2019 Reading Wrap Up

2019 was a great reading year for me! For the past few years I have only been able to read a couple books a year because I was too busy with college to read. However, now that I am out, I am trying to read a lot more and catch up with everything that I have missed.

My goal for 2019 was to read 24 books, and I ended up reading 37! Here are the list of them with their ratings. If you would like to read more about my thoughts, I have linked each review to the titles below.

Thunderhead
Author: Neal Shusterman
Genre: YA, Dystopian
Rating: ★★★★★

Eragon
Author: Christopher Paolini
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Rating: ★★★★★

The Wicked King
Author: Holly Black
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Rating: ★★★★★

The Magicians
Author: Lev Grossman
Genre: YA, Contemporary Fantasy
Rating:★★★★

Again, but Better
Author: Christine Riccio
Genre: YA, Romance
Rating:★★★★★

Slay
Author: Brittney Morris
Genre: YA, contemporary
Rating: ★★★★★

Renegades
Author: Marissa Meyer
Genre: YA, Dystopian
Rating: ★★★★★

The Everlasting Rose
Author: Dhonielle Clayton
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Rating: ★★★★

We Hunt the Flame
Author: Hafsah Faizal
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Rating: ★★★

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
Author: Jenny Han
Genre: YA, Romance
Rating: ★★★★★

Wicked Fox
Author: Kat Cho
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Rating: ★★★★★

Neverwhere
Author: Neil Gaiman
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Rating: ★★★

Wilder Girls
Author: Rory Power
Genre: YA, Dystopian
Rating:★★★★

The Selection
Author: Kiera Cass
Genre: YA, Romance
Rating: ★★★★★

P.S. I Still Love You
Author: Jenny Han
Genre: YA, Romance
Rating: ★★★★★

Always and Forever, Lara Jean
Author: Jenny Han
Genre: YA, Romance
Rating: ★★★★★

This Savage Song
Author: Victoria Schwab
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Rating: ★★★★★

Aurora Rising
Author: Amie Kaufman
Genre: YA, Sci-fi
Rating: ★★★★

Silent Kingdom
Author: Rachel L. Schade
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Rating: ★★★

I’m Not Dying with You Tonight
Author: Kimberly Jones and Gilly Segal
Genre: YA, Contemporary Fiction
Rating: ★★★★

Our Dark Duet
Author: Victoria Schwab
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Rating: ★★★★★

Permanent Record
Author: Mary H.K. Choi
Genre: YA, Romance
Rating: ★★★★

Warcross
Author: Marie Lu
Genre: YA, Dystopian/Sci-fi
Rating: ★★★★★

Red Queen
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Rating: ★★★★★

Serpent & Dove
Author: Shelby Mahurin
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Rating: ★★★★★

Glass Sword
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Rating: ★★★★★

Wildcard
Author: Marie Lu
Genre: YA, Dystopian/Sci-fi
Rating: ★★★★

Into the Wild
Author: Erin Hunter
Genre: Middle Grade
Rating: ★★★★★

One of Us Is Lying
Author: Karen McManus
Genre: YA, Mystery
Rating: ★★★★

Different
Author: Scarlett Haven
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Rating: ★★★

Skyward
Author: Brandon Sanderson
Genre: YA, Sci-fi
Rating: ★★★★★

Secondborn
Author: Amy A. Bartol
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Rating: ★★★★

The Fountains of Silence
Author: Ruta Sepetys
Genre: YA, Historical Fiction
Rating: ★★★★

The Toll
Author: Neal Shusterman
Genre: YA, Dystopian
Rating: ★★★★

Reverie
Author: Ryan La Sala
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Rating: ★★★★

King’s Cage
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Rating: ★★★★

King’s Cage

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King’s Cage (Red Queen, #3) by Victoria Aveyard

My rating: four stars

Genre: YA, fantasy

Edition: Hardback

Goodreads Summary: In this breathless third installment to Victoria Aveyard’s bestselling Red Queen series, allegiances are tested on every side. And when the Lightning Girl’s spark is gone, who will light the way for the rebellion?

Mare Barrow is a prisoner, powerless without her lightning, tormented by her lethal mistakes. She lives at the mercy of a boy she once loved, a boy made of lies and betrayal. Now a king, Maven Calore continues weaving his dead mother’s web in an attempt to maintain control over his country—and his prisoner.

