Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell {Review by Kayla|

5-stars
Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Title: Fangirl
Author: Rainbow Rowell

Synopsis:
Cath is a Simon Snow fan.

Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan..

But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving. Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words… And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this? Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?

And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

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Review

I have been reading such good books lately and this one definitely is one of them!

Where do I even start with this book?? First of all, I want to talk about how real this was and I could totally see this as being someone’s actual life which was really interesting to see. Then there are the characters in this book which I absolutely loved. The main character, Cath, is so relatable especially to me since she is a writer and I think almost all writers out there will easily relate to her on many levels. With the minor characters, I really enjoyed that I either completely loved or completely hated them (in a good way) based on their relationship with Cath and just the overall role played in her life. Towards the end when I finished the book, I felt like I wanted more of the story. Don’t get me wrong, I liked the way it ended but part of me I wanted more of an in depth description. Overall, what really pushed this book to a five star was the book boyfriend (of course) because he was basically perfect. See for yourself!


Butterfly Rating: 4 Stars

4-stars


Book Boyfriend Rating: 5 stars

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Age recommendation: 14+

 

 

 

The Gathering (Gifting #3) by K.E. Ganshert

5-stars
Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Title: The Gathering
Author: K.E. Ganshert
Series: Gifting #3

Synopsis:
“Darkness is a tricky thing. Especially when it cloaks itself in light.” Luka isn’t dead. He’s not beyond saving. Tess knows because she saw him with her own eyes. After what she saw, she’s sure of one thing: If they don’t rescue him soon, Luka won’t be Luka anymore. If only she could convince the other members of the hub. They’re not sure Tess saw what she claims she saw. And they’re preoccupied by the fact that their kind is being systematically eradicated. Answers lie in an ancient prophecy, one that revolves around a seventeen-year-old girl who never asked for any of this. K.E. Ganshert’s final installment in The Gifting Series brings readers on an action-packed journey through loss, sacrifice, betrayal, and the impossible choice between what we want most and what we know is right.

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Review

Did I come out of this series literally sobbing? Yes. Am I exaggerating? Nope.

I’m not sure how to explain exactly how much I wish this wasn’t over, yet I am really glad it is. If you know, you know.

This book gave me a serious book hangover and I am recovering the best that I can.

Everything about this book made me fall in love with it, the characters, the plot, the emotions, and every single word. It’s hard to come across a series that you know you will love it the second you start reading, but when you do, it’s the best feeling ever. As soon as I started reading the first book in this series, I knew.

Now that I’m finished, I can confidently say that I am 100% correct.

Read this for yourself if you don’t believe me and then thank me later after you find the words that you will temporarily lose. Nothing is perfect, but this book kind of is.


Butterfly Rating: 5 Stars

5-stars


Book Boyfriend Rating: 5 stars

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Age Recommendation: 13+

 

 

 

{Review by Kayla} The Gifting (Gifting #1) by K.E. Ganshert

5-stars
Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Title: The Gifting
Author: K.E. Ganshert
Series: Gifting #1

Synopsis:
“If science is right, then I am crazy. And crazy is dangerous.”

In a world where nothing supernatural exists, Tess Eckhart is positive she’s going crazy. After her complete freakout at a high school party, her parents worry she might be right. So much that they pack their bags and move across the country, next to a nationally-renowned facility for the mentally ill.

Tess is determined to fit in at her new school, despite the whispers and stares. But when it comes to Luka Williams, a reluctantly popular boy in her class, she’s unused to a stare that intense. Then the headaches start, and the seemingly prophetic dreams that haunt her at night. As Tess tries harder to hide them, she becomes increasingly convinced that Luka knows something—that he might somehow be responsible.

But what if she’s wrong? What if Luka Williams is the only thing separating her from a madness too terrifying to fathom?

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Review

There needs to be more hype for this book!!!

