Sunday, July 29, 2018

REVIEW: The Diabolic by S. J. Kincaid - Paige

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Rating: 
Genre: YA Sci-Fi/Dystopian
Recommended Age: 16+ (violence, gore, death, mentions of rape)
Pages: 416

Summary: 

A Diabolic is ruthless. A Diabolic is powerful. A Diabolic has a single task: Kill in order to protect the person you’ve been created for. 

Nemesis is a Diabolic, a humanoid teenager created to protect a galactic senator’s daughter, Sidonia. The two have grown up side by side, but are in no way sisters. Nemesis is expected to give her life for Sidonia, and she would do so gladly. She would also take as many lives as necessary to keep Sidonia safe.

When the power-mad Emperor learns Sidonia’s father is participating in a rebellion, he summons Sidonia to the Galactic court. She is to serve as a hostage. Now, there is only one way for Nemesis to protect Sidonia. She must become her. Nemesis travels to the court disguised as Sidonia—a killing machine masquerading in a world of corrupt politicians and two-faced senators’ children. It’s a nest of vipers with threats on every side, but Nemesis must keep her true abilities a secret or risk everything.

As the Empire begins to fracture and rebellion looms closer, Nemesis learns there is something more to her than just deadly force. She finds a humanity truer than what she encounters from most humans. Amidst all the danger, action, and intrigue, her humanity just might be the thing that saves her life—and the empire.


I picked this book up for the butterfly on the cover if I’m going to be completely honest. Which I always am with you guys. You’re probably the only ones I don’t hide anything from. Feel special? Now what if I told you that there was someone out there that was basically made for you, made to protect to you forever and always, and even after your death they would avenge you? Don’t you feel really special now? Well that’s the actual job of a Diabolic. They protect the one they’re bonded to forever and always… and that’s the problem our protagonist faces. This book is amazing to say the least. The character development is fantastic. Even though we are looking through the eyes of the protagonist, we are accurately given descriptions and motives to all of the characters. The storyline and plot are well done as well. The story is a lot of political intrigue and motive, but the action in the book keeps the story moving well. The world building is also well done. While we’re in a very different world than the one we live in, never did I feel confused or frustrated while reading the book.

The only issue I could find with this book is that the pacing is a little fast for me, but by the end I thought the pacing perfectly matched the tone of the book. However, it might not be for everyone.

Verdict: If you’re a sci-fi lover or a newbie to the genre, I highly suggest this book. You won’t regret reading it.

Edit: I FORGOT TO INCLUDE SOMETHING ABOUT THIS BOOK IN MY OTHER REVIEWS! The author did an amazing job at including diversity in this book and I believe some of the important side characters were meant to be non-white. I applaud the author for her excellent use of diversity in this book.

Saturday, July 28, 2018

REVIEW: Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young - Paige

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Disclaimer: I received a free e-arc copy of this book from NetGalley. Thanks! I also went and bought my own copy of the book to finish off my reading of it.
Rating: 
Genre: YA Fantasy
Recommended Age: 16+ (sexual references, trigger warning for sexual assault, violence, gore, and religion/religious dispute)
Pages: 352


Synopsis: 
OND ELDR. BREATHE FIRE.

Raised to be a warrior, seventeen-year-old Eelyn fights alongside her Aska clansmen in an ancient, rivalry against the Riki clan. Her life is brutal but simple: fight and survive. Until the day she sees the impossible on the battlefield―her brother, fighting with the enemy―the brother she watched die five years ago.

Faced with her brother’s betrayal, she must survive the winter in the mountains with the Riki, in a village where every neighbor is an enemy, every battle scar possibly one she delivered. But when the Riki village is raided by a ruthless clan thought to be a legend, Eelyn is even more desperate to get back to her beloved family.

She is given no choice but to trust Fiske, her brother’s friend, who sees her as a threat. They must do the impossible: unite the clans to fight together, or risk being slaughtered one by one. Driven by a love for her clan and her growing love for Fiske, Eelyn must confront her own definition of loyalty and family while daring to put her faith in the people she’s spent her life hating.


