Book Review // The Damned by Renée Ahdieh

Title: The Damned
Author: Renée Ahdieh
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Pub. Date: 07 Jul 2020 

Book Review

In this sequel, we follow the story of forbidden love between Celine and Sébastien. After Celine offered her memories for Sébastien’s life, she didn’t remember anything connected to him or the La Cour des Lions. Her loss of memories was explained by the doctor as the result of the attack on her in the past month. With Michael and Pippa on her side, she was recovering fast, however, the dreams and the feeling of loss didn’t want to leave her in peace. Nothing feels right. She sees the lies in her friends’ mouths. She decides to find the truth and the way to her lost memories.

On the other side, Sébastien is straggling with accepting the truth of becoming a vampire himself, like the rest of his family. He doesn’t want to adapt; he wants his humanity back. He wants Celine back in his arms. He doesn’t want to live the life of the cursed immortal. He never wanted a life like this, he knew the cost of it. His focus changes when he finds out about a one in a million chance to retrieve his humanity back.

Their lives cross once again and the fight for the future starts all over again.
The sequel of The Beautiful wasn’t the book I expected it to be. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t a bad book, but I was lacking a few details I really loved in the first book. First of all, I miss the mystery atmosphere that was heavily present in the first book. It was the part that actually was driving me into reading the first book so fast. I wanted to know more and more about the characters, the villain, and the coming events. Everything was unexpected and surprising. However, in this book half of the book was boring as most of the events were obvious. Secondly, the picture of the vampire from the first book was transformed from the dangerous creature into a typical loveable vampire that most of the books introduce. Well, I should see that coming, however, I liked this aspect very much.

Besides these two things, I enjoyed this book a lot. Even if the first half of the book wasn’t very intriguing, I enjoyed the second one very much. I liked the connection between the fey world and Celine. I won’t lie, I was surprised as much as Sébastien when I figured it out while reading. I knew there is something special about Celine, however, I didn’t know in what way. Moreover, let’s talk about how powerful Celine became after all that happened. I love her sassiness and that she doesn’t let anyone mess with her. She didn’t let anyone decide about her actions and future. She stood for herself in the times she knew people tried to control her because of her weakness of not knowing this world. I adore her character even more than after reading the first book. Sometimes the things she had done were reckless, however, she always could find a way out from it. Well, she is a smart woman so I shouldn’t be even surprised.

As much as I enjoyed Celine’s part of the story, I don’t know if I can say the same about Sébastien. I think his point of view was repeating itself through the first half of the book and the action started first when he finally decided to find a way to get back his humanity. I really like his character, however, his POV was lacking something to interest me as much as Celine’s ones.
I think the worst POV of this book was Michael’s. I don’t know if I am the only one, but his character annoyed me so much. I couldn’t bear him talking. Honestly, as much as I liked him in the first book, as much I hate him in this one. THANK YOU, NEXT. Unfortunately, I think he will play a big part in the next book.

At the end of this review, I would like to mention how good was the ending of the book. I suspected it, however, I still enjoyed reading it. I don’t understand exactly a few parts of it, and I hope they will be better explained in the next part because, without it, so many things wouldn’t have any sense. For example, Emelie’s character didn’t exactly appear as I thought it will be. In the first book, she looked as if she would be a very smart character, however, in this one, she ends up as another desperate maniac who wants to destroy her own family. Her desperation was painful and unreasonable. Especially, what she had done to Odette until now I do not understand how cruel you can be to do something like this just to hurt your brother. I thought that her revenge will be as good planned as in the first book, but it turned out to be chaotic and stupid.

Rate: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I would like to thank NetGalley, Renée Ahdieh, and Hodder & Stoughton for providing me this book! I cannot wait to read the third part of this story. I am very curious about how the story will continue in the unknown world of the fae.

