Anti/Hero (Arc Non-Spoiler Review)

Anti/Hero by Kate Karyus Quinn, Demitria Lunetta, Maca Gil (Illustrator)

Published by DC Comics on April 14, 2020

Genres: Middle Grade , graphic novel

Pages: 160

Format: arc

Source: publisher

2020 challenge: arc graphic novel

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!!!

Piper Pájaro and Sloane MacBrute are two 13-year-old girls with very different lives but very similar secrets. Popular, outgoing Piper is strong. Like, ripping-the-doors-off-cards strong. She longs to be a superhero, even if she tends to leave massive messes in her wake. Snarky Sloane, on the other hand, is super smart. Like, evil-genius-smart. To help her family, she has to put those smarts to use for her villainous grandfather.

When a mission to steal an experimental technological device brings the two girls face to face with each other, the device sparks, and the two girls switch bodies! Now they must live in each other’s shoes as they figure out a way to switch back.

Anti/Hero is a story that explores what makes a hero, how one can find friendship where it’s unexpected, and what it means to walk in another person’s shoes…literally! 

Authors Kate Karyus Quinn (Another Little Piece, The Show Must Go On) and Demitria Lunetta (The Fade, Bad Blood) make their graphic novel and middle grade debut alongside artist Maca Gil to introduce two new and exciting characters to DC Comics!

My Thoughts:

I really loved the art style in this read. I loved how this novel took the gothem city myth in such a fun way. I also really liked how this book focused on both girls story and loved how the book was structured really comparing and contrasting the girls lives. I always like books/stories where characters have to talk a walk in each others shoes. I also really enjoyed the side characters in this story and really liked how this book focused on friendship and young heroes and the drama they face. I also really hope we get more books in this series in the future.

Storm Keepers Island (Non-Spoiler Review)

The Storm Keeper’s Island  by Catherine Doyle

Published by   Bloomsbury Children’s Books on January 22, 2019

Genres: Middle Grade , Adventure

Pages: 320

Format: Hardback

Source: Personally bought

2020 challenge: BBLC

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I would give this book 3 for a review.

Summary!!!

Fionn Boyle comes from a long line of brave seafarers, people with the ocean behind their eyes. But he can’t help but fear the open sea. For years, Fionn’s mother has told him stories of Arranmore Island, a strange place that seems to haunt her. Fionn has always wondered about this mysterious island, and from the day he arrives he starts noticing things that can’t be explained. He can sense the island all around him, and it feels like the island is watching him, too.

Once in a generation, Arranmore Island chooses a new Storm Keeper to wield its power and keep its magic safe from enemies. The time has come for his grandfather, a secretive and eccentric old man, to step down. But as Fionn and the other descendants of Arranmore’s most powerful families fight to become the island’s next champion, a more sinister magic is waking up, intent on rekindling a long-ago war and changing Fionn’s life and the island’s future forever.

My Thoughts:

I thought this was a solid middle grade series. I did not love the pacing of this read but I grew to love the characters over the course of the book. I liked the magic elements of this book and also how this book dealt with many different types of family drama. It was slower book but one that still captured my attention, I did enjoy the main character and really am excited to see how he grows in future books in this series.

Casper Tock and the EverDark Wings!! (Non-Spoiler Review)

Casper Tock and the Everdark Wings by Abi Elphinstone 

Published by    Aladdin on January 7, 2020

Genres: Middle Grade , Adventure

Pages: 383

Format: Arc

Source: Publisher

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I would give this book 5 for a review.

Summary!!!

From bestselling author Abi Elphinstone comes a wondrous new series about four secret unmapped kingdoms hidden in our own world! 

Casper Tock hates risks and is allergic to adventures. So it comes as a nasty shock to him one day when he hides from bullies in an ancient grandfather clock—and ends up finding an entire world inside.

Casper discovers that this sky kingdom of Rumblestar is one of the four Unmapped Kingdoms in charge of controlling the weather in Casper’s own world. What’s more, Casper is now stuck in Rumblestar, and the only person there who doesn’t think he’s a demon spy is a strange girl named Utterly, who hates rules and is allergic to behaving.

All Casper wants is to find his way home, but Rumblestar is in trouble. An evil harpy called Morg is trying to steal the magic of the Unmapped Kingdoms. And if these kingdoms fall, Casper’s world will be destroyed as well.

And so, together with Utterly and her miniature dragon, Arlo, Casper embarks on a quest full of cloud giants, storm ogres, and drizzle hags. Can he, Utterly, and Arlo—the unlikeliest of heroes—save both their worlds from the clutches of Morg?

My Thoughts:

I really adored this book. From the first page I was hooked. I really love casper as a lead. I also adored how this world was crafted. This book was a pure adventure and i could not put it down. I loved how this book dealt with unique topics like friendship, being brave and compassion In a unique fantasy world. I thought casper was special hero that I loved reading from. I loved this world and really am so excited to read more in the future.

Go with the Flow (Non-Spoiler Review)

Go with the flow by Lily Williams  and Karen Schneemann

Published by: First Second on January 14, 2020

Genres: Middle Grade, Graphic Novel.

