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!

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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!

 

 

Chemistry Lessons: Arc Review: Non-Spolier Review

Chemistry Lessons  by Meredith Goldstein

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Published by  HMH Books for Young Readers on June 19, 2018

Genres: Young Adult, contemporary

Pages: 261

Format: Arc

Source: Blog Bound

2018 challenge: NA

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I would give this book 3.5  for a review.

Summary!

From advice columnist Meredith Goldstein, a dazzling, romantic, and emotionally resonant YA debut about a teen science whiz in Cambridge, Massachusetts, who tries to crack the chemical equation for lasting love and instead wreaks havoc on herself and the boys in her life.

For seventeen-year-old Maya, the equation for happiness is simple: a dream internship at MIT + two new science nerd friends + a perfect boyfriend = one amazing summer. Then Whit dumps her out of the blue.

Maya is miserable until she discovers that her scientist mother, before she died, was conducting research on manipulating pheromones to enhance human attraction. If Maya can finish her mother’s work, maybe she can get Whit back. But when her experiment creates chaos in her love life, she realizes that maybe love and loss can’t be understood using the scientific method. Can she learn to trust the unmeasurables of love and attraction instead?

My Brief Thoughts:

* I got this book from the publisher for my honest thoughts*

This was a great book to kick off my summer reads season. I really loved how this book was focused on both grief but also science and experiments with love twist. I really found the self discovery path in this story to be super strong. I also really realated to the female/male friendship dynamics because that was something that defined my high school experience. I also liked how this book tackled grief but in a unique way. I flew through this book and really think that was because the structure of this book made the pacing of this book super well crafted. I also really loved all the side characters and the lead boy made me smile. I would def read more by this author in the future.

My Extended Thoughts

Characters: I thought for a quick summer read, these characters were super well done. I thought the characters were super well done and really grew to love them by the end of the book. This book also had nice cast of side characters. It was super fun read.

Plot:  Any books or plot about girls in Stem always are so compelling to me. This book addressed so many issues including grief, first love, breakups and science and experiments and ethical stuff. I really was fascinated by this story.

Romance: I did enjoy it and did not predict who would be end game but the romance but a smile on my face!

author again? I def will, It was adorable summer read and would love to read more by her in the future!

later book lovers

Good Choice Reading! Alex Bracken Preorder and singing!!

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The long-awaited new novel in the New York Times best-selling Darkest Minds series, now a major motion picture.
 
Five years after the destruction of the so-called rehabilitation camps that imprisoned her and countless other Psi kids, seventeen-year-old Suzume “Zu” Kimura has assumed the role of spokesperson for the interim government, fighting for the rights of Psi kids against a growing tide of misinformation and prejudice. But when she is accused of committing a horrifying act, she is forced to go on the run once more in order to stay alive.
 
Determined to clear her name, Zu finds herself in an uncomfortable alliance with Roman and Priyanka, two mysterious Psi who could either help her prove her innocence or betray her before she gets the chance. But as they travel in search of safety and answers, and Zu grows closer to the people she knows she shouldn’t trust, they uncover even darker things roiling beneath the veneer of the country’s recovery. With her future-and the future of all Psi-on the line, Zu must use her powerful voice to fight back against forces that seek to drive the Psi into the shadows and save the friends who were once her protectors.
 
From #1 New York Times best-selling author Alexandra Bracken comes a harrowing story of resilience, resistance, and reckoning that will thrill loyal fans and new readers alike.
 
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I have ordered from this company before and really enjoy their serivces!
let me know in the comments if you are going to order this book, or box or of if you are def getting this book come July!
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The Fall of Innocent Blog tour and Guest post!!!!

The Fall of Innocent  by Jenny Torres Sanchez

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Published by Philomel Books on June 12, 2018

Genres: Young Adult, contemporary

Pages: 448

Format: Arc

Source: Publisher

2018 challenge: Na

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Summary!!!

The Lovely Bones meets Thirteen Reasons Why in this gorgeous, haunting, and tragic novel that examines the crippling–and far-reaching–effects of one person’s trauma on her family, her community, and herself.

