Lady Midnight: Non-Spoiler Review

Lady Midnight  by Cassandra Clare

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Published by  Margaret K. McElderry Books on March 8, 2016

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy

Pages: 689

Format: Hardback

Source: Personally bought and i listened to the audiobook!

2018 challenge: Beat the backlist challenge

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!!!

The Shadowhunters of Los Angeles star in this #1 New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling novel in Cassandra Clare’s newest series, The Dark Artifices, a sequel to the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series. Lady Midnight is a Shadowhunters novel.

It’s been five years since the events of City of Heavenly Fire that brought the Shadowhunters to the brink of oblivion. Emma Carstairs is no longer a child in mourning, but a young woman bent on discovering who killed her parents and avenging her losses.

Together with her battle partner Julian Blackthorn, Emma must learn to trust her head and her heart as she investigates a demonic plot that stretches across Los Angeles, from the Sunset Strip to the enchanted sea that pounds the beaches of Santa Monica. If only her heart didn’t lead her in treacherous directions…

Making things even more complicated, Julian’s brother Mark—who was captured by the faeries five years ago—has been returned as a bargaining chip. The faeries are desperate to find out who is murdering their kind—and they need the Shadowhunters’ help to do it. But time works differently in faerie, so Mark has barely aged and doesn’t recognize his family. Can he ever truly return to them? Will the faeries really allow it?

Glitz, glamours, and Shadowhunters abound in this heartrending opening to Cassandra Clare’s Dark Artifices series.

 

My Thoughts:

THIS book was a monster to finish listening too… but I am so happy I finally finished it. I def thought listening for the first time to this book could have been a better experience if i just read it. but i really enjoyed the storyline. I liked the pay off emma and jules character and also where their characters went. I also loved all the new characters we met and love how mark tied into the story. I really loved the mystery that need to be solve. I also thought this book unlike heavenly fire, relied a lot less on Clary and that crew only in very key moments. I would have liked a few more tie backs but this book was so well crafted. Def need to read the next book soon!

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Summer Of Us: Arc Review

Summer of Us  by Cecilia Vines

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Published by  Hachette Book Group on June 5th 2018

Genres: Young Adult, contemporary

Pages: 320

Format: Arc

Source: BEA

2018 challenge:

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!

A swoon-worthy story about five best friends on a whirlwind trip through Europe, perfect for fans of Jenny Han, Stephanie Perkins, and Jennifer E. Smith.

American expat Aubrey has only two weeks left in Europe before she leaves for college, and she’s nowhere near ready. Good thing she and her best friend, Rae, have planned one last group trip across the continent. From Paris to Prague, they’re going to explore famous museums, sip champagne in fancy restaurants, and eat as many croissants as possible with their friends Clara, Jonah, and Gabe.

But when old secrets come to light, Aubrey and Rae’s trip goes from a carefree adventure to a complete disaster. For starters, there’s Aubrey and Gabe’s unresolved history, complicated by the fact that Aubrey is dating Jonah, Gabe’s best friend. And then there’s Rae’s hopeless crush on the effortlessly cool Clara. How is Rae supposed to admit her feelings to someone so perfect when they’re moving to different sides of the world in just a few weeks?

Author Cecilia Vinesse delivers a romantic European adventure that embraces the magic of warm summer nights, the thrill of first kisses, and the bittersweet ache of learning to say goodbye to the past while embracing the future.

My Thoughts:

This book was the prefect book to start my summer reading adventures. This book follows a group of five friends on a epic road trip in europe the summer before the venture off to college. I loved the duel POV and how focused on friendship this book was. Also the lead girls were such different type of characters it made the book even more compelling and enjoyable. I def saw myself in the character of aubury. I loved the LGBTQ romance that developed but also the focus on friendship, changing and especially travel and romance. It was a great summer adventure story. I just really enjoyed this book. It would prefect to read on your own summer vacations! If you like the geography of you and me or Isla and the happily ever after you should pick up this book!

Magnus Chase and The Ship of the Dead: Non-Spoiler Review!!

Magnus Chase and the The Ship of the Dead by Rick Riordan

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Published by  Disney Hyperion on October 3, 2017

Genres: Young Adult, contemporary

Pages: 432

Format: hardback

Source: Personally Bought

2018 challenge: Beat the Backlist Challenge

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I would give this book 5 for a review.

