Gilded Wolves (Non-Spoiler Review)

The Gilded Wolves  by Roshani Chokshi

Published by   Wednesday Books on January 15, 2019

Genres: Young Adult , Adventure, Historical Fiction

Pages: 386

Format: Hardback

Source: Owl Crate

2019 challenge: Owl Crate

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I would give this book 3 for a review.

Summary!!!

From New York Times bestselling author Roshani Chokshi comes The Gilded Wolves, a novel set in Paris during a time of extraordinary change–one that is full of mystery, decadence, and dangerous desires…

No one believes in them. But soon no one will forget them. 

It’s 1889. The city is on the cusp of industry and power, and the Exposition Universelle has breathed new life into the streets and dredged up ancient secrets. Here, no one keeps tabs on dark truths better than treasure-hunter and wealthy hotelier Séverin Montagnet-Alarie. When the elite, ever-powerful Order of Babel coerces him to help them on a mission, Séverin is offered a treasure that he never imagined: his true inheritance. 

To hunt down the ancient artifact the Order seeks, Séverin calls upon a band of unlikely experts: An engineer with a debt to pay. A historian banished from his home. A dancer with a sinister past. And a brother in arms if not blood. 

Together, they will join Séverin as he explores the dark, glittering heart of Paris. What they find might change the course of history–but only if they can stay alive.

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!

Reviews!!

I overall really did enjoy the world building of this story. I also really did like all the characters and felt super connected to them all. I enjoyed. I really did like how this world was mix of both historical fiction and also some magic elements. The pacing and plot of this book was just not as strong as I wanted and i got super lost in the details of this read. I always give first books in a series a bit of leeway and I found this book struggle to follow the plot at points. But I am def still intrigued to read more books in this series! 

I Hope You Get This Message (Non-Spoiler Review)

I Hope You Get This Message  by Farah Naz Rishi

Published by   HarperTeen on October 22, 2019

Genres: Contemporary, ScienceFiction

Pages: 432

Format: Hardback

Source: Owl Crate

2019 challenge: 2019 Book

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!!!

In this high concept YA novel debut that’s We All Looked Up meets The Sun Is Also a Star, three teens must face down the mistakes of their past after they learn that life on Earth might end in less than a week.

News stations across the country are reporting mysterious messages that Earth has been receiving from a planet—Alma—claiming to be its creator. If they’re being interpreted correctly, in seven days Alma will hit the kill switch on their “colony” Earth. 

True or not, for teenagers Jesse Hewitt, Cate Collins, and Adeem Khan, the prospect of this ticking time bomb will change their lives forever.

Jesse, who has been dealt one bad blow after another, wonders if it even matters what happens to the world. Cate, on the other hand, is desperate to use this time to find the father she never met. And Adeem, who hasn’t spoken to his estranged sister in years, must find out if he has it in him to forgive her for leaving. 

With only a week to face their truths and right their wrongs, Jesse, Cate, and Adeem’s paths collide as their worlds are pulled apart.

Review!!

I will admit I really did enjoy both the characters in this read and also the suble science fiction twist in this novel. I really did like the diversity of the POV and also how the characters. I thought this book also dealt with harder topics that are so common in the world but rarely seen and loved how this book handled belief and what to believe and found it to be so intreasting. I wish the book had a more clear ending, But if you enjoy books with a open ending this might be the book for you. I also wish all there POV tied in a bit more. I did also like that these characters came from not only some many different backgrounds but also places. Fans of we all look up, should check out this read.

We hunt the flame (non-spolier review)

We Hunt the Flame  by Hafsah Faizal

Published by  Farrar, Straus and Giroux on May 14, 2019

Genres: Young Adult, fantsay

Pages: 480

Format: Hardback

Source: Owl Crate

2019 challenge: Buy on AmazonBarnes & Noble, Goodreads

I would give this book 3 for a review.

Summary!!!

People lived because she killed. People died because he lived.

