Lady Midnight: Non-Spoiler Review

Lady Midnight  by Cassandra Clare

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Published by  Margaret K. McElderry Books on March 8, 2016

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy

Pages: 689

Format: Hardback

Source: Personally bought and i listened to the audiobook!

2018 challenge: Beat the backlist challenge

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!!!

The Shadowhunters of Los Angeles star in this #1 New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling novel in Cassandra Clare’s newest series, The Dark Artifices, a sequel to the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series. Lady Midnight is a Shadowhunters novel.

It’s been five years since the events of City of Heavenly Fire that brought the Shadowhunters to the brink of oblivion. Emma Carstairs is no longer a child in mourning, but a young woman bent on discovering who killed her parents and avenging her losses.

Together with her battle partner Julian Blackthorn, Emma must learn to trust her head and her heart as she investigates a demonic plot that stretches across Los Angeles, from the Sunset Strip to the enchanted sea that pounds the beaches of Santa Monica. If only her heart didn’t lead her in treacherous directions…

Making things even more complicated, Julian’s brother Mark—who was captured by the faeries five years ago—has been returned as a bargaining chip. The faeries are desperate to find out who is murdering their kind—and they need the Shadowhunters’ help to do it. But time works differently in faerie, so Mark has barely aged and doesn’t recognize his family. Can he ever truly return to them? Will the faeries really allow it?

Glitz, glamours, and Shadowhunters abound in this heartrending opening to Cassandra Clare’s Dark Artifices series.

 

My Thoughts:

THIS book was a monster to finish listening too… but I am so happy I finally finished it. I def thought listening for the first time to this book could have been a better experience if i just read it. but i really enjoyed the storyline. I liked the pay off emma and jules character and also where their characters went. I also loved all the new characters we met and love how mark tied into the story. I really loved the mystery that need to be solve. I also thought this book unlike heavenly fire, relied a lot less on Clary and that crew only in very key moments. I would have liked a few more tie backs but this book was so well crafted. Def need to read the next book soon!

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Mid month Wrap up!

Here is the books I read in the first part of June. I actually was able to tackle several con books early and also catch up on several series which I have been wanting to do for awhile. I also am so close to being done with Lady midnight YAY! In the video I chat about my full thought on all these books 🙂

  1. Chemistry lessons (3.5 stars)
  2. Broken Things (4 stars) Comes out October 2nd
  3. What the woods keep ( 3.5 Stars) Comes out Sept. 18th
  4. Unicorn Rescue Society (3.5 Stars)
  5. Magnus Chase and the Ship of the Dead (5 stars) (BBLC)
  6. Summer of us ( 4 Stars)
  7. The Sweetest King of fate ( 5 stars)
  8. Mac B Kid Spy (3.5 Stars) Comes out Sept 11th!

Let me know in the comments if you have read any of these books or are planning too when they come out!

later book lovers!

Summer Of Us: Arc Review

Summer of Us  by Cecilia Vines

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Published by  Hachette Book Group on June 5th 2018

Genres: Young Adult, contemporary

Pages: 320

Format: Arc

Source: BEA

2018 challenge:

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!

A swoon-worthy story about five best friends on a whirlwind trip through Europe, perfect for fans of Jenny Han, Stephanie Perkins, and Jennifer E. Smith.

American expat Aubrey has only two weeks left in Europe before she leaves for college, and she’s nowhere near ready. Good thing she and her best friend, Rae, have planned one last group trip across the continent. From Paris to Prague, they’re going to explore famous museums, sip champagne in fancy restaurants, and eat as many croissants as possible with their friends Clara, Jonah, and Gabe.

But when old secrets come to light, Aubrey and Rae’s trip goes from a carefree adventure to a complete disaster. For starters, there’s Aubrey and Gabe’s unresolved history, complicated by the fact that Aubrey is dating Jonah, Gabe’s best friend. And then there’s Rae’s hopeless crush on the effortlessly cool Clara. How is Rae supposed to admit her feelings to someone so perfect when they’re moving to different sides of the world in just a few weeks?

