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:

Buy on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads

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!

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TOP 15 BOOKS FORM BOOK CON!!

Overall, I had such a good time at book con. I always go into these cons with a super open mind and no expections. But it was such a fun experience and I really am excited to dive into all these reads! Here are the top books from book con, I got!!

My top Books for Book con!

  1. Prom
  2. Maybe this time
  3. The Lady Roge
  4. Winterwood
  5. There will come a darkness
  6. American Royals
  7. A candle in the flame
  8. Sabrine: Season of the Witch
  9. Swipe Right for Murder
  10. Fireborn
  11. Treason of Thorns
  12. Crown of Coral and pearl
  13. Stepsister
  14. Rated
  15. We Speak In Storms

Top 15 books I got From Book Expo!!!

I had an amazing time at book expo and took home so many great books form this conventions. I was able to check most books of my list and really loved the experience of getting them. I have featured all these titles on my insta. I really loved my experience and hope all these books become some of my favorites in the future.

I chat about these books in the video below!

Top Books Of the con!!

  1. Serpent and Dove
  2. Project Middle School
  3. Race to the sun
  4. A Heart so Fierce and Broken
  5. Tarnish the stars
  6. Wicked as you wish
  7. Cursed
  8. 10 blind dates
  9. Rise
  10. Beautiful
  11. The grace year
  12. Rage
  13. Tiger Queen
  14. The Map from here to there
  15. The Beast

Let me know what are some books in the comments you are most excited to see my thoughts on!

later book lovers!!

Hot Dog Girl (Non-Spoiler Review) Arc!!!

Hot Dog Girl by Jennifer Dugan

Published by  G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers on April 30, 2019

Genres: Young Adult, contemporary

Pages: 320

Format: ARC

Source: Publisher

2019 challenge:

Buy on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads

I would give this book 3.5 for a review.

Summary!!!

Elouise (Lou) Parker is determined to have the absolute best, most impossibly epic summer of her life. There are just a few things standing in her way:

*  She’s landed a job at Magic Castle Playland . . . as a giant dancing hot dog.
*  Her crush, the dreamy Diving Pirate Nick, already has a girlfriend, who is literally the Princess of the park. But Lou’s never liked anyone, guy or otherwise, this much before, and now she wants a chance at her own happily ever after.
*  Her best friend, Seeley, the carousel operator, who’s always been up for anything, suddenly isn’t when it comes to Lou’s quest to set her up with the perfect girl or Lou’s scheme to get close to Nick.
*  And it turns out that this will be their last summer at Magic Castle Playland–ever–unless she can find a way to stop it from closing.

Jennifer Dugan’s sparkling debut coming-of-age queer romance stars a princess, a pirate, a hot dog, and a carousel operator who find love–and themselves–in unexpected people and unforgettable places.

My Thoughts:

I enjoyed this read. I thought it was such a fun summer read and I really like the cast of characters but especially the setting of the old theme park. I also really liked the town the book was set it and how this book had a intreating big plot that i don’t often see in books. I really enjoyed the diversity of the realitonships in this book and it was a fun read. The lead character was not my favorite but she grew on me throughout the novel. I really did enjoy this read and flew through it. I think the setting and the romance diversity was the highlight of this novel.

Phantom Wheel (Non-Spoiler Review)!!!

Letters to the lost by Brigid Kemmerer

Published by  Little, Brown Books for Young Readers on October 16, 2018

Genres: Young Adult, Thriller

Pages: 416

Format: ARC

Source: Bea

2019 challenge:

Buy on AmazonBarnes & Noble, Goodreads

I would give this book 3 for a review.

Summary!!!

The digital apocalypse has arrived and the future is here in this addictive technological thriller full of twists and turns. Perfect for fans of Nerve

Being recruited by the CIA to join a top-secret intelligence program should be the opportunity of a lifetime. For Issa, it’s a shot at creating a new and better life for herself and her siblings. For clever con artist Harper, it’s a chance to bury the secrets of her troubled past and make sure that those secrets stayburied. But for Owen–honor student, star quarterback, and computer-hacking genius–it sounds like a trap.

He’s right. 

Owen discovers that instead of auditioning for the CIA, they’ve all been tricked by a multibillion-dollar tech company into creating the ultimate computer virus. It’s called Phantom Wheel, and it’s capable of hacking anyone on Earth, anywhere, at any time. And thanks to six teenagers, it’s virtually unstoppable. 

