Rule: Arc review (Non-spoliers Review)

Rule  by Ellen Goodlett

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Published by  Little, Brown Books for Young Readers on September 11, 2018

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Mystery

Pages: 384

Format: Arc

Source: BEA

2018 challenge: N/A

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I would give this book 4.5 for a review.

Summary!!!

Three girls. Three deadly secrets. Only one can wear the crown.
The king is dying, his heir has just been murdered, and rebellion brews in the east. But the kingdom of Kolonya and the outer Reaches has one last option before it descends into leaderless chaos.

Or rather, three unexpected options.
Zofi has spent her entire life trekking through the outer Reaches with her band of Travelers. She would do anything to protect the band, her family. But no one can ever find out how far she’s already gone.
Akeylah was raised in the Eastern Reach, surrounded by whispers of rebellion and abused by her father. Desperate to escape, she makes a decision that threatens the whole kingdom.
Ren grew up in Kolonya, serving as a lady’s maid and scheming her way out of the servants’ chambers. But one such plot could get her hung for treason if anyone ever discovers what she’s done.
When the king summons the girls, they arrive expecting arrest or even execution. Instead they learn the truth: they are his illegitimate daughters, and one must become his new heir. But someone in Kolonya knows their secrets, and that someone will stop at nothing to keep the sisters from their destiny… to rule.
Magic, mystery, and blackmail abound in the first book of this sensational and striking fantasy duology.

 

My  Brief Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this novel and thought it was the prefect mix between three dark crowns and pretty little liars. I found this book to be super fast pace read and also found the three girls to be very compelling. I loved the various POV and also the magic system was so well crafted and really easy to understand. The writing and pacing made this book so fast to read. I thought the world is so rich and can’t wait to see what happens next. I felt equally invested in not only the girls but also the secrets they are holding. I also loved the representation in the novel.

My Extended Thoughts!!

Characters: I was equally invested in the characters in this novel. I thought the secrets and the characters diversity was so well crafted. I think my personal favorite POV was  character was Akeylah. I really enjoyed not only the devious natures but also as they grew as sisters throughout this novel. I also loved the various different backgrounds of the characters. It made the book even more diverse read that really expanded the world.

Plot: I thought the of this story was a prefect mix of TDC and PLL. I really loved all the plot paths the lead to the end. The book had predictable moments but I was really engaged throughout the whole book.

World Building: I adored the magic system that was created and really loved how she built it. I just wanted to go to this world. I thought so much world building occurred but it was such a easy read that world building did not  make the pace less or bog down the story! I really liked this type of magic.

Will I read book 2! Oh for sure!! I am totally there!

let me know in the comments if this book in on your own TBR!

 

 

 

 

 

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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!

The Potion Diaries: Non-Spoiler Review!

The Potion Diaries by Amy Alward

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Published by  Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers  on October 18, 2016

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy

Pages: 400

Format: Hardback

Source: Personally bought

2018 challenge: Beat the backlist challenge

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I would give this book 4.75 for a review.

Summary!!!

When the Princess of Nova accidentally poisons herself with a love potion meant for her crush, she falls crown-over-heels in love with her own reflection. Oops. A nationwide hunt is called to find the cure, with competitors travelling the world for the rarest ingredients, deep in magical forests and frozen tundras, facing death at every turn.

Enter Samantha Kemi—an ordinary girl with an extraordinary talent. Sam’s family were once the most respected alchemists in the kingdom, but they’ve fallen on hard times, and winning the hunt would save their reputation. But can Sam really compete with the dazzling powers of the ZoroAster megapharma company? And just how close is she willing to get to Zain Aster, her dashing enemy, in the meantime.

Just to add to the pressure, this quest is ALL OVER social media. And the world news.

My Thoughts:

I thought this was the prefect magic/ fantasy story. I just flew through this novel. The world building was def the stand out in the novel. I also just loved the strong female characters that populated this novel. I did love the duel POV that we did get and also the magic system that was developed. I thought this book was def lighter in topic but I really loved the character and this world and really can’t wait to read the other books in this series.

Grace and Fury: Non-Spoiler Review and Giveaway (Blog Tour)!!!

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Grace and Fury by Tracy Banghart

Published by   Little, Brown Books for Young Readers on July 31, 2018

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy

Pages: 320

Format: arc

Source: BEA

2018 challenge: N/A

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!!!

