Review of Labyrinth Lost (Brooklyn Brujas #1) by Zoraida Córdova

Labyrinth Lost (Brooklyn Brujas #1)  by Zoraida Córdova

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Review: I didn’t really know what to except going into this book when I started it. But after reading only a couple of pages I knew it was going to be a hard book to put down. Overall I think it only took me about four hours to read this book.

Some of the greatest things that I loved about this book was how well the author explained everything. Such things as the culture, backstory, and different traditions that Alex’s family held on to.
Normally I like to know everything that is talked about in the book by the characters, that way I could understand what was going on. But usually authors drag the story and anything good about it, down when talking about to many details. Although I felt that author Cordova did an amazing job balancing everything out to make her story work. She was even able to pull me into the character Alex’s mind set, during the most climatic moments.
There were some things I didn’t  really like about the story. Most of it was the romance for Alex. It was confusing, felt forced and seemed like “oh both of you love me, but one of you aren’t really what you are. So I guess I’ll be with the other person who loves me.” It just felt like Alex might not really love any of the people who were in love with her but felt like she had to be with one of them because they loved her. To me that was the only thing really distracting away from the characters and plot.
By the time I got o the end of the book I was breathless and looking for more. Now I just have to holdout long enough for the next book in the series.

Advanced Reading Copy. In return for this ARC, I gave my honest review.

4 out of 5 stars.

Young Adult. Romance. Fantasy. Paranormal.

Published by Sourcebooks Fire.

Summary: Nothing says Happy Birthday like summoning the spirits of your dead relatives.

Alex is a bruja, the most powerful witch in a generation…and she hates magic. At her Deathday celebration, Alex performs a spell to rid herself of her power. But it backfires. Her whole family vanishes into thin air, leaving her alone with Nova, a brujo boy she can’t trust. A boy whose intentions are as dark as the strange marks on his skin.

The only way to get her family back is to travel with Nova to Los Lagos, a land in-between, as dark as Limbo and as strange as Wonderland…

-Summary from GoodReads.com

Cover Reveal for the third title in Katie McGarry’s Thunder Road Series, LONG WAY HOME

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LONG WAY HOME Synopsis:

Seventeen-year-old Violet has always been expected to sit back and let the boys do all the saving.

It’s the code her father, a member of the Reign of Terror motorcycle club, raised her to live by. Yet when her dad is killed carrying out Terror business, Violet knows it’s up to her to do the saving. To protect herself, and her vulnerable younger brother, she needs to cut all ties with the club—including Chevy, the boy she’s known and loved her whole life.

But when a rival club comes after Violet, exposing old secrets and making new threats, she’s forced to question what she thought she knew about her father, the Reign of Terror, and what she thinks she wants. Which means re-evaluating everything: love, family, friends . . . and forgiveness.

Caught in the crosshairs between loyalty and freedom, Violet must decide whether old friends can be trusted—and if she’s strong enough to be the one person to save them all.

“An intoxicating and unforgettable story that kept me glued to the page.”

Kami Garcia, #1 New York Times bestselling author, on Walk the Edge

 

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Katie McGarry Bio:

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Katie McGarry was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings, reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan.

Katie is the author of full length YA novels, PUSHING THE LIMITS, DARE YOU TO, CRASH INTO YOU, TAKE ME ON,  BREAKING THE RULES, and NOWHERE BUT HERE and the e-novellas, CROSSING THE LINE and RED AT NIGHT. Her debut YA novel, PUSHING THE LIMITS was a 2012 Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction, a RT Magazine’s 2012 Reviewer’s Choice Awards Nominee for Young Adult Contemporary Novel, a double Rita Finalist, and a 2013 YALSA Top Ten Teen Pick. DARE YOU TO was also a Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction and won RT Magazine’s Reviewer’s Choice Best Book Award for Young Adult Contemporary fiction in 2013.

 

Links:

Website: www.katielmcgarry.com

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Review of The Infinite Sea (The 5th Wave #2) by Rick Yancey

The Infinite Sea (The 5th Wave #2)  by Rick Yancey

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Review: I don’t think I have ever been so let down by a book so much in my life.

I had waited years for the second book of this series to come out, but once it did and I had it. I put off reading it till the third and last book in the series came out. Mostly because I did not want to have to wait so long again and because I was nervous. The first book was so incredibly good and the ending was insane. That I was really worried how the second book would compare. And it seems that the second book not only brought my doubts to real life but made them worse.

I don’t think I have ever read such a bad second book before. It felt as if someone else wrote it. Also it barely had anything to it, like the depth from the first book was nonexistent. It made me feel like the first book might have just been a dream or that I imagined the whole thing.

