Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo: 5/5 Stars

Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo – Review

It’s been five months since I’ve read Shadow and Bone and now I’ve finally read the sequel.

It’s sad, I know.

BUT OH MY WORD, WHAT A SEQUEL.

I finished Siege and Storm a whole day ago and I still can’t speak. (Okay, I might be stretching that a little, BUT I’VE TRIED TO START THIS REVIEW LIKE TEN TIMES SO…)

Excuse me, that was unprofessional.

Siege and Storm was everything I could want in a sequel. It started off intensely fast, and didn’t let up until the last page was turned. It was brilliant, and I can’t wait for more.


NOTE: Due to the nature of this review, as Siege and Storm is a sequel, if you haven’t read Shadow and Bone or if you have but want to make sure you’re not spoiled for the next book, I’d stop here and read up before checking out this review! :) I don’t want to spoil you on accident (and if I do I’m really sorry!) so it might be safer to skip my nerdy ramblings for now and get your hands on the books. ;) I try to keep my reviews spoiler-free, but sometimes I start ranting and forget! So before you continue on, just make sure you’re okay with that, savvy?


Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo: 5/5 Stars

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Young Adult / Genre: FantasyAction/Adventure / Content: 16+ / Recommended

Hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina must try to make a life with Mal in an unfamiliar land. She finds starting new is not easy while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. She can’t outrun her past or her destiny for long.

The Darkling has emerged from the Shadow Fold with a terrifying new power and a dangerous plan that will test the very boundaries of the natural world. With the help of a notorious privateer, Alina returns to the country she abandoned, determined to fight the forces gathering against Ravka. But as her power grows, Alina slips deeper into the Darkling’s game of forbidden magic, and farther away from Mal. Somehow, she will have to choose between her country, her power, and the love she always thought would guide her–or risk losing everything to the oncoming storm.

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The Young Elites by Marie Lu: 4/5 Stars

The Young Elites by Marie Lu – Review

This was a strange book.

Seriously, it was.

It had a different feel to it than any book I’ve read before, and even reviewing it feels different. It was really difficult to decide whether it crossed the line to four stars or stayed back at three, and honestly, if I wasn’t reading the sequel right now and enjoying it, I’d give it a three star rating, no recommendation, and call it a day.

But I’m finding that it’s worthwhile to read for the next installment. Even if my feelings for The Young Elites were…different.


The Young Elites by Marie Lu: 4/5 Stars

★ ★ ★ ★

Young Adult / Genre: FantasyAction/Adventure / Content: 16+ / Not Recommended

Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever. A decade ago, the deadly illness swept through her nation. Most of the infected perished, while many of the children who survived were left with strange markings. Adelina’s black hair turned silver, her lashes went pale, and now she has only a jagged scar where her left eye once was. Her cruel father believes she is a malfetto, an abomination, ruining their family’s good name and standing in the way of their fortune. But some of the fever’s survivors are rumored to possess more than just scars—they are believed to have mysterious and powerful gifts, and though their identities remain secret, they have come to be called the Young Elites.

Teren Santoro works for the king. As Leader of the Inquisition Axis, it is his job to seek out the Young Elites, to destroy them before they destroy the nation. He believes the Young Elites to be dangerous and vengeful, but it’s Teren who may possess the darkest secret of all.

Enzo Valenciano is a member of the Dagger Society. This secret sect of Young Elites seeks out others like them before the Inquisition Axis can. But when the Daggers find Adelina, they discover someone with powers like they’ve never seen.

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The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan: 5/5 Stars

Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan – Review + Final Thoughts on the Percy Jackson Series

I loved The Last Olympian. It was my favorite book of the Percy Jackson series by a long shot, and was just the kind of conclusion the series needed, in my opinion.

In this review, I want to talk about the Percy Jackson series as a whole too, so at the end I’m going to share some of my final thoughts on it. ;) Savvy?

