Nameless Queen (Non-Spoiler Review)

Nameless Queen  by Rebecca McLaughlin

Published by  Crown Books for Young Readers on January 7, 2020

Genres: Young Adult, Fantsay

Pages: 352

Format: E-book

Source: Publisher

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!!!

One girl must make a name for herself–or die trying–in this royal fantasy where an unknown peasant becomes the ultimate ruler. But how long can she keep the crown if everyone wants her dead? Perfect for fans of Furyborn, Red Queen, and Everless.

Everyone expected the king’s daughter would inherit the throne. No one expected me. 

It shouldn’t be possible. I’m Nameless, a class of citizens so disrespected, we don’t even get names. Dozens of us have been going missing for months and no one seems to care.

But there’s no denying the tattoo emblazoned on my arm. I am queen. In a palace where the corridors are more dangerous than the streets, though, how could I possibly rule? And what will become of the Nameless if I don’t?

My Thoughts:

I overall really enjoyed these characters and this world building. I also really enjoyed how this book addressed very current event elements and had such a interesting and compelling story as a read. I adored both the main character in the read and loved the message about making your own family so much. It was fun engaging pace read. I thought the end had some pacing issues but I really did grow to love the characters and this world. I think the highlight of this book was the world building and the group of the characters that came together for this adventure. Some plot elements had predictable elements but overall I enjoyed this read and will def read a book 2!

Warrior of the Wild Non-Spoiler Review!!

Warrior of the wild  by Tricia Levenseller

Published by  Feiwel & Friends on February 26, 2019

Genres: Young Adult, fantsay

Pages: 336

Format: arc

Source: publisher

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!!!

An eighteen-year-old chieftain’s daughter must find a way to kill her village’s oppressive deity if she ever wants to return home in Warrior of the Wild, the Viking-inspired YA standalone fantasy from Tricia Levenseller, author of Daughter of the Pirate King

How do you kill a god? 

As her father’s chosen heir, eighteen-year-old Rasmira has trained her whole life to become a warrior and lead her village. But when her coming-of-age trial is sabotaged and she fails the test, her father banishes her to the monster-filled wilderness with an impossible quest: To win back her honor, she must kill the oppressive god who claims tribute from the villages each year or die trying.

My Thoughts:

I thought this was such a fun action packed adventure read. I really loved the setting of this book and how this book was structure. I really loved the topics that were addressed in this novel. I loved the dynamics between the characters so much. This book reminded a lot of the books like the hunger games but especially The tiger queen. I found this book to fun read. I thought the second half of the book had some pacing issues. But I am dying to read her next read soon!

Echoes Between us (Arc Review)

Echoes Between Us  by Katie McGarry

Published by   Tor Teen on January 14, 2020

Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary

Pages: 384

Format: Arc

Source: Publisher

2019 challenge: 2020 release

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I would give this book 5 for a review.

Summary!!!

Echoes Between Us is bestselling author Katie McGarry’s breakout teen contemporary novel about a girl with everything to lose and the boy who will do anything to save her.

Veronica sees ghosts―more specifically, her mother’s ghost, thanks to the blinding migraines that consume her whole life and keep Veronica on the fringes. But the haunting afterimages make her wonder if there is something more going on….

Golden boy Sawyer is handsome and popular, a state champion swimmer, but this All-American is hiding an adrenaline addiction that could kill him. Drawn to each other after a chance meeting, can they help each other battle the demons that haunt their every step or will they push their luck too far and risk losing it
all…including their lives?

My Thoughts:

I really loved this book as the sequel book in this series. I loved sawyer and veronica as a characters. I though this book had so many mini elements or mysteries that so nicely came together at the end. I also liked how we saw the previous couple, I wish we saw them a bit more but I loved seeing some of the smaller characters again. The lives of of these two teens also addressed so many different topics like believing in ghosts, deaths, illness and addiction and so many different facets of them both. I liked how the end of this book was structured because I felt like like the pacing helped the audience get more closure about this story. I really enjoyed this read!! I hope we get another book set in this world soon! 

