Short Review of Legend

Series: Legend Book One
Publisher:Putnam Juvenile
Genre: Dystonia, Young Adult
Source: Library, Adubiobook
Rating:✬✬✬✬

Once unknown as the western coast of United States, the Republic is now a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors, the Colonies. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic’s wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a military prodigy. Obedient, passionate, and committed to her country, she is being groomed for success in the Republic’s highest circles. Born into the slums of the Republic’s Lake Sector, fifteen-year-old Day is the country’s most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem. From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths – until the day June’s brother, Metias, is murdered, and Day becomes the prime suspect. Now, caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family’s survival, while June tries desperately to avenge Metias’s death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths to which their country will go to keep its secrets. Full of nonstop action, suspense, and romance, Marie Lu has written an exhilarating first novel that is sure to move readers as much as it thrills.

Favorite Quote:

“Each day means a new twenty-four hours. Each day means everything’s possible again. You live in the moment, you die in the moment, you take it all one day at a time.”

My Thoughts:

This book is so damn depressing. I loved the writing style but at the same time, i listened to this via audiobook. I tried to read it myself a few years ago and got bored. The narrator’s are super good tho. I honestly didn’t know what this book was about until 70% of the way into the story. Sometimes i feel like i was reading it for no reason other than liking the narrators. I hated the instalove. The characters were suppose to be 15 but they act 17. I was kind of annoyed by that. Overall, I’m excited to continue on with the trilogy. I really enjoyed all of the characters personalities. They felt like real people. Also there is a dog in this book AND HE’S SO CUTE, OMG

February Releases!

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Hello friends! Here are some exciting books that are expected to be released in February of 2019! Enjoy 🙂


darkwestDark of the West by Joanna Hathaway\\

He was raised in revolution. She was raised in a palace. Can their love stop a war? Code Name Verity meets The Winner’s Cursein Joanna Hathaway’s Dark of the West, a breathtaking YA fantasy debut.

Aurelia Isendare is a princess of a small kingdom in the North, raised in privilege but shielded from politics as her brother prepares to step up to the throne. Halfway around the world, Athan Dakar, the youngest son of a ruthless general, is a fighter pilot longing for a life away from the front lines. When Athan’s mother is shot and killed, his father is convinced it’s the work of his old rival, the Queen of Etania—Aurelia’s mother. Determined to avenge his wife’s murder, he devises a plot to overthrow the Queen, a plot which sends Athan undercover to Etania to gain intel from her children.

Athan’s mission becomes complicated when he finds himself falling for the girl he’s been tasked with spying upon. Aurelia feels the same attraction, all the while desperately seeking to stop the war threatening to break between the Southern territory and the old Northern kingdoms that control it—a war in which Athan’s father is determined to play a role. As diplomatic ties manage to just barely hold, the two teens struggle to remain loyal to their families and each other as they learn that war is not as black and white as they’ve been raised to believe

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The Deceivers by Kristen Simmons\\

Welcome to Vale Hall, the school for aspiring con artists.

When Brynn Hilder is recruited to Vale, it seems like the elite academy is her chance to start over, away from her mom’s loser boyfriend and her rundown neighborhood. But she soon learns that Vale chooses students not so much for their scholastic talent as for their extracurricular activities, such as her time spent conning rich North Shore kids out of their extravagant allowances.

At first, Brynn jumps at the chance to help the school in its mission to rid the city of corrupt officials–because what could be better than giving entitled jerks what they deserve? But that’s before she meets her mark–a senator’s son–and before she discovers the school’s headmaster has secrets he’ll stop at nothing to protect. As the lines between right and wrong blur, Brynn begins to realize she’s in way over head.

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crownCrown of Feathers by Nicki Pau Preto\\

I had a sister, once…

In a world ruled by fierce warrior queens, a grand empire was built upon the backs of Phoenix Riders—legendary heroes who soared through the sky on wings of fire—until a war between two sisters ripped it all apart.

I promised her the throne would not come between us.

Sixteen years later, Veronyka is a war orphan who dreams of becoming a Phoenix Rider from the stories of old. After a shocking betrayal from her controlling sister, Veronyka strikes out alone to find the Riders—even if that means disguising herself as a boy to join their ranks.

But it is a fact of life that one must kill or be killed. Rule or be ruled.

Just as Veronyka finally feels like she belongs, her sister turns up and reveals a tangled web of lies between them that will change everything. And meanwhile, the new empire has learned of the Riders’ return and intends to destroy them once and for all.

Sometimes the title of queen is given. Sometimes it must be taken.