I randomly picked up this series from my bookshelf and I’ve been wanting to read it for a while now because it sounded good and like my kind of book, but I’ve never heard of anyone talk about this book before.

But let me tell you, I was not really in the mood to commit to a series (even though this series only has three books) but as soon as I started reading this book, I suddenly was very ready and had a feeling I did not want this to ever end. You know those books where you know it’s going to get a five star rating even after only reading the first few pages? Yeah, that was this book.

The setting of this book, more so the societal views of this book was really what first got me interested and what initially drew me in. Then of course, I got invested into the characters (not to mention I’ve already fallen in love with yet another book boyfriend) like I always do. I think the reason why I loved it so much is because it is exactly my type of book that I am always in the mood to read and it fits my exact hopes that every book I open will give me this type of thrill and just excitement.


Butterfly Rating: 4 Stars

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Book Boyfriend Rating: 5 stars

5-stars


Age Recommendation: 13+

 

 

 

{Review by Kayla} Silver Shadows (Bloodlines #5) by Richelle Mead

5-stars
Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Title: Silver Shadows
Author: Richelle Mead
Series: Bloodlines #5

Synopsis:
In The Fiery Heart, Sydney risked everything to follow her gut, walking a dangerous line to keep her feelings hidden from the Alchemists.

Now in the aftermath of an event that ripped their world apart, Sydney and Adrian struggle to pick up the pieces and find their way back to each other. But first, they have to survive.

For Sydney, trapped and surrounded by adversaries, life becomes a daily struggle to hold on to her identity and the memories of those she loves. Meanwhile, Adrian clings to hope in the face of those who tell him Sydney is a lost cause, but the battle proves daunting as old demons and new temptations begin to seize hold of him. . . .

Their worst fears now a chilling reality, Sydney and Adrian face their darkest hour in this heart-pounding fifth installment in the New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series, where all bets are off.

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Review

Deep breaths. There’s one more book to go.

Wow.

I didn’t see that one coming.

But seeing as this series never fails to surprise me, the only thing I’m not surprised is that it’s going to continue to test my abilities to withstand this amount of suspense. What’s with the book hangers?! They are killing me, but I have to say I’m not complaining.

One thing that I can say about this book is that you really get to see Adrian’s true character – to say the least. Throughout this series I always talk about how much Sydney has grown and changed, but the same goes for Adrian. Not only is he charismatic and charming, but he is also the most caring person ever. He originally was introduced as a selfish, brooding character, but he grew to be so much more than that and willing to sacrifice anything for his loved ones. And that is what makes a swoon worthy character. The fact that I only have one more book to go and knowing that

I will be finished with these characters both terrifies and excites me.


Butterfly Rating: 5 Stars

5-stars


Book Boyfriend Rating: 5 stars

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The Indigo Spell (Bloodlines #3) by Richelle Mead

5-stars
Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Title: The Indigo Spell
Author: Richelle Mead
Series: Bloodlines #3

Synopsis:
Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets–and human lives.”
In the aftermath of a forbidden moment that rocked Sydney to her core, she finds herself struggling to draw the line between her Alchemist teachings and what her heart is urging her to do. Then she meets alluring, rebellious Marcus Finch–a former Alchemist who escaped against all odds, and is now on the run. Marcus wants to teach Sydney the secrets he claims the Alchemists are hiding from her. But as he pushes her to rebel against the people who raised her, Sydney finds that breaking free is harder than she thought. There is an old and mysterious magic rooted deeply within her. And as she searches for an evil magic user targeting powerful young witches, she realizes that her only hope is to embrace her magical blood–or else she might be next.

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Review

These books are just a reminder of how much I enjoy reading.

It took me a while to finish this book because I had a bit of a book break (definitely one of the worst breaks to have). But after I finally got sucked into the book, I can proudly say this book break has finally ended. Richelle Mead seems to love putting her readers into an emotional rollercoaster that is so hard to come back to reality.

