The Art of Losing (Arc Review)

The Art of Losing  by Lizzy Mason

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Published by Soho Teen on February 19, 2019

Genres: Young Adult, contemporary

Pages: 336

Format: arc

Source: bea

2018 challenge: na

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I would give this book 5 for a review.

Summary!!!

The Art of Losing is a compelling debut that explores issues of addiction, sisterhood, and loss.

On one terrible night, 17-year-old Harley Langston’s life changes forever. At a party she discovers her boyfriend, Mike, hooking up with her younger sister, Audrey. Furious, she abandons them both. When Mike drunkenly attempts to drive Audrey home, he crashes and Audrey ends up in a coma. Now Harley is left with guilt, grief, pain and the undeniable truth that her now ex-boyfriend has a drinking problem. So it’s a surprise that she finds herself reconnecting with Raf, a neighbor and childhood friend who’s recently out of rehab and still wrestling with his own demons. At first Harley doesn’t want to get too close to him. But as her sister slowly recovers, Harley begins to see a path forward with Raf’s help that she never would have believed possible—one guided by honesty, forgiveness, and redemption.

My Thoughts:

I really adored this read. I thought this book was a prefect emotional read that dealt with issues that plague teens like romance, sister realtionships, love and grief and forgiveness. I really adored the lead character in this book. I also enjoyed how lizzy crafted some complex characters even though this book focused on Harley POV. I also was super impressed with the structure of this novel and the the use of the flashbacks to flesh out this novel. I really adored this novel and hope to read by this author in the future. If you are looking for books like Katie McGary then check out this emotional read that really gripped me from page one.

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Never-Contented Things (ARC) Non-Spoiler Review!!

Never-Contented Things  by Sarah Porter

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Published by Tor Teen on March 19, 2019

Genres: Young Adult, fantasy, Fairy

Pages: 368

Format: ARC

Source: BEA

2018 challenge:  N/A

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I would give this book 3.5 for a review.

Summary!!!

Prince and his fairy courtiers are staggeringly beautiful, unrelentingly cruel, and exhausted by the tedium of the centuries―until they meet foster-siblings Josh and Ksenia. Drawn in by their vivid emotions, undying love for each other, and passion for life, Prince will stop at nothing to possess them.

First seduced and then entrapped by the fairies, Josh and Ksenia learn that the fairies’ otherworldly gifts come at a terrible price―and they must risk everything in order to reclaim their freedom.

My Brief Thoughts:

I liked this book but I did not love it. I was captured by the POV and the plot was super engaging. I felt like the world that was created was unique but at moments that world was super complex/confusing and it did go over my head a points. I at points did feel lost in the world. I was more invested in one of the POV the the other two. I know this was book at fairy but I wish this book had more interactions with the fairy groups. I thought this book was unique but and did enjoy the creepy setting. I enjoyed this book more then Sarah other reads. This book was a much weirder novel then other fairy books I have read recently. I am curious to read more of this author books in the future.

My Extended Thoughts:

Characters: Overall, I did like the trio of characters POV that we got. I was a tad more invested in Lexie POV. I felt like the the other two characters were compling  to read about. I thought the characters were super diverse and they characters were super complex. I wish I felt more connected to the other two POV but i was intrigued by them all.

World Building: I thought this world was super creepy and that lead it to being super confusing and at moment the world was confusing to follow. I wanted to feel more connected to this world and that world will begin super creepy could have been developed a tad better and more clearer. That was one the weaker points in the novel.

Plot: The plot along with the world building was one of the weaker parts of the novel. I felt like this book lacked tension and the pacing of this novel was off at points. I was intreated in the novel and what was happening but wish the book made the plot more engaging to make me keep reading.

I did not love this book as much as I loved other fairy books like The cruel prince series. But I liked it more then Sarah Porters others reads!

let me know in the comments if this book is on your TBR!!

Later book lovers!

ThrowBack Arc Tbr: Phantom Wheel!!!!

