The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge (Non-Spoiler Review)

The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge  by M.T. Anderson and Eugene Yelchin

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Published by Candlewick; Illustrated edition on September 25, 2018

Genres: Middle Grade, Fantasy

Pages: 544

Format: BEA

Source: ARC

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!!!

Uptight elfin historian Brangwain Spurge is on a mission: survive being catapulted across the mountains into goblin territory, deliver a priceless peace offering to their mysterious dark lord, and spy on the goblin kingdom — from which no elf has returned alive in more than a hundred years. Brangwain’s host, the goblin archivist Werfel, is delighted to show Brangwain around. They should be the best of friends, but a series of extraordinary double crosses, blunders, and cultural misunderstandings throws these two bumbling scholars into the middle of an international crisis that may spell death for them — and war for their nations. Witty mixed media illustrations show Brangwain’s furtive missives back to the elf kingdom, while Werfel’s determinedly unbiased narrative tells an entirely different story. A hilarious and biting social commentary that could only come from the likes of National Book Award winner M. T. Anderson and Newbery Honoree Eugene Yelchin, this tale is rife with thrilling action and visual humor . . . and a comic disparity that suggests the ultimate victor in a war is perhaps not who won the battles, but who gets to write the history.

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this book. I really loved how this book was structure through both novel and graphic novel. I found the different narrative told so interesting and it really made me read this book quickly. I really enjoyed both main characters. I also enjoyed the world that was created for this novel and how fantasy it was but also how it handled issues like policies, history and winters and losers. I really enjoyed this book and hope to read more by this author in the future.

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Reading VLOG!!

I have been failing at reading VLOGING but I hope to be much better this week! This video was took place over a three week period. I also lost my voice this week, AGAIN. My show is consuming so much of my time. But I have been reading more recently!

books I tackled in this video:

crown of midnight

The art of losing

The assignation of Brawan Spurge

Arlo Finch and the lake of the moon!

let me know in the comments what you have read!

The Art of Losing (Arc Review)

The Art of Losing  by Lizzy Mason

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Published by Soho Teen on February 19, 2019

Genres: Young Adult, contemporary

Pages: 336

Format: arc

Source: bea

2018 challenge: na

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I would give this book 5 for a review.

Summary!!!

The Art of Losing is a compelling debut that explores issues of addiction, sisterhood, and loss.

On one terrible night, 17-year-old Harley Langston’s life changes forever. At a party she discovers her boyfriend, Mike, hooking up with her younger sister, Audrey. Furious, she abandons them both. When Mike drunkenly attempts to drive Audrey home, he crashes and Audrey ends up in a coma. Now Harley is left with guilt, grief, pain and the undeniable truth that her now ex-boyfriend has a drinking problem. So it’s a surprise that she finds herself reconnecting with Raf, a neighbor and childhood friend who’s recently out of rehab and still wrestling with his own demons. At first Harley doesn’t want to get too close to him. But as her sister slowly recovers, Harley begins to see a path forward with Raf’s help that she never would have believed possible—one guided by honesty, forgiveness, and redemption.

My Thoughts:

I really adored this read. I thought this book was a prefect emotional read that dealt with issues that plague teens like romance, sister realtionships, love and grief and forgiveness. I really adored the lead character in this book. I also enjoyed how lizzy crafted some complex characters even though this book focused on Harley POV. I also was super impressed with the structure of this novel and the the use of the flashbacks to flesh out this novel. I really adored this novel and hope to read by this author in the future. If you are looking for books like Katie McGary then check out this emotional read that really gripped me from page one.

Never-Contented Things (ARC) Non-Spoiler Review!!

Never-Contented Things  by Sarah Porter

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Published by Tor Teen on March 19, 2019

Genres: Young Adult, fantasy, Fairy

Pages: 368

Format: ARC

Source: BEA

2018 challenge:  N/A

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I would give this book 3.5 for a review.

Summary!!!

Prince and his fairy courtiers are staggeringly beautiful, unrelentingly cruel, and exhausted by the tedium of the centuries―until they meet foster-siblings Josh and Ksenia. Drawn in by their vivid emotions, undying love for each other, and passion for life, Prince will stop at nothing to possess them.

First seduced and then entrapped by the fairies, Josh and Ksenia learn that the fairies’ otherworldly gifts come at a terrible price―and they must risk everything in order to reclaim their freedom.

My Brief Thoughts:

I liked this book but I did not love it. I was captured by the POV and the plot was super engaging. I felt like the world that was created was unique but at moments that world was super complex/confusing and it did go over my head a points. I at points did feel lost in the world. I was more invested in one of the POV the the other two. I know this was book at fairy but I wish this book had more interactions with the fairy groups. I thought this book was unique but and did enjoy the creepy setting. I enjoyed this book more then Sarah other reads. This book was a much weirder novel then other fairy books I have read recently. I am curious to read more of this author books in the future.

My Extended Thoughts:

Characters: Overall, I did like the trio of characters POV that we got. I was a tad more invested in Lexie POV. I felt like the the other two characters were compling  to read about. I thought the characters were super diverse and they characters were super complex. I wish I felt more connected to the other two POV but i was intrigued by them all.

