Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes: REVIEW

Title: Falling Kingdoms

Author: Morgan Rhodes

My Rating: 4.5/5

If you don’t know what this book is about pretty much all you need to know is that it has been referred to as the YA Game of Thrones because of the multiple character POVs and the politics that is laced throughout this novel.

This is the first book in an epic young adult fantasy series and I can already tell that this is going to end up being one of my favorite series!

There were so many things I loved about this book! The world building was not too overwhelming but it was very immersive and I could really see the landscapes of the different Kingdoms and villages in this novel.

There was a very interesting added element about the belief system that the characters have and I found that part of the world very interesting and I can tell it will be a major part of the future novels!

The characters were all very likable but it did take a little while for me to really love a few of them but after that I was hooked! They’re all very funny and I enjoyed reading from all of the narrators’ perspectives.

There is a hint of magic in this first book and I loved the introduction of that part of the world because I’m a sucker for anything magic related.

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This book was also very fast paced! There wasn’t a momeremnberingnt where I was bored because there was always heavy amounts of action and conflict consistently throughout the novel!

The only thing that kept me from giving this book a full 5/5 stars was that the plot was a bit predictable but, that didn’t take away from my enjoyment of the book at all!

If you like fantasy or want to get into it I’d definitely recommend giving this series a try!! I know that the list of names in the beginning makes it seem very intimidating but I didn’t even refer back to the list because I had no problems remembering all of the characters.

My Song Recommendation for Falling Kingdoms is:

P.S. (Would you guys be interested in non-spoiler reviews for each book in this series or only this one?)

Happy Reading!

-Amber

T5W #2 Best Suggested Books You Loved

Hi Guys! So this weeks Top 5 Wednesday topic is books that were suggested to you that you ended up loving! You can find the goodreads group for T5W here if you want to join in! And I hope you enjoy it!

5. Maximum Ride by James Patterson

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This book series was recommended to me by my 7th grade teacher and I was hesitant to read it but I ended up absolutely loving it! I want’t a fan of science fiction until I read this book. So it opened up an entirely new genre for me! It’s such a great series that I’d recommend to anyone!

 

 

 

 

4. The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

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I had heard about this book a lot from booktube and book blogs so I decided to give it a try and I ended up loving it! Even though this wasn’t necessarily recommended to me by a specific person, it still made it onto this this because it is one of my most loved book community recommendations.

 

 

 

 

3. The Lux Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout

This series was also recommended several times by a lot of the blogs and youtube channels I follow so I finally decided to see what all the hype was about and I’m so glad I did!! This is now one of my favorite series of all time and it will forever remain that way! I’m so thankful to have read this series!

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2. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

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This series was recommended to me by a girl in my 6th grade class that wasn’t much of a reader and I thought that if she liked it than I had to give it a try and I remember going to the library to pick it up and I didn’t like it at first but then, once I got into it I became absolutely obsessed. I drew fan art, I made a movie trailer and I was one of those kids that wore the pin as a necklace everyday and braided my hair. Yup… But, this book started me on my fandom journey and I honestly don’t know if I would be as much of a reader as I am if that girl hadn’t recommended it to me back in 6th grade.

 

 

 

1. The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

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NUMBER ONE ON MY LIST IS THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS BY CASSANDRA CLARE!! This series was actually recommended to me from school summer reading. I went through the list and this book sounded interesting to me so I picked it. Later I went back on my decision and I wanted to pick a shorter book because I wanted to be able to read for fun and not spend a lot of my time reading for school. But, the same day I decided not to read it, my moms boyfriend bought it for me and then I decided I should just go ahead and read it. And when I did, it took me three days of bringing the book with me everywhere and eating at the dinner table because I couldn’t put it down.

This by far is my most successful recommendation from someone else and ironically it came from school! If I had never read this book, -like the Hunger Games- I would never even have this book blog. This book started me back on reading and I’ve been obsessed with books ever since.

I hope you all enjoyed this Top 5 Wednesday! Let me know your top 5 books that you loved that were recommended to you below!

Happy Reading!

-Amber

 

Passenger by Alexandra Bracken: REVIEW

Title: Passenger

Author: Alexandra Bracken

Pages: 486

Rating: 4/5

So, if you don’t already know what Passenger is about, it is about a girl named Etta that learns that she is a traveler, which means that she can travel through time. With this ability comes many secrets about her family and a journey that she must take through time with a pirate named Nicholas. (yes pirate! *swoon*) tumblr_ntyvz0CKbG1tkurtqo1_500

That’s all I’m going to say for the summary because I don’t want to give too much away!

This is actually my first Alexandra Bracken book and I was not disappointed!! The writing in this novel was fantastic and the characters were very well developed and their personalities translated very well through the page.

This book did take me about 100 pages to get into but once we got to the time traveling part it really took off into a very fast paced adventure!

It also took me a little while to connect to the main characters but by the end I was completely attached to both of them! And the romance was spectacular!

I heavily enjoyed the time travel aspect of this book! It was great to see not only a bunch of different times but a lot of different places as well! I would definitely recommend this book to you even if you have never read or taken an interest in time travel. It was my first time travel book and I’d definitely like to check out more books with this aspect in the future!

Overall, this was a very gripping story and I would definitely want to pick up more of Alexandra Bracken’s books as well as more books about time travel in the future!

My song choice for Passenger is:

 

Happy Reading!

