (Klaus, Sunny and Violet) who are experiencing the deaths of their parents and have been shipped off to a few “relatives” houses, the first of which was Count Olaf, a horrible man who wants their family fortune and is willing to do anything to get it. I really have been enjoying this series, and the Netflix series was fantastic, so I am just excited to get more into it!

And the final book I was gifted was The End by Lemony Snicket.

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This is the thirteenth and final book in the A Series of Unfortunate Events series, and I was gifted this to by my brother. I am so excited to have another book in this series. Hopefully, by having these two books, it will give me the nudge to continue on with the series since I have only read the first four books. This is a children’s series, and it is so unlike anything else I have ever read, which is why I love it so much. This series is so strange and manages to take the same general story line and make it different with each book, which is just so intriguing. Here’s to hoping I will read the rest of the series very soon!

Books I Received:

The first book I was sent is The Crowns of Crowswald by D. E. Night.

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This is the first book in a new fantasy series, I believe, and I was sent this by the author, D. E. Night, so thank you so much for sending this my way! This book follows Ivy Lovely, a girl who has been hidden behind the wall that separates the mundane world from the magical realm. When she crosses the border, her powers awaken and she ends up going to the Halls of Ivy, a magical school that helps students learn to master their magic and the gems of Croswald. When Ivy’s life and magic are threatened by the Dark Queen, Ivy is forced to unearth her own history to save all of Croswald. Not only does that sound like a kickass story, but the cover is one of the most gorgeous ones I have ever seen. All of this just has me very excited to read this novel, so hopefully, I will get to this soon!

And the last book I received was Egypt’s Sister: A Novel of Cleopatra by Angela Elwell Hunt.

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This is a historical fiction novel that was sent to me by Bethany House Publishers, so thank you for sending this my way! This novel follows Chava, a friend of Urbi who soon becomes Queen Cleopatra. When Chava and Urbi have an argument, Chava finds herself imprisoned and sold into slavery. That is literally all I know about it, and that is all I need to know. This sounds like it is going to be amazing and very interesting, so I am super pumped to read this. I am in love with Egyptian history and historical fiction, so this definitely seems like it is going to be a book that I enjoy, so I hope to get to this in the near future!

And there you have it! That was my August Book Haul. I told you there were a crap ton of books to haul. I received most of these mostly due to my generous brother, so thank you, Andy, for getting me all of these books and thank you to every author and publisher who sent me a book! What is your favorite book that you have read this summer? Comment down below! I would love to know. And that is going to be it for this post today. Thank you all so much for sticking with me and reading all of this, I hope you enjoyed it, and I will see you next time!

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Fashionably Dead by Robyn Peterman | REVIEW & DISCUSSION

Hey, guys! Today we will be discussing the first book in the Hot Damned series by Robyn Peterman, Fashionably Dead. This is a book that I loved in high school, and it was my favorite paranormal romance book, so I was curious as to what I would think about it now. So I decided to reread it. This is an adult novel, so there are explicitly sexual scenes that may make you uncomfortable, so if you are not down for that, I do not recommend you read this novel. But let’s go ahead and get into the review!

Synopsis:

Vampyres don’t exist. They absolutely do not exist.

At least I didn’t think they did ‘til I tried to quit smoking and ended up Undead. Who in the hell did I screw over in a former life that my getting healthy equates with dead?

Now I’m a Vampyre. Yes, we exist whether we want to or not. However, I have to admit, the perks aren’t bad. My girls no longer jiggle, my ass is higher than a kite and the latest Prada keeps finding its way to my wardrobe. On the downside, I’m stuck with an obscenely profane Guardian Angel who looks like Oprah and a Fairy Fighting Coach who’s teaching me to annihilate like the Terminator.

To complicate matters, my libido has increased to Vampyric proportions and my attraction to a hotter than Satan’s underpants killer rogue Vampyre is not only dangerous . . . it’s possibly deadly. For real dead. Permanent death isn’t on my agenda. Avoiding him is my only option. Of course, since he thinks I’m his, it’s easier said than done. Like THAT’S not enough to deal with, all the other Vampyres think I’m some sort of Chosen One.

Holy Hell, if I’m in charge of saving an entire race of blood suckers, the Undead are in for one hell of a ride. ”

My Thoughts:

Something you should know before I get into everything is I have read this book so many times that I could practically recite it in my sleep. This has been my all time favorite paranormal romance novel for many years. And then I decided to reread it, and I discovered she changed things in the book! My excitement was real. I treated this like a new novel, and it almost was. She changed and added a lot of things to the story. Some were really great, but others really rubbed me the wrong way. While I still really enjoyed this, I did find that I didn’t enjoy it quite as much as I used to since I was actually thinking about the situations, the characters, the plot and the book as a whole from a critical point of view.

