Children of Blood and Bone (ARC REVIEW)!!

Children of Blood and Bone  by Tomi Adeyemi

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Published by  Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) on March 6, 2018

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Diverse

Pages: 537

Format: ARC

Source: NYCC

2018 challenge: N/A

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I would give this book 5 for a review.

Summary!!!

They killed my mother.
They took our magic.
They tried to bury us.

Now we rise.

Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.

But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.

Now Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.

Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers and her growing feelings for an enemy.

My Brief  Thoughts:

I really loved this fantasy novel. I was super invested in all the POV characters. I thought this magic system was very well done as well. I loved the diversity of this cast and the characters. This book is def on the longer side, but I really read it so fast. It was super compelling read with some many themes and troops used. I def adored both female POV and thought it handled the magic plot super well. It was a heartbreaking reads at points but I really liked, need book 2

My Extended Thoughts!!

Characters: I really was invested in all the characters in this story. I love the diversity of the characters we met and really enjoyed all of them. My favorites def. changed throughout the novel. I still think my favorite is the princes but I really enjoyed them all!

World Building: I thought this world building was super complex and well crafted. I really loved how this magic system was developed and felt this world building was super diverse.

Pace: I felt that the short chapters made the massive book a easy book to digest. I really enjoyed this pace of the novel.

Second book! I def will be reading book 2!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Broken Things Non-Spoiler Review!!

Broken Things  by Lauren Oliver

Published by  HarperCollins on October 2, 2018

Genres: Young Adult, mystery, thriller

Pages: 416

Format: Arc

Source: Book Expo

2018 challenge: NA

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!!!

It’s been five years since Summer Marks was brutally murdered in the woods.

Everyone thinks Mia and Brynn killed their best friend. That driven by their obsession with a novel called The Way into Lovelorn the three girls had imagined themselves into the magical world where their fantasies became twisted, even deadly.

The only thing is: they didn’t do it.

On the anniversary of Summer’s death, a seemingly insignificant discovery resurrects the mystery and pulls Mia and Brynn back together once again. But as the lines begin to blur between past and present and fiction and reality, the girls must confront what really happened in the woods all those years ago—no matter how monstrous.

My  Brief Thoughts:

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

I really enjoyed this book. I loved the mystery of this book so much. I read this book in about two days. It was a very fast read. I really grew to love the main characters. I would consider these characters to have moments of being “Unlikable” but they grew on me and by the end of this novel, I really enjoyed them. I love the duel timelines and how we got both past and current timelines. I loved how this book hinted at toyed with fantasy elements in some ways. It thought these characters were so well crafted and the world building was so strong. The mystery was hard to predict and I loved that. If you like mysteries like PLL or don’t look back, you should def check out this book in october!!

My Extended Thoughts:

Characters: I normally really struggle with unlikable characters but I really did grow to love these characters. This characters def reminded me of the way in 13 reasons why, the characters and story is like onion, you a learn a little bit and little bit thought this story. These characters were so complex and really grew to love them.

Pace/Timeline: I loved how this story was told through two different timelines. I thought it really made this story a fast pace story. I also liked how it hinted at paranormal elements and you never really know what way the story will go. It def. reminds me of the way PLL was told and I was super invested from page one.

Mystey: I loved the mystey in this story and was not able to preduct the end untill the very end. This story was so engaing and I read it in like 2 days. It was def a nail bitter!

I hope you will check it this book in Ocrober 2nd! Let me know in the comments if you will or if you read it, what did you think of it!

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What If its us (Non-Spoiler Arc Review)!!

What If It’s Us  by byBecky Albertalli and Adam Silvera

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Published by  HarperTeen on October 9, 2018

Genres: Young Adult, contemporary

Pages: 448

Format: Arc

Source: BEA

2018 challenge: NA

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!!!

Critically acclaimed and bestselling authors Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera combine their talents in this smart, funny, heartfelt collaboration about two very different boys who can’t decide if the universe is pushing them together—or pulling them apart.

ARTHUR is only in New York for the summer, but if Broadway has taught him anything, it’s that the universe can deliver a showstopping romance when you least expect it.

