Kendare Blake – Girl of Nightmares (Anna #2) | Review

It’s been months since the ghost of Anna Korlov opened a door to Hell in her basement and disappeared into it, but ghost-hunter Cas Lowood can’t move on.
His friends remind him that Anna sacrificed herself so that Cas could live—not walk around half dead. He knows they’re right, but in Cas’s eyes, no living girl he meets can compare to the dead girl he fell in love with.
Now he’s seeing Anna everywhere: sometimes when he’s asleep and sometimes in waking nightmares. But something is very wrong…these aren’t just daydreams. Anna seems tortured, torn apart in new and ever more gruesome ways every time she appears.
Cas doesn’t know what happened to Anna when she disappeared into Hell, but he knows she doesn’t deserve whatever is happening to her now. Anna saved Cas more than once, and it’s time for him to return the favor.

★★★★☆ 12507214

I don’t think it was necessary for Anna to be a duology. Anna Dressed in Blood would be a great standalone and this book just shouldn’t have existed. I did enjoy it, I just didn’t really see the point in it. It feels like the author didn’t want to say goodbye to these characters and this world so she wrote a sequel and put a ton of new stuff in it. However, I love the cover a lot and I’m glad Anna is not sitting alone on my shelf. Now I have two of them to look pretty and awesome.

As I already said, the whole plot was pretty unnecessary, but it was still quite enjoyable. I feel like Cas’ depression and missing Anna dragged a bit and it took way too many pages to actually get to the main plot – going after Anna. However, when we finally got to that point, I started to enjoy this book a lot more because finally something interesting was happening. I especially liked the part in Suicide Forest, it was creepy and amazing at the same time. It was definitely a highlight of this book. I don’t really know how I feel about the ending, though. I expected something like that, but it feels kind of riddicolous that he went through all that shit and then… I don’t want to spoil anything, but if you read the book, you know where I’m going with this.

I did not like Cas very much in this one. He was too whiny and annoying at times. He was self-pitying himself and he was constantly depressed about Anna, but it took him so long to actually do something about it. He just lost his badassness (is that even a word?) from the first book. Carmel was even more whiny than Cas and I just couldn’t stand her in this book. Did not like her decisions at all. Thomas is the only character who didn’t disappoint me in this book. He stayed cool and awesome as he was and I like him a lot. Definitely my favourite character. Jestine is a new character who I really liked from the moment she appeared. She is super-badass and I ship her and Cas a lot. They would be such a cute couple because she brought the old Cas back and their relationship is just awesome.

Writing style didn’t change very much from the first book and it’s still easy to read. I liked all the jokes and all the funny moments in this book, even though the premise of this book is neither happy or funny. This book was quick and easy read and I quite enjoyed it. The first part was a bit slower, but the book was action-packed from the beginning and I very quicky got into it. Also, I very much like the creepines and the atmosphere in Kendare Blake’s books.

If you read Anna Dressed in Blood, I don’t really know if I recommend you this seuel or not. It’s up to you, because not everyone is going to love this book. However, if you haven’t even started Anna duology, I definitely recommend you to do so because it’s very entertaining and quick read.

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Maggie Stiefvater – Forever (Wolves of Mercy Falls #3) | Review

then.
When Sam met Grace, he was a wolf and she was a girl. Eventually he found a way to become a boy, and their loved moved from curious distance to the intense closeness of shared lives.
now.
That should have been the end of their story. But Grace was not meant to stay human. Now she is the wolf. And the wolves of Mercy Falls are about to be killed in one final, spectacular hunt.
forever.
Sam would do anything for Grace. But can one boy and one love really change a hostile, predatory world? The past, the present, and the future are about to collide in one pure moment–a moment of death or life, farewell or forever.

