Review: Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin #1) – Robin LaFevers

Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin #1) – Robin LaFevers

Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin, #1)

Title: Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin #1)

Author: Robin LaFevers

Release Date: April 3, 2012

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 550

Source: Library

Why be the sheep, when you can be the wolf?

Seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where the sisters still serve the gods of old. Here she learns that the god of Death Himself has blessed her with dangerous gifts—and a violent destiny. If she chooses to stay at the convent, she will be trained as an assassin and serve as a handmaiden to Death. To claim her new life, she must destroy the lives of others.

Ismae’s most important assignment takes her straight into the high court of Brittany—where she finds herself woefully under prepared—not only for the deadly games of intrigue and treason, but for the impossible choices she must make. For how can she deliver Death’s vengeance upon a target who, against her will, has stolen her heart?

4 out 5 stars

We read this book for my book club, and it was a pretty enjoyable read. I love historical fiction/fantasy-esque books, so this was right up my alley. I love reading about castles and kings and princes and everything set in that time period, so I really enjoyed the setting. I really loved that it wasn’t somewhere that I had heard about before. My friend who is in charge of the club, Rachael, researched about the history of Brittany, and most everything was historically accurate but with a fictional twist.

I really enjoyed reading about an assassin, because Ismae was a really strong character. I love reading strong female leads because they’re just so much. Ismae is very sassy, but in a dry sense of humor sort of way. She was confident, but also fragile. It was really a beautifully written story.

Also. Her relationship with Duval. Oh my gosh I shipped that so hard. They were perfect for each other, and it was perfect because she didn’t want to love him but she did. Oh my goodness it was beautiful. The scene where she was praying that she wasn’t in love made me crack up. By crack up I mean smirk and make some scoffing sounds, but it was still cute.

The only reason I didn’t give this book five stars was because of the ending.


I liked that she had to leave the castle, because I really thought that LaFevers was going to kill off Duval. I didn’t want her to because they’re perfect together, but I would have given her props for having the guts to kill him. Anyway, she literally came back and was like “oh yeah the only way I can save him is to suck the poison from his lips, then have sex with him.” Hmmmmmmmmm. Idk about that one. I loved the whole book, and then this scene was so anti climactic! I didn’t want to read porn by any means, but it was so…. anti climactic. The lead up to the sex scene was kind of creepy with her sucking the poison out of him, and then the sensual part was over in a paragraph. I get leaving it to the imagination of the reader, but it was basically saying the only way to make things better is to have sex with the guy you like. I just feel like because the beginning of the book started with her almost getting raped by the man she was supposed to marry, that having sex was a bigger deal to her than what happened. I feel like she should have been more emotionally invested into the situation, but those are just my thoughts.


Overall I really enjoyed this book, and I can’t wait to read the next one in the series. I love reading historical fiction, and I think the next one should be interesting because it’s from a different point of view. Super pumped. Also, the cover is pretty on the next one. Stay tuned for that review that will probably come sometime not super soon (knowing my reading habits). oops.

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Review: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter #5) – J. K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter #5) – J. K. Rowling


Title: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter #5)

Author: J. K. Rowling

Release Date: June 21, 2003

Publisher: Scholastic Inc.

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 896

Source: Grandmother

It’s official: the evil Lord Voldemort has returned. His influence is suddenly everywhere in the Wizarding world, and his former allies, the Death Eaters, are returning to his side in droves. In response, the Order of the Phoenix, which worked to stop him during his last rise to power, has reconvened. This time, all of the adults Harry trusts have joined in. And even though Harry is at the center of many of their plans—Voldemort is intent on killing him, after all—they want so badly to protect him that they are keeping him completely out of the loop.

Problems are cropping up at Hogwarts, too, where government officials are meddling in just about everything. And just because Voldemort and the Death Eaters are threatening open warfare does not mean that fifth-year students get out of their exams. Meanwhile, Harry’s powerful connection to Voldemort seems to be growing even stronger, as he realizes that he has direct access to the Dark Lord’s mind. It’s time for Harry and his friends to take drastic action, but the course they choose will have terrible unforeseen consequences.

Truly dangerous times have arrived in the fifth Harry Potter novel, but it never loses the trademark fun, excitement, and wonder at the possibilities of magic.

5 out of 5 stars

It’s so much fun being in the Harry Potter world of Hogwarts and wizardry. I have always held a special place in my heart for Harry Potter, and this fifth installment is no different. This is the first book that is actually rather dark. The fourth is still getting to know the characters to a certain extent, and this one finally deals with all the issues in the world Rowling has created.

This book has been my second favorite so far; I think The Chamber of Secrets still holds my first spot as of now. I really loved reading this one because SO much happened! One of the reasons I love the Harry Potter books so much is because they read as a complex movie. They’re easy to understand, but there is depth and reasoning behind all the decisions that are made. This was the first in the series that I was legitimately angry at the book; as in throw it across the room angry. Umbridge made me want to push the book into the Chamber of Secrets. Honestly. Get a grip on your life, Umbridge, and stop being so evil and cold. Ugh.

My favorite part of this book was the friendship dynamic of the Golden Trio. I love watching Hermione, Ron, and Harry interact, so it was really fun. One thing that I didn’t expect to make it a little boring, was the lack of Quidditch. Now, I am not a huge sports fan, but not being able to see the joy that Quidditch gave Harry was a little hard. He loves it so much, and when he didn’t get to play, I could feel for him.

I can’t wait to continue on with this series and finish it out!


Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Harry Potter #1)

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter #2)

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter #3)

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter #4)

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September Wrapup + October TBR


  1. Flawed (Flawed #1) – Cecelia Ahern *review*
  2. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter #5) – J. K. Rowling *review*


  1. Mercer Street (American Journey #2) – John A. Heldt
  2. Indiana Belle (American Journey #3) – John A. Heldt
  3. Class of ’59 (American Journey #4) – John A. Heldt
  4. November Rain (Bad Bloods #1) – Shannon A. Thompson
  5. November Snow (Bad Bloods #2) – Shannon A. Thompson
  6. What We’ll Do For Blood (The Almost Human #1) – C. L. Mannarino
  7. Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin #1) – Robin LaFevers
  8. Tiny Pretty Things (Tiny Pretty Things #1) – Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton
  9. The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #4) – Rick Riordan
  10. Fire (Graceling Realm #2) – Kristin Cashore

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Review: Flawed (Flawed #1) – Cecelia Ahern

Flawed (Flawed #1) – Cecelia Ahern


Title: Flawed (Flawed #1)

Author: Cecelia Ahern

Release Date: April 5, 2016

Publisher: Feiwel and Friends

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 336

Source: Walmart

You will be punished…

Celestine North lives a perfect life. She’s a model daughter and sister, she’s well-liked by her classmates and teachers, and she’s dating the impossibly charming Art Crevan.

But then Celestine encounters a situation where she makes an instinctive decision. She breaks a rule and now faces life-changing repercussions. She could be imprisoned. She could be branded. She could be found flawed.

In her breathtaking young adult debut, bestselling author Cecelia Ahern depicts a society where perfection is paramount and flaws lead to punishment. And where one young woman decides to take a stand that could cost her everything.

4 out of 5 stars

Another dystopian, but I think that this story could take hold of the YA dystopian world. Yes, everyone has read The Hunger Games and Divergent, but I think that once people want to find another world to dive into, they will love the world of Flawed. Ahern has created an eerily similar world to our own, but the reason this book connected with me so much was the fact that I think a lot of the issues in the book are happening or will happen in the near future.

I read this book for book club, and it was very interesting to discuss because there are so many links throughout history. We found out that the author lives in Ireland, and the one of the Irish symbols is a harp. Near the end of the book, Celestine uses an acronym H.A.R.P. to talk through a situation. Cecelia Ahern really did a nice job in bringing small details like that into the book.

She also touched on some very important issues that are happening today. The Flawed people of the society were discriminated against. There is discrimination everywhere based on things that people can’t control; their skin color, religion, race, etc. She touched on sexual assault, but in a very tasteful way. It wasn’t blatantly obvious the way she wrote the scene, but it still had a lasting effect.

I think the idea behind this book was extremely interesting; people who help those who have hurt society are to be hurt. People who are “flawed” have different brands depicting what they had done. Some have burns on their palm, tongue, foot, chest, temple, and they all mean a “flawed” part of them was easily seen in an act they took part in. Again, I think that I liked this book so much because I feel like it could happen so easily. This book was focused on the moral and ethical standpoint of people rather than on the “haves” or “have-nots.”

I would recommend reading this book, and I can’t wait for the second book in the series!

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August Wrapup + September TBR


  1. House of Leaves – Mark Z. Danielewski *review*


  1. Mercer Street (American Journey #2) – John A. Heldt
  2. Indiana Belle (American Journey #3) – John A. Heldt
  3. Class of ’59 (American Journey #4) – John A. Heldt
  4. November Rain (Bad Bloods #1) – Shannon A. Thompson
  5. November Snow (Bad Bloods #2) – Shannon A. Thompson

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Review: House of Leaves – Mark Z. Danielewski

House of Leaves – Mark Z. Danielewski


Title: House of Leaves

Author: Mark Z. Danielewski

Release Date: March 7, 2000

Publisher: Pantheon

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 709

Source: Independent Bookstore

Years ago, when House of Leaves was first being passed around, it was nothing more than a badly bundled heap of paper, parts of which would occasionally surface on the Internet. No one could have anticipated the small but devoted following this terrifying story would soon command. Starting with an odd assortment of marginalized youth—musicians, tattoo artists, programmers, strippers, environmentalists, and adrenaline junkies—the book eventually made its way into the hands of older generations, who not only found themselves in those strangely arranged pages but also discovered a way back into the lives of their estranged children.

Now, for the first time, this astonishing novel is made available in book form, complete with the original colored words, vertical footnotes, and newly added second and third appendices.

The story remains unchanged, focusing on a young family that moves into a small home on Ash Tree Lane where they discover something is terribly wrong: their house is bigger on the inside than it is on the outside.

Of course, neither Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Will Navidson nor his companion Karen Green was prepared to face the consequences of that impossibility, until the day their two little children wandered off and their voices eerily began to return another story—of creature darkness, of an ever-growing abyss behind a closet door, and of that unholy growl which soon enough would tear through their walls and consume all their dreams.

1 out of 5 stars

I’m pretty sure that anyone that says they like this book is a liar, because I literally hated every single second of it. I only picked up this book because we chose it for book club and the pages are really cool. Personally I think that everyone who’s given this book a good rating did it because they felt accomplished and could see a metaphor somewhere in this book. This was the worst book I’ve ever read.

There was no plot, and the characters weren’t engaging at all. It read like a textbook, so it was really hard to get into it. For 3/4 of the time I had no idea what was going on, so I just skimmed for pages at a time, and I never do that. The idea behind this book was really cool that it was passed around from person to person, and it’s about a photojournalist, but man. I really hated this book.

Maybe it was just the wrong time in my life, but I won’t be picking this up again.

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