Small Spaces by Katherine Arden Non-Spoiler Review!!!

Small Spaces  by Katherine Arden

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Published by  G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers  September 25, 2018

Genres: Middle Grade, Mystery, Scary, October Read

Pages: 244

Format: Arc

Source: BEA

2018 challenge: N/A

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I would give this book 3.5 for a review.

Summary!

After suffering a tragic loss, eleven-year-old Ollie only finds solace in books. So when she happens upon a crazed woman at the river threatening to throw a book into the water, Ollie doesn’t think–she just acts, stealing the book and running away. As she begins to read the slender volume, Ollie discovers a chilling story about a girl named Beth, the two brothers who both loved her, and a peculiar deal made with “the smiling man,” a sinister specter who grants your most tightly held wish, but only for the ultimate price.

Ollie is captivated by the tale until her school trip the next day to Smoke Hollow, a local farm with a haunting history all its own. There she stumbles upon the graves of the very people she’s been reading about. Could it be the story about the smiling man is true? Ollie doesn’t have too long to think about the answer to that. On the way home, the school bus breaks down, sending their teacher back to the farm for help. But the strange bus driver has some advice for the kids left behind in his care: “Best get moving. At nightfall they’ll come for the rest of you.” Nightfall is, indeed, fast descending when Ollie’s previously broken digital wristwatch, a keepsake reminder of better times, begins a startling countdown and delivers a terrifying message: RUN.

Only Ollie and two of her classmates heed the bus driver’s warning. As the trio head out into the woods–bordered by a field of scarecrows that seem to be watching them–the bus driver has just one final piece of advice for Ollie and her friends: “Avoid large places. Keep to small.”

And with that, a deliciously creepy and hair-raising adventure begins.

My Brief Thoughts:

I really loved this middle grade adventure story. I liked how this standalone was so well crafted and such a fast pace read. It had the right balance between adventure, scares and friendship. I normally love books with a trio of characters and this book was no different. This book was def scary at points but very good for middle grade kids. I think this would make a great fall or October read. It also harder issues like grief, death and bullying in a very easy to understand way.

My Extended Thoughts:

Characters: These characters were just super fun to read from. This book was very short but the characters def made impressions on me. I also loved how much detail the side characters got and it def made the world building seem larger because of all the characters we got to know.

Scary??? This book def. has creepy and mysteries undertones. I would rec. this book for higher middle grade or as a read a loud for younger kids. I get scared easy and this book did not terrify me 🙂

Plot: I really enjoyed how this book was created and the present storyline and the past told through the dairy. I thought this made the book rather fast pace and it was rather hard to put down,

More books! I really want to check out her adult stuff!

 

 

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Summer Constellations Blog tour review and Giveaway!!!!

 

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Published by KCP Loft on May 1, 2018

Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary

Pages: 264

Format: Arc

Source: Publisher

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I would give this book 3.5 for a review.

Challenge: NA

Summary!

 

Summer romance meets a passion for the environment in this timeless young adult novel.

When Julia’s mother announces that she might be selling the family’s campground to a real estate developer, Julia is crushed. How could she stand to leave her childhood home? Then Julia finds an unlikely ally — the developer’s son, Nick — who wants to help her family raise the money they need to keep the campground running. Can Julia trust him to conspire against his own father? And could she ever trust him with her heart?

This tender story reminds readers of summer’s possibilities … and how sometimes love is written in the stars.

My Brief  Thoughts:

I really liked thing book. It was a the prefect summer read. I really enjoyed the lead character and also the plot of this story. It was very cute but also addressed more difficult issues like money issues and it was just a fun read. I felt like I really became invested in the two leads but just did not feel that connected the the other characters. I always a sucker for “save the….” by the end of the summer and this book made me smile. I would def. read more by this author in the future as well!

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Daughter of a burning city!!! Review

Daughter of a Burning City by Amanda Foody
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Published by  Harlequin Teen on August 1, 2017

Genres: Young Adult, fantasy

Pages: 384

Format: Arc

Source: Book con

2018 challenge: Backlist challenge

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I would give this book 3 for a review.

Summary!!!

A darkly irresistible new fantasy set in the infamous Gomorrah Festival, a traveling carnival of debauchery that caters to the strangest of dreams and desires

Sixteen-year-old Sorina has spent most of her life within the smoldering borders of the Gomorrah Festival. Yet even among the many unusual members of the traveling circus-city, Sorina stands apart as the only illusion-worker born in hundreds of years. This rare talent allows her to create illusions that others can see, feel and touch, with personalities all their own. Her creations are her family, and together they make up the cast of the Festival’s Freak Show.

