Review: Winter by Marissa Meyer.

Title – Winter
Series – The Lunar Chronicles #4
Author – Marissa Meyer
How I Got It – Won it in a giveaway
Pages – 832 pages
Publication Date – November 10th 2015 by Feiwel & Friends
ISBN – 9780312642983
My Rating β€“Β β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…/5

Princess Winter is admired by the people of Luna for her grace and kindness. Despite the scars on her face she’s said to be even more breathtaking than her stepmother, Queen Levana.

Winter hates her stepmother and knows she’d never approve of her feeling for her childhood friend and palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn’t as weak as Levana thinks she is. Winter has been undermining her stepmother for years. Together with Cinder and her allies, Winter may even have the power to help start a revolution and win a war that’s been going for far too long.

Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress and Winter defeat Levana and find their happily ever after?

Winter is the final book in The Lunar Chronicles. Well, not counting Stars Above. I really enjoyed the first three books in this series and I was so excited to finally read the last cq0qn8nvuaaoko8book.

I did feel like Winter was a little too long, it was a little over 800 pages, but at the same time I enjoyed it. I knew Cinder wasn’t just going to Luna and get Levana off the throne straight away but I just felt like some things were dragged out, even though I really liked the book. I know, that makes not sense at all. How can I feel like the book was too long but still enjoy reading it?

I did think that having everyone paired off, like Scarlet with Wolf and Cinder with Kai, was kind of cheesy and predictable but I guess The Lunar Chronicles is a re-telling of fairy-tales and the Disney ones always had happy endings. I am a little embarrassed to say I’ve never read the original version of these stories. I really want to though.

I really liked seeing Winter come out of her shell and stand up for herself, especially to Jacin. I get that he wanted to protect her or whatever but it felt a little suffocating at times. I also thought she was a lot stronger than people gave her credit for. Because it has to take a lot of strength to not use her Lunar gift while knowing that not using it is the reason she was hallucinating. Instead of turning into a cruel person like a lot of the Lunar court, Winter chose to not takes others’ free will away from them and I really liked her for that.

I also thought Levana was a horrible hypocrite. I mean, obviously she’s a horrible person and really thinks a lot of herself but the fact that she wouldn’t let Winter and Jacin be together was annoying. I don’t know if it was just because she didn’t want Winter to be happy and Levana wanted to make an alliance or whatever by marrying Winter off. But I found it worse because Levana forced Winter’s father,who was a palace guard, to marry her. I was hoping Levana would at least be punished for the things she’d done. I wanted Cinder to have one of those devices made that stop Lunars using their gift and have one put in Levana. Not only would she have to live with her own face but she wouldn’t be able to make others’ do what she wanted. I think that would have been a worse ending than she had.

I wasn’t surprised at the decision Cinder made at the end of the book. I felt like she was doing what she needed to do to get Levana off the throne and save the people of Earth and Luna from her. But at the same time it was obvious that she wasn’t comfortable being Princess Selene because she was Cinder. I’m hoping there’s something in Stars Above about her and what Luna is like now.

I have loved The Lunar Chronicles and am looking forward to reading Stars Above whenever I get around to it. And I can’t wait to read Marissa’s new books, Heartless, when it comes out.

If you’ve read the Lunar Chronicles let me know what you thought of the books in the comments.

– Aimee.

Review: Run by Kody Keplinger.

Title – Run
Author – Kody Keplinger
How I Got It – From the publisher
Pages – 328 pages
Publication Date – July 14th 2016 by Hodder Children’s Books
ISBN – 9781444932706
My Rating β€“Β β˜…β˜…β˜…/5

Bo Dickinson has a bad reputation, an alcoholic mother and a deadbeat father. Everyone is town knows the Dickinsons are bad news, but Bo doesn’t care what any of them think.

Agnes Atwood has never broken her parents overbearing rules. She’s never been on a date or stayed out past curfew. The rules are meant to protect their legally blind daughter, but Agnes isn’t sure what they’re actually protecting her from.

Despite everything, Bo and Agnes become best friends. It’s the kind of friendship that runs deep. So when Bo calls in the middle of the night, with the threat of the police coming after her, Agnes is faced with the biggest choice she’s ever had to make, stay or run?

I received a copy of Run from Hachette New Zealand to review. I’ve never read any of cucpbohusaa97cmKody’s books until now.

When I first read the synopsis of Run I knew I wanted to read it. I’ve only read one other book that’s told in the perspective on someone that’s blind. Agnes is different from the character in the other book, she couldn’t see anything. Agnes can see some things. She can identify Bo not just by the sound of her voice but by the colour of her hair. In the light anyway. When it’s dark Agnes can’t see much, if anything.

