My most Disappointing reads of 2018!!

So I don’t normally do this list, but I want to share the good, the bad and the ugly with you guys. So lets get into the books that let me down this year and I will chat about them all in the video below and also describe my brief thoughts bellow!

  1. Rebel With a Cupcake by Anna Mainwaring

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Thoughts: This book just did not wow me. I felt like the book had some really good topics  but overall did not deliver the story in a way that was compelling to read. I just did not feel emotionally connected to the characters and felt like the plot did not have tension to compel it forward or even make it intreating. I wanted a book like Moxie and this book just feel flat for me.

2. Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

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Reasons: I really wanted to love this book. I overall did like the concept of it, but really struggled to connect to the characters and also really struggled with the writing style. I have said before that I often struggle with connecting to unlikable characters. I felt like I had a hard time connecting to them. I am still going to check out book 2 in this series but this book between the writing style, characters just was not my favorite of the year.

3. Daughter of a Burning City  by Amanda Foody

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Reasons: This is another book that I could just not get into the writing style and that caused me to feel un connected to the characters and also the plot. I struggled to keep engaged in this book and the mystery was lackluster and really did not capture my attention. I am excited to read more by this author in the future but this book did not capture my attention and is why it is on this list.

4. Keeping the Moon by Sarah Dessen

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Reasons: This was my first ever Sarah Dessen book and I was let down. I normally like to read books as they are published. I really did not feel connected to the characters. I also was not super invested in the romance. I thought the friendship plot was unique but overall the storyline and the plot did not compel me to keep reading and this book was only 250 pages. I am hopefully that other Sarah Dessen books i read will click with me better then this one.

5.  Grace and Fury: Tracy Banghart

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Reasons There is a one massive reason this book is on this list and that is the ending. I overall enjoyed how this book was mix between selection series and also the hunger games. But the ending twist really ruined the book for me, because I have seen it before in other YA series. I will still be reading book 2 and just hope they take the twist in a unique direction.

Let me know in the comments what are your least favorite reads of the year and tell me if you agree with any of my choices!

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Top 8: Contemporary, thrillers, graphic novels and non-fiction books! I read in 2018!!

So because I read more then just fantasy and science fiction books here are the top 8 books I read in the rest of my genres! I really hope to read more of these books in the new Year and I will talk about more of that in my 2019 plans! But I hope you enjoy my thoughts and also the video bellow!

  1. Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills

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Reasons: I read this book while I was knocked on my but with the Flu. This was the december owl crate book and I really enjoyed it. I thought it was adorable fun read that focused on friendship and theater and those are two of my favorite things. I really loved the friendships that were developed in this novel and so many different types of friendship. I read this book so fast and remains one of my favorite contemporary reads of the year!

2. More then we can tell by  Brigid Kemmerer

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Reasons:  This is def. a more emotional contemporary reads that I read this year. I really loved Rev in this series and just love the both main characters in this story. I thought the plot handed many issues that are some common in everyday life like slut shamming, secrets and of course love. I really found this book to a compelling read. I was equally invested in both characters. I really grew to love the character of Rev and really loved the romance and also the tie back to the characters in letters to the lost! I really hope we get a book 3 in this series!

3. Not if I save your first by Ally Carter

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Thoughts: I thought this book was the prefect mix between a survival story, a president son and also a adventure/ thriller story. I flew through this book and was so invested in both POV. I really loved the relationships and especially logan and maddie. I also liked how the there were flashbacks as well. I flew through this book and really loved it. I would love to see another book featuring these characters.

4. Spies Lies and Allies by Lisa Brown Roberts

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Reasons: This book was one of my most surprising reads of the year. I went into this book excited but this book just made me so happy. This book follows a lead character who always wants to spend more time with her dad and unexeepctyly winds up working at her dad office, working with the interns who are working to win a scholarship and this book was the prefect friendship book. It also had hints of romance but just exploring all the characters in this book was so much fun. I really loved this book and this book easily made me laugh and cry. I normally love book about internships and jobs and this book met all my critters! I have to check out her backlist soon!

