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!

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Ruin and Rising: Non-Spolier Review!!!

Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

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Published by Henry Holt and Co  First edition on June 17, 2014

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy

Pages:  369

Format: Paperback

Source: Personally Bought

2018 challenge: Beat the backlist challenge

Buy on AmazonBarnes & Noble, Goodreads

I would give this book 5 for a review.

Summary!!!

Enter the Grishaverse with Book Three of the Shadow and Bone Trilogy by the #1 New York Timesbestselling author of Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom.

Soldier. Summoner. Saint. The nation’s fate rests with a broken Sun Summoner, a disgraced tracker, and the shattered remnants of a once-great magical army.

The Darkling rules from his shadow throne while a weakened Alina Starkov recovers from their battle under the dubious protection of the zealots who worship her as a Saint. Now her hopes lie with the magic of a long-vanished ancient creature and the chance that an outlaw prince still survives.

As her allies and enemies race toward war, only Alina stands between her country and a rising tide of darkness that could destroy the world. To win this fight, she must seize a legend’s power—but claiming the firebird may be her ruin.

My Thoughts:

I thought that this was prob one of the best book in the series. I keep on loving this world and really think the world was expanded so much in this novel. I found the relationship between Mal and Alina to be the best part of this novel. I really loved how this book focused on the a smaller cast of characters. It was a such a fast pace read. I was really hooked. I like how this book really focused on the hero myth and it did such unique things with the troupe. I thought Nick was the best part of this novel and really can’t wait to read the sequel series to this series.

 

Seige and Storm (Non-Spoiler Review)!!!

Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

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Published by  Henry Holt and Co. on June 4, 2013

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy

Pages: 448

Format: Paper back

Source: Personally Bought

2018 challenge: Beat the backlist challenge

Buy on AmazonBarnes & Noble, Goodreads

I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!!!

Enter the Grishaverse with Book Two of the Shadow and Bone Trilogy by the #1 New York Timesbestselling author of Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom.

Soldier. Summoner. Saint. Alina Starkov’s power has grown, but not without a price. She is the Sun Summoner—hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Shadow Fold. But she and Mal can’t outrun their enemies for long.

The Darkling is more determined than ever to claim Alina’s magic and use it to take the Ravkan throne. With nowhere else to turn, Alina enlists the help of an infamous privateer and sets out to lead the Grisha army.

But as the truth of Alina’s destiny unfolds, she slips deeper into the Darkling’s deadly game of forbidden magic, and further away from her humanity. To save her country, Alina will have to choose between her power and the love she thought would always be her shelter. No victory can come without sacrifice—and only she can face the oncoming storm.

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this book. I loved the new characters that we meet especially the prince. I found this to be a much more complex book but also just really enjoyed all the character dymanics. I found this book to still have predictable moments but I did enjoy this book better then book one! I still loved the world build in this book so much and it def remains the stand out in this novel. I really was so fascinated by Alina character and am really excited to see how this series ends!

 

To all the boys I loved Before: Non-Spoiler Review!!

To all the boys I loved before by Jenny Han

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Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers on January 26, 2016

Genres: Young Adult, contemporary

Pages: 384

Format: Paperback

Source: Personally bought

2018 challenge: Beat the backlist challenge

Buy on AmazonBarnes & Noble, Goodreads

I would give this book 3.5  for a review.

Summary!!!

What if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them…all at once?

Sixteen-year-old Lara Jean Song keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. They aren’t love letters that anyone else wrote for her; these are ones she’s written. One for every boy she’s ever loved—five in all. When she writes, she pours out her heart and soul and says all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only. Until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly, Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control.

My Thoughts:

This book was quite a fun read. I really loved the diversity of this book and was super fascinated by the various relationship and triangle that developed. I really enjoyed the family dynamics in this story and it was def the highlight of the story. I also really enjoyed Lara Jean character as well. This book just put a smile on my face and it was just a fun read! I thought this story was a def a complete story and will be curious to see what happens in the next two books in this series!

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!

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

Buy on AmazonBarnes & Noble,  Goodreads

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!

 

 

Obsidian (Lux# book 1) Non-Spoiler Review

Obsidian  by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Published by  Entangled: Teen on May 8, 2012

Genres: Young Adult, Parnormal

Pages: 294

Format: Hardback

Source: Personally Bought

2018 challenge: Beat the backlist challenge

Buy on AmazonBarnes & Noble, Goodreads

I would give this book 3.5 for a review.

Summary!!!

Starting over sucks.

When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I’d pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring…until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.

And then he opened his mouth.

Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something…unexpected happens.

The hot alien living next door marks me.

You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon’s touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades.

If I don’t kill him first, that is.

 

My Brief Thoughts:

I thought this was a super fun read. I really loved the alien mythology that was introduced to us and also the cast of characters. I really do love the lead girl in this story but am struggling to adore to adore the boy lead cause he can be a jerk. But he does have his moments and I am def interested in reading more in this series. I think the pacing of this book and also the mythology are the highlights of this series for me so far. I really am intrigued to see what happens next. If you were a fan of roswell back in the day i rec. you check out this read.

