Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen

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4/5 stars

Recommended for: lovers of romance, classics, and the frivolous antics of the upper class

Review:

I picked this up because I came into possession of a board game that required knowledge of this novel to play, and I am glad I read this. It is a classic for a reason. After adjusting to the difficult language and wording, you’ll not be disappointed with the wit and romance that this novel possesses. I feel like I took this book exactly like everyone else. I found Mrs. Bennett ridiculous, I longed for Jane to be happy, and I shipped Mr. Darcy (who has the unfortunate first name ‘Fitzwilliam’) and Elizabeth with the best of them, and Lydia made me appropriately angry with her antics. It’s weird to think that these girls are not that different age-wise from me, but I suppose it was another time. Overall, I’d highly reccomend this for a timeless love story and comedy of manners.

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.

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

Dead Beautiful (Dead Beautiful #1), by Yvonne Woon

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3/5 stars

Reccomended for: fans of Twilight, The Divine Comedy, or classy zombies

Review:

I predicted the entire book less than halfway through.

This book was interesting, and basically a better version of Twilight. I don’t understand the ending, and Dante didn’t seem right to me. Maybe I couldn’t mentally picture him (or Renée, for that matter) or maybe I didn’t buy the chemistry, but as a couple they weren’t that bad. This book was sort of creepy, especially with all the dead things. I have to at, nothing in this book particularly caught my attention, it was pretty average. I did like Miss. LaBarge, I wish we could have seen more of her. I’m uncertain about how I feel with the addition of her dwindling relationship with Annie, and the fact that she never really misses Wes that much.

Overall
Liked:
Most of the characters
The school
Miss. LaBarge
Eleanor

Disliked:
Lack of character description
Lack of descriptive adjectives