Review: Lady Renegades


Lady Renegades by: Rachel Hawkins

My Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

From the  New York Times bestselling author of Hex Hall comes the sparkling finale in the beloved Rebel Belle series.
Just as Harper Price starts coming to terms with her role as David Stark’s battle-ready Paladin, protector, and girlfriend—her world goes crazy all over again.  
Overwhelmed by his Oracle powers, David flees Pine Grove and starts turning teenaged girls into Paladins—and these young ladies seem to think that Harper is the enemy David needs protecting from.  Ordinarily, Harper would be able to fight off any Paladin who comes her way, but her powers have been dwindling since David left town, which means her life is on the line yet again. 
Now, it’s a desperate race for Harper to find and rescue David before she backslides from superhero to your garden-variety type-A belle. 
New York Times bestselling author Rachel Hawkins brings the fun once again in the finale of this pitch-perfect romantic paranormal comedy series.

Beware spoilers ahead!

After I finished reading Miss Mayhem I was in shock. That cliffhanger was horrible! Then I read the synopsis for this book and just about died. I was so happy when this came in the mail early and I got to read it immediately. I am happy to report that this was an awesome conclusion!

The book begins with a prologue in Davids point of view. David’s head always hurts now. At this point he has avoided contact with everybody and really misses his home. At the time leaving seemed like a really good idea. Harper would get to live her life rather than be held back protecting him. But now he’s not so sure.

David’s lost a lot of weight and  he now wears sunglasses everywhere. So that people won’t notice his eyes. His powers have gotten stronger. Sometimes he’ll get in his car without thinking about anything just drive. It’s almost like he knows but doesn’t know where he wants to go. Some gut feeling. He has so many nightmares that he’s not sure whether they’re supposed to be visions or just nightmares. Sometimes he’s even had them while being awake. And all those terrible things he’s done to those girls haven’t left his mind.

We are then taken to the first chapter in Harper’s point of view. It’s summer and Harper and Bee are now lifeguards. With nothing to do over summer Harper decided to become a lifeguard so that she could save people and it’ll keep her busy. Bee became a lifeguard as well to keep Harper company.

Harper isn’t having any fun though. The most that happens in the pool is that some of the younger kids goof up and could hurt themselves. No one has drowned. She spends most of her time sitting on a high chair and reading some books.

They have a fairly normal day at work. When the two of them are ready to go home Harper realizes that she forgot her book. She goes to look for it and finds it in her locker. Then the lights go out. Harper assumes that maybe someone is playing a prank on her. But once she starts calling out to the pool clean-up people and they don’t answer she starts to get worried.

After awhile she realizes that she isn’t alone and whoever is in the room with her hasn’t shown his/her face. Harper mentally prepares herself for a fight. Apparently there is a female with her and the two start fighting. The girl reveals that she’s a Paladin as well. Harper is utterly shocked. Then she realizes that David must have turned her into a Paladin. She asks the girl about David. The girls reveals that yes it was David who turned her and that David sent her after Harper. The girl reveals that David told her that Harper is going to kill him.

During the fight Harper’s powers stop working. Having no idea what to do Harper still continues to trudge on until she is beaten. Right before the girl slits Harper’s throat Bee enters the room. Bee and the girl fight for a bit. But then all of a sudden the girl screams in pain and runs away. Bee and Harper have made it out of the fight alright. The two decide to go and check on Ryan to make sure he’s okay.

Man was this book an emotional ride! I am so happy that this book was short so that I could read it faster! This book took place around a few weeks. What was interesting is that David’s point of view comes in a few times. Which are written in third person. His point of views tended to be creepy and terrifying. There are some new characters which are introduced. And an old one comes in this book as well. Let me tell you I was surprised that Blythe was actually a main character for this book.

Bee, Harper, and Blythe take a two week road trip to find David and get him back to normal. Meanwhile Ryan stays behind to keep on eye on their home. The only who knows how to help David is surprising Blythe. Hence her appearance in the book. At first Bee and Harper aren’t comfortable with having Blythe around. But seeing no other options they suck it up. Not without coming prepared though.

This book was really fast paced and pretty short. There’s action and magic pretty much non-stop. The Paladin girls story line was interesting. But it did become annoying having these girls attack Harper repeatedly. Luckily Bee and Blythe were there to help. There are some major reveals.