Pages: 336

Format: ARC

Source: NYCC

2019 challenge: 2020 book

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I would give this book 5 for a review.

Summary!!!

High school students embark on a crash course of friendship, female empowerment, and women’s health issues in Lily Williams and Karen Schneemann’s graphic novel Go With the Flow.

Good friends help you go with the flow.
Best friends help you start a revolution.

Sophomores Abby, Brit, Christine, and Sasha are fed up. Hazelton High never has enough tampons. Or pads. Or adults who will listen. 

Sick of an administration that puts football before female health, the girls confront a world that shrugs―or worse, squirms―at the thought of a menstruation revolution. They band together to make a change. It’s no easy task, especially while grappling with everything from crushes to trig to JV track but they have each other’s backs. That is, until one of the girls goes rogue, testing the limits of their friendship and pushing the friends to question the power of their own voices.

Now they must learn to work together to raise each other up. But how to you stand your ground while raising bloody hell?

My Thoughts:

I adored this read. I think periods and discussions about the various issues never occur in YA novels and I really enjoyed this book. I thought this book addressed so many issues like periods but also about friendships and also activism for younger kids. I think his book tackled so many issues that never are chatted about. I really grew to love the girls that I met in this book and this book made me happy and also rather emotional. Such a important read!

Go with the Flow (Non-Spoiler Review)

Go with the Flow  by Lily Williams and   Karen Schneemann 

Published by   First Second on January 14, 2020

Genres: Middle Grade , contemporary

Pages: 336

Format: ARC

Source: Publisher

2020 challenge: 2020 Book

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I would give this book 5 for a review.

Summary!!!

High school students embark on a crash course of friendship, female empowerment, and women’s health issues in Lily Williams and Karen Schneemann’s graphic novel Go With the Flow.

Good friends help you go with the flow.
Best friends help you start a revolution.

Sophomores Abby, Brit, Christine, and Sasha are fed up. Hazelton High never has enough tampons. Or pads. Or adults who will listen. 

Sick of an administration that puts football before female health, the girls confront a world that shrugs―or worse, squirms―at the thought of a menstruation revolution. They band together to make a change. It’s no easy task, especially while grappling with everything from crushes to trig to JV track but they have each other’s backs. That is, until one of the girls goes rogue, testing the limits of their friendship and pushing the friends to question the power of their own voices.

Now they must learn to work together to raise each other up. But how to you stand your ground while raising bloody hell?

My Thoughts:

I adored this read. I think periods and discussions about the various issues never occur in YA novels and I really enjoyed this book. I thought this book addressed so many issues like periods but also about friendships and also activism for younger kids. I think his book tackled so many issues that never are chatted about. I really grew to love the girls that I met in this book and this book made me happy and also rather emotional. Such a important read! 

Keeper of The Lost Cities: LodeStar (Non-Spoiler Review)

Keeper of The Lost Cities: LodeStar by  Shannon Messenger

Published by   Aladdin; Reprint edition on November 7, 2017

Genres: Middle Grade , Adventure

Pages: 704

Format: Paperback

Source: Personally Bought

2019 challenge: Beat the Backlist Challenge

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I would give this book 4.5 for a review.

Summary!!!

Dark schemes unfold and Sophie’s loyalty is pushed to the limit in this thrilling fifth book in the Keeper of the Lost Cities series.

Sophie Foster is back in the Lost Cities—but the Lost Cities have changed. The threat of war hangs heavy over her glittering world, and the Neverseen are wreaking havoc.

The lines between friend and enemy have blurred, and Sophie is unsure whom to trust. But when she’s warned that the people she loves most will be the next victims, she knows she has to act.

A mysterious symbol could be the key—if only she knew how to translate it. Every new clue seems to lead deeper into her world’s underbelly and the Black Swan aren’t the only ones who have plans. The Neverseen have their own Initiative, and if Sophie doesn’t stop it, they might finally have the ultimate means to control her.

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this book in this series. I liked the pacing of this novel and also the “group” of characters that this book focused in. I also liked the various side plots that made this even more complicated. I really liked how this book expanded the world and made it a even more complicated situation. I thought Keffe path was super compelling and also liked how we are learning more about dex and his family. I found this to be fast pace engaging read and will def read the next one soon!

The Mystwick School of Musicraft (arc) (Non-spolier Review)

The Mystwick School of Musicraft by Jessica Khoury 

Published by  HMH Books for Young Readers on January 21, 2020

Genres: Middle Grade, Fantsay

Pages: 368

Format: Audibook

Source: Audible

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!!!

Amelia Jones always dreamed of attending the Mystwick School of Musicraft, where the world’s most promising musicians learn to create magic. So when Amelia botches her audition, she thinks her dream has met an abrupt and humiliating end—until the school agrees to give her a trial period. Amelia is determined to prove herself, vowing to do whatever it takes to become the perfect musician. Even if it means pretending to be someone she isn’t. Meanwhile, a mysterious storm is brewing that no one, not even the maestros at Mystwick, is prepared to contain. Can Amelia find the courage to be true to herself in time to save her beloved school from certain destruction?

