The Secret Runners (Arc Review)

The Secret Runners  by Mathew Reilly

Published by   Crown Books for Young Readers on August 18, 2020

Genres: Young Adult , Thriller

Pages: 352

Format: arc

Source: publisher

2020 challenge: 2020 Arc

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I would give this book 3 for a review.

Summary!!!

Rich vs. Poor. Life vs. Death.

When Skye Rogers and her twin brother, Red, move to Manhattan, rumors of a coming global apocalypse are building. But the ultra-wealthy young elites at their prestigious school keep partying like there’s no tomorrow–while the city around them starts to fall apart.

Then Skye and Red are invited to join the Secret Runners, an exclusive group that has access to horrifying truths about the future. Can that insider information save them? Or is this the only time even one-percenters can’t buy their way to safety?

My Thoughts:

I thought this book was fun read. This book reminded me so much of action adventure movie with a hint of science fiction twist. I really did like the main character in this read. I thought the plot was fun and I also like the fast pace nature of the book. The only downside to this read is a struggled to feel connected to any of the characters and had no real emotional attachment to any of them. I did like the setting a well and found it to be fun read but it did not wow me. If you like action adventure movies this might be a fun read for you.

#stayathomeandread The Blackbird Girls!!

The Blackbird Girls  by Ann Blankman

Published by    Viking Books for Young Readers on March 10, 2020

Genres: Middle Grade , Adventure, Historical Fiction

Pages: 352

Format: audiobook

Source: BEA/LIBARY

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I would give this book 5 for a review.

Summary!!!

On a spring morning, neighbors Valentina Kaplan and Oksana Savchenko wake up to an angry red sky. A reactor at the nuclear power plant where their fathers work–Chernobyl–has exploded. Before they know it, the two girls, who’ve always been enemies, find themselves on a train bound for Leningrad to stay with Valentina’s estranged grandmother, Rita Grigorievna. In their new lives in Leningrad, they begin to learn what it means to trust another person. Oksana must face the lies her parents told her all her life. Valentina must keep her grandmother’s secret, one that could put all their lives in danger. And both of them discover something they’ve wished for: a best friend. But how far would you go to save your best friend’s life? Would you risk your own?

Told in alternating perspectives among three girls–Valentina and Oksana in 1986 and Rifka in 1941–this story shows that hatred, intolerance, and oppression are no match for the power of true friendship.

My Thoughts:

I simply loved this book. Again this book tackled a time period that I was not the familar with. I thought this was such a good read that not only opened my mind about time period chernoable power plant explosion and follows two young girls who fathers were works at that power plant. I loved the duel POV and also the focus on friendship, predjuices, finding your own family and hints of adventure that keep you guessing, I love books that are focused on found family and this book really made me emotional and found it prefect listen!

#stayathomeandread Ghosts of the Shadowmarket

Ghosts of the Shadowmarket by anthology!!

Published by    Margaret K. McElderry Books on June 4, 2019

Genres: Young adult, fantsay

Pages: 624

Format: Hardback

Source: audibook

2020 challenge: 2019 read

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I would give this book 5 for a review.

Summary!!!

The Shadow Market is a meeting point for faeries, werewolves, warlocks, and vampires. There, the Downworlders buy and sell magical objects, make dark bargains, and whisper secrets they do not want the Nephilim to know. Through two centuries, however, there has been a frequent visitor to the Shadow Market from the City of Bones, the very heart of the Shadowhunters’ world. As a Silent Brother, Brother Zachariah is a sworn keeper of the laws and lore of the Nephilim. But once he was a Shadowhunter called Jem Carstairs, and his love, then and always, is the warlock Tessa Gray. And Jem is searching through the Shadow Markets, in many different cities over long years, for a relic from his past.

Follow Jem and see, against the backdrop of the Shadow Market’s dark dealings and festival, Anna Lightwood’s doomed romance, Matthew Fairchild’s great sin, and Tessa Gray as she is plunged into a world war. Valentine Morgenstern buys a soul at the Market and a young Jace Wayland’s soul finds safe harbor. In the Market is hidden a lost heir and a beloved ghost, and no one can save you once you have traded away your heart. Not even Brother Zachariah.

