Ash Princess: Non-Spolier Review

Ash Princess  by Laura Sebastian

Published by Delacorte Press on April 24, 2018

Genres: Young Adult Fantasy

Pages: 448

Format: Arc

Source: Comic Con

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I would give this book 5 for a review.

Challenge: PSRC Author same first name as you!!!

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Summary!

For fans of Victoria Aveyard’s Red Queen and Sabaa Tahir’s An Ember in the Ashes, Ash Princess is an epic new fantasy about a throne cruelly stolen and a girl who must fight to take it back for her people.

Theodosia was six when her country was invaded and her mother, the Fire Queen, was murdered before her eyes. On that day, the Kaiser took Theodosia’s family, her land, and her name. Theo was crowned Ash Princess–a title of shame to bear in her new life as a prisoner.

For ten years Theo has been a captive in her own palace. She’s endured the relentless abuse and ridicule of the Kaiser and his court. She is powerless, surviving in her new world only by burying the girl she was deep inside.

Then, one night, the Kaiser forces her to do the unthinkable. With blood on her hands and all hope of reclaiming her throne lost, she realizes that surviving is no longer enough. But she does have a weapon: her mind is sharper than any sword. And power isn’t always won on the battlefield.

For ten years, the Ash Princess has seen her land pillaged and her people enslaved. That all ends here.

 

My Brief Thoughts:

*I got this book for review my thoughts are my own*
I really loved this book so much. It has so many of my favorite elements all my mixed together in such a unique novel. I especially loved the former friend comes back to work with the princess, the lost princess, the prince who is conflicted and just some much political intigue. I thought it was such a fast pace novel. It was super hard to put down and the pace even thought it was alot of world building was done so well. I really loved this book and the lead character. This is def one of my favorite reads of the month. I can’t wait for book 2… now i must wait 😦

My Extended Thoughts:

Characters:  I really enjoyed the characters in this story. I thought even though they were based off of pretty typical character types but I really loved how they were crafted. I felt emotionally connected to them all. This whole story to me had  very similar feelings of my mine to the Anastasia myth. I have never read quite a character like Thora before but I really loved her and became equally invested the larger cast of characters.

Romance: It has been since the infernal devices that I found a story that I enjoy the love triangle and could feel for both sides of the triangle. I felt that way with this story alot. I towards the end am even more conflicted about what sides, I want to win but do enjoy both boys in this triangle 🙂

Pace: This book was def. a slow burn with a lot of political intrigue. If you liked the pace of a book like three dark crowns this pace was super similar but I was really invested in the story line and the characters.

Next book!!! Yes please!!!! I need it now!!!

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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!

 

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 🙂

 

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!

Unicorn Power! (Lumberjanes) Non-Spoiler Review

Unicorn Power! (Lumberjanes) by Mariko Tamaki  and  Brooklyn Allen 

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Published by Harry N. Abrams on October 10, 2017

Genres: Middle Grade, Adventure

Pages:  256 pages

Format: Arc

Source: Book Con

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!

Welcome to Miss Qiunzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet’s Camp for Hardcore Lady Types. The five scouts of Roanoke cabin—Jo, April, Molly, Mal, and Ripley—love their summers at camp. They get to hang out with their best friends, earn Lumberjane scout badges, annoy their no-nonsense counselor Jen . . . and go on supernatural adventures. That last one? A pretty normal occurrence at Miss Qiunzella’s, where the woods contain endless mysteries.

Today is no exception. When challenge-loving April leads the girls on a hike up the TALLEST mountain they’ve ever seen, things don’t go quite as planned. For one, they didn’t expect to trespass into the lands of the ancient Cloud People, and did anyone happen to read those ominous signs some unknown person posted at the bottom of the mountain? Also, unicorns.

This hilarious, rollicking adventure series brings the beloved Lumberjanes characters into a novel format with brand-new adventures.

My brief  Thoughts:

I have never read the lumber janes comics but I really enjoyed this novelization. I felt like there was enough backstory that made this story easy to follow. I loved all the various girls that became the focus of this story. I loved how this book really was so well crafted with both contemporary elements and also fantasy elements as well. I really loved the relationship between all the girls and also the mystery and adventure that they went through in this novel. I felt like it also not only was super fun but also taught the young readers various things. I will def be checking out book two in this novelization when it comes out.