As Mare bears the weight of Silent Stone in the palace, her once-ragtag band of newbloods and Reds continue organizing, training, and expanding. They prepare for war, no longer able to linger in the shadows. And Cal, the exiled prince with his own claim on Mare’s heart, will stop at nothing to bring her back.

When blood turns on blood, and ability on ability, there may be no one left to put out the fire—leaving Norta as Mare knows it to burn all the way down.

I was finally able to pick up the third book in the Red Queen series, and I am so glad I was able to. Even though I rated the second book four stars, this is still one of my favorite series of all time. So the fact that it took me so long to pick up King’s Cage is sad, but I am so happy I waited until I a time that I could focus on it fully.

Likes: The whole situation that Mare is in is insane. The ending to Glass Sword shocked me, and seeing how that situation is playing out is CRAZY. Even though it would normally be boring because she is just sitting in a cell all day, somehow Victoria makes it entertaining. This book doesn’t have many physical fights, but the mental battles that go on are equally as intriguing. I love learning about psychology and how people think, and this book was full of that. I am not one of those Maven lovers who are hoping for a redemption arc, however, I can see how messed up his childhood is and I feel sorry for him. I do not think that it is a reason for him doing the things he did, but it does show some of the actions that caused him to become that way. All the character development throughout this book is wonderful, and I love reading about it. I also love one of the fight scenes that happens later in the book, the descriptions are so cool, and some of the characters involved were not as surprising as I wished but were still great.  

Dislikes: This story honestly seemed so slow. For some reason I was just dredging through it so slowly and it seemed like it was going on for forever. That was one of the only negative things that I found with the book, and it did make reading it not as enjoyable. The only thing that really annoyed me about this book was the ending. One reason is because of how predictable it was. The subject was brought up so much I figured that it had to happen sometime. But I didn’t want it to! Like what the crap, why even. I feel like there was so much character growth in all the characters that this scene shouldn’t have happened. In the first book it would have made sense, but these characters have grown so much, the last scene just seemed unrealistic and undoes all the good that the characters have accomplished personally.

Overall, even though the pacing was slow, and I did not like the ending at all, I still loved this book. It took me through a whirlwind of emotions, and the psychological aspect of it was interesting. I loved the character growth and how the characters grew together. This was just a deep book that solidifies why I love this series so much. I can already tell that the last book is going to wreck me.

Reverie

Reverie by Ryan La Sala

My rating: four stars

Genre: YA, contemporary fantasy

Edition: Hardback

Goodreads Summary: All Kane Montgomery knows for certain is that the police found him half-dead in the river. He can’t remember how he got there, what happened after, and why his life seems so different now. And it’s not just Kane who’s different, the world feels off, reality itself seems different.

As Kane pieces together clues, three almost-strangers claim to be his friends and the only people who can truly tell him what’s going on. But as he and the others are dragged into unimaginable worlds that materialize out of nowhere—the gym warps into a subterranean temple, a historical home nearby blooms into a Victorian romance rife with scandal and sorcery—Kane realizes that nothing in his life is an accident. And when a sinister force threatens to alter reality for good, they will have to do everything they can to stop it before it unravels everything they know.

This wildly imaginative debut explores what happens when the secret worlds that people hide within themselves come to light.

This was the January Barnes and Noble book club pick and to be honest I had never heard of it before I saw that it was picked. However, after it came out I started to see it everywhere, and for good reason! I loved the cover, was intrigued by the vague synopsis, and found out that I really like it.

Likes: I went into this book not knowing what it was going to be about at all. My friend and I had a great time trying to guess but none of them were even close to the actual plot of the book. This kept the story interesting and seemed unique to me. It reminded me of inception to be honest but there were so many differences I wouldn’t say that they were too alike. I also enjoyed the characters. Their personalities are so diverse, and I love that. To be honest, in a lot of books I get characters mixed up if their names are too complicated because so many stories have similar-personality characters. In this book however, I had no problem remembering which character was which because of how different they are. If you have read or watched the Magicians, it reminded me of that and how the characters were complex and different. I also liked the different dreams that the characters went into. They were so crazy! Some of them were so insane, it was awesome to read about! I loved the author’s writing too because I could picture the different reveries and imagine that I was there.