My Thoughts:

Overall, I really loved the concept of this story following Jem throughout history and hunting for the child. I loved going throughout history and seeing all my favorite characters new and old. I really loved seeing so many fan favorites and found it to be so fun. I really do love Jem as a character and loved seeing all the different verisions of a shadow market as well. It was such a fun read and got my ready for chain of gold.

#stayhomeandread Verona Comics (arc review)

Verona Comics  by Jennifer Dugan

Published by   G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers on April 21, 2020

Genres: young adult , Contempory

Pages: 336

Format: arc

Source: publisher

2020 challenge: 2020 book

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I would give this book 5 for a review.

Summary!!!

rom the author of Hot Dog Girl comes a fresh and funny queer YA contemporary novel about two teens who fall in love in an indie comic book shop. 

Jubilee has it all together. She’s an elite cellist, and when she’s not working in her stepmom’s indie comic shop, she’s prepping for the biggest audition of her life.

Ridley is barely holding it together. His parents own the biggest comic-store chain in the country, and Ridley can’t stop disappointing them–that is, when they’re even paying attention.

They meet one fateful night at a comic convention prom, and the two can’t help falling for each other. Too bad their parents are at each other’s throats every chance they get, making a relationship between them nearly impossible . . . unless they manage to keep it a secret.

Then again, the feud between their families may be the least of their problems. As Ridley’s anxiety spirals, Jubilee tries to help but finds her focus torn between her fast-approaching audition and their intensifying relationship. What if love can’t conquer all? What if each of them needs more than the other can give?

My Thoughts:

I really wound up adoring this read. I love this book so much. I was so invested in both the male and female POV. I loved how this book focused on the comics world and beyond comics books and not just comic con. I also like how this book explored harder relationships topics including family dymamics, romance, codependent relationships and anxiety and depression. I thought this was realistic look at what comes after a whirlwind romance. but it was so fun and loved the characters and the harder topics.

#stayathomenandread Zatanna and the House of Secrets (arc review)

Zatanna and the House of Secrets by Matthew Cody

Published by   DC Comics (February 18, 2020)

Genres: Middle Grade , Adventure, graphic novel/comic

Pages: 160

Format: arc

Source: publisher

2020 challenge: 2020 book/arc

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!!!

Welcome to the magical, mystical, topsy-turvy world of the House of Secrets, where Zatanna embarks on a journey of self-discovery and adventure … all with her pet rabbit, Pocus, at her side

Zatanna and her stage magician father live in a special house, the House of Secrets, which is full of magic, puzzles, mysterious doors, and storybook creatures–it’s the house everyone in the neighborhood talks about but avoids.

At school one day, Zatanna stands up to a bully and everything changes–including her friends. Suddenly, Zatanna isn’t so sure about her place in the world, and when she returns home to tell her father, he’s gone missing, lost within their own home. 

With thrilling twists from writer Matthew Cody and dazzling artwork by Yoshi Yoshitani, Zatanna and the House of Secrets will delight readers at the turn of every page–and the opening of every door!

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this read. I loved both the diversity of this read but also the plot. I loved the setting of this book so much and found the mansion full of secrets to be so fun. I also also normally a big fan of animal as a sidekick and loved this bunny so much. I also loved the characters in this read and love how this book fleshed out. I thought the end of the story was a bit rushed but really hope we get more books in this series in the future. I really loved the main character.

#Stayathomeandread Sisters of Sword and Song (arc review)

Sisters of Sword and Song by Rebecca Ross

Published by    HarperTeen onJune 23, 2020

Genres: Young Adult , Fantsay

Pages: 467

Format: arc

Source: publisher

2020 challenge: Arc 2020

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I would give this book 5 for a review.

Summary!!!

Rebecca Ross, acclaimed author of The Queen’s Rising duology, delivers a thrilling new fantasy about the lengths two sisters will go for each other. Perfect for fans of Ember in the AshesSky In the Deep, and Court of Fives.

After eight years, Evadne will finally be reunited with her older sister, Halcyon, who has been serving in the queen’s army. But when Halcyon unexpectedly appears a day early, Eva knows something is wrong. Halcyon has charged with a heinous crime, and though her life is spared, she is sentenced to 15 years. 