My Thoughts:

I really did enjoy this audiobook so much. I loved how the music was actually included. This book had such a fun magic system that I really loved it. I found it to be such a fast pace read the kept my on my toes. I really did like the whole magic school setting and also the large cast of characters as well. The highlight of this book was the world building and the cast of characters. I really did like the trio of characters that we had. This book was such a charming read and I really hope we get another book in this series!

The Tyrant Tomb (Non-Spoiler Thoughts)

The Tyrant Tomb  by Rick Riordan

Published by  Disney-Hyperion; First Edition edition on September 24, 2019

Genres: Middle Grade , Adventure

Pages: 448

Format: Hardback

Source: Personally Bought

2019 challenge: 2019 Release

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!!!

It’s not easy being Apollo, especially when you’ve been turned into a human and banished from Olympus. On his path to restoring five ancient oracles and reclaiming his godly powers, Apollo (aka Lester Papadopoulos) has faced both triumphs and tragedies. Now his journey takes him to Camp Jupiter in the San Francisco Bay Area, where the Roman demigods are preparing for a desperate last stand against the evil Triumvirate of Roman emperors. Hazel, Reyna, Frank, Tyson, Ella, and many other old friends will need Apollo’s aid to survive the onslaught. Unfortunately, the answer to their salvation lies in the forgotten tomb of a Roman ruler . . . someone even worse than the emperors Apollo has already faced.

My Thoughts:

I really did enjoy this read. But it was def not my favorite read of this series. I really did like how the characters dealt with the drama in the previous book. I loved being back at the new setting in this book and the older characters that we met up with. I felt that the pacing in this book was not as tight and hard to feel invested to keep reading. I still love apollo character and really loved his character growth. I felt the pacing was just not as strong and wanted it from this book. I am really excited to read the possible last book in this series late next year.

Malamander (Arc Review)

Malamander  by Thomas Taylor

Published by   Walker Books on May 2, 2019

Genres: Middle Grade , Adventure

Pages: 304

Format: Arc

Source: Publisher

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I would give this book 3.5 for a review.

Summary!!!

Nobody visits Eerie-on-Sea in the winter. Especially not when darkness falls and the wind howls around Maw Rocks and the wreck of the battleship Leviathan, where even now some swear they have seen the unctuous Malamander creep…

Herbert Lemon, Lost-and-Founder at the Grand Nautilus Hotel, knows that returning lost things to their rightful owners is not easy – especially when the lost thing is not a thing at all, but a girl. No one knows what happened to Violet Parma’s parents twelve years ago, and when she engages Herbie to help her find them, the pair discover that their disappearance might have something to do with the legendary sea-monster, the Malamander. Eerie-on-Sea has always been a mysteriously chilling place, where strange stories seem to wash up. And it just got stranger…

And if Cass fails, the force she’s unleashed could haunt the city forever.

#1 New York Times bestselling author Victoria Schwab returns to the spooky and heart-pounding world of City of Ghosts, delivering thrilling new adventures and an unforgettable spin on friendship. (Because sometimes, even psychic ghost best friends have secrets. . .)

My Thoughts:

*I got this book for review and would rate this book 3.5 for review*
This was such a surprising read. I think this is such a fun middle grade adventure/mystery story. I also really did love this eerie little town as well. I also really liked both man characters and found the mystery to be super compelling. I really did think this book was the prefect mix of creepy and eerie but not scary. I found this to be such a fast pace read. I will def be checking out book 2 in the future.

Tunnel of Bones (Non-Spoiler Review)

Tunnel Of Bones by Victoria Schwab

Published by   Scholastic Press on September 3, 2019

Genres: Middle Grade , Adventure

Pages: 304

Format: Hardback

Source: Owl Crate Junior

2019 challenge:

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I would give this book 3 for a review.

Summary!!!

The thrilling sequel to Victoria Schwab’s New York Times bestselling City of Ghosts!

Trouble is haunting Cassidy Blake . . . even more than usual.

She (plus her ghost best friend, Jacob, of course) are in Paris, where Cass’s parents are filming their TV show about the world’s most haunted cities. Sure, it’s fun eating croissants and seeing the Eiffel Tower, but there’s true ghostly danger lurking beneath Paris, in the creepy underground Catacombs.

When Cass accidentally awakens a frighteningly strong spirit, she must rely on her still-growing skills as a ghosthunter — and turn to friends both old and new to help her unravel a mystery. But time is running out, and the spirit is only growing stronger.

And if Cass fails, the force she’s unleashed could haunt the city forever.

#1 New York Times bestselling author Victoria Schwab returns to the spooky and heart-pounding world of City of Ghosts, delivering thrilling new adventures and an unforgettable spin on friendship. (Because sometimes, even psychic ghost best friends have secrets. . .)

My Thoughts:

I thought this was such a fun sequel in this series. I really did like the plot and where the story went in this book. I also really loved how this book was set in paris. I did vist there in the past and the descriptions were so real, like i was there. I think I still want a little bit more out of this world in general. But I thought the pacing of this book was super good. I also like the new group of characters we met and at the heart of this book is always the friendship between cassidy and jacob and some heartfelt moments occurred. I am so excited to read more in this series and find out the new setting!