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Blog Tour ~ Review // Historically Inaccurate by Shay Bravo


Title: Historically Inaccurate
Author: Shay Bravo
Publisher: Wattpad Books

Book Review

After Soledad Gutierrez’s mother is deported, her life changes the way she was always scared. She and her father try everything to bring her mother back; however, it is not possible until she will be twenty-one. Since she can’t change it, she tries to focus on the new college. She desperately wants to fit in. Her friend convinces her to join a history club of which he’s a member. However, to join the club she needs to get through the initiation process, which is dangerous and most of the time an illegal task. She needs to break into Westray’s oldest house and still a fork as proof. As crazy as it is, she agrees to do it. However, she didn’t think she will be cut by the old couple’s grandson. She barely escapes the house, but she cannot escape him, since he’s a student at the college she attends.

Sol is a very complicated character. I could never guess what’s going on in her head, it was a huge mess in my opinion. She doesn’t want to be in the club but she still does everything to get in. She doesn’t want to get in trouble and then she does everything that will bring trouble into her life. She fights with herself through the book. She is lost after her mom is deported and her life changes in a way she hates. I’m still not sure if she was doing all of this just to fit in or maybe to feel alive. She was most of the time upset about how her life is complicated but honestly, she was the only person that was complicating it.

Ethan is this cute boy from the neighborhood you don’t know you want to date until you see him without a shirt. It’s a joke but I’m sure it was one of the reasons Sol started to view him differently. I don’t know how to feel about their romance in this book. It was sweet, but also a little bit boring? I think it will bring something new to the story but it didn’t change much in the story.

This story wasn’t bad, I enjoyed reading some part of this book. However, it didn’t engage me in a way that I cannot put the book down. This story and the characters were very average. I know it’s a debut book so the author can still surprise us in the future. She isn’t a bad writer. It’s just that the story didn’t click with me. In the beginning, I thought it will mostly touch the subject of Latin people living in the United States and about deportations. However, it covered a very small part of the story. It focused more on the club that no one wanted to be a part of. I cannot understand what interesting this club had so people want to join so badly. I know it made them feel that they belong somewhere, but I am sure it wasn’t the only club they could join. Maybe I didn’t look deep enough into this subject and I missed something. Well, I will never know.

Rate: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

I would like to thank Shannon Donaghy and Shay Bravo for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I hope you guys enjoyed my review!

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Book Review // The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

Title: The Cruel Prince
Author: Holly Black
Publisher: Hot Key Books

Book Review

Jude Duarte lives in the cruel world of Faerie. She was taken away to this world when she was only seven years old. From this time, she was fighting there for survivor. Mortals aren’t treated well in the High Court of Faerie and being a daughter of the Grand General didn’t help her. She felt powerless against the high positioned faeries that spent their free time on showing her that she doesn’t belong there. She couldn’t do anything about it since one of them was a prince Carden.

She didn’t lose her hope to one day be one of them. Moreover, when the prince Dain came to her house and offered her to be one of his spies, she didn’t take much time to consider it and agreed to it. From this time, she grew as a person, she learned the skills she was lacking before. To be honest, she was annoying me in the first part of the book. I didn’t like her attitude and her action but after she joined the Court of Shadows, she positively changed with the time. This transition altered my experience with this book. In the beginning, I couldn’t understand why people like this book so much, however; I changed my mind with the ending of the book.

The first thing I enjoyed in this book was the cruelty of faeries. In many books, faeries are described as cruel but with the time they are kinder than the mortals. I don’t say it’s a bad thing, however, it’s nice to finally get something different.

This book contains a lot of confusing events, however; they all when connected, create a perfect and shocking ending. The ending is my favorite part of the book since I didn’t expect it. One of the confusing things in this book was Locke. I’m still mad at myself for liking his character. He’s such an annoying idiot. Honestly, if you fell into his trap as I did, I’m sorry. Another annoying person in this part is Taryn, twin sister of Jude. I understand she fears being hurt but I will never understand how she can treat her sister this way. In the end, I just wanted to shake or slap her. She doesn’t deserve Jude as a sister. I will never believe that she did all those things out of love.

