GIVEAWAY & Meant To Be Broken ARC Review

Disclaimer** I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
Meant To Be Broken (Carolina Clay #1)Series: Carolina Clay Book 1
Published by: Filles Vertes Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 457
Source: ARC via Publisher
Release Date: July 2nd, 2018
Rating: ✬✬✬✬
Synopsis:

Rayne Davidson is perfectly happy fading into the background. Her mama’s antics garner enough attention in their small Southern town for the both of them, but when Rayne catches the eye of all-star QB, Preston Howard, she’s enamored with the possibilities. Too bad Preston doesn’t make her heart thump—but his brother does.

Gage Howard doesn’t mind the town’s stares, probably because he doesn’t get them. Growing up in his older brother’s shadow, Gage shrugs off the endless parade of girls Preston brings home—until Rayne.

But there are unwritten rules that shouldn’t be broken, like cheating on your boyfriend or betraying your brother. Rayne and Gage deny their growing attraction, neither willing to hurt Preston—until the town finds out.

They think overcoming the gossip will be the hardest obstacle.

They’re wrong.

Rayne’s mama has a secret, and its revelation could divide the town, the families, and the new couple.

Can love really exist if it’s all built on a lie?

Goodreads / Amazon

Favorite Quote

“If Mama lived with this [anxiety] everyday and still managed to keep our home running, then she was the strongest woman I ever knew and probably will know. I always called her weak. I was wrong.”

Thoughts

Holy… okay.. wow.

This book pissed me off so much, but I loved it too. These thoughts are going to be a jumbled mess. So let’s just do what I do best and drive right in.

I loved the short chapters. Short chapters are my favorite because it makes me feel like I’m reading relatively fast. Plus the chapters are in different points of view which I also thoroughly enjoyed. It was cool seeing different peoples opinions on Preston. Although I love alternating POV’s, sometimes they become frustrating as well because you know what each other the characters are thinking while the other character does not and then there is a huge disagreement. I kept shouting in my head, “JUST TALK IT OUT!”

For the most part, I thought the pacing was pretty good. It felt a little too slow towards the ending. Like the pacing did well in the first 200 pages then felt really slow after that. I think it felt slow for me because the book changed directions and I was exactly expecting it to.

I could relate to Rayne. She’s dating a guy but falls in love with his brother. I was in a relationship relatively recently and realized I was falling for my best friend. I could relate to her guilt and not wanting to feel that way. In a way it was different for me because I was with my ex-boyfriend for almost 2 years so it felt wrong to be attracted to someone else. It worked out in the end though.

I really loved all the characters. Brandy did a great job at making the characters feel alive. They felt real. They became my friends. A part of me will cherish them for a long time. Brandy did an excellent job at giving them each their own personality and their own voice. It’s so hard for me to read a book if I can’t connect with the characters or if they’re bland. I fell in love with Gage. My book boyfriend ❤

One thing I didn’t like was how Rayne viewed anxiety in the beginning. The way it was described in the book left a bad taste in my mouth because I struggle with anxiety. I felt sort of offended. I know Brandy didn’t mean it that way but I couldn’t help it. Rayne does end up changing her views about it though in the end which I appreciated.

Rayne and Preston’s relationship seemed a little insta-lovey. However, the slow burning romance between Rayne and Gage was very well done. Okay, I lied. Their romance was to die for. They’re perfect for each other. I was constantly rooting for them. Yes there is a love triangle in the book, which I usually despise, but this made sense. I feel like some authors just add a love triangle into the story for the sake of drama, but this was one really well done.

The book felt longer than it needed to be. After like 300 pages it started to feel like I was reading a soap opera. There was so much drama and so much happening within the plot. There was a point where I got so annoyed that I started to care less about the characters, but they won me over again in the end.

Overall, this was a cute southern book. It was had a good small town feel to it. I grew up in a small town Michigan, but I could still relate to the small town in this book. Everyone seems to know everyone else’s business whether you want them to or not. I recommend this if you want to read something makes your heart melt but also makes you want to chuck your book at the wall.


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Giveaway ends August 15th, 2018

If you would like to win Meant To Be Broken by Brandy Woods Snow please enter below! (Also I’m really new at RaffleCopter so I hope I did it okay!)