★★★★★  9409458

Fantastic finale to a fantastic trilogy. I’m so glad that I finally read this book, because it was pure perfection. Now I can definitely say that this series gets better with each book. This one was so action-packed, intense and beautiful, it kept me at the edge of my seat the entire time. he whole series wrapped up nicely in this book and I can just say that I love the way this book ended. It was not this fairytale ending that leaves you with And they lived happily ever after… because that’s not what happens, but it didn’t break my heart either (okay, it did). It’s this perfect bitter.sweet ending that you may or may not like, but it is how it is. Not everything can be perfect, but that’s life and there is no perfect cure for everything.

When it comes to characters, I still love them all. However, I’m gonna start with my favourite one.
Oh, Cole. He’s just amazing. I don’t even know how to describe him, without spoiling everything. I just love him so much even though he’s so messed up. His character is so complex and very well done, I could never come up with a character like that. He had my heart from the moment he showed up in the second book and he’s gonna have it forever, despite some unexpected events when I wanted to throw the book over the room.
Isabel is the best female sidekick I’ve ever read about. I love her as well. She’s just so badass, awesome and bitch when necessary. She changed completely throughout the series and I love how she turned out. Also, I love her relationship with Cole, they are definitely one of my OTPs.
I still have some mixed feeling about Sam, Yeah, I do love him, but I noticed that with each book I like him a bit less and I don’t really know why. I guess that when Cole appeared in the book, my love for Sam started reducing and all the love was reserved for Cole. However, I still like Sam, just not as much as in the first book.
Grace is completely different now when she’s a werewolf. However, I do like her now as well. Maybe even more than before. But no matter how much I like her, I loved her the most when she stood up to her parents and told them everything they deserve. Best scene ever!

Maggie Stiefvater has such a beautiful wiriting style, it amazes me every time. I just love that woman and her books.

I have no idea what else to say, since I’m pretty much repeating everything I’ve already said in my reviews for previous book, and I don’t want to spoil you on anything, since this is supposed to be a spoiler-free review. And because I really want to talk more about this book and analyze the whole series and how it all wrapped up, I’m going to make a spoilery discussion on the whole trilogy, hopefully soon. I don’t recommend you reading that if you haven’t read all the books, though. But in that case, what are you waiting for? Go and read these books, they are truly amazing!

Maggie Stiefvater – Linger (Wolves of Mercy Falls #2) | Review

the longing.
Once Grace and Sam have found each other, they know they must fight to stay together. For Sam, this means a reckoning with his werewolf past. For Grace, it means facing a future that is less and less certain.
the loss.
Into their world comes a new wolf named Cole, whose past is full of hurt and danger. He is wrestling with his own demons, embracing the life of a wolf while denying the ties of being a human.
the linger.
For Grace, Sam, and Cole, life a constant struggle between two forces–wolf and human–with love baring its two sides as well. It is harrowing and euphoric, freeing and entrapping, enticing and alarming. As their world falls apart, love is what lingers. But will it be enough?

★★★★★ 6654313

Linger was even better than Shiver if that’s even possible. I loved Shiver, but this book was just more. More of everything. It was more interesting, characters were more complex, plot was more complicated and exciting, writing style was more compelling and more beautiful. This book blew me away with how amazing it is. If you read Shiver and you’re now sure if you should continue with the trilogy or not, I definitely recommend picking this one up because I assure you that you won’t regret it.

Shiver was focused mostly on romance between Sam and Grace, but in this one plot becomes so much more than a romance between the two main characters. We deal with family issues, werewolf problems, we find out a lot about some characters’ past and there is just a lot of emotions wrapped up nicely into a complete beautiful book. It was still a lot of drama, but considerably less than in the first book. Sam and Grace still had their cute, and sometimes very emotional moments, but we got the foundations for a more complex plot which is going to unfold in the final book in the trilogy. There was one aspect of a book that I feel like I need to mention as well. The pack. How it was described, and how Sam feels about the pack, makes me feel so nice but sad at the same time. It was just beautiful, and it makes me want to be a part of a pack as well. It is more than family. Sam’s family and Grace’s family was very nicely opposed, in this book especially, and it was very interesting to see how different surroundings affected them to become the persons they are now.

