Saturday, June 17, 2017

Lord of Shadows Giveaway Winners!

And the three lucky winners of Lord of Shadows are...
Alexa Warnkin
Hayley Jones
Sophie Cervelli
Thank you so much for entering!!! You have 48hrs to email me with your information or there will be new winners picked!

Thank you everyone who entered! More giveaways to come!!!
Lee Chand
Saturday, June 10, 2017

In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware Review!

In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware
Release Date: 2015
Source: Purchased
Format: Paperback
Pages: 308
Buy it: Amazon|B&N|Book Depository
What should be a cozy and fun-filled weekend deep in the English countryside takes a sinister turn in Ruth Ware’s suspenseful, compulsive, and darkly twisted psychological thriller.

Sometimes the only thing to fear…is yourself.

When reclusive writer Leonora is invited to the English countryside for a weekend away, she reluctantly agrees to make the trip. But as the first night falls, revelations unfold among friends old and new, an unnerving memory shatters Leonora’s reserve, and a haunting realization creeps in: the party is not alone in the woods
     This book was awful. My friend and I went to our local Barns and Nobel and as we headed to the counter to pay, we stumbled upon two Ruth Ware novels. When we opened this one up we saw the line from a reviewer, "Who brings a shotgun to a bachelorette party?" so me and my friend were like YES WE ARE GOING TO READ THIS!
     This book was very slow and uninteresting. I was promised thrills and to not be able to read this book at night, but all it did was bore me. Our main character Nora is exceptionally dull and immature. A grown 26 year-old woman who is still caught up on her boyfriend from when she was 16 years old? Really? It has been 10 years and you are still caught up on him? Honey get your life together!
     The whole thing was unbelievable and for that reason, it just was not scary. I would not recommend this book to anyone. Skip over it. Your life will be much better without it. I wouldn't even give it one star. If this movie was a film I would walk out of it. 
What books do you hate? Let me know in the comments down below!
Thanks Hons,
Lee Chand
Friday, June 9, 2017

Lola and The Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins REVIEW!

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
Release Date: September 28th 201
Source: Purchased
Format: Paperback
Pages: 384
Buy it: Amazon|B&N|Book Depository
Budding designer Lola Nolan doesn't believe in fashion... she believes in costume. The more expressive the outfit – the more sparkly, more wild – the better. And life is pretty close to perfect for Lola, especially with her hot rocker boyfriend.

That is, until the Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket return to the neighbourhood and unearth a past of hurt that Lola thought was long buried. So when talented inventor Cricket steps out from his twin sister's shadow and back into Lola's life, she must finally face up to a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door. Could the boy from Lola's past be the love of her future?

Fall in love with the international bestseller from queen of young adult fiction, Stephanie Perkins.
     All Stephanie Perkins books are honestly the cutest. Sure they all may end the same way, but we do not read books like this for the ending. We read it for the story and the journey along the way. If you are into cute romances that are not too cheesy, I definitely recommend this series. I did like Anna and the French Kiss more than this book but I did not dislike this book at all.
     This story follows Lola Nolan, a 17 year old girl living in San Fransisco who is maybe the quirkiest girl I have ever come across. She made a New Year's Resolution to never wear the same outfit twice and she has yet to fail that. Dressing herself in costume rather than clothing. Other than that she lives a pretty normal life. Currently dating a 22 year old musician, (who her dads disapprove of) Lola seems content with her life. But then one morning she sees a moving van next door and that is when everything took a turn for the worst...or so she thought.
     I thought this story was great and worth the read. It is rare that I get in the mood for a contemporary, but when I do something like this is just perfect. I would give this book 4.5 out of 5 stars.
What is your favorite book of the three in this series? Let me know! 
Thanks Hons,
Lee Chand
Saturday, June 3, 2017

The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater Review!

The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater
Release Date: April 26th 2016
Source: Purchased
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 439
Buy it: Amazon|B&N|Book Depository
The fourth and final installment in the spellbinding series from the irrepressible, #1 New York Times bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater.

All her life, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love's death. She doesn't believe in true love and never thought this would be a problem, but as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she's not so sure anymore.
     The fourth and final book in the Raven Cycle series! I am so sad that one of my favorite series is coming to an end. The Raven Boys is a book that made me fall in love with reading even more than I already was. It was part of the very first group of books that I bought along with City of Bones.  The characters in this series are so complex and diverse yet, they blends and mix together so beautifully. All these characters arched perfectly and transformed right before your eyes. If you have not read this series, I highly recommend it. It is a story unlike any other. PLEASE PLEASE GO READ IT! Check out my review of the Raven Boys here! (It was one of my first ever so don't judge.)
     If you have read the first three books and have no desire to read the last one, I would say that you are actually crazy. All three books have problems that are left unsolved until this last few pages of the book. It all did seem a little rushed and hectic towards the end, but all in all I would give this book 4 out of 5 stars and the total series 4.5 our of 5 stars. Maggie Stiefvater created such a beautiful storyline with this group of boys and the people who surround them that it was just so hard to put down.

spoilers for the raven king below! you have been warned!

