Little Miss Book Freak

Hey, my name is Georgie and reading books is my greatest passion. I read all kinds of books and I would really like it if you'd ask me to read and review a book you love or have heard of.

A Court of Wings and Ruin / Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Wings and Ruin - Sarah J. Maas

4 stars

 

I gave this amazing book 4 stars, which is great, but it might deserve more (I just can't help comparing it to the second book, A Court of Mist and Fury). 

 

This book was very fast paced and interesting- grabbed me right from the beginning. I would have liked for Feyre to stay a little longer in the Spring court, just to see as more things play out and relationships tested, but I was happy with it nonetheless. 

This was a pretty chunky book- 699 pages, but I found myself having to FORCE myself to put it down- I could've easily breezed through it in three days, but I really wanted to savour it, seeing as it was so good and only returning in 2018 (hysterical sobbing). 

 

A normal book would usually have one or two plot twists, and a Sarah J. Maas book would usually have like ten. THIS BOOK. she really outdid herself with this book. there were SO MANY plot twist, but written brilliantly so that you didn't get lost or confused- but even if you were confused, it was good frustration- frustration that keeps you on your tows for the entirety of the book. 

 

I did have two issues with this book (no spoilers)- the first one being the plot twists- I mean yes, each of them was jaw- dropping and amazing in its own right, but it did come to a point where it kind of felt overloaded with plot twist that were just too convenient- which brings me to the second issue, where I kind of felt that towards the end it got a little too Hollywood happy ending for me. (I'm being really vague because I don't want to spoil anything) 

 

other than these little problems, this book was amazing and entrancing and everything a book should be- we got to know the side characters a little more, which I felt really added to the story and the world building. Sarah did a fantastic job at the end- just like with plot twists, she doesn't leave us with only one cliffhanger, but like a dozen- there are so many things that I'm just itching to see unravel- so many unresolved feelings, and lied, and conflicts and just wow. 

 

Anyway, read it and let me know what YOU think!

Georgie xxxxxx

The Nanny Diaries/ Nicola Kraus & Emma McLaughlin

The Nanny Diaries - Nicola Kraus, Emma McLaughlin

3.5 stars

 

I gave this book 3.5 stars because it was a cute book- the kind you can read during a reading slump not because it was terrific, but because it was very light and didn't really demand your complete attention. 

 

things I liked- the book was very humorous and fun, you loved to hate some of the characters in this story, while still managing to feel bad for them as the story unraveled. Though we didn't really get to know each of the characters in depth (understandable, seeing as this is a pretty short book), they were all likable (not in the sense of who they WERE, but in the sense of how they were portrayed). 

 

things I disliked- the ending felt a little sudden and unresolved to me (though I suppose this might be the way these things really happen in reality) but my main problem was the romance- on one hand, I understood it was a little vague because the focus is on the child's relationship with his nanny, but still- I mean, we didn't even get his NAME. I didn't understand how this relationship came to be, and while I get the main point, I think these gaps in the story did more harm than good- there could have been other ways to relay the message. 

 

Anyway, read it and let me know what YOU think!

Georgie xxxxxx

Rebel of the Sand/ Alwyn Hamilton

Rebel of the Sands - Alwyn Hamilton

3 stars

 

to cut it short- I think the hype for this book was misleading. 

There were two 'major' plot twists in this book- the first one I had already figured out BEFORE the first half, and the second one I didn't really see coming, but still for some reason didn't seem very shocking or exhilarating. 

 

I had some problems with the main character- Amani. She had flaws that might have made her more realistic, but also made her annoying for me and after she did the things she did (no spoilers), she felt bad about it, said she wouldn't do it again, but then after a while she did the SAME thing again- this repeated itself like three times or something. I wanted her to have to face her friend, but that didn't happen- disappointing, but maybe in the next book? 

