BloodLeaf (Non-Spolier Review)

Bloodleaf by Crystal Smith

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Published by HMH Books for Young Readers on March 12, 2019

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy

Pages: 384

Format: Arc

Source: NYCC

2018 challenge:

Buy on AmazonBarnes & Noble, Goodreads

I would give this book 4.5 for a review.

Summary!!!

Princess Aurelia is a prisoner to her crown and the heir that nobody wants. Surrounded by spirits and banned from using her blood-magic, Aurelia flees her country after a devastating assassination attempt. To escape her fate, Aurelia disguises herself as a commoner in a new land and discovers a happiness her crown has never allowed. As she forges new bonds and perfects her magic, she begins to fall for a man who is forbidden to rule beside her. But the ghosts that haunt Aurelia refuse to abandon her, and she finds herself succumbing to their call as they expose a nefarious plot that only she can defeat. Will she be forced to choose between the weight of the crown and the freedom of her new life?

My Thoughts:

This book was such a refreshing read. I really loved the how this story took the goose girl myth and really made it unique fast pace story. I was super invested in this story and the characters. I was also really invested in the court politics and they world building around the blood magic. This book was a lighter fantasy but one that really captured my heart. I thought the ending was rushed and could have been fleshed out a tad more but I am def excited for book 2!

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The devouring grey ( arc review) (non-spoiler review)!!!

The Devouring Grey by Christine Lynn Herman

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Published by Disney-Hyperion on April 2, 2019

Genres: Young Adult, fantasy,

Pages: 368

Format: arc

Source: NYCC

2018 challenge:

Buy on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads

I would give this book 4.75 for a review.

Summary!!!

Branches and stones, daggers and bones,
They locked the Beast away.

After the death of her sister, seventeen-year-old Violet Saunders finds herself dragged to Four Paths, New York. Violet may be a newcomer, but she soon learns her mother isn’t: They belong to one of the revered founding families of the town, where stone bells hang above every doorway and danger lurks in the depths of the woods.

Justin Hawthorne’s bloodline has protected Four Paths for generations from the Gray-a lifeless dimension that imprisons a brutal monster. After Justin fails to inherit his family’s powers, his mother is determined to keep this humiliation a secret. But Justin can’t let go of the future he was promised and the town he swore to protect.

Ever since Harper Carlisle lost her hand to an accident that left her stranded in the Gray for days, she has vowed revenge on the person who abandoned her: Justin Hawthorne. There are ripples of dissent in Four Paths, and Harper seizes an opportunity to take down the Hawthornes and change her destiny-to what extent, even she doesn’t yet know.

The Gray is growing stronger every day, and its victims are piling up. When Violet accidentally unleashes the monster, all three must band together with the other Founders to unearth the dark truths behind their families’ abilities… before the Gray devours them all.

 

My Thoughts:

This book was such a atmospheric read. I thought it was the prefect mix between stranger things and also darkest minds. I really enjoyed how we got into so many different characters heads and how romance was really not the focus of this novel. It did had hints of romance but it was not the focus. I really enjoyed the world building and the dynamics between the characters! I think the world building was the highlight of the novel. I def will be checking out book 2! I know this book comes out in april, but I think it would be the prefect fall read!

My Extended Thoughts:

World Building: This book was such a engaging read and reading during a con, I kept coming back to it. It was such a engaging read. I was super compelling and I really found the world to be so well done. It def had elements off strangers things but def was unique enough to keep me turning the pages.

Lack oRomance: I def want romance in future books but the low key hints of romance in this book worked super well. I really thought it worked well and I actually liked it. I def became invested in all the characters this way. I am curious to see where this book goes!

Characters: I really did like all the characters and loved all the various POV that we did get, I really loved them all. I thought the “normal” roles was tuned so on its head and I really loved that. I also like the hints of diversity as well. It was easy to like these characters.

Plot: I really did like the slow burn plot and even though the ending could have been less rushed. I found it to be another book highlight!

later book lovers!!

 

 

 

First Line Friday: You Owe me a Murder!!

So I have started this read and so far am really liking it! I hope you would consider checking out this read in the future!!

Book Cover!!

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First Line Friday:

” I plotted murder in the Vancouver airport while waiting at gate D78 for my flight to London”

Summary!!