Agnes’ parents really annoyed me. They were way too overprotective of her that it felt suffocating just reading it. I have no idea how she put up with it as long as she did. Yes, Agnes was blind but that doesn’t mean she can’t be independent. Her parents should be trying to help her succeed, showing her she can go to college and move out one day, not holding her back and wrapping her is bubble wrap.

Which is why I think Agnes loved Bo so much. Bo never treated her any different from anyone else and never tried to hold her back becauseΒ she was blind. Bo just accepted Agnes the way she was. It was a little harder for Agnes to accept what Bo told her about her sexuality, but that’s because of what people have told her, it didn’t seem like Agnes was judging her. But because Agnes wants to be Bo’s friend and doesn’t want to judge her, she looks past what people have told her and just sees Bo, who is a good person no matter who she’s attracted to. Because of the family Bo comes from the town expects her to be the same, trouble and easy, but that’s small town judgement for you. Bo is determined to be different.

I really liked the friendship between Agnes and Bo. And while I get why they ran away I don’t think it was the right thing to do, especially for Agnes. Because Bo was keeping secrets, not because she was blind.

Run is told in both Agnes and Bo’s perspectives. Bo tells the story of the present, as they run away from what happened to Bo, while Agnes tells the story of how she and Bo became friends. I really liked how this story was told but I didn’t really like the ending. I mean, I get Bo’s reasons but still. I really enjoyed Run and couldn’t put it down while I was reading it.

*Thank you Hachette New Zealand for sending me a copy to review*

Have you read Run? Leave me a comment and let me know what you thought.

– Aimee.

Review: United as One by Pittacus Lore.

Title – United as One
Series – Lorien Legacies #7
Author – Pittacus Lore
How I Got It – From the publisher
Pages – 348 pages
Publication Date – 2016 by Michael Joseph, imprint of Penguin Random House
ISBN – 9780718184902
RRP – $26.00
My Rating β€“Β β˜…β˜…β˜…/5

The Mogadorians have invaded Earth. Their warships are over the most populated cities and no country is willing, or able, to take them head on. The Garde may be the only thing that stands a chance of stopping them. But they might need an army of their own if they plan on winning.

The Garde have teamed up with the U.S. military but it may not be enough. They need reinforcements, and may have found some in the most unexpected places. Teenagers all over the planet, including Sam, have developed Legacies. Now John and the others have to get to them before the Mogadorians. If they don’t, the Mogs will use them in their evil plans.

After everything the Mogadorians have taken from John – his home, family, friends and now the person he loves most – he might not want to put innocent people in danger again. John has nothing left to lose and a powerful new Legacy. He can turn himself into the ultimate weapon. Is John prepared to risk his life to save the world, or will he finally realise there’s power in numbers?

I received a copy of United as One from Penguin Random House New Zealand to review. This is the last book in the Lorien Legacies series.

I’ve really enjoyed this series so I was excited to finally see how it was going to end. A littlectzd24oukaac86o nervous too because one of the characters I really liked died at the end of the last book and I was expecting it would only be the first of many deaths.

I did like the twist at the end of The Fate of Ten, with some humans getting Legacies. It made it possible for some new characters at the end of that book and in this one. I liked them too. The focus wasn’t really on them but I liked them from the parts they were in.

I have to admit that John thinking he could take down Setrakus and the Mogs by himself way really annoying. I get that he had this powerful Legacy but that would only get him so far before he exhausted it and then what would he do? He’d obviously die. John had the best chance of beating Setrakus, in my opinion anyway, with this Legacy but he still needed help with the Mogs and taking down Setrakus. The Entity, or whatever he was, gave the Garde and humans Legacies for a reason, because they’re stronger together.

Anyway, enough of my rant. I don’t want to give too much away about the ending of United as One. But there was a bit that reminded me of X-Men. If you’ve read this book and have seen the X-Men movies or read the comics (graphic novels… I don’t know) then maybe you’ll know what I’m talking about. It wasn’t a bad thing but all I saw when I was reading this one scene was X-Men.

When I first picked up I Am Number Four I wasn’t sure if I’d like it or not but I’m so glad I gave it a chance. These books have been addictive and so hard to put down. I’ve even laughed out loud a few times. If you haven’t read the Lorien Legacies than I recommend you give it a chance. It’s surprisingly good!

*Thank you Penguin Random House New Zealand for sending me a copy to review*Β 

If you’ve read the Lorien Legacies leave me a comment and let me know what you thought if the books.

– Aimee.

WWW Wednesday [October 19th 2016] β€“


This meme is hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words.Β All you have to do isΒ answer the following three questions in a post and then put a link to that post in the Comments over at Taking on a World of Words.

The questions are:
1. What are you currently reading?
2. What did you recently finish reading?
3. What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently Reading – cuxm-3cuiaacfph
I’m really close to finishing Paper and Fire finally. It’s taken me longer than I thought it would to read but that’s probably because I’ve been watching a lot of TV lately.

