Ruin and Rising: Non-Spolier Review!!!

Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

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Published by Henry Holt and Co  First edition on June 17, 2014

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy

Pages:  369

Format: Paperback

Source: Personally Bought

2018 challenge: Beat the backlist challenge

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I would give this book 5 for a review.

Summary!!!

Enter the Grishaverse with Book Three of the Shadow and Bone Trilogy by the #1 New York Timesbestselling author of Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom.

Soldier. Summoner. Saint. The nation’s fate rests with a broken Sun Summoner, a disgraced tracker, and the shattered remnants of a once-great magical army.

The Darkling rules from his shadow throne while a weakened Alina Starkov recovers from their battle under the dubious protection of the zealots who worship her as a Saint. Now her hopes lie with the magic of a long-vanished ancient creature and the chance that an outlaw prince still survives.

As her allies and enemies race toward war, only Alina stands between her country and a rising tide of darkness that could destroy the world. To win this fight, she must seize a legend’s power—but claiming the firebird may be her ruin.

My Thoughts:

I thought that this was prob one of the best book in the series. I keep on loving this world and really think the world was expanded so much in this novel. I found the relationship between Mal and Alina to be the best part of this novel. I really loved how this book focused on the a smaller cast of characters. It was a such a fast pace read. I was really hooked. I like how this book really focused on the hero myth and it did such unique things with the troupe. I thought Nick was the best part of this novel and really can’t wait to read the sequel series to this series.

 

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Seige and Storm (Non-Spoiler Review)!!!

Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

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Published by  Henry Holt and Co. on June 4, 2013

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy

Pages: 448

Format: Paper back

Source: Personally Bought

2018 challenge: Beat the backlist challenge

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!!!

Enter the Grishaverse with Book Two of the Shadow and Bone Trilogy by the #1 New York Timesbestselling author of Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom.

Soldier. Summoner. Saint. Alina Starkov’s power has grown, but not without a price. She is the Sun Summoner—hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Shadow Fold. But she and Mal can’t outrun their enemies for long.

The Darkling is more determined than ever to claim Alina’s magic and use it to take the Ravkan throne. With nowhere else to turn, Alina enlists the help of an infamous privateer and sets out to lead the Grisha army.

But as the truth of Alina’s destiny unfolds, she slips deeper into the Darkling’s deadly game of forbidden magic, and further away from her humanity. To save her country, Alina will have to choose between her power and the love she thought would always be her shelter. No victory can come without sacrifice—and only she can face the oncoming storm.

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this book. I loved the new characters that we meet especially the prince. I found this to be a much more complex book but also just really enjoyed all the character dymanics. I found this book to still have predictable moments but I did enjoy this book better then book one! I still loved the world build in this book so much and it def remains the stand out in this novel. I really was so fascinated by Alina character and am really excited to see how this series ends!

 

August reading wrap up!!

I really had a amazing reading month and enjoyed so many things that I read! I also enjoyed the various reading challenges and readathons that I Participated in!! I read so many things and listened to quite a bit! I am still finalizing job plans for the fall, but I am def curious to see how much I do read!

BookTube A THON Wrap up!!

video wrap up

  1. Wicked King (Comes out January 2019) 5 Stars Review*
  2. Since you’ve been gone (audiobook) 5 stars (BBLC)
  3. The Cheerleaders: (blog tour) 4.5 Stars
  4. Hocus Pocus The Sequel (3.5 stars) Arc Review**
  5. To all the boys I have loved before (4 Stars)

August Wrap up

6. Love and Luck (3.5 Stars)                                                                                                                       7. The Potion Diaries: Royal Tour: ( 4 Stars) (BBLC)                                                                       8. What If its us: (4 Stars)                                                                                                                             9. Fresh Ink (Anthology) 4 Stars                                                                                                     10. City Of Ghosts (arc) 5 stars)                                                                                                                                                                              11. Seafire (Arc) 4 stars                                                                                                                         12. Land Of Stories: Worlds Collide (Audiobook) (BBLC) 5 Stars                                                 13. Heart of Iron (OwlCrate) 5 Stars (PSRC)                                                                                                        14. Amulet (The Stone Keeper) (3.5 stars) (BTBLC)                                                                         15. Siege and Storm (BTBLC) (BOOK CLUB) 4 stars)                                                                                        16. Prince and The Dressmaker (Graphic novel) 5 Stars)                                                                       17. Fire and Heist (arc December) (4 Stars) (PSRC)

Let me know what the most exciting book you read this month!

