DC ICONS: Batman Nightwalker Review and Giveaway!!! USA ONLY!

DC Icons: Batman Nightwalker   by Marie Lu

Published by Random House Books for Young Readers (January 2, 2018)

Genres: YA, Superhero

Pages: 290

Format: Audio book and Arc

Source: NYCC

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Challenge: PSRC: Book someone got you for a gift!

Summary!

FromNew York Timesbestselling author Amie Kaufman comes an electrifying new series about a brother and sister who must harness their powers and find their place in a sharply divided world.

Everyone in Vallen knows that ice wolvesand scorch dragonsare sworn enemies who live deeply separate lives.

So when twelve-year-old orphan Anders takes one elemental form and his twin sister, Rayna, takes another, he wonders whether they are even related. Still, whether or not they’re family, Rayna is Anders’s only true friend. She’s nothing like the brutal, cruel dragons who claimed her as one of their own and stole her away.

In order to rescue her, Anders must enlist at the foreboding Ulfar Academy, a school for young wolves that values loyalty to the pack above all else. But for Anders, loyalty is more complicated than obedience, and friendship is the most powerful shapeshifting force of all.

My Brief Thoughts:

I picked up this audiobook on a whim and I loved it! I flew though this book in like three days and I really loved this version of Bruce. Even though this story was a super short I thought it was so well done. I really loved the “trio” of characters and and also the case the bruce had to solve. I love how he we got nods to real “batman” history and loved all the unexpected twists and turns and it had me so engaged. I loved this listening experience so much and would love to see a follow up book to this. This was my first superhero read and I will def be reading more.

My Extended Thoughts:

Characters: I really loved the characters in this book so much especially Bruce. I have like no real background about Batman but his book was super good basic novel about bruce wayne. I was so invested in this novel and all the characters. I really was captured by the lead character and it made me much more invested in learning about the batman world and characters.

Plot: This plot was super fast pace and I was invested from page one. There was so many twists and turns that even I did not see coming. I loved listening to this audiobook and did not want to stop.

Pace: The mystery of this novel made this book so fast pace and gripping. I enjoyed it so much!

MORE!!! This is the first superhero novel I ever picked up and I will def be picking up more as audio. I would love to see more in this world as well. 🙂

 

Giveaway!!

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Fury Born: Non-Spoiler Review

Fury Born by Claire Legrand

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Published by  Sourcebooks Fire on May 22, 2018

Genres: Young Adult,  Fantasy

Pages: 515

Format: Arc

Source: Publisher

2018 challenge: PSRC: BOOK about a Villain

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!

When assassins ambush her best friend, Rielle Dardenne risks everything to save him, exposing herself as one of a pair of prophesied queens: a queen of light, and a queen of blood. To prove she is the Sun Queen, Rielle must endure seven elemental magic trials. If she fails, she will be executed…unless the trials kill her first.

One thousand years later, the legend of Queen Rielle is a fairy tale to Eliana Ferracora. A bounty hunter for the Undying Empire, Eliana believes herself untouchable—until her mother vanishes. To find her, Eliana joins a rebel captain and discovers that the evil at the empire’s heart is more terrible than she ever imagined.

As Rielle and Eliana fight in a cosmic war that spans millennia, their stories intersect, and the shocking connections between them ultimately determine the fate of their world—and of each other.

My Brief Thoughts:

I really loved this book. I thought the duel POV and duel time lines was a such a engaging way to tell this story. I grew to enjoy both sides of this story. It is interesting story because you know the ending but seeing how you get there is fun ride. I loved both female leads and also how magic was represented in this story. I really loved the character of simon ( i love that name btw) and hope we get more backstory about him in the future books. I love how both stories tied together in the end. It was slow burn story but towards the end it was hard to put down. I will def be reading book two.

My Extended Thoughts!

Characters: It took awhile to like both sides of the story. I felt like i was missing key facts that I need to really understand these characters. There was a lot of mystery around these characters and it took me maybe until 50% to become invested in both sides. I am now curious to see where this story goes. But the back half of this book def answered some of my questions that I had.

Pace: I wanted this story to have a faster pace in some ways in both aspects of the story. In E side there is a mystery she need to solve but it kept getting shove to the background and the trials R was going through was a not super engaging as a plot device. I want this book to be more  engaging pace wise but I did enjoy this slow burn story for sure.

World Building: I found this world building to be a highlight of this story. I was really invested in the world and how she crafted her world. I feel like this world still as elements i am unclear about, but hopefully book two will give us some more calrity!

Will I read Book 2: I will def be checking it out!

later book lovers!

 

 

 

Ash Princess: Non-Spolier Review

Ash Princess  by Laura Sebastian

Published by Delacorte Press on April 24, 2018

Genres: Young Adult Fantasy

Pages: 448

Format: Arc

Source: Comic Con

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I would give this book 5 for a review.

Challenge: PSRC Author same first name as you!!!

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Summary!

For fans of Victoria Aveyard’s Red Queen and Sabaa Tahir’s An Ember in the Ashes, Ash Princess is an epic new fantasy about a throne cruelly stolen and a girl who must fight to take it back for her people.

