American Royals (Arc Review)

American Royals  by Katherine McGee

Published by  Random House Books for Young Readers on September 3, 2019)

Genres: Young Adult, contemporary

Pages: 443

Format: BEA

Source: ARC

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I would give this book 4.75 for a review.

Summary!!!

What if America had a royal family? If you can’t get enough of Harry and Meghan or Kate and William, meet American princesses Beatrice and Samantha. Perfect for fans of Red, White, and Royal Blue and The Royal We!

Two princesses vying for the ultimate crown. 
Two girls vying for the prince’s heart. 
This is the story of the American royals.

When America won the Revolutionary War, its people offered General George Washington a crown. Two and a half centuries later, the House of Washington still sits on the throne. Like most royal families, the Washingtons have an heir and a spare. A future monarch and a backup battery. Each child knows exactly what is expected of them. But these aren’t just any royals. They’re American.

As Princess Beatrice gets closer to becoming America’s first queen regnant, the duty she has embraced her entire life suddenly feels stifling. Nobody cares about the spare except when she’s breaking the rules, so Princess Samantha doesn’t care much about anything, either . . . except the one boy who is distinctly off-limits to her. And then there’s Samantha’s twin, Prince Jefferson. If he’d been born a generation earlier, he would have stood first in line for the throne, but the new laws of succession make him third. Most of America adores their devastatingly handsome prince . . . but two very different girls are vying to capture his heart.

The duty. The intrigue. The Crown. New York Times bestselling author Katharine McGee imagines an alternate version of the modern world, one where the glittering age of monarchies has not yet faded–and where love is still powerful enough to change the course of history.

My Thoughts:

I really did enjoy this read. I was super impressed with the world building and how Katharine crafted the world building of this book. I also really liked how this book followed three very different girls all involved in this royal world. I also really did enjoy the various romance that were developed through this novel. I really did like them all. I also loved the political drama that was was the focus of this novel. It was a super fast pace read, and one that def. threw me for twists. I really am excited to for book two and see what occurs next. This book was such a fun summer read!

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The Storm Crow (Non-Spoiler Review)

The Storm Crow by Kalyn Josephson

Published by  Sourcebooks Fire on July 9, 2019  

Genres: Young Adult, fantasy

Pages: 368

Format: Hardback

Source: BEA

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I would give this book 4.5 for a review.

Summary!!!

In the tropical kingdom of Rhodaire, magical, elemental Crows are part of every aspect of life…until the Illucian empire invades, destroying everything.

That terrible night has thrown Princess Anthia into a deep depression. Her sister Caliza is busy running the kingdom after their mother’s death, but all Thia can do is think of all she has lost.

But when Caliza is forced to agree to a marriage between Thia and the crown prince of Illucia, Thia is finally spurred into action. And after stumbling upon a hidden Crow egg in the rubble of a rookery, she and her sister devise a dangerous plan to hatch the egg in secret and get back what was taken from them. 

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this read. I really adored the main characters in this read. I was immediately captured by the world building. I also loved how this book was structured and this book had a huge element of This and Then and that type of story telling of how this one “event” transformed this world was so well crafted. I love the political intrigue that was at the base of this novel. I also really loved the unexpected romance that suprised me in this novel. I thought the bad guys in this book was so well crafted and the end of this book left me with so many lingering questions that i know need answers for. I will be def checking out book 2 in the future

The Once and Future Geek (Arc Review)

The Once and Future Geek by Mari Mancusi

Published by  Disney Hyperion on November 20, 2018

Genres: Middle grade, Fantasy

Pages: 352

Format: Hardback

Source: Library

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!!!

