June Reading Wrap up part 2!!

So here is the second half of the reads that I tackled in the month of June!!! Lets dive into it!!!

  1. Moment of Truth (2020 book) 5 stars
  2. Slay (2019 book( 3.5 stars)
  3. Cress (Audibook) 5 Stars
  4. The Princess will save you ( arc 2020) 5 stars
  5. Love Sugar Magic: Dash of trouble (BTBLC) 3.5 Stars
  6. Red White Royal Blue (2019 Book) 4 Stars
  7. Heart Stopper Vl 1 (Graphic novel) 5 stars
  8. Her Royal Highness (BTBLC) 3 Stars
  9. Leah on the off beat (BTBLC) 3 Stars)
  10. The Upside of Falling (2020 book) 3.75)
  11. Most Likely (2020 book) 4.75
  12. Dawn and the Impossible Three (GN) 3 Stars
  13. Kristy’s Big Day (GN) 3 Stars

Fav Reads!!

  1. Moment of Truth
  2. The Princess will save you
  3. Heart Stopper
  4. Most Likely

Not My fav!!

  1. Leah on the off beat!!

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

The Secret Runners (Arc Review)

The Secret Runners  by Mathew Reilly

Published by   Crown Books for Young Readers on August 18, 2020

Genres: Young Adult , Thriller

Pages: 352

Format: arc

Source: publisher

2020 challenge: 2020 Arc

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I would give this book 3 for a review.

Summary!!!

Rich vs. Poor. Life vs. Death.

When Skye Rogers and her twin brother, Red, move to Manhattan, rumors of a coming global apocalypse are building. But the ultra-wealthy young elites at their prestigious school keep partying like there’s no tomorrow–while the city around them starts to fall apart.

Then Skye and Red are invited to join the Secret Runners, an exclusive group that has access to horrifying truths about the future. Can that insider information save them? Or is this the only time even one-percenters can’t buy their way to safety?

My Thoughts:

I thought this book was fun read. This book reminded me so much of action adventure movie with a hint of science fiction twist. I really did like the main character in this read. I thought the plot was fun and I also like the fast pace nature of the book. The only downside to this read is a struggled to feel connected to any of the characters and had no real emotional attachment to any of them. I did like the setting a well and found it to be fun read but it did not wow me. If you like action adventure movies this might be a fun read for you.

Kerry and the Knight of the forest (Arc Review)

Tunnel Of Bones by Victoria Schwab

Published by   Random House Graphic on July 7, 2020

Genres: Middle Grade , Adventure, Graphic Novel

Pages: 288

Format: arc

Source: publisher

2020 challenge:graphic novel 2020

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I would give this book 3 for a review.

Summary!!!

Kerry might be lost in this fantastical middle-grade graphic novel, but that doesn’t mean he’ll give up! With twists and turns at every part of this journey, Kerry’s adventure is perfect for fans of Amulet and Mighty Jack.

Kerry needs to get home; his parents are sick. When a spirit in the forest lets him know of a shortcut, Kerry finds himself on a quest filled with magic, self-discovery, and new friends . . . who may or may not help him on his journey. Will he make it through the forest and get home in time to save his parents?

An adventure about fear, loss, and finding your own way, this enchanting story comes to life with a hero that every reader can relate to.

My Thoughts:

I thought this book was adorable graphic novel. I really loved the setting and the characters in this novel. I think the final color version of the graphic novel will be stunning. I also really liked how this book was structured . I found the creatures in this book to be so fun. I also loved how this book explored topics like friendship and good vs evil. I also really enjoyed the art style as well!

#stayathomeandread The Blackbird Girls!!

The Blackbird Girls  by Ann Blankman

Published by    Viking Books for Young Readers on March 10, 2020

Genres: Middle Grade , Adventure, Historical Fiction

Pages: 352

Format: audiobook

Source: BEA/LIBARY

2019 challenge:

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I would give this book 5 for a review.

Summary!!!

On a spring morning, neighbors Valentina Kaplan and Oksana Savchenko wake up to an angry red sky. A reactor at the nuclear power plant where their fathers work–Chernobyl–has exploded. Before they know it, the two girls, who’ve always been enemies, find themselves on a train bound for Leningrad to stay with Valentina’s estranged grandmother, Rita Grigorievna. In their new lives in Leningrad, they begin to learn what it means to trust another person. Oksana must face the lies her parents told her all her life. Valentina must keep her grandmother’s secret, one that could put all their lives in danger. And both of them discover something they’ve wished for: a best friend. But how far would you go to save your best friend’s life? Would you risk your own?