You get to read about Aunt Jewel again. Which was of course lovely! It was nice how much she supported Harper and helped her as much as she could. Bee and Harper’s friendship is a big part of this book. I loved the two of them together! It was very interesting to read about Blythe. It was nice to read about her interactions with Bee and Harper and how Blythe actually became their friend. I grew to like her as well. She is one of the more developed characters along with Harper.

There was Harper’s usual snark and determination in this book. It was interesting to read about Harper’s journey. Harper takes a back seat when it comes to being the group’s leader. Blythe was the leader. I liked reading about how Harper dealt with it and every other situation in this book. I liked how the author showed us that not everything goes according to plan. Despite the fact that this is a fantasy this can be applied to everyday life.

While David’s point of views come in a few times, David himself doesn’t come in a lot. Nor does Ryan. This didn’t bother me at all. It was nice to read about all the girl power that went on in this book.

The ending was a bit predictable. I’ve seen this from the first book. But it didn’t bother me because it was handled well and some of it wasn’t predictable. In fact I actually liked the ending. As far as the romance goes Harper and David’s relationship doesn’t really come into play. But Bee’s and Ryan’s relationship does. I think that if you are a fan of Harper and David you will like the ending.

Overall this was an awesome conclusion to a wonderful series! I recommend this series to anyone looking for a girly fantasy, anyone looking for light fantasy, and fans of the author. I am definitely looking forward to the authors upcoming middle grade series Journey’s End.


Review: My Senior Year of Awesome


My Senior Year of Awesome by: Jennifer Digiovanni

My Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

It’s the final semester of senior year, and everyone at Harmony High can’t wait to find out the results of the Senior Superlative votes! But the balloon bursts in Sadie’s face when she discovers she’s been voted “Most Likely to Get Married” to Andy – a boy she’s never dated or ever thought of as a potential boyfriend. Completely and utter mortification sets in.

To prove high school means something more than a Senior Superlative award, Sadie and her best friend Jana decide to create their own list of awesome non-academic achievements to be completed before graduation.

Yet, the harder Sadie works to show everyone she’s not the least bit attracted to Andy, the more appealing he becomes. Typical for the girl who can’t seem to achieve anything important, even the completion of one lousy college application.

When senioritis kicks in and the school year dwindles down to mere weeks, Sadie decides to risk her good girl reputation to prove that an Awesome Achievement means much more than any Senior Superlative vote. By the time Sadie realizes her epic screw-up, she just might have lost her chance at the prom date of her dreams.

Beware spoilers ahead!

I can’t exactly remember how I heard about this book. I’m pretty sure that I saw it pop up on GR. Once I read the synopsis I was sold! This sounded similar to Smart Girls Get What They Want so of course I wanted to read. When I started reading it I found out very quickly that this wasn’t like Smart Girls Get What They Want but enjoyable nonetheless.

The book begins with Sadie walking down the hall to class. On the way she runs into Andy and is stuck talking to him. Sadie isn’t the biggest fan of Andy. While she knows that he’s nice she also finds him annoying and he is a major math nerd. Once they go their separate ways Sadie makes her way over to the Senior Superlative board.

Sadie sees her best friend Jana and they make their way over. A lot of people stare at the two of them and Sadie assumes that this is because Jana must have won the fashion award. Jana replies that she didn’t win and instead Sadie won. Sadie makes her way over to the board. She is shocked and mortified to see that she won ‘Most Likely to Get Married’ to Andy. Sadie turns around and asks Andy if he had anything to get with the votes. He replies that he didn’t. Once her classmates start to laugh she angrily yells that she isn’t dating Andy nor does she like him.

For most the day Sadie is miserable and it doesn’t help that her classmates have been talking about her and Andy. Jana distracts her by making these lists. Sadie’s grandmother has this book called Fill It In which contains various lists. The latest one is an achievement list. Both the girls realize that they haven’t really achieved anything in the 3 years they’ve been in high school. Deciding to find ways to fill out the list the two of them come up with some risky and silly things to do.

I was not expecting to like this book that much! The writing style was good and the author portrayed high school realistically. I liked how before some chapters they were these lists that Sadie filled out. It was cool and fun to read!

