The Fallen Movie Trailer Came Out?!?


On September 21st, 2016, Fallenatics woke up to the official Fallen movie trailer. Emilie @ Fiction Is My Reality and I have been following the movie production since day one and we were both going absolutely crazy with the news. However, it was rather out of the blue because wouldn’t Lauren Kate publicize the hell out of the release of a trailer fans have been waiting at least three freaking years for instead of dropping it with no warning?? Lauren Kate wrote a blog post explaining the situation the next day.

So what exactly happened and what are Fallenatics going to do now that we have access to rewatching that trailer over and over again???Read More »

Review: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo


Six of Crows
By Leigh Bardugo

Kindle Edition, 462 pages
Published September 29th 2015 by Henry Holt and Company

Average Rating: 4.41

Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…

A convict with a thirst for revenge.

A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager.

A runaway with a privileged past.

A spy known as the Wraith.

A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.

A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.

Kaz’s crew are the only ones who might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.Read More »

Review: Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers

20522640Mortal Heart (His Fair Assassin #3)
By Robin LaFevers

Hardcover, 444 pages
Published November 4th 2014 by HMH Books for Young Readers
Average Rating: 4.12

Annith has watched her gifted sisters at the convent come and go, carrying out their dark dealings in the name of St. Mortain, patiently awaiting her own turn to serve Death. But her worst fears are realized when she discovers she is being groomed by the abbess as a Seeress, to be forever sequestered in the rock and stone womb of the convent. Feeling sorely betrayed, Annith decides to strike out on her own.

She has spent her whole life training to be an assassin. Just because the convent has changed its mind doesn’t mean she has…

five star

This book frustrated the hell out of me. IT WAS TORTUROUS. I couldn’t take it. The whole time I wanted to punch Annith in the face, then when I finished, I was speechless.


And the thing is, I hated Annith for half of the novel!!! I don’t know how Robin LaFevers managed to redeem herself because ultimately, I love this trilogy.Read More »

Review: The Crown by Kiera Cass

26074181The Crown (The Selection #5)
By Kiera Cass

Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Published May 3rd 2016 by HarperCollins Children’s Books
Average Rating: 4.00

When Eadlyn became the first princess of Illéa to hold her own Selection, she didn’t think she would fall in love with any of her thirty-five suitors. She spent the first few weeks of the competition counting down the days until she could send them all home. But as events at the palace force Eadlyn even further into the spotlight, she realizes that she might not be content remaining alone.

Eadlyn still isn’t sure she’ll find the fairytale ending her parents did twenty years ago. But sometimes the heart has a way of surprising you…and soon Eadlyn must make a choice that feels more impossible—and more important—than she ever imagined.

twoand a half star

I couldn’t be more disappointed. I practically skimmed that novel, and was hardly engaged AT ALL. I’m not happy with the ending. Nope. Not a satisfied fangirl. It was RUSHED. It came out of no where. And no matter how happy I am for Eadlyn for following her heart, and defying Marid, I can’t be satisfied with this book.Read More »

Review: The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

wrath and dawnThe Wrath and the Dawn
By Renee Ahdieh

Hardcover, 395 pages
Published May 12th 2015 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Average Rating: 4.24

One Life to One Dawn.

In a land ruled by a murderous boy-king, each dawn brings heartache to a new family. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, is a monster. Each night he takes a new bride only to have a silk cord wrapped around her throat come morning. When sixteen-year-old Shahrzad’s dearest friend falls victim to Khalid, Shahrzad vows vengeance and volunteers to be his next bride. Shahrzad is determined not only to stay alive, but to end the caliph’s reign of terror once and for all.

Night after night, Shahrzad beguiles Khalid, weaving stories that enchant, ensuring her survival, though she knows each dawn could be her last. But something she never expected begins to happen: Khalid is nothing like what she’d imagined him to be. This monster is a boy with a tormented heart. Incredibly, Shahrzad finds herself falling in love. How is this possible? It’s an unforgivable betrayal. Still, Shahrzad has come to understand all is not as it seems in this palace of marble and stone. She resolves to uncover whatever secrets lurk and, despite her love, be ready to take Khalid’s life as retribution for the many lives he’s stolen. Can their love survive this world of stories and secrets?