Excerpt from the book:

At 9:30 Saturday morning, I find out Preston Howard wants to date me. At 11:30, my mama hears it from old lady McAlister and has a “spell” in aisle three of the Piggly Wiggly. It’s taken seventeen years, but I finally understand the two things my social life and Mama have in common. They’re both erratic and one usually suffers because of the other.

The store manager calls me on my cell and asks me to come get her. He has my number because he’s Daddy’s best friend’s brother and used me to babysit his kids a few times last year. I answer, expecting another job offer.

“Rayne? This is Dave Sullivan, you know, the manager down at the Piggly Wiggly? There’s been an incident with your mama.”

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Book Review: Lost Boy (ARC)

Disclaimer** I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review
Lost BoySeries: Standalone
Published by: Orca Book
Genre: Contemporary, Realistic, Young Adult
Pages: 224
Source: ARC via Netgalley
Release Date: October 2nd, 2018
Rating: ✬✬✬
Synopsis:

Raised in a polygamous community, Jon starts to question the rules of his faith. After he is caught kissing a girl, he is forced to flee his town and the only life he knows. He finds a community of other Lost Boys, or “polygs,” but is utterly unprepared for life outside his community of Unity. He spirals into a life of numbing booze, drugs and homelessness. When he hits rock bottom, someone from his past enters his new life and helps him find his way.

Goodreads / Amazon / Book Depository

Favorite Quote

 There were no favorite quotes ):

Thoughts

I’m not…. I’m not sure how I feel about this book. The plot was extremely interesting. I really enjoyed getting a glimpse at what a true polygamy religion looks like. I liked the coming of age aspect when the characters realized they didn’t want to live that life.

At first I wasn’t really into the story but the more I read, the more I started to appreciate the characters. I thought they each had their own personality. The only thing that bothered me was Jon was a pretty hopeful guy in Part One in the book and then his personality drastically changes in Part two. There really wasn’t much of an explanation has to what happened. I was slightly confused.

I thought this book read kind of like classic. It also reminded me of The Giver for some reason. Jon doesn’t know much about school or clothes. Learning about it is almost like learning a foreign language to him. It was pretty interesting seeing how he slowly started to get use to the idea of people wearing shorts and bathing suits out in public.

Overall, I thought it was a pretty decent read. I just wish things between Part one and Part two would have been explained better. And I really enjoyed the ending. The ending gave me all kinds of hope. I don’t think this book is for everyone but it was a fairly fast read!

July TBR

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Hello lovelies!

I’m coming at you today with my July TBR! It’s a pretty ambition TBR. I’m actually kind of nervous for it. At least I have 31 days to finish these! 😀 I’m reading my own physical copies, a library ebook, an ARC ebook, and a book a publisher asked me to read! (:

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne\\
I’m reading this with a book friend! So far I’m a little over 100 pages. It’s so freaking hilarious! I’m loving it so far! 😀

Meant to be Broken by Brandy Woods Snow\\
A publisher asked me if I’d be interested in reading this book! It just came out July 2nd. I’m just now starting it. So far the writing is good but I don’t like how the main character describes her moms anxiety.

Summer Days and Summer Nights by A Wide Variety of Authors\\
I like a majority of the authors that have a story in this novel! I hope it’s a great summer read. I wasn’t super into the winter one so I’m hoping I enjoy this one better!

Honestly Ben by Bill Konigsberg\\
This is the second book, more like a companion novel, to Openly Straight by Bill. I really enjoyed that book. I’m excited to see where the second book goes on a different character.

Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between by Jennifer E. Smith\\
I’m a pretty big fan of Jennifer’s cute romance novels. I find myself really enjoying them even if they are super cheesy. I’m excited to read this one, too!

To All the Boys  I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Hann\\
For the longest time I didn’t find this book to sound even remotely interesting. People kept raving about it. I saw it under a buy two get one free sale so I said why not, and got it. I’m really hoping the hype doesn’t make me feel disappointed!


Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Cho\\
I’m renting this as an Ebook from my library. I’ve heard pretty decent things about it. I’m currently reading 3 books at the moment though so I’m not sure when I’ll get to it. At least I have 20 some days to read it! XD

Lost Boy by Shelley Hrdlitschka\\
I received this as an ARC from Netgalley. The book is kind of…. strange. Honestly, I’m not sure how I feel about it right this minute. I’m hoping to be done soon because it’s a fairly short book.