I loved the friendship between Jana and Sadie! Their friendship was amazing and I wish there was more friendship in books! And I was so happy that the family relationships were well done! There wasn’t any issue in between all the families unlike most contemporaries. In fact Sadie is quite close to her mother.

Andy was so sweet! I liked how he wasn’t super hot and that he was nerdy. In most books the love interest is always described as good looking. In this book it focuses on the beauty inside. Which was a nice change. The romance was very slow burn. Sadie spent most of the book being awful to Andy so that she could prove that she doesn’t like him. But after spending some time with Andy she realizes that she does have feelings for him.

There was a bit of mystery in the book. Sadie is convinced that someone rigged the vote. At first she thinks it was Andy. But after awhile it becomes apparent it Andy had nothing to do with it. It is revealed who did it and it wasn’t for the purpose to humiliate to two of them.

Some of the things that Sadie and Jana did for their list was stupid. At some point in the book Sadie royally screws up her relationship with Andy. She does make up with him though. At first I was mad at her but then I realized that everyone makes dumb mistakes. I liked how Jana and Sadie tried new things for their list. For example joining the track team and auditioning for a play. I don’t think I would ever do that. I admired them for it. There was a lot of risk taking involved even if some the things they did were really dumb.

Overall this was a really good book! I recommend it to everyone because anyone can find something they liked in this book! I look forward to reading the sequel My Disastrous Summer Vacation!

Review: The Island


The Island by: S. Usher Evans

My Rating: 1 of 5 Stars

Prince Galian is third in line to the throne, but prefers his place as a resident at the Royal Kylaen Hospital. When his father urges him to join the military to help reclaim their colony, Galian is forced to put aside his oath to Do No Harm and fight a war he does not believe in.

Across the great Madion Sea, Captain Theo Kallistrate dreams of a day when she is no longer bound by conscription to fight for her country’s independence. But when the Kylaens threaten, honor and duty call her to the front lines to fight off the oppressors. When an air skirmish goes wrong, both Theo and Galian crash on a remote island hundreds of miles from either nation. Grievously injured, Theo must rely on Galian’s medical expertise, and Galian must rely on Theo’s survival skills, to live another day in a harsh and unforgiving terrain.

Can they put aside their differences long enough to survive? Or will the war that brought them to the island tear them apart?

Beware spoilers ahead!

I received this E-ARC via Sun’s Golden Ray Publishing and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.


I’d heard about this book back in January. Everyone on Twitter was raving about this book. Based on the synopsis I couldn’t see the appeal. The author announced on her twitter page that this book was available on Netgalley. Naturally I was requested it to see what the hype was about. Unfortunately this was a case of ‘It’s not you but me’.

The book is narrated in first person and switches through Theo and Galian’s point of view. There’s also a map right at the start of the book. There has been a war between Theo and Galians people that has been going on for the past 50 years. Galians father (the king) wants to control Theo’s people, and Theo’s people wants independence.

The book begins in Theo’s point of view getting called out for being better than one of her tropes. She explains to said trope that she was not bragging about her victory merely reporting as that is her job as a captain. She leaves after dealing with the trope.

Theo is just about to go to bed when she hears a group of girls crying. She realizes those poor girls must have known the pilot that died in battle. She goes to comfort them. Hating the fact that she can never protect all of them from death.

We are then taken to Galian’s point of view. He should be paying attention to the meeting but he’s not. Galian would much rather do anything else than sit at the meeting. Today will be his first mission. The first day he’ll have to kill someone. He doesn’t like it. Galian’s brother died in battle and he was called from the hospital to replace him. He cannot bring himself to imagine taking someone’s like rather saving someone. But his father’s made it pretty clear that he has no choice.

I actually enjoyed the beginning of the book. You are shown that the world they live is brutal and hard. The author did a really good job showing this to you. I was also able to connect to both Theo and Galian.

Things started to head south when both our characters meet each other. It was odd how Galian tried to joke to Theo. And there were times when Theo was being ridiculous about her hatred for Galian. I think I was expecting to be eased into their interactions. I didn’t think it would happen that fast. This book is just not for me.

Overall this book is not for me. But I still recommend it. If you enjoy well done politics, survival book, and forbidden romance this series is for you.