I loved the characters so much. Every single character in this book went through a huge character development and it was just nice to see all these characters I care about grow up because of all the stuff they were dealing with.
Isabel went through the biggest development out of all of them. At the beginning of the fist book I didn’t like her very much, but even through Shiver she started to change. But in Linger, she’s a completely different person and now she’s my second favourite character. She is such a badass and her character is very interesting to read about, especially when we read from her POV. I love being inside her head and seeing her trying to stay strong and just survive everything that’s happening to her. But the thing I probably like the most about her is the fact that she considers herself one of the wolves, even though she can just walk away any time, since she’s just a human who only accidently knows about the whole werewolf thing. But she decides to stay and help her friends and I respect her for that.
However, my favourite character is definitely Cole. His character is so complex and unique, it just blew my mind. At the beginning he only seemed like an arrogant celebrity, but when we started to get to know him, it became clear he’s so much more than that. His story is just fascinating to me. I can’t find a better word for it. He’s a famous singer, but he’s a genious as well, which I think is going to play a huge role in Forever. At first he let his demons from the past to control him, but toward the end of the book he decided to take that control and that’s when I started to love him even more. Also, I ship him with everyone.
Sam felt like a background character to me in this book. All of a sudden, he’s not the important one anymore. He is now a human and he obviously has some big problems, but I just didn’t feel like he was the one who could solve them. He was somehow boring, actually, now when the focus was not on him anymore. Still, I can’t say anything bad about him, because I still like him very much. I just think he should stand out for what he wants and what he believes in, and not feel sorry for himself all the time and expect that Grace would fix everything.
And now, Grace. She became stronger and more determined and I loved her a lot because of that. She was not afraid to defend her love and what she believed in in front of her parents, or anyone. She stayed strong and a fighter even when she knew things were bad and that there was no way that she could make it right. She and Sam basically switched roles and now she was the one in the centre of attention.
I again have to say how much I hate Grace’s parents. Even more than in Shiver. They are just terrible parents and terrible humans. If you read the book, you understand.
I feel like I just need to mention how much I ship Cole and Isabel. I love their relationship because it’s a complete opposite to Sam and Grace’s, with Isabel and Cole it’s not about love, it’s about need and I think that only highlights how complex and also messed up characters they actualy are. They are just perfect together.

I’m in love with Maggie Stiefvater‘s writing style. I think that’s quite obvious, but I wanted to point it out anyway. Metaphores are the best part definitely, but I also really like her atmosphere, how she describes characters’ feelings and how that affects their actions… She’s an artist and I admire her. There is one thing I’d like to highlight. These birds which Sam made constantly and thought about them as memories – how awesome is that? I think that just adds a new, special layer to the story. Even though it a tiny detail and some people wouldn’t even pay attention on it, I found it extremely interesting and beautiful. That’s why I love Maggie Stiefvater so much!

To wrap it all up, I would recommend this series to every person out there who is either a fan of romance, werevolves, young adult, paranormal or all of the above, like I am.

Maggie Stiefvater – Shiver (Wolves of Mercy Falls #1) | Review

For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf—her wolf—is a chilling presence she can’t seem to live without.
Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, a few precious months of being human… until the cold makes him shift back again.
Now, Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away. It’s her wolf. It has to be. But as winter nears, Sam must fight to stay human—or risk losing himself, and Grace, forever.

★★★★★ 6068551

There is something I need to get off of my chest before I get to the actual review. I read this book four years ago for the first time and now I decided it was time for me to reread it. Best decision ever! I went into this book expecting to fly through it because I was reading it for the second time, but I realized that I remember pretty much nothing. I was so shocked with that fact, but also happy because while reading this book again it felt like I was getting to know the characters for the fisrt time. I didn’t remember almost anything about the plot so I got very excited and anxious at times. So, the conclusion is: my memory sucks, but that’s okay.

I love werewolves, and that is mainly because of this book. Wolves are definitely my favourite animals, and a mix of wolf and a hot guy is my favourite combination. When I first read this book, a long time ago, I loved it so much, but in the past few months I’ve been reading and watching some not very good reviews on this book and the complete trilogy, so I was a bit afraid to reread this book because I though I would look differently on it this time. Oh, how wrong I was. I loved it the second time around, probably even more than the first time. It’s fantastic and I enjoyed every second I spent reading it.