Have you guys read any of these? Did you like them!? What are you planning on reading this month? (:

 

 

 

 

 

 

June Wrap-Up

Hello readers,

I’m here to talk about my lovely June wrap-up and all the books I’ve read. I’m also going to talk about some personal things that happened in June!

I’m so proud of myself! I finished my complete June TBR! I really enjoyed all of the books. I also read a few more books that were not part of my June TBR.

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I read quite a few books but I only got around to reviewing 3 books this month.
The books I got around to reading are:
Brave Enough (ARC)\\ This book was pretty heavy but I still really enjoyed it!
✬✬✬✬
Love & Gelato\\ WE GO TO ITALY! This book was freaking adorable. I loved it.
✬✬✬✬
Since You’ve Been Gone\\ This was pretty meh for me. I did eventually end up enjoying it!
✬✬✬

The books I read but didn’t around to are the following; however, if you click the link, it’ll take you to my review of them on goodreads!:
Geekerella\\✬✬✬✬
-Super nerdy
-Love the relationship
-Took awhile to get into
-Has different point’s of view
This is What Happy Looks Like\\✬✬✬✬
-Needed more development between characters
-Good writing, fast read
-Seemed kind of instalovey
-Fun cheesy romance for the summer
The Unexpected Everything\\✬✬✬✬
-Had a slow beginning
-ADORABLE DOGS!
-Has strong relationship with friends and father
-Cute, awkward romance

I didn’t finish this book in June; however, I’m still including it in my June TBR because I had 70 pages left as of June 30th. I read the majority of the book in June so I’m counting it! XD

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What To Say Next\\✬✬✬✬✬
-An unlikely friendship between a girl and a boy with Asperger’s
-Writing was great as well as pacing
-GAVE ME ALL THE FEELS!
-One of my favorites this month ❤


Random Statistics:

Average Rating: 4
Pages Read: 2,663
Favorite Book: What to Say Next by Julie Buxbaum
Least Favorite Book: Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

Personal Things:
-Went on Vacation to Alabama! It took 2 days to get down there because we had problems. It’s a very long and hectic story. I’m more than happy to share if you really want to know everything that happened XD
-My boyfriend and I have been together for 6 months! Holy shit!
-This isn’t great but we did have a very unexpected death in the family. My great aunt had posted on facebook that she was home from rehab and doing okay but then she went back to the hospital the next day and died.
-I started counseling and new medication at the end of May, and I have felt that best I’ve felt in a very long time in regards to anxiety and depression!
-I saw Love,Simon! I actually really liked it. I actually think I think I like it more than I did the book, oops.

 

Book Review: Brave Enough (ARC)

Disclaimer** I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review
Brave Enough
Series: Standalone
Published by: North Star Editions
Genre: Contemporary, Realistic, Young Adult
Pages: 280
Source: ARC via Netgalley
Release Date: August 21st, 2018
Rating: ✬✬✬✬
Synopsis:

Teenager Cason Martin is the youngest ballerina in the Atlanta Ballet Conservatory. She never really had a choice of whether she learned to dance or not. Her mother, the conservatory’s artistic director, has made all the decisions in Cason’s life. But that’s about to change. Cason has been hiding an injury, and it’s much worse than anyone imagines.

Davis Channing understands all too well what it’s like to give up control of your life. He’s survived cancer, but his drug addiction nearly killed him. Now he’s been sober for seven months and enjoying his community service at the hospital. But just when he thinks he’s got it together, Davis’s ex-girlfriend, who is still battling her addiction, barrels back into his life.

Cason and Davis are not friends. But, as their worlds collide, they will start to depend on one another. Can they both be brave enough to beat the odds?”

Goodreads / Amazon / Book Depository

Favorite Quote

“That he had been chosen for this honor despite being an addict helped him realize that his addiction didn’t define him. It was just one of his layers.”

Thoughts

Wow. Can we talk about this cover? Absolutely gorgeous. It was one of the reasons I decided to request this book. Well, that and the synopsis sounded pretty good! I love the white color and the water colors! It’s gorgeous.