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kingdomcoldKingdom Cold by Brittni Chenelle\\

Attempted murder, that’s how sixteen-year-old Princess Charlotte’s engagement starts. It seems like the only thing she has in common with Prince Young of Vires is their mutual discontent.

When her kingdom’s attacked, Charlotte’s parents renegotiate her hand in marriage to a handsome stranger with a sinister plan. With the people Charlotte loves dying around her, and her kingdom’s future at stake, the only person she can turn to is the prince she betrayed. But, should she save her kingdom or her heart?

One must fall.

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thegreatendThe Great Unknowable End by Kathryn Ormsbee\\

Slater, Kansas is a small town where not much seems to happen.

Stella dreams of being a space engineer. After Stella’s mom dies by suicide and her brother runs off to Red Sun, the local hippie commune, Stella is forced to bring her dreams down to Earth to care for her sister Jill.

Galliard has only ever known life inside Red Sun. There, people accept his tics, his Tourette’s. But when he’s denied Red Sun’s resident artist role he believed he was destined for, he starts to imagine a life beyond the gates of the compound…

The day Stella and Galliard meet, there is something in the air in their small town. Literally. So begins weeks of pink lightning, blood red rain, unexplained storms… And a countdown clock appears mysteriously above the town hall. With time ticking down to some great, unknowable end they’ll each have to make a choice.

If this is really the end of the world, who do they want to be when they face it?

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rayneRayne & Deliah’s Midnite Matinee by Jeff Zentner

A contemporary novel about two best friends who must make tough decisions about their futures–and the TV show they host–in their senior year of high school.

Every Friday night, best friends Delia and Josie become Rayne Ravenscroft and Delilah Darkwood, hosts of the campy creature feature show Midnite Matinee on the local cable station TV Six.

But with the end of senior year quickly approaching, the girls face tough decisions about their futures. Josie has been dreading graduation, as she tries to decide whether to leave for a big university and chase her dream career in mainstream TV. And Lawson, one of the show’s guest performers, a talented MMA fighter with weaknesses for pancakes, fantasy novels, and Josie, is making her tough decision even harder.

Scary movies are the last connection Delia has to her dad, who abandoned the family years ago. If Midnite Matinee becomes a hit, maybe he’ll see it and want to be a part of her life again. And maybe Josie will stay with the show instead of leaving her behind, too.

As the tug-of-war between growing up and growing apart tests the bonds of their friendship, Josie and Delia start to realize that an uncertain future can be both monstrous…and momentous.

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warriorofthewildWarrior of the Wild by Tricia Levenseller

How do you kill a god?

As her father’s chosen heir, eighteen-year-old Rasmira has trained her whole life to become a warrior and lead her village. But when her coming-of-age trial is sabotaged and she fails the test, her father banishes her to the monster-filled wilderness with an impossible quest: to win back her honour, she must kill the oppressive god who claims tribute from the villages each year or die trying.

 


What book are you most excited for? I’m really looking forward to Warrior of the Wild because it sounds like there maybe some Greek Mythology in it and I’m excited for Crown of Feathers. That cover though *insert heart eye emoji here*

Two Mini Reviews

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Josh & Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren\\
This book was beyond adorable. Hazel is my spirit animal. This book was full of all kinds of humor and cuteness and just the right amount of cheese. I’m still struggling with my thoughts on this book because I loved it so much! Josh and Hazel are complete opposites but the author made them connect so well. I really enjoyed the writing. I felt like I was Hazels BFF while reading! I’m going to check out another Christina Lauren novel because her writing was SO GOOD!

The Proposal by Jasmine Gullory\\
I was enjoying this book for the most part. Until the end when the “conflict” happened. These characters were suppose to be in their mid 30’s or so but they acted like they were in relationship for 12 year olds. Carlos was really sweet. I liked the Nik was a strong female character with strong female friends but the ending ruined the whole book for me, sadly. I’m still glad I read it though! It was an interesting story. Their is a lot of diversity in this story though. That was super fun! 😀

MYSTERY BLOGGER AWARD

Hello fellow readers! I was tagged by Kaira @ The Classy Classics to do the Mystery Blogger Award! Thanks darling! I appreciate it 😀

 

THE RULES

  • Thank whoever nominated you and include a link to their blog
  • Tell your readers three things about yourself
  • Nominate 10-20 bloggers you feel deserve the award
  • Answer the questions from the person who nominated you
  • Ask your nominees 5 questions of your choice, with one weird or funny one

Three Things About Me:

  1. I’m currently on the registry to be a bone marrow donor. I’m too scared to give blood so I thought being a bone marrow donor is my best bet 🙂
  2. I’m going to college to become an Occupational Therapy Assistant. Helping patients is one of my all time favorite things ❤
  3. Tigers are one of my favorite animals. Elephants are probably a close second!