 

 

 

Let me know your most exciting reads of the month for me it was def Wicked King and Heart of IRON!!

Later book lovers!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To all the boys I loved Before: Non-Spoiler Review!!

To all the boys I loved before by Jenny Han

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Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers on January 26, 2016

Genres: Young Adult, contemporary

Pages: 384

Format: Paperback

Source: Personally bought

2018 challenge: Beat the backlist challenge

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I would give this book 3.5  for a review.

Summary!!!

What if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them…all at once?

Sixteen-year-old Lara Jean Song keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. They aren’t love letters that anyone else wrote for her; these are ones she’s written. One for every boy she’s ever loved—five in all. When she writes, she pours out her heart and soul and says all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only. Until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly, Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control.

My Thoughts:

This book was quite a fun read. I really loved the diversity of this book and was super fascinated by the various relationship and triangle that developed. I really enjoyed the family dynamics in this story and it was def the highlight of the story. I also really enjoyed Lara Jean character as well. This book just put a smile on my face and it was just a fun read! I thought this story was a def a complete story and will be curious to see what happens in the next two books in this series!

Shadow and Bone: Non-Spoiler Review!!!

Shadow and Bone  by Leigh Bardugo

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Published by  Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); on June 5, 2012

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy

Pages:  369

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!!!

Soldier. Summoner. Saint. Orphaned and expendable, Alina Starkov is a soldier who knows she may not survive her first trek across the Shadow Fold—a swath of unnatural darkness crawling with monsters. But when her regiment is attacked, Alina unleashes dormant magic not even she knew she possessed.

Now Alina will enter a lavish world of royalty and intrigue as she trains with the Grisha, her country’s magical military elite—and falls under the spell of their notorious leader, the Darkling. He believes Alina can summon a force capable of destroying the Shadow Fold and reuniting their war-ravaged country, but only if she can master her untamed gift.

As the threat to the kingdom mounts and Alina unlocks the secrets of her past, she will make a dangerous discovery that could threaten all she loves and the very future of a nation.

Welcome to Ravka . . . a world of science and superstition where nothing is what it seems.

My Thoughts:

It has taken me so long to read this book, but i am so happy I finally traveled to the Grisha verse. I thought the world building was def. the highlight of this novel. I really enjoyed not only the world building but also the magic system in this novel. I think the characters grew on me over the course of the novel. I have much higher hopes for the characters in book 2, because i thought elements of this plot were predictable at points. But I think the Darkling was a super interesting character and def am excited to read more in this series next month!

Laura’s July Reading Wrap up!

I actually read more books then I thought i would because so many books of these books were longer then I normally read in the summer! But I really overall loved most of these books that I read this book and finally read some books that have been on my TBR for awhile and read several BEA books!

What I read!!

  1. Wild Card (BEA book) 5 stars!!! Coming this September
  2. Royals 3.5 Stars!!
  3. The president is missing!! 3 stars
  4. Sea Witch (4.5 stars)
  5. The Darkest Legacy (BEA BOOK) 5 stars
  6. The Dark Prophecy (Audiobook)  (Beat the backlist)
  7. Sanity & Tallulah (BEA book) 4 Stars

  8. Rule (BEA book) 4 stars
  9. Grace and Fury (BEA book) 3.5 Stars)
  10. The Potion Diaries (Beat the backlist) 4 Stars

  11. Stary Eyes 3.5 stars
  12. The Unexpected Everything (5 Stars) (Beat)
  13. Shadow and Bone 4 stars (BEAT)
  14. I will Always write back (5 Stars) (Beat) (PSRC: Micro History)

So I had a rather goo reading month!

Highlights!

  1. Wild Card
  2. Sea Witch
  3. I will always Write back
  4. The potion Diaries

Let me know your highlights in the comments bellow!

 

 

 

The Darkest Prophecy! Non-Spoiler Review

The Dark Prophecy by Brigid Camera

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Published by   Disney Hyperion on May 2, 2017

Genres: Middle Grade , Fantasy

Pages: 432

Format: Hardback, Audiobook

Source: Personally bought

2018 challenge: Beat the backlist challenge

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I would give this book 5 for a review.

Summary!!!

Zeus has punished his son Apollo–god of the sun, music, archery, poetry, and more–by casting him down to earth in the form of a gawky, acne-covered sixteen-year-old mortal named Lester. The only way Apollo can reclaim his rightful place on Mount Olympus is by restoring several Oracles that have gone dark. What is affecting the Oracles, and how can Apollo/Lester do anything about them without his powers? After experiencing a series of dangerous–and frankly, humiliating–trials at Camp Half-Blood, Lester must now leave the relative safety of the demigod training ground and embark on a hair-raising journey across North America. Fortunately, what he lacks in godly graces he’s gaining in new friendships–with heroes who will be very familiar to fans of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians and Heroes of Olympus series. Come along for what promises to be a harrowing, hilarious, and haiku-filled ride. . .