Inspired by A Thousand and One Nights, The Wrath and the Dawn is a sumptuous and enthralling read from beginning to end.Read More »

Review: The Heir by Kiera Cass

22918050The Heir (The Selection #4)
By Kiera Cass

Hardcover, 346 pages
Published May 5th 2015 by HarperTeen
Average Rating: 3.91

Princess Eadlyn has grown up hearing endless stories about how her mother and father met. Twenty years ago, America Singer entered the Selection and won the heart of Prince Maxon—and they lived happily ever after. Eadlyn has always found their fairy-tale story romantic, but she has no interest in trying to repeat it. If it were up to her, she’d put off marriage for as long as possible.

But a princess’s life is never entirely her own, and Eadlyn can’t escape her very own Selection—no matter how fervently she protests.

Eadlyn doesn’t expect her story to end in romance. But as the competition begins, one entry may just capture Eadlyn’s heart, showing her all the possibilities that lie in front of her . . . and proving that finding her own happily ever after isn’t as impossible as she’s always thought.

four star

Update: 05/05/16

So I wanted to post this review before I posted the one of The Crown. This is from my old blog, and I’m rereading it and all I’m thinking is that the Michelle who wrote this review had no idea the type of disappointment (and anger) she was going to face after reading The Crown. I also think I rated this novel waaaaay too high, and this review is definitely sugarcoated; this novel deserves three and a half stars at least. No way close to four stars. But, these were my feelings when I first finished it, I won’t be rereading it again to rewrite it so I’m going to trust in the fact that I enjoyed myself, so this review is what you’ll get.

Now, back to the review I wrote a year ago…

The Heir was read in two sections. I had to put it down for a while cause I felt like I couldn’t read YA Contemporary Romance at the time. I was really into my action and fantasy phase. I picked it back up late this summer and finished with a pleasure that I wouldn’t have gotten if I forced myself to read it when I was caught up in my action.

The Heir really surprised me. When I first picked it up, I really thought that it wouldn’t live up to the previous Selection novels. I’ve never been so glad to be wrong. I loved everything about The Heir. I loved seeing Maxon and America again but in a whole new way; through the eyes of their oldest daughter, Eadlyn.

The Heir picks up 18 years after The One. The caste system is gone, and Maxon and America have 4 children. Eadlyn and Ahren, who are twins, aged 18, Kaden, who is 14 years old and Osten, who is 10.

The world of The Heir, twenty years after Maxon’s Selection is much better, but with the removal of the caste, there are riots and chaos. It’s a new change that some people don’t want to accept. Eadlyn’s Selection is a decoy to distract the people from the chaos, and to favour the royal family again. It’s also gives King Maxon and Queen America time to plan a way to solve the problems.

Staring into the mirror, I talked to my reflection. “You are Eadlyn Schreave. You are the next person in line to run this country, and you will be the first girl to do it on your own. No one,” I said, “is as powerful as you.”

Eadlyn (EED-Lin) is a headstrong, independent, smart, and stubborn women. At 18, and the only female in her family, other than her mother, there is additional pressure with her appearances and her reputation as she will be the future queen of Illéa. Eadlyn is very determined and takes her duty as future leader very seriously. She often puts herself on a high pedestal, which makes her a bit annoying but you can feel how pressured she is to be “the perfect future queen”. Eadlyn also loves her dresses, and her tiaras; she values beauty and perfection. There was lots of character growth in The Heir. In the beginning, Eadlyn did care about her looks, but later she toned down the makeup and her clothes. She also learned to empathize and be more caring towards people other than her family, specifically towards the Selected men. Not to mention that she is also stuck up. Like extremely stuck up.

Now, there are too many Selected to remember their names in this novel. So, I’m going to talk about my number one contender for this Selection. Kile Woodwork, son of Marlee and Carter. That couple that suffered a whole load of shit in the previous Selection? Yea, they have a son. My eyes lit up while reading that. Kile is the perfect match for our Eadlyn. He’s nerdy and adorable and attractive. Not to mention that they’ve known each other since they were kids and it’s a hate/love relationship. I LOVE the haters-turned-lovers stories AND the childhood friends-turned-lovers stories. Double whammy!! Call me cliché but in my opinion, Cass wrote this story-line brilliantly!!! I really hope Kile ends up being Eadlyn’s One.