Review: The Libby Garrett Intervention


The Libby Garrett Intervention by: Kelly Oram

My Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Libby Garrett is addicted to Owen Jackson’s hot lovin’. But the sexy, popular college basketball player doesn’t appreciate all of Libby’s awesomeness. He refuses to be exclusive or even admit to people that they’re dating. The relationship is ruining Libby and she’s the only one who can’t see it.

When Libby’s behavior spirals completely out of control, her best friend Avery Shaw and the rest of the Science Squad stage an intervention hoping to cure Libby of her harmful Owen addiction. They put her through her very own Twelve Step program–Owen’s Anonymous–and recruit the help of a sexy, broody, hard as nails coffee man to be her official sponsor.

Adam Koepp has watched Libby Garrett for years. How could he not notice the sassy girl with the purple skateboard and helmet plastered with cat stickers? But in all the years he’s crushed on her, Libby has failed to take notice of him. Why would she when he was just a nobody high school drop out who served her apple cider several times a week? Especially when she was hooking up with a guy like Owen Jackson–a guy with a college scholarship and more abs than Kyle Hamilton.

Adam finally gets the chance to meet Libby when his co-worker Avery Shaw recruits him to take Libby on the journey of a lifetime. With his ability to play Bad Cop and his experience with the Twelve Step program he’s the perfect candidate to be Libby’s sponsor. But will he be able to keep his personal feelings out of the matter and really help her the way she needs? And will Libby hate him when he forces her to take an honest look at herself?

Beware spoilers ahead!

Back in 2015 I read the first book The Avery Shaw Experiment. I did enjoy the book but it had it’s flaws. I got an email from GR about the sequel (this book) and was surprised. Libby was one of my favourite characters and I was excited to read this. I immediately added it and then bought the e-book. I am happy to say that I liked this book!

This book takes place a year after the previous book. Libby has been seeing Owen for the past year. But she hasn’t realized just how much the relationship has taken a toll on her. Owen and Libby have spent the whole night together. When the book begins they go to get some coffee from Libby’s favourite coffee store.

Avery has recently been working at the coffee shop and Libby tends to come every single day. They enter and the guy who normally makes Libby’s drink takes their orders. Libby asks for an apple cider. Which said guy knows because he’s usually the one that makes it for her. The guy turns out to be Adam and they talk for a bit. Libby being Libby mentions that he should smile more often. Owen gets offended that she’s flirting with the coffee guy.

When Owen places his order he makes a comment about Libby’s weight. Offended and hurt Libby excuses herself and goes to the bathroom. Owen arrives and convinces her that it was just because he was angry at Adam. Owen sweet talks Libby and she takes him to the break room where the two proceed to have sex.

Adam for the life of him cannot understand why girls always end up choosing awful boyfriends. Is it because they have good looks and popularity? Who knows. You are then told that Adam has had a crush on Libby since he was 14 years old. He used to go to the same high school but dropped out so he could provide for his little sister Kate.

A delivery guy comes to deliver some coffee stuff and Adam takes him to the break room. Much to his surprise he finds Libby and Owen on the sofa. He kicks them out. And leaves the room before he does something stupid. Avery, Grayson, and the rest of the science squad enter. Avery explains that because Libby didn’t show up they lost and Tara (her partner) couldn’t present their idea. Adam feeling terrible takes Grayson and Avery to explain them that Libby’s been with Owen.

Once they’re in a corner and he starts to explain them everything. Libby and Owen come out. At first they don’t notice Avery and Grayson standing. But then Avery gets Libby’s attention. Libby and Owen are shocked to see their best friends. Grayson asks why Owen never told him that he was spending time with his girlfriend. And Owen replies that they aren’t dating. Adam cuts in and mentions that Libby and Owen were in the break room.

Owen gets mad at Adam but before they can get in an actual fight Grayson takes him out. Avery is on the verge of tears and apologizes to Adam. Libby interjects that it’s not Avery’s fault but Adam’s. Adam then tells her about Tara. And Libby immediately starts to apologize to Avery. Avery is not having it. After some rude but true words from Adam Libby leaves right in front in of the rest of the science squad.

Adam manages to calm Avery down. The two of them talk about how Owen has changed Libby. Libby is no longer confident in herself. She’s ditched her friends on numerous occasions to spend time with Owen. After some more talking Avery asks for Adam’s help in staging an intervention.

