Arlo Fitch in the Valley of Fire (Non-Spolier review)!!

Arlo Finch in the Valley Of Fire  by John August

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Published by  Roaring Brook Press on February 6, 2018

Genres:  Middle Grade, Adventure

Pages: 326

Format: Hardback

Source: Personally bought

2018 challenge: N/A

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I would give this book 3.75 for a review.

Summary!!!

Arlo Finch in the Valley of Fire is the first book in a spellbinding fantasy adventure series by screenwriter John August.

Some trails lead to magic. Some lead to danger.

As Arlo looked around, the walls of his room began to vanish, revealing a moonlit forest. Only his bed remained, and the frame of his window, through which he saw the girl. The world on her side of the glass was sparkling with silver and gold, like a palace made of autumn leaves.
She looked off to her right. Someone was coming. Her words came in an urgent whisper: “If I can see you, they can see you . . . Be careful, Arlo Finch.

Arlo Finch thought becoming a Ranger meant learning wilderness skills, like camping and knots. But upon arriving in the tiny town of Pine Mountain, Colorado, Arlo soon learns there’s so much more. His new friends Indra and Wu teach him how to harness the wild magic seeping in from the mysterious Long Woods—a parallel realm of wonder and danger.

First he must master the basics, including snaplights, thunderclaps and identifying supernatural creatures. But Arlo Finch is no ordinary Ranger, and this is no ordinary time. A dark and ancient force is sending threats into the real world . . . our world.

Through perilous adventures and close calls, Arlo is awakened to his unique destiny—but the obstacles he faces will test the foundations of the Ranger’s Vow: loyalty, bravery, kindness, and truth.

My Thoughts:

I found this book to be the prefect mix between adventure, magic and nature adventure. I feel in love with the worlds that was created. I really loved the main character and also the the trio characters that was created. I thought the concepts of the scouts was so fun to read but also a nice balance between fantasy and realistic elements. I thought the Arlo WAS such a fun lead and this book just made me smile. I thought it was super fast pace novel!! I really can’t wait for book 2.

 

 

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The Prince and the Dressmaker (Non-Spoiler Review)!!

The Prince Dressmaker  by Jen Wang

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Published by  First Second on February 13, 2018

Genres: Young Adult, Graphic Novel

Pages: 288

Format: Paperback

Source: Personally Bought

2018 challenge: N/A

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I would give this book 5 for a review.

Summary!!!

Paris, at the dawn of the modern age:

Prince Sebastian is looking for a bride—or rather, his parents are looking for one for him. Sebastian is too busy hiding his secret life from everyone. At night he puts on daring dresses and takes Paris by storm as the fabulous Lady Crystallia—the hottest fashion icon in the world capital of fashion!

Sebastian’s secret weapon (and best friend) is the brilliant dressmaker Frances—one of only two people who know the truth: sometimes this boy wears dresses. But Frances dreams of greatness, and being someone’s secret weapon means being a secret. Forever. How long can Frances defer her dreams to protect a friend? Jen Wang weaves an exuberantly romantic tale of identity, young love, art, and family. A fairy tale for any age, The Prince and the Dressmaker will steal your heart.

My Thoughts:

I found this graphic novel to adorable read. I really loved this graphic novel so much. I really flew through this book and just found it be such a fun and just made me heart happy. I really loved the storyline and also the drawing. I love it so much that I read it twice just so i could really focus on the smaller details in the story. I really loved it!

Cat women: SoulStealer (Non-Spolier Review)!!

CatWomen SoulStealer  by Sarah J Mass

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Published by  andom House Books for Young Readers on August 7, 2018

Genres: Young Adult, Super Hero, DC Icons

Pages: 384

Format: Hardback

Source: Library

2018 challenge: N/A

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I would give this book 3.5  for a review.

Summary!!!

When the Bat’s away, the Cat will play. It’s time to see how many lives this cat really has.

Two years after escaping Gotham City’s slums, Selina Kyle returns as the mysterious and wealthy Holly Vanderhees. She quickly discovers that with Batman off on a vital mission, Gotham City looks ripe for the taking.

Meanwhile, Luke Fox wants to prove that as Batwing he has what it takes to help people. He targets a new thief on the prowl who has teamed up with Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn. Together, they are wreaking havoc. This Catwoman is clever–she may be Batwing’s undoing.

In this third DC Icons book, Selina is playing a desperate game of cat and mouse, forming unexpected friendships and entangling herself with Batwing by night and her devilishly handsome neighbor Luke Fox by day. But with a dangerous threat from the past on her tail, will she be able to pull off the heist that’s closest to her heart?

My Thoughts:

I overall really enjoyed this book. I really loved how this book was a Duel POV story and really did not expect that. I also enjoyed how this story really focused on some many DC characters and how they were the lead characters in this story and not just background characters. I loved how complex the female dymancis were and also how complex the story was. I thought the pacing was choppy in the middle of the book and felt the end was a tad rushed. But I overall enjoyed the book.