The character I couldn’t decide to like or dislike in this book was Cardan. I read this book some time ago, but I remember that the only time I enjoyed scenes with him was during/after the coronation. He is an interesting character and after reading all the books, my favorite one, but we didn’t get much from him in this book.

After reading all the books I can say that it was worth my time. The story has a lot of unexpecting turns, well-written characters, and an interesting world. In my opinion, the second and third books were much more interesting than the first one. However, this book is introduced as well to this world and its characters. I highly recommend this series to everyone who likes a Faerie world.

Rate: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


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Blog Tour ~ Book Review // The Beast and the Bethany by Jack Meggitt-Phillips

Title: The Beast and the Bethany
Author: Jack Meggitt-Phillips
Publisher: Egmont

Book Review

Ebenezer Tweezer never cared about anything more than himself. Thanks to his magical “friend” and its potion he was able to stay young and handsome for 511 years. The only thing he had to give to the beast in return is preparing the meals he asked for. In the beginning, they were small, easy to find things. However, with time it got so much harder. He started to ask for things like rare birds and animals. It was not an issue for Ebenezer, he was able to do everything to get the potion. This is how his life was going on until the beast for the first time requested from him to bring him a living child to eat. It was a shock for the man, but it did not stop him from fulfilling the wish. After many tries, he finally found the nastiest and rudest kid that no one would miss and brought it to the beast. However, the beast was not happy with Ebenezer’s choice. The girl he brought Bethany was too thin for him to enjoy the meal. He gave Ebenezer a few days to make it right.

Ebenezer is a very shallow person, but it is not a surprise. The biggest surprise for me was his knowledge of the world. From the beginning, it looks like he’s living in his own world and doesn’t look around what is happening in the world. He lives already for 511 years but he did not know that he cannot buy a child in the store. It’s pretty clear that instead of enjoying his life as he was planning to, he devoted it to getting more and more years by fulfilling the beast’s wishes. However, his purpose changed with time when he met Bethany. I think that the best part of this book is when these two are getting closer to each other.

Bethany, on the other side, is a child who never got any attention she needed from the people around her. That’s where the nasty behavior comes from. Moreover, she is a very smart girl. She listens to what people are telling her and she is using it as an advantage. She knows how to trick and manipulate people to give her what she wants.

The story overall is very interesting. It’s not long so you can easily read it in one day. The book has a mystery but also a moral in it. However, most parts of this book consisted of the good humor of the characters. A lot of events in this book were hilarious, I could give you some example because I don’t want to spoil too much about this book.

This book is definitely written in a good style with an amazing plot and interesting character. I actually was very interested in it after seeing the similarity of the style in Coraline, which is one of my favorite middle-grade books and I was right. I didn’t read books in this genre for a long while so I was nicely surprised after finishing this story. I am curious how the story will continue in book two.

Rate: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I would like to thank TheWriteReads and Egmont for inviting me to this tour and providing me with a copy of this book. It was exactly what I needed right now while moving abroad. I hope you all enjoyed my review and will experience this book on your own.

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Blog Tour ~ Book Review // The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Title: The Inheritance Games
Author: Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Publisher: Penguin

Book Review

Avery Grambs’ life is a mix of ups and downs. After the death of her mother, she moved in with her half-sister Libby. It wasn’t perfect but Avery isn’t the kind of girl that will complain all the time. She finds her routine and tries to survive until she will be able to get out from there. Her life goes on until the Hawthorne family appears in her life. A billionaire Tobias Hawthorne included her in his will. The weirdest part is that she didn’t even know him before he passed away. However, the biggest surprise is that he left her his entire fortune. She can keep it under one rule; she needs to move into the Hawthorne manor and live there for a year. It’s not as easy because the house is occupied by Tobias Hawthorne’s daughters and grandsons.

From the time she moves in, she becomes a public person followed by media, which also brings danger to her life. She cannot live like this without knowing why a stranger leaves her everything instead of leaving it to his family. She decides to investigate and tries to find the missing puzzle.