Plot moved at a slow pace but it picked up near the middle. The Heir mostly introduces the Selected and the world of Eadlyn and the new Illéa under Maxon and America’s reign. There was lots of action and decisions that hints at a explosive ending (of the whole series).

Romance was on point and there was enough to keep the story going without overdoing it. The Selection is an opportunity to bring lots of romance, and Cass didn’t put too much or too little. It was nice balance of romance, character development, and humour. The Heir was a joy to read and I’m looking forward to reading the next chapter to Eadlyn’s Selection.

“Either way, I couldn’t slow now. I knew that for my sake-for my family’s sake-I had to finish my Selection. And, when I did, I’d have a ring on my finger.”

I thought Cass brought everything she could to the events of Maxon’s Selection but she brought in familiar things but also included lots of new additions to Eadlyn’s Selection process. Many twists and new “games” that help determine who the men are. Also, there’s the fact that all the previous Selections were for males and not females.

The Heir is a the perfect novel filled with romance, laughter and action. Kiera Cass throws us back into the Selection world in a way that is bound to attract her fans once again and new readers.

Keep calm and read on,


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Review: The Mirror King by Jodi Meadows

mirror kingThe Mirror King
(The Orphan Queen #1)

By Jodi Meadows

Hardcover, 544 pages
Published April 5th 2016 by Katherine Tegen Books
Average Rating: 4.27

Wilhelmina has a hundred enemies.

HER FRIENDS HAVE TURNED. After her identity is revealed during the Inundation, Princess Wilhelmina is kept prisoner by the Indigo Kingdom, with the Ospreys lost somewhere in the devastated city. When the Ospreys’ leader emerges at the worst possible moment, leaving Wil’s biggest ally on his deathbed, she must become Black Knife to set things right.

HER MAGIC IS UNCONTROLLABLE. Wil’s power is to animate, not to give true life, but in the wraithland she commanded a cloud of wraith mist to save herself, and later ordered it solid. Now there is a living boy made of wraith—destructive and deadly, and willing to do anything for her.

HER HEART IS TORN. Though she’s ready for her crown, declaring herself queen means war. Caught between what she wants and what is right, Wilhelmina realizes the throne might not even matter. Everyone thought the wraith was years off, but already it’s destroying Indigo Kingdom villages. If she can’t protect both kingdoms, soon there won’t be a land to rule.

In this stunning conclusion to THE ORPHAN QUEEN, Jodi Meadows follows Wilhelmina’s breathtaking and brave journey from orphaned criminal on the streets to magic-wielding queen.

five star

Hsdhfokjdkljdlakjdiwhabcueljkladfhgasdfg. << THAT IS WHAT I FEEL LIKE RIGHT NOW. A complete and utter wreck full of turmoil, happiness, pain, and chaos. I’m a ball of emotions that won’t stop churning inside!!

That was worth every single second of waiting; I’m so wonderfully satisfied!! I cried so much during this novel. My pillow was soaked by the end of my second reread. I finished this book while in class, which probably wasn’t the best idea because I wanted to assume fetal position, but I needed to finish this. I don’t think I focused at all that day even after finishing the novel. I wanted to cry, and I did…subtly. I mean how embarrassing would that be if I really let the water works begin? At school? In front of all my classmates? They wouldn’t understand!! (Okay, some would..but still!!) Anyway, I promptly reread the book and finished it in the comforts of my blankets where I allowed myself to ugly cry, and still managed to be feel those heart-wrenching emotions knowing how it would end. Final words: I’m a broken person inside.

Everything was written to perfection. The book immediately started where we left off in The Orphan Queen, thank god, and Wil immediately went to one of her Ospreys, aka Connor, aka flasher aka healer, in order to save Tobiah’s life. We went right into the action and it was wonderful. Thank you so much Jodi for not writing some filler first chapter!! Tobiah (obviously) doesn’t die but in those first few chapters I really wondered if Wil wouldn’t be able to find Connor in time. AND, there was that damn wraith boy that got in the way of ALLL my hopes and dreams!! But the frustrating thing is, is that I can’t help but be sympathetic and pity him because he is the key to everything. Everything. This novel just moved at such an amazing pace with such beautifulness (I hear by declare that a word) that I couldn’t handle my emotions. Meadows is an expert torturer. It was like she was slowly, veerrry slowly, shredding my heart into pieces then slowly putting them back together again with super glue. Furthermore, the plot and ending was so good and the hype around this conclusion was worth every single minute of intense fangirling. The romance, the heart-breaking devastation that the characters faced, the war(!!), and everything in-between was indeed perfection.