5. Save the date by  Morgan Matson

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Reasons: I have waited two years for this book and boy was it worth the wait. I really loved this book. It is now high up on my favorites book. I loved how this whole book took place over a weekend at a wedding and the drama that occurred. This book focused so much on family dynamics and also a lot about self discovery and it had hints of romance as well. But this family dynamics was the highlight of this novel. I really loved this book and found it to prefect summer read!

6. I will always write back by Caitlin and Martin

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Reasons: This non-fiction book blew my mind. I really can not say enough good things about this book. I really shows you how much friendship, compassions and being a good person can really change someone life. This book made me cry and laugh and really felt to me like YA novel even thought this book is totally real. I can not rec. this book enough and I never heard it for before i saw it on at bookstore and highly rec it to you.

7. The Prince and the Dressmaker by  Jen Wang

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Reasons: I don’t often read graphic novels, but this one was a such a adorable read. I was equally invested in both the storyline and the art style. I really loved the storyline and especially the relationship between the prince and the dressmaker. This book had so many elements of diversity and overall both made me cry good and bad tears! I adored this book and really can’t wait to read more by Jen Wang!

8. Broken Things by Lauren Oliver

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Reasons: This book was such a refreshing read. I found it to be a prefect mix between pretty little liars and gone girl. I really loved how eerie and creepy this book was. I loved the various time lines we were exposed to in this book. This story was super compelling. This book struck a good balance between a thriller and maybe even hints of the world elements. I found this book to be super compelling read.

Let me know in the comments what are some of your top reads in these categories!!

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TheWicked king Arc Review

The Wicked King  by Holly Black

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Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers on January 8, 2019

Genres: Young Adult, fantasy, fairy

Pages: 336

Format: ARC

Source: ALA

2018 challenge: N/A

Buy on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads

I would give this book 5 for a review.

Summary!!!

The enchanting and bloodthirsty sequel to the New York Times bestselling novel The Cruel Prince.  You must be strong enough to strike and strike and strike again without tiring. The first lesson is to make yourself strong.After the jaw-dropping revelation that Oak is the heir to Faerie, Jude must keep her younger brother safe. To do so, she has bound the wicked king, Cardan, to her, and made herself the power behind the throne. Navigating the constantly shifting political alliances of Faerie would be difficult enough if Cardan were easy to control. But he does everything in his power to humiliate and undermine her even as his fascination with her remains undiminished. When it becomes all too clear that someone close to Jude means to betray her, threatening her own life and the lives of everyone she loves, Jude must uncover the traitor and fight her own complicated feelings for Cardan to maintain control as a mortal in a Faerie world.

My Brief Thoughts:

I adored this book a lot. I think this book really did change the game of this series yet again. I really grew to love all the characters in this book but especially Jude. I think the world building was so well crafted in this book and I loved how this book both expanded the world but also expanded the characters growth. I just loved how tightly wound this story is with the first book in this series. The ending was insane will be a super super long wait but I loved this book a lot!

My Extended Thoughts:

Characters: I thought this book raised the bar and def did some vey compelling things with all these characters. This book was really showed you different sides of all the and really was hard to put down. I really enjoyed what holly black did with her characters.

Pace: This book is only a bit over 300 pages and it is a fast pace read that really did not stop until the last chapter when you REALLY want to toss your book across the room. But as very well pace novel that was hard to put down.

Twists: The final twist is behind CRUEL and i wanted to toss my book across the room. I def need to re read this series in 2019! But all I can say is waiting until 2020 for this last book in this series is hard!

Next book! If I by some reason could get this book tomorrow. I would have waited too long! I am not looking foward to my long wait!

let me know in the comments your thoughts about wicked king or if you are super excited to read it!

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Top Ten Fantasy and Science Fiction books of 2018!!

So I experienced (listen and read) to at this posting 152 books this year. I had such a good reading year! I want to share with you the top ten books I read focusing on Fantasy and science fictions novels! I am chatting about this in the video bellow and will share bellow what made them stand out to me!

  1. Cruel Prince by Holly Black

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Reasons: I was immediately captured by both the world building and the characters and found the twists in this book to be so shocking. I really adored this book and found it to be such a fast pace read. I think the world was the stand out to me and also the plot shocks!

