Love and Gelato (Non-Spoiler Review)

Love and Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch

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Published by Simon Pulse on May 3, 2016

Genres: Young Adult, contemporary

Pages: 417

Format: Hardback

Source: Personally bought

2019 challenge: Beat the backlist challenge

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I would give this book 4.5 for a review.

Summary!!!

A summer in Italy turns into a road trip across Tuscany in this sweeping debut novel filled with romance, mystery, and adventure.Lina is spending the summer in Tuscany, but she isn’t in the mood for Italy’s famous sunshine and fairy-tale landscape. She’s only there because it was her mother’s dying wish that she get to know her father. But what kind of father isn’t around for sixteen years? All Lina wants to do is get back home.But then Lina is given a journal that her mom had kept when she lived in Italy. Suddenly Lina’s uncovering a magical world of secret romances, art, and hidden bakeries. A world that inspires Lina, along with the ever-so-charming Ren, to follow in her mother’s footsteps and unearth a secret that has been kept for far too long. It’s a secret that will change everything Lina knew about her mother, her father—and even herself.People come to Italy for love and gelato, someone tells her, but sometimes they discover much more.

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this book. I really adored the setting of this book so much and that is mostly because i am dying to visit Italy. I had previously and read love and luck and new the ending of this book was no shock but I really loved getting to the end of this novel. I really love the use of the journal and how that created two timelines. I also really loved the elements of grief in this story and how it was handled. I really flew through this book and the subtle mystery was a nice thing that kept me reading. I hope to read more by this author in the future.

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First Line Friday: Call It what you want!!

So I was lucky enough to get early copy of Call it What you want!! I want to tease not only the summary of this book but also the first line of it!!

Cover Reveal!!

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First Line Friday!!

“I eat breakfast with my father every mourning. Well I eat. He sits in a wheelchair and stars in whichever direction my mom has pointed I’m. I’f I am lucky, all his droll stays in his mouth. If he is lucky, the sunlight doesn’t fall across his eyes.”

Summary!!

When his dad is caught embezzling funds from half the town, Rob goes from popular lacrosse player to social pariah. Even worse, his father’s failed suicide attempt leaves Rob and his mother responsible for his care.Everyone thinks of Maegan as a typical overachiever, but she has a secret of her own after the pressure got to her last year. And when her sister comes home from college pregnant, keeping it from her parents might be more than she can handle.When Rob and Maegan are paired together for a calculus project, they’re both reluctant to let anyone through the walls they’ve built. But when Maegan learns of Rob’s plan to fix the damage caused by his father, it could ruin more than their fragile new friendship . . .In her compulsively readable storytelling, Brigid Kemmerer pens another captivating, heartfelt novel that asks the question: Is it okay to do something wrong for the right reasons?

Book Information!!

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury YA (June 25, 2019)

Author Information!!

Brigid Kemmerer is the author of dark, contemporary Young Adult romances like MORE THAN WE CAN TELL and LETTERS TO THE LOST (Bloomsbury), as well as paranormal YA novels like THE ELEMENTAL SERIES and THICKER THAN WATER (Kensington). Her next book will be her first foray into YA Fantasy, with A CURSE SO DARK AND LONELY, available January 2019 wherever books are sold. Brigid lives in the Baltimore area with her husband and four sons.

Let me know if this book is on your summer TBR!!

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You owe me a murder (arc) Non-Spoiler Review

You Owe Me A Murder by Eileen Cook

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Published by HMH Books for Young Readers on March 5, 2019

Genres: Young Adult, Thriller

Pages: 373

Format: ARC

Source: NYCC

2019 challenge:

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I would give this book 4.5 for a review.

Summary!!!

Seventeen-year-old Kim gets more than she bargained for when she is set up for murder. Perfect for fans of One of Us is Lying, E. Lockhart, and Gillian Flynn.
17-year-old Kim never expected to plot a murder. But that was before her boyfriend dumped her for another girl. Now, Kim’s stuck on a class trip to London with him and his new soulmate and she can’t help wishing he was a little bit dead, even if she’d never really do that.But when Kim meets Nicki, a stranger on the plane who’s more than willing to listen to Kim’s woes, things start to look up. Nicki’s got a great sense of humor, and when she jokes about swapping murders, Kim plays along—that is, until Kim’s ex-boyfriend mysteriously dies. Blackmailed by Nicki to fulfill her end of the deal, Kim will have to commit a murder or take the fall for one.

My Thoughts:

I was really impressed with this book. I was not the biggest fan of with malice, but this book was actually a super gripping mystery that kept me turning the page. I really enjoyed the concept of this book and also the setting of london. I also like the romantic sub plot and also the main character was super compelling to read from. I thought the character was super interesting to read from and was hard to put the book down. This book ending was a bit openish but overall i really enjoyed this read.

