Hey guys! I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but this will be the last post on Weezled for a while. I have started a joint project with my friend Cynthia and we have opened Shelfie!, a book blog and YA podcast! I will be posting my reviews there from now on. Come and check us out! Our first podcast will be live in the next week or so!

Thanks for all of the comments and likes. You guys have been awesome and I really hope you will check out Shelfie!


See you on the other side!


Waiting on Wednesday: A Torch Against The Night

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Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

torchTitle: A Torch Against the Night (An Ember in the Ashes #2)
Author: Sabaa Tahir
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Publisher: Razorbill
Publication Date: August 30th, 2016

From Goodreads:

A Torch Against the Night takes readers into the heart of the Empire as Laia and Elias fight their way north to liberate Laia’s brother from the horrors of Kauf Prison. Hunted by Empire soldiers, manipulated by the Commandant, and haunted by their pasts, Laia and Elias must outfox their enemies and confront the treacherousness of their own hearts.

In the city of Serra, Helene Aquilla finds herself bound to the will of the Empire’s twisted new leader, Marcus. When her loyalty is questioned, Helene finds herself taking on a mission to prove herself—a mission that might destroy her, instead.

Why I am waiting:

For starters, hi guys! I’m back! I sincerely apologize for my recent inactivity. I’ve had a pretty rocky couple of months, but things are stabilizing now. I am so happy to be back! Expect some more substantial updates in the very near future. Including several reviews.😀

So, I really wasn’t sure what to expect from An Ember in the Ashes. To be honest, I didn’t expect much when I picked it up. That said, I adored this book. It was incredible! The pacing was perfect, the characters were wonderfully developed. It was just great all around. There is no way that the sequel will not be just as magical, right? This series can’t possibly suffer from second book syndrome like a couple I have read this year. Nope. No way. This book is going to be awesome, I just know it! 

Are you looking forward to A Torch Against the Night? Did you love An Ember in the Ashes as much as I did? Or are you looking forward to something else? Please share your thoughts in the comments!

It’s great to be back, guys!


Waiting on Wednesday: The Rose & The Dagger by Renee Ahdieh

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Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

roseanddaggerTitle: The Rose & The Dagger (The Wrath and the Dawn #2)
Author: Renee Ahdieh
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Publication Date: May 3rd, 2016

From Goodreads:

The much anticipated sequel to the breathtaking The Wrath and the Dawn, lauded by Publishers Weekly as “a potent page-turner of intrigue and romance.”

I am surrounded on all sides by a desert. A guest, in a prison of sand and sun. My family is here. And I do not know whom I can trust.

In a land on the brink of war, Shahrzad has been torn from the love of her husband Khalid, the Caliph of Khorasan. She once believed him a monster, but his secrets revealed a man tormented by guilt and a powerful curse—one that might keep them apart forever. Reunited with her family, who have taken refuge with enemies of Khalid, and Tariq, her childhood sweetheart, she should be happy. But Tariq now commands forces set on destroying Khalid’s empire. Shahrzad is almost a prisoner caught between loyalties to people she loves. But she refuses to be a pawn and devises a plan.

While her father, Jahandar, continues to play with magical forces he doesn’t yet understand, Shahrzad tries to uncover powers that may lie dormant within her. With the help of a tattered old carpet and a tempestuous but sage young man, Shahrzad will attempt to break the curse and reunite with her one true love.

Why I am waiting:

I have to admit that I didn’t love The Wrath and the Dawn. I enjoyed it. But I didn’t love it. I had some problems with the pacing and the romance felt a bit forced in places, but those are minor complaints coming from me. In the end the book was a solid 3/5 stars on Goodreads (since I don’t give star ratings here on Weezled).

3 stars is risky territory for me these days. I gave Red Queen 3 stars and we let down by the disastrous sequel Glass Sword. But, I can’t let that get me down. I have to believe that sequels can be just as good as the first book in a series, or even better in some cases. Especially since most of the books I read come out around 3 stars. Meaning, I liked it fine, but there is room for improvement. Wow me with the sequel.

I think The Rose & The Dagger will do just that. Most of my issues with the first book happened in the first half of the book. By the end I was hooked. If the author rides that momentum this sequel could amazing.

