Sunday, April 30, 2017

The Darkest Part of the Forest

The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black is a stunning novel that captivates you from the first page. I heard about this wonderful book from a tumblr blog I follow, and the book exceeded my expectations!

Two kids, a brother and a sister, live in the strange town of Fairfold, where humans and fae live side by side. The faeries supposedly harmless magic attracts tourists, but Hazel and Ben know exactly how to stop the faeries, and they have, once. And in the center of it all, lies a glass coffin, in the woods. In it sleeps a boy with horns on his head, and ears as pointy as knives. Hazel and Ben were both in love with him as children, their childhood mixed with stories of the mysterious fae in the woods. The boy has slept there for generations, never waking.

And then he does.

Soon, the pair's world is flipped upside down. And because a hero is needed to save them all, Hazel is pulled into a game of trickery, magic, and trust, while trying to remember her past as a knight. But she is swept up into new love, shifting loyalties, and the harsh sting of betrayal, and despite her best efforts, it might not be enough. 

This book was beautifully written, from the first page to when you close the book. It had magic, mystery, and the perfect amount of romance. I am very happy to have picked up this book, and Holly Black is an amazing writer, and I can't wait to read more of her books!

I give this book 6/5 Bookish Badges for giving me a boost out of the reading slump I was stuck in!

 ~ Chloe

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Fahrenheit 451

Wow! Two posts in a week! This has never happened before! But this was an English assignment, and you guys deserve at least another post before I go offline again, so I decided to post this little gem for you all!
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Guy Montag lives in a world without books. His job is to burn the books that threaten his society, and he does it gladly. He is called a fireman, but firemen don’t put out fires anymore, they use fire to burn. They burn the books, and the houses they were stored in. It is against the law to read any of the books they burn, and no one questions what could be inside. Guy does his job, does it well, and never questions what he is doing, continuing his boring life with his wife, Mildred, and the television screens she calls her “family”.  But all this changes one night when he meets a 17-year-old girl named Clarisse. With a few questions, and a few stories, she changes Guy’s worldview completely. But he pretends to ignore it, until he finally can’t. He sees a woman burn, and starts wondering why she was so interested in the books that supposedly mean nothing. Soon, he can’t stop thinking about it, and the ideas Clarisse put into his mind. Guy slowly begins to question everything he has ever learned, and what he can do to change it.

Fahrenheit 451 is actually a pretty well written book. It was very descriptive, and sometimes Ray Bradbury uses to many words to get the point across, but nevertheless, it is a good read. If this wasn't a required book for English I probably wouldn't have ever picked this book up.  If you are interested in dystopian/sci-fi novels, this is 100% the book for you. The beginning was a little bit confusing, I needed to go back and re-read the first 100 pages at least three times before I got the concepts, and the whole book is quite slow, but the ending is beautifully written, and really thought provoking. I would recommend this book to anybody interested in a dystopian society with good comprehension skills, because it is a very interesting book about how a society without books works, but it also requires a lot of thinking and comprehension.
I would gladly give this book 3.5 bookish badges!
- Chloe

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

The Diabolic By S.J. Kincaid

Hi everyone, it has been a while! Sorry for not posting in forever, (Yes, I know there is 10 people writing on here we have no excuse,) but here is a book review for you all!

The Diabolic

“A Diabolic is ruthless.A Diabolic is powerful.A Diabolic has a single task: Kill in order to protect the person you’ve been created for.”

The diabolic by S.J. Kincaid is a very well written novel which captivates you from the first sentence. The book focuses on the concept of humanity, and what being a human means, and why someone is classified as a person.

Nemesis is a Diabolic, a humanoid teenager created to protect a galactic senator’s daughter, Sidonia. They have grown up side by side, but are not sisters. Nemesis is expected to give her life up for Sidonia, and would do so, gladly. She will take lives with no hesitation, as long as it keeps her safe.

When the power hungry emperor learns that Sidonia´s father is going against the law by participating in a religion, he summons Sidonia to court, as a hostage. There is only one way for Nemesis to protect her friend ; she must become Sidonia. Nemesis travels to the court as Sidonia, now a killing machine masquerading in a world of corrupt politicians and two-faced senators’ children. It’s a gauntlet with threats on every side, but Nemesis must keep her true abilities a secret or risk everything, including Sidonia, the one person she must keep safe.

As the Empire begins to fracture and rebellion looms closer, Nemesis learns there is something more to her than just deadly force. She finds a humanity truer than what she encounters from most humans. Amidst all the danger, action, and intrigue, her humanity just might be the thing that saves her life, and the empire.