Summary!!

This book Magnus Chase, a once-homeless teen, is a resident of the Hotel Valhalla and one of Odin’s chosen warriors. As the son of Frey, the god of summer, fertility, and health, Magnus isn’t naturally inclined to fighting. But he has strong and steadfast friends, including Hearthstone the elf, Blitzen the dwarf, and Samirah the Valkyrie, and together they have achieved brave deeds, such as defeating Fenris Wolf and battling giants for Thor’s hammer, Mjolnir. Now Magnus faces his most dangerous trial yet. His cousin, Annabeth, recruits her boyfriend, Percy Jackson, to give Magnus some pointers, but will his training be enough? Loki is free from his chains. He’s readying Naglfar, the Ship of the Dead, complete with a host of giants and zombies, to sail against the Asgardian gods and begin the final battle of Ragnarok. It’s up to Magnus and his friends to stop him, but to do so they will have to sail across the oceans of Midgard, Jotunheim, and Niflheim in a desperate race to reach Naglfar before it’s ready to sail. Along the way, they will face angry sea gods, hostile giants, and an evil fire-breathing dragon. Magnus’s biggest challenge will be facing his own inner demons. Does he have what it takes to outwit the wily trickster god?blew me away. I love the elements of fandom love, comic con and also the average girls falls for a movie star all with a adorable fairy tale twist. I love both characters and read this book so fast. It was so unique book but it also just brought tears to me eyes throughout the book both tears of joy and sadness. It was such a fast book to read and I adored the characters so much.

My Thoughts:

I really adored this series so much. I loved how this series tied everything together but with Rick humor and myths It was such a fun read. I thought this book really solidified my one of my favorite book themes including found family. I just really adored this cast of characters so much and how diverse it became. I loved how the romantic entanglements occurred in this novel AND I really just love Magnus Humor. I also grew to enjoy the various members on his quests. I felt like we really got learn more about these characters that we spent two books with. I adored the connection back to the greek and roman world and PERCY cameo made my life! I def really enjoyed this series and just want more set in this world!

The Creature of the Pines: Non-Spoiler Review!!!

The Creature of The Pines by Adam Gidwitz

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Published by  Dutton Books for Young Readers on April 10, 2018

Genres: Middle Grade, Action Adventure

Pages: 180

Format: Audio book

Source: Rented

2018 challenge:

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I would give this book 3.5 for a review.

Summary!!

Are you ready to protect the creatures of myth and legend? Then you belong in The Unicorn Rescue Society. HURRY–THE CREATURES NEED YOU!

Elliot Eisner isn’t exactly thrilled with the first day at his new school. His class is going on a field trip to a creepy forest called the Pine Barrens. The trip is being led by Professor Fauna, the weirdest teacher
Elliot has ever met. And the only kid who will talk to Elliot, Uchenna Devereaux, isn’t afraid of danger. She likes danger.

Elliot and Uchenna are about to become part of a secret group of adventurers, The Unicorn Rescue Society, whose goal is to protect and defend the world’s mythical creatures. Together with Professor Fauna, Elliot and Uchenna must help rescue a Jersey Devil from a duo of conniving, greedy billionaires, the Schmoke Brothers.

Join Elliot and Uchenna on their very first quest as members of the Unicorn Rescue Society in this brand-new fantasy-adventure series from Adam Gidwitz, the beloved bestselling and Newbery Honor-winning author of The Inquisitors Tale and A Tale Dark & Grimm. Illustrated throughout, this is the perfect fit for newly independent readers looking for a story full of adventure, fun, and friendship.

My Thoughts:

I listened to this audiobook and found it to be adorable. I really loved the adventure aspects and just how fun and fast pace this story was. I loved it so much. I read it so fast and just loved the characters a lot. I think younger kids will adore this book, because the kids really were the heroes in this story. I enjoyed how this book did tackle some history elements in the story telling. I def will be getting the sequel to read. This is great starter series for younger readers or even a great read aloud book as well

The Sweetest Kind of Fate: Non-Spoiler Review!!!