I thought I’d have to re-read Ink and Bone before I could start this but I think I’ve remembered most things. If I’ve forgotten anything it’s obviously not important.

I have loved both books in this series so far (I think it’s a series..) and I hope I continue to love them. I don’t know how this will end but I’m really excited to find out.

If you haven’t read Ink and Bone then you should definitely find a copy!cumusg7ueaem-0n

Recently Finished –
The Bronze Key is the third book in the Magisterium series. I’m so glad I decided to keep reading these books. At first I thought they were cheesy and predictable, too much like Harry Potter, but they are getting much better now. This one even took me by surprise a couple of times, which is always a good thing.

I’ll be reviewing this soon so I don’t really want to say too much about it here. I will say that I really liked The Bronze Key and the ending has me wanting the next book in the series as soon as possible. Well, there were two things that the end of the book but you’ll have to read it to find out.Β cuxakvoueaapojj

American Monsters is the last book in the Demon Road Trilogy. I think I’ve said that these books are kind of predictable and cheesy at times but I still liked them. I don’t even know why. But I did.

I still have to post my review of American Monsters so, again, I don’t want to say too much here because of that and in case I give away spoilers for the first two books.

I think fans of Supernatural may like these books. That’s the reason I picked up Demon Road, because it reminded me of Supernatural. But I’m sure fans of Derek’s will like them too.Β 5

Reading Next –
I’m so excited to read Replica! I’ve wanted to read this since I first heard about it.

If you don’t know Replica follows the stories of Lyra and Gemma. The stories do mirror each other in places but each story has revelations that link to the other. The book is split in two halves and you can read it any way you want. Lyra then Gemma, Gemma then Lyra or both at the same time. I’m going to be reading a chapter of Lyra and then flipping the book to read Gemma. This will be the first book where I’ll have to use two bookmarks.

What are you currently reading??

– Aimee.

Top Ten Tuesday (October 18th): Ten Characters I’d Name A Child or Animal After.


I’m not planning on having kids but if I was I would definitely name them after fictional characters. I also have a name for cats too. But I didn’t get to name my cat.

I don’t really have characters I’d name a child or animal after because either I love the character but wouldn’t name my kid after them, like Hermione. I love Hermione but her name is way too old fashioned for me. But thenΒ I can love the name but notΒ really like the character. Or I just like the name. But there are a handful of characters I’d actually name something after.

1. Darcy.
I’ve always loved Darcy from Pride and Prejudice. I think I’d name a girl Darcy.

2. Willow.
I think I got this name from Handle with Care by Jodi Picoult. Willow was a child with Osteogenesis imperfecta, which is brittle bone disease. Willow has stayed with my since I first read Handle with Care and I love the name.

3. Luna.
I love Luna from the Harry Potter series. I don’t know if I’d name a kid or a cat Luna because I think it’s a good name for both but I’d probably call a girl Luna.

4. Snow
No, this is now for a child. I’ve loved Snow White from Once Upon a Time (the TV show) from the start and I’d love to name a kid after her but I don’t think Snow would go down too well. There’s also her Storybrooke name, Mary Margaret, but that’s too old fashioned for me. I don’t like names that are too out there but I also don’t like old names.

5.Β Spencer.
All my names so far are for girls but this one can obviously be for either a girl or a boy. I love last names as first names. I think I would call a boy Spencer though. I got this name for Dr. Spencer Reid in Criminal Minds.

6. Clarke.
Yes, another girl. I’m going to have a lot of girls apparently. I think I got this from Smallville, Clark Kent, and The 100. That’s when I realised I loved Clarke for a girl.

7. Mason.
I don’t know where I got this one from. It could be here because I just like the name because no fictional Masons are coming to mind right now. This is for a boy.

8. Cadence.
I got the name Cadence from We Were Liars. I didn’t like the book or the character but I liked the name.

9. Wylie.
I don’t know why I like Wylie but I really do. The main character in The Outliers is called Wylie and I did like her. I’m not sure if I’d be naming a kid after her though because I just like the name.

10. Freya.
I’m pretty sure I got Freya from The Originals but I could be wrong. I know I heard it the other day in something I was watching but I can’t remember what.

This list was harder than I thought it would be. The problem for me is I love characters that have names I would never name a kid and can’t call an animal. Like Hermione, Astrid, Daenerys, Tryion, Merida.. The list goes on.

What are some names you’ve gotten from fictional caracters you’d name a kid or animal after? Or, if you’re like me, you just like the name.


Review: Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina.

Title – Burn Baby Burn
Author – Meg Medina
How I Got It – From the publisher
Pages – 310 pages
Publication Date – March 8th 2016 by Candlewick Press
ISBN – 9780763674670
My Rating β€“Β β˜…β˜…β˜…/5

Nora Lopez is seventeen during an infamous year in New York. The city experienced an extremely hot summer full of arson, a major blackout and a serial killer that went by the name Son of Sam.