What To Say Next (Non-Spoiler Review)

What to say next  by Julie Buxbaum

Published by  Ember on April 3, 2018

Genres: Young Adult, contemporary

Pages: 320

Format: Paperback

Source: Personally bought

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!!!

Two struggling teenagers find an unexpected connection just when they need it most.

Sometimes a new perspective is all that is needed to make sense of the world.

KIT:I don’t know why I decide not to sit with Annie and Violet at lunch. It feels like no one here gets what I’m going through. How could they? I don’t even understand.

DAVID:In the 622 days I’ve attended Mapleview High, Kit Lowell is the first person to sit at my lunch table. I mean, I’ve never once sat with someone until now. “So your dad is dead,” I say to Kit, because this is a fact I’ve recently learned about her. 

When an unlikely friendship is sparked between relatively popular Kit Lowell and socially isolated David Drucker, everyone is surprised, most of all Kit and David. Kit appreciates David’s blunt honesty—in fact, she finds it bizarrely refreshing. David welcomes Kit’s attention and her inquisitive nature. When she asks for his help figuring out the how and why of her dad’s tragic car accident, David is all in. But neither of them can predict what they’ll find. Can their friendship survive the truth?

Thoughts!!

I really enjoyed this read. I thought the mystery elements could have flowed a bit better. I adored david character and loved how this book focused on harder issues like grief and also autism in kids. I loved the relationships dyamnics between the characters. I found this read to be so refreshing. I wish i liked Kit character a bit more but this book such a fast pace read with some harder tones. I would def read more by this author in the future.

My Thoughts:

I really loved this book so much. I thought this def. a emotionally compelling novel. I really loved how this book tackled grief in various forms from various characters. I loved both POV so much. I loved the cast of characters that we met. I really enjoyed the use of letters as a element to start each chapter. I really was invested in both sides of this story both jules and declan. I loved the family dynamics for both lead characters. I really liked the slow burn romance as well that developed. I could have done without one plot point because i thought it was a tad predicable but i was really impressed with it. I really can’t wait to read rev story next

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Non-Spoiler Review)

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows  by J.k Rowling

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Published by  Arthur A. Levine Books on July 1, 2009

Genres: Young Adult, fantsay

Pages: 784

Format: audiobook

Source: audiobook

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I would give this book 5 for a review.

Summary!!!

Readers beware. The brilliant, breathtaking conclusion to J.K. Rowling’s spellbinding series is not for the faint of heart–such revelations, battles, and betrayals await in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows that no fan will make it to the end unscathed. Luckily, Rowling has prepped loyal readers for the end of her series by doling out increasingly dark and dangerous tales of magic and mystery, shot through with lessons about honor and contempt, love and loss, and right and wrong. Fear not, you will find no spoilers in our review–to tell the plot would ruin the journey, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is an odyssey the likes of which Rowling’s fans have not yet seen, and are not likely to forget. But we would be remiss if we did not offer one small suggestion before you embark on your final adventure with Harry–bring plenty of tissues. 

The heart of Book 7 is a hero’s mission–not just in Harry’s quest for the Horcruxes, but in his journey from boy to man–and Harry faces more danger than that found in all six books combined, from the direct threat of the Death Eaters and you-know-who, to the subtle perils of losing faith in himself. Attentive readers would do well to remember Dumbledore’s warning about making the choice between “what is right and what is easy,” and know that Rowling applies the same difficult principle to the conclusion of her series. While fans will find the answers to hotly speculated questions about Dumbledore, Snape, and you-know-who, it is a testament to Rowling’s skill as a storyteller that even the most astute and careful reader will be taken by surprise.

My Thoughts:

I finally completed my harry potter re-read. This book is still one of my favorites of this series. I loved how this book both wrapped up the whole series. I loved the pacing of this book and also how it ended this series. It was read that i adored as younger kid and loved seed all the connections that I notice now. I really loved the focus on the trio in this book and really loved how this series came to a close. I am so happy that this I was able to complete this read in 2019!

