Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

Synopsis from Goodreads:

In a continent on the edge of war, two witches hold its fate in their hands.

Young witches Safiya and Iseult have a habit of finding trouble. After clashing with a powerful Guildmaster and his ruthless Bloodwitch bodyguard, the friends are forced to flee their home.

Safi must avoid capture at all costs as she’s a rare Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lies. Many would kill for her magic, so Safi must keep it hidden – lest she be used in the struggle between empires. And Iseult’s true powers are hidden even from herself.

In a chance encounter at Court, Safi meets Prince Merik and makes him a reluctant ally. However, his help may not slow down the Bloodwitch now hot on the girls’ heels. All Safi and Iseult want is their freedom, but danger lies ahead. With war coming, treaties breaking and a magical contagion sweeping the land, the friends will have to fight emperors and mercenaries alike. For some will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch.

Author: Susan Dennard

Publisher: Tor Teen

Number of Pages: 416

Genre: High Fantasy

Where I acquired this book: Amazon

When I read this book: January 5-25 2016

Ratings on a Scale of 1-10

Quality of writing: 9

Pace: 8

Plot Development: 9

Characters: 10

Enjoyability: 9

Ease of Reading: 9

I was a huge fan of Susan’s first trilogy, Something Strange and Deadly (Here is my review of the finale Strange and Ever After), so I was ridiculously excited to read this new series. Picking it up I was a little skeptical, since it is still a huge jump (in my opinion) to go from historical fantasy to high fantasy, but after hearing her talk more about it at her signing, I was confident in her abilities. I was not disappointed at all. This book was refreshingly unique with a magic system that I have never seen before and a focus on the importance of friendship over romance. When I went to her signing in my hometown with Alexandra Bracken, a topic that was brought up several times in the discussion of their books was the Bechdel test, which if you’ve never heard of it before, is about whether a book has a conversation between two female characters that has nothing to do with the other male characters. At first I thought that it was a little ridiculous, because how many books really don’t pass this test? But after hearing this and rereading some of my favorite books, I was shocked at how common it really is to fail the Bechdel test. It was something I didn’t realize I missed until someone pointed it out to me and now I’m craving more books about strong female relationships. Safi and Isuelt work so well together, and no one can come between them. Romantic interests are introduced for the two characters, but it never overshadows the plot or their relationship with each other. Also, those two “love interests”, Merrick and Aeduan, have their own interests and plot points. It didn’t feel like there was a single character in this book who was put in just to drive a main character. Everyone and everything served its own purpose in the world outside of our characters, which gave the world as a whole a sense of realness, that I always appreciate in high fantasies and have found lacking in some other series.

I highly recommend this series to someone looking for a YA high fantasy with a well-developed world, strong female characters, and a kick-ass plot line.

OVERALL RATING (out of 5): 5 stars

Let me know if you’ve read it and what you thought! Also comment any fantasy or sci-fi books that pass the Bechdel test for me to read soon!



Pottermore Sorting Hat Quiz

So since I am reading the Harry Potter books for the first time this year, I thought it would be fitting to take the official sorting hat quiz from Pottermore, especially because they recently updated it. 

Going into it I have always seen myself as a Ravenclaw because I care more about how I do in school and how much I know than anything else, but that is not what Pottermore thinks I am… Apparently I am a Gryffindor. Now I don’t have anything against being a Gryffindor, but I was definitely shocked. I am thinking about retaking it under a different email just to check, but yeah, I guess you learn new things about yourself everyday. 

Have you guys taken the new sorting hat quiz? What house are you in? Anyone else having a little identity crisis over what house they were sorted into?


Shadowhunters TV Show Review of Episodes 1 & 2

I was pleseantly suprised when I was watching the tv show. Yes, there were a lot of things that bugged me about it, but for the most part, I understood why they changed the things that they did. I think seeing how much of a train wreck the movie was made me a little more prepared for the changes in the show, because I understand that the book doesn’t necessarily translate well into video format. I think episode 2 was better than episode 1, mostly because they dropped several one-liners from the books about, like, Izzy’s cooking and “Shadowhunters looking better in black…” The firsy time I watched them, I saw it through rose colored glasses, and by that I mean that I was expecting it to be horrible, so when I first saw them, I didn’t notice all the things that were weird. The second time I watched them, my friend and I started writing out lists while we watched them of the things we liked or didn’t like. I made a list for the second episode, which is here: 

What’s with the rune that takes away the glamour on the institute?

How did seeing the institute mean there is a war?

