Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

It’s no secret that Six of Crows is one of those over hyped books. But after hearing so much about it I decided to give into the hype and read it. Plus, if you saw the book itself you know it looks cool. From the black painted edges to the awesome map that is in the book. It was just so cool.

  • Title: Six of Crows
  • Author: Leigh Bardugo
  • Series/Trilogy: Duology
  • Year Published: 2015
  • Page Count: 518
  • Goodreads: Here
  • Buy Book: Amazon

Synopsis:

Six of the Crows you in for a treat. It’s like a mix of Gotham meets Leverage meets magical realm. The story starts out in the city of Ketterdam. Ketterdam is a fictional city of course. And the story centers around a group of characters that come from a different world that have to come together in order to steal something important. The main something important is a powerful drug that has the ability to amplify the abilities of Grisha which is like people with special abilities. This drug however also can lead to destruction and even worse. So the group of character lead by the smart thief Kaz must find a way to steal this drug which is held in The Ice Court. Did I mention The Ice Court is heavily guarded?

Review:

This is like one of the best books I read this year. If I was honest I was worried that this hype would fail me but it didn’t. It actually went beyond what I expected. Six of Crows from the cover to the entire story blew me away. Starting with the cover and packaging of the book it’s just cool. From the book cover with mysteriously creepy crows to the black painted edges, it is awesome. I never read a book with that kind of design.

Now onto the story itself, it had a plot that just pulls you in. I liked the concept of a heist taking place in this fantasy world that seems to be either Eastern European or Russian vibe. I also like the way Leigh built the world that makes you fill like you are walking into the streets of Ketterdam. I also like the fact that the story itself has its own history, rules, and magic. Sadly, I missed out on the Grisha Trilogy because of the few references but luckily it wasn’t too much that confused me.

Onto the characters that really shine. The book actually focuses on six characters and Leigh lets you dive into each character. I liked getting to know each of them and learning about their backstory. I also like the way the actors talk, act and interact. I especially love Kaz. He is dark, cruel but also smart. Regardless of the situation, Kaz knows how to get out of trouble. I also enjoyed the character Jesper who I wished had more of his backstory but I guess that was saved for the next book.

Overall I had so much fun reading this book. Plus, picking up a book with blacked painted edges is like the icing on the cake. I also enjoyed meeting the characters and watching them grow throughout the story. So if you are interested in checking out the book I have links on the bottom. Until my next book review keep on reading.

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Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton

A few days ago I finished reading Traitor to the Throne. This was the second book in the series of Rebel of the Sands which is written by Alwyn Hamilton. After I read the first book I couldn’t wait to dive into the next book in the series. Not to mention, I don’t usually read-a-thon a series but I knew the series was so good that I just had to read the second book.

  • Title: Traitor to the Throne
  • Author: Alywn Hamilton
  • Series/Trilogy: Rebel of the Sands
  • Year Published: 2017
  • Page Count: 518
  • Goodreads: Here
  • Buy Book: Amazon

Synopsis:

In the Traitor to the Throne, we find Amani and the rest of the rebels a year after the events of the last book. And before the book starts an evident has happened which made Jin disappear and choose to leave on a mission. During this time Amani is stronger than ever and has a full grip of her abilities which we learned int he last book was the power to control sand. Suddenly, think gets worse after Jin finally returns where the rebel camp gets to attack and the characters are left to find a way to survive. During this time to make matters worse, Amani gets abducted.

Later, Amani wakes up in a palace. Not just any place. It’s the Sultan’s palace in the city of Izman. So in the book, Amani is forced to be Sultan’s prisoner and left powerless. With nothing to defend herself except her wit, she must try to do what she can survive. Along the way she discovers the world within the walls of the palace and learns the secrets that Sultan keeps that could mean the destruction of the rebel army.

Review:

First off, I had so much fun reading Traitor to the Throne. In fact, I couldn’t stop reading the book because all I wanted to do is find out what happens next. From the moment the book starts it sucked me into the action. I also enjoyed the books which did amp up the magical world of Marijin. I actually was surprised that I will like it so much because I was worried that it would be slow since Amani was kept prisoner and being stuck in the palace. I was worried about how much could happen while being in this place. But, the book kept me on the edge of my seat.

Amani is still amazing. She is more powerful with her sand powers. And despite being held prisoner and not being able to use them she is still a strong force. I like how she does what it takes to survive and knows how to make things work for in any situation. She also has funny lines.