For the past eight years, sixteen-year-old Emilia DeJesus has done her best to move on from the traumatic attack she suffered in the woods behind her elementary school. She’s forced down the memories–the feeling of the twigs cracking beneath her, choking on her own blood, unable to scream. Most of all, she’s tried to forget about Jeremy Lance, the boy responsible, the boy who caused her such pain. Emilia believes that the crows who watched over her that day, who helped her survive, are still on her side, encouraging her to live fully. And with the love and support of her mother, brother, and her caring boyfriend, Emilia is doing just that.

But when a startling discovery about her attacker’s identity comes to light, and the memories of that day break through the mental box in which she’d shut them away, Emilia is forced to confront her new reality and make sense of shifting truths about her past, her family, and herself.

A compulsively-readable tragedy that reminds us of the fragility of human nature.

 

Inspiration for The Fall of Innocence:

This story mostly comes from the time I stayed on the playground after school one day without telling my mother. She couldn’t find me and thought something terrible had happened to me. Thankfully I was fine, but that day became a memory I’d play over and over in my head throughout the years. I thought of all the things that might have gone through her head in that hour she thought I was missing. That day is really when this book was born. It’s also why it’s set in Uniondale, NY, where I grew up.

There are a lot of other things that inspired it, too. Before I even started writing Emilia’s story, my vision was constantly being drawn upward to black birds in the sky. I’d see them flying and circling around and it was a little hypnotic. I noticed trees, too, and would stand under them and take pictures of their branches and notice how haunting they seemed. Then there was this cool, weird statue at the Orlando Museum of art that I kept going back to see. And a dress that I loved as a little girl that still hung in my closet. I’d look over at it more often and it felt like I was noticing it more for a reason (there’s a pic of it on my Instagram). All of this kind of surrounded me more before and while I wrote this book and it all felt like it meantsomething.

That’s usually how inspiration for books works for me. There’s always something, an object or a memory or a place that I notice that stays with me. And then all of a sudden, more things start to find their way to me like little magnets. I start looking around noticing all these pieces that are coming together and I realize it’s the story. It’s really pretty cool and that’s when I feel like there’s really a story that needs to be told. Like it already exists in all these little bits and pieces that I have to translate and put into words.

I will be reviewing this book later this month, some make sure to check out my review later this month!

later book lovers!!!

Fury Born: Non-Spoiler Review

Fury Born by Claire Legrand

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Published by  Sourcebooks Fire on May 22, 2018

Genres: Young Adult,  Fantasy

Pages: 515

Format: Arc

Source: Publisher

2018 challenge: PSRC: BOOK about a Villain

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!

When assassins ambush her best friend, Rielle Dardenne risks everything to save him, exposing herself as one of a pair of prophesied queens: a queen of light, and a queen of blood. To prove she is the Sun Queen, Rielle must endure seven elemental magic trials. If she fails, she will be executed…unless the trials kill her first.

One thousand years later, the legend of Queen Rielle is a fairy tale to Eliana Ferracora. A bounty hunter for the Undying Empire, Eliana believes herself untouchable—until her mother vanishes. To find her, Eliana joins a rebel captain and discovers that the evil at the empire’s heart is more terrible than she ever imagined.

As Rielle and Eliana fight in a cosmic war that spans millennia, their stories intersect, and the shocking connections between them ultimately determine the fate of their world—and of each other.

My Brief Thoughts:

I really loved this book. I thought the duel POV and duel time lines was a such a engaging way to tell this story. I grew to enjoy both sides of this story. It is interesting story because you know the ending but seeing how you get there is fun ride. I loved both female leads and also how magic was represented in this story. I really loved the character of simon ( i love that name btw) and hope we get more backstory about him in the future books. I love how both stories tied together in the end. It was slow burn story but towards the end it was hard to put down. I will def be reading book two.

My Extended Thoughts!

Characters: It took awhile to like both sides of the story. I felt like i was missing key facts that I need to really understand these characters. There was a lot of mystery around these characters and it took me maybe until 50% to become invested in both sides. I am now curious to see where this story goes. But the back half of this book def answered some of my questions that I had.

