Stolen Songbird (The Malediction Trilogy #1), by Danielle L. Jensen

Stolen songbird

5/5 stars

Reccomended for: fans of French culture, Tolkien-esque creatures, and political maneuvering

Review:

This was so good. Sooo good. I had been seeking a fairytale retelling when I found this, and it has been on my to read shelf forever. I finally got to it, because it was available right away, and I was surprisingly pleased with the story. Cécile is a surprisingly realistic narrator for such fantasy, and she defies most cliches. She definitely has major butt-kicking moments, like when Lessa is being beaten, but she’s not exactly your average, kick-butt heroine. She’s also by no means wimpy, but she has realistic moments when she throws tantrums. Like when Luc kidnaps her. It’s understandable that that would bother her. I found the troll politics fascinating, the way the full-bloods interacted with each other and how they were stuck in each other’s webs. There was never a dull moment in this book, whether it be parties, rebellions, politics, prophecies, eavesdropping, maniacal younger brothers, or the ominous Sluag (man-eating beasts that live in the labyrinth. There’s even a labyrinth! How cool is that?!) This book accurately portrayed the complexities of every decision you make, especially when the characters have to make decisions regarding the half-bloods, or breaking the curse. You’re never sure which decision is actually the wisest, and sometimes there isn’t a wise decision to make.

There was one major downside of this book, though

The love interest was named Tristan.

That’s one of my least favorite names used in YA.

Otherwise, this was a great read and I highly recommend it.

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Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin #1), by Robin LaFevers

5/5 stars 

Reccomended for: fans of Throne of Glassnunneries, or series that are all told from a different characters’ point of view (which I rarely am)

Review:Grave mercy

Lo-ove!

Lately, I’ve been reading books about assassins, and this one was great! There were lots of surprises, and for the most part the story flowed really well. There were a couple of scenes were the action was hard to follow, but everything still made sense. The were a few things I totally missed until Ye happened, like the fact that Anne was only 12. I will definitely be reading the next book, but I’m sad to lose Ismae’s POV! Gavriel seems like a great match for her, and I would love to hear more about the two of them. He was a very full character that seemed pretty realistic, and I loved that the romance went from their loathing of each other, to the reader realizing that over time, they really began to like each other. I am sad that, in my opinion, there was not very much description of what the characters looked like, this makes me have a hard time picturing them. Occasionally a character would be called pretty or ugly, or old or heavy.

As the tagline says, why be the sheep when you can be the wolf?

Dolly: My Life and Other Unfinished Business, by Dolly Parton

Dolly

4/5 Stars

Reccomended for: fans of Dolly Parton, funny female narratives, or plastic-looking people (this is said with love)

Cheap dolly

Review:

Pros:
This book was very funny and made me fall in love with Dolly and her carefree, happy-go-lucky way of being. Hearing about her shenanigans past and present was great. She’s made a genuine fan of me. I struggled with giving this 3 or 4 stars, but went with 4 because I tend to rate high.

Cons:
Towards the end of the book, it turns into about 30 pages of acknowledgments. The actual acknowledgements listed over 1.5k names and she did mention her publisher wanting her to edit her original list of 3k names. Also, the last chapter was extremely “spiritual, not religious” as she put it. I think Dolly wished she had included more about her faith throughout the book and just crammed it all in there

Overall, worth reading

Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy #1), by Richelle Mead

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5/5 Stars

Reccomended for: fans of vampires, Slavic culture, or really well developed characters and relationships

Review:

This book is soooo good. I love Rose, she’s a rarity in YA. She doesn’t let herself stay down, she has a wicked sense of humor, and she has fabulous self-confidence. She doesn’t get caught up in stupid things, and she has a good head on her shoulders. She’s always there for Lissa, even when Lissa doesn’t appreciate her. I’m so excited for this movie to come out.

NOT SURE IF THIS COUNTS AS A SPOILER, PROCEED WITH MINIMAL CAUTION
I like the plot of this story, and I’m glad that Rose/Dimitri wasn’t like PLL in the sense that he’s a lot older than her and he’s her teacher. In VA, he’s only seven years older and he’s her Mentor. Another respectable thing about Rose is that she understands why they can’t be together and didn’t act like a whiny brat and pitch a fit. Kudos

I’m glad that even though I would figure things out before the characters, they weren’t that far behind me, so I wasn’t endlessly frustrated. I think I would have given this book five stars just reading Richelle Mead’s biography in the back. It’s perfection.

The things that bothered me? The typos I found, which were pretty obvious. This doesn’t change my opinion of the book, especially since every time I find a typo in a professional publication, it feels like a small victory. Also, sometimes Rose’s action surprised me, but they were probably more realistic. She never seemed to have the sense to let things go, and take the high road. She liked having the last word, but that is her character.

Overall? Dhampirs kick butt