Seventeen-year-old Kim gets more than she bargained for when she is set up for murder. Perfect for fans of One of Us is Lying, E. Lockhart, and Gillian Flynn.
17-year-old Kim never expected to plot a murder. But that was before her boyfriend dumped her for another girl. Now, Kim’s stuck on a class trip to London with him and his new soulmate and she can’t help wishing he was a little bit dead, even if she’d never really do that. But when Kim meets Nicki, a stranger on the plane who’s more than willing to listen to Kim’s woes, things start to look up. Nicki’s got a great sense of humor, and when she jokes about swapping murders, Kim plays along—that is, until Kim’s ex-boyfriend mysteriously dies. Blackmailed by Nicki to fulfill her end of the deal, Kim will have to commit a murder or take the fall for one.

Information:

  • Print Length: 373 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1328519023
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (March 5, 2019)
  • Publication Date: March 5, 2019

Let me Know if these book is on your TBR!!

Later book lovers!!!

 

Spring Has Sprung!! Choose my Next read!!

So I have been craving some smaller reads and I want to ask you to choose my next read for the month of April! These are all books that are contemporary themed and I am super excited to read them all!

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So the only thing you have to do is comment bellow what title you think I should read!!

I will annouce the winner in my April TBR!!

Thanks for Voting!!

 

 

Authors New To me In Jan. and February 2019!!

So I decided to start a new feature on my blog! I am going to feature the new to me authors that I read over the past two months and my general thoughts and would I read them again and are they a buy or borrow author!

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  1. Amy Plum:  I loved herc writing style I just wish it was longer and let it expand her world building.

Verdict: Borrow her books!

2. Mia Garcia: I really loved this diverse read and I loved her writing style and the various POV we got in this novel. I would love to read more by this

Verdict: Borrow her books!

3. Adventure Guilds series: I really loved this book and the duel author partnership. I found this to be super fun read and really am excited for book 2.

Verdict: Borrow books!

4. Natasha Ngan: This is one of my favorite new authors to me. I really loved this story and how it was such a diverse read. I also loved the LBGTQ Read and really am excited for the next book in this series

Verdict: Buy them!

5. The Similars by Rebecca Handover: I was super captived by her writing and the story and I really flew through this read and so excited for the sequel.

Verdict: Buy

6.  Elizabeth Gilbert: I thought this was the prefect non-fiction read. I really loved listening to this read. and would love to read more by this author in the future.

Verdict: Get the Audio Books:

7. Ashly Elston: I really loved this read and was super impressed by it and I found it super hard to predict this novel and that was shocking. Def will be checking out more by this author

Verdict: Buy them!

8. Sophie Jordan: Her writing style just did not impress me. I felt the storytelling was a bit immature for my liking.  But it was a fun read.

Verdict: Borrow

Let me know in the comments what are some authors you first read in the past two months and what were your thoughts!

later book lovers!

 

 

 

 

TTT: Audiobooks I would Recommend!!

So this is not a paid promotion but I am loyal Audible subscriber and love listening to audiobooks and with my long commutes during the school year and my love of Bike Riding I spend a lot of hours listening to audiobooks. So here are my top ten listens. I will chat through them in the video bellow, but bellow is the complete list.

  1. Ilumanie Files series
  2. Tortal Series Tamora Pierce
  3. Circle of Magic Series
  4. Neil Patrick Harris Audio book.
  5. This Will only hurt a little (Busy Phillips)
  6. Talking as fast as I can from Gilmore girl to Gilmore Girls.
  7. Harry Potter Series
  8. Throne of Glass
  9. Wizards of once
  10. Land of stories complete cannon!

So tell me in the comments what are some of your favorite audiobooks and why you enjoy them so much!

Later book lovers!

What I am reading Monday!!

So this past week was super rough on my reading. I will be honest. I did not read as much as I wanted to do and was beating my self up! I hope to make much more progress this week and hopefully get some listing done as well!!

What I Finished reading!!!

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I felt like this book was super long and I felt like I got lost in the details a bit to much. I really did love the new world we went to and also the dynamics between the characters and really did not enjoy the story but think i liked book one more!

What I am currently reading!!

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I am really enjoying this fast pace thriller so far and I hope I liked this book more by the other book by this author, with Malice. So far, I like it!

What I want to read next!!

I am wanting to read some shorter reads, and catch up on my NETGALLY

so here are some of my options!!

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Listening!!