Theodosia was six when her country was invaded and her mother, the Fire Queen, was murdered before her eyes. On that day, the Kaiser took Theodosia’s family, her land, and her name. Theo was crowned Ash Princess–a title of shame to bear in her new life as a prisoner.

For ten years Theo has been a captive in her own palace. She’s endured the relentless abuse and ridicule of the Kaiser and his court. She is powerless, surviving in her new world only by burying the girl she was deep inside.

Then, one night, the Kaiser forces her to do the unthinkable. With blood on her hands and all hope of reclaiming her throne lost, she realizes that surviving is no longer enough. But she does have a weapon: her mind is sharper than any sword. And power isn’t always won on the battlefield.

For ten years, the Ash Princess has seen her land pillaged and her people enslaved. That all ends here.

 

My Brief Thoughts:

*I got this book for review my thoughts are my own*
I really loved this book so much. It has so many of my favorite elements all my mixed together in such a unique novel. I especially loved the former friend comes back to work with the princess, the lost princess, the prince who is conflicted and just some much political intigue. I thought it was such a fast pace novel. It was super hard to put down and the pace even thought it was alot of world building was done so well. I really loved this book and the lead character. This is def one of my favorite reads of the month. I can’t wait for book 2… now i must wait 😦

My Extended Thoughts:

Characters:  I really enjoyed the characters in this story. I thought even though they were based off of pretty typical character types but I really loved how they were crafted. I felt emotionally connected to them all. This whole story to me had  very similar feelings of my mine to the Anastasia myth. I have never read quite a character like Thora before but I really loved her and became equally invested the larger cast of characters.

Romance: It has been since the infernal devices that I found a story that I enjoy the love triangle and could feel for both sides of the triangle. I felt that way with this story alot. I towards the end am even more conflicted about what sides, I want to win but do enjoy both boys in this triangle 🙂

Pace: This book was def. a slow burn with a lot of political intrigue. If you liked the pace of a book like three dark crowns this pace was super similar but I was really invested in the story line and the characters.

Next book!!! Yes please!!!! I need it now!!!

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!

 

White Rabbit: Non-Spoiler Review

White Rabbit  by Caleb Roehrig

Published by  Feiwel & Friends on April 24, 2018

Genres: Young  Adult, Thriller

Pages: 336

Format: Arc

Source: Comic Con

2018 challenge: PSRC 🙂

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!

Rufus Holt is having the worst night of his life. It begins with the reappearance of his ex-boyfriend, Sebastian—the guy who stomped his heart out like a spent cigarette. Just as Rufus is getting ready to move on, Sebastian turns up out of the blue, saying they need to “talk.” Things couldn’t get worse, right?

Then Rufus gets a call from his sister April, begging for help. He and Sebastian find her, drenched in blood and holding a knife beside the dead body of her boyfriend, Fox Whitney.

April swears she didn’t kill Fox. Rufus knows her too well to believe she’s telling him the whole truth, but April has something he needs. Her price is his help. Now, with no one to trust but the boy he wants to hate yet can’t stop loving, Rufus has one night to clear his sister’s name . . . or die trying.

My Breif Thoughts:

This was a super engaging mystery. i really did enjoy the duel time lines we got in this story. I was super engaged in the mystery and had had time predicting it. I thought it handled so many topics in a realistic fashion but the LGBTQ lead and how it was addressed was so well done. I just loved the main character and the whole story. This story was super engaging but also hard to put down. If you are looking for realistic mystery with a fun lead! Check it out!

My Extended Thoughts:

Character/Diversity: I really liked all the characters in this book. I thought this book had a solid cast of characters. I loved the Rufas was a LGBTQ character and that it is was not the “focal” part of the story. I loved delving more into his history in the flashbacks. I thought that the present story was focus more on him solving the mystery. I really enjoyed the cast of characters but they are not prefect and super realistic. I def want to read more by these authors in the future.

Mystery: The mystery was super fast pace and super hard to predict. I loved the who don it aspect and how the story had so many twists and turns and I could not predict who was the killer. It was super well done.

Pacing: The plot was super fast pace with limited down moments and I loved it!

Would I read more by this author in the future: I def will. I will most likely grab them from my library.

 

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!

Laura’s April TBR!!!

I hope to read a lot this month! I have many books planed as you will see below! Let me know in the comments what books I should tackle first. I also have so fun audiobook planned as well! It is also getting nicer here so I hope I can bike ride a bit more and have more “listening” time!

Books I want to Read!

  1. The Dragon Heir: (Finish this book)
  2. The Enchanted Heir (Chima read)
  3. Shadow Call (tour post)
  4. After the shot drops (Netgalley)
  5. Relative Strangers (Netgalley)
  6. Ace of Shades (edelweiss)
  7. Listen to your heart
  8. Everland (beat the backlist)
  9. Umberland (beat the backlist)
  10. Heart of Iron  (PSRC: real person)
  11. Ash Princess (PSRC: Same name as you)

Anthology:

  1. W.I.T.CH: volume 2 and 3

Books I want to Listen too:

  1. This is me by Chrissy Metz
  2. Tris book
  3. Hopefully Obessio!!!

Let me know what book you think I should read first!