Karia’s Questions:

1.What is the most embarrassing moment of your life?

Honestly, there wasn’t a huge moment in my life where I was so embarrassed that I remember it. It might be when I was a busser and dropped a glass cup but that’s about it.

2. What is the weirdest ever comment you got and by whom?

The one thing that stands out to me is an old coworker that said to me “are you wearing makeup?” i told her yes and she said “did anyone else notice?” and I said probably not and she said “well I noticed”…. okay? thanks, i think?

3. What is that one thing you just can’t live without?

I hate to say it, but probably my phone. I don’t like being addicted to it but I am D:

4. If you had chose between fame and true love, what will you chose?

True love any day. I think fame would make my anxiety 10x worse than it already is.

5. What is the biggest dream of your life?

I want to travel the world and see new places. I want to learn about new cultures. I want to experience new foods. I just want to experience life. I think it’s so neat how everyone is so different!

 

5 Book Releases for January 2019

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Hello friends! I’m trying to do more things for my blog by posting 5 releases every month just so some people have a small idea as to what books will be coming out. I thought 5 books would keep it short and sweet! I want to try and keep a few different genres in these posts. If you want me to continue with them, please let me know!


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The Gilded Wolves by Rashani Chokshi

Set in a darkly glamorous world, The Gilded Wolves is full of mystery, decadence, and dangerous but thrilling adventure.

Paris, 1889: The world is on the cusp of industry and power, and the Exposition Universelle has breathed new life into the streets and dredged up ancient secrets. In this city, no one keeps tabs on secrets better than treasure-hunter and wealthy hotelier, Séverin Montagnet-Alarie. But when the all-powerful society, the Order of Babel, seeks him out for help, Séverin is offered a treasure that he never imagined: his true inheritance.

To find the ancient artifact the Order seeks, Séverin will need help from a band of experts: An engineer with a debt to pay. A historian who can’t yet go home. A dancer with a sinister past. And a brother in all but blood, who might care too much.

Together, they’ll have to use their wits and knowledge to hunt the artifact through the dark and glittering heart of Paris. What they find might change the world, but only if they can stay alive.

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99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne

Crush: a strong and often short-lived infatuation, particularly for someone beyond your reach…

Darcy Barrett has undertaken a global survey of men. She’s traveled the world, and can categorically say that no one measures up to Tom Valeska, whose only flaw is that Darcy’s twin brother Jamie saw him first and claimed him forever as his best friend. Despite Darcy’s best efforts, Tom’s off limits and loyal to her brother, 99%. That’s the problem with finding her dream man at age eight and peaking in her photography career at age twenty—ever since, she’s had to learn to settle for good enough.

When Darcy and Jamie inherit a tumble-down cottage from their grandmother, they’re left with strict instructions to bring it back to its former glory and sell the property. Darcy plans to be in an aisle seat halfway across the ocean as soon as the renovations start, but before she can cut and run, she finds a familiar face on her porch: house-flipper extraordinaire Tom’s arrived, he’s bearing power tools, and he’s single for the first time in almost a decade.

Suddenly Darcy’s considering sticking around to make sure her twin doesn’t ruin the cottage’s inherent magic with his penchant for grey and chrome. She’s definitely not staying because of her new business partner’s tight t-shirts, or that perfect face that’s inspiring her to pick up her camera again. Soon sparks are flying—and it’s not the faulty wiring. It turns out one percent of Tom’s heart might not be enough for Darcy anymore. This time around, she’s switching things up. She’s going to make Tom Valeska 99 percent hers.

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curseA Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

In a lush, contemporary fantasy retelling of Beauty and the Beast, Brigid Kemmerer gives readers another compulsively readable romance perfect for fans of Marissa Meyer.

Fall in love, break the curse. 

It once seemed so easy to Prince Rhen, the heir to Emberfall. Cursed by a powerful enchantress to repeat the autumn of his eighteenth year over and over, he knew he could be saved if a girl fell for him. But that was before he learned that at the end of each autumn, he would turn into a vicious beast hell-bent on destruction. That was before he destroyed his castle, his family, and every last shred of hope.

Nothing has ever been easy for Harper Lacy. With her father long gone, her mother dying, and her brother barely holding their family together while constantly underestimating her because of her cerebral palsy, she learned to be tough enough to survive. But when she tries to save someone else on the streets of Washington, DC, she’s instead somehow sucked into Rhen’s cursed world.

