Review: The Queen of Nothing

The Queen of Nothing (The Folk of the Air, #3)

Title: The Queen of Nothing
Author: Holly Black
Publication Date: November 19 2019
Genre: Fantasy
Format: eBook
Rating: ★★★★


He will be destruction of the crown and the ruination of the throne.

Power is much easier to acquire than it is to hold onto. Jude learned this lesson when she released her control over the wicked king, Cardan, in exchange for immeasurable power.

Now as the exiled mortal Queen of Faerie, Jude is powerless and left reeling from Cardan’s betrayal. She bides her time determined to reclaim everything he took from her. Opportunity arrives in the form of her deceptive twin sister, Taryn, whose mortal life is in peril.

Jude must risk venturing back into the treacherous Faerie Court, and confront her lingering feelings for Cardan, if she wishes to save her sister. But Elfhame is not as she left it. War is brewing. As Jude slips deep within enemy lines she becomes ensnared in the conflict’s bloody politics.

And, when a dormant yet powerful curse is unleashed, panic spreads throughout the land, forcing her to choose between her ambition and her humanity…

I can’t believe that this series is over. It has become one of my favorite series of all time and I’m so glad with how this book ended, thus ending the series as well.

If you want to read my review of the other two books you can find them here and here.

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Review: The Foxhole Court

The Foxhole Court (All for the Game, #1)

Title: The Foxhole Court
Author: Nora Sakavic
Publication Date: January 15 2013
Genre: Contemporary
Format: eBook
Rating: ★★★★★


Neil Josten is the newest addition to the Palmetto State University Exy team. He’s short, he’s fast, he’s got a ton of potential—and he’s the runaway son of the murderous crime lord known as The Butcher.

Signing a contract with the PSU Foxes is the last thing a guy like Neil should do. The team is high profile and he doesn’t need sports crews broadcasting pictures of his face around the nation. His lies will hold up only so long under this kind of scrutiny and the truth will get him killed.

But Neil’s not the only one with secrets on the team. One of Neil’s new teammates is a friend from his old life, and Neil can’t walk away from him a second time. Neil has survived the last eight years by running. Maybe he’s finally found someone and something worth fighting for.

First off I want to start this review by providing a link to a list of the content warnings for the entire series here. Please check this out beforehand. There is some heavy stuff that goes on throughout the series.

I first read this series three years ago and I loved it just as much then as I do now after reading it for the second time. I know that some people have really strong feelings against this book but I absolutely adore it. The characters are the best thing about it for me and the biggest reason why I love the whole series.

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Review: The Cruel Prince

The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air, #1)

Title: The Cruel Prince
Author: Holly Black
Publication Date: January 2 2018 
Genre: Fantasy
Format: eBook
Rating: ★★★★★


Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.

And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.

Jude was seven when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

As Jude becomes more deeply embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, she discovers her own capacity for trickery and bloodshed. But as betrayal threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself. 

The Queen of Nothing comes out literally tomorrow. So in preparation, I decided to reread the first two books a couple of weeks ago. I have reviewed The Cruel Prince before but I don’t like that review so I’m rewriting it. I won’t be rewriting my original The Wicked King Review because that was just posted earlier this year. If you want to read that review you can find it here.

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Review: Yes No Maybe So

Yes No Maybe So

Title: Yes No Maybe So
Author: Becky Albertalli & Aisha Saeed
Publication Date: February 04 2020
Genre: Contemporary
Format: eARC
Rating: ★★★


Jamie Goldberg is cool with volunteering for his local state senate candidate—as long as he’s behind the scenes. When it comes to speaking to strangers (or, let’s face it, speaking at all to almost anyone), Jamie’s a choke artist. There’s no way he’d ever knock on doors to ask people for their votes…until he meets Maya.

Maya Rehman’s having the worst Ramadan ever. Her best friend is too busy to hang out, her summer trip is canceled, and now her parents are separating. Why her mother thinks the solution to her problems is political canvassing—with some awkward dude she hardly knows—is beyond her.

