Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Review: The City of Ember

The City of Ember The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Doon and Lina have just finished school and have to pick their new careers that they will start work the next day. Lina wants to be a messenger and run around town all day to give messages to people. Doon wants to be down in the Pipework so he can get his hands on the generator and figure out how to fix it before their town is in darkness forever.

Sadly, Doon and Lina get each others dream job and are devastated by this news. Happily, Doon asked Lina if she wanted to switch jobs - which of course! - she jumped on that right away.

And things were good for awhile. Life couldn't get any better... well except that the electricity is going out and making their world darker more often lately. And the mayor doesn't seem to be doing anything about it.

When Lina's grandmother is insistent upon finding something of importance in her house that used to be her grandfather's - the 7th mayor of Ember - Lina actually finds it in the mess of her house. Well, really Poppy, Lina's 2 year old sister, is eating it.

It's a letter. Of Instructions. Instructions to what, Lina's not sure because Poppy was eating the paper, so a lot of the words are gone from the letter, but now Lina is determined to figure it out. And she goes and asks Doon if he can help her with this mystery.

Because the people of Ember were not supposed to be in Ember for this long. But because this letter was lost for many, many years, nobody knows that. Now that Lina and Doon have found this, they need to figure out a way to save their friends and family, before it is too late.

This was a really good book. It was short, easy, and fast to read, and it kept me entertained throughout the whole novel. I was very intrigued by the letter and was trying to figure out the clues before Lina and Doon could figure it out. I actually did pretty well, too!

I can tell that this was just the first book in an adventure for Lina and Doon and I am so excited to start the next one to see what happens after the ending I got! Not that it's a cliffhanger or anything, but it certainly leaves the reader wanting more, so I'm very excited to see what happens!

I like both Lina and Doon. They are very passionate when it comes to friends and family and their home, and they are willing to do just about anything to save what is theirs.

I could never imagine being in a place like Ember where I have to go to bed at 9p and wake up at 6a all because it is pitch black in the town. That would drive me batshit crazy to be honest with you. But the people of Ember don't know any better, so to them, that is how the world works.

I'm very glad that this was picked for my bookclub and I'm excited to see what else is going to happen to Lina and Doon!

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Monday, August 21, 2017

Review: As She Fades

As She Fades As She Fades by Abbi Glines
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received this free eARC novel from Edelweiss in exchange for my honest review.

Vale has been dating Crawford since she was 6 years old - a 12 year relationship under her belt already. Now, it's graduation night, and they are going to have the best time in college come fall. Even though the college they are going to wasn't Vale's first pick, she wants to be with Crawford and he got a full ride scholarship for football there. Vale will find things to do and learn to love the college that her older brother, Knox, goes to as well.

But things don't go according to plan. In fact, graduation night, Crawford and Vale got into a car accident. And now Crawford is in a coma. No one knows when he is going to wake up, and Vale's life has completely changed within seconds.

Now, the most that Vale does is sit in the waiting room at the hospital until 3 o'clock, where she will get to read a novel to Crawford and hope that her voice will spur him awake. She doesn't see her family, she doesn't see her friends. She just stares at the wall until it's her turn to try to spark some life into Crawford.

Her family is pressuring her to go to college in August, even if Crawford doesn't wake up. Vale needs to live again, and Crawford would want her to go to college like they planned. Vale can't decide what she wants to do, but she knows that her family is right. She just has to make that first step.

And halfway through Vale's summer routine, she gets a twist of turns when a college guy, Slate, starts to talk to her. He's there because his uncle has cancer, and he's the only family he's got left. Vale knows he is a player, and gets a confirmation when her brother, Knox, agrees because they are frat brothers at college.

The more Vale is mean to Slate, the more he hangs out and annoys her. Eventually, though, she sees a different side to him that not many do, and she realizes that he may not be the biggest man slut on her college campus.

After Vale makes the decision to go to school, she also decides that she likes being around Slate. Being around him makes her feel different than being around Crawford. The more she starts to live her own life - the way she wants to - the more she comes to understand that her life is just starting.

Of course, just when things are going amazing in her life, reality crashes down around her. Now Vale has to decide on some very big decisions, and she has to decide on her own.

I finished this book yesterday and I'm still not sure how to put into words how I feel right now. I have read almost all of Abbi Glines novels and this one is by far the best. No, seriously, I am telling you the truth!

Vale is just a shell at the beginning of this book, wasting the days away one by one. But by the end of this novel, she is alive, happy, laughing. It's like a completely different character to be honest.

I was along for the ride that Abbi Glines was giving me, and then I get to part 2 of the book. Holy crap! I am still trying to believe what happened and how it happened and how it was all just... gah. I can't tell you anything, but it was a completely 180 degrees that took me on the bumpy part of the rollercoaster.

Slate is an amazing character. He is so goofy, and serious and sexy and amazing and so, so sweet. He has many layers to him and one has to be extremely patient to be able to stick around and see all of them to really see the real Slate Allen.

This book is about second chances. It's about living your life, doing what you want, and loving what you do. Because there are too many times when everything can change in an instant, and you want to be able to look back on your life and know that what you did was the best things you wanted to do. And Vale came to that realization by the end of this book, because she was starting to live again.

I laughed often (especially at the Rory Gilmore reference), I cried so much, and I felt alive when reading this book. I think a lot of Abbi's fans are going to really fall for this book and be left wanting more, so hopefully Abbi is prepared for a lot of "sequel" chants! :)

I am so, so, so glad I got this as an eARC novel and I may just have to re-read it again in the near future. Just to make sure that I computed everything correctly ;)

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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Review: I'm In It

I'm In It I'm In It by Tammy Falkner
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wren's life is pretty shitty right now. She just had a miscarriage and the father of the baby was actually with another woman. All of Wren's sisters are married, about to be married, have babies, or are pregnant. Which Wren LOVES but it's a bit hard to see everyone she loves so happy when she's still not over losing her baby.

And she is avoiding Mick. Mick was with her when she miscarried and they had just been on their 5th date. It seemed like things were going well, but now she is putting distance between them because she doesn't want to get hurt again.

So when they decide to become BFF's, Wren thinks she can do that. She needs a friend right now. However, Mick doesn't JUST want to be BFF's. Oh no, but Mick realizes that he doesn't know too much about Wren, so he's willing to do whatever it takes to get to know her and make her realize that they are meant to be with each other forever. He just needs to be patient.

When Mick's cousin is in trouble and needs to go to rehab, he decides he is going to take care of her 4 kids - ages 8 to baby. Wren steps in and says that they are going to stay at her place because she has 4 bedrooms, verses his 1 bedroom apartment. And then when Mick needs to take the kids to California - across the entire continent - by driving, Wren comes with too.

Mick is not sure if Wren will be okay with the kids after what she has been through, but he is willing to risk it to be with her more and to show her exactly what he is wanting between the two of them. Even if it means putting his heart on the line when Wren doesn't feel the same.

I love Tammy Falkner's Reed Brothers Series!!! Seriously!! I am so glad that Logan and Emily's story was free so so long ago and I took a chance on trying it to see if I would like it. Because 18 books later, I am still in love and I still want more, even though I have a high suspicion that this may be the last one? Unless she write a book about a family reunion or something haha.

Wren has been through something very traumatic, and I am glad that Mick was there to give her the space she needed, but also to push her when it came time to get past her grief. He is definitely the best match for her and she is the best match for him.

One of these days, I'm going to re-read these books and fly through all of them back to back to relive these lives, because they are amazing stories, amazing characters, and amazing things that all of them do.

If you have been living under a rock and haven't read these, I definitely recommend that you do right now! You won't be sorry :)

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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Review: Antisocial

Antisocial Antisocial by Jillian Blake
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Coming back from Christmas break single and friendless is not what Anna thought was going to happen. But sadly it's what did happen. Palmer broke up with her after 3 months of dating, with no reason as to why or what went wrong. And in those three months, Anna lost all of her close friends because she ditched them for better things when she was with Palmer.

