What I like about you (Arc Review)

What I Like about you by Marissa Kanter

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

Genres: young adult, contemporary

Pages: 416

Format: Arc

Source: Publisher

2019 challenge: 2020 arc

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I would give this book 4.75 for a review.

Summary!!!

Heartwarming, endearing, and sure to leave you swooning, What I Like About You shines with authentic characters you will absolutely fall in love with. This story is as sweet as the cupcakes you’ll be craving by the end!” —Rachael Lippincott, #1 New York Times bestselling author

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!!

Hidden Meaning (Non-Spoiler Review)

Hidden Meaning  by Elizabeth Adams

Published by   Guideposts; First Edition edition (2014)

Genres: cozy mysteries

Pages: 320

Format: Hardback

Source: personally bought

2019 challenge:

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I would give this book 3 for a review.

Summary!!!

N/A

My Thoughts:


I did enjoy this read. I think even thought i read this book out of order, I still was able to follow the story. This story does have some religious overtones at points but it did not bother me. I liked that this mystery did not focus totally on murder but on other elements and this book had a unique plot that I enjoyed. I think the pacing and the development of the mystery was okay but I felt like this story did not have as any crumbs to follow. I would consider reading more in the future maybe.

The Guinevere Deception (Non-Spoiler Review)

The Guinevere Deception by Kiersten White

Published by    Delacorte Press on November 5, 2019

Genres: Young Adult, Mythology

Pages: 336

Format: Hardback

Source: Owl Crate

2020 challenge: 2019 book

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!!!

Princess Guinevere has come to Camelot to wed a stranger: the charismatic King Arthur. With magic clawing at the kingdom’s borders, the great wizard Merlin conjured a solution–send in Guinevere to be Arthur’s wife . . . and his protector from those who want to see the young king’s idyllic city fail. The catch? Guinevere’s real name–and her true identity–is a secret. She is a changeling, a girl who has given up everything to protect Camelot. 

To keep Arthur safe, Guinevere must navigate a court in which the old–including Arthur’s own family–demand things continue as they have been, and the new–those drawn by the dream of Camelot–fight for a better way to live. And always, in the green hearts of forests and the black depths of lakes, magic lies in wait to reclaim the land. 

Deadly jousts, duplicitous knights, and forbidden romances are nothing compared to the greatest threat of all: the girl with the long black hair, riding on horseback through the dark woods toward Arthur. Because when your whole existence is a lie, how can you trust even yourself? *THE FIRST BOOK IN THE CAMELOT RISING TRILOGY* 

Thoughts!!

I found this book to be such a refreshing take on the cam lot myths. I really found the pacing and storytelling elements to be super strong. I really was so engaged in the story. I also loved the main characters and the side characters that populated this world. I really also like how kiersten took the myths and turned it on its head. This book was such a unexpected suprise. I really also loved the other POV that was included throughout this read. I also enjoyed the ending and really was impressed with it. I feel like that this book just scratched the surface and and super excited to see where this series goes in the future.

My Thoughts:

I thought this was such a fun sequel in this series. I really did like the plot and where the story went in this book. I also really loved how this book was set in paris. I did vist there in the past and the descriptions were so real, like i was there. I think I still want a little bit more out of this world in general. But I thought the pacing of this book was super good. I also like the new group of characters we met and at the heart of this book is always the friendship between cassidy and jacob and some heartfelt moments occurred. I am so excited to read more in this series and find out the new setting!

Go with the Flow (Non-Spoiler Review)

Go with the flow by Lily Williams  and Karen Schneemann

Published by: First Second on January 14, 2020

Genres: Middle Grade, Graphic Novel.

Pages: 336

Format: ARC

Source: NYCC

2019 challenge: 2020 book

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I would give this book 5 for a review.

Summary!!!

High school students embark on a crash course of friendship, female empowerment, and women’s health issues in Lily Williams and Karen Schneemann’s graphic novel Go With the Flow.

Good friends help you go with the flow.
Best friends help you start a revolution.

Sophomores Abby, Brit, Christine, and Sasha are fed up. Hazelton High never has enough tampons. Or pads. Or adults who will listen. 

Sick of an administration that puts football before female health, the girls confront a world that shrugs―or worse, squirms―at the thought of a menstruation revolution. They band together to make a change. It’s no easy task, especially while grappling with everything from crushes to trig to JV track but they have each other’s backs. That is, until one of the girls goes rogue, testing the limits of their friendship and pushing the friends to question the power of their own voices.

Now they must learn to work together to raise each other up. But how to you stand your ground while raising bloody hell?

My Thoughts:

I adored this read. I think periods and discussions about the various issues never occur in YA novels and I really enjoyed this book. I thought this book addressed so many issues like periods but also about friendships and also activism for younger kids. I think his book tackled so many issues that never are chatted about. I really grew to love the girls that I met in this book and this book made me happy and also rather emotional. Such a important read!

