Four dead queens (arc review)!!!

Four dead Queens  by Astrid Scholte

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Published by   G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers on February 26, 2019

Genres: Young Adult, fantasy

Pages: 432

Format: arc

Source: NYCC

2018 challenge:

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I would give this book 3.5  for a review.

Summary!!!

Seventeen-year-old Keralie Corrington may seem harmless, but she’s, in fact, one of Quadara’s most skilled thieves and a liar. Varin, on the other hand, is an honest, upstanding citizen of Quadara’s most enlightened region, Eonia. He runs afoul of Keralie when she steals a package from him, putting his life in danger. When Varin attempts to retrieve the package, he and Keralie both find themselves entangled in a conspiracy that leaves all four of Quadara’s queens dead.

With no other choices and on the run from Keralie’s former employer, the two decide to join forces, endeavoring to discover who has killed the queens and save their own lives in the process. When their reluctant partnership blooms into a tenuous romance, they must overcome their own dark secrets in hopes of a future together that seemed impossible just days before. But first they have to stay alive and untangle the secrets behind the nation’s four dead queens.

An enthralling fast-paced murder mystery where competing agendas collide with deadly consequences, Four Dead Queens heralds the arrival of an exciting new YA talent.

My Thoughts:

Overall this book was a super fast read and I really did enjoy it. I did enjoy the various POV that we got throughout the novel but some characters I failed to become emotionally invested in. I thought the world was cool but and overall was well done but some elements of the world felt predicable or not surprising. I really didn’t love the lead female in this book and think her POV was my favorite. I am really also enjoyed the non-linear or unique story telling path. It was def a fast pace mystery that kept me hooked.

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The Similars (Non-Spoiler Review)

The Similars  by Rebecca Hanover

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Published by Sourcebooks Fire on January 1, 2019

Genres: Young Adult, Thriller

Pages: 400

Format: Arc

Source: BEA

2019 challenge:

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!!!

Don’t miss the series debut that readers are calling Gossip Girl in the near future, set in an elite boarding school, where secret societies rule, nothing is at it seems, and the genetic copies of attending students have just joined the Junior class..

This fall, six new students are joining the junior class at the elite Darkwood Academy. But they aren’t your regular over-achieving teens. They’re DNA duplicates, and these “similars” are joining the class alongside their originals.

The Similars are all anyone can talk about. Who are these they? What are the odds that all of them would be Darkwood students? And who is the madman who broke the law to create them? Emmaline Chance couldn’t care less. Her best friend, Oliver, died over the summer and it’s all she can do to get through each day without him. Then she comes face-to-heartbreaking-face with Levi, Oliver’s exact DNA copy and one of the Similars.

Emma wants nothing to do with the Similars, but she keeps getting pulled deeper into their world. She can’t escape the dark truths about them or her prestigious school. No one can be trusted, not even the boy she is falling for with Oliver’s face.

This exhilarating and riveting debut by Rebecca Hanover is the next obsession for readers who devoured One of Us Is Lying, Scythe, and Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful.

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this read. I thought it was the prefect mix between realistic science fiction and thriller. I also thought this book handle topics like clones and prejudice and it was a super compelling read. I also was invested in the various mysteries that were presented in this novel. I found this to be a super fast pace read overall. I did like the focus on friendship and mysteries. I also thought the end of the book was fast pace adventure and really enjoyed it. I also liked the focused on the science in the novel.

I thought this book also handled grief and the the ending twists were super shocking and def. need to read book 2.

 

Only a Breath Apart (Non-Spoiler Revoew

Only a Breath Apart by Katie McGary

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Published by Tor Teen (January 22, 2019)

Genres: Young Adult, contemporary

Pages: 359

Format: arc

Source: ALA

2018 challenge:

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I would give this book 4.75 for a review.

Summary!!!

Bestselling author Katie McGarry’s trademark wrong-side-of-the-tracks romance is given a new twist in the gritty YA contemporary novel, Only a Breath Apart.