2. Zenith by Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings

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Reasons: I found this world building to be a super fun read. I thought the plot was super compelling and found the various types of characters to be super fun to read about. I enjoyed the various POV characters that we had and really loved how focused this was on female characters.

Honorable mention: Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston

3.  To a Kill A Kingdom by Alexandra Christo

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Reasons:  This book was def a standout of the year. I was so captured by the world and also the characters. I was equally invested in both POV. I loved the Romeo and Juilet elements of this story and found it to be super fun read. I thought it was also a strong standalone novel.  I really hope this author writes more in the future.

4. Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian

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Reasons: This book was focused on such a unique heroine and I really loved this book. This book was really focused on the political drama and to me had hints of lost princess story that I normally adored. This book was such fun read. I was really captured by all the characters. This book is def a slow burn story but so well done. I really can’t wait for book 2!

5. Obsidio by Kaufman and Kristoff

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Reasons:  This book was a Prefect conclusion to the series. The one thing I adored about this book was how it had a prefect balance of focusing on the new characters that we met but also completing the story for the other four characters. The formate of this book was also the highlight and really stuck with me. I hope more books are created in this formate. This book def made me toss it across the room several times, but I really loved it and found it be awesome read and a great conclusion.

6. Magnus Chase and The ship of the dead by Rick Riordan

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Reasons : I thought this book was a solid conclusion to the series. I really loved how this book gave moments to shine to all the side characters. I also loved how this book connected back to the percy jackson characters and the appearances that we saw. I really thought the ending and the story was such a fast pace read and really loved the storyline and the characters. Overall, I thought this book was super diverse read and found it to be really good read and def hope we see these characters more in the future.

7. WildCard by Marie Lu

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Reasons: I found this book to be such a solid conclusion to the series. I felt this book really expanded the world building and just the world in general. I thought the plot in this book was even more interesting  then plot in book one. I really loved the “game” elements that was featured in this book. I really was captured by this book and also found this book to be so diverse in the best way possible. This was a book that was able to end the series but also in the theory could easily open up a another series set in the same world!!

8. Darkest Legacy by Alexandra Bracken

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Reasons: I could not wait for this sequel book to the darkest mind series. I was so excited for a book set in Zu mind and boy was I not let down. I really loved this book. I loved seeing Zu as a lead character. The mystery was so fast pace and I really loved the tie backs to the older characters and the new characters that we met. I found this book to such  a great read and really hope alex falls back into this world again because she easily could.

9.  The Wicked King: Holly Black

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Reasons:  This book was another AMAZING BOOK!! I can’t wait for you guys to get to read this book. This book was another game changer in this series. I really enjoyed this book. I really loved how the world building became even more intense in his novel. The relationships between these characters again was a standout. The ending and the wait I must now wait for it EVIL!! AND REALLY NEED BOOK 3 NOW! But this book is one off my top reads of the year!

10.  The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman

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Reasons: I found this book to be fast pace read. It is def a creepy read and one that I was easily captured by. I really enjoyed this read and found it to be nice mix between stranger things and raven boys. I thought this book had limited romance but am excited to see if we get any romance in future books. I really enjoyed this this read and hope you will consider checking it out in April!

Let me know in the comments what are your top fantasy and science fiction reads of the year and tell me why in the comments!

 

 

 

2019 Sequels, I am so excited to read!!

So I have read so many books in 2018, but here are some series that I am so excited to dive back into the world and see what happens next!

  1. Evermore

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Why: I really loved book 1, and I am so excited to see how this book keeps going and what happens next. I thought the world building in this novel was so cool and I really need to know what happens next!

Summary: Jules Ember was raised hearing legends of the ancient magic of the wicked Alchemist and the good Sorceress. But she has just learned the truth: She is the Alchemist, and Caro—a woman who single-handedly murdered the Queen and Jules’s first love, Roan, in cold blood—is the Sorceress.

The whole kingdom believes that Jules is responsible for the murders, and a hefty bounty has been placed on her head. And Caro is intent on destroying Jules, who stole her heart twelve lifetimes ago. Now Jules must piece together the stories of her past lives to save the person who has captured her heart in this one.