Dislikes: I won’t say with who, but there is a love story between two characters in this book. The love story honestly seemed awkward and strange to me. This is because of how suddenly it happened. Also, because one of the characters was acting in such a way that didn’t make sense if they loved the other person. Yes, I understand some things happened in the past, but it just seemed like there wasn’t enough communication. It seemed like the only reason that this communication wasn’t put into the book was for suspense. I don’t like when authors keep something a secret when it isn’t realistic just for the sake of keeping it a secret. It was just strange to me. Which is sad because I really love them together! Another thing that I didn’t like was the miscommunication and secrets between the friends. Again, it seems like it was just there to build suspense, but it did not work well for me. It was unnecessary and unrealistic. Their reasons for keeping secrets were unbelievable and I did not like it.

Overall, I gave this book four out of five stars. I did love the book, and I had a wonderful time reading it. However, there were just so many things that seemed unbelievable and out of character to me that I couldn’t get past. It just took away the credibility of the characters. I did enjoy the story, the character’s personalities, and the writing though. I would love to read more books by Ryan! I just couldn’t get past the character relations and actions. I would still recommend this, it was a great read.

The Toll

The Toll (Arc of a Scythe, #3) by Neal Shusterman

My rating: four stars

Genre: YA, dystopian

Edition: audiobook

Goodreads Summary: It’s been three years since Rowan and Citra disappeared; since Scythe Goddard came into power; since the Thunderhead closed itself off to everyone but Grayson Tolliver.

In this pulse-pounding conclusion to New York Times bestselling author Neal Shusterman’s Arc of a Scythe trilogy, constitutions are tested and old friends are brought back from the dead.

The Arc of a Scythe series is absolutely one of my favorite series, and so when The Toll came out, I couldn’t wait to listen to it! I chose to listen to it because I listened to the first two books and I loved it – the narrator was fantastic.

Likes: Like the first two books, the world in this story is so insane. It provokes so much thought about death and how the lack of it would affect our society. The ways in which the government is changed in the story to fit around this lack of natural death is wonderful to read about. How people’s actions change is extremely interesting too – for example, people literally “splat” (jump off buildings) for fun for the adrenaline rush. As for this book specifically, I like that we got to learn more about other people besides Rowan and Citra. There are several POVs in this book that weren’t as prevalent in the first two books and I really liked learning about these other characters and their place in the world. The pacing was also great. It seemed like there was always something crazy or interesting going on somewhere. If not much was going on in one POV, there would be another where a plethora of events would be unfolding.

Dislikes: The ending to the second book was absolutely insane and I had no clue where this book was going to go. I LOVED that about Thunderhead. However, I personally did not care for where this book went in the end. It was just so out there and got away from what I believe this book series is about. I think that the ending made sense, but there could have been better places this story could have gone.

Overall, I will say that this wasn’t my favorite book of the series. I still love the writing, the characters, the pacing, and so much more, this book just went in a direction that I personally didn’t care for. I honestly debated my rating for a long time. I wanted to give it five stars because I love the series so much, but I finally decided that if I was having to debate it for so long, that it wasn’t worth five stars. So, I gave it four stars because of the direction that it went and because I didn’t love it as much as the first two, however, I would still recommend this book and this series to everyone. It is phenomenal!

Different

Different (Shifter Academy, #1) by Scarlett Haven

My rating: three stars

Genre: YA, paranormal romance

Edition: e-book

Goodreads Summary: My whole life, I’ve known there’s something different about me. I didn’t realize how different until four guys show up all claiming that they are destined to be my mates.

They’re not human, and they say I’m not either.

But if I’m not human then what am I?

Now I’m forced to go to a school where I don’t belong and am reminded of it everyday.

Creatures I never imagined were real that used to give me nightmares are everywhere I turn.

The world that once existed is gone.

Will anything ever be like it was again?

I was browsing through my Kindle trying to find a free book to read and I thought this one sounded interesting. I did not have high expectations for this book at all which is probably why I gave this book three stars.

Likes: I know the premise is pretty strange, but I thought this book was a lot of fun! It has supernatural creatures and reminded me of avatar with the different elements of the creatures. There is a whole range of characters – from funny to petty- and I enjoyed meeting and learning about all of them. The whole mate aspect was so weird that I found it enjoyable. I don’t mean to make fun of the book, don’t think I am trying to be judgmental when I say “weird” and “strange”. I honestly mean it in a nice way, I just can’t think of any words with better connotations. I think strange and weird is wonderful, who wants to be normal?? Anyway, continuing on with the review, I also liked how fast paced this book is. It never seems to lull or get boring, something is always happening.