BEN thinks the universe needs to mind its business. If the universe had his back, he wouldn’t be on his way to the post office carrying a box of his ex-boyfriend’s things.

But when Arthur and Ben meet-cute at the post office, what exactly does the universe have in store for them . . . ?

Maybe nothing. After all, they get separated.

Maybe everything. After all, they get reunited.

But what if they can’t nail a first date even after three do-overs?

What if Arthur tries too hard to make it work and Ben doesn’t try hard enough?

What if life really isn’t like a Broadway play?

But what if it is?

What if it’s us?

My Brief Thoughts:

I really though this was the prefect summer read. I really loved both these authors on their own and just found this story to be such a fun read. I loved NYC as a back drop of this story and also the two characters that we follow. NYC almost felt like a whole character in this story. I also loved not only both POV but also the relationship that developed in this novel. I think i adored arthur a tad more but was so invested in this story. I thought elements of this story was predictable but I really loved this story and found it to be such a fun but diverse read!

My Extended Thoughts!!

Characters: I really loved both of these characters in this novel. I thought they were so well crafted and just so diverse. I also found the others characters in this novel to also so well-rounded. I think it was tad more invested in Arthur POV. But i found all the characters to been so well crafted.

Plot: Overall the plot was super well crafted and I just found the whole romance/relationship was super well done. I found it to be very reasltic but stil had hints of a claassic Rom Com. I thought this book did have predictable moments but overall I still loved it!

Duel Authors:  I thought that these two authors wrote so well together and that surprised me a tad becasue they write such different books. But I think you can def tell the different between their charactersand who wrote who. But i thoguht they worked together super well!

 

Small Spaces by Katherine Arden Non-Spoiler Review!!!

Small Spaces  by Katherine Arden

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Published by  G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers  September 25, 2018

Genres: Middle Grade, Mystery, Scary, October Read

Pages: 244

Format: Arc

Source: BEA

2018 challenge: N/A

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I would give this book 3.5 for a review.

Summary!

After suffering a tragic loss, eleven-year-old Ollie only finds solace in books. So when she happens upon a crazed woman at the river threatening to throw a book into the water, Ollie doesn’t think–she just acts, stealing the book and running away. As she begins to read the slender volume, Ollie discovers a chilling story about a girl named Beth, the two brothers who both loved her, and a peculiar deal made with “the smiling man,” a sinister specter who grants your most tightly held wish, but only for the ultimate price.

Ollie is captivated by the tale until her school trip the next day to Smoke Hollow, a local farm with a haunting history all its own. There she stumbles upon the graves of the very people she’s been reading about. Could it be the story about the smiling man is true? Ollie doesn’t have too long to think about the answer to that. On the way home, the school bus breaks down, sending their teacher back to the farm for help. But the strange bus driver has some advice for the kids left behind in his care: “Best get moving. At nightfall they’ll come for the rest of you.” Nightfall is, indeed, fast descending when Ollie’s previously broken digital wristwatch, a keepsake reminder of better times, begins a startling countdown and delivers a terrifying message: RUN.

Only Ollie and two of her classmates heed the bus driver’s warning. As the trio head out into the woods–bordered by a field of scarecrows that seem to be watching them–the bus driver has just one final piece of advice for Ollie and her friends: “Avoid large places. Keep to small.”

And with that, a deliciously creepy and hair-raising adventure begins.

My Brief Thoughts:

I really loved this middle grade adventure story. I liked how this standalone was so well crafted and such a fast pace read. It had the right balance between adventure, scares and friendship. I normally love books with a trio of characters and this book was no different. This book was def scary at points but very good for middle grade kids. I think this would make a great fall or October read. It also harder issues like grief, death and bullying in a very easy to understand way.

My Extended Thoughts:

Characters: These characters were just super fun to read from. This book was very short but the characters def made impressions on me. I also loved how much detail the side characters got and it def made the world building seem larger because of all the characters we got to know.