2. Wicked King

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Why: I actually have read this book and this book BLEW my mind. The end of this book was cruel ending (Pun intended) and I can’t wait to hear what the rest of the worlds think about it!

Summary: You must be strong enough to strike and strike and strike again without tiring. The first lesson is to make yourself strong. After the jaw-dropping revelation that Oak is the heir to Faerie, Jude must keep her younger brother safe. To do so, she has bound the wicked king, Cardan, to her, and made herself the power behind the throne. Navigating the constantly shifting political alliances of Faerie would be difficult enough if Cardan were easy to control. But he does everything in his power to humiliate and undermine her even as his fascination with her remains undiminished. When it becomes all too clear that someone close to Jude means to betray her, threatening her own life and the lives of everyone she loves, Jude must uncover the traitor and fight her own complicated feelings for Cardan to maintain control as a mortal in a Faerie world.

3. Lady smoke

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Why: I thought Ash Princess was one of my favorite fantasy novels in 2018. This was another ending that made ME NEED book 2! I really need to know what happens!

Summary: The Kaiser murdered Theodosia’s mother, the Fire Queen, when Theo was only six. He took Theo’s country and kept her prisoner, crowning her Ash Princess–a pet to toy with and humiliate for ten long years. That era has ended. The Kaiser thought his prisoner weak and defenseless. He didn’t realize that a sharp mind is the deadliest weapon. Theo no longer wears a crown of ashes. She has taken back her rightful title, and a hostage–Prinz Soren. But her people remain enslaved under the Kaiser’s rule, and now she is thousands of miles away from them and her throne. To get them back, she will need an army. Only, securing an army means she must trust her aunt, the dreaded pirate Dragonsbane. And according to Dragonsbane, an army can only be produced if Theo takes a husband. Something an Astrean Queen has never done.Theo knows that freedom comes at a price, but she is determined to find a way to save her country without losing herself.

4. Kingsbane

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Why: I found Fury Born to be such a unique novel! I really enjoyed the read and again the ending is one that I really need the sequel too! I hope I enjoy it like i did fury born 🙂

Summary: Rielle Dardenne has been anointed Sun Queen, but her trials are far from over. The Gate keeping the angels at bay is falling. To repair it, Rielle must collect the seven hidden castings of the saints. Meanwhile, to help her prince and love Audric protect Celdaria, Rielle must spy on the angel Corien―but his promises of freedom and power may prove too tempting to resist. Centuries later, Eliana Ferracora grapples with her new reality: She is the Sun Queen, humanity’s long-awaited savior. But fear of corruption―fear of becoming another Rielle―keeps Eliana’s power dangerous and unpredictable. Hunted by all, racing against time to save her dying friend Navi, Eliana must decide how to wear a crown she never wanted―by embracing her mother’s power, or rejecting it forever.

5. King of scars

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Why: I adored Nickoli so much and i REALLY am dying for this book and to see a book focused on this character. He is one of my favorite characters in the whole grisha verse and REALLY am excited to dive into this read!

Summary:  Face your demons…or feed them.Nikolai Lantsov has always had a gift for the impossible. No one knows what he endured in his country’s bloody civil war―and he intends to keep it that way. Now, as enemies gather at his weakened borders, the young king must find a way to refill Ravka’s coffers, forge new alliances, and stop a rising threat to the once-great Grisha Army.Yet with every day a dark magic within him grows stronger, threatening to destroy all he has built. With the help of a young monk and a legendary Grisha Squaller, Nikolai will journey to the places in Ravka where the deepest magic survives to vanquish the terrible legacy inside him. He will risk everything to save his country and himself. But some secrets aren’t meant to stay buried―and some wounds aren’t meant to heal.

let me know what sequel, you are excited about as well!

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Top 2018 Books I still Need to read!!

So we all have massive  reading goals and here are some of the books that came out in 2018, that I just did not get and are on the top of my list for 2019!

  1. Check Please (graphic novel)
  2. ink Iron Glass
  3. Damsel
  4. Reign the earth
  5. Little do we Know
  6. The Diminished
  7. Life Like
  8. Runaways
  9. Speak Easy Speak love

Let me know in the comments what books you missed in 2018, that are high on your reading goals for 2019!

later book lovers!