One thing that I have loved and hated in equal measure is the characters. While I can’t really connect with any of the characters in the story, I still appreciate them as characters. They are really well-developed and very dynamic. They make really stupid decisions just like everyone else. They aren’t perfect, which is really important to me. However, I do think it is a problem that I had trouble connecting with any of the characters. Usually, I can in some way, shape or form connect with one of the characters, but I could not, and that is not a good sign for me.

Astrid was, like I said, a character I could not connect to, but she is a character that I liked. To be honest, I think I mostly just liked her and Ethan being together, but also how headstrong she was. That I admired. But there was one point in the book where it says she was an introvert, and I just laughed because that was absolutely ridiculous and 100% false. There is no way in hell Astrid is an introvert. She is an extrovert through and through. There is absolutely no evidence to support that she might be an introvert. We never see her act anything even close to an introvert. That bothered me because she just is not one. You know how I know? Because I am! But I digress. I really don’t like that the only reason I like her character is because I like her with a guy. But she just was not a character that I really loved.

Something else that I didn’t notice before, but I do now, is that Astrid is supposed to be an adult. She is supposed to be almost thirty. She is twenty-nine in this story, and that surprised me when I read that this time around because Astrid seems to lack the maturity that she should have as an adult. She honestly seems to have the maturity of a teenager, and that is definitely a problem with this story, and I consider it an inconsistency.

And another thing is that for some ungodly reason she is absolutely obsessed with Prada stuff. Which is fine. You do you. But it is mentioned on pretty much every single page of the book, and it was driving me insane. Like we get it. She is obsessed with it. YOU DON’T HAVE TO TELL US FIFTY BILLION TIMES. I was just irritated at that point…

I did really love her friend Gemma. Gemma really cared about Astrid, and she had a big heart. I know she really loved Astrid and she grew to get really close with The Kev. The Kev really cares about her, and I am so glad we learned more about her character. Personally, I would have rather followed Gemma’s character than Astrid’s, but I digress. I do think we should have seen her character more throughout the book, not just with Astrid, but in general. I just think she was a little bit underrated…

We just need to talk about Pam for a second. Jesus, Budah and Allah, I love this woman. Okay, so she looks like Oprah Winfrey, which is funny enough. But the woman cusses like a sailor, and she gets creative with it, so it is absolutely hilarious. She at one point calls Astrid a “shithat”, and I just loved her character so much. She was the comedic relief for the book. There were other funny lines, but a lot of the burst out laughing uncontrollably kind of laughter was because of Pam. I just freaking loved her. She was the best.

I don’t have much to say on The Kev other than 1. He’s hot. 2. He loves Gemma. And 3. I think his sense of style is so funny. He just wears things that don’t match, and its hilarious when you try to picture it because it looks so bizarre. But I did really enjoy his character, even if we don’t see much of him throughout the book.

And now on to my favorite character, Ethan. This man is the sexiest man alive (or unalive, undead, whatever), and I just loved him. He was the most possessive son of a bitch I have ever read about, and it was so sexy, and I loved it. He is literally the most powerful vampire in the world, and he can have any woman he desires. But he ends up with Astrid as his mate. That never really made sense to me. Like I knew she was his mate and whatever, but I never understood why they would ever be an item. Yes, Astrid is The Chosen One (don’t even get me started on that one…), and it was in the prophecies that the Chosen One would be his mate, but seriously. I just don’t get it. He deserves someone else, in my opinion. I just don’t see the appeal to Astrid, but I digress…

But there is something I need to talk about real quick. There was one point in the book where Ethan was avoiding Astrid and not talking to her, and she was really upset (rightfully so). And she leaves, comes back with hell to pay. She tries to discuss things with him (not including that, which irritated the hell out of me)

Now, the plot. I think it was executed much better than it was in the original version of the story. I think it is more developed, and I do think the ending is exactly like the original version. It is still gross and disgusting and vile, but it is a really great “ending”. It ended on a cliffhanger, and it was a damn good one too. I will give this book that.

Now one thing I absolutely loved about this book was the writing. I have always been a huge fan of Robyn Peterman’s writing. Her writing style makes her books super fast reads, and I just love the way she weaves characters into situations. I also just love the way she words things because sometimes when I am reading her books, especially this one, I just burst out laughing because in a situation that just does not warrant laughing, there is something she has a character think, and it just makes me burst out laughing. I am just a really big fan of her writing style, and I am definitely going to be picking up more books of hers in the future.

Overall, I did enjoy this, even if I found that I did have several problems with this story. I loved the romance, the writing style, and the overall plot line. It does kind of make me sad that I don’t love this story as much as I used to, but I was a different reader then, and I have matured a lot as a reader, so I understand why I am not as big of a fan of this story as I was. But I do still hope to read more of Robyn Peterman’s work in the future.

3-and-a-half-stars

And there you have it! That was my review of Fashionably Dead by Robyn Peterman. What is your favorite paranormal romance novel? Comment down below! I would love to know. And that is going to be it for this post today. Thank you all so much for reading this, I hope you enjoyed it, and I will see you next time!

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