Top Ten Tuesday: The Ten Most Recent Additions to My Bookshelf

So this was actually a fun list to create. Here are ten of the most recent reads that I have added to my bookshelves!!

  1. Scavenge the Stars (Owl Crate)
  2. Frankly In Love
  3. The Never Tilting World
  4. Sea Witch Rising
  5. When we Collided
  6. What to say next
  7. We Rule The Night
  8. The BookWorm Crush
  9. FrogKisser
  10. Library wars Vol 1

Let me know what are some books you added to your shelves recently!!!

Later book lovers!!!

What I am reading Monday!!

So I did not have the best reading week last week but I did get some reading and listening done. So lets get into it!!

Books I finished reading!!

I did like this book but i sometimes struggled with the pacing and the I did not feel super connected with the characters but I really liked the world building and will def read book 2!!

What I am currently reading!!

In the mood for a lighter read! So lets dive in!!

My Next reads!!

I am heading to ALA this week and normally pick up some romance books to read when I wait in line and here is my options!!

What I am listening too!!

I am keep going with my re-read with harry potter book five at the moment!

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

Later book lovers!

Archenemies (Non-Spoiler Review)

Arch Enemies  by Marissa Meyer

Published by    Feiwel & Friends on November 6, 2018

Genres: Young Adult, Fantsay

Pages: 496

Format: ARC

Source: Publisher

2019 challenge: Beat the backlist Challenge

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I would give this book 4.5 for a review.

Summary!!!

Time is running out.
Together, they can save the world.
But they each other’s worst nightmare.

Nova’s double life is about to get a lot more complicated:

As Insomnia, she is a full-fledged member of the Renegades, a syndicate of powerful and beloved superheroes. She works with Adrian’s patrol unit to protect the weak and maintain order in Gatlon City.

As Nightmare, she is an Anarchist – a group of of villains who are determined to destroy the Renegades. Nova wants vengeance against the so-called heroes who once failed her when she needed them most.

But as Nova, her feelings for Adrian are deepening, despite the fact that he is the son of her sworn enemies and, unbeknownst to Nova, he has some dangerous secrets of his own.

In this second installment of the Renegades trilogy, Nova, Adrian, and the rest of their crew – Ruby, Oscar, and Danna — are faced with escalating crime in Gatlon City, while covert weapons and conflicting missions have Nova and Adrian questioning not only their beliefs about justice, but also the feelings they have for each other. 

The line between good and evil has been blurred, but what’s clear to them both is that too much power could mean the end of their city – and the world – as they know it.

My Thoughts:

I really did like this book more then book one. I felt like i was more connected to the characters and also the plot. Nova is still growing on me as a character. But I do feel like the plot was more engaging this time. I really did enjoy all the superhero dymancis and issues that were brought up in this read. I now really need to read book 3!

Fireborne (Non-Spoiler Review)

Fireborne  by Rosaria Munda

Published by  G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers on October 15, 2019

Genres: Young Adult, Fantsay

Pages: 448

Format: ARC

Source: Publisher

2019 challenge: Beat the Backlist Challenge

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!!!

Annie and Lee were just children when a brutal revolution changed their world, giving everyone–even the lowborn–a chance to test into the governing class of dragonriders.

Now they are both rising stars in the new regime, despite backgrounds that couldn’t be more different. Annie’s lowborn family was executed by dragonfire, while Lee’s aristocratic family was murdered by revolutionaries. Growing up in the same orphanage forged their friendship, and seven years of training have made them rivals for the top position in the dragonriding fleet.

But everything changes when survivors from the old regime surface, bent on reclaiming the city.

With war on the horizon and his relationship with Annie changing fast, Lee must choose to kill the only family he has left or to betray everything he’s come to believe in. And Annie must decide whether to protect the boy she loves . . . or step up to be the champion her city needs.

From debut author Rosaria Munda comes a gripping adventure that calls into question which matters most: the family you were born into, or the one you’ve chosen.

My Thoughts:

I really loved this russian inspired dragon themed novel. This book was such a strong read. I really loved the duel POV in this story and loved how their realtionship developed throughout the novel, Lee and Annie realtionship was unique and was such a strength of the novel. I also found the structure of this book to be so fun. I also really loved the dragons in this novel and it was such a fun book to read. I thought the ending could have been more expanded one, but this book was such a strong political fantsay novel that I really enjoyed.

Hearts, Strings, and Other Breakable Things (Non-Spoiler Review)

Hearts, Strings, and Other Breakable Things  by Jacqueline Firkins

Published by   HMH Books for Young Readers on December 17, 2019

Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary

Pages: 384

Format: Hardback

Source: Book Of the Month

2019 challenge: 2019 book

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I would give this book 3 for a review.

Summary!!!