Zafira is the Hunter, disguising herself as a man when she braves the cursed forest of the Arz to feed her people. Nasir is the Prince of Death, assassinating those foolish enough to defy his autocratic father, the sultan. If Zafira was exposed as a girl, all of her achievements would be rejected; if Nasir displayed his compassion, his father would punish him in the most brutal of ways. Both Zafira and Nasir are legends in the kingdom of Arawiya―but neither wants to be.
War is brewing, and the Arz sweeps closer with each passing day, engulfing the land in shadow. When Zafira embarks on a quest to uncover a lost artifact that can restore magic to her suffering world and stop the Arz, Nasir is sent by the sultan on a similar mission: retrieve the artifact and kill the Hunter. But an ancient evil stirs as their journey unfolds―and the prize they seek may pose a threat greater than either can imagine.

My Thoughts:


I really wanted to adore this book. I overall was interested in the characters and the world building. But I just did not feel super connected to the characters. The plot was super lush but at moments it became hard to follow. I really did like the pacing in the chapters but thought the pace of the book overall was not as strong as I wanted. I really was excited about the world building and love the author take not he world but the book did not wow me. I will still check out book 2, and prob re-read the book at some point.

January reading warp up!!

So like last year I always get sick in January! Always the same week as well. Unlike last year, this year it is not the flu but rather terrible case of laryngitis so if i do film a video for these posts these will be a tad late!

But at the moment I have:

Read 8 books

Listen 2 book

  1. Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson:  BBC, PSRC * 4.5 stars
  2. Dream fall by Amy Plum  3 stars
  3. The Burning Maze  5 stars BBC *PSRC
  4. The Resoultions; BBC 4 Stars
  5. Thorne of Glass * Audiobook* BBLC*  4.5 Stars
  6. Girls of Paper and fire* BBLC* PSRC* 4 stars*
  7. Never contentened things * 3.5 stars*
  8. The Me I am meant to be*  3 stars*
  9. Shadow of the Fox  *
  10. Fill in Boyfriend  *4 stars* Audiobook! 

I did get rather sick this  month but I am pretty happy with all the books that I read. Let me know In the comments what are your top reads of the month!

My top reads are

  1. The Burning maze and Shadow of the fox!

Later book lovers!

 

My Owl Crate Themed TBR For 2019

So I have a super bad habit of falling behind on my Owl Crate books! I am really going to try to make more of a effort to be better at this in 2019!

Here are some off the backlist and book summaries That I hope to tackle in 2019! I am listing them in the order I am most excited to read them! Most popular to not!

  1. The Wizards of Once  (Owl Crate Junior)

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Summary: In the first book of a new series by the bestselling author of How to Train Your Dragon, the warring worlds of Wizards and Warriors collide in a thrilling and enchanting adventure.  Once there were Wizards, who were Magic, and Warriors, who were not. But Xar, son of the King of Wizards, can’t cast a single spell. And Wish, daughter of the Warrior Queen, has a banned magical object of her own. When they collide in the wildwood, on the trail of a deadly witch, it’s the start of a grand adventure that just might change the fabric of their worlds.  With Cressida Cowell’s trademark wit, and the same stunning combination of action, adventure, humor, heart, and incredible artwork that made How to Train Your Dragon a beloved bestselling franchise, The Wizards of Once will transport and enchant readers.

Reasons: When I first got this book, it sounded like the prefect halloween read and I still stand by that. It sounds like such a fun magical adventure book and really hope it lives up to my own hype. I also have an arc of the sequel that I really want to read! I got this two years ago in the October Owl Crate box 🙂

2. Amber and Dusk: 

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Summary: Sylvie has always known she deserves more. Out in the permanent twilight of the Dusklands, her guardians called her power to create illusions a curse. But Sylvie knows it gives her a place in Coeur d’Or, the palais of the Amber Empress and her highborn legacies. So Sylvie sets off toward the Amber City, a glittering jewel under a sun that never sets, to take what is hers. But her hope for a better life is quickly dimmed. The empress invites her in only as part of a wicked wager among her powerful courtiers. Sylvie must assume a new name, Mirage, and begin to navigate secretive social circles and deadly games of intrigue in order to claim her spot. Soon it becomes apparent that nothing is as it appears and no one, including her cruel yet captivating sponsor, Sunder, will answer her questions. As Mirage strives to seize what should be her rightful place, she’ll have to consider whether it is worth the price she must pay.