Dislikes: The writing is honestly not that great. There is a lot of repetition in the writing which isn’t my favorite. The way that the characters talk to each other and think to themselves seems immature and unrealistic. It just seems like she describes the character’s interactions in a mundane way that makes the book immature. Along with that, the whole plot just seems a little….fanfiction-y. I can tell that there is supposed to be a deeper plot about her heritage and stuff, but it seems like the main plot is her figuring out how she is going to be in a relationship with all these boys who are completely okay with being in a polygamous relationship with her. It just doesn’t seem deep.

To be honest it was not a well-written book. It was hilarious and a ton of fun to read, but wasn’t the best quality. It is the type of read that I like when I don’t want to think too much and I just want a quick quirky romance. For that reason alone I gave it three stars. I did get a lot of enjoyment from it and was chuckling through the whole book, but I wouldn’t say it was a high-quality story.

The Fountains of Silence

The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys

My rating: four stars

Genre: YA, historical fiction

Edition: hardback

Goodreads Summary: Madrid, 1957. Under the fascist dictatorship of General Francisco Franco, Spain is hiding a dark secret. Meanwhile, tourists and foreign businessmen flood into Spain under the welcoming promise of sunshine and wine. Among them is eighteen-year-old Daniel Matheson, the son of an oil tycoon, who arrives in Madrid with his parents hoping to connect with the country of his mother’s birth through the lens of his camera. Photography–and fate–introduce him to Ana, whose family’s interweaving obstacles reveal the lingering grasp of the Spanish Civil War–as well as chilling definitions of fortune and fear. Daniel’s photographs leave him with uncomfortable questions amidst shadows of danger. He is backed into a corner of difficult decisions to protect those he loves. Lives and hearts collide, revealing an incredibly dark side to the sunny Spanish city.

Includes vintage media reports, oral history commentary, photos, and more.

I read this for the November Barnes and Noble YA Book Club. To be honest, historical fiction is not my favorite genre, I have only read a couple books of this genre because they tend to be too serious for me. However, I really liked this book and am so glad that I picked it up!

Likes: I love the romance in this book. The two characters are so adorable, and together they just warmed my heart. It is such an innocent romance and I love how nervous and shy they are around each other. How their affection blooms throughout the book is so sweet to read about. I also liked the different POVs in this book. This book follows several different characters and I loved learning about each of them. At first they seem to not relate to each other, but as the story goes on their lives start to weave together. I also love how much I learned about Spain during this time. To be honest, I didn’t know much about what happened with Spain during this time, and it was extremely eye opening to read about. Some of the events that were occurring were so horrific, and I think that Ruta did a great job making her story eventful and informative. I also liked the different forms of story telling in this book. Ruta included articles, quotes from world leaders at the time, photos, and more. This made the book so much more interactive and added elements that I don’t see in many stories.

Dislikes: For me there wasn’t really anything that I disliked. The characters were believable, the relationships were adorable, the storyline was deep and informative, and the pacing was great.

Overall, I did give it four out of five stars because I didn’t LOVE the book. Again, historical fiction isn’t my favorite genre, and while I did like this book a lot and found it very interesting, I can’t say that it is one of my favorite books, which five stars is reserved for.  I still think that everyone should read this because it is an incredible book and to understand more about the history of Spain and what was going on at the time.

Secondborn

Secondborn (Secondborn, #1) by Amy A. Bartol

My rating: three stars

Genre: YA, dystopian

Edition: e-book

Goodreads Summary: Firstborns rule society. Secondborns are the property of the government. Thirdborns are not tolerated. Long live the Fates Republic.

On Transition Day, the second child in every family is taken by the government and forced into servitude. Roselle St. Sismode’s eighteenth birthday arrives with harsh realizations: she’s to become a soldier for the Fate of Swords military arm of the Republic during the bloodiest rebellion in history, and her elite firstborn mother is happy to see her go.

Televised since her early childhood, Roselle’s privileged upbringing has earned her the resentment of her secondborn peers. Now her decision to spare an enemy on the battlefield marks her as a traitor to the state.