Pace: I wanted this story to have a faster pace in some ways in both aspects of the story. In E side there is a mystery she need to solve but it kept getting shove to the background and the trials R was going through was a not super engaging as a plot device. I want this book to be more  engaging pace wise but I did enjoy this slow burn story for sure.

World Building: I found this world building to be a highlight of this story. I was really invested in the world and how she crafted her world. I feel like this world still as elements i am unclear about, but hopefully book two will give us some more calrity!

Will I read Book 2: I will def be checking it out!

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Listen to your Heart: Non-Spoiler Review

Listen to your Heart by Kasie West

Published by  Scholastic Inc. on May 29, 2018

Genres: Young Adult, contemporary

Pages:320

Format: Arc

Source: Publisher

2018 challenge: N/A

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!!

Talking to other people isn’t Kate Bailey’s favorite activity. She’d much rather be out on the lake, soaking up the solitude and sunshine. So when her best friend, Alana, convinces Kate to join their high school’s podcast, Kate is not expecting to be chosen as the host. Now she’ll have to answer calls and give advice on the air? Impossible.

But to Kate’s surprise, she turns out to be pretty good at the hosting gig. Then the podcast gets in a call from an anonymous guy, asking for advice about his unnamed crush. Kate is pretty sure that the caller is gorgeous Diego Martinez, and even surer that the girl in question is Alana. Kate is excited for her friend . . . until Kate herself starts to develop feelings for Diego. Suddenly, Kate finds that while doling out wisdom to others may be easy, asking for help is tougher than it looks, and following your own advice is even harder.

Kasie West’s adorable story of secrets, love, and friendship is sure to win over hearts everywhere.

My Brief Thoughts:

I loved this book my Kasie west. It was the Prefect summer read. I loved the main character a lot. I also really liked the focus on podcasting as a hobby. I am huge podcast fan and loved seeing the “inside” workings of making a podcast. I also like how her books always have elements of self discovery and i saw elements in so many of the characters not just the lead girl. I loved the setting of the water front and the school. It was a super fast pace read the I read over two days on my various train rides to and from the city. This book made me smile and laugh out loud and will be prefect summer read 🙂

My Extended Thoughts!

Characters: I really liked all the characters. I loved how all the characters were dealing with some element of self. discovery path. I really was captured by the main point of view characters. I felt like all of these characters were well rounded and fun to read about. It was not a “emotional” read but a fun read that made me laugh out loud!

Plot: Most of these times books like this become a tad too predictable for me. But there was so many boys in this book it was easy to never be sure who was going to be the “one” Some moments were predicable but some other parts really shocked me or caught me off guard in a fun way!

Romance: This romance was super fun and kind of interesting because it could have gone in so many different directions but it was so much fun to read about! It was def. a slow burn and I liked that 🙂

Concept: I really loved the focus both on podcasting and also the waterfront as a setting for this novel! if you are looking for a fun summer read, this is your future summer read 🙂

Read more by this author: Def. I really need to tackle her backlist as well 🙂

 

 

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Out Of the Wild Night: Non-Spoiler Review

Out of the wild Night  by Blue Balliett

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Published by  Scholastic Inc. on March 27, 2018

Genres: Middle Grade, Ghost Story

Pages: 325

Format: Arc

Source: Publisher

2018 challenge: NA

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I would give this book 3 for a review.

Summary!

Ghosts are alive on the island of Nantucket. You can hear them in the wind, and in the creaks of the old homes. They want to be remembered. And, even more, they want to protect what was once theirs.

The ghosts seem to have chosen a few local kids to be their messengers — and to help save the island. But in this mystery, the line between those who haunt and those who are haunted is a thin one — and the past and the present must come to terms with one another in order to secure the future.