Okay, can I just say something crazy?! VIKINGS! I absolutely loved this book! It was so unique in so many aspects. Eelyn’s identity wasn’t partially tied into her romance with another character, the romance didn’t come into play until the end of the book, all of the characters had amazing character growth, and they were just very relatable and real. The writing was absolutely fantastic and this author has become an insta-purchase for me. I also want to praise the book for talking about religious acceptance. I talked about this in my rave video on the book on my YouTube channel, but to summarize: throughout the book the reader is told about these two different, but similar, religions that the Aska and the Riki have and cherish. But in the process of the story the reader comes to see that maybe while they worship different Gods they’re not as different as they appear to be. In my opinion, one of the main problems in today’s world is the lack of respect of other people’s religions. While I’m not a religious person I respect and try to be mindful of other’s religious preferences and beliefs. I liked how the book showed the character’s progression and acceptance of the other group despite their religious difference. The main character’s progression from absolute hatred for the Riki to accepting and being open minded about their beliefs, even though she didn’t sacrifice her own, was absolutely inspiring for me.

The only thing I felt needed a little more progression in the book was the world building. I feel that there was more to this world than what we had at the end of the novel, but for what we got it was well done. The book as a whole was extremely well done and I’d definitely buy a whole series of Eelyn and Myra’s adventures as… wait for it… VIKINGS!!!!!

Verdict: Break out your battle axe and grab this book today!


Friday, July 27, 2018

REVIEW: What If It's Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera - Erin

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What If It's Us
What If It's Us
by Becky Albertalli  and Adam Silvera
Hardcover, 448 pages
Expected publication: October 9th 2018 by HarperTeen
ISBN13: 9780062795250
ARC From Publisher

About:
Arthur is only in New York for the summer, but if Broadway has taught him anything, it’s that the universe can deliver a showstopping romance when you least expect it.

Ben thinks the universe needs to mind its business. If the universe had his back, he wouldn’t be on his way to the post office carrying a box of his ex-boyfriend’s things.

But when Arthur and Ben meet-cute at the post office, what exactly does the universe have in store for them?

Maybe nothing. After all, they get separated.

Maybe everything. After all, they get reunited.

But what if they can’t quite nail a first date . . . or a second first date . . . or a third?

What if Arthur tries too hard to make it work . . . and Ben doesn’t try hard enough?

What if life really isn’t like a Broadway play?

But what if it is? (Goodreads) 

Rating: 

Review:
I loved this book so much! Such a perfectly done diverse Gay romance! Full of love and heart ache and cuteness! A perfect mix of Adam’s and Becky’s writing (yes I have read both of their work before, and this is now my favorite!). You can definitely tell who wrote what, especially that ending!!!!  I laughed at so many parts I’m sure the people sitting near me thought I was crazy.  I don’t know what else to say without spoiling anything. My work friend was the one who got me into hunting an ARC of this book down and we both love it so much! We’ve passed it on to a few of our library friends and all of them loved it too.  The cover is not necessarily my favorite, but really it’s what’s on the inside that counts. There are sexual situations in this book that younger teens might not be ready for, but for those ready…. Get this book as soon as it comes out and read it!!!


P.S.
This Book Is From The Author That Brought You
Image result for love simon meme And So Many Other Great Reads.

And The Author That Brought You
 Image result for adam silvera  And Many More Great Books Too! 


Both Of Them Are Amazingly Awesome! Checkout All Of Their Works! You Won't Regret It! 

P.P.S.
I met Adam at a YA Conference in October. Check out my YA Conference posts to see his autograph and read what he had to say at the conference! 

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Thursday, July 26, 2018

REVIEW: Royals by Rachel Hawkins - Erin

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35997816Royals (Royals #1)
by Rachel Hawkins
Hardcover, 296 pages
Published May 1st 2018 by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 9781524738235
Library

About:
Meet Daisy Winters. She’s an offbeat sixteen-year-old Floridian with mermaid-red hair; a part time job at a bootleg Walmart, and a perfect older sister who’s nearly engaged to the Crown Prince of Scotland. Daisy has no desire to live in the spotlight, but relentless tabloid attention forces her to join Ellie at the relative seclusion of the castle across the pond.

While the dashing young Miles has been appointed to teach Daisy the ropes of being regal, the prince’s roguish younger brother kicks up scandal wherever he goes, and tries his best to take Daisy along for the ride. The crown–and the intriguing Miles–might be trying to make Daisy into a lady . . . but Daisy may just rewrite the royal rulebook to suit herself. (Goodreads)

Rating: 
Review:

A perfect read for those still in the Royal Wedding mood, or those looking for a cute summer contemporary read. While it wasn’t the most original story in the world, Rachel Hawkins still managed to create something that was clever and funny. I love our main character Daisy. Her adventures in Scotland and all the trouble that comes along with them are awesome! The setting of the story (Scotland) is wonderfully brought to life. Descriptions might not be perfect to true life, but they fit with the story.  There’s a bit of a message in the story about how what is in the media is not always the truth and how it can affect lives. There’s some romance of course.  I really enjoyed this book and it’s characters and I can’t wait for the next one in the series. Will we get to see more Daisy and Miles in book 2? Or will in focus on another part of the royal families? Either way I’ll be picking it up!