     I am so sad that this series is over, but I am kind of disappointed in a few things. First things first. I knew Ronan was gay from the start. I saw it coming. I always pictured Ronan as Colton Haynes when he had shorter hair and when Colton came out I knew for sure Ronan had to be gay. What I did not really like is how Adam so happened to be gay too. That came out of left field and it was almost like he just went along with it for Ronan's sake. Not because he felt any type of way. I pictured it more to be a Jace and Alec type relationship where Ronan loved Adam, but knew he couldn't have him.
     Something else I was upset with was the fact that we spent four books looking for this Welsh King and Gansey spent 10 years of his fucking life obsessing over this man and he was dead the whole time. I felt like that was such a waste. And like the tomb was in the house where Gansey died in the first place...why didn't he check there all this time. Why was he looking in England and in Henrietta when that should have been the first place he looked. I additionally had mixed emotions on Gansey dying but not really. Like I mentally prepared myself for Gansey to die. I had been waiting for this moment even though I did not want it to arrive. Then when they just killed Cabeswater to bring Gansey back it just seemed anti-climatic.
     Also, who the fuck is Henry Cheng. Why did he come into this story and suddenly become apart of their group. Did they need to replace Noah with this kid with a robotic bee? That whole storyline was very confusing and just thrown in to me. He seemed out of place in scenes where the whole group was together but, when it was just him and Gansey he brought out the best in him. It was just odd that he was there when Gansey died and in the end where they found the engineless Camaro.
     Also the stories of Piper and Lumiere/Lamonsoff or whatever his name is seemed unnecessary. Stiefvater had so many storylines to wrap up in this book and it was just all too much.
     When Noah and Adam became possessed I was freaking the fuck out. Clawing someone's eyes out is one of the scariest things. The thought of it is making me sweat.
     I found myself crying in the end a lot more than I thought I was, especially since I decided to go to Starbucks and read. This last book is emotionally intensive and I was not expecting it.  The way the boys reacted to Gansey's death truly broke my heart. These boys looked out after each other for years and showed their love for one another in very secretive ways. They were a family stronger than most and eventually became some of the only family they had.
     The character that arched beautifully for me was Ronan. Ronan at first was the asshole dick friend who would be sulking in the corner mysteriously but, as we progressed we saw what he was truly capable of. Something that really stuck out to me was Adam's realization of why Ronan is the way he is. He looked at the Orphan Girl and knew why Ronan never bothered to go to class. Ronan's imagination was wild and being contained by a school must have been torture to him.
     This series is by far one of my favorites and is up there with Harry Potter and the Mortal Instruments to me. Though it may not seem like it with all the drama, I do think it is a feel good story in the end. Everyone is happy and not too many people are dead. The lasting friendship that these people have together is unlike any other and is truly inspiring. I hope to have friends like these who will have my back if I want to hunt for a thousand year old Welsh King or if I dream up a magical forest that eventually becomes possessed and tries to kill people.
What did you think of this series? Did you love the end or hate it? Who is your favorite Raven Boy? Leave a comment below!
Thanks Hons,
Lee Chand
Thursday, June 1, 2017

Lord of Shadows GIVEAWAY!

Since I have just returned to the blog blogging community, I would like to host a giveaway coming out of my very own pocket!
I will be selecting THREE lucky people to receive a copy of Cassandra Clare's newest book LORD OF SHADOWS!
The giveaway ends June 16th and the winners will be picked by a random name generator. All you need to do to enter is follow ALL the rules and regulations listed below:
  • Subscribe to my blog by email in the sidebar!
  • Follow my reviews on Goodreads (If you would like to add me as a friend while you're at it you can) and follow me on Twitter and Instagram
  • Retweet the link to the giveaway here
  • Email me at leereadsbooks(at)gmail(dot)com saying "I want Lord of Shadows" and your Instagram, Goodreads and Twitter name 
  • Comment on this post telling me what your favorite Cassandra Clare novel is!
  • Comment on one OTHER post of mine!
(here is a quick tip. the more I see your name on my blog, twitter and GoodReads, the more I will put your name in the generator.)
Please do not spam one post! It does not increase your chances! Look around my blog!  That helps your chances!
May the odds be ever in your favor
Lee Chand