The Dark Elements Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout- Cliche but Addictive (3 Mini Reviews)

So, this series is a little old by YA standards (I feel like after a couple of years, the majority of books are just forgotten in this community… but that’s a discussion for another post), but it’s getting the comeback it deserves with the release of Storm and Fury!!!

Anyway, before I go into my review- I need to admit my bias here. This is one of my all-time favorites from High School. That said- if I started it now, with no built-in biases, I probably would not be so kind. My standards have changed a bit, but this book series is still too special to me to not adore.

Overall: 4.5/5 Stars
Characters: 4.5/5
Setting: 5/5
Writing: 5/5
Plot and Themes: 4/5
Awesomeness Factor: 5/5
Review in a Nutshell: Jennifer L. Armentrout writes 1 type of book: the swoon-worthy, light-hearted, banter-filled romances that you can’t put down even if you know exactly what’s coming. If that’s what you’re looking for- you’ll find it in The Dark Elements Series.

“People with the purest souls are capable of the greatest evils.”

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Caitsbooks Reviews: Red White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston, 5 Stars

Red White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston – The Perfect Read for Pride Month (Review)

Overall: 5/5 Stars
Characters: 5/5
Setting: 5/5
Writing: 5/5
Plot and Themes: 5/5
Awesomeness Factor: 5/5
Review in a Nutshell: I spent 95% of my time reading this book smiling. I’m sure I terrified some people, but oh god was it worth it. (Side note: The other 5% was happy crying)

“Thinking about history makes me wonder how I’ll fit into it one day, I guess. And you too. I kinda wish people still wrote like that. History, huh? Bet we could make some.” 

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The Bride Test by Helen Hoang – Did It Survive The Hype? (Review)

Overall: 5/5 Stars
Characters: 5/5
Setting: 4/5
Writing: 5/5
Plot and Themes: 5/5
Awesomeness Factor: 5/5
Review in a Nutshell: The Bride Test will not let you down. It has everything you could want in a romance, and more.

“How did you change your life when you were trapped like this? Her history didn’t define her. Her origins didn’t define her. At least, they shouldn’t. She could be more, if she had a chance.” 

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The Hating Game by Sally Thorne – Review

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Overall: 5/5 Stars
Characters: 5/5
Setting: 5/5
Writing: 5/5
Plot and Themes: 5/5
Awesomeness Factor: 5/5
Review in a Nutshell: The Hating Game is the perfect contemporary romance. You will never want to put it down!

“Books were, and always would be, something a little magic and something to respect.” B

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Review: Josh & Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren

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Overall: 5/5 Stars
Characters: 5/5
Setting: 5/5
Writing:
5/5
Plot and Themes: 5/5
Awesomeness Factor: 5/5
Review In A Nutshell: Josh & Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating is an amazing novel with countless laugh out loud moments and a relationship that is the cutest thing in this world.

“I realize that finding the perfect person isn’t going to be easy for me because I’m a lot to take,” she says, “but I’m not going to change just so that I’m more datable. At the end of the day, being myself is enough. I’m enough.”

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Review: All Your Perfects by Colleen Hoover

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Overall: 4/5 Stars
Characters: 4/5
Setting: 4/5
Writing:
4.5/5
Plot and Themes: 4/5
Awesomeness Factor: 4/5
Review In A Nutshell: All Your Perfects is a raw, heartbreaking read that deals with heavy topics of infertility and infidelity.

“The problem is, love and happiness are not concordant. One can exist without the other.”

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Review: Lullaby by L. R. W. Lee

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/trigger warning for this book: sexual assault, rape/

Overall: 2/5 Stars | 3/5 Stars
Characters: 2/5 | 3/5
Setting: 3/5 | 3/5
Writing:
2/5 | 2.5/5
Plot and Themes: 1/5  | 2/5
Awesomeness Factor: 2/5 | 3/5
Review In A Nutshell: Lullaby had a great premise and could have been amazing. Unfortunately, the writing style, pacing, and the characters make this book very disappointing.

 

“I believed creativity to be the expression of the person, who they were inside. Evil didn’t create beauty like this.”

 

Note: This review was initially written for the 1st Edition, released January 2018. After posting, the author had reached out to me and other reviewers to edit the book and republish. The second edition – the version currently for sale, as of February 2018 – has addressed a lot of these issues.  I have increased my rating here to reflect my new rating of her book (but I also left my previous rating), and any issues that were addressed in the new edition have *s next to them to indicate that it is either less of a problem or gone entirely.

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Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

16096824This series. I remember reading ACOTAR for the first time back in 2015 and falling in love with the world and the characters. I still adore it now, 3 years later.

Overall: 5/5 Stars
Characters:
5/5
Setting:
5/5
Writing:
5/5
Plot and Themes:
4.5/5
Awesomeness Factor:
5/5 
Review in a Nutshell: A Court of Thorns and Roses is a breathtaking fantasy that will immerse you in a beautiful yet cruel world, with characters sure to stick with you and quotes that will stay in your mind for years.

“Pity those who don’t feel anything at all.”

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 Review: Rock-A-Bye Baby by L. R. W. Lee

     Before I get into the review there are 2 things I want to mention:
1. Thank you so much to L.R.W. Lee for letting me Beta read this book! It was so fun seeing this book become what it is now!
2. I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Overall: 4/5 Stars
Characters: 3/5
Setting: 5/5
Writing: 4/5
Plot and Themes: 4/5
Awesomeness Factor: 4/5
If you don’t feel like reading this long review, here is my review in a nutshell: Rock-A-Bye Baby gives great insight into the unique and fascinating fantasy world only slightly dealt with in the first book, Lullaby.

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Review: A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas

Overall: 4.5/5 Stars
Characters: 4.5/5
Setting: 5/5
Writing: 5/5
Plot and Themes: 4/5
Awesomeness Factor: 4/5
Review in a Nutshell:
A Court of Frost and Starlight is a fluffy, quick read that sets up the next book in the universe while also just making my day 10000% brighter.

“I think my heart knew you were mine long before I ever realized it.”

 

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