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.

Wildcard

Wildcard (Warcross, #2) by Marie Lu

My rating: four stars

Genre: YA, dystopian

Edition: Audiobook

Goodreads Summary: Emika Chen barely made it out of the Warcross Championships alive. Now that she knows the truth behind Hideo’s new NeuroLink algorithm, she can no longer trust the one person she’s always looked up to, who she once thought was on her side.

Determined to put a stop to Hideo’s grim plans, Emika and the Phoenix Riders band together, only to find a new threat lurking on the neon-lit streets of Tokyo. Someone’s put a bounty on Emika’s head, and her sole chance for survival lies with Zero and the Blackcoats, his ruthless crew. But Emika soon learns that Zero isn’t all that he seems–and his protection comes at a price.

Caught in a web of betrayal, with the future of free will at risk, just how far will Emika go to take down the man she loves?

I really liked Warcross and so chose Wildcard as my next month’s audiobook. I usually prefer physical books of stories that I love, however, the audiobook for the first one was incredible that I decided to listen to the second one!

Likes: I still love the technology and game in this book. It focuses less on the game I think in this story, but I do still love the new things that are shown about it. We also get more into the potential positives and negatives that could come about because of the advanced technology and I enjoyed reading about those. It reminded me of Black Mirror in that it shows how technology can be beautiful but also destructive. The relationship between Emika and Hideo is an enigma to me. I love it and hate it and don’t know what to feel because of that. I want them to be together, and I don’t think that he is the worst person in the world (he is a great example of a bad guy with good intentions), but he is still a bad guy. I love how they bonded in the last story, and I still saw hope for them. A writer that can make me so conflicted is a powerful one. I also liked how we learned more about certain characters and their backstories. This helped make them seem more “real” and showed the motivations behind their actions. However, this is one of my negatives because while I learned more about most of the “good” characters, I did not learn much about the villain.

Dislikes: I did not care for the ending to this book or for one of the bad guy’s incentives. They just seemed so shallow and were not given a lot of depth or backstory that would allow me to understand them more. Also, how certain characters just believed the bad guy and let them do whatever they wanted was insane. It is hard to believe that they would get away with it. This is personally why I did not like the ending, it just seemed like the reasoning behind a lot of why what was happening, was happening, just didn’t make sense. I didn’t mind the very end, I am talking about leading up to it, there are certain spoiler events and revelations that I did not care for.

Overall, I did still really like this book and the series as a whole. The characters were fun, the world and the technology were innovative and enticing, and I did not mind the plot for the most part. I prefer more flushed out villains which I didn’t feel like I got in this story though. Therefore, I am deducting a star. I just didn’t get the satisfaction from the villain that I would have liked. I still am so glad that I read this series and look forward to reading more by Marie, she is truly a wonderful writer!

Glass Sword

Glass Sword (Red Queen, #2) by Victoria Aveyard

My rating: five stars

Genre: YA, fantasy

Edition: Hardback

Goodreads Summary: If there’s one thing Mare Barrow knows, it’s that she’s different.

Mare Barrow’s blood is red—the color of common folk—but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control.

The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince—the friend—who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind.

Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors.

But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat.

Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever?

The electrifying next installment in the Red Queen series escalates the struggle between the growing rebel army and the blood-segregated world they’ve always known—and pits Mare against the darkness that has grown in her soul.

After reading the bookclub book of October, I knew I just had to continue the Red Queen series. I loved the first one and had high hopes for the second. I was not disappointed (though it was a little slower than the first one)!

Likes: I like all the new powers that are discovered in this book. On her tour to find more New Bloods, Mare discovers so many interesting and unique-to-their-world abilities. Watching each person learn more about their abilities and what they can do with them was a great time! How Mare is dealing with the responsibility she feels over the New Blood’s and the whole war in general is heart wrenching. She wants to save people while at the same time she doesn’t know how to do that without turning into somehow who she doesn’t want to be. This made me really sympathize with her and want to help her, Victoria described this conflict in such a realistic way. THAT. ENDING. No spoilers, of course, but man that ending left me speechless. SO good. I really liked the character progression throughout the book. We meet new characters and get to see them grow and change (for good and bad) throughout the book and that was exciting to read about. I love the new technology and cities that we get to see. The first book mainly took place in the palace, so it is nice to be able to see more of the world of the Red Queen series.  

Dislikes: I honestly didn’t really dislike anything in this book. It tore at my heart in places but that just made it better. There was a character that wasn’t my favorite in the fact that they seemed to be rude and hateful to Mare, when I don’t think they should have been. It seemed a little on the unrealistic side, but I guess I could see where they were coming from.  

Overall, I loved this book. I love the plot, the characters, the abilities, and the writing style. This story is becoming one of my absolute favorites, and I really hope that King’s Cage is as good as the first two.  