Not only is the city in chaos but Nora is dealing with problems at home – her brother, Hector, is getting more out of control by the day. Her mother is helpless to stop him and her father is too busy with his new family and only calls on holidays.

There’s a new guy that’s started at her work, but is dating worth the risk when Son of Sam likes to pick off young couples who stay out too late?

I received a copy of Burn Baby Burn from Walker Books Australia in exchange for an honest review.

I haven’t read a lot about serial killers so I didn’t know much about Son of Sam going into ctpfof9vmai1l5kthis but I’d heard the name before. Even after finishing the book and reading the things he did I haven’t looked him up. Son of Sam wasn’t the focus of the book. It was set during the time that he was killing innocent people at random.

Burn Baby Burn didn’t just follow what happened the summer of 1977, it also had family violence too. And not the usual family violence I normally hear about. I felt really bad for Nora and her mother but at the same time I felt like they should have found help sooner. It could have ended so different. But Nora and Hector, and even their mother I guess, was raised to keep things in the family, not to include others in their problems. Which I think is really backwards now. But I guess it was a long time ago and people are raised different to me. But there is no way I’d ever put up with that. I didn’t like Nora’s mother because she chose to ignore the problem and pretend it wasn’t happening which I don’t think helped the situation at all. She also made really stupid excuses too.

I think the thing I liked most about this book was that it wasn’t just about Nora falling for the new guy at her work. The ‘romance’ or whatever you want to call it wasn’t the focus of the story. And the ending I thought was perfect. I like that it was more about her friendship with her best friend (I’ve forgotten her name) and what will come next for Nora. I normally don’t like those kinds of cheesy endings but I did like this one. It wasn’t about a girl and a boy having a happily ever after, this felt real to me. Especially when I was expecting something completely different.

I really liked Burn Baby Burn and I’d definitely recommend it.

*Thank you Walker Books Australia for sending me a copy to review*

– Aimee.

Swarm by Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan & Deborah Biancotti.

Title – Swarm
Series – Zeroes #2
Author – Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan & Deborah Biancotti.
How I Got It – From the publisher
Pages – 388 pages
Publication Date – October 1st 2016 by Allen & Unwin
ISBN – 9781925267242
RRP – $22.99 NZD
My Rating β€“Β β˜…β˜…β˜…/5

It’s the holiday season, but the happy atmosphere at the Zeroes’ underground nightclub is blown apart when two strangers with powers of their own take over the dance floor. The Zeroes go after them, only to find that they’re running from someone more powerful and evil than them. Someone they call Swarm. The Zeroes need to learn all they can about this dangerous person if they’re going to stay alive.

But each Zero has their own problem to deal with. Bellweather’s confidence slips and Crash’s conscience gets another workout. Anon and Scam are both faced with harsh truths about belonging. While Mob is confronted with the dark side of her power. It’s up to Flicker to lead the Zeroes into a terrifying showdown.

I received a copy of Swarm from Allen and Unwin New Zealand to review. I read and reviewed the first book, Zeroes, last year. You can read that here.

I mentioned in my review of Zeroes that I’d be interested to know how involved each author is in writing these books. I think I read that a year ago and I still haven’t looked 6into it. Hopefully I’ll know by the time the next book comes out.

I felt like Swarm had a bigger threat for the Zeroes than the first book had. I remember them having to deal with bank robbers, drug dealers and the threat of a couple of them being blown up.. Okay, so that last one was kind of a big deal but this guy, Swarm, was a psychopath. But his power confused me a little and I’m not going to explain it or why it confused me because it would just spoil it. But I’m not really sure I want it explained.. I think it might make Swarm creepier than he already is.

I liked the ending of Swarm better than Zeroes too. It has a little cliffhanger that involves one of the characters I like so I really want to read the next book to find out what happens to them. I also want to know what’s next for the Zeroes too but the ending, with that one character, kind of shocked me. I really wasn’t expecting that.

I still have my problems with Bellweather/Nate wanting control of all the Zeroes. But I do think he had some good character development at the end of the book and I’ll be interested to see if that lasts or he’ll just go back to being the same old power hungry Nate.

I think there’s a reason they call themselves Zeroes… When they try to do the right think it always backfires and someone, or a lot of people, end up getting hurt. So they can’t call themselves heroes. And I didn’t like the sound of their nightclub and what they were doing to the crowd.

Anyway, I know it sounds like I didn’t like Swarm but I really enjoyed it and I am definitely looking forward to reading the next book. I think I heard that this is a trilogy but don’t hold me to that.

*Thank you Allen & Unwin New Zealand for sending me a copy to review*

If you’ve read either Zeroes or Swarm let me know what you thought in the comments.

– Aimee.