Laura’s March Reading Wrap up!!!

So i feel like I read fewer books this month but I still read close to 11 books. The books I read this month were just so much longer so that may have been why it feels like I read fewer books! I also did not complete my short story collection! I will try to finish soon! I also have been listening to more audiobooks yay! I talk about them all in detail below!

Books I Read!

  1. To kill a kingdom: PSRC: Takes place at sea! 4 stars
  2. Lies that bind: PSRC: Sequel! 4 stars
  3. Raspberry Danish Murder: 3 Stars
  4. Daughter of a burning city: 3 stars
  5. Letters to the lost: Beat the backlist  4.5 stars
  6. More then we can tell: 4.5 stars
  7. Rebel with a cupcake: 4 Stars
  8. The HazleWood: 4 stars
  9. Shadow Run:  Beat the Backlist 4 Stars
  10. Lumber Janes: Unicorn Power  Beat the backlist: 4 stars

Books I listened todo!!

  1. Gemina: Backlist challenge: 5 stars (you really need to listen to this audiobook if you adore this series)

Highlights:

  1. To kill a kingdom
  2. Lies that bind
  3. More then we can tell

Not so great!!!

  1. Daughter of a burning city
  2. Raspberry Danish Murder

 

Let me know in the comments what books you read this month and what books were your favorite of the month!

Later book lovers!

 

Advertisements

The Glass spare: Non-Spoiler Review and Giveaway!

The Glass Spare   by Lauren DeStefano

Published by Balzer + Bray on October 24, 2017

Genres: Young Adult,  Fantasy

Pages: 416

Format: Hardback

Source: owl crate (November 2017 box)

amazon goodreads barnes and noble

I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!

The first in a new fantasy duology, The Glass Spare is a gorgeously told tale of love, loss, and deadly power from Lauren DeStefano, the bestselling author of the Chemical Garden series. Perfect for fans of Shannon Hale and Renee Ahdieh.

Wilhelmina Heidle, the fourth child and only daughter of the king of the world’s wealthiest nation, has grown up in the shadows. Kept hidden from the world in order to serve as a spy for her father—whose obsession with building his empire is causing a war—Wil wants nothing more than to explore the world beyond her kingdom, if only her father would give her the chance.

Until one night Wil is attacked, and she discovers a dangerous secret. Her touch turns people into gemstone. At first Wil is horrified—but as she tests its limits, she’s drawn more and more to the strange and volatile ability. When it leads to tragedy, though, Wil is forced to face the destructive power within her and finally leave her home to seek the truth and a cure.

But finding the key to her redemption puts her in the path of a cursed prince who has his own ideas for what to do with Wil’s power.

With a world on the brink of war and a power of ultimate destruction, can Wil find a way to help the kingdom that’s turned its back on her, or will she betray her past and her family forever?

 

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed the world building in the book. I loved the world. I thought the book at points near the start was predicable but towards the ending some of the plot stuff did surprise me. The characters were the stand out in this novel. I loved the various POV that we got. I loved Will as a lead and am super excited to see book 2! It was a fast pace read!

Giveaway!!!! *USA will get the Arc* and interntional if you win you will get a hardback from Book dep*

may the odds be in your favor!

Rebel with a Cupcake: Blog tour/ review and Giveaway!!!

Unknown.jpeg

Rebel with a Cupcake  by Anna Mainwaring

Published by  Kids Can Press on April 3, 2018

Genres: Young Adult, contemporary

Pages: 216 pages

Format: Arc

Source: Rockstar book tours and edelweiss

2018 challenge: NA

Buy on AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads

I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!!!

Jesobel Jones is bold and brash, the daughter of a hand model and a washed-up rock star. Jess sees no need to apologize for her rambling house, her imperfect family, her single status … or her weight. Jess is who she is. She makes her own cupcakes and she eats them, too. No regrets. That is, until Own Clothes Day rolls around at school. Jess and her friends dedicate the requisite hours of planning to their outfits, their hair and their makeup for the one day they are free from school uniforms. But a wardrobe malfunction leaves Jess with a pair of leggings split open at the worst spot, and a mean girl calling her the one thing that’s never bothered her before: fat. The encounter shakes Jess’s formerly iron-clad confidence, and she starts to wonder if she’s been just a little too comfortable in her own skin. When the boy of her dreams invites her to a party, she must decide whether to try to fit in for the first time in her life, or remain true to herself — whoever that really is. Debut author Anna Mainwaring is a teacher by day, and her understanding of teenage life shines through on every page. This book is laugh-out-loud funny, and captures teen girl life with all its ironies and contradictions. Rebel with a Cupcake also explores important questions around body image, fat shaming and self-confidence.

Author Info!!!

Anna Mainwaring studied English Literature, which led to a career in banking. She left to travel and then to train as a teacher. Anna took part in NaNoWriMo in 2012, and after endless drafts, Rebel with a Cupcake was born. When not writing, Anna can be found walking up hills or in cafés. She lives in Cheshire, England, with her family, including a murderous gold fish called Moriarty.

