Slayer (ARC Review)!!!

Slayer  by Kiersten White

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Published by Simon Pulse on January 8, 2019

Genres: Young Adult, Paranormal, BuffyVerse

Pages: 416

Format: arc

Source: NYCC

2018 challenge:

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I would give this book 4.75 for a review.

Summary!!!

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.

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this book alot. I really found the tiebacks to the actually buffy characters a nice element. I really would loved a bit more connections to the buffy characters. I really enjoyed the new setting of this book and also the new set of characters. I found the premise of this book to super well done. I was really liked nina and loved her storyline in this book. I found her to be such a unique slayer. I also really liked the various mysteries we met had in this story. I wanted to the end to be a bit more fleshed out but I am so excited for book 2!!!

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TheWicked king Arc Review

The Wicked King  by Holly Black

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Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers on January 8, 2019

Genres: Young Adult, fantasy, fairy

Pages: 336

Format: ARC

Source: ALA

2018 challenge: N/A

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I would give this book 5 for a review.

Summary!!!

The enchanting and bloodthirsty sequel to the New York Times bestselling novel The Cruel Prince.  You must be strong enough to strike and strike and strike again without tiring. The first lesson is to make yourself strong.After the jaw-dropping revelation that Oak is the heir to Faerie, Jude must keep her younger brother safe. To do so, she has bound the wicked king, Cardan, to her, and made herself the power behind the throne. Navigating the constantly shifting political alliances of Faerie would be difficult enough if Cardan were easy to control. But he does everything in his power to humiliate and undermine her even as his fascination with her remains undiminished. When it becomes all too clear that someone close to Jude means to betray her, threatening her own life and the lives of everyone she loves, Jude must uncover the traitor and fight her own complicated feelings for Cardan to maintain control as a mortal in a Faerie world.

My Brief Thoughts:

I adored this book a lot. I think this book really did change the game of this series yet again. I really grew to love all the characters in this book but especially Jude. I think the world building was so well crafted in this book and I loved how this book both expanded the world but also expanded the characters growth. I just loved how tightly wound this story is with the first book in this series. The ending was insane will be a super super long wait but I loved this book a lot!

My Extended Thoughts:

Characters: I thought this book raised the bar and def did some vey compelling things with all these characters. This book was really showed you different sides of all the and really was hard to put down. I really enjoyed what holly black did with her characters.

Pace: This book is only a bit over 300 pages and it is a fast pace read that really did not stop until the last chapter when you REALLY want to toss your book across the room. But as very well pace novel that was hard to put down.

Twists: The final twist is behind CRUEL and i wanted to toss my book across the room. I def need to re read this series in 2019! But all I can say is waiting until 2020 for this last book in this series is hard!

Next book! If I by some reason could get this book tomorrow. I would have waited too long! I am not looking foward to my long wait!

let me know in the comments your thoughts about wicked king or if you are super excited to read it!

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Arc Tbr: The Tiger at Midnight

So this was another epic reads pick that I got at NYCC!! I really hope I get to read this book soon!!

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Summary!!!!!

The first book in an epic heart-pounding fantasy trilogy inspired by ancient Indian history and Hindu mythology, perfect for fans of Sabaa Tahir and Renée Ahdieh.

A broken bond. A dying land. A cat-and-mouse game that can only end in bloodshed.

Esha lost everything in the royal coup—and as the legendary rebel known as the Viper, she’s made the guilty pay. Now she’s been tasked with her most important mission to date: taking down the ruthless General Hotha.

Kunal has been a soldier since childhood. His uncle, the general, has ensured that Kunal never strays from the path—even as a part of Kunal longs to join the outside world, which has only been growing more volatile.

When Esha and Kunal’s paths cross one fated night, an impossible chain of events unfolds. Both the Viper and the soldier think they’re calling the shots, but they’re not the only players moving the pieces.

As the bonds that hold their land in order break down and the sins of the past meet the promise of a new future, both the soldier and the rebel must decide where their loyalties lie: with the lives they’ve killed to hold on to or with the love that’s made them dream of something more.

Author Information!!

Swati Teerdhala is a storyteller at heart. After graduating from the University of Virginia with a BS in finance and BA in history, she tumbled into the marketing side of the technology industry. She’s passionate about many things, including how to make a proper cup of tea, the right ratio of curd to crust in a lemon tart, and diverse representation in the stories we tell. The Tiger at Midnight is her debut novel. She currently lives in New York City. You can visit her online at http://www.swatiteerdhala.com.

Book Information

  • Series: Tiger at Midnight (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (April 23, 2019)

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

Later book lovers!!

