Arlo Fitch in the Valley of Fire (Non-Spolier review)!!

Arlo Finch in the Valley Of Fire  by John August

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Published by  Roaring Brook Press on February 6, 2018

Genres:  Middle Grade, Adventure

Pages: 326

Format: Hardback

Source: Personally bought

2018 challenge: N/A

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I would give this book 3.75 for a review.

Summary!!!

Arlo Finch in the Valley of Fire is the first book in a spellbinding fantasy adventure series by screenwriter John August.

Some trails lead to magic. Some lead to danger.

As Arlo looked around, the walls of his room began to vanish, revealing a moonlit forest. Only his bed remained, and the frame of his window, through which he saw the girl. The world on her side of the glass was sparkling with silver and gold, like a palace made of autumn leaves.
She looked off to her right. Someone was coming. Her words came in an urgent whisper: “If I can see you, they can see you . . . Be careful, Arlo Finch.

Arlo Finch thought becoming a Ranger meant learning wilderness skills, like camping and knots. But upon arriving in the tiny town of Pine Mountain, Colorado, Arlo soon learns there’s so much more. His new friends Indra and Wu teach him how to harness the wild magic seeping in from the mysterious Long Woods—a parallel realm of wonder and danger.

First he must master the basics, including snaplights, thunderclaps and identifying supernatural creatures. But Arlo Finch is no ordinary Ranger, and this is no ordinary time. A dark and ancient force is sending threats into the real world . . . our world.

Through perilous adventures and close calls, Arlo is awakened to his unique destiny—but the obstacles he faces will test the foundations of the Ranger’s Vow: loyalty, bravery, kindness, and truth.

My Thoughts:

I found this book to be the prefect mix between adventure, magic and nature adventure. I feel in love with the worlds that was created. I really loved the main character and also the the trio characters that was created. I thought the concepts of the scouts was so fun to read but also a nice balance between fantasy and realistic elements. I thought the Arlo WAS such a fun lead and this book just made me smile. I thought it was super fast pace novel!! I really can’t wait for book 2.

 

 

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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

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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.

 

Dragon Watch: Non-Spolier Review!!

Dragon Watch by Brandon Mull

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Published by Shadow Mountain March 14, 2017

Genres: Middle Grade, Fantasy

Pages: 384

Format: Hardback

Source: Personally bought

2018 challenge: Beat the backlist challenge

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I would give this book 3.5  for a review.

Summary!!!

In the long-awaited sequel to Fablehaven, the dragons who have been kept at the dragon sanctuaries no longer consider them safe havens, but prisons and they want their freedom. The dragons are no longer our allies….

In the hidden dragon sanctuary of Wyrmroost, Celebrant the Just, King of the Dragons, plots his revenge. He has long seen the sanctuaries as prisons, and he wants nothing more than to overthrow his captors and return the world to the Age of Dragons, when he and his kind ruled and reigned without borders. The time has come to break free and reclaim his power.

No one person is capable of stopping Celebrant and his dragon horde. It will take the ancient order of Dragonwatch to gather again if there is any chance of saving the world from destruction. In ancient times, Dragonwatch was a group of wizards, enchantresses, dragon slayers, and others who originally confined the majority of dragons into sanctuaries. But nearly all of the original Dragonwatch members are gone, and so the wizard Agad reaches out to Grandpa Sorenson for help.

As Kendra and Seth confront this new danger, they must draw upon all their skills, talents, and knowledge as only they have the ability to function together as a powerful dragon tamer. Together they must battle against forces with superior supernatural powers and breathtaking magical abilities.

How will the epic dragon showdown end? Will dragons overthrow humans and change the world as we know it?

My Thoughts:

I really loving going back to this world! I just loved this seeing how these main characters have changed so much. I also loved the new setting but also the same sense of adventure. The book was such a fun read and just put a smile on my face. I read this book so fast and really need to read book 2. I also really loved how brandon created this new world and also expanded the old world. I really am loving the dynamics between seth and kendra and how they have changed so much. I def. enjoyed this book a lot and just wish I would have re-read the original series because I feel like I missed so many tiebacks to the first series but really found it to be a fun adventure story!

Children of Blood and Bone (ARC REVIEW)!!

Children of Blood and Bone  by Tomi Adeyemi

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Published by  Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) on March 6, 2018

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Diverse

Pages: 537

Format: ARC

Source: NYCC

2018 challenge: N/A

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I would give this book 5 for a review.