What Anna did was wrong and mean and terrible, and she is going to do whatever she can to get their trust and friendship back. And Jethro? Well maybe she wants more than friendship with the guy who knows exactly how to calm her down when she is starting to have a panic/anxiety attack. But it's too soon after her break up...right?

Just when Anna is trying to mend her fragile life, shit hits the fan at her school. Someone hacked into the schools app and took all of the students personal information - including texts, photos, IM, and anything else you can think of. And now that person is sharing that information to EVERYONE and causing a lot of riots between friends.

Anna is an outcast and antisocial and has attacks when it comes to crowded places. But she needs to mend her friendships, so she may have to have confrontations with a lot of people before that happens. Especially with Palmer because Anna knows his secrets that many people do not.

The synopsis of this book really intrigued me when I found it on a list in my email about a YA book not to be missed. So I put it on hold at the library and started reading it when I got it.

And for the most part, it was a pretty decent book. There were moments I found myself skimming over paragraphs that weren't really needed, but there was enough dialogue to keep my interest and there was enough mystery to keep the suspense going.

I'm bummed that we really don't find out who the real hacker is, but I guess I'm okay with the ending.

The thing I liked the most about this book is how Anna overcame her fears and was fighting her disability throughout the whole book to make the hard decisions that she had to make. She had a lot of great character development through this novel and it will definitely benefit her when she is off to college in less than a year.

There were so many characters to keep straight in this book, so some times I had to stop and make sure I was remembering correctly.

But overall, I did enjoy this book. It won't be something I re-read in my future, but I am glad that I got a chance to read this debut novel and I will keep an eye out for more by Jillian Blake in the future :)

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Review: The Upside of Unrequited

The Upside of Unrequited The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Molly is well-known for her 26 crushes among her friends and family. She is a professional crusher and now she is really wanting to move past the crush status and maybe get into the kiss status.

But the problem about that is the boy she is crushing on has to have a crush on her as well. Because...well duh... can't really kiss a boy if they don't think the same way of you.

It's been really hard, lately, too because her moms are all lovey dovey getting ready for the wedding, her twin sister, Cassie, has just started dating Mina - her first official girlfriend, and Molly's two friends Ally and Olivia both have boyfriends. So Molly is all by her lonesome and the odd man out when it comes to conversations about boys and sex and kissing.

When Cassie starts dating Mina, that meant that Mina's two close friends Max and Will started hanging out when them as well. And boy, is Will extremely good-looking. Except Molly knows that popular, good-looking boys don't look twice at her because she's on the chubbier side of the scale. Molly is totes okay with her figure, but she knows the majority of guys are looking for skinny, pretty girls that she doesn't fall into so much.

But Mina and Cassie are trying to hook Will and Molly up together, which is a lot of pressure for Molly, to be honest. She gets a bit of relief from their badgering when she starts her summer job and is working with Reid, another fellow senior in high school and he's working for his parents. Reid is a bigger guy, and so, so dorky - always wearing Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones t-shirts and Reid is very easy to talk to.

If fact, it's like Molly is a completely different person when it comes to Reid and Will, to be honest.

But things are slowly changing in Molly's world when it comes to her friends and family, but also with herself as well. And the longer Molly knows both boys, the more she realizes just where her real feelings lie. But can she handle rejection if she tells the boy how she really feels?

This was a great book! I've read many high star reviews from publishing companies and when it came to my library, I just had to get it and see what all the hype was about.

And honestly this book is so real. This is what all teenage girls go through during crushes and first loves and first boyfriends/girlfriends. And to be able to read about Molly's feelings and the bipolarness that she has is just like seeing a girl at school act when she's so confused and upset about what is happening.

I love Molly and Reid's scenes. They are so silly and goofy and just normal around each other. And I love Molly and Will's scenes because being able to watch their reactions to one another is so real and had a high tension of what was going to happen next.

The situation that happened between Molly and Cassie after Cassie started dating Mina was on par. Both sisters were in the wrong, but neither one was going to fess up to their mistakes because they were also both in the right and were adamant that the other one shouldn't have done/said what they did.

I am so glad that I picked up this book and gave it a chance. I am debating about picking up Becky Albertalli's other book since apparently there was reference to the characters in this novel of those characters! And after I thought about it, I did see Simon's name, but I haven't read his story so I didn't see the big significance and didn't connect with them.

I think tons of readers will enjoy this novel and I will definitely be recommending it!

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Friday, August 18, 2017

Review: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Volume 5: Like I'm the Only Squirrel in the World

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Volume 5: Like I'm the Only Squirrel in the World The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Volume 5: Like I'm the Only Squirrel in the World by Ryan North
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Mew's point of view issue was fantastic! And the rest of the book as well :)

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Review: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Volume 4: I Kissed a Squirrel and I Liked It

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Volume 4: I Kissed a Squirrel and I Liked It The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Volume 4: I Kissed a Squirrel and I Liked It by Ryan North
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Choose Your Own Adventure is great! Such a refreshing way for a graphic novel by using such an old school method :)

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Review: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Volume 3: Squirrel, You Really Got Me Now

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Volume 3: Squirrel, You Really Got Me Now The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Volume 3: Squirrel, You Really Got Me Now by Ryan North
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Love it! Can't get enough of Squirrel Girl! :)

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Review: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Volume 2: Squirrel You Know It's True

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Volume 2: Squirrel You Know It's True The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Volume 2: Squirrel You Know It's True by Ryan North
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I seriously just love that there is a superhero that is a squirrel because squirrels are cute and deserve to be recognized for it :)

I don't have anything worth wild to say about these because I am just enjoying the fun-ness of it and reading comic books is actually much harder for me to do than reading a 1,000 page fiction book haha!

Lovers of Squirrel Girl will love this second installment of her issues!

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Review: The Girl Who Drank the Moon

The Girl Who Drank the Moon The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Every year, on the Day of Sacrifice, the village of Protectorate takes the youngest baby and delivers him/her to the witch as a sacrifice to protect their village. It is a terrible thing to do, but that is what the witch demands as payment of her protection.

And each year, the parents of the baby girl or boy sadly hand over their bundle of joy and know that they will no longer be with the living because the witch is going to kill the baby. Except for the one mother, who would not hand over her child. She was yelling, screaming, hanging from the rafters of her house, and even bit her husband when he tried to take the baby.

But the Elders of the town eventually got the baby girl, and the mother went mad. She went so mad, she was locked in the tower with the Sisters of the Star until she was well.

The kicker though? All of this is a lie. The witch is not evil, and she does not eat the babies. In fact, one day, long, long ago - almost 500 years - she found a screaming baby outside of a town that was so full of sorrow and she took the baby with her on her travels, feeding it starlight to keep it nourished. Then, when she got to another town, she found a great home for that baby, parents and siblings who loved it so much the first time they met it.

And every year after that, the witch will find another baby on the same day, in the same place, and she will travel to another town to do her medicine routines and find another home for the baby that year. All of the towns celebrated the day that the witch came with a new baby, because they were celebrating another life being added to their lives.

As for the baby whose mother fought for her? The witch, Xan, was going through the same yearly routine. But she made a mistake. Instead of feeding the baby starlight, she fed the girl moonlight, which gave her magically powers. This isn't normal magic either, but magic that is seeped into her bones and thoughts and her very being.

Xan knew she made a mistake, but she also knew that no normal human could take care of such a baby with an enormous power. So Xan decided to name her Luna and keep her as her granddaughter to train her on how to use her magic.

With the help of the Swamp Monster, Glerk, and a Tiny, but Simply Enormous Dragon, Fyrian, Xan raises Luna. Not by training her to use magic, because of a terrible side effect of a spell, but they raise Luna to be a sweet girl of 13.

But when Luna gets closer to the age of 13, the more her magic is about to burst out of her.

And other big events are about to happen at the same time:
- a father is not willing to give up his son for the Day of Sacrifice - he is going to kill the witch instead
- the real witch of the story is about to see what happens when she up against a lot of love between a mother and her daughter
- the volcano is going to erupt after 500 years of being dormant

And much, much more.

Luna needs to figure out all of the lies that she has been told throughout the years, and figure it out fast to save all of the ones she loves the most.