 

What If its us (Non-Spoiler Arc Review)!!

What If It’s Us  by byBecky Albertalli and Adam Silvera

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Published by  HarperTeen on October 9, 2018

Genres: Young Adult, contemporary

Pages: 448

Format: Arc

Source: BEA

2018 challenge: NA

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!!!

Critically acclaimed and bestselling authors Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera combine their talents in this smart, funny, heartfelt collaboration about two very different boys who can’t decide if the universe is pushing them together—or pulling them apart.

ARTHUR is only in New York for the summer, but if Broadway has taught him anything, it’s that the universe can deliver a showstopping romance when you least expect it.

BEN thinks the universe needs to mind its business. If the universe had his back, he wouldn’t be on his way to the post office carrying a box of his ex-boyfriend’s things.

But when Arthur and Ben meet-cute at the post office, what exactly does the universe have in store for them . . . ?

Maybe nothing. After all, they get separated.

Maybe everything. After all, they get reunited.

But what if they can’t nail a first date even after three do-overs?

What if Arthur tries too hard to make it work and Ben doesn’t try hard enough?

What if life really isn’t like a Broadway play?

But what if it is?

What if it’s us?

My Brief Thoughts:

I really though this was the prefect summer read. I really loved both these authors on their own and just found this story to be such a fun read. I loved NYC as a back drop of this story and also the two characters that we follow. NYC almost felt like a whole character in this story. I also loved not only both POV but also the relationship that developed in this novel. I think i adored arthur a tad more but was so invested in this story. I thought elements of this story was predictable but I really loved this story and found it to be such a fun but diverse read!

My Extended Thoughts!!

Characters: I really loved both of these characters in this novel. I thought they were so well crafted and just so diverse. I also found the others characters in this novel to also so well-rounded. I think it was tad more invested in Arthur POV. But i found all the characters to been so well crafted.

Plot: Overall the plot was super well crafted and I just found the whole romance/relationship was super well done. I found it to be very reasltic but stil had hints of a claassic Rom Com. I thought this book did have predictable moments but overall I still loved it!

Duel Authors:  I thought that these two authors wrote so well together and that surprised me a tad becasue they write such different books. But I think you can def tell the different between their charactersand who wrote who. But i thoguht they worked together super well!

 

Dare you to Lie: Blog Tour and giveaway!!!

Dare you to Lie by Amber Lynn Natusch

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Published by  Tor Teen on September 4, 2018

Genres: Young Adult, contemporary, Thriller

Pages: 352

Format: e-arc

Source: publisher

2018 challenge: NA

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I would give this book 4  for a review.

Summary!!!

When her FBI agent father is framed for murder, Kylene is forced to move in with her grandfather, back to the small town that turned its back on her, and the boy who betrayed her.

All Ky cares about is clearing her father’s name, but someone won’t let her forget the photo scandal that drove her away two years ago. As the threats gain momentum, Ky finds an unlikely ally in the rookie FBI agent sent to keep an eye on her.

Determined to expose the town’s hidden skeletons, Ky unwittingly thrusts herself into a much bigger plot. They thought she’d forgive and forget. They’re about to learn they messed with the wrong girl.

My Thoughts:

I found this to such a engaging read. I liked how many mysteries were developed in this novel and how the story not had a rather shocking ending that I did not predict but also most of the stories tied together at the end.

I grew to enjoy the main character but I was a tad more invested in the side characters. I often struggle with unlikable narrators but I did enjoy her by the end.

I found this book to fast pace read that reminded me a lot of the show veronica mars. I really hope we get a book 2, because things were left open and I super curious to see what happens next.

If you like mysteries like Veronica mars and Pretty little liars, with more realistic mysteries, this is the book for you!

Giveaway!!! USA ONLY!!

MAY THE ODDS BE IN YOUR FAVOR!!

About the Author

AMBER LYNN NATUSCH is the author of the bestselling Caged series for adults. She was born and raised in Winnipeg, and is still deeply attached to her Canadian roots. She loves to dance and practice Muay Thai―but spends most of her time running a chiropractic practice with her husband, raising two young children, and attempting to write when she can lock herself in the bathroom for ten minutes of peace. Dare You to Lie is her debut YA novel.
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Wildcard: My Non-Spoiler Review!!

Wildcard by Marie Lu 

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Published by  G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers on September 18, 2018

Genres: Young Adult, Thriller,

Pages: 352

Format: ARC

Source: BEA

2018 challenge: PSRC: Cyber book!

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I would give this book 5 for a review.

Summary!!!

Emika Chen barely made it out of the Warcross Championships alive. Now that she knows the truth behind Hideo’s new NeuroLink algorithm, she can no longer trust the one person she’s always looked up to, who she once thought was on her side.

