A Court of Thorns and Roses Review

Review by: Shipperprincess52

This review may contain minor spoilers for A Court of Thorns and Roses and A Court of Mist and Fury, both by Sarah J. Maas

Stars- 4/5

Summary- Feyre’s survival rests upon her ability to hunt and kill – the forest where she lives is a cold, bleak place in the long winter months. So when she spots a deer in the forest being pursued by a wolf, she cannot resist fighting it for the flesh. But to do so, she must kill the predator and killing something so precious comes at a price …
Dragged to a magical kingdom for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face obscured by a jewelled mask, is hiding far more than his piercing green eyes would suggest. Feyre’s presence at the court is closely guarded, and as she begins to learn why, her feelings for him turn from hostility to passion and the faerie lands become an even more dangerous place. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose him forever.

Thoughts- It was just as good as all of Sarah J. Maas’ books. The characters were all amazing and the book was funny and sad at the same time. I loved Lucien’s character the most because he was just really funny. I didn’t really like Tamlin, his personality and the way he treated Feyre just bothered me. (I finished the entire series the same weekend I started it so after this will be my review for A Court of Mist and Fury. I won’t do A Court of Wings and Ruin since it came out a couple of months ago.)

A Court of Mist and Fury– Ahhhhhhh! I hated Tamlin even more in this book. At the beginning of the book Feyre was less awesome than she was in the first book, but then Rhysand happened and everything got better. (No more thoughts on that otherwise I’ll end up spoiling something.)

Age- 14+

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver Review

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Review by: shipperprincess52

Stars- 3.75/5

Summary- For popular high school senior Samantha Kingston, February 12—”Cupid Day”—should be one big party, a day of valentines and roses and the privileges that come with being at the top of the social pyramid. And it is…until she dies in a terrible accident that night.

However, she still wakes up the next morning. In fact, Sam lives the last day of her life seven times, until she realizes that by making even the slightest changes, she may hold more power than she ever imagined. (Summary courtesy of Goodreads. I get nervous and feel like I’m going to spoil the book so all my summaries come from Goodreads.)

Thoughts- It was an interesting book. I thought Sam was different from most popular girls, she was insecure about things and throughout the book she tried to make herself different, whether it was in a good way or not. I hated Lindsay and the things she did to others. She was a terrible person and I thought her happiness was provided by other peoples pain and suffering.

Kent was probably my favorite character. He was persistent and adorable. Throughout the entire book I kept thinking that Sam was missing out every time she acted like a terrible person.

Overall it was a pretty good book, but there were a few things I didn’t like. For example, the ending, I won’t say anymore then that.

Age- 14+

The Elementals- Book 1- How it All Started

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By: sharkgirl25

Chapter 1:

(Six years later)

Earth, now twelve years old, walks into her sixth grade classroom, with no Inferno. In fact, she barely even remembers her friend after all these years. One thing’s for sure, Inferno’s mom did a great job separating the girls. Inferno had no memory of her friend, not even of the great times they had as kids. But still, just seeing her half red hair made her remember just the slightest bit of that night. And Earth, when ever she saw the green stripe running through her hair, she would remember more about that night, and what happened with her friend six years ago. So, in the sixth grade classroom full of paper throwing rowdy boys, and girls that would stare at their phones and fix their make up all day, Earth felt alone. More alone than all of those years without Inferno combined. However, during science class that day, she realized that someone with half red hair was staring at her green stripe of hair. Someone with deep brown eyes, that had little sparks like fire in them. Earth felt like a part of her that had been missing before had suddenly reappeared. She finally saw someone that she hadn’t seen in six years. Earth had been reunited with Inferno.

That day at lunch, Earth walks over to where Inferno and another girl are sitting. She walks up to them, and Inferno looks up.

“Who are you?” Inferno asks.

“Six years ago you and a girl were racing through the woods, when suddenly you trip, fall, and bang your head on a lava rock. Half of your hair turns red, and your hands start glowing red, too. The other girl rushes you back to your house, but on the way, she doesn’t see the tree in front of her, but instead of running into it, she goes through it. When she emerges from the other side, she has a green stripe running through her hair. Your mom forbids the other girl to come near you ever again. Yes, Inferno, I am that girl.” Earth says.

“Earth?” Inferno says, stunned that her long lost best friend was standing right here in front of her, talking to her.