This book was much better than The Avery Shaw Experiment! I love how the author included abusive relationships and didn’t try to romanticize it! As usual the writing style was good and captured Libby and Adam very well! I liked reading about the intervention and then later on the twelve step program. It was very interesting and educational.

Throughout the book you are shown exactly how Libby changed. She started wearing different clothes for Owen (she actually stopped wearing all her cat shirts). She dyed her hair blonde. She ditched all her friends and didn’t even notice it when they stopped hanging out with her all together. And lastly she stuck with Owen because she believed that no other guy would love her due to her weight. To her it was better to have a physical relationship with someone because then at least she’d be wanted. It was truly heart breaking. I loved it when she started taking steps to move on from Owen and focus on herself. And she made amends to everyone she hurt. Which was very sweet.

Adam has had a very hard life. His father ditched his family when he was young and after that his mother became an alcoholic. He and his sister tried staging and intervention for their mother but it didn’t work. When he was 18 he moved out and became the legal guardian for Kate. He’s had a crush on Libby since he was 14. And in all the years they went to the same skate park and serving apple cider she hasn’t noticed him. He’s pretty sure that she won’t ever like him. When Avery mentions the intervention he decides to help Libby. All while trying to keep his personal feelings in a bag. I really loved Adam! I liked him way more than Grayson. He was honest and stood up for the people he loved. At times he was brutal in his honestly but it’s better than lying and sugar coating in my opinion. He tries very hard to set aside his personal feelings and help Libby. He was a great mentor and helped her a lot.

I loved all the friendships and family support in this book! Libby’s friends and parents were so sweet. When Adam explained her parents the situation they took it well and were happy to have Adam help Libby. Her parents were also pretty funny. Adams sister Kate was a lot like him. She was protective of Adam and tried to get Libby and Adam together. I loved her! If there’s going to be a third book I hope it’ll be about her! The science squad had Libby’s back throughout the whole journey.

Adam was perfect for Libby! He cared about her and treated her the way she deserved to be treated. The romance is really slow burn. Adam didn’t want to pressure Libby into a relationship because she was still trying to move on from Owen. They waited until they were ready to start dating. Which happens literally at the end of the book. There’s plenty of tension and Adam restraining himself and setting his feelings aside.

Note there is more focus on sex in this book than there was in the first book. Also you don’t have to read the first book to read this book. But I suggest that you so that you can really see the differences in Libby’s behaviour. I didn’t have any problems with this book. I just didn’t love it. Hence the four star rating.

Overall this was a great book! I recommend it to fans of the author, fans of the first book, and anyone who is looking for a book about abusive relationships.

Review: These Vicious Masks


These Vicious Masks by: Tarun Shanker and Kelly Zekas

My Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Jane Austen meets X-­Men in this gripping and adventure-­filled paranormal romance set in Victorian London.

England, 1882. Evelyn is bored with society and its expectations. So when her beloved sister, Rose, mysteriously vanishes, she ignores her parents and travels to London to find her, accompanied by the dashing Mr. Kent. But they’re not the only ones looking for Rose. The reclusive, young gentleman Sebastian Braddock is also searching for her, claiming that both sisters have special healing powers. Evelyn is convinced that Sebastian must be mad, until she discovers that his strange tales of extraordinary people are true—and that her sister is in graver danger than she feared.

Beware spoilers ahead!

This book was recommended to me by my dear GR friends Lola and Katerina! Click on their names to read their reviews!

I had heard about this book through Netgalley. It sounded interesting so I requested it. I was denied. When I went to re-read the synopsis I was immediately put off by the X-Men meets Jane Austen tag line. I have never been a fan of Jane Austen. I watched Pride and Prejudice but found Elizabeth to be rude. The way Keira Knightley presented Elizabeth might have been what ticked me off. Then Katerina and Lola recommended me this book. It has never happened where two of my friends recommend the same book. I became curious and decided to give it a shot. I am happy to say that I enjoyed this book!

The book begins with Evelyn and her family attending a party. Evelyn does not understand the point of always going to the same parties and balls, with the same people. She feels that she’s just wasting her time and would much rather travel the world. Her younger sister Rose is the only one that understands her views.