Let’s get into it!


The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan: 5/5 Stars

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Middle-Grade / Genre: FantasyAction/Adventure / Content: 12+ / Recommended

All year the half-bloods have been preparing for battle against the Titans, knowing the odds of victory are grim. Kronos’s army is stronger than ever, and with every god and half-blood he recruits, the evil Titan’s power only grows. While the Olympians struggle to contain the rampaging monster Typhon, Kronos begins his advance on New York City, where Mount Olympus stands virtually unguarded. Now it’s up to Percy Jackson and an army of young demigods to stop the Lord of Time.

In this momentous final book in the New York Times best-selling Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, the long-awaited prophecy surrounding Percy’s sixteenth birthday unfolds. And as the battle for Western civilization rages on the streets of Manhattan, Percy faces a terrifying suspicion that he may be fighting against his own fate.

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The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan: 4/5 Stars

Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan – Review

Before anything else, I apologize to my email subscribers who received a strange one sentence email saying only: “I read The Battle of the Labyrinth” a few hours ago. Like WHAT??? Uhhh good for you Marie!? You were confused, I was embarrassed, it was bad. REAL BAD. So here’s to no more accidents pushing the “publish” button before I’ve got a paragraph written up… May it last long!


The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan: 5/5 Stars

★ ★ ★ ★

Middle-Grade / Genre: FantasyAction/Adventure / Content: 12+ / Recommended

Percy Jackson isn’t expecting freshman orientation to be any fun. But when a mysterious mortal acquaintance appears at his potential new school, followed by demon cheerleaders, things quickly move from bad to worse.

In this fourth installment of the blockbuster series, time is running out as war between the Olympians and the evil Titan lord Kronos draws near. Even the safe haven of Camp Half-Blood grows more vulnerable by the minute as Kronos’s army prepares to invade its once impenetrable borders. To stop the invasion, Percy and his demigod friends must set out on a quest through the Labyrinth—a sprawling underground world with stunning surprises at every turn.

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The Titan's Curse by Rick Riordan: 4/5 Stars

Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Titan’s Curse by Rick Riordan – Review

I struggled a little bit to get through The Titan’s Curse.

But what a strong ending.

At last, I felt emotionally invested in the characters and the plot finally got personal.

I love the books leave me a little breathless and a little incoherent. The ones that leave me reeling a little bit. While The Titan’s Curse didn’t start out anything like that, it certainly ended that way. It took me by surprise.

I’m so pumped for what’s next.

The Titan's Curse by Rick Riordan: 4/5 Stars

★ ★ ★ ★

Middle-Grade / Genre: FantasyAction/Adventure / Content: 12+ / Recommended

It’s not everyday you find yourself in combad with a half-lion, half-human.

But when you’re the son of a Greek god, it happens. And now my friend Annabeth is missing, a goddess is in chains and only five half-blood heroes can join the quest to defeat the doomsday monster.

Oh, and guess what? The Oracle has predicted that not all of us will survive….

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Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan: 4/5 Stars

Percy Jackson and the Olympians: Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan – Review

Anddddd Percy Jackson starts to accelerate.

I enjoyed Sea of Monsters much more than The Lightning Thief, which is kind of heresy in the bookwormish world, but go ahead and execute me because it really was better.

A few more layers were added, character flaws were explored, and in general the world felt deepened.

As a staunch deep/long/thick book lover, Sea of Monsters was definitely more my type. It still wasn’t Roy with crazy depth, but that’s okay. My hopes are high for the rest of the series.


Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan: 4/5 Stars

★ ★ ★ ★

Middle-Grade / Genre: FantasyAction/Adventure / Content: 12+ / Recommended

The heroic son of Poseidon makes an action-packed comeback in the second must-read installment of Rick Riordan’s amazing young readers series. Starring Percy Jackson, a “half blood” whose mother is human and whose father is the God of the Sea, Riordan’s series combines cliffhanger adventure and Greek mythology lessons that results in true page-turners that get better with each installment. In this episode, The Sea of Monsters, Percy sets out to retrieve the Golden Fleece before his summer camp is destroyed, surpassing the first book’s drama and setting the stage for more thrills to come.

