Middle Grade series to start!

I about to complete the keeper of the lost cities series. I am so excited to dive into some new middle grade series! Here is one that is high on my list!

Summary!!


Summary!!

Seth is a kitchen boy at the remote Last Chance Hotel. His father has long ago left, leaving him imprisoned until he is old enough to set out on his own. If there’s any hope he has, it’s to be the greatest chef that ever lived… just like his father. 

One night, a band of magicians begin to arrive to participate in a secret meeting — a Prospect Selection Procedure to determine the most talented magicians in the world, judged by their leader Dr. Thallonius. Seth has one task: to make Dr. Thallonius the greatest dessert he’s ever tasted. Then, maybe he will help Seth find a way to freedom. 

But when the doors to the private meeting open, and Dr. Thallonius lay dead on the floor, the group blames the dessert, which means that it’s Seth who will pay the price. But Seth knows he’s innocent, and only has so much time to eliminate each suspect and prove his innocence.

Book Information!!

  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Chicken House (May 28, 2019)
  • Publication Date: May 28, 2019
  • Sold by: Scholastic Trade Publisher

Let me know if this middle grade series is on your series to start list!!

Later book lovers!

WWW: Chasing Lucky!!

Because some books are getting some new release dates. I want to shout out the ones that I am still so excited for!

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Summary!!

Budding photographer Josie Saint-Martin has spent half her life with her single mother, moving from city to city. When they return to her historical New England hometown years later to run the family bookstore, Josie knows it’s not forever. Her dreams are on the opposite coast, and she has a plan to get there.

What she doesn’t plan for is a run-in with the town bad boy, Lucky Karras. Outsider, rebel…and her former childhood best friend. Lucky makes it clear he wants nothing to do with the newly returned Josie. But everything changes after a disastrous pool party, and a poorly executed act of revenge lands Josie in some big-time trouble—with Lucky unexpectedly taking the blame.

Determined to understand why Lucky was so quick to cover for her, Josie discovers that both of them have changed, and that the good boy she once knew now has a dark sense of humor and a smile that makes her heart race. And maybe, just maybe, he’s not quite the brooding bad boy everyone thinks he is…

Book Information:

  • Print Length: 414 pages
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse on November 10, 2020
  • Publication Date: November 10, 2020

Let me know if you are still so excited about this book for its November date!

Later book lovers!

April Reading Wrap up Part 1!!

I actually had a pretty good reading month mostly thanks to the whole social distancing lifestyle and also some readathons as well! I am going to chat through the first 9 books that I read!!

  1. Super Adjacent (ARC March 2020) 4 Stars
  2. The Secret Runners (ARC Aug 2020) 3 Stars
  3. Scarlett (BBLT) (Audiobook) 4.5 Stars
  4. Aru Shah and the end of time (BBLT) 3.75 stars
  5. Tales of Beetle and the Bard (BBLT) (Audiobook) 5 stars
  6. Sisters of Sword and song (Arc June 2020) 5 Stars
  7. Lucky Caller (2020 read) 4 Stars
  8. The Voyage of Frost Heart (2019 read) 4 stars
  9. The UnhoneyMooners (2019 read) 4 Stars

Some of my favorite reads of this month was:

  1. Sisters of sword and song
  2. Lucky Caller

Let me know in the comments what are some of you fav reads of this month!

Later book lovers!

Curses and Kisses: (Arc Review)

Curses and Kisses  by Sandhya Menon

Published by   Simon Pulse on February 18, 2020

Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary

Pages: 384

Format: ARC

Source: Publisher

2020 challenge:ARC 2020

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!!!

From the New York Times bestselling author of When Dimple Met Rishi comes the first novel in a brand-new series set at an elite boarding school, that’s a contemporary spin on Beauty and the Beast.

Will the princess save the beast?

For Princess Jaya Rao, nothing is more important than family. When the loathsome Emerson clan steps up their centuries-old feud to target Jaya’s little sister, nothing will keep Jaya from exacting her revenge. Then Jaya finds out she’ll be attending the same elite boarding school as Grey Emerson, and it feels like the opportunity of a lifetime. She knows what she must do: Make Grey fall in love with her and break his heart. But much to Jaya’s annoyance, Grey’s brooding demeanor and lupine blue eyes have drawn her in. There’s simply no way she and her sworn enemy could find their fairy-tale ending…right?