Serina Tessaro has been groomed her whole life to become a Grace–someone to stand by the heir to the throne as a shining, subjugated example of the perfect woman. It’s her chance to secure a better life for her family, and to keep her headstrong and rebellious younger sister, Nomi, out of trouble. But when Nomi catches the Heir’s eye instead, Serina is the one who takes the fall for the dangerous secret her sister has been hiding.
Trapped in a life she never wanted, Nomi has only one option: surrender to her role as a Grace until she can use her position to save Serina. But this is easier said than done…. A traitor walks the halls of the palazzo, and deception lurks in every corner.
Meanwhile Serina is running out of time. Imprisoned on an island where she must fight to the death to survive, surrounded by women stronger than she is, one wrong move could cost her everything. There is no room for weakness on Mount Ruin, especially weaknesses of the heart.
Thrilling and captivating, Grace and Fury is a story of fierce sisterhood, and of survival in a world that’s determined to break you.

 

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this book and found it def be a darker fantasy novel but I would call it more a historical fiction novel. I would be intrigued if some type of magic system becomes more obvious in future books. I was equally invested in both lead characters storyline and liked the duel POV of the story. I really flew through this book and I thought the world building and the various mysteries were engaging. I wish the ending was less predictable but I will def be checking out book 2!

Author:

Tracy Banghart grew up in rural Maryland and spent her summers on a remote island in northern Ontario. All of that isolation and lovely scenery gave her the time to read voraciously and the inspiration to write her own stories. Always a bit of a nomad, Tracy now travels the world Army-wife style with her husband, son, cat, and sweet pupper Scrabble. She wrote Grace and Fury while living in Hawaii.

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Giveaway:

may the odds be ever in your favor

 

The Unexpected Everything: Non-Spoiler Review!! (also Laura’s YA book ideas… :) )!!!

The Unexpected Everything  by Morgan Matson

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Published by  Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers on May 3, 2016

Genres: Young Adult, contemporary

Pages: 416

Format: Hardback

Source: personally bought

2018 challenge: Beat the backlist challenge

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I would give this book 5  for a review.

Summary!!!

Andie must learn to embrace the beauty in chaos in this New York Times bestselling novel about friendship, finding yourself, and all the joys in life that happen while you’re busy making other plans.

Andie has a plan. And she always sticks to her plan.

Future? A top-tier medical school.
Dad? Avoid him as much as possible (which isn’t that hard considering he’s a Congressman and he’s never around).
Friends? Palmer, Bri, and Toby—pretty much the most awesome people on the planet, who needs anyone else?
Relationships? No one’s worth more than three weeks.

So it’s no surprise that Andie has her summer all planned out too.

Until a political scandal costs Andie her summer pre-med internship, and lands both she and Dad back in the same house together for the first time in years. Suddenly she’s doing things that aren’t Andie at all—working as a dog walker, doing an epic scavenger hunt with her dad, and maybe, just maybe, letting the super cute Clark get closer than she expected. Palmer, Bri, and Toby tell her to embrace all the chaos, but can she really let go of her control?

My Thoughts:

I loved this book. I love how compicated the story was and also how so many characters were addressed in the story. The story did have adorable romance but so much more with friendship, parents and also art thrown in. I love the boy and girl drama but it was such a fast pace read and i loved the call back to the other novels in the series.

My Ya book Ideas!!

many moons ago in high school I came up with many ideas for YA books and just wrote. I am not the best writer but these were some ideas that came into my head, I may explore them again one day.. but wanted to share them 🙂 let me know if any of them sound cool 🙂

  1. Angelic Intervention: A book about angles that return to earth to save teenagers from the same fate that they were handed!
  2. Middle grade: A young boy on the cusp of being a teenager is forced to return to fantasy world he created when it is spiraling out of control!
  3. Mystery: A young girl is forced to confront her past when her mother finally goes on trial for all the horrors she is commited against her and her siblings*
  4. Sports: a young girl olympic dreams are shattered when she falls in the olympic trials and needs to decide if she is read to walk away or try again!

Thanks for reading you guys! Give me yours thoughts in the comments!

 

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!

Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb Non-Spoiler Review

Assassin’s Apprentice  by Robin Hobb

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Published by  Spectra November 5, 2002

Genres: Adult, Fantasy

Pages: 464

Format: paper back

Source: personally bought

2018 challenge: N/a

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!!!

Young Fitz is the bastard son of the noble Prince Chivalry, raised in the shadow of the royal court by his father’s gruff stableman. He is treated as an outcast by all the royalty except the devious King Shrewd, who has him secretly tutored in the arts of the assassin. For in Fitz’s blood runs the magic Skill—and the darker knowledge of a child raised with the stable hounds and rejected by his family.

