For that is the essence of a soul. Hopes and dreams and love.

A.G. Howard, Splintered

No one knows what he or she is capable of until things are at their darkest.

A.G. Howard, Splintered

a review of The Unexpected Everything

First book for our June Book Club pick was I must say cute, and I don’t say that too often about books. This was an easy breezy read and was perfect for this weekend at the beach. Despite it being a nice easy read, the characters did have some dimension to them. Andie, the main protagnist (while not being my favorite character) had some really healthy character development in a coming of age way. She grew up and realized you can’t really plan out ALL of your life. Sometimes things just happen and you go with it. I enjoyed reading the scenes with her and her father, and her and Clark. Clark which I am a bit smitten over. I wish there was more of him and now I want to read the story he wrote in the book. I looked forward to those little snippets.

As for the Andie’s friends, Toby, Bri, and Palmer: They were nice and all had very different personalities. Toby and Bri were a bit annoying at times, but I was very happy with the outcome of their friendship. As I mentioned earlier in the review, you can’t plan out all of your life and things change, even friendship. Most of the book was predictable, but I didn’t see it coming when Toby decided not to stay friends with Bri. I appreciated that honest depiction of friendship. Sometimes things don’t work out the way you want it to and sometimes they do.

Overall a nice read. Highly recommend if you are going through a book hangover and need a stand alone book to make you feel good.

a review of The Unexpected Everything

a review of A Court of Mist and Fury

So much more of everything than the first book and I loved the first book! I actually finished this book a few days ago, but I wanted to wait to fully absorb the greatness that I just read. Feyre is a beautiful soul and I want to be friends with her. BUT not only is she a beautiful soul that truly cares for her friends she is a complete bad ass that will protect her friends until the end. Her character developed so beautifully amazing in this book. I feel like a proud parent gushing about her.

This book definitely took a turn that I was somewhat not expecting. I don’t want to ruin it for anymore but I personally liked the turn. I think it was a necessary change, that many people go through, and I found myself relating to Feyre’s emotional journey. When you go through a drastic and traumatic change in your life, EVERYTHING changes. Your thoughts, opinions, and your emotions. How you felt before that moment will always be different. And that is definitely what happened to Feyre.

This book also taught me not to judge someone until you know the whole story. That could be a good and a bad thing, as we see towards the end of the book with a character that I will not name in order not to spoil it for anyone.

And oh bless my finicky heart because Rhysand has my whole heart, while Tamlin can go rot in a ditch. Also, when it comes to a series of books, I am usually never satisfied with the ending of the books, but this ending actually had me satisfied. Don’t get me wrong, I need to know what happens next, but I’m excited for it not dreading it. Feyre is such a capable woman and her new friends are my squad goals. They are all so vibrant and colorful, reminiscent of the Harry Potter gang (good thing!). I can’t believe that I have to wait a whole other year for the next book, but it will be worth it. War is coming and I’m riding with the Night Court. Damn the odds.

a review of A Court of Mist and Fury

a review of Black Widow: Forever Red

“Natasha Romanoff. Avenger. Agent. Assassin.

Five stars for giving Natasha the attention she deserves, because this lady seriously kicks some serious butt. Margaret Stohl and Marvel gave us a brilliant inside view into the dark world of Black Widow, and it is dark. Black Widow is already a compelling character. She is both ruthless and radiant. Brilliant and beautiful. Cunning and clever, but most of all flawed… and that is perhaps what I love most about her character. She realizes her brokenness and uses it to her advantage, and teaches us that girls can be more than the situation are given.

That is also shown through Ava Orlov’s character as well. She isn’t my favorite to be honest and probably because she is an angsty teen and rightly so with what she has been through. I shudder at the thought that I was probably like that. But I do like how her character developed.

Alex Manor, I’m not ready to talk about him and I probably never will. Also, I don’t want to spoil it for anyone that has not read the book yet. You are in for a surprise, or at least I was.

Did this book make me cry? Yes. But than again most books do. What I believe now more than ever though is that Black Widow deserves her own movie. Please make this happen Marvel.

a review of Black Widow: Forever Red

But there were some parts of yourself you just couldn’t share, not even with your only friend. Because there were some parts of yourself that didn’t make sense, not even to you.

Margaret Stohl, Black Widow Forever Red