So every year I go to several bookish conventions including BEA, Book con and NYCC and I often get many arcs and book early or for free. I am super lucky to be able to get these arcs. But due to my new job and Just time, I have quite a backlog of books that I still need to read!

Here is one off the reads. I am super excited to read!

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Summary!!

The digital apocalypse has arrived and the future is here in this addictive technological thriller full of twists and turns. Perfect for fans of Nerve!

Being recruited by the CIA to join a top-secret intelligence program should be the opportunity of a lifetime. For Issa, it’s a shot at creating a new and better life for herself and her siblings. For clever con artist Harper, it’s a chance to bury the secrets of her troubled past and make sure that those secrets stayburied. But for Owen–honor student, star quarterback, and computer-hacking genius–it sounds like a trap. He’s right.  Owen discovers that instead of auditioning for the CIA, they’ve all been tricked by a multibillion-dollar tech company into creating the ultimate computer virus. It’s called Phantom Wheel, and it’s capable of hacking anyone on Earth, anywhere, at any time. And thanks to six teenagers, it’s virtually unstoppable.  Horrified by what they’ve done, the hackers must team up to stop the virus before the world descends into chaos. But working together is easier said than done, especially as the lines start to blur between teammate, friend, and more than friend. Because how do you learn to trust someone when you’ve spent your entire life exploiting that same trust in others?

Book Information

  • Print Length: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (October 16, 2018)
  • Publication Date: October 16, 2018
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group

If this book is on your TBR, tell me in the comments or if you have read it already.. tell me your non-spoiler books in the comments!

later book lovers!

 

The Adventures Guild (Non-Spoiler Review)

The Adventures Guild by Zack Loran-Clark and Nick Eliopulos

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Published by Disney Hyperion on October 3, 2017

Genres: Middle Grade, Fantasy

Pages: 320

Format: ARC

Source: Publisher

2019 challenge: Beat the backlist challenge

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I would give this book 3.5  for a review.

Summary!!!

Few ever asked to join the Adventurers Guild. . . . Their members often died young. In one of the last cities standing after the world fell to monsters, best friends Zed Kagari and Brock Dunderfel have high hopes for the future. Zed desperately wishes to join the ranks of the Mages Guild, where his status as Freestone’s only half elf might finally be an asset. Brock, the roguishly handsome son of merchants, is confident he’ll be welcomed into the ranks of the Merchants Guild. But just as it seems the boys’ dreams have come true, their lives take a startling turn . . . and they find themselves members of the perilous Adventurers Guild. Led by the fearsome Alabasel Frond, the guild acts as the last line of defense against the Dangers, hungry, unnatural beasts from otherworldly planes. And when the boys uncover a conspiracy that threatens all of Freestone, Zed, Brock, and their new allies -Liza, a fierce noble, and Jett, a brave dwarf, must prove their worth once and for all. This start of a thrilling new series is sure to be a hit with readers who like their fantasies clever and action-packed, with tons of humor and heart.

My Thoughts:

I thought this book was the prefect balance between dungeons and dragons and the middle grade set. I really loved the two leads. I thought some of the world building was a tad confusing. We also met some many characters super fast and some of the names confused me. I really enjoyed this story. It was a fast pace read and I am super excited to read book 2. I really liked the world building in this novel and it was a very fun read.

Four dead queens (arc review)!!!

Four dead Queens  by Astrid Scholte

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Published by   G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers on February 26, 2019

Genres: Young Adult, fantasy

Pages: 432

Format: arc

Source: NYCC

2018 challenge:

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I would give this book 3.5  for a review.

Summary!!!

Seventeen-year-old Keralie Corrington may seem harmless, but she’s, in fact, one of Quadara’s most skilled thieves and a liar. Varin, on the other hand, is an honest, upstanding citizen of Quadara’s most enlightened region, Eonia. He runs afoul of Keralie when she steals a package from him, putting his life in danger. When Varin attempts to retrieve the package, he and Keralie both find themselves entangled in a conspiracy that leaves all four of Quadara’s queens dead.