“When Patrick is in the deepest dungeon, the wraith vanishes, and all my friends are safe: then I will be all right.”

So, I reunited with Wil once again and I love her defiance in this novel. She defies James and his guards, she defies Tobiah and the crown, she defies Patrick and the Red Militia, she defies pretty much everyone and becomes this badass, radiant (in both senses) QUEEN. OH THE FEELS. I’m so proud of her! *sniffles* The Mirror King really explores the consequences of her falling in love with [spoiler] Black Knife/Tobiah, with her animating the wraith into a (kinda, sorta) human boy (man was that a tragic and heart-rending scene to read…), and with Patrick leading an army against the Indigo Kingdom in her name. Wilhelmina must face the reality of becoming queen and what that means for her and her subjects. Furthermore, her loyalty, her bravery, her love for her friends and her vow to claim her kingdom again was refreshingly the reason (one of them anyway 😉 ) why I love this book, hell, this series so much. She goes through some serious development and I’m so happy and honored I was along for the ride. This character is the epitome of strength, love and amazingness. She is the best part of this novel, next to Tobiah of course.

Tobiah. OH MY GOD THAT LIST. THAT LIST BROKE ME. THAT LIST. THAT LIST. THAT LIST. I LOVE YOU. YOU ARE MY EVERYTHING. *swoon* Best. ending. ever. Tobiah, you ended Book 1 drowing in stupidity but you redeemed yourself and so much more in Book 2. You are one hell of a character. In my opinion, The Mirror King allowed readers to get to know Tobiah and Black Knife as one. I mean they are the same person but this book blended the two together and I got to see Tobiah deal with his Black Knife persona as the prince and how painful it was for him that he couldn’t be Black Knife anymore. Tobiah had to come to terms with the decisions he made as crown prince and as the vigilante, then later when he becomes king. He had to choose between duty and his heart, and no matter how cliché that sounded, Meadows twisted and morphed that idea so impeccably that it was just amazing. In The Orphan Queen, Tobiah and Black Knife were separate people but in The Mirror King, he became the real Tobiah who was Black Knife. (If I’m still confusing you, which I’m sure I am, GO READ THESE BOOKS AND YOU WON’T BE CONFUSED ANYMORE!!!) Tobiah, along with Wil, learned the tough responsibility of ruling a kingdom and I think Meadows portrayed that perfectly.

(…I’m still not over that list.)

“Black Knife crossed the room, a shifting heat and presence. A gloved palm cupped my cheek, hesitantly…It took everything in me not to lean into his touch; he was warm and solid, and like this he was my friend. But he was also Tobiah, and meant for someone else.”

THE ROMANCE IN THIS NOVEL GAVE ME CHEST PAINS. I couldn’t breathe. I couldn’t think. I couldn’t do anything but cry. Then I jumped for joy at the end. Because that ending. THAT LIST. *sigh* This book is perfect. Juuust perfect. I cried, I reread, I loved. That is the best thing that a book lover can do. These novels are the best books to come across. They are diamonds in the rough. Absolutely the best ride I’ve ever read.

I recommend these books to everyone in general and everybody should read them because they are amazing.

The Mirror King is the perfect blend of romance, magic and action. (And Tobiah because Tobiah is goals, and Wil because she is also goals). I’m devastated that Wil and Tobiah’s story is over but there are TWO amazing books that represent the best of the best YA novels. And, guys, I’m seriously book hungover. Go read these books now so we can be book hungover together.

Keep calm and read on,


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Review: The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows

18081228The Orphan Queen (The Orphan Queen #1)
By Jodi Meadows

Hardcover, 391 pages
Published March 10th 2015 by Katherine Tegen Books
Average Rating: 3.97

Wilhelmina has a hundred identities.