Summary!!!

They killed my mother.
They took our magic.
They tried to bury us.

Now we rise.

Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.

But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.

Now Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.

Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers and her growing feelings for an enemy.

My Brief  Thoughts:

I really loved this fantasy novel. I was super invested in all the POV characters. I thought this magic system was very well done as well. I loved the diversity of this cast and the characters. This book is def on the longer side, but I really read it so fast. It was super compelling read with some many themes and troops used. I def adored both female POV and thought it handled the magic plot super well. It was a heartbreaking reads at points but I really liked, need book 2

My Extended Thoughts!!

Characters: I really was invested in all the characters in this story. I love the diversity of the characters we met and really enjoyed all of them. My favorites def. changed throughout the novel. I still think my favorite is the princes but I really enjoyed them all!

World Building: I thought this world building was super complex and well crafted. I really loved how this magic system was developed and felt this world building was super diverse.

Pace: I felt that the short chapters made the massive book a easy book to digest. I really enjoyed this pace of the novel.

Second book! I def will be reading book 2!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cat women: SoulStealer (Non-Spolier Review)!!

CatWomen SoulStealer  by Sarah J Mass

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Published by  andom House Books for Young Readers on August 7, 2018

Genres: Young Adult, Super Hero, DC Icons

Pages: 384

Format: Hardback

Source: Library

2018 challenge: N/A

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I would give this book 3.5  for a review.

Summary!!!

When the Bat’s away, the Cat will play. It’s time to see how many lives this cat really has.

Two years after escaping Gotham City’s slums, Selina Kyle returns as the mysterious and wealthy Holly Vanderhees. She quickly discovers that with Batman off on a vital mission, Gotham City looks ripe for the taking.

Meanwhile, Luke Fox wants to prove that as Batwing he has what it takes to help people. He targets a new thief on the prowl who has teamed up with Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn. Together, they are wreaking havoc. This Catwoman is clever–she may be Batwing’s undoing.

In this third DC Icons book, Selina is playing a desperate game of cat and mouse, forming unexpected friendships and entangling herself with Batwing by night and her devilishly handsome neighbor Luke Fox by day. But with a dangerous threat from the past on her tail, will she be able to pull off the heist that’s closest to her heart?

My Thoughts:

I overall really enjoyed this book. I really loved how this book was a Duel POV story and really did not expect that. I also enjoyed how this story really focused on some many DC characters and how they were the lead characters in this story and not just background characters. I loved how complex the female dymancis were and also how complex the story was. I thought the pacing was choppy in the middle of the book and felt the end was a tad rushed. But I overall enjoyed the book.

 

What If its us (Non-Spoiler Arc Review)!!

What If It’s Us  by byBecky Albertalli and Adam Silvera

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Published by  HarperTeen on October 9, 2018

Genres: Young Adult, contemporary

Pages: 448

Format: Arc

Source: BEA

2018 challenge: NA

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!!!

Critically acclaimed and bestselling authors Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera combine their talents in this smart, funny, heartfelt collaboration about two very different boys who can’t decide if the universe is pushing them together—or pulling them apart.

ARTHUR is only in New York for the summer, but if Broadway has taught him anything, it’s that the universe can deliver a showstopping romance when you least expect it.

BEN thinks the universe needs to mind its business. If the universe had his back, he wouldn’t be on his way to the post office carrying a box of his ex-boyfriend’s things.

But when Arthur and Ben meet-cute at the post office, what exactly does the universe have in store for them . . . ?

Maybe nothing. After all, they get separated.

Maybe everything. After all, they get reunited.

But what if they can’t nail a first date even after three do-overs?

What if Arthur tries too hard to make it work and Ben doesn’t try hard enough?

What if life really isn’t like a Broadway play?

But what if it is?

What if it’s us?

My Brief Thoughts:

I really though this was the prefect summer read. I really loved both these authors on their own and just found this story to be such a fun read. I loved NYC as a back drop of this story and also the two characters that we follow. NYC almost felt like a whole character in this story. I also loved not only both POV but also the relationship that developed in this novel. I think i adored arthur a tad more but was so invested in this story. I thought elements of this story was predictable but I really loved this story and found it to be such a fun but diverse read!

My Extended Thoughts!!