The Sweetest Kind of Fate by Crystal Cestari

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Published by  Disney Hyperion on March 6, 2018

Genres: Young Adult, fantasy

Pages: 320

Format: Arc

Source: Publisher

2018 challenge: N/A

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!

GREAT. I’ve somehow found myself tangled up with a siren, a mermaid, and a homicidal wicked witch who once tried to strangle me to death. Way to go, Amber! Amber Sand, legendary matchmaker, couldn’t be more surprised when her archnemesis, Ivy, asks for her help. Ivy’s sister, Iris, is getting married, and Ivy wants to prove her sister is making a huge mistake. But as Amber looks into Iris’s eyes, there doesn’t seem to be a problem—Iris has clearly found her match. It seems happily-ever-after is in the cards, but when Iris seeks out a dangerous, life-altering spell, it’s up to Amber and Ivy to set aside their rivalry and save the day. As Iris puts everything on the line for love, Amber continues to wrestle with her own romantic future. Her boyfriend, Charlie, is still destined for another, and no matter how hard she clings to him, fear over their inevitable breakup shakes her belief system to the core. Because the Fates are never wrong—right?

My Brief  Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this sequel. The highlight of this book series is the amazing world building and the magic world that is developed. I loved all the small nods to knew creatures and also the “case” of mystery that was the heart of this book. I loved the LGTBTQ representation in this story and also the development of all the characters. Amber was dealing with a lot of love related issues in this book, normally struggle with them but this book was just a fun read. The world is so well crafted and I really can’t wait for book 3! It was a such a great sequel! The highlight of this book was def. the world building and also the mermaid mystery!

My Extended Thoughts!

Characters: The characters in this book minus Amber did expand a lot and I loved all the various development that occurred. Amber I sometimes struggled with because of the aftermath of her MATCH stuff. I think the end of this book made me excited for book 2. The side characters I def really enjoyed their paths in this book.

World Building: I love this world a lot it reminds me of a Buffy like world. It is def. a lighter fantasy book. I think this would also be a great starting YA series for readers that want to venture into YA. The world building is def one the the highlights of this book.

Mystery: I loved the case in this book and also the LGBTQ storyline we got. I also loved how we learned more about Ivy and even grew to like her.

Book 3!!! I will def be checking it out!

 

 

Enchanted Heir!!! Non-Spoiler Review

The Enchanted Heir  by Cinda Williams Chima

Published by Disney Hyperion on October 1, 2013

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy

Pages: 465

Format: paper back

Source: Personally bought

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I would give this book 5 for a review.

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Summary!

They called it the Thorn Hill Massacre—the brutal attack on a once-thriving Weir community. Though Jonah Kinlock lived through it, he did not emerge unscathed: like the other survivors Jonah possesses unique magical gifts that set him apart from members of the mainline guilds. At seventeen, Jonah has become the deadliest assassin in Nightshade, a network that hunts the undead. Emma Claire Greenwood grew up worlds away, raised by a grandfather who taught her music rather than magic. An unschooled wild child, she runs the streets until the night she finds her grandfather dying, gripping a note warning Emma that she might be in danger. The clue he leaves behind leads Emma into Jonah’s life—and a shared legacy of secrets and lingering questions. Was Thorn Hill really a peaceful commune? Or was it, as the Wizard Guild claims, a hotbed of underguild terrorists? The Wizards’ suspicions grow when members of the mainline guilds start turning up dead. They blame Nightshade, bringing tensions between the groups to a head. Racing against time, Jonah and Emma work to uncover the truth about Thorn Hill, amid increasing concern that whoever planned the Thorn Hill Massacre might strike again.

My Brief Thoughts

This was a great continuation of this world and this series. I really grew to love these two new characters and also the tie backs to the other main characters in this series. I love books that have a strong mystery and this book def caught my attention. I normally have issues with Johan type of powers but I loved how Cinda crafted him and really loved both main characters. I loved how this story and “Mutan” character storyline and really loved it. I def want to read the last book in this series super soon. This book was super easy to fly thought and I really enjoy it.