Author Cecilia Vinesse delivers a romantic European adventure that embraces the magic of warm summer nights, the thrill of first kisses, and the bittersweet ache of learning to say goodbye to the past while embracing the future.

My Thoughts:

This book was the prefect book to start my summer reading adventures. This book follows a group of five friends on a epic road trip in europe the summer before the venture off to college. I loved the duel POV and how focused on friendship this book was. Also the lead girls were such different type of characters it made the book even more compelling and enjoyable. I def saw myself in the character of aubury. I loved the LGBTQ romance that developed but also the focus on friendship, changing and especially travel and romance. It was a great summer adventure story. I just really enjoyed this book. It would prefect to read on your own summer vacations! If you like the geography of you and me or Isla and the happily ever after you should pick up this book!

Cover Reveal!! Only A Breath Apart by Katie McGarry!

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Book Summary!!

Jesse dreams of working the land that’s been in his family forever. But he’s cursed to lose everything he loves most.

Scarlett is desperate to escape her “charmed” life. But leaving a small town is easier said than done.

Despite their history of heartbreak, when Jesse sees a way they can work together to each get what they want, Scarlett can’t say no.Each midnightmeeting between Jesse and Scarlett will push them to confront their secrets and their feelings for each other.

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Gritty and real, Only a Breath Apart is a story of hope conjured from pain, strength drawn from innocence, and love earned from self-respect. Beautiful, poignant, and fierce.”
―Kristen Simmons, critically acclaimed author of the Article 5 series

Add it to your Goodreads today!

Katie McGarry Bio:

Katie McGarry was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings, reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan.

Katie is the author of full length YA novels, PUSHING THE LIMITS, DARE YOU TO, CRASH INTO YOU, TAKE ME ON,  BREAKING THE RULES, and NOWHERE BUT HERE and the e-novellas, CROSSING THE LINE and RED AT NIGHT. Her debut YA novel, PUSHING THE LIMITS was a 2012 Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction, a RT Magazine’s 2012 Reviewer’s Choice Awards Nominee for Young Adult Contemporary Novel, a double Rita Finalist, and a 2013 YALSA Top Ten Teen Pick. DARE YOU TO was also a Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction and won RT Magazine’s Reviewer’s Choice Best Book Award for Young Adult Contemporary fiction in 2013.

Links:

Website: www.katielmcgarry.com

Twitter: @katiemcgarry

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/katielmcgarry

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4575371.Katie_McGarry

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/katielmcgarry/

Tumbler: https://katiemcgarryauthor.tumblr.com/

Instagram: http://instagram.com/katielmcgarry

Cover Reveal!

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I will def be checking out this book when it comes out on  on January 22nd, 2019 , let in know in the comments if you will be checking it out as well!

Later book lovers!!!

 

 

 

Magnus Chase and The Ship of the Dead: Non-Spoiler Review!!

Magnus Chase and the The Ship of the Dead by Rick Riordan

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Published by  Disney Hyperion on October 3, 2017

Genres: Young Adult, contemporary

Pages: 432

Format: hardback

Source: Personally Bought

2018 challenge: Beat the Backlist Challenge

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I would give this book 5 for a review.

Summary!!

This book Magnus Chase, a once-homeless teen, is a resident of the Hotel Valhalla and one of Odin’s chosen warriors. As the son of Frey, the god of summer, fertility, and health, Magnus isn’t naturally inclined to fighting. But he has strong and steadfast friends, including Hearthstone the elf, Blitzen the dwarf, and Samirah the Valkyrie, and together they have achieved brave deeds, such as defeating Fenris Wolf and battling giants for Thor’s hammer, Mjolnir. Now Magnus faces his most dangerous trial yet. His cousin, Annabeth, recruits her boyfriend, Percy Jackson, to give Magnus some pointers, but will his training be enough? Loki is free from his chains. He’s readying Naglfar, the Ship of the Dead, complete with a host of giants and zombies, to sail against the Asgardian gods and begin the final battle of Ragnarok. It’s up to Magnus and his friends to stop him, but to do so they will have to sail across the oceans of Midgard, Jotunheim, and Niflheim in a desperate race to reach Naglfar before it’s ready to sail. Along the way, they will face angry sea gods, hostile giants, and an evil fire-breathing dragon. Magnus’s biggest challenge will be facing his own inner demons. Does he have what it takes to outwit the wily trickster god?blew me away. I love the elements of fandom love, comic con and also the average girls falls for a movie star all with a adorable fairy tale twist. I love both characters and read this book so fast. It was so unique book but it also just brought tears to me eyes throughout the book both tears of joy and sadness. It was such a fast book to read and I adored the characters so much.