They say your destiny is carved in stone. But some destinies are meant to be broken.The only curse Jesse Lachlin believes in is his grandmother’s will: in order to inherit his family farm he must win the approval of his childhood best friend, the girl he froze out his freshman year.A fortuneteller tells Scarlett she’s psychic, but what is real is Scarlett’s father’s controlling attitude and the dark secrets at home. She may be able to escape, but only if she can rely on the one boy who broke her heart.Each midnight meeting pushes Jesse and Scarlett to confront their secrets and their feelings, but as love blooms, the curse rears its ugly head…

My Thoughts:

I really loved this story so much. I really enjoyed this hard hitting contemopory. I really enjoyed the duel POV and found how this book tackled various types of abuse super compelling/heartbreaking. I liked the longer time frame of this novel. I really love the blast from the past love and really enjoyed this aspect of the novel. I was equally invested in both storylines. I found the end pacing a bit wired but other then such a stand out novel. I am super excited to see who book focused on.

The me I am Meant to be (Non-Spoiler Review)

The Me I am Meant to be by Sophie Jordan

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Published by HMH Books for Young Readers on January 1, 2019

Genres: Young Adult, contemporary

Pages: 304

Format: ARC

Source: BEA

2018 challenge:

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I would give this book 3 for a review.

Summary!!!

Willa Evans has no intention of breaking the code. So what if she’s always secretly loved her next-door neighbor Zach? As her best friend’s boyfriend, he was always off-limits and it needs to stay that way, even though they just broke up. Even though every time she turns around he’s there, tempting her…

No keeping secrets from your bestie.

Flor Hidalgo has a lot on her plate: her breakup with Zach, her dad’s new dating life, and her struggling grades. So why can’t she stop thinking about her hot, know-it-all tutor? At least she’s got Willa, her constant in the chaos.

Breaking the code breaks friendships.

Two friends find themselves tempted by love that defies the rules in this steamy romance perfect for fans of Jenny Han and Simone Elkeles.

My Thoughts:

This book was a super fast pace read. I thought it was a rather fun cont. book that had the prefect balance between fun elements like romance and friendship dynamics. I also like how the girl code rules started each chapters as a fun way to structure the novel. I thought the POV could have been a bit stronger and a bit easier to tell them apart. The book was predictable at moments but I really did enjoy it and read it in a full day. I hope to read more by this author in the future.

The Lying Woods (ARC) Non-Spoiler Review!!!

The Lying Woods  by Ashley Elston

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Published by Disney-Hyperion on November 13, 2018

Genres: Young Adult, contemporary, thriller

Pages: 336

Format: arc

Source: ALA

2018 challenge: Beat the backlist challenge

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I would give this book 5 for a review.

Summary!!!

Owen Foster has never wanted for anything. Then his mother shows up at his elite New Orleans boarding school cradling a bombshell: his privileged life has been funded by stolen money. After using the family business, the single largest employer in his small Louisiana town, to embezzle millions and drain the employees’ retirement accounts, Owen’s father vanished without a trace, leaving Owen and his mother to deal with the fallout.

My Thoughts:

I really found this book to a prefect read. I really was loved Owen and Noah is a lead characters. It is rather rare to have YA novel focused only on the male POV. I also really enjoyed the duel time line part of the story and found both storylines to be super compelling. I also really liked the balance that Elston created in the various genres between contempoary and thriller. I really found this book to be super compelling. I also thought this book tackled family issues super well. I think the own character really was so well done I would say this book is more of a contemporary novel with hints of mystery but the ending of this book was super shocking and i would def re-read this book in the future.

Girls of Paper and Fire (Non-Spoiler Review)

Girls of Paper and fire  by Natasha Ngan

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Published by jimmy patterson; 1st edition on November 6, 2018

Genres: Young Adult, fantasy

Pages: 400

Format: Hardback

Source: arc and november Owlcrate

2018 challenge: Beat the backlist challenge

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I would give this book 4.5 for a review.

Summary!!!