Scary??? This book def. has creepy and mysteries undertones. I would rec. this book for higher middle grade or as a read a loud for younger kids. I get scared easy and this book did not terrify me 🙂

Plot: I really enjoyed how this book was created and the present storyline and the past told through the dairy. I thought this made the book rather fast pace and it was rather hard to put down,

More books! I really want to check out her adult stuff!

 

 

What the Woods Keep: Non-Spoiler Arc Review!!

What the Woods Keep by Katya de Becerra

Published by  Imprint on September 18, 2018

Genres: Young Adult, mystery, fantasy

Pages:384

Format: Arc

Source: Blog Bound

2018 challenge:

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

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Summary!!

On her eighteenth birthday, Hayden inherits her childhood home—on the condition that she uncover its dark secrets.

Hayden tried to put the past behind her, and it worked. She’s getting ready for college, living in a Brooklyn apartment, and hanging out with her best friend and roommate Del. But now it’s all catching up with her: her mother’s mysterious disappearance a decade before, her father’s outlandish theories about a lost supernatural race, and Hayden’s own dark dreams of strange symbols and rituals in the Colorado woods where she grew up.

As soon as Hayden arrives at her hometown, her friend Del in tow, it begins: Neighbors whisper secrets about Hayden’s mother; the boy next door is now all grown-up in a very distracting way; and Hayden feels the trees calling to her. And among them, deep in the woods, Hayden will discover something incredible—something that threatens reality itself.

My Brief Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this book. I found it to be the prefect mix of fantasy and thriller and mystery. I am big buffy fan and Hayden at points really reminds me of buffy and the strong female characters and relationships was also super well done. This book would make a prefect fall/halloween read because it is def creepy but not terrifying. I really loved the setting of this book. I thought the world building could have been clearer at points but I did really love the myth that was created. I thought the pacing towards the start was rather slow but def did pick up as the book progressed and the ending I just wanted more time for “answers” If you are looking for creepy fantasy read, this may be the book for you. I also like the elements of emails and trascripts that accented the novel!

My Extended Thoughts!

Characters: Since this was is a standalone at the moment, I think it was a little bit hard to connect to the main characters and it was only at the very end of the book that I felt any connection to them. Also Hayden could be super unlikable but I did grow to like her by the end. I think if we got more books in this world, this would be less a problem.

World Building  This world that crafted was so well done. I thought it was so creepy and eeiry and i really loved it. I thought it was such a complex world. I thought the explaining of the world was sometimes a tad rushed but I really liked not only the narrative story line but also the various documents that enchanted the experiences.

Mystery  I thought the mystery was predictable at points but I was overly still engaged by the end.

Would I read more by this author in the future! I think i would, maybe getting it on my kindle or from the lib. first but It is worth a read!

Let me know in the comments if you are going to be picking this book up this week!

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Wildcard: My Non-Spoiler Review!!

Wildcard by Marie Lu 

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Published by  G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers on September 18, 2018

Genres: Young Adult, Thriller,

Pages: 352

Format: ARC

Source: BEA

2018 challenge: PSRC: Cyber book!

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I would give this book 5 for a review.

Summary!!!

Emika Chen barely made it out of the Warcross Championships alive. Now that she knows the truth behind Hideo’s new NeuroLink algorithm, she can no longer trust the one person she’s always looked up to, who she once thought was on her side.

Determined to put a stop to Hideo’s grim plans, Emika and the Phoenix Riders band together, only to find a new threat lurking on the neon-lit streets of Tokyo. Someone’s put a bounty on Emika’s head, and her sole chance for survival lies with Zero and the Blackcoats, his ruthless crew. But Emika soon learns that Zero isn’t all that he seems–and his protection comes at a price.

Caught in a web of betrayal, with the future of free will at risk, just how far will Emika go to take down the man she loves?

In this explosive sequel to the New York Times bestselling Warcross, Marie Lu delivers an addictive finale that will hold you captive till the very last page.