As for Jin. This guy was mostly absent for most of the book and expect shows up every once in the full moon. I would’ve liked to see him more and also would’ve liked to see where he went when he disappeared. I don’t usually enjoy different points of views in the book as much but I felt like the book could’ve been needed.

So on to the Sultan. I like how he isn’t one dimensional. He has many layers and isn’t 100 percent evil. In fact, the book shows not just his evil side but also his fatherly side. He will have moments where can be protective over his kids but also towards Amani. But don’t be the fool he is still a horrible person and but also smart.

On to the magical world. I like how there were more magical elements being explored in the book. I also liked there were more Djinns and Djemdi in the book as well. I also like the fact that Alwyn built the world with magic and the world that has its own history, legends and myths.

So to close my review I thought Traitor to the Throne was amazing. I couldn’t put it down and wished that I didn’t have to wait a whole year for the next book. And the ending….it killed me. And now I am stuck with a cliff hanger that will leave me wanting more. But at the same time, I still think it’s good because it keeps me excited. So if you haven’t picked up the book yet, I do have the affiliate links below for you to go check out. And until my next book keep on reading.

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Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton Book Review

When I came across Rebel of the Sands I thought the cover was one of the most beautiful covers I was seen. The mix of the gold and sea green together was just pure magic. It made me want to pick it up. In The Rebel of the Sands is a book that I read during the Booktubeathon and it was a super fast paced book that left me wanting to find out what happens next.

  • Title: Rebel of the Sands
  • Author: Alywn Hamilton
  • Series/Trilogy: Rebel of the Sands
  • Year Published: 2016
  • Page Count: 314
  • Goodreads: Here
  • Buy Book: Amazon

Synopsis:

For those that haven’t heard of Rebel of the Sands, it’s the first book in the trilogy that has a combination of Middle Eastern and Western vibe. Think of Aladin if they were cowboys. The book takes place in the country of Marijin and center around a girl name Amani who lives in the middle of nowhere town Dustwalk. And this town was a prison that Amani wanted to desperately leave and seek the freedom of what is out there. So in order to get her freedom, Amani pretends to be a boy and goes to shooting contests in hope of winning money to get herself out of Dustwalk.

One night during a shooting contest Amani meets the mysterious foreigner who goes by the name of Jin. Later does she know that Jin is in the hurry to leave as well since he is wanted for treason of crime? So, Amani decides that Jin is her one-way ticket out of Dustwalk. Little did she know that the adventure through the desert leads her to discover the hidden magic that lies within the sand.

Review:

Before I started reading Rebel of the Sands I had a feeling that I would enjoy it. I was also gravitated by the beautiful cover. The book didn’t disappoint, to say the least. I really enjoyed the plot. I liked the combination of Middle Eastern culture and western cowboy vibes in the story. I also liked the fact that story had many surprises as you go along the story. I also enjoy the fact that book had a lot of myths, legends and its own story about the world.

Another thing I liked about Rebel of the Sands was the characters. I think Amani is awesome, she is funny and sassy in every way. I mean despite her not knowing a lot about the real world outside of Dustwalk she didn’t let that stop her from going on the journey. She had a dream and she went for it. I also liked the fact she is a talented shooter and can take care of herself.

For Jin, the other character I thought was very intriguing. He pretty was funny as well but also was always there for Amani. I also liked that he gets all the good lines that I am sure you will find enough to quote after.

For the magic itself, I have mixed feelings. I liked the magical elements in the book from the Djinn elements and the fact that there was also magical creatures like Nightmares(creepy monsters that come out a night. Though do wish I could’ve seen more of. I guess due to the size of the book there wasn’t any room to put them all in.

Final Thoughts

Overall I really enjoyed reading Rebel of the Sands and has so much fun reading it. I really liked getting to know the characters and watching how they interact with each other. If you are interesting checking out the book yourself I do have an affiliate link at the bottom of this post and until next time keep on reading.

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August TBR List

I am excited for August because on my TBR list there are a ton of exciting books. On this TBR I will be reading a couple of sequels from books I read last month but also books that have a movie coming out next month. Below I have a video talking about the books I will be reading.

Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton

One of the books I will be reading is Traitor to the Throne. This is the sequel to Rebel of the Sands. Both books take place in a fantasy world that is similar to Aladin. This story also focuses on a girl named Amani who dreams of leaving her hometown in hopes of being free and to be able to see the world. Later she gets tangled up with the foreigner Jin who is wanted for treason. Both Amani and Jin go on the game and get involved in the middle of a rebellion that wants to be free from the evil sultan. The book picks up where the last book and I am sure it holds more magic and djinns in it.

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

After reading the first book Six of Crows I was sucked to the world that Leigh Bardugo built. Six of Crows has a mixture of fantasy, action and great characters that held me to my seat. I also enjoyed the elements that were inspired by the culture of Russia.In the second book, I will be continuing on with a story with great expectations.

The Glass Castle by Jennette Wells


I don’t know a lot about The Glass Castle except that it has a movie coming out this summer. I know the book is a memoir about the author and the trailer for the movie looked like a great story that I must pick up. Though from what my sister has told me it seemed like a great book.

The Gunslinger by Stephen King


I been wanting to pick this book up and always wanted to read a Stephen King book but always had to put it off. I mean his books look really intimating and he has so many to choose from. So, after seeing The Dark Tower trailer I knew that The Gunslinger was going to be a great place to start. Plus I like the fact that it has its fantasy elements.

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle


I heard A Wrinkle in Time was a good book and I love fantasy books. I love reading about new worlds and magic and wanted to jump into this world. I also thought the trailer looked fascinating and imaginative as well.

That is my list for my TBR. I might add more books during the month and discover more. Let me know in the comments below if you read or heard about these books? What do you think of my TBR? And are you a fan of Six of Crows? Well, until next time keep on reading.

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The Circle by Dave Eggers Book Review

When I got my hands on The Circle I was happy to get to read this month. In fact, at the beginning of the year, I was looking for book-to-movie adaptations coming out this year. The Circle was one of them and I had a good feeling of it. I even liked the trailer and being a Tom Hanks fan I knew I wanted to read it. So finally I finished and I will tell you that the book left me with mixed feelings. So let’s get to the review, shall we?

  • Title: The Circle
  • Author: Dave Eggers
  • Year Published: 2014
  • Page Count: 497
  • Buy Book: Amazon
  • Goodreads: Here

Synopsis:

For those that don’t know what The Circle is about, I will tell you. This book focuses on a young woman in her twenties who gets a job of a life time and goes to work to the most powerful tech company. This company which is called The Circle is a combination of Google, Apple, Facebook, Instagram, Reddit, Twitter and pretty much most well-known social media sites that continue to innovate. The main character Mae gets the job as a CE(Customer Experience) and must learn the ropes. She also learns about the value of being on social media and being part of a community. Later she learns the company takes sharing to the max and learns what it means to be under control of a tech company looks like.

My thoughts:

Like I said from the top I was left with mixed feelings. There were many things I liked about the book. For starters, I like the fact that Dave Eggers built this whole utopian world of a company that rules the world with their innovation, and ideas. But I also like how he built the company’s community. Another thing I enjoyed about the book was how it makes you think. It asks great questions like what happens if a tech company has way too much power. It also covers how much should we be in each other’s lives. Lastly, the idea of transparency within a company, people, and even those in power.

That said I do have my problems with the book. And this is mostly aimed at the characters. When comes to main character Mae I felt she was the most irritating character in the book. She starts off as a quiet, private shy girl without tech skills and gets hired to a tech company. But towards the end of the book, she becomes a self-absorbed person that cares more about gaining an audience and is ok with just being brain-washed. I also did not like the fact she never questions anything about the company and just blinding goes along with everything.

I also think the rest of the characters were really flat and felt one dimensional. I think this is due to the fact that everyone disappears a lot throughout the book and appears when you least expect it. The book also never explains anything except leaves me with questions.

Conclusion:

Overall The Circle had its great points to it. And even though I am not a fan of the characters I don’t find the book horrible or dislike it. I found the book very fast paced and it held most of my attention and I liked how it made me think. I also like Dave Eggers built the world that was run by a powerful tech company and showed us what could happen. This was more of a book before a dystopia happens. So that is it for the review on The Circle. Let me know in the comments below on what you think about the book. And what are your thoughts on transparency in the company and do you think there is a point where we draw a line? Until next time keep on reading.