Suspicious of the charges, brought forth by Halcyon’s army commander, as well as the details of the crime, Eva volunteers to take part of her sister’s sentence. If there’s a way to absolve Halcyon, she’ll find it. But as the sisters begin their sentences, they quickly learn that there are fates worse than death.

My Thoughts:

I simply adored this read. I thought this book was a super strong standalone fantasy novel. I am so intrigued to read more of this author backlists in the future. I really became so invested in both of these characters from page one. I THOUGHT both characters were super compelling and really liked them both. I also the greekish inspired world building and really loved it. I was also super loved the quest elements in this book. I thought the magic system was so well build and easy to follow. I really loved both POV characters. This book did not scream romance but had subtle elements of it. I also loved how this book focused on sisterhood and that relationship the good and the bad, and would def read more by this author in the future.

#Stayathomenandread Super Adjacent

Super Adjacent  by Crystal Cestari

Published by  Disney on March 17, 2020

Genres: Young Adult , Super Heros

Pages: 384

Format: Arc

Source: Publisher

2020 challenge:2020 Arc

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!!!

Claire has always wanted to work with superheroes, from collecting Warrior Nation cards as a kid to drafting “What to Say to a Hero” speeches in her diary. Now that she’s landed a coveted internship with the Chicago branch of Warrior Nation, Claire is ready to prove she belongs, super or not. But complicating plans is the newest WarNat hero, Girl Power (aka Joy), who happens to be egotistical and self-important . . . and pretty adorable. 
Bridgette, meanwhile, wants out of WarNat. After years of dating the famous Vaporizer (aka Matt), she’s sick of playing second, or third, or five-hundredth fiddle to all the people-in-peril in the city of Chicago. Of course, once Bridgette meets Claire-who’s clearly in need of a mentor and wingman-giving up WarNat becomes slightly more complicated. It becomes a lot more complicated when Joy, Matt, and the rest of the heroes go missing, leaving only Claire and Bridgette to save the day.
In this fresh and funny take on the world of supers, author Crystal Cestari spotlights what it’s like to be the seemingly non-super half of a dynamic duo with banter-filled romance and bold rescues perfect for readers seeking a great escape.

My Thoughts:

I found this book to such a fun read and i really loved the world. I thought the world building was so well crafted. I also really liked both main characters and thought that both characters really helped expand the world. I really liked both romances and felt that they were both so fun and loved the LGBTQ representing. I thought the also various media elements at the end of each chapter really helped expand the world. I thought this book had a strong mystery that was hard to predict but super engaging. I also thought this was a solid standalone but would love to see more books set in this world.

What I like about you (arc review)

What I like about you  by Marisa Kanter

Published by   Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers on April 7, 2020

Genres: young adult , contemporary

Pages: 416

Format: arc

Source: ALA publisher

2020 challenge: 2020 book

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I would give this book 4.5 for a review.

Summary!!!

Can a love triangle have only two people in it? Online, it can…but in the real world, its more complicated. In this debut novel that’s perfect for fans of Jenny Han and Morgan Matson, Marisa Kanter hilariously and poignantly explores what happens when internet friends turn into IRL crushes.

Is it still a love triangle if there are only two people in it?

There are a million things that Halle Levitt likes about her online best friend, Nash.

He’s an incredibly talented graphic novelist. He loves books almost as much as she does. And she never has to deal with the awkwardness of seeing him in real life. They can talk about anything…

Except who she really is.

Because online, Halle isn’t Halle—she’s Kels, the enigmatically cool creator of One True Pastry, a YA book blog that pairs epic custom cupcakes with covers and reviews. Kels has everything Halle doesn’t: friends, a growing platform, tons of confidence, and Nash.

That is, until Halle arrives to spend senior year in Gramps’s small town and finds herself face-to-face with real, human, not-behind-a-screen Nash. Nash, who is somehow everywhere she goes—in her classes, at the bakery, even at synagogue.

Nash who has no idea she’s actually Kels.

If Halle tells him who she is, it will ruin the non-awkward magic of their digital friendship. Not telling him though, means it can never be anything more. Because while she starts to fall for Nash as Halle…he’s in love with Kels.

