LOVED The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

“If I cannot be better than them, I will become so much worse.”

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The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air, #1) by Holly Black – 5 Stars

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I’m both angry and happy that I broke my ‘I won’t start a series unless all the books are out’ rule for this one.

Happy because this was so freaking good.

Angry because now I have to wait for the next installment and why why whyyyy do people do this to themselves how can you stand the torture of waiting?!>?! hOW?!?! (No seriously. I need tips. What do you do during the awful wait? Just re-read the book over and over? Stalk the author for updates? TELL ME.)

And you know what. I’m just going to say it. This is what A Court of Thorns and Roses should have been. *ducks and hides from all the Feysand shippers*. I’m sorry but I just loved this one so much more.

Like the Faerie themselves, this book is stunning, irresistible, and rotten to the core. It was dark and deceptive and deviant and Holly Black’s phenomenal writing and storytelling made this so hard to put down. Sometimes in fantasy novels, authors like to write pages and pages describing every last detail of the room or land or the character’s appearance. But Holly had this way of being descriptive enough for the reader to get the picture, but never droned on about insignificant details. She gets right into the story from the prologue and keeps the guessing and intrigue throughout (some may call this “lack of word building.” I call it getting to the freaking point – which when done right, I appreciate so much). I usually give a little summary of the book, especially when the blurb is vague, but this one explains exactly what this is about. And I don’t want to spoil a single thing about this devious little book.

“That’s what comes of hungering for something: You forget to check if it’s rotten before you gobble it down.”

The characters are dysfunctional and unapologetic, the political twists and cunning games kept me on my toes, and THAT FUCKING BOMB OF AN ENDING!! WHAT!!!! I sooooo did not see that coming and can’t even begin to contemplate what a crazy story it will make for book 2. (Still sobbing over the fact I need to *STOMPS FOOT* wait another year for it!!! I’m not cut out for this.)

And because the question I get asked most when I review a book is “what about the romance?”, I’ll say this:

Romance is not the main focus of this story but it is fucking DELICIOUS and the scene that kicks it off is easily my favorite part of the book. I guess you can qualify this as enemies to ‘sort of lovers’ (?— I’m still questioning this because Jude and Cardan are so dysfunctional and complicated I don’t even know if you can call them lovers at this point.

Cardan’s cruel mouth is surprisingly soft, and for a long moment after our lips touch, he’s still as a statue. His eyes close, lashes brushing my cheek. I shudder, as you’re supposed to when someone walks over your grave. Then his hands come up, gentle as they glide over my arms. If I didn’t know better, I’d say his touch was reverent, but I do know better. His hands are moving slowly because he is trying to stop himself. He doesn’t want this.
He doesn’t want to want this.

I can’t explain anymore than that, but if you read this, you’ll see what I mean/why I say this. *winks*) Our cruel prince and savage heroine don’t start off spouting love sonnets. No. They really can’t stand one another. And the realization that there may be something more is agonizingly slow but totally rewarding in the end.

“That’s really why you hate me?” I demand. “Only that? There’s no better reason?”
For a moment, I think he’s ignoring me, but then I realize he’s not answering because he can’t lie and he doesn’t want to tell me the truth.
“Well?” I say, lifting the crossbow again, glad to have a reason to reassert my position as the person in charge. “Tell me!”
He leans in and closes his eyes. “Most of all, I hate you because I think of you. Often. It’s disgusting, and I can’t stop.”

The fact that there was so little and yet enough to leave me craving and dying for more just goes to show how well it was done. I seriously can’t wait for the next book to see this ship sail. *chants please HOLLY PLEASE.*

Closing thoughts:

✧ Every single character is morally grey and yes. This. Is. What. I live. For. And EVEN BETTER is that the characters could have totally been written as redeemable but they weren’t. They could have used their tragic backstories to excuse their shitty decisions and awful behavior and yet none of this was done. They are who they are and Holly don’t give a damn if you don’t like it.

