STEPPING STONES ARC/RELEASE DAY REVIEW


Stepping Stones (The Stone Series, Book 1)
Release Date –  August 25, 2015
Publisher – Urban Fey Press
Pages – 332
Genre – Young Adult Contemporary Fantasy
 5 stars!!!
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Blurb:
Onnaleigh Moore is part of a plan—and it isn’t hers. When her brother dies in a car accident, Onna is desperate to preserve the tatters of her family. Any hope of finding normalcy vanishes when her mother runs off and her dad turns to booze to numb his pain. Onna’s grief is crippling, but the boy who showed up just when she needed him is helping her cope.

Everett’s presence is comforting, though he knows things—Onna’s name just before they met, where she lives, and sometimes he comments on thoughts she doesn’t say aloud. She pegs him for a stalker, or maybe psychic, but the truth is deadlier than she imagines. As their feelings for one another deepen, Everett confesses a horrifying secret: Onna’s brother is only the beginning of the plan, and some fates are worse than death.
 
About the Author:

KACEY VANDERKARR has a penchant for fantasy and frequently listens to the voices in her head—most of whom are teenagers. Her favorite place to write is an old salon chair in her kitchen, with coffee in one hand and adoring cats sprawled across her arms. She prefers her music loud and her skeptics quiet. When she’s not writing, Kacey coaches winterguard, works as a sonographer, and hangs out with other weirdos like her at the Flint Area Writer’s club. In addition to her novels, The Reflection Pond Series, Antithesis, and The Stone Series, Kacey’s short fiction is featured in Sucker Literary Vol III, Ember: A Journal of Luminous Things, and Out of the Green: Tales from Fairyland.


MY REVIEW

Onna's life pretty much sucks in an EPIC way! For starters, her brother and her would-have-been niece die, her mother becomes a drug addict and runs off and her dad drowns his problems in alcohol and becomes suicidal. I honestly don't know how she can even stay upright.


I absolutely fawned over her relationship with her brother. So adorable and soo cute. I made grabby hands at Caleb throughout the  book :P That made his death really more touching and sad. yeah this is not a spoiler by the way! Caleb..oh my god i felt like crying when he was gone!!


What i liked about Onna was her simplicity and the fact that she was normal. She had normal reactions and the author never promoted her as an 'awesome hero' type, more like a girl who's gone through hell and is trying to maintain order in her life. Normally when the YA heroines push the guys away, they do it for totally dumb reasons and i'm always like 'just pull him back'n kiss him!' But when Onna pushes Everett away, i really sympathized with her. Despite their undeniable attraction, she really had her head on her shoulders and knew that she had to sort out her life first.

At first i felt that maybe the fact that Onna went through SO MUCH was quite far-fetched. But as i kept reading, a really cool supernatural aspect came into play. One you really do not see coming, so that solved that part for me!

What else can i say about this great book? Check it out! Beautiful writing and a totally unique plot will definitely keep you wanting more! keep reading for an expert! (WHICH FEATURES CALEB!!!)

