As many of you likely know, mini reviews have always been really fun for me to do and since I’ve been reading a surplus of FANTASTIC books recently, I decided to share a few of these amazing books with you. Today I will be featuring The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows, The Storyspinner by Becky Wallace, The Conspiracy Of Us by Maggie Hall, as well as A Court of Thorn And Roses by Sarah J. Maas.

or1. The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows {Goodreads}

Source: Bought it

Genre: Fantasy

I am still a blubbering mess because of this book. I can’t handle it, people. It’s about Wilhelmina, a princess whose kingdom was conquered by their enemy when she was young. Most assumed that she was dead, and no one expects it when she infiltrates the palace of her enemy to take back her kingdom, ready to start a rebellion. Wilhelmina is a fantastic protagonist: she’s brave, she’s witty, and she’s determined. She’s not going to let anyone stand in her way.

Besides the fantastic concept, I really liked the friendship between Wilhelmina and her friend, Melanie. It was great! I also really adored the romance, which was SO ADORABLE. Also, can we take a moment to talk about the ending? It destroyed me. Completely and utterly destroyed me. How am I supposed to wait until 2016 for the next book?

The Orphan Queen crushed my soul, and stomped all over my heart. You should read it.


2. The Storyspinner by Becky Wallace {Goodreads}

Source: Bought it

Genre: Fantasy

I absolutely adore fantasy, and The Storyspinner was one of my most anticipated read of 2015. I’m so glad that it lived up to my expectations! Johanna is a performer, at least until her father dies. Her family is kicked out of the troupe, and she has to work for the obnoxious young Lord Rafael. Meanwhile, girls who look like Johanna are being murdered all around the kingdom…

I confess, I had no idea that The Storyspinner was told from multiple perspectives, but it is (there are 5 POVs, I think)! It took me a few chapters to get invested but once I did, I couldn’t stop! I read The Storyspinner is 24 hours. There are two main plot threads going on (this is where the different POVs become useful!) but they both tie together at the end. The story was fantastic and unpredictable, and Johanna was probably one of my favorite YA heroines I’ve read about in a while. The romance was SO ship-worthy as well. *flails* I can’t wait to see what happens in the next book!


3. The Conspiracy Of Us by Maggie Hall {Goodreads}

Source: Bought it

Genre: Contemporary, thriller, adventure

I don’t know why I put this one off for so long! The Conspiracy Of Us was pretty darn fantastic. It’s an international thriller pitched as “the YA DaVinci Code” and centres around Avery, a girl who learns that she’s descended from one of the most powerful families in the world and may be part of an ancient prophecy. I love books that involve lots of travel, and The Conspiracy Of Us didn’t disappoint!

The Conspiracy Of Us promises adventure, romance and intrigue–and lives up to it! I really enjoyed the romance, and was glad that it didn’t overshadow the whole “ancient prophecy” concept, which was the part of the book I was most interested in. I think it was executed really well! In this book, the world is run by a group of important families called the Circle of Twelve, who have connections  everywhere. I really loved the portrayal of the glamor that comes with this type of power, but also the danger. Overall, a fantastic read!


4. A Court Of Thorn And Roses by Sarah J. Maas {Goodreads}

Source: Netgalley

Genre: Fantasy

I think it’s official: I am in love with Sarah J. Maas’s books. I adored her Throne of Glass series and when I had the chance to get my hands on her next book, I jumped at the chance. A Court Of Thorn And Roses is a Beauty & The Beast retelling in which a huntress name Feyre is forced into a world of magic after killing one of the dangerous Faeries. I admit, I wasn’t sure what I thought of this at the beginning, but I fell in love after Feyre’s romance with Tamlin (one of the immortal Fae) began to develop.

Maas has a gift for writing compelling, strong heroines, and Feyre is not exception. I mean, she’s a huntress! That’s pretty awesome. Her romance with Tamlin was fantastic.  I love the world that Sarah J. Maas has developed, and I can’t wait to dive back in again for book #2, coming in 2016. Now, if only I had a time machine…

Have you read any of these? Are you planning to?

10 Comments on Read These Books! (Four Recent 5-Star Books)

  1. Fari @ My Little Corner For Books
    April 27, 2015 at 12:40 am (2 years ago)

    I might give Orphan Queen a try but I feel like it doesn’t have much uniqueness to present and I’ve heard so as well. I might give it a try but probably not. I’m glad you enjoyed, though!

    I NEED TO READ THE STORYSPINNER!! AHHHH!! 5 POVS?! I didn’t know that but I do quite like multiple POVs when it’s called for *ahem*Rook!*ahem* ;P Can’t wait to read it!

    I read an excerpt of The Conspiracy of Us and hated it. I just couldn’t, so I’m pretty sure I’m not picking it up. Glad you enjoyed though! 😉

    ACOTAR!! ASDFGHJKL! (Do you see the similarities between the title acronyms and what it feels like to read the book -or I’m assuming this is what it feels like? YES!) NEED NEED NEED!! 2015! IT’S 2015 FOR GOODNESS’ SAKES! WHAT DO YOU MEAN THERE IS NO TIME MACHINE WHERE I CAN JUST HOP ON AND GO READ ALL ZE BOOKS?!!? *sigh*

    So glad you loved the books, all of them 5 stars! I hope at least half of them I give 4 or 5 stars, too! 😀 Awesome reviews as always!
    ~Fari 0:)
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  2. Zoey @ Uncreatively Zoey
    April 27, 2015 at 1:50 am (2 years ago)

    The only one of these that I’ve read is The Orphan Queen and I just. THAT ENDING. WHY. WHY DID THAT HAVE TO HAPPEN. I’ve got ACOTAR pre-ordered, of course, and I’m hoping to get The Conspiracy of Us from the library this summer. I’ve always wanted to travel so badly, so I’m happy to hear that it doesn’t disappoint in that aspect!
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  3. Kara @ Diary of a Teen Writer
    April 27, 2015 at 4:03 am (2 years ago)

    I actually plan on reading every single one of these books. xD They all look brilliant! I’m especially interested in The Orphan Queen; because a) that cover, and b) I’ve been hearing some really good things about it lately. I do have a copy of ACOTAR already, so I’m hoping to dive into that one soon. ^_^
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  4. Carissa
    April 27, 2015 at 10:29 am (2 years ago)

    Ooh! Been really curious about Orphan Queen and The Conspiracy of Us. Glad to hear they are fantastic! I’d never even heard of the Storyspinner. Will have to check that out! Thanks for the recs!

  5. Keionda @Keionda Hearts Books
    April 28, 2015 at 3:29 pm (2 years ago)

    I HEARRTTTT your list!! Okay, so first of all I have a couple of them that I’m now going to have to add to my TBR list. (thank you very much;) And I’ve seen A Court of Thorn and Roses. But let’s face it, since the next book isn’t going out until next year (cue le sigh) I’m kind of hesitant to read it. BUT I trust your judgement. If you say it’s good, then it’s good 😉
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  6. emily @ for the bookish
    May 2, 2015 at 9:39 pm (2 years ago)

    Okay it’s official. I HAVE to get my hands on a Sarah J. Maas book. The other ones sound amazing, as well! Especially The Storyspinner. Ooh, my brain is thrilled already!
    Oh, and your Goodreads link is down, Samantha. 🙁 I’d love to friend you; I’m just getting into it and I LOVE IT. 🙂 Don’t know why I haven’t used it before!
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