The Elementals- book 1- How it All Started

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By: sharkgirl25

Prologue

         A six-year-old girl with long golden hair, green eyes, and an adventurous spirit leaps out from behind a tree and races after her friend, who has short brown hair, brown eyes, and a fiery spirit.

“You can’t catch me!” calls the brown-haired girl.

“Oh yes, I can!” Yells the other one.

“You can try!” screams the brown-haired girl in reply.

“Ha! Like you can outrun me! I have the animals as my guide!” the golden-haired one calls back.

All of a sudden, the brown-haired girl trips and bangs her head against a bright red and black lava rock.

“Inferno!” screams her friend. She rushes over to her friend, and says worriedly, “Inferno, are you okay?” Her friend raises her head and nods.

“Yeah, Earth, I’m alright, it’s just my head that hurts.”

Earth reaches down to help Inferno, but quickly jerks her hand away and says “Inferno! You’re bleeding!”

Inferno looks at her hand and realizes it is glowing red. She glances at Earth and says “Take me to my mom.”

Earth grabs Inferno’s arm and lifts her up, then starts running. They rush through the woods, rushing towards Inferno’s house.

“Earth!” yells the six-year-old Inferno.

“What is it?” Earth says, glancing backwards toward her friend. “Oh! Oh my gosh!” she yells when she sees that the bottom of Inferno’s hair has turned red. In fact, she was so stunned that she didn’t see the tree in front of her. But instead of slamming right into the tree, she ran through it. When she emerged from the other side, a green stripe ran through her hair.

“Earth! What happened?” Inferno calls to her friend.

Earth turns around and realizes what Inferno is gaping at. Her hair. Or more specifically, her long golden hair with the green stripe. Her eyes widen and her jaw drops.

“I have no idea! I ran through this tree, and BOOM! This thing’s in my hair! I can only think of one word… magic.” she calls back to Inferno as they near Inferno’s house.

Upon seeing her child racing toward their house, Inferno’s mother rushes out the door, running to Inferno and Earth.

“What is going on here?!” she yells, grabbing Inferno in her arms, and glaring at Earth. “You took my daughter into the woods, didn’t you?” she says angrily to Earth.

“W-well we w-went to the m-market… t-to get s-some ice cream…” Earth starts, scared out of her mind.

“WITHOUT MY PERMISSION?!” Inferno’s mom yells at Earth.

“Earth’s mommy said we could,” Inferno says, protecting her friend.

“SO YOU THINK IT’S FINE WITH ME THAT YOU GO OUT TO THE MARKET WITH MY DAUGHTER, GET ICE CREAM, AND THEN RACE EACH OTHER BACK HOME THROUGH THE WOODS, WHICH EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW IS FILLED WITH  DANGEROUS MAGIC, AND PERHAPS EVEN MORE THINGS WORSE THAN THAT?!” Inferno’s mother screams at Earth.

“W-what I was g-going to say w-was that after Inferno and I got some ice cream, we were going to head back, but then we realized that going back the way we came would be really long, and so we decided to take a shortcut through the woods,” Earth finishes, shaking with fear. She realized that Inferno’s hand was no longer red, but her hair was still red on the bottom. “And so when we were racing, Inferno tripped and hit her head against this shiny black and red lava rock, and her hands glowed red, and her hair suddenly had that redness on the bottom, and when I wasn’t looking, I ran right into a tree! Well, actually, I ran through the tree. And then I had this green stripe,” Earth continues.  Hearing the commotion, Earth’s mother runs over to Inferno’s house to see the problem.

“Ah! There you are Vanessa! I was wondering when you would come out and show yourself,” Inferno’s mother says with a sneer.

“Macy! Why are you yelling at my daughter?” Earth’s mother asks. She glances over at Earth, who looks up at her mother with a face of fear and worry.

“I’ve heard that you allowed your daughter and my daughter to go to the marketplace by themselves and get ice cream, and then come back racing each other through the dangerous woods, only to have MY DAUGHTER TO TRIP AND BANG HER HEAD AGAINST A LAVA ROCK, CAUSING HALF OF HER HAIR TO TURN RED, AND HER HANDS TO GLOW A BRIGHT, BLOODY RED!” Macy screams at Vanessa, her face turning as red as Inferno’s hair. “I can only think of one solution…” she starts.

“And that is?” Earth’s mother interrupts.

“We separate the girls and never make them see each other again. Inferno, Michael and I will move three towns away, and you, Earth, and Matthew will stay here. I never want my daughter near your freak child again.” Macy finishes. Inferno grabs Earth’s arm protectively.

