Mini-Reviews: The Maze Runner + Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

the maze runnerThe Maze Runner (The Maze Runner #1)

Author: James Dashner
Publisher/Release Date: August 24th 2010 by Delacorte Press
Pages: 392-Paperback-Owned
Finished: August 27th 2016
Goodreads
My Rating: 4/5

Review:

  • Hubby was gifted the series a while back and he actually read them all before me (aside from the sequel). We watched both movies together as well before I even decided to read this series. In a way I’m kind of glad I did it that way. It gave me something to compare when reading this, and I found that I enjoyed the book as well as the movie quite a bit.
  • A lot of stuff was different between the two though! They pretty much kept the basis things but the ending and a lot of other stuff changed. And of course the ending was really good, although a bit sad.
  • The characters and the idea of the maze and trying to solve the puzzle of why they were there was great. Thomas was repetitive with a few things, like things being familiar and his memories in terms first half, but after a while you get used to him.
  • I definitely will be reading the rest of the series soon, as well as the prequel! And getting the new prequel book when it’s out soon.

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harry potter 8Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Harry Potter #8)

Author: J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, Jack Thorne
Publisher/Release Date: July 31st 2016 by Little, Brown UK
Pages: 343-Hardcover-Owned
Finished: August 25th 2016
Goodreads
My Rating:3.5/5

Review:

  • Liked it but didn’t love it.  I didn’t go in with big expectations, I was just positive and took my time reading it.
  • I know there wasn’t any huge descriptions so a lot is left to the imagination, which was ok, but I felt like it was still missing some of that emotion.
  • The script format wasn’t hard to read and I got into it pretty easy after a bit. The beginning can be a bit slow but it gets better.
  • I think this would have been so cool to see as a play and I think I would have liked it a lot better that way. Hopefully they release a version for everyone to watch someday!

Review: A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

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Title: A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2)
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Release Date/Publisher: May 3rd 2016 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Finished: June 9th 2016
Pages: 640-Hardcover-Owned
Series:
1. A Court of Thorns and Roses
2. A Court of Mist and Fury
3. Untitled

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.

With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas’s masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights.

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ARC Mini-Reviews: Run + The Crown’s Game

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Author: Kody Keplinger
Publisher/Release Date: June 28th 2016 by Scholastic Press
Pages: 288-ARC Paperback-Given at a blogger meet-up
Finished: May 11th 2016
Goodreads
My Rating: 4.5/5

Review:

  • This book was really good and I liked that it wasn’t focused on romance which most contemporaries are. It’s focus was friendship and all the highs and lows of two very different people.
  • Agnes is legally blind but she can see certain shapes and she does everything she’s told. Bo is the girl in a small town with a reputation because of her family. They meet and Agnes starts pushing her boundaries with the rules her parents give her, and we find out there’s more to Bo than you’d think. I really liked both girls, even when certain things lead to secrets and lies near the end.
  • Both girls tell part of the story in this book, Agnes is the past and Bo the present. It goes back and forth to tell the story and I found it hard to put this book down. I think this was my favourite by this author so far.

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the crown's gameThe Crown’s Game (The Crown’s Game #1)

Author: Evelyn Skye
Publisher/Release Date: May 17th 2016 by Balzer + Bray
Pages: 416-ARC Paperback-Given at a book blogget meet-up
Finished: May 19th 2016
Goodreads
My Rating: 5/5

Review:

  • A really good fantasy! Loved the idea of two powerful magic users having to compete to become the Imperial Enchanter. The differences in their magic was pretty cool too.
  • Loved the setting so much, the whole idea that there was magic in Russia. Even the made up places the author created, which she tells you about at the end. There’s real history mixed with fantasy and I loved it.
  • I think a lot of people who love fantasy will get sucked into this book. It’s told through different characters but you can’t help liking them all. I couldn’t tell whether I wanted Vika or Nicolai to win because they were both awesome.

I was given these advanced review copies for free in exchange for an honest review.

ARC Review: Julia Vanishes by Catherine Egan

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Title: Julia Vanishes by  (Witch’s Child #1)
Author: Catherine Egan
Release Date/Publisher: June 7th 2016 by Doubleday Canada
Finished: May 31st 2016
Pages: 384-ARC Paperback-Given for review
Series:
1. Julia Vanishes
2. Unknown

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Julia Vanishes Julia has the unusual ability to be . . . unseen. Not invisible, exactly. Just beyond most people’s senses.
It’s a dangerous trait in a city that has banned all forms of magic and drowns witches in public Cleansings. But it’s a useful trait for a thief and a spy. And Julia has learned–crime pays.
Her latest job is paying very well indeed. Julia is posing as a housemaid in the grand house of Mrs. Och, where an odd assortment of characters live and work: A disgraced professor who sends her to fetch parcels containing bullets, spiders, and poison. An aristocratic houseguest who is locked in the basement each night. And a mysterious young woman who is clearly in hiding–though from what or whom?
Worse, Julia suspects that there’s a connection between these people and the killer leaving a trail of bodies across the frozen city.
The more she learns, the more she wants to be done with this unnatural job. To go back to the safety of her friends and fellow thieves. But Julia is entangled in a struggle between forces more powerful than she’d ever imagined. Escape will come at a terrible price.

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ARC Mini-Reviews: Scarlett Epstein Hates It Here + The Rose and the Dagger

scarlett epsteinScarlett Epstein Hates It Here

Author: Anna Breslaw
Publisher/Release Date: April 19th 2016 by Razorbill
Pages: 288-ARC Paperback-Given by another blogger
Finished: May 3rd 2016
Goodreads
My Rating: 4/5

Review:

  • This book had some super funny moments and I really enjoyed it! The sheep scene was hilarious.
  • Avery doesn’t have a huge part, and she’s not around much in the middle of the book, I would have like to know her more but she was a good character. I really liked Ruth too and I liked how she interacted with Scarlett.
  • The fanfic story she wrote was really interesting, the ending part of it was the best though. I would have read something like that on its own. It didn’t take up too much space in the book but it was fun reading it.

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the rose and the daggerThe Rose and the Dagger (The Wrath and the Dawn #2)

Author: Renee Ahdieh
Publisher/Release Date: April 26th 2016 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Pages: 420-paperback ARC-Given at a blogger meetup
Finished: May 10th 2016
Goodreads
My Rating:4.5/5

Review:

  • I loved this book, and I really think it was even better than the first! Not only was there the romance that we came to love, but politics, possible war and so much more was added. Including a little magic.
  • Shahrzad was just as tough and stubborn and intense as before, but you can’t help but like her. I really liked her sister too and I’m glad she plays a bigger part in this one.
  • It’s the last book and I’m sad there won’t be another, but this is definitely a series I will want to re-read someday and I think only having two book worked out well for it

I was given these advanced review copies for free in exchange for an honest review.