Book Review: A List of Cages (Spoiler-Free)

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I didn’t even realize that I didn’t have any pictures of A List of Cages. What kind of human am I?

Alright. Let’s get into the stats on this book.

Stats

Genre: Hard Hitting Contemporary
Page Count: 320
Pub Month/Year: Jan 2017
Form: Hardcover
Plot Rating: 4/5
Character Rating: 4/5
Ease of Reading: 5/5
Overall Rating: 4.5/5 (4/5 on GoodReads)
Recommend To: Anyone who wants a contemporary that will make them cry and feel all the feels.
Trigger Warnings: Child abuse (physcial and mental). This is a tough book to get through and I just want you to know that the abuse scenes are described in great detail.


Summary

Let’s start with a general summary. I like going into books knowing as little as possible so I’ll try to keep it to what I would have liked to know going into this book.

This story is a hard hitter, as I’ve already said. It follows two different POVs, Adam and Julian. These two boys have a history together due to a tragic accident in Julian’s past. At the time of this book, Adam is a senior in High School and Julian is a freshman.

Adam is helping out the counselor at the school and is assigned to make sure Julian actually goes to his appointments. During that time, Adam and Julian begin getting closer but Adam realizes that there’s something off about Julian.

Julian just wants to be blend in. He doesn’t want to cause trouble for anyone, especially his uncle, Russell. Anything to keep Russell from getting mad at him. But when Adam starts getting closer to Julian, how will he manage to keep the balance?

(I don’t know if that would be an accurate description of Julian’s side, but we’ll just go with it)


Ease of Reading

Now onto some of my thoughts. Let’s start out with how easy/hard it was to read.

This book was such a quick read for me. After going through the Shadow and Bone trilogy, I’ve been on a contemporary/romance kick. This was another that I managed to read in about 2 days (probably less because I had to work 8 hours both days and sleep during the day).

Now, just because it was a quick read, doesn’t mean it was mentally easy. This book broke my heart so many times. I don’t even know how many times I had to just put the book down because I was reading on my lunch and I didn’t want to break down and cry in the break room.

I still can’t stop thinking about a lot of  what happened in this book. I’ve always been iffy about reading books with child abuse, but this book has pushed me to read more. I want to read A Child Called It at some point. I know that it’ll crush me.

This book read like a children’s classic would for me. All the books I read in school (like The Outsiders and The Giver) had the same feel, even though they were different subjects and writing styles. They just gave off the same feel while reading. Like this would be a book that someone would read in school. If that makes any sense.

I had the lovely Taylor proofread this for me and helped me keep it spoiler free. And she pointed out that during the Java and the Librarians live show, they mentioned Adam’s parts felt YA and Julian’s felt more MG. Which makes sense. Adam was a senior and Julian was a freshman. So well done with that, Roe.


Plot

Now onto the plot.

I was going to do characters first but the characters were such an important part of this story that, in my opinion, they were more important than the plot.

Now, the plot was kind of slow burning but it needed to be. A lot of time went by (I believe it was an entire school year) during these 320 pages but a lot seemed to happen with the character growth. I’ll get more into that in the character portion of this.

Plot wise, there was a lot of lead up to the turning point then a lot of lead up to the climax. But it was all necessary, in my opinion. With a story like this, there needs to be a lot of repetitive behavior and not too much “action.”

Don’t get me wrong, there was a lot of “action” in this book. I’ll just get into the characters to get into that more.


Characters

The characters were my favorite part about this book. I don’t think I’ve ever felt such strong feelings about characters. There were characters I loved, characters I absolutely despised (like, more than Umbridge. Yeah), characters I just wanted to snuggle, characters that I needed more of. Everything. I love the characters of this book so much. Robin Roe did such a great job and writing them.

Now, back to the “action.” There were a lot of repetitive scenes and characters doing the same things over and over. But there was always something different. The characters were always changing. Like, (not spoilery) there are a bunch of scenes of Adam and his friends at lunch and every single one of them show growth in all of the characters. It always shows something different. I absolutely love that.

Characters make a story for me. If I hate the characters, I don’t care what happens and I don’t end up liking the story, usually. This book was everything. The characters were wonderful and that kept me very interested in what was going to happen to them.