I decided to read this book because I was making a list for work of the winners for the Newbery Awards for Children. The cover really caught my attention, and when I read the synopsis, I was snared and had to find a copy.

And this book definitely deserves the award! I so enjoyed the story and even though there were a lot of viewpoints going on throughout the novel, it was a very quick read that had an amazing moral and message.

I could only image what a 5 year old hooked on magic would be like. I know how a normal 5 year old acts, so having one with magic just makes me shudder. I don't blame Xan for what she did, because Luna would have been a terror if she continued the way she did.

I loved all of the side characters from the forest, to the village of Protectorate, and to the people of the other towns. There was a lot of information crammed into this book, but it was told in a way that didn't make the reader too overwhelmed.

I'm very glad that I decided to read this book, and it will definitely be a book that I recommend to other book lovers, no matter what age they are :)

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Review: Lucky in Love

Lucky in Love Lucky in Love by Kasie West
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Maddie's home life is struggling quite a bit lately. Since her dad lost his job 3 years ago, things have been falling apart left and right. He can't find another job to work for, her mom has had to go back to work and is now working doubles to pay the bills, and her older brother had to take off a few years of college because he can't afford the schooling, so now he is becoming depressed and not motivated to do anything.

The only thing Maddie can do is work, work, work. She needs to get the best grades, do as much volunteering as she can, is working at the zoo because she loves it and it will also be good for when she goes to vet school, and she is constantly studying to keep up her grades to get into her dream school and to get a lot of scholarships to pay for it.

The night Maddie turns 18, her two best friends are nowhere to be found, even through they have been talking about the "party" she was having for her big adult day. Because she was mad about being ditched, and she had no candy that she likes, Maddie goes to the gas station and - instead of buying the candy she really wanted - she ends up buying a lottery ticket because of the attitude of the cashier.

Little did she know that the next day, Maddie would be the sole winner of the lottery and would win $50 million - or rather $30 million after taxes.

Now, all of the little things in life that were a constant struggle are now fixed! Her parents aren't going to fight over money any more because Maddie is giving them $1 million each! Her brother can go back to school and pay off his school loans, because she is giving him $1 million!

And Maddie is still working at the zoo because she really loves her job. Oh, and Seth might also be a reason she loves that place. Seth, who she can't seem to tell him that she won $30 million. Because the longer she is known as the lottery girl, the more that people around her start acting differently. But Seth is treating her like the old Maddie, and Maddie doesn't want to ruin that by having a huge chunk of money between them.

They say that money brings out the real side of a person, and sadly Maddie is figuring that out. She is only trying to be nice to everyone, but it seems that she can't trust a single person in her life, because money does change a person - for good or bad.

This was a cute novel. It took me no time at all to fly through this book and I really did feel for Maddie. Though there were a lot of times I wish I was there to slap her across the face for the dumb decisions she was making throughout the novel. I mean, there were some no brainer moments that she definitely shouldn't have done.

But I guess she learned her lesson in the end, so that's all that matters.

YA books about teens winning the lottery has become very popular in 2017. I'm not sure why, but it has definitely brought up the thought of what I would do with all of that money. I seriously couldn't even think of how to spend that much money. And I think I would do what I needed to do, keep a safety net in my account, and donate the rest. Because money does bring out the real monster in people and I wouldn't be able to handle not knowing who I could or could not trust in my life. That would be way too much stress and I just wouldn't want to live my life like that.

Though I would buy lots and lots and lots of books before I donated it all away :)

I loved the relationship between Seth and Maddie. It was so adorable and sweet and you could instantly tell that they both had feelings for each other, even though the two dimwits couldn't tell if the other one liked them.

Kasie West is always writing amazing romance teen books and I'm never disappointed by them. I can't wait to see what else is in store for us by her, and I'm very glad that I got my hands on this book at the library! :)

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Monday, August 14, 2017

Review: The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die

The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die by April Henry
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

When Cady wakes up in a cabin, she has no idea where she is, how she got there, and most importantly, who she is. Everything is blank to her and she is trying to figure out what has happened. Then the pain is being registered. She is bruised up and down all over her body, but the most pain she feels in on her hand, with her fingers.

When two men are talking about her and decide she doesn't have any useful information for them, they decide they are going to take her outside and kill her. And as much as she doesn't know what is going on, Cady does know she is not going to get murdered without fighting for her life.

After some really impressive moves that knocked the man taking her outside unconscious (she must be a badass if she can do self-defense, right?), she takes everything she can find off of the man and drives herself down the mountain side.

Once she gets help, she realizes that she may not be able to trust anyone. Rumor has it, she is from the crazy house and the authorities are going to hand her over to the "doctors". But she knows that everything that is stated in the news is a lie.

Surprisingly, Cady finds a friend in a fellow teenager who is working at McDonalds. For some reason, Ty believes Cady's wild story over the two professional gentlemen who are looking for Cady with a blurred out picture of her.

Now Cady and Ty are on a mission to figure out who Cady is, why she lost her memory, where her family is, and why are people out to kill her for something she has no inkling of what happened.

This was a short, fast paced book that kept me entranced until the very end. I called the twist and what was going to happen before it did, but I don't think that this book was so mystery, suspense, let's figure out who-done-it type of book, but rather about Cady getting to know herself again and for her to figure out the pieces when the right time came.

I actually really admire Ty. He is a guy who's been homeless, is trying to get his life back together and then decides to stir up his life to help a complete stranger who probably looks god awful. To tell you the truth, I definitely wouldn't be a willing player in helping a stranger who is in a ton of shit. I'm a pansy ass, sure, but I don't want to risk my neck for someone I have no idea what they are mixed into.

And I also really liked Cady. She is one tough cookie and she is determined to figure out what is going on, and how to fix everything so that people aren't trying to kill her anymore. I don't blame her, but she was willing to do whatever it took to survive, and I can only hope that I would be able to do the same thing in her shoes.

I think this was a great book and I'm glad I got a chance to read it!

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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Review: Fallen Heir

Fallen Heir Fallen Heir by Erin Watt
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received this free eARC novel from the author in exchange for my honest review.

Easton Royal has everything, and it's his senior year, so it's sky to the limit. He is king of the world and everyone in his town knows it. Except Easton is starting to become restless. Because of his poor choices in his lifestyle, his father took away the one thing that kept him steady: flying. Now that he's grounded, he needs to find a new outlet, but that is easier said than done.

When Hartley catches him in a ... compromising situation, Easton tries to turn on the charm with her, knowing that he will get his way.

Sadly for Easton, though, Hartley is not falling for his charms and he finds this refreshing. So refreshing that he decides he needs Hartley in his life. But she is avoiding him and keeping Easton at arms length because she has more pressing problems to deal with.

Hartley is new to school, though, and doesn't realize that Easton never gives up. He is going to become Hartley's best friend and hopefully more intimate later when he warms her up.

The more than Hartley and Easton are together, though, the more Easton is having to be more real with her. Because Hartley is not taking the bullshit easy going guy that everyone knows and loves. Hartley is way beyond that guy and she is only going to open up about her dark past if Easton does the same thing. But Easton hates being vulnerable, so this is going to be a battle of stubborness soon.

Oh, and also? Having the new "queen bee" of Astro Prep gunning against Easton and everyone who is close to him - including innocent bystander Hartley? Not the best way to live out senior year, to be honest.

But when Easton thinks he's trying to help with Hartley's issue, only to make matters 100% worse - that's when he realizes that he may be spiraling out of control. The only problem is how to get back in the cock pit and take matters in his own hands, when he's pretty much alienated from everyone who cares for him.

I am so, so, so happy that I got an eARC from the authors! I started and finished this book in one sitting and just devoured it! I couldn't get enough of Easton's story and I wish that I had all of the books of his right now! And by reading this book, it definitely made me want to re-read all three of Ella and Reed's story again, which I may just have to do because I forgot how much I love this world!

