Book Review: The Siren

The Siren
The Siren
Kiera Cass
Hardcover republished 2016
Available Here

“You must never do anything that might expose our secret. This means that, in general, you cannot form close bonds with humans. You can speak to us, and you can always commune with the Ocean, but you are deadly to humans. You are, essentially, a weapon. A very beautiful weapon. I won’t lie to you, it can be a lonely existence, but once you are done, you get to live. All you have to give, for now, is obedience and time…”

The same speech has been given hundreds of times to hundreds of beautiful girls who enter the sisterhood of sirens. Kahlen has lived by these rules for years now, patiently waiting for the life she can call her own. But when Akinli, a human, enters her world, she can’t bring herself to live by the rules anymore. Suddenly the life she’s been waiting for doesn’t seem nearly as important as the one she’s living now.

The Good: 

-Kahlen was an interesting and sympathetic character. I think her feelings were a little too insta-love considering how little we actually see Akinli but overall I thought she was an interesting MC
-The Ocean was by far the most interesting character. Was she the villain? I don’t know maybe she falls more into the antihero category. Regardless her presence was very welcomed and definitely moved the plot.
-In general the supporting characters were well-built and interesting. I would read more stories about sirens if they were told from any of Kahlen’s sisters.
-I really enjoyed seeing sirens interact in the modern world since every story I’ve read about them is set in the past. I think Cass came up with clever ways to have the be part of society while still being out the outskirts.

The Bad:

-I would have liked more build up the Kahlen and Akinli’s relationship. I understand that they were soulmates but there was still much needed development.
-There was a lot of whining in the middle. Kahlen was just really really annoying during that section. Again I understand why but I felt like it could have possibly be written differently.

The Rating:
4 stars 

This was a quick enjoyable read. I really enjoyed learning more about sirens and getting to feel a part of the sisterhood. The characters were well-written and it was easy to focus on them since there wasn’t much of a need for world building. If you’re in the mood for a nice romance I would definitely recommend it. I thought overall the story was very well written and I found myself laughing and crying which is a good sign for me.

What are you reading this weekend? 



Book Review: The Selection

The Selection
Kiera Cass
E-Reader Format April 2014
Available Here

For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself—and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

The Good:
-I really loved America. I admired her being able to stay true to herself throughout the whole book from wearing very little makeup to making sure her maids were safe during an attack. I also appreciated that she was an artist/musician and not someone who was overly brave or a bad-ass in the typical dystopian setting.
-The main characters did not have inst-love. Well…it may have been insta-love for Maxon but America was very much still interested in her former boyfriend so her development of her relationship with Maxon felt more organic
-The supporting characters were enjoyable and unique. I liked that we weren’t flooded with a whole lot of people but those that we did meet were interesting and I felt like they served a purpose
-I am really eager to read more about America and Maxon

The Bad:
-The whole rebel thing was a bit silly and I felt like it was only included to prevent this from being a straight up romance.
-It’s categorized as fantasy but there was really nothing about the world or characters that screamed fantasy to me
-It took a little long to get to the whole selection and right when I felt myself being sucked in the book was over

The Rating:
3.5 stars

This was a light and enjoyable read. It took me a long time to get through because I kept finding myself in a mood for a more action-oriented book. But once I got that out of my system I was ready to return to America. I think this is a great book for girls who want to read about a girly-girl who is true to herself and overall a really good person (well until her tryst at the end but she’s young so I’m going to forgive her). I am definitely eager to read the rest even though thanks to The Heir I pretty much know how it’s going to play out but I still want to follow the journey there. The world building was nothing extraordinary but this is an awesome cozy swoon-worthy read if you’re in the right mood.

What’s your guilty pleasure read?


Book Review: Red Queen


Red Queen
Victoria Aveyard
Hardcover Pub Feb 2015
Available Here

This is a world divided by blood – red or silver.

The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change.

That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power.

Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime.

But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance – Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart …

The Good:
-The world building was really strong. I feel I got a really good sense of the two different worlds, that of the Red and that of the Silvers. I really enjoyed spending time in the different halls and palaces and then being transported to the desolate lands of the reds.
-The pacing was really good I felt like it was a good mix of dialogue and action
-The princes. They both made me swoon for different reasons but ultimately I am team Cal ❤
-The ending. I did not see it coming at all and I think it did a really good job of catapulting the reader into a whole new set of problems and action.