With no other choices and on the run from Keralie’s former employer, the two decide to join forces, endeavoring to discover who has killed the queens and save their own lives in the process. When their reluctant partnership blooms into a tenuous romance, they must overcome their own dark secrets in hopes of a future together that seemed impossible just days before. But first they have to stay alive and untangle the secrets behind the nation’s four dead queens.

An enthralling fast-paced murder mystery where competing agendas collide with deadly consequences, Four Dead Queens heralds the arrival of an exciting new YA talent.

My Thoughts:

Overall this book was a super fast read and I really did enjoy it. I did enjoy the various POV that we got throughout the novel but some characters I failed to become emotionally invested in. I thought the world was cool but and overall was well done but some elements of the world felt predicable or not surprising. I really didn’t love the lead female in this book and think her POV was my favorite. I am really also enjoyed the non-linear or unique story telling path. It was def a fast pace mystery that kept me hooked.

The Similars (Non-Spoiler Review)

The Similars  by Rebecca Hanover

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Published by Sourcebooks Fire on January 1, 2019

Genres: Young Adult, Thriller

Pages: 400

Format: Arc

Source: BEA

2019 challenge:

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!!!

Don’t miss the series debut that readers are calling Gossip Girl in the near future, set in an elite boarding school, where secret societies rule, nothing is at it seems, and the genetic copies of attending students have just joined the Junior class..

This fall, six new students are joining the junior class at the elite Darkwood Academy. But they aren’t your regular over-achieving teens. They’re DNA duplicates, and these “similars” are joining the class alongside their originals.

The Similars are all anyone can talk about. Who are these they? What are the odds that all of them would be Darkwood students? And who is the madman who broke the law to create them? Emmaline Chance couldn’t care less. Her best friend, Oliver, died over the summer and it’s all she can do to get through each day without him. Then she comes face-to-heartbreaking-face with Levi, Oliver’s exact DNA copy and one of the Similars.

Emma wants nothing to do with the Similars, but she keeps getting pulled deeper into their world. She can’t escape the dark truths about them or her prestigious school. No one can be trusted, not even the boy she is falling for with Oliver’s face.

This exhilarating and riveting debut by Rebecca Hanover is the next obsession for readers who devoured One of Us Is Lying, Scythe, and Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful.

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this read. I thought it was the prefect mix between realistic science fiction and thriller. I also thought this book handle topics like clones and prejudice and it was a super compelling read. I also was invested in the various mysteries that were presented in this novel. I found this to be a super fast pace read overall. I did like the focus on friendship and mysteries. I also thought the end of the book was fast pace adventure and really enjoyed it. I also liked the focused on the science in the novel.

I thought this book also handled grief and the the ending twists were super shocking and def. need to read book 2.

 

Only a Breath Apart (Non-Spoiler Revoew

Only a Breath Apart by Katie McGary

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Published by Tor Teen (January 22, 2019)

Genres: Young Adult, contemporary

Pages: 359

Format: arc

Source: ALA

2018 challenge:

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I would give this book 4.75 for a review.

Summary!!!

Bestselling author Katie McGarry’s trademark wrong-side-of-the-tracks romance is given a new twist in the gritty YA contemporary novel, Only a Breath Apart.

They say your destiny is carved in stone. But some destinies are meant to be broken.The only curse Jesse Lachlin believes in is his grandmother’s will: in order to inherit his family farm he must win the approval of his childhood best friend, the girl he froze out his freshman year.A fortuneteller tells Scarlett she’s psychic, but what is real is Scarlett’s father’s controlling attitude and the dark secrets at home. She may be able to escape, but only if she can rely on the one boy who broke her heart.Each midnight meeting pushes Jesse and Scarlett to confront their secrets and their feelings, but as love blooms, the curse rears its ugly head…

My Thoughts:

I really loved this story so much. I really enjoyed this hard hitting contemopory. I really enjoyed the duel POV and found how this book tackled various types of abuse super compelling/heartbreaking. I liked the longer time frame of this novel. I really love the blast from the past love and really enjoyed this aspect of the novel. I was equally invested in both storylines. I found the end pacing a bit wired but other then such a stand out novel. I am super excited to see who book focused on.