My Extended Thoughts:

Characters: I really loved these new characters that we met in this book. I was hesitant to start this series because I loved the previous characters in this series.But I really grew to love these characters a lot. I not only enjoyed the main characters but also loved the tie back and we got to see of the past characters. I think it had a great balance between older characters and new ones. The characters were so well crafted and I really need to complete this series soon!

Pacing: This book was super fast pace. I loved the pacing of this novel and it really did have a great balance of starting a new adventure in this story and world building and then action!

World building: I loved the nitty gritty world that is crafted. I really loved the cont. of this world and found it to be super rich and also really easy to understand.

Later book lovers!

 

 

Chemistry Lessons: Arc Review: Non-Spolier Review

Chemistry Lessons  by Meredith Goldstein

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Published by  HMH Books for Young Readers on June 19, 2018

Genres: Young Adult, contemporary

Pages: 261

Format: Arc

Source: Blog Bound

2018 challenge: NA

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I would give this book 3.5  for a review.

Summary!

From advice columnist Meredith Goldstein, a dazzling, romantic, and emotionally resonant YA debut about a teen science whiz in Cambridge, Massachusetts, who tries to crack the chemical equation for lasting love and instead wreaks havoc on herself and the boys in her life.

For seventeen-year-old Maya, the equation for happiness is simple: a dream internship at MIT + two new science nerd friends + a perfect boyfriend = one amazing summer. Then Whit dumps her out of the blue.

Maya is miserable until she discovers that her scientist mother, before she died, was conducting research on manipulating pheromones to enhance human attraction. If Maya can finish her mother’s work, maybe she can get Whit back. But when her experiment creates chaos in her love life, she realizes that maybe love and loss can’t be understood using the scientific method. Can she learn to trust the unmeasurables of love and attraction instead?

My Brief Thoughts:

* I got this book from the publisher for my honest thoughts*

This was a great book to kick off my summer reads season. I really loved how this book was focused on both grief but also science and experiments with love twist. I really found the self discovery path in this story to be super strong. I also really realated to the female/male friendship dynamics because that was something that defined my high school experience. I also liked how this book tackled grief but in a unique way. I flew through this book and really think that was because the structure of this book made the pacing of this book super well crafted. I also really loved all the side characters and the lead boy made me smile. I would def read more by this author in the future.

My Extended Thoughts

Characters: I thought for a quick summer read, these characters were super well done. I thought the characters were super well done and really grew to love them by the end of the book. This book also had nice cast of side characters. It was super fun read.

Plot:  Any books or plot about girls in Stem always are so compelling to me. This book addressed so many issues including grief, first love, breakups and science and experiments and ethical stuff. I really was fascinated by this story.

Romance: I did enjoy it and did not predict who would be end game but the romance but a smile on my face!

author again? I def will, It was adorable summer read and would love to read more by her in the future!

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Keeping The Moon: Non-Spoiler Review

Keeping the moon  by Sarah Dessen

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Published by  Speak on May 11, 2004

Genres: Young Adult, contemporary

Pages: 294

Format: Physical Copy

Source: Personally bought

2018 challenge: NA

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I would give this book 3 for a review.

Summary!

Never underestimate the power of friendship.

When Colie goes to spend the summer at the beach, she doesn’t expect much.

But Colie didn’t count on meeting Morgan and Isabel.

Through them, she learns what true friendship is all about, and finally starts to realize her potential.

And that just might open the door to her first chance at love. . . .

My Brief Thoughts:

This book was a my first ever sarah dessen read. I really did like the small town this book was set it and also the main character. It was a super fast pace read and just the prefect summer read. I want to feel more connected to most of the characters but I really did enjoy the lead girl. I liked how this book focused a lot on self discovery and and also on self confidence. I also liked the unique female relationships we explored in this book. I def want to read more sarah dessen this summer and this was def a good start!

My Extended Thoughts!

Characters: I did like the characters but I just wanted more from them. I felt like it was harder to understand their motivations. I did like the underlying romance. I also though the dynamics between the characters were super fun, but it was not a book that felt super connected to the characters by the end.

Pace: The summer timeline made this book go fast but it def was slice of life book. The plot did not wow me but it was fun

Predictability: This book did fell a tad predictable to me. It just did not wow me. I really saw most things coming but it was fun summer read, that did focus more on self discovery rather then romance! 