My Brief Thoughts:

This book surprised me. I was enjoying it but the ending took me off guard. I loved the narrator that we had and how focused on the history of the islands it was. It did have some pacing issues but it was a fun story. I wish the kids character may have been more focused in the story. But the ending I def did not see coming and really eventually want to re-read this book and see how that knowledge effect the story. It was def. a creepier read but one the middle grade students would enjoy. I would def.read more by this autor in the future.

My Extended Thoughts!

Characters: All the characters in this book felt like you as the audience had veil separating them for us. I felt it was harder to becoming emotionally invested in them but I was motivated enough to keep reading!

Plot: This plot was super cool and some of the end shocked were hard to see coming and I really loved the tale end of this novel. I read this book in one sitting and wish I would have spread this reading out. The tale of the novel was super unique!

Pace: This book had a slower pace and that was largely because of all the info that was given about the island. It was slower read but def a fun one!

I would def read more by this author in the future!

 

 

Perfectly Misunderstood blog tour/review and guest post and Giveaway!!!!!!!

Book Title: Perfectly Misunderstood
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Genre: YA Contemporary Romance/Romantic Comedy

Published by  Quirk Books on April 4, 2017                                                                         Pages:320                                                                                                                                           Format: Arc                                                                                                                                         Source: Publisher                                                                                                                                   Buy on Amazon, Goodreads

Book Summary!

 Jayden Valdez is an overachieving intellectual. Mike McGinnes is Franklin High School’s dumbest jock. Even though they barely know each other, she finds his personality repulsive and he thinks she’s got a giant stick up her you know what. Mike and Jayden are surprised and annoyed when their teacher pairs them together for Spanish tutoring. Both feel it’s a complete waste of time, since nobody could learn from a person who bugs the crap out of them. Not to mention that their reputations might be ruined if people realize what they’re doing. But it doesn’t take long for Jayden to discover that Mike has a secret—he isn’t the person he appears to be. Much to her dismay, Jayden finds ‘Secret Mike’ strangely attractive. And for some crazy reason, Mike is amused by Jayden’s clever insults and witty banter. Suddenly, they have a much bigger problem than their mutual disdain. What started as irritating tension is beginning to feel more like romantic tension and acting on it would be a very bad idea.


About the Author:

Robin Daniels is a sixteen-year-old trapped in a middle-aged body. She’s married to an amazing guy and has five cute but crazy kids. When she’s not chasing children or writing books, she’s coaching volleyball or working on her blog. She tries to read as much as possible, especially when she has housework to do. Robin’s favorites include napping, dessert, pedicures, Christmas, Arizona winters, and Diet Coke.

Guest Post (Slight spoilers a foot!!)

What inspired you to write this novel?

Funny enough, Mike actually inspired me to write this novel. He had such a small part in the first book, only a couple mentions, really. But I knew from the moment I finished writing Perfectly Oblivious, that Mike would get his own story at some point. There were so many guys like him at my high school. They wanted to look like a thug because they thought it would make them seem hard core. But really, all the girls wished they’d stop acting like idiots.

There’s a movie called Can’t Hardly Wait that came out when I was a teenager. If you’ve seen it, I always envisioned Kenny (played by Seth Green) when I was writing Mike. Only I wanted Mike to be deeper and cooler (and cuter) than that. I also wanted him to be hiding more than an insecurity about not being popular. Readers love a deep dark secret, but I’m not really a drama kind of girl. I don’t write tragic accidents or tortured pasts. So, when I was wondering what kind of secret I could give Mike, I decided that he needed a super star brain. It was the perfect way to teach the lesson of not judging a book by it’s cover, and the only way for him to challenge her. Plus, let’s be honest, smart guys are hot.

What was the scene you had the most fun writing?

Hands down, it was the scene in the library when Mike “outs” himself to Jayden as a closet intellectual. I literally laughed out loud as I was writing the entire scene. My husband thought I was losing it. But when Mike got so frustrated with Jayden that he couldn’t keep his magnificent vocabulary to himself, I felt like I was sitting at the table with them. I wanted to laugh at Jayden and yell “Burn!”. A close second was at the end of the book when Mike outed himself to his friends, putting Bebe in her place too. That scene was good because I felt vindicated on Mike’s behalf. Especially knowing how rudely Bebe had spoken about him in book one.