Avery is a hard-skinned girl, who’s hard to break. She’s also very humble, which in my opinion is also why she was chosen by Hawthorne, but I see that this book is more complex than that. Moreover, she was always good at games. She saw the answers that other people don’t notice. When she moves into Hawthorne’s house she immediately starts digging. She wants to know why she was chosen. Why he didn’t leave the money to his family as everyone was expecting. Thankfully she wasn’t the only one who wanted to find the answers.

Hawthorne boys cannot be trusted. Everyone repeats it throughout the book. However, it’s so easy to fall in love with each of them. Their personalities are completely different but at the same time in the same level attractive. They’re not bad people. They are lost and Avery happens to be their way out. A person who they can focus on. I don’t have a favorite in this group. They are all special in their own way. However, I like Xander and Grayson slightly more than Nash and Jameson. Grayson is very secretive, however; this mystery makes you like him even more. Besides he has his ways with words. He can be a jerk but on the other side, he’s the cutest guy in this book. Xander is a Brainiac. He’s the smartest in the group and the most underestimated. He covers a feeling of being left out with confidence, which I think is just an act.

This book is a rollercoaster. There isn’t a moment when you think that the book is boring. Something happens all the time but at the same time, it isn’t overdone. Everyone in the house is a suspect and a threat so you don’t know from which side comes a danger. I tried to guess all the way through the book why Avery was chosen, and I was partly correct. Firstly, when the mystery was solved, I was mad because it wasn’t special. I felt that I was waiting for something big, but it turned out to be nothing special. I even wanted to lower the rate because I was so disappointed. However, the last four pages hit me, and I went back to loving this book! I cannot wait to read a sequel to this book! The ending was everything I wanted it to be.

Rate: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I would like to thank TheWriteReads for including me in this tour! I am so grateful for being able to read this book and share my love and thoughts it with you all! This book deserves to be known and loved! I will definitely buy a copy for myself this month so I can experience this story once again.

I want to start adding new thing to my reviews, which is the songs that fits to the story. Today’s song is Bad Dreams and You Don’t Even Know Me by Faouzia, which perfectly describe the feelings of Avery in the book.

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Book Review // The Beautiful by Renée Ahdieh The Beautiful (9781524738174): Ahdieh, Renée: Books

Title: The Beautiful
Author: Renée Ahdieh
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

Book Synopsis

In 1872, New Orleans is a city ruled by the dead. But to seventeen-year-old Celine Rousseau, New Orleans provides her a refuge after she’s forced to flee her life as a dressmaker in Paris. Taken in by the sisters of the Ursuline convent along with six other girls, Celine quickly becomes enamored with the vibrant city from the music to the food to the soirées and—especially—to the danger. She soon becomes embroiled in the city’s glitzy underworld, known as La Cour des Lions, after catching the eye of the group’s leader, the enigmatic Sébastien Saint Germain. When the body of one of the girls from the convent is found in the lair of La Cour des Lions, Celine battles her attraction to him and suspicions about Sébastien’s guilt along with the shame of her own horrible secret.

When more bodies are discovered, each crime more gruesome than the last, Celine and New Orleans become gripped by the terror of a serial killer on the loose—one Celine is sure has set her in his sights . . . and who may even be the young man who has stolen her heart. As the murders continue to go unsolved, Celine takes matters into her own hands and soon uncovers something even more shocking: an age-old feud from the darkest creatures of the underworld reveals a truth about Celine she always suspected simmered just beneath the surface.

At once a sultry romance and a thrilling murder mystery, master storyteller Renée Ahdieh embarks on her most potent fantasy series yet: The Beautiful.

Book Review

New Orleans was supposed to be a new start for Celine Rousseau, who left everything she had behind in Paris. Followed by the shadows of her past, she joined the Ursuline convent along with six other girls. The time when a girl’s departure in the city wasn’t the safest one. The murderer was walking free on the streets, killing and draining the bodies out of the blood. As horrible as it is, the warnings didn’t stop girls from leaving the convent at late hours.