Going door to door isn’t exactly glamorous, but maybe it’s not the worst thing in the world. After all, the polls are getting closer—and so are Maya and Jamie. Mastering local activism is one thing. Navigating the cross-cultural romance of the century is another thing entirely. 

Disclaimer: I received an eARC of this book through Edelweiss for review. Thank you Edelweiss for the opportunity to read this before the release! This in no way shape or form affects my thoughts about the book.

I was excited to read this book. I thought it was going to be a cute romance with characters that I could relate to. That ended up only being a little bit true. I just didn’t connect with the story as much as I wanted to which was disappointing.

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Review: Pure

Pure (Covenant, #2)

Title: Pure
Author: Jennifer L Armentrout
Publication Date: April 3 2012
Genre: Fantasy
Format: eBook
Rating: ★★★


There is need. And then there is Fate… Being destined to become some kind of supernatural electrical outlet isn’t exactly awesome—especially when Alexandria’s “other half” is everywhere she goes. Seth’s in her training room, outside her classes, and keeps showing up in her bedroom—so not cool. Their connection does have some benefits, like staving off her nightmares of the tragic showdown with her mother, but it has no effect on what Alex feels for the forbidden, pure-blooded Aiden. Or what he will do—and sacrifice—for her. When daimons infiltrate the Covenants and attack students, the gods send furies—lesser gods determined to eradicate any threat to the Covenants and to the gods, and that includes the Apollyon… and Alex. And if that and hordes of aether-sucking monsters didn’t blow bad enough, a mysterious threat seems willing to do anything to neutralize Seth, even if that means forcing Alex into servitude… or killing her. When the gods are involved, some decisions can never, ever be undone.

This book was okay. I was entertained while reading it but I didn’t feel that invested in what was going on. Except for the characters that I liked I didn’t really care about much else.

You can find my review of the first book here.

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Review: The Pirate’s Wish

The Pirate's Wish (The Assassin's Curse, #2)

Title: The Pirate’s Wish
Author: Cassandra Rose Clarke
Publication Date: June 18th 2013
Genre: Fantasy
Format: ebook
Rating: ★★★★


After setting out to break the curse that binds them together, the pirate Ananna and the assassin Naji find themselves stranded on an enchanted island in the north with nothing but a sword, their wits, and the secret to breaking the curse: complete three impossible tasks. With the help of their friend Marjani and a rather unusual ally, Ananna and Naji make their way south again, seeking what seems to be beyond their reach.

Unfortunately, Naji has enemies from the shadowy world known as the Mists, and Ananna must still face the repercussions of going up against the Pirate Confederation. Together, Naji and Ananna must break the curse, escape their enemies — and come to terms with their growing romantic attraction.

I really liked this book. It’s a fun fantasy that was released a couple years ago. I did initially read it when I was younger and I am happy to say that I still enjoy even after all these years.

I’ve reviewed the first book in this duology here.

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Review: The Assassin’s Curse

The Assassin's Curse (The Assassin's Curse, #1)

Title: The Assassin’s Curse
Author: Cassandra Rose Clarke
Publication Date: October 2nd 2012
Genre: Fantasy
Format: ebook
Rating: ★★★★


Ananna of the Tanarau abandons ship when her parents try to marry her off to another pirate clan. But that only prompts the scorned clan to send an assassin after her. When Ananna faces him down one night, armed with magic she doesn’t really know how to use, she accidentally activates a curse binding them together.

I read this book and it’s sequel in the same night because I couldn’t sleep. I also read another book the same night. It wasn’t the smartest move but I enjoyed all the books that I read that night.