Break the curse, save the kingdom. 

A prince? A monster? A curse? Harper doesn’t know where she is or what to believe. But as she spends time with Rhen in this enchanted land, she begins to understand what’s at stake. And as Rhen realizes Harper is not just another girl to charm, his hope comes flooding back. But powerful forces are standing against Emberfall . . . and it will take more than a broken curse to save Harper, Rhen, and his people from utter ruin.

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Let’s Go Swimming on Doomsday by Natalie C. Anderson

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Forced to become a child soldier, a sixteen-year-old Somali refugee must confront his painful past in this haunting, thrilling tale of loss and redemption for fans of A Long Way Goneand What is the What

When Abdi’s family is kidnapped, he’s forced to do the unthinkable: become a child soldier with the ruthless jihadi group Al Shabaab. In order to save the lives of those he loves, and earn their freedom, Abdi agrees to be embedded as a spy within the militia’s ranks and to send dispatches on their plans to the Americans. The jihadists trust Abdi immediately because his older brother, Dahir, is already one of them, protégé to General Idris, aka the Butcher. If Abdi’s duplicity is discovered, he will be killed.

For weeks, Abdi trains with them, witnessing atrocity after atrocity, becoming a monster himself, wondering if he’s even pretending anymore. He only escapes after he is forced into a suicide bomber’s vest, which still leaves him stumps where two of his fingers used to be and his brother near death. Eventually, he finds himself on the streets of Sangui City, Kenya, stealing what he can find to get by, sleeping nights in empty alleyways, wondering what’s become of the family that was stolen from him. But everything changes when Abdi’s picked up for a petty theft, which sets into motion a chain reaction that forces him to reckon with a past he’s been trying to forget.

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somedayySomeday We Will Fly by Rachel Dewoskin

Warsaw, Poland. The year is 1940 and Lillia is 15 when her mother, Alenka, disappears and her father flees with Lillia and her younger sister, Naomi, to Shanghai, one of the few places that will accept Jews without visas. There they struggle to make a life; they have no money, there is little work, no decent place to live, a culture that doesn’t understand them. And always the worry about Alenka. How will she find them? Is she still alive?

Meanwhile Lillia is growing up, trying to care for Naomi, whose development is frighteningly slow, in part from malnourished. Lillia finds an outlet for her artistic talent by making puppets, remembering the happy days in Warsaw when they were circus performers. She attends school sporadically, makes friends with Wei, a Chinese boy, and finds work as a performer at a “gentlemen’s club” without her father’s knowledge.

But meanwhile the conflict grows more intense as the Americans declare war and the Japanese force the Americans in Shanghai into camps. More bombing, more death. Can they survive, caught in the crossfire?

Waiting on Wednesday

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Waiting on Wednesdays spotlights highly anticipated upcoming releases, and was originally hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. Since Jill is no longer hosting, I’m now joining up with Can’t Wait Wednesday at Wishful Endings.laurelsfloweers_0008_vectorsmartobject

Shout by Laurie Halse Anderson

ShoutA searing poetic memoir and call to action from the bestselling and award-winning author of Speak, Laurie Halse Anderson!

Bestselling author Laurie Halse Anderson is known for the unflinching way she writes about, and advocates for, survivors of sexual assault. Now, inspired by her fans and enraged by how little in our culture has changed since her groundbreaking novel Speak was first published twenty years ago, she has written a poetry memoir that is as vulnerable as it is rallying, as timely as it is timeless. In free verse, Anderson shares reflections, rants, and calls to action woven between deeply personal stories from her life that she’s never written about before. Searing and soul-searching, this important memoir is a denouncement of our society’s failures and a love letter to all the people with the courage to say #metoo and #timesup, whether aloud, online, or only in their own hearts. Shout speaks truth to power in a loud, clear voice– and once you hear it, it is impossible to ignore.

Expected Release Date: March 12th, 2019


I love everything Laurie Halse Anderson. I’m not 100% sure why. She writes such beauty books. I’m sure this memoir will be incredibly sad but I’m still beyond excited to read it ❤ 

Is My Reading Taste Changing?

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I feel like I have been in a massic reading slump for years. Nothing I do seems to help. I use to read on average about 45ish books a year. Now? Now it’s been about 20ish. I find myself in long reading slumps and nothing captures my attention.

I’ve started wondering if maybe my reading taste is just starting to change and I never realized it until now. I have tons and tons of contemporary books in my position but none of them ever sound interesting. It’s to the point where every story sounds the exact same. There’s no originality to it at all.