She is a princess. When the Indigo Kingdom conquered her homeland, Wilhelmina and other orphaned children of nobility were taken to Skyvale, the Indigo Kingdom’s capital. Ten years later, they are the Ospreys, experts at stealth and theft. With them, Wilhelmina means to take back her throne.

She is a spy. Wil and her best friend, Melanie, infiltrate Skyvale Palace to study their foes. They assume the identities of nobles from a wraith-fallen kingdom, but enemies fill the palace, and Melanie’s behavior grows suspicious. With Osprey missions becoming increasingly dangerous and their leader more unstable, Wil can’t trust anyone.

She is a threat. Wraith is the toxic by-product of magic, and for a century using magic has been forbidden. Still the wraith pours across the continent, reshaping the land and animals into fresh horrors. Soon it will reach the Indigo Kingdom. Wilhelmina’s magic might be the key to stopping the wraith, but if the vigilante Black Knife discovers Wil’s magic, she will vanish like all the others.

Jodi Meadows introduces a vivid new fantasy full of intrigue, romance, dangerous magic, and one girl’s battle to reclaim her place in the world.

five star

It’s been a while since I read a book that is hands-down, no-doubt, absolutely worthy of five stars since reading Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. There was no way I wasn’t going to give this five stars because it’s that good!

This was a fabulous novel!! I loved it so much and it might be my new obsession! HA! Who am I kidding it is my new obsession. I think the book hangover I got after closing the novel speaks for itself.

The plot was freaking amazing and never stopped with the action. It was fast-moving, intriguing and totally unique. Super fast paced but I did find it long at times but I accepted that because it meant more Wil!😛 I finished this book in a night. I couldn’t stop if I wanted to, I just kept flipping page after page because I needed to know what would happen next. I revel in those books that won’t let me put it down until I’m done. The Orphan Queen truly had power over me.

“I was going to have to face the man who’s destroyed my kingdom, and the boy who was the reason.”

The main character, Wilhemina, or Wil, is not a damsel in distress, she is another strong, independent heroine. I liked her the minute I read the first sentence. Being a princess, and living on the streets after her homeland was conquered, she didn’t grow up with fancy dresses and over-the-top meals. She grew up like any other commoner and this made her humble, tough, and kind. She also learned how to fight and steal and what do I love more than a stealing kickass princess? Wil is just an awesome character that knows how to forge letters, animate objects, fight, and plan revenge. *sigh* Can we best friends? As the anniversary of her home being invaded approaches, she is determined to get her kingdom back, and she’ll do anything. Wil did have the desire to take back her kingdom but it was this other guy who was always in charge of the Ospreys. It wasn’t until the end where she finally stepped up, took control and let her dreams become a reality. She learned that sacrifices must be made in order to save her kingdom. I really look up to Wil and I seriously can’t wait for the second and final book, The Mirror King!! (Update 04/25/16: I HAVE AND IT WAS A-MAZING!!! REVIEW IS COMING!! ❤ ❤ ❤ )

Black Knife is Wil’s love interest. God, I love the Black Knife! His identity was unknown for most of the novel but when you found out who he really is? OH MY FREAKING GOD. YES. YES, PLEASE. GIMME MORE. I NEED MORE. I had my suspicions about who he was, but when it was finally revealed, I was so happy and excited that I was right!! The Black Knife is technically Wil’s enemy. He goes out and finds magic users and sends them off to their deaths. Wil is a magic user and because of that the relationship turns forbidden and dangerous. It becomes even more forbidden when Black Knife’s real identity is discovered and the reality sets in that this relationship might not work. I know it’s so cliché but I really couldn’t help loving the whole thing!!!

” ‘You’re just everywhere, aren’t you?’ I spun and had my daggers drawn before his questions was half finished. ‘Black Knife.’ ‘Nameless girl.’ He stood on the edge of the roof I’d just left, with only a small jump between us.”

The romance was great!! I loved it so much and I reread the book a few times just to get my intake of romance for the day ’cause it’s that good. Some of Black Knife and Wil’s scenes make me want to swoon, cry and/or scream because it was so good but unfair!😦 The emotional distress I felt reading this book was overwhelming. It didn’t help that the plot and conflict was also amazing and tore my heart out of my chest. You will get the feels reading this book, I promise.

