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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Updates!

Oh My Gosh! Who knew I would be more busy this summer then I was during the school year. I have two volunteer positions and a job. I guess this it what comes with growing up.
My Hamilton obsession is finally showing itself here... I'm sorry.

I've been writing a lot more. For some reason I've been having this really bad writing slump and it sucks! I've been trying to force myself to write but I just haven't been in the mood. I have ideas (Oh do I have ideas) but lately it's like I have to drag myself to write anything. In the last couple of days though I've gotten a few thousand words down. Which is amazing but it leaves me with less time to read :'(

I also went to summer camp. I was really nervous about going but it was a lot of fun. I made new friends and got closer to a couple girls. But there was no phones allowed and in all honesty I was way to busy to pick up the book I smuggled into my suitcase.

Lets just say that not a whole lot of books have been read at my house lately. I did however finish Truthwitch by Susan Dennard (OMG it's so good) so I'm hoping to get a review for that book out soon.

Right now I'm re-reading The Tigers Curse series by Colleen Houck. I might get to meet her next month so I'm super excited. It's kinda weird though because as much as I like her books I have no post yet on The Tigers Curse. Maybe that will be one of the next posts I do.

And if I'm being honest my writing slump has also affected how often I post here. I would love to do a post every week (that's my brand new plan starting today) but I just keep putting it off. Well no longer! From now on I will be doing a post every week. Even if I have to post about a book I read weeks ago or write a short story. I will try my hardest to make this happen.

Lastly: Does anyone have any book suggestions? I'm running out of things that I really want to read.

Sorry for the short (and probably boring) post. Next week I will defiantly have a book review for you guys.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Frostblood by Elly Blake

The frost king will burn.

Seventeen-year-old Ruby is a Fireblood who has concealed her powers of heat and flame from the cruel Frostblood ruling class her entire life. But when her mother is killed trying to protect her, and rebel Frostbloods demand her help to overthrow their bloodthirsty king, she agrees to come out of hiding, desperate to have her revenge.

Despite her unpredictable abilities, Ruby trains with the rebels and the infuriating—yet irresistible—Arcus, who seems to think of her as nothing more than a weapon. But before they can take action, Ruby is captured and forced to compete in the king’s tournaments that pit Fireblood prisoners against Frostblood champions. Now she has only one chance to destroy the maniacal ruler who has taken everything from her—and from the icy young man she has come to love.

My review: 7 out of 5

I love this book! It's well written and has an amazing plotline.
Lets start with characters. First Ruby, a Fireblood with an attitude to match. She's feisty and quick witted. I absolutely adore her. She's such a well developed character as well. It's amazing to watch her develop throughout the book.
Then there is Arcus. A Frostblood who tends to be a little chilly (pun totally intended) and freeze people out. Again, a super well developed character. His change throughout the book is absolutely amazing. Plus, there's a major plot twist when it come to him (no I wont tell you! I don't do spoiler.)
Now it's time with Romantic Plot with Yours Truly. OMG! The romantic plot in this book is to die for! There is so much build up and tension in it that I found myself wanting to scream! (In a good way of course.) The author does an amazing job of balance. It's not romance centered but it has enough to satisfy even me. And the whole Fireblood and Frostblood falling in love thing even though they are supposed to be sworn enemies is fantastic. It's a little cliché but what's a romantic plot without a little bit of cliché things. It's a classic idea and I absolutely adore it. It's a tale as old as time. (If you can't tell I watched Beauty and the Beast recently.)
The plot is fascinating. It's not boring and it's really hard to put down. It kinda seems like a cliché plot but it has it's own unique twist. It actually reminds me a lot of The Last Airbender. So if you like that show/movie this is defiantly the book for you.
Even though this is a pretty cliché book the author puts her own spin on it, making a classic idea her own. I personally love things that seem cliché especially because it makes you think you know what's going to happen and then the author sucker punches you with a plot twist you never saw coming.
I can't wait for the second book because I have to know what happens next. And apparently, according to the description of the second book there's another guy in the picture. The suspense is killing me!
Anyway, this is a fantastic book that I would defiantly recommend.
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Saturday, June 3, 2017

ARC Review- Reunited (3rd in the Reawakened Trilogy) by Colleen Houck


After surviving her otherworldly adventure, Lily wakes up on her nana’s farm having forgotten everything. Her sun prince, her travels to Egypt, and her journey to the Afterlife are all distant memories.


But Lily is not the girl she once was. Her body is now part human, part lion, and part fairy. And if that isn’t bad enough, she must now harness this power of three and become Wasret: a goddess destined to defeat the evil god Seth once and for all.

With the help of her old friend Dr. Hassan, Lily departs on her final voyage through the cosmos and across the plains of Egypt. On the journey, she will transform into the being she is destined to become.

Reunited is the heart-pounding conclusion to the Reawakened series.

It is time for Lily to find her sunset. 