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I feel a bit behind and really hope to tackle this read by the end of the week!!

Let me know what you hope to tackle in your reading life this week!

later book lovers!!

 

 

Arlo Finch and the Lake of the moon

Arlo Finch and the lake of the moon by John August

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Published by Roaring Brook Press on February 5, 2019

Genres: Middle grade, Adventure

Pages: 384

Format: Arc

Source: NYCC

2018 challenge:

Buy on AmazonBarnes & Noble, Goodreads

I would give this book 4.5 for a review.

Summary!!!

Some legends are real.

For Arlo Finch and the Rangers of Pine Mountain Company, summer camp is more than canoeing and hiking. It’s also a chance to search for ancient forest spirits and discover mysterious messages encoded in tree bark. But when Arlo and his best friends Indra and Wu stumble upon clues about the long-lost Yellow Patrol, Arlo uncovers a stunning history that leads right back to his very own family.

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this sequel to the first book. I loved the new setting of this book and also the new characters we met. I really enjoyed how this book expanded the world and found it so be so intreating. I really enjoyed the mystery as well that was crafted throughout the novel. I thought the pacing of this novel was slow in some points but overall it was still an engaging read. I am super excited for book 3 in 202o!

The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge (Non-Spoiler Review)

The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge  by M.T. Anderson and Eugene Yelchin

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Published by Candlewick; Illustrated edition on September 25, 2018

Genres: Middle Grade, Fantasy

Pages: 544

Format: BEA

Source: ARC

2018 challenge:

Buy on AmazonBarnes & Noble, Goodreads

I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!!!

Uptight elfin historian Brangwain Spurge is on a mission: survive being catapulted across the mountains into goblin territory, deliver a priceless peace offering to their mysterious dark lord, and spy on the goblin kingdom — from which no elf has returned alive in more than a hundred years. Brangwain’s host, the goblin archivist Werfel, is delighted to show Brangwain around. They should be the best of friends, but a series of extraordinary double crosses, blunders, and cultural misunderstandings throws these two bumbling scholars into the middle of an international crisis that may spell death for them — and war for their nations. Witty mixed media illustrations show Brangwain’s furtive missives back to the elf kingdom, while Werfel’s determinedly unbiased narrative tells an entirely different story. A hilarious and biting social commentary that could only come from the likes of National Book Award winner M. T. Anderson and Newbery Honoree Eugene Yelchin, this tale is rife with thrilling action and visual humor . . . and a comic disparity that suggests the ultimate victor in a war is perhaps not who won the battles, but who gets to write the history.

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this book. I really loved how this book was structure through both novel and graphic novel. I found the different narrative told so interesting and it really made me read this book quickly. I really enjoyed both main characters. I also enjoyed the world that was created for this novel and how fantasy it was but also how it handled issues like policies, history and winters and losers. I really enjoyed this book and hope to read more by this author in the future.

First Line Friday: BloodLeaf by Crystal Smith!!!

So I am really enjoying my current read! And I want to share the first line with you!!

Cover!!

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First Line:

” The gallows had been erected in the shadows of the clock tower, partly so that spectators could witness the executions without the nuisance of the sun in their eyes and partly so that the Tribunal could keep its killings on precise schedule. Order in all things that was the Tribunal moto.”

Summary!!

Princess Aurelia is a prisoner to her crown and the heir that nobody wants. Surrounded by spirits and banned from using her blood-magic, Aurelia flees her country after a devastating assassination attempt. To escape her fate, Aurelia disguises herself as a commoner in a new land and discovers a happiness her crown has never allowed. As she forges new bonds and perfects her magic, she begins to fall for a man who is forbidden to rule beside her. But the ghosts that haunt Aurelia refuse to abandon her, and she finds herself succumbing to their call as they expose a nefarious plot that only she can defeat. Will she be forced to choose between the weight of the crown and the freedom of her new life?

Author Information:

Crystal Smith is a writer, photographer, and artist who developed an early love of storytelling in a family of voracious readers. She resides in Utah with her high school sweetheart husband and two lively sons. When she isn’t writing or creating, she can be found re-watching Jane Eyre and Howl’s Moving Castle or reading ghost stories with all the lights on.

Book Information:

  • Series: The Bloodleaf Trilogy (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (March 12, 2019)

Let me know if this book is on your radar to read!
later book lovers!!!