Well Met (Non-Spoiler Review)

Letters to the lost by Brigid Kemmerer

Published by  Berkley on September 3, 2019

Genres: Adult, contemporary

Pages: 320

Format: Hardback

Source: personally bought

2019 challenge: 2019 Read

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I would give this book 3 for a review.

Summary!!!

Emily knew there would be strings attached when she relocated to the small town of Willow Creek, Maryland, for the summer to help her sister recover from an accident, but who could anticipate getting roped into volunteering for the local Renaissance Faire alongside her teenaged niece? Or that the irritating and inscrutable schoolteacher in charge of the volunteers would be so annoying that she finds it impossible to stop thinking about him?

The faire is Simon’s family legacy and from the start he makes clear he doesn’t have time for Emily’s lighthearted approach to life, her oddball Shakespeare conspiracy theories, or her endless suggestions for new acts to shake things up. Yet on the faire grounds he becomes a different person, flirting freely with Emily when she’s in her revealing wench’s costume. But is this attraction real, or just part of the characters they’re portraying?  

This summer was only ever supposed to be a pit stop on the way to somewhere else for Emily, but soon she can’t seem to shake the fantasy of establishing something more with Simon or a permanent home of her own in Willow Creek.

My Thoughts:

This was a rather fun romance read with adorable setting and fun cast of characters. I really loved how the Renfair Setting in this book so much. I also really enjoyed how this book was so focused not only on small town life but on emily self discovery path. I really enjoyed the hate to love banter in this book and found it hard to put down. I would have loved to see this book is a duel POV story because the male lead was so compelling, I am def reading more by this author in this future and loved how this story set up a new world for sure to read more books from.

The Circle Opens: Magic Steps (Non-Spoiler Review)

Magic Steps by Tamora Pierce

Published by  Scholastic Press; 1st edition on September 1, 2011

Genres: Young Adult, Fantsay

Pages: 272

Format: Paperback

Source: Personally Bought

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I would give this book 3 for a review.

Summary!!!

Part of the 8-book Tamora Pierce reissue for Fall 2006, this title in the Circle Opens quartet features spellbinding new cover art. Concides with the release of WILL OF THE EMPRESS in trade pb.

Lady Sandrilene fa Toren knows all about unusual magic–she herself spins and weaves it like thread. But when she witnesses a boy dancing a spell, even she is confounded. To her dismay she gets news of a mysterious murderer stalking a clan of local merchants. The killer employs the strangest magic of all: the ability to reduce essence to nothingness. As the murders mount and the killer grows bolder, Sandry’s teaching takes on a grave purpose. It becomes clear to everyone that the killings can only be stopped by the combined magic of two people: the young teacher and her even younger student.

My Thoughts:

I will admit I struggled with this read. I did not love the pacing in this book and I did not feel super connected to the characters. I wanted to love this book. I also only felt connected to one character and all the new characters overwhelmed me. I did like the “teaching aspects” of this read. I just did not love the pacing and wish the story grabbed my attention more. I def want to keep reading this series in the future.

This is our Story (Non-Spoiler Review)

This is our Story by Ashley Elston

Published by Disney-Hyperion; Reprint edition on October 17, 2017

Genres: Young Adult, Mystery

Pages: 320

Format: Hardback

Source: Gift

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!!!

No one knows what happened that morning at River Point. Five boys went hunting. Four came back. The boys won’t say who fired the shot that killed their friend; the evidence shows it could have been any one of them. 

Kate Marino’s senior year internship at the district attorney’s office isn’t exactly glamorous—more like an excuse to leave school early that looks good on college applications. Then the DA hands her boss, Mr. Stone, the biggest case her small town of Belle Terre has ever seen. The River Point Boys are all anyone can talk about. Despite their damning toxicology reports the morning of the accident, the DA wants the boys’ case swept under the rug. He owes his political office to their powerful families.