In this richly developed fantasy, Lei is a member of the Paper caste, the lowest and most persecuted class of people in Ikhara. She lives in a remote village with her father, where the decade-old trauma of watching her mother snatched by royal guards for an unknown fate still haunts her. Now, the guards are back and this time it’s Lei they’re after — the girl with the golden eyes whose rumored beauty has piqued the king’s interest.
Over weeks of training in the opulent but oppressive palace, Lei and eight other girls learns the skills and charm that befit a king’s consort. There, she does the unthinkable — she falls in love. Her forbidden romance becomes enmeshed with an explosive plot that threatens her world’s entire way of life. Lei, still the wide-eyed country girl at heart, must decide how far she’s willing to go for justice and revenge.

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this fantasy novel alot. I thought it was the prefect mix between the selection series, ash princes and such a rich world like soundless. I really enjoyed the lead characters througout this novel and like the lead in ash princess and she was such a different type of hero. I thought the world building that was inspired by Malaysia soctiey was the highlight of this novel. I wish the ending was a tad more fleshed out and that i felt immediately connected to the characters but I really loved the feelings of hope and inspiration that was the foundation of this novel. I will def be checking out book 2 when it comes out this year

The Afterlife of Holly Chase (Non-Spoiler Review)

The Afterlife of Holly Chase  by Cynthia Hand

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Published by HarperTeen on October 24, 2017

Genres: Young Adult, holiday read

Pages: 400

Format: paperback

Source: personally bought

2018 challenge: Beat the backlist challenge

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!!!

Before I Fall meets “bah, humbug” in this contemporary YA reimagining of A Christmas Carol from New York Times bestselling author Cynthia Hand. On Christmas Eve five years ago, seventeen-year-old Holly Chase was visited by three Ghosts who showed her how selfish and spoiled she’d become. They tried to convince her to mend her ways. She didn’t. And then she died. Now she’s stuck working for the top-secret company Project Scrooge—as their latest Ghost of Christmas Past. So far, Holly’s afterlife has been miserable. But this year’s Scrooge is different. This year’s Scrooge might change everything…The Afterlife of Holly Chase is a witty, poignant, and insightful novel about life, love, and seizing second (or third) chances, perfect for readers who loved Before I Fall or Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares.

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this book. I normally struggle with unlikable characters but I really did enjoy holly throughout the book and really liked her by the end. I really enjoyed this book as a retelling and especially liked how it was mix between a retelling and also had elements of work place comedy. I really liked all the side characters def made me really loved this book. I found this book to be super well paced even thought it occurred over the course of the year. I did liked how the holly turned did seem like it was realistic and really enjoyed it. It was def. one of of my favorite holiday reads of the year.

Slayer (ARC Review)!!!

Slayer  by Kiersten White

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Published by Simon Pulse on January 8, 2019

Genres: Young Adult, Paranormal, BuffyVerse

Pages: 416

Format: arc

Source: NYCC

2018 challenge:

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I would give this book 4.75 for a review.

Summary!!!

Into every generation a Slayer is born…

Nina and her twin sister, Artemis, are far from normal. It’s hard to be when you grow up at the Watcher’s Academy, which is a bit different from your average boarding school. Here teens are trained as guides for Slayers—girls gifted with supernatural strength to fight the forces of darkness. But while Nina’s mother is a prominent member of the Watcher’s Council, Nina has never embraced the violent Watcher lifestyle. Instead she follows her instincts to heal, carving out a place for herself as the school medic. Until the day Nina’s life changes forever. Thanks to Buffy, the famous (and infamous) Slayer that Nina’s father died protecting, Nina is not only the newest Chosen One—she’s the last Slayer, ever. Period. As Nina hones her skills with her Watcher-in-training, Leo, there’s plenty to keep her occupied: a monster fighting ring, a demon who eats happiness, a shadowy figure that keeps popping up in Nina’s dreams… But it’s not until bodies start turning up that Nina’s new powers will truly be tested—because someone she loves might be next. One thing is clear: Being Chosen is easy. Making choices is hard.

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this book alot. I really found the tiebacks to the actually buffy characters a nice element. I really would loved a bit more connections to the buffy characters. I really enjoyed the new setting of this book and also the new set of characters. I found the premise of this book to super well done. I was really liked nina and loved her storyline in this book. I found her to be such a unique slayer. I also really liked the various mysteries we met had in this story. I wanted to the end to be a bit more fleshed out but I am so excited for book 2!!!