 

I felt like the Author didn't delve too deep into Jin's character, which I would have liked- when Jin explained his actions throughout the last two or three months, it was only a few lines and I feel like a lot of important details had been left out. I wanted to have more depth to his character because I think he has some potential and also because it would have helped me understand him and Amani as a pair- I felt like it wasn't really based on anything and was rushed, which confused me a little bit. 

 

On a different note, I really liked all of the side characters- Shazad (though again, hers and Amani's friendship was sudden and wasn't really detailed in the book) was a great female character- she was strong, capable, independent and a warrior in her own right. 

 

Bahi was cute and funny and an altogether important, optimistic and light-hearted character in the midst of war. Again, wished we could've got more information about him. 

 

Noorsham was also a character with a lot of potential, and I actually felt as if I got more details about his character than Jin's. I really liked his background and how it has affected him in the long run- Ironically I felt like he was the most explained and deep character in this book. 

 

to sum this book up, it felt like we only got to read and understand the tip of the iceberg, and maybe the whole character-and-world-building would be better in the next book, but I'm not sure I'm intrigued enough to buy it and find out. 

 

Anyway, read it and let me know what YOU think!

Georgie xxxxxx

A Court of Mist and Fury/ Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Mist and Fury - Sarah J. Maas

4.5 stars

Oh god. This book. this book had everything I didn't know I need. It got me hyperventilating, laughing, ranting, fanning myself (yes to the steamy scenes!) and on the brink of tears. 

I am so emotionally invested in this book I'm having a really hard time not giving away any spoilers (don't worry this IS a spoiler-free review). 

 

okay so the book picks up after the events of the first book in the series- A Court of Thorns and Roses, Feyre and Tamlin are back in the spring court and all is well. Sort of. I'm walking on really thin ice right now with the spoilers but let's just say that we see a definite change in the nature of Feyre and Tamlin's relationship following the events of Under The Mountain with Amarantha- both Tamlin and Feyre are (obviously) affected by their time there, and this causes changes in behaviour, while some more drastic than others.

-Which kind of brings me to my main problem with this book. I felt like the change in Tamlin's behaviour was too abrupt and too severe (and perhaps a little forced), but as I read on, and also talked to other readers about it, I'd realized all the hints for that development were already in the first book (which makes me want to go back and re-read the first book to really understand in depth events that happened and became clearer with the serious plot twists that occur in ACOMAF), which, once again, comes to prove what a genius Sarah J. Maas is.

 

The world building in this book continues to be beautiful and vivid. We are introduced to new characters and places we never knew even existed before, the plot is well-thought-out. 

A new threat comes out to play, and Feyre's character takes on new challenges, she develops and unravels in a very realistic way as she struggles with the aftermath of ACOTAR, her newly-found powers and her heart. we get to see more of her sisters, Elaine and Nesta, and are left wanting more. 

 

another character that we got to know more (much more) is Rhysand. It's very easy to fall in love with his character, his wit, his  friends and his will to survive and protect his loved ones. The only problem I had with him is the same problem I had with Tamlin, only in reverse. And that is ALL I'm going to say about that. other than that, I absolutely loved him and loved learning more about his past, and especially his past with Tamlin. and his body. Duh. 

 

I'm scared to say any more that might spoil you, but PLEASE if you are wary of the hype and not sure if to pick it up- pick it up! honestly, I had found myself disappointed by over-hyped books, but trust me on this one and TRUST THE HYPE! 

 

Read it, and let me know what YOU think!

Georgie xxxxxx

 

Update- I actually DID end up reading the first book again, and if you felt like me then I DO recommend that you'd do the same- it cleared a lot of things up for me, and with this new point of view of Tamlin, the book and the relationships in it really transform. Also, I don't remember if I'd said it before, but I think it's really fitting that Sarah has written it the that she did, because I feel like this is how most of these relationships start- out of nowhere, and the nature of the relationship only dawns on you after a while or after someone else points it out to you (like Rhys did). 