Characters: I really loved both of these characters in this novel. I thought they were so well crafted and just so diverse. I also found the others characters in this novel to also so well-rounded. I think it was tad more invested in Arthur POV. But i found all the characters to been so well crafted.

Plot: Overall the plot was super well crafted and I just found the whole romance/relationship was super well done. I found it to be very reasltic but stil had hints of a claassic Rom Com. I thought this book did have predictable moments but overall I still loved it!

Duel Authors:  I thought that these two authors wrote so well together and that surprised me a tad becasue they write such different books. But I think you can def tell the different between their charactersand who wrote who. But i thoguht they worked together super well!

 

Dare you to Lie: Blog Tour and giveaway!!!

Dare you to Lie by Amber Lynn Natusch

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Published by  Tor Teen on September 4, 2018

Genres: Young Adult, contemporary, Thriller

Pages: 352

Format: e-arc

Source: publisher

2018 challenge: NA

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I would give this book 4  for a review.

Summary!!!

When her FBI agent father is framed for murder, Kylene is forced to move in with her grandfather, back to the small town that turned its back on her, and the boy who betrayed her.

All Ky cares about is clearing her father’s name, but someone won’t let her forget the photo scandal that drove her away two years ago. As the threats gain momentum, Ky finds an unlikely ally in the rookie FBI agent sent to keep an eye on her.

Determined to expose the town’s hidden skeletons, Ky unwittingly thrusts herself into a much bigger plot. They thought she’d forgive and forget. They’re about to learn they messed with the wrong girl.

My Thoughts:

I found this to such a engaging read. I liked how many mysteries were developed in this novel and how the story not had a rather shocking ending that I did not predict but also most of the stories tied together at the end.

I grew to enjoy the main character but I was a tad more invested in the side characters. I often struggle with unlikable narrators but I did enjoy her by the end.

I found this book to fast pace read that reminded me a lot of the show veronica mars. I really hope we get a book 2, because things were left open and I super curious to see what happens next.

If you like mysteries like Veronica mars and Pretty little liars, with more realistic mysteries, this is the book for you!

Giveaway!!! USA ONLY!!

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About the Author

AMBER LYNN NATUSCH is the author of the bestselling Caged series for adults. She was born and raised in Winnipeg, and is still deeply attached to her Canadian roots. She loves to dance and practice Muay Thai―but spends most of her time running a chiropractic practice with her husband, raising two young children, and attempting to write when she can lock herself in the bathroom for ten minutes of peace. Dare You to Lie is her debut YA novel.
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What the Woods Keep: Non-Spoiler Arc Review!!

What the Woods Keep by Katya de Becerra

Published by  Imprint on September 18, 2018

Genres: Young Adult, mystery, fantasy

Pages:384

Format: Arc

Source: Blog Bound

2018 challenge:

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

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Summary!!

On her eighteenth birthday, Hayden inherits her childhood home—on the condition that she uncover its dark secrets.

Hayden tried to put the past behind her, and it worked. She’s getting ready for college, living in a Brooklyn apartment, and hanging out with her best friend and roommate Del. But now it’s all catching up with her: her mother’s mysterious disappearance a decade before, her father’s outlandish theories about a lost supernatural race, and Hayden’s own dark dreams of strange symbols and rituals in the Colorado woods where she grew up.

As soon as Hayden arrives at her hometown, her friend Del in tow, it begins: Neighbors whisper secrets about Hayden’s mother; the boy next door is now all grown-up in a very distracting way; and Hayden feels the trees calling to her. And among them, deep in the woods, Hayden will discover something incredible—something that threatens reality itself.

My Brief Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this book. I found it to be the prefect mix of fantasy and thriller and mystery. I am big buffy fan and Hayden at points really reminds me of buffy and the strong female characters and relationships was also super well done. This book would make a prefect fall/halloween read because it is def creepy but not terrifying. I really loved the setting of this book. I thought the world building could have been clearer at points but I did really love the myth that was created. I thought the pacing towards the start was rather slow but def did pick up as the book progressed and the ending I just wanted more time for “answers” If you are looking for creepy fantasy read, this may be the book for you. I also like the elements of emails and trascripts that accented the novel!

My Extended Thoughts!

Characters: Since this was is a standalone at the moment, I think it was a little bit hard to connect to the main characters and it was only at the very end of the book that I felt any connection to them. Also Hayden could be super unlikable but I did grow to like her by the end. I think if we got more books in this world, this would be less a problem.