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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

REVIEW: The White Rose by Amy Ewing - Valeria

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Rate:
3/5

Goodreads Description:
Violet is on the run. After the Duchess of the Lake catches Violet with Ash, the hired companion at the Palace of the Lake, Violet has no choice but to escape the Jewel or face certain death. So along with Ash and her best friend, Raven, Violet runs away from her unbearable life of servitude.

But no one said leaving the Jewel would be easy. As they make their way through the circles of the Lone City, Regimentals track their every move, and the trio barely manages to make it out unscathed and into the safe haven they were promised—a mysterious house in the Farm.

But there’s a rebellion brewing, and Violet has found herself in the middle of it. Alongside a new ally, Violet discovers her Auguries are much more powerful than she ever imagined. But is she strong enough to rise up against the Jewel and everything she has ever known?

The White Rose is a raw, captivating sequel to The Jewel that fans won’t be able to put down until the final shocking moments.

Review: 
Okay I loved the first book beyond reason it is one of the first books that I started to read that made me want to continue to read as much as I do now 
So when I found out that the first book would have a series I was like oh hell no ! Now I HAVE TO WAIT!?

And so I did! Then the White Rose came out and I FINALLY GOT THE BOOK AND READ IT ANDDDD
Boy was I dissapointed. It just kinda lulled on for the first 2/3rds of the book and I was getting so freaking fed up with Violet being so freaking annoying about Raven.
Yes she is your bestest friend.
Yes she means the world to you
But it went to these certain lengths that were just... well weird for me.
Maybe I am dead on the inside and would act the way she did, freaking the fudge out every second of the day for Raven but they... THAT
Then there is Ash, to be honest there is something about Ash that irritates me to no end. 
I dont trust him. I dont know if it is just me but I just get so annoyed with every Ash scene! And he could be considered cute in some scenes but I simply don't.
Towards the end of the book, stuff started to pick up a bit and made the book redeemable and made it possible for me to finish it, considering that shit is starting to hit the fan, it makes for things to get more exciting in the books.

Recommend it?
If you read the first book,... just know this one isnt as great as the first one.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Blog Tour: Like Never and Always by Ann Aquirre + Interview

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Title: Like Never and Always
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Thriller Paranormal?
Author: Ann Aguirre
Publisher: TorTeen
Publication: July 17th 2018
Cover Rating: 3/5
Reading format: Provided ARC
Favorites Shelf: Yes



Like Never and Always by Ann Aguirre is a book about a girl, two girls technically. These girls were best friends. These girls were in a car accident where one of them dies but when the other wakes up the dead friend's consciousness is in the living girls body. It is a crazy book with a lot of mysteries that are unraveled. Deadly mysteries.

Liv wakes up in the hospital after being in a pretty bad car crash with some friends. But when Liv opens her eyes she notices something very weird. Instead of her parents and boyfriend being in her room waiting, she finds her best friend, Morgan’s, father and boyfriend waiting. This leaves a lot of confusion and liv has to wonder if her face got so messed up in the crash that there was a mix-up. Then... Liv is told that she actually died in the car accident and when she is given a mirror she realized that she is, in fact, in her best friends body. 

Best friend is alive? Check
Your body is dead? Check
Your consciousness is somehow still alive in your best friends body? Check
Don’t know how to tell anyone without being committed to a mental hospital? Check
Falling in love while in your best friends body? Check
The author not knowing how a shellfish allergy works? Check

So after Liv leaves the hospital she has to pretty much live Morgans life and that isn’t exactly as easy as she thought it would be. Morgan might be a spoiled little rich girl but her problems in life go pretty deep for a girl her age. A lot of issues come up and it’s up to Liz to figure everything out. And things get pretty messy.

The subject matter alone for this book is not entirely unique. I actually think there is another book being published very soon that has a very similar premise. But the authors writing is what really makes this book stand out. Ann Aquirre has this way of making you truly care and feel for her characters. And not just the main characters. I tested up a little bit knowing how much Nathan, Livs boyfriend, was responding to her death. Well... until I found out how much of a scumbag he was. But that’s another story. The author sucks you in and can turn even the most used up storylines into something you would still want to read.