His Lordship Grey Emerson is a misanthrope. Thanks to an ancient curse by a Rao matriarch, Grey knows he’s doomed once he turns eighteen. Sequestered away in the mountains at St. Rosetta’s International Academy, he’s lived an isolated existence—until Jaya Rao bursts into his life, but he can’t shake the feeling that she’s hiding something. Something that might just have to do with the rose-shaped ruby pendant around her neck…

As the stars conspire to keep them apart, Jaya and Grey grapple with questions of love, loyalty, and whether it’s possible to write your own happy ending.

My Thoughts:

I really did enjoy this retelling so much. I really loved the diversity of this read. I also really loved how this book took the beauty and the beast myth in a contempory setting with some magical hints. I really found this book to be such a refreshing read. I also really liked the duel POV and felt that these characters but changed dramatically over the book. I also really liked the boarding school as a setting. I found some elements of the plot were predictable at times but overall the book did impress me and I will def keep reading this series.

Tell me Three things: (non-spoiler review)

Tell me Three things  by Julie Buxbaum

Published by  Delacorte Press on April 5, 2016

Genres: young adult , contemporary

Pages: 332

Format: Hardback

Source: Personally Bought

2020 challenge:BBLC

Buy on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads

I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!!!

Everything about Jessie is wrong. At least, that’s what it feels like during her first week as a junior at her new ultra-intimidating prep school in Los Angeles. It’s been barely two years since her mother’s death, and because her father eloped with a woman he met online, Jessie has been forced to move across the country to live with her stepmonster and her pretentious teenage son.

Just when she’s thinking about hightailing it back to Chicago, she gets an email from a person calling themselves Somebody/Nobody (SN for short), offering to help her navigate the wilds of Wood Valley High School. Is it an elaborate hoax? Or can she rely on SN for some much-needed help?

In a leap of faith—or an act of complete desperation—Jessie begins to rely on SN, and SN quickly becomes her lifeline and closest ally. Jessie can’t help wanting to meet SN in person. But are some mysteries better left unsolved?

“Three Things about this novel: (1) I loved it. (2) No, really, I LOVED it. (3) I wish I could tell every teen to read it. Buxbaum’s book sounds, reads, breathes, worries, and soars like real adolescents do.” —Jodi Picoult, New York Times bestselling author of Leaving Time and Off the Page

My Thoughts:

I found this book to be a fun read but it did now wow me and the characters were not my favorite. I did like how this book focused alot on tackling grief and self exploration. I liked how the text messages conversations throughout so many different characters were a main element of this novel. I also liked how this book had so many side characters in this book that really populated the world. I liked how the book also handled harder topics in high school. I really adored her other book and this book was fun to read and I wish the book had a less open ending but It was a enjoyable read

First Line Friday: Once Upon a Dream:

So my current read, is one of the twisted tales by Liz Braswell!! I am really loving this read!!!

First Line Friday

“A Dragon was Dead”

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Summary!!

What if the sleeping beauty never woke up? Once Upon a Dream marks the second book in a new YA line that reimagines classic Disney stories in surprising new ways. It should be simple–a dragon defeated, a slumbering princess in a castle, a prince poised to wake her. But when the prince falls asleep as his lips touch the fair maiden’s, it is clear that this fairy tale is far from over. With a desperate fairy’s last curse controlling her mind, Princess Aurora must escape from a different castle of thorns and navigate a dangerously magical landscape–created from her very own dreams. Aurora isn’t alone–a charming prince is eager to join her quest, and old friends offer their help. But as Maleficent’s agents follow her every move, Aurora struggles to discover who her true allies are and, moreover, who she truly is. Time is running out. Will the sleeping beauty be able to wake herself up?