At the beginning it all started a bit slow because of all these explanations and ”world building”, but I didn’t mind at all. But when things started to happen, I was at the edge of my seat. I kept flipping these pages and I just needed to know what happens next (even though it was a reread) which resulted with me staying up a bit too long and almost not waking up for school on time the next morning, but I regret NOTHING. The ending was maybe a bit rushed, but I didn’t find that to be a bad thing. Also, semi-cliffhanger at the end is fantastic, beautiful and just the best. I need Linger now!
Also, I have to mention my favourite scene in this book because it was probably the best written romance scene ever. When Sam took Grace to the pastry shop. So amazing, beautiful and just perfectly written. This book is worth reading, if not for anything else, then at least for this scene. I can’t even describe it with words. It’s art, what else can I say?

I have mixed feeling about pretty much all of the characters, which is good, because that makes them realistic. None of them was perfect of terrible and I connected to pretty much every single one of them, which is very rare.
I have to start with Sam. I love him, I really do, but sometimes he was a bit of a drama queen. But just sometimes, and I managed to get over that. In all other times he was amazing and unique and just bae. I also like his lyrics and his artistic side, it’s really beautiful.
I could relate to Grace a lot and I realized how much the two of us are alike. Almost everything she did, all the actions she took… I would do the exact same thing if I was her and that kinda amazed me. I never found a main character so simmilar to me. I guess that’s why I liked her, haha.
Shelby was portrayed as an ‘evil’ character, but I could actually relate to her a bit. I could understand her and I saw why she did all of the stuff she did. She loves what she is and she just fights for what she things is right. No one can blame her for that.
Some people think Beck is selfish, but I don’t think that. He also just did what he thought was right and what he thought was best for the pack. You can’t call that selfish.
Grace’s parents are the one who are truly selfish and I didn’t like them at all. Enough said, they are just terrible people.
I love girls like Isabel. She was so badass, even though she was not portrayed that way at the beginning. My opinion on her only grew toward the end of the book, but when she helped Sam, I knew I love her and that that won’t change. She cares about all of them much more than she’s ready to admit and that’s why I like her even more.

The writing style was beautiful. Maggie Stiefvater is well-known for her unigue and amazing style, and that is definitely not without a reason. Metaphores and descriptions were so well done, and sometimes I just wanted to read the same sentence for a few times, because of how beautiful it was. The romance was done very well and it was not rushed at all, which made it believeable and realistic. Some people say this trilogy is too melancholic, but I don’t agree at all. The best word to describe this book is beautiful. I’m definitely looking forward to reading something else by this author because I’m in love with her writing style.

To wrap it all up, I’m so glad I read Shiver again and I would definitely recommend it to everyone. It’s a great book for a winter period to just curl up near the fireplace with a cup of hot chocolate. Perfection.

DelSheree Gladden – Invincible (Aerling #3) | Review

Mason is not imaginary.
He’s not a ghost, either.
And he’s definitely not a hallucination.
Mason is the one Aerling capable of saving an entire world.
He thought he was going home, but surviving Sentinel attacks and making it back to the Aerling world is only the beginning of Mason’s fight to protect the ones he loves. Every Aerling believes he can save them, but in order to win a battle that has been raging for millenium, Mason must face down the one man he truly fears, the only man capable of withstanding his power. This is one fight Mason may not be able to win.

★★★★★ 23430113

When I first read the summary of Invisible, I immediately knew I was going to love it and I was right. However, I did not know that it would become one of my favourite series of all time. Invincible was an amazing conclusion to the trilogy and I just couldn’t stop reading. I read this book on Wattpad before it was originaly published because I was dying to find out how everything unravels at the end. Aerling series may sound to you like another paranormal YA romance, but it’s so much more than that. So, so much more.

