May 2016 - Simply Avalon

Monday, May 30, 2016

Book Review: Renegade by J.A. Souders
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Renegade (The Elysium Chronicles ,#1) by J.A. Souders
on November 13th 2012
Genres: Science Fiction>DystopiaFantasyMagicRomanceThrillerYoung Adult
Pages: 364
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 two-stars
Since the age of three, sixteen-year-old Evelyn Winters has been trained to be Daughter of the People in the underwater utopia known as Elysium. Selected from hundreds of children for her ideal genes, all her life she’s thought that everything was perfect; her world. Her people. The Law.
But when Gavin Hunter, a Surface Dweller, accidentally stumbles into their secluded little world, she’s forced to come to a startling realization: everything she knows is a lie.
Her memories have been altered. Her mind and body aren’t under her own control. And the person she knows as Mother is a monster.

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Review:

                     I really wanted to like this book the plot had so much potential, but like most teen-dystopian (and utopian) books it fell short of that promise.


            This book had everything going for it a pretty original plot (even though it reminded me ever so slightly of Dark Life by Kat Falls), and its own take on the everyday stereotypes. My biggest issue wasn’t the writing, but the lack of reasoning behind major events in the story.

            For instance Gavin and his friends just so happened to stumble into a cave that held an entrance to Elysium. Or the fact that barely any land dwellers know about Elysium when it was an underwater resort. If this type of resort were to open today this would’ve been a major public spectacle that wouldn’t be forgotten just because a bunch of rich people wanted to stay tucked away from the "bad war".

            I won’t say that that the book was totally bad, because for all intents and purposes it wasn’t. For instance Evelyn Winters (the protagonist) saw a small growth in her character throughout the book turning from a naïve “Daughter of the People” to a girl willing to run leaps and bounds to protect her lover, but her transition into a slightly stronger character was a little choppy.

            I hated her reliance on Gavin as a character, sure I’m not all for feminism, but without his arrival she would’ve just continued to believe the lies her Mother fed to her. It was just a little too much, and this is coming from a person who thoroughly loved Gavin as a character.

            In the end I believe this author cut some corners in the way she ended the book. Or maybe I was just expecting too much from an author’s debut novel.

           Don’t get me wrong this book isn’t out right horrible, but if you’re the type of reader who wants more than an insta-love and underdeveloped plot & characters I suggest you look elsewhere. I have already gotten the second book so...looks like I'll read it sometime in the near future. Hopefully the story will improve. :)



Rating: two-stars/5 stars


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Monday, May 23, 2016

Book Review: A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
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A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2) by Sarah J. Maas 
on May 3rd 2016 
Genres: FaeFantasyMagicNew AdultRomanceThrillerYoung Adult 
Pages: 640 
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five-stars 
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.


I finished this book in one day. If that doesn't tell you how good this book is, you're beyond hope. 

Disclaimer: I strongly believe that this book is not appropriate for teenagers below the age of 14, or whatever age you deem mature due to extremely sexual content.
(I'm almost 15, and even I felt a little guilty by reading it.)
*Warning there will be a few small SPOILERS in this review...you have been warned.*

Firstly, I must applaud the author for her character and world building. Sure the book was a whooping 640 pages, but I mean it was friggin' amazing and well worth the wait (and energy it took to read). Feyre grew up, and finally took control of her destiny as a character. Many people hated the fact that she basically allowed Tamlin to make every decision for her, but that Feyre is a thing of the past. 

Tamlin made one mistake too many and Rhys finally called in his favor. I don't want to spoil too much, but Tamlin became a borderline psychopath in this book. To say the least the way he changed made it hard for me to justify my love for him in the first book. I mean we all knew there was something off, but did you really have to lock her in a tower?!


I'm just so very happy that Feyre didn't fall for his crap or come crawling back to him even with his empty apologies. 

Maas really succeeded in creating an almost the unbeatable villain, or the King of Hybern the man who has to mess everything up, but my favorite part was the way she framed Feyrue as a real life woman who was not only determined to protect those she loved, but also had weaknesses she wasn't afraid to hide.

In case you didn't know...I shipped Rhysand and Feyre from the beginning of this series. (Even if he only appeared like three times in the first book haha) He began as a background character in the first book. However in the second book we find Rhys as the "supposed-to-be-a-villain-but-now-i'm-not-so-sure".

I'm not sure if I should say this, but Rhys was hands down my favorite character in the whole book. He exuded a sexiness that is hard to find in other characters and can only be compared to Divergent's Four (even though Veronica Roth never delved into Four's inner being like Maas has done with Rhys). His literal being embodies the perfect anti-body who behind his "wicked persona" is a man who leads two lives. The friendly guy who teaches Feyre how to read and close her midn to the people who might want to read its contents and the most powerful man in the Fae world who could melt your mind without a second thought. 



Like are you trying to kill me?! I can't handle all of these feelings. I'm still trying to come off the Tamlin thing.

"I couldn't stop being around you, and loving you, and wanting you. I still can't stay away." ~Rhys 
(A Court of Mist and Fury pg. 528)

Sooo if you're into that Hades/Persephone love story thing and a hell of a great fantasy novel than you should definitely check out this series either online or at your local library/bookstore. Warning if you're one of those people who hate a good cliffhanger at the end of the book I suggest you wait til the next book comes out before reading. :)

five-stars (5 out of 5 stars)

XX,


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Monday, May 16, 2016

My Summer Reading Goal + Blog Update
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It hasn't even been a full day without school and I'm already setting my summer reading goal. I'm really excited with my new laptop coming in and our impending trip to Washington D.C. I expect to have more time to actually blog again like I did at the start of soccer season and fall semester of school.


My goal is a whooping 22 books. I've already finished two books, soooo hopefully I will have reviews up for those sooner or later. I'm making a marker so that you can see my progress adn join in soon...

~ blog update ~

I wanted to write this post mainly to tell you guys where I want this blog to go, not only because I need a fresh start, but because this blog needs a firm topic and direction. If you were here for my last blog (which is still up under a different url) than you know that my posts were only organized by a label, and that there was no clear logic to my posts other than 'the girl who has nothing to talk about decided to write a blog about nothing...' I no longer want to continue along this route, and instead want to return to my simplistic beginnings (aka books and fashion)

I've really enjoyed writing about my life and fashion and have decided that this is definitely the best way to continue to grow the readership of this blog. Also since it is summer I've decided my new posting schedule will be Mondays and Fridays.

I hope you guys will stay for the ride, I have some pretty cool content planned for this summer that will be featured on my blog and youtube channel. Until then...see ya later!!

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