Easton is a rascally little thing. I mean, he was in the first 3, but he's even worse when you get to read his own story! And I love Hartley. She is so strong and independant and brave. I love that both her and Ella are similar in those aspects, even if their younger lives were completely different. For the fact that Hartley is taking care of herself after being pretty wealthy when living with her parents is even bigger step than Ella's story. Hartley knows how good it can be, yet she is still surviving on her own and living day by day by fighting for what she wants. It just goes to show that you can do what you need to do to survive.

And now, here is my reaction to the final pages of this book (don't worry, it's non-spoiler):

OH. MY. GOD!!! HOW DARE YOU END THIS BOOK THAT WAY!!! I CAN'T EVEN HANDLE THIS RIGHT NOW!!! I NEED THE NEXT ONE NOW, AND I HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL JANUARY 2018!!! THAT IS TOO LONG!!

Okay. Okay. I got that out of my system. Sorry, but it was needed because I've been freaking out about it since I finished it a minute ago and I think my brain is still trying to process what just happened. Because I'm sitting here stunned and almost wanting to unread the last few pages until the next book is in my hand!

Let's just say that Erin Watt is evil, and leave it at that. I will love them again - probably in January - but right now I'm pretty traumatize and may need to go cry myself to sleep.

This was a great novel and I am so glad that the readers will now get a chance to dive into Easton's head to see what he is thinking. And most will already guess what is going on, but there are a few bittersweet moments that happen and definitely helps click why Easton acts the way that he does. I know with all of the people who love Easton, he will get to the right place that he needs to be at, but it is going to take some time, and some mushy feeling conversations before that is to happen.

Now is the moment where I wait forever to find out what exactly happens with that terrible, terrible cliffhanger that these pseudo-evil authors have left us. I know everything will be alright, so I will just wait patiently (*cough*) for Cracked Kingdom.

Thank you, thank you, thank you so much for the eARC and I cannot wait for more novels by you, Erin Watt!

And to all of the readers reading this review, you are going to LOVE this book!! Just adore it!! :)

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Review: The Chaos of Stars

The Chaos of Stars The Chaos of Stars by Kiersten White
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Isadora is tired of feeling worthless at home. Her parents are immortal gods and ever since she found out that Isadora is a mere mortal, who will live a normal life, she feels like her parents only had her so they can survive by having one more person pray to them and keep their name alive.

Then, when her mother, Isis, decides to have another baby 3 years before schedule, Isadora knows that she is not loved, and maneuvers her way into going to visit her brother in San Diego, rather than being the nurse maid in Ancient Egypt with the Gods.

But it's not exactly freedom in America because her mother is making her volunteer at the museum to create an exhibit with some items she is donating for the Ancient Egyptian display. Now Isadora has to bum rides from her brother to go to "work" at stare at her mothers items ... it's like she never left home!

Thankfully, and reluctantly, Isadora makes a friend with Tylor, another teen forced to volunteer her summer away at the museum. And with Tyler comes her boyfriend Scott, and their ridiculously hot friend Ry. But Isadora is convinced that love and relationships are terrible, so anything that would happen with Ry isn't going to...maybe...

Dark dreams at night have convinced both Isadora and her mother, Isis, that something bad is going to happen, which is not good since Isis is about to have the baby and she is in no way prepared to battle it out like the big bad Goddess that she is. Isadora needs to figure out what the dark forced is, and if she is willing to do anything to save the parents who she thinks don't care for her.

But being halfway across the world may be a problem for Isadora to help her parents.

This was a cute little novel. I love Egypt, and the synopsis and the cover really called to me when I found it on the shelf at the library, so I said, "why not?" and took it home. Plus, it's a stand alone and that is even better in my book! Don't have to wait around for the next novel!

Isadora is a typical teenager who is bored at home and is starting to rebel against her parents. Plus, consider the fact that she is the only teenager around, and she is the only mortal around, and you have a very pissed off teenage girl who wants to do something against the rules.

I don't blame her, really, because she is being cooped up way too much and sometimes you just need to let loose a little bit and go crazy.

The tension between Ry and Isadora was great! I really loved it and there were many secrets that were revealed and made it even better.

This is a cute little story but it is full of mystery, romance, summer days, and saving family so I very much enjoyed it overall :)

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Review: Long May She Reign

Long May She Reign Long May She Reign by Rhiannon Thomas
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received this free eARC novel from Edelweiss in exchange for my honest review.

Freya loves science. She is determined to invent something realistic and useful to everyone and go to the continent and away from court so she can pursue her life in science and invent things. And she is going to take her best friend, Naomi, with, as her assistant, though Naomi will probably want to follow court and find a nice suitor to marry.

But since Freya is still under her father's care, she is being made to go to the King's birthday celebration where all of the royals are located. Freya hates being in the middle of attention and is always a good conversation topic for most of the people there since she is "odd".

Every time she is forced to go there, though, Freya usually finds a way to sneak out early. This time was no exception, because she just couldn't wait to go to her laboratory with Naomi to experiment when an idea she had while bored out of her mind at the party.

However, her sneaking out of court saved her life, because everyone who ate the king's golden cake died from poisoning. And since there were so many royals at the party, that means that Freya has now become the next living royal to ascend to the throne - even though she was number 23 in line.

Now Freya is stuck in court for the rest of her life, and to boot, she has to be queen to the people who weren't murdered at the party. She has no idea how to rule a kingdom, and because her head is always full of science, she was never interested to learn the proper procedures of what to do when in court.

And on top of everything else, her people are suspicious of her - thinking maybe she poisoned everyone to become the next Queen. Of course, that is ridiculous as Freya has no idea what she is doing.

So with her love of science, Freya is determined to prove her innocence, and also find out who the real murderer is so that she will feel safe and threatened. Because ignorance of how and why it happened could very well be the death of Freya if she cannot figure out who is trying to kill the royal family, and now herself as the current Queen.

Who says science can't save the day? Because Freya is out to prove that differently, if she can do so before the army comes crashing down her doorstep.

This was a great novel! I really enjoyed it! I love that it's a standalone and how this book ended all nice and wrapped up, and I love Freya as a character.

Freya is a scientist, through and through. She doesn't have a mind for court or politics or how to rule, but when she was told that she had to be anointed at the new Queen before someone tried to assassinate her, she went willing and knew that this is now her new duty in life. She knew taking the Queendom would stop her life long dreams of being a scientist and creating new inventions, and she became Queen with no fight. And I think that is so selfless and amazing, because I certainly would have fought against being the queen of the lands.

I loved how the science in this book wasn't too sciency. I loathe science with every part of my body, but Rhiannon Thomas made it possible for a non-science lover to understand what experiments Freya was doing and actually made me interested in the results of each test she did. That in itself is amazing because usually my eyes glass over and I blank out during those moments.

Freya's mind is wonderful. She is always solving puzzles and mysteries and I think she is a great pick (not that anyone picked her, mind you) to be the Queen. She is genuinely interested in the people she is ruling and how she can better the system to make things better for everyone, not just the royals who "deserve" it.

The little romance that happened in this book was great. It was just enough to have that tension between Freya and her new beau, but it was also not taking over the novel and making it into a typical romance novel either. I liked the guy she ended up with and I can only imagine how things continued between the two of them.

I'm so glad that I finally got a chance to read this book, and I am definitely going to read Rhiannon Thomas's other two books to see if they are as good as this one! I will most definitely recommend this book to other YA lovers out there!

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Review: Library of Souls

Library of Souls Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Jacob just can't catch a break. Just when he thought they found Miss Peregrine, his new group of friends realized that they were duped with the wrong bird and now they are finding themselves having to save not only Miss Peregrine, but all of the other peculiar children that were just taken with another ymbryne.

So now it's just Emma, Jacob and Addison out to save their family, and they are about to go in the most peculiar place yet, with more peculiar beings than anyone knew existed. And they are doing this with the unwilling help of Sharon, the ferry worker, who is only helping Jacob because his boat was sunk by bullet holes.

But there is a lot of dealings going on inside Devil's Acre and Jacob may be biting off more than he can chew. Because of his new-found power, many peculiars are out to get Jacob for their own personal use and Jacob can't figure out if anyone is on his side trying to save his new family, or if they are out to gain more power for themselves.

