Friday, January 22, 2016

The School for Good and Evil Review!

Rating: 4.5/5 stars

The first kidnappings happened two hundred years before. Some years it was two boys taken, some years two girls, sometimes one of each. But if at first the choices seemed random, soon the pattern became clear. One was always beautiful and good, the child every parent wanted as their own. The other was homely and odd, an outcast from birth. An opposing pair, plucked from youth and spirited away.

This year, best friends Sophie and Agatha are about to discover where all the lost children go: the fabled School for Good & Evil, where ordinary boys and girls are trained to be fairy tale heroes and villains. As the most beautiful girl in Gavaldon, Sophie has dreamed of being kidnapped into an enchanted world her whole life. With her pink dresses, glass slippers, and devotion to good deeds, she knows she’ll earn top marks at the School for Good and graduate a storybook princess. Meanwhile Agatha, with her shapeless black frocks, wicked pet cat, and dislike of nearly everyone, seems a natural fit for the School for Evil.

But when the two girls are swept into the Endless Woods, they find their fortunes reversed—Sophie’s dumped in the School for Evil to take Uglification, Death Curses, and Henchmen Training, while Agatha finds herself in the School For Good, thrust amongst handsome princes and fair maidens for classes in Princess Etiquette and Animal Communication.. But what if the mistake is actually the first clue to discovering who Sophie and Agatha really are…?

To be short about things, I loved this book. That should be apparent by the rating. 
I haven't read a middle school type book in a while (my PJ days). But I knew that I really wanted to get into this trilogy.

To start off, I love the covers. That's what originally drew me in. After I saw them I wanted to know what was going on immediately. And I can be a sucker for fairy tales or story re-tellings, so this book was for me. Once I saw one of my favorite authors, Rick Riordan, gave it glowing reviews I really didn't have a choice now did I?

In the beginning of the book it was a bit slow with the action picking up. Some of the characters kept doing the same things, making the same mistakes, just a never ending circle of stupidity. But I stuck with them and when things got going, the ball kept rolling. I stayed up until 3 trying to finish it even though that would leave me with 4 hours of sleep. Nope. Didn't even care.
Now because it was a children's book and wasn't necessarily trying to hide too many things, some aspects I could predict for myself. And sure enough they happened. But this did not take away from the book at all. Considering the book is almost 500 pages, I knew something big was going to have to happen. And I will admit, the ending was NOT what I expected it to be at all. I didn't see it coming until it slammed me in the face and I closed the book. Luckily I had the second book handy and I'm already a 100 pages in today.

Our main characters in this book are the dark and broody Agatha and the pretty princess Sophie. polar opposites but best friends nonetheless, which I love. I also loved how against all odds, Agatha was put in the School for Good with chivalrous knights to be and Grooms Rooms while Sophie got Doom Rooms and Henchmen. Both felt out of place but there was a deeper meaning as to why they were meticulously placed where they were. Though they may look a certain way, whatever truths lay in their hearts is what really had to be shown. 
It is very entertaining to see everyone disapprove of a witch and princess being friends, yet they don't care. 
Sophie's constant sniveling and whining could work me sometimes, but I understood because in her mind she was a princess and that's what princesses do. And I loved watching Agatha grow into her own as someone Good even though she and everyone else around her thought her Evil based on appearances alone

This book challenges the reader to not judge a book by its cover. Someone may prefer to be alone, wear black, and seem socially awkward, but they could have the kindest and purest heart out there. Overall, this is a great book with friendship, love, beauty, ugly and all the in between. Loyalties are tested and relationships are formed and bonds are broken.

If you've read this book or the series, let me know below!

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday!

Waiting on Wednesday hosted by Breaking the Spine

What I'm waiting for this week:

The Winner's Kiss by Marie Rutkoski 
This is the third and final book in the Winner's Curse trilogy

Expected publication: March 29th

War has begun. Arin is in the thick of it, with the East as his ally and the empire as his enemy. He’s finally managed to dismiss the memory of Kestrel, even if he can’t quite forget her. Kestrel turned into someone he could no longer recognize: someone who cared more for the empire than for the lives of innocent people—and certainly more than she cared for him. At least, that’s what he thinks.

