The Friday 56

I am going to tease you a bit today! The line from the book is:

“A Cheer went up from the crowed that had gathered at the bottom of Hopcraft Hill as Uncle Herb truck trundled past them on way up to the castle.”

 

And the Quote is from…………………………………………….

 

 

The Secrets of Hexbridge Castle by  Gabrielle Kent

Summary:

Alfie Bloom knows he’s about to have another dreadful summer. Not only will his inventor father be locked away in his workshop, but his best friend is visiting relatives abroad, which means he’ll have no one.

But then Alfie receives a strange letter inviting him to meet with a lawyer about his “inheritance.” Alfie has no idea what they’re talking about, but he goes along and makes a shocking discovery-someone has left him a castle! Hexbridge Castle is all his, which means no more long, boring summer days in his tiny house. He has a castle to explore!

But being the owner of castle isn’t all fun. Hexbridge conceals a centuries-old secret, the heart of a dangerous mystery that threatens to destroy Alfie’s new home, his new friends . . . and everyone unfortunate enough to live within 1000 miles of the castle. Can this ordinary boy figure out a way to deal with this extraordinary challenge? Or will he doom himself and his friends to a grisly fate?

Author Bio!

Gabrielle Kent is a writer and game designer in England. She is a regular judge on the BAFTA Games awards. On three occasions, she has been listed as one of the Top 100 women in the games industry and in 2015 was awarded a Woman of the Year award by MCV magazine. The Secrets of Hexbridge Castle is her first novel.

I always enjoy a good middle grade and I got this at the school book fair at the school I was student teaching at and hope to read this soon!

later book lovers!

Laura

The Whole Thing Together: Review

The Whole Thing Together   by Ann Brashares

Published by  Random House  on April 25, 2017

Genres: Young Adult, contemporary

Pages: 306

Format: Hard Back

Source: Personally Bought

Amazon  Goodreads  Barne and Nobel

 

I would give this book 3  for a review.

Summary:

Summer for Sasha and Ray means the sprawling old house on Long Island. Since they were children, they’ve shared almost everything—reading the same books, running down the same sandy footpaths to the beach, eating peaches from the same market, laughing around the same sun-soaked dining table. Even sleeping in the same bed, on the very same worn cotton sheets. But they’ve never met.

Sasha’s dad was once married to Ray’s mom, and together they had three daughters: Emma, the perfectionist; Mattie, the beauty; and Quinn, the favorite. But the marriage crumbled and the bitterness lingered. Now there are two new families—and neither one will give up the beach house that holds the memories, happy and sad, of summers past.

The choices we make come back to haunt us; the effect on our destinies ripples out of our control . . . or does it? This summer, the lives of Sasha, Ray, and their siblings intersect in ways none of them ever dreamed, in a novel about family relationships, keeping secrets, and most of all, love.

My Thoughts:

I like the concept of this book. But i wish the story was stronger. All the voices and POV did add to my confusion. I was happy that it stayed a family story and did not really develop the romance between Ray and Sasha. It was a super quick read. Somewhat heartbreaking at points. I just wanted more of the family bonding. We had so much drama and just wanted a little bit more happiness and love at the end. I almost would have preferred this story if we only had two POV of only Ray and Sasha. Those characters I felt he most connected too. I just wanted more family bonding and less family drama throughout the novel!

 

July TBR 2017

Hi bookish friends,

I love July because I have so much down time to read! I hope I read everything on my list. But I am sure that some stuff will pop up and books will change either by mood or just if stuff comes up.

Here are the books I am reading or book club, blog or my reading challenge

  1. Roar
  2. We know it was you
  3. They both die in the end
  4. Internet Famous
  5. RoseMarked
  6. The Big F
  7. Keeping the Moon
  8. This Lullaby
  9. Words in Deep Blue

Here are the books I just want to read for  fun:

  1. Amateurs
  2. The Unlikelies
  3. The School of Good and Evil

Listening Goals:

  1. City of lost Souls
  2. City of Heavenly fire

Harry potter Reading Goals:

  1. Finish Harry potter five with the podcast
  2. Finish Harry Potter one with book club

What books do you think I should read first? Let me know in the comments!

 

 

 

June Reading Wrap UP 2017

This month I had a great reading month and was able to complete listen to 1 book and read 12 books . I also started reading one book and am currently listening to another book.

Books I read:

  1. A darker shade of Magic: 5 stars (Does have a review on my blog)
  2. Misson Hindenburg (39 clues) 3 stars ( No review check out my wrap up video above)
  3. By your side: ( 4 stars) ( I do have review on my blog)
  4. The upside of Unrequited: 5 stars ( I do have review on my blog!)
  5. Eliza and her Monsters: 5 stars ( I do have a review on my blog)
  6. Wildman: 3 stars ( I do have a review on my blog)
  7. Falling for forever 4 stars ( I will have review on my blog in July and a giveaway)
  8. Mastiff (audiobook) (4 stars) (No review on my blog)
  9. The trials of Apollo ( 5 Stars) (I do have a review on my blog)
  10. The summer before forever ( 4 stars) ( I do have a review on my blog)
  11. Mission Hurricane (3 stars) ( I don’t have a review on my blog)
  12. Bad blood ( 4 stars) ( I do have a review on my blog)
  13. The whole thing together ( 3 stars) ( I will have a review on my blog)

Started reading

  1. Heist Society

Still Listening:

  1. City of Lost souls

Top books I read this month:

  1. The trials of Apollo
  2. Bad blood
  3. The Upside of Unrequited

 

Book That was not my Favorite:

  1. The whole thing together

Check out my video review  above where I talk about all of these books!

