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

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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!

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Love and Luck: Non-Spoiler Review!!

Love and Luck  by Jenna Evans Welch

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Published by  Simon Pulse on May 8, 2018

Genres: Young Adult, contemporary

Pages:  321

Format: Hardback

Source: Library

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I would give this book 4.75 for a review.

Summary!!!

Addie is visiting Ireland for her aunt’s over-the-top destination wedding, and hoping she can stop thinking about the one horrible thing she did that left her miserable and heartbroken—and threatens her future. But her brother, Ian, isn’t about to let her forget, and his constant needling leads to arguments and even a fistfight between the two once inseparable siblings. Miserable, Addie can’t wait to visit her friend in Italy and leave her brother—and her problems—behind.

So when Addie discovers an unusual guidebook, Ireland for the Heartbroken, hidden in the dusty shelves of the hotel library, she’s able to finally escape her anxious mind and Ian’s criticism.

And then their travel plans change. Suddenly Addie finds herself on a whirlwind tour of the Emerald Isle, trapped in the world’s smallest vehicle with Ian and his admittedly cute, Irish-accented friend Rowan. As the trio journeys over breathtaking green hills, past countless castles, and through a number of fairy-tale forests, Addie hopes her guidebook will heal not only her broken heart, but also her shattered relationship with her brother.

That is if they don’t get completely lost along the way.

My Thoughts:

I normally adore travel books and road trip books and this book was no different. I do rec. that you read love and gelato first because there are some spoilers that you may not want to know first. I loved how this book addressed being broken hearted, travel, friendship, romance and siblings relationship. It was such a fast book to read. I thought this book was super fun but also had a emotional element to it that made me enjoy it even more. I just loved exploring ireland with the character and Rowan is so cute, new book boyfriend for sure!

Since you’ve been gone!!! Non-Spoiler Review!!

Since you’ve been gone by Morgan Matson

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Published by  Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers on May 6, 2014

Genres: Young Adult, contemporary

Pages:  465

Format: Hardback/audio

Source: Personally bought

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I would give this book 5 for a review.

Summary!!!

Emily is about to take some risks and have the most unexpected summer ever. Hellogiggles.com says, “Basically I couldn’t be more in love with this book,” from the bestselling author of Second Chance Summer and Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour.

Before Sloane, Emily didn’t go to parties, she barely talked to guys, and she didn’t do anything crazy. Enter Sloane, social tornado and the best kind of best friend—someone who yanks you out of your shell.

But right before what should have been an epic summer, Sloane just…disappears. There’s just a random to-do list with thirteen bizarre tasks that Emily would never try. But what if they can lead her to Sloane?

Apple picking at night? Okay, easy enough.

Dance until dawn? Sure. Why not?

Kiss a stranger? Wait…what?

Getting through Sloane’s list will mean a lot of firsts, and with a whole summer ahead of her—and with the unexpected help of the handsome Frank Porter—who knows what she’ll find.

Go Skinny Dipping? Um…

My Thoughts:

I really loved this book. I saw myself so much in the character of emily and also some of my own friend in the character of sloane. It is about his girl name emily who friend family falls of the grid one summer and all she leaves behind is a list of 13 things she wants emily to complete.
Emily is a very sheltered girl and she does not like to break her out of her comfort zone especially without her friend there, she is utterly lost but she eventually finds friends that make the summer adventure fun again and she winds up completing her list and in the end finding out what happen to Sloan. i really love how these simple things were really able to change emily as a person and for the first time she was really Emily and not just oh that is “so and so friend”.
It was such a fast pace summer read and I really loved the romance as well. I loved the progression and how she handled cheating in this book and the effects it had. It was such a good book and hope to read more by this author soon.

Rule: Arc review (Non-spoliers Review)

Rule  by Ellen Goodlett

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Published by  Little, Brown Books for Young Readers on September 11, 2018

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Mystery

Pages: 384

Format: Arc

Source: BEA

2018 challenge: N/A

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I would give this book 4.5 for a review.

Summary!!!