World Building: I thought this world was super creepy and that lead it to being super confusing and at moment the world was confusing to follow. I wanted to feel more connected to this world and that world will begin super creepy could have been developed a tad better and more clearer. That was one the weaker points in the novel.

Plot: The plot along with the world building was one of the weaker parts of the novel. I felt like this book lacked tension and the pacing of this novel was off at points. I was intreated in the novel and what was happening but wish the book made the plot more engaging to make me keep reading.

I did not love this book as much as I loved other fairy books like The cruel prince series. But I liked it more then Sarah Porters others reads!

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

Later book lovers!

The Adventures Guild (Non-Spoiler Review)

The Adventures Guild by Zack Loran-Clark and Nick Eliopulos

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Published by Disney Hyperion on October 3, 2017

Genres: Middle Grade, Fantasy

Pages: 320

Format: ARC

Source: Publisher

2019 challenge: Beat the backlist challenge

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I would give this book 3.5  for a review.

Summary!!!

Few ever asked to join the Adventurers Guild. . . . Their members often died young. In one of the last cities standing after the world fell to monsters, best friends Zed Kagari and Brock Dunderfel have high hopes for the future. Zed desperately wishes to join the ranks of the Mages Guild, where his status as Freestone’s only half elf might finally be an asset. Brock, the roguishly handsome son of merchants, is confident he’ll be welcomed into the ranks of the Merchants Guild. But just as it seems the boys’ dreams have come true, their lives take a startling turn . . . and they find themselves members of the perilous Adventurers Guild. Led by the fearsome Alabasel Frond, the guild acts as the last line of defense against the Dangers, hungry, unnatural beasts from otherworldly planes. And when the boys uncover a conspiracy that threatens all of Freestone, Zed, Brock, and their new allies -Liza, a fierce noble, and Jett, a brave dwarf, must prove their worth once and for all. This start of a thrilling new series is sure to be a hit with readers who like their fantasies clever and action-packed, with tons of humor and heart.

My Thoughts:

I thought this book was the prefect balance between dungeons and dragons and the middle grade set. I really loved the two leads. I thought some of the world building was a tad confusing. We also met some many characters super fast and some of the names confused me. I really enjoyed this story. It was a fast pace read and I am super excited to read book 2. I really liked the world building in this novel and it was a very fun read.

Four dead queens (arc review)!!!

Four dead Queens  by Astrid Scholte

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Published by   G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers on February 26, 2019

Genres: Young Adult, fantasy

Pages: 432

Format: arc

Source: NYCC

2018 challenge:

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I would give this book 3.5  for a review.

Summary!!!

Seventeen-year-old Keralie Corrington may seem harmless, but she’s, in fact, one of Quadara’s most skilled thieves and a liar. Varin, on the other hand, is an honest, upstanding citizen of Quadara’s most enlightened region, Eonia. He runs afoul of Keralie when she steals a package from him, putting his life in danger. When Varin attempts to retrieve the package, he and Keralie both find themselves entangled in a conspiracy that leaves all four of Quadara’s queens dead.

With no other choices and on the run from Keralie’s former employer, the two decide to join forces, endeavoring to discover who has killed the queens and save their own lives in the process. When their reluctant partnership blooms into a tenuous romance, they must overcome their own dark secrets in hopes of a future together that seemed impossible just days before. But first they have to stay alive and untangle the secrets behind the nation’s four dead queens.

An enthralling fast-paced murder mystery where competing agendas collide with deadly consequences, Four Dead Queens heralds the arrival of an exciting new YA talent.

My Thoughts:

Overall this book was a super fast read and I really did enjoy it. I did enjoy the various POV that we got throughout the novel but some characters I failed to become emotionally invested in. I thought the world was cool but and overall was well done but some elements of the world felt predicable or not surprising. I really didn’t love the lead female in this book and think her POV was my favorite. I am really also enjoyed the non-linear or unique story telling path. It was def a fast pace mystery that kept me hooked.

The Similars (Non-Spoiler Review)

The Similars  by Rebecca Hanover

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Published by Sourcebooks Fire on January 1, 2019

Genres: Young Adult, Thriller

Pages: 400

Format: Arc

Source: BEA

2019 challenge:

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!!!

Don’t miss the series debut that readers are calling Gossip Girl in the near future, set in an elite boarding school, where secret societies rule, nothing is at it seems, and the genetic copies of attending students have just joined the Junior class..

This fall, six new students are joining the junior class at the elite Darkwood Academy. But they aren’t your regular over-achieving teens. They’re DNA duplicates, and these “similars” are joining the class alongside their originals.

The Similars are all anyone can talk about. Who are these they? What are the odds that all of them would be Darkwood students? And who is the madman who broke the law to create them? Emmaline Chance couldn’t care less. Her best friend, Oliver, died over the summer and it’s all she can do to get through each day without him. Then she comes face-to-heartbreaking-face with Levi, Oliver’s exact DNA copy and one of the Similars.

Emma wants nothing to do with the Similars, but she keeps getting pulled deeper into their world. She can’t escape the dark truths about them or her prestigious school. No one can be trusted, not even the boy she is falling for with Oliver’s face.