When Celine received a request for the dress from a French girl she met, she couldn’t refuse the opportunity to get back to her profession as a dressmaker. She accepted the late appointment with the girl named Odette. This night brings the change to her life she didn’t expect. On her way to meet Odette, she meets a handsome and quite dangerous Sébastien Saint Germain, the leader of La Cour de Lions. She feels this weird magic that draws her to him. This attraction costs her the safety of her and everyone close to her.

Celine Rousseau can be described as a strong character, however, as strong as she tries to be, her past left a scar on her soul and the weakness she will never be able to leave behind. It also made her brave in a way that she doesn’t let anyone lead her life. She doesn’t step back in the time of fear, she fights for her future and her beloved ones. I really like her, she can be annoying from time to time, however, with each chapter she shows the new quality of her which I admire.

When I started reading this book, I didn’t know it is about vampires and I am so glad I didn’t. After the popularity of the books about vampires 5-10 years ago, I wasn’t into this kind of stories anymore. However, this one is something completely else than I would expect. First of all, the idea of writing the story from the point of view of the victim and the villain is genius! Moreover, as much as we getting to know the villain in the story till the last page of the book, we still have no idea who exactly this person/creature is. This alone makes me give this book four stars. Second of all, the vampires shown in this book remind me more about the demons, not the vampires presented in most YA books. They are dangerous, bloodthirsty, and unworldly. They create a picture of a dangerous creature you must fear, not fall in love with.

The plot is very intriguing. The mystery with a little drop of the horror story that will keep you reading until the last page. The book also isn’t lucking a love plot between Celine and the mystery handsome young man met on the streets of New Orleans.

Rate: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The reason why I read this story is actually very funny. I requested (not for the first time) The Damned by Renée Ahdieh on Netgalley, but I didn’t know that it’s a sequel at the time I did it. A few days ago, I noticed that I have only 16 days to read this book before it will be achieved in my library, so I decided to put down the book I was reading and start reading this one. Well, that was the time I found out that it’s the sequel. However, I really wanted to read this book as well. It was on my tbr for a long time, so I am happy that I did it. Now it’s the time to finally read the sequel of the story. Hopefully, it will be as good as the first one, or even better.

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August Giveaway // Kindle Fire and 17 Fantasy Books Contest

Hello and Happy Monday!

I recently met Abby Arthur, author of TWINS OF SHADOW, and I’m excited to share that she’s running a HUGE giveaway this month.

She’s giving away a total of 17 YA Fantasy novels and a new eReader from Amazon – the Kindle Fire 7, over the course of the next 4 weeks.


Every entrant will also receive a FREE eCopy of TWINS OF SHADOW


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On August 7th

Abby’s drawing a winner for the current books in Sabaa Tahir’s AN EMBER IN THE ASHES series, which includes:


These will be HARDCOVER COPIES! With a total value of $60 US Dollars

Here’s the link to enter:

On August 14th

Abby’s drawing a winner for 3 books from New York Times Best Selling Authors.

  • CHAINS OF GOLD by Cassandra Clare

These will be HARDCOVER COPIES! With a total value of $80 US Dollars

On August 21st

Abby’s drawing a winner for Holly Black’s series: FOLK OF THE AIR.


These will be HARDCOVER COPIES! With a total value of $80 US Dollars

On August 28th

Abby’s giving away the grand prize, which includes the eReader and 8 eBooks at a $150 value:

  • Kindle Fire 7
  • 1 A SONG OF WRATHS AND RUIN by Roseanne A Brown
  • 2 THE KINGDOM OF BACK by Marie Lu
  • 3 WICKED SAINTS by Emily A. Duncan
  • 4 THE GUINEVERE DECEPTION by Kiersten White
  • 5 CHILDREN OF BLOOD AND BONE by Tomi Adeyemi
  • 6 THE CURSED CHILD by J.K Rowling
  • 7 SIX OF CROWS by Leigh Bardugo
  • 8 SORCERY OF THORNS by Margaret Rogerson

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Book Review // The Betrothed by Kiera Cass

Title: The Betrothed
Author: Kiera Cass
Publisher: HarperCollins Children’s Books
Pub. Date: May 5th 2020

Book Synopsis

When King Jameson declares his love for Lady Hollis Brite, Hollis is shocked—and thrilled. After all, she’s grown up at Keresken Castle, vying for the king’s attention alongside other daughters of the nobility. Capturing his heart is a dream come true.