They hit a bit of a detour. The people who are in front of them are trying to get their carriage upright. Evelyn’s family offer their help but the people refuse. They take off but not before Evelyn sees a large man put their carriage upright. The man is clearly very strong.

When they reach the party Evelyn tries her best to make a run for it. But her mother manages to keep her next to her. When the host arrives he introduces his nephew Mr. Braddock. It seems that Evelyn’s mother intends for her to marry Mr. Braddock. They introduce themselves. Mr. Braddock seems very interested in Rose and he starts to talk to her but then dashes off with some weird excuse. Evelyn is very annoyed at this. It was really rude that he just ran off like that.

Evelyn uses this as her excuse to go and hide. So that she can avoid her mother’s friends and the dancing. While enjoying some cake her friend Mr. Kent arrives. They talk for a bit and then they dance. After they’re done dancing they go on to eat some more cake and talk to their friend Robert. Evelyn has had too many drinks and accidentally says that Rose will most likely marry Robert.

Embarrassed Evelyn runs off to find Rose. After some searching she finds Rose with the large man that lifted the carriage and Mr. Braddock. It seems that they were in some sort of an argument and Evelyn interrupted it. Mr. Braddock gets the man to leave and tries to talk to Rose. Evelyn sensing something off about Rose pushes her out and tells Mr. Braddock that Rose isn’t available for a conversation. They argue and then Evelyn goes home.

Rose and Evelyn decide to talk about all that has happened. Rose explains that the large man has a sister that is very sick in London and needs Rose’s assistance. Evelyn then reveals to Rose about what she told Robert. Rose says that she would love to travel the world and become a doctor. Evelyn tells Rose that they can try to convince their mother together in the morning. They hug each other and go to bed.

That night Evelyn has an odd nightmare. She seems to be in Egypt and is conversing with her governess Miss Grey. For some reason Evelyn can’t really hear Miss Grey’s voice too well and nor can she respond. Miss Grey informs her that someone is after Rose.

I was surprised that I enjoyed this book! I honestly did not expect to enjoy it this much. I liked the writing style and the banter between the characters. This book was pretty fast paced which was nice.  And I absolutely loved the sibling relationships! The plot was well done. And the powers were really cool!

I absolutely adored Evelyn! It was lovely to read about her character development through this book. And about her relationship with the other characters. I really felt for her when she was frantically looking for Rose. Her reaction to powers existing was realistic. Mr. Kent was kind of annoying at first but he started to grow on me once I started to understand things from his point of view. Mr. Kent’s love for his sister Laura was adorable! I loved how much he cared about her and looked out for her. I felt really bad for him considering his family situation. Mr. Braddock was nice and definitely anti-social. I do feel for him as well as he’s been through a lot. Mr. Braddock’s power is particularly interesting. I’ve never read about someone who has the same power. Laura was a doll and I enjoyed reading about her friendship with Evelyn! Miss Grey was interesting. And while Rose didn’t come in that much she was nice.

It was really cool that the authors included a masks theme in this book. Everyone behaves differently with some people. We usually have different masks on depending on who we’re interacting with. And it is interesting once we get to see different layers about a person. I felt that this was Incorporated well. I was very surprised at the ending. I didn’t expect the authors to take that route. No doubt it’ll be interesting to read about all the characters stories in the sequel. This just goes to show that the authors are not afraid of killing off characters.

I only had a few problems. I was really surprised with the love triangle. I didn’t see the point of it but it didn’t bother me once I started reading. I do hope it gets resolved soon so that it doesn’t drag out. I felt that Evelyn’s parents reluctance to look for Rose was done for plot’s sake. So that Evelyn would have no choice but to accept Mr. Kent’s help. Also the villain wasn’t really anything new. The same villains have been written before. With the same motive.

Overall this was a really great book! I recommend it to fans of X-Men and Jane Austen and anyone looking for a new and interesting fantasy series.

Review: The Case of Vanitas, Chapter 4


The Case Study of Vanitas, Chapter 4 by: Jun Mochizuki

My Rating; 3 of 5 Stars

Jun Mochizuki, acclaimed creator of PandoraHearts, continues her epic adventure tale, The Case Study of Vanitas!

Noe and Vanitas’s mission to prove Count Orlok wrong has been rudely interrupted by a surprise showdown with a formidable foe! He may claim to have some tricks up his sleeve, but will Vanitas’s bluster turn out to be all for show against a legendary warrior maiden?!