Stupid circle rune

Jace’s father wasnt killed in the circle revolt jace wasnt even born at the time

“The runes may be less lethal (than izzy’s cooking)”

“Dont eat the food”

And luke transforms in the middle of a freaking parking lot

Fairchild name drop

Hodge sounds like he had a crush on jocelyn

Stupid rune curse why the hell wouldnt he be able to talk about the circle?

Hodge sounds like he’s on drugs

The mortal cup does not let people control demons, he did that with demon blood

How would hodge have made a deal with valentine if he couldnt talk about the circle without falling over?

Because that is the first thing that comes to mind when someone in a traumatic situation is a memory wipe spell. 

Izzy room has white which is a shadowhunter mourning color


Ew that was just creepy (he’a the ultimate protector) you are basically his freaking sister and it sounds like you have a crush on him

What is up with Luke’s boss? She has been in it too much to not have anything to do with the shadow world

If jace’s father died in the revolt that means jace was ten which would have meant he was eleven years older than clary because jocelyn was barely pregnant at the time of the revolt

The seelie dont work with the clave even involving valentine so how would the clave send seelie scouts

Weird freaking necklace

Shadowhunter mobile!

They finally called dot dorothea

I thought they were gonna get to talk to magnus! I was waiting for Alec to meet him, plus magnus was never THAT hostile towards shadowhunters

Yes, let’s follow the weird necklace visions


Why are they afraid of the silent brothers?

The city of bones

Ugh the city of bones is supposed to be in a cemetery 

“Are you kidding me? I was born afraid, which sounded a lot better in my head.”

She tried to freaking tell you but you wouldnt listen

Yes, it makes perfect sense that the reason you felt out of place is because you were part of a secret race of demon hunters so you shouldn’t be at all worried

Did he inject her with demon blood bc it’s black?

Why does mundane blood hurt shadownunters and demon blood hirt warlocks? Shadowhunters are half human half angel and warlocks are half human half demon so why does their blood hurt them?

Rune in the graffiti 

Soul sword

Why would she die?

Jace wouldn’t have let her done anything he thought would hurt her

You’re clary freaking fray

Why would the rune energy kill a mundane?

God, izzy is an obnoxious flirt

Does his captain know he is a werewolf? Because she is a little too suspicious if she thinks he is normal


The descent into hell is easy

Looking better in black than the widows over our enemies

It’s cute, you assume i have feelings. I dont. 

I circle members forfeit their right to be buried there, does that mean mayrse and robert wouldn’t be buried there either?

The silent brothers masks look like air dry clay from michaels or something

Where’s “it” going?

Of course there is already a vampire in the truck

Why wouldn’t they check if she was actually asleep before talking about what they are hiding from her?

Why did she find out about valentine so early?

Stop wasting time talking to jocelyn and get the hell out of there

The other guy had a seizure after being stabbed and this guy died fairly peacefully

So is dot dead now?

You think clary is a spy? Why would she tell jace that valentine was her father if she was a spy?

Still no rat simon in the show
I am going to try and post some more of these as the season goes on so I can see how my opinions change as the show progresses. I want to give it some leeway for a while, because they have a lot to try and set up, so I don’t want to judge it on the littlw things yet, but it has potential. 

Tell me what you thought about the show. Were there certain things that bothered you? Things you liked? Things you hope are included/changed later in the season?


Queen of Shadows by Sarah J Maas

Synopsis from Goodreads: The queen has returned.

Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she’s at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past…

She has embraced her identity as Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen. But before she can reclaim her throne, she must fight.

She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die for her. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen’s triumphant return.

The fourth volume in the New York Times bestselling series continues Celaena’s epic journey and builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world.

Author: Sarah J Maas

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Number of Pages: 648

Genre: High Fantasy

Where I acquired this book: Amazon

When I read this book: September ?-5

Ratings on a Scale of 1-10

Quality of writing: 10

Pace: 10

Plot Development: 10

Characters: 10

Enjoyability: 10

Ease of Reading: 10

THIS BOOK!!!! I was crying from page one! It was beautifully written and plot was fantastic! I can’t even formulate clear thoughts on this book other than that it was probably the best one yet! I adore Sarah J Maas and every single one of her books. If you haven’t read any of them yet, then you need to get your butt of the computer and read them now, because they will freaking change your life! The characters are so amazing and realistic and well developed that you will feel everything they feel and more! We find out so many things in this book about characters we never knew before and things start clicking into place. By the end of it everything you thought will be turned upside down.

OVERALL RATING (out of 5): 1000000000000000000 stars

Please talk to me if you have read it! If not, then get your butt on it!


