Buttons Book Reviews

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The Burning Bridge, by John Flanagan — December 31, 2017

The Burning Bridge, by John Flanagan

download (1)Will is forced to overcome his fear of Wargals, the foot soldiers of the rebel warlord Morgarath, as Araluen’s army prepares to battle Morgarath’s forces.

This book was just as good as the last one. Maybe even better. I loved how suspenseful and dramatic this book was. We got new characters, new settings, and epic battle scenes. If that is not enough to wow you there are also stories of friendship, family, and epic plot twists. If that is still not enough to make you want to the read the book then you are a hopeless case. Just please read this book. It will be worth your time. 

The characters were very funny and I loved them. We got to meet lots of new characters as well, who have backstories and are well fleshed out. We get the story from 2 different perspectives. Will and Halt are separated from each other for most of the book so we hear about each of them. And their friends are accompanying them. My favorite character in all of this was Evanlyn. She was so brave and cunning. She was awesome. I also enjoyed Halt and how he solved problems. There are some things that make you laugh no matter where you are and what you are doing. What Halt does is one of those things. So the Rangers are pretty funny and they are funny while being deadly at the same time. I don’t know how that happens. If you enjoy a good laugh then these books are for you. And I think that most people enjoy a good laugh. 

The plot was very interesting and in depth. You knew that something was going to happen and since it was a third person perspective you knew more then the characters did. So sometimes you were wondering how the characters didn’t get it. I loved how intense some scenes were and how after that they could just relax and get a cup of coffee. The book was paced just right. Not to fast and not to slow either. The setting was also described very well. It was right on that line of being perfect and overdoing it. Lucky for me they didn’t over do it. This book is an example of the perfect middle – grade adventure novel. So please read it. 

I loved this book. It is so intense and mysterious. Please read it. Please also fill out my survey. You can find the link on my about page. Thanks for Reading!!!! Have a Great Day!!! -Annalee and Buttons

Book Rating: th (14)

The Ruins Of Gorlan, by John Flanagan — December 30, 2017

The Ruins Of Gorlan, by John Flanagan

download (1)When fifteen – year – old Will is rejected by battleschool, he becomes the reluctant apprentice to the mysterious Ranger Halt, and winds up protecting the kingdom from danger.

This book was beyond perfect. I loved it. It is the perfect middle grade adventure story. Everything about it is great. Personally, I think that everyone should read this book. It is not getting as much publicity as some other middle grade series (like Percy Jackson) and it totally deserves it. The summary pretty much describes the whole book. I love it. I am at a lose for words now so lets just continue on.

The characters were very descriptive and real and I loved them to pieces. All of them, even the side characters, were very fleshed out. They all had their own personal stories and journeys to go on as well. I also liked how we were not looking out of a first person perspective but a third person one. It was very comforting to me. I also enjoyed reading about the horses, Tug and Abelard. They make me wish I had a horse of my own. They were really funny. Yes, the horses can be funny. There was lots of humor in this book. Here is an example of it: 

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Like I said the characters are hilarious. I really think that if you read books for humor then you should really read this one. I enjoyed reading about all of the characters because of their humor. I am just rambling now so lets move on to the plot.

This book was intense and was always moving. It was pretty fast – paced, which suited it. I think that it could have been a little bit longer though. This book was only 216 pages long. So, pretty short. At least there are more books in the series. There are like 12 books in this series and then there are the prequels. I can’t wait to get reading. I loved this book so much and I hope that you do as well.

Sorry for the short review today. It is just the day before New Years Eve and I want to chill. Please read this book. And please remember to fill out my survey. You can find the link on my about page. Thanks for Reading!!!! Have a Great Day!!!! -Annalee and Buttons

Book Rating: th (14)

A Court of Wings and Ruin, by Sarah J. Maas —

A Court of Wings and Ruin, by Sarah J. Maas

download (1)Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to it’s knees.

