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

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

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Review: I was excited for this book, just because I have started to fall in love with how Victoria Schwab writes. In all of her books that I have read so far, have I ever been board. You will not see any common tropes or plotlines in anything she writes. That I can  guarantee.

The characters and plot were different then most Young Adult I have read before. But in a good way. Schwab mostly focus’s on the development of the plot and then slowly letting you the reader find out who/ what the characters are.

Which in this case was a great idea. Kate and August are complex and at times can be misunderstood. I know I got lost a bit, but just kept reading to find my way through who they were. But I did go back and reread some parts because later on in the book, many more of the pieces to this puzzle fell together.

A great part of this book was that there was no romance at all. Like for real. Which was quite refreshing to see in young adult. Also it does prove that you don’t need romance or even a hint at it to be or sell a Young Adult book.

The music described and the rhyme on the back of the book, that shows up often. Was well thought up and well used through the book. It also leave s me felling like there is a lot more going on that I can look forward to in the second installment to the series.

Favorite quote:

” What’s a Sunai’s favorite food?”

“What?”

“Soul Food”.

Would I? Buy this book for a friend? Tell everyone I know to read it? Talk about it all the time? MAYBE.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.

464 pages. Hardback book.

Young Adult. Fantasy. Paranormal.

Published July 5th 2016 by Greenwillow Books.

Summary: There’s no such thing as safe.

Kate Harker wants to be as ruthless as her father. After five years and six boarding schools, she’s finally going home to prove that she can be.

August Flynn wants to be human. But he isn’t. He’s a monster, one that can steal souls with a song. He’s one of the three most powerful monsters in a city overrun with them. His own father’s secret weapon.

Their city is divided.

Their city is crumbling.

Kate and August are the only two who see both sides, the only two who could do something.

But how do you decide to be a hero or a villain when it’s hard to tell which is which?

-Summary from GoodReads.com

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Review of The Geek’s Guide to Unrequited Love by Sarvenaz Tash

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Review: I kind of fell in love with this book as soon as I heard about it..

Because as some of you might know I’m pretty much a big nerdy geek. Loving almost too many fandoms and shipping anything.

I read this book in just about two hours, because no matter how many times I told myself to slow down or save some for later. I would get to another chapter and the chapter titles do nothing to stop you from taking a break.

In all honesty say that this was a very true description of Comicon and of all things fandom. There were many times I was laughing my butt off and nodding my head with the characters ( in feeling their pain about things at con). I felt like I was back at home while reading Graham’s point of view. I felt so bad for him at times in the book, but I did fall a little in love with him at the same time, he was just so sweet and geeky.

5 out of 5 stars.

256 pages. Hardback.

Young Adult. Romance. Contemporary.

Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers.

Summary: John Hughes meets Comic Con in this hilarious, unabashedly romantic, coming-of-age novel about a teenager who is trying to get his best friend to fall in love with him from the author of Three Day Summer.

Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy…
Archie and Veronica…
Althena and Noth…
…Graham and Roxy?

Graham met his best friend, Roxana, when he moved into her neighborhood eight years ago, and she asked him which Hogwarts house he’d be sorted into. Graham has been in love with her ever since.

But now they’re sixteen, still neighbors, still best friends. And Graham and Roxy share more than ever—moving on from their Harry Potter obsession to a serious love of comic books.

When Graham learns that the creator of their favorite comic, The Chronicles of Althena, is making a rare appearance at this year’s New York Comic Con, he knows he must score tickets. And the event inspires Graham to come up with the perfect plan to tell Roxy how he really feels about her. He’s got three days to woo his best friend at the coolest, kookiest con full of superheroes and supervillains. But no one at a comic book convention is who they appear to be…even Roxy. And Graham is starting to realize fictional love stories are way less complicated than real-life ones. 

-Summary from GoodReads.com

Review of The White Rose (The Lone City #2) by Amy Ewing

The White Rose (The Lone City #2)  by Amy Ewing

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Review: I have to start off by saying how much I love this cover! There is so much detail that you don’t even see at first and have to keep looking at it to see the rest.

Ok, now that is out of the way….

I really liked how the romance was not the main point of this book, I know it wasn’t in the first one… But it did kind of come out of nowhere. But the author did a great job having it in the background, while focusing the main story plot on more important things. Things like rebelling back.

Even though this book didn’t have a lot to it, meaning it really felt like a filler ( or set up for the next book). So it was still a good read even though it was just laying out the plan for the next in the series.

4 out of 5 stars.

308 pages. Hardback.

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

Published by HarperTeen.

Summary: Violet is on the run. After the Duchess of the Lake catches Violet with Ash, the hired companion at the Palace of the Lake, Violet has no choice but to escape the Jewel or face certain death. So along with Ash and her best friend, Raven, Violet runs away from her unbearable life of servitude.

But no one said leaving the Jewel would be easy. As they make their way through the circles of the Lone City, Regimentals track their every move, and the trio barely manages to make it out unscathed and into the safe haven they were promised—a mysterious house in the Farm.

But there’s a rebellion brewing, and Violet has found herself in the middle of it. Alongside a new ally, Violet discovers her Auguries are much more powerful than she ever imagined. But is she strong enough to rise up against the Jewel and everything she has ever known?

The White Rose is a raw, captivating sequel to The Jewel that fans won’t be able to put down until the final shocking moments.