My Thoughts:

Overall I loved the concept of this novel so much. As book lover and someone involved in the world of books, reviews and supporting books that part of the book I adored. I thought that part was so true to my own life and really loved that part of the book. I also really loved the used of emailing and social media as a source of friendship and communication. I also really liked how Marisa explored how her main character tackled anxiety. I thought this book was super fast pace read. It is def a book I would re-read again in the future. I loved how this book also talked about the book industry in a honest way. I thought some elements of the books were not wrapped up nicely as I would like and also thought this book had some predicable moments but overall I loved this read. If you are booklover, this might be the perfect read for you and the romance was so cute overall but online and off!!

The Mystery of the Moon Tower (Arc Review) finish

The Mystery of the Moon Tower (The Pathfinders Society) by Francesco Sedita,  Prescott Seraydarian and  Steve Hamaker 

Published by   Viking Books for Young Readers on April 21, 2020

Genres: Middle Grade , Graphic Novel

Pages: 176

Format: Arc

Source: Publisher

2019 challenge:2020 Books

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I would give this book 3 for a review.

Summary!!!

Summer camp just became a whole lot more interesting when five curious kids accept a mysterious project: work together as a team to uncover a series of strange clues, reveal a secret path–and follow its twists and turns to a legendary treasure! 

Join in the fun in this lively, clever debut graphic novel sure to appeal to fans of the Last Kids on Earth and Lumberjanes series.

Kyle is a new kid in town who likes to draw. Vic is a cool cheerleader who’s secretly a math whiz. Quiet Beth is a history buff, while goofball Harry likes performing magic tricks, with the help of his patient wingman, Nate. Five kids unlikely to form a team, for sure. 

But then they’re thrown together at summer camp, where they watch a grainy old movie about the history of their town, Windrose, and one of its illustrious citizens of a bygone era: the intrepid explorer-inventor Henry Merriweather. He’s the one who established their camp. Merriweather’s Camp Pathfinders’ motto? Plus Ultra: more beyond!

The five kids soon find there is indeed “more beyond” in their pokey town with its weird weather and sudden geysers of smelly air. Deciphering a route of historical markers leads them to Merriweather’s old castle, which is lined with ornate, beautiful tiles in hallways that lead to secret rooms full of odd objects–and where time itself is warped

Kyle, Vic, Beth, Harry, and Nate witness scenes from Merriweather’s past and realize his experiments and eccentricities are pointing toward a path–that could lead to the rumored lost treasure of Windrose. 

This is the path our heroes are meant to follow, on a journey that will take them back and forth through time, through woods, and across waterways revealed by moonlight, right up to the looming Moon Tower itself–which holds Merriweather’s secret . . . and the treasure!

My Thoughts:

I found this to such a fast pace read. I really enjoyed the wide cast of characters and also the setting the the mystery that was at the heart of this novel. I really think that the finished copy of this book will have such a fun and easy to read/ and love art style. I think the plot had some pacing issues, but I am hopeful the future books in this series will get stronger and stronger. I think if your enjoy fast pace adventure stories, this would be the prefect read for you!

Wicked as you wish (Arc Review)!!

Wicked as you Wish by Rin Chupeco

Published by Sourcebooks Fire on March 3, 2020

Genres: Young Adult, fantasy, fairytale

Pages: 400

Format: Arc

Source: BEA

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I would give this book 5 for a review.

Summary!!!

Tala Warnock has little use for magic – as a descendant of Maria Makiling, the legendary Filipina heroine, she negates spells, often by accident. But her family’s old ties to the country of Avalon (frozen, bespelled, and unreachable for almost 12 years) soon finds them guarding its last prince from those who would use his kingdom’s magic for insidious ends. 

And with the rise of dangerous spelltech in the Royal States of America; the appearance of the firebird, Avalon’s deadliest weapon, at her doorstep; and the re-emergence of the Snow Queen, powerful but long thought dead, who wants nothing more than to take the firebird’s magic for her own – Tala’s life is about to get even more complicated….

My Thoughts:

This book was such a welcome surprise. I loved both the set up of this book and also how this book was structured. I really was impressed and captured by the world building throughout the whole novel. I thought the main characters were super easy to become invested in and also really loved the “rag tag bunch of heroes”. I also really enjoyed the various fairy tale characters that used to that filled this world . I really loved the pace of this novel and found this book to be both super heartfelt but also really funny read. I thought some moments the world building could of been clearer but I think because this world was so vast, it was understandable. I really am excited for more books in this series eventually!