The Secret Runners (Arc Review)

The Secret Runners  by Mathew Reilly

Published by   Crown Books for Young Readers on August 18, 2020

Genres: Young Adult , Thriller

Pages: 352

Format: arc

Source: publisher

2020 challenge: 2020 Arc

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I would give this book 3 for a review.

Summary!!!

Rich vs. Poor. Life vs. Death.

When Skye Rogers and her twin brother, Red, move to Manhattan, rumors of a coming global apocalypse are building. But the ultra-wealthy young elites at their prestigious school keep partying like there’s no tomorrow–while the city around them starts to fall apart.

Then Skye and Red are invited to join the Secret Runners, an exclusive group that has access to horrifying truths about the future. Can that insider information save them? Or is this the only time even one-percenters can’t buy their way to safety?

My Thoughts:

I thought this book was fun read. This book reminded me so much of action adventure movie with a hint of science fiction twist. I really did like the main character in this read. I thought the plot was fun and I also like the fast pace nature of the book. The only downside to this read is a struggled to feel connected to any of the characters and had no real emotional attachment to any of them. I did like the setting a well and found it to be fun read but it did not wow me. If you like action adventure movies this might be a fun read for you.

Kerry and the Knight of the forest (Arc Review)

Tunnel Of Bones by Victoria Schwab

Published by   Random House Graphic on July 7, 2020

Genres: Middle Grade , Adventure, Graphic Novel

Pages: 288

Format: arc

Source: publisher

2020 challenge:graphic novel 2020

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I would give this book 3 for a review.

Summary!!!

Kerry might be lost in this fantastical middle-grade graphic novel, but that doesn’t mean he’ll give up! With twists and turns at every part of this journey, Kerry’s adventure is perfect for fans of Amulet and Mighty Jack.

Kerry needs to get home; his parents are sick. When a spirit in the forest lets him know of a shortcut, Kerry finds himself on a quest filled with magic, self-discovery, and new friends . . . who may or may not help him on his journey. Will he make it through the forest and get home in time to save his parents?

An adventure about fear, loss, and finding your own way, this enchanting story comes to life with a hero that every reader can relate to.

My Thoughts:

I thought this book was adorable graphic novel. I really loved the setting and the characters in this novel. I think the final color version of the graphic novel will be stunning. I also really liked how this book was structured . I found the creatures in this book to be so fun. I also loved how this book explored topics like friendship and good vs evil. I also really enjoyed the art style as well!

#STAYATHOMEANDREAD Words On Fire (Arc)

Words on Fire by Jennifer A. Nielsen

Published by   Scholastic Press on October 1, 2019

Genres: Young Adult , Historical Fiction

Pages: 336

Format: arc

Source: BEA

2020 challenge: 2019 READ

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I would give this book 4.5 for a review.

Summary!!!

Danger is never far from Audra’s family farm in Lithuania. She always avoids the occupying Russian Cossack soldiers, who insist that everyone must become Russian — they have banned Lithuanian books, religion, culture, and even the language. But Audra knows her parents are involved in something secret and perilous.

In June 1893, when Cossacks arrive abruptly at their door, Audra’s parents insist that she flee, taking with her an important package and instructions for where to deliver it. But escape means abandoning her parents to a terrible fate.

As Audra embarks on a journey to deliver the mysterious package, she faces unimaginable risks, and soon she becomes caught up in a growing resistance movement. Can joining the underground network of book smugglers give Audra a chance to rescue her parents?

My Thoughts:

I found this book to be such a gem. I loved how this book tackled a time period that i was unaware of. I like how this book focused on a quiet resistance and really found that to be charming and so much fun to read about. I also liked how the main character drew so dramatically from the start of this read. I also found this book to handle so many unique topics including book smuggling, found family and also so many interesting twists that caught me off guard. I really love how books became a character in this read and loved the focus on them as tool in this revolution. I thought this was clear standalone that def tugged at my heartstrings at the end. Will def read more by this author in the future.

#stayhomeandread Onyx and Ivory!!

Onyx & Ivory by Mindee Arnett

Published by   Balzer + Bray; Reprint edition on May 15, 2018

Genres: Young Adult , Fantsay

Pages: 520

Format: Hardback

Source: Bought

2020 challenge: BTBLC

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I would give this book 3 for a review.

Summary!!!

They call her Traitor Kate. It’s a title Kate Brighton inherited from her father after he tried to assassinate the high king of Rime.

Cast out of the nobility, Kate now works for the royal courier service. Only the most skilled ride for the Relay and only the fastest survive, for when night falls, the drakes—deadly flightless dragons—come out to hunt. Fortunately, Kate has a secret edge: She is a wilder, born with forbidden magic that allows her to influence the minds of animals. 

And it’s this magic that leads her to a caravan massacred by drakes in broad daylight—the only survivor Corwin Tormaine, the son of the king. Her first love, the boy she swore to forget after he condemned her father to death.

With their paths once more entangled, Kate and Corwin must put the past behind them to face this new threat and an even darker menace stirring in the kingdom.