On Sale: August 8th 2017
Pre-order: Amazon
Huge thank you to the publisher, Delacorte Press, for sending me a review copy of this book.
My Review: No rating
The reason that I have no rating for this book is because a five star review isn't enough. This book is absolutely amazing and no review is able to adequately describe how much I love this book. That beng said I will try my hardest to portray it to my best ability.
I have written a review for the fist two books on here so this review will be based primarily on Reunited but I will talk about the other two books and therefore will contain spoilers for the previous books.
One thing I absolutely adore about this book is Lily, the protagonists, memory loss! Now typically I absolutely despise when a character looses their memory. It tend to get cliche really fast and it also get confusing at times. BUT it's the thing I loved most about this story, about Colleen Houck's books in general, is the way the memory loss is played. I can't stand books without romantic plot, they bug me so much, which is one reason I don't like memory loss in books is because there is typically very little romantic plot while the characters memory in gone. That's also why I don't like long separation in books. But Colleen Houck plays in off magnificently. While the main character and her love interest are separated for half the book they still meet in their dreams. Even though Lily doesn't remember Amon she still feels connected to him. Then there's the romantic plot with the other two girls that share Lily's body... Let's just say this book does not lack romantic plot like I feared it would.
Still sticking with the memory loss, I love the way (spoiler) Lily gets her memory back as well. It's not the cliche 'she gets her memory back and she knows who she really loves' kinda thing. She's still conflicted and she has to choose all over again who she really wants.
Okay, I could talk forever about romance and memory but I should probably move on. I really enjoyed how Colleen wrote the three girls and Wasret, the goddess they are supposed to become. It's really hard for me to describe because you really have to read it to understand. The first thing I liked was that each girl gets a voice. The book itself is mainly told through Lily's perspective but when one of the other girls takes control of her body they also (usually) take over the perspective as well. I love this because even though the main protagonist is Lily and everything started with her it's not just about her anymore. It's about these two girls who have given up a lot to help Lily.
The more difficult thing to explain though is Wasret, and I won't even try because spoilers and I don't think I will do an adaquet enough job. I will say that I love how Colleen brings Wasret into the picture. The way it's written is very clear to understand what's going on and it's very nicely described.
The plot line of the whole series, to me, is fascinating. I've always been a sucker for mythology. Ever since I read Percy Jackson all you have to say is that a book has mythology in it and I'm hooked. Though I have found that my favorite mythology books take the gods and make them vulnerable. It personifies them. Give's them human emotion and empathy. I think this book did that splendidly. The gods where shown as beings that could break, that could be destroyed, that could be saved. I think this book has done a better job at that then any other mythology book I've ever read (yes, that includes Percy Jackson.)
Honestly, Colleen Houck is probably my favorite author of all time- tied of course with Alexandra Bracken and Marie Lu (you can't possibly ask me to choose one favorite author!)- and if you haven't read one of her books you need to. I also love that Colleen Houck is a local author for me (I'm Oregon born and raised.)
This is a definite must read this summer!

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Blood Rose Rebellion by Rosalyn Eves

The thrilling first book in a YA fantasy trilogy for fans of Red Queen. In a world where social prestige derives from a trifecta of blood, money, and magic, one girl has the ability to break the spell that holds the social order in place.

Sixteen-year-old Anna Arden is barred from society by a defect of blood. Though her family is part of the Luminate, powerful users of magic, she is Barren, unable to perform the simplest spells. Anna would do anything to belong. But her fate takes another course when, after inadvertently breaking her sister’s debutante spell—an important chance for a highborn young woman to show her prowess with magic—Anna finds herself exiled to her family’s once powerful but now crumbling native Hungary.

Her life might well be over.

In Hungary, Anna discovers that nothing is quite as it seems. Not the people around her, from her aloof cousin Noémi to the fierce and handsome Romani Gábor. Not the society she’s known all her life, for discontent with the Luminate is sweeping the land. And not her lack of magic. Isolated from the only world she cares about, Anna still can’t seem to stop herself from breaking spells.

As rebellion spreads across the region, Anna’s unique ability becomes the catalyst everyone is seeking. In the company of nobles, revolutionaries, and Romanies, Anna must choose: deny her unique power and cling to the life she’s always wanted, or embrace her ability and change that world forever.

My review: 4.75 out of 5 stars
The thing I love most about this book is that it's unique. Most books that I've read are normally the person-with-powers-is-the-outcast. Don't get me wrong, I love those types of books, but Blood Rose Rebellion offers something different. The person without powers is the outcast. I think this is totally knew and totally cool. AND because all the people in power have magic the author takes real history events and reshapes them to encompass magic!
The book is filled with romance (something I can't live without in a book) but oddly enough the romance was where it slightly fell short. Emphasis on slightly. The MC in this book, Anna, was wildly boy crazy (I admit I am to) but I think it went overboard a bit. Before even a third of the book she had kissed three different guys! True two of them weren't of her choosing and she pushed them away so it wasnt really her fault. Plus the first guy that she thought she was in love with made her out to be such an idiot. She would literally do whatever he asked of her. Of course I think this was all part of her character growth because she goes from loving someone who society thinks is appropriate to caring for someone out of her own heart. I can't fault it for that. My main issue was how cliche it was. I personally love cliche and I would have loved this romantic plot but with the rest of the plot being so new and refreshing I feel the romantic aspect should have been as well. (I still loved it. I'm to much of a sucker for these types of romantic plots not to.)
Keeping on the theme of romance... The romantic plot with her cousin?!?! I've read a number of reviews that totally hate it but I loved it! We don't typically marry people we are related to but back in that time period it wasn't uncommon for cousins to get married. If anyone's ever read or seen The Secret Garden the movie ends (spoiler) with Colin and Marry (cousins) getting married. So it's not that weird at all. Especially if you take a deeper look at the character reactions. The MC doesn't go 'gross, you're my cousin' when he kisses her she pushes him away because she just ended a really heartbreaking romance.  I think the author made a brilliant choice to add this in. I've never read a book with that aspect incorporated.
One last thing, I absolutely adored the MC's inability to make choices. I think a problem I have with some books is that the MC's don't take time to ponder what it is they're doing. Weighing the pro's and con's. Anna takes time to think over her decision. True she changes her mind (A LOT) but it's because she's gaining new information. She's actually taking time to ponder whats right and whats wrong. And to top it off, there is actually consequences for whichever one she chooses! I don't know about you but I think that's totally not cliche.
So despite the cliche romance the rest of the book is completely fresh and original. I think this is defiantly a must read and I would highly recommend it.   

I'm going to start using my own pictures of the books I read in posts. Hope you like them!

Friday, May 5, 2017

Love and First Sight by Josh Sundquist


I was going to have this post out a week ago but I got sick with a horrible stomach bug and today's the first day since I finished this book that I've felt better. I thought I would get this out.





Love is more than meets the eye.