The plot was intense from the first page until the very last one and it kept me at the edge of my seat the entire time.  This was probably the most action-packed book in the series, but somehow it turned out to be my least favourite. Don’t get me wrong, I still love this book, it’s just that, in my opinion, the first two books were slightly better. There was a lot of mystery and a lot of secrets in this one, and I tried to figure those out, but I couldn’t, not until the author wanted me to figure it out, which I think is great. Of course, all the secrets were revealed at the end, and all the mystery (from the previous books as well) was solved. There was a lot of twists and new problems as well, but everything wrapped up nicely at the end and all the questions were answered. Unfortunately. Because that means that there is not going to be any more books. I’m not ready to let all of these characters go.

I still love majority of characters in this book, but Mason is my ultimate favourite. I love him so much, he’s just the best. I also really liked Ollie in this one because she went through so much character development and with every book I like her more and more. I actually started to like Hayden more and more as well, but I still don’t like his and Olivia’s relationship. It just doesn’t seem believeable to me, but I went over that because everything else in this book was just fantastic. We met a new character in Invincible as well. Sloan was a mystery to me at first and I wasn’t sure if I should trust her or not, so at the beginning I didn’t really like her, but later I found myself really liking that girl. I liked her beckstory a lot and I could quickly connect to her. But, I had a problem with hers and Hayden’s relationship. I expected it to happen from the moment we found out her story, but I didn’t want it to happen because it was so obvious and pretty rushed, but again, I got over that because their relationship was still cute at moments. I just realized that my only problem with this book is Hayden, or more specific, his relationships with other characters. Interesting.

DelSherre Gladden is one of my favourite authors out there and I really like her writing style. She can make me care about all the characters, I get so invested in the world and I just want to read more and more, and that is, in my opinion, what makes a good writer. But except for that, there is one more reason why I love her writing so much. When she describes Mason’s and Ollie’s power or basicly any power, it’s so easy to picture in my head, and also so beautiful and captivating. Those descriptions of power and how Aerlings and Escorts use it is one of the best aspects of the Aerling series. Yeah, I also really like when Mason and Ollie talk about their feelings for each other. I find that to be so cute and those scenes always melt my heart.

All in all, I believe my love for this series is pretty obvious. Invincible was an amazing wrap up to the trilogy, but I wish there was more. If you haven’t read these books yet, what are you waiting for? Aerling series should get much more attention, because it definitely deserves it.

Related:
DelSheree Gladden – Invisible (Aerling #1)
DelShere Gladden – Intangible (Aerling #2)

Lauren Kate – Fallen (Fallen #1) | Review

What if the person you were meant to be with could never be yours?
17-year-old Lucinda falls in love with a gorgeous, intelligent boy, Daniel, at her new school, the grim, foreboding Sword & Cross… only to find out that Daniel is a fallen angel, and that they have spent lifetimes finding and losing one another as good & evil forces plot to keep them apart.
Get ready to fall…

★★★☆☆ 6487308

I decided to reread this book only out of curiousity. I read Fallen for the first time when I was 11 or 12 (I don’t remember exacty, but around that time) and I remember liking the book, but then it was one of my first YA books ever so I can totally understand why I liked it so much. I will always have a special place in my heart because of it, but I am not going to say it was amazing or perfect or something else I usually say about books I read. However, I went off topic. I picked this book up again because I heard a lot of bad reviews on it recently (in past few months) and I was confused because I was so sure the book is good. That was the reason why I read it again – to see if I’d like it now when I’m older and I have a lot of reading experience behind me. And the conclusion is: I realized why people don’t like it. However, I don’t hate it and I found it okay, just not amazing.
I had a few problems with it but it also has it’s good sides about which I’ll be talking in spoiler part. The plot was really unoriginal and the characters were pretty shallow and not very well done, but I still found the story surprisingly entertaining, I guess.
Another thing that actually surprised me was the fact that I remember almost nothing from the first time I read it. I went into this book thinking that I already know everything and that this is just refreshing, but it turned out that I forgot THE WHOLE PLOT. I remembered only some most important parts, and some details for which I was sure were right I actually remembered wrong. That was so shocking! But at least it made the reading more exciting.
All in all, I DO NOT find this book bad, but I don’t find it a great masterpiece in YA literature either. It’s a fun read if you want to only enjoy reading for a while, and I would recommend it because of that, but don’t go into it with high expectations because you will be disappointed.