World Building  This world that crafted was so well done. I thought it was so creepy and eeiry and i really loved it. I thought it was such a complex world. I thought the explaining of the world was sometimes a tad rushed but I really liked not only the narrative story line but also the various documents that enchanted the experiences.

Mystery  I thought the mystery was predictable at points but I was overly still engaged by the end.

Would I read more by this author in the future! I think i would, maybe getting it on my kindle or from the lib. first but It is worth a read!

Let me know in the comments if you are going to be picking this book up this week!

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Wildcard: My Non-Spoiler Review!!

Wildcard by Marie Lu 

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Published by  G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers on September 18, 2018

Genres: Young Adult, Thriller,

Pages: 352

Format: ARC

Source: BEA

2018 challenge: PSRC: Cyber book!

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I would give this book 5 for a review.

Summary!!!

Emika Chen barely made it out of the Warcross Championships alive. Now that she knows the truth behind Hideo’s new NeuroLink algorithm, she can no longer trust the one person she’s always looked up to, who she once thought was on her side.

Determined to put a stop to Hideo’s grim plans, Emika and the Phoenix Riders band together, only to find a new threat lurking on the neon-lit streets of Tokyo. Someone’s put a bounty on Emika’s head, and her sole chance for survival lies with Zero and the Blackcoats, his ruthless crew. But Emika soon learns that Zero isn’t all that he seems–and his protection comes at a price.

Caught in a web of betrayal, with the future of free will at risk, just how far will Emika go to take down the man she loves?

In this explosive sequel to the New York Times bestselling Warcross, Marie Lu delivers an addictive finale that will hold you captive till the very last page.

 

My brief Thoughts:

I really adored this sequel to Warcross. I loved how it expanded the world and also really made the mystery and the drama in book one even more complex. It was super fast pace read. I loved the balance between older characters in book one and the newer characters we meet in book 2. It was a good balance. It was a super fast read. I just loved how well marie lu created this world so diverse and and did it in such semless way and it made the world seem so “real” to me. I loved all the game play we got as well in this novel. I would def. be interested in seeing more books in this world because this world was so much fun to read about!

My Extended Thoughts!!

Characters: I really loved how Lu balanced the new characters we met in book 2 and the    characters I adored in book 1. I thought both characters got equal screen time and loved how complex the characters became in regards to both actions and both morality. The characters are a series highlight.

Mystery/ Thriller: I thought the mystery in this book was taken to a next level and just was so so complex. I really loved the many mysteries we got and how they all tied together in the end.

Diversity: This book is prob one of the most well crafted diverse books I ever read. It was done so well and so easily that It felt like our real world. I loved it in book one, but book two took to another level and I loved it.

World Building: Lu expanded this world and such a fun and compelling well. It really reminded me of what was done in book 4 and book 5 of harry potter and it made me LOVE this world so much!

Let me know in the comments if you will be checking this book out soon! Check out my video above where I talk spoilers for the whole series!

 

Explorer Academy: The Nebula Secret (Non-Spoiler Review)

Explorer Academy: The Nebula Secret by Trudi Trueit

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Published by Under the Stars on September 4, 2018

Genres: Middle Grade, Adventure

Pages: 208

Format: Arc

Source: BEA

2018 challenge: N/A

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!!!

Adventure, danger, and a thrilling global mission await 12-year-old Cruz Coronado as he joins an elite school for explorers.

Cruz leaves his tranquil home in Hawaii to join 23 talented kids from around the globe to train at the Explorer Academy with the world’s leading scientists to become the next generation of great explorers. But for Cruz, there’s more at stake. No sooner has he arrived at the Academy than he discovers that his family has a mysterious past with the organization that could jeopardize his future. In the midst of codebreaking and cool classes, new friends and augmented reality expeditions, Cruz must tackle the biggest question of all: Who is out to get him, and why?

My Brief Thoughts:

I found this to super fun read. I thought it was much more realistic and science heavy version of 39 clues. This book def had a strong mix of adventure and mystery but also knowledge and history and science. I really loved the structure of this book and all the characters were just so much fun to read about. I really enjoyed the trio of characters that developed and am super excited to see how the ending and will effect the structure of the future books. I also loved how this book had so many pictures to accent the story. Readers who enjoyed 39 clues may like this if they looking for more of realistic story, should check it out! I am def going to read book 2