 

 

A Curse so dark and lonely (ARC Review)

A Curse so Dark and Lonely  by Brigid Kemmerer

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Published by  Bloomsbury USA Childrens  on January 29, 2019

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy

Pages: 496

Format: arc

Source: BEA

2018 challenge:

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I would give this book 4.75 for a review.

Summary!!!

Fall in love, break the curse.

It once seemed so easy to Prince Rhen, the heir to Emberfall. Cursed by a powerful enchantress to repeat the autumn of his eighteenth year over and over, he knew he could be saved if a girl fell for him. But that was before he learned that at the end of each autumn, he would turn into a vicious beast hell-bent on destruction. That was before he destroyed his castle, his family, and every last shred of hope.

Nothing has ever been easy for Harper. With her father long gone, her mother dying, and her brother barely holding their family together while constantly underestimating her because of her cerebral palsy, she learned to be tough enough to survive. But when she tries to save someone else on the streets of Washington, DC, she’s instead somehow sucked into Rhen’s cursed world.

Break the curse, save the kingdom.

A prince? A monster? A curse? Harper doesn’t know where she is or what to believe. But as she spends time with Rhen in this enchanted land, she begins to understand what’s at stake. And as Rhen realizes Harper is not just another girl to charm, his hope comes flooding back. But powerful forces are standing against Emberfall . . . and it will take more than a broken curse to save Harper, Rhen, and his people from utter ruin.

 My Brief Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this beauty and the beast retelling. I found this book to be such a rich read with a strong world building but also very strong characters that I felt reflected the nature of these characters from the pervious myths. I was equally invested in both POVs. I also enjoyed the banter between all characters and also the representation that was given to characters with cerbal palsy. I normally found this book to fast pace and engaging but the middle of the book had a some slow moment and the ending I felt was a tad rushed, I am excited for book 2!

My Extended Thoughts: 

Characters: I really loved both POV characters in this novel. I was equally invested in both POV. I found the characters to be super well crafted and normally beauty and the beast retelling feature some super unhealthy relationship but that did not occur here and I really loved all the characters so much! The characters also had nice tie ins that connected back to the retelling that I really enjoyed!

World Building: This world building was so lush and really loved how she crafted it. This myth and curse building was so well done. It reminds me of once upon a time season one, but so well done! I really was captivated by the world building!

Pace: I really did like the pacing. I felt the pacing in the middle was a tad on the slow side and tad rushed at the end, but i had a hard time putting this book down and really did enjoy it!

Book 2!! I am totally there!!

 

 

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:

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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!

Arc Tbr: Warrior of the wild

So here is another book that I got from NYCC! I am super excited to dive into this read hopefully soon!

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Summary!!

An eighteen-year-old chieftain’s daughter must find a way to kill her village’s oppressive deity if she ever wants to return home in Warrior of the Wild, the Viking-inspired YA standalone fantasy from Tricia Levenseller, author of Daughter of the Pirate King.

How do you kill a god?

As her father’s chosen heir, eighteen-year-old Rasmira has trained her whole life to become a warrior and lead her village. But when her coming-of-age trial is sabotaged and she fails the test, her father banishes her to the monster-filled wilderness with an impossible quest: To win back her honor, she must kill the oppressive god who claims tribute from the villages each year or die trying.

Author Information!!

Tricia Levenseller, author of Daughter of the Pirate King and its sequel Daughter of the Siren Queen, is from a small town in Oregon, but she now lives next to the Rocky Mountains in Utah with her bossy dog, Rosy. She received her degree in English language and editing, and she is thrilled that she never has to read a textbook again. When she’s not writing or reading, Tricia enjoys putting together jigsaw puzzles, playing volleyball, and watching her favorite TV shows while eating extra-buttered popcorn.

Book Information!!

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Feiwel & Friends (February 26, 2019)

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

Later book lovers!!!

 

Fire and Heist (Arc Review)!!!

  Fire and Heist by Sarah Beth Durst

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Published by  Crown Books for Young Readers on December 4, 2018

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Heist Novel

Pages: 304

Format: arc

Source: Net Galley

2018 challenge: PSRC: Book about a Heist

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!!!

In Sky Hawkins’s family, leading your first heist is a major milestone–even more so than learning to talk, walk, or do long division. It’s a chance to gain power and acceptance within your family, and within society. But stealing your first treasure can be complicated, especially when you’re a wyvern–a human capable of turning into a dragon.

Embarking on a life of crime is never easy, and Sky discovers secrets about her mother, who recently went missing, the real reason her boyfriend broke up with her, and a valuable jewel that could restore her family’s wealth and rank in their community.

With a handpicked crew by her side, Sky knows she has everything she needs to complete her first heist, and get her boyfriend and mother back in the process. But then she uncovers a dark truth about were-dragon society–a truth more valuable and dangerous than gold or jewels could ever be.