This exhilarating and riveting debut by Rebecca Hanover is the next obsession for readers who devoured One of Us Is Lying, Scythe, and Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful.

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this read. I thought it was the prefect mix between realistic science fiction and thriller. I also thought this book handle topics like clones and prejudice and it was a super compelling read. I also was invested in the various mysteries that were presented in this novel. I found this to be a super fast pace read overall. I did like the focus on friendship and mysteries. I also thought the end of the book was fast pace adventure and really enjoyed it. I also liked the focused on the science in the novel.

I thought this book also handled grief and the the ending twists were super shocking and def. need to read book 2.

 

Light between worlds (Non-Spoiler Review)

Light Between Worlds  by Laura E. Weymouth

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Published by HarperTeen on October 23, 2018

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy

Pages: 368

Format: ARC

Source: BEA

2018 challenge: Beat the backlist challenge

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!!!

What happens when you return to the real world after being in a fantastical one like Narnia? This YA debut by Laura E. Weymouth is perfect for fans of Melissa Albert’s The Hazel Wood and Lev Grossman’s The Magicians.

Six years ago, sisters Evelyn and Philippa Hapwell were swept away to a strange and beautiful kingdom called the Woodlands, where they lived for years. But ever since they returned to their lives in post-WWII England, they have struggled to adjust.

Ev desperately wants to return to the Woodlands, and Philippa just wants to move on. When Ev goes missing, Philippa must confront the depth of her sister’s despair and the painful truths they’ve been running from. As the weeks unfold, Philippa wonders if Ev truly did find a way home, or if the weight of their worlds pulled her under.

Walking the line between where fantasy and reality meet, this lyrical and magical novel is, above all else, an exploration of loss and healing, and what it means to find where you belong.

My Thoughts:

I was impressed by this novel. I went into this book curious by the topic but overall this book was such a fast pace/engaging read. I really loved how this book was structured both with the duel characters and the duel timelines. I really found the “fantasy” world to be a world that even I wanted to attend and really liked the the POV of both girls. I was a bit more invested in Phillipa storyline. I really also enjoyed the elements of poetry and how that was structured in to the novel. I also liked the historical fiction novel and how relastic these characters storylines was. I also like both girls love intreats and really enjoyed this read. I thought it was sold standalone as well and hope to read more book by this author in the future.

 

Famous In a Small Town (Non-Spoiler Review)

Famous in a small town  by Brigid Emma Miles

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Published by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) on January 15, 2019

Genres: Young Adult, contemporary

Pages: 31

Format: Hardback

Source: Library

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I would give this book 3 for a review.

Summary!!!

For Sophie, small town life has never felt small. With her four best friends—loving, infuriating, and all she could ever ask for—she can weather any storm. But when Sophie’s beloved Acadia High School marching band is selected to march in the upcoming Rose Parade, it’s her job to get them all the way to LA. Her plan? To persuade country singer Megan Pleasant, their Midwestern town’s only claim to fame, to come back to Acadia to headline a fundraising festival.The only problem is that Megan has very publicly sworn never to return.What ensues is a journey filled with long-kept secrets, hidden heartbreaks, and revelations that could change everything—along with a possible fifth best friend: a new guy with a magnetic smile and secrets of his own.

My Thoughts:

This book Just did not wow me. I normally look foward to emma books and wanted to love it. I did enjoy and I read it super fast but I did not feel super connected to the characters and felt like this story was not super tighly wound. I thought the pacing and all the threads of this novel was just not as strong as her other novels. I thought some of the ending elements were little bit out of left field. I would consider re-reading this book knowing the end and seeing If I enjoy it more that way. This book I just did not feel as connected to the characters as I normally feel about her characters.

Only a Breath Apart (Non-Spoiler Revoew

Only a Breath Apart by Katie McGary

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Published by Tor Teen (January 22, 2019)

Genres: Young Adult, contemporary

Pages: 359

Format: arc

Source: ALA

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I would give this book 4.75 for a review.

Summary!!!

Bestselling author Katie McGarry’s trademark wrong-side-of-the-tracks romance is given a new twist in the gritty YA contemporary novel, Only a Breath Apart.

They say your destiny is carved in stone. But some destinies are meant to be broken.The only curse Jesse Lachlin believes in is his grandmother’s will: in order to inherit his family farm he must win the approval of his childhood best friend, the girl he froze out his freshman year.A fortuneteller tells Scarlett she’s psychic, but what is real is Scarlett’s father’s controlling attitude and the dark secrets at home. She may be able to escape, but only if she can rely on the one boy who broke her heart.Each midnight meeting pushes Jesse and Scarlett to confront their secrets and their feelings, but as love blooms, the curse rears its ugly head…

My Thoughts:

I really loved this story so much. I really enjoyed this hard hitting contemopory. I really enjoyed the duel POV and found how this book tackled various types of abuse super compelling/heartbreaking. I liked the longer time frame of this novel. I really love the blast from the past love and really enjoyed this aspect of the novel. I was equally invested in both storylines. I found the end pacing a bit wired but other then such a stand out novel. I am super excited to see who book focused on.