Our Dark Duet

People were messy. They were defined not only by what they’d done, but by what they would have done, under different circumstances, molded as much by their regrets as their actions, choices they stood by and those they wished they could undo. Of course, there was no going back – time only moved forward – but people could change. 

Title: Our Dark Duet

Author: Victoria Schwab

Series: Monsters of Verity # 2

Publication: June 13th 2017 by Greenwillow Books

Pages: 510

Source: Library

Summary from Goodreads:

THE WORLD IS BREAKING. AND SO ARE THEY.

KATE HARKER isn’t afraid of monsters. She hunts them. And she’s good at it.

AUGUST FLYNN once yearned to be human. He has a part to play. And he will play it, no matter the cost.

THE WAR HAS BEGUN.

THE MONSTERS ARE WINNING.

Kate will have to return to Verity. August will have to let her back in. And a new monster is waiting—one that feeds on chaos and brings out its victims’ inner demons.

Which will be harder to conquer: the monsters they face, or the monsters within?


All The Feels:

My gosh. I adored This Savage Song. I loved it, loved it, loved it. It was brilliant, thoughtful, and heart pounding. I’ve been waiting for a year to get my hands on the sequel and conclusion to the duology, Our Dark Duet.  Damn was it worth it.

Continue reading

Freeks

“We don’t need to waste any more time with these freaks.”

Title: Freeks

Author: Amanda Hocking

Series: Standalone?

Publication: January 3rd 2017 by St. Martin’s Griffin

Pages: 400

Source: Publisher in exchange for a honest review

Summary from Goodreads:

Welcome to Gideon Davorin’s Traveling Sideshow, where necromancy, magical visions, and pyrokinesis are more than just part of the act…

Mara has always longed for a normal life in a normal town where no one has the ability to levitate or predict the future. Instead, she roams from place to place, cleaning the tiger cage while her friends perform supernatural feats every night.

When the struggling sideshow is miraculously offered the money they need if they set up camp in Caudry, Louisiana, Mara meets local-boy Gabe…and a normal life has never been more appealing.

But before long, performers begin disappearing and bodes are found mauled by an invisible beast. Mara realizes that there’s a sinister presence lurking in the town with its sights set on getting rid of the sideshow freeks. In order to unravel the truth before the attacker kills everyone Mara holds dear, she has seven days to take control of a power she didn’t know she was capable of—one that could change her future forever.

Bestselling author Amanda Hocking draws readers inside the dark and mysterious world of Freeks.


A Gifset of Thoughts:

Freeks was an entertaining spectacle of a book. It was exciting, interesting, and it flowed together like chocolate syrup and ice cream. It might have been a bit lost at some points, but besides that, Freeks was an overall decent way to spend some time. Read it for Gabe, yeah, definitely read it for Gabe if anything at all.


Goodreads

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

If you want to know what a man’s like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.

Title: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Author: J.K Rowling

Series: Harry Potter # 4

Publication:  July 8th 2000 by Scholastic Inc.

Pages: 734

Source: Library

Summary from Goodreads:

Harry Potter is midway through both his training as a wizard and his coming of age. Harry wants to get away from the pernicious Dursleys and go to the International Quidditch Cup with Hermione, Ron, and the Weasleys. He wants to dream about Cho Chang, his crush (and maybe do more than dream). He wants to find out about the mysterious event that supposed to take place at Hogwarts this year, an event involving two other rival schools of magic, and a competition that hasn’t happened for hundreds of years. He wants to be a normal, fourteen-year-old wizard. But unfortunately for Harry Potter, he’s not normal – even by wizarding standards.
And in his case, different can be deadly.


My Thoughts:

So, long story short – Goblet of Fire has always been my favorite film of the bunch. (Don’t judge, yes, I’d only seen the film until this point.) Naturally, I went into this one with high expectations – and boy did Goblet of Fire meet them. Harry finds himself in the way of a whole new adventure, one that has the potential to kill him. Boy, was it exciting. I really don’t know what to say — I’ve sort of run out of words in terms of reviewing this series. Each book, each subsequent review will only be a rehash of the same words over and over again. Harry Potter is amazing, there is no doubt about it. How many ways can you say something is amazing? How many different ways can you explain the growth and development over the series and through each book? There aren’t many. Amazing, wonderful, fantastic, superb, exquisite, divine. Shall I go on? So, if you’ll excuse this very, very short review sort of thingy, I will now leave another gif string because I don’t know what else to do. READ HARRY POTTER, EVERYONE!

Continue reading

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.