*Disclaimer: this next part will be semi-spoilery, so tread carefully*

Now, there were some issues with the characters that did bother me and it bothered me a lot. The adults seemed to be useless. They were all either mean people or didn’t seem to care/realize what was going on. Which, I feel like is unrealistic. The way it was all handled would have been pretty obvious for teachers/counselors to suspect something and question it.

*Semi-spoiler is over. Now I have a major spoiler thought I need to share. Skip to Overall if you don’t want spoilers*

The most frustrating part of this entire book was Adam. When he found out about what was going on, he decided not to tell anyone. Which he also knew he should have but he listened to his friends. Which, it makes sense, a little bit. As a teenager, he doesn’t really understand completely what’s going on or how things should be handled. But Roe made him out to be so naive and that frustrated me.

*spoilers over! Continue!*


Overall 

Overall, I adored this book. I only took away .5 stars because there was just something that I can’t put my finger on that make me take away that .5. There was just a little tiny bit of SOMETHING missing. I couldn’t begin to imagine what that is.

Maybe it was the fact that it was a bit slow at times, but I still loved those parts. They may have been slow “action” wise, but they were wonderful for the characters. I don’t know.

I love this book and if you think you can handle reading about child abuse from the victim’s POV, do it. I feel like as long as it’s not triggering for you, you should read it. It’s such an important read.


Have you read this book? What were your spoiler-free thoughts? If you’re going to put spoilers in your comment, either message me privately or say that you’re putting spoilers in it. If you don’t, I’ll comment. So people who don’t want to be spoiled while reading comments, check for the spoiler warnings.


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Book Review: Sapphire by JA Low *Spoiler Free*

** I received this book from NetGalley and the publisher for my honest review **


There is so much different about this post than my other reviews. It’ll be set up differently and will be posted at a random time on a day I never post. 

I finished this book at 5am and I couldn’t just not write and post the review. I needed to share my thoughts. 

This story follows three characters: Mateo, the popular underwear model and actor, Tomas, the son of a conservative family, and Zoe, the girl who ends up on the doorstep of these two closeted men’s home near death. What shall happen as these two gorgeous men nurse this beautiful woman back to health? Read this and see. 

I adored this book. 4.5/5 stars for me. I loved it. I fell in love with the characters immediately and was hooked on the story from the beginning. I didn’t want to put it down. It’s a mix of love, hate, frustration, and need to know what happens next. 

That being said, I did have a problem with this book. It seemed to be rushed a bit at the end because the beginning was focused too much on the relationship building and sex. But! It worked out in the end. It was necessary to buildup the relationship. And the love that was shared made me melt. It was wonderful. 

This is unlike anything I have personally read and I’m so grateful for that. It’s definitely peaked my interest for these types of stories. 

Trigger Warnings: 

Rape, sexual assault, depression, suicidal thoughts 

(if you’ve read this and you know of more, let me know so I can update this)

This book comes out July 30th, 2017. 

Let me know if you’re going to check it out! 

Book Review: Shadow and Bone Trilogy (Spoiler-free)

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I finally got around to reading the Shadow and Bone trilogy (previously known as the Grisha trilogy). It took me a while but I did it!

I have to start by thanking Melissa from The Written Adventure. We buddy read Siege and Storm and Ruin and Rising. If it weren’t for her, I wouldn’t have finished this trilogy when I did.

Let’s just get into my review.


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Books in Series: Shadow and Bone, Siege and Storm, Ruin and Rising
Genre: 
Fantasy
Page Count: 356, 432, 417
Pub Month/Year: June 2012, June 2013, June 2014
Form: Paperback
Plot Rating: 2/5, 1/5, 3/5
Character Rating: 2/5, 1/5, 3/5
Ease of Reading Rating: 4/5, 3/5, 4/5
Overall Rating: 2.5/5, 1.5/5, 3.5/5 (2.5/5)
Recommend To: Fans of fantasy. I haven’t read Six of Crows yet, but I do recommend reading this series before reading that. It seemed like a nice intro to the Grisha world.


Alright, so in case you haven’t realized, I wasn’t a huge fan of this trilogy. The last book made it mostly worth it, though.

This was a decent series. For being the beginning of the Grisha world, it was okay. It could have been better, but I think that it was mainly just my personal preference that didn’t like it. I know for a fact that a lot of people adore this series and I know a lot of people will enjoy it when they do read it. It just wasn’t for me really.