This book broke me. Poor poor Annalee. Sometimes I wanted to rewrite parts of the book so that the characters (mainly Feysand) weren’t so stressed and sad all the time. But then again, if I rewrote this book Tamlin probably wouldn’t exist. So maybe I shouldn’t be the one to write fanfic about this book. And now that this book is over I need the next one this instant. Except for that one small problem that it isn’t out yet.

The characters were perfect. I loved them. I am beyond words for how awesome they are. Can I go live in the Court of Dreams now? If not because it is beautiful but because it is filled with a very diverse and wonderful cast of characters? Who wouldn’t want to live there? I also loved the sister love relationship. And how we got to see more of the sisters. There were more characters in this book. We had the Court of Dreams, the High Lords, and an assortment of monsters. And I still remembered all of their names. Somehow. I still don’t know how I did it. There was also (thank the Cauldron) not that many character deaths. I hate those. There were some though. I will not tell you who. Sorry (not sorry). I also loved how the High Lords didn’t instantly like each other. Like, we’ll just forget everything that happened Under the Mountain and become besties. Sorry but that didn’t happen. I am very glad for that because otherwise it wouldn’t have been realistic. I loved all of the characters and I hope that they remain as good in the next book.

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I just put that in because I love it. Really. I do. Stop telling me that it sucks annoying younger sister. The plot was very well written. I enjoyed reading about Feyre laying ruin to the Spring Court. Reading about the power games was very interesting. I also loved the setting very much. Even the battle scenes were descriptive. I could always imagine myself there, in the book, hanging out with the characters. I loved the action. How tense and how sometimes the army lost and how sometimes they won. That was realistic as well. So the things that should have been realistic were. And there was a lot of action and drama, which I could totally relate to (thanks school). I also loved Ianthe’s demise. She deserved what she got. I don’t know how well I did conveying how much you have to read this book and series but I hope that I did it right. Please read this book you will love it. 

I loved this book and I don’t know how many times I can throw this at your face and tell you to read it. Just follow my advice and read it. Please remember to fill out my survey. You can find it on my about page. Thanks for Reading!!!!! Have a Great Day!!!! -Annalee and Buttons

Book Rating: th (14)

Merry Christmas — December 25, 2017

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas Everyone!!!!! can’t wait to open presents. And to see my family open presents and love them. Now, Christmas poem to lighten your day.

A Visit from St. Nicholas

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;
The children were nestled all snug in their beds;
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads;
And mamma in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled our brains for a long winter’s nap,
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.
The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow,
Gave a lustre of midday to objects below,
When what to my wondering eyes did appear,
But a miniature sleigh and eight tiny rein-deer,
With a little old driver so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment he must be St. Nick.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name:
“Now, Dasher! now, Dancer! now Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet! on, Cupid! on, Donner and Blitzen!
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!”
As leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky;
So up to the housetop the coursers they flew
With the sleigh full of toys, and St. Nicholas too—
And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my head, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound.
He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot;
A bundle of toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a pedler just opening his pack.
His eyes—how they twinkled! his dimples, how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard on his chin was as white as the snow;
The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke, it encircled his head like a wreath;
He had a broad face and a little round belly
That shook when he laughed, like a bowl full of jelly.
He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself;
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread;
He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings; then turned with a jerk,
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose;
He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight—
Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!”
Happyland, by Tes Mekonnen — December 24, 2017

Happyland, by Tes Mekonnen

The author sent me a review copy. Many thanks to him/her. 

So first off, there is no way to summarize this book. Just like I cannot find any pictures of it online, which is where I get all my pictures (I suck at taking them myself). At first this book was very confusing. Then things became clearer. Note: This is not going to be a long review because of Christmas and all. I want to spend time with my family over Christmas break.

My problem was not with characters, at first. Then the main character, who only spoke one word the entire book, started getting fought over. You know, two or more guys fight over one pretty girl. I always hate that, I can understand it if the girl is smart or something like that but if the girl hasn’t said one word to anyone, then why are you fighting over her you stupid gits? Besides that issue I thought that the characters were ok. These characters had really odd names, like Lily Marshmallow or Prince GobblyGook.  That was odd. All of the characters were really funny in a quirky way.