Serpent & Dove

Serpent & Dove (Serpent & Dove, #1) by Shelby Mahurin

My rating: four stars

Genre: YA, fantasy

Edition: Hardback

Goodreads Summary: Bound as one to love, honor, or burn.

Two years ago, Louise le Blanc fled her coven and took shelter in the city of Cesarine, forsaking all magic and living off whatever she could steal. There, witches like Lou are hunted. They are feared. And they are burned.

Sworn to the Church as a Chasseur, Reid Diggory has lived his life by one principle: thou shalt not suffer a witch to live. His path was never meant to cross with Lou’s, but a wicked stunt forces them into an impossible union—holy matrimony.

The war between witches and Church is an ancient one, and Lou’s most dangerous enemies bring a fate worse than fire. Unable to ignore her growing feelings, yet powerless to change what she is, a choice must be made.

And love makes fools of us all.

This book was the October Barnes and Noble book club pick and I was honestly so excited to read it simply because the cover is GORGEOUS. I haven’t read too many books about witches, but I do like the ones that I have read, and I enjoy how each story describes magic systems differently. I was interested in how this book described the magic and I was not disappointed.

Likes: First off, I really like how they use their magic. It is basically a game of whit and trying to figure out how to get something out your magic, while not giving a lot, and somehow making it up in your mind that the two are equivalent. One reason I like fae stories is because of the intelligence required to lie without actually telling a lie, and this was similar. A lot of people had problems with this, but I liked the romance in this book. I think people’s main problem was how religious and strict he was. Growing up going to a Christian school from pre-school to senior year of high school, I understood it. It was realistic to me, and because of that I was able to see the little ways he was getting out of his comfort zone to try and do stuff for her. I was able to look past his strictness and see how he was coming to like/love her.

Dislikes: The way that the author describes certain people (people of color, bigger body types, etc.) was way different than how she describes others (white, skinny people). I will be honest and say that I did not notice at first… I am a person that is very unobservant, even when reading. After the book came out, I noticed that some of my favorite bookstagrammers and booktubers were talking about how they felt misrepresented and discriminated against. I went back and looked through it again and was surprised that I missed it! That is probably the only thing I disliked about it, but it is honestly such a big issue because it hurts people and sends a wrong message.

Overall, I really loved this story! I loved the characters, the magic system, and the plot. The only issue I had was with the discriminative writing. I honestly do not believe the author knowingly did this. However, that doesn’t excuse what has been done. I am docking a star for that and I really hope that the author listens to everyone and does better in the next book.

Red Queen

Red Queen (Red Queen, #1) by Victoria Aveyard

My rating: five stars

Genre: YA, fantasy

Edition: Hardback

Goodreads Summary: This is a world divided by blood – red or silver. The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change. That is until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power. Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime. But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance – Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart.

A few years ago, I read this book and the second one (Glass Sword), but I honestly didn’t remember much except that I loved it (my memory is so terrible…). Since it had been so long, I decided to reread this entire series, because I really want to finish it. Reading this book was like reading it for the first time, and I enjoyed it so much!

Likes: The class system and powers in this book are so interesting. The fact that people have different colored blood, and silver-blooded people have abilities and red-blooded people don’t is a system that is relatively unique. The powers are so cool too! The fact that abilities are based on bloodline, and each house a certain ability strain is awesome! Everyone in each house has a similar type of ability but they are also different. I like how Victoria describes how Mare learns how to use her abilities and what exactly her abilities allow her to do. It was fun to read about the training and the different tests that they had to grow in their abilities. This book not only had a unique and fun world, the storyline and characters were brilliant. There were twists and turns that I did not expect. I saw parts of it coming, but the ending still floored me! In the series Mare works with the Red Guard and reading about how they worked was fascinating. How they kept in contact and how they travelled around was neat to see.

Dislikes: Mare is forced to leave her family and pretend to be a princess. Though this seems like a bad plan, I honestly didn’t mind it because of how she was forced into this. What I do mind is how her friend/family acts. She goes back to visit them and her friend treats her like the enemy. The lie that she tells her family is that she is working there. I just feel like the writing was a little unrealistic here. I understand that they don’t really care for the Silvers, but she supposedly has a great job that makes great money for the family. The fact that her friend would treat her so badly seems unlikely to me.

Overall, this book blew my mind. The powers, the class system, the character dynamic, the plot twists, and the writing style floored me. This book is hyped up for a reason and I can’t wait to read the next one!

Warcross

Warcross (Warcross, #1) by Marie Lu

My rating: five stars

Genre: YA, sci-fi

Edition: Audiobook

Goodreads summary: For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. Needing to make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.

Convinced she’s going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem . . . and he wants Emika for the job. With no time to lose, Emika’s whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she’s only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire.

