The Babysitters Coven (Non-Spoiler Review)

The Babysitters Coven  by Kate Williams

Published by  Delacorte Press on September 17, 2019

Genres: Young Adult, contempory adventure

Pages: 368

Format: e book

Source: Library

2019 challenge:

Buy on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads

I would give this book 2 for a review.

Summary!!!

Adventures in Babysitting meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer in this funny, action-packed novel about a coven of witchy babysitters who realize their calling to protect the innocent and save the world from an onslaught of evil. 

Seventeen-year-old Esme Pearl has a babysitters club. She knows it’s kinda lame, but what else is she supposed to do? Get a job? Gross. Besides, Esme likes babysitting, and she’s good at it.

And lately Esme needs all the cash she can get, because it seems like destruction follows her wherever she goes. Let’s just say she owes some people a new tree. 

Enter Cassandra Heaven. She’s Instagram-model hot, dresses like she found her clothes in a dumpster, and has a rebellious streak as gnarly as the cafeteria cooking. So why is Cassandra willing to do anything, even take on a potty-training two-year-old, to join Esme’s babysitters club?

The answer lies in a mysterious note Cassandra’s mother left her: “Find the babysitters. Love, Mom.”

Turns out, Esme and Cassandra have more in common than they think, and they’re about to discover what being a babysitter really means: a heroic lineage of superpowers, magic rituals, and saving the innocent from seriously terrifying evil. And all before the parents get home.

My Thoughts:

I struggled to love this read. I felt the pacing was all off and the plot was not smooth and had a lot of pacing issues. I felt like there was no real conflict in the start of the book and it was hard to keep my attention. The elements of this book the baby-sitting, witches and friendship and family just did not mesh super well and I had a hard time feeling connected to the plot and characters. I think the world building in the book was weaker and just introduced too late to be engaging. I might read the sequel and hope the world building and the mystery elements are stronger.

December TBR!!

So I can’t Believe I am typing this post. I have so many books that I would love to tackle before the end of the year. I am also going to participate in a version of Book Mass for the last two weeks of the month! I also hosting a readathon for the whole month! Check out wed for that post!! Here are all the reads I would love to tackle this month!!

  1. Keeper Of the lost Cities: LodeStar (BBLC)
  2. Conceal, Don’t feel (New release)
  3. Sawkill Girls (New Release)
  4. Fireborn (New Release)
  5. This is our Story (BBLC)
  6. Blood Witch (2019 book)
  7. Wonder Women (BBLT)
  8. Say you will Remember me (BBLT)
  9. A Heart So Fierce and Broken (Arc Jan 2020)
  10. Archenemies (BBLT)
  11. Finale (2019 Book)
  12. Meet me at Midnight (Arc March 2020)
  13. Echoes Between us (Arc Jan 2020)
  14. Circle of Magic (Magic Steps) (BBLT)

Let me know what are some reads, you hope to tackle this month, to conclude this year!

Later book lovers!

First Line Friday: The Queen of Nothing

So the long awaited conclusion to the Cruel Prince series, is finally here! I want to tease the first line for you all, if you have not had a chance to pick it up yet! You totally should!!

Cover!!

First Line Friday!!

“The Royal Astrologer, Baphen, squinted at the star chart and tried not to fitch when it seemed sure the youngest prince of Elfhame was about to be dropped on his royal head”

Summary!!

He will be the destruction of the crown and the ruination of the throne

Power is much easier to acquire than it is to hold onto. Jude learned this lesson when she released her control over the wicked king, Cardan, in exchange for immeasurable power. 

Now as the exiled mortal Queen of Faerie, Jude is powerless and left reeling from Cardan’s betrayal. She bides her time determined to reclaim everything he took from her. Opportunity arrives in the form of her deceptive twin sister, Taryn, whose mortal life is in peril.

Jude must risk venturing back into the treacherous Faerie Court, and confront her lingering feelings for Cardan, if she wishes to save her sister. But Elfhame is not as she left it. War is brewing. As Jude slips deep within enemy lines she becomes ensnared in the conflict’s bloody politics. 

And, when a dormant yet powerful curse is unleashed, panic spreads throughout the land, forcing her to choose between her ambition and her humanity… 

Book Information:

  • Series: The Folk of the Air (3) (Book 3)
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (November 19, 2019)

Author Information:

Holly Black is the bestselling author of contemporary fantasy novels for teens and children, including The Folk of the Air trilogy, Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale and the #1 New York Times bestselling Spiderwick series. She has been a finalist for the Eisner Award, and the recipient of the Andre Norton Award and Mythopoeic Award. Holly lives in Massachusetts with her husband, Theo, in a house with a secret library. Her website is http://www.blackholly.com.

Throw Back Purchase TBR: Even the Darkest Stars!!

So another one of the books I am going to focus on my before the end of this year is this dragon themed read!!

Cover!!

Summary!!

limbers of Mt. Everest—perfect for fans of Cindy Pon and Alison Goodman.