“B-but mommy! Earth and I are friends!” she wails.

“Hush, child, it’s for the best.”

“You can’t do this! You know we can’t be separated! I will never forget Inferno, and I will find a way to find her!” Earth yells.

Inferno’s mother shakes her head disapprovingly.

“Strong ambitions, child, but I’m afraid to say that will never happen,” she says to Earth, who looks at her with a piercing glare.

With her fists clenched by her side, Earth’s eyes start glowing a bright green. In a few seconds, Earth had transformed into a jaguar. She was small, yes, but still fierce. The transformation lasted only a few seconds, but it scared Inferno’s mom out of her mind. However, it wasn’t too powerful, so Inferno’s mom still wanted the friends separated.  The next morning, Inferno and her parents had moved three towns away, and was starting a new school. Earth, on the other hand, was now lonely and ate lunch, played at recess, and went to school with no one. And it would stay that way forever…

At least, that’s what Inferno’s mom hoped, but it wasn’t what was going to happen…

Two Sentence Horror Stories

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By: coolkid73

I woke up to the sound of hammering. After that I could barely hear the sound of dirt covering my coffin over my muffled screams.

I begin tucking him into bed when he tells me, “Daddy, check for monsters under my bed.” I do it for his amusement and see him, another him, staring at me, quivering with fear and whispering “Daddy, there’s somebody on my bed.”

My daughter won’t stop crying in the middle of the night. I visit her grave and ask her to stop, but it doesn’t help.

There is a picture in my phone of me sleeping. I live alone.

My wife woke up to tell me there was an intruder in our house. She was murdered by an intruder years ago.

I tuck my daughter into bed and she says “Goodbye, daddy.” I tell her that at nighttime we say good night, but then she says “No daddy, tonight it’s goodbye.”

The last man on earth sat alone in a room. There was a knock on the door.

A Walk In The Sun by Michelle Zink

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Review by: fmarie0112

A Walk in the Sun by Michelle Zink follows Rose Darrow through her eventful summer on her family farm. Her mother had recently passed away and ever since, Rose’s plans for the future have been completely altered. Her once-attentive father is consumed by grief, and her friends are getting ready for the adventures that come after high school. Rose resigns herself to hold her small world together – until a ranch hand is hired to help out over the summer.
Bodhi Lowell left home as a kid and hasn’t looked back since. Years of working farm jobs has given him the one thing he wants most: freedom to travel without answering to anyone. He’s already looking past his job at Darrow Farm and plans on leaving in September – until he meets Rose.
Neither Rose nor Bodhi can deny the sparks flying between them, but with the end of summer looming, they must decide if it’s better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.
I read this book in one day on a road trip to New York. It is the first book I have read by Michelle Zink and I have to say, I wasn’t sure about reading it at first. While I wasn’t initially positive I would like the book, I gave it a try anyway and I was not disappointed. The author does an excellent job of capturing the progression of the relationship over time. In the beginning, Rose is uncomfortable around Bodhi. Due to her mother’s death, she finds it difficult to get close to anyone. But over the course of the summer, Bodhi is able to get Rose to open up. ultimately, he will be the one to help Rose truly recover from her mother death. I would highly recommend picking up this book, it is an easy read and can be found at your local library.

The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen

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Review by: fmarie0112

I have only read a handful of Sarah Dessen books, but every time I pick one up I am never disappointed. All of the books I have read by this author have been extraordinary and The Truth About Forever is no exception. The story follows the summer of a young girl named Macy. Macy has her whole summer planned out – working at the library, studying, and spending time with her mother, sharing silent grief at the traumatic loss of her father. One thing she didn’t plan on was landing a job at Wish Catering, with the chaotic crew that feels more like family. Or digging up feelings of the past with the renovation of the families old beach side cottage, left untouched since the death of her father. Or Wes, an artistically talented boy with a past. But Macy soon discovers that the things you expect the least are sometimes the things you need the most.

This book addresses many issues, such as death of a parent, parental stress, peer pressure, and self-expectations. They way that Sarah Dessen skillfully expresses how these obstacles make the character feel and how she ultimately overcomes them creates an interesting plot and character development that makes you want to keep reading to see what happens next. The Truth About Forever would receive a 5/5 rating from me, as would many more of Sarah Dessen’s books. Her stories leave you on the edge of your seat, unable to put the book down until you’ve finished. I would highly recommend you give this book a shot, as well as anything else written by Sarah Dessen.