I give this book 4.5/5 Bookish Badges! Happy Reading!
- Chloe K.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Hoi Readers!

Looks like I'm the only one posting. Oh whale. Anyways, sorry for not posting the whole of November. Today's review is on one of the books which I recently finished. Six of Crows is set in the same universe as The Grisha Trilogy. In the second book, there are spoilers for that so I highly recommend you read that first. This book was aammmaaaaazzzziiiiiiiiinnnnnnnggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggg excuse me but seriously, you should read it.
And now for the synopsis: (I'm too lazy to write my own so I'm analyzing the set synopsis)
Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price--and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can't pull it off alone...
A convict with a thirst for revenge.
A sharpshooter who can't walk away from a wager.
A runaway with a privileged past.
A spy known as the Wraith.
A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.
A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.
Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz's crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction―if they don't kill each other first.
So what I got from this when I first read the synopsis was that it's probably a normal, everyday, criminal book. I only started reading it because of the author. As I read on, I realized that this was no everyday crime novel. There was magic, monsters, and the heist was not just stealing treasure, but a person. The six "crows" in Kaz's gang (counting himself) develop strong relationships throughout the two novels. While Six of Crows has it's fair share of romance, the story does not center around it, and rarely puts that in front of the main plot.
I rate this book 5/5 bookish badges (honestly why would I write a review on a book I don't like ha).

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

I'll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson


This is the cover for the paperback edition. 
Well we haven't written on here in an extremely long time! We're more active on the instagram, @our_bookish_blog (even though it's only me now T^T)! Anyway today's review is on one of my newest favorite book, I'll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson.

This book will make your heart hurt. It's about a pair of twins, Noah and Jude. When they were 13, they were inseparable, calling themselves NoahandJude. Jude is a daredevil, cliff diving, and talks for both of them. Noah is quiet and antisocial and falling in love. At 16, something has happened to tear them apart in unimaginable ways. It also would seem as if they switched personalities. Now Jude is the quiet and antisocial one,  while Noah is the one who wears the “flame retardant” as his 14 year old self called Jude’s personality.

It's told in alternating chapters, Noah telling the early years (13-14), and Jude narrates the later years (16 and onwards). They each tell half the story and "if they can only find their way back to one another, they’ll have a chance to remake their world" (Official Synopsis). This book has won many awards, and I can see why. I'll Give You The Sun will tear you into pieces and put you back together again. This book will change your perspective on family, the world, art, and most importantly, love. Everyone should read this heart wrenching book! I rate this 6/5 stars!

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Half Bad by Sally Green

Hi Readers! 

Today's review was actually written for a school project. Here it is!

This book sucked me in from the beginning, I couldn’t put it down! Half Bad is about a young witch (he's male, but in this book the magical people are all called witches), Nathan who lives in modern day England. 

The Magical community is divided into 2 sections, the Whites and the Blacks. White witches are good, Black witches are evil. Nathan is half white and half black. The white witches do not trust him, and he’s never met a black witch. 

What makes matters worse is that Nathan’s father is the most dangerous black witch in their community. Nathan has to survive this brutal community, where he is the only half white, half black (called a half code). 

People who liked Harry Potter should read this book. While it’s not as good as Harry Potter, it’s definitely close! There’s magic, conflict, a little bit of romance, and so much more. I rate this book 4 out of 5 bookish badges, it’s a must read for fantasy lovers!

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Fablehaven by Brandon Mull

Hey everyone! I haven't posted in ages! But since I'm back in school, and I had to do a book report, I decided to post this on here. (If you are my teacher reading this no, I did not plagiarize this from here I write on a blog and you can ask me about it if you want.)


Fablehaven by Brandon Mull is a well written novel about a magical world called Fablehaven. The main theme for this book would probably be family. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes to read about magical settings or magical worlds. The plot was intriguing and the characters felt like someone you could meet in real life. It was put together really well and it Fablehaven almost felt like a real place. The only problem I had with this book was that the plot felt a little rushed. Other than that this book met my expectations, (which were quite high to begin with), and might have went a little over them too. This book isn’t very long (only 351 pages) but it’s worth the read. But I bet what you guys want is the summary so here it is!

When Kendra and Seth have to go to their grandfather's house for two weeks, what they weren't expecting was a mansion. They certainly wasn't expecting fairies in his yard nor witches in the forest near his house. But unfortunately that's what they found. It is soon revealed that their grandfather is the caretaker of a magical preserve called Fablehaven, and he is testing them to see if they can be the next caretakers. But when something goes drastically wrong, the siblings must find a way to restore what was lost on their own.
I rate this book 4.5/5 Bookish Badges. Thanks for reading!