SPOILER PART – if you haven’t read the book yet, I recommend not to read any further, go and read the book and then come back.

First, I’m going to start with good sides of this book. Atmosphere. I absolutely loved it. It was dark, a bit creepy at times and I just thought it was perfect for Halloween time. The whole Sword & Cross school was so dark and mysterious and Lauren Kate definitely managed to make a dark, depressive atmosphere I usually love in books. This was probably the best thing in this book. If all the other parts of this book (you know, characters, plot…) were as good as atmosphere, this book would get five out of five stars, regardless. But unfortunately, that is not the case.

The thing that bothered me in Fallen the most were the characters. So shall! There was zero character development, zero originality, zero everything except cliches. And that was so frustrating.
First, Luce. Damn, how I hate that girl! She was so irritating and stupid, I just wanted to slap her throughout the whole book. She wasn’t in that school for a few hours and she already fell in love with, not one, but two boys! What the hell? And don’t even let me started with the fact that the boy she chose was a complete bastard and he treated her like garbage most of the time. But you know, she found that attractive. Also, it was so pathetic that she was stalking Daniel. Get a life, girl! Urgh, I could rant about how annoying Luce is, but I’m going to stop now because I think you got the point.
I have mixed feelings about Daniel. In the first half of the book I totally hated him because he was a total douche with Luce, but later he started acting differently and I started to like him. But I con’t say I love him. Although, I ship him and Luce, no matter how irritating their relationship can be at times.
Cam… well I do love him. I loved him the first time I read this book and I loved him now, from the very start. And even though he turns out to be a bad guy at the end, I love him anyway because he reminds me of some other fictional guys I love. Also, I totally imagine him looking like Ian Somerhalder. How can you say no to that?
I loved Arianne from the start, but I don’t remember her at all from the first time I read this book. However, she’s awesome, but I think Luce was a shitty friend to her. I also have mixed feelings about Gabbe, but at the end I decided that I like the girl, she’s pretty kick-but.
The character I couldn’t make myself to like is Penn. I have no particular reason why, but I just didn’t like her. Also, throughout the whole book I was convinced she’s a bad character, but I guess I was wrong about that. Miss Sophia was the one who turned out to be bad, not Penn.  Still, I do not like Penn and I’m glad she died at the end.
Another character I liked was Roland. He was just cool, and I absolutely loved his relationship with Arianne. Those two are so funny!

The ending was too rushed. And it bothered me so much! THe whole book was so slow, but then the ending part came and all secrets were revealed, but it all happened too fast. But I guess what bothered me the most was the fact that all the informations about fallen angels and stuff were thrown out there without any sense and any real explanation how the hell all of that actually works. Also, Luce was so stupid and slow, it took her ages to understand few things that were really obvious! Damn, so annoying! I have a few questions that I believe shoud’ve been answered, but weren’t: What the hell happened in that battle between Cam and other angels? Why exactly did Cam separate from other fallen angels? Why is he interested in Luce so much? Why is Luce even important? Why is the whole world depending Luce and Daniel’s romance? And I have so many more, but I think you all got what I was trying to say. At the end we only found out that Daniel is fallen angel and that his nad Luce’s love is important and that’s pretty much everything. YOU CANNOT FINISH A BOOK LIKE THAT! 12-year-old me bought that, but todays me is definitely disappointed. I can only hope we’re going to get some answers in the next book (though I still doubt to read it or not).