The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

Synopsis from Goodreads: After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.

Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie’s only hope for rescuing her brother–or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.

Author: Rick Yancey

Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books

Number of Pages: 457

Genre: Apocalyptic/ Science Fiction

Where I acquired this book: Sam’s Club

When I read this book: October ?-18

Ratings on a Scale of 1-10

Quality of writing: 9

Pace: 5

Plot Development: 7

Characters: 6

Enjoyability: 5

Ease of Reading: 10

I hate to say this, because I know many people enjoyed this book, and maybe this is because it was so hyped up, but I didn’t like this one. I thought that it dragged for a lot of it, and the main character was annoying. Also, whenever I started to like where it was headed, it switched the point of view. Half of the point of view characters I didn’t even like, so it was hard for me to get into. I think the only reason I finished it is because I kept hoping it would get better, but it sadly did not. I have heard so many people raving about this book, so if you wanted to read it, don’t let me stop you, but it just didn’t do it for me.

OVERALL RATING (out of 5): 3 stars

Let me know what you thought below. Are you excited for the movie? Did you enjoy it?


The White Rose by Amy Ewing

Synopsis from Goodreads: Violet is on the run. After the Duchess of the Lake catches Violet with Ash, the hired companion at the Palace of the Lake, Violet has no choice but to escape the Jewel or face certain death. So along with Ash and her best friend, Raven, Violet runs away from her unbearable life of servitude.

But no one said leaving the Jewel would be easy. As they make their way through the circles of the Lone City, Regimentals track their every move, and the trio barely manages to make it out unscathed and into the safe haven they were promised—a mysterious house in the Farm.

But there’s a rebellion brewing, and Violet has found herself in the middle of it. Alongside a new ally, Violet discovers her Auguries are much more powerful than she ever imagined. But is she strong enough to rise up against the Jewel and everything she has ever known?

The White Rose is a raw, captivating sequel to The Jewel that fans won’t be able to put down until the final shocking moments.

Author: Amy Ewing

Publisher: Harper Teen

Number of Pages: 320

Genre: Fantasy

Where I acquired this book: Amazon

When I read this book: October ?-21

Ratings on a Scale of 1-10

Quality of writing: 10

Pace: 7

Plot Development: 8

Characters: 8

Enjoyability: 8

Ease of Reading: 10

After that massive cliff hanger from The Jewel, I was eager to finally get my hands on the sequel; however, I felt like she skimmed over the beginning a little too much and made everything they had to do in that part seem too easy. This doesn’t mean I didn’t like the book, because I loved it, but I do think that a lot of things they did were too easy to be realistic, even for a fantasy novel. But one thing I did enjoy was that we found a little more about the history of the island they are on and why things are the way they are there. There are many secrets revealed in this book that give an insight into some of the characters and the world around them. I don’t think this one was as good as the first one, but it is still amazing. Also, WARNING!!! ANOTHER BIG CLIFF HANGER AT THE END!! REFRAIN FROM READING UNTIL THE NEXT ONE IS OUT! Or not and you can suffer right along with me. 😉

OVERALL RATING (out of 5): 4 stars

Let me know what you thought about this one or the first one below. What would you do if you were a surrogate who had to face the auction?


Happily Ever After by Kiera Cass

Synopsis from Goodreads: The contents of Happily Ever After are as follows:

-The Prince (with the two bonus chapters), Maxon’s novella
-The Guard, Aspen’s novella
-The Queen, Amberly’s novella
-The Favorite, Marlee’s novella
-Three scenes from Celeste’s POV
-Lucy’s scene (bonus scene from The One)
-The bonus epilogue
-Where are they now?
-A map
-Various illustrations

Author: Kiera Cass

Publisher: Harper Teen

Number of Pages: 416

Genre: Dystopian Novella

Where I acquired this book: Amazon

When I read this book: October ?-30

Ratings on a Scale of 1-10

Quality of writing: 10

Pace: 8

Plot Development: 7

Characters: 10

Enjoyability: 10

Ease of Reading: 10

I was ecstatic when they released the selection novellas in a bind up, because I was reluctant to buy them in ebook form. I thoroughly enjoyed the stories in here and thought they offered an interesting insight into the different characters in the selection. I don’t have much else to say about it, other than if you read the selection, I would definitely pick this one up, because it lets you in on the reasons why certain characters were the way they were, and it made me start to care about characters that I hated in the actual series.

OVERALL RATING (out of 5): 5 stars

Have you read the Selection series? Let me know down below what you thought about them.