-Amber

Top 5 Wednesday #1 (Books That Were Spoiled)

Hi guys! So I’ve decided to start doing a top 5 Wednesday! It’ll be a way that I can upload a blog post every week even if I don’t have a review or a tag going up!

You can find the page for Top 5 Wednesday here if you want to join in!

This weeks topic is the top 5 books that were spoiled for me!
5. The Maze Runner by James Dashner

IMG_8687Okay, this is last because I sort of spoiled it for myself because I watched the movie before I read the book. But, it ended up on this list anyways!

4. Charlottes Webb by E. B. White

 I read this book when I was very young and I remember being devastated because I was almost done with it and someone spoiled it for me. I cried when they told me the ending. Ahh, the first of many spoilers to come.

3. Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

 I don’t even remember how this book got spoiled for me but I only know one spoiler and it’s pretty hard not to get spoiled on it considering most people have already read it.

2. The Fault in Out Stars by John Green

 I knew what happened before I even picked up this book and I’m kind of sad about it because even though I ended up enjoying it, I feel like I would’ve enjoyed it even more it it hadn’t been spoiled.

5. Allegiant by Veronica Roth

 I have a feeling this made it onto everyone’s list. This was spoiled through me on tumblr, and it was probably my fault because I shouldn’t have been scrolling through tumblr when I was reading this!

Let me know if you guys had any of the same books spoiled for you! Or if you had something different, what was it?

Also let me know if you like these top 5 Wednesday posts!

(Also, side note, my review of Passenger by Alexandra Bracken will hopefully be up within the week so look out for that!)

Happy Reading!

-Amber

A to Z Bookish Survey

Hi Guys! So today we have a snow day from school so I figured it would be the perfect time to do the A to Z bookish survey!

This tag was created by perpetualpageturner and it looks really fun so I wanted to do it!


Author you’ve read the most books from:

Cassandra Clare is my most read author on goodreads (not surprised) I just love her books and the mortal instruments series is my favorite series of all time!

Best Sequel Ever:

Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout! The books in the Lux series just got better and better as they went on!
Currently Reading: I’m currently reading Passenger by Alexandra Bracken and really enjoying it so far!!
Drink of Choice While Reading:

Water, hot chocolate or tea! Depending on the weather!

E-reader or Physical Book?

Physical books hands down! I have a kindle but I rarely use it for reading.

Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated In High School:

I’m still in high school and I’d definitely date someone like Simon Lewis or (I know this is literally the opposite but) I’d date Daemon Black for sure.

Glad You Gave This Book A Chance:
A Court of Thornes and Roses by Sarah J. Maas! I saw it in the store and I was hesitant to pick it up and I started reading it and the first chapter was a bit slow but then I finished it in like 2 seconds and it’s now one of my favorite books that I read in 2015!!

Hidden Gem Book:
Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer! I’ve only heard a few people mention it before but it’s an amazing read!

Important Moment in your Reading Life:

When this girl recommended the Hunger Games series to me. I know this is a bit cliché but this series really re-started my reading obsession and got me in to countless other books that have become my favorites!

Just Finished:

I just finished Soundless by Richelle Mead.

Kinds of Books You Won’t Read:
I don’t explicitly want to turn away from any genre because 2 years ago I wouldn’t have picked up a fantasy book and now it’s become my absolute favorite genre! but I can safely say that I’ll probably never read erotica 😂 just not my thing.

Longest Book You’ve Read:
City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare (725 pages)

Major book hangover because of:

The Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout (I’m literally still in it now help)

Number of Bookcases You Own:

I have 2 half bookshelves and some of my books are stacked in other places because I have no room for them sadly.

One Book You Have Read Multiple Times:

The only book I’ve read multiple times is Percy Jackson and the Lightning thief and only read that twice because I didn’t remember it before. I don’t like rereading books for some reason.

Preferred Place To Read:

I love reading on my couch by the fire place in the fall and winter! And in the spring and summer I absolutely love reading outside in the woods at the campground I go to!

Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you’ve read:

“I spent my life folded between the pages of books. In the absence of human relationships I formed bonds with paper characters. I lived love and loss through stories threaded in history; I experienced adolescence by association. My world is one interwoven web of words, stringing limb to limb, bone to sinew, thoughts and images all together. I am a being comprised of letters, a character created by sentences, a figment of imagination formed through fiction.”

-Shatter Me Tahereh Mafi

Reading Regret:

I regret not reading Percy Jackson when I was younger because I started the series but I never continued with it and I probably would have loved it when I was younger!

Series You Started And Need To Finish(all books are out in series):

THE INFERNAL DEVICES. Yup. Don’t judge me.
Three of your All-Time Favorite Books:

These are only some of my favorites because I could never choose but Carry On by Rainbow Rowell, City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare and The Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout.
Unapologetic Fangirl For:

DAEMON BLACK
Very Excited For This Release More Than All The Others:

LADY MIDNIGHT AND A COURT OF MIST AND FURY!!! Don’t make me choose because that’s impossible.

Worst Bookish Habit:

Starting tons of books at once…

X Marks The Spot: Start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book:

The Maze Runner by James Dashner! I haven’t read this yet but it’s my sisters favorite book and I liked the movie!

Your latest book purchase:
An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late): Every book in the Lux series omg I stayed up so late reading those books.

I hope you all enjoyed my answers to this tag!! I tag everyone to do this so if you haven’t yet feel free!!!

Happy Reading!

-Amber