By the time we get to the end of this book, we have been taken on so many wild rides that it is hard not to feel a little bit of whiplash. Or maybe that’s from all the car accidents. Who knows! Either way, this book was fun and dangerous and had some really interesting characters. And aside from that one little rant, I went on about allergies on Goodreads, I really enjoyed reading Liv and Morgans story.

Overall, I gave the book 4/5 stars.



1) What was the hardest part of Like Never and Always to write?
I don’t want to give specifics because that would involve spoilers, but there are some dark aspects to the story, and writing abuse of any type is always intense and difficult.

2) How do you personally feel about the Mystery/Thriller genre?
I love both mysteries and thrillers. At one point, I was completely obsessed with Agatha Christie. I’ve never tried to write mysteries, but I’ll definitely be writing more thrillers, for the YA and adult markets alike.

3) Out of all of the amazing books you have written, which one is your personal favorite?
I’m an equal opportunity writer. Whatever book I’m currently writing, that’s the one I love (and hate) the most. Anything I’ve finished becomes part of my body of work, and I’m proud of it, but I have to let go once it’s published, because it belongs to readers and not me.

4) Please tell us 5 random facts about yourself:
 I grew up in a haunted house
 I have climbed Machu Picchu
 I love Korean, Taiwanese & Chinese dramas
 I can pick things up with my feet
 I once wrote 70K words in 10 days

5) What is your Hogwarts House?
Hufflepuff for life!

6) Are you currently working on any new books?

I’m currently revising a young adult novel, tentatively entitled Heartwood Box.

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Sunday, July 22, 2018

REVIEW: Brightly Burning by Alexa Donne - Paige

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Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book as an e-arc on NetGalley. Thanks! All opinions are my own.
Rating:
Genre: YA Sci-Fi/Romance/Dystopian/Retelling
Recommended Age: 15+ (violence, sexual references, dystopian like horrors, and ice age)
Pages: 400

Synopsis: 
Stella Ainsley leaves poverty behind when she quits her engineering job aboard the Stalwart to become a governess on a private ship. On the Rochester, there’s no water ration, more books than one person could devour in a lifetime, and an AI who seems more friend than robot.
But no one warned Stella that the ship seems to be haunted, nor that it may be involved in a conspiracy that could topple the entire interstellar fleet. Surrounded by mysteries, Stella finds her equal in the brooding but kind, nineteen-year-old Captain Hugo. When several attempts on his life spark more questions than answers, and the beautiful Bianca Ingram appears at Hugo’s request, his unpredictable behavior causes Stella’s suspicions to mount. Without knowing who to trust, Stella must decide whether to follow her head or her heart.
Alexa Donne’s lush and enthralling reimagining of the classic Jane Eyre, set among the stars, will seduce and beguile you


So… I don’t read synopses and I shortly found out after I started reading this book that it was a Jane Eyre retelling. I’m one of those horrible people that hasn’t read many classics (well, I’ve not read the popular classics) but since I was somewhat familiar with Jane Eyre from a YouTube video explaining the highlights of it, I felt I was in a good position to read it. Surprisingly though I didn’t need my limited knowledge of the book to understand what was going on. The book was written so well and so unique given its retelling status. The book didn’t feel like a retelling and unless you were either familiar with the book you wouldn’t notice it was a retelling. The book also expanded from the original story so much and it really made the story its own. The characters in the book were very well developed and what you think is going to happen is completely the opposite of what does. The book did well at doing away at some of the tired old YA clichés. The book also had so many twists and turns that you can’t tell where the book is going. Hands down, one of my favorite Sci-Fi’s to date.

However, I did think that the book could have expanded more on the world building a bit, but once again what we got in the book was really well done and adequate. I need more though and I really hope we get a companion novel to this book. Maybe a Pride and Prejudice retelling? Little Women? White Fang? Wait…

Verdict: Jane Eyre in space is cool. If only Charlotte Bronte thought of it.


Saturday, July 21, 2018

REVIEW: They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera - Paige

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Disclaimer: None, I bought this book on Audible for a book club!
Rating:
Genre: YA Contemporary/Sci-Fi
Recommended Age: 16+ (language, violence, guns, sexual references, death, and living)
Pages: 384

Synopsis: 
On September 5, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: They’re going to die today.
Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for different reasons, they’re both looking to make a new friend on their End Day. The good news: There’s an app for that. It’s called the Last Friend, and through it, Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for one last great adventure—to live a lifetime in a single day.