My Thoughts:

I really adored this series so much. I loved how this series tied everything together but with Rick humor and myths It was such a fun read. I thought this book really solidified my one of my favorite book themes including found family. I just really adored this cast of characters so much and how diverse it became. I loved how the romantic entanglements occurred in this novel AND I really just love Magnus Humor. I also grew to enjoy the various members on his quests. I felt like we really got learn more about these characters that we spent two books with. I adored the connection back to the greek and roman world and PERCY cameo made my life! I def really enjoyed this series and just want more set in this world!

The Creature of the Pines: Non-Spoiler Review!!!

The Creature of The Pines by Adam Gidwitz

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Published by  Dutton Books for Young Readers on April 10, 2018

Genres: Middle Grade, Action Adventure

Pages: 180

Format: Audio book

Source: Rented

2018 challenge:

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I would give this book 3.5 for a review.

Summary!!

Are you ready to protect the creatures of myth and legend? Then you belong in The Unicorn Rescue Society. HURRY–THE CREATURES NEED YOU!

Elliot Eisner isn’t exactly thrilled with the first day at his new school. His class is going on a field trip to a creepy forest called the Pine Barrens. The trip is being led by Professor Fauna, the weirdest teacher
Elliot has ever met. And the only kid who will talk to Elliot, Uchenna Devereaux, isn’t afraid of danger. She likes danger.

Elliot and Uchenna are about to become part of a secret group of adventurers, The Unicorn Rescue Society, whose goal is to protect and defend the world’s mythical creatures. Together with Professor Fauna, Elliot and Uchenna must help rescue a Jersey Devil from a duo of conniving, greedy billionaires, the Schmoke Brothers.

Join Elliot and Uchenna on their very first quest as members of the Unicorn Rescue Society in this brand-new fantasy-adventure series from Adam Gidwitz, the beloved bestselling and Newbery Honor-winning author of The Inquisitors Tale and A Tale Dark & Grimm. Illustrated throughout, this is the perfect fit for newly independent readers looking for a story full of adventure, fun, and friendship.

My Thoughts:

I listened to this audiobook and found it to be adorable. I really loved the adventure aspects and just how fun and fast pace this story was. I loved it so much. I read it so fast and just loved the characters a lot. I think younger kids will adore this book, because the kids really were the heroes in this story. I enjoyed how this book did tackle some history elements in the story telling. I def will be getting the sequel to read. This is great starter series for younger readers or even a great read aloud book as well

TFW: Top five books from my Shelves I want to read this summer!

So here is my version of a top five wed. Here are some of the summer themed books, middle grade, contemporary and thrillers I would love to read this summer! I have had most of these books for awhile and would love to finally get to them!

 

  1. Liars Inc.
  2. Dangerous Girls
  3. This Lullaby
  4. The truth about forever
  5. How my summer went up in flames
  6. Love and gelato
  7. Speak easy speak true
  8. How to love
  9. Saint Anything
  10. My Life next door!

Let me Know in the comments what books I should try and read first!

The Sweetest Kind of Fate: Non-Spoiler Review!!!

The Sweetest Kind of Fate by Crystal Cestari

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Published by  Disney Hyperion on March 6, 2018

Genres: Young Adult, fantasy

Pages: 320

Format: Arc

Source: Publisher

2018 challenge: N/A

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!