On his first day at a new school, blind sixteen-year-old Will Porter accidentally groped a girl on the stairs, sat on another student in the cafeteria, and somehow drove a classmate to tears. High school can only go up from here, right?

As Will starts to find his footing, he develops a crush on a sweet but shy girl named Cecily. And despite his fear that having a girlfriend will make him inherently dependent on someone sighted, the two of them grow closer and closer. Then an unprecedented opportunity arises: an experimental surgery that could give Will eyesight for the first time in his life. But learning to see is more difficult than Will ever imagined, and he soon discovers that the sighted world has been keeping secrets. It turns out Cecily doesn’t meet traditional definitions of beauty—in fact, everything he’d heard about her appearance was a lie engineered by their so-called friends to get the two of them together. Does it matter what Cecily looks like? No, not really. But then why does Will feel so betrayed?


Thanks NetGalley and the publisher for this ARC!

My Review:
5 out of 5

I love this book so much I don't even know where to begin.

The plot is a little cliché but luckily I love those types of books. It was cute and sweet and not generic. A little predictable but I absolutely adored it. I needed a book where everything is set right in the end.

The characters were amazing. Will is sweet and caring. He grew up blind and spent most of his time around people who are blind. Now he's decided to integrate himself into life with people with eye sight. I admire his persistence. A lot of things go wrong while at his new school, as can be expected, but he doesn't give up. He keeps going through everything that is thrown at him the entire book.

Of course he couldn't have done it without support. He has his family and even though his mom drives me nuts, she loves him and so does his father. He also has friends he made at school. Nick, Ion and Whitford. They help make the transition to the new school easier when they befriend him. Then theirs Cecily. A girl he becomes close with and eventually starts to fall in love with her.

My favorite part of the book however is the authors portrayal of seeing for the first time. I never imagined it quite like the author describes it and it's still really hard to wrap my mind around because I grew up with eye sight and it seems like something that only a person who experienced it could fully understand. And while the author grew up with eye sight he did a fantastic job explaining it in a way that made sense. He also talks about all the research he conducted for the in the Author's Note.

I overall greatly enjoyed this book and think everyone one should read it. Not only to enjoy but also to learn about blind culture and what it's like to be blind from a blind main character in a sweet, lovely and brilliant story.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

You Before Anyone Else by Julie Cross and Mark Perini

Model Finley needs someone to help her shed her "good girl" persona, so she'll try Eddie on for size.

New York City model Finley is fed up with hearing the same feedback at castings: she needs to take some serious action to wipe the "good girl" stamp from her resume if she wants to launch to stardom.

Enter Eddie Wells. He's shallow, predictable…and just as lost as Finley feels. Deep down, Finley is drawn to Eddie's bravado, his intensity. Except Eddie is hiding something. A big something. And when it surfaces, both loving and leaving Finley will become so much harder.
 


Thank you to NetGalley and the Publisher for an ARC copy of this book

My review:
Rating: 5 out of 5

I take back everything I ever said in the past about not liking realistic fiction. There's too many I've read this year that I've fallen in love with to say that anymore.

The characterization in this book is fantastic! Character development is fantastic. It's like you're there with the characters as they go through this journey.

Eddie is a rich boy that is trying to escape the grasp of his not loving family. He's made a lot of mistakes in his past but is now trying to live without his families shadow, more like his dad's,  looming over him.

Finley is a goody two-shoes until she meets Eddie, a boy who brings out, not really the worst, but the more daring side of Finley.

There are a lot of obstacles thrown at them through out the book. Things that threaten their relationship but end up making it stronger.

I love the plot to this book. Although I am a sucker for "bad boy" meets "good girl" books this book was different. One: The "bad boy" isn't really a bad boy, he's pretending like he is to get jobs. Two: It delved deeper into the characters personal lives and how one mistake could ruin you entire future. Or improve it. That's the thing I love most about this book. It shows how good things can come out of things that we view as mistakes. Even major screw-ups can end up turning into something magnificent if we let it. I don't think a lot of books show mistakes that way but I love that this one does. One mistake might close one door but it can open up so many more. 

Another thing I love is point of view changes. It gives you insight into more than one persons mind and cause some dramatic irony (when you know something the characters don't) which is my absolute favorite form of irony.

I also can't imagine writing a book with someone else. I tried it. Didn't work out so well. So I  think it shows just how talented these two people are because they wrote a book together and 1) finished it and 2) didn't kill each other. Bravo.

I defiantly recommend it.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Follow Me Back by A.V. Geiger

Tessa Hart’s world feels very small. Confined to her bedroom with agoraphobia, her one escape is the online fandom for pop sensation Eric Thorn. When he tweets to his fans, it’s like his speaking directly to her…

Eric Thorn is frightened by his obsessive fans. They take their devotion way too far. It doesn’t help that his PR team keeps posting to encourage their fantasies.

When a fellow pop star is murdered at the hands of a fan, Eric knows he has to do something to shatter his online image fast—like take down one of his top Twitter followers. But Eric’s plan to troll @TessaHeartsEric unexpectedly evolves into an online relationship deeper than either could have imagined. And when the two arrange to meet IRL, what should have made for the world’s best episode of Catfish takes a deadly turn…


 
Rating: 10 out of 5 (Not a miss type. This book goes above and beyond five stars.)
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for an eARC of this book.
 
My Review: I love this book so much. Lets start with characters. Tessa and Eric are very well developed especially in their interactions with each other. I love Tessa. I feel like she's an amazing character especially because she going through so much. I feel like there isn't enough books out there that have characters with mental illnesses and I love how Geiger incorporates it into the book, makes it a pretty big deal but doesn't make it the entire plot line.
 
I don't have agoraphobia but I do have anxiety and depression. Not exactly the same thing but I defiantly relate to some of it. Especially peoples reactions to mental disorders. Tessa's Mom and boyfriend don't get it and so they get frustrated really easily with her and I can definitely relate to that with my friends. I love how the author gives a very accurate and realistic telling of mental disorders.
 