Three girls. Three deadly secrets. Only one can wear the crown.
The king is dying, his heir has just been murdered, and rebellion brews in the east. But the kingdom of Kolonya and the outer Reaches has one last option before it descends into leaderless chaos.

Or rather, three unexpected options.
Zofi has spent her entire life trekking through the outer Reaches with her band of Travelers. She would do anything to protect the band, her family. But no one can ever find out how far she’s already gone.
Akeylah was raised in the Eastern Reach, surrounded by whispers of rebellion and abused by her father. Desperate to escape, she makes a decision that threatens the whole kingdom.
Ren grew up in Kolonya, serving as a lady’s maid and scheming her way out of the servants’ chambers. But one such plot could get her hung for treason if anyone ever discovers what she’s done.
When the king summons the girls, they arrive expecting arrest or even execution. Instead they learn the truth: they are his illegitimate daughters, and one must become his new heir. But someone in Kolonya knows their secrets, and that someone will stop at nothing to keep the sisters from their destiny… to rule.
Magic, mystery, and blackmail abound in the first book of this sensational and striking fantasy duology.

 

My  Brief Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this novel and thought it was the prefect mix between three dark crowns and pretty little liars. I found this book to be super fast pace read and also found the three girls to be very compelling. I loved the various POV and also the magic system was so well crafted and really easy to understand. The writing and pacing made this book so fast to read. I thought the world is so rich and can’t wait to see what happens next. I felt equally invested in not only the girls but also the secrets they are holding. I also loved the representation in the novel.

My Extended Thoughts!!

Characters: I was equally invested in the characters in this novel. I thought the secrets and the characters diversity was so well crafted. I think my personal favorite POV was  character was Akeylah. I really enjoyed not only the devious natures but also as they grew as sisters throughout this novel. I also loved the various different backgrounds of the characters. It made the book even more diverse read that really expanded the world.

Plot: I thought the of this story was a prefect mix of TDC and PLL. I really loved all the plot paths the lead to the end. The book had predictable moments but I was really engaged throughout the whole book.

World Building: I adored the magic system that was created and really loved how she built it. I just wanted to go to this world. I thought so much world building occurred but it was such a easy read that world building did not  make the pace less or bog down the story! I really liked this type of magic.

Will I read book 2! Oh for sure!! I am totally there!

let me know in the comments if this book in on your own TBR!

 

 

 

 

 

Shadow and Bone: Non-Spoiler Review!!!

Shadow and Bone  by Leigh Bardugo

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Published by  Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); on June 5, 2012

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy

Pages:  369

Format: paperback

Source: personally bought

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I would give this book 4  for a review.

Summary!!!

Soldier. Summoner. Saint. Orphaned and expendable, Alina Starkov is a soldier who knows she may not survive her first trek across the Shadow Fold—a swath of unnatural darkness crawling with monsters. But when her regiment is attacked, Alina unleashes dormant magic not even she knew she possessed.

Now Alina will enter a lavish world of royalty and intrigue as she trains with the Grisha, her country’s magical military elite—and falls under the spell of their notorious leader, the Darkling. He believes Alina can summon a force capable of destroying the Shadow Fold and reuniting their war-ravaged country, but only if she can master her untamed gift.

As the threat to the kingdom mounts and Alina unlocks the secrets of her past, she will make a dangerous discovery that could threaten all she loves and the very future of a nation.

Welcome to Ravka . . . a world of science and superstition where nothing is what it seems.

My Thoughts:

It has taken me so long to read this book, but i am so happy I finally traveled to the Grisha verse. I thought the world building was def. the highlight of this novel. I really enjoyed not only the world building but also the magic system in this novel. I think the characters grew on me over the course of the novel. I have much higher hopes for the characters in book 2, because i thought elements of this plot were predictable at points. But I think the Darkling was a super interesting character and def am excited to read more in this series next month!

Starry Eyes: Non-Spoiler Review!!

Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett

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Published by  Simon Pulse on April 3, 2018

Genres: Young Adult, contemporary

Pages: 432

Format: Hardback

Source: Library

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I would give this book 3.5  for a review.

Summary!!!

In this romantic dramedy from the author of Alex, Approximately, a teen girl’s way-too-ordinary life is driven off the beaten path when she’s abandoned in the wilderness with her worst adversary—the boy who broke her heart.

Ever since last year’s homecoming dance, best friends-turned-best enemies Zorie and Lennon have made an art of avoiding each other. It doesn’t hurt that their families are the modern day, Californian version of the Montagues and Capulets.

But when a group camping trip goes south, Zorie and Lennon find themselves stranded in the wilderness. Alone. Together.

What could go wrong?

With no one but each other for company, Zorie and Lennon have no choice but to hash out their issues via witty jabs and insults as they try to make their way to safety. But fighting each other while also fighting off the forces of nature makes getting out of the woods in one piece less and less likely.

And as the two travel deeper into Northern California’s rugged backcountry, secrets and hidden feelings surface. But can Zorie and Lennon’s rekindled connection survive out in the real world? Or was it just a result of the fresh forest air and the magic of the twinkling stars?

My Thoughts:

I did enjoy this book. It was such a fun summer read with a prefect mix of a summer adventure story, survival story and also rekindled romance and also romeo and Juliet. I really did grown to love both leads in this story and. I really did grow to love Lennon a lot and just loved their dynamics. I thought the environment of this novel was really fun back drop for this novel. I wish there was tad more survival stuff then there was. But it was a fun read and would def. read more by this author in the future!

The Potion Diaries: Non-Spoiler Review!

The Potion Diaries by Amy Alward

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Published by  Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers  on October 18, 2016

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy

Pages: 400

Format: Hardback

Source: Personally bought

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I would give this book 4.75 for a review.

Summary!!!

When the Princess of Nova accidentally poisons herself with a love potion meant for her crush, she falls crown-over-heels in love with her own reflection. Oops. A nationwide hunt is called to find the cure, with competitors travelling the world for the rarest ingredients, deep in magical forests and frozen tundras, facing death at every turn.

Enter Samantha Kemi—an ordinary girl with an extraordinary talent. Sam’s family were once the most respected alchemists in the kingdom, but they’ve fallen on hard times, and winning the hunt would save their reputation. But can Sam really compete with the dazzling powers of the ZoroAster megapharma company? And just how close is she willing to get to Zain Aster, her dashing enemy, in the meantime.

Just to add to the pressure, this quest is ALL OVER social media. And the world news.

My Thoughts:

I thought this was the prefect magic/ fantasy story. I just flew through this novel. The world building was def the stand out in the novel. I also just loved the strong female characters that populated this novel. I did love the duel POV that we did get and also the magic system that was developed. I thought this book was def lighter in topic but I really loved the character and this world and really can’t wait to read the other books in this series.

The president Is Missing: Non-Spoiler Review!!!

The President Is Missing by Bill Clinton and James Patterson

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Published by  Little, Brown and Company on June 4, 2018

Genres: Adult, Thriller

Pages: 513

Format: Hardback

Source: Library

2018 challenge: N/A

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I would give this book 3 for a review.

Summary!!!

The President Is Missing confronts a threat so huge that it jeopardizes not just Pennsylvania Avenue and Wall Street, but all of America. Uncertainty and fear grip the nation. There are whispers of cyberterror and espionage and a traitor in the Cabinet. Even the President himself becomes a suspect, and then he disappears from public view .

Set over the course of three days, The President Is Missing sheds a stunning light upon the inner workings and vulnerabilities of our nation. Filled with information that only a former Commander-in-Chief could know, this is the most authentic, terrifying novel to come along in many years.

My  Brief Thoughts:

This book was such a nailbiter in regards to the thriller. I also loved the writing partnership between Clinton and Paterson! I thought the book was so politically on point but also such a fascinating mystery that kept me on the edge of my seat. I thought some of the political details went over my head but I enjoyed the various POV characters we met and the VIP of the book was the secret service agents and they really were highlight of the book. I def enjoyed this read!