 

My brief Thoughts:

I really adored this sequel to Warcross. I loved how it expanded the world and also really made the mystery and the drama in book one even more complex. It was super fast pace read. I loved the balance between older characters in book one and the newer characters we meet in book 2. It was a good balance. It was a super fast read. I just loved how well marie lu created this world so diverse and and did it in such semless way and it made the world seem so “real” to me. I loved all the game play we got as well in this novel. I would def. be interested in seeing more books in this world because this world was so much fun to read about!

My Extended Thoughts!!

Characters: I really loved how Lu balanced the new characters we met in book 2 and the    characters I adored in book 1. I thought both characters got equal screen time and loved how complex the characters became in regards to both actions and both morality. The characters are a series highlight.

Mystery/ Thriller: I thought the mystery in this book was taken to a next level and just was so so complex. I really loved the many mysteries we got and how they all tied together in the end.

Diversity: This book is prob one of the most well crafted diverse books I ever read. It was done so well and so easily that It felt like our real world. I loved it in book one, but book two took to another level and I loved it.

World Building: Lu expanded this world and such a fun and compelling well. It really reminded me of what was done in book 4 and book 5 of harry potter and it made me LOVE this world so much!

Let me know in the comments if you will be checking this book out soon! Check out my video above where I talk spoilers for the whole series!

 

Echo room (Arc Review) Non-Spoiler Review!!

The Echo Room by Parker Peevyhouse

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Published by  Tor Teen on September 11, 2018

Genres: Young Adult, Thriller

Pages:  306

Format: arc

Source: BEA

2018 challenge: N/A

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I would give this book 3.5 for a review.

Summary!!!

Parker Peevyhouse’s The Echo Room is a smart, claustrophobic, speculative young adult thriller with an immersive psychological mystery.

The only thing worse than being locked in is facing what you locked out.

Rett Ward knows how to hide. He’s had six years of practice at Walling Home, the state-run boarding school where he learned how to keep his head down to survive.

But when Rett wakes up locked in a small depot with no memory of how he got there, he can’t hide. Not from the stranger in the next room. Or from the fact that there’s someone else’s blood on his jumpsuit.

Worse, every time he tries to escape, he wakes up right back where he started. Same day, same stranger, same bloodstained jumpsuit.

As memories start to surface, Rett realizes that the logo on the walls is familiar, the stranger isn’t a stranger, and the blood on his jumpsuit belongs to someone—or something—banging on the door to get in.

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this book. I really enjoyed that this book had a a male lead and also love the mash up for genres for this book. I was def more invested in the first part of the book then the end part of the book. The end of the book got a tad confusing and became a bit hard to follow. But I still found the book to super compelling to read. I loved the way this book was structure also through the passing of time and the various map that acted as a ways to break down the book. I through the way this book was structure was a highlight as long as the male lead as well!

Mac Undercover Kids Spy # 1: Arc Review!

  Mac Undercover Kids Spy # 1 by Mac Barnett

Published by  Scholastic Inc. on September 11, 2018

Genres: Middle Grade, Adventure,

Pages: 160

Format: Arc

Source: Book Expo

2018 challenge: N/A

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I would give this book 3.5 for a review.

Summary!!

Before Mac Barnett was an author, he was a kid.
And while he was a kid, he was a spy.
Not just any spy.
But a spy…for the Queen of England.

James Bond meets Diary of a Wimpy Kid with this groundbreaking new fully-illustrated chapter book series Mac B., Kid Spy. The precious Crown Jewels have been stolen, and there’s only one person who can help the Queen of England: her newest secret agent, Mac B. Mac travels around the globe in search of the stolen treasure…but will he find it in time?

From secret identities to Karate hijinks, this fast-paced, witty and historically inspired chapter book will keep readers guessing until the very last page. With full-color illustrations and fascinating historical facts masterfully sprinkled throughout, this series offers adventure, intrigue, absurdity, history and humor. Discover this totally smart and side-splittingly funny new series, and experience what it’s really like to be a kid spy.

My  Thoughts:

This book was such a fun read. I really loved the story and also the illustrations. It was such a fun adventure story that I think kids would really enjoy as either reading them on their own or as read aloud. I thought the illustrations were so fun and I was super engaged in the story and read it so fast. I would be a great summer or early fall read. I also the caper in this story and really thought it was charming read! I def. hope we get more adventures in the future!