I was a little bit shocked when I found out what the story was really about it. The book involves two different heavy topics. Although I appreciated reading about Cason and Davis’s stories, I found it hard to deal with two different heavy topics in one book. For me personally, it was a little hard to read about Cason’s life then switch over to Davis and his addiction and overcoming it. However, I did like how Kati intertwined their stories and showed the readers that the characters each come from very different backgrounds but yet the same. (I’d explain that better but I don’t want to spoil the book because it’s not mentioned in the synopsis).

The beginning of that book had me hooked. I wasn’t a fan of the immediate flirting between Cason and Davis. It felt a little instalovey for me. I wanted to learn about their own story and their own background. I found it hard to connect with the characters because the chapters were pretty short. I wanted the relationship between Cason and Davis to develop a little bit better because the book mentioned that the characters didn’t talk to each other prior to meeting.

I found myself rooting for the characters. I wanted to see them succeed. I wanted them to be happy, be brave, be a survivor of their own demons. Cason’s mom mad me extremely angry in the beginning of the book but as the story went on, I found myself having a soft spot for her.

I thought the writing was simple and easy to read. The pacing was really well. Personally, I didn’t find myself getting bored at all while reading. I think my only critic was that Davis said how much he wanted to use a lot. It almost felt like the word because really repetitive.

Overall, I thought this was a really great read. The theme I took from the book was that even if something unexpected happens in life or we’re dealt the wrong cards, we still have the ability to overcome it. We just have to set our minds to it. It was pretty empowering to read. I really recommend this book! Not just for the cover, but for the themes in the story as well!

Gigantic Book Haul… Oops

Hello friends and fellow readers! In the several months I was in a huge reading slump, I still acquired a lot of books. I figured it was time to show them off. I also got some of these books on my recent vacation and I bought some online the other day 🙂

*Also a small fun fact, I wanted Daughter of Smoke & Bone in hardcover so freaking bad cause I think it looks gorgeous. I ended up finding the whole boxset (in paperback) for $20. I decided to get it considering the first book in hardcover is like $18!

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Here are the books I bought in the last 6 months! I’m so excited for each and every one of these ❤

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne\\
Lucy Hutton and Joshua Templeman hate each other. Not dislike. Not begrudgingly tolerate. Hate. And they have no problem displaying their feelings through a series of ritualistic passive aggressive maneuvers as they sit across from each other, executive assistants to co-CEOs of a publishing company. Lucy can’t understand Joshua’s joyless, uptight, meticulous approach to his job. Joshua is clearly baffled by Lucy’s overly bright clothes, quirkiness, and Pollyanna attitude.

Now up for the same promotion, their battle of wills has come to a head and Lucy refuses to back down when their latest game could cost her her dream job…But the tension between Lucy and Joshua has also reached its boiling point, and Lucy is discovering that maybe she doesn’t hate Joshua. And maybe, he doesn’t hate her either. Or maybe this is just another game.

Uprooted by Naomi Novik\\
“Our Dragon doesn’t eat the girls he takes, no matter what stories they tell outside our valley. We hear them sometimes, from travelers passing through. They talk as though we were doing human sacrifice, and he were a real dragon. Of course that’s not true: he may be a wizard and immortal, but he’s still a man, and our fathers would band together and kill him if he wanted to eat one of us every ten years. He protects us against the Wood, and we’re grateful, but not that grateful.”

Agnieszka loves her valley home, her quiet village, the forests and the bright shining river. But the corrupted Wood stands on the border, full of malevolent power, and its shadow lies over her life.

Her people rely on the cold, driven wizard known only as the Dragon to keep its powers at bay. But he demands a terrible price for his help: one young woman handed over to serve him for ten years, a fate almost as terrible as falling to the Wood.

The next choosing is fast approaching, and Agnieszka is afraid. She knows—everyone knows—that the Dragon will take Kasia: beautiful, graceful, brave Kasia, all the things Agnieszka isn’t, and her dearest friend in the world. And there is no way to save her.

But Agnieszka fears the wrong things. For when the Dragon comes, it is not Kasia he will choose.

Daughter of Smoke & Bone triology by Laini Taylor\\
Around the world, black hand prints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.

In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grows dangerously low.

And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherworldly war.

Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real, she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious “errands”, she speaks many languages – not all of them human – and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out.