EXPERT 1

Divorce. The word burrowed deep in Onna’s chest, barbed like the sharp quills of a porcupine. The sting radiated from her heart into her lungs, her head, her hands. She knew she should stick around and listen to her parents’ stumbling apologies and paper-thin explanations, but she couldn’t.
She burst through the front door into dazzling sunshine. The sky hung endless above her from horizon to horizon—perfect, crisp blue. She glanced back at the windows, rooms hidden by curtains and blinds. Houses were facades, masks to cover pain and heartbreak. She could stare at the glass all day, where cheery vines and flowers spilled from window boxes, and never see past the guise. Even now, her parents were probably sitting in cruel silence, debating how to avoid each other until one of them moved out.
It made her sick.
Sliding into the driver seat of her Grand Am felt like stepping into a sauna. End-of-summer heat collected in the car and made the interior stifling. Onna cranked the windows and cursed her parents for not buying her a car with automatic anything, and the air conditioner was broken. Her dad promised to fix it four months ago. Guess he was too busy planning the divorce to get around to it.
Onna pressed her phone to her ear before she backed out of the driveway. Caleb answered on the first ring.
“Baby sister,” he said, a smile in his voice. The knot around Onna’s heart eased. “What’s shakin’?”
She pictured him on the balcony of his apartment in Traverse City, feet propped on the banister, staring out over Lake Michigan. She stayed with him for two weeks in July, spending her days sprawled on the beach with a book in her hands while Caleb studied for medical boards. At night, they prowled the town and sampled swanky restaurants, and Cora, Caleb’s girlfriend, took Onna dancing at a beachside club.
“Caleb—” Onna said, wondering how to break the news.
“They finally told you.”
Onna nearly dropped the phone. An angry honk sounded from behind her, and she realized she’d stopped at a green light. Muttering, she passed through the intersection and pulled into a parking lot. The convenience store was dead, the lot deserted. The relentless heat drove everyone indoors where there was air conditioning and iced-tea and Saturday afternoon movie marathons. Neon signs advertising beer and cigarettes flickered in the window. The attendant inside leaned over the counter, watching her.
Returning to her conversation with Caleb, she hissed, “You knew?” The pause was long enough to serve as Caleb’s confession.
“Don’t be upset, Leelee.” He fell back on her childhood nickname, even though she’d asked him to stop. Onnie, Leelee, Leigha—her name, Onnaleigh Evelyn Moore, was too easily shortened. “They fell out of love,” Caleb continued. “We can’t expect them to stay together if they’re unhappy.”
“Easy for you to say, you don’t live with them. You didn’t see how Dad looked at Mom. You didn’t see him cry.” Onna closed her eyes. Tears burned behind her lids. She wished she were with Caleb now. He’d tell her a dirty joke or let her drink half his six-pack. He’d make it bearable.
Her parents always laughed about Onna’s devotion to her older brother. Whenever she hurt herself as a child, she ran to Caleb. From the time she could walk, Caleb was the one who kissed her scrapes and chased the boogeyman from beneath her bed. Even now, she called him with breakups and bad grades and for advice about everything. He was the only twenty-five-year-old male Onna knew who would listen to her ramble about boys, makeup, and what color dress she wanted for prom.
During Caleb’s drawn out silence, a vintage, kelly green Mustang pulled into the convenience store lot, all sleek lines and muscle. Onna groaned as the driver, instead of choosing a space near the entrance, pulled in next to her at the far corner. She wiped her eyes and debated rolling up the windows. There was nothing worse than crying in public, except having a witness. In the end, she settled for glowering at the driver as he emerged.
Much like his car, which was a sex-machine with four wheels, the guy was hard lines and hotness. He wore board shorts and a blue t-shirt over dark, olive skin. A longish crop of unruly brown hair hung to his eyebrows. Black aviators perched on a straight nose.
Onna swore she felt his gaze on her face. She sank lower into the seat and her cheeks heated. The guy nodded in her direction before crossing the lot and disappearing into the store. The doorbell’s jangle reached her ears, followed by Caleb’s worried voice.
“Onna? Hello?”
She swallowed, heart thudding against her ribs in a frantic dash to be free. The Grand Am’s vents blew hot against damp cheeks. She propped her door open and gulped fresh air. Who is that guy?
“I’m here,” she said, peeking over the seat back. She lost sight of the guy between the shelves.
“Cora and I are coming home next weekend. Can you survive until then? I have some time off saved for a special occasion, but I wouldn’t mind spending it on you.” In the background, the excited tone of Cora’s voice rose, and Caleb mumbled, “It’s Onna.”
There was a moment of deafening static, and then Cora was on the line. “We’re engaged!” she yelled.
Onna squealed. “You’vegottabekiddingme!”
“Not kidding. He got me a rock. I can hardly hold my hand up.”
“Lies,” Caleb said, voice far away. Another rumble of static and Caleb spoke again. “She was supposed to wait until next weekend.” His voice distorted as if he covered the mouthpiece with his palm. “You were supposed to wait... You know, wait. Should I spell it for you?”
Cora giggled and Caleb’s voice lifted to full strength. “Keep it to yourself. With everything going on…” he trailed off and suddenly Onna was back in the living room, seeing her mom glare at her dad while tension churned around them.
“Right,” she said, forcing brightness into her words. “Congratulations, Caleb.”
“Thanks. Hang in there. At least school starts soon. Senior year.” He faked a sob. “My baby sister’s growing up. Anyways, call me if you want to talk. Cora and I are headed out to tell her parents. She thinks her dad will chase me with a shovel.”
Onna was horrified. “He wouldn’t.”
“That’s what I said,” Caleb agreed, laughing.
“He’s got a shotgun,” Cora yelled.
She’d just hung up when the guy came out of the store carrying two jumbo blue slushes. Prickles crawled up Onna’s neck. She tossed her phone onto the passenger seat and closed her driver door. When she looked up, he was outside her window, dripping plastic cup held through the opening. A red swirly straw sat atop the melting blue drink.
“You looked like you could use this,” he said, leaning down so his face filled her open window. His mouth curled in a sexy smile that made Onna lose conscious thought. She wished she could see his eyes, but the lenses of his glasses were so opaque she couldn’t guess the color behind them.
“Uh—thanks?” she said, hoping he’d go away.
He pushed the drink closer. The sharp sting of cold condensation falling onto her bare legs jolted her from the stupor. She took the slippery cup, burning fingers brushing his freezing ones. Her stomach tickled.
“See you around, Onna,” he said, standing.