Told in alternating perspectives among three girls–Valentina and Oksana in 1986 and Rifka in 1941–this story shows that hatred, intolerance, and oppression are no match for the power of true friendship.

My Thoughts:

I simply loved this book. Again this book tackled a time period that I was not the familar with. I thought this was such a good read that not only opened my mind about time period chernoable power plant explosion and follows two young girls who fathers were works at that power plant. I loved the duel POV and also the focus on friendship, predjuices, finding your own family and hints of adventure that keep you guessing, I love books that are focused on found family and this book really made me emotional and found it prefect listen!

July TBR!!

So here is my massive TBR for the month of july. I will also be participating in some reading challenges that I will chat about later in the month!!!

Time Wrap Ya Book club books:

  1. Winter
  2. ????

E-Arcs

  1. Lobizona (e-arc August)
  2. More than maybe (e-arc July)
  3. I hope you are listening (e-arc September)
  4. The Lost City (e-arc July)
  5. The Vanderbeekers lost and found (e-arc september)

Other Books

6. Chain of Gold (2020 book audio) 7. Keeper Of the lost cities: Legacy (BBLT) 8. A Song of Wraith and Ruin (Arc June 2020) 9. Diamond City ( Arc January 2020) 10. Set Fire to the Gods (Arc August 2020) 11. Cinderella is Dead (Arc July 2020) 12. Unravel the Dusk (Arc July 2020) 13. House of Dragons (2020 Book) 14. Kissing Lesson (2020 Arc) 15. What I like about me (2020 Arc) 16. Love Jacadra (arc 2020) 17. Leave your heart in San Fran (Arc 2020) 18. Above all else (Arc 2020) 19. The Upside of Falling (2020 book) 20. With the Fire on High (BBLT) 21. Throw like a girl (Arc 2020) 22. We are the WildCat’s (Arc 2020) 23. Yes No Maybe So (Arc 2020) 24. Time of our Lives (Arc 2020) 25. Witchy (Graphic Novel)

Let me know what are some books that are high on your july tbr!!

later book lovers!!

June Reading Wrap up part 1

Hi book Lovers!!!

So I am going to split this book wrap up into two parts because I read quite a few books this month. I actually had a pretty good reading month! I read over 20 books 🙂

  1. They Wish they were us (Arc August) 4 Stars
  2. Majesty (Arc September) 5 Stars
  3. Four Days of you and me (Arc May 4.5 Stars)
  4. Five Dark Fates (BBLT) 4.5 Stars
  5. Scavenge the Stars (2020 book) 3 Stars
  6. Say Yes Summer (Arc April 2020) 3 Stars
  7. More then Just a Pretty face (Arc August 2020) 5 Stars
  8. Hungry Hearts Anthology (BBLT) 4 Stars
  9. How To Love (BBLT) 3 stars
  10. From Twinkle with Love (BBLT) 4.75 Stars

Favorite reads!!

  1. Majesity
  2. Five Dark Fates
  3. Four Days of you and me
  4. From Twinkle with love

Less Favoite reads

  1. How to love
  2. Scavenge the stars
  3. Say Yes summer!

Let me know what are some of the read you tackled this month!!!

Later book lovers!

#STAYATHOMEANDREAD Words On Fire (Arc)

Words on Fire by Jennifer A. Nielsen

Published by   Scholastic Press on October 1, 2019

Genres: Young Adult , Historical Fiction

Pages: 336

Format: arc

Source: BEA

2020 challenge: 2019 READ

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I would give this book 4.5 for a review.

Summary!!!

Danger is never far from Audra’s family farm in Lithuania. She always avoids the occupying Russian Cossack soldiers, who insist that everyone must become Russian — they have banned Lithuanian books, religion, culture, and even the language. But Audra knows her parents are involved in something secret and perilous.

In June 1893, when Cossacks arrive abruptly at their door, Audra’s parents insist that she flee, taking with her an important package and instructions for where to deliver it. But escape means abandoning her parents to a terrible fate.

As Audra embarks on a journey to deliver the mysterious package, she faces unimaginable risks, and soon she becomes caught up in a growing resistance movement. Can joining the underground network of book smugglers give Audra a chance to rescue her parents?

