Prince in Disguise (Non – Spoiler Review)

Prince in Disguise  by Stephanie Kate Strohm.

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Published by Disney-Hyperion on December 19, 2017

Genres: Young Adult, contemporary, Holiday Reads

Pages: 320

Format: Hardback

Source: Library

2018 challenge: Beat the backlist challenge

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!!!

Someday I want to live in a place where I never hear “You’re Dusty’s sister?” ever again.
Life is real enough for Dylan-especially as the ordinary younger sister of Dusty, former Miss Mississippi and the most perfect, popular girl in Tupelo. But when Dusty wins the hand of the handsome Scottish laird-to-be Ronan on the TRC television network’s crown jewel, Prince in Disguise, Dylan has to face a different kind of reality: reality TV.

As the camera crew whisks them off to Scotland to film the lead-up to the wedding, camera-shy Dylan is front and center as Dusty’s maid of honor. The producers are full of surprises-including old family secrets, long-lost relatives, and a hostile future mother-in-law who thinks Dusty and Dylan’s family isn’t good enough for her only son. At least there’s Jamie, an adorably bookish groomsman who might just be the perfect antidote to all Dylan’s stress . . . if she just can keep TRC from turning her into the next reality show sensation.

 

My Thoughts:

I will admit the first half of this book was okay. I did enjoy it, but it did not wow me. I thought the book overall had very slow pacing and it took me awhile to feel totally connected to the characters but by the end of the book I was totally engaged and loved the characters. I really did liked the reality tav show element and also the over the pond adventure. Dusty took a while to grow on me. I found the end to be such a fun suprise and it def made me enjoy the book a lot more. I would even re-read this book again. I hope to read more this author in the future.

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Beat the backlist Challenge 2019!!

I did participate in the beat the backlist challenge last year and was able to meet my goal of reading 50 backlist titles. I am trying to read the same amount of books this year as well!

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I am also a Huffflepufff and we will be Joining that house that is year.

 

I am super excited for the bingo card as well! Here is mine as a proud puff!

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Let me know in the comments if you are participating in this challenge and what house you are rooting for!

later book lovers!

 

Crooked Kingdom: Non-Spoiler Review!!

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Baradugo

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Published by Square Fish  on September 4, 2018

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy

Pages: 576

Format: audiobook

Source: personally bought

2018 challenge: Beat the backlist challenge

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!!!

Crooked Kingdom is the #1 New York Times-bestselling sequel to Six of Crows.Now in paperback with a brand-new exclusive piece of art, an interview with Leigh Bardugo and a sneak peek of her next book.

When you can’t beat the odds, change the game.

Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn’t think they’d survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they’re right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and badly weakened, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz’s cunning and test the team’s fragile loyalties. A war will be waged on the city’s dark and twisting streets―a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of the Grisha world.

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this book much better then book one. I found this book to be much more compelling to book then book one. I liked how we really dived into these characters much more then book 2. I liked also how the interactions between these characters just increased. I also was much more invested in the heist aspect of this novel. I wish we saw a few more characters from the shadow and bone series! I was impressed by this book and really look foward to king of scars next year!

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.

 

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!!

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  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!!

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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!