She watched him climb into his car. He rolled down the windows—also manual—giving her a view of an all leather interior and shiny four-speed shifter on the floor. The guy put the straw of his slush—also red swirly—to his lips and drank deeply. Onna thought she would die before that sip ended. Then he smiled, backed neatly around her car, and tore out of the parking lot. 

THE LAST EVER AFTER REVIEW

TITLE: The School For Good And Evil : The Last Ever After
AUTHOR: Soman Chainani
SERIES: The School For Good And Evil Book 3 (Trilogy)
PUBLICATION DATE: July 21 2015
PUBLISHER: HarperCollins
SOURCE: London Bookhaul
RATING: 5 STARS!!!

Goodreads Summary

In the epic conclusion to Soman Chainani’s New York Times bestselling series, The School for Good and Evil, everything old is new again as Sophie and Agatha fight the past as well as the present to find the perfect end to their story.

As A World Without Princes closed, the end was written and former best friends Sophie and Agatha went their separate ways. Agatha was whisked back to Gavaldon with Tedros and Sophie stayed behind with the beautiful young School Master.

But as they settle into their new lives, their story begs to be re-written, and this time, theirs isn’t the only one. With the girls apart, Evil has taken over and the villains of the past have come back to change their tales and turn the world of Good and Evil upside down.

Readers around the world are eagerly awaiting the third book in The School for Good and Evil series, The Last Ever After. This extraordinary conclusion delivers more action, adventure, laughter, romance and fairy tale twists and turns than you could ever dream of!
 


MY REVIEW


OH MY GOD IT'S OVER I CAN'T BELIEVE IT!!!! THE TRILOGY IS OVER!!!!!!!


Sophie is with the handsome schoolmaster, her true love who is just waiting for her to take his ring and become his queen so that Evil can win. If Good always wins because it has love on its side then Evil will have love, and they will start winning. Agatha on the other hand is back in Gavaldon with her prince, Tedros, But instead of the happy ending she always wanted for the both of them, she gets quarrels with her prince who wants nothing but to go back to Camelot and become King with Agatha at his side. But Agatha doesn't want to be queen, she's scared. If both girls are with their true love then why is their fairy tale not ending? If another fairy tale doesn't start soon, the sun will die and so will the fairytale characters. Closing that fairy tale and getting their Never and Ever afters is imperative, but how? How can Agatha be happy without Sophie and vice versa? With the schoolmaster posioning her brain, Sophie finally becomes his queen and the reign of evil begins while Agatha and Tedros find "unexpected" allies to help them in their fight against Evil...But old villains such as Hook and the Evil queen are rising, ready to change their fairytales and change the world into one where Evil wins.





THIS BOOK IS BEAUTY!