Later book Lovers

 

 

Laura’s March Reading Wrap up!!!

So i feel like I read fewer books this month but I still read close to 11 books. The books I read this month were just so much longer so that may have been why it feels like I read fewer books! I also did not complete my short story collection! I will try to finish soon! I also have been listening to more audiobooks yay! I talk about them all in detail below!

Books I Read!

  1. To kill a kingdom: PSRC: Takes place at sea! 4 stars
  2. Lies that bind: PSRC: Sequel! 4 stars
  3. Raspberry Danish Murder: 3 Stars
  4. Daughter of a burning city: 3 stars
  5. Letters to the lost: Beat the backlist  4.5 stars
  6. More then we can tell: 4.5 stars
  7. Rebel with a cupcake: 4 Stars
  8. The HazleWood: 4 stars
  9. Shadow Run:  Beat the Backlist 4 Stars
  10. Lumber Janes: Unicorn Power  Beat the backlist: 4 stars

Books I listened todo!!

  1. Gemina: Backlist challenge: 5 stars (you really need to listen to this audiobook if you adore this series)

Highlights:

  1. To kill a kingdom
  2. Lies that bind
  3. More then we can tell

Not so great!!!

  1. Daughter of a burning city
  2. Raspberry Danish Murder

 

Let me know in the comments what books you read this month and what books were your favorite of the month!

Later book lovers!

 

To Kill a Kingdom: Non-Spoiler review!!!

To Kill a Kingdom  byAlexandra Christo

Published by  Feiwel & Friends (March 6, 2018)

Genres: Young Adult, fantasy, mermaids

Pages: 346 pages

Format: Arc

Source: Comic Con

2018 challenge: PSRC: Takes place at sea!

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I would give this book 4.5  for a review.

Summary!!

Princess Lira is siren royalty and the most lethal of them all. With the hearts of seventeen princes in her collection, she is revered across the sea. Until a twist of fate forces her to kill one of her own. To punish her daughter, the Sea Queen transforms Lira into the one thing they loathe most–a human. Robbed of her song, Lira has until the winter solstice to deliver Prince Elian’s heart to the Sea Queen and or remain a human forever.

The ocean is the only place Prince Elian calls home, even though he is heir to the most powerful kingdom in the world. Hunting sirens is more than an unsavory hobby–it’s his calling. When he rescues a drowning woman in the ocean, she’s more than what she appears. She promises to help him find the key to destroying all of sirenkind for good–But can he trust her? And just how many deals will Elian have to barter to eliminate mankind’s greatest enemy?

My Thoughts:

* I got this book from the publisher and gave it 4.5 stars*
I really enjoyed this book a lot. I thought the plot was mostly very fast pace and engaging. I thought the end of the book had some slow parts but I still really enjoyed it. I thought the character and the world building was the highlights of the books. I really loved the duel POV that was got in the story and loved the morally gray characters that we met. I really loved the siren mythology that we were exposed too. I would def read more by this author in the future. It is the first mermaid/ siren book I read with a strong focus and it made me exited to read more!

 

#Prettyboy Must Die: Non-Spoiler Review

#Prettyboy Must Die by Kimberly Reid

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Published by Tor Teen on February 13, 2018

Genres: Young Adult, Thriller

Pages: 277

Format: Arc

Source: NetGalley

Challenge: PSRC: Lead character a different background then you 🙂

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!

A CIA prodigy’s cover is blown when he accidentally becomes an internet sensation in #Prettyboy Must Die, Kimberly Reid’s fun, fast thriller inspired by the #Alexfromtarget story.

When Peter Smith’s classmate snaps a picture of him during a late night run at the track, Peter thinks he might be in trouble. When she posts that photo—along with the caption, “See the Pretty Boy Run,”—Peter knows he’s in trouble. But when hostiles drop through the ceiling of his 6th period Chem Class, Peter’s pretty sure his trouble just became a national emergency.

Because he’s not really Peter Smith. He’s Jake Morrow, former foster-kid turned CIA operative. After a massive screw-up on his first mission, he’s on a pity assignment, a dozen hit lists and now, social media, apparently. As #Prettyboy, of all freaking things.

His cover’s blown, his school’s under siege, and if he screws up now, #Prettyboy will become #Deadboy faster than you can say, ‘fifteen minutes of fame.’ Trapped in a high school with rabid killers and rabid fans, he’ll need all his training and then some to save his job, his school and, oh yeah, his life.

My Thoughts:

This book was such a fun read and I really flew through it! It was such a fun thriller. I normally loved books about teen spies and this book was prob the most realastic books of them I have read recently. I like the POC lead in this story but also how it was not the “focus” of the story. I thought the story was such fast pace advenure. I loved all the various twists and and turns. I really loved the lead character a lot. I would love to see sequel one day 🙂