Dragonfly In Amber/ Diana Gabaldon

Dragonfly in Amber - Diana Gabaldon

3.5 stars

 

*sigh*. Well, it is true that most of the second books are not as good as the first, and sadly, this is an example for one of those books. 

 

Now, don't get me wrong, it WAS a good book and I enjoyed the plot, but I think it would have been much better if it was shorter. This book has almost a THOUSAND pages (!) and honestly, I think it wasn't necessary at all. While the first book was also a large book, it was because of important details or just things that were needed to set the feeling of the story. 

 

I think Dragonfly In Amber had too many political details that got me a bit confused and made the book very slow. 

 

apart from all of that, I did enjoy reading about Jamie, Claire and Murtagh in a different scenery that definitely helped us learn more about them and their character. It was interesting to see how our couple would cope with some of the thongs that had happened to them, and I loved how realistic their reactions were. 

 

I enjoyed Brianna especially, her reluctance and stubbornness, that was all Jamie, and her unyielding loyalty to people who weren't even around anymore... (no spoilers don't worry!)

 

I don't know if I'll continue the series, but I think I'll give it the benefit of the doubt and read the third book as well! 

 

Read it, and let me know what YOU think!

Georgie xxxxxx

Attachments/ Rainbow Rowell

Attachments - Rainbow Rowell

4 stars

 

I usually shy away from authors that get a lot of buzz (John Green, Rainbow Rowell, etc.) because I often feel they're overrated. I have already tried reading one of Rainbow Rowell's books- Eleanor and Park and I couldn't get into it, but Attachments was on my TBR, and I've heard lots of good things about it, so I picked it up and I'm so happy that I did!

 

most 'coming of age' stories we read about feature teenagers trying to invent themselves and find themselves in this big world... Rainbow Rowell did a fantastic job of proving that it is never too late to wake up, reinvent yourself and go after your dreams!

 

At first I was worried that I would think of the main character as a slob spoiled child that still lives with his mother and has no ambitions. What happened was quite the opposite, actually- I found myself rooting for him as he cautiously took steps to get out of his bubble and take charge of his life. 

 

He got over some things and he did it by himself (though with a little nudge in the right direction), which I appreciated. I gave this 4 stars because of the great writing and incredible character development. I took a star off (actually being generous) because some things (no spoilers!) seemed really unrealistic and out of place. 

 

all in all, it was a cute read and I would recommend it!

 

Read it, and let me know what YOU think!

Georgie xxxxxx

The Life Before Us/ Emile Ajar

La vie devant soi - Romain Gary, Émile Ajar

3.5 stars

 

I had to read this book for school this summer, and while all my friend moaned and complained, I read this book in a day and found myself actually liking it. 

 

It was mostly a sad read, but with a frankness that was as refreshing as it was shocking, and an unapologetic point of view that only a kid that lives in chaos can express. 

 

sometimes it was a bit repetitive, but I guess that is because the story is told by a child. While for some readers it can be a flat, boring book, those who look deeper can see the aftermath of the holocaust, the struggles of a prostitute's child's life in France, the Islamic's fight to fit into society and the devastating reality of a child who is trapped in all of that. 

 

This book's characters are strong ones. they rose from the ashes after everything life's thrown their way. They each cope in a different way, and still find the place in their heart for love, loyalty and hope. 

 

I didn't LOVE the writing itself, and not much happened actually, which is why I gave this 3.5 stars, but nevertheless, I think it's a great book for anyone to read (I would rate this 13+ maybe, because of drugs and prostitutes, but nothing major happened concerning THEM, the end of the book however, is very sad and,,, shocking, so you really should decide for yourselves. 

 

Read it, and let me know what YOU think!

Georgie xxxxxx

Storm Siren/ Mary Weber

Storm Siren - Mary Weber

4 stars

 

I really liked this book. I liked the main character, her friends and how could I not- the love interest. I didn't really liked the world- building because it took me a while to understand because the explanations were only at the end of the book and even now I am left with some questions. 