My Thoughts:

I wanted to adore this book and it just did not happen. I really oveall did enjoy the characters and found the world building to be so compelling but the pacing of this book just did not wow me and it was very slow and did not capture my attention as much as i wanted it to. I still am intrigued to see what happens next. I just struggled with the pacing overall. I also found the side characters to be be super fun. I will def keep reading it eventually.

#stayhomeandread All your twisted secrets

Tunnel Of Bones by Diana Urban

Published by   HarperTeen on March 17, 2020

Genres: young adult, thriller

Pages: 400

Format: audibook

Source: Library

2020 challenge: 2020 book

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!!!

This thrilling debut, reminiscent of new fan favorites like One of Us Is Lying and the beloved classics by Agatha Christie, will leave readers guessing until the explosive ending.

“Welcome to dinner, and again, congratulations on being selected. Now you must do the selecting.”

What do the queen bee, star athlete, valedictorian, stoner, loner, and music geek all have in common? They were all invited to a scholarship dinner, only to discover it’s a trap. Someone has locked them into a room with a bomb, a syringe filled with poison, and a note saying they have an hour to pick someone to kill … or else everyone dies.

Amber Prescott is determined to get her classmates and herself out of the room alive, but that might be easier said than done. No one knows how they’re all connected or who would want them dead. As they retrace the events over the past year that might have triggered their captor’s ultimatum, it becomes clear that everyone is hiding something. And with the clock ticking down, confusion turns into fear, and fear morphs into panic as they race to answer the biggest question: Who will they choose to die?

My Thoughts:

I actually enjoyed this read. I really did like the whole twisty mystery that was at the heart of this year. I def was suprised by the end and did not see it coming at all. I did like how the end occurred but still thought it was a bit of a open ending. It was a book that kept me guessing. I sometimes had a hard time keeping the characters in my head straight and wish the voices were clearer or we had been in their heads at moments. I did like the switching between and past and found it to be a fun read!

#stayathomeandread Once Upon a Dream (Twisted Tales #2)

Once Upon a Dream (twisted tale) by Liz Braswell

Published by   Disney Press; Reprint edition onJanuary 31, 2017)

Genres: Young adult, fairytale

Pages: 464

Format: Hardback

Source: own copy

2020 challenge: BTBLC

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I would give this book 4.5 for a review.

Summary!!!

What if the sleeping beauty never woke up? Once Upon a Dream marks the second book in a new YA line that reimagines classic Disney stories in surprising new ways. 
It should be simple–a dragon defeated, a slumbering princess in a castle, a prince poised to wake her. But when the prince falls asleep as his lips touch the fair maiden’s, it is clear that this fairy tale is far from over. 
With a desperate fairy’s last curse controlling her mind, Princess Aurora must escape from a different castle of thorns and navigate a dangerously magical landscape–created from her very own dreams. Aurora isn’t alone–a charming prince is eager to join her quest, and old friends offer their help. But as Maleficent’s agents follow her every move, Aurora struggles to discover who her true allies are and, moreover, who she truly is. Time is running out. Will the sleeping beauty be able to wake herself up?

My Thoughts:

I really wound up enjoying this fairytale retelling story that focused on sleeping beauty. i loved how this book focused on the nightmares and dreams of sleeping beauty. I also thought this book did such a good job creating these characters both aurora and philip as well rounded characters and that was so well done. I also really liked how this new story had both old elements that tied back to the old story but also new things as well that just expanded the world. I found the pacing in the start to be a bit off but i still really loved it.

#stayathomeandread The The Unhoneymooners

The Unhoneymooners  by Christina Lauren

Published by   Gallery Books on May 14, 2019)

Genres: Adult

Pages: 416

Format: Hardback

Source: personally bought

2020 challenge: 2019 book

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!!!

For two sworn enemies, anything can happen during the Hawaiian trip of a lifetime—maybe even love—in this romantic comedy from the New York Times bestselling authors of Roomies.

Olive Torres is used to being the unlucky twin: from inexplicable mishaps to a recent layoff, her life seems to be almost comically jinxed. By contrast, her sister Ami is an eternal champion . . . she even managed to finance her entire wedding by winning a slew of contests. Unfortunately for Olive, the only thing worse than constant bad luck is having to spend the wedding day with the best man (and her nemesis), Ethan Thomas.

Olive braces herself for wedding hell, determined to put on a brave face, but when the entire wedding party gets food poisoning, the only people who aren’t affected are Olive and Ethan. Suddenly there’s a free honeymoon up for grabs, and Olive will be damned if Ethan gets to enjoy paradise solo.

Agreeing to a temporary truce, the pair head for Maui. After all, ten days of bliss is worth having to assume the role of loving newlyweds, right? But the weird thing is . . . Olive doesn’t mind playing pretend. In fact, the more she pretends to be the luckiest woman alive, the more it feels like she might be.

With Christina Lauren’s “uniquely hilarious and touching voice” (Entertainment Weekly), The Unhoneymooners is a romance for anyone who has ever felt unlucky in love.