As barbarous raiders ravage the coasts, Fitz is growing to manhood. Soon he will face his first dangerous, soul-shattering mission. And though some regard him as a threat to the throne, he may just be the key to the survival of the kingdom.

 

My Thoughts:

This book is definitely a slow burn. It focuses more on character development. Not a whole lot of action happens in this book. It follows the protagonist Fitz from a very young age to around his teen years. It focuses on him learning how to be a an assassin and his relationships. I liked Fitz and wanted to see what happened to him on his journey, so I didn’t mind the slower pace. I liked meeting the other people in the novel as well. The way they interacted with Fitz and affected his views. I liked how mysterious the Fool is in the book as well. Hopefully more will be revealed in the next books. The writing style draws you in as well. I thought seeing the world through Fitz’s eyes while growing up was a good world building technique. There wasn’t ay info dumps. I really liked this book and would recommend to people who don’t mind a slower read.I hope to read book two soon to see what is in store for Fitz next.

The Basque Dragon Blog tour! Review and What Magical creature would I want as a Pet!

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The Basque Dragon  by Adam Gidwitz 

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Published by  Dutton Books for Young Readers on July 10, 2018

Genres: Middle Grade, Adventure

Pages: 192

Format: arc

Source: BEA

2018 challenge: N/A

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!!!

Elliot and Uchenna—and Jersey!—have barely recovered from their first adventure with Professor Fauna when he approaches them with an all-new quest. Except this time they’re going to have to cross an ocean. In the mountains of the Basque Country, the Unicorn Rescue Society must track down a missing dragon. But how could someone even kidnap a dragon? And for what evil purpose? And is their newest, fire-breathing rescue more than they can handle?

New challenges await in this second book in the Unicorn Rescue Society series, a brand-new fantasy-adventure from Adam Gidwitz, the beloved bestselling and Newbery Honor-winning author of The Inquisitors Tale and A Tale Dark & Grimm. Illustrated throughout, it’s the perfect fit for newly independent readers looking for a story full of adventure, fun, and friendship.

What Magical Creature I want as a pet!

So you can totally tell I love Harry potter! But like these young adventures in this story, I also would REALLY REALLY want a dragon!!!

Here are my reasons!

  1. I have always want a pet that is super smart!!
  2. I never love the dark, his/her fire would make a great nightlight and keep me warm if we get lost on our various adventures!
  3. He/she would be able to become invisible so they can join my daily in my life!
  4. He/she could protect me at all costs!
  5. He/she also can sense danger and could save others from danger!

If i did get a dragon, I would want to be green and blue (my two favorite colors) and respond to the name Alext!!

 

My Thoughts:

I thought this was a great follow up to the first book in this series. I loved the adventure in this story and also how the storyline expanded the world. I just found this to a fast pace adventure story and think younger readers will fly throughout. I think the many illustrations will also increase the joy for this series. I really loved the dynamic between the professor and the kids in this novel. I really want to keep on reading this series. It was a def a super fun adventure series with some history tossed in!

AUTHOR BIO

Adam Gidwitz is the author of the critically acclaimed, New York Timesbestselling Grimm trilogy. He spent six years researching and writing his Newbery Honor-winning The Inquisitor’s Tale, including a year living in Europe. Adam lives with his family in Brooklyn, NY. Find Adam online at adamgidwitz.com or @AdamGidwitz.

Chris Lenox Smith is the Creative Director and cofounder of Mixtape Club, an award-winning audiovisual creative studio. Mixtape works with a range of brands and artists, including Google, HBO, ESPN, Spotify, Primus, and They Might Be Giants, to create memorable, narrative-driven films. Chris is a two-time winner of the ADC Young Guns Award for animation and music composition, his work spans across media, from short films and commercial work to musical scores that marry influences from the precomputer era with modern techniques.

Jesse Casey is the Managing Director and cofounder of Mixtape Club, an award-winning audiovisual creative studio. Mixtape works with a range of brands and artists, including Google, HBO, ESPN, Spotify, Primus, and They Might Be Giants, to create memorable, narrative-driven films. Drawing from his twin backgrounds in computer programming and printmaking, Jesse’s work embraces contemporary technology as a means to recreate the craft and artistry of classic film and animation.