I started to realize that I would start to get out of a reading slumping after reading a fantasy or a thriller. Most recently I finished reading The Girl Who was Suppose to Die. It made me want to read more. I’m now really intrigued to read fantasy books, the one genre I was never a fan of.


This is also got me thinking to how my reading has changed drastically over the past 7 years  that I have been apart of the book community. I recently cleaned out my goodreads TBR from 270 books to 32. I don’t remember adding 3/4 of those books. I don’t remember what they were about so I knew I was never going to read them.

Other times I’d read the synopsis and think “why did I even add that? that sounds terrible!” So my goal for 2019 is to focus more on fantasy novels. I also want to focus more on stories that I think sound interesting, not books that others find interesting.

Hope everyone has a fantastic new year 😀

Down the TBR Hole #5

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Down the TBR Hole is a meme created by Lia @ Lost in a Story.

Most of you probably know this feeling, your Goodreads TBR pile keeps growing and growing and it seems like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. You keep adding, but you add more than you actually read. And then when you’re scrolling through your list, you realize that you have no idea what half the books are about and why you added them. Well that’s going to change!

It works like this:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books. Of course if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopses of the books
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The Books:

Anglefall by Susan Ee\\ I’m not a huge fan of this cover anymore. I think I added it to my TBR because I saw an advertisement on my kindle one day. I enjoy books about angles  but I don’t think I’ll end up picking this book up, sadly. VerdictGo

Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick\\ I think I added this book because of the cover, but again, it does not sound interesting. I think I’ll have to let this one go…. VerdictGo

The Glass Sentence by S.E. Grove\\ I think I added this because Regan from the Peruse Project enjoyed it and because the cover is gorgeous. However, I’m not a fan of historical fiction in the slightest. I think I’ll have to pass on this one. Verdict: Go

Red Rising by Pierce Brown\\ This is like my number one book I want to read. I think I bought it on my kindle, but honestly, I can’t remember for the life of me. It sounds so good and I’ve heard amazing things about it. I also really enjoy the cover! It’s so pretty and simple and UGH. I need to buy this book ASAP. Verdict: Keep

The Girl from the Well by Rin Chupeco\\ This is another one that doesn’t sound like something I would really enjoy. I think the cover is really neat and creepy. I think it would make a great Halloween story, but I don’t think i’d pick it up. I’m taking it off. Verdict: Go

 

The Girl Who Was Suppose To Die

The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die

Series: Standalone
Published by: Henry Holt
Genre: Thriller, Mystery, Young Adult
Pages: 213
Source: Bought, paperback
Rating: ✬✬✬✬

Synopsis:

“Take her out back and finish her off.”

She doesn’t know who she is. She doesn’t know where she is, or why. All she knows when she comes to in a ransacked cabin is that there are two men arguing over whether or not to kill her.

And that she must run

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Favorite Quote

“Don’t act. Be”

Thoughts

How would you feel if you were kidnapped and about the die without knowing who you are? That’s exactly what is about to happen with our main character. She can’t remember who she is, where she came from, or why she was kidnapped. All she knows is that she must run to safety.

This book starts off right at the beginning of the main characters kidnap. We learned along with the character as she discovered who she was and what she was running from. I really liked our main character (I don’t want to ruin it by telling you her name because it takes a bit to learn it in the book). She was fierce and bold. She was a fighter. I also enjoyed the people she meet along her journey.

I thought the writing was very fast paced. I was sucked in from page one. I had to keep reading. I had to figure out who this girl was. I had to figure out what she was running from and why. I thought it was super fun and intense read!

My only complain is the ending. I feel like everything happened so fast. Like… I don’t even really know what happened in the ending because it happened really fast. I wish there would have been more of an explanation. Overall, I’m glad I finally got around to reading this

Christmas lists already

The dreaded time of year has come upon us where my mom starts asking me for a Christmas list. The older I get, the less things I want for Christmas. Honestly, I don’t care if I get books or anything for Christmas. Ever since I started working in a hospital where I need to work on holidays, I appreciate the family time more than the gift giving. I would honestly be okay just sitting at home, watching a Christmas movie, and drinking hot chocolate while it snows outside.

I guess a few things I would like for Christmas are the following:

Barnes and Noble gift card
H&M gift card
Bath and Body Works gift card
American Eagle gift card
Old Navy gift card
The Kiss Quotient
The Name of the Wind
Children of Blood and Bone
Socks
Necklaces
Earrings

Gifts I would like for both my boyfriend and I:
Hot tubs gift card
Movie gift card
Different restaurant gift cards

Hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving and Christmas ❤