Determined to put a stop to Hideo’s grim plans, Emika and the Phoenix Riders band together, only to find a new threat lurking on the neon-lit streets of Tokyo. Someone’s put a bounty on Emika’s head, and her sole chance for survival lies with Zero and the Blackcoats, his ruthless crew. But Emika soon learns that Zero isn’t all that he seems–and his protection comes at a price.

Caught in a web of betrayal, with the future of free will at risk, just how far will Emika go to take down the man she loves?

In this explosive sequel to the New York Times bestselling Warcross, Marie Lu delivers an addictive finale that will hold you captive till the very last page.

 

My brief Thoughts:

I really adored this sequel to Warcross. I loved how it expanded the world and also really made the mystery and the drama in book one even more complex. It was super fast pace read. I loved the balance between older characters in book one and the newer characters we meet in book 2. It was a good balance. It was a super fast read. I just loved how well marie lu created this world so diverse and and did it in such semless way and it made the world seem so “real” to me. I loved all the game play we got as well in this novel. I would def. be interested in seeing more books in this world because this world was so much fun to read about!

My Extended Thoughts!!

Characters: I really loved how Lu balanced the new characters we met in book 2 and the    characters I adored in book 1. I thought both characters got equal screen time and loved how complex the characters became in regards to both actions and both morality. The characters are a series highlight.

Mystery/ Thriller: I thought the mystery in this book was taken to a next level and just was so so complex. I really loved the many mysteries we got and how they all tied together in the end.

Diversity: This book is prob one of the most well crafted diverse books I ever read. It was done so well and so easily that It felt like our real world. I loved it in book one, but book two took to another level and I loved it.

World Building: Lu expanded this world and such a fun and compelling well. It really reminded me of what was done in book 4 and book 5 of harry potter and it made me LOVE this world so much!

Let me know in the comments if you will be checking this book out soon! Check out my video above where I talk spoilers for the whole series!

 

Explorer Academy: The Nebula Secret (Non-Spoiler Review)

Explorer Academy: The Nebula Secret by Trudi Trueit

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Published by Under the Stars on September 4, 2018

Genres: Middle Grade, Adventure

Pages: 208

Format: Arc

Source: BEA

2018 challenge: N/A

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!!!

Adventure, danger, and a thrilling global mission await 12-year-old Cruz Coronado as he joins an elite school for explorers.

Cruz leaves his tranquil home in Hawaii to join 23 talented kids from around the globe to train at the Explorer Academy with the world’s leading scientists to become the next generation of great explorers. But for Cruz, there’s more at stake. No sooner has he arrived at the Academy than he discovers that his family has a mysterious past with the organization that could jeopardize his future. In the midst of codebreaking and cool classes, new friends and augmented reality expeditions, Cruz must tackle the biggest question of all: Who is out to get him, and why?

My Brief Thoughts:

I found this to super fun read. I thought it was much more realistic and science heavy version of 39 clues. This book def had a strong mix of adventure and mystery but also knowledge and history and science. I really loved the structure of this book and all the characters were just so much fun to read about. I really enjoyed the trio of characters that developed and am super excited to see how the ending and will effect the structure of the future books. I also loved how this book had so many pictures to accent the story. Readers who enjoyed 39 clues may like this if they looking for more of realistic story, should check it out! I am def going to read book 2

Echo room (Arc Review) Non-Spoiler Review!!

The Echo Room by Parker Peevyhouse

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Published by  Tor Teen on September 11, 2018

Genres: Young Adult, Thriller

Pages:  306

Format: arc

Source: BEA

2018 challenge: N/A

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I would give this book 3.5 for a review.

Summary!!!

Parker Peevyhouse’s The Echo Room is a smart, claustrophobic, speculative young adult thriller with an immersive psychological mystery.

The only thing worse than being locked in is facing what you locked out.

Rett Ward knows how to hide. He’s had six years of practice at Walling Home, the state-run boarding school where he learned how to keep his head down to survive.

But when Rett wakes up locked in a small depot with no memory of how he got there, he can’t hide. Not from the stranger in the next room. Or from the fact that there’s someone else’s blood on his jumpsuit.

Worse, every time he tries to escape, he wakes up right back where he started. Same day, same stranger, same bloodstained jumpsuit.

As memories start to surface, Rett realizes that the logo on the walls is familiar, the stranger isn’t a stranger, and the blood on his jumpsuit belongs to someone—or something—banging on the door to get in.

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this book. I really enjoyed that this book had a a male lead and also love the mash up for genres for this book. I was def more invested in the first part of the book then the end part of the book. The end of the book got a tad confusing and became a bit hard to follow. But I still found the book to super compelling to read. I loved the way this book was structure also through the passing of time and the various map that acted as a ways to break down the book. I through the way this book was structure was a highlight as long as the male lead as well!