Later Book lovers

Laura

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top five Ships I hate to love

So this was actually a really easy list for me to come up with. I am always a fan of the under dog romance and normally want the best friend to be the winner and get the girl and usually don’t get my wish!

  1. Clary and Jace:

I was such a big Simon and Clary fan that even to this day I can’t go back and read book 1  and 2. I hate how the mysterious guy always gets the girl and Clary drove me crazy and basically caused simon to get turned into vampire. I will admit much later books in the series I grew to love Clary and Jace but that was because of Simon future love connections. But I def was not a fan of their start of their relationship.

2. Bella and Edward:

I was never a big fan of Bella and Edward. I just hated what Edward brought out in Bella and did not like how they interacted. I did not like the nature of Edward in reference to Bella and how she lost all her agency. I know Bella is suppose to be vessel character but I did not like their relationship at all. I really enjoyed Jacob and Bella. I still feel this way and think the imprinting thing at the end was a cop out!

3.  Hannah and Mike and Hannah and Rose

I really love Hannah and Norman. I enjoy them so much and how sweet they are. And both Mike and Hannah and Rose and Hannah go against this. I don’t like how controlling mike is and think that he needed to cool down and be less on top of her. Rose is new complication and I just don’t trust him. I just want Hannah to be happy with their cats is that too much to ask!

4. Mare and Maven

This is couple that I do hate. Because Maven Is a crazy and deadly. But I do like their banter back and forth and in the first book he did trick me. I was so played in the first book and still now I still like their dynamics. But i need to complete this series to make my final choice.

5. America and The Prince

I know this one is super unpopular but I really like America and Aspen realtionship. I think it has history and just they are focused on more things then drama. I just don’t like all the wish washy stuff but I still like them more so anytime they get closer (America and the Prince) i get annoyed and sense my ship falling away. I know I need to read the last book but it won’t make me happy if my predictions are correct.

Alright!

What are some of your ships that you Hate to love! Comment below!

Later Book Lovers

 

 

 

Bad blood by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Bad Blood  by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Published by Disney Hyperion on November 1st 2016

Genres: YA Novel, Contemporary, Mystery

Pages: 384

Format: Hard back

Source: Library Book

Amazon

Goodreads

I would give this book 4 for a review.

Book Summary

When Cassie Hobbes joined the FBI’s Naturals program, she had one goal: uncover the truth about her mother’s murder. But now, everything Cassie thought she knew about what happened that night has been called into question. Her mother is alive, and the people holding her captive are more powerful—and dangerous—than anything the Naturals have faced so far. As Cassie and the team work to uncover the secrets of a group that has been killing in secret for generations, they find themselves racing a ticking clock. New victims. New betrayals. New secrets. When the bodies begin piling up, it soon becomes apparent that this time, the Naturals aren’t just hunting serial killers. They’re being hunted.

 

My thoughts:

I thought this was strong  end to the series. I wish I would have re-read book 1 and book 2 because the book 3 had so many tie backs that sometimes when over my head. But I really did love the story. I just love the four main characters and how much they bonded through this experience and how much they really became family and created a found family. This book really explored the past of all four characters in this novel. I just love how complex this mystery was and how imperative the kids abilities help make this case be solved.  The end of this series makes me want to re-read the series again. Check out my spoiler video that will be linked above.

 

The Summer Before Forever: Review

The Summer before Forever   by Melissa Chambers

 

Published by Entangled Teen

Genres: YA Novel, Contemporary

Pages: 274

Format: Arc

goodreads 

Amazon 

Barnes and Noble 

Source:  From Entangled teen

I would give this book 4  for a review.

Book Summary

Chloe Stone’s life is a hot mess. Determined to stop being so freaking skittish, she packs up her quasi-famous best friend and heads to Florida. The goal? Complete the summer bucket list to end all bucket lists. The problem? Her hot soon-to-be stepbrother, Landon Jacobs.

Landon’s mom will throttle him if he even looks at his future stepsister the wrong way. Problem is, Chloe is everything he didn’t know he wanted, and that’s…inconvenient. Watching her tear it up on a karaoke stage, stand up to his asshole friend, and rock her first string bikini destroys his sanity.

But there’s more than their future family on the line. Landon is hiding something—something he knows will change how she feels about him—and she’s hiding something from him, too. And when the secrets come out, there’s a good chance neither will look at the other the same way again…

My thoughts:

*I got this book for free from the publisher for a honest review*

I really enjoyed this book. As somebody that has the same learning challenges as Landon I loved how that was depicted. I have never a read novel that addressed that learning issue. It was so well done. I also really liked the romance and the harder topics that were addressed.  It does with harder topics like sexual assault but I thought it was handed well. It was a fun read but it had some serious heart. I love the focus on self adventure especially for landon. I did enjoy the romance and was happy with how the romance turned out. My favorite part was the exploring of disability and the harder issues that effected Chloe. I did not mind that they were going to be brother and sister it was an easy couple to root for. I also enjoyed how Chloe relationship with her dad changed throughout the novel it made me like her dad more as the book went on. It was such a fun beach read!

