Book review: Off the Ice (Juniper Falls #1) by Julie Cross (3.5 stars)

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Off the Ice (Juniper Falls #1) by Julie Cross

Genre: YA, Romance, Contemporary

Rating: 3.5/5 stars

(Review)

(DISCLAIMER: All thoughts and opinions are my own)

Claire is back in Juniper Falls just for one semester to help out her father’s business and take care of him. Then she is reunited with Tate, what happened to them before she left town still lingers in the air between them. When Tate is suddenly forced to take over his hockey team’s star goalie, he is thrust into the spotlight, onward to the path to become an egoistical hockey player, which Claire has sworn off.

Initially I did feel that the pacing was a little off since I wasn’t sure where things were going. I definitely feel bad for the characters and emphatized to them, but didn’t relate or connect. The pacing did feel a little too slow for me, but it was an okay and interesting book.

I felt really bad for Mike though and he was shunned by everyone. I also did feel that Tate should have talked to Roger earlier since he was offering a helping hand earlier on. I really liked that Claire and Tate make each other better, but they also should definitely talk to each other more about their problems and face it head on together.

Have you read this book? What are your thoughts and opinions? Leave a comment down below! 🙂

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Movie Review: Aquaman (2018) (3 stars)

“Atlantis had always had a king, now it needs something more.”

“What could be greater than a king?”

“A hero.”

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Title: Aquaman (2018)

Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Rating: 3 stars

Review:

Arthur is the human-born heir to the Kingdom of Atlantis, along with Mera, he goes on a quest to prevent war between the land and the sea.

The music was tense and heavy, filled with rock pieces while the lighting was mainly cool.

I did feel that it was animated well (especially the hair) but the pacing felt ill-timed, rushed and too slow at certain parts. The scripting felt pretty bad to me too, although I loved the transition shots.

Imagine Black Panther in an underwater setting instead.

I didn’t feel that the actors made the characters interesting enough, or breathe enough life into them to make them stay in your memory. The story mainly followed the hero’s journey, but it was pretty predictable.

Honestly, I felt that Oram was a more interesting character than Arthur LOL. And in all honesty (you know I’m a big hopeless romantic), but I didn’t feel the romance between Arthur and Mera. But Atlanna and Tom are so cute.

Have you watched this movie? What did you think? Let me know in the comments below!

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Blog Tour + Book review: Stronger than a bronze dragon by Mary Fan (3.5 stars)

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When a powerful viceroy arrives with a fleet of mechanical dragons and stops an attack on Anlei’s village, the villagers see him as a godsend. They agree to give him their sacred, enchanted River Pearl in exchange for permanent protection—if he’ll marry one of the village girls to solidify the alliance. Anlei is appalled when the viceroy selects her as a bride, but with the fate of her people at stake, she sees no choice but to consent. Anlei’s noble plans are sent into a tailspin, however, when a young thief steals the River Pearl for himself.

Knowing the viceroy won’t protect her village without the jewel, she takes matters into her own hands. But once she catches the thief, she discovers he needs the pearl just as much as she does. The two embark on an epic quest across the land and into the Courts of Hell, taking Anlei on a journey that reveals more is at stake than she could have ever imagined.

With incredibly vivid world building and fast-paced storytelling, Stronger Than a Bronze Dragon is great for readers who are looking for something fresh in epic fantasy.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Mary Fan is a hopeless dreamer, whose mind insists on spinning tales of “what if.” As a music major in college, she told those stories through compositions. Now, she tells them through books—a habit she began as soon as she could pick up a pencil.

Mary lives in New Jersey and has a B.A. from Princeton University. When she’s not scheming to create new worlds, she enjoys kickboxing, opera singing, and blogging about everything having to do with books.

 

 

(I received a free eARC from Netgalley, Page street publishing and The Royal Polar Bear reads for a voluntary and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own)

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Stronger than a bronze dragon by Mary Fan

Genre: YA, Fantasy, Romance

Rating: 3.5/5 stars

(Review)

(DISCLAIMER: All thoughts and opinions are my own.)

When a Viceroy appears with his bronze dragons that saves Anlei’s village, they agree to give him the sacred River pearl in exchange for permanent protection, but he wants to wed one of the villagers to seal the deal, he picks Anlei. But when a young thief steals the pearl, Anlei goes after him and they discover they have mutual goals and decide to work together.