I believe all of you heard that this book is going to be a movie and I’d like to say a few things about that. I don’t think it’s a good idea. Okay, if they do it right, it can even turn out to be much better than the book, but I’m afraid that it would be very Twilight-like and I hate when movies are done like that (*cough* Beautiful Creatures *cough*). I’ll definitely watch the movie when it comes out, but I’m not expecting much of it. It comes out sometimes in 2015, and I just checked the cast and I have mixed feelings about it. Luce is okay, I have no idea who is the actress who is going to be Luce, but by looks, I can say I like it. Jeremy Irvine is Daniel and I believe he’s going to be great Daniel. I’m the most disappointed with Cam. What the freaking hell?! This actor is so not Cam, not at all. When I saw it, I was just freaking out. No. Nope. I refuse. Find someone else!  I’m not going to talk about other actors or anything because this is a book review, but I just thought it would be good to share my thoughts about this with you here a well.

Amanda Hocking – Switched (Trylle #1) | Review

What if your entire world was built on a lie?
Wendy Everly knew she was different the day her mother tried to kill her and accused her of having been switched at birth. Although certain she’s not the monster her mother claims she is – she does feel that she doesn’t quite fit in…
She’s bored and frustrated by her small town life – and then there’s the secret that she can’t tell anyone. Her mysterious ability – she can influence people’s decisions, without knowing how, or why…
When the intense and darkly handsome newcomer Finn suddenly turns up at her bedroom window one night – her world is turned upside down. He holds the key to her past, the answers to her strange powers and is the doorway to a place she never imagined could exist. Förening, the home of the Trylle.
Finally everything makes sense. Among the Trylle, Wendy is not just different, but special. But what marks her out as chosen for greatness in this world also places her in grave danger. With everything around her changing, Finn is the only person she can trust. But dark forces are conspiring – not only to separate them, but to see the downfall everything that Wendy cares about.
The fate of Förening rests in Wendy’s hands, and the decisions she and Finn make could change all their lives forever…

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I read this book for the second time now and even though I was planning to reread it eventually, I didn’t expect it to happen so soon. However, there is this Trylle Re-read happening on Goodreads and I decided to join. It was the push I needed to finally reread the book and then continue with the trilogy. I enjoyed this book a lot, but I was also a bit disappointed. Why? I remember loving this book when I first read it and I gave it 5 out of 5 stars so I expected it to be really good, but now when I went back into it, I realized it’s not really something special. Yeah, the book is fun, I enjoyed reading it and I got really invested in the story, but I found myself paying more attention to the writing style now and it actually disappointed me. Writing style was okay, but I realized there was a lot of unnecessary descriptions and every important scene was rushed. It’s the exact same way I wrote beck then while I was still writing and I hated it and I constantly wanted to improve it. Also, I found a lot of cliches in this book, and even though I enjoyed them, they really bothered me and I wanted to scream. While I was reading, I was surprised how much of the plot I actually forgot, but what surprised me the most was the ending because I was so not remembering it, at all. I sat there for a moment when I finished the book, confused, because it felt like I just finished this book for the fisrt time. I don’t remember that last chapter at all and I was shocked. How is that possible? Was I in denial? It’s possible.
All in all, this book was a very fun read and I really enjoyed it, I would definitely recommend this book to you if you’re new to young adult genre and reading in general, but even if you read tons of YA books (like me), I believe you can still enjoy this book if you go into it not expecting it to be spectacular and something unlike anything you’ve ever read.

SPOILER PART – if you haven’t read the book yet, I recommend not to read any further, go and read the book and then come back.