-Summary from GoodReads.com

Review of The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

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Review: It seems that Patrick Ness knows what its like inside of a teens mind. While reading this book I felt as if Ness  broke into my mind and wrote one of the best books that teens have ever wanted.

Each character and storyline, will drive you nuts with the humor behind them and the thoughtfulness.

I’m still having a hard time  describing this book and all that has come with it.

Just the different problems that the characters faced together and on their own really leave something with you. It also helps in connecting with the plot as a whole and caring for the characters themselves.

4 out of 5 stars.

336 pages. Hardback.

Young Adult. Paranormal. Fantasy. Contemporary. GLBT. Romance. Fiction.

Published by HarperTeen.

Summary: What if you aren’t the Chosen One? The one who’s supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever the heck this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death?

What if you’re like Mikey? Who just wants to graduate and go to prom and maybe finally work up the courage to ask Henna out before someone goes and blows up the high school. Again.

Because sometimes there are problems bigger than this week’s end of the world, and sometimes you just have to find the extraordinary in your ordinary life.

Even if your best friend is worshipped by mountain lions.

Award-winning writer Patrick Ness’s bold and irreverent novel powerfully reminds us that there are many different types of remarkable.

-Summary from GoodReads.com

Review of Obsession by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Obsession by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Review: I was very excited to finally have my hands on this book, mostly because I love anything that has to do with the LUX series.

It was a little hard to remember where this book was taking place in the Lux time line and who all the side characters were again since it has been a few years.

But overall the story was okay and enjoyable.

I couldn’t really connect with the plot or characters that this novel surrounded, just because they didn’t have much to them and the story was fast and a bit rushed.  Hunter seemed t like the other  male characters Armentrout has written about many times before. So most of the time I was like ” Oh that’s just like, or that’s what he would have said too”….

The book was nice to read though, just to get back in that world after while of missing it.

3 out of 5 stars.

326 pages. Paperback.

New Adult. Romance. Paranormal. Fantasy. Science Fiction. Mature Themes. Mature Content.

Published by Entangled Embrace.

Summary: He’s to die for…

Hunter is a ruthless killer. And the Department of Defense has him firmly in their grasp, which usually doesn’t chafe too badly because he gets to kill bad guys. Most of the time he enjoys his job. That is, until he’s saddled with something he’s never had to do before: protect a human from his mortal enemy.

Serena Cross didn’t believe her best friend when she claimed to have seen the son of a powerful senator turn into something…unnatural. Who would? But then she witnesses her friend’s murder at the hands of what can only be an alien, thrusting her into a world that will kill to protect their secret.

Hunter stirs Serena’s temper and her lust despite their differences. Soon he’s doing the unthinkable breaking the rules he’s lived by, going against the government to keep Serena safe. But are the aliens and the government the biggest threats to Serena’s life…or is it Hunter?

-Summary from GoodReads.com

 

 

Review of Up in Flames (Rosemary Beach #13) by Abbi Glines

Up in Flames (Rosemary Beach #13)  by Abbi Glines

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Review: We all knew this day was coming, Glines told us herself years before this book came out. That if she ever finished the Rosemary Beach series that Nan would be the last story she told.

From book one I have been a Nan hater, and I had no idea if that would change once I read her book. But after reading page one, it finally clicked. Nan might have been the villain in the past but she was trying to change.

After reading from her point of view for just a couple of pages I finally had the understanding of why Nan was the way she was.

One of the best quotes in this book ” I wanted to be someone’s Harlow. Or Blaire. But I’d always just be Nan. And Nan wasn’t enough. I never had been, and I was done trying to be.”

This showed how much Nan had felt and much depth her character really had. This was that moment that you wanted to punch anyone for hurting her and wanted to stand by her side.

I don’t think anyone could had been enough to be Nan’s equal but Gannon/ Cope, was it since the moment she laid her eyes on him. Major was a child compared to him.

I could keep ranting about how Nan was a boss and how much I love her now. Or about how she is now my favorite book and character of the series. But I won’t, I will talk about how Glines did a great job with the last book of her series, which was starting to lag a bit now.

To me the only not so great part of this book was Major’s part. The entire time he was annoying and stupid and an ass. Even at the end he did not learn one thing from the mistakes he had made and just kept going on as he was. Yes he felt sorry but was he going to change, no. No he was not.

Oh! Before I forget, Cope!!!! OMG!!! I loved him and thought he would be perfect for Nan. Because Nan needed a man and not some annoying boy. And man was Cope a Man. I about died when Nan was describing him. Even now thinking about him and those hot moments with Nan has me fanning myself and blushing.

Even if you don’t like Nan you should still really read the book for Cope! Because WOW!!!

 

256 pages. Paperback.

5 out of 5 stars.

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

Published by Atria Books.

Summary:The villain of Rosemary Beach finally gets her own happy ending in the long-awaited final novel of the #1 New York Times bestselling new adult romance series by Abbi Glines.

The blockbuster #1 New York Times bestselling Rosemary Beach series ends with a bang when the troubled character readers love to hate gets her very own happily ever after in this eagerly anticipated and overwhelmingly requested story. Known for causing problems for everyone in Rosemary Beach, Nan has been growing up lately, and she’s finally taking center stage—and finding love with the man she least expected.

-Summary from GoodReads.com

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

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