Let’s start off that with a book about the end, I didn’t really expect it to have such a good beginning. I didn’t expect to feel for these characters as much as I did. And even though we know the ending, it still cuts like a hot knife. The writing was absolutely beautiful and even if this was the best book Adam Silvera ever wrote I would read every other book he penned. He’s gained a lifelong fan with this work. The story flowed together very well and the ending, while I have some issues with it, was beautiful as well. The book is a great conversation starter and it presents some amazing characters that are more developed than some of the most recent books I’ve read so far.

However, while I like the ending of the book I wish we had some sort of epilogue or final ending from a different POV so that we knew what the rest of the story looked like. I wish we had a final to the finale. I also wish we knew what the ending was to another character in the book and I want to see how all the side characters who didn’t get the call from deathcast handled the deaths. I want to see their happy endings, but I kind of know why I won’t. In life we really don’t get to see happy endings for anyone. Cinderella might have married the prince, but was she truly happy in the end? What constitutes happiness anymore? Is it acceptance of how well your life is compared to others or is it one final day on Earth with someone you love?

Verdict: This book makes me feel all the things.

Friday, July 20, 2018

REVIEW: Onyx and Ivory by Mindee Arnett - Erin

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Onyx and IvoryOnyx and Ivory (Rime Chronicles #1)
by Mindee Arnett
Hardcover, 512 pages
Published May 15th 2018 by Balzer + Bray
ISBN: 9780062652669
Library

About:
They call her Traitor Kate. It’s a title Kate Brighton inherited from her father after he tried to assassinate the high king years ago. Now Kate lives as an outcast, clinging to the fringes of society as a member of the Relay, the imperial courier service. Only those most skilled in riding and bow hunting ride for the Relay; and only the fastest survive, for when dark falls, the nightdrakes—deadly flightless dragons—come out to hunt. Fortunately, Kate has a secret edge: she is a wilder, born with magic that allows her to influence the minds of animals. But it’s this magic that she needs to keep hidden, as being a wilder is forbidden, punishable by death or exile. And it’s this magic that leads her to a caravan massacred by nightdrakes in broad daylight—the only survivor her childhood friend, her first love, the boy she swore to forget, the boy who broke her heart.

The high king’s second son, Corwin Tormane, never asked to lead. Even as he waits for the uror—the once-in-a-generation ritual to decide which of the king’s children will succeed him—he knows it’s always been his brother who will assume the throne. And that’s fine by him. He’d rather spend his days away from the palace, away from the sight of his father, broken with sickness from the attempt on his life. But the peacekeeping tour Corwin is on has given him too much time to reflect upon the night he saved his father’s life—the night he condemned the would-be killer to death and lost the girl he loved. Which is why he takes it on himself to investigate rumors of unrest in one of the remote city-states, only for his caravan to be attacked—and for him to be saved by Kate.

With their paths once more entangled, Kate and Corwin have to put the past behind them. The threat of drakes who attack in the daylight is only the beginning of a darker menace stirring in the kingdom—one whose origins have dire implications for Kate’s father’s attack upon the king and will thrust them into the middle of a brewing civil war in the kingdom of Rime.  (Goodreads)

Rating: 

Review:

A great opening to a new fantasy series.  Told through Kate’s and Corwin’s alternating perspectives we get a glimpse of what each character is feeling and how their story got them to where they are now. This means great character development for characters that you’ll love and root for.  The setting is mysterious and wonderful, scary and beautiful. With the new threat of Daydrakes looming around every corner and with the magic guild hunting wilders you’ll be worried for the main characters lives throughout. Yes there is some romance, but there is also a badass female who saves the prince! The story is not exactly unique, but it’s still good. The book is a pretty fast read filled with action and adventure. A perfect summer read for any fantasy fan. 

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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Review: The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski

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Title: The Winner's Curse
Author: Marie Rutkoski
Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux
Publication: March 4th 2014
Cover Rating: 4/5


It took me a bit of time to get into... Like half the book. It was so slow for me, there was something about the way that it was written that just seemed so freaking formal to me. But then once I got into it, I binge read the rest of the book. I lovveeeddd the scene of the kiss. I was going to delete that last part because I was thinking that it was probably a spoiler but then I was like nope, every book eventually has a kiss in it XD. The ending of the book was particularly intense but at the same time I was like WTF that just doesnt make sense. Like this guy is so into like... killing everyone and then hes like you know what, ill do what you want if you do this one thing. Like REALLY? youre willing to get rid of everything just for that? I thought you were supposed to be super cruel >.> But ttthhheeen I was like okay, it cant be that easy, this guy has to have some super evil plan right? Which is why I need to get the second book now XD

Recommend it?
Yeah, you simply have to give the book a chance

Overall, I gave the book 4/5 stars.