Horrified by what they’ve done, the hackers must team up to stop the virus before the world descends into chaos. But working together is easier said than done, especially as the lines start to blur between teammate, friend, and more than friend. Because how do you learn to trust someone when you’ve spent your entire life exploiting that same trust in others?

My Thoughts:

I enjoyed this book. I really loved how this book was a new type of thriller. I thought the plot was super compelling but sometimes i got lost in the details of the story and did not fully understand what was happening with the ‘heist” aspect at all times. I thought the main characters were super interesting but sometimes got them all confused and it was hard at points to identify who was who because we meet the characters so fast in the novel. i really found this to be fun read.

The Lovely and the Lost (Non-Spoiler Review)

The Lovely and the lost  by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Published by  Disney Hyperion on May 7, 2019

Genres: Young Adult, thriller

Pages: 336

Format arc

Source: publisher

2019 challenge:

Buy on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads

I would give this book 4.5 for a review.

Summary!!!

Kira Bennett’s earliest memories are of living alone and wild in the woods. She has no idea how long she was on her own or what she had to do to survive, but she remembers the moment that Cady Bennett and one of her search-and-rescue dogs found her. Adopted into the Bennett family, Kira still struggles with human interaction years later, but she excels at the family business: search-and-rescue. Along with Cady’s son, Jude, and their neighbor, Free, Kira works alongside Cady to train the world’s most elite search-and-rescue dogs. Someday, all three teenagers hope to put their skills to use, finding the lost and bringing them home. But when Cady’s estranged father, the enigmatic Bales Bennett, tracks his daughter down and asks for her help in locating a missing child—one of several visitors who has disappeared in the Sierra Glades National Park in the past twelve months—the teens find themselves on the frontlines sooner than they could have ever expected. As the search through 750,000 acres of unbridled wilderness intensifies, Kira becomes obsessed with finding the missing child. She knows all too well what it’s like to be lost in the wilderness, fighting for survival, alone. But this case isn’t simple. There is more afoot than a single, missing girl, and Kira’s memories threaten to overwhelm her at every turn. As the danger mounts and long-held family secrets come to light, Kira is forced to question everything she thought she knew about her adopted family, her true nature, and her past.

My Thoughts:

I have always really enjoyed Jen’s book and this book is no different. I really loved the concept of this novel and found it to be super unique story. I really loved how this book mixed both survival elements and also thriller elmenets. I also really liked how this book focused on found family and just adorable dogs. I really enjoyed this read and I really hope this book gets sequel! I grew to love the main character in this novel and jude is my new favorite side character. I thought the mystery was well crafted as well.

The Revenge of Magic (Non-Spoiler Review)

The Revenge of Magic by James Riley 

Published by  Aladdin on March 5, 2019

Genres: Middle Grade , Fantasy

Pages: 417

Format: Arc

Source: NYCC

2019 challenge:

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I would give this book 3 for a review.

Summary!!!

Thirteen years ago, books of magic were discovered in various sites around the world alongside the bones of dragons. Only those born after “Discovery Day” have the power to use the magic.

Now, on a vacation to Washington, DC, Fort Fitzgerald’s father is lost when a giant creature bursts through the earth, attacking the city. Fort is devastated, until an opportunity for justice arrives six months later, when a man named Dr. Opps invites Fort to a government run school, the Oppenheimer School, to learn magic from those same books.

But life’s no easier at the school, where secrets abound. What does Jia, Fort’s tutor, know about the attacks? Why does Rachel, master of destructive magic, think Fort is out to destroy the school? And why is Fort seeing memories of an expelled girl every time he goes to sleep? If Fort doesn’t find out what’s hiding within the Oppenheimer School, more attacks will come, and this time, nothing will stop them!

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this read. I really loved the school setting and the world that this story was set in. I was impressed with the characters arcs and how this book went in a direction I did not expect of predict. I really liked how this book focused on one characters POV minus for a few situations. I thought the end of this book was bit rushed and had a massive info dump towards the end. I really am excited for book 2. I am really invested in all these characters and hope some of the smaller characters get more screen time in the future books in the series

Call it what you want (arc review)

Call it What you Want  by Brigid Kemmerer

Published by  Bloomsbury YA on June 25, 2019

Genres: Young Adult, contemporary

Pages: 384

Format: arc

Source: publisher

2019 challenge:

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I would give this book 5 for a review.

Summary!!!

