Review: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

throne of glassThrone of Glass (Throne of Glass #1)
By Sarah J. Maas

Hardcover, 404 pages
Published August 7th 2012 by Bloomsbury USA Children’s
Average Rating: 4.22

In a land without magic, where the king rules with an iron hand, an assassin is summoned to the castle. She comes not to kill the king, but to win her freedom. If she defeats twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition, she is released from prison to serve as the king’s champion. Her name is Celaena Sardothien.

The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her. But something evil dwells in the castle of glass–and it’s there to kill. When her competitors start dying one by one, Celaena’s fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival, and a desperate quest to root out the evil before it destroys her world.


five star

Holy Mother of God. This book, this series, is my OBSESSION. Calling this one of my favourite books is an understatement. I have researched fan art and fanfiction, (mostly fan art ’cause they are phenomenal) it’s just–I LOVE THEM SO MUCH.Read More »

Review: Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers

darktriumph1Dark Triumph (His Fair Assassin #2)
By Robin LaFevers

Paperback, 400 pages
Published April 1st 2014 by HMH Books for Young Readers
Average Rating: 4.17

The convent views Sybella, naturally skilled in the arts of both death and seduction, as one of their most dangerous weapons. But those assassin’s skills are little comfort when the convent returns her home to the life that nearly drove her mad. And while Sybella is a weapon of justice wrought by the god of death himself, he must give her a reason to live. When she discovers an unexpected ally imprisoned in the dungeons, will a daughter of Death find something other than vengeance to live for?


five star

I didn’t think I would even pick up this book, now look at me, I’m rating this five stars.

I’m so surprised! I’m probably going to say that a lot throughout this review, but I am! I never thought I would read this, I thought this journey ended with Grave Mercy (GM). Alas it didn’t because I finished the trilogy! Read More »

Revamp

A friend suggested that since I was starting anew, I should change up my blog. With careful consideration, I did. I’m just experimenting at this point, but I really like this new format I have. It’s definitely girlier (yes, because girlier is a word, stop with the dang red lines!!) than I intended but I’m embracing it…I think. I find this version more eye-appealing than my old one though and the buttons are so cute!! Annndd, I think this suits me better than the other theme. Also, with spring here, I think I’m subjected to some new beginnings, don’t you think? Who knows! I might end up changing this format again in the future but for now, enjoy this revamp of Addictively Turning Pages!

(I wanted to write a post so you guys wouldn’t be caught off guard!)

When it comes to designing, it’s very hard to decide what should stay and what should go. So what do you think? Yes or no?

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Buying vs Borrowing

Which is better? Buying or Borrowing?

As a fellow book nerd and addict, I want to address the issue of buying and borrowing books. I found that I talked with everyone about my situation about purchasing my favourite novels versus just going to the library and taking books out. In these conversations, I just talk about it but I never really took the time to write the pros and cons of each situation, buying or borrowing. So, in the end, which is better?Read More »

Review: Rook by Sharon Cameron

rookRook
By Sharon Cameron

Hardcover, 456 pages
Published April 28th 2015 by Scholastic Press
Average Rating: 3.76

History has a way of repeating itself. In the Sunken City that was once Paris, all who oppose the new revolution are being put to the blade. Except for those who disappear from their prison cells, a red-tipped rook feather left in their place. Is the mysterious Red Rook a savior of the innocent or a criminal?

Meanwhile, across the sea in the Commonwealth, Sophia Bellamy’s arranged marriage to the wealthy René Hasard is the last chance to save her family from ruin. But when the search for the Red Rook comes straight to her doorstep, Sophia discovers that her fiancé is not all he seems. Which is only fair, because neither is she.

As the Red Rook grows bolder and the stakes grow higher, Sophia and René find themselves locked in a tantalizing game of cat and mouse.


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Review: 99 Days by Katie Cotugno

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By Katie Cotugno

Hardcover, 384 pages
Published April 21st 2015 by Balzer + Bray
Average Ratingl 3.42

Day 1: Julia Donnelly eggs my house my first night back in Star Lake, and that’s how I know everyone still remembers everything—how I destroyed my relationship with Patrick the night everything happened with his brother, Gabe. How I wrecked their whole family. Now I’m serving out my summer like a jail sentence: Just ninety-nine days till I can leave for college, and be done.

Day 4: A nasty note on my windshield makes it clear Julia isn’t finished. I’m expecting a fight when someone taps me on the shoulder, but it’s just Gabe, home from college and actually happy to see me. “For what it’s worth, Molly Barlow,” he says, “I’m really glad you’re back.”

Day 12: Gabe got me to come to this party, and I’m actually having fun. I think he’s about to kiss me—and that’s when I see Patrick. My Patrick, who’s supposed to be clear across the country. My Patrick, who’s never going to forgive me.


 

three and a half star

There are lots of mixed feelings about this novel. I can say I definitely have a more positive outlook on this novel than most.

I don’t know why I like this book so much. Maybe it’s because I read Cotugno’s first novel, How to Love and absolutely loved it. I own the book and I’ve been rereading it ever since, but I don’t know why I even picked up the novel in the first place. You can already tell by the blurb that there will be a love triangle. And the thing is? I despise love triangles. I hate them with a passion. I roll my eyes, I groan in frustration, the whole dang package, but I ended up reading this novel and rated it three and half stars…Read More »

Review: Conspiracy Girl by Sarah Alderson

conspiracy girlConspiracy Girl
By Sarah Alderson

Paperback, 320 pages
Published February 12th 2015 by Simon & Schuster
Average Rating: 4.03

Everybody knows about the Cooper Killings – the Bel Air home invasion that rocked the nation.
There was only one survivor – a sixteen year-old girl.
And though the killers were caught they walked free.

Now eighteen, Nic Preston – the girl who survived – is trying hard to rebuild her life. She’s security conscious to the point of paranoia and her only friend is a French Mastiff bulldog, but she’s making progress. She’s started college in New York and has even begun dating.

But then one night her apartment is broken into and the life Nic’s worked so hard to create is shattered in an instant.

Finn Carter – hacker, rule breaker, player – is the last person Nic ever wants to see again. He’s the reason her mother’s killers walked free from court. But as the people hunting her close in, Nic has to accept that her best and possibly only chance of staying alive is by keeping close to Finn and learning to trust the person she’s sworn to hate.

Fleeing across a snowbound New England, frantically trying to uncover the motive behind the murders, Nic and Finn come to realize the conspiracy is bigger than they could ever have suspected. But the closer they get to the truth and the closer they get to each other, the greater the danger becomes.

To survive she has to stay close to him.
To keep her safe he has to keep his distance.


five star

THIS IS SOO GOOD! I LOVE THIS BOOK. I’ve read it twice in one day ’cause I couldn’t get enough of it!

If any of you read Alderson’s Hunting Lila books, YOU WILL LOVE THIS. It was very similar to Hunting Lila in some aspects, in others not so much.

First, the story line. Beautiful. Mysterious. Captivating. Romantic. This is a dual POV novel, alternating between Nic Preston and Finn Carter.Read More »

Review: An Ember In The Ashes By Sabaa Tahir

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By Sabaa Tahir

Paperback, 464 pages
Published February 9th 2016 by Razorbill
Average Rating: 4.30

Laia is a slave. Elias is a soldier. Neither is free.

Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.

It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.

But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.

There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.


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New Goodreads Format?! (Updated)

goodreadsUpdated: 08/20/16

So THEY DID IT AGAIN!!! THEY CHANGED IT ALLLLL!!!! Goodreads now has a new “feed” or “homepage” for users.  It’s been active for a while now, so I thought I should address it. Read More »