 

I really like in books when the romance isn't immediate and it is slowly built. I think it makes much better and richer. this book was no different and I really liked the main couple. 

 

and OH MY GOD the plot twist at the end. when I say end I don't mean the last chapter like regular books. I mean last sentence plot twist. seriously. WHAT. It left me slightly panicking and definitely hungry for more. 

 

I also liked that (although I didn't really realize it until the end) Mary Weber put the element of self- harm into her book, she wrote it in a way that we, the readers, didn't really understand what it really was about, we got used to it and then in the end when we understood I was like DAMN. 

 

Read it, and let me know what YOU think!

Georgie xxxxxx

Outlander/ Diana Gabaldon

Outlander - Diana Gabaldon

5 stars

 

many 'classics' are really not worth the read. Outlander might be a HUGE book and quite the commitment, but it was definitely worth it. It's no secret that it is a big book, but I swear time flew by way too quickly when I read it. 

 

I had some problems with some of the elements in the book, but I had to keep reminding myself that this was the era of the book. I love the world building and I completely fell for Jamie- I recommend watching the new TV series while reading the books, it was really lots of fun. 

 

I would say this suits 16+ or 17+ (violence and sexual themes) but it all depends on what you like reading. 

 

Read it, and let me know what YOU think!

Georgie xxxxxx

Throne Of Glass/ Sarah J. Maas

Throne of Glass - Sarah J. Maas

5 stars

 

Oh. My. Fudging. God. 

If you are a human being, and you still haven't read Throne Of Glass then what the hell is wrong with you?! 

 

I usually don't like reading books that were reviewed a million times like TFIOS because I kind of get the feeling that they're cheap and overrated. But holy mother of god- this book was spectacular. 

 

Sorry for the excessive use of OMGs, but this book definitely deserves the drama that surrounds it. I'm at a total loss for words. just trust me, and read it. 

 

This book has everything good a book needs. 

a strong female main character, a not-sappy-at-all love triangle, action, awesome world building, drama, amazing characters, humor, mind blowing plot twists. 

 

I don't even know how to explain why this book is so good. She's an assassin. Is this not good enough for you? just trust me and go read this book. You'll thank me later. go. now. shoo. 

 

Read it, and let me know what YOU think!

Georgie xxxxxx

Cinder/ Marissa Meyer

Cinder - Marissa Meyer

5 stars

 

although I have heard many great reviews about this book (and series) it took me a long time to actually get the book and start to read it. I'm truly sorry it took me so long. Cinder was better than I could have imagined. 

 

I'm not really into cyborgs and THIS kind of futuristic literature, but it was different. Although there were many androids and cyborgs and stuff like that, it wasn't like they were incapable-of-love-robots. 

 

they were very human and I love the characters. I got sucked into the story 3 pages in, and I actually almost failed a test in school because I couldn't bring myself to put the book down and study! 

 

Marissa is a great author, and she combined many romantic moments, funny moments, nerve-wracking moments and plot twists that made me aww, LOL, scream and awkwardly gape in public. 

 

this book was fantastic and I can't wait to get my hands on the next book in the series. 

 

Read it, and let me know what YOU think!!

Georgie xxxxxx

Geek Girl/ Holly Smale

Geek Girl - Holly Smale

4 stars

 

This book was given to me for my birthday. I heard a lot of controversial review about this book, and I definitely side with the positive ones! 

 

this book was hilarious, cute, interesting and at one point (for me) very emotional. Harriet was very easy to relate to in many ways, and even for those who don't have anything in common with her, she is still very easy to sympathize with.

 

this book was filled with fashion, interesting facts, romance, family and friendship- everything you could possibly want in a book. Harriet's character was very believable in the sense that she wasn't perfect at all. she made some stupid mistakes, and admitted her flaws- which I think is admirable. 

 

I really recommenced this book to everyone and especially to you geeks out there!