Reasons: I liked books that deal with magic/witch craft and this book setting seems super interesting and I also love secrets, mystery and romance in my YA novels.! I hope I liked this book, it sounds super interesting.

3. Ace of Shades: 

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Summary: Enne Salta was raised as a proper young lady, and no lady would willingly visit New Reynes, the so-called City of Sin. But when her mother goes missing, Enne must leave her finishing school—and her reputation—behind to follow her mother’s trail to the city where no one survives uncorrupted. Frightened and alone, Enne has only one lead: the name Levi Glaisyer. Unfortunately, Levi is not the gentleman she expected—he’s a street lord and con man. Levi is also only one payment away from cleaning up a rapidly unraveling investment scam, so he doesn’t have time to investigate a woman leading a dangerous double life. Enne’s offer of compensation, however, could be the solution to all his problems.  Their search for clues leads them through glamorous casinos, illicit cabarets and into the clutches of a ruthless Mafia donna. As Enne unearths an impossible secret about her past, Levi’s enemies catch up to them, ensnaring him in a vicious execution game where the players always lose. To save him, Enne will need to surrender herself to the city…And she’ll need to play.

Reasons: I have had this book on my TBR since i got it. I Did not love her book daughter of a burning city and have putting of reading this. This books is totally different and deals with street gangs and also a character is named after my friend. The sequel also comes in april of 2019 and I really want to be caught up to date by then.

4. Girls of Paper and Fire 

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Summary: In this richly developed fantasy, Lei is a member of the Paper caste, the lowest and most persecuted class of people in Ikhara. She lives in a remote village with her father, where the decade-old trauma of watching her mother snatched by royal guards for an unknown fate still haunts her. Now, the guards are back and this time it’s Lei they’re after — the girl with the golden eyes whose rumored beauty has piqued the king’s interest. Over weeks of training in the opulent but oppressive palace, Lei and eight other girls learns the skills and charm that befit a king’s consort. There, she does the unthinkable — she falls in love. Her forbidden romance becomes enmeshed with an explosive plot that threatens her world’s entire way of life. Lei, still the wide-eyed country girl at heart, must decide how far she’s willing to go for justice and revenge.

Reasons: I normally love books that are a mix between the selection and fantasy adventure and strong female characters. This book sounds like such a rich fantasy and I really am sad, I did not read it already.

5.  Shadow of the fox: 

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Summary:  Now, for whoever holds the Scroll of a Thousand Prayers, a new wish will be granted. A new age is about to dawn. Raised by monks in the isolated Silent Winds temple, Yumeko has trained all her life to hide her yokai nature. Half kitsune, half human, her skill with illusion is matched only by her penchant for mischief. Until the day her home is burned to the ground, her adoptive family is brutally slain and she is forced to flee for her life with the temple’s greatest treasure—one part of the ancient scroll. There are many who would claim the dragon’s wish for their own. Kage Tatsumi, a mysterious samurai of the Shadow Clan, is one such hunter, under orders to retrieve the scroll…at any cost. Fate brings Kage and Yumeko together. With a promise to lead him to the scroll, an uneasy alliance is formed, offering Yumeko her best hope for survival. But he seeks what she has hidden away, and her deception could ultimately tear them both apart. With an army of demons at her heels and the unlikeliest of allies at her side, Yumeko’s secrets are more than a matter of life or death. They are the key to the fate of the world itself.

Reasons: I have never watched any anime. But I heard this book has similar elements and would be a good starting points. I also have been craving more diverse reads with unique setting that have a fun adventure element.