I already mentioned that all the important scenes were rushed. I hated it. Especially the part at the end when Vittras attacked and everything was done in a second. Like, Vittras came, there was panic, Finn appeared and saved Wendy, Finn killed Jen and every single Vittra just disappeared? Yeah, some fight was mentioned, but we got no details on that. We only got to see Finn fighting Jen and when that was over, we just got the information that few Trylles were killed and that everything is fine. This all happened in about 15-20 pages what is definitely not enough for the main point of the story! Damn, it really frustrated me. But I guess it’s more important to describe how Wendy chose what to wear, how she was getting ready in the morning and how perfect Finn is. This is not how you write a book! However, I decided to go over all of that because the plot and the setting were interesting. I liked the whole queen, kingdom, princess stuff, it was really interesting to read about all that, but also really frustrating. I wouldn’t survive as Elora’s daughter even for a day. If I was Wendy, I would run away the second Elora turned out to be a total bitch. What I probably liked the most about this book is the fact that Amanda Hocking took well known, but not very popular creatures and turned them into something completely new. I would never expect trolls to be that cool.I loved the idea of their society and the way they lived, it was all done very well and I liked that there was actually a good reason why Finn and Wendy can’t be together. It made sense, but that still doesn’t mean I like it.
I’d also like to mention my favourite scene in the whole book, and no, it’s not Finn/Wendy kissing scene. It’s Rhys cooking scene. It was hilarious and the way Finn was teasing Rhys about his cooking made me laugh so hard. Definitely the highlight of this book. Okay, I admit, I loved all Wendy/Finn scenes, especially kissing ones. I have no excuse, I’m a sucker for any kind of romance.

I didn’t like Wendy very much. I didn’t hate her, but I didn’t love her either. Actually, I didn’t really connect with her and I don’t have any special feelings for her. But what I liked about her is the fact that she was actually thinking about leaving her home and going to Forening instead just running of the same second she found out she was different. She was actually sad for leaving her family behind and she felt guilty about it. Not a lot of YA heroines do that. Also, I respected her a bit more when she finally stood up for herself in front of Elora when she didn’t want to change her name. But that was all.
I have mixed feelings about Finn. Yeah, I do love him, but I think his character was not developed enough. Also, why was he such a douche sometimes? It was totally for no reason, it was always suddenly and it didn’t make any sense. Another thing, there was actually nothing special about him, nothing unique, which was disappointment as well.
I really liked Rhys, but he was so friendzoned, I really felt bad for him. He was so funny and nice, I could totally connect with him and understand him, but I also felt really sorry for him because of all that shit that happened to him (you know, being stolen from your family and being ‘adopted’ by the person who hates you is not very pleasant) and then also Wendy friendzoning him… poor guy, he’s so nice, but no one is actually nice to him. Not cool.
I hated Elora. So much. She’s just a bitch and she has no excuse. I hated her the first time I read this book and I hate her now as well. She was so cold, cruel and just unbearable. I really wanted to slap her. Okay, she was powerful and I respected her at the end when she was smart enough to use her power to defend herself, but that was all. I still hate her. Also, I loved descriptions of her and her power, these are so amazing.
I don’t know how I feel about Willa. I liked her because she wanted to help Wendy to fit in and do all these ceremonies right, but I didn’t like her at the same time because of how she treated Rhys, Rhiannon and Finn, like they are less. That was not okay.
I left the best for the end. Tove. I freaking loved him! I believe he’s my favourite character in the book and I think he’s amazing. Also, he reminded me of Adrian Ivashkov from Vampire Academy a bit. Damn it, I love that guy! When I just started this book for the second time and he first showed up, I didn’t even remember that I liked him before. But then, the more I read, the more I was remembering and he really got under my skin, especailly when we found out his story and his powers. So awesome! Tove is my bae.

I have to say one thing. I didn’t really like the romance in this book. Okay, yes, I do ship Finn and Wendy, but their romance was so cheesy and all these scenes were just unoriginal. I still enjoyed reading those scenes, but I’d like it much more and I’d fangirl much more if there was at least one special, new, original scene. Also, it was pretty unbelievable that Wendy admitted loving Finn in 6th chapter already. That was so insta love. But I did like that they didn’t even kiss until the very end of the book, it helped to improve overall impression for a bit. But just a bit.

What else can I say? This book irritated me but also made me entertained at the same time. I did like it, but I didn’t love it, or at least not as much as I expected. As I already mentioned, some aspects of it reminded me a bit of Vampire Academy, but that was not a bad thing. I loved the royalty as a theme in young adult and if I ever find out that I’m a princess, I’ll definitely remember what I learned from this book – run away and do what you want because these people need you, and not the other way, but before you run away, wait for a while and take all the bullshit they serve you and let them ruin your life. Just kidding, I’ll never become a princess.