But no matter how lifelike they may seem, her illusions are still just that—illusions, and not truly real. Or so she always believed…until one of them is murdered.

Desperate to protect her family, Sorina must track down the culprit and determine how they killed a person who doesn’t actually exist. Her search for answers leads her to the self-proclaimed gossip-worker Luca. Their investigation sends them through a haze of political turmoil and forbidden romance, and into the most sinister corners of the Festival. But as the killer continues murdering Sorina’s illusions one by one, she must unravel the horrifying truth before all her loved ones disappear.

My Thoughts:

This book I really did enjoy the world. I loved all the various magic workers but both the pacing and the characters I struggled with. I had such a hard time becoming emotionally invested in the characters. I wanted to love them but i struggled to feel connected to them. The pacing of the book even thought it had elements of murder mystery the pacing felt off. I liked the illustrations but wanted more elements of that tied into the novel. Overall, i loved the world building but did not feel as connected to the characters as i wanted to be.

Tales of the ShadowHunter Academy: Non-Spoiler Review!!!!

Tales of the ShadowHunter Academy by Cassandra Clare and various authors!!

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Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books; on November 15, 2016

Genres: Young Adult, Paranormal

Pages: 673

Format: Audiobook

Source: audible

Challenge: Backlist!

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I would give this book 5! for a review.

Summary!

The New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling collection of short stories chronicling the adventures of Simon Lewis as he trains to become a Shadowhunter is now available in print with ten brand-new comic illustrations!

Simon Lewis has been a human and a vampire, and now he is becoming a Shadowhunter. The events of City of Heavenly Fire left him stripped of his memories, and Simon isn’t sure who he is anymore. So when the Shadowhunter Academy reopens, Simon throws himself into this new world of demon-hunting, determined to find himself again. Whomever this new Simon might be.

But the Academy is a Shadowhunter institution, which means it has some problems. Like the fact that non-Shadowhunter students have to live in the basement. At least Simon’s trained in weaponry—even if it’s only from hours of playing D&D.

Join Simon on his journey to become a Shadowhunter, and learn about the Academy’s illustrious history along the way, through guest lecturers such as Jace Herondale, Tessa Gray, and Magnus Bane. Written by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson, and Robin Wasserman, these moving and hilarious short stories are perfect for the fan who just can’t get enough of the Shadowhunters.

My Thoughts:

I really loved this short story collection. Simon had always been my favorite character and I loved all of these stories. i def loved the final two stories the most. I also loved the moments about Malec in this series. It was a great. cont. from heavenly fire. I think my least fav. stories will make more sense after I read lady midnight. This collection of stories made me laugh and cry and if you love Simon YOU need to read this collection!

Bonfire: Non-spolier Arc review

Bonfire  by Krysten Ritter

Published by  Crown Archetype (November 7, 2017)

Genres:  Adult, contemporary, mystery

Pages:290

Format: Arc

Source: Book con

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I would give this book 3.5 for a review.

Summary:

Can you ever outrun your past?

From actress, producer, and writer Krysten Ritter, a gripping, tightly wound suspense novel about a woman forced to confront her past in the wake of small-town corruption

It has been ten years since Abby Williams left home and scrubbed away all visible evidence of her small-town roots. Now working as an environmental lawyer in Chicago, she has a thriving career, a modern apartment, and her pick of meaningless one-night stands.

But when a new case takes her back home to Barrens, Indiana, the life Abby painstakingly created begins to crack. Tasked with investigating Optimal Plastics, the town’s most high-profile company and economic heart, Abby begins to find strange connections to Barrens’s biggest scandal from more than a decade ago, involving the popular Kaycee Mitchell and her closest friends—just before Kaycee disappeared for good.

Abby knows the key to solving any case lies in the weak spots, the unanswered questions. But as she tries desperately to find out what really happened to Kaycee, troubling memories begin to resurface and she begins to doubt her own observations. And when she unearths an even more disturbing secret—a ritual called “The Game”—it will threaten reputations, and lives, in the community and risk exposing a darkness that may consume her.

With tantalizing twists, slow-burning suspense, and a remote rural town of just five claustrophobic square miles, Bonfire is a dark exploration of what happens when your past and present collide.

 

My Thoughts:

I did enjoy this book. I am also sucked in by mystery and also going back to one’s past and dealing not only with the mystery but also their own past. I thought the pacing was a tad clunky at points. But I was super invested in the mystery and the main character grew on me. It was very hard for me not picture krysten ritter in this role but that also increased the love of this novel. I thought the novel was fast pace mystery. I will admit I did not love the lead from page one but she grew on me. If you are unsure maybe rented it from your lib. But I did enjoy the read and seeing what story she would tell me!