When beautiful, haunted Akiva fixes fiery eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert\\ 
Seventeen-year-old Alice and her mother have spent most of Alice’s life on the road, always a step ahead of the uncanny bad luck biting at their heels. But when Alice’s grandmother, the reclusive author of a cult-classic book of pitch-dark fairy tales, dies alone on her estate, the Hazel Wood, Alice learns how bad her luck can really get: her mother is stolen away―by a figure who claims to come from the Hinterland, the cruel supernatural world where her grandmother’s stories are set. Alice’s only lead is the message her mother left behind: “Stay away from the Hazel Wood.”

Alice has long steered clear of her grandmother’s cultish fans. But now she has no choice but to ally with classmate Ellery Finch, a Hinterland superfan who may have his own reasons for wanting to help her. To retrieve her mother, Alice must venture first to the Hazel Wood, then into the world where her grandmother’s tales began―and where she might find out how her own story went so wrong.

Recreated #2 by Colleen Houck\\ (synopsis from book one)
When seventeen-year-old Lilliana Young enters the Metropolitan Museum of Art one morning during spring break, the last thing she expects to find is a live Egyptian prince with godlike powers, who has been reawakened after a thousand years of mummification.

And she really can’t imagine being chosen to aid him in an epic quest that will lead them across the globe to find his brothers and complete a grand ceremony that will save mankind.

But fate has taken hold of Lily, and she, along with her sun prince, Amon, must travel to the Valley of the Kings, raise his brothers, and stop an evil, shape-shifting god named Seth from taking over the world.

From New York Times bestselling author Colleen Houck comes an epic adventure about two star-crossed teens who must battle mythical forces and ancient curses on a journey with more twists and turns than the Nile itself.

The Librarian of Auschwitz by Antonio Iturbe\\
Based on the experience of real-life Auschwitz prisoner Dita Kraus, this is the incredible story of a girl who risked her life to keep the magic of books alive during the Holocaust.
Fourteen-year-old Dita is one of the many imprisoned by the Nazis at Auschwitz. Taken, along with her mother and father, from the Terezín ghetto in Prague, Dita is adjusting to the constant terror that is life in the camp. When Jewish leader Freddy Hirsch asks Dita to take charge of the eight precious volumes the prisoners have managed to sneak past the guards, she agrees. And so Dita becomes the librarian of Auschwitz.

Out of one of the darkest chapters of human history comes this extraordinary story of courage and hope.

Renegades by Marissa Meyer\\
Secret Identities. Extraordinary Powers. She wants vengeance. He wants justice.

The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies — humans with extraordinary abilities — who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone… except the villains they once overthrew.

Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and she is on a mission for vengeance. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice — and in Nova. But Nova’s allegiance is to a villain who has the power to end them both.

The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand\\
On Christmas Eve five years ago, Holly was visited by three ghosts who showed her how selfish and spoiled she’d become. They tried to convince her to mend her ways.

She didn’t.

And then she died.

Now she’s stuck working for the top-secret company Project Scrooge–as the latest Ghost of Christmas Past.

Every year, they save another miserly grouch. Every year, Holly stays frozen at seventeen while her family and friends go on living without her. So far, Holly’s afterlife has been miserable.

But this year, everything is about to change. . . .

Generation One by Pittacus Lore\\
The first book in a pulse-pounding new series that’s set in the world of the #1 New York Times bestselling I Am Number Four series. The war may be over—but for the next generation, the battle has just begun!

It has been over a year since the invasion of Earth was thwarted in Pittacus Lore’s United as One. But in order to win, our alien allies known as the Garde unleashed their Loric energy that spread throughout the globe. Now human teenagers have begun to develop incredible powers of their own, known as Legacies.

To help these incredible and potentially dangerous individuals—and put the world at ease—the Garde have created an academy where they can train this new generation to control their powers and hopefully one day help mankind. But not everyone thinks that’s the best use of their talents. And the teens may need to use their Legacies sooner than they ever imagined.

Perfect for fans of Marvel’s X-Men and Rick Yancey’s The 5th Wave, this epic new series follows a diverse cast of teens as they struggle to hone their abilities and decide what, if anything, they should do with them. As a spin-off of the bestselling I Am Number Four series, those familiar with the original books and newcomers alike will devour this fast-paced, action-packed sci-fi adventure.

