A Book Lover's Ramblings

I read and love YA books of pretty much every genre.

The Infernal Devices: Clockwork Prince

Clockwork Prince (Graphic Novel) - HyeKyung Baek, Cassandra Clare 4.5 stars.

The Burning Sky

The Burning Sky - LOVED.

Opal (Lux Novel)

Opal - Jennifer L. Armentrout 4.5 stars.

Rule: A Marked Men Novel

Rule  - Jay Crownover 4.5 stars


Frigid - J Lynn 3.5/5 stars.


Frigid - J Lynn 3.5/5 stars.
Twisted Perfection  - Abbi Glines 2.5 stars. Review to come.
The Edge of Never  - J.A. Redmerski The story was great; the writing, not so much. 3.5 stars.

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown - Holly Black

All the stars!


**Minor spoilers, but only for the first 4-5 chapters, which you can download as a free eBook from any retailer.**


The Coldest Girl in Coldtown starts off with the main character, Tana, waking up in a bathtub after a party. She goes into the living room, and finds the ravaged bodies of the other partygoers. Then she goes to find her shoes and phone, but discovers her ex-boyfriend tied to a bed, with a vampire chained at the foot instead. That's the first chapter. That's when I got sucked in. I know, it doesn't seem like enough, but Holly's descriptions and word choice made everything flow so nicely, I kept turning pages.


The rest of the book flowed just as well as the first chapter, even though the main storyline was broken up every so often by flashbacks Tana had of her mother (background: Tana's mother was infected when Tana was 10, and made it 37 days before Tana unlocked the door. She then attacked Tana in bloodlust, and was killed by her husband before she could do any real damage.) or other POVs. In fact, the flashbacks and POV changes enhanced the plot, as they should. I especially liked Gavriel's POV (the vampire chained to the bed), because while it was infrequent enough to keep much of him still a mystery, it did shed some light on an otherwise shadowy character.


The ending was superb! And the outcome at the end of the "final battle" was quite unexpected. I can't go into more detail without spoiling, so I'm going to leave it at that. I loved how all throughout the novel you could see that Coldtown was inspired by the short story of the same name, especially the very end. Reading those last 2-3 pages made my little fangirl heart go "YESSSSS!" Holly is quite an amazing storyteller, and I think this is my favorite of her novels, and most definitely one of my favorite vampire novels.


*I received this book from the publisher at BEA. That fact in no way colored my opinion of this book. I was in no way paid for my review.*

The Weight of Souls - Bryony Pearce Stopped at ARC page 190 of 318. I stopped at p190 a few days ago to do life stuff, but when I went to get back to reading it that night, I just wasn't interested anymore. I don't know why. I started another book, thinking that maybe if I read something else, then came back to The Weight of Souls, I'd be fine with it again. That didn't happen.The Weight of Souls was great. The storyline was interesting, and while there were a little hiccups with the characters, I thought they were well-thought out and formed. The place I stopped at wasn't a boring spot, so I don't think this was the book's fault at all. My stopping was because of me and my life completely.Full DNF review to come. (Or possibly just a full review, if I do finish the book at some point.)

Faking It

Faking It - Cora Carmack 4.5 stars
Starcrossed  - Josephine Angelini 3.5 or 4 stars. Can't decide which one, yet.
D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths - Ingri d'Aulaire, Edgar Parin d'Aulaire I remember reading this in 5th grade during our Greek Mythology unit, and then splitting up in groups and acting out the different myths. I played Aphrodite in the story of her "birth."

Being Friends with Boys

Being Friends with Boys - Terra Elan McVoy 4.5 stars.
The Crown of Embers - Rae Carson Omigoodness! I need [b:The Bitter Kingdom|11431896|The Bitter Kingdom (Fire and Thorns, #3)|Rae Carson|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1360281470s/11431896.jpg|16365346] NOW.
The Crown of Embers - Rae Carson Omigoodness! I need [b:The Bitter Kingdom|11431896|The Bitter Kingdom (Fire and Thorns, #3)|Rae Carson|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1360281470s/11431896.jpg|16365346] NOW.