Book Information:

  • Print Length: 463 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1484707303
  • Publisher: Disney Press (April 5, 2016)
  • Publication Date: April 5, 2016

Throwback Series to Start: Poison Study:

Since i have been home a lot more. I have been tackling longer series that I have had for awhile. This is one I got so many years ago and heard so many things about!

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Summary!!

Choose: a quick death… or slow poison…

Locked deep in the palace dungeon for killing her abuser, Yelena knows she’ll never be free again. The laws in Ixia are strict, and murderers must be executed, no matter the reason. But just as she’s resigned herself to her fate, she’s offered an extraordinary reprieve.

As the food taster, Yelena will eat the best meals, have rooms in the palace—and risk assassination by anyone trying to kill the Commander of Ixia. To make matters worse, the chief of security deliberately feeds her Butterfly’s Dust, and only by appearing for her daily antidote will she delay an agonizing death from the poison.

As Yelena tries to escape her new dilemma, disasters keep mounting. Rebels plot to seize Ixia and Yelena develops magical powers she can’t control. Her life is threatened again, and in order to survive, she must unravel the secrets behind the past she’s been running from.

Book Information:

  • Print Length: 416 pages
  • Publisher: MIRA; Original edition (July 13, 2020)
  • Publication Date: July 13, 2020
  • Sold by: Harlequin Digital Sales Corp.

WWW: Chasing Starlight!

So this one of the historical fiction thrillers that I was super excited to tackle soon!

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Summary!!

Movies, mansions, and murder in the Golden Age of Hollywood! Teri Bailey Black’s Chasing Starlight is a historical mystery from the award-winning author of the Thriller Award for Best Young Adult Novel.

1938. The Golden Age of Hollywood. Palm trees and movie stars. Film studios pumping out musicals, westerns, and gangster films at a furious pace. Everyone wants to be a star—except society girl and aspiring astronomer Kate Hildebrand, who’d rather study them in the night sky. She’s already famous after a childhood tragedy turned her into a newspaper headline. What she craves is stability.

But when Kate has to move to Hollywood to live with her washed-up silent film star grandfather, she walks into a murder scene and finds herself on the front page again. She suspects one of the young men boarding in her grandfather’s run-down mansion is the killer—maybe even her grandfather. She searches for clues.

Now, Kate must discover the killer while working on the set of a musical—and falling in love. Will her stars align so she can catch the murderer and live the dream in Old Hollywood? Or will she find that she’s just chasing starlight?

Book Information:

  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Teen (August 11, 2020)
  • Publication Date: August 11, 2020

Let me know if this book is high on your summer tbr!

Later book Lovers!


A BookWorm Crush

A Book Worm Crush  by Lisa Brown Roberts

Published by   Entangled: Teen on October 29, 2019

Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary

Pages: 400

Format: Paperback

Source: Personally bought

2020 challenge:BTBLC

Buy on Amazon, Goodreads

I would give this book 3.5 for a review.

Summary!!!

This spinoff of The Replacement Crush featuring Amy and Toff is sure to melt your heart.

Shy bookworm Amy McIntyre is about to compete for the chance to interview her favorite author, who hasn’t spoken to the press in years. The only way to win is to step out of the shadows and into the spotlight, but that level of confidence has never come easy.

The solution? A competition coach. The problem? The best person for the job is the guy she’s secretly crushing on…local surfer celebrity Toff Nichols.

He’s a player. He’s a heartthrob. He makes her forget basic things, like how to breathe. How can she feel any confidence around him?

To her surprise, Toff agrees to help. And he’s an excellent teacher. Amy feels braver—maybe even brave enough to admit her feelings for him. When their late night practices become less about coaching and more about making out, Amy’s newfound confidence wavers.

My Thoughts:


I really did enjoy this read. I loved the focus on a book lovers life so much. I also really liked how this book was duel POV story and grew to love both characters. I thought the way the chapters were set up was harder to see who’s head you were in, but I really did enjoy the characters. I also liked how this book had a nice cast of side character and would def go and read the other books in this series. I loved the setting of the book store and loved the romanced in this book. This book def had some predicable moments but overall i found the pacing to be not as strong and there was not enough tension in this book to keep me reading all the time. But i did enjoy it!