I really don’t know if I will or ever could read the last book of this series.

300 pages. Hardback.

1 out of 5 stars.

Young Adult. Romance. Science Fiction. Fantasy.  Dystopia. Adventure.

Published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers.

Summary: How do you rid the Earth of seven billion humans? Rid the humans of their humanity.

Surviving the first four waves was nearly impossible. Now Cassie Sullivan finds herself in a new world, a world in which the fundamental trust that binds us together is gone. As the 5th Wave rolls across the landscape, Cassie, Ben, and Ringer are forced to confront the Others’ ultimate goal: the extermination of the human race.

Cassie and her friends haven’t seen the depths to which the Others will sink, nor have the Others seen the heights to which humanity will rise, in the ultimate battle between life and death, hope and despair, love and hate.

-Summary from GoodReads.com

Review of Everland by Wendy Spinale

Everland by Wendy Spinale

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Review: I think this is one of the first books to really surprise me in my OwlCrate box. Normally I have a pretty good guess about what will be coming in the mail each month, but this book, nope. I had not really heard about this new series, and was not all that much paying attention to the book world, due to finals.

but once the box had come in, I could not stop myself from dropping all of my other reads and start this one. And I have to say this before going on. I love retellings, more then anything really, but I have only read two other books about Peter Pan then this one. And they are both amazing. So I had some high standards.

I completely l in love with the steampunk aspect of the story, I with there was more in it! I thought the plot was just okay. Not something worthwhile, like I was hoping. It felt like the author was based the retelling off the Disney movie Peter Pan and not much else.

The character were another thing that were just okay, I am hoping that they are more developed ( or show growth/ depth) in the next book of the series.

312 pages.

3 out of 5 stars.

Young Adult. Romance. Retelling. Science Fiction. Steampunk. Fantasy.

Published by Scholastic Press.

Summary: London has been destroyed in a blitz of bombs and disease. The only ones who have survived are children, among them Gwen Darling and her siblings, Joanna and Mikey. They spend their nights scavenging and their days avoiding the ruthless Marauders — the German army led by Captain Hanz Otto Oswald Kretschmer.

Unsure if the virus has spread past England’s borders but desperate to leave, Captain Hook hunts for a cure, which he thinks can be found in one of the survivors. He and his Marauders stalk the streets snatching children for experimentation. None ever return. Until the day they grab Joanna. As Gwen sets out to save her, she meets a daredevil boy named Pete. Pete offers the assistance of his gang of Lost Boys and the fierce sharpshooter Bella, who have all been living in a city hidden underground. But in a place where help has a steep price and every promise is bound by blood, it will cost Gwen. And are she, Pete, the Lost Boys, and Bella enough to outsmart Captain Hook?

-Summary from GoodReads.com

Review of The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout

The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Review: As soon as I saw this at the book store, there was nothing that was going to stop me from buying it.

I could not read this book fast enough. Normally I anything from Jennifer L. Armentrout within hours of getting my hands on it. But because of the characters and plot of this book, I went slower. Not that it or anything was bad but because I wanted to grasp everything this book was telling me and treat it carefully.

Compared to other novels that Armentrout has written, this book did not make the top of the list. Maybe middle-ish. I really did like it, the plot, the characters, the deeper meanings of it all. But the book did not consume me as others by her have and continue to do.

Though the biggest thing to me about this book, was that the characters were flawed. And I mean FLAWED. I’m not saying that the struggles they went through (abuse), and are struggling to deal/and work with means that they or anyone in the world with the same struggles are flawed. But I’m just saying they are not your typical perfect characters or even perfect imperfect characters that are in most books these days. So in other words these characters are flawed in a way that makes them raw and real. That to me was the biggest drawl into the book.

480 pages. Hardback.

4 out of 5 stars.

Young Adult. Romance. Contemporary. Realistic Fiction. Mature Themes.

Published by Harlequin Teen.

Summary: For some people, silence is a weapon. For Mallory “Mouse” Dodge, it’s a shield. Growing up, she learned that the best way to survive was to say nothing. And even though it’s been four years since her nightmare ended, she’s beginning to worry that the fear that holds her back will last a lifetime.

Now, after years of homeschooling with loving adoptive parents, Mallory must face a new milestone—spending her senior year at public high school. But of all the terrifying and exhilarating scenarios she’s imagined, there’s one she never dreamed of—that she’d run into Rider Stark, the friend and protector she hasn’t seen since childhood, on her very first day.

It doesn’t take long for Mallory to realize that the connection she shared with Rider never really faded. Yet the deeper their bond grows, the more it becomes apparent that she’s not the only one grappling with the lingering scars from the past. And as she watches Rider’s life spiral out of control, Mallory faces a choice between staying silent and speaking out—for the people she loves, the life she wants, and the truths that need to be heard.

