Review: An Uncertain Choice by Jody Hedlund

Publisher: Zonderkidz-Books
Release Date: March 3rd, 2015
Series: An Uncertain Choice, #1
Pages: 256
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Genre(s): Romance
Synopsis from Goodreads:

Due to her parents’ promise at her birth, Lady Rosemarie has been prepared to become a nun on the day she turns eighteen. Then, a month before her birthday, a friend of her father’s enters the kingdom and proclaims her parents’ will left a second choice. If Rosemarie can marry before the eve of her eighteenth year, she will be exempt from the ancient vow.

Before long, Rosemarie is presented with the three most handsome and brave knights in the land. But when the competition for her heart seemingly results in a knight playing foul, she begins to wonder if the cloister is the best place after all. If only one of the knights the one who appears the most guilty had not already captured her heart.

DNFDNF’ed at 45%

my rambles

I was really upset when I finally made the decision to mark this book as “DNF” because I really wanted to love this book, but I could tell exactly where everything was going. It was to the point where I could guess how the dialogue and exchanges would go.

From the very first scene I was able to guess the main love interest, and sure enough, I was correct. Predictability isn’t always a bad thing, but when a book is so predictable it becomes dull to read. Not only was the predictability aspect something that I didn’t like, but the exchanges between Rosemarie and the knight seemed forced and unrealistic.

The idea for the storyline to me was very much like a mix of The Selection by Kiera Cass and Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers but for a much younger audience, looking for an innocent and clean read.

Not that innocent and clean are bad things — there aren’t enough books that are suitable for younger YA readers. But this book just wasn’t for me. I think the predictability aspects make it better suited to younger readers. I’d definitely recommend this to pre-teens and younger YA readers who are looking for a cute romance that is clean in ways that some other YA romances are lacking.

Although I did not finish An Uncertain Choice, I don’t think that this book is bad. It’s just better suited for a younger audience and that’s the reason why I chose not to continue on with the book and give it a low star rating. It doesn’t deserve a low star rating from what I read, just the right audience!

*There are also some religious undertones to the book, as this was published by a Christian publishing company. This did not at all affect my opinion on this particular book, though.

xo

Early Excitement: March 2015

Early Excitement

I feel like I say this each month but: some of my most-anticipated reads of the year are coming out this month and OHMYGOSH I can’t contain my excitement!!! Okay, so there are only four books that I have on my list, but as I said, the excitement!

   

The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski — March 3rd, 2015
The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows — March 10th, 2015
Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver — March 10th, 2015
Little Peach by Peggy Kern — March 10th, 2015

Both The Winner’s Crime and The Orphan Queen I’ve talked about before on the blog in old WoW posts, but Vanishing Girls and Little Peach I don’t think I’ve mentioned. These two have been quiet excitements for me. I’m particularly excited for Little Peach in that it sounds like Stolen, which tore my heart in a billion pieces, so DUH, I need another book to do the same thing!

What upcoming March releases are you excited about?

xo

Review: The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma

Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers
Release Date: March 24th, 2015
Series: N/A
Pages: 336
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
Genre(s): Mystery, Paranormal
Synopsis from Goodreads:

“Ori’s dead because of what happened out behind the theater, in the tunnel made out of trees. She’s dead because she got sent to that place upstate, locked up with those monsters. And she got sent there because of me.”

The Walls Around Us is a ghostly story of suspense told in two voices—one still living and one long dead. On the outside, there’s Violet, an eighteen-year-old dancer days away from the life of her dreams when something threatens to expose the shocking truth of her achievement. On the inside, within the walls of a girls’ juvenile detention center, there’s Amber, locked up for so long she can’t imagine freedom. Tying these two worlds together is Orianna, who holds the key to unlocking all the girls’ darkest mysteries.

We hear Amber’s story and Violet’s, and through them Orianna’s, first from one angle, then from another, until gradually we begin to get the whole picture—which is not necessarily the one that either Amber or Violet wants us to see.

Nova Ren Suma tells a supernatural tale of guilt and innocence, and what happens when one is mistaken for the other.

my rambles

Special thanks to Algonquin YR for providing me with an advance copy for review!