Royals!!! Non-Spoiler Review!!

Royals  by Rachel Hawkins!

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Published by  G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers on May 1, 2018

Genres: Young Adult, contemporary

Pages: 304

Format: Hardback

Source: Library

2018 challenge: N/A

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I would give this book 3 for a review.

Summary!!!

Meet Daisy Winters. She’s an offbeat sixteen-year-old Floridian with mermaid-red hair; a part time job at a bootleg Walmart, and a perfect older sister who’s nearly engaged to the Crown Prince of Scotland. Daisy has no desire to live in the spotlight, but relentless tabloid attention forces her join Ellie at the relative seclusion of the castle across the pond.

While the dashing young Miles has been appointed to teach Daisy the ropes of being regal, the prince’s roguish younger brother kicks up scandal wherever he goes, and tries his best to take Daisy along for the ride. The crown–and the intriguing Miles–might be trying to make Daisy into a lady . . . but Daisy may just rewrite the royal rulebook to suit herself.

New York Times bestselling author Rachel Hawkins brings her signature humor, love of Americana, and flair for romance to this page-turning Princess Diaries turned-upside-down story.

My  Brief  Thoughts:

I thought this was the prefect summer read. I reminded me a lot of the princess daries and I really loved the world that was created and also the new boy we met. I also loved the side characters. I just wish I felt more connected to the characters overall. It was such a fun read and i def really loved Miles a lot. I also loved the use of newspaper articles that was used to accent the novel. I will def be checking out book 2!

My Extended Thoughts!

Characters: I thought the characters were fun but I did not feel very emotionally invested in them. I wanted more from them but did enjoy the story. I just wanted to feel more connected to them overall!

Plot: I thought this book plot was just a fun read. I thought it was predictable at points but it kept me reading and was super fun read! I read this over the course of two days! It was such a fun summer read.

Diversity! I really liked how this was sliped into this book and really hope future books will feature these characters in a lead role!

Will read more books in this series! For sure!

Grace and Fury: Non-Spoiler Review and Giveaway (Blog Tour)!!!

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Grace and Fury by Tracy Banghart

Published by   Little, Brown Books for Young Readers on July 31, 2018

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy

Pages: 320

Format: arc

Source: BEA

2018 challenge: N/A

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!!!

Serina Tessaro has been groomed her whole life to become a Grace–someone to stand by the heir to the throne as a shining, subjugated example of the perfect woman. It’s her chance to secure a better life for her family, and to keep her headstrong and rebellious younger sister, Nomi, out of trouble. But when Nomi catches the Heir’s eye instead, Serina is the one who takes the fall for the dangerous secret her sister has been hiding.
Trapped in a life she never wanted, Nomi has only one option: surrender to her role as a Grace until she can use her position to save Serina. But this is easier said than done…. A traitor walks the halls of the palazzo, and deception lurks in every corner.
Meanwhile Serina is running out of time. Imprisoned on an island where she must fight to the death to survive, surrounded by women stronger than she is, one wrong move could cost her everything. There is no room for weakness on Mount Ruin, especially weaknesses of the heart.
Thrilling and captivating, Grace and Fury is a story of fierce sisterhood, and of survival in a world that’s determined to break you.

 

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this book and found it def be a darker fantasy novel but I would call it more a historical fiction novel. I would be intrigued if some type of magic system becomes more obvious in future books. I was equally invested in both lead characters storyline and liked the duel POV of the story. I really flew through this book and I thought the world building and the various mysteries were engaging. I wish the ending was less predictable but I will def be checking out book 2!

Author:

Tracy Banghart grew up in rural Maryland and spent her summers on a remote island in northern Ontario. All of that isolation and lovely scenery gave her the time to read voraciously and the inspiration to write her own stories. Always a bit of a nomad, Tracy now travels the world Army-wife style with her husband, son, cat, and sweet pupper Scrabble. She wrote Grace and Fury while living in Hawaii.

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