When his dad is caught embezzling funds from half the town, Rob goes from popular lacrosse player to social pariah. Even worse, his father’s failed suicide attempt leaves Rob and his mother responsible for his care.

Everyone thinks of Maegan as a typical overachiever, but she has a secret of her own after the pressure got to her last year. And when her sister comes home from college pregnant, keeping it from her parents might be more than she can handle.

When Rob and Maegan are paired together for a calculus project, they’re both reluctant to let anyone through the walls they’ve built. But when Maegan learns of Rob’s plan to fix the damage caused by his father, it could ruin more than their fragile new friendship . . .

In her compulsively readable storytelling, Brigid Kemmerer pens another captivating, heartfelt novel that asks the question: Is it okay to do something wrong for the right reasons?

My Thoughts:

This book was super compelling and emotional read. I really grew attached to not only the main character and was so invested in POV. I also grew to really enjoy the various side characters that we met. I also really enjoyed this book focused on male friendships and how complex those relationships can be. I see so many books focusing on female friendships but this was refereshing read. This book was super emotional and I really was captured from page one. I really thought this book tackled so many harder issues and just made it compelling read that did not make it choppy to read. I really am excited to see what happens in future books in this series and who those books will focus on

Waiting for Tom Hanks!! (Arc) Non-Spoiler Review!!!

Waiting for Tom Hanks by Kerry Winfrey

Published by  Berkley on June 11, 2019

Genre Adult, Romance

Pages: 288

Format: Arc

Source: Publisher

2019 challenge:

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I would give this book 3 for a review.

Summary!!!

Annie Cassidy dreams of being the next Nora Ephron. She spends her days writing screenplays, rewatching Sleepless in Seattle, and waiting for her movie-perfect meet-cute. If she could just find her own Tom Hanks—a man who’s sweet, sensitive, and possibly owns a houseboat—her problems would disappear and her life would be perfect. But Tom Hanks is nowhere in sight. When a movie starts filming in her neighborhood and Annie gets a job on set, it seems like a sign. Then Annie meets the lead actor, Drew Danforth, a cocky prankster who couldn’t be less like Tom Hanks if he tried. Their meet-cute is more of a meet-fail, but soon Annie finds herself sharing some classic rom-com moments with Drew. Her Tom Hanks can’t be an actor who’s leaving town in a matter of days…can he?

My Thoughts!!

This book did not wow me. I thought the concept was cool and I normally love books about falling in love with a movie star but I felt like this book was not unique in any way. I wanted to feel more connected to the main characters. It literally felt like reading a “romantic comedy” but because thy kept pointing out the elements in the novel, It just made me more obvious what the situations were. I liked the side characters and was invested to finish it, but it took me awhile to read. I would consider reading more by this author in the future maybe

Night Music (Arc) Review!!!

Letters to the lost by Brigid Kemmerer

Published by   Dial Books on March 19, 2019

Genres: Young Adult, contemporary

Pages: 399

Format: arc

Source: publisher

2019 challenge:

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I would give this book 4.5 for a review.

Summary!!!

Ruby has always been Ruby Chertok: future classical pianist and daughter of renowned composer Martin Chertok. But after her horrendous audition for the prestigious music school where her father is on faculty, it’s clear that music has publicly dumped her. Now Ruby is suddenly just . . . Ruby. And who is that again? All she knows is that she wants away from the world of classical music for good.  Oscar is a wunderkind, a musical genius. Just ask any of the 1.8 million people who’ve watched him conduct on YouTube–or hey, just ask Oscar. But while he might be the type who’d name himself when asked about his favorite composer and somehow make you love him more for it, Oscar is not the type to jeopardize his chance to study under the great Martin Chertok–not for a crush. He’s all too aware of how the ultra-privileged world of classical music might interpret a black guy like him falling for his benefactor’s white daughter. But as the New York City summer heats up, so does the spark between Ruby and Oscar. Soon their connection crackles with the same alive, uncontainable energy as the city itself. Can two people still figuring themselves out figure out how to be together? Or will the world make the choice for them?

My Thoughts:

I actually found this to be a super realistic read. I actually loved the focus on art/ music and also on how this book had super well crated ending. I also enjoyed how this book focused a lot on passion and what makes us want to create or partake in the arts. I really did like the female lead in this story and found her POV to super well done. I normally love duel POV novels and event thought i would have enoyey it, I did enjoy her being the only voice in my head. I really liked the pacing of this novel as well and the unique family dynamics present.