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 ūüôā

  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!

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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

Buy on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads

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!

April Reading wrap up! Part 2!

So I actually had a amazing reading month! I actually read like 15 books and listened too 4 books! Check out my earlier 10 book recap! It will be the post before this one, I will repost it!

 

But Here are the rest of the books that I read!

Books:

  1. From Earth to the Shadows (4 stars)
  2. Everland (4.5 stars) (beat the backlist challenge)
  3. Ash Princess (5 stars) (PSRC author same name)
  4. Spies, Lies and Allies (5 stars)
  5. Summer Constellations (3.5 stars)
  6. Umberland ( 4.5 stars) (Beat the backlist challenge)

Audiobooks

  1. Batman: Nightwalker (4.5 stars)! (Beat the backlist Challenge)
  2. This is me: Chrissy Metz (4 stars)!

Highlight of the month!

  1. Ash Princess
  2. Spies lies and Allies

Let me know in the comment what was your most exciting read this month!

Later book lovers!

 

Everland: Non-Spoiler Review

Everland  by Wendy Spinale

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Published by Scholastic Press on May 10, 2016

Genres: Young Adult, Retelling

Pages: 312

Format: Hardback

Source: owl crate

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I would give this book 4.5 for a review.

Challenge: Beat the Backlist Challenge

Summary!

London has been destroyed in a blitz of bombs and disease. The only ones who have survived are children, among them Gwen Darling and her siblings, Joanna and Mikey. They spend their nights scavenging and their days avoiding the ruthless Marauders — the German army led by Captain Hanz Otto Oswald Kretschmer.

Unsure if the virus has spread past England’s borders but desperate to leave, Captain Hook hunts for a cure, which he thinks can be found in one of the survivors. He and his Marauders stalk the streets snatching children for experimentation. None ever return.
Until the day they grab Joanna. As Gwen sets out to save her, she meets a daredevil boy named Pete. Pete offers the assistance of his gang of Lost Boys and the fierce sharpshooter Bella, who have all been living in a city hidden underground. But in a place where help has a steep price and every promise is bound by blood, it will cost Gwen. And are she, Pete, the Lost Boys, and Bella enough to outsmart Captain Hook?

 

My Brief Thoughts:

This was a beyond good book. It is 4.5 stars for me. I really loved the world and the the characters were so engaging and such a fast pace read. I loved the twist on neveland and it was so cool. I really enjoyed the duel POV we got and was invested in both sides of the story. I just loved how twisted this story became and all the tieback and connections to the orginal story. I loved the cast of characters and also how the book still addressed historical issues but also brought urban fantasy elements as well. I think the setting of this book was so strong and so well crafted as well. I really loved this story and can’t wait for the sequel.

My Extended Thoughts:

Characters: I really enjoyed all the characters in this retelling. I found all the characters to be so well drawn and also so well connected back to their “base” character. I just loved the individual POV characters but also the ensemble of characters overall. I really wanted to spend longer with these characters. The characters def. captured my heart and I will be re reading

World Building: I adored this world so much and though that it was such a fun mix between both a historical version of London and also never never land. The way this world was crafted made it so easy to see in in my own head. I really loved how this author crafted this world. I am so excited to see the next world she builds in the next two books in this series.

Pace: This book was so fast pace from page one. I thought as retelling as well it still kept the anxiety and I had a super hard time predicting this novel.

Will I read book 2????? For sure! I currently in the middle of book 2!

 

 

 

 

April mid month Wrap up!!!

So I don’t normally do this, but I have read a lot of books at this point in the month. So I am going to split my reading wrap up because I know the video will be super long. So all my books will be listed bellow! I also chat about them all in the video bellow ūüôā

 

Books I read!

  1. The Dragon Heir: (5 stars):  Beat the backlist challenge!
  2. W.I.T.C.H (VOL 2) (4 Stars): Beat the backlist Challenge
  3. Listen to your heart (4 stars)
  4. Shadow call (4 stars)
  5. Dreaming Dangerous (july 3rd comes out) 3.5 stars
  6. Relative Strangers ( 5 stars)
  7. After the shot drops (5 stars) (PSRC book about sports)
  8. W.I.T.C.H Vol  3 ( 4 stars): Beat the back list challenge
  9. Not If i save you first (4.5 Stars)

Books I listen too!

  1. Circle of magic: Book 2: Trish book: 4 stars!
  2. The Lighting Thief  : Book 1: 5 stars

Let me know in the comments what is the most exciting book you listen to this month so far and if you like this new formate of my splitting my monthly wrap up into two parts!

Later book lovers!

W.I.T.CH: Non-Spolier Graphic Novel Vol 2: Non-Spolier Review

W.I.T.C.H.: The Graphic Novel, Part I. The Twelve Portals, Vol. 2 by Walt Disney Company (Creator) and  Elisabetta None

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Published by Yen Press on October 31, 2017

Genres: Young Adult, fantasy, graphic novel

Pages:  256

Format: Hardback

Source: Library

2018 challenge: Beat the backlist challenge

Buy on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads

I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!!!

The new Guardians continue their mission to close the twelve portals to Metamoor that threaten their world. When the prediction that they will be betrayed by someone close to them comes to pass, though, can the W.I.T.C.H. girls pull together, or will they come apart at the seams…?