Read the fourth installment of Jun Mochizuki’s latest epic adventure tale, The Case Study of Vanitas, the same day as Japan!

Beware spoilers ahead!

At the end of chapter 3 Vanitas reveals that he knows a way to defeat the Hellfire witch. I was looking forward to reading this chapter! I enjoyed the action scenes and the revealations in chapter 3. I was so excited for the showdown to begin! I am happy to report that I did enjoy this chapter as well.

The chapter begins where the last one left off. Vanitas has supposedly come up with a plan to defeat the Hellfire witch. While he goes to execute that plan he sends Noe off somewhere else.

While Vanitas fights the Hellfire witch, he talks to her. He manages to break down some of her defenses in a very cruel way. He continues to break down her defenses until she stops fighting. Overwhelmed by strong emotions Vanitas admits that he has feelings for the Hellfire witch.

Meanwhile Dante has just been informed that Luca and the Hellfire witch are looking for the book of Vanitas. Dante realizing that Vanitas is in trouble runs to his aid. He and the two other people watch the fight from the sidelines.

Throughout the interaction with Vanitas and the Hellfire witch you do get a bit more backstory and you really get to understand the relationship with Luca and the Hellfire witch. It was pretty interesting. And Noe’s part comes in pretty quickly.

This chapter was surprisingly short. While the action scenes were interesting, I didn’t really enjoy this chapter as much as the last one. It especially got weird when Vanitas tried proposing to the Hellfire witch. It seems that Vanitas doesn’t understand emotions. The ending was pretty creepy so here’s to hoping the next chapter is better.

Overall this was a good chapter! I recommend this series to anyone whose looking for a new sort of fantasy.

Review: The Moth and the Flame


The Moth and the Flame by: Renee Ahdieh

My Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

It started as playful, if barbed, banter before rising to a fateful wager with a most notorious rake—the Captain of the Guard, Jalal al-Khoury—who may have finally met his match in a lovely, if haughty, handmaiden, Despina. But she, too, seems to have met her match in the handsome Jalal. What begins as a tempestuous battle of will and wit in short order becomes a passionate affair spurred on by tragedy of the worst kind.

Beware spoilers ahead!

When I had heard about this short story I was excited. I liked Despina and Jalah when I read The Wrath and the Dawn. I wanted to know when they first started interacting with each other. I am happy to say that I enjoyed this story!

The book begins in Despina’s point of view. She was just been promoted to Handmaiden. She’s to be Ava’s handmaiden. Despina has noticed that Ava doesn’t speak a lot. More often than not she’s day dreaming. She hasn’t interacted with Despina. Ava has her own set of servants and she keeps close to them.

Despina is arranging some of Ava’s clothes with the help of another maid. The two talk while they sort the clothes. When Despina picks up a handful of clothes, she hears a tear. She sets the clothes down and begins to inspect the skirt. Needing more light she takes the skirt outside to inspect it.

While looking at the tear she hears someone approaching. It turns out to be Jalah. This is Despina’s first time talking with the Captain of the Royal Guard. But despite this she knows of his reputation. Jalah is known for flirting with tons of girls. His reputation makes Despina  uncomfortable and she tries to ignore. They have an awkward conversation. Jalah tries to hard to attempt to flirt with Despina. And Despina brushes him off.

I was surprised that I actually enjoyed this! I got some laughs while reading Despina and Jalah’s interactions. It was nice to find out a little more about Ava. And man did I really feel for Ava. I’m starting to wonder whether Ava actually had depression. I liked reading about the interaction that Despina and Ava had!

Much to my surprise the writing style felt too wordy. There were a bunch of needless descriptions. I found this surprising considering that I never felt this way when I read The Wrath and the Dawn. It was almost as if the author did it to add more words.

While the interaction between Jalah and Despina was funny, I never really felt the tension. Pretty early on in the short story they started having a secret relationship. This might be because it was so short. This book also shows you more ways on how stupid Khalid was when he was married to Ava. I’m surprised that he never really interacted with her and it was so obvious that she was hurting. This isn’t a flaw I’m just pointing it out. Nonetheless this was still fun to read!

Overall this was a good book. I recommend it to fans of the series.