So, what do you think? Are you looking anxiously awaiting the release of The Rose & The Dagger? Or are you on the edge of your seat over something else? Please share in the comments!


Top Ten Tuesday: Characters I Love and Hate


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly event, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday give you a choice. You can do ten characters everyone loves but you just don’t get or ten characters you LOVE but other people seem to dislike. I flip flopped back and forth between the two and finally decided that I would just do both. Five of one and five of the other. 

Let’s start with characters I don’t like, but other people do.

I know this is probably a very unpopular opinion, but I just hate Jace Wayland. I tried really hard to see the dreamboat that everyone else saw. I just never could. In the end all I saw was a selfish, spoiled kid who really needed to grow up. Admittedly he might have done some growing up in the 5th and 6th books, but City of Fallen Angels felt so unnecessary that I stopped reading the series. If you ask me, it should have been a trilogy.

STACKING (9)Ok. I hated this guy! I know everyone loves him and the whole redeemed villain plot line, but I don’t. Once an abuser, always an abuser. No matter how steamy the romance scenes are. And in my book, Warner abused Juliette. I’m not saying Adam was a gem of a person, but I completely understand his outrage at this stockholm syndrome-ish relationship. Sorry, just a no go in my book.

STACKING (6)So this one is probably cheating since I really didn’t like this series. That said, I have read countless reviews praising America and I just don’t get it. She drove me absolutely bonkers. The fact that I made it through three books written in her point of view baffles me. She’s whiny, silly, and incapable of telling the truth. This might be because she’s not sure what the truth is, but stringing along two guys for three books, all the while telling them what they want to hear, is just not cool.

STACKING (7)This one is probably a pretty popular opinion. I try not to dump on this series too much around here because I would sound like a broken record. But I can’t help it. I really truly despised Bella Swan. I mean what kind of girl constantly puts herself in danger so she can  see a hallucination of guy who broke her heart, while using and ignoring the people that are really there for her? Yeah. No thanks.
STACKING (8)This is probably cheating too, right? Since Anastasia Steele and Bella Swan are basically the same character. But, there is enough difference that I felt they both needed to be on this list. Both girls are so caught up in the fact that this powerful and beautiful man is in love with them that they don’t stop to look and see if the relationship is really healthy. In Anastasia’s case it’s more severe. She ignores the instincts that tell her she is uncomfortable with certain aspects of their relationship because she’s afraid he won’t like her or something? Not my kind of girl. 


Now for the characters that I like but other people don’t. 

STACKING (11)I know that he’s a tough cookie to crack, but once you get to the gooey center of Severus Snape it is impossible not to love him. At least, that’s how I feel. Then again, I was never on the villain train. Even after the end of Half Blood Prince, I knew that Snape was a hero. Plus, his history with Lily is just so heart warming. In the end I think he is the most developed character in the Harry Potter series and is BY FAR my favorite.

STACKING (12)Most people who have read this fast paced fantasy series seems to be firmly in camp Aldrik . I sort of get it. He’s dark, broody, and the object of Vhalla’s interest. But, in my head he’s erratic and rude. Baldair is supposed to be the contrast. The beautiful golden son who is known for bedding many women. There is so much more to him, though. He wants to take care of everyone around him. The way he is always there for Aldrik even though their relationship seem to be broken beyond repair is truly admirable. And his confession to Vhalla in Earth’s End was heart breaking. Yeah.. I have a little bit of a crush. :P 

STACKING (13)Magnus has a bit of a questionable moral compass. He fights between doing what is right and what his father wants. He often lands on the wrong side of it and does what his father demands either because he wants his approval or he is terrified of the conquering king. I know I’d be pretty scared of that guy. He’s off his rocker. But the more the books progress, the more Magnus rebels. He outgrows many of his childish feelings and steps out of his father’s shadow to become a good and true leader. I was really impressed with his character development and look forward to seeing where the author takes him in the future.

STACKING (14)This character appeared out of the blue in Heir of Fire and people were caught off guard by her presence. They weren’t really sure why she was around. There seemed to be very little connection. I didn’t have that reaction. I just trusted she was important and enjoyed the ride. Manon is tough and she doesn’t tolerate disrespect from anyone. She also has an odd sense of compassion that I would not have expected from the ruthless leader trope that I expected her to be. I suppose I am saying she has lots of tough layers, and I love them all.