In this charming debut about first love and second chances, a young girl gets caught between the boy next door and a playboy. Perfect for fans of To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before

Mansfield, Massachusetts, is the last place seventeen-year-old Edie Price wants to spend her final summer before college. It’s the home of wealthy suburban mothers and prima donnas like Edie’s cousins, who are determined to distract her from her mother’s death with cute boys and Cinderella-style makeovers. She’s got her own plans, and they don’t include any prince charming.

But as she dives into schoolwork and getting a scholarship for college, Edie finds herself drawn to two Mansfield boys strumming for her attention: First, there’s Sebastian, Edie’s childhood friend and first love, who’s sweet and smart and . . . already has a girlfriend. Then there’s Henry, the local bad boy and all-around player who’s totally off limits—even if his kisses are chemically addictive.

Both boys are trouble. Edie can’t help herself from being caught between them. Now, she just has to make sure it isn’t her heart that breaks in the process.

My Thoughts:

I did like this read. But i felt like both the pacing and also me feeling connected to these characters were not as strong as I waned it to be. This is a book that I would have enjoyed being in the POV of the other male leads would have helped. I enjoyed the elements of retelling and I liked the various art elements like music, theater and english that enhances this story. I really liked the various romances in this book and found them both to fun. I def liked one more then the the other. I also found the realtionship between the cousins was a fun one. I liked this read and really enjoyed the epilogue and how this story was wrapped up

Keeper of The Lost Cities: LodeStar (Non-Spoiler Review)

Keeper of The Lost Cities: LodeStar by  Shannon Messenger

Published by   Aladdin; Reprint edition on November 7, 2017

Genres: Middle Grade , Adventure

Pages: 704

Format: Paperback

Source: Personally Bought

2019 challenge: Beat the Backlist Challenge

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I would give this book 4.5 for a review.

Summary!!!

Dark schemes unfold and Sophie’s loyalty is pushed to the limit in this thrilling fifth book in the Keeper of the Lost Cities series.

Sophie Foster is back in the Lost Cities—but the Lost Cities have changed. The threat of war hangs heavy over her glittering world, and the Neverseen are wreaking havoc.

The lines between friend and enemy have blurred, and Sophie is unsure whom to trust. But when she’s warned that the people she loves most will be the next victims, she knows she has to act.

A mysterious symbol could be the key—if only she knew how to translate it. Every new clue seems to lead deeper into her world’s underbelly and the Black Swan aren’t the only ones who have plans. The Neverseen have their own Initiative, and if Sophie doesn’t stop it, they might finally have the ultimate means to control her.

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this book in this series. I liked the pacing of this novel and also the “group” of characters that this book focused in. I also liked the various side plots that made this even more complicated. I really liked how this book expanded the world and made it a even more complicated situation. I thought Keffe path was super compelling and also liked how we are learning more about dex and his family. I found this to be fast pace engaging read and will def read the next one soon!

The Mystwick School of Musicraft (arc) (Non-spolier Review)

The Mystwick School of Musicraft by Jessica Khoury 

Published by  HMH Books for Young Readers on January 21, 2020

Genres: Middle Grade, Fantsay

Pages: 368

Format: Audibook

Source: Audible

2019 challenge:

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!!!

Amelia Jones always dreamed of attending the Mystwick School of Musicraft, where the world’s most promising musicians learn to create magic. So when Amelia botches her audition, she thinks her dream has met an abrupt and humiliating end—until the school agrees to give her a trial period. Amelia is determined to prove herself, vowing to do whatever it takes to become the perfect musician. Even if it means pretending to be someone she isn’t. Meanwhile, a mysterious storm is brewing that no one, not even the maestros at Mystwick, is prepared to contain. Can Amelia find the courage to be true to herself in time to save her beloved school from certain destruction?

My Thoughts:

I really did enjoy this audiobook so much. I loved how the music was actually included. This book had such a fun magic system that I really loved it. I found it to be such a fast pace read the kept my on my toes. I really did like the whole magic school setting and also the large cast of characters as well. The highlight of this book was the world building and the cast of characters. I really did like the trio of characters that we had. This book was such a charming read and I really hope we get another book in this series!

The Blood Spell (Non-Spoiler Review)

The Blood Spell by C.J Redwine

Published by  Balzer + Bray on February 12, 2019

Genres: Young Adult, Fantsay, Retelling

Pages: 448

Format: Hardback

Source: Personally bought

2019 challenge: 2019 book

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!!!

A dark and romantic epic fantasy retelling of the Cinderella story, about a girl who must team up with the prince she despises to defeat an evil creature threatening their kingdom. The fourth standalone novel in the New York Times bestselling Ravenspire series by C. J. Redwine.