I also love Eric. He's sweet and nice. I feel really bad for him though. He had no idea what being in the music industry was going to be like and once he found out it was too late. He feels trapped. Then he meets Tessa who understands him and he finally feels accepted. I love it when it shows the interrogations with him because his only concern is for Tessa. How she's doing and if she's okay.
 
One of the things I love in a book is multiple formats. One of the reasons I LOVE Everything, Everything. This book is told through police interrogations, twitter posts, and twitter DM's along with the normal book format. It's different and different is hard to come by these days. (Oh and there is a direct reference to One Direction and Ariana Grande if that makes you want to read the book more.)
 
The ending has to be the best part of this book. It leaves you floundering, craving more. I literally don't think I can wait for the next book because I'm so shocked at that ending and... perplexed...and confused... and guys I don't think I will be sane until I read what happens next!
 
One more thing... The plot twists!!!! The book completely leads you on. Leads you to believe one thing and in return hands you another unexpected, yet totally enjoyable, answer.
 
Please pick up this book when it comes out *pst June 6th* 
Here's some links to pre-order as well!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Monday, April 3, 2017

Someone I Wanted To Be by Aurelia Wills



When an insecure teen starts impersonating someone else, her life spirals dangerously out of control in a realistic, relatable novel about finding yourself—and discovering your true friends.

Leah Lobermier dreams of becoming a doctor, but it’s hard to stay focused on getting good grades when boys make oinking sounds at her in school and her mother spends every night on the couch with a bottle of wine. Leah’s skinny and popular "friends," Kristy and Corinne, aren’t much better and can hardly be counted on for support When the girls convince a handsome older man to buy them beer, Leah takes his phone number and calls him, pretending to be Kristy—coy and confident—and they develop a relationship, talking and texting day after day. But as the lie she created grows beyond her control, can Leah put a stop to things before she—or Kristy—is seriously hurt?


Thank you Net Galley and the publisher for this ARC
My review: 3 out of 5

I read this book a little bit ago and forgot to write a review on it. It was a good book. It just wasn't that memorable. I liked it, don't get me wrong, but it wasn't a book I would recommend to my friend off the top of my head.

The whole thing makes me a little mad honestly because the main character Leah has this pretend romance with a guy she called (that she doesn't know) and basically thrives off of her conversations with him. Not the smartest thing to do. For me I grew up being told that wasn't right and the dangers of talking to strangers. But I also have to remember that Leah grew up differently then I did. No father, alcoholic mother and not the best of friends.

What I really like about this book though was that Leah learns what it means to be a real friend. She figures out who is and isn't a real friend to her and she learns a valuable life lesson. I just think realistic fiction isn't completely my thing (accept for a few exception books.)

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Rebel of the Sands + Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton

It's been so long (like a week) but I'm back! I'm really swamped with school and (yet another) play. I was determined to finish at least two books over spring break and here is the first one.

This will be a joined review of the first two books in this series because I'm lazy... and tired...and swamped.



 
 
 
Rebel of the Sands: She’s more gunpowder than girl—and the fate of the desert lies in her hands.

Mortals rule the desert nation of Miraji, but mystical beasts still roam the wild and barren wastes, and rumor has it that somewhere, djinni still practice their magic. But there's nothing mystical or magical about Dustwalk, the dead-end town that Amani can't wait to escape from.

Destined to wind up "wed or dead," Amani’s counting on her sharpshooting skills to get her out of Dustwalk. When she meets Jin, a mysterious and devastatingly handsome foreigner, in a shooting contest, she figures he’s the perfect escape route. But in all her years spent dreaming of leaving home, she never imagined she'd gallop away on a mythical horse, fleeing the murderous Sultan's army, with a fugitive who's wanted for treason. And she'd never have predicted she'd fall in love with him... or that he'd help her unlock the powerful truth of who she really is.
 
Traitor to the Throne: Rebel by chance. Traitor by choice.

Gunslinger Amani al'Hiza fled her dead-end hometown on the back of a mythical horse with the mysterious foreigner Jin, seeking only her own freedom. Now she’s fighting to liberate the entire desert nation of Miraji from a bloodthirsty sultan who slew his own father to capture the throne.

When Amani finds herself thrust into the epicenter of the regime—the Sultan’s palace—she’s determined to bring the tyrant down. Desperate to uncover the Sultan’s secrets by spying on his court, she tries to forget that Jin disappeared just as she was getting closest to him, and that she’s a prisoner of the enemy. But the longer she remains, the more she questions whether the Sultan is really the villain she’s been told he is, and who’s the real traitor to her sun-bleached, magic-filled homeland.

Forget everything you thought you knew about Miraji, about the rebellion, about Djinn and Jin and the Blue-Eyed Bandit. In Traitor to the Throne, the only certainty is that everything will change.
 
 
My Review: 5 out of 5 stars
 
Let me start with Rebel of the Sands. It's amazing! We have our main protagonist, Amani, who is a sharpshooter. She's a strong female heroine in a sexist, gender role society. Which means she's underestimated a lot. She also pretends to be a boy fairly often so that she doesn't get killed or kidnapped. But my absolute favorite thing about her is her growth throughout the book. I think she has the best character growth that I've ever seen in a book! The author did an amazing job making it believable. She goes from a person that's all about saving herself no matter who else gets hurt to this person that doesn't leave people behind to save her own skin.
 
We also have Jin. How do I describe Jin without giving to much away... He's pretty good with a gun, not as good as Amani, but okay. He's the first person Amani ever really gets attached to after her mothers death. He's a foreigner, his mother was Xichan and his father is Miraji, the place where Amani lives. He was born in Miraji but left when he was little and traveled around with his brother and sister for awhile. There's another important fact about him but spoiler are the worst you guys, so you're going to have to read it for your self.
 
This book also has a really good story. I don't want to give anything away and the real plot doesn't come in till about halfway through the book but I will give you two words. Rebel Prince.
 