Unfortunately, a lot of it had to do with the fact I hated a lot of the characters. I liked two people. I didn’t care about the main relationship. I didn’t feel anything when bad things happened. Except the ending. I felt that.

I did enjoy the cliffhangers at the ends of the series. They weren’t enough that I wanted to read the next book as soon as I finished it, but they did leave me wanting a bit more.

Now, onto my issues. The first book, there wasn’t really any real reason I didn’t like it. It was just meh to me. There wasn’t anything spectacular about it, but it was written well enough and was enjoyable.

The second book, on the other hand, I did not like at all. It had hardcore second book syndrome. It was just building up for the last book. It was boring, in my opinion. It was a good addition because the buildup was necessary, but it just put me to sleep, so to speak.

The last book was the best in the series, in my opinion. It had the action I was looking for, the romance (even though I didn’t care about the couple), and a little bit of a twist (even though I pretty much saw it coming). It was a good book. Nothing too great, but better than the other two, definitely.

Now, that being said, I am looking forward to reading Six of Crows. I’m probably going to end up buddy reading it with Melissa again, of course, that’s if she wants to.

I still recommend reading this series before Six of Crows just because it gives an introduction to the world. And I believe that Six of Crows is a while after Ruin and Rising ends so it’ll be nice to know the history of the world.

I’m also looking forward to reading Language of Thorns. It’s going to be interesting, I hope.


Let me know if you’ve read this trilogy and what your thoughts about it were. If you have any spoiler thoughts, feel free to contact me on any social media and we can rant/gush about it!

P.s. Don’t worry, Nikolai was one of the two characters that I loved.


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Book Review: Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde

So, this review is going to be different for all my others. I am not home on my computer, I’m on my phone. I wanted this to go up tomorrow (it’s Friday) so I just decided to write it on my phone!

Let’s just get into it. 

I absolutely LOVED this book. It was definitely a favorite of the year. I didn’t want to put it down. I was addicted. 

I felt so connected to Taylor. The thoughts she was having were very similar to ones I have had or do have. 

There are so many things that I was able to connect with when it came to this story. I was really awesome to have that. It was also a very quick read. I flew through it. I would have had it done in one sitting if it weren’t for the fact I had to work. 

And the couples in this book were the best. They made my soul happy. I don’t know how many times during this book I was outwardly smiling or saying “aww.” And there was even a couple points where I felt like crying. 

I’m so glad I read this book. So very glad. I highly recommend it. 

There’s not much else that I can say about this besides the fact the author is my hero 😂 Just by reading some of her answers for the questions in the back, I connected. 

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Spoiler-Free Review: Caraval by Stephanie Garber

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Genre: Fantasy/Magical Realism?
Page Count: 402
Pub Date: January 17, 2017
Form: Hardcover
Plot Rating: 4/5
Character Rating: 4/5
Ease of Reading Rating: 4/5
Overall Rating: 4/5
Recommend: Anyone who is interested in magical realism (even though I wasn’t too sure about the genre, I know it’s fantasy). I’ve heard if you liked Night Circus, you’ll like this.
Quotes:

“Every person has the power to change their fate if they are brave enough to fight for what they desire more than anything.”


I ended up buddy reading this book with April from April’s Book Nook!
I went into this book with very low expectations. I’ve only really heard that people didn’t like this book or that it was okay. I absolutely loved it. I didn’t give it 5 stars because it could have been better, but I still loved it! I spent the entire time guessing what was going to happen and a lot of my guesses were wrong! I’m usually pretty good at guessing, but this time, I wasn’t!
I loved all of the characters (even though I found Scarlett to be a bit annoying at times). The love between the sisters was fantastic. They both cared so much about each other and that just made me love them even more. Trying to figure out what role each person played in the game and what was going on made things so interesting for me. I loved every bit of it.
The pacing in this book was great to me. I felt like there was always something going on. Scarlett was always trying to figure out what was going on, where her sister was, what each clue meant. Whenever the sun was down, they were always on the move.
I do recommend this book, but I also recommend to not go into it with your hopes too high. I thoroughly enjoyed it but that doesn’t mean that it’s for everyone. It was a strange but interesting read for me.

I thank April for reading this with me and pushing me to finally pick it up. I look forward to reading the sequel to this and I also look forward to buddy reading another book with you soon!

Thank you to OwlCrate for including this book in your box! I hope to get to more books you have sent out fairly soon!
And lastly, thank you to all of you guys who follow me and read my posts. I know I’m not the most interesting blogger, but I am eternally grateful for your continued support and love!