The plot was odd. What confused me at first was the words that they used, things like bethecause (I think that means because). But after a while I got used to it. There was not that much setting because everyone was traveling so much but that was okay. After all they did have to reach Happyland. This book was very short. It was roughly 150 pages. If I had to say what genre this book should be in it would be in middle – grade. The pictures in it were beautiful and whoever drew them is very talented. This book was a quick and fun read. I really do hope that however reads this likes it.

I had some issues with this book but all in all it was okay. Once again, sorry for the short blog post. I want to spend some time with my family over Christmas. Please remember to fill out my survey. You can find the link on my about page. Thanks for Reading!!!! Have a Great Day!!!! -Annalee and Buttons

Book Rating: th (52)

Crooked Kingdom, by Leigh Bardugo — December 23, 2017

Crooked Kingdom, by Leigh Bardugo

download (1)Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring that even they didn’t think they’d survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they’re right back to fighting for their lives. Double – crossed and left crippled by the loss of a valuable team member, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug called jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz’s cunning and the team’s fragile loyalties. A war will be waged on the city’s dark and twisting streets – a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of the Grisha world.

How do I describe this book? Depressing. Amazing. Beautiful. Really, Really Funny. Diverse. I could go on and on. This book broke me. Why did ———– have to die? I know that it had to happen but still. The writing was just as good as the last book. Sometimes I had to get up and pace and hope that everyone was okay when I got back down to reading the book. That is one of the things I admire in an author. Leigh Bardugo has my undying respect.

The characters broke my heart. While reading this book I was imagining what would happen if Rhys and his Inner Circle (ACOTAR) and the Dregs met. That would be very interesting. I really enjoyed Wylan and Jesper’s relationship. I totally predicted that it would happen. I love how diverse this book is. Everyone is different in here. Nothing really matters in Ketterdam besides money. We also learned a bit more about everyone’s backstories and that interested me a lot. Learning more about the Dregs and everyone’s history helped me understand everything a lot more. Who knew that I would ever feel pity for Kaz Brekker. I also felt very bad for Nina at various parts in the story (including that unnamed death that happened). I liked Matthias the best in this book. It was evident that he really cared and he did not deserve what happened to him (despite what certain people think). If you do not like character deaths then this book is not for you.

The plot was very interesting. The plan was always changing and it was very fast – paced. The fast pacing works for this book very well. The multiple POVs worked very well for this book. Especially because for part of the time Inej was separated from the Dregs. I liked how the book ended the way it did because it lets you imagine how things will end up. Will there be another book in this series? That is the one question I want answered. Because if there is I want to know everything. Now. The setting was very clear and descriptive. And probably pretty realistic too. I wouldn’t know because I don’t live in the city. I imagined myself walking around Ketterdam with the Dregs and when I can imagine myself somewhere in a book I know that the setting is written well. I loved this book for everything that it is. 

If you have not picked up this book or the first book in the series, Six of Crows, you really should. Please remember to fill out my survey. You can find the link on my about page. Thanks for Reading!!!!! Have a Great Day!!!! -Annalee and Buttons

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Passenger, by Alexandra Bracken — December 22, 2017

Passenger, by Alexandra Bracken

download (1)Two worlds collide in this sweeping, romantic novel about a love that crosses centuries by bestselling author of The Darkest Minds series, Alexandra Bracken.

This book was very interesting. It was very well written and I enjoyed most of it very much. I did not understand the first eighth of it that well. But everything else was as clear as water. This book had a very complicated summary, which is I stole that summary off of the Library of Congress. Just because I don’t know how to describe it doesn’t mean that it is bad. Please read it. I will tell you why below.