My Thoughts:

I really wound up enjoying this read. I loved the setting of this book so much and how it was mixed with the fake dating elements. I also really liked the love to hate elements in this read. I found this to be charming read with so many steemy moments. I also thought the this book had some get to know you elements in this read. I also really liked the twin elements and some harder issues this book tackled. This book was such a fun read. I will def read more by this author in the future.

#Stayathomeandread Voyage of the Frostheart

Voyage of the Frostheart by Jamie Littler

Published by   Viking Books for Young Readers on November 5, 2019

Genres: Middle Grade , Adventure

Pages: 448

Format: Hardback

Source: Library read

2020 challenge: 2019 read

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!!!

The whimsy of Nevermoor meets the mythical world-building of Neil Gaiman in this unlikely hero’s quest to find his parents–and find the home he’s always longed for.

In a snow-covered land where monsters rule the icy tundra, only song weavers hold the power to control these vicious giants. But for centuries song weavers have been the subject of suspicion–how can those who hold so much power be trusted?

Ever since his parents were lost on a pathfinding expedition, Ash has spent his life as an outcast. As a budding song weaver, his village marked him as a potential threat, even though all he wants to do is protect them. Eager to find his place in the world, he and his cantankerous yeti caretaker seek passage on the Frostheart: a ship-like sleigh whose mission is to explore faraway lands.

There he meets a fast-talking, spunky navigator, a walrus captain with a peg leg who runs a tight sleigh, and a mysterious traveler who encourages him to hone his song. But can Ash’s song weaving save the Frostheart from the monsters hiding under the ice? Or will his untamed powers put his newfound friends in jeopardy?

Chockfull of heart and humor, as well as Jamie Littler’s irresistable illustrations, the journey of the Frostheart will win over readers and gatekeepers looking for a rich, gateway fantasy read.

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this read. I loved the setting in this read. I thought some of the moments/twists in this book were predictable but still the way it was done was super fun. I thought this book had such a unique setting that was mix of both ship and sea adventure and then like snowy world. I really loved the song weaver mythology that was created. I also really liked the rag tag mix of creaw that came together for this read, it warmed my heart. I am def excited for book 2.

#stayathomeandread Lucky Caller!!

 Lucky Caller by Emma Mills

Published by   Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) on January 14, 2020

Genres: young adult , contempoary

Pages: 328

Format: Hardback

Source: Library

2020 challenge: 2020 read

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!!!

When Nina decides to take a radio broadcasting class her senior year, she expects it to be a walk in the park. Instead, it’s a complete disaster.

The members of Nina’s haphazardly formed radio team have approximately nothing in common. And to maximize the awkwardness her group includes Jamie, a childhood friend she’d hoped to basically avoid for the rest of her life.

The show is a mess, internet rumors threaten to bring the wrath of two fandoms down on their heads, and to top it all off Nina’s family is on the brink of some major upheaval. 

Everything feels like it’s spiraling out of control—but maybe control is overrated?

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this read. The one thing I love about emma miles books is how they focused on friendship and this friendship good developed in such a fun way. I thought the structure of this book the radio station was a really fun structure for it. I also really was invested in the mystery that was the through line of the read.I also was super invested in the step parent relationship the occurred in this novel. I also really liked the blast from the past romance. Such a fun read. Def high on my favorite reads from emma miles.

#Stayathomeandread Sisters of Sword and Song (arc review)

Sisters of Sword and Song by Rebecca Ross

Published by    HarperTeen onJune 23, 2020

Genres: Young Adult , Fantsay

Pages: 467

Format: arc

Source: publisher

2020 challenge: Arc 2020

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I would give this book 5 for a review.

Summary!!!

Rebecca Ross, acclaimed author of The Queen’s Rising duology, delivers a thrilling new fantasy about the lengths two sisters will go for each other. Perfect for fans of Ember in the AshesSky In the Deep, and Court of Fives.

After eight years, Evadne will finally be reunited with her older sister, Halcyon, who has been serving in the queen’s army. But when Halcyon unexpectedly appears a day early, Eva knows something is wrong. Halcyon has charged with a heinous crime, and though her life is spared, she is sentenced to 15 years. 

Suspicious of the charges, brought forth by Halcyon’s army commander, as well as the details of the crime, Eva volunteers to take part of her sister’s sentence. If there’s a way to absolve Halcyon, she’ll find it. But as the sisters begin their sentences, they quickly learn that there are fates worse than death.

My Thoughts:

I simply adored this read. I thought this book was a super strong standalone fantasy novel. I am so intrigued to read more of this author backlists in the future. I really became so invested in both of these characters from page one. I THOUGHT both characters were super compelling and really liked them both. I also the greekish inspired world building and really loved it. I was also super loved the quest elements in this book. I thought the magic system was so well build and easy to follow. I really loved both POV characters. This book did not scream romance but had subtle elements of it. I also loved how this book focused on sisterhood and that relationship the good and the bad, and would def read more by this author in the future.