And then, Jacob has the biggest question to find the answer to: if they survive, where will Jacob go? Back home to his parents, or stay with his peculiar family?

So many big revelations, but will Jacob choose wisely in all of his adventures to make that final decision?

I flew through this book. After spending agony minutes and hours on the 2nd book, I just couldn't get enough of Library of Souls! From the first page there was action, adventure, and mysteries to be solved that by the time I noticed, I was almost done with the book!

So I definitely recommend sticking it out through the second novel to get to this one, because it it worth it to find out what Jacob's fate is in the end.

And to think that all 3 books happened in a week or so time?! Craziness. Thank goodness I waited until all 3 books were out to read them in about a week's time, rather than 3 years time!

In the end, I found that Jacob grew a harder spine and was a good character to have the viewpoint from, even though I said otherwise in the 2nd novel's review. He just had to grow up a little and make some decisions that made him understand the direness of his situation. He knew what was the best thing to do, no matter what the cost, and was man enough to go through it, and I respect that in a character.

I'm glad that I read the rest of the series to find out what happens to the group and how they persevered through their peculiar abilities to save the day. I don't think I'll ever read these books again in my life, but it was nice to get their story and I still think it is fantastic that Ransom Riggs created this whole series just by some old, weird photographs that he found!

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Monday, August 7, 2017

Review: Hollow City

Hollow City Hollow City by Ransom Riggs
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Jacob and his band of merry peculiars are on a mission to save Miss Peregrine from being a bird forever. Once they got off of the island that the Peculiars have called home for the past 50+ years, Jacob found himself figuring out how to get everyone to another loop so they could get help for Miss Peregrine.

Along the way, Jacob is learning more and more about each child and how their ability is benefiting them and protecting everyone. Even Jacob is learning more about his gift and how he can use it, though most of the times he understands something new, it's through a dreamlike vision, so he's not sure if it's true, or if he is just imagining things.

And because the group is going through different loops, they are meeting more and more peculiars along the way. They are realizing that the stories they grew up with might not just be stories, but may be a version of a true story in their peculiar world.

Just when Jacob thinks everyone is safe and that they can get Miss Peregrine back again, things go terribly wrong. Everyone is being captured by the wights and hollows and Jacob is back in the present time - where he doesn't want to be.

But Jacob's peculiar talent is advancing very quickly, and he may be able to find a way to save everyone in the end. If only he can figure out how to use it.

I have to admit - I almost gave up on this book. I was so bored and started skimming and jumping to the next page because nothing was really happening and Jacob is actually a boring character. Having him as the main character might not have been the best pick, but I stuck through it because I am going to read the 3rd and final book in this series.

And I'm glad that I did, because that ending was great! Finally! Something to keep me entertained with and entranced in the story. And the way it ended? Those last words? I'm hooked and am so glad I can read the 3rd book right away!

I hope that Jacob will become a better character to follow around and get his viewpoint after that very big twist at the end!

For all of the fans out there that loved the book but couldn't get through this one: I get it. Believe me, I really do. But I do recommend reading this again, even if you have to skim like I did to get to the ending, because it is worth it and I can only imagine great things happening in the 3rd and final novel. :)

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Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Jacob has always thought that his life was ordinary. Boring. Stuffy even. He would never had said that his life was interesting or weird or peculiar. But that was before. Before he found his grandfather dead in the woods outside of his house. Before he saw a monster in the trees.

Now Jacob wants answers, because since that night, he has had nightmares that are haunting him. The only way to do that is to go to the island where his grandfather went to school and ask the teacher: Miss Peregrine.

With the help of his psychiatrist, Jacob was able to convince his mom and dad that he needs to go to the island and visit the school. So while his father was off taking photos of birds for his new book, Jacob was roaming around the island to find the school. And at first, he just found the skeleton of the school, since it was bombed in the second world war.

But after much snooping and getting chased through town and running after a girl who looked remarkably like a photo his grandfather had when HE was a teen, Jacob figured out what the big secret that his grandfather kept from him: he is peculiar with a peculiar skill. And because of his peculiarity, a whole slew of people are after him to gain powers for their own purpose.

Now Jacob has to decide what to do: stay with his new friends who he feels a real connection to, or go back to his parents who are supposed to love him unconditionally, but will never understand this side of Jacob's life. But Jacob has to decide quickly, because time is running out for the house full of peculiar children, and one choice will be made, willingly or not.

I have been wanting to read this for a long time, but wanted to wait for the 3rd book to be out so I can do a massive read of the series at once. And since my two book clubs are reading this for the month of July, it was the perfect time to gather all three books!

Sadly, I watched the movie first, which is always a terrible idea for me, and so I was comparing this book to the movie a lot. There were a lot of similarities, but there were also a lot of differences. I definitely like the book better because there was a lot of growth of the characters and there was a better plot line laid out to be continued in the next couple of books.

And I liked how real Jacob was. He was an angst-y teen boy - so very realistic. But he was also very curious and wanted answers to unsolved questions. It's funny, because he called himself weak and scared all of the time, but I never got that impression from him. I always thought that he was brave and selfless - especially toward the end when he met the group of peculiar children.

The romance between Jacob and Emma is just weird - for two reasons. One, they are just awkward around each other. I never got the impression that Jacob liked her until they were kissing. I need a little bit more than "she has a knife against my throat" to "oh, I like her so much"! Just doesn't work for me. And two, Emma and his grandfather had a thing some 50 years ago... I mean... obviously nothing came of it, but it's still just really, really weird right? Or maybe it's just me.

I love the other peculiar children and think their gifts are amazing! I'm not sure which one I would want myself, but I think any unusual gift or talent would be awesome to have. Though I know they would disagree, saying that it outcasted them, but still. Pretty awesome.

I think Ransom Riggs is phenomenal in the fact that he came up with this story from just a bunch of unusual photos. It was like, one day he found them, came up with a story about each character, and then decided to write it down and create a story! Brilliant! Just amazing!

I'm so glad that I finally got around to read this, and now I'm off to dive into the second novel to see what else is going to happen! :)

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Review: Oblivion

Oblivion Oblivion by Jennifer L. Armentrout
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I don't know how this book didn't get added to my Goodreads account when I own both the eBook and physical book and devoured it the second it was available, but I guess it was sneaking...

Anywho, I totally adore Daemon and this book (plust 2 and 3 on the eBook) gave me everything I ever wanted to know about Daemon, but us readers could always do with a little more ;)

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Review: A Court of Wings and Ruin

A Court of Wings and Ruin A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I'm not even going to bother doing a description of this book - a synposis - because it's the third of the series so I'm bound to give something away and I just want to talk about how AMAZING IT WAS!!!!

I love, love, love this series. I have my all-time favorite author bookshelf and once I get my own copies of these books, they are being placed on that shelf. And this is really tying with my all-time favorite books by Jennifer L. Armentrout (who convinced me to read these books), but I wouldn't say that it's passed them...yet.

But they are that good!

This is a 700 page book and I finished it in 1.5 days. I would have finished it in one if I didn't have to adult and go to work, but that's beside the point.

Feyre is amazing. I loved her as a human and I loved her as a High Fae. She is seriously the most selfless person I've read about. She doesn't give one hoot about her own life, but the second that anyone she loves is in danger, she rushes off and saves them - even if it means her own life. I mean, she was willing to bargain with her SOUL!!! That is some crazy shit right there - especially in the world that she lives in. And she was willing to do ANYTHING to save the ones she loves. To know that they were safe, even if she could no longer be there was the best solution to anything in life. Even though those people would not want to live without her kind, generous soul in their lives.

This book had me in an emotional roller coaster. No, seriously. Sarah J. Maas almost gave me a heart attack about 4 times, back to back at the end of this book. I had to tell myself to breath during a couple of scenes in this book when I realized where she was going with her story, and threatening to end Maas's life if she actually went through what she had just revealed to me.

There were laughs. There were definitely tears. And there was blushing, for Rhysand is Feyre's everything, so that's a given.

I loved the side characters. I especially love Nesta because she is such a vicious person, but when you have her trust and heart, she will be vicious for you to the very end. And she is such a quiet person, that when she finally lets her emotions come out, you better start running because it will be 500% more than anyone else's you've ever seen before.