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The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan: 4/5 Stars

Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan – Review

I was refreshed and pleasantly surprised by this humorous modern take on Greek mythology.

Ultimately, it was a bit shallow in character development and plot complexity, but those are forgivable sins due to the target audience and the way the book was supposed to come across. It’s not supposed to be serious, or amazingly deep and/or complex. It’s middle-grade; expect that. But expect a really great middle-grade story.

At any rate, I ate it up, and I’m definitely continuing the series.


The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan: 4/5 Stars

★ ★ ★ ★

Middle-Grade / Genre: FantasyAction/Adventure / Content: 12+ / Recommended

Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can’t seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse—Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him. When Percy’s mom finds out, she knows it’s time that he knew the truth about where he came from, and that he go to the one place he’ll be safe. She sends Percy to Camp Half Blood, a summer camp for demigods (on Long Island), where he learns that the father he never knew is Poseidon, God of the Sea. Soon a mystery unfolds and together with his friends—one a satyr and the other the demigod daughter of Athena—Percy sets out on a quest across the United States to reach the gates of the Underworld (located in a recording studio in Hollywood) and prevent a catastrophic war between the gods.

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The Falconer by Elizabeth May: 3/5 Stars

The Falconer by Elizabeth May – Review

Ah, my first experience reading a steampunk novel.

Don’t know what that is? Don’t worry about itYou’re better off not knowing.

Now that sounds dramatic. I’m sorry. It really wasn’t that bad. Overall, it was a pretty fair story… It’s just that I didn’t become a bookworm to fall in love with a “pretty fair story.”


The Falconer by Elizabeth May: 3/5 Stars

★ ★ ★

Young Adult / Genre: Action/Adventure / Content: 14+ / Not Recommended

One girl’s nightmare is this girl’s faery tale.

Edinburgh, 1844. Eighteen-year-old Lady Aileana Kameron, the only daughter of the Marquess of Douglas, has everything a girl could dream of: brains, charm, wealth, a title—and drop-dead beauty.

But Aileana only looks the part of an aristocratic young lady. she’s leading a double life: She has a rare ability to sense the sìthíchean—the faery race obsessed with slaughtering humans—and, with the aid of a mysterious mentor, has spent the year since her mother died learning how to kill them.

Now Aileana is dedicated to slaying the fae before they take innocent lives. With her knack for inventing ingenious tools and weapons—from flying machines to detonators to lightning pistols—ruthless Aileana has one goal: Destroy the faery who destroyed her mother.

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Caraval by Stephanie Garber: 3/5 Stars

Caraval by Stephanie Garber – Review

Oh dear. Was this a joke? A mean joke played by dear old 2017? Yes. Yes, I dare say it was.

The covers are beautiful. If only there was more to them.

I don’t know what’s worse: that I actually finished Caraval or that it’s a series.

Let’s get into it.


Caraval by Stephanie Garber: 2/5 Stars

★ ★ ★

Young Adult / Genre: Fantasy, Romance / Content: 16+ / Recommended

Scarlett Dragna has never left the tiny island where she and her sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval—the faraway, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show—are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt-of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

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The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern: 4/5 Stars

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern – Review

This is not what it says it is.

The Night Circus was not a normal book. So of course it won’t get a normal review. ;)

I finished The Night Circus a few days ago, and have moved on to another circus-like book, which has only made appreciate The Night Circus more. (Because, well. The completion is slim.)

I had horrible misconceptions of TNC when I started it, so before I get into my review, here’s what it’s not.

The Night Circus is not a romance; it is advertised as one, and does have a love story, but it’s not the focus of the novel. (But more on that later.)

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