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Review: Midnight Beauties

Midnight Beauties (Grim Lovelies, #2)

Title: Midnight Beauties
Author: Megan Shepherd
Publication Date: August 13th 2019
Genre: Fantasy
Format: eARC
Rating: ★★★


Ever since she discovered her affinity for magic, seventeen-year-old Anouk has been desperate to become a witch. It’s the only way to save her friends who, like Anouk, are beasties: animals enchanted into humans. But unlike Anouk, the other beasties didn’t make it out of the battle at Montélimar in one piece.

With her friends now trapped in their animal forms, Anouk is forced into a sinister deal involving a political marriage with her sworn enemy, a wicked plot to overthrow London’s fiercest coven of witches, and a deadly trial of fire to become a witch. The price for power has always been steep in the world of the Haute. Now, it will cost Anouk everything.

Disclaimer: I received an eARC of this book through Netgalley for review. Thank you Netgalley for the opportunity to read this before the release! This in no way shape or form affects my thoughts about the book.

I liked Midnight Beauties more than Grim Lovelies. I really enjoyed the characters and I think they were much better written in this book than in the first book. You can find my review of the first book here.

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Review: Grim Lovelies

Grim Lovelies (Grim Lovelies, #1)

Title: Grim Lovelies
Author: Megan Shepherd
Publication Date: October 2nd 2018
Genre: Fantasy
Format: Physical ARC
Rating: ★★


Seventeen-year-old Anouk envies the human world, where people known as Pretties lavish themselves in fast cars, high fashion, and have the freedom to fall in love. But Anouk can never have those things, because she is not really human. Enchanted from animal to human girl and forbidden to venture beyond her familiar Parisian prison, Anouk is a Beastie: destined for a life surrounded by dust bunnies and cinders serving Mada Vittora, the evil witch who spelled her into existence. That is, until one day she finds her mistress murdered in a pool of blood—and Anouk is accused of the crime.

Now, the world she always dreamed of is rife with danger. Pursued through Paris by the underground magical society known as the Haute, Anouk and her fellow Beasties only have three days to find the real killer before the spell keeping them human fades away. If they fail, they will lose the only lives they’ve ever known…but if they succeed, they could be more powerful than anyone ever bargained for.

From New York Times bestselling author Megan Shepherd, Grim Lovelies is an epic and glittering YA fantasy. Prepare to be spellbound by the world of Grim Lovelies, where secrets have been long buried, friends can become enemies, and everything—especially humanity—comes at a price.

When I first picked up an ARC of this from work I didn’t know too much about it. I just thought that the blurb sounded interesting and I liked having physical ARCs of books. Fast forward a year later, I still hadn’t read it but I did get approved for the sequel on Netgalley. I decided to read some reviews of the first book before starting and I was met with some conflicting opinions. I decided to keep the opinions in mind before I started reading. Unfortunately I ended up not liking this book as much as I had hoped.

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Review: The Shortest Distance Between Love & Hate

The Shortest Distance Between Love & Hate

Title: The Shortest Distance Between Love & Hate
Author: Sandy Hall
Publication Date: July 9th 2019
Genre: Contemporary
Format: ebook
Rating: ★


Paisley is really looking forward to college. She is ready to take charge of her destiny and embrace some new experiences! Finding a hot guy to make out with at her first ever college party seems like a great start…until her best friend informs her that mystery guy is actually Carter Schmitt, Paisley’s sworn enemy who basically ruined their lives in middle school.

So much for new people and exciting new experiences. Oh well. Paisley will just pretend he doesn’t exist. Of course that would be easier if Carter, AKA her super-hot-sworn-enemy, hadn’t ended up in three of her classes AND the same work study. Is it too late to rethink this college thing?

I debated for a long time over whether or not I should post this review. I have never given a book one star. I try not to read books that I’ll give low reviews. However my sister brought this book to my attention and I started reading it. From the beginning I wasn’t really enjoying it and my dislike only continued to grow. I didn’t DNF this because I one don’t like not finishing books and two I wanted to know this ended. Spoiler alert it ended terribly.

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