Let me know in the comments if you will be picking this up for the young reader in your life!

 

 

Seafire (Arc Review)!!!

Seafire  by Natalie C. Parker

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Published by  Razorbill on August 28, 2018

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Adventure

Pages: 384

Format: arc

Source: BEA

2018 challenge: N/A

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!!!

The first in a heart-stopping trilogy that recalls the undeniable feminine power of Wonder Woman and the powder-keg action of Mad Max: Fury Road, Seafirefollows the captain of an all-female ship intent on taking down a vicious warlord’s powerful fleet.

After her family is killed by corrupt warlord Aric Athair and his bloodthirsty army of Bullets, Caledonia Styx is left to chart her own course on the dangerous and deadly seas. She captains her ship, the Mors Navis, with a crew of girls and women just like her, who have lost their families and homes because of Aric and his men. The crew has one mission: stay alive, and take down Aric’s armed and armored fleet.

But when Caledonia’s best friend and second-in-command barely survives an attack thanks to help from a Bullet looking to defect, Caledonia finds herself questioning whether to let him join their crew. Is this boy the key to taking down Aric Athair once and for all…or will he threaten everything the women of the Mors Navis have worked for?

Pairing gorgeous prose with pulse-pounding action, Seafire reminds us of the importance of sisterhood and unity in the face of oppression and tyranny.

My Brief Thoughts:

Sisterhood, adventure and ship dramatics! I struggled with the pacing at the start of this novel but by the end it was super hard to put down. I really loved the unique romance dynamics in this book and found it super hard to predict who would be with who. I also loved the leadership roll that cal was in throughout his whole novel. I overall really enjoyed the book and will def be checking out this sequel. I am curious to see if future books will expand the POV we experience.

My Extended Thoughts

Characters: I think we meet characters so fast so it took me awhile to feel emotionally invested in them all. I liked some of the characters but it took me longer to feel connected to a majority of the cast. I also loved the dynamics between all the girls and how leadership was handled on the boat. I also liked the how the male character really effected the ship dynamics. I grew to love all these characters and  but thought the characters took awhile to be complicated. but by the end I was invested!

Plot: Overall I thought the plot was was super unique and it was hard to predict. I also the relationships that Cal had in this novel especially with the boy who came on to the ship was super intreating.

Pace: I thought the pacing at the start of the book was super choppy and slow but the pacing was def better towards the end of the novel and I sped through the end of the book very fast. I def enjoyed the end of this novel over the start.

Next book??? I am totally there!! I need it!!

City of Ghosts: Non-Spoiler Review!!!

City Of Ghosts  by Victoria Schwab

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Published by  Scholastic Press on August 28, 2018

Genres: Middle Grade, Adventure, Ghost story

Pages: 304

Format: arc

Source: BEA

2018 challenge: N/A

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I would give this book 4  for a review.

Summary!!!

Ever since Cass almost drowned (okay, she did drown, but she doesn’t like to think about it), she can pull back the Veil that separates the living from the dead . . . and enter the world of spirits. Her best friend is even a ghost.

So things are already pretty strange. But they’re about to get much stranger.

When Cass’s parents start hosting a TV show about the world’s most haunted places, the family heads off to Edinburgh, Scotland. Here, graveyards, castles, and secret passageways teem with restless phantoms. And when Cass meets a girl who shares her “gift,” she realizes how much she still has to learn about the Veil — and herself.

And she’ll have to learn fast. The city of ghosts is more dangerous than she ever imagined.

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this middle grade ghost story so much. I really though the chracters and the world building was standout in this novel. I really had a hard time putting this book down. I also loved how this story not only build a complex world but also could expand readers knowledge in easy to understand way. I also loved even thought his book was very magical. mystical in nature some themes like friendship and parents were pretty universal. I really found this book to be charming read and found it to the right mix of adventure but also creepy and think it would make a prefect fall read!