But Hollis soon realizes that falling in love with a king and being crowned queen may not be the happily ever after she thought it would be. And when she meets a commoner with the mysterious power to see right into her heart, she finds that the future she really wants is one that she never thought to imagine.

(Goodreads, 2020)

Book Review

Lady Hollis Brite is a free soul living in the Keresken Castle. Lately, she gets more and more attention from King Jameson. At the beginning she thinks, she’s another girl which he will leave after a short period of time, however, it changes when he declares love to her. Jameson is a mixture of the strong king that only cares about what’s good for his country and a sweet and caring man, who will give you his heart. I liked him and Hollis together from the beginning because they made such a good couple together. I knew it will end soon but I was still trying to enjoy this romance if I can.
After Jameson declares that he wants Hollis to become his queen, her daily activities include preparations to convince the rest of the court that she is the right choice for him. She’s very smart and ingenious. Her ideas most of the time succeed and she’s getting closer to become a queen every day.

Everything is going perfectly until the Eastoffe family arrives at the castle. Hollis’ eyes fall on the young boy called Silas, and her feelings unexpectedly change the direction. I knew it’s going to happen but when it did, I still felt that I like Jameson more than him, and even if he had his moments where he snapped on Hollis, it doesn’t mean he’s a bad guy.

From this time Hollis is going through a lot of challenges, for which she wasn’t ready yet. She has her confusing thoughts about how she feels around Silas and Jameson. She realizes that her dream of becoming a queen won’t be a fairy tale she dreamed about. This was the moment I started to understand her more but also, she started to annoy me a little. I still don’t know what to think about her. On one side, she is a very smart and carrying girl but on the other, I just wanted to scream at her to decide what she wants. She should know what she was putting herself into before she was accepting the king’s affections.

Silas is a sweet character; however, I didn’t feel very attached to him. Knowing the ending, I’m very glad I didn’t. I don’t want to spoil too much to you, but it was surprising how the book ended. I’m not actually sure if I like it. I felt a little bit that it was unnecessary and done only to be able to continue it with the second book. I’m curious how it will continue but it doesn’t intrigue me as much as I thought it will.
I enjoyed reading this book in some way, but I expected a little bit more after waiting so many years for a new book from Kiera Cass. Well, hopefully, the second book won’t be very disappointing.

Rate: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

I enjoyed reading this book in some way, but I expected a little bit more after waiting so many years for a new book from Kiera Cass. Well, hopefully, the second book won’t be very disappointing.

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Spotlight // The Afflication of Praha by Simon Gillard

Title: The Afflication of Praha
Author: Simon Gillard
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services
Pub. Date: 9th of July


It’s 20th-century Czechoslovakia… and murder comes knocking.

The Teralov family are loved and respected by everyone in Prague, adored for bringing prosperity and hope to its downtrodden people… so nobody expected to find Peter Teralov inexplicably murdered in the streets.

To quell the uproar, expert Soviet detective Edgar Rollenvart soon finds himself tasked with hunting down the one responsible and bringing the killer to justice. He’s confident he can unravel the mystery behind Peter’s killing – despite the mysterious absence of evidence.

Teaming up with Peter’s brother, Edgar embarks on a twisting and impossible case that will take them through the streets and cities of early 1920s Czechoslovakia. As the number of suspects mounts and the evidence seems to go nowhere, Edgar soon realizes that the mystery behind this case runs far deeper than meets the eye…

If you like gripping historical mysteries packed with brutal twists and turns, then you won’t want to miss this dramatic and period-perfect depiction of the early 20th-century in the heart of Europe.