At first, all of the characters confused. I forgot all of their names and backstories. But after we narrowed it down to two main characters (and I wrote down everything else) I started to remember everything else. After that, I found out that I liked the characters a lot. Personally, I liked Etta the most. I found her to be super relatable, but that might just be because we both play the violin. Nicholas was an odd duck. I don’t what I think about him. I wish he was different and following the “I saw you once and now I am in love with you” trope. That made me upset. Why couldn’t have he decided to be her friend and realize that he loved her later in the book? That would have made it much more interesting.

The plot was sort of confusing in the beginning but after we started time traveling it got clearer. This plot was anything but realistic. But this was a time traveling book so it would not be realistic. Why did I even think that it would be realistic. I loved being able to go to different times with the characters. The way that the book ended left me wanting the sequel instantly. The book ended on a cliffhanger. I need to know what happens next. I hope that I get lots of Barnes and Noble gift cards for Christmas. I wonder what I will buy. I also loved how whenever you traveled to a different time it felt like you where there. The setting was written very well, everything was described as well as it could be. I loved this book and I hope that you will too.

I loved this book and I love it if you read it as well. Please remember to fill out my survey!!!! You can find the link on my about page. Thanks for Reading!!!! Have a Great Day!!!! -Annalee and Buttons

Book Rating: th (14)

Sasquatch, Love, and Other Imaginary Things, by Betsy Aldredge and Carrie DuBois – Shaw — December 21, 2017

Sasquatch, Love, and Other Imaginary Things, by Betsy Aldredge and Carrie DuBois – Shaw

download (1)Sam Berger, seventeen, joins her family on a reality-television show, competing against a school of preparatory students to find evidence of Bigfoot, but the teams may find love, instead.

I loved this book!!! I thought that it was very funny and realistic too. Even though most of us won’t be starring on reality TV shows. Everything about this book was light and fluffy. If you are ever feeling sad you should pick up this book because it will get you smiling in no time, it sure did for me. So if you want something that will get you beaming and laughing you should really read this book.

The characters were realistic. I thought that the three sisters was new and also… (you guessed it) realistic. I know this because I have two younger sisters. I also loved Devan. He was so sweet and (my mind is drawing a blank here because I can’t think of any words to describe how awesome he is). If I remember what I was going to write I will do it later. I liked the relationships were not like the “love at first sight” which never happens. Just stop writing it people. Unless you are writing about the mating bond and the Fae. Then it is allowed. All of the characters were so different. I especially liked Beth, the assistant director, who had autism. And the fact that she stood up for her rights and for what she believed in. We need more characters like that in YA books. Now more then ever.

The plot was very good. I don’t read very many books about Sasquatch, or Bigfoot, or whatever people call him. So I didn’t know what to think about this book before I read it except that a lot of people had liked it and that it was about Sasquatch. Great way to choose a book, Annalee. I liked how it gave that build each other up, not tear each other down feel. I loved the fight for what you believe in vibe as well. This book was way shorter then I expected. I expected a 350 page book but instead I got a 270 page book. I thought that it would be crammed in and way to fast pace but instead it was exactly the right pace. Slow enough that I remember it and fast enough that I didn’t get bored and mentally tell the book to hurry itself up. The setting was very well done. Especially the wilderness. That was done perfectly. The book was perfect!!!

Read the book!!!!! *throws book at unsuspecting person while screaming at them to read it* Just read the book!!!! As you can tell I love this book and if you haven’t read this book already you should. Please remember to fill out my survey!!!! You can find the link on my about page. Thanks for Reading!!!!! Have a Great Day!!!! -Annalee and Buttons

Book Rating: th (14)

The Book Feels Tag — December 18, 2017

The Book Feels Tag

Thank you for tagging me Rhea!!!! Rhea is such an awesome person and if you haven’t you should totally go look at her blog. Here is the link so that you can go see her answers and follow her blog while your at it. 

A Book/Series That Made You Smile Or Laugh

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Matilda, by Roald Dahl

This book is pretty funny. I enjoyed it. If you have not read it you totally should.  Plus it is a classic.