Twitter | Goodreads

My Thoughts:

*i got this book for review*
I thought this was such a fun read. I really loved the main character. I thought she was so off beat and fun to read about. I thought the focus on her weight was such a fun take. I really liked how the she structured her novel with the various quotes to start each chapter. I loved the self discovery focus of this novel. The romance elements just made me smile but was not the focus. I loved how the “culture” of beatuy was explored and it was a quick read. I really enjoyed it a lot and hope to read more by this author in the future.

Giveaway!!!!!

MAY THE ODDS BE IN YOUR FAVOR!!!!!

TFW: March 28: Favorite Teachers/Mentors

So this was slightly hard because they asked that we not use characters from harry potter but i am up to the task so lets get into it!

  1. Professor from the Reckoners Series!!!

Unknown.jpeg

I really thought one of the highlights of this series was the relationship between david and the professor was one of the coolest parts of this whole series. I loved the various roles we saw professor talk in the whole series. I just thought he was a cool character. I loved him in book one and two the most!

2. Pushing the limits series: The various Teachers!!!

Unknown-2.jpeg

I want to expand this and talk about all the teachers and mentor characters that we see in all of these various books. I especially want to shout out the teachers the deal with noah and echo and how they refused to give up and get them the help they needed and let them make something of their lives. I also really enjoyed the teacher that encouraged ryan to be a writer. I loved how strong she was not only in standing up to the school but also ryan dad.

I also really loved the various mentors we meet in the thunder road series! I loved Cyrus and also the impact the the the impact of Oliva relationship with the main kids in the books. I chat bit more in my video of all of these characters!!!

3. Percy Jackson: Chiron

91RQ5d-eIqL-1.jpg

I just love this character so much. I really loved in in the first series. I think his relationship between percy and Annabeth was so well done. I just loved how we really cared about the kids and became such a badass in this series. He was just such a fun character.

4. Giles: Buffy!!!

Unknown-4.jpeg

So I know this is a tad of a cheat but I really loved Giles in both the books and tie in novels that are inspired by this series. I hope to also read the comics soon! I just loved his dynamics with the trio (buffy, willow and zander) throughout all 7 seasons. I love a book book nerd and he just always has all the answers. I really enjoyed him on my recent rewatch!

5. Nick Snowbeard: Heir Series!

Unknown-5.jpeg

I really loved Nick in this whole series or the books I read so far! I loved his role in the series but also his various relationships between both Jack and also Steph. I loved him as both a mentor but also as a teacher for the various kids in this series. I am so excited to compete this series in a couple of months!

Let me know In the comments who were some of your favorite teachers or mentors!

Later book lovers!

TTT: Books That Take Place In Another Country

So this was a fun video to make. This list will include both books that I have read and books that I want to read! All of these books take place in another country!

Books I have Read!

  1. Proof of lies and Lies that Bind
  2. Conspiracy of us series
  3. the 12 dares of Christa
  4. Infernal devices
  5. Anna and the french kiss and Isla and the happily ever after!

Books on my TBR:

  1. Between Shades of Grey
  2. Love and Gelato
  3. Refugee
  4. Dark days Pact
  5. Royally Lost

Let me know in the comments what other book set in different countries do you think I should read!

 

 

What I am reading Monday!!

So I had a slow reading week. It took me most of the week to read Hazlewood. I am not totally sure how I feel about this book, but I did like it, I am just not sure I loved it. I have a bunch of books I want to read before April. We will see how many books I actually read!

What I read!

cover.jpg

I am still not sure how I feel the book to be honest but I am intrigued by it! Look for my review early next month!

What I am currently reading!

Unknown-6.jpeg

I have had this book for so long! I also am on the tour for the sequel so I must get a move on!

What I want to read next!

2866413.jpg

I am on a tad late on my my my book this month! I really hope to finish this by april first!

Unknown-4.jpeg

I am on a tour for this book and hope to read it before the start of next month!

What I am listening!!

I am slowing going to make my way through my podcasts but I want to also listen/read to the third illunaie files book!

Let me know in the comments what books you hope to read this month!

Later book lovers!

Ice Wolves Arc Review Non-Spoiler review!

Ice Wolves  by Amie Kaufman

Unknown-4.jpeg

Published by HarperCollins on March 27, 2018

Genres: Middle Grade Fantasy

Pages:352

Format: Arc

Source: Comic Con

amazon  goodreads  barnes and noble

I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!

From New York Times bestselling author Amie Kaufman comes an electrifying new series about a brother and sister who must harness their powers and find their place in a sharply divided world.

Everyone in Vallen knows that ice wolves and scorch dragons are sworn enemies who live deeply separate lives.

So when twelve-year-old orphan Anders takes one elemental form and his twin sister, Rayna, takes another, he wonders whether they are even related. Still, whether or not they’re family, Rayna is Anders’s only true friend. She’s nothing like the brutal, cruel dragons who claimed her as one of their own and stole her away.

In order to rescue her, Anders must enlist at the foreboding Ulfar Academy, a school for young wolves that values loyalty to the pack above all else. But for Anders, loyalty is more complicated than obedience, and friendship is the most powerful shapeshifting force of all.