Let me know your non-spoiler thoughts about the books in the comments or if any of these books are still on your tbr for 2019!

later book lovers

 

 

Heart Of Iron (Non-Spolier Review)

Heart of Iron by Ashley Boston

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Published by Balzer + Bray on February 27, 2018

Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction

Pages: 466

Format: Hardback

Source: Personally bought

2018 challenge: PSRC (book about a real person)

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I would give this book 5 for a review.

Summary!!!

An action-packed tale full of romance, royalty, and adventure, inspired by the story of Anastasia. Perfect for fans of Six of Crows, Cinder, and the cult classic television show Firefly.

Seventeen-year-old Ana is a scoundrel by nurture and an outlaw by nature. Found as a child drifting through space with a sentient android called D09, Ana was saved by a fearsome space captain and the grizzled crew she now calls family. But D09—one of the last remaining illegal Metals—has been glitching, and Ana will stop at nothing to find a way to fix him.

Ana’s desperate effort to save D09 leads her on a quest to steal the coordinates to a lost ship that could offer all the answers. But at the last moment, a spoiled Ironblood boy beats Ana to her prize. He has his own reasons for taking the coordinates, and he doesn’t care what he’ll sacrifice to keep them.

When everything goes wrong, she and the Ironblood end up as fugitives on the run. Now their entire kingdom is after them—and the coordinates—and not everyone wants them captured alive.

What they find in a lost corner of the universe will change all their lives—and unearth dangerous secrets. But when a darkness from Ana’s past returns, she must face an impossible choice: does she protect a kingdom that wants her dead or save the Metal boy she loves?

My Brief Thoughts:

I don’t know why it took me so long to pick up this book but I really flew through it. I loved all these characters so much and was so invested in all the POVS. I really enjoyed the short chapters and also the plot had me super engaged. I really flew through this book. I also love the diversity of this cast but also how Poston turn the lost princess myth on its head! I really enjoyed this book and also am dying for book 2!

My Extended Thoughts!!

Characters: I really was invested in all these POV of characters and found them to be super diverse and just so compelling to read. I loved how these characters really reflected all the nations in this world. I really was so invested in all the characters. I need book 2 now!!

Pace: I really had a hard time putting this book down. It was longer book but such a easy read. I just was super invested and hard to put this book down!!

World Building I really enjoyed the world she built and it was super diverse world and it was so easy to fall into. It was easy to understand and follow but such a fun world!

Sequel!!! Yes!! NOW!!

 

 

The Hazel Wood: Non-Spoiler review:

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

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Published by Flatiron Books on January 30, 2018

Genres: Young Adult, Urban Fantasy, Fairy tale retelling

Pages: 368 pages

Format: Hardback

Source: Fairyloot

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I would give this book 3.5 for a review.

Summary!

Welcome to Melissa Albert’s The Hazel Woodthe fiercely stunning New York Timesbestseller with seven starred reviews everyone is raving about!

Seventeen-year-old Alice and her mother have spent most of Alice’s life on the road, always a step ahead of the uncanny bad luck biting at their heels. But when Alice’s grandmother, the reclusive author of a cult-classic book of pitch-dark fairy tales, dies alone on her estate, the Hazel Wood, Alice learns how bad her luck can really get: Her mother is stolen away―by a figure who claims to come from the Hinterland, the cruel supernatural world where her grandmother’s stories are set. Alice’s only lead is the message her mother left behind: “Stay away from the Hazel Wood.”

Alice has long steered clear of her grandmother’s cultish fans. But now she has no choice but to ally with classmate Ellery Finch, a Hinterland superfan who may have his own reasons for wanting to help her. To retrieve her mother, Alice must venture first to the Hazel Wood, then into the world where her grandmother’s tales began―and where she might find out how her own story went so wrong.

My  Brief Thoughts

I gave this book 3.5 stars for review*
I did not love this book but I had a hard time putting it down. I really enjoyed some parts of this book but was not engaged in the whole thing. I loved the twisty/ dark setting of the various fairytales we learned about. I think I might like this book better on re-read because I think I may be less lost. I will be curious to see if we get more books. I loved the start and the end of this story the most. The middle part dragged a tad. I thought the main character was hard to connect with by I loved Finch alot! I am curious to see what happens next in this series

My Extended Thoughts!