I love the world the author creates for this book. It's like a middle eastern western novel but with magic thrown into the mix.  It almost reminds me of Aladdin. Honestly! And Aladdin is one of my all time favorite Disney movies/Broadway musicals.
 
When I like books I get seriously attached and defensive. You know I've got it bad for a book when I'm getting mad a reviews saying this book was boring, because I'm protective over things I love, like Hamilton the American Musical. I absolutely adore this book and think it's a must read!
 
Plus Alwyn Hamilton is like the nicest person I've ever met! She's amazing, read her book!
 
 
Now Traitor to the Throne... *WARNING: May contain spoilers for book 1*
 
I have such a book hangover from this book!!!! I have one thing to say about the description before I go into the book. Forget everything you thought you knew about Miraji, about the rebellion, about Djinn and Jin and the Blue-Eyed Bandit. In Traitor to the Throne, the only certainty is that everything will change. OMG this is like the most accurate description for any book ever!
 
So this book introduces some new characters like Sam. Our fake Blue-Eyed Bandit. It also brings back some old characters that I didn't really talk about in the review for the first book like Ahmed, Imin, Shazad, Delila, Hala and (drumroll) Shira and Tamid! If you don't remember them they are Amani's awful cousin and best friend that she abandoned. You can probably imagine how those reunions went down. 
 
This book goes even deeper into the plot line. They are trying to put the rebel prince Ahmed onto the throne. Only one slight problem. Jin has disappeared and Amani is trapped in the Castles haram as the Sultans little Demdji. And with a dozen pieces of iron under her skin and one piece of bronze with her true name on it the Sultan has her under his control.
 
It's been a really long time since I've cried over a book. It was long over due. I don't think I've ever cried this much over a book in my life (surprising because I'm a very emotional person.) I didn't cry once... I cried twice during the ending of the book. The end was one plot twist after another that you never saw coming. Not to brag but I've read a lot of books and I can usually guess at least a little of what's going to happen but not even I saw that ending coming. It's a good thing no one could see me because I was curled up on my couch practically sobbing over this book at 11 o'clock at night.
 
Now I'm not so patiently waiting the third book! I need it sooo bad!!!
Please read this book it's probably one of the best choices I've ever made.
 
 

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Author Visit (Penguin Teen Tour)

This last week I had the amazing oppritunity to meet four incredible authors: Alwyn Hamilton, Renee Ahdieh, Lesley Livingston, and Natalie C. Anderson. I absolutly fell in love with their books! So first off is some of my favorite things said during the Penguin Teen Tour. The book reviews for these four books should be coming soon. I'm really busy right now but they should all be out in the next week or two. I was going to put the reviews on this post but then it would be really long and I don't want to torture you guys!

My favorite part of the author visit (and okay there's two things) was that all the authors were super incredibly nice! They joked around a lot and were a lot of fun to be around. The second, was that the common theme among the books seem to be "Things go Horribly Awry." The tour ended up being called the Things Go Horribly Awry Tour!  ;)

At one point the authors were asked what the inspirations for their books were. My favorite answer was from Alwyn Hamilton. She talked about a review that was posted about the Hunger Games saying that it was unrealistic because women "can't be that strong"... I don't know about you but that ticks me off. She said she wanted to write a book proving him wrong, and I think all the books there proved that guy wrong!

I loved the responses they gave when asked about things they wanted people to take away from their books. Here's what they said:
Natalie C. Anderson (author of City of Saint and Thieves): Don't underestimate anyone.
Renee Ahdieh (author of The Wrath and the Dawn): There is power in stories. (Yes!)
Lesley Livingston (author of The Valiant): Stand your ground and fight. Don't back down. (Fight like a girl!)
Alwyn Hamilton (author of Rebel in the Sands): There's power in being a part of something bigger than you.

I have also compiled a list of things the authors use to overcome writers block. (Guys, this was the question I got to ask!!)
  • Something you did before wasn't right so you need to find that mistake and fix it
  • Get something down, even if it sucks
  • Showers
  • Walks
  • Pushup
  • Go somewhere and listen to peoples conversations
  • Basically try to distract yourself in any way
  • COFFEE!!!!!
My favorite thing about it though (okay I lied, this really is my absolute favorite) was talking to Alwyn Hamilton. Okay, seriously though I love her name! I love anything Hamilton so it's no wonder I fell in love with her books! We also talked about The Darkest Minds trilogy. Is anyone else excited to hear they start filming soon! It's my all time favorite book series and I just hope they don't screw up the movie. Fingers crossed! We also talked about Percy Jackson and our mutual dislike of Jason Grace. It's an unpopular opinion so I was super relieved to hear I'm not the only one who doesn't like him. But Alwyn is seriously one of the nicest people I've ever met!

And the most exciting news from that night for me was... drum roll...
Lesley Livingston is writing a sequel to The Valiant called The Defiant!
You might've already known that but it was news to me and I'm so excited!!

You guys need to read the books written by these four authors! Look for the upcoming posts. Make sure to follow (by email or bloglovin) to get updates on posts!

Monday, February 27, 2017

Unfolding by Jonathan Friesen


Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Summery: Jonah wishes he could get the girl, but he’s an outcast and she’s the most perfect girl he knows.

And their futures seemed destined to fork apart: Jonah’s physical condition is debilitating, and epileptic seizures fill his life with frustration. Whereas Stormi is seemingly carefree, and navigates life by sensing things before they happen. And her most recent premonition is urging her to leave town.

When Stormi begs Jonah for help, he finds himself swept into a dark mystery his small town has been keeping for years. And the answers Stormi needs about her own past could possibly destroy everything Jonah has ever known—including his growing relationship with Stormi herself.


My review: Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for this eARC.

I really enjoyed this book. The biggest thing for me though was that the beginning was really hard to understand. When the main character, Jonah, would have flashbacks it was really confusing when they started and when they ended. I almost didn't finish the book because I was so confused. I'm glad I did because it got easier to understand the more into the book I got.