My Extended Thoughts:

Characters: I really enjoyed all the characters. I have no experience with the comics so I just wanted a tad more information about them but I am sure that is because I had no prior reference. I really loved the diverse group of girls that we meet.

Pacing: The pacing was strong but there was so slower parts that I wanted to go a tad faster towards the start of the book. So the pacing got stronger as the book went on and I really enjoyed the end of the novel.

Plot: The plot was fun and I really loved it but it did not wow me. I think younger girls would enjoy it though and I really enjoyed the focus on friendship.

Will I be checking out book 2! I def will, I will either grab it on my kindle or most likely from my library.

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!

 

To Kill a Kingdom: Non-Spoiler review!!!

To Kill a Kingdom  byAlexandra Christo

Published by  Feiwel & Friends (March 6, 2018)

Genres: Young Adult, fantasy, mermaids

Pages: 346 pages

Format: Arc

Source: Comic Con

2018 challenge: PSRC: Takes place at sea!

Buy on AmazonBarnes & Noble, Goodreads

I would give this book 4.5  for a review.

Summary!!

Princess Lira is siren royalty and the most lethal of them all. With the hearts of seventeen princes in her collection, she is revered across the sea. Until a twist of fate forces her to kill one of her own. To punish her daughter, the Sea Queen transforms Lira into the one thing they loathe most–a human. Robbed of her song, Lira has until the winter solstice to deliver Prince Elian’s heart to the Sea Queen and or remain a human forever.

The ocean is the only place Prince Elian calls home, even though he is heir to the most powerful kingdom in the world. Hunting sirens is more than an unsavory hobby–it’s his calling. When he rescues a drowning woman in the ocean, she’s more than what she appears. She promises to help him find the key to destroying all of sirenkind for good–But can he trust her? And just how many deals will Elian have to barter to eliminate mankind’s greatest enemy?

My Thoughts:

* I got this book from the publisher and gave it 4.5 stars*
I really enjoyed this book a lot. I thought the plot was mostly very fast pace and engaging. I thought the end of the book had some slow parts but I still really enjoyed it. I thought the character and the world building was the highlights of the books. I really loved the duel POV that was got in the story and loved the morally gray characters that we met. I really loved the siren mythology that we were exposed too. I would def read more by this author in the future. It is the first mermaid/ siren book I read with a strong focus and it made me exited to read more!

 

Laura’s February reading wrap up!!!!

I actually had a really good reding month! I also completed listing to a bunch of things and read so many fun reads! I gush in detail below in my video but I have listed titles and ratings and also if they work back with any challenges for the year!

  1. By a charm and a curse: 3.5 stars!
  2. The Missing Margues: 3 stars * backlist challenge
  3. Black Star Renegades! 4 stars
  4. People like us: 4 stars
  5. Hearts that we sold: 4 stars * backlist challenge
  6. #pretty boy must die: 4 stars *PSRC author of different background then you!
  7. Midnight Arcade: 3 stars; PSRC* Book set in decade you were born!
  8. The Glass spare: 4.5 stars” *backlist challenge
  9. The Wizard heir: 5 stars * Backlist challenge
  10. Three sides of a heart (Short story collection): 3 stars * backlist challenge
  11. Proof of Lies * 4.5 stars *PSRC* set in location of your heritage and *backlist challenge

Audiobooks

  1. Tales of the Shadowhunter Academy! 5 stars *backlist challenge
  2. Circle of Magic: Sandry book: 4 stars *backlist challenge

 

Let me know in the comments what are your favorite reads and listens for the month!

Later book lovers!

By a Charm and A Curse: Blog Tour/ Review and Giveaway! USA ONLY!

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By a Charm and A Curse  by JAIME QUESTED

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Published by  Entangled: Teen (February 6, 2018)

Genres: Young Adult, fantasy

Pages: 306

Format: Arc

Source: Publisher

2018 challenge: N/A

AMAZON  barnes and noble   goodreads

I would give this book 3.5 for a review.

Summary!