My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows\\ 
Edward (long live the king) is the King of England. He’s also dying, which is inconvenient, as he’s only sixteen and he’d much rather be planning for his first kiss than considering who will inherit his crown…

Jane (reads too many books) is Edward’s cousin, and far more interested in books than romance. Unfortunately for Jane, Edward has arranged to marry her off to secure the line of succession. And there’s something a little odd about her intended…

Gifford (call him G) is a horse. That is, he’s an Eðian (eth-y-un, for the uninitiated). Every day at dawn he becomes a noble chestnut steed—but then he wakes at dusk with a mouthful of hay. It’s all very undignified.

The plot thickens as Edward, Jane, and G are drawn into a dangerous conspiracy. With the fate of the kingdom at stake, our heroes will have to engage in some conspiring of their own. But can they pull off their plan before it’s off with their heads?

A Course of Frost and Starlight (#3.5) by Sarah J. Maas\\ (synopsis from book one)
Feyre’s survival rests upon her ability to hunt and kill – the forest where she lives is a cold, bleak place in the long winter months. So when she spots a deer in the forest being pursued by a wolf, she cannot resist fighting it for the flesh. But to do so, she must kill the predator and killing something so precious comes at a price …

Dragged to a magical kingdom for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face obscured by a jewelled mask, is hiding far more than his piercing green eyes would suggest. Feyre’s presence at the court is closely guarded, and as she begins to learn why, her feelings for him turn from hostility to passion and the faerie lands become an even more dangerous place. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose him forever.

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han\\
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.

Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes\\
In the three kingdoms of Mytica, magic has long been forgotten. And while hard-won peace has reigned for centuries, a deadly unrest now simmers below the surface.

As the rulers of each kingdom grapple for power, the lives of their subjects are brutally transformed… and four key players, royals and rebels alike, find their fates forever intertwined. Cleo, Jonas, Lucia, and Magnus are caught in a dizzying world of treacherous betrayals, shocking murders, secret alliances, and even unforeseen love.

The only outcome that’s certain is that kingdoms will fall. Who will emerge triumphant when all they know has collapsed?

It’s the eve of war…. Choose your side.

Princess: Raised in pampered luxury, Cleo must now embark on a rough and treacherous journey into enemy territory in search of magic long thought extinct.

Rebel: Jonas, enraged at injustice, lashes out against the forces of oppression that have kept his country cruelly impoverished. To his shock, he finds himself the leader of a people’s revolution centuries in the making.

Sorceress: Lucia, adopted at birth into the royal family, discovers the truth about her past—and the supernatural legacy she is destined to wield.

Heir: Bred for aggression and trained to conquer, firstborn son Magnus begins to realize that the heart can be more lethal than the sword….

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir\\
Laia is a slave. Elias is a soldier. Neither is free.

Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.

It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.

But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.

There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.

And I Darken by Kiersten White\\
No one expects a princess to be brutal. And Lada Dragwlya likes it that way. Ever since she and her gentle younger brother, Radu, were wrenched from their homeland of Wallachia and abandoned by their father to be raised in the Ottoman courts, Lada has known that being ruthless is the key to survival. She and Radu are doomed to act as pawns in a vicious game, an unseen sword hovering over their every move. For the lineage that makes them special also makes them targets.

Lada despises the Ottomans and bides her time, planning her vengeance for the day when she can return to Wallachia and claim her birthright. Radu longs only for a place where he feels safe. And when they meet Mehmed, the defiant and lonely son of the sultan, Radu feels that he’s made a true friend—and Lada wonders if she’s finally found someone worthy of her passion.

But Mehmed is heir to the very empire that Lada has sworn to fight against—and that Radu now considers home. Together, Lada, Radu, and Mehmed form a toxic triangle that strains the bonds of love and loyalty to the breaking point.

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Have you read any of these books!? What did you think? Did you love them? Hate them? Would you like to read any of them with me!? Let me know in the comments! Happy Reading ❤

Down the TBR Hole #3

 

 

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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
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?laurelsfloweers_0008_vectorsmartobject

White Cat (Curse Workers, #1)People who have the power to change your emotions, your memories, your luck, by the slightest touch of their hands? This is illegal? The main character killed his best friend? This book sounds amazing! I’ve also heard great things about it from a friend so I’m really interested in reading it (even if I do hate the covers…. )

VERDICT: keep

 

 

House of LeavesI’ll be completely honest, I have no freaking idea what this book is about. I just remember my high school English teacher talking about it and how unique the story was. I was to read it simply to check out but every time I see it at the bookstore I’m like meh… I think this is one that I’ll just have to eventally get from the library

VERDICT:go

 

More Than ThisI’m not quite sure what this is about. It sounds like it’s about a boy that dies then comes back to life but he doesn’t know how or why? I’m pretty sure the only I added this to my TBR was because of all the hype surrounding it when it first came out. To be honest, I don’t really have much interest in reading it anymore.