Of course the entire book was confusing but in a good way. Things really came together at the end. It's one of those books where you're getting pieces of the puzzle but nothing connects until the end. And what a twist ending!

I really liked the characters. Especially the main protagonist, Jonah. Jonah suffers from scoliosis and epilepsy. Throughout the book he has many seizures and he's constancy teased because of them and his curved spine. His mom loves him so much but his dad seems to hate him. He calls himself a monster several times throughout the book. Basically he's a character that breaks your heart.

Then there's Stormie. I can't really figure her out. I love her but she's not as well developed as I would've liked. And defiantly not as developed as Jonah.

I did however feel like the book moved at a fast pace. It seemed to be one thing after another, a never ending slew of things. I didn't "connect to the book" like I usually do with books. And the ending left off at such a cliffhanger! I would totally read a second book but I don't know what the author would write the second book on... and if he's not writing another book an epilog would've been nice.

But I have my fingers crossed for a second book. Even though I had problems with the book I'm still intrigued.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Toward a Secret Sky by Heather Maclean

Hey! I know it's been forever. All my books right now are on my phone and I'm not allowed to read from my phone during class :'( but it's the weekend so I got to actually read!


Rating: 3.5 out of 5
Summary: Shortly after 17-year-old Maren Hamilton is orphaned and sent to live with grandparents she’s never met in Scotland, she receives an encrypted journal from her dead mother that makes her and everyone around her a target. It confirms that her parents were employed by a secret, international organization that’s now intent on recruiting her. As Maren works to unravel the clues left behind by her mother, a murderous madness sweeps through the local population, terrorizing her small town. Maren must decide if she’ll continue her parents’ fight or stay behind to save her friends.


With the help of Gavin, an otherworldly mercenary she’s not supposed to fall in love with, and Graham, a charming aristocrat who is entranced with her, Maren races against the clock and around the country from palatial estates with twisted labyrinths to famous cathedrals with booby-trapped subterranean crypts to stay ahead of the enemy and find a cure. Along the way, she discovers the great truth of love: that laying down your life for another isn’t as hard as watching them sacrifice everything for you.


My review: First off a quick thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for giving me this ARC.
This book caught my attention because of its beautiful an stunning cover. I love it so much. The summary sounded really intriguing because I'm such a sucker for a good romance.

This book is amazing. It has a great plot and amazing characters. I absolutely adore the authors take on demons and angels.

So we have our main protagonist, Maren. She's strong and brave, basically your average female protagonist. What I love about her though is that she has a "guardian." A guy that saves her. That may sound weird but let me explain. Most of the books being published now a days are with a female protagonist that saves herself and practically everyone else as well. And that's great and all, I'm a strong believer that we shouldn't be put down because we're female, but I really do like books where the female gets rescued by her love. Especially because the guy saving her is an angel and angels are the only one's that can kill demons (so at least there's a good excuse as to why the boy saves the girl.)

Then there's Gavin. He has to be one of my favorite characters.  He's strong and determined. He seems like a jerk at the beginning but there is a good reason behind it!

There ware two things that I didn't really like about it. The first is that it's so sappy. I love romance, I can't stand a book without it. Throughout the book I found myself squealing giddily (which is a good thing for me.) But I also found myself cringing from how over dramatic some things were. I can't give an example because spoilers suck but this is defiantly a book for people who love romance and not a book for people who don't.

The second thing is that something's seemed forced. It might've been me but something's didn't seem like they flowed naturally.

I love the cliff hanger though and I'm really hoping there's going to be a second book.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

One Was Lost by Natalie D. Richards



Damaged. Deceptive. Dangerous. Darling. Are they labels or a warning? The answer could cost Sera everything.

Murder, justice, and revenge were so not a part of the plan when Sera set out on her senior camping trip. After all, hiking through the woods is supposed to be safe and uneventful.

Then one morning the group wakes up groggy, confused, and with words scrawled on their wrists: Damaged. Deceptive. Dangerous. Darling. Their supplies? Destroyed. Half their group? Gone. Their chaperone? Unconscious. Worst of all, they find four dolls acting out a murder—dolls dressed just like them.

Suddenly it's clear; they're being hunted. And with the only positive word on her wrist, Sera falls under suspicion…
  

My review:
First, thank you NetGalley and the publisher for this ARC.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

I love this book! It's the closest thing to horror I've ever read. It was more mystery thriller but I could totally see this being a horror movie.
The main character is really well developed. Sera has a lot of struggles from her past that effect her throughout the book. She's scared of becoming like her mother.
Then there's Lucas. Everyone thinks he's dangerous because of an accident that happened before. And Sera is trying to stay away... pretty unsuccessfully.
Emily is an amazing character. She has emotional baggage as well and throughout the book we get to see her come out of her little shell.
Jude is a stuck up rich kid. He's private and... deceptive. But he also undergoes a change during the book that leaves him less of a jerk.

I love how this book has many underlying themes. It's not just about a creepy stalker. It's about finding yourself and about judging people based on appearances.

The book is written in First Present Tense it feels like you're there with Sera; experiencing everything with her. It was a brilliant choice for this type of book.

My favorite part has to be the romantic tension between Lucas and Sera. I wont give to much away but there's defiantly a past between the two. It makes for some pretty great encounters and for some much needed sass in the book. And knowing me I LOVE MY SASS! Percy Jackson, Leo Valdez, Daniel Wing... I live for sassy characters.

Overall I loved this book and will defiantly keep my eye out for this author in the future. 

Monday, January 23, 2017

The Red Sun and Kalifus Rising by Alane Adams


The Red Sun (Legends of Orkney #1)Kalifus Rising (Legends of Orkney, #2)


Sam Baron just freed Orkney from the ravages of the Red Sun—but now, imprisoned by Catriona, leader of the Volgrim Witches, Sam finds the darker side of his half-god, half-witch heritage released, and he fears he might destroy what he saved. Unable to resist the witches' enchantments, Sam has become their most potent weapon, and is leading an army of monstrous men against Skara Brae.