 

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this volume a lot. I really adore the character of Wil. But I loved all the characters to be honest. They are all so different and i love the various powers they all have. I also love the strong focus on friendship and finishing evil. I l think the drawing is the standout in this series. I love all the different locations we see. I also like how the romance in these pieces are not the primary focus yet. It love thee various sides of witches we see the good and the evil and how friendship grounds everything. I also like how the parents have a pretty decent role in the series. I am excited to get to vol 3 :

Trish Book: Circle of Magic: Book 2: Non-Spoiler review

Circle of Magic: Trish book  by Tamora Pierce

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Published by  Scholastic Paperbacks on September 1, 2011

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy

Pages:  275 pages

Format: audio book

Source: audible

Challenge: Beat the Backlist

amazon goodreads Barnes and noble

I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!

Part of the 8-book Tamora Pierce reissue for Fall 2006, this title in the Circle of Magic quartet features spellbinding new cover art. Coincides with the release of WILL OF THE EMPRESS in trade pb.Four elements of power, four mages-in-training learning to control them. In Book 2 of the Circle of Magic Quartet, earthquake damage has left Winding Circle vulnerable to pirate attack and Tris, Briar, Daja, and Sandry are working with the community to strengthen their defenses. When the pirate onslaught begins, two things become terribly clear: The pirates have a powerful new weapon–and they have an accomplice within Winding Circle. But they’ve failed to anticipate the fury of a young mage who has been betrayed once too often, and who has very stubborn, very loyal friends….

 

My Thoughts:

I really liked this book. I really enjoy the audio books in this series. I sometimes get lost in the details at points. I really enjoyed not only the plot but also the characters various paths in this story. It was a much quicker read this time. I loved the focus on tris and also how the mages grew as friends. I did not see the twists towards the end of the book coming. I am excited to start book 3 ūüôā

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Dragon Heir: Non-Spoiler Review

The Dragon Heir by Amie Kaufman

 

Published by Disney Hyperion on October 18, 2009

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy

Pages: 513

Format: paper back

Source: personally bought

amazon  goodreads  barnes and noble

I would give this book 5 for a review.

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Challenge: Beat the backlist and China re-read

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Summary!

The covenant that was meant to keep the wizard wars at bay has been stolen, and Trinity must prepare for attack. Everyone is doing their part — Seph is monitoring the Weirwalls; Jack and Ellen are training their ghostly army; even Anaweir Will and Fitch are setting booby traps around the town’s perimeter. But to Jason Haley, it seems like everyone wants to keep him out of the action. He may not be the most powerful wizard in Trinity, but he’s prepared to fight for his friends.

My Brief Thoughts:

I really loved this conclusion a lot! I loved how this book did not really have one lead character but focused on all the characters we meet in the previous two books. It was such a wild end and some of the parts really tugged at my emotions. I really had no memory of this book because I read it so long ago. I think Seph is still my favorite character. But i really loved all the female characters that were in this series and how many different types of girls we had. I also loved the path of Nick in these books. I am so intrigued to see what the rest of this series brings!!

My Extended Thoughts:

Characters:¬†I really loved all of these characters. I liked how this book did not have “one” main character but that we followed many of the characters that we met in book one and two. I thought the characters even thought there were so many were given enough time to build and complete their arcs. I also though all the characters were so well drawn and super compelling to read about.

World Building: I said this in my other reviews that this is such a good foundational fantasy series. Though out all the books in this series the world building was super solid. Def read them in order just trust me!

Plot: ¬†I enjoyed the plot and most of the twists were shocking and I did not see them coming. I do think this book did have “slow” moments but then this was originally the last book in a series. It was later extended the series but I think those down -times really filled out the world and made it satisfying conclusion.

 

 

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Laura’s March Reading Wrap up!!!

So i feel like I read fewer books this month but I still read close to 11 books. The books I read this month were just so much longer so that may have been why it feels like I read fewer books! I also did not complete my short story collection! I will try to finish soon! I also have been listening to more audiobooks yay! I talk about them all in detail below!

Books I Read!

  1. To kill a kingdom: PSRC: Takes place at sea! 4 stars
  2. Lies that bind: PSRC: Sequel! 4 stars
  3. Raspberry Danish Murder: 3 Stars
  4. Daughter of a burning city: 3 stars
  5. Letters to the lost: Beat the backlist  4.5 stars
  6. More then we can tell: 4.5 stars
  7. Rebel with a cupcake: 4 Stars
  8. The HazleWood: 4 stars
  9. Shadow Run:  Beat the Backlist 4 Stars
  10. Lumber Janes: Unicorn Power  Beat the backlist: 4 stars

Books I listened todo!!

  1. Gemina: Backlist challenge: 5 stars (you really need to listen to this audiobook if you adore this series)

Highlights:

  1. To kill a kingdom
  2. Lies that bind
  3. More then we can tell

Not so great!!!

  1. Daughter of a burning city
  2. Raspberry Danish Murder

 

Let me know in the comments what books you read this month and what books were your favorite of the month!

Later book lovers!

 

Letters to the lost: Non-Spoiler review!!!!

Letters to the lost by Brigid Kemmerer

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Published by  Bloomsbury USA Childrens  on April 4, 2017

Genres: Young Adult, contemporary

Pages: 416

Format: Hardback

Source: Library

2018 challenge: Beat the backlist challenge

Buy on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads

I would give this book 4.75 for a review.

Summary!!!

Juliet Young always writes letters to her mother, a world-traveling photojournalist. Even after her mother’s death, she leaves letters at her grave. It’s the only way Juliet can cope.

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 book so much. I thought this def. a emotionally compelling novel. I really loved how this book tackled grief in various forms from various characters. I loved both POV so much. I loved the cast of characters that we met. I really enjoyed the use of letters as a element to start each chapter. I really was invested in both sides of this story both jules and declan. I loved the family dynamics for both lead characters. I really liked the slow burn romance as well that developed. I could have done without one plot point because i thought it was a tad predicable but i was really impressed with it. I really can’t wait to read rev story next