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Spoiler-Free Book Review: Same Love by Tony Correia

*I received this book from NetGalley and the publisher for my honest review*

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Genre: Contemporary
Page Count: 184
Pub Date: (I’m getting different answers everywhere for this) GR: April 28, 2017 Amazon and NetGalley: Aug 1, 2017
Form: eBook
Plot Rating: 1/5
Character Rating: 2/5
Ease of Reading Rating: 3/5
Overall Rating: 2/5
Recommend: Not really
Quotes:

“That’s your parents talking, not you. I don’t know much about religion, but I know what’s natural and what isn’t. You don’t get to choose your sexuality. It chooses you. And why would you go to hell for something you have no control over?”


Trigger Warnings

Negative views on minorities
Depression
Suicide
Abortion
Slut Shaming
Racism

There’s probably a ton more but those are the ones that popped into my head.


This book. Where do I start? I’m going to say this now, I did not enjoy it. At all. I’m going to keep this spoiler free so anyone can read it that would like it.

This book follows Adam, a boy who has realized that he’s gay while in high school. He keeps it a secret knowing how people are going to react. Until his parents find out about it. This leads them to send him to a camp where he will be “changed.”

I knew that I was going to  go into this book very apprehensively. This is a tough topic to write about and I knew it was very unlikely that it would be written well. And I was right. I did not enjoy much about this book. I hated the characters. I hated the choices made.

There were a ton of things in this book that didn’t make me believe what was going on. It seemed semi-realistic. I just didn’t like the fact that I hated just about every character. I think the only characters I liked were Rhonda and Martin.

This book made me so angry at almost everything. Things were said that should have been countered. Characters acted in ways that should have been fought. This topic wasn’t handled well, in my opinion.

Now, I can see why people would enjoy it. This is a very important topic to discuss as it is still happening. I’m glad that someone wrote a book about it and I was able to read it. Even though I wish it was handled differently, I still enjoyed it enough to want to continue reading and finish it. There was even a point where I was about to cry. I had to step away for a minute because it broke my heart. I’m sure there are relatable characters in this book and it was actually pretty diverse.

I do recommend that people read it and form their own opinions on it, but that’s the case with any book. If you’ve read this, let me know and we can discuss it.

I know this wasn’t much of a review but a lot of my thoughts would be spoilery so I tried summing up my thoughts without spoiling anything! I hope you enjoyed it either way.


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A Court of Wings and Ruin Book Review

I started reading A Court of Wings and Ruin on May 3rd and finished it on June 3rd at 11pm. I didn’t even review it on GoodReads after I finished it like I normally do. I needed to sit and stew on it for a bit. So it’s not the morning after and I’m ready to review it.

To start things off, this review will be separated into two main sections. I will have the spoiler-free portion first where anyone can read it without worries of being spoiled. I will try to refrain from spoilers of any of the books so that you can read this review even if you haven’t read any of the ACOTAR books. Despite the fact if you have any social media, I’m sure you know a huge spoiler of ACOMAF. But I’ll refrain from mentioning it.

Then there will be a spoiler filled section that I will warn you all about so that you can leave if you plan on reading it. If you’ve already read it, awesome. Go ahead and continue into the spoiler section!

Please please please refrain from spoilers in the comments of any kind. I know that limits what you can comment. If you want to talk spoilers, send me a private message or email. I’ll answer as soon as I see it.

Now, before getting into the actual review, I would like to thank Jessica over at JessicaMarie493 for dealing with my mixed emotions. And I still haven’t decided between Az and Cass. I will make my choice soon enough, but I have a feeling you won’t like it ;D

Now, let’s get into this!

Spoiler-Free

In case you don’t know, this book is the third book in a series that follows our main character, Feyre, after she kills a faerie in the woods.

I have so many mixed feelings about this book. I loved it but at the same time, there were so many different things that I had huge problems with. If you would like more detail on those things, go to the spoiler section (but only if you’ve read it).

There were so many things that didn’t go the way that I personally would have liked for it to go. And not to mention I felt like I couldn’t even trust my own impressions of people. Sarah seems to have a way about flipping characters on their heads, and I don’t mean this literally. Her characters just seem to change overnight. It’s strange and unrealistic. But I could get past that a couple times. It’s frustrating when I can’t trust a single character because I don’t know if they are really bad or if they are going to be truly bad.