I am so emotionally attached to these characters that I'm not sure how to move on. I'm sitting here day dreaming about the entire 3 books that I just devoured and I just want to be in that world again. I spent every free moment I had for the last 1.5 days engrossed in Feyre's world, and I don't want to go back to my boring life!

I will never forget this story and these amazing characters and what they are willing to risk for peace. Though it will be interesting to see what they do to fill their time now since they are immortal and have nothing of importance to be done now. I'm sure Maas will find a way to stir up a little trouble.

I am so, so, so happy that I finally read the first book in this series, and I will be forever stuck in this world of love, magic, family and survival. Now I am going to hope I don't get into a book slump and I will try to read a different book.

I cannot wait for Fall 2018 to come and see who the next book will be about and what they will be involved with.

Thank you to Jennifer L. Armentrout for the recommendation and thank you to Sarah J. Maas for writing this beautiful, amazing story. :)

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Sunday, July 30, 2017

Review: A Court of Mist and Fury

A Court of Mist and Fury A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

After being changed into a Fae, instead of a mere human, Feyre is having a rough time transitioning into this new person - this new being. Everything is louder, brighter, stronger, more intense. And honestly? Feyre isn't sure how she feels about being a faerie. Especially because she kept her mortal heart.

And now she is constantly being reminded about the choices she had to make Under the Mountain because of Amarantha's evil. Because of her mortal heart and conscience, Feyre isn't fairing too well. She just wants to go back to what she loves to do, but is finding that to be hard. Now that Tamlin has his full High Fae powers back, he is all about protecting Feyre and making sure that she wants for nothing.

But that is not Feyre, and the more she pushes, the harder he pushes back and makes her a shell of the person that she is.

When Rhysand comes on Feyre and Tamlin's wedding day to uphold the bargain she made with him, Feyre was almost relieved because of the suffocation she was experiencing, knowing she would be stuck wearing jewels all day and sitting on her ass doing nothing useful.

But her hatred for Rhysand was still in full force after what she went through Under the Mountain. When Feyre isn't with Rhys for the week time frame, she is still somehow communicating with him because of the bond he put on her with the tattoo, so she at least has one person to talk to when left alone in the Spring Court castle.

Then everything changed: Tamlin locked her inside of the house and wouldn't let her leave. Feyre was having a mental break down when Rhysand and his cousin Morrigan rescued her from the blackness she conjured. Because when she was remade as a Fae, she got all 7 High Fae's powers and had no idea how to contain them.

Now, she is at the Night Court for however long she wants to be there. Because now the Spring Court is more of a prison than a paradise, and Feyre cannot be in that type of enviroment. And the kicker? Rhys is letting Feyre go with him on missions and visits and is actually telling her what is going on with the King of Hybern's plans of attacking the mortal world - of her family's world.

The longer she stays in the Night Court, the more that Feyre realizes that everyone is judging Rhys wrongly. Sure, most of it is his doing, but she is getting the real Rhysand and now Feyre has to figure out who is the real Rhys, and what she is going to decide to do in the end about which Court she wants to represent.

Because one thing is for sure: the King of Hybern is on a mission to end the world and he is going to take Feyre down with him.

AAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

OMG! OMG! SERIOUSLY!! THIS BOOK IS JUST----AAAAHHHHHHH!!

Okay, I'm breathing now. I think.

Let's just start with the big elephant: Rhysand. He was so evil and conniving and hard to read in the first book, but his intentions were good. I did get that feeling about him. But this book?! It tore me to pieces when she was staying in the Night Court. I mean, I was blushing and barely breathing during some of the scenes with those two and the tension was just off the charts.

I want Rhysand! He's definitely a book boyfriend after this book!

Also? Tamlin? What he did to Feyre by locking her up in the house and treating her no better than a pet dog or cat? That is just wrong on so many levels. For the fact that Feyre wouldn't get out of bed to eat - and not even that on some days - and she was withering away into nothing right before his eyes and she is supposed to be a Fae and be immortal for life? He was abusing her so much and didn't even know it and that is just so wrong. I was hating him more and more and more at the beginning of this book and I was so, so, so glad that Feyre was saved by Rhysand.

Okay, there was SO MUCH that happened in this book!! Yes, it's 600 pages, so of course things are going to happen, but I had to remember how the book started off and then I got pissed about Tamlin again.

Sarah J. Maas's writing is impeccable. Amazing. She had me on the edge of my seat reading this entire book in 1 day and I am sitting here typing, wishing I was already diving into the 3rd book right this minute. This storyline is just amazing and the world she has created is just fantastic. I am so jealous of these characters that they have this live and just want to find a way to go there. And try to be with Rhysand, but that's beside the point.

Feyre continues to be a badass, though probably less because she's Fae and can do stuff more easily than when she was a human and did just as amazing, great things. But she is constantly ignoring ancient rules to do what she thinks needs to be done, rather than what is expected. She doesn't care about the consequences - she just wants to do the right thing. Having been in situations with her family when they were poor and starving and cold, she wants to help people rather than judge them and I love that so, so much.

I so love this book and I know after reading this that I am going to be buying these books for my own personal collection because I already know that I want to re-read them in the near future. They are fantastic and I cannot wait to read the 3rd book to see how it ends!!

I did just add that this is a New Adult book because there are a lot of ... details ... that some parents might not want their teens to read, but I'm still going to recommend it to everyone I know because it is just fantastic!

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Saturday, July 29, 2017

Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses

A Court of Thorns and Roses A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received this free eARC novel from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

Feyre's life is pretty hard recently. Her family is poor - after they used to be on the other spectrum of the social status - and Feyre is the only one who is bringing in money or food into the house. And she did this because of the vow and promise she made to her mother when she was dying: Feyre will protect and take care of her father and two older sisters.

So Feyre learned how to hunt in the woods behind their hut to bring in food, and to hunt and get supplies from the market. Even though the woods are practically off limits because that is where the faeries are and could snatch her up at any minute. But Feyre has no choice in the matter - she must do what needs to be done so her family can be fed and warm.

When Feyre sees a doe that will bring a lot of meat and her coat would bring a lot of money, Feyre thinks she's hit the jackpot. That is, until she sees the giant wolf stalking the same doe. Feyre knows that the fae can shape shift into animals, but she can't tell if this is a faerie or just an abnormally large wolf, so she kills the wolf and the doe, and takes both skins and the doe carcus home, knowing that the wolf skin will bring them a lot of money.

But Feyre judged wrong, because the wolf that she killed was a fae, and now she has been taken as a life for a life because of her misjudgment into the fae land. Surprisingly, though, not as a victim, but rather to just live in Prythian for the rest of her life with her capturer Tamlin.

The longer that Feyre stays with Tamlin, though, the less she feels like a captive but more like a guest - a human guest who is getting some weird reactions from the faeries - but a guest none the less. And she is even allowed to go hunting with Tamlin's friend Lucien, even though she could easily try to escape.

Things are not as they seem in Prythian when dark, evil creatures keep trying to attack the mansion that Feyre is staying at. There is a long, dark history that has happened to the world of the fae, and even though Feyre doesn't realize it, she's smack dab in the middle of the mess. Only Feyre can save the entire fae population, but she's just a lowly, breakable human who is in way over her head when it comes to the faerie land. But because she has grown feelings for Tamlin, she needs to decide if this immortal world is worth everything she has - because it might just take her life.

Okay. So. I. LOVED. THIS. BOOK!!!!

And I read it because of a funny story:

In Jennifer L. Armentrout's new (unpublished as of today) book "If There's No Tomorrow", the main character is a book reader and is currently reading a book about a guy named Rhysand. I got so curious about this character, I decided to look him up and low and behold, it's Sarah J. Maas's series!! (I only looked it up because she was wanting to read the Paper Princess book by Erin Watt and I've already read that, so I knew it was a real book and assumed this one was too :) )

And I instantly went to find all 3 books in this series, because when JLA is having her characters read this book, I knew they had to be good!!