✧ I don’t consider myself a violent person but you better believe if I ever saw Taryn or Locke I would start swinging.

✧ Jude is actually kind of scary. Okay, not kind of scary. Girl is savage and ruthless and honestly GOOD ON YOU BOO.

✧ Cardan <— asshole done RIGHT.

“Get down on your knees,” Cardan says, looking insufferably pleased with himself. His fury has transmuted into gloating. “Beg. Make it pretty. Flowery. Worthy of me.”

✧ I really need the next book to have chapters in Cardan’s POV. I need this more than I need air.

I think I’m done rambling now. IS IT 2019 YET!?!

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Review: Seek by Mia Sheridan

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Seek by Mia Sheridan – 3 Stars

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I haven’t read a Mia Sheridan book in quite some time, and after I heard the premise for Seek I was excited to get to read something from her a little on the grittier side.

While this book isn’t that long and the story is fast paced, to me it just felt like an even quicker read because it was told in a way that was very surface level and lacked any real detail or emotional depth. The plot was already a little far-stretched, but because of the rushed way in which this is told, it just made the overall story and the connection between the two MCs not very believable.

Thomas felt flat and I didn’t really feel anything toward him. Livvy was sweet but very naive and some of their dialogue was so stiff and at times cheesy.

Was it terrible? No. But it just felt like something I’ve read plenty of times before and to be totally honest I’m a little surprised this author wrote this.

Not something I’d go out of my way to recommend, but not totally terrible either.

 

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All For The Game Series by Nora Sakavic: My Newest Obsession

“I didn’t say anything then because I knew I’d look out for only me when the world went to hell. I don’t want to be that person anymore.
I want to go back for you.”

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GUYS.

GUYZZZZZ.

There’s this, like, weird ache happening in my chest? And my eyes are like…. dripping and wet? AND HELP SOMEONE HELP I HAVE SO MANY FEELINGGGGSSS!!

NORA SAKAVIC WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO ME, YOU MONSTER?!

I just sent my brain to her room for not making me read this sooner.

I know I didn’t seem too ecstatic in my review for book 1, but HOLY HELL if I knew what was to come after book 2, I’d gladly rewind and pick this up the SECOND I heard about this series. It took until book 2/3 for me to understand what the hype was all about, but the build up to all that happens in The King’s Men (book 3) IS. SO. WORTH. IT. The feelings this book pulled from me..wow. I haven’t felt this obsessed with characters since I’ve read The Raven Cycle.

“This,” Neil flicked his finger to indicate the two of them, “isn’t worthless.”
“There is no ‘this’. This is nothing.”
“And I am nothing,” Neil prompted. When Andrew gestured confirmation, Neil said, “And as you’ve always said, you want nothing.”

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I know the blurb makes this sort of sound like a sports YA novel, but don’t be fooled. IT IS NOT. It is so so soooo much more.

In summary the All For The Game Series is about:

A group of college students who have been dealt the absolute shittiest cards in life, who have been put together to play a sport that serves as an escape for some but a prison for others, who don’t know how or care to get along, but decide to fight and band together and learn that family isn’t always what you’re born into, but can be who you choose. It’s about recovery, and struggles, and not forgetting your past but learning to deal with it and finding out that sometimes, leaning on the ones around you can make it just a little bit easier to get through the day and sometimes, love comes unexpectedly.

But mostly, it’s about a lost boy named Neil who only knows how to run, but finds people who give him so many reasons to stay.

“I’ve never belonged anywhere or had the right to call anything my own. But Coach gave me keys to the court, and you told me to stay. You gave me a key and called it home.”

It was sexy and surprisingly romantic and scary and brutal and funny and touching and not at all what I expected and just..just..EVERYTHING.

“Yes or no?”
“It’s always yes with you,” Neil said.

yes

NO#ADREILFORFUCKINGLIFE

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