Will I read Other books by her! Yes, I have so many I hope to read this summer!

later book lovers!

The Women in the Window: Non-Spoiler Review

The Women in the Window by A.J. Finn

reviewed by Sarah!!

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Published by   William Morrow on January 2, 2018

Genres: Adult, Thriller

Pages: 449

Format: hardback

Source: Persoanlly Bought

2018 challenge: N/A

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!!

It isn’t paranoia if it’s really happening . . .

Anna Fox lives alone—a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times . . . and spying on her neighbors.

Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, a mother, their teenage son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn’t, her world begins to crumble—and its shocking secrets are laid bare.

What is real? What is imagined? Who is in danger? Who is in control? In this diabolically gripping thriller, no one—and nothing—is what it seems.

Twisty and powerful, ingenious and moving, The Woman in the Window is a smart, sophisticated novel of psychological suspense that recalls the best of Hitchcock.

 Sarah’s Thoughts:

I really enjoyed reading this book. The writing style was engaging and I liked reading about Anna Fox( the main character and only POV). She wasn’t always likable and made some poor decisions , but that just made her more realistic. There was a slow start, that took awhile to pick up, about 120 pages. I did see most of the twists before they happened. One of the major twists, I had figured out about fifty pages in. Overall that did not take away from my enjoyment of reading this book.  I would recommend this book to anyone who like to read a good psychological thriller.

 

The Fall of Innocent Blog tour and Guest post!!!!

The Fall of Innocent  by Jenny Torres Sanchez

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Published by Philomel Books on June 12, 2018

Genres: Young Adult, contemporary

Pages: 448

Format: Arc

Source: Publisher

2018 challenge: Na

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Summary!!!

The Lovely Bones meets Thirteen Reasons Why in this gorgeous, haunting, and tragic novel that examines the crippling–and far-reaching–effects of one person’s trauma on her family, her community, and herself.

For the past eight years, sixteen-year-old Emilia DeJesus has done her best to move on from the traumatic attack she suffered in the woods behind her elementary school. She’s forced down the memories–the feeling of the twigs cracking beneath her, choking on her own blood, unable to scream. Most of all, she’s tried to forget about Jeremy Lance, the boy responsible, the boy who caused her such pain. Emilia believes that the crows who watched over her that day, who helped her survive, are still on her side, encouraging her to live fully. And with the love and support of her mother, brother, and her caring boyfriend, Emilia is doing just that.

But when a startling discovery about her attacker’s identity comes to light, and the memories of that day break through the mental box in which she’d shut them away, Emilia is forced to confront her new reality and make sense of shifting truths about her past, her family, and herself.

A compulsively-readable tragedy that reminds us of the fragility of human nature.

 

Inspiration for The Fall of Innocence:

This story mostly comes from the time I stayed on the playground after school one day without telling my mother. She couldn’t find me and thought something terrible had happened to me. Thankfully I was fine, but that day became a memory I’d play over and over in my head throughout the years. I thought of all the things that might have gone through her head in that hour she thought I was missing. That day is really when this book was born. It’s also why it’s set in Uniondale, NY, where I grew up.

There are a lot of other things that inspired it, too. Before I even started writing Emilia’s story, my vision was constantly being drawn upward to black birds in the sky. I’d see them flying and circling around and it was a little hypnotic. I noticed trees, too, and would stand under them and take pictures of their branches and notice how haunting they seemed. Then there was this cool, weird statue at the Orlando Museum of art that I kept going back to see. And a dress that I loved as a little girl that still hung in my closet. I’d look over at it more often and it felt like I was noticing it more for a reason (there’s a pic of it on my Instagram). All of this kind of surrounded me more before and while I wrote this book and it all felt like it meantsomething.

That’s usually how inspiration for books works for me. There’s always something, an object or a memory or a place that I notice that stays with me. And then all of a sudden, more things start to find their way to me like little magnets. I start looking around noticing all these pieces that are coming together and I realize it’s the story. It’s really pretty cool and that’s when I feel like there’s really a story that needs to be told. Like it already exists in all these little bits and pieces that I have to translate and put into words.

I will be reviewing this book later this month, some make sure to check out my review later this month!

later book lovers!!!