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How I Get Cheap(free) Books Part 1

Hi, guys. It is Friday and today I am back with another post. And today I will be talking about the ways I save on books. I go, to be honest, I think books are expensive and my own personal financial situation makes it hard to buy expensive books all the time. I also know that many others who just starting out with book blogging or even booktube can’t always afford books all the time so I am here give you my tips on how I get my books without breaking the bank. So in this post, I will be broken this subject into two different posts. Today I will be covering physical books and on my next post will be about e-books.

Cheap Books

Starting things off I will be skipping out on buying physical books online because I don’t really shop for books online unless I got a gift card for my birthday or Christmas because I find shipping cost to be pricey for me.

Used Bookstores

One of my favorites places to go is a used bookstore. I love how each store is different and you never know what you’ll find. I also like the fact that you can walk in and not have to worry about a sales person following you around and asking you if you need something like tens times. Which sadly happens to me a lot when I shop at other stores(Victoria’s Secret).  Another thing about used bookstore is the fact that most of the books are affordable. The books can go between $5 to a $1 depending on the store.  Another great reason I like about Used bookstores is that you can trade in your own books for either money or store credit and can use to buy more books. But note to not expect to be paid a fortune just probably $10 bucks or less. Just check with the bookstore.

In the Streets:

This is something I learned on a nice day while going to a gelato store in my area. I was walking down the street and spotted a chair and on it had junk all over. It even had old books, papers and so on. Along with the stuff on the chair, there was a sign that said: “Free take it”. I decided to take home one of the books that were on my TBR list and since then I came up with this tip. If you are even walking down the street or just anywhere and see a book that interests you just take it. Someone has to give it a home and give it some one appreciation.

Library Book Sales:

Another great place I love getting books is library book sales. I got to say that this is my favorite place because I visit and support the local libraries I go to. I also can return the books I borrowed and then buy books. Most library books sales happen once a month and last a certain amount of time. Usually a week or a few days. What I like about library book sales is that you never know what you are going to find and can find that hidden gem. I also like the super dirt prices. In fact, the prices are so low I barely spend more than $4 at a book sale. By the way, my personal library has a $1 a Bag day where for just one dollar I get can a whole bag full of my choice of books. Deals like these vary depending on the library but these sales are great for anyone who wants to do book haul videos.

So those are my favorite ways to get books. I hope this list helps you on your journey to finding books and as well saving money on them too. If you totally enjoyed this post do share it on social media. And if you have any suggestions let me know in the comments below and until next keep on reading.

 

York by Laura Ruby Book Review

This week I bring you the awesome world of The Shadow Cipher with the first book York by Laura Ruby. This book brings the combination of cipher puzzles, the beauty of architecture in New York and even some steampunk. York was a book that I had so much fun reading. For those.

  • Title: York
  • Series: The Shadow Cipher
  • Author: Laura Ruby
  • Year Published: 2017
  • Page Count: 496 pages
  • Buy Book: Amazon
  • Goodreads: Here
  • Rating: 5 Stars

Synopsis

In the Laura Ruby’s book York, we start off with the mysterious disappearance of the famous Morningstar Twins who were known for their vision of the buildings in New York City. Years later the Twin’s beautiful architecture slowly go away as well. In order to save the legacy of the famous buildings and solve the mystery, one must solve the cipher puzzle.

In modern day, twins Tess and Theo team up with their friend Jamie to solve cipher puzzle in order to save their building after it was bought by a real estate developer. Later do the kids know that this puzzle takes them on an adventure through the city of New York.

Review

I had so much fun reading this book. The took me on an adventure through the city of New York. I also like the mystery surrounding the cipher puzzle which reminds me of National Treasure but with steampunk elements. The book also gave me a much greater appreciation towards architecture and how we must work hard to preserve old buildings.

The book also is fast pace and there is a ton of action throughout. I also liked the three main characters. The twins Tess and Theo are funny. Like there would be moments they will pick on each other in a sibling kind of way where they will say a ton of funny lines which made me laugh to the point where I was in tears. Literally in tears. I also liked how even though the twins pick on each other they still have this greater bond between them. I also liked Jamie because he is geeky, artsy and also smart. Despite not being an expert in cipher puzzles he also has a way of contributing to problem-solving.

Closing

Overall I really enjoyed reading York and didn’t find many things I didn’t like about. I personally enjoyed the cipher puzzles and the steampunk elements throughout the story. Lastly, I thought the characters were enjoyable and can’t wait to see what happens in the next book. If you are interested in this book I have links below in the link section. Until my next review keep on reading.

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