Characters: I thought most of these characters were hard to become emotionally invested  in. I struggled to Love Alice but my favorite character of this book was def. Ellery.

Plot: I really liked the plot at the beginning and the end of the book it was the most engaging for me and I was super invested. The middle part is where I struggled. I wanted to love the “hazlewood” part but I did not love, I enjoyed it but I felt like it was missing something.

Pacing: Same as above I enjoyed the pacing at the start and end of there novel but I stubbled with the pacing in the middle.

Setting: This book was the reverse of what normally happens to me. I was much more invested in the urban fantasy part of this book then the fantasy world. I liked both but i prefer when the story was in the “real” world.

Will I pick up book 2? I will def. be picking it up. I will be curious to hear the plot for me to decide what format I want 🙂

 

 

Hearts that we sold: Non-Spoiler review!!

The Hearts We Sold  by Emily Lloyd-Jones

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Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers on August 8, 2017

Genres: Young Adult, Paranormal

Pages: 400

Format: Hardbak

Source: owl crate (August box 2017 Something Wicked this way comes)

Challenge: Backlist Challenge

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!

An intoxicating blend of fantasy, horror, and romance–a Faustian fable perfect for fans of Holly Black, and Stranger Things.

Dee Moreno is out of options. Her home life sucks (to put it mildly), and she’s about to get booted from her boarding school–the only place she’s ever felt free–for lack of funds. But this is a world where demons exist, and the demons are there to make deals: one human body part in exchange for one wish come true.

The demon who Dee approaches doesn’t trade in the usual arms and legs, however. He’s only interested in her heart. And what comes after Dee makes her deal is a nightmare far bigger, far more monstrous than anything she ever could have imagined. Reality is turned on its head, and Dee has only her fellow “heartless,” the charming but secretive James Lancer, to keep her grounded. As something like love grows between them amid an otherworldly threat, Dee begins to wonder: Can she give James her heart when it’s no longer hers to give?

In The Hearts We Sold, demons can be outwitted, hearts can be reclaimed, monsters can be fought, and love isn’t impossible. This book will steal your heart and break it, and leave you begging for more.

 

My Thoughts:

This book was such a fun suprise. It was such a solid standalone. I really enjoyed both the characters and the plot. I think I would have been more invested in the characters if i spent more time with them but it still made a impact on me. I loved how reality and the supernatural met and the POV of Dee. I thought the world buidling was so easy to understand and it was hard to put down. If you enjoy tv shows like Buffy or teen wolf or books like the Mortal instruments, i think you would enjoy this standalone book!

 

Foolish Hearts: Non-Spoiler Review

Foolish Hearts  by Emma Mills

Published by  Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) on December 5, 2017

Genres: Young Adult, contemporary

Pages:320

Format: Hardback

Source: owl crate (sieze the day: december box)

2018 challenge: Beat the backlist Challenge

amazon  goodreads barnes and noble

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I would give this book 5 for a review.

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Summary!

When Claudia accidentally eavesdrops on the epic breakup of Paige and Iris, the it-couple at her school, she finds herself in hot water with prickly, difficult Iris. Thrown together against their will in the class production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, along with the goofiest, cutest boy Claudia has ever known, Iris and Claudia are in for an eye-opening senior year.

Smart, funny, and thoroughly, wonderfully flawed, Claudia navigates a world of intense friendships and tentative romance in Emma Mills’s Follish Hearts, a young adult novel about expanding your horizons, allowing yourself to be vulnerable, and accepting—and loving—people for who they really are.

My Thoughts:

This book was so adorable that I had to give it five stars. I loved how diverse this book was from page one. I loved how so many different aspects of teen life was show in this book like loves, passion and friendship. I would def. say this book focused so much on friendship and how friendships can change and that was the standout part of this book for me. With romance undertones that like the play midsummer nights dream, you never know who was “end-game” It was quick read that i finished in one day. I def want to read more by this author in the future.