Kamzin has always dreamed of becoming one of the Emperor’s royal explorers, the elite climbers tasked with mapping the wintry, mountainous Empire and spying on its enemies. She knows she could be the best in the world, if only someone would give her a chance.

But everything changes when the mysterious and eccentric River Shara, the greatest explorer ever known, arrives in her village and demands to hire Kamzin—not her older sister Lusha, as everyone had expected—for his next expedition.

This is Kamzin’s chance to prove herself—even though River’s mission to retrieve a rare talisman for the emperor means climbing Raksha, the tallest and deadliest mountain in the Aryas.  Then Lusha sets off on her own mission to Raksha with a rival explorer who is determined to best River, and Kamzin must decide what’s most important to her: protecting her sister from the countless perils of the climb or beating her to the summit. 

The challenges of climbing Raksha are unlike anything Kamzin expected—or prepared for—with avalanches, ice chasms, ghosts, and even worse at every turn. And as dark secrets are revealed, Kamzin must unravel the truth of their mission and of her companions—while surviving the deadliest climb she has ever faced.

Book Information:

  • Series: Even the Darkest Stars (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Balzer + Bray; Reprint edition (November 6, 2018)

Author Information!!

Heather Fawcett has worked as an archaeologist, an aerospace technical writer, and a backstage assistant for a Shakespearean theater festival. In her spare time, she can be found reading, hiking, reading, eating ice cream, or reading. She is the author of Ember and the Ice DragonsEven the Darkest Stars, and All the Wandering Light. She lives on Vancouver Island, Canada. Visit Heather online at http://www.heatherfawcettbooks.com.

Waiting on Wed: Chosen (Arc)

I was lucky enough to attend NYCC this fall and one of my top reads to tackle is to read it Chosen by Kirsten White!

Cover!!

Summary!!

Nina continues to learn how to use her slayer powers against enemies old and new in this second novel in the New York Times bestselling series from Kiersten White, set in the world of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Now that Nina has turned the Watcher’s Castle into a utopia for hurt and lonely demons, she’s still waiting for the utopia part to kick in. With her sister Artemis gone and only a few people remaining at the castle—including her still-distant mother—Nina has her hands full. Plus, though she gained back her Slayer powers from Leo, they’re not feeling quite right after being held by the seriously evil succubus Eve, a.k.a. fake Watcher’s Council member and Leo’s mom.

And while Nina is dealing with the darkness inside, there’s also a new threat on the outside, portended by an odd triangle symbol that seems to be popping up everywhere, in connection with Sean’s demon drug ring as well as someone a bit closer to home. Because one near-apocalypse just isn’t enough, right? 

The darkness always finds you. And once again, it’s coming for the Slayer.

Book Information:

  • Series: Slayer (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse (January 7, 2020)

Author Information!!

Kiersten White is the New York Times bestselling author of many books for teens and young readers, including And I DarkenNow I RiseBright We BurnThe Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein, and Slayer. She lives with her family near the ocean in San Diego, where she perpetually lurks in the shadows. Visit Kiersten online at KierstenWhite.com and follow @KierstenWhite on Twitter.

Sisters of Shadow and Light (Non-Spoiler review)

Letters to the lost by Brigid Kemmerer

Published by  Tor Teen on November 5, 2019

Genres: Young Adult, fantsay

Pages: 368

Format: arc

Source: publisher

2019 challenge:

Buy on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads

I would give this book 4.75 for a review.

Summary!!!

The night my sister was born, the stars died and were reborn in her eyes….

Zuhra and Inara have grown up in the Citadel of the Paladins, an abandoned fortress where legendary, magical warriors once lived before disappearing from the world―including their Paladin father the night Inara was born.

On that same night, a massive, magical hedge grew and imprisoned them within the citadel. Inara inherited their father’s Paladin power; her eyes glow blue and she is able to make plants grow at unbelievable rates, but she has been trapped in her own mind because of a “roar” that drowns everything else out―leaving Zuhra virtually alone with their emotionally broken human mother.

For fifteen years they have lived, trapped in the citadel, with little contact from the outside world…until the day a stranger passes through the hedge, and everything changes.

My Thoughts:

I really adored this read. I found the duel POV to super compelling. I loved how this book changed it structure throughout the book to not only expand that characters we met but also expanded the world that we were in. I really did love the sisters in this novel. I thought the world building in this book was a strong highlight of this read. I felt that for a majority of this book the plot was strong and clear and really had a hard time putting the book down. I was equally invested in both POV. I felt the ending of this book was a bit rushed and I just wanted more out of the end. I found this book to such sweeping story and really hope we get more books in this series.

What I am reading Monday!!

Well I just finished Queen of nothing and I am trying to figure out my next read!! But I actually had a okay reading week so lets review what I wad able to tackle!!

What I finished reading!!

I just completed this read! And I am still processing this read!! I did enjoy the end of this series overall!!

What I am currently reading!!!