Agatha was all

And Sophie was all


Tedros was all


And the schoolmaster was all

And then you have these undead fairy tale characters coming back for revenge!!! Just how much more awesome could this book have been?? I loved EVERYTHING about it!! I know this isn't really a review but i just wanted to express how much i will miss this series! I'm not a fan of middle grade books but this one-this one never even gives you the feeling you're reading a middle grade book! And on top of that the characters grow so yeah i'd even say it RIVALS Harry Potter!! The ending was perfect!! I JUST WANT MORE. If the author is not gonna write Sophie and Agatha's story then maybe same world or something?? If not i'll just keep rereading these books until i get tired of them,,which is nowhere in the far future!
JUST GET A  COPY PEOPLE!!! please :P  
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PLAYING THE PLAYER TOUR + GIVEAWAY






Release date: September 14th 2015
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Pre-order: Amazon | B&N

Synopsis via Goodreads:
The Good Girl Vs. The Player

Round one begins...

Trina Clemons needed the money. Why else would she - the most organized, prepared student in school - spend the summer as a nanny and partner with the biggest slacker ever? Now she's ready to tackle nannyhood with her big binder of research and schedules. Just don't ask her about the secret job of "fixing" the bad habits of a certain high school player...

Slade Edmunds prefers easy hook-ups, and Trina is definitely not his type. She's all structure and rules, while Slade wants to just have fun. Fortunately, Trina has no idea about the bet Slade made with his best friend that he can totally get her to unwind by the end of summer...

Then the weirdest thing happens. There's chemistry. A lot of it. 

But nothing gets between a boy and a girl like a big, fat secret...

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Lisa Brown Roberts still hasn't recovered from the teenage trauma of nearly tweezing off her eyebrows and penciling them in for an entire school year. This and other painful memories inspire her to write books in which girls big on wit and heart earn happy endings with swoony guys...eventually. 
Her almost forever home is Colorado, though she occasionally pines for the days when she lived within walking distance of the Pacific Ocean. Her house is full of books, boys, four-­legged prima donnas, and lots of laughter.







MY REVIEW

Trina is on the way to success. She has her life already planned and is currently on the go to achieve all her dreams. For the extra money, she babysits a cute little five year old girl. But what she doesn't expect is for the chief of the babysitting club to ask her to co-babysit with her insufferable slacker of a son. All the mothers in the club seem to agree and are willing to pay Trina more money.How can she refuse? Slade is a total slacker, never does relationships because his heart had been broken once. Trina knows who Slade is, the one who makes fun of her, And Slade knows who Trina is, an uptight control freak. They know it will be disastrous and yet both agree for their own reasons. Sparks fly and yet intolerance grows as Slade turns out to be a better nanny than Trina...

Trina is adorable! A sweet and super funny character. Yes she is a control freak. She has a binder with her life mapped out. She is really really uptight and doesn't relax at all-that's where Slade comes in. A totally chilled out individual hell bent on getting her to finally relax and close her eyes. They were TOTAL foils and they complimented each other perfectly! I was practically think of the binder "DEATH OF THE BINDER TA-TA-DA" is that how you write that noise?? Oh well you get the picture :P

I think the idea of kids bringing this unlikely couple together was a spark of genius. THEY WERE SOOOOOO CUTE!!!! So the little girl is totally wild and outgoing. Wild as in screaming "naked day" at the top of her lungs in the mall and stripping down completely. The little boy Slade babysits, is her best friend and the total opposite. He's calm and shy but will follow his friend in whatever she conspires. They really had me smiling through the whole book! As cute as they are, they are also responsible for Trina's meltdowns. I mean i would find it hard to babysit that girl!!! Which was hilarious, and yet i really pitied Trina!

Slade was great with kids! I think it was super funny how he always bested Trina without trying while she was fuming and shooting him death glares!!
Overall it was a great, cute and light read that you should definitely try out if you like contemporaries!!!




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ACOTAR REVIEW

TITLE: A Court Of Thorns And Roses
AUTHOR: Sarah J. Maas
SERIES: ACOTAR Book 1
PUBLICATION DATE: May 5 2015
PUBLISHER: Bloomsbury Children's
SOURCE: Paris Bookhaul
RATING: 4.5 STARS!!!

Goodreads Summary

A thrilling, seductive new series from New York Timesbestselling author Sarah J. Maas, blending Beauty and the Beast with faerie lore.

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she's been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.

Perfect for fans of Kristin Cashore and George R. R. Martin, this first book in a sexy and action-packed new series is impossible to put down!