TheWicked king Arc Review

The Wicked King  by Holly Black

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Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers on January 8, 2019

Genres: Young Adult, fantasy, fairy

Pages: 336

Format: ARC

Source: ALA

2018 challenge: N/A

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I would give this book 5 for a review.

Summary!!!

The enchanting and bloodthirsty sequel to the New York Times bestselling novel The Cruel Prince.  You must be strong enough to strike and strike and strike again without tiring. The first lesson is to make yourself strong.After the jaw-dropping revelation that Oak is the heir to Faerie, Jude must keep her younger brother safe. To do so, she has bound the wicked king, Cardan, to her, and made herself the power behind the throne. Navigating the constantly shifting political alliances of Faerie would be difficult enough if Cardan were easy to control. But he does everything in his power to humiliate and undermine her even as his fascination with her remains undiminished. When it becomes all too clear that someone close to Jude means to betray her, threatening her own life and the lives of everyone she loves, Jude must uncover the traitor and fight her own complicated feelings for Cardan to maintain control as a mortal in a Faerie world.

My Brief Thoughts:

I adored this book a lot. I think this book really did change the game of this series yet again. I really grew to love all the characters in this book but especially Jude. I think the world building was so well crafted in this book and I loved how this book both expanded the world but also expanded the characters growth. I just loved how tightly wound this story is with the first book in this series. The ending was insane will be a super super long wait but I loved this book a lot!

My Extended Thoughts:

Characters: I thought this book raised the bar and def did some vey compelling things with all these characters. This book was really showed you different sides of all the and really was hard to put down. I really enjoyed what holly black did with her characters.

Pace: This book is only a bit over 300 pages and it is a fast pace read that really did not stop until the last chapter when you REALLY want to toss your book across the room. But as very well pace novel that was hard to put down.

Twists: The final twist is behind CRUEL and i wanted to toss my book across the room. I def need to re read this series in 2019! But all I can say is waiting until 2020 for this last book in this series is hard!

Next book! If I by some reason could get this book tomorrow. I would have waited too long! I am not looking foward to my long wait!

let me know in the comments your thoughts about wicked king or if you are super excited to read it!

later book lovers!

 

Arc Tbr: The Tiger at Midnight

So this was another epic reads pick that I got at NYCC!! I really hope I get to read this book soon!!

Cover Reveal!!

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Summary!!!!!

The first book in an epic heart-pounding fantasy trilogy inspired by ancient Indian history and Hindu mythology, perfect for fans of Sabaa Tahir and Renée Ahdieh.

A broken bond. A dying land. A cat-and-mouse game that can only end in bloodshed.

Esha lost everything in the royal coup—and as the legendary rebel known as the Viper, she’s made the guilty pay. Now she’s been tasked with her most important mission to date: taking down the ruthless General Hotha.

Kunal has been a soldier since childhood. His uncle, the general, has ensured that Kunal never strays from the path—even as a part of Kunal longs to join the outside world, which has only been growing more volatile.

When Esha and Kunal’s paths cross one fated night, an impossible chain of events unfolds. Both the Viper and the soldier think they’re calling the shots, but they’re not the only players moving the pieces.

As the bonds that hold their land in order break down and the sins of the past meet the promise of a new future, both the soldier and the rebel must decide where their loyalties lie: with the lives they’ve killed to hold on to or with the love that’s made them dream of something more.

Author Information!!

Swati Teerdhala is a storyteller at heart. After graduating from the University of Virginia with a BS in finance and BA in history, she tumbled into the marketing side of the technology industry. She’s passionate about many things, including how to make a proper cup of tea, the right ratio of curd to crust in a lemon tart, and diverse representation in the stories we tell. The Tiger at Midnight is her debut novel. She currently lives in New York City. You can visit her online at http://www.swatiteerdhala.com.

Book Information

  • Series: Tiger at Midnight (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (April 23, 2019)

Let me know in the comments if this book is on your spring TBR!!

Later book lovers!!