The writing is phenomenal. This is my first time reading Jodi Meadows’ work and I’m impressed how easily she could pull me into her writing through Wil. It is written in first person POV (Wil) and I couldn’t have chosen a better protagonist. Again, Wil’s voice is strong and relatable and she does have flaws that make the reading so much more interesting and fun.

The Orphan Queen will grasp your interest from beginning to end. It is a great mix of romance, action and fantasy. Once you pick The Orphan Queen up, prepare to never put it down until you’re finished. You will be obsessed. Like I am right now. (Ugh, April 5th is way too long!!!!!😥 )

I’m currently reading the novellas Meadows provided while waiting for The Mirror Kingto come out. That will be enough for now. But not for long…

Keep calm and read on,


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Note: The date that I wrote this, and the date that I posted it messing with my mind. I wrote this about a year ago so when this publishes I would’ve already read The Mirror King.

Review: Messenger of Fear by Michael Grant

messenger of fearMessenger of Fear
By Michael Grant

Paperback, 288 pages
Published August 11th 2015 by Katherine Tegen Books
Average Rating: 3.71

Michael Grant’s Messenger of Fear is a haunting narrative that examines the nature of good and evil in every human. Fans of Michelle Hodkin’s Mara Dyer trilogy and Stephen King will love this satisfyingly twisted series.

Mara Todd wakes in a field of dead grass, a heavy mist pressing down on her. She is terrified, afraid that she is dead. She can’t remember who she is or anything about her past. Is it because of the boy who appears? He calls himself the Messenger of Fear. If the world does not bring justice to those who do evil, the Messenger will. He offers the wicked a game. If they win, they go free. If they lose, they will live their greatest fear. Either way, their sanity will be challenged.

It is a world of fair but harsh justice. Of retribution and redemption. And mystery. Why was Mara chosen to be the Messenger’s apprentice? What has she done to deserve this terrible fate? She won’t find out until three of the wicked receive justice. And when she does, she will be shattered.

four star

After a lot of begging from Shayla (check our her blog!), I finally read this book. She’s been dying to talk to me about it and well, I have and it was the best decision I’ve made. Kinda. Sorta. Well, now I have another series to wait a year until the next released. More torture for me, yay!

Book 1 and Book 2 already released, I caught up in one day. Yup. I read these two books in one day. I went on a serious rampage with these books and I couldn’t continue doing my homework until I finished the second book, The Tattooed Heart (review to come). However, these books are pretty small so it made it easy to read in one day. As I write this review, my pile of assignments are feeling rather neglected. Sorry not sorry.

In my opinion, there rarely are times where a book can 100% suck me in from the very first page. I’ve had those moments before and those novels or series have a special spot on my favourites shelf because of that. Messenger of Fear is another one of those novels. But, this novel sucked me in in such a different way that I’m finding it hard to explain the extent of my experience. I can’t pinpoint the moment where I knew this was going to be a good book, other than the fact the first chapter was written in such a poetic prose yet it was paragraph writing (wrong lingo, but you get what I mean 😛 ). The main character, Mara, had such a prominent voice in my head that it placed a spell on me; it forced me to continue to turn pages. I can’t process how this novel was written in short chapters that ended in curiosity and mystery could bring my mind to its knees in complete surrender to the story, to the realism and to the inevitable fact that this novel is the definition of carrying out justice in such a honest yet morbid way.

“This wrong demands a punishment,” he said. “I offer you a game. If you win, you will go free, unbothered by me or by my apprentice… If you lose, then you will face the thing you fear most.”

There is nothing that can compare to this novel. Grant took the essence of justice, humanity, and evil and created a world where Messengers, servants to the balance, exert the justice required through punishing and rewarding. This novel is full of fantasy and darkness and it was woven like a monster using precious thread in order to create an enchanting image. This monster could create something beautiful, but this monster could also destroy the beautiful. The Messengers are the monsters, but they’re also the beautiful. That is why this book pulls me to opposite ends of the room. There is nothing but balance and beauty and the reality of some wickedness some humans can do and to be given the chance to read the consequences of that is absolutely humbling. Alas, it would be an understatement to say that this novel changed me.