I’m not quite sure where to begin with writing this review, so I’m just going to dive right into it. The Walls Around Us was a book that I was hotly anticipating, but for the first 3/4ths of the book nothing about the story made it stand out to me as something new and unique from other books in this genre. It was somewhat easy for me to forget about and easily left my mind when I wasn’t reading it. Lately I’ve been reading a lot of mysteries and The Walls Around Us just wasn’t singling itself out. But then you get to a point where you finally start to really really understand what’s going on and put the puzzle pieces together, and this changed my entire feelings about the book.

The last parts of the book I couldn’t read fast enough. The story builds up to the exciting end with flashbacks and memories told from two POVs: Amber and Vee. When these parts from the past are finally done (they are completely essential, and don’t drag, but just aren’t as exciting as that ending!) the pacing of the book completely changes, things are revealed and I’m sure that this ending will shock you. I was completely caught off guard with this ending, and IT WAS AWESOME!!!

Nova Ren Suma’s writing was beautiful and ghostly, just like the synopsis says. Somehow she has the ability to make such a gruesome and harsh reality of a story sound so poetic.

All in all, the majority of The Walls Around Us didn’t blow me away, but this book is definitely worth reading for the amazing writing and ending. It’s definitely a psychological book that will leave you dumbstruck!

xo

If Characters Wrote Blogs #1

If Characters Wrote Blogs (1) I’ve had this idea for quite awhile, but it has taken me a bit to finally put this post together for whatever reason. Being that I’m a blogger, I began to wonder what it would be like if some of the characters I’ve read in books were bloggers and the topics they’d blog about. Here’s what category of bloggers I labeled some characters from popular books!

Character BloggersTyrion Lannister from A Game of Thrones | Anna Oliphant from Anna and the French Kiss | Tella Holloway from Fire & Flood | Cather Avery from Fangirl | Kestrel from The Winner’s Curse

I had such a fun time thinking of these, so look out for more “If Characters Wrote Blogs” posts in the future!

Let me know what you think! What characters could you see as bloggers, and what would they blog about?

xo

Review: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Release Date: January 1st, 2012
Series: Throne of Glass, #1
Pages: 404
Format: Paperback
Source: Gifted
Genre(s): High Fantasy
Synopsis from Goodreads:

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

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

my rambles

I FINALLY READ THIS BOOK! AND IT WAS AMAZING! AND BADASS!

I don’t even know where to begin, because I can’t pinpoint one thing that I didn’t like in Throne of Glass. To everyone that has been recommending this book to me for years: you win. I am in love with this book, and I could. not. put. it. down. I know I sometimes say that a lot, but when I was reading Throne of Glass, I actually didn’t put it down. My mom can confirm that, as she was constantly telling me to stop reading and clean my room.

I’ll start with these awesome characters. Celaena is the epitome of kick-butt, won’t take anyone’s crap kind of girl. She’s brave and strong, oh and AN ASSASSIN, but Sarah J. Maas doesn’t write her to be some killing machine — she’s so human and I loved that. You really feel for her, and you definitely root for her from page one. She’s just one of those characters that you can’t help but adore!

You really see the humanity within her when you see her relationships develop with the other characters in the book: Nehemia, Chaol, Dorian and Nox. Nehemia is another kick-butt character, but not in the physical way like Celaena. She’s clever and quick with her words, and I loved the snarky girl that spoke her mind, much like Celaena did, too. The two of them together is quite a pair! Then there are the love interests. Yes, there is a love triangle, and YES I DON’T CARE. From the beginning I labelled myself as a Chaol girl because I mean, how could you not? He’s a guard and he’s handsome and he is skeptical of Celaena. But then Dorian enters the picture and he’s arrogant but when you read the book I think you’ll understand that Dorian definitely makes choosing one of these men very difficult. And both relationships are filled with something I love dearly: BANTER.

I’m not going to lie, the romance was one of my favorite parts of the book. But, the fantasy aspects and worldbuilding was also wonderful. Although we don’t get too much of it until the very end, it’s easy to see that Sarah J. Maas has created an intricate world that I am eager to revisit in the next book, Crown of Midnight!

Overall, Throne of Glass was just the fantasy I needed, living up to all of the hype and expectations surrounding it and the series. I cannot wait to continue reading about this amazing world and incredible characters!

xo