What are some fun facts you can share about your lead characters?

Mike

  1. Despite what you might assume, Mike doesn’t care for Rap music. He’s much more of a bubble-gum-pop-rocker.
  2. Though he hits on lots of girls, it’s all for show. Mike is relatively inexperienced with the ladies because his persona is a huge turn-off. It’s the one thing he really regrets about his choice of alter ego.
  3. Even though he seems annoyed by having to look after his younger brother and sister, he really likes kids and he’s good with them. He’ll knock the whole “manny” idea, but has secretly considered it as an option for earning college money.

Jayden

  1. She really loves bluegrass music which is why she picks a fiddling piece for her violin recital. But her favorite part of bluegrass isn’t actually the fiddle, it’s the banjo
  2. She’s always wished for a sibling. So much even, that as a little girl, she’d pretend she had an identical twin named Jo Jo. When Jayden did something that she knew would get her in trouble, she would tell her parents that Jo Jo made her do it.
  3. She’s a closet Eminem fan, literally. As in she has a poster of him hanging in her closet. But she’d die before admitting it to anyone.

I gave this book 3.5 Stars for Review 

My Brief Thoughts!!

I thought this was super fun read. I really enjoyed both POV characters and it was fun story. I think I was more invested in the male side of the story. I also thought this story touched on my many common issues in teens life like school, family and romance. I thought the rest of the characters could have been developed a tad more but it was fun read and def a great read for the end of the school year. I would def be interested in reading more by this author in this seems and to go back and read the other three books in this series

Giveaway!

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Samantha Spinner and the Super Secret Plans: Non-Spoiler Review!!!

Samantha Spinner and the Super Secret Plans by Russell Finns

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Published by  Delacorte Books for Young Readers on February 13, 2018

Genres: Middle Grade, Adventure

Pages: 246

Format: Arc

Source: Publisher

2018 challenge: NA

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I would give this book 3.5 for a review.

Summary!!

Get ready for round-the-world adventure with Sam Spinner and her brother Nipper in the first book in a new hilarious, puzzle-packed series filled with super-secret messages! Perfect for fans of Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library and classics like Holes.

Samantha Spinner’s uncle Paul disappeared, and here’s what he left:
*  Samantha’s sister got a check for $2,400,000,000.
*  Samantha’s brother got the New York Yankees.
*  And Samantha got a rusty red umbrella with a tag hanging off its worn handle. The tag says “Watch out for the RAIN.”

Thanks a lot, Uncle Paul.

After all the strawberry waffles, stories, and puzzles they’ve shared, how could he just leave without saying goodbye? And what is the meaning of that mysterious message?

The answer is simple. Sam knows in her heart that Uncle Paul is in danger. And if he taught her anything, it’s that not everything is exactly what it seems. Which is why we should pay close attention to that rusty red umbrella, and never trust a monkey at a hula-hoop contest.

The RAIN is coming and Samantha Spinner is about to find herself mixed up in some super-important, super-dangerous, super-secret plans.

My Brief Thoughts:

I enjoyed this book. I found it to be super cute and loved how the author not only made this adventure story but also taught kids about various locations throughout the world. I really enjoyed the lead characters and there is adorable dog involved. I thought the plot was predictable at points but I think middle grade and especially younger readers will love it. I read this book in a about a day and found it to super fast read.
I will def. be checking out book two in this series

My Extended Thoughts!

 

Characters: I thought the characters were super cute. I wanted a tad more character growth for them but the book was not super long, so I am hopeful for that next book in this series these characters will get fleshed out a tad more. I think kids will adore these characters and want to follow their adventures.

Plot:  This book had some “magic”  or prefect elements to start the book off but the adventure was super fun and loved how the book had a narrative and them explaining and teaching the kids about various places in the world. It was as super fun read!

Pace: This story was very fast pace and very compelling end sentences in a chapter that kept me want to keep reading and I think the same will be true for younger readers!

Will I read book 2!!!! Yup!!!