The Song of the Crimson Flower (Non-Spoiler Review)

Song Of the Crimson Flower  by Julie C Dao

Published by  Philomel Books on November 5, 2019

Genres: Young Adult, Fantsay

Pages: 2888

Format: Audibook

Source: Library

2018 challenge: Beat the backlist challenge 2019

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!!!

From the acclaimed author of Forest of a Thousand Lanterns comes a fantastical new tale of darkness and love, in which magical bonds are stronger than blood.

Will love break the spell? After cruelly rejecting Bao, the poor physician’s apprentice who loves her, Lan, a wealthy nobleman’s daughter, regrets her actions. So when she finds Bao’s prized flute floating in his boat near her house, she takes it into her care, not knowing that his soul has been trapped inside it by an evil witch, who cursed Bao, telling him that only love will set him free. Though Bao now despises her, Lan vows to make amends and help break the spell. 

Together, the two travel across the continent, finding themselves in the presence of greatness in the forms of the Great Forest’s Empress Jade and Commander Wei. They journey with Wei, getting tangled in the webs of war, blood magic, and romance along the way. Will Lan and Bao begin to break the spell that’s been placed upon them? Or will they be doomed to live out their lives with black magic running through their veins?

In this fantastical tale of darkness and love, some magical bonds are stronger than blood.

My Thoughts:


I picked up this book on wim and listen to the audibook and flew through it. I really loved both characters that were POV characters in this book. I also really liked the quest element that was featured in this novel. The banter and dynamics between the characters was such a highlight and I really enjoy. I loved not only the characters but also the world building that was introduced. I found this book to be such a a fun listen and would def check out more books by this author in the future.

Shadow Frost (Non-Spoiler Review)

Shadow Frost  by COCO MA

Published by  : Blackstone Publishing on October 1, 2019)

Genres: Young Adult, Fantsay

Pages: 400

Format: Arc

Source: BEA

2020 challenge: Beat the backlist challenge 2019

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I would give this book 3 for a review.

Summary!!!

In the kingdom of Axaria, a darkness rises.

Some call it a monster, laying waste to the villagers and their homes.
Some say it is an invulnerable demon summoned from the deepest abysses of the Immortal Realm.
Many soldiers from the royal guard are sent out to hunt it down.
Not one has ever returned.

When Asterin Faelenhart, Princess of Axaria and heir to the throne, discovers that she may hold the key to defeating the mysterious demon terrorizing her kingdom, she vows not to rest until the beast is slain. With the help of her friends and the powers she wields — though has yet to fully understand — Asterin sets out to complete a single task. The task that countless trained soldiers have failed.

To kill it.

But as they hunt for the demon, they unearth a plot to assassinate the princess herself instead. Asterin and her companions begin to wonder how much of their lives have been lies, especially when they realize that the center of the web of deceit might very well be themselves. With no one else to turn to, they are forced to decide just how much they are willing to sacrifice to protect the only world they have ever known.

That is … if the demon doesn’t get to them first.

From young author Coco Ma comes a dazzling new tale of adventure, power, and betrayal, weaving together a stunning world of magic with a killer cast in an explosive, unforgettable debut.

My Thoughts:

I overall thought the world building was super fun. I really liked the general plot of the book and found it to be super interesting. I did not feel as connected to the characters as I wanted and it was hard to become invested. I thought the book had some pacing issues but it was enjoyable read. I loved the elements that were introduced at the end and found that to be super compelling. I liked the various POV that we got but wish they were made more clearer in the format. I will def be reading book 2!

Illuminae (Non-Spolier Review)

ILLUMINAE by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Published by  Ember; Reprint edition on April 25, 2017

Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction

Pages: 608

Format: Hardback

Source: Audibook

2020 challenge: Re-read

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I would give this book 5 for a review.

Summary!!!

Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the worst thing she’d ever been through. That was before her planet was invaded. Now, with enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra are forced to fight their way onto one of the evacuating craft, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.
 
But the warship could be the least of their problems. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their biggest threat; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady plunges into a web of data hacking to get to the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: Ezra.
 
Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.

My Thoughts:

I really loved the way this story was crafted and told. It was told through email and hacked documents and etc. It was a story that I expected to impersonal but grew to really love and NEED to know what happen to the characters. It was such a fast pace read and at the heart of this story was the characters of ezra and Kady. It really asks alot of questions like what makes you human and what can and what won’t break you. The ending of this book was insane and I need the next one.

Note this book you need to read the actual physical book, don’t read on your kindle/ nook or listen to via audio book . TRUST ME.