MY REVIEW


Feyre is a girl living with two, over bearing sisters and a distant father. She promised her late mother to take care of her family, so she hunts, sells and gets food and money to keep her family from dying out. Until one night, she kills a wolf knowing it was a faerie, her hatred getting the best of her. Everything goes well, she kills it and brings back a fair amount of money after pelting it. Until one night, a roaring wolf, crashes her house and demands her to pay for her deeds. In exchange for her family's safety and well-being, she has to live forever in the land of the fae. But instead of being kept as a slave and asked to pay for murdering one of theirs, Feyre is treated like a princess. Lavish meals and clothes, in the company of the elusive and conflicting Tamlin.


Will Sarah J. Mass ever write something that fails to amaze me? Nah i don't think so!!!!  The idea of the fae wearing masks that never came off was just genius.


Feyre is a survivor. She has a short fuse and hates it when people pity her or use her weaknesses against her. What i liked about her was that, unlike so many of the kickass heroines nowadays, she actually has a weakness. She is illiterate. That made her vulnerable but in a good way, it kind of humanized her and made her easier to like, because she's not invincible.

Tamlin was definitely a mystery. Sometimes angry sometimes totally sweet. It felt like he couldn't care less about Feyre and then suddenly he cared about what she thought. It was an alternating pattern. But he does not really fall into the "swoon-worthy" category for me unlike the guys from ToG series. Now Lucian is another story! He's Tamlin's friend and treats Feyre like a sister. He is hot with the one-eye thing going on and we learn his torturous past and his tragic love story, A heart-broken, cocky character with a sweet side? Lucian is our man-uh faerie i mean.

When i read the first sentence of the book, i was actually sighing and thinking 'yeah this is Sarah's writing'. But as the story progressed, she really blew it out of the water, this was so different from ToG! I had to keep reminding myself that it was the same author! I guess it really shows what an amazing writer she is, to slip into her character and really create someone from her imagination.

I think  the only thing i didn't really like was the idea of the curse that came really really really late, I don't know but i felt like it was discovered a tad late maybe? And i wasn't a huge fan of the romance. LOVED the last part! Action really took over in the last  chapters. 

For those who have read the book, did any of you hold your breath and melt a little when Rhys was described!!!!??? BY FAR THE MOST INTRIGUING AND HOT CHARACTER OF THE BOOK. UNDERSTATEMENT ALERT: I WAAANNNNT MOOOOORRRREEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I definitely do not see him with Feyre but maybe he'll get his own book???? Lucian too!!!

I hope in the next book, we explore more of the world of the fae and of the sickness that's taking the lands. I really cannot wait!!!

DEFECTS ARC REVIEW

TITLE: Defects
AUTHOR: Sarah Noffke
SERIES: The Reverians Book 1
PUBLICATION DATE: August 15 2015

PUBLISHER: One-Twenty-Six Press
SOURCE: ARC from Author
RATING:  5 STARS!!!


Goodreads Summary

In the happy, clean community of Austin Valley, everything appears to be perfect. Seventeen-year-old Em Fuller, however, fears something is askew. Em is one of the new generation of Dream Travelers. For some reason, the gods have not seen fit to gift all of them with their expected special abilities. 
Em is a Defect—one of the unfortunate Dream Travelers not gifted with a psychic power. Desperate to do whatever it takes to earn her gift, she endures painful daily injections along with commands from her overbearing, loveless father. One of the few bright spots in her life is the return of a friend she had thought dead—but with his return comes the knowledge of a shocking, unforgivable truth. The society Em thought was protecting her has actually been betraying her, but she has no idea how to break away from its authority without hurting everyone she loves.


MY REVIEW

The Reverians are a society of dream walkers, each with unique powers. Em is a defect. She can dream walk but has no powers and is considered as an abomination in her family.She has to take daily injections to "trigger" her powers but after years, they still have not appeared. However she need to figure out what her father has planned for her, But on her mission, she encounters Rogue her best friend who was supposed to be dead. But the reason behind his fake death are deadlier than she could ever imagine. Together with Zack, their other best friend, they fight to challenge their society will never be the same.

This was a simple and yet totally engrossing read. The plot was really unique and well described so there was nothing i was struggling to understand. Nothing that you had to reread a few times until you got the meaning. That's another thing i liked about this book, the simplicity of the writing was beautiful and worked perfectly with the plot and the action. The idea for the whole book is genius, that goes without saying. Ugh it actually made me shiver sometimes at the total cruelty of that society..The setting was also kept simple, alternating between simple parts of the valley and the forest where Rogue lives. Again, everything was simple but not in a way that it brought the book down.