 

VERDICT: go

 

Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #1)Again, I can’t say what this book is about. I just think there is possibly angels or people with feathers involved with maybe some magic? Honestly, no idea. I just remember wanting to read it for like the last 5 years… I finally bought it so I guess it’s safe to say I can take off my TBR… at least on goodreads, tehe

 

VERDICT: go

 

The Girl of Fire and Thorns (Fire and Thorns, #1)A book about kings and princesses and magic and prophecies? Sign me up. I’ve had this on my TBR since 2013; however, it still sounds amazing every single time I read the synopsis. I really need to get around to buying it to be honest. I think I’m going to still keep this one my to read list!

 

VERDICT: keep

Book Review: Since You’ve Been Gone

20180531_144348.jpgSeries: Standalone
Published by: Simon and Schuster
Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult
Pages: 464
Source: Bought, Hardcover
Rating: ✬✬✬

Synopsis:

It was Sloane who yanked Emily out of her shell and made life 100% interesting. But right before what should have been the most epic summer, Sloane just…disappears. All she leaves behind is a to-do list.

On it, thirteen Sloane-inspired tasks that Emily would normally never try. But what if they could bring her best friend back?

Apple picking at night? Okay, easy enough.

Dance until dawn? Sure. Why not?

Kiss a stranger? Um…

Emily now has this unexpected summer, and the help of Frank Porter (totally unexpected), to check things off Sloane’s list. Who knows what she’ll find?

Go skinny-dipping? Wait…what?

Goodreads/ Amazon / Book Depository

Favorite Quote

“Real friends are the ones you can count on no matter what.
The ones who go into the forest to find you and bring you home.
And real friends never have to tell you that they’re your friends.”  

Thoughts

I don’t…. I don’t know how i feel. I’m trying to figure out why this got so many great reviews. it took me forever to warm up to Emily, the main character. I thought she was super bland for the majority of the story. But i liked the other characters. Frank was fantastic. I loved every scene with him in it. I love how the relationships in the story progressed and developed. I also didn’t like Sloane. like i get why she didn’t talk to Emily after she left but at the same time, REALLY?

I also thought the book was slightly boring within the first 100 pages before things started happening within the story and the list. it’s weird though… like i was bored reading it but then I’d look and i had already read 70+ pages!? So I’m very conflicted on how i feel. I honestly hated how things were handled and settled at the end.

overall, it was a cute story. it has a great meaning to it. the thing I took from the story was to live life to the fullest. don’t follow behind someone else. live for yourself.

Sunshine Book Award

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I was tagged by the lovely Book Orbit. Thank you so much, darlin. I appreciate it ❤

Rules:
1. Thank the blogger who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
2. Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
3. Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
4. List the rules and display the sunshine blogger award logo in your post/or on your blog.

Questions
1. What’s your favorite thing about blogging?

I love talking about books with other people that share the same interest as me. It makes me feel like alone. I also love blogging because I’ve discovered a lot of new books. I’ve also met a lot of amazing fellow book lovers! ❤

2. Have you met a fellow blogger face to face?

I have! Well.. She’s a booktuber, but I’ve gone to Canada to visit Nat at Pickleheartsbooks on youtube! She’s also come visited me in the United States! She’s one of my best book friends. We’ve been friends for roughly 5ish years now. She’s lovely. Go check out her channel! ❤

3. What is your favorite TV show?

I love Teen Wolf, New Girl, and Young & Hungry

4. What is your biggest fear?

Spiders and Death :/

5. Do you have any pets?

Yes! I have two doggies ❤ Their names are Macey and Noddle. They’re amazing :3

6. How many books have you read, so far, this year?

Lol… well… I’ve only read 8 so far. In my defense though, I was in a massive reading slump for quite some time so honestly, I’m kind of proud of myself!