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this book. I found this book to be such a fun read. I thought he world building was so fun and the magic system was so fun to read about. I found this book to be such a fun read. I really enjoyed the heist/dragon novel. I really loved the lead character so much and just love the heist side of this novel. I thought the various locations we went to was also so well crafted. I also love the complex family dynamics that was featured in this novel. I read this book so fast and it just made me smile. I really loved this as standalone but would love too see more stories told in this world!

Mirage: Non-Spoiler Review

Mirage by Somaiya Daud

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Published by Flatiron Books (August 28, 2018)

Genres: Young Adult, fantasy

Pages: 320

Format: Hardback

Source: Owl Crate

2018 challenge:

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I would give this book 3.5 for a review.

Summary!!!

In a world dominated by the brutal Vathek empire, eighteen-year-old Amani is a dreamer. She dreams of what life was like before the occupation; she dreams of writing poetry like the old-world poems she adores; she dreams of receiving a sign from Dihya that one day, she, too, will have adventure, and travel beyond her isolated home.

But when adventure comes for Amani, it is not what she expects: she is kidnapped by the regime and taken in secret to the royal palace, where she discovers that she is nearly identical to the cruel half-Vathek Princess Maram. The princess is so hated by her conquered people that she requires a body double, someone to appear in public as Maram, ready to die in her place.

As Amani is forced into her new role, she can’t help but enjoy the palace’s beauty—and her time with the princess’ fiancé, Idris. But the glitter of the royal court belies a world of violence and fear. If Amani ever wishes to see her family again, she must play the princess to perfection…because one wrong move could lead to her death.

My Thoughts:

I really did enjoy this book. I felt this book was a super fast pace read. I overall enjoyed it, but I did not feel as connected to the characters and the world as I wanted too. I thought the world was intreasting. I really thought the dynamics between the princess and her double and also liked the hints of romance. I did enjoy the end and I like how the book was structured. It just did not wow me. I will def be checking out book 2!!

Arc TBR: We set the dark on fire

This is another of my NYCC comic con reads, That comes out early winter! I really am so excited to get to these novels!!

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Summary!!

In this daring and romantic fantasy debut perfect for fans of The Handmaid’s Tale and Latinx authors Zoraida Córdova and Anna-Marie McLemore, society wife-in-training Dani has a great awakening after being recruited by rebel spies and falling for her biggest rival.

At the Medio School for Girls, distinguished young women are trained for one of two roles in their polarized society. Depending on her specialization, a graduate will one day run a husband’s household or raise his children. Both paths promise a life of comfort and luxury, far from the frequent political uprisings of the lower class.

Daniela Vargas is the school’s top student, but her pedigree is a lie. She must keep the truth hidden or be sent back to the fringes of society.

And school couldn’t prepare her for the difficult choices she must make after graduation, especially when she is asked to spy for a resistance group desperately fighting to bring equality to Medio.

Will Dani cling to the privilege her parents fought to win for her, or will she give up everything she’s strived for in pursuit of a free Medio—and a chance at a forbidden love?

Author Information:

Tehlor Kay Mejia is an author and Oregon native in love with the alpine meadows and evergreen forests of her home state, where she lives with her daughter. We Set the Dark on Fire is her first novel. You can follow her on Twitter @tehlorkay.

Product details

  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (February 26, 2019)
  • Publication Date: February 26, 2019
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers

Let me know in the comments, If this book is on your winter TBR!

Later book lovers!

 

 

 

Arc TBR: Stolen Time

This was a suprise book that I picked up at NYCC form epic reads!

Book Cover!!

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Summary!!!!

Seattle, 1913

Dorothy spent her life learning the art of the con. But after meeting a stranger and stowing away on his peculiar aircraft, she wakes up in a chilling version of the world she left behind—and for the first time in her life, realizes she’s in way over her head.

New Seattle, 2077

If there was ever a girl who was trouble, it was one who snuck on board Ash’s time machine wearing a wedding gown—and the last thing he needs is trouble if he wants to prevent his terrifying visions of the future from coming true.

Author Information!!

Danielle Rollins is the author of BURNING, as well as the horror novels THE MERCILESS, THE MERCILESS II: THE EXORCISM OF SOFIA FLORES, and SURVIVE THE NIGHT (written as Danielle Vega). She lives in Brooklyn, NY and spends far too much money on vintage furniture and leather boots. Find her on twitter @dvegabooks

Book Information!!

  • Print Length: 416 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTeen (February 5, 2019)
  • Publication Date: February 5, 2019
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers

Let me know if this book is on your TBR THIS february!!

later book lovers!!