Blue de la Cour has her life planned: hide the magic in her blood and continue trying to turn metal into gold so she can help her city’s homeless. But when her father is murdered and a cruel but powerful woman claims custody of Blue and her property, one wrong move could expose her—and doom her once and for all. The only one who can help? The boy she’s loathed since childhood: Prince Kellan.

Kellan Renard, crown prince of Balavata, is walking a thin line between political success and devastating violence. Newly returned from boarding school, he must find a bride among the kingdom’s head families and announce his betrothal—but escalating violence among the families makes the search nearly impossible. He’s surprised to discover that the one person who makes him feel like he can breathe is Blue, the girl who once ruined all his best adventures. 

When mysterious forces lead to disappearances throughout Balavata, Blue and Kellan must work together to find the truth. What they discover will lead them to the darkest reaches of the kingdom, and to the most painful moments of their pasts.

When romance is forbidden and evil is rising, can Blue save those she loves, even if it costs her everything?

Review

 found this book to be such a refeshing take on cinderella. I really did enjoy that we got various POV in this novel. I also liked how there was subtle connections or tie backs to the previous books in this series. I really did like all the various mysteries is in this novel and how they all did tie together. The villain story was not super clear at the end, I just want more clarity on what happened. I also the end end pacing of the book was a bit off and I struggled with it. But it was a fun engaging read! I really did like Blue and the prince and the princess. I also enjoy the deaf character and this book was a super fun read and a nice way to twist the cinderella story !

Love and Other Train Wrecks (Non-Spoiler Review)

Love and Other Train Wrecks by Leah Konen

Published by   Katherine Tegen Books on January 2, 2018

Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary

Pages: 368

Format: Hardback

Source: Personally Bought

2019 challenge: Beat the BackList Challenge

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I would give this book 3 for a review.

Summary!!!

A whirlwind twenty-four-hour romance about two teens who meet—and perhaps change their minds about love—on a train ride in the middle of a snowstorm. Leah Konen’s Love and Other Train Wrecks is perfect for fans of Emery Lord and Jennifer E. Smith.

Noah is a hopeless romantic. He’s traveling home for one last chance with his first love, and he needs a miracle to win her back. Ammy doesn’t believe in true love—just look at her parents. If there’s one thing she’s learned about love in the last year, it’s that it ends. 

That is, until one winter night when Noah and Ammy find themselves in the same Amtrak car heading to Upstate New York. After a train-wreck first impression between the two of them, the Amtrak train suddenly breaks down—in the middle of a snowstorm. 

Desperate to make it to their destinations, Noah and Ammy have no other option but to travel together. What starts off as a minor detour turns into the journey of a lifetime, but come morning their adventure takes an unexpected turn for the worst.

Can one night can really change how they feel about love…and the course of their lives forever?

My Thoughts:

I wanted to love the book more then I did. I found these characters to engaging. I really did like the time frame of this novel. I wanted to love this book more. I felt the plot was not as engaging for me and it was slower pace novel. The ending “shock” was not as fuild and felt like it was not as ending plot. I really did like the locations that characters went to but wanted to feel more connected to these characters. I enjoyed this book, but did not love it enough to re-read it.

SightWitch (Non-Spoiler Review)

Sightwitch by Susan Dennard

Published by Tor Teen on February 13, 2018

Genres: Young Adult, Fantsay, Novella

Pages: 244

Format: Hardback

Source: Personally Bought

2019 challenge: Beat the backlist Challenge

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I would give this book 3 for a review.

Summary!!!

From New York Times bestselling author Susan Dennard, Sightwitch is a standalone illustrated novella set in the Witchlands and told through Ryber’s journal entries and sketches.

Before Safi and Iseult battled a Bloodwitch…

Before Merik returned from the dead…

Ryber Fortiza was a Sightwitch Sister at a secluded convent, waiting to be called by her goddess into the depths of the mountain. There she would receive the gift of foretelling. But when that call never comes, Ryber finds herself the only Sister without the Sight.

Years pass and Ryber’s misfit pain becomes a dull ache, until one day, Sisters who already possess the Sight are summoned into the mountain, never to return. Soon enough, Ryber is the only Sister left. Now, it is up to her to save her Sisters, though she does not have the Sight―and though she does not know what might await her inside the mountain.

On her journey underground, she encounters a young captain named Kullen Ikray, who has no memory of who he is or how he got there. Together, the two journey ever deeper in search of answers, their road filled with horrors, and what they find at the end of that road will alter the fate of the Witchlands forever.

Review!

I liked this story. I overall loved the structure of this novel. I loved learning more about the witchland series overall. I really did liked how this story connected back to Kullen. I felt like this story sometimes had to many mini storylines that I did not always spy the connections. I was engaged in the story. I really did like this story, but I wanted more and just one clear story. I am excited to see how this novella connects to the whole story as well!