TFW: My Top Five books I am excited for in 2019!! (all genres)

I am going to do longer lists later in this month and early next month. But here are some of my top books that I am so excited to get into these and some are even on my shelves currently! Check out my video bellow for a detailed descriptions of these books that have caught my attention!!

Contemporary!!

  1. Famous In a small town by Emma Miles

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Summary: For Sophie, small town life has never felt small. With her four best friends―loving, infuriating, and all she could ever ask for―she can weather any storm. But when Sophie’s beloved Acadia High School marching band is selected to march in the upcoming Rose Parade, it’s her job to get them all the way to LA. Her plan? To persuade country singer Megan Pleasant, their Midwestern town’s only claim to fame, to come back to Acadia to headline a fundraising festival.The only problem is that Megan has very publicly sworn never to return.What ensues is a journey filled with long-kept secrets, hidden heartbreaks, and revelations that could change everything―along with a possible fifth best friend: a new guy with a magnetic smile and secrets of his own.

2. Fame, Fate, and the First Kiss by Kasie West

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Summary: Lacey Barnes has dreamed of being an actress for as long as she can remember. So when she gets the opportunity to star in a movie alongside one of Hollywood’s hottest actors, she doesn’t hesitate to accept the part.But Lacey quickly learns that life in the spotlight isn’t as picture perfect as she imagined. She’s having trouble bonding with her costars, her father has hired the definition of a choir boy, Donavan Lake, to tutor her, and somewhere along the way she’s lost her acting mojo. And just when it seems like things couldn’t get any worse, it looks like someone on set is deliberately trying to sabotage her.As Lacey’s world spins out of control, it feels like the only person she can count on—whether it’s helping her try to unravel the mystery of who is out to get her or snap her out of her acting funk—is Donavan. But what she doesn’t count on is this straight-laced boy becoming another distraction.With her entire future riding on this movie, Lacey knows she can’t afford to get sidetracked by a crush. But for the first time in her life Lacey wonders if it’s true that the best stories really do happen when you go off script.

3. Only a Breath Apart by Katie Mcgary 

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Summary:    They say your destiny is carved in stone. But some destinies are meant to be broken.The only curse Jesse Lachlin believes in is his grandmother’s will: in order to inherit his family farm he must win the approval of his childhood best friend, the girl he froze out his freshman year.A fortuneteller tells Scarlett she’s psychic, but what is real is Scarlett’s father’s controlling attitude and the dark secrets at home. She may be able to escape, but only if she can rely on the one boy who broke her heart. Each midnight meeting pushes Jesse and Scarlett to confront their secrets and their feelings, but as love blooms, the curse rears its ugly head…

Fantasy/ Science Fiction:

4. The Walking Forest by Alyssa Wees

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Summary: The waking forest has secrets. To Rhea, it appears like a mirage, dark and dense, at the very edge of her backyard. But when she reaches out to touch it, the forest vanishes. She’s desperate to know more—until she finds a peculiar boy who offers to reveal its secrets. If she plays a game.To the Witch, the forest is her home, where she sits on her throne of carved bone, waiting for dreaming children to beg her to grant their wishes. One night, a mysterious visitor arrives and asks her what she wishes for, but the Witch sends him away. And then the uninvited guest returns. The strangers are just the beginning. Something is stirring in the forest, and when Rhea’s and the Witch’s paths collide, a truth more treacherous and deadly than either could ever imagine surfaces. But how much are they willing to risk to survive?

Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

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Summary: The year is 2380, and the graduating cadets of Aurora Academy are being assigned their first missions. Star pupil Tyler Jones is ready to recruit the squad of his dreams, but his own boneheaded heroism sees him stuck with the dregs nobody else in the academy would touch . . .                                                                                                                      A cocky diplomat with a black belt in sarcasm
A sociopath scientist with a fondness for shooting her bunkmates
A smart-ass tech whiz with the galaxy’s biggest chip on his shoulder
An alien warrior with anger-management issues
A tomboy pilot who’s totally not into him, in case you were wondering
And Ty’s squad isn’t even his biggest problem–that’d be Aurora Jie-Lin O’Malley, the girl he’s just rescued from interdimensional space. Trapped in cryo-sleep for two centuries, Auri is a girl out of time and out of her depth. But she could be the catalyst that starts a war millions of years in the making, and Tyler’s squad of losers, discipline cases, and misfits might just be the last hope for the entire galaxy.