And it was amazing! I loved it! I loved the beginning, even though a lot of readers said it was too slow paced for them. For me, it was great because we really got a chance to get to know Feyre and her personality, her loyalty, her determination so by the time she got to Tamlin's house, we knew that she wasn't just going to meekly stand by and be a prisoner.

The little moments when you could tell that Feyre was starting to like Tamlin was so full of tension and I was just like, be with him already!!! But she is a very stubborn girl and took her sweet time.

When she was sent back home and saw how well Tamlin took care of her family, my heart was gone and given to Tamlin on a silver platter. For a High Fae to do that to a human family - a species so below the fae that they are like scum - was heartbreaking and so so sweet. And then when she went back for him?

Sigh, there are so many feels going on right now inside of me that I'm a gushing mess!! But I'm so excited that I was introduced to this series and I am extremely glad that I have the other two books to dive into, because I cannot wait to see what happens next with the unexepected way things ended for Feyre. Waiting for 2 years to be able to fly through this books is the reason that I torture myself for not starting the books until the series is finished :)

I am DEFINITELY going to recommend this series to my friends and patrons who want to read YA at my library because it is a great book that was written so well with so many twists and turns that I feel like others will love it just as much as I did :)

Thanks JLA for the recommendation and thank you Sarah J. Maas for writing this!!

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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Review: Manners & Mutiny

Manners & Mutiny Manners & Mutiny by Gail Carriger
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Sophronia is well on her way to be finished at her unique school, but she is so wrapped up in the political outbreak in London that she doesn't have time to think about doing actual school assignments. No, now she is mixed up with the Picklemen who are out to destroy the supernaturals, her contract with the dewan werewolf and what Soap is up to, and fielding off one of the influeniental vampires in the area.

So when the school goes down in a hard landing - a school that is not supposed to land ever - Sophronia decides that she is going to stay with the ship to see what the issue is. Turns out, this is the time where all of the plans that the Picklemen and Flywaymen have been doing is going to be acted out. And now Sophronia, along with the Headmistress who knows nothing of the espionage aspect of her school, a crazy vampire teacher, and the sooties who are hard at work are there to save not only the school but also London.

And so goes Sophronia to use all of the knowledge that she has learned over the years at her school to try and save the world from mass chaos and possibly war.

Not too much pressure, right?

This is Sophronia's biggest and most important mission yet.

This was a great ending to the series! I loved everything about it and I loved all of the action and planning and exploding and chaoticness! It was pretty fantastic. I also enjoyed that Sophronia got injured and became a real person because of that. Every other book she barely got hurt and it was too much good luck for one girl to have, so it was nice that she got some consequences to her actions during this big battle.

Also? My Team Boy that I was on? I kinda switched. Sophronia did not pick my man. And if you want to know who she did pick, just go to my other reviews from book 1-3 and you will know who she ends up with. My boy that I was rooting for became pretty pathetic in the end. Granted, we never got to hear his side of the story, but he also betrayed Sophronia when she really needed him to stick with her - especially because he was pursuing her hardcore. Instead, other team boy became a badass and picked up his game, so I was very impressed and very happy that he became more vocal and physical with his attraction toward Sophronia. My Team Boy did the opposite, really. So I actually was happy about who Sophronia ended up with.

This was a really great series and I'm glad that I got a chance to read it finally. I don't know if I will read the other two series that Gail Carriger wrote that is about the same world as this series. Maybe later, when I'm feeling in the mood for one of these books again, but for right now I'm very happy and content with ending this series and being done with this world for a little while.

I think a lot of teen and adult females will really love this series because Sophronia is such a strong, brave, and independent woman who many females will aspire to become. Okay, we won't become her, but we can pretend we are Sophronia, right?

I will definitely have this series on my list when recommending new books to teens at my library!

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Review: Waistcoats & Weaponry

Waistcoats & Weaponry Waistcoats & Weaponry by Gail Carriger
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Sophronia is once again in the middle of a city crisis. This time, she is at home visiting her family because of her brother's engagement party, when all of the mechanical machines went haywire and were programmed to sing the national song for the British. And then, one of her friends needs to go to Scotland to be with her werewolf pack during a crisis.

So, of course, Sophronia is all for an adventure of getting her friend home and then she just happens to stumble upon the issue with the mechanical machines when she steals a weird looking train.

Sophronia is definitely not a boring girl at finishing school, that's for sure.

Now, Sophronia, Dimity, Soap, Felix and Sidheag are trying to figure out what to do with the information they have stumbled upon the train.

Sophronia is seriously one of my favorite characters! She is so sharp and is always piecing together all of the clues to figure out what is going on. She is my hero! And she's so funny and quick with responses when in a situation. I would hope that I would have acted like her during that time period, but probably, in all reality, I would have been a blibbering mess.

I love Sophronia and Felix together! But after this book... I don't know. Felix is a pansy. Soap is not my favorite for Sophronia, but the way that his story concluded at this end of this book was just...ugh! Poor guy. Even though he really wanted that to happen anyway.

I love, love, love this series and can't wait to see how it ends with the 4th book!

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Review: Curtsies & Conspiracies

Curtsies & Conspiracies Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Sophronia learned so much from her first year in Finishing School, and she was extremely excited to go back after her sister's Ball. But when her class takes their exams and she was ostracized because she has had the best 6 month marks out of all of the students at the school, Sophronia now lives in a world where everyone is ignoring her.

But that doesn't stop Sophronia from doing what she does best: spying and snooping around on the ship. In fact, she snoops even more so, especially on the teachers. Because there is something going on that the teachers are hiding from the students. And if there is anything Sophronia is good at, it's finding out information that people want to keep hidden.

Plus, to top it off, BOYS are on the ship! Evil geniuses in training are now going to travel with the finishing school to go to London for a special viewing. While this gives the girls a better target to work their etiquette on, Sophronia is finding that she had to fend off advances from Felix, that sly little devil. But a very high class little devil that all of the other girls are trying to get his attention. For some reason, though, his eyes are on Sophronia - or as he likes to call her, Ria.

While Sophronia gets a few tries of practice, she is more on a mission to find out what the new device is that was brought on the ship, why there is a fortune teller there, and who is trying to kidnap her best friend?

This series is killing me! I seriously was laughing so hard at the end of this book with the scene at the vampire hive and there was just chaos and madness and so much going on. Sophronia was able to follow it all and keep up with what was happening, but my god it was just too funny for me!

While I don't understand everything that is talked about in this novel because I didn't grow up in this time period, or even study this time period, I am still really, really enjoying this series!

The romance is a bit too much, I think. I would be more than happy to have no romance and just be in the mind of Sophronia because the way her brain works is amazing. I would never be able to thrive in a school like hers, though I would certainly try! I do have to say, the thing with Soap is just not working out for me. I really hope she doesn't end up with him. I don't know why, I just don't really want that to happen. And for some reason, I really love the idea of Sophronia and Felix together. I think that would be a great pair because they would always be challenging each other, and Sophronia definitely needs that in her life to keep her content and interested. Maybe that's why I don't think Soap is a good fit - he wouldn't challenge her as often or as well as Felix would.

Anyway, I'm definitely enjoying this and I love, love, love Bumblesnoot! I was so sad when he visited someone else for a little bit. But I think it's because I love animals, even if it's a mechanimal!

Diving into #3! I definitely recommend reading these! :)

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Review: Etiquette & Espionage

Etiquette & Espionage Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Sophronia is not up to times with how a proper lady is supposed to act. In fact, she is a complete embarrassment to her mother and family and the only thing that her mom is thinking about is to get the curious 14 year old out of her hair so she can plan for a ball for another daughter.

So against Sophronia's wishes, she is sent to Finishing School to learn proper etiquette and become the lady that her mother wants her to be. But from the very start, Sophronia realizes that the Finishing School is not quiet what she was told...

Instead, it is a finishing school for Etiquette, but also about how to kill people while being a proper lady about it. So the girls at this school (which is located in a blimp flying all over the world so no one can find their secret location) are being trained on the proper hankerchief to use, but also on which method works best on how to kill a vampire and a werewolf. And they are also being taught by a vampire and a werewolf.