I have been wanting to read Marie Lu’s writing for a long time. All three of her series seem incredibly interesting, but since I love gaming, I figured I should read Warcross first. I listened to the audiobook and it was great, I will probably listen to the rest of her books since I liked it so much.

Likes: As stated above, I love the narrators and listening to her book. Some books either have narrators I don’t care for, or the books themselves don’t translate to audiobook well. However, this one worked great in this form! As with the story itself, I love how Marie Lu describes the game. Creating and describing a video game sounds difficult, but she does it so well that I can picture the game as if I have played it before. The game sounds like so much fun, I wish that I could play it! The romance was cute, and though it seemed unrealistic, I didn’t mind it. I enjoyed most of the characters and how they learned to like each other and work together. Being able to learn about each character, and see their growth throughout the story, made me connect more to the story and come to love it.

Dislikes: Unfortunately, it was predictable to me. I won’t say exactly what since this is spoiler free, but there was a certain part of this that I saw coming since the beginning of the book. This book also seemed a little unrealistic to me. It is hard to imagine that someone so important, with so many resources, picked Emika to help him fix the security problem. I understand that she is incredible at what she does, but he is literally one of the richest, most famous men in the world. I just felt like there should have been another way that she was picked because it just seemed far-fetched.

Overall, this book was a lot of fun. I enjoyed the video game, the characters, and the way that they had to learn how to use team work to get past problems. The overarching story line wasn’t as interesting to me as the game was, but I still enjoyed it. I felt for the characters and wanted to learn more about them. The writing style was so good! It made me able to picture what was going on and made me invested in the characters which is what I look for in stories. This was a great book – five stars from me!

Permanent Record

Permanent Record by Mary Choi

My rating: four stars

Genre: YA, contemporary, romance

Edition: ARC

Goodreads summary: After a year of college, Pablo is working at his local twenty-four-hour deli, selling overpriced snacks to brownstone yuppies. He’s dodging calls from the student loan office and he has no idea what his next move is.

Leanna Smart’s life so far has been nothing but success. Age eight: Disney Mouseketeer; Age fifteen: first #1 single on the US pop chart; Age seventeen, *tenth* #1 single; and now, at Age nineteen…life is a queasy blur of private planes, weird hotel rooms, and strangers asking for selfies on the street.

When Leanna and Pab randomly meet at 4:00 a.m. in the middle of a snowstorm in Brooklyn, they both know they can’t be together forever. So, they keep things on the down-low and off Instagram for as long as they can. But it takes about three seconds before the world finds out…

I had honestly never heard of this book, but then I received an ARC at BookCon. Once I read the synopsis I was immediately hooked. I don’t know why, but I love stories where one of the love interests is famous. I began seeing reviews of it online and a lot of people were rating it lower because they said the story wasn’t really a love story. They said that the book was focused more on Pablo’s financial situation than their relationship. This made me hesitate to read it, but I finally decided to pick it up and I am pleasantly surprised!

Likes: I like how Mary was able to show the struggles of two socio-economically different people. Not only did it bring to life the struggles of a young adult living on his own, trying to pay off student debt, while also paying for a New York priced apartment; it also showed the struggles of fame, and always being in the spotlight. I think that so many people want to be famous and get rich, without realizing that it is not all it is cracked up to be. I don’t personally have these struggles, but it is obvious how hard it must be for them, and because of books like this we can step in their shoes to see that it is not as easy and glamorous as people think. I believe Mary did a great job of describing each of their lives and the struggles that go along with them. These characters were so realistic. Sometimes in books, how the characters act doesn’t seem like something a real person would do. However, in this story, their actions were believable, and their thoughts, emotions, insecurities were so real it was heartbreaking. Also, I know a lot of people were saying that this story focuses more on Pab’s financial situation than their actual relationship, but I disagree. Sure, him struggling to come up with money is talked about a lot. However, that is the cause of some of his insecurities and family drama. It is a main part of why he acts and does the things that he does. I believe their relationship was a huge part of the book, the money was just a factor that led to certain events happening.

Dislikes: The only thing I wasn’t a huge fan of was the ending. Sure, it was kind of a cliff hanger so anything can happen, but I just don’t see why certain things ended up the way they did.

Overall, this story was a fun and enjoyable read! I loved the characters and how they interacted with each other, I loved how it showed perspectives that we don’t get to see often in stories, and I love the growth that the characters exhibited towards the end. The only reason that I didn’t give this a five-star rating was that I didn’t feel like it was one of my favorite books. The main difference between a four and a five-star rating for me is a feeling that I get. A five-star rating is only for books that have me wanting to gush about it to other people, that has me thinking about it for a long time afterwards, and that has me thinking of it as one of my favorite reads. This book was amazing, and I didn’t have many problems with it, but I just didn’t get that spark of love towards it that I reserve for five-star ratings.