But far north lies a work camp where Kestrel is a prisoner. Can she manage to escape before she loses herself? As the war intensifies, both Kestrel and Arin discover unexpected roles in battle, terrible secrets, and a fragile hope. The world is changing. The East is pitted against the West, and Kestrel and Arin are caught between. In a game like this, can anybody really win?

Let me know below if you're excited for it to or f you want to start the series!

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

My Favorite OTPs of 2015

Hey all! I feel like talking about my OTPs right now, so I'm gonna do it.
Only one of these is a spoiler but still, you are being forewarned. I'm putting a picture of the book before the rant so you can know to keep scrolling


Charles and Anna have been apart of my life since 2008. This is one of the adult series that  read and it's all about werewolves and things that go bump in the night. I really love these two together because they complete the other. I also appreciate that it wasn't really insta love or anything like that. They genuinely love each other and care for one other. Whenever a book in this series comes out I have to get it because I have loved these two for the longest time.


This book was such a good read for me. I just flew through it and before I knew it, I was done! I know I'm pretty late to the Lunar Chronicles party but hey, better late than never. Prince Kai and Cinder seem so cute together. She does everything in her power to make sure Kai does NOT like her but he does he anyway. They are both very down to earth people (get the joke?). I see a nice future for them once they get all the mess sorted out.

3. Slight Spoiler

Now this series is truly the Game of Thrones of YA in my opinion. Nobody can be happy for even a second! Cleo and Theon. I had all types of plans for them. Fighting again Gaius and the Chief. Arguing with her father because she loves him. Him just being an overall badass. But nooooo. We don't get that chance cause Magnus had to be a little bitch! But oh he feels bad and that makes it better hmm? Sorry, rant. I almost freaking cried. I really go for the whole princess/prince falling in love with some lowly commoner that is frowned upon. So I guess Cleo will end up with someone else, but they certainly aren't my OTP at the moment. R.I.P. Cleo and Theon relationship *Hunger Games whistle*


For one, the amount of love that I have for this book is insurmountable. This book warms my soul. Khalid and Shazi are goals. Okay yeah so he has a curse on him and she wants to kill him to avenge her best friends death. But affteerrr all of that, they're great. It's the small things that they do that make them so great. One of my favorite scenes is When Khalid is just absentmindedly playing with Shazi's bangles and her arm. Out of boredom yes, but it still meant so much. The amount of times I squealed during the book was ridiculous. Some say they had insta love but could not be further from the truth. The plots of kill him 3/4 of the book! Even when she admits to herself that she loves him she is still thinking of ways to kill him! A typical married couple of course haha
They're awesome and I want to be friends with them and see them be cute. The end.



I would like to start off by saying I did not always like Rowan. In fact I pretty much tried not to like him. I stumbled upon a spoiler as I started Heir of Fire and found out they would be together for the most part. But I wanted to make my own opinion about him and be stubborn. From the very beginning I was all about Celaena and Chaol. Despite how things ended on huge spiky rocks after Crown of Midnight, I still loved them. I had invested two books into them. I'm loyal thank you. Even through Heir of Fire I tried staying loyal and tried to ignore the information I already knew. But hey a girl can only take so much. And to be honest, I DESPISE Chaol now. He has turned into such a dick and I really don't like it. I didn't even think that was possible but I do and that's that. moving on.
Aelin and Rowan are the best. He has pulled her out of the darkness that is Aelin and brought her into the light. They have such a strong bond, they're friggin carranam! Wen he made his appearance in Queen of Shadows I was fist pumping like an idiot. I wanted him to show up Chaol so badly. But he does that by breathing so once again, moving on. They're in sync with each other and know the other well. It's clear they would die for each other without hesitation. Lets not forget the sexual tension lingering around them 24/7, I cannot take it, Sarah J. Mass take the wheel.
This is THE OTP. Yeah I have other like in my PJ books, buttt this is for 2015.
So love them in all of their Fae glory