The setting of this book was like a steampunk infused China. It gave me Descendant of the Crane mixed with The infernal devices.

Although I did feel that the story was cliched and predictable and that the romance was a little insta-lovey, I did enjoy the story! It was fast paced and action packed, I really liked the whole concept of mechanical dragons and the whole idea. I personally didn’t connect with the characters, but I loved the story and the pacing.

Book review: Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices #2) by Cassandra Clare (5 stars)

“I was born into this world to love you, and I will love you in the next life, and the one after that.”

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Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices #2) by Cassandra Clare

Genre: YA, Romance, Fantasy

Rating: 5/5 stars

(Review)

(DISCLAIMER: All thoughts and opinions are my own)

Tessa has found safe haven amongst the Shadowhunters in the London Institute, but that security is fleeting with the Magister not stopping at anything to get her powers. With the help of Will and Jem, they must search for answers, finding out that the Magister’s revenge agenda is fuelled by personal emotions and he has an entire clockwork demon army to rise to the occasion. Finding out that someone has betrayed them, Tessa finds herself more drawn to Jem, and her longing for Will unsettles her.

If your heart wasn’t wrecked in the first book, this one definitely will tear it out and shred it to pieces. Prepare yourself for a love triangle that will keep you confused as well, unable to choose between the two. It was really heartbreaking as well.

I love that this book gives us more insight to Will and we finally understand why he acts the way he does, pushing others away and never letting them get close. I also like that we see more of the relations between the characters and how fragile/strong their bonds are.

For this trilogy, my favourite character would have to be Jem, but of course I also like Will! In terms of someone I would click with, it would definitely be Jem, but of course I always have a  thing for troubled boys.

The ending literally made my drop my pen in shock! I really like how this book gives us a lot of backstory (for this trilogy and even the Mortal Instruments series). I also liked how things were continued, everything was unexpected and exciting.

ORDER TO READ THE SHADOWHUNTERS CHRONICLES :

* City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments #1) – Done (review)

* City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments #2) -Done (review)

* City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments #3) – Done (review)

* Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1) – Done (review)

* City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments #4) – Done (review)

* Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices, #2) – Done (review)

* City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments, #5)

* Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices, #3)

* City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments, #6)

* The Bane Chronicles (#1-11)

* Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices #1)

* Lord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices #2)

Have you read this book? What are your thoughts and opinions? Leave a comment down below! 🙂

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Book review: City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments #4) by Cassandra Clare (4 star)

“L’amor che move il sole e l’altre stelle- My will and my desire were turned by love, the love that moves the sun and the other stars.”

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City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments #4) by Cassandra Clare

Genre: YA, Romance, Fantasy

Rating: 4/5 stars

(Review)

(DISCLAIMER: All thoughts and opinions are my own)

The Mortal War is finally over and Clary is training to be a Shadowhunter while Jocelyn is finally going to be married to the love of her life. Downworlders and Shadowhunters are finally at peace and she can finally call Jace her boyfriend. But everything comes with a price, Shadowhunters are being murdered and it’s sparking more tension. Simon is unable to help Clary since his mother has found out he is a vampire while Jace is pulling away suddenly. Clary has to delve deep and the answers she seek may not be what she wants to hear, realising that she herself has set of a chain of events that cannot be undone and she may lose Jace, forever.

I initially did feel that the pacing was pretty quick, but it brought about a great climax for the story. The stakes are definitely higher in this book and I mainly remembered this from the TV show.

I definitely felt bad for Alec since he does want to know Magnus’s past, but Magnus wants to keep it under wraps, but felt that Alec should have tried to talk to Magnus more instead of lashing out in public. I also felt really bad for Simon, who couldn’t fit in with either the Shadowhunters or the Vampires.

I loved that the stakes were high and it was full of action and unexpected moments. I can’t say too much since I’m trying not to spoil the story too. XD

ORDER TO READ THE SHADOWHUNTERS CHRONICLES :

* City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments #1) – Done (review)

* City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments #2) -Done (review)

* City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments #3) – Done (review)

* Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1) – Done (review)

* City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments #4) – Done (review)

* Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices, #2)

* City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments, #5)

* Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices, #3)

* City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments, #6)

* The Bane Chronicles (#1-11)

* Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices #1)

* Lord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices #2)

Have you read this book? What are your thoughts and opinions? Leave a comment down below! 🙂

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