Title: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Author: J.K Rowling

Series: Harry Potter # 3

Publication: July 8th 1999 Scholastic

Pages: 435

Source: Library

Summary from Goodreads:

Harry Potter is lucky to reach the age of thirteen, since he has already survived the murderous attacks of the feared Dark Lord on more than one occasion. But his hopes for a quiet term concentrating on Quidditch are dashed when a maniacal mass-murderer escapes from Azkaban, pursued by the soul-sucking Dementors who guard the prison. It’s assumed that Hogwarts is the safest place for Harry to be. But is it a coincidence that he can feel eyes watching him in the dark, and should he be taking Professor Trelawney’s ghoulish predictions seriously?


A Gif List of Things and Such:


Goodreads

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.

Title: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Author: J.K Rowling

Series: Harry Potter # 2

Publication: June 2nd 1998 by Scholastic Inc.

Pages: 341

Source: Library

Summary from Goodreads:

The Dursleys were so mean and hideous that summer that all Harry Potter wanted was to get back to the Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. But just as he’s packing his bags, Harry receives a warning from a strange, impish creature named Dobby who says that if Harry Potter returns to Hogwarts, disaster will strike.

And strike it does. For in Harry’s second year at Hogwarts, fresh torments and horrors arise, including an outrageously stuck-up new professor, Gilderoy Lockhart, a spirit named Moaning Myrtle who haunts the girls’ bathroom, and the unwanted attentions of Ron Weasley’s younger sister, Ginny. But each of these seem minor annoyances when the real trouble begins, and someone, or something, starts turning Hogwarts students to stone. Could it be Draco Malfoy, a more poisonous rival than ever? Could it possibly be Hagrid, whose mysterious past is finally told? Or could it be the one everyone at Hogwarts most suspects: Harry Potter himself?


My Thoughts:

I’m back for more! Woo hoo! I’ll be perfectly honest, Chamber of Secrets used to completely terrify me as a kid. I mean, come on? It has a giant ass snake, huge spiders, and a magic diary. What’s not to be afraid of? I can tell you that, yes, this book still freaks me out – but now I’m older and I understand it’s pretty much impossible. In that case, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is a fantastic book, a wondrous sequel, and an overall joyride of a read if you can get past the nasty creepy crawlies.

Continue reading

Rapture

Mortality is the most romantic story ever told. Just one chance to do everything you should. Then, magically, you move on.

Title: Rapture

Author: Lauren Kate

Series: Fallen #4

Publication:  June 12th 2012 by Delacorte Press

Pages: 448

Source: Purchased

Summary from Goodreads:

The sky is dark with wings….

Like sand through an hourglass, time is running out for Luce and Daniel. To stop Lucifer from erasing the past, they must find the place where the angels fell to earth.

Dark forces are after them, and Daniel doesn’t know if he can do this — live only to lose Luce again and again. Yet together they face an epic battle that will end with lifeless bodies…and angel dust. Great sacrifices are made. Hearts are destroyed.

And suddenly Luce knows what must happen. For she was meant to be with someone other than Daniel. The curse they’ve borne has always and only been about her — and the love she cast aside. The choice she makes now is the only one that truly matters.

In the fight for Luce, who will win?

Rapture is the astonishing conclusion to the Fallen series. Heaven can’t wait any longer.


A Gif List of Reactions and Thoughts (because why not):

Continue reading

Passion

I cannot be other than what I am, and I am the choices of all my days.

Title: Passion

Author: Lauren Kate

Series: Fallen # 3

Publication: June 14th 2011 by Delacorte Press

Pages: 420

Source: Purchased

Summary from Goodreads:

Luce would die for Daniel. And she has. Over and over again. Throughout time, Luce and Daniel have found each other, only to be painfully torn apart: Luce dead, Daniel left broken and alone. But perhaps it doesn’t need to be that way . . . Luce is certain that something – or someone – in a past life can help her in her present one. So she begins the most important journey of this lifetime . . . going back eternities to witness firsthand her romances with Daniel . . . and finally unlock the key to making their love last.
Cam and the legions of angels and Outcasts are desperate to catch Luce, but none are as frantic as Daniel. He chases Luce through their shared pasts, terrified of what might happen if she rewrites history. Because their romance for the ages could go up in flames.


My Thoughts:

Passion is probably my favorite book of the series. Though I haven’t finished the whole series yet, Passion is by far the most exhilarating novel of the bunch. Traipsing all over time? Yes please. I absolutely love historical fiction. Passion seamlessly blends moments of history with the history between Daniel and Luce – and I couldn’t be happier to read it. Passion is a journey of discovery and how knowledge can change everything. It is a journey through a love that has lasted centuries, and it was beautiful.

Continue reading