Heart Of Iron (Non-Spolier Review)

Heart of Iron by Ashley Boston

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Published by Balzer + Bray on February 27, 2018

Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction

Pages: 466

Format: Hardback

Source: Personally bought

2018 challenge: PSRC (book about a real person)

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I would give this book 5 for a review.

Summary!!!

An action-packed tale full of romance, royalty, and adventure, inspired by the story of Anastasia. Perfect for fans of Six of Crows, Cinder, and the cult classic television show Firefly.

Seventeen-year-old Ana is a scoundrel by nurture and an outlaw by nature. Found as a child drifting through space with a sentient android called D09, Ana was saved by a fearsome space captain and the grizzled crew she now calls family. But D09—one of the last remaining illegal Metals—has been glitching, and Ana will stop at nothing to find a way to fix him.

Ana’s desperate effort to save D09 leads her on a quest to steal the coordinates to a lost ship that could offer all the answers. But at the last moment, a spoiled Ironblood boy beats Ana to her prize. He has his own reasons for taking the coordinates, and he doesn’t care what he’ll sacrifice to keep them.

When everything goes wrong, she and the Ironblood end up as fugitives on the run. Now their entire kingdom is after them—and the coordinates—and not everyone wants them captured alive.

What they find in a lost corner of the universe will change all their lives—and unearth dangerous secrets. But when a darkness from Ana’s past returns, she must face an impossible choice: does she protect a kingdom that wants her dead or save the Metal boy she loves?

My Brief Thoughts:

I don’t know why it took me so long to pick up this book but I really flew through it. I loved all these characters so much and was so invested in all the POVS. I really enjoyed the short chapters and also the plot had me super engaged. I really flew through this book. I also love the diversity of this cast but also how Poston turn the lost princess myth on its head! I really enjoyed this book and also am dying for book 2!

My Extended Thoughts!!

Characters: I really was invested in all these POV of characters and found them to be super diverse and just so compelling to read. I loved how these characters really reflected all the nations in this world. I really was so invested in all the characters. I need book 2 now!!

Pace: I really had a hard time putting this book down. It was longer book but such a easy read. I just was super invested and hard to put this book down!!

World Building I really enjoyed the world she built and it was super diverse world and it was so easy to fall into. It was easy to understand and follow but such a fun world!

Sequel!!! Yes!! NOW!!

 

 

Seafire (Arc Review)!!!

Seafire  by Natalie C. Parker

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Published by  Razorbill on August 28, 2018

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Adventure

Pages: 384

Format: arc

Source: BEA

2018 challenge: N/A

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!!!

The first in a heart-stopping trilogy that recalls the undeniable feminine power of Wonder Woman and the powder-keg action of Mad Max: Fury Road, Seafirefollows the captain of an all-female ship intent on taking down a vicious warlord’s powerful fleet.

After her family is killed by corrupt warlord Aric Athair and his bloodthirsty army of Bullets, Caledonia Styx is left to chart her own course on the dangerous and deadly seas. She captains her ship, the Mors Navis, with a crew of girls and women just like her, who have lost their families and homes because of Aric and his men. The crew has one mission: stay alive, and take down Aric’s armed and armored fleet.

But when Caledonia’s best friend and second-in-command barely survives an attack thanks to help from a Bullet looking to defect, Caledonia finds herself questioning whether to let him join their crew. Is this boy the key to taking down Aric Athair once and for all…or will he threaten everything the women of the Mors Navis have worked for?

Pairing gorgeous prose with pulse-pounding action, Seafire reminds us of the importance of sisterhood and unity in the face of oppression and tyranny.

My Brief Thoughts:

Sisterhood, adventure and ship dramatics! I struggled with the pacing at the start of this novel but by the end it was super hard to put down. I really loved the unique romance dynamics in this book and found it super hard to predict who would be with who. I also loved the leadership roll that cal was in throughout his whole novel. I overall really enjoyed the book and will def be checking out this sequel. I am curious to see if future books will expand the POV we experience.

My Extended Thoughts

Characters: I think we meet characters so fast so it took me awhile to feel emotionally invested in them all. I liked some of the characters but it took me longer to feel connected to a majority of the cast. I also loved the dynamics between all the girls and how leadership was handled on the boat. I also liked the how the male character really effected the ship dynamics. I grew to love all these characters and  but thought the characters took awhile to be complicated. but by the end I was invested!

Plot: Overall I thought the plot was was super unique and it was hard to predict. I also the relationships that Cal had in this novel especially with the boy who came on to the ship was super intreating.

Pace: I thought the pacing at the start of the book was super choppy and slow but the pacing was def better towards the end of the novel and I sped through the end of the book very fast. I def enjoyed the end of this novel over the start.

Next book??? I am totally there!! I need it!!