Later book lovers

Laura

The Dark Prophecy  by Rick Riordan

Series:  It is book two in the Trials of Apollo Series

Published by  Disney Hyperion on May 2, 2017

Genres: YA Novel, Fantasy, Mythology

Pages: 432

Format: Hard back

amazon

Goodreads

Barnes and Nobel

Source:  Personally

I would give this book 5 for a review.

Book Summary                                                                                                                                      Zeus has punished his son Apollo–god of the sun, music, archery, poetry, and more–by casting him down to earth in the form of a gawky, acne-covered sixteen-year-old mortal named Lester. The only way Apollo can reclaim his rightful place on Mount Olympus is by restoring several Oracles that have gone dark. What is affecting the Oracles, and how can Apollo/Lester do anything about them without his powers? After experiencing a series of dangerous–and frankly, humiliating–trials at Camp Half-Blood, Lester must now leave the relative safety of the demigod training ground and embark on a hair-raising journey across North America. Fortunately, what he lacks in godly graces he’s gaining in new friendships–with heroes who will be very familiar to fans of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians and Heroes of Olympus series. Come along for what promises to be a harrowing, hilarious, and haiku-filled ride. . . .

My Non-Spoiler  thoughts:

I really enjoyed the second book in the series. I love the trio that developed between Apollo, Leo and Cylpso. I loved how the Apollo really had to spend alot of time individually with both of these characters. I loved the dynamics that I saw in this book. I think that this book did not pull on punches in looking at his past. I really did enjoy the mystery and loved the new characters that we met. I also loved the ending and learning who would be joining us for book 3 in this series. I also hope we get some more camos from the other characters in this world. I still love Apollo and Meg relationship really got better in this book and can’t wait to see where they go next. I can’t wait for may!

Later book Lovers

Laura

 

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?

Hi all!

I have had such a good reading month and want to share what I am reading/ listening to at the moment or what I hope to read by the end of the month!

Reading

Just Finished!

Bad blood by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

This is the conclusion to the Naturals series! I really enjoyed this conclusion. I love how it  really explored all the characters and tied but their arcs in just a nice way and also had close tie backs to all the other novels in the series! I really wish I read this series closer together cause i forget small elements. But I just really loved these main characters. I hope she writes another book soon. Check out my full review shortly.

Reading:

The Whole Thing Together

This is a super cute contemporary that focuses more on family dynamics then romance and I hope I love it!

Summary:

Summer for Sasha and Ray means the sprawling old house on Long Island. Since they were children, they’ve shared almost everything—reading the same books, running down the same sandy footpaths to the beach, eating peaches from the same market, laughing around the same sun-soaked dining table. Even sleeping in the same bed, on the very same worn cotton sheets. But they’ve never met.
Sasha’s dad was once married to Ray’s mom, and together they had three daughters: Emma, the perfectionist; Mattie, the beauty; and Quinn, the favorite. But the marriage crumbled and the bitterness lingered. Now there are two new families—and neither one will give up the beach house that holds the memories, happy and sad, of summers past.
The choices we make come back to haunt us; the effect on our destinies ripples out of our control . . . or does it? This summer, the lives of Sasha, Ray, and their siblings intersect in ways none of them ever dreamed, in a novel about family relationships, keeping secrets, and most of all, love.

Heist Society:

I love mysteries and I got this as birthday gift last year and hope to complete  this series this year!

Summary

For as long as she can remember, Katarina has been a part of the family business—thieving. When Kat tries to leave “the life” for a normal life, her old friend Hale conspires to bring her back into the fold. Why? A mobster’s art collection has been stolen, and Kat’s father is the only suspect. Caught between Interpol and a far more deadly enemy, Kat’s dad needs her help.

Harry Potter Reading:

In the year of 20 anv. of Harry potter I am reading two books in this series. I am reading book one for my harry book club and also I am reading book 5 because of my reading with my podcast!

Listening

I am about half way done with City of lost souls!

 

What have you been reading and Listening too this week or what are you planning on reading?

later book lovers

Laura

 

 

 

Stacking the Shelves:

The above video is all the books I got in the month of June. I also will be adding all these books to my TBR! I am also starting a book band. So you will see fewer of these posts!

Due to book con and going to comic con in a couple of months. I need to put my self on book buying band. This band is going to require me to read 30 books from my physical books in my room and this doe not include Owl crate books. I hope to compete this challenge by early October. It is time because I don’t need any more physical books.

The above book haul focused on a lot of first book in series and also summer reads. I love to read romance/contempory books in the summer. It also includes a lot of sarah dessen and even some arcs I could not get at book con!

This band won’t be easy. Send me your tips below and what books should I read first in this video.

Later books lovers

Laura