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ARC Review: The Radius of Us

The Radius of Us: A Novel - Marie Marquardt

They don't know what you know. Boring. That was the first word that came to mind when I started reading this book. However, I was only 40 pages in. I cleared my mind and came back to reading it, which I am so glad that I did. This book is amazing. The characters are well described from their physical features to their personalities. The author sure does have a way with words. I felt like I was there with Gretchen and Phoenix the whole time. Don't even get me started about the pupusas. I need to try one of those immediately! To see how much Gretchen has evolved and moved forward in her life made me so happy. The readers can definitely see the drastic change in her character. She went from weak, damaged, shy to strong, powerful, and brave in a matter of 290 pages. The relationship between Gretchen and Phoenix made me tear up, it was so beautiful. I agree with the blurb on the back of the book: Ninety seconds can change a life. I normally don't read books that touched on the topics of immigration or gang violence but I was truly blown away by this piece of work. The only thing I did not like about the book was the constant use of Spanish language. I know some Spanish, but only the basics. When Phoenix was saying phrases and words in Spanish, I felt like I was missing a huge chunk of the situation that was occurring at that time. It's like I needed to have the google translate website on standby while I read this. Other than that, it was an overall success. I love the book.

The Girl on the Train - Paula Hawkins

"One for sorrow, two for joy, three for a girl. . .Three for a girl."

 

When I picked up this book, I didn't know much about the story line. At the beginning, it was slow and confusing. The way the chapters were written in past-present tense AND alternating characters, it was not my cup of tea. I would have to slow down and read the dates and who's talking, to piece it all together. However, after a while I've adjusted (kinda). I have to admit though . . . This book was so stressful and annoying, I couldn't rate it 5 stars. The characters were absolutely ridiculous. They were messy, unreasonable and just no. The character that I despised the most was Anna. . . until the ending of course. Rachel was constantly doing stupid things that she knew would make things worse for her and the people around her. I know that Rachel being a drunk makes her an unreliable character from the beginning, but I couldn't take it.

 

I had many theories about what happened to the murder victim, but I was wrong on all of them. Even though the characters were not tolerable, I was still interested to see where the story was leading. I just couldn't abandon the book without figuring out what happened that Saturday. I thought that the red-haired guy would have a significant part in the whole case though. I was kind of disappointed because he seemed like a mysterious character and would've been perfect if he was tied in somehow. A wonderful twist. When I found out what really went down, I wasn't surprised.

 

Overall, this book was a cool read. I still feel as if there is still holes left in the story line because it was so fast-paced at some points. I don't see the hype over this book either. I still would watch the movie to see how much it will be changed or not. This did remind me of Gone Girl at the beginning but after reading the whole book, it's totally not the same. Gone Girl is still the mother of psychological thrillers!

Feysand Forever! ♥

A Court of Mist and Fury - Sarah J. Maas

"She is my mate. And my spy," I said too quietly. "And she is the High Lady of the Night Court."

Sarah J. Maas has officially done it! She has warmed my heart with the love and tension in between Rhysand and Feyre and then tore it apart to leave me crying at the end of the book for more! I simply could not put this book down because it was so good. I even refused to go to sleep because I didn't want to stop turning the pages. This sequel was so amazing and well-written that I'm afraid that my words will not be enough to describe how I felt while reading this.

Rhysand and Feyre have this unbreakable bond between them that also makes them nearly UNSTOPPABLE. Nothing will keep them apart and I love that. They are one badass team together. They are completely made for each other. I cannot disagree even if I wanted to. As a reader, you could feel the steam coming from the book during those sexual scenes and how they just interact with one another. WAY better than Tamlin, (Even though I was a huge Tamlin lover in the first novel. Ha. Bye bye.) Also, Feyre's character has evolved so much in a way that she is much stronger. Mentally and physically. She's not the same shy girl that the readers have witnessed in the first book. She had dreams too. Which shows how she fit so well with the Night Court. Feyre was truly happy with Rhysand and that made me happy as well. Tamlin was containing her, trying to keep her from the life outside of the Spring Court. When I got to the point about Tamlin making a bargain with the enemy, I was SO upset. How could you be so dumb Tamlin? He was too blinded by love that he didn't even realize what he agreed to. Congratulations, you played yourself.

I am definitely excited to see what the next books will bring. How will Feyre kept the secret bond between her and Rhysand a secret from Tamlin and for how long? How will she avoid Tamlin's touch and other ideas that won't make it too obvious that she's pretending?

A Court of Thorns and Roses - Sarah J. Maas

Clicks Tongue. I had to think long and hard about what to rate this book. I'll start off by stating the things that I didn't like...The first few chapters of the book were extremely slow and boring. I had a tough time getting through it, I thought I was never going to finish this book. After suffering through the first couple of chapters, I realized that Feyre was the most annoying character ever. She would always do something so dumb because she wouldn't listen to Tamlin or Lucien. Somewhere in the book,she stated that they were treating her like she was a little disobedient child...But she WAS. They told her not to drink the faerie juice, she drank the juice. They told her to stay in her room during the night of the festival, she followed the drums. I was getting more upset with each page. Furthermore, the sexual scenes were more graphic than I expected. I don't know if I would actually consider this a YA book. Also, it seemed forced. One moment, Feyre disliked Tamlin then next thing you know she wants him in between her legs and allows him to bite her neck. I was more surprised than anything. I would reread the previous paragraphs like "Did I miss something? What is this?" It was the same thing with Rhysand... I don't see how people fangirl over him. What he was doing to Feyre was basically like rape, in my eyes. It's just so awkward, I couldn't deal with that. Even though I had some problems with the book, I did like some things. Towards the end of the book, Feyre was becoming a little more tolerable. I could say my favorite character was Lucien. He was pretty laid back and cool. He would have me laughing sometimes. I also loved the theme of family. I absolutely liked Nesta too. I never thought I would read a Faerie book, but I managed to get through it. I'm not sure yet if I will read the next book. I have heard several people say that the second book is better than the first. 

Dorothy Must Die - Danielle  Paige

Let me start off by saying: If there were more than 5 stars to rate this book, I would rate it 10 out of 10 stars. First, the cover is amazing to look at. The word "DIE" across Dorothy's dress made me want to read it even more. The concept of the book is STUNNNING. The only downside I have about this book is that I should've picked it up sooner. What was I waiting for? I was simply missing out of pure greatness. I literally couldn't put the book down without guessing what's going to happen next. The story was so great that I was debating on whether or not I wanted to add it to my favorites shelf. However, at the end of the book, I realize that I NEEDED to add this to my favorites. The ending was definitely a big surprise that I would've never guessed. This book is something that nobody could easily forget. It's the traditional Wizard of Oz story twisted into something so magnificent that I can't explain in words. As I'm writing this review, my face is just in awe. I loved Amy and all the characters. If an author can make me love the evil characters as well as the good characters, that's when you know the book deserves an A++++++. The word choices that author was using was so great that I felt like I was inside Oz myself. I really need to hug this author one day.