Young King Arthur accidentally time travels to the 21st century and googles himself, discovering the not-so-happily ever after in store for him once he pulls the sword from the stone. He decides he’d much rather stay here–and join the football team instead. Now modern day gamer geeks Sophie and Stu, with the help of Merlin, find themselves in a race against time to pull a Camelot-size caper–get that sword pulled from the stone and the stubborn once and future king back to the past where he belongs. While Arthur takes on the role of wide-receiver in an attempt to save the football team from a losing season, Sophie and Stu sword-fight, joust, and horseback ride their way through Camelot as they fight to save the timeline. If they fail, the world as they know it (not to mention the existence of pepperoni pizza!) will cease to exist forever.

My Thoughts:

I thought this book was such a well crafted read. I loved how this book tied both time travel and also arthurian myths into one book. I also really enjoy how this book tackled the myths in a middle grade way. I thought this book was super fast pace read. I also really liked how this book took gaming and made it unique connection to the arthurs life. I also really enjoyed the various POV we got in this novel and really enjoyed them all. I really flew through this read and am so excited to dive into the sequel. I also enjoyed how this book used time travel. This book was such a refreshing read!

Maybe this Time (Arc Non-Spoiler Review)

Maybe This Time by Kasie West

Published by  Point on July 9, 2019

Genres: Young Adult, contemporary

Pages: 468

Format: Arc

Source: BEA

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!!!

One year. Nine events. Nine chances to . . . fall in love?

Weddings. Funerals. Barbecues. New Year’s Eve parties. Name the occasion, and Sophie Evans will be there. Well, she has to be there. Sophie works for the local florist, so she can be found at every big event in her small hometown, arranging bouquets and managing family dramas.

Enter Andrew Hart. The son of the fancy new chef in town, Andrew is suddenly required to attend all the same events as Sophie. Entitled, arrogant, preppy Andrew. Sophie just wants to get her job done and finish up her sketches so she can apply to design school. But every time she turns around, there is Andrew, getting in her way and making her life more complicated. Until one day she wonders if maybe complicated isn’t so bad after all . . .

Told over the course of one year and following Sophie from event to event, this delightful novel from master of romantic comedy Kasie West shows how love can blossom in unexpected places.

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this read. I thought the structure from this book was so unique and really enjoyed how it took place over the course of a year but on only certain events. I really liked how this book not only focused on the lead girl and her boy but also focused heavily on self discovery and also really focused on friendship. I would def. cat. this book as love to hate and it really captured me. I think also enjoyed how this book focused on smaller time and the drama that comes from that. The structure in this book was the highlight for me, and I really liked how this book focused on romance and friendship!

That Night (Non-Spoiler Review)

That Night by Amy Giles

Published by  HarperTeen on October 23, 2018

Genres: Young Adult, contemporary

Pages: 320

Format: Arc

Source: ALA

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!!!

An evocative story by acclaimed author Amy Giles about tragedy, love, and learning to heal.

The year since a mass shooting shook their Queens neighborhood has played out differently for Jess and Lucas, both of whom were affected by that night in eerily similar and deeply personal ways. 

As Jess struggles to take care of her depressed mother and Lucas takes up boxing under the ever-watchful eye of his overprotective parents, their paths converge. They slowly become friends and then something more, learning to heal and move forward together.

But what does it mean to love after an unspeakable tragedy?

My Thoughts:

I thought this book was super heartbreaking read but super powerful. This book is set in new york and in queens. This book deals with the aftermath of a shooting at movie theater. I liked this book for how it focused only two people who survived the attack and lost a sibling in the attack. This book focused on these two characters and i really enjoyed this focus. The romance in this book was actually quite well done. I also thought this book tackled so many difference elements of grief and also the grief process. This book was super well crafted and i WOULD def read more by this author in the future.

The Other side of lost (Arc Review)

The Other Side of Lost by Jessi Kirby

Published by HarperTeen on August 7, 2018

Genres: Young Adult, contemporary

Pages: 320

Format: ARC

Source: Publisher

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!!!

Girl Online meets Wild in this emotionally charged story of girl who takes to the wilderness to rediscover herself and escape the superficial persona she created on social media.