STACKING (15)I can see where this character could be pretty polarizing. He’s not a teddy bear and he never will be. He’s a con man and a thief. But that’s not all he is. I don’t want to go into too much detail because I try to be as spoiler free as possible (and this book is still relatively new), but Kaz Brekker is a complicated dude. He’s suffering silently after tragedies in his past. I was captivated by him. Not in a crush way, just in a “Wow. This character seems so real.” sort of way. I was impressed with his quick wit and devious nature. He was definitely a stand out character for me. 

So, do I love your least favorite character? Do I hate your favorite? Let me know in the comments!


Second Book Syndrome: A Review of Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

glassswordTitle: Glass Sword (Red Queen #2)
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy / Dystopian
Publication Date: February 9th, 2016
Kindle Edition: 448 Pages
Source: Personal Purchase

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 of her own heart.

“If I am a sword, I am a sword made of glass, and I feel myself beginning to shatter.”

Red Queen was not the best book I have read, but I did enjoy it quite a bit. In spite of it being predictable and a bit formulaic, it was still a fun filled, fast paced fantasy. And if you haven’t noticed, I am sucker for all things fantasy. So, I was really excited about Glass Sword. When I bought it, I was bouncing in my chair excited to see what would happen next in the Red’s struggle against Silver tyranny.

Glass Sword did not live up to my expectations. I wanted more of Red Queen, and got something completely different. That wouldn’t have been a bad thing if the sequel had been new and improved. Instead, it felt like the writing and development took several steps back.

For starters, the first half of the book was really slow. A lot of things happened, but none of them felt important. They were running from the Silvers trying to salvage The Guard and save the Newbloods, but I found myself not caring. Scenes that should have had me on the edge of my seat fell flat. It picks up a little in the second half, but not enough. The ending would have needed to be Half Blood Prince levels of good in order to make up for the crawl that was the first 250 pages.

In Red Queen we got to know Mareena. In Glass Sword we got to know Mare. I prefer Mareena. The Mare we get in Glass Sword is unlikeable. Maybe this was intentional on the author’s part, but it still drove me insane. She’s winy and self-obsessed. I understand that the book is in first person, so we are getting Mare’s inner dialogue and her views about the world around her. It’s just not a pretty or enjoyable view and the other characters suffer for it.

Glass Sword trades the well-developed and interesting supporting cast of Red Queen for a crowd of stick figures with powers. I know, that’s harsh. But, I couldn’t help but feel that way. Mare went around collecting people for her little army and all you ever really learned about them was what they were capable of contributing to the cause. Basically, you learned their powers and that was it. I wanted to love new additions like Cameron and Nanny, but the reader was never given enough time with them or information about them to develop any kind of emotional connection. There were times where I know that I was supposed to be afraid that one or all of these characters might die. Sadly, I wasn’t. Because they didn’t really feel like people. Remember, never get attached to a Redshirt.

I wouldn’t include Cal in that group. Though, I do think he could have used a little more development, we did see him grow throughout the book. He seems poised to act as Mare’s conscience moving forward. Which, is preferable to their awkward “romance”. I knew it was coming. I just thought it would be more interesting. Instead, it felt tossed in to fill the required YA romance quota. I would have rather read a book with no romance at all since it brought very little to the narrative.

Speaking of narrative, where were the bad guys? Our band of revolutionaries are haunted by Maven and Elara, but you never see them for more than a couple of minutes at a time. You glimpse the destruction that comes in the wake of Maven, but that doesn’t have the same effect as interacting with the character. Especially since he was one of the more interesting and better developed characters in the first book. Villains should be absolutely terrifying, especially Elara, who is the mastermind behind this entire debacle. Unfortunately, they are both strangely absent which really lowers the scare factor.

In the end I couldn’t find much of anything that I enjoyed about this book. Honestly, it was very difficult to finish. I put it down at least five times in favor of better options. That said, if you like dystopian fantasy novels that are action packed with a powerful female main character, this one may be for you. Sadly, it didn’t do it for me.