Kate won’t let that happen. Digging up secrets without revealing her own is a dangerous line to walk; Kate has her own reasons for seeking justice for Grant. As she investigates with Stone, the aging prosecutor relying on Kate to see and hear what he cannot, she realizes that nothing about the case—or the boys—is what it seems. Grant wasn’t who she thought he was, and neither is Stone’s prime suspect. As Kate gets dangerously close to the truth, it becomes clear that the early morning accident might not have been an accident at all—and if Kate doesn’t uncover the true killer, more than one life could be on the line…including her own.

My Thoughts:

I found this to such a engaging mystery. I overall really liked the various structures in this novel and it was super fun read and engaging read. I really did liked the book and found the mystery to be super compelling. I wish I felt more connected to the “suspects” in this end because the end did not make the much of impact on me because I did not feel anything for those characters. I really did like the romance that developed and the setting of this novel. It does make me more motivated to pick up by this author in the future. 

Archenemies (Non-Spoiler Review)

Arch Enemies  by Marissa Meyer

Published by    Feiwel & Friends on November 6, 2018

Genres: Young Adult, Fantsay

Pages: 496

Format: ARC

Source: Publisher

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I would give this book 4.5 for a review.

Summary!!!

Time is running out.
Together, they can save the world.
But they each other’s worst nightmare.

Nova’s double life is about to get a lot more complicated:

As Insomnia, she is a full-fledged member of the Renegades, a syndicate of powerful and beloved superheroes. She works with Adrian’s patrol unit to protect the weak and maintain order in Gatlon City.

As Nightmare, she is an Anarchist – a group of of villains who are determined to destroy the Renegades. Nova wants vengeance against the so-called heroes who once failed her when she needed them most.

But as Nova, her feelings for Adrian are deepening, despite the fact that he is the son of her sworn enemies and, unbeknownst to Nova, he has some dangerous secrets of his own.

In this second installment of the Renegades trilogy, Nova, Adrian, and the rest of their crew – Ruby, Oscar, and Danna — are faced with escalating crime in Gatlon City, while covert weapons and conflicting missions have Nova and Adrian questioning not only their beliefs about justice, but also the feelings they have for each other. 

The line between good and evil has been blurred, but what’s clear to them both is that too much power could mean the end of their city – and the world – as they know it.

My Thoughts:

I really did like this book more then book one. I felt like i was more connected to the characters and also the plot. Nova is still growing on me as a character. But I do feel like the plot was more engaging this time. I really did enjoy all the superhero dymancis and issues that were brought up in this read. I now really need to read book 3!

Fireborne (Non-Spoiler Review)

Fireborne  by Rosaria Munda

Published by  G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers on October 15, 2019

Genres: Young Adult, Fantsay

Pages: 448

Format: ARC

Source: Publisher

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!!!

Annie and Lee were just children when a brutal revolution changed their world, giving everyone–even the lowborn–a chance to test into the governing class of dragonriders.

Now they are both rising stars in the new regime, despite backgrounds that couldn’t be more different. Annie’s lowborn family was executed by dragonfire, while Lee’s aristocratic family was murdered by revolutionaries. Growing up in the same orphanage forged their friendship, and seven years of training have made them rivals for the top position in the dragonriding fleet.

But everything changes when survivors from the old regime surface, bent on reclaiming the city.

With war on the horizon and his relationship with Annie changing fast, Lee must choose to kill the only family he has left or to betray everything he’s come to believe in. And Annie must decide whether to protect the boy she loves . . . or step up to be the champion her city needs.

From debut author Rosaria Munda comes a gripping adventure that calls into question which matters most: the family you were born into, or the one you’ve chosen.

My Thoughts:

I really loved this russian inspired dragon themed novel. This book was such a strong read. I really loved the duel POV in this story and loved how their realtionship developed throughout the novel, Lee and Annie realtionship was unique and was such a strength of the novel. I also found the structure of this book to be so fun. I also really loved the dragons in this novel and it was such a fun book to read. I thought the ending could have been more expanded one, but this book was such a strong political fantsay novel that I really enjoyed.