The Darkest Prophecy! Non-Spoiler Review

The Dark Prophecy by Brigid Camera

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Published by   Disney Hyperion on May 2, 2017

Genres: Middle Grade , Fantasy

Pages: 432

Format: Hardback, Audiobook

Source: Personally bought

2018 challenge: Beat the backlist challenge

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I would give this book 5 for a review.

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 Thoughts:

i enjoyed the second story in this series. I love the focus on leo cause he is my favorite character. it was a fun story but also super heartfelt. I really did miss camp half blood at points but i really did love the story and can’t wait for the next one. I also really enjoyed how rick used the new myths into this story. I also really loved Apllo growth in this book and really how each peers are chaining his view on this world! I really can’t wait to see what characters appear as cameo next!

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Sea Witch: Arc Review!!!

Sea Witch  by Sarah Henning

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Published by  Katherine Tegen Books on July 31, 2018

Genres: Young Adult, Fairy Tale Retelling

Pages: 368

Format: Arc

Source: Publisher

2018 challenge: PSRC: Book about A Vilain

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I would give this book 5 for a review.

Summary!!!

Wicked meets The Little Mermaid in the captivating origin story of the sea’s most iconic villainess, perfect for fans of Heartless and Dorothy Must Die.

Ever since her best friend Anna died, Evie has been an outcast in her small fishing town. Hiding her talents, mourning her loss, drowning in her guilt.

Then a girl with an uncanny resemblance to Anna appears on the shore, and the two girls catch the eyes of two charming princes. Suddenly Evie feels like she might finally have a chance at her own happily ever after.

But magic isn’t kind, and her new friend harbors secrets of her own. She can’t stay in Havnestad—or on two legs—without Evie’s help. And when Evie reaches deep into the power of her magic to save her friend’s humanity—and her prince’s heart—she discovers, too late, what she’s bargained away.

 

My Brief Thoughts:

I was immediately captured by this novel. It starts off as pretty simple story but it the way this story unfolds is really so well crafted. I loved the duel time lines of the story we get exposed to and the hints and nods to both the fairy tale the little mermaid and all the characters we meet in that story. I loved the lead Evie and found her path in this story to be so compelling. I thought the world building magic system had me so engaged. I really flew through this book and it makes such a prefect summer read. I would love to read more fairy tale retelling from this author in the future!

My Extended Thoughts:

Characters: I really grew to love these characters. The characters were so complex and even with the little mermaid story as a background the identity of these characters at the end was so shocking. I loved how these characters had such a adventure and really changed so much! I really loved all he characters.

Plot/Fairy tale connection: I really enjoyed how this story was crafted. I love all the hints and ties back to the little mermaid myth but also all the twists and turns that occurred in this story. I loved how this made me not long like the villain but also underhand her almost like heartless did 🙂

Pace: This story flew by and it was super hard to put down!

You def need to pick up this book this week! You won’t regret it!

Later book lovers!

 

 

Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb Non-Spoiler Review

Assassin’s Apprentice  by Robin Hobb

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Published by  Spectra November 5, 2002

Genres: Adult, Fantasy

Pages: 464

Format: paper back

Source: personally bought

2018 challenge: N/a

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!!!

Young Fitz is the bastard son of the noble Prince Chivalry, raised in the shadow of the royal court by his father’s gruff stableman. He is treated as an outcast by all the royalty except the devious King Shrewd, who has him secretly tutored in the arts of the assassin. For in Fitz’s blood runs the magic Skill—and the darker knowledge of a child raised with the stable hounds and rejected by his family.

As barbarous raiders ravage the coasts, Fitz is growing to manhood. Soon he will face his first dangerous, soul-shattering mission. And though some regard him as a threat to the throne, he may just be the key to the survival of the kingdom.

 

My Thoughts:

This book is definitely a slow burn. It focuses more on character development. Not a whole lot of action happens in this book. It follows the protagonist Fitz from a very young age to around his teen years. It focuses on him learning how to be a an assassin and his relationships. I liked Fitz and wanted to see what happened to him on his journey, so I didn’t mind the slower pace. I liked meeting the other people in the novel as well. The way they interacted with Fitz and affected his views. I liked how mysterious the Fool is in the book as well. Hopefully more will be revealed in the next books. The writing style draws you in as well. I thought seeing the world through Fitz’s eyes while growing up was a good world building technique. There wasn’t ay info dumps. I really liked this book and would recommend to people who don’t mind a slower read.I hope to read book two soon to see what is in store for Fitz next.

WWW: Rule!

Today I am featuring another BEA/BOOK CON pick! And it is another royal themed novel and today the book is!

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Hardcover, 384 pages
Expected publication: September 11th 2018 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Summary!

Three girls with three deadly secrets. Only one can wear the crown.

The king is dying, his heir has just been murdered, and rebellion brews in the east. But the kingdom of Kolonya and the outer Reaches has one last option before it descends into leaderless chaos.

Or rather, three unexpected options.

Zofi has spent her entire life trekking through the outer Reaches with her band of Travelers. She would do anything to protect the band, her family. But no one can ever find out how far she’s already gone.

Akeylah was raised in the Eastern Reach, surrounded by whispers of rebellion and abused by her father. Desperate to escape, she makes a decision that threatens the whole kingdom.

Ren grew up in Kolonya, serving as a lady’s maid and scheming her way out of the servants’ chambers. But one such plot could get her hung for treason if anyone ever discovers what she’s done.

When the king summons the girls, they arrive expecting arrest or even execution. Instead they learn the truth: they are his illegitimate daughters, and one must become his new heir. But someone in Kolonya knows their secrets, and that someone will stop at nothing to keep the sisters from their destiny… to rule.