The devouring grey ( arc review) (non-spoiler review)!!!

The Devouring Grey by Christine Lynn Herman

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Published by Disney-Hyperion on April 2, 2019

Genres: Young Adult, fantasy,

Pages: 368

Format: arc

Source: NYCC

2018 challenge:

Buy on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads

I would give this book 4.75 for a review.

Summary!!!

Branches and stones, daggers and bones,
They locked the Beast away.

After the death of her sister, seventeen-year-old Violet Saunders finds herself dragged to Four Paths, New York. Violet may be a newcomer, but she soon learns her mother isn’t: They belong to one of the revered founding families of the town, where stone bells hang above every doorway and danger lurks in the depths of the woods.

Justin Hawthorne’s bloodline has protected Four Paths for generations from the Gray-a lifeless dimension that imprisons a brutal monster. After Justin fails to inherit his family’s powers, his mother is determined to keep this humiliation a secret. But Justin can’t let go of the future he was promised and the town he swore to protect.

Ever since Harper Carlisle lost her hand to an accident that left her stranded in the Gray for days, she has vowed revenge on the person who abandoned her: Justin Hawthorne. There are ripples of dissent in Four Paths, and Harper seizes an opportunity to take down the Hawthornes and change her destiny-to what extent, even she doesn’t yet know.

The Gray is growing stronger every day, and its victims are piling up. When Violet accidentally unleashes the monster, all three must band together with the other Founders to unearth the dark truths behind their families’ abilities… before the Gray devours them all.

 

My Thoughts:

This book was such a atmospheric read. I thought it was the prefect mix between stranger things and also darkest minds. I really enjoyed how we got into so many different characters heads and how romance was really not the focus of this novel. It did had hints of romance but it was not the focus. I really enjoyed the world building and the dynamics between the characters! I think the world building was the highlight of the novel. I def will be checking out book 2! I know this book comes out in april, but I think it would be the prefect fall read!

My Extended Thoughts:

World Building: This book was such a engaging read and reading during a con, I kept coming back to it. It was such a engaging read. I was super compelling and I really found the world to be so well done. It def had elements off strangers things but def was unique enough to keep me turning the pages.

Lack oRomance: I def want romance in future books but the low key hints of romance in this book worked super well. I really thought it worked well and I actually liked it. I def became invested in all the characters this way. I am curious to see where this book goes!

Characters: I really did like all the characters and loved all the various POV that we did get, I really loved them all. I thought the “normal” roles was tuned so on its head and I really loved that. I also like the hints of diversity as well. It was easy to like these characters.

Plot: I really did like the slow burn plot and even though the ending could have been less rushed. I found it to be another book highlight!

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Readathon VLOG!!

So this is flashback post 🙂 But at the start of the year, I did a mini readathon to end 2018 and start 2019!.

I was able to finish one total book during this mini readathon and had a rather successful first week of the year!!

Let me know how your reading has been in 2019 so far!

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January books I want to read!!

So I am going to start this feature every month! Here are the top five (new books) I want to be able to read this month, that come out this month!

  1. The Me I am meant to be by Sophie Jordan:

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Summary: Girl Code: Never date a friend’s ex. Willa Evans has no intention of breaking the code. So what if she’s always secretly loved her next-door neighbor Zach? As her best friend’s boyfriend, he was always off-limits and it needs to stay that way, even though they just broke up. Even though every time she turns around he’s there, tempting her…
No keeping secrets from your bestieFlor Hidalgo has a lot on her plate: her breakup with Zach, her dad’s new dating life, and her struggling grades. So why can’t she stop thinking about her hot, know-it-all tutor? At least she’s got Willa, her constant in the chaos.Breaking the code breaks friendships.

2. Girl King by Mini Yu:

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Summary: Two sisters become unwitting rivals in a war to claim the title of Emperor in this richly imagined, Asian-inspired fantasy for fans of Renée Ahdieh and Sabaa Tahir.Sisters Lu and Min have always known their places as the princesses of the Empire of the First Flame: assertive Lu will be named her father’s heir and become the dynasty’s first female ruler, while timid Min will lead a quiet life in Lu’s shadow. Until their father names their male cousin Set his heir instead, sending ripples through the realm and throwing both girls’ lives into utter chaos. Determined to reclaim her birthright, Lu has no choice but to go on the run, leaving Min to face the volatile court alone. Lu soon crosses paths with Nokhai, the lone, unlikely survivor of the Ashina, a clan of nomadic wolf shapeshifters. Nok never learned to shift–or to trust the empire that killed his family–but working with the princess might be the only way to unlock his true power. As Lu and Nok form a shaky alliance, Min’s own hidden power awakens, a forbidden, deadly magic that could secure Set’s reign . . . or allow her to claim the throne herself. But there can only be one emperor, and the sisters’ greatest enemy could very well turn out to be each other. This sweeping fantasy set against a world of buried ancient magic and political intrigue weaves an unforgettable story of ambition, betrayal, and sacrifice.