A Book/Series That Made You Want To Cry

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A Court of Mist and Fury, by Sarah J. Maas

When I read the ending of this book my heart shattered into a million pieces. That should not have happened. They were happy and perfect for each other. Now I am going to go cry.

A Book or Series That You Love

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MOXIE, by Jennifer Mathieu

This book throws everything at your face. It is tough, brutal, and real. I love it so much. 

A Book/Series That You Didn’t Really Like

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Red Queen, by Victoria Aveyard

I hated this book. Do you want to know how much I hate this book. No? Good. Cause I don’t want to talk about it.

A Book/Series That Was Made Into A Movie That You LIked

I am going to agree with Rhea on this one. None. I liked the Harry Potter movies, but not more then the books.

A Book/Series You Have Mixed Feelings About

 

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The Hunter’s Daughter, by M. F. Lorson

I am just so confused about this book that I am not going to talk about it.

A Book/Series You Haven’t Read But Are Totally Excited About

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A Court of Wings and Ruin, by Sarah J. Maas

I can’t wait for this book. I am getting it on Friday. Hurry up stupid days!!!!

A Book/Series That Made You Angry

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The Girl With No Name

This book SUCKS!!!!! Never read it. I hated it. It should not be read by teenagers. Or college students. Or anyone. Just never ever read it.

A Book Series That You Feel That You Can Relate To

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Throne of Glass, by Sarah J. Maas

Wow!! Celaena has made it onto another of my blog posts. She loves books and chocolate. Of course I can relate to her. I bet that she will end up on another post. 

I am not going to nominate anyone because I don’t want to tag someone who is bogged down in tags. If you want to do this tag, then go ahead and do it. I loved doing this tag. You should totally follow her blog. Please remember to fill out my survey!!!! Have a Great Day!!!! -Annalee and Buttons

Throne of Glass, by Sarah J. Maas —

Throne of Glass, by Sarah J. Maas

download (1)After she has served a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, Crown Prince Dorian offers eighteen-year-old assassin Celaena Sarodethien her freedom on the condition that she act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.

I trusted Sarah J. Maas. And I was right to trust her. This book was just as good as the ACOTAR series. Now I need to go to buy the second book. I hope that “Santa” brings it. Because I need it. Now. This book also told some things that I was questioning for ACOTAR. Want to hear more, then read on.

I loved the characters (a.k.a I loved Celaena Sarodethien). I think that her character was amazing. I want to meet her so that we can bond over candy and books. She would be a perfect book blogger. She would fit right in. I thought that Dorian was okay. But I agree with Celaena, he is a stuffed shirt. And Chaol (who ever spells a name like that) was pretty nice. I didn’t like him that much, to be honest. Something about him didn’t hit off with me. I thought Nehemia was very brave and well done. She makes the perfect spy. No one suspected her until she uncovered herself. But now, back to the best character in the book, Celaena. (I am spelling that right, you stupid red squiggly line) I think that someone should figure out how to travel into books just so that I can meet her. I want to meet her really badly. Like, I would kill to meet her. I am going to stop (somehow) talking about Celaena and move onto the plot.

The plot was pretty good. Not as good as the characters (Namely one… Who is not to be named) but the characters were top notch. As good as the characters in ACOTAR. But they written by the same author so I shouldn’t be surprised. Why didn’t I say thins in the characters section? There were multiple points of view in this book so sometimes I didn’t which viewpoint I was reading from. That was the only issue I had with the plot. The settings were pretty well written too. I could easily imagine myself standing in wherever Celaena was. I could picture myself there and be able to actually know where I was. Which means that I want to go there and live there. Because of… you guessed it, Celaena. Well I totally failed not mentioning her in this paragraph. Ah well, it’s the thought that counts.

I loved this book and I hope that you do as well. I feel bad for not picking this up sooner. Well, I am not going to hesitate to pick up the next book. Please remember to fill out my survey!!!! You can find the link on my about page. Thanks for Reading!!!! Have a Great Day!!! -Annalee and Buttons

Book Rating: th (14)