Mari Turner’s life is perfect. That is, at least, to her thousands of followers who have helped her become an internet starlet.

But when she breaks down and posts a video confessing she’s been living a lie—that she isn’t the happy, in love, inspirational online personality she’s been trying so hard to portray—it goes viral and she receives a major backlash.

To get away from it all, she makes an impulsive decision: to hike the entire John Muir Trail. Mari and her late cousin Bri were supposed to do it together, to celebrate their shared eighteenth birthday. But that was before Mari got so wrapped up in her online world that she shut anyone out who questioned its worth—like Bri. 

With Bri’s boots and trail diary, a heart full of regret, and a group of strangers that she meets along the way, Mari tries to navigate the difficult terrain of the hike. But the true challenge lies within, as she searches for the way back from to the girl she fears may be too lost to find: herself.

My Thoughts:

I thought this book was super well crafted. I really enjoyed the focus on self discovery and dealing with grief. I would def. pitch this book at as the YA version of Wild. I also really enjoyed the main character in this book and how her character arc progressed throughout the novel. I love the progression of the friendship that was in this novel. I thought this book def tugged at heart strings and it really was a fast pace read. I would def check out more books by this author in the future. 

Sal and Gabi Break the Universe (Arc Review)!!!

Sal and Gabi Break the Universe  by Carlos Hernandez

Published by  Rick Riordan Presents on March 5, 2019

Genres: middle grade mythology

Pages: 400

Format: ARC

Source: NYCC

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I would give this book 4.75 for a review.

Summary!!!

How did a raw chicken get inside Yasmany’s locker?
When Sal Vidon meets Gabi Real for the first time, it isn’t under the best of circumstances. Sal is in the principal’s office for the third time in three days, and it’s still the first week of school. Gabi, student council president and editor of the school paper, is there to support her friend Yasmany, who just picked a fight with Sal. She is determined to prove that somehow, Sal planted a raw chicken in Yasmany’s locker, even though nobody saw him do it and the bloody poultry has since mysteriously disappeared. Sal prides himself on being an excellent magician, but for this sleight of hand, he relied on a talent no one would guess . . . except maybe Gabi, whose sharp eyes never miss a trick. When Gabi learns that he’s capable of conjuring things much bigger than a chicken–including his dead mother–and she takes it all in stride, Sal knows that she is someone he can work with. There’s only one slight problem: their manipulation of time and space could put the entire universe at risk.A sassy entropy sweeper, a documentary about wedgies, a principal who wears a Venetian bauta mask, and heaping platefuls of Cuban food are just some of the delights that await in his mind-blowing novel gift-wrapped in love and laughter. Declan Murphy isn’t the sort of guy you want to cross. In the midst of his court-ordered community service at the local cemetery, he’s trying to escape the demons of his past. When Declan reads a haunting letter left beside a grave, he can’t resist writing back. Soon, he’s opening up to a perfect stranger, and their connection is immediate. But neither Declan nor Juliet knows that they’re not actually strangers. When life at school interferes with their secret life of letters, sparks will fly as Juliet and Declan discover truths that might tear them apart.

My Thoughts:

I really loved this read. I found this book to be a prefect science fiction themed novel with some cuban influences and it was such a fast pace read. I thought this book handled some many modern day topics in such a fun way. I really loved how this book handled complicated science fiction topics like the multi verse in such a easy to understand way. i thought the ending of the book had a some structure and info dump issues but I still really enjoyed the read and will def be checking out the sequel in 2020!

9 From the Nine Worlds (ARC) Non-Spoiler Review!!

9 from the Nine Worlds  by Rick Riordan

Published by  Disney Hyperion on October 2, 2018

Genres: Middle Grade Mythology

Pages: 176

Format: Arc

Source: BEA

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I would give this book 3 for a review.

Summary!!!

The Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard trilogy may have concluded, but we haven’t heard the last of our favorite einherji and his friends. The nine Norse worlds are rich with lore, as this collection of nine original stories, each told from a different character’s point of view, will prove.