But Roselle finds an ally—and more—in fellow secondborn conscript Hawthorne Trugrave. As the consequences of her actions ripple throughout the Fates Republic, can Roselle create a destiny of her own? Or will her Fate override everything she fights for—even love?

I had been looking at this book for a while because it seemed incredibly interesting and because it was free on Kindle for a while. After reading Different on my Kindle, I decided to pick this one up because that plot really hooked me!

Likes: This society is extremely complex and interesting, I haven’t read many (if any at all) books that have a society like this. The way that this “secondborns are the property of the government” society works causes the main character’s relationship with her brother (a firstborn) to become extremely strained. Not only that, she basically doesn’t have any relationship with her parents at the beginning because of this too. How the society and government so strongly affect Roselle’s relationships and life is realistic and I love reading about it – even though it can be sad. Another thing that I like is the plot. There were twists and turns the entire book. I would think it was going one place but then it would go another. I enjoyed the places that this story went for the most part up until the end.

Dislikes: Towards the end, the book goes in a direction that I did not like. I thought it was unrealistic and confusing, and thought there could have been better places for it to go. Another thing that I did not like was the romance. It seemed so forced and improbable. I usually don’t mind the love at first sight trope, but in this book it happened so suddenly during a destressing time. I feel like the two characters had much more important things to focus on that they wouldn’t have had time to kindle their romance.

Overall, I think that I enjoyed the idea of this book more than I enjoyed the actual book. Just the way that it played out was not the ending that I expected or really wanted, and the main romance was just too unbelievable to me. Besides that, I did love the world, the politics, and other character relationships. If the next books ever went on sale on Kindle like this one did, I might read them, but they aren’t on the top of my list. I would recommend it, as long as you know to keep an open mind about what is going to happen.

Skyward

Skyward (Skyward, #1) by Brandon Sanderson

My rating: five stars

Genre: YA, sci-fi

Edition: audiobook

Goodreads Summary: Defeated, crushed, and driven almost to extinction, the remnants of the human race are trapped on a planet that is constantly attacked by mysterious alien starfighters. Spensa, a teenage girl living among them, longs to be a pilot. When she discovers the wreckage of an ancient ship, she realizes this dream might be possible—assuming she can repair the ship, navigate flight school, and (perhaps most importantly) persuade the strange machine to help her. Because this ship, uniquely, appears to have a soul.

Brandon Sanderson is one of my most heard about authors because of his Mistborn series (which has been on my TBR for so long). When he created this series I wasn’t super interested because I haven’t been into sci-fi for a while, but after hearing so many good things about it I decided that it was time to listen to it.

Likes: I loved the main character. She is so feisty and not afraid to do something difficult or terrifying to get something done. She has so many people going against her and yet she continues to pursue her dream. I just love that about her and that aspect of her truly is a motivation to me. Another thing that I liked was the team work that was demonstrated in this book. It shows the evolution of a team that starts out not necessarily liking each other (some seriously hating others) but end up being closer than they ever could have expected. It is so realistic in showing the struggles of working as a team, especially in life-or-death situations. Speaking of dangerous situations, the affect that these situations have on each of the members of the team is different and realistic. Each member of the team struggles with the danger that they are put into and I love learning more about each character by being shown how they react to adversity and grief. The revelations that happen at the end were so unanticipated. It completely took the book to a new level and added an element that I did not expect at all. It made me so excited for the next book because anything could happen!

Dislikes: I honestly cannot think of one. I enjoyed this book the entire time and cannot think of anything that I didn’t like. I wouldn’t say this is my favorite book simply because I don’t feel like I am super invested or connected to the characters, but I don’t think that is a book problem or writing problem, I think it is just personal preference.

Overall, I loved listening to this book! The characters were so much fun and realistic, the growth of the team was admirable, and the plot itself was a lot of fun. I loved the ending and where it started to go, it added an element that I don’t see in too many sci-fi books. I would recommend this to sci-fi lovers and honestly, to non-sci-fi lovers! Five stars from me.

One of Us is Lying

One of Us is Lying (One of Us is Lying, #1) by Karen McManus

My rating: four stars

Genre: YA, contemporary mystery

Edition: audiobook

Goodreads Summary: The Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little Liars, One of Us Is Lying is the story of what happens when five strangers walk into detention and only four walk out alive. Everyone is a suspect, and everyone has something to hide.