Tuesday, July 17, 2018

REVIEW: Furyborn by Claire Legrand

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Title: Furyborn
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Author: Claire Legrand
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Publication: May 22nd 2018
Cover Rating: 5/5
Reading format: Provided ARC/Owned Hardcover

Furyborn by Claire Legrand is the story of two queens. A Sun Queen and a Blood Queen. One of these Queens will save the world, the other will bring it to its end. The prophecy has no idea when these queens will come, just that they will, and they need to figure out which queen is which so that the queen who will end the world can be killed before the prophecy comes to light.

Each queen that is born will have the power to control all of the elements. When it comes to light that Reille, a friend of the crowned prince, possesses more than one element, she is put to the test to see if she is, in fact, on of the queens. This test will also prove which queen she is. 

The other end of the story is from the point of view of Eliana. She is pretty much an assassin. She takes jokes for money and so that her family is protected. She thinks she is untouchable until the person that is kidnapping women in her city takes her mother. She is hired to find this other assassin but things go wrong and she ends up teaming up with him instead, to find her mother and figure out who is kidnapping all these women and why.

this story is so fun and full of action and lore. It is a little bit much at first but once you wrap your head around everything you will love the book. There are so many aspects to this story and the plot line is so incredible. 

There is something this book had that I really wasn’t expecting and that is time-travel. I am not a big fan of time-travel at all but the author did it very well for this story and it fits in very well with the plot so I didn’t have a hard time with it.

In the end, I greatly enjoyed this entire story. I was a little confused at the beginning with all the back and forth between the storylines. Both main female characters seemed like the same person to me, but there is a really good reason for that and it is definitely explained. I cannot want for the next book in the series to see where it takes these characters.


Overall, I gave the book 4.5/5 stars.

Monday, July 16, 2018

5 YA Book Recommendations - July 2018

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Contemporary

Science Fiction

Goodreads | Amazon
Mystery

Fantasy

Horror

Sunday, July 15, 2018

REVIEW: Bright Burns the Night by Sara B. Larson - Paige

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Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book for free courtesy of KidLitExchange and the publishing company. Thanks! All opinions are my own.
Rating: 
Genre: YA Fantasy/Retelling
Recommended Age: 14+ (slight gore, violence, sexual references)
Pages: 320


Synopsis: 
Ten years ago, King Lorcan of the Dark Kingdom Dorjhalon defeated Queen Evelayn and cut her conduit stone from her. Since then, he has kept her trapped in her swan form. With the loss of balance between Dark and Light, winter has descended and the Draíolon of Éadrolan lose more power every day. But once a year, Lorcan transforms her back to her Draíolon form and offers a truce. And every year Evelayn refuses — for he requires her to Bind herself to him for life.But now, with an Ancient power bearing down upon them, everything may change. Evelayn will learn that the truths she once believed have shattered, and that she may need her enemies even more than her allies. Lorcan and Evelayn become partners in a desperate quest to return the balance of power to Lachalonia. How far will this partnership go? Can friendship — perhaps even love — bloom where hatred has taken root?Sara B. Larson delivers a thrillingly romantic and hauntingly satisfying end to this extraordinary duology.

 

I really need to watch Swan Lake. The ballet can’t be as beautifully tragic as this book right? Anyways, we return where we left off in the first novel of this duology: Evelayn is trapped as a swan doing her swan thing. She actually got a gathering as swans to see her as their queen, which was kinda cool. Anyways, I can’t say anymore because of spoilers but the novel was beautifully well written and it actually feels like you’re in a mid-1500s book. The plot was interesting and the premise was as well.

However, I do have some qualms about this book. The plot was intriguing, but at the end nothing is really solved. It just ends. I’m not sure if there was more to the novel that I’m missing since I only have an arc but the book just ended without a proper ending. The characters weren’t that well developed and the book really failed the Bechdel Test. The female characters, in particular, were lazily written and added nothing to the plot. Even Evelayn, who was my favorite of the previous novel, was severely weakened in this one. The other two females, who had their own strengths, were so weak in comparison to the males of this book. The men in this book basically protected and shielded the females and the book was so tropey that it made me angry. The book didn’t even go back into the swan thing, which I thought was the main point of Swan Lake.

Verdict: This book had so much potential, but in the end, it let me down. It’s still a beautifully well-written book, however.

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