-Summary from GoodReads.com

Review of This Shattered World (Starbound #2) by Amie Kaufman, Meagan Spooner

This Shattered World (Starbound #2)  by Amie Kaufman , Meagan Spooner

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Review: Although I have had this whole series since October, it has taken me a while to read the books. And whenever I happen to post a picture of books, asking what should I read next. My book blogger friend, who is always suggesting books for me. Tells me that I must read This Shattered World then the last book of the series.

So last week I finished the second book and am waiting to read the third and final one, once I get a couple of other books done.

But I have to say this second book was very fast paced and action packed. I also really liked the characters and seeing them develop through the whole of the book. I also really liked seeing the characters and plot carry over from the first book, “These Broken Stars”. Now I am trying to remind myself I have a very big stack of books next to my bed that need to be read before anything else in my house.

I think the only thing that I did not like about this book, was that sometimes I had no clue where the characters were at. Or that some scenes rushed from one point to the next, and I was left confused.

390 pages. Hardback.

4 out of 5 stars.

Young Adult. Science Fiction. Romance. Fantasy. Adventure.

Published by Disney-Hyperion.

Summary: The second installment in the epic Starbound trilogy introduces a new pair of star-crossed lovers on two sides of a bloody war.

Jubilee Chase and Flynn Cormac should never have met.

Lee is captain of the forces sent to Avon to crush the terraformed planet’s rebellious colonists, but she has her own reasons for hating the insurgents.

Rebellion is in Flynn’s blood. Terraforming corporations make their fortune by recruiting colonists to make the inhospitable planets livable, with the promise of a better life for their children. But they never fulfilled their promise on Avon, and decades later, Flynn is leading the rebellion.

Desperate for any advantage in a bloody and unrelentingly war, Flynn does the only thing that makes sense when he and Lee cross paths: he returns to base with her as prisoner. But as his fellow rebels prepare to execute this tough-talking girl with nerves of steel, Flynn makes another choice that will change him forever. He and Lee escape the rebel base together, caught between two sides of a senseless war. 

-Summary from GoodReads.com

 

Review of Silver Bastard (Silver Valley #1) by Joanna Wylde

Silver Bastard (Silver Valley #1)  by Joanna Wylde

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Review: I had really high hopes for this new series, to see how one of the other MC’s were doing. And there has been a lot of set up for Puck’s story.

But sadly this book did not even come close to what I was hoping for in characters depth and plotline. It seemed very run of the mill for this series and it did not start off the series with a bang.

I was really quite disappointed with how Puck and Becca turned out to be. It was like they were zig zinging around the whole book and it was hard to follow their emotions. And what ever the heck they were doing in the book with each other.

I think this might be the last of the Silver Valley I will read, unless something changes….

448 pages. Paperback.

2 out of 5 stars.

Adult Romance. Fiction. Contemporary. Mature Themes. Mature Content.

Published by Berkley.

Summary: First in the new Silver Valley series from the New York Times bestselling author of the Reapers Motorcycle Club Novels

Fourteen months. For fourteen months, Puck Redhouse sat in a cell and kept his mouth shut, protecting the Silver Bastards MC from their enemies. Then he was free and it was time for his reward—full membership in the club, along with a party to celebrate. That’s when he saw Becca Jones for the first time and set everything in motion. Before the night ended he’d violated his parole and stolen her away from everything she knew.

Five years. It was five years ago that Puck destroyed Becca and saved her all in one night. She’s been terrified of him ever since, but she’s even more terrified of the monsters he still protects her from… But Becca refuses to let fear control her. She’s living her life and moving forward, until she gets a phone call from the past she can’t ignore. She has to go back, and there’s only one man she can trust to go with her—the ex-con biker who rescued her once before.

Puck will help her again, but this time it’ll be on his terms. No more lies, no more tears, and no more holding back what he really wants…
This edition only: A new Silver Valley story

-Summary from GoodReads.com

Top Ten Tuesday! June. 28

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish where we list our top tens!

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June 28: FREEBIE WEEK — topic of your choice or go back and do one you missed!

-Top Ten Most Anticipated Releases For The Second Half Of The Year

1.Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass #5)  by Sarah J. Maas

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So after reading ACOMAF I can’t even begin to think about what the heck is going to happen in this book. But you might as well know I am so ready to read this that I already have a spot on my shelf for this book.!!!!!

2. Gemina (The Illuminae Files #2)  by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

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Every time I think about this book, the me in my head starts screaming and running in circles…..

