Posts Categorized: 5 star books

The Girl with All the Gifts: review

The Girl with All the Gifts: review

This is the story of a girl, locked in a room, who is strapped into a chair every morning while a man holds a gun to her head. She’s wheeled into a classroom in which there are other kids strapped into chairs just like hers, where a woman teaches them lessons that they will probably never need to learn. The Girl with All the Gifts is difficult to review, because it’s one of those stories that’s best enjoyed if you know next to nothing about it. It isn’t necessarily difficult to figure out what’s going on, but the meticulously crafted narrative is a pleasure to experience every step of the way, particularly in the beginning chapters inside 10-year-old Melanie’s head, when the author allows the reader to put together pieces of a puzzle that Melanie herself doesn’t even know exists. It’s brilliant writing that pulls off the trick of a… Read more »

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Crown of Midnight: Review

Crown of Midnight: Review

Help. I’m drowning in a river of feels. If you enjoyed Throne of Glass, prepare to be completely bowled over by Crown of Midnight. For me, Throne of Glass was “just” a 3.5, but this installment blew me away. Everything about CoM is more. More action, more badassery from Celaena, more world building, more villains, more mystery, more magic, and more romance. The plot ascends to the next level. There are so many twists and turns. There’s magic, romance, betrayal, adventure, absolute heartbreak, and death. I can’t believe one book contains so much awesome. And even though the two biggest twists can be seen from miles ahead, the story is so engrossing, the plot so intricate, and the characters so easy to care for that I didn’t even mind. This book took me on an emotional thrill ride. My heart went from soaring to absolutely devastated. No, really. Devastated. There… Read more »

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The Dream Thieves: review

The Dream Thieves: review

Title:The Dream Thieves (Raven Cycle #2)Author:Maggie StiefvaterRating: 5 out of 5 starsRelease Date: September 17th, 2013Publisher:ScholasticAge Group: YASource: ARC provided by the publisher This is the fantastical story of a boy tormented by nightmares that literally–literally!–become real. Set shortly after the events of The Raven Boys, the students of Aglionby Academy are still on the hunt for a legendary sleeping Welsh king. This time, while we continue to get perspectives from multiple POVs, the story primarily focuses on Ronan Lynch, a troubled and angry 17-year-old who pulls dark objects out of his dreams. But when ley lines running through their sleepy town are awakened, incredible power is unleashed, and none of the boys are prepared for the ordeal that awaits them. I liked The Raven Boys so much that I was nervous going into this one–but I think this book actually surpasses its predecessor, in no small part because of… Read more »

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Fangirl: review

Fangirl: review

I really have no idea how I’m going to review Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell without just, well… fangirling. Cath’s story touched me on a very real level, and I’m still not quite sure how to put into words how I feel about it. Oh, Rainbow. Rainbow, Rainbow, Rainbow. How do you do this to me every time? With each book I think I can’t possibly love you, or your characters any more than the last,  and you prove me wrong. Every time. You gave me brutal, agonizing, terribly perfect first love in Eleanor & Park. Giddy grins and a serious thing for shoulders in Attachments. And this time, in Fangirl, you gave me part of myself. Thank you. This is an important book, written at a very important time. I don’t know if it’s just the case of the internet making everything more visible, but it feels like more people than ever are… Read more »

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Siege and Storm: review

Siege and Storm: review

Title: Siege and Storm (The Grisha #2)Author: Leigh BardugoRating: 5 out of 5 starsRelease Date:June 4, 2013Publisher:Henry Holt and Co.Age Group: YASource: ARC provided by the publisher “The boy and the girl…”  A beautiful beginning. Simple, intimate, yet with so much promise. I feel like this encapsulates the very vein of the book: a quiet story of the heart framed in blazing adventure. Leigh Bardugo’s Siege and Storm has been garnering praise, and when you read it, you will understand why. Bardugo is a storyteller. She moves words across the page effortlessly as if they have been her friends all her life. She creates imagery appealing to our senses; builds tension and fervor, panic and wonder. She knows how to express a scene, as though she has planted herself right in the middle of it and shows us exactly where and how to look. She does more than tell us,… Read more »

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Under the Light: review

Under the Light: review

Title: Under the Light (Light #2)Author: Laura WhitcombRating: 5 out of 5 starsRelease Date: May 14, 2013Publisher: Houghton MifflinAge Group: YASource: ARC provided by the publisher Under the Light is the story of two girls: Helen, a spirit who inhabited a body and regretted the consequences of her actions, and Jenny, the girl who doesn’t remember what happened during the time that she was gone. Going into this story, I was pretty anxious. A Certain Slant of Light was one of my favorite reads in recent memory, a slow, sad ghost story with a literary style and questionable ethics. (I felt so strongly about the book, I even gave away a copy on Nova Ren Suma’s blog recently!) Helen’s choices left Jenny in an unimaginably difficult situation, however, and I wasn’t sure whether the author could convince me that this wrong could be righted without losing the integrity of the… Read more »

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The 5th Wave: review and giveaway

The 5th Wave: review and giveaway

Title: The 5th Wave Author: Rick Yancey Rating:5 out of 5 stars Release Date: May 7, 2013 Publisher: Putnam Juvenile Age Group: YA Source: ARC provided by publisher If you could buy just one book this year, The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey should be at the top of your list. I’m just going to say it: this book could very well be the next Hunger Games! I’ve never seen a book more likely to be a crowd-pleaser, nor one with more potential to sweep away a legion of fans. This book was so crazily addictive that I read it in literally half a day, and several months afterwards I am still jazzed over its edge-of-your-seat action. On the surface, you’ve seen this story before: post-apocalyptic survival story, a butt-kicking girl separated from a loved one, and boys who can’t always be trusted. Aliens have taken over the planet, with… Read more »

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