Pay close attention and you might solve this.

On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.

Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule.

Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess.

Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.

Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher.

And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app.

Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention, Simon’s dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose?

Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.

I have heard so many good things about this book recently. I honestly had no clue what it was about, but when I read the synopsis it really gripped me enough to get it on Audible immediately! I used to read mysteries/suspenseful books all the time but for some reason I haven’t read many at all recently. I am so glad that I read this because it has fanned that flame under me to read more mysteries!

Likes: I like how much backstory we learn about the characters in this book. I often don’t like books that take place in a short amount of time because I don’t feel like it is flushed out enough, but Karen did a great job describing and exploring the characters. I feel like I truly got to know all of them and their secrets. That was another thing that I appreciated – the secrets and insecurities the characters had. Everyone has insecurities and/or secrets that affect their daily life and how they act. I like that at the beginning that the characters didn’t seem that lovable but by the end I had gotten to know so much about them and why they are the way they are that I truly did appreciate them. This made the story seem believable and enjoyable. I like that Karen tried to trick us by not showing the secrets first thing. It added some suspense to the story and helped keep me interested. However, it mainly made me interested because I wanted to learn more about the characters, not because it was tricking me. Which leads me to my dislike…

Dislikes: This book was so predictable to me. I remember just a few minutes in to listening to the book I told my boyfriend my guess, and it ended up being correct. This just made it less enjoyable to read. I saw all the ways the author was trying to lead me astray and just didn’t believe them, which made it less fun.


Overall, I still did really like this book. The characters and their backstories were well flushed out. They seemed relatable and real to me. I like that there were multiple POVs for each character, it helped me learn more about them and it added multiple little plots inside the larger one. I had a great time listening to this book, it makes me want to read more mysteries! It was extremely predictable to me though which is why I gave it four stars.  

Warriors Into the Wild

Into the Wild (Warriors, #1) by Erin Hunter

My rating: five stars

Genre: middle grade

Edition: paperback

Goodreads Summary: For generations, four Clans of wild cats have shared the forest according to the laws laid down by their warrior ancestors. But the ThunderClan cats are in grave danger, and the sinister ShadowClan grows stronger every day. Noble warriors are dying– and some deaths are more mysterious than others. In the midst of this turmoil appears an ordinary house cat named Rusty . . . who may turn out to be the bravest warrior of them all.

This book series is my childhood. I have been reading this series since I was little and stopped when I went to college and had no time to read. Now that I am out, I would love to re-read and get caught up on the entire series because I am dreadfully behind. I believe I have read somewhere up to the Power of Three series, but I know there are lot of new books since then and will hopefully get caught up in the next few years (there are over 50 books in the series so there is no way that I am going to get caught up soon).

Likes: This story brings so much nostalgia back to me. Re-reading this was like going back to my childhood and reliving reading it for the first time. That in itself made me love the reading experience. Then, the fact that it is a book about cat clans is just so fascinating to me. I love stories that have non-human characters, and the fact that all the characters in this series are non-human is just wonderful! I honestly wish they made more series like this for young adults or adults. As for the story though, I love the whole world and background of the story. The fact that there are these four clans who try and live in peace with each other while surviving the harsh environments is so cool. The “laws” and “government” that they have created is interesting and I love seeing how they have adapted to living together. I love that there are a few plots going on at the same time. Rusty is thrown into this new world which is a whole storyline, but at the same time there is a threat to ThunderClan that they must try and solve. It is just more complex than I would have thought from reading the synopsis. I love the characters, they seem distinct and realistic. Each character has a different personality and I love this uniqueness with them.

Dislikes: I understand why a lot of people in the clan were mean to Rusty – he was an outsider and they didn’t think he should be there. However, I don’t think that it seems realistic that other characters of authority wouldn’t say something. High up characters just let him get bullied and don’t say anything about it. I know that Bluestar isn’t his mother, but not only are they disrespecting Rusty, but they are also disrespecting her decision. It just seems out of character and like something that she would not put up with.

Overall, I loved this book when I was younger, and I still love it now. I gave it five stars because I truly do think it is a high-quality middle grade book and it brings so much joy to me when I read it.