Now, another huge issue that I had with this book was its pacing. It’s broken up into 3 different parts. The first part I read super quickly. The third part, I read fairly quickly, but the middle dragged on and on.

This book is 699 pages long (I only remember because I was like, “really? Can’t make it 700). But I feel like that could have been cut down 100-200 pages by taking out a lot of the middle chunk. There were certain parts that were of importance, but most of it just seemed to be a waste of my time. I know for a fact that I’m not the only one who felt this way, either. I was talking to my friend about it. She also believes that it should have been cut down.

That’s not to say that I didn’t like this book because I truly did. Despite everything that happened and the things I disliked, I really did thoroughly enjoy it. It made me laugh, cry, angry, and just gave me all of the feels.

I love the main family of characters. And Lucien. I have to say, I love Lucien. Not as much as Cassian or Azriel, but he’s up there.

After a lot of thought about this, I’d have to say that I give it a 3.75, or a 4 on GoodReads and Amazon. I knew for most of the book it’d be a 3.5 but the ending bumped it up to 3.75.

I still highly recommend this series to anyone. But be prepared. Each of these took me a month to read.

Now, let’s get onto the fun part. This will be mostly complaining, so be prepared.

Spoiler Section (Don’t read past this point if you haven’t read the series)

There. Now I can’t be blamed for spoilers.

Now, I’m just going to get right into this. I despised the ending. 95%. I’m glad that nothing really bad happened to all of the characters but come on. Seriously? It’s a freak war and you don’t have any repercussions for it except their dad dying? Oh, Amren is dead. Nope, she comes back even more perfect than before. Oh, Cassian and Azriel both almost died? Cassian twice! But nope. They’re perfectly fine now.

It ended too perfect for my liking, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy it. I still love this book and I still recommend it.

Now, the pacing. The middle was just a huge waste of time for me. Like, I don’t mind being in the world a little longer but it just dragged so much. I didn’t have that point where I just couldn’t put it down until the last hundred pages. It’s frustrating.

And I HATE Feyre. I truly did by the end of the book. She didn’t have any faith in her sisters. She couldn’t believe that they were anything more than helpless rich girls. And I tried using the excuse that Nesta treated her like crap but, yeah. She’s been through more than enough to make up for that. Nesta is a tough girl. She was stronger than Feyre realized and I hate that. And Elain wasn’t just that little girl with “doe eyes.” She was so much more. She’s saying strange things and instead of talking to her about it, you bring in a healer to help fix her because you think she’s crazy? Come on. Have some faith in your family.

Now, I have mixed feelings about everyone ending up to be good. It kind of makes sense, though. Not really them all being good but definitely them all fighting against Hybern. I mean, it’s their land. They’re going to want to protect it either way. Everyone understood what Hybern would do if they won the war. It was really convenient that everything worked out for them though.

Another thing I had an issue with was the diversity. It just seemed to be trying too hard. I mean, I’m really glad that there was some diversity this time around, but it would have been nice from the first book and the diverse characters being more of a main part of the story. But that doesn’t really take away from the story too much. Sorry, but I appreciate it and want to read more diverse books, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to hate on a book because it doesn’t have any diversity. Hate me if you want.

Overall, I still loved this book and I can’t wait for the next ones. I am really hoping to get a story from Mor’s POV. I want to see her come out and see the reactions of everyone around her. Also, I need need need at least one book in Nesta’s POV. Definitely. Her and Cass are perfection. I’d also like one from Az’s POV. I think it’d be interesting to see what’s rolling around in the shadowsinger’s head.

I’d like one from Tamlin’s POV, also. I want him to change and I want the best for him. I’d have to say he’s a morally grey character in my mind. I mean, I can’t get past his anger issues but I hope that he can manage somehow. I kind of understand, don’t accept, but understand. I want him to get the help he needs and find the happiness he deserves after losing everything.

So I think that’s about it. Even though I had a lot to complain about, I still loved this book and plan on continuing. As I said before, I still recommend this. I’d have to say it’s a bit of a guilty pleasure read. It’s not the greatest book (ACOMAF definitely has it beat) but I still enjoyed it.

If you have any thoughts about this book you’d like to share, share your spoiler free ones below and message me privately about your spoiler ones. I will delete any spoiler comments, I apologize.

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