7. Tea or coffee?

It really depends on my mood. I tend to drink coffee more in the summer and tea more in the winter for some reason. Just the thought of hot tea doesn’t sound good even though coffee is also hot XD

8. Where is your favorite reading spot?

Outside in a swinging chair, listening to the birds and/or nature.

9. How happy are you today on a sale of 1 to 10?

I’d say an 8. I haven’t been too productive but I have read a lot today! 😀

10. Which era do you wish you could visit?

I’m not sure. I’m not huge into history and stuff but maybe back to when the great depression happened? I find it amazing that so many people suffered but they made it through. It really inspires me, honestly.

11. Favorite quote?

Life fractures all of us into little pieces. It harms us, but it’s how we glue those fractures back together that makes us stronger. -The Need Series by Carrie Jones

I tag the following:
Meggan @ Between the Pages
Flavia @ Flavia the Bibliophile
Georgia @ Georgia’s Bookish Thoughts
Tiana @ The Book Raven
Darnell @ Darnellouis
Winged Cynic @ Cynic on Wings
Danielle @ Life of a Literary Nerd 
Kathy @ Books and Munches
Cassidy @ The Little Book Cottage
Naty @ Naty’s Bookshelf
Melanie @ Mel to the Any

Questions:
1. Why did you create your blog?
2. What’s your favorite movie genre and/or movie?
3. If money wasn’t a problem, where in the world would you most love to travel?
4. Outside of book blogging, do you have another job?
5. What’s your favorite animal(s)?
6. What is your favorite post to make on your blog?
7. What are some books you are currently waiting to get your hands on?
8. Are there any movies you’re excited to see?
9. What is your preferred way to travel? ex., car, plane, train, bus, walk
10. Would you rather read by the pool or next to a fireplace, why?
11. What makes you happy?

Book Review: Love and Gelato

20180531_144414.jpgSeries: Book 1 in a duology
Published by: Simon Pulse
Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult
Pages: 389
Source: Bought, Hardcover
Rating: ✬✬✬✬

Synopsis:

“I made the wrong choice.”

Lina is spending the summer in Tuscany, but she isn’t in the mood for Italy’s famous sunshine and fairy-tale landscape. She’s only there because it was her mother’s dying wish that she get to know her father. But what kind of father isn’t around for sixteen years? All Lina wants to do is get back home.

But then she is given a journal that her mom had kept when she lived in Italy. Suddenly Lina’s uncovering a magical world of secret romances, art, and hidden bakeries. A world that inspires Lina, along with the ever-so-charming Ren, to follow in her mother’s footsteps and unearth a secret that has been kept for far too long. It’s a secret that will change everything she knew about her mother, her father—and even herself.

People come to Italy for love and gelato, someone tells her, but sometimes they discover much more.

Goodreads/ Amazon / Book Depository

 

Favorite Quote

“And why did he have to call me “quiet”? I hated being called quiet. People always said it like it was some kind of deficiency—like just because I didn’t put everything out there right away, I was unfriendly or arrogant. My mom had understood. ‘You may be slow to warm up, but once you do, you light up the whole room’”

Thoughts

This book was freaking adorable. I really enjoyed all of the characters. I don’t know who my favorite would be. Howard was beyond adorable. He was such a fantastic father. He was so sweet and so kind. I also loved the voice of the main character, Lina. She was fun and sassy. She was just a fun character to read about. She reminded me a little bit about myself.

I thought the writing was rich and captivating. It made me feel like I was actually in Italy. It felt like I was there experiencing everything Lina was. I felt like I was traveling without actually leaving my seat. I think that what really makes a book feel magical… when it can take you come place new for awhile.

Although I adored this book, I did have a few problems with it. I enjoyed the mystery of the story but I thought it was a little too predicable. I felt like I was running around in circles with Lina even though I knew how the story was going to end.

And although Lina was in Italy and didn’t understand Italian, it bothered me a little bit that the characters were sometimes talking in Italian, and the book never explained what they were saying. I wanted to know but I didn’t want to put my book down every few minutes just to google phrases.

Overall, I thought it was a fun read. It has a little bit of heavy matter involved but it didn’t take away from the cute fluffy feels I felt while I was reading about Lina’s story. It was the perfect summer book and I’m so happy I started my June TBR with it! 🙂