Mara wakes up in a cemetery and is immediately thrown into a world where the laws of physics cease to exist in order to veil her and the Messenger from the real world. Mara’s voice had a great effect on my reading experience in the way that her thoughts, and her words were so honest and had a speck of pain and sadness. As the apprentice to Messenger, this main character sees things that no one should ever see. She is pushed headfirst to face the wicked, the painful, and the sadness in this world that could very much be the one we live in. Through her, I was also subjected to the gripping reality of the world and that is where the speechlessness lies. Her character along with the unmistakable honesty of this novel gave me such a rich experience, that I felt that I was there right along side her, witnessing, executing, and thinking.

“We left the house and were somewhere very different, ready to witness, ready to offer, ready to punish, to keep the balance of the world. To be Messengers of Fear.”

Messenger is what he’s called. Juuuuust Messenger. You don’t get to know his name until Book 2. His backstory is pretty much non-existent; Mara can barely read his emotions. He’s pretty much a big fat present ready to be opened. And that is only the beginning of the alluring mystery that is him. I love how human he is. I love how blunt he is. As his duty makes him indifferent and harsh, there were many moments in the novel where he softened and his hard exterior melted a little for Mara. From how she reacted, how she talked and how she never took his shit, it showed us readers the person he was before. As a result, I got very attached to Messenger very quickly.

“There’s something about him that seems unnatural. He’s a marble statue brought to lie, unreal. Isn’t he? He can’t be real, not really real, if no for no other reason than no dresses that way. Any yet there is a weight to him, like a distortion of gravity, a bending of light, as if he was made of the stuff of collapsed stars.”

And that brings me to the wonderful imagery and symbolism present in this novel. Few novels extensively use literary devices throughout the story, save for the typical, imagery, irony, foreshadowing, blah, blah, blah. I mean, it’s boring to talk about this is a review, but these devices play such a huge role Messenger of Fear that I can’t help but mention them. To me, this is the secret to why I so strongly enjoyed this novel. It made it realistic. It made it powerful. It made the storytelling come to life. It made the whole concept of punishing the wicked by offering them a game and how if they lose, their deepest fears are imposed on them a terrible yet justifying (in some twisted way) thing to do.  They say that words can give you chills, and that is simply what happened. I got chills. I mean just the description of Messenger above is artistry. Grant is a magical word bender. (Yes, I just made that up. Go with it.)

It’s when a book leaves you with chills when you know it’s a good one. The thing is, Messenger of Fear was good. Nothing that blew me out of the waters, other than the amazing themes and concepts the book possesses. It was a quick read with a steady pace, and a good story line. The simplicity of the novel may seem “bad” but I think it made it that much more powerful when telling Mara’s story. It was to the point and its impression gave a feeling of realism that I’ve been repeatedly praising. If you like a book that raises questions about humanity, justice and the influence of fear, I certainly recommend this book!

Messenger of Fear is a great combination of horror, realism, and fantasy. It was wonderful to read and I’m so overwhelmed with the imprint t it has left me. This novel rips away the bandage of ignorance, and gives us a world where the things we do can affect the balance of justice and wickedness.

Keep calm and read on,


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Shayla has also reviewed this novel so check out her review here.



Review: Possession by Elana Johnson

possessionPossession (Possession #1)
By Elana Johnson

Hardcover, 416 pages
Published June 7th 2011 by Simon & Schuster
Average Rating: 3.60

Vi knows the Rule: Girls don’t walk with boys, and they never even think about kissing them. But no one makes Vi want to break the Rules more than Zenn…and since the Thinkers have chosen him as Vi’s future match, how much trouble can one kiss cause? The Thinkers may have brainwashed the rest of the population, but Vi is determined to think for herself.

But the Thinkers are unusually persuasive, and they’re set on convincing Vi to become one of them…starting by brainwashing Zenn. Vi can’t leave Zenn in the Thinkers’ hands, but she’s wary of joining the rebellion, especially since that means teaming up with Jag. Jag is egotistical, charismatic, and dangerous–everything Zenn’s not. Vi can’t quite trust Jag and can’t quite resist him, but she also can’t give up on Zenn.

This is a game of control or be controlled. And Vi has no choice but to play.

three and a half star

This is an interesting book. Originality as its best, the concept and plot are unique, and the characters are amazing!

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