My Thoughts:

I though this collection of short stories was really cute. I really loved how this collection followed the minor characters in the magnus chase series and did not include magnus and it was such a fun read. I also liked how thor storyline was the connecting link between all the stories. I really found this to fun read and loved going back to norse world.

Dragon Pearl (Arc Review) Non-Spoiler

Dragon Pearl  by Yoon Ha Lee

Published by  Disney Hyperion on January 15, 2019  

Genres: Middle Grade, Mythology

Pages: 320

Format: Arc

Source: BEA

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I would give this book 3.5 for a review.

Summary!!!

Rick Riordan Presents Yoon Ha Lee’s space opera about thirteen-year-old Min, who comes from a long line of fox spirits. But you’d never know it by looking at her. To keep the family safe, Min’s mother insists that none of them use any fox-magic, such as Charm or shape-shifting. They must appear human at all times. Min feels hemmed in by the household rules and resents the endless chores, the cousins who crowd her, and the aunties who judge her. She would like nothing more than to escape Jinju, her neglected, dust-ridden, and impoverished planet. She’s counting the days until she can follow her older brother, Jun, into the Space Forces and see more of the Thousand Worlds. When word arrives that Jun is suspected of leaving his post to go in search of the Dragon Pearl, Min knows that something is wrong. Jun would never desert his battle cruiser, even for a mystical object rumored to have tremendous power. She decides to run away to find him and clear his name. Min’s quest will have her meeting gamblers, pirates, and vengeful ghosts. It will involve deception, lies, and sabotage. She will be forced to use more fox-magic than ever before, and to rely on all of her cleverness and bravery. The outcome may not be what she had hoped, but it has the potential to exceed her wildest dreams. This sci-fi adventure with the underpinnings of Korean mythology will transport you to a world far beyond your imagination.

My Thoughts:

I really did enjoy this read. I really loved the main character in this story. I found this book to be such a refreshing read. I found this book to also be a super diverse read and really liked the pace of this novel of this as well. I also really liked this space adventure themed novel. I really was impressed by this read. It was such a fast pace read. I did think the ending was a bit rushed. I also really enjoyed the korean mythokolgoy system that we had in this novel. It was quick read and i hope we get more books in this series eventually.

The Storm Runner (Non-Spoiler Review)

The Storm Runner by J.C Cervantes

Published by  Disney Hyperion on September 18, 2018

Genres: Middle Grade, Mythology

Pages: 449

Format: arc

Source: BEA

2019 challenge:

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I would give this book 3 for a review.

Summary!!!

A contemporary adventure based on Maya mythology from Rick Riordan Presents and New York Times bestselling author J. C. Cervantes! Zane has always enjoyed exploring the dormant volcano near his home in New Mexico, even though hiking it is challenging. He’d much rather hang out there with his dog, Rosie, than go to middle school, where kids call him Sir Limps a Lot, McGimpster, or Uno–for his one good leg. What Zane doesn’t know is that the volcano is a gateway to another world and he is at the center of a powerful prophecy. A new girl at school, Brooks, informs him that he’s destined to release an evil god from the ancient Maya relic he is imprisoned in–unless she can find and remove it first. Together they return to the volcano, where all kinds of crazy happens. Brooks turns into a hawk, a demon attacks them in a cave, and Rosie gives her all while trying to protect Zane. When Zane decides to save his dog no matter the cost, he is thrust into an adventure full of surprising discoveries, dangerous secrets, and an all-out war between the gods, one of whom happens to be his father. To survive, Zane will have to become the Storm Runner. But how can he run when he can’t even walk well without a cane?

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this read. I found the diversity to be such a fun read. I found this book to a super compelling read. I thought the end of the book was a tad rushed. I really loved the myths that this story used. I also loved how this story had a trio of characters. I really found his book to be such a fun read and I am really excited for the sequel as well!