3. Nevernight (The Nevernight Chronicle #1)  by Jay Kristoff

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I really want both editions of this book because BEAUTIFUL!!! And it sounds like the book will kill me, so I am ready!

4. A Million Worlds with You (Firebird #3)  by Claudia Gray

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I’m reading the second book in this series right now and wow. I am looking forward to the next one.

5. Cream of the Crop (Hudson Valley #2)  by Alice Clayton

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My Grandmother keeps asking me when this book will come out and now I can finally tell her! Its so funny that she loves Alice Clayto  too!!!

6. Torn (A Wicked Saga #2)  by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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This is another book that I just can’t even think about because I start screaming about. I NEED IT IN MY HANDS NOW!!!!!

7. The Midnight Star (The Young Elites #3)  by Marie Lu

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I really love how dark this series and its characters are getting and after the second books ending. I NEED ANWSERS!!!

8. Arcana Rising (The Arcana Chronicles #4)  by Kresley Cole

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I love this author and this series, but I really love that this book makes me hate it too. But like in a good way.

9. This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity #1)  by Victoria Schwab

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I am so ready to read this. No more waiting please.

10. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Harry Potter)  by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, John Tiffany

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I NEED TO KNOW EVERYTHING!!!!!!!!

What are your top ten books that will be coming out this second half of 2016??? Let me know in the comments!!!

Review of Vicious Cycle (Vicious Cycle #1) by Katie Ashley

Vicious Cycle (Vicious Cycle #1)  by Katie Ashley

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Review: I happened to pick this book up on accident, I meant to grab another book from a different author, but this happened to be under that author. I know, I know, I should have double checked to make sure it was the right book. My bad.

Although this book was not the one I was looking for, I did have some fun reading it. Even though it did get slow or very similar to other biker books I have read in the past. The characters and plot were nice enough and pulled me into the storyline.

Though I don’t think I will continue on with this series, just because there was nothing that really made me want to keep reading for more…..

336 pages. Paperback.

3 out of 5 stars.

Adult Romance. Fiction. Mature Content. Mature Themes. Contemporary. Drama.

Published by NAL Trade.

Summary: New York Times bestselling author Katie Ashley revs up the danger and sexual tension in her brand-new Vicious Cycle romance series.

Deacon Malloy’s life is dedicated to the Hell’s Raiders motorcycle club. Tough, hard, and fast with his fists, he serves the group as sergeant at arms. But his devil-may-care approach to life is thrown for a loop when the five-year-old daughter he never knew existed lands on the club steps.

Alexandra Evans is devoted to all her students—but there’s always been something about Willow Malloy that tugs at her heart. There’s an aura of sadness about her, a girl in need of all the love Alexandra can give. When Willow stops coming to school, Alexandra’s search leads to a clubhouse full of bikers…and a father hell-bent on keeping his daughter always within sight.

The moment Deacon sees Alexandra, he has to have her in his bed—and he’s never met a woman yet who couldn’t be persuaded. No matter how attracted she is to Deacon, Alexandra refuses to be just another conquest. But it’s Deacon himself who could be seduced—into a brighter future for himself, his daughter, and the woman he’s falling for against all odds.

-Summary from GoodReads.com

Review of Reaper’s Fall (Reapers MC #5) by Joanna Wylde

Reaper’s Fall (Reapers MC #5)  by Joanna Wylde

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Review: This book started out really good and got a bit better, even with the side characters hogging some of the lime light. But I saw as the book went on ( the middle), it got worse plot and character wise. I really did not like what I was seeing from the characters. It was almost as if they changed who they were completely. I was not liking it.

But by the end of the book, the characters or author seem to really pull the book around. And was able to end on a good note for them and the storyline as a whole.

384 pages. Paperback.

3 out of 5 stars.

Adult Romance. Fiction. Contemporary. Mature Themes. Mature Content.

Published by Berkley.

Summary: The New York Times bestselling author of Reaper’s Stand is back in her “uber-alpha rough world of MCs”* as one woman’s future is rocked by the man whose hardcore past could destroy her…

He never meant to hurt her.

Levi “Painter” Brooks was nothing before he joined the Reapers motorcycle club. The day he patched in, they became his brothers and his life. All they asked in return was a strong arm and unconditional loyalty—a loyalty that’s tested when he’s caught and sentenced to prison for a crime committed on their behalf.

Melanie Tucker may have had a rough start, but along the way she’s learned to fight for her future. She’s escaped from hell and started a new life, yet every night she dreams of a biker whose touch she can’t forget. It all started out so innocently—just a series of letters to a lonely man in prison. Friendly. Harmless. Safe.

Now Painter Brooks is coming home… and Melanie’s about to learn that there’s no room for innocence in the Reapers MC.

-Summary from GoodReads.com