The Bad:
     -Mare. I feel bad for saying this but I am kind of over the kick ass heroine. I kind of want to read about a female protagonist who enjoys wearing dresses and is just a little bit girly. I will say that I liked how we got to see her train on how to use her powers and she wasn’t just magically gifted at using them
-Kilhorn. I think I just have a thing about guys who are the best friend and want more from the female lead but you already know it’s not going to happen. I refer to it as the Gale complex. I never liked him from the get-go and when we were introduced to Peeta I knew him and Katniss were never going to be end game. And that’s how I feel about Kilhorn. Maybe my mind will change as I get farther into book 2 but for now I feel like his exsistence it to just create romance drama.
-The way Victoria Aveyard just ripped out my heart and stomped all over it in regards to one of the characters

4 stars definitely

This was an awesome read from a brand new author. I think it has a lot of similarities to other books in the dystopian genre but she manages to make a lot of changes and her characters are really strong and well-written. I definitely imagine this to be translated for the big screen (Aveyard is a screen-writer after all) and I for one will be fangirling all over it.

Have you read Red Queen? Who would you cast as Mare, Cal and Maven?


Top Ten Tuesday: Characters I”d Love to Visit in Ten Years

Hosted by the lovelies over at The Broke and the Bookish comes one of my favorite weekly memes, Top Ten Tuesday.

Today’s topic is: Ten Childhood Characters You’d Love To Revisit As Adults (i.e. a novella or something to see what they grew up to be) — you could always just pick YA characters you’ve read recently you wouldn’t mind revisiting in 10 years or so. Or you could pick 10 characters and guess what you think they’d be doing in 10 years or 20 years. OR you could go the other way and wish for coming of age stories for adult characters you love. 

1. Max from Where the Wild Things Are: I’ve been reading this one on a regular basis due to my 3 year old’s love of monsters and being a crank (like Max hahaha). I’m really curious to see how Max progresses through his teens and into adulthood.

2. The kids from The Boxcar Children:  Does anyone know what happened to them? I would love to pay them a visit and see if they’re still solving mysteries and how they moved into adulthood.

3. Jess and Elizabeth from Sweet Valley High:  Oh my god I loved these girls and I especially loved their mystery books. Who was your favorite Jess or Elizabeth? I think I’m more an Elizabeth but I def would not have dated Todd he was a bore.

4. Nobody Owens from The Graveyard Book:  Neil Gaiman is an amazing author who develops amazing characters and Nobody us no exception. I mean the kid grew up in a graveyard raised by a vampire, you don’t get much cooler than that!

5. Alice from Alice in Wonderland:  I can’t be the only one who has been dying to know what her life was like after traveling to Wonderland and then coming back here to our oh-so-boring world. Do you think she met Wendy and they were able to trade stories and become lifelong BFF’s (that’s what I’m hoping anyway).

6. The boys from Lord of the Flies:  They did some dastardly stuff on that island and I am fascinated to know what happened after, did they keep in touch? Go on to college? Form a cult? Who knows the possibilities are endless.

7. The Pevensie kids from The Chronicles of Narnia:  Edward was my hero (mainly because of the movies) and I want to know what him and the others are up to.

8. The ladies of Pretty Little Liars:  I know we sort of get a peak if you watch the tv show but I would love to know what Sara Shepard had in mind for them as adults.

9. Katniss and Peeta from The Hunger Games:  I love love love the two of them (especially Peeta, totally swooning right now).And I want to know more about their babies, like what do you think their names are? I like to think their daughter is named Prim.

10.   Audrey from Finding Audrey:  As a sufferer from Generalized Anxiety disorder Audrey is my hero. And I would love to see how she does in college and “the real world” plus I like to think that her and Linus make beautiful babies and grow old together.

So there you have it the ten characters I would love to visit. Please let me know who you want to visit? Are there any adults you wish had a book out about their childhood?  I’m gonna have to think about that one….

Thanks for visiting!


It’s Monday! What are You Reading?

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week.  It’s a great post to organise yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment, and er… add to that ever growing TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started with J Kaye’s Blog   and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date. And here we are!

Jen Vincent, Teach Mentor Texts, and Kellee of Unleashing Readers decided to give It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, anything in the world of kidlit – join them!

Personally this week was great for reading.

I managed to devour Red Queen by Aveyard. I definitely should have moved that up on TBR pile I just loved it. I finished it at about 1:30am and immediately had to buy the second one for my nook (and the novellas but I’m not sure I’ll do a review of those). My review for this should be up sometime this week, I am still collecting my thoughts and going back over notes.


I also finally finished The Selection by Kiera Cass. I don’t know what took so long to get through this. I enjoyed it but I guess I had to be in the right mood to really get into it. THis review will also be up later this week.


For the current week my plan is to read:

I'll Give You the Sun



What’s on your reading list this week and what did you finish up last week?

Thanks for reading!