I am already looking forward to the next book and I can’t even imagine what I am about to go through.

Overall, my favorite thing about this book was obviously whenever Adrian and Sydney were together. They just have this amazing chemistry and are so different yet, for some reason, they understand each other so well. Back when I first met Sydney in Vampire Academy, I would have never thought about her connected with Adrian or even associating with Adrian.

But let’s talk about Adrian for a minute, he’s easily one of the most swoon worthy guys. He’s protective and mysterious but he also has that bad boy reputation that is completely different when you get to know the real him. All I can say is that I’m excited to start reading again.


Butterfly Rating: 5 Stars

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Book Boyfriend Rating: 5 stars

5-stars
I have been shipping them forever, it’s about time!

Age Recommendation: 14+ stars

 

 

 

{Review by Kayla} The Fiery Heart (Bloodlines #4) by Richelle Mead

#-stars
Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Title: The Fiery Heart
Author: Richelle Mead
Series: Bloodlines #4

Synopsis:
Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the wolds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets – and human lives.

In The Indigo Spell, Sydney was torn between the Alchemist way of life and what her heart and gut were telling her to do. And in one breathtaking moment that Richelle Mead fans will never forget, she made a decision that shocked even her…

But the struggle isn’t over for Sydney. As she navigates the aftermath of her life-changing decision, she still finds herself pulled in too many directions at once. Her sister Zoe has arrived, and while Sydney longs to grow closer to her, there’s still so much she must keep secret. Working with Marcus has changed the way she views the Alchemists, and Sydney must tread a careful path as she harnesses her profound magical ability to undermine the way of life she was raised to defend. Consumed by passion and vengeance, Sydney struggles to keep her secret life under wraps as the threat of exposure — and re-education — looms larger than ever.

Pulses will race throughout this smoldering fourth installment in the New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series, where no secret is safe.

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Review

This series has made me decide I will not come out of my reading position until I am done with this series.

Currently, I’m frantically writing this review so I can move on to the next book because when I tell you the cliffhanger is killing me, I mean my heart is beating so fast and I can tell I am going to have a major book hangover when this series is over. But can we talk about the dual POVs in this book??? I LOVE how I got more of Adrian’s point of view and it worked out perfectly. Another thing that just makes this book even more enjoyable is the friend group. Between the Moroi, dhampirs, and Sydney it’s definitely a diverse friend group to say the least. With each book, you can see just how much closer they get and how willing they are to make sacrifices for each other. I cannot wait to see what happens in the next two books.


Butterfly Rating: 5 Stars

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Book Boyfriend Rating: 5 stars

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Age Recommendation: 14+

 

 

 

The Golden Lily (Bloodlines #2) by Richelle Mead

Review by Kayla, In Love & Words Teen Reader

5-stars
Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Title: The Golden Lily
Author: Richelle Mead
Series: Bloodlines #2

Synopsis:
Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. Alchemists protect vampire secrets – and human lives.

Sydney would love to go to college, but instead, she’s been sent into hiding at a posh boarding school in Palm Springs, California – tasked with protecting Moroi princess Jill Dragomir from assassins who want to throw the Moroi court into civil war. Formorly in disgrace, Sydney is now praised for her loyalty and obedience, and held up as the model of an exemplary Alchemist.

But the closer she grows to Jill, Eddie, and especially Adrian, the more she finds herself questioning her age-old Alchemist beliefs, her idea of family, and her sense of what it means to truly belong. Her world becomes even more complicated when magical experiments show Sydney may hold the key to prevent becoming Strigoi – the fiercest vampires, the ones who don’t die. But it’s her fear of being just that – special, magical, powerful – that scares her more than anything. Equally daunting is her new romance with Braydon, a cute, brainy guy who seems to be her match in every way. Yet, as perfect as he seems, Sydney finds herself being drawn to someone else – someone forbidden to her.