My Thoughts:

I found this book to be such a gem. I loved how this book tackled a time period that i was unaware of. I like how this book focused on a quiet resistance and really found that to be charming and so much fun to read about. I also liked how the main character drew so dramatically from the start of this read. I also found this book to handle so many unique topics including book smuggling, found family and also so many interesting twists that caught me off guard. I really love how books became a character in this read and loved the focus on them as tool in this revolution. I thought this was clear standalone that def tugged at my heartstrings at the end. Will def read more by this author in the future.

#stayathomeandread Cold Hearted Rake

Cold Hearted Rake  by Lisa Kleypas

Published by   Avon on October 27, 2015

Genres: Adult, Romance

Pages: 419

Format: audiobook

Source: Audible

2020 challenge: BTBLC

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!!!

A twist of fate . . .

Devon Ravenel, London’s most wickedly charming rake, has just inherited an earldom. But his powerful new rank in society comes with unwanted responsibilities . . . and more than a few surprises. His estate is saddled with debt, and the late earl’s three innocent sisters are still occupying the house . . . along with Kathleen, Lady Trenear, a beautiful young widow whose sharp wit and determination are a match for Devon’s own.

A clash of wills . . .

Kathleen knows better than to trust a ruthless scoundrel like Devon. But the fiery attraction between them is impossible to deny—and from the first moment Devon holds her in his arms, he vows to do whatever it takes to possess her. As Kathleen finds herself yielding to his skillfully erotic seduction, only one question remains:

Can she keep from surrendering her heart to the most dangerous man she’s ever known?

My Thoughts:

This has been the first ever read in this genre that I read. I really loved this book. I thought this book was such a fun read. I loved not only the love to hate romance but also the setting that this place took place in. I also love the side characters that we meet and so excited to get them in future books. I really loved the main female character as well. I like how this book dealt with dealing with grief and other unique elements. This book was so sexy, but i loved it. I can’t wait to read more in this series in the future

#stayhomeandread Onyx and Ivory!!

Onyx & Ivory by Mindee Arnett

Published by   Balzer + Bray; Reprint edition on May 15, 2018

Genres: Young Adult , Fantsay

Pages: 520

Format: Hardback

Source: Bought

2020 challenge: BTBLC

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I would give this book 3 for a review.

Summary!!!

They call her Traitor Kate. It’s a title Kate Brighton inherited from her father after he tried to assassinate the high king of Rime.

Cast out of the nobility, Kate now works for the royal courier service. Only the most skilled ride for the Relay and only the fastest survive, for when night falls, the drakes—deadly flightless dragons—come out to hunt. Fortunately, Kate has a secret edge: She is a wilder, born with forbidden magic that allows her to influence the minds of animals. 

And it’s this magic that leads her to a caravan massacred by drakes in broad daylight—the only survivor Corwin Tormaine, the son of the king. Her first love, the boy she swore to forget after he condemned her father to death.

With their paths once more entangled, Kate and Corwin must put the past behind them to face this new threat and an even darker menace stirring in the kingdom.

My Thoughts:

I wanted to adore this book and it just did not happen. I really oveall did enjoy the characters and found the world building to be so compelling but the pacing of this book just did not wow me and it was very slow and did not capture my attention as much as i wanted it to. I still am intrigued to see what happens next. I just struggled with the pacing overall. I also found the side characters to be be super fun. I will def keep reading it eventually.

First Line Friday: The Princess Will Save you!!

So I just started this book today and wanted to share the first line with you!

First Line Friday:

” The whisper and clang of steel rang out over the foothills of Ardenia, a princess and a pauper meeting swords.”

Cover!!

Summary!!

When a princess’s commoner true love is kidnapped to coerce her into a political marriage, she doesn’t give in―she goes to rescue him.

When her warrior father, King Sendoa, mysteriously dies, Princess Amarande of Ardenia is given what would hardly be considered a choice: Marry a stranger at sixteen or lose control of her family’s crown.

But Amarande was raised to be a warriornot a sacrifice. 

In an attempt to force her choice, a neighboring kingdom kidnaps her true love, stable boy Luca. With her kingdom on the brink of civil war and no one to trust, she’ll need all her skill to save him, her future, and her kingdom.

Book Information:

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Teen (July 7, 2020)
  • Language: English

This book has really captured my attention!! Hope you will check it out!

Later book lovers!