Em is a really witty and daring character. Badass and totally set on righting the wrong. She doesn't think twice about starting a rebellion when she learns what her society has done, it's that total confidence in herself that really made me like her, Loved her little sis, Nona, absolutely hilarious and even more badass than Em. This does have a love triangle between Zack, Em and Rogue. Though we know it's a love triangle, it's not developed because Em only wants one of those guys so i would say a hybridized form of a love triangle??

I think the author does a fantastic job at creating the "evil" side of the play. When i say evil, i mean EVIL! She imagined this plot in such a way, that along with the heroine you feel disgusted at their actions and hate their purely machiavellic minds. For those who know "othello", these evil guys lie almost if not more on the same line as Iago. I mean these people have lost their HUMANITY. I didn't see a shred of it!

For the romance, sweet and touching, Rogue is hilarious, cocky but incredibly sweet at the same time!

A fantastic start to a thrilling, action packed series! I cannot wait to see where this goes next!

ROOK REVIEW

TITLE: Rook
AUTHOR: Sharon Cameron
SERIES: Standalone
PUBLICATION DATE: April 28 2015
PUBLISHER: Scholastic Press
SOURCE: Paris Bookhaul
RATING: 4 STARS!!!

Goodreads Summary

History has a way of repeating itself. In the Sunken City that was once Paris, all who oppose the new revolution are being put to the blade. Except for those who disappear from their prison cells, a red-tipped rook feather left in their place. Is the mysterious Red Rook a savior of the innocent or a criminal?

Meanwhile, across the sea in the Commonwealth, Sophia Bellamy’s arranged marriage to the wealthy René Hasard is the last chance to save her family from ruin. But when the search for the Red Rook comes straight to her doorstep, Sophia discovers that her fiancé is not all he seems. Which is only fair, because neither is she.

As the Red Rook grows bolder and the stakes grow higher, Sophia and René find themselves locked in a tantalizing game of cat and mouse.
 


MY REVIEW


The Red Rook is a savior. He frees all the prisoners who have dared to question the new revolution, They are ruthlessly executed by "the razor". But as time passes and the executions rise, the Red Hook will attempt the impossible. Sophia Bellamy is not a fan of her would be fiancee, Rene Hasard but she has to marry him if she doesn't want her father to go to jail. But Rene is not what he seems and his cousin, Leblanc, is one of the leading figures of the new Revolution. Leblanc is almost obsessed to find out who the Red Rook is and when the search for the so called criminal leads straight to the Bellamy house and its residents, including Rene, lives are threatened and blood is shed. Both keep deadly secrets and both cannot help but start liking each 0ther despite the initial distrust and hate. 


What a great read! Sophia Bellamy is smart, witty and tough. From the very beginning you can't help but admire her audacity and courage. She really is not what everyone thinks she is. She would do anything for her brother, Tom. The whole book is a chase to find the Red Rook and save the countless innocent lives. There are alternative POV's from Sophia's to the Rook's to Renee's, and even Leblanc, and much more. Each POV left you in dread for the next, every single one of them CLIFFHANGER! Which totally compensates for it being a standalone!


Renee. Excruciatingly charming, hilarious, dramatic and strong. Oh can i add GREAT actor??  Renee was a ball of confusion for me. Sometimes he appears as a total flirty airhead and the next a calculating genius! Easy to understand Sophia's frustration right? Well they make a great pair! Calculating geniuses the lot of 'em! You could never really figure out Renee's real motives. I mean the situation he was in made him look bad on all sides and it was pretty tough to make him out to be innocent. Well he might not even be innocent at all with all those dark secrets *evil cackle*

Leblanc i think made a great "bad" character. he starts off as totally calm and confident but as the Red Rook starts to get bolder, you see him slowly loose his composure. He becomes obsessed and totally deranged, He hates the Rook with a passion and will stop at nothing to catch him and get a higher position. He is a little mad because he believes in a coin-tossing theory that is supposedly a "goddess". Oh well, i think it made him even more evil! At the end i was like, " whew that man is a total blubbering mess!"