The me I am Meant to be (Non-Spoiler Review)

The Me I am Meant to be by Sophie Jordan

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Published by HMH Books for Young Readers on January 1, 2019

Genres: Young Adult, contemporary

Pages: 304

Format: ARC

Source: BEA

2018 challenge:

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I would give this book 3 for a review.

Summary!!!

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 bestie.

Flor 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.

Two friends find themselves tempted by love that defies the rules in this steamy romance perfect for fans of Jenny Han and Simone Elkeles.

My Thoughts:

This book was a super fast pace read. I thought it was a rather fun cont. book that had the prefect balance between fun elements like romance and friendship dynamics. I also like how the girl code rules started each chapters as a fun way to structure the novel. I thought the POV could have been a bit stronger and a bit easier to tell them apart. The book was predictable at moments but I really did enjoy it and read it in a full day. I hope to read more by this author in the future.

The Lying Woods (ARC) Non-Spoiler Review!!!

The Lying Woods  by Ashley Elston

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Published by Disney-Hyperion on November 13, 2018

Genres: Young Adult, contemporary, thriller

Pages: 336

Format: arc

Source: ALA

2018 challenge: Beat the backlist challenge

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I would give this book 5 for a review.

Summary!!!

Owen Foster has never wanted for anything. Then his mother shows up at his elite New Orleans boarding school cradling a bombshell: his privileged life has been funded by stolen money. After using the family business, the single largest employer in his small Louisiana town, to embezzle millions and drain the employees’ retirement accounts, Owen’s father vanished without a trace, leaving Owen and his mother to deal with the fallout.

My Thoughts:

I really found this book to a prefect read. I really was loved Owen and Noah is a lead characters. It is rather rare to have YA novel focused only on the male POV. I also really enjoyed the duel time line part of the story and found both storylines to be super compelling. I also really liked the balance that Elston created in the various genres between contempoary and thriller. I really found this book to be super compelling. I also thought this book tackled family issues super well. I think the own character really was so well done I would say this book is more of a contemporary novel with hints of mystery but the ending of this book was super shocking and i would def re-read this book in the future.

Girls of Paper and Fire (Non-Spoiler Review)

Girls of Paper and fire  by Natasha Ngan

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Published by jimmy patterson; 1st edition on November 6, 2018

Genres: Young Adult, fantasy

Pages: 400

Format: Hardback

Source: arc and november Owlcrate

2018 challenge: Beat the backlist challenge

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I would give this book 4.5 for a review.

Summary!!!

In this richly developed fantasy, Lei is a member of the Paper caste, the lowest and most persecuted class of people in Ikhara. She lives in a remote village with her father, where the decade-old trauma of watching her mother snatched by royal guards for an unknown fate still haunts her. Now, the guards are back and this time it’s Lei they’re after — the girl with the golden eyes whose rumored beauty has piqued the king’s interest.
Over weeks of training in the opulent but oppressive palace, Lei and eight other girls learns the skills and charm that befit a king’s consort. There, she does the unthinkable — she falls in love. Her forbidden romance becomes enmeshed with an explosive plot that threatens her world’s entire way of life. Lei, still the wide-eyed country girl at heart, must decide how far she’s willing to go for justice and revenge.

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this fantasy novel alot. I thought it was the prefect mix between the selection series, ash princes and such a rich world like soundless. I really enjoyed the lead characters througout this novel and like the lead in ash princess and she was such a different type of hero. I thought the world building that was inspired by Malaysia soctiey was the highlight of this novel. I wish the ending was a tad more fleshed out and that i felt immediately connected to the characters but I really loved the feelings of hope and inspiration that was the foundation of this novel. I will def be checking out book 2 when it comes out this year