My Extended Thoughts!!

Characters: Since this book is the first book in new series, the characters did lack so depth but I have high hopes for the future book in this series. I did like the characters but  I felt like I need more time to become emotionally invested in the characters!

The world building: I felt the world building was the highlight of the novel and was the thing that kept me to keep reading. I was really fascinated by the world the most in this novel. It def screamed roswel vibes!

Pace! I thought his book was a super fast pace read and was hard to put down!

Will I keep reading this series! Yes for sure! Hopefully after book con!

Later book lovers!

April Reading wrap up! Part 2!

So I actually had a amazing reading month! I actually read like 15 books and listened too 4 books! Check out my earlier 10 book recap! It will be the post before this one, I will repost it!

 

But Here are the rest of the books that I read!

Books:

  1. From Earth to the Shadows (4 stars)
  2. Everland (4.5 stars) (beat the backlist challenge)
  3. Ash Princess (5 stars) (PSRC author same name)
  4. Spies, Lies and Allies (5 stars)
  5. Summer Constellations (3.5 stars)
  6. Umberland ( 4.5 stars) (Beat the backlist challenge)

Audiobooks

  1. Batman: Nightwalker (4.5 stars)! (Beat the backlist Challenge)
  2. This is me: Chrissy Metz (4 stars)!

Highlight of the month!

  1. Ash Princess
  2. Spies lies and Allies

Let me know in the comment what was your most exciting read this month!

Later book lovers!

 

Everland: Non-Spoiler Review

Everland  by Wendy Spinale

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Published by Scholastic Press on May 10, 2016

Genres: Young Adult, Retelling

Pages: 312

Format: Hardback

Source: owl crate

amazon  goodreads  barnes and noble

I would give this book 4.5 for a review.

Challenge: Beat the Backlist Challenge

Summary!

London has been destroyed in a blitz of bombs and disease. The only ones who have survived are children, among them Gwen Darling and her siblings, Joanna and Mikey. They spend their nights scavenging and their days avoiding the ruthless Marauders — the German army led by Captain Hanz Otto Oswald Kretschmer.

Unsure if the virus has spread past England’s borders but desperate to leave, Captain Hook hunts for a cure, which he thinks can be found in one of the survivors. He and his Marauders stalk the streets snatching children for experimentation. None ever return.
Until the day they grab Joanna. As Gwen sets out to save her, she meets a daredevil boy named Pete. Pete offers the assistance of his gang of Lost Boys and the fierce sharpshooter Bella, who have all been living in a city hidden underground. But in a place where help has a steep price and every promise is bound by blood, it will cost Gwen. And are she, Pete, the Lost Boys, and Bella enough to outsmart Captain Hook?

 

My Brief Thoughts:

This was a beyond good book. It is 4.5 stars for me. I really loved the world and the the characters were so engaging and such a fast pace read. I loved the twist on neveland and it was so cool. I really enjoyed the duel POV we got and was invested in both sides of the story. I just loved how twisted this story became and all the tieback and connections to the orginal story. I loved the cast of characters and also how the book still addressed historical issues but also brought urban fantasy elements as well. I think the setting of this book was so strong and so well crafted as well. I really loved this story and can’t wait for the sequel.

My Extended Thoughts:

Characters: I really enjoyed all the characters in this retelling. I found all the characters to be so well drawn and also so well connected back to their “base” character. I just loved the individual POV characters but also the ensemble of characters overall. I really wanted to spend longer with these characters. The characters def. captured my heart and I will be re reading

World Building: I adored this world so much and though that it was such a fun mix between both a historical version of London and also never never land. The way this world was crafted made it so easy to see in in my own head. I really loved how this author crafted this world. I am so excited to see the next world she builds in the next two books in this series.

Pace: This book was so fast pace from page one. I thought as retelling as well it still kept the anxiety and I had a super hard time predicting this novel.

Will I read book 2????? For sure! I currently in the middle of book 2!

 

 

 

 

April mid month Wrap up!!!

So I don’t normally do this, but I have read a lot of books at this point in the month. So I am going to split my reading wrap up because I know the video will be super long. So all my books will be listed bellow! I also chat about them all in the video bellow 🙂

 

Books I read!

  1. The Dragon Heir: (5 stars):  Beat the backlist challenge!
  2. W.I.T.C.H (VOL 2) (4 Stars): Beat the backlist Challenge
  3. Listen to your heart (4 stars)
  4. Shadow call (4 stars)
  5. Dreaming Dangerous (july 3rd comes out) 3.5 stars
  6. Relative Strangers ( 5 stars)
  7. After the shot drops (5 stars) (PSRC book about sports)
  8. W.I.T.C.H Vol  3 ( 4 stars): Beat the back list challenge
  9. Not If i save you first (4.5 Stars)

Books I listen too!

  1. Circle of magic: Book 2: Trish book: 4 stars!
  2. The Lighting Thief  : Book 1: 5 stars

Let me know in the comments what is the most exciting book you listen to this month so far and if you like this new formate of my splitting my monthly wrap up into two parts!

Later book lovers!