Plot wise, the idea was great. I know a lot of people complained about the length but come on, it's not that long! City of Heavenly Fire is WAAAAAYYY longer and dragged a few times. This one is ACTION-PACKED. so many confusions and secrets!! I think my only negative would be the lack of background. It is after all a standalone so there is no sequel to explain things a bit further. I would have liked maybe a little more descrription on the "new" paris...

Anyway if you're looking for a great dystopian standalone, filled with romance and action, you're in for a ride full of surprises! Great ending, great story, great writing, great-just give it a try :P

THE WRATH & THE DAWN REVIEW

TITLE: The Wrath & The Dawn
AUTHOR: Renee Ahdieh
SERIES: The Saga Of Shahrzad And Khalid Book 1 
PUBLICATION DATE: May 12 2015
PUBLISHER: G. P. Putnam's Sons Books For Young Readers
SOURCE: Paris Bookhaul
RATING: 4.5 STARS!!!

Goodreads Summary

A sumptuous and epically told love story inspired by A Thousand and One Nights

Every dawn brings horror to a different family in a land ruled by a killer. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, takes a new bride each night only to have her executed at sunrise. So it is a suspicious surprise when sixteen-year-old Shahrzad volunteers to marry Khalid. But she does so with a clever plan to stay alive and exact revenge on the Caliph for the murder of her best friend and countless other girls. Shazi's wit and will, indeed, get her through to the dawn that no others have seen, but with a catch . . . she’s falling in love with the very boy who killed her dearest friend.

She discovers that the murderous boy-king is not all that he seems and neither are the deaths of so many girls. Shazi is determined to uncover the reason for the murders and to break the cycle once and for all.
 


MY REVIEW

Shahrzad's best friend is dead. One night she was married to the Caliph of Khorasan, Khalid, and like others before her she did not live to see the dawn. Shahrzad is furious and bent on getting revenge, so she volunteers to marry Khalid much to the population's shock. Khalid is curious why a girl would willingly walk to her death. But Shahrzad has a plan to kill him and stop all the sorrow of the families who will loose their daughters is she does not survive.  In the meantime, Shahrzad's first love and her father will stop at nothing to get her back from the clutches of the Caliph. Even retort to black magic. But what they don't expect is Shahrzad wanting to stay with Khalid. And every dawn, Shahrzad survives,she is a ticking bomb waiting for the day Khalid wakes up and decides to kill her. But why does he kill all his new wives?

I fell in love with the synopsis right away.  The plot was pretty much amazing and very intriguing. You already know that even though Khalid is as emotionless as  a bathtub, he is way too "neutral" to kill his brides without a reason. All his kills have made him cold and emotionless. He knows his people hate him because of his kills but he can't help it. He has to sacrifice his humanity and lives for the lives of others. I think what made Khalid an attractive character was his perfectly masked anguish and torment-which you rarely had a peek of. And when you did, you could really see how broken he was.

Shahrzad was nothing short of enigmatic. She weaves beautiful stories to keep the Khalid's attention without showing her real dispassion for him. As she fights against her growing feelings, she lets the guilt at falling for her best friend's killer eat away but at a certain point she doesn't care. She can't help but fall for him. I also loved that there was no insta-love or any degree of attraction at first either. Khalid was merely curious and Shahrzad was loathing. Well anyway the love definitely blossoms between the two!

As for the side characters, they were interesting i guess but i really didn't like Tariq, Shahrzad's first love, probably because i was TEAM KHALID!!! But i do admire his devotion and determination to rescue Shahrzad though. I really LOVED Despina and Jalal though! They would make a totally awesome couple! So Despina is Shahrzad's handmaiden and Jalal is the captain of the guard. He is also Khalid's cousin, witty and absolutely adores Shahrzad like a brother! Maybe the author will grace us with a teeny tiny novella for Jalal and Despina? *FINGERS CROSSED*

I guess i have just one tiny little objection to this book-almost nonexistent really! Okay so basically there was a bit of a lack of "happening" i guess. I really couldn't get where things were going and the pacing was a little slow. The writing compensated for that though because it was story-like and really gripping!!

Anyway loved the book and cannot wait for the sequel. I do not regret spending 15.60 Euros of my travelling-Paris pocket money on this!!!!