3. Song of the dead by Sarah Green Marsh

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Summary:  Karthia is nothing like it used to be. The kingdom’s borders are open for the first time in nearly three hundred years, and raising the dead has been outlawed. Odessa is determined to explore the world beyond Karthia’s waters, hoping to heal a heart broken in more ways than she can count. But with Meredy joining the ocean voyage, vanquishing her sorrow will be a difficult task. Despite the daily reminder of the history they share, Odessa and Meredy are fascinated when their journey takes them to a land where the Dead rule the night and dragons roam the streets. Odessa can’t help being mesmerized by the new magic–and by the girl at her side. But just as she and Meredy are beginning to explore the new world, a terrifying development in Karthia summons them home at once. Growing political unrest on top of threats from foreign invaders means Odessa and Meredy are thrust back into the lives they tried to leave behind while specters from their past haunt their tenuous relationship. Gathering a force big enough to ward off enemies seems impossible, until one of Queen Valoria’s mages creates a weapon that could make them invincible. As danger continues to mount inside the palace, Odessa fears that without the Dead, even the greatest invention won’t be enough to save their fates. In this enthralling, heartrending sequel to Reign of the Fallen, Odessa faces the fight of her life as the boundaries between the Dead and the living are challenged in a way more gruesome than ever before.

4. Circle of Shadows by Evelyn Sky

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Summary: Sora can move as silently as a ghost and hurl throwing stars with lethal accuracy. Her gemina, Daemon, can win any physical fight blindfolded and with an arm tied around his back. They are apprentice warriors of the Society of Taigas—marked by the gods to be trained in magic and the fighting arts to protect the kingdom of Kichona. As their graduation approaches, Sora and Daemon look forward to proving themselves worthy of belonging in the elite group—but in a kingdom free of violence since the Blood Rift Rebellion many years ago, it’s been difficult to make their mark.So when Sora and Daemon encounter a strange camp of mysterious soldiers while on a standard scouting mission, they decide the only thing to do to help their kingdom is to infiltrate the group. Taking this risk will change Sora’s life forever—and lead her on a mission of deception that may fool everyone she’s ever loved.

5. The vanishing Stair:

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Summary: The Truly Devious case—an unsolved kidnapping and triple murder that rocked Bellingham Academy in 1936—has consumed Stevie for years. It’s the very reason she came to the academy. But then her classmate was murdered, and her parents quickly pull her out of school. For her safety, they say. She must move past this obsession with crimeStevie’s willing to do anything to get back to Ellingham, be back with her friends, and solve the Truly Devious case. Even if it means making a deal with the despicable Senator Edward King. And when Stevie finally returns, she also returns to David: the guy she kissed, and the guy who lied about his identity—Edward King’s son. But larger issues are at play. Where did the murderer hide? What’s the meaning of the riddle Albert Ellingham left behind? And what, exactly, is at stake in the Truly Devious affair? The Ellingham case isn’t just a piece of history—it’s a live wire into the present.

Let me know in the comments if any of these books are on your on your buying list this month!

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Snow in Love (Short Story Collection)

Snow In Love  by Mellissa De La Cruz, Nic Stone,  Amiee Friedman, Kasie West.

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Published by Point on October 30, 2018

Genres: Young Adult, contemporary, holiday reads

Pages: 272

Format: paper back

Source: personally bought

2018 challenge:

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!!!

What’s better than one deliciously cozy, swoon-worthy holiday story?

Four of them, from some of today’s bestselling authors.

From KASIE WEST, a snowy road trip takes an unexpected detour when secrets and crushes are revealed.

From AIMEE FRIEDMAN, a Hanukkah miracle may just happen when a Jewish girl working as a department store elf finds love.

From MELISSA DE LA CRUZ, Christmas Eve gets a plot twist when a high school couple exchange surprising presents.

From NIC STONE, a scavenger hunt amid the holiday crowds at an airport turns totally romantic.

So grab a mug of hot cocoa, snuggle up, and get ready to fall in love…

Individual Stories:

West: Loved it!!!!! Such a fun read! 4.5

Cruz:  Adored it!!! Such a fun read 4

Freedman: 4  reads!

Stone: 4 stars

My Thoughts:

I really loved this holiday themed short story collection. I found them to but such fun reads and I flew through them. These stories put me in the holiday spirt. I thought these stories were connected to stories types that are just fun to reed about like snow storm, a fun holiday job, holiday gifts suprise and scavenger hunt themed stories. I think my favorite story was Kassie west and Mellissa de la cruz. I also liked the various types of characters that were featured in this story. These stories put a smile on my face and i really rec. this holiday reading collection!