Disney + has motivated me to pick up this non-fiction read!!

What I want to read next!!

I just got the book from entangled teen and think I need a few more lighter reads before I fly black into fantsay reads!!

What I am listening to!

I am currently reading evermore by Sarah Holland.

Let me know what are your reading plans for this week as well!

Later book lovers!!

Queens of Fennbirn (Non-Spoiler Review)

Queens of Fennbirn  by Kendare Blake

Published by  HarperTeen on April 3, 2018

Genres: Young Adult, fantsay,

Pages: 240

Format: paperback

Source: personally bought

2019 challenge: Beat the backlist challenge

Buy on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads

I would give this book 3 for a review.

Summary!!!

Together in print for the first time in this paperback bind-up, the dazzling prequels to the Three Dark Crowns series are finally available for fans to have and to (literally) hold. Uncover the sisters’ origins, dive deep into the catastrophic reign of the Oracle Queen, and reveal layers of Fennbirn’s past, hidden until now. 

The Young Queens

Get a glimpse of triplet queens Mirabella, Arsinoe, and Katharine during a short period of time when they protected and loved one another. From birth until their claiming ceremonies, this is the story of the three sisters’ lives…before they were at stake. 

The Oracle Queen

Everyone knows the legend of Elsabet, the Oracle Queen. The one who went mad. The one who orchestrated a senseless, horrific slaying of three entire houses. But what really happened? Discover the true story behind the queen who could foresee the future…just not her own downfall.

My Thoughts:

I was super helpful to read this book before I dived back into the main books in this series. I found the first novella about the young queens to be the more engaging story. I really loved the background history that was given and loved seeing the young sister dynamics. I found the second story to be less compelling and less engaging. I felt like the story was because it had a been explained was less compelling and just less interesting. I was happy for that story information but it did not wow me.

Josh and Hazel’s Guide to not dating (Non-Spoiler Review)

Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren

Published by  Gallery Books on September 4, 2018

Genres: Adult, contemporary

Pages: 320

Format: Paper Back

Source: Personally bought

2019 challenge: Beat the backlist challenge

Buy on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads

I would give this book 3 for a review.

Summary!!!

Hazel Camille Bradford knows she’s a lot to take—and frankly, most men aren’t up to the challenge. If her army of pets and thrill for the absurd don’t send them running, her lack of filter means she’ll say exactly the wrong thing in a delicate moment. Their loss. She’s a good soul in search of honest fun.

Josh Im has known Hazel since college, where her zany playfulness proved completely incompatible with his mellow restraint. From the first night they met—when she gracelessly threw up on his shoes—to when she sent him an unintelligible email while in a post-surgical haze, Josh has always thought of Hazel more as a spectacle than a peer. But now, ten years later, after a cheating girlfriend has turned his life upside down, going out with Hazel is a breath of fresh air.

Not that Josh and Hazel date. At least, not each other. Because setting each other up on progressively terrible double blind dates means there’s nothing between them…right?

My Thoughts:

This book is hard to review for me. If I am rating the characters and the first half of the novel, I would give this book a strong four stars. I was really fond of the character and the plot throughout the first half of the book. This book was so laugh out loud funny and I was really captured by the duel POV storytelling in this novel. I also really felt connected to the characters. However the last 100 pages of this novel threw me and I did not love it, I really struggled with the ending. I still am not sure how I feel, but I would give the ending two stars. So I struggled to rate it! But it was a fast pace read for the most part and very funny!

Time Sight (Non-Spoiler review)

Time Sight by Lynn Joel

Published by  Henry Holt and Co. on May 14, 2019

Genres: Middle grade, adventure

Pages: 416

Format: arc

Source: publisher

2019 challenge:

Buy on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads

I would give this book 3 for a review.

Summary!!!

Castles, battles, the ancient Scottish Highlands, and a boy who is determined to bring everyone safely home combine in this absorbing middle grade time-travel adventure.

Will’s mother is in danger overseas, and his father must find her, so Will and his little brother are packed off to relatives in Scotland. Will feels useless. He can’t save his mother. He can’t help his father. And when he tries to amuse his brother on the plane ride, he can’t even locate the images in Jamie’s book―the hidden pictures that everyone else can see. Once at the family’s ancestral castle, though, Will tries again. And as he delicately adjusts his focus, suddenly his eyes tune in to a different visual frequency―the past.

Looking back five hundred years is interesting . . . at first. But when Jamie impulsively leaps through the opening in time, Will and his cousin Nan must follow, into a past so dangerous that Will isn’t sure how he will get everyone safely home.

My Thoughts:

I really did like this middle grade read. I really did love the dynamics between the siblings made the book such a fun read. I also loved how she crafted time travel overall. The plot was sometimes hard to follow and I sometimes was confused about what time period we were in but overall it was super fun adventure story that pulled a lot from real history that I really enjoyed. I found the book plot to be not as smooth as want and wanted it do more direct but I did grow to love the characters and I adored the settings in this read.