My Thoughts:

I really loved this book a lot. I normally adore any stories that have twins and this book hit  me in my sweat spot. I also loved the characters and how we got all both twins POV. I loved the mythology and the world building of this book so much. I also really loved the presence of the school in this novel and also the plot. The plot was a slow burn and the pacing could have been cleaner especially towards the end. But I really loved this story so much and Amie really crafted a fun world but also a fun world! I will def. be tuning in for book 2 🙂 I would rec. you read this book if you are a fan of Percy Jackson and fire blood.

Letters to the lost: Non-Spoiler review!!!!

Letters to the lost by Brigid Kemmerer

30038855.jpg

Published by  Bloomsbury USA Childrens  on April 4, 2017

Genres: Young Adult, contemporary

Pages: 416

Format: Hardback

Source: Library

2018 challenge: Beat the backlist challenge

Buy on AmazonBarnes & Noble, Goodreads

I would give this book 4.75 for a review.

Summary!!!

Juliet Young always writes letters to her mother, a world-traveling photojournalist. Even after her mother’s death, she leaves letters at her grave. It’s the only way Juliet can cope.

Declan Murphy isn’t the sort of guy you want to cross. In the midst of his court-ordered community service at the local cemetery, he’s trying to escape the demons of his past.

When Declan reads a haunting letter left beside a grave, he can’t resist writing back. Soon, he’s opening up to a perfect stranger, and their connection is immediate. But neither Declan nor Juliet knows that they’re not actually strangers. When life at school interferes with their secret life of letters, sparks will fly as Juliet and Declan discover truths that might tear them apart.

My Thoughts:

I really loved this book so much. I thought this def. a emotionally compelling novel. I really loved how this book tackled grief in various forms from various characters. I loved both POV so much. I loved the cast of characters that we met. I really enjoyed the use of letters as a element to start each chapter. I really was invested in both sides of this story both jules and declan. I loved the family dynamics for both lead characters. I really liked the slow burn romance as well that developed. I could have done without one plot point because i thought it was a tad predicable but i was really impressed with it. I really can’t wait to read rev story next

Daughter of a burning city!!! Review

Daughter of a Burning City by Amanda Foody
Unknown-2.jpeg

Published by  Harlequin Teen on August 1, 2017

Genres: Young Adult, fantasy

Pages: 384

Format: Arc

Source: Book con

2018 challenge: Backlist challenge

Buy on AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads

I would give this book 3 for a review.

Summary!!!

A darkly irresistible new fantasy set in the infamous Gomorrah Festival, a traveling carnival of debauchery that caters to the strangest of dreams and desires

Sixteen-year-old Sorina has spent most of her life within the smoldering borders of the Gomorrah Festival. Yet even among the many unusual members of the traveling circus-city, Sorina stands apart as the only illusion-worker born in hundreds of years. This rare talent allows her to create illusions that others can see, feel and touch, with personalities all their own. Her creations are her family, and together they make up the cast of the Festival’s Freak Show.

But no matter how lifelike they may seem, her illusions are still just that—illusions, and not truly real. Or so she always believed…until one of them is murdered.

Desperate to protect her family, Sorina must track down the culprit and determine how they killed a person who doesn’t actually exist. Her search for answers leads her to the self-proclaimed gossip-worker Luca. Their investigation sends them through a haze of political turmoil and forbidden romance, and into the most sinister corners of the Festival. But as the killer continues murdering Sorina’s illusions one by one, she must unravel the horrifying truth before all her loved ones disappear.

My Thoughts:

This book I really did enjoy the world. I loved all the various magic workers but both the pacing and the characters I struggled with. I had such a hard time becoming emotionally invested in the characters. I wanted to love them but i struggled to feel connected to them. The pacing of the book even thought it had elements of murder mystery the pacing felt off. I liked the illustrations but wanted more elements of that tied into the novel. Overall, i loved the world building but did not feel as connected to the characters as i wanted to be.

Spring Cleaning Book Tag!!!

This seemed like a fun bookish tag to do to kick off spring reading!

 

Questions:

1. The struggle of getting started: a book/book series that you have struggled to begin because of its size.

The Falling Kingdoms Series

Unknown-10.jpeg

2. Cleaning out the closet: a book and/or book series you want to unhaul.

The Lux Series

Unknown.jpeg

3. Opening windows and letting fresh air in: a book that was refreshing.

Foolish Hearts

Unknown-9.jpeg

4. Washing out sheet stains: a book you wish you could rewrite a certain scene in.

The Chaos of Standing Still

Unknown-1.jpeg

5. Throwing out unnecessary knick-knacks: a book in a series that you didn’t feel was necessary.

City of Ash

Unknown-5.jpeg

6. Polishing the doorknobs: a book that had a clean finish.

Geekerella

Unknown-6.jpeg

7. Reaching to dust the fan: a book that tried too hard to relay a certain message.

We were animals

Unknown-7.jpeg

8. The tiring yet satisfying finish of spring cleaning: a book series that was tiring yet satisfying to get through.

Hannah Swenson Series

Unknown-8.jpeg

Let me know in the comments some of your answers to these questions 🙂 I am so excited for spring weather and spring reading!

Later book Lovers