Let me know in the comments what are some of your books you are most excited for in 2019!!

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TTT: Books I Hope I Find Under My Christmas Tree This Morning

I always hope to get books under my holiday tree and here are just a few I have put on my various lists and I hope somebody gifts them to me 🙂

  1. Crown of Midnight then Sarah J Mass
  2. The Art of Harry Potter
  3. How she died and how I live
  4. Lulu the Broadway mouse
  5. Two dark reigns
  6. These rebel waves
  7. Truly Devious
  8. As she ascends
  9. Stormbreaker
  10. The Afterlife of Holly chase

Let me know in the comments what are some book you hope are under your holiday tree this year!

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What I am reading monday!!!

I actually had a much better reading week to end my 2018 school year. I really enjoyed both books that I read. I am so excited to create all my end of 2018 and early 19 lists. I am so excited to give you all more content!

What I finished reading!

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I really enjoyed this new buffy themed novel. I really loved all the new characters, the plot and the setting. I also really liked the t.v show cameos we got and really excited for book 2!

What I am currently reading!!

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this is my last holiday themed novel, I am reading this year and I hope I LOVE IT!

What I want to read next!

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this is another holiday themed book, that i hope to tackle this week. Let me know in the comments what you are reading.

later book lovers!

 

 

Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow: Non-Spoiler Review!!

Nevermore  The Trials of Morgan Crow by Jessica Townsend

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Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers on October 31, 2017

Genres: Middle Grade, Fantasy

Pages: 480

Format: Hardback

Source: Library

2018 challenge: Beat the backlist challenge

Buy on AmazonBarnes & Noble, Goodreads

I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!!!

A breathtaking, enchanting new series by debut author Jessica Townsend, about a cursed girl who escapes death and finds herself in a magical world–but is then tested beyond her wildest imagination

Morrigan Crow is cursed. Having been born on Eventide, the unluckiest day for any child to be born, she’s blamed for all local misfortunes, from hailstorms to heart attacks–and, worst of all, the curse means that Morrigan is doomed to die at midnight on her eleventh birthday.

But as Morrigan awaits her fate, a strange and remarkable man named Jupiter North appears. Chased by black-smoke hounds and shadowy hunters on horseback, he whisks her away into the safety of a secret, magical city called Nevermoor.
It’s then that Morrigan discovers Jupiter has chosen her to contend for a place in the city’s most prestigious organization: the Wundrous Society. In order to join, she must compete in four difficult and dangerous trials against hundreds of other children, each boasting an extraordinary talent that sets them apart–an extraordinary talent that Morrigan insists she does not have. To stay in the safety of Nevermoor for good, Morrigan will need to find a way to pass the tests–or she’ll have to leave the city to confront her deadly fate.
Perfect for fans of the Harry Potter series and Neil Gaiman, this fast-paced plot and imaginative world has a fresh new take on magic that will appeal to a new generation of readers.

My  Brief Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this book. It was such a prefect middle grade adventure with a mix of fantasy and magic. I really was captivated by the world building and also the characters. I thought the “tasks” kept the plot to be super fast pace and engaging It was such a fun novel to read and hard to put down. I enjoyed the characters alot and loved the developing the “trio of characters that we met. The ending was a tad rushed but Overall, I really loved the book and hope to read book 2 soon!

My Extended Thoughts:

Plot: I thought the plot was super fast pace and so well crafted. I really enjoyed the plot and enjoyed how the”trials” acted as a nice way to structure the novel. It reminded me alot of harry potter book 4. I thought the ending of the book was a tad rushed but overall I really enjoyed the plot!

Characters: I really grew so invested into these characters. I really loved Morgan as a character and also the “trio”that developed throughout this novel. I also thought they characters were so well crafted and was invested in all the characters.

Mystery: I really enjoyed the mystery overall. I was suprised by it for sure and thought he ending was a bit of info dump at moments but really am excited for book 2!

Book 2! I hope to read it soon!