GREAT. I’ve somehow found myself tangled up with a siren, a mermaid, and a homicidal wicked witch who once tried to strangle me to death. Way to go, Amber! Amber Sand, legendary matchmaker, couldn’t be more surprised when her archnemesis, Ivy, asks for her help. Ivy’s sister, Iris, is getting married, and Ivy wants to prove her sister is making a huge mistake. But as Amber looks into Iris’s eyes, there doesn’t seem to be a problem—Iris has clearly found her match. It seems happily-ever-after is in the cards, but when Iris seeks out a dangerous, life-altering spell, it’s up to Amber and Ivy to set aside their rivalry and save the day. As Iris puts everything on the line for love, Amber continues to wrestle with her own romantic future. Her boyfriend, Charlie, is still destined for another, and no matter how hard she clings to him, fear over their inevitable breakup shakes her belief system to the core. Because the Fates are never wrong—right?

My Brief  Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this sequel. The highlight of this book series is the amazing world building and the magic world that is developed. I loved all the small nods to knew creatures and also the “case” of mystery that was the heart of this book. I loved the LGTBTQ representation in this story and also the development of all the characters. Amber was dealing with a lot of love related issues in this book, normally struggle with them but this book was just a fun read. The world is so well crafted and I really can’t wait for book 3! It was a such a great sequel! The highlight of this book was def. the world building and also the mermaid mystery!

My Extended Thoughts!

Characters: The characters in this book minus Amber did expand a lot and I loved all the various development that occurred. Amber I sometimes struggled with because of the aftermath of her MATCH stuff. I think the end of this book made me excited for book 2. The side characters I def really enjoyed their paths in this book.

World Building: I love this world a lot it reminds me of a Buffy like world. It is def. a lighter fantasy book. I think this would also be a great starting YA series for readers that want to venture into YA. The world building is def one the the highlights of this book.

Mystery: I loved the case in this book and also the LGBTQ storyline we got. I also loved how we learned more about Ivy and even grew to like her.

Book 3!!! I will def be checking it out!

 

 

TTT: Books to Read By the Pool/At the Beach

So here is summer TBR. This summer I want to make series dent in book expo books But I am in the mood to read a lot of thrillers, middle grade and contemporary books! So here are the top 15 books I hope to read this summer

Thrillers/ Mystery:

  1. Mortal Coil
  2. Magicians Impossible
  3. Meddling Kids
  4. The Echo Room
  5. Sadie
  6. Little White Lies

Middle Grade

  1. The Storm Runners
  2. City of Ghosts
  3. Love Sugar Magic
  4. The Wizards of Once

Contemporary

  1. The art of losing
  2. What IF It’s Us
  3. The me I meant to be
  4. The summer of us

Here are just some books I hope to tackle this summer! Let me know what book you are most excited to see me read and review!

later Book lovers

 

 

 

 

What I am reading Monday!!!

So I had a pretty good reading week. I dipped back into some fantasy books but I am def craving some summer reads and I hope to tackle them this week or read some this week!

What I finished reading!

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This was such a fun and quick read. I loved the adventure and also the various pictures that were in this novel. I read this book so quickly and think it would make a a great read aloud for kids or one of the first books they try to read on their own. Check out my full review in September!

What I am reading Now!

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I am really enjoy this book. I love the mix between court intrigue and witches war. I am intrigued to see how this book winds up. I also really am liking the lead boy in this story!

What I want to read next!

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This is a hold over from my May TBR and I really want to read it. I also loved her newer book foolish hearts and hope this one has the same results

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This is another new release that is summer based book set a ice cream shop! I hope I enjoy it!

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This is another sept. middle grade book THAT i really want to read. I read book 2, this one is so much longer then the first one!

What I am listening too!

I am so close to being done with Lady Midnight and then I am going to listen to Warcross. So I can finally read wildcard and I would like to re experience the story!

Let me know in the comments what books you want to tackle this week!

later book lovers!