Sam’s only hope for salvation lies with his three best friends and a mystical artifact known as the Moon Pearl. Keely travels north in search of the pearl, while Howie prepares for the gathering onslaught. Leo seeks a powerful artifact in the underworld, and faces an ancient evil that could be an even greater threat than Catriona and her cronies.

As Sam's friends rush to save him, other forces are at work in Orkney's shadows—forces that could help free Sam, or condemn him to the darkness forever.
 


Rating: 4 out of 5
Thank you NetGalley and the publisher for an ACR of Kalifus Rising.
I love this book. I'm a huge sucker for mythology, it's why I love Percy Jackson so much. This is the only book I've read based on Norse mythology and I have to say I'm hooked.

I should probably start with The Red Sun. I loved the idea behind it but this book didn't really enthrall me. This one is more of a 3 out of 5. I'm a big sucker for romance. It's one of the top things that I love about a book, but there wasn't any romance at all in this book!

I love the characters though. You have the main protagonist, Sam Baron. He stands up to the bullies and is friends with the outcasts. He's basically you're average protagonist and even though it's typical I love it. He does have one thing going for him though. He has a humongous temper, he gets blackout angry.

Then you have Howie, the kid that gets picked on. Howie is super sweet and has a huge heart. He's Sam's best friend and they always stick up for one another.

Then there's Keely. I love Keely. She's a book work and super smart. not only does she help Sam through the whole son of Odin thing but she has her own demons from her past haunting her. She's not just a sideline character, she has her own story as well, and it's something I love about her.

And last but not least, Leo. The Umatilla warrior. He's brave and loyal and defends his friends no matter the danger.

I felt like this book was a lot like Percy Jackson but wasn't exactly the same and I really enjoyed that.

Now Kalifus Rising... was fantastic! We meet new people like Theo and yes the author added Loki to the mix.

The characters really branched out from the first book. They all got there own quests and they all go there separate directions. Now the books aren't just about Sam, the other three are just as important, they have all been elevated to the same status as Sam.

Leo, Howie and Keely are all brought back to Orkney where they are deemed Odin's chosen one's.

Howie is Protector of Orkney. Everyone finds this hilarious and unbelievable because he's the scrawny kid who couldn't hurt a fly if he tried. Howie does grow up in the book though. You get to see him gain new skills and maturity without loosing his sense of humor, which I love.

Keely is The Seeker. Her quest is to find a moon pearl... in dangerous, harsh wintery weather. She's forced to deal with the demons of her past, and her new hair is amazing I might add. Did I mention she has magic now... Moving on!

Leo is The Sacrifice. he also seems to be the only one that doesn't like the role he's been put in. If it was me I would love to be the Sacrifice... just kidding... it sounds terrifying. But who better to face a terrifying task then the brave Umatilla warrior.

What I really love about this book is that Sam gets captured by the Witches and is unable to fend off their magic and his own dark magic pooling inside him. We actually get to have a bad protagonist for once! I love how the author portrayed his struggle to fight the dark and how she made the choice for him to give in. Most of the time they fight the darkness successfully but here we get to witness an author going against the status quo.

I love this book series and highly recommend it! Can't wait for the next book!

 

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Girl Out of Water by Laura Silverman

Rating: 5 out of 5

Anise Sawyer plans to spend every minute of summer with her friends: surfing, chowing down on fish tacos drizzled with wasabi balsamic vinegar, and throwing bonfires that blaze until dawn. But when a serious car wreck leaves her aunt, a single mother of three, with two broken legs, it forces Anise to say goodbye for the first time to Santa Cruz, the waves, her friends, and even a kindling romance, and fly with her dad to Nebraska for the entire summer. Living in Nebraska isn’t easy. Anise spends her days caring for her three younger cousins in the childhood home of her runaway mom, a wild figure who’s been flickering in and out of her life since birth, appearing for weeks at a time and then disappearing again for months, or even years, without a word.

Complicating matters is Lincoln, a one-armed, charismatic skater who pushes Anise to trade her surfboard for a skateboard. As Anise draws closer to Lincoln and takes on the full burden and joy of her cousins, she loses touch with her friends back home – leading her to one terrifying question: will she turn out just like her mom and spend her life leaving behind the ones she loves.



My Review: First off, thank you NetGalley and the publisher for giving me an ARC of this book for an honest review.

This book was amazing. From the second I started reading it I was in love with the book. I couldn't put it down. (I know I don't like realistic fiction) But this book is another exemption from my fantasy mind. Unlike a lot of realistic books I've read this one didn't make me cry. Although some parts were emotional, it was mostly a fun upbeat book. Something I've been dearly missing. The book didn't really have a closure ending, not everything was "fixed" at the end, but it was still a happy ending. I love these kinds of realistic fiction because most of the time in real life there is no solution, you just have to deal with it and move on (but it still seems like everything will be okay!

The pacing of the book was excellent. It didn't go to fast, I didn't feel like I was being rushed through the book. And it didn't go to slow, I didn't feel like I was groggily walking through it one word at a time.

The characters are so much fun to read about and they're so well developed, especially Anise. It's clear the struggle she's going through. Then there's Lincoln, who makes you smile whenever you read about him because he can always make the best of the situation. The twins, Parker and Nash, have to be one of my favorite parts of the book. They're always getting into trouble (for Percy Jackson fans- these two remind me of Connor and Travis Stoll.)

My favorite thing about this book is that it talks about a lot of real life issues. Family problems, moving, identity, boy confusion (I can vouch for that one), college, friend drama. Sometimes I feel like realistic fiction could happen but no one can really relate to it. Like Everything, Everything. I love that book, don't get me wrong, but not a whole lot of people can relate to it. In this book there's a little bit for everyone.

I highly recommend this book!