My Thoughts:

i enjoyed the second story in this series. I love the focus on leo cause he is my favorite character. it was a fun story but also super heartfelt. I really did miss camp half blood at points but i really did love the story and can’t wait for the next one. I also really enjoyed how rick used the new myths into this story. I also really loved Apllo growth in this book and really how each peers are chaining his view on this world! I really can’t wait to see what characters appear as cameo next!

This Adventure ends: Non-Spoiler Review

This Adventure ends by Emma Mills

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Published by  Henry Holt and Co.   October 4, 2016

Genres: Young Adult, contemporary

Pages: 318

Format: Paper back

Source: Personally bought

2018 challenge: Beat the backlist and PSRC book about twins!

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!!

Sloane isn’t expecting to fall in with a group of friends when she moves from New York to Florida—especially not a group of friends so intense, so in love, so all-consuming. Yet that’s exactly what happens.

Sloane becomes closest to Vera, a social-media star who lights up any room, and Gabe, Vera’s twin brother and the most serious person Sloane’s ever met. When a beloved painting by the twins’ late mother goes missing, Sloane takes on the responsibility of tracking it down, a journey that takes her across state lines—and ever deeper into the twins’ lives.

Filled with intense and important friendships, a wonderful warts-and-all family, shiveringly good romantic developments, and sharp, witty dialogue, this story is about finding the people you never knew you needed.

My  Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this book a lot. It focuses so much on friendship as most of Emma books does. I also enjoyed Solane character. She is very much a outsider trying to find her place in a new group of friends. I also like the arts connection that was threaded throughout this novel and also how the fandom elements were used in this novel. I also just loved the group of friends sloane fell into. It was a prefect summer read even thought it is technically set in the winter. I also loved the light mystery that was threaded in this novel. I found this to be a fast pace read as well!

 

Mid month Wrap up!

Here is the books I read in the first part of June. I actually was able to tackle several con books early and also catch up on several series which I have been wanting to do for awhile. I also am so close to being done with Lady midnight YAY! In the video I chat about my full thought on all these books 🙂

  1. Chemistry lessons (3.5 stars)
  2. Broken Things (4 stars) Comes out October 2nd
  3. What the woods keep ( 3.5 Stars) Comes out Sept. 18th
  4. Unicorn Rescue Society (3.5 Stars)
  5. Magnus Chase and the Ship of the Dead (5 stars) (BBLC)
  6. Summer of us ( 4 Stars)
  7. The Sweetest King of fate ( 5 stars)
  8. Mac B Kid Spy (3.5 Stars) Comes out Sept 11th!

Let me know in the comments if you have read any of these books or are planning too when they come out!

later book lovers!

Obsidian (Lux# book 1) Non-Spoiler Review

Obsidian  by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Published by  Entangled: Teen on May 8, 2012

Genres: Young Adult, Parnormal

Pages: 294

Format: Hardback

Source: Personally Bought

2018 challenge: Beat the backlist challenge

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I would give this book 3.5 for a review.

Summary!!!

Starting over sucks.

When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I’d pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring…until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.

And then he opened his mouth.

Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something…unexpected happens.

The hot alien living next door marks me.

You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon’s touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades.

If I don’t kill him first, that is.

 

My Brief Thoughts:

I thought this was a super fun read. I really loved the alien mythology that was introduced to us and also the cast of characters. I really do love the lead girl in this story but am struggling to adore to adore the boy lead cause he can be a jerk. But he does have his moments and I am def interested in reading more in this series. I think the pacing of this book and also the mythology are the highlights of this series for me so far. I really am intrigued to see what happens next. If you were a fan of roswell back in the day i rec. you check out this read.

My Extended Thoughts!!

Characters: Since this book is the first book in new series, the characters did lack so depth but I have high hopes for the future book in this series. I did like the characters but  I felt like I need more time to become emotionally invested in the characters!

The world building: I felt the world building was the highlight of the novel and was the thing that kept me to keep reading. I was really fascinated by the world the most in this novel. It def screamed roswel vibes!

Pace! I thought his book was a super fast pace read and was hard to put down!

Will I keep reading this series! Yes for sure! Hopefully after book con!

Later book lovers!