A kiss is never just a kiss.

Le Grand’s Carnival Fantastic isn’t like other traveling circuses. It’s bound by a charm, held together by a centuries-old curse, that protects its members from ever growing older or getting hurt. Emmaline King is drawn to the circus like a moth to a flame…and unwittingly recruited into its folds by a mysterious teen boy whose kiss is as cold as ice.

Forced to travel through Texas as the new Girl in the Box, Emmaline is completely trapped. Breaking the curse seems like her only chance at freedom, but with no curse, there’s no charm, either—dooming everyone who…

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Zenith: Non-Spolier Review

Zenith  by Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings

Published by  Harlequin Teen on February 1, 2018

Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction

Pages: 544 pages

Format: Arc

Source: Comic Con

2018 challenge: PSRC: Book set on a different planet 🙂

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I would give this book 5 for a review.

Summary

Known across the galaxy as the Bloody Baroness, Captain Androma Racella and her motley crew of space-bound privateers roam the Mirabel galaxy on the glass starship Marauder, taking what mercenary work they can find to stay alive.

When a routine job goes awry, the Marauder’s all-girl crew find themselves placed at the mercy of a dangerous bounty hunter from Andi’s past. Coerced into a life-threatening mission, and straight into the path of a shadowy ruler bent on revenge, Andi and her crew will either restore order to the ship—or start a war that will devour worlds.

My Thoughts:

* I got this book from NYCC*
I really loved this book. I normally struggle with science fiction but this book was a super addictive read. I loved all the POV characters and the various POV made this such a rich and engaging story. I really loved all the POV characters. I was so captured by the plot and the characters and I had a hard time putting it down. This book was so prefect and even thought it was long, it was a super quick read. This is def a book that I would read again. Very good!

The chaos of standing still by Jessica Brody: Non-Spoiler Review

The chaos of standing still  by Jessica Brody

Published by Simon Pulse (November 28, 2017)

Genres: Young Adult , Contemporary

Pages: 411

Format: Hardback

Source: Libary

Challenge: Beat the backlist book # 2

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary

“Jessica Brody has made me believe that getting stuck in an airport overnight would be the most fantastic thing in the world. I fell hard for this story of love, loss, friendship, and bad airport food. I loved it!” —Morgan Matson, New York Times bestselling author of The Unexpected Everything

Over the course of one chaotic night stranded at the Denver airport, Ryn confronts her shattered past thanks to the charm of romance, the uniqueness of strangers, and the magic of ordinary places in this stunning novel from the author of Boys of Summer.

Ryn has one unread text message on her phone. And it’s been there for almost a year.

She hasn’t tried to read it. She can’t. She won’t. Because that one message is the last thing her best friend ever said to her before she died.

But as Ryn finds herself trapped in the Denver International Airport on New Year’s Eve thanks to a never-ending blizzard on the one-year anniversary of her best friend’s death, fate literally runs into her.

And his name is Xander.

When the two accidentally swap phones, Ryn and Xander are thrust into the chaos of an unforgettable all-night adventure, filled with charming and mysterious strangers, a secret New Year’s Eve bash, and a possible Illuminati conspiracy hidden within the Denver airport. But as the bizarre night continues, all Ryn can think about is that one unread text message. It follows her wherever she goes, because Ryn can’t get her brialliantly wild and free-spirited best friend out of her head.

Ryn can’t move on.

But tonight, for the first time ever, she’s trying. And maybe that’s a start.

As moving as it is funny, The Chaos of Standing Still is a heartwarming story about the earth-shattering challenges life throws at us—and the unexpected strangers who help us along the way.

 

My Thoughts:

I really enjoy books that take place over the course of one night and especially when they are “trapped” somewhere. I grew to enjoy the main character. Being in this character head took some getting used to but she grew on me. I thought how both grief and depression was handle in this book was super well done. It made me not only feel for the character but also go through my own emotions seeing the various timelines in this book. This book also had various mysteries that kept me engaged and fun cast of characters that I loved meeting in the pages. It was def. a more emotional read but def worth it especially if you are dealing with cold and snowy weather. If you like Katie Mcgary books, this book would be right up your alley!

Later book lovers!