When a shocking secret threatens to tear the vampire world apart, Sydney’s loyalties are suddenly tested more than ever before. She wonders how she’s supposed to strike a balance between the principles and dogmas she’s been taught, and what her instincts are now telling her.

Should she trust the Alchemists – or her heart?

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Review

The characters in these books are everything!

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Last Sacrifice (Vampire Academy #6) by Richelle Mead

Review by Kayla, In Love & Words Teen Reader

5-stars
Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Title: Last Sacrifice
Author: Richelle Mead
Series: Vampire Academy #6

Synopsis:
They come first.

My vision was growing dimmer, the blackness and ghosts closing in. I swore it was like I could hear Robert whispering in my ear: The world of the dead won’t give you up a second time. Just before the light completely vanished, I saw Dimitri’s face join Lissa’s. I wanted to smile. I decided then that if the two people I loved most were safe, I could leave this world.

The dead could finally have me.

Rose Hathaway has always played by her own rules. She broke the law when she ran away from St. Vladimir’s Academy with her best friend and last surviving Dragomir princess, Lissa. She broke the law when she fell in love with her gorgeous, off-limits instructor, Dimitri. And she dared to defy Queen Tatiana, leader of the Moroi world, risking her life and reputation to protect generations of dhampir guardians to come.

Now the law has finally caught up with Rose – for a crime she didn’t even commit. She’s in prison for the highest offense imaginable: the assassination of a monarch. She’ll need help from both Dimitri and Adrian to find the one living person who can stall her execution and force the Moroi elite to acknowledge a shocking new candidate for the royal throne: Vasilisa Dragomir.

But the clock on Rose’s life is running out. Rose knows in her heart the world of the dead wants her back…and this time she is truly out of second chances. The big question is, when your whole life is about saving others, who will save you?

Join Rose, Dimitri, Adrian, and Lissa in Last Sacrifice, the epic, unforgettable finale to Richelle Mead’s international #1 bestselling Vampire Academy series.

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Review

I can’t believe this series is over.

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Blood Promise (Vampire Academy #4) by Richelle Mead {Review by Kayla}

Review by Kayla, In Love & Words Teen Reader

5-stars
Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Title: Blood Promise
Author: Richelle Mead
Series: Vampire Academy #4

Synopsis:
Rose Hathaway’s life will never be the same.

The recent attack on St. Vladimir’s Academy devastated the entire Moroi world. Many are dead. And, for the few victims carried off by Strigoi, their fates are even worse. A rare tattoo now adorns Rose’s neck, a mark that says she’s killed far too many Strigoi to count. But only one victim matters … Dimitri Belikov. Rose must now choose one of two very different paths: honoring her life’s vow to protect Lissa—her best friend and the last surviving Dragomir princess—or, dropping out of the Academy to strike out on her own and hunt down the man she loves. She’ll have to go to the ends of the earth to find Dimitri and keep the promise he begged her to make. But the question is, when the time comes, will he want to be saved?

Now, with everything at stake—and worlds away from St. Vladimir’s and her unguarded, vulnerable, and newly rebellious best friend—can Rose find the strength to destroy Dimitri? Or, will she sacrifice herself for a chance at eternal love?

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Review

All you need to know is the intensity is insane. I can’t stress this enough

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Spirit Bound (Vampire Academy #3) by Richelle Mead {Review by Kayla}

Review by Kayla, In Love & Words Teen Reader

5-stars
Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Title: Spirit Bound
Author: Richelle Mead
Series: Vampire Academy #3

Synopsis:
After a long and heartbreaking journey to Dimitri’s birthplace in Siberia, Rose Hathaway has finally returned to St. Vladimir’s—and to her best friend, Lissa. It is nearly graduation, and the girls can’t wait for their real lives beyond the Academy’s iron gates to begin. But Rose’s heart still aches for Dimitri, and she knows he’s out there, somewhere.

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Review

Second to last book in the series, yet it’s nowhere near finished.

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