Sophronia, who was hating the idea of coming to this school, is realizing how GOOD she is at this school. Well, for the espionage aspect anyway. She is a very good snoop, has a curious mind, and is very upfront on her questions - because she wants to get the answers.

And one of the older students is keeping a secret from the teachers, so now Sophronia has made it her mission to figure out where Monica is hiding the item in question, and how Sophronia can get to it before she does.

This has always been on my list of books to read, and I just happen to grab all 4 books in the series at once so I knew it was time to finally read it and see what all of the hype was about. And I loved it!

I really loved Sophronia! She is a spunky, curious, and such an odd girl that one can't help but admire her abilities that she's figuring out at this school.

And she has a lot to learn at the beginning, since she had no idea that this school even existed. Otherwise she would have tried to find a way inside of the school a long time ago!

It does take a few pages to get into the story of the book since it's set in an older time period and I don't really know what the proper etiquette is for them, but Sophronia doesn't really care about that nonsense too much. Well, not before she's had the proper training anyway!

Also, I loved how Sophronia doesn't judge people by who they are in society. I love it when she visits the sooties and they are just normal people to her instead of the hired help and the "colored" people (I hate that term...). Instead, she loves their enthusiasm and she is always bartering with them. She treats them like humans rather than servants.

The mechanical aspect of this novel is something else. Sometimes I can't quiet picture what is going on because it gets a bit too technical for my brain, but I know it's something fancy.

I also love Vieve as well! I can't wait until she is forced to go to the etiquette school and has to dress like a girl!

I'm very intrigued on what is going to happen in the rest of the series, and I'm so glad I finally got a chance to read this!

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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Review: Always Red

Always Red Always Red by Isabelle Ronin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received this free eARC novel from Edelweiss in exchange for my honest review.

The moment Red realized that she may have pushed Caleb too far and he may disappear forever, Red realized her mistake: she wants him. She wants to be with him. She doesn't want him to walk away. But now, it's not Caleb fighting for Red, but the other way around. Because Red pushed him away one too many times and said cruel things to protect her heart, but not realizing that she was breaking his heart instead.

So now Red is on a mission: get Caleb back. She can't live without him and she is determined to make him understand that she needs him and will do anything for him now. The first few times she attempted to find him, he was gone. Nowhere to be found. Then, when Caleb finally came back, Red was looking at a stranger. He was so emotionless and distant.

But Red was not to be taken off course and she was going to make him listen to her - once everyone in their lives stopped interfering. Especially that good for nothing Beatrice-Rose. She was also determined to get Caleb - but she was missing one thing: Caleb never loved her like he loved Red.

Emotions are running high, friends are mistaken as enemies and time may be running out for them. Danger is lurking in the most unusual person of their lives and Red and Caleb's connection is stronger than ever. But is it stronger than the forces that are trying to tear them apart?

This ending was amazing. Seriously. I could have had all of this content into one massive book and I would have been a happy camper. But why am I complaining, since I got both book 1 and 2 at the same time with no waiting period, so it really was one big book for me! :)

I love these characters, I love this story, I love the backstory and how it wrapped up in the end, I loved how fast pace these two characters are with one another. I just love this. Thank you Isabelle Ronin for writing this great novel! I may just have to buy the physical book when it gets released in September & November!

The suspense with the side characters was great. It was obvious, but it was supposed to be and then the finale? Wowzas. I don't want to get on Red's bad side AT ALL!!

And neither on Caleb's bad side either, to be honest. They are both a force to be reckoned with and they are soulmates.

I feel so much for Red. I know Caleb has had some bumps in the road with his dad, but it is nothing compared to what Red went through when she was a kid and they were living with her father. I'm glad the author didn't get into too much detail about what happened and how she was abused, but the flashbacks were enough to show that he was an evil, evil man.

I loved the ending of this book so much and I just heart everything about this! I even liked Damon (I especially love his name!) and always felt so bad when Caleb was threatening his life. I hope Damon finds his one true love soon! And I really want Theo and Beth to get their shit figured out and be together already. Oh, and don't get me started on Kara and Cameron!! Their story is the one I want to read about the most out of anyone! I do hope the author is going to do spin off stories?!?! :D

I'm so so so glad that I downloaded these two books on a whim and read them right away!! It is such a great story and it was written beautifully. I devoured Caleb and Red's story like a girl needing her next fix and I regret nothing.

I am definitely recommending this novel to all of my friend.

Thank you to all of the Wattpad readers who read this and made this possible to be a book because it definitely deserves it!

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Review: Chasing Red

Chasing Red Chasing Red by Isabelle Ronin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received this free eARC novel from Edelweiss in exchange for my honest review.

When Veronica gets kicked out of her apartment because she hasn't been able to make the rent for the past two months, instead of sobbing into her small belongings, she decides to go get drunk and dance the night away. But she never expected that she would find her salvation at the dance club.

Veronica has been through too many downs and not enough ups. So when Caleb takes her to his apartment after she gets extremely drunk and throws up not once, but twice in his brand new car, she waits for what he expects as payment. But instead of Caleb making her pay up, he offers her the spare bedroom in his apartment free of charge. Because Veronica will not take it for free, she decides to cook his meals for him.

Caleb is tired of his meaninglessly life and wants something more. He's tired of girls throwing themselves at him but wants a chase for the right girl in his life. And just when he thought that, Veronica magically appears on the dance floor in a stunning red dress that makes his eyes never leave her.

And after an adventurous night of when they met, Caleb knew that his wishes were coming true. Although he didn't realize exactly how much he was going to have to fight to keep Red in his life, because she was making it nearly impossible to get close to her, when all he wanted to do was give her everything in the world: including himself. But he asked for a chase, and by golly he was going to chase her until she caved to him.

But the romance between Red and Caleb is not easy. No, it is, in fact, very difficult. The more Caleb gets an inch of Red, the more he needs, craves. And the more that Red lets down her guard, the more scared she gets that she is turning into her mother and she is waiting for Caleb to start acting like her father.

When everything seems lost and broken, that is when Red finally knows what she wants. But by then, she may have lost everything in her life that was worth keeping.

I seriously found this book on Edelweiss yesterday. YESTERDAY!!! And the synopsis hooked me like a guilable fish and I just kept thinking about it and thinking about it and I just said, "FINE!! I must read this!"

And it is the best book that I have downloaded from Edelweiss. I'm so glad that I found it and was able to download the copy of this and the second book right away. I instantly fell in love with it and I was on the roller coaster of my lifetime.

I loved every single minute of it. Sure, did I want to shake both Caleb and Red? Especially Red? Yes, most definitely. But that is real life. Things aren't perfect between a guy and girl falling in love, especially if they have a bad past they need to get over. This book depicts life so perfectly and how one person can only have her trust broken one too many times before she gives up on love.

But when the right person comes along and the sun starts to shine again, there is always hope for the one person in your life to finally find you. And this is that book on so many levels.

I love Red. She is strong and determined and so so brave. I would have been a miserable mess if I got kicked out of my apartment with nowhere to go. I would have given up on life and said fuck it, I'm done. But not Red. She had her moment at the club and then started right back up to find a new job, continue to go to school, and kept her mind open to possibilities.

And Caleb. Gah he's sexy. Basketball player, man whore, but underneath it all he just wants to find a purpose for his life. He wants to be with someone who will challenge him and complete him. And he makes the fight for Red's heart the sexiest thing ever that I don't know how she turned him down so many times. I think I would have caved without meaning to, but boy would I have enjoyed it!

I seriously loved this book. The chemistry between the two set the pages on fire and the tension between them could have cut glass. But it was seeing them change who they were into who they want to be for the other one that really had my heart pounding in my chest a mile a minute. They knew that the other person was who they were meant to be with and didn't even know they were changing. If it wasn't for trust issues. this book could have been complete, but as I said, life is all about up and downs and that is why I loved this book.

Now I'm off to read the conclusion and get lost into their story for one more time. But believe me, I will be reading these two novels over and over again in the future!

Definitely read this when it comes out in September! It's amazing!

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