Saturday, January 7, 2017

Top 16 of 2016

This post is so overdue but I'm so busy. Opening night for my show was last night and I was terrified... but it went well!

Lets start at #5- Reawakened and Recreated by Colleen Houck

When seventeen-year-old Lilliana Young enters the Metropolitan Museum of Art one morning during spring break, the last thing she expects to find is a live Egyptian prince with godlike powers, who has been reawakened after a thousand years of mummification.

And she really can't imagine being chosen to aid him in an epic quest that will lead them across the globe to find his brothers and complete a grand ceremony that will save mankind.

But fate has taken hold of Lily, and she, along with her sun prince, Amon, must travel to the Valley of the Kings, raise his brothers, and stop an evil, shape-shifting god named Seth from taking over the world.

Reawakened (Reawakened, #1)Recreated (Reawakened, #2)


I absolutly love Colleen Houcks writing. She is absolutly fantastic, although I do like Tigers Curse more then this new series of hers I still love it. There are some slow spots but overall I highly recommend this book. And i can't wait for the third book to come out (and the fifth book or Tigers Curse becauses shes writting another one!)

#4- And I Darken by Kiersten White
No one expects a princess to be brutal. And Lada Dragwlya likes it that way. Ever since she and her gentle younger brother, Radu, were wrenched from their homeland of Wallachia and abandoned by their father to be raised in the Ottoman courts, Lada has known that being ruthless is the key to survival. She and Radu are doomed to act as pawns in a vicious game, an unseen sword hovering over their every move. For the lineage that makes them special also makes them targets.

Lada despises the Ottomans and bides her time, planning her vengeance for the day when she can return to Wallachia and claim her birthright. Radu longs only for a place where he feels safe. And when they meet Mehmed, the defiant and lonely son of the sultan, Radu feels that he’s made a true friend—and Lada wonders if she’s finally found someone worthy of her passion.

But Mehmed is heir to the very empire that Lada has sworn to fight against—and that Radu now considers home. Together, Lada, Radu, and Mehmed form a toxic triangle that strains the bonds of love and loyalty to the breaking point.

And I Darken (The Conquerer's Saga, #1)


I got this book from NetGalley and I have to admit the only reason I requested it was because a... friend (at least I think so...) wanted to read it. I love this book, the cover is beautiful and the plot line is so intriguing. I can't wait for the next book to come out!

#3- Girl Out of Water by Laura Silverman and The Homecoming by Stacie Ramey
Girl Out of Water
Anise Sawyer plans to spend every minute of summer with her friends: surfing, chowing down on fish tacos drizzled with wasabi balsamic vinegar, and throwing bonfires that blaze until dawn. But when a serious car wreck leaves her aunt, a single mother of three, with two broken legs, it forces Anise to say goodbye for the first time to Santa Cruz, the waves, her friends, and even a kindling romance, and fly with her dad to Nebraska for the entire summer. Living in Nebraska isn’t easy. Anise spends her days caring for her three younger cousins in the childhood home of her runaway mom, a wild figure who’s been flickering in and out of her life since birth, appearing for weeks at a time and then disappearing again for months, or even years, without a word. 

Complicating matters is Lincoln, a one-armed, charismatic skater who pushes Anise to trade her surfboard for a skateboard. As Anise draws closer to Lincoln and takes on the full burden and joy of her cousins, she loses touch with her friends back home – leading her to one terrifying question: will she turn out just like her mom and spend her life leaving behind the ones she loves

The Homecoming
Forced to return to his estranged family, John discovers how hard it is to truly go home.

It's been a year since John lost his girlfriend, Leah, to suicide. Living with his uncle keeps his mind from the tragedy and his screwed up family-until he gets into trouble and a judge sends him back home. With a neglectful mother and abusive brother, John's homecoming is far from happy.

As he tries to navigate and repair the relationships he abandoned years ago, Emily, the girl next door, is the only bright spot. She's sweet and smart and makes him think his heart may finally be healing. But tragedy isn't far away, and John must soon face an impossible decision: save his family or save himself.

Girl Out of Water

The Homecoming

I actually like The Homecoming more but I have two more books and these two are pretty close. The Homecoming made me cry. It's bitter-sweet. Girl Out of Water is a little more happy.It's not a sad book but it's really fun to read.

#2- Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
 My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.Everything, Everything


This is my favorite realistic fiction that I read this year. I love how the writing style changes and I love the illustrations (you'll never see me say that again.)

#1- The Darkest Mind (1st) Never Fade (2nd) In the Afterlight (3rd)

When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something frightening enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that got her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that had killed most of America’s children, but she and the others emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they could not control.

Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones. When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. She is on the run, desperate to find the only safe haven left for kids like her—East River. She joins a group of kids who have escaped their own camp. Liam, their brave leader, is falling hard for Ruby. But no matter how much she aches for him, Ruby can’t risk getting close. Not after what happened to her parents. When they arrive at East River, nothing is as it seems, least of all its mysterious leader. But there are other forces at work, people who will stop at nothing to use Ruby in their fight against the government. Ruby will be faced with a terrible choice, one that may mean giving up her only chance at having a life worth living.


 
 

I absolutely LOVE these books!! It's my all time favorite series AND Alexandra Bracken is my favorite author! It was recommended to me by a... friend (?)... the same one who recommended And I Darken. I can't wait to read her new book series Passenger.
That's my top 5!
The rest of the 16 books (in descending order):

Replica by Lauren Oliver
The Glass Castle by Trisha White Priebe
Seeker by Arwen Elys Dayton
The Winners Trilogy by Marie Rutkoski
Immortal Beloved Trilogy by Cate Tiernan
The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter
The Last Changeling by Chelsea Pitcher
The Crown by Kiera Cass
The Healers Apprentice by Melanie Dickerson
The Red Sun by Alane Adams
Harry Potter 1-4 by J.K Rowling


Can't wait to see what books are in store for me in 2017!