About Simon Gillard

Simon Gillard is an author with a passion for mystery novels and history alike.

He works as a Network Engineer in the IT industry, and he also spent two years in Slovakia, which inspired him to craft ‘The Affliction of Praha’ and use the nation’s rich history as its setting.

When not writing, Simon enjoys reading, motorbikes, skiing and music. He currently lives in London with his beautiful wife and their young daughter.





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ARC Review // Sparrow by Mary Cecilia Jackson

Title: Sparrow
Author: Mary Cecilia Jackson
Publisher: Macmillan-Tor/Forge
Pub. Date: 17 Mar 2020

Book Synopsis:

There are two kinds of people on the planet. Hunters and prey
I thought I would be safe after my mother died. I thought I could stop searching for new places to hide. But you can’t escape what you are, what you’ve always been.
My name is Savannah Darcy Rose.
And I am still prey.

Though Savannah Rose―Sparrow to her friends and family- is a gifted ballerina, her real talent is keeping secrets. Schooled in silence by her long-dead mother, Sparrow has always believed that her lifelong creed – “I’m not the kind of girl who tells” – will make her just like everyone else: Normal. Happy. Safe. But in the aftermath of a brutal assault by her seemingly perfect boyfriend Tristan, Sparrow must finally find the courage to confront the ghosts of her past, or lose herself forever…

(Goodreads, 2020)

My review:

Sparrow is a very talented ballerina whose life was always very focused on her training, not personal life. When she meets Tristan, she wants to change it so she can finally feel the taste of teenage love. She falls so deeply in it that she doesn’t recognize that the relationship with him is very toxic and abusive. She hides it from everyone and blames herself for every attack from his side. Her friend Lucas is against this relationship from the very beginning. Tristan was always a bully and he didn’t see any change in his behavior so he couldn’t understand why she wanted to be with him. They got into a lot of fights about it. He was the only person that saw that something is very wrong with it. So, every time he saw Sparrow, the conversation ended up as a fight and that’s how half of the book goes.

Sparrow’s relationship with her boyfriend is very toxic. She has no right to have an opinion, cry, speak to any guys and many more because it makes her boyfriend mad. When he gets mad, he starts to be very abusive and that’s what terrifies her, but she still tells herself that he does it because he loves her so much. When she finally tries to end it, she becomes a victim of a brutal assault. That’s how the first part of the story ends and instead of going to the second part, the story goes back to the beginning and shows the same story from Lucas’s point of view what makes no sense and is useless. I think that this book would be so much better without it and less annoying. Lucas is very childish and mad at the whole world because nothing is the way he wants it to be. He thinks that he knows everything better and takes everything too far with the major consequences at the end.

The next two parts are about the time Sparrow spends in the hospital and the recovery after she’s finally home. It reveals a dark story of her mother and how much influence it had on her life. I honestly think that the chapters about her stay at the hospital were too long and not needed. It should be focused more on the reason why she felt and acted the way she did after she finally woke up from a coma. The part I enjoyed the most in this book was the part of Sparrow’s therapy. It was interesting and explained all the important aspects of the story that could be confusing for the readers.

I was very excited to read this book. The synopsis sounds very interesting so I thought the book should be even better. The overall story idea was good, but the away it was written was just bad and boring. I felt like the first 250 pages were so repetitive and boring that I was falling asleep during the reading. The only part I enjoyed was 50 last pages and I don’t understand why the author didn’t focus on it more than on stupid fights between Lucas and Sparrow. Honestly, I didn’t like this book. I think it could be so much better if the author would focus on the different aspects of the story than she did. I feel very bad to give it a bad review, but I wanted to be honest. It doesn’t mean that the book is not worth a shot because everyone has different tastes and likes different books.

Rate: ⭐️⭐️

I would like to thank Netgalley, Mary Cecilia Jackson and Macmillan-Tor/Forge for providing me this book.

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