 

Crooked Kingdom: Non-Spoiler Review!!

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Baradugo

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Published by Square Fish  on September 4, 2018

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy

Pages: 576

Format: audiobook

Source: personally bought

2018 challenge: Beat the backlist challenge

Buy on AmazonBarnes & Noble, Goodreads

I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!!!

Crooked Kingdom is the #1 New York Times-bestselling sequel to Six of Crows.Now in paperback with a brand-new exclusive piece of art, an interview with Leigh Bardugo and a sneak peek of her next book.

When you can’t beat the odds, change the game.

Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn’t think they’d survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they’re right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and badly weakened, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz’s cunning and test the team’s fragile loyalties. A war will be waged on the city’s dark and twisting streets―a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of the Grisha world.

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this book much better then book one. I found this book to be much more compelling to book then book one. I liked how we really dived into these characters much more then book 2. I liked also how the interactions between these characters just increased. I also was much more invested in the heist aspect of this novel. I wish we saw a few more characters from the shadow and bone series! I was impressed by this book and really look foward to king of scars next year!

Waiting on Wensday:: Slayer!!!!

So I have this book in my pile of books I really want to read! I am so excited to finally read this book and ventrue back to the world of buffy the vampire slayer!!!!

Book Cover!!

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Summary!!

From New York Times bestselling author Kiersten White comes a brand-new series set in the world of Buffy the Vampire Slayer that introduces a new Slayer as she grapples with the responsibility of managing her incredible powers that she’s just beginning to understand.
Into every generation a Slayer is born…
Nina and her twin sister, Artemis, are far from normal. It’s hard to be when you grow up at the Watcher’s Academy, which is a bit different from your average boarding school. Here teens are trained as guides for Slayers—girls gifted with supernatural strength to fight the forces of darkness. But while Nina’s mother is a prominent member of the Watcher’s Council, Nina has never embraced the violent Watcher lifestyle. Instead she follows her instincts to heal, carving out a place for herself as the school medic.
Until the day Nina’s life changes forever.Thanks to Buffy, the famous (and infamous) Slayer that Nina’s father died protecting, Nina is not only the newest Chosen One—she’s the last Slayer, ever. Period.As Nina hones her skills with her Watcher-in-training, Leo, there’s plenty to keep her occupied: a monster fighting ring, a demon who eats happiness, a shadowy figure that keeps popping up in Nina’s dreams…
But it’s not until bodies start turning up that Nina’s new powers will truly be tested—because someone she loves might be next.One thing is clear: Being Chosen is easy. Making choices is hard.

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The Magic Misfits: The Second Story: Non-Spoiler Review!!

The Magic Misfits: The Second Story by  Neil Patrick Harris

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Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers on September 25, 2018

Genres: Middle Grade, Adventure story

Pages: 36

Format: ARC

Source: BEA

2018 challenge:

Buy on AmazonBarnes & Noble, Goodreads

I would give this book 4  for a review.

Summary!!!

Growing up in an orphanage, Leila was bullied for being different. She turned her hardship into skill by becoming an escape artist–a valuable trait when belonging to a group of magical best friends. But when a famous psychic comes to town, Leila and her pals won’t be able to escape the big mystery heading their way. Whether chasing mad monkeys or banishing ghosts from haunted hotels, these six friends will do their best to keep Mineral Wells safe–but can they still protect themselves in the process?
Join the Magic Misfits as they discover adventure, friendship, and more than a few hidden secrets in this delightful new series. Whether you’re a long-time expert at illusion or simply a new fan of stage magic, hold onto your top hat!
…have more questions? I thought you might. Here’s some answers:
WHERE? A sleepy town in New England. Within the town is a magic shop, run by the friendly but mysterious Dante Vernon–the gang’s caped and top-hatted mentor.
WHO? Carter, who can make things vanish. Leila, who can escape from anything. Theo, who can make things levitate with the aid of his violin bow. Ridley, who can invent anything. And of course twins Olly and Izzy, who can make anyone laugh.
WHY? Because together, these six magical misfits will discover adventure, friendship, and the town’s long-hidden secrets.
(Psst. Hey, you! Yes, YOU! Congratulations on reading this far down. As a reward, I’ll let you in on a little secret… This book isn’t just a book. It’s a treasure trove of secrets and ciphers and codes and even tricks. Keep your eyes peeled and you’ll discover more than just a story–you’ll learn how to make your own magic!)

 

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this book. I found it to be so much fun to read. I really enjoyed this book and loved the new character POV that we got to follow. I thought the mystery was a tad predictable at points but really loved again the focus on family and also found family and also on using magic as a art form. I also really loved the focus on friendship!This book just put a really big smile on my face. I really enjoyed reading it!