2020 Note: On re-read. I have loved the audiobook! (less)

Lady Rouge (Non-Spoiler Review)

The Lady Rouge  by Jenn Bennett

Published by  Simon Pulse; Reprint edition on September 3, 2019

Genres: Young Adult, Historical Fiction

Pages: 385

Format: arc

Source: Publisher

2019 challenge: BBLC 2019

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I would give this book 5 for a review.

Summary!!!

Some legends never die…

Traveling with her treasure-hunting father has always been a dream for Theodora. She’s read every book in his library, has an impressive knowledge of the world’s most sought-after relics, and has all the ambition in the world. What she doesn’t have is her father’s permission. That honor goes to her father’s nineteen-year-old protégé—and once-upon-a-time love of Theodora’s life—Huck Gallagher, while Theodora is left to sit alone in her hotel in Istanbul.

Until Huck returns from an expedition without her father and enlists Theodora’s help in rescuing him. Armed with her father’s travel journal, the reluctant duo learns that her father had been digging up information on a legendary and magical ring that once belonged to Vlad the Impaler—more widely known as Dracula—and that it just might be the key to finding him.

Journeying into Romania, Theodora and Huck embark on a captivating adventure through Gothic villages and dark castles in the misty Carpathian Mountains to recover the notorious ring. But they aren’t the only ones who are searching for it. A secretive and dangerous occult society with a powerful link to Vlad the Impaler himself is hunting for it, too. And they will go to any lengths—including murder—to possess it.

My Thoughts:

I simply adored this book. I flew through this read. I thought this was firstly a solid standalone but am dying for more books following these characters. I simply loved Theodora characters so much and found her to be unique heroine and loved it. I also loved how this was structure with the narrative and also the letters. I loved both the setting of this book and found it to such a refreshing read. I loved the mystery elements and how this book played with fantasy elements. I loved how even thought this book focused on two characters we did meet so many others characters that easily expanded the world. I thought the romance in this book was so awesome and loved the hate to love mix with a blast from the past romance. I loved the plot of this book and found it to both unique and different if you enjoy books like hunting prince dracula. I also found the writing and pacing to be easy to read and hard to put down. Such a solid read.

Keystone (Non-Spoiler Review)

Keystone  by Katie Delahanly

Published by  Entangled: Teen on January 7, 2020

Genres: Young Adult, Mystery

Pages: 390

Format: Arc

Source: Publisher

2020 challenge: 2020 read

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I would give this book 3 for a review.

Summary!!!

When Ella Karman debuts on the Social Stock Exchange, she finds out life as a high-profile “Influencer” isn’t what she expected. Everyone around her is consumed by their rankings, in creating the smoke and mirrors that make them the envy of the world.

But then Ella’s best friend betrays her, her rankings tank, and she loses―everything.

Leaving her old life behind, she joins Keystone, a secret school for thieves, where students are being trained to steal everything analog and original because something―or someone―is changing history to suit their needs.

Partnered with the annoyingly hot―and utterly impossible―Garrett Alexander, who has plenty of his own secrets, Ella is forced to return to the Influencer world, while unraveling a conspiracy that began decades ago.

One wrong move and she could lose everything―again.

My Thoughts:

I loved the start of this read. I also really liked the lead characters and the world building and the setting of this story. I loved the hesit themed elements in this mystery and thriller story. I did not feel super engaged in thew writing and it sometimes took me out of the story at points. I liked that we had a such a wide cast of characters but they all did not feel well developed. I thought that this book even thought it will be series was a solid conclusion for the first book in the series. It was very unique premise and I would def read more by this author in the future!

Nameless Queen (Non-Spoiler Review)

Nameless Queen  by Rebecca McLaughlin

Published by  Crown Books for Young Readers on January 7, 2020

Genres: Young Adult, Fantsay

Pages: 352

Format: E-book

Source: Publisher

2020 challenge: 2020 Read

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!!!

One girl must make a name for herself–or die trying–in this royal fantasy where an unknown peasant becomes the ultimate ruler. But how long can she keep the crown if everyone wants her dead? Perfect for fans of Furyborn, Red Queen, and Everless.

Everyone expected the king’s daughter would inherit the throne. No one expected me. 

It shouldn’t be possible. I’m Nameless, a class of citizens so disrespected, we don’t even get names. Dozens of us have been going missing for months and no one seems to care.

But there’s no denying the tattoo emblazoned on my arm. I am queen. In a palace where the corridors are more dangerous than the streets, though, how could I possibly rule? And what will become of the Nameless if I don’t?

My Thoughts:

I overall really enjoyed these characters and this world building. I also really enjoyed how this book addressed very current event elements and had such a interesting and compelling story as a read. I adored both the main character in the read and loved the message about making your own family so much. It was fun engaging pace read. I thought the end had some pacing issues but I really did grow to love the characters and this world. I think the highlight of this book was the world building and the group of the characters that came together for this adventure. Some plot elements had predictable elements but overall I enjoyed this read and will def read a book 2!