Magic, mystery, and blackmail abound in this sensational and striking fantasy debut.

Author information!

Ellen Goodlett writes because otherwise she would spend her days plotting to take over the world. She figures that the former would benefit humanity ever so slightly more than the latter (which would be disastrous and involve a lot of cats in government positions). Her debut novel, RULE, about three girls competing for the throne in a fantasy world, will publish in fall 2018 with Little Brown.

Let me know if you will be picking up this novel this september in the comments!

TTT: Favorite Novellas/Short Stories

So this was actually a super easy list to create because I have actually read alot of them the past couple of years and so include some of my favorite authors and favorite series!

  1. Through the dark (darkest minds)
  2. Stephanie Perkins (Holiday)
  3. Stephanie Perkins ( Summer)
  4. Meet cute
  5. Tales of the shadow hunter Acadmey
  6. Bane Chronicles
  7. Pushing the limits tie in short stories
  8. Stars Above!!
  9. the assassin’s blade  (thorn of glass)
  10. Percy jackson meets the Kane chronicles!

These are just a few of the short story collection I read recently, tell me yours in the comments!

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What I am reading Monday!

So normally i tackle super short books in the summer months. That has not been the case this month. So i am reading at much slower rate but really enjoying my MASSIVE READS!

What I finished reading!

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I really enjoyed this retelling alot. I found it to be such a fast pace read and really loved the retelling and the world. Def check out my review at the end of the month! I really loved it!

What I am reading!!

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I am loving being back in this world. this book is monster but I an flying through it! I really want to finish it tonight!

What I want to read next!

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after darkest legacy i need a lighter read and come on it has a three headed cat!! lol

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I have heard super good things about this book and is def a shorter read!

What I am listening too!!

I am re-listneing  to the darkest prophecy and really enjoying it!

Let me know in the comments what you hope to read and finish this week!

later book lovers!

We come Apart: Non-Spoiler Review

Letters to the lost by Brigid Camera

Reviewed by Sarah!

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Published by  Bloomsbury USA Childrens; 1 edition on June 13, 2017

Genres: Young Adult, contemporary

Pages: 416

Format: Hardback

Source: Library

2018 challenge: N/A

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I would give this book 4  for a review.

Summary!!!

Authors Brian Conaghan and Sarah Crossan have joined forces to tell the story of Nicu and Jess, two troubled teens whose paths cross in the unlikeliest of places.

Nicu has emigrated from Romania and is struggling to find his place in his new home. Meanwhile, Jess’s home life is overshadowed by violence. When Nicu and Jess meet, what starts out as friendship slowly blossoms into romance as the two bond over their painful pasts and their hope and dreams of a better future. But will they be able to save each other, let alone themselves?

This illuminating story told in dual points of view through vibrant verse will stay with readers long after they’ve finished.

 

My Thoughts:

This book is written in verse so was pretty quick to get through. It showed how people who are different are treated. Both of the protagonists have bad backgrounds. One comes from violence and the other is trying to deal with a traditional family and tying to fit in with people only seeing an immigrant . I thought this book was very well done. It has alternating points of view. Niccu’s sections of the story are written they way he would say them. He is an immigrant who is still learning english. His sections are stilted and the english is out of order sometimes. He doesn’t quite get english slang correct either. His sections took awhile to get used to reading. Once I did , I was able to read his sections just as easily as Jess’. This was a quick read because it was in verse and a lot of pages didn’t have that many words on it. I felt it was still a hard hitting, emotional novel about dealing with issues of abuse and prejudice. I thought it was a good read and liked hearing from both POV’s I would recommend. I would say there ae trigger warnings in this book

Sarah July TBR!!

So here is Sarah Slightly delayed TBR! I have not read these books and very excited to see  Sarah Thoughts on these books! These are some of the books she hopes to read this month!

Girls Burn Brighter  by Shah Rao
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The Trauma Cleaner by Sarah Krasnostein

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The Tattooist of Auschwitz  by  Heather Morris

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Let us know in the comments what book you are most excited about to see sarah thoughts on!
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DC ICONS: Batman Nightwalker Review and Giveaway!!! USA ONLY!

DC Icons: Batman Nightwalker   by Marie Lu

Published by Random House Books for Young Readers (January 2, 2018)

Genres: YA, Superhero

Pages: 290

Format: Audio book and Arc

Source: NYCC

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Challenge: PSRC: Book someone got you for a gift!

Summary!

FromNew York Timesbestselling 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 wolvesand scorch dragonsare 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 Brief Thoughts:

I picked up this audiobook on a whim and I loved it! I flew though this book in like three days and I really loved this version of Bruce. Even though this story was a super short I thought it was so well done. I really loved the “trio” of characters and and also the case the bruce had to solve. I love how he we got nods to real “batman” history and loved all the unexpected twists and turns and it had me so engaged. I loved this listening experience so much and would love to see a follow up book to this. This was my first superhero read and I will def be reading more.

My Extended Thoughts:

Characters: I really loved the characters in this book so much especially Bruce. I have like no real background about Batman but his book was super good basic novel about bruce wayne. I was so invested in this novel and all the characters. I really was captured by the lead character and it made me much more invested in learning about the batman world and characters.

Plot: This plot was super fast pace and I was invested from page one. There was so many twists and turns that even I did not see coming. I loved listening to this audiobook and did not want to stop.

Pace: The mystery of this novel made this book so fast pace and gripping. I enjoyed it so much!

MORE!!! This is the first superhero novel I ever picked up and I will def be picking up more as audio. I would love to see more in this world as well. 🙂

 

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