 

Read it, and let me know what YOU think!

Georgie xxxxxx

Immortal Beloved/ Cate Tiernan

Immortal Beloved - Cate Tiernan

3.5 stars

 

I have to admit- I was a bit reluctant at first, and I think the biggest minus to this book is that the world building was very slow and unclear. Only in the middle of the book I felt that I understood the main character (Nastasia) enough to care what happened to her. 

 

It took a while and when I finally did- it was sudden, and beautiful. I immediately fell in love with her- she has so many layers, which made it harder to know her, but made me love her deeply, and much more than usual book characters. 

 

The plot was fast- paced, interesting and engrossing. the second half of the book, I just couldn't put it down. I literally read it whenever I could, even in the middle of a lesson at school! more than once in the middle of reading in class (which is why I hate publicly reading) I gasped dramatically, made strange frustrated noises, and had huge goofy oh-my-god-this-is-so-adorable smiles. 

 

I can really say I loved this book, but I had to give it 3.5 stars because of the beginning and the slow character and world building. 

 

Anyway, read it and let me know what YOU think!

Georgie xxxxxx

A Time Like No Other/ Audrey Howard

A Time Like No Other - Audrey Howard

4 stars

 

I was a bit skeptical about this book, because I don't usually read Historical Romance (unless you count time-travel fanfics). 

 

I can honestly say that I was not disappointed at all! this book took a little time to read because life got in the way, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. I loved the characters, and even though sometimes I disagreed with the way they acted, every questionable action was analyzed and the emotions behind it were explained. 

 

I loved how I could hear the strong accent in my head when I read it, and that while she wrote how the words sounded, it wasn't too hard to understand, as it is with many other books. 

 

I loved how Lally was such a strong female character and that even in the hardest of times, when many would choose to give up on everything, she took matters into her own hands and wouldn't let anybody do the dirty work for her- I found it quite inspiring. 

 

Because it was a Historical Romance book, I was afraid it would be boring, slow paced and not much action going on- that was definitely not the case! the book was filled with wonderfully intricate twists, turns and conspiracies. 

 

Read it , and let me know what YOU think!

Georgie xxxxxx

Smashed/ Mandy Hager

Smashed - Mandy Hager

4.5 stars

 

To be honest, I started reading this book like two years ago and didn't really get into it but now it was part of my TBR challenge and I am  SO glad I picked it up! this book got me guessing and theorizing until the last few pages and it was fast paced and engrossing. 

 

This book was a real page- turner and had some tough topics that Mandy Hager did an excellent job of covering. Because this book has elements of rape and suicide in it, I would recommend it to 15+ 

 

I love the main character- Toby, his character development and how he analyses everything. His whole way of thinking is very mature and fascinating. I also liked all the other characters in this book- they were all entertaining, deep and interesting. 

 

Read it and let me know what YOU think!

Georgie xxxx

Command Performance/ Nora Roberts

Command Performance - Nora Roberts

4 stars

 

I read this book during the book-reading-rush that comes after a long book slump, so I enjoyed every little thing about it. 

 

I don't really know which I enjoyed more- the romance in this story or the suspense, because both were really good. I loved how Eve and Alex were so entirely different from each other, yet they seemed to fit so perfectly together. 

 

It was one of those books that made you really angry at the characters for not seeing what you see- how they so obviously belong together (which I love)

 

At times I thought Alexander's strength and alpha-male-ness was sexy and cute, but there were times when I was like 'whoa dude take it down a notch' , but all in all I liked him. I also really liked Bennett's character- it was fun to read and very light. 

 

as I said, the suspense was also really good, but I'm not going to say anything about it because this is a spoiler- free review, I'll just say that again, the end was the first thing you thought it would be but then forgot about because you didn't think it would be that obvious, so that when it did happen, you kind of freaked out a little. 

 

Read it and let me know what YOU think!

Georgie xxxx