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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Mid month Wrap up!

Here is the books I read in the first part of June. I actually was able to tackle several con books early and also catch up on several series which I have been wanting to do for awhile. I also am so close to being done with Lady midnight YAY! In the video I chat about my full thought on all these books 🙂

  1. Chemistry lessons (3.5 stars)
  2. Broken Things (4 stars) Comes out October 2nd
  3. What the woods keep ( 3.5 Stars) Comes out Sept. 18th
  4. Unicorn Rescue Society (3.5 Stars)
  5. Magnus Chase and the Ship of the Dead (5 stars) (BBLC)
  6. Summer of us ( 4 Stars)
  7. The Sweetest King of fate ( 5 stars)
  8. Mac B Kid Spy (3.5 Stars) Comes out Sept 11th!

Let me know in the comments if you have read any of these books or are planning too when they come out!

later book lovers!

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!

Cover Reveal!! Only A Breath Apart by Katie McGarry!

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Book Summary!!

Jesse dreams of working the land that’s been in his family forever. But he’s cursed to lose everything he loves most.

Scarlett is desperate to escape her “charmed” life. But leaving a small town is easier said than done.

Despite their history of heartbreak, when Jesse sees a way they can work together to each get what they want, Scarlett can’t say no.Each midnightmeeting between Jesse and Scarlett will push them to confront their secrets and their feelings for each other.

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Google Play: http://bit.ly/2M6S24K

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Gritty and real, Only a Breath Apart is a story of hope conjured from pain, strength drawn from innocence, and love earned from self-respect. Beautiful, poignant, and fierce.”
―Kristen Simmons, critically acclaimed author of the Article 5 series

Add it to your Goodreads today!

Katie McGarry Bio:

Katie McGarry was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings, reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan.

Katie is the author of full length YA novels, PUSHING THE LIMITS, DARE YOU TO, CRASH INTO YOU, TAKE ME ON,  BREAKING THE RULES, and NOWHERE BUT HERE and the e-novellas, CROSSING THE LINE and RED AT NIGHT. Her debut YA novel, PUSHING THE LIMITS was a 2012 Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction, a RT Magazine’s 2012 Reviewer’s Choice Awards Nominee for Young Adult Contemporary Novel, a double Rita Finalist, and a 2013 YALSA Top Ten Teen Pick. DARE YOU TO was also a Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction and won RT Magazine’s Reviewer’s Choice Best Book Award for Young Adult Contemporary fiction in 2013.

Links:

Website: www.katielmcgarry.com

Twitter: @katiemcgarry

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/katielmcgarry

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4575371.Katie_McGarry

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/katielmcgarry/

Tumbler: https://katiemcgarryauthor.tumblr.com/

Instagram: http://instagram.com/katielmcgarry

Cover Reveal!

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I will def be checking out this book when it comes out on  on January 22nd, 2019 , let in know in the comments if you will be checking it out as well!

Later book lovers!!!

 

 

 

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!

 

 

What I am reading Monday!!!

So I had a pretty good reading week. I dipped back into some fantasy books but I am def craving some summer reads and I hope to tackle them this week or read some this week!

What I finished reading!

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This was such a fun and quick read. I loved the adventure and also the various pictures that were in this novel. I read this book so quickly and think it would make a a great read aloud for kids or one of the first books they try to read on their own. Check out my full review in September!

What I am reading Now!

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I am really enjoy this book. I love the mix between court intrigue and witches war. I am intrigued to see how this book winds up. I also really am liking the lead boy in this story!

What I want to read next!

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This is a hold over from my May TBR and I really want to read it. I also loved her newer book foolish hearts and hope this one has the same results

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This is another new release that is summer based book set a ice cream shop! I hope I enjoy it!

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This is another sept. middle grade book THAT i really want to read. I read book 2, this one is so much longer then the first one!

What I am listening too!

I am so close to being done with Lady Midnight and then I am going to listen to Warcross. So I can finally read wildcard and I would like to re experience the story!

Let me know in the comments what books you want to tackle this week!

later book lovers!

Vlog Sunday!!

Here is a wrap up of a couple of the recent Video Vlogs I posted. One was the day before BEA and was during BEA! There were super fun to shoot!

Readathon!

 

BEA and Book con Vlog!

 

 

Hope you like the videos!

Let me know in the comments what other Vlogs, I should try and film this summer!

Later book lovers

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

2018 challenge: Beat the backlist challenge

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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!

later book lovers

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!