ILLUSTRATOR BIO

Hatem Aly is an Egyptian-born illustrator whose work has been featured on television and in multiple publications worldwide. He currently lives in New Brunswick, Canada, with his wife, son, and more pets than people. Find him online at metahatem.com or @metahatem

Let me know in the comments if you will be picking this book up!

 

Ozland: Non-Spolier Review!!

Ozland  by Wendy Spinale 

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Published by  Scholastic Inc. on April 24, 2018

Genres: Young Adult, Retelling,

Pages:  288

Format: Arc

Source: Publisher

2018 challenge: NA

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I would give this book 4  for a review.

Summary!!!

With Everland and Umberland both destroyed, the survivors have taken refuge in a small village tucked within the shadows of the Bloodred Queen’s castle. Doc has found an actual cure for the Horologia virus, while Gwen, Pete, and Alyssa begin plotting the assassination of the queen with the help of Gail, an excellent huntress. But killing the queen won’t be enough. The world has been destroyed and its needs a ruler to set things right again. A ruler who is good, kind, and fair. Someone like the former king of Germany. But he’s dead . . . or is he?

There’s a rumor that the king has been hidden away in a secret land, where only the worthiest can find him. Desperate to end the war, a plan is hatched that could put everything right again. Yet before it’s set in motion, the village is burned to the ground, all survivors taken prisoner to the castle. Except Gail.

But is one girl enough to find a long-dead king, kill the wicked queen, and save the world?

My Brief Thoughts:

I thought this was such a solid conclusion to this series. I love how Wendy crafts these worlds and this once took the characters to OZ. I just really enjoyed how the turned the myth on it head. This story also pay off all the precious characters arcs and it was such a fast pace read. This book we get to finally get inside Doc head and I loved that so much! I wanted more information on some of the deaths that occurred of screen but it was such a good back and can’t wait to see what this author writes next!

My Extended Thoughts (slight vague spoilers afoot)

Characters: I loved the main characters in this book. I loved how she chose the leads in this book but also payed off so much stuff that began in previous books. Doc is def one of favorite characters  and I loved going into his head. I was def caught off guard at the start of this book because we lost many characters off screen and would have loved to have those deaths explored on page! I have always enjoyed how this author created her characters and made then both unique but also reflecting characters in their original story!

World Building: The world building in this story is super well done. It has a great balance of honoring the original world and also making it her own. I just loved how she created this world and it is def a series highlight for me!

Pace: This story had a such a fast pace and the is mostly because of the various locations we were in and also the various characters POV we were reading from!

Let me know your thoughts about this series in the comments!

Lady Midnight: Non-Spoiler Review

Lady Midnight  by Cassandra Clare

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Published by  Margaret K. McElderry Books on March 8, 2016

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy

Pages: 689

Format: Hardback

Source: Personally bought and i listened to the audiobook!

2018 challenge: Beat the backlist challenge

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!!!

The Shadowhunters of Los Angeles star in this #1 New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling novel in Cassandra Clare’s newest series, The Dark Artifices, a sequel to the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series. Lady Midnight is a Shadowhunters novel.

It’s been five years since the events of City of Heavenly Fire that brought the Shadowhunters to the brink of oblivion. Emma Carstairs is no longer a child in mourning, but a young woman bent on discovering who killed her parents and avenging her losses.

Together with her battle partner Julian Blackthorn, Emma must learn to trust her head and her heart as she investigates a demonic plot that stretches across Los Angeles, from the Sunset Strip to the enchanted sea that pounds the beaches of Santa Monica. If only her heart didn’t lead her in treacherous directions…

Making things even more complicated, Julian’s brother Mark—who was captured by the faeries five years ago—has been returned as a bargaining chip. The faeries are desperate to find out who is murdering their kind—and they need the Shadowhunters’ help to do it. But time works differently in faerie, so Mark has barely aged and doesn’t recognize his family. Can he ever truly return to them? Will the faeries really allow it?

Glitz, glamours, and Shadowhunters abound in this heartrending opening to Cassandra Clare’s Dark Artifices series.

 

My Thoughts:

THIS book was a monster to finish listening too… but I am so happy I finally finished it. I def thought listening for the first time to this book could have been a better experience if i just read it. but i really enjoyed the storyline. I liked the pay off emma and jules character and also where their characters went. I also loved all the new characters we met and love how mark tied into the story. I really loved the mystery that need to be solve